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NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V595
Manufacturer : Spartan Motors, Inc.
Make / Model Years : UTILIMASTER / 2006
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V612
Manufacturer : PACCAR Incorporated
Make / Model Years : KENWORTH / 2014
Subject : Stop/Tail/Turn Lamp Housing/FMVSS 108
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V616
Manufacturer : Double R Trailer Mfg., Inc.
Make / Model Years : DOUBLE R TRAILERS / 2010-2014
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V622
Manufacturer : Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Make / Model Years : ACURA / 2014
Subject : Loosening Of Lower Control Arm Bolts
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V624
Manufacturer : Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center Inc
Make / Model Years : HYUNDAI / 2014
Subject : Damaged Tire Sidewall may cause Rapid Air Loss
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V627
Manufacturer : Daimler Trucks North America
Make / Model Years : FREIGHTLINER / 2013-2014
Subject : ECAS Wiring may be Reversed
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V632
Manufacturer : Airstream, Inc.
Make / Model Years : AIRSTREAM / 2013-2014
Subject : Propane System may Vent
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V633
Manufacturer : Daimler Trucks North America
Make / Model Years : THOMAS BUILT / 2011-2013
Subject : Hybrid Transmission Software
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V634
Manufacturer : Daimler Trucks North America
Make / Model Years : FREIGHTLINER / 2009-2014
Subject : Hybrid Transmission Software
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V635
Manufacturer : Zero Motorcycles Inc.
Make / Model Years : ZERO / 2012-2013
Subject : Motorcycle may Quit while Running
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V637
Manufacturer : Marathon Homes Corp
Make / Model Years : MARATHON / 2006-2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V638
Manufacturer : Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.
Make / Model Years : TIFFIN / 2013-2014
Subject : Fireplace may Ignite Exposed Wood
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V639
Manufacturer : Daimler Trucks North America
Make / Model Years : THOMAS BUILT / 2014-2015
Subject : Speedometer may Read Lower than Actual Speed
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V640
Manufacturer : Daimler Trucks North America
Make / Model Years : FREIGHTLINER / 2014
Subject : Speedometer may Read Lower than Actual Speed
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V643
Manufacturer : Blue Bird Body Company
Make / Model Years : BLUE BIRD / 2014-2015
Subject : Parking Brake may Unexpectedly Release
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V644
Manufacturer : Cargo South, Inc.
Make / Model Years : CARGO SOUTH / 2006-2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V645
Manufacturer : Nissan North America, Inc.
Make / Model Years : NISSAN / 2014
Subject : Wrong Tire And Loading Information Label/FMVSS 110
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V646
Manufacturer : Riverside Travel Trailer, Inc.
Make / Model Years : RIVERSIDE / 2006-2014
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V648
Manufacturer : Sharp Manufacturing, LLC
Make / Model Years : SHARP / 2006-2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
 
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V652
Manufacturer : Skyline Corporation
Make / Model Years : SKYLINE / 2006-2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
 
 

 

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ICYMI: Federal lawmaker requests information on checkpoints
 

On Jan. 9, U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) sent a letter to U.S. Dept. of Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx requesting information regarding a checkpoint pro gram administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

As reported by news media, the NHTSA checkpoint program pays private contractors that use state and local law enforcement to conduct checkpoint programs and collect blood samples or mouth swabs from drivers.

Sensenbrenner is leading the fight against motorcycle-only checkpoints and is the sponsor of H.R. 1861, Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act.

The American Motorcyclist Association is working aggressively on the MOC issue and expects more positive developments in the near future.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA or ATVA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling and ATV riding. That support will help fight for your rights – on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at  AmericanMotorcyclist.com/membership/join. If you a re an ATV rider, join ATVA at www.atvaonline.com.

 

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ARIZONA:

http://www.kingmandailyminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=797&ArticleID=59498 Ex-Kingman employee fired for biker ties sees case move forward

City alleged 'outlaw' connections were a danger to city personnel

Doug McMurdo Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The federal lawsuit a former city employee filed against the city of Kingman last May moves forward this month as both sides conduct depositions.

Melissa Summerson, who worked in the city's Human Resources and Risk Management Department, was fired in December 2012 because her husband is a member of the Desert Road Riders Motorcycle Club, a purported outlaw gang that law enforcement says supports the Hell's Angels.

Human Resources Director Jackie Walker terminated Summerson's employment because employees of the city's law enforcement community - including police, dispatchers, court workers and attorneys - feared she would provide the Desert Road Riders with their confidential information, such as home addresses.

There is no indication Summerson actually provided or planned to provide such information and her employment record, by all accounts, is stellar.

Her attorney, David Kresin, a Phoenix-based employment law attorney, said the federal court scheduled depositions to be conducted starting this month and lasting until Feb. 28, at which time a trial date could be scheduled.

He said the city's attorneys have made no attempts to resolve the issue before going to trial and he doesn't expect them to do so.

The depositions will give attorneys on both sides a good idea of what they can expect at trial.

Depositions involve sworn testimony from parties to a lawsuit in civil cases and are used to a lesser extent in criminal cases. Judges are rarely involved in depositions, but the testimony can be used to help develop legal theories and to either support or impeach credibility.

Several people affiliated with the case on the city's side will likely be deposed, including Walker, former Mayor John Salem, Mayor Janet Watson and other members of the City Council, former City Manager Jack Kramer, Deputy Police Chief Rusty Cooper and City Attorney Carl Cooper, among others.

Depositions are not open to the public.

"The association with a documented (outlaw motorcycle gang) severely jeopardizes the security of confidential employee information and the safety of this large segment of our workforce," wrote Walker in an email sent to Summerson explaining the reason for her termination.

"The loss of a close and trusting relationship with these employees is a significant disruption to the efficiency of the services human resources/risk management provides."

However, neither Summerson nor her husband, Bill Summerson, or any member of the Desert Road Riders stand accused of wrongdoing insofar as her employment goes.

However, a law enforcement report published in 2009 labeled the Desert Road Riders a criminal street gang. In 2002, according to the report, the Road Riders voted to support the Hell's Angels and that club members "pulled away from the original friendly relationship that was once established with law enforcement and have taken on a 'One Percent Club' mentality."

The 1 percent status has several meanings, but the one most commonly accepted is that 99 percent of motorcycle clubs abide by the law while 1 percent do not.

Kresin in the lawsuit argues the club's desire to support the Hell's Angels is protected under the First Amendment.

In the lawsuit, he argues the city of Kingman deprived Summerson of her freedom of association under the First and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Kresin said it's possible one side or the other will file a motion for summary judgment when the depositions are completed.

Such a judgment is handed down when judges agree all factual issues are settled and there is no longer a need to hold a costly and time-consuming trial.

Summerson was originally hired as a dispatcher for the Kingman Police Department in 1996 and transferred to the city's Financial Services Department the following year.

She married her husband in 1999 and in 2002 she was hired as the administrator of Human Resources. Bill Summerson joined the Desert Road Riders in 2004 and Summerson, according to the lawsuit, openly showed her support for the club at work.

Summerson voluntarily resigned in 2006 to move to Pennsylvania and care for her terminally ill father. She returned to Kingman following his death in 2011 and was hired as a Human Resources technician. She was fired on Dec. 28, 2012.

Throughout her career with the city, Summerson earned exemplary performance evaluations.

While the lawsuit does not specify a dollar amount in damages, Kresin alleges Summerson continues to suffer from lost income, lost retirement benefits, mental anguish, emotional distress, pain and suffering, humiliation, inconvenience, harm to reputation and loss of enjoyment of life.

The trial will be held in front of a jury.

 

 

 

 

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http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/321/17754/Motorcycle-Article/Thousands-of-Bikers-Rally-at-California-Capitol.aspx Thousands of Bikers Rally at California Capitol

Bikers rally for their rights at California state capitol.

