First it was a full page ad in the Times-Picayune,thanking the residents of New Orleans for their hospitality. Then the Baltimore Ravens owner, Steve Bisicotti, purchased a pair of Harley-Davidson FLHP police bikes and donated them to NOPD for the assistance that was given to the team during its stay in the Big Easy.
Typically the police departments in cities that host the Super Bowl provide the visiting teams 24 hour security and police escorts to and from the stadium for team buses.
“We wanted to do something to show our appreciation for how well our team, our families and our fans were treated by everyone representing New Orleans,” Bisciotti said in a statement released by the team.
The bikes were presented by Ravens Super Bowl star Jacoby Jones, a New Orleans native, during a press conference Wednesday. Mayor Mitch Landrieu and police superintendent Ronal Serpes accepted the gift on behalf of the NOLA PD’s traffic division.
A Las Vegas motorcycle rider, identified as John Paul Rosario was on his way to work last month when he was caught up in some slow moving traffic. You can see in the video when he passes the patrol car, and traffic slows again. That’s when John Paul slows to a stop to avoid a merging driver and is struck from behind by the Vegas PD officer. Rosario described the incident to Hell For Leather magazine, “I was moving along between the sped of 5 to 15mph when I noticed the car on the left wanted to merge into my lane of travel. No biggie. I’m still making good time. So I take a defensive approach and move my bike to the far right near the white line. The car merging took a long time to merge. So I move back to the center lane and then slow to a stop. Not even a second goes by and bump…I turn my head and LVMPD cruiser gave me a love tap. Really!?!
Rosario thought his biggest problem at this point was being late for work. “I thought I’d have to wait for the road supervisor to show and write up a report. I figured the cop would come up and (ask) Hey, are you okay”
But that’s not what happened. Rosario said the officer adopted an aggressive attitude, blaming him for stopping short. He was ”full on Judge Dredd mode.”
Rosario said this took place during the Dorner rampage in California so all the police were on edge, and he became concerned for his safety. ”He wouldn’t let me get in a word to save my life. So I stayed focused and kept drinking my cup of SHUT THE F**K UP and enjoyed it. I was so pissed, you can hear me in the video having trouble talking.”
Indian Motorcycles will unveil their new engine to the public on March 9th at Dirty Harry’s Pub. They’ve planned a big event, bringing in Mike Wolfe, of American Picker fame and are hinting at an even bigger surprise to come. While the event is not open to the general public, (only registered VIP’s and Press) it’s undoubtedly going to cost Polaris more than just a few coins.
Besides events for the general public, corporate shingdigs like this demonstrate the economic impact of the spring Bike Week as hundreds of local businesses depend on the influx of motorcycle owners to start the cash registers ringing early.
Besides the money spent on Indian, Polaris is investing heavily in Victory with events all over the Daytona area during bike week. A Victory bike night at the Broken Spoke March 12th, A custom bike show March 13th at Volusia Motorsports, and a Victory Patio party at BJ’s Brewhouse on International Speedway Blvd on March 13th. A new Victory dealership at 402 N. Beach St. will have a grand opening party March 14th. A Victory ride and reception will start at 11am March 15th from Volusia Motorsports and ride to the Victory Reception at the Blue Grotto in the Halifax Marina (1-3pm)
Harley-Davidson is going all out as well in Daytona with events that tie into the 100th anniversary of the iconic brand.
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Harley-Davidson will present a unique 110th Anniversary display at Riverfront Park on Beach Street in Daytona from Saturday, March 9 to Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Harley Owner’s Group (H.O.G.) events in Daytona include pin stops at Beach Street and the Speedway, an area celebrating H.O.G’s 30thAnniversary on Beach Street, and a special event for H.O.G. members Friday, March 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mikey Luv’s Bar & Grill on Main Street.
Harley-Davidson will give 2013 motorcycle demo rides, along with motorcycle displays, Traxxas Experience, beverages and free parking at Daytona International Speedway near the Intersection of Midway Avenue and Richard Petty Boulevard from Saturday, March 9, to Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The 7th Annual MDA Women’s Ride takes place Tuesday, March 12 with registration on Beach Street starting at 8 a.m. and the ride landing at Destination Daytona at 10:45 a.m.
Harley-Davidson will also be at Bikers on the Boulevard on Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard in Daytona BeachMarch 14-16 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.\