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Black Box Bill
The United States Senate is addressing privacy concerns surrounding data event recorders in automobiles. Event Data Recorders (EDRs), commonly known as “black boxes” are almost standard equipment in all new cars and trucks. They record everything the vehicle is doing, or not doing at the time of a collision or other on road mishap. The boxes can record everything from speed and vehicle angle, to seat-belt use.
U.S. Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced legislation, S.1925, to make the data recorder the sole property of the vehicle owner. Anyone else would need a subpoena to access the data. The data would also be available should the vehicle owner consent to data retrieval or for traffic safety research.
“Technology is advancing at an
unprecedented pace and that poses new
risks to personal privacy and new
concerns for the public,” Hoeven said.
“While EDRs can serve a useful function
by helping to make cars and streets
safer, access to the data should be
treated as personal except under very
specific circumstances. Our bill makes
clear what those circumstances are and
helps to ensure that government and
other entities respect the Fourth
Amendment rights of Americans.”
The Senate legislation is similar to the bill currently being worked on by the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 2414. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation supports both pieces of legislation and encourages you to contact your elected officials in the House and Senate and ask them to cosponsor these important bills.
Folks.... these are distressing times.... the government is stretching and flexing it's muscles and over exceeding it's power!!
In Texas drivers were allegedly voluntarily
stopped and asked to submit saliva and/or blood samples. Those that were stopped
claim there was nothing "voluntary" about the set up!
Also, in Maryland a man was profiled and targeted at a traffic stop because it was well known that he had a license to carry!!
If we don't speak up and fight back against these measures they'll be an every day occurrence and we will have forfeited our right to fight back against these unprecedented policies!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DGkU_Crip4 Driver's pulled over for blood and saliva samples!!! .
Texas drivers pulled over at random, told to turn over blood, saliva samples
Texas drivers pulled over at random, told to turn over blood, saliva samples
Dozens of Texas drivers have been stopped at a police road block, where they were then directed into a parking lot and forced into surrendering blood, saliva and breath samples in a study that has upset civil liberties advocates.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration admitted it was attempting to conduct a government study meant to determine the number of drunk or drug-impaired drivers on the road at any given time.
“It just doesn’t seem right that you can be forced off the road when you’re not doing anything wrong,” Kim Cope, who said she was forced to the side of the road while making her way to lunch, told NBCDFW.com. “I gestured to the guy in front that I just wanted to go straight, but he wouldn’t let me and forced me into the parking spot.”
The tests were made even more mysterious when reporters, alerted to the situation by concerned drivers, were unable to find any officers in the Fort Worth Police Department who had been involved. The NHTSA only admitted its involvement after local media sought answers.
The department, which says its mission is to “save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce vehicle-related crashes,” maintains that participation in the research was completely voluntary. But Ms. Cope said she felt trapped during what seemed to be an investigation.
“I finally did the breathalyzer test just because I thought it would be the easiest way to leave,” she said. “It just doesn’t seem right that they should be able to do any of it. If it’s voluntary, it’s voluntary, and none of it felt voluntary.”
When pressed, the FWPD said it was “reviewing the actions of all police personnel involved to ensure that FWPD policies and procedures were followed.” The NBC affiliate was able to determine that the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, a government contractor, was hired to conduct the check.
An NHTSA spokesperson admitted similar programs were being conducted in 30 other cities throughout the US. But civil liberties attorney Frank Colosi does not accept the rationale.
“You can’t just be pulled over randomly or for no reason,” he said. “They’re essentially lying to you when they say it’s completely voluntary, because they’re testing you at that moment.”
He added that drivers who refused may have been targeted by police for inadvertently giving the impression they were operating a vehicle under the influence. He also told NBC that fine print on the form told drivers their breath was being tested by “passive alcohol sensor readings before the consent process has been completed.”
This oddity comes just months after Texas state troopers were caught on video conducting vaginal and cavity searches on female drivers at the side of the road. The videos quickly went viral, and attorneys for the women filed federal lawsuits against the troopers.
“It’s ridiculous,” Peter Schulte, a former Texas police officer and prosecutor, told the New York Daily News earlier this year. “I was a law enforcement officer for 16 years and I never saw anything like it.”
Gunowner Targeted For Traffic Stop
Posted on January 18, 2014 by Conservative Byte
This is just the beginning of this kind of harassment. Check it out:
Jackson said Filippidis ordinarily carries a gun because of the cash he carries for his work.
But when he went on a family trip, he left it locked in a safe in his home.
Reported Jackson, “So there the Filippidises were on New Year’s Eve, southbound on Interstate 95 – John; wife Kally (his Gulf High sweetheart): the 17-year-old twins Nasia and Yianni; and 13-year-old Gina in their 2012 Ford Expedition – just barely out of the Fort McHenry Tunnel into Maryland, blissfully unarmed and minding their own business when they noticed they were being bird-dogged by an unmarked patrol car. It flanked them a while, then pulled ahead of them, then fell in behind them.” Such maneuvers took maybe 10 or 15 minutes, reports said.
Eventually the lights went on, and Filippidis pulled over.
The officer, from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, asked about license and registration details, and returned to his vehicle.
Then he came back, ordering Filippidis out of the vehicle, and to hook his thumbs behind his back and spread his feet.
“You own a gun,” said the officer. “Where is it?”
At home, said Filippidis.
The officer then asked Kally Filippides, who said she didn’t know. Then she added, maybe in the glove box, or in the console – she didn’t know.
The result? The Expedition was emptied of all people, possessions and packages. An hour passed, maybe more. Much later, no weapon found, they resumed their trip.
MORE BIG BROTHER!!
Michigan Bill Would Take License For Skipping Class
A group of Michigan lawmakers want to take away the right to drive from high school students who skip class. State Representative Andy Schor (D-Lansing) and eight colleagues last week introduced legislation that would impose a six-month driving ban on juveniles accused of being frequently absent from school.
NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES
Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,
National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)
2014 PREDICTED TO BE A BREAKOUT YEAR FOR ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES
Navigant Research recently released a report titled “Electric Vehicles: 10 Predictions for 2014″ in which it is estimated that 700,000 plug-in vehicles will be on the road around the world by the end of this year.
The given justifications? Rebounding economies, better products, battery prices that have come down providing competitive price points for e-motorcycles, a large potential clientele that has already had a positive electric experience via e-bicycles, e-scooters and e-mopeds.
STUDY SHOWS WOMEN WHO RIDE ARE HAPPIER
The old adage that you never see a motorcycle parked outside the psychiatrist’s office may prove more insightful than previously considered, as a new study reveals that the key to happiness for the better half of U.S. is a bike key!
The Harley-Davidson Female Riders Survey, conducted by a leading global insights firm and commissioned by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, shows that women who ride their own motorcycles are noticeably happier, sexier and more confident than women who don't ride. After interviewing 1,013 adult female riders and 1,016 adult female non-riders, the findings make it clear that riding a motorcycle greatly improves a woman's feelings of overall self-worth.
• More than twice as many always feel happy (37% of riders vs. 16% of non-riders)
• Nearly four times as many always feel sexy (27% of riders vs. 7% of non-riders)
• Nearly twice as many always feel confident (35% of riders vs. 18% of non-riders)
More than half (53%) of women who ride cite their motorcycle as a key source of happiness, according to the findings, and nearly three in four (74%) believe their lives have improved since they started riding.
When it comes to romance, the market research collected by Kelton Global also shows riding can improve relationships, as female motorcyclists are more content than non-riders with:
• Communication with their significant other (60% of riders vs. 38% of non-riders)
• Physical intimacy (51% of riders vs. 35% of non-riders)
More and more women are, in fact, riding. A 2012 study by the Motorcycle Industry Council found that women accounted for 12% of U.S. motorcyclists -- up from 10.5% in 2009, and Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson is selling more motorcycles to women than all their competitors combined, according to Claudia Garber, Director of Women's Outreach for Harley-Davidson.