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Bikers rallied for their rights at California's state capitol Saturday, addressing issues from police profiling to the harassment of riders in packs of three or more to the right to wear their colors. It was a scene reminiscent of the cult classic “The Warriors.” You had Hells Angels standing peaceably next to Boozefighters, Henchmen next to Miscreants, with plenty of veteran clubs mixed in between. In a show of inter-club solidarity, packs of riders came from around California Saturday to denounce the quickly diminishing list of personal freedoms, like the right to wear a patch, to speak up against police profiling and harassment of motorcyclists, and to lobby for the preservation of California biker culture. One pack 3.5-miles-long rode four-abreast from Oakland to the California Capitol Building in Sacramento to take part in the Motorcycle Rider Unification Rally as thousands of riders from all walks of life showed up to defend the lifestyle.

“This is our life, this is our culture, this is important to us. So, why are we here actually, why are we here today? We are here today because we decided to get off the couch and show our politicians we’re not only bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts, we are the united voice of our rights. We are no longer just a group of people that are a bunch of individuals, like huge human rights organizations, we have the same amount of power that they do with the one thing that makes us over the top – everyone rides a motorcycle. Every nationality, race, lifestyle, no matter what background, all ride motorcycles,” declared the first speaker, a representative of the United Motorcycle Clubs of Alameda County.

The unification rally was officially sponsored by the Biker Rights Organization, California ABATE, the Modified Motorcycle Association and the regional Confederations of Clubs in California according to The Aging Rebel blog. Its agenda included Bikers came from near and far to lobby for the preservation of biker culture and lifestyle on the grounds of the capitol Saturday during the Motorcycle Rider Unification Rally in Sacramento. “motorcycle rider profiling, motorcycle modification laws, harassment of bikers riding in groups of three or more, exhaust pipe noise reduction, reflectors on sportbikes and license plate placement on sportbikes.” With signs heralding the Fourth Amendment waving above the crowd, other topics addressed included keeping lane-splitting legal, protecting the right to wear patches, and to lobby against lawmakers regulating biker culture into non-existence.

One of the points of contention is a national campaign by the NHTSA for Rider Conspicuity (Reflective Gear). Biker culture has long been identified by black leather vests and cuts that are earned as badges of honor. Clubs identities and loyalties are declared by the three patches they wear on their back. It is a source of fierce pride and bikers will protect the right to wear those patches to the death. The NHTSA “wants motorcyclists to be aware of how conspicuity issues affect their safety and prepare accordingly. We would like states to reconsider regulations that prohibit proven and safe conspicuity-enhancing modifications to lighting systems.” And though there is no known current legislation pending that extends those regulations to riders, there is a fear that underwritings might be snuck into a larger legislative bill that would mandate all riders to wear fluorescent gear, denying bikers the right to personal choice.

Legislation often starts in California before spreading across the US. The motorcycle noise and emission standards established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are the most stringent in the country, and CARB has levied heavy fines for non-compliance this past year, from Vance & Hines to Piaggio. Though these standards are aimed at manufacturers and companies on the surface, they quickly matriculate to the individual.

Saturday’s Motorcycle Rider Unification Rally demonstrated the power bikers can have when they temporarily set aside their differences and work together for a common cause. With preserving the biker culture and lifestyle as their battle cry, one speaker opined “We are the last Americans.”

 

 

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http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1675870
Attorney Jason Waechter: Lane-splitting Requires Renewed Focus on Safety


PRWEB.COM Newswire


Southfield, MI (PRWEB) January 10, 2014

In the January 2014 edition of their magazine, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) published a position statement endorsing lane-splitting for motorcycles, provided it is done in a safe and responsible manner. The AMA's position statement can be read in full on their website.

Most bikers will know what lane-splitting means, but other motorists may not be familiar with the term. Lane-splitting, sometimes called “white-lining”, refers to the practice of riding a motorcycle between lanes of traffic. The legal status of lane-splitting varies state-by-state, but regardless of the law most drivers have probably seen a motorcycle moving through heavy traffic by driving between lanes and other vehicles. In some states, like California, lane-splitting is allowed, and the California Highway Patrol provides information about it on their website.

The AMA cites safety as the main reason for their endorsement: “Perhaps one of the most dangerous situations for any on-highway motorcyclist is being caught in congested traffic, where stop-and-go vehicles, distracted and inattentive vehicle operators, and environmental conditions pose an increased risk of physical contact with another vehicle or hazard. Even minor contact under such conditions can be disastrous for motorcyclists.”

There isn’t a lot of solid data to show if lane-splitting improves safety for motorcyclists. The AMA refers to the Hurt Report (1981), that concluded that lane-splitting could slightly reduce vehicle-motorcycle crashes, but it’s difficult to say if a 30-year-old study can provide data that is relevant on today’s roadways.

Jason Waechter, The Motorcycle Lawyer, questions the safety of lane-splitting with car and truck drivers seemingly more and more distracted behind the wheel. “Distracted driving is already a real problem,” says Waechter. “My concern is that if motorcyclists start lane-splitting, especially in slow traffic, drivers who are texting or fiddling with their phones may think they’ve got room to make a move because they can see the cars moving around them, but they might not think to look for a motorcycle moving much faster between the lanes. Given that most drivers who collide with motorcycles claim they never saw the biker, I wonder if lane-splitting doesn’t put bikers at higher risk for not being seen.”

The AMA very specifically connects their endorsement to rider responsibility, and while Waechter agrees, he goes a step further. “Bikers have a responsibility to ride safely and be smart, always,” he says. “But I think there is an even greater responsibility for drivers to watch for motorcyclists. Especially if lane-splitting is going to work on the roads, drivers need to be hyper-vigilant about doing proper shoulder and mirror checks and signaling their intentions, especially in heavy traffic when a motorcyclist may be lane-splitting to try to stay out of harm’s way.”

Ultimately, Waechter believes that more research on lane-splitting and safety is needed before the practice should be introduced widely on US roads.

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http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1675289

HOV lanes pose high risk of accidents

 

Interstate highways can be some of the most dangerous roadways, for a number of reasons. Highway accidents have a variety of causes, including distracted driving while waiting in stop-and-go traffic, delays due to road conditions, congestion and closures, January 10, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Interstate highways can be some of the most dangerous roadways, for a number of reasons. Highway accidents have a variety of causes, including distracted driving while waiting in stop-and-go traffic, delays due to road conditions, congestion and closures, and reckless driving. The Daily Breeze reports that Interstate 405 was the scene of a fatal hit-and-run motorcycle accident, in Culver City, Los Angeles County, California. The crash took place during the evening rush hour, and resulted in the death of a 24-year-old motorcyclist, who was riding in the High Occupancy Vehicle, or HOV lane. According to the California Highway Patrol, the 25-year-old woman who allegedly caused the accident was attempting to change into the HOV lane over double yellow lines to avoid slowing traffic ahead. When she did so, her vehicle sideswiped the motorcycle, which she allegedly did not see, causing the motorcycle and its driver to be pushed into the center divider wall. The motorcyclist died nearly five hours after the crash, due to major head trauma. Witnesses to the highway accident, including another motorcyclist who had only minor injuries, reported that the driver of the car stopped and checked on the motorcyclists, but then allegedly fled onto the nearby eastbound Marina (90) Freeway just as California Highway Patrol units were arriving on scene. After witnesses pointed out the suspect, the patrol units were able to make the arrest. According to the California Department of Transportation: - In Northern California, HOV lanes are only operational on Monday thru Friday during posted peak congestion hours, for example: between 6 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 7 pm. All other vehicles may use the lanes during off-peak hours. This is referred to as "part-time" operation. - In Southern California, HOV lanes are generally separated from other lanes by a buffer zone. The HOV lanes are in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week, referred to as "full-time" operation. According to California state law HOV lanes are used "to stimulate and encourage the development of ways and means of relieving traffic congestion on California highways and, at the same time, to encourage individual citizens to pool their vehicular resources and thereby conserve fuel and lessen emission of air pollutants." Still, researchers with California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways, a joint venture of the state Department of Transportation and the University of California, looked at accident data for HOV lanes in California, and reported that rear end and sideswipe collisions together comprised over 90 percent of all collisions in those lanes. The California Highway Patrol, which is responsible for HOV lane enforcement, seeks to keep HOV violation rates below 10 percent. Drivers who disobey HOV lane rules are subject to a violation ticket with a minimum $490 fine. Driving in areas with high congestion is accompanied by a higher risk of accidents. If you have been injured in a highway or motor vehicle accident, consulting with an experienced attorney may result in the best possible outcome for your case

 

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Aid to Injured Motorcyclists

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800 - ON- A- Bike   and/or    800 – 531 -2424

 

Invitation to all Motorcycle clubs

In Southern California

JANUARY 15th, 2014 (Wednesday night) @ 7:30 PM

Join us as we have a coming together of Motorcycle Clubs

To Unite to protect our Rights and Civil Liberties

At the VFW,  POST 3173

805 E. Sycamore St., Anaheim, CA 92805, Phone # 714 533 3173

Please be prompt and be safe on your journey, for more info contact

Sarge @ 800 531 2424            Thanks with Respect

 

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FLORIDA:

 

http://www.examiner.com/article/penny-for-pasco-surtax-used-to-purchase-six-police-motorcycles

'Penny for Pasco' surtax used to purchase six police motorcycles

 

January 11, 2014

 

The Penny for Pasco surtax enabled the Pasco County Sheriff's Office in New Port Richey, Fla. to purchase six new Victory police traffic unit motorcycles.

