COMMENTARY | A Florida dad was charged with felony child neglect last weekend after authorities spotted him taking his 3-year-old son for a spin on his motorcycle. The Tampa Bay Online reports 33-year old Jose Nelson Diana of Tampa, Fla., was holding his child in front of him during the ride, which authorities say was 20 mph to 30 mph.
The incident has reignited interest in the issue of motorcycle passenger safety, specifically where it concerns children and the regulations regarding helmet use and passenger age requirements.
Much of the fuss is centered on the fact Florida is one of many states that imposes no legal restriction based on age for motorcycle passengers.
Florida does observe strict safety mandates where child passengers of cars are concerned.
The state requires children younger than 5 years old in a motor vehicle to be in a child restraint device. Children 3 and younger must be in a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat.
The key here is the definition of “motor vehicle” does not include motorcycles.
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While you can’t legally drive your toddler around town in your minivan without proper safety restraints, there’s nothing under current Florida law that says you can’t take your kid out for a ride on your Harley — provided the child is properly outfitted.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 20 states and the District of Columbia require all motorcyclists to wear a helmet. Florida is not one of them. The state does require anyone on a motorcycle younger than 21 to wear a helmet.
Although states differ as to helmet laws, most have none concerning minimum age requirements for motorcycle passengers.
Other states with a policy similar to Florida’s include New York, which states “only two states have an age restriction for motorcycle passengers. NYS crash statistics have shown that the number of child passengers in motorcycle crashes is not significant.”
Should the motorcycling family in New York, however, drive to the West Coast, they might encounter a problem. In Washington, it is illegal to transport a child younger than 5 on a motorcycle.
As there is no way to attach a child safety seat to a motorcycle, it appears states will continue to fall to one side or the other of the age requirement issue. Children will either not be permitted to ride at all, as in the case of Washington, or parents will have to exercise caution and common sense while taking their kids out for a spin.
The Harley-Davidson Museum will host an exclusive exhibition of paintings, sketches, artifacts, photos and more from the personal collection of Willie G. Davidson, grandson of one of the company’s founders and influential Harley-Davidson designer.
“Watercolors by Willie G.” offers the first public look at his personal collection beginning Jan. 20.
Willie G. has helped design the Harley-Davidson brand since joining its styling department in 1963. Also an avid motorcyclist, his journeys and experiences are also prominently featured in his artistic work.
The exhibit will be displayed in the Willie G. Davidson Design Lab through April. A special program, “Untold Stories: Wanderings, an Evening with Willie G.,” will also be held Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. to offer guests a chance to hear from the artist himself. Tickets to “Untold Stories” are $12 for museum members and $15 for non-members.
Promoting active participation, by women, in the world of Harley-Davidson is what the Ladies of Harley are all about. Any woman who’s a HOG member can join, regardless of whether you have a full or associate membership.
It doesn’t matter if you ride your own bike or ride as a passenger, just as long as you enjoy the lifestyle and like having fun! The members of LOH, enjoy group rides and sponsor activities that women and men alike participate in.
If you like having fun and want to participate with other women in the Ladies of Harley and you are already a HOG member, please contact our Ladies of Harley Officer, Sheila Friedrich. Membership is free, but not automatic.
1903William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson make available to the public the first production Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. The bike was built to be a racer, with a 3-1/8 inch bore and 3-1/2 inch stroke. The factory in which they worked was a 10 x 15-foot wooden shed with the words “Harley-Davidson Motor Company” crudely scrawled on the door. Arthur’s brother Walter later joins their efforts.
Henry Meyer of Milwaukee, a schoolyard pal of William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson, buys one of the 1903 models directly from the founders.
1904The first Harley-Davidson Dealer, C.H. Lang of Chicago, IL, opens for business and sells one of the first three production Harley-Davidson motorcycles ever made.
1905On July 4th, a H-D motorcycle wins a 15 mile race in Chicago with a time of 19:02. In Milwaukee, the first full-time employee is hired.
1906A new factory, measuring 28 x 80 feet, is built on the Chestnut St. site, later renamed Juneau Avenue. Staff size is increased to six full-time employees. Also, the first motorcycle catalog is produced by the Company and the nickname “Silent Gray Fellow” is used for the first time.
1907William A. Davidson, brother to Arthur and Walter Davidson, quits hi
MILWAUKEE (December 15, 2011) – Harley-Davidson Motor Company is proud to announce the launch of an all-new global Harley-Davidson® Authorized Tours program that will offer Harley-Davidson riders an opportunity to experience riding adventures worldwide.
In partnership with 11 independent, multi-national tour operators, the Harley-Davidson Authorized Tours program encompasses more than 150 distinct tour experiences conducted across the world in 10 languages, with destinations in North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia.
Participants can book tours as an individual or as a group, and can select from five different types of tours, including guided, semi-guided, and self-guided tours, with riding itineraries aimed at beginners or experienced riders. No matter what type of experience is chosen, lodging and a rental motorcycle (where applicable) are included. Self-guided tours include maps, accommodation and a detailed itinerary. Guided and semi-guided tours include a tour guide; a support vehicle to carry your belongings; lodging accommodation; and transfers to and from the airport, hotel, and rental station.
“When you book a tour through the Harley-Davidson® Authorized Tours program, you can trust it has been planned by the best in the business,” said Nigel Villers, Director of International Customer Experience,
We are all guilty of looking down our noses at Sportsters. The narrow frame and front end, along with the integrated motor and transmission separate it from being amongst the elite Hogs. Sometimes called “starter” or “entry level” bikes, the Sportster has received both disrespect and acclaim. Some riders revere Sportsters as the best handling and quickest factory Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Other riders regulate the Sportster lineup to duty as “chick bikes”. Let’s take a look at the Sportster in general and decide if they are worthy of the most hardened biker, or if in fact they are just “chick bikes”.
Up until a few years ago, the Sportster motor was a solid mounted. Vibration was transferred from the motor through the frame, up into the handlebars through the rider’s hands and into their jawline. These vibrations accentuated themselves at highway speeds making long trips on Sportsters downright miserable. Most Sportster riders were not enthused about touring on their bikes. But now that Sportsters are rubber mounted, bring on the highway! The motor is isolated from the frame keeping the vibes from ruining the ride – same as the counter balanced and rubber mounted big twins.
Sportsters started out with a 900cc motor, and they still are available as an 883, but can also be had in a 1200 (74 cu
Harley-Davidson motorcycles bring heart-thumping adventure, life-changing freedom and a bit of rebellion into the lives of people around the world. But whether you were born to be wild – or mild – makes no difference at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Much more than a nostalgia trip for motorcycle enthusiasts, the Museum offers a glimpse of American history and culture like you’ve never seen it before.
At the H-D Museum you can:
Walk through exhibits that tell the stories of the extraordinary people, products, history and culture of Harley-Davidson.
Peek into a portion of the Archives never before open to the public, home to over 450 motorcycles and thousands of artifacts.
Stroll around the 20 acre Museum campus, enjoy the riverwalk or just sit back along the waterfront taking in the Milwaukee skyline.
Check out the unique Museum-inspired gifts available at The Shop.
Examine the industrial architecture both inside and outside the Museum’s three buildings.