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  • Euro 2016: why England and Germany could still go out in the group stage

    06/19/2016 11:08:32 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies ^ | June 19, 2016 | Rob Smyth
    If you’re a casual football fan, there’s a chance you won’t be familiar with the 1983-84 season in Romania’s Divizia C, Serie VIII. It was so tight that in a 16-team league, with two points for a win, only two points separated second and 15th. Some teams avoided relegation on goal difference – and finished in the top half of the division. On the final day, the as-it-stands table probably exploded after 10 minutes. At least there was only one as-it-stands table. We’ll need at least two to make some kind of sense of this week’s matches at Euro 2016:...
  • ‘Habitual traffic offender’ in Pasco jail after running over motorcyclists

    05/31/2016 9:45:16 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 10 replies
    WFLA ^ | 5/30/16
    LUTZ, Fla. (WFLA) – A 31-year-old Land O’ Lakes man is facing a variety of charges following a serious crash Monday near the intersection of US 41 and County Line Road in Lutz. Robert Vance is being held without bond at the Pasco County Jail. He is facing one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving injury and one count of operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Florida Highway Patrol says Vance is classified as a habitual traffic offender. Witnesses say Vance drove his vehicle over...
  • FLASHBACK: Reagan puts 45% tariff on Japanese motorcycles to rescue HARLEY DAVIDSON

    03/30/2016 5:27:05 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 66 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 2, 1983
    In an unusually strong protectionist action, President Reagan today ordered a tenfold increase in tariffs for imported heavyweight motorycles. The impact of Mr. Reagan's action, which followed the unanimous recommendation of his trade advisers, is effectively limited to Japanese manufacturers, which dominate every sector of the American motorycycle market. The action was exceptional for protecting a single American company, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company of Milwaukee, the sole surviving American maker of motorcycles. The only comparable trade action by this Administration, the President's decision last May to impose quotas on sugar imports for the first time since 1974, was aimed at...
  • Public Confirms that Motorcycle Profiling is a National Epidemic

    10/08/2015 5:06:19 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 42 replies
    motorcycleprofilingproject ^ | October 7th, 2015 | David "Double D" Devereaux
    The National Motorcycle Profiling Survey that began October 1st is beginning to show some strong early trends confirming that motorcycle profiling is a prevalent and widespread problem. The survey is intended to provide a clearer picture of motorcycle profiling from a national perspective through a thorough and comprehensive series of specific and detailed questions. Although there have only been approximately 1,400 surveyed in the first couple of days, some trends are so strong that they are worth talking about now. 84.52% of motorcyclists report riding a motorcycle places them under a higher level of scrutiny from law enforcement and business...
  • 2015 Hollister (CA) Freedom Rally pix

    07/03/2015 6:30:02 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 14 replies
    7/3/15 | marty
    Some of what we saw today at the Hollister CA Motorcycle Rally
  • German football fans protesting Islamic terrorism branded “hooligans”

    11/11/2014 8:47:01 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/11/14 | Judi McLeod
    If Angela Merkel is truly interested in protecting her country from Islamic terrorism, she should quit with allowing the media and police their full-throttle Tea Party smearing of citizens Note to Chancellor Angela Merkel: If Germany is really serious about fighting terrorism, why are you allowing your media and police to label football fan citizens willing to get out and protest against Sharia law, ‘filled with hate for each other’ ‘“hooligans?” Merkel’s German government seems to be taking a page from the American Democrats in labeling any resistance to the status quo with names with which the politically correct mainstream...
  • Netherlands says OK for biker gangs to fight ISIS

    10/14/2014 10:31:11 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 5 replies
    The Daily Star (Lebanon) ^ | October 14, 2014 | Agence France Presse
    THE HAGUE: The Dutch public prosecutor said Tuesday that motorbike gang members who have reportedly joined Kurds battling ISIS in Iraq are not necessarily committing any crime. "Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable, now it's no longer forbidden," public prosecutor spokesman Wim de Bruin told AFP. "You just can't join a fight against the Netherlands," he told AFP after reports emerged that Dutch bikers from the No Surrender gang were fighting ISIS insurgents alongside Kurds in northern Iraq. The head of No Surrender, Klaas Otto, told state broadcaster NOS that three members who travelled to near Mosul in...
  • Celebrated #Ferguson Capt. Ron Johnson Pulls Gun on Unarmed White Kids on Bikes

