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How Bad Will This Recall Hurt?
by William Bias, The Motley Fool Sep 13th 2013 1:55PM
Updated Sep 13th 2013 1:56PM
On Aug. 30, Polaris Industries issued a recall for its Kings Mountain-era Indian motorcycles made between Dec. 10, 2008 and Nov. 1, 2012, and "designed by the previous owner of Indian Motorcycle." Those motorcycles may possess a defective rear rim which "may crack and cause a loss of air pressure." Could this recall conceivably hurt the Indian brand and hinder the prospects of Polaris? Yes -- and here's why.

Branding is everything

A brand not only identifies a company's product but serves as a differentiator. Polaris acquired the Indian brand in 2011 because it possesses a rich legacy that predates even rival Harley Davidson . Indian's sleek design won rave reviews and further distinction to the product line, and Polaris pinned its hopes on the Indian brand's ability to revive its weak motorcycle division.

While this recall doesn't cover the 2014 Indian motorcycles, it could give consumers pause when making purchasing decisions for motorcycles and other Polaris products. Polaris didn't just buy Indian's positive brand identity -- they got its legacy liabilities, too.

Competitors will love it

This recall couldn't happen at a worse time for Polaris, right in the middle of Harley Davidson's 110th anniversary celebration where prospective Indian buyers may be attending to check out their choices. Also, Polaris just introduced the 2014 Indian motorcycles, while all of this remains fresh in the collective mind of the consumer.

The Indian recall may push consumers in other directions. Harley Davidson already has a fascinating subculture built around its brand. Loyal consumers go as far as tattooing the logo onto their skin. Refugee customers from Indian might add to the 3% revenue growth Harley Davidson already enjoyed over the past year. If they do, they could dilute Polaris's 9% growth rate in the process .

Of course, Polaris also makes ATVs, side by sides, and on-road vehicles in the European market, which means that maybe it can make up for its motorcycle shortfalls in that area. But if the Indian recall also gives potential ATV buyers pause, rival Arctic Cat could beneift. The latter company already saw a 32 % increase in ATV sales in FY 2013. Look for an uptick in Arctic Cat's snowmobile sales if it inherits some of Polaris' customers in those areas as well.

Stepping up

Polaris understands the threat to its brand. It's offering to replace the defective parts of all affected motorcycles for free. In addition, Polaris offers its 2014 Indian customers an "Indian Motorcycle Assurance Program" that offers warranty coverage, trade-in guarantees, and roadside assistance. It really needs to extend this program to its "Kings Mountain era" motorcycle customers as well.

The future

Polaris' commitment to manufacturing excellence could minimize the brand damaging recall. If it can go a couple of years without any major recalls, then the company should move past this and continue growing its top and bottom lines, and subsequent shareholder wealth.

However, this recent Indian recall extended Harley Davidson's already large shadow over Polaris, and possibly cemented Harley Davidson's market leadership even further in the motorcycle market. And with Arctic Cat already nibbling at Polaris' heels on the ATV front, Polaris will need to step up its customer service and manufacturing excellence more than ever to maintain its success.












Motorcycles line up

Ariana Diaz | Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013 1:53 pm

Dozens of motorcycle riders roared through the Wiregrass Sept. 14 to mark the 12th anniversary of 9/11













Palmetto cemetery opens 'Biker Heaven'

Published: September 15, 2013


'Biker Heaven' in Palmetto a place to ride for eternity

Bikers aren't afraid to let you know they're bikers. You can usually tell by the clothes they wear and the bars where they hang out. And now, you can tell by their tombstones, too.

A Harley-Davidson emblem on your grave? No problem.

A gas tank urn for your cremated remains? Sure. A full-size motorcycle carving on top of your final resting place? Why not? Motorcycle-themed burials are all the rage, according to Tracey Beale-Hock, general manager at Skyway Memorial Gardens in Palmetto -- so much so that the cemetery is launching a new "Biker Heaven" area specifically for dearly departed Harley enthusiasts.

"They're very passionate,"

 said Beale-Hock. "We're burying a lot of the baby boomers and a lot of them are bikers. ... Now we're customizing this kind of passion."

It started when Skyway Memorial Gardens buried a couple who had the Harley logo put on their headstones.

They happened to be the parents of an editor of Florida Full Throttle, a biker magazine that subsequently did a feature story on the Palmetto cemetery and all the burial options available for bikers.

Now, Skyway Memorial Gardens is introducing its "Biker Heaven" section by holding a free kickoff event and bike run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.There will be free hot dogs and refreshments, vendors, door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and a "best bike" contest with a first prize of $500.Full Throttle will be there, and so will a hearse pulling a Harley-Davidson-themed casket.

Beale-Hock is expecting a big crowd and a lot of interest in the afterlife options for bikers.

She said advances in laser technology have allowed manufacturers to carve just about anything into a headstone or memorial.

It's not uncommon to see fish marking the graves at Skyway Memorial Gardens, for example, honoring a loved one's favorite Florida pastime. Motorcycles are a natural fit."

The cemetery industry has evolved to custom things," Beale-Hock said. "It's amazing what we can do now."

Proceeds from the 50/50 at today's event will go to Emma's Little Helpers, a Palmetto-based nonprofit that benefits families with young children undergoing medical treatment. Skyway Memorial Gardens is at 5200 U.S. 19 N. in Palmetto.





Motorcyclists Thrown Out of the Florida State Fair


Florida - (CN) - Motorcyclists thrown out of the Florida State Fair because they wore their love of America and Christianity on their sleeve must amend their lawsuit, a federal judge ruled. Mark Denico, Thomas Griswold Jr., Timothy Newberry and Dennis Walsted had arrived at the Florida State Fair on Feb. 7, 2010. Denico and Griswold are members of the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club, and were wearing patches on their motorcycle vests showing an American flag, an eagle and the word "Liberty." Newberry and Walsted belong to the Spirit Riders Motorcycle Ministry, and their patches depicted a crucifix, a crown, beams of light, wings and two white doves. Walsted said he was planning to "lead all the motorcyclists in prayer once inside the fair," but he and the others were escorted out once they paid for admission. Fair rules ban gang colors or signs, and Major Al Greco joined members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in telling the quartet that they could not enter the fair while wearing vests with the patches indicating motorcycle club membership. Tampa Bay Times reported that approximately 50 bikers from numerous clubs were turned away that day. In their subsequent lawsuit, the four accused Greco, the Florida State Fair and other fair officials of violating their First Amendment rights to freedom of association and religion. U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington nevertheless dismissed the complaint without prejudice Tuesday because it failed to specifically indicate claims under the federal civil right law Section 1983, which creates a private right of action for civil damages. The fair demonstrated that the "plaintiffs' naked reference to § 1983 is insufficient for defendants or this court to assume that they intended to bring [counts one through nine] under its rubric," according to the ruling. "Plaintiffs may have identified constitutional rights alleged to have been violated, but have failed to allege causes of action associated with those violations," Covington added. The judge also declined to give the plaintiffs an injunction restraining the defendants from "ordering, compelling, bullying, requesting, coercing, or threatening a member of a motorcycle club or motorcycle ministry to remove their vests with 'patches' on them signifying membership within a particular organization." Injunctions are appropriate only if plaintiffs can show they will continue to be harmed during the course of litigation, according to the ruling. "Conspicuously absent from the operative complaint is any allegation that the plaintiffs intend to return to the Florida Stair Fair wearing their prohibited patches or that the plaintiffs face specific future harm at the hands of the defendants," Covington wrote. Vaguely alleging that "the Florida State Fair Authority will continue to selectively exclude certain motorcyclists from the fair" is not sufficient to reach the standard for an injunction

