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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Minnesota bikers rally against careless driving

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- At the State Capitol a wave of black leather and bandanas flowed through the front doors as hundreds of Minnesota bikers rallied on Wednesday February 23rd for "Minnesota Biker Day."

"When we can smell that leather, that riding leather, we know we're smelling freedom. That's what it's about, being able to have those freedoms to go out wherever we need to go and really enjoy life, enjoy nature, and everything this state and our country has to offer," Republican Senator Michael Jungbauer said.

Every year avid bikers rally to voice their concerns about the no helmet law, but this year new issues have risen for the group. As part of Pawlenty's $1.2 billion budget cut proposal, many dollars from a motorcycle safety fund would be funneled out to make up for some of Minnesota's deficit.

"I think it's important that we don't raid this fund, raiding this fund would decrease safety and affect bikers everywhere," DFL-Representative Terry Morrow said.

Another main issue the group is concerned with includes careless driving legislation that would beef up penalties for people that drive while texting, talking on the phone, and partake in other distractions.

Besides Minnesota bikers, many other groups met today with legislators. Students from private colleges in Minnesota rallied as well as a large group of citizens from Rochester Minnesota. These citizens later met with Governor Tim Pawlenty and voiced concerns about issues their city has with his budget proposal.

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Outlaws’ are indicted after regional ATF raids

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Two Bradley County men and one Polk County resident were caught up in federal multi-count indictments which were issued over the past two days. Sixteen people are in custody today, with additional arrests forthcoming, according to sources.

David Woodward and Danny Decker of Bradley County and Ronald “Snake” Howard of Benton are among 16 people indicted for various “narcotics, firearms and child pornography charges spanning two years,” according to information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chattanooga.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents assisted by Bradley County Sheriff’s investigators and SWAT, Tennessee Highway Patrol and the 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force descended on the Outlaws Motorcycle Club located on Strawberry Lane Wednesday evening. Officials also served warrants in Hamilton County.

From Chattanooga were Ryan “Lil R” Birt, Robert “BB” Boone, Jeremy “Cracker” Rittenhouse, Roger “Buddah” Roof, James “Dozer Miller, Kelly Adams and Marcus Smith. Charles “Robbie” Kinsey from Ringgold, Ga. Kinsey is a member of the Cleveland Chapter. Arrested from Rossville, Ga., were Steven “Steve-O” Tucker, James “Smiley” Westbrook and James “J.P.” Parker of Whitwell and two people from Marion County, Hershell Raines and Gary “Doodah” Raines.

A 2007 pickup truck bombing in Dalton, Ga., is what initiated the two-year investigation which led to the multiple indictments, according to Carl Maskew, ATF liaison with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators discovered James W. Brock Jr. was affiliated with the Renegades Motorcycle Gang and his truck was bombed in 2007 after an alleged shoot-out with members of the Outlaws, according to reports from the Dalton Daily Citizen.

The bomb was reportedly “planted by the Outlaws in retaliation for the death of Frank Rego Vital, a member of the Outlaws who was killed during the gunplay,” according to the reports.

“The Outlaws and Renegades are rival gangs,” said Maskew, who also noted the Renegades were a spin-off organization of the Hell’s Angels.
Howard, the Polk County man charged, faced a 10-count indictment along with several others, for allegedly conspiring to distribute cocaine and crack.

Most of the defendants were arraigned in federal court Thursday. Howard pleaded not guilty to the charges and trial has been set for May 3.
Sentences could range up to 40 years and fines up to $1 million on each count, according to information from the Department of Justice.

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Seth Enslow Prepares to Jump Harley XR1200 in Las Vegas for Record

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Seth Enslow better known through his role with the Crusty Demons of Dirt and his motorcycle distance jumping records, is out to set a new world record jump on a Harley-Davidson. The Harley-Davidson he plans to jump is a brand new XR1200 with specially developed suspension. Enslow plans to break previous records set on an Harley-Davidson XR750 by none other than Evel Knievel, who in February 1971 set a new world record by jumping 19 cars and a distance of 151 feet (46m). Later beating Kinevel was Bubba Blackwell then pushed past the record by jumping 157 feet (47.8).

Enslow now wants to jump the XR1200 past the 200 foot (60.9m) mark. He has been spotted in Australia recently testing for this jump. The jump is scheduled for the end of March 2009 to coincide with the Official Grand Opening of the Red Rock Harley Davidson dealer in Las Vegas. This jump will be an amazing jump considering it will be done on a Harely in Las Vegas. Check back for details as the event gets closer.

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Clubs billed as brotherhoods sometimes criminal

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The Outlaw Motorcycle Club bills itself as “75 years of biking and brotherhood,” but some members of law enforcement say such clubs can be criminal organizations.

Fifteen members of the Outlaws club in Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tenn., face the possibility of life in federal prison after being arrested on charges of conspiring to sell cocaine, crack cocaine and illegally possessing firearms. Most were arrested at the club’s houses in Chattanooga on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

“Suffice it to say the Outlaws are a subculture that does not conform to mainstream culture. That’s a nice way to say they are a criminal organization,” said Special Agent Darryl Hill with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Agent Hill said the Outlaws rank among the top motorcycle gangs in the United States along with the Hell’s Angels, Pagans and Banditos.

Based on the club’s own Web site and U.S. Department of Justice data, the Outlaws range across the East Coast and South with an estimated 500 or more members among more than 90 clubs.

It was not clear whether attorneys had been hired or assigned to the members arrested Thursday. Attempts to reach members of the club were unsuccessful, and there are no numbers or e-mail addresses on the Outlaws’ Web site.

The Web site maintains the group’s veil of secrecy, saying, “Do not write us asking how to join! Find an Outlaw and ask him!”

Mike Hall, director of the Tennessee 10th Judicial Drug Task Force, encounters a variety of criminal organizations in the Bradley, Polk and McMinn counties covered by his group. Along with other local law enforcement, including Chattanooga police and sheriff’s offices in Hamilton and Bradley counties, the task force assisted in the recent arrests of Outlaw members.

“Motorcycle gangs are like any type of gang. It’s organized crime,” Mr. Hall said.

Russ Dedrick, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, said overall criminal activity among motorcycle gangs is down in the district.

“The Outlaws is just one organization,” he said, and many motorcycle clubs operate within the law.

But motorcycle gangs involved in crime are not to be compared with small-time street-level drug dealers, authorities said. With their wide distribution and hierarchy, they operate “on a national level.”

The secretive nature of these types of groups — which often have probationary periods and strict rules for membership — make it more difficult for police to infiltrate, he said.

“It’s a strong-knit community; they consider each other family,” Mr. Hall said. “They would die for each other, and they would kill for each other.”

Sixteen Outlaws club members in the Detroit area were indicted in federal court last August on charges including violent crime in the aid of racketeering, illegal drug distribution and gun violations, according to the Justice Department.

Following those indictments, the Justice Department announced that “the Outlaws Motorcycle Club has been identified as an international criminal organization whose members and associates engage in acts of violence including murder, attempted murder, assault, narcotics distribution and firearms and gambling offenses.”

“The Outlaws have a long-standing violent history with the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, including assaults/batteries, shootings and fatalities,” according to the Justice Department.

That long-standing history of violence with the Hells Angels hit locally when, in August 2007, James Wayne Brock Jr. was hospitalized and later lost his hand in a car bomb blast in Whitfield County, Ga., according Chattanooga to Times Free Press archives.

Authorities believe the bomb was retaliation for a shooting in which Mr. Brock’s father, James Wayne Brock Sr., shot a member of the Outlaws at a strip club in Forest Park, Ga., the archives state. Both the senior and junior Brock were members of the Renegades, a motorcycle club that aligns with and supports the Outlaws.

Following that shooting, more local agencies began assisting federal agents with investigations on the Outlaws, said Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble.

The evening prior to the raid at the Cleveland clubhouse, two undercover police were threatened by Outlaws member Danny Decker, and the officers had to draw their weapons, Sheriff Gobble said. Mr. Decker was arrested on state charges related to the threats, the sheriff said.

Sheriff’s deputies raided an Outlaws club in Knox County on New Year’s Eve 2009, arresting two members for allegedly threatening an undercover officer and charging them with aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.

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16 in motorcycle club face drug, gun charges

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By: Todd South
Sixteen members of the local Outlaw Motorcycle Club were indicted today on several charges of conspiring to sell cocaine and crack cocaine and possessing illegal firearms.
One of the 16 even was charged with possessing and receiving child pornography images.
Federal investigators raided the club's compound at 3014 Campbell St. early this morning, arresting 14 of the 16 charged. The U.S. attorney's office in Chattanooga said late today that they are still seeking to arrest the last two.
Those charged include one woman. All range in age from early 30s to late 60s. Countless supporters packed the federal courtroom this afternoon as the 14 who were arrested pleaded not guilty to all charges during their arraignments.
Hearings will take place Monday and Tuesday, which will determine if the members of the motorcycle gang will be allowed to make bond. For now they remain incarcerated at the Bradley County Jail.
The U.S. Department of Justice Web site lists the Black Piston Motorcycle Club as one of its top 8 outlaw motorcycle gangs. The Black Pistons act as a support organization for the Outlaw Motorcycle Club.
Those belonging to the club are know to engage in all sorts of criminal activity including drug trafficking and extortion, according to the DOJ.
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US magistrate frees 2 Pagan's defendants

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Two indicted members of the Pagan's Motorcycle Club have been freed after months in jail.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Stanley ordered the release of 43-year-old St. Albans resident Eric Wolfe and 48-year-old New Jersey resident Rocco Boyd on $10,000 unsecured bond Friday. Wolfe and Boyd have been held since October, when authorities rounded up more than 50 Pagan's members and associates charged in a federal racketeering indictment. Trial currently is set for May.
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Stanley ruled last fall that there were no conditions of release that would protect the public and make sure Boyd and Wolfe wouldn't flee. She reversed that ruling Friday.

