Bikers Escort Boy to School To Protest Flag Ban

flag bearing motorcyclists escort teenager who was told not to fly the flag on his bicycle at school

A 13-year-old Northern California boy at the center of a flag controversy got a big show of support this morning from members of the  biker community.

Last week Cody Alicea was told by his Stanislaus County middle school that he couldn’t ride to school with a U.S. flag on his bike.

The school has since changed its mind much to the credit of the story going international, thanks to people like radio host Rush Limbaugh to soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

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As he proudly displayed the flag for his ride to school Monday, he was joined by a parade of people on motorcycles. The group said the Pledge of Allegiance upon arriving at school.

“It means a lot to me,” a tearful Alicea told KCRA.

The school said the original ban of his flag was due to safety concerns. Denair Unified School District Superintendent Edward Parraz told KCRA the campus recently experienced racial tensions. He said some students got out of hand on Cinco de Mayo. He said some students displayed the Mexican flag, while others displayed American flags.

Alicea said Monday he is surprised by all the attention he is getting. “This is big,” Alicea said. “I didn’t think it’d get this big.”


Troopers Still Searching For Honda Driver Who Caused Horrific Wreck

CHP officers say the driver of a gold Honda Accord, similar to this one, caused the wreck in which five people, four of them motorcycilsts, died.

California Highway Patrol officers say they’re still looking for the driver of the gold colored Honda Accord that caused the accident that killed four motorcyclists and a passenger in an auto earlier today. (Sunday)

Four of the dead belonged to a motorcycle club called the Saddle Tramps, based in Lakeside in northeast San Diego County, CHP Officer DeeAnn Goudie said. The accident occured while the club was celebrating its 10th anniversary Saturday with a ride across the desert, she said.

Goudie said at least 12 members of the motorcycle club met around 9 a.m. for breakfast in Lakeside before hitting the road. About 12:50 p.m. they were riding east on California 98 near Ocotillo, about 80 miles from San Diego, when the Honda pulled up behind the motorcyclists and passed them in the oncoming lane.

At the same time, a white Dodge Avenger heading toward the motorcyclists swerved to avoid the oncoming Honda. Goudie said the driver lost control and crashed into six motorcyclists, killing four of them. Authorities say the Honda driver caused the crash and continuing heading east.

Among those killed were a husband and wife riding the same bike, Goudie said. The names of the dead were not released Sunday pending notification of their relatives.

The CHP identified the driver of the Dodge as Carlos Ramirez Bobadilla, 36, of Mexicali, Mexico. His wife was among those killed.

The injured were airlifted or taken by ambulance to UC San Diego Medical Center and the El Centro Regional Medical Center, according to Goudie.

Those hospitalized were Wilson Trayer, 39, of Lakeside, Kelly Halley, 42, of Santee; William Barnes, 57, and Melanie Barnes, 46, both of San Diego. A fifth survivor, John Lombardo, 55, was released from El Centro Medical Center on Sunday afternoon.

KYMCO USA Sponsors First Annual Scooter Only Land Speed Trials

November 21, 2010, Historic Route 66, Devore, California

Spartanburg, S.C. (November 10, 2010) – KYMCO USA is pleased to announce their sponsorship of the First Annual Scooter Land Speed Trials.  This unique event will take place on Historic Route 66, Devore, CA on November 21, 2010.

The Motor-Scooter International Land Speed Federation (MSILSF) is the newly created and self-appointed sanctioning organization of motor-scooter land-speed records.  The need for this organization came about due to motor-scooter riders’ desire to participate in the AMA/BUB land speed trials at Bonneville. When their proposed changes to allow scooters and create a separate scooter class were rejected, the Motor-Scooter International Land-Speed Federation (MSILSF) was formed.  While there may be some changes in the AMA/BUB rules for 2011, the MSILSF decided to host a scooter only event this year.

KYMCO USA, with its reputation for quality scooters, was an obvious choice for a sponsor.  This alliance goes nicely with their involvement in the recent Scooter Cannonball Run.  The MSILSF will have several different classes and KYMCO has scooters that could participate in nearly all of them.

In fact, four riders have already registered to ride in four different classes on KYMCO scooters.  Daniel Smith of San Diego, CA will be riding a KYMCO Super 9 50cc in the 50cc class.  Also from San Diego, Alan Spears will cover the 70cc class on a KYMCO S9 Malossi 70cc. Michael Tockey, a KYMCO Dealer in Indianapolis, IN will be riding a KYMCO Super 8 in the 150cc class.  And in the 250cc class, Richard Newman from Oceanside, CA is entering on a KYMCO Grandvista 250cc.

