Motorcycle Rights Activist Sputnik Dies

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The Texas Motorcycle Rights Association is sad to announce that our great Leader, Sputnik, passed away suddenly at approximately 5:00 AM Thursday June 24, 2010.

“I woke up at 5:45AM to find him on the living floor at the state office. It appeared that he crossed over quickly and did not suffer, from a massive heart attack. I can not begin to even put into words how devastating the loss is to the biker community, to his family, and to us who live with him at the state office, for all TMRA2, and to all of his brothers and sisters who loved him dearly.”  Said Terri Williams, State Secretary for the Texas MotorcycleRoadriders Association 2

Sputnik will go down history as the greatest Motorcycle Rights Activist in the History of our Nation and we as his Task Force were truly blessed to be a part of this great Warriors life.God has a special place in Heaven for Sputnik and he told me yesterday that wanted all of us to continue the political work and to carry forward with his final Rally for the Birthday Bash in July. As soon as we know the Memorial Service information we will send out another broadcast.” Said Williams.

The Ride to Pleasure Island is schedule July 2-4. For more info visit TMRA2 website


2000 Motorcyclists to Depart from Janesville, WI Raise Money for MDA

[facebook_ilike] Motorcyclists from across the state will ride together to fight neuromuscular disease during the 16th Annual MDA Tub Run June 18-19.

Over 2000 motorcyclists are expected to attend the Tub Run sponsored by The South Central Wisconsin Janesville Harley Owners Group and Kutter Harley-Davidson. Festivities begin Friday, June 18 with a Poker Run, pork barbeque dinner at Threshman’s Park in Edgerton, bike show, live music, and free overnight camping.

Riders depart Saturday, June 19 from Kutter Harley-Davidson, 3223 North Pontiac Drive, at 12 p.m. sharp. Post-ride entertainment takes place at Threshman’s Park and includes bike games, live music, a silent auction featuring over $8,000 worth of items, a raffle with over 200 prizes and an $8 steak dinner. Tickets for the dinner will be sold on-site to the first five hundred buyers.

Registration is $15 for the Poker Run and $25 for Saturday’s ride. Poker Run registration is from 3-7 p.m. Friday. Tub Run ride registration is from 1-7 p.m. Friday and 9:00-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Kutter Harley-Davidson/Buell.

At least forty volunteers are needed to assist with registration, the Poker Run, food, bartending, clean-up, and the silent auction. For more information, contact Lucy Anderson at (608) 314-1720 or lucy@kutterharley.com.

The MDA Tub Run offers funding for MDA’s comprehensive medical services and support programs, making an impacting the lives of local families and individuals affected by neuromuscular disease. The South Central Wisconsin Janesville HOG is the second highest Harley-Davidson fundraiser for MDA in the United States. Over the past 16 years, the Chapter has donated over $1.4 million. All proceeds from the Tub Run will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy of Southwestern Wisconsin. For more information about the Tub Run, please visit www.kutterharley.com.

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat neuromuscular disease through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive health and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. The Association’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors. For more information about MDA’s local services, please call (608) 222-3269.

Sorry Fella's, this Garage is For "Ladies Only"


Roswell, GA—Over the past decade, women have increasingly embraced the sport of motorcycling – seeking the freedom and escape associated with an open road, polished chrome and a sweet sounding engine.  Currently 12% of new Harley-Davidson purchasers are women, compared to just 4% in 1990. The Motorcycle Industry Council estimates that one in 10 U.S. motorcyclists is a woman.

But while thousands of women live their lives on the open road, many remain stuck in neutral and unsure where to start, commenting that “I would love to learn how to ride, but …”  To help, Killer Creek Harley-Davidson in Roswell is hosting a free, women-only Garage Party event at their dealership Thursday, July 15th 7:00-9:00pm.  This will be the second Garage Party of the year for KCHD—the last event attracted more than 50 women.

The Harley-Davidson Garage Party event provides an inviting environment for women to learn more about motorcycling and to meet other women who are interested in riding.  Party guests can expect activities that will be both entertaining and informational with topics including a review of the basic motorcycle controls, how to customize a motorcycle’s ergonomics and how to choose proper riding gear.

