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NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V064
Manufacturer : Navistar, Inc.
Make / Model Years : INTERNATIONAL / 2012-2013
Subject : Fracture Of The S-cam Bracket Assemblies
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V068
Manufacturer : Caterpillar Inc.
Make / Model Years : CATERPILLAR / 2012-2013
Subject : Fracture Of The S-cam Bracket Assemblies
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V073
Manufacturer : Prevost Cars, Inc.
Make / Model Years : PREVOST / 2008-2010
Subject : DC-DC Battery Converters-Possible Fire
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V074
Manufacturer : Daimler Trucks North America
Make / Model Years : THOMAS BUILT / 2013-2015
Subject : Missing Floor Reinforcements for Seat Belts
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V075
Manufacturer : Daimler Trucks North America
Make / Model Years : THOMAS BUILT BUSES / 2013-2015
Subject : Missing Floor Reinforcements for Seat Belts
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V076
Manufacturer : Intercontinental Truck Body
Make / Model Years : INTERCONTINENTAL TRUCK / 2010-2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V078
Manufacturer : Mack Trucks, Inc.
Make / Model Years : MACK / 2010-2012
Subject : Water Leaks may Cause EPDM to Short-Circuit
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V087
Manufacturer : New Flyer Industries Ltd.
Make / Model Years : NEW FLYER / 2008-2014
Subject : Ice May Form in Intake Manifold
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V088
Manufacturer : Mack Trucks, Inc.
Make / Model Years : MACK / 2010-2015
Subject : Exhaust Pipe may Disconnect from Muffler/Catalyst
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V089
Manufacturer : Jayco, Inc.
Make / Model Years : JAYCO / 2014
Subject : Incorrect Tires Size on Federal Labels/FMVSS 120
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V092
Manufacturer : General Motors LLC
Make / Model Years : BUICK / 2014
GMC / 2014
Subject : Broken Transmission Adjuster Cable/FMVSS 102/114
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V093
Manufacturer : Northwest Custom Campers
Make / Model Years : NORTHWEST / 2006-2012
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V094
Manufacturer : Rapiscan Systems, Inc.
Make / Model Years : RAPISCAN / 2011-2012
Subject : Failure Of X-Ray Scanner Mounting Hardware
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V116
Manufacturer : General Motors LLC
Make / Model Years : CADILLAC / 2013-2014
Subject : Brake Booster Pump Relay Connector Corrosion
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V117
Manufacturer : General Motors LLC
Make / Model Years : CHEVROLET / 2009-2014
GMC / 2009-2014
Subject : Head Impact/FMVSS 201
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V118
Manufacturer : General Motors LLC
Make / Model Years : BUICK / 2008-2013
CHEVROLET / 2009-2013
GMC / 2008-2013
SATURN / 2008-2010
Subject : Side Impact Air Bags Wiring Connections
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V059
Manufacturer : Starcraft Bus
Make / Model Years : STARCRAFT / 2009-2010
Subject : Electric Door Actuator May Lead to Fire
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V060
Manufacturer : Diamond Coach Corporation
Make / Model Years : VIP/PT / 2009-2010
Subject : Electric Door Actuator May Lead to Fire
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V062
Manufacturer : Navistar, Inc.
Make / Model Years : INTERNATIONAL / 2014-2015
Subject : Steering Gear Mounting Bolts
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V063
Manufacturer : Navistar, Inc.
Make / Model Years : INTERNATIONAL / 2011-2014
Subject : Emergency Vehicle may Shutdown
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V065
Manufacturer : BMW of North America, LLC
Make / Model Years : BMW / 2013
Subject : Water in Side-Stand Switch may Disable Engine
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V067
Manufacturer : E.D. Etnyre and Co.
Make / Model Years : ETNYRE / 2012
Subject : Automatic Slack Adjuster
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V069
Manufacturer : Gulf Stream Coach, Inc.
Make / Model Years : GULF STREAM / 2011
Subject : Electric Door Actuator May Lead to Fire
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V079
Manufacturer : Daimler Trucks North America
Make / Model Years : THOMAS BUILT / 2009-2015
Subject : Ice May Form in Intake Manifold
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V080
Manufacturer : Daimler Trucks North America
Make / Model Years : FREIGHTLINER / 2008-2015
STERLING / 2008-2015
THOMAS BUILT / 2008-2015
Subject : Ice May Form in Intake Manifold
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V081
Manufacturer : NABI Bus, LLC
Make / Model Years : NABI / 2013-2014
Subject : Ice May Form in Intake Manifold
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V082
Manufacturer : Kalmar Solutions, LLC
Make / Model Years : OTTAWA / 2010,2012-2013
Subject : Ice May Form in Intake Manifold
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V083
Manufacturer : Blue Bird Body Company
Make / Model Years : BLUE BIRD / 2009-2015
Subject : Ice May Form in Intake Manifold
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V084
Manufacturer : Gillig LLC
Make / Model Years : GILLIG / 2010-2014
Subject : Ice May Form in Intake Manifold
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V085
Manufacturer : Motor Coach Industries
Make / Model Years : MCI / 2011-2012
Subject : Ice May Form in Intake Manifold
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V086
Manufacturer : PACCAR Incorporated
Make / Model Years : KENWORTH / 2014-2015
PETERBILT / 2014-2015
Subject : Ice May Form in Intake Manifold
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V102
Manufacturer : Starcraft Bus
Make / Model Years : STARCRAFT / 2009-2010
Subject : Electric Door Actuator May Lead to Fire
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V103
Manufacturer : Chrysler Group LLC
Make / Model Years : FIAT / 2014
Subject : Delay or Inability to Select Transmission Gears
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V104
Manufacturer : Chrysler Group LLC
Make / Model Years : DODGE / 2012-2013
JEEP / 2012-2013
Subject : Hard Brake Pedal may Lengthen Stopping Distance
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V112
Manufacturer : Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)
Make / Model Years : HONDA / 2005-2010
Subject : Fuel Pump Cover may Crack and Leak Fuel
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14C001
Synopsis : On February 7, 2014, Graco Children's Products, Inc. (Graco) informed NHTSA that it would be recalling model year 2009 through 2013 toddler and booster child restraints, models Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride w/Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size 4 Me 70, Smart Seat, Nautilus, Nautilus Elite, and Argos 70. On March 7, 2014, Graco informed NHTSA it would be including an additional 403,222 seats in this recall, including certain model year 2006 through 2014 Argos 70 Elite, Ready Ride, Step 2, My Ride 65 with Safety Surround, My Size 70, Head Wise 70 with Safety Surround, Nautilus 3-in-1, Nautilus Plus, and Smart Seat with Safety Surround. The 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. Graco is offering to replace the buckle with a new design, free of charge. Registered owners will be notified beginning around early April 2014, and offered the free replacement buckle. All other owners may contact Graco at 1-800-345-4109 (toll-free) or 1-330-869-7225, or online at












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236 Massachusetts Ave. NE | Suite 204 | Washington, DC 20002-4980
202-546-0983 (voice) | 202-546-0986 (fax) |

14NR11 - MRF News Release - Bikers Inside The Beltway National Lobby Day

20 March 2014

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

Bikers Inside The Beltway National Lobby Day

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is pleased to report that the 6th annual Michael “Boz” Kerr Bikers Inside The Beltway will be held Thursday, May 15th in the nation’s capitol, Washington D.C. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation will have secure free parking for motorcycles just steps from the U.S. Capitol Building.


Last year this event drew hundreds of motorcyclists from across the country. Don't miss out on the greatest gathering of politically active motorcyclists in Washington, D.C.

9:00 am to 11:00 am is arrival, registration, instruction and lobby material pickup. Meet at the motorcycle parking area on 3rd street, map below.


The MRF encourages you to schedule appointments with your Representative and Senator’s offices.


Plan your appointments according to your arrival time. If you plan to arrive promptly at 9:00 am, you can schedule meetings anytime from 9:45 am on. If you plan on arriving at 11:00 am at the latest then you can schedule meetings from 11:30 am until 1:15 pm and of course after the Congressional Program.


Should you not be able to get an appointment, plan on dropping by as many offices from your State as you can during that time. Feel free to contact the MRF office with any questions about scheduling or otherwise.


Unfortunately the House of Representatives will not be in session the day of our event. The meetings with staff still carry significant importance. The Senate will be in session that day.


The MRF has secured free parking from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm just steps from the U.S. Capitol and the House and Senate office buildings. The exact location of the parking is on 3rd street SW and NW between Madison and Jefferson drives. A map can be found here:,-77.015195&sspn=0.003148,0.008256&geocode=FW5lUQIdU9do-w%3BFTBsUQIdbddo-w&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=18&t=m&z=18


An event flyer for Bikers Inside The Beltway National Lobby day is also available on the website here:


This year we will feature something new! Bikers Inside the Beltway Follow Up - Follow Through Seminar. It is going to be a one-day event on Friday, May 16th at the Baltimore Doubletree BWI Airport, 890 Elkridge Landing Road Linthicum, Maryland, 21090. There is no charge for this event. Please be sure to register via the MRF website. An event flyer can be found here:






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

14NR10 - MRF News Release - CDC Task Force Pushes Universal Mandatory Helmet Law

13 March 2014

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

CDC Task Force Pushes Universal Mandatory Helmet Law

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports that a task force that is funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued its findings statement for motorcycle safety, with the singular solution being universal mandatory helmet laws.


The task force, known as the Community Preventative Services Task Force, is a 15 member, non-federal, independent group that utilizes CDC staff and resources to develop “Findings and Rationale Statements.” The statements make recommendations that run the gamut of topics from asthma control to work place safety. The recommendations have included motor vehicles in the past focusing on seat belts, child seats, and alcohol use. This is the first time the task force has recommended anything to do with motorcycling. Task force members are appointed by the Director of the CDC and serve five-year terms. All current members are doctors, with one exception.

The CDC asserts that fatalities have nearly doubled since 2000 while failing to take into account the increase in registered motorcycles. In fact, in 2000 there were 2,862 fatal crashes for 4.9 million registered motorcycles. That means in 2000 .058% of all registered motorcycles were involved in a fatal crash. In 2010 there were 4,502 fatalities for 8.4 million registered motorcycles, which puts just .053% of registered motorcycles, a slight decrease in the ratio of registered motorcycles to fatalities with 3.5 million more motorcycles on the road. These are just some of the facts about the CDC research that have been presented in all four MRF conferences going back to fall of 2012.


The Task Force report claims that they used data from 69 studies, but only lists seven in the reference section of the finding statement. The MRF is investigating this and is in talks with the Task Force staff about how they came to the conclusion that enacting universal mandatory helmet laws is the only way to save lives.


“It is deeply troubling that some of our brightest researchers refuse to acknowledge rider education and awareness campaigns as effective means to saving lives,” said Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relation and Public Affairs for the MRF.


Also of note is why the CDC would only focus on head injury. J. Lee Annest, the Director of Statistics and Programing for the CDC, informed the motorcycle community that the CDC does not keep information on motorcycle fatality by body part and that in motorcycle fatalities there are usually multiple injuries, with the primary body part affected difficult to determine. Yet the only solution that the CDC has ever presented in its history is universal mandatory helmet law..


The MRF worked with the House of Representatives to send a letter to the CDC asking them to not focus on motorcycle safety, but rather leave that to the relevant transportation agencies. The CDC’s response was that they needed to be involved in all preventable injuries, because they have the newest research available.


Use the MRF’s latest “Fact or Fiction” piece, which was made public at this past year’s “Bikers Inside the Beltway” event in D.C. in May of 2013 to educate your legislators. The one page document has information about the CDC and the misconception related to the effectiveness of helmet laws.

You can view the “Fact or Fiction” piece here:






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236 Massachusetts Ave. NE | Suite 204 | Washington, DC 20002-4980
202-546-0983 (voice) | 202-546-0986 (fax) |

14NR09 - MRF News Release - Motorcycle Checkpoint Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

5 March 2014

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

Motorcycle Checkpoint Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

The United States Senate is seeking to end the unfair practice of federally funded motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints, reports the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF). Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has introduced legislation, which would further prohibit the federal government from funding mandatory motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. Joining her as the lead republican on the bill is Senator Ron Johnson. Also joining, as original co-sponsors, are Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).


The federal government funded motorcycle-only checkpoints through a $70,000 grant in 2011. Georgia state police conducted two mandatory motorcycle only checkpoints. They timed the checkpoints with Daytona Florida bike week traffic setting up on the southbound lanes of I-75 and I-95 on March 9th 2012, the same day Daytona bike week began. They did the same setup during the closing day, but set up in the northbound lanes.

