Bikerbits eZine:If you're having trouble viewing the eZine, you can always read it at the website: http://bikerbits.info/Today.htm

The information compiled in this newsletter is gathered from news publications on and off line. The information in no way suggests the views of the editor compiling the information; nor is she responsible for the contents. This eZine is just informational containing news from other sources which are credited for the origin.

 

If you wish to subscribe, please email me your name and email address, if you wish to unsubscribe, just email me at Gypsypashn@bikerbits.info/  and I will remove you from the list.

Thank you!

Gypsy

 

 

 

TUESDAY

JANUARY 28TH 

 

 

http://www.checktwice-savealife.com/

http://www.boltofmass.org/

 

http://www.roadguardians.org/

 

 

 

http://www.eff-u.net/

 

 

 

 

MGFitness- for all your workout needs!

 

 

 

http://www.thesignspot.com/

 

 

A bikers reference of Rallies, Events, Bikerlinks, Riding Groups, Vendors, and Maggies

http://Gypsypashn.com

 

http://listerins.com/

 

Massachusetts fully licensed agency....  over 30 years of experience.....

Harley Davidson spoken here!!

Servicing all your insurance needs- Same day Registry Running Service- Carco Inspections performed.

Let us help you decide- we know- we ride!!!

 

  

 

 

http://www.ironstoneventures.com/

 

 

http://www.bikerrepublic.org/

Join the Biker Republic today!!

 

 

Essex County Detachment Marine Corps League

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.lets-ride.com/

 

 

http://bikersofamerica.blogspot.com/

 

 

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum

 

 Betsy E Lister Founder of Bikerbits.info inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 http://ht tp://www.meanstreetriders.com/ 

 

 

http://www.diamondposse.us/

 

 

http://www.planet617.com/

 

 

 

Please welcome our newest supporter!

Purple Reign!

http://www.purple-reign.com/

 

 

Please welcome TRANTOLO LAW to bikerbits as a supporter and to the State of MA as a licensed attorney.

 

 

 

 

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

PLEASE SEND ANY INFORMATION YOU'D LIKE TO HAVE POSTED TO ME AT: GYPSYPASHN@AOL.COM, THANK YOU!

 

FIND US ON FACEBOOK:

 

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=120382491325690

Check out our Facebook page. Each day a link to the news is posted there as well!

Recommend us to your friends who ride!

 

~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~

 

 

THERE WILL BE NO BIKERBITS TOMORROW!

 

THANK YOU!
GYPSY

 

 

 

************************************************************

 

MRF:

 

 

MRF E-MAIL NEWS Motorcycle Riders Foundation
236 Massachusetts Ave. NE | Suite 204 | Washington, DC 20002-4980
202-546-0983 (voice) | 202-546-0986 (fax) | http://www.mrf.org

14NR02 - MRF News Release - Black Box Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
21 Jan. 2014

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

Black Box Bill

The United States Senate is addressing privacy concerns surrounding data event recorders in automobiles. Event Data Recorders (EDRs), commonly known as “black boxes” are almost standard equipment in all new cars and trucks. They record everything the vehicle is doing, or not doing at the time of a collision or other on road mishap. The boxes can record everything from speed and vehicle angle, to seat-belt use.

U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced legislation, S.1925, to make the data recorder the sole property of the vehicle owner. Anyone else would need a subpoena to access the data. The data would also be available should the vehicle owner consent to data retrieval or for traffic safety research.

“Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace and that poses new risks to personal privacy and new concerns for the public,” Hoeven said. “While EDRs can serve a useful function by helping to make cars and streets safer, access to the data should be treated as personal except under very specific circumstances. Our bill makes clear what those circumstances are and helps to ensure that government and other entities respect the Fourth Amendment rights of Americans.”

The Senate legislation is similar to the bill currently being worked on by the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 2414. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation supports both pieces of legislation and encourages you to contact your elected officials in the House and Senate and ask them to cosponsor these important bills.

 

 

 

 

***********************************************************

 

CALIFORNIA:

 

http://santacruz.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/ask-a-cop-damn-those-deafeningly-loud-motorcycles

ASK A COP: Damn Those Deafeningly Loud Motorcycles
What's it take to give a ticket to unmuffled cycles that rattle the earth and destroy any chance of enjoying nature?

 

by Brad Kava (Editor) , January 26, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Every week Patch passes on your questions to law enforcement officers. Email yours to brad.kava@patch.com

 

Patch Reader:

Hi I would like to know why CHP and local law enforcement agencies do not enforce muffler violations on those motorcyclists on Harley Davidson bikes seem to always ignore. Was behind one the other day in the fast lane doing 65 plus and he passed me like I was standing still! The noise almost broke the windows, He had no mufflers whatsoever, just straight pipes! Why is this allowed??

Answer from CHP officer Bradley Sadek:

Often we will observe a mechanical violation (ie: Illegal lighting, loud exhaust, tinted windows) and issue a "Fix-It ticket." The unfortunate fact is, often those violators will correct the deficiency, get the citation signed off and paid for, then reinstall the equipment that got them the ticket in the first place.

It is also important to remember, just because a law exists, doesn't mean it isn't violated. We get this question often relating to window tint. Just because motorists observe a lot of tinted windows doesn't mean we aren't enforcing that law, and the same is true for loud motorcycles and speeders.

With motorcycle exhaust, it can be a bit more tricky. Unfortunately our hands are tied up, just a bit.

(Info from AAA's website)

California Vehicle Code sections 27201 and 27202 established the following:

A noise limit of 92 decibels applies to any motorcycle manufactured before 1970. A noise limit of 88 decibels applies to motorcycles manufactured after 1969 and before 1973; 86 decibels applies to motorcycles manufactured after 1972 and before 1975; 83 decibels applies to motorcycles manufactured after 1974 and before 1986; 80 decibels applies to motorcycles manufactured after 1985.

Motorcycles registered in the state that are manufactured on or after 2013 or have an aftermarket exhaust system manufactured on or after 2013 must have the federal EPA noise emission label affixed to it in order to be operated, used, or parked in the state.

However, in order for us to enforce these regulations we are required to have a calibrated decibel meter! Psss..... we don't have calibrated decibel meters.

What we do have is section 27150 (a) which requires every motor vehicle to be equipped with "An adequate muffler in constant operation and properly maintained to prevent any excessive or unusual noise."
 

So what is excessive and unusual noise? If we can hear it from a distance of 50 feet, at freeway speeds, with our windows rolled up, and it is still uncomfortably loud, that is enough for us to stop that motorcycle for excessive exhaust noise.

 

 

=====

 

 

If you are interested in knowing & following “AB 60, the state law that directs DMV to issue driver licenses to undocumented California residents,” please read on… if not just delete this email.

 

 

CONTACT:        Office of Public Affairs                                               Follow DMV   

2415 First Avenue

Sacramento, CA 95818                                                    

(916) 657-6437 | dmvpublicaffairs@dmv.ca.gov

                        www.dmv.ca.gov

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

January 24, 2014

 

PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON AB 60 REGULATIONS

 

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will conduct the first public workshop to assist in the development of regulations related to the implementation of AB 60, the state law that directs DMV to issue driver licenses to undocumented California residents. 

 

The workshop is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Auditorium of the Secretary of State Building located at 1500 11th Street, in Sacramento. 

 

Assembly Bill AB 60 (Chapter 524: Statutes of 2013) requires the department to issue an original driver license to an applicant who is unable to submit satisfactory proof of legal presence in the United States.  Driver license applicants under AB 60 must meet all other qualifications for licensure and must provide satisfactory proof of identity and California residency.

 

AB 60 also requires the department to develop regulations and consult with interested parties in an effort to assist the department in identifying documents that will be acceptable for the purposes of providing documentation to establish identity and residency.

 

At the workshop, any interested person may present statements, arguments, or contentions (orally, in writing or both) that are relevant to the development of the regulations as required by AB 60. A full agenda will be provided prior to the workshop and will be available on the DMV’s web site.

 

Participation in the workshop will be in addition to, and not in substitution for, any participation in the formal rulemaking process. 

 

A live webcast of the workshop will be available.  For a direct link, please visit the DMV web page at http://apps.dmv.ca.gov/webcast/  during the workshop.

 

A second workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2014, in the Bell Community Center, 6250 Pine Avenue, Bell, CA. 90201.

Save Time Go Online! Doing business with the DMV has never been easier. The DMV offers an array of services to customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through its Website  including online appointments for written and drive tests; vehicle registration and driver license renewals, selection of personalized license plates, changes of address and payment of fees via secure debit transactions. Customers can also effect transactions by calling DMV customer service at (800) 777-0133. DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.  

###

DMV News Release / Media Release / Press Release / News Advisory

 

 

=====

 

 

http://thenewspaper.com/news/43/4314.asp

California City Weighs Keeping Red Light Cameras Despite Accidents

 

Independent analysis finds red light cameras increased accidents in Walnut, California.

 

Walnut, California's city council decided earlier this month to keep red light cameras clicking beyond the automated ticketing contract's February 27 expiration date. In the face of renewed questions over the program's effectiveness, the council renewed the contract with scandal-plagued Redflex Traffic Systems for just three months as councilmen weigh the evidence. The Australian firm has been mailing tickets, now $500 each, since 2007.

"Photo enforcement programs will typically cause an increase in rear-end type collisions and cause a decrease in broadside type collisions," city management analyst Rosalea Layman admitted in a memo to the city council.

According to the city's analysis, rear end collisions increased 53 percent from 5.7 to 8.7 accidents per year and broadsides dropped 21 percent from 1.4 to 1.1. By the city's own figures, one non-injury broadside collision was traded for 21 rear end collisions, several of which involved injuries. After the cameras were activated, the city installed dedicated right and left turn lanes to improve traffic flow. The city blamed the rear end collision increase on the traffic improvements, but credited the cameras alone with the broadside collision result.

Not so fast says Jay Beeber, Executive Director of Safer Streets LA. Beeber decided to double-check the city's analysis against ten years' data from the California Highway Patrol's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System database of traffic collisions (five years before and five years after). The numbers show broadside collisions did not decrease, they doubled.

"No argument can be made that photo enforcement has improved safety at this intersection or within the city of Walnut," Beeber wrote. "In fact, the use of red light cameras appears to have decreased safety and put roadway users at increased risk."

Beeber faulted the city for relying on inaccurate measures of the camera's performance.

