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Thursday, January 31, 2008


New Land Speed Record - Recorded by nNovia Solid State QC Deck
01 February, 2008 09:00:00
The nNovia QC deck was at the heart of the on-board recording system used to record cockpit video for the 3 fastest motorcycle streamliners in the world. Held at the 2006 International Motorcycle Land Speed Trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah USA, the 16 year old motorcycle land speed record of 322 MPH was broken twice with the final record being set by Chris Carr driving Denis Manning’s “7” streamliner. The Manning liner averaged 350.8 MPH for a two way run on the 11 mile course. The history making event was recorded by the production crew from IGNITION 3 with a dozen cameras, three of which were in the cockpits of the streamliners.
The new nNovia QC deck equipped with a new 8GB solid state cartridge captured the video in one of the harshest of environments possible. At these speeds vibration from the engine and the chassis are so extreme that recordings from hard disk or tape are inadequate. “We teamed up with nNovia because we knew conventional recording hardware was not going to work, whether tape or hard drive, the vibration would cause dropouts” said Producer Dick Lague. “Two years ago when we first started talking, CEO, Larry Aubry wanted to try some new solid state ideas. We tried the first prototype in Australia in March 2006 and it showed great promise. When the big showdown of the 3 liners happened in September the new nNovia QC model allowed us to get reliable results in a very harsh environment. We don’t know of any other way we could capture this footage. The nNovia QC was a miracle for us.” Lague continued to say. In the fastest run of the meet, Sam Wheeler’s E-Z Hook liner was doing more that 355 MPH when a front tire blew. The camera captured the tire blowing and the extreme vibration as the tire came apart at that speed. In spite of the camera getting a severe shaking, the video does not have a single drop out.
The on-board footage will be part of the "World's Fastest Motorcycle", a two segment show to be aired on the SPEED channel on December 3rd and 10th of 1006. A DVD is also planned for release in early 2007 IGNITION3 IGNITION3 is a production company specializing in motorsports video production. They have been working for over 2 years on this project of documenting the 3 teams whose goal it is to set a new motorcycle land speed record. From the beginning, cockpit video was deemed an important element in telling the story of what it is like to go 350 MPH. nNovia’s new QC Deck was the key element to being able to get this critical footage.
About G.D.B. International G.D.B. International is an Australian direct importer and national distributor of specialist video and multimedia products. Established in 1995, the company services the multimedia market and the consumer, semi-professional and broadcast video markets in Australia. We represent a number of well-recognised manufacturers of quality products such as Boxx Microwave Systems, Datavideo, nNovia, Audavi, Azden, Kramer and Fast Forward. Our products are centrally warehoused in Canberra and are distributed throughout all states of Australia.

Monday, January 28, 2008


Where are they now?

Where are they? Very simply, they are following their dream. Vinnie and Cody are still together preparing for their dream team journey into the world of custom bike building.
The emergence this past summer of Vinnie’s new company, V-Force Customs, will be another strategic competitor in a fast growing field of custom chopper design...
V-Force, a stand alone company, is ready for the challenge.
The new corporate headquarters for it's office and fabrication plant is located in Rock Tavern, Orange County, New York.
The magnificent team remains intact and currently involved in negotiations, strategies and designs. “There is such passion and excitement in the air. The encouragement from our team, our families, our fans, and our clients has been overwhelming. Cody and I are very lucky and grateful to have such support. We can’t thank every well-wisher enough,” said Vinnie.
We want our bikes to be one of a kind. We want our bikes to fulfill your dream and take you on a legendary journey.
Our custom bikes will be passed down from generation to generation.
“Feel the force, ride the power, take the journey… V-Force Customs “



