Moto Guzzi MGX-21 Concept Gets The Green Light For Release

Sources are reporting that the Moto Guzzi MGX-21 concept that was shown off at last year’s EICMA event will now be put into production and released later this year. The MGX-21 is based on the Moto Guzzi California and mixes Italian flair with American cruiser and Moto Guzzi obviously thinks it works well enough together to be brought to market.

The MGX-21, which stands for Moto Guzzi eXperimental and 21 referring to the 21 inch front wheel will go into production without many major changes to its concept form. That includes the retention of the large 21 inch diameter front wheel (although expect at least a spoke wheel in place of the current blacked out one).

As stated, the bike employs the same 1,380cc 90° V-twin engine as found in the California which produces 71 kW (96 HP) at 6500 rpm and 120 Nm at 2750 rpm. Mechanically, little else is known about the bike but it’s likely to stray very little from what is already used in the California line up.

Expect the production bike to lose much of its carbon fiber fairings with traditional plastics in their place to reduce costs. But that perhaps will leave the door open for a further special edition down the track. The Moto Guzzi MGX-21 will join BMW and their Concept 101 bagger in showrooms by the end of the year.

UC Berkeley Publish Full Report on Lane Splitting Safety

You may remember late last year that the University of California Berkeley (in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol) released their initial findings on a study focusing on the motorcycle lane splitting in California – the first study ever to look at the practice properly. Those initial findings supported what most motorcyclists knew all along – that lane splitting is a safer practice than not doing so.

Now the full and final study has been released, going into more detail and depth on their findings. The study found that compared with other motorcyclists, lane-splitting motorcyclists were more often riding on weekdays and during commute hours, were using better helmets, and were traveling at lower speeds. Lane-splitting riders were also less likely to have been using alcohol and less likely to have been carrying a passenger.

Lane-splitting motorcyclists were also injured much less frequently during their collisions. Lanesplitting riders were less likely to suffer head injury (9% vs 17%), torso injury (19% vs 29%), extremity injury (60% vs 66%), and fatal injury (1.2% vs 3.0%). Lane-splitting motorcyclists were equally likely to suffer neck injury, compared with non-lane-splitting motorcyclists

Perhaps stating the obvious, but the study also found that lane-splitting appeared to be a relatively safe motorcycle riding strategy if done in traffic moving at 50 MPH or less and if motorcyclists do not exceed the speed of other vehicles by more than 15 MPH. A significant number of motorcyclists lane-split in fast-moving traffic or at excessive speed differentials. These riders could lower their risk of injury by restricting the environments in which they lane-split and by reducing their speed differential when they do choose to lanesplit.

But perhaps the most interesting finding is that most motorcycle riders ‘self-police’ their splitting habits, so to speak. Only a small fraction of riders in California lane split at high speed. Most take the sensible approach and only split in ‘start-stop’ traffic or when other cars are travelling at or below 40MPH.

You can read the full report here. Interestingly, it appears that California could soon legalize motorcycle lane-splitting. That may seem strange to hear given that it was the CHP initiating this study, but currently lane-splitting is neither legal nor illegal in California. This new law would provide clarity to riders but also make it clear to car drivers that what motorcyclists are doing is not only for our own safety, but okay in the eyes of the law.

Is Motorcycle Lane Splitting Dangerous?

 

US | Total Control Training Wins Contract For California Motorcyclist Safety Program

Total Control Training, Inc. (TCTI) was recently awarded the contract for America’s most prestigious motorcycle-training program: the California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP). The state’s official motorcycle safety training program, it is administered by the California Highway Patrol. Instruction by TCTI begins on January 1, 2015.

The CMSP was established in 1994. Its training programs cater to new riders of all ages with courses that combine classroom instruction with practical riding exercises. Motorcycles and helmets are provided free of charge. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a certificate that waives the DMV riding skills test requirement. CMSP expects to train 65,000 motorcyclists per year and operates more than 120 training sites throughout California.

Winning the contract required Total Control to submit a California-specific novice-rider training curriculum that meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Model National Standards for Entry-Level Motorcycle Rider Training. Currently, Total Control’s Beginner Riding Clinic is the only curriculum that has been reviewed by the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA) or any other third party. An independent working group of experts determined that the program is in compliance with the standards.

SMSA Executive Director Brett Robinson welcomed Total Control: “The SMSA is pleased that Total Control’s BRC has become the first curriculum to be reviewed by the SMSA and determined to be in compliance with NHTSA Model National Standards. Quality rider training curricula for entry-level riders and life-long learning opportunities are important elements of a comprehensive motorcycle safety approach.”

“Total Control’s Beginner Riding Clinic is a fusion of Idaho’s long-proven STAR program and what we’ve learned in 15 years of teaching our internationally acclaimed Intermediate and Advanced Riding Clinics,” says Lee Parks, President of TCTI. “We’ve been working on a beginner riding course curriculum and the CMSP proposal for many years and are thrilled to finally give California’s novice riders access to our unique riding technology.

“Our approach to adult education is very different from what other rider-training programs have used in the last decade, at a time when motorcycle fatalities have continued to rise. We are looking forward to a new era of motorcycle safety focused not on simply bringing new riders into the sport, but on reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities among those who do choose to ride.” Helping make the transformation is an all-star cast of award-winning personnel, including state administrators, instructor trainers and curriculum developers. Leading Total Control’s transformation team is newly appointed Program Manager, Bobbie Carlson, who has worked with Total Control Training since 2006. Dedicating most of her career to motorcycle training, Carlson has also held staff positions with various state and military programs, as well as the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

More information about Total Control Training and the CMSP program can be found at TotalControlTraining.net.

Total Control Training Wins Contract For California Motorcyclist Safety Program