"Since not all broadside collisions are caused by a red light violation and not all red light violations result in a broadside collision, using the general category of broadside collisions rather than the more specific category of collisions caused by red light running will provide erroneous results," Beeber wrote. "However, since the staff report provided for the city council meeting on January 8th evaluated broadside collisions, data on those types of crashes were also evaluated."

The state data show red light-running collisions increased 400 percent at the photo enforced intersection. Over the same ten-year period, there was no red-light related accident increase at the other intersections in Walnut. Contrary to the city's assertion that broadside accidents are more serious, the lone red-light related collision that happened at the monitored location prior to camera activation was minor and involved no visible injuries.

Redflex issued 5053 tickets worth $2.4 million last year, about 70 percent of which were given to vehicles photographed turning right on red.

 

 

=====

 

THE BIKERS OF AMERICA (THE PHIL and BILL SHOW)”
Thursday, January 28, 2014, 6:00pm - 9:00pm in PST at www.blogtalkradio.com/bikersofamerica.
 

 

=====

 

 

http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/groups/giving/p/local-business-man-wins-harleydavidson-auction--twice

Local Businessman Wins Harley-Davidson Auction ... Twice That's two motorcycles in two years with the money going to charity -- and no, he doesn't ride.

 

Posted by Penny Arévalo (Editor) , January 27, 2014 at 09:46 AM

 

San Juan Capistrano businessman Joe Verde and his new Harley. Photo courtesy of the National Automobile Dealers Association. Loading... x× Next Previous Slideshow Download A San Juan Capistrano businessman walked away Sunday with a Harley-Davidson after winning a charity auction in New Orleans this weekend, but what’s even more remarkable is that it’s his second such win in two straight years.

Joe Verde, president of the Joe Verde Sales & Marketing Group in San Juan Capistrano, bid $27,000 for a 2013 Heritage Softail Classic Anniversary Edition at the National Auto Dealers Association annual convention.

Last year, Verde paid $26,000 for 2011 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy at the convention held in Orlando, Fla.

Money raised by the auction benefits the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Oceanside-based Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities, in this case, specifically for veterans.

“I’m a veteran. My dad was a veteran, and my son and grandkids are all veterans,” said Verde in a NADA press release. “I appreciate everything all the men and women in the armed forces do for all of us.”

Verde is still in New Orleans, so Verde Group Marketing Manager Heather Flower fielded some questions.

No, Verde doesn’t ride motorcycles, she said. The Laguna Niguel resident actually returned the motorcycle to the auctioneer so it could raise even more money for Canine Companions, Flower said. The subsequent online auction raised another $11,900 for the cause.

See video of Verde bidding and winning the 2013 auction here.

 

 

 

 

***********************************************************

 

 

 

***********************************************************

 

 

FLORIDA:

 

 

http://www.wtsp.com/news/article/354364/250/Motorcycle-survivor-plans-to-change-state-helmet-laws

Motorcycle survivor plans to change state helmet laws

 

St. Petersburg, Florida -- A motorcycle crash survivor has exceeded doctors' expectations and wants to re-write state helmet laws.

"That helmet saved my life. There are no ifs, ends, or buts about it," said Albert Grella.

Last March, Grella swerved to miss his brother, who was riding in front of him while they were riding through Miami with their friend to the Florida Keys.

"I quickly swerved around him and looked over my shoulder, but I didn't see the telephone pole in front of me," said Grella. "I was thrown 65 feet they told me."

He broke his neck, both collar bones, both arms, both legs, and many other bones.

"They flew me to Jackson Memorial Hospital to put me back together," said Grella.

He was in surgery for 30 hours.

"He should have been paralyzed, or worse," said his physical therapist, Kenneth Olan at Southern Pines Health Care Center.

After his surgery, Grella's brother and friend drove him in their car to Southern Pines Health Care Center in New Port Richey to be closer to home for his therapies.

"We worried when they got here about his transportation here, but his friends wanted to do [it] because no one could afford the hospital to do it, because it costs thousands of dollars to transfer someone," said Olan.

Olan and his partners at Southern Pines worked with Grella endlessly.

"Some days were challenging, because he thought he would be stuck in his horrible condition forever, but we started seeing incredible improvements," said Olan. "First, he accomplished moving from his bed to his wheelchair, and then would be in the chair for an hour, and that seemed impossible initially."

Grella did the impossible and continued to baffle doctors with his healing process.

"I say good friends, good therapists, and prayers got me through this," said Grella.

After ten months, he is ready to leave and live independently.

"I am not only walking and driving, but I am ready to get back on a motorcycle and ride up to Tallahassee and get them to change the helmet law," said Grella. "I will never ride again without a helmet, and no one else should either."

Grella has been riding his bike since he was 17 years old. He is now 67.

"In 50 years, I only wore my helmet on long trips," said Grella.

He knows that convincing his friends to sign a petition to change the law so they all have to wear their helmets will be tough.

"It's your life, though!" said Grella. "I know it's freedom, I know the wind in your hair, the macho look, but it's not worth it. They have not experienced what I went through."

Florida law states you must wear a helmet if you are under 21 years old, but you are not required to wear it if you are over 21 and you have medical insurance of $10,000 that covers motorcycle related injuries.

 

 

 

=====

 

 

http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_c_palm_beach_county/cruizin-for-crime-stoppers-motorcycle-ride-raises-funds-for-organization

'Cruizin' for Crime Stoppers' motorcycle ride raises funds for organization

 

01/26/2014 •By: Christina Noce

 

Hundreds of motorcycles cruised through Palm Beach County on Sunday in an effort to fight crime.

Every year, Crime Stoppers holds a fundraiser so they can continue to offer cash rewards to anonymous callers who report crimes in their community.

They are the eyes that keep watch of the roads and keep your neighborhoods safe.

But today, Palm Beach County law enforcement agencies were on the road for a different reason.

"It's our road for an hour and a half, it's a beautiful ride for a 100 mile ride,” said Sergeant Jim Defago with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Crime Stoppers’ annual motorcycle ride gives officers and community members the chance to ride together for a great cause.

The money raised will pay for reward donations given to anonymous callers who call the Crime Stopper’s tip line.

Police say even traffic complaints like speeding or reckless driving can help them get a dangerous person off the road.

"We might be out there looking for something different or in the wrong corner or in the wrong area,” said Jim Theel with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Tips that were called in to the hotline this month alone led to 251 arrests and closed 359 unsolved cases.

 

 

=====

 

 

http://www.jdnews.com/news/military/jacksonville-billboard-a-reminder-of-war-s-actual-cost-1.268102

Jacksonville billboard a reminder of war’s actual cost

This billboard beside Lejeune Boulevard reminds drivers about Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner of war taken captive by the Taliban in 2009.

John Althouse / The Daily News By THOMAS BRENNAN Daily News Staff

Published: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 09:00 AM. For some, five years is simply unacceptable.

Bowe Bergdahl, a 27-year-old sergeant in the Army’s 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment out of Fort Richardson, Alaska, was captured by the Taliban during his 2009 deployment to Afghanistan.

Now, almost five years after being held captive in an unknown location, the local chapter of Rolling Thunder — which advocates for prisoners of war and those missing in action — wants others to know the story behind Bergdahl’s face on a billboard beside one of Jacksonville’s busiest roads.

The billboard features a photograph of Bergdahl before captivity and his date of capture. The posting was funded by POWbracelets.com and SupportBowe.org.

“I’m not going to say it’s nice, but it makes my heart feel good that our community is being made aware of Bowe’s status,” said Paul Levesque, the president of the local Rolling Thunder chapter. “I’m sure the billboard’s location being so busy and right near the Lejeune Memorial Gardens means that he gets the attention he deserves.”

Having spoken out in the community about Bergdahl and his status as a POW since 2009, Levesque said he hopes the billboard continues to broaden the public’s knowledge of Bergdahl and his sacrifice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

***********************************************************

 

 

MASSACHUSETTS:

 

 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/south/2014/01/26/recognition-for-pow-mias/9NDFhZYGw4J5c1PqOgF6gK/story.html
Recognition for POW/MIAs


By Dave Eisenstadter | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT JANUARY 26, 2014

 

Rolling Thunder, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to prisoners of war and those missing in action and their families, has asked Dedham to participate in the group’s program of putting out empty chairs to honor lost members of the armed services. Dedham selectmen unanimously agreed at a meeting on Jan. 16. Since World War I, there have been nearly 92,000 missing POWs, according to Rolling Thunder President Joe D’Entremont. “That’s a lot of families that don’t have closure,” he said at the meeting. An American flag will be posted with the chair, along with a plaque dedicating it to the missing serviceman. Selectman James MacDonald said an empty chair is a powerful symbol. “It’s something that brings awareness, and I commend you for bringing that to Dedham,” MacDonald said at the meeting.

 

 

 

 

=====

 

Send-Off-  Army 747 MP CO - Ware, MA 1 FEB ’14
--
The 474 MP CO has requested our presence at the deployment ceremony for their Company.

DATE: Saturday, 1 FEB ’14

     AT: Ware High School or  the Ware Armory  (To be determined).

STAGING LOCATION:

    Dunkin Donuts
    139 West St  (Rte 32)
    Ware, MA 01802

 (Note that there are two Dunkin Donuts in close proximity)

http://tinyurl.com/mcbfnoy

    STAGING TIME: 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Saturday 1 February

    BRIEFING: 9:00 AM

    We will then proceed to the deployment ceremony to honor those serving.

Ride Captain:  Rick Prater rickprater@comcast.net

        ——Flags will be provided———

 

 

=====

 

 

 

 

=====

 

  • SAVE THE DATE!!
  •   Please join us for a nice back roads ride thru the South Shore in Honor of Medal of Honor Recipient Jared C. Monti. All funds raised go to the Jared C. Monti Memorial Scholarship Fund. Food, raffles, Music by Money Shot. $20.00 per person. Registration starts at 9:30 am ride leaves at noon!!
291 Mill Street, Raynham, Massachusetts 02767

 

 

=====

 

SAVE THE DATE!!

  •  
    SAVE THE DATE 
    31 May 2014
    More details to follow, working out after party location, bands etc. Will have link up to purchase tickets next week! Thanks for all the support!!
 
 
V4V the 501(c)3 that runs the Holyoke Soldiers Home Motorcycle Run is looking for someone who has a financial background to join our team as a Treasurer for the group. Please let us know if you are interested in possibly joining our team. The treasurer will need to have a financial background, be able to commit time to take care of the banking needs of the non profit and file all IRS/State required reporting documents. The treasurer will also need to be able to pass a CORI check. Please let us know if you would be interested in joining our team

 

 

 

 

=====


 

For immediate release - January 21, 2014
For more information, contact
Paul W. Cote, 978-535-8222, claimscote@aol.com
Dennis Palazzo, 978-417-6118, Karatekid5th@aol.com
Event Flyer attached

 
(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. 


