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NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V405
Manufacturer : Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.
Make / Model Years : SUZUKI / 2006-2011
Subject : Occupant Classification System (OCS) sensor mat
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V403
Manufacturer : Daimler Trucks North America
Make / Model Years : FREIGHTLINER / 2014
Subject : Caliper Mounting Bolts
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V402
Manufacturer : ShowHauler Trucks, Inc.
Make / Model Years : SHOWHAULER / 2006-2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V400
Manufacturer : Winnebago Industries, Inc
Make / Model Years : ITASCA / 2013-2014
WINNEBAGO / 2013-2014
Subject : Child Seat Tether Position
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V399
Manufacturer : Columbia Northwest, Inc.
Make / Model Years : ALINER / 2006-2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V397
Manufacturer : Navistar, Inc.
Make / Model Years : IC BUS / 2013-2014
Subject : Seat Restraining Barrier/FMVSS 222
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V394
Manufacturer : Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC
Make / Model Years : HEARTLAND / 2013
Subject : Incorrect Certification Label/Part 567
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V393
Manufacturer : Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.
Make / Model Years : DUTCHMEN / 2014
Subject : Generator Fuel Line Clamp Installed Incorrectly
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V392
Manufacturer : Spartan Motors, Inc.
Make / Model Years : SPARTAN / 2009-2014
Subject : ABS Modulator Valve Fracture
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V391
Manufacturer : Indian Motorcycle Company
Make / Model Years : INDIAN / 2009-2013
Subject : Rear Wheel Rim may Crack
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V390
Manufacturer : Altec Industries Inc.
Make / Model Years : ALTEC / 2012-2013
Subject : Winch Bolts May Loosen
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V388
Manufacturer : Peterson Industries, Inc.
Make / Model Years : EXCEL / 2013-2014
Subject : Unexpected Unfurling of the Awning
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V387
Manufacturer : Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
Make / Model Years : KAWASAKI / 2009-2013
Subject : Police Use Modifications/Various Safety Issues
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V412
Manufacturer : Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Make / Model Years : ACURA / 2003
HONDA / 2003-2004
Subject : Inadvertent Air Bag Deployment
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V407
Manufacturer : BMW of North America, LLC
Make / Model Years : BMW / 2008-2010
Subject : Tail light Failure
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V406
Manufacturer : Corp. Micro Bird Inc.
Make / Model Years : MICRO BIRD / 2013
Subject : Panel Glue/FMVSS 221
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V404
Manufacturer : Homesteader, Inc.
Make / Model Years : HOMESTEADER / 2006-2010
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V401
Manufacturer : Daimler Trucks North America
Make / Model Years : WESTERN STAR / 2009-2014
Subject : Seatbelt Anchorage Point may be Weak
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 13V398
Manufacturer : Oreion Motors LLC.
Make / Model Years : OREION / 2011-2013
Subject : Ungoverned Speed/Missing Reflectors/Incorrect GVWR


Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) is recalling certain Safety 1st Complete Air LX (models CC050xxx), Safety 1st Complete Air SE (models CC051xxx), and Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite (models 22187xxx , 22465xxx ,CC033xxx , and CC046xxx), and Eddie Bauer Deluxe 3 in 1 convertible (models 22790xxx , and CC046xxx) child restraint systems manufactured from July 20, 2010, through May 18, 2011. [Note: The 'xxx' at the end of each model number represents different color options that each seat could be.] The rear facing belt path installation arrows are incorrect and could be potentially construed as pointing toward the forward facing vehicle belt path location. Therefore, the affected seats fail to conform to the labeling requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213, "Child Restraint Systems." If the child seat is not installed properly, the child may be injured in the event of a crash. DJG will notify registered owners and provide free label kits consisting of modified labels which will correct the potential inconsistent information and instructions as to the proper installation of the restraint, free of charge. Owners may call DJG toll-free at 1-877-675-2355 or visit and then click on the "Safety Notices" button at the top. In June 2011, DJG petitioned NHTSA that the noncompliance was inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. In August 2013, NHTSA denied the petition and instructed DJG to conduct a recall campaign.









Hello my friend, this is a follow up email on the latest news on the WWP Disabled Vet bike build and giveaway from Pakrat Customs. We still require a lot of parts to help finish it. 1 Major component needed is a Trike rear end for a Harley touring frame. So if anyone out there knows where one can be located or knows a company that would donate it with wheels it would be a great help. The frame is on its way from what I have been told, and the drive line as well. The motor is almost ready to start up for a test.. Yhe fuel tank is being taken care of by a great friend of mine in Az. The person that is going to receive the bike is a combat wounded Air Force Master Sgt. He and his Commander are the only 2 to survive an attack on the gunship he was on. He is an avid rider and is very pleased he will have the backing of America to help him ride again. So yes that's right once again I am begging for parts and money to help finish this bike for him and make both of our dreams come true. I ask not for myself however for HIM. Sincerely Sgt. James Whitaker US Army Ret.


James WhitakerOwner at Pakrat Customs









CHP switching to Harley Davidson motorcycles


By Eric Rasmussen


OAKLAND, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol will have some of its Bay Area officers riding Harley Davidson motorcycles as soon as next week, thanks to a dealership in Oakland.

The CHP recently finalized a deal to purchase 121 Harley Davidson Electra Glide motorcycles from Oakland Harley-Davidson.

The Highway Patrol says it will pay $28,381 per motorcycle.

Hayward CHP Officer Tim Moore said Monday that he planned to go to Sacramento next Monday to trade out his BMW motorcycle and begin training on a new Harley.

“I'm excited,” said Moore. “I've had this bike since 2009 and I've logged about 97-thousand miles on it.”

Wear and tear was one of the reasons the CHP it's making the switch, officials said Monday, adding that over 20 percent of its 450 motorcycles have more than 100,000 miles, making them expensive to maintain.

The CHP most recently purchased 2009 BMW's for $23,887 each -- a much cheaper deal, but the higher price tag that comes with the new Harley Davidson motorcycles also comes with a three-year, 60,000 mile warranty.

Oakland Harley-Davidson owner Mike Genthner told KTVU that his business had to compete with Kawasaki, BMW, and other companies for the new contract with the state.

In February, Genthner said the CHP asked his company to build a “test bike” and agreed to award the contract to Harley Davidson after testing the motorcycle.

“To watch them put the bike through its paces was just breathtaking,” said Genthner.

Harley Davidson will begin delivering the motorcycles to Sacramento next week.

Genthner said Monday that Bay Area CHP officers could be among some of the first to take new motorcycles out on the road.




Speeders beware: TPD adds motorcycles to traffic control fleet


Tuesday, Sep 24 2013 06:00 AM


By EMILY BRUNETT Tehachapi News

Related Photos Motor officer Scott Ketcham heads out on one of Tehachapi's newly-purchased BMW motorcycles Thursday, Sept. 19, on Robinson Street.


The city of Tehachapi recently purchased two BMW motorcycle patrol units. The motorcycles are to be used primarily for traffic enforcement, but can also respond as any other police unit. Traffic violators and law breakers should be aware of a new silhouette on the horizon, as the Tehachapi Police Department has added two BMW motorcycles to its vehicle fleet. Each year the city receives $100,000 from the state of California through the Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Fund. Chief Jeff Kermode presented the proposed spending plan to the City Council at its regular meeting Sept. 16.

"Under the founding legislation, it requires that this $100,000 be spent as a supplement to our budgeted general fund monies," he said. "So it cannot be used to supplant anything that is already in the budget."

According to the chief's report, the two bikes were purchased from the City of Taft for $6,000. The bikes have low mileage and are already outfitted with police equipment.

When asked by Mayor Phil Smith how much the motorcycles would cost new, Kermode said, "I believe they're in the $25,000 or $28,000 range, especially as you add on police equipment."

An additional $8,215 will be spent to refurbish the bikes and place Tehachapi graphics, while $3,932 goes to officer training and equipment.

Officer Scott Ketcham is already trained and equipped and has begun patrols on the BMW.

Another officer is scheduled to go through training and begin patrols on the second BMW soon.

"They won't be full-time motorcycle officers," Kermode said. "In the good weather, they'll handle their patrol duties from the bike."

He added that the officers will have the flexibility to go back and forth between the bike and a car, as appropriate.

Although the City Council did not approve the spending plan until Monday at its meeting, TPD had already purchased the motorcycles.

"The Taft Police Department was moving forward with their City Council to declare the motorcycles as surplus property and sell them," the chief said in an email. "In order to avoid potentially losing the deal to another agency, I obtained approval from our City Manager to 'borrow' from our budgeted equipment funds until we could move forward with the SLESF spending plan. The SLESF funds will now pay back the equipment fund so that previously budgeted items can be purchased."