Florida - (CN) - Motorcyclists thrown out of the Florida State Fair because they wore their love of America and Christianity on their sleeve must amend their lawsuit, a federal judge ruled. Mark Denico, Thomas Griswold Jr., Timothy Newberry and Dennis Walsted had arrived at the Florida State Fair on Feb. 7, 2010. Denico and Griswold are members of the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club, and were wearing patches on their motorcycle vests showing an American flag, an eagle and the word "Liberty." Newberry and Walsted belong to the Spirit Riders Motorcycle Ministry, and their patches depicted a crucifix, a crown, beams of light, wings and two white doves. Walsted said he was planning to "lead all the motorcyclists in prayer once inside the fair," but he and the others were escorted out once they paid for admission. Fair rules ban gang colors or signs, and Major Al Greco joined members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in telling the quartet that they could not enter the fair while wearing vests with the patches indicating motorcycle club membership. Tampa Bay Times reported that approximately 50 bikers from numerous clubs were turned away that day. In their subsequent lawsuit, the four accused Greco, the Florida State Fair and other fair officials of violating their First Amendment rights to freedom of association and religion. U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington nevertheless dismissed the complaint without prejudice Tuesday because it failed to specifically indicate claims under the federal civil right law Section 1983, which creates a private right of action for civil damages. The fair demonstrated that the "plaintiffs' naked reference to § 1983 is insufficient for defendants or this court to assume that they intended to bring [counts one through nine] under its rubric," according to the ruling. "Plaintiffs may have identified constitutional rights alleged to have been violated, but have failed to allege causes of action associated with those violations," Covington added. The judge also declined to give the plaintiffs an injunction restraining the defendants from "ordering, compelling, bullying, requesting, coercing, or threatening a member of a motorcycle club or motorcycle ministry to remove their vests with 'patches' on them signifying membership within a particular organization." Injunctions are appropriate only if plaintiffs can show they will continue to be harmed during the course of litigation, according to the ruling. "Conspicuously absent from the operative complaint is any allegation that the plaintiffs intend to return to the Florida Stair Fair wearing their prohibited patches or that the plaintiffs face specific future harm at the hands of the defendants," Covington wrote. Vaguely alleging that "the Florida State Fair Authority will continue to selectively exclude certain motorcyclists from the fair" is not sufficient to reach the standard for an injunction







Family Of Motorcycle Accident Victim Talks Safety

The importance of motorcycle safety is on the rise.

In the last week, there were two separate accidents. One claimed the life of one Chattanooga motorcyclist, while the other victim is currently in a coma.

Saturday, I spoke with Kelly Anderson's family; a war veteran who was in a serious accident last Saturday. He was put in a medically-induced coma earlier in the day.

Anderson enlisted with the Army in 2004, and completed two tours in Afghanistan. He returned home for good two years ago.

His older sister has taken the fundraising reigns to help pay his medical bills.

"Kelly is deserving because he has served us. It's time for us to serve him when he needs us most," said Candance Murray.

His accident was followed by another Thursday evening, which took the life of 27-year-old Elton Metcalfe.

These accidents show how important motorcycle safety is for everyone on the road.

The Cleveland Rider Education is holding a two-day safety course Saturday and Sunday at Chattanooga State. They offer them regularly to make sure tragedies like Kelly and Elton's can be prevented.

For more information on that program, click here.

If you would like to help Kelly's family pay his medical bills, or keep up with his current condition, click here.





Mobile motorcycle license testing offered Saturday Event in parking lot by Walmart


By Jennifer Sami Staff Writer

POSTED: September 15, 2013 12:28 a.m.


The Department of Driver Services’ motorcycle license testing program will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 21 in the parking lot by Wal-Mart on Market Place Boulevard. For more information, visit


The Department of Driver Services will bring its mobile motorcycle license testing program to Cumming on Saturday.

While the department offers motorcycle testing daily at its building off Pilgrim Mill Road, the mobile program takes the testing course to various locations as part of a safety awareness campaign.

The program began nearly three years ago through a grant from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

It is currently conducted only on a case-by-case basis, but each year, the program participates in the Gold Wing Road Riders Awareness Event, which this year will be held in the parking lot by Walmart on Market Place Boulevard.

“We support motorcycle safety so we do awareness events all year long,” said Ly Eldridge, spokeswoman. “We work with a lot of bike organizations like Gold Wing ... it’s really a service to the community. Even if [attendees] don’t test, at least they learn more about safety.”

According to Eldridge, the testing course is set up with duct tape.

“Generally, the testing range is spray painted at a stationary location, but we lay that range out with duct tape, that way we can take the tape up when we’re done and it’s like we were never there,” she said.

Eldridge said the department’s rider coaches, or those who administer the motorcycle tests, will talk with visitors about safety, ways to avoid crashes and caution motorists to be aware of motorcycles.

The events are popular for the 18 to 26-year-old crowd, who she said are getting their licenses for the first time, as well as those 45 and older, who she called returning riders. They may have had a motorcycle in their youth, but gave it up for family commitments and have since “picked it back up as a hobby.”

Those that pass the license test at the event will receive a waiver card that allows them to bypass the testing portion at the department and just provide identification for their permanent license.

Eldridge said potential test-takers must bring their own motorcycle, as well as insurance information, tag and helmet.







 Motorcycle ride to benefit Toys for Tots


A motorcycle club made up of active-duty and former Marines and Navy Corpsmen attached to the Marines will host a ride to benefit the U.S. MARINE CORPS RESERVE TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM in three counties.


The public is invited to participate in the ride hosted by THE LEATHERNECKS MOTORCYCLE CLUB, CENTRAL ILLINOIS FOUNDING CHAPTER to be held Saturday, Sept. 21.


Sign-up will be from 10 to 11 a.m. in the parking lot at Hall’s Harley-Davidson, 2301 N. Dirksen Parkway.

Stops will include Chilli Bear’s in Greenview; Slackers in New Holland; VFW, Lincoln; Bunker’s, Illiopolis; and Abe’s Hideout, Mechanicsburg. The ride will end at The Curve Inn, Springfield.

Donation is $10 per bike. The ride will benefit Toys for Toys programs in Sangamon, Logan and Tazewell counties.

The Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys in October, November and December each year and distributes them as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted, according to

This the first year the Central Illinois Founding Chapter has conducted a ride to benefit Toys for Tots, said ROBERT “LURCH” LYNCH, the chapter’s vice president.

“Our mission is to ride with Marines and Navy Corpsmen, but we’re also going to help veterans organizations or any veterans issues we can,” said Lynch, who lives in Chatham.

“Our mission is to actually make sure the veteran issues stay up front in the minds of the citizens.”

Anyone can ride during the benefit, Lynch said, adding, “We hope 1,000 people come. That way, we can help them out even more.”

For more information, visit

PENNY ROSCETTI is president of the Central Illinois Founding Chapter. There are 13 chapters in Illinois of the international organization.

Charity honor roll

US MARBLE & GRANITE will donate portions of its proceeds during September and October to help Memorial Medical Center’s mammography assistance fund.

US Marble is partnering with the women’s voluntarism group JUNIOR LEAGUE OF SPRINGFIELD to benefit the fund, which is a local initiative that assists women who receive positive results from mammograms meet additional testing expenses.

The size of the company’s donation is dependent on sales in September and October.

For more information, contact MEGAN SWANSON, Junior League president, at 494-6292, the Junior League office at 544-5557 or









Harley-Davidson of Michigan City


14 September 2013


Harley-Davidson of Michigan City is celebrating our four-legged friends. On September 21, 2013 at the Harley-Davidson shop, a benefit is taking place with all the proceeds going to the Michiana Humane Society.

The event begins at 1pm and ends at 11pm. There will be a Poker Run, kids activities (until 5pm), food, live music, a dunk tank, a monster truck and a beer/wine garden.

Cost for the Poker run is $20 per hand and it includes admission to the event and a cool t-shirt. The best hand wins $500! The first bike leaves at 1pm and the last bikes comes back by 5:30pm.

For more information visit the Harley-Davidson of Michigan City's website, find them on Facebook, or call 219-878-8885.










Sons Of Anarchy Stars To Help Celebrate Three-Day Open House Rally Next Year


By Press Release | 9/13/2013 2:34 PM


The following is from J&P Cycles...

ANAMOSA, Iowa (Sept. 12) - Each June among the cornfields in eastern Iowa, one of the largest motorcycle events in the Midwest takes place. The small town of Anamosa, with a population of approximately 5,500, is home to J&P Cycles' headquarters, and the motorcycle parts, accessories, and apparel retailer hosts the annual J&P Cycles Open House Rally.

In commemoration of J&P's 35th anniversary, the rally is going to be a three-day extravaganza held

Tommy Flanagan

June 27-29. Appearances by Sons of Anarchy stars Tommy Flanagan (who plays Filip "Chibs" Telford) and Ryan Hurst (Harry "Opie" Winston) at the 2013 event were such a hit that Flanagan will attend next year's rally and will be joined by Mark Boone Jr. (Bobby Munson).

The 2013 two-day event held June 29-30 surpassed the 30,000 mark for visitors, and more than 20 different states were represented, including California, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Mark Boone Jr.

