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Fundraiser for officer who lost leg in crash

Press of Atlantic City reports about the fundraiser the police held for the officer who lost a leg in a crash.

A month after Atlantic City police officer, Michael Braxton Jr., 27, lost part of his leg in a motorcycle crash, his friends and co-workers hold a fundraiser to help him with medical costs, including a prosthetic and whatever else is needed for him to return to work.

According to Officer Kiyia Harris who was in-charge of the motorcycle benefit ride at the Trump Plaza Beach Bar, Braxton, is determined to be one of the few officers in the state to come back to work after suffering an amputation.

Braxton was thrown from the bike while trying to turn out of the way of a car. The police with him and the driver of the car rushed to his aid.

As first responders, Harris said, “none of us thought for a minute” about coming to his aid. “We were just assuring that he stayed with us,” she added. Now, they are determined to get him back.

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A benifit ride to benefit kid’s for oncology unit

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Huntington reports about the motorcycle ride to benefit kid’s for oncology unit. The motorcycle ride last Saturday help raise a little money for Cabell Huntington Hospital’s children’s oncology unit.

Lisa Akers, a Wayne resident, said the fundraiser  sponsored by Charlie’s Harley-Davidson in Huntington was for a good cause.

Vicki Poff of Huntington said she is another Tri-State biker who hasn’t had enough time out riding a motorcycle this year. She was happy to participate in the two-hour Rally through the Valley ride Saturday afternoon.

According to Todd Clay, maketing manager at the Harley-Davidson store on 4th Avenue, all of the money raised by the motorcycle rally will be donated to the children’s oncology unit. The money will make a huge difference in the recovery and treatment of the children.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to buy new games and toys for the unit, he said.

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A motorcycle ride for the ‘Rev.’

According to Monroe Patch, a bike ride benefiting the daughter of a late firefighter ended at Lake Zoar Drive-In in Monroe.

The event took place on  a drizzly Sunday in Monroe. Rows of bikes were parked outside the Lake Zoar Drive-In on Route 34 and men wearing Red Knights jackets listened to live music. The motorcycle riding association of firefighters had just completed an 80-mile ride to benefit the daughter of the late firefighter Jimmy “Rev.” Bonazzo of Trumbull, who lost his battle with cancer last September.

The goal of is to raise money for Bonazzo’s daughter, Neve, 13, to go to college when she’s older.

The Red Knights often raise money for charity and have held events for St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Spooner House.

23 Red Knights ride a motorcycle in the rain last Sunday, each making a donation to participate. Shirley, Bonazzo’s wife of 13 years, and Neve greeted the Red Knights at Lake Zoar Drive-In after the ride.

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Watch Shia LaBeouf Stares Down a Motorcyclist!

I found this post from Huffington Post of Shia LaBeouf, american actor, staring down a motorcyclist.
Shia LaBeouf was out for a drive the other day in Burbank, California and  after pulling up next to a motorcycle, the actor tried to have what looks like a staring competition with the driver, who happened to be recording his ride.
According to the YouTube user philipjcaputo, a truck pull up next to him at a stop light. He can see on his periphery vision that the driver of the truck keeps on staring at him. The strange part is that he is in a right-turn-only lane and should be turning right. He’s doesn’t want to make any eye contact but the driver of the other truck keeps on staring at him so he look left, then to balance things out, look at the right. It turns out it was Shia LaBeouf.
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The 90th Laconia Motorcycle Week Review

Motorcycle USA traveled to Laconia Motorcycle Week for its 90th anniversary with great expectations. It’s the oldest motorcycle rally in America. While record numbers were anticipated, attendance was down compared to last year’s event due to the bad weather. But there was still plenty of fun at this year’s rally for those that braved the inclement weather.

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One positive affect of the less-than-expected attendance numbers was the fact that rally goers apparently were on their best behavior. The Laconia Daily Sun reported that there were only 51 arrests at this year’s rally with the majority of those being cases of public intoxication.Traffic accidents seemed far and few between too.

Sponsored by the US Classic Racing Association, the vintage motorcycle race was a blast to watch with rustic racers dashing around New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The next day the heavens opened up and rain poured down but it didn’t stop us from riding a motorcycle in the rain to visit the Mustang Seats and tour the factory.

Mid-week was scheduled for the annual hill climbs, which is always one of the biggest events of the rally.

We started Thursday off with a little riding around Lake Winnepesaukee. Most rally events center on the lake that seems to be around every corner. Our ride ended at Weirs Beach and the Lobster Pound, where we stopped by to check out the action at the biker build-off.

And even though a slight drizzle was coming down the day of the annual Nazkini Contest, the girls braved the elements for a chance to walk home with a share of the prize money.

The day we left the 90th anniversary Laconia Motorcycle Week was the warmest, clearest day yet. But we still enjoyed the glorious sunshine on our 350-mile ride back to Lebanon, New Jersey, to return the Victory Cross Country Tour to the guys at Rollin’ Fast.

