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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.







NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V025
Manufacturer : Terex Aerial Work Platforms
Make / Model Years : TEREX / 2013-2014
Subject : Water Entering Electrical Connection
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V033
Manufacturer : Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC
Make / Model Years : HEARTLAND / 2014
Subject : Incorrect Label Information/FMVSS 119
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V034
Manufacturer : Chrysler Group LLC
Make / Model Years : RAM / 2014
Subject : Brake Fluid Leakage From Brake Hose
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V035
Manufacturer : Schwing America, Inc.
Make / Model Years : SCHWING / 2012-2013
Subject : DC-DC Converters:Fire Risk
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V036
Manufacturer : PACCAR Incorporated
Make / Model Years : PETERBILT / 2014
Subject : Transmission Shifter Illumination
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V037
Manufacturer : Kaffenbarger Truck Equipment Company
Make / Model Years : INTERNATIONAL / 2006-2010,2012-2013
Subject : Battery Equalizers/DC-DC Converters-Possible Fire
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V038
Manufacturer : Four Wheel & Six-Pac Campers, Inc.
Make / Model Years : FOUR WHEEL & SIX-PAC / 2006-2013
Subject : Interior Side Door Lock May Become Inoperable
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V045
Manufacturer : Starcraft RV, Inc.
Make / Model Years : STARCRAFT / 2014
Subject : Label has Incorrect Tire Size Information













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14NR08 - MRF News Release - Motorcycle Riders Foundation Congratulates ABATE of Illinois

27 Feb. 2014

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

Motorcycle Riders Foundation Congratulates ABATE of Illinois

On Wednesday, February 26th ABATE of Illinois made history. They successfully lobbied for a resolution that was passed by the State House of Representatives. The resolution throws the weight of the general assembly behind a federal bill that would conduct a scientific study on the effects of the new blend of fuel known as E15. This new blend is up from the previously approved blend of E10 fuel that contains up to 10% ethanol.

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the waiver that allowed for the sale of E15 they did not study the effects of the blend on the internal components of an engine. In fact, motorcycles are not even on the list of vehicles approved by the EPA to use the new blend. Using the blend in a motorcycle, boat, lawn mower etc could be a violation of federal law as they were not included in the waiver.

The Illinois general assembly resolution supports H.R. 875, a bill in the United States House of Representatives that would halt the sale of E15 until an independent scientific study is conducted on the effects of E15 on motorcycles and every other vehicle. Representative Sensenbrenner (R-WI) sponsored the bill.

“This sends a crystal clear message to Washington. A top corn growing state is telling the EPA to do its homework” Said Jeff Hennie Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF). He added “The EPA never even considered what the E15 could do to a small air cooled engine or really any other engine except for a handful of passenger vehicles.”

The MRF salutes ABATE of Illinois for their tremendous leadership and bravery. They continue to be one of the models of how a State Motorcycle Rights Organization (SMRO) should work.











Mar. 8 Trussville, AL. Ride Like A PRO Alabama at Riders H-D.  Locations in Birmingham & Huntsville. Advanced  Motorcycle Skills class 9am.  Cost $150, $50 Deposit required to reserve seat. Retake the class for 1 year for free! Contact or 


Mar. 14 Trussville, AL.  Riders Harley-Davidson Bike Night.  From 6-10pm featuring Low Mileage Soul Band.  Vendors and more. 4750 Norrell Drive.  Call 205-655-1234


Mar. 15 Trussville, AL.  Riders Harley-Davidson Open House. From 9am-6pm Twin Cam/Stage II Demonstration Jumpstart. Harley-davidson demo rides and vendors.  4750 Norrell Drive.  Call 205-655-1234








Congratulations to Arizona for its first Wounded Vets Run!! About 15 riders from MA. flew out to Arizona to be a part of this first year ride!!

It is hoped that every state in the country will eventually sponsor a Wounded Vet Run!!

The 1st Annual Phoenix Wounded Vets Bike Run is inspired by the hard work and dedication of the Boston Wounded Vets Run team lead by Andrew Biggio. Andrew has taken helping vets to a new level, with his ride in Boston being such a success over the last 3 years raising upwards of $130K that is distributed to the honorees of the ride and vets in the area that need help. The concept that was just in Boston, we are making a reality in Phoenix. We are starting out with just 1 honoree this year but that doesn’t mean we are going small. We have teamed up with MAM (Military Assistance Mission), Mad4Vets, and a post of the American Legion that has no choice but to succeed in every event they participate in, Post 117 The Pat Tillman Post! We want to set the standard this year and bring something like no one has ever seen for vet support.

Please look through our site and join us on March 1st to honor Army vet Mason Steill. Click on the 2014 honoree tab above and read Masons story.

1 Home 2014 honoree Ride Route Travelers Info Sponsors Please title all emails "Phoenix Wounded Vets Run" Att: Phoenix Wounded Vets Run

26814 N. 65th Dr.

Phoenix, AZ. 85083

Make all checks payable to Phoenix Wounded Vets Run













Popular Mechanics names Ride for Kids one of best motorcycle charity rides


Brain tumor survivor Kyler was one of seven Stars at the 2013 Utah Ride for Kids. Popular Mechanics magazine has named Ride for Kids one of 2014’s best motorcycle charity rides.

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s heritage fundraising event makes the list with five other rides: the Trail of Tears Remembrance Motorcycle Ride, the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, the Tour of Honor, the Mayor's Ride and the Legends Ride.


“This is such a great honor for the Ride for Kids program. It speaks volumes to the dedication of our volunteers and staff who work so hard to make sure our events are safe, fun and family friendly,” said Ride for Kids Director Debra Abney Barnes.

In 2014, Ride for Kids will offer 37 events from coast to coast. There is no cost to ride, but motorcyclists are encouraged to make donations and raise funds to help find a cure for one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer.


To find a Ride for Kids event near you, visit


ABOUT RIDE FOR KIDS In 2014, Ride for Kids is celebrating its 31st year of raising awareness and funds for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, a national voluntary health nonprofit. More than 28,000 children in the United States are living with the diagnosis of a brain tumor, and 13 more cases are identified each day. Motorcyclists have helped the PBTF become the world's largest non-governmental source of funding for childhood brain tumor research. Our programs also include free educational resources and special events for brain tumor survivors and their families. American Honda is the presenting sponsor of Ride for Kids. Other supporters include GEICO and Cycle World magazine. Register online at  or call 800-253-6530 to learn more.







Proposed motorcycle law in the state


Monday, March 3 2014, 07:51 PM CST Rob Brown


"Safety rule number one for motorcycle drivers is to watch out for bigger vehicles. But a proposed law in the state of Florida could make it just as important for drivers to watch out for motorcycles."

The bill covers what Senator Evers 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. Steven William's was hit by a motorist while on his motorcycle. He hopes the law might force motorists to pay more attention.

Steven William's "It might make them a little bit more aware, just to pay attention a little bit more. So many people these days are focusing inside the vehicle instead of outside the vehicle. If there was a little bit more risk on stake for them they might pay a little bit more attention to what's going on outside their vehicle."

He says those protected by this law need special rules.

Steven William's "What is normally a swap-paint, ding in the fender 'oh I got insurance' case with two cars leaves somebody lying on the street bleeding. That's the difference."

Most drivers we spoke with seemed to agree with the bill.

Beverly Trawick "I think they should be ticketed if they're doing something like that. They're at fault. And I think they should get extra punishment for that."

Alcy Dannelly "People need to be a little more aware of what's going on around motorcycles and bicycles."

