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Things You Must Know About Crashed Motorcycles

top causes of motorcycle accidents
Accidents involving crashed motorcycles are becoming more common these days. With nearly nine million motorcycles on the road, it is a small wonder that close to 5,000 motorcyclists die every year and close to 90,000 are injured. The inherent risk of riding a motorcycle is clear considering a fatality rate for registered motorcycles that is 26 times greater than that of deaths in car accidents for each mile traveled.

Accidents involving crashed motorcycles are becoming more common these days. With nearly nine million motorcycles on the road, it is a small wonder that close to 5,000 motorcyclists die every year and close to 90,000 are injured. The inherent risk of riding a motorcycle is clear considering a fatality rate for registered motorcycles that is 26 times greater than that of deaths in car accidents for each mile traveled.

** This is a guest post by Edward Smith.

Things You Must Know About Crashed Motorcycles

Top Causes of Crashed Motorcycles

Without the enclosed protection other types of vehicles provide, motorcycle-related accidents are often serious. There are several common ways that motorcycle accidents happen.

  1. An Automobile Turns Left

This is one of the most common ways a motorcycle accident happens, causing up 42 percent of all crashes. Generally, as the car or truck turns left, it collides with a motorcycle alongside the vehicle. In some cases the biker is trying to pass while in the same lane or simply traveling through an intersection. This often happens because the driver is distracted or did not see the motorcyclist. Many times, the driver mistakes the absence of other cars or trucks for the lack of other types of oncoming vehicles. This includes motorcycles.

  1. An Automobile Changes Lanes

This results from drivers not checking carefully before changing lanes or not seeing a motorcycle due to a blind spot. Because of the motorcycle’s low profile, it is often hidden from the driver’s view.

  1. Lane Splitting

States like California, motorcycles are allowed to travel between lanes of traffic. This often results in an accident since other vehicles are not expecting the motorcycle to be there. It also occurs due to the closeness of the motorcycle to the other vehicle. Even if the motorcyclist or the car/truck driver is cautious, there is often little room for either one to get out of harm’s way.

  1. Opening of a Car Door

This happens when a driver in a vehicle parked along a roadway suddenly opens their door without checking to see if a motorcyclist is approaching.

  1. Speeding

When a motorcycle is traveling at a high speed, the biker is less likely to be able to control their bike. Speeding is particularly dangerous when going around a corner.

  1. Road Hazards

Small road hazards is dangerous for a motorcyclist. While other motor vehicles can tolerate potholes and road surface irregularities, a motorcycle cannot always do that. Debris left on the road or wet roads can also cause control problems for a motorcyclist. Being aware of the roadway is a top priority for motorcyclists.

  1. Animals

Deer or small animals often wander into the road, and trying not to hit them is at times futile. This can cause the motorcyclist to lose control, ending in an accident.

  1. Riding while Impaired

Over 42 percent of all motor vehicle accident involve the use of alcohol. Drinking and riding interferes with cognitive ability, coordination, and judgment.

Injuries from a Motorcycle Accident

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 80 percent of motorcycle accidents end in significant injury or are fatal. Specific body areas are more prone to injuries. For instance, the legs and feet are injured approximately 30 percent of the time in a motorcycle accident. Fractures are the most common.

Brain injuries occur, particularly to bikers who refuse to wear a helmet. About 80 percent of those who die in a motorcycle accident die due to a traumatic brain injury. A cervical disk injury due to a motorcycle crash can cause life-altering changes, resulting in paralysis. They are common since motorcyclists are often thrown from their bikes in an accident. Other injuries such as dislocations, particularly of the shoulder, occur routinely.

What You Should Know About Motorcycle Insurance

  1. Motorcycle Insurance in Your State

There are some states that do not require motorcycle insurance including Montana, Florida, and Washington. For the ones that do, they have specific insurance requirements. For example, the California requirements are:

  • $15,000 per person for injury or death
  • $30,000 for multiple people
  • $5,000 for property damage to another vehicle

Collision and comprehensive cover damage to your motorcycle. Collision is used when your motorcycle is damaged by colliding with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or wall. Comprehensive covers damage c caused by vandalism, flooding, accidents with animals and other things, such as windshield damage and fire. Collision and comprehensive are not required by the state. However, if you are paying off a loan, the dealership may require it until your loan is paid.

  1. Fault or No-Fault

If a motorcyclist is at fault for an accident, his or her insurance will pay for the damage done to the other person. However, if the other party to the accident was at fault, that person’s insurance is responsible for the damage. Since it is not in their best interests to accept that the insured was at fault for the accident, they will try to find a reason to defer fault. They may require a lengthy investigation, and question anyone who was at the accident site, including witnesses.

  1. Paying a Deductible

Many people worry that if their insurance pays for the damage and injuries they suffer, they will be required to pay a deductible. If the insured is not at fault for the accident, the insurance company of the other driver will be obligated to repay the deductible. This is referred to as subrogation. In addition, some insurance companies will waive the deductible, and recover it from the other insurance company directly.

  1. Underinsured or Uninsured Motorist

Many people are underinsured or uninsured. If a biker is in an accident and the other person lacks insurance, your insurance will pay if you have collision and comprehensive. If not, and your bike is damaged or you are hurt in the accident, your insurance will not pay. On the other hand, if you have opted for uninsured or underinsured coverage, the insurance will pay if the other driver caused the accident and is uninsured or underinsured.

  1. Property Damage, Medical Costs, and Your Options for Insurance Coverage

It is important to carry enough uninsured/underinsured insurance coverage. If possible, $100,000 in coverage would help you cover bills related to an accident, such as damage to your motorcycle and medical costs. An umbrella policy, usually covering homeowners and auto/vehicular insurance, protects your assets if you are in an accident or facing a lawsuit. The cost is relatively low compared to the protection it provides to ensure peace of mind. By extending your liability insurance in this way, you are covered no matter what happens up to the policy limit. It is important to make sure you have a copy of your insurance policy. Reviewing it to make sure it is up-to-date is a good idea.

  1. Liability in Your State

Some states are no-fault states, while others use comparative fault. For example, California is a state that uses comparative fault. In other words, drivers in an accident may be assessed a certain amount of fault. It might be that one driver is 100 percent liable for the accident. When that happens, their insurance is responsible for 100 percent of the damages. In other cases, one driver may be 60 percent responsible, while the other person is 40 percent responsible. This determines the amount an injured driver can collect. For instance, if the damages are set at $10,000, the driver who was 40 percent at fault can still collect $6,000 from the other driver.