LIMIT ON LEARNER’S PERMITS IN PA
Pennsylvanians who perpetually renew their motorcyclist permits to avoid having to take the state's motorcycle safety course will soon have their strategy derailed, as a new law will limit the number of times a motorcycle rider can reapply for a learner's permit to three times in a five-year period. Representative Seth Grove (R-Dover), author of House Bill 892, said some riders have been treating permits like actual licenses since current law allows them to reapply for a permit every year.
"Permits are temporary and their purpose is to get riders to obtain full driver's licenses," said Rep. Grove. "This legislation will enable riders to learn properly while pushing them to actually get their motorcycle licenses."
Under current law, a permit is valid for one year, but some motorcyclists apply for it year after year so they are never required to take the safety course that's required to receive the full four-year license, said Charles Umbenhauer, spokesman for ABATE of Pennsylvania, which supported the measure.
Umbenhauer told the York Dispatch that the legislation is a continuation of other safety measures for which the ABATE organization has pushed. Grove also introduced legislation that, when signed into law last year, required minors who hold motorcycle permits to successfully complete a free 15-hour riding course.
HB 892 passed the House and Senate with little dissent and was signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett.
HELMET USE IN MICHIGAN DROPS AFTER REPEAL, STILL HIGHER THAN NORM
A state survey has found that nearly three-quarters of Michigan motorcyclists wear helmets, down from almost a hundred percent before the state ended mandatory universal helmet use in 2012, letting riders opt out under certain circumstances.
Data for the Wayne State University study was collected over the summer by use of video cameras randomly placed across the state, and shows that 73% of motorcyclists in Michigan wear helmets, down from 99.4% in 2006 when the last statewide observation survey was conducted.
Still, the authors note that Michigan's usage rate is 13% higher than the 60% of U.S. riders spotted wearing helmets in a nationwide survey in 2012. Also interesting to note, the current rate of riders wearing helmets is slightly lower than the 74.7% of helmeted riders involved in motorcycle crashes, according to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, meaning lidless riders have a somewhat better safety record.
The Michigan Department of Highway Safety said that helmet use varies widely among types of riders: 94.5% of people riding sports bikes wore helmets while only 33.3% of riders of choppers and custom bikes did. Female riders and those under 30 and over 60 also wear helmets more frequently.
LOUD MOTORCYCLES TARGETED IN CHICAGO
The city of Chicago is turning a deaf ear to loud motorcycles, so much so that that an alderman has proposed a ten-fold increase in fines for violators, those who change their mufflers to make them louder, according to DNAInfo Chicago.
The alderman is calling it a quality of life issue, and his proposal would increase the maximum fine for violations from $100 to $1,000.
GEORGIA RIDER’S FAMILY QUESTIONS FATAL PURSUIT
A young Georgia man was riding his motorcycle to the gym during rush hour when a Richmond County deputy may have broke department policy and gave chase over invalid plates, ending in a fatal crash.
The deputy was also on a motorcycle, a vehicle that – because of the risk involved – is “strongly discouraged” from initiating or participating in chases in Richmond and Columbia counties unless extenuating circumstances exist, policy states.
According to policy, deputies are justified in beginning a chase even when the only information available is that the suspect hasn’t stopped as ordered, but after a chase has started, policy states that deputies must continuously evaluate the circumstances, such as the initial reason for the pursuit; traffic and weather conditions; time of day; direction of travel; the possible consequences; and most importantly, the safety of the public, the deputy and other law enforcement personnel.
“Pursuits may continue if there are reasonable grounds to believe the suspect presents a clear and immediate threat to the safety of others or if the suspect has committed or is attempting to commit a forcible felony,” policy states.
The family is considering legal options, but a police spokesman stressed that “while it is the deputy who initiates the traffic stop, it is the violator who initiates the pursuit.”
Nationally, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that 6,000 to 8,000 police chases end in crashes each year, with close to 5,000 people being injured and 500 being killed.
ROAD CRASHES #1 KILLER OF AMERICANS ABROAD
Road crashes have been named the leading cause of unnatural death among Americans who travel outside of the country, where they are unfamiliar with local driving rules and customs, and more U.S. citizens die in car or motorcycle accidents than from terrorist events according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University.
Using data from the U.S. State Department that represented 5,417 unnatural deaths between January 2003 and December 2009, the research team calculated the rates of death by dividing the number of unnatural deaths by the number of Americans who visited each country.
"We know that the distribution of road traffic fatalities varies dramatically across different parts of the world," Huseyin Naci, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, told Reuters news service. “While pedestrian deaths are more common in many parts of Africa, motorcycle and bicycle deaths occur more frequently in southeast Asia.”
Out of all the countries deemed unsafe for travel, Thailand ranked first among the most traffic-related deaths with 16.5 deaths per one million visits. Vietnam came in second with 15 deaths per one million visits, Morocco third with 12 deaths per one million visits, and South Africa fourth with 11 deaths per one million visits. Researchers also reported that scooter and motorcycle deaths accounted for a large portion of traffic-related deaths.
MANDATORY HI-VIS REFLECTIVE CLOTHING LEGISLATED
Effective January 1, 2014, it is mandatory for all motorcyclists and passengers to wear reflective jackets or vests when riding in the Republic of Mauritius, an island country in the south west Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa.
Road Traffic Regulations passed last fall regarding “Use of High Visibility Clothing” states;
“No person shall drive (or ride as a pillion rider on) a motorcycle or auto cycle, unless he wears high visibility clothing without any covering being worn over it that may cause obstruction to its visibility.”
The regulations even dictate the type of polyester material, size of reflective strips and specific fluorescent colors (lime yellow, red or orange) “intended to provide conspicuity at all times.”
Any person who contravenes these regulations shall commit an offence and shall, on
conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 1,000 Mauritian Rupees (MUR).
BAN ON MOTORBIKES IMPOSED IN SCOTTISH WOODLANDS
Scottish Police say that members of the pubic visiting Balkello Woods have been left “frustrated and concerned” by the irresponsible and illegal use of motorcycles in the area, both on and off road.
Police Scotland and the Forestry Commission have joined forces in announcing a major crackdown on unauthorized motor vehicles in the woodlands; “Powers granted under Road Traffic and Anti-Social Behaviour legislation allow the police to seize vehicles – including motorcycles and mini-motos – where they have been driven without license or insurance, or, in this scenario, where they are used in an anti-social manner.”
A force spokesman said: “Officers have long focused on reducing the anti-social and illegal use of motorcycles and make full use of Anti-Social and Road Traffic legislation to seize motorcycles that are being used illegally. Following enforcement, many of the vehicles seized are ultimately dismantled and crushed.”
DUCK AND COVER Like ‘em or love 'em, the rift over the redneck Robertson clan from A&E Network's top-rated "Duck Dynasty" showed that America still has a backbone, and Americans can influence change if enough of us stand together. After the network suspended Phil Robertson over anti-gay comments, a grassroots tsunami of people from all walks of life lit up phone lines, email inboxes and fax machines as the surge of incoming communications quickly became so intense, employees of the cable giant reportedly complained that the company was overwhelmed and had all but ground to a halt.
The uproar continued through Christmas until Friday, December 27, when A&E announced it was lifting the suspension and the show will continue.
Millions of citizens -- many who had never taken any kind of action before – had successfully sprang to the defense of a man and his right to speak freely, irrespective of PC. If the Duck Dynasty flap proves anything, it’s that -- when pushed too far -- concerned Americans will rise up in response!
QUOTABLE QUOTE: “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”
~ Howard Zinn (1922-2010) American historian & social activist
High-speed motorcycle ride ends at Goodyear Wal-Mart .
January 20, 2014 at 10:11 PM
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- A high-speed motorcycle ride along a Valley freeway came to an end at a Goodyear Wal-Mart just after 9 p.m. Monday.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the motorcycle driver was going up to 140 mph as he sped along Interstate 10.
Police followed him from a helicopter as he raced through town. The driver finally pulled into a Wal-Mart near I-10 and Estrella Parkway in Goodyear and went inside the store.
He was taken into custody a short time later. Police said he will be facing several felony charges.
No one was injured.
15 Traffic Tickets Handed Out During Motorcycle Safety Operation
A total of 29 traffic enforcement stops were made during Saturday's operation in Menifee.