Rob Brown "A similar bill was proposed in 2010, but was killed off for legal reasons. Proponents hope this one will pass. Proposed motorcycle law in the state







Florida celebrates 73 years of Bike Week!

2014 Celebration 

Coming March 7-16, 2014, the Daytona Beach area will once again host the ‘World’s Largest Motorcycle Event’. Whether you’re a weekend rider, everyday rider or die-hard collector, join us in this legendary beach destination for a ride down historic Main Street and Beach Street, along Atlantic Avenue, the scenic Loop and 14 miles of hard packed sand.



March 7-16th.



Enter to Win the 2014 Official Bike Week Motorcycle A HARLEY-DAVIDSON VALUED AT $35,000
Enter to Win the 2014 Official Bike Week Motorcycle.

877 Tickets have already been sold.
We only print 4500 tickets.

In addition, we have 10 other prizes valued at $200 or more.  ClICK HERE to learn more about this drawing and how to enter today!




2014 Official Bike Week Treasure Hunt Update!

1,000 Commemorative 2014 Bike Week Coins

Bikers must ride to each establishment and get their passport stamped. After the bikers get their full (all locations) passport stamped, they are to collect their commemorative coin at the Official Bike Week Welcome Center, located on Beach Street at the corner of Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd.  Here is a list of the venues that are participating as of 1/25/2014.

  1. Harley Davidson Corp.
  2. Amsoil
  3. Budweiser
  4. GEICO
  5. Hilton
  6. Ironhorse Salon
  7. Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
  8. Freedom Cycles
  9. Light Them Up
  10. Rossmeyer  Harley Davidson





Mar. 6-9 Georgiana, AL.  Stock Law Gap Rally. Visit


Mar. 8 Mary Esther, FL.  Poker Run for St. Jude's Children Research, Starts 9am at Mel's Sandbox, 2269 West Highway 98. Call 850- 686-0388.


Mar. 9 Navarre, FL.  Relay for Life Fund Raiser. Mick's Place, 1968 Hwy. 87. Starts 9am. Call 850- 936-5683


Mar. 9 Pensacola, FL.  Biker's for Christ Biker, Blues and BBQ. Starts 3pm at 2817 W. Cervantes. Call 850-960-1762.


Mar. 8 Pensacola, FL.  Bull Davis Memorial Ride.  Register 8am at Ollie's, 2100 W. 9 Mile Road.  FBO 11am.  Stops at Mustang North, 2Wheelers, D&R Lounge, 49 Tavern and ends at Slips. Call Brandy 850-485-3853.



Mar. 14 Pensacola, FL.  Mardi Gras Kickoff Party.  8pm at Wo Wheeler's Saloon, 6800 N. Palafox Street.  Call 850-261-3168 or visit



Mar. 15 Calloway, FL. AMVETS Charity Run to Benefit Wall of Remembrance,  Registration 8-10am at AMVETS Post 2298 in Callaway; FBO 9am, LBO 10am, LBI 3pm; Start and end at AMVET Post 2298; $10 per hand donation.  More info Call John 850-276-2070



Mar. 15 Panama City Beach, FL. Miss PCB H-D Preliminary 1 Pageant.  12-1pm at dealership.  Call Marta 850-334-0055.


Mar. 15 Pensacola, FL. Combat Vets MC Chapter 20-3, Ride for PTSD. Starts/ends at Eagles Talon, Copter Road. Register 8-10/FBO 10:30. $15 rider/$10 passenger. Call 850-292-0151.



Mar. 16 Panama City Beach, FL.  Jam Therapy in Concert at Harley-Davidson of PCB.  Presented by from 12 noon to 4pm. 14700 Panama City Beach Parkway. Visit 







Motorcycles escort Vietnam wall replica to museum


Mar 03, 2014 6:31 AM EST


FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) - Hundreds of motorcycle riders helped escort a replica of the national Vietnam Memorial wall as it arrived by tractor trailer at Fort Benning, where the wall will spend the next five years on display at the National Infantry Museum.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports ( ) Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley said more than 1,000 motorcyclists took part in the wall's arrival Sunday.

A dedication ceremony is scheduled for later this month after the wall replica is set up on a 2-acre site outside the Army museum.

Though smaller than the actual Vietnam Memorial in Washington, the replica still stands 8 feet high and measures 240 feet long. Its surface is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 military service members who died or were declared missing in Vietnam.





Mar. 6 Austell, GA.  ABATE District 4West Monthly Meeting.   Meet 7pm at B3 Bar & Grill on Veterans Memorial Hwy. Email


Mar. 7 Flowery Branch, GA.  Rockin & Ridin' the Branch Music Series.  Full Throttle in concert at Branch House Tavern.  Starts 9:30pm. 5466 McEver Rd. Call 678-828-8345.


Mar. 8 Flowery Branch, GA.  Rockin & Ridin' the Branch Music Series.  Aunt Betty in concert at Branch House Tavern.  Starts 9:30pm. 5466 McEver Rd. Call 678-828-8345.


Mar. 8 Lithia Springs, GA. LED Workshop at Harley-Davidson of Atlanta.  Starts 10:30am. Coffee and doughnuts served. 501 Thornton Rd. Call 770-944-1340.


Mar. 8 Roswell, GA.  Killer Creek Harley-Davidson This Is How We Do It Technician Demonstration.   11:00am.  PhD Certified technicians question & answer session held on the showroom floor.  Free.  Topic: 1K Service.  2nd Sat. of each month. Located at 11480 Alpharetta Hwy. Call 770-777-1000 or visit 


Mar. 8 Tifton, GA. Tifton Harley-Davidson's Daytona Pit Stop Party.  Make a pit stop at Tifton H-D on your way to Daytona. Live music by Soultrain, food, drinks & more. Exit 61 off I-75, 49 Casseta Rd.  Call 229-387-8855.



Mar. 9 Roswell, GA.  Demo Day at Killer Creek Harley-Davidson.  Test ride a new 2014 Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.  12:30- 4:30pm.  Free.  2nd Sun. of each month weather permitting. Pre-Registration is suggested.  Located at 11480 Alpharetta Hwy. Call 770-777-1000 or visit 


Mar. 9 Valdosta, GA. Classic Car & Bike Show.  Register 10am-12pm at Drexel Park, 1401 N. Patterson St.  Judging 12pm/Trophies 2:30pm.   Best in Show, Best Paint, Best Chrome (Bike), Best Hot Rod (Car).  Register at corner of Williams St. & Brookwood Dr.


Mar. 14 Flowery Branch, GA.  Rockin & Ridin' the Branch Music Series.  Roadhouse in concert at Branch House Tavern.  Starts 9:30pm. 5466 McEver Rd. Call 678-828-8345.


Mar. 15 Augusta, GA.12th Annual Kelsi Long Memorial Ride. Benefits the Childrens Hospital of Ga. Registration 8am to 9:45. Departs 10am. Visit or call Mike Maddox 706-556-8427/706-832-4361.   


Mar. 15 Acworth, GA. 6th Annual Empty Canteen Poker Run & Scavenger Hunt. Sponsored by US Military Vets M/C Cartersville Chapter in memory of Sgt David J. Bobenhausen Vietnam Vet.  Register 10am at  VFW Post #5408, 4764 Cobb Pkwy.  FBO 11am/LBI 3pm. $25 rider/$10 passenger/$5 add'l hands. Food, 50/50 & raffles, Scavenger Hunt prize provided by H-D of Cartersville. Call Brother SQUELCH 678-523-5187 or Brother COLT 45 770-435-0056.


