WARNING! Graphic Video of three different dash cams from Russian drivers who caught this inexplicable motorcycle accident on video. What makes this so crazy is there’s no reason for the motorcycle operator to do what he apparently did.
“It is with deep regret that BMW Motorrad confirms the fatal injury of Kevin Ash in a motorcycle accident during a launch event in South Africa. The accident happened to the north of a town called George, 250 kilometres east of Cape Town. Out of respect for Kevin’s family and friends, no further information is being made available at this time.”
Adrian Roderick, general manager for BMW Motorrad UK, said: “We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear the awful news about Kevin Ash; one of the most well-liked, experienced and respected journalists in the extremely close-knit motorcycle community. Losing Kevin is a tragedy which will be felt across the entire industry. He was a friend, as much as a journalist, and will be sorely missed. Our heartfelt thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this awful time.”
Neale Bayly, USRiderNews journalist knew Kevin well. Neale said, ” It’s hard to say how many times I’ve crossed paths with Kevin Ash around the world in my career. From track introductions in Malaysia to Museum tours in Italy, and all number of street rides in America, England or Spain. I’ve eaten breakfast, lunch, and dinner with him many times in strange places on this planet and have only one consistent memory of him. Just a seriously down to earth and friendly bloke. A fantastic rider, a true stand out in the world of motorcycle journalism, and a consummate professional, when the riding was done he was always quick to be where the fun was happening. It’s a sad day to hear of his passing, and I’m sure for BMW an extremely difficult time as they introduce their new GS to the world. My thoughts are with Kevin’s family and friends today and I will take some solace that Mr. Kevin Ash didn’t waste any of his time on this earth. He rode hard, rode well and always did it with a smile on his face. ”
Wynonna Judd‘s husband and drummer Michael Scott “Cactus” Moser‘s left leg was amputated above the knee following a motorcycle accident on Saturday in South Dakota. According to published reports the couple was riding separate motorcycles on US Hwy 16 near Deadwood SD when Moser crossed the center line and rammed into the side of Chevy Malibu traveling in the opposite direction.
Judd was riding just ahead of Moser and was not involved in the accident.
The leg was severed at the scene and doctors in Rapid City performed the surgery. He also underwent surgery to his hand.
Moser was cited for crossing the center line and not having a license to operate a motorcycle.
In a statement posted at Wynonna.com, the couple expresses their appreciation for “all of the quick medical and police responders as well as the hospital staff and well-wishes from family, friends and fans.” Judd said, “Cactus is a champion. I love him deeply and I will not leave his side,” she said in a statement Saturday.
The couple were married in June at Judd’s Nashville home. Judd has canceled her concerts for the next week as a result of the accident.
Below is an article written by a American Woman Rider, Kristin McAllister, that is touching more lives than she will ever know by her determination and enthusiasm for riding despite being in a terrible accident. Thank you Kristin for sharing your story.
It’s amazing how one moment can change your life. May 16th, 2010, I was riding my motorcycle on highway 33 in California, when an oncoming motorcycle crossed over the double yellow line on a curve and sideswiped me. Somehow, I was able to get the bike to the shoulder without laying it down. My lower leg had been nearly severed, my bones sticking out like pins in a pincushion, my ankle broken and all metatarsals in my foot crushed. Initial physician recommendations were to remove the leg below the knee, but after many touch-and-go moments, the fantastic surgeons at Cedars Sinai were able to save it. To make a long story short, it’s been a rough year of surgeries, physical therapy and recovery, but I was riding bitch within weeks (walker strapped to the bike) and on my own by October. I ditched the wheelchair and walker and started walking without assistance again in January of 2011.
During this past year, while unable to ride, I found out about a great group, BACA (Bikers against Child Abuse). I got involved, and have been riding with them since September of 2010. I proudly wear the vest and look forward to becoming fully patched so that I can become even more involved protecting the kids.
Another great byproduct of being laid-up for so long is how I met and got to know good people like Mando and Melissa Hernandez through the local VFW and biker events. Their daughter, Lauren is a shining star of energy, always sporting a big smile and great attitude.
