Bikers Share Passion for Children

Members of the Maddox and Long families, including (left to right) Pam Maddox, Mallory Long, Jami Long, Andrew Long, Mike Maddox and Brian Long – along with hundreds of their friends in the motorcycle community – recently rumbled in to MCGHealth Children's Medical Center to present a donation of nearly $8,500 in memory of Kelsi Elizabeth Long.

Augusta, Ga. – More than 200 motorcyclists rumbled in to MCGHealth Children’s Medical Center during the Ninth Annual Kelsi Long Memorial Ride. The ride is organized by Mike and Pam Maddox in memory of their granddaughter Kelsi Long, who had Down syndrome and was stillborn.

This year’s fundraiser brought in more than $8,500 in donations for critical care needs at MCGHealth Children’s Medical Center. To date, the fundraiser has provided more than $70,000 for the area’s only children’s hospital.

Vulcan Bike Week Sued by City of Birmingham

The City of Birmingham Alabama gave G. Entertainment LLC,, $25,000 to help promote  Vulcan Bike Week.  The event was billed as being held at the Birmingham Race Course but city fathers say the events were moved to Saint Clair County and they want their money back, and are suing to get it.

Mayor Bell told the local television station that the move violates the contract that the group had with the city and they must return the money.  According to the report, the check has been cashed.

On the website, www.vulcanbikeweek.com, the group says it designed an event to benefit all of Birmingham.

“The events that are going  on at Alabama International Dragway are events that were scheduled to take place in Steele  anyway. We designed and produced an event that would benefit the entire city, weather we  got 100,000 people the first year or 100,000 people the 5 year. We had a scholarship  program that was set in place to provide multiple first year college students with funds for  necessary items that was unforseen.  We wanted to keep the hope alive that one day Birmingham Alabama would have a true bike week, that generated millions for the city , and with us moving parts of the bike week to Steele, we will kept that hope alive.”

O’Reilly Auto Parts was the sole listed sponsor for the event.

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.

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


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.

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

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).

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)