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This means we have the ethanol controversy "on the ropes".

CALL your US Congressman and express to him/her that they need to sign on to and support H.R. 875.
Tell them we and the American public deserve and demand to know the truth about E-15

If it's Good or if it's Bad the passing of this bill will get it figured out
The US Capitol switchboard ph # is at the bottom of this page.


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

13NR28 - MRF News Release - Feds to Motorcyclists: Pump E-15 into your bike and go to jail.


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

Feds to Motorcyclists: Pump E-15 into your bike and go to jail.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports that according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) using ethanol blends of 15% ethanol in any vehicle that is not a passenger vehicle will be in direct violation of Federal law. The EPA has issued a list of possible plans to mitigate mis-fueling issues with the recently approved E-15 ethanol blends. Prior to E-15, the highest blend allowed for mass consumption was E-10. The MRF has been informing the EPA that the higher blend will be forced upon motorcyclists because of the remaining fuel in the hose from the previous customer. The EPA then said that a 4 four-gallon minimum purchase would be required by everyone. That was rolled back and an EPA document specifically mentions the work of the motorcycle rights organizations in the overturn of the mandatory minimum.

From the EPA: "However, groups representing motorcycle owners and lawn mower manufacturers objected to this configuration because their products have gas tanks that are normally two gallons or smaller. In response to these concerns, Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) developed and proposed a new configuration for EPA approval that retail stations may use as an alternative to the currently approved configurations."

The solutions provided by the EPA is to label the pumps with attention getting labels that you are about to pump E-15 into your vehicle. Or purchase new blender pumps that only carry about .3 gallons or have a new pump with a dedicated E-15 hose. The first solution won't work and the second two solutions are too expensive.

In another recent EPA document on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) the EPA states: "The EPA will propose to use flexibilities in the RFS statute to reduce both the advanced bio fuel and total renewable volumes in the forthcoming 2014 RFS volume requirement proposal."

The EPA also maintains that while ethanol will be the dominating renewable fuel, the marketplace for them is shrinking fast.

In a recent Wall Street Journal piece the author, US Representative Patrick Meehan, pointed out that the EPA's position on the RFS was weak; "refusing to take action this year is a far too tepid response to this crisis. Next year may be too late." said Representative. Meehan.

In order to stop the onslaught of higher ethanol blends the Motorcycle Riders Foundation asks that you support this important piece of legislation. HR 875 is a bill that would stop the sale of E-15 and includes a study on the actual effects on the power train of your vehicles.

Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your member of Congress and ask that they support this important legislation.find/ 












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Modesto police to focus on motorcycle safety


September 5, 2013  Bee Staff Reports


MODESTO — Modesto police will keep a close eye on motorcyclists this month. In a specialized motorcycle safety enforcement operation to reduce deaths and injuries, extra officers will be on duty to patrol areas frequented by motorcyclists and where crashes typically occur, the department announced, the department announced Thursday. Officers will look for violations by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will crack down on drivers and cyclists who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns or any other dangerous violation. Over the past two years in Modesto, there have been two motorcycle fatalities, according to a news release from the department. There were 78 other motorcyclists injured in crashes, including nine hurt in alcohol-related accidents. As the economy improves, police say, there likely will be more miles driven by all vehicles, plus more novice motorcycle riders who are untrained and unable to handle the power of today's motorcycles. Riders can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at or (877) 743-3411.




Motorcycle riders make 'love run' for missing toddler


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Herman Malone Jr. of Oakland leads motorcycles Saturday from the East


VALLEJO -- Dozens of motorcyclists made a "love run" Saturday between Oakland and Vallejo to highlight the plight of a missing Oakland toddler.

"She's still missing, and we're still looking for her," said Roslyn Robinson, great-aunt to Daphne Viola Webb, whose second birthday is next month.

The procession was the latest event held by Daphne's family since her disappearance from East Oakland was first reported by father John Webb on July 10.

Robinson, born and raised in Vallejo but now a Pleasanton resident, conceived of the motorcycle ride as another way to ensure Daphne's name remains in the media and on people's minds until she is found.

Robinson called the East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club of Oakland to ask if they would participate. The riders were met by members of Daphne's family, as well as community members and people associated with the Mackbee Foundation, which helped provide food and refreshments.

"Our president, Tobie Gene Levingston, put out a call to all the motorcyclists in the Bay Area," said Ali Ar Rasheed, the Dragons' chief business manager and one of those who made the trip from Oakland.

More than 50 or so motorcyclists answered that call, making the trip from the group's clubhouse in East Oakland, about 10 blocks from where Daphne was last seen.

Webb told police that someone took the child from his black Ford SUV on July 10 while his 87-year-old mother was in the car. He said he had gone into a convenience store, and his mother had dementia.

Webb was briefly arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment but released with prosecutors declining to file charges.

Rasheed, himself a father and a grandfather, said the incident puts fear into the hearts of parents.

Daphne was the only child of mother Kiana Davis-Webb, who also grew up around the Vallejo area, said Pamela Davis, Daphne's great-aunt.

Davis last saw her great niece in June, just a month before her disappearance.

"She was a very loving baby, and she didn't care who held her or picked her up," Davis said.

Authorities are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of the child. For more information about the family's activities, go to

Any information about Daphne can be forwarded to the Oakland Police Department at 510-238-3641.









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Illegally Loud Motorcycles Are A Scourge

Editorial The Hartford Courant
8:03 p.m. EDT, September 6, 2013

A Wethersfield constituent recently called state Sen. John Fonfara to complain of screamingly loud motorcycle noise on Routes 5 and 15, which her property abuts. Mr. Fonfara had not only heard the complaint before, he can sometimes hear the noise from his home in the South End of Hartford.

As is said of the weather, more people talk about noise than do anything about it. Sen. Fonfara at least has tried. In each of the last two legislative sessions, he has introduced bills that require that a motorcycle built after Jan. 1, 2013, bear a stamp certifying that it meets Environmental Protection Agency sound requirements.

Motorcycles are manufactured to meet the 80-decibel EPA standard. But some riders remove mufflers or doctor them so their bikes make a mighty roar. Constant loud noise is a documented health hazard as well as a world-class annoyance. If the small number of very loud bikers are attempting to attract attention, we wish they would get the attention of the police.

But stopping this practice has proven difficult. Many states including Connecticut and some municipalities have motorcycle noise limits, but it takes a major commitment of time and resources to enforce noise ordinances, and many police departments put it low on the triage ladder. Connecticut's law depends on the speed of the vehicle and road surface, making it a challenge to enforce.
The motorcycle industry understands that excessive noise is one of its worst public relations problems. Two major groups, the American Motorcyclists Association and the Motorcycle Industry Council, have developed a standard method of testing bikes and have helped create model legislation based on this system. Maine adopted it this spring, the first state to do so.

However it is accomplished — peer pressure, public education, new laws — obnoxiously loud vehicles need to be quieted. Sen. Fonfara says he's staying on the case and we wish him success.








9/11 events in Volusia, Flagler


A motorcycle honoring 9/11 victims makes an appearance at a memorial event at the Service Center World in Ormond Beach on Saturday, September 7, 2013.


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A 9/11 Freedom Rally in Ormond Beach paid tribute Saturday to the lives of first responders and veterans in Volusia and Flagler counties. “It is very important to honor our first responders and let them know how appreciated they are,” said Deanna Cisson, who organized the event. The family event featured a kids zone, motorcycle show, music and food vendors.