Posted by Toni McAllister (Editor) , January 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM
A "Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation" conducted Jan. 18 by the Menifee Police Department led to 15 citations being handed out to drivers, it was announced today.
Extra officers were on duty patrolling areas "frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur," the department reported. Officers were looking for violations made by motorists and riders alike.
A total of 29 traffic enforcement stops were made during Saturday's operation, according to the department. Of the 15 citations issued, here is the breakdown: •2 for unsafe speed •2 for red light violations •1 for unsafe turn •6 for unapproved D.O.T. helmets •1 for no helmet •1 for modified lighting •1 for off road vehicle on roadway •1 arrest warrant service One motorcycle was towed as a result of the operation.
"The message to all drivers and motorcyclists is: share in the responsibility and do your part by safely 'sharing the road,'" the department stated in a news release. "Riders can get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at www.CA-msp.org or 1-877 RIDE 411 or 1-877-743-3411."
Funding for the operation was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
http://www.examiner.com/article/steven-tyler-cruises-the-streets-of-la-on-his-tricked-out-trike Steven Tyler cruises the streets of LA on his tricked out trike
January 19, 2014
Aerosmith's legendary front man, Steven Tyler, took a break from working on his first solo album and hit the streets on Saturday in L.A. to show how retirees ride in style -- there's no La-Z-Boy on wheels for him! The green bike with orange flames had a raked-out frame with some seriously fat tires so you can just imagine how she handles the corners.
Tyler's own apparel featured a tricked out and bedazzled helmet that only he can pull off with such style.
His life changed by motorcycle crash, student hopes for prosthetic leg
Tyler Ewles was heading to church on his motorcycle last fall when someone pulled out in front of him. He struck the vehicle and injured his lower leg so badly it had to be amputated.
By Saundra Weathers, Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, January 20, 2014, 8:31 PM
'Someone pulled right out in front of me'
.WINTER HAVEN -- A motorcycle accident in Polk County
seriously injured 21-year-old Tyler Ewles last October, causing him to lose part
of his leg.
Ewles says his injuries were life-changing. Now he is in need of a prosthetic leg.
“I was actually heading to church, and someone pulled out
right in front of me,” he said. “When I looked down after I hit the car, I saw
that my foot was pretty much missing.”
His leg had to be amputated from the calf down, and he has no insurance to get a prosthetic.
His mother, Mindy Mier, says the news of her son's crash was something a parent could never prepare for.
“You’re heartbroken, knowing they're going to have to have these challenges so early in life," she said slowly. "But you’re also grateful that they’re still here."
That positive thinking is what has kept the family going. That, and the outpouring of support from places such as Polk State College, where Ewles received his associate’s degree.
The school has an ongoing fundraiser to try and get Ewles the prosthetic leg he desperately needs.
“We’re going to do whatever we have to do over time to make
sure that Tyler has his life back," Polk State College advisor Cate Igo said.
"Because he’s still got the spirit. He’s still Tyler, and he just knows that
he’s got to adapt a little bit. We just have to help him get the equipment he
Ewles had started his coursework toward a bachelor's degree at the University of Central Florida before the crash. For now, he is using a walker to get around the best he can.
He’s hoping the fundraiser will bring in enough money to help him with his mounting hospital bills and the purchase of a new prosthetic leg so he can finally be able to walk his dog again.
Quincy sees slight increase in traffic accidents in 2013
Posted: Jan 21, 2014 10:32 AM EST Updated: Jan 21, 2014 1:33 PM EST
Midmorning traffic flows along Broadway near the intersection with 36th Street in Quincy. Year-end traffic statistics show a 4.2 percent increase in crashes on city streets during 2013. (H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt) By DON O'BRIEN Herald-Whig Staff Writer
More traffic crashes happened on Quincy city streets during 2013 than in 2012, but law enforcement officers aren't too concerned about the 4.2 percent increase.
A decade-low total of 1,130 accidents happened in 2012, and that number rose to 1,177 in 2013.
"At some point it was going to level out, so we might see it fluctuate up and down for a while now," said Quincy Police Officer Neal Meyer, the department's traffic safety officer. "What I would look at is the long-term trend, and that's a steady drop in the last 10 years or more."
Last year's figure is a 29.3 percent drop from the 1,667 accidents that happened in 2004. The number of accidents have dropped in seven of the past nine years.
Meyer, who compiles the city's traffic statistics, pointed to wet conditions as being a contributing factor to the rise in accidents last year. During 2013, there were 227 crashes on streets that were wet or had snow or ice on them -- a 97.3 percent increase from 2012's total of 115 such crashes. The 2013 totals are more in line with what the city saw in 2011, when there were 292 crashes under slick road conditions.
More injury crashes and injuries overall happened in 2013 as well. Statistics showed 201 injury crashes with 269 injuries, an increase of 39 injury accidents and 68 injuries from 2012.
Three people died on Quincy streets during the year -- two of those in motorcycle accidents.
Carl A. Wollbrink, 21, of Quincy died in near 18th and Maine on Sept. 9 after his motorcycle struck a sport utility vehicle. Police said they tried to stop Wollbrink about 9:46 p.m. around 18th and Broadway, but Wollbrink sped away on his motorcycle heading south on 18th at a high rate of speed. He ran a stoplight at 18th and Maine before his motorcycle struck the SUV.
Quincy's other motorcycle fatality happened near 18th and Harrison. Brandon J. Smith, 32, of Quincy died Oct. 8, less than three days after he was involved in the accident. A van pulled into the path of Smith and another motorcyclist at 10:08 p.m. on Oct. 5.
Quincy's first fatality of 2013 came on Aug. 21 when Matthew Fulmer, 30, of Quincy died in a one-vehicle accident just after 4 p.m. at 728 Adams on the city's southwest side. Authorities said Fulmer was speeding south on Eighth Street when he lost control of his vehicle. His vehicle ran off the road onto a sidewalk, ripped out part of a fence at Blessed Sacrament School, then hit a small brick wall and a vehicle across the street from the building before barreling into the structure and exploding.
Also of statistical note:
º Seat belt use increased to 93.7 percent of all drivers. Surveys taken in November and December showed that 96 percent of all drivers were wearing seat belts. "I would make an educated guess that the yearly seat belt average is going to keep going up," Meyer said. "It will never get to 100 percent, of course."
º Quincy police wrote nearly 200 more seat belt tickets than they did the previous year. There were 509 seat belt citations issued, a 59.5 percent increase from 2012.
º Seven more arrests for driving under the influence were made in 2013 in comparison with 2012, when 125 people were arrested. There were 19 drunken driving crashes in 2013, a drop of six from the previous year.
º Speeding tickets were nearly the same. There were 597 speeding tickets were issued in 2013, a drop of 22 from the previous year. Speed-related crashes dropped to 336 last year from 357 in 2012.
º The intersection at 36th and Broadway led the city in traffic accidents. Forty-four crashes happened at the intersection, which is considered Quincy's busiest. Meyer said that intersection is prone to having more total accidents than other intersections because it sees such a high volume of traffic.
"I've heard it called the most dangerous intersection in town, and I wholeheartedly disagree with that without further backing," Meyer said. "Just because there are more accidents doesn't mean it's the most dangerous."
The intersection at 24th and Broadway was second with 19 accidents, while 48th and Broadway was third with 18 accidents. Meyer said he is noticing more accidents toward Quincy's growing eastern edge of town. The intersections of 48th and Broadway and 54th and Broadway tied 36th and Broadway with four accidents each in December.
Meyer said he also is seeing more accidents being reported in the downtown area near the Kroc Center on Broadway between Fourth and Fifth streets.
http://www.jconline.com/article/20140121/NEWS/301210029/ABATE-wants-county-ease-restrictions-off-road-vehicles?nclick_check=1 ABATE wants county to ease restrictions on off-road vehicles
ABATE officials are hoping Tippecanoe County commissioners allow such vehicles on county roads in unincorporated areas.
Tippecanoe County commissioners are being asked to allow off-road vehicles on county roads.
