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Recent Triumph Motorcycle RecallsJAN 15, 2014 | Recall ID# 100932

 

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2014 TRIUMPH TIGER FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Tiger Explorer ABS A1 and 2013-2014 Tiger Explorer Spoke ABS XC A1 and Trophy SE A1 motorcycles manufactured November 17, 2011, through December 16, 2013. In the affected motorcycles, the electronic control unit...... more

JAN 15, 2014 | Recall ID# 100932 Hide Details

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM Recall Date: JAN 15, 2014 Model Affected: TIGER Units Affected: 2800

SummaryTriumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Tiger Explorer ABS A1 and 2013-2014 Tiger Explorer Spoke ABS XC A1 and Trophy SE A1 motorcycles manufactured November 17, 2011, through December 16, 2013. In the affected motorcycles, the electronic control unit...

ConsequenceAn unexpected shutdown increases the risk of a crash.

RemedyTriumph will notify owners, and dealers will update and install new ECU hardware and software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early February 2014. Customers may contact Triumph at 1-678-854-2010.

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JAN 15, 2014 | Recall ID# 100933 Show Details

2014 TRIUMPH TIGER ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Tiger Explorer ABS A1 and 2013-2014 Tiger Explorer Spoke ABS XC A1 and Trophy SE A1 motorcycles manufactured November 17, 2011, through December 16, 2013. In the affected motorcycles, the electronic control unit...... more

JAN 15, 2014 | Recall ID# 100933 Hide Details

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE Recall Date: JAN 15, 2014 Model Affected: TIGER Units Affected: 2800

SummaryTriumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Tiger Explorer ABS A1 and 2013-2014 Tiger Explorer Spoke ABS XC A1 and Trophy SE A1 motorcycles manufactured November 17, 2011, through December 16, 2013. In the affected motorcycles, the electronic control unit...

ConsequenceAn unexpected shutdown increases the risk of a crash.

RemedyTriumph will notify owners, and dealers will update and install new ECU hardware and software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early February 2014. Customers may contact Triumph at 1-678-854-2010.

NotesTriumph Motorcycles America, LTD

JAN 15, 2014 | Recall ID# 100934 Show Details

2013 TRIUMPH TIGER FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Tiger Explorer ABS A1 and 2013-2014 Tiger Explorer Spoke ABS XC A1 and Trophy SE A1 motorcycles manufactured November 17, 2011, through December 16, 2013. In the affected motorcycles, the electronic control unit...... more

JAN 15, 2014 | Recall ID# 100934 Hide Details

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM Recall Date: JAN 15, 2014 Model Affected: TIGER Units Affected: 2800

SummaryTriumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Tiger Explorer ABS A1 and 2013-2014 Tiger Explorer Spoke ABS XC A1 and Trophy SE A1 motorcycles manufactured November 17, 2011, through December 16, 2013. In the affected motorcycles, the electronic control unit...

ConsequenceAn unexpected shutdown increases the risk of a crash.

RemedyTriumph will notify owners, and dealers will update and install new ECU hardware and software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early February 2014. Customers may contact Triumph at 1-678-854-2010.

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JAN 15, 2014 | Recall ID# 100935 Show Details

2013 TRIUMPH TIGER ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Tiger Explorer ABS A1 and 2013-2014 Tiger Explorer Spoke ABS XC A1 and Trophy SE A1 motorcycles manufactured November 17, 2011, through December 16, 2013. In the affected motorcycles, the electronic control unit...... more

JAN 15, 2014 | Recall ID# 100935 Hide Details

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE Recall Date: JAN 15, 2014 Model Affected: TIGER Units Affected: 2800

SummaryTriumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Tiger Explorer ABS A1 and 2013-2014 Tiger Explorer Spoke ABS XC A1 and Trophy SE A1 motorcycles manufactured November 17, 2011, through December 16, 2013. In the affected motorcycles, the electronic control unit...

ConsequenceAn unexpected shutdown increases the risk of a crash.

RemedyTriumph will notify owners, and dealers will update and install new ECU hardware and software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early February 2014. Customers may contact Triumph at 1-678-854-2010.

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JAN 15, 2014 | Recall ID# 100938 Show Details

2012 TRIUMPH TIGER FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Tiger Explorer ABS A1 and 2013-2014 Tiger Explorer Spoke ABS XC A1 and Trophy SE A1 motorcycles manufactured November 17, 2011, through December 16, 2013. In the affected motorcycles, the electronic control unit...... more

JAN 15, 2014 | Recall ID# 100938 Hide Details

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:FUEL INJECTION SYSTEM Recall Date: JAN 15, 2014 Model Affected: TIGER Units Affected: 2800

SummaryTriumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Tiger Explorer ABS A1 and 2013-2014 Tiger Explorer Spoke ABS XC A1 and Trophy SE A1 motorcycles manufactured November 17, 2011, through December 16, 2013. In the affected motorcycles, the electronic control unit...

ConsequenceAn unexpected shutdown increases the risk of a crash.

RemedyTriumph will notify owners, and dealers will update and install new ECU hardware and software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early February 2014. Customers may contact Triumph at 1-678-854-2010.

NotesTriumph Motorcycles America, LTD

JAN 15, 2014 | Recall ID# 100939 Show Details

2012 TRIUMPH TIGER ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Tiger Explorer ABS A1 and 2013-2014 Tiger Explorer Spoke ABS XC A1 and Trophy SE A1 motorcycles manufactured November 17, 2011, through December 16, 2013. In the affected motorcycles, the electronic control unit...... more

JAN 15, 2014 | Recall ID# 100939 Hide Details

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE Recall Date: JAN 15, 2014 Model Affected: TIGER Units Affected: 2800

SummaryTriumph Motorcycles America, LTD (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Tiger Explorer ABS A1 and 2013-2014 Tiger Explorer Spoke ABS XC A1 and Trophy SE A1 motorcycles manufactured November 17, 2011, through December 16, 2013. In the affected motorcycles, the electronic control unit...

ConsequenceAn unexpected shutdown increases the risk of a crash.

RemedyTriumph will notify owners, and dealers will update and install new ECU hardware and software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early February 2014. Customers may contact Triumph at 1-678-854-2010.

NotesTriumph Motorcycles America, LTD

MAY 16, 2013 | Recall ID# 96460 Show Details

2012 TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION Triumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Speed Triple motorcycles manufactured June 2012 through January 2013. Due to the incorrect engagement of the neutral switch and gear selector drum, the neutral light may remain illuminated despite the motorcycle actually being...... more

MAY 16, 2013 | Recall ID# 96460 Hide Details

Component: POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION Recall Date: MAY 16, 2013 Model Affected: SPEED TRIPLE Units Affected: 279

SummaryTriumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Speed Triple motorcycles manufactured June 2012 through January 2013. Due to the incorrect engagement of the neutral switch and gear selector drum, the neutral light may remain illuminated despite the motorcycle actually being...

ConsequenceThe operator may think the motorcycle is in neutral while the motorcycle is in gear. This could lead to unintended movement of the motorcycle and a possible crash.

RemedyTriumph will notify owners, and dealers will correct the engagement of the neutral switch and gear selector drum, free of charge. The recall began on June 3, 2013. Owners may contact Triumph at 1-678-854-2010 for more information.

NotesTriumph Motorcycles America, LTD

MAY 16, 2013 | Recall ID# 96461 Show Details

2013 TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION Triumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Speed Triple motorcycles manufactured June 2012 through January 2013. Due to the incorrect engagement of the neutral switch and gear selector drum, the neutral light may remain illuminated despite the motorcycle actually being...... more

MAY 16, 2013 | Recall ID# 96461 Hide Details

Component: POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION Recall Date: MAY 16, 2013 Model Affected: SPEED TRIPLE Units Affected: 279

SummaryTriumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Speed Triple motorcycles manufactured June 2012 through January 2013. Due to the incorrect engagement of the neutral switch and gear selector drum, the neutral light may remain illuminated despite the motorcycle actually being...

ConsequenceThe operator may think the motorcycle is in neutral while the motorcycle is in gear. This could lead to unintended movement of the motorcycle and a possible crash.

RemedyTriumph will notify owners, and dealers will correct the engagement of the neutral switch and gear selector drum, free of charge. The recall began on June 3, 2013. Owners may contact Triumph at 1-678-854-2010 for more information.

NotesTriumph Motorcycles America, LTD

MAR 22, 2013 | Recall ID# 95563 Show Details

2012 TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TURN SIGNAL Triumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Daytona 675, Street Triple, Speed Triple, and Tiger 800 motorcycles. Due to a manufacturing error, the turn signal stems on the front and rear of the motorcycle may fracture.... more

MAR 22, 2013 | Recall ID# 95563 Hide Details

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TURN SIGNAL Recall Date: MAR 22, 2013 Model Affected: SPEED TRIPLE Units Affected: 3799

SummaryTriumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Daytona 675, Street Triple, Speed Triple, and Tiger 800 motorcycles. Due to a manufacturing error, the turn signal stems on the front and rear of the motorcycle may fracture.

ConsequenceIf the turn signal stems break, the turn signals may not be visible to other vehicles on the road, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

RemedyTriumph will notify owners and dealers will replace the turn signal stems, free of charge. The recall began on March 26, 2013. Owners may contact Triumph at 1-678-854-2010 for more information.

NotesTriumph Motorcycles America, LTD

MAR 22, 2013 | Recall ID# 95567 Show Details

2013 TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TURN SIGNAL Triumph Motorcycles (Triumph) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Daytona 675, Street Triple, Speed Triple, and Tiger 800 motorcycles. Due to a manufacturing error, the turn signal stems on the front and rear of the motorcycle may fracture.... more

 

 

 

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NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V005
Manufacturer : Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc.
Make / Model Years : ROADTREK / 2013-2014
Subject : Brake Line may Chafe EGR Tube
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V008
Manufacturer : PACCAR Incorporated
Make / Model Years : KENWORTH / 2011-2014
Subject : Truck May Start While in Gear
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V009
Manufacturer : Triumph Motorcycles America, LTD
Make / Model Years : TRIUMPH / 2012-2014
Subject : Throttle Position Signal may cause Engine Shutdown
 

 

NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V003
Manufacturer : EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC
Make / Model Years : EVERGREEN / 2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V010
Manufacturer : Aston Martin Lagonda of North America
Make / Model Years : ASTON MARTIN / 2008-2014
Subject : Accelerator Pedal Arm May Break
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V012
Manufacturer : PACCAR Incorporated
Make / Model Years : KENWORTH / 2013-2014
PETERBILT / 2013-2014
Subject : Door Latch may Prevent Door from being Opened
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V013
Manufacturer : PACCAR Incorporated
Make / Model Years : KENWORTH / 2014
PETERBILT / 2014
Subject : Seat Belt may be Difficult to Unlatch/FMVSS 209
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V032
Manufacturer : Chrysler Group LLC
Make / Model Years : RAM / 2014
Subject : Stuck Pedal with Wide Open Throttle
 
 

 

 

 

 

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14NR06 - MRF News Release - CDC Responds to Congressional Letter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
07 Feb. 2014

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs


CDC Responds to Congressional Letter

 
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have responded to the Congressional letter sent by long time motorcycle advocate and Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) champion Tomas Petri (R-WI). The letter asked the CDC to focus on areas relative to their expertise and not involve themselves in any way with motorcycle safety. Petri was joined by fellow Congressmen Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Davis (R-IL), Runyan (R-NJ), Harris (R-MD), Ribble (R-WI), Griffin (R-AR), Walberg (R-MI), Kline (R-MN), Paulsen (R-MN), and Peterson (R-MN).

 

The letter also asked the CDC to leave motorcycle safety to the relevant federal agencies such as National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation.
 

The CDC response is predictable government product. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the first 30 years of human life and “how the CDC is uniquely positioned as the nation’s public health protection agency to ensure the most current science is available to keep people safe”.

 

According to the CDC 41% of all motorcycle operators who died in 2010 were not wearing a helmet. That means the majority of those who died in 2010 were wearing a helmet. 59% or most of the people who died in 2010 were helmeted, not exactly a ringing endorsement for the life saving ability of helmets.

 

The CDC goes on to claim “they are addressing motorcycle safety in the same manner as other public health issues, such as heart disease, asthma, and cancer. We define the problem, identify the risk factors, and assess prevention strategies.”

 

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation feels prevention strategies are the best way to save lives as well, by preventing the crash from ever happening. In multiple conversations between the MRF and the CDC it has been clear that the CDC has no interest in rider education and repeatedly made it clear that rider education programs and motorist motorcycle awareness campaigns play no part in the prevention of crashes. So prevention strategies for the CDC are simply to pass mandatory helmet laws in each state. While ignoring every other proven life saving strategies.

 

The letter also attempts to insert itself with the other government agencies and how they all need to work together to keep everybody safer.

 

It is unlikely that we will sway the views of the CDC to a more comprehensive approach to motorcycle safety. Its reasons like this that we as a motorcycle community need to stay involved and united. The MRF thanks ABATE of Wisconsin for their relationship with Congressman Petri through out the years.

