Category Archives: Motorcycle News

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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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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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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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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Motorcycle culture is alive but evolving in Southern Indiana

SOUTHERN INDIANA —“I’m a motorcyclist. I’m not a biker,” that was said by  Bernie Bartley, 64, of Louisville. According to him, bikers are those people who run around looking like pirates, making a lot of noise and don’t want to wear their helmets.

Maybe he sounds cranky about today’s motorcycle riders but, maybe that’s a right he’s earned.  He owns 14 motorcycles, of those, three are licensed for the road, while the rest are now museum pieces that he restored.

On the other hand, Derek Korte, the purchasing and preowned inventory manager at CC Powersports in Clarksville, a biker is someone who’s in search of freedom, who enjoys being outside, being outdoors.

“They enjoy being active, but they like being in control of something other than a car. A motorcycle gives you an amount of freedom where you’re kind of open-air, no cockpit around you and you’re just kind of cruising, man” he added.

Korte has seen all types of riders come through his showroom because CC Powersports is the largest motorcycle dealership in the Louisville metro area. Once upon a time, it billed itself as the largest in the Midwest.

The line between “bikers” and “motorcyclists” has blurred over the years.

ROADS OF SOUTHERN INDIANA

Thanks to its hilly terrain and plenitude of backroads, Southern Indiana may just be the best place in the state to ride.

A popular route is Ind. 211, which begins at an intersection near Elizabeth. Scanlan, Wilkey and Bartley all name it as one of the best roads for riding in the area.

“A lot of people say their favorite roads are the roads that have no paint,” Wilkey said. “So any backroad that’s not been striped, that’s a good road because there’s not a lot of traffic, not a lot of people.”

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Motorbike routes and destinations inventory

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Winding and undulating roads, hospitality, and butter tarts. Those are prominent items that tourism specialists Chris Hughes and Mike Jacobs were high on during their early-June assessment of motorcycle-destination loops that have been created for Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO). They were hired last January by OHTO to help develop destination motorcycle routes and their accompanying inventory of motorcycle-friendly accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

Renfrew, Haliburton and Lanark counties are targets for this not-for-profit tourism organization that is mandated to increase tourism in the region.

OHTO manager Nicole Whiting, who works out of Pembroke, said; “Motorcycle touring development is part of OHTO’s destination development plan for 2013”.

BC Hughes Tourism Consultants not only wants to provide destinations for motorcyclists, but destinations that rival the best on the continent and bring bikers from near and far.

Over the entire nine days and more than 3,000 kilometres of biking in the region, Hughes had uncovered numerous hidden gems that all motorcycle enthusiasts must know about.

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Cross-country Motorcycle Ride for Veterans

Petaluman Victor Vaz joined the 25th Run for the Wall last May after a friend invited him. About 1,500 participating motorcyclists take to the highway to ride from California to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., to honor fallen or missing-in-action soldiers and to promote healing among veterans and their families.

Vaz was a one-time Elvis impersonator and skydiver said he’s been riding motorcycles ever since he was young. He’s no stranger to adventures but his ride to Washington in honor of veterans, was different — and better — than all the rest.

Some motorcyclists got into accidents along the way and were cared for by medical personnel that accompanied the caravan since the group had to keep riding and couldn’t stop to help.

For Vaz, arriving in the nation’s capitol was the pinnacle of the entire experience. A picture taken at the time shows him overcome with emotion.

“The event, educating people about (soldiers missing in action) definitely opened my eyes,” he said. “I’d never been to the wall, and it reached into your soul, brought out feelings I never knew I had.”

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Peters family joined motocross racing

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Since 1977, the Peters family has been connected to the North Dakota Motorcycle Association.

As an assistant principal at Mandan Middle School and NDMA board president, Tom Peters has been going to races all over the state and has won 19 state championships during his career.

However, for the first time in two decades, he has decided to hang up his motorcycle helmet and focus on watching and helping his two sons race.

Tom’s siblings are also involved with motocross racing. His brother, Jim Peters, is a past NDMA member, his sister Rachel Buresh, operates the scoring computer that keeps track of results.

Tom’s sons, Ryan and Daniel, both placed in the top 3 in various events at the motocross races at the Southwest Motocross Association Track. The family has been involved in Dickinson motocross for about 20 years. They  made friends during their many years at motocross race and formed bonds with fellow racers.

“The cool thing is that there are a lot of families here,” Jim said. “It’s kind of neat to see families. You’ll see maybe mom or dad riding and a couple kids, or at least a bunch of them cheering them on.”

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