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Kawasaki Recalls Off-road Motorcycles


Monday, February 17, 2014 :: Staff infoZine


Fuel can leak from between the fuel tank and fuel tap, posing a fire hazard. Washington DC - infoZine - This recall involves (about 10,000) model year 2010, 2011 and 2012 KLX110 and KLX110L off-road motorcycles. The motorcycles have a 110 cubic centimeter engine, a green fuel tank, shroud cover and fenders, a black seat and white side covers. “Kawasaki” is on both sides of the shroud cover. Model names and numbers are on both side covers directly beneath the seat. KLX110 models have an automatic clutch, a shift pedal and no clutch lever on the handlebars. The seat height for these models is about 27 inches. KLX110L models have a manual clutch, a shift pedal and a clutch lever on the handlebars. The seat height for these models is about 29 inches.

Kawasaki KLX110. Photo courtesy of CPSCSold at Kawasaki dealers nationwide from November 2009 to January 2014 for about $2,100 to $2,350.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled off-road motorcycles and contact a Kawasaki dealer to schedule a free repair. Kawasaki is contacting its customers directly.

Consumers can contact Kawasaki toll-free at (866) 802-9381 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at  link and click on Recall/Safety Info at the bottom of the page for more information.

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=====  General Motors Recalls Nearly 780,000 Cars To Fix Deadly Problem


Six people have been killed in crashes related to the problem Posted: Feb 13, 2014 | By: Associated Press 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS (Chevrolet) General Motors is recalling nearly 780,000 compact cars in North America because the engines can shut down unexpectedly and cause crashes. The company says six people have been killed in crashes related to the problem.

The recall affects Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s from the 2005 through 2007 model years. U.S. safety regulators say the weight of the key ring and rough roads can move the ignition switch out of the run position, cutting the engine and electricity. If that happens, air bags may not work.

GM says there have been 22 crashes from the problem. All happened at high speeds.

Dealers will replace the ignition switch for free. GM says owners should remove nonessential items from key rings until the problem is fixed.





NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14C001
Synopsis : Graco Children's Products, Inc. (Graco) is recalling model year 2009 through 2013 toddler and booster child restraints, models Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size 4 Me 70, Smartseat, Nautilus, Nautilus Elite, and Argos 70. The alleged defect involves difficulty in unlatching the harness buckle. In some cases, the buckle becomes stuck in a latched condition so that it cannot be opened by depressing the buckle's release button. It may be difficult to remove the child from the restraint, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a vehicle crash, fire, or other emergency, in which a prompt exit from the vehicle is required. The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a remedy or notification schedule. Owners may contact Graco at 1-800-345-4109 (toll-free) or 1-330-869-7225, or online at


NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V014
Manufacturer : PACCAR Incorporated
Make / Model Years : KENWORTH / 2012,2014
PETERBILT / 2012,2014
Subject : Battery Equalizer And Converters: Fire Risk
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V015
Manufacturer : PACCAR Incorporated
Make / Model Years : PETERBILT / 2013-2014
Subject : Improperly Torqued Door Pull Fasteners
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V016
Manufacturer : Winnebago of Indiana, LLC
Make / Model Years : SUNNYBROOK / 2011-2014
WINNEBAGO / 2012-2014
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V017
Manufacturer : Nu Wa Industries, Inc.
Make / Model Years : HITCHHIKER / 2011-2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V018
Manufacturer : Starcraft Bus
Make / Model Years : STARCRAFT / 2010-2013
Subject : Alternator Wiring Harness may be Pinched
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V023
Manufacturer : Kia Motors Corporation
Make / Model Years : KIA / 2014
Subject : Incorrect Certification Label/ FMVSS 110
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V047
Manufacturer : General Motors LLC
Make / Model Years : CHEVROLET / 2005-2007
PONTIAC / 2007
Subject : Ignition Switch may Turn Off
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V053
Manufacturer : Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
Make / Model Years : TOYOTA / 2010-2014
Subject : Inverter Failure may cause Hybrid Vehicle to Stall
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V054
Manufacturer : Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
Make / Model Years : LEXUS / 2012-2013
TOYOTA / 2012-2013
Subject : Brake Actuator Assembly may Disable ESC and ABS







Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,
National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)
Opponents of E15, such as motorcyclists whose vehicles are not approved to use fuel containing higher levels of ethanol, won a major victory on February 7, 2014 when President Barack Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014, with a provision removing subsidies for biofuel blending pumps.
The provision, tucked into page 735 of the 949-page farm bill, could make it more difficult for gasoline blended with higher concentrations of ethanol to find its way to rural areas, where demand for the fuel is greatest.
Blender pumps mix gasoline and ethanol for sale at gas stations, so restricting the grant money to purchase the pumps necessary to dispense E15 would greatly deter its distribution.  That, in turn, could make it more difficult for the United States to implement a program known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, which mandates increasing amounts of biofuels like corn-based ethanol be blended into the nation's fuel supply.
The Obama administration previously set a goal of installing 10,000 blender pumps to promote consumption of higher-ethanol gasoline, but currently only 59 stations across 12 states sell E15, compared with 125,000 U.S. gasoline stations.
The win for motorcycle and ATV owners, who risk damaging their machines and invalidating warranties by even inadvertently putting E15 in their tanks, follows a November move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce for the first time the amount of ethanol required to be blended into U.S. gasoline supplies. Ironically, the EPA proposed the cuts in part due to concerns over the lack of infrastructure, such as blender pumps needed to sell gasoline with greater concentrations of ethanol.
The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) has reported that annual motorcycle sales grew 1.4% in 2013. The 465,783 unit total represents a 6,485 increase from 2012.
The dual-purpose and off-road segments enjoyed the greatest percentage annual growth, with scooter sales declining in 2013.
On-Highway motorcycles sales tallied 324,691 for the year, a 2% increase from 2012. The On-Highway segment is by far the largest tracked by the MIC, and it includes all street-legal bikes excepting dual-sports and scooters. It recorded a 6,485 unit year-over-year (YOY) increase.
The smallest volume segment, Dual, reported the largest YOY percentage increase at 7.8%. The Dual category includes small street-legal dual-sports as well as popular Adventure bikes. The yearly total for this market was 32,979 for a 2,387 unit increase in 2013.
Off-Highway motorcycle sales grew 5.7% for the year. The annual total of 73,371 represents a 3,976 unit boost from last year. The near 4000-unit gain comes despite a slow finish in 2013, recording a YOY decrease of 1,025 units in December.
Scooter sales, which are traditionally more volatile than bike sales, struggled to match 2012 totals. The annual tally of 34,742 was 6,363 units short of the 2012 total – a 15.5% decline.
ATV sales for 2013 posted a nearly identical tally of 228,305 – a mere 0.5% increase over 2012. The quad market benefited from a strong December to push the annual tally into the black, with a 1,799 unit increase YOY for the month. Notably, the MIC does not track sales for UTV and side-by-side units, which have reportedly eclipsed ATV sales in recent years.
With 8,410,255 motorcycles registered to 311,800,000 U.S. citizens, according to the most recent DOT and Census data that means that out of every 37 Americans you meet, one of them probably owns a motorcycle.  But in some states your odds are better than others, and when you compare statewide motorcycle registrations with population figures, you might be surprised where some states stand in the rankings.
For example, Iowa comes in third with 18 people for every motorcycle, more than double the national average.  In 2011 the state had 173,929 motorcycles registered, and a population of just over three million.
The second highest ratio of bike ownership is in New Hampshire, whose 1.3 million population shares 79,266 motorcycles, equaling 17 people per motorcycle.
First on the list is South Dakota with 12 people for each motorcycle, over three times the national average.  In 2011 the state had 69,284 motorcycles registered, representing just 0.82% of all motorcycles in America, but its sparse population of 816,598 gives it the highest concentration of motorcycling in the country.
Rounding out the Top Ten are; Wisconsin (4th with 18 people per bike); Wyoming (5th/19); North Dakota (6th/21); Vermont (7th/21); Montana (8th/21); Minnesota (9th/22) and Alaska (10th/23).
The Ten Lowest ranked states are; South Carolina (40th/43 people per bike); Kentucky (41st/44); Hawaii (42nd/45); California (43rd/47); Utah (44th/47); Maryland (45th/48); Georgia (46th/49); New York (47th/56); Texas (48th/58); Louisiana (49th/67, almost half the U.S. average); and lastly Mississippi (50th/106, nearly a third the norm).
It’s interesting to note that due to large populations, some of the states with the largest numbers of motorcycles finished low on the rider density list; California is number one in motorcycles owned with 801,803, representing 9.5% of all motorcycles in the U.S., but with a population of over 37 million it comes in a lackluster 43rd place!  Likewise, New York with 345,816 motorcycles, and Texas with 438,551, came in near the bottom of the rankings.
It is also worth noting that only one of the Top Ten motorcycling states has a helmet law, while 6 of the 10 least bike-friendly states requires riders to wear them.
Like many states, it is against the law in Missouri for dealers to sell cars, trucks or motorcycles on Sunday.  Due to archaic "Blue Laws" influenced by religion during the Colonial Period, sales are prohibited on the Sabbath, but there is a trend brewing and some states are removing this outdated ban.
The latest state to allow Sunday motorcycle sales was Indiana last July, when Hoosiers joined Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Maryland in removing their Sunday sales ban.
Now Missouri's Blue Law is being challenged, and lawmakers are proposing three bills that would allow for motorcycles to be sold in Platte and Jackson Counties on Sundays.  The reason is because some Kansas City metro dealers feel it is not fair that they can't sell on Sundays when just across the border in the neighboring state of Kansas, dealers can.
Other states that currently prohibit the Sunday sales of motorcycles and automobiles are Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma, North Dakota and Wisconsin.  In Missouri, dealers are not even allowed to discuss a sale on Sunday, or face a $300 fine and possible jail time.
Legislator Thomas F. Barraga (R-11th District) says people should not ride bikes at all in his district because “Suffolk County is a suburban automobile community -- drivers expect to see other drivers on the road, not bicyclists and motorcyclists.”
The anti-motorcycle/bicycle lawmaker from West Islip, New York made those remarks in response to a high school senior who wrote to him as a part of a government class assignment.
On January 29, the 17-year old, Matthew Cutrone, wrote to Barraga requesting “some sort of bike lane or maybe even warning signs in certain areas of the county” after his mother was hit by the driver of a van that illegally turned left in front of her.
Stating that he believes that "no one who lives in our hamlet or for that matter Suffolk County should ever ride a bicycle or motorcycle," Barraga’s callous response lit up social media and prompted a ton of angry responses, though the legislator said he’s standing by his remarks.
Motorcyclists in Washington could turn left at an intersection if the traffic light doesn't give them the green arrow after a complete cycle under a bill that received strong support from the Senate in Olympia.
SB 5141 would change state traffic laws to account for a problem some motorcyclists have at intersections controlled by sensors that fail to recognize them.  They don't register on the sensor, and the left-turn arrow never turns green, said Senator Jim Hargrove, a Hoquiam Democrat who rides a motorcycle and said he's experienced the problem first-hand.
Under the proposed legislation, a motorcyclist would have to wait through a complete cycle of lights changing for all directions before making a left-turn when clear. The bill passed on a 46-2 vote. The same bill passed the Senate last session but didn't receive a final vote in the House.
Michigan lawmakers are looking to close an "apparent loophole" that allows motorcycle operators to obtain a temporary permit each riding season without ever completing a safety course or skills test required for full endorsement.
Temporary Instruction Permits, intended for new or returning riders, are valid for 180 days and require operators to travel alongside an endorsed adult.  But enforcement is difficult, and TIP holders are significantly over-represented in traffic accidents each year; 52% of riders who crashed were not properly endorsed.
Current law allows operators to obtain a temporary permit every season. But House Bill 4781, introduced by state Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R-Oxford) and 15 co-sponsors, would limit motorcycle operators to two TIPs over the course of a 10 year period.  "That's certainly adequate time to ride with a friend, take an instruction course and get the experience necessary to drive a motorcycle," Jacobsen said in testimony before the House Transportation Committee, which has not voted on the bill.
"It's a no brainer really," said Vince Consiglio, president of ABATE Michigan, which led efforts to repeal the mandatory helmet law but also supports stronger endorsement requirements. "These unendorsed riders are maybe 10 or 20 percent of the population, but they're over 40 percent of the fatalities since 1989. It's incredible that nothing has happened."
Officials have known about the endorsement issue for years, and the Secretary of State and Office of Highway Safety Planning have both pushed educational programs to raise awareness. But education alone is not working, prompting motorcycle safety advocates to push for legislative action.
Indiana state law bans driving off-road vehicles on public streets, but ABATE of Indiana, a motorcycle advocacy group, is asking Tippecanoe County commissioners to exercise a clause that allows county officials to allow all-terrain vehicles, gators and various other off-road machines, including snowmobiles, to use county roads in unincorporated areas.
“We’re just requesting that they at least evaluate this, look at what other communities have done with this -- what other counties have done with this” said Jay Jackson, executive director of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education. “We’re not aware of any significant ramifications as a result, so we don’t see a downside to it.”
Jackson told commissioners that 45 Indiana counties allow off-road vehicles on public roads. The vehicles still must comply with state laws governing off-road vehicles.  State law requires the rider or driver be 16 years old and licensed, and also requires that the vehicle be registered, much like a boat.
Police in Guapa, Brazil, investigating a string of carjackings believed they found a key piece of evidence that could blow the case wide open: a Harley-Davidson cap belonging to a suspect: “He left a grey T-shirt which he had used to cover his face, and also a baseball cap with a skull embroidered on it, along with the name Harley, and the citizen’s surname, Davidson, who is probably the miscreant we’re looking for,” a police officer told a local news station.
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Saturday, February 22nd
Buddy Stubbs Hot Rods and Harleys. Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson is hosting a Hot Rods & Harleys show at the dealership! Come by on Saturday, February 22nd to enjoy amazing automobiles and motorcycles from a time gone by! If you would like to enter your classic car or custom motorcycle in the show simply e-mail Sweet cars, cool custom bikes, FREE food and drinks, what’s not to love? The event will run from 11AM - 3PM with prizes and trophies given away at 2:30PM. In addition to the already great festivities, Buddy Stubbs H-D will be hosting live music by the 50’s rock band Come Back Buddy! Of course there will be tours of Buddy’s Motorcycle Museum and more! We look forward to having everyone join us and feel free to call Phillip with any questions at (602) 971-3400.









Motorcycle group gathers for annual swap meet


10:45 PM, Feb 15, 2014


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The full roar of motorcycles could be heard Saturday as a near 30-year-old tradition returned to the Little Rock Fair Grounds.

The 29th annual swap meet was put on by the ABATE District 1. Bikers from across the state came together, mingling and maybe getting that hard-to-find part for their custom bikes.

Danny Draper has been to all but one of these shows in the last three decades.

"It's a way for us to support activities that promote motorcycle safety," he explained.

Draper says ABATE has been promoting safety for all this time, but they also like to put a nicer image on some people's view of bikers.

The show is back open Sunday from 9 to 5. There will be door prizes and a 50-50 raffle again as well.






CALIFORNIA:  Mongols Motorcycle Club seeks to remove ‘biased’ judge from trademark case


By Frank C. Girardot, Pasadena Star-News Posted: 02/17/14, 2:45 PM PST


LOS ANGELES >> Attorneys for the Mongols Motorcycle Club want to disqualify the judge presiding over a case that will determine the future of the club’s trademarked logo and patch.

The motion for the disqualification of federal Judge Otis Wright II asks that a random judge be assigned to the landmark case. Attorney Aaron Kupchella, who represents the Mongol Nation Motorcycle Club, LLC., filed the paperwork and several declarations Friday.

Trial is scheduled for March 25.

“...Comments, which have been memorialized in the public record, unquestionably display Judge Wright’s bias against the sole defendant in this case, the Mongols Nation Motorcycle Club,” the motion reads. “(That) bias was formed before properly receiving one shred of evidence in this case.”

Justice Department spokesman Thom Mrozek declined to comment on the motion and its emphasis on Wright.

“Wright has a long history of disregarding the civil rights of (The Mongols) including the right to a full and fair trial and an impartial judiciary before finding criminal culpability and passing sentence,” Kupchella alleges.

Five years after ATF agents busted 80 Mongols, including onetime club President Ruben “Doc” Cavazos, in a sweeping racketeering case, federal prosecutors remain focused on forcing the group to turn over their trademarked logo.

Each of the defendants in the case entered guilty pleas that remain under seal. Kupchella said those pleas could become an issue in the trademark case, and since Wright facilitated several of them, there is potential he could be a witness.

Prosecutors’ were unsuccessful in their attempt to take the Mongols trademarks in the Cavazos case. In that case Wright ruled that the government wasn’t entitled to the club’s registered trademarks. In no uncertain terms Wright made it clear he didn’t like the Mongols, but said he reluctantly ruled in their favor.

The comment is at the heart of the motion to disqualify the judge.

In May 2013, Wright garnered some bit of national attention when his published ruling in a porn case began with a quote from Star Trek’s Spock. A former Marine Corps sergeant and Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, Wright, a George W. Bush appointee, was confirmed in 2007, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The current case, titled “U.S. v. Mongol Nation” re-alleges several acts of violence and deviant behavior, such as murder, attempted murder, drug deals and unusual sex acts. And implies that criminal organizations shouldn’t hold trademarks that are designed solely to intimidate.

Members of the Mongols, including President David “lil Dave” Santillan, see the government attempt to take their patch as a serious limit on free-speech rights and believe they are misunderstood and stereotyped as criminals because they believe in freedom and liberty.