 

You can read the full letter here – www.mrf.org/pdf/CDCResponse1-14.pdf

 

 

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14NR04 - MRF News Release - Farm Bill Removes Subsidies for Biofuel Blender Pumps
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
03 Feb. 2014
Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs

Farm Bill Removes Subsidies for Biofuel Blender Pumps

 
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports that the United States House of Representatives has passed a bill that would end a federal subsidy for biofuel blender pumps in rural areas. The measure passed by a vote of 251-166 and costs the U.S. taxpayers $956.4 billion.
 
The Senate is expected to vote on the matter next week and there is little that those in support of the subsidies can do to reinstate the money. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law.
 
Putting an end to these subsides will likely result in less biofuel blender pumps in the market place and therefore less E-15 fuel.
 
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation supports the removal of E-15 from the market until thorough, scientific study is conducted on the effects of the higher blend on the entire power train, not just the tail pipe emissions. 
 
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14NR05 - MRF News Release - National Transportation Safety Board Releases 2014 “Top Ten Most Wanted” list.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
04 Feb. 2014
Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs

National Transportation Safety Board Releases 2014 “Top Ten Most Wanted” list.
 
Recently the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its annual list of top ten most wanted safety improvements reports the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF). The most wanted list represents the NTSB's advocacy priorities. It is designed to increase awareness of and support for the most critical changes needed to reduce transportation accidents and save lives.

This year’s list contains:
  • Address Unique Characteristics of Helicopter Operations
  • Advance Passenger Vessel Safety
  • Eliminate Distraction in Transportation
  • Eliminate Substance-Impaired Driving
  • Enhance Pipeline Safety
  • Improve Fire Safety in Transportation
  • General Aviation: Identify and Communicate Hazardous Weather
  • Implement Positive Train Control Systems
  • Promote Operational Safety in Rail Mass Transit
  • Strengthen Occupant Protection in Transportation
 
Motorcycles did not make the immediate list, but the NTSB did reference motorcycle helmet law deeper in the text of the explanation of one of the ten bullets.
 
Under the “Strengthen Occupant Protection in Transportation” heading, the NTSB recycles some tired old numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
 
According to the NTSB, motorcyclists are considered “occupants,” which is a serious stretch of the definition of the word and a crafty way to address motorcycle safety. The MRF has always urged the NTSB and all other federal agencies that they should focus on accident prevention rather than safer crashing.
 
“Using such a singular approach to motorcycle safety is not the best way to save lives,” said Jeff Hennie, MRF Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs. He continued, “The NTSB has just taken a giant step back from their last attempt to address motorcycle safety in 2011, which included both voluntary helmet use and rider education as equal components.”
 
The fact is the motorcycle fatalities have dropped almost 20% nationwide since 2008, and at the same time we have seen the relaxing of mandatory helmet laws and a steady increase in motorcycle licensing and registrations.
 
The chairman of the NTSB, Debra Hersman, has taken a motorcycle safety class and has not ridden since, to the best of our knowledge. She is the person who originally spearheaded the NTSB’s involvement with motorcycle safety when she planned the two-day motorcycle forum at the NTSB in 2006, in which the MRF participated. It’s likely that she will continue to use her influence with the agency to keep motorcycling on or near the NTSB top ten list. 
 

 

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14NR04 - MRF News Release - Farm Bill Removes Subsidies for Biofuel Blender Pumps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
03 Feb. 2014

Contact:Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs


Farm Bill Removes Subsidies for Biofuel Blender Pumps
 
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports that the United States House of Representatives has passed a bill that would end a federal subsidy for biofuel blender pumps in rural areas. The measure passed by a vote of 251-166 and costs the U.S. taxpayers $956.4 billion.
 

The Senate is expected to vote on the matter next week and there is little that those in support of the subsidies can do to reinstate the money. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law.
 

Putting an end to these subsides will likely result in less biofuel blender pumps in the market place and therefore less E-15 fuel.
 

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation supports the removal of E-15 from the market until thorough, scientific study is conducted on the effects of the higher blend on the entire power train, not just the tail pipe emissions.
 

 

 

 

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http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20140210-public-safety-campaign-revs-up-on-motorcycle-safety.ece

Campaign revs up on motorcycle safety

DAVID BAUMAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER San Bernardino police officer Dan Acosta, right, performs a traffic stop on a motorcyclist accused of a helmet violation on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. 42 0 1
A Text Size BY BRIAN ROKOS The Press Enterprise
BY BRIAN ROKOS | STAFF WRITER | Published: February 10, 2014; 03:09 PM Former equestrian Elin Thomas, 65, likes to joke that she traded in a heartbeat horse for an iron horse.

Thomas is aware that her newest recreational ride — a touring motorcycle — is not as easily seen by drivers of four-wheel vehicles. So Thomas chose a red bike, she wears a red helmet and she hung “dangly things” from the handlebar grips to make her more noticeable.

“And I’m always driving defensively,” said Thomas, a Riverside resident. “As if I’m invisible.”

California Highway Patrol officers hope to see more riders like Thomas during their year-long enforcement and education campaign designed to reduce crashes and injuries. Officers plan to set up information booths at well-attended events and promise a highly publicized enforcement effort in the San Bernardino area in June.

Other Inland law-enforcement agencies plan periodic saturation patrols that will target motorcycle riders but also cite vehicle drivers who illegally get in riders’ way.

“We have to make sure we create a safer environment for these riders,” CHP Officer Steve Carapia said.

Crashes killed 139 riders in Riverside County and 156 in San Bernardino County from 2008 to 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Per capita, Riverside had fewer fatalities than Los Angeles and San Francisco counties and San Bernardino had more.

In January, six people died in Inland motorcycle crashes, according to county coroner reports. Officials, however, said they are not seeing an increase in motorcycle wrecks.

CAUGHT IN A CAGE

Ten San Bernardino city traffic officers took to the streets Jan. 18 on a special patrol, looking for motorcycle violations. Sgts. Vicki Cervantes and David Green supervised from a police car and discussed motorcycle safety.

“There’s two kinds of riders — those that have gone down and those that will go down,” Cervantes said.

Therefore, they said, it is important to put protection ahead of style by wearing crash-resistant, reflective clothing and full helmets instead of the novelty half shells that some riders enjoy.

Officer Jose Castro pulled over a motorcyclist who had been lane splitting — which is legal — but who had also been drifting between lanes, cutting off vehicles. The rider was cited for an unsafe lane change.

“That and speeding are the two biggest violations,” Castro said.

Motorcycle riders and vehicle drivers place and share blame for collisions. Riders say drivers need to pay more attention; drivers say speeding riders unnerve them by materializing almost out of nowhere.

“Yes, there are idiots out there on motorcycles that make us look bad,” said Jim Bridges, site manager for Riverside Harley-Davidson.

He refers to cars as “cages” because they surround bikes on the road.

“The No. 1 thing,” he pleaded to drivers, is “be aware of us out there and pay attention.”

Bridges, 50, is leading a safety class Saturday, Feb. 8, for members of the Ladies of Chrome and Leather, the Inland chapter of the international Women in the Wind. Thomas, the 65-year-old rider, is the chapter vice president.

She admitted to lapses of concentration herself and said some younger riders aren’t careful.

“Testosterone gets in the way,” she said. “I ache for those kids who think riding a bike is the same as driving a car. There are no fender benders with motorcycles.”

Thomas and others recommend motorcycle safety courses. They are mandatory for anyone younger than 21 who wants a license. But older riders can get a license by passing a written Department of Motor Vehicles exam and showing riding skills in tests that don’t go beyond the streets around a DMV office.

Jason Geiger, 42, rides his motorcycle from Riverside to work in Buena Park. He said a CHP-approved safety course heightened his awareness of what to watch for.

Geiger just wishes drivers were more attentive. He sees them illegally holding cellphones to their ears every day.

One such driver changed the life of former Riverside resident Scott Shepherd, 49.

In 2010, Shepherd had fixed a flat tire on a pregnant woman’s car on Highway 91 near Serfas Club Drive. As he eased his motorcycle into the slow lane, a driver talking on her cellphone merged from the left lane to the offramp, striking him.

The impact threw Shepherd 30 feet. He still has three metal rods in his back and has difficulty bending and lifting.

“One person’s irresponsibility could have a long-term effect on someone else’s life,” Shepherd said.

Contact Brian Rokos at 951-368-9569 or brooks@pe.com

SAFETY TIPS

FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDERS

1. Ride within your skill level. Without practice, you might not be able to do maneuvers your friends can, or your motorcycle might be more powerful than you can handle.

2. Wear proper clothing. That includes reflective gear at night; a full, Department of Transportation-approved helmet rather than the German military-style half shell; and strong or heavyweight clothing that can protect you in a fall.

3. Practice defensive riding. Don’t assume other vehicles can see you. Aggressive riding, including going far faster than slowed traffic while lane splitting, can be dangerous.

4. Take a DMV-approved riding course. “It’s huge. It teaches you a lot of awareness of what to look for,” says Riverside resident Jason Geiger.

5. Brake evenly. About 75 percent of braking power comes from the front brake. Squeeze the front brake progressively and use the rear brake as well, says Jim Bridges, of Riverside Harley-Davidson.

FOR CAR DRIVERS

1. Avoid distractions that could cause you to not see motorcyclists. “My No. 1 advice for four-wheel drivers is to stay off of cellphones and pay attention to their surroundings,” former Riverside resident Scott Shepherd said.

2. Double check for motorcyclists. A bike can easily be hidden in a car’s blind spot. In addition to looking at mirrors, turn your head and look.

3. Don’t follow too closely. Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating their brake light.

4. Don’t expect a motorcycle to dodge you. Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle's better characteristics, but not at faster speeds or in poor weather conditions.

5. Assume a motorcycle is closer than it appears. Because of its small size, a motorcycle may look farther away than it is. It may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed.

SOURCES: Motorcycle Safety Foundation, San Bernardino Police Department, interviews with motorcycle riders

 

 

 

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http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2014/February-2014/02_10_2014_Santa_Monica_Police_to_Enforce_Motorcycle_Safety.html

Santa Monica Police to Enforce Motorcycle Safety

 

Harding, Larmore Kutcher & Kozal, LLP

By Daniel Larios Special to The Lookout

February 10, 2014

 

-- The Santa Monica Police Department will step up efforts to prevent motorcycle accidents Saturday.

During SMPD’s Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation extra officers will take to the streets to look for reckless motorcyclists and drivers.

“Officers will be looking for those who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous violations that will lead to motorcycle collisions,” said Sgt. Jay Moroso, the Police Department spokesperson.

While motorcycle fatalities dropped 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, they rose 23 percent by 2012.

Just last week, a 30 year old motorcyclist was killed during a collision with another vehicle at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Barrington Avenue, about a mile outside of Santa Monica.

Saturday’s enforcement operation is aimed at curbing motorcycle deaths, Moroso said.

"Both police presence and action works in preventing these kinds of collisions but the most important way to get people to comply to the law and safe habits is to educate them,” he said.

“Education is the best way to prevent any accident out on the road,” he said.

According to authorities, the primary causes of motorcycle accidents include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs.

The Santa Monica Police Department is also reminding motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.

“The message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: share in the responsibility and do your part by safely ‘sharing the road,'" Moroso said.

The Department is also reminding riders to be cautious and use common sense.

"Drive defensively," Moroso said. "You can't be as visible as you are in a car and you have to anticipate where each car is going.

"Stop at the stop signs and don't speed," he said. "Speeding is a always a major factor in accidents. The laws of physics are the laws of physics."

Sensible clothing can also be a factor in motorcycle safety, Moroso said.

“We highly recommend motorcyclists wear protective gear, which includes helmets, leather jackets, gloves and boots," he said. "Always wear substantial footwear that will protect your feett in case of a collision.

"A sandal won't stop a 600 pound motorized vehicle from doing any kind of lasting damage," said Moroso.

Riders can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at www.CA-msp.org or 1-877 RIDE 411 or 1-877-743-3411.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

 

 

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http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/This-San-Francisco-Company-Plans-To-Become-The-5210743.php

This San Francisco Company Plans To Become The Tesla Of The Motorcycle World

 

Ryan Pei, provided by

Published 7:15 am, Thursday, February 6, 2014

 

If Tesla could revolutionize the car industry, who can possibly do the same for the motorcycling world?

One strong contender is Mission Motorcycles, the San Francisco-based company behind the $30,000 R, an all-electric bike that goes from 0 to 60 mph in a stunning 2.7 seconds.

Although technical challenges abound and cultural images of motorcycles don't exactly overlap with the appeal of eco-friendly power, Mission believes electricity is the way forward.

We spoke with Mark Seeger, CEO of Mission Motorcycles (and, full disclosure, a personal friend of mine — though I don't invest in his company nor do I plan to buy one of his bikes) to find out why he believes the all-electric motorcycle can sell.