    08/26/2014 5:31:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Last week Attorney General Eric Holder met with Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson in Ferguson. nd the highway was clearly already shut down at this point.</p>
  • Why Criminals Are Afraid of Classical Music

    07/31/2014 3:30:17 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 19 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 31 July 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Published on American ThinkerBy Enza Ferreri Apparently, many young people, especially those with an antisocial disposition, dislike classical music so much that Bach, Beethoven and Mozart can even be played to discourage young hooligans from intimidating, harassing and robbing store customers. This experiment has been tried and has succeeded over many years in several locations. The earliest occurrence I could find goes back to the mid 1980s, when Canadian outlets of the 7-Eleven convenience store franchise began to play easy listening and classical music to drive away teenagers who were loitering outside their stores. Following the success of this...
  • BMW Motorrad and Dainese to Cooperate on Motorcycle Apparel Airbags

    01/14/2014 9:48:33 AM PST · by BraveMan · 12 replies
    BMW Motorcycle Magazine ^ | July 22, 2013 | staff
    BMW Motorrad and Dainese have announced they will cooperate in joint development of innovative motorcycle safety clothing for BMW Motorrad. Taking the Dainese D-Air® Protect System as its starting point, the partners will be developing motorcycle rider equipment with fully integrated inflatable protectors for BMW Motorrad. The first product to emerge from their cooperation will be the DoubleR RaceAir one-piece leather suit with D-Air® racing protectors, designed exclusively for use on racetracks. The racing suit is scheduled to be presented at the international EICMA motorcycle show in Milan this November, once BMW Motorrad has completed all the required testing in...
  • SEIU Man: If McDonald’s Strikers Don’t Get What They Want, They May Contaminate the Food

    07/31/2013 5:27:08 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 109 replies ^ | 7/31/13 | Bryan Preston
    So I guess going to a New York McDonald’s isn’t a good idea right now. Videographer and conservative blogger Adam Sharp of attended one such demonstration and interviewed an SEIU member, easily identifiable as such by his purple shirt. When asked whether the union member supported the $15 per hour wage increase the McDonald’s workers were demanding, he admitted, “I’m not sure.” He also said he was there to show his support for the workers rather than the company and expressed a fear that, “if they’re [the McDonald’s employees] pissed off, they could be doing something to that food.”...
  • Can The King Remain Atop Its Throne?

    07/30/2013 2:47:28 PM PDT · by BraveMan · 13 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | July 29, 2013 | Marie Palumbo
    -snip- In the past, Harley’s image was directly correlated to the devoted, young, hard-core, rebels that lived to ride. But the rebels of yesterday have aged, changing Harley’s base demographic. In 1987 half of Harley riders were under the age of 35. Today, the average Harley customer is a white, upper-class, 47-year-old man that rides as a hobby. Problematic? Not really. According to Harley’s 2011, 2012, and 2013 10-Q financial statements, since Q3 2011 Harley averaged quarterly motorcycle sales growth of 6.44%, an EBITDA growth rate of 17.65% and a net income growth rate of 14.72%. And, at a stock...
  • Drunken yobs should be repay costs of being treated by the NHS, says Nick Clegg (UK deputy PM)

    04/12/2013 12:51:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:46 EST, 11 April 2013Drunks injured in booze-fuelled brawls should be charged for their NHS treat | Matt Chorley and Tamara Cohen
    Drunks injured in booze-fueled brawls should be charged for their NHS treatment, Nick Clegg said today. The Deputy Prime Minister revealed he backed the idea of imposing levies on people who get “completely blind drunk and get themselves into a scrap”. An estimated two million visits are made to A&E every year for alcohol-related illnesses and injuries. Experts say the cost of alcohol to the NHS exceeds £3 billion ($4.6 billion) per year. … Clegg admitted some town and city centers have become “no-go areas” in on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. He said it was unacceptable for the taxpayer...
  • Hooligans mar Euros as Poland v Russia match sparks riots