State law bans driving off-road vehicles on public streets, but ABATE, a motorcycle advocacy group, on Tuesday asked 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 — including Fountain, Warren and Carroll — allow off-road vehicles on roads. The vehicles still must comply with state laws governing off-road vehicles. Off-road vehicles in Tippecanoe County cannot be driven on the roads, but they can be driven in the road’s right of way, said Lt. Dan Dulin of the Indiana Department of Natural Resource’s law enforcement division. If the county opts to allow such vehicles on the road, Dulin recommended that the ordinance wording comply with the state’s requirements. State law requires the rider or driver be 16 years old and licensed, he said. The law also requires that the vehicle be registered, much like a boat. The registration is $30 for a three-year tag. County Commissioner John Knochel asked Dulin and Jackson, as well as Sheriff Tracy Brown, if they would participate in a panel to discuss Jackson’s proposal. They all agreed. Dulin said violations by off-road vehicles are not a serious problem. In the nine-county area last year, conservation officers issued 43 traffic citations and 43 warnings to operators of off-road vehicles. Additionally, they issued four citations to operators of snowmobiles, which Dulin said are considered off-road vehicles. During 2013, conservation officers in Tippecanoe, Benton, Warren, Fountain, Montgomery, Boone, Clinton, Cass, Carroll and White counties investigated 13 crashes involving off-road vehicles. One of those crashes was in Tippecanoe County, Dulin said. The commissioners could adopt their own ordinance pertaining to off-road vehicles, which Dulin counseled against. They also could adopt an ordinance that complies with the state’s enforcement criteria but allows the vehicles to drive on the county’s roads. Or they could do nothing, which would keep the vehicles off Tippecanoe County roads
This ride is swiftly becoming New England's largest ride; boasting about 4000 riders last year alone; and it was only the 3rd annual event!
This year the RMV will be at the ride with Vinny DiMartino (formerly of Orange County Choppers to sign autographs, and be available for photo ops! The RMV is promoting Motorcycle Safety and Awareness, and what better place to be than at one of the largest rides in the region?
So save the date! If you're unable to make the event, but would like to donate, you may do so here: http://theyfoughtweride.com
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DALTON AMERICAN LEGION, POST 155
ROUTE 9, Dalton, MA
REGISTRATION starts @10AM
This ceremony is dedicated to the remembrance of all the “KIA” of Western Massachusetts since 9/11. Everyone is invited to showtheir respect and appreciate the sacrifice of these amazing individuals and their amazing families!
There will be a motorcycle ride immediately after the Ceremony if you wish to ride.
Sponsored by the: Dalton American Legion Riders Post #155
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Calling all LADIES FAR AND WIDE!!!
1st annual "WE RIDE TOO!"
Ladies of the North, South, East and West, come to Boston Massachusetts, June 28, 2014 for a 114 salutatory ride for ALL female motorcycle riders. Wear your rags, wave your flags, and show off your independence. THIS RIDE IS FOR US!!!
Join us on a scenic ride thru the beautiful city of Boston, stopping for a brief moment at the Boston Marathon finish line and then out to the western part of the state to the city of Springfield. There we will receive a tour of the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield history, the new home of the Indian Motorcycle hall of fame. Followed by a barbecue!
This ride is limited to the first 114 women and pre-registration will be required. Registration for this ride will begin February 1, 2014. Participant of this ride will receive a commemorative goodie bag, one general Admission to the museum, a meal ticket for the Fuddruckers catered barbeque, and one pass to the Fearless Queens MC Anniversary party. More information COMING SOON
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Third Annual Disabled and Limbless Veterans Run
July 20th, 2014 (Rain date: July 27th)
Pre registration by June 30th, $20 Driver/$10 Pass. (INCLUDES PIG ROAST)
Day of event $25 Bike/$15 Pass. / Walk-Ins $15 per person.
Registration 9am – 11am KSU 11:30am (Police Escorted Ride)
Starts and ends American Legion Post 273, 162 Winn St, Burlington, MA
(Exit 34 off 128)
Food, raffles and music upon return.
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Custom 2014 Indian Chief Vintage Motorcycle Auction Raises $30,000 for the Benefit of Military Service Members and Their Families
In Partnership With Jack Daniel's, Proceeds From Sale of Customized 'No. 7' Serial Number of First Model Year Motorcycle Will Help Send Military Personnel Home for the 2014 Holiday Season
MEDINA, MN, Jan 20, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Indian Motorcycle(R), America's first motorcycle company, today announced that its one-of-a-kind custom 2014 Chief Vintage motorcycle, created in support of the "Operation Ride Home" program for the benefit of U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families, hit the auction block on Sunday, January 19. This very unique motorcycle was sold at auction for $30,000 by Barrett-Jackson, the world's greatest collector car auctions, in Scottsdale, AZ and the full auction price has been donated by Indian Motorcycle to Operation Ride Home. The winning bidder was George Munsterman and wife Mary Brinckerhoff of New York.
For 2014, the first model year for the new Indian Chief under Polaris Industries' brand stewardship, the first 1901 units off the assembly line were specially badged with commemorative serial numbers in honor of the company's founding in 1901. In partnership with Jack Daniel's Distillery, the 'No. 7' serial number off the line, a Red Indian Chief Vintage model, was customized with just the right touches to create a truly unique motorcycle. Hand-laid pin striping, Jack Daniel's logos, the Operation Ride Home logo and a customized seat combine to create a unique and collectible custom motorcycle.
"Operation Ride Home" is a partnership program between Jack Daniel Distillery and the Armed Services YMCA designed to help junior-enlisted service members and military families travel to their homes across the country this holiday season. All proceeds from the auction of the custom Indian Chief Vintage bike have been donated by Indian Motorcycle to the Operation Ride Home program.
"For nearly 113 years the U.S. military has been an integral part of the legendary Indian Motorcycle brand, and many of this company's proudest achievements revolved around our support of this country's war efforts," said Steve Menneto, vice president of motorcycles for Polaris. "It was a pleasure to partner with Jack Daniel's and the Armed Forces YMCA in support of Operation Ride Home, and all of us at Polaris Industries and Indian Motorcycle are honored to donate the proceeds from the auction of this unique and symbolic motorcycle for the benefit of America's military personnel and their families."
For more information please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com , follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/indianmotocycle , and Like Us at www.facebook.com/indianmotorcycle . For more information on the Operation Ride Home program, log on to www.jdoperationridehome.com .
ABOUT JACK DANIEL'S Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel's is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey-Based Ready-to-Drink Beverages and Jack Daniel's Country Cocktails.
Jack Daniel's encourages its friends to drink responsibly.
ABOUT THE ARMED SERVICES YMCA The non-profit Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) provides no and low-cost programs to make military life easier for nearly 500,000 active-duty enlisted military and their families each year at 31 branches and affiliates nationwide. Innovative direct services are tailored to the needs of local military installations nationwide with the help of 13,000 volunteers in addition to community and military support. The ASYMCA was rated in the top 2% of charities nationwide by Charity Navigator in 2012. Of the 1.2M Active Duty military stationed in the US, approximately 82% are located where the ASYMCA has a Branch or Affiliate nearby to help make military life easier. The ASYMCA does not receive government funding, and does not charge dues or membership fees for their programs. Your tax deductible donation (Tax ID #36-3274346) to the ASYMCA, a top-rated non-profit, will make a significant difference impact on the lives of enlisted service members and their families. Please visit asymca.org to learn more.
ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE(R) Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. PII -0.88% , is America's first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America's most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com .
ABOUT POLARIS(R) INDUSTRIES Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2012 sales of $3.2 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER(R) and RZR(R) side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and small vehicles.
Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris and KLIM branded apparel and Polaris accessories and parts.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "PII", and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com .
Billings to host BMW motorcycle rally
BILLINGS -The BMW Motorcycles of America organization has selected Billings to host its international rally next year.
Bringing the international convention to Billings has been the goal of local BMW rider Gary Smith, an ambassador with the organization.
" I used to attend these rallies 30 to 35 years ago, and that's when I started to get really excited about bringing one to Billings," said Smith.