The MRF supports this legislation to end these checkpoints whole-heartedly and will be working with the United States Senate to pass this important legislation.


"Motorcycles are an important part of New Hampshire's identity and economy," Shaheen said. "These checkpoints unfairly target motorcycle riders who already have their vehicles inspected and registered just like all motorists. We don't have checkpoints that stop cars to check their tire pressure and we shouldn't for motorcycles either."


“We commend Senator Shaheen for taking on this troubling and important issue,” Said Jeff Hennie, Vice President Government Relations for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. “To use taxpayer dollars to inconvenience motorcyclists is a practice that should be stopped immediately and we look forward to working with both Senators Shaheen and Johnson to accomplish that.”


Some states are addressing this issue by either prohibiting any motorcycle-only checkpoints, such as Missouri, Virginia, California, North Carolina, or prohibiting the state from receiving any federal dollars like they did in New Hampshire and Illinois.


The MRF urges you to contact both your U.S. Senators and ask them to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation; a bill number is expected soon. The MRF will keep you informed on this important issue.


You can reach the capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121








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14NR07 - MRF News Release - The Taxman Cometh

22 Feb. 2014

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

The Taxman Cometh

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a proposed rule that would affect the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) and every other advocacy group with the same tax status. The MRF has what is known as 501(C) 4 tax status, this means the MRF can be involved in political activities, however donations to the MRF are not tax deductible for the person or group that donates the money.


Recently the IRS seems to be unfairly targeting conservative tea party type groups. Now its time to punish everyone because the current IRS does not care for the way that some of these groups have been successful in getting out the vote and raising money. 501(c) 4’s are named after the section of U.S. code that defines them. Some of the tea party type groups are also in the (c) 4 grouping, as a “social welfare” group.

The 501(c) 4 is the segment of the nonprofit world best known for organizations like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and the liberal group, Priorities USA. 501(c) 4’s are in fact made up of over 86,000 mostly small organizations nationwide, some of which are almost certainly active participants in our own community’s civic life. They weren’t invented in the last election cycle; they’ve been around for generations. Their purpose isn’t to hide donors; it’s to advance policies. The big famous guys and the shady newcomers get all the attention, but they aren’t typical of the sector, any more than Justin Bieber reflect the experience of the bulk of the people making a living in the music industry. It is true that political spending has skyrocketed since 2008 in the (c) 4 category and that some reform to those groups spending astronomical amounts of money for election purposes is warranted.


This tax status allows the MRF to “be involved in the political process” so long as the primary purpose of the organization is not partisan politics. Under the proposed rules we would be limited to doing work around elections and key votes. The IRS said in a hearing this past Wednesday that they have received an “unprecedented” number of comments and that the “rules would not be finalized anytime soon”.
At this point it is not clear whether the government planned to change the rules for all 501(c) groups, including (c)(5)’s (labor unions) and (c)(6)’s (trade associations). .


The new rule would limit what political activities the MRF and other (c) 4’s could do before election dates. What would be considered a “political activity” is not known. It could be as simple as a meeting with an elected official on an issue important to their constituents, a get out the vote effort or even endorsement of candidates.


By confusing protected political speech with electioneering, this proposed rule would silence social welfare non-profit organizations for a minimum of 90-days during an election year. However, because the regulation applies to elections at every level of government, and some state and local governments host elections on odd years, or in differing months of the year, free speech for (c) 4 organizations conceivably could be restricted every year. This is unacceptable and out of line with our form of government. (c) 4 social welfare non-profit organizations serve a valuable role in society and it would be unjust to prohibit their speech. A final ruling could be years away.


The MRF will keep you updated on this issue.










Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,

National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)



Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to prohibit the use of federal funds in establishing motorcycle-only checkpoints.  S.2078, the "Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act," sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Wednesday, March 5th, and is similar to H.R. 1861, introduced last year in the U.S. House by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI).


The bill would prohibit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from issuing grants to states to set up checkpoints where motorcycle riders are targeted by police to check that their vehicles meet state standards for noise, tire condition and other requirements, and are also checked for safety gear during the roadside checkpoints.


Over the past few years, such roadblocks have been conducted in New York, Georgia, Virginia and Utah during large motorcycle rallies. The senators argue that these types of checkpoints are discriminatory and unnecessary since motorcycle riders are already subject to state registration, inspection, licensing and helmet laws and must stop at sobriety check points like all other drivers.


One co-sponsor, Sen. Manchin, former governor of West Virginia, says the checkpoints are a waste of taxpayer funding that can have an adverse effect on states’ economies. “Requiring bikers to drive through motorcycle-only checkpoints is not only an ineffective use of taxpayer dollars, but it also raises legitimate questions about discrimination against motorcyclists. In West Virginia, bikers travel near and far to drive on our winding roads and enjoy the beautiful scenery, which attracts tourism and helps boost both our local and state economies,” Manchin said. “As a Harley owner myself, I am pleased to work with my colleagues on this bipartisan legislation that simply would prohibit yet another senseless and unreasonable federal regulation which could harm states’ economies.”


The states of California, Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Virginia have all passed legislation to bar such checkpoints.



The Community Preventative Services Task Force, a panel operating under the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), has reported its findings for improving motorcycle rider safety, recommending that states and the federal government focus on passing helmet laws.


In its first-ever findings statement on motorcycle safety, the group of mostly medical professionals emphasize that motorcyclist fatalities have nearly doubled since 2000, but ignore the fact that motorcycle registrations have likewise multiplied over the same time period.


Members of Congress have written the CDC requesting that they back off from helmet propaganda, but the federal health agency feels justified in pursuing all preventable injuries.



Following passage of the Farm Bill, which hampers the availability of E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol) by restricting blender pumps necessary to dispense the fuel, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent move to reduce for the first time the amount of ethanol required to be blended into U.S. gasoline supplies, two new EPA regulations are expected to further limit E15 availability.


In action taken March 3rd, the EPA decided against adopting E15 as its standard test fuel, and in other regulatory action refused to waive E15 vapor pressure limits, which will effectively reduce its distribution to gas stations during summer months.


Previously, the EPA approved E15 for use in cars and trucks built since 2001, but has not approved the fuel for use in any motorcycles or ATVs, and manufacturers have warned that E15 can damage engines and even inadvertent fueling can void warranties.



State Representative Seth Grove introduced HB 892 in this session of the Pennsylvania State Legislature in an effort to curb the practice of “serial permitting” by novice riders in the state, and the bill was just signed by the Governor and becomes effective immediately.


The new law restricts the number of times someone can reapply for a motorcycle learners permit to three times in a 5 year period.  Prior to this law, there was no restriction on the number of times an individual could reapply for a learners permit and thereby skirting the need to take the full motorcycle license written and riding test.


“We have been dealing with individuals who continually violate the restrictions of motorcycle permits because they treat permits like actual licenses,” Grove said.


ABATE of Pennsylvania also supported the bill and provides free student motorcycle safety training, with an opportunity to obtain a class “M” license upon completion of the course.



Safety rule number one for motorcycle riders is to watch out for car drivers, but a proposal in Florida could make it state law for drivers to watch out for motorcycles.


The bill covers what Senator Greg Evers (R-District 2) calls "vulnerable road users." That includes motorcyclists, pedestrians, road workers, scooter and bicycle riders, farm equipment operators, carriage drivers and those in wheelchairs. If a driver commits a moving violation that results in bodily injury, it would become a second-degree misdemeanor. If it causes death, it would become first-degree, with the potential for license suspension.



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 ABATE of Indiana. “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 currently 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.



An Ohio biker was granted his last wish to be buried astride his beloved Harley-Davidson, but it took one custom Plexiglas casket, three extra burial plots, five embalmers and six years of planning and preparations for 82-year old Bill Standley of Mechanicsburg, Ohio to share a grave with the ’67 Harley he bought new and rode around the country through 49 states.


It all started 18 years ago when Standley joked with his kids about who would inherit his motorcycle; “I’ve got two sons, only got one bike,” and one of his daughters off-handedly quipped, “Oh dad, just be buried with it.”


Six years ago, Standley went before the Champaign County Board of Health to get permission for the bizarre burial, and was informed that he would need a special vault and he’d have to drain all of the fluids out of the bike.


He and his two sons then custom built a see-through casket from a modified septic tank, reinforced with wood and steel, and on January 31st family and friends took him on his last ride to the cemetery, where a crane lowered him and his bike to their final resting place in full riding gear, forever in the wind.   



With the 29th Annual NCOM Convention in Dallas just weeks away, the National Coalition of Motorcyclists is requesting that MROs, motorcycle clubs, and riding associations submit the names of those members and supporters who have died since May 2013, so that we may honor their memories during the traditional “Ringing of the Bell” tribute to fallen riders during the opening ceremonies. Dedications can be hand-delivered at the Convention to “Doc” Reichenbach, NCOM Chairman of the Board, or e-mailed in advance to Bill Bish at


Attendees are also encouraged to bring an item on behalf of their organization for the Freedom Fund Auction, with proceeds benefiting the motorcyclists’ rights movement nationwide through Getting Our People Elected donations, NCOM Speaker Program, lobbying activities and other pro-motorcycling projects as determined by the NCOM Board of Directors.


The 29th annual NCOM Convention will be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 8-11, 2014 at The Intercontinental Hotel - Dallas, located at 15201 Dallas Parkway in Addison, Texas, so reserve your room now for the special NCOM rate of $99 by calling (877) 317-5786.


This annual gathering will draw hundreds of bikers’ rights activists from across the country to discuss topics of concern to all riders, and ALL motorcyclists are welcome and encouraged to attend. Meetings, seminars and group discussions will focus on legislative efforts and litigation techniques to benefit our right to ride and Freedom of the Road.


To pre-register, call the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) 525-5355 or visit










Mar. 29 Huntsville, AL. Ride Like A PRO Alabama Advanced Motorcycle Skills Class. Locations in Birmingham & Huntsville. Advanced Motorcycle Skills class 1pm at Gander Mountain. Cost $150, $50 Deposit required to reserve seat. Retake class for 1 year for free! Contact or 


Mar. 30 Mobile, AL. Riders 4 Riders Annual Jim Crane Memorial Ride to St. Mary's Children's Home.  Meet at Winn Dixie, 740 N. Schillinger Rd. at Noon. Memorial service by The Soldiers of The Cross MM. Ride to Saraland and on to St. Mary's for lunch with kids, games & karaoke. Donations to St. Mary's.  Visit







/28-4/6: Arizona Bike Week across metro


Phoenix Kaila White, The Republic | 11:34 a.m. MST March 26, 2014 bike week


STORY HIGHLIGHTS The motorcycle rally is divided in two parts: Pre-Rally Days, with events across the Valley, and CycleFest at WestWorld of Scottsdale. CycleFest headliners include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, ZZ Top and Big & Rich. About 70,000 people turned out for the rally last year.


Arizona Bike Week is rapidly becoming one of the bigger motorcycle rallies in the country, and it's making a name for itself as a different kind of biker bash.

"It's not just dirty, grunty, leather-clad bikers — not that there's anything wrong with that — but it's just a more upward group," said Paul Yaffe, owner of Paul Yaffe's Bagger Nation, a motorcycle-customization shop in Phoenix.

Yaffe attends dozens of motorcycle rallies and events a year and has been customizing bikes since 1990.

"Some rallies I go to, I've actually blushed," he said. "I don't blush at Arizona Bike Week."

The 18th annual motorcycle rally, set for Friday, March 28, through Sunday, April 6, drew about 70,000 people last year. Harley-Davidson dealerships and biker-friendly restaurants and bars across the Valley host events during the first five days, called Pre-Rally Days; the second half consists of CycleFest at WestWorld of Scottsdale, a huge party with stunt shows, live entertainment and shopping.

paul yaffe Paul Yaffe, owner of Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation, a motorcycle-customization shop in Phoenix.(Photo: Michael Lichter Photography) This year's CycleFest musical lineup features more big-ticket names than ever, including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, ZZ Top and Big & Rich. They're performing in a new area called the RockYard, an outdoor field with a bigger stage and better sound system than its former incarnation, a large tent called the HandleBar Saloon.

Over the 10 days, there will be eight charity rides, including the third annual Child Empowerment Ride presented by Crusaders for the Children and the FX show "Sons of Anarchy." The ride will be led by cast members Kim Coates, who plays Tig, and Tommy Flanagan, who plays Chibs.

But the best thing about Arizona Bike Week, Yaffe said, is the location. He sees a lot of national and international visitors who come for the weather and close access to scenic rides through diverse terrain, from Mexico to the Grand Canyon.