The key factor is superior performance. Mission's motorcycles, Seeger claimed, "are designed to outperform gasoline superbikes like the Ducati Panigale R, BMW S100RR, and MV Augusta F4 in a head-to-head show down. Better acceleration, better control, better range."

This is the best time for electric motorcycles to enter the market, he said, as "the technology of burning hydrocarbons is going the way of the steam engine."

Here's a look at the Mission R, the bike that could spark a shift toward electric power in the motorcycle industry.

The Mission R leads other all-electric motorcycles with the best overall performance. And it more than holds its own against gas-powered bikes.

It runs from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds. That's better acceleration than any other commercially-available motorcycle ever built, and perhaps the clearest signal to gas-powered brands that they have serious competition. The R can hit 150 mph, with a range of about 140 miles on the highway and 230 miles in the city.

The dash display on the Mission R, similar to the Tesla's all-digital design, has its own in-house-designed software for rider control and navigation. It comes with turn-by-turn GPS navigation, internet connectivity, and a motion-stabilized HD camera to record your ride.

The Mission R takes less than 2 hours to fully charge on a 220V outlet. Most all-electric motorcycles need over 8 hours to do the same, even though they have less kilowatt-hour capacity.

The top of the line model will cost you a cool $40,000 (after a $2,500 federal subsidy). For $30,000, you can also get one with less battery capacity, plus a 10-year warranty.

 

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http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/local/vintage-motorcyles-draw-crowd-to-west-palms-clemat/ndH2F/

Vintage motorcyles draw crowd to West Palm’s Clematis Street

 

Madeline Gray A skeleton sits on a motorcycle during the inaugural Iron and Clematis Vintage Motorcycle Festival in West Palm Beach on Saturday, February 8, 2014. The event, which is in its first year, featured music, a kissing booth and vintage bikes. (Madeline Gray / The Palm Beach Post)View Larger

Madeline Gray (L to R) Ramona DeVille, Joie Sunshine, Tania Rivera, Lila Starlet, all of Fort Lauderdale, and Cristina Alexa, of Coral Springs, talk after DeVille and Sunshine posed for photos with motorcycles during the Iron and Clematis Vintage Motorcycle Festival in West Palm Beach on Saturday, February 8, 2014. The event, which is in its first year, featured music, a kissing booth and vintage bikes. (Madeline Gray / The Palm Beach Post)

 

Madeline Gray Jeff Taylor, of Royal Palm Beach, checks out the motorcycles during the Iron and Clematis Vintage Motorcycle Festival in West Palm Beach on Saturday, February 8, 2014. The event, which is in its first year, featured music, a kissing booth and vintage bikes. (Madeline Gray / The Palm Beach Post)View Larger

Madeline Gray Marlowe Buelvas, of Rusted Jalopy Metal Works, wipes rain off of his motorcycle during the Iron and Clematis Vintage Motorcycle Festival in West Palm Beach on Saturday, February 8, 2014. The event, which is in its first year, featured music, a kissing booth and vintage bikes. (Madeline Gray / The Palm Beach Post)By Julius Whigham II

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

WEST PALM BEACH — For scores of enthusiasts who appreciate antique motorcycles, it was a chance to see a bit of history mixed with some old-fashioned horsepower.

Vintage Kawasaki, Triumph, Indian and other motorcycles lined a stretch of Clematis Street Saturday during the inaugural Iron & Clematis Vintage Motorcycle Festival.

The event was organized by the Vintage Iron Club, a group of about 75 vintage motorcycle enthusiasts based out of Palm Beach Gardens. The only requirement is that you enjoy vintage and old things, club member Fred Tseng, of Boynton Beach, said.

“Our bikes are all 25 years and older,” Tseng said. “If you have bike that’s 25 years and older, no matter what condition or whatever it is, you can join the club.”

Saturday’s event included live music, raffles and a fashion show. But for most, the main attraction was the collection of vintage motorcycles on display. Several took pictures, while others discussed the history of bikes, such as the 1945 Indian Chief.

“This is where it all began,” one man, who did not want to give his name, said. “The new motorcycles wouldn’t be here if wasn’t for the old motorcycles, like old cars, old airplanes. The older the better.”

Richard Myers, of Palm Beach Gardens, brought his 1965 Triumph Bonneville. Myers bought the motorcycle about 10 years ago and said it was the bike he dreamed of owning when he was younger.

“I’m a child of the ’60s,” he said. “I graduated high school in ‘64, and that was the motorcycle, if I ever bought a motorcycle, that’s the one I wanted.”

Myers, a mechanical engineer, said he owns a couple of other vintage Triumphs and enjoys spending time restoring them.

“I like to tinker,” he said. “I just like the way these things run. They’re easy to ride.”

As music played in the background and dozens milled around, Boynton Beach resident Larry Friedberg and fellow motorcycle enthusiast Jeff Alperin, of Wellington, admired a collection of vintage Kawasaki and Triumph motorcycles.

Alperin, who rides a 1929 Indian Scout, said he prefers the charms and nuances of older motorcycles to more current models.

“I have a motorcycle where there are more parts in the seat than there are in the engine,” he said. “You don’t see that anymore.”

Said Friedberg, 70: “Every one of these bikes brings back a memory of bikes that we’ve owned, or bikes that friends owned. It’s nostalgia. I’ve been riding a biking since I was 14.”

About 140 motorcycles were registered for best-in-show judging, Tseng said, although he estimated that nearly double that amount were on display.

The event will continue from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday with Vintage Track Day at Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter.

Riders are encouraged to meet at O’Shea’s and Longboards in downtown West Palm Beach between 8 and 10 a.m. to head to the track.

 

 

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FLORIDA:

 

 

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/dania-beach/fl-cn-motorcycle-0209-20140207,0,4117083.story

Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show features more than 300 bikes

 

By Sara Shell, Forum Publishing Group

February 7, 2014

 

Eight years ago, Clare Frost hosted her first motorcycle show on a side street in Dania Beach.

With 24 bikes on display, it wasn't a big to-do and fit in nicely next to the post office. But within three years, the show had quickly outgrown its location. And after the event moved to the city's Frost Park, named for Frost's family, it really took off.

"Because we had more room, we started to advertise more," Frost said. "It's just gone crazy."

On a recent Saturday afternoon, more than 300 bikes filled the park for the Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show. And that number doesn't include several hundred more bikers who cruised in as spectators.

The vintage motorcycles were placed into classes like American, Japanese, European, English, competition and scooters. This year's featured motorcycle class was the cafe racer. Music from live bands filled the park as judges perused the bikes, picking winners in each category.

Vendors from as far as Arkansas were on hand, kids could play and get temporary tattoos, and food and camaraderie were abundant. The show also featured demonstrations by the Harley-Davidson skill team and roller derby girls. And if you were in need of a motorcycle part, there was a swap meet on location.

"We try to make this family oriented," Frost said. "Not all motorcycle people are those leather-clad guys. We've got something for everybody here."

Admission was free, and all registration fees for bikes benefited Stray Aid & Rescue.

Heather Schwarz and husband Dean have been to the show every year.

"[The show] is really diversified," said Heather Schwarz. "You've got bikers, collectors, scooters, and it's great getting to meet new people. Your circle of friends keeps growing, too. … I know people get really standoffish when you say bikers, but everybody here is real friendly."

Frost, who's assisted by more than 60 volunteers, said she's excited by the show's growing popularity.

"Everybody always wants to know where Dania Beach is," she said. "This has really put [the city] on the map."

 

 

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http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/Harley-Davidson-Hosts-Motorcycle-Ride-to-Bring-For-Heart-Disease-Awareness--244559321.html Harley Davidson Hosts Motorcycle Ride to Bring For Heart Disease Awareness

 

By: A-mila West -

 

PANAMA CITY BEACH -- Harley Davidson is teaming up with the American Heart Association to bring awareness to heart related diseases.

Kickstands went up at 11 this morning for the first annual “Hawgs with Hearts” fundraiser ride.

More than $700 was raised from Saturday’s ride and all proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association.

The parking lot was packed Saturday morning outside of Harley Davidson. The American Heart Association held a charity ride. Welcoming anyone with a motorcycle to participate.

It's a fundraiser leading up to the American Heart Association's Heart Ball on April 5.

Heart Ball Co-Chair Al McCambry said, "(We’re) Making sure people understand that this is a disease that is not gone away and anything that we can do to help raise funds to contribute to reducing that is going to be absolutely astronomical."

More than 40 bikers participated in Saturday’s ride. Many say they're just happy to support the American Heart Association."

Biker Michael Husava said, “You look behind me looks around you there's just a bunch of big hearted people helping out other people with hearts."

Michael Husava is the president of the Ancient Breed Motorcycle Club. Husava along with other members feel this motorcycle ride is a way to give back to the community.

"It’s always great whenever you can help out an organization help out the community help out people in general."

Husava also says this won't be his last charity ride.

"The bike community in Panama City helps out every run there is so wherever it is, we're gonna be there,” Husava said.

Harley's marketing director says they plan to host more charity rides throughout year.

 

 

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March 7th - 16th.

2014 "Official" Bike Week
Updated Event Calendar

 

 

 

 

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http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20140208/OPINION01/302080013/With-helmet-laws-slippery-slope-isn-t-slick?nclick_check=1

With helmet laws, the slippery slope isn't so slick

 

Feb. 7, 2014

 

I’m a Harley rider.

Slowly and cautiously. For short distances on weekends.

In other words, I’m an urban cowboy Harley Guy wannabe. But I have a motorcycle driver’s license and am therefore entitled to a firsthand opinion about helmet laws (or the lack thereof).

As you may know, Iowa is one of three states with no helmet laws whatsoever, including any for bicyclists. The other two are Illinois and New Hampshire, although N.H. requires helmets for bicyclists under age 16.

Like many, I’m conflicted about protecting one’s legitimate right to deliberately exhibit stupid and self-destructive behavior while at the same time protecting the lives of minors who are most likely to make unusually poor decisions. My preference is to preemptively protect them until they are adults — then they can choose.

Few people object to state laws (including Iowa’s) requiring parents to make sure their children up to age 11 are properly restrained when riding in a motor vehicle. What’s preventing passing a “common sense” law in Iowa that extends similar protection to minors on two wheels?

The short answer is ABATE, a nonprofit motorcycle rider’s organization devoted to rider safety education and defeating helmet laws, not necessarily in that order. It almost single handedly killed the last minor moped helmet law vote in the Iowa legislature.

This was primarily accomplished by their Political Action Committee, which according to its web site makes “donations to the campaigns of candidates friendly to ABATE.” It’s highly likely that legislators accepting ABATE PAC donations won’t receive another if they ever support any helmet law.

I spoke to state Rep. Vicki Lensing on this topic, and she said ABATE lobbyists stopped calling her after she made it clear to them that she couldn’t support them. She all too often sees the impact (no pun intended) of the lack of helmet laws in her business — Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service.

I’m guessing that many ABATE members (and legislators) would support a minor helmet law if they could be sure that it would go no further. Unfortunately, most of them evidently subscribe to the “slippery slope” theory that it would then be a short jump to a universal helmet law. I have yet to see any data to support this.

Data does support the premise that unhelmeted riders are more likely to be uninsured, and therefore a financial burden to the public (you and me) when they are hospitalized. That alone isn’t enough to make me favor a universal helmet law, but it does open up an interesting possibility.

A recent study of motorcycle accident statistics in Florida showed that following the repeal of mandatory helmet laws there was a sharp increase in motorcycle accident fatalities and a healthy bump in donor organs available for transplant. Perversely, universal helmet laws reduce the number of organ donors (by saving their lives) thereby increasing the number of deaths of people waiting for transplants.

In 2003, California and New Mexico tried but failed to pass legislation that would presume assent to organ donation — rather than a requiring an explicit written authorization — regarding all motorcyclists killed in accidents while not wearing a helmet. A law like this in Iowa could offset a societal cost with a societal benefit, while not treading on anyone’s right to choose. But that’s probably too much to ask.

There is proposed legislation in this year’s legislature (carried over from last year) requiring motorized bike operators under age 18 to wear safety helmet. The legislators I have spoken with agree it has no traction and will almost certainly not be acted on again this year. That’s good news for ABATE and those of you on a transplant waiting list, not so much for kids on mopeds.

If you are so inclined, make sure your family knows you want to be an organ donor someday and let your legislators know you want a helmet law for minors. I don’t believe the slope is all that slick.

 

 

 

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MAINE:

 

 

 

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1729494  First Permanent Public POW/MIA Chair of Honor Display in Maine to Be Dedicated Tuesday, February 11th

 

 SOUTH PORTLAND, ME--(Marketwired - February 10, 2014) - On Tuesday, February 11th at 4:00pm, the Maine Chapter 1 of Rolling Thunder®, Inc. will be holding a ceremony to dedicate the first permanent public installation of a POW/MIA Chair of Honor in the state of Maine. Both the chair and the ceremony will be located at the International House of Pancakes at 195 Maine Mall Road in South Portland, Maine.

