Motorcycles Could Get OK To Go Through Red Lights

SPRINGFIELD — Motorcycle riders could go straight on red under a proposal rumbling through the General Assembly.

In action Wednesday, the Illinois Senate voted 43-12 in favor of allowing the driver of a motorcycle to proceed through a red light which fails to turn green within a “reasonable period of time.”

Motorcycle rights groups say motorcycle riders can sometimes get stuck at a red light for several light cycles because the lighter weight of the two-wheel vehicles won’t trigger sensors that cause stoplights to change at some intersections.

A number of senators who ride motorcycles said getting stuck at red lights equipped with the sensors is not uncommon.

“I ride a motorcycle, so I have been there before,” said state Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton, who sponsored the legislation.

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Love bug season in Southwest Florida is a stubborn, sticky time for drivers who have to scrape insect debris off the front of the car to avoid paint damage.

But try getting them out of your beard.

“When I go through a cloud, you don’t want to hug me,” said Dean Lindquist, a local motorcycle rider known as the Mayor for the resemblance his stature and facial hair bear to the “The Wizard of Oz” character.

In between the patches on the front of his black leather vest and around his matching angle-heeled boots are the telltale flecks of gray he couldn’t remove after recent rides.

Bugs in your whiskers and on your clothes may be one price to pay for choosing two wheels over four during the biannual love bug seasons, in April-May and August-September, but seasoned riders know there is more to it.

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Zero Bikes Dominate Electric Class In 2011 AMA MiniMoto SX COMPETITION

LAS VEGAS (May 9, 2011) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in electric motorcycle technology, is celebrating victory this past weekend at the 2011 Geico AMA MiniMoto SX in Las Vegas. On Friday, May 6, Zero set some of the fastest qualifying times among both gas and electric motorcycles. Quick from the start, they dominated the electric motorcycle heat race on production Zero MX dirt bikes. During the race, Zero’s Blake Mitchell took first, followed by Jamie Lanza, Chris Green and Trevor Doniak.Consistently outpacing, out accelerating and out handling the other electric motorcycle competition, Zero showed the strength of their dirt bike line which has evolved to become faster and more robust over several generations. The winner, Blake Mitchell, owns and trains on a Zero X which he purchased in 2008 so that he could gain a competitive edge by riding close to home without disturbing those living nearby.

“Our lap times, success in qualifying heats and speed during the race showcased the performance available today from Zero Motorcycles line of production electric dirt bikes. By leveraging the highly efficient and powerful advantages of our direct drive powertrain we were able to consistently beat the other electric competition by a wide margin,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “We are incredibly proud of our team’s performance. Our thanks and congratulations not only go out to Blake, Jamie, Chris and Trevor, but also to our engineers and technicians as well who supported the effort throughout.”

Adding an interesting twist, during racing and qualifying the electric motorcycles were mixed in with their internal combustion counterparts. In an attempt to level the playing field and capture fans’ attention, race organizers handicapped the electric motorcycles by delaying their start behind the gas motorcycles by several seconds.While entertaining, the top electric motorcycle riders were so much faster than the majority of the combustion field that it caused hazards during passing that resulted in at least one incident. As riders increasingly turn to high performance electric motorcycles it will be the challenge of organizers to decide how best to integrate a new powertrain into a new racing tradition.

Zero has made it a goal to work with promoters in an effort to increase the amount of riders competing on electric motorcycles and envisions a future of both electric only and gas-electric races. “We are deeply indebted to the promoters of the MiniSX for their vision and support for electric motorcycles as the next generation in motocross racing. It’s only through their efforts that racing fans and the public can get a glimpse of what the future holds”, said Scot Harden. “In particular we wish to thank Eric Peronnard, Mike Karsting and Lance Bryson for making it possible for us to have a venue to compete”.

No stranger to the racing world, Zero Motorcycles won the inaugural TTXGP at Infineon Raceway in 2010. They also competed against over two hundred and fifty gas motorcycles and four other electric motorcycles during the Electric Off-Road Challenge in Gironville, France. After beating the other electric competitors on a Zero MX, Thomas Aubry went on to take first place in the last race of his series, placing him third overall in his class. In 2009, Zero Motorcycles held the 24 Hours of Electricross, which became the world’s first all-electric 24-hour off-road race. Incidentally, Blake Mitchell competed in the24 hour race on his Zero X. Zero Motorcycles uses racing to prove and refine its advanced motorcycle technology for integration into its production electric motorcycle line.