Mar. 15 Atlanta, GA. Circle of Iron Motorcycle & Hot Rod Poker Ride & Show.  Benefits Sheperd Center.  Register 9am at The Varsity parking Lot, 61 North Ave NW.  Ride concludes at The Sheperd Center, 2020 Peachtree Rd at 2pm. for Car & Bike Show, Music by Lost Cause Band, Food trucks and fun! 



Mar. 15 Flowery Branch, GA.  Rockin & Ridin' the Branch Music Series. Twisted Whiskey in concert at Branch House Tavern.  Starts 9:30pm. 5466 McEver Rd. Call 678-828-8345.


Mar. 15 Griffin, GA.  Ride for Jay.  Ride to help cover expenses for Jay during his 3rd battle with cancer.  Meet 10am at Badhorse Saloon.  Ride to Twilight in Newnan for lunch party then returns Saloon for Karaoke, auction, raffles and more.   Call Christian 678-378-2240.


Mar. 15 Lithia Springs, GA. Lucky 14 Party at Harley-Davidson of Atlanta.  Starts 11am with Casino Tables, Show Girls, door prizes, adult beverages, food and Elvis!  501 Thornton Rd. Call 770-944-1340.



Mar. 16 Canton, GA.  Green Solo Cup Party for St. Patrick's Day.  Opens at Noon!  Bikini Bike Wash and $3 22 ounce drafts.  150 Riverstone Parkway.  Call 770-704-7001.


Mar. 16 Dallas, GA.  Save the Cooch Benefit.  Bikers Gone Wild Open House from 12 - 5pm with live music, food and pin up girls calendar signing.  Come get your autographs!  360 W. Memorial Drive.  Call 770-505-8693 or visit



Mar. 16 Roswell, GA.  Killer Creek Harley-Davidson® 15th Annual St. Patrick's Day Party.  Sponsored by Chuck Watwood, Lawbike. 12pm-6pm. Live music from Sol Junky & Don Law, food, cold beverages, give-aways, hot chics & more! Wear a Killer Creek H-D St. Patrick's Day shirt & draw from the Leprechaun's Hat for prizes.  For every $10 you spend in-store during the party receive a raffle ticket to win out of the Pot O' Gold with drawings for free green backs every hour!  Located at 11480 Alpharetta Hwy.  Call 770-777-1000 or visit www.Killercreek


Mar. 16 Roswell, GA. 3rd Annual Ride for the Irish. Presented by Blue Bloods MC & Killer Creek H-D®. Benefits The Noble Heroes Foundation, Inc Register 10am/Depart 12pm at Killer Creek H-D. Rider $25/passenger $10 includes free ride t-shirt. Ends at St. Patrick's Day Party at Killer Creek H-D®. Contact Located at 11480 Alpharetta Hwy.  Call 770-777-1000 or visit














Congratulations to ABATE of Illinois, recognized by the MRF for their efforts on behalf of motorcyclists!! WTG!!





Motorcycle Licenses $15 Cheaper in Palos Park Village officials recently voted to lower the licensing fee for motorcycle owners.


Posted by Lauren Traut (Editor) , March 03, 2014 at 01:24 AM


Motorcycle enthusiasts will pay a bit less for a license, after village officials unanimously OKed reducing the fee from $50 to $35.

The reduced fee could mean up to $705 less in revenue for the village, but the price reduction could entice more motorcycle owners to register their vehicles, Vilalge Manager Rick Boehm said. The village issued 47 motorcycle vehicle stickers in the past year, The Regional News reports. The heftier price tag was set in 2009.

"We felt reducing the price was the right thing to do considering there is a shorter time for motorcycles to be used and they don’t create the wear and tear on the roads that other vehicles do," Boehm said.

The fee for car stickers stays at $60, but Commissioner G. Darryl Reed suggested exploring fee reduction for a passenger vehicles owned by residents with handicapped plates.






Blackhawk Chapter Abate of IL new fundraiser event


Posted Online: March 03, 2014, 2:48 pm  by Kelly Carlson Public Relations Coordinator for Blackhawk Chapter Abate of IL


Blackhawk Chapter Abate of IL presents the Blackhawk River Rally to be held on Saturday July 19th, 2014 at Len Brown's Northshore Inn at 700 Northshore Drive Moline, IL. Gates open at 10:30 am and admission at the gate is $10.00 each. We will be selling advance tickets until July 1st, 2 for the price of one. Buy one ticket at $10.00 get the 2nd free. There will be a rodeo, prizes, food, vendors, raffles, and live entertainment provided by the Quad Cities own Moonshine Run. Raffling off a very nice gas grill package, a night at the Clarion Hotel and an LG bluray player. Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00 and the drawing is being held at the rally. Should you need any info on our organization, here is our website. I am also attaching copies of our flyers. Here are the details.

Abate of IL is a not for profit motorcyclist rights organization. The mission of Abate of IL is to preserve the universal right to a safe, unrestricted motorcycling environment. Proceeds from this event will go toward protecting and preserving motorcyclist rights and promoting motorcycle awareness. So come on out, have some fun and support your local motorcycle rights organization.

For more information contact Kelly Carlson Public Relations Coordinator for Blackhawk at 309-737-4867.





ABATE of Illinois SUPPORTS both SB3290 and HB4223

State Senator Pat McGuire (43rd) has filed SB3290 which we need to support
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Premises Liability Act. In a Section concerning off-road riding facilities, exempts owners or operators from civil and criminal liability arising out of or as a consequence of noise or sound emissions resulting from the use (instead of "normal use") of the off-road riding facility.
The bill full text link is below
It is pretty much self explanatory, a no-brainer.
This language will help to protect race tracks even better noise issues and will help immensely in defending them those kinds of attacks from anti-motorsports type individuals.
Talking Points:
This bill takes out the guess work of what "normal usage" actually means. "Normal Usage" is too broad of a term.
Please call your Senators on the Judiciary Committee and ask that they vote yes on SB3290
The committee link is:
We also need to file electronic witness slips for this committee. Click on the link below, go to SB3290 then on the far right and click the last box to file a witness slip. The 1st box shows who has submitted a witness slip!

is also scheduled to be heard on Thursday, March 6, at 8:20 am in the Finance subcommittee. Time ran out on the last committee meeting. This is our "Poker Run" bill
If you haven't filled out a witness slip yet now is the time to do so. We need as many as possible, I mean thousands of slips.
Below is the link to the members of the subcommittee:

Call those members, get their ph's ringing off the hook.
We need this bill out of subcommittee and into the the Revenue and Finance Committee.
Talking Points are:
Motorcyclists jump at the chance to raise funds for those less fortunate than ourselves whether they are for individuals or Charity Organizations.
We never ever had a problem on poker runs till state liquor and gaming agents started telling our business they would get fined/lose there license if they would hang up poker run fliers in their businesses.
We thought we had it fixed last year but was put in the Charitable Games Act under the control of the Dept of Revenue, which for poker runs will not work for us, our charities and the State of Illinois as a whole.
We must move this bill to the full Revenue and Finance Committee then on to the House floor. We ask for your full support in fixing this problem

Make these calls. The power to move this bill is in all of us. It has to pass to survive.









From Joe D'Entremont of Rolling Thunder Ma Chapter 1:

Just got a Call from Washington DC and was told that the POW/MIA Chair of Honor bill has been introduced in the Senate!!!!! Rolling Thunder®MA1 has worked hard on this with Senators Warren and Markey and we thank them for getting this bill introduced. It will also be put in as an amendment to bill S1982.






--Once again, the PGR has been asked to participate in welcoming our Wounded Warriors who have sustained permanent injuries from their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Heroes will spend a three day weekend participating in rehabilitative adaptive skiing and snowboarding lessons at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort.

