Founder Danny Perkins lives in a million dollar condo in Miami and oversees a lucrative money making biker funded charity
When Orlando television news reporter Matt Grant started digging around into the finances of Daytona based BADD, (Bikers Against Drunk Drivers) he hit a stone wall, at least when he contacted the organization directly. BADD is a well known motorcycle charity in Central Florida and is known for it’s motorcycle giveaways. According to records filed with the State of Florida in the three years prior to 2014, the organization collected just over $2.6 million dollars. Those same records indicate the charity has returned just $20,300 to victims of drunk drivers, less than 1% of the money it collected. The president of Charity Navigator, one of the largest non-profit charity watch dogs in the United States said the numbers don’t add up and gives BADD a “zero” rating. Records indicate that the charity’s founder Danny Perkins owns a luxury condo on Miami’s South Beach worth almost a million dollars and which records indicate was paid for in cash and a 27 foot pleasure boat which is registered in the charity’s name. When asked how donations are spent, Perkins told WESH in an email “the charity speaks for itself,”claiming BADD has sent out 5 million flyers and used Facebook posts to encourage people not to drink and drive.
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Full arm sleeve tattoos and chihuahuas are not what you’d expect to see sharing a motorcycle ride, but David Lafayette loves his dog, and apparently his dog lives to ride.
From the reports of early screeners, this movie lives up to it’s trailer. Have you seen it? Let us know what you thought about it in the comments.
Authorities are not saying what caused Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Jacob Daymon to slam into Corey and Amy Waldman’s motorcycle on US 35 at 9:45 pm on August 17th of this year. Just released dashcam footage shows Daymon didn’t slow or even appear to see the couple before the crash.
There’s no audio to this video, but its been speculated that Daymon must have been distracted, either from texting or looking down at something in his cruiser.
Fortunately both riders are going to live, although Amy Waldlan required emergency helicopter transportation to the local trauma unit to save her life.
At this time Daymon has not been charged with anything and wasn’t even interrogated until 4 days after the accident.
Kawasaki Motors Corp. is recalling certain model year 2013 Ninja 300 and 300 ABS motorcycles manufactured July 16, 2012, through April 27, 2013. Due to an improper setting in the Electronic Control Unit (ECU), the motorcycle may stall under deceleration. A stall under deceleration increases the risk of a crash. Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ECU. The recall is expected to begin in mid-August 2013. Owners may contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Honda is recalling certain model year 2014 CTX700 motorcycles manufactured March 6, 2013, through April 11, 2013. Due to a manufacturing error, the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) may malfunction and lose anti-lock functionality. The anti-lock function may not perform properly allowing for wheel lock up and skidding, increasing the risk of a crash. Honda will notify owners and dealers will replace the ABS modulator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 30, 2013. Owners may contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009. Honda’s recall number is JBO. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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Yamaha Motor Company (Yamaha) is recalling certain model year 2014 XVS950CU (Bolt) motorcycles manufactured March 2013 through June 2013. Slack or sag in the wiring harness may allow it to contact the exhaust manifold causing the wires to melt, and possibly short circuit. If the wires short circuit, the fuses will blow which may cause the engine to stall. An engine stall while riding, increases the risk of a crash. Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the wiring harness and secure it away from the exhaust. If the wiring harness is damaged, it will first be replaced. The recall is expected to begin by the end of July 2013. Owners may contact Yamaha at 1-800-962-7926.Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Barry Strang told his wife when they got married he wanted a motorcycle. His wife Pam vetoed the idea that year and every year afterwards for 38 years saying “they’re too dangerous.” When Barry turned 59, and being semi-retired he told his wife, “it’s time. It’s on my bucket list.” His wife gave in but told him she wouldn’t be riding with him.
The Star Tribune reports on June 28th, Strang went to pick up his Harley from Lander’s HD near Casper Wyoming. His wife dropped him off and went to a nearby furniture store to check on quilt she had ordered. The couple planned to meet later at a nearby casino. Barry posted a photo of the bike on his Facebook page and wrote””44 years finally got one :)”
But, Barry never made it.
Just three miles after leaving the dealership, Strang was along side a tractor trailer, and for unknown reasons struck the side of the rig and was thrown underneath, and was killed instantly.
His wife heard the sirens and said she knew it was her husband. “I felt him.” Despite her loss, Pam Strang holds no bitterness or resentment at the cruel irony. She told reporters her husband lived his life to the fullest and died living life to the fullest, she said.
“It was something he wanted his whole life,” Pam said. “It’s like my son said, ‘Dad went out with the biggest smile on his face.’”
A non-profit company has found a unique way to test tornado shelters. They use motorcycles.
Imagine a pitching machine in baseball, that uses motorcycles to hurl projectiles.
It’s a tornado simulator that uses rows of rotating wheels to project 2×4′s. On Thursday in Chanute we watched as it hurled the pieces of wood at a car. See it in action yourself in a video posted on YouTube.com.
The device is used to test out cement enforced walls, part of Project JOMO‘s unique tornado shelter.
“About eight years ago I built a famous motorcylce for Patron Tequilla that actually runs off Patron and some other bikes and so I got to thinking – I need to build this machine, if I power it by a motocycle, I can use my resume to help get this thing built,” says Russel Gehrke of Project JOMO. “Is the bike the best thing to shoot two by four’s with? Absolutely not. But it’s cool.”
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Reno NV Nevada may become the first state to officially sanction motorcycle lane splitting, according to a report in USA Today. A similar bill was passed by the State legislature in 2010 but vetoed by then Gov Jan Brewer.
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The Democratic controlled House passed the bill in April and the Senate is expected to pass the bill before summer recess. Republican Gov Sandoval has not indicated if he will sign or veto the bill.
Russian lane splitting biker gets caught in embarrassing situation
Lane splitting is not “officially” sanctioned in California, but CHP turns a blind eye and allows the practice at what it considers “safe” speeds. Proponents argue that the practice is safer for motorcyclists who are less likely to be rear ended during stop and go traffic jams.
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