We are excited to be part of this historic race and to be a sponsor for the first ever Motor Scooter World Land Speed Record being set.  KYMCO USA is moving to the forefront of the scooter world, so it only makes sense for us to be involved,” explained Rick Pawelka, Director of Marketing at KYMCO USA.

The race will be run one scooter at a time over a measured half mile course marked by cones and trophies will be awarded to persons attaining the highest top speed in each class. The records will stand until broken at the next annual event.

For more information and to register for this event, go to the Motor-Scooter International Land Speed Federation’s website at http://www.motorscooterlandspeedfederation.org/.

See Us; Save Us Ride Planned

Nine homemade crosses will stand in a vacant field in South Lubbock all day Saturday — one for each of the motorcyclists killed in Lubbock this year.

Deanna Jandrew and her friends painted white the 7-foot wooden crosses her husband made in the memory of their friend Christy Ann Winters and the other motorcyclists killed.

Nine homemade crosses will stand in a vacant field in South Lubbock all day Saturday — one for each of the motorcyclists killed in Lubbock this year.

Deanna Jandrew and her friends painted white the 7-foot wooden crosses her husband made in the memory of their friend Christy Ann Winters and the other motorcyclists killed.

But the field near 87th Street and University Avenue where Winters died last month won’t be vacant early Saturday afternoon, when hundreds of motorcyclists are expected to gather following a citywide motorcycle awareness ride.

Motorcyclists from all over the region will hit the streets at 11 a.m. Saturday, taking different routes throughout the city without a police escort to let Lubbock know they exist in traffic. They’re scheduled to ride on just about every single major street in Lubbock between 11 a.m. and noon.

“I want everyone in Lubbock to see the bikes so they can see how many are out there,” Jandrew said.

Devastated by the loss of her friend and outraged at the number of mounting motorcycle deaths this year, Jandrew set out on a mission to raise awareness for motorcycles in hopes of preventing future deaths.

“I started this because of Chris (Winters),” she said, but she added it has grown into a cause that she has come to realize is really important to many people and needs to be continued past Saturday’s awareness ride.

But the field near 87th Street and University Avenue where Winters died last month won’t be vacant early Saturday afternoon, when hundreds of motorcyclists are expected to gather following a citywide motorcycle awareness ride.

Motorcyclists from all over the region will hit the streets at 11 a.m. Saturday, taking different routes throughout the city without a police escort to let Lubbock know they exist in traffic. They’re scheduled to ride on just about every single major street in Lubbock between 11 a.m. and noon.

“I want everyone in Lubbock to see the bikes so they can see how many are out there,” Jandrew said.

Devastated by the loss of her friend and outraged at the number of mounting motorcycle deaths this year, Jandrew set out on a mission to raise awareness for motorcycles in hopes of preventing future deaths.

“I started this because of Chris (Winters),” she said, but she added it has grown into a cause that she has come to realize is really important to many people and needs to be continued past Saturday’s awareness ride.

Read the entire story at Lubbock Online


Vegas Shop Owner Says He Was Fooled By Employee

shop owner name tarnished by employee

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More details are emerging in the case of Alley Rat Custom Cycles and Nicholas Ghafouria, 26, of Las Vegas,Nevada accused of operating a prescription drug scam in which thousands of pills of Oxycodone were illegally obtained and sold to individuals in Alaska.

In an exclusive interview with USRiderNews, Troy Powell, founder and owner of Alley Rat Custom Cycles said he first learned that Ghafouria was in trouble with the law on October 28th when he arrived at his shop and found Federal authorities executing a search warrant in his shop.

Powell said when he got there the agents were already inside his business and he was told that “this has nothing to do with you or the shop but that Nick (Ghafouria) is in a lot of trouble.”

Powell said he later learned that earlier (6:30 am) agents executed an arrest warrant at the home of Ghafouria.    According to Powell, Ghafouria admitted to agents that no one else at the shop was involved in the alleged drug distribution ring.

He said Ghafouria cooperated and gave agents his keys to the shop and his personal toolbox.  “Thank God he gave them keys to the shop and the alarm code  and keys to his tool box because they would’ve broke this place up getting in.  But they were very respectful; they went through everything and didn’t tear anything up.”

Powell said authorities confiscated a couple of guns Ghafouria had hidden in his tool box as well as some prescription pills.,

Besides the guns and pills, authorities took the computer in the office and the surveillance server.  Powell said they looked through the entire shop.  “There was nothing else here and they (told me) you run a very clean shop. And that was it and they left.   And I hadn’t heard a word from them since.”

Powell said he didn’t hear from Ghafouria or law enforcement and although he knew Ghafouria had to be involved in something serious, he had no clue his business was about to be involved until  he returned from the SEMA show a week later when the indictments were unsealed.  He said he arrived at his shop and a TV news crew showed up.   “I’ve got a camera and a microphone shoved in my face and I didn’t know what was going on.”