  1. Repairing Crashed Motorcycles

Damage to your motorcycle is paid by the insurance company, and the amount is dependent on the insurance policy. This is usually covered by comprehensive/collision insurance if the accident was your fault. If the other driver was at fault, his or her insurance will be responsible.

  1. Fair Market Value

If the motorcycle was totaled in the accident, the insurer will pay out the amount a comparable motorcycle would be worth when the accident happened. This is called the fair market value. In some cases, the motorcycle was purchased for a considerable amount more since the value of a motor vehicle depreciates as soon as it is purchased or driven off the lot.

If a motorcycle was financed, it might be that what remains on the loan exceeds the fair market value. In this case, the motorcycle owner will now be required to pay off the amount that exceeds what was paid by the insurer despite the fact that the motorcycle is now unusable. One way to protect yourself from this is to purchase gap insurance, which will pay the difference between what the insurance company pays and the amount that is stilled owed on the loan.

You can keep your motorcycle even if it is considered totaled, however, you will receive less money. Say that your bike has a salvage value of $500, and you decide to keep it. The insurance company would have received that money. Since you can now sell it to a salvage yard or decide to fix it, the insurer will deduct the salvage value from what it would have paid you.

Insurance Disputes

During the life of an insurance claim, there are several types of disputes that may occur:

  1. Dispute as to Fault

Sometimes, a dispute may arise over who was at fault in the accident or, if fault is shared, what percentage of fault exists. In such cases, it may be necessary to provide evidence detailing how the accident happened. Pictures taken at the scene are invaluable for this purpose. Accident reconstruction experts can also help. Having a seasoned motorcycle accident attorney can help too. He or she will be able to use documented evidence to show how the accident occurred and who was at fault.

  1. Dispute over Damages

It is to the benefit of the insurer to offer an amount that is lower than what you demanded. Most of the time, the first offer is considerably lower. It is common for an injured party to be besieged by medical bills and be unable to work or not be able to get there due to motorcycle damage. So, accepting an offer sometimes seems to be a good idea even if it is below what you calculated as necessary. Don’t do it. Talk to an attorney to see what your options are. Remember, once you have accepted payment from the insurer and signed a waiver saying that you will not hold them liable afterward for anything to do with the accident, you will not receive one penny more.

  1. Negotiations

Your attorney can negotiate with the insurance company, providing evidence that supports your claims. The attorney will draft a demand letter, outlining what you consider to be a fair payout. There may be some back and forth demands, but in the end, the insurer knows what the accident is worth. If not, the attorney can file a lawsuit demanding that the other driver and his or her insurer pay the appropriate amount.

Things You Must Do After a Motor Vehicle Accident

Immediately after a motorcycle accident, you need to do certain things to protect yourself from harm both financially and physically.

  1. Take Care of Physical Injuries

If your injuries suggest that you need to be taken to the hospital, call 911 and ask for an ambulance. If not, make sure that you see your medical provider, or go to an emergency room as soon as possible to be evaluated. Sometimes, the adrenaline of the situation masks symptoms.

  1. Check on Others

If it is safe to do so, check on others involved in the accident. Call 911 immediately if someone is badly hurt.

  1. Call the Police

Sometimes the police may not come if the accident was minor. If you are on the main highway, call your local highway patrol officer. If you are in a rural area, you may want to call the county sheriff, while if you are in a town or city, local police may have jurisdiction. Calmly explain the situation and try to provide the most precise directions you can. It might be a good idea to keep the phone numbers you might need on your cell phone.

  1. Take Pictures

Again, if it is safe to do so, take pictures of the accident scene using your phone. Note the position of the vehicles and if any marks are present on the pavement. The latter include skid marks, which indicate that a vehicle applied their brakes. Make sure to take a picture of any damage to your motorcycle and others involved in the crash. If you don’t have a phone, keep copious notes about the details. Once the site is cleared, it will be impossible to obtain this information. Any part of it may be essential to a lawsuit.

  1. Obtain Information

If you are not on a busy highway where leaving your motorcycle is dangerous, obtain contact information from others at the accident scene, including possible witnesses. It is important to get information from other drivers involved in the accident such as their license and registration numbers, their name and telephone number and their insurance policy information. When you are doing this, it is critical that you do not apologize for the accident. This can be used against you later.

  1. Notify Your Insurance Carrier

You do not need to elaborate on your situation. Simply inform the company that you were in an accident and that you or your attorney will be available for further questions.

Statute of Limitations

Everything has time limits, and that is true with motorcycle accidents too. From the date of an accident, an injured motorcyclist has two years to file a lawsuit. This statute of limitations can be extended if the injured party was disabled or a minor. Otherwise, if the case is filed after the time period lapses, it will be refused by the court.

There are different sets of time limits depending on which you state you live in. For example, in California when the liable party is a government entity. In this case, an injured party must file an administrative claim within six months from the time the accident occurred. The government must respond within 45 days. If this initial claim is denied within the 45 days, you or your motorcycle accident attorney can file a lawsuit within 6 months. If the government fails to reject your administrative claim, you have two years to file a lawsuit. Government lawsuits can be filed for failure to maintain roads, ridding them of potholes and other surface problems that could cause a motorcycle accident.

Why You Need a Lawyer After a Motorcycle Accident

An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer comes equipped with all the resources and tools needed to deal with the intricacies of recovering compensation for the client. This covers all segments of the process from initial dealings with the insurance company to using evidentiary material during trial. Since not all cases go to court, it is a good idea to retain an attorney with a full repertoire of experience.

  1. The First Consultation with an Attorney is Free

You have the chance to explain what happened. The attorney, after listening to your case, will be able to let you know if, in their opinion, you have a viable case. Either way, the attorney can explain what they feel your options are going forward. This is invaluable information without cost to you. Deciding what to do after an accident requires professional insight, and a seasoned attorney can provide that. If you decide not to pursue your case with the attorney, you can choose another attorney or do it alone.

  1. Dealing with the Insurance Companies

From the moment the accident happens, the process has started. Talking to the insurance company is often taxing for a client, and the company uses techniques to extract information that may be misleading and damaging to your case. For this reason, it is preferable to have your attorney speak with them.

  1. Obtaining an Insurance Company Payment

Insurance companies are notorious for paying out the least amount possible. They usually make an early offer that is below what is needed. If an individual accepts that offer, they are free and clear of any subsequent damages associated with the accident. An attorney will evaluate the offer, and make sure that it covers costs such as medical treatment that may be necessary down the road due to accident injuries. Once enough information is available, experts can say what will be needed to care for the individual, even in the future.

  1. Filing Papers on Time

As noted above, missing the time frame in which to file can cost you a great deal. An attorney will not let that happen.

