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Amongst the Best Motorcycle Riders in the World; a Video

I just saw this video of a motorcycle police officer running his Harley Davidson Electra Glide Police model through an obstacle course and it completely blew me away.

I have seen many skilled riders in my years of riding. Hell I can even do a pretty tight circle in a small area on my motorcycle, but check this guy out in the video. His skill on a motorcycle speaks for itself.

I only wish that I can attain that level of skill on such a big motorcycle.

Enjoy the video.

By California Motorcycle Accident Attorney, and Biker Lawyer, Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., © July 26, 2011

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Sport Bike Riders Close Another Freeway While Doing Stunts; They will Bring Down Heat on All Sport Biker Riders.

I have written about Sport Motorcycle Riders raising hell on public streets on the Biker Law Blog many times in the past.

Here is a link to a story and videos, I wrote and posted almost 4 years ago showing this type of activity on a freeway; click here now.

Below is a video of a freeway closing by sport motorcycle riders in Texas this past weekend.

I know I am going to get the usual “Yea I am a badass sport bike rider so screw off” messages from certain sport bike riders who read the Biker Law Blog, but the real fact of the matter is that idiots doing stuff like this on public freeways will only bring down heat on everyone riding a sport motorcycle, even the poor bastard who may have just bought an inexpensive motorcycle to ride to work on.

I know the idiots doing these things think it is cool to raise hell like this and then post the videos on Youtube and the like, but in the end no good can come out of it.

You can watch the video below and see for yourself. The video comes from a news channel in Texas, and a short commercial will appear before the video appears.

You tell me if you think the non riding civilian public will tolerate this kind of thing and if you think it will bring down heat on all bikers.

By California Motorcycle Accident Attorney, and Biker Lawyer, Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., © 2010

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Sheer Insanity on a Motorcycle

Here is a video of a guy in Russia doing a 25 mile commute to work on a Sport Motorcycle. I will let the video speak for itself.

All I can say is that riding in traffic like this is suicidal. I hope this guy realizes it before it is too late for him. All it takes is for one cager to make one sudden move and it will be all over for him.

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By California Motorcycle Accident Attorney, and Biker Lawyer, Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., © 2010

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I Replaced my Harley Davidson Advanced Sound System with a state of the art Sony Stereo System; Here is My Review.

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Norman's Sony Stereo - Biketronic's setup

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Background

I am a long distance motorcycle rider. This summer I am not only planning on riding to the Sturgis motorcycle rally which is a 2700 mile round trip plus ride, I am also planning on doing other rides, not to mention the 2000 miles I have already put on in the last couple of months. I wanted a state of the art stereo on my motorcycle with built in MP3 for my music collection, a built in High Definition receiver, and the ability to have built in Satellite reception for when I am in the middle of no where. I want to listen to CNN in the middle of the Western Desert!

In 2005 I switched to a Harley Davidson Electra Glide motorcycle from a traditional cruiser motorcycle. Before 2005, I had never ridden with a stereo system built into a motorcycle before, hell a windscreen was luxury to me back then. Since 2005, I have become spoiled. I will probably always ride baggers from here on out. Once you get used to luxury it is hard to turn back.

My Harley Davidson Electra Glide came with the Harley Davidson Advanced Sound system installed in the bat wing fairing, which in of itself has done its job quite well over the last 5 years, but the technology is outdated, even on the new units.

On my unit, there was a built in CD player, minimal AM/FM presets, built in weather band, and a sensor which increased volume as I would increase speed on the motorcycle. There was also an auxiliary input which allowed me to plug in an external MP3 player so I could listen to my music collection. The system worked with my OEM hand controls so that I could virtually control the entire stereo via my OEM handlebar mounted hand controls on the Electra Glide. The unit is great, but it is old technology. If all you want is a standard CD, a few AM/FM presets, and weather band, this unit is perfect for you. I am a tech geek, I wanted more!

Over the years I have plugged in an I-Pod, a smaller MP3 player, and I have also used my Garmin GPS to serve music to the Harley Davidson Advanced Sound System via a cable plugged from the device to the auxiliary input of the Harley Davidson Advanced Sound System. It worked, but to be frank, there was no real control of the tunes being played unless I dangerously tried to skip tracks while I was riding because the external device was controlling what was being played rather than the head unit. There were issues with the volume of my MP3 device having to be cranked up to full volume to sound good through the auxiliary input, and each device sounded different through the stock stereo.

Furthermore, the cable plugged in from my GPS, or a device in my pocket looked like crap, it flutters in the wind, and the quality of having an external connection is not as good as it could be. Not only that, but everytime I got off the motorcycle, I would have to unplug my external MP3 player, turn off the external MP3 Players, etc. If the battery wore out on my external MP3 Player, I was shit out of luck. Lately using the GPS solved many of the problems, but I had no real control of the tunes being served to the Harley Davidson Advanced Sound System. When I got back on the motorcycle, I would have to plug everything back in, and start the MP3 player before I started riding, a real hassle; I am sure you get the picture, because many of you are doing this right now!