In a separate declaration, Santillan defended members of the club, many of whom are vets.

“The Mongols Nation Motorcycle club consists of over 700 members worldwide. Our members include doctors, lawyers, professionals of all sorts, business owners, and loyal employees of others,” Santillan said. “I am and informed and believe that many if not the majority of our members were formerly members of the U.S. armed forces.”







I hope that all is good with you. I wanted to let you know that the
San Diego Ride for Kids is up and running for you to start helping the
Below is the link to register for the ride, start a team and get
information. The date for this years ride is 9/21/14. So get it on
your calendars! I'm sure you'll be happy to see the exciting updates:
Here's some of what's happening:

Riders on all makes and models are welcome to attend.  The suggested
minimum donation to ride is $40 per motorcycle. We encourage you to
raise funds in advance to make a real difference to the kids.
Online registration is open until noon Eastern on the Friday before
the ride. Onsite registration opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 10:30 a.m.
The escorted ride starts at 11 a.m. sharp, rain or shine! The ride
will loop back to the start point.
The more money you raise, the more incentive choices you have. Get a
collectible T-shirt for as little as $100 per person, plus a Ride for
Kids hat at the $300 level. Depending on how much more you collect,
you'll qualify for prizes at different levels.

Call me at 858-663-7535. Anytime to brain storm or just to ride.

Keep the Shiny Side Up.

Cure The Kids~ San Diego

Miriam Kaufman
San Diego Ride for Kids benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation








Couple Exchanges Vows In Harley Davidson Dealership During Snow Storm


Feb 16, 2014 7:02 PM EST


INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Despite the chilly winter storm in Indiana on Valentine's Day, one couple was determined to be wed in an unlikely venue.

The wedding took place at a Harley Davidson dealership.

"We were trying to think of someplace different but it turned out Deana came up with the idea and called Harley and they've been awesome since," said the groom, Christian Manning.

This is Manning's first marriage and he wanted to make it official as soon as he could. He told his fiancée she had two weeks to plan the ceremony.

The uncanny venue was exciting and surreal for the couple. Christian is a loyal Harley rider with a bike of his own.

The dealership gave the couple permission to be the first ones to wed at their dealership, and the newlyweds were beyond excited, despite the terrible winter storm.

"It's just nerve racking. I couldn't believe I got to get married at a Harley Davidson," said Deana.







Freetown commits to 'Chair of Honor'


FREETOWN — The town will soon have another tribute to veterans, particularly those who were prisoners of war or missing in action.

Selectmen have approved the purchase of a POW/MIA Chair of Honor, which will be on display at Town Hall. The purpose of the chair is to remind citizens of the sacrifices made by soldiers, officials said.

They explained the chair should remain perpetually empty, reminding people that even though these soldiers are not here there is always a space for them.

The first Chair of Honor was dedicated at Gillette Stadium on Veterans Day 2012. Since then, chairs have been added to the TD Garden and Fenway Park.

The concept for the Chair of Honor was started by the veterans' advocacy group Rolling Thunder Inc. The goal is to have a Chair of Honor on display in every municipality in the country.

Their primary goal is to bring full accountability for prisoners of war and missing in action service members of all U.S. wars. Rolling Thunder member Joe D'Entremont has said he got the idea for the chair after seeing a seat left purposely empty at a ceremony honoring POWs and MIAs in Bristol, Tenn.

The group sent a letter to Freetown Veteran's Agent Dan LeBlanc, who presented the concept to selectmen at their Feb. 10 meeting.

There are two versions of the chair: a folding version that includes the POW/MIA symbol on the back rest and the Rolling Thunder message on the seat. The fixed version is a stadium style seat which can be bolted to concrete, aluminum or wood.

LeBlanc said the cost of the chair is $300 and the local VFW chapter would be willing to pay for it. An American flag, POW flag and rope barrier are included in the cost.

LeBlanc added he hopes to hold a dedication ceremony on either Memorial Day or Veterans Day.

The board enthusiastically supported the concept and Selectwoman Lisa Pacheco endorsed buying the fixed chair even if it means the town would incur a portion of the cost.

"I would like to see it bolted to a platform, engraved in the front," said Pacheco. "It could visit schools, be used on ceremonies on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. We could have it on stage at the Annual Town Meeting."

LeBlanc said while several other communities have been contacted, he believes Freetown would be the first local municipality to have a Chair of Honor.






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April 26, 2014                 Chicopee, Massachusetts
Benefit Ride & Parade for our Wounded Warriors
Sponsored by Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Springfield
The ride starts at 754 Montgomery Street in Chicopee. Registration begins at 9:00 am and the motorcycles go out at 11:00 am. The ride fee is $20.00 for the rider and $10.00 for a passenger. The ride will go 40 miles. The parade assembly is at 12:30 at U-Mass Robsham Visitors center. The parade ends in Amherst with food.  All bikes are welcome. For more information call (413) 222-3135, or go to http://bsmc




May 3, 2014                 East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
2nd Annual Operation Comfort Warrior Poker Run
Sponsored by American Legion Post 293
The ride starts at American Legion Post 293, 3 Legion Court in East Longmeadow. Registration is from 9:30 to 11:00 am. The ride fee is $20.00 for the rider and $15.00 for a passenger. For more information call (413) 525-2058 or click here to send e-mail.





May 3, 2014                Middleboro, Massachusetts
Run for the Son
Sponsored by CMA Soldiers of the Cross
The ride starts at Dunkin Donuts, Rt.18/28/44 in Middleboro. Registration begins at 9:00 am and motorcycles go out at 9:30 am. The ride fee is $15.00 for the rider and $10.00 for a passenger. All motorcycles are welcome. The 100 mile ride The ride ends with a meal, music, raffles, blessing and more. For more information call (774) 218-8871, click here to send e-mail, or go to In case of rain the event will take place on May 4th.





May 4, 2014                West Boylston, Massachusetts
Chai 5 Benefit Ride
Sponsored by Jewish Healthcare Center, Inc; Checkerboard, Ltd
The ride starts at Checkerboard, Ltd parking lot, 216 West Boylston Street in West Boylston with registration from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Motorcycles go out at 11:00 am. The ride fee is $25.00 for the rider or $35.00 with a passenger if pre-registered. On the day of the ride the fee is $30.00 for the rider or $40.00 with a passenger.  The escorted ride will go through Central Massachusetts ending with a cookout and raffle. For more information call (508) 798-8653, click here to send e-mail, or go to





May 31, 2014               Taunton, Massachusetts
Brittany's Ride
The ride starts at at the P.A.C.C. 175 School Street in Taunton. Registration is from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The motorcycles go out at 12:00pm. The ride fee is $20.00 per person. Children 12 and under ride for $10.00. There will also be food, raffles and music. Proceeds will be used for research for Juvenile Huntington's Disease. For more information call 1-(508) 673-5331.






July 5, 2014                 Foxboro, Massachusetts
Support Our Soldiers Motorcycle Event
Sponsored by Support Our Soldiers, Inc.
The event will be held at Fusion Bar & Night Club, 105 Washington Street in Foxboro. The motorcycle events include a ride in bike show and an escorted ride. Registration for the bike show and ride begin at 9:00 am. The fee for the bike show is $10.00. The bikes will be judged in various classes by peoples choice. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third in each class. The escorted ride goes out at 2:00 pm. The fee is $25.00 and includes food at the end of the ride. The event also includes food, music and more. The proceeds go to Support Our Soldiers, Inc. For more information call (781) 727-6495, click here to send e-mail, or go to





July 5, 2014                 Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
4th Annual Blackbeard's Ride
Sponsored by SSG Matthew Pucino Foundation
The ride starts at  Buzzards Bay Park, 90 Main Street in Buzzards Bay. Registration begins at 9:00 am and the motorcycles go out at 11:00 am. The ride fee is $20.00 for the rider and $10.00 for a passenger. The ride ends with a barbeque, entertainment, and Raffles. In case of rain the event will be postponed until July 6th. For more information call (407) 489-2575, click here to send e-mail, or go to





August 17, 2014                 Framingham, Massachusetts
New England Ride for Kids
The ride starts at Bose Corporation, 100 The Mountain Road in Framingham. Registration is from 8:00 am to 9:30 am. The police escorted ride starts at 10:00 am sharp, rain or shine. All participants receive free beverages, a light breakfast and lunch. Participants can earn special incentives and awards. Proceeds go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. For more information call 800-253-6530 or go to





September 20, 2014                 Middleton, Massachusetts
Operation Troop Support 3rd Annual Ride For Our Troops
The ride starts at the American Legion Post #227, 69 River Street in Middleton. Registration begins at 9:00 am and the motorcycles go out at 11:00 am. The ride fee is $20.00 for the rider and $10.00 for a passenger. The 62 mile ride ends with a cookout, music, raffles, 50/50 drawing and more. Proceeds will be used to defray the cost of postage to send care packages and wrapped gifts to the troops. For more information call 508-954-8475(C) or 978-740-4014 (W), click here to send e-mail, or go to








