MIPS Helmet Technology

We are starting to hear the term MIPS in the motorcycle world a lot! What is it and what should it matter to riders? 

To start MIPS= Multi-directional Impact Protection System

In a motorcycle helmet with MIPS Brain Protection System, the shell and the liner are separated by a low-friction layer. When a helmet with MIPS is subjected to an angled impact, the low friction layer allows the helmet to slide relative to the head. Designed to deal with how most accidents occur, with angled impacts to the head.

It’s mimicking what our brains do! The brain is surrounded by a low-friction cushion of fluid that protects it by allowing it to slide slightly on impact. MIPS imitates the brain’s way of protecting itself by giving the helmet its own low-friction layer between the outer shell and the liner, which also absorbs much of the energy created by an angled blow to the head​.

Many motorcycle, bicycle, and sports helmet brands are headed this way. For us motorcycle riders the options are limited thus far. Here are a few on the market today:

Bell Helmets

Icon Helmets

Troy Lee Designs

Klim Helmets

6D Helmets

Lane Filtering

Motorcyclists now have the choice to lane filter. This new law has caused some confusion and misconceptions among motorcyclists and car drivers. The reasoning for this law taking effect was not to give motorcyclists the right of way or to let them cut in line. It was passed as an initiative to reduce motorcycle accidents and fatalities by removing the rider from traffic because they are at greater risk of injury if rear ended at a stop. For those who are still not sure about the details here are five things everyone needs to know about Lane Filtering:

Filtering may only be executed when two lanes travelling in the same direction are completely stopped.

Overtaking/Passing the stopped vehicles is only legal if passing between these two lanes.

The only approved roads for this process must have a speed limit posted 45mph or less.

The motorcycle speed cannot be greater than 15 mph while filtering.

Whether the motorcyclist is experienced or inexperienced the rider must use good judgment and extreme caution in order to execute in a safe manner.

My personal experiences with lane filtering have all been great. However, it is easy to see why only experienced riders should filter in certain scenarios. One scenario would be if the rider has luggage on the motorcycle making it wider and the stagger of the vehicles stopped could make it more challenging to comfortably navigate. Not all vehicles and motorcycles are created with similar dimensions adding different variables that must be considered before choosing to filter. The use of common sense and good judgment must be practiced to make the drivers of the vehicles comfortable when being passed. An added perk to practicing this law is the time savings, especially if you have to commute through heavy traffic areas like Salt Lake City, Provo, Orem or downtown Ogden!
As a licensed driver in Utah we are all in this together, if you have further questions about the law visit https://dld.utah.gov/lane-filtering/ or contact the office at Utah Rider Education.

Advantages of Full Face Helmets for most riders

Full Face helmets offer many advantages for most riders.

The built-in face shield offers protection from bugs, rocks, rain, and wind. Additionally, many newer models come with an optional flip down/up tinted visor inside, like seen on fighter pilot helmets.

Many full-face helmets are now equipped with built in speakers for blue tooth music and communication systems.
The venting on full face helmets typically allow for that “wind through the hair” feeling, without the risk associated with riding helmetless.

Studies have shown that there is over a 40 percent chance of hitting your chin if you fall with your helmet on. A Full-Face Helmet offers the most injury prevention should that occur.
With modern composite materials, such as carbon fiber, the weight of modern full-face helmets is typically less than older ¾ helmets.

The old myth that a full-face helmet will block one’s peripheral vision is just that, a myth. The helmets are required to have an opening which allows at least 5 degrees more peripheral vision than the typical human possesses.

Despite all the benefits outlined above, there are people who get claustrophobic in a full-face helmet. For those riders there are many exceptional ¾ helmets available that have many of the features found in a full face, although chin and nose protection is minimal.

The key to any helmet is to get one that fits right and is comfortable for your head shape, which means that trying them on prior to purchase is essential.

Coach Dale

Quality Motorcycle Tires can give us trouble-free miles

There is an old saying among riders, “keep the rubber side down”. Although there are many factors that help us do that, tires are a critical component of a motorcycle.

Manufacturers spend a lot of time and science figuring out which tires to put on each of their models. Although we can sometimes “upgrade” the quality of tire, the size has effects on handling and so it is best to adhere to the manufacturers recommended size.

Once we ensure that our tires have good tread, it is very important to ensure that you are running the correct tire pressure. Pressure being off as little as 5psi, low or high, can affect the handling of a motorcycle. Riding on tires with incorrect pressures can also cause the tires to wear out more quickly.

As with cars, there is writing on the side of the tire which typically reads “Max pressure 42psi”. However, the recommended pressure may vary so checking the owner’s manual specifications is best. There is usually also a sticker on the swingarm or chain guard that gives the correct pressures to run. Often the stickers, or owner’s manual, will indicate a different pressure to use when carrying a passenger or cargo.

Much like new sunglasses and windshields, new tires give us a short lived warm and fuzzy feeling. But if well maintained, motorcycle tires can give us many thousands of trouble-free miles on the road.


Coach Dale

Positives & Negatives Of Modular Helmets

I love my modular helmet! After I purchased my first one in 2013 I will never go back to a regular full face. Granted, there are some positives and negatives to this type of helmet:


1: Provides the same protection from elements as a full-face while giving the convenience of a ¾ face. You can talk to fellow riders easier, drink a bottle of water, scratch your face, open it when sneezing, and go into gas stations or other places that normally require you to remove your helmet.

2: Easier to clean the screen!

3: If you are claustrophobic but still want the face protection these might be the ticket. Mainly because you have to open the helmet to put it on or take it off.


1: They are not as “safe” as full-face helmets. The chin and jawbone are high impact areas, there is no guarantee that a modular will not “flip up” during a crash exposing those areas.

2: Snell refuses to test modular helmets due to the non-solid chin bar, therefore we do not have Snell ratings on different brands.

3: They tend to be a little heavier, but I do not notice this so much.

There are many other reasons to love or hate a modular helmet, but I LOVE mine!! Next time you are shopping give one a try ;)

Coach Sarah