Georgia Motorcyclists Can Use HOT Lanes Toll Free

Georgia’s State Road & Tollway Authority has started issuing the Peach Pass for use with the GA 400 tolls and the new HOT lanes on I-85.  The HOT lanes are replacing the HOV lanes on some interstates in Georgia starting with I-85, and will require a toll for their use by all vehicles except those which are exempt.  Fortunately, just as motorcycles are able to use the HOV lanes, they will be also permitted in the HOT lanes toll-free as exempt vehicles but you will need a Peach Pass device.

If you plan on using your motorcycle Peach Pass only for the HOT lanes and never for the GA 400 toll, you can contact the Peach Pass customer service center at 1-855-PCH-PASS (724-7277) and set up an exempt vehicle account free of charge, although they will require a credit card number to keep on file.  The first 30,000 Peach Pass devices are being sent out free of charge to account holders and as of this printing they still had plenty of free ones left.  If you plan to use both the GA 400 toll lanes and the HOT lanes while on your motorcycle, you will need to set up the account online with a $20.00 initial deposit – motorcyclists still have to pay the GA 400 toll like everyone else.

You can find more information online at www.peachpass.com.


Sturgis Trademark Suits Continue

From the Associated Press:

Rapid City, S.D. — The organizer of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has accused a Rapid City merchandise vendor of profiting from the event without its permission by selling T-shirts with the word “Sturgis.”

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc. says it owns the trademark to “Sturgis” and “Black Hills” when the two terms are used to relate to a motorcycle-related event or service. It sued Rushmore Photo & Gifts in Rapid City for copyright infringement last month.

Rushmore Photo supplies merchandise to vendors who sell at the rally. This year’s event is August 8-14.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court, the rally says it has licensed vendors that have sold millions of dollars’ worth of merchandise. The rally has donated to more than 90 causes and organizations using the royalties, the lawsuit says.

But Aaron Davis, an attorney for Rushmore Photo,

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GEICO Harleys Finish Strong in Birmingham, Fillmore Remains in Points Lead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (June 19) — The GEICO/RMR racing team had its best showing of the season in the Vance & Hines XR1200 class with team riders claiming three of the top six spots Sunday at the Barber SuperBike Classic.

Series points leader Chris Fillmore scored a runner-up finish, Michael Corbino earned a career-best fifth-place result, and Kyle Wyman finished sixth.

Fillmore started from fourth position and battled it out from the first lap with eventual race winner Steve Rapp. Fillmore was on his tail the entire race but Rapp had too much for Fillmore to overtake.

“The race was very frustrating,” Fillmore said. “I was with him the entire time but I didn’t dare try and pass him. Every time I tried to push it I felt my front end get loose and the last thing I wanted to do was push too hard and crash.”

Fillmore barely missed getting tangled up in a scary crash on Lap 1 with Michael Beck. He was on the outside attempting to pass Beck when Beck’s Harley got loose.

“I don’t know how I didn’t hit him,” Fillmore said. “I had to drive into the grass there to make sure I didn’t get involved but that was definitely lucky to not get wrapped up in that.”

Fillmore maintains the class lead after his fifth podium finish of the season. GEICO teammate

Corbino started the race from the 13th position and battled his way up from there.

“My plan was to get up on the outside on Turn 1 and it worked out well for me,” Corbino said. “I picked off quite a few right in the beginning then I just kept pushing where I knew I was fast and it worked out for me.

“I feel like this is the best possible Father’s Day present I could give my dad. I’m glad that I was able to earn my career best finish on Father’s Day, makes it even better than I thought it would be.”

Wyman qualified sixth and was supposed to start in the second row but things didn’t exactly go as planned.

“I can’t be disappointed since I missed the sighting lap,” Wyman said. “I had an issue with my helmet and I didn’t have it in time so I got held up, which meant that I had to start from the back. Luckily I was riding well and just picked them off one by one.”

Wyman is currently fourth in the championship points and Corbino sits sixth.

The next round of the Vance & Hines XR1200 series will be July 8-10 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Motorcycle Bandit Pleads Guilty to Vegas Heist

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The son of a Las Vegas judge pleaded guilty Thursday to a casino heist for the second time in a week.

Anthony Michael Carleo pleaded guilty to armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon under a deal to avoid trial in the Dec. 9 robbery of the Suncoast Hotel & Casino in northwest Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.   Authorities said Carleo, 29, made off with almost $19,000 in cash.  The plea came days after Carleo acknowledged being the motorcycle helmet-wearing, armed bandit in the $1.5 million heist at the posh Bellagio resort last Dec. 14. Under the Bellagio plea deal, Carleo also pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon charges.

