High Winds Cause Motorcyclist Fatality on Bridge

The Suffolk News-Herald reported that high winds caused Garlon Turner, 60, of Suffolk Virginia to fall off his 2007 Harley-Davidson while crossing the James River Bridge Saturday night April 17th.  The State Trooper reported that a motorist saw Turner on his motorcycle and then saw him fly off his bike during a wind gust.  Turner did not fall into the water.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The 4.5 mile James River bridge is on a divided highway that when it was originally built was the longest bridge in the world.  It has since been rebuilt to handle additional traffic.

Wisconsin Set to Honor Harley-Davidson and Bacterium

Bills to name Harley-Davidson the official state motorcycle and the microbe Lacto-coccus Lactis (that helps turn milk into cheese) Wisconsin’s official microbe will be up for a vote in the Wisconsin Assembly sometime today.

Harley would become the 27th state symbols.  There’s been some criticism over the designation of Harley, which is based in Milwaukee.

Noise pollution critics are lobbying against the designation.  We wonder if official “state designations) matters anymore because kids are no longer taught civics in grammar or middle school and few school children and almost no adults have any idea what the state motto, state bird or state anything is, without accessing the internet.

Still, it would be fun to be the “official magazine” of Wisconsin.  Who do we see about that?

Businessman sentenced for using Pagans for muscle

(AP) CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Virginia businessman will spend more than three years in prison for an extortion conviction involving the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club.

John N. Maggio of Alexandria, Va., pleaded guilty in November. The 47-year-old electrical contractor admitted asking a Pagan’s officer for help extorting nearly $30,000 from two business associates.

Maggio was later recorded telling a Pagan’s member to threaten the associates and that he didn’t care how badly they might be hurt.

He is one of more than 15 defendants who have pleaded guilty in a sweeping federal racketeering case targeting Pagan’s leaders and associates from West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and several other states.

Road Atlanta Weekend Schedule Posted

BRASELTON, GA, April 12th , 2010 – Road Atlanta’s premiere motorcycle race, the AMA Suzuki Superbike Showdown, returns this weekend, April 16th -18th, with AMA Pro American Superbike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, and AMA SuperSport championship points races on both Saturday and Sunday.
There are plenty of exciting fan activities throughout the weekend.
Discounted advance ticket sales end Thursday, April 15th at 5 PM and kids 12 and under get in free.
With seven-time champion Mat Mladin’s retirement, the AMA Pro American SuperBike class is wide open this year. Geoff May (Gainesville), Jake Zemke, Tommy Hayden, Larry Pegram, Josh Hayes, Blake Young, Ben Bostrom, and John Hopkins headline the field. The American SuperBike finals (20 laps/50 miles) are scheduled for Saturday, April 17th and Sunday, April 18th at 3:00 p.m. each day
This year’s AMA Pro Daytona SportBike field sees the return of 2009 champion Danny Eslick. Josh Herrin, Tommy Aquino, Martin Cardenas and 2009 SunTrust Moto-GT champion Mark Crozier will provide tough competition. Saturday’s SportBike final (20 laps/50 miles) is set for 1:45 p.m. while Sunday’s final gets underway at 4:15 p.m.
In addition, The AMA Pro Racing SuperSport class will showcase riders aged 16 to 21 against the more experienced Top Gun class of riders, comprised of expert licensed riders and local talent. Saturday’s SuperSport race (16 laps/40 miles) is at 4:15 p.m. and Sunday’s race begins at 1:45 p.m.