DATE: Saturday, 8 March 2014


    Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
    37 Corey Rd
     Hancock, MA

Please stage in the parking lot below Country Inn

STAGING TIME: Please arrive by 7:30 AM


We will then proceed to  form a flag line to welcome our Wounded Warriors as they arrive at the resort.

Ride Captain: Rick Grandbois

-------Flags will be provided------ ----




On Two Wheels: Riders waiting for spring to appear

By Tim Aloisio The Republican
on March 02, 2014 at 6:44 PM, updated March 02, 2014 at 10:43 PM
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Tim AloisioThe Republican
This winter has been particularly long and brutal and most bikers are chomping at the bit as the new riding season approaches.

In past years it was not unusual to get into full ride mode as early as March, which sometimes had moderate temperatures that allowed for not too uncomfortable riding. This year has also brought with it a very unusual amount of sub-zero weather that reeks havoc on roads when they begin to thaw. The amount of potholes that are already present are much greater than in the recent past. Couple this with the amount of salt and sand on the roads along with melting snow and it adds up to a late start to the season.

Now that being said, it’s never too early to start planning your riding events for the new year. By the time you read this, Daytona bike week in Daytona, Florida will be in full swing for those of you lucky enough to be there. Other events to look forward to this year include Myrtle Beach Bike Week which runs May 9-18 the Americade Touring Motorcycle Rally in Lake George, New York is June 2-7, Laconia Motorcycle Week in Laconia, New Hampshire which runs June 14-22 and is in its 91st year, and the ever raucous Harley Rendezvous in Pattersonville New York from June 20-22.

Locally, there are a few rides that you want to mark on your calendar including the Holyoke Soldiers Home ride which will be on May 31 this year. Last year’s HSH ride attracted over 1,200 bikes and has quickly become one of the big yearly rides in Massachusetts and is expected to be even bigger this year.

In August it will be the always well attended Shriner’s Hospital Ride, and towards the end of the year there will be the resurrected Brightside Ride which is making great strides towards restoring it’s reputation as the Fall ride to be at.

As always in Western Massachusetts, there will be plenty of smaller rides and benefits to attend, so keep it tuned here to see the listings and don’t forget if you have a motorcycle related event that you would like listed please send it to me with at least a few weeks heads up time so that I may get it out for you.

After an absence of some 60 years, Western Massachusetts is once again home to an Indian Motorcycle dealership, namely Indian Motorcycles of Springfield which will be celebrating their grand opening on March 25. The iconic Indian brand is once again a legitimate player on the heavy cruiser scene since being taken over by the multi-billion dollar Polaris Industries which put the full weight of their engineering capabilities behind designing a fine modern machine that still captures the look and style of America’s first motorcycle.

Since the introduction of the company’s 3 models at the Sturgis Rally last year, the new Indians have garnered rave reviews from the motorcycle industry and riders alike.

Indian of Springfield’s owner Dennis Bolduc is a long time Indian enthusiast and collector whom jumped at the chance of getting one of the new dealerships in the United States. Bolduc says that Indian of Springfield will also offer service of all makes of motorcycles and will very shortly also carry motorcycles made by Eric Buell Racing otherwise known as EBR. Bolduc also tells me that on May 30-31 Indian will be supplying a full supply of demo bikes for test rides.

If you would like to test drive a new Indian, simply go to the dealership and sign up for a spot. You will be required to show your motorcycle license and must have a legal motorcycle helmet.

I was lucky enough to test drive the bikes last year and trust me when I tell you that you do not want to miss this opportunity to drive one of these outstanding bikes. In the mean time Indian of Springfield is open for business so swing on by and give them a look. Indian Motorcycles of Springfield is located at 962 Southampton Road in Westfield and you can give them a call at (413) 642-3846 or like them on Facebook.

Goings on

On March 8, the Longriders Motorcycle Club will be having their 29th Annual Cabin Fever Party to be held at the Kennedy Post located on Robbind Road in Chicopee. The festivities get underway at 6 p.m. and will feature the Vallan Brothers Band. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Until next time, ride safe and ride smart.

Tim Aloisio, of Monson, has been a recreational motorcycle rider for more than 35 years. He is a member of the National Harley Owners Group and the Baggers4Life Riding Group of Chicopee. He can be reached at 





Rolling Thunder Ma1 Bike Blessing
Sunday, April 6 at 11:00am at Doyle's Cafe















Mo. lawmakers consider Sunday motorcycle sales


By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press


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









Senators debate casinos, BPA, motorcycle helmets


By Danae Lenz


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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









Repost"  Local man buried atop motorcycle

Clear casket and burial plan was 18 years in the making, family says.

Dorothy Brown, left, the oldest daughter of Billy Standley speaks during her father's funeral at Fairview Cemetery in Mutual Friday. MARSHALL GORBY/ STAFF

WHIO TV A photo taken of Billy Standley riding his prized motorcycle. Jeff Guerini/Staff Mechanicsburg man buried on his motorcycle By Jessica Heffner

Staff Writer


Billy Standley started planning to be buried astride his 1967 motorcycle about 18 years ago. His family carried out his wish Friday with a large Plexiglas casket.

As far back as his family can remember, Standley said he was going to be buried astride his Harley Davidson Electra Glide. They said the motorcycle helped him retain his sense of adventure after he settled down to raise four children in Mechanicsburg — quite a compromise for the man who made his start at the tender age of 13 as a ranch hand and rodeo rider.

“He was gruff, but his heart was as big as all outdoors,” said his daughter, Dorothy Brown.

Standley began making the burial plans, because when he died, he didn’t just want to ride to heaven, he wanted the whole world to see him do it in a see-through coffin. This required a lot of preparation, and even more gumption.

“He was a quirky man,” Brown said. “But when it comes to us kids, he loved us, he raised us well and, of course, we wanted to help him.”

He started by buying three extra burial plots at the Fairview Cemetery in Mutual, next to his wife, Lorna. The land was big enough for the 9-by-11-foot cement septic tank able to accommodate his bike. His sons, Pete and Roy, fashioned the casket out of Plexiglas, reinforcing the bottom with wood and steel rods to handle the extra weight. For five years, it sat in Standley’s garage and “if you stopped by his house, he showed you his casket,” Roy Standley said.

“He was proud of it,” he added.

Enlisting the help of Dave and Tammy Vernon, co-owners of Vernon Funeral Homes Inc., he ensured his funeral would be held outside, so all his biker friends could watch his final ride.

“We’ve done personalization … but nothing this extreme,” Tammy Vernon said. “He was the one who kept throwing this idea out there, to be buried on his bike. We were glad to assist him.”

His forethought proved advantageous after Standley was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s last year. Even as his mind wandered, his children or friends couldn’t forget his final wishes. When Standley succumbed to lung cancer Sunday at the age of 82, his plan rolled into action.

Five embalmers prepared his body and secured him with a metal back brace and straps to ensure he’d never lose his seat on his beloved bike, even as it was towed by a trailer to his final resting place. The casket was assembled in the garage of Vernon’s’ funeral home in Mechanicsburg, enshrining him with his trophies and well-worn leathers. After the visitation in the parking lot, motorcyclists from across the country will join him on his final ride to Fairview Cemetery.

The burial will be bizarre, and a bit shocking, to those in Mechanicsburg spied the processional, his family agreed. But they also know it’s only natural that Standley would want to make an entrance when he meets his maker.

“He’d done right by us all these years, and at least we could see he goes out the way he wanted to,” Pete Standley said.









My sources from ABATE of SC say they're on this and that there's not a chance in hell that a helmet bill will pass! Stay tuned....