"The only place with equal or better riding might be the Black Hills" in South Dakota, home to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, one of the biggest rallies in the world, he said. Sturgis began in 1938 and attracts more than 400,000 people per year.

Arizona Bike Week was born in 1997 in Avondale out of a desire to capitalize on the great weather and rides, said George Ganem, co-founder of Chandler-based NightRider Jewelry. Although he's not a Bike Week founder, Ganem was among the group of about 40 Valley businessmen and motorcycle enthusiasts who used to ride together and eventually decided to make it an official event.

The rally changed venues and ownership multiple times but found its footing in 2006 when three owners took over; they made WestWorld its home in 2008 and it has taken off.

Ganem, who also owns Ganem Jewelers, made a few hundred Arizona Bike Week rings in the '90s, a handful of which were cast in gold. His old friends still stop by the NightRider Jewelry booth to show off their original rings, which depict a skull donning a cowboy hat with a rattlesnake roped through its mouth and eyes.

"It's grown to a first-class event and it brings a lot of good-quality people from all over the country," Ganem said. "It makes for a magical experience."

bike week Motorcycle enthusiast 'Pinky' from Mesa attends the Bike Week Blast-Off Party with her Harley-Davidson Deuce in Scottsdale.(Photo: The Republic) Most rally attendees are motorcycle riders, but non-riders and even families attend, too, said Lisa Cyr, a managing partner for Bike Week.

"That's what we're trying to achieve, and the bikers seem to want: a level playing field for everybody," she said, which is why there are no VIP ticket options. Each one- or five-day ticket gets you into everything CycleFest has to offer.

"Waiting to get beer, you've got a guy that makes $30,000 a year and one making $300,000 a year. You look at the two of them you don't know the difference," Cyr said. "We're all just people, all here together, thrown into this big party to have a good time and do away with the segregation and classism.

"At the end of the day it's all about the riding, and the event itself is just a big party," she said.

A big part of the party happens in the on-site campgrounds, for which the RV section already is sold out (tent camping may still be available). New this year are an on-site restaurant, the Kickstand, and a convenience store.

Lisa Hughes and her husband, Jeff, of Phoenix, have camped there every year since it became available in 2008.

"We call it a stay­cation," she said, laughing. They take time off of work and camp for all five days of CycleFest with a caravan of up to 24 trailers and RVs totaling at least 50 friends. They're joined by others who aren't into the biker scene but come to enjoy the nightly concerts and just hang out.

The Hughes also frequently attend Sturgis and Too Broke for Sturgis, a rally in northern Arizona, and said this rally doesn't compare. There are no fights or displays of motorcycle-club "colors," just friends old and new.

"What I do have the most fun at and go to every year is Arizona Bike Week," Hughes said. "It's just safe, clean fun."

Reach the reporter at or 602-444-4307.

Arizona Bike Week

This 10-day event includes charity rides, concerts and events at Harley-Davidson dealerships and biker-friendly restaurants and bars. It's split into two divisions: Pre-Rally Days, March 28 through April 1, and CycleFest at WestWorld of Scottsdale, April 2-6. Nearly 70,000 motorcycle enthusiasts participated last year. The five-day party that is CycleFest boasts big-name entertainment every day, including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, ZZ Top and Big & Rich. Cast members from FX's "Sons of Anarchy" are scheduled to appear, and daily entertainment includes motocross stunt shows, live music and shopping.

Details: Friday, March 28, through Sunday, April 6. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. $15-$25 per day at CycleFest.

Event highlights during Pre-Rally Days

This half of Arizona Bike Week is intended to showcase motorcycle dealerships, biker-friendly bars and more, so events are spread across metro Phoenix. Here are the biggest events affiliated with Arizona Bike Week.

Music Festival at Greasewood Flat

Rock, bluegrass and country bands will perform at this Old West-style bar and burger joint.

Details: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30. 27375 N. Alma School Parkway, Scottsdale. 480-585-9430,

Arizona Bike Week Garage Party

Visitors to this open house can tour the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute to learn about its technician-training programs, as well as vote for their favorite custom-built bike and enter to win a biker getaway to Sedona.

Details: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 29. 2844 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix. Free. 877-201-2666,

Buddy Stubbs Bike Week Bash

Four bands will perform and one motorcycle will be raffled off during this long-running event, which will have a beer garden, vendors, bikini contest and more.

Details: Noon-8 p.m. Saturday, March 29. Buddy Stubbs Harley Davidson, 13850 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. Free. 602-971-3400,

Trifecta Custom Bike Show and Blowout

This big bash will feature live music, a boxing exhibition, tattoo and frozen T-shirt contests, shopping and dining vendors. Last year it attracted about 3,000 people.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, March 30. Steel Horse Saloon, 1818 W. Bell Road, Phoenix. $5; free for age 8 or younger. 602-942-8778,

CycleFest highlights

This five-day party boasts big-name entertainment every day, as well as motocross stunt shows, vendors, rides and more. All events at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. $15-$25 per day or $50 for a five-day pass,

Wednesday, April 2: 6-9 p.m. Miss Arizona Bike Week Pageant; 9-11 p.m. Aaron Lewis of the rock group Staind.

Thursday, April 3: 9-11 p.m. Big & Rich.

Friday, April 4: 7 p.m. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts; 9 p.m. Lynyrd Skynyrd; 11 p.m. Jay's Games, a provocative show in which emcee Jay Allen invites volunteers to play adult games.

Saturday, April 5: 9 p.m. ZZ Top; 11 p.m. wet T-shirt contest hosted by Christie's Cabaret.

Sunday, April 6: Noon-5 p.m. Appearance by Kim Coates and Tommy Flanagan of "Sons of Anarchy," who play Tig and Chibs; 4 p.m. Don't Look Back, a Boston cover band.

Motorcycle Rides List

These Arizona Bike Week-affiliated rides benefit organizations supporting veterans, cancer research and more. Cost of each ride includes admission to CycleFest on the day of the ride.

Tillman's Ride

Details: 9-11 a.m. registration Saturday, March 29. Chandler Harley-Davidson, 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. $20 per rider; $10 per additional passenger.

Peace Out, Prostate Cancer Ride

Details: 10:30 a.m.-noon registration Wednesday, April 2. Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, 15600 N. Hayden Road. $25 per person.

T-Bar Trail Ride

Details: 9 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. start time Thursday, April 3. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. $25 per rider and $15 per passenger in advance; $30 per rider and $20 per passenger the day of.

Helping With Horsepower Ride And Drive

Details: Noon-2 p.m. registration Thursday, April 3. Dirty Bird Concepts/Sinister Industries, 23047 N. 15th Lane, Phoenix. $25 per person.

Saddle Up for Kids Ride

Details: 8-10:30 a.m. registration Friday, April 4. Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, 15600 N. Hayden Road. $35 per person.

Hamsters Charity "Dry Heat" Run

Details: 10 a.m. registration, noon start time Friday, April 4. Paul Yaffe's Bagger Nation, 2211 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $30 per rider and $20 per passenger in advance; $35 per rider and $25 per passenger the day of.

'Hand in Hand Ride' Benefiting Phoenix Children's Hospital

Details: 9-11 a.m. registration, 11:30 a.m. start time Saturday, April 5. This ride is escorted so all riders must be checked in and ready to go by 11:30 a.m. Phoenix Children's Hospital, 1919 E. Thomas Road. $25 per rider and $15 per passenger in advance; $30 per rider and $20 per passenger the day of.

Child Empowerment Ride presented by "Sons of Anarchy" and Crusaders for the Children

Details: 9-11 a.m. registration, 11:30 a.m. start time Sunday, April 6. This ride is escorted so all riders must be checked in and ready to go by 11:30 a.m. Top Spoke Rentals, 1000 N. McClintock Drive, Tempe. $25 per rider and $15 per passenger in advance; $30 per rider and $20 per passenger the day of.













March 25, 2014 By The Wire 

DMVdesk Press Release:


DMVdesk, Motor Vehicle Software Corporation’s (MVSC’s) turnkey automotive registration software solution, announced today that they continue to be the preferred e-registration provider for motorcycle and powersports dealerships in California. Through its partnership with the California Motorcycle Dealer Association (CMDA), DMVdesk continues to play a pivotal role in supporting these dealers. As the Association’s preferred eFiling solution, no other provider offers the simplicity that comes from delivering electronic support for all categories of off-highway vehicles. Another powersport dealer convenience is DMVdesk’s ability to seamlessly import data from virtually any dealer management system (DMS) – all without the threat of compromised security. “We are delighted to be known as the only eFiling solution that supports the electronic registration of all categories of off-highway vehicles. With DMVdesk, motorcycle, watercraft and powersports transactions can be registered electronically, which radically transforms dealer registration efficiency,” said Don Armstrong, President and CEO, MVSC. “The process significantly reduces continued dependency on paper, which these dealerships have been bound to for so long. This is just the beginning for DMVdesk and we can’t wait to bring this solution to other states very soon.” DMVdesk is confident that its solution is unique and that it will save motorcycle and powersports dealers a significant amount of time and money. This confidence is supported by its 97.5 percent electronic registration rate for new vehicle deals. Also, DMVdesk weighs in as the fastest license plate and registration sticker direct fulfillment service in the state. With unparalleled innovation and regular advancements, DMVdesk continues to increase dealers’ efficiencies. With more than 500 dealerships in California as clients, MVSC is currently taking DMVdesk national and will use 2014 as the year to begin the rollout. More states are expected to announce their intentions to utilize DMVdesk in the coming months. For more information:






Save the Patch.

So I just copied what they have and I’m going to include a link the facebook page with the caption….

Richard Lester, founder of AIM, presents a $15,000 donation to "Save the Patch".

"Save the Patch" is about Protecting our rights to ride, associate, and enjoy our lifestyle for all motorcycle riders and enthusiasts and to wear our respective clubs association / membership insignia, which have been trademarked, copyrighted, and incorporated by these organized entities.







Jeremy from Thailand will be here for our first concert on Saturday, April 12. He is requesting toys and supplies for the house in Thailand. (See his email below) If you can't bring toys or supplies, a check will be acceptable. Make your check payable to "Rushing Wind" and put "Thrive International" in the memo section.

For those of you that do not know Jennifer and Jeremy, they have a ministry that helps those who have been affected by human trafficking.

He is also going to bring the word the following day (April 23) at the Sunday worship service. You don't want to miss this, bring a friend!

With Love and Respect,
Pastor Tom Longbrake
714-809-9933 mobile

---------- Forwarded message ----------

Hi Big Tom,

Here is a list of toys and things needed for the kids.
It would be great to have people bring something with them Sat night to the concert!
I'm really looking forward to seeing all my brothers and sisters!
This is such a huge blessing to have family, friends, and partners like BFC and Rushing Wind church OC!!

God is mighty!
> Toys:
> Anything "Rapunzel" themed
> Anything "Frozen" themed
> Legos for any age/boy or girl
> Nerf Guns & bullets
> Nerf gun target
> Play horse and accessories
> Anything "Avengers" themed (Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, etc)
> Coloring Books
> Supplies:
> Kids undies (boy & girl/ sizes 5-14)
> Kids PJ's for HOT weather (sizes 6-14)
> Juniors PJ's (size XS, S, M)
> Boys Clothing (Size Mens Small or Med for 5'4" skinny 12 year old)
> Toothbrushes
> Navy Blue Hair Ribbon or bows (required for school)
> Pencil Cases
> Markers
> Sunday School Crafts w/simple lesson ready to use (20 in each set)
> Small Giveaway Prizes for Outreaches in slums to kids
> Kids Scissors (20)
> Glue Sticks



Stolen motorcycle and drugs for sale lead to arrest


Leonardo Saldańa Lozoya Photo courtesy of Riverside County Sheriff's Department


MESA VERDE, Calif. - A Riverside County Sheriff Colorado River Station deputy arrested Leonardo Saldańa Lozoya, 39, of Mesa Verde after finding him in possession of stolen motorcycle March 20.

A deputy spoke with Lozoya on Thursday just before 5 p.m. in an unincorporated desert area northwest of Mesa Verde about multiple off-road vehicle violations. During further investigation by the deputy, it was revealed that a motorcycle Lozoya had in his possession was reported stolen to Blythe Police Department earlier this year. The deputy arrested Lozoya for possession of stolen property.