  1. Taking a Case to Court

If negotiations are not fruitful, the case will be taken to court. This generally means dealing with a jury although some cases are just heard by the judge. Bias against motorcyclists exists and is an important factor in picking a jury in a motorcycle accident case. It is not usually possible to pick 12 motorcycle enthusiasts, but questioning prospective jurors about their prejudices when it comes to motorcyclists is useful.

  1. Lawyers Work on Contingency Basis

A lawyer works on a contingency basis for personal injury cases, including motorcycle accidents. This means that the lawyer’s fees are paid only if you win and are paid out of the verdict or settlement amount.

Staying Safe on a Motorcycle

  1. Wear a Helmet

Roughly 40 percent of fatalities and almost 70 percent of traumatic brain injuries can be avoided with the use of a helmet.

If a motorcyclist suffers a traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident and does not have a helmet on when the accident occurred, this information may be used against the biker. The biker may be accused of being partially responsible for the injury, and forfeit a corresponding portion of the damages.

  1. Keep it Conspicuous

Maintaining conspicuity is another way of saying motorcyclists need to make themselves highly visible on the road. This is particularly true in bad weather and at night. Using headlights and wearing reflective, bright clothing can help the motorcyclist stay safe. It can alert drivers to the motorcycle’s presence. By following such safety rules, your attorney can diffuse arguments that even a prudent driver would not have seen the motorcycle.

  1. Educate the Passenger

When a passenger shares a motorcycle with a biker, the rider needs to educate the passenger on where to place their feet during the ride and make sure the passenger wears a helmet. If an accident happens due to the motorcyclist’s failure to be observant, riding while intoxicated, or disobeying the rules of the road, a passenger may file a claim against the biker. This is particularly true if the motorcycle accident was not the fault of anyone else.

  1. Always Watch Out for Pedestrians

The same rules that apply to other motorists are applicable to motorcyclists particularly when it comes to pedestrians. While on some occasions the pedestrian may be deemed partially at fault such as when no attempt is made to use a crosswalk or wear bright-colored clothing, a motorcyclist must be observant of pedestrians.

Sudden Emergency Doctrine

When a motorcyclist is in an emergency situation precipitated by another entity or person, negligence cannot be claimed against the motorcyclist as long as he or she reacted as a prudent person would be given the same set of circumstances. This is true even if later on it was shown that the choices the motorcyclist made were not the best.

Regulations on motorcycle insurance vary per state, so it’s important to be familiar with your state laws before buying one.  Learn more about motorcycle insurance in this video by eHow:

An accident doesn’t end with just a crashed motorcycle. As this article details, claiming insurance, seeking medical attention, and talking with a lawyer are among the things that happen after a motor vehicle accident. It is best to stay proactive and vigilant to avoid mishaps altogether.

This was a guest post by Edward Smith.

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By Norman Gregory Fernandez, motorcycle accident lawyer, September 2018

The Sturgis motorcycle Rally 2018, a great time.

Little Teri and biker lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez and Sturgis 2018
Little Teri on left, Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez on right, Sturgis, 2018

If you are a reader of the Biker Law Blog, you know that I attend the Sturgis motorcycle rally, in Sturgis South Dakota, every year. This year was no different.

I actually was contemplating not going this year, because the last 2 years of the rally have had a sharp decrease in attendance, most likely due to the fact that everybody went to the 75th anniversary of the rally, in 2015.

As usual, I ended up making reservations early, and went on my annual trek to the rally with my wife this year.

This year also marked the 2nd year that my wife Little Teri attended the rally with me.

Many people wonder why people like me go to the Sturgis motorcycle rally every year. As a matter of fact, I was stopped for speeding by a South Dakota state trooper in 2015, and we had a conversation in his patrol car about this exact subject.

By the way, if you do get stopped anywhere near the Sturgis motorcycle rally, you will find that the law enforcement officers in vehicles, will invite you to sit in the front seat of their patrol car for quite some time while they evaluate you. I venture to guess that they’re checking to see if there’s a smell of alcohol, or have dilated eyes to indicate drug use, etc. This is another subject.

Little Teri wearing an T-shirt at Sturgis 2018
Little Teri wearing an T-shirt at Sturgis 2018

If you are a motorcycle rider, you may not want to say that you are a biker, but you are a biker. I don’t care what kind of motorcycle you ride. Many people think that a biker dresses a certain way, looks a certain way, etc., however, a biker is a general term to describe people who ride motorcycles. There is much debate on the Internet about what a biker is, I thought I would set the record straight here and now.

Getting back to why bikers and motorcycle riders go to Sturgis every year, Sturgis is a small city of approximately 7000 people in South Dakota, which swells to over half a million during the rally, the answer is simple, Sturgis calls us. It’s almost like that movie Close Encounters of the 3rd kind, we are driven to go by an internal voice, which is hard to explain.

1st rally goers hear about the rally from friends, magazines, the Internet, etc. Once you go, you get the bug to continue returning.

Now as for Sturgis 2018, at least for my wife and I it is a hell of a drive from Huntington Beach California, Sturgis South Dakota.

At least for us, the Sturgis motorcycle rally experience includes camping in the RV at the Glencoe campground. You’ll hear a lot of guys squawking about “you mean you do not ride to the rally?” But these guys have no clue. If you ride your motorcycle to the rally which is a great experience in of itself, you either have to stay in a hotel, rent a room or a house somewhere, or camp in a tent. You can also rent a cabin at some of the campgrounds. I can assure you that it is not the same as staying smack dab in the middle of Glencoe in an RV amongst all the other rally goers.

Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez and Brian in Custer State Park
Brian on left, Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez on right

Part of the Sturgis motorcycle rally experience is the party at the campground amongst all the RVers. There is a lot of partying going on at the campground after hours that people in hotels, rented homes, or in tents just are not going to experience. Another pleasure of being at one of the major campgrounds, is that you can sit out with whoever you go to the rally with, barbecue, listen to music, look at the stars, and relax in preparation for the next day’s ride.

As for Little Teri and I, Sturgis, 2018 was mostly about a shit load of riding. We put about a thousand miles on the motorcycle during the 8 days we were at the rally. Only on one day due to weather, did we end the ride early. I have been going to Sturgis for many years, but this year I discovered some significant rides that I have never done before. Even after 6 prior years of going to the rally, it was truly nice to be able to find new rides that were not only substantial, but also advanced with respect to curves and twisties.

A brother from my motorcycle club, Brian, showed up with his old lady, and we rode together part of the day. They rode their motorcycle from the inland Empire, California, to the rally. This year the weather was super-hot going through the Western Desert and it was in the upper 90s in Sturgis. My bro told me they had quite a time getting to the rally.