Mo. lawmakers consider Sunday motorcycle sales

Associated Press
Updated Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Laws that once banned retail sales on Sundays are largely gone in many states. Yet it remains illegal in Missouri to sell cars, trucks and motorcycles on Sundays.
Now there is an effort in the Missouri Legislature to lift the ban for motorcycles.
A House committee heard testimony Tuesday from a Kansas City area Harley-Davidson dealer who is one of the main backers of the legislation. Rick Worth said weekends are a prime time for motorcycle enthusiasts to go riding and shopping. His dealership is several miles from the Kansas border, and one of his main competitors is in Kansas.
"He can and does open on Sunday, and he's very happy to sell my customers motorcycles," said Worth, the owner of Worth Harley-Davidson.
"In order for us to be competitive, we need to have that day," Worth added.
As originally drafted, legislation by Reps. Mike Cierpiot and Caleb Jones would have carved an exception in Missouri's law to allow Sunday motorcycle sales only in Jackson and Platte counties — two Kansas City-area jurisdictions along the Kansas border.
But during Tuesday's hearing in the House General Laws Committee, Cierpiot offered a revised version of their bills that would allow Sunday motorcycle sales statewide.
"It's kind of an economic development tool," said Cierpiot, R-Lee's Summit.
No one testified against the bill. But some questioned that assertion.
Sam Licklider, a lobbyist for the Missouri Power Sports Dealers Association, said that — except for border businesses such as Worth's — most dealerships probably would not sell any more motorcycles with a seven-day work week than with six days. It simply would give consumers more time to shop. He said the motorcycle legislation also could lead to similar requests from car and truck dealerships.
Missouri law already has several exceptions from the ban on Sunday sales of motor vehicles. Sales are allowed of recreational vehicles and mobile homes. State law also allows Sunday sales of tires and repair parts for motor vehicles.
Several motorcycle riders testified in support of the Sunday sales legislation. They said Missouri's law is outdated.
"It's just not right. You can buy everything else on a Sunday, so why not a motorcycle?" Bill Kempker, the legislative coordinator for Freedom of Road Riders Inc., said in an interview.
Motorcycle sales bills are HB1618 and HB1735.







Casinos, BPA, helmets debated in Legislature


Monday, February 17, 2014

Danae Lenz/Nebraska News Service


LINCOLN, Nebraska -- The Nebraska Legislature debated and heard testimony on a variety of topics this week, including legalizing casino gambling and industrial hemp, regulating BPA products, repealing the motorcycle helmet law and providing assistance for low-performing schools, among others. Here are some highlights.

LR416CA, introduced by Wilber Sen. Russ Karpisek, would allow a local government to put a measure on the ballot that would allow casinos within that jurisdiction. Karpisek said Nebraska is losing revenue to other states that could be used help some of the state's budget woes. The General Affairs Committee heard testimony on the bill Wednesday and took no immediate action on it.

If passed, 50 percent of the revenue would be used to lower property taxes, 25 percent would go to elementary and secondary education, 12 percent would go to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, 12 percent would be doled out to the Department of Natural Resources and 1 percent would be put into the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund.

The Judiciary Committee heard testimony on a bill Wednesday that would allow industrial hemp to be grown in Nebraska. The bill, LB1001 introduced by Cortland Sen. Norm Wallman, says all plants grown must contain 1 percent or less of tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), cannabis' active ingredient. Growers would have to get a license from the Department of Agriculture and submit a variety of information in order to be considered.

Wallman emphasized that his bill is not intended to start the consideration of legalizing marijuana in Nebraska. Instead, it's about creating jobs and making good environmental choices, he said. No one testified in opposition to the bill, and the committee took no immediate action on it.

Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm seeks to make regulations on Bisphenol A (BPA) stricter in Nebraska. The Agriculture Committee heard the bill, LB696, on Tuesday and took no action on it.

BPA, a chemical in some plastics that has been widely used in food and beverage packages, is suspected of having negative effects on people, especially children. Already the federal government bans BPA in sippy cups, baby bottles and formula. LB696 would require any company selling products marketed toward children to put this label on the packaging: "This package contains Bisphenol A, a chemical that may harm fetal development, which can leach into the food." People who violated the law would be fined $10,000.

Opponents of the bill said there isn't enough research on BPA to know what it does and that the law would negatively affect commerce because Nebraska would be the only state with such a law. But those supporting the bill said Nebraska doesn't need its children to be guinea pigs.

In session this week, LB393, which would allow motorcycle riders older than 21 the option of not wearing a helmet, stalled. After eight hours of debate, the bill was put back on general file and will likely not come back up this legislative session. Senators who spoke in favor of the bill said the government should keep out of individuals' personal business, but opposing senators said taxpayers pay nearly $50 million every year in medical expenses for motorcyclists and cited personal horrors associated with motorcycle accidents.

A bill allowing veterans and their spouses and children in-state tuition advanced in the legislature this week. LB740 by Bellevue Sen. Sue Crawford applies to any veteran within two years of his or her discharge date. The bill is estimated to cost Nebraska universities $500,000 a year.

LB438 by York Sen. Greg Adams would allow for an intervention team to help low-performing schools to get back up to par. Schools would be deemed priority schools until the State Board of Education says they are functioning as they should be. The intervention team would work closely with school staff and the school districts and come up with a realistic plan to get the school where it needs to be. According to Adams,a former high school teacher, the state currently has no way of helping low-performing schools, and this bill seeks to fix that. The bill was given first-round approval on Wednesday.







International Motorcycle Show brings the latest models to the public


Live tank painting demonstrations with some of the top artists in the custom painting world including Nub from Nub Grafix in Walden. Photo by Robert 'Zook' Zukor1 of 3 clicks used this month LOGIN | REGISTER | SUBSCRIBE By Donna Kessler Times Herald-Record Published: 8:41 AM - 02/17/14 Last updated: 8:57 AM - 02/17/14 The Progressive International Motorcycle Show held Dec. 13-15 brought to the Jacob Javits Center some of the newest models to come out in 2014.

For the many bike enthusiasts, there were plenty of accessories and even a display of some awesome builds showcased across the center floor that were competing in the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Competition. One of the bikes was "King Cobra," built by Ernie Larsson, owner of First Class Cycles & Powersports in Hainesville, Pa.

The Market Place was where visitors were able to talk with brand experts from leading companies and try their products. New this year was the Progressive Motorcycle Garage, which featured a motorcycle slot car racing track, live tank painting demonstrations with some of the top artists in the custom painting world, including Nub from Nub Grafix in Walden, T-shirt screen printing and awesome custom bikes. For the first time, musicians from the School of Rock programs performed live, bringing a bit of youthful energy to the show.

Many of the top name motorcycle companies had huge displays with many of their top models displayed for visitors to get a feel for. Kawasaki, Ducati, Can Am, Yamaha and Star were all part of the show and so was Suzuki, which is celebrating 50 years. Gold-colored coins celebrating the anniversary were handed out.

Harley-Davidson presented its Project Rushmore bikes for 2014. The company has launched eight new bikes that feature improved braking performance, enhanced rider ergonomics and aerodynamics, a new color screen system with voice recognition and the new twin-cooled high output twin cam engine that's liquid-cooled.

This show breaks through the cold of winter and makes every motorcycle enthusiast eager for the warmer riding months ahead, maybe even on a new bike.







Common Causes of Serious Motorcycle Wrecks


Posted by Jim Lewis February 17, 2014 1:44 PM


As you’re traveling to the Outer Banks or Rocky Mount, you’ll likely encounter at least one motorcycle on the road. Keep this in mind as you share the road with a motorcyclist, or you plan to take a ride on a motorcycle in the near future – motorcycles are 35 times more dangerous than a car, truck, or SUV.

In fact, a federal government study released in 2006 shows motorcyclists were 35 times more likely to die from an accident than similar accidents involving vehicles like sedans, SUVs, etc. The vast majority of these deaths occurred from head-on collisions (almost 78% of the time), with the single most dangerous situation for motorcycles being the left hand turn (occurring 42% of the time), where the turning car strikes the motorcyclist as they are going straight through the intersection, passing a car, or trying to overtake a car in the turn.

The following are other contributing factors to motorcycle accidents. All of these factors, with the right attention on the road, could be prevented:

Lane Splitting

Lane splitting is a common practice of motorcycles on the road today, and a common cause of motorcycle accidents, where a motorcyclist will drive between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving traffic, presumably to avoid a traffic jam. Lane splitting is dangerous as it reduces the proximity of the motorcyclist to the motorists, reduces the maneuvering space for the motorcycle, and causes reduced reaction time for motorists when being passed by faster moving motorcycles.

Speeding and Alcohol Abuse by Another Driver

About half of the accidents involving a motorcycle have to do with speeding or alcohol abuse. These factors play a part in motor vehicle accidents as well. The fact remains that motorcyclists are less protected than automobile drivers so they take a greater brunt of the damage and suffer worse injuries as a result.

