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.

 

And You Call Yourself A Biker?

rockstore-5501The Oxford English Dictionary, (OED) was started four years before the outbreak of the Civil War, and according to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is the world’s most comprehensive single-language dictionary in print.  The online edition receives 2 million hits per month from paying subscribers.  So, we’ll concede they know a thing or two about the English language.

So it was a little surprising but not unwelcome when the Wall Street Journal reported recently that the Oxford (OED) had “softened” the pejorative  or negative connotation of the word “biker” in its online dictionary.

In the beginning, the term was defined as people who rode bicycles.  Of course in 1903, the Davidson brothers and Mr. Harley attached an engine to a bicycle frame and 50 years later the word “bikers” became synonymous with dirty long hair, denim, leather and tattoos and most often associated with “motorcycle gang members.”

Now OED has tweaked their definition a bit, including the word “motorcyclist” in the description.    Calling someone a motorcyclist brings to mind a more wholesome, family image of a hobbyist.  A “biker” is much more likely to be someone who is interested in the more hardcore aspects of the two wheel lifestyle, such as drinking and partying.

The OED online site still lists the colloquial term as someone who rides a bicycle.  The next official definition is “A motorcyclist, esp. a member of a motorcycle club or gang.”   

But wait a sec!  The article in the WSJ says the dictionary uses the term “one who is a member of a gang or group.”    But either the Wall Street Journal got it wrong, or someone at Oxford changed the words group to motorcycle club after WSJ posted their story.

Not a big difference, but subtle enough to change the connotation.  As someone who rides two wheels,  is Oxford is saying that to be called a “biker” you have to belong to a MC or a gang?

However, if you thought for a minute the explosion in popularity of the motorcycle subculture had erased any social stigma attached to the two wheel lifestyle, (esp with the stuffy high brow folks who edit English language dictionary’s) then you’re mistaken.

To prove my point, OED defines the term “biker bar” as n. a bar frequented by motorcyclists, esp. one regarded as disreputable.    

The only thing we’re left wondering is “how many bikers  does it take to constitute a biker bar?”  

 

 

Women in Motion Road Guardians to Host Tommy Thompson’s 
17th Annual Reunion Ride

Milwaukee, WI – July 12, 2011   Accident Scene Management Inc. (ASMI), the largest national provider of training for motorcycle trauma first response training, aimed at reducing injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists announced today it will again team up with Women in Motion and former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson to host his 17th annual Reunion Ride.  The ride starts in Madison on July 14, 2011 at the Capital City Riders (CC Riders) clubhouse and unveils two days of riding in West Central Wisconsin. The ride ends in Mauston with a Pig Roast at the Best Western Hotel in Mauston after a visit Tommy Thompson’s Farm in nearby Elroy. Tommy Thompson is hosting the Pig Roast. A group of trained female “Road Guards” known as the Women In Motion Roadguardians will combine their annual fundraising event that they hold for ASMI with Tommy’s Ride which has been raising funds to reduce injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists for seven years. Ride features a Pig Roast and visit to Tommy Thompson’s farm in Elroy, WI July 16, 2011!

Tommy Thompson started an annual motorcycle ride when he was Governor of Wisconsin. A well known and popular public servant, Tommy Thompson left his position as Governor after 14 years when he was asked to serve as secretary of Health and Human services.  Though he left Wisconsin public life in 2001, Tommy Thompson’s Reunion Ride’s(TTRR) continued through the efforts of Accident Scene Management, Inc. (ASMI). Many of the TTRR’s have been week long events that have taken the group across country to New York City, Niagara Falls, North Carolina, and New Hampshire to name a few. The ride returned to Wisconsin last year. General Public is invited to the kick off party hosted by the CC Riders Motorcycle Club July 14, 2011 6-9:00 pm. A $10.00 donation is requested at the door if you have not registered for the entire ride.

The ride departs from the Howard Johnsons in Madison, WI on Friday, July 15th, and will conclude on July 16th in Mauston, Wisconsin.  Day one includes stops at Kutter Harley-Davidson in Monroe, WI, Char’s Wagon Wheel in Portage for lunch and Reel Brother’s Harley-Davidson in Mauston for an evening party with a live band. Day two incudes a scenic ride to Al Muth’s Harley Davidson in Black River Falls for lunch and then to Elroy to visit for Tommy Thompson’s farm before settling in at the hotel for the Pig Roast that starts at 6 pm. Friday and Saturday “Day passes” and full event passes are available.

