January 2011

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What's New?
RG Renewals Due
ASMI Online Basic and Advanced Refreshers
ASMI Classes Updated
Monthly Drawing Winner
BBC 2011!

A word from the Director: Vicki Sanfelipo

Featured Members Sound Off!

Motorcycle Tech: Anti-lock Braking Systems Study

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VickiA Word from the Director
Vicki Sanfelipo

I love football and watching the playoffs can be exciting, especially if your team is involved! The team works toward a common goal. It takes a combination of efforts but everyone has their eyes on the prize. When the prize is attained, the whole team celebrates and is celebrated! Certain people are picked out of the group as MVPs but no one believes that one single person could have achieved success without the help and effort of the entire team. That is how Road Guardians view motorcycle safety. It takes a team effort that addresses all six areas of motorcycle safety. One person and one topic is not the magic bullet. As we enter the 2011 riding season each of us should make a commitment to improve ourselves, our riding, our commitment to those around us. The BBC in Chicago will give you a great opportunity to brush up on your skills and learn more from National Professionals. What can YOU do to be a Better Biker? Now, back to the game….


Check out Vicki Sanfelipo and Gina Woods promoting the new book
"Biker Chicz of North America" on WGN Chicago 1/11/11! Click here!

Vicki Sanfelipo on Fox 6 Milwaukee 1/12/11! Click here!


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We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Jay Money from Nashville Street Fury, who won our montly Road Guardian membership drawing and a long-sleeved t-shirt! Jay attended the Bikers Empowerment Training Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.


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BMWMotorcycle Tech
Motorcycles with antilock brakes have fewer fatal crashes and lower insurance losses than bikes without antilocks
Source: http://www.iihs.org/news/rss/pr033110.html

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ARLINGTON, VA — Antilock brakes for motorcycles are working as designed to reduce the chances of crashing, removing some of the risk that comes with riding on 2 wheels. A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that motorcycles with antilocks versus without are 37 percent less likely to be in fatal crashes per 10,000 registered vehicle years. Bolstering this finding is a separate analysis by the affiliated Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) of insurance claims filed for damage to motorcycles. Bike models with antilocks have 22 percent fewer claims for damage per insured vehicle year (a vehicle year is 1 vehicle insured for 1 year, 2 insured for 6 months, etc.) than the same models without antilocks. Two additional new reports by HLDI underscore the real-world benefits of helmet laws that apply to all riders and raise questions about the safety benefits of state-mandated training for young riders. A new Institute survey of riders examines rider views of antilocks, helmets, and helmet laws.

Crash avoidance technology like motorcycle antilocks is especially important because more people are taking up riding and more are dying in crashes. Rider deaths topped 5,000 in 2008 — more than in any year since the federal government began collecting fatal crash data in 1975. Motorcycle registrations rose to 7.7 million in 2008, up from 4.3 million in 2000, according to R.L. Polk and Company data. The upswing in motorcyclist deaths comes amid record lows for fatalities in car crashes, prompting the Institute and HLDI to look harder at measures to stem motorcyclist deaths.

"It's a troubling trend," says Anne McCartt, Institute senior vice president for research. "No one wants to begrudge motorcyclists the opportunity to ride for fun or to get around town on a bike. As the number of new riders continues to increase, though, it's becoming more important than ever to lower the crash risk."

One answer might be to equip more motorcycles with antilocks. Stopping a motorcycle is trickier than stopping a car. For one thing, the front and rear wheels typically have separate brake controls. In an emergency, a rider faces a split-second choice to either brake hard, which can lock the wheels and cause an overturn, or hold back on braking and risk running into the emergency. This is when antilocks can help by reducing brake pressure when they detect impending lockup and then increasing the pressure again when traction is restored. Brake pressure is evaluated multiple times per second, so riders may brake fully without fear of locking up. Antilocks won't prevent every motorcycle crash. They won't help a rider about to be struck from behind, for example.

Antilocks are gaining traction among manufacturers and riders. More than half of motorcycle owners recently surveyed by the Institute said they would get antilocks on their next bikes. Buyers can find them on at least 60 new models.

Institute researchers compared the fatal crash experience of antilock-equipped motorcycles against their nonantilock counterparts during 2003-08. HLDI did the same for insurance losses for the same group of motorcycles. HLDI also looked at injury claims. Under medical payment coverage, motorcycles with antilocks registered 30 percent lower claim frequencies than bikes without this feature. Claim frequencies were 33 percent lower under bodily injury liability coverage.

"Motorcycle antilocks do make a difference," McCartt says. "They help make traveling on 2 wheels less risky by reducing the chance of overturning a bike and crashing. Passenger vehicles still are safer, but if you're going to ride we'd recommend getting a motorcycle with antilocks.

Video: http://www.iihs.org/video.aspx/info/motorcycle_antilocks

Featured Members:

When asked via Facebook, "My desire to support the mission of reducing injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists was a result of.....", Road Guardians had the following to say:

. . .meeting Teresa McClelland. I was really inspired by her, so I took both the Basic Accident Scene Management course and then the Advanced course. -Timothy M. McCarthy


LisaEven though I haven't been riding long, I know that it is a form of transportation that includes more risk than does riding in a covered, four-wheeled vehicle. Just to take the edge off of knowing this fact, I took many safe riding courses and worked hard to put extra effort into awareness to my own techniques and habits while riding.

When I read an article about the Rescue Riders in the newspaper, I was intrigued about how it was a female-driven local chapter that was calling attention to educating people on how much further we riders could take practicing safety.

I didn't know how chaotic - and how uncontrolled - other riders could proceed during a charity run. So when I rode (as a passenger) in the Autism Ride in September out of Fireside in Villa Park, I was pretty surprised to see that in the first seven miles of the ride, there were three or four accidents with bikes either colliding or single-bike in nature. And even though there were many EMS services close and there were riders all around the crash victims, I wonder truly how many of them (and there were many of them) would have known what exactly to do in helping manage the accident scene.

I never aspired to be a emergency medical professional, but how can I participate in such an activity without knowing road safety and accident scene management? It would be irresponsible. -Lisa (van der) Kamp-Korbas

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