Senators Want To Stop Motorcycle Only Checkpoints

cycle checkpointWashington DC Senators from New Hampshire, Wisconsin and West Virginia have introduced legislation to end federal funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints.  The bill was introduced Wednesday March 5th and is Co-Sponsored by both Republican and Democratic Senators.

The bill would prohibit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  from issuing grants to states to set up checkpoints where motorcycle riders are targeted by police to check that their vehicles meet state standards for noise, tire condition and other requirements, and are also checked for safety gear during the checkpoints.

The senators argue that the checkpoints are discriminatory, and unnecessary since motorcycle riders are subject to state registration, inspection, licensing and helmet laws and must stop at sobriety check points like all other drivers.

To send a pre-written letter to your Senator asking him or her to support this bill, click over to the AMA website for a form you can fill online.

Honda Recalls Almost 7,000 Sportbikes for Loose Bolts

check your bike and see if it's in this list.

check your bike and see if it’s in this list.

Honda is recalling 6,954 model year 2013 CB500 (FA, F, XA, X) and CBR500 (RA, R) motorcycles.

The rocker arm shaft retaining bolts may have been manufactured incorrectly resulting in the bolts loosening during engine operation. A loose bolt will initially result in a slow leak of engine oil, but if not addressed, the bolt can come out of the cylinder head entirely. Without a bolt, the engine will have reduced power which may result in a stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rocker arm shaft retaining bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014.

Owners may contact Honda Customer Service at 1-866-784-1870.

AMSOIL Joins Lawbike.Com Best of The Beach Bike Show As Sponsor

Amsoil will give away free product to each person who enters the Lawbike.com Best of the Beach Bike Show. (actual product may differ from shown)

March 10, 2014 Panama City Beach:  USRiderNews announced  that Amsoil will co-sponsor the Lawbike.com Best of The Beach Bike show to be held May 3rd in Pier Park, Panama City Beach.  The semi-annual bike show is held in conjunction with Thunder Beach Bike Week and officially sanctioned by Thunder Beach Productions, Pier Park and USRiderNews.

Amsoil will be providing free product to each bike show entrant, as well as displaying their line of products for motorcycles and powersports equipment.

A total of $10,000 in cash and prizes will be given away from  industry leading companies such as Kuryakyn, Custom Dynamics,  HHI, RC Components, and Renegade Wheels.     Wizards Products has also signed on to provide FREE cleaning products to the first 75 bikes entered in the show (valued $20)   (gift certificates subject to change without notice)

Best of Show will win $1000 from Lawbike.com

In addition, USRiderNews will award a Kindle Fire to some lucky participant or spectator at 4:30 pm on Saturday afternoon after the awards have been announced.

The show benefits Toys for Kids Foundation, a local charity that provides to underprivileged children during the holidays.

Save $10 by pre-registering here

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Daytona Bars No Colors Policy

NO_COLORS_SIGNDoes your favorite bar in Daytona have up a “no colors” policy?  How do you feel about that?

Tennessee Dealership Facing Stiff Opposition from Residents

HDCS-LogoHarley-Davidson of Cool Springs wants to invest several million dollarsto build a new store in a new location but the local homeowners association is fighting the plan tooth and nail.
In this report by WZTV in Nashville, the owners of Cool Springs HD want to build a new dealership on 8 acres and install an amphitheater and become a “destination” dealership and that’s what nearby residents say they don’t want to happen.

 NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather

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The Classic Accessories Motorcycle Dust Cover is a scratchproof storage cover that provides excellent protection while your motorcycle is stored indoors. The PolyPro fabric breathes, preventing mildew by allowing interior moisture to escape. Getting a custom-like fit is easy with an elasticized bottom hem and bungee hook system, using two non-scratch grommets, bungees, and hooks. The grommets can also be used with a cable lock to lock your cover in place.


Chop Shop Busted in South Carolina

Three suspects have been arrested and charged with running a motorcycle chop shop in Inman, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

On Feb. 25, deputies received a tip that Mark Hyman, who has active drug warrants, was staying at 506 Cannon Ford Rd.