Colorado River Station investigators and Blythe Narcotic Enforcement Team members responded to the scene to help. After getting and serving a search warrant on Lozoya's home the same evening, law enforcement did not find any more stolen property. But officers located evidence of methamphetamine sales and various types of ammunition and since Lozoya is prohibited from possessing due to a previous felony conviction, additional charges of possessing methamphetamine for sales and felon in possession of ammunition were added. Lozoya was booked into the Blythe Jail.








'Slow Down' motorcycle rally to raise awareness this weekend


Published: Mar 25, 2014 8:48 AM EDT


FORT MYERS, Fla. - Motorcycle clubs from across Southwest Florida will gather Saturday at Sun Sports Cycle & Watercraft in Fort Myers. Riders and drivers in the motorcycle, car, moped and scooter community are invited to the event, which is aimed at drawing attention to roadway safety.

The event is sponsored by the Southwest Florida Ruff Ryders. Organizers say the event will begin at 11 a.m. with a meet and greet. There will be food, raffles and gift bags, along with music and a car and bike wash.

At noon, there will be a prayer for the fallen riders and words from family members.

At 1, driving school representatives will take questions and offer lessons about motorcycle safety. Riders will have an opportunity to speak at 2 p.m. about risks they've taken on the road.

The rally concludes at 5 with a ride home in formation.

Sun Sports is located at 3441 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers.












Mar. 27-Apr 2 Jacksonville, FL.  ALR Florida in State Legacy Ride.  Jacksonville, FL to Port St Lucie, FL 1000 Mile Run.


Mar. 29 Crestview, FL. American Legion Post 75 "Fisher House Poker Run", Starts at 9:00am at 898 E. James Lee Boulevard. For more info (850) 865-2766


Mar. 29 Ft. Walton Beach, FL. Okaloosa Blue Knights Motorcycle Club "Skip York Memorial Ride.  Starts 8:30am at Harley Davidson of FWB, 788 Beal Parkway. Call 850-380-6684.








Overnight fires damage mansion, motorcycles and restaurant




Two firefighters suffered minor injuries battling a Tuesday night blaze that destroyed a large, vacant home in the Druid Hills neighborhood of northeast Atlanta.


Three overnight fires damaged a historic Druid Hills mansion, 17 Atlanta police motorcycles and a downtown Carrollton restaurant. Four firefighters suffered injuries battling the Tuesday night blaze that destroyed a large, vacant home in the Druid Hills neighborhood of northeast Atlanta. One of the firefighters was trapped in the burning house and had to be extricated by fellow firefighters using a metal-cutting saw, according to Atlanta fire spokeswoman Janet Ward. Ward said that firefighter was in good condition at Grady Memorial Hospital late Wednesday morning. The other injured firefighters were treated for minor injuries at Grady and released. Honora Handley and her husband recently bought the house, which was designed by architect Francis Palmer Smith, who also designed downtown's Rhodes-Haverty Building and William-Oliver Building as well as Midtown's Cox-Carlton Hotel and Grace United Methodist Church. "We closed on it Dec. 30 and we had all of our friends over on Jan. 1 for an open house and people loved it," she said. "We bought it because it was a grand, historic home and hadn't been renovated," Handley said. "We've tried to get this property since 2007. We looked at it when we had our first child, and it was out of our price range." But she and her husband didn't give up, Handley said. "When we had our second child, it came on the market again, and we looked at it again," she said. "And then we had our third child last March, and looked at it and had been negotiating on it since April of last year." Handley said they had big plans for the house. "We pulled the historic plans from Francis Palmer Smith, and were looking to put it back to its original splendor," she said. "It needed work, and we were looking to lovingly restore it, and it's just a shock that it's gone," she said. "We pulled up this morning and the front of it just collapsed. Last night, I was so hopeful, maybe they can save the library, or maybe they can save something else. I'm just completely devastated." Handley said that despite her dream home being in ruins, she was "thankful that the firefighters are OK." She said she thought a bit of divine intervention might have played a part in the rescue of the firefighter who was trapped inside the home. "When my mother passed away, we moved some of her things over to the house, and [the firefighter] was trapped in the room where her rosary was," she said. "I looked at the rosary yesterday, and I thought, 'I'll leave it here; it's good luck.' Maybe that helped save him when the ceiling collapsed." The fire came perilously close to spreading to a piece of Atlanta movie history. For the past 13 years, Jim Roberts and his family have lived next door, in the house where the 1989 movie, "Driving Miss Daisy," was filmed. "Because it was so windy, it was blowing embers onto our house," Roberts told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Roberts said the fire caused anxious moments as he spent part of the night "watching embers fly onto and land on the roof, then slide down the roof toward the gutter." "I had a hose out there, trying to spray into the gutters to make the leaves wet so they wouldn't catch," Robert said. "It was terrifying. Three of our four kids are at home, and they were terrified." Roberts said the house that burned has been vacant for about 17 years. "They just sold it, after years of trying, to a family of five three months ago, and they just started a full renovation," he said. "It was an absolutely grand house, much grander than ours," Roberts said. "On the interior, magnificent wood, libraries, staircases, just absolutely fantastic. It was in a sad state when they bought it, so our enthusiasm was very, very high." The cause of the 10 p.m. blaze has not been determined. Firefighters were still pouring water on hot spots just after noon Wednesday. The night's second fire broke out just before midnight at the Atlanta Police Academy on Southside Industrial Parkway in southeast Atlanta. Atlanta police Capt. Jack Snowden told Channel 2 Action News that an officer was preparing to start a motorcycle when he noticed sparks. The officer ran to get a fire extinguisher, but by the time he returned, the motorcycle had caught fire, and the flames had spread to sixteen other motorcycles parked nearby. The motorcycles were parked under a canopy at the rear of a building at the academy. The building was not damaged and the officer was not injured. The third fire broke out before daybreak Wednesday in the attic of a restaurant on the town square in Carrollton. The flames were contained to the restaurant, La Trattoria On the Square, Carrollton fire Chief Jimmy Bearden told Channel 2. "We had a report of heavy smoke coming from the building about 3:30 a.m.," Bearden said. He said there were fire walls between the restaurant and other, connected businesses on Adamson Square, helping firefighters to keep the flames from spreading. The cause of the fire is under investigation.




Fire chars 17 Atlanta police motorcycles


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ATLANTA — A fire where Atlanta police keep their motorcycles burned up 17 cycles Tuesday night. Atlanta police told Channel 2’s Jeff Dore that the motorcycles were all lined up in a row behind the police academy. When an officer got on his and started it up, it caught fire. “He went to his motorcycle, which was in the middle, and when he engaged it, that's when the sparks flied,” said Atlanta police J.B. Snowden. The fire spread from bike to bike and it took the fire department to put them out. “A total of about 17 motorcycles were damaged,” Snowden said. Most police motorcycles are Harley-Davidsons, so Dore talked with Harley owners at Harley-Davidson of Atlanta. “I'd be devastated if I lost mine even though I've got insurance on it, full coverage, even still it'd be terrible,” said motorcycle owner Bill Deathrage. Owners’ devotion to Harley-Davidsons is like their love of favorite pets. They wear Harley clothes, have Harley tattoos on their arms, on their legs and all over. “I mean, it's the way they look and sound, the vibration. It's definitely a lifestyle,” said Harley-Davidson of Atlanta service manager Brian Eubanks. Atlanta police said they don't know what caused the spark. “Something like that could a happened cause a battery terminal, a trickle charger,” Eubanks said. The community of Harley owners told Dore that some of the bikes that burned were the police department's and some were the officers' personal bikes the rode off duty.





Motorcycle club holds JROTC fundraiser


Members of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club, Georgia Chapter 15, staged a poker run to benefit the Richmond Hill High School JROTC program March 22.

The event began at Savannah Harley Davidson in the morning ended at Richmond Hill High School in the early afternoon, with food, raffles performances from the RHHS JROTC drill teams.

“One of our cadet’s parents ride motorcycles. The decided they wanted to do this for us,” JROTC instructor Ret. Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Bradley said. “It is the first time we’ve done one of these. But it is good, it raised some money for the program.”






Mar. 27 Macon, GA.  Hud's Bar & Grill Bike Night Kick-off.  Hosted by XBE. Sponsored by Starts each Thursday at 7pm with DJ "Man in the Boxx.  Contests, drawings, and more. 2213 Gray Hwy. Call 478-330-6046.


Mar. 28 Flowery Branch, GA.  Rockin & Ridin' the Branch Music Series.  Pickup Line in concert at Branch House Tavern.  Starts 9:30pm. 5466 McEver Rd. Call 678-828-8345.


Mar. 29 Athens, GA. Ride for Dreams. Charity Ride for Butterfly Dreams Farm, non-profit org in Watkinsville providing therapies for children with special needs. Hosted by Blue Knights GA XIX.  
Register 8am at Cycle World of Athens, 4225 Atlanta Hwy.  Departs 11am. Visit


Mar. 29 Buford, GA.  Frazier's Harley-Davidson Annual Car & Bike Show.  All model Cars & Bikes Welcome. Register 10am-1pm (no entry fee). Trophies awarded at 4pm. Music by SMAC from 11am-4pm. Swap Meet, Vendors, Beer & BBQ by Branch House Tavern and Blessing of the Bikes. 4699 Friendship Road.  Call 770-945-6011.


Mar. 29 Augusta, GA.  Vic's 5th Annual Block Party.  10am to 5pm at 2113 Harding Road.



Mar. 29 Dublin, GA.  Blessing of the Bikes.  10am-2pm at Southern Pines Recreation Complex 575 Southern Pines Road Dublin, GA. 31021.


Mar. 29 Flowery Branch, GA.  Rockin & Ridin' the Branch Music Series.  Coverboy in concert at Branch House Tavern.  Starts 9:30pm. 5466 McEver Rd. Call 678-828-8345.



Mar. 29 Gainesville, GA. 19th Annual North Georgia Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet. At the Gainesville market.  Email Shane Edwards at 



Mar. 29 Lithia Springs, GA. Kids Day at Harley-Davidson of Atlanta.  Bring the kids and enjoy the day with games and activities. 501 Thornton Rd. Call 770-944-1340.



Mar. 29 Holly Springs, GA. Bikes, Blues, & BBQ Fundraiser.  Register 8am at Holly Springs Depot, 113 Palm St.  LBO 9:30am.  $250 to Best Hand. Raffles & BBQ from BUB_BA_Q of Woodstock and The Red White & Blues Band! Benefits Harvesting Hope Ministries, helping children w/liver & kidney disease at CHOA.


Mar. 29 Jasper, GA. Jerry "Tadpole" Evans Benefit Ride.  Register 9am at 98 Dean Goss Dr.  Departs 10:30am.  Proceeds will be used for  medical bills.  Call Lisa Hendrix 678-454-5358.                                     
















Spring brings out motorcycle crashes


Christina JensenPOSTED: 06:41 PM MDT Mar 24, 2014


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - The spring weather is bringing out the motorcycle crashes in Idaho. On Monday, a man from Boise was injured, and over the weekend an Idaho Falls man died after being thrown from his motorcycle.

The reason there are more accidents in the springtime is because motorists don't look for bikers during winter, so when spring comes around they forget to look for them. Also, after the snow melts, riders need to look out for residue left on the roads from plowing. Local riders said when bikers turn, this can compromise their traction.

"It is always scary when you are going 50 miles an hour or more that something will come out in front of you and you can't avoid it," said motorcyclist Ray Taylor.

Taylor has been riding for 15 years. He said safety is always his No. 1 concern.

"Before I started riding motorcycles, I didn't notice motorcycles as much as I do now. You want to look for them because they are not very big and most of them have headlights on," he said.

Motorists should also watch out for a wave of new bikers who get their learning permits in early spring. Ryan Palmer, an instructor for Idaho Star, said he is seeing more people take safety classes locally.

"When you go out on the road, you are not protected like you are in a car. So when you crash, what you're wearing is going to protect you," Palmer said.

He said some of the items riders should wear for protection include a Department of Transportation approved helmet, full-fingered gloves and a jacket with reflective gear on it.

Spring also means riding long distances and a greater chance for accidents. Idaho Star said there were 63 motorcycle fatalities in Idaho from 2011 through 2013.

"As a rider, make sure you always look up, keep distance between cars and make sure you always turn your head on turns," Palmer said.