Last year, when the California City, California VFW put on their Memorial Day parade through town to the Veteran’s Cemetery, I was unable to attend because of my accident. This year, I was determined to take part. So, I was there, bright and early, sporting my BACA vest, ready to ride. When Lauren approached me with that great big smile and shining eyes, asking me ever so politely, “Kristin, may I PLEASE ride on the back of your Harley Davidson?” I happily took her on the parade. The various riders had flags attached to their scoots, but mine offered no easy attachment choices. So Lauren took a flag and proudly held it up for the entirety of the parade. I think I had the best flag out there—certainly the best presentation! It was a pleasure to be a part of the ride—honoring those that have died for our freedoms, and a pleasure to have such a great riding partner. Thanks, Lauren, for making a special day even more special to me!
Congrats to 7 year old Lauren for becoming the first
Honorary American Woman Rider!
Lauren’s mom, Melissa says that Lauren loves the flag and loves to ride! That is a true young American Woman Rider!
Here’s to many safe rides to everyone.
Tina – firstname.lastname@example.org
American Woman Riders
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (July 8, 2011) – Bruce Rossmeyer’s Sunrise & Ft. Lauderdale Harley-Davidson, is pleased to announce their 2nd annual “Memorial Ride” which pays tribute to the late Bruce Rossmeyer by celebrating his life – featuring a police escorted motorcycle ride on July 30, 2011. Benefitting the Youth Automotive Training Center (YATC), the event will feature a Bruce Rossmeyer video memorial tribute, Country BBQ and good times for all.
The Bruce Rossmeyer Memorial Ride will depart promptly at 5pm from Harley Davidson in Fort Lauderdale, ending at the Sunrise location. The Marshall Brother’s Band and a DJ are providing hard-hitting entertainment. Tickets can be purchased for $25 prior to the event or for $30 on the day of. Registration begins at 3pm, and attendees will receive a free commemorative patch and t-shirt.
Bruce Rossmeyer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and the world’s largest Harley-Davidson dealer, grew up in Metuchen, New Jersey. In 1994, looking for something fun to do in his retirement, Bruce bought his first Harley-Davidson dealership in Daytona Beach. In just fifteen years, Bruce expanded this family business into the largest chain of Harley-Davidson dealerships in the world. In 2005, Bruce opened the crown jewel of his empire, the world’s largest Harley-Davidson dealership and Destination Daytona. This 150-acre complex – which includes Daytona Harley-Davidson, restaurants, bars, shops, hotel and condos – quickly became one of Florida’s premier tourist destinations, for both bikers and non-bikers alike. He followed it up with the addition of several more dealerships.
On July 30th 2009, while heading to the Sturgis biker rally in South Dakota, Bruce died in a motorcycle accident. Bruce’s appetite for life and the way in which he lived it are legendary, but what he will be most remembered for by those who knew and loved him was his total devotion to his family. His wife, Sandy and the family’s greatest wish is to continue Bruce’s legacy of giving.
Bruce’s dedication to charitable causes was as wide-ranging as his business interests. The Youth Automotive Training Center (YATC) in South Florida was very dear to his heart. He pledged time and money to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, Serenity House, and The Darrel Armstrong Foundation. Bruce served on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler counties, and was also a founder of Camp Boggy Creek, a summer camp for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses (a division of The Hole in the Wall Camps founded by Paul Newman). The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital named a family sleeping room in Bruce’s honor for his generous support – which includes the Ft. Lauderdale “Toys In The Sun Run,” a fundraising event for the hospital that is also the biggest one-day bike event in Florida.
Rossmeyer’s remarkable business success was matched only by his dedication to family, and his zest for life. Bruce’s passion was motorcycles, but family was his first love. As wide-ranging as his business empire grew, it always remained, at heart, a family business. All five of Bruce’s children — Mandy, Wendy, Randy, Will, and Shelly – have throughout their lives been actively involved in and continue to run the family business.
For more information about the 2nd Annual Bruce Rossmeyer Memorial Ride, or to register in advance, please visit www.BruceRossmeyerH-D.com
(Tampa, FL) – Steve Chamberland doesn’t just want to get a leg up-he wants to get 50 legs out and on patients in need, in 50 weeks. Professional wrestler and gold medal-winning shot putter, and Fitness Expert. Chamberland is putting a call out to those who need a prosthetic legs: Be apart of my “50 Legs in 50 Weeks” project.
Chamberland, who lost his own legs in a motorcycle accident, wants to provide 50 prosthetic legs to those in need, in 50 weeks. Chamberland asks that anyone interested write and tell him their story. If selected, they will be one of 50 lucky individuals who will have a prosthetic leg designed and built by Chamberland and his staff.
