Here’s some of the motorcycle news that was being written about over the past couple weeks:

Motorcycle USA took a first ride on a couple new bikes, offering their initial impressions on the 2014 Suzuki Burgman 200 and the 2014 Honda VFR Interceptor.

An irritated rider sounds off about unnecessary motorcycle noise. In a rather opinionated North Country Now submission, the cyclist asserts that he’s been riding motorcycles for 30 years without incident and it’s “dumb to think that motorcycle noise does anything but annoy people around them when it’s too loud.”

Utah and gang activity aren’t usually two things most people associate with each other. However, it appears the number of motorcycle gangs operating in the state of Utah have increased by 300 percent over the past five years. As one police official put it, “It’s like a gold rush. Everybody is trying to get here and establish dominance in the state so they can run a variety of their criminal activities and make their money in the state.”

And lastly, as usual, summer weather means increased police patrols out on the highways. Both Redondo Beach PD and Napa Police are reporting they’ll be out on the streets enforcing motorcycle safety over the weekend. Redondo Beach has experienced 16 motorcycle collisions over the past 12 months and so far Napa has already tallied 9 motorcycle accidents in 2014 alone.

As always, have fun and stay safe out there.