FAN ACTIVITIES

Fan Party at Cycle Nation Friday Night: Stop by Cycle Nation on Highway 53 for the Fan Party Friday night April 16th, from 5pm-9pm. Riders including Larry Pegram, Jake Zemke, Aaron Yates, Project 1 Atlanta riders, Melissa Paris and others will be there to give autographs and take pictures. Listen to live music, grab some food from Buffalo’s and test your motorcycle on the Bonz Dyno.
1st Annual Wild N’ Crazy Helmet Contest: Bring your Wild n’ Crazy motorcycle helmet to Vendor Village from 1:30 to 2:30 on Sunday, April 18th for a chance to win great prizes! A panel of judges will determine 1) Most Artistic; 2) Best Paint Scheme, and; 3) Best Themed helmet. There will be one winner for each class, so stop by to enter or to see some of the most imaginative helmet designs around!
Vintage Bike Show: Historic racing motorcycles and carefully crafted replicas will be on display and also ridden on the track Saturday, April 16th at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. and also Sunday at 12 noon. These cycles represent the history of motorcycle racing, with examples from flat track to MotoGP to trials and motocross. A collection of this caliber in one location is rare.
Stunt Show: Thrilling and daring stunt bike performances by the Project 1 Atlanta Riders on the front stretch (start/finish line) and also in the Turn 5 “Esses” on Saturday at 12:45 pm and Sunday at 12:30 pm.

Vendor Village: Large expo area with displays, merchandise, food and fun, open all weekend long at the track!

Fan Walk on Hot Pit Lane: Get up close and personal to your favorite riders and walk the grid during opening ceremonies from 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. You must have Paddock access ($5) with your ticket.

Free Autograph Session: Bring your memorabilia and have it signed by your favorite riders at the All Pro Rider Autograph Session in Vendor Village on Sunday, April 18th at 11:00am. The autograph session is FREE and will include the stars of AMA Pro Road Racing including Daytona 200 winner Josh Herrin, Ben Bostrom, Josh Hayes, Jake Zemke, Tommy Hayden, Blake Young and many more.

Fan Laps: Ride like the pros… for just $10! The Motorcycle Fan Lap is a huge hit for amateur riders who can get right on the track and ride the same road course the AMA Pro Riders will race on. Fans riding in the Motorcycle Fan Lap must wear a helmet and must be 18 years or older. Purchase your Motorcycle Fan Lap in advance (www.roadatlanta.com) or at the gate/registration.

DISCOUNTED TICKETS

Road Atlanta is again lowering ticket prices for the AMA Suzuki Superbike Showdown as last year’s already discounted prices have decreased by another 10%-20%! Saturday and Sunday single day advance tickets are now only $33 (down from $40 last year) and a two-day weekend ticket, which now includes all day Friday practice for FREE, is only $55 (down from $60 last year). Remember, kids 12 and under are free, so bring the entire family. Advance tickets sales end Thursday, April 15th at 5 p.m.

For ticket and fan activity information go to www.roadatlanta.com or call 800.849.RACE (7223)

For the complete schedule, click here

Stuntwoman Dies On Interstate

The LA Times is reporting that 28-year-old April Erin Stirton was killed yesterday on the 101 interstate when she fell off her motorcycle after losing control and was struck by the vehicle she was passing.  Police are not saying what other factors may have contributed to the accident, or if any debris in the roadway is to blame. Stirton had appeared as an acrobat in live shows and performed stunts on television shows, including “True Blood” and “CSI.”

Read the story here

Concerned Bikers Protest Motorcycle Only Roadblocks

The Concerned Biker Association of North Carolina sent out a press release letter to its members and the press stating their objection to law enforcement’s use of “motorcycle only” roadblocks.   In the unsigned press release, CBA states, “During the late summer of 2009 there were two separate law enforcement license/vehicle checks in North Carolina that targeted only motorcycles.  Other vehicles were allowed through without being checked.  These checks were in Newport, NC and Jacksonville, NC.  Both of these are military towns.  We believe that these roadblocks are not legal and that they are discriminatory due to profiling based upon mode of transportation.  Contacts regarding this have been made to legislators, the law enforcement agencies involved, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and other governmental officials by our organization and others.  Law enforcement seems to think that these enforcement tactics are a great idea.  We do not.  We have started a fund to help combat these roadblocks in the future”

The group is asking North Carolina motorcyclists to inform them of any such roadblocks and to take pictures and video if possible.  For more info email ncroadblocks@gmail.com or visit www.cba-abatenc.org

Dierks Bentley Ride Begins at Killer Creek Harley-Davidson

Roswell, Georgia— Multi-platinum country music star Dierks Bentley is continuing his nationwide “Miles & Music for Kids” celebrity motorcycle ride and concert series with a stop in Roswell on Sunday, May 23.