Biker lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez, and Little Teri in Sturgis, 2018
Little Teri on left, Biker Attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez on right

It was much hotter this year at the rally, then last year. Within 3 days, a thunderstorm came through and destroyed my flag pole along with many other people’s tarps and awnings.

This year I was able to shoot some virtual reality, 360° video of many of the main rides in Sturgis, including the main drag.

Rather than dump all the video that I have into this post, I will make separate blog postings, with each video. Each virtual reality video will also be posted on my profile on Facebook, and my YouTube channel. You can either watch the videos here on the Biker Law Blog, or on Facebook, or YouTube.

As usual, I will also be producing a video slideshow of our Sturgis, 2018 trip. This year we got many more pictures than we did last year, it will take me a bit to go through the pictures and decide what to include.

I was worried last year that the Sturgis motorcycle rally was dying out, I was pleasantly surprised this year that the rally was much bigger than last year. The official estimates are that more than a million people attended the rally this year.

I noticed that there were many more trikes this year than in past years, the baby boomers are aging, and many of them cannot ride on 2 wheels anymore. I say go for it, God forbid if I am not able to ride on 2 wheels in the future, I will also switch to a trike if need be.

Motorcycle accident lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez in Yellowstone
California Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez, Sturgis motorcycle rally 2018

I also noticed that there are many more women riding motorcycles. I remember a time before the year 2000, when it was very rare to see a woman on a motorcycle. Back in 2000, and 2001, the women that you did see on a motorcycle, were usually riding small Japanese cruisers, or Harley-Davidson sportster’s.

Times have changed, many women are not only riding all sizes of motorcycles now, but they are also riding big baggers. There are still many more men on bikes than women, but I am sure one day it could equalize. As for me I think it is sexy this see a woman on a motorcycle. My wife without a doubt wants to stay on my backseat, and I like it like that, but it’s nice to see men and women on motorcycles.

Another thing I noticed this year was that Indian motorcycle has gained a substantial portion of the motorcycle market compared to last year. At the rally, Harley-Davidson is still King, but there are Indians all over the place now. Unless Polaris goes out of business, sells off Indian, or discontinues the brand, at this rate I predict that in the next 5 years Indian may make up almost 50% of the domestic American made motorcycle market for cruisers.

Little Teri in the Black Hills, Sturgis 2018
Little Teri in the Black Hills, Sturgis 2018

I think there is a genuine competition now between Harley-Davidson and Indian, that Harley-Davidson can no longer ignore. This will make it much better for American made motorcycle consumers.

Teri and I talked about whether or not we will go to the rally again next year in 2019. The plan is that we will go back to the rally. At this point we are still recovering from the Sturgis 2018 motorcycle rally. I am quite positive in a few months my dander will get back up, and I will make the reservations for 2019.

The 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for me stood out most on two counts, (1) It is back, there were much more people, and (2) the riding was excellent.

I look forward to your comments on this article.

By California motorcycle accident attorney, Norman Gregory Fernandez, August 2018.

When you’re in a motorcycle accident what do you do?

El Cerrito Motorcycle Accident Attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez on the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Motorcycle Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez

I have been a motorcycle accident attorney for over 21 years. I have been riding motorcycles since I was a teenager, for over 40 years. I am an expert in all aspects of motorcycle riding, and motorcycle accident cases.

Recently, it seems like every generic personal injury attorney in California advertises that they are motorcycle accident experts. They are misrepresenting themselves.

Most of these guys don’t even know how to get a motorcycle into first gear, let alone the dynamics related to riding a motorcycle on the street, as it relates to who’s at fault in a motorcycle accident case.

First of all, forget the fancy advertisements. If you’re in a motorcycle accident you will want to go with an expert motorcycle accident attorney. If you Google motorcycle accident lawyer everybody and their mother will pop up. I would venture to guess that 99% of the people that pop up have never ridden a motorcycle, nor do not know the first thing about the dynamics of riding a motorcycle in traffic as it relates to accident causation in a motorcycle accident case.

There are 3 main law firms that advertise in all the motorcycle magazines, and at all the motorcycle rallies. I know most of these firms personally. Without naming names, one firm is basically an advertising mechanism, and they sell franchises to regular law firms on a territorial basis. Another other major player takes calls in, and then refers cases out for a fee to regular law firms all over the country. When a case settles, or there is a judgment, the attorney then pays a referral fee to this major firm that advertises. The other main player founded a group for clubs, etc., but none of their main attorneys who I personally know, ride motorcycles. In other words, all of these major players that you see advertising, are for the most part marketing scams, and do not have real motorcycle attorneys handling the cases.

I have been told that I am the top motorcycle and biker lawyer in the country by many people. I will tell you what, I will let my work speak for itself. If you retain me you will see for yourself.

There is a saying, let the buyer beware. I have many clients who come to me from these so-called major players. They all tell me the same thing, they never got to really speak to an attorney, and they never really got personal attention. The people that they spoke to had no idea how to ride a motorcycle. They felt like you were not getting good service.

I will tell you without a doubt, in my opinion if you are in a motorcycle accident the last attorney you want to hire is from one of these major advertising motorcycle law firms. I am sure they have some competent attorneys working with them, but they are no motorcycle riding experts.

If you’re in a motorcycle accident in California, give me a call, I will take care of you. With over forty years of riding experience, and over twenty-one years of experience as an attorney at law, I will get you the best possible outcome in your motorcycle case. No attorney can make any guarantees as to the outcome of any legal matter, but I can assure you that I will utilize my expertise for you to get you the best result.

I will work to get your motorcycle fixed, or to get you compensated for a totaled motorcycle. I will work to get all your out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed such as loss of use your motorcycle, lost wages, travel to and from the doctor, medical bills, plus I will work to get you compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, etc.

I will get you medical treatment even if you do not have medical insurance. I can also help you get a cash advance on your case if you have no money.

Most motorcycle riders who are injured in a motorcycle accident case simply want to heal, get their motorcycle fixed, and not worry about anything else. If you retain me to handle your motorcycle case, I will take care of the case, all you need to do is just get better.

Give me a call now at one 800-816-1529, ext. 1.

Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq., California motorcycle accident attorney


A virtual reality video from Sunday, May 20, 2018

I always enjoy playing with new technology. This weekend was no different. I went on a ride this weekend with my wife, and brothers and it was a good time. On the way home, I wanted to do a 360 degree virtual reality movie while riding my motorcycle.