Powell says after he read the Federal indictment he began to piece together what Ghafouria was up to.   “While I’m in the back working, he’s got people in the front coming in giving him money or pills or whatever he’s doing.”   He said.  “I feel like such an idiot this would happen in my business without me knowing it.”

Meeting Ghafouria

Powell says he started the business in 2003 in his dad’s garage while he was living at home.  From there he has had several casual partners in the business all helping him move forward.

Powell said he met Ghafouria in February of 2010 (corrected from earlier report) through another customer, Scott Thompson (who was also arrested in this sting by Federal authorities).  Thompson previously owned a motorcycle shop in Vegas and Powell did paint work for him.

Thompson told Powell that Ghafouria had expensive cars he rented to celebrities when they came to Vegas and occasionally they would be damaged and Ghafouria was looking for someone else to do the body work.  After repairing a few cars and some repeat business he and Ghafouria became friends.  Powell says one day the subject came up about the two of them becoming business partners and Ghafouria came into the business with the intention of helping Alley Rat Customs reach the next level.

But, the level went down instead of up. “I thought I’d hit a home run with this guy (Ghafouria) but he was nothing but a liar and a drug dealer and he put us all in a really really bad situation here.”  Powell continued,”Not only did he fool me but he fooled everyone who works here. He fooled even his father.  His dad is devastated and upset; he’s ruined the family name.”

Laundering Drug Money

In the Federal indictment Ghafouria is accused of having control of 9 separate bank accounts.  Powell says the business only had 3 accounts it used for operations and those were the only accounts where both men were signers.  Powell says the way the media made it looked is that Ghafouria owned Alley Rat Cycles  and ran 1.2 million dollars through the business and that’s simply not true.  “When he got arrested all three of our Wellls Fargo accounts were in the negative.”

He said Ghafouria opened the other accounts separately and used Alley Rat’s accounts as a way to attempt to launder some of the money.  “They told me the reason (the business) got listed is he would do transfers, he would put money in (Alley Rat accounts) and move it back and forth.”

Powell said the amounts were insignificant compared to the other accounts.  ‘The most was about (corrected) $31,300 run through one account.”

My whole life is wrapped up in here.  Every screwdriver I’ve ever bought and paid for.  It’s all in here.  I don’t own a home.  I have everything in this building. This is my life, my passion, and it’s the only thing I’m really good at. I’m devastated that I have to defend myself over something so stupid as (him) trying to sell prescription pills. “

Going Forward

On advice from his lawyer, Powell is planning to remove his name and dissolve the corporation Kolor Kreations USA dba Alley Rat Custom Cycles, that Ghafouria filed without his consent.      “I did sign the papers, but that was one step.  We didn’t have an operating agreement yet, and we didn’t have a lot of things in place first, which you’re supposed to do.  That paper was supposed to be left in a file until all these other things are met, and that didn’t happen and he went ahead and filed it anyways.”

Powell said Ghafouria also put people on the incorporation papers who were not even employees

Powell says he has no plans to change the name of the business.  “I’ve had this name for 10 years and I did nothing wrong. I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of with that name, other than it does have a black eye now.  My feeling is that if you change the name, then you’re trying to hide something.   I’m not going to hide from this because I did nothing wrong“

(This story was edited Nov. 11 4pm est to correct the date Powell says he first met Ghafouria and to change the amount of money that was run through one of Alley Rat Cycles bank account)


JASON BRITTON AND TEAM NO LIMIT TO PERFORM AT PROGRESSIVE® INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOWS® NATIONWIDE 12-CITY TOUR

Hollywood Stunt Riders to Perform Live Stunt Show at all 12-city Show Stops

Irvine, Calif. (November 11, 2010) – The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows is proud to announce Television Star and Stunt Riding Icon Jason Britton and Team No Limit will perform their thrilling stunt shows at all 12-city stops of the nationwide tour. Show attendees from Dallas to Daytona will have the chance to see Speed Channel’s hit show “Superbikes” Star Britton and his Co-star Eric Hoenshell, perform heart-pounding stunts including wheelies, on-bike acrobatics, stoppies, burnouts, endos and more at each show.

“Eric and I are very excited to be a part of the entire 2010-2011 Progressive International Motorcycle Show tour,” said Britton. “We look forward to meeting and performing for our fans and fellow motorcycle enthusiasts. It’s all about the passion on two wheels! See you at the shows!”

Britton and Hoenshell are two of the world’s top stunt riders. Their performances at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows will provide more than half a million show attendees nationwide an up-close, in person look at these two skilled dare-devils. After the performances, fans will also have the chance to meet Britton and Hoenshell during autograph sessions. A special Team No Limit autograph page is included within the free official show guide which will be available to all show attendees at all shows.