The ride will depart Killer Creek Harley-Davidson and travel to the picturesque Lake Lanier Islands Resort, culminating with a special concert on the beach.   Proceeds from the event will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Details of the ride will be announced soon at www.killercreekharley.com.  Tickets for the family-friendly event went on sale April 10 through Ticketmaster. Prices start at $20, with special VIP packages and combo tickets including water park admission also available.

Last year, Bentley joined forces with Nationwide Insurance, CMT ONE COUNTRY and the Children’s Miracle Network to expand the successful “Miles & Music for Kids” event to six cities across the country in 2009 and 2010, with all proceeds benefiting Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in those areas.  Since it began in 2006, “Miles & Music for Kids” has raised over $1 million.  Other cities already announced for this year include Dallas (April 25) and Seattle (Sept. 18).

Infineon Raceway Announces Sonoma Salutes Our Troops Program for 2010

The military has long featured a strong presence at Infineon Raceway, but the Sonoma Valley facility will put the Armed Forces front-and-center in 2010 with the Sonoma Salutes Our Troops campaign.

The season-long salute to the Armed Forces will feature military elements at several major events, including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, IZOD IndyCar® Series, motorcycles, historic car races and more.

The season-long program will culminate with Military Appreciation Day at the Indy® Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday, Aug. 22.

Some of the other exciting season-long elements include:

• Increased discounts for active military members at all major events.

• Tickets for Troops program, where fans can purchase tickets to all major events that will be distributed to active military members.

• Hometown Heroes will be recognized during pre-event ceremonies at all major events.

• Partnership with Vintage Valley Blue Star Moms (serving Solano, Napa and Yolo counties) to coordinate shipments of cards, other items, to troops serving overseas.

• Enhanced military participation in pre-event ceremonies at all major events.

• A Sonoma Salutes Our Troops dedicated page on infineonraceway.com

Infineon Raceway is also taking the opportunity to promote a very important program, Troops to College. Troops to College was created by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to attract more veterans to California’s public universities and colleges by making campuses more veteran friendly. For more information on the Troops to College program, visit www.troopstocollege.ca.gov.

Infineon Raceway would like to invite race fans to join us in our Sonoma Salutes Our Troops program. For updates, call 800-870-RACE or visit www.infineonraceway.com/military

2010 AMA Pro Road Racers Ready to Battle at Road Atlanta

Suzuki Superbike Showdown Returns April 16th -18th with

Renewed Excitement and Lowest Ticket Prices Ever!

BRASELTON, GA, April 1st, 2010 – Road Atlanta’s premiere motorcycle race, the AMA Suzuki Superbike Showdown, returns to the legendary track April 16th -18th. Ticket prices have been discounted up to 20% for this year’s race and kids 12 and under get in free. There are two weeks left to get your advance tickets!

Fans can expect to see a two-wheel frenzy with their favorite riders on their favorite bikes attacking Road Atlanta’s 2.5 miles of swooping hills and thrilling turns at speeds up to 190 mph. The doubleheader event will feature AMA Pro American Superbike, AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, and AMA SuperSport championship points races on both Saturday and Sunday.

Fan Activities

In addition to the exciting on track action, fans can enjoy stunt show performances between races, on track fan laps (your own motorcycle), a large expo area with merchandise and displays including a wheelie simulator machine, an open grid walk during opening ceremonies where you can get up close and personal with the riders, free autograph session with all your favorite riders, and much more!

Discounted Tickets

Road Atlanta is again lowering ticket prices for the AMA Suzuki Superbike Showdown as last year’s already discounted prices have decreased by another 10%-20%! Saturday and Sunday single day advance tickets are now only $33 (down from $40 last year) and a two-day weekend ticket, which now includes all day Friday practice for FREE, is only $55 (down from $60 last year). Remember, kids 12 and under are free, so bring the entire family.

For ticket and fan activity information go to www.roadatlanta.com or call 800.849.RACE (7223)