I have had the technology to do this for quite some time, but I haven’t been able to fully accomplish a video from my Indian motorcycle.

This weekend I was finally able to do a virtual reality movie. Below you will see my thirty minute or so virtual reality movie taken from Norco, California to Newport Beach, California.

The video is best viewed with virtual reality goggles. However, you can easily view it with the cell phone or tablet. You’ll notice that when you move your cell phone or tablet, you will be able to to adjust the view on the video. You can also use your finger and drag in the video to adjust your views. You can go side to side up and down. From a desktop, you simply drag the video with your mouse.

I will be publishing many more virtual-reality videos in the future for you to enjoy. Many of you may not be able to ride, well now you can, with my wife and I. Enjoy.

By California motorcycle accident attorney and biker lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez, May, 2018

Why Sleepy Truck Drivers are Ticking Time Bombs of Danger

**The following is a guest post by Susan Tuck.

Truck driving is a physically and mentally demanding job. Drivers may feel exhausted on a regular basis and find it difficult to get good quality sleep. This increases the risk of drowsy driving, and can lead to dangerous, often fatal accidents involving truck drivers.

According to the CDC, commercial drivers, including truck drivers, are among the most at risk for driving while drowsy.

Simply being tired seems innocuous, but drowsy driving can quickly turn dangerous. Truck drivers can easily fall asleep at the wheel, running off the road and taking out anything in their path. But even when drivers are able to stay awake, drowsy driving is dangerous and potentially deadly. Drowsy driving can lead to impairments including difficulty focusing on the road, a lowered ability to make good decisions, and a slower reaction time. Any of these impairments can cause accidents that are particularly dangerous when they involve trucks.

How Truck Drivers’ Schedules Make it Difficult to Sleep

Truck drivers may not want to drive drowsy, but unfortunately, driving schedules can interfere with getting enough rest to drive safely. Trucking runs on a 24 hour schedule, and some truckers drive late at night when traffic is more efficient. Some drive for as many as 80 hours each week.

In recent years, federal law required truck drivers to rest for 34 hours before starting a new work week, including two periods of rest between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. These two early morning rest periods are particularly essential, as that’s when truck drivers need their rest the most. Now, federal law still requires 34 hours of rest, but the requirement to rest for two periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. has been waived, putting many truckers back on the road before they’ve had adequate rest time.

Sleep quality is often a problem for truckers as well. Much of a trucker’s week is spent on the road, if not entirely in the cab of their truck. Sleeping on the road can reduce sleep quality, with truckers experiencing too much sound, light, or uncomfortable temperatures to sleep well. Although a healthy sleep environment is important to good quality sleep, truckers often sleep in truck cabs, which can be less than ideal. Other options include unfamiliar truck stops or hotels where conditions may or may not be conducive to good quality sleep.

What Happens When Truck Drivers Don’t Sleep

Truck drivers who drive while they’re too sleepy to do so can cause crashes involving injuries and death. Each year, there are approximately 4,000 fatal crashes involving large trucks, a number that has increased each year since 2009 and shows no signs of slowing down.

While there are many factors that can lead to fatal truck crashes, drowsy driving is one of the most deadly. Driver non performance, which includes falling asleep and other physical impairments, is the reason for 12 percent of truck driver crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study lists driver fatigue as one of the top 10 factors that cause large truck crashes, indicating that drowsy driving is a significant problem for truck drivers and everyone who shares the road with them.

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10 Most important Motorcycle Safety Tips

Bluetooth Helmet** This is a guest article by Rezan.

It is not only a traffic rule but also an advisable safety measure to use protection equipment whenever you ride your bike.

Safety equipment protects the rider from many motorcycle accidents to a considerable extent. To enjoy your experience, it is recommended that riders opt for full protective motorcycle gear, especially helmets.

Helmets help in protecting the rider’s head and experience from cuts. Not only should the participant use the headgear but the passenger too must use the same.

There are some ways to mitigate the inherent risks of riding, ranging from riding techniques to safety gear. This is a list of simple ways to significantly improve your safety and the safety of others when riding your motorcycle.

1. Take training courses

One of the most effective things a motorcyclist can do is to get professional riding training in an off-street environment. There are courses for beginners, as well as advanced courses in traffic strategies, effective turning, efficient braking, and evasive maneuvering. Rider course is one of the best nationally recognized motorcycle safety training organizations.

2. Inspect your motorcycle before the road trip

When riding in rural areas, your cell phone is often unable to receive any signals. Thus, it is critical to ensure that your motorcycle is in good working order BEFORE your road trip. Have an expert conduct various routine checks on your motorcycle, before hitting the road.

3. Wear hi-visibility gear

One of the biggest threats to motorcyclists is automobile drivers. Because of the motorcycle’s size and agility, they are more difficult to spot on the road. A hi-visibility, the reflective vest will make it much easier to be seen by motorists and thus reduce the likelihood of drivers running into you.

4. Protect your eyes and ears

Your windshield alone is not enough protection. Specs of dirt or glass can whip around that barrier and enter your eye at high speeds, causing permanent damage. If your helmet does not have a visor, experts recommend wearing shatter-proof riding goggles. Likewise, experts suggest you protect your hearing from loud engines with earplugs or noise reduction headsets.

5. Long sleeved shirt/jacket

Depending on where you are riding and how fast you plan to ride may influence your thoughts on whether to wear a long-sleeved shirt or a long-sleeved leather jacket (or anything in between). For a cruise around the neighborhood, the long-sleeve shirt should be excellent. Anywhere you would be riding faster than you would in a neighborhood you want to wear your long-sleeve jacket. Denim or leather is excellent, preferably leather for greater friction resistance in the case of an accident.

6. Full fingered leather glovesmotorcycle rider

Not much more to add here, just make sure they are comfortable and completely cover your hands. I have worn everything from leather work gloves to leather motorcycle gloves. Obviously, the motorcycle gloves will most likely be the most comfortable, being that is what they are specifically designed for.

7. Long pants

Please, please, please, I beg you, wear LONG pants when you ride. Long sturdy denim pants are usually good enough for casual riding depending on the weather. Of course, you can add leather chaps to that as well for added protection from the elements (in colder weather), and from the road should something happen.

8. Leather boots

Over the ankle leather boots are the best protection for your very vulnerable ankles. Riding boots, work boots, cowboy boots, what have you. Just make sure they do an excellent job of covering your ankles.

Please do not be one of those riders that I see all the time. You know the ones I’m talking about. Zipping around town or on the highway wearing a tank top, shorts, flip-flops, and maybe a helmet that offers about as much protection as a shower cap.