Chamberland also plans to videotape each of the 50 recipients as they go through the process of receiving their new legs from the initial fitting to construction to the final test. He also wouldn’t rule out turning the project into a Reality TV Show.
“This isn’t a stunt – it’s a real way to help real people in need” Chamberland says. “It’s also a way to bring awareness to the fact that people with prosthetic can lead prosperous, fulfilling lives.”
Chamberland says the search is on for sponsors to provide funding for the bus he and his staff will need to tour the country. To contact Steve Chamberland for the purposes of making a request to be selected as one of 50 prosthetic leg recipients, e-mail him at email@example.com
For motorcycle enthusiasts, 2010 was the year the motorcycle community lost a couple of icons and a shootout between rival motorcycle clubs in Nevada, and a jury find that a casino was libel for injuries in another shootout 8 years ago. Let’s look back at the Motorcycle Year 2010.
On New Year’s day when everyone else was sleeping off a hangover, Jeff Decker, owner of Hippodrome Studios in Springville Utah took a crane and went to Timpanogos HD in Lindon UT and repo’d a 4 ton art statue of a motorcycle racer. The dealership had been through bankruptcy and listed
the $100,000 work of art as an asset, but Decker said it was on loan and he had the paperwork to prove it.
Los Angeles Motorcycle Police officers traded in their Harley’s for BMW’s
INDIAN Motorcycles passed stringent CARB certification which allowed the brand to begin distributing the iconic bikes in California.
Ridley Motorcycles surrendered after a seven year legal battle with Harley-Davidson and agreed to quit using the term Auto-Glide in reference to some of its motorcycles. Lehman Trikes and Harley-Davidson parted ways as the Milwaukee
motorcycle maker said it would start producing the tri-glide trikes in its Pennsylvania plant.
Tony Taylor, former lead singer for the heavy metal band Twister Tower Dire was killed in a motorcycle accident in Ft. Meyers Florida.
Erik Buell isn’t sitting around after having his namesake company shuttered by Harley-Davidson, Buell started a company to provide race bikes in 2010 to companies who want to compete on the track with American made motorcycles.
Orange County Choppers was presumed dead after TLC dropped the show amid a feud between the Tuetels father and son team.
Sex and the City actor Max Ryan broke his collarbone and 5 ribs when a vehicle turned in front of him in Los Angeles.
Angelle Sampey, the sexiest and winningest female in motorsports history announced her retirement.
Daytona Beach Police busted a chop shop that had been shuttling stolen bikes between New York and Florida for 5 years.
Illinois State Senator Gary Forby helped defeat legislation (19-32) that would require children under the age of 18 to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle. He told critics of the bill “I don’t want you to come tell me how to raise my kids”
In a highly criticized report, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said motorcycle training courses were not effective at reducing accidents for riders 21 years and under. In the same study, the Institute found that motorcycles equipped with anti-lock brakes were 37% less likely to be involved in an accident.
Anthony Graber became the cause célèbre of civil libertarians when he was stopped on a Maryland interstate for reckless riding and secretly recorded Maryland Air National Guard Sergeant Joseph David Uhler acting in, what many perceived as an unprofessional manner. Graber later posted the video on YouTube which so angered the State police and prosecutors office they charged him with a law that was meant to prevent citizens from wiretapping the police and courts. With outrage mounting, A judge would later throw out the wiretapping charge.
The Tail of the Dragon was reopened several months after a rock slide shut down the popular motorcyclist destination at the start of the busy spring riding season.
Harley-Davidson shocked Wisconsin lawmakers and angered the Harley faithful when it said there was a strong possibility that the day could come when no more Harley-Davidson motorcycles would be produced in the state where the company was born. Harley demanded and eventually received significant concessions from local union members and the plants remained in the Milwaukee area.
In an attack on states where helmet use is optional, Senator Frank Lautenberg fired the opening salvo in hearings by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee by repeatedly calling for a National Helmet Law, later this year the NTSB would pick up the mandatory helmet use banner saying it intends to pressure those states where helmet use is optional to enact mandatory use legislation.
Robbie Knievel went to the Twin Falls Idaho area Chamber of Commerce to request permission to attempt a jump that his famous father failed to complete. Robbie asked to be allowed to jump the Snake River Canyon on July 4th 2011, the 43rd anniversary of Evel’s failed attempt. A spokesperson for the Chamber said the request is on hold pending a decision by the County Commissioners.
Dennis Hopper, best known to motorcyclists as “Billy” in the iconic Easy Rider movie, died at the age of 74.