J&P Cycles is aiming to hit and exceed the 35,000 mark with the 35th anniversary event, which should not be a difficult task because of the great entertainment and the hottest new products in the motorcycle industry being displayed by more than 110 motorcycle vendors on-site.

The J&P Cycles Open House Rally began as a small Customer Appreciation Day to thank customers for their business throughout the year. Now, as the world's largest aftermarket retailer of parts and accessories for Harley-Davidson, Cruiser, Gold Wing, and Sport Bike motorcycles, the event has turned into a three-day rally and, outside of Sturgis, is one of the only places in the Midwest to see these many motorcycle manufacturers in one area.

Make plans now to attend and check it out. You will be glad you did.












KENTUCKY: Easy riders go vintage at Kentucky Kick Down motorcycle show


Vintage isn’t just for records, clothes and cars.

Hundreds of vintage motorcycle enthusiasts converged Saturday on Barret Avenue between the Monkey Wrench and the Barret Bar for the inaugural Kentucky Kick Down motorcycle show. Riders stood proudly by their shiny, restored gems and custom builds while eying other works in progress and sharing stories of “wrenching,” or working on their bikes. If their bikes were built in 1988 or older, they could vie for prizes in categories such as Best Bobber, Best Cafe and Best Chopper — all bike styles — or best Japanese, European or American. Local bike shops and clothiers set up booths, while the Barret Bar held a pool tournament, and both bars featured live music. Organizer Scott Halbeib hopes to make the event an annual gathering, playing off the success of the Louisville Vintage Motorworks meetings each Wednesday at the Monkey Wrench.






Police use bike events to learn about investigating accidents


OCEAN CITY — If you had to crash a motorcycle without using a human driver, this is how you’d do it: Tow the motorcycle behind a speeding truck. Fling the bike and its mannequin passenger into another car at the last minute, then analyze the damage using theorems on speed and force.

It’s what a group of police officers spent their week doing in Ocean City, all in the name of learning how to investigate and reconstruct motorcycle crashes.

“Motorcycle investigations are nothing like car crashes because there are so many variables,” said Lt. Ed Schreier, a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy. “It gives the students the experience that — ‘I’ve seen this, I watched it happen, I put it to paper, it works.’ So when they go to testify in court, they’re credible.”

The Motorcycle Crash Reconstruction course is held annually at the resort during Delmarva Bike Week and OC BikeFest. It’s put together by the Maryland Crash Reconstruction Committee, a group comprised mostly of law enforcement and local government officials. Officers from across Maryland attend.

Schreier, committee co-chairman, said they offer the training course during Bike Week and BikeFest so police officers can see for themselves the varying skill levels of riders on the road, observe examples of safe versus unsafe riding and maybe even see some crashes first-hand.

In a setup that looks like a scene out of the TV show “Mythbusters,” police use the landing strips at the Ocean City Municipal Airport to set up their mock crashes.

For the head-on collision, they took a salvaged café racer and lashed it to a metal sled. The sled gets connected to a high tensile strength steel cable strung between a massive concrete anchor and a police vehicle. Between both is a silver Oldsmobile Alero, a salvage junker that will serve as the stationary impact site.

A sturdy rope connects the sled to a pickup truck, which gets driven down the 350-foot testing area at nearly 50 mph, headed directly for that Oldsmobile. At the last minute, the truck steers away from the crash vehicle, and someone in the pickup bed releases the rope holding the sled.

The motorcycle careens into the crash vehicle at 42 mph. It’s over in the blink of an eye, but the motorcycle’s impact — strong enough to have pushed the sedan 3.5 feet from its original position — is captured on cameras positioned around the crash site.

Police will use that footage to analyze exactly what happened. They’ll formulate at what speed did the bike hit the car, how much force the car absorbed, how far the mannequin flew.

At a real accident scene, police would have even more evidence to consider, such as skid marks, or scrape marks, or how the bike was laid down by the rider.

These mock crashes provide a valuable education to police officers, said Tom Gianni, chief of the Maryland Highway Safety Office, a division of the state Motor Vehicle Administration.

“Motorcycle collisions and motorcycle fatalities, they continue to plague us, and frankly, we don’t have any good answers,” said Gianni, a former career police officer who rides a motorcycle himself. “The better we know what happened, the more information we have, the better our programs are.”

Gianni said half the time, an automobile driver is the cause of an accident involving a motorcycle crash. The rest of bike crashes come from excessive speed or impaired driving. Over the past decade, Gianni said reporting data for motorcycle accidents is becoming more and more sophisticated.

At the same time, bike fatalities are dropping: Maryland has averaged less than 500 motorcycle fatalities a year since 2010. In the ’80s, that figure was closer to 900.

“We keep moving closer and closer to our ultimate goal, which is zero,” Gianni said.




Bikefest roars into Ocean City Live music, demos and more delight attendees

Sep. 14, 2013


Delmarva Bike Week 2013: Thousands of bikers trek their way to Delmarva for OC Bike Week 2013. Video by: Grant L. Gursky


OCEAN CITY — Gleaming chrome and the sound of roaring engines are filling Ocean City this weekend as thousands of bikers head to town for OC Bikefest.

Packs of motorcycles cruised Coastal Highway and Route 50 as bikers travelled between the variety of events hosted to lure them to the resort. “I’ve had the best time of my life,” said Elaine Basille, a New Jersey resident in town for the event. “We’re going to make this a yearly thing.” Basille and several friends were among the crowd of bikers at the Ocean City Inlet parking lot, watching live bands perform and visiting an array of vendors. She said it was her first trip to the Ocean City event, although she’d been to other bike rallies. What she found so appealing in Ocean City, she said, was the lack of biker colors and the friendliness of the people. “They’re all so outgoing,” she said. Brian Kite was also experiencing his first OC Bikefest. The Chicago resident and proprietor of Brian Kite Pinstriping was one of several vendors set up in the Inlet parking lot. “It’s well-run and it’s a beautiful location,” he said. Kite, who travels to motorcycle events all around the country, said OC Bikefest was a bit smaller than some rallies he’d attended but that that wasn’t a bad thing. “It’s a little more localized but there’s nothing wrong with that,” he said, adding that he was going to come back next year. Attendees were able to buy anything from cigars to LED motorcycle lights to fine art in the vendor tents. Linda Linogon of Bling Rider was set up near the stage as the Bastard Bearded Irishmen played Saturday afternoon. “I think it’s great,” said the Florida merchant, praising how well-organized the event was. “The weather is beautiful.” Robert West and his son Eric, enjoying the live music and shopping for clothes, said they make a point to come every year to Ocean City for the event. “It gets better every year,” Robert West said. OC Bikefest continues Sunday with live music and exhibitions at the Inlet as well as the Ocean City Convention Center.














Ann Arbor business owner organizes fundraiser to help purchase new equipment for AAPD motorcycle unit

By Katrease Stafford |

September 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM, updated September 14, 2013 at 1:10 PM


An Ann Arbor business owner has put together a banquet to benefit the motorcycle unit of the Ann Arbor Police Department to help purchase new gear and equipment.

Kentaro Roy, an avid motorcyclist and owner of Kentaro Web Design + SEO organized the Steel Horse Banquet because he wanted to find a way to give back to those who spend their lives protecting Ann Arbor residents.

"As both a motorcycle safety instructor and an Ann Arbor resident, I couldn't think of a more worthy cause to support than the Motorcycle Unit. These officers work tirelessly to keep us safe and deserve to have the best safety gear and equipment,” he said.

Kentaro Roy, an avid motorcyclist and owner of Kentaro Web Design + SEO organized the Steel Horse Banquet to benefit the AAPD motor unit. Courtesy photo The motorcycle unit helps keep emergency response times low and help police large events, such as University of Michigan football game days and the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

According to a news release, some of the unit's gear, including helmets, is approaching 10 years of hard use, which could result in less protection if a crash were to occur.

The funds raised at the banquet will go toward supplemental and replacement equipment for the unit.

AAPD Deputy Chief Greg Bazick said the department appreciates the community's support of officers.

"We are grateful to the organizers and sponsors of the Steel Horse Banquet whose goal is to raise supplemental funds for the Motorcycle Unit," Bazick said in a statement. "Officers on motorcycles are one of the ways police departments can provide opportunities for community interaction."

The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at LIVE located at 102 S. 1st Street.

Catering will be provided by Scott MacInnis of The Last Word and live music, door prizes and a silent auction will also take place.

