Motorcyclists Block California Freeway For Proposal Stunt

Call it what you want to but you gotta admit Hector “Tank” Martinez’s marriage proposal was a bit over the top.  The California sportbike rider and member of the 710 Bikerz and 300 of his friends blocked the I-10 freeway in West Corvina on Sunday January 27th while Martinez, did a quick burnout (with pink smoke)  took off his helmet, got down on one knee and  proposed to his girlfriend Paige Hernandez.

According to published reports, the California Highway Patrol isn’t very romantically inclined and issued citations to about 20 motorcyclists who were hanging around on the surface streets after the incident.

One CHP officer said others involved in the stunt may be charged as well.  Potential charges could range from various misdemeanors to felonies for impeding traffic, according to CHP Officer Jose Barrios.

“It’s a public safety issue as well,” Barrios said. “Reckless driving, stopping when it’s not an emergency stop — just a few of the violations they were committing at the time.”

If the CHP follows the same procedure it did when the members of the rock group Imperial Stars shut down the 101 Freeway in October of 2010, Martinez will likely face some type of felony charges.

Oh, and Hernandez said yes.

Goldwing Replacement Tires Recalled

Continental Tire is recalling certain ContiMotion motorcycle tires, size 180/60R16 M/C 74H produced from December 19, 2010, through September 24, 2011. The tires were sold as replacement equipment for Honda GoldWing 1800 motorcycles. Some of these tires may experience uneven wear, groove cracking, and belt lift. This could result in a loss of inflation pressure.  If pressure loss occurs while riding the motorcycle operator could lose control resulting in a fatal crash.

Continental Tire will notify owners and reimburse customers for the affected tires. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Continental Tire customer service toll-free at 1-888-799-2168.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov

Report Receipt Date: JAN 23, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13T001000
Component(s): TIRES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,317

KID ROCK AND HARLEY-DAVIDSON LAUNCH FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND COLLABORATION DURING 110TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR

Learning from previous mistakes (Elton John headlining the 100th anniversary celebration)  Harley-Davidson has announced an exclusive partnership with legendary musician and ‘American Badass’ Kid Rock, including a Saturday night performance for the company’s 110th Anniversary celebration in Milwaukee over this year’s Labor Day weekend.

The first-of-its-kind partnership brings together two legendary American rebels and names Harley-Davidson as a title sponsor of Kid Rock’s Rebel Soul tour, which kicks off this weekend, Feb. 2, 2013, in Kansas City. Harley-Davidson plans to offer fans unique experiences at each of the 60 planned stops during the Rebel Soul tour. The tour sponsorship is just one aspect of the overarching relationship, which will extend from concerts to retail promotions.

The final stop on the tour is Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, when Kid Rock rolls into Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson’s hometown, to party with thousands of his fellow riders. Kid Rock will play a ticketed show at the Marcus Amphitheater, which is located on the south end of Milwaukee’s Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds). Fans who purchase 110th Anniversary ticket packages – currently available at www.ticketmaster.com – will have an opportunity to purchase tickets for Kid Rock’s 110th Anniversary performance before they go on public sale later this spring.  Kid Rock is one of three headliners Harley-Davidson plans to announce for the 110th Anniversary Celebration in Milwaukee – the other entertainment will be announced later this spring.

“What’s not to love about Harley?” said Kid Rock. “They are the backbone of American culture, the flagship American brand. I am honored and excited to partner with this legendary icon that has helped to define American freedom at home and abroad. In 110 years no one has done a better job of representing America – there is NOTHING that screams America like Harley-Davidson.”

A unique element of the partnership is an exclusive line of limited-edition, co-branded Rebel Soul merchandise featuring a line coined by Kid Rock: “I can’t hear you over the rumble of my freedom.” Fans will be able to purchase concert-specific merchandise at each show, as well as an exclusive line of merchandise at participating Harley-Davidson dealerships across the U.S. This is the first time either brand has offered such an extensive line of co-branded merchandise.

Also, at every Rebel Soul tour stop this year, Harley-Davidson will offer one winner the chance to join Kid Rock’s Rebel Soul band and rock on stage for one song during that night’s performance. Fans simply have to find the Harley-Davidson Display Area at each venue to register. ( more after this video of Kid Rock Born Free  riding what looks like an HD Road King sans helmet)

Harley-Davidson is also raising the stakes with a national promotion where one fan will win a once-in-a-lifetime experience including a factory-customized Harley-Davidson motorcycle and the opportunity to rock alongside Kid Rock on stage during the 110thAnniversary show in Milwaukee. Fans can enter to win the national promotion at www.h-d.com/kidrock beginning Feb. 2. The winner’s VIP trip to the 110th Anniversary will also include a meet-and-greet and photo shoot with Kid Rock.

“Kid Rock puts on a great show and embodies a lot of what Harley-Davidson and our fans stand for – freedom, independence, self-expression and the rebel spirit,” said Harley-Davidson Chief Marketing Officer Mark-Hans Richer. “We’re excited to take an unprecedented ride with him during the Rebel Soul tour.”