 
=====

 

 

SAVE THE DATE!!

2nd Annual Chad's Ride
Saturday, August 2, 2014, 12:00pm - 6:00pm at Knights of Columbus

 

    • =====
    •  
      SAVE THE DATE
      8th Annual Brian's Ride

      All proceeds from this event go into the general fund of the SEMMSF to help families of injured or killed motorcyclists.
      ...

      New location and details to be announced

      ==========================
      ===========
      The excitement for the 8th Annual Brian's Ride is building quickly. But we can't do this all with out YOU! Please share, share, share!! Invite all your friends...riders & non riders.

      Volunteers - If you would like to join the team as a volunteer, please contact our volunteer coordinator Lisa M MacDonald Doran at lisa@semmsf.com with your contact information.

      Vendors - If you'd like to set up a booth please contact Wendy Vinal at wendy@semmsf.org. Vendor space is available for a $50 donation.

      Raffle Items - Please contact either Wendy Vinal at wendy@semmsf.org or Katie Paska at katie@semmsf.org and they will arrange to collect raffle items for Brian's Ride.

      Sponsorship - The SEMMSF is now accepting sponsorship for the 8th Annual Brian's Ride. Please contact Samantha Wood at samantha@semmsf.org or at 774-454-6804 if your business, club or organization is interested in sponsoring the event with a t-shirt or banner sponsorship.
      See More
     
    PO Box 276, North Carver, Massachusetts 02355
     


 

=====

 

 


    •  
      Please join Friends of Woburn Veterans Organization
      and The American Legion Riders Chapter 273
      for the 2nd Annual Woburn Veterans Bike Run
      Riders $20/Passengers and Cook-out Only $10
      Cook Out immediately following. Live Music Raffles and More!
      Registration 9 –1045 KSU 11:00

      Pre Registration is now open at www.alr273.org.

      The ride starts and ends at The Son’s of Italy Hall
      168 Lexington St., Woburn MA.

      We are a 501(c)3 with all monies raised donated to local Veterans.

      Please contact alrchapter273@gmail.com for more information.
     
     
    168 Lexington St, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801-4702

 


 

 

 

***********************************************************

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEVADA:

 

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/4/17854/Motorcycle-Article/Harley-Davidson-to-Open-Shop-on-Vegas-Strip.aspx

Harley-Davidson to Open Shop on Vegas Strip

 

Courtesy of PR Newswire Monday, January 27, 2014

 

Las Vegas Harley-Davidson is expanding as owners just broke ground on a new Harley dealership located on the famed Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas Harley-Davidson broke ground on a full-line Harley-Davidson dealership on the famed Las Vegas Strip. A custom Nevada Sesquicentennial-themed motorcycle celebrating the state's 150th anniversary was revealed as part of the event, along with details on how one lucky rider will win it at the store's grand opening.

The groundbreaking event welcomed Harley-Davidson owners from around the city as Las Vegas Harley-Davidson President Don Andress and Vice-President Timothy Cashman discussed the new location and along with the help of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, unveiled a custom Nevada Sesquicentennial-themed motorcycle. Adding to its extreme rarity, Gov. Sandoval signed the bike shortly after its reveal.

"I am pleased to see one of our great Nevada companies incorporate the Sesquicentennial into their business strategy," said Gov. Sandoval. "The design of this one-of-a-kind bike is impressive and I commend Las Vegas Harley-Davidson for not only creating a showpiece, but also developing a program that will integrate people and their love of riding into our state's celebration."

Set to open this fall, Las Vegas Harley-Davidson will be located directly on the Las Vegas Strip at 5191 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, just steps from the famed “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. The 50,000 square-foot space will feature a dealership, motorcycle rentals and a retail store. The Las Vegas Strip location will be the brand's third location locally. "We are thrilled to be opening a new location on the famed Las Vegas Strip," remarked Las Vegas Harley-Davidson President Don Andress. "We aim to be the world's best Harley-Davidson dealerships, and this location will be no exception. It will have the best people, trained, empowered and committed to providing the best experience to our customers every time."

"We are excited that the Las Vegas Strip will be the place that customers who want an authentic Harley-Davidson experience can get their fill," remarked Harley-Davidson North America Vice President Mike Kennedy. "We are proud that the Nevada Sesquicentennial is being celebrated in one-of-a-kind, gleaming paint and chrome on an all new Street Glide." Harley-Davidson enthusiasts have the opportunity to win the Nevada Sesquicentennial-themed motorcycle, the only design of its kind ever created. Soon, those hoping to take the bike home will be able to purchase raffle tickets benefitting Nevada 150 Foundation, Inc. The winner will be selected at Las Vegas Harley-Davidson's grand opening on the Las Vegas Strip this fall. Additional details regarding price and availability of raffle tickets will be announced shortly. Prior to the store's opening, the bike will make appearances throughout the year at events and activities honoring Nevada's Sesquicentennial celebration. Visit www.hdnv150.com or email nv150@lvhd.com to receive more information as soon as it is available.

 

 

 

***********************************************************

 

NORTH CAROLINA:

 

 

http://www.jdnews.com/news/local/chili-challenge-huge-turnout-empties-soup-s-supply-saturday-1.267976 Chili challenge: Huge turnout empties soup’s supply Saturday

 

Huge turnout empties soup’s supply Saturday

 

Rob Domen of Rolling Thunder NC-5 stirs the chili to perfection during the Screamin' Eagle High Performance Chili Challenge at New River Harley Davidson in Jacksonville Saturday afternoon.

John Sudbrink / The Daily News By Daily News staff

Published: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 14:00 PM. About 700 people gathered at the 7th annual Screamin’ Eagle High Performance Chili Challenge at New River Harley Davidson Saturday afternoon.

Many attendees shared the same goal: to create and vote for the best chili. Capturing first place was team Lighthouse Keepers; second place went to team Old Timers; and the People’s Choice award unanimously went to team Rolling Thunder for their immersive Vietnam jungle display. The turnout was so great that the event ran out of chili and had to rely on community donations to continue serving hungry patrons. Other than a small amount of money set aside for administration costs, $3,300 in proceeds will benefit Semper Fi Fund and Wounded Warriors.

 

=====

 

http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20140126/ARTICLES/140129905/1008/sports?Title=Vesely-honored-with-award-from-Governor-8217-s-Highway-Safety-Program

Vesely honored with award from Governor’s Highway Safety Program

 

Lt. Mike Vesely with the Hendersonville Police Department was one of three officers in the state to receive the Governor's Highway Safety Law Enforcement Partner of the Year award for his work with BikeSafe-NC. MIKE DIRKS/TIMES-NEWS By Emily Weaver Times-News Staff Writer

Published: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Last Modified: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 8:14 p.m. Hendersonville Police Lt. Mike Vesely was one of three officers across the state to earn recognition as a Law Enforcement Partner of the Year with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

 

He was chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 municipal law enforcement candidates who support the goals of GHSP by conducting checkpoints, participating in GHSP campaigns and kickoff operations.

Vesely received the award at a ceremony on the last day of a four-day N.C. Highway Safety Symposium in Concord Jan. 16. He was recognized for his dedication to highway safety, his commitment to keeping the citizens of North Carolina safe and for his efforts with BikeSafe-NC.

 

Vesely, an 18-year veteran with the Hendersonville Police Department, serves as western regional coordinator for the BikeSafe program, established in 2007 to curb the growing number of motorcyclist fatalities across the state.

After an expansion of the program and a change in the state’s helmet law in 2009, North Carolina saw the first statewide reduction in motorcyclist fatalities in five years, according to the BikeSafe website.

N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Stata told attendees at the symposium that the state saw 18 fewer motorcyclist fatalities last year than in 2012.

He praised officers for their efforts “that resulted in 60 fewer traffic fatalities, 126 fewer impaired driving fatalities, 18 fewer motorcyclist fatalities, 43 fewer ‘un-belted’ fatalities and 42 fewer pedestrian fatalities than in 2012. That doesn’t happen without the hard work and collaboration of these men and women who are putting it on the line every day for all N.C. citizens. As I told that group, that’s 289 lives saved and families kept intact,” he said on a Facebook post after the symposium.

Vesely spearheaded the call to keep motorcyclists safe, approaching Chief Herbert Blake with the idea of a BikeSafe program a few years ago.

 

“He said, ‘Make it happen,’” Vesely said, and so he did, starting the first program of its kind in municipal police forces in Western North Carolina in 2010. “None of this could have been possible without Chief Blake.”

Vesely has netted $300,000 in federal grant funding over the last six years to support and purchase five motorcycles currently employed by Hendersonville Police Department’s five-man motorcycle unit.

He and his team of assessors now lead workshops on motorcycle safety at departments throughout the region. The unit has taught 28 classes in its first three years in Hendersonville.

 

The GHSP’s Partner of the Year award is given in three categories to a state partner, a county partner and a local (city) partner.

“The city of Hendersonville (Police Department) and Henderson County (Sheriff’s Office) are the first and only departments to join forces with the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office, establishing a diversionary program for motorcycle offenders,” Vesely said.

 

The program offers motorcyclists a chance to avoid racking up points on their licenses and paying the high court costs that come with simple violations such as speeding by taking a BikeSafe course.

 

Vesely was recognized for his efforts in establishing BikeSafe programs in Maggie Valley, Franklin County and Brunswick County, and networking to start a program in Northampton County on the Virginia border.

 

His wife, Lori, surprised him by dropping in for the awards luncheon in Charlotte. But even then he didn’t realize he would be honored as the top city law enforcement officer for highway safety among the state.

“It was surprising to get it,” he said.

 

He added that he owes a “great deal of gratitude” to Blake and Capt. Bruce Simonds “for allowing me to leave the department and team to show our dedication to the communities we serve.”

 

On Jan. 16, that dedication was honored. Vesely was awarded the medal of valor from the Hendersonville Police Department in 2010 for assisting firefighters by rushing to the aid of residents trapped in a burning boarding house in September 2009. He was honored with a Shield Award by the Knights of Columbus in 2009.

 

Vesely lives in Hendersonville with his wife. Together they have two children, Michael Vesely, a 23-year-old Asheville Fire Academy cadet, and Mallori Vesely, a 21-year-old student at UNC Wilmington.