City Manager Greg Garrett explained that such a procedure is standard.

"Sometimes we're required to make decisions on the fly," he said. "But we always want to follow up [with the City Council]. We certainly want to close the loop, always."

Garrett added that they try every year to be very dynamic in their spending of the SLESF money.

The chief budgeted the remaining money toward laptop mounting for two patrol vehicles, a rebuilt engine for the transport van, salary for part-time reserve officers needed during the summer and holidays, the patrol overtime account, and an allocation for a new officer salary.

The new position will be the 15th for the department and the chief called it the "AB 109 Officer." Some of the money for the new officer's salary will come from an AB 109 monetary disbursement from the state, intended to help provide assistance to local agencies dealing with more parolees since prison populations have been reduced.

Kermode said the decision on who will take the position is not final, but is expected to be solidified in mid-October.
















Florida Man Charged After Traveling the Coast with Stolen Motorcycle

Southington police were alerted to the location a Harley-Davidson stolen from a Florida town earlier this year after receiving a tip that the man who took it would be at the Travel Center in Southington to get “travel money” from a friend.


Posted by Jason Vallee (Editor) , September 23, 2013 at 03:50 PM

A Florida man seeking travel money to continue a journey along the east coast saw his road trip come to a dead end earlier this month after police found him in possession of a bike taken from a community neighboring his Florida hometown.

Officers acting on a tip were able to find John Lindsey, 50, sitting on a stolen Harley-Davidson in the parking lot of the Travel Center of America.


“The department received information that John Lindsey would be at the Travel Center of America truck stop on the Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike for a meet up,” Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said. “When officers arrived, he was found in possession of the bike and was taken into custody without incident.”

The model of the bike was not given, but police said the value was “in excess of $10,000.”

Police in Aventura, Fla., said Lindsey was wanted after stealing the Harley-Davidson earlier this year. When officers went to find him in Florida, however, they learned he had fled the state and would be traveling “under the grid” along the east coast.

On Sept. 13, the department learned that Lindsey planned to meet friends at the rest stop to obtain additional travel money and contacted Southington police for assistance.

Lindsey is due back in court on Oct. 2, according to court records.










Motorcycle Ride Benefits Toys For Tots


A motorcycle club made up of active duty and former Marines took to the road Saturday to give back to those in need.

The central Illinois chapter of the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club hosted a benefit run to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots.

The bikers made stops throughout central Illinois, ending at the Curve Inn in Springfield.

"The big concern with Toys for Tots is that it doesn't matter what the circumstances are," motorcycle club member Jay Gaydosh said. "If a family can't afford to buy presents for their kids, we don't want them to go out of pocket for toys when they need to be buying groceries or paying rent."

All the money raised Saturday went to Toys for Tots in Sangamon, Logan, Peoria, and Tazewell counties. The Leathernecks said they raised at least $1,000.









Motorcycle Ride for Terre Haute Humane Society

Morgan Moore

09/22/2013 20:42 PM09/23/2013 00:04 AM

Area motorcycle riders hit the street on Sunday to celebrate a century of service for one local animal shelter.

Dozens road through the Valley this afternoon for the Terre Haute Humane Society's 100 Years of Caring event.

The benefit was aimed at highlighting all of the shelter's work throughout the community in years past, and to spread the word about you can help the group now.

Those who took part say the shelter relies heavily on those throughout the community, and it's up to everyone do to their part.

"The Humane Society depends on not adoptions, but people helping out. Without volunteers that come in and putting their time and energy into it, it just wouldn't go. The staff needs everybody," said volunteer Ed Stewart.

This was the first year for the motorcycle ride.

We have more information on getting involved with your local animal shelter click here.




Victory Church motorcycle ride to Indiana now planned

September 22, 2013 12:10 pm

CAMARGO — Victory Church is planning its final ride of the season to the Rock Run Café and Bakery in Rosedale, Ind. on Oct. 5.

The ride is free and open to everyone no matter what make or model of motorcycle or any church affiliation.

All riders will meet at the church at 8:45 a.m. for sign-in and prayer. They will depart for Indiana at 9:15 a.m.

Rock Run is located in the second oldest town in Indiana and the restaurant was once owned by Hollywood Western movie actor Tex Terry.

Terry had an extensive movie career playing “the bad man” alongside his friends Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and John Wayne.

He started the restaurant, then known as Tex’s Longhorn Tavern. He would tell his Hollywood old west stories behind his old “Wheat Penny Bar” which still remains among much of his movie memorabilia.

The restaurant is ranked No. 1 for Wabash Valley BBQ and prides itself on the generous menu of “fall off the bone” BBQ ribs, fresh cut dry aged steaks, artisan wood-fired brick oven pizza, and their famous signature tenderloins.

There is also outdoor dining overlooking the Roseville Covered Bridge.

The group will be heading east along Route 36 and stop at Ernie Pyle’s rest area. From there they will continue toward the restaurant which is south on Route 41. After lunch the riders will take a scenic route back to Camargo.

Victory Church is located at 100 E. Second St. in Camargo. For more information. go to its website at,  or find them on Facebook.








Lawmakers hear arguments for, against motorcycle helmets



By Frankie Barbato/Daily News Correspondent The MetroWest Daily News Posted Sep 25, 2013 @ 12:01 AM


BOSTON — Even though he was injured in a motorcycle accident, Rick Gleason thinks that Massachusetts motorcyclists should have a choice about wearing a helmet.

Gleason, who started riding motorcycles behind his father at age 5, testified Tuesday on behalf of the Massachusetts Motorcycle Association in support of legislation that would lift the state's requirement that all motorcyclists wear helmets.

"The bills in no way direct you to not wear a helmet, they just give you a choice," he said.

The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation is considering two separate bills that would make helmet use optional. One, filed, by state Rep. Marc Lombardo, D-Billerica, would require riders and passengers under the age of 18 to wear a helmet; the other submitted by state Rep. Anne Gobi, D-Spencer, would set mandatory helmet use under the age of 21. Both lawmakers filed their bills at the request of constituents.

Gleason said the choice of to wear a helmet goes beyond issues of personal safety, noting that the state could be losing revenue from motorcyclists who often choose to ride their motorcycles in states other than Massachusetts that don’t require helmets.

Instead of driving a motorcycle to vacation on Cape Cod, for example, he argued that motorcyclists now ride to places such as New Hampshire that do not mandate helmets.

Massachusetts has required helmets for both drivers and passengers of any age since 1998. There are about 400,000 registered motorcycles in the state.

Testifying against the proposal, Thomas Higbee, a former police officer from Florida, spoke to his own experience riding motorcycles.

"(Without a helmet) you’re unprotected whether you are an adult or a kid," he said.

Higbee, now of Medfield, suffered a traumatic brain injury in 1993 while wearing a helmet and only riding 29 mph on his motorcycle. As a result, the 51-year-old now suffers from memory loss. Speaking haltingly, he said when his head first hit the pavement, his helmet cracked open and could not protect him from another hit on the ground.

Without a helmet, Higbee argued, a motorcyclist’s head would hit the asphalt right away, increasing the risk of life-threatening injuries. He said that because motorcycles do not have seat belts, helmets are necessary to protect against a motorcycle’s momentum.

"It’s your choice," he said. "But it’s your safety."







What crackdown on loud bikes?


By Scot Lehigh | Globe Columnist


Save Now, what was that topic again?

I’m sitting here in my office, looking out over leafy, lovely, peaceful Boston Common, trying to remember that seasonal subject I meant to address before summer bids us a sad goodbye.

Baaa-rooooooom. Baaa-baaa-baaa-rooooom.

Ah yes, that reminds me. Why, I’m almost glad a boorish biker came by, blasting snarls of noise from his unmuffled pipes all over the neighborhood. Nothing like an ear-splitting din to jolt your memory — at least when the subject you’ve forgotten is obnoxiously loud motorcycle pipes.

Here’s the problem: Some motorcyclists have come to believe it’s their constitutional right to bombard the rest of us with auditory assaults from their exhaust pipes. Call them on it and they’ll insist that “loud pipes save lives.” Never mind that there’s no research to support that contention. Or that respectable motorcycle groups are urging bikers to pipe down.

In four years, the Boston police have written two tickets and one warning for violations.

The sonically sensible among us were encouraged back in 2009 when the Boston City Council passed an ordinance requiring that motorcycles operating in the city have pipes with an imprinted stamp saying they comply with EPA noise standards.