Helmet bill warrants support


AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain


South Carolina legislators are being given an opportunity to save lives and money by making mandatory the use of motorcycle helmets. But then, they've been given the same opportunity before and passed it by. And Gov. Nikki Haley follows their flawed line of reasoning on the issue.

It's time for a change.

.Three state representatives, Reps. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, Seth Whipper, D-North Charleston, and Carl Anderson, D-Georgetown, pre-filed a bill that would require all motorcycle riders to wear helmets.

They note that the number of motorcycle deaths is growing. Mr. Gilliard said, "This is about saving lives."

But they also know it will not be popular with motorcycle groups who say it is their right to decide whether to wear a helmet or not.

ABATE of South Carolina, a bikers' rights group, already is calling for people to speak out against the bill.

ABATE spokesman Chad Fuller said, "We don't believe that helmets save lives. Education saves lives."

Well, a person who is educated on motorcycle safety issues would know that helmets reduce by 37 percent the likelihood of death in a motorcycle crash. The Centers for Disease Control did extensive statistical research to arrive at that conclusion.

The independent reported that in 1997, one of every 20 traffic deaths was a motorcyclist. By 2010, that surged to one in seven.

Even the S.C. Legislature conceded that helmets improve safety for motorcycle riders when it passed legislation requiring motorcycle riders under the age of 21 to wear a helmet.

Mr. Gilliard says it is his duty as a legislator to save lives if possible. "It's better to be safe, to be proactive, than to be sorry." But even those people who discount motorcycle death statistics can't discount the financial cost of motorcycle accidents.

The CDC found that hospital charges for those suffering traumatic brain injuries were 13 times higher than for motorcyclists with other injuries. Helmets are designed to prevent traumatic brain injuries.

And about 63 percent of the cost of caring for such traumas is borne by the public.

Despite common sense, it is assured that the motorcycle lobby will talk about its freedom to choose not to wear a helmet as if it is somehow different from requiring motorists to wear seat belts.

And it will say that requiring helmets for people's safety is the act of a Nanny State, while enforcing speed limits for people's safety is fine.

Reps. Gilliard, Whipper and Anderson are advocating for safer streets, fewer deaths and fewer patients with expensive traumatic head injuries.

The Legislature and the governor should recognize the value of the legislation and and support it.








South Dakota House Near Unanimous On Photo Ticketing Ban


South Dakota House votes 69-1 in favor of prohibiting speed and red light cameras.

In the South Dakota House of Representatives, Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: They do not want red light cameras or speed cameras operating in the state. By a vote of 69 to 1 on Wednesday, lower chamber lawmakers gave final approval to a photo ticketing ban that leaves no room for private companies to mail citations to residents.

"No state, county, municipal, or township authority may use photo radar speed detection to determine compliance with any speed restriction imposed by this chapter or by any local ordinance," House Bill 1100 states. "No state, county, municipal, or township authority may use a photo monitoring device to detect any red light violation."

State Representative Peggy Gibson (D-Huron) on Wednesday listed the problems that spurred her to introduce the bill banning cameras.

"Red light cameras are not the most effective way of reducing red light violations," Gibson said. "Red light cameras are used primarily used to raise money and not improve safety. Ticket recipients are not notified quickly out of the offense, and there's no guarantee of delivery of the citation because it goes through US mail. There is no certifiable witness to the supposed violation."

South Dakota's courts have agreed with Gibson that there are due process problems with the cameras. In 2006, I.L. Wiedermann sued Sioux Falls after he received a ticket from Redflex Traffic Systems in the mail. In June 2010, a state circuit court judge ruled that the Sioux Falls camera ordinance violates state law because it "decriminalizes" the running of red lights, which the state classifies as a misdemeanor (view decision).

"Everywhere else in the state, running a red light amounts to a criminal penalty, similar to a speeding ticket," Gibson said. "Criminal penalties can be appealed in the court system; however, automated tickets are civil penalties similar to parking tickets. And civil penalties provide less recourse for drivers that want to contest them."

Gibson's bill cleared the state House in 2011, but it faced opposition. This time, one of the former red light camera proponents explained the new thinking in the chamber.

"A couple of years ago when this came through the last time, I supported these lights," state Representative Steve Hickey (R-Minnehaha) said. "I've come to believe these aren't good. I watched that case in Sioux Falls go down, and I do believe that guy's rights were infringed upon. This is a bill that I've shifted my thinking."

If the bill clears the state Senate and receives the signature of Governor Dennis Daugaard (R), South Dakota will join the fifteen other states that ban the prohibit the use of automated ticketing machines (view list). A copy of the bill is available in a 15k PDF file at the source link below.

Source: House Bill 1100 (South Dakota Legislature, 2/5/2014)











Mar. 15 Maryville, TN.  JP Harris & The Tough Choices Concert at The Shed.  $10 (Indoors).

Smoky Mountain H-D, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.  Call 865-977-1669.



Mar. 15 Mebane, TN.  GWRRA NC-H2 Annual Swap Meet.  Opens 9am at Mebane Arts & Community Center, 622 Corregidor St. Visit 











