Blimey, we've seen some weather haven't we? Including bitter temperatures as far north as Auckland. So, in this issue of Ride On, we have a 'handy' reminder of what to look for when buying winter gloves. Plus we have some fascinating motorcycle-related stories including the results of a US State repealing its helmet law, updates on Avalon Biddle’s progress in WSS 300 and a new technology that could eliminate many car vs motorcycle crashes. Enjoy!
Keep your mitts warm and dry
Digital shield to prevent car-motorcycle accidents?
Don't miss that $50-off deal on Saint jeans
Avalon Biddle had a great race at Assen in round two of the World Supersport 300 Championship, running as high as 16th before getting slipstreamed by three riders in the run up to the line. Still, 19th place out of 38 entrants was a pretty strong result. The next round, at Imola, was tougher with Av crossing the line in P29. Next up, Donington. Follow Av on her Facebook page as she races around the world:
The State of Michigan repealed its universal compulsory helmet law in 2012, and guess what? Head injuries have more than doubled. A long-term study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® reports that patients with motorcycle trauma as a result of riding without helmets more than doubled from 20 to 44 percent. A figure closely aligned with the increase in all types of cranial injury. Interestingly, those patients who'd ridden without helmets also sustained higher rates of other types of injury, and both before and after the change in legislation, un-helmeted riders had a higher blood alcohol content. Is there a Doctor Darwin in the house?
Read the study 'The effects of motorcycle helmet legislation on craniomaxillofacial injuries'
R.I.P Nicky Hayden
2006 MotoGP World Champion and all-round nice guy Nicky Hayden passed away on May 22nd after being hit by a car while cycling in Italy. Nicky was preparing for the Imola World Superbike round. Av shared some inspiring words from the Kentucky Kid’s Twitter page: “Don’t throw in the towel, use it to wipe away the sweat & keep going.” Amen to that.
Our Karel in the news
In case you missed it, there was a great story recently on Karel Pavich of Pro-Rider, one of the Ride Forever training providers, by Paul Owen on the Stuff website:
Check out the article ‘Racer turned motorcycle safety champion’ on Stuff
Until next time
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