“We went after the biggest name in stunt riding to bring as much excitement and energy to the shows for the benefit of the attendees,” said Progressive International Motorcycle Shows Marketing Coordinator Kurt Whittington. “Beyond all the awesome motorcycles we’ll have on the show floor, the price of admission now includes live stunt performances by internationally known superstars.”

The Team No Limit Stunt Show is a part of the overall re-invention of the 30-year-old powersports event series from the ground up to offer more value for exhibitors and attendees. This year’s Progressive International Motorcycle Shows nationwide tour will introduce a completely new visual design and show environment, more entertainment and learning opportunities, more gifts and prizes custom-built for each unique lifestyle enthusiast, and more ways to interact with and buy product than ever before. From New York to California, hardcore powersports enthusiasts, recreational riders, and aspirational fans from all lifestyles and riding abilities will be engaged in a brand new way on the show floor and spend more time connecting with exhibitors and the community, leaving the show with a tremendous sense of satisfaction and tangible value from their experience. For more information call 800/331-5706 or visit www.motorcycleshows.com.


The Doobie Brothers Roar Back onto Music Scene

Patrick Simmons, original member of the Doobie Brothers and avid motorcycle enthuasist

You may have seen rock legend Patrick Simmons and his wife Cris riding their Harley-Davidsons at a motorcycle rally over the past few years. He’s been spotted in Sturgis, and Daytona.   Simmons is an original member of the legendary band  The Doobie Brothers.

While the group has undergone personnel changes over the years and hasn’t released any new music their fans haven’t forgotten them.  Last month the group released World Gone Crazy, their first new album in over ten years.  Produced by Ted Templeman, their producer throughout the 1970′s, the new album combines vintage Doobie Brothers harmonies with the latest recording technology, keeping the sound both classic and fresh.  “It’s the best thing we’ve done musically in forever,” says founding vocalist Tom Johnston in a recent interview with Billboard.

The album features standout tracks like single “Nobody,” a remake of a song from their 1971 debut album (watch the video), ballad “Far From Home,” “Don’t Say Goodbye” with guest vocals from former member Michael McDonald, and “I Know We Won,” a duet with legendary musician Willie Nelson.  A special deluxe edition of the CD includes a 30 minute, career-retrospective DVD, featuring interviews with the band members and footage from the band’s nearly 40 year career.  Both editions are available now in stores and online, with a special deluxe bundle that includes a tour t-shirt available at DoobieBros.com.


Motorcycle Manufacturers Celebrate Veterans Day

When you think of the military you think of motorcycles.

The first American to enter Germany after the armistice of WWI was Corporal Roy Holtz of Chippewa Falls, WI, riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Returning veterans from WWII looking for an adrenaline rush similar to what they experienced in the war turned to two wheels and formed the first motorcycle “clubs.”

But, even before the first World War, motorcycles were serving our nation.  In a press release Harley-Davidson says,  “Ever since the first American troops rode Harley-Davidson motorcycles during the Mexican Expedition in 1916, the Motor Company has enjoyed a long-standing bond with the men and women who have served our nation.”

It’s a bond that American motorcycle manufacturers recognize and continue to embrace.

This month Harley-Davidson and Victory Motorcycles both have programs designed to show appreciation to those who defend the freedoms of our Constitution.

Harley-Davidson  is providing an opportunity for Americans to create personal messages of gratitude for active and retired personnel at www.harley-davidson.com/thankyou.  These messages will be sent on an electronic postcard featuring supermodel and motorcycle rider Marisa Miller and military themed Harley-Davidson motorcycles.  Americans are also encouraged to visit their area Harley-Davidson dealership to learn more about opportunities to honor local military heroes.

“At Harley-Davidson, we’re all about freedom, but we can’t forget that freedom comes at a price,” said Dino Bernacchi, Harley-Davidson’s director of Marketing and Communications.  “It’s humbling to think of the countless sacrifices these brave men and women – and their families – have made to keep our country free, so the Motor Company is honored to help salute military personnel this November.”

HD is also giving away one lucky active or retired service man a “Freedom Pass.”  The winner receives a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle of their choice, and a trip to Milwaukee, Wis., along with five of their fellow service members, where they will receive VIP treatment at the H-D Museum and other select gifts.

Victory Motorcycles is also offering a limited edition military wedge badge set on every motorcycle sold today, November 11th.   It features the Military Salute Pin design, and is a small token of appreciation to thank the men and women of the military who sacrifice for our freedom.

In addition to the wedge set, during the month of November, Victory is giving a $1,000 discount for all active military members.