Charges against Wolfe and Boyd include obstruction of justice and assault stemming from the alleged beating of a suspected informant at a New Jersey motel in 2009.

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Executive to open biker bar/grill

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General News David Morgan loves his Harley-Davidson motorcycles. But after 40 years of riding in the Dayton area, the local business owner decided he needs to open a bar and restaurant that caters to the Harley crowd, as well as the regular bar and grill diner.

There are plenty of places in the area that are bike friendly, but Morgan said he saw the opportunity to do something better.

After more than a year of searching for the right spot, Morgan and his fiancée Karen Kaylor have found the site for their biker-friendly, but not biker exclusive, bar and grill. The new bar and restaurant, Wild Hogs Roadhouse, is scheduled to open this May.

Wild Hogs Roadhouse will be located at 6363 Farmersville-West Carrollton Road, which sits a few miles from the downtown areas of both West Carrollton and Miamisburg.

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Motorcycle Gang Leader and Former Deputy Headed to Prison

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A motorcycle gang leader and a former Hockley County Deputy are headed for federal prison for their part in meth trafficking ring.

54-year-old Bobby Duwayne Froman, the gang leader, got 20 years in exchange for pleading guilty.

39-year old Jose Jesus Quintanilla received a three year sentence.

These are just two of more than two dozen suspects indicted in a major meth trafficking operation from the south plains of Texas to California.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Home / News Kid Rock to return to Rally, Buffalo Chi

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The Kid is back.

Detroit rocker Kid Rock will return to the Sturgis motorcycle rally this year, performing Aug. 10 at the Buffalo Chip Campground near Sturgis.

His appearance at the 2006 Sturgis rally was one of the most memorable of recent years.

Buffalo Chip owner Rod Woodruff said in a news release that there probably doesn't exist a "more electrifying live performer than Kid Rock."

Kid Rock joins ZZ Top, Jason Aldean, Dave Mason, The Doobie Brothers and Disturbed for the 2010 Buffalo Chip lineup. Woodruff said more announcements are forthcoming.

Information and reservations can be made at or by calling 347-9000.

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Survival Strategies Volume I

Words of "Wisdom"
Riding Tips The following is a bunch of riding tips… very few of which are original… but it is stuff that we have collected over the years and… for the most part… adhere to their mantra.


This may seem like a strange concept… but it holds true every friggin’ time. A typical scenario is this… you are rolling along at 15 over the speed limit and you notice up ahead there is something in the road… let’s say for our purposes it is a piece of 2 x 4. You want to make a quick adjustment to avoid it… and have enough time to do it… barely… but you have been staring at this obstruction since you noticed it… and lo and behold… wham!… your front tire hits the piece of wood kick it up into your left shin… two thoughts… fu&*!!!.. and… what the fu*&!!!! I should have missed that!

The reality is this… without exception… your bike will go where you look. If you fixate on the object you are trying to avoid… you will hit it. Rather than focus on what you don’t want to hit… concentrate on the open line that you want to take. The bike will naturally respond to your movements that are responding to your point of focus. This works!


WTF you say? Hear me now or listen to me later… In some panic situations immediate re-direction of your line is necessary. A tip I got out of a sport-bike magazine years ago said that the quickest way to initiate a turn is to push on the handgrip that is on the side of the direction you want to turn. Essentially, you are turning the handlebars left to initiate a right turn and right to initiate a left turn… talk about counter-intuitive! once the turn is initiated and you have begun to lean into it you can let the front wheel follow its natural direction. The harder you push on the handlebars the quicker you initiate the turn. Try this out in non-panic mode on a safe stretch of road… you will be amazed at the results… I was. Note: This method is not appropriate for parking lot speeds… this only makes sense above 20 miles and hour.


A common misconception that folks have is that they think that if you grab the front brake too hard you will flip the bike over the front wheel. You are not riding your old ten speed. If you are on a Harley or any other cruiser style motorcycle there is no friggin’ way that is going to happen. Even on the extreme performance sport bikes this is quite a feat! Between the rake in the front end the weight of the bike this just ain’t gonna happen.

The reality is that the front brakes supply about 75% or so of the bikes stopping power. In a panic stop… the best thing you can do is grab a fistful of front brake. The weight of the bike and rider transfers to the front wheel as the suspension compresses pushing the front tire even harder into the pavement making it grip even better and in most cases preventing you from locking up the brakes… ‘cuz once you lock it up… it’s time to pull the rip cord. The converse is true if you choose to stomp on the rear brake. As you slow down the weight still transfers to the front wheel… which in turn lightens the load on the rear wheel… which will cause the rear wheel to loose grip even quicker than it should… which will cause you to lock up the rear wheel… and most likely hit that object that caused you to panic in the first place. The worst sound in the world is when riding in a pack you hear some amateur behind you lock up his rear brake… he/she ain’t gonna stop in time… guaran-fu*&’in-teed.

Try out this theory in a parking lot… you will be surprised at the difference in braking power between the front and rear brakes. Practice a hard front brake with moderate rear brake and you will drop your stopping distances dramatically!


Now, I am not saying that you need to start reading the world events section of your local newspaper. What I am saying is that you need to keep your eyes focused as far ahead of you as possible. It is VERY easy to find yourself fixated on the stretch of road 20 feet in front of you… especially in a turn. The tendency is to look ahead to a particular spot in the road and then stay focused on that spot until you just about get there… then readjust your line of site to the next spot. You will never pick a good line on an onramp using this approach… and also leave yourself open to being an easy mark for changing traffic conditions.

Try to focus your vision as far ahead as you can. Your peripheral vision will pick up on circumstances that change immediately around you should they need your attention. If you do this in an on/off ramp situation you will find that you will pick a much more solid line and will not be surprised by a decreasing radius corner (one in which the turn gets sharper mid-way into the turn… requiring you to turn harder half-way through the turn). This concept is not as easy as it sounds because your natural tendency is to look at things closer to you. Keep this in mind next time you ride. Purposely focus your vision as far ahead as you can and see how much your riding improves. In my humble opinion this is the single most important tip we can give.


Ever get the feeling that your actions are your own worst enemy? For example… ever go into a turn too hot and realize that you are gonna run out of pavement on your current line… panic and grab a ton o’ brake… only to have your situation go from bad to worse because now you have even less of a chance of making the turn.

The above occurs because when you lean the bike into a turn while under power it takes a certain amount of muscle to get the bike to turn… when you brake suddenly, physics dictates that the bike will want to “stand up” and go in a straight line unless you compensate by putting more “muscle” into your lean. In a panic situation… you grab a bunch a brake in a turn… forget about the physics involved… and find yourself running wide into the tree-line on the side o’ the highway. In such situations it’s best to be easy on the brake, lean hard, and don’t worry about scraping the pretty parts… hell leaving all those chrome shavings on the pavement will actually help you slow down the bike without the previously stated consequences (sort of like throwing out an anchor)!

Check this out on your next on-ramp… again… you will be surprised!


Pagan pleads guilty to racketeering charges

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By Andrew Clevenger
Staff writer
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Huntington Pagan admitted Monday in federal court that he set up a plot to kill a Pagan in prison because members of the motorcycle club believed the inmate was providing information about the club's activities to authorities.

David A. Cremeans, 49, known as "Kicker" in the biker world, also admitted that he traveled to Portsmouth, Ohio, in November 2004 to help the Pagans shut down a smaller, affiliated club, the Road Disciples Motorcycle Club, armed and prepared to use force if necessary.

In exchange for Cremeans' guilty plea to racketeering charges, prosecutors agreed to dismiss 11 other counts against him, including retaliation against a witness and drug and gun charges.

Cremeans, the onetime treasure of the Charleston chapter of the Pagans, plotted with members of the Last Rebels Motorcycle Club to kill a member of the Pagans who was serving a sentence at the federal prison in Ashland, Ky., according to the stipulation of facts entered as part of Cremeans' plea deal.

"They wanted him to shut up, and wanted to get back at him for running his mouth to law enforcement officers," the stipulation states.

Cremeans reached out to Michael Stevens, a guard at the prison, the stipulation states. Cremeans knew Stevens' brother, Richard Stevens, who was a local chapter president of the Last Rebels, a Pagans support club.

Although the Pagans did not allow anyone with a job related to law enforcement to join the Pagans or any affiliated club, Michael Stevens thought he would be admitted to the Last Rebels if he arranged for the murder inside the prison, the stipulation states.

Last Rebels national president Thomas Geer, who like Cremeans and the Stevens brothers was one of 55 defendants named in a 44-count indictment unsealed in October, vouched for Michael Stevens, according to the stipulation.

Authorities secretly recorded a conversation between Cremeans, Michael Stevens and an unnamed Pagan about the plot, in which Stevens described his plan to hire a big inmate to kill the intended victim: "The large, cooperating inmate would stab himself and then, 'stomp [the victim's] gut out,' so it would look like self defense."

Cremeans planned to pay the inmate by putting a series of small deposits into the inmate's commissary account, because a large lump sum would attract attention, according to the stipulation.

"Michael Stevens said he would explain that plan to the cooperating inmate because 'you just stomped this guy's heart out of his throat,' so putting a lot of money in his account at one time would be suspicious," the stipulation states.