Sunday, January 27, 2008


Outlaw motorcycle clubs have existed almost since the origin of motorcycles. Almost as soon as motorcycles began production in the early twentieth century, clubs began emerging around the United States, although the outlaw label would come about later. These clubs brought together motorcycle enthusiasts for rides and other events.
One of the first long lasting motorcycle clubs to emerge was the McCook Outlaws in 1936. The group would later be called the Chicago Outlaws and is now known as the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. The group supposedly formed for long distance touring and racing. Alcohol consumption and partying were secondary, but important, reasons as well.
With the end of World War II in 1945, young soldiers returned home looking for more adventure. Veterans often sought other war survivors out for companionship and understanding and the lure of motorcycle riding became entwined in some of these relationships. The American Motorcycle Association or AMA sponsored many clubs during the post war years.
In the late 1940s, after a disturbance in the town of Hollister, California, some individuals responded to a Life article by stating that the disorder was due to only a small percentage of the motorcyclists there. The statements seemed to many to have come from the AMA and some biker clubs broke away from the organization. Clubs not associated with the AMA would come to be known as the One Percenters or outlaw clubs.
Outlaw motorcycle clubs started emerging all over the United States and included clubs like the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, the Pagans Motorcycle Club, and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club. With the arrival of the Vietnam War, the clubs experienced sharp increases in membership as disenfranchised veterans found acceptance and solace in the clubs.
The influx of Vietnam vets also brought drug culture into the clubs, as many soldiers had been introduced to illegal drugs in Asia. The clubs received negative labels from the outside and were often targeted by law officials. Hollywood presented a number of movies that built on this negative, violent perception. A sub-culture developed surrounding the groups. Many members of the outlaw clubs insist that illegal activity happens with only a small percentage of the members and shouldn't be used to label everyone.
While places like Canada have seen more violence and illegal drug activities in recent years (in what is known as the Quebec Biker War), perception in the United States has seem to shift somewhat. Popular television series, like Monster Garage, portray members of an outlaw motorcycle club in a more favorable light.
Outlaw motorcycle clubs have an important place in the history of the twentieth century. Although their image has not always been positive, the sub-culture of the clubs has influenced American culture.
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V-Force Customs To Unveil First Custom Bike During Daytona Bike WeekPublished by Cyril Huze January 12th, 2008 in Editorial, Customs and Builders.
Vinnie DiMartino and Cody Connelly, founders of V-Force Customs, will introduce their first custom bike since leaving the popular television series “American Chopper” when they appear at Daytona bike week February 29, 2008. DiMartino and Connelly will begin a year-long 12-rally tour when they join Rob Hassay’s ProTour on February 2nd in Cincinnati, Ohio at the V-Twin Expo. Company plans to give away bike to one lucky winner after year-long inaugural rally tour.. “This gives Vinnie and me our first chance to get away from the shop but more importantly it allows us to visit with everyone and personally thank and shake their hands” Connelly said. “Then we’ve got to rush back to the shop to get the bike finished for Daytona,” DiMartino added. At each event people can register to win this inaugural bike, which will then be awarded to one lucky winner at Daytona bike week, 2009. To learn more about V-Force Customs, get updates on personal appearances and list of sponsors of this first bike, visit. V-Force Customs

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Two years ago this spring my wife and I and another couple left our homes in Georgia and headed South down the Florida coastline on the Pacific side all the way to Alligator alley,and then straight across the bottom of Florida to Miami. We picked up U.S.1 and rode all the way to Key West. First of all Ive got to say there's nothing like traveling on a Goldwing and we definitely let the big dog eat, day after day we burnt the hi-way and the big wing just took it in stride. But back to my point, there is no road any better or more awe inspiring than the road from Miami to Key West, if you ever get the chance to take the trip on a motorcycle, do it, their is nothing better in my opinion, I love riding in the mountains and I really love the Blue Ridge Parkway but nothing compares to the beauty of the road to Key West. I plan on doing it again one day and I look forward to that day. I hope you enjoy the article below and if you ever get the chance take this ride you'll remember it forever.


The Overseas Highway, the southernmost leg of U.S. Highway 1 and sometimes called the Highway That Goes to Sea is a modern wonder. The road, that follows a trail originally blazed in 1912 by Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railroad, stretches from Miami to Key West.
The railway ceased operation after severe damage to the infrastructure in a 1935 hurricane. Construction of the highway began in the late 1930s. Its foundation included some of the original railway spans as well as the coral bedrock of individual keys and specially constructed columns.
When it was completed in 1938, the highway marked the beginning of an incredible adventure for the North American motorist who travel 113 miles of roadway and cross 42 bridges to travel from Miami to the southernmost point in Key West. In 1982, 37 bridges were replaced with wider spans, including the well-known Seven Mile Bridge at Marathon.
In 2002 the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail was added, which includes the Grassy Key Bikeway. Spanning mile markers (MM) 54.5 to 58.5 bayside, the eight-foot-wide Grassy Key Bikeway is landscaped and furnished with a split-rail fence as well as bollards to prohibit automobile access.
The Heritage Trail is a paved recreational path along old Flagler railroad bridges and the Florida Department of Transportation right-of-way that features crossways between bayside and oceanside. Stretching from MM 106.5 to MM 0, the trail includes interpretive trailheads designating attractions and other public areas on and off U.S. Highway 1 – as well as benches, an art bicyle rack and a limestone column sign with an Overseas Heritage Trail map.
Today, motorists can travel the highway in less than four hours from Miami. However, drivers should allow time to experience the natural beauty of the ever-changing scenery of the seas and wilderness bordering the roadway, and the magnificent sunrises and sunsets.