 

 

 

 

 

 

***********************************************************

 

PENNSYLVANIA:

 

http://www.timesonline.com/news/state/report-flags-traffic-safety-law-gaps-in-pa/article_039c64c8-ed6e-5a7d-ad55-de9bc7822f8a.html

Report flags traffic safety law gaps in Pa.


Photo by Sylvester Washington Jr.

Motorcycle Accident in Center on Broadhead Rd

In this Aug. 26, 2013 photo, officials tend to unidentified victims after a motorcycle accident on Brodhead Road in Center Township.

By the numbers
Pennsylvania's roadways

-1,310 – Motor vehicle fatalities in 2012

-36,242 – Motor vehicle fatalities since 1989

-$8.17B – State’s annual economic cost due to motor vehicle crashes

Source: 2014 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws, www.saferoads.org 

 

Monday, January 27, 2014 3:30 am

 

Report flags traffic safety law gaps in Pa. By Natasha Lindstrom Calkins

 

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania needs stronger seat belt laws, more stringent restrictions on teen drivers and to reinstate a law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets, a traffic safety advocacy group concluded in a new national report.

The 2014 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws grades states based on 15 traffic safety laws, and it identifies legal gaps that advocates argue put drivers and the public in danger.

“The Roadmap Report provides practical and proven solutions to reduce the highway death and injury toll,” Jackie Gillan, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Highway and Auto Safety Advocates, said in a statement.

After six years of declining, U.S. deaths from motor vehicle crashes climbed in 2012, the analysis shows. Of some 2.4 million people injured in car crashes in 2012, nearly 34,000 people died – up 3.3 percent from 2011. It’s the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 5 and 24, the report states.

Washington, D.C., Illinois, Oregon, Delaware and California earned some of the highest Roadmap ratings, while South Dakota, Arizona, Missouri, Iowa and Florida had some of the worst.

Pennsylvania received an overall yellow “caution” rating, which means the state needs improvement because it doesn’t have enough traffic safety laws, but isn’t bad enough to reach the red “danger” rating.

The state earned higher marks for its no-texting while driving law and booster seat rules, and a mixed grade on its teen driving restrictions.

Jenny Robinson, spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic, credits the passage of the Junior Driver Law by state Rep. Kathy Watson of Bucks County with improving local safety. The law required more hours of behind-the-wheel training and limited the number of non-family passengers who can travel with young drivers.

In 2012 – the first full year the law was in place -- teen car crash fatalities dropped, with 44 fatalities involving 16- and 17-year-old drivers in 2012, down from 66 in 2011, PennDOT data shows.

"We’re glad to see positive results for the teen driver law and the no-texting law,” Robinson by email. “However, we need to share the road safely, whether in a vehicle, on foot, or on a bike or motorcycle. And the increase in senior driver deaths is concerning. Pennsylvania has more than 1.7 million drivers who are 65 and older, and the number grows larger each year as our population ages. It’s more important than ever for senior drivers to assess and improve their own skills so they can keep driving safer and longer.”

Robinson pointed to at least one traffic safety-related bill introduced this legislative session: House Bill 109 by state Rep. Chris Ross of Chester County, which would fine drivers $50 if convicted of careless driving by engaging in one of several types of distractions, from eating to grooming to using electronic devices. The bill cleared the House last session on a 184-12 vote but died in the Senate.

Here are the laws the Highway and Auto Safety Advocates group says would make Pennsylvania’s roads safer:

-Primary enforcement of seat belt law.

Currently Pennsylvania police only ticket drivers for seat belt violations as a secondary enforcement offense, which means the driver must already have been pulled over for another offense. State law also requires seat belts on passengers under 18, and on front-seat passenger drivers ages 18 and older. Seventeen states don’t have primary enforcement laws for all drivers and front-seat passengers, and 33 don’t have it for rear-seat passengers.

-All-rider motorcycle helmet law.

Pennsylvania repealed its motorcycle helmet law in 2003, in response to riders clamoring for their individual rights, and over objections by groups like AAA Mid-Atlantic. Riders can choose not to wear a helmet as long as they are age 21 or older and have two years of riding experience or have passed the state’s Motorcycle Safety Program. Motorcycle crashes account for 15 percent of all U.S. motor vehicle fatalities, the report states. Nearly 5,000 Americans died from motorcycle accidents in 2012, including 210 in Pennsylvania. Thirty-one states don’t have an all-rider motorcycle helmet law.

-More restrictive teen driving requirements.

The Roadmap report argues Pennsylvania should tighten restrictions on young drivers, including stronger nighttime restriction, stronger cell phone restrictions and awarding a graduated driver’s license only to those ages 18 and older. Existing state law requires that new drivers do 65 hours of supervised driving, at least 10 of which must be at night; and doesn’t allow driving from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for a driver’s first six months. No states meet the advocacy group’s full list of criteria restricting teen drivers.

-Ignition interlock law for all offenders.

Pennsylvania’s existing law requires those convicted two or more times of driving under the influence to install an ignition interlock on their vehicles for one year after their suspension. Thirty-nine states still need stronger laws to for impaired drivers, the report states.

View the full Roadmap Report at www.saferoads.org . View the AAA’s Digest of Motor Laws for all states at http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/state-laws/

 

 

 

 

=====

 

 

 

http://www.ydr.com/business/ci_25002582/harley-michael-fisher-named-new-general-manager

Harley: Michael Fisher named new general manager

 

Daily Record/Sunday News Updated: 01/28/2014 12:14:29 AM EST

 

Michael Fisher has been selected as the general manager for Harley-Davidson's York Vehicle Operations. His position is effective Feb. 17. Fisher replaces Ed Magee, who announced his resignation last week to pursue other interests. Fisher joined Harley-Davidson in 1994 as a York County production employee, and has held several manufacturing leadership roles in multiple facilities over the years, including director of operations for York, the company said in a statement. Most recently, Fisher was the director of manufacturing systems and was responsible for leading the implementation of the continuous improvement system across all Harley-Davidson manufacturing operations.

 

 

***********************************************************

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA:

 

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140127/PC1002/140129520/1021/helmet-bill-warrants-support

Helmet bill warrants support

 

Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014 12:01 a.m. .. AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain

 

South Carolina legislators are being given an opportunity to save lives and money by making mandatory the use of motorcycle helmets. But then, they've been given the same opportunity before and passed it by. And Gov. Nikki Haley follows their flawed line of reasoning on the issue.

It's time for a change.

.Three state representatives, Reps. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, Seth Whipper, D-North Charleston, and Carl Anderson, D-Georgetown, pre-filed a bill that would require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets.

They note that the number of motorcycle deaths is growing. Mr. Gilliard said, "This is about saving lives."

But they also know it will not be popular with motorcycle groups who say it is their right to decide whether to wear a helmet or not.

ABATE of South Carolina, a bikers' rights group, already is calling for people to speak out against the bill.

ABATE spokesman Chad Fuller said, "We don't believe that helmets save lives. Education saves lives."

Well, a person who is educated on motorcycle safety issues would know that helmets reduce by 37 percent the likelihood of death in a motorcycle crash. The Centers for Disease Control did extensive statistical research to arrive at that conclusion.

The independent FairWarning.org reported that in 1997, one of every 20 traffic deaths was a motorcyclist. By 2010, that surged to one in seven.

Even the S.C. Legislature conceded that helmets improve safety for motorcycle riders when it passed legislation requiring motorcycle riders under the age of 21 to wear a helmet.

Mr. Gilliard says it is his duty as a legislator to save lives if possible. "It's better to be safe, to be proactive, than to be sorry." But even those people who discount motorcycle death statistics can't discount the financial cost of motorcycle accidents.

The CDC found that hospital charges for those suffering traumatic brain injuries were 13 times higher than for motorcyclists with other injuries. Helmets are designed to prevent traumatic brain injuries.

And about 63 percent of the cost of caring for such traumas is borne by the public.

Despite common sense, it is assured that the motorcycle lobby will talk about its freedom to choose not to wear a helmet as if it is somehow different from requiring motorists to wear seat belts.

And it will say that requiring helmets for people's safety is the act of a Nanny State, while enforcing speed limits for people's safety is fine.

Reps. Gilliard, Whipper and Anderson are advocating for safer streets, fewer deaths and fewer patients with expensive traumatic head injuries.

The Legislature and the governor should recognize the value of the legislation and and support it.

 

 

 

***********************************************************

 

 

TEXAS:

 

 

Contents:
 
1. Skunk Dots Biker News - Retiring After 20 Great Years
2. 1st Anniversary & Remembrance Poker Run - Godley - Jan 25
3. Benefit/Celebration Of Life for Armadillo Damn Indian - Dallas - Jan 26
4. Benefit for SOM Sunshine - Arlington - Jan 26
5. Wind & Fire MC Chili Cook Off - Dallas - Feb 8
6. Junkyard Dawgs MC 2nd Friday Party - Terrell - Feb 14
7. Bandidos MC Denton Valentine Party & Benefit - Denton - Feb 15
8. Desperados MC Chili Cook Off - Kilgore - Feb 15
9. Chrome Divas Charity Biker Ball - Corpus Christi - Feb 15
10. TST Bikers' Lifestyle Expo & Swap Meet - Fort Worth - Feb 16
11. Phoenix MC DFW 8th Annual Chili Cook off - Venus - Feb 22
12. CMA Fishermen Chilly Chili Ride - Arlington - Feb 22
13. TMRA2 Fish Fry - Dallas - Feb 23
14. Wolverines MC Scavenger Hunt - Dallas - Mar 22
15. BARR 4th Annual Spring Event - Dallas - Mar 23
16. Motorcycle & Accessories Swap Meet - Westminster - Apr 26
 
--------------------------------------------------------
1> Skunk Dots Biker News - Retiring After 20 Great Years
 
Date: 1/17/2014
From:
skunksvc@windstream.net
 
Dear Loyal Readers and Valued Advertisers,
Skunk Dots Biker News has had 20 years of supporting the Biker Community, Charities, and Events.  It has been an experience I have both enjoyed and “stressed” over.
It is with great sadness to inform you that Skunk Dots will no longer be in publication.  I have tried to keep this publication going, but can no longer continue working in the “red” or out-perform the Internet.
We may show up again on-line later in the year, but have not committed to doing that at this time.
 
Thank you for your support these many years.
May 2014 bring you success and profits.
 