The President of Rolling Thunder Maine 1, Tim DeCosta, will lead the ceremony. The dedication will feature remarks from the sponsor of the chair, Leon Tanguay, a U.S. Army World War II Veteran and POW from Sanford, Maine.

The chair itself was made in North Berwick, Maine by Rolling Thunder's official POW/MIA chair partner, Hussey Seating Company. Hussey will also have representatives attending the dedication ceremony.

The POW/MIA Chair of Honor will remain perpetually unoccupied in honor of the over 91,000 military service personnel who are or were prisoners of war (POW) or have been declared missing in action (MIA).

The event will be attended by Rolling Thunder's own veterans, in addition to Maine veterans from the American Legion, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Media is encouraged to attend this event. Contact Lynette Aucoin at 207-676-0370 or laucoin@husseyseating.com for more information.

About Hussey Seating Company www.husseyseating.com 

A family-owned company founded in 1835, Hussey Seating Company is a world leader in developing and manufacturing seating solutions for the sports, entertainment and educational markets. Hussey's high quality range of spectator seating includes fixed upholstered, wood and plastic chairs, portable sideline chairs, telescopic platforms and telescopic gym seating (traditionally known as bleachers).

About Rolling Thunder® , Inc. Maine Chapter 1 www.rolling-thunder-me2.org

Based in Sanford, Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Maine Chapter 1 hosts a variety of events across the state of Maine including an annual Bowl-A-Thon and motorcycle rides. The chapter works in support of veterans of all wars and to educate the public about POW/MIA issues. Rolling Thunder®, Inc., best known for their annual "Ride to the Wall" event, is a nationwide POW/MIA rights organization.

CONTACT INFO: Lynette Aucoin 207-676-0370 laucoin@husseyseating.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MARYLAND:

 

 

 

Greetings!!


 

First, we would like to thank all of you for participating in our Harley raffle!

We also deeply appreciate your generosity supporting our charities:


 

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund


 

As of Today, we have sold 153 Tickets


 

We have a long way to go to reach our goal of selling the

1000 Tickets needed to support these great causes and

We Need Your Help!!!


 

Please forward the attached flyer to all your friends

and help spread the word!!


 

Remember, Tickets are:

$50 for Single Ticket

3 Tickets for $125

Need Not Be Present To Win!!!

 

If you haven’t taken advantage of the 3-Ticket offer,

Or would like to purchase additional tickets:

Contact us by replying to this e-mail at:

osmddefenders@gmail.com

Or contact us by phone at the numbers on the attached flyer!!

 

There is no limit on the number of tickets you can purchase!!

 As Always, we thank you for your support!

Defenders, Mason-Dixon Chapter

Hagerstown, MD

 

 

 

 

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MASSACHUSETTS:

 

  Tuesday, February 11th | 6pm-8pm

Free Food and Drinks for Participants!

 

Interested in learning about motorcycles? Don't want to feel pressured or embarrassed?

Connect with other strong women in the community! Welcoming all riders & non-riders 

for a fun girls night out! Free Food, Drinks & Door Prizes!

 

 

 

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The 8th Annual Stephen Hancox Memorial Motorcycle Run & BBQ
  •  
    to help support cancer patients and their families while undergoing treatment ~
    ** General Info **
    Saturday, September 6, 2014
    Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks Lodge, 777 South St, Tewksbury MA

    ** Motorcycle Run Info **
    Registration: 8:30 am-9:50 am (includes t-shirt, coffee & donuts).
    S/U: 10:00 am sharp.
    The Ride: 10:00 am-1:00 pm - Escorted 75 mile scenic route on secondary roads through 15 North Shore towns to Gloucester and back with a pit stop at Stage Fort Park ... an awesome ride !!

    ** BBQ Info **
    Time: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
    Family Cookout: Pig Roast, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Steak Tips, Chicken, Sausages, etc and a couple surprises...tons of food!
    Entertainment: Infa Red Band and more
    Beverages: Elks\' cash bar
    Other: 50/50 Raffle, T-shirts while they last

    Donation: $25 per person / kids under 18 = free with adult

    Go to www.stephenhancox.com for registration form and more info!
    Questions ? write to fred@hancoxkitchens.com or tara@hancoxkitchens.com 

 

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  • 6th Annual Chic's Ride
  • (www.wcmsfund.org)
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    A memorial ride for Brian Ceccarini and a charity ride for Worcester County Motorcyclists Survivor’s Fund. All proceeds benefit WCMSF. Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Staging begins at 9:30 AM. Kickstands up at 11 AM. Non-riders welcome. Event rain or shine! Return for a Celebration of Life Party with lunch, raffles, and entertainment from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
443 Worcester Rd, Charlton, Massachusetts 01507-1

 

 

 

 

 

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http://www.theindependent.com/news/state/motorcycle-helmet-bill-revs-up-debate-in-nebraska/article_cf89d152-2f3d-5c82-b801-06620c513216.html

Motorcycle helmet bill revs up debate in Nebraska

 

A bill that would let motorcyclists ride without helmets in Nebraska has reached the full Legislature, but supporters will have to overcome a filibuster for it to pass.

 

Lawmakers began debate Thursday on a measure to partially repeal Nebraska's helmet requirement for motorcyclists, exempting riders older than 21. The measure's author, Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins, said he views helmets as an issue of freedom and personal choice.

 

"The Declaration of Independence says life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," he said. "Not conformity, control and a safe cocoon."

Opponents promised an eight-hour filibuster on the bill _ the maximum time allowed _ saying the helmet law saves lives while reducing insurance and Medicaid costs. Lawmakers adjourned for the day before voting, and could resume debate on Friday.

Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha said the 24-year-old helmet law has helped Nebraska prevent needless deaths and brain injuries.

"It would be inappropriate, in my judgment, to step back and allow our roads to become a place of greater carnage, filling up our emergency rooms with the brain injured who then go to the rehab hospitals in our state.

Opponents have tried for decades to repeal the helmet law, and this time they hope to find enough votes among the senators who were elected in 2012 because of term limits. The closest they came was in 2010, when supporters secured a 27-vote majority but failed to hit the 33 needed to end a filibuster.

Opponents of the helmet requirement argue that the state is losing tax revenue and tourism because riders often bypass the state. Motorcyclists testified in a committee hearing last year that many riders avoid Nebraska because it requires helmets, while all of its border states except for Missouri do not.

Medical and traffic-safety groups remain opposed to the bill, saying Nebraska already lacks services for residents with brain injuries, and eliminating the helmet requirement would only worsen the problem.

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http://www.1011now.com/home/headlines/Motorcyclists-Believe-Helmets-Should-Be-Optional-244578221.html

Motorcyclists Believe Helmets Should Be Optional

 

By: Casey Geraldo -  Sat 10:19 PM, Feb 08, 2014

 

Motorcycle Helmet Bill Revs Up Debate in Nebraska Motorcycle Helmet Use Up For Debate In Legislature Motorcycle helmets have been in and out of the legislature for years. So, 10/11's Casey Geraldo headed to Frontier Harley Davidson to talk to those most effected by a possible change- the riders.

"If you have a hundred dollar head, buy a hundred dollar helmet," said Bryan McFarland.

That's the first piece of advice McFarland was given about motorcycle safety. "So, I've always bought the most expensive helmet I could buy because my head is worth that money," he said.

McFarland said the man who told him that had just lost his son in a motorcycle accident.

"His son didn't have a helmet on, and that's why he died," said McFarland.

Even though McFarland chooses to wear a helmet, he still said people should be able to decide.

When it comes to his son. He said he'd be honest.

"I'd tell him the truth. I choose to wear one. But, it should be your preference once you reach a certain age," he said.

And it seems that's what it comes down to- choice.

"I think that you'd find at least among our customer base, that while many of our customers, maybe most of them support freedom of choice on this issue, i think you'd find many of them would still choose to wear a helmet," said Dave Fischer, who owns the store.

Senator Dave Bloomfield who introduced the bill said it should be up to the rider. And Chris Simanek agrees.

"Feel your hair blow in the wind. Just a sense of freedom, I guess," he said.

But, Senator Bill Avery argues it's in the public's best interest to avoid the cost of treating traumatic injuries.

Friday was the second day this topic was on the floor of the legislature, and the discussion could continue through Tuesday.

 

 

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http://www.omaha.com/article/20140210/NEWS/140219976/1694

2 sides butt heads again over Nebraska's motorcycle helmet law

 

By Joe Duggan / World-Herald Bureau

 

•Effort to repeal Nebraska's motorcycle helmet law in for a long ride

•Bill to repeal Nebraska's motorcycle helmet law will wait for next year Related links •More legislative coverage

 

LINCOLN — When it's time for a weekend ride, Scott Lucey points his motorcycle east and rumbles into Iowa.

When he and his friends roll back to Omaha, their wallets are always a little lighter.

He takes his bike and leaves his cash on the eastern side of the Missouri River, because Iowa doesn't make him wear a helmet. And he's not alone, he said.

“People simply evacuate eastern Nebraska into western Iowa every weekend,” he said.

He would love to see Nebraska lawmakers consider the dollars the state loses and repeal the 25-year-old helmet law when they resume debate on the issue today.

Supporters of the helmet law counter with economic arguments of their own.

Lots of research, including some conducted years ago in Nebraska, tips the debate in their favor, said Russ Rader, spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Arlington, Va.

“There is no question that the universal helmet law saves dollars and saves lives,” Rader said.

Nebraska is one of 19 states that require all motorcyclists to wear helmets, with Missouri the only bordering state also in that category.

Most other states allow adult motorcyclists to ride without helmets, while Iowa is one of just three states with no restrictions on riding without a helmet.

In the mid-1970s, nearly every state required helmets. But that started to change in 1976, when the federal government ended financial penalties against states that did not require helmet use, Rader said.

Nebraska first imposed a helmet law in 1967. Lawmakers repealed it in 1977 but reinstated the law in 1989.

Legislative Bill 393 would exempt riders 21 and older from wearing helmets, but it would require them to wear approved eye protection. State Sen. Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins, sponsor of the bill, hoped the age restriction and eyewear requirement would win the measure more support.

But his bill has hit the same headwind of past efforts to ditch helmets. Since 1989, there have been four unsuccessful repeal measures debated on the floor of the Legislature.

Higher medical costs associated with injuries suffered by unhelmeted riders probably ranks as the most common argument against repeal.

A 1992 report published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine found that after Nebraska reinstated its helmet law, hospital charges for injured motorcyclists declined by nearly 40 percent. More than two dozen subsequent studies have produced similar findings, Rader said.

One of the most recent was done in Michigan, which repealed its helmet requirement for adult riders in 2012.

An analysis by the Highway Loss Data Institute determined that the amount paid out for insurance claims in motorcycle accidents in that state increased by 36 percent after the helmet law was weakened. The analysis also found a 22 percent increase in average insurance payments for motorcycle injuries.

Helmets cut the risk of motorcycle accident deaths by 37 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha said that when an unhelmeted rider suffers a traumatic head injury, the resulting costs shift to taxpayer-funded disability and medical care programs.

Repeal supporters, however, argued the same can be true for someone injured in an auto accident, but the state doesn't require drivers to wear helmets. Bloomfield made the point that more head injuries are suffered each year in falls than in motorcycle crashes.

Todd Miller, state coordinator for the motorcycle advocacy group ABATE of Nebraska, said he couldn't produce a study to show what the helmet law might cost Nebraska.

But not only do resident cyclists head out of state whenever they can, he knows many nonresident riders avoid Nebraska while on multi-state road trips.

The top attendance at one of the group's rallies in Nebraska has been about 300, said Lucey, who is ABATE's legislative officer. A similar rally in northern Iowa will draw more like 6,000 riders, and he estimated one-quarter will be Nebraskans.

During the first couple of hours of debate on the repeal bill last week, Mark Bosak of Lincoln listened from a balcony at the State Capitol.

Bosak and his wife, Candy, were hit by a car in 2007 while they were stopped at an intersection in Lincoln. Both were wearing helmets. Both suffered broken bones. Mark Bosak said he also suffered head and neck injuries. Fortunately, the driver's insurance covered their medical expenses.

The 56-year-old motorcyclist said he chooses to wear his helmet when he's riding on an Interstate in Iowa or South Dakota. But once he hits a quiet country road, off it goes.

“Freedom, you know,” he said.

 

 

 

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NEW MEXICO:

 

 

http://www.currentargus.com/ci_25084939/carlsbad-police-possible-robbery-at-canal-street-bank

Carlsbad police: Man, woman escape on motorcycle after bank robbery

 

From staff reports

Posted: 02/07/2014 02:47:39 PM MST

 

CARLSBAD >> Carlsbad police say a masked and armed couple walked into Western Commerce Bank Friday at approximately 2:40 p.m., taking an unknown amount of money.

According to Det. Blaine Rennie, the pair entered through the rear doors of the bank at 3310 National Parks Highway.

The incident lasted seconds, and the suspects fled south along National Parks Highway in a blue Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The male is a described as heavy-set, possibly Hispanic; the woman as slender, possibly Caucasian or Hispanic. Both were wearing gloves and masks.