9. Visibility

There are a couple of things you can do to improve your visibility on the road. The main point is that you want to make sure you are seen by all the drivers around you. Your eyes should always be moving to make sure you know what is going on around you and that you can make sure others see that you are there.

Wear bright colored gear:

When you wear shiny colored gear, you stand out. You are hard to miss and do not blend into your surroundings. I understand you may not want to go out and buy yourself a full set of bright yellow or neon green motorcycle leathers. This can be accomplished pretty cheaply as a matter of fact. Get and wear a reflective motorcycle vest. You know the ones, they look like the kind road crews wear. Another good thing to do would be to put some reflective tape on and around your helmet. Stand out, don’t blend.

Blind spot riding:

Stay where other drivers can see you. Most likely you also drive a car, so you know what I am talking about here. Cars have blind spots between the side mirrors and the rear view mirror, this is where you want to stay away from when riding near other vehicles. Do your best to stay out of this area, if you can’t see the driver in his or her mirrors they cannot see you.

10. Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet

If you’ve ever been on a bike then you’ll know that it’s a noisy place to be. You feel as though you’re very close to the engine, which can generate quite a roar, particularly on high specification models.

You then have to take into account the noise involved in moving at high speeds, plus the added difficulties caused by weather conditions. Those of us living in the UK know that the weather can be a real pain!

Once you put all of these factors together, it becomes clear that talking to others is not easy.

This is quite a problem, since you may wish to have a conversation with a passenger, someone in a sidecar, or maybe with another motorbike rider.

This is where Bluetooth technology is starting to come to the rescue. A Bluetooth helmet includes a headset, that is primarily made up of a set of headphones, with a microphone attached.

For those who want even more out of their communications kit, the helmet comes into its own when used in conjunction with a Bluetooth compatible mobile phone.

Using the two together, a rider can make and receive telephone calls from anywhere in the world. An amazing use of technology and one that is transforming the way in which motorcycle owners view their machines.

Consider these tips and apply them as much as you can, and you are sure to enhance the quality of your trip. After all, who wants to experience when there is so much of life to be experienced from the returning of a bike! , California’s only real Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Drunk Driving and Your Health: What Are The Real Risks

This is a guest post from law writer Sabrina Wright.

You’re used to driving late at night, even if you’ve had drinks with your friends. This has been your routine for years. No matter how drunk you are, you would always choose to drive home because, for you, you’d always want to sleep in the comfort of your own bed. And you’re never worried about getting into any accidents because in your defense, you’ve been doing this for years and nothing bad has happened to you. You’re still in one piece. You’re a grown man, and you believe you can still manage yourself while you’re on the road. And since nothing bad has happened to you in the past while you’re drink driving, you decided to continue doing your ways. But are you actually waiting for an accident before you change your mindset? Or are you forgetting that you’re also putting your health at risk whenever you drink drive?

Your life is the biggest thing you can lose once you drink and drive. This is common knowledge to everyone (hopefully including you). However, although you might not die immediately once you drink and drive, your health is adversely affected in the process. And the effects might not be visible in weeks or even in years but before you know it, your body may not be functioning well because you’re frequently drink driving. To create a clearer picture in your head, here are the real risks of drink driving to your health:

Your eyesight will be affected: If you’ve been drunk many times, you might have felt that sensation of not being able to stand straight because everything you’re seeing seems to be tilting to one side. And seeing this makes you dizzy.

  • No, you don’t have to visit your favorite ophthalmologist for a new set of glasses because your eyesight is not totally at fault why situations like these happen. You’re feeling this way because of alcohol. Aside from feeling dizzy, you’ll also have slower pupil reaction times which can become an issue as you’ll not be able to adapt to oncoming headlights while on the road.
  • You need your eyes to be alert while you’re on the road to determine if there are vehicles ahead or behind you, or if pedestrians are crossing the street. Once you’re not able to see these on your way, you could be involved in fatal accidents.
  • One of the long-term effects of alcohol to your eyesight is decreased vision due to vitamin deficiency. If you drink too much too often, your liver loses the ability to absorb the vitamins needed for your eyesight. You can end up with night blindness or paralysis of the eye muscles.

Your hearing will be affected: Similar to the importance of your eyesight, your sense of hearing is also required when you’re behind the wheel. How else will you know that a car is planning to overtake your vehicle if you can’t hear it honk?

  • There’s a reason why you’re not allowed to wear your favorite iPod headphones while you’re on the road – so you can be aware of what’s around you to make better decisions while driving. If you can hear a vehicle’s honk as it’s planning to approach an intersection, you’ll be able to make a complete stop and make way for that vehicle.
  • But if you’re not able to listen attentively to these warnings, you won’t know what will happen next. And the effects that this has on you, and surrounding traffic, could be detrimental.
  • Permanent hearing loss is one of the long-term effects of excessive alcohol consumption. This happens because alcohol can damage your inner ear hair cells which are responsible for translating sounds from your ear to your brain. You’ll be able to act accordingly based on the things you hear.

Your brain will be affected: Your brain is in charge of everything that you say and do. Without it, you’ll not be able to do anything at all. Similarly, your eyesight and hearing will be useless if your brain can’t process the information it’s getting.

  • Sure, you might see a pedestrian coming to your direction, but once your brain can’t process this information, you might not be able to step on the brakes on time. Your foot-eye coordination might be hindered for you to do anything.
  • If alcohol is already in your system, you’ll lose the concentration and ability to think while you’re on the road. And these things are important to ensure your safety. You need to focus on what’s on the road, and you should be able to make decisions immediately whenever problems arise while you’re driving.
  • ou don’t want to blackout when you’re faced with a very stressful situation while driving. Unfortunately, this can happen if you’re always intoxicated. You can blackout and lose control of the wheel.

The risks of drink driving to your health should be reasons enough for you to change your mindset on what you think is right. Yes, you might get at home after a night out, but that doesn’t outweigh the risks – you don’t know what can happen on the road and the chances of you, getting any long-term illnesses are gradually increasing. Nothing good can come from either of those, right? Instead of driving when you’re drunk, consider asking a friend to drive you home or stay in a nearby hotel. Your life and safety should always be your priority, no matter what the situation is.

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Sabrina Wright is a vibrant young law writer currently writing her next big project. Her modern outlook on the law field is reflected on her informative pieces. Sabrina loves cooking and often invites her friends over for barbecue.

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Are Sport bike riders, Real Biker’s? founder and Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez in the Yellowstone National Forest founder and Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez in the Yellowstone National Forest

During the winter, something occurs with all bikers and motorcycle riders that are located in cold climates called cabin fever. Cabin fever occurs when these bikers and motorcyclists cannot ride their motorcycles because it’s too cold.