Bob Aldridge, executive director of the group made the announcement by a video link Monday morning during a press conference at the Billings Chamber/Convention & Visitor Bureau.
The event will draw about 6,000 motorcyclists to the city for four or more nights in July 2015, officials said.
Smith also said he believes the full impacts of the event wont be felt until years down the road.
"Rides will take all those pictures home and they're going to share it with their clubs," he said.
About half of the rally participants will camp on the grounds at MetraPark, with the remaining groups staying in area motels and hotels.
"The economic impact will be more than five million dollars, and the impression and memories will last a lifetime continuing to position Billings as the destination for motorcyclists," said Alex Tyson, executive director of the TBIS and CVB.
The BMW group is the latest organization of motorcycle enthusiasts to chose Billings as the site for a major gathering.
The 38th Annual Blessing of the Motorcycles, in Colebrook, NH
And the 17th Annual Great North Woods Ride In, Colebrook, NH
Friday, June 27th, 2014
Sunday, June 29th, 2014
Schedule of Events
Special Event - Friday June 27th, Saturday June 28th, and Sunday June 29th
RJ'S RPM - DYNO - All weekend long - 603-595-8534
Friday, June 27th - 11A.M. to 7 P.M. "WELCOME" T-Shirts & Pins, F.M.I. and Schedule of Events Pre-Registration for all Motorcycle Events at The Blessing Information Booth At the Shrine of Our Lady Of Grace Route 3 Colebrook, NH
Friday, June 27th - 9P.M. to 1 A.M. Entertainment at Wilderness Restaurant and Cedar Lounge Main Street, Colebrook, NH
Saturday, June 28th - 9A.M. to 5 P.M. "WELCOME & INFORMATION" Blessing Information Booth T-Shirts, Pins, Information, and Schedule of events at The Shrine of Our Lady Of Grace Route 3 Colebrook, NH
Saturday June 28th - 11:00 A.M. to 3 P.M. Pre-Registration for all Rodeo events will be from 11:00 A.M. to Noon. Motorcycle Rodeo Competitions - Vendors - Music Fun for all ages Organized by the Cougars Motorcycle Association At the Shrine of Our Lady Of Grace Motorcycle Rodeo Games may include: And are subject to change: Slow Ride (Timed Event - longest distance before putting feet down) Frying Pan Toss - (Motorcycle not needed for this event) Weight Toss- (Motorcycle not needed for this event) Romp In The Hay Board Ride (Not Necessarily in this Order - Pre-registration is required before each event starts.)
Saturday June 28th - Lineup & Judging at 5:00 P.M. 2013 Bike Show - In Honor of Claire Labretto Prizes will go to: Best Most Original Best Customized Best Over All Will be at the Shrine on Route 3, Colebrook
Saturday June 28th - 6:30 P.M. Motorcycle Parade Parade line up starts after the Bike Show at 6:15pm at the Shrine THE PARADE LEAVES EXACTLY AT 6:30 PM SHARP The Parade ends at Colebrook Country Club
Saturday June 28th - 7:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. Rain or Shine - Bikers Ball - Live Music Under the stars Fun Food Colebrook Country Club, RT 26 Colebrook, NH
Sunday, June 29th - 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. Pancake Breakfast at The Shrine of Our Lady Of Grace Route 3, Colebrook
Sunday, June 29th - 8A.M. to Close of Events "WELCOME & INFORMATION" Blessing Information Booth T-Shirts, & Pins, Information, and Schedule of events at The Shrine of Our Lady Of Grace Route 3 Colebrook, NH
Sunday, June 29th - 11:00 A.M. Mass The Shrine of Our Lady Of Grace Route 3, Colebrook
Sunday, June 29th - 12:00 P.M. Sharp 2nd Annual Butterfly Release A time of reflection and Celebration of Loved Ones that we have lost. Butterfly Release will be done by The North Woods Home Health and Hospice For More Information or to order 1800-750-2366 or 603-788-5020 Ask for Cindy or Mary.
Sunday, June 29th - 1:00 P.M. Sharp Motorcycle Blessing The Shrine of Our Lady Of Grace Route 3, Colebrook
This event is made possible by the hard work Sponsorship and support of the following:
Bill's Trailer Sales - E-mail - email@example.com 1-607-746-8343 Colebrook Country Club - www.colebrookcountryclub.com/ - 603-237-5566 L.L. Cote - www.llcote.com / - 1-800-287-7700
Colebrook House and Pizza 603-237-5256 Northern Comfort Motel - 603-237-4440 RJ'S RPM Motorcycle Service - http://www.rjsmotorsport.com 603-595-8534
Bridge Street Gym/Indoor Golf 603-237-8713 Dancing Bear Pub and River's Edge Inn 603-237-5521 First Run Home Entertainment and Pizza Delivery 603-237-8273 Ideal Auto Supply Inc. 603-237-8787 Mohawk Valley Camping area 603-237-5756 Northland Restaurant and Dairy Bar (Route 16 - Berlin NH) - 603-752-6210 Seventh Street Graphics - 603-752 8167 Steel Thunder Custom Cycles - 603 237-8200 Thibeault Real Estate & Ins. 802-266-8602 Wilderness Restaurant and Cedar Lounge 603-237-8779
Cougars Motorcycle Association Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate Town Of Colebrook
FMI Call Father Levesque at the Shrine 603-237-5511 For Vendor Information, Contact Wayne Hall at 603-237-5169 or For the Event promoter and Chairman of the Blessing of the bikes or E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Reckless Motorcycle Riders Caught on Camera
By Aaron Drawhorn, Reporter -
Jan 21, 2014 4:24 PM ESTJan 21, 2014 4:24 PM EST
LAS VEGAS -- Several concerned drivers called the Nevada Highway Patrol on Sunday afraid an accident was about to happen. They reported that some motorcyclists were riding recklessly on the road.
One family was coming back from church and had their baby with them in the car. They say what they saw poses a downright danger, but an attorney representing motorcycle clubs says this is much ado about nothing.
Bobby wanted to come forward, but says he must remain anonymous.
"Basically, I saw around 35 street bikes that were all together, cruising," Bobby said.
He was driving on Blue Diamond Road Sunday with his family and says the bikers threw out the rules of the road.
"Standing on their bikes, standing on their handlebars, sitting backwards on the bikes," Bobby said.
He says the motorcycles blocked the flow of traffic. They started capturing some of the motorcycle rider's moves on camera.
One rider does a donut in the intersection.
"It is very nerve wracking," Bobby said.
Another man is caught on camera doing what is known as a burn out.
"It is an extreme concern because when they're spinning their wheels and they're causing that much smoke, you literally can't see the car in front of you," Bobby said.
Bobby didn't like what he saw one bit.
"They were in all lanes. They were very intimidating," he said.
Attorney Stephen Stubbs disagrees.
"I ride a motorcycle with a bow tie, and people have said they're intimidated by me and my motorcycle, and I think it's just silly," Stubbs said.
Stubbs represents 43 motorcycle clubs.
"Honestly, I didn't think the videos were much at all." he said, "From what I saw, there were a couple of traffic infractions caught on video. They shouldn't happen. You should obey the laws, but people blow things up and make a big deal out of very small things."
Bobby doesn't have a problem with law-abiding riders.
"Do it somewhere it is safe for them and for the other people around," Bobby said.
Stubbs says drivers need to respect motorcyclists like they would any driver of a car.
"I think the culture right now has people afraid of motorcyclists," he said.
NHP says troopers did respond to Blue Diamond Road after concerned drivers reported the motorcycles.
However, troopers did not observe any violations, and did not have probable cause to make a traffic stop.
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Police just collecting drivers’ blood and saliva now, for science
Drivers in Reading, Pennsylvania are objecting to a recent, recurring police practice of setting up roadblocks and then asking drivers to turn over blood and saliva samples as part of an ongoing study.
The study has federal funding, and was paid for by $8 million in taxpayer money. It is being conducted by a private research firm, but local police are providing logistical support. The flashing lights of police cars and blocked off roads give the appearance that participation in the study is mandatory, said Reading drivers.
Drivers in Texas and Alabama have already voiced their concerns.