The "Penny for Pasco" surtax provided by residents of Pasco County enabled the Pasco County Sheriff's Office to purchase six new Victory motorcycles, equipped with all the tools necessary for traffic unit deputies to accomplish their duties. The six new motorcycles were unveiled on January 09, 2014, at the sheriff's office main Operations Center in New Port Richey, Fla.

Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco was on-hand to marvel at these new law enforcement units, and to answer questions from both the public and media.

The specialized purposes for the new motorcycles is to allow traffic unit-assigned deputies to essentially conduct traffic enforcement throughout the county, and to easily maneuver among crowds at county events, such as parades and government festivals. Moreover, traffic deputies --also known as motor units-- can smoothly patrol in more narrow pathways.

Patrol cruisers cannot traverse among crowds in parks, in narrow passages, congested populations at parades, and escort-oriented assignments. The motorcycles are also great public relations tools. Deputies showcase the police motorcycles (and all equipment) at school functions, crime prevention meetings, and dignitary-related venues.

Each of the Victory motorcycles is fully-marked with PCSO insignia, outfitted with a laptop, and a bevy of law enforcement equipment.

The Penny for Pasco surtax was used to purchase the motorcycles and all necessary tools of the trade for each traffic deputy operating a motorcycle. The surtax was initiated in 2004 and renewed by Pasco County voters in 2012. Broken down into percentages, 20% is allocated for public safety and alleviation of traffic congestion issues.

The PCSO deputies who operate the motorcycles have specialized skills. Each member of the PCSO Traffic Unit must pass a lengthy law enforcement motorcycle operations class, a hand-held speed measurement course ("radar gun" operators), and indicate an interest to function as a traffic-oriented deputy.

With the six new police motorcycles, the residents of Pasco County will get to see their tax dollars at work, PCSO deputies atop police motorcycles, keeping the streets safe and traffic flowing accordingly.

 

 

 

 

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http://mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2014/1/12/bikers_against_child.html

Thousands of bikers ride against child abuse on I-4

 

Event organizers for the Roar on I-4 Sunday expected about 1,500 bikers to come out to support the fight against child abuse. About 2,600 came out.

 

 By Joel Schipper, Reporter Last Updated: Sunday, January 12, 2014, 7:03 PM 

 

Sons of Anarchy stars ride against child abuse Foster parents needed

How you can help

 

.ORANGE COUNTY -- Lots of chrome and leather shut down part of I-4 from Disney to the Orlando Harley Davidson dealership Sunday morning. More than 2,500 bikers cruised down the highway to raise awareness for Bikers Against Child Abuse.

Orange County has the some of the highest rates of child abuse cases in the state.

“Here, locally, we tend to get more cases related to substance misuse or family violence in a child’s home,” said DCF spokeswoman Carrie Proudfit.

Stars from the hit TV show “Sons of Anarchy” hopped on their bikes to join in for the ride.

“It’s pretty amazing when you see 2,600 people riding down the highway and you’re in front and you kind of look back and it’s just a sea of the bikers," said "Anarchy" star Theo Rossi. "Powerful stuff – happy to be a part of it.”

Officials with the Department of Children and Families say child abuse is often not as obvious as it may seem. Bruises or injuries are not always the case; many times it’s neglect.

Tommy Flanagan is also one of the show’s stars. “It’s just appalling," he said. "Someone who puts their hands on a child is, you know, the lowest form of life, as far as I am concerned.”

Sunday’s event was the third year for the Roar on I-4 and those with DCF say there is one thing they need above anything else – more foster families.

About 1,500 riders were expected to attend but organizers say it was closer to 3,000.

Proceeds from Sunday’s event will benefit the Tri-County Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse.

 

 

 

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GEORGIA:

 

http://savannahnow.com/news/2014-01-12/motorcycle-group-gives-2500-two-hundred-club

Motorcycle group gives $2,500 to Two Hundred Club

 

January 13, 2014 - 12:46pm

Dash Coleman/Savannah Morning News

 

Bikers with the Shields of Honor donated $2,500 on Sunday to the Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire, which provides immediate financial help to families of police and firefighters who die in the line of duty. Two Hundred Club President Mark Dana, middle left, and local Shields of Honor President Mike “Hillbilly” Shaver hold the ceremonial check in front of Savannah-Chatham police headquarters.

 

A group of local bikers on Sunday gave $2,500 to the Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire to help fund the nonprofit’s mission of providing financial help to spouses and children of police and firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty.

Members of the Shields of Honor rolled up to Savannah-Chatham police headquarters on Habersham Street on their motorcycles at noon to present the check.

Local Shields of Honor President Mike “Hillbilly” Shaver of Hinesville said his group, made up mainly of public safety and military personnel, found the Two Hundred Club’s mission admirable.

“I think for the families, it shows them that just because you’ve lost somebody, you’re not out there on your own,” Shaver said. “There’s somebody who will stand behind you and make sure that your life, as much as it can be, can go on.”

Shields of Honor works to support law enforcement agencies, local communities and the armed forces.

Two Hundred Club President Mark Dana said such donations are crucial in making sure his nonprofit can be there when families of fallen first responders need it the most.

“This is a critical step in ensuring the organization has the financial resources in the future if, God forbid, one of our first responders loses their life in the line of duty,” Dana said.

 

 

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LOUISIANA:

 

 

http://www.beauregarddailynews.net/article/20140112/NEWS/140119914

Display provides motorcycle safety awareness

  • Display provides motorcycle safety awareness

     

  • A display featuring two wrecked motorcycles from crashes that ended in fatalities has been moved from La. 1147 to the Rosepine Civic Building on U.S. 171 by the Goldwing Road Rider Association (GWRRA) Chapter LA-M.



Read more: http://www.beauregarddailynews.net/article/20140112/NEWS/140119914#ixzz2qHfcnWEy

A display featuring two wrecked motorcycles from crashes that ended in fatalities has been moved from La. 1147 to the Rosepine Civic Building on U.S. 171 by the Goldwing Road Rider Association (GWRRA) Chapter LA-M.

By Staff Reports Beauregard Daily News - Beauregard, LA By Staff Reports Posted Jan. 12, 2014 @ 1:00 pm BDN photo by SARAH CRAWFORDA display featuring two wrecked motorcycles from crashes that ended in fatalities has been moved from La. 1147 to the Rosepine Civic Building on U.S. 171 by the Goldwing Road Rider Association (GWRRA) Chapter LA-M.

 

By Staff Reports Posted Jan. 12, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

 

A display featuring two wrecked motorcycles from crashes that ended in fatalities has been moved from La. 1147 to the Rosepine Civic Building on U.S. 171 by the Goldwing Road Rider Association (GWRRA) Chapter LA-M. » Social NewsA display featuring two wrecked motorcycles from crashes that ended in fatalities has been moved from La. 1147 to the Rosepine Civic Building on U.S. 171 by the Goldwing Road Rider Association (GWRRA) Chapter LA-M. A sign on the display implores drivers to "Watch For Motorcycles." Rosepine Police Chief James Parrott gave a few remarks to the group after the display was moved, and he mentioned that during the time the two bikes were on the side of the road on La. 1147, there had been no more bike fatalities or accidents and speeding had slowed down, a release from GWRRA states. Parrott said that placing the wrecked bikes on U.S. 171 will hopefully have the same effect for bikers on that stretch of road. "It is our desire to help four-wheel vehicles be aware of motorcycle accidents and watch a little more carefully for these two- and three-wheelers that legally share the road with you," the release states. More of these types of signs can be found around Vernon Parish, and DeRidder Mayor Ron Roberts has said he will place bumper stickers with the same slogan on all city vehicles, the release states.