Road Hazards

Potholes, dead animals, slick pavement, and uneven lanes can all cause problems for motorcyclists. Due to their lowered stability, many bikes can face troubles navigating roads under construction or under heavy congestion.

High Performance Bikes

Although high performance bikes only account for a small number of motorcycles on the road, the account for a disproportionate amount of traffic accidents. As they are built for racing use, and sometimes barely street legal, the speed and handling can surprise even the most veteran rider. The death rate of high performance motorcyclists is twice that of conventional riders.

The statistics are alarming, and only add to the danger, but with the right preparation, defensive driving, and attention to traffic and road conditions, both automobiles and motorcyclist can enjoy the road in a safe and protected manner.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, I encourage you to seek help immediately. A qualified North Carolina motorcycle accident injury attorney can assist you in identifying the responsible party, and collecting the damages you are owed.










Piqua BikeFest - One Hundred Years Later


By Staff Staff


Piqua — A new event, “Piqua BikeFest - One Hundred Years Later,” is coming to town Sept. 19 and 20. The event is expected to draw motorcycle enthusiasts from the local area and beyond for a celebration of motorcycling, community, fun and history.

Organizers said the timing for the event is a motorcycling event of September 1914 when Hemm Brother Harley-Davidson was located on North Main Street.

A picnic with food, games and a ride around the country was hosted by the Harley shop. As part of the event, a commemorative photo was taken in front of the store with all of the participants and their motorcycles.

Planning for a modern day event is under way.

For information about being a sponsor or vendor, contact Iron Cowboy Productions at 937-381-9389. For additional information or to volunteer, contact Jim Gover Jr. or Greg Foughty at Gover Harley-Davidson at 937-773-8733.









Motorcyclists from Across State Honor Fallen Firefighters


By: Alex Lotz - Email Updated: Sat 11:08 PM, Feb 15, 2014


Dozens of motorcyclists from across the state revved their engines for the fallen firefighters.

Independence Harley-Davidson led a motorcycle ride to the Bryan Firefighter Memorial in Downtown Bryan earlier this afternoon.

"Just to see that we're all united. That we're here to support. Even though it's been a year, we understand that these families still go through a lot," Randy Liedtke with Brother's Keepers Motorcycle Club said. "The families, the co-workers, the other brothers and sisters that worked with these guys everyday, it's difficult."

The Brother's Keepers Motorcycle Club participated in the ride.

The club is comprised of firefighters from across the state and said it was an honor to help memorialize their fallen brothers.







1. Junkyard Dawgs MC 2nd Friday Party - Terrell - Feb 14
2. Desperados MC 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off - Kilgore - Feb 15
3. Bandidos MC Denton Valentine Party & Benefit - Denton - Feb 15
4. TST Bikers Lifestyle Expo & Swap Meet - Fort Worth - Feb 16
5. Honor Bound MM Bike Blessings @ TST Swap Meet - Fort Worth - Feb 16
6. Bandidos MC Spring Fling & Benefit - Fort Worth - Mar 8
7. Roca MC St Patty's Party - Arlington - Mar 15
8. Rebel Riders MC 32nd Anniversary Party - Burleson - May 3
1> Junkyard Dawgs MC 2nd Friday Party - Terrell - Feb 14
2nd Friday Party
Terrell, TX  @ clubhouse                                              
Junkyard Dawgs MC
2> Desperados MC 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off - Kilgore - Feb 15     
Chili Cook-Off
Start Cooking @ 1pm, Judging @ 4pm (BYOB)
Kilgore, TX  @ Brady's Biker Bar
Desperados MC
3> Bandidos MC Denton Valentine Party & Benefit - Denton - Feb 15 
Valentine Party & Benefit for Bandido Mike
Denton, TX  @ R&G clubhouse
Bandidos MC Denton
4> TST Bikers Lifestyle Expo & Swap Meet - Fort Worth - Feb 16
Date: 2/13/2014
With a High Temperature in the 70’s FOR THIS SUNDAY’S
5th Annual - Fort Worth Bikers Lifestyle Expo & Swap Meet
February 16th . At -Will Rogers Memorial Center - Small Exhibits Building
SWAP MEET VENDORS - “Bargains!!” on New & Used
Parts & Accessories, Bikes & Tools & Garage “Clean-Outs”
*Motorcycle Shop - SELL OUT’S *Parts Wholesalers*
BIKER LIFESTYLE VENDORS - “End Of Winter Deals!!” on Leather &
Jewelry & Ridin’ Clothes & ALL Sorts of “Necessities”
For Every Type Of Motorcycle Enthusiast!!!*Novelties*
* Texas’ BEST Knife Sharpener * Motorcycle Themed “Crafts” & Lot’s More!!
LIVE BAND & COLD BEER - Pete Barbeck & 7th Son * Blues & Rock…
SPONSORED BY - Hank Bauer, Rider & Attorney
INFORMATION - "http://WWW.TEXASSCOOTER.COM/" or 254-687-9066
Admission: $8 Adults, $5 Active Military & Kids 5-14, Under 5 - Free
Hours: 10am - 5pm
Location: 3501 Harley Avenue.
Directions: From Downtown Fort Worth, Take I-30 West,
Exit Montgomery, Right on Montgomery 1 mile
Right on Harley Avenue to Small Exhibits Building
Parking: City of Fort Worth Parking, $8 inside Complex or Harley Ave. Lot
across the street from the Small Exhibits Building. Trailers $3
Ft. Worth’s Largest Gun Show With Over 1200 Tables Of Firearms
Texas Scooter Times - 2014 Schedule.. As of February 13 - Subject To Change
February 16 - Fort Worth Bikers Expo & Swap Meet
.....Will Rogers Memorial Center - Small Exhibits Building
March 23 - Coyote Motorcycle Swap Meet
.....Coyote Drive In - 223 N.E. 4th St, Fort Worth
April 13 - Motorcycle Sunday "All Bike Drags"
.....Little River Dragway - Temple
May 3 & 4 - Nostalgia Drags Weekend (Cars & Vintage Nitro & Gas Motorcycles)
…..Little River Drag way - Temple
May 18 - Spring Swap Meet Dallas
.....Longhorn Ballroom - Dallas
October 4 & 5 - Texas Harley Racers Reunion "Gathering & Drags"
.....Little River Dragway - Temple
October 19 - Coyote Motorcycle Swap Meet
.....Coyote Drive In - 223 N.E. 4th St. Fort Worth
5> Honor Bound MM Bike Blessings @ TST Swap Meet - Fort Worth - Feb 16
Date: 2/11/2014
Honorbound MM is going to provide Bike Blessings at the Texas Scooter Times event this Sunday, Feb 16. at Will Rogers.
We'll also be giving out FREE Books of Hope Biker Edition.
Chaplain Lens
President HBMM
Cell 682-225-9380
6> Bandidos MC Spring Fling & Benefit - Fort Worth - Mar 8
Date: 2/11/2014
Drifter was involved in a motorcycle accident Saturday morning February 8th when a van made a U-turn in front of him. He sustained serious leg injuries and will require quite a bit of time to heal. We have decided to combine a benefit for Drifter along with our 2014 Spring Fling that is scheduled for Saturday March 8th at The Score Sports Bar located at:
7709 Camp Bowie West Fort Worth, Texas 76116 from 1pm to 6pm.
Everyone is invited and as always we appreciate your support.
7> Roca MC St Patty's Party - Arlington - Mar 15
Date: 2/10/2014
Roca St Patty’s Party
March 15, 2014
Free Food
Live Music
Door Prizes
$10 Entry
Stumpy’s Blues Bar
2811 W. Division St, Arlington 76012
Noon til 5:00p
Vendor spots available.
Contact Roca Puck for info 817-913-3714.
Roca Puck
8> Rebel Riders MC 32nd Anniversary Party - Burleson - May 3
Date: 2/7/2014
32nd Anniversary Party 
Burleson, TX  @ Red & Gold clubhouse
Rebel Riders MC
Ride Free ~Suds & bttrfly









'Legislative Update 2-12-2014'

Hot off the presses from Olympia, I have some good news about SB 5141 (Traffic
Signals).  After meeting with the Chair of House Transportation it is safe to
report that all intentions are to move forward with the Senate version of our
traffic signal bills.  It is closer to the finish line and has wide spread
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Harley-Davidson VP Sells $195,056 in Stock (HOG)


Posted by Bonnie Powley on Feb 18th, 2014


Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) VP Tonit M. Calaway sold 3,026 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.46, for a total value of $195,055.96. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 3,298 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $212,589. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link.

Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Harley-Davidson in a research note on Tuesday, February 4th. They now have a $66.00 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at Barclays raised their price target on shares of Harley-Davidson from $63.00 to $70.00 in a research note on Monday, February 3rd. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock. Finally, analysts at Deutsche Bank raised their price target on shares of Harley-Davidson from $63.00 to $69.00 in a research note on Friday, January 31st. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $67.83.

Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) opened at 64.98 on Tuesday. Harley-Davidson has a 52 week low of $49.15 and a 52 week high of $70.04. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $66.15 and its 200-day moving average is $64.63. The company has a market cap of $14.331 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.81.

Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 30th. The company reported $0.34 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.34. The company had revenue of $1.03 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.04 billion. Analysts expect that Harley-Davidson will post $3.88 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Friday, March 7th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 19th will be given a dividend of $0.275 per share. This represents a $1.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.69%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, February 14th. This is a positive change from Harley-Davidson’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.21.

Harley-Davidson, Inc produces heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycles. HDFS provides wholesale and retail financing and insurance programs primarily to Harley-Davidson dealers and customers.







SuperTrapp Silent Series 2-into-1 Exhaust for 1984-2011 Harley Softails


by Staff February 17, 2014


Harley-Davidson Softail Exhaust

SuperTrapp has released Silent Series 2:1 exhaust systems that return 1984 – 2011 Harley-Davidson Softail models to near stock levels without returning them to stock performance.

The Silent Series exhaust is available in a tunable, disc-based Megaphone body, or a non-tunable, non disc-based, straight body. The SuperTrapp Silent Series 2:1 features a 2.5” collector and 3-piece heat shield. The core and packing are rebuildable.

The disc-based Silent Series 2:1 Megaphone includes fourteen, pre-installed 4” discs. SuperTrapp Silent Series 2:1 Systems are available in chrome and fit ’84 – ’11 Softails, and 230 and 250 Wide Tire Customs.

Pricing starts at $823; for additional information, visit, or call 216-265-8400. Request complimentary catalogs and e-newsletters of SuperTrapp Industries’ various brands by clicking on the “Contact Us” tab.





How does a new water-cooled, superbike-sourced 145 hp engine transform Ducati's flagship naked bike? The answer might surprise you.

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2015 Victory Gunner: Big Engine, Low Seat, $13k Price Tag
Victory's parent company Polaris probably had their hands full with the epic (and successfully) re-launched Indian brand, but here's a new bike of their own: the 2015 Victory Gunner. The bobber-style Victory Gunner combines an air and oil-cooled 106 cubic inch (1,731 cc) v-twin with a 6-speed transmission and fat Dunlop tires and lightweight cast aluminum wheels... read more




Is Harley-Davidson the Worst Motorcycle Money Can Buy?


By Rich Smith | More Articles February 17, 2014


Is Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG ) the worst motorcycle money can buy? Let's get this out of the way right now. No.

It's actually the second worst.


At least, according to Consumer Reports.


Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Sportster. Photo: Harley-Davidson.

Long a recognized authority on automotive quality and value for your money in cars, Consumer Reports began branching out to reviewing motorcycles last year, publishing its first-ever report on the most reliable motorcycles from five of the biggest brands -- Harley, BMW (NASDAQOTH: BAMXY ) , Honda (NYSE: HMC ) , Kawasaki, and Yamaha. (Polaris' (NYSE: PII ) Victory and Indian brands had apparently not made enough of a dent in the market to attract CR's attention by the time of the survey.) What CR discovered from its research is that quality varies "significantly" among brands -- and the best brand, Yamaha, is about six times more reliable than the worst, BMW.

Only about one Yamaha bike in 10 has experienced a major problem or required a serious repair over the past four years, according to the 4,424 motorcycle owners surveyed by CR. In contrast, about one BMW motorcycle in three has suffered from such a complaint -- and one Harley in four. Here's how the numbers break down:

Subtler variations in vehicle reliability were found within brands as well. CR categorized them according to "class" of motorcycle, noting that touring motorcycles were most problematic, and cruisers the least. This may have something to do with the fact that, according to CR, "accessories" were the most common problems encountered with bikes. Touring bikes, being designed for comfort in long-distance travel, are likely to be outfitted with more bells and whistles than a standard motorcycle -- and therefore have more accessories on them that can break.

Again, the numbers:

The good news here is that Consumer Reports says major, big-ticket repairs were few and far between in its research. Regardless of bike and regardless of brand, only about 3% of all problems reported to CR involved a motorcycle's engine, only 3% a transmission, and only 7% a clutch. More common were issues with a vehicle's brakes or electrical or fuel system, and, as already mentioned, with the accessories. Overall, CR noted that about 75% of the repairs reported to it were performed for $200 or less.

What it means to you That last fact, the low cost of repairing most motorcycle fix-its, may be the really important news for Harley-Davidson shareholders.

It may help to explain why -- Harley's weak performance on the survey notwithstanding -- CR says Harley owners remain the most brand-loyal of all motorcycle owners, with an astounding 75% saying yes, they'd buy a Harley again. The occasional small repair bill may simply be a price they're willing to pay for owning the most famous name in motorcycles. (And it probably doesn't hurt that Harley goes the extra mile to take care of its customers when an issue with one of its bikes does arise.)

In turn, the remarkable brand loyalty of Harley-Davidson customers may help to explain why, of the publicly traded motorcycle makers on the survey, Harley carries the highest price-to-earnings ratio, selling for nearly 20 times trailing earnings. Whether that P/E ratio can bear the scrutiny now that Consumer Reports has put a bull's-eye on Harley-Davidson, though, remains to be seen.

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50 States Ranked for Highest Motorcycle Ownership: You Won't Guess Who's No. 2

As of the most recent report by the Department of Transportation, there were 8,410,255 motorcycles registered in the United States by private citizens and commercial organizations in 2011. To put this staggering number into perspective, out of every 36 people you meet in the U.S., one of them probably has a motorcycle. For ranking purposes, we won't be looking at total bikes in a state, but rather people per motorcycle (the lower the number, the more common bikes are). So what states in America have the most die-hard moto-enthusiasts?


3. Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain -- Iowa

Iowa is now home to the production of the famous Indian motorcycle. Image: WikiCommons

Iowa comes in third with 18 people for every motorcycle, beating the national average by 50%. In 2011 the state had 172,929 motorcycles registered, representing 2.1% of all motorcycles in America. Iowa is also home to production of Polaris'  (NYSE: PII  ) Victory and Indian brands, and has the famous Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally. This Midwest state's wide-open spaces make for a perfect landscape for Polaris' and Harley-Davidson's (NYSE: HOG  ) famous cruisers.


2. Live free or die -- New Hampshire

The 90-year-old Laconia Motorcycle Week. Image: WikiCommons

New Hampshire comes in second with 17 people for every motorcycle beating the national average by 53%. In 2011 the state had 79,266 motorcycles registered, representing 0.94% of all motorcycles in America. New Hampshire also happens to be one of 31 states without a mandatory helmet law.

The state is also home to Laconia Motorcycle Week, which dates back to the early 1900s and is one of the countries oldest rallies. Some sources quote attendance as high 300,000-400,000 bikers for this rally, and it is frequently ranked as one of the best rallies in the country. 

The combination of no helmets, great natural terrain, and the famous Laconia Motorcycle Week make New Hampshire a top spot for motorcycle enthusiasts.


1. Under God the people rule -- South Dakota

416,272 riders made there way to Sturgis in 2011. Image: WikiCommons

South Dakota comes in first with 12 people for every motorcycle beating the national average by 66%. In 2011 the state had 69,284 motorcycles registered, representing 0.82% of all motorcycles in America. South Dakota is famous for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which attracted 467,338 riders in 2013.  

With 77% of surveyed riders riding a Harley-Davidson, this event is crucial for Harley to not only show off its newest products, but also to monitor its core customer. Investors in Polaris and Harley Davidson would do well to monitor how their brand's present themselves at Sturgis to see if they're gaining market share or losing it. 

Since South Dakota hosts the country's largest motorcycle rally and has a small population, it's no surprise this rather thinly populated state takes the No. 1 spot.


Wrapping up the 50 top states
In 2011 the Department of Transportation began more accurately collecting data for states, so for the first time motorcycle enthusiasts can truly see in which states they have the greatest chance of passing by a fellow rider. For the motorcycle companies this data gives them valuable information on where they can most easily reach the greatest amount of riders and customers.

For a complete list of the most popular states for bikes, please scroll down.