Idaho Star said corners account for more than 40 percent of the fatalities in Idaho within the last four years. You can take a local safety course with Idaho Star. Classes start at $105. For more information click here,











We need to let people know that the online witness slips do not stay with the bill. When the committee meeting is rescheduled, a new witness slip will need to be filed.
I was just told by the Legislative Information System (LIS) that each time a committee is cancelled or date changed that a NEW witness slip is required. It does not stay with the bill. Thanks to Ryan for the heads up on this, I was under the impression that they stayed with the bill as did the old hand written slips.
So you will have to reapply a slip for SR 634 and also HB 4223 our Poker Run bill by Rep. Rich Brauer
It looks as if the Finance subcommittee will meet Fri, Mach 21st, at 8:20 am and our other poker run bill is scheduled to be heard.
Below is the link to the Revenue subcommittee:
the Finance and Revenue committee is below:
We need to call ALL the members of the R.F. committee and tell them to let this bill back into the full committee so that ut can be heard by all on its merits. We need this passed!!




Motorcycle club member gets five years in prison for role in armed robbery


Posted: Mar 25, 2014 2:02 PM EDT Updated: Mar 25, 2014 7:22 PM EDT

By DON O'BRIEN Herald-Whig Staff Writer


A Barry man has been sent to prison for his role in a 2012 armed robbery in downtown Quincy.

Gerald R. Utterback, 45, was sentenced Tuesday to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Adams County Circuit Judge William Mays.

In January, a jury found Utterback guilty of aggravated robbery, robbery and theft of a person for a May 20, 2012, incident at the intersection of 12th and Hampshire. Utterback was found not guilty of the most serious charge, armed robbery, for which he could have been sent to prison for up to 15 years. Mays' sentence was one year over the minimum allowed by law.

According to court documents, Utterback was one of four members of the Midwest Percenters motorcycle club who surrounded members of the Tunnel Rats motorcycle club and stole their vests during the incident.

"I don't know if you call this ‘bullying,' " Mays said. "I don't know if you call it ‘big boys with big toys.' I don't know what expression you can use, but the actions you took that day amounted to a crime."

The 90-minute hearing opened with Mays denying three post-trial motions by Todd Eyler, Utterback's attorney, including a motion for a new trial.

Eyler called Utterback's friends and family to the stand. They spoke about how Utterback was a good friend and father to his two children and how a prison term would have an adverse effect on his family.

Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard pointed out four reasons why "the needle pointed a long way from probation" for Utterback. Barnard cited a written statement made during a presentence investigation in which Utterback said he didn't have anything to do with the May 2012 incident.

Barnard said Utterback joined the Midwest Percenters in 2009. Barnard recounted a 2011 Pike County incident in which Utterback was convicted of a misdemeanor weapons charge. He received 24 months conditional discharge for illegally carrying a firearm and unlawful use of a blackjack knife.

"Someone earlier said that just because you wear a (motorcycle club) jacket that it doesn't make you a bad person," Barnard said. "It's what you do when you put that jacket on."

Barnard said the May 2012 incident itself was reason for Utterback to be sent to prison, calling it "an act of designed terror."

Barnard also said the Adams County Probation Department did not recommend probation because of the violent nature of the incident.

"When you commit a crime like this, an act of pure thuggery, in broad daylight in the middle of the city of Quincy, you need to be separated from society," Barnard said.

Eyler argued that Utterback should be given a chance at probation, saying that he had no doubt that Utterback could successfully complete any terms of the probation. Eyler told Mays that a prison term would create a significant hardship for Utterback's family.

Utterback, wearing a standard jail-issue jumpsuit, stood and gave a brief statement before the sentencing.

"We meant to embarrass them," Utterback said about the Tunnel Rats members. "They had been making false police reports on us. We were trying to prove a point. The (vests) were never taken."

Utterback said he had passed on a probation deal offered by the state and went to trial because he believed the vests were never taken.

"I'm sorry that I was there that day, but I can't take it back," he said.

The 2011 Pike County incident struck a chord with Mays.

"I wonder if the court had punished you more, and you had felt the sting, that maybe we wouldn't be here today," Mays told Utterback. "You would have realized that guns, leather, motorcycles and taking things from people don't mix."

Utterback was given 73 days' credit for time served in the Adams County Jail. He was remanded into custody at the end of his four-day trial. The jury deliberated for about three hours.

Two other Midwest Percenters members have yet to be sentenced.

Timothy Jackson, 56, of Roodhouse faces up to 15 years in prison for aggravated robbery at an April 3 sentencing.

Zane Liggett will be sentenced April 2 to probation on a felony mob action charge. Liggett took a plea deal from the state and testified against both Utterback and Jackson.










Boston Fire Claims Two Firefighters, Injures Five 18 people total were injured in nine-alarm Back Bay blaze

In this photo released by the Boston Fire Department via Twitter, firefighters battle a multi-alarm fire at a four-story brownstone in the Back Bay neighborhood near the Charles River Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Boston Fire Department)

inShare 24 Pin It Published Tuesday, March 25, 2014 BOSTON (AP) — A fire driven by strong winds raced through a brownstone on Wednesday, trapping and killing two firefighters in the basement, where their colleagues could not rescue them.

Thirteen other firefighters were injured in the blaze, and several police officers also were taken to hospitals. Some residents had to be rescued from the upper floors of the four-story apartment building, but none was hurt, city officials said.

"Today's a sad day for the city of Boston," Mayor Marty Walsh said. "We lost two heroes here today."

The firefighters were identified as Lt. Edward J. Walsh, a 43-year-old father of three who had almost a decade of experience, and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, a 33-year-old Marine Corps combat veteran who had been a firefighter for more than six years.

Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Finn said the fire, which sent smoke and flames pouring from the roof and windows of the brownstone, appeared to have started in the basement but moved quickly throughout the building. The cause wasn't known, but he said all indications are that it was accidental and that it was the wind that caused the fire to spread through the building so quickly. Firewalls stopped the fire from consuming adjacent buildings.

"In 30 years I've never seen a fire travel that fast, escalate that quickly and create such havoc in such a short period of time," Finn said.

He said Walsh and Kennedy had gone down inside stairs into the basement, and he assumed that a front window broke out and blew the fire back at them. They called a mayday within two or three minutes of entering the building. Kennedy was found about 30 minutes later and was pulled from the building but was pronounced dead at a hospital. Walsh's body was recovered later and was removed in what fire department spokesman Steve MacDonald described as "a very solemn ceremony," in which he was carried on a stretcher out the back of the building through a line of saluting firefighters.

Some of the other firefighters were injured when they were blown down stairs by a backdraft explosion caused by the wind, Finn said.

The fire snarled traffic in the city's densely populated Back Bay neighborhood. Major thoroughfare Storrow Drive was shut down for a time, and people were asked to stay out of the area until Thursday morning. The mayor's office designated the nearby Boston Public Library as a center for people displaced or otherwise affected by the fire to get help.

Despite 30 mph winds that gusted to 45 mph and cold temperatures, people gathered to watch firefighters work from outside the building, which was still burning Wednesday night.

"The smoke was unbelievable," said Kayla Dasilva, who lives a few blocks away and went with her roommate to see what was happening.

Anna Kosmidou, who lives in the apartment building next to the one that caught fire, said she and other residents were told they could not stay there Wednesday night.

"I'm very, very afraid. I'm still in shock," she said. "They called me at work, and then I ran over here."

The last Boston firefighter killed on duty died in 2009, when the fire truck in which he was riding struck a building after its brakes failed. Two firefighters died in 2007 battling a restaurant fire in the West Roxbury neighborhood.

At Engine 33/Ladder 15, Kennedy and Walsh's station, not far from the fire and in the shadow of the Prudential Center, people stopped by to pay their respects.

Ralph Watson, a middle school principal in Cambridge, left a bouquet of roses outside the station.

"We live just down from where the fire was. It's very sad," he said. "We were standing when they took, I think, one of them by in a stretcher."

Expressions of condolences came from around the state, including from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who lives in Back Bay.

"On behalf of my entire family, I want to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the Boston Fire Department and the families of our brave and selfless firefighters who gave their lives for our protection and safety today, and to the entire firefighting community who protect us each and every day," Brady said. "All of you will be in our thoughts and prayers."





Mass. Car Registration, Inspection Fees To Increase July 1


By WBUR News & Wire Services March 12, 2014 Updated Mar 12, 6:10 pm


BOSTON — The state Department of Transportation’s board of directors voted Wednesday to hike registry, inspection and road test fees, making it a bit more expensive to own a car in Massachusetts.

Non-commercial vehicle registration fees would increase from $50 to $60 and annual state car inspection fees would jump from $29 to $35. Road test fees would increase from $20 to $35.

Transportation Secretary Richard Davey says the fee hikes are needed to close a $53 million gap in the department’s budget.

“It’s never a good time to ask people to pay more, but it’s also never a good time to have a blown out tire get struck in traffic, to be on a broken down train, and that’s the reality of our transportation system now,” Davey said. “We’ve got to make investments.”

MassDOT officials pointed to a series of factors for its decision to approve the higher fees, including their efforts to end what they call the “bad fiscal practice of operating expenses from capital budget.”

They said the last time the state inspection fee was raised was in 1999. Road test fees have not been increased in more than a decade. They also point out that the cost of a road test is generally a one-time expense for most drivers.

The agency will host public hearings on the fee increases before they’re scheduled to take effect on July 1.






Tuesday March 25th Salem Police Log:






OPERATION TROOP SUPPORT= Packages for the troops event:

Also if interested March 29 at 10am VFW Hall 5 Conant St, Danvers
Operation Troop Support  has asked anyone to help packing and mailing packages to troops overseas.






There will be a ride leaving from the Breakfast to Boston Harley for the Boston Wounded Vets Run:






2014 ride










  • 3rd Annual Holyoke Soldiers Home Motorcycle Run
    31 May 2014
    More details to follow, working out after party location, bands etc. Will have link up to purchase tickets next week! Thanks for all the support!!
Fairmont Street, Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040









  • Saturday September 13th 2014
      10:30am until 6:00pm
    Hosted by the Warrior Thunder Foundation supporting our wounded military, disabled Veterans and their families.

    All proceeds go to The Fisher House-Boston

    Starts/ends at Millis AMVETS Post 495, 404 Village Street, Millis, MA.

    Registration 9:30-11:15, Kickstands ups 11:30

    Police escorted through Norfolk/Middlesex County roads. Truly unique raffles and silent auctions. Great music, catered BBQ, for all registered riders. 

    $20/Rider – $15/passengers/walk ons– includes bbq cookout. 
    Active Military are free.

    Contact us if you want to set up at this event

    Contact us at for more info.

    Guest of Honor:

    Bring an item that can be used in Care Packages that we will send to Soldiers still serving overseas! Non-perishable, unwrapped, no booze please.
Millis, Massachusetts 02054












Warmer weather brings out motorcycles, awareness urged


Public safety officials urge responsibility, awareness, rider training after first motorcycle death of the season


Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00 am


The first death of a motorcyclist in Minnesota this year is prompting safety officials to warn riders about driving at safe speeds and remind vehicle operators to safely share the road.

A 30-year-old man died Tuesday evening, March 12 when his motorcycle crashed on I-394 at Theodore Wirth Pkwy. The preliminary investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol indicates that he was traveling at illegal and unsafe speeds when his motorcycle hit a pothole, ejecting him from his bike. This is the second earliest rider fatality ever in Minnesota. The earliest was on Feb. 28 in 2002.

Since Jan. 1, and including last week’s fatal crash, 52 people have died on Minnesota roads, at least 13 since Feb. 28, three more than this time last year, but eight fewer than 2012 (60). Preliminary reports indicate 60 riders lost their lives in 2013, a 7 percent increase from 2012, the first year since 2008 rider fatalities went up. Rider deaths accounted for 16 percent of Minnesota traffic deaths last year.

“Most motorcycle crash fatalities result from rider error,” says Sgt. Jason Bartell of the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP). “Many crashes can be avoided when riders take responsibility on their motorcycle. With the warm weather driving motorcyclists onto Minnesota roads, riders need to sharpen their skills and motorists need to share the road.”

Fifty-seven crashes resulted in the 60 rider deaths in 2013, of which 30 (50 percent) were single-vehicle, meaning only the motorcycle was involved in the crash.

Common factors included motorist failure to yield right of way, driver inattention and alcohol use.

· Speed was cited in 14 (23 percent) of the fatal crashes. In the past five years, 40 riders (21 percent) have been killed where speed was cited on the part of the motorcyclist.

· Only one-quarter (15) of the motorcyclists killed were known to be wearing a helmet.

Spring Hazards

Spring brings deadly hazards to motorcyclists, including snow run-off that freezes at night, potholes and sand and gravel at intersections and turns. Motorists are also re-acclimating to motorcycles on the road.

Although potholes are not indicated on a crash report, road surface conditions such as debris can be recorded. From 2009-2013, 64 motorcyclists were injured where debris was cited as a contributing factor, 10 were severe. No fatalities resulted.