 

 

 

 

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MASSACHUSETTS:

 

 

 

In behalf of the Disabled and Limbless Organization we like to inform all of you that we could use your help on Sunday January 19, 2014 at The New England Center For Homeless Veterans 17 Court Street Boston Ma between the hours of 07:30 - 08:00 am for the "Gift Give Away" we will be providing to these veteran's.

 
Please be advised there will be A Motorcycle Meeting to follow immediately after this event at the Mount Vernon Café in Somerville MA at 11:00 am when we complete our time at the shelter. 

 
Mike McNulty CEO/Founder would like to thank all of you in advance with your help for this event.

 
Richard R. Redican
Secretary/Founding Member
Disabled and Limbless Veterans Organization
 

 

 

 

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Aces and Eights:

Winter blow out February 1

When
Sat Feb 1, 2014 7pm – 10:30pm Eastern Time
Where
club house (map)
Calendar
acesandeightsrc@gmail.com
Who
(Guest list has been hidden at organizer's request)

Going?    - -     

 

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SAVE THE WEEKEND DATES!!

 

FYI - Posted on our Facebook page tonight - at

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Massachusetts-Motorcyclists-Survivors-Fund-MMSF/101026563313929  - 

Please see attached flyer, and below 'release,' . . . please forward, like and share with others . . . lots of help will be needed to make this a special "Bikers Helping Bikers / Riders Helping Riders event . . . 'back' at the Topsfield Fairgrounds !

Thank YOU !
PC
www.BikersHelpingBikers.org 

 

(Topsfield, MA) The 15th annual “Nelson’s Ride” will wrap-up a 3-day “Bikers Helping Bikers” weekend motorcycle rally and fundraiser, running from August 15th through the 17th at the historic Topsfield Fairgrounds, announced Paul W. Cote of Amesbury, president and co-founder of the Massachusetts Motorcyclists Survivor’s Fund, Inc. (MMSF).
 
“Since the year 2000, with the tragic death of Nelson Selig of Essex MA, motorcyclists and the local community have developed a significantly increased sense of awareness and importance of sharing the road,” states Cote, “MMSF was created to reduce motorcycle accidents and injuries, and help families of motorcyclists injured and killed in accidents.”
 
“Nelson’s Ride” is named for Nelson Selig, who was killed while riding on Route 133 in Ipswich in May of 2000 when a 19-year old driver under the influence crossed the yellow line colliding head on with his motorcycle. Proceeds from the “Nelson’s Rides” were used for aiding and supporting his children's education. After the 3rd annual Ride, his family asked that the Ride in his memory be turned into a way of helping other families who have been devastated by the loss of a loved one. Since then, the proceeds has been helping others in similar situations. In 2005 and 2006, the historic Fairgrounds was the “Nelson’s Ride" host site with over 2,000 attending and contributing to the Fund those years.
 
Selig’s death also spurred motorcyclists into political activists.  A bill seeking to put a motorcycle awareness module into the automobile driver training course curriculum was filed by Senator Bruce Tarr and Representative Brad Hill, designated “Nelly’s Bill.”  Rallying other bikers statewide, the bill passed in 2004 and became “Nelly’s Law.”
 
The August 15-17 Rally this year will begin Friday night, running 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and conclude on Sunday with the 15th annual “Nelson’s Ride” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event has obtained the designation as the American Motorcyclists Association’s only “New England Weekend Road Riding Rally”. There will be guided riding tours to local attractions, a Vendor Village of area food and retail vendors, used motorcycle parts vendors, live music, motorcycle skills riding rodeo competitions, and other attractions.
 
“The Motorcyclists Survivor’s Fund Board of Directors wanted to give greater New England riders a "destination"” says Dennis Palazzo of Rowley, a longtime Board Member, “to come to Essex County and the Cape Ann area for a few days rather than one day.  With our 3-day event, they can come and enjoy all that our area has to offer. They will be able to shop, eat, and share the cammaraderie riders have with each other, while helping MMSF promote motorcycle awareness and raise funds to assist local families of motorcyclists killed and/or seriously injured in motorcycle accidents.”
 
The Massachusetts Motorcyclists Survivor’s Fund, Inc. (MMSF) is an all-volunteer run nonprofit organization which raises funds to help local families of riders killed or seriously injured in accidents, and promote motorcycle safety and awareness to help reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities. Since it's inception, MMSF has produced and assisted in many fund raising Events, and distributed over $300,000 to those in need. 

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Please keep SARGE Komola and his family in your prayers. Sarge (former MMA) officer who constantly walked the Halls of the State House, grabbing the ears of legislators; pitching our motorcycle agenda to them; is currently gravely ill in the Hospital.... so again, please keep him and his family in your prayers, thank you!
 

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Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Rolling Thunder's Carl Sutera; who passed last week due to diabetic complications. A fine man who served in the Military whose warm smile and winsome ways will sorely be missed!

 

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NEW YORK:

 

 

http://www.observertoday.com/page/content.detail/id/592901/Gowanda-Harley-Davidson-takes-over-Holiday-Valley-Jan--25.html?nav=5002

Gowanda Harley-Davidson takes over Holiday Valley Jan. 25


January 13, 2014
The OBSERVER
 

ELLICOTTVILLE - Gowanda Harley-Davidson is once again taking over Holiday Valley in Elli-cottville on Jan. 25 for Harley-Day Valley 2014. This one-day event is fully dedicated to learning how to ski, how to ride and just getting out of the house for the biggest cabin fever party of the season.

Tim McKeever, market-ing manager at Gowanda Harley-Davidson, says after the success of last year, returning to Holiday Valley was a no-brainer.

"Last year, we asked ourselves, 'Where are the people in the winter time, and how do we get everyone together to have an amazing party?', and that's when we came up with the idea of teaming up with Holiday Valley to throw the biggest cabin fever party of the season. We weren't quite sure on how the turnout would be, but it was so successful last year that we immediately sat down with Holiday Valley to start planning 2014," McKeever said.

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Jane Eshbaugh, director of marketing for Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, on the Gowanda H-D Jumpstart for her first-ever motorcycle ride, at Harley-Day Valley 2013.
McKeever went on to share that even if you're not into skiing or motorcycles, you'll still want to come out.

"This is all about fun and getting together with new and old friends. Over 800 people came out for last year's party. There was so many people, Holiday Valley ran out of 'refreshments' for the very first time. Biker or not, you'll want to come out for this day. But, if you happen to love bikes, you'll want to come check out over a half dozen new and museum bikes that will be on display, including the all-new 2014 Harleys, which feature hundreds of new changes," McKeever added.

Gowanda Harley-Davidson will feature its Jumpstart, where you can take an actual Harley for a stationary ride with no experience required. "We take a real Harley, place it on the Jumpstart, and while overlooking the slopes of Holiday Valley while on the second floor heated deck of the lodge, you can take our Harley for a ride, for free. We'll even teach you how to start, run through the gears, and get on and off a world-famous Harley-Davidson motorcycle." McKeever said.

Holiday Valley and Gowanda Harley-Davidson are even teaming up to throw a big Miller Lite Party Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. inside the Holiday Valley Lodge on the second floor. There's live music with The Strangers, lots of Harley giveaways, Miller prizes, Holiday Valley prizes and more.

Plus, Gowanda Harley-Davidson is bringing back the popular, custom Harley-Day Valley event T-shirts, exclusive for this event. Saturday also features three live radio broadcasts from 95.7 WPIG, 105.9 WGWE and 96 Kix Country.

Holiday Valley will be on hand offering discounts on learn-to-ski packages, plus accommodations are available for the weekend by contacting the Inn at Holiday Valley at 699-2336. Gowanda Harley-Davidson will even have their street team on the slopes passing out prizes for randomly-selected winners who are skiing and snowboarding.