Best Regards,
Jennifer “Skunk” Stewart
Editor/Publisher
SKUNK DOTS BIKER NEWS

--------------------------------------------------------
2> 1st Anniversary & Remembrance Poker Run - Godley - Jan 25
 
Date: 1/22/2014
From:
robtree53@gmail.com
 
1st Anniversary & Remembrance Poker Run
Godley Tx. @ Ali Jo’s & Lonesome Road Leather.
 
Thank you,
Rob Ogletree
817-526-1190
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerAnnivPartyPokerRunJan25.jpg
 
--------------------------------------------------------
3> Benefit/Celebration Of Life for Armadillo Damn Indian - Dallas - Jan 26
 
Celebration of Life for Armadillo Damn Indian
Benefitting Foster's Home For Children in Stephensville
Dallas, TX  @ VFW Post 4477
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerDamnIndianJan26.jpg
 
--------------------------------------------------------
4> Benefit for SOM Sunshine - Arlington - Jan 26
 
Date: 1/20/2014
From:
irene.williams36@yahoo.com
 
As you may know Serpents of Medusa Sunshine was hit by a drunk driver and medical bills are piling up. Her Sisters would like to invite everyone to a benefit in Sunshine's honor. Please come out and support during this time. Rogue Radio will be in rock'en the house down, great food and most important great company. Love ya Mean it!!! Serpents of Medusa, President Speedy
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerBenefit4SunshineJan26.jpeg
 
--------------------------------------------------------
5> Wind & Fire MC Chili Cook Off - Dallas - Feb 8
 
Jerry Rushing, 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off
Dallas, TX  @ Willies Lounge
Wind & Fire MC, Dallas Chapter 8
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerW_FChiliCookOffFeb8.jpeg
 
--------------------------------------------------------
6> Junkyard Dawgs MC 2nd Friday Party - Terrell - Feb 14
 
Date: 1/22/2014
From:
rickywillis73@yahoo.com
 
Feb 14, 7:00 pm JYD club house, 2nd Friday party!!!
 
Junkyard Dawg MC Clubhouse
200 S. Rockwall Ave.
Terrell, Texas 75160
2nd Friday Party
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerJYD2ndFridayPartyFeb14.jpg
 
--------------------------------------------------------
7> Bandidos MC Denton Valentine Party & Benefit - Denton - Feb 15  
                 
Valentine Party & Benefit for Bandido Mike
Denton, TX  @ R&G clubhouse
Bandidos MC Denton
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerBMCDentonValentinePartyFeb15.jpg
 
--------------------------------------------------------
8> Desperados MC Chili Cook Off - Kilgore - Feb 15
 
This will be a BYOB event beer store and liquor store near by.
Start Cooking @ 1pm, Judging @ 4pm
 
Desperado Elder
Chairman Region 9 Tyler
www.coctyler.com
903-820-2927
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerChiliCookOffFeb15.jpg
 
--------------------------------------------------------
9> Chrome Divas Charity Biker Ball - Corpus Christi - Feb 15 
                  
Charity Biker Ball
Corpus Christi, TX  @ Radisson North Beach
Chrome Divas of CC
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerCharityBikerBallFeb15.jpg
 
--------------------------------------------------------
10> TST Bikers' Lifestyle Expo & Swap Meet - Fort Worth - Feb 16 
 
Date: 1/23/2014
From:
events@texasscooter.com
 
IT’S LOOKING LIKE IT’S GONNA BE ANOTHER “FULL HOUSE”
OF BARGAINS!! Vendor Spaces Are Over ½ RESERVED ALREADY!!
AT The 5th Annual
Fort Worth Bikers Lifestyle Expo & Swap Meet
February 16th . ALL INSIDE!!
Will Rogers Memorial Center - Small Exhibits Building
SWAP MEET VENDORS - “Bargains!!” on New & Used
Parts & Accessories, Bikes & Tools & Garage “Clean-Outs”
*Closed Motorcycle Shop Liquidations*Parts Wholesalers*
BIKER LIFESTYLE VENDORS -“Deals!!” on Leather &
Jewelry & Ridin’ Clothes & ALL Sorts of “Necessities”
For Every Type Of Motorcycle Enthusiast!!!*Novelties*
Knife Sharpener * Motorcycle Themed “Crafts” & Lot’s More!!
LIVE BAND & COLD BEER - Pete Barbeck & 7th Son * Blues & Rock…
SPONSORED BY - Hank Bauer, Rider & Attorney
INFORMATION - "http://WWW.TEXASSCOOTER.COM/" or 254-687-9066
Admission: $8 Adults, $5 Active Military & Kids 5-14, Under 5 - Free
Hours: 10am - 5pm
Location: 3501 Harley Avenue.
Directions: From Downtown Fort Worth, Take I-30 West,
Exit Montgomery, Right on Montgomery 1 mile
Right on Harley Avenue to Small Exhibits Building
Parking: City of Fort Worth Parking, $8 inside Complex or Harley Ave. Lot
across the street from the Small Exhibits Building. Trailers $3
ALSO - AT WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL CENTER FEBRUARY 16
Fort Worth’s Largest Gun Show With Over 1200 Tables Of Firearms
Check - WWW.PREMIERGUNSHOWS.COM For Information
 
Texas Scooter Times - 2014 Schedule..
As of January 23 - Subject To Change
February 16 - Fort Worth Bikers Expo & Swap Meet
.....Will Rogers Memorial Center - Small Exhibits Building
March 23 - Coyote Motorcycle Swap Meet
.....Coyote Drive In - 223 N.E. 4th St, Fort Worth
April 13 - Motorcycle Sunday "All Bike Drags"
.....Little River Dragway - Temple
May 3 & 4 - Nostalgia Drags Weekend (Cars & Vintage Nitro & Gas Motorcycles)
…..Little River Drag way - Temple
May 18 - Spring Swap Meet Dallas
.....Longhorn Ballroom - Dallas
October 4 & 5 - Texas Harley Racers Reunion "Gathering & Drags"
.....Little River Dragway - Temple
October 19 - Coyote Motorcycle Swap Meet
.....Coyote Drive In - 223 N.E. 4th St. Fort Worth
 
--------------------------------------------------------
11> Phoenix MC DFW 8th Annual Chili Cook off - Venus - Feb 22
 
Date: 1/17/2014
From:
phoenixmcdfw@cdibb.com
 
PHOENIX MC DFW AREA would like to invite you to our 8th Annual Chili Cook Off
Saturday Feb. 22nd, Noon till ????
Chili Turn-in Time 4:00 P.M.
Family Friendly $10 Per Person
All you can eat chili (while it last)
1st Thru 3rd Place Trophies for Best Chili
Everyone Welcome
Vendors Welcome
Phoenix Clubhouse 3000 CR 619 Venus, TX.
More Info Contact:
Dealer 972-977-7474, Jackalope 817-729-5249
Hope to see you there!!
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerChiliCookOffFeb22.jpg
 
--------------------------------------------------------
12> CMA Fishermen Chilly Chili Ride - Arlington - Feb 22
 
Date: 1/19/2014
From:
cmamonicad@gmail.com
 
Chilly Chili Ride
Arlington, TX  @ Cracker Barrel
CMA, Fishermen Chapter
www.FishermenChapter.org
 
Thank you
Monica Decker
Christian Motorcyclist Association
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerChillyChiliRideFeb22.jpg
 
--------------------------------------------------------
13> TMRA2 Fish Fry - Dallas - Feb 23
 
Date: 1/24/2014 
From:
mckeegan@tmra2.org
 
Fish Fry 2014
at the VFW Post #4477 on Feb 23rd.
http://fishfry.tmra2.org/

Thanks...
Elmer McKeegan
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerTMRA2FishFryFeb23.jpg
 
--------------------------------------------------------
14> Wolverines MC Scavenger Hunt - Dallas - Mar 22
 
Scavenger Hunt
Dallas, TX  @ Dallas H-D (ending @ Parks Place, Garland)
Wolverines MC   
contact Iron Mike @ 214-649-3290
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerScavengerHuntMar22.jpg
 
--------------------------------------------------------
15> BARR 4th Annual Spring Event - Dallas - Mar 23
 
4th Annual Spring Event
Dallas, TX  @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
BARR / Bikers Against Road Rage
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerBARRSpringEventMar23.jpg
 
--------------------------------------------------------
16> Motorcycle & Accessories Swap Meet - Westminster - Apr 26
 
Date: 1/16/2014
From:
jerrybryant61@gmail.com
 
This event will benefit VA Hospital Vets in Bonham
 
themotorcycleoutpost@gmail.com
Thank you , Jerry Bryant , 972-838-8222
 
FLYER:
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/files/flyerSwapMeetApr26.jpg
 
 
 
 
 
--------------------------------------------------------
Ride Free ~Suds & bttrfly
http://sudsandbutterfly.homestead.com/

 

 

 

 

***********************************************************

 

 

MORE BIKERBITS:

 

NMA Blog: If Your Car Doesn’t “Talk” . . .

 

If Your Car Doesn’t “Talk” . . .

Posted: 20 Jan 2014 08:44 AM PST


By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

Sometime this year, unelected bureaucrats in the bowels of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — the federal regulatory apparat that issues “rules” (that is, arbitrary orders we’re all forced to obey) governing how new cars are to be made — may issue a rule fundamentally different from all the rules that have gone before. Because this one has the potential to affect not-new cars, too.

But it’s much more — and potentially much worse — than just that.

It’s called “Vehicle to Vehicle” communications — V2V for short. It uses GPS (which almost all new cars already have) to enable Car A to communicate its location (as well as speed and direction) to Car B, so that (as an example) Car B would “know” that Car A is not stopping for that red light and thus Car B’s computer-controlled drivetrain would automatically slow/brake the vehicle to avoid a collision. (Many new/late-model cars come equipped with some form of “active” collision avoidance; that is, using radar or laser proximity sensors to detect objects in the vehicle’s path; using automated braking/steering, the vehicle acts to prevent an accident in the event the driver fails to act.)

V2V is the next technological Great Leap Forward — the critical element necessary to erect a nationwide grid of completely self-driving, autonomous cars.

And also broadcasting and recording cars. V2V-enabled cars could transmit and record every detail about your trip, such as how fast you’re driving at all times (not just a “snapshot”) as well as how rapidly you accelerate and how rapidly you brake, your direction — and whether you’re in motion or stationary — to a central database. Or to whomever happens to be listening in. The potential for abuse is staggering; the diminution of our already almost nonexistent private space a certainty.