Authorities moved the intended victim to another facility before he was harmed.

Cremeans faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston on June 29.

Cremeans is the 18th defendant to strike a deal with prosecutors, but only the second to admit to racketeering charges. Pagans national vice president Floyd A. "Jesse" Moore, 64, of St. Albans, pleaded guilty to racketeering in December, conceding that the Pagans is a hierarchical gang engaged in organized crime.

Racketeering charges remain pending against Pagans national president, David K. "Bart" Barbeito, 49, of Myersville, Md. A grand jury upgraded charges against Richard Timothy Weaver, 52, of St. Albans, when it handed up a superseding indictment earlier this month.

Other defendants have admitted to helping stockpile explosives as part of an ongoing feud between the Pagans and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club, intimidating other motorcycle clubs, extortion and selling drugs.

Pending counts accuse gang members and associates of kidnapping, robbery and transporting the proceeds from illegal raffles of motorcycles across state lines.

One defendant died in custody, and another was added when the new indictment was unsealed. Thirty-seven defendants remain, and are scheduled to go to trial in May.

Reach Andrew Clevenger at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 304-348-1723.

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City estimates $32k for extra law enforcement during Hells Angels rally

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MCs in the News The small army of extra law enforcement personnel that is planned to be utilized during an expected Hells Angels Motorcycle Club visit this summer will come with a price tag.

The City of Gunnison will be left with the tab for room and board of additional officers, as well as training and preparation leading up to the event ” expecting to run the city, in total, about $32,625.

Law enforcement planning to date, according to Gunnison Police Chief Keith Robinson, calls for between 150 and 200 officers working cooperatively in Gunnison and Hinsdale counties under an œarea command structure. Additional support for fire and ambulance services are also part of planning efforts.

The Hells Angels rode into Gunnison during the summer of 2002 for their annual œUSA Run, the same reason for their visit this summer. Many credited a strong law enforcement presence then for the relatively quiet visit.

Similar to 2002, under a mutual aid agreement, the city will have to pay some of the additional officers™ expenses while they™re here (including workers™ compensation insurance), but the officers™ home agency is expected to pay wages.

Robinson has reported that the main group of Hell™s Angels members ” estimated between 450 and 500 ” is expected to arrive in Gunnison July 28 and leave Aug. 1. A œset up crew is expected to arrive earlier, on Sunday, July 25.

This time around, the motorcycle club is expected to make their base the Affordable Inn east of Gunnison, at Tomichi Village. œThe (hotel) ... is 100 percent booked with permission granted to pitch their event tent, Robinson wrote in a memo to City Council recently.

Plans have changed for at least one other local event as a result of the expected Hells Angels visit.

Upon learning of the anticipated motorcycle rally, part-time Gunnison County resident Sue Anne Wilson changed the dates for the Gunnison Grand Western Terrier Trials.

Wilson, chair and sponsor of the event, moved the dog show from the last weekend in July to the first, July 3-4.

œI didn™t want to stress the community out more than they are, she explained, adding that the reason the event was planned for late July and early August this year is because it™s generally a slower time for business, which she wanted to help support.

The change of dates has meant reproducing some awards for the terrier trials and the loss of one high-profile judge, Wilson said.

œI know if I was planning to go to a terrier trial and I knew there was a rally like that within a hundred miles, I wouldn™t be going, she added.

The annual Crested Butte Art Festival is planned for July 31-Aug. 1, as well.

Robinson reported that he™s currently working with local law enforcement agencies that are expected to provide assistance during this summer™s Hells Angels visit, but has notified other agencies statewide that the city is seeking support.

He said he™s begun arranging housing with Western State College, where officers also will be fed.

Robinson said that a series of public presentations, beginning in March, to help answer questions from the community are also being planned.

œAlmost everything mirrors 2002 ” both in (the Hell™s Angels™) preparation and in ours, said Robinson.

How the city will pay for additional law enforcement is somewhat up in the air.

œWe™ll absorb the cost into our current budget as much as possible, said City Manager Ken Coleman. œIn the end there will probably be a request for supplemental appropriations. That™s the reality. This is a losing proposition.

Gunnison County Sheriff Rick Murdie said that he™s talked with Robinson about handling housing costs for additional officers similar to that of 2002. According to Robinson™s early budget, the county would cover half of those housing costs, which would mean a potential contribution by the county of about $13,525.

Murdie indicated that it™s too early to say exactly where in the budget a possible county contribution might come.

Robinson explained that he™s trying to ward off other possible conflicts as a result of the Hells Angels visit.

œWe are hearing there are other motorcycle groups coming, he said. œWe need to contact them, find out if they™re who they say they are and do they know what they™re getting into. A (Honda) Goldwing group coming to town that weekend would be something we™d like to know about ahead of time.

(Will Shoemaker can be contacted at 970.641.1414 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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Judge fines Clallam prosecutors for incorrectly tying case to Hells Angels

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PORT ANGELES -- A judge slapped the Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney's Office with a $500 fine last week for incorrectly stating that a defendant is a member of the Hells Angels and that a local attorney involved in the case represents the motorcycle club.

Clallam County Judge Brooke Taylor sanctioned the office, which has 30 days to make the payment, on Friday.

The fine will be paid to the attorney named in the motion, Karen Unger, through Clallam County Superior Court, said Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney Deb Kelly.

"We disagree, with all due respect, with this ruling and are considering whether to appeal," she said.

In her request for sanctions filed Feb. 9, Unger, who could not be reached for comment, referred to the motion filed by Prosecutor Erika Soublet as "unethical intimidation."

Kelly, while disagreeing with those comments, said she still regrets the mistake, adding:

"I think everyone in this office has taken the appropriate lesson from it and I have no doubt that we will be exceptionally careful in review of our pleadings."

The false statements were contained in a motion filed Feb. 8. requesting that co-defendants Roger D. Mallicott and Lovera M. Blackcrow -- who face vehicular homicide charges in the Aug. 16 death of Shelly M. Bartlett -- be tried separately.

Both Mallicott, 46 at the time of the wreck and from Port Angeles, and Blackcrow, who was 29 and resided at the Lower Elwha Klallam reservation at the time, pleaded not guilty.

They face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a $50,000 fine if convicted.

As part of the prosecutor's argument, Soublet referred to a police probable cause statement that said Mallicott is a member of the Amigos motorcycle club and attempted to call Unger after being taken into custody.

But rather than referring to the Amigos, the motion stated he was a member of the Hells Angels and that Unger "apparently" was the club's attorney without providing any facts to back up that claim other than the phone call.

Kelly said she wasn't aware of Unger defending any motorcycle clubs in the past.

But based on what the prosecutor's office believed to be true, it pointed to a potential conflict of interest since Unger is defending Blackcrow.

Beyond the phone call to Unger, and incorrectly stating that she was a Hells Angels attorney at the time of the wreck, court documents show no other attempt by the prosecutor's office to connect her to a motorcycle club or Mallicott.

In her motion, Soublet also argued that the defendants shouldn't be tried together since they may start pointing fingers at one another during the trial, therefore complicating the case for the jurors who would determine their guilt or innocence.

Mallicott's membership in a motorcycle club may also be used by Blackcrow to "paint herself in a more favorable light," the motion said.

Soublet additionally wrote that Mallicott may also point the finger at Blackcrow during the trial.

In defense of her office, Kelly argued in court that its motion remained legitimate despite the errors since both defendants have made out-of-court statements against each other.

Blackcrow and Mallicott were both involved in the August wreck, although in separate vehicles.

Blackcrow, driving a sport utility vehicle, and Mallicott, riding a motorcycle with Bartlett as a passenger, were both drunk, police said, when they collided at Dry Creek Road and Edgewood Drive in west Port Angeles.

Bartlett, 45, a Sequim resident who was described as Mallicott's girlfriend in the probable cause statement, was thrown into the SUV, and was declared dead later that day at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

A hearing on whether the two defendants should be tried separately will be held Friday.

Kelly said that she initially chose to prosecute them together because they face the same charge from the same incident and: "It's usually easier to sever than it is to join them."


Reporter Tom Callis can be reached at 360-417-3532 or at tom.callis@peninsula

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12 arrested on cocaine charges in 'Operation Avalanche'

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett this morning announced charges have been filed against 12 people in a second wave of arrests related to an investigation into drug dealing operations by the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

Authorities arrested 22 people in March 2009, mainly upper-level cocaine distributors and their main customers of the biker club. Suspects arrested today "fueled this organization as the upper-level dealers’ regular customers," according to the attorney general’s office.

"We believe that today’s arrests, combined with the 22 drug dealers arrested last March during the first phase of the investigation, have completely dismantled this well-organized drug network," Corbett said in announcing the latest developments in "Operation Avalanche."

The defendants and the charges against them include:

- Robert Gris, 51, 143 Keyser Ave., Old Forge, Lackawanna County, is charged with one count each of solicitation to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of cocaine.

- Mary Jo Piasecki, 35, HC 88 Box 1664, Harveys Lake, Luzerne County, is charged with one count each of solicitation to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of cocaine.

- Brian Cook, 87 Dana St., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with one count each of solicitation to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of cocaine.

- Thomas Tranell, 49, 291 East Grove St., Kingston, Luzerne County, is charged with one count each of solicitation to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of cocaine.

- Robert Mashinski, 52, 59 Wilkes Lane, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with one count each of solicitation to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of cocaine.

- Brian Handy, 38, 640 River St., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with one count each of solicitation to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of cocaine.

- Deborah Rattray, 52, 551 North Main St., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with one count each of solicitation to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of cocaine.