Tickets are available for $47 if purchased prior to Sept. 25. Tickets purchased after will be $60. All profits from the event will be donated to the motorcycle unit.

To purchase tickets in advance, visit:









Motorcycle rider deaths on the rise in Minn.


12:49 PM, Sep 15, 2013


ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota public safety officials are worried 2013 could end as the deadliest year on the roads for motorcycle riders.

Minnesota Department of Public Safety figures show that 53 motorcycle riders have been killed on Minnesota roads so far this year. There were 55 deaths in all of 2012. And with prime riding season now here, public safety officials worry 2013 could end with close to 70 deaths.

Mary Berger of Waconia understands well the importance of sharing the road. She still rides her motorcycle as often as she can, even after nearly losing her life.

"It was very very close," says Mary.

In 2011, Mary was driving home on a Carver County highway. A teenage driver came to a stop sign, stopped, didn't see Mary on her bike and pulled out right in front of her.

"Because of the motorcycle training that I have taken I was able to not hit the other driver," says Mary.

She avoided a collision, but Mary hit the pavement and was severely injured.

"While I did everything I could to lessen the impact of the accident unfortunately I came very close to dying."

And many riders are dying according to the latest statistics from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. While the cause of the increase is not entirely clear, safety officials point to two common crash factors - rider error and drivers failing to yield the right of way.

Today, both Mary and her bike wear the scars of her close call.

"It reminds me every day, like the scars on my body remind me every day that life is precious," says Mary. "Driving a car and a motorcycle is a privilege and we all need to be careful. We all need to look out for the other person."

The Minnesota State Patrol urges motorists to watch for motorcycles, and always look twice before entering a roadway or changing lanes. Because of their smaller size, the speed and distance of motorcycles is harder to judge. Give riders room and check blind spots.

For riders, the advice is to wear protective gear and pay attention to your riding, including riding at safe speeds. Riders are also advised to take safety training courses to hone their skills.








Bikers Shake Stereotypes, Ride for Babies


Jennifer McDermed

09/15/2013 12:52 PM


Saturday morning 377 bikers began at S. Joe Harley Davidson in St. Joseph for a 50 mile ride. (ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) For the 10th-straight year, hundreds of motorcycle riders bucked stereotypes and rode to help prevent premature births.

More than 300 bikers took off on a 50-mile ride from St. Joe Harley Davidson Saturday morning for the Bikers for Babies ride. After the trip, riders and friends gathered for a party at the Southside Family Fun Center. All proceeds from the event go to the March of Dimes and their research to prevent premature births, as well as support for families with premature babies.

For the riders and organizers, it's more than just a chance to ride and have a good time.

"They had a baby that was more than seven weeks premature, weighed just a little over three pounds. That's what this is about. Taking care of babies like that and giving them a better chance of life. So that's why we do it," said Southside Family Fun Center owners Richard and Kathy Shuster.

Last year's ride raised more than $63,000 for the March of Dimes











Motorcycle show to benefit Wounded Warrior Project


Sunday, September 15, 2013 3:30 am



Motorcycle enthusiasts can head to the mall next weekend to support a competition with a cause.

The seventh annual Motorcycle Show and Competition Fundraiser will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Monument Mall in Scottsbluff.

The event is centered on raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Project and will feature motorcycles of all shapes and sizes, vendors and a people’s choice competition.

For the competition, six classes of motorcycles, including metric, custom, American-made, Pre-85, sports bike and trike, will line up in the mall and try to attract the eye of the voter. For $1 per person, members of the public stop in and cast their vote for their favorite bike in each class.

For competitors, the entry fee is $10 and bike owners may register at northwest mall doors between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on the day of the event. The entry fee jumps to $15 after 10 a.m.

Competition winners will be announced at 5 p.m. and a trophy will be awarded to the top competitor in each class.

“We’re hoping to bring out a variety of motorcycle clubs this year,” Mall Manager Tera Willman said. “We had about 40 bikes last year.”

All entry fees, sponsorships and proceeds go to Wounded Warrior Project, a program devoted to meeting the needs of the military veterans and service members and their families who suffered a physical or mental injury or illness while serving on or after Sept. 11, 2001.

According to the Wounded Warrior website, more than 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in these recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, an estimated 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war, including combat-related stress, major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Willman said last year’s fundraiser collected $1,300 for the project and she is hoping to surpass that amount this year.

“Every penny we raise will go to them,” she said. “(Wounded Warrior) is a really good organization and so many members of the motorcycle crowd are wounded warriors, so it’s just a good fit for this event.”

Local businesses or other potentially interested sponsors can set up booths in the mall during the event for $100. For more information, call the Monument Mall at 308-632-6000










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NEW YORK: The Extra Point: Ruben Brown Foundation


EDEN, N.Y. Set down your number two pencils and put away the books.

Class has rarely been this hands on.

Or this loud.

"When I was younger I was used to just sitting in a desk listening,” said Eden High School Senior Wyatt Bromley. “This, we actually get up and use tools and stuff and that's the whole reason I became part of it."

Every year these students design and build a working motorcycle from scratch.

"My goal is to teach them how to problem solve technical problems,” said Eden High School teacher Steven Jones. “The motorcycle is kind of just the instructional tool."

Jones put this program in gear six years ago.

"The kids are learning and they don't really know they're learning and to them motorcycles are cool,” said Jones. “So it all works."

These days the Eden Chopper Class is running at full tilt. But that wasn't always the case.

"The first year was really difficult,” said Jones. “We didn't have a lot of funding."

"If we didn't have the sponsors we have we would not be able to make a bike,” said Eden High School Senior Max Schreiber. “We raise as much money as we can so we can do it on our own, but the sponsor are a huge, huge deal."

That's where former Bills offensive lineman Ruben Brown comes in.

"The Eden Chopper class was a program that was presented to me some years back," said Brown. "I love motorcycles because it's just fun for me. It's a fun release other than sports."

"I had been on many of Ruben's charity runs that he had been doing in Buffalo previous to that,” said Jones. "It made sense to me that it would be a great fit and I got in touch with Ruben."

"I just thought it was an awesome deal,” said Brown. “I told him, I said, ‘Hey, how can I help you?’" "And ever since that day he's just been behind us 100 percent,” said Jones. “Whatever he can do to help us."

The Ruben Brown Foundation has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Eden Chopper class.

"Every year we try to raise over two or three grand for them for different parts and stuff that they're going to need," said Brown.

But it's more than just money. Over the years, Brown has stopped in periodically and even asked the students to build a bike for his foundation.

"How often does a little small town get a big football superstar to come in and help out and give you the chance to do something for his organization?" asked Eden High School graduate Josh Bugenhagen.

The nine-time Pro-Bowler says when he does visit, he likes to keep a low profile.

"I think sometimes they look at me like one of their uncles or something, big old guy, their uncle,” said Brown. “He did something, but he's here to help us. Okay, get out of the way."

"Honestly I ended up thinking of him more as an idol, more than as a bike guy or a football player, due to the fact that he's out there helping people with his foundation and again, helping us out," said Eden High School Graduate Tom Gallman.

Most people won't get a chance to play in the NFL.

"The same way I feel about football, they feel about building a new motorcycle or designing something,” said Brown. “So I get a kick out of it."

But like Brown, these students will be able to take their high school experiences and build their futures.



Motorcycle Ride Sunday Benefits Fund in Memory of Don Sharkey


Ride starts from Bridgehampton Fire Department at 11 a.m.


Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) , September 15, 2013 at 06:00 AM


Donald Sharkey Credit: File Photo If you're on the road Sunday, you may pass a procession of motorcycles that are out for a good cause.

The motorcycle ride benefits the Donald T. Sharkey Memorial Community Fund, organized in conjunction with the Red Knights. The fund was created after the death of Donald Sharkey, an Amagansett resident who was working as the East Hampton Town Building Inspector, in 2009. The non-profit organization contributes to local fire departments, helps those in need pay medical bills, and provides scholarship opportunities.

Popular Stories Registration takes place at the Bridgehampton Fire Department on School Street in Bridgehampton, starting at 9 a.m. Goldberg's Bagels is providing bagels, coffee, and tea.

The ride starts at 11 a.m. The procession will head east to Montauk Point, ending at Cyril's Fish House on the Napeague Stretch.

The requested donation is $30 per bike.






NORTH CAROLINA: POKER RUN for Teens hosted by Onslow NCSSA at noon Sept. 29 at New River Harley-Davidson. Registration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost $20. Call 910-219-1886.