As the shift to warm weather continues, and with the potential for difficult road conditions, traffic safety officials offer these reminders:

· Motorists are advised to watch carefully for motorcycles in traffic and always look twice before turning or changing lanes.

· Riders are advised to wear full protective, brightly colored gear, including a DOT-approved helmet, travel at safe speeds, pay attention and ride sober. DPS advises that riders also seek safety training

With the number of motorcycles and motorcyclists in Minnesota — more than 236,000 registered motorcycles and more than 409,000 licensed operators — rider training helps new riders earn a license and sharpens skills for returning and experienced riders. A complete course listing is available online at Courses are located at 30 campuses throughout Minnesota from April through October.












MISSOURI: State House endorses legislation to let Missouri dealers sell motorcycles on Sunday


Associated Press March 24, 2014


JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — The Missouri House has advanced legislation allowing Sunday sales of motorcycles at dealerships.

Missouri law now prohibits the sale of cars, trucks and motorcycles on Sunday. The House legislation would be limited to motorcycles.

Proponents said the measure would make Missouri more competitive with states that allow dealerships to sell motorcycles on Sunday. Some dealers in western Missouri told lawmakers they were losing sales to competitors in Kansas.

House members approved the legislation by voice vote on Monday. It needs another affirmative vote before moving to the state Senate.


Motorcycle sales is HB 1735

























Motorcycle Ohio Rider Education classes begin in April at Terra State


Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:52am


Registration for the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Motorcycle Ohio Rider Education Program is underway. Classes will begin at Terra State Community College on Friday, April 11. Those wanting to learn how to ride a motorcycle or refresh their motorcycle safety skills may register at for one of the $50 courses.

Classes available through Terra State, 2820 Napoleon Road, Fremont, include: The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is designed to teach new riders how to safely ride. The class is only three days long, totaling 16 hours. After a successful completion of the skills test, you will leave this class with your motorcycle endorsement. All classes are held over one weekend.

The Returning Riders Course (BRC-RR) is for those that have had more than one motorcycle permit, but have never obtained a license. This class is a one day course and will be held on Sept. 28, 12–8 p.m. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for both the Basic Riders and Returning Riders Courses. All you need is a valid motorcycle permit and the excitement to ride.

The Experienced Riders Course (BRC-ERC2) is for those who already have a motorcycle endorsement and need a MSF card for military purposes or to lower the cost of motorcycle insurance.

Motorcycle Ohio is run by ODPS’ Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS). OCJS serves as the lead justice planning and assistance agency for the state. Through research, technology and grants, OCJS serves a wide variety of agencies committed to reducing and preventing crime across Ohio.

For more information or assistance with registering for one of the classes, call Edie Dirnberg at 419-559-2110 or send an email to motorcyclesafety@terra.eduThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .







Portland's first motorcycle ride of the season was a 135-mile loop: Tom Hallman at large

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The president of Portland's oldest motorcycle club -- and one of the oldest in the United States -- stood in the middle of a downtown street Sunday morning and uttered five simple words: "A good day to ride.

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"This is what it's all about," said Richard Canzone, head of the Flying 15 Motorcycle Club, which formed in 1934.
Every few seconds more motorcyclists arrived on Portland's Southwest Washington Street at Kelly's Olympian where the rally started.

A big Harley-Davidson parked next to a vintage Honda. A classic Triumph nearly touched a scooter.

By 10 a.m., more than 500 motorcycles had filled surrounding streets.

The Flying 15, Canzone said, exists to support motorcycle riders.

"The group began at an American Motorcycle Association where some of the guys who rode Harley's and Indians were disinvited," he said. "They retired to a tavern and decided to start their own club. You needed 15 members to be recognized by the AMA so that's where the name came from."

One of the early members, he said, was Ross Langlitz, who started Langlitz Leathers, a Southeast Portland shop that makes motorcycle leathers and is known throughout the world.

Sunday's Season Opener A group of riders head out following lunch as part of rally ride that drew more than 400 riders.
The first ride of the year, he said, always takes riders from Portland to the country and back again.

"It's all about being a motorcycle enthusiast," said Bennie Goodson, a Flying 15 member. "All makes are welcome. It's just about the ride. We live in Portland, it rains all winter so we want to get out on the road when the weather changes."

Goodson said another ride is set for June 28.

"We call it the D.B. Cooper run," he said. "It's a scavenger hunt."

On Monday, Goodson said Sunday's rally was "flawless.

"We couldn't have asked for better weather," he said. "It was a perfect day."

--Tom Hallman Jr.



Motorcycle crash survivors featured in photo exhibit by David Frost (photos)

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Amanda Sundvor is one of the subjects in a photo show called "Rise Above," by photographer David Frost. The show features people injured in motorcycle crashes and who have returned to riding. Sundvor was the passenger on a motorcycle and thrown off the bike. In the tumble she smashed her knuckles and dislocated her wrist, suffered multiple lacerations and broke her pelvis.


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March 23, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Amanda Sundvor was riding on the back of a friend’s motorcycle, going fast in rural Colorado in 2003. When the rider braked suddenly for a stop sign, she was thrown off the bike.

When she stopped tumbling (she was wearing a helmet), she had crushed her knuckles and dislocated her wrist against a sign post, suffered severe lacerations and had broken her pelvis. Now, despite many surgeries and much recovery, she continues to have a passion for motorcycling, riding a Harley Davidson she inherited from her dad.

Portland photographer David Frost tells her story, along with others, in a photography show titled “Rise Above,” now showing at See See Motor Coffee Co. at 1642 N.E. Sandy Blvd., in Portland.

Frost used online advertising to recruit Portlanders who have been in motorcycle accidents, seeking those willing to share their stories of their accidents and recovery.

The show features 15 compelling documentary-style black and white photographs. Text accompanies each, detailing the subject’s accident, and how they have overcome the physical and mental challenges to continue doing what they love—riding a motorcycle.

Frost, who is passionate about both riding and photography, said: “I have been in multiple accidents on motorcycles that have forced me to be a stronger person and have raised my levels of awareness for gear and safe riding practices.”

“I wanted a show that was real life situations in the world of motorcycle riding that can happen to any of us,” adding, “I also wanted to encourage safe riding practices and at the same time celebrate all of our enthusiasm for this sport that is ever growing.”

Frost, 32, works at See See Motor Coffee and said he hopes to continue with the project in order to turn it into a book.

The show continues through March until the end of April.








York County Christmas for Kids Campaign makes donations


Evening Sun POSTED: 03/26/2014 07:33:45 AM EDT


A check in the amount of 1,360, from the York County Christmas for Kids campaign, was presented to Dean Cornbower, president of the Harvest of Hope Food A check in the amount of 1,360, from the York County Christmas for Kids campaign, was presented to Dean Cornbower, president of the Harvest of Hope Food Pantry of York. From left, are: Magoo, Brian Magness, Steve Moser, Carl Wetzel, John Kruger, Donald Kennedy, Dean Cornbower, president of the Harvest of Hope Food Pantry; Whitey Runkle, Blaine Gladfelter and Missy Gladfelter. Photo courtesy of Mason Dixon ABATE Chapter A check in the amount of 1,360, from the York County Christmas for Kids campaign, was presented to Jen Hitz, grant writer of the Leg-Up Farm. The Leg-Up A check in the amount of 1,360, from the York County Christmas for Kids campaign, was presented to Jen Hitz, grant writer of the Leg-Up Farm. The Leg-Up Farm is a therapeutic Center for Children with Special needs. From left, are: Magoo, Brian Magness, Steve Moser, Carl Wetzel, John Kruger, Donald Kennedy, Jen Hitz, Grant Writer for the Leg-Up Farm, Whitey Runkle, Blaine Gladfelter and Missy Gladfelter. Photo courtesy of Mason Dixon ABATE Chapter A group of bikers rolled onto the parking lot of Goofy's Eatery & Spirits in Spring Grove recently to present three charitable organizations checks from the York County Christmas for Kids campaign. Sterling "Whitey" Runkle, owner of Goofy's teamed up with The Mason Dixon Chapter of Alliance of Bikers Aimed Towards Education (ABATE) of PA to form the York County Christmas for Kids Campaign. All proceeds from events, held throughout the summer, go to charities that assist children in York County area.










TN Motorcycle Helmet Law Debate


Tuesday, March 25 2014, 05:22 PM CDT Stream WZTV Fox 17 Newscasts LIVE starting with Fox 17


This Morning at 5am and News at 9pm. Nashville, Tenn--Tennessee law requires drivers to wear seat belts and motorcyclists have to wear helmets. But some riders believe they should have a choice when it comes to helmets. There are at least 31 states that give motorcyclists the choice of whether or not to wear a helmet, but Tennessee is not one of them. Senator Mike Bell has been on a crusade to change that. For eight years he's pushed legislation to make helmets optional for experienced riders over 25 who take safety courses and agree to carry additional liability and medical insurance. Senator Bells says wearing helmets should be left to the individual. Health experts and insurance companies say changing the helmet law will lead to more traumatic brain injuries, deaths and medical costs that will be passed along to hospitals and eventually rate payers. If the bill passes, senator Bell says Tennessee will still have one of the most restrictive helmet laws in the country.



===== Changing Tennessee's Motorcycle helmet law will cost lives, raise health care costs


Dr. Richard Miller 11:53 a.m. EDT March 25, 2014 


Why alter Tennessee's universal motorcycle helmet law? This year, as in years past, a cohort of our state legislators is seeking to change the current law making motorcycle helmets mandatory for all riders to a new partial helmet law that makes helmets optional for riders over age 25. The rationale behind the proposed legislation isn't clear.

What is without question is that motorcycle helmets save lives and prevent, or at a minimum reduce, the devastating effects of traumatic brain injuries. Unhelmeted motorcyclists are twice as likely to suffer severe head injuries as helmeted riders.

At Vanderbilt and hospitals across Tennessee, physicians see the direct benefit of the state's current universal helmet law in the accident victims we treat. There is a mountain of facts and figures dating back to the 1960s from the government, medical science and insurance industry analysts proving conclusively that motorcycle helmets save lives and reduce health care costs.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that during 2010 alone, Tennessee's universal motorcycle helmet law saved 46 lives and prevented $94 million in economic losses.

Kentucky altered its universal helmet law in 1998 to make helmets optional for riders over age 21, thus resembling what is being proposed now by our legislators. What happened? Motorcycle accident fatalities rose by more than 50 percent.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of death by 37 percent, reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury by 69 percent, and save the U.S. approximately $3 billion each year. In 2010, the U.S. could have saved an additional $1.4 billion if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.

It seems as though little thought has been given to legislation that will place every motorcyclist choosing to ride without a helmet at much greater risk of death, and will put Tennessee's taxpayers on the hook for the enormous increase in economic costs associated with caring for accident survivors with serious brain injuries. If this is about "personal freedom," is there any evidence to support the assumption a motorcyclist is freer without wearing a helmet?

At Vanderbilt, we treat more than 100 critically injured motorcycle accident victims each year. From this, and voluminous national data associated with motorcycle accidents, we know motorcyclists who suffer serious head injuries and related traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are much more likely to require extensive rehabilitation or nursing home care. The cost at these ancillary facilities can average $2,500 per day, and commercial health insurance seldom covers the tab.

Once someone suffers a severe TBI, they are never the same again. The physical, cognitive, behavioral and emotional consequences can be staggering. Depending on your philosophy, the human brain is God's greatest creation or evolution's crowning achievement. However, once severely damaged, there is no repair.

If this legislation is really about personal freedom, why have laws enforcing stop signs, traffic lights, seat belts or child safety seats?

Further, partial helmet laws are difficult to enforce. In states that have partial helmet laws, compliance goes down among all age groups, including those who are still required to wear a helmet.

The data supporting the ability of motorcycle helmets to save lives, reduce disability and reduce health care costs is so compelling this issue should be put to rest in Tennessee once and for all.

Dr. Richard Miller is chief of the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.




No-helmet motorcycle bill dies in TN Senate committee


Mar 25, 2014 9:08 PM EDT

Reported by Anne McCloy


NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A bill designed to loosen the state's motorcycle helmet law died in the legislature Tuesday partially thanks to one man's harrowing story.

In March 2012, Jamie Simmons was riding his motorcycle back to work from Gallatin when a car suddenly pulled out in front of him.

"The police treated it as a fatality. The EMT didn't think I'd make it," Simmons said.

Simmons was wheeled into the hospital with 13 broken bones, a lacerated liver, a collapsed lung and missing his top row of teeth.

