Daytona Bars No Colors Policy

NO_COLORS_SIGNDoes your favorite bar in Daytona have up a “no colors” policy?  How do you feel about that?

Lotus Enters Luxury Motorcycle Market

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It’s not a bike you’re likely to see parked on Main Street in Daytona during Bike Week.  Nor are you likely to see it pull up at your local bike night.

The C-01 from Lotus, designed by Daniel Stern (who designed the bike in TRON) is a limited production, extremely expensive and stupidly powerful collectors edition machine for those who can afford expensive toys.

Designed in conjunction with the Holzer Group, the CEO said, “The design process of the C-01 was a labor of love, there were many challenges, ensuring that the bike not only touches your visual senses with its timeless blend of classic appeal and modern execution, but that is safe and ergonomically sound was critical to me,” says Günther Holzer.

 

What do you think?  Do these types of motorcycles help the industry overall (as in the concept car designs) or are they just rich collector toys?  Comment below.

Lawmaker Says Motorcycles (or bicycles) don’t belong in his County

Lawmaker says bikes and motorcycles should not be allowed in Suffolk Co New Jersey

Lawmaker says bikes and motorcycles should not be allowed in Suffolk Co New York. (previously incorrectly identified as New Jersey)

Thomas F. Barraga (R-West Islip) says people should ride bikes at all in Suffolk County New York because “Suffolk County is a suburban automobile community — drivers expect to see other drivers on the road, not bicyclists and motorcyclists.”  

The anti-motorcycle/bicycle legislator made those remarks in response to a high school senior who wrote to him as a part of a government class assignment.  The 17 year old, Matthew Cutrone, wrote to Barraga requesting “some sort of bike lane or maybe even warning signs in certain areas of the county” after his mother was hit by the driver of a van turning left in front of her.

After Barraga’s callous response lit up social media and prompted a ton of angry responses, the legislator said he’s standing by his remarks.  “I’m not going to tell them what they want to hear, a lot of fluff,” he said in an interview. “I tell them the truth.”   Barraga said he advises all his constituents not to take up bicycling because of the risk. “They usually do not listen — 90 percent of these people eventually were hit by an automobile, many like your mother with serious physical injuries,” Barraga wrote in the letter to Cutrone.

His office could not provide the source for the statistics Barraga cited.  The text of the letters are below.

*in an earlier version of this story, Suffolk County is incorrectly identified as being in New Jersey.

 

Matthew Cutrone’s letter to Legis. Thomas Barraga

Letter to Matthew Cutrone

 

Billy Lane Joins Orlando Custom Bike Shop

billy lane outOn Tuesday, August 6th, Global Motor Werks posted on their Facebook page, “Billy back – and he’s here to customize your ride”   We reached out to the shop and talked briefly with Pat Torre, who identifed himself as one of the owners, who confirmed that Lane was working at the shop but would not provide any additional information about Lane’s status.  One friend who asked not to be identified said Lane was on work release from the Avon Park Work Camp where he has been serving his 6 year sentence.  No other details have been released about the conditions or restrictions placed on Lane by the Florida prison system.

According to reports, Lane was given credit of 2 days per month against his jail time for good behavior.

On August 14th, 2009,  Lane was sentenced in a Florida court to serve 6 years in prison with 3 years probation for a wreck that killed Gerald Morelock on September 4, 2006.

In 2011, BikerNet conducted an interview with Lane conducted while he was incarcerated, in which Lane said he would be eligible for work release in the spring of this year.  When asked about his plans for when he’s released, Lane said, “Ultimately, my goal is to have small shops in both Florida and California. I have life-long ties here, which I could never abandon, but I need a change. I’ll find it in California. If she’ll say yes, I’ll marry my girlfriend.”  Read the interview 

There was no mention of Lane’s release on his company website or Facebook page, Chopper’s Inc.