 Motorcycle riders hit the road to raise money for wounded servicemen


Carteret County, N.C. - On Saturday, more than 100 motorcycles and classic cars hit the roads for a parade in Carteret County. The goal is raise money for military servicemen and women who have been wounded in action.

The parade kicked off at the Morehead City Elks Lodge at 1p.m. Then made its way to Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Cape Carteret, and then back to Morehead City.

Riders decked out their motorcycles and cars with American flags, wounded warrior signs, and even remembrance signs for fallen first responders from September 11, 2001.

Event Coordinator, Jeff Hollowell, says the event was to honor Sept. 11th first responders, and military men and woman wounded in action.

Hollowell says all the money raised goes to The Military Order of Purple Heart, who will use the money to pay for wounded warriors travel home during the holidays.

"Even though they had support and they had a lot of things given to them, they didn't have money to go home during the holidays to see their family," said Hollowell.

The event also held a silent auction and dinner after the parade.

This is the third time the Lodge has put on the fundraiser. They say they hope to raise more $6,000.







First motorcycle safety class offered locally


Clark residents previously had to leave county for training program.


By Jessica Heffner


SPRINGFIELD — Since Regina Cahill was 14 years old, she’s been the passenger on the back of a motorcycle. Now she wants to be the one sitting up front.

“I think (I’m going to like) the independence of being able to ride myself and maybe, if I’m lucky, I’ll be able to get my husband to take a ride with me,” she said.

She is one of the first Clark County residents to sign up for the new basic motorcycle safety course being offered by the Clark County Combined Health District in conjunction with the Springfield Air National Guard Base.

It’s the first time a course has been offered locally: previously you had to drive to Xenia or Troy to take it, said Larry Shaffer, environmental health services director and motorcycle rider.

The class is designed for beginner and intermediate riders wanting to learn how to drive a motorcycle properly and safely. A grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Motorcycle Ohio will provide funding for the motorcycles and helmets needed to train riders, Shaffer said.

“You’re going to understand how to ride a motorcycle safely, where your eyes should be on the road, how the motorcycle operates and how to stop and take off properly,” he said.

While the course is not required for adults to become licensed, it teaches vital safety skills that can help reduce accidents and fatalities, Shaffer said. Nationally, deaths in motorcycle accidents rose nine percent in 2012 to 3,922 fatalities. Ohio had 150 of those deaths, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Since 2010 Clark County, there have been 11 fatalities involving motorcycles, according to the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee.

Those statistics are why Cahill and her husband want to take the course.

“You hear so much about motorcycles and people getting injured and not wearing helmets and this and that, and I think it’ll be interesting to learn about the safety,” she said.

Classes are 16 hours spread over three days: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The program includes four hours in the classroom at the health district’s office and 12 hours at a driving course at the guard base. At the end of the class, participants will be able to take the skills test required by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to become licensed. If successfully completed, they can take a card to the BMV for their motorcycle endorsement, Shaffer said.

Four courses will be offered this fall, beginning Sept. 18. Participants must have already obtained their learner’s permit from the BMV. The cost is $50 and books, helmets and motorcycles for practicing will be provided. Riders are required to wear long sleeves and shoes that cover their ankles on the course. To sign up, visit  




Patrol officer speaks on motorcycle safety


Sep 16, 2013 12:31 AM EDT


A weekend of beautiful weather turned dangerous for motorcycle riders in the Tri-State after a record of five accidents, one fatal, headlined over the weekend.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than those in passenger cars.

The crashes reported during the weekend posed a question of what riders can do to stay safe on two wheels when riding.

Sgt. Pete Combs with the Ohio State Highway Patrol provided FOX19 with several solutions.

Statistics show that 92 percent of motorcyclist involved in crashes were either self-taught or trained by family or friends.

"Any training that you can get that would increase your ability to operate the motorcycle in a safe manner would increase your chances of not being involved in a crash and if you were involved in a crash perhaps being able to survive the crash," said Sgt. Combs.

Combs also suggest that drivers should try to make themselves as visible as possible.

"One thing that a motorcyclist can do is to keep their headlights on. Headlights on at all times to help make sure that the other motorists can see the motorcycle coming," advised Sgt. Combs.

Another tip that Sgt. Combs recommends is wearing a helmet.

"Using a motorcycle helmet at all times would be probably the number one most important thing that someone could do to increase their chances that if they are involved in a crash they would survive," said Combs.

NHTSA says that wearing a helmet can reduce the likelihood of a crash fatality by 37 percent.

Each year, motorcycle crashes occur due to a variety of reasons, not limited to poor weather, defects in the roadway, or inexperienced motorists.

Sgt. Combs says that the biggest reason that crashes occurs are from common errors.

"Some of the accidents are the operator of the motorcycle....errors that he's making," said Combs. "He's not observing traffic laws and some of the crashes are the result of other vehicles perhaps not seeing the motorcycle as readily as they would see a passenger car or a truck."

Sgt. Combs believes that motorcyclists can be safe if they drive responsibly and do not think they are above getting hurt in an accident.

"There's a feeling of invincibility especially with younger people when they're on a motorcycle and I think the thing to point out about it is that is all it is a feeling a not a reality," said Combs.












Lawton Police Advocate for Motorcycle Safety


Sep 14, 2013 11:59 PM EDT


LAWTON, Okla._ Lawton Police Officers recognize the benefits of driving a motorcycle. It's fast, nimble, fuel efficient, and fun to drive. However, it can also be dangerous.

This week alone police responded to three motorcycle wrecks. One of them was deadly after a Fort Sill Officer was killed when he took a curve too fast, hit a concrete wall, and then went over it.

Police said this accident like many others could have been prevented if safety had been a priority.

It's an ideal time of year for motorcycle riders to take to the roadway. However, Lawton Police warn that safety and not fun should always be in the front of any motorists mind when they hit the road.

"I think that a lot of it has to do with the speed and people paying attention to their surroundings," said Lieutenant Jim Cowley.

It's that combination that Cowley said often leads to accidents like these. He said the constant need for speed continues to push the limit.

"We have cars that are traveling at a higher speed. We have motorcycles that are going faster. And nobody is paying attention to what is going around them," said Cowley.

Cowley said his best advice is simple: monitor your speed, wear safety equipment and bright clothing, and most of all watch the traffic around you. All basic rules of the road.

"Be a defensive driver. Make sure that you have an out. Don't be in somebody's blind spot. Make sure that you give yourself and whoever is riding with you an escape route out of traffic if you need to be," said Cowley.

He warns that cars cannot always see motorcycles, so riders need to be double vigilant, constantly attentive to their surroundings, and be sure to yield to cars.

"The biggest thing to do is give yourself plenty of space. The motorcycle should be far enough away from the car and the car should be far enough away from the motorcycle that there is always something that you can do to avoid an accident that does happen," said Cowley.

And while this week's motorcycle accidents remain under investigation, Cowley said it's unlikely their results will come as a surprise.

"A lot of the ones that we had in the past dealt with speed, some dealt with alcohol, and some people that just aren't paying attention. They don't respect the equipment that they are on," said Cowley.

Lieutenant Cowley also stressed that motorcyclists need to remember that they are not exempt to following safe driving laws when on the roadway, most importantly safe and legal lane changes.











Motorcycle club holiday drive raises $2,000 for needy

Andy Zinger, a prospective Leathernecks Nation Motorcycle Club member and veteran of the Gulf War in 1991, collects money for the club's holiday drive using a Santa hat along North Furnace Street in Birdsboro.

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A fleet of veterans rode through Berks on Saturday to raise money for families in need this holiday season.

Members of the Leathernecks Nation Motorcycle Club took an hourlong ride from the Birdsboro VFW through French Creek State Park to Morgantown and back to Birdsboro in their annual Toy Run.

"It was pretty nice," said Joseph Angelisanti of the motorcycle club's Birdsboro Iwo Jima chapter. "Some people stayed home because of the weather. It looked like it might rain; it looked like it might not."

Angelisanti said he estimated that the ride raised $2,000 that will go toward buying turkeys and new toys for less privileged families in Berks County.

At the end of the run, riders enjoyed food, drinks and one another's company at the Birdsboro VFW.

The club usually gives its gifts to families on the second Sunday in December, according to Angelisanti, and he said he expects to do the same this year.