At the time, he apologized for waving a gun as he made off with casino chips. No shots were fired. Police said Carleo was apprehended after trying to sell several $25,000 chips to an undercover Las Vegas police officer.

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Tappet Pump and Test Stand

Harley-Davidson® valve trains consist of many parts working in concert with one another. If one component fails you could be left on the side of the road or worse! That’s why JIMS® developed the Tappet Pump and Test Stand No. 765 & No. 766.

By utilizing this innovative new tool you can now completely fill your standard size hydraulic tappets, physically inspect them and with the help of a drill press, check for proper feel. Gone are the days of leaking or spongy tappets that can decrease performance. Mechanics can now have the confidence of knowing tappets won’t stick or bleed down once installed. This tool is available for both Twin Cam (No. 765) and Evo (No. 766) applications.

The Twin-Cam model ships with everything you need, except the drill press. For standard size hydraulic Evo tappets, install the sleeve No. 766 into the tool body and you’re ready to go. JIMS® Tappet Pump and Test Stand No. 765 and No. 766 are made in the U.S.A. and backed by JIMS® lifetime warranty.

For more information connect with JIMS® on the web at www.jimsusa.com, become a JIMS® Facebook fan, or call 805-482-6913.

Lucky Facebook Fan Will Receive Lifetime Subscription

April 26,2011 – (Swainsboro Ga) Sometime in the next twenty four hours, one lucky motorcycle enthusiast will visit the USRiderNews Facebook Fan Page and click “like” and instantly win a lifetime subscription to USRiderNews.   Sylvia Cochran, President of Thunderwind Publishing said  the magazine remains committed to print but has embraced social media.  “We’re excited to reach this milestone” said Cochran.  “Social media is another way to engage our readers and USRiderNews has the largest Facebook fan page of any motorcycle specific magazine.”  Cochran added, “Connecting motorcycle owners and riders with our advertisers is part of our mission.  The other is to educate and entertain our readers and fans.”

About USRiderNews:  Founded in 2000 as Dixie Rider National Motorcycle News by Scott & Sylvia Cochran. Dixie Rider quickly grew into the most widely read advertising-based, free publication in the southern United States. In 2004, a unique state insert program was launched to bring local news and ride reports which are unavailable in other national motorcycle publications. In 2005, responding to readers and advertisers request, the name was changed to USRiderNews and distributed nationally. In 2010, a Facebook Fan page was established and quickly grew into the largest online presence for any motorcycle magazine.  The print edition of USRiderNews is published monthly by Thunder Wind Publishing and is available free in motorcycle dealerships and at events, rallies and online in flipbook format.


S&S Cycle To Stand Behind Big Dog Motorcycle Warranties

Big Dog owners are wondering where to turn for warranty support on their bikes. Though the official BDM warranty ended with the company, S&S is stepping up to the plate and offering a special engine warranty to all owners of Big Dog motorcycles that were still covered by the factory warranty. S&S company president George Smith commented “I’m certainly sad to see a good customer like BDM close their doors, but I feel that we need to shoulder the responsibility, and make sure the end customer gets a square deal. I suppose we could just look the other way, but I won’t do that. After all, these are S&S engines. We built them and we’re going to stand behind them!”

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2011 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Preview

 

The 20th annual Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, America’s premier custom, cruiser, performance streetbike event returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif., on Saturday July 16, 2011.

The Show features many of the world’s top Pro and Amateur custom street bike builders in attendance with their newest 2-wheeled creations of rolling art to compete in the Calendar Show Bike Building Championship for cash and awards including the coveted Best of Show Trophy.

Making a return to this year’s Show are two legendary custom bike builders which have been featured in the popular FastDates.com Iron & Lace Custom Motorcycle PinUp Calendars over the past 20 years. Read More…

Cherokee Rally Cancelled

One of the oldest motorcycle rallies in the South is on indefinite suspension. The Cherokee Survivors Motorcycle Rally & Concert has been cancelled until further notice. According to sources close to the rally, the Cherokee Tribal Council, who controls the Tribal Fairgrounds did not renew the promoter’s license. It was speculated that Council was responding to pressure from the management of Harrah’s Casino to end the rally, which has been in existence since the 1980’s. There is no word if and when the rally will resume.

See Photos of Miss Cherokee Survivor Contest (rated R)