Of course, it will all be sold as a tremendous advance in (ta-dum) safety. The consequences of driver error will be greatly reduced. Lives will be saved.

The angels will sing.

But there’s a fly in the soup — from NHTSA’s perspective: Older cars do not have the technological wherewithal to “talk” to other cars, much less be part of an autonomous grid. Nor are they set up for continuous monitoring.

And control.

What will happen to them?

In this era of Submit & Obey, of the immutable and unchallengeable Safety Cult, I expect what will happen is that a few years after V2V becomes mandatory in new cars, there will be talk — followed by action — requiring that all cars be V2v enabled or be relegated to the museum.

Or the crusher.

It will be argued that cars without V2V are unsafe — because they are independent of the grid, controlled by their drivers, not by Big Brother.

It may not even be done formally, via a law or regulation. The insurance mafia could simply add a surcharge to the policies of cars without V2V. They do this already for policies issued — that is, forced upon us — for high-performance cars (and motorcycles) making them unaffordable for most drivers and riders under 35. The same justification could be used to shove pre-V2V vehicles into the proverbial dustbin of history.

Crazy talk? The insurance mafia has been aggressively pushing in-car monitoring of policyholders’ driving habits for several years now (see here). It is something made technologically cheap and easy to do via the data recorders and onboard diagnostics systems that virtually all new cars have already. The insurance mafia has not insisted — yet — that everyone’s car be monitored. In part because the concept of monitoring still bothers enough Americans to keep it at bay. But when the government mandates it, via V2V, the insurance mafia will have what it needs to force-feed monitoring by way of surcharges for those who resist by not buying a new car ready-made with V2V GPS transmitting/recording capability.

V2V is a surge — an escalation — against older cars still under the control of their owners, whose driving is not subject to real-time, 24-7 monitoring and pre-emption.

Yes, pre-emption.

As already mentioned, V2V — integrated with automatic braking/steering and so on — will enable not just crash avoidance but also driver usurpation. Your Future Car could just as easily be turned off — remotely — as it is turned on by you. This is something “law enforcement” is champing at the bit for. Ostensibly, it would mean the end of the high-speed chase. And this is how it will be sold. Once again, safety. But it will also mean your car — all our cars — could be rendered inert/immobile at any time, for any reason. And in a police state — which is what America has become, by any reasonable standard — that’s scary. Imagine a future Boston Bombing scenario.

They put the cars on “lockdown,” too.

I agree that 20 years ago, the above musings might be regarded as a bit over the top. But given today, they are if anything cautious and conservative. Remember the body-armored storm troopers frog-marching innocent people — women and kids — out of their own homes at gunpoint? No warrant. No probable cause. They had the guns, the authority. That’s all they needed.

Now, they will have a new tool in their kit.

Speaking of tools:

V2V will also facilitate tax-by-mile and “congestion pricing.” The former would replace anonymous, pay-as-you-go motor fuels taxes with in-car monitoring of how many miles you’ve driven, your debit account dunned accordingly (and automatically). The latter would hit you with variable-rate dunning depending on when and where you drive. Such a system is already in place in the UK. If you want to drive during certain times (rush hour) or to a certain place, you are charged a special (higher) fee as an incentive to not drive at those times or to those places.

It goes without saying, of course, that the latter-day Zils of the ruling class will not be subject to such controls and restrictions. Neither will “law enforcement” — the notch down from ruling class but still a very big notch above our class.

All of this is coming. It is already partially here. It will be all the way here soon.

If, that is, we stand for it.

NHTSA claims we ought not to worry; that V2V will never be abused, that our comings and goings will not be monitored, controlled and taxed. “NHTSA has no plans to modify the current V2V system design in a way that would enable the government or private entities to track individual motor vehicles,” a NHTSA spokesman said.

No one will force us out of cars that don’t have V2V capability.

In another time, we might well have trusted such claims. To trust such claims today is to ask too much.

Of us — by them.

The atrocities already committed against our right to privacy, to anonymity, to freedom of movement and freedom from arbitrary, unreasonable searches are too well-known to trust yet another “just trust us” from government officials.

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood told the AP shortly after Barack Obama’s first inauguration: “We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually clocked on the number of miles that they traveled.” (News story here.)

Hint, hint.

If we don’t say no to the V2V mandate — strangle it in its crib with both hands around its neck before it learns to walk — we can expect to see the end of being free to go when and where we want to, how we want — and without anyone knowing about it except those we choose to tell. It will be the end of the American love affair with the car.

And the beginning of a nightmare.

Comments?

www.epautos.com

 

 

 

=====

 

 

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/01/16/tbi-linked-to-increased-risk-of-early-death.html?ESRC=eb.nl#.Utgm0ipZ3n4.mailto
TBI Linked to Increased Risk of Early Death


Jan 16, 2014
Stars and Stripes | by Matt Millham

People who survive six months or longer after suffering traumatic brain injuries continue to remain at risk for premature death long after their injury, according to a study published Wednesday by the American Medical Association.

The study, led by Dr. Seena Fazel at the University of Oxford in England, used data from Sweden going back to 1954. With data from such a long time period, the research team was able to draw conclusions about the long-term consequences of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries, Fazel said.

“One of the bottom lines is thinking about this as a chronic illness, a chronic disease,” he said.

His team found that while traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, tend to be one-off events, they have chronic, long-term consequences, he said. “And one of the consequences is premature mortality.”

The risk of premature death after a TBI is small — just 3.6 percent, according to the study. But among those who survived six months or longer after a TBI, there was a threefold increase in the odds of dying early when compared to the general population, according to the study. The odds of early death jump even higher for TBI patients also suffering from psychiatric illnesses, depression or substance abuse.

“The co-morbidity seems to elevate risks really substantially,” Fazel said. “For instance, if you have TBI and psychiatric illness, your odds of suicide before the age of 56 are increased 19-fold.”

About half of the early deaths noted in the study resulted from external factors, such as suicide, accidents and other injuries. The other half came from a range of other conditions, such as heart disease and cancer. However, Fazel said the study was not designed to draw conclusions about why there is such a correlation between TBI and early death.

Asked about what the study means for military personnel who have suffered TBIs, Fazel said he hoped TBI patients would be more likely to seek assessment or treatment if they know they’re at increased risk for depression or other ailments developing after a TBI.

“In a way, it’s about coming to terms with the changes and being aware of what are some of the possible consequences going forward.”

 

 

=====

 

 

 

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/01/25/5-of-the-worlds-best-selling-motorcycle-brands-do/

5 of the World's Best-Selling Motorcycle Brands. Do You Know Who's No. 1?

 

by Blake Bos, The Motley Fool Jan 25th 2014 10:12AM Updated Jan 25th 2014 10:14AM

 

For motorcycle enthusiasts, it can be difficult to know what brands are the top sellers, because they're seldom owned by purely motorcycle-focused companies, which can make it difficult to find sales data. Case in point: Ducati, which is owned by Lamborghini, which is owned by Audi, which is owned by Volkswagen. Luckily, Volkswagen is publicly traded, so its sales data is readily available.

 

Today we'll look at five motorcycle companies with publicly available sales data to see which one reigns supreme -- Ducati, Honda , BMW, Harley-Davidson , or Polaris .

No victory for Polaris ... yet

Cruising on the Cross Country. Image: Polaris.

Polaris owns the Victory and Indian brand names and chalked up $195.8 million in motorcycle sales in 2012. The company doesn't give information on units sold, but even at a low estimated average transaction price of $12,000, that puts the company at 16,250 motorcycles sold. Polaris hasn't tackled international markets, though, and as a result it comes in at the bottom of the list.

Not even close, Ducati

 

Ducati, which can be viewed as a luxury brand in the motorcycle world, also has luxury-type sales numbers. In 2012, Ducati sold around 44,000 two-wheelers. The company is growing in the double figures in the United States and now claims 10% market share in its target market.

This German is stuck in neutral

 

The S 1000R: BMW's wheelie-happy naked sportbike. Image: BMW.

BMW's Motorrad division sold a whopping 117,100 bikes in 2012, of which 106,400 were BMWs and 10,700 were Husqvarnas. BMW's motorcycle sales have recovered from their 2008 lows, but it remains to be seen what the future will hold, with a Lamborghini-backed Ducati brand attacking some of its key markets.

 

The fastest hog you've ever met

Harley's Screamin' Eagle drag-racing bike in action. Image: Harley-Davidson.

America's favorite cruiser comes in at second place with 249,849 bikes sold around the world in 2012. The company still has a sizable foothold in America and has recently seen 39% unit sales growth in Latin America. Look for Harley to continue making up ground south of the border in the near future. And the winner is ...

 

2014 CRF450R: Honda does more than just street bikes. Image: Honda.

Honda's motorcycle division sold nearly 15.5 million motorcycles in 2012, of which 13.2 million came from Japan and other Asian countries. In North America the company also dominates, with 153,000 bikes sold, a 43% increase over the previous year. Honda has seen sales boosted by the incredible success of its new NC700X model in North American markets. Look for Big Red to continue its spot as the world's largest motorcycle company for quite some time.

 

Final thoughts

Honda reigns supreme for a variety of reasons, but its presence in Asian markets and its lower price point on commuter bikes give it a huge advantage over the rest. In the following video below, Fool analyst Blake Bos looks at all five of these manufacturers and tells investors which pick he thinks has the best opportunities going forward.

 

Use this guide to protect your hard earned cash You don't know it yet, but you probably spent thousands more than you should have on your vehicle. In fact, the auto industry can be such a dangerous place for consumers that our top auto experts are determined to even the playing field. That's why they created a a brand-new free report on The Car Buying Secrets You Must Know. The advice inside could save you thousands of dollars on your next car, so be sure to read this report while it lasts. Your conscience, and your wallet, will thank you. Click here now for instant access.

 

=====

 

 

http://thenewspaper.com/news/43/4310.asp

Lawmakers Audit Automakers Over GPS Privacy Issue

 

GAO report investigates privacy protections for in-car navigation devices and apps.

Ongoing revelations about the depth of domestic spying by the National Security Agency keeps individual privacy in the spotlight. In a report released last week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) examined whether automakers and the producers of in-car navigation devices have been adhering to recommended privacy practices. The congressional watchdog agency, for the most part, was satisfied with what it found, though it identified a few areas where improvement was needed.

In 2012, 11.8 million motorists took advantage of "telematics" -- in-car communications systems that provide traffic information, navigation and related location-based services. Having access to the location data for so many customers presents opportunity for abuse, from stalking to selling information for advertising purposes.