Texoma ABATE's annual Teddy Bear Run


By: Morgan Downing -  Sat 11:08 PM, Sep 14, 2013


Teddy Bear Run POTTSBORO, TX -- Texoma ABATE bikers presented teddy bears to police departments Saturday, in an effort to help children in need.

"Maybe they'll remember the time a police officer gave them a teddy bear, rather than the situation that they're in," Jesse Elliott said.

Today was the group's annual Teddy Bear Run. This year they made stops at Pottsboro, Southmayd, Howe and Gunter police departments.

Police officers will be able to give children the bears during difficult situations.

The group will also be handing out bears to Child Protective Services next week.











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Against our wishes Wisconsin State Senator Olson and Representative Bies are circulating a bill, LRB 1701/2, to create penalty enhancements for traffic violations that result in bodily harm, great bodily harm, or death (collectively "harm") to vulnerable highway users. This bill creates a new class of citizen in Wisconsin that, according to the authors of this bill are of a much higher standing and worth than the other citizens of Wisconsin and being involved in a traffic accident with one of these "upper class citizens" should require the guilty party to pay a more substantial fine, and in some cases go to jail or prison. As you might guess this bill was introduced at the request of the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation.


The bill defines "vulnerable highway user" as any of the following: 1) a pedestrian; 2) a bicyclist; 3) an operator of a moped or motor bicycle; 4) an operator of, or passenger on, an animal drawn vehicle, farm tractor, farm truck tractor, farm trailer, or implement of husbandry; 5) a person riding upon inline skates, a horse, or a play vehicle; 6) a law enforcement officer, traffic officer, fire fighter, or emergency medical technician, while performing his or her official duties; or 7) a person who is rendering medical or emergency assistance to another person. For most traffic violations, the bill doubles the applicable forfeiture or fine if the violation results in harm to a vulnerable highway user, and this doubling is in addition to any other applicable penalty enhancement, such as the doubling for certain traffic violations committed in highway maintenance or construction areas or in utility work areas.


Also for specific violations, the bill makes the offense a Class B misdemeanor if the violation results in great bodily harm to a vulnerable highway user or a Class A misdemeanor if the violation results in death to a vulnerable highway user. A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or both. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 9 months or both.


Please contact your State Senator and Assemblyperson and ask that they not sign on as a cosponsor to the bill and not support this bill in any votes.  


Our main objection is the creation of a new class of "super citizen" who is more important than the rest of the citizens of Wisconsin. ABATE of Wisconsin OPPOSES this bill. Take Action Immediately! 


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The deafening noise of fast and furious motorcycles should be dulled with enforceable laws


They roar mostly by night, speeding through city streets and rocketing along thoroughfares, leaving behind deafening decibels of unnecessary noise. They disturb the peace, annoy thousands and often run in packs of young men living out fast and furious fantasies.

Why they get away with it is beyond me.

Motorcycles with rigged and often illegal exhaust systems can be observed and heard everywhere. They ride up and down the Yonge Street strip, especially on weekend nights, revving and pumping their over-powered engines, or along Kingston Road in Scarborough, through the main arteries of Brampton, and along local Toronto streets on their way to or from the Don Valley Speedway.

I have seen and heard these rumbling and screeching vehicles — Yamahas, Hondas, Harley-Davidsons — in all these locations, but especially outside my downtown condo building, which happens to be on one of the main routes out of town for motorcyclists who have rattled eardrums along Yonge or slowly growled through Yorkville and are now heading back to the ‘burbs from which they came.

From my street they turn down into Rosedale Valley Road, a signal-free, tree-lined, slightly winding two-lane that at 2 a.m. serves as a 3-kilometre warm-up track for high-revving motorcyclists en route to the Bayview extension and the Don Valley.

Sometimes, enthralled by the speed and their own noise, they kill themselves. At 2 a.m. last Saturday morning, a 36-year-old man heading east down Rosedale Valley mismanaged a curve, lost control and rammed into a concrete hydro pole that killed him instantly and more or less shredded his Yamaha R6. Police say “speed was a factor.”

No surprise there. The Yamaha R6 has been described as a “Japanese demon on two wheels.” Said one commentator of the R6: “That rush of blood mixed with dopamine and excitement can’t be offered by many motorcycles, but there is one.”

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.But I’m writing not to attack motorcyclists and speed. My beef is with the noise. If people want to engage in high-risk speed-driving, they should be made to do it in relative silence, or at least with a noise level that’s within some reasonable bounds. No such limits seem to exist, even though the 120-decibel levels of many bikes equate to standing in front of the speakers at a loud rock concert or one metre away from a pneumatic jack hammer.

One recent summer night on Yonge, three motorcyclists — one sporting a rear tire with the circumference of a basketball — sat revving their high-cc engines at a red light. The three — age and gender obscured by black wrap-around helmets — growled away at the light, then took off with a roar that matched the fly past of the Snowbirds at the CNE. I assume they did the same at the next traffic light two blocks further down Yonge.

Such motorcycle noise is unnecessary, technically illegal and almost totally artificial. I have it on the authority of Jason — a motorcycle enthusiast in his 30s who some years ago crashed and suffered severe injuries and no longer bikes — that the massive rumble of motorcycle engines is a function of doctored exhaust systems that serve no purpose except to make a scene.

Mufflers are often removed or replaced by after-market mufflers that enhance the noise factor. “I had an aftermarket muffler and we would cruise Yonge Street,” said Jason. “A lot of heads would turn as we drove by. Of course the truth is those girls were probably looking at us in disgust at our loud bikes.”

After-market mufflers supposedly enhance performance. But Jason said the performance belief is dubious. “Loud equals power is at best a misguided partial truth and at worst an annoying myth. Loudness comes from less restrictive, more open exhausts. This will create more power at the engine’s top end of its rev range (i.e. redline and close to redline) but the sacrifice is that the engine no longer works optimally in the lower rev range. Of course, this also means that to get full power, you have to run the engine at high rpms, which then causes way more noise.”

There ought to be a law against high-decibel bikes. But there isn’t, really. City noise laws and provincial traffic codes exist, but they are essentially unenforced and may well be unenforceable. Toronto’s noise bylaw says “No person shall make, cause or permit noise or vibration, at any time, which is likely to disturb the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of the inhabitants of the city.”

There ought to be a law against high-decibel bikes. But there isn’t, really
.Joe Magalhaes, manager of the city’s investigation services for Toronto & East York District, concedes that motorcycle complaints are impossible to enforce because city inspectors need to be on the scene to hear the noise, which is totally impractical. In effect, he says, motorcycle noise is “not a violation covered under our bylaw.” He says it’s up to police to enforce motorcycle noise under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.

The police, however, are hamstrung. The traffic act prohibits the operation of a vehicle “without an effective exhaust, intake-muffling device or other sound attenuation device of a type specified by the manufacturer, which is in good working order, and in constant operation.” It is also illegal under the traffic act to doctor exhaust systems: “No person shall use a muffler cut-out, straight exhaust, gutted muffler, hollywood muffler, by-pass or similar device upon a motor vehicle or motor assisted bicycle.”

But again, to nail a motorcycle noise infraction police would have to be on hand to inspect a vehicle for faulty or illegal muffler installation. There is no law that sets decibel levels for excessive noise.

.Omission of a decibel level in the law is a major and unnecessary loophole. My friend Jason notes that even the Shannonville Motorsports Park, an isolated official motorcycle race site near Belleville surrounded by farms, has a noise restriction of 106 decibels 3 feet from the exhaust at half red line. We have louder than that on Yonge Street and down the Don Valley.

What Ontario and Toronto need are new motorcycle noise control laws. The model for such a law might well be Edmonton, which in 2010 began imposing a fine of $250 on cycle noise that exceeds 92 decibels while idling and 96 decibels while in motion — the equivalent of a chainsaw or being 20-feet from a jackhammer.

Scott McAnsh was Edmonton city prosecutor at the time and helped draft the bylaw, the first in Canada. Under the law, he says, police have the authority to pull over suspected noisy bikes and run a decibel meter test, with the test being the evidence, much like a speed trap meter or a breathalyzer. “It was a much more technical test based on … international guidelines for what was acceptable noise for a motorcycle.”

Mr. McAnsh believes the bylaw has worked in curbing motorcycle noise in Edmonton. He’s now in private practice in Ottawa. Toronto and provincial officials could start by giving Mr. McAnsh a call for advice on how to curb the excessive roar of unnecessary and peace-disturbing motorcycle engines. ‘Cause there just ought to be a law.




