Ghost Mountain MC Denied Permit Despite 22 Years of Successful Event

GMRMCThe Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors has denied a request from the Ghost Mountain Riders MC for a permit to sell alcohol at the First Daze-O-Summer Run this weekend.  The event has been held for the past 22 years without incident.

The local Sheriff published a press release in March claiming a member of the Mongols, Mongol Eric “Li’l Pee-Ka” Garcia was last seen in a San Jose bar named the Park Lane Lounge at two in the morning “in the company of persons associated with the Ghost Mountain Riders Motorcycle Club.”  “Ii’l Pee-Ka was later found murdered.  The release did not say how those persons were associated with the club, or if they were suspect in the murder.

The event benefits a campground for disabled kids called Camp Krem, and on average 200-300 motorcyclists participate.  The County Supervisors wanted $2,100 for the permit and the Sheriff’s department required the club to hire off-duty deputies as security (because of the alcohol) at $525 per deputy.

At the Supervisors’ meeting, Chief Deputy Jim Hart said, “we would approve the permit if there was hired security to be on scene, and they have told us they aren’t willing to pay for security to be at Camp Krem when the party takes place.” Hart also told the Supervisors that the event was likely to snarl traffic with a pack of motorcycles “25 miles long.”

According to a club spokesman, the club earns less from the bar than the permit would have cost so the club has scrapped the plans for the bar.  “We’ll just have to make up the donation to the camp in($2,100) in some other way.

Not having a permit means the attendees won’t be able to ride as a group to the camp, as in previous years.

 

Harley-Davidson Stockholders Shut out of Museum

Each year the Harley-Davidson stockholder’s meeting heralds the “unofficial” start of spring  in the Milwaukee area, and for the past two years, the HD faithful have celebrated that event at the annual meeting in their iron and steel church, The Harley-Davidson museum.

But, this year Harley was shut out of their own museum and will be forced to hold their stockholders meeting at the Frontier Airlines Center instead.

According to published reports, another group had already secured the museum’s meeting room for the April 30th date.

“We couldn’t get the space,” Harley-Davidson spokesman Bob Klein told the Milwaukee Business Journal,  “There is another group that booked the site.”

While most shareholder meetings of corporations are small events, with few attendees other than management, Harley-Davidson’s annual meeting is larger, with several hundred stockholders riding in from all over the USA.

Klien told the Milwaukee Business Journal he expects this year’s crowd to be about average.

 

 

Vegas Police Soon to Patrol on Electric Bikes

Will Vegas PD use their new electric bikes in future police rodeo's?

If the image of a motorcycle cop, roaring up on his Harley-Davison, outfit complete with sunglasses and jackboots intimidates you, then have no fear.  Beginning in this month, Vegas PD’s motorcops will portray a nicer, more enco friendly image.

Las Vegas Metro PD is going green with seven electric motorcycles that will cruise the Convention Center Area Command, an area which includes the Strip.

The motorcycles were paid for by a $50,000 donation from the Consumer Electronics Association, and are said to “quietly” reach speeds of more than 50 mph.

Which is great if you dislike the annoying noise conventional gasoline engines produce, or the nuisance of having to chase suspected casino robbers who use pesky high powered sport bikes as their getaway vehicles.  Not that the Harley fleet had any chance of catching fleeing robbers on sportbikes anyway, but at least you’d hope they could scare the crap out of them

Metro’s announcement of the new motorcycle fleet comes as thousands of attendees begin arriving for the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show.