That approach is catching on around the country. The EPA compliance stamps aren’t difficult to find. Further, anyone who is motorcycle literate can tell at a glance whether pipes have baffles (that is, whether they are muffled); those lacking any baffles obviously won’t meet the federal standard. Thus it should be easy to pick which ones to stop.

So such a city statute should be a convenient tool — if, that is, a police department cares about nuisance noise.

Back when the ordinance passed, Police Commissioner Ed Davis assured me his department would enforce this quality-of-life measure.

Talk about a pipe dream! At the start of the 2011 summer motorcycling season, I filed a public records request to see how the ordinance was being enforced. Answer: It wasn’t. In two years, the police had written two tickets and one warning, all on the same October day in 2009. After that, nothing.

Now, one might think that once their less-than-lackluster effort was pointed out, an embarrassed department would have shown a little enforcement initiative. But if one thought so, one would have to think again. In early May, I filed another request, asking for any tickets or warnings that had been written pursuant to the ordinance in the last two years.

Weeks passed. Scores of unmuffled motorcycles ridden by attention-hungry throttle jockeys blasted noise around the city, startling pedestrians, interrupting conversations, intruding on outdoor events, and vexing sidewalk cafe-goers and restaurateurs.

On Aug. 9, word came back. As best the department could tell, the police have written no warnings or violations under that ordinance in the last two years.

So, just to clarify: In the four years since this easy-to-enforce ordinance has been in effect, the Boston police have written two tickets and one warning for violations.

This is responsive policing?

“I’m really frustrated,” declares City Councilor Sal LaMattina, who authored the measure because of widespread complaints from his North End constituents. “They should be enforcing it. It’s not that hard. They just have to look for the stamp.”

Mind you, I’m not suggesting that this should be a top police priority. But it wouldn’t take a huge enforcement effort to get word around that the police are serious about cracking down on loud pipes.

Contrariwise, an ordinance that isn’t enforced quickly becomes toothless. Sadly, this hasn’t even qualified as a low priority for the Menino administration; it’s been a no priority. Which is strange, because I’ve gotten enough e-mail on the subject to know that motorcycle noise pollution is something people care deeply about. And not just in Boston, but in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth.

So what to do? LaMattina has some advice: If you are bothered by loud pipes, call the commissioner’s office and complain (617-343-4500).

I’d add this. We Bostonians now have a dozen mayoral hopefuls seeking our votes. Over the next few weeks, you will have ample chances to meet them. If you are upset about motorcycle noise, let them know. Ask for a commitment that, if elected, they will do better than Mayor Menino and Commissioner Davis at enforcing the anti-loud-pipes ordinance.

Lord knows, they couldn’t do any worse.





Attleboro Weighs in on Motorcycle Noise


Does motorcycle noise bother you?


by Patrick Maguire (Editor) , September 22, 2013 at 06:03 PM


Last week, a Patch reader posted on our "Boards" regarding motorcycle noise in the neighborhood.

Patch took to Facebook asking residents if motorcycles bothered them and quickly got a flurry of responses. Read what some Attleboro Patch readers had to say:


People are free to ride bikes! Tara Bryan Finn The bikes don't bother me, but the ridiculous mufflers have got to go. Many of the bikes I see have double exhaust or something different than the standard... The noise literally shakes my house!! Gloria McCormick I live on a busy street and I hate the noise from some motorcycles. It seems like they've done something to make them louder than normal, it's horrible! Jen Crowder Why are only motorcycles being accused? There are many cars that are just as loud or worse with their modified exhausts and even worse their horrific "systems" rattling the car apart and the homes they drive by Jackelyn Kimball There are some very curtious bikers with loud pipes, that don't "open them up" every second they get.. I highly respect them for that. I think motorcycles are awesome.. But those obnoxious EXTRA loud pipes that are "saving lives", are making mine miserable on a daily basis. I am looking forward to snow.















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MICHIGAN: Honoring Detroit Police Officer Rodney Jones 


Detroit, MI (PRWEB) September 24, 2013


On Saturday, September 14th, during the motorcycle event, “Bikes on the Bricks” held in Flint, Michigan, Rodney Jones, 49, a Detroit Police Officer of 28 years, collapsed during a rider skills competition.

“On behalf of the motorcycle community, I extend condolences to Rodney Jones’ family,” says Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Jason Waechter. “It is truly a loss for city of Detroit and motorcyclists everywhere."

The Detroit News reported on September 15th, Officer Mike Pacteles who worked with Jones said “I looked up to Rodney; he was a true leader and always had an answer. He was never afraid to say what was on his mind. (The unit) will never be the same.”

According to MLive on September 15th, while practicing for a police training seminar around 4 p.m., Jones suddenly stopped his motorcycle and fell to the ground. Genesee County paramedics were on the scene immediately and started treatment. He was transported to Hurley Medical Center where he died of an apparent medical condition.

In the same article, his wife Mone Jones said “He was a great, humble, caring police officer and guy,” who attended the tribute alongside son Kalon. “He loved everyone, he was a helper. He would want anyone to call him for help.

Officers gathered for Sunday’s events in Flint wore black bands across their badges, in honor of Jones’s passing. Mone said “He loved the guys, his fellow officers, but Jones served for another purpose as well. He loved just trying to make a difference in the community, in law enforcement,” she said. “He believed in doing the right thing.”

Funeral arrangements were held over the weekend and on Monday, September 23rd.










Mississippi River Flood Run brings wave of motorcycles


Monday, September 23, 2013 8:23 am | Updated:

10:29 am, Mon Sep 23, 2013.

Mississippi River Flood Run brings wave of motorcycles Brett Boese, Post-Bulletin Company, LLC

LAKE CITY — Thousands of motorcyclists hit the roads along the Mississippi River as part of the 48th annual Fall Flood Run on Saturday, and safety was on people's minds.

There have been 54 rider deaths in Minnesota so far this year. There were 20 deaths in July alone, making it the second-deadliest month for motorcyclists in the last 15 years. On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety issued a release urging all motorists to exercise "extreme caution" along the scenic river routes between the Twin Cities and Winona.












Bay police now have motorcycles at no cost to taxpayers


Sep 23, 2013 12:42 PM EDT

By Michelle Lady -


BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - The Bay St. Louis Police Department has used cars and trucks to get around since the department was first established, but now officers have a new choice to add to the fleet: Motorcycles.

"We are going to use them right now for special events, parades, Cruisin' the Coast, Second Saturday, and eventually we will start using them for traffic enforcement in our subdivisions," Chief Mike DeNardo said.

Motorcycles have many advantages for police officers. The cycles can get through traffic and large crowds easier, use less gas, the bikes are also better for parades and funeral escorts.

Officer Duane Caughlin is working right now on a grant for radars on the bikes so they can be used for traffic enforcement, too.

The vehicles were donated by the St. Tammany Sheriff's Department in Louisiana. That department gets new bikes every few years.

"It's an end of a long period working for them," Caughlin said, "I've been working with the Sheriff of St. Tammany Parish, Jack Strain, trying to get the bikes for the past three years and we finally got them. Proud to have them."

That is not all St. Tammany has donated, the department will also allow Bay St. Louis officers who will be riding the bikes to take part in its week long certification course.

"We really appreciate it," DeNardo said. "It is something that means a lot to us."

The bikes are two years old and have only 40,000 miles on them. Brand new, the Harley Davidson bikes cost around $26,000 each, and that doesn't include the added cost of police lights.






Cannonball Run to stop in Cape next September


Monday, September 23, 2013
By Keith Lewis ~ Southeast Missourian

Although it's nearly a year away, plans are being made to welcome riders of the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Run to Cape Girardeau.

"It's a race that tests the endurance of a motorcycle and its rider," said Danny Essner, local event chairman. "We're looking forward to the riders getting here."

The Motorcycle Cannonball Run, a cross-country race consisting of about 100 riders on pre-1937 motorcycles, is a 4,100-mile competition that will begin Sept. 5 in Daytona Beach, Fla. A specific route will be navigated by riders during a 17-day trek to their final destination of Tacoma, Wash. The riders and their vintage motorcycles are scheduled to make an overnight stop Sept. 9 in Cape Girardeau.

According to Essner, participants in the Motorcycle Cannonball Run will enter Cape Girardeau from Illinois after crossing the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. Their motorcycles will be displayed on Spanish Street after they arrive.

"Everything is in the early stages right now," he said, "but we're thinking about having a motorcycle parade down Broadway to Kingshighway that may include local motorcycles."

