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

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: https://www.utahridered.com/licensing/


12 Common Mistakes Made By Beginners Motorcycle Riders

All the bikers, even the oldest, have once been beginners. If we are not all in the same boat, there are certain milestones that we all go through one day. First addressed to a group of bikers crossed on the road, first forgotten crutch, first chills in a tunnel ... Come on, here we make an inventory of all the mistakes made by beginners while riding motorcycle!


# 1 The crutch

I get on my bike, I turn on the engine and I go first. Beginner error! You will understand, I have not removed my crutch. It is as if I had activated my circuit breaker, my motorcycle stalls. Nothing serious in itself, except that it's never very good for the engine. But it's still a pretty nice beginner's mistake and probably among the most common.

Another beginner's error attributable to this dirt of crutch: to roll while having only partially raised it. Yes, a slightly worn or seized spring quickly keeps your crutch in an intermediate position.

Note to all beginners who read us: always remember to check where your stand is before turning on the engine of your motorcycle!

# 2 Stop on a slightly uneven road

Here too, we are worried that only beginners will encounter. Why? Quite simply because once you have faced it, you no longer get fooled as easily ... and fortunately!

Context: you are about to stop at a red light but the road is slightly inclined on the sides. By putting your foot on the ground, you are surprised by the drop and all the weight of your bike comes to put on this same leg. Surprised and/or unaccustomed, you risk not managing the weight of your machine correctly. It is then very likely that you will drop your motorcycle. There is nothing to be ashamed of! It happens to a lot of novice bikers (especially among people of short stature).

At best, you're just a little ashamed of your clumsiness. At worst, you get away with a small scratch on your tank and knocked handles. Nothing too serious!

Just don't forget: at a traffic light, stop in the middle of the lane and not on the side. If you have to stop on the side, pay attention to the shape of the road (watch out for gutters, potholes, and other sidewalks).

Also Read - Top 8 Utah Motorcycle Tips For Driving Safely in 2020

# 3 Braking in curves

The ultimate beginner's mistake!

Which motorcyclist has not braked one day stupidly in curve considering (rightly or wrongly) that he was going too fast for this turn? Whether on small mountain roads or roundabout, admit: you too have foolishly decided to grab your brake lever thinking that it was the only solution to get out of it. FALSE! On a curve, if you feel you are going too fast, the best attitude to adopt is to watch the exit from the turn ... and maintain a constant stream of gas. Easier said than done ? Certainly. But the look is so saving on a motorcycle! Do not underestimate the strength of your gaze. It directs your whole body in the direction you want to take. Your bike will just have to follow the movement and you will get out of it without a hitch.

However… let's put things into perspective. We all one day did this straight, which stuck some cold sweats on us, especially when small gravels are waiting for you on the side ... It vaccinates! And then know that even the best do straight. A pistard a little tired of his training can also relax his attention and end up in the gravel traps because of a badly negotiated turn. Our advice will include the following: make your weapons, young padawan of the motorcycle! Avoid going to work to learn, but confronting difficulties will allow you to identify them to better avoid them.

# 4 Manhole covers and other marks on the ground

True biker traps, white marks, manhole covers and other plastic retarders have clearly not been thought of for 2-wheelers. We can have all the dexterity in the world, brake or turn on one of them in wet weather, it's almost the carpet.

We have no advice to teach you to manage these difficulties. The only solution: avoid them. Avoid them in all-weather but all the more when it rains. There is no secret.

And in the case of huge zebras like we sometimes find to delimit the bus locations? If you really can't avoid them, take extra care, brake before and keep your bike as straight as possible once on it.

# 5 Overconfidence in lifts

Every week at Liberty, we call bikers and bikers who are injured to get their news. Half of the accidents are due to lifts in fast lanes (motorways, peripherals and national roads during peak hours). Namely, we almost want to give up the 2-wheeled rise in line ... Almost! Because what makes the charm of the bike is also to be able to save time by saving the traffic jams. Also, to prevent us from calling you too, here are our tips: limit your speed, look for the eyes of motorists in the rearview mirrors to make sure they have seen you, put your warning or, failing that, your left turn signal and above all ... limit your speed! Really. This is what will allow you to react well in the event of an unexpected dislocation, right in front of your wheel.

# 6 sloping parking

Not dangerous but annoying to get out of it, parking on a slope is one of the worst situations that a young biker can encounter. It disgusts an apprentice biker in less time than a trip under hail! Or almost.