- Patricia Watkins, 180 S. Washington St., Apt. 1275, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with one count each of solicitation to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of cocaine.

- Santana John, 38, 151 South Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with one count each of solicitation to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of cocaine.

- Aubrey Keatts, 29, 151 South Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, is charged with one count each of solicitation to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of cocaine.

- John Kindler, 54, 1041 South Main Road, Mountaintop, Luzerne County, is charged with one count each of solicitation to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of cocaine.

- Kelly Barton, 25, 684 Pulaski St., Nanticoke, Luzerne County, is charged with one count each of solicitation to deliver cocaine, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of cocaine.

The suspects were arraigned this morning by Magisterial District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston. They were released on $20,000 unsecured bail.

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16 in motorcycle club face drug, gun charges

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MCs in the News Chattanooga:

By: Todd South


Sixteen members of the local Outlaw Motorcycle Club were indicted today on several charges of conspiring to sell cocaine and crack cocaine and possessing illegal firearms.

One of the 16 even was charged with possessing and receiving child pornography images.

Federal investigators raided the club's compound at 3014 Campbell St. early this morning, arresting 14 of the 16 charged. The U.S. attorney's office in Chattanooga said late today that they are still seeking to arrest the last two.

Those charged include one woman. All range in age from early 30s to late 60s. Countless supporters packed the federal courtroom this afternoon as the 14 who were arrested pleaded not guilty to all charges during their arraignments.

Hearings will take place Monday and Tuesday, which will determine if the members of the motorcycle gang will be allowed to make bond. For now they remain incarcerated at the Bradley County Jail.

The U.S. Department of Justice Web site lists the Black Piston Motorcycle Club as one of its top 8 outlaw motorcycle gangs. The Black Pistons act as a support organization for the Outlaw Motorcycle Club.

Those belonging to the club are know to engage in all sorts of criminal activity including drug trafficking and extortion, according to the DOJ.

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Motorcycle club members nab alleged teen thieves

MADISON (WKOW) -- A pair of Madison teenagers who allegedly attempted to steal electronics were nabbed by members of a local motorcycle club before they could get away.

Police were called to the CC Riders clubhouse on Parkside drive Tuesday afternoon. One of the members owns an old school bus that's been renovated and when he went to check on it, he discovered a window had been broken and the bus had been burglarized.

Among the items missing were two flat screen TVs, a digital camera and a multi-tool.

Club members followed foot prints in the snow and found the teens in different locations. The 17-year-old tried to flee on his bicycle but was chased down.

The 16-year-old was found in possession of a stolen satellite radio receiver, as well as prescription drugs that had not been taken from the bus. The 17-year-old had the camera and the tool in his possession.

He was arrested and taken to the Dane County Jail on tentative charges of Entry into Locked Vehicle, Receiving Stolen Property, and a Probation Violation.

The 16-year-old was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center on tentative charges of Entry into Locked Vehicle, Receiving Stolen Property, and Possession of Schedule 2 Narcotic.

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Minnesota bikers rally against careless driving

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- At the State Capitol a wave of black leather and bandanas flowed through the front doors as hundreds of Minnesota bikers rallied on Wednesday February 23rd for "Minnesota Biker Day."

"When we can smell that leather, that riding leather, we know we're smelling freedom. That's what it's about, being able to have those freedoms to go out wherever we need to go and really enjoy life, enjoy nature, and everything this state and our country has to offer," Republican Senator Michael Jungbauer said.

Every year avid bikers rally to voice their concerns about the no helmet law, but this year new issues have risen for the group. As part of Pawlenty's $1.2 billion budget cut proposal, many dollars from a motorcycle safety fund would be funneled out to make up for some of Minnesota's deficit.

"I think it's important that we don't raid this fund, raiding this fund would decrease safety and affect bikers everywhere," DFL-Representative Terry Morrow said.

Another main issue the group is concerned with includes careless driving legislation that would beef up penalties for people that drive while texting, talking on the phone, and partake in other distractions.

Besides Minnesota bikers, many other groups met today with legislators. Students from private colleges in Minnesota rallied as well as a large group of citizens from Rochester Minnesota. These citizens later met with Governor Tim Pawlenty and voiced concerns about issues their city has with his budget proposal.

(Copyright 2010 by KARE. All Rights Reserved.)

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Request from Louisiana

Date: 2/26/2010

I'm sure we've all had out of state tickets in which we thought was a racket. Since lots of Texans, especially East Texans go to Louisianna from time to time. I thought maybe we should include this in the newsletter with some contacts. The tourism statistics should count also. Apparently the state fine for a non-DOT approved helmet is $50, and some Parishes and Municipalities exceed that fine.
Respect... ~Suds

Thunder Roads Magazine Louisiana is Requesting Your Assitance
Attention Louisiana Motorcyclists:

Being involved as I am with Thunder Roads Magazine LA, I have been approached on many occasions from fellow riders who have shared their experiences after been stopped by law enforcement and ticketed for wearing a "Non-DOT Helmet". I have also learned that these tickets have been issued with a fine ranging from $75, upwards to $175.
Louisiana's Revised Statute, RS 32:190 can be found here:
In the statute, the law states REQUIREMENTS for the HELMETS, specifically as follows:
A) No person shall operate or ride upon any motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle unless the person is equipped with and is wearing on the head a safety helmet of the type and design manufactured for use by operators of such vehicles, which shall be secured properly with a chin strap while the vehicle is in motion. All such safety helmets shall consist of lining, padding, visor, and chin strap and shall meet such other specifications as shall be established by the commissioner.
Additionally in the statute, the law also states REQUIREMENT for the FINE for violators of the helmet law as follows:
F) Any person who violates any provision of this Section shall upon conviction be fined fifty dollars which shall include all costs of court. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, no other cost or fee shall be assessed against any person for a violation of this Section.
After the Helmet Law was repealed, Louisiana State Police a couple days later put out a PSA stating the Revised Statute is clearly evident that helmets must be DOT Approved. The link is here:
I am currently in communication with Representative M.J. "Mert" Smiley, Jr. who is an avid fellow motorcyclist and has expressed deep concern over the feedback from our readership experiencing these citations. He is very interested in learning more of what is happening regarding the enforcement of the helmet law and especially the fines exceeding the $50 stated fine. Representative Smiley is looking forward to hearing back from me on my results. We are aware this info will take some time to organize.
So with this in mind, I am formally requesting from the Louisiana Motorcycling Community that if you have in the past on up to recently been issued a citation for a "Non-DOT Helmet", I would like to hear from you via email or fax. This can include being stopped, but issued a warning instead of a citation. What I specifically need to know will be:
1) Issuing Agency (LSP Troop Division, Parish of Sheriff, City of Police )
2) Town in which ticket was given
3) If another citation written other than helmet or if citation for helmet only
4) If passenger present and if issued citation as well
5) Were you allowed to leave with alleged Non-DOT helmet or forced to provide one before leaving
6) Amount of Ticket
7) Did you pay the fine or go to court to fight the citation (if so, what was the result)
8) Your name, phone number and residence (this info will not be shared with anyone, it will only be used for verification purposes only - Unfortunately, I cannot use anonymous emails and claim validity of the experience).
NOTE: Please understand, I am not looking for opinion on this issue, only those experiences actually dealing with enforcement of the helmet law. Please submit info based on the 8 requests.
I will compile your responses and submit the research to Rep. Smiley for his assistance in determination of future discussions regarding enforcement of Louisiana 's current Helmet Law, RS 32:190. I will also follow up this in an article (or additional follow up articles) as new informations develop. In the meantime, I respectfully request you take a moment to forward this email to all of your riding friends or use it as a topic during your next organizations meeting. I will have this request in our March issue also. We hope to get quick responses from as many riders as possible that have been affected.
While I respect the positives acknowledged through the use of approved helmets and the riders who choose to honor that choice (along with the organizations that work support the helmet law as well as motorcycle safety), they key for me and many others in our community is still choice. And regardless of one's convictions on the matter, the letter of the law is NOT clear on the type of helmet which leaves judgment to the streets instead a formal yet concise law. And the fact that riders are being charged more than the specified fine is unconstitutional and should be deemed against the law to charge more that what is written in the law. The LA Motorcycle Community needs to stand united in this as this is a Very Important Issue that needs to be addressed. The circumstances of periodically enforcing a vague law and charging fines over what is clearly stated in said law cannot continue to confuse the riding public. I also want to state that this pursuit of clarity is not a reflection to work against the Law Enforcement agencies throughout the state. I feel this effort benefits both sides of the issue. I look forward to your particpation in distributing this request, spreading the word throughout Louisiana and those who would be gracious enough to indulge my request for info regarding citations, to support others who have shared their experiences with us and our readership. Thanks for your time, effort and support!
Ride Safe, Ride Free, but just Ride! God Bless America, our Troops and Their Families!

Dwayne "Nappy" Chauvin
State Editor/Owner
Thunder Roads Magazine LA
985-594-4322 (fax)

A Walk with Heroes veteran tribute in Daytona

The Legendary Buffalo Chip “Chipping” in to Help Honor Veterans at Daytona Bike Week at the Plaza Resort and Spa

Veterans will be front and center at this year’s Daytona Beach Bike Week thanks to a collaboration between Daytona’s Plaza Resort & Spa and the Legendary Buffalo Chip. One of the largest Veterans Tributes in the United States, “A Walk with Heroes” will include prestigious speakers, top level entertainment and the largest balloon launch in Veteran memorial history. A highlight of the highly anticipated Veterans Tribute will include a replica of the Vietnam Wall to be escorted to the Plaza Resort & Spa by the Rolling Thunder and a number of other Veteran-related motorcycle groups on Thursday, March 4. The memorial which contains all 58,195 names of those who were killed in combat during the Vietnam War will provide overcoming and raw emotion to all who experience it. In addition, the wall will be staffed with honor guard during all three days of display with a “Change of Guard” ceremony taking place every half hour around the clock. Also on exhibit will be a number of memorials including the Walk of Heroes Collection; the “Cost of Freedom” tribute; WWII, WWI, and Korean War Tribute Collection; Gold Dog Tag Collection for casualties since Vietnam and the War on Terror; 9/11 Tribute; and Civil War Memorial.