According to a news release the male suspect brandished a handgun, prompting the involvement of the FBI.

No customers were in the bank at the time of the robbery, police said. There were however, several bank employees inside the bank at the time, but there were no injuries reported.

Officers with the Carlsbad Police Department, Eddy County Sheriff's Department and The New Mexico State Police were on scene, as crime scene investigators searched the bank for evidence.

Police say the suspects, if caught, could face a possible 20 year sentence for armed robbery.

Western Commerce Bank operates three branches in Carlsbad. The location on S. Canal street was robbed in August 2010 and again in December 2012.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI at (505) 889-1300 or the Carlsbad Police Department at (575) 885-2111. There is a possible reward of $1,000 for any information leading to arrest and conviction of suspects.

Reporter Jessica Onsurez may be reached at (575) 491-4682.

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW YORK:

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/biker-gang-victim-photos-show-beating-extent-article-1.1605435

Motorcycle gang victim photos show extent of New York father’s beating

 

The chilling cache of images obtained Thursday by the Daily News includes close-up shots of Alexian Lien’s battered face and body and of the attack in progress. The suspects, including NYPD Detective Wojchiech Brasczok, are charged with first-degree assault and gang assault. Comments (59)

By Simone Weichselbaum AND Bill Hutchinson / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, February 7, 2014, 2:30 AM . 396

 

PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Manhattan man Alexian Lien shows black eyes and other injuries after his September beating by a motorcycle gang. Never-before-seen photos of the vicious beatdown of a Manhattan dad by a mob of motorcyclists capture the injuries he suffered and the terror he endured.

The chilling cache of images obtained Thursday by the Daily News includes close-up shots of Alexian Lien’s battered face and body and of the attack in progress

 

 

 

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NORTH CAROLINA:

 

 

http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/local-columnists/don-bolden/harley-riders-coming-together-for-hospice-home-1.274826

Harley riders coming together for Hospice Home

 

 February 8, 2014 12:46 From time to time, you will see something in this space promoting some event that raises funds for the local Hospice Home.

I admit it. I am a shameless promoter of Hospice and its home on Chapel Hill Road. That organization provides a service like no other, a service that enables people to leave this life in the most comfortable manner possible — not only for the individual but for the family as well.

So I am here today to tell you that the annual All Harley Bike Show is set for Holly Hill Mall on next Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16. This is the 20th year for the show, and the local HOG (Harley Owners’ Group) has raised more than $250,000 in those years. HOG and Downhome Harley-Davidson co-sponsor the event.

The timing of the show this year is a bit ironic, as in the past weeks I have had an up-close experience with the Home with two family members and a longtime friend having spent their last days there. I was in and out a number of times and came away each time feeling that the Hospice Home is a very special place that provides outstanding care, compassion, concern and love to people when it is most needed.

Again, all that applies not only to the patient but to the family as well.

I went by late one afternoon to check on the brother-in-law, John Truitt. He had been there almost a week, and his time was near. As I looked in on him, the lights were quite low, and from somewhere came the quiet strains of pleasant and soothing music.

It was a scene as peaceful as one could imagine. Early the next morning, he was gone.

There were other ways in which this could have played out, but I cannot imagine one that would be more helpful and considerate of the family than spending those last days in the home under the care of kind and loving nurses.

And there have been other experiences in the past with Hospice that have also contributed to my being that shameless promoter.

The bike show is a way for the public to help the home provide those services, and also a way to have fun if you are into Harleys.

This is a big deal for the Harley owners, their biggest fundraiser of the year. Owners pay a $20 registration fee with a direct donation to Hospice.

Those bikes will be sparkling and in the best condition possible. The owners are competing for prizes, of course. And they win those prizes based on the amount of money their bike attracts. In front of each bike will be a container for donations, and the three bikes that attract the most donations win trophies — and this is done in several classes.

The winners receive various trophies, and then there is a huge trophy for the most money raised by a single bike. Visitors can toss money in the containers, or they can write checks to the Hospice League of Alamance/Caswell and get a tax deduction.

In addition, the HOG Chapter will give special trophies for the Best HOG Member Bike, Best Paint, Best Chrome and several other awards, again in several classes of competition. In all there will be more than 80 trophies presented in the event.

It is really a big deal for them.

But while the owners like to win trophies, they are more concerned about getting donations for the Hospice Home.

The Hospice League was formed in 1989 with Faye Boswell pushing the effort to support a Hospice Home. The house and the lake in front were purchased from the Thompson sisters, who had lived there many years. The home was opened in 1994 with six rooms. The idea was to provide a place where individuals could spend their last days in comfort and peace with the best of care.

Since then the home has grown to 22 rooms — all private — and more than 4,000 people here have been served. More than 4,000!

Not only is attention given to the patients there, but to the families as well. There are comfortable sitting areas, places where families can gather, and everything is pleasant and geared to meeting the needs of people in perhaps the most difficult time of life.

By visiting the Harley show, you get to see some of the finest machines on the road today, but you also will come away with the feeling that you are helping make it possible for area individuals, maybe friends or neighbors, to experience all the love and care possible as they leave us.

 

 

 

 

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OREGON:

 

 

http://www.oregonlive.com/multimedia/index.ssf/2014/02/the_one_motorcycle_show_one-of.html

The One Motorcycle Show: one-of-a-kind bikes with a story (photos)

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Long/The OregonianStephanie Yao Long | syao@oregonian.comPrint

By Stephanie Yao Long | syao@oregonian.com The Oregonian
 February 09, 2014 at 9:00 PM


1 / 48The One Motorcycle Show: one-of-a-kind bikes with a story
PORTLAND, OREGON - February 09, 2014 - The One Motorcycle Show, in its fifth year, featured one-of-a-kind bikes. Their goal is to "highlight innovative 'Doers' and inspire others to pursue the real life experiences a motorcycle can deliver, be it modern or vintage. We want to be inclusive, to bring young and old folks together. We want to be THE ONE place where people come together and celebrate 2-wheeled culture." Stephanie Yao


The make-it-your-own ethos, so ingrained in Portland culture, finds a perfect example in The One Motorcycle Show. Now in its fifth year, the three-day event doubled in size, expanding into the Yale Union building in Southeast Portland and featuring films, live music, artwork and custom-designed helmets along with 120 one-of-a-kind motorbikes.

A documentary video about this year at The One Motorcycle Show describes the event as something of an art gallery with motorcycles.

The organizers want to "highlight innovative 'Doers' and inspire others to pursue the real life experiences a motorcycle can deliver, be it modern or vintage. We want to be inclusive, to bring young and old folks together. We want to be THE ONE place where people come together and celebrate 2-wheeled culture."

"We wanted to bring the builders and bikes together, give them a place to tell a story, and make some friends with other like-minded folks."

 

 

 

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SOUTH CAROLINA:

 

http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1727604

Some important safety tips for South Carolina motorcycle riders

 

There are many simple things that motorcycle riders can do to help decrease their chances of injury should they end up in an accident, such as wearing a helmet. February 09, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Despite the fact that South Carolina law expressly states that motorcycles are "entitled to the full use" of traffic lanes, many drivers on the road fail to give motorcyclists the respect they deserve. Indeed, all too often, South Carolina riders are injured in motorcycle accidents merely due to the fact that other motorists neglect to see them. Even worse, motorcyclists routinely come out on the losing end of most accidents as other motor vehicles typically outsize them considerably. Thankfully, there are many simple things that motorcycle riders can do to help decrease their chances of injury should they end up in an accident, such as wearing a helmet. For instance, according to numbers previously reported by South Carolina's Department of Public Safety, roughly 69 percent of all motorcycle riders killed in crashes during 2010 were not wearing their helmets at the time of the their accidents. However, helmets can even help prevent nonfatal motorcycle injuries, such as those injuries caused by blows to the head or neck. In fact, a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which reviewed motorcycle accident data from 2001 through 2008, found that 22 percent of all nonfatal motorcyclist injuries involved riders' heads and necks. While there is little double that increased helmet use could certainly lower the likelihood of motorcycle head injuries, helmets are sadly not required under South Carolina law for motorcycle riders, except if they are under 21-years-old. Although, interestingly, a South Carolina bill was recently introduced that, if passed, would require helmets for all riders. Other helpful motorcycle safety tips Helmet use is not the only safety tip that motorcycle riders should adhere to while traversing South Carolina roadways. For example, motorcycle riders should always: - Be conscious of blind spots of other cars and trucks, and not be afraid to honk to make sure other cars are aware of the motorcycle's presence - Flash brake lights when slowing down as other vehicles often have a hard time of gauging a motorcycle's speed - Make sure to leave enough space between the motorcycle and other vehicles, as this will permit sufficient time to respond to any erratic driving on the part of other vehicles - Wear long sleeves and thick protective clothing Sadly, though, no matter how many preventative measures are taken by motorcyclists, it is inevitable that accidents still occur at the hands of other negligent drivers. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a motorcycle collision due to the fault of another, it is often best to seek the counsel of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can aid in investigating the causes of your accident and help outline your rights and options.

 

 

 

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SOUTH DAKOTA:

 

http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2014/feb/09/rallygoers-say-sturgis-is-their-favorite-event/#axzz2t1FwJTSw

Rallygoers say Sturgis is their favorite event of the year


By DEB HOLLAND Meade County Times-Tribune - writer (AP)
Posted February 9, 2014 at 8:07 a.m.


The typical Sturgis motorcycle rallygoer is over 40 years old, owns his own home, has taken some college courses, came to the rally on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and has a household income of more than $75,000.

That's pretty much what many would have guessed, but what struck Sturgis rally director Brenda Vasknetz about results of a recent survey of rallygoers was that more than 25 percent planned to stay for eight days or more.

"The next highest numbers were four days and seven days," she said. "That was a surprising fact for me. I wouldn't have thought it was that high."

Those conclusions come from a survey of nearly 2,000 rally attendees at the 2013 rally. The survey, underwritten by the city of Sturgis, was given to rallygoers during a period of eight days which included the Friday before the official start of the rally to the Friday of rally week.

Vasknetz says the results on length of stay reveal that rallygoers are allowing themselves time to enjoy the entire Black Hills riding experience.

"We've noticed that they will come prior to the offical start of the rally or following the rally so they are not riding when it's 'crunch' time," she said. "We've really seen growth on the shoulders of the event."

Although the age question was not asked on the survey compiled by Community Builders, Inc., the Sturgis rally department does ask the question of those who voluntarily register at the rally each year.

This year's age breakdown showed that 40 percent of rallygoers are between the ages of 54 and 65, and 36 percent fall into the 41 to 53 age range. Interestingly, in 2004, only 21 percent of those who registered at rally headquarters said they were between the ages of 54-65.

And 9 percent of rally registrants said they were over 66 years old. That's up from 2 percent in 2004.

The city was asked to do the survey at the request of its new sponsorship marketing agent, Legends Marketing, Vasknetz said.

"There were no real surprises," she said. "It was a way to compile information on our visitors' interests so that we can target potential companies for sponsorship in the future."

The survey showed that 56 percent of rally attendees are male and 44 percent female. The age breakdown of those who frequent the Sturgis motorcycle rally Facebook page is a bit closer with 51 percent male and 49 percent female.

"We've seen a surge in interest by women," Vasknetz said.

With that information in hand, it may not be long before typical women's products are promoted at the rally, she said.

"Who knows, we may have the official make-up or lipstick of the rally in the not so distance future," Vasknetz said.

Following is a break down of questions and responses from the survey:

WHY THEY CAME

By far, the most common reason that patrons came to the rally was to vacation. Respondents also tended to say they were seeking adventure and wanted to party at the rally. A very common “other” response was that respondents were at the rally to work.

HOW THEY GET INFORMATION

The official website (SturgisMotorcycleRally.com) appears to be very effective in reaching rally patrons. The other primary source of information, word of mouth, reflects the strong tradition of rally attendance and its popularity among motorcycle enthusiasts.

WHERE THEY ARE FROM

South Dakota, the site of the rally, is the most represented state. Yet, the rally is clearly a national event. Nearly every state is represented in the survey responses (the sole exception is Vermont). Additionally, less than half of all patrons come from the South Dakota region (defined as South Dakota and all its bordering states, including Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming). Beyond the South Dakota region, Colorado is the most represented state. By comparison, more than 20 percent of survey respondents came from other western states (i.e., states located west of the Mississippi River); about 20 percent more came from east of the Mississippi River. About 6 percent of rally patrons are not from the United States.

HOW THEY TRAVEL

Patrons tend to travel to the rally on a motorcycle, though a significant percentage travel in an automobile or truck. About 50 percent come to the rally on their motorcycle according to the survey. And about 37 percent say they travel by car or truck.

LENGTH OF STAY

About half of attendees planned to stay six or more days at the rally, while just 5 percent planned to stay for just one day. The most common response was that attendees planned to stay 8 or more days at the rally.