    06/13/2012 11:36:44 AM PDT · by yank in the UK · 18 replies
    Metro ^ | 12th June 2012 | Hayden Smith
    Tensions were raised ahead of the European Championship match at the National Stadium as thousands of Russian fans marched to mark their national day. Tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon were used to disperse fans at the end of the march. Riot police were also seen dragging people off as Polish fans chanted: ‘Russia whores, Russia whores’ and ‘Hit the red trash with a hammer, with a sickle’.
  • HPD: Woman tied to crash before officer's death now in Mexico

    06/14/2011 12:03:37 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 13, 2011 | CINDY GEORGE
    A woman accused of leaving the scene of a traffic accident last month where an investigating Houston police officer was later killed has been charged with two felonies and is believed to have fled again — this time, to Mexico. Houston police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Francisca Cortez, 28. Authorities said they believe she is the driver who struck two motorcyclists on Interstate 610 near Yale on May 29. While investigating that wreck, Officer Kevin Will was fatally struck by a suspected drunken driver. In a probable cause affidavit filed Friday in Harris County, police revealed...
  • Filmmaker Moore, U.S. Rep. Baldwin rally Capitol protesters

    03/05/2011 5:45:53 PM PST · by Jean S · 20 replies ^ | 3/5/11 | Budget Blog:
    Filmmaker Michael Moore and U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin were among those who pumped up a pro-union crowd of more than 12,000 at the Capitol on Saturday to protest Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill. The crowd was substantially smaller than those on the past two Saturdays. Capitol police estimated 12,000 people gathered for the outdoor rally and that 7,385 people entered the Capitol building itself throughout the day. Moore praised the 14 Democratic senators who left the state to block a vote on the bill, saying they'll go down in the history of labor in America.
  • Students attack Prince Charles' car after fee hike

    12/09/2010 2:35:06 PM PST · by Deo volente · 96 replies · 12+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 9, 2010
    LONDON – In Britain's worst political violence in years, furious student protesters rained sticks and rocks on riot police, vandalized government buildings and attacked a car carrying Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, after lawmakers approved a controversial hike in university tuition fees.
  • At 147 mph, highway safety is just a blur

    09/17/2010 10:18:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 124 replies · 1+ views
    The Patriot-News ^ | September 17, 2010 | Liam Migdail-Smith
    Going 96 mph on a 65-mph highway is enough to land a speeder in serious legal trouble. That’s 31 mph over the speed limit, and it’s the threshold between a regular speeding violation and the more egregious offense of “excessive speeding,” which earns violators a meeting with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that they’ll likely walk out of with a suspended license. On Wednesday night, state police stopped a motorcyclist they said was clocked at 147 mph. That’s 82 mph over the limit. “That is probably the highest speed I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been at PennDOT nine years now,”...
  • Speeding motorcyclist taunts state trooper trapped in crashed car

    08/12/2010 4:11:26 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 169 replies
    KOMO News ^ | Aug 10, 2010
    Speeding motorcyclist taunts state trooper trapped in crashed car A state trooper rolled his car multiple times while chasing two reckless motorcyclists, one of whom returned to taunt the injured trooper trooper, officials said. The incident happened on the northbound ramp from Interstate 5 to State Route 599 at approximately 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. Washington State Patrol Trooper Cliff Pratt said the trooper was chasing a group of at least nine members of a south King County motorcycle group who were speeding dangerously and getting too close to cars. As the trooper tried to close in on the fastest biker, he...
  • History shows agitators can turn protests into violent mobs

    07/11/2010 8:58:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 7/11/10 | Cecily Burt - Oakland Tribune
    OAKLAND — Nearly 1,000 people filled the street in front of Oakland City Hall on Thursday evening. They gathered to vent, pray, and ask how a Los Angeles jury could find Johannes Mehserle, a white former BART police officer, guilty of involuntary manslaughter for fatally shooting Oscar Grant III, an unarmed, 22-year-old black man from Hayward, in the back.At first, the crowd was electric, but not volatile. To respond with violence would dishonor Grant's memory, they said. Hundreds of Oakland police officers watched and endured taunts, spits and rocks from a small group that tried, but failed, to incite other...
  • Violence flares in Leicester Square after England's shocking World Cup defeat