The culmination of the “A Walk with Heroes” Veterans Tribute will include a ceremony and an evening of entertainment. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 6th to formally honor veterans of every branch. Civilian and Military guests will be encouraged to purchase balloons from their charity of choice and write a note to fallen heroes. At 6:45pm the balloons will be released. Following the balloon launch, a live concert will kick off a night of entertainment on the Plaza pool deck. Bands performing include the Glimmer Twins, the only Rolling Stones tribute band officially endorsed by the legendary group and Jimi Taylor, a Jimi Hendrix tribute band.
Walk With Heros
In addition, Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey, former Marine and award winning actor will be the featured speaker at “A Walk with Heroes” on Saturday, March 6th. Ermey is best known for his role as the hard-nosed, abrasive Drill Sergeant Hartman in the critically acclaimed film, “Full Metal Jacket”. He also stars in his own shows on the Discovery and History channels, including “Mail Call” and “Lock N’ Load with R. Lee Ermey”. He is also well known for being an outspoken advocate for the United States Marine Corps, US Armed Forces and Veterans groups. Ermey will be joined by Sgt. Major Gene Overstreet, former Sgt. Major of the United States Marine Corps.

“Our goal is to raise awareness for Veterans groups, and also to raise money to keep them going,” says Gene P. Carroll, Post Commander and National Committee Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. “By the time the 3 days are up, we hope to have raised more than $150,000 for Veteran’s charities and, hopefully, inspired visitors to give, year-round, to help support the men and women who have fought for this county.”

The public is invited to view the memorials and are welcome to join veterans for the ceremonies on Saturday, March 6th. There is no charge to view the memorials or participate in the ceremony. For more information on the “A Walk with Heroes” Veterans Tribute visit or

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Biker sues state trooper over stop

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A Nashville motorcyclist has sued a state trooper, claiming he was pulled over and roughed him up because the trooper thought he was someone else.

In the lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court, Richard Jeffrey Laude claims Tennessee Highway Patrolman Jimmy D. Knowles "violently pulled Laude off his motorcycle" and struck him several times during a traffic stop in October 2008.

Knowles had been looking for a group of motorcycles that sped by him earlier that day, Laude said in his suit.

Even though Laude was driving a different type of bike and wearing clothes that didn't match the speeding cyclists, the lawsuit claims, Knowles pulled Laude over in Wilson County thinking he was one of the bikers he had tried unsuccessfully to catch.

Citizens who saw the traffic stop told Knowles he had the wrong person, the lawsuit claims, but Knowles still charged Laude with reckless endangerment. A judge later dismissed the charge.

Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Browning said Knowles was suspended for five days without pay in connection with the incident.

Laude is seeking unspecified damages.


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Harley hosts unique motorcycles, guarantees and offers

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Harley hosts unique motorcycles, guarantees and offers

One of the beauties of motorcycles is the abundance of variety with every Harley-Davidson motorcycle and rider having their own truly unique personality.

The best place to see these one-of-a-kind bikes and their proud owners in full force at the Harley-Davidson Ride-In Custom Bike Show at Daytona Bike Week.

Motorcycles with incredibly detailed, dazzling and distinctive customization will be displayed in the Harley-Davidson Ride-In Custom Bike show on Wednesday, March 3 at Riverfront Park on Beach Street during the 69th Annual Daytona Bike Week at Daytona Beach, Fla. Custom motorcycle owners are invited to compete for cash prizes and trophies, and bike enthusiasts can get a good look at these artistic rolling sculptures.

Owners can enter their motorcycles in the Ride-In Show Contest on March 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at Riverfront Park on Beach Street in Daytona Beach, or online. Registration is followed by judging with prizes awarded by Harley-Davidson design experts beginning at 4 p.m. First place and two runner-up winners in each of 14 judging categories will receive cash prizes or trophies. In addition, cash prizes will be awarded to the top motorcycles using Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories, for Most Dramatic Audio and the Willie G. Award for H.O.G. members. Entry fees are donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

“There is a tremendous sense of competition and camaraderie among the riders and motorcycle enthusiasts who attend the Ride-In Custom Bike Show,” said Steve Earnshaw, Harley-Davidson Director, Retail Operations: Parts & Accessories, CVO, Trike / Service. “The passion and creativity that goes in to these custom Harleys is so incredible that we want to see it all get recognized and rewarded, while also helping support MDA.”

The Harley-Davidson Ride-In Custom Bike Show has also been one of the biggest and best shows at Daytona Bike Week for more than 30 years. More information on the Ride-In Show is available at Harley-Davidson's Daytona Bike Week Website.

Other Harley-Davidson events during the week at Riverfront Park include interactive activities, MDA Auction and Bike Raffle and other events. There will also be Demo Rides, H.O.G. Pin Stop, interactive motorcycle display and other activities at the Daytona International Speedway.

A full schedule of Harley-Davidson Bike Week activities will be posted on Harley-Davidson's Daytona Bike Week Website.

And for some proud riders, the upcoming Bike Week could be the debut for their new motorcycle thanks to newly announced offer from Harley-Davidson.

Called the Ride Easy Guarantee, the promotion aims to bring down the imagined cost of owning a motorcycle. Offering low monthly payment options on all new 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycles, while all new 2009 Softail® and VRSC models include a no cost three-year extended service plan and no cost scheduled maintenance up to 5,000 miles, and all new 2009 Dyna® motorcycles include no cost scheduled maintenance up to 5,000 miles. Prices will vary, but the Sportster 883 Low will be eligible for purchase starting at less than $100 per month, or just a little more than three dollars a day, reportedly.

There are seven 2009 Sportster motorcycles eligible for this promotion, including the XR1200 (pictured right, click to enlarge), which was recognized as the Best Standard in Cycle World magazine in its Ten Best Bikes of 2009. There are eight eligible Softail models, five Dyna and three VRSC motorcycles in the 2009 Harley-Davidson line, as well as the CVO Fat Bob (pictured below, click to enlarge) and Softail Springer. The VRSC models are a part of one of the most acclaimed and awarded motorcycle lines in Company history.

“With riding season right around the corner, we’re fired up to give customers that much more inspiration to buy a new 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle,” said Dino Bernacchi, Harley-Davidson Director, Advertising and Promotion. “There’s more reason than ever to ride with this exceptional opportunity to get on a new Harley-Davidson right now, whether it’s realizing the dream to ride for the first time or moving on to another great motorcycle.”

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MSU computer scientist develops tattoo-matching technology

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Biker Rights Issues Kim Kozlowski / The Detroit News
A Michigan State University computer scientist has developed a tattoo-matching technology that is expected to be used nationally by law enforcement agencies to solve crimes, officials announced this week.
Anil Jain developed the program over the last two years that will allow police to use a central database to search tattoo images and help them identify suspects and victims. MorphoTrak, a top supplier of identification systems to law enforcement and other markets, has acquired Jain's technology.
"Our customers see it as having tremendous value for intelligence purposes," said Eve Fillion, spokeswoman for Alexandria, Va.-based MorphoTrak.
More than 36 percent of people from 18-40 have tattoos, according to the Pew Research Center. That figure is higher among criminals, and police have collected tattoo images for years.
Currently, law officials use keywords to search tattoos that have been collected. But that is subjective, Jain said. His technology would be more accurate and efficient by using shape, color and texture to match tattoos between subjects of interest and those already collected by law enforcement, such as tattoos identifying gang members, he said.
The technology could likely be integrated into the FBI's Next Generation Identification System, which is being built to expand the agency's fingerprint identification system to include face and iris recognition, Jain said. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (313) 222-2024

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B.A.D. Responds To Hells Angels & Biker Discrimination!