Monday, January 21, 2008


In 2007, the motorcycle financing market faced some pressure mainly due to banks tightening as a result of the sub-prime mortgage crisis. But heading into 2008 will things get better? Not likely, if you look at the future of mortgage foreclosures. The first quarter of 2008 looks to be worse which will squeeze banks and make the motorcycle loan market tougher.
If you are a motorcycle buyer in the New Year expect the ease of motorcycle financing to not be so easy anymore. There will be lenders still offering motorcycle loans but these loans will be much more restrictive than in the past. Expect higher interest rates and if you have had credit issues your loan may be a little harder to obtain. Therefore, it is important to get your credit cleaned up if you have had any issues in the past. Also try to minimize the outstanding debt you have showing on your credit report. This will help you when bank look at your credit report and determine if you are a good or bad credit risk.
In 2008, Fair Isaac will roll out a new credit scoring model that will help you if you have been recently current on your loans and credit card payment. However, you should not expect this new credit card scoring model to be used with motorcycle loans anytime in the near future. With motorcycle and auto loans banks normally take some time before they adjust their scoring model to the new credit scoring model. In addition banks are having tons of trouble with funding so before they implement any changes in credit scoring models they will address their funding issues. The bottom line is that in 2008 it will be more difficult to get motorcycle loans.
Online motorcycle loans may fair better than traditional banks. The reason being is that many of the online lenders do not have the substantial overhead that the local and big banks have. So they are more able to adjust to the changing circumstances. Also online motorcycle lenders did not face the huge exposure in the mortgage market because online motorcycle lenders are traditionally more specialized.
If you are declined for a motorcycle loan do not get discouraged, the motorcycle lenders in 2008 will likely vary quite a bit in their credit scoring. Many motorcycle buyers find themselves frustrated after a decline and forgo their dream of owing a motorcycle. Do not let this happen to you. It is not personal; the banks are a mess because the mortgage crises so if you get declined just try a new bank. Persistence will pay off and get the bike of your dreams.
With internet based motorcycle loans you will find that it is quick to submit an application and get a response. Also there is good communication from online motorcycle lenders so your service will be high quality. When you are approved for motorcycle financing online your funds arrive fast and you can get to the dealer quickly to pick up your bike.
You may find in 2008 that motorcycle lenders also force you to put money down for a motorcycle loan where in the past they were more willing to give you a zero down payment motorcycle loan. This is simply a reflection that the banks are way under funded and need to be very wise about their loans.
Losses to banks in general are higher this year versus last so banks may require insurance. Be prepared to get motorcycle insurance if you finance in the New Year and also look to make sure you can afford your bike and insurance. Late payments will result in higher repossession and lenders look to repo bikes faster in the New Year to off set losses. In general, a newer bike yields more used to lenders than older bikes.
If you want to ensure you get financing in the New Year, make sure you let the lender know you have money down, insurance, and clean up your credit. These 3 things can help the most. But this does not mean that if you have bad credit in the past you can not be approved, you will simply have to work harder.

Sunday, January 20, 2008


Forever setting the "Which is faster? Bikes or cars?" debate is the Acabion GTBO. With a top speed of 340mph, it's a full 90mph faster than a Bugatti Veyron. It accelerates from 0 to 300mph in 30 seconds. Oh, and that top speed is limited, not what it'd be capable of reaching in perfect circumstances. Best of all, Acabion are ready to start production.
The GTBO is capable of more than just jaw-dropping performance figures. By employing low aerodynamic drag, low weight, and low rolling resistance, it's extremely economical, too. Cruising at 100mph it achieves 100mpg. At 250mph,25mpg.

The GTBO is the brainchild of Peter Maskus, who sees it as the ultimate long-distance transport solution. In the world Maskus envisions, we'll all be using solar-powered, electric mass-transit for short commutes, creating a need for ultra-fast, ultra-efficient, individual, inter-city, rapid-transpotation. The GTBO fills that need.

