Ohio Trooper Who Ran Over Bikers Gets Light Sentence

ohio couple struckXENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who crashed his patrol car into a couple on a motorcycle was sentenced Monday in Xenia Municipal Court. According to the highway patrol’s crash report, Trooper Jacob Daymon was speeding and using his in-car computer in August 2013 when he struck a motorcycle carrying Corey and Amy Waldman. He was sentenced to pay a fine of $150, plus court costs on a misdemeanor charge of failing to maintain assured clear distance. His license was also suspended for six months, however Daymon’s attorney said the judge will allow an exception to accommodate his work. When handing down the sentence, the judge told Daymon he considered his behavior reckless given there were no adverse weather conditions and he was driving on a rural stretch of highway void of stop-and-go traffic. Before Judge Michael Murry, Daymon apologized to the victims though they were not in court.


 

SAN MATEO POLICE DEPARTMENT SELECTS ZERO MOTORCYCLES AS THEIR FIRST ELECTRIC PATROL MOTORCYCLE

SanMateoPD_zps57688a77SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (Oct. 29, 2013) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced the San Mateo Police Department has purchased a 2013 Zero DS Police Motorcycle that is set to immediately join the Motor Unit patrolling the crowded downtown area. The San Mateo Police Department selected the Zero DS Police Motorcycle due to the motorcycles reliability, low maintenance, battery range and capacity, maneuverable and light weight chassis, as well as economical feasibility. The 2013 Zero DS Police Motorcycle is designed to allow officers to take on more challenging terrain or road conditions by eliminating peripheral inconveniences and allow for broader patrol area options. With zero noise emissions, patrol officers are also able to verbally communicate while riding side-by-side and be more aware of their surroundings

“Police Departments are continuing to select Zero Motorcycles to be added to their fleets because the motorcycles have been developed from the ground up to meet the requirements of law enforcement agencies around the world,” said John Lloyd, Vice President of Global Sales for Zero Motorcycles. “Zero has designed and engineered the police line-up based on feedback directly from patrol officers regarding their needs and responsibilities. We are thrilled that the city San Mateo Police Department is not only putting our Police Motorcycle into service, but also deploying it downtown in the center of the action.”

The Zero DS Police motorcycle was developed specifically for police and security agencies to be utilized to meet the daily needs and requirements of duty. Since launching its exclusive law enforcement and security motorcycle line-up, Zero has developed electric motorcycle programs for other police agencies like:

  • Bogota Police Department
  • Foothill/De Anza College Campus Police Department
  • Hong Kong Police Department
  • Monterrey Police Department
  • San Jose State University Police Department
  • Santa Cruz Police Department
  • Scotts Valley Police Department

… and many others

“It was truly an easy decision for our department to integrate Zero into our current fleet of motorcycles. As a small community we wanted a motorcycle that could easily maneuver its way through our downtown traffic quietly and efficiently without disrupting the community. Also, the motorcycles are able to last an entire shift on one charge lowering the departments operating costs and allowing resources to be extended for more security and a safer community,” said Deputy Chief Michael Callagy, San Mateo Police Department. “Our community also enjoys hosting local events and the Zero Police Motorcycle provides the solution that allows our officers to provide security without the intrusive odors and loud noises of traditional police motorcycles.”

Zero Motorcycles has developed their police motorcycles to meet the increasing demand for street and dual sport police motorcycles on a global level with many Asian, European and South American countries taking interest. North America continues to be in high demand as well with several local police departments and campuses utilizing the motorcycles for security and patrol. Law enforcement and security agencies have found the 2013 Zero DS Police Motorcycle to be reliable with no routine powertrain maintenance and economically feasible with “fuel” cost at only a penny a mile. Zero continues to work directly with a variety of international, national and local law enforcement, security and military agencies to expand their motorcycle fleets and integrate the use of Zero Motorcycles.

For exclusive information regarding Zero’s Police line- up, including video testimonial, visitwww.zeromotorcycles.com/fleet.

Base Layer Garments For Motorcyclists

tcsb103_1When the weather turns scorching hot, or blistering cold, most of us turn to the fitness market for something to wear under our riding clothes. Wearing compression shirts for their superior wicking effect is a good way to keep cool in the summer and the thermal base layer is also good at keeping you warm in the winter. However, non-specific compression gear is designed to be worn during exercise, not as all day wear. Enter a new American company, Twisted Core.  Twisted Core manufactures base layer riding gear with targeted gradient compression which delivers a controlled amount of pressure greatest at the forearm, improving circulation, increasing performance and lowering
fatigue.  The company says their products are made with a blend of cutting edge fabrics that won’t burn or melt when exposed to intense heat or abrasion, as in a sudden “get off.”    Additionally, the fabric contains anti-microbial and UV resistant properties to keep you protected, dry and not as smelly as you might be in the summer.

One of the simple tweaks to the shirts that make a big difference is the larger cut in the shoulders and upper back as well as the extended shirt tail.  And, we all know keeping a shirt tucked in during the winter months is priority one!

A set of these would make a great Christmas gift for that motorcyclist who has everything but proper riding gear!

We’re testing the winter pants, shirt and summer short base layer and will have a review in the December issue of USRiderNews.

In the meantime, you can view the video we took at AIM Expo in Orlando Florida this October with company founder Bob Lampert.

Video Post by USRiderNews.

Kuryakyn Expands Victory Accessory Lineup

zvictory2zvictoryKüryakyn Holdings LLC, introduces a new line of covers and accents. Named “Bahn” — the German word for road or street — the new line is designed to enhance the style of Victory motorcycles. Now you can set your Victory apart
from the crowd with Küryakyn, the word for custom!

