Despite nearly losing his life in a motorcycle crash 10 years ago, Scott Perzentka still believes helmets aren’t the answer to reducing motorcycle fatalities.
The Oshkosh man suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2003 after his motorcycle slammed into a 10-ton semi truck that turned in front of him on the Frontage Road near the Planeview Travel Plaza. Perzentka, who was not wearing a helmet, was heading home to get a jump on the long Fourth of July weekend. READ ON
May has finally arrived and I’ll make a wild guess that all of you motorcyclists out there now have your machines on the road. If not, why not? It’s time to get off your rear end and place it on the seat of your now dusty scoot that hasn’t seen the open road for four or five months. Remember that sense of freedom you felt last season with the wind in your face, that powerhouse beneath you and not a care in the world? You can experience it again but first you have to get your baby operational. READ ON
WEST BRIDGEWATER —
Each spring, as the weather warms and the snow melts from the pavement, motorcyclists hit the open roads.
And each year, dozens of motorcyclists across Massachusetts perish in accidents that one expert says could be prevented by a simple safety training course – a program he says is required in more than 40 other states, but not Massachusetts.
"It would probably cut the accident rate significantly if everyone had to go through the course," said James Avellino, a 57-year-old Halifax man who once raced motorcycles and now works with his two sons at Bettencourt's Honda Suzuki in West Bridgewater. READ ON
The last thing a rider wants to do on a motorcycle is lose control, but that's what some Harley-Davidson riders say happened to them.
To riders such as Vince Herre, the bikes are a status symbol. "I like it just because it's Harley-Davidson," Herre said.
Other riders, such as Cliff Anderson, said there's a certain amount of homegrown pride.
"It's an iconic piece of America," he says.
Riders such as Blake Tomlinson said they think riding a Harley-Davidson is a way of life. READ ON