In conducting the survey, the GAO auditors selected the six companies that sell 75 percent of new cars in the United States -- Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota -- along with the navigation device and app developers with the largest market share -- Garmin and TomTom; Google Maps and Telenav. The audit team reviewed documents and interviewed employees at each company.

All ten companies reported that they shared data with third parties to provide better serivces. For example, most automakers hand off the telematics services to another company. All ten also will supply data to law enforcement upon request. Two companies reported providing anonymized data to universities and federal agencies for research purposes.

The companies disclosed these data collection and privacy practices to consumers. The main flaw the GAO identified was the consumer's lack of control over their own information.

"We found that companies obtain consumer consent and provide controls in a variety of ways, but do not allow consumers to request their historical location data to be deleted when data are associated with an individual or vehicle," the GAO reported. "Without the ability to delete their location data, consumers are unable to prevent the use or retention of their data, should they wish to do so."

At the Consumer Electronics Show last week, Ford marketing vice president Jim Farley raised eyebrows on the subject of in-car privacy.

"We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it," Farley said. "We have GPS in your car, so we know what you're doing. By the way, we don't supply that data to anyone."

US Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) responded Tuesday with a letter demanding Ford CEO Alan Mullaly reconcile Farley's statement with the GAO finding that Ford did, in fact, share data with third parties.

"I believe this is too little transparency," Franken wrote. "American drivers deserve better -- and Mr. Farley's latest statements underscore this problem."

 

 

=====

 

 

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-01-element-motorcycles-greater-traffic-hazard.html

'Element of surprise' explains why motorcycles are a greater traffic hazard than cars

 

"I didn't see it, because I wasn't expecting it there," might be the more accurate excuse for motorists who have just crashed into a bus or a motorcycle.

 

 The mere fact that such vehicles are less common than cars on our roads actually makes it harder for drivers to notice them, says Vanessa Beanland of The Australian National University. Beanland and colleagues conducted research at Monash University on how the so-called "low-prevalence effect" increases the likelihood of accidents. The study is published in Springer's journal Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.

The impact that this low-prevalence effect has on a person's ability to search through static images, such as in airport luggage screening, has been the topic of previous research. However, Beanland's research team is the first to publish results on how it influences people's ability to safely perform dynamic tasks, such as driving.

They used a driving simulator experiment involving 40 adult drivers to investigate whether it is easier for drivers to detect and respond to specific types of vehicles when they occur more frequently in surrounding traffic. The drivers had to detect two types of vehicles: motorcycles and buses. The researchers varied how frequently these vehicles appeared. Half of the subjects were subjected to a high prevalence of motorcycles and a low number of buses, with the other half experiencing the reverse.

Although participants were explicitly instructed to search for both buses and motorcycles, the researchers found that the attention of the observers was biased toward whichever vehicle occurred more frequently during the simulated detection drive. This in turn affected the speed at which drivers were able to detect low-prevalence targets. In the simulated test in which motorcycles occurred more frequently, the car drivers were able to detect them on average from 51 meters farther away than in the tests where they occurred less often. In effect, at a driving speed of 60 km/h, this allowed the drivers an extra 3 seconds to respond. Similarly, drivers had an extra 4.4 seconds to react to buses in situations where they occurred more frequently.

The results suggest that drivers' inability to always notice motorcyclists is partially due to the fact that motorcycles occur relatively rarely on our roads, and that drivers are simply not on the look-out for them. It therefore appears that by increasing the prevalence of a visual search target it is possible to effectively yet temporarily make it stand out better within a specific visual environment.

"Drivers have more difficulty detecting vehicles and hazards that are rare, compared to objects that they see frequently," says Beanland, who believes that the ability to accurately perform visual searches is crucial to ensuring safe driving and avoiding collisions.

 

 

***********************************************************

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

 

New Zealand: http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/9653531/Revved-up-for-the-national-motorbike-rally

Revved up for the national motorbike rally

 

Bikers have sneak peek of Harley heaven

LUCY TOWNEND Last updated 12:00 27/01/2014

 

FAITH SUTHERLAND/ Fairfax NZHOG HEAD: Harley-Davidson riders, and members of the New Zealand National Harley Owners Group, or Hog, test out the ideal inner-city track ahead of the group's rally in Palmerston North next month. Pictured front is Central Districts' member and rally co-ordinator Andy Stewart.

Hundreds of leather-clad, Harley-Davidson-driving motorbike riders are getting revved up for the national rally next month.

Palmerston North is set to be transformed into a haven for Harley fans in February, with the city hosting the 24th New Zealand National Harley Owners Group (Hog) Rally.

A handful of keen Harley riders were in the city on Saturday test driving the best route for the Hog's "Thunder Ride", which is a procession of bikes through the city and across country back blocks allowing the public to get a glimpse of the gear.

The Central Districts' Hog chapter is one of 1400 worldwide, and six in New Zealand.

Central Districts' member and rally co-ordinator Andy Stewart said the rally would be a get-together of like-minded people.

Riders from Hog chapters around the country are expected to make Manawatu their base from February 12 onwards. A few international riders are also expected.

Last time Palmerston North hosted the event 1340 riders and 1100 bikes called the city home for a week.

Mr Stewart said the rally was shaping up to be a hive of activity, with social rides for Hog members, including trips to Tui Breweries, in Mangatainoka, a ride around the Apiti Loop, passing through Ashhurst, Kimbolton and Cheltenham, and an hour at Feilding's Manfeild racing circuit for riders to let loose.

There is also the "formal" Hog rally, where more than 1000 Harley-Davidson motorcycles will tour Manawatu, and the "Thunder Ride" for members of the public to see the bikes up close.

"Harleys are a point of fascination with everyone old and young. It doesn't matter where you go or who you see, when you get that volume of bikes with the rowdiness, the noise, the chrome and the bling and guys that are enthusiastic Harley riders, it's amazing the amount of attraction it has," Mr Stewart said.

The Thunder Ride takes riders from Awapuni, in Palmerston North, through to Sanson, Bulls, Marton and Feilding before returning to The Square in Palmerston North.

The bikes will then be on display for the public to have a look at and vote on the best presented Harleys, a show and shine competition, as well as tricks from an Australian Harley-Davidson stunt rider.

 

 

=====

 

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/10597940/From-Marine-to-master-of-a-new-universe-riding-electric-motorcycles.html

From Marine to master of a new universe riding electric motorcycles

 

The perfect training for a start-up entrepreneur? Try a spell as a Royal Marine Commando, says Agility Global’s chief executive

 

Agility founder Lawrence Marazzi credits his Marines training for helping him bring the Saietta to market and believes roads could be powered like Scalextric By Katherine Rushton 8:00PM GMT 26 Jan 2014 Comment Many entrepreneurs cut their teeth at business school, or with a stint in venture capital. But Lawrence Marazzi, the founder and chief executive of Agility Global, credits his commercial nous to a spell in the Marines.

“A little time on the front line will do everyone a lot of good. It is the perfect training, really, to do a start-up,” he declares. “It taught me that you can take a small team and… outfight and outcompete much larger organisations. The key is the people, the spirit and the approach.

“Royal Marine Commandos are just people, but they are people who have made a set of choices and have decided to really use a higher level of personal drive and motivation to do something that really shouldn’t be possible.”

The entrepreneur recalls one occasion on manoeuvres when a chunk of his knee cartilage broke off, locking the joint solid. He was carrying more than 100lb and had more than 12 miles left to travel to complete his mission.

“That is a casualty in the civilian world. That’s not in our world,” he says.

Related Articles Designer turned entrepreneur invents electric motorbike that 'goes like stink’ 13 Nov 2013 Luxury travelling accessory: Saietta motorbike 20 Dec 2012 Have you got an innovative UK business? HSBC

Did he carry on walking? “No. Running,” he laughs.

These days, Marazzi devotes his energy to Agility, a London engineering firm making electric motorcycles.

Its Saietta machines are powerful, sculptural beasts, admired by motorcycle enthusiasts for their performance as much as for their green credentials. They look like they belong to the future, and have some serious grunt to boot. Even the “baby of the family”, the Agility Saietta R, has more than 110lb ft of torque (twisting force), about the same as a Ford Focus, and will go from 0-60mph in three seconds. It has a top speed of 105mph.

The Saietta R2 does the 60mph dash in 2.7 seconds, and reaches 150mph. Apparently, it doesn’t hurt that Marazzi spent his late teens working for a Formula 1 engineering company.

The first Saiettas hit the roads this year, at a cost of between £14,000 and £28,000, depending on the model. But they have already earned Agility an international reputation as “the Tesla of motorcycles”, a reference to the California firm that has transformed the market for luxury electric cars.

Agility was not the first company to try to crack this market, of course. A few other firms had already launched electric motorcycles before he even founded Agility five years ago, but none of them had caught the imagination of motorcycle enthusiasts.

Marazzi is too polite to name names, as he recalls one product that resembles “a mountain bike with headlights” or others that appealed to people “like a tea pot would”: that is to say, pretty- looking, but without any discernible oomph.

“When we kicked off, there were people selling you hessian sacks for shirts, saying, 'This is better for you,’ and 'Buy this because it’s green’,” he says. Most companies selling electric vehicles adopted a similar stance.

“All people were doing was taking a standard motorcycle, ripping the gas out and expecting it to work. They were not going to move the game on. That’s when I really thought there is an opportunity here. They didn’t get that motorcycling is an experience as well as a function. Motorcycles were a great opportunity. Even in the teeth of a significant recession, you had global growth in prestige motorcycle sales. Some markets, like Brazil, are growing at 180pc.”

Marazzi’s instincts were right. Even before the machines were launched, Agility was “inundated” with interest from buyers who wanted to get their hands on a Saietta.

He has also had considerable interest from investors. During a recent trade mission to Colorado, organised for so-called “cleantech” companies by Britain’s Technology Strategy Board, Agility was approached by dozens of firms looking to buy into the business. It is asking £1.5m for a 10pc stake, and expects to seal its first funding round within the next few weeks.

Part of Agility’s appeal is that the technology it has developed for Saietta is valuable in its own right, with plenty of other potential applications. For starters, there is the software Agility has been developing to control the way the bike feels, and to help riders to find their way around without the bother of conventional maps or GPS devices.

“We think enhanced reality is very important for navigation,” says Marazzi. “You shouldn’t have to go to your phone, go to your navigation, and plug in the information. You should just be able to say, 'I want to go to John’s house’. All the technology is available, but no one has done the integration of it to make it useful for vehicle use.”