About Zero Motorcycles:
Zero Motorcycles is the next step in motorcycle evolution and represents the ultimate electric motorcycle technology. Unencumbered by conventional thinking about how they design, manufacture and sell high performance electric motorcycles, they are on a mission to turn heads and revolutionize their industry by combining the best aspects of a traditional motorcycle with today’s most advanced technology.

 

He Rides For Grandson With Rare Genetic Syndrome

What would make a 70-year-old man ride his Harley-Davidson 3,800 miles across America? Simple: To help his grandson and other children born with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS), a little known genetic syndrome that causes a range of medical, physical and cognitive challenges for those born with it.

Ken Fouts, a retired Emmy-award winning sports director, loves his 2008 Harley-Davidson Softail Heritage and his grandson, Adrian, so what better way to honor both than by riding across the country Adrian’s Ride 2011 aims to raise money for the national CdLS Foundation and awareness of the syndrome. An estimated 20,000 men, women and children have CdLS but remain undiagnosed and/or without support services.
Fouts plans to start his three-week, 20-state trek from Saint Anselm College in Adrian’s hometown of Manchester, NH, on national CdLS Awareness Day, May 14. It’s also the day after Adrian’s 17th birthday. CdLS families from the New England region and upwards of 100 members of the Manchester HOG chapter will be on hand to celebrate Awareness Day and send Fouts off. An Abbott from the college will bless Fout’s bike.
After, Fouts will travel to the coast and collect water from the Atlantic Ocean to pour into the Pacific when he arrives in San Francisco three weeks later. Motorcycle riders are encouraged to join him along his cross-country ride, whether for a few miles or a few hundred.
Anyone interested in joiningAdrian’s Ride 2011, or donating to the cause, can call the CdLS Foundation at 800-223-8355 or email events@CdLSusa.org.
Updates on Fouts’ ride will be posted on the CdLS Foundation’s blog, found at www.CdLSus.org.
About CdLS
CdLS is a genetic syndrome that occurs in about 1 in 10,000 births. Common medical problems include gastroesophageal reflux, bowel obstruction, hearing loss, and congenital heart defects. Although individuals with CdLS range from mildly to severely affected, most have similar physical characteristics: small size, hands and feet; thin eyebrows that meet in the middle; long eyelashes; upturned nose; and thin, downturned lips. Some individuals have limb differences, including missing fingers or arms, and partial joining of the toes.
About the CdLS Foundation
Founded in 1981, the CdLS Foundation is a family support organization that exists to ensure early and accurate diagnosis of CdLS, promote research into the causes and manifestations of the syndrome, and help people with a diagnosis of CdLS make informed decisions throughout their lifetime. For more information, call 800-753-2357 or go to www.CdLSusa.org.

 

3J’s Motorcycle Track Day Combines Riding and Giving in Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. (April 27, 2011) — Motorcycle riders can enjoy a high-speed day on the twists and turns of Infineon Raceway on May 11, all in the name of charity.

The event will mark 3J’s Motorcycle Track Days’ 16th charity event in Sonoma, and will include a full day of riding around the 12-turn road course, a catered lunch, T-shirt, raffle and an evening reception for all riders. It’s truly the perfect day for any two-wheel enthusiast.  Cost for the track day is $225.

Following the track day, the raceway will host motorcycle-only drag racing on its quarter-mile strip ($25 for competitors).

The 3J’s Track Day also serves as the kickoff to the West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway, May 11-15, which features the best in AMA Pro Road Racing, Supermoto USA, AHRMA National Motocross, Flat Track and TTXGP electric motorcycles.

3J’s Motorcycle Track Days events have raised more than $250,000 for worthy causes since 2003. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Sonoma County youthorganizations through the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of Infineon Raceway.

 

To sign-up for the on-track motorcycle day or for more information, visitwww.3jsmotorcycledays.com or contact Jenah Smith at 707-933-3990 orjsmith@infineonraceway.com.