“Women and men ride for the same reasons – freedom, adventure and individuality…its how they get going that can take a different path,” said Karen Davidson, Creative Director, General Merchandise, Harley-Davidson Motor Company.  “Women tend to spend more time investigating the sport prior to getting involved. Garage Party events give women an interactive way to gather information and have fun doing it.”

Garage Party event attendees are organized into small groups, getting their first taste of the camaraderie that goes along with riding.  Groups will visit informational stations, and between stations, women get the chance to interact with each other, as well as hear from women who are already living their motorcycle dreams.

“Garage Party events give women a no-pressure chance to learn, socialize and ask questions,” added Mandi Harris, Marketing Director at Killer Creek Harley-Davidson.  “As a new rider myself, I’m excited to provide an event for women who are looking for information about getting into the sport but aren’t sure how to do it.”

The women-only Harley-Davidson Garage Party event is free for any woman who is looking to take the next step to get behind the handlebars. Space is limited, so interested women should reserve their spot by calling Mandi Harris at (770) 777-1000.  For more information about Killer Creek Harley-Davidson, go to www.killercreekharley.com.

92 Year Old Hits and Kills Motorcyclists

The Highway Patrol reported that 92 year old Faith Mitzel of Oberon North Dakota crossed the center line and struck a pair of motorcycles near Fort Trotten.

According to a report ,  30-year-old Sheri Leidholt was a passenger on a motorcycle that was struck byMitzel at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on State Highway 57. Leidholt died later at a Fargo hospital.  The other motorcyclists were taken to the hospital for treatment and their condition was critical but improving.

*Note, updated on May 26, 2010 4:48 Eastern time to change that Mitzel was not killed in the wreck, only Leidholt, the motorcyclist.


92 Year Old Hits and Kills Motorcyclists

The Highway Patrol reported that 92 year old Faith Mitzel of Oberon North Dakota crossed the center line and struck a pair of motorcycles near Fort Trotten.

According to a report ,  30-year-old Sheri Leidholt was a passenger on a motorcycle that was struck byMitzel at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on State Highway 57. Leidholt died later at a Fargo hospital.  The other motorcyclists were taken to the hospital for treatment and their condition was critical but improving.

*Note, updated on May 26, 2010 4:48 Eastern time to change that Mitzel was not killed in the wreck, only Leidholt, the motorcyclist.


Band Changed For Helen Ga Reunion Run

City Park Helen Georgia during the USRiderNews Reunion Run

Due to a scheduling conflict, JB Walker and the Cheap Whiskey Band will not be appearing in Helen for the 10th anniversary USRiderNews Reunion Run.  “Of course we’re disappointed that JB won’t be in Helen for the Reunion” said Sylvia Cochran, president of ThunderWind Publishing, parent company of USRiderNews.  “JB played at the very first Reunion in 2000 and it’s always been our intention to have him return in 2010.”  Cochran said a scheduling snafu resulted in JB booking a gig at the Tennessee HOG Rally on the Friday night of the Reunion.  “He had the dates in his mind wrong for us and thought he was playing Saturday night instead of Friday night.”

JB Walker said he was sorry for the confusion.  “I have been looking forward to the anniversary since the first party! ”

To replace JB Walker, Cochran said there wasn’t any doubt who to call.  “Zip Holland with Another Fine Mess in Resaca is a great band with a huge following so we knew we wanted them if they were available.”   Luckily Another Fine Mess was open for Friday and the deal was done on the phone. “That’s what I like about Zip and his band.  We can agree on the phone and handle the paperwork later.  We’re very fortunate the band had an open date.”

Allman Sound will once again be handling the sound board and getting the full potential from each band.

The host hotels in Helen Georgia are booked for the Reunion weekend, June 4-6 with most of the remaining hotels/motels reporting only a few rooms available.  Cochran said that while the Reunion Run has grown every year, it’s still an event with a small rally atmosphere.

