13th Annual Florida Motorcycle Expo and Bike Builder Invitational

13th Annual Florida Motorcycle Expo and Bike Builder Invitational. Starts on 1/28/2011 and ends on 1/30/2011. At Quaker Steak and Lube, 10400 49th St. North. Map Link Presented by Attorney Fran Haasch, St. Pete Powersports & Full Throttle Magazine, contests, events, exhibitor booths, live music and the Bike Builder Invitational that showcases the top motorcycles in the USA.

Florida Motorcycle Expo, Bike Builder InvitationalThis is a new venue for the Motorcycle Expo & Bike Builder Invitational. The Build Off bikes are located inside two enormous, climate controlled tents along with numerous vendors consuming these tents as well as the entire surrounding parking lot. There are inside and outside stages that feature Tampa Bay’s top bands. Quaker Steak & Lube offers great food and full liquor bars. Annual Miss Full Throttle bikini contest, bide in Bike Show, Tattoo Contest, plus a $100 per hour cash giveaway.

The Expo features numerous activities, contests, events, exhibitor booths, live music and the Bike Builder Invitational that showcases the top motorcycles in the USA.  This is a new venue for the Motorcycle Expo & Bike Builder Invitational and “The Lube” is known by every biker in the Tampa Bay area and beyond. On a normal Wednesday
Night Bike Night “The Lube” attracts anywhere from 2,000 to a staggering 3,500 bikers.

The Build Off bikes are located inside two enormous, climate controlled tents along with numerous vendors consuming these tents as well as the entire surrounding parking lot. There are inside and outside stages that feature Tampa Bay’s top bands. Quaker Steak & Lube offers great food and full liquor is also available. Add to that, the Annual Miss Full Throttle Bikini Contest, Ride in Bike Show, Tattoo Contest, plus a $100 per hour cash giveaway and more and you have the biggest and best event to hit Central Florida!

Vendor and sponsor info 813-814-1424. Website: www.floridafullthrottle.com.

Motorcycle Safety Course Mandatory in Two More States

Connecticut and California are now requiring riders to complete motorcycle safety course before issuing license.

A grieving mother was the driving force behind Connecticut’s new law requiring all new would-be bikers, regardless of age to complete motorcycle safety course before getting the license endorsement to drive a motorcycle legally in the state.

The new requirement does not apply to Connecticut riders who already have a motorcycle endorsement or those who are moving from another state with a motorcycle endorsement.

California has enacted similar legislation requiring state residents younger than 21 to complete a motorcycle safety course before being issued an instruction permit that allows them to practice riding a motorcycle. The permit must be held for six months before the motorist receives a license.

This law came about from a motorcycle tragedy as well.

While not brought about by such moving stories, other states have similar requirements for riders to get their motorcycle endorsements.

Florida State has required bikers to complete a motorcycle safety course since 2008.

Completion of recognized motorcycle safety courses often results in lower insurance rates, and all but five US states waive motorcyclist license testing for graduates of rider training courses such as those designed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF).

News Report on Motorcycle Training Cource in Tampa Bay Area Stirs up Debate

Bay News 9 (a Tampa Bay area News Chanel) did a report today on Suncoast Safety Council"s training course in Clearwater. The article sparked a lot of comments on weather helmets save lives or not.

“The riders being trained are required to wear helmets, but how do they feel about having to wear a helmet when heading out on the road?
“I feel it"s a really good idea," Taylor said. “I feel when you"re riding a motorcycle, safety is number one."

Taylor"s classmate Charles Salvatore agrees.
“I think everybody should have a helmet," he said. “You know, just keep you safe."
And safety is what Burton teaches, and says people can benefit from training and helmets."

Here are some of the comments:

Joe wrote:A helmet just guarantees you to be on life support. I would rather die than be a veggie. I think a strict automobile driver test should be given every 4 years…not just a written one. That will solve most of the motorcycle deaths….Failure to yeild the Right of Way.

RTR wrote:Been riding for a long time. At 70 mph a helmet just makes a better looking corpse. I dont wear one my choice. I do wear a seatbelt also my choice.And if the insurance companys could find a way to charge you extra for not wearing a seatbelt it wouldnt be a law either.

Quack-Quack wrote:As a recent transplant, I still do a double take every time I see riders without helemts down here. No matter how skilled the rider, the helmet will protect them from some of these crazy Florida drivers. Helemts are a “No-Brainer". The course must be doing some good, I do see those guys out there every day on the way to work. Keep it up guys, do they have a course like this for drivers?

JB52 wrote:Traffic law enforcement will help. If you believe you ever have the right of way, get off that bike immediately and plan your funeral. That"s a tip from an old school biker!

TK wrote:I have been riding motorcycle in Florida for about 2 years now. I went through the Motorcycle Riders Association"s Safe Rider Course before I got my license. I think what the teach in this class is the key to survivial not just here in Florida but whereever you ride. To this day, I am constantly looking for ways to improve my skills, safety and visibility on the road.

