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Old Bikers

Old Bikers: A lawyer and an old biker are sitting next to each other on a long flight.  The lawyer is thinking that bikers are so dumb that he could get one over on them easily.  So, the lawyer asks if the biker would like to play a fun game.

The biker is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and tries to catch a few winks.  The lawyer persists, saying that the game is a lot of fun…. “I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me only $5.00.  Then you ask me one, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500.00,” he says.

This catches the biker’s attention and, to keep the lawyer quiet, he agrees to play the game.  The lawyer asks the first question.  “What’s the distance from the Earth to the Moon?”  The biker doesn’t say a word, but reaches into his pocket, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer.

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Gov. Rick Snyder proclaimed May 2011: “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month”

By a certificate of proclamation, Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed May 2011 as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” to remind motorists of the seasonal return of motorcycle enthusiasts to Michigan roadways. The event is supported by a legislative resolution and is being promoted by state departments and motorcycle rider groups concerned with highway safety.

The awareness campaign seeks a broader recognition of motorcycles in the transportation mix and strives to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents, injuries and deaths on state roadways. The target audience incorporates vehicle drivers and motorcycle operators. The principal concerns are to increase driver recognition of motorcyclists in traffic, while encouraging motorcyclists to participate in Motorcycle Safety Foundation training available through the Michigan Department of State.

As highway safety supporters, motorcyclists ask that motorists get in the habit of looking for motorcycles as they drive, both during the safety awareness month and throughout the riding season. We are your neighbors, friends and families. Together we can share the road safely.

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The Bikers Suing Their Local Police (Biker Syndrome Alert!)

NEW YORK –   The cops call them Harley-riding “terrorists,” but a group of bikers in California say they’re misunderstood—and to prove it, they’re using the whitest-collar of legal tactics: They’re suing.

In 2010, the small, rural city of Hemet, California, made headlines when its tiny police department was besieged by a series of booby traps aimed at killing gang task-force officers. The police quickly focused their attention on a local gang of skinheads and an outlaw band of bikers known as the Vagos. It turned out that the alleged attackers had an axe to grind with a local anti-gang detective, and had no connection with the two groups.

Now, the Vagos International Motorcycle Club has filed a lawsuit claiming their reputation was tarnished by the investigation. The 14-page lawsuit, filed March 17, alleges that law-enforcement officials defamed the 42-year-old club by referring to them at a press conference as “cockroaches” and “terrorists” who pose “an extreme threat to law enforcement.”

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MRF News Release – National Transportation Safety Board Calls for Nationwide Helmet Laws

“National Transportation Safety Board Calls for Nationwide Helmet Laws The Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling on all States that do not have a mandatory helmet law to adopt one. The NTSB has a “top ten most wanted” list that has never before addressed motorcycle helmet law, but does now. They are asking for every State to enact mandatory helmet law for every rider and passenger on every motorcycle. This is a disturbing, but not surprising, recommendation by the NTSB.  They had a forum in 2007 where they brought in some motorcycle safety professionals and asked them a few questions, they then relied on their motorcycle crash investigations, a whopping six in total crash investigations to issue some safety recommendations. This pales in comparison to the over 150,000 airline incident investigations, over 90,000 other surface transportation investigations, which does more than qualify them to issue such recommendations.

But investigating just six motorcycle accidents and now they are the experts? What’s also surprising is the fact that motorcycle deaths declined last year. For the first time in 11 years motorcycle fatalaties went down, and not just a few percentage points. Motorcycle fatalities were down 16 percent last year. And it is not because people were riding less, vehicle miles traveled for motorcycles was down just a half a precent over the previous year, according to the US DOT.
The NTSB has no regulatory ability and no law making ability, just the power to issue recommendations to the States, industry and the Federal government. We at the MRF are troubled by the NTSB issuing recommendations about anything motorcycle, with such a lack of expertise in the arena of motorcycling and a seemingly nonchalant attitude towards the motorcyclists of this country.