“This rally has grown with the magazine” said Cochran.  “Every year it keeps getting bigger and bigger.  Because of the Reunion, the Ga State HOG Rally was held here in August 2009, and will probably return.”  Cochran said before the magazine began this rally, motorcyclists were not well received in town. Now the businesses all welcome us.”

Helen Georgia officials say the Reunion is a boost to local tourism and say that the USRiderNews event has gone a long way towards changing locals perception of what a motorcycle rally is.

“This has been a good for the City of Helen” said Jerry Elkins, City Administrator.  “Scott and Sylvia Cochran do a tremendous job and we’re always glad to see the motorcycles come to town in June.”

This year’s schedule of event begins Thur June 3 and runs through Sunday June 5.

Thursday June 3

VIP party for early attendees and vendors in the City Park from 7-9.

Friday June 4th.

12pm  Vendors Open.

2 pm  -  Band in City Park.  TBA.

7pm  300 Mile – Festhalle

8pm  Last Ride Ceremony – Festhalle

9pm  Another Fine Mess – Festhalle

Door prize drawings at Festhalle from 7-12pm  Friday night

Saturday June 5th

9 –  all day   Vendors Open in The City Park

9-12  Poker Chip Run Registration  Pavilion City Park

12-7 Battle of the Band, City Park  $500 Cash Prize

11-2  Bike Show City Park

2:00  Bike Show Awards

3:30  Last Bike In, Poker Chip Run

4:00  Dice Roll for Chip Run winners Sponsored by:

5:00  Bike Games City Park

8-12  Battle of the Bands winner plays in the Park.

Sunday

10:30  CMA Sunday Service, Pavilion City Park


Worth Harley-Davidson Expands

Kansas City, Missouri – May 4, 2010 – A name synonymous with Harley-Davidson is about to roar even louder as Worth Harley-Davidson North, one of the country’s most successful Harley-Davidson Motorcycle dealerships, moves into its new home at 9400 Northwest Prairie View Road in Kansas City, Missouri, and celebrates with its Grand Opening on June 4th and 5th, 2010.

The new 50,000 square foot facility sits on six acres, two-and-one-half times the size of the dealership’s former location in Gladstone, Missouri. The new showroom features more than 25,000 square feet of new and used Harley-Davidsons, comprising one of the largest selections of motorcycles in the Midwest. With more than 400 Harley-Davidsons under one roof, Worth Harley-Davidson North is poised to once again sell more new Harleys than any dealership from Canada to Texas. Its new location, within only three miles of the Kansas City area Harley-Davidson plant, provides an unparalleled opportunity for Harley enthusiasts to be a part of the experience from factory floor to showroom.

“This move is bigger for us in every way,” said Rick Worth, owner of Worth Harley-Davidson North. “Bigger showroom, bigger selection…it will take our customers and Harley fans to the next level.”

Worth’s Grand Opening Events are Guaranteed to Make Some Noise.

To celebrate the move, Worth Harley-Davidson North will present “Worth Stock”, a two-day grand opening event that will feature national-caliber musical performances and motorcycles. Friday, June 4 will feature country music with Chris Cagle, James Otto, and the Flat River Band. Saturday night features Jesse James Dupree and his band, Jackal, plus Nigel Dupree and local Kansas City area bands including Stairway to Zeppelin and many more. All of the concerts will be free and open to the public.

ThunderRun Continues Grand Opening Festivities

The following week, on Saturday, June 12th, Worth Harley-Davidson North will host the third annual ThunderRun, the only motorcycle event of its kind that last year raised over $50,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. ThunderRun will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the all new Worth Harley-Davidson North.

Together “WorthStock” and ThunderRun will make Worth Harley-Davidson North the mecca of all things on two wheels…until Sturgis comes around in August.

More Chrome and More Loans Make Worth Roar

Worth Harley-Davidson North’s sales consistently rank in the top 10 nationally. That’s an accomplishment that doesn’t come easy as Worth is not only competing against dealerships in the Kansas City area, but with dealerships in sun-belt cities like Daytona, Miami and Los Angeles. Despite a top selling season that is only eight months long, Worth puts up numbers that not only surpass other Midwest dealers, but puts them in a category that only the sun-drenched big dealerships can touch.