Read the full article  here

Kevin Schwantz to Conduct Military Motorcycle Training

Schwantz Motorcycle Riding School to host condensed version of curriculum at several military bases for armed forces personnel.

Schwantz Motorcycle Riding School

Kevin Schwantz has taught thousands of students how to safely ride a motorcycle, but the next class will be different.

In the middle of December, Schwantz will host a condensed version of the world famous Schwantz School for airmen at an Air Force base in Florida. (He also has a school planned at a base in California in January). Rider safety is becoming an increasingly urgent concern to the armed forces.

A recent report showed that motorcycle accidents becoming increasingly lethal among active duty personnel.

The report, in the March 2010 Medical Surveillance Monthly Report, a publication of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, which covered motor vehicle accidents from January 1, 1998 through September 30, 2009, noted that “the most striking finding, however, is the sharp increase in the proportion of all MVA-related deaths that are due to motorcycles accidents.

In 2008, 38% of all U.S. service members in active service (and 40% of all active component members) who were killed in motor vehicle accidents were riding motorcycles; in 2001, only 14% of all MVA-related deaths of service members were due to motorcycle accidents. The recent sharp increase in motorcycle-related deaths has been noted and aggressively countered by the Services.”

Read the full story at: www.sportrider.com

NTSB Will Campaign for Tougher Motorcycle Helmet Law

As a way to further limit highway deaths, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will campaign to have all 50 states adopt or toughen laws that require motorcyclists to wear helmets, reports The Wall Street Journal. Florida motorcycle riders who are adequately insured are not required to wear a helmet.

As it stands now, 20 states and the District of Columbia require riders to wear helmets. Twenty-seven states, including Florida, have partial laws that require some people to wear helmets some of the time. Three states have no requirements for helmet use. They include New Hampshire, Illinois, and Iowa.

When the law was loosened in 2000, Florida saw an increase in motorcycle deaths. Nationwide, fatal motorcycle crashes reached 5,300 in 2008, doubling from 1998. That averages a dozen deaths a day from motorcycle accidents, in part, because of a lack of any consistent helmet laws.

The federal proposal would not only save lives, but save us all money. It’s estimated that the cost for an average unhelmeted rider to be in an accident is about $310,000, largely due to the resulting head and spinal cord injury. A helmeted rider, by comparison, has roughly $71,000 worth of medical bills.

The NTSB is so serious about making helmets mandatory that it is adding the motorcycle safety issue to its “Most Wanted” list of improvements. The NTSB plans to pressure states and testify about the need for new, tougher laws through the use of public-service announcements.

Niceville Teen Injured in Motorcycle Wreck

CRESTVIEW — A 17-year-old girl was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola in serious condition following a Sunday afternoon motorcycle accident on Antioch Road.

Alyssa N. Lyon was a passenger on a 2001 Honda motorcycle driven by James M. Cantrell, a 22-year-old Baker man.

The bike was heading northbound on Antioch Road when it crossed over the southbound lane and onto the shoulder, where Cantrell lost control of the vehicle. Both Cantrell and Lyon were ejected from the bike and landed on the shoulder, according to the Florida Highway Patrol media release.

Both were wearing helmets and alcohol was not a factor.

Cantrell was charged with careless driving and attaching a tag to the bike that was not assigned to it, the release said.

The accident happened at about 2:30 Sunday afternoon, north of the intersection with Golf Course Dr.

Online: www.thedestinlog.com

Florida Motorcycle Helmet Law – The Gainesville Sun

The Gainesville  Sun on reinstating Florida motorcycle helmet law:

Florida once had a mandatory helmet law for motorcycle riders. But then Gov. Jeb Bush and the Legislature decided that courting brain damage ought to be a matter of  “personal freedom" and repealed it.

It was a fatal decision. In 1999, before the law was repealed, 164 people died in motorcycle accidents in Florida. Last year 402 motorcycle-related deaths occurred here.

The National Safety Transportation Board has urged all states to pass mandatory helmet laws. The board says that motorcycle deaths are on the rise, even as other traffic-related fatalities are dropping. Last year more than 4,400 people died in motorcycle accidents in America; up from 2,294 in 1998 (when most states had mandatory helmet laws).

“Head injuries are a leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes," the board reports. “Motorcyclists who crash without a helmet are three times more likely to have brain injuries than those wearing a helmet.

“In addition to the tragic loss of life, the economic cost to society is enormous … Medical and other costs for unhelmeted riders involved in crashes are staggering, estimated at $310,000 per crash-involved motorcyclist. That"s more than four times the overall cost of accidents involving helmeted riders."

The notion that helmets ought to be a personal choice ignores the fact that riders who sustain debilitating head injuries usually require lengthy, heavily subsidized health care. That fact alone should make Florida"s fiscally conservative Legislature reinstate the mandatory helmet law.

Online: www.gainesville.com