BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Riding a motorcycle in the rain can be very tricky. WIAT 42 News’ cameras were rolling on Finley Avenue in Birmingham Saturday night where there was a large down in the middle of the road.
Several cars went around the tree, but when a motorcyclist got close, he drove right into it. The man was thrown off his bike and pinned beneath it. WIAT 42 News photographer James Haack rushed to help him out, and other drivers stopped to help and called 911.
The man was conscious when taken away in the ambulance. During the time the man was on the road, street lights were flickering on and off, which made it difficult to see.
Richard Randolph, the Motorcycle Program Manager at the University of Montevallo, says there are several precautions people can take when riding motorcycles in the rain. READ ON
Are you the proud owner of a brand new 2014 BMW R1200RT and can hardly wait to visit the 2014 BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen? That’s really sweet, but you won’t be able to, as the Bavarian manufacturer issued a riding ban for this very model, advising customers not to operate their motorcycles, as they’re about to be recalled for a very serious problem. READ ON
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE JOINS THE INDUSTRY IN PROMOTING MOTORCYCLE SAFETY MONTH WITH IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR A SAFE RIDING SEASON
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — May 30, 2014 — Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, reminds riders that May is Motorcycle Safety Month, and joins the greater motorcycle industry in raising awareness with both riders and non-riders of motorcycle safety. Indian Motorcycle encourages all riders to seek out regular professional skills development and safety training no matter how many miles they have ridden as riding skills must be consistently reinforced and practiced in a controlled environment. Information about existing national programs such as the Motorcycle Safety Foundation can be found at www.msf-usa.org, and many states and regions have training organizations including Streetmasters (www.streetmasters.info) and Total Control (www.totalcontroltraining.net).
As one part of its steadfast commitment to rider safety, Indian Motorcycle’s new line of apparel offers an array of safety features and technologies to protect riders, including motorcycle jackets with built-in CE-approved armor and stitching designed to help survive abrasion. Indian Motorcycle also offers a line of DOT approved helmets and a selection of technically advanced riding gloves for additional protection. The Indian Motorcycle engineering team never rides without full gear including a helmet, protective jacket, long pants, over-the-ankle boots and protective gloves, and encourages all motorcycle enthusiasts to do the same.
In addition to promoting ongoing skills development and rider safety, Indian Motorcycle encourages automobile drivers to be particularly vigilant in looking out for motorcyclists as the summer riding season ramps up. A motorcycle’s smaller size and diminished profile means they can often be overlooked on the road or in a driver’s blind spot.
“Our entire team at Indian Motorcycle is dedicated to the safety and security of our riders with features liked standard ABS and included roadside assistance on our entire lineup, along with a full line of apparel for the ultimate in rider safety and comfort,” said Steve Menneto, VP of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “We encourage all riders to constantly upgrade their skills and safety training, and we ask everyone to start seeing motorcycles and give riders your full courtesy and respect on the roads we all share.”
ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®
Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.
ABOUT POLARIS® INDUSTRIES
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered Parts, Accessories and Apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin and Cycle Country brands.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.
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