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The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has officially approved the electric Zero XU for use in the organization's rider training courses. The electron-powered XU offers a number of advantages for novice riders, including a low seat height, quiet operation and a direct-drive system that eliminates additional learning barriers like clutch and gearbox operation. The bikes are also extremely lightweight, tipping the scales at a mere 221 pounds with the battery pack in place.


The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has just passed an amazing milestone by graduating its 6 millionth Rider Course student. MSF has been training safer riders since 1973 and currently boasts 10,000 coaches in over 2,000 locations. While probably best-known for its introductory motorcycle school, MSF also works in tandem with military, federal and state groups to train riders on a professional level. All told, the group offers over 23 courses for every level of rider skill, and since most insurance


How far is too far? In a recent press release, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety made a plea to the federal government to require anti-lock braking systems on all motorcycles sold in the U.S. The group cites a newly-released study showing 22 percent fewer damage claims are made on motorcycles with ABS compared to non-equipped models, in part, as justification for the law.


It's snowing outside as I write this, but not all of our readership has to put up with the freezing temperatures and snowy and icy conditions that make up my winter-wonderland. So, as a reminder to any out there who choose to save on gas and emissions by riding a bike, scooter or motorcycle, Motorcyclist Online has 50 reminders to help keep you safe while riding.

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