    06/27/2010 5:20:27 PM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 27, 2010 | Staff
    A lone German supporter finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as he is surrounded by England fans bitter at their team's colossal loss. The man, who was bare-chested in London's Leicester Square, is jostled and elbowed as he tries to find an escape route. This was one of a few isolated incidents of football violence to flare around the world after England were sent crashing out of the World Cup after being beaten 4-1 by Germany.
  • Police arrest more than 500 at Toronto summit

    06/27/2010 2:36:39 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 79 replies
    hosted ^ | 6-27 | ROB GILLIES
    TORONTO — Police raided a university building and rounded up more protesters Sunday in an effort to quell further violence at the global economic summit after black-clad youths rampaged through the city, smashing windows and torching police cruisers. Police said they have arrested more than 500 demonstrators, many of whom were hauled away in plastic handcuffs and taken to a temporary holding center constructed for the summit.....
  • Wounded Vet Asking For Help Finding Stolen Motorcycle

    05/27/2010 6:26:47 AM PDT · by SF_Redux · 8 replies · 364+ views
    Video at link, Or story below,, HERE GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Twenty-four-year old R.J. Wild shows off the medals on his backpack following two tours of duty as Marine. The most special, the Purple Heart, given to those wounded or killed in combat. "I thought the medals were too precious to my heart to let go and just sit in a closet and get dusty," said Wild. Wild's unit was ambushed in Iraq in 2006. Two rocket propelled grenades hit them. "The next thing I know I wake up in Germany," said Wild. "I was in ICU with any kind of...
  • Motorcycle Hits Pedestrian At 70 MPH, Kills 2

    05/19/2010 9:33:31 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 71 replies · 1,655+ views
    CBS 11 ^ | 05/19/2010
    Dallas police say a traffic accident Tuesday night involving a pedestrian and a motorcycle rider doing a wheelie at 70 MPH left both men dead. Police on Wednesday identified the fatalities as 45-year-old Paul Bellard and 38-year-old Lashon Hudson. The crash happened in the 6200 block of Bonnie View Lane. Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse says witnesses reported that at about 10:30 Tuesday night Bellard was attempting cross the street, but did not use the crosswalk. Janse says Bellard failed to yield right of way to Hudson's motorcycle and was hit. Janse says the motorcyle had "the front tire off the...
  • Why Do UFOs Have A Grudge Against Cows?

    12/04/2009 6:15:36 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 64 replies · 4,337+ views
    thesop ^ | December 4th, 2009
    "A creepy string of calf mutilations in southern Colorado has a rancher and law enforcement investigators mystified. Four calves have been found dead in a pasture just north of the New Mexico state line in recent weeks. The dead calves had their skins peeled back and organs cleared from the rib cage. One calf had its tongue removed. But rancher Manuel Sanchez has found no signs of human attackers, such as footprints or ATV tracks. And there are no signs of an animal attack by a coyote or mountain lion . Usually predators leave pools or blood or drag marks...
  • Warden Message: Belgrade Expatriates Experiencing Attacks

    09/26/2009 1:44:22 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 464+ views ^ | 25 Sep 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Belgrade Expatriates Experiencing Attacks CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Europe - Serbia 25 Sep 2009 U.S. Embassy Belgrade issues the following Warden Message September 25: The U.S. Embassy wishes to alert American Citizens to a recent spate of crimes affecting the expatriate community in Belgrade. The Regional Security Office (RSO) states that trends involving physical assaults and gun violence remain a threat to foreigners. The RSO wishes to highlight the some recent criminal events: · On September 16, 2009, a British...
  • When Hooligans Bach Down: Strike up Johann Sebastian and watch them scatter