“There’s definitely a gap in the aftermarket when it comes to parts and  accessories for Victory models,” explains Küryakyn’s Consumer Marketing Manager Bryan Desimone. “The Bahn line is Küryakyn’s way of reaching out to a group of riders who historically haven’t had much available to customize their bikes.”

Initial products in Küryakyn’s Bahn line include left and right side ignition covers, as well as crank and clutch covers, with many more products in the  works, promises Desimone. All items in the new line feature a black anodized finish that has been offset with a clean looking machined cut for the perfect amount of contrast.

Victory owners can now hit the Autobahn in style! Additional details about the Bahn line can be found at www.kuryakyn.com or visit your local Küryakyn dealer  for more information.

Suzuki Recalls Over 210,000 GSX’ers for Soft Front Brakes

suzuki-gsxr1000_05smlSuzuki Motor of America, Inc. (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2004-2013 GSX-R600 and GSX-R750, and model year 2005-2013 GSX-R1000 motorcycles. In combination with older brake fluid, corrosion of the brake piston inside of the front brake master cylinder generates gas that may result in a reduction of fluid pressure transmission to the front brake.  As a result, front braking power may be reduced increasing the risk of a crash.  Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front brake master cylinder, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on November 4, 2013. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-800-572-1490. Suzuki’s campaign numbers for this recall are: 2A (31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36).

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.

Demon Biker Chihuahua

Full arm sleeve tattoos and chihuahuas are not what you’d expect to see sharing a motorcycle ride, but David Lafayette loves his dog, and apparently his dog lives to ride.

What You’ll Hear When You Test Ride The New Indian

Most brands don’t give you a full fledged sales pitch at the demo rides.  Indian, on the other hand, takes advantage of the opportunity to inform their prospective customers of  the benefits and features of the brand.    As the model offering expands, it’s not going to be something they will be able to continue to do, but kudos to the marketing staff for doing it while they can.  As you can see in the video, it’s informative and designed to sell the value of owning the Indian over other brands.  Additionally, the presentation does a good job of explaining why the bike feels so well balanced (right side drive) and how Polaris used the latest technology to enhance the ride experience.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON RECALLS OVER 25,000 TOURING MODELS FOR CLUTCH ISSUE

 Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) is acting quickly to address  potential safety issues by voluntarily recalling certain 2014 Touring motorcycles equipped with a hydraulic clutch system that may pose a safety issue for riders and/or passengers. The recalls include a Do Not Ride notice to owners and a Do Not Deliver notice to Harley-Davidson dealers until the motorcycle is fixed.

 “The safety of our customers is our highest priority,” said Tony Wilcox, Harley-Davidson General Manager of Motorcycle New Product Delivery. “We have identified potential safety issues and are moving quickly to notify our customers and dealers. The inspection and repair of these motorcycles is extremely important, so it’s critical that our customers with affected vehicles contact their dealers immediately. We apologize for this circumstance. The company is committed to correcting the issues and providing customers with the quality experience and service they expect.”

 The recalls affect 25,185 Touring motorcycles, models FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLHTP, FLHX, FLHXS, FLHTKSE and FLHRSE, and 3,861 Softail® CVOs and Trikes, models FLHTCUTG, FXSBSE and FLSTNSE, built between May 3, 2013, and Oct. 14, 2013.  

 Some of these motorcycles may exhibit a condition in which the hydraulic clutch system may lose the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch.  If the clutch does not disengage as intended, the rider may have difficulty slowing or stopping the motorcycle, which could result in an accident. Harley-Davidson has initiated these recalls to correct the affected motorcycles. 

 The company is taking the additional measure of issuing a Do Not Ride notice to riders given the potential safety issues. The company wants owners of affected motorcycles to contact an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer immediately to arrange for an inspection. The dealer will pick up, inspect and make the necessary repairs at no cost to the owner. The repairs have been identified and should take less than one hour.

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Nominate Someone to the Sturgis Hall of Fame

SHOFOctober, 2013 – – The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the 2014 Hall of Fame and the 2014 Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame.  Individuals, organizations and businesses considered for induction into the Hall of Fame will have made a positive and significant impact on motorcycling.  Individuals considered for the Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame will have made a significant impact through their work in grassroots rights efforts.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame honors the men and women who have dedicated much of their lives to improving, promoting and advancing our great sport and lifestyle.  The Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame recognizes the sacrifices individuals across the nation, and world, have made to protect the rights of motorcyclists through their efforts in the political arena and in grassroots motorcyclists rights organizations.  Anyone who knows of a deserving individual can help the museum recognize these exceptional and deserving people by sending in a nomination.

Nomination forms must be accompanied by credentials which explain why an individual should be considered for induction. Please keep in mind that while their achievements may be outstanding, not everyone knows it. A comprehensive overview of their accomplishments is necessary to make an informed and educated decision.  Biographical info, newspaper articles, historical documents, etc. may be submitted.  Credentials should be no longer than five pages long, including nomination form.

Anyone interested in submitting a nomination form can download the Hall of Fame Nomination form online at www.sturgismuseum.com/assets/file-manager/14-Nomination-Form.doc. The Freedom Fighters nomination form is available at www.sturgismuseum.com/assets/file-manager/FFHoF-Nomination-Form.doc or you can request a nomination form by phoning the Museum 605.347.2001 or emailing info@sturgismuseum.com.

Nominations must be received by the Museum no later than January 10, 2014.  Individuals chosen for induction into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame will be honored at the annual induction breakfast ceremony on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.