He survived, and he may not have made it if he hadn't been wearing a helmet.

"It took a shot, and I didn't have any brain damage," Simmons said.

State Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, sponsored a bill that would have allowed some motorcyclists to go without helmets in Tennessee.

"The fundamental question is who has the right to decide the risk a person can impose on themselves?" Sexton said.

It's a debate lawmakers have been fighting for years, and Sexton's bill was the most restrictive of the no-helmet proposals ever submitted. It would have required a motorcyclist to take a safety course and increase their insurance to cover medical costs in case of an accident.

"We thought we came up with a viable plan. Unfortunately, the Senate found it wasn't a viable plan," Sexton said.

Sexton says he plans to research the issue even further and may submit a new helmet bill next session.








Mar. 29 Goodlettsville, TN. Chain of Hope Ride. To raise awareness and funds to bring home Jennifer & Adrianna Wix missing since March 2004.  Register 10am at Kmart parking lot, Long Hollow Pike.  Departs noon. Call Larry 615-767-9229.


Mar. 29 Nashville, TN.  Highway 12 Motorsports Spring Rush.  Vendors, storewide deals, food from Lewis Country Store, drinks and PARTY!  5110 Ashland City Hwy.  Call 615-891-7850.


Mar. 29 Maryville, TN.  Lightnin' Charlie & The Upsetters in Concert at The Shed.  $10 entry (Indoors).  Smoky Mountain H-D, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.  Call 865-977-1669.


Mar. 29 Maynardsville, TN. The New Busy in Concert at Bubba Brew's Sports Pub & Grill. From 7-11pm. Located on Beach Island next to 33 Bridge on Norris Lake. Call 865-992-3091.



Mar. 29 Decherd, TN.  4th Annual Beaver Run. Register 10am at Honda shop in Decherd. Depart 11am. Benefits Brother's of the Wheel Scholarship Fund. Call Toby Hill 931-308-9130.








Benefit for Bikers for Christ Broken - Nederland - Mar 29
Date: 3/2/2014
Fundraiser for BFC Beaumont “Broken”
This is not a BFC supported fundraiser, organized and spearheaded by a close friend of Broken. I’m sure there will be another one down the road for Broken as his medical bills continue to mount. Support if you are able; if not continue to pray for healing.  He is making progress, slowly, but he is on the mend!
Chapter Elder
BFC Beaumont







6. MC West Houston, 17th Anniversary Party - Booth - Mar 29
7. Six Skulls MC Hooters Fun Run & Benefit - The Colony - Mar 30
8. ASMI Classes - Carrollton - April
9. Scorpions MC 4th Annual April Fools Day Party - McKinney - Apr 5
10. AMBUCS Big Bike Run - Grapevine - Apr 13
11. 2nd Sunday Church Service - Burleson - Apr 13
12. VFW 3rd Bike Show - Alvarado - May 3
13. Phantoms MC Fundraiser - San Antonio - Jun 28
14. news - Harley-Davidson Recalls
6> Amigos MC West Houston, 17th Anniversary Party - Booth - Mar 29
Date: 3/17/2014
Amigos MC West Houston
17th Anniversary Party
Saturday - March 29th, 2014
2pm till ??
Old Trading Post (OTP)
9903 FM 2759
Booth, TX
7> Six Skulls MC Hooters Fun Run & Benefit - The Colony - Mar 30
Date: 3/19/2014
The gentleman that we're trying to raise money for is in need of money fast.
Please see flyer for details...
Thanks again,
Six Skulls
Vice President
8> ASMI Classes - Carrollton - April
Date: 3/18/2014
My name is Jeff Crotzer, and I am an instructor for Accident Scene Management.
We train motorcyclist how to handle a motorcycle accident if one happens. How to protect and how to take care of a rider that has been injured, as well as traffic control until professional help arrives.
You can go to   for more info from the corporate headquarters. We will be holding an Basic class, as well as an Advanced class in Carrollton Tx. in April if you or anyone would like to have this knowledge and attend. Many Motorcyclist lives have been saved by other motorcyclists that have taken this class.
To register for the class, go to   and click enroll.
Thank you very much.
Jeff Crotzer
ASMI Instructor
9> Scorpions MC 4th Annual April Fools Day Party - McKinney - Apr 5
Date: 3/20/2014
McKinney Scorpions
4th annual April Fools Party on the 5th
See flyer for details...
10> AMBUCS Big Bike Run - Grapevine - Apr 13
Date: 3/16/2014
This ride is scheduled for April 13, 2014. It's a charity ride being put on by the Grapevine Heritage AMBUCS and monies are raised to build specially built amtrykes for handicapped children, adults and Veterans which are specially designed by their therapist to assist them in continuing physical therapy.
The BIG BIKE RUN signups begin at Wilhoit's in Grapevine, Texas (Main Street) at 11:00 a.m.  First bike out at noon with 5 total stops including Sneaky Pete's in Lewisville, Fuzzy's Tacos in Argyle, Jack & Grill in Roanoke and then back to Love & War in Grapevine for some fantastic music, a live auction, 50/50 drawing and more.
For more information, contact me via mail at
Thank you.
11> 2nd Sunday Church Service - Burleson - Apr 13
Date: 3/20/2014
Sunday, April 2nd After the State Rally stop in and take a break and join all of us,  we all are looking forward for the next 2nd Sunday  April 13, 2014 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.? at the Red & Gold Club House In Burleson, TX......lets all Rock with the Bands &  Food & Listen to the Word from Our Lord Jesus, along with strong testimony's...Any questions or request contact. Faith Always 
Ordained Minister
Chaplain Pawn Shop Julie
Christian Unity Secretary
NCOM Christian Unity Chaplain 
or call 972-765-8108
leave a message please……
12> VFW 3rd Bike Show - Alvarado - May 3
Date: 3/14/2014
VFW Post 9299
6732 E. HWY 67
Alvarado, TX 76009
May 3rd
Registration: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
We are asking for a $5 minimum to register
All proceeds are for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Thank you,
Road Captain
VFW Post 9299
Alvarado, TX
13> Phantoms MC Fundraiser - San Antonio - Jun 28
Date: 3/17/2014
benefit fundraiser
see flyer for details...
phantoms mc
president juan
14> news - Harley-Davidson Recalls
2014 Harley Breakout Recalled for faulty braking light
Harley-Davidson has initiated a voluntary recall in Canada.
Campaign #2014058 aims at bringing in at least 297 vehicles belonging to two 2014 model year families.
Certain 2014 Harley-Davidson Breakout and 2014 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim motorcycles are to pay a visit to the H-D dealers, and receive corrections to the programming of the body control module. Sources report that a programming error causes the lit area of the brake lamp to le less than specified and agreed by the Canada Motor Vehicle lighting standards.
Besides the obvious lack of compliance with Canadian road and safety regulations, the reduced brake light may also prevent motorists to observe the riders’ maneuvers, putting them at risk. According to CMG, Harley-Davidson dealers will reprogram the corresponding settings of the body in the control module and restore full functionality to these bikes.
Since recalls made in Canada are almost always followed by their US counterparts, we expect to hear from the NHTSA and Harley quite soon, bringing back a larger number of motorcycles and possibly finding the same problem in more models.
The Breakout is one of the new bikes added by Harley-Davidson to their line-up, powered by the Twin Cam 103 engine mated to a 6-speed Cruise Drive transmission. Introduced at the 2013 Daytona Bike Week, the Breakout also has a special CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) edition. The base model is priced around the $17,899 (€13.765) mark.
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6 Motorcycles Perfect for Warm-Weather Touring

Eric Schaal

As temperatures to continue to climb, dreams of cross-country trips are beginning to invade the sleep of bikers everywhere. The thrill of the open road seems to affect motorcycle riders most when the weather is warm and the roads are dry. Once the conditions are right, the comfort, handling, and long-distance readiness of bike are what make road trips memorable.

To that end, bike manufacturers have produced motorcycles in recent years built for touring across the country in high style. The bikes on this list have been tested on long-distance outings to show their worth for epic summer road trips. Here are six motorcycles made for warm-weather touring at its best.

1. 2014 Indian Chief Vintage ($20,999)
The return of Indian Chief bikes (courtesy of Victory) has been a major win for riders who crave old-school style in a touring machine. For the ultimate cross-country trip, the Indian Chief Vintage packs a new Thunder Stroke engine capable of maximum 119 lb-ft of torque, houses a gas tank capable of 186 miles of range, and gets about 34 mpg on the average. In a Motorcycle USA review, testers preferred the slow-building muscle of the Vintage over the ride of a Harley Heritage Softail Classic, saying, “Polaris has done an admirable job of combining the classic and contemporary,” in the Chief Vintage.

Buyers won’t have to upgrade much in the base Indian Chief Vintage, considering the quick-release windshield is on the menu, as is keyless startup with the standard fob. While you’re on the road, nothing projects vintage style quite like the distressed leather seat, saddlebags, and optional fringe accents. For an even cozier trip, go for the beach cruiser handlebars.

2. 2014 Honda Gold Wing ($23,990)

Riders looking for a modern look in a cross-country tourer may consider the 2014 Honda Gold Wing. Sporting an 1832cc liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine, the 2014 Gold Wing offers riders increased protection from wind through innovative bodywork. For a trip that goes the distance, the Gold Wing holds 6.6 gallons in the tank while averaging around 35 mpg.

Distance rides must also factor in connectivity options. Honda’s 2014 Gold Wing offers iPod connectivity, XM programming and advanced navigation technology. GPS may go against a purist’s sensibility, but the modern biker will find a lot to love in Honda’s upgrades for long-distance trips.

3. Triumph Thunderbird LT ($16,699)

Another first-class luxury tourer worthy of long summer rides, the Triumph Thunderbird LT slots in as the most affordable bike on the list at a base price below $17K. The 2013 production model features a redesigned seat with added foam padding and lumber support as well as low positioning from the ground. The 1699cc engine offers smooth rides as it builds toward a max 111 lb-ft of torque.

In terms of pure riding comfort, the Thunderbird LT delivers with 47mm Showa forks and adjustable rear shocks to maintain control on the bumpiest patches of highway or back road. It’s the affordable way to a smooth long-distance journey.

4. Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic ($23,249)

Any selection of touring cruisers must include a bike from the venerable line of Harley Davidson offerings. As a result of the testing that went into its Project RUSHMORE bikes, Harley sought to deliver more low-end torque with its Twin Cam 103 engine. Then the bike maker went after the comfort factor.

To add more pleasure to long-distance rides, Harley improved its 2014 line by controlling airflow, upping the comfort level in back rests and seat materials, and redoing the fairing lowers. For added fun during a trip, Harley added another 25 percent to the volume in the bike stereo as well as a 6.5-inch touch screen and iPod dock.

5. Victory Cross Country ($18,999)

Featuring the Freedom 106/6 V-Twin engine capable of 106 lb-ft of torque, the Victory Cross Country motorcycle offers riders a smooth six-speed transmission to make any ride enjoyable. For improving the comfort factor on long trips, this Victory model has cruise control, roomy low seating, and 5.8 gallons of capacity in the gas tank.

Fairing that protects against nasty weather is in place should a country drive take a turn for the worse, while the KICKER speakers and multiple windshield options give riders ways to keep the tour going longer.

6. Royal Star Venture S ($20,590)

A look at Yamaha’s line of bikes will reveal a focus on sporty rides, but the company’s Royal Star line delivers on the cruising quotient for anyone seeking comfort on longer distances in nice weather. The Royal Star Venture S features a 1295cc liquid-cooled V4 engine that produces up to 97 horsepower on 89 lb-ft of torque.

Bucket seats for bikers are matched by a wraparound backrest for passengers to make any trip a cozy two-person ride. The compact size of the Venture S offers long-range riders more opportunity to stay on the road. Larger floorboards help minimize the impact of road vibrations while its link-style rear suspension and vertical shock can shift 4.1 inches. In terms of pure practicality, the Royal Star Venture S packs a fuel tank that can hold 6.1 gallons of gas with 39 mpg efficiency.



This Artist Makes Elaborate Motorcycle Sculptures Out of Roadkill


Gregory Burkart Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 8:00pm

Florida artist Reese Moore works in a very memorable medium: he gathers the parts of dead animals and pieces them together to form massive sculptures, usually in the form of full-size model motorcycles and other macabre vehicles.

Bone_Cycles3 Photo: Shoestring Weekends

Oddity Central recently showcased Moore's works, which include the bike below, built around the spinal column of a cow (along with cow skulls and the bones of alligators and wolves). He named the piece “Cowasaki,” because what else?