Harley-Davidson plans to announce ticket sales information for the Kid Rock performance in Milwaukee in the coming weeks, along with additional details related to the 110th Anniversary.  Event dates and tickets for Kid Rock’s Rebel Soul concert tour are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

About the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary

The Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary is a year-long, global celebration connecting millions of Harley-Davidson fans across the globe united by a common bond and shared passion for freedom, self-expression and epic adventure. Included in the official 110thAnniversary calendar are 12 different 110th Anniversary experiences that Harley-Davidson will bring to existing motorcycle events in global markets throughout September 2013. The events span 11 countries on six continents and will be capped by two main celebration events in Rome, Italy, in June 2013 and Milwaukee during Labor Day weekend.

 

Harley-Davidson fans are invited to learn more about the 110th Anniversary and join the celebration online where they can share videos, images and experiences on Facebook, Twitter with the hashtag #HD110, and at www.h-d.com/110.

Virginia’s Freedom of Choice Helmet Law Killed in Committee

Subcommittee strikes down proposal to allow Virginia motorcyclists to ride without helmets

Subcommittee strikes down proposal to allow Virginia motorcyclists to ride without helmets

Del. Ben Cline, a Republican from Rockbridge County introduced a bill (HB2010) in the Virginia house transportation subcommittee that would have allowed motorcyclists here to make the choice to use or not use a helmet when they ride.  Despite support from local motorcyclists who showed up to the early morning hearing, the bill failed to get out of committee.

The supporters for the bill were outnumbered by the insurance and healthcare lobbyists who showed up to testify against repealing the current mandatory helmet law.

Speaking at the hearing was  a representative from Nationwide Insurance who cited unspecified statistics that in states where helmet laws were repealed, motorcycle related fatalities increased 20-30 percent.

That argument was countered by supporters of the bill who cited U.S. Census Bureau statistics that show motorcycle deaths are no higher in states without mandatory helmet laws.

Cline said he was not surprised by the 3-2 vote that killed the bill saying, “I knew it would be a steep hill to climb.”

 

Official Wants To Ban Motorcycles From Mountain Passes

In another bizarre example of “more laws make our lives better” thinking, the website autoevolution is reporting that Alain Perret, prefect of Lower-Rhine region in France, wants to ban the access of motorcycles in the high mountain passes of the Vosgi during weekends. The only high passes remaining unaffected by such law initiative are Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Bonhomme and Bussang.

For those of you not up on your French politics, a “French Prefect” is a little like an American congressman only he or she isn’t elected, they’re appointed as local or regional representatives to the national government.   According to Wikipedia, Prefects may issue administrative orders in areas falling within the competency of the national government, including general safety. For instance, they may prohibit the use of certain roads without special tyres in times of snow. The prohibition on smoking or leaving the motor running while filling the fuel tank of a motor vehicle is another example of a matter typically decided by a prefectoral administrative order.

The French Motorcycling Federation and the Federation Francaise des Motards en Colere (translated as French Federation of Angry Bikers) have already filed a complaint against the proposed law.

In 2010, the group turned out 40,000 bikers to protest a proposed ban on lane splitting  and in December 2012 the Federation took to the streets and painted warnings on French roadways near speed cameras, so it will be interesting to see what the group does if this asinine law is actually imposed.

One thing’s for sure, French motorcyclists are not afraid of a little political activism.

Motorcycle Journalist Kevin Ash Killed During Press Launch

“It is with deep regret that BMW Motorrad confirms the fatal injury of Kevin Ash in a motorcycle accident during a launch event in South Africa. The accident happened to the north of a town called George, 250 kilometres east of Cape Town. Out of respect for Kevin’s family and friends, no further information is being made available at this time.”

Adrian Roderick, general manager for BMW Motorrad UK, said: “We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear the awful news about Kevin Ash; one of the most well-liked, experienced and respected journalists in the extremely close-knit motorcycle community. Losing Kevin is a tragedy which will be felt across the entire industry. He was a friend, as much as a journalist, and will be sorely missed. Our heartfelt thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this awful time.”

Neale Bayly, USRiderNews journalist knew Kevin well.  Neale said, “ It’s hard to say how many times I’ve crossed paths with Kevin Ash around the world in my career. From track introductions in Malaysia to Museum tours in Italy, and all number of street rides in America, England or Spain.  I’ve eaten breakfast, lunch, and dinner with him many times in strange places on this planet and have only one consistent  memory of him. Just a seriously down to earth and friendly bloke. A fantastic rider, a true stand out in the world of motorcycle journalism, and a consummate professional, when the riding was done he was always quick to be where the fun was happening.   It’s a sad day to hear of his passing, and I’m sure for BMW an extremely difficult time as they introduce their new GS to the world. My thoughts are with Kevin’s family and friends today and I will take some solace that Mr. Kevin Ash didn’t waste any of his time on this earth. He rode hard, rode well and always did it with a smile on his face. ”

 

Hold On Tighter Kid!