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Rank State # Bikes Population People per bike
1 South Dakota 69,284 816,598 12
2 New Hampshire 79,266 1,316,807 17
3 Iowa 173,929 3,050,202 18
4 Wisconsin 317,276 5,691,659 18
5 Wyoming 30,351 564,554 19
6 North Dakota 32,654 674,629 21
7 Vermont 30,070 625,909 21
8 Montana 46,996 990,958 21
9 Minnesota 240,288 5,310,658 22
10 Alaska 30,983 714,146 23
11 Idaho 62,576 1,571,102 25
12 Maine 50,318 1,327,379 26
13 New Jersey 330,470 8,799,593 27
14 Colorado 173,120 5,047,692 29
15 Delaware 30,494 899,792 30
16 Ohio 390,494 11,537,968 30
17 Oklahoma 127,140 3,760,184 30
18 Washington 220,856 6,742,950 31
19 Pennsylvania 404,164 12,717,722 31
20 Indiana 204,402 6,490,622 32
21 New Mexico 64,863 2,065,913 32
22 Rhode Island 32,989 1,052,528 32
23 Michigan 308,338 9,877,143 32
24 Florida 574,176 18,838,613 33
25 West Virginia 56,210 1,854,368 33
26 Kansas 81,354 2,859,143 35
27 Oregon 108,313 3,838,332 35
28 Nebraska 51,371 1,830,141 36
29 Arizona 178,890 6,413,158 36
30 Connecticut 97,960 3,575,498 36
31 Illinois 350,193 12,841,980 37
32 Alabama 127,255 4,785,401 38
33 Tennessee 168,408 6,357,436 38
34 Arkansas 76,293 2,921,588 38
35 Nevada 68,951 2,704,283 39
36 Virginia 195,722 8,023,953 41
37 Massachusetts 159,000 6,555,466 41
38 Missouri 140,936 5,995,715 43
39 North Carolina 223,209 9,560,234 43
40 South Carolina 107,864 4,637,106 43
41 Kentucky 98,475 4,347,223 44
42 Hawaii 30,098 1,363,359 45
43 California 801,803 37,338,198 47
44 Utah 59,355 2,775,479 47
45 Maryland 120,069 5,785,681 48
46 Georgia 199,586 9,712,157 49
47 New York 345,816 19,395,206 56
48 Texas 438,551 25,253,466 58
49 Louisiana 67,486 4,545,343 67
50 Mississippi 28,067 2,970,072 106
51 Dist. of Col. 3,523 604,912 172




Lito Sora electric motorcycle arrives with integrated touchscreen and GPS 


Feb 17, 2014 0 Brittany Hillen


We've seen many electric motorcycles roll out over the years -- the Brammo Enertia back in 2007, for example, and the more recent Voxan Wattman -- and with every year comes improvements across the categories: efficiency, power, and technological capabilities. The latest entrant in the market is the Lito Sora, a modern bike with classic design elements and integrated tech.

Lito has officially kicked off production for the Sora, an electric performance motorcycle that offers a three-phase liquid-cooled AC induction motor and a top speed of 118 miles-per-hour. Power is delivered via 12kWh lithium-polymer battery modules, and all of it combines into a solid 66.37 ft-lb of torque.

Depending on the mode used -- safe, normal, or performance -- riders can get up to 124 miles on the highway and 62 city miles in range, a solid distance for those who want a bike for commuting to work or joy riding before sunset. Recharging the bike will take about nine hours, and there's a battery indicator on board to keep drivers aware.

The bike itself weighs in at a hefty 570 or so pounds, though it does utilize weight-saving materials like carbon fiber and aluminum. As mentioned, the bike brings with it an integrated touch screen display on the tank and a GPS, and rounding out the electric tech is what the maker hails as the "world's first ever electric motorbike seat," which can be adjusted to different heights.

The motorcycle will run you about $42,000 USD.




Five Things Not to Say to a Motorcycle Rider


Lorraine Roe Become a fan Author, former award-winning reporter

Posted: 02/18/2014 5:19 pm EST Updated: 02/18/2014 5:59 pm EST


Hello non-motorcycle riders. I want to take a minute to talk about motorcycle conversation etiquette. I'm talking about that awkward moment where you see someone carrying a helmet in the coffee line and you strike up a conversation. You don't really know what to say and perhaps you feel terrified of ever being on a motorcycle or you have a friend of a friend of friend who had a bad experience. Here are some commonly-said phrases which no one should really say because a rider doesn't want to hear it and they aren't helpful. Being that I'm a rider and I'm married to a rider and we have rider friends, I just thought I'd take a moment to explain what we hear a lot.


1. "I saw a really horrible motorcycle accident several years ago. I'm pretty sure the rider didn't survive."

Well, seeing an accident doesn't mean you have all the facts. In addition, there's no reason that accident relates to the rider you are speaking to in the coffee line. When I find out someone drives a car, I don't tell them about all the fatal automobile accidents I covered while working as a reporter for 15 years.


2. "My cousin had a terrible motorcycle crash and quit riding." Okay. How does this relate to me as the rider again? Was your cousin hotdogging? Were they drinking and riding? Were there extenuating circumstances?


3. "I rode for a long time but my partner/spouse made me give it up for safety reasons because we have kids now." Yes, I have kids now too. Is this a passive-aggressive way of saying all parents shouldn't ride? Or just a way of telling a perfect stranger that you don't have a say in what you really want to do? As a mommy rider, I'm still not sure why this is the first thing someone tells me when they see me on a bike or in riding gear.

4. "Ride safe," said with a very concerned look. Well, yes, until you said that just now I was going to ride against traffic in the wrong lane at high speeds. But now that you told me to ride safe, I've reversed my thinking.


5. "It's not you, the motorcycle rider that you have to worry about on the road, it's the other drivers. They don't see motorcycles." Well, that can be true. But if I spend my time worrying about it then I'm not really enjoying riding am I? Being an aware driver is a good thing, but being a worried one is not.

Riders ride because they enjoy it. When one rider speaks to another, they talk of the thrill of the wind on their faces, the agility of the bike, and the freedom one feels on two wheels. Most of us understand the inherent risks involved and we don't take them lightly. However, a light conversation about motorcycle riding is always welcome. Otherwise, please just let me hold my pink helmet in line and get my coffee in peace.




Diesel Motorcycle Coming to the US … as a Buell?


Earlier this month, India’s Hero motorcycles introduced its RNT diesel motorcycle to the world. Powered by a 150 cc turbocharged diesel, the high-utility bike promised a high-MPG, biofuel-capable future to millions (if not billions) of people in southeast Asia … and all we could do, stateside, was wonder: Would we ever be able to get our hands on an RNT?

With this week’s big announcement that Hero’s 2013 bid to buy a major stake in Erik Buell Racing is a done deal coming on the heels of October’s news that Buell would be distributing Hero’s bikes through its own dealerships, it looks like like the answer to that question is a definitive “probably”.

Other interesting tidbits of information came out in the official press release in addition to Hero’s 49% purchase of Erik Buell Racing. Most notable among these were the revelation that the RNT diesel motorcycle concept was a joint-development project between Hero and Buell, as were a hybrid scooter and an all-electric commuter. If they see production- and Buell’s efforts to patent the technologies involved last year implies that they will- expect to see the first Hero products to land in all 60 of Buell’s committed US dealerships sometime in late 2014.


Delhi, India – With a series of remarkable new launches, from youth-oriented 100cc motorbikes to a 620cc middleweight streetfighter and futuristic concepts, Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer by volume, made a strong impact at this year’s Delhi Auto Expo. Auto Expo 2014 – the Motor Show was held at the Expo Mart in Greater Noida, about 40 km (24 mi.) north of the Indian capital of Delhi.

With all the Indian and multinational manufacturers putting up massive displays at the biggest automotive show of the Indian subcontinent, the Auto Expo was expected to draw well over a million visitors by the time it ended on February 11.

The collaboration between Hero and Erik Buell Racing (EBR) stood out loud and clear at the Hero pavilion with the EBR 1190RS and the brand new 1190RX sport bikes being displayed on marquee pedestals. A slew of products developed jointly by the engineers of Hero and EBR generated massive interest from media and drew huge crowds to the Hero pavilion. The presence of Team Hero racers Geoff May and Aaron Yates added to the excitement.

Hero MotoCorp’s Managing Director and CEO Pawan Munjal addressed the media through a series of press conferences, starting from January 29, profoundly setting the tone to make it Hero’s show at the Expo. Munjal summed up the Hero vision when he said, “Being the global leader in two-wheelers, we have been challenging the routine and the conventional. Our new motto is to drive change through path-breaking innovations. With our finger on the pulse of the youth, we are therefore developing products that will cater to customers around the world, both in the near- and long- term. We have now successfully developed an ecosystem of technology research and development that is designed to think beyond the obvious and deliver future-ready mobility solutions.”

In addition to the Hastur, other new products jointly developed by EBR and Hero which were displayed at Auto Expo 2014 included a 250cc sportbike called the HX250R, a diesel concept bike called RNT, a pre-production version of India’s first electric-serial-hybrid scooter called the Leap, the all-electric Hero “ion”, the electric Hero SimplEcity with removable battery pack, Hero’s flagship 100cc Splendor Pro Classic and the Hero Passion Pro TR with off-pavement ride capabilities.









Motorcycle headlights on or off? .

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 08:33 .


Police Headquarters was still in the process of evaluating the use of headlights by motorcyclists during daytime to prevent accidents, but were yet to consider its legalisation under the Motor Traffic Act, sources said.

The programme was initiated during the last week of January and police said it was still too early to assess its success.