B.A.D. News B.A.D. {Bikers Against Discrimination}
Henry McGrath, Exec. Director
PO Box 211 Caroga Lake, N.Y. 12032
(518) 773-0167
Times Journal
Jim Poole,President
PO Box 339 Cobleskill, N.Y. 12043
RE: Troop G Public Statement in response to "AM-JAM won't be back" article - January 27,2010
Dear Mr. Poole : Letter To Editor & Public
It is unfortunate that the citizens of Schoharie County have had to experience the negative news regarding the move of the Am-Jam. It is a business decision privy only to the organizer, Jean Aldus, and not the thousands of licensed motorcyclists, club riders and american bikers who have throughout the years had the pleasure of creating memorable, good times and friendships not just at the Am-Jam but with local businesses. Many a "biker benefit run" to raise money for the disadvantaged, misfortuned and needy has been scheduled through Schoharie County areas as a yearly function coinciding with the Am-Jam . There is no doubt these will continue - as will the friendships and business relations between the licensed motorcyclist, club rider and american biker - with the citizens of Schoharie County.
It is unfortunate that the citizens of Schoharie County have had to experience the reality of how ignorant, unethical, unjust and just plain discriminatory the response of Major William Sprague, State Police-Troop G was. He not only defamed a legitimate entity (which motorcycle clubs/chapters/affiliations/groups are) such as the Hells Angels, he mislead the public to believe motorcycle clubs, riding clubs/groups and american bikers have criminal intent to their existence.
In other words, these motorcyclists and bikers are at the Am-Jam to commit crimes!?! The presence of the State Police would simply prevent whatever crime the public can conjure in their minds?
This, of course, is comming from the "States Angels" - that patch wearing, gun toting gang which has everyone sitting on the edge of their driver seat and good citizens weary about what charges will get trumped up on them.
Allow me to remind you of recent news: 1) 2009-Gov. Patterson insinuates the New York State Police are corrupt and orders Attny. General Cuomo to investigate, 2)former State Police superintendent, Preston Felton, is found to have created false documents and transmitted sensitive information to assist then Gov. Eliot Spitzer (in a conspiracy plot against Joseph Bruno). Instead of facing criminal charges, Felton was allowed to retire with of benefits! 3)The NYS Police Superintendant before Felton, Wayne Bennett, was also found to have altered police reports. He was not charged with the crime either, allowed to retire and took a leadership role at the Schenectady Police Department - where a number of officers have been arrested for assault, dwi, threats, drug possession, stealing drug evidence, damaging property, ripping off tax payers and essentially running drug operations under the protection of themselves and a criminal enterprise? 4) Just several months before State Attorney General Cuomo released the report essentially finding no absolute proof against the NYS Police to warrant charges, received a $5,000 campaign contribution from the PBA. 5)During this same period,Gary Veeder, a NYS State Police forensic scientist was found to have falsified data in criminal cases for over 15 years and had made allegations during the investigation that other lab employees had been committing simular crimes.
The tale dies with Veeder who, ironically, committed suicide...while the probability of innocense for someone unjustly convicted goes forgotten. 6)As you read this, proposals sit before Governor Patterson seeking pay raises and more state police positions at the tax payers expense. Keep in mind, the Governor has also expanded his detail from 24 to 80 state police officers to protect him and serve his purposes. Are you convinced yet that the State Police and aspects of the government are potentially corrupt and function like a criminal enterprise? Or would you, for the sake of sanity, say "there's always a bad one in the crowd. People make mistakes".
The Major's matter of fact statement "The Hells Angels are an internationally known and recognized criminal enterprise" is as far stretching as my telling you the NYS Governor, Attorney General and State Police are ALL corrupt and ALL function as a criminal enterprise. The Major's intent was to justify the discriminatory, unjust and unconstitutional profiling and harrassment of a culture of people (american biker,motorcyclist and rider) while feebly attempting to promote the cause for more manpower and raises simply by using the word "Hells Angels" and at the same time shedding more blame towards "other gangs" (ie.,motorcycle riders and clubs are NOT gangs). It should be noted to the public that motorcycle clubs are legitimately registered clubs/chapters/affiliations/groups in their respective jurisdictions. Why would the state respect the legitimate existence of an american culture as are the Hells Angels while attempting to dishonor, disrespect, disgrace and defame them with negative propoganda? Is not freedom of expression and association a constitutional right?
As quoted from "How The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club Works" by Akweli Parker at ,"the group holds the official position that it's persecuted by police and federal agencies because of its members' non-conformist lifestyles and beliefs." He goes on to quote a popular phase relating to the Hells Angels: "When we do right nobody remembers, when we do wrong nobody forgets."
In correlation, it's not far fetched to see, as well, how the state permits you - Joe citizen - to license a business and then feeds off of you with excessive taxes, fees and charges. It is how the system is structured. But, to imply that you , the store owner, who has had a relative that has been arrested, or you,yourself, earned a DWI and now your business must be policed and harrassed because you are a criminal enterprise would be unjust behavior of public servants. That seems to be how the NYS Police system works to justify its existence according to Major Sprague. Reality is, who can take your liberty and freedom away - The Hells Angels or the New York State Police? Perhaps Major Sprague should REALLY clean up his own house before he campaigns to the public with promotion of bias, prejudice and discrimination toward American bikers.
Henry McGrath is Executive Director of Bikers Against Discrimination, an investigative reporter and civil rights activist.

Cincinnati Dealer Show...Back to Basics

Johnny & Jay of Strip Club Choppers
This year marked the 10th anniversary for the annual V-Twin dealer Expo in Cincinnati Ohio. Because of the blow suffered to the motorcycle industry by the declining economy we didn’t know what to expect. For those of you unfamiliar with this event it’s a convention where motorcycle industry manufacturers display their newest V-Twin aftermarket products and is open to only motorcycle dealers.

As it turned out the show was a pleasant surprise even though the displays and attendance were not what they were during the boom of the custom chopper days. The major manufacturers like Kuryakyn, Performance Machine, Mustang Seats and Vance & Hines were there in full force with large professional exhibits featuring all of their new product line for 2010. This year was also the first time we filmed the event for /Two Wheel Thunder /on the Discovery Networks HD Theater. In case you’ve been asleep on the wheel, Jay (me) and Michele Smith are back together after the /SPEED/ Channel shut down V-Twin programming and cancelled /American Thunder/, and after last year’s debacle, it’s the best thing that ever happened… Anyway check out the show in June 2010. We’ll tell you even more in the next Johnny ands Jay, although I think we are going to have to change the name of this column to Jay and Johnny now.

Getting back to the V-Twin Expo. We filmed segments with S&S, Arlen Ness, Custom Chrome, Heartland USA, LePera seats and a few others. It was pretty obvious that after Michele did a few interviews that the theme for the event was “Back to Basics” and gone were the people that wanted to make a quick buck off of crappy quality and poorly designed products. Also gone were the guys that were bike assemblers who didn’t have time tested proprietary products. Thank you GOD! When guys like Arlen and Cory Ness spend twelve hour a days dressed in black business suits personally representing their products you know the good old days are back.

All in all the show definitely set the tone for a positive and optimistic 2010 in the V-twin industry.
Congratulations V-Twin Expo and thanks for keeping the dream alive.

Please stop by and visit us during Daytona Beach Bike week across from the Iron Horse Saloon, just look for the hot chicks and the TV cameras, you’ll find us. For additional articles visit

Big Bear Choppers creating skeleton bike for illusionist Criss Angel

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BIG BEAR LAKE - A custom motorcycle is being crafted for a famous "mind freak" and magic man.
And the bike is literally bad to the bone.
Big Bear Choppers is putting the finishing touches on its seventh custom-made bike for illusionist Criss Angel, one that its maker says uses a real human skeleton dipped in stainless steel as part of its frame.
"(Angel) told me he wanted to build a skeleton bike made out of scraps of sheet metal," said Kevin Alsop, who owns and operates Big Bear Choppers along with his wife, Mona. "I told him, `Why don't we use a real skeleton?"'
Kevin said he knows the operator of a foundry in Georgia. He said the operator was able to get hold of a real human skeleton that he then cast
Big Bear Choppers in Big Bear Lake is building its seventh custom bike for magician Criss Angel, a vehicle dubbed the "Skeleton Bike." Kevin Alsop, pictured, owns the shop with his wife, Mona. (Al Cuizon/Staff Photographer)in metal. Kevin says human bones can be purchased and often are used for medical purposes.
Angel is the host of "Criss Angel Mindfreak" on the A&E cable TV channel and the star of "Criss Angel Believe," a Cirque du Soleil stage production at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
A Luxor statement describes the show as: "A haunting exploration deep inside the inventive mind of mystifier Criss Angel as he hovers between the land of the living and a surreal world uniquely woven together by the distinctive imaginations of Criss Angel and Cirque du Soleil."
"We've seen some of his tricks up front, and I don't know how he does it," said Mona.
Big Bear Choppers has been featured on an episode of "Mindfreak," when Angel traveled to its facility to pick up a new chopper. Angel has wowed the Alsops' daughter, Maddy, with magic tricks many times, the couple said.
"He's good at making things disappear," Kevin said.
Mona says many of the bikes built for Angel are on display at Luxor, where the casino has restaurants and bars with Criss Angel themes. Angel plans to garage the skeleton bike at his Las Vegas mansion, she said.
The skeleton bike will be delivered to Angel on Saturday in Las Vegas. Kevin says the final price tag is about $100,000.
"All of our bikes are pretty reasonable," said Mona. "It's just when you start doing all this crazy stuff on it that the price goes up. It's because of builds like this we've been able to stay in business. It's really helpful when you get a custom build like this. It keeps you through the slow times."
Big Bear Choppers opened 12 years ago. It has grown from just the Alsops working in a small building to about 100 employees and a 20,000-square-foot facility. The Alsops say the recession has slowed business, though.

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Five arrested in bar brawl

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Rally & Event News Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested five people this morning following a brawl and shooting at Fred’s on the River in Port Vincent involving the Bandidos motorcycle gang, the Sheriff’s Office said today.

Among those arrested are four members of the gang, including president Joe Louis “Bandido Joe” Flores, and a friend of the lone shooting victim, deputies said in a news release.

The incident escalated into a shooting after the victim, Steven Hoff, 31, 30914 La. 16, Denham Springs, called his friend for help as gang members arrived at the bar on La. 42 along the Amite River and argued with him, deputies said.

Hoff was recently kicked out of the gang, deputies said.

Hoff’s friend, Brian McDonald, 39, 15357 Joe Sevario Road, Prairieville, came to the bar and brandished a gun to get the gang members off Hoff who was being beaten at that point, deputies said.

McDonald is not believed to be a member of the gang, deputies said.

The gang members went outside the bar where Chester Hunnicutt got a gun and gave it to Flores, deputies said.