Here are other 9/11 events and observances planned in the area:


SUNDAY Flagler County: 8:30 a.m., county is joining with Red Knights of Palm Coast for a 9/11 Memorial Ride and Ceremony, starting at the Flagler County Government Services Building with registration at 8:30 a.m., ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and a 67-mile ride with police escort at 10:30 a.m. Rain date is Sept. 15.


WEDNESDAY DeLand: Stetson University hosts a “Day of Action” events open to the public in remembrance of 9/11. At 8 a.m., students, staff, faculty and community members will gather at the campus flag located in front of Elizabeth Hall on Woodland Blvd., where members of the University’s ROTC program will lead a ceremony. From noon to 1:30 p.m. will be a forum entitled “Civil Liberties, Security and Syria: Looking at current issues in the context of 9/11,” Rinker Auditorium, inside Lynn Business Center, 345 N. Woodland Blvd. From 3 – 5 p.m., students and community members are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities to benefit our community. For more information, call 386-822-8706.


Palm Coast: Fallen Hero Memorial Service, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11, Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Parkway N.W., ceremony honoring emergency responders killed during the terrorist attacks. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at Fire Station 21, 9 Corporate Drive.

Flagler Beach: 8 a.m., Knights of Columbus Notre Dame Council 10514, ceremony at the pier and wreath toss into the ocean, then procession up A1A
to Santa Maria Del Mar Church on North Eighth Street.
Daytona Beach: 9/11 prayer service, 6:30 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 201 University Blvd., Daytona Beach. 386-255-0433.
Daytona Beach: 9/11 remembrance ceremony, with host/speaker Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry and others, 8:30 a.m., Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. 386-254-8200.
Flagler County: National Day of Service and Remembrance, for anyone interested in giving back to the community through volunteer service, in honor of the events of 9/11/01, presented by Flagler Habitat for Humanity, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m., 14 Utrillo Place, Palm Coast, 386-586-6180.
































Clay County crackdown targets motorcycle rally


By GLENN E. RICE The Kansas City Star  September 8 By GLENN E. RIC


 The Kansas City Star Clay County authorities wanted to use an annual motorcycle gathering Saturday in rural Kearney to send a clear message: Law-abiding motorcycling enthusiasts are welcome, but those with other plans should stay away.


ALLISON LONG | The Kansas City Star Authorities were out in force for the annual Mule Run in Kearney. A Clay County sheriff’s deputy talked with a motorcycle rider Saturday. Police had learned that biker gangs planned to attend the usually peaceful event that raises money for charity.


But organizers of the Mule Run gathering said law officers unfairly targeted people headed to a longtime, peaceful event that raises money for local charities. Lt. Will Akin of the Clay County Sheriff’s Department said the crackdown came after authorities learned that several rival motorcycle gangs want to set up criminal operations in the county and were planning to attend the overnight event. “No one has territory here, and they wanted to stake their claim,” Akin said. “Now they’re rolling in, trying to show a presence to establish their territory.” Authorities said they expected the event to attract members of the Galloping Goose, Bandidos, Sons of Silence, Mongols, Boozefighters and Hells Angels, Akin said. On Saturday, authorities ran heavy traffic enforcement at Interstate 35 and Missouri 92 in Kearney and along routes from Liberty to Holt. Sheriff’s deputies, police and the Missouri Highway Patrol pulled over cars, pickups and motorcycles for various traffic violations. Police radios crackled with alerts of large groups of approaching motorcyclists while a police helicopter hovered overhead. “What we hoped is they got the picture that we were out there and if they were breaking the law, then we were going to pull them over,” Akin said. “We had zero tolerance.” Authorities arrested at least two people, but they would not say Sunday how many vehicles they stopped. They have scheduled a media briefing for 9 a.m. today. Event organizers said the police presence was excessive. “It definitely was profiling,” said one of the organizers, who asked that he not be identified because of the law enforcement crackdown. “We’ve had this event for the past 20 years, and we have never had any problems.” Clay County authorities said they wanted to prevent the kind of criminal activity that emerged earlier this summer in Omaha, Neb., when a 48-year-old man was found shot to death inside a Hells Angels clubhouse. In unincorporated Clay County, gang activity has steadily increased, Akin said. The annual gathering on Saturday was at a home near the Jesse James Farm. Participants, who had to be at least 21 years old, enjoyed live music, plenty of food, beer, a bonfire and a fireworks display. Organizers said proceeds from the event support local charities, including those that help military combat veterans and children with disabilities. Countless motorcycles were parked throughout the property. Tents filled the front lawn and also were scattered throughout the property. A stage featuring a Confederate flag stood nearby, along with a host of portable toilets. In years past, neighbors complained about loud music and illegal parking. Neighbor Judy Murphy said she knows local residents who have attended the event, and she hasn’t seen problems. “You’ll hear the music, and you’ll see them all camped out,” Murphy said. “They’re a good group of people; they’ll wave when they go back and forth.”



Bikefest rumbles to the lake in one week


 The rumble of rolling thunder in mid-September can mean only one thing at the Lake of the Ozarks — Bikefest. Now in its seventh year, Bikefest 2013, Sept. 12-15, is expected to bring more bikers, more vendors and more events and concerts to the lake.


ake area — The rumble of rolling thunder in mid-September can mean only one thing at the Lake of the Ozarks — Bikefest. Now in its seventh year, Bikefest 2013, Sept. 12-15, is expected to bring more bikers, more vendors and more events and concerts to the lake. When asked what draws people to Bikefest, Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau Executive Director Tim Jacobsen immediately said, "The rides. They show riders the scenic beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks." Bikefest's official website — — offers participants printable maps of three recommended rides. An 84-mile ride showcases the beauty of Bennett Spring and Ha Ha Tonka state parks and takes less than two hours. Roads that are part of historic Route 66 are included in the three-hour, 115-mile ride that includes a stop at Devil's Elbow. A 96-mile ride around the Lake of the Ozarks takes a bit over two hours and shows riders a number of beautiful vistas around the Lake. "Motorcycling is about the joy of riding," Jack Fleming of Lake of the Ozarks Harley Davidson said, noting the hills and curves of the roads around the lake are enjoyable for riders. Fleming and other organizers of Bikefest know riders who come to the Lake of the Ozarks are certain to spread the word that the lake is, in Fleming's words, "a great destination for motorcycle riding year-round." However, there are plenty of other reasons approximately 10,000 people travel to the lake for Bikefest each year. "The Lake is tailor-made for bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts," Jacobsen said. "With more than 200 bars and restaurants, plus vendors, events and activities brought in just for Bikefest, the Lake gives attendees just what they are looking for." This year's Bikefest will feature five vendor villages — at Dog Days Bar & Grill, Camden on the Lake, Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson, Dam Bait Shop, and on the historic Bagnell Dam Strip — as well as two bike giveaways, a bike auction, more than 50 live concerts, extreme motocross events and more. More details and a complete schedule can be found at the Bikefest website. The vendor villages feature all types of vendors, though Fleming notes most everything is motorcycle-related. Visitors can expect to see leathers, custom painting, lights and even bike-builders. The vendor village at Camden on the Lake will play host to well-known bike builders Strip Club Choppers, Silver Wraiths Choppers, Billy the Kid Custom Cycles and Schaaf's Cycle Garage, plus Curry's Hot Rods. Along with the vendor villages, Rhonda Martin from Camden on the Lake credits the weekend's music for drawing people to Bikefest. "They (attendees) are here to have fun," she said, "and the music is a part of that." Evening concerts around the Lake will feature tribute bands including: "Dead or Alive," a Bon Jovi tribute; "Silver Bullet," a Bob Seger tribute; "Paradise City," a tribute to Guns and Roses; AC/DC tribute band "Hells Bells"; and "Special Forces," a tribute to 38 Special. Though she expects the lots around her property will be filled with motorcycles, Martin says there will be overflow parking and shuttle service. "Everybody, and I mean everybody, should feel free to come down (for Bikefest)," she said.


Betsey Browning of The Dam Bait Shop said the village at her location will feature music all day, every day. Her plans include showcasing "garage bands" of young musicians, giving them the opportunity to play in front of live audiences during the day before bigger name bands take the stage at night. Visitors to the lake, including Bikefest attendees, are invited to join in a special Harvest Meal, served by the Harper Chapel United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. on Sept. 14. The meal, which will be served outdoors if weather permits, will feature the fresh and delicious fruits of the harvest from the church's community garden, along with oven-roasted chicken and venison. "We are happy to be able to have the Harvest Meal on Bikefest weekend," said Diane Williams, one of the organizers of the Community Garden, "so those from other communities can see how successful a community garden project like this can be." Proceeds from the tickets — $10 for adults and $5 for children — benefit local charities. Tickets for the Harvest Meal must be purchased in advance. Ticket information is available at  There are plenty of accommodations available around the Lake, from campsites to condominiums to resorts. Find out more by going to








ilitary vets motorcycle club comes home to North Platte for national convention


By Heather Johnson / World-Herald News Service


Related news In motorcycle club, Vietnam veterans find open roads and open arms


NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — A national motorcycle group has returned home.

It’s estimated that 400 members of the American Veterans Motorcycle Club are in North Platte as the nonprofit organization’s wraps up its annual convention.

The club has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the community 30 years ago. If someone would have asked Lee Barton, a founding member, in 1983 if he thought the club would grow to the extent it has, he probably would have laughed.

“I think there were only about six of us to begin with,” Barton said. “A guy that worked for the Union Pacific Railroad was in California and transferred to North Platte. He brought the idea of starting a motorcycle club for military veterans with him.”

According to Barton, it now has about 500 members in nearly a dozen states.

“People found out about the club through word-of-mouth and by seeing us wear the patch,” Barton said. “Its popularity just kind of snowballed from there.”

The group is made up of military veterans from all branches of the armed services. Barton said they share a common pride in three main areas: God, family and country.

The organization is also dedicated to helping communities. Most recently, the chapter in North Platte raised money for Landon Schroeder, 3, a boy who nearly drowned in May.

This year, money left over from admission fees to the convention and T-shirt sales will be donated to the Missing in America Project.

The goal of the project is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans.

“There’s veterans that have been cremated and never had a proper burial,” Barton said. “For whatever reason, they get stuck on shelves in funeral homes and forgotten about. I thought it was a neat project to be aligned with.”



In motorcycle club, Vietnam veterans find open roads and open arms


By Rick Ruggles / World-Herald staff writer


3 veterans laid to rest in Nebraska with a final salute

Nebraska vets share their war stories in their own words, some for the first time


Military vets motorcycle club comes home to North Platte for national convention Related links At War At Home Only Vietnam War veterans know what they endured in the war and after they came back.

And so a group called the In Country Vets Motorcycle Club, strictly for Vietnam veterans, formed 19 years ago to share a love of riding, support one another and raise money for vets of all wars.

In the past three days, the organization brought to Omaha 135 members from more than 20 states for the group's annual national meeting.

“We're very independent, but we're also very co-dependent on each other,” said Dan “Trash” Strecker, the national vice president from Detroit. The organization “reinforces the bonds that we already had as combat veterans,” he said.

Each member has a “road name,” such as Farmer, Popcorn, Rev Ray or Animal. On their motorcycle vests, each wears a pin depicting a dinosaur, because this, Strecker said, is a “dinosaur club” with no legacy memberships. Once these members die out, the organization will end. The youngest member is 60.

Only those who served a combat tour in Vietnam can belong. Navy veterans who were in the Vietnam theater, or zone, and Air Force veterans who flew in the combat zone also can be members. Strecker said the group obtains each applicant's military record from the federal government to verify that he served in the Vietnam War.

In Country Vets Motorcycle Club raised about $20,000 over the past year from chili feeds, hog roasts, motorcycle poker runs and other fundraisers to give money to American Legion homes, VA hospitals, homeless veterans centers and other veterans' causes.

Strecker said Vietnam War veterans typically arrived in American airports alone from the war, a far different scene from the ceremonies and greetings that have welcomed veterans over the past 20 years from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Vietnam veterans fought in an unpopular war. Strecker said he changed out of his military uniform and into civilian clothing as soon as he landed in the United States because he anticipated derision.

Roy “Judge” Love of the Elkhorn area, the Nebraska state president of In Country Vets Motorcycle Club, said World War II was viewed as a heroic war and it frustrated him to “get told I wasn't in a real war.”

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have brought on a change in attitude toward all veterans, Strecker said, and they now are thanked for their service. Some members of the organization find this odd, Strecker said.

They take more comfort from the presence of others who fought in the Vietnam War. Strecker said: “We wanted to associate with men that went through what we went through.”









Motorcycle run Saturday on behalf of Wounded Warrior Project


Sun-News report

09/06/2013 03:43:11 PM MDT


LAS CRUCES >> A motorcycle ride to raise funds and public awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project will be at 1 p.m. Saturday. The first-ever Warrior Run begins at Q's Brewhouse, 1300 Avenida de Mesilla, Suite 200. Costs to enter the event are $20 for a single rider, which includes dinner after the event. For dual riders, the cost will be $30, which includes two dinners. Proceeds from the run will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that provides a full range of programs and services for injured veterans and their families. Registration will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at Q's Brewhouse, The run will begin at 1 p.m. with stops at De La Vega's Pecan Grill and Brewery, 700 N. Telshor Boulevard; Hurricane Alley, 1490 Missouri Ave.; and Chope's Restaurant and Bar, 16145 S. Highway 28, in La Mesa. Riders will receive raffle tickets for prizes at each stop along the route. The ride will end at Grapevine Plaza, 3900 W. Picacho Ave. The venue will be open to the public at 5 p.m. with a $10 cover charge at the door. An after-party will be staged at Grapevine Plaza, where two fashion shows will be conducted along with performances from The Overcome Band, by Blush Burlesque, and a hookah lounge. There will be music, food, a cash bar, booths by local businesses and raffle

prizes throughout the night. Pre-sale tickets are available at  For more information about the benefit motorcycle run, call Xavier Mendoza at 575-496-9390. More than 47,000 servicemen and women have been injured in the recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with other wounds of war, including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment. The purpose of the Wounded Warrior Project is to raise awareness and to enlist public aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide direct programs and services to meet their needs. To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project, go to









Bikers, families enjoy Grub 'n' Suds


Sep. 9, 2013

by Vince Guerrieri Staff writer


ELMORE — At the 17th annual Grub ’n’ Suds in Depot Park, one person was conspicuous by his absence.

Lowell Krumnow, mayor of the village and its top booster, is usually a fixture at events such as Grub ’n’ Suds. But illness laid him low, and the event carried on without him — and without missing a beat.

“We’re not real rushed like other years, but it’s been steady,” said Kathy Bell with the Elmore Historical Society. “It’s been a real good crowd.”

The event is the major fundraiser for the year for the Historical Society, and it helps with upkeep for the society’s properties, which include the old train station, Quonset hut and barn in Depot Park.

“This is our big event,” said society Vice President Nancy Pries.

The event is put on with ABATE Region 7. The organization, which stands for American Bikers Aimed Toward Education, uses it as a chance to get out information and raise funds as well. Plus, it provides a great social event for motorcycle riders, said Mark Cole, a member of ABATE who was working the event for Schiets Motorsports in Fremont.

“We’re getting to the end of summer, when everyone has a lot of parties in a short period of time,” he said.

Unlike other events — the historical society also helps put on the Portage River Fest and next month’s Tombstone Derby — this is billed as more of an adults-only event, Pries said, with beer sales. But that didn’t stop families from taking in the vendors and bikes.

Brian and Kattie Richards brought their three children, Lucy, 9, Olin, 4 and Quin, 8 months. They live on Ottawa Street, so the event is literally at the end of their driveway.

“We used to ride,” Kattie said. “Before the kids.” They used to have a Yamaha Warrior.

“It’s a fun time,” Brian said.

“I love looking at the bikes,” Kattie said.

“I do too!” Olin added.

Bill Bird, of Tiffin, brought his 2003 Harley-Davidson Sportster, and said he makes it a point to attend every year.

“This event is fantastic,” he said. “I hope they keep it up.

“It’s big, and it’s something you can bring your family to. It’s not crazy. It’s nice and it’s put together well.”





Motorcycle poker run benefits people with autism




Tammy Bolley-Chambers, of Neapolis, left, an employee of Bittersweet Farms, talks with Mike Basinger, of Oregon, about his options with the raffle tickets he has bought. Toledo Harley-Davidson and Bittersweet Farms come together for a motorcycle poker run to benefit the farm's new therapy pool at the dealership in west Toledo, Ohio on September 7, 2013. Bittersweet farm serves people with autism with both a residential and non-residential programs and support service.









Erie chiropractor likes to rehabilitate motorcycles



John Lombardozzi is something of a renaissance man.

When the Erie chiropractor isn't working out aches and pains in the backs of his patients, whom he's treated at his Peach Street office for more than a decade, he's likely restoring old motorcycles in his garage. It's an art he learned from his father, who operated an Erie shop in the 1960s.

Lombardozzi showed off his most cherished bike, a 1941 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, during America's most notorious rally this year.

Read more about how his entry fared Monday in the Q&A feature in the Erie Times-News and on



Motorcycle ride to benefit patients with MS


JEFF MEYERS Press-Republican

The Mountain Riders Motorcycle Club is hosting its first-ever MS Ride for Life and Poker Run today.

The club, which has been involved in fundraising activities for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for several years, has now added this weekend’s drive to help people who are battling multiple sclerosis.

“We pride ourselves on how we help out around the community,” said Mountain Riders member and event coordinator Dean Williams.

“For several years, we’ve had a team over at the (U.S.) Oval (during the annual Walk for MS events), but we decided to do a ride this year to see if we could raise some more money.”

The ride will cover about 100 miles, beginning at North End Repair on Route 3 in Plattsburgh, traveling to Saranac Lake and then back to Wilmington where an afternoon barbecue, life auction, raffles and entertainment will be offered.

People who do not participate in the ride can enjoy the barbecue for $10 a ticket.

For the ALS fundraisers, Mountain Riders have also donated money to a local individual and family dealing with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The group has tried to touch base with several patients with multiple sclerosis in the area in hopes of continuing that tradition from the ALS fundraisers.

However, if the Mountain Riders do not have any individuals to donate funds to, the money will go toward the Fletcher Allen Health Care Multiple Sclerosis unit in Burlington, Williams noted.

During its most recent ALS drive, the group raised more than $11,000.








Motorcycle Club blesses local family


Saturday, September 7, 2013 8:27 a.m.


A local motorcycle club recently helped out a family in need.

Carol Scurry, treasurer for the Free Riders Motorcycle Club Inc., presented a check to Ricky Davis toward getting a head start with family finances.

Davis and his wife are blessed with five children, but have had financial difficulties due to being unemployed.

The club received a call regarding the Davis family and immediately responded to their needs.

This family has gone through some trials, but throughout this, it has made this family’s faith stronger, and the Davis family said they know God’s blessings are continuous in their lives.

“It was just a blessing receiving a call from Mrs. Scurry stating that the Free Riders MC Inc. heard about my situation, and said that they will be assiting me so that I can have some relief from our financial burdens,” Davis said. “I am so thankful for Mrs. Scurry and the Free Riders MC family. God is just so good. This was definitely nothing but a blessing from God.”

The motorcycle club’s mission is to serve all mankind, and Free Riders’ President Clement Scurry said.

“We have been blessed with so much from the community, so it is with great pleasure to extend these blessings to those that may be experiencing hardship, and we will also be blessing the Davis family with Christmas for their children,” Scurry said.









Motorcycle rider still in critical condition after Monday wreck Hit SUV that turned in front of him, police report says


CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — A man injured Monday in a Clarksville motorcycle wreck remains in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, but he is breathing and is expected to recover.

Brian A. Hall, 33, was thrown from his 1998 Honda motorcycle when a woman driving a 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe pulled in front of him on Pea Ridge Road at about 1:25 p.m. Monday, according to a Clarksville Police report.

The Tahoe driver, Tiffyalena Smith, 30, of 103 Hickory Trace Road, Apt. 2, tried to turn left in front of the motorcycle, the report said.

At the scene, Smith told The Leaf-Chronicle that Hall was riding at a high rate of speed, but that isn’t reflected in the police report, and Smith is noted as failing to yield.

Hall was wearing his helmet.

Hall will begin rehabilitation in a couple of weeks, said his mother, Rose Valentine of Clarksville.

“He’s holding his own,” she said.

She said a fund has been set up in her son’s name at Bank of America.












1. Boozefighters MC Ch39 Teddy Bear Run - Granbury - Sept 6-7
2. COIR Bike Night - Dallas - Sept 12
3. 7th Annual Brazos Biker Bash - Axtell - Sept 13-15
4. Desgraciados MC 5th Anniversary Party - Quinlan - Sept 14
5. VFW Bike Night - Fort Worth - Sept 21
6. Cousins RC 3rd Annual VFW Fun Run - Lewisville - Sept 21
7. CVMA Military Appreciation Ride - Lewisville - Sept 28
8. Winos Crew MC Seagoville Hollister Heritage Party - Dallas - Oct 13
9. VNV/Legacy Vets MC Run to the Texas VietNam Wall - Arlington - Nov 9
10. Leathernecks MC Marine Corp Birthday Bash - Lewisville - Nov 9
11. from Suds, COIR Commander DFW Reg 2  RE: Call To Action
1> Boozefighters MC Ch39 Teddy Bear Run - Granbury - Sept 6-7
Date: 9/1/2013
11th Annual Teddy Bear Benefit Run
Granbury, TX
-Boozefighters MC, Chapter 39
2> COIR Bike Night - Dallas - Sept 12
Date: 9/4/2013
Hello all,
Thursday Sept 12th, COIR and the DFW Region2 TCOC&I will be presenting Bike Night and the Anvil Pub in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas, TX. It's sure to be a rockin' good time. Please find the attached flyer and pass it on to your friends and make plans to stop by for a bit. This bike night precedes a weekend bike show in Deep Ellum on the 14th. Ride Safe and stay outta the heat as much as possible.
DFW-Region2 COIR Unit Commander
3> 7th Annual Brazos Biker Bash - Axtell - Sept 13-15
Date: 9/4/2013
Join us for the 7th Annual Brazos Biker Bash September 13-15, 2013 right next to Jim’s Cycle Shop, 3789 Hwy. 31 in Axtell, Texas (just outside of Waco).  This ADULT-ONLY “ANYTHING GOES” rally will host weekend-long live music, bike games, bike show, crazy “adult” games, 50/50 drawings, vendors, wet t-shirt contest and other “sexy” contests, breezy ride, and much, much more….. all under the BIG TENT!    No one under 21 admitted…period!!  Gates open at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, September 13th.   Check out our website for all the details… or call Jessie Abernathy @ (254) 836-0734.
4> Desgraciados MC 5th Anniversary Party - Quinlan - Sept 14
Date: 9/3/2013

FOR MORE INFO. GOAT 214-762-2740...COWBOY 903-456-8657..
5> VFW Bike Night - Fort Worth - Sept 21
Date: 9/4/2013 
There will be live music and food as well. The post will be open to everyone in celebration of POW/MIA Day. Bikers, tattoo artist, live music, food and cheap beer............
Sergeant at Arms
Rough Riders MC
Chisholm Chapter
6> Cousins RC 3rd Annual VFW Fun Run - Lewisville - Sept 21
Date: 9/3/2013
September 21, 2013
3rd Annual VFW Fun Run
Sponsored by VFW Post 9168 & Cousins RC
Registration begins at 9:00am first bike out at 10:00am Last bike in at 5:00pm
Prizes for 1st 2nd & 3rd place hands
Food, Vendors, Auction, Bike Wash, & More
Supporting Veterans Programs
Pre-Registration $10 for riders
On Site Registration $15 for riders
($5 for passengers)
Ride is approximately 160 miles
Jimmy "Clutch" Royston
Cousins RC
7> CVMA Military Appreciation Ride - Lewisville - Sept 28
Date: 9/1/2013
This is something new that CVMA 23-1 is doing this year and we are hoping for a great turnout. The ride ends at our annual fund raiser which is being held at Strokers this year.
Ride Safe and as always, "God Bless Our Troops"!
Bill Byrd (U.S. Navy- Ret.)
Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association>Life Member,#110/23-1PRO
VFW Life Member--1268393
ABMA Life Member--L-834
Amateur Radio Operator--KC4OQB
8> Winos Crew MC Seagoville Hollister Heritage Party - Dallas - Oct 13
Date: 9/5/2013
Seagoville Winos Party
Dallas, TX  @ Neon Cowboy
-Wino Rich
9> VNV/Legacy Vets MC Run to the Texas VietNam Wall - Arlington - Nov 9
Date: 9/6/2013
Run to the Texas VietNam Wall
Arlington, TX  @ Ballpark
VietNam Vets / Legacy Vets MC
10> Leathernecks MC Marine Corp Birthday Bash - Lewisville - Nov 9
Date: 9/3/2013
Marine Corps Birthday
Lewisville, TX  @ VFW Post 9168
-Leatherneck Pac Man
11> from Suds, COIR Commander DFW Reg 2  RE: Nat'l Call To Action
Date: 9/6/2013
Hi everybody,
We are asking help for a Call to Action again to stop thye widespread sale of E-15 fuel until they can prove it won't damage your engine or fuel system. We'll do our part, but we need all the help we can get. Please read the content below and follow the link to contact your US Rep or Senator. Thank you.
DFW-Region 2 COIR Unit Commander

Your support is needed on HR 875 which is a bill that would stop the sale of E-15 and includes a study on the actual effects on the power train of your vehicles. 
What is the bill about?
Feds to Motorcyclists: Pump E-15 into your bike and go to jail.
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports that according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) using ethanol blends of 15% ethanol in any vehicle that is not a passenger vehicle will be in direct violation of Federal law. The EPA has issued a list of possible plans to mitigate mis-fueling issues with the recently approved E-15 ethanol blends. Prior to E-15, the highest blend allowed for mass consumption was E-10. The MRF has been informing the EPA that the higher blend will be forced upon motorcyclists because of the remaining fuel in the hose from the previous customer. The EPA then said that a 4 four-gallon minimum purchase would be required by everyone. That was rolled back and an EPA document specifically mentions the work of the motorcycle rights organizations in the overturn of the mandatory minimum.
In order to stop the onslaught of higher ethanol blends the Motorcycle Riders Foundation asks that you support this important piece of legislation. HR 875 is a bill that would stop the sale of E-15 and includes a study on the actual effects on the power train of your vehicles.
Follow the link below to the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independent's website for background info and instructions including phone numbers to make that call. Its easy and will only take a few minutes of your time.
Lets blow that Capitol Hill switchboard up!
Thank You for your Support
Texas US Defenders/C.O.I.R. Team 
Ride Free ~Suds & bttrfly









Motorcycle ride, tribute raises money for national firefighter memorial in Ogden

By Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News
Published: Saturday, Sept. 7 2013 6:45 p.m. MDT

Riders start the 10th Annual Fire Ride near the South Valley Harley-Davidson in Sandy on Saturday, September 7, 2013.

The estimated 1,000 plus riders end the ride at the Americas Fallen Firefighter Memorial at the Ogden City Amphitheater.

Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts and firefighter supporters participated in an annual fundraiser to finish a national fallen firefighter memorial in downtown Ogden. The memorial will include black granite and the names of all fallen firefighters.
OGDEN — For LeeRoy Arrellano, it was a good day for a motorcycle ride and for a good cause.

"They do a lot for us, in the snow, in the cold, in the night," he said. "While you are cozy in bed, they are out there helping people."

Arrellano joined thousands of other motorcycle enthusiasts in the 10th annual Fire Ride Saturday to pay tribute to those firefighters who have lost their lives while on the job and to raise money to complete a national firefighter memorial in the heart of downtown Ogden.

The ride began in Sandy and ended at 25th Street in Ogden, where a program was held at the Ogden Amphitheater, just west of where the new memorial will be completed.

Along the route, which shut down portions of State Street, there were at least 25 static displays by various fire departments showcasing their engines or towering ladder trucks draped with the American flag. Department members stood at attention or cheered the riders on.

Several motorcycle units from police departments along the Wasatch Front participated, which speaks to these professions that create a melding of spirit and purpose that Utah State Fire Marshal Deputy Chief Ted Black said is hard to explain.

"There is something inherent to fire service, and I believe to law enforcement, that creates a bond," he said. "I've not been able to put a name to it. Brotherhood comes close, but it is not enough."

The firefighter ride is the brainchild of Mike Leatham, who served as a volunteer fireman for 32 years, including a stint as the town fire marshal for Uintah, and his friend, Ogden Fire Capt. Rich King.

Meacham said the goal is to sell 5,000 bricks at a $100 pop for the creation of a national memorial accessible to all and one that pays tribute to all fallen firefighters.

While a couple hundred national firefighter memorials exist in the country, some don't recognize volunteers, or the military, or non-union. This memorial, he said, will pay tribute to all who have given their lives, going back as far as possible.

"We want to go back to the beginning of when this country first became a nation, and if your great-great-grandfather died in the Chicago fire of 1913, we want his name."

He figures they will get about 12,000 names or so to put on the wall — and showcase it for anyone who wants to see.

Leatham pointed to a firefighter memorial in Maryland that does not allow public access and even working firefighters have to get permission to get on the grounds.

Not here, at this memorial, in this town, he said.

"This will be all to see. This is going to turn Utah, especially Ogden, into a tourist attraction. People will come from all over to see it."

In the interim, it was enough for Leatham and others that the people came Saturday to tip their hats in respect, and give a nod to the cause.

"It is fantastic that people would take time out of their day to come out and give their support," said Ogden Fire Capt. Dan Gibson. "It means a lot to us."








Motorcycle Simulator Prevents Real-Life Crashes


Updated: Sep 08, 2013 12:22 AM EDT
By Staff -

Allouez -
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation's mobile training facility emphasized safe motorcycle riding Saturday at Heritage Hill in Allouez.

Motorists learned how to avoid crashes out on the highways first-hand using a simulator.

From the experienced biker to the first-time rider...

A motorcycle simulator called the "Ref", inside the state-of-the art trailer, gives beginner and experienced riders more practice with handling gears on a bike as they encounter dangerous situations that can happen out on the open road.

"It makes you more aware of going on," said Larry Braun of Appleton. "'Cause even I've been riding for 10 years, and I crashed a couple of times on it. So, I've been kind of thinking twice about going home and getting on my own bike now."

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 17 percent of all highway fatalities involve a motorcycle.

It's a statistic the state's "Zero in Wisconsin" program is trying to improve.

"We're trying to just make sure everybody has a safe and fun ride by wearing your equipment and riding sober," said Peggy Drinsinger, "Ref" coordinator. "You know, because Wisconsin does have that higher fatality rate."

Those taking the simulated motorcycle for a spin learn to look out for hazards in the road, follow traffic laws and keep an eye on cars approaching from behind.

Otherwise, they crash in the simulation.

"You know, using a car, when you put on the brakes, it puts a stop gradually," said Carol Glaman, a Sparta resident. "With that thing, when I hit the brakes, and I did the hand brake and the rear brake, which was on the floor, that's when I rolled."

Riders also learn how to stop in short distances and plan routes to escape danger.

They're all ways motorists can avoid crashes out on the highway.

"It shows you what you do wrong before you do wrong out on the highway," Braun said.







Just back from Harley Davidson's 110th Anniversary celebration!! So many photos and stories to tell!! Excellent trip!

I met folks from ALL over the world!! Their stories about their trek to Milwaukee were incredible!
Here's a photo from the Parade on Saturday! 6000 bikes, about 10,000 riders, and about 25,000 people lining the parade route! It was phenomenal!

Will be writing all kinds of articles about the trip! Stay tuned!



My riding sister Melody White:

Gypsy (Me) with Melody (Tu Sweet)













Parliament strongly divided on the need to include Powered Two-Wheelers into European technical inspections European Parliament Members (MEPs) voted to include powered two wheelers (PTWs) into the Commission's periodical technical inspections (PTI) proposal but voted to go into informal discussions until an agreement is found with the Council.


During today's Plenary Meeting in Strasbourg, MEPs voted in favour of reintegrating powered two wheelers (PTWs) into the Commission's periodical technical inspections proposal. Whilst this is a defeat for FEMA's campaign to exclude motorcycles, the fact that the vote was close and the discussions are continuing is not a victory for the Commission.


While institutional views (Council, IMCO, TRAN) had been in constant agreement up to now with motorcycle safety experts (such as Rune Elvik ), or Member States well-known for their safety outcomes (e.g. The Netherlands, Sweden, France), Socialist and Green MEPs headed by Isabelle Durant (Greens/Belgium) and Saïd el Khadraoui (Socialists/Belgium) stuck to their "position of principle" and managed to overturn, by a tiny majority, the compromise amendment negotiated and adopted in the Transport Committee.


With their amendment calling for "improved safety for motorcyclists" backed up with flawed Commission statistics provided by the periodic testing industry, MEP Durant and el Khadraoui are not only opposing their own government position, they also turned themselves into ‘motorcycle safety experts', without EU motorcycling knowledge or any PTW safety expertise. Furthermore, neither of them agreed to meet with FEMA.


FEMA was supportive of the TRAN compromise amendment as it called the Commission to provide new and unbiased evidence comparing safety results between countries with and without PTI before proposing to include L-category vehicle into the scope by 2016.


With today's Plenary vote, European motorcyclists have indeed lost a battle. But with such a tight vote (322/354), the Parliament is also showing how divided it is on this issue.


Further to reintegrating PTWs in the Parliament's text, MEPs sent it back to TRAN to find a compromise with the Council in view of an adoption in first reading before the end of the legislative period. Discussion with the Council will start after the summer break.


Several FEMA Committee members were at the vote, including Morten Hansen (NMCU), Eric Thiollier (FFMC), Dolf Willigers (MAG NL) and Chris Hodder (BMF). After the vote, Wim Van De Camp (CDA/NL) came out to explain to the many motorcyclists assembled the meaning of the vote.

Chris Hodder said: "Whilst this is a defeat for FEMA, it is not a victory for the Commission. Discussions will continue and we hope and expect that FEMA will be fully consulted on proposals that affect the millions of motorcyclists in the EU."


Contact press: Adriana Martin-Almendro email: campaigns phone number: 0032 485663561






New Delhi:

On Independence Day, Harley Owners' Group ride for Uttarakhand

Written by Yash Chawla | Updated: August 15, 2013 19:50 IST


As the riders travelled through Noida, curious onlookers gathered at every nook and corner.

New Delhi: The DND Flyway in New Delhi was rather quiet on the Independence Day morning but suddenly the silence was shattered by the roaring sounds of 75 Harley Davidson engines. While the onlookers thought it was just a celebratory ride, the riders had a noble cause to fulfill - raise money for Uttarakhand flood survivors. (See pics)


The Delhi Chapter of the HOG or the Harley Owners' Group had pledged Rs. 25 for every kilometre they ride for the flood victims. The ride began after a quick flag-off but soon it started raining. The hot pipe riders though were determined to continue. But with the conditions getting worse, the route was altered and the riders decided to go only till Pari Chowk in Greater Noida which is almost 35 km away.

As the riders travelled through Noida, curious onlookers gathered at every nook and corner. A rain break gave the 75-odd petrol heads an opportunity to socialise. The ride resumed after a 15 min delay and the gang headed towards a golf club in Noida.

A surprise guest was waiting for the Harley owners, someone who has taken India to the pinnacle of world cricket. Kapil Dev, a Harley owner himself, greeted the riders and posed for the shutterbugs. An announcement was made much to everyone's joy that the combined distance the riders clocked was close to 14,000 km which meant a donation of Rs. 3.5 lakh.

harley-ride-independence-day-yash-chawla-295.jpgSidharth Oberoi, a Harley rider for many years said that the feeling was second to none. Another rider Sameer said that the help to Uttarakhand doesn't stop here, the group will keep on raising money for the next three years to get the state back to where it was. Kapil Dev said that it isn't just the Government of India's responsibility to rebuild the state but each and every citizen of this nation should contribute. For the riders it was a proud moment and for their families it was a holiday well spent.



















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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - New details have been released Sunday about the motorcycle accident that happened on Bopp and Kinney Roads

Saturday evening, including the identities of the two motorcyclists involved.

Pima County Sheriff's Department released a statement saying the deceased man was 53-year-old Michael Bell. Bell was struck by a motorcycle being driven by 59-year-old Sherman Kidd Jr. Neither of the riders were wearing helmets at the time of the accident. Kidd remains in the hospital in serious condition.

The initial investigation revealed that three motorcycles were involved. Bell and a friend were riding together heading west on Bopp from Kinney. Kidd was also traveling west on Bopp at a high rate of speed when he hit Bell, according to PCSD.

Witnesses say Kidd was driving recklessly and passing cars. Alcohol and speed are believed to have both been factors in the crash.

Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who may have more information, including the friend who was with Bell. The third motorcyclist left the scene of the accident before first responders arrived.










AR: Sidney man dies after motorcycle hits embankment A Sidney man died after he lost control of his motorcycle and hit an embankment on Saturday afternoon in Mountain View, authorities said. The accident occurred at about 2:40 p.m., according to an Arkansas State Police report. James Burton, 44, was traveling west in a 2007 Kawasaki on Arkansas 14 when he lost control of his motorcycle, slid across the road and struck an embankment, the report states. Police describe conditions as dry and clear at the time. Burton's death marks the 333rd fatality in traffic accidents on Arkansas roads this year, according to preliminary reports.






Helmet did not save rider's life!



Jupiter Motorcycle Accident Leaves 1 Person Dead

Story by Harrison Barrus / CBS 12 News

JUPITER, Fla. -- 58-year-old John Henry Regan of Coral Springs is dead this morning after he was struck while riding his motorcycle on I-95 around 3:00 a.m.

Florida Highway Patrol officials say that Regan was driving a 1984 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on I-95 between Donald Ross Road and Indian Town Road when he was struck from behind by a 2010 Lexus ES 350 driven by Amanda McClure of Palm City.

Investigators at the scene say Regan was thrown from his motorcycle eventually coming to rest in the center grass median and though he was wearing a helmet, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are still investigating the exact cause of the accident and whether or not alcohol was a contributing factor.

McClure and her passenger, Sydnee Reeder, both suffered minor injuries and were taken to Jupiter Medical Center for treatment.








Motorcycle operator dies from injuries suffered in I-84 crash near Hazelton

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS September 08, 2013 - 5:41 am EDT

Share/Save/Bookmark JEROME, Idaho — Authorities say a 57-year-old motorcycle operator is dead from the injuries he suffered in a crash on Interstate 84 near Hazelton.

Idaho State Police say Warren Park of Walker, California, swerved off the roadway and crashed about 7:30 p.m. Friday.

A police press release says Park was hospitalized and was pronounced dead early Sunday morning.

His 56-year-old passenger, Bonnie Trimble of Reno, Nevada, was hospitalized. There was no further word on her condition or any more details about the crash.

Police say both were wearing helmets.







Motorcycle Accident in Jackson County

By WSIL Manager Sep 7, 2013 at 12:23 PM CDT

JACKSON COUNTY-- A man and woman were injured after a motorcycle accident Friday night.

Jackson County Deputies responded to the crash Friday night around 10:20 P.M. 59-year-old Richard Spurgeon from Murphysboro failed to negotiate a curve on his Harley Davidson, the motorcycle left the roadway and overturned. Spurgeon and his passenger, 39-year-old Melissa Zamora also of Murphysboro were ejected from the motorcycle. Deputies say Spurgeon and Zamora weren't wearing helmets when the accident happened.

Spurgeon suffered major injuries and was transported to a St. Louis hospital, Zamora was taken to a local hospital. Deputies say Spurgeon was operating the motorcycle with a revoked Illinois driver's license and without valid registration or insurance.







IN: otorcycle crash kills Greenwood woman in Brown County

A Greenwood woman was killed and a man was injured in a motorcycle crash Thursday in Brown County.

Jennifer Garrison, 27, was a passenger on the motorcycle when she was killed in the crash about 7:45 a.m. Thursday in the 9200 block of Ind. 135 near the Brown-Morgan county line, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver, William Lambert, 33, also of Greenwood, was hospitalized, police said.

Lambert, according to a police report, was traveling south on 135 when he tried to pass vehicles in a no passing zone.

Lambert swerved to avoid an oncoming pickup truck, police said, and lost control of the bike.

Lambert, Garrison and the motorcycle slid across the pavement in the northbound lane of 135, police said.

The pickup’s driver, Allen Rutter, 56, Morgantown, attempted to avoid the wreckage but struck Garrison, police said.

Garrison died at the scene. Lambert was treated at an area hospital.










1 Dead in Taneytown Motorcycle Crash

Another Carroll County man was seriously injured in an unrelated motorcycle accident in Westminster Saturday evening.

Posted by Jenni Pompi (Editor) , September 08, 2013 at 10:15 AM

One man was killed and another seriously injured in two unrelated motorcycle accidents in Carroll County Saturday.

A Manchester man was killed Saturday morning in a single vehicle crash when he lost control of his motorcycle on Kump Station Road in Taneytown, according to a preliminary police investigation.

According to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, John William Hill, 56, of Manchester, was riding his 2012 Harley Davidson Street Glide motorcycle westbound on Kump Station Road sometime around 10 a.m. Saturday. Police believe Hill "failed to maneuver a curve in the roadway," causing him to careen off the right side of the road, into the grassy shoulder, where he crashed into a fence post and wire.

Emergency services personnel pronounced Hill dead at the scene. No other people or vehicles were involved in the crash, police said. Anyone with information on the accident are asked to call Cpl. Glen Day at 410-386-5900.

An unrelated motorcycle crash occurred in Wesminster on Saturday night, leaving a Wesminster man in serious condition.

According to police, Dominic Guy Balassone, 23, was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound on Route 97 at around 7 p.m. Saturday night.

Balassone crossed the double yellow line in the center of the road, entering the southbound lane and causing a head-on collision with an SUV. The occupants of the SUV, a 43-year-old Wesminster woman, a 42-year-old Wesminster man and two children, were uninjured in the crash. Balassone suffered serious but not life threatening injuries and was was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma via helicopter for treatment.

Police believe that excessive speed and alcohol may have been contributing factors to the crash. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.










MA:  Motorcyclist killed on notorious corner in Cummington; samaritans help after fatal crash

By FRAN RYAN Gazette Contributing Writer

Wednesday, September 4, 2013) CUMMINGTON — The town’s fire chief Tuesday praised the efforts of citizens as well as emergency officials who responded to a fatal accident on Labor Day that took the life of a 55-year-old man who was riding a motorcycle on Route 9.

Police and firefighters responded a spot known as Kings Corner, near Wilder Road, about 3:15 p.m. Monday.

According to Cummington Police Chief Dennis Forgea, the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section is investigating the cause of the accident.

The name of the victim is not being released until next of kin is notified.

Forgea said that while it appears as though the motorcycle, a red Harley Davidson Sportster, was the only vehicle involved in the accident, police are continuing to investigate reports of a car that had been seen driving erratically in that area.

“That is a hellacious corner and we have had several accidents occur there over the years,” said Fire Chief Bernard Forgea, the police chief’s brother.

The fire chief said that the rider had been thrown over a steep embankment. “It was one of those situations that you just have a bad feeling about before you get to the scene,” Bernard Forgea said.

Suspecting critical injuries, the fire department at first tried to arrange a landing area for an emergency medical helicopter, but was told no helicopters were flying due to very poor visibility.

Minutes later, Forgea discovered that swift medical evacuation would not have made a difference, as the accident had been fatal.

“All it took was a look from one of our responders, and I knew right away what the individual’s status was,” Forgea said.

Eight or nine good Samaritans passing by offered their assistance.

“I am so impressed by the civilian help,” Forgea said. “They didn’t hesitate to jump in and take our direction, they just grabbed some gloves and went to work.”

“Even after seeing how horrific things were, they were not deterred,” he added.

With the exception of a Chicopee firefighter and an EMT from Dalton, Cummington emergency responders had no idea who the rest of the helpful citizens were.

“They were probably just out enjoying Labor Day and they came upon the accident,” Forgea said. “I just wish I could have thanked them all before they left the scene.”

To complicate matters, rescue workers had to wade through deep patches of poison ivy that covered the embankment. Forgea said that one bystander wearing only shorts and sneakers plowed through the irritating weeds in order to reach the victim, without concern for himself.

“It sounds like a little thing, but poison ivy can be dangerous,” Forgea said, having been hospitalized himself years ago after exposure to the plant.

“We told all of our people to shower and clean their clothes,” he said. “I hope to hell the rest of the people did as well.”

Forgea said that due to the disturbing nature of the accident, all firefighters were later interviewed for signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I am very proud of the department for they way they responded and it is important that we take good care of our own,” Forgea said.

The fire chief likened the civilian response to the accident to those who rescued victims from the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year.

“Everyone gave it their all to help,” Forgea said. “It was unqualified support without people worrying about being sued or injuring themselves. It really restores your faith in humanity.”









Woman Killed In Motorcycle Crash

By: WILX Posted: Sat 10:00 PM, Sep 07, 2013

A woman is dead after her motorcycle crashed with another vehicle in Meridian Township Saturday afternoon.

It happened around three o'clock at the intersection of Meridian Road and Grand River Avenue.

The victim was traveling with a group of friends also on motorcycles, when a car from the opposite lane crossed the center line on the curve at Meridian Road.

A second crash happened right after, as the other motorcyclists tried to avoid the accident and crash into each other.

The victim's identify hasn't been released.

The other drivers were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The intersection was closed for several hours while police investigated







NE: Texas man killed in motorcycle crash

September 07, 2013 18:02 CDT ROSCOE, Neb. (AP) -- The Nebraska State Patrol says a 48-year-old Texas man has died after crashing his motorcycle on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska. The patrol says Christian Davis Boyce, of Dallas, died in the crash that happened just before noon Friday east of Paxton. Investigators say Boyce was eastbound on I-80 and pulling a trailer when he lost control and crashed. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The patrol says he was wearing a helmet.








Levittown motorcyclist killed by car in Yaphank

September 8, 2013 8:56 PM


Photo credit: James Carbone | A motorcyclist died in a collision with another vehicle in westbound lanes of Sunrise Highway in North Bellport. The highway was closed between Horseblock and Station roads. (Sept. 8, 2013)

A Levittown man was killed Sunday afternoon on Sunrise Highway after he pulled his motorcycle over on the median in Yaphank and was struck by a passing vehicle, Suffolk police said. Jason Delauro, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant with the Suffolk County medical examiner's office, police said.

Police said the crash occurred about 1:05 p.m. after Delauro pulled...







Motorcycle catches fire after crash; driver critical

Sep. 6, 2013 |

Written by Sharon Coolidge

MIDDLETOWN — A 33-year-old Middletown man is in critical condition after he wrecked his motorcycle, causing it to burst into flames on North Breiel Boulevard early Friday.

Michael Smith was driving a 1985 Honda motorcycle south on North Breiel Boulevard when he lost control, hit a utility pole and was thrown from the motorcycle, according to Middletown Police.

Officers arrived at the 12:15 a.m. crash to find the motorcycle on fire and Smith on the curb.

Smith was flown to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment.

Officers believe Smith was headed home after the Merle Haggard show at JD Legends in Franklin, Ohio.

Smith was not wearing a helmet.











One dead, one injured in Monroe County crash

9:34 p.m. EDT, September 7, 2013

A 27-year-old man was killed and another severely injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday evening in Monroe County, officials said.

A group of seven motorcyclists were riding north on Hamilton South Road near Saylorsburg around 6:45 p.m. when one of the motorcycles struck another, said Bob Allen, Monroe County Coroner.

One rider was severely injured and flown to a Lehigh Valley hospital. The other was pronounced dead at the scene, Allen said.

Officials are waiting until the family of the deceased has been notified to release his name, Allen said.

West End Ambulance, Blue Ridge Fire Company and Pennsylvania State Police responded to the crash.







Motorcyclist Struck, Injured On Way To Fundraiser

An event created to help others turned tragic.

A motorcyclist was on his way to a big event to raise money for Chattanooga Community Kitchen when he was struck by a car Saturday morning.

That motorcyclist is Kelly Anderson, a war veteran and member of the Freedom Riders Motorcycle Club.

He was riding to the "One Step Up" Poker Run when he collided with a car on I-24. At this time, he is at Erlanger with a serious brain injury.

Retired police officer and safety instructor, Wesley Dilbeck, advises all drivers to, "be aware of your surroundings, look for motorcycles. Don't just look once, look twice. Because they are out. People have too much on their minds and aren't aware of the importance of it."







TX: Police identify Denton man killed in Corinth accident

Justin fatality under investigation now

By Megan Gray Staff Writer Published: 06 September 2013 11:24 AM

Police are still investigating a fatal wreck that occurred Friday morning. Gary Shuffield, 57, was pronounced dead at 9:16 a.m. Friday at Denton Regional Medical Center, Corinth police said. Cpl. Ryan Brock said police responded to multiple 911 calls at 8:36 a.m. after a 2007 black Honda motorcycle collided with a 2005 white GMC pickup in the 1400 block of Robinson Road, near the Oakmont Drive intersection. Shuffield, police said, was traveling eastbound in the left lane of Robinson Road when he struck the left side of a pickup while going an estimated 25 to 30 mph, according to preliminary investigations. Brock said the estimated speed was based on skid mark measurements. The pickup, driven by a 59-year-old Corinth resident, was traveling northbound on Oakmont at the stop sign and turning westbound onto Robinson, police said. Based on the preliminary investigation, Brock said they believe the Corinth resident failed to yield the right of way at the stop sign, causing Shuffield to hit the left side of the pickup. “It’s just preliminary, and we are working with Little Elm police to determine the exact cause,” he said. Lake Cities Fire Department performed CPR on him all the way to the hospital, where he later died, officials said. Shuffield was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Brock said there are no charges being filed at this time, as the investigation is still ongoing. The driver of the pickup was uninjured. Shuffield’s death is the fourth roadway fatality in Denton County in less than a week, said Troy Taylor, chief medical examiner for the county. Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel said an investigation is underway after a semi tractor-trailer overturned Friday afternoon, killing the driver. The man was hauling bags of nonhazardous chemicals when his 18-wheeler overturned around 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon at FM407 and South County Line Road, officials said. “For an as yet undetermined reason, the driver of the truck became trapped under the vehicle during the rollover,” Haschel said. As of late Friday afternoon, the driver of the truck had not been identified. Michael Ramsey, a 22-year-old from Coppell, died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 35E early last Saturday morning. Ramsey died from multiple blunt force injuries because of a vehicle rollover at 2:45 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. Early Wednesday morning, Denton police responded to a fatality at North Loop 288 and Interstate 35. Jessica Fields, 23, of Lewisville, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:59 a.m., said police department spokesman Officer Ryan Grelle. Police said Coronado Lovern, 24, was driving west on Loop 288 and approaching I-35 at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday when he failed to negotiate the turn and went straight off an undeveloped part of the north loop, instantly killing his girlfriend. Lovern was charged with intoxicated manslaughter and is being held at the Denton County Jail on a $100,000 bond.










Motorcycle rider injured in I-205 crash

By Marissa Harshman Columbian Staff Reporter Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Battle Ground man was injured when he crashed his motorcycle on Interstate 205 Saturday afternoon.

The crash occurred at about 3:30 p.m. on I-205 north at Milepost 30, which is near the exit for state Highway 500 in Vancouver.

Michael Cherney, 52, was riding a black 2006 Harley-Davidson on I-205 at a speed too fast for congested traffic, according to the Washington State Patrol. Cherney lost control of the motorcycle when he tried to brake for traffic, according to police.

The motorcycle came to rest in the roadway.

Cherney was injured in the crash and transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

Police cited Cherney for driving too fast for the conditions.











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