150 exhausted participants from four states will make their way home on Sunday after participating in our now famous “Topless Bike Wash” where the guys wash the girls bikes Topless. Breakfast and massages make this stop a must as participants gather to say their good byes to new friends.

For more information on this event and fundraiser, visit: http://www.accidentscene.org/womeninmotion/signup.htm

About Tommy Thompson’s Reunion Ride
Tommy Thompson started a motorcycle ride in 1994 to promote tourism in Wisconsin. He continued to host annual week long rides which left the boundaries of the state in 1998 until 2001 when he left his position as Governor of Wisconsin (after serving for 14 years, the longest tenure of any Wisconsin Governor). After serving 4 years as secretary of health and Human Services for the Bush administration Tommy entered public life and works for the Aiken Gump law firm in Washington D.C. overseeing healthcare interests worldwide. Tommy rides a Harley Davidson Ultra Classic and a Harley Fatboy.

About Accident Scene Management, Inc (ASMI)
ASMI was established in 1996 and in 1998 became a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists. ASMI teaches a class called “A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist” in order to teach motorcyclists how to help each other in the event a rider is injured. The most likely person to be at the scene of a motorcycle crash is another motorcyclist and the first 5-20 minutes after a crash are the most critical so it stands to reason that training motorcyclists what to do at a crash is imperative. ASMI sees its role with reducing injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists as being similar to the role of the American Heart Association’s to reducing cardiac death through CPR. While CPR is a great way to help cardiac victim survive, CPR done on a motorcycle crash victim results in a 1% chance of survival. ASMI has trained over 18,000 students and is the leader in motorcycle trauma training in the USA. Accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and with over 140 instructors in 28 states ASMI is recently expanded to Australia. ASMI recently launched a new national program called Road Guardians that encourages motorcyclists to become Life Long Learners through a program of Resources, Rewards and Recognition.

About Women In Motion Road Guardians
Women In Motion Road Guardians were established in 2001 to host an annual fundraiser for Accident Scene Management, Inc. Over the years they have built the largest fundraiser of the year for the non-profit organization. 25 female motorcyclists work with communities, motorcycle friendly establishments and law enforcement to host a 3 day group ride that operates similar to a parade with all participants staying together as a group. The plan routes, meals, parties, auctions and gas stops along the way. The women are not a motorcycle club and have no other function than this annual fundraiser but are required to be trained. They must take traffic control training, accident scene management Basic and Advanced training and motorcycle safety training. The women come from 5 states to serve as volunteers for this cause.

For more information contact
Vicki Sanfelipo, RN/EMT – Author of A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist
Executive Director – Accident Scene Management, Inc. http://www.accidentscene.org

(MC Trauma Training)
Co-Founder Road Guardians http://www.roadguardians.org

(Resources, Rewards and Recognition that encourage life long learning)
Founder Diamond Posse http://www.diamondposse.us

(serving veterans)
Allstate Insurance Motorcycle Safety Columnist - http://www.allstateridernews.com

262-364-7440 - local or 877-411-8551 - toll free

Irony and “Tragic Coincidence” Mar Independence Holiday Weekend

Across the United States, motorcyclists celebrated our nation’s birthday over the long Fourth of July holiday weekend with patriotic celebrations and protest rides.  But according to a story in the Post-Standard Philip A. Contos died during the June 2nd, ABATE of Onandaga’s 11th annual Helmet Protest Run.  Contos lost control of his 1983 Harley-Davidson and flipped over the handlebars.  In the report, the police report that a helmet would have likely saved Contos, saying he suffered a skull fracture which likely contributed to his death.   The mainstream media was quick to jump on the theory and use the police report as evidence that Contos caused his own death by not wearing a helmet.  At least one blogger, Robert Paul Reyes  went so far  as to call Contos a “moron” for not wearing a helmet.

Freedom of choice advocates say Contos knew the risks and his death is not a black mark on the movement.   “ABATE is very saddened and still shocked about the fact that we’ve lost another rider in Philip and that our hearts go out to him and our prayers as well,” Syracuse chapter president Christinea Rathbun told a local ABC affiliate.