Maskus realizes that the GTBO could never exist in mass quanities in today's world; instead, he pictures the development of an integrated transport network making extremely high speeds both practical and safe. In the meantime, he's prepared to produce the GTBO in extremely limited quanities to further both innovation and awareness of his transport solutions.

If you want a GTBO now, it'll cost you. C1.87 million to be precise. Then there's the three-year wait--that's how long Maskus says it'll take to build one. [Via Hell For Leather]


Locktite is not right
Plastic on the Goldwing and several others reacts unfavorably to Locktite - Very much the same as putting ABS solvent on the material.
If your planning on adding fender extensions or other accessories use lock nuts or double stick tape not Locktite in the area that may come in contact with the Tupperware


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sometimes it's hard to get bikers and NASCAR fans to dress up and attend church on Sunday morning.
So Southern Baptists are taking the Gospel to them, giving away free motorcycles at biker rallies and motor speedways as they try to attract new converts with a revved-up new style of evangelism.
Baptists in North and South Dakota for a second year in a row gave away a new Harley Davidson at the Sturgis, S.D., biker rally in August. To be eligible, people had to listen to a 3-minute sermon and fill out a card to get a raffle ticket.
"Just believing church is on Sunday or putting up a tent and holding a worship service and asking people to come, that at some point was a successful method. But over the years they have not been as effective," said Jim Hamilton, executive director of the Dakota Baptist Convention.
"When you have people seeing that bike and coming to you, there's a higher receptivity rate. They're more receptive to what you have to say."
Other events that attract hundreds of thousands of spectators — a NASCAR race in Bristol, races at the Texas Motor Speedway, and the Calgary Stampede Rodeo — have also proved fruitful conversion grounds.

This year at the Sturgis event, which attracts close to half a million people, about 4,500 people listened to the sermon and 870 of those made a profession of faith. The year before 744 of the 2,500 who listened made a profession of faith.
It's more than even some Baptist officials expected.
"There were many people who said to us they thought people weren't interested in hearing about God at a motorcycle rally," Hamilton said. "We would have considered 50 or so a success. We were blown away by that many people responding."
The Sturgis idea was inspired by Ronnie Hill, a Southern Baptist minister from Fort Worth, Texas, who over the last several years has given away a new Harley and $10,000 in cash at NASCAR races in Bristol, Tenn.
Hill also brought a mechanical bull to the Calgary Stampede Rodeo in Canada and the Texas Motor Speedway, where people could ride the bull after listening to a 3-minute sermon. Hill takes pictures of the bull riders and posts them on his Web site,
After Dakota Baptists contacted Hill, he agreed to help train Baptist volunteers to conduct their own giveaway and has given Gospel presentations during the motorcycle rally both years.
Hill, 38, said he got the idea when he saw more than 160,000 people at the Bristol race.
"As an evangelist, when you see that many people, you just want to grab a microphone and preach the Gospel," Hill said.
"I don't want people to think that people are just giving their lives for Christ just to win something," he said. "We tell them this (making a profession of faith) is not going to help them or hurt them win. It's giving us an audience with them. We're just giving away Harleys and we're going where they're at."
At Sturgis, once people made a profession of faith, they were given a Bible and encouraged to find a church when they return home, Hamilton said. Their contact information was sent to the Southern Baptist's North American Mission Board to pass on to churches near the new believers' homes.
The Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Florida Baptist conventions partnered with Dakota Baptists this year by providing volunteers and helping cover expenses for the giveaway.
It cost about $13,500 to rent booth space for the week at Sturgis, and Hamilton said Baptists gave away a 2007 black Harley-Davidson DynaGlide. The bike retails for about $17,000, but Baptists got it for around $14,000.
Once a destination for Hell's Angels and other gangs, the Sturgis rally still has some rough customers, but they're outnumbered now by professionals and other white-collar bikers.
Hamilton said Southern Baptists for years have gone to Sturgis and handed out bottled water and offered to check for high blood pressure, and he thought it was time to be more direct in ministering to bikers.
Brenda Goodman and her two grandchildren met Hill last year at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, where her 10-year-old grandson rode the mechanical bull.
Hill gave his Gospel presentation to the trio, and Goodman — who lives in the nearby suburb of Lewisville, Texas — said she made a profession of faith and promised to start going to church again after not attending for years.
"What really impressed me were these nice-looking young men out in a big field, out there trying to touch people's hearts, trying to get the message out of about God," she said. "They bring out the bull to get everybody's attention. But it's really about God.
"I don't think it matters what you use, as long as you touch people's heart with God. Whatever tool you can use ... if you're sincere about touching people's hearts with God, that's the important thing."