West Coast Moto Jam

WHAT: Big O Tires Racing Season Presents: West Coast Moto Jam

WHEN: May 11-15

ABOUT THE WEEKEND: In addition to AMA Pro Road Racing, there will be Supermoto USA, Vintage Motocross, Flat Track and TTXGP electric motorcycles.

TICKETS: $15-$35 single day/$60 weekend; 12-and-under FREE and parking FREE.  Military discounts available.

INFORMATION: 800-870-RACE, infineonraceway.com/amaticketmaster.com

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Cardo Systems Announces Launch of Accessory Kit for Motorcycle Riders Wearing Half-Helmets

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 26th, 2011) – Cardo Systems, Inc., the world’s market leader in wireless Bluetooth communications for helmet headsets, announced today the availability of its new Audio & Microphone Kit for Half-Helmets.

The audio kit is an accessory for use with the company’s line of scala rider® Q2™ MultiSet PRO, Q2™ MultiSet, Q2™ PRO, Q2™, and TeamSet™ PRO and TeamSet™ Bluetooth enabled rider-to-rider communication headsets. These products are designed to comfortably fit riders who use nearly all brands of half-helmets when riding their motorcycles. The kit attaches in minutes and offers secure fastening to the straps of the helmet using the patent pending method.

Each kit also contains two sets of ultra-slim speakers, a single speaker and dual speakers, that
plug into a standard 3.5 mm audio headphone jack, along with ear curtains, and microphone sponges. Similar to other Cardo Systems audio kit products, this kit also includes a 3.5 mm audio input jack to quickly plug into various music devices.

“Our Audio and Microphone Kit for Half-Helmets is proof of our commitment to motorcycle riders” said Abraham Glezerman, CEO of Cardo Systems, Inc. “We offer motorcyclists who utilize half-helmets to experience the amazing audio quality and long-range capabilities of our scala rider headsets. Our kit makes available the unparalleled safety and convenience of headsets for an ever expanding audience of motorcycle enthusiasts. ”

The new Audio & Microphone Kit for Half-Helmets is now available through select distributors, retail outlets, specialty motorcycle shops, and directly from the Cardo Systems web site at www.cardosystems.com.

About Cardo Systems, Inc.
Cardo Systems, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, has specialized in the design, development, manufacturing and sale of state-of-the-art communication and entertainment systems for motorcycle helmets since 2003. Cardo’s scala rider line of headsets, now available in over 50 countries, is the world’s best selling Bluetooth system for the motorcycle industry. For more information call (412) 788-4533.

La Banda Announces Premiere Unique Documentary Celebrating Latino Motorcycling Culture

LOS ANGELES (April 18, 2011) –La Banda Films today announced the release of the documentary film, Harlistas: An American Journey, premiering April 2011. The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Alfredo de Villa and follows the emotional journeys of real-life Harlistas – Harley riders of Latino heritage – as they seek adventure, camaraderie and achievement of the American Dream.

The documentary is the first of its kind to ever profile Latino motorcycling culture in the United States. The 90-minute film showcases four pivotal stories spanning Los Angeles to New York, the plains of South Dakota, the Pacific Coast and the Grand Canyon. Directed by Alfredo de Villa (Nothing Like the Holidays, Washington Heights), Harlistas: An American Journey brings to life Alfredo’s own passion for Latino culture and the iconic American motorcycle brand, Harley-Davidson.

“This documentary captures an unexplored terrain: the bond between Harlistas, their motorcycles and their families,” said de Villa. “Much more than the traditional historical or fictional narratives, this film charts new boundaries and is as fearless as Harley-Davidson itself.”

Harlistas: An American Journey is scheduled to premiere on Telemundo’s mun2, the fastest growing bilingual cable network in the U.S. among YLAs (young Latino Americans), on May 27, 2011, with additional airings on May 28 (Uni HD and mun2), July 29 (mun2) and July 30 (mun2). Prior to the network premiere, the film will be available first On Demand and to own via digital download beginning April 21, 2011.

The word Harlista has deep historic and cultural roots originating more than 50 years ago in Latin America among Latino motorcycle riders to proclaim their strong passion for the Harley-Davidson brand and the bonds shared between fellow riders. Being a Harlista is about overcoming obstacles, grabbing life by the handlebars and experiencing the camaraderie of the open road.

