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Hundreds of Motorcycles Head to Ground Zero for 9/11 Anniversary
AllAboutBikesMag ^ | Sept. 7, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 09/07/2011 12:20:30 PM PDT by La Enchiladita

One hundred and ninety motorcycles, driven mostly by Chicago firefighters, are on their way to New York for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The motorcycles left on Tuesday morning from US Cellular Field and will make stops at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where flight 93 went down, and at the Pentagon, before reaching Ground Zero on September 11th.

Tom Maloney, a Lieutenant for the Chicago Fire Deparment, started the Chicago to New York motorcycle ride after the 9/11 attacks. Maloney and several other Chicago firefighters traveled to New York after the attacks to help the New York firefighters dig through the rubble.

"I said, 'I'm going. We got to to. It's imperative. They need help. You just think, there is somebody in there. There is an air pocket. There is somebody. Somebody that is screaming out and we just can't hear them. We're going to find them."

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 911; 911tenthanniversary; bikers; chicago; firefighters; firstresponders; groundzero; neverforget
Here's a video about the ride (at link).
1 posted on 09/07/2011 12:20:34 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita

I love good news like this. Wish I had HD — maybe Rolling Thunder would arrive. What an honor that would be. Mayor B
can pound sand. JMHO


2 posted on 09/07/2011 12:31:17 PM PDT by famousdayandyear
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To: La Enchiladita; Travis McGee; Squantos
One hundred and ninety motorcycles, driven mostly by Chicago firefighters, are on their way to New York for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

And one USAF vet from Memphis on her way back from Sturgis.

The Seif al Din
Hasn't got the ghost of a chance to rust
Because it has always been kept in shape
In serving th one Almighty

3 posted on 09/07/2011 12:31:39 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: La Enchiladita

Wishing I was among them.


4 posted on 09/07/2011 12:31:59 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: La Enchiladita

Countdown to Bloomberg outlawing 2 wheel vehicles at Ground Zero....


5 posted on 09/07/2011 12:36:07 PM PDT by FightforFreedomCA (It starts here! It starts now! Mr. President, game on!)
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To: FightforFreedomCA

Shame on you! Bloomberg doesn’t want to refer to it as “Ground Zero” anymore. Funny, I will always think of that location when someone says the words.


6 posted on 09/07/2011 12:55:36 PM PDT by I_be_tc
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To: archy

More power to you!!


7 posted on 09/07/2011 1:18:14 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Jihad THIS!! America Forever!!! Let's Roll!!)
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To: La Enchiladita

Did they interview any muzzie bikeriders?


8 posted on 09/07/2011 1:30:58 PM PDT by 353FMG (Liberalism is Satan's handiwork.)
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To: I_be_tc

I’ll bet Bloomster doesn’t know the WTC Twin Towers were referred to by residents as Ground Zero ever after the 1993 basement bombing.


9 posted on 09/07/2011 1:31:00 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Jihad THIS!! America Forever!!! Let's Roll!!)
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To: 353FMG
Did they interview any muzzie bikeriders?

It's kind of tough to give an interview with a wired-up jaw, in'sha Allah!

10 posted on 09/07/2011 1:39:43 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: La Enchiladita
More power to you!!

Nah, more power to her. But that Sportster of hers has enough power as is.

11 posted on 09/07/2011 1:40:44 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: FightforFreedomCA

And no one can pass gas mention terrorists,al quada,pray,do anything but bow to Obama.Why does Obama have to go? Can’t Bush do this one?


12 posted on 09/07/2011 1:47:15 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,get in their face” B.H. Soetoro Obama)
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To: SoldierDad

SoldierDad,
While I ridea Harley Electraglide I would not go with these fellas. They are unionistas and I would quite obviously ridicule them for that and get a beating.
But yes I’d love to ride in with about 5,000 of my fellow riders a ROARING.


13 posted on 09/07/2011 3:37:41 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy is little more than a quota boy with a teleprompter)
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To: Joe Boucher

I’m getting a 1984 Goldwing this Friday. This will be my first bike in 20+ years. I gave up my bike then because my children were very young and the bike needed more work than I could afford at the time. I know - it’s not a Harley. I couldn’t pass up this deal. Only one owner; garaged when not in use; well maintained; 54,000 miles; only $1000.


14 posted on 09/07/2011 5:47:49 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: La Enchiladita

I’d love for Rolling Thunder to be there, too - I love those guys. BUT ....