The gang members went back inside and rushed Hoff and McDonald, deputies said.

Flores allegedly shot Hoff several times and the gang members beat McDonald, deputies said.

Authorities arrived a short time later and took the gang members into custody, deputies said.

Hoff was taken to a hospital and is listed in stable condition following emergency surgery, deputies said.

McDonald, who was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, was arrested on counts of aggravated assault, disturbing the peace and possession of a firearm on an alcoholic beverage outlet, deputies said.

According to deputies, the gang members arrested and the counts against them are:

Joe Louis Flores, 31, 34230 Hocks Cove, Denham Springs, attempted second-degree murder, possession of a firearm in an alcoholic beverage outlet and second-degree battery.
Jose Felisiano Flores, 31, 11040 Burgess Ave., Denham Springs, second-degree battery and disturbing the peace.
Derrick Johnson, 35, 13458 Prairie Lane, Walker, second-degree battery and disturbing the peace.
Hunnicutt, 38, 44523 La. 42, Prairieville, principal to attempted second-degree murder, possession of a firearm in an alcoholic beverage outlet, second-degree battery and disturbing the peace.
No bonds have not been set.

No charges have been filed against Hoff at this time but the matter is still under investigation, deputies said.

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House votes to renew Patriot Act

Biker Rights Issues First, fuck this bullshit... that will be all for now... stay tuned.
After a wave of news about attempted domestic terror attacks, Democrats facing a tough election year quietly voted this week to extend the Patriot Act legislation that many of them had decried under former President George W. Bush.
The House passed a one-year reauthorization of the Patriot Act Thursday night 315-97, just a day after the Senate moved the bill on a late-evening unanimous voice vote.
With the law facing a sunset date of Feb. 28, the Senate opted to vote for the extension of three crucial provisions of the act rather than opening debate on a revised bipartisan plan passed by the Judiciary Committee in October that would have imposed stricter privacy safeguards.
“In the end, it became non-controversial,” Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) told POLITICO. “[There was] the growing concern about increase on the pace of attacks on the homeland... and frankly, I think the Patriot [Act] got a bad name under the Bush Administration.”
Lieberman said FBI Director Robert Mueller and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano emphasized to his committee the importance of extending the three renewed provisions: authorizing court-approved roving wiretaps that cover multiple phones or computers a suspect may use, court-approved search and seizures, and allowing surveillance of “lone wolf” non-U.S. citizens not affiliated with organized terrorist groups.
The Homeland Security Chairman never was on board with the Patriot Act amendments passed in the Judiciary Committee this fall that would have added additional privacy protections, which were supported by Republican leaders Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas).
Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) expressed disappointment Thursday that his bill never made it to the floor.
“I wish eventually we could have what we put through committee—it was a bipartisan change—I think it improved it.” Leahy conceded.
Democratic leadership passed the extender bill Wednesday with little fanfare—bundling all reauthorization votes of expiring legislation into one, under the name of a Medicare reform act, and putting out a release afterward only criticizing the Republican opposition to the failed provisions with no mention of the Patriot Act's passage.
More progressive members of Democratic caucus, including Judiciary Committee member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), lamented the loss of GOP support for the once-embraced committee legislation Thursday even as they acknowledged that passing the extension was necessary.
“It had to happen,” Whitehouse said of reapplying the current law. “There was a sense that even the bipartisan supporters of the bill that came out of Judiciary could no longer be counted on to vote for it... positions had changed since the agreement was reached in committee.”
With the attempted Christmas Day bombing and the attacks at Fort Hood affecting public perception and jam-packed domestic legislative calendar, many Democrats felt they had little choice but to reauthorize the bill. Meanwhile, Republicans have scored the vote as a victory, with one GOP aide saying that security realities have caught up with politics for those who once contested the act.
Cornyn, who is chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, pointed to Majority Leader Harry Reid’s tight Senate schedule and the Obama administration’s recent national security stumbles as possible reasons why the extension got a hushed approval Wednesday night.
“I think the majority leader probably just decided that was one fight he didn't have time for on the Senate floor,” Cornyn told POLITICO. “National security is pretty important. I think the White House, and particularly the Department of Justice, stubbed their toe on things like interrogation of detainees, mirandizing terrorists and the like, and so those issues no doubt would have come up.”
The relative silence of Senate Democrats sharply contrasts with the fire they threw at Republicans during the Bush Era, and Whitehouse said the muted tone came from the turnover in the Oval Office.
“I think there's probably a stronger sense that the civil liberties concerns are less likely to be triggered by Obama administration activities than the Bush administration activities... that really damaged its credibility as any kind of guardian of American civil liberties,” Whitehouse said. “Maybe that's the reason they let this thing go without too much of a fight.”
But civil rights groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union haven’t accepted that idea, and continue to argue that the Patriot Act’s provisions enable the abuses of power regardless of who is in the Oval Office.
An ACLU spokesman expressed disappointment that Congress failed to enact any “substantive change” to the act, adding that the organization realizes that Democrats felt this was a “very inopportune time” to pass a revised bill.
Several congressmen against reauthorization also spoke out Thursday.
“I understand that we are facing a deadline this weekend, but I also believe that we have an obligation to do more than punt. That is effectively what we are doing today. We are punting to the next Congress,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said on the House floor. “I regret that we are not going to continue this process of improving the Patriot Act. Our nation, and our liberties, will suffer. I hope that this vote today will not stop my colleagues from continuing to improve our intelligence gathering laws.”
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Roads To Justice - Shadows of Govt - Part 2, by Hank McGrat

Hammerin' Hank's Editorial
Rogue,a biker,had no idea he was about to be arrested for suspicion of murder simply because of his cell phone records. The police needed to prove that Rogue was heading IN the direction of the victim moments before the victim was killed and to do so they matched Rogues cell phone records with the victims...Each cell phone we use nomatter where we are has to "ping" off an area tower to get signals. That "ping" is recorded in phone company records. There are thousands of towers throughout the USA and when a call is made the records will show on a map the area in which you were at the time you made the call. In Rogue's case, he told police he was at another location when ,in fact,he was calling from his cell phone moments before the murder in the exact area the victim made a call moments before his murder - both "pinging" off the same tower.

On that tiny evidence (no weapon,no witness) the jury found Rogue guilty of murder! No one knows if Rogue is really guilty or not! That is the kind of futuristic evidence we face in challenges against our freedom. Soon the authorities will have no need for witnesses or undercover operatives - Just the magical explainations of technology to convince the jury who have all seen Harry Potter.

Recently, ABC news presented a report on a device called the individual position locator device (IPLD). It is a radar device which is capable of "seeing" through walls and detecting biological signs of life on the other side - even heartbeat and respiration! Imagine this tiny chip which has an individual's biological signature or "bio-fingerprint" being used by authorities to monitor citizens! This is a more advanced device which derived from the electronic bracelet used to control some criminal offenders. Simular devices have allegedly been implanted under the skin of CIA agents and even federal agents during operations as a way to monitor their location (which is why terrorists and international criminals have resorted to dismemberment of suspected agents).

With the invasive Internet surveillance technique called "data-mining" the FBI collect internet data through internet co. cooperation on all activity in the particular area their subject is in - which means they are also collecting info from innocent citizens uninvolved! Then they are able to pick and choose the info they want and have,in many cases,found crimes they initially were not searching for - So much for constitutional protections. Bikers and citizens of all walks of life are being monitored! One may say,"well I aint doin nuthin' so what do I care" which is interpreted to mean "I like the govt and give them permission to invade on my privacy".

In a recent report from EPIC (Electronic Privacy Info Center) on a report to Congress, the Justice Dept. revealed a substantial increase in the use of NATIONAL SECURITY LETTERS to acquire info on American citizens without court order. In 2008, the FBI made 24,744 NSL requests pertaining to 7,225 persons. These security letters also get permission to conduct surveillance and physical searches WITHOUT A COURT ORDER! As I write this article a drone called "Predator" flies quietly over the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation and the U.S.-Canadian border near Massena,NY, allegedly to stop smuggling(?) while sending back to the govt pictures of everything and anyone uninvolved.

The Predator flies at about 19,000 feet for up to 18 hours. It takes high definition, infrared video of anything within a 25-mile radius and has extra-sensitive radar. According to John Stanton, exec director of the CBP’s National Air Security Operations "the drone HAS BEEN carrying out surveillance missions for American and Canadian law enforcement agencies during its test runs in upstate New York".(!?!) Imagine a drone following an MC or motorcycle event flashing pics and info back!

A citizens legal argument against these govt intrusions by use of technology are based upon the 4th ammendment & our right to privacy. As we question intrusions more we force the govt to justify the use of these techniques... As it stands today,if GPS, a drone and a cell phone call to my 'ole lady or biker brother put me in an area in which someone I knew and didnt like was killed I could be a likely suspect and a jury WOULD find me guilty;

2010 Daytona Bike Week Preview

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Where else but Bike Week will you find a moto-gator? Take a ride in any direction and you'll find out the scaly reptiles are crawling all over the place.
The ticker on the Broken Spoke Saloon’s web page is down to two days and counting, which can only mean one thing – take those bikes off the trickle charger, get those old fluids flushed out, and polish up the chrome because it’s time once again for Daytona Beach Bike Week. The annual event heads into its 69th year as an estimated half-million people will converge on this stretch of the Atlantic for a week-long bash as Daytona Beach becomes the epicenter of all things motorcycle. From custom bike shows at the Rat’s Hole to the Baker Burnout Pits at the Broken Spoke, Bike Week has something for everyone, no matter what type of motorcycle riding you’re into. Did I mention there might be a race or two going on as well?