Police Headquarters sources said it was found that motorcycle accidents had reduced in many African countries on the implementation of similar laws.

A senior police officer of the city traffic division said if it was found to be successful it would be legalised and introduced countrywide.

“We have taken quite a few important initiatives to bring down the number of road accidents. When the vehicles increase the exposure for accidents also increases, but to control or at least to minimize it we should have strict laws,” he added.

Apart from the initiatives taken by the police, the Ministry of Transport has also taken steps to bring in regulations to minimize accidents, where public transport vehicles could only be driven by persons between 23 and 65 years.

More than 2,100 persons lost their lives due to accidents last year. In 2011, a total of 1,750 persons lost their lives due to road accidents and the highest number of victims was that of pedestrians.

However, 2012 had a significant increase in the number of road accidents and there were many instances were between four to seven people were killed due to an accident and a total of 2,265 deaths were reported.













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Motorcycle Clips Truck in Slow Traffic on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad

by Michelle Mowad (Editor) , February 16, 2014 at 02:58 PM 

A motorcycle passenger suffered serious injuries and was flown via life flight to Scripps La Jolla Hospital Saturday after she and the driver were ejected from the motorcycle on southbound Interstate 5 north of Carlsbad, CHP officials said.

The crash happened about 2 p.m. between the two far right hand lanes of southbound I-5 just north of Aliso Creek Rest Area, CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt said.

The 36-year-old male driver and his 30-year-old female passenger were riding a 2001 Yamaha R1 motorcycle between slow traffic in the two far right lanes when the bike clipped the rear of a Toyota Tundra truck in the far right lane, Bettencourt said.

The driver and his passenger were ejected from the motorcycle. The passenger suffered serious injuries and was taken via life flight to Scripps La Jolla Hospital while the driver suffered severe road rash, Bettencourt said.

The 32-year-old Huntington Beach man driving the 2007 Toyota Tundra and his passenger were both uninjured, Bettencourt said.








Injuries in 3 separate area motorcycle crashes

Updated: Sat, 15 Feb 2014 07:05:18 PST

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Three separate crashes involving motorcycles resulted in major injuries Saturday on San Diego freeways, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The first crash was about 11:45 a.m. on northbound State Route 67 near Mapleview Street and involved four vehicles, including a motorcycle. Major injuries were reported but it was unknown how many people were injured.

The second was a solo motorcycle crash about noon on westbound State Route 94 near Freezer Road in the Engineer Springs neighborhood. The driver of the motorcycle suffered major injuries and was flown to Sharp Memorial Hospital.

In the third crash, the 36-year-old male driver and his 30-year-old female passenger were riding a 2001 Yamaha R1 motorcycle between slow-moving vehicles in the two far-right lanes of southbound Interstate 5 near the Aliso Creek rest area about 2 p.m., when the bike clipped the rear of a Toyota Tundra truck, CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt said.

The motorcycle passenger suffered serious injuries and was flown by helicopter to Scripps La Jolla Hospital, CHP officials said, and the driver received severe "road rash."

The crash happened north of Oceanside on the stretch of Interstate 5 through Camp Pendleton.

The 32-year-old Huntington Beach man driving the 2007 Toyota Tundra and his passenger were both uninjured, Bettencourt said.








Solo Motorcycle Crash Reported on State Route 94

Posted by Michelle Mowad (Editor) , February 16, 2014 at 02:53 PM 

Two separate crashes involving motorcycles resulted in major injuries on San Diego freeways Saturday, according to the CHP.

The first crash was about 11:45 a.m. on northbound State Route 67 near Mapleview Street and involved four vehicles, including a motorcycle. Major injuries were reported but it was unknown how many people were injured in the crash.

The second crash was a solo motorcycle crash that happened about noon on westbound State Route 94 near Freezer Road in the Engineer Springs neighborhood.

The driver of the motorcycle suffered major injuries and was flown to Sharp Memorial Hospital.








Motorcycle Rider Killed in Accident

By: KKTV Posted: Sun 8:24 AM, Feb 16, 2014

A man was killed after he reportedly ran into a trailer that was being pulled by an SUV.

The victim was riding a motorcycle. Police said he was taken to the hospital where he later died. His name has not been released.

The accident happened February 15 on the 1100 block of . Academy Blvd. in Colorado Springs.

The major accident unit is investigating the crash.

Police said more information may be released Monday, but not before then.









Brandon motorcyclist dies as troopers seek driver who fled crash

DAN SULLIVAN Tampa Bay Times Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:08pm

MANGO — A Brandon man who was thrown from a motorcycle after trying to avoid a collision with a car on Interstate 75 died Monday from his injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Authorities were still looking for the car's driver, who drove away after the wreck happened Sunday afternoon.

Jeffrey Allen Fogel, 46, was riding west about 4:15 p.m. on Interstate 4 on a 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle with passenger Gina Michelle Fogel, 43, troopers said. When the pair approached the I-75 interchange, they moved onto an exit ramp, which splits into two lanes to head north or south on I-75.

At the same time, a white four-door sedan bearing a temporary tag also was headed west and moved onto the same ramp. The sedan went into the southbound lane, then darted across a set of white lines into the northbound lane and into the motorcycle's path, troopers said.

Jeffrey Fogel tried to avoid a collision and drove onto the grass median, troopers said. Jeffrey and Gina Fogel were thrown from the bike.

Both were taken to Tampa General Hospital, where Jeffrey Fogel died Monday.

Troopers have only a vague description of the sedan.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Florida Highway Patrol at (813) 631-4020.







Teen killed in Lee County motorcycle accident

Sat 1:07 PM, Feb 15, 2014

(Beattyville, KY) – A teen was killed Friday afternoon when the motorcycle he was on was struck by a vehicle in Lee County.

It happened around 4p.m. at the intersection of KY 11 and Shoemaker Ridge Road, just north of Beattyville.

Beattyville Police responded to the accident between a motorcycle and a vehicle.

Police say initial investigation shows that the motorcycle, operated by 15-year-old Jordan Flinchum of Beattyville had pulled into the path of the vehicle, operated by 27-year-old Luke Phillips.

Flinchum was treated by Lee County EMS and was airlifted from the scene.

Police say Flinchum passed away at the Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center as a result of his injuries. Flinchum was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

Phillips and other passengers of the motor vehicle received minor injuries and did not require any treatment.

The collision is currently under investigation by the Beattyville Police Department.






Ville Platte man dies in motorcycle crash

Feb 17, 2014 9:07 AM EST

Evangeline Parish- Yesterday, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a fatal crash on LA Highway 3187 near Red Lick Road which has claimed the life of a Ville Platte man.

On February 16, 2014, at 6:10 p.m. 60-year-old Terry Thrasher of Ville Plate was operating a 2001 Honda three-wheel motorcycle north on LA 3187. For reasons still under investigation Thrasher crossed the centerline, traveled off the left side of the road and struck a tree. Thrasher, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Evangeline Parish Coroner.

It is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

This crash remains under investigation.

Troopers remind motorcycle operators that anyone riding on a motorcycle is required to wear a helmet. The Louisiana State Police website, LSP.ORG, provides information on motorcycle safety classes. The classes range from basic rider course to the advanced rider course. Anyone interested in attending motorcycle safety courses can go to for more information.












Sunday Motorcycle Crash Kills Odessa Man

CBS 7 News Staff 2/17/14

(Odessa)- A 27-year-old Odessa man is dead after a car fails to yield and strikes his motorcycle.

It happened on south Loop 338 and JBS Parkway in Odessa at about 5:30 Sunday afternoon.

According to DPS Troopers, the driver of a Ford Escape was turning north onto the loop, and failed to yield the right of way, hitting a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Daniel Mathew Medina died a few hours later at Medical Center Hospital from injuries received in the crash.













Cop, American killed in motorcycle collision in Zamboanga

By Roel Pareño ( | Updated February 17, 2014 - 12:50pm

ZAMBOANGA CITY - An American national and a local police officer were killed while the cop’s wife was seriously injured when their motorcycles collided head-on Saturday night in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, police said Monday.

Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, spokesman of Police Regional Office 9 (PRO), identified the fatalities as Stephen Richard Orr, 60, an American Citizen, a resident of Pinville, Los Angeles and Senior Police Officer 1 Armand Sagario Dalman, 42.

Dalman's wife, Nora, 42 and a government employee, was injured.

Orr was temporarily residing at Barangay Bononong, Dapitan City while the Dalmans were residents of Barangay Poblacion, Sibutad town, also in Zamboanga del Norte.

Huesca said that the victims' motorcycles collided along a highway in Barangay Polo in Dapitan City at around 9:45 p.m. Saturday.

Police investigators said that all of the victims were thrown from their motorcycles due to the impact of the collision.

Nation ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 Responders from the civic radio group REACT rushed the victims to the Dr. Jose Rizal Memorial Hospital in Dapitan City for treatment, but physicians declared Orr and the policeman dead on arrival.











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