Bone_Cycles1 Photo: Dunn’s Attic

Moore says a single art piece takes around a year to gather the animal parts, which not only come from roadkill, but are also supplied by hunters and farmers. The bones are then sanded and shaped over the course of a week or so.

Bone_Cycles2 Photo: Eric Novisedlak/Motorcycle USA

The 65-year-old Moore first started working with bones for Halloween decorations in the early '90s, and he later built a model dinosaur for his kids. His first bike model (shown above) was commissioned by a saloon owner for Daytona's Bike Week, and it's currently valued at $100,000!

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NH&MP holds road safety motorcycle rally


Shakeel Anjum Thursday, March 27, 2014


The National Highways and Motorways Police (NH&MP) North Zone arranged a Road safety motorcycle rally on Wednesday with the aim to spread road safety message for wearing safety helmet while riding motorcycle.

IG Motorway Police Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema was the chief guest on the occasion.

Rally started from main Motorway Toll Plaza and ended at Aiwan-i-Quid, Fatima Jinnah Park in Sector F-9.

DIG Muhammad Zubair Hashmi and SSP Mian Saeed Khan lead the rally. Large number of students and teachers of different collages of Rawalpindi and Islamabad along with members of civil society and Media participated in the rally as road safety ambassadors with Motorway Police for this noble cause.

While talking to the participants, the DIG NH&MP said that the purpose of celebration of this event especially on the eve of Pakistan Day to pay tribute to the heroes of Independences Movement and the Founder of Pakistan, and sensitize the general public and student about the use and importance of safety helmet. He further said that youngsters mostly do not wear safety helmet while riding motorbikes and lose their valuable life in case of accident.

The DIG said that in 80% of the cases, youngsters could save their precious lives if they wear safety helmet. This rally will helpful to sensitize road users regarding use of safety helmet. He further added that NH&MP will arrange more road safety events to inculcate a better road safety sense amongst the road users. He said that use of safety helmet is a guarantee of safe journey on motorbikes and this practice will not only inculcate the sense of using safety helmet amongst the participants but also a help minimize death ratio in motorcycle accident.

He informed NH&MP will make Pakistan a least accident prone country of the world and due to stern enforcement 80% of the motorcycle riders have already started wearing safety helmet while riding motorcycle on GT Road. He said the riders should wear safety helmet even if they are on a short journey on branch roads. He stressed that even the pillion rider should wear safety helmet while riding motorcycle.

At the end of the rally, IG NH&MP Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema distributed ‘Safety Helmets’ and gifts amongst the participants of the rally. The participants were asked interesting questions from the history of Pakistan. Large number of females and children were also present in the ceremony. During the ceremony, a musical concert was arranged for the audience in which national songs were played


Check Out Japan's Badass Motorcycle Cops

Today, it was announced in the Japanese press that the country is getting a squad of off-roading police bikes. That's good, because some of them have been practicing. 2P

Since 1969, police officers from across the country have competed in the "All Japan Police Motorcycle Safety Riding Competition." The goal of the event is to promote riding safety as well as show off the officers' skills. P

Of course, there are police motorcycle events in other countries (and many of them are very impressive!). This event, however, is divided between male and female officers (further divided up by height), spans several days, and includes slalom, trail riding, and motocross. All of this should come in handy for the new off-road unit. P

That group will apparently be the first of its kind in Japan, to be deployed when roads are too treacherous for cars or standard police bikes to navigate—such as after an earthquake or other natural disaster.











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Family mourns Madera man killed in motorcycle crash

Sunday, March 23, 2014 

Mariana Jacob 

MADERA, Calif. (KFSN) -- Close family members are mourning the death of a young Madera man killed in a motorcycle crash.

Family members say Roger Godinez had a bright future, which was cut short during that deadly accident at Yosemite Avenue and Q Street in Madera on Saturday.

There were a lot of people gathered at the intersection on Sunday evening. They said Godinez was a popular and positive person. A group of riders revved their engines in honor of Godinez. Not far away, his father and brother hugged one another to cope with his loss. The 20-year-old was known for his huge smile and his love for motorcycles.

"I never heard him saying anything bad about anybody, said Carlos Godinez, the victim's cousin. "He was always being positive. It's about being positive. His life was just positive."

Carlos Godinez saw his cousin just hours before the accident. When he got the call, he refused to believe the news of his passing.

"You never want to assume the worst, and I was like it can't be Roger," said Godinez. "So I texted him, 'Hey, where are you at?'"

Madera police are now revealing a Ford F-150 truck heading eastbound was stopped at the turn light at the intersection. They say Roger Godinez was riding his motorcycle westbound on Yosemite Avenue when he was hit.

"This intersection is not controlled by a turn arrow, meaning that when the light turns green the person in the turn lane has to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic," said Madera police Sgt. Brian Esteves. "Unfortunately, when the light turned green, the driver of the Ford F-150 proceeded to go."

Godinez died at the scene.

Ritesh Patel owns a business nearby and thinks the intersection is dangerous. He told Action News that over the past three months, he's witnessed six accidents there. On Sunday, he collected signatures to try and petition city leaders to make a change.

"Because of the non-yielding arrow that's over here, so I am doing a petition today to round up our citizens of Madera to have the city change the light," said Patel.

Investigators say drugs and alcohol aren't believed to be factors in the crash. Now it's up to the district attorney's office to decide if any charges will be filed.








Wilmington pedestrian struck by motorcycle

Two people were injured Saturday night in Wilmington when a pedestrian walked into the path of an oncoming motorcycle, police said.

3/23/14 Damian Giletto, The News Journal 12:57 p.m. EDT March 23, 2014Wilmington fire crews attend to a victim after a motorcycle struck a pedestrian Saturday night in the 2200 block of Market Street.

(Photo: John J. Jankowski Jr./Special to the News Journal )

Wilmington police are investigating a crash involving a pedestrian Saturday night that injured two people, an official said.

The crash was reported at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday when a pedestrian attempting to cross the roadway in the 2200 block of N. Market St. walked into the path of a motorcycle traveling southbound, said Cpl. Jamaine Crawford, a spokesman with the Wilmington Police Department.

Witnesses told police that the motorcycle was traveling at a moderate speed, Crawford said.

After the impact, the rider looked behind to check on the person when he struck the back of a parked minivan, Crawford said.

The rider, described as a man in his 40s, and the pedestrian, described as a man in his early 20s, were both rushed to Christiana Hospital, Crawford said.

An update to their medical condition was not readily available, Crawford said.

Police plan to release more details on the accident Sunday afternoon.







Motorcycle, body of missing man found in Port St. Lucie

By Scott T. Smith / CBS12 News

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Police have found a 18-year-old man reported missing since Friday, apparently killed in a motorcycle crash.

Port St. Lucie police report finding a motorcycle wrecked at Import Drive and Abingdon Avenue Monday morning. The motorcycle and the body of Vlad Kirik were found on a wooded lot at 1600 SW Abingdon Ave.

Kirik was headed to meet friends but never showed up Friday night. His parents reported him missing Saturday.

Police found his body late Monday morning after searching the area on foot and finding what looked like a motorcycle helmet.

Police believe Kirik failed to negotiate a curve and struck an oak tree head-on while riding his 2008 black Honda CBRR motorcycle. They say he died as a result of the impact.








Motorcycle rider injured in Boise crash

Mar 24, 2014 4:00 PM EDT BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A motorcyclist was seriously injured when he was struck by an SUV that ran a red light in Boise.

The crash happened Monday morning near the intersection of River Street and 15th Street.

The Idaho Statesman reports the rider, who was wearing a helmet, was flung into the air by the force of the collision.

He was taken a local hospital, and is expected to survive, police said.

The motorcycle was caught beneath the other vehicle and dragged for a short distance.

Witnesses told police the SUV's driver, 56-year-old Marsha Jones, appeared to be using her cellphone when the crash happened.

Jones was cited for misdemeanor inattentive driving.







Motorcycle crash with car in Saginaw Township results in minor injury

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A man is put on a stretcher after a motorcycle he was test driving was involved in an accident on State St in Saginaw Township, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Neil Barris | Bob Johnson | By Bob Johnson |

SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI — Saginaw Township police were investigating a motorcycle crash on Passolt and State that occurred about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25.

The man riding the motorcycle was transported to a local hospital by Mobile Medical Response and suffered minor injuries, police said.

An officer at the scene said a motorist was driving on Passolt when she came to the stop sign at State. She didn’t see any vehicles coming when she proceeded through the stop sign and struck the motorcycle, police said.

A person at the scene, who declined to give his name, said he owned the motorcycle and the person struck on it was taking it for a test drive.

Police did not identify the cyclist.







Two Critical After Weekend Motorcycle Crash

By: Pat Thomas Email Updated: Mon 1:35 PM, Mar 24, 2014By: Pat Thomas

CARSON CITY, NV - Nevada Highway Patrol investigators are looking for help with their investigation into a crash involving a motorcycle and a pickup.

Troopers were called to the intersection of Fairview and Roop streets in Carson City about 10:45PM Saturday.

Troopers say what they know so far is that a 2007 gold and maroon Suzuki street bike driven by 20-year-old Andrey L. Gallegos of Sparks along with 21-year-old passenger Audrey G. Rugamas of South Lake Tahoe was traveling southbound on Roop Street approaching the intersection of Fairview. That's where a Chevy Silverado pickup driven by 60-year-old Donald T. McKean of Gardnerville was traveling westbound on Fairview. The motorcycle and pickup collided in the intersection, ejecting both occupants off the motorcycle. Gallegos and Rugamas were transported by Care Flight to Renown Regional Medical center in Reno in critical condition. McKean was not injured during the accident.

Trooper Chris Kelly of the NHP Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is asking if any businesses or witnesses along Carson Street during the approximate hours of 9:50PM to 10PM may have captured video or witnessed a motorcycle with two riders wearing dark jackets and dark helmets driving at a high rate of speed. Trooper Kelly is asking the same of any businesses or witnesses along Roop Street during the approximate hours of 10:30PM to 10:40PM who may have captured video or are witnesses of the described bike and its riders or anyone in the area of South Lake Tahoe or Robinson Street in Carson City.

Any witnesses or anyone with additional information are encouraged to contact Trooper Kelly at (775) 689-4661 or  regarding case number NHP-140301796.







15 Motorcycles from charity ride in NC involved in crash

Posted: Mar 24, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Updated: Mar 24, 2014 1:21 PM EDT By WNCN-TV News

WENDELL, N.C. - The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said a multiple vehicle accident Saturday involving motorcycles closed the eastbound lanes of U.S. 64 near Wendell.

The Highway Patrol said as many as 15 motorcycles were involved in the accident which occurred between Edgemont Road and Lizard Lick Road before noon. As many as 60 bikes were estimated to be in the group, the Highway Patrol said.

A total of seven people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. One motorcyclist is suffering from serious injuries, according to the Highway Patrol.

A motorcyclist identifying herself as Sweetnezz said some of the injuries included possible broken bones, road rash, and a head injury.

"A car in front of us threw a pink beach ball out in the middle of the charity ride," Sweetnezz said. "Brakes locked up and about 10 bikers went down."

The Highway Patrol said it believes the ball may have been in a boat being towed when it was blown into the road.

The group was on a ride to Goldsboro raising money to fight lupus.

U.S. 64 is back open to traffic.








Motorcycle Wreck Slows Down Traffic on Highway 169

Mar 26, 2014 9:26 AM EDT Posted by: Juan Sanchez

All lanes are cleared at Highway 169 and I-44 after a motorcycle wreck Wednesday morning.

Police told KTUL that the wreck involved a car and a motorcycle on northbound 169. It took place just before 7 a.m.

Initial reports state that a woman driving on 169 was trying to change lanes when she lost control of the vehicle. That's when she clipped the motorcycle and both wrecked.

Neither of the drivers were seriously injured. But both were taken to a hospital for treatment.






Motorcycle vs. Car Collision, Leaves One Dead

Alyssa Lang, WLTX 5:25 p.m. EDT March 23, 2014A motorcyclist was killed in a collision early Sunday morning.

Richland County, SC (WLTX) --- One person is dead after a motorcycle vs. car collision that occurred on Broad River Road at Pet Sites Road early on Sunday.

SC Highway Patrol says that around 1 a.m., John Joseph Harrell, 53, was driving a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle traveling west on Broad River Road, when, for unknown reasons, he veered over, striking a 1999 Toyota Camry traveling east.

Harrell was killed. The Camry was carrying 2 passengers; neither were injured.

Harrell was not wearing a helmet.


















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