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Congress members ask to suspend funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints

Federal lawmakers have sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood asking him to suspend a grant program that provides money for law enforcement agencies to set up motorcycle-only traffic checkpoints, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

In a letter dated Sept. 30, House members told LaHood that safety-related funds would be better spent in other areas to improve motorcycling safety. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) drafted the letter and then circulated it to his congressional colleagues for signatures before sending it to LaHood.

Besides Sensenbrenner, those who signed the letter are Reps. Thomas Petri (R-Wis.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), Lee Terry (R-Neb.), Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.).

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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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Rules from A Honda

 1962 Safety Rules from Honda

 Taken from a 1962 Honda Motor Cycle Owner’s Manual.

Translated by Honda for the American Motorcycle Rider

 1. At the rise of the hand by Policeman, stop rapidly. Do not pass him by or otherwise disrespect him.

 2. When a passenger of the foot, hooves in sight, tootel the horn trumpet melodiously at first.  If he still obstacles your passage, tootel him with vigor and express by word of mouth, warning Hi, Hi.

 3. Beware of the wandering horse that he shall not take fright as you pass him. Do not explode the exhaust box at him. Go soothingly by.

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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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Woman found guilty in fatal ‘nail polish’ crash

Woman found guilty in fatal ‘nail polish’ crash

May 7, 2010 6:03 AM | 113 Comments | UPDATED STORY

Had Lora Hunt been eating a sandwich or dialing her cell phone instead of polishing her nails when she struck and killed a motorcyclist, she would not now stand convicted of reckless homicide, her lawyer contends.

But prosecutor Mike Mermel said there’s a big difference between polishing nails and other forms of distracted driving. “It is not the same as biting a sandwich … it’s a voluntary disablement,” he said. “She might as well have been in the back seat making a sandwich.”

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The Prince and the Princess

Once upon a time, a Prince asked a beautiful Princess… “Will you marry me?” The Princess said “NO!” And the Prince lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and went fishing and hunting and played golf and dated women half his age and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up . The End