Elmira man says he was unfairly fined for tire treads

Man claims he was unfairly ticketed
An Elmira man who set out for a Friday the 13th motorcycle trip to Port Dover says he was unfairly ticketed by police.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 6:47PM EDT

CTV Kitchener

An Elmira man who set out for a Friday the 13th motorcycle trip to Port Dover says he was unfairly ticketed and pulled off the roads by Waterloo Regional Police.

Jeff Selby claims the officers were excessive in their punishment after a routine roadside check found the tread on his motorcycle tires was point five millimetres under code.

Officials say they were well within their rights.

Elmira man says he was unfairly fined by Waterloo Regional police on Friday, September 13th, 2013.
Although Selby says the five hundred or more dollars he’s now facing in fines, relicensing fees and towing cost is exorbitant. Police say the law is the law and you can’t put a price on safety.

“Anybody who’s got a metric tape measurer point five is actually only as thick as a human hair.” Selby says.

Selby says he offered to drive his bike straight to a repair shop to have the tire replaced but the officers said no.

“He goes it doesn’t matter. Your bike will be off the road as of today. We’re gonna take your plate, we’re gonna charge you and you’re gonna have to get a tow truck.” Selby says.

The legal regulation for tires on any motorized vehicle is that they have to have at least 1.5 millimetres of tread on the majority of the tires circumference.

Sgt. Mike Hinsperger says the law exists to keep drivers safe.

“When you have a motorcycle with only two tires in contact with the roadway, one of them is defective, it certainly brings the safety of that vehicle, both for the operator and for the other motorists using the highway, into question.” Hinsperger explains.

Selby says he understands the safety concerns but says he has a clean driving record and deserves a warning first.

“Normally with something like that they’ll give you 30 days to get it fixed and then show us proof that you fixed it which I would have had no problem doing.” Selby says.

But police say when it comes to safety there’s no room for warnings or second chances and it’s their responsibility that’s on the line.

“When we find a defective tire, break, any other piece of equipment, we have to take issue with that. That’s our job. And certainly the safety of the motoring public is something that we have taken into concern across the board.” Hinsperger says.

In spite of his frustration Selby says he doesn’t plan to fight the ticket and will pay for it.


Man accused of knocking over motorcycles in Bloor West Village

09/15/2013 09:15 AM staff

Police search for a man accused of knocking over motorcycles in Bloor West Village on Sept. 15, 2013. 

Police have arrested a man they say knocked over parked motorcycles in Bloor West Village on Sunday.

It happened after midnight near Bloor Street West and Runnymede Road as people were leaving the Toronto Ukranian Festival.

Officers searched the area and soon caught up with the suspect.

It’s not clear what charges he will face.











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Northwest Fire responds to motorcycle accidents

Sep 14, 2013 4:41 PM EDT By Pilar Arias -

MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Northwest Fire District responded to two motorcycle accidents on Saturday morning, according to Captain Adam Goldberg.

The first one happened at 10:22 a.m. on Picture Rocks and Wade Roads. An 82-year-old man was not wearing a helmet and was transported by ambulance to the University of Arizona Medical Center trauma for the injuries he sustained. His motorcycle was the only vehicle involved.

The second motorcycle accident occurred at 11:03 a.m. on Sanders and Avra Valley Roads. A 47-year-old male had to be airlifted by a helicopter to a local hospital after sustaining critical injuries. The man was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.

There may be traffic restrictions as crews finish the investigation and clear the scene at Sanders and Avra Valley. The picture in the story is related to that accident scene.








One injured in Saturday I-70 Motorcycle Crash A Salina man is hospitalized with injuries after a Saturday accident on I-70. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol Fifty-six year old David Dean Wallace of Salina was riding a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle north on I-135 at too high a rate of speed and after making an unsafe turn was not able to negotiate the ramp to I-70 east.

The motorcycle left the roadway to the north and rolled ejecting the Wallace. He was transported to Salina Regional Medical Center. He was not wearing a helmet








One dead, one injured in Quincy motorcycle crash

Posted by Jessica Bartlett September 9, 2013 03:32 PM  By Jessica Bartlett,

A Dorchester man was killed and a Quincy woman seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Quincy on Saturday.

According to police, a witness driving down Ricciuti Drive at 9:58 p.m. heard a loud noise, and saw a motorcycle traveling at approximately 60 miles per hour down the street. The motorcycle soon disappeared out of sight, but within seconds the witness came upon the crash. The witness called 911.

Police said the man, Shawn Morris, 32, of Dorchester, sustained serious head and chest injuries. He was taken to Boston Medical Center and died from his injuries the next day.

A woman passenger, Nicole Mahone, 30, of Quincy sustained serious injuries to her hip and leg, police said. She was taken to Boston Medical Center, where her condition was not immediately known.

Police said speed was most likely a factor in the accident. The speed limit on the street is less than 30 miles per hour.

The accident is under investigation by the Quincy Police Accident Reconstruction Team; however, a preliminary investigation shows that the motorcycle most likely hit a curb near a cut-in to several Quincy condos, knocking off both riders.

The accident occurred around the same area as a fatal motorcycle accident last September involving a man and his son.

Despite the two similar fatal motorcycle accidents on the street, Quincy police Captain John Dougan said police did not consider the area near the Granite Links Golf Club to be dangerous.

“Accidents occurred as a result of operator error or negligence,” Dougan said.







MS: Motorcycle Driver Injured in Interstate Accident

By: Candace Barnette  Sat 11:38 PM, Sep 14, 2013

Lauderdale County, Miss. A motorcycle accident on Interstate 20 had traffic backed up outside of Meridian on Saturday afternoon.

The Highway Patrol says the wreck happened shortly after 3:00 near the Lost Gap exit. A car and motorcycle were traveling west when they encountered some road work. The driver of the car was in front of the motorcycle and says she was trying to get into the left lane to avoid traffic barrels. Other witnesses say that left the motorcycle behind her with nowhere to go but the back of her car.

"We were coming up to the construction zone," according to Mike Loriaux, a witness from Sulfur Springs, Texas. "There was a car in the left lane and I was in the left lane. A little tan car was coming up to the barrels, and she hit her brakes and there was no place for the bike to go."

The motorcycle rear-ended the woman's car. The driver was sent to Rush Hospital with minor injuries







NV: Crash Raises Questions about Intersection Safety

.. .LAS VEGAS -- Two people were hurt when a three-wheeled motorcycle ran into a school bus in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley Friday morning.

The man on the motorcycle was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The female passenger's condition is not known. There were about 60 students on the bus, but none was injured.

The crash happened around 8:45 a.m. on northbound State Route 160, also known as Blue Diamond Road, near El Capitan Way.

According to NHP, the school bus was making a left turn onto SR160 heading toward Pahrump, when the motorcycle which was traveling in the opposite direction hit the bus.

The crash has a lot of people wondering about the safety of that intersection.

Elijha lives close to the road and heard the crash Friday morning. He says he has lived in the neighborhood for four years and has seen countless accidents, especially during rush hour.

"I've witnessed so many accidents over there myself. It is like unreal and I don't know why they don't put a traffic light," Elijha said.

It is a question many living nearby are asking.

"It is a fast highway. It is 55 mph and people are trying to turn and there is no light there. So making a left turn is next to impossible," nearby resident Torrie Sorge said.

According to Nevada Department of Transportation, it has studied that area of Blue Diamond Road, and as of right now, the El Capitan Way intersection does not meet all eight requirements in order to install a traffic light.

NDOT's study looks at several criteria, including traffic volume, pedestrian volume and the number of accidents.

People who live in the area, like Elijha, say something needs to prevent the accidents that happen all too often on this stretch of road.

NDOT says even though it has conducted a traffic study before, it doesn't mean it can't do another.






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Ocean Parkway reopens after fatal motorcycle crash

September 15, 2013 9:28 PM By JENNIFER BARRIOS

A motorcyclist was killed Sunday in a crash on Ocean Parkway, New York State Police said.

The crash, which occurred at 12:42 p.m., involved a motorcycle and a car, police said.

The motorcyclist, who had not been identified by Sunday night, was pronounced dead at the scene. There was no word on whether others were injured.

Westbound Ocean Parkway along Tobay Beach was closed for several hours, police said.

The investigation is ongoing, but police said they do not suspect any criminality in this case at this time.