When deputies went to the house no one answered the door and deputies noticed motorcycles in the yard and a shed in various states of disassembly.

Deputies said Hyman has a history with stolen motorcycles, so they began running the tags on them.

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One of the motorcycles came back stolen and deputies said the VIN number had been covered with some sort of resin. Deputies notified the property crimes detectives who responded to the scene to investigate the stolen motorcycles.

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Fairless and Allstate Display Custom Built Victory

fairlessAll day today March 7, Allstate Insurance Company and legendary motorcycle builder Rick Fairless will display at Daytona Bike Week his latest custom creation – a reimagined Victory Vegas 8-Ball.

The custom-built motorcycle is part of this year’s grand prize for the Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes and will feature signature Rick Fairless designs and customization never before seen by the public. This is the fifth year of the Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes and the first year that a Fairless custom is featured as the grand prize.

“When Allstate asked me to build this year’s bike, they asked for one that really fit the image of its riders. I knew I had to push the limits a little with this bike because they insure so many different kinds of folks,” Fairless said. “We ended up with a bike that is really going to turn some heads. This ain’t a bolt-on custom.”

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Fairless will be on hand to help debut the new custom machine at the Allstate Rider Protection Zone, which is located at Daytona Speedway. Riders in attendance will have the opportunity to see the bike in-person, learn more about how the Allstate Victory Vegas 8-Ball came to be from Fairless himself, enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win the motorcycle, as well as see some of the other custom bikes Allstate owns, including Arlen Ness and Dave Perewitz originals.

In addition to winning the motorcycle, Allstate will give the winner a trip for two to Rick Fairless’ Strokers Dallas for a free custom paint job consultation, personalized by Fairless himself.

“We’re confident that the winner of this year’s Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes is not only going to love their new ride,” said Pam Hollander, senior director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company, “but they’re also going to love the whole Allstate experience.”

Why You Shouldn’t Allow Anyone To Test Drive Your Bike

There’s a bike thief on the loose who is using Craigslist to steal motorcycles from unsuspecting sellers and police are warning the suspect is armed and has shot at least one victim in the leg.   Police now have a photo of the suspect and are asking for your help to catch him.  Police hope enough people will share his image on social media that someone will recognize him and report him to the authorities.

Share this photo on your social media feed and help catch this dangerous bike thief before he hurts someone else

Share this photo on your social media feed and help catch this dangerous bike thief before he hurts someone else

The latest theft took place in Gallatin Tennessee on Feb 19th when the suspect and an accomplice showed up at a residence on Stonehouse Drive when the victim advertised the sale of a 2005 Harley-Davidson Road Glide on Craigslist.

The suspect took the vehicle on a test drive but never returned.  Another person, who had been hiding in the suspect’s 2004-05 black GMC Yukon or Denali, got into the driver’s seat and fled the victim’s residence.

Police say the same suspect is involved in three other Craigslist thefts dating back to earlier 2013 in Gallatin, Bowling Green KY and Lafayette, TN.

In Bowling Green the suspect shot the owner of the stolen motorcycle after he refused to allow him to take the bike for a test drive.

flash-meIf you’re selling your bike online, Police recommend not showing the bike at your home and don’t take it to a parking lot, or other deserted location to show the vehicle, and don’t go alone.  Police say that thieves and con artists will use excuses such as “I don’t get off work until 9pm” or they’ll ask you to meet them in a parking lot of a motorcycle dealer but “after hours” hoping you won’t realize the business is closed.

The best way to deter thieves is to suggest meeting in the parking lot of the local fire department or police station, or a local shopping center where a sheriff’s department substation is located.  Also, never allow anyone to test drive the motorcycle if you have the slightest suspicion they’re not legitimate.  Ask to keep their driver’s license and make sure the photo matches and they have more than one form of identification.

If you have any information, contact Gallatin Tennessee Police Department at 615-452-1313.

Police are looking for the man who took this 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle for a test drive last month and never returned. / Source: Gallatin Police Department

Police are looking for the man who took this 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle for a test drive last month and never returned. / Source: Gallatin Police Department