He is also eyeing the potential for a new market for vehicle sounds, which could be sold like mobile phone ring tones, and for electricity charging technology, which could almost do away with the need for petrol stations altogether.

“Electric vehicles are a new universe. Whenever a new universe is created, it’s incredibly hard to predict what aspects, characteristics and opportunities will be generated,” Marazzi says.

The company is currently in discussions with Transport for London about the possibility of turning parking bays and bus lanes into induction zones to allow recharging on the move.

“Do you remember Scalextric?” Marazzi asks, recalling the children’s toy which uses a low-voltage electrified track to power model racing cars. “At the end of the day, you can ultimately eliminate batteries for vehicles, or you can say, 'You know what, we’ll use batteries for town use, but then the motorways will be [like] Scalextric.

“We see that as a few years away, but in the shorter term – definitely in two to three years – we think having [electric vehicle] charging in your workplace or in your bike bay will be commonplace.”

Speaking to Marazzi in Colorado, it would be easy to think he has it all worked out, but he assures me this is not the case. He has worked hard on Agility – so hard that he once forgot Christmas Day, and on another occasion, almost fell asleep on his bike. But he is still learning to adopt the swagger that comes very naturally to many of his American or Asian peers.

He has been “literally taken aside”, time and time again, and asked why on earth he doesn’t try to extract five times the money he has from his investors, to help take the Saietta brand global.

“Ideas-wise, the British do some really amazing stuff, but we don’t believe enough in being able to turn those into world-class successes,” he admits. The last time that Britain was truly ambitious in its industrial endeavours, he adds, was during the Victorian era.

“If our Victorian ancestors looked at us now, they would wonder why we weren’t being Korea. Korea has nothing that we don’t have, but you have to look at how they take things from an initial idea, and push it all the way through into giant commercial [juggernauts]. That is definitely where the UK is lacking.”

Marazzi hopes that Agility will help to change that, however, and that Saietta will soon be up there with Tesla as one of the technology companies that are truly changing the world

 

 

***********************************************************

 

 

BIKER POETRY:

 

 
  4:35pm Jan 27
Chilled To The Bone
Panhead Josh 1-27-04

It’s Been A Long Hard
Winter
To Cold For Even
Me To Ride

Maybe I’m Getting Old
The Years Seem
To Fly On by

My Leathers Are Dusty
My Beard Has A
Touch Of White

My Vest Hangs Lonely
On A Hook
Watching Over Me
Each Night As I Sleep

The Wind Howls
But I’m Not Sure
She Still Calls My Name
I Can’t Hear Her
Like I Did In My Youth

Did She Stop Speaking?
Or Did I Stop Listening?
I Could Not Tell You
For Sure

Life Is So Lonely
Without Mistress Wind
Where Did She Go?
Why Did She Leave Me
All Alone?

I’m Left Here
A Shadow Of What
I Once Was
Broken, Bruised
All Used Up?

Some Days
I Just Don’t Know
The Wind Cuts Me
And Leaves Me Chilled
To The Bone

 

 

 

 

 

**********************************************************

 

 

 

 

WARNING!! MATERIAL BELOW MAY CONTAIN INFORMATION REGARDING ACCIDENTS, INJURIES, AND/OR DEATHS!!

 

What  highlighted color codes mean:

 ROW

Helmet usage

Rider error

Citations or charges or continuing investigation

DUI

Other or unknown circumstances

 

 

*****

 

CA: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/2-Deadly-Motorcycle-Crashes-Investigated--242156791.html

2 Deadly Motorcycle Crashes Investigated

By Christina London and Elena Gomez | Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 | Updated 10:53 PM PST

A pedestrian and a motorcyclist were both killed in a collision Sunday night on Del Dios Highway.

Authorities are investigating two deadly motorcycle crashes that both happened Sunday night in San Diego County.

Just after 7 p.m., a motorcyclist crashed into a pedestrian on Del Dios Highway, just west of Date Lane, in unincorporated Rancho Santa Fe.

Officials say both the pedestrian, a 31-year-old man from Valley Center, and the motorcyclist, a 60-year-old man from Oceanside, were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the pedestrian was walking with four other people. The others told officers that they were on a nature walk in the Del Dios Highlands Preserve.

“Unfortunately, at this time in the evening, a motorcyclist doesn’t expect a pedestrian to be standing in the road,” said CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt. “There was nothing the motorcyclist could do and unfortunately, what we have is a tragic accident.”

CHP issued a Sig Alert; Del Dios Road was closed for more than three hours.

Earlier in the evening, three vehicles were involved in a crash on Mollison Avenue at Park Avenue in El Cajon.

El Cajon police tell NBC 7 the motorcycle collided with a van. Meanwhile, a truck trying to avoid them rammed into a tree.

One witness said the motorcycle flew more than 100 yards.

“I just heard the crash. I ran out the door and as soon as I do, I see the motorcycle just skidding across to that pole,” John Aguilera said.

The motorcyclist was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead, according to police. The other two drivers were not hurt.

None of the victims’ names have been released. The causes of both accidents are under investigation.

 


 

*****

 

 

CO: http://kdvr.com/2014/01/26/motorcycle-deputy-killed-in-head-on-collision-in-golden/

Motorcycle deputy killed in head-on collision in Golden

06:07pm, January 27, 2014

GOLDEN, Colo. — A Jefferson County Sheriff’s motorcycle deputy was killed Sunday morning when his bike collided with an oncoming SUV, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

The deputy was traveling northbound on Highway 93, north of West 64th Parkway in Golden, about 10:05 a.m., CSP said. As the deputy entered a sweeping curve, a 2004 Saturn Vue heading south reportedly crossed the double yellow line into the deputy’s lane, resulting in a head-on collision, CSP said.

The deputy was thrown from his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Though he wore a helmet and eye protection, he died at the scene, according to CSP.

“It’s hard to talk about it because (the deputy who died) meant so much to this organization,” Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink said. “He’s been here a significant amount of time, he obviously had a lot of friends here. I’ve never met a more professional caring guy so that’s what’s tough.”

The deputy’s name was not immediately released.

The driver of the Saturn, 83-year-old Golden resident Kenneth Hosch, was hospitalized with minor injuries.

Drugs and alcohol were not thought to be factors in the case. The roadway was closed for hours while police investigated the accident before reopening about 8 p.m..

“It’s a huge loss,” Mink said of the incident. “There’s over 800 employees here at the Sheriff’s Office and the deputy that lost his life was an integral part of this organization. That’s all I can say.”

 

 

 

*****

 

NV: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/motorcyclist-killed-henderson-accident-identified

Motorcyclist killed in Henderson accident identified

By ANNALISE PORTER LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

The motorcyclist who died in an accident in Henderson Thursday evening has been identified.

Christopher Boovy, 53, was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle on Boulder Highway when he ran a red light at Major Avenue around 7:30 p.m. and hit a Dodge Avenger, Henderson police said.

Boovy was thrown from his motorcycle. He died at the scene from multiple blunt-force injuries, according to the Clark County coroner’s office.

Henderson police said Boovy may have been under the influence of alcohol.

The Dodge driver was uninjured and police said they don’t believe she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Dodge passenger was taken to St. Rose Siena Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Boovy was the first traffic fatality in Henderson’s jurisdiction this year.

 


 

*****

 

 

 

NM:

http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S3298380.shtml?

Man charged in motorcycle death for second time

01/27/2014 7:10 PM  By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An 11-year-old Belen girl is in the hospital in critical condition after being thrown from a motorcycle in an accident that killed her 51-year-old father.

Police say Daniel Sanchez was killed when 27-year-old Jacob Williams crossed the double yellow line on Jarales Road, slamming into the motorcycle Sanchez was riding with his daughter Saturday.

State police said Sunday Williams was drunk.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has learned Williams was charged with a man's death in a set of eerily similar circumstances in 2006.

Williams was charged with DWI and vehicular homicide for the 2006 crash in which he also hit a motorcycle, killing the driver and paralyzing the passenger.

KOB has also learned the judge who originally sentenced Williams, William Sanchez, is Daniel Sanchez's brother.

On Saturday, friends of Sanchez told KOB he was a loving husband, father and a strong, hardworking farmer.

A half dozen friends carefully combed through the tall grass on the side of Jarales Road where the accident happened.

The men were searching for Daniel Sanchez's daughter's eyeglasses.

For about an hour on Saturday, the search team painstakingly looked for the glasses thrown from the 11-year-old girl in the crash.

Finally, they were found.

It was a small relief for a tight-knit group hoping for the girl's full recovery.

Williams is charged with vehicular homicide and aggravated DWI.

He is held at the Valencia County Detention Center on $20,000 bond.

 

 

*****

 

NZ: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11192638

Motorcycle crash victim named 12:39 PM Monday Jan 27, 2014

JPG Emergency Services attend to a male after crashing through a fence near the Matahorua bridge State 2 on Saturday morning. Reporter: Corey Charlton Photographer: Glenn Taylor&#

Police have released the name of the man who was killed in a motorcycle crash near Wairoa at the weekend. He was Barry Pascoe, aged 64, of Napier. Mr Pascoe died after his motorcycle failed to take a bend and crashed through a fence on SH2 at Putorino on Saturday morning. Emergency services were called to State Highway 2 in Putorino at 10am after the vehicle left the road on a bend and crashed through a fence.

The Putorino Rural Fire Service cordoned off State Highway 2 for the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter to land.

Medics fought to revive the man but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Traffic was diverted through the farm of former Wairoa mayor Les Probert. The crash is being investigated by the police Serious Crash Unit.

 

 

 

*****

 

 

 

  •  

    ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

     

    If you have any news you'd like to share, please send to me at:
    Gypsypashn@aol.comthank you!

    ~~ Betsy/Gypsy

  •  

     

    Interested in POW/MIA Veterans news?
    Check out my POW/MIA Veterans newsletter here: http://gypsypashn.com/VeteransToday.htm/

     

  • We try to make sure that you all are kept abreast
    with what's going on in the Motorcycling community.

    As I live each day, I will do my part,
    to make a difference, and touch one heart.
    Everyday it will be my goal,
    to bring information and enlighten your soul.
    Continuous news I'll disseminate
    With the hopes that you will participate
    One life to lose, is one life too many
    If we don't fight for our rights,
    pretty soon there won't be any!

     

    ----

    The News Gypsy

     

     

     

    ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~