SPENDING

Individual spending appears to center on $100 - $199 per day, with another 29 percent spending less than $100 per day. About 15 percent of rally attendees said they planned to spend more than $300 per day.

MOTORCYCLE OWNERSHIP

About two-thirds of those survey respondents who own a motorcycle own a Harley-Davidson. The next most frequently owned motorcycle (less than 10 percent) is a Honda.

GENDER

More than half of all rally attendees are male. Yet, anecdotally, many survey respondents commented that there are now more women riding motorcycles than ever before.

EDUCATION

More than 74 percent of all rally attendees have at least some college education, and nearly half of them hold at least an associates or vocational college degree.

OCCUPATION

Nearly one third of rally attendees are employed in technical or professional occupations. Another third are in management or executive positions, or own their own business.

HOME OWNERSHIP

More than 80 percent of all survey respondents own their own home, and nearly 30 percent of them have no mortgage payment, which reflects a very solid financial profile for rally attendees. Fewer than 20 percent are renters and most of those survey respondents are at the rally to work.

HOUSEHOLD INCOME

According to the survey, nearly two-thirds of attendees’ household incomes are above $75,000.

RALLIES ATTENDED

More than a third of the random tablet survey respondents indicated that it was their first time to a Sturgis rally.

About 8 percent of the respondents said they had attended the rally 20 or more times.

FAVORITE EVENT?

A very strong majority (70 percent) of all survey respondents identified the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as their favorite event of the year to attend.
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TENNESSEE:

 

 

http://www.jdnews.com/news/local/poker-run-to-benefit-scholarship-fund-1.275258

Poker run to benefit scholarship fund


By DAILY NEWS STAFF

Monday, February 10, 2014 at 09:07 AM.


The 12th Annual Rolling Thunder Chilly Chili Poker Run will be held Saturday at Lejeune Motorsports 955 Lejeune Blvd.

Registration for the poker run is $10 per hand, $15 for two hands for the same rider and $20 for three hands for the same rider. The event begins at 9 a.m. with the last bike in at 2 p.m. The course begins and ends at Lejeune Motorsports.

A $500 prize will be awarded for the best hand, a $200 prize for the second best hand and a $100 prize for the worst hand. Riders may also participate in a 50/50 raffle, receive door prizes and eat free food.

Donations benefit veterans, POW and MIA Issues, along with the Staff Sgt. Anthony L. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship fund for Veteran’s Dependent Children.

 

 

 

 

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TEXAS:

 

 

Contents:
 
1. Bandido Drifter Benefit / Spring Fling - Fort Worth - Mar 8
2. Junkyard Dawgs MC 2nd Friday Party - Terrell - Mar 14
3. OKC Rememberance Ride - Apr 19
4. N. TX HOG Stacked Deck Poker Run - Carrollton - May 24
 
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1> Bandido Drifter Benefit / Spring Fling - Fort Worth - Mar 8
 
Date: 2/9/2014
From:
maverickftw@att.net
 
Bandido Drifter was involved in a motorcycle accident Saturday morning February 8th when a van made a U-turn in front of him. He sustained serious leg injuries and will require quite a bit of time to heal. We have decided to combine a benefit for Bandido Drifter along with our 2014 Spring Fling that is scheduled for Saturday March 8th at The Score Sports Bar located at: 7709 Camp Bowie West Fort Worth, Texas 76116 from 1pm to 6pm.

Everyone is invited and as always we appreciate your support.
 
Love , Loyalty and Respect
Bandido Maverick 1%er
Sec/Tres
Fort Worth Chapter
Maverickftw@att.net
La Fraternidad Es Una Manera De la Vida
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerBMC-FTW-SpringFlingMar8.jpg
 
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2> Junkyard Dawgs MC 2nd Friday Party - Terrell - Mar 14
 
Date: 2/8/2014 
From:
rickywillis73@yahoo.com
 
"2nd Friday Party"
March 14, 2014
Junkyard Dawgs Clubhouse
200 S. Rockwall Ave.
Terrell, Texas
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerJYDMC-2ndFridayMar14.jpg
 
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3> OKC Rememberance Ride - Apr 19
 
Date: 2/7/2014
From:
wiggles10282000@yahoo.com
 
This is a NATIONAL ride where we are coming from ALL over the USA, to honor these heroes.
 
Thank you
Sue West
Commander 4 District of Texas
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerOKCRememberanceRideApr19.jpg
 
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4> N. TX HOG Stacked Deck Poker Run - Carrollton - May 24
 
Date: 2/9/2014
From:
dennis.williams1@verizon.net
 
Join North Texas HOG for the 16th annual Stacked Deck Poker Run on May 24th.
$20 registration at 10am at Harley-Davidson of North Texas, 1845 North I 35E Carrollton, TX 75006. Route starts at HDNT and ends at Gas Monkey Bar and Grill, 10261 Technology Blvd E Dallas, Texas, 75220.
Cash prizes for best hands, huge 50/50 drawing, and door prizes raffle, as well.
Last bike out at noon, last one in at 4:30pm. All bikes welcome.
Kick off the Memorial Day weekend with a great poker run and hangin' at Gas Monkey Bar and Grill!
 
Contact: Bryan Hucabee, secretary@nthog.com
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerHOG_StackedDeckPokerRunMay24.jpg
 
 
 
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Ride Free ~Suds & bttrfly
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/

 

 

 

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VIRGINIA:

 

 

http://www.swvatoday.com/news/smyth_county/article_3ade4940-8dea-11e3-9e29-0017a43b2370.html

Thundering Beauty motorcycle rally for women coming to Marion this summer

 

Linda Burchette

Thundering Beauties

Friday, February 7, 2014 5:45 pm

 

Town Manager Bill Rush, left, and other attendees at Monday evening’s Marion Town Council meeting listen to Charlotte Ammons as she talks about plans for a July women’s motorcycle rally in Marion.

Thundering Beauty motorcycle rally for women coming to Marion this summer 0 comments

Charlotte Ammons has a passion for motorcycles. A riding instructor for two area Harley-Davidson dealerships, she knows a growing number of women share her enthusiasm. Last year, she began formulating a plan to unite many of those women. This July, hundreds of them will converge in Marion during a four-day period for a women’s motorcycle rally.

Monday evening, Ammons told the Marion Town Council that last year she was riding with her daughter on the Back of the Dragon, the 32-mile stretch of Rt. 16 that crosses three mountains between Tazewell and Marion. She began to contemplate how and where a rally could be held to “celebrate women and motorcycles.”

She talked to Charlie Cole, the owner of multiple Harley-Davidson dealerships, where she is an instructor. He encouraged her to go for it. Ammons did. She launched Thundering Beauties Biker Rally, which is set to take place July 24-27 at Hungry Mother State Park. Rally plans include riding the Back of the Dragon through Smyth and Tazewell counties, self-guided rides, live entertainment, an appreciation banquet, and a vendor show. Several bands will be playing at the rally, including Acoustifried, a country rock band from the Tri-Cities; Cash Revisited, a rockabilly band from Kingsport, Tenn.; and Rock & Roll Freakshow, a classic and origin rock band from Kingsport, Tenn.

Initially, Ammons said Monday, she expected about 50 people to sign up. Within two days of registration opening, she said, women from Washington, D.C., and Maryland had signed up. Today, the number is at 200 and growing.

Ammons said the rally, which she hopes will become an annual event, will also raise funds for charities related to women’s issues. This year, it will benefit Go Red For Women, an effort to raise women’s awareness about heart disease and wellness. Next year, Ammons said, the focus may be domestic violence.

Ammons also believes the rally will bring plenty of tourist dollars to Smyth and Tazewell and the surrounding counties. Thundering Beauties has blocked all the rooms at the General Francis Marion Hotel for this event and The Collins House Inn is already full for the rally. Organizers are also promoting lodging in Abingdon, Wytheville and Bluefield. Ammons said they would also like to get local businesses to become vendors for the rally. She also observed: “Women love to shop.”

The top sponsors for the rally are Cole Harley Davidson, Black Bear Harley Davidson, Black Wolf Harley Davidson, and Appalachian Rider Education.

National vendors, such as Barnes & Noble and Key Ingredients, are signed up to help with door prizes.

“We want to bring as many people here as we can,” Ammons said. She also noted that husbands and boyfriends were welcome to attend the rally if they were accompanying a registered participants. “The potential is for this to be enormous in its first year,” she said.

In the coming years, Ammons hopes it will grow from a weekend rally to a week-long rally.

She extended her appreciation to the town, the General Francis Marion Hotel and Ron Thomason, Smyth County’s tourism director, for their support.

Thomason also extended his appreciation to the town leaders for their support in recent years of the initiative to get the section of Rt. 16 between Marion and Tazewell designated as the Back of the Dragon and put signs up at key locations in town.

It is paying off, Thomason said.

In the last year, he has attended three international motorcycle shows, traveling to Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Charlotte, to promote local opportunities.

So much interest exists in the Back of the Dragon, Thomason said that he works non-stop at the shows with no time to even sit down. “There’s no doubt we’ll see additional motorcycles come here,” he said.

Over Memorial Day weekend, he said, a group of riders from New York and New Jersey will be visiting. “It’s great for our county and area,” he said.

Want to know more?

Visit http://www.thunderingbeauties.com/ 

 www.facebook.com/thunderingbeauties 

 

 

 

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WASHINGTON:

 

 

'Legislative Update and Action Alert 2-10-2014'

Attention all hands, it's action time.  The legislature is approaching the
first major cutoff date.  Any bill that does not clear a policy committee by
the 11th will be dead.  the good news is that the Traffic signal bills are
still in play.  The Senate passed SB 5141 (Traffic Signals) today, so it goes
to the House. [...]

You may view the latest post at
http://roadriders.org/2014/02-10/legislative-update-and-action-alert-2-10-2014/


Best regards,
Washington Road Riders Association

 

 

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http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/spincontrol/2014/feb/10/wa-lege-day-29-left-turning-motorcycles/
WA Lege Day 29: Left-turning motorcycles

 

Feb. 10, 2014 12:48 p.m.

 

OLYMPIA — Motorcyclists could turn left at an intersection if the traffic light doesn't give them the green arrow after a complete cycle under a bill that received strong support from the Senate.

SB 5141 would change state traffic laws to account for a problem some motorcyclists have at intersections controlled by some sensors triggered by weight. They don't weigh enough to register on the sensor, and the left-turn arrow never turns green.

Sen. Jim Hargrove, a Hoquiam Democrat who rides a motorcycle, said he's experienced the problem and joked that some Priuses also don't weigh enough to register on some sensors.

A motorcyclist would have to weight through a complete cycle of lights changing for all directions before making a left-turn when clear. The bill passed on a 46-2 vote. The same bill passed the Senate last session but didn't receive a final vote in the House.

 

 

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MORE BIKERBITS:

 

 

http://www.fxstreet.com/news/fxbeat/article.aspx?storyid=8f9d4d6e-57b0-4067-be65-a4cee6fbb071

Pope Francis’ Motorcycle Fetches $327,000

 

By Peter Fell | Fri, Feb 07 2014, 02:37 GMT

 

Naturally all the proceeds goes to charity, isn't that nice.

A mystery buyer paid $327,000 for Pope Francis’ Harley-Davidson motorcycle at a charity auction in Paris on Thursday.

 

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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/02/06/vroom-vroom-pope-francis-harley-davidson-fetches-327000-at-charity-auction-in/

Pope's Harley goes for $327G at charity auction

 

February 06, 2014

 

The 2013 Harley Davidson Super Glide Custom A 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide, donated to Pope Francis last year and signed by him on its tank, is displayed ahead of Bonham's sale of vintage and classic cars, at the Grand Palais in Paris. (AP) PARIS – Pope Francis' Harley-Davidson is hitting the road after an unspecified European buyer agreed to pay 241,500 euros ($327,000) including taxes and fees for the motorcycle at a Paris auction to benefit charity.

The Bonhams auction house said the telephone buyer agreed to pay far more than the expected pre-sale price of more than 12,000 euros ($16,000) at the auction at Paris' Grand Palais.

A Harley-Davidson leather jacket signed by Pope Francis sold for 57,500 euros including fees.

It's unknown whether the pontiff ever rode the custom 2013 Dyna Super Glide that was a gift from Willie Davidson, a retired Harley-Davidson designer and grandson of the company's co-founder.

Money from the sale will be donated to charity Caritas Roma, which runs a soup kitchen and hostel for the homeless in Rome.

 

 

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http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/indian-motorcycle-league-joins-hands-with-qlsp-114020900673_1.html

Indian Motorcycle League joins hands with QLSP

 

Press Trust of India | Chennai

February 9, 2014 Last Updated at 19:40 IST

 

Indian Motorcycle League (IML) has entered into a partnership with Quantum Leap Sports Performance Academy, founded by former strength and conditioning coach of the Indian cricket team Ramji Srinivasan, to keep the bike riders totally fit throughout the 2014 season.

Quantum Leap Sports Performance (QLSP) - a leading sports Science Center for Peak Physical and Mental Conditioning training, would conduct physical and mental training of all riders under one roof which would help the rider community both on and off the racing circuit.