Essner also served as local chairman of the 2013 Hemmings Motor News Great Race, which saw vintage automobiles roll into Cape Girardeau on June 25. The city took Best Overnight Stop City honors for its efforts in welcoming Great Racers. It was because of those efforts that Motorcycle Cannonball Run officials included Cape Girardeau as an overnight stop.

"The man that designed the route for Great Race has also designed the 2014 Cannonball Run," Essner said. "He knew we had a good experience with the Great Race, and he called me to ask if we'd be interested in hosting an overnight stop. I said, 'Sure.'"

John Classen, designer of the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Run, could not be reached by the Southeast Missourian. In a news release about the Motorcycle Cannonball Run by the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau, Classen said the route the riders will take will not be simple.

"I expect the riders will find this run inspiring," he said.

The economic benefits of hosting the Motorcycle Cannonball run are twofold, said Chuck Martin, executive director of the bureau.

"First is the race itself," Martin said. "We'll have 100 motorcyclists coming to town along with their support teams. As with the Great Race, that will benefit our hotels and restaurants. Second is the people that will be drawn to the event. They will be coming downtown from all over the area to see the motorcycles, and businesses there should benefit accordingly."

A business owner who already is excited about the Motorcycle Cannonball Run is Misty Thrower, owner of the Bel Air Grill at 26 S. Spanish St.

"We have plenty of time to prepare," Thrower said. "Having the motorcycles here will be a good thing, like it was when the cars came."

Thrower said that when the Great Race came to town, her business experienced an increase in revenue.

"It was fun, and we had a good night," she said. "We had our regulars, but we also had a lot of customers that had come because of the cars. I hope it happens again."


Pertinent address:

400 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

26 S. Spanish St., Cape Girardeau, Mo.










New Nevada Law Lets Motorcycles Go on Red


By: Joe Harrington - Email Updated: Mon 9:37 PM, Sep 23, 2013

Bikers Running Red Lights Click here to find out more! RENO -- Under a new law, motorcyclists will be allowed to go through red lights. Starting October 1, if a motorcyclist comes to a red light at a signal that doesn't seem to be working or has failed to detect the motorcycle, the rider will be allowed to go through. Assembly bill 117 enables motorcyclists, moped, trimobile and bike riders to go through red lights after waiting for two rounds of the signal without getting a green light.

The Nevada Highway Patrol said signals use sensors to detect metal, which may make it more difficult to detect motorcycles than vehicles.

The new law still requires motorcycles to stop at a light, and only proceed through a red if it's safe.

"Striker," a motorcycle rider, said there has been some confusion among inexperienced riders about what to do when a signal malfunctions.

"They end up making a right hand turn across two or three lanes because they don't know what to do," he said.

Nevada has launched a web site to educate people on the new law.






Street Vibrations Receives Special Events Grant From Reno


Posted: Sep 23, 2013 6:44 PM EDT Updated: Sep 23, 2013 9:14 PM EDT


Street Vibrations brings thousands of motorcyclists to northern Nevada and has become the fourth largest motorcycle event in the country. This year the City of Reno is participating in the form of a special events grant, which will provide $25,000 in in-kind city services. Alexis Hill, who is the City of Reno Special Events Manager, says the grant only pays for some of the costs. "A park rental, a street closure, police services. It's not their entire cost," said Hill.

Street Vibrations is considered a "legacy event" but in order to receive the grant, it had to show what it brings to our area. "That they have a national recognition, that their event is unique to the area, that their event serves the outside community, brings in tax dollars and serves the citizens," said Hill.

Chester's Reno Harley Davidson says September is its biggest month of the year. Amy Baker says the Harley dealership is busy getting ready for expanded events during Street Vibrations. "Everyone's excited," she said. "We've changed our entire layout. We have a full size stage and party area in the back." Chester's is bringing in nationally recognized talent, a motorcycle show and contest; and concerts featuring well-known bands.

Thousands of motorcycle riders mean big business for people who sell gear and accessories. "This is our biggest year ever," said Baker. "We have a lot going on and some of the best vendors in the industry will be on our property."

Street Vibrations means lots of motorcyclists on the streets in Sparks, Reno, Virginia City and Carson City., You'll see them as they arrive for the concerts, shopping and special events. In downtown Reno Virginia street will be closed starting Tuesday at 8 am, and through the weekend. It opens again on Sunday at 9 PM.




Nugget moves Street Vibrations events inside this year


Street Vibrations events at the John Ascuaga’s Nugget will be staged inside the hotel and casino this year, meaning there won’t be any outside venders at the West Special Events Plaza in Sparks.

“We’re welcoming the change in the event layout here at the Nugget,” said Lauren Garber, a spokeswoman for the Nugget, in a statement. “While vendors are an important part of the event, most visitors tell us they’re here to ride their motorcycles and spend time dining, enjoying live entertainment, and gambling.”

For those visitors who want to check out the vendors, there will be a free shuttle from the Nugget’s valet area to Downtown Reno every half hour. The shuttle runs 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

“The Nugget encourages event-goers to take advantage of the free shuttle to help keep our roads safe,” Garber said.

Meanwhile, the Nugget will continue to enforce a No Colors/No Weapons policy during the event. Anyone wearing colors affiliated with any motorcycle group will be asked to remove the item.

For more information on the Nugget’s code of conduct, visit






Barb's Harley-Davidson Announces 26th Anniversary Party


Mt. Ephraim, NJ -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/23/2013 -- Barb’s Harley-Davidson, one of the largest Harley-Davidson retailers in the tri-state area, is pleased to announce their 26th Anniversary party on Saturday, October 26. Barb’s is inviting any and all customers to join in the celebration, as it is those valued customers that have enabled Barb’s to stay in business for over two-and-a-half decades. While attending the party, guests can check out the showroom with all-new 2014 Harley’s on display, as well as a variety of Kawasaki, Yamaha and BMW motorcycles.

Bring any and all bikes to the anniversary party to have them pinstriped by Letterfly, a custom artist. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet MMA fighter Derrick Kennington as Barb’s celebrates 26 years of quality service and continues to provide the best Harley-Davidson selection around. Guests will enjoy music and food while conversing with other bike lovers during the celebration.

Located in Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey, Barb’s serves as a premier retailer for any Harley-Davidson in PA, and riders can come back over the bridge to help celebrate the anniversary while displaying their bike for all to see. Interact with fellow riders, and plan to take part in one of the many motorcycle rides run by Barb’s Harley Davidson.

If looking for a Harley-Davidson in New York, take the trip down I-95 and consider a test drive on a new Harley-Davidson. Customers and party guests can shop for genuine Harley-Davidson apparel and shop for new accessories for the bike. Barb’s has a special offer for a free two-year warranty on Harley-Davidson parts and accessories. The parts need to be installed within 60 days of a new motorcycle purchase and the trained motorcycle technicians will fine-tune and make any bike customized at the request of the individual.

For those riders who wish to store their bikes for the winter, Barb’s will take care of that and have the bike ready to ride next summer. For more information about the free two-year warranty or to inquire about purchasing a new or pre-owned Harley-Davidson, please call toll-free at 855-844-2272 or visit their website today and remember, No One Walks.

About Barb’s Harley-Davidson Barb’s Harley-Davidson started out in 1986 with only 7 employees. With a lot of hard work and dedication, Barb has grown it in to a company with over 50 employees. Barb’s has a complete service department with over 10 full-time factory trained technicians and one can be sure to be greeted in their pressure free environment. Barb’s has won six Harley-Davidson Bar & Shield Awards, a Harley-Davidson Credit Eastern Dealer of The Year Award, a Top V-Rod Sales Award and several community awards.







A safety nightmare, as motorcycle accidents take heavy toll in WNY

WNY motorcycle accidents have killed 13 people, ranging in age from 18 to 70, since May, as high speed, difficult visibility and driver error create a safety nightmare

Photo of Frederick Garrasi III, Evans off-duty police officer, is shown by parents Frederick Jr. and Renee at their Angola home. Their son was killed when a car cut off his motorcycle


Frederick Garrasi was on his way to the dentist in early May when his Yamaha motorcycle collided with a car that cut in front of him on Lake Shore Road in Hamburg. Garrasi, an Evans off-duty police officer, was thrown into the path of an oncoming vehicle and killed.

Patrick Conway was heading to school on his high-performance motorcycle in Clarence when police pulled him over for having no license plate. Conway fled the scene at speeds of up to 100 mph, according to witnesses, and crashed head-on into a BMW. The 18-year-old was killed instantly, just weeks before his high school graduation.