"We're known to have some really cool prizes at this event, and I'm excited to announce that on top of the cool Harley, Holiday Valley and Miller prizes, we'll be giving away tickets to see Grand Funk Railroad and Travis Tritt at the Seneca Allegany Casino." McKeever announced. You must be present to win tickets. Sign up for your chance to win at the registration table inside the lodge. Winners will be announced at 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 25.

Harley-Day Valley 2014 is at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville on Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Doors for the event open at 9 a.m. and Harley-Day Valley gear goes on sale at the same time. Limited sizes and styles available. Radio broadcasts are from 10 a.m. to noon. Jumpstart runs all day.

The Miller Lite party begins at 3 p.m. and the event wraps up at 7 p.m.

You can learn more by visiting the event page at Facebook.com/GowandaHD, or logging onto GowandaHarley.com 

 

 

 

 

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PENNSYLVANIA:

 

http://www.meadvilletribune.com/local/x1186922764/Donations-pour-in-for-Meadville-Soup-Kitchen

Donations pour in for Meadville Soup Kitchen

 

January 11, 2014
By Konstantine Fekos
Meadville Tribune The Meadville Tribune Sat Jan 11, 2014, 10:50 PM EST

MEADVILLE — The Meadville Community Soup Kitchen’s plea for support worked wonders within the past month as the community poured forth a heaping helping of generosity to the nonprofit organization housed in Stone United Methodis Church.

Bev Nutter, kitchen coordinator, initially put out the call to action in mid-December, hoping for donations to offset rising food costs and additional mouths to feed, currently ranging between 85 and 100 a day.

“We saw the article in the (Tribune) asking for money, so we made a motion to help them out a little more this year,” said JoAnne Dederick, president of Crawford County’s ABATE (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education) chapter, one of many donors.

ABATE already puts forth an annual $100 toward the Soup Kitchen in return for use of the space for the Toyz 4 Kidz dinner celebration, held around Christmas each year.

“This is the third year they’ve let us use their facility for the dinner part of our toy party,” Dederick said. “We made a motion to donate $250 on top of that. I believe it was unanimous.”

ABATE members plan to present a check to the Soup Kitchen next week, once the donation is processed by the organization’s state headquarters, according to Julie Gates, county ABATE treasurer.

“It’s a good community organization and they help a lot of people in need,” Dederick said. “It’s our way of giving back to them for all the ways they’ve helped us do what we’re doing.”

Nutter expressed her thanks to all individuals and organizations who showed their support, on behalf of the Soup Kitchen and its clients.

“The whole community needs to know what a good community we do have,” she said. “This will probably carry us for about five to six months.”

With one grocery order under way and plenty more to come, Nutter is already looking forward to the Soup Kitchen’s next major events, a Super Bowl-time fundraiser and sponsored lunches, which she believes will help carry the donations even further.

It takes upward of $75,000 to operate the Soup Kitchen each year, according to Nutter, who encourages donations throughout the year.

“People can still donate, if they feel,” she said.

Last month wasn’t the first time the Soup Kitchen asked its community for support and it may not be the last; it all depends on how many people are fed, Nutter added.

“Everything’s so shaky right now with the economy,” she said. “I couldn’t tell you what will happen down the road.”

What is certain, however, is the thankful response from Nutter and her volunteers.

“Me and the Soup Kitchen board were just overwhelmed and flabbergasted by the outpouring from the community,” she said. “It’s just wonderful.”
 

You can help

Monetary donations can be mailed to or dropped off at the nonprofit Meadville Community Soup Kitchen, 956 S. Main St. The kitchen is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. For more information, call 337-1233.

 

 

 

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UTAH:

 

 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57292841-78/moore-sequoia-baby-motorcycle.html.csp

A motorcycle crashed, a son died and a Utah mother’s heart broke


By Marissa Lang
| The Salt Lake Tribune
Jan 13 2014 10:35 am


Taylorsville • She comes to the cemetery with plastic snowflakes to hang over her son’s grave. When it’s not so cold, she’ll sit for a while with a book and talk to her baby.

She doesn’t want him to be alone, the mother said. Especially not around the holidays.

The mother had two Christmases with her child — a bright-eyed, curly-haired boy who loved to dance and shoot hoops and cuddle — before he died in a motorcycle crash that broke his father’s collarbone and destroyed a family.

RJ Moore was 22 months, 2 days and 22 hours old when he took his last breath.

It’s a number Sequoia Moore has committed to memory. It’s a threshold that she dreads crossing again.

On June 7, 2014, as much time will have passed for the mother without her son as with him. She’s already celebrated two Christmases in her child’s absence. It doesn’t get easier, she said.

"People tell me he’s in a better place now," the mother said, tears falling from her blue eyes. "But there’s no better place for my baby than in my arms."

Now, nearly two years after RJ’s death, Sequoia Moore is afraid that she’ll lose her baby again — to time, to the past.

More than anything, the mother said, she doesn’t want the world to forget that her son was here, that he mattered.

Sequoia Moore, whose home is covered with photographs and whose phone and car and locket bear her chid’s initials, is doing everything she can to keep his memory alive.

 

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http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57378608-78/moore-motorcycle-crash-child.html.csp

Utah father sentenced to jail for son’s death during reckless motorcycle ride

 

Toddler rode with no helmet as dad sped on motorcycle.

By nate carlisle | The Salt Lake Tribune

Jan 10 2014 02:33 pm • Last Updated Jan 13 2014 07:27 am

Shannon Terrell Moore said his 22-month-old son had ridden on the motorcycle before.

The father said that his then-wife knew the boy sometimes rode on the motorcycle with him. There had never been a problem until that day in the Taylorsville parking lot when the motorcycle’s front wheel locked up, throwing Moore and R.J. to the pavement.

A motorcycle crashed, a son died and a Utah mother’s heart broke Published January 13, 2014

The child died.

"Your honor, it was an accident," Moore said on Friday at his sentencing hearing. "If I could take it back, I wish it was me."

Third District Court Judge Deno Himonas on Friday sentenced Moore to one year in jail and three years of probation. It could have been worse for Moore.

A jury in November convicted him of child abuse homicide, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The jury also convicted Moore of misdemeanor counts of improperly riding a motorcycle and failing to provide protective gear on a minor.

On Aug. 5, 2012, Moore put R.J. between the handle bars of his motorcycle, then rode it around the parking lot of the Bridgeside Way apartments in Taylorsville. A Unified Police detective testified at trial that the motorcycle was traveling at least 41 mph when the crash occurred.

Moore’s attorney, Danny Frazier, asked the judge to impose no incarceration, noting that Moore is a grieving father.

"I don’t see how any benefit can be derived from additional jail time in this matter," Frazier said.

Frazier rejected a prosecution and law enforcement contention that Moore had blamed R.J. for the crash.

 

 

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WASHINGTON DC:

 

 

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140107/AUTO01/301070017

Carmakers keep data on drivers' locations

 

David Shepardson Detroit News Washington Bureau

 

Washington — A government report finds that major automakers are keeping information about where drivers have been — collected from onboard navigation systems — for varying lengths of time. Owners of those cars can’t demand that the information be destroyed. And, says the U.S. senator requesting the investigation, that raises questions about driver privacy.

The Government Accountability Office in a report released Monday found major automakers have differing policies about how much data they collect and how long they keep it.

Automakers collect location data in order to provide drivers with real-time traffic information, to help find the nearest gas station or restaurant, and to provide emergency roadside assistance and stolen vehicle tracking. But, the report found, “If companies retained data, they did not allow consumers to request that their data be deleted, which is a recommended practice.”

The report reviewed practices of Detroit’s Big Three automakers, Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. It also looked at navigation system makers Garmin and TomTom and app developers Google Maps and Telenav. The report, which didn’t identify the specific policies of individual companies, found automakers had taken steps to protect privacy and were not selling personal data of owners, but said drivers are not aware of all risks.

The agency said privacy advocates worry location data could be used to market to individuals and to “track where consumers are, which can in turn be used to steal their identity, stalk them or monitor them without their knowledge. In addition, location data can be used to infer other sensitive information about individuals such as their religious affiliation or political activities.”