    01/30/2009 4:35:24 PM PST · by mojito · 35 replies · 1,393+ views
    City Journal ^ | 1/29/2009 | Theodore Darlrymple
    Staying recently in a South Yorkshire town called Rotherham—described in one guidebook as “murky,” an inadequate word for the place—I was interested to read in the local newspaper how the proprietors of some stores are preventing hooligans from gathering outside to intimidate and rob customers. They play Bach over loudspeakers, and this disperses the youths in short order; they flee the way Count Dracula fled before holy water, garlic flowers, and crucifixes. The proprietors had previously tried a high-pitched noise generator whose mosquito-like whine only those younger than 20 could detect. This method, too, proved effective, but the owners abandoned...
  • West Ham, Crew fans brawl in stands (A Sign of the End Times: Soccer Riots in Ohio!)

    07/20/2008 8:56:54 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 55 replies · 3,257+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | July 20, 2008 | Shawn Mitchell
    West Ham, Crew fans brawl in stands Sunday, July 20, 2008 11:17 PM By Shawn Mitchell THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH From the southeastern corner of Crew Stadium came the West Ham United chants: “East! East! East Lon-don!” From the northeastern came the answer: “Co-lum-bus! Co-lum-bus!” Today’s war of words turned physical at halftime of the Crew’s exhibition match against West Ham, when a handful of West Ham fans ventured into the heart of the Crew’s supporters section. A scuffle broke out and stadium security quickly pulled the West Ham interlopers to the stadium concourse. The next few minutes were frantic. While...
  • Manure thief falls into dung, flees naked (soccer fans suspected)

    06/30/2008 12:13:54 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 13 replies · 261+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 27, 2008 | Kerstin Gehmlich
    BERLIN (Reuters) A woman trying to make "manure bombs" using stockings, slipped into a slurry tank and fled the scene naked, German police said Friday. Two women entered a farm in the northern village of Eberholzen Wednesday evening and started to fill the stockings with manure. "One of them slipped into the manure tank, right into the cow muck," said a spokesman for local police. "The other one helped her out. We found their clothes in a field. One seems to have run off completely naked, the other in her underwear." Police said it was unclear what the women had...
  • 'Shocked And Scared'

    04/05/2007 2:53:04 PM PDT · by anonsquared · 17 replies · 552+ views
    Sky News ^ | Thursday April 05, 2007
    The family of a Manchester United fan who was stabbed by Italian football fans in Rome have spoken of their shock at the attack. Stephen Fitzsimons, 53, was knifed in the groin after he and three friends were ambushed by Roma supporters on their way to the match. There was also trouble during the Champions League game itself - Man Utd fans clashing with riot police and 18 supporters taken to hospital.
  • Mass brawl mars Greek volleyball

    04/03/2007 9:40:32 AM PDT · by xp38 · 24 replies · 880+ views
    BBC ^ | March 30 2007
    A man has died and at least six people have been injured in a mass brawl between rival women's volleyball fans near the Greek capital Athens. A pitched battle took place between fans of Olympiakos Piraeus and Panathinaikos in the Peania area. It was at a spot away from the stadium. Witnesses say about 300 fans fought with clubs, knives and stones. Police detained 18 people. Greek media reports suggested the fans had arranged the fight ahead of the match. The Greek news website Ekathimerini says a 22-year-old who was driving by at the time was stabbed in the leg...
  • Sarko calls them "hooligans not youths" (after Paris riot conservative speaks truth to power)

    03/30/2007 10:48:25 PM PDT · by Enfant Terrible · 23 replies · 481+ views
    Le Monde ^ | 03/29/2007 | unknown
    Slightly edited Google translation of the original French Conservative French Presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy Wednesday evening accused rivals Ségolène Royal (socialist) and Francois Bayrou (centrist) of being "on the side of the rioters”, shortly after the violent incidents violent at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris. “When I think that two candidates in the presidential election dared to take the defense of an individual known for 22 offences, who is allowed to defraud and not to pay his ticket in the train, who, once challenged, allows himself to strike civil servants who were only doing just their work...
  • Pacers involved in nightclub scuffle (Round 2)