With the advent of the Internet and social media, many of these bikers and motorcyclists take to the Internet, and socialize via Internet forums and social media.

Today some guy posted on an Internet forum a question; are sport bike riders real bikers?

Of course, everybody and their mother spewed out their opinion on this social media thread, including me.

The question actually upset me, because to me, anyone who rides a motorcycle is a biker. Those who get on two wheeled motorcycles of any type I consider to be bikers. I not only represent these guys and gals if they are God forbid involved in a motorcycle accident anywhere in California, but I don’t discriminate because someone may ride a sport bike, a Japanese cruiser, or an American cruiser. I have actually owned all types of motorcycles.

On this particular Internet forum, you basically have a bunch of older Harley-Davidson riders that some would consider to be stereotypical bikers, i.e., a bunch of tattoos, longhair, goatee or beard, Harley-Davidson T-shirt, blue jeans, motorcycle boots, with the wallet chain affixed to their belt.

You see these types all over the place at Harley events and other mainstream events like the Sturgis motorcycle rally.

Do you have to dress or look like this to be a biker? Hell no! Just because you dress a certain way does not make you a biker. I have seen many dudes who dress like bikers, who have no motorcycles. Buying and wearing a Harley-Davidson T-shirt does not make you a biker.

To me, what makes you a biker, is getting your ass on two wheels and riding a motorcycle on the street, or even the dirt. All bikers have the same type of thing in common, the need to ride a motorcycle.

I have been in motorcycle clubs for over 20 years until just recently. I was always a bit more clean-cut than most of the guys in my club because of my profession. My appearance did not mean squat. I am a biker through and through.

I will not lie, I have owned a couple Harley-Davidson T-shirts in the past 30 years, but I do not think I have ever worn one of them. Further, I have never used a wallet chain affixed to my belt. I don’t like wearing wallets because I don’t like the feel of it in my pocket.

Now I have been riding for many years all over the country. I have seen some hard-core sport bike riders that could ride the pants off of any standard cruiser motorcycle rider. Just because some of these guys may be more clean-cut, and don’t dress in the stereotypical way, does not mean that they are not hard-core riders and bikers. As a matter fact I think some of these guys are hard-core bikers, more so than any Harley-Davidson rider.

In the end, I do not like some older Harley-Davidson rider claiming that a younger sport bike rider is not a biker. A biker is someone who rides a motorcycle, and loves doing so, no matter what they look like and no matter what they ride.

As the older bagger type of Harley-Davidson/Indian motorcycle riders ages and die out, it will be the younger guys with the sport bikes and smaller and lower cc motorcycles that will take over. They are bikers just like everybody else.

By founder, and motorcycle accident lawyer, Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq.

Biker Law Blog temporary connectivity problems

Biker Law Blog NewsWe have been informed by the company that provides the server that runs Biker Law Blog, that in the last 3 days, a patch was put on the server to protect against a meltdown virus vulnerability. Unfortunately, the patch causes 30% degradation in the server. This goes for most Internet servers and not just the one that runs the Biker Law Blog. We have been told that the powers that be are working around the clock to fix the issue.

What this means for you Biker Law Blog readers is that especially during the day when you try to connect to this site there will be intermittent connectivity problems. It might say unable to connect to the database, or give some other error.

All you need to do is refresh your browser, and the sites should come up. Worst-case scenario you might have to refresh your browser a couple times to get the site up. We have been assured that the probably be fixed as soon as possible.

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The Biker Law Blog has undergone a facelift founder Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq. founder Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq.

As you can see The Biker Law Blog has undergone a face lift.

When I started the blog over 11 years ago, I had no idea that I would still be blogging over a decade later. Many of the people who I met when I started blogging, either stopped blogging, or significantly slowed down. Most are gone. I am glad to still be here.

Over the past 11+ years the Biker Law Blog has had many different looks that have changed over the years due to technology upgrades, platform changes, etc. We have just undergone a new change to how the blog looks and operates, that has been in the planning stages for the past year.

We are still working out some of the kinks, but this will be our new look at least for now.

The Biker Law Blog over the years has become a recognized and respected motorcycle industry publication, with a dedicated and loyal readership. I really appreciate all the people who have subscribed and have kept in touch over the years.

I hope you like the new look of the Biker Law Blog, and that you will give me any feedback as to what you think. Please give it a week or so for all the bugs in case to be worked out.

See you soon, Motorcycle accident lawyer, and founder, Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq.

Season’s Greetings from the Biker Law Blog, 2017 founder Norman Gregory Fernandez with his wife founder Norman Gregory Fernandez with his wife

I wish you all happy holidays and a happy new year for the year 2017.

Many of you throughout the country cannot ride your motorcycles right now because you’re stuck in very bad weather as expected.

Many of you can still ride in other parts of the country.

No matter what your situation, there will be many people on the road for the holidays who have been drinking and driving. Furthermore, you may decide to drink yourself.

Whatever you do, do not get on your motorcycle after drinking. It is much harder to control your motorcycle if you have been drinking.

Notwithstanding the fact that you should not be drinking and driving, It is about 10 times worse on a motorcycle.

Do not drink and drive on your motorcycle.

Many of you know that I lost my mom on May 5, 2017. Many of you probably still have your parents alive, do not take them for granted this holiday season. If you cannot see them in person, give them a call wish them a season’s greetings, and tell them that you love them.

By Norman Gregory Fernandez, Esq.

Indian Motorcycles of Orange County, possibly the worst motorcycle dealership in the country


California biker attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez at the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone national forest just after Sturgis 2015
California biker attorney Norman Gregory Fernandez at the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone national forest just after Sturgis 2015

** 8-28-18 Update: On 8-24-18, I heard from the General Manager of this dealership after writing another Yelp Review. My first review was taken down by Yelp for reasons unknown. and we have discussed my issue. I have not asked for any monetary damages or anything crazy. I only asked him to resolve this issue by providing excellent service on my motorcycle. long story short, I will write another article very soon to tell you what happened. Indian Motorcycle of Orange is much more fuc#’d up then I first thought. In the meantime, check out some of the other negative feedback on Indian Motorcycles of Orange County on Yelp by clicking here. There are probably a whole bunch more victims that got screwed and did not do a review.

This is part 2 of my write up on how I switched from riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles to Indian motorcycles in July 2017. You can read part one by clicking here.

In part 1 of my story, I discussed looking at new motorcycles, narrowing my decision down to two motorcycles, and ultimately choosing the Indian Roadmaster motorcycle. I also discussed how my fiancé went about buying the motorcycle, and a problem that I had with the motorcycles cruise control on the way home after picking it up.