At least 13 men and women, ranging in age from 18 to 70, have been killed on motorcycles since May, according to reports compiled by law enforcement agencies throughout Western New York.

The reports indicate:

• In four fatal accidents, motorcyclists were found to be speeding. In two of the cases, police suspect that the motorcyclists who died were street racing.

• Five of the accidents were attributed to the inability of the motorcyclist to negotiate a turn or curve. Two of those occurred on highway on/off ramps.

• Two motorcyclists collided with a vehicle driven by a motorist who was cited for unsafe lane change or illegal U-turn.

“When motor vehicles are a factor, many times motorists are not paying attention,” said Trooper Michael J. Niezgoda Jr. of the State Police Motorcycle Unit.

“Motorcycles are smaller, but they are well-lit these days. It’s state law, you have to have a headlight on. Motorists are turning left in front of them, or they’re turning right on red and not fully stopping, which is causing the motorcyclist to perform evasive action.”

In one accident, the motorcyclist was driving without an operator’s license.

“We’re finding a lot of this,” Niezgoda said. “A lot of people will get their permit and go out on the road, but they will fail to have a licensed operator with them.”

A State Police motorcycle checkpoint – one of a half-dozen conducted at various locations throughout the riding season – examined 450 motorcycles May 19 in Orchard Park. Ninety-four traffic summonses were issued, including 55 for illegal helmets, two for having no license and one for driving while intoxicated, according to Niezgoda.

In 2011, the state Department of Motor Vehicles recorded 168 fatal accidents out of 5,336 total motorcycle accidents. Of the 171 people killed, 162 were motorcycle drivers, six were passengers, and three were pedestrians.

The numbers are slightly down from 2010, when 5,570 motorcycle accidents resulted in the deaths of 180 people, the DMV reported.

“There is rarely, if ever, a single cause for a motorcycle accident,” said Rick Palmer, an instructor with the Motorcycle Safety School in West Seneca and Angola.

“One contributing factor is improper cornering. That’s a technique you learn. Speed is a contributing factor. Alcohol definitely. Inexperience to some degree.”

‘They become invisible’

A motorist triggered the swift chain of events that killed Garrasi shortly after noon May 3, according to Capt. Kevin A. Trask of the Hamburg Police Department. Lorraine P. Pelc, 65, of Lake View, was cited for unsafe lane change and failing to yield the right of way when making a right on red.

“She changes lanes in front of the motorcycle, which strikes the driver’s side of her car,” Trask said. “He’s driven into the opposing lane and is struck by another car. She didn’t even know she hit him.”

Garrasi’s mother, Renee, vividly recalled the day her only son died. He was headed to a noon dental appointment for a root canal after working an overnight shift at the Evans Police Department.

“I got him up at 11; I said goodbye to him, and that was it. I never saw him again,” she said. “The Evans police chief and secretary came here to tell me, but I didn’t put it together right away.

“I invited them in, and by the time I got to my dining room table, the light bulb clicked. I never let the chief really say what happened. He never said that Freddy had passed. If he said the words, it was actually true. Then I started screaming.”

Trask pointed to high speed and alcohol as factors in many of the motorcycle accidents he has investigated. Neither played a role in the accident that killed Garrasi.

“It’s the 2,000-pound metal machines that surrounded him,” Trask said. “That’s what we see. How do you remedy that? It takes a split second, and then it’s all over, because there is no protection on a motorcycle.”

In the Town of Le Roy, Joshua J. Lowery, of Brockport, was killed by a Florida motorist shortly after 6:30 a.m. Aug. 23, reported Chief Gordon L. Dibble of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. Lowery, who was driving a 1998 Suzuki, was westbound on North Road when he collided with a car driven by Jeffrey J. Simek, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

Simek, 55, was cited for making an improper U-turn, Dibble said.

Danger of ‘ape hangers’

Palmer, the motorcycle instructor, has been riding for 40 years. He advises his students to stay in the left-third of their lane.

“That allows us to see up the road, and it puts our headlight in the side-view mirror of the car in front of us,” Palmer said. “Nobody sees us. As soon as someone gets on a motorcycle, they become invisible.”

Charles “Crazy Charlie” Seiler, a member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club, had an infectious smile, according to friends who signed his online bereavement book. He was always willing to help friends and strangers alike, they noted.

On Sunday, May 5, the day he died, Seiler was transporting a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for a friend. His wife, Donna, was following him in a van, according to Town of Tonawanda Police Lt. Paul A. Yacono, senior accident investigator. But as Seiler, 44, drove the motorcycle on a curved ramp that connected the Niagara Thruway with the Youngmann Highway in the town, the experienced cyclist lost control.

“For whatever reason, he went straight through the grassy ditch and out into traffic instead of turning,” Yacono said. “He drove into a minivan. What’s perplexing is why he didn’t dump the bike. There was a lot of grass there, and he had experience driving.”

The handlebars, called “ape hangers,” on the motorcycle Seiler was driving extended 16 inches upward, Yacono said. The handlebars conformed to state motorcycle law, which says they must not be higher than the driver’s shoulders.

“We asked three people who were the same height as Seiler to sit on the bike and test the legality of the handlebars,” Yacono said. “For anyone shorter than 6 feet, the handlebars would have been illegal. Once those are above your shoulders, your ability to turn is reduced.”

‘As fast as you can go’

Ape hangers absolutely contribute to accidents, Palmer said.

“They are too high and don’t offer the proper control,” he said. “It’s definitely way more difficult to maneuver when your hands are above your head. It’s uncomfortable.”

The “novelty helmet” Seiler wore was not legal, Yacono said. The “skull” or “beanie” helmets do not conform to federal Department of Transportation safety specifications, he said. Nationally, use of DOT-approved motorcycle helmets increased significantly to 66 percent in 2011, up from 54 percent in 2010, based on the National Occupant Protection Use Survey.

Unsafe speed, according to the DMV summary of motorcycle crashes for 2011, was a factor in 16.5 percent of total accidents, second only to failure to yield the right of way, at 16.7 percent.

“If you’re crazy enough to get on a motorcycle and go as fast as you can possibly go, you’re asking for an accident,” Palmer said. “Right now, one of the biggest problems we have is kids on sports bikes. They drive too fast, weave in and out of traffic, pop wheelies, do all this crazy stuff you should not do on a motorcycle.”

Eric Fontaine, 21, is suspected of racing another motorcyclist May 17 before he pulled into the center lane on Transit Road in Depew at a high rate of speed and collided with a car. Fontaine, who had just returned from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, died at the scene.

“You’re on Transit Road, where there are high volumes of traffic. People can come out of any driveway, and you’re going double or triple the speed limit and you expect your skill and attentiveness and the equipment on the motorcycle to be able to react,” Niezgoda said. “Those factors, to me, are operating beyond your skill level.”

Motorcyclists who want to brush up their skills have at least two choices locally:

• The New York State Motorcycle Safety Program ( offers a 15-hour training program, including classroom and on-motorcycle instruction. The course is designed for beginner and re-entry riders and allows them to learn or review basic riding skills. Approximately one-quarter of all new motorcycle licenses issued in 2008 were earned by completing the Basic Rider Course.

• Motorcycle Safety School (, headquartered in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, has eight locations in the state, including recently opened sites in Angola and West Seneca. It also provides the Basic Rider Course for road test waiver benefits.





Pocono motorcycle club builds community


By CAMILO H. SMITH Pocono Record Writer September 23, 2013


Juan Molina said he enjoys the breeze when he rides without a helmet through the Poconos on his Harley-Davidson 1200 cc motorcycle.

But there's a problem: His wife hates it when he rides like that.

"Only when my wife gets on my case" does he put on a helmet, he said.

Molina is part of the Pocono chapter of the Latino American Motorcycle Association, a 30-member group with a shared love of helping the community and hitting the open road on two wheels.

Two years ago, the local LAMA chapter was accredited to join the multinational brotherhood and sisterhood of motorcycle riders that began in Chicago in the 1970s and extends to chartered groups in Spain, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

It's a nonprofit organization, and the local chapter has held cancer fundraisers and recently awarded a Pleasant Valley High School graduate a $2,000 scholarship.

The group will hold its second annual community awards show Oct. 12 at the Fernwood Resort Hotel & Convention Center in Bushkill.

The event features a dance contest, a fall foliage ride through the Pocono Mountains and a pool party for kids and family.

"The motorcycle club is open to everyone of every race, creed and color," said Molina who moved to Effort more than 10 years ago after living his entire life in Brooklyn.

He works as the organization's business manager.

