Glossary of Motorcycle Injury
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ABS: Antilock Brake System. A component
added to the braking system that detects wheel lock up. The system then
modulates the brakes at that point with the idea of stopping you faster than you
AHRMA: Sanctioning body for vintage
motorcycling competition, it's a member-owned non-profit association dedicated
to enhancing the sport of historic motorcycle racing for the enjoyment of riders
AMA: American Motorcycle Association.
Affidavit: A written statement under oath.
Aftermarket: Any items or accessories you
buy that are not from the Original Equipment Manufacturer.
Agreement: Mutual assent between two or
more parties; normally leads to a contract; may be verbal or written.
Answer: Pleading filed by the defendant
that responds to a complaint, petition, or motion.
AntiI-drive System: A front-end suspension
component that reduces how much the forks compress under braking, popular in the
late 1980s, but seldom used now.
Ape Hangers: Handlebars that are very high
and often raise the rider's hands above his shoulders.
Appeal: A request to the higher court for
review of the lower court's decision and to request a reversal of the judgment.
Apex: The middle or center point of a
Arbitration: The procedure by which a
dispute may be resolved by a person who is not a judge. Arbitration is often
used to limit legal costs to both parties.
Arbitrator: A person who conducts an
Armor: Armor is protective padding you can
attach to your clothing, that absorbs energy on impact.
Asphalt Sealer: Asphalt sealer is a
tar-like substance used by road maintenance crews to fill cracks in the
pavement. It can be very slick and should be avoided by motorcycles.
Assumption of Risk: A doctrine that states
if the plaintiff has knowingly accepted the danger of doing something, recovery
from the defendant in an action brought for negligence will be barred.
Automatic on Headlamp: An automatic-on
headlamp, or a daytime running lamp (DRL), is a motorcycle's headlamp that
automatically turns on when the bike is started. It's mandatory on all street
bikes in North America because it's proven to be effective in improving
visibility of a motorcycle by other vehicles.