    02/07/2007 9:12:18 AM PST · by Kimmers · 34 replies · 1,885+ views
    WTHR eyewitness news ^ | 1/7/07 | Steve Jefferson and Rich Van Wyk
    Indianapolis - Metro police are investigating a bar fight involving two members of the Indiana Pacers at a west side nightclub. According to police reports, Jamaal Tinsley and Marquis Daniels allegedly punched a manager of the Eight Second Saloon early Tuesday morning. Police say Pacers guard Keith McLeod was inside the Tremors nightclub but was not involved. Police say the fight started between a manager and an individual suspected of stealing coats from a coat check area. According to police reports, Tinsley and Daniels punched the manager and Daniels threatened to kill him. The bar manager appears to have suffered...
  • CycleSpace Takes Online Motorcycle Enthusiasts to the Next Level

    01/17/2007 12:57:26 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 8 replies · 443+ views
    CycleSpace Takes Online Motorcycle Enthusiasts to the Next Level ATLANTA--CycleSpace announced today the launch of their new website, A fusion of the MySpace experience, Internet television, and dedicated resource information, CycleSpace serves up a media-rich, fully interactive social networking environment to the motorcycle culture. “Our own research showed there was a need for an all-inclusive portal where enthusiasts could share and enjoy all aspects of their culture,” says Jeremy Wolfe, founder and CEO of CycleSpace. “It is the first of its kind to fuse a social network, like myspace, with Internet television that delivers programming geared specifically toward the...
  • Get your battery running

    12/21/2006 1:27:16 PM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies · 1,028+ views ^ | 12/21/2006 | Staff
    Think of it as “Easy Rider” meets “An Inconvenient Truth.” Or, maybe, the perfect Christmas gift for the environmentalist with everything. A solar motorcycle. Well, not solar, strictly speaking, but electric — with its battery charged by the solar panels on Rob Thayer’s Village Homes roof. Thayer, a UC Davis professor emeritus of landscape architecture, recently purchased the custom motorcycle for $7,000 from, an Oakland company that’s one of a handful modifying or building electric motorcycles. His is a 2003 Spanish-built Derbi Grand Prix racer, its gas engine replaced with a battery and low racing handlebars replaced with...
  • Bikers Playing Fast and Loose

    11/30/2006 10:29:41 AM PST · by absolootezer0 · 261 replies · 4,719+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11.29.06 | Ralph Vartabedian
    A Suzuki racing bike screaming at 80 mph in a 25-mph zone slammed into Gigliotti on Oct. 4 as she was leaving her job at Long Beach City College, igniting a fireball inside her Ford Escort. "It is not uncommon to see these kinds of accidents with motorcycles, particularly high-powered super bikes," said Raymond Dennison, the Long Beach detective who investigated the crash. "The whole function is to go as fast as they can."
  • She loves to ride — with a helmet

    10/27/2006 12:26:01 PM PDT · by BraveMan · 176 replies · 3,062+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Oct. 26, 2006 | LAWRENCE SUSSMAN
    A total of 4,553 motorcyclists died in traffic accidents last year in the United States, but more than 700 of them would have lived if they had been wearing helmets, Mary E. Peters, the new U.S. transportation secretary, said Thursday in Milwaukee. Peters, during a visit to the Harley-Davidson plant in Milwaukee, talked about the "alarming rise" in fatalities and injuries involving motorcyclists since 1997. Peters, an ardent motorcyclist, said she will "never, ever ride without a helmet." She said a helmet last year saved her from more serious injuries in an accident in which she hit her husband's motorcycle...
  • Billy Lane faces charges in fatal crash

    09/25/2006 11:59:22 AM PDT · by glasseye · 37 replies · 4,580+ views
    Florida today ^ | September 25, 2006 | J.D. GALLOP
    COCOA — Local motorcycle builder Billy Lane turned himself in at 1 p.m. today in connection with a fatal accident Sept. 4. Among the charges Lane faces are driving under influence, manslaughter and driving with his license suspended. Lane, 36, arrived with his lawyers at the Florida Highway Patrol office on State Road 520. FHP spokeswoman Kim Miller said Lane’s blood alcohol level was .192 when the accident occurred on State Road A1A south of Melbourne Beach. She said bond would be set at $15,000. Investigators have said Lane was trying to pass two other vehicles on a double-yellow-lined stretch...
  • Motorcycle airbags part of safety trend