The South Carolina Supreme Court tossed out a city ordinance requiring all motorcyclists wear a helmet in Myrtle Beach.
Polaris caused a stir when it announced it intended to outsource some of its ATV parts production to workers in Mexico and cut jobs in the USA. While the motorcycle side of the giant motorsports company was not affected, Polaris did say that once the Osceola Wisconsin plant closed, Victory engine manufacturing would be moved to Spirit Lake Iowa.
Sputnik Strain, a larger than life motorcycle rights advocate from Texas died. He was 70.
The Hoka Hey challenge roared into the history books as the most celebrated and controversial endurance ride/ quasi race held in recent memory. Several participants died and organizers dodged questions for a month concerning prize money and not declaring an official winner. In the end, Will Barclay was declared the winner and told Quick Throttle magazine that he received his $500,000 prize money, but that did not end the controversy.
California legislators enacted a law making it illegal to modify the exhaust on 2011 and newer motorcycles, and Gov. Schwarzenegger signed the bill into law later in the year.
Chuck Zito pissed off Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter when he filed suit against FX claiming the network stole his idea for the fictional motorcycle club drama. Sutter called Zito a (expletive deleted) loser and a bitter juvenile gnat.
Thieves stole a pink Harley-Davidson Sportster belonging to the Susan G. Komen Foundation that was to be auctioned to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The bike was found months later in a garage, chopped and stripped ready to be sold for parts.
In a marriage that barely lasted a year, MV Agusta was sold/returned to its former owner, the Castiglioni family. When it was all said and done, the Milwaukee company (in write downs and loans forgiven) essentially paid $136 million dollars to dump the sportbike company. This isn’t the first time that Harley-Davidson took a bath in business dealings with the Italians, in the early 60’s HD bought 50% of Aermacchi and full control in 1974, and four years later sold it back to Cagiva, owned by (who else) the Castiglioni family.
Motorcyclists across the USA were angered when it was revealed that NHTSA awarded a $70,000 grant to the Georgia State Patrol to conduct motorcycle only checkpoints at motorcycle events throughout the state.
Cycle News, America’s longest running motorcycle competition magazine shocked the industry when it pulled the plug on its print edition. The good news is that before the last epitaph was written, a buyer had stepped forth to purchase the title with plans to resurrect it.
Hells Angels and Vagos motorcycle clubs engaged in a shootout in Prescott Arizona with over 50 shots exchanged and five club members injured.
Indiana motorcyclists clogged city streets and protested after DUI charges were dropped against an on duty city police officer who was allegedly intoxicated when he crashed his cruiser into a group of motorcyclists at a light, killing one and injuring two others.
Black motorcyclists have a 50% higher incident of fatalities than their white counterparts, according to a report from John’s Hopkins University. The percent held up even after controlling for factors such as severity of the accident, the biker’s gender and hospitalization insurance status. Other factors, such as age, type of bike and/or past driving history were not considered.
Ft. Meyers police arrested a 53 year old woman for attempting to hire a hit man to kill her husband. Police say Kimberly Alters offered her husband’s Harley-Davidson as payment.
Despite being almost double what the county appraised the property, 9.2 million dollars just wasn’t enough to convince the owner of One-Eyed Jacks to sell the popular biker bar in Sturgis South Dakota. The owner backed out of the sale citing $10 million as his minimum asking price.
Two wheels safer than four. That’s the conclusion of a study by a team of researchers at John’s Hopkins. The study found that ATV riders were 50% more likely to die of their injuries than similarly injured motorcycle riders and that ATV riders were 55% more likely to be injured and admitted to intensive care units than motorcyclists.
A French designer house folded like a house of cards after receiving legal notice from The Hells Angels claiming copyright infringement. Alexandar McQueen immediately agreed to recall merchandise which resembled the clubs death head logo that had been sold in Saks Fifth Ave and Zappos.com.
A civil jury found casino company Harrah’s Inc liable for injuries suffered by patrons during the 2002 shootout between the Hells Angels and Mongols Motorcycle club.
Four members of the Saddle Tramps MC were killed in a horrific wreck on a two lane California road when a gold colored Honda Civic passed the group and forced an oncoming car to swerve off the road and back across the lane into their path. The driver of the Honda was not arrested and police have no leads.
Harley-Davidson is seeking additional concessions from its union in Kansas City and has said it may be forced to move production to York PA or Wisconsin if it doesn’t get what it needs to streamline operations.