Intersection signs added to motorcycle safety campaign
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Twenty-five cities in the United States are getting new traffic signs designed to bring awareness to motorcyclists on the road, thanks to Allstate.

The insurer will place the cautionary signs at intersections in 25 major metropolitan areas to prompt drivers to look out for riders at intersections. An average of three motorcyclists are killed every day at intersections in the United States, and crash data reveals that motorcycle crashes happen more often in intersections than elsewhere, relative to the amount of time riders spend in them.

The caution signs, which are yellow and diamond-shaped, feature a motorcycle silhouette and are inscribed with the word “LOOK” to encourage motorists to look for motorcycles before crossing an intersection. The signs, part of Allstate’s “Once is Never Enough” (ONE) program, are designed to increase awareness of motorcycle collisions with motorists at intersections and to help remind drivers and riders alike that looking once at…………… continues on Powersports Business
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A Classmate Feels the Pressure
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THE 250cc sportbike class is a small group, but the Honda CBR250R is not its only admirable member. The Kawasaki Ninja 250R has been around since 1986, and with regular updates through the years it has long been a favorite of smaller riders, women and students in Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCourses.

Styled to resemble Kawasaki’s big-bore sport bikes with a full-coverage racing-style fairing and twin mufflers, it can easily be mistaken for a much bigger and more expensive machine.

Where the Honda CBR is a single-cylinder machine, the junior Ninja — there are 650cc and 1000cc Ninjas — has a 13,000 r.p.m. 2-cylinder engine and it produces about two more peak horsepower than the Honda. This makes it faster on a racetrack, but in typical street riding the Honda has the edge in midrange power and ridability.

Last revamped in 2008, the Ninja 250R is starting to show its age in 2011. Compared with the Honda CBR25…………… continues on New York Times

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