"We call ourselves an 'international humanist motorcycle association.'" Basically, if you enjoy riding the open road on a motorcycle, you're welcome to join the group.

Despite its name, LAMA isn't just about having members of Hispanic origin, though, according to Molina, many of the local members are of Puerto Rican heritage.

LAMA hopes the event will take place yearly as a way to celebrate community spirit. More than 400 people showed up to last year's event, which drew motorcycle enthusiasts from all over northeastern Pennsylvania.

"We're about riding together and having fun," said Molina.

For more information on the upcoming LAMA Poconos Chapter events, visit or contact Juan Molina at 570-730-8445 or email







Hundreds Of Motorcyclists Participated In Saturday's Trail Of Tears Ride


Monday, September 23, 2013 - by Eddie Rahm


The annual Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride left Riverfront Parkway Saturday morning amid the thunder of exhaust from hundreds of motorcycles. Following an opening prayer for the safety of the participants, the riders began their trek to Florence, Ala.

This event yearly attracts riders who represent a cross section of different ages, color, and gender from every part of the U.S.A. with participants from as far away as Canada. The Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride originated in Chattanooga in 1994 and has become what is claimed to be the largest organized motorcycle ride in the world.

The riders began to pull out at 8 a.m. with an impressive group of Chattanooga and Florence motorcycle policemen as their escorts. This year’s event was complicated by steady, and at times, pouring rain. But just as the original participants continued their forced trek in threatening weather conditions, the bikers who were commemorating the Trail of Tears continued their ride in conditions very dangerous to motorcycles on large group rides.

These sturdy folks once again displayed an example of how the motorcycle community is committed to supporting worthy causes throughout the communities they represent. It was 8:15 a.m. before the last bike made its exit from Riverfront Parkway, forming a double line of motorcycles that historically has stretched out approximately 30 miles along Highway 41 to Jasper.

The Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride was the brainchild of Bill Cason in 1994 to raise public awareness about one of the Trail of Tears routes that ran from Ross’s Landing in Chattanooga to Waterloo, Ala.

Each year the proceeds from the sale of approved vendor merchandise go toward scholarships presented to needy Native American students and the placement of Trail of Tears Route road signs. The economic impact of the ride is significant in the cities where participants spend the night, as well as other communities where the thousands of bikers stop for fuel and food. 








Wisconsin man pleads no contest, faces decades in prison for Muskegon Motorcycle Gang deaths


By John S. Hausman  September 24, 2013 at 7:11 PM


MUSKEGON, MI – Eric “Rick” VanDam of Muskegon wishes the driver who cost VanDam his leg and two of his friends would have looked him in the eye when they sat a few feet apart Tuesday in a Wisconsin courtroom packed with bikers and supporters.

But VanDam says he’s reasonably satisfied with a plea agreement that will put Clinton Lovelace behind bars for decades.


Clinton Lovelace MLive file photo Lovelace, 26, entered pleas Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 24, that convicted him of two counts of homicide by negligent use of a motor vehicle and three counts of reckless injury/endangering safety. The pleas were entered in Fond du Lac, Wisc.

Lovelace will be sentenced Feb. 6. Under a plea agreement, his maximum sentence could be more than 30 years, while the minimum will likely be capped at 20 years, although the judge will make the final sentencing decision.

Lovelace now stands convicted of plowing his car into a group of Muskegon-area motorcyclists May 31, 2012, near Fond du Lac. The crash killed two Muskegon residents and injured eight others.

Muskegon Motorcycle Gang riders Daniel Winsemius and Douglas Yonkers died in the crash. VanDam lost a leg and suffered other medical complications. He now uses a wheelchair.

Authorities say the riders were struck when a car driven by Lovelace crossed the center line and barreled head-on into the group of 12 motorcycles on U.S. 151. The riders had taken the Lake Express ferry from Muskegon to Milwaukee and were heading north to the Mackinac Bridge as part of their annual Bridge Run.

VanDam and six other Muskegonites traveled to Wisconsin for Lovelace’s Tuesday plea hearing.

They had plenty of company. “The courtroom was jampacked,” VanDam said in a telephone interview after the plea hearing. “All the ABATE guys and Harley guys were there. It was standing room only.” As with every court hearing for Lovelace, dozens of members of Wisconsin ABATE, a motorcycle rights and safety organization, filled the courtroom to show support for their Michigan comrades.

VanDam said he’s all right with the plea agreement, although it included the dismissal of several counts.

VanDam sat in the front row of the courtroom directly behind the prosecutor. He estimates he was about 12 feet from Lovelace.

“He was in the room already when we went in there,” VanDam said. “I wanted the guy to look at me. I wanted to make eye contact with him.

“It was a little different being that close to him. ... It was just kind of surreal seeing the kid. I just wanted to see him kind of put it on a personal level.”

VanDam said he and other victims and family members met with the prosecutor afterward. He and others plan to speak at Lovelace’s sentencing, something the prosecutor encouraged.

Lovelace entered no-contest pleas to the vehicular homicide counts. No-contest pleas aren’t an admission of guilt, but result in conviction and are treated like guilty pleas at sentencing. They’re allowed under several circumstances, including when civil lawsuits are possible and when, as in Lovelace’s case, the defendant claims not to remember the crime.

He entered what are called “Alford pleas” to the three reckless endangerment counts. Those are guilty pleas where the defendant does not admit the act and asserts innocence but admits that enough evidence exists that a prosecutor likely could convince a jury to convict.

Lovelace originally was charged with two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, three counts of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle, five counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, two counts of bail jumping and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Blood drawn more than three hours after the crash showed the presence of the narcotic painkiller Oxycodone in Lovelace’s system, and syringes and narcotics were found in Lovelace’s pockets at the hospital where he was treated afterward.

But difficulties in determining how much of the drug was in Lovelace’s system at the time of the crash presented potential problems for the prosecution at trial, contributing to the plea agreement.

VanDam isn’t disappointed with the way things turned out, and he noted that the judge could still impose a longer sentence.

“I’m glad we came,” he said. “And, you know, even if it is 20 years, that doesn’t bring anybody back, but it’s a long time for a kid his age.”







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Immediate Action Needed

 The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is putting together their Highway Safety Plan for 2014-2016. They have an online survey that will literally only take about a minute to answer. This survey will allow one more avenue for us to make our voices heard concerning a couple of key issues that we discussed with our legislators on Lobby Day.
(survey link is included at the bottom of this text.)


In Section 1, we are asking our members to check the boxes for "Reduce Motorcycle Crashes" and "Enhance EMS to Increase Survivability".

In Section 2, we are asking our members to type in the box: "Reduce Motorcycle Crashes - Develop full-blown motorcycle awareness and crash avoidance campaign."

In Section 3, we are asking our members to type in the box: "Enhance EMS to Increase Survivability - Improve first response for motorcycle trauma and develop module on trauma for EMT's. Encourage bystander training."

In Sections 12 and 13, pick whatever answers best describe you.

That's it! Your voice as an ABATE of Wisconsin member will now be heard in Madison when they discuss the results in October! Thanks for participating and helping to promote motorcycle awareness and motorcycle trauma training.

The link to the survey is: 





About ABATE of Wisconsin, Inc.

ABATE of Wisconsin Inc.'s goal is to give the motorcyclist's of Wisconsin a strong, united voice, with regard to their future, their way of life, their safety, and their legal rights as motorcyclists and citizens.


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Bosch's new motorcycle stability system that makes braking, accelerating at corners safer

 24 Sep 2013 / 1OD Newsdesk
Staff Writer

Bosch has developed a motorcycle stability control (MSC) that ensures safety and stability in all riding situations. So if you are braking hard while leaning into a bend on a slippery road or accelerating on wet surface, the MSC system will ensure that you can do so without a mishap. MSC supports the biker during both braking and accelerating, and while riding straight as well as while cornering. The system will be available at the end of 2013 with the KTM 1190 Adventure and 1190 Adventure R 2014 models.

The MSC is basically a further improved ABS, with enhanced electronics and sensors.The system constantly measures all key motorcycle data: wheel speed, lean angle, pitch angle, acceleration, braking pressure and many more. This data helps recognise critical situations and informs ABS to intervene, thereby preventing the wheels from locking when braking, stopping the wheels spinning and preventing the front and rear wheels from lifting. The system also ensures that braking force is distributed optimally over both wheels.

The traction control regulates torque and allows better grip. The eCBS electronic combined brake system distributes brake force between the wheels, and stabilises the bike during cornering.