Music City Motorcycle Show and Expo at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN
If any of your dreams include 64,000 feet of incredible motorcycles and bike-related vendors, you'll definitely want to be on hand for the Music City Motorcycle Show and Expo at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium! Custom motorcycles and other high-speed vehicles including exotic cars, high performance boats and more will be featured. Custom bike builders will be on hand showing off their creations, while dealers and vendors showcase the newest trends in the industry! A bike show will determine winners and offer awards for the top bike in several classes, including Most Unusual, Chopper Manufacture, Custom Sportster, Pro Street Hand Built, Chopper Hand Built and more. You'll also be able to vote for the People's Choice Award, which includes a $10,000 Gibson guitar for the winner! Don't miss out on this exciting expo that features all thing motorcycle at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


American Chopper reality TV stars say goodbye to the Teutuls and venture out on their own. New York - American Chopper is more about the dynamics of the bonding or lack thereof between the father and son duo of Paulie and Paul Sr. The family builds custom motorcycles out of their Rock Tavern, NY shop. The daily life around the shop, as portrayed on the Discovery Channel show, is anything but boring, sometimes bordering on maniacal.Their success in the motorcycle industry is easily attributable to the show and it’s popularity. Companies can easily justify the price of an OCC bike with the added exposure on American Chopper. Some advertising executives see the bikes as an added bonus.The concepts of the bikes that OCC builds are usually born from creative mind of Paulie, the eldest son featured on the show. However, other shop employees, namely Vinnie DiMartino and Rick Petco along with the help of Cody Connelly, usually accomplish the fabrication necessary to translate Paulie’s concepts to steel. It is often said that OCC would fall apart if those three left.Now, we’ll see how true that statement is. Two of the three have moved on and left Rick to pick up the slack. Vince DiMartino and Cody Connelly have joined forces to start V-Force Customs in Rock Tavern, NY less than ten miles from their former employer.Vinnie left in early August of ’07 and Cody joined him a month later. The pair have no regrets.“When I realized that it was time to venture out, it was not an easy decision for me to leave,” says Cody. Vinnie says that his family has helped him realize what is important in life. While he enjoyed working at OCC he feels “it is time to move in a different direction.”“It is a big decision to make, but here I am, venturing out on my own with a great friend, Cody,” says Vinnie. Despite rumors that OCC shorted Vinnie of his due pay, he says that the split was on good terms and might actually air on an upcoming episode of the show.Cody stressed there is “no bad blood between us and our friends at OCC.”An OCC spokesperson would not comment on the departure saying that the shop is very busy wrapping up filming for next season and preparing for the grand opening of its World Headquarters in the Town of Newburgh. OCC is still seeking Vinnie’s replacement. A posting on OCC’s website for the pair’s replacements dated August 2, 2007 indicates that they have a need for multiple builders or that Vinnie and Cody were a very integral part of the fabrication process.Despite the dynamic portrayed on the show, Vinnie and Cody were actually good friends that dreamed of opening their own shop. “Vinnie and I worked together for five years, so there’s going to be sometimes where we argued. What they portrayed on the show isn’t really how we feel about each other,” says Cody. “They might 100 hours of tape and have to narrow that down to an hour long show. Of course they’re going to pick the juiciest parts. It makes for better TV!”Vinnie was actually a huge part of the development of Cody’s skills while at OCC. Cody says that about 90% of the mentoring he got at OCC was from Vinnie. “Vinnie and Rick both helped me learn a great deal,” he says.“Vinnie and I had many talks of doing our own thing,” says Cody. Cody actually cites that dream of moving out on their own as a major factor for leaving OCC. He is excited about the possibilities in store for him and his new business partner. “With the support of all my friends, family, my girlfriend Kaitlin, and the fans, we are following our dream and passion to make this a reality. With this new step, I look forward to taking my skills and experience to another level.”Vinnie shares his sentiment. “With the support of my family, my friends, and my fans, I am able to take this step, using my life experiences so far, in making this dream a reality.”They left OCC in August and they already have plans to unveil their first bike at the event that kicks off rally season, Bikeweek. Once they were out on their own they had solid plans to open V-Force Customs in about two weeks. “It’s been a whirlwind of activity, and we’ve been very busy,” says Cody.Vinnie and Cody will begin a yearlong 12-rally tour when they join Rob Hassay’s ProTour on February 2nd in Cincinnati, Ohio at the V-Twin Expo. “This gives Vinnie and me our first chance to get away from the shop but more importantly it allows us to visit with everyone and personally thank and shake their hands, ” Cody said. “Then we’ve got to rush back to the shop to get the bike finished for Daytona,” Vinnie added. Get the bike finished is an understatement. The inaugural bike, which will be awarded to one lucky winner at Daytona bike week, 2009 from all of the entries received on the 12 month tour, hasn’t even been started. “We’re still outfitting our shop,” said Cody during am interview on January 14, 2008. “The bike literally at zero percent completion.”They’re going to have their work cut out for them, as they have plans to unveil the bike at Bruce Rossmyer’s Destination Daytona during Bikeweek 2008.Here's the tour plans so far:
Feb 4-6 - V-Twin Expo in Cincinatti, OH
Feb 29 - Mar 9 - Daytona Beach Bikeweek (Bruce Rossmeyer's Destination Daytona)
April 23-27 - Laughlin River Run
May 1-4 Thunder Beach in Panama City Beach, FL
May 10-7 - Grand Strand Rally in Myrtle Beach, SC
June 16-22 - Laconia
June 30 - AMA 1/2 Mile Dirt Track in Lima, OH
Aug 2-9 - Sturgis
Oct 18-21- Daytona Beach BiketoberfestThis article contributed by dynamike on Monday, January 14, 2008 (12:40:15)

