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 or contact the office at Utah Rider Education.

The 650cc+ Endorsement

At Utah Rider Ed we have convenient options for the 650+ endorsement, allowing you to ride any size motorcycle after licensing. Wondering what the 650cc thing is all about? Asking yourself if you NEED the 650+ motorcycle endorsement? We are here to help!

What is tiered licensing? In 2008 Utah adopted a tiered motorcycle license system. The tiers are as follows: 

  • If you test on a motorcycle/scooter 90 cc or less, you will be restricted to riding motorcycles/scooters 90 cc or less.
  • If you test on a motorcycle/scooter 249 cc or less, you will be restricted to riding motorcycles/scooters 249 cc or less.
  • If you test on a motorcycle/scooter 649 cc or less, you will be restricted to riding motorcycles/scooters 649 cc or less.

Testing on a 650cc motorcycle at your Basic Rider Course: During your Basic Rider Course you will ride our provided 250cc motorcycles, which will cover you for the “649cc or less” endorsement. To get an endorsement for motorcycles above 649cc you have a couple options:

  • Test at the end of class on your personal motorcycle or rent our 650cc motorcycle for $30.
  • Schedule for a Retest time within 30 days of completing your Basic Rider Course. This can give you time to practice on your own motorcycle!

What kind of 650cc motorcycles do we have to rent? We offer the 650cc retesting at the following locations: West Jordan, South Jordan, Ogden, Park City, St. George. At most of our locations we have Boulevard S 650s. They are light, nimble, and work well for short or tall people.

Do I really need a motorcycle license for over 650cc? If you are not sure what size bike you will eventually end up on, NO WORRIES 🙂 You do not have to make that decision right away! You can always upgrade your motorcycle endorsement later with us or the Driver License Division. If you get to the end of your Basic Rider Course and decide you feel confident on the 250cc you can opt in to test that same day on our 650cc.

We hope this information will help with your decision! If you still have questions or would like to know more please contact us or check out our Licensing page:

Top 8 Utah Motorcycle Tips For Driving Safely in 2020

Safety Tips for Riding Your Motorcycle

In town or on the road: how to drive safely?

On a motorcycle or scooter, no bodywork to absorb shocks, no seat belts, no airbags either. Therefore, the essential rule for driving safely can be summed up in one word: plan!

With the return of sunny days, many are going to take out their motorbike from the garage, many are also those who will discover for the first time the joys and the dangers of driving a motorized two-wheeler.

Seasoned bikers will tell you: it takes several thousand kilometers to the handlebars before they can talk about experience. But this essential experience, as much to acquire it without doing the one, always painful, of the fall or the accident. Followed to the letter, the following few tips are a guarantee of safe driving.

Lets get started with below mentioned eight Utah motorcycle driving safety tips you must follow in 2020 in order to stay safe while riding a motorcycle in Utah.

motocycle driving safety tips utah

Always stay focused

No right to dream on two wheels! Learn, like skiing, to look far ahead. But in town, keep an eye on the aisles to avoid the door that a distracted motorist can open under your nose. Concentrate only on your driving and prohibit the use of a Walkman or similar. On a scooter or motorbike, all the senses must be constantly on the lookout.

Learn to "read" the behavior of motorists

Beware of cars with erratic behavior. The driver may be on the phone or looking for directions. Wait to overtake because there is a good chance that it will turn suddenly, forgetting, of course, to use its turn signal.

Distrust at intersections...

Always respect the signs (lights, stop sign, priority right and more). And even if you have priority, slow down anyway. Never force the passage. Remember that on two-wheelers, in the event of a collision, the crumpled sheet… it's you!

...and on the roundabouts

Basic Motorcycle Safety Measures

As you are less impressive than a large 4x4, some vehicles entering the roundabout will not hesitate to force their way. Do not insist.

Also, pay attention to the traces of diesel fuel left by the trucks. It slides as much as ice! Tighten the rope as much as possible. There, the road is very unlikely to be smeared.

Respect the safety distances

Do not follow cars too closely. They can brake suddenly. And between the moment when you see their brake lights come on and the one when you start to brake, you will need a good second. Even at 40 km / h, this represents a dozen meters before you start braking. This will then depend on the state of your brakes and the grip of your tires. Remember that in the wet, stopping distances are doubled, even with a machine equipped with ABS!

Take care of your trajectories

One of the great pleasures of driving a two-wheeler is negotiating a series of turns. Never go beyond the center line, but use the entire width of the lane reserved for you to “work” your turns well. Attack the turn as far outside as possible and do not "pitch" the point of the rope until you see the exit from the turn. A tight rope point too early risks making you go too wide out of a turn with the consequences that we imagine if someone arrives opposite. Also, force yourself to brake before the turn. Once the bike is tilted, it is often too late to slow down.

Utah Motorcycle Safety tips

Carefully go up the lines of cars

This exercise requires constant attention and "surveillance" of motorists who do not always see you because of the blind spot left by their exterior mirrors. Please note that this practice, which was tolerated on the highway, seems to be increasingly sanctioned by the police in unmarked cars. To limit the risks of receiving a ticket in your mailbox (without ever having been intercepted!) Go up the queues at moderate speed. 20 km / h faster than the vehicles you pass.

Equipment: essential "accessories"

Driving a motorcycle requires having minimum equipment to ensure comfort and safety. More protective than a motorcycle, the scooter encourages you to be less demanding. A serious mistake can happen in the event of a fall, the consequences are the same.

  • Shoes: closed shoes are imperative whatever the season. Ideally, boots or high shoes fitted with non-slip soles. On a motorcycle, watch out for the laces that could get caught in the foot controls.
  • Gloves: gloves are not only used to protect hands from the cold. They will prevent you from serious burns in the event of a fall.
  • Helmet: it is the only compulsory equipment. There are two types, jet and general. The first, lighter, is pleasant to wear in summer, but it does not protect the lower face. This is why we warmly recommend the integral which offers maximum protection; you must not forget to attach it!

ABOUT Utah Rider Ed

We provide the highest quality MSF certified motorcycle rider education in Utah since 1985. Our motorcycle riding courses & classes in Utah CA, are designed to help all riders by providing a safe and positive place for beginners to learn to ride and for experienced riders to improve their skills

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