Harley-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.
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
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.
If 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
Gary Savill and Barbara Stampfli-Savill, residents of St. Louis, and owners and operators of Silver Wraith Choppers, LLC in St. Louis have donated a custom-built motorcycle to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine to be raffled as a part of the college’s annual Gentle Doctor Benefit (GDB). The GDB will be held on April 5 and serves as a fundraiser to support scholarships for the College of Veterinary Medicine
In addition to the motorcycle, the couple made an estate commitment of $2.5 million to the college. That gift will create an endowment to support scholarships for veterinary students and will encourage volunteer work among its recipients.
“We are thrilled to be able to give this gift to the College of Veterinary Medicine with the intent that it will support the development of future veterinarians for years to come,” Gary Savill said. “Barbara and I are animal lovers, and we hope this gift will help care for animals around the nation and the world by educating future classes of veterinarians. We also wish to enable students who otherwise would not be able to afford the education and training required to enter this noble profession. Another important aspect of this scholarship is volunteer work; we hope that students who receive this scholarship will be inspired to continue such charitable work throughout their careers.”
The Stampfli-Savill endowment will provide one or more scholarships to cover 50 percent of all tuition and fees each year to students who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be shown to students from underrepresented ethnic groups. Students awarded scholarships from the endowment will be required to perform at least 120 hours of animal-related community and volunteer service each year.
The Stampfli-Savills, who had no prior affiliation with MU or the College of Veterinary Medicine, were inspired to give their gift to the college after reading about the philanthropy of other donors.
In honor of Tat Tuesday, (also known as Fat Tuesday) we wanted to bring you this story of a unique tattoo.
Lonnie Hannah has been riding Harley-Davidson’s for a long time and he’s been a loyal customer. But, his connection with Indian motorcycles goes back longer to when his father built an Indian from spare parts. Now Lonnie, (who started working for the new Indian motorcycle company) is getting the ink to show he’s ready to change brands.
Yes, this is a promotional video from Indian, but that doesn’t change the fact that it looks like the Harley/Indian rivalry is back, in a big way. Is the market big enough for both? What do you think?
It’s not a bike you’re likely to see parked on Main Street in Daytona during Bike Week. Nor are you likely to see it pull up at your local bike night.
The C-01 from Lotus, designed by Daniel Stern (who designed the bike in TRON) is a limited production, extremely expensive and stupidly powerful collectors edition machine for those who can afford expensive toys.
Designed in conjunction with the Holzer Group, the CEO said, “The design process of the C-01 was a labor of love, there were many challenges, ensuring that the bike not only touches your visual senses with its timeless blend of classic appeal and modern execution, but that is safe and ergonomically sound was critical to me,” says Günther Holzer.
What do you think? Do these types of motorcycles help the industry overall (as in the concept car designs) or are they just rich collector toys? Comment below.
Consumer Reports surveyed 4680 subscribers who are motorcycle owners about the reliability of their motorcycles. Out of those who responded to the survey, BMW touring and dual sport owners reported more problems with their motorcycles than owners of other brands.
One in every three BMW owners (33%) said they’ve had an issue with their motorcycle in the past year. One in every 4 Harley-Davidson owner (25%) reported an issue with their motorcycle.
Honda CBR, and Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R owners reported the least amount of problems. The issues that were brought up the most by those who responded to the survey were problems with lights, switches, instrumentation, electrical or fuel systems.
Other brands such as Kawasaki, Victory, Indian, Suzuki and Triumph were not ranked as the owners did not provide enough information as required by the survey.
Founder Danny Perkins lives in a million dollar condo in Miami and oversees a lucrative money making biker funded charity
When Orlando television news reporter Matt Grant started digging around into the finances of Daytona based BADD, (Bikers Against Drunk Drivers) he hit a stone wall, at least when he contacted the organization directly. BADD is a well known motorcycle charity in Central Florida and is known for it’s motorcycle giveaways. According to records filed with the State of Florida in the three years prior to 2014, the organization collected just over $2.6 million dollars. Those same records indicate the charity has returned just $20,300 to victims of drunk drivers, less than 1% of the money it collected. The president of Charity Navigator, one of the largest non-profit charity watch dogs in the United States said the numbers don’t add up and gives BADD a “zero” rating. Records indicate that the charity’s founder Danny Perkins owns a luxury condo on Miami’s South Beach worth almost a million dollars and which records indicate was paid for in cash and a 27 foot pleasure boat which is registered in the charity’s name. When asked how donations are spent, Perkins told WESH in an email “the charity speaks for itself,”claiming BADD has sent out 5 million flyers and used Facebook posts to encourage people not to drink and drive.
Lawmaker says bikes and motorcycles should not be allowed in Suffolk Co New York. (previously incorrectly identified as New Jersey)
Thomas F. Barraga (R-West Islip) says people should ride bikes at all in Suffolk County New York because “Suffolk County is a suburban automobile community — drivers expect to see other drivers on the road, not bicyclists and motorcyclists.”
The anti-motorcycle/bicycle legislator made those remarks in response to a high school senior who wrote to him as a part of a government class assignment. The 17 year old, Matthew Cutrone, wrote to Barraga requesting “some sort of bike lane or maybe even warning signs in certain areas of the county” after his mother was hit by the driver of a van turning left in front of her.
After Barraga’s callous response lit up social media and prompted a ton of angry responses, the legislator said he’s standing by his remarks. “I’m not going to tell them what they want to hear, a lot of fluff,” he said in an interview. “I tell them the truth.” Barraga said he advises all his constituents not to take up bicycling because of the risk. “They usually do not listen — 90 percent of these people eventually were hit by an automobile, many like your mother with serious physical injuries,” Barraga wrote in the letter to Cutrone.
His office could not provide the source for the statistics Barraga cited. The text of the letters are below.
*in an earlier version of this story, Suffolk County is incorrectly identified as being in New Jersey.
He couldn’t save his fictional club brother Opie who was killed in season 5, but Bobby Munson (Mark Boone Jr.) tells the Hollywood Reporter that the hit cable show Sons of Anarchy “basically saved Harley-Davidson.” Read it here.
Whoa there Bobby…that’s pretty big talk from a fictional patch holder.
It’s true that 7 years ago when the show first started, the motorcycle industry was just starting to swirl around the economic toilet drain, and several high profile manufacturers flushed themselves out, but to claim that a television show “saved” a major motorcycle manufacturer from bankruptcy is…well…bullshit.
If the Hollywood Reporter has their facts straight, Harley-Davidson is selling more bikes today than a few years ago and is leading the 18-34 market. And, while 2012 overall sales increased 6 percent, if you believe that’s what saved the Bar and Shield, then I’ve got oceanfront property in Nebraska that I’ll sell you at $500 an acre.
What saved Harley-Davidson was draconian cuts in operating costs, new deals with it’s union, expansion of overseas markets and a recovering US economy that had nothing to do with the show being popular, any more than Then Came Bronson kept Harley-Davidson alive back in the 70′s.
Ryno Motors wants to be the motorcycle of the future, or rather the unicycle of the future. The genesis of the Ryno one-wheeled electric motorcycle can be traced back to a moment when Chris Hoffman’s daughter asked if he could build something like what she saw in an episode of Dragon Ball. You can ride the Ryno sitting down or standing up and right now the top speed is capped at 10mph and the effective range for the electric bike is 10 miles.
What do you think? When the technology reaches the point to increase the speed, safety and range of this vehicle, will you own one?