Daytona’s come a long ways since those early days of racing bikes on the beach, but it continues to be the star attraction of Bike Week. Who could have known that a handful of racers competing on a combination 3.2-mile road and beach course back on January 24, 1937, would be the forefathers of one of the biggest rallies around and that motorcycle racing would be at the heart of it? Just check out this year’s lineup.

It starts with the XDL Sportbike Freestyle Championship on Feb. 26-28 and continues with the first round of GNCC racing on March 2, which is the same day old school racers will be taking the track for AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle

The heart of Daytona Beach Bike Week beats because of motorcycle racing. Daytona International Speedway will be the host of the Daytona 200, which kicks off the 2010 AMA Pro Racing season.
Racing. This is followed by some AMA Pro Racing Flat Track action on March 3-4, an event that should be extra exciting this year because they’ve built a new quarter-mile dirt track outside of Turns 1 and 2 at Daytona International Speedway. According to the Speedway, the new Daytona Flat Track “will have more than 5,000 temporary seats and lighting from Musco Lighting, and will showcase Flat Track stars such as Henry Wiles, Kenny Coolbeth, Chris Carr, Jake Johnson and Joe Kopp.” At the end of the week, the Daytona 200 kicks off the AMA Pro Racing Season under the lights as the race will be run at night for only the second time in its 69-year history. And if that’s not enough, the Supercross guys will take the stage for the ninth round of the AMA/FIM Supercross Series.

Speaking of Supercross. Some guy called the G.O.A.T. is going to be holding his first-ever Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship on Sunday, March 7. Better yet, on Monday, March 8, the former Supercross star will be hosting Ricky Carmichael University, the first public riding school ever conducted by the 15-time AMA National Champion. We’re sending our stalwart contributor Justin Dawes to check things out, so look for a full report in the weeks after all the craziness finally comes to a close.

If you’re at the Speedway, be sure to check take a walk around the Midway. There won’t be a better opportunity to see all the 2010 models in one place and most manufacturers are offering demo rides. The heavy hitters scheduled to be at Daytona International Speedway include Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, Victory, Triumph and Boss Hoss.

And if you don’t see it there, boogie on over to the Ocean Center for the final round of the Cycle World IMS Show. Besides showcasing all the latest-and-greatest the industry has to offer, you can stop by and visit Motorcycle USA at Booth 615 and enter to win a $500 shopping spree from the Motorcycle Superstore while you’re there. Our smokin’ hot spokesmodel Megan Hartsell will be on hand signing

There's always plenty of friendly competition between beer girls on Main St. Daisies are winners in my book!
posters as well as competing in the finals of the 2Wheel Tuner Cover Girl Search. Megan has already proven herself as a crowd favorite in Seattle and Chicago and looks to bring home the title at Daytona. We’ll also be giving away free mouse pads, stickers and free copies of the latest issue of MotoUSA, so stop on by and say ‘Hi.’

On the cruiser front, there’s more custom bike shows than we can cover, but we’ll give it our best shot. We’ll definitely be hitting up one of our favorite contests, the Rat’s Hole Bike Show, which annually features some of the most creative custom bikes from around the globe. Competitors come from as far away as Japan and Europe to compete in the prestigious event started over 30 years ago by Big Daddy Rat. This year the Rat’s Hole Gang has teamed up with the Bruce Rossmeyer family and will be holding all of its gigs at Destination Daytona. Ted Smith has more fun planned than ever before, five events in all, including a Ride-In V8 Show and an Old School Rat Rod Car Display to go along with the granddaddy of them all, the annual World Famous Show.

Big Daddy Rat and the Rat's Hole clan is bringing it bigger and better this year. They've got five shows slated over the course of the week and have a new home at Bruce Rossmeyer's Destination Daytona.
We’ll also definitely be hitting up Willie’s Old School Tropical Tattoo Bike Show on Thursday, March 4. Roadside Marty is once again slated to be emcee and judge, and Sucker Punch Sally’s is giving away a full roller to the ‘Best of Show’ winner, so a large, rowdy crowd is sure to show up. Willie’s Old School Show gives garage mechanics and small shops an outlet to showcase their creativity and motorcycle building skills. Willie’s been slinging ink since the beginning of time, so there’s no shortage of tattooed friends who make the trip to Daytona just for this show. A pin-up contest and plenty of beer bars will fuel the fun.

The Harley-Davidson Ride-In Show is also one of our favorites. It’s amazing what diversity is displayed using a base Harley-Davidson motorcycle as a palette for customization. Of course, no other manufacturer comes close to the aftermarket parts and accessories line that The Motor Company offers, which is evident at the show. Willie G. and his son Bill Davidson usually host the event and help judge the contest which consistently draws a huge turnout.

Besides H-D’s Ride-In Custom Bike Show, Harley-Davidson will have a two-pronged attack at Daytona, opting to set up at Riverfront Park on

Beach St. and at the Speedway instead of its old home at the Ocean Center. On Tuesday, March 2, Harley is sponsoring its Third Annual Women’s Ride. They’re also doing a bike build for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and will raffle the bike off with proceeds going to the MDA. Attendees can also drag race their friends at the V-Rod Race Experience and then can go check out all the latest 2010 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles or even take a demo ride if they so choose.

Word is, there might be a party or two going on at Bike Week as well. On Thursday night we’ll be at the Dog House on Main St. for the annual Biker Fusion event. The yearly shin-dig thrown by Ken Conte of Rise Above Consulting always attracts a slew of big-name custom bike builders and the bikini contest consistently has the hottest chicks in town. The party also raises money to support our men and women who dutifully serve our country in the Armed Forces. Last year the event raised over $20,000 for Soldiers’ Angels. Specifically, it went into making great backpacks filled with amenities like blankets, sweat pants, toiletries and phone cards for wounded soldiers being pulled from combat zones by Black Hawk Medevacs. It’s a killer party, but it also supports a great cause.

The girls in the bikini contest at the Biker Fusion party are always unbelievably hot. Last year the event raised over $20,000 for Soldier's Angels in honor of the men and women who serve our country in the Armed Forces.
Friday night we’re headed to another big industry party at the Blue Grotto that Motorcycle USA is sponsoring in conjunction with From what I understand, the Dan Lawson Band (they lay down some serious Stevie Ray Vaughn licks) will be providing the entertainment, there will be plenty of beer and grub, and Vinnie and Cody of V-Force Customs (formerly members of the OCC crew) are scheduled to attend. TRUE TV and a film crew from the Discovery Channel are both scheduled to be shooting footage as well. Motorcycle USA will have two beautiful girls on hand taking photographs with fans and we’ll be handing out free copies of our latest MotoUSA magazine and can koozies.

Sound good enough to make you want to get your butt

We met V-Force Customs Vinnie DiMartino and Cody Connelly at Bike Week last year.
down to Daytona? If that’s not enough, maybe a concert by Zack Wylde’s Black Label Society at the Broken Spoke Saloon Thursday night is just the incentive you need. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Limpnickie Lot’s head-to-head burnout competition. I foresee the smell of spent rubber and the sound of a back wheel popping on the near horizon. It’s all good, dumb fun, and I can’t wait.

If you can’t make it this year, fret not. Tune in to Motorcycle USA all next week as we bring you daily reports and videos from the scene. It’s Bike Week time, baby. Where’s my sunscreen?

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

'No Colors Allowed' Sign Causes Controversy

Biker Rights Issues
By Glenn Counts
this story is from the early fall... we talked about it recently...
it's just too friggin' funny to ignore.

LAKE WYLIE, S.C. -- The Knot Hole has been around for years, but a few months ago the owner put up a signs that reads, "Please notice, no colors allowed. Thank you."
It got the attention of a NewsChannel 36 viewer, who asked to be identified only as "Jane."
"At first looking at it I was offended, and then after that I got kind of angry," said Jane.
A few days ago Jane, who is of Asian descent, and some girlfriends headed to the bar for a drink and the sign stopped her in her tracks.
"Whether you are white, black, Asian, Hispanic -- it doesn't matter what race you are, just reading that sign you should be offended by it," Jane said.
But does the sign mean what it says or is it saying something else?
"We welcome people from all walks. That sign has nothing to do with skin color," said "Bo" Legg, co-owner of the Knot Hole.
He says "colors" has to do with gangs, specifically motorcycle gangs. Each gang has a color or a patch, and most gangs would be willing to fight to the death to defend it.
"I hope everybody is here to get along," Legg said. "If you're not here to get along and have a good time, I don't want you here."
Concern about biker gangs went up a notch when the Hell's Angels moved in several months ago, but the York County Sheriff's Office says the gang hasn't been involved in any major incidents so far.
While Jane understands the bar's explanation, she said she believes the sign could be altered to make it clearer.
"Hopefully people who go through the bar will think twice, maybe," Jane said.
Legg said he has gotten other complaints, including one from the NAACP, but he says the group was satisfied with his explanation.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 December 2009 13:13

Biker Birthday Love

You know you have some good people around you when… it’s your birthday… and you roll into work and the post-man delivers a care package of baked goods from your mum and your sister. Along with some pictures your kids.

You then roll through the day and your brothers stop by at various times with the following gifts…

1. A red & white “get back” windshield breaker

2. A bottle of small batch bourbon

3. A new mouthpiece… for those times when the talking stops

Then it gets even better… when your girl shows up after work and hands you a tin of Altoids… and an evil smile.

Life ain’t so bad after all.

Thanks everyone for a helluva day… and night!

The Alpha Biker is pleased to report that there were no casualties or convictions as a result of the aforementioned activities.