Motorcycle club reaches out to trauma victims
Monday, January 20, 2014 - 8:50am
Longview — When 40-odd motorcycles roared into their front yard last summer, 6-year-old Bird Girl and 4-year-old Neverland Pirate could only watch in half-terrified amazement, clutching at their mother, Sunshine Rose.
But by the time the group of bikers left, several hours later, Neverland Pirate was cuddled in the lap of Darin “Bones” Hollis, listening to a story, while Bird Girl was tentatively interested in sitting on the massive bike seats.
Bird Girl, and her brother, Neverland Pirate, are among the hundreds of children in East Texas — and around the country — who benefit from a program called Bikers Against Child Abuse, or BACA.
http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/woodlands/news/county-approves-purchase-of-new-mcso-motorcycles/article_eab41b47-4354-5eb8-829c-602c9ebfc281.html County approves purchase of new MCSO motorcycles
Sunday, January 19, 2014 10:23 pm
Staff Report Houston Community Newspapers
Motorcycle units with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be getting a new ride.
County commissioners in mid-January approved $73,602 for the purchase of six new Harley-Davidson motorcycles from the Harley-Davidson dealership in The Woodlands, said MCSO media spokesperson Lt. Brady Fitzgerald.
The MCSO is able to purchase the six Harley cycles at such a low price by trading in five of the motorcycle unit’s older bikes, Fitzgerald said.
“We usually turn in the old motorcycles when mileage gets high, and these are coming out of warranty,” said Fitzgerald.
The MCSO’s Conroe division will be receiving five of the new motorcycles in the coming weeks, with a newly contracted division in The Woodlands utilizing the sixth motorcycle for patrol.
Between the six new bikes and the older mileage MCSO cycles being traded-in, the county Sheriff’s Office will have a total of seven motorcycle units. Five will be assigned countywide, and two assigned to The Woodlands.
“We attempt to keep the motorcycle units under warranty,” Lt. Fitzgerald said. “This keeps the overall cost down on the maintenance of the motorcycles, thereby saving money.”
Motorcycle units are more maneuverable in many circumstances then a patrol car, Lt. Fitzgerald added, with motorcycles allowing officers easier ability to maneuver through traffic and large crowds, frequently able to reach emergency situations faster.
“When needed, motorcycle units are easier to conceal than patrol cars,” Lt. Fitzgerald said, “And considering the cost of fuel these days, Motorcycles can be considered budget friendly.”
The Harley-Davidson Museum opened the Living Lost Photographs by Josh Kurpius this weekend and its newest exhibit featuring more than 30 original works by custom bike builder, rider and photographer Josh Kurpius.
Living Lost is a presentation of photographs taken during a series of road trips across the country on a chopped 1977 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The images provide an honest, open look at the uninhibited lifestyle of a group of nomadic bikers out to explore the American panorama.
Kurpius will be in attendance at the Museum on Saturday, Feb. 1 with doors opening at 8 p.m. and a concert by Mount Salem at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will include the Museum exhibit and concert.
Wisconsin motorcycle fatalities decline in 2013 Shortened riding season, education viewed as key factors
Jan. 18, 2014
Across the state, the number of motorcycle deaths dropped from 116 in 2012 to 84 last year. / Doug Wojcik/Gannett Wisconsin Media
Written by Colleen Kottke Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team
ON THE NET A three-part special report from the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team last spring examined Wisconsin’s spike in motorcycle deaths during 2012 and the state’s reluctance to adopt a mandatory helmet law for riders.
For videos and past stories, visit www.htrnews.com/iteam .
Motorcycle deaths on Wisconsin’s roads last year hit their lowest mark since 2009 because of a stepped-up safety campaign and a shortened riding season.
Across the state, the number of motorcycle deaths dropped from 116 in 2012 to 84 last year — a 28 percent decline. Two big reasons for the drop — motorcycle riding groups and safety enthusiasts made it a top priority to reduce the number of motorcycle deaths, and a prolonged cold and damp spring shortened the riding season. “We had a much shorter riding season than we did in 2012 where people rode from March through November,” said Don Lyden, a safety research analyst with with the state Department of Transportation. “Anytime those fatalities drop by 30, that’s a big reduction.” The jury is also still out on whether the use of helmets had any impact on the number of motorcycle deaths on Wisconsin’s roads. In addition to fewer fatalities, injuries resulting from motorcycle crashes dropped by 21 percent from 2,710 in 2012 to 2,138 last year, according to preliminary DOT data. The significant drop in motorcycle deaths and injuries was evident in many parts of Wisconsin. Dodge County dropped from four deaths in 2012 to zero last year and Fond du Lac County went from five deaths to one. Shawano County went from three to zero. All three counties saw a drop in motorcycle injuries as well. Preliminary data show the number of injuries from motorcycle crashes also dropped sharply in Winnebago County, from 111 in 2012 to 63 last year; in Brown County from 123 to 91; in Outagamie County from 87 to 58; and in Sheboygan County from 60 to 47. The number of deaths, though, remained at two apiece for Brown, Outagamie and Sheboygan in 2012 and 2013 while Winnebago County had a reduction from two to one. In Marathon County the number of motorcycle injuries decreased from 47 to 33, though its number of fatalities climbed from one to four. Safety awareness Disagreement exists on whether efforts to improve motorcycle helmet use in Wisconsin played a key role in the reduction of motorcycle deaths last year. (Page 2 of 3) While Mother Nature may have dissuaded motorcyclists from spending more time out on the pavement, safety precautions such as donning a helmet also deserve credit, said Greg Patzer, manager for the DOT’s Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program. Seventy-four percent of the motorcyclists who died in 2012 weren’t wearing helmets. Preliminary data for 2013 show that number improved only slightly to 71 percent. Traumatic brain injury is one of the leading causes of death in motorcycle crashes. The state does not track helmet use by motorcyclists although crash statistics have shown that helmet use can save lives. On the other hand, ABATE of Wisconsin President Dave Charlebois said the death toll on state highways isn’t a direct reflection of helmet use. ABATE of Wisconsin is a motorcycle rights and grassroots lobbying organization that led to the repeal of Wisconsin’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law in 1978. “It’s not a helmet thing; it’s about paying attention and awareness. If everyone is willing to recognize everyone on the road and pay attention, then the roads are going to be safer,” said Charlebois. Getting the message outLast year, the Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program teamed up with the state Department of Tourism to send a safety message out to both motorcyclists and motorists sharing the road through the use of electronic billboards. Three billboards were placed in the Milwaukee area, another along the beltline in Madison and a fifth on Interstate 39 near Tomahawk, which is the site of the annual fall color ride for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The electronic billboards flashed the LED image of a rider straddling an invisible motorcycle with the message, “Just because you don’t see a motorcycle doesn’t mean it’s not there.” “This was the first year that we used billboards, and I really think they caught people’s attention,” Patzer said. “We also hit the airwaves with a lot of public service announcements.” One motorcyclist agrees that public awareness is vital to keeping motorcycle riders safe on Wisconsin’s roads.
(Page 3 of 3) Tom Schultz of rural Fond du Lac said he stopped riding his motorcycle for the year after a passing vehicle forced him off a highway last summer in western Wisconsin. “If I hadn’t been paying close attention and on alert for the worst case situation, I probably would have been killed that day,” Schultz said. “Motorcyclists will continue to be injured or killed until motorists learn to watch out for us.” Members of the DOT’s Wisconsin Motorcycle Safety Program also fanned out in earnest in 2013, hitting 20 percent more venues with its mobile training facility as well as its set of smart trainers that simulate traffic scenarios encountered by motorcyclists. “It gives us the opportunity to get face to face with the motoring public and talk to them about motorcycle safety and awareness,” Patzer said. “It also allows them a chance to get on a smart trainer and gives them a feel of what it’s like behind the handlebars.” Education is keyIn Fond du Lac, Moraine Park Technical College motorcycle program instructor Thomas O’Meara III believes that rider education remains a vital factor in keeping motorcyclists safe. “ABATE of Wisconsin has a great educational program that they have been delivering in the high schools for years,” O’Meara said. “There’s also been an increase in the number of motorcycle rider programs throughout the state, which now total around 50. I think all of those efforts have really had a ripple effect on what’s happening (with motorcycle crashes and fatalities).” Patzer believes the drop in fatalities will build momentum moving forward into 2014. “We’re hoping to get those billboards back out there in time for Motorcycle Awareness Month in May. Every little bit helps from an awareness standpoint,” Patzer said. “Anytime we can get the word out to both motorcyclists and the people they share the road with, it’s helpful.”