    09/14/2006 12:45:28 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 46 replies · 3,214+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 9/14/06 | James Hannah
    Motorcycle airbags part of safety trend By JAMES HANNAH, Associated Press Writer Thu Sep 14, 12:24 PM ET MARYSVILLE, Ohio - Jeaneen Parsons' husband steered their motorcycle to the ground seven years ago to avoid hitting a passenger whose cycle went down on a twisting mountain road in Kentucky. The couple emerged from the accident with a few road burns and frazzled nerves. The passenger's leg was shattered. Marifran Mattson lost part of her left leg when the motorcycle she was on was struck by a semitrailer in 2004 near Crawfordsville, Ind. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was seriously injured...
  • Viper-powered Tomahawk to be offered for sale

    09/11/2006 12:48:01 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 39 replies · 1,476+ views
    Viper-powered Tomahawk to be offered for sale Remember the Tomahawk, which debuted a few years ago on the auto show circuit? Maybe a better question would be: How could you forget it? There had been some speculation that it might actually see limited production, and apparently the-powers-that-be at DaimlerChrysler have given the green light. The 500 hp V-10 Frankencycle will be marketed as the Chrysler (not Dodge) Tomahawk, and will cost a cool $250,000, give or take a few pennies... Don't forget to check out the video on this site. I found it interesting in that they didn't show it...
  • Confederate rides again

    08/31/2006 9:16:09 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 38 replies · 1,436+ views
    Motorcycle News ^ | August 29 2006
    Confederate motorcycles, the US makers of the amazing Hellcat and Wraith, has unveiled its latest prototype – and it looks just as mad as its predecessors. The Renovatio is still in concept stage but the designs and specs look pretty far down the line considering the firm has had to recover from the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, which devestated the factory. The minimalist design is centred around a GM based v-twin engine and not much else. The engine puts out 150bhp in standard trim but there’s a supercharger option that boosts that to 190bhp. Confederate describe the concept as “Minimal;...
  • Bare-breasted porn stars ride choppers

    08/23/2006 4:14:11 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 32 replies · 7,167+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Wed Aug 23, 4:09 PM ET
    Bare-breasted porn stars ride choppers Wed Aug 23, 4:09 PM ET AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Two dozen bare-breasted porn stars paraded on motorcycles and military vehicles down the main street of New Zealand's biggest city on Wednesday after beating efforts by Auckland officials to prevent the promotional stunt. Thousands of people, many of them clicking away with cell phone cameras, lined the street for the parade by male and female porn actors, most semi-clad in black leather, to publicize an erotica show which opens in Auckland later this week. The crowd — four deep in some places — was reportedly...
  • Harley Stamp Ready to Roll

    08/16/2006 4:47:03 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 24 replies · 683+ views ^ | August 16, 2006 | Bill Novak
    Harley-Davidson enthusiasts now have their own stamp of approval, thanks to the United States Postal Service. A 1965 Harley Electra-Glide is featured as one of four new first-class stamps being rolled out in Wisconsin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Capital City Harley-Davidson/Buell, 6200 Millpond Road, on Madison's far east side. The stamp rollout ceremony at kick-starts the third annual motorcycle ride to raise funds for the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center. The stamps were officially introduced to the public Aug. 7 during the 66th annual Harley rally in Sturgis, S.D., and have been unveiled in local ceremonies throughout America since...
  • England, Germany fans clash in Stuttgart

    STUTTGART (Reuters) - Riot police detained a group of around 100 rowdy England soccer fans in a square in the center of Stuttgart on Saturday after they had clashed with German fans, throwing bottles and chairs and trading punches. Tens of thousands of English and German fans had gathered in the area, many drinking throughout the day, to watch Germany's 2-0 second-round World Cup win over Sweden on big screen TVs. Trouble broke out shortly after the end of the game. England fans were in the city for their country's second-round match against Ecuador on Sunday. Some 150 fans on...
  • Lightning Strike Kills Colo. Motorcyclist