Haverstraw, Bear Mountain Parkway motorcycle crashes claim lives

Sep. 15, 2013 

With cold temperatures just around the corner, avid motorcyclists enjoying the remnants of the driving season before storing their machines and hanging their helmets are still subject to the sobering accident statistics.

Sunday proved to be an especially costly day, with two fatalities — one in a crash on the Bear Mountain Parkway in Cortlandt in which several people were injured and the other in a crash on Route 9W in Haverstraw.

In the latter, the 76-year-old victim’s adult daughter had been following him on a second Harley-Davidson, authorities said.

Head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. Helmets are estimated to be 37 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle riders. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that helmets saved the lives of more than 1,600 motorcyclists in 2011.

In the case of Sunday’s accident in Haverstraw, however, a helmet was not enough to save the life of the 76-year-old North Bergen, N.J., man, whose name was not released.

He was driving north around 11:20 a.m. when he lost control of his Harley-Davidson Softail cruiser and slammed into a roadside sign and clock in front of Low Tor Storage at 120 Route 9W, Haverstraw police said.

Witnesses said the man, who was wearing a helmet, hit the approximately 20-foot brick structure head-on. He suffered multiple head and internal injuries, and was later pronounced dead at Nyack Hospital.

“He just drove into the wall,” said Jennifer Roberts, 22, of Haverstraw. “He, like, bounced and hit the floor.”

Roberts said her mother and another man held the victim until police and paramedics arrived. At that point, he was passed out and bleeding profusely.

“He didn’t look too good,” said Roberts, who was still visibly shaken.

The northbound lane remained closed at the Westside Avenue intersection for about an hour after the accident as police examined the debris-strewn site.

Police said the cause of the crash was under still investigation. Paramedics said it’s possible the victim suffered a medical crisis just before the crash.

Roberts said the man was riding to Seven Lakes Drive with his adult daughter, who had been trailing him on a second Harley.

In the Cortlandt accident, Christopher Ulacco, 43, of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., was killed on the Bear Mountain Parkway after his motorcycle struck at least one other vehicle.

Details of the midday crash were not released pending the conclusion of a preliminary investigation of the accident west of Route 6.

Several people also were injured and taken to Hudson Valley Hospital in Cortlandt. Details of their injuries and conditions were not available.

The accident shut down the Bear Mountain Parkway between Route 6 and the Carhart Avenue exit for most of the day, state police said.

Bear Mountain State Park is a popular destination for bikers and motorists drawn to its scenic and meandering roads, especially on fall weekends.

Motorcycle deaths have increased every year for the past 14 years except in 2009 when there was a 16 percent decline, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

An average of 317 people a year in the Lower Hudson Valley are hurt in motorcycle collisions, and 11 people die, according to the New York state Department of Motor Vehicles.

In 2011, 4,612 motorcyclists died roads across the United States, a 2 percent increase over those killed in 2010, according to NHTSA. In 2011, motorcycle deaths comprised 14 percent of total highway deaths, despite motorcycle registrations representing only about 3 percent of all vehicles in the country.

Motorcyclists are more than 30 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of cars, and five times more likely to be injured.

According to a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcyclist deaths remain one of the few areas in highway safety where progress is not being made.

“Increasing safe riding and cooperation among all road users is essential to reducing the number of deaths and injuries on our nation’s highways,” U.S. former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said recently. “Motorists and motorcyclists have a common responsibility to safely share the road together.”










TN: Five people are injured in an accident involving two motorcycles and two cars in S. Nashville Saturday night. Police say two motorcycles traveling together pulled out from McGavock Pike onto Harding Place at 6 p.m. A car struck a motorcycle and that car then struck a pickup truck. The other motorcycle avoided the collision, but crashed. In all, seven people are involved. One person is critical at Vanderbilt Medical Center. No word on charges.








Two on motorcycle hit, killed by two hit and run drivers

Updated: Friday, September 13 2013, 11:26 PM CDT By: Lauren Lea

SAN ANTONIO- A man and a woman on a motorcycle were hit and killed by two hit and run drivers Friday evening, Bexar County investigators said. The people were hit at about 8:45 p.m. on Loop 1604 South, by FM 1518.

Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Paul Berry said the victims were first hit by a white Ford F-250 truck and that driver left the scene. The victims were then hit again by a brown Chevy truck, which had a lift kit. That driver also fled the scene.

The white truck has extensive front end damage and the brown truck could have blood on the front, Berry said. Investigators were searching for the drivers of the trucks and trying to piece together how the accidents happened.







Motorcycle crash victim dies

KRISTEN ZAMBO September 14, 2013 11:23 am

MOUNT PLEASANT — A Caledonia man headed out on his lunch break is dead after the motorcycle he was driving Friday afternoon was struck by a delivery van in the parking lot at Porcaro Ford Mitsubishi.

Company Vice President Anthony Porcaro said mechanic Ryan E. Herman, 20, of Caledonia, died Friday after being struck by an automotive parts vendor’s van. The collision occurred at about 1:24 p.m. Friday in the middle of the business’ parking lot in Mount Pleasant.

The Horlick High School graduate had worked there for a year, but previously worked with staff through a mechanics apprentice program, Porcaro said. He described the atmosphere at the dealership and repair shop on Saturday as “extremely somber.”

“A lot of the staff are having a difficult time. A lot of the staff were pretty much the first responders there,” he said, adding that some co-workers heard the fatal crash and many rushed to Herman’s aid. “It’s one thing to lose a co-worker, and it’s another thing to have it actually happen on your premises and (where staff) were witnesses.”

He said the vendor was making a turn to drop off a delivery of parts when the collision occurred, the drivers seeing “each other too late.” He said Herman wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time, but had been known to wear one.

Herman was driving an older-model Suzuki motorcycle. Co-workers said that motorcycle was given to Herman by a customer because it didn’t run. The man told Herman if he could fix it, it was his, Porcaro said. It was a chance the mechanic jumped at, especially the more aged and damaged a vehicle was, he said.

“He got something that didn’t run and got to bring it back to life,” Porcaro said. “It was fun to him to make it work. He was just a fun-loving, carefree, 20-year-old kid. He just enjoyed working on vehicles.”

According to police, they responded to the crash at 1:27 p.m. Friday in the west parking lot of the business, at 6001 Washington Ave. Herman had been trapped under the van.

The driver of that van, Joseph G. Schack, 54, of Milwaukee, wasn’t injured and there were no other passengers involved, according to police. The crash is under investigation and no citations have been issued at this time, Mount Pleasant police stated Saturday afternoon.

Porcaro’s voice caught as he spoke of how proud he is of Herman’s co-workers, who rushed to help him.

“His manager was the first one to him. He’s having a very, very difficult time,” Porcaro said.

When asked if any counseling would be available to employees, Porcaro said: “I don’t even know how that works. Over 30 years in the business and nothing even remotely close to this (ever) happened. It’s like losing a family member.”

According to the Racine Unified School District, Herman was part of a state championship-winning team in May 2012. Herman and his partner won the State Ford/AAA Automotive Skills contest — receiving nearly $40,000 in scholarship money and tools — after they were the first to repair a vehicle and drive it to the judging area, where all of the “bugs” had been fixed, according to the school district.

“He was a good guy — a nice, 20-year-old man who was starting life,” Porcaro said of Herman, who is survived by his parents.








One Injured in Serious Motorcycle Collision

September 14, 2013

(Waterloo, ON.) Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Highway Safety Division's (HSD) Cambridge Detachment are investigating a serious motorcycle collision that sent the female passenger to hospital.

At about 2:40 p.m., on Saturday September 14, 2013, the rider of a Harley Davidson Motorcycle was travelling eastbound on Hwy 7 approaching Shantz Station Rd, in Waterloo Ontario. The rider was approaching the intersection braked and for unknown reasons lost control of his motorcycle and put it down. The male rider was uninjured in the collision. The female passenger was transported to Hospital then air lifted to Hamilton General with serious injuries.

The collision is being investigated by Provincial Constable Sharp from the Cambridge OPP Detachment with the assistance of the HSD Traffic Support Unit.






Four injured in highway crash involving two motorcycles near Outlook, Sask.

Share:4Text: Share on print Share on email (0).CTV Saskatoon Sunday, September 15, 2013 4:41PM CST

Four people were taken to hospital after a crash involving two motorcycles on a highway near Outlook, Sask.

The crash happened Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Highway 219 and Highway 15.

RCMP say four people suffered injuries and were taken to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.

Highway 219 was closed for several hours near the scene while Mounties investigated. ..










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