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Archive for October 10th, 2008

On occasion I’ve used this blog as a method of outreach to foster and/or promote motorcycle safety.  Full disclosure here — I don’t work for any motorcycle group, the MSF or a state agency, but I do try and represent concerns relating to motorcycle safety and help bring a “voice” to interested parties.

Did you know that motorcycle crashes in Oregon have risen from 443 in 2002 to 736 in 2006? There were 51 motorcyclist fatalities in 2007; 200 motorcyclists have died from 2002 to 2007. Oregon’s motorcycle fatalities are higher than they have been for 20 years.  I’ve written previously on motorcycle safety HEREHERE and on alcohol related accidents HERE

To help address motorcyclist fatalities the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety (GAC-MS) was commissioned and consists of members appointed by the Governor from throughout the state. This committee is charged with the responsibility to advise the Governor and the Transportation Safety Division of ODOT on motorcycle safety. They developed the 2008 Safety Strategic Plan which has the following 6 objectives along with a number of tactics to help decrease motorcycle fatalities:

  1. During 2008, the GAC-MS will hold public “listening” meetings not only in Salem but also around the state in the Portland, Ashland, Bend and Medford areas.
  2. Provide motorcycle operator training to all who need or seek it; increase motorcyclists’ knowledge of methods to increase their safety on the road, including awareness of hazards, motorcycle operating techniques, and conspicuity.
  3. Reduce crashes in which motorcyclists are impaired by alcohol or other drugs.
  4. Ensure that all motorcycle operators riding on public roads are properly licensed.
  5. Increase motorists’ awareness of the presence of motorcycles on the road.
  6. Education, Enforcement, Engineering and EMS issues pertaining to motorcycles will be identified.

View the full strategic plan is HERE (PDF file).

If you have an opinion or want to voice any concerns there are meetings planned on October 19th and November 21st.  The next two meetings are:

Sunday, October 19th at 4:00PM
7 Feathers Center, 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville, OR 97417

and

Friday, November 21st at 6:30PM 
Transportation Safety Division Office, 235 Union Street NE , OR 97301

If you can’t attend the meetings send written input to –

Michele O’Leary
ODOT Motorcycle Safety Program Manager
Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety
235 Union Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-1054
Email

Image courtesy of Texas Department of Safety.

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Wayne Ransom - Ransom Motorsports LLC

Wayne Ransom - Ransom Motorsports LLC

Wayne Ransom of Ransom Motorsports is unique.  Not because of the fact that he designs custom motorcycles, fabricates and finishes them himself or that he makes his own frames, suspensions and every piece of the body work is aluminum — hand pounded and smoothed by his hands — he’s unique because he lives life in a way that sets the bar high for many of us.  Before anything else Wayne is a devout Christian and reflects it in the way he lives his life and conducts business.  A bible-based bike builder if you will!  That is not something we routinely hear or observe from the custom bike industry! There are lots of examples that seem in conflict with this life style and I’ve written about biker celeb wrecks previously HERE and HERE.

Even the name of Ransom’s motorcycles (Genesis, Cain, Abel, and Serpent) take on a faith based vernacular.  Clearly the custom motorcycle industry prides itself on originality and Wayne is helping set a positive tone in the industry that is a public asset, not a public burden.

My hats off to Wayne!  Especially in this day where a lack of financial integrity is standard operating procedure.  I for one would like to hear his insights and personal experience, rising up through the ranks of the industry and how his Christian faith assisted his leadership skills in running a business.  Fidelity to the Word of God and a commitment to integrity is both inspiring and thought provoking in the world of custom motorcycles.

Photo courtesy of Ransom Motorsport web site.  Photographer is Dino Petrocelli.

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Yucca Desert Proving Grounds

Yucca Desert Proving Grounds

During WWII the U.S. Army established numerous airfields in Arizona for training pilots and aircrews of the USAAF fighters and bombers.  Just east of I-40 and about 25 miles south of Kingman, AZ is the Yucca Army Airfield.  In 1946 the property was declared surplus and in 1954 the Ford Motor Company acquired the facility and began using the runways for automobile testing.  Ford eventually built an extensive automotive proving ground and used the airfield known as the Arizona Proving Ground Airport.

In November 2007, Chrysler bought the facility (3,840-acre test site, which has 50 miles of test roads) for $34.9M from Ford Motor Company. Chrysler also made another $10M in upgrades, including a new 70-foot-high test grade along with other new test surfaces. The facility is open 24/7 and the Yucca site is the primary hot weather testing grounds. Chrysler tests about 2,000 vehicles a year at the site.  As a side bar, Toyota’s desert proving grounds is 128 miles away in Wickenburg, AZ and runway information is HERE.

Harley-Davidson recently closed an agreement with Chrysler to use the facility effective July 2009 as their desert proving grounds.  Harley will occupy several buildings and use the banked, high speed, five-mile, three-lane oval track as well as many of the twisted asphalt and checkerboard tile concrete roads.

I don’t know about you, but I can see a day in the future where the Laughlin River Run in coordination with the Route 66 Motor Sports and “Mother Road” Harley dealer in Kingman might include facility tours and/or sport track demo rides.  Let’s hope so!

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