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October 20, 2003
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MSF Partners with NHTSA
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) will jointly fund a landmark multi-year rider education study. Named the MSF RETS Discovery Project, the study provides a methodological framework for evaluating the processes developed under the MSF Rider Education and Training System (RETS).
According to NHTSA’s cooperative agreement the program’s objectives are to “…conduct a series of longitudinal studies and projects, through MSF RETS, designed to enhance crash avoidance skills and to improve rider education and training curricula based upon tested and evaluated skills, both cognitive and motor skills essential to safely operating a motorcycle on the roadway.”
The MSF is sponsored by the U.S. manufacturers and distributors of BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio/Vespa, Suzuki, Vengeance, Victory, and Yamaha motorcycles.
For details on MSF, call 949/727-3227 or visit www.msf-usa.org.
DAVID EMDE DIES IN CRASH
David Emde, the 1976 AMA 250cc National Roadracing Champion, has been killed in a sportbike crash in the San Diego area. Emde was a multi-time 250 GP winner in the late 1970s early 1980s, and finished second at the Suzuka eight hours in 1978. After his racing career, David worked in motorcycle dealerships in the San Diego area. Emde’s brother, Don, is publisher of several powersports publications.
VIPER To Show Bikes
The new Viper Diablo Power Cruiser will carry an MSRP of $29,995 and will be shown with two other models at Daytona Biketoberfest in October.
Overall interest in the Diablo has been strong, said Terry Nesbitt, vice president of sales and marketing, adding that the company expects initial demand to “greatly” exceed the supply. The second model, the Vago, is a variation of the Diablo and is being priced at $19,995.
The Diablo SE, also called The Special Edition, gets all the proprietary features of the Diablo, plus a chromed frame, special candy pearl paint and much more.
Viper Motorcycle Company designs and manufacturers custom motorcycles, parts and accessories in New Hope, Minn.
For more information visit www.vipermotorcycle.com.

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