I’ll probably get stomped for this, but why are we recognizing, in the context of “celebrating”, an anniversary of the 9/11 attack on our country? Recognizing those who lost their lives, as we always have, yes, but that’s not what this is. We did not observe a 10th anniversary of Pearl Harbor - I’m old enough to remember that we didn’t. Because we had, five plus years earlier, blown up and vanquished the perpetrators of that attack. What is the element that wants us to observe our pain when we have not eradicated those who caused it ... which our military could have done years ago if they had been allowed to. Yes, there would still be terrorist stragglers around but maybe they wouldn’t be living free to strike again in our country, among us. Something just seems very wrong here, to me, and I am not observing any “anniversary”. It should have been “observed” years ago the way we observed Pearl Harbor in 1945. Sorry.


15 posted on 09/07/2011 6:11:21 PM PDT by CatDancer (I want to call Sarah Palin "Madame President". And I'm old. So hurry up!)
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To: SoldierDad

I sold my old Gold Wing to get this Harley, and I someday will go back to a Gold Wing.
More power, smoother ride, and that push button back up feature makes it just about right for an old guy with crappy knees.
Enjoy, ride safe, ALWAYS take the view that they are all out there trying to run you over. AND WEAR A HELMUT.


16 posted on 09/08/2011 2:52:48 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy is little more than a quota boy with a teleprompter)
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To: CatDancer

There was no Pearl Harbor observance because WE WON THE FRICKEN WAR!!!! VJ day made a much better holiday than PH...


17 posted on 09/08/2011 9:07:59 AM PDT by Nat Turner (I can see NOVEMBER 2012 from my house....)
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To: Joe Boucher
Unfortunately, my Wing does not have the back-up feature. Mine is too old, and only a 1200cc. My dad's Wing, a 2006 model, had the electric reverse feature.

I will ride defensively at all times, and wear a helmet (CA law requires this anyway). I've watched too many close calls to not know that everyone else on the road is a potential hazard.

18 posted on 09/08/2011 1:42:20 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: SoldierDad

Until about a year ago the wife and I didn’t wear a helmut then we came around a corner just after some assclown tried to pull a wheelie and crashed and split his head like a millon.
He died instantly. He’d just sold the bike and was riding it ,”one last time”.
His brains spilled out like a cracked egg.
Wear a helmut iven if in an area where not the law.
Honest.


19 posted on 09/08/2011 1:56:05 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy is little more than a quota boy with a teleprompter)
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To: Joe Boucher
I won't need convincing on that count. A helmet will be mandatory for any ride I go on, regardless of the state I'm riding in.

You probably should know I lost my dad on November 4, 2006 due to a single vehicle motorcycle accident while on his way to meet other riders going for a ride over to the CA coast. This was on his 2006 Goldwing Aspencade. We to this day do not know what caused the accident. The bike I'm buying belongs to my dad's best friend of more than 35 years. The two of them rode all over the states together.

One of my mom's brothers was involved in a motorcycle accident on Highway 299 many years ago. He was hit by a drunk illegal immigrant, who was arrested, but disappeared after bailing out. My uncle lost a leg from the knee down.

I'm not invincible, and I know the risks. I am fully prepared to ride as if every obstacle on or near the roadway is out to get me.

20 posted on 09/08/2011 7:30:46 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: SoldierDad

Hey, I just want you to ride safe and enjoy.
Here I’ve two very fine rides. one along a coastal river and the other along a tree covered road for miles.


21 posted on 09/08/2011 7:45:02 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy is little more than a quota boy with a teleprompter)
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To: Joe Boucher

I will do my very best to ride safe, and I definately will enjoy. I’m hoping my first ride will be this weekend. I will take it slow at first until I know the bike and my abilities on it.


22 posted on 09/08/2011 7:50:23 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: SoldierDad

SoldierDad,
I’ll tell you one more thing.
I started on a bike at 6 on a minibike with a 5 hp briggs and straton pushing it.
I’m 58 now and have been riding throughout.
Most guys are about the same. Nowadays the ladies have taken up riding but they only picked it up later in life and without the experience I see them get in to accidents far too often.
Same for the kids on the supercharged jap bikes. Watch out for both.


23 posted on 09/08/2011 8:14:07 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy is little more than a quota boy with a teleprompter)
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To: Joe Boucher

I know what you’re talking about. I see it in Sacramento area traffic nearly everyday. Some of these riders think they are invincible, and push the envelope, often too far. The local radio station reports car versus motorcycle accidents far to often, and much of the time excessive speed on the part of the rider is the reason. My riding will be mostly leisure, and, hopefully, with a group of other riders. At this point I have no plans to ride in heavy traffic.


24 posted on 09/08/2011 8:32:26 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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