Srinivasan would be taking care of strength and conditioning of riders, while mental aspect of training would be in the hands of USA-based Badri Narayanan (Mental Conditioning Coach/Sports Psychologist, Quantum Leap Performance).

According to a release from IML, Indian Motorcycle Endurance League 2014 would have three rounds of races starting from Coimbatore, Chennai and the Buddh International track in Noida.

 

 

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http://www.trefis.com/stock/hog/articles/226148/resurgent-indian-motorcycles-could-hurt-domestic-sales-of-harley-davidson/2014-02-10 Resurgent Indian Motorcycles Could Hurt Domestic Sales Of Harley-Davidson

 

February 10th, 2014 by Trefis Team -

 

6.79% Downside 64.59 Market 60.21 Trefis HOG Harley Davidson

 

 Around two-thirds of Harley-Davidson’s (NYSE:HOG) motorcycles are sold in the U.S. itself, making the domestic market central to the automaker’s operations. But with a declining core customer base of middle-aged Caucasian males in the U.S. and stiffer competition from the reinvigorated Indian bikes, Harley-Davidson has had to ramp up its product innovation and marketing in order to maintain its undisputed lead in the country’s heavyweight motorcycle market (601 cc+). The iconic manufacturer of touring and cruiser heavyweight motorcycles rolled out its Project Rushmore bikes in August last year, which turned out to be its biggest product launch in over two decades. In the same month, Polaris Industries, known for snowmobiles and off-road vehicles, resurrected the Indian motorcycles and introduced three models. What Polaris has in common with Harley, and could possibly hurt the latter’s business in the U.S., is its classic American brand appeal and loyal fan following.

 

 

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http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/02/09/harley-davidson-takes-care-of-its-fans/

Harley-Davidson, Inc. Takes Care of Its Fans

 

by Rich Smith, The Motley Fool Feb 9th 2014 8:45PM

 

When Harley-Davidson announced that it was recalling 29,000 Touring and Softail CVO motorcycles to fix a potential glitch last fall, it did something almost unheard of among automotive companies.

Not only did Harley take it upon itself to warn owners about -- and insist on fixing -- a problem that only "may" (in Harley's own words) pose a safety issue to riders. Not only did Harley tell dealers to not deliver the potentially affected bikes until they'd been inspected. On top of all this, Harley also promised anyone who owned one of the affected bikes that, if they wanted to get it looked at, Harley would personally come to their home, load up the bike on a truck, and haul it to the dealer for inspection.

Talk about good service!

Service with a smile Clearly, Harley-Davidson cares about its customers. You can see that in how Harley went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure everything was done to fix and address this problem, with the absolute minimum of inconvenience to its customers. And this month, we saw how Harley-Davidson takes care of its shareholders, too.

This year has not been kind to Harley-Davidson shareholders. Indeed, the shares have performed pretty poorly, losing more than 6% of their value against less than a 3% decline in the S&P 500. The fact that Harley shares have outperformed those of rival motorcycle makers Honda and Polaris probably comes as some consolation. But in absolute terms, the decline must still sting. Fortunately, here again we find Harley riding to the rescue of its fans.

On Wednesday, Harley-Davidson announced plans to return a substantial portion of its cash to long-suffering shareholders. Using a combination of share repurchases (designed to shore up the stock price) and dividend payouts (which reward investors for not selling out, but patiently sticking with the company through a rough patch), Harley aims to return much of its $770 million in annual free cash flow to shareholders over the next few years.

Service that makes you smile Harley-Davidson's board of directors has authorized the repurchase of 20 million shares of its own stock -- plans that, if implemented in full, would return about $1.3 billion in cash to shareholders. The company has also increased the size of its annual dividend to $1.10 per share -- a 31% increase over past dividends, and enough to give the stock a 1.7% dividend yield.

In effect, the company is saying that if you're not pleased with its stock performance, at least you can count on having Harley pay you a 1.7% profit on your investment every year -- a rate more than three times the interest rate your average bank will pay you.

Whether you're a Hog owner, or a HOG shareholder -- or both -- it's got to be nice to know that Harley-Davidson has got your back.

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The article Harley-Davidson, Inc. Takes Care of Its Fans originally appeared on Fool.com.

 

 

 

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http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-137109-Motorcycle-riding-banned-in-Peshawar-

Motorcycle riding banned in Peshawar

 

PESHAWAR: Motorcycle riding will not be allowed in Peshawar on Sunday after local administration announced a ban on the two-wheeler in the wake of second phase of Health Insaf program as part of security arrangements, Geo News reported on Saturday.

Deputy Commissioner Zaheerul Islam said section 144 had also been imposed with a ban on motorcycle for Sunday.

 

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http://www.salina.com/news/Russian-Motorcycle-2-8

Snow won't slow this motorcycle

 

By GARY DEMUTH Salina Journal | Saturday, February 08, 2014 2:00 AM Tom Hatfield got his Russian motorcycle, a 2013 Ural, last fall. The motorcycle, featuring a sidecar, is driven almost every day by Hatfield. (photo by Tom Dorsey / Salina Journal) HIDE CAPTION

Everywhere Tom Hatfield drives, he feels like he's in a parade. That's because the Salina man drives a unique motorcycle: a 2013 Ural Gear-Up with attached sidecar, manufactured in Russia and based on military transportation developed by Nazi Germany during World War II. Painted a dark green color called Taiga and detailed on the sidecar with the ferocious eye and teeth of a shark, Hatfield's bike draws attention wherever he goes. "I get two questions: 'What is that bike,' and 'what year is it,' " said Hatfield, 33, who works as a systems engineer at ISG Technology, 127 N. Seventh. "It's like you're in a parade," Hatfield. "Everyone waves and stops to talk to you. It's definitely a conversation starter." Hatfield, who purchased the bike in December from an East Coast dealer, has been obsessed with motorcycles and other two-wheel vehicles most of his life. For years, he drove various mopeds around town, so he said purchasing this bike was a definite upgrade. "No one laughs at you when you're driving this one," he said. Unlike a two-wheeled motorcycle, Hatfield said this bike is ideal for driving in snow. That's because it's designed to be an off-road vehicle rather than a highway bike. "It only goes up to about 65 mph, so it's definitely a backroads bike," he said. "People think I'm crazy for riding this around in the winter, but I feel way safer in this than I do my truck. This really does cut through the snow. It was made in Russia, so it was made for cold weather." There's nothing Hatfield likes better than riding the Ural over snowdrifts and packed streets. So when a huge snowstorm hit Salina on Tuesday, dumping just under 12 inches of white stuff on the ground, Hatfield decided to comb the city on his bike, looking for stranded motorists or other people who needed help out of a snowdrift. "My boss let me off early, so I drove around trying to help people out," he said. "Having a motorcycle like that on the side of the road is an attention attracter, so people would see it and slow down or stop and help out. It made me feel good about Salina that everyplace you went, there were people helping." Hatfield may need to continue his motorcycle run because snow flurries are expected to continue early next week and temperatures aren't expected to climb above freezing throughout the week. Ural is the name of the Russian maker of Hatfield's sidecar motorcycle, and it has its origins in World War II. In the early 1940s, Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin was preparing for possible military action against Nazi Germany and wanted to develop a dependable multiterrain vehicle for the Red Army to travel through the harsh climate and terrain. So they used Nazi Germany's own technology against them by modeling their new motorcycle and sidecar after a late 1930s BMW sidecar bike called the R71, which the Nazis provided to the Soviet Union after the countries had signed a nonaggression pact in 1939. The Soviets, in turn, sold the motorcycles to the American Army during the war. Hatfield said Ural motorcycles still are hand-assembled in Russia and exported to more than 30 countries. After a long search, Hatfield bought his bike from a dealer in New England. Although Hatfield declined to say how much he paid for his bike, he said a Ural can cost from $11,000 to more than $30,000. "I had some custom stuff built in, too, like a windshield, and I powder-coated the engine black," he said. Hatfield said there are three other Ural bike owners in Salina, one in Lindsborg and several in McPherson. Besides being able to easily control it in the snow and in rough terrain, Hatfield said he loves his new bike for two other reasons: the convenience of being able to carry items like groceries in the sidecar, and the quiet purr of the 750cc engine, which has a lot of torque but is rated under 80 decibels for noise. "It's so quiet, you can have a conversation with the person in the sidecar as you're riding," he said. That said, Hatfield said his Ural is not the most practical motorcycle in the world. "It drives more like a car than a motorcycle, and it doesn't accelerate much, so you can't go on the highways," he said. "It's kind of a lifestyle thing. It's not practical, but it's fun to drive." Hatfield said he has plenty of plans for his bike once the weather warms up. "I already have a lot of trails in mind for the summer," he said.

 

 

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Canada: http://cjme.com/story/motorcycle-group-reacts-sgi-rule

Motorcycle group reacts to SGI rule suggestions

 

Riders Against Government Exploitation support more training but not rates based on motorcycle type

 

Reported by Lasia Kretzel

First Posted: Feb 9, 2014 10:19am

 

Insurance rates based on body type won’t solve SGI’s financial or safety issues a Saskatchewan motorcyclist group says as they weigh in on the government insurer’s new suggested bike laws.

In its January report, the Motorcycle Review Committee put forth 19 suggestions to improve motorcycle safety, the insurance rate structure and injury benefits.

The suggestions range from increasing requirements to get a new motorcycle license to mandating additional protective gear and new rate structures.

On Saturday, Riders Against Government Exploitation (RAGE) held an information session – one of two held so far in the province – to discuss the recommendations. Spokesman Don Fuller said the group is pleased to see recommendations for more training but SGI shouldn't recommend setting rates based on engine size and body style.

“You might as well (set rates) on the length of your pants or colour of your shirt. There's no relationship whatsoever. It has nothing to do with behavior," Fuller said.

"Any vehicle is not a threat, does not offer any potential damage to society, it's what happens when somebody gets behind the wheel or on top of the motorcycle. It's the behaviour of the operator."

Instead, RAGE suggests penalizing bad bikers and they supports SGI’s suggestion to offer incentives to get proper training. The group is also pushing for better training, longer learners periods and safe driving record discount programs.

“If you put consequences in that relate directly to behaviour, not vehicle type, you’re going to see behaviour change,” Fuller said.

Fullers sentiments were echoed by those who attended the meeting. Motorcyclist Ken Dyck said in all his years of riding he’s never had an accident.

“I ride a larger touring bike and I don’t understand why I should have to pay such high rates. It’s almost like everyone’s under one roof and I just don’t think that’s fair,” he said.

The report, which included public input from both motorcyclists and non-bikers, follows the severe backlash SGI received this time last year for its proposal to remove the cap on motorcycle insurance rate increases. The removal meant some motorcyclists could have seen their rates jump between 70 and 200 per cent.

The report was submitted to the minister responsible for SGI for review. If approved, new changes could come into effect as early as spring.

 

 

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New Zealand: http://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/news/9705169/Motorcyclists-death-highlights-tubed-tyres-safety-issue

Motorcyclist's death highlights tubed tyres safety issue


Last updated 14:37 10/02/2014

The coroner has highlighted safety issues with tubed tyres in his report into the death of a motorcyclist in 2012 .

On July 20, 2012, Bryan Wyness, 71, a retired businessman living in Pukekohe, was riding his BMW motorcycle on State Highway 1 when he was killed in a crash at Rangiriri, in the northern Waikato.

Wyness was riding the same BMW F 650GS touring bike that had carried him across central Asia during the famed travels of the "Silk Riders" in 2005.

In a report released today, Coroner Gordon Matenga said Wyness was riding in the left of two southbound lanes travelling towards Hamilton and police had said Wyness was travelling slowly at the time of the crash.

A driver of a car behind Wyness pulled out to overtake him, but at the same time the motorcycle began to drift from the left lane into the right lane, its handlebars began to wobble and Wyness lost control.

The bike and its rider fell and slid into the median barrier. Wyness suffered multiple injuries including a fatal spinal injury, the coroner said.

There was no collision between the motorcycle and the car, and "no evidence of a precipitating medical event".

The crash is believed to have been caused by a slow air leak from the front tyre, which, upon reaching a critical point, caused the tyre walls to collapse and sudden loss of all remaining pressure in the tyre.

It was discovered that the front tyre tube was as old as the eight-year-old motorcycle and "may well have been the original".

The report found tubes expanded over time due to "ordinary use". In this case, the expanded tube chafed against the tyre, resulting in the leak, and ultimately the tyre's sudden deflation and Wyness's loss of control.

Matenga ruled the death was "accidental".

However, he recommended that a copy of the findings be sent to the New Zealand Transport Agency and ACC, and that all those who rode motorcycles in New Zealand were warned to be aware of tyre manufacturers' recommendations - if a tyre is replaced then the tube should also be replaced.

"This inquest has highlighted an important safety issue for those who ride motorcycles with tubed tyres," Matenga said.

"The evidence I have ... is that in Germany, America and England, if a tyre is changed on a wheel that has a tube, then the tube must also be changed.