    06/22/2006 11:32:56 AM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 132 replies · 2,381+ views
    AP ^ | 6/22/06
    Today: June 22, 2006 at 9:56:7 PDT Lightning Strike Kills Colo. Motorcyclist ASSOCIATED PRESS WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) - A motorcyclist died after he was struck by lightning while riding in rush hour traffic between Denver and Boulder, police said. Witnesses reported seeing a flash of light shortly before the motorcyclist struck the center divider on U.S. 36 Wednesday, police spokesman Tim Read said. Gary Missi, 46, of Longmont was pronounced dead at the scene. A coroner's investigation was under way to determine whether the lightning bolt, the collision or something else caused his death, Read said. The lightning blasted a...
  • Are World Cup Parties Soiling Berlin's Landmarks?

    06/19/2006 7:26:33 PM PDT · by NCjim · 7 replies · 405+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 19, 2006 | David Crossland
    No other capital city would allow its center to be abused for commercial purposes the way Berlin has for the World Cup, argues one newspaper in an editorial that is likely to be drowned out in the World Cup frenzy gripping the country. Plus, the German government shouldn't copy the anti-smoking "hysteria" sweeping the United States. Berlin is abusing its landmarks in its obsession with the World Cup, according to left-wing newspaper Berliner Zeitung in a commentary criticising the city for allowing the Brandenburg Gate to be obscured by a giant soccer ball on one side and a public viewing...
  • Roethlisberger Involved In Motorcycle Accident (Steelers)

    06/12/2006 9:27:32 AM PDT · by beyond the sea · 312 replies · 7,614+ views ^ | 6/12/06
    Roethlisberger Involved In Motorcycle Accident Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was injured in a motorcycle accident on Monday morning. The Steelers confirmed the accident for Channel 4 Action News. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said the accident happened on Second Avenue near the 10th Street Bridge. A witness told Channel 4 Action News that Roethlisberger went over the handlebars, hit the windshield of another vehicle and then hit the ground. Roethlisberger was not wearing a helmet, according to the paper.
  • Barry Manilow to drive out 'hooligans'

    06/08/2006 9:02:19 AM PDT · by Atlantic Bridge · 59 replies · 4,989+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 5 June 2006 | unknown
    A council in the Australian city of Sydney is taking radical measures against car-revving youths - the calming tones of singer Barry Manilow. Officials in Rockdale say that local youths have been hanging around in car parks, revving their engines and generally annoying residents. So the council has decided to strike back. From July, Barry Manilow's greatest hits will be piped into one car park in a bid to drive the youths away.
  • Barry Manilow To Drive Out Hooligans

    06/05/2006 3:27:59 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 38 replies · 432+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | 06/05/2006
    I POSTED THIS IN THE AMERICAN IDOL THREAD, BUT THOUGHT IT DESERVES A WIDER CIRCULATION... BARRY MANILOW DON'T GET NO RESPECT. BUT HE's USEFUL ----------------------------------------------- Manilow to drive out 'hooligans' A council in the Australian city of Sydney is taking radical measures against car-revving youths - the calming tones of singer Barry Manilow. Officials in Rockdale say that local youths have been hanging around in car parks, revving their engines and generally annoying residents. So the council has decided to strike back. From July, Barry Manilow's greatest hits will be piped into one car park in a bid to...

    05/26/2006 7:16:26 AM PDT · by 54-46 Was My Number · 125 replies · 2,923+ views
    26 May 2006 | 54-46 Was My Number
    Pinging the collective wisdom of Free Republic here . . . The Issue Punks are setting off "Bootleg Cracker" fireworks outside my home -slash- my neighbor's homes, beneath city-owned trees that line the sidewalk. These are the evil devices: Now, they may not look like much in this picture, but they're about the size of a can of Pringles potato chips, and inside, they're stuffed with 200-250 firecrackers fused to go off within 2 to 3 seconds. So what you get is one big, elongated explosion, and since the city-owned trees are no more than 10 yards from our homes,...