Thursday, January 10, 2008


RALEIGH, N.C. -- Around 50 motorcycle riders rumbled past the Governor's Mansion in Downtown Raleigh Tuesday to protest tougher helmet standards that took effect at midnight.

Discuss This Story"I don't believe the government has the power to attach an appliance to your body," said protester Lynn Lester of Goldston.Lester joined the riders in circling the mansion for ten minutes. They protest a new law that bans the road use of helmets that haven't received North Carolina Department ofTransportation certification. The change closes a loophole that left soft hats and scull caps as hard shell helmet alternatives."It doesn't matter if I'm wearing a helmet," said a rider from Holly Springs who declined to give his name because he was riding without head protection. "If something's going to happen it doesn't matter if I'm wearing a helmet."Lawmakers who passed the updated helmet law argued proper head protection does matter, cited years of studies that show helmets can prevent and minimize serious injury during a crash.North Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman Trooper J.E. Brewer said the new law simply clarifies the state's decades-old helmet requirement."Wearing a helmet has been the law but just wearing a helmet is not enough now," Brewer said. "It has got to meet the DOT standard."Many riders acknowledged helmets can lower their risk for injury, instead casting the issue as a fight for civil rights."Riding a motorcycle is not the safest thing in the world to do," said protest organizer Jan MacKay. "Neither is snow skiing. Skiers watch out, you're next."Raleigh police monitoring the 30 minute rally did not write any tickets for illegal headgear. Several riders said if they are cited they will continue to fight for their rights in court.It was not known whether Governor Mike Easley was present at the mansion during the afternoon protest

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


There's no roar louder than that of the upcoming Thunder Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally, rolling to you this May 1-4, 2008. Rushes of excitement inevitably fill the air of Panama City at the mere mention of one of the most anticipated motorcycle events of the year.
So what is it about this motorcycle rally that sends surges of adrenaline both to motorcycle riders and fans? Well, for one, this is held at the city known to be the ultimate Spring Break destination- Panama City . Second, being located at the south of Alabama , it has all the southern charms that people love. Third, this rally has tremendously exciting events lined up for all the participants and spectators.
This motorcycle rally is divided into five separate venues:
• Shops at Edgewater. This is where the Thunder Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally was born in 2002. Now, this has become the main part of the rally where major races and events take place.
• Boardwalk Beach . In this venue, you'll see and enjoy a stretch of a 1500 foot beach party pavilion with both indoor and outdoor vendors. This is also where the famous Miss Thunder Beach contest is held. And of course, don't forget to satiate your tummy with the sumptuous breakfast buffet that this part of the rally has to offer.
• Pier Park . At the Pier Park is where the largest mall in the country, the Mall of the Americas in Minnesota is being built. This is said to be the home to the bike builders and manufactures.
• The Spinnaker Beach Club. This is where you can take your bike for some dyno testing to see how well it performs. Aside from that, take a stroll along the 25,000 sq feet of vendors who are ready to take on all your biker needs.
• The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort. Here, you can sit back and relax at the TIKI BAR, where the Kick-Off night party with live bands happen.
Stopping by all these venues is necessary to get a full experience of the Thunder Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally. All these venues come with free parking, live entertainment and sell drinks at reasonable prices.
Some of the major highlights of events that you have to watch out for at this rally are the major motorbike races, best bike contest, tattoo contest, and poker runs. But the fun doesn't end in the rally itself. The nearby tourist attractions will add to the delight of your visit to the city even more.
For this major event, don't forget to don your motorcycle gear like your leather hat and leather jacket whether you're riding or not. This year, don't forget to include this motorcycle rally in the list of events you shouldn't miss.