Later that same night, thousands of miles away in San Antonio Texas, in an unrelated yet bizarre coincidence, heavy metal vocalist Victor Villarreal, known as Vikk Real of both One of Sixx and Byfist, was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a horse trailer hauled by a pickup truck when the was attempting to make a U-turn in the roadway to return to a riding partner who’s motorcycle had broken down.

In an eerie, Alman Brothers style coincidence, Villarreal’s wife Jessica was killed last July while riding her motorcycle on her 37th birthday.   Villarreal was the singer of One of Sixx and his wife sang back up vocals. They are survived by two children: a son, 17, and a daughter, 11.

And, if that wasn’t enough, two members of a motorcycle club that was formed to help it’s members stay clean and sober were killed by an alleged drunk driver who crossed the center lane into their path. Keith Michaelson and Michael Zadoyko and seven other members of the Last Chance Motorcycle Club, were enroute to a wake for a member who passed away in Pennsylvania.

The group was riding a twisty section of Route 512 in Bangor, Pennsylvania when a pick-up truck driven by  John P. Heaney III, 49, of Lopatcong Township crossed the center line into the group.  The District Attorney told reporters that alcohol was evident and that charges against Heaney are “pending.”

 

Steven Tyler Joins Motorcycle Club

He is the Demon of Screamin, a walking, talking exclamation point who has become a living legend. The internationally known front man of Aerosmith, and now American Idol judge, Steven Tyler has earned many accolades. And now he’s part of a different kind of venture, a custom motorcycle company that’s located right here in the Granite State. Tiffany Eddy caught up with Tyler at the company’s Boston launch and got to sit down and talk about two of his favorite subjects… motorcycles and New Hampshire.

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Despite Checkpoints Motorcyclists Turn Out to Honor Slain Trooper

When it comes to showing their support, Georgia motorcyclists choose to put aside politics and just ride.

Close to a thousand motorcyclists turned out last weekend to honor slain Georgia State Patrol Trooper Chadwick LeCroy in the first Line of Duty ride in Atlanta.

O Gary Buffington of the Rough Neck Motorcycle Club told local television station Fox 5, “This is absolutely phenomenal for us, we were hoping and praying for 300 to 500 bikes and from what we can tell we’ve got a little over 700 bikes here right now.”

Other motorcyclists attending said this ride wasn’t the proper place to voice their opposition to the State Patrol checkpoint  policy and that while they may disagree with the checkpoints, they were able to set that aside and ride to show their support for the slain trooper and donate to the Corporal Chad LeCroy Family Memorial Fund.

 

 

Troopers Still Searching For Honda Driver Who Caused Horrific Wreck

CHP officers say the driver of a gold Honda Accord, similar to this one, caused the wreck in which five people, four of them motorcycilsts, died.

California Highway Patrol officers say they’re still looking for the driver of the gold colored Honda Accord that caused the accident that killed four motorcyclists and a passenger in an auto earlier today. (Sunday)

Four of the dead belonged to a motorcycle club called the Saddle Tramps, based in Lakeside in northeast San Diego County, CHP Officer DeeAnn Goudie said. The accident occured while the club was celebrating its 10th anniversary Saturday with a ride across the desert, she said.

Goudie said at least 12 members of the motorcycle club met around 9 a.m. for breakfast in Lakeside before hitting the road. About 12:50 p.m. they were riding east on California 98 near Ocotillo, about 80 miles from San Diego, when the Honda pulled up behind the motorcyclists and passed them in the oncoming lane.

At the same time, a white Dodge Avenger heading toward the motorcyclists swerved to avoid the oncoming Honda. Goudie said the driver lost control and crashed into six motorcyclists, killing four of them. Authorities say the Honda driver caused the crash and continuing heading east.

Among those killed were a husband and wife riding the same bike, Goudie said. The names of the dead were not released Sunday pending notification of their relatives.

The CHP identified the driver of the Dodge as Carlos Ramirez Bobadilla, 36, of Mexicali, Mexico. His wife was among those killed.

The injured were airlifted or taken by ambulance to UC San Diego Medical Center and the El Centro Regional Medical Center, according to Goudie.

Those hospitalized were Wilson Trayer, 39, of Lakeside, Kelly Halley, 42, of Santee; William Barnes, 57, and Melanie Barnes, 46, both of San Diego. A fifth survivor, John Lombardo, 55, was released from El Centro Medical Center on Sunday afternoon.