Wheel sensors measure the rotational speed of the front and rear wheels, and an inertia sensor module computes the vehicle’s lean and pitch angles more than 100 times per second. By analysing the sensor data, the difference in speed between front and rear wheels, as well as other motorcycle-specific parameters such as tyre size, tyre shape, and sensor location, the ABS control unit calculates the physical limits of brake force on the basis of lean angle.

If the MSC recognises that a wheel is starting to lock, the ABS control unit activates the pressure modulator in the hydraulic brake circuit. This lowers the brake pressure and builds it up again within a fraction of a second, with the result that exactly as much brake pressure is applied as is necessary to keep each wheel from locking.

“Almost one in two fatal motorcycle accidents occurs in a bend. The Bosch MSC motorcycle stability control can help further reduce the number of accidents,” said Gerhard Steiger, president – Bosch Chassis Systems Control division.








Driving corruption-free India message on Harley Davidson

 Updated: 24th September 2013 12:27 PM

His age is not a deterrent as far as his passion for riding goes. Sixty-nine-year-old Govinda Mohanty is all set to ride through the country on his Harley Davidson from September 25 to spread the message of anti-corruption.

Mohanty, who is known for taking his bike for long rides, has set himself an ambitious target to cover more than 9,200 kms in a little over a month. He will be travelling from Bhubaneswar to Kanyakumari and from there to Chail in Himachal Pradesh on his prized two-wheeler.

Despite his family trying to dissuade him from taking such adventures head on, nothing seems to deter Mohanty from taking the ride of his life. “Despite my family’s apprehension, my friends’ encouragement drives me to take up such adventures,” said Mohanty and his friends gave a resounding agreement to his statement.

He has had prior experience of long rides with his Harley Davidson. Last year, he made a trip to Goa on his Harley Davidson. This year’s drive will be the longest journey that he has set for himself. He wants to spread a message against corruption through his journey.

In the first leg of his journey, Mohanty will go from Bhubaneswar to Visakhapatnam and then to Vijaywada. From Vijaywada he will go to Chennai and his journey in South India will conclude at Mahabalipuram, where a Harley Davidson meet has been scheduled. Harley Davidson riders from all over India will congregate there.

Mohanty said he had set himself a target of covering about 500 kms everyday so that he can stick to his schedule. He is scheduled to reach Mahabalipuram before September 29. If he reaches Delhi before October 12, he will tour Srinagar before coming to Chail. Otherwise, he will directly go to Chail where another Harley Davidson meet has been scheduled.

Out of a few travel rules that he has set for himself, not driving at night is most important.

“I will station myself in a ‘dhaba’ if the need arises, but I will not drive during the night time,” said Mohanty, adding that he will do this to ensure safety.

He is expected to be back in Bhubaneswar by October 30. This time, Mohanty’s 26-year-old friend Sandeep Patro is expected to accompany him.













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ALLY POLICE BLOTTER By - STAFF REPORT Posted: September 22, 2013 at 1:48 a.m.

Fayetteville Accidents Police responded to a motorcycle crash near 2908 N. College Avenue at 12:20 a.m. Saturday. Gerald Stark lost control of his motorcycle while traveling southbound on College Avenue. He suffered minor injuries.









Calif motorcycle officer killed after collision

The Associated Press

Sunday, Sep. 22, 2013 - 5:19 pm

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. -- A 41-year-old Laguna Beach police officer has died when his motorcycle crashed into a pickup truck.

Police say Officer Jon Coutchie was driving on Pacific Coast Highway late Saturday after responding to a call of a speeding motorist when he collided with the truck. He died at the scene.

Coutchie had been an officer for the past four year after serving in the Army from 2003 to 2007. He was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

His death is the department's first line-of-duty death since 1953.

The crash remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.





CO: 2 men die in accidents at Colorado National Monument

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.—Two men are dead following separate accidents on Colorado National Monument.One man died in a motorcycle crash Thursday and the other from a fall from a cliff Wednesday.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, the motorcyclist is believed to have hit a wall.

Park officials say Mesa County Search and Rescue teams retrieved the body of a person who accidentally fell off Cold Shivers Point on Wednesday.








1 dead in Key Largo motorcycle crash

KEYSNET.COM A crash in Key Largo early Monday morning involving a motorcycle, likely from the annual Poker Run, resulted in a death, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Another vehicle was involved but no other details were available.

The troopers’ website says the crash happened around 4:45 a.m. at mile marker 106 northbound. Both U.S. 1 lanes were blocked, detouring traffic from the mainland to the Keys to Card Sound Road.








Motorcycle fatality followed police chase

By Bianca Cain Johnson Staff Writer Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 11:48 AM

An Augusta man had been fleeing from deputies just minutes before he lost control of his motorcycle and died Monday afternoon, police said.

The biker was identified as 30-year-old Jason Steven Ycaza.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew said a deputy tried to stop two motorcycles without license plates shortly before 5 p.m. Mon­day but that both fled at high speed.

The deputy gave up the pursuit on Windsor Spring Road after both motorcyclists got out of reach, but he continued to patrol the area in search of them.

Chew said the deputy discovered one wrecked motorcycle at the Rosier Road intersection.

The Georgia State Patrol handled the crash investigation.

A state patrol spokesman said Ycaza was traveling at high speed and didn’t stop for a red light at Windsor Spring and Rosier roads about 5 p.m. The motorcycle entered the intersection and collided with a vehicle making a left turn.

Ycaza was thrown from the motorcycle and died as a result of his injuries.

Police never located the other motorcyclist.










Motorcycle Driver Killed in Vanderburgh County Crash

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Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Deputies say the driver of a motorcycle died early Tuesday morning after being hit from behind by a car.

The crash happened around 5:00 at the intersection of Highway 41 and Inglefield Road. Deputies say the motorcycle was stopped at a red light when it was hit behind by the oncoming vehicle, killing the driver instantly. The victim has been identified as 47-year-old Kenneth Pederson of Evansville.

The driver of the car, 55-year-old Jacob Deom, told deputies he was following Pederson home from work when he fell asleep behind the wheel. Deputies say drugs or alcohol do not appear to have been a factor in the crash.

Deputies say traffic in the area is moving again. We will bring you the latest information on this developing story as it becomes available.







Motorcycle accident in Chicopee Accident near I-391 closes off-ramp

By Matt Caron

Sunday, September 22, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

Chicopee Police are investigating a serious motorcycle accident.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Chicopee Police are investigating a serious motorcycle accident.

Sgt. Steve Joidoin told 22News that just before 6 o'clock Saturday night, a motorcycle crashed on Grattan Street by the I-391 off ramp.

The ramp was closed for hours, but is now back open.

22News cameras filmed the red and black motorcycle with an American flag on the back.

It was laying on its side in the middle of the road.

Police are not saying if anyone was hurt.







Man is killed in apparent motorcycle crash on Storrow Drive

By Jasper Craven, Globe Correspondent

A man in his 40s was killed Sunday night when he apparently crashed his motorcycle on the eastbound lane of Storrow Drive near the exit for Charles Circle, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

A Massachusetts State Police officer traveling on Storrow Drive at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday discovered the man lying in the roadway near a Harley Davidson motorcycle flipped on its side. The man was wearing a helmet, said Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley in a statement.

The officer called for medical assistance, but the man had died of his injuries.

Officials described the stretch of Storrow Drive where the crash occurred as a tight curve, and investigators observed scrape marks on the pavement, the curb, and a nearby barrier.

Investigators are examining the circumstances of the crash, prosecutors said.

State troopers and detectives assigned to the district attorney’s office responded to the scene, along with Boston fire and rescue workers, as well as the State Police crime scene and crash reconstruction teams.

The identify of the man is being withheld until his next of kin is notified, prosecutors said.







Man dies in motorcycle crash in Storrow Drive

September 23, 2013 | Updated: September 23, 2013 10:06am

BOSTON (AP) — State police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash on Storrow Drive in Boston.

A trooper traveling east on the road came across the crash site shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The motorcycle operator was lying in the roadway near a Harley Davidson motorcycle on its side a short distance past the Longfellow Bridge. The trooper called for medical assistance, but the man had died of his injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

The man in his 40s has been tentatively identified but police are withholding his name pending confirmation by family.

Investigators are attempting to determine the cause and circumstances of the crash, but investigators observed scrape marks on the pavement, the curb, and a Jersey barrier near the end of a tight curve in the roadway








Ludlow motorcycle accident victim identified as 54-year-old town resident Robert Evans

By Jeanette DeForge,

LUDLOW – A man who died after being in a motorcycle accident Saturday has been identified as Robert G. Evans of Ludlow.