Now this is where the story gets interesting. I have been riding motorcycles for over 40 years. I have been dealing with car dealerships and motorcycle dealerships for approximately 37 years.

The worst experience I’ve ever had with any dealership was last week at Indian Motorcycles of Orange County California,  I recommend that nobody purchase any product there, or obtains service from them.

Let me explain what happened.

Within a day or two after riding my fiancé’s new Indian Roadmaster home from the dealership where it was purchased in San Jose California, I called the local dealership where we live, Indian Motorcycle of Orange, to inform them that I wanted to bring the motorcycle in for 500-mile service, and to fix the cruise control problem on the motorcycle.

We are talking a $35,000 motorcycle that was less than a week old.

Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez at Sturgis
Biker Lawyer Norman Gregory Fernandez at Sturgis

When I got to the dealership everything seemed normal except that there was a female salesperson there that gave me the silent treatment when she found out that we purchased the motorcycle from another dealership. (See part 1 where I discussed why we purchased the motorcycle different dealership)

I took it in stride, because I was dealing with the service department.

I explained to the service manager that I wanted a 500-mile service, that the cruise control did not work and it was a brand-new motorcycle, and requested that they install 2 locks that go on the lower fairing compartments.

We never discussed the cost of service, but I assumed it would be around the same as I was quoted from my dealer in northern California, approximately $200 and some change. I was told in northern California that it was about an hour and half of labor.

Before I left, I talked to the sales manager who was mentioned in my part one story, and explained to him that since I had not heard back from him, I purchased the bike in San Jose at Spirit Motorcycles. He told me he had found one for me locally, but part 1 of my story speaks for itself. You can it read here.

Later that day, after dropping my motorcycle off, I called the service department for a status, and was told that my 500-mile service was done, the 2 lower fairing compartment locks were installed, but that there was nothing they could do on the cruise control issue until they contacted the manufacturer directly for assistance.

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I have switched from Harley Davidson Motorcycles to Indian Motorcycles; Part 1

I have been riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles for quite some time, off and on, for over 30 years. My last bike was a 2008, Harley-Davidson Electra glide Ultra – Classic,

I decided to take a look at obtaining a new motorcycle, partly because I wanted to see what new technology was out there.

I finally narrowed down my search to two possible motorcycles, a 2017 Harley-Davidson Ultra – Limited, and an Indian Roadmaster.

In my research, I discovered that the 2017 Harley-Davidson Ultra – Limited had the new Milwaukee 8 motor, which has water-cooled heads, which means it runs months cooler than the current motorcycle that I have, has 11 more cc inches of power than I have now, a redesigned engine mount which lessens vibrations, a redesigned fairing which is said to be more stable, updated hard saddlebags, and an updated head unit with Bluetooth capability.

Frankly, I did not like any of the color schemes that came with the Harley-Davidson Ultra – Limited. With a motor cycle manufacturer such as Harley-Davidson, I would’ve expected more choices, or even custom options.

If I chose to get the Harley-Davidson, it would basically be getting the same motorcycle I have had for the past 12 years, with an updated engine, fairing, stereo, and saddlebag openers.

In my mind, there is no way to justify paying approximately $30,000 for an updated Harley just because of the few things mentioned above.

When I looked at the Indian motorcycles, frankly I was very surprised to see how far they’d come. The Indian motorcycles in this class have a 111 c.c. motor which is called the ThunderStroke. It puts out 119.6 foot-pounds of torque, and has approximately 90 hp. Although it is air cooled like the old Harleys, and heats up like the old Harleys, this engine is a beast, trust me it has some punch, it is fast.

Further, when I looked at the Indian Roadmaster, I saw many built-in features that would cost thousands of dollars to get on a Harley-Davidson as add on extras.

The head unit on the Indian is incredible, it has GPS built in, a much bigger screen, and shows you all engine functions, including a multi-function display, right on the front bike.

Basically, the Indian Roadmaster is a beautiful bike.

Lucky man that I am, when my fiancé found out that I liked the Indian Roadmaster, she decided to buy one, for me to ride, with the only condition that she be the only female I allow the back. Of course, I said yes 🙂 this lady is about to become my wife anyway.

We went to a dealership locally called “Indian Motorcycles of Orange,” (More on them in part two of this article.)  to look at the Indian Roadmaster.

They had in stock, a black Roadmaster, a black and ivory one, and a red one, however, I wanted the green and ivory color Roadmaster.

I told Indian Motorcycle of Orange County that my fiancé was a cash buyer, and we wanted to buy a new motorcycle within a week.

The sales manager told us that he would call around to his other dealer friends, and if anybody had one, he could have it within a couple of days.

I figured that the dealer would be very excited to have a cash deal on their most expensive motorcycle, and that he would have jumped right on it trying to find the motorcycle that we wanted.

I called him the next day, and he told me that he had not had a chance to check yet, but that he would, and that he would get back to me.

3 days later I still had not heard back from him, so I decided to take matters into my own hands.

I went online and looked at the inventory of all of the local dealerships myself. I discovered that only Spirit Motorcycle of San Jose California had the motorcycle I wanted in stock, the green and ivory motorcycle. Unfortunately, it was 450 miles away.

I called and talked to the owner, Martin, who was very helpful, and we worked the deal out over the phone. Within 2 days, I was on a plane to San Jose to go pick up the bike.

Ironically, the day I was about to leave to go pick up the bike, Indian Motorcycle of Orange called me and left a message, but it was already too late, the deal was already done with Spirit, and I was on my way to San Jose to pick up the Indian Roadmaster.

Had Indian Motorcycle of Orange called me back sooner, they would have gotten the deal.

If you are a motorcycle dealer, I doubt you are so busy that it would take you days to find a unit for a customer, or at least call them back to let them know you are trying. It took me less than 15 minutes to find the motorcycle I wanted.

If you snooze, you lose. More on Indian Motorcycle of Orange below, and in part 2 of this article.

When I got to San Jose, they picked me up at the airport, brought me to the dealership, you can see from the pictures here that this is what I picked up. It is the most beautiful motorcycle I have ever rode I think.

The dealer sent his expert out to teach me everything I needed to know about the motorcycle before I took off on it, I had the service department install infinity Highway pegs on the motorcycle before I left.

This dealership bent over backwards to make sure I was happy. Since I did not bring a helmet with me, I purchased an Indian DOT meanie helmet with the built-in visor for the road.

How many of you have obtained a brand-new motorcycle and then rode it 420 miles plus home :-)?

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