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  1. Buying a New or Used Motorcycle

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    When you are a motorsport enthusiast, purchasing a motorcycle is an exciting time. Similar to purchasing a car, you will have the option to either purchase new or used. There are advantages to both options, so it is important that you educate yourself before making a purchase.

    The Decision to Buy New

    There are many advantages to buying a new motorcycle. One of the most prominent advantages is the fact that you do not have to worry whether or not the vehicle was ever in an accident. Additionally, new motorcycles may feel more reliable and safe since repairs are less likely. For many owners, the peace of mind that a manufacturer’s warranty offers is irreplaceable.

    The main disadvantage of purchasing new is cost. New motorcycles are not only more expensive than used ones, the insurance premiums can be higher as well, especially if the vehicle is financed.

    The Decision to Buy Used

    Used motorcycles are more budget friendly, and can very smart purchases if the bike is well taken care of. The decision of whether or not to buy from a private seller or a dealer depends on whether or not you need to finance. If financing is not an issue, buying a bike through a private seller may be a good option. A private seller will know the history of the bike better than a dealer would, for instance, if it has been in any accidents, or if the bike has malfunctioned in any way.

    Preventing a Motorcycle Accident When Buying Used

    Sacramento motorcycle accident lawyer Frank Penney suggest doing the following before riding a used bike in order to prevent an accident and/or injury:

    • Ask a lot of questions before purchasing
    • Take a good, hard look at the bike in person and test ride if possible
    • Do research on the make and model and search for any recalls or known defects
    • Do not purchase a bike that is too advanced for your skill level
    • Take it to a trusted mechanic soon after purchase

    Most used vehicle purchases go off without a hitch, however, even the most skilled and prepared rider can have an accident. Contact Sacramento motorcycle accident attorney Frank Penney today and make sure that your rights are protected.

  2. Choosing A Motorcycle Helmet

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    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), helmets saved the lives of 1,544 motorcycle riders in 2010. It’s should be no surprise to anyone that an unhelmeted rider is 40% more likely to die from a head injury than someone wearing a helmet.

    A motorcycle helmet is the most important piece of gear that a rider can buy. When it comes to buying a helmet, you may not see a notable difference between helmet types at first glance. You may be tempted to buy the cheapest one, or the best looking one.  But the truth is, the best motorcycle helmet is the one that will save your life in a crash.

    What to Look for In a Motorcycle Helmet

    As with any purchase, the buyer must draw their own conclusions and choose the product that best suits their needs.  California motorcycle attorney Frank Penney suggests that the safest motorcycle helmets are those with:

    • good overall quality of materials
    • stable and durable construction
    • a reputable name (not in popularity, but in reliability)
    • a comfortable, yet snug fit
    • good ratings and reviews
    • customizable sizing (interchangeable cheek padding, etc)

    Motorcycle Helmet Standards

    Modern helmets have come a long way since the thin, leather head caps they used to be.  Modern helmet construction includes several key components, such a hard outer shell, impactable interior foam, comfort lining/padding and a chin strap. Many different materials can be used for these parts, however, all of these components are vital in the construction of motorcycle helmets and one should not be purchased if missing any of these pieces.

    In the United States, there are two main helmet standards in place that are directly related to helmet safety.  All helmets are required to pass the DOT standard (Department of Transportation) in order to be sold in the United States.  When purchasing a helmet, make sure that it is DOT compliant. Another helmet standard is the Snell standard.  Helmets that pass the Snell standard have gone through more intensive testing.

    Avoid Personal Injury On A Motorcycle

    It is always a good idea to buy new helmets. With used helmets, the integrity of the helmet may have been compromised at one point.  Also, if the helmet was not originally purchased in the United States, it may not be DOT compliant.

    A good helmet is a must for any motorcycle rider.  As a motorcycle rider and enthusiast, California motorcycle attorney Frank Penney understands the importance of preventing personal injury while cruising on a motorcycle. If you ever do become involved in a motorcycle accident, contact Frank D. Penney to ensure that your rights are protected.