"The tyre manufacturers, Pirelli, have it written on the tyre in German. I am advised that it translates as, "New tyre, new tube."

The coroner said this did not reflect the law in New Zealand. Motorcycle tyre mechanics were able to reuse the old tube when replacing worn tyres and this was "clearly a concern".

Wyness was one of six "Silk Riders" - a group that included high-profile economist Gareth Morgan - that rode the three-month, nearly 20,000-kilometre Silk Road trip from Venice to Beijing, in 2005 following the footsteps of 13th century trader and explorer Marco Polo.
The tour received widespread publicity with Morgan and his wife Jo writing a book – Silk Riders – about their travels.

Wyness had a passion for motorsport, owning three motorbikes and four Jaguar cars.

 

 

 

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" ken.heydon@tiscali.co.uk
Sent: Friday, February 7, 2014 7:26:46 AM
Subject: Rare bike

 
Hi Ed,
I don't know if you can assist with this one ?
 
I have acquired by a stroke of luck a very rare bike.
It is actually a small 100cc two stroke scooter that was made by Triumph Motorcycles, England from 1962 to 1964.
It was designed by the legendary Edward Turner Triumph's chief designer through the 50's & 60's.
 
The bike is a Triumph Tina. The bike was superseded by the T10 from 1964 but the one I have is the original and most desirable Tina.
The provenance of this bike is simply remarkable, and in the USA this bike is likely to be so rare that it would be acquired by a museum, I doubt there are more than a handful in the States and definitely none like this.
 
The bike was built in 1962 or 63 and stored in a car showroom until 1971.
It was then registered by it's first owner and I have the original faded registration paper. The first owner only did 127 miles and it changed hands to it's second owner in 1975 when it was tested in line with UK law and the document proves the mileage. The vehicle was used to cover another 108 miles through until Sep 76 and it was then dry stored until recently, when it was fully restored.
 
Our National motorcycle museum does not have one !!
I think the value in the UK is around $8,000.............sounds a lot but where can you get a bike over 50 years old with only 235 miles on the clock !!!!!
 
Are you able to suggest any buyers for this in the States ?
I wonder if the value in the States might be higher so that is my reason to ask, this is as rare as an early Henderson or Excelsior, and I doubt there are more than 1 or two examples in the States especially with such low mileage.
 
This is not a bike for riding but is a collectors item.
 
Are you able to circulate or suggest any interested parties.
I have photos etc, it is a matching numbers bike..........I think the expression is "time warp" ??
 
All the best,
Ken.

 

 

 

 

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AZ: http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/20140207motorcycle-vehicle-collide-scottsdale-injured.html?nclick_check=1

Motorcycle, vehicle collide in Scottsdale; 3 injured

By Brenda Carrasco

Fri Feb 7, 2014 10:05 PM

Three people were taken to hospitals on Friday night following a collision between a motorcycle and a sedan in Scottsdale.

Police said an elderly man driving a Honda sedan made a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle carrying two people on Shea Boulevard at 130th Street.

The motorcycle driver and passenger were taken to Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborn Medical Center with serious injuries. The Honda driver was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare-Shea Medical Center with “less serious injuries,” according to Sgt. Mark Clark, a Scottsdale police spokesman.

Clark said westbound Shea Boulevard is closed at 136th Street and won’t reopen for three to four hours.

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CA: http://www.cbs8.com/story/24671164/motorcyclist-hurt-in-crash-near-borrego-springs

Motorcyclist hurt in crash near Borrego Springs

Feb 08, 2014 2:44 PM EST

BORREGO SPRINGS (CNS) - A 62-year-old man suffered major injuries when he was ejected from his motorcycle in a crash on a curving road near Borrego Springs, California Highway Patrol officials said Saturday.

The motorcyclist was driving his 2013 Harley Davidson west on Montezuma Valley Road west of Palm Canyon Drive about 4:20 p.m. Friday when he lost control approaching a right curve and veered across both lanes, CHP Officer Kevin Pearlstein said.

The bike overturned and the rider was ejected, Pearlstein said.

The rider lost consciousness and suffered major injuries, including lacerations to his face, Pearlstein said.

He was airlifted to Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Desert, Pearlstein said.

 

 

 

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FL: http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2014/2/9/fhp_motorcycle_rider.html

Motorcycle rider dies after running red light in Tampa

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a motorcycle rider was killed early Sunday when he ran a red light and collided with a car on Dale Mabry Highway. Last Updated: Sunday, February 09, 2014, 11:29 AM

 CARROLLWOOD -- A 24-year-old Tampa man was killed early Sunday when he ran a red light on his motorcycle and crashed into a car, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Joel Baxter Cooper was driving a 2002 Yamaha R6 south on Dale Mabry Highway at a high rate of speed around 3:13 a.m., troopers said. He rode through a red light at Fletcher Avenue/S Village Drive and collided with a Hyundai Sonata driven by 21-year-old Michele Lopez of Tampa.

The motorcycle rebounded to the outside shoulder of the southbound lanes, then hit a concrete wall and a tree, troopers said.

The Hyundai continued west and collided with an eastbound Chevy Equinox driven by Timothy Wright, 23, of Tampa.

Cooper died at the scene. Lopez was treated for minor injuries at St. Joseph's Hospital. Wright was not injured.

 

 

 

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FL: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20140208/ARTICLE/140209708/-1/sports?Title=UPDATE-Boy-killed-in-dirt-bike-race-crash

Boy killed in dirt bike race crash

By Shelby Webb : Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:06 p.m.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating an off-road motorcycle accident in which a 7-year-old boy died Saturday morning after he reportedly collided with a volunteer supervisor.

The accident occurred during a dirt bike race for children between the ages of 5 and 8 that was part of a larger event near Myakka City.

Officials said Evan Y. Max, of Pompano Beach, died after a “pee-wee” race that was part of a competition organized by the Florida Trail Riders Association. The event was held near the intersection of Sugarbowl and Clay Gully roads.

According to a news release from the Sheriff's Office Saturday evening, an adult volunteer crossed the track during the race because he thought one of the 15 young riders had fallen.

But deputies reported he did not see little Evan barreling down the track, nor did Evan see the volunteer. The 7-year-old ran into the back of the volunteer's vehicle, the release said.

The boy was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was declared dead.

The report did not say whether the volunteer was injured.

The Florida Highway Patrol said officers were called to the accident at 10:53 a.m. Saturday.

Evan's orange dirt bike remained on the track Saturday afternoon next to a larger, silver one. The two bikes were propped upright next to a sharp turn in the muddy track, although it is unclear whether the collision happened there.

Manatee County Sheriff's Office investigators wearing white latex gloves scoured the area and removed several brown bags.

Several witnesses said the fatal race was the last “pee-wee” youth race of the day and that a dense fog clung to the race route when the accident occurred.

Mark Shives, who grew up riding dirt bikes and whose 4-year-old son Colten rode in the fatal race, said such accidents were rare.

“It's a freak accident,” Shives said. “It's like getting struck by lightning.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 13 off-road motorcycle riders younger than 19 died in 2003. And each year from 2001 to 2004, the CDC said, there was an average of about 23,800 injuries suffered by riders younger than 19 who were on an off-road motorcycle. The government agency did not have more recent numbers.

Brody Jones, who traveled to Myakka City from Lake Placid so his 12-year-old son could compete, said he has been to hundreds of similar races and has never seen someone die.

“You hear about kids getting hurt and adults getting hurt, but nothing like this,” Jones said. “It's just a bad day.”

He said most riders, including his 12-year-old son, Dylan, wear heavily padded safety equipment. He said Dylan wears boots to his calves, knee pads, thick pants, a chest protector, a neck brace, gloves, a helmet and goggles.

“You put your kids in as much gear as you can and hope for the best,” Jones said.

 


 

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FL: http://members.jacksonville.com/news/crime/2014-02-10/story/jacksonville-woman-critical-after-wreck-involving-3-motorcycles Jacksonville woman critical after wreck involving 3 motorcycles

A Flagler County wreck involving three motorcycles Sunday left a helmetless Jacksonville woman hospitalized in critical condition, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Police said Kelly Sue Melton, 49, was driving north on U.S. 1 at Commerce Boulevard approaching Palm Coast Parkway about 4:30 p.m. when she lost control of her motorcycle, sideswiping a motorcycle being driven by Gordon Eugene Drady, 61, of Jacksonville.

After the collision, Melton’s motorcycle struck a motorcycle being driven by Michele Lyn Tola, 42, of Jacksonville. Melton’s bike overturned and she was thrown off. A report from the Highway Patrol said she was not wearing a helmet, while the other two drivers had the protective headgear on.

Melton was flown by air ambulance to a hospital. Troopers are still seeking a cause for the accident.

 

 

 

 

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NV: http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/24670873/metro-investigating-fatal-motorcycle-crash

Coroner identifies motorcycle crash victim

Feb 09, 2014 2:29 PM EST Written by Crystal Tobin

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) - Metro police responded to the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash early Saturday morning at the Martin Luther King Boulevard and Oakey Boulevard intersection.

Evidence at the scene and witness statements indicate a 21-year-old man driving a 2014 Kawasaki sport motorcycle failed to maintain his lane while traveling eastbound on Oakey Boulevard approaching Martin Luther King Boulevard. The Kawasaki ran off the right side of the roadway onto the south sidewalk and continued eastbound crashing into the base of a street light pole.

Police say the rider and his motorcycle came to rest at the base of the light pole and burst into flames. Passing drivers saw the motorcyclist engulfed in flames and dragged his body away from the motorcycle.

Medical teams transported the motorcyclist to UMC Trauma where he was later pronounced dead.

The Clark County Coroner's Office identified the motorcyclist as, 21-year-old Trenton Gleaton. Gleaton died from blunt impact injuries and his death was ruled an accident.

This is the sixth traffic related fatality in LVMPD's jurisdiction in 2014. This collision remains under investigation by the LVMPD Accident Investigation Section.

 

 

 

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NV: http://www.mynews3.com/mostpopular/story/Two-killed-in-overnight-accidents-in-valley-man/_sAuhqKdqEq0QPjHpiC4KA.cspx

Two killed in overnight accidents in valley; man arrested for felony hit-and-run

2/09 7:41 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Two men were killed Saturday in separate early-morning auto accidents.

The deaths were the sixth and seventh traffic-related fatalities in Metro's jurisdiction this year.

One of the accidents was a hit-and-run in which a pedestrian was killed. The driver of the car was later arrested by Metro and charged with felony hit and run.

The accident occurred at 3:53 a.m. at West Agate and Las Vegas Boulevard South, just south of Pebble.

Metro Lt. Michael Wallace said a gray 2006 Nissan Altima fled the scene after it hit a pedestrian, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The car was found about two miles away and the suspected driver, 22-year-old Peter Whitaker, was arrested. He suffered minor injuries.

A witness statement and evidence at the scene indicate the Altima was traveling southbound on the boulevard in the left lane. The pedestrian was crossing the boulevard on the south side of Agate Avenue, from the east to the west, in an implied crosswalk. As the pedestrian stepped off the median into the southbound travel lane, he was struck by the Nissan.

The Nissan failed to stop and fled the scene southbound. The Nissan was found in a nearby neighborhood. Whitaker was located at his residence, and arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

The other accident was reported at 3:28 a.m. at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Oakey and involved a single motorcycle.

"A motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed and hit a pole at the intersection of MLK and Oakey," Metro Lt. Mike Wallace told News3. "The adult male was transported to UMC and was pronounced dead at the hospital."

A Metro news release released just before 9:45 a.m. Saturday said the driver was a 21-year-old Las Vegas man. The motorcycle was a 2015 Kawasaki EX250.

The release states, "Evidence at the scene and witness statements indicate a 2014 Kawasaki EX250 sport motorcycle with a single rider was traveling eastbound on Oakey Boulevard approaching an east to northeast bend in the roadway at the intersection with Martin Luther King Boulevard."

"The Kawasaki failed to maintain the travel lane and ran off the right side of the roadway onto the south sidewalk. The Kawasaki continued eastbound and into the base of a street lamp pole. The motorcycle and rider came to rest near the lamp post and the motorcycle burst into flames."

"Passing motorists noticed the rider was engulfed in flames and dragged his body away from the motorcycle and into the roadway. The rider was transported to UMC Trauma by responding medical personnel and was later pronounced dead by medical staff at UMC."

Both accidents remain under investigation by Metro's accident investigation section.

 

 

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TX: http://www.weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/fatal-motorcycle-crash-crestview-41319.shtml

Fatal motorcycle crash in Crestview

Sunday, February 9 2014, 01:49 PM CST

Two people are dead after a motorcycle crash in Crestview. It happened around 3:30 yesterday afternoon, at State Road 85 and Houston. An F-150 collided with a Harley Davidson.

The two people who died are the passenger of the truck, Virginia Settles, along with the driver of the motorcycle. His name has not been released.

The other driver has minor injuries.Fatal motorcycle crash in Crestview

 


 

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