Date set for the auction of Pope Francis's Harley-Davidson
Raine Devries Harley-Davidson Examiner
January 19, 2014
Famed luxury auction house Bonhams in Paris released details on Saturday regarding the upcoming auction of Pope Francis's Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The auction is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 6 and the proceeds will benefit the charity Caritas Roma.
The Dyna Super Glide is a 1,585 cc and has "Francesco" signed on its tank. The bike was originally presented to the pontiff during the Motor Company's 110th anniversary celebrations in Rome last June; there's yet to be confirmation on whether Francis has taken the bike for a spin around St. Peter's.
"I suspect that it will (have) a very limited mileage," said
Ben Walker, head of motorcycles at Bonhams.
Francis is well known for his leanings toward modest forms of transportation and felt it would be better to sell the bike as the funds will help with the renovations of Don Luigi di Liegro which is a hostel and soup kitchen located in the Termini rail station in central Rome.
The bike will be auctioned at the Grand Palais in Paris as part of Bonham's Les Grandes Marques du Monde sale. It has an estimated worth of 12,000-15,000 euros ($16,400-$20,500).
A new Harley Davidson leather jacket, which was also signed by the pope, is not included in the auction but will be sold immediately after the motorcycle.
2014 Harley-Davidson Street Models: Breaking Down Borders
rry Roorda January 21, 2014 Filed under Harley-Davidson
MILAN, ITALY, NOV. 4–For reasons that have become apparent, Harley-Davidson selected Italy’s immense bicycle and motorcycle show called EICMA (short for—deep breath—Exposizione Internationale Ciclo Motociclo Accessori) as the cosmopolitan setting for what was inarguably the most dramatic and potentially far-reaching new model introduction in their recent history. “Young,” “urban,” and “global” were the buzzwords and talking points of the gala introduction, and while it was no longer in question that The Motor Company had had something of the like in the works, it did come as a shocker that both a 500cc and 750cc iteration of the new platform—designated the Harley alphabet soup prefix of XG (as in Global?)—were trotted out.
Harley-Davidson Street 750 Also shocking was the fact that they both are powered by the new Revolution X motor, a liquid-cooled, overhead cam, four-valve per cylinder, 60-degree V-Twin motor with a 66mm stroke and a 69mm bore, in the case of the 500, and an 85mm bore for the 750.
And that was just the lead item in a long list of desirable attributes and components brought to the package. You also get L.E.D. taillights and bullet indicators, single-caliper disc brakes front and rear, locking gas cap, forks and ignition, steel teardrop tank and fenders, and low-riding tires—a 100/80-17 up front and a 140/75-15 in back.
The Dark Custom concept, which has languished somewhat of late and somehow come to include a lot less dark and a lot more metal-flake, comes roaring back with a dark vengeance on these models right down to the black 2-into-1 exhaust system and gaiters on the front forks borrowed from the company’s Iron 883.
Harley-Davidson Street 750 Lane-splitting agility, curbside sex appeal, upright street ergonomics with mid-mount pegs and wide pull-back handlebar, somewhat minimalist two-up riding capacity (you’ll want to find yourself a skinny-assed pillion pal—we’re just saying) and pothole-absorbing suspension travel and bounce all serve the bikes’ urban agenda nicely. A steel tubular cradle frame the width of, well, a skinny ass, facilitates slithering past the congested mass of buses, pedicabs, deranged cabbies and horn-happy hotheads on your way to Starbucks. Oodles of customization potential (which is already a priority in product planning) should make it a simple matter to put your personal stamp on your ride and stand out from the crowd.
The initial production run will indeed take place in India and be distributed to selected markets that in addition to India will include Spain, Italy and Portugal (which are a puzzling choice for the initial European rollout, those nations being the cripples of the Euro zone where record-high unemployment rates currently persist).
The XGs will also be manufactured at Harley-Davidson’s Kansas City facility—alongside the V-Rods currently built there—and those units will be target-marketed in North America in the second quarter of 2014. The MSRP in the U.S. will be $6,700 for the XG500 and $7,500 for the XG750. Total production run for 2014 will be between 7,000 and 10,000 units.
BMW Motorrad USA Reports Double Digit Sales Growth In 2013
© 2014, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued by BMW Motorcycles USA:
A 2014-model BMW S1000R. BMW Motorcycles Achieve Double Digit Growth in U.S.
Record Worldwide Sales Three Years in a Row
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 21, 2014… BMW Motorrad USA reported a 17 percent increase in sales for 2013 – the second highest retail performance on record – with 14,100 units sold in 2013 compared to 12,100 units sold in 2012. Worldwide, BMW Motorrad sales reached a record high for the third year in a row with 115,191 units, up 8.3% over the previous record of 106,358 units in 2012.
“New and loyal customers, a diverse product portfolio and a high performing dealer network continue to boost sales in the U.S. and make it BMW Motorrad’s strongest export market,” commented Hans Blesse, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA.
BMW Motorrad’s double digit growth in the U.S. was fueled by sales of the new, award-winning water-cooled R 1200 GS enduro. BMW’s best-selling motorcycle (both in the U.S. and worldwide) accounted for more than 2,000 U.S. customer deliveries, revving up demand for the boxer model line by nearly 20 percent.
Other growth contributors include the newly introduced F 800 GS Adventure and F 800 GT models, which earned accolades from journalists and praise from adventure riders alike. Meanwhile, BMW Motorrad’s first entries into the scooter segment, the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT, became category leaders and top many of the “Best Of” lists.
“As much as we are delighted with our performance in 2013, the coming year will bring even greater potential for growth with the introduction of five all-new 2014 models in the first quarter: the BMW R nine T, BMW S 1000 R, BMW R 1200 RT, BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, and the K 1600 GTL Exclusive,” Mr. Blesse remarked.
BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 119 MINI passenger car dealers, and 34 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
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Indian Motorcycles’ Indian Chief Auction Raises $30,000
January 21, 2014 By The Wire
Indian Motorcycles Press Release:
Indian Motorcycle today announced that its one-of-a-kind custom 2014 Chief Vintage motorcycle, created in support of the “Operation Ride Home” program for the benefit of U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families, sold on the auction block on Sunday, January 19. This unique motorcycle (featuring the lowest publicly available 2014 VIN number) was sold at auction for $30,000 by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, AZ and the full auction price has been donated through Jack Daniel’s Whisky and Indian Motorcycle to the Armed Services YMCA program Operation Ride Home. The winning bidder was George Munsterman and wife Mary Brinckerhoff of New York.
MSRP for a stock 2014 Indian Chief Vintage is $20,999 indicating the generosity of the winning bidder, who jumped an additional $4000 as bidding slowed to secure the motorcycle for his collection.
For 2014, the first model year for the new Indian Chief under Polaris Industries’ brand stewardship, the first 1901 units off the assembly line were specially badged with commemorative serial numbers in honor of the company’s founding in 1901. In partnership with Jack Daniel’s Distillery, the ‘No. 7’ serial number off the line, a Red Indian Chief Vintage model, was customized by Klocks Werks of Mitchell South Dakota with just the right touches to create a truly unique motorcycle. Hand-laid pin striping, painted Jack Daniel’s logos and Operation Ride Home logo and a customized seat combine to create a unique and collectible custom motorcycle.
“Operation Ride Home” is a partnership program between Jack Daniel Distillery and the Armed Services YMCA designed to help service members and military families travel to their homes across the country this holiday season. All proceeds from the auction of the custom Indian Chief Vintage bike have been donated by Indian Motorcycle to the Operation Ride Home program. The program assisted 836 individuals for the 2013 holiday season.