Part of Worth’s success comes from selling bikes to customers all over the country. In fact, Worth Harley-Davidson North has sold motorcycles to owners in every state except Hawaii. It’s a fact that they are quite proud of.

“We work hard to have the right bike at an affordable price,” says Chris Geren, General Manager of Worth Harley-Davidson North. “Our selection and approach to financing makes us a destination for buyers from all over the country.”

Financing is a key distinction for Worth Harley-Davidson North. Worth’s relationship with lenders and its ability to find financing for purchasers puts it at a level above most other dealerships. Worth is able to offer financing at more favorable terms for buyers, often with better terms than their own hometown dealership. The selection doesn’t hurt either.

“Originally we came down here for the price,” said Tim Ballard, a customer from Norwalk, Iowa. “We got down to Worth Harley-Davidson North and the service, the guys in sales, and the finance guys were great. It was worth the drive.”

Customers like Ballard have June 4th and 5th marked on their calendar. The Worth Harley-Davidson North Grand Opening will mark a new chapter for a Harley-Davidson original.

“We’re in the top ten now but we’ve got our eyes on number one,” adds Worth. “We’ve got the bikes, we’ve got the attitude, and now we’ve got the place. We look forward to seeing you!”

For more information on Worth Harley-Davidson North go to www.worthharley-davidson.com or call 816-420-9000.


Ooops! What Happened?

According to the website, Wauwatosa Now a Harley-Davidson employee crashed the motorcycle she was learning to ride into a fence in the employee parking lot at the Capitol Drive facility today.  The police report said the 57 year old employee was a new rider and was practicing maneuvers in the parking lot when she noticed the throttle was sticking (probably the throttle lock was engaged) and twisted it hard thinking that would loosen it up.  Unfortunately the bike surged forward and she struck a chain link fence.  The employee was treated at local hospital and released.  The bike was said to have suffered “extensive” front end damage.

Connecticut May Require Motorcycle Training

April 20, 2010 Motorcycle riders in Connecticut may have to take a 15 hour safety course and fork over $200 for the privledge of riding in the Constitution State if a bill, currently under consideration passes all the legislative hurdles.

The House appropriations committee voted Monday 42-2 in favor of a bill that would require anyone applying for a motorcycle endorsement, regardless of age, to complete a novice motorcycle training course. Currently, only those under 18 must take a training course.

The transportation committee passed the bill in March. It now goes to the House of Representatives and the Senate for action.

Read the post here

GA ABATE Issues Call to Action

SB 519 was stripped of our Red Light Amendment in a late evening manuever.It is highly unusual for a Bill to be sent back to Committe to be stripped of an amendment that has passed.
We are not taking this sitting down. I will be meeting with Represenative Rice tomorrow   morning. Represenative Rice somehow manuvered this action.We need you to take one more Action.

LIGHT UP THE SWITCHBOARDS AND MAKE SURE OUR VOICE IS HEARD!

  1. Contact Represenative Rice and ask him why he manuevered our Bill back into Transportation to be stripped of our amendment. Voice your displeassure politly but firmly.

Tom Rice tom.rice@house.ga.gov
404-656-5912

  1. Contact Represenative  and Rules Chairman Bill Hembree and ask him  why He sent SB 519 back to Committee. Voice your displeasure and concern.

( NOTE HEMBREE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FRIEND TO ABATE IN THE PAST AND IS LISTED AS A SPONSOR FOR OUR FREEDOM OF CHOICE BILL AND SPONSORED SEVERAL OTHER BILLS FOR ABATE IN THE PAST)

Bill Hembree  bill.hembree@house.ga.gov>
404.656.5141

We are not done yet! We will get to the bottom of this and we will strategize and take appropiate action against our opposition. Remember don’t threaten, stay calm voice your displeasure and Stay tuned for updates.

Thanks for everything you do. We are on the move in Georgia!

Linda Allen
Legislative Director
ABATE of Georgia, Inc.