 

 

Victory Releases 2014 Lineup; Adds A Pair of Blacked Out Baggers; Shaves $1000 off High Ball

CC_Ness_PR_0210Victory motorcycles rolled out it’s 2014 lineup today with a 15th anniversary Cross Country Tour model,  two new blacked out baggers and a new Arlen Ness designed limited edition Cross Country.  In addition to these new models, Victory shaved a $1,000 off it’s hot rod bobber, The High Ball and added two-tone paint and pin striping details on the 2014 Boardwalk.  For full specs on each model, click here  2014_Specs

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The Nickle Rocker

Built by Thunderbike Customs Harley-Davidson Niederrhein Germany the Nickle Rocker was voted 3rd place in the “Modified Harley”-Class of the European Championship at the 2013 Custom Chrome dealer show.  

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The Archbishop Poker Run

archbishop poker run(excerpted from the Miami Herald)  About 60 riders participated in the St. Richard’s Catholic Church’s Archbishop’s Poker Run led by Archbishop Thomas Wenski wearing his leathers and riding his Harley-Davidson Street Glide.  The Chrome Knights Motorcycle Association and other groups helped the archdiocese organize the poker run which stopped at a fruit stand, a cafe and Peterson’s HD in Miami Gardens.

The proceeds of the run will go to programs that help people in the community recover from various types of addiction, and Wenski is hoping to establish the poker run as annual event to support St. Luke’s.

“Many people know I’ve been riding a motorcycle for some years now, so hopefully they’ll support it even if they don’t ride a motorcycle,” Wenski said. “I pray before, during and after I ride my bike.”

Read more at the Miami Herald

 

Build Your Vespa Summer Offer: Vespa Scooters Now Available in Any Color

Available at all participating Vespa USA dealerships

What color Vespa do you dream of? Electric blue? Candy cane? University colors? How about one to match your car? 

Make that dream a reality this summer with Vespa USA! For a limited time only, Vespa USA is offering consumers the opportunity to customize a Vespa LX 150. Customers are invited to visit participating dealerships to purchase a custom-painted Vespa with prices starting at $4,300 (for one solid color), excluding destination and vehicle preparation charges. Design work and lettering can be added for an additional charge. Go ahead and dream big – your Vespa will be the only one like it in the world!

From now until July 31, 2011

The Build Your Vespa offer runs through July 31, 2011 at participating Vespa dealers. For more information and to see a full list of participating dealerships, please visit http://www.vespausa.com/special-offers/build-your-vespa.html

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Suzuki Releases Black 2011 Boulevard M109R Model

BREA, Calif. June 16, 2011 –Suzuki is pleased to announce that the 2011 Boulevard M109R will now be available in black for the 2011 model year, in addition to the current Candy Indy Blue and M109R Limited Edition Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Max Orange.

The M109R is Suzuki’s flagship Boulevard cruiser, and the most powerful cruiser Suzuki has ever produced. Boasting a 109-cubic inch (1783cc) Suzuki fuel-injected V-twin powerplant, the M109R pairs unrivaled torque and horsepower with exceptional handling and aggressive styling. The rear wheel wears a huge 240mm Dunlop rear tire – the largest ever used on a Suzuki motorcycle. The Boulevard M109R offers the most complete muscle cruiser package in its class.

The new color option will be available in limited quantities at authorized Suzuki dealers nationwide.

For more information, please visit www.suzukicycles.com

 

 

Hoka Hey Winner Donates Half Million Dollar Motorcycle

Barclay (standing) Marc Story (sitting on his new bike)

Will Barclay gives away the motorcycle that won him a half million dollar purse.  His beloved Electra Glide (named Excalibur) brought him to victory in the 2010 Hoka Hey challenge.

He handed the keys to Mark Story the 2nd place Hoka Hey rider at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee on Friday June 3rd.

Mark is a serious contender “Will Stated, “he called me and said Hoka Hey was in his blood and asked if I had any sponsors the may help out.  A native Australian he just couldn’t shoulder the burden of getting his bike to the U.S. so I gave him Excalibur, my winning Hoka Hey Electra Glide to ride in Hoka Hey 2011 so he can now compete in Hoka Hey”.

Barclay is also competing again this year and preparing his new steed, a 2011 Street Glide for this years challenge.

This year’s Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge will run through all 48 contiguous states, into Canada and end in Nova Scotia and is sponsored by Harley-Davidson.