“For nearly 113 years the U.S. military has been an integral part of the legendary Indian Motorcycle brand, and many of this company’s proudest achievements revolved around our support of this country’s war efforts,” said Steve Menneto, vice president of motorcycles for Polaris. “It was a pleasure to partner with Jack Daniel’s and the Armed Forces YMCA in support of Operation Ride Home, and all of us at Polaris Industries and Indian Motorcycle are honored to donate the proceeds from the auction of this unique and symbolic motorcycle for the benefit of America’s military personnel and their families.”
For more information please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com
http://www.motoroids.com/news/world-tourers-motorcycle-stolen-half-way-trip/ World tourer’s motorcycle stolen half way on the trip
Motorcycles have always been easy targets for automobile burglars and the numbers don’t seem to dwindle.
The pain of having your beloved set of wheels stolen from your own backyard is no less than losing a member in the family. But for Martin Williams from Australia, who set out on a world tour adventure on his Kawasaki KLR650- it was probably the biggest shock of his life.
The 53 year old rider left Australia 6 months ago and after having ridden a grueling 26,000 kms through Asia and Europe, stopped over at Swansea (Wales) to catch up with his relatives. With the ride further slated for exploration of the African continent, Martin got up the next morning to find his KLR650 stolen
Shattered on the incident, Martin said “In all my travels I haven’t had any bad experiences until now. I found a cut chain and my luggage thrown on the ground with no sign of the bike. I think it may have been pushed into the back of a van because there are marks. I am feeling really numb and am in shock. It hasn’t sunk in yet. It is a proper travel bike built for tough roads. I had modified it in order to be able to travel round the world. I have had it for about seven to eight years and done a lot of travelling on it. I was supposed to be heading to Morocco and Africa today but now my plans are all up in the air. I was planning to travel for six months, return to Australia and then travel some more but now I have no idea what to do. It is awful news and now all I am hoping for is my bike to be returned to me.”
The news spread like wildfire and despite widespread media coverage to the heartbreaking event, Martin’s motorcycle was found untraceable. The South Wales Police has been on the hunt and have appealed to the public to report in case they have any information on the motorcycle.
We wish and pray that Martin gets his motorcycle back and continues the journey he had dreamed to accomplish.
Over 1000 Harley-Davidson riders attend National H.O.G. rally in Goa
More than a thousand Harley-Davidson riders from across India took to the streets of Goa this past weekend as part of the second Annual India National Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Rally.
H.O.G. members at the flag-off of 2nd India H.O.G rally They had arrived in Goa to attend the 2014 India Bike Week (IBW), also in its second edition.
Harley-Davidson unveiled the all-new Street 750 at the IBW, which apart from the hundreds of H.O.G riders was attended by thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country. The event was attended by Frank Savage, Harley-Davidson’s industrial design and styling lead for the Street platform.
Speaking on the occasion, Anoop Prakash, MD, Harley-Davidson India, said that the large number of Harley owners that attended the event is proof of the success of the brand in India.
He said, “It’s a delight to see one out of every four motorcycles that we have sold in India since our beginning in 2010 present here today.”
On the sidelines of the event, Harley-Davidson India also recognised riders and chapters for their dedication to the brand. Bengal Harley-Davidson (Kolkata) was awarded the ‘Chapter of the year-2013’. H.O.G. members who attended all four zonal rallies – North, South, East, West — and the National H.O.G. Rally.
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Motorcycle Rider in Critical Condition After Crash
Posted by Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) , January 20, 2014 at 10:18 AM
A 48-year-old motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash in Antioch on Saturday, according to police. Officers responded to a report of a motorcycle collision in the 1900 block of Calaveras Circle at around 5 p.m., according to Antioch police. Arriving officers found a male rider in the street suffering major injuries, police said.
No other vehicles appeared to have been involved and police said the rider was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The injured rider was taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said. The cause of the crash remains under investigation and police have not yet reported whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.
Motorcycle accident injures one in Hancock County
January 19, 2014
HANCOCK COUNTY -- One man was airlifted to the hospital Sunday evening after a motorcycle crash in Hancock County, Sheriff Ricky Adam said.
The man, whose name has not been released, was southbound around 5 p.m. on Lower Bay Road with a group of other motorcyclists when he left the road, crashed and suffered a "severely broken leg," Adam said.
Another motorcyclist was involved in the crash and taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.
NJ: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2014/01/motorcycle_collides_with_mini-bus_in_jersey_city_two_people_injured_say_neighbors.html Motorcycle passenger dies from injuries after crash with jitney in Jersey City
January 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM
A passenger on a motorcycle died this morning, a short time after the motorcycle crashed with a jitney bus in Jersey City, according to police.
The woman passenger, whose identity has not been released, died at a local hospital, according to police radio transmissions. The man driving the motorcycle was also injured in the crash, which occurred near the intersection of Palisade Avenue and the elevated portion of Route 139.
Jennifer Ramirez, 22, who lives on Palisade Avenue, said she saw the accident from her bedroom window. She told The Jersey Journal that the jitney bus was stopped in the southbound lane when the driver opened the driver-side door and the motorcycle slammed into it. "The bus driver opened the door really quick," she said.
As the motorcycle careened backward, the man and the woman on it were thrown forward onto the road, she said.
The driver of the motorcycle landed close to the back of the jitney, whereas the woman landed near its front wheel, Ramirez said.
"When I first looked out the window I thought they were dead," said Andrew Marotta, 29, who also lives on Palisade Avenue.
He said he saw the bus driver, uninjured, with his hands on his head, clearly distressed by what had happened.
Marotta and Ramirez said the man on the motorcycle was wearing a helmet at the time of accident, but it appeared that the passenger was not wearing a helmet.
Marotta said a few minutes after the collision, the man on the ground managed to get up with what appeared to be an injury to his left hip, and hobbled over to the woman in an attempt to help her.
He said the woman appeared unconscious and that when emergency responders finally arrived, she was put in a neck brace and placed on a stretcher before both her and the man were taken to the hospital.
It could not immediately be determined if the driver of the jitney bus was issued any summonses or if he was injured.
One brother killed, another hospitalized after double motorcycle crash on North Freeway at FM 1960
Sunday, January 19, 2014
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A deadly double motorcycle accident was under investigation Sunday night in northwest Houston.
It happened just before 7pm on Interstate 45 near FM 1960.
According to Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies, two brothers were on two motorcycles, riding one behind the other on the southbound feeder road.
Officials said the driver of a car in front of them wasn't familiar with the area and started to enter the HOV lane, which was closed.
That driver reportedly swerved back into the feeder road and the motorcycles swerved to avoid him, but then they ended up heading for the HOV lane themselves.
The first motorcycle crashed through the barricade.
"Red motorcycle behind him didn't have time to stop; ran into him, ran over him," witness Ernest Johnson said. "That's when I ran across the freeway and was attending to the guy who was on the black motorcycle. He wasn't conscious, wasn't breathing."
One brother died at the scene. The other was taken by Life Flight to an area hospital.
Deputies said both men were wearing helmets.
No additional details have been released.
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CCSO tickets woman after deadly crash
\Created on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 15:58. | Written by Raymond Rendleman
Charles Horton III of Milwaukie died at 59 as a result of his injuries after a woman crashed into his Harley Davidson motorcycle Friday while he was riding on Jennings Avenue, police announced Tuesday.
CCSO - Police and Clackamas Fire personnel respond to the scene of Friday's deadly crash just north of Gladstone. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies cited the driver of a Kia Soul — 56-year-old Kathryn Gardner, of Ridgefield, Wash., for careless driving and failing to yield the right of way.
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 17, officers responded to a report of a crash near Southeast Addie Street south of Milwaukie and just north of Gladstone city limits. Horton was transported to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital by ambulance.
Gardner, who was not injured, reportedly remained at the crash scene and was cooperative with police. Investigators found her Kia was heading east on Jennings and took a left onto Addie when she hit Horton traveling west on Jennings. As Gardner made the turn, she ejected Horton off his bike.
CCSO officials urged everyone to look twice before turning at intersections and driveways — and to be on the lookout for motorcyclists, other vehicles and pedestrians.
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