Evel Knievel Museum home to several iconic bikes

(photo gellery)--When Evel Knievel was a teenager, he was among onlookers when the touring Joie Chitwood Thrill Show made a stop in his hometown of Butte, Mont. The car and motorcycle stunts featuring jumps and fire thrilled the teenager.


“The thing that impressed my 15-year-old mind the most was his intoxicating spirit and incredible showmanship,” Knievel said of Chitwood, who built his first race car while working at a Topeka welding shop in 1934. “It was then that I knew this business was for me.”


Bikers pour into Galveston for Lone Star Rally

(video)--GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) --

It's the largest four day motorcycle rally in the U.S.

"It's very special this year," rider Ray Barker, of Austin, said.

This year, the sound of hundreds of thousands of revving engines is the sound of recovery.

"It was very important this year for our club to come down and support all the people from Galveston. We know that they had a devastating event that happened here and we're happy to help them get back on their feet," Baker added.

Galveston was spared the worst of Harvey as some businesses were only closed for a couple of weeks for minor clean-up.

Dennis Byrd, owner of "The Spot," a popular bar and restaurant on the seawall, says the impact on the riders who come every year wasn't known.


4 N.S. men facing threats charges, Gatekeepers motorcycle gang clothing seized

RCMP in Nova Scotia have charged four men with uttering threats and harassment and seized the Gatekeepers Outlaw motorcycle gang paraphernalia they were wearing.

According to police, RCMP and the Halifax Regional Police K-9 unit responded to a disturbance at a home on Highway 224 in Upper Musquodoboit on the evening of Oct. 9.

READ: Police raid Gatekeepers Motorcycle Club in New Glasgow, N.S.

Police say three men on motorcycles matching the suspects’ descriptions were arrested without incident. At the time, they were wearing clothes and paraphernalia associated with the Gatekeepers motorcycle club, which was seized as part of the investigation.

A fourth man was arrested the next day.


Alaska Man Files Lawsuit Over Motorcycle Mishap at Concert

An Alaska man who says he was hit by a motorcycle that flew offstage during a 2016 Buffalo Chip Campground concert has filed a federal lawsuit against the campground, the rider and the bike company.

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — An Alaska man who says he was hit by a motorcycle that flew offstage during a 2016 Buffalo Chip Campground concert has filed a federal lawsuit against the campground, the rider and the bike company.

The Argus Leader reports that Royce Rath was in the crowd during the Aug. 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally festivities at the campground. The complaint filed this week says in between concert performers Lita Ford and Kid Rock, showman Roland Sands road a motorcycle designed without front brakes across the stage and into a crowd of spectators.


Report: Biker gang member had drugs, gun in car

A Texas couple is facing multiple charges following a traffic stop for speeding. 

According to an arrest report for John Franklin Craft, 55, Walker Road, an officer with the West Monroe Police Department saw a tan Kia sedan traveling at 76 mph in a 60 mph zone near the Downing Pines exit ramp on Interstate 20. 

The driver was verified as John Franklin Craft. A computer check alerted the officer that Craft was a documented violent offender and member of the Cossacks biker gang, the affidavit states.

Craft told the officer the pair were traveling from Temple, Texas to Virginia to visit a friend. 

The officer reported asking Craft for permission to search the vehicle, which was denied. 

A Monroe Police Department canine was brought to the scene and provided an alert on the vehicle. 


Woman shot by gunman barricaded inside Soul Devils Motorcycle Club on Detroit's west side

Plymouth Road closed near Littlefield Street

(video)--DETROIT - A man in his 30s is barricaded with guns inside the Soul Devils Motorcycle Club.


Cheektowaga man arrested by FBI on RICO charges for activities with Kingsmen

CHEEKTOWAGA – A Cheektowaga man was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Thursday morning in connection with his involvement in The Kingsmen Motorcycle Club.

Brian Witkowski, of S. Colby Street, was arrested after Cheektowaga Police and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force executed an arrest warrant at his home around 6 am according to an FBI spokesperson.

He faces federal RICO conspiracy charges for his involvement in The Kingsmen Motorcycle Club.  Two other club members were arrested in Tennesee, and more arrests are pending.

The United State’s Attorney classifies The Kingsmen Motorcycle Club as a criminal organization which engages in such crimes as the distribution of controlled substances, maintaining premises for the use and distribution of controlled substances, possession, use, and sale of firearms, sales of untaxed cigarettes, and promoting prostitution.


Sons Of Speed Back at New Smyrna Speedway for 3rd Race During Daytona Biketoberfest

Inaugural Old Speed Show Debuts as Well

Billy Lane’s thrilling Sons of Speed boardtrack motorcycle race is back for a third running during the 25th Chrome Anniversary of Daytona Beach Biketoberfest. On Saturday, October 21, at 3:15 p.m., thirteen daredevil motorcycle racers will take to the banked track at New Smyrna Speedway in Daytona Beach.

“We’re coming off the second SOS race, which took place at Sturgis this year,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “That was a lot of fun, but nothing beats the banked track at New Smyrna—this is where riders let it all hang out.”


Motorcycle enthusiasts hit Port Dover for final Friday the 13th of 2017

It will be packed in Port Dover today as the final Friday the 13th of the year is expected to draw upwards of 80,000 revellers to celebrate.

The forecast is looking to co-operate with temperatures nearing 20 C, a far cry from the last Friday the 13th back in January.

According to Const. Ed Sanchuk with Norfolk OPP, motorcyclists started arriving Thursday.


Official attendance at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally set at 480,000

STURGIS, S.D. -- Official attendance for the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was released Thursday showing an estimated 480,000 people attended the 77th annual event in August, up from last year.

Last year’s estimate was 448,000 visitors.

It was well below the record-setting attendance for the 75th annual event in 2015 when 739,000 people traveled to the Black Hills of western South Dakota for the nine-day gathering of motorcyclists from across the world.  Some were estimating almost 1 million attended the 75th event, but that wasn’t official.

The official number for this past summer’s event was released at the first Sturgis Rally Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 11, and Thursday, Oct. 12, where local business owners discussed increasing digital advertising and having more events at the end of the rally.


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