Even though the 90th fell short in attendance numbers, it meant less congestion for those who did attend, and the chance to ride around New Hampshire’s White Mountains is always a treat.

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First female motorcycle safety instructor in Victoria

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Aftan Puente,  is the first female motorcycle safety instructor, or RiderCoach at Victoria College according to Victoria Advocate.

She’s 28 years old and grew up riding on the back of her father’s motorcycle before she rode on the back of her husband’s. She enrolled in the motorcycle safety course at the college in 2009 and the only female on her class. The training to become a RiderCoach typically takes six to nine months. Puente completed that training in April.

The safety course covers topics ranging from personal protective gear to basic riding skills to street strategies. Students are taught to make themselves visible and ride as though they are invisible.

On Saturday, Puente trained students for the first time on the motorcycle riding range next to the College Services and Training building. She lectured the small group and signaled them with her hands when they were at the opposite end of the range.

RiderCoaches are “there to help you in a safe learning environment,” Puente said.

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Alaska motorcyclists turn out for blessing

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According to Alaska Dispatch, various motorcycle clubs — Alaska Vets, Green Knights, and Rig Riders — came out to the 10th annual Bike Blessing and Ride, despite rain and snow.

Motorcyclists wearing leather motorcycle jackets stood in a circle around a war memorial in downtown Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, listening to Richard Irwin, the event’s big wheel as he prayed for a safe riding season that featured with less snow and warmer temperatures.

A representative of Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan spoke about the dangers of riding in Alaska due to weather and road conditions. Commuters of all kinds were encouraged to beware while traveling Alaska’s roads this summer.

City Church, started the annual motorcycle party years ago in its parking lot. The church partnered up with Alaska Bikers Advocating Training and Education, the motorcycle nonprofit commonly referred to as ABATE.

Accoridng to Irwin, during summertime in Alaska everybody is out and about, and people often don’t pay attention to motorcycles that are out. “There’s a lot of hazards in Alaska that aren’t such a big deal other places.”he added.

As Irwin spoke, the Alaska Vets Motorcycle Club rolled down the street lead by Wayne “Weird Wayne” Manning, president of the Anchorage chapter of the club as well as the Alaska Coalition of Motorcycle Clubs, Inc.

He described the biker blessing as “a really good gig. It brings people from the different clubs together. It really speaks to Alaska’s no-animosity policy.”

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93 year old gets birthday motorcycle ride

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -One Lake Charles woman decided to make her birthday a memorable one.

Fox 19, shared a news about a 93 year old woman who ditched the cake and ice cream for her birthday celebration. This year

 Landry wanted to try something new — a ride on a motorcycle.

When asked, what she’s going to do,she replied “Oh, I’m going to get on a motorcycle and go for a ride! I want to go riding!”.

And that’s exactly what she did.

Landry was the recreational supervisor for Drew Park in Lake Charles for more than 30 years. She has four children, 10 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

She loves to watch football, basketball, baseball and she keeps up with politics.

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Hundreds watch as motorcycle riders race a 180-foot hill

According to Grand Forks Herald, hundreds visited the pine-lined stretch of the Forest River at the bottom of a steep 180-foot hill last Sunday, July 7, 2013.

RURAL FORDVILLE, N.D. — Hundreds visited this normally-secluded location Saturday for the 14th Annual Eagle Ridge Motorcycle Hillclimb. Crowds gathered in rows of lawn chairs in the shade to watch motorcycle riders attempt to ride their bikes over the hill in the shortest amount of time.

Despite cash prizes awarded to winners in each class, the love of riding is what draws many people, especially riders to this motorcycle event. According to Logan Cipala, a rider, riding is a great stress-relief.

The entire event was made possible by donations from sponsors. Their contributions make up part of the prizes given to winners of the race. But, the additional funds raised in part by the $10 admission fee are usually given to the Fordville Fire Department and ambulance service.

The most honored prize goes to the rider who clocks the fastest climb of the day. Each year’s fastest rider gets his or her name engraved into the Andrew Greicar memorial trophy beside the names of previous years’ winners.

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Heavy rain ends motorcycle swap meet

Reports from Lewiston Sun Journal states that the first annual motorcycle swap meet, hosted by the Dixfield League of Riders at the American Legion, was forced to shut down due to the bad weather.

The swap meet was scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but according to Ed Ellis, director of the Dixfield League of Riders and first vice commander of the local Legion post, they had to shut down early after the rain began coming down harder.

Earlier in the day, outdoor vendors had to fight against sporadic bouts of rain, while selling motorcycle parts on sale. The rain didn’t stop residents from stopping by and checking out the sale while legion members cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for those in attendance. The money raised will be going to the American Legion and the League of Riders.

Shortly after shutting down the swap meet, Ellis said he and the rest of the Dixfield League of Riders would meet to reschedule the event. The event will possibly resume in August so that riders can avoid riding in the rain.

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