For short trips, rather than plugging in my external MP3 player, I used one of my home burned CD’s in the OEM system, which I have probably listened to over a 100 times now. It gets old if you know what I mean.

Let’s face it, with MP3, standard CD’s are obsolete, even CD units which read MP3’s, and other digital formats are obsolete because you can only fit so much on a disk, and most of these units have a limit as to how many tracks can be on a disk even if you buy the more expensive DVD format units.

Modern technology allows you to literally have every song ever made on one thumb drive, or standard USB disk drive now. There is no reason to ever have to switch CD’s anymore. Most of you including me don’t have every song ever made on disk, but my collection is almost 4GB and growing weekly.

There was an MP3 option for the Harley Davidson Advanced Sound System, but it is an external unit that mounts to the handlebars and it is ridiculously expensive for what they give you. Plus you are severely limited to memory on Harley Davidsons MP3 option. On top of that, the new Harley Davidson Advanced Sound Systems need to be programmed at the dealer. If the unit goes dead, it can only be revived by a dealer reprogramming it. How much would that cost everytime? No thanks, I love Harley Davidson, but the reason I am upgrading is to go state of the art. Their solution is not state of the art.

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One good thing about the Harley Davidson Unit is that it was as reliable as a beast. It is basically waterproof. I have ridden through rain storms, and washed my motorcycle many times, and the stereo kept working no problem.

Well recently, I decided to upgrade my stereo to an aftermarket non OEM stereo so that I could have modern electronics on my motorcycle the way I wanted it, and not the way Harley Davidson wanted it.

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My first dilemma was to find a stereo system (head unit) that would work with the existing hand controls on my Harley Davidson Electra Glide, and that would mount in the faring without having to modify the OEM wiring. I wanted a plug and play solution.

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Hundreds of Motorcyclist Stop Traffic on July 14, 2007 to perform Dangerous Stunts on Major Southern California Freeways?

California Motorcycle Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez discusses Sideshows on California Freeways **** Update July 16, 2007, 2:55pm P.S.T. – We have Video of the Event! See Below.

When I received word of the newspaper article I am referencing in this article, and read the article, I basically did not believe the story. There is a link to the article at the bottom of my opinion editorial.

The article states that “hundreds of motorcyclist” tied up or stopped traffic on the busy Interstate 15, 215, 91, 10, and 60 freeways so that they could do crazy stunts on the freeways. This happened in the Inland Empire, Southern California, and the freeways where the incident’s allegedly occurred are amongst the busiest freeways in the world, especially during weekday traffic. The incident described in this article occurred on Saturday, July 14, 2007, a non-weekday.

According to the article these bikers were doing wheelies, riding on their handle bars, standing on their seats and tanks, etc., while riding at very high speeds.

Apparently, as it was written, many of these bikers were filming their antics. The California Highway Patrol received hundreds of reports of these incidents from 9:00am to 4:30pm, but were unable to catch any of the alleged offenders.

There are several witness accounts of what happened contained in the article, which gives the article credibility. I myself have not fact checked the article, but I am referencing the article and giving an opinion on the same.

Apparently, there is a new type of thing going on with a minority of sport motorcycles riders called “Sideshows.” Actually I have witnessed these antics for years, but did not know that there is a name for it until I read the article.

These so called Sideshows are giving bikers and motorcyclist a bad name in general because we are all being lumped in with the bad apples.

What allegedly happened this last Saturday blows my mind. The article states that the bikers doing these antics are usually in their teens or twenties, and that they are riding imported racing bikes rather than Harley Davidson motorcycles which are preferred by older riders.

What these so called Sideshow riders are doing is not only illegal, and endangering the lives of themselves and others on the road, but they are now giving all bikers and motorcyclist a bad name. Unless this activity is stopped, you mark my words that laws will be enacted, that will adversely affect all bikers and motorcyclist, even the so-called older generation that prefer Harley Davidson motorcycles.

All I can say is this; I repeat my call for all bikers and motorcyclist to assert peer pressure on the idiots that are ruining it for the rest of us, to stop this sideshow activity on public roads.

These idiots do not realize that they do not mess around here in California. The freeways are too busy, and too many people are in danger. A weekend of lawlessness, could result in years of rousting of bikers by law enforcement, and numerous new laws and penalties which will affect all of us, just because a bunch of young bikers on sport motorcycles want to perform stunts on the freeways of Southern California.

I again call for the guys that are doing this to take it off the public roads, and especially freeways.

As I write this article I kind of feel like the Zair’s (A 70’s San Fernando Valley Term for Parent) who wrote about the first Hollister Independence day rally and the supposed shenanigans that took place their.