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who chairs a judiciary committee on privacy and requested the report, said Monday that more work needs to be done to ensure privacy protections for in-car navigation systems and mapping apps. He plans to reintroduce his location privacy legislation sometime this year.

“Modern technology now allows drivers to get turn-by-turn directions in a matter of seconds, but our privacy laws haven’t kept pace with these enormous advances,” Franken said in a statement. “Companies providing in-car location services are taking their customers’ privacy seriously — but this report shows that Minnesotans and people across the country need much more information about how the data are being collected, what they’re being used for, and how they’re being shared with third parties.”

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the trade group representing Detroit’s Big Three automakers, Toyota, Volkswagen AG and other major automakers, said automakers are committed to driver privacy. “Details of the industry’s strict privacy policies are traditionally included in our sales and service agreements,” spokeswoman Gloria Bergquist said. “That way, we ensure our customers have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with these strict privacy policies.”

In addition to navigation systems, there are other ways vehicles can collect information: Event data recorders, known as “black boxes,” store data in the event of crashes. Transponders like EZ-PASS transmit location and are used in some instances by law enforcement and for research. Some owners also agree to monitoring of driving habits to qualify for lower insurance rates or to keep tabs on teen drivers.

The report said “companies should safeguard location data, in part, by de-identifying them; that companies should not keep location data longer than needed; and that such data should be deleted after a specific amount of time.” It found companies use different de-identification methods that may lead to varying levels of protection. It also found wide variation in how long they keep information.

GM said in a statement, “OnStar takes seriously matters that affect our customers’ privacy and operates its services with strong privacy protections and practices.” GM spokeswoman Heather Rosenker said the automaker keeps no records of requests for turn-by-turn navigation.

None of the companies told the GAO how long they keep data.

A contractor that works with three of the companies told the GAO that when a consumer requests services, information such as location, vehicle information number and other information may be kept for up to seven years.

Another company said it “retains personally identifiable location data for no more than 24 hours.” A representative from another company said that it does not retain such data at all. However, the report said representatives from both those companies said they kept de-identified location data indefinitely.

The GAO also found one developer of mobile apps did not encrypt transmitted information, and the agency was able to view locations and other information such as passwords. “This developer acknowledged that such data were not encrypted and told us that it had made a decision independent from our review to encrypt the data...,” the report said.

 

 

 

 

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http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22029475.200-police-could-use-radio-waves-to-bring-cars-to-a-halt.html#.UtARqsKA2M-

Home |Tech | News

Police could use radio waves to bring cars to a halt

 

12 December 2013 by Paul Marks Magazine issue 2947. Subscribe and save For similar stories, visit the Cars and Motoring and Crime and Forensics Topic Guides Devices that fire microwave blasts, scrambling cars' onboard computers, could soon allow the authorities to rein in suspect vehicles

IMAGINE you could disable a car remotely just by pressing a button. It's not a distant dream: devices that use radio waves to disrupt the control computers of modern cars are already in the pipeline. Police will be able to use them to halt suspect vehicles in their tracks.

At the request of police in France, Spain and Germany, a European Commission-funded consortium is developing such a device. Meanwhile, electronics firm E2V of Chelmsford, UK, is developing a similar system for both the police and the military, and successfully tested its technology last week.

Europe has given €4.3 million to the SAVELEC (Safe Control of Noncooperative Vehicles Through Electromagnetic Means) project. As part of this, engineers at the German Aerospace Center DLR in Stuttgart have pored over automotive Engine Control Units (ECUs) to identify vulnerabilities in microchips that can be exploited using radio signals. The electronics and portable antennas that will transmit those signals are being designed at IMST, a German radio antenna research lab in Kamp-Lintfort. At MBDA, the French missile maker based near Paris, staff are running simulations with large groups of volunteers drivers to gauge how they react when cars cut out at speed.

"We want to be able to stop the really powerful cars that we cannot stop with the tools police forces have today," says Cécile Macé, a systems engineer at MBDA. "Really fast cars on the motorway are hard to stop in a safe way," she notes. Police in Dallas, Texas, for instance, last year stopped using stingers –strips of tyre-shredding spikes – after five officers were killed attempting to deploy them.

The new devices work not by frying a car's electronics as military electromagnetic pulse weapons do, but by temporarily disabling them. "We want to disturb the car's electronics so we can stop it, but we don't want to break the car and leave it stuck on the motorway. And we don't want to harm the occupants, nearby pedestrians or the police with the beam either," says Macé. Drivers should not feel the beam – but they might hear something. "This is known as the Frey microwave hearing effect and consists of audible clicks... just a pop in the ear," she says.

The SAVELEC consortium has yet to test its system, but the aim is to have a prototype ready by 2016. For now, it is releasing few details in order to prevent people from developing countermeasures – or their own version. But the system is likely to be much smaller than the one E2V is working on.

Named RF Safe-Stop, E2V's device uses a 350-kilogram transmitter mounted on an SUV and a horn-like metal waveguide to beam microwave pulses at a car or motorbike up to 60 metres away. With the vehicle's wiring acting as an antenna, the pulses disable the ECU temporarily by constantly forcing it to reset itself. That stops the vehicle. E2V gave a proof-of-principle demonstration at Throckmorton airfield in Worcestershire, UK, last week.

Both teams need to be wary of unintended consequences, says Jay Abbott of Advanced Security Consulting in Peterborough, UK, warning that the technology might also affect steering and brake systems. "Disrupting all of them at once could potentially leave a car travelling at speed as a dead weight, with limited control over its direction and braking."

 

 

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http://ultimatemotorcycling.com/missing-link-documentary-1913-harley-9g-truck-production/

‘The Missing Link’ Documentary on 1913 Harley 9G Truck in Production

 

 by Staff January 12, 2014

 

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1913 Harley-Davidson 9G Motorcycle Truck Documentary

The Edge Ltd., producer of Hogslayer: The Unapproachable Legend, has embarked on production of its new documentary, The Missing Link: Discovery of a Centennial Motorcycle.

This documentary is the story of the one-hundred year journey of a unique Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

The Missing Link chronicles the history of a 1913 Harley-Davidson 9G Motorcycle Truck (more commonly known as a Forecar).

“It’s very fortunate that the owner of this unique and rare motorcycle had the foresight to document its history and restoration,” explained independent producer James Cutting.

This 1913 Harley-Davidson 9G is the last known Harley-Davidson Forecar in existence; years of research support this conclusion.

The Missing Link will document the history of the Harley-Davidson Forecar models in general and the history of this specific 1913 9G Forecar over the last one hundred years. The documentary will also include the upcoming sale of this rare Forecar to a yet to be discovered new owner. “To my knowledge, this has never been done before in a motorcycle-related documentary…it’s the ultimate barn bike discovery story” comments James Cutting.

Production shooting of the documentary began during the Harley-Davidson 110th Celebration at the Harley-Davidson Museum in September, where the 1913 9G Forecar’s final restoration was unveiled (photo attached). The production shooting continued at EPIC Studios this last Fall (photos attached). Additional production shoots will follow in the months to come.

The sale of this Forecar is key to the outcome of the documentary. All interested potential buyers will be considered to be a part of this evolving story. (A prospectus of the 9G Forecar is available upon request.)

For more information on “The Missing Link,” contact James Cutting of The Edge Ltd. at 262.224.3777 or edgeltd@charter.net. Also, check out “The Missing Link” on Facebook.

 

 

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http://www.cycleworld.com/2014/01/11/rokform-smartphone-motorcycle-mounts/

Rokform Smartphone Motorcycle Mounts

January 11, 2014 By The Wire 

 

Rokform Press Release:

Take our motorcycle mount on your next ride and you’ll be enjoying your favorite apps, music and navigation with ease (Please ride responsibly and follow all laws).

With a dual retention lock system that encompasses both our magnet kit and RokLock mounting technology, you can be assured your device is safe. And just in case that’s not enough, a removable wrist lanyard adds a 3rd layer of protection.

iPhone & Galaxy Motorcycle Fork Clamp/Handle Bar Mount for Sportbikes Features:

- Fork Clamp Mount: Mounts to any motorcycle with 50mm or 53mm fork clamps - Handlebar Mount: Mounts to any handle bar or bar that is 7/8″ to 1-1/4″ - Machined Billet 6061 T-6 aluminum - Matte black finish with black ano bottom - Includes v3 Magnet Kit - Includes RokSack weather guard - Wide range adjustable viewing angle - Dual retention locking system - Compatible with all v3 mountable phone cases

MSRP:

Fork Clamp Mount System: $94.00 Handle Bar Mount System: $123.00

 

 

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Those of you who went to Milwaukee to celebrate Harley's Anniversary, undoubtedly know that Toby Keith performed in concert!