Sloping parking is when, for example, you park on the side, thinking to back off to start again, except that the road is sloping. The motorcycles, you know, are fairly heavy and especially not equipped with a reverse gear (except for the big road. But if you start, you certainly do not ride a big road). You will have to move your bike backward at the sole force of your calves, without slipping and without falling. After being tricked once or twice, you will probably prefer to park in a flat place.

Our advice: if you're the dazed type, never ride alone. So your colleague can put his motorcycle on a stand and come and pull your motorcycle if you ever find yourself in a delicate position. If you are dizzy and have to ride alone, opt for shoes with good non-slip soles. Once parked on a slope, they will be your best allies to get you out of this faux pas.

# 7 Damn record lock

Who has never forgotten their record lock before leaving? So we're talking about mistakes made by beginners on a motorcycle, but it can happen to all bikers. Whether they have 6 months or 6 years of experience, the disc lock is the enemy of all bikers. Unless you use the small neon yellow plastic cord that will visually remind you that you have blocked your wheel. It saved more than one motorcycle! One cannot go without the other, know it. And it costs at most 6 €. Save your fork, buy a fluorescent reminder!

# 8 Roll to music

It is not frankly one of the mistakes made by beginners on a motorcycle, it is rather a mistake that one makes until one realizes that it is a mistake. In music, we do not perceive the surrounding noises. You tell us, it comes down to the same as a motorist who drives with the sound system at full speed. But the vulnerability of the biker logically leads to excessive caution. It's pretty cool to hear what's going on around us to avoid risky situations. And then hear the nice sound of your bike, it's still nicer, right?

# 9 Poor clutch control

Clutch control is the biggest thing people struggle with – just being soft and gentle with it and not treating it like a switch."

"The usage of the clutch when driving is more about getting the clutch disengaged as quickly as possible as clutch slip in a car is more damaging due to the weight of the machine. With a motorcycle being considerably lighter the damage is negligible comparatively. By slipping the clutch we are able to manage the greater power to weight issue of riding a motorcycle to gain greater balance and reduce the static to dynamic balance issue, thus less wobbling as we pull away."

Getting the concept of clutch control is so important. The main thing to do, and the most obvious one, is listen to the instructor. Do exactly what they say and you can't go wrong. Don't just assume you know what you're doing, put the actual practices into motion. After that keep practicing. Practice, practice, practice.

# 10 Forget to Cancel Your Turn Signals

This still happens to me even after a year of riding. Forgetting to cancel your turn signals is a common beginner motorcycle rider mistake. Once you start riding you’ll start seeing it happen to beginners and long-term riders alike.

Some motorcycles are equipped with self-cancelling signals, though this isn’t common. In a car the turn signal is automatically cancelled once the turn is complete. This isn’t the case with motorcycles where you have manual control over the signals.

It’s not a big deal to forget turning the signal off. You might be annoying the people behind you, but it’s not dangerous in any serious way.

This is a mistake you’ll make a lot when you first start riding. Eventually you’ll remember to turn off the signal after completing your turn. Even when you do forget, it’s not a big deal.

# 11 Run Out of Fuel

Depending on the motorcycle you have there might not be a fuel gauge. This makes it possible and surprisingly easy to run out of fuel while you’re riding. It’s not a big deal to run out of gas, just a pain in the butt.

Without a fuel gauge you’ll have to keep track of your fuel level. Once you start riding you’ll get a better idea for how far your bike can go before it’s time to fuel up.

After fuelling, reset the odometer. Write down or make a mental note of the distance traveled the next time you get fuel. This will give you an average of how far you can ride before you need to visit a gas station.

# 12 Neglect Basic Motorcycle Maintenance

Basic motorcycle maintenance is another skill you will learn as a new rider. If not, you can expect regular expensive visits to your local motorcycle mechanic.

Keeping your bike properly maintained makes it safer for you to ride. It will also extend the lifespan of your motorcycle. A bike that’s maintained can be relied on when you’re out cruising. Neglecting to maintain your bike means you’ll always be worrying about something going wrong.

It’s a good idea to regularly inspect your motorcycle. Check the tires, inspect the motorcycle chain, and look at fluid levels.

Do you know of other mistakes made by beginners on a motorcycle? Do you have any other advice to give regarding the errors mentioned above? We are listening to you, tell us everything in the comments!

About Us: We have provided the highest quality MSF certified motorcycle rider education in Utah since 1985. We focus on helping riders develop and improve skills with the belief that skilled riders are safer, and get more enjoyment from the ride.

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