This is different, these antic’s allegedly happened on major Southern California Freeways, by Hundred’s of bikers, and were witnessed by Hundreds of non bikers. I sure the hell do not want to suffer because of the antics of a few bad apples, and I am sure that my fellow law abiding bikers feel the same way.

CLICK HERE to read the article that I am referring to that was put out by the Press Enterprise and tell me what you think. I would really like to hear from anyone that actually saw what happened.

*** Update 7-16-07, 2:55pm, PST. Well, there is video of what happened this weekend. I guess the word allegedly should be taken out of the mix. It really happened. I am posting the video here, not to give these guys free publicity, but to show how screwed up things got this weekend. It is crap like this that is going to hurt other bikers, motorcyclist, and motorcycle clubs. Why should we all suffer because of this crap?

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By Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., © 2007

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Motorcycle Safety for the 21st Century; The new Honda ASV-3, at least it’s a Start!

California Biker Lawyer discusses the Honda ASV-3 motorcycle concept.I recently previewed a video which was put out by Honda Motor Corporation on their new intelligent ASV-3 motorcycle. This motorcycle was specifically designed to address the major issues which cause motorcycle accidents. A link to the video is provided at the end of this article.

My first impression upon seeing the motorcycle was that it looked ridicules, and looked like it had a pagoda or rickshaw canopy on the back. Matter of fact, it kind of looks like a Scorpion tail! I thought to myself there is no way in hell that I would ride a motorcycle that looked like this.

However, after watching the entire video, I must say that I do commend Honda for at least trying to develop a built in intelligent system to prevent motorcycle accidents.

The pagoda looking thing on the back actually serves multiple purposes; it is designed to make the motorcycle more conspicuous on the road, so that the motorcycle will catch cager’s attention. There is no doubt that this thing will get everyone’s attention! It also has a built in forward and rear camera, and an intelligent computer system to warn a rider of hazards.

The motorcycle also incorporates a vehicle to vehicle warning system that Honda has developed for cars, motorcycles, and other motor vehicles.

While watching the video I was thinking that the voice prompts and warnings from the system would drive me crazy. I was also thinking about how such a system might in fact save countless bikers lives.

Maybe the Honda ASV-3 is the perfect commute to work type of motorcycle for safety reasons. Here in Southern California, the vast majority of motorcycle accidents happen during the infamous Southern California rush hour commute jam. I am not sure.

I do commend Honda for at least trying to do something to increase motorcycle safety, where other motorcycle manufacturers are doing little or nothing. This motorcycle may be a peek at what is to come in the 21st Century.

As for me, I would not mind the technology; so long it is hidden in the fairing of my Harley Davidson Electra Glide!

CLICK HERE TO watch a video on the new Honda Asv-3 motorcycle, and tell me what you think!

By Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., © 2007

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Sport Motorcycle Stunt Insanity; Take it off Public Roads!

**** 7/16/2010. I have substituted the original video with another video, because the original video is no longer available.

I came across this video and am reluctantly posting it courtesy of youtube.com. This video shows some extreme examples of why our Motorcycle Insurance rates are going up; why the non motorcycle riding public cannot stand us; and what not to do!

This video shows stunts being performed on Sport Motorcycles. You will see what I consider to be idiots doing stunts on public roads, in the middle of traffic, and putting innocent peoples life’s in danger.

My position is that if you want to do stunts, do them on a non public road or parking lot, and have proper riding apparel on. Is your life worth a stunt gone bad?

I have heard that the Sport Motorcycle community is lobbying to put their stunts in the X-Games; cool. But this shit should not be done on public roads and in traffic.

You will also see stunts being done in parking lots and at raceways. I have no problem with that so long as you are self insured. Here is the video.

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By Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq. ,© 2007

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A Good Safety Video about Motorcycle Group and Pack Riding from the MSF

The MSF does it again. They have produced what I consider to be a very good video on Motorcycle Group and Pack riding. The video which was produced by the MSF is provided courtesy of youtube Video.

I highly recommend that anyone who is going to ride their motorcycle to a motorcycle event, with friends, or with other motorcycle riders, watch this video. Take notes if you have to.

I have posted another article about motorcycle pack riding on this Blog, and have given my own person insights based up my own personal experience. You can find it here. This video compliments my pervious article and gives you a visual.

Check it out!

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By Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq. © 2006

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Welcome to the Biker and Motorcycle Lawyer Blog

Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq. at Cooks CornerAs a lawyer who is a real biker, I wish to welcome you to this blog which was created by me on August 31, 2006.

My purpose in creating this blog was to educate bikers and motorcyclist on the legal issues related to riding motorcycles.

I am one of the few lawyers that I know of in California that actually practices what he preaches. In other words I ride, and I handle motorcycle accident cases, and other biker related cases.

I hope you read through the various articles that I post from time to time. I hope you find them helpful.
Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq.
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