Saturday, January 5, 2008



Thursday, January 3, 2008


Harley-Davidson Idles 5,400 Workers
Troy Siahaan
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Due to falling sales, this week Harley-Davidson is shutting down production plants in Wisconsin, Missouri and Pennsylvania, leaving 5,400 workers idle. The company announced the temporary layoff in September to give workers time to prepare for a week without pay. Company benefits, however, are not affected. According to Tom Boger, the business representative for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 175 union, workers in the Pennsylvania plant seem to be taking the shutdown rather well as it's a short layoff and they had time to prepare. "People seem to be OK with it," he said. "It seems to be just no problem."

The layoff coincidentally comes at the start of deer hunting season, giving idle workers time to hunt without sacrificing days off from work. Harley-Davidson's third-quarter profits fell 15.3 percent amid a lull in the U.S. motorcycle market. The company said it expects next year won't be much better as rising oil prices and declining home sales will leave domestic buyers more cautious about their spending. The company cut bike shipments and earnings expectations in September. Shipments were down 10.8 percent to 86,535 units in the most recent three-month period. The company expects full year shipments to be between 328,000 and 332,000 units, down from 349,196 units last year.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008


After carefully planning your route, checking on the weather forecast and arranging the sights and activities you'll see and do, the next most important thing to do is to pack your things. Why is this of primary importance? Well, there's just nothing worse than a motorcycling trip gone wrong because of a flat tire or a busted engine because the weight of your pack cannot be accommodated by your bike.
Here are some packing tips you may find useful for your next biking trip:
Pack only necessary clothing. The weather forecast should give you an idea of the clothing items you should include in your pack. If you're in for some cold biking trip, of course, don't forget to pack your western jackets and other clothing items to keep you warm.
If you have to choose between two items of a similar purpose but the other one weighs heavier, your common sense would tell you to opt for the lighter one because that's the right choice. Remember, in a motorcycle trip, the key to packing properly is to pack light.
Pack things in small amounts. If you have to bring some medication or sunscreen lotion, transfer ample amounts sufficient for the duration of your trip in smaller containers rather than bring the whole big bottle.
Pack on sufficient energy bars, trail mix and water to keep your energy up and satiate your thirst. This is important especially during those times when the next convenience store is still many miles away.
Put heavier and more solid items on the bottom of your bike, closer to the side of the bike to centralize the weight while the lighter ones like pillows should always go on top.
It's best to always use saddlebags or tank bags but if you don't have that, you can also use bungee nets for your other items.
Follow your bike's load limits. Don't overload your bike because this will wear out the suspension, brakes and wheels, and make handling of the bike awkward.
Be sure to waterproof your luggage by lining it with plastic bags to keep it dry. Keep your rain gear in a place where you can easily get it when it suddenly rains.
Keep essential or emergency items like water bottle, cellular phone or maps in your right saddlebag because this is more accessible and the less urgent necessities like sleeping items and spare clothes at the left saddlebag. Reaching for the left saddlebag while you're on the run puts you closer to the opposite traffic.
Keep bags away from the exhaust pipe. Even the slightest touch with the pipe may cause for the bag to burn and you may find yourself with no extra clothes but just ashes to commemorate your things with.
Indeed, packing for a motorcycling trip entails a lot of effort since you only have limited space to store your things unlike when you're going on a car or RV trip. It is necessary that you are able to bring all your necessities without overloading your bike.