When most parents want to be rid of the kids for a while they drop them off at the babysitters…or at Grandma’s.  But this dad dropped his kid off in the street….quite literally.

“Junior, I swear if you don’t shut up I’m going to dump you in the street…..what? you don’t believe me?  Watch this!”

Ducati Says 2012 Best Sales Year Ever

January 18, 2013  Yesterday, Ducati North America  announced that 2012 was the company’s best year in the market, with a 21% increase over 2011 in total sales of motorcycles and a 42% jump in its apparel division.

Chief Executive Cristiano Silei thanked passionate American Ducati fans “Ducatisti,” for driving 2012 U.S. sales up 21% over 2011. The US (for the second year in a row) is the Italian motorcycle company’s biggest market, where ”One out of every four Ducati motorcycles sold [worldwide] is sold in North America,” Silei said. “It’s a love story.”

Silei said he was guardedly optimistic that 2012 might have been the last bad year in the motorcycle sales slump that began with the economic crash of 2008.

“Maybe this is the bottom,” he said. “I certainly hope so. The market has been stable for the last two years, so maybe we have reached a plateau. For us, we are posting record numbers now.”

Silei is a 17-year Ducati employee who insists he is as passionate a rider as any of his customers, but he no longer rides on the “edge.” “I am not the fastest rider out there,” he said. “I enjoy the twisty and windy roads more than the track.”

He is pictured in a company photo embracing Ducati’s flagship superbike, the Panigale. But that isn’t necessarily his No. 1 bike.

Pressed to name a favorite model, Silei resisted before saying, “Really, I am a Multistrada guy, in my soul.” He said he’s eagerly waiting now for delivery of the company’s 2013 Multistrada 1200S Pikes Peak Special Edition.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON FREEDOM JACKET JOURNEYS THOUSANDS OF MILES IN ONE YEAR TO UNITE INDEPENDENTS AROUND THE WORLD

Fans Near and Far Tell Incredible Stories of Freedom and Adventure through a Single Leather Jacket as it Travels the Globe for Harley’s 110th Anniversary Celebration

MILWAUKEE (Jan. 15, 2013) – In August 2012, Harley-Davidson fans around the world kicked off a year-long celebration of the company’s 110th Anniversary. Over the course of an entire year, millions of fans across 11 countries and six continents are celebrating their shared passion for freedom, self-expression, epic adventure, and the stories that unite them.

s part of the year-long celebration, Harley-Davidson has enlisted individuals from all over the world to take a single black leather jacket – the ‘Freedom Jacket’ – on an adventure and to share their stories online. The Freedom Jacket will pass from rider to rider and visit dozens of iconic destinations in all corners of the globe, collecting their stories before coming home to Milwaukee for the final celebration, Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, and for display at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

“The Freedom Jacket represents one of the most elemental, yet powerful truths of what it means to be a Harley-Davidson rider,” said Harley-Davidson’s Chief Marketing Officer Mark-Hans Richer. “A leather jacket is like a rider’s soul – every pin, scratch, scrape and patch is a visual marker of your journey and becomes part of your identity and the stories you tell.”

The Freedom Jacket was born last August when Richer wore a simple Harley leather jacket during an epic ride across the Tibetan Plateau in China to help kick-off the 110th Anniversary. At a stop along the ride, Richer asked a local Chinese man, who was working painting road markers, to paint something on the jacket to symbolize what he thought about Harley-Davidson. The man painted the Chinese character for “freedom.”

Since then, the Freedom Jacket has been worn by passionate enthusiasts who’ve traveled to destinations around the world, including the foothills of the Alps in Faaker See, Austria for European Bike Week; the highways of Mexico; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and even the starting line of the NHRA Pro Stock finals in Pomona, CA.  In the coming months, the Freedom Jacket will journey to destinations both on and off the beaten path, including official Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary events planned in India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Rome.

Fans can explore the inspiring videos, photos and stories of those who have worn the Freedom Jacket by visiting www.h-d.com/110jacket, the company’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/Harley-Davidson), Twitter handle (@harley-davidson) or via the hashtag #FreedomJacket.

Harley-Davidson is also inviting fans to share stories about their own journeys via the 110th Anniversary website.  On January 22, the company will launch a unique online app that allows fans to create a personalized version of the 110thAnniversary “110 Years of Freedom” graphic with photos of their own epic adventures which will be featured on Harley-Davidson’s Facebook page and other online channels.  The company is also allowing fans the opportunity to create their own 110th Anniversary pages within the site to share their experiences with the world.

“The 110th Anniversary is, first and foremost, a celebration of our fans, so it’s only natural that user-generated content would be at the forefront of our efforts,” added Richer.

Harley-Davidson is planning to reveal several other exciting details related to the 110th Anniversary in the coming weeks, including announcing headlining talent for the Rome and Milwaukee celebration events, as well as sharing upcoming Freedom Jacket adventures.  Tickets for the 110th Anniversary celebration in Milwaukee are currently on sale atwww.ticketmaster.com.