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Ouch

A motorcycle patrolman was rushed to the hospital with an inflamed appendix. The doctors operated and advised him that all was well; however, the patrolman kept feeling something pulling at the hairs in his crotch. Worried that it might be a second surgery and the doctors hadn’t told him about it, he finally got enough energy to pull his hospital gown up enough so he could look at what was making him so uncomfortable. Taped firmly across his pubic hair and private parts were three wide strips of adhesive tape, the kind that doesn’t come off easily — if at all. Written on the tape in large black letters was the sentence, ‘Get well soon . from the nurse in the Jeep you pulled over last week.’

Motorcycle Protective Clothing

Everything that goes in the name of protective gear may not necessarily be as safe as the claims may be. In Europe, for example, apparel has to undergo a series of lengthy tests to qualify as safety clothing. These include abrasion, tearing and impact tests. If they are passed they are CR certified. In the US, where there are no such tests all riders should acquire a set of motorcycle protective clothing by keeping the following points in mind:

 1. Wear a sturdy pair of high boots and protective pants. Your pants should be reinforced at the knees and hips and the boots should be made of thick leather with flexible sole.

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Harley-Davidson New 2011 Models

HARLEY-DAVIDSON OFFERS THREE NEW MODELS FOR 2011

Plus New PowerPak Touring Combo and Available ABS for Softail®models

Harley-Davidson introduces the new SuperLow™, XR1200X and Road Glide® Ultra models with its expansive line of 2011-model-year motorcycles. With 32 models including urban brawlers, long-haul touring machines, contemporary customs drenched in chrome, dark retro-style bobbers, exhilarating sport roadsters and inviting standards, Harley-Davidson offers a motorcycle to match the desires of almost any street rider. Each rolls to the sound track of the American road, a syncopated V-Twin cadence that is the pulse of every Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.

Highlights of the 2011 Harley-Davidson line include:

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Biker boots

Every biker has his own reasons for riding a motorcycle. But if there is one thing all motorcyclists have in common, it has to be their desire for that wicked adrenaline rush that makes them feel like they are on top of the world. Another thing that most bikers love about this activity is the fashion that comes with it. One look at a person and you can easily know if he or she is a biker based on his or her personal fashion style.

Every biker has his own reasons for riding a motorcycle. But if there is one thing all motorcyclists have in common, it has to be their desire for that wicked adrenaline rush that makes them feel like they are on top of the world.
Another thing that most bikers love about this activity is the fashion that comes with it. One look at a person and you can easily know if he or she is a biker based on his or her personal fashion style.

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Motorcycle Clothes to Style or Protect?

 How do you vote? Styling or protection? What do you need to consider about the type of clothing to wear when riding your motorcycle? First and foremost, repeat, you need protection from injury. However, you can still be styling while riding your bike!

 There nothing like laying your bike down on asphalt, rapidly skidding down the black hell with visions of I am going to die in your head, plus leaving lots of your skin on the street to get you to think about wearing protective clothing while riding your motorcycle. If you are like most people, you think about injuries from falling (impact) or abrasions from skidding. Both of these types of injuries can be very painful especially if you survive them. Good news, clothing can play an important part in reducing the injury level in both types of these injuries.

 Did you know that 30% (50% at night) of drivers involved in accidents with motorcycles claim they didn’t see the bike? I can’t count the times I have had to dodge cars who I know just didn’t see me. If they had been watching for cars, it would not have been an issue. How many times have you not seen a motorcyclist and you are even more aware of them than the average driver? Driving in your neighborhood on your bike could be highly dangerous. Approximately 90% of urban motorcycle accidents are caused the other driver not by the motorcyclist. Riding with your headlights on is very important to being seen. Bright colors or reflective stripes can help a lot.

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Trial date set for woman charged with manslaughter

By Louis Ojeda Jr. and John Cuoco

WACO – A judge has denied a plea deal for a woman charged with manslaughter for allegedly causing an auto accident which killed a man last year.

“I believe this is what the majority of the biker community wants, they want this on her record as a felony,” Jason Harris, a friend of the victim, said.

In December, Trena Evette Mitchell, 39-years-old, who is legally blind, reportedly killed a motorcyclist after failing to yield right of way while making a left turn on East Lake Shore Drive.

The motorcyclist, Richard Schroeder, was delivering charity Christmas toys that afternoon.

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