1. Election Day, March 4 <RMEMBER TO VOTE>
2. Survivors United MC Benefit for Skeeter - Saginaw - Mar 8
3. Benefit Ride for Eddy & Alan - Waxahachie / Cedar Hill - Mar 15
4. Horny Toad Harley Davidson Crawfest - Waco - Mar 22
5. Motorcycle Fun Run & Car SHow - Mabank - Mar 23
6. TST Coyote Drive In Motorcycle Swap Meet - Fort Worth - Mar 23
7. Desgraciados MC 4th Annual Birthday Party - Quinlan - Mar 29
8. Armadillo Cycle Club 9th Annual Crawfish Boil - Cleburne - Mar 29
9. CMA Spring Fever Fun Run - Carrollton - Apr 12
10. BACA Bike Night - Waco - Apr 17
11. Peace Keepers LEMC Car & Bike Show - Mesquite - May 3
12. Devils Advocates RC First Anniversary Party - Arlington - June 8
13. news - Kawasaki recalls off-road motorcycles
1> Election Day, March 4 <RMEMBER TO VOTE>
Hello everybody,
Just a reminder that Tuesday March 4th is election day, so get out and vote. Some of us have house seats to fill. Something to think about in House district 10. Jim Pitts has worked with the motorcycling community and supported our efforts for several years, but he is retiring. When John Wray was mayor of Waxahachie, he and his daughter met with about 50 of us at the county courthouse in the rain to present us with a proclamation for motorcycle safety & awareness. The rain didn't scare him off, and neither did 50 bikers. He even brought his young daughter along. JUst something to think about when you go to the polls. However you vote, just get out and vote.
Region 2-DFW East COIR Unit Commander
2> Survivors United MC Benefit for Skeeter - Saginaw - Mar 8
Date: 2/25/2014
Benefit for Survivor SKEETER.
Location: VFW Post 10374 Highway 287 N Saginaw, TX
3> Benefit Ride for Eddy & Alan - Waxahachie / Cedar Hill - Mar 15
Date: 2/24/2014
Mar 15                  
Benefit Ride for Eddie & Alan Usry
Waxahachie, TX  @ The Shoppe
ends at the BoxCar in Cedar Hill
Carry On, Be a Blessing & Sing
4> Horny Toad Harley Davidson Crawfest - Waco - Mar 22
Date: 2/27/2014
Horny Toad Harley Davidson Crawfest 2014. 
Proceeds to benefit Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) Waco Chapter.
5> Motorcycle Fun Run & Car SHow - Mabank - Mar 23
Date: 2/24/2014
Fun Run & Car Show
Mabank, TX  @ Pavillion
6> TST Coyote Drive In Motorcycle Swap Meet - Fort Worth - Mar 23
Date: 2/27/2014
Texas Scooter Times has a NEW SWAP MEET VENUE!!!
DON&#146;T MISS THE GIANT &#147;Parts & Party&#148;
AT The 1st
Coyote Motorcycle Swap Meet
Coyote Drive In Theatre, 223 N.E. 4th St. Fort Worth
&#133;A Brand New 3 Screen Drive In Theatre Was Built Just North Of Downtown Fort Worth In 2013. It Features A Full Stocked Bar, A Nice Concession Area, A Big Setting Area By The Band, A Safe Kiddie Playground, Covered & Grass Areas For Vendors AND A Large Swap Meet Area Where Vendors Can Work Out Of Their Vehicles Without Even Having To Unhook Their Trailers&#133;. It’s Gonna Be BIG With A Lot OF BARGAINS THERE!! At The Start Of Ridin&#146; Season!! DON‘T MISS IT!
Check it out online at 
LIVE BAND - Pete Barbeck & 7th Son * Everybody&#146;s Favorite Blues & Rock Combo
SPONSORED BY - Hank Bauer, Rider & Attorney, Arlington
The Hog Shop, Haltom City & The 2500 Club, Fort Worth
Admission: $8 Adults, $5 Active Military & Kids 5-14, Under 5 - Free
Hours: 10am - 4pm
Location: 223 N.E. 4th St. Fort Worth
Directions: From Downtown Fort Worth, Take North Main North from the Courthouse
Cross the Trinity River and shortly after, turn East on N.E. 4th St.. OR From I-35,
Take Northside Drive Exit 1 mile north of I-30.
Go West 1 mile then go South on North Main & turn East on N.E. 4th St..
Texas Scooter Times - 2014 Schedule.. As of February 27, Subject to change
March 23 - Coyote Motorcycle Swap Meet
.....Coyote Drive In - 223 N.E. 4th St, Fort Worth
April 13 - Motorcycle Sunday "All Bike Drags"
.....Little River Dragway - Temple
May 3 & 4 - Nostalgia Drags Weekend (Cars & Vintage Nitro & Gas Motorcycles)
&#133;..Little River Drag way - Temple
May 18 - Spring Swap Meet Dallas
.....Longhorn Ballroom - Dallas
October 4 & 5 - Texas Harley Racers Reunion "Gathering & Drags"
.....Little River Dragway - Temple
October 19 - Coyote Motorcycle Swap Meet
.....Coyote Drive In - 223 N.E. 4th St. Fort Worth
7> Desgraciados MC 4th Annual Birthday Party - Quinlan - Mar 29
Desgraciados MC, Hunt County
4th Annual Birthday Bash
Quinlan, TX
Desgraciado Goat
8> Armadillo Cycle Club 9th Annual Crawfish Boil - Cleburne - Mar 29
Date: 2/27/2014 
crawfish boil. March 29
9> CMA Spring Fever Fun Run - Carrollton - Apr 12
Date: 2/25/2014 
Spring Fever Fun Run
Carrollton, TX  @ Quaker Steak & Lube

CMA, Passion Riders
10> BACA Bike Night - Waco - Apr 17
Date: 2/28/2014
The owners and new management of Quaker Steak and Lube (Hwy 6 @ I-35 in Waco) want to host bike night to benefit our Waco Chapter of BACA!  This time it will be Thursday, April 17th, from 7:30-10:30pm.  A percentage of the food sales that night will go to our group!  Please mark your calendars now, and lets have another great turnout. 
Thanks and Bless You - Skeez (Waco BACA)
11> Peace Keepers LEMC Car & Bike Show - Mesquite - May 3
Date: 2/21/2014
Peace Keepers LE MC Car and Bike Show
$10 for the bikes
Location of the show:
3300 Poteet Dr, Mesquite, TX 75150
Timothy "High Tech" Lamb
12> Devils Advocates RC First Anniversary Party - Arlington - June 8
Date: 2/25/2014
The Devils Advocates want to invites everyone to Diamond Jims for our 1 year anniversary. It has been a great year for us and we want everyone to come out and enjoy this event with us. Rogue Radio will be suppling the music add free food and a mere 10 dollars at the door we are teasinng everyone with a good time. I hope that you and suds have time on your busy schedule come out.
Devils Advocate President Fatboy
13> news - Kawasaki recalls off-road motorcycles
Kawasaki Recalls Off-road Motorcycles
Monday, February 17, 2014 :: Staff infoZine
Fuel can leak from between the fuel tank and fuel tap, posing a fire hazard. Washington DC - infoZine - This recall involves (about 10,000) model year 2010, 2011 and 2012 KLX110 and KLX110L off-road motorcycles. The motorcycles have a 110 cubic centimeter engine, a green fuel tank, shroud cover and fenders, a black seat and white side covers. “Kawasaki” is on both sides of the shroud cover. Model names and numbers are on both side covers directly beneath the seat. KLX110 models have an automatic clutch, a shift pedal and no clutch lever on the handlebars. The seat height for these models is about 27 inches. KLX110L models have a manual clutch, a shift pedal and a clutch lever on the handlebars. The seat height for these models is about 29 inches.
Kawasaki KLX110. Photo courtesy of CPSCSold at Kawasaki dealers nationwide from November 2009 to January 2014 for about $2,100 to $2,350.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled off-road motorcycles and contact a Kawasaki dealer to schedule a free repair. Kawasaki is contacting its customers directly.
Consumers can contact Kawasaki toll-free at (866) 802-9381 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at  link and click on Recall/Safety Info at the bottom of the page for more information.
Distributed by Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A., of Irvine, CA. Manufactured in Thailand.



1. About voting...
2. Bandidos MC Spring Fling & Benefit - Fort Worth - Mar 8
1> About Voting ....
Date: 3/1/2014
Since we’re getting political, Jake Ellzey, who is also running for Jim Pitts’ seat, is a combat Veteran, NOT a lawyer and rides a flat black, lowered Softail with sky apes with no helmet.  -Rick
Date: 3/1/2014

Thanks Rick...
Hello everybody, In yesterday's newsletter I made a comment about a candidate running for the House Destrict 10 seat. It was brought to my attention that another candidate named Jake Ellzey is running too. This man is not only a retired combat navy fighter pilot, but he rides a flat black softail with apehangers and rides with no helmet. Sounds like this might be a man we could work with. Just another thing to consider when going to the polls on Tuesday. I can't tell you how important it is to get the right person inoffice. One other thing, He ain't a lawyer. YOu can check out hs website for more information at For those of you who may not know, House district 10 covers all of Ellis County and part of Henderson County.
Region 2-DFW East COIR Unit Commander

2> Bandidos MC Spring Fling & Benefit - Fort Worth - Mar 8
Date: 2/11/2014
Drifter was involved in a motorcycle accident Saturday morning February 8th when a van made a U-turn in front of him. He sustained serious leg injuries and will require quite a bit of time to heal. We have decided to combine a benefit for Drifter along with our 2014 Spring Fling that is scheduled for Saturday March 8th at The Score Sports Bar located at:
7709 Camp Bowie West Fort Worth, Texas 76116 from 1pm to 6pm.
Everyone is invited and as always we appreciate your support.
Ride Free ~Suds & bttrfly











'Legislative Update 3-3-2014'

Here's the most recent news about SB 5141 (Traffic Signals). The House Rules Committee "pulled" it to the floor calendar this afternoon, which brings us one step closer to actually getting legislative relief for the motorcyclists of this state who get stuck at non-detecting traffic signals.

The next step will be a second reading of the bill with [...]

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Harley-Davidson VP Sells $230,320 in Stock (HOG)


Posted by Nolan Pearson on Mar 3rd, 2014


Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) VP Joanne M. Bischmann unloaded 3,476 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $66.26, for a total value of $230,319.76. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 1,585 shares in the company, valued at approximately $105,022. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

Shares of Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) traded down 1.54% during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $65.04. 1,282,991 shares of thecompany’s stock traded hands. Harley-Davidson has a one year low of $49.15 and a one year high of $70.04. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $64.89 and a 200-day moving average of $65.07. The company has a market cap of $14.245 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.14.

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

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Friday, March 7th.Investors of record on Wednesday, February 19th will be given a dividend of $0.275 per share. This represents a $1.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.67%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, February 14th. This is an increase from Harley-Davidson’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.21.

HOG has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Thomson Reuters/Verus upgraded shares of Harley-Davidson from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday. Separately, analysts atZacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Harley-Davidson in a research note on Tuesday, February 4th. They now have a $66.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Barclays raised their price target on shares of Harley-Davidson from $63.00 to $70.00 in a research note on Monday, February 3rd. They now have an “overweight” rating on the stock. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $67.83.

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









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Kenyan startup CladLight creates Smart Jacket to reduce motorbike accidents

(Credit: CladLight) This image shows a homepage screenshot from the website of Kenya-based smart jacket maker CladLight. March 31:55 PM

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Share it With Friends 👤by VCPOST Staff Reporter 0 Comments CladLight, a Kenya-based wearable tech startup, has created the world's first smart jacket for motorcycle riders, according to All Africa.

Brothers Joseph Muchene and Charles Muchene invented the Smart Jacket in a bid to reduce motorbike-related accidents. The jacket is equipped with signal transmitters that display the direction that the driver intends to turn to. The device also has a GPS tracker that helps owners determine the location of the vehicle, the report detailed.

According to Atlanta Black Star, the Muchene brothers are already in talks with some companies for distribution partnerships.

Joseph explained: "We hope that the cost of the jackets will go down by up to 30 percent once we are able to source for more affordable components, like transmitters, from external markets. We are confident that the Smart Jacket will help save lives by increasing the visibility of motorcyclists, especially at night, while at the same time eliminating the need for the cyclist to make hand signals when turning, resulting in more stability."



 has partnered up with 250 million dollars to provide lawsuit funding


HAMILTON , N.J., March 3, 2014 /NEWS.GNOM.ES-iReach/ — has partnered up with 250 million dollars to provide lawsuit advances to injured clients offers its clients the advantages of being able to obtain lawsuit funding. As how the company sees it, there are countless cases in the US that go untouched due to the victims’ lack of money to pursue or win their cases. According to Lawsuit Loans Online, this is one of the things that they aim to eliminate or lessen, at least.

They are now granting lawsuit loans for various types of cases. Some of the ones eligible to benefit from this service from Lawsuit Loans Online are hip replacement, Tranvagina mesh cases, motor vehicle accidents, BP cases, whistle blower, Slip Fall cases, civil rights cases, construction accidents, wrongful death, wrongful termination cases and more. Based on the statements of this company, their team possesses a broad knowledge about several cases. That is why they are choosing to extend their help to the ones who are in need of their lawsuit loan.

Based on statistics released by government sites, there are thousands of car or motorcycle accidents happening every year in the US. Some of them are caused by drunk driving while others are results of reckless driving. According to the same source, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made reports saying that there are more or less 740 motorcycle or bicycle riders who died in the US. Also, they claim that most of them died due to injuries in the head.

Lawsuit Loans Online says that it is trying its best to attend to as much cases that it can handle with the help of its team of experts and as mentioned earlier, one of them is motor vehicle-related accidents. They also said that they are offering on settled cases as low as 1 percent for the interest rates of their lawsuit funding.

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Speed behind biker deaths, say police


By Natalie Akoorie

5:30 AM Monday Mar 3, 2014


t'Twit' motorists and 'born-again' older motorcyclists among reasons for high accident rates, expert claims.

New Zealand Motorcycle Safety Consultants chief executive Allan Kirk said motorcyclists must always be prepared for the worst to happen. Photo / APN

A spate of motorcycle fatalities has prompted police to warn riders to reduce speed. And an expert claims motorists can be "twits" after at least four riders were killed and several critically injured in as many weeks. In the latest crash, a 45-year-old motorcyclist was killed when he hit the back of a 10-tonne tractor trailer as the unit turned into a driveway on a rural road near Morrinsville on Saturday morning. Less than 90 minutes later at 11am another motorcyclist on a charity ride at Ohinewai, east of Huntly, was critically injured when he failed to round a bend and crashed into a fence. The accidents come a day after a mechanic in his 60s was badly injured when his motorbike and a car collided in Whangarei. Four days earlier, on February 24, Christiaan Minnee, 36, died in hospital after colliding with a turning ute at Tamahere in Waikato, and on February 20, 72-year-old Jack Barnes of Hamilton died when his motorcycle and a car collided on the Brynderwyn Hills south of Whangarei. The year's first fatal motorcycle crash happened in Taupiri at 10pm on January 4, when Auckland-based Chinese national Shixun Jiang, 24, crashed into an oncoming car as he tried to overtake traffic on State Highway 1B. Speaking after Saturday's death on the Morrinsville-Walton Rd, Waikato road policing manager, Inspector Freda Grace, said police were concerned at the number of motorcyclist fatalities this year and urged riders to be cautious. "The circumstances of this crash mirror those of a crash earlier last week that claimed the life of another rider and appears to be another avoidable tragedy," she said. Mrs Grace said speed appeared to be a factor in both Waikato crashes on Saturday. New Zealand Motorcycle Safety Consultants chief executive Allan Kirk said motorcyclists must always be prepared for the worst to happen. "It's an equal amount of stupidity and unfortunate luck that comes into these crashes," Mr Kirk said. "The driver simply doesn't see them for a variety of reasons. Therefore the motorcyclist has to be able to second-guess what that driver is going to do. In other words, be prepared for right twits." Mr Kirk, who has been riding for 50 years, said New Zealand had a problem because many riders aged over 40 lacked experience. "They're what we call born-again bikers who came back into riding. "They were quite capable of controlling a bike in the old days, but bikes these days have improved so dramatically that now the bike can outride the rider. And these guys are getting into trouble." Mr Kirk said many older riders did only about 2000km every year during summer, and that wasn't enough riding experience. "They tend to lose the edge." Another problem was target fixation, in which riders focused too long on something they wanted to avoid and instead ran into it.








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Resident Tragically Killed in Motorcycle Accident by Drunk Driver

Date posted: March 1, 2014

2 Benjamin Pirofsky Benjamin Pirofsky By: Sharon Aron Baron

A Coral Springs Resident was killed Friday night after a drunk driver hit their motorcycle while turning in front of them in Pompano Beach. The drunk driver fled the scene, and then tried to cover up the crime.

Benjamin Pirofsky, 30, was traveling southbound on his motorcycle on N. Federal Hwy when Nadia Verdoni, 42, who was driving a Ford SUV northbound in the left turn lane attempted to turn left on a solid green signal into Pirofsky’s path. He attempted to brake, but struck the right rear of the suspect’s car and was ejected from the impact. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“We’re in shock, the whole place is in shock,” said General Manager Robert Ogust of Vista Volkswagen, where Pirofsky was employed. “We’re a family here, and one of our family members was tragically killed last night.”

After the crash, Verdoni fled the scene. BSO deputies went to her home and found her attempting to conceal the damage to her vehicle by covering the car with a tarp. According to police, Verdonia was determined to have been driving under the influence of alcohol and was arrested.

Verdoni was arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene involving death and tampering with evidence.






Motorcyclist dies after early morning crash in San Carlos Park

By Naples Daily News Posted March 2, 2014 at 5:31 p.m.

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A Fort Myers man died after an early Sunday morning motorcycle crash in San Carlos Park.

Gary Miller, 47, was traveling northbound on Holly Road when he lost control of his 2004 Harley Davidson, the Lee County Sheriff's Office reports.

Miller was rushed to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

According to the report, Miller was trying to negotiate a curve but lost control due to his speed. This caused the motorcycle to exit the roadway onto the grassy shoulder.

The motorcycle vaulted into the air and continued traveling in a northeast direction where it struck a parked vehicle. The impact sent debris into two other parked vehicles.

No one else was injured.







Motorcyclist dies in crash after hitting two cars on State Road 574

Times staff Tampa Bay Times Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:48pm

Print 0MANGO —- A 23-year-old man died in a crash after his motorcycle hit the back of one car and spun into the front of another on State Road 574 Saturday afternoon. At 1:34 p.m., Edwin Stephen Torres of Tampa was driving his Suzuki westbound on SR 574 in the left turn lane. He turned left into the path of a car driven by Wesley Ethan Bozeman, 26, of Sydney, Australia, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Bozeman was traveling west in the center lane, east of Lakewood Drive.

Torres hit the back of Bozeman's car and spun clockwise. He collided with the front of another car driven by Leticia Guadalupe Perez-Garcia, 27, of Seffner. Perez-Garcia was stopped for a red light on Lakewood Drive, south of SR 574. Torres was taken to Brandon Regional Medical Center and later died from injuries sustained in the crash. The other drivers were uninjured.








Interstate 15 reopened after wreck involving motorcycles

Mar 03, 2014 11:36 AM EST Written by Matt Guillermo -

Interstate 15 northbound was blocked after a wreck involving two motorcycles near Charleston Boulevard on March 3, 2014.

(Source: LVACTS/FAST Cam)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) - A wreck involving two motorcycles caused all northbound lanes of Interstate 15 near Charleston Boulevard to shut down.

Trooper Jeremie Elliot of Nevada Highway Patrol reported the crash about 5:45 a.m. Monday

At least one person was seriously injured as a result, Elliott said.

The incident caused all northbound lanes to shut down at the height of the morning traffic rush. Traffic appeared to be moving normally by about 8:30 a.m.







Hainesport man killed in motorcycle crash on Route 537 

Fatal Accident . 10:50 pm, Mon Mar 3, 2014.

By David Levinsky Staff writer Burlington County Times

HAINESPORT — A township man was killed Saturday when he was thrown from his motorcycle after striking an SUV driven by an 18-year-old Mount Holly woman, the New Jersey State Police said Monday.

The accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. on Route 537 when Joseph Prince, 46, was riding his Yamaha motorcycle west on the county highway and collided with Sarah Kensler’s vehicle as it pulled out in front of him, a state police spokesman said.

Prince was thrown from his bike and later pronounced dead at the scene.

Kensler was uninjured, but an unidentified juvenile passenger in her vehicle sustained a leg injury. The passenger was taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, police said.

An investigation is ongoing. Kensler was issued a traffic citation for failure to stop or yield, police said.

Prince’s death was the sixth traffic fatality in Burlington County this year, the second-highest total among New Jersey’s 21 counties, behind Mercer County’s seven traffic deaths.

Last year, 35 people were killed in traffic accidents in Burlington County, the seventh-highest total among the counties.








1 dead after motorcycle wreck in Huntersville, MEDIC says 

Mar 02, 2014 11:46 PM EST By Caroline DuPre -

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - One person has died after a motorcycle wreck along Huntersville-Concord Road Sunday afternoon.

Investigators say 40-year-old Kenneth Lavern Owens, Jr. was riding a motorcycle when another driver in an SUV turned in front of him. Police say Owens tried to brake and laid the motorcycle down on its right side, but he slid along the pavement and struck the passenger side of the SUV.

Owens was wearing a helmet. He died at the scene.

73-year-old William Holtzclaw was charged with Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle and Failure to Yield the Right of Way, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

The Huntersville Fire Department says the road was closed for several hours after the wreck.









Three Cumberland County men injured in motorcycle crash on I-95 Sunday

 Monday, 12:32 pm, Mar 3, 2014.

LUMBERTON - Three Cumberland County men who were riding motorcycles together crashed on Interstate 95 Sunday after one had problems with his bike, the Lumberton Police Department said.

No one was seriously injured, according to a report filed by Officer Cody Blount.

The three were traveling north on I-95, near Exit 13, about 3:50 p.m. when the 2005 Suzuki operated by Justin Decker, 28, of Sommer Drive in Hope Mills, began to wobble, the report said.

The other riders, James Kost, 32, and Lee Williams, 28, both of Baywater Drive in Fayetteville, ran into Decker's motorcycle, the report said.

All three fell from their motorcycles, the report said.

The men were taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, the report said.

Decker and Williams were treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

There was no information about Kost, she said.

No one was cited, the report said, but inattention was cited as a contributing factor for Kost and Williams.

Defective equipment was cited as the cause of the crash, the report said.

Traffic was stopped for several minutes immediately after the wreck, witnesses said.







UPDATE: Coroner releases ID of motorcycle victim from Sunday

Mar 03, 2014 4:55 PM EST By Cuthbert Langley -

Coroner said the victim was Jackson Duncan, a 29 year old from West Ashley. Coroner said the victim was Jackson Duncan, a 29 year old from West Ashley.

CHARLESTON, SC - One person is dead after a motorcycle accident in downtown Charleston Sunday. Monday, the Charleston County Coroner released the ID of the victim; William Jackson Duncan, known as "Jackson" by his friends. His cause of death is blunt force trauma. He grew up in Mount Pleasant and was 29 years old.

The accident happened on the Huger Street off ramp to the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. The field underneath the off-ramp was littered with debris. Twisted and mangled motorcycle parts and a snapped light pole fill the grassy area.

Greg Pinkerton was walking his dog around the scene like he does most days during the week. However, when he found a light pole lying in the field, he realized something about his routine was anything but ordinary.

"I came across one of the street light poles on the ground, and I assumed a car hit it," Pinkerton said.

As he kept walking, however, Pinkerton said he discovered the crashed motorcycle and the body of the victim was found just a few feet away.

"The front end was completely gone," he said. "There were pieces of [the motorcycle] spread everywhere. Really the only thing that was intact was the engine. Everything was just in pieces scattered around."

Officers were on scene for several hours Sunday piecing together what happened. One lane of the Ravenel Bridge was closed for a short time while police on the bridge surveyed the scene. As authorities investigated, bystanders said they were in shock.

"It's terrifying. I've never seen anything like it," Harriet Dean said.

Dean has been riding motorcycles since she could drive. She, among many others, had one question on their mind.

"I can't even fathom how [the motorcycle] would go over the railing of the overpass and fall off," she said. "It's bewildering."

As many still await answers to the questions surrounding what happened, Pinkerton is still working to process his discovery.

"I was surprised that I didn't have more of a reaction in a way I guess," he said. "It still hasn't sunk in."







Motorcycle crash closes section of Highway 123 1 person taken to hospital

Published 12:21 AM EST Mar 03, 2014

PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. —Authorities investigated a crash that shut down part of Highway 123, near Clemson, on Sunday.

The crash was reported around 7:30 p.m. and involved a motorcycle.

The man on the motorcycle was taken to the hospital, but his condition is unclear.












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