Mon
28
Apr

Marine killed after losing control of motorcycle during burