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TODAY IS NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY!!
PLEASE KEEP THOSE WHO HAVE NOT BEEN RETURNED HOME IN YOUR HEARTS AND IN YOUR
MEMORY, THAT THEY, AND THEIR SACRIFICE FOR OUR COUNTRY IS NOT FORGOTTEN!!
September 18, 2013
POW/MIA Recognition Day Honors
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is
Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. Each year the president
issues a proclamation asking Americans to observe
the day as a remembrance of the nation's service
members who were held prisoner or are still missing,
and their families.
The day's events include a Pentagon commemoration
ceremony hosting former prisoners of war, family
members, military service members and distinguished
guests. Traditionally held on the third Friday in
September, the event will include formal military
honors and remarks from a keynote speaker.
Observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day
are held across the country on military
installations, at state capitols, in local
communities, schools and at various veterans'
facilities. Many events observe the tradition of a
"Missing Man Table," which is a set dinner table
that remains empty in honor of the more than 83,000
missing service members from past conflicts.
As a result of resolutions passed in Congress,
the first official commemoration of POW/MIAs was in
1979, when the first national ceremony was held.
The observance is one of six days of the year that
Congress has mandated the flying of the POW/MIA
flag, created by the National League of Families, at
major military installations, national cemeteries,
all post offices, VA medical facilities, the World
War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the offices of the
secretaries of state, defense and veterans affairs,
the director of the selective service system and the
The Department of Defense has more than 600
people dedicated to the worldwide mission of
accounting for the more than 83,000 missing service
members from conflicts as far back as World War II.
For additional information on the Defense
Department's mission to account for missing
Americans, visit the DPMO website at
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HAVE A WONDERFUL, SAFE, WEEKEND ALL!
NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES
Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,
National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)
MILLION BIKERS TO DC” TRUMPS “MILLION MUSLIM MARCH”
few dozen demonstrators attending a rally on the National Mall, once billed
as the “Million Muslim March”, were vastly outnumbered by hundreds of
thousands of motorcycle riders from across America participating in the “2
Million Bikers to DC” ride to honor September 11 victims and to counter the
pro-Muslim rally that many said was inappropriate for such a solemn day in
The American Muslim Political Action Committee scheduled the rally to draw
attention to what it said is an unfair and ongoing fear of Muslims after the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Among
the bikers, however, the provocatively scheduled rally was considered an
insult to the nearly 3,000 people who died on Sept. 11, 2001, when Islamic
terrorists hijacked three commercial jets and crashed them into the World
Trade Center buildings in New York and the Pentagon in Arlington. Another
hijacked plane headed for Washington, D.C. crashed near Shanksville,
the biker gathering fell short of 2 million strong, some estimates ran as
high as 880,000 riders, and “What began as an idea on Facebook quickly
turned into a national movement thanks to social media and dedicated bikers from
around the nation,” wrote the Examiner.com; and as bikers from as far away
as the west coast began their journey to D.C., Twitter lit up with photos
and videos showing thousands of bikes overflowing out of rest stops and
parking lots as the hastily organized ride gained momentum.
many turned out that plans to have them ride through the streets of the
Capital had to be changed, particularly in light of the fact that local
authorities denied a permit that would have provided the riders a police
escort through traffic -- a sore spot with organizers who believe the
denial was for political purposes.
“We didn’t need a permit in the first place,” National
Event Organizer Belinda Bee told a local Fox News station, citing D.C.
law; “it shall not be an offense to assemble or parade on a District street,
sidewalk, or other public way, or in a District park, without having
provided notice or obtained an approved assembly plan.” So the event went on
-- legally -- without the permit, although the group apologized to the
public that "What could have been a one or two hour ride through” tied up
Beltway traffic from early morning into the afternoon.
Co-founders Belinda Bee and “Top Fuel” Bill Williamson credited everyone who
helped with the unprecedented success of this year’s ride, and promised
another ride next year, “and every year for September 11.”
“Sending out a BIG Thank You to all who supported and cheered on the 2
Million Bikers to DC ride,” e-mailed Angel Richardson, a member of the NCOM
Board of Directors who attended the hugely successful event; “We have a kick
ass bunch of patriots!”
CHRISTIAN AND VETERAN BIKERS SUE OVER BEING THROWN OUT OF FAIR
Motorcyclists who were thrown out of the Florida State Fair for displaying
their love of America and Christianity on their vests must amend their
lawsuit, a federal judge has ruled.
According to Courthouse News, Mark Denico, Thomas Griswold Jr., Timothy
Newberry and Dennis Walsted had arrived at the Florida State Fair on Feb. 7,
2010. Denico and Griswold are members of the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle
Club, while Newberry and Walsted belong to the Spirit Riders Motorcycle
Ministry. Walsted said he was planning to "lead all the motorcyclists in
prayer once inside the fair," but he and the others were escorted out once
they paid for admission. Fair rules ban gang colors or signs, and members of
the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office told the quartet that they could
not enter the fair while wearing vests with the patches indicating
motorcycle club membership.
Tampa Bay Times reported that approximately 50 bikers from numerous clubs
were turned away that day. In their subsequent lawsuit, the four accused law
enforcement and fair officials of violating their First Amendment rights to
freedom of association and religion.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington nevertheless dismissed the
complaint without prejudice because it failed to specifically indicate
claims under the federal civil right law Section 1983, which creates a
private right of action for civil damages. The fair demonstrated that the
"plaintiffs' naked reference to § 1983 is insufficient for defendants or
this court to assume that they intended to bring [counts one through nine]
under its rubric," according to the ruling. "Plaintiffs
may have identified constitutional rights alleged to have been violated, but
have failed to allege causes of action associated with those violations,"
The judge also declined to give the plaintiffs an injunction restraining the
defendants from "ordering, compelling, bullying, requesting, coercing, or
threatening a member of a motorcycle club or motorcycle ministry to remove
their vests with 'patches' on them signifying membership within a particular
organization." Injunctions are appropriate only if plaintiffs can show they
will continue to be harmed during the course of litigation, according to the
ruling. "Conspicuously absent from the operative complaint is any allegation
that the plaintiffs intend to return to the Florida Stair Fair wearing their
prohibited patches or that the plaintiffs face specific future harm at the
hands of the defendants," Covington wrote. Vaguely alleging that "the
Florida State Fair Authority will continue to selectively exclude certain
motorcyclists from the fair" is not sufficient to reach the standard for an
injunction, the court ruled, and so the club members must amend their
complaint before moving forward with the lawsuit.
MOTORCYCLIST FINED FOR TIRE TREADS
New York rider who set out for a Friday the 13th motorcycle trip to Port
Dover, Ontario told local CTV News that he was unfairly ticketed and pulled
off the roads by Waterloo Regional Police in Canada. Jeff
Selby of Elmira, NY claims the officers were excessive in their punishment
after a routine roadside check found the tread on his motorcycle tires was
point five millimeters under code.
Selby says he offered to drive his bike straight to a repair shop to have
the tire replaced but the officers said no. “He
goes it doesn’t matter. Your bike will be off the road as of today. We’re
gonna take your plate, we’re gonna charge you and you’re gonna have to get a
Selby told the news station that he understands the safety concerns but says
he has a clean driving record and deserves a warning first, and that the
five hundred or more dollars he’s now facing in fines, relicensing fees and
towing cost is exorbitant. Police there say the law is the law and you can’t
put a price on safety, adding that when it comes to safety there’s no room
for warnings or second chances and it’s their responsibility that’s on the
The legal regulation for tires on any motorized vehicle is that they have to
have at least 1.5 millimeters of tread on the majority of the tires
SIHK-ING HELMET EXEMPTIONS DOWN UNDER
April 23, 2013, Queensland became the fourth Australian province to exempt
bicyclists from the Sikh community from wearing a helmet. Calling it a
“common-sense approach,” Queensland transport minister Scott Emerson said,
"By amending the Queensland Road Rules, we will join Victoria, South
Australia and Western Australia which also have this exemption."
Now, Sikh motorcycle riders are seeking exemption from helmet laws as well. Harpreed
Singh, who is originally from New Delhi, told ABC News that he has not
ridden a motorbike since moving to Tasmania in 2008 because of the legal
requirement to wear a helmet. Members of the Sikh faith wear turbans for
religious reasons and do not want to remove them. "I have ridden motorbikes
all my life and in India it is allowed and even in the UK, Canada and the
US, Sikhs can ride a bike with a turban on."
Anti-discrimination commissioner Robin Banks says it would be better to
exempt the entire Sikh religion, in order to avoid the situation where every
Sikh has to apply for an exemption and then prove they have one if they are
stopped by the police. She too
points to other parts of the world where similar changes have been made: "In
Canada there's been human rights cases that have decided that instead of
having to wear a motorbike helmet, or even a safety helmet on building
sites, [they] are permitted to wear their turbans."
The Tasmanian Government says the transport commissioner has the power to
exempt individuals from wearing a helmet.
Tasmania, the fine for not wearing a helmet is $140 and three demerit
ACCIDENTS POSSIBLY LINKED TO BRAIN MISCALCULATIONS
Incidences of cars pulling out in front of motorcyclists run regularly in
headlines -- locally, statewide and throughout the nation -- and there could
be a scientific reason. Recent research by a Texas Tech University
psychologist suggests that the regularity of this problem isn’t necessarily
a case of poor driving or carelessness, but may be related to a basic human
Pat DeLucia, the coordinator of the Human Factors Psychology Program, said
her results show that small, near objects can appear farther away than
larger, farther objects. The study is published in the peer-reviewed
scientific psychology journal “Current Directions in Psychological Science.”
interest in softball prompted DeLucia to study how the human brain perceives
objects, their size and motion and an object’s time to impact. Her finding
-- that an object’s size affects distance perception -- may be the basis
explaining why car drivers miscalculate motorcyclists’ distance and speed.
Many times, the brain interprets objects with a larger retinal image as
closer. Since motorcycles are smaller than cars, DeLucia said the brain may
use this shortcut to judge a smaller motorcycle farther away than it
This size-arrival effect can lead drivers to misjudge when a vehicle would
arrive at an intersection and could be considered a contributing factor in
DeLucia hopes to find funding from the Texas Department of Transportation to
create an educational program to inform drivers of her findings and reduce
the incidents of these types of accidents.
HONDA TOUTS TECHNOLOGY TO CUT MOTORCYCLIST FATALITIES
Honda North America executives announced that the Japanese
automaker hopes two experimental safety technologies it is testing could
help reduce pedestrian and motorcycle deaths by the end of the decade. By
equipping a car and smartphone with wireless dedicated short range
communications technology, Honda said it can alert both a driver and
pedestrian, or motorcycle rider, of an impending collision.
Vehicle-to-Pedestrian and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle technologies are still in
the early development and testing stages, but Honda intends to integrate the
advanced collision sensing and predictive technologies into their vehicles through
a special licensed radio band that allows cars to send and receive messages
from surrounding vehicles. The
system that might be an app one day on a smartphone is capable of alerting
drivers that a pedestrian or motorcycle is near, even if the driver can’t
see them, in time to avoid a collision.
Keller, chief engineer for Honda R&D Americas, Inc. said connected vehicle
technology could be on the road by 2020, and the technology would be much
cheaper than implementing cameras and other safety systems equipped on
is one of eight automakers involved in a federal vehicle-to-vehicle
communication study which began a year ago in Ann Arbor with the help of the
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and has been
extended six months.
NEWS: BLIND DISABLED MOTORCYCLIST SETS SPEED RECORD
dangers of riding a motorcycle are obvious even to able-bodied operators,
yet blind, disabled Scottish biker Stuart Gunn threw caution to the wind by
setting a new world record by clocking 167.1 mph.
a real world Daredevil, and with a little help from his father, Geoff, the
pair ride together and dad cheerfully informs his son if he’s drifting or
should brake, assisting his blind and paralyzed-from-the-waste-down son to
beat world speed records.
this proves to people that just because you are blind or have a disability,
doesn’t mean it should change or limit your life,” says Gunn, the World’s
Fastest Blind Motorcycle Rider.
QUOTABLE QUOTE: “Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business
or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold
his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions
within his sphere.”
Theodore “T.R” Roosevelt, Jr. (1858-1919) 26th President of the United
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13NR29 - It is almost time!
19 September, 2013
Downs, Director of Conferences & Events
It is almost time!
Meeting of the Minds is just a few days
away. I have a couple of reminders for
all who are planning to attend.
Please clean out your closets and bring
your clean, gently used t-shirts to put
on the �New to You� table. This is the
table in the Products room where we sell
gently used motorcycle related t-shirts.
Bring yours in to help raise money for
the MRF. And be sure to purchase a few
for your wardrobe; again to raise money
for the MRF.
For those who will be flying into
Columbus, remember to take the hotel
phone number with you. When your flight
lands you will need to call the hotel
for shuttle pick-up. They will check
your name against the room reservation
list and send the shuttle for registered
guests at no charge. You cannot
pre-schedule the shuttle. They will only
take the information upon your arrival.
The phone number is (614) 885-1885.
I just checked the long term weather
forecast and it appears those who will
be riding in should have nice weather.
There is a slight chance of rain moving
from the west coast to the east coast so
all should be dry. I look forward to
seeing you all soon.
Motorcyclists united in shared interests
by Elayne Smith / on September 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Some find freedom on a motorcycle, where the wind crashes into
them, the world is seen without obstruction and their body is charged with
adrenaline from the motor’s vibrations.
Motorcyclists can be passionate riders willing to sit in any
weather condition or riders that prefer short trips, but both types of bikers
say they ride for the exhilaration. PhD student Benjamin Woodruff, who rides a
Harley Dyna Wide Glide, said that many riders view cars as cages. A motorcycle
breaks barriers between the rider and the world so, as Woodruff said, “you can
truly experience the ride.”
“It’s like riding a roller coaster to class every day,” John
Norman, a sophomore who commutes on his Kawasaki Zx10r, said.
The University of Alabama tries to accommodate motorcyclists
on-campus, taking suggestions from riders and incorporating that feedback into
their approach. The goal is to make the campus a motorcyclist-friendly
The University provides 137 white rectangles painted across
campus for motorcycle parking. Fifty-four permits were issued this year, 14 of
which were issued to faculty. Many still call for more parking around main
buildings because the good spots fill up. Due to cheaper prices of gas, parking
permits and insurance, there may be an upcoming increase in bikers on campus.
“I think there should be more parking for motorcycles because
sometimes when I go to different places around campus it’s hard to find
parking,” Congleton said.
Riders like Woodruff understand the dangers involved in riding
a motorcycle. People driving cars sometimes do not see motorcycles well and
motorcyclists have a greater risk of injury if hit. However, Woodruff argues
that riding is not as dangerous as perceived because of misconceptions about how
people ride motorcycles. He believes if there were as many motorcycle accidents
as people expected, the insurance would not be so cheap. Bikers must be aware of
their surroundings at all times. Such potential danger creates a deeper
responsibility in their driving, he said.
This danger adds a thrill to riding, but also a brotherhood.
Every time bikers pass each other, they wave, according to Sky Congleton, a
junior who rides a Kawasaki eliminator 125. Congleton said this motorcycle wave
means, “Hey, I’m lookin’ out for you.”
Like any culture, there are differences in people; for bikers,
it is a matter of Harleys versus sport bikes. Riders like Norman and Congleton
feel a sport bike offers speed and a thrill as they prefer to drive on back
roads. Woodruff and his fellow PhD student, Binay Adhikari, who rides a Harley
Sportster, see Harleys as a more comfortable ride that is better suited to
cruising on highways.
“Harley guys are always connected,” Woodruff said of his bike
The variety of motorcyclists creates different clubs and
social opportunities. Groups like bamarides.com and UA Sport Bikes are geared
toward finding a group to go riding with. Norman said that he wants to start a
club on campus that would unite bikers, raise awareness of motorcycle safety,
incorporate social responsibility through volunteering as a group and encourage
“The purpose of it is volunteerism and raising awareness for
social responsibility and try to raise awareness of riding,” Norman said about
the club. “I tried to find a rational reason why I should get a motorcycle, but
honestly, besides fuel economy, there isn’t one. It’s purely choice. There’s no
real logical reason, it’s strictly you wanting to do it.”
Woodruff borrowed a quote from Disney-Pixar’s “Cars” to define
the true essence of motorcycle culture: “Cars didn’t drive on [the road] to make
good time. They drove on it to have a good time.”
New Fall Season!
Every Thursday, Sept. 12th – Nov. 14th
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night this
Fall being presented by Arrowhead
Harley-Davidson and Ridenow
Night began Thursday night, September 12th with a HUGE
crowd and will continue for a total of 10 nights ending
on November 14th from 5 pm – 9 pm. This Thursday, you
will once again be able to enjoy a party every Thursday
night with Live Music, Vendors, Restaurants, parking on
Coyote Blvd. next to the fountains and Hundreds of
motorcycles to look at as they cruise by. This is the
place to be on Thursday nights for sure.
Thunder Valley Rally 2013
Thunder Valley Rally 2013 in
Old Town Cottonwood, AZ.
This rally is under new
management and promises to
be a real party this year!
The Bootlegger capital of
Arizona knows how to throw a
party with FREE concerts by
“Jackyl” and “Leon Russell”.
Sturgis style parking on
Main, Huge Beer Garden, Top
Outrageous Poker Run through
the Verde Valley Wine
Country $2,000 in prize
money, Bike Show with $1,000
in prize money and prizes
and a Miss TVR Pageant are
just the start of a smokin’
good time in Old Town. Visit
for event updates and make
your reservations now. A
4-Coyotes Production & City
of Cottonwood. Sponsored by:
Tequila Penasco, Grand
Canyon Harley-Davidson, Law
Tigers, Nation Wide Vision,
Hensley, Beverage Co
Budweiser, D&K Cycles &
Motorsports. Make your plans
to ride to Cottonwood and
Friday and Saturday
September 20th and 21st
“Shelly’s Sun Down Ride”
Registration at HDOS
Kickstands Up riding to
Thunder Valley Rally 2013
with Harley-Davidson of
9:00 PM enjoy
the FREE Jackyl Concert.
“Janeen’s Sunrise Ride”
Registration at HDOS
HDOS for the poker run
through wine country
followed by a full day of
entertainment including free
concert by the Legendary
Scottsdale is located at
15600 N. Hayden Rd. in
Saturday, September 21st
Join Buddy Stubbs Anthem
Saturday, September 21st
from 11am – 2pm for Hogs &
Dogs as well as a brand new
Boom! Audio workshop. Are
you ready to learn about all
the new updates and changes
to the audio and
infotainment system that
introduced on the new
Rushmore Touring bikes? RSVP
Anthem H-D will also have
free food and drinks while
supplies last with all
donations going to HOG 2376
charities. For more
information go to
or call (623) 465-1122.
Buddy Stubbs Anthem
Harley-Davidson is located
at 41715 N. 41st Drive,
Anthem AZ 85086.
Saturday, September 28th
Don’t miss this always
popular event at Arrowhead
HD. Clean out the garage,
make some money for new
MEET: 6 AM – 1 PM.
Bring those old parts
sitting around the garage
and sell enough of them to
buy some new chrome! Used
parts only. No competitive
items or bike sales. Space
is limited so call
623-247-5542 or email
reserve your spot.
Lunch: Hot Dogs
served 11 AM – 1 PM. While
Bikini Bike Wash by
the Arrowhead HD Girls from
11 AM – 3 PM.
is located at 16130 N.
Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. in
Saturday & Sunday
September 28th & 29th
Buddy Stubbs Arizona
Harley-Davidson Hogs & Dogs
Join the crew at Buddy
Stubbs AZ H-D for FREE lunch
(while supplies last), a
bikini bike wash, museum
tours and much more on
Saturday September 28th from
11am-2pm. The weather is
beginning to break and
riding weather will only get
better! Better yet, you’ve
seen the new 2014
Harley-Davidson lineup and
you are ready to test ride?
Buddy Stubbs Arizona
Harley-Davidson is hosting
FREE Factory Demo Rides
September 28th from 9am to
5pm and September 29th from
10am to 4pm. Bring your gear
or borrow some from us and
see what the most
Harley® ever built is like!
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson
is located at 13850 N. Cave
Creek Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85022.
Or catch us on the web at
Saturday, September 28th
Gatekeepers Points Ride
Benefiting the Arizona Burn
Center Pediatric Trauma
Unit. Check-In at HD of
Scottsdale from 9AM – 11AM
located at 15600 N. Hayden
Rd. in Scottsdale, AZ. 4
Stops include Cocomo Joe’s,
Greasewood Flat, Rio Verde
Fire District and Hooter’s
of Scottsdale for a Wing
Lunch. Last bike in at
Hooter’s 2PM. Games at each
location for points. Goodie
Bags, Drawings & More. Live
Music by Whiskey Dogz. $20
per person or $35 per pair.
Double Points Day. Receive
double points on all
purchases at Harley-Davidson
NBPD Conducts Motorcycle Safety Operation
September 19, 2013
The Newport Beach Police Department is nearing the conclusion
of a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations in an effort to lower
deaths and injuries. These operations began in August and continue through the
end of September. Extra officers are on duty patrolling areas frequented by
motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers are looking for
violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes.
They are cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles
who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns,
or any other dangerous violation. Motorcycle fatalities saw a drop of 37 percent
from 2008 to 2010, but fatalities rose nearly 18 percent in 2011. Operations
like this are aimed at curbing rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the
numbers back down. In 2012, Newport Beach saw 37 motorcycle-involved collisions,
which resulted in 39 injuries and no fatalities. So far in 2013, Newport Beach
has seen 31 such collisions, resulting in 30 injuries and one fatality.
California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved
crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other
The NBPD is also reminding all motorists to always be alert
and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.
According to the NBPD, as the economy continues to improve, more drivers are on
the road, including novice motorcycle riders who are untrained and unable to
handle the power of today’s motorcycles.
The NBPD message to all drivers and motorcyclists is to share
the road. Riders can obtain training through the California Motorcyclist Safety
Program. Information and training locations are available at CA-msp.org or (877)
December 8th 2013
will mark a very special day for Bakersfield. The
30th annual Bakersfield
Toy Run & Food Drive will be
held. For 30 consecutive years the Motorcycles Enthusiast, Cars Enthusiast, ATV
riders and concerned citizens of Kern County have gathered to donate toys, food
and cash to donate to The Salvation Army of Kern County who pre-qualifies and
distributes those toys and food to the local needy children and families of Kern
County. Once again this yearThe Bakersfield Toy Run and Food Drive is a
non-profit 501 C (3) corporation and all your donations are tax deductable!
Because of the volunteers from
Motorcycles Enthusiast, Cars Enthusiast, and ATV riders who
donate their time and energy, 100% of the profits are donated to The Salvation
Army of Kern County.
We need your help! So here is how you can you also
are holding a $5 per ticket special Raffle for a $1000.00 VISA Gift Card and you
do not even have to be present to WIN. I have raffle tickets available get ahold
of me or shot me an e-mail. You can buy as many tickets as you want!
and your family and friends are all invited to attend. The Motorcycles
Enthusiast, Cars Enthusiast, and ATV Riders will gather at Beach Park at Oak &
21st Street for a 10:00 am
parade to the Kern County Fairgrounds. Entrance fee is 1 new unwrapped toy and 1
non-perishable food item or a $20 cash donation per person. Even if you do not
have a vehicle for the parade you can still attend the festivities by entering
the Fairgrounds on P Street. Free parking across the street from the entrance to
the Kern County Fairgrounds.
you are unable to attend but would like to donate some new unwrapped toys and/or
some non-perishable food items or make cash contributions. Please bring your
donation by my desk (I am currently located in SWT 310 for now) and I will
personally make sure The Kern County Salvation Army receives your donation.
At the Fairgrounds we are having Live Music, Food, Drinks, Event
T-shirts, Event Run Pins, Merchandise Vendors, Motorcycle & Car Show,
Merchandise Raffle, 50/50 Raffle and theSpecial $1000.00 VISA Raffle and
much more. This is the largest toy run in the state of California. Please invite
your friends and family and plan to be a part of this great event!
Thank you in advance and I hope to see you there!
Robert “Sleepy” Laurin
Co-founder of The Bakersfield Toy Run
(661) 885-3126 office or (661) 858-9936 cell
PS: please forward this on to all your friends, family members,
and known and unknown associates!
New kind of motorcycle expo rolls into town
By Victor Ocasio, Orlando Sentinel 6:12 p.m. EDT, September
A motorcycle expo billed as the largest in the nation will
roar into town next month, showing off the newest models of bikes and offering
test drives to enthusiasts.
The American International Motorcycle Expo will cover 300,000
square feet of indoor exhibit space and 400,000 square feet of outdoor
test-drive space at the Orange County Convention Center.
Some of Suzuki's newest models will be on display for the
first time. Consumers can also test-drive Yamaha's new 2014 FZ-09 street bike
and watch stunt-riding demonstrations.
The expo is the same weekend as Daytona Beach's annual
Biketoberfest, which could help it attract as many as 30,000 people, the show's
"It's definitely going to help people that are looking and
people that are selling," said Alex Gruszyk, 45, an experienced motorcyclist who
was shopping for apparel earlier this week at Orlando Harley-Davidson.
"If you're looking for anything, you'll definitely find it at
one of those shows," said Gruszyk, who has been riding motorcycles since he was
15 and regularly attends bike shows and rallies. "I live here, so if I'm in
town, I'll definitely be going."
Motorcycles sales plummeted during the Great Recession,
according to the Motorcycle Industry Council, dropping 40.7 percent in 2009 to
655,000 bikes, compared with more than 1.1 million the year before. That's the
latest annual data available, but bike sales through the first half of 2013
totaled nearly 350,000.
The AIM Expo is the first motorcycle and all-terrain-vehicle
event to combine a public expo with an industry trade show, said its organizer,
Marketplace Events LLC. The first half of the five-day show, which begins Oct.
16, will be limited to motorcycle dealers and media, while the consumer expo
opens to the public the afternoon of Oct. 18.
"Our show emulates some of the European-show models that are
in the fall that have both trade and consumer combined," said Larry Little, vice
president of Marketplace Events' new Motorcycle Group. "It's not rocket science,
as I tell people, from the standpoint that what we're doing over here is not new
to the world market. But it's certainly new to the U.S. market."
The Orlando show is Marketplace Events' first event entry in
the power-sports industry. The Ohio-based company is best known for staging more
than three dozen home shows across the United States and Canada, including the
annual Orlando Home Show each fall and the Central Florida Home+Garden Show each
"In the case of a show this size, assuming that a lot of the
consumer-show attendees will be coming from out of the area, knowing they're
going to see stuff that they can't see anywhere else, the economic-impact total
could be easily $20 million," said Mike Webster, president of Marketplace
Events' trade-show division. "It's kind of hard to measure."
Although many smaller motorcycle expos for consumers exist
throughout the country, the only other trade show of any size is Dealer Expo,
usually held each February in Indianapolis.
Some industry representatives said the timing of AIM Expo is
an improvement, because autumn is when motorcycle manufacturers begin unveiling
new bikes for the next model year.
"Dealers are determining the best plan going into the next
season, and we feel that this is a better time," said exhibitor Bob Starr,
general manager of Yamaha Motor Corp. USA motor-sports communications.
Historically, motorcycle dealers restock their inventories
during the winter in preparation for the seasonal sales growth that occurs each
spring with the coming of warmer riding weather, especially up North. So a trade
show and consumer expo in the fall fit right in.
"From the dealer standpoint, we look to see the products and
see what's new," said dealer Kevin Simmons, president of Orlando-based JSO
Motorsports. "As far as the retail side goes, we hope to meet a lot of customers
and expand our customer base."
More than 375 motorbike and aftermarket parts manufacturers
have signed on as exhibitors, and nearly 6,000 dealers have registered to attend
the trade show.
Admission to the AIM Expo is $15 a person; tickets are
available online at www.aimexpousa.com.
Chili cookoff heats up Gator Harley
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Whitney Dauth, with Hurricane Dockside, shows off her
restaurant’s vegetable and beef chili Saturday at Gator Harley-Davidson second
annual chili cook-off.
Chili cookoff heats up Gator Harley Millard K. Ives | Staff
The air at Gator Harley-Davidson in Leesburg on Saturday was
filled with the aroma of peppers, cheese, onions and other ingredients cooked
into beef — thanks to the business’ second annual chili cook-off.
Slated to benefit the Professional Fire FIghters of Lake County Charities,
almost one dozen eateries, businesses and residents competed to see who could
cook the best chili — with the taste buds of almost 200 patrons serving as the
For $5, patrons could sample all the chili and cast their vote
for the best.
Standing behind a black kettle, Greg Thorpe, who represented
the Downtown Leesburg Business Association, cooked 12 gallons of his secret
chili. He competed in the commercial division.
“It’s not hot enough to make you sweat but it does have a kick
to it,” Thorpe said.
A few booths over from him was Frank’s Place, which provided patrons with
cheese, onions and sour cream to plop in to what they called a “southern-style”
chili, a longtime recipe of the business.
“It has a lot of bite to it,” said owner Linda Lindsey.
In the end, it was a Bob Evans restaurant recipe — cooked by
officials from The Villages and Mount Dora locations — that grabbed top honors
in the commercial division.
“I eat chili at the restaurant all the time, so I knew it
would be good,” said Leesburg resident Joyce Walton, after taking a gulp of the
The commercial division also included Hurricane Dockside and
June Lew, representing the Florida Heart and Vascular Center,
won the public division.
Brian Gamble, with the Lake County Professional Firefighters,
helped coordinate the event. However, they didn’t participate in the chili
cook-off. Not wanting to take a chance on winning, they instead sold hamburgers,
hotdogs and other food as well as T-shirts to benefit the cause.
“We didn’t think it was fair to participate in our own event,” Gamble said.
Short Notice - US Army Veteran Deane Laitinen, 70, Plymouth (Manomet) MA -
19,20 SEPT '13
The family of Deane Laitinen has requested our presence at the funeral of
their beloved Deane.
Deeply patriotic, Deane Laitinen proudly served his country in the U.S.
Army and was stationed with the 8th Division Airborne in Germany for two
years. He was also a member of the Patriot Guard Riders.
WAKE: Please attend on your own.
DATE/TIME: Thursday, 19 September 2013 from 4 PM to 8 PM
at: Richard Davis Funeral Home
619 State Rd (Rt 3A),
Plymouth (Manomet), MA 02360
DATE: Friday, 20 September 2013
at: St. Bonaventure Church
& nbsp; State Road
Manomet , MA
Just south of the church at the :
Manomet Fire Department
827 State Rd (Rte 3 A)
Manomet, MA 02360
Please park at the back of the fire station.
STAGING TIME: 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Friday, 20 September
BRIEFING: 9:30 AM
We will then proceed to the church to form a flag line.
Interment to follow at:
Vine Hill Cemetery
Ride Captain : Dave Rumney Gufinof1@msn.com
----Please don't forget your flags ------
North Grafton man arraigned in Spencer motorcycle fatality
By Kim Ring, TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
• Charges filed in fatal Spencer motorcycle accident
• Family seeks justice in Spencer motorcycle fatality
EAST BROOKFIELD — The allegedly drunk driver of a Ford Flex that allegedly
struck and killed a Barre man Aug. 3 in Spencer was arraigned Wednesday in
Western Worcester District Court.
Marc Pillsbury, 41, of 1 Frankie Lane, North Grafton, was
charged with motor vehicle homicide, motor vehicle homicide — negligent driving,
negligent driving, drunken driving causing serious bodily injury, drunken
driving and failing to stop for a stop sign.
A witness who was walking his dog that night told police he
saw Mr. Pillsbury's 2010 Ford Flex go through the stop sign on Smithville Road
in Spencer without stopping before it struck a motorcycle being ridden by Thomas
Mansfield, 58, and his wife, Jane Mansfield,. Mr. Mansfield was killed, and his
wife suffered serious injuries. She is recovering in a rehabilitation facility,
family members have said.
Mr. Pillsbury was released on personal recognizance and
ordered to remain alcohol-free. He is due back in court Nov. 4.
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Long Island Exchange Announces Toys of Hope Rolling Thunder
Long Island Exchange Presents the 1st Annual Rolling Thunder
Motorcycle Run to Benefit Toys of Hope Children’s Charity; Starts at Long Island
Exchange Inc., Montauk Highway, Copiague, NY and Ends at The Jackson Roadhouse
Café and Grill in Seaford, NY . .Motorcycle Run will be held on Saturday,
October 26th, 2013. Kickstands up at 12 Noon sharp New York, NY (PRWEB)
September 18, 2013
Long Island Exchange Inc. (http://www.longislandexchange.com),
an online advertising and media company located in Copiague, Long Island, is
announcing the 1st Annual Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Run for The Toys of Hope
The Motorcycle Run will be held on Saturday, October 26th,
2013. Same day event registration and lineup begins at 11:30 AM at Long Island
Exchange Inc., 1210 Montauk Highway, Copiague New York. Kickstands are up at 12
Same day event registration ($20 Donation) and lineup: 11:30
AM Trip begins at 12 Noon Starts at Long Island Exchange Inc., 1210 Montauk
Highway, Copiague New York. Route: Montauk Hwy. west to Rt.110 North to Southern
State Highway East to Sunrise Highway South to Robert Moses Causeway South to
Ocean Parkway west to Wantagh Pkwy. North to Merrick Road east to Neptune Ave.
South to Bayview St. west to 3595 Bayview St. Ends: The Jackson Roadhouse Café
and Grill Address: 3595 Bayview St, Seaford, NY 11783, Menu:
Attendees will enjoy a Barbeque, Silent Raffle, Food, Drink &
Merriment. Food will be donated by: Dell'Amore Pizzeria & Spaghetti House,
Seaford, NY 11783. There will be a TV spot that will air Friday Oct. 25th the
day before the run.
For more information please call Mr. Jed Appleby at (631)
592-4425 Ext. # 208.
About Toys of Hope Since 1994, the mission of Toys of Hope has
been to provide toys, books, clothing, activities and other items to needy and
homeless children and their families. Toys of Hope is a not for profit
corporation registered with the State of New York and the Internal Revenue
Service as a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible.
For more information please visit: http://www.toysofhope.org.
About Long Island Exchange Inc. Launched over a decade ago in
2002, LongIslandExchange.com is a privately owned media company providing Long
Islanders with a wealth of information, news, local business data, and resources
for planning activities in the area. The site has won five awards from BOLI,
Best on Long Island, in best of categories like "News, Media and Publications"
as well as "Best Web Site of the Year".
To find out more about Long Island Exchange please visit:
Harley open house to feature Rushmore bikes this week
Daily Record/Sunday News Updated: 09/16/2013 05:47:13 PM EDT
Visitors attending Harley-Davidson's annual open house will
have an opportunity to see how Rushmore, the model year 2014 platform of touring
motorcycles, are made. Visitors with a valid motorcycle license can also take a
demo ride during the event, hosted by the company's Springettsbury Township
operations on Eden Road.
The open house runs Sept. 19 through Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4
The free event will feature a number of activities, including:
-Self-guided tours of the expanded and modernized factory
where Harley-Davidson Softail, Touring, CVO, and Trike motorcycles are
assembled. Self-guided tours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
-Demo rides (valid motorcycle license required) featuring the
new 2014 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Demo rides are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
-Musical entertainment by a DJ on Sept. 19 and live bands the
afternoons of Sept. 20 and 21. The Sept. 20 bands are The Rhythm Junkies and
Small Town Titans. The Sept. 21 lineup includes Bullet Method and Great Train
- Display of the first motorcycle made at the York factory in
-The Ball of Steel stunt show by the Ives Brothers
-The Harley Owners' Group (HOG) Pin Stop
-A five-dealer shopping area, featuring merchandise from
Appalachian Harley-Davidson, Lancaster Harley-Davidson, Laugerman's
Harley-Davidson, Susquehanna Harley-Davidson, and White's Harley-Davidson.
On Sept. 20, Harley-Davidson will again be the presenting
sponsor of Bike Night in downtown York. A motorcycle
parade will kick-off events from the York Expo Center and
continue on Market Street. For more information, please visit
For more information about open house, check out the event at
Upstate family to hold fundraiser for son killed in
Sep 18, 2013 11:15 PM EDT
By Andrew Reeser -
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A grieving Upstate family is reaching out to their community as they try to keep
the memory of their son alive. Justin Martin, 23, left behind a wife and
one-year-old daughter when he was killed Sept. 1 in a motorcycle accident.
It happened along Crane Avenue and Nancy Drive just feet away
from his home. The coroner said he was thrown from his bike when a van turned in
front of him. He died on the scene.
"My mom called me and she told me to get home, and she sounded
all sad and stuff. I was like, 'Why? Why?' And she said my brother was gone,"
recalled Jessee Smith, Martin's younger brother.
"We always thought that he was sort of indestructible because
he had been in so many accidents before and just walked away with scratches,"
Martin's sister Candace said. "And it's just kind of funny that the only thing
that could stop him would have been like a two-ton vehicle."
Almost three weeks later his family hopes to create positive
change from their heartache. Wednesday they handed out flyers for a fundraising
event at a very appropriate location: Bike Night at Quaker Steak and Harley
Davidson. They hope to raise money to help with funeral and headstone costs and
his daughter, Morgan.
They also hope to get drivers in the community to pay more
attention to prevent similar accidents. The event is a small way to bring
comfort to a grieving family, who, with the rumble of a motorcycle, will always
be reminded of their Martin.
The event is happening on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Chelsey's on
Cedar Lane Road in Greenville. It will go from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a
bike show, raffles, a hot dog sale and more - all things the family says Martin
loved and that he would want at any party.
Motorcycle thefts on the rise Take preventive steps to keep
your bike from being stolen
In 2011, there were 10 motorcycles stolen in the City of Round
Rock. Last year, the city saw 14 motorcycle thefts. With a little more than
three months left in 2013, Round Rock Police have already seen a dozen such
thefts. Nine of these thefts have occurred at apartment complexes.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation and Sentry Insurance offer
several tips for preventing motorcycle theft. Those tips include:
Lock your ignition and remove the key. Most motorcycle thefts
occur when the ignition is shut off but not locked. Lock the forks or disk
brakes with locks that have large, brightly colored tags. Add an audible alarm
to your motorcycle. In at least two of the Round Rock thefts this year, the
motorcycle stolen did not have an audible alarm. Uniquely mark and then
photograph your motorcycle. If thieves take your vehicle, note its unique
markings to law enforcement using the photos you have taken. Keep your
registration and insurance identification card on you when you ride. A full set
of motorcycle theft prevention tips is available here.
The Round Rock Police Department encourages you to take steps
to help prevent your motorcycle from being another statistic.
MOTORCYCLIST SAFETY AND COMPENSATION IN TEXAS
Texas motorcyclists should understand their rights when involved in an accident
so that they can ensure proper compensation and assistance when needed.
September 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Travis County motorcyclists are at a
higher risk for serious injury or death than their automobile counterparts when
involved in a motor vehicle accident. Severe head trauma, back or neck injuries
and more are all-too common results of collisions between motorcycles and cars,
trucks or SUVs. Nearly 14 percent of Texas 2012 fatalities in motor vehicle
collisions were motorcyclists.
Whether or not a biker is wearing a helmet at the time of a
crash does not affect his or her rights to fair treatment and compensation when
injured due to another driver's actions. Understanding the laws and options for
help in these situations is important for anyone riding a motorcycle in Texas.
Helmet use in Texas
The state of Texas requires that anyone 20 years of age or
younger must wear a helmet when on a motorcycle at all times. For persons 21
years of age or older, helmet use is encouraged but not required if:
- The rider has passed a valid motorcycle safety course
- The rider carries valid health insurance coverage
- Only one of these requirements needs to be met
Texas law enforcement cannot stop a motorcyclist simply to
confirm whether or not they have health insurance or have taken a safety course
but they can request data showing one or the other if a stop occurs for any
other reason first, including a motorcycle accident.
Data from the state department of transportation indicates
that more than half of all motorcyclists killed in accidents in 2012 were not
Important steps if an accident occurs
With more than 10,000 motorcycle accidents reported statewide
in 2012, Texas motorcyclists should be aware of safety precautions and the
proper steps to take when an accident does occur.
As with any vehicular accident, securing medical help as
needed for any injured party or parties is the first priority. Motorcyclists
should be sure to collect all information from other drivers, including
insurance data and driver's license numbers. Taking photos with a camera or cell
phone and getting witness contact information is also highly important if
possible and safe to do.
Contacting an attorney is always a wise thing to do when
involved in a motorcycle accident. Of the motorcycle accidents reported in Texas
in 2012, 4.5 percent involved fatalities and 59 percent caused serious injuries
for at least one person. Ensuring proper legal help in these situations can be
the best way to know that full and just compensation can occur.
Photo taken in Milwaukee WI at Harley Davidson's 110th
Anniversary Celebration... ROGUE of Florida photographer!
Only 110 lucky women were able to be on this ride~ led by
Vicki Sanfelipo and the Road Guardians!
Motor Squad Wins Team Competition in Wisconsin
The eight-member contingent from Fairfax County took first
place in the team competition, topping the list of 14 teams. Photo contributed
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Comment, Blog about Share this Email, Facebook, Twitter .#Eight members of the
Fairfax County Police Motor Squad recently traveled to Milwaukee, Wis. for a
two-day motorcycle riding safety and skills competition. The event was held at
the headquarters of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company and marked its 110th
#One hundred and ten riders, from across the United States and
Canada, participated in the competition.
#MPO Brian Plaugher, one of the Fairfax County veteran motor
officers, placed eighth in the overall competition and third in the slow-ride
#The eight-member contingent from Fairfax County took first
place in the team competition, topping the list of 14 teams.
#Captain Susan H. Culin, commander of the Traffic Division,
said that she is extremely proud of her motor officers’ finishing in first place
in the team competition in the safety and skills competition in Milwaukee. She
said that the Motor Squad is very diligent and committed to training and
improving their riding skills in an effort to enhance their safety and that of
the motoring public in and through Fairfax County.
#For more information about the Motor Squad and the entire
Traffic Safety Division go to
Driver accused of crashing into pack of motorcycles to
appear in court next week
Sep. 19, 2013
Clinton Lovelace appears for a preliminary hearing in Fond du
Lac County Circuit Court on June 15, 2012. Written by Action Reporter Media
Filed Under FON Local News A court hearing has been scheduled
next week for a man charged with crashing into a group of motorcyclists and
causing two deaths in May 2012.
Clinton Lovelace, 26,
formerly of Hilbert, is scheduled to appear for a plea hearing in Fond du Lac
County Circuit Court at 2 p.m. on Tuesday before Judge Gary Sharpe. Lovelace is
currently scheduled for an eight-day trial beginning Oct. 9 on 13 charges,
including two counts of homicide by use of a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
Authorities say his car crossed the center line on Highway 151 north of Fond du
Lac. Dan Winsemius and Doug Yonkers, members of the Muskegon Motorcycle Gang of
Michigan, were killed in the crash and eight others were injured. Lovelace
allegedly has no memory of the events immediately before and during the crash.
Harley-Davidson to launch 500cc learner bike ... and maybe
Just checking … no, it's not April 1. During its 110-year
anniversary celebrations, iconic American manufacturer Harley-Davidson has
dropped a couple of brand-twisting bombshells – firstly that it's building a
500cc learner bike, and secondly that an electric Harley is under serious
Here's an interesting tidbit: if you search Google, you'll
find 12,700 results that contain both the word "Sportster" and the defensive
phrase "not a girl's bike." Try the same search using the Honda Shadow, another
mid-level cruiser, and you get just 965 results.
The Sportster, of course, is the current mid-capacity cruiser
line in the Harley-Davidson range, with 1200cc and 883cc engine models. That's
bigger than most sportsbikes, but not big enough to escape the ridicule of
certain big-bore Harley owners (1400cc and upward) who seem to think 883cc isn't
hairy-chested or noisy enough to be considered a "real bike."
And that's the market into which Harley-Davidson is planning
to release a 500cc learner machine, ostensibly to replace the excellent 492cc
Buell Blast which was scrapped, along with the entire innovative Buell brand,
back in the depths of the global financial crisis in 2009.
Despite any flak new riders might face, the move opens up
several new markets for H-D including restricted-license riders throughout
Europe and Australia, and aspirational customers through India and Asia, where a
cheaper, 500cc Harley would still be bigger than most things on the road.
H-D's COO Matthew Levatich, speaking at the company's 110-year
anniversary celebration in Milwaukee, said the as-yet-unnamed bike is "nimble,
light weight, has a low seat height and supple throttle and braking. I’ve ridden
it – it looks great, sounds great, it’s a Harley, and it’s priced right.
“We want to get it out as soon as we can, but it’s got to be
right. New engines are complicated, and we’ve got to get everything right from a
durability, reliability and confidence perspective. On the other hand, chassis
and other things are a lot more straightforward.”
He also hinted that it would likely be built in India: "The
American qualities of a Harley are very important to people,” said Levatich.
“The literal ‘where does that shock absorber come from’ part of it is less
significant, but it has to have the spirit and soul of America. We have
Harley-Davidson factories in India and Brazil – can we leverage those facilities
and expertise so it can get to the, for example, Indian consumer, faster?
“These are things we are becoming more open-minded to, but we
understand the importance of ‘made in America’ – the American quality, spirit
and integrity that matters to the customer."
And if a 500cc Harley-Davidson wasn't enough of a
brand-twisting bombshell, Levatich went on to talk about the possibility of an
electric Harley that ditches the combustion engine altogether.
“I am sometimes asked … whether there will be an electric
Harley,” said Levatich. "People would say ‘hell no’. But why not: our engineers
are quite intrigued with the idea of what an electric Harley would look like,
sound like and feel like. And would it be visceral, would it be emotional, would
it be luscious. And there’s a way to do that I believe, and it would be very
Baby Harleys … electric Harleys … if Milwaukee pulls this off,
it'll be a bigger shift in brand perception than when BMW shrugged off its
old-man-bike reputation with the S1000RR. What are your thoughts?
Harley-Davidson’s New 500 cc Cruiser
Our sister site, HDForums.com, recently caught wind of a new
500 cc Harley-Davidson motorcycle scooting around India. These new,
small-displacement Harleys will be built and sold in India, with no word yet if
they’ll make it stateside.
The spy photo, courtesy of Autocar India, features what looks
to be a V-Twin, but everything else is left to the imagination as the bike is
covered in black cladding. According to Autocar India, the new Harley-Davidson
will sport a water-cooled 750 cc motor, although I’m sure the Indian market
isn’t going to care much as long as it still sounds like a fire-breathing demon
when you twist your right hand.
With India being the second largest 2-wheeler market in the
world, Harley-Davidson is smart to release a more economical version of their
iconic machines. Could China be next?
September 19, 2013
Polaris Industries (NYSE:
may be better known by its snowmobiles and off- road vehicles, but its
big bet on buying Indian Motorcycles in 2011 shows the company is
positioning itself for a much bigger push onto highways.
Moving from the back country to the big slab
Make no mistake -- the company's off-road vehicles remain the driving
force behind Polaris' sales and profit growth. In North America, the
number of ORV units sold climbed in the low double digits last quarter,
led by side-by-sides, which are increasingly popular on farms and
ranches. Sales of ORVs have doubled since the recession's 2009 low.
The strength in Polaris' Ranger side-by-side model
helped Polaris grow its share of the U.S. all-terrain vehicle market to
21.4%, well ahead of No. 2-ranked Honda at 8.2%.
Source: Polaris Investor Presentation
- August 2013.
But the company isn't content relying on ORVs for
future growth. Instead, it's making a big bet that the venerable Indian
brand can reignite Polaris' position in motorcycles.
Polaris' Indian brand will join Polaris' home-grown
Victory brand in an attempt to wrestle away some of Harley-Davidson's (NYSE:
55% heavy weight motorcycle market share. Polaris is already the No. 2
player in the segment thanks to Victory, but the Victory brand has
stagnated at just 5% market share. As a result, motorcycles only account
for about 6% of Polaris' total revenue.
The new Indian lineup includes the Indian Chief
Classic starting at $18,999, the Indian Chief Vintage at $20,999, and
the Indian Chieftain at $22,999. Polaris hopes the introduction of these
three bikes will create enough momentum to grow its market share to 10%
by the end of 2015, and produce $750 million in annual sales over the
next five-to-seven years.
It's an aggressive goal. Sales of Polaris-made
motorcycles fell 6% to $49.8 million last quarter. Some of the drop
can be blamed on Polaris' shift to just-in-time order fulfillment tied
to dealer sales. And, some sales may have been lost to riders holding
off to see the new Indian lineup.
Despite the headwinds, Polaris remains bullish,
guiding for full-year motorcycle sales growth of 15%-20%.
Source: Polaris Investor Presentation
- August 2013.
recent recall of pre-Polaris made Indian motorcycles is an easily
resolved blip, and the company makes good on its forecast, a lot of
thanks will likely be tied to the company's extensive 1,500-dealer
network, which includes 400 motorcycle dealers. Polaris hopes its Indian
dealer network will reach 125-150 by year end.
The company has the depth to make the bet
Taking on Harley Davidson is a big bet for the Minneapolis-based
Polaris. But it has plenty of experience building and financing riding
machines. Also, its large network provides plenty of distribution and
opportunities to sell margin-friendly gear and apparel, a business which
accounted for $133 million in sales last quarter.
Polaris also has the balance sheet to support the $100
million investment in designing and launching the new Indian
Last quarter, Polaris sales were $845 million, up 12%
from a year ago. Those sales produced earnings per share of $1.13, up
from $0.98 last year, as operating margins improved. The sales growth,
driven by a combination of higher prices and unit sales, kicked off 32%
more cash from operations than last year, or $103 million in the first
six months of the year.
That operating cash is allowing the company to grow
its dealer network overseas with the goal of growing international sales
to one-third of total revenue.
The final take
Indian brings new life to Polaris' motorcycle operations, giving it more
manufacturing margin leverage and an opportunity to win additional sales
not just from the motorcycles, but also from financing, gear, and
If Indian is as successful as Polaris projects, the
company has a good chance of meeting its goal to grow to $8 billion in
annual sales in 2020 from $3.6 billion this year. That would be good
for 12% compounded annual growth.
In the short term, strength this year allowed Polaris
to boost its forecast to $5.20-$5.30 earnings per share in 2013, up
18%-20% from a year ago, on sales growth of 13%-15%.
Those numbers suggest Fools may want to keep an eye on
Indian's sales over the coming months. If all goes to plan, Indian may
give you another reason to invest in the company.
Police push for motorcycle safety, following deadly
By Tamara Elliott
A crash on Sunday, May 26th killed 32-year-old Robert Enstrom,
who sustained serious injuries when his bike collided with a cube van at the
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CALGARY- Following a rash of deadly collisions involving
motorcycles, Calgary Police are trying to hammer home the importance of riding
There have been 206 motorbike crashes this year, including 38
that involved serious injuries. Nine were fatal.
Police are encouraging riders to stay out of blind spots, be
alert at intersections, wear protective gear, ride defensively and be aware of
They add that drivers also have a responsibility, and ask them
to look twice for motorcycles when changing lanes or proceeding through an
intersection. Do not underestimate the speed of a motorcycle, and always check
blind spots before changing lanes
Road safety reminder issued after recent motorcycle fatalities
Colleen Schmidt, CTV Calgary
Thursday, September 19, 2013 2:05PM MDT
Several motorcycle fatalities over the past few weeks has prompted police to put
out a reminder about road safety.
Police say that so far this year there have been nine
motorcycle fatalities and 38 crashes with serious injuries in a total of 206
They say safety on the roads is everyone’s responsibility and
they have a few tips to keep drivers and riders safe.
Woman killed in Trans-Canada Highway crash west of Calgary Motorcyclist killed
in crash Fatal northeast motorcycle collision Police believe alcohol and speed
were factors in fatal Cedarbrae crash For motorcycle operators:
•Adhere to the rules of the road
•Stay out of blind spots and make sure other drivers see you
•Be alert at intersections and make eye contact with other drivers/riders before
making your move
•Protect yourself with the right gear and an approved motorcycle helmet
•Remember that when it comes to other drivers, your speed can be easily
•Ride defensively and make every effort to enhance your visibility
•Be aware of what is going on behind you
For drivers of other vehicles:
•Adhere to the rules of the road
•Share the road and look twice for motorcyclists at intersections or when
•Never underestimate the speed of a motorcycle as size makes their speed
•Always check your blind spot before changing lanes
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Motorcycle wreck claims man’s life
Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:21 PM CDT Charles Duncan North
Three motorcycles involved in an accident in Towns County,
Saturday, resulted in the death of a Murphy man. The wreck was reported around
Buford Harold Carswell,
48, was driving his 2007 black Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage traveling north on
Georgia 17 when he was struck by an oncoming 2010 Harley Davidson.
“The chain of events began when a silver car pulled out from
Lakeview Drive,” Trooper First Class Cody White said. “The car had to slow down
because another vehicle was turning into the thrift store parking lot.
Carswell’s fiancee was traveling in front of him. She saw the silver car slow
down, and she did also.” White said.
Two accidents in Lebanon; motorcyclist seriously injured
Thursday, September 19, 2013
LEBANON, Maine — Lebanon Rescue Department, Maine State Police
and Lebanon Fire Department responded to two separate motor-vehicle accidents in
The first accident, a two-vehicle collision with injury,
occurred on Carl Broggi Highway near Hometown Mobil in South Lebanon and was
reported at 4:25 p.m.
Lebanon Rescue Crew
Chief JT Harmon was the first unit on the scene about four minutes after the
call was reported and found a car and motorcycle accident. The operator of the
motorcycle had been thrown over the handle bars about 50 feet and was lying in
the middle of Carl Broggi Highway with serious, but non-life threatening
The motorcycle operator was a 44-year old man from Sanford.
He was wearing a helmet and a motorcycle jacket authorities believe prevented
The operator of the car was uninjured.
Carl Broggi Highway was closed to traffic and traffic rerouted
while rescue crews worked on the patient in the roadway.
Emergency crews were on scene until about 5:10 p.m. when the
road was reopened and the vehicles were towed from the scene.
The Maine State Police
are investigating the accident.
Wednesday evening Lebanon Rescue, State Police and the Fire
Department responded to a rollover on Lower Guinea Road between Mills Road and
Hartford Drive that was reported at 9:42 p.m.
When rescue crews arrived about six minutes after the accident
was reported, the occupant(s) of the vehicle had left the scene. The car hit a
tree and rolled over onto its roof and came to rest in the roadway.
Lower Guinea Road was closed in the area for about a half-hour
while emergency crews worked at the scene.
All units cleared at about 10:45 p.m. when the vehicle was
towed from the scene. The vehicle was destroyed in the accident.
The accident is under investigation by the Maine State Police.
Sounds like it would have been a ROW had the motorcyclist
not been speeding....
Indian Orchard man killed in Springfield motorcycle
accident on Berkshire Avenue
By Patrick Johnson, The Republican The Republican September
19, 2013 at 3:58 PM
This is an update to a story originally posted at 10:24 a.m.
SPRINGFIELD - A
24-year-old man from the Indian Orchard section of the city was killed Thursday
when his motorcycle clipped the rear end of a rental truck at Berkshire Avenue
and Cottege Street, police said.
The man, whose name was not disclosed pending notification of
his family, was pronounced dead at Baystate Medical Center following the 10 a.m.
crash, said Sgt. John Delaney, aide to Police Commissioner William Fitchet.
Excessive speed is
considered a factor, Delaney said.
That section of
Berkshire Avenue is posted at 35 mph, Delaney said.
The motorcycle was
heading west on Berkshire Avenue toward Boston Road when it struck the rear end
of a U-Haul truck that was turning left on to Cottage Street, Delaney said.
Motorcycle crash witness Rufus J. Kynard III Restaurant owner
Rufus J. Kynard III describes the motorcycle crash he witnessed in Springfield.
The driver of the truck apparently did not realize the vehicle
had been hit and he continued on his way, Delaney said. It was stopped sometime
later and seemed surprised when police told him about the crash.
Delaney said the driver of the truck is not being charged with
leaving the scene of an accident.
Interesection of Berkshire and Cottage has seen numerous
accidents over the years.
Rufus Judge Kynard III of Springfield, who owns Chef Rufus'
Full of Flavor Diner at the intersection of Cottage and Berkshire, said he heard
the impact of the crash.
"Being on this corner for five years, I've heard this noise
and I knew what it was," Kynard said. "So, I grabbed my phone, I ran out, and
what I seen was the motorcycle on the ground, and the motorcyclist also on the
Kynard said he called 911 to report the accident, which he
described as a "hit-and-run". The motorcyclist was conscious, Kynard said,
adding that he didn't see the second vehicle involved in the crash. Other
witnesses described the second vehicle as a van or UHaul truck.
"The police did great. The police responded immediately, along
with the ambulance people," Kynard said.
Last Ride For Two Motorcyclists Pair Killed In Sunnyside,
Within two days, a pair of motorcyclists died in separate
crashes while traveling through Sunnyside and Elmhurst last week, according to
sources identified the victim as 53-year-old Eugene O’Donnell of Palm Beach
Gardens, Fla., died last Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 4, after his motorcycle
collided with an SUV at the corner of Queens Boulevard and 39th Street in
Sunnyside last Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 4.
Two days later,
authorities said, 26-year-old Carlos Leon of West Pennywood Avenue in Roosevelt,
L.I., suffered fatal injuries last Friday night, Sept. 6, after the motorcycle
he was riding struck a parked van near the corner of Junction Boulevard and 52nd
Avenue in Elmhurst.
Regarding the Sunnyside accident, according to information
obtained by police, O’Donnell was riding a motorcycle southbound on 39th Street
at around 3:40 p.m. last Wednesday when it collided with a Jeep Liberty
traveling northbound on the roadway.
Members of the 108th Precinct and EMS units rushed to the
scene. O’Donnell was brought by paramedics to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he
was later pronounced dead.
The driver of the SUV
was reportedly issued a ticket for failing to yield, authorities noted.
As for the Elmhurst crash, police said Leon was operating a
2007 Suzuki motorcycle northbound on Junction Boulevard when he lost control of
the motorcycle, which then struck an unoccupied, parked 2009 Toyota van.
Officers from the 110th Precinct and EMS units responded to
the scene. Leon, who suffered severe body trauma, was rushed to Elmhurst
Hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.
Both accidents are
being investigated by the NYPD Crash Investigation Squad, law enforcement
RCMP appeal for possible witness to come forward after
deadly motorcycle accident
By Amy Judd and Peter Meiszner
Global News 8 189
A teenage girl is dead
after she, and two other teenagers, were hit by a motorcycle outside Princess
Margaret School in Surrey on Wednesday afternoon.
The crash occurred at about 11:25 a.m. near 128 Street and
announced Thursday they are looking for a specific witness in the crash, who was
passed by motorcyclist before the collision. Police say the motorcyclist was
traveling southbound on 128th Street in the slow lane when it changed lanes
around another vehicle of an unknown make, model and colour. Police are hoping
the driver of the vehicles comes forward as they are an important witness.
There are no marked
crosswalks in the area and students often jaywalk to get to nearby businesses on
the other side. The nearest controlled intersections are two blocks apart.
Residents who live
here have been asking for a marked intersection for years.
“I’ve been here so many times, crossing the road,” said one
student in tears. “You think that that this could be you as well.”
The two other students and the motorcycle rider are still in
hospital. After the crash, debris was strewn across the road and police had the
area closed for hours while they investigated. The school was also placed on
lock-down for some time to keep the students inside.
Tributes have begun to pour in on social media for the student
who died, but police have not identified her at this time.
Counsellors will be at the school this morning to help
students cope with the accident.
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