So when this started to circulate via emails and Facebook, you can see why folks are a bit upset!

 

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

 

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-motorcycle-show-rolls-into-town-1.2493113

Calgary motorcycle show rolls into town Show features riding lessons for children, vintage display, stunt riders

 

CBC News Posted: Jan 11, 2014 1:57 PM MT| Last Updated: Jan 11, 2014 1:57 PM MT

Thousands are expected to flock to the Calgary Motorcycle Show this weekend. (Carla Beynon/CBC)

 

Fans of the open road in Calgary are in for a treat this weekend as a motorcycle show rolls into town.

Thousands are expected to check out the Motorcycle Show at the BMO Centre in Stampede Park on Saturday and Sunday. The show features a range of activities for the whole family, including riding lessons for children, vintage displays and stunt riders.

"It's a sport that anybody can do with the right training," said Diane Wild, who's been riding for more than 30 years and was at the show. "It's a really, really relaxing way to enjoy out-of-work hours, out-of-family hours. It's just a different expression of individuality."

The show also includes a ladies night for female motorcycle fans, which took place Friday night.

The show is also an opportunity for fans to get a first look at the showcase of new 2014 models from some of the industry's leading manufacturers, such as BMW, Suzuki and Yamaha.

 

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http://www.autoevolution.com/news/crash-australia-s-new-helmet-rating-system-74476.html

CRASH, Australia's New Helmet Rating System
 

Australia has put up its own motorcycle helmet rating system called CRASH. Now, despite the not-exactly-encouraging name, CRASH stands for Consumer Rating and Assessment of Safety Helmets and represents a consortium of Oz government agencies and a motorist organization sharing the motorcycle safety concerns.

Just like the acclaimed SHARP system in the UK, CRASH analyzes the protection level various helmets provide, based on lab research and testing of the areas most likely to receive an impact during a crash.

However, what could be named the "CRASH rating" is a generic scoring which involves many more variables than the impact scores only, and is thus a more comprehensive approach to consumer safety.

Though the number of tested helmets with both SHARP and CRASH is rather small, the two are constantly adding new lids to their archives and by all means, it's a very wise idea to check with them prior to buying a new one. You'll at least get a better picture of what the series is like, form the SHARP or CRASH point of view.

 

 

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2538578/Pope-Francis-sells-Harley-Davidson-proceeds-poor.html The father, son and the Harley ghost: Pope proves he's no Hells Angel by selling his Harley Davidson to give proceeds to the poor

Francis was given two bikes and a leather jacket last year Gift given by Harley Davidson to celebrate company's 110th anniversary The bike's fuel tank has been signed by His Holiness

Pope is hoping to raise £12,000 which will be given to the poor By Chris Pleasance PUBLISHED: 08:06 EST, 13 January 2014 | UPDATED: 11:58 EST, 13 January 2014

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Pope Francis is selling one of his two Harley Davidson motorbikes in order to raise money for charity.

The 1,585cc Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide was given to the Pope in June 2013 along with another bike to mark the 110th anniversary of the motorcycle brand.

The hog, which has been signed on the tank by the Pope, is to be auctioned off by Bonhams auction house in Paris, France in February and will raise money for Caritas Roma, a charity which works on behalf of the Roman Catholic church. Scroll down for video

Pope Francis is selling one of his two Harley Davidson motorbikes and hopes to raise £12,000 for charity

 

 

 

 

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CA: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=9389910

North Hollywood area fatal motorcycle crash shuts 101-134 transition

Saturday, January 11, 2014 A law enforcement official investigates the scene of a fatal crash on the eastbound 101 Freeway transition to the eastbound 134 Freeway on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. 

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- An investigation is underway into a fatal crash that closed a busy freeway transition for hours in the North Hollywood area.

The crash happened at approximately 2:45 a.m. Saturday on the eastbound 101 Freeway transition to the eastbound 134 Freeway.

Authorities confirm that a motorcycle was involved in the incident, but it remains unclear how many other vehicles were also involved.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

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CA: http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20140111/lapd-officer-in-stable-condition-after-motorcycle-crash

LAPD officer in stable condition after motorcycle crash

By City News Service Posted: 01/11/14, 8:39 AM PST |

VAN NUYS -- A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer has been hospitalized with a suspected lower limb fracture after a collision with a vehicle today.

The officer, a 15-year veteran, was part of a DUI enforcement task force that had been working in the area when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Raymer Street just after midnight, LAPD Sgt. Richard Brunson said.

He said the officer, who was not identified, suffered a suspected fracture of the hip or leg, and was in a stable condition.

The officer was northbound on Sepulveda, and the vehicle driver westbound on Raymer, Brunson said. According to witness statements, the vehicle driver may not have come to a complete stop at the intersection, which was controlled by traffic lights, Brunson said.

The driver was not detained.

 

 

 

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CA: http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140111/A_NEWS/140119975

Motorcycle rider injured in crash

By The Record January 11, 2014 12:00 AM

LATHROP - Authorities in Lathrop closed down an intersection for several hours Friday following a vehicle collision that badly injured a motorcycle rider, the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office said.

Lathrop Police Services responded to the report of a collision involving a motorcycle and pickup about 7 a.m. near McKinley Avenue and West Lathrop Road, said Deputy Les Garcia, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

When authorities arrived, they found a male motorcyclist suffering from severe injuries, Garcia said. The motorcycle rider was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, Garcia said.

The intersection was closed while authorities investigated the accident, Garcia said.

 

 

 

 

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CA: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Fatal-Accident-Shuts-Down-I-8-239514221.html

Witness: Motorcycle Accident Victim May Have Been Racing

The accident shut down eastbound Interstate 8 in Mission Valley

By Christina London and Dave Summers | Friday, Jan 10, 2014 | Updated 11:18 AM PST

A 22-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a high-speed crash on Interstate 8 in Mission Valley. The motorcycle became trapped underneath a car, causing both vehicles to catch on fire. NBC 7's Dave Summers reports.

Motorcyclist Killed in I-8 Crash

Fatal Accident Shuts Down I-8 A major traffic accident Thursday afternoon shut down part of Interstate 8 in Mission Valley. A car and a motorcycle collided. Both vehicles caught fire, and one person was killed. NBC 7’s Dave Summers reports. WATCH Fatal Accident Shuts Down I-8 More Photos and Videos Investigators say speed played a factor in a crash that killed a 22-year-old man Thursday.

A car and a motorcycle collided around 4:10 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 8, just west of Interstate 805, in Mission Valley. Officials say the black Suzuki became trapped underneath the sedan, and a fuel leak caused both vehicles to catch on fire.

Aerial pictures showed smoke swirling above the accident site. Officials say witnesses attempted to put out the fire with hand extinguishers.

The California Highway Patrol issued a Sig Alert. At one point, the entire eastbound side of the freeway was closed. It backed up traffic for miles during rush hour.

Bystanders performed CPR on the motorcyclist, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to CHP. His name has not yet been released but the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office has confirmed that the man was an active-duty military servicemember.

The driver of the sedan, a 53-year-old woman from Chula Vista, was visibly shaken but uninjured.

Investigators say the motorcycle was going approximately 100 miles per hour at the moment of impact. The motorcyclist was trying to merge onto southbound I-805 from I-8.

"He came upon slower moving traffic. He was unable to stop in time," CHP Sergeant Jack Mears said.

Mears says motorcycles cutting between lanes of heavy traffic is a common problem on San Diego roads.

"They have to drive safe, just like anyone else," Mears said.

One witness tells NBC 7 that she saw a second motorcycle speed off right after the accident happened.

"It sounded like a bomb coming from the same area where the black motorcycle had just left," Alyssa Ehrlich said.

"Either they were racing or some road rage was going on," Ehrlich said.

So far, the investigation has not indicated anything more than operator error, according to CHP.