“Harley-Davidson has a long-standing history with Harlistas, and we were thrilled to help support Alfredo’s vision to create a film that celebrates Latino riders,” said Dino Bernacchi, marketing communications director for Harley-Davidson. “We hope that everyone who sees this film feels inspired to take the next step toward following their dreams.”

To learn more about the film and, please visit www.HarlistasFilm.com

Reuthers Motorcycle Tours up for a longer adventure!

Coburg, April 12, 2011

With their motorcycle tour through the country of Tibet from September 27th up to October 13th 2011 travel organisator REUTHER-ENTERTAINMENTS is entering new territories in addition to their other already diverse offers. For the first time an Asian country will be the travel destination and instead of the well known comfort of theReuthers Tours, the focus here will be on simplicity and adventure. This is also reflected in the typical Tibetan boarding places. The members of the tour will be riding the legendary Royal Enfield motorcycles. These special cross-country vehicles are required to overcome the 5000 meter high mountain passes, such as the Gyatso La Pass or the Yulung La Pass in the highlands of Tibet. And this often on very basic unpaved roads. But it is also possible to take part of this tour as a passenger in a cross-country van. The route plan starts in Nepalesian Kathmandu and goes from the main stop in Lhasa to the famous Mount Everest Base Camp and then back to Kathmandu.

The Potala - former palace of the Dalai Lama

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Many people with a passion for spirituality are meanwhile inspired by the teachings of Buddhism. One of the most important representatives of this world religion is the Peace Nobel Prize Laureate and spiritual leader the Dalai Lama with his originally Tibetan home. Even under the reign of the Chinese there is a tolerated intense religous life in the monasteries of Tibet. Places like the famous Potala, the former palace of the Dalai Lama, will be visited on the tour. Meanwhile Tibet is a country with enormous economic changes, rapidly changing the face of the once traditionally structured country. The participants of the Reuthers motorcycle trip will receive a unique opportunity of getting close up views of the country and its people.

Physically the travel will be a challenge for venturous motorcycle riders because they have come to grips with the literally „thin air“ in great heights. Therefore this trip will be a chance for people with a sense of adventure who want to find out and expand their limits. After the start in Nepal’s Kathmandu and the passing of the Tibetan border the route leads through deserted areas with breathtaking scenaries. In this region some of the worlds highest mountains can be found. A special focus of the tour is the several day stay in Lhasa with sufficient time to experience the monuments of Tibetan culture and religion. With the ride to the famous Mount Everest base camp the tour follows the traditional path that Sir Edmund Hillary and many others have followed before. With the return to Kathmandu one of the most exceptional ReuthersMotorcycle Tours will come to an end.

 

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Maine Legislator Heats Up Motorcycle Noise Debate

Many motorcyclists in Maine may be still hibernating with temperatures dipping below freezing at night and  a chance of snow forecast for later in the week but that isn’t stopping Rep. Diane Russel from pushing her anti-motorcycle agenda in the State Senate.

Russell who admits her noise legislation is personal says motorcyclists who ride with modified exhaust are “stupid.”   She has introduced two bills aimed at increasing the fine for non-EPA approved exhaust to $999 for a third offense.

Russell told the media, “If they want to drive a motorcyle and make a lot of noise and if they get zinged for it and have to pay $500 bucks, that’s their problem and I don’t feel sorry for them–if they’re that stupid then they deserve to pay $500 bucks,” he said. “But why should the rest of Maine suffer because some cowboy wants to put a great big thing and drive like anything?”

Motorcycle rights group oppose the bill on several grounds, one of which is that the fines exceed those of “life threatening injuries.”

Eric Fuller of Jay, who chairs the Maine Motorcyclists Political Action Committee said, “While it may be nice to target certain actions or people we dislike, the judicial systems of this nation have held a system of equality for this country.”

Senator Russel says that a group of motorcycle riders momentarily disrupted a party at her house and that is what gave her the incentive to try to punish those with loud pipes.

“The reason I got involved with this: I was having a family get together at my house and I had grandchildren there and great grandchildren there. Four motorcycles came by–boom, boom, boom,” he told lawmakers. “All of us except one grabbed their ears. That’s common sense and common knowledge–except the six-month-old in the stroller. For some reason he wasn’t smart enough to do that. I’m asking you people here to protect us citizens of the state of Maine.”