MSF to Co-sponsor ifz-MSF 10th International Motorcycle Safety Conference in Fall of 2014

IRVINE, CA – September 8, 2014 –The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is once again co-sponsoring the annual ifz-MSF International Motorcycle Safety Conference with the conference organizer, Germany’s Institute for Motorcycle Safety (ifz). The conference is scheduled to take place on September 29 and 30 in Cologne, Germany.

This conference affords the perfect forum for the exchange of knowledge in the field of motorcycle safety. International motorcycle safety experts, researchers, policy-makers and representatives from academia and the motorcycle industry will be on-hand to present papers and conduct discussions on a variety of motorcycle safety-related topics.

“This two-day conference will offer participants the opportunity to be exposed to the latest results from the field of motorcycle research,” said ifz Director Achim Kuschefski. “Our focus is to gain new insights, get to the core of issues and discuss findings among this international team of experts.”

This year, MSF staff members will be chairing two of the sessions. Dr. Ray Ochs, MSF’s vice president of training systems, will be moderating two presentations: “Motorcycle Sliding Friction for Accident Reconstruction” and “Motorcycle Velocity Determination from Impact Damage.” Dr. Jim Heideman, MSF’s director of licensing programs, will be chairing a session that includes presentations titled: “Analysis of the Accident Scenario of Powered Two-Wheelers on the Basis of Real Accidents,” “Retrospective Analysis of Fatal Motorcycle Accidents and Derivation of Protective Measures in Complex Braking Maneuvers,” and “Motorcycle Stability Control.”

Finally, MSF President Tim Buche, who is a member of the conference’s Steering Committee, will be sharing closing comments along with an MSF update for all conference attendees. More information on the ifz and the conference can be found at ifz.de.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation® promotes safety through rider training and education, operator licensing tests and public information programs. The MSF works with the federal government, state agencies, the military and others to offer training for all skill levels so riders can enjoy a lifetime of safe, responsible motorcycling. Standards established by the MSF® have been recognized worldwide since 1973.

The MSF is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Polaris Motorcycles, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha. For safety information or to enroll in the RiderCourse nearest you, visit msf-usa.org or call (800) 446-9227.

The ifz (Institute for Motorcycle Safety), located in Essen, Germany, dedicates its work to any improvement of the situation of powered two-wheelers, supports ideas on road traffic safety and puts them into practice, informs about the particularities of motorcycle riding and asks for mutual understanding among all road traffic participants.  As a member of the German

Verkehrssicherheitsrat (DVR, a German Association working on behalf of Road Traffic Safety) the ifz actively co-operates in the development and realization of road safety programs for motorized two-wheelers, from motor-assisted bicycles to high engine capacity motorcycles. Simultaneously, the ifz supports projects carried out by BASt (Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen, German Federal Highway Research Institute) on the same topic.  In addition to local research, the ifz organizes international motorcycle conferences in cooperation with the U.S.-based Motorcycle Safety Foundation which are attended by scientists from all over the world. Visit ifz.de.

By ifz through press release

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