"We have no factual basis for any type of racing at this time," Mears said.

Erlich may have been the only witness to observe the second motorcycle because of her place in traffic.

"It's just absurd to think that somebody would just leave that quickly from a scene. Then a half second later, there is another motorcyclist dead in flames," she said.

 

 

 

 

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OH: http://www.reviewonline.com/page/content.detail/id/571330/Village-man-seriously-injured-following-motorcycle-accident.html?nav=5008

Village man seriously injured following motorcycle accident

January 12, 2014 By RICHARD SBERNA -

YELLOW CREEK - A Salineville man was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh in critical condition following a motorcycle accident on state Route 39 in Yellow Creek Township late Saturday afternoon.

According to Trooper Kevin Thompson with the Ohio Highway Patrol, the rider, identified as 49-year-old James A. Hawk of Salineville, was riding west on state Route 39 at around 3:40 p.m. when he strayed off the right side of the pavement between Way Road and Oak Ridge Road.

Hawk, who was not wearing a helmet, went into the roadside drainage culvert and was thrown from his 2006 Harley-Davidson, sustaining serious but unspecified injuries. "The report we're getting is he was unresponsive," Thompson said.

Article Photos Firefighters from Highlandtown and Wellsville volunteer fire departments assisted wrecker crews following a motorcycle accident on state Route 39 on Saturday afternoon. The rider, James A. Hawk of Salineville, was flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in critical condition. (Photo by Richard Sberna) Hawk was initially transported to East Liverpool City Hospital by Tri-County Ambulance but was subsequently flown by helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian by STAT MedEvac for further treatment. No additional information on his condition was available at press time.

Troopers from the state highway patrol were joined by Wellsville and Highlandtown volunteer firefighters, who assisted in rescue efforts, as well as blocking state Route 39 between 16 School Road and Oak Ridge Road while Hawk was attended to.

Thompson says it's too early to tell what may have played a role in the accident, which is now under investigation by the state highway patrol.

 


 

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TX: http://lufkindailynews.com/news/local/article_c0f7bdea-7cce-11e3-a753-001a4bcf887a.html

DPS releases names in fatal motorcycle accident  

Monday, January 13, 2014 9:48 pm

By JESSICA COOLEY/The Lufkin News The Lufkin News

The Texas Department of Public Safety on Monday released the names of the Lufkin woman killed in a San Augustine County motorcycle crash and her driver, a Bronson man who was injured.

Those involved were identified as Ashley McLemore, 29, and Joshua Myers, 35, according to DPS spokesman Trooper David Hendry. Myers was driving a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle with McLemore on the back around 12:45 a.m. Sunday when he drove off FM 705, resulting in the crash, Hendry said. Neither was wearing a helmet.

 

 

 

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UT: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/state-and-regional/utah/dad-gets-year-for-toddler-s-motorcycle-death/article_6d9c3fc3-2a8c-5419-81ff-0737bc6c707d.html

Dad gets 1 year for toddler's motorcycle death

The Associated Press The Associated Press January 10, 2014 7:06 pm

A 49-year-old father will spend a year in jail for taking his 22-month-old son on a motorcycle ride, crashing and leaving the toddler dead.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1enXMSC) that Shannon Moore of Taylorsville was sentenced Friday.

A 3rd District Court jury found Moore guilty in November of felony child abuse homicide and other charges.

Moore lost control of his motorcycle rounding a corner at about 45 mph. Both were tossed more than 50 feet onto pavement. Neither was wearing a helmet.

Police testified Moore caused the August 2012, accident by braking so hard he locked the front wheel.

Moore testified he'd taken his toddler and older sons for dozens of rides without trouble.

His wife, who got a divorce, wanted him to spend 15 years in prison, the maximum for child homicide.


 

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Dakar Rally= Argentina: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2014/01/10/belgian-motorcycle-racer-dies-during-dakar-rally-in-argentina/

Belgian motorbike racer dies during Dakar Rally in Argentina

Published January 10, 2014 / Associated PressJan. 4, 2014 - Belgium's Eric Palante rides on the podium ramp during the symbolic start of the 2014 Argentina-Bolivia-Chile Dakar Rally in Rosario, Argentina. According to a statement from Dakar organizers, Palante's body was found along the route of the Dakar Rally between Chilecito and San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina. (AP)

CATAMARCA, Argentina – Belgian motorcycle rider Eric Palante has died at the Dakar Rally, organizers said Friday.

Organizers said they went out looking for the 50-year-old Palante after he failed to finish the fifth stage, which most riders completed on Thursday, and found his body along the route.

The cause of death was being investigated, and officials offered few details.

This was Palante's 11th Dakar Rally, according to an event biography, which said he would have turned 51 on Jan. 21. It said his goal was to win the amateur trophy for motorbikes.

"He knew the race very well, and over the years his enthusiastic but serious approach had made him one of the pillars of the event," organizers said in a statement.

Organizers said they received no alert from Palante.

Reports on Palante's website on Thursday morning said that he had injured his hand in an accident after his bike had to be towed the previous day. After overnight repairs to his bike and treatment on his hand, he set off again for fifth stage.

"A very long stage of suffering is ahead," his website said.

Two other rally-related deaths were reported earlier Friday. Police said two people following the race died on Thursday when their vehicle overturned in rough terrain in northern Argentina.

Police identified the pair on Friday as Agustin Ignacio Mina, 19, and Daniel Eduardo Ambrosio, 51.

Police said the crash took place on Thursday at the end of the fifth stage. Police said Mina was covering the rally for a motor racing magazine, and they identified Ambrosio as a fan of motor sports.

The Dakar, raced over rugged terrain in difficult-to-control areas, often produces fatalities. Last year, French motorcyclist Thomas Bourgin was killed in a collision with a Chilean police car. Two fans also died in a collision between a support vehicle and two taxis.

The Dakar began Sunday in Rosario, Argentina, and ends Jan. 18 in Valapariso, Chile. This is the sixth straight year it has been held in South America.

 

 

 

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Dakar Rally- Argentina: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/motor/2014/01/10/dakar-rally-eric-palante-belgium-motorcycle-fans-death/4409617/

Motorcycle rider, two fans killed at Dakar Rally

The Associated Press 1:16 p.m. EST January 10, 2014Belgium's Eric Palante, shown Jan. 4 before the start of the Dakar Rally, was found dead Friday along the route of Thursday's fifth stage between Chilecito and San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina.

(Photo: Eduardo Di Baia, AP)

ECATAMARCA, Argentina (AP) — Belgian motorcycle rider Eric Palante has died at the Dakar Rally, organizers said Friday.

Organizers said they went out looking for the 50-year-old Palante after he failed to finish the fifth stage, which most riders completed on Thursday, and found his body along the route.

The cause of death was being investigated, and officials offered few details.

This was Palante's 11th Dakar Rally, according to an event biography, which said he would have turned 51 on Jan. 21. It said his goal was to win the amateur trophy for motorbikes.

"He knew the race very well, and over the years his enthusiastic but serious approach had made him one of the pillars of the event," organizers said in a statement.

Organizers said they received no alert from Palante.

Reports on Palante's website on Thursday morning said that he had injured his hand in an accident after his bike had to be towed the previous day. After overnight repairs to his bike and treatment on his hand, he set off again for fifth stage.

"A very long stage of suffering is ahead," his website said.

Two other rally-related deaths were reported earlier Friday. Police said two people following the race died on Thursday when their vehicle overturned in rough terrain in northern Argentina.

Police identified the pair on Friday as Agustin Ignacio Mina, 19, and Daniel Eduardo Ambrosio, 51.

Police said the crash took place on Thursday at the end of the fifth stage. Police said Mina was covering the rally for a motor racing magazine, and they identified Ambrosio as a fan of motor sports.

The Dakar, raced over rugged terrain in difficult-to-control areas, often produces fatalities. Last year, French motorcyclist Thomas Bourgin was killed in a collision with a Chilean police car. Two fans also died in a collision between a support vehicle and two taxis.

The Dakar began Sunday in Rosario, Argentina, and ends Jan. 18 in Valapariso, Chile. This is the sixth straight year it has been held in South America.

 

 

 

 

 

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