Evans, 54, was injured in the accident at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday near 50 Miller St. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and later died of his injuries, police Sgt. Michael Brennan said.

Evans was alone on his Harley Davidson motorcycle when he went off the road onto the shoulder and struck a sign. Following impact with the sign he struck a utility pole and a stone wall, Brennan said.

The accident was investigated by Ludlow police with the help of the the Massachusetts State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit.






MO: Rash of accidents injures several people Scooter and motorcycle crashes among reported incidents

Rash of accidents injures several.

Teresa Ressel, Daily Journal

Rash of accidents injures several people Daily Journal Online 

A local woman was injured when her scooter collided with a truck Monday afternoon.

According to sources, Tammy Price was driving a scooter when she pulled into the path of a pickup truck just before 4 p.m. at Seventh Street and St. Joe Drive in Park Hills. She received moderate to serious injuries and was taken by Air Evac to a St. Louis hospital.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

A motorcyclist was injured in a separate accident Monday afternoon. The accident occurred at Route O and Hillsboro Road at about 3:15 p.m.

According to the Missouri State HIghway Patrol, Robert McCorkle, 66, of Park Hills, was taken to Mineral Area Regional Medical Center by ambulance for moderate injuries.

Reports state McCorkle was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson westbound when a 2004 Ford Expedition driven by Joseph A. Pasziewicz, 78, of Arnold, attempted to make a right turn onto Route O, pulling into the path of the motorcycle.

The driver of the Expedition was not injured.

On Sunday afternoon an accident injured one person when a vehicle left the road and struck a woodpile, a backhoe and a trailer. Troopers reported that at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Scotty W. Howell, 28, of Park Hills, failed to negotiate a curve on Mitchell Road near Roberts Lane while driving a 1999 Dodge Durango. The SUV traveled off the road, struck a woodpile, a backhoe and then a trailer.

Jaymie M. Crump, 25, of Desloge, was taken to Parkland Health Center North by ambulance.

Neither the driver nor the injured passenger were wearing a seatbelt according to the report.








Shooting Victim Crashes Motorcycle While Under the Influence, Cops Say

A Paramus man was shot on Aug. 14 and was arrested on Sunday after fleeing police on a motorcycle.

by Rob Heinemann (Editor) , September 24, 2013 at 09:06 AM

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Ilkay Karayel, the 33-year-old Paramus man who was shot in the chest on Aug. 14 after being confronted by a pair of men on a motorcycle.

Karayel was spotted swerving on a motorcycle on Pascack Road on Sunday at around 9:30 p.m. and Paramus Police Officer Daniel Derienzo attempted to stop him, according to police. Instead of pulling over, cops said, Karayel sped away and ran several red lights before crashing at the intersection of Rochelle Avenue and Central Avenue.

According to Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg, Karayel was found to be driving under the influence, and suffered from non-life threatening injuries.

Ilkay Karayel was arrested and charged with, eluding police, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended drivers license and reckless driving. In August, Karayel was walking along Pascack Road near Oradell Avenue when two men on a motorcycle confronted him. One of the men pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots, one of which hit Karayel in the chest. Police are still investigating the shooting that took place last month.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact Paramus police at 201-262-3400 ext. 553.







Two Injured In Motorcycle Accident (VIDEO)

GERMAN TOWNSHIP -- Two people were hospitalized this weekend after an afternoon bike ride goes wrong.

It happened in German Township at the intersection of Sugar Street and Carlisle Pike around 3 p.m. Sunday.

Police say two people were on their motorcycles riding on Carlisle Pike, when a pick-up truck reportedly pulled out in front them from Sugar Street.

One bike hit the truck and the other slid underneath it.

CareFlight took one victim to Miami Valley Hospital and the other biker was taken to Atrium Medical Center by ambulance.

Officers say it could have been a lot worse.

"Skids marks on the side of the helmet probably where they laid it down so it's very very important to wear your helmet," said Sgt. David Wallace of German Township Police. "Can't stress that enough than any further than what I saw out here."

The driver of the truck was not injured, but will be cited for failing to yield.










3 dead after vehicle strikes 2 motorcycles


MANNSVILLE, Okla. (AP) -- Authorities say three people died after a vehicle struck two motorcycles in southern Oklahoma's Johnston County.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an 80-year-old man driving a vehicle struck two motorcycles on State Highway 199 just west of Mannsville on Saturday evening.

Authorities say the drivers and passengers on both motorcycles were thrown an unknown distance.

The drivers of both motorcycles and one of the passengers died.

Authorities have identified the motorcycle drivers as 39-year-old Scott Lawson of Ardmore and 64-year-old Lynn Pullen of Davis. The Highway Patrol says the passenger who died was 56-year-old Karen Pletcher of Ardmore.

The man driving the vehicle who struck the motorcycles was taken to a hospital, where authorities said he was in good condition.

Authorities say the other motorcycle passenger was in stable condition







Two killed in motorcycle accident south of Claude

Sep 23, 2013 6:17 PM EDT By Emily Griffin

We now know the names of two area residents killed in a motorcycle accident south of Claude.

Officials with tell us it happened Sunday evening on state Highway 207, down in the Palo Duro Canyon.

Three people riding on two motorcycles were going around a curve when they lost control and crashed.

57 year old Laverne Rost of Amarillo and 52 year old David Burris of Perryton were both pronounced dead on scene.

Tammie Matthews of Perryton was transported to Northwest Texas Hospital with incapacitating injuries and is currently in stable condition.







IDs released in fatal Armstrong County motorcycle accident

September 22, 2013 - 11:09pm

By Russell Anglin and Stephanie Williams

Two people died Sunday in a wreck involving a motorcycle in Armstrong County, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Christopher Ray said.

Laverne Rost of Amarillo and David Burris of Perryton were pronounced dead at the scene after their motorcycles collided with one another on Texas Highway 207.

According to Ray, around 4:50 p.m., both motorcyclists were traveling northbound on Highway 207 when they entered a curve and Rost’s motorcycle drifted into the outside lane. He then struck Burris, sending them into a ditch where both motorcycles struck a guardrail.

Tammie Matthews of Perryton was riding with Burris and suffered incapacitating injuries. She was taken to North West Texas Hospital in Amarillo in stable condition.







UPDATE: Pile-Up in Dense Fog on I-77 Kills One, Injures Two

Posted: Sep 21, 2013 1:15 PM EDT By Jamey Singleton -

Carroll Co., VA – An Ohio man died as a result of a pile-up on I-77 northbound Saturday that involved three tractor trailers, two passenger vehicles, and a motorcycle, State Police say.

According to Corinne Geller with the Virginia State Police, crews were called to the crash near the top of Fancy Gap Mountain at mile marker 9 at 10:51 a.m.

Geller says the pile-up started when a tractor trailer traveling northbound suddenly had slam on its brakes as the driver encountered "slowed to stopped" traffic, likely from extremely dense fog in the area. The visibility was only around 25 feet, according to State Police.

As the first tractor trailer came to a stop, it was rear-ended by a second tractor trailer. The impact caused the first tractor trailer to jackknife across all of the northbound lanes, Geller said.

A third tractor trailer then struck the first tractor trailer. Then, a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle hit the jackknifed tractor trailer. Following that impact, a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser clipped the jackknifed tractor trailer and ran into the median.

A 2008 Chevy Blazer then struck the jackknifed tractor trailer, killing the driver, Dan. H. Grubb, 71, of The Plains, Ohio. Grubb's wife and passenger was transported to North Carolina Baptist Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, Geller said.

A female backseat passenger in the Blazer had to be transported to Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax for non-life threatening injuries.

The male driver of the second tractor trailer was taken to Twin County Regional Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Beyond the initial six-vehicle pile-up, there were several other secondary crashes that occurred in the resulting traffic that followed, but no other injuries were reported, Geller said.

The Fancy Gap area of I-77 is notoriously known for dense fog and serious accidents. VDOT had warning signs lit up before the accident, advising of the extremely dense fog.






Motorcycle crash sends woman to hospital

Police consider rider inexperience a factor.

CTV Winnipeg Published Sunday, September 22, 2013 3:39PM CST A motorcycle crash near Lac Du Bonnet critically injured a 22-year-old woman from Nivervill on Saturday. The driver was riding east on Highway 313, known as Pointe du Bois road, around 4:30 p.m. when she lost control going around a curve and crashed into a ditch, said police. Paramedics took her to hospital in Winnipeg where she remained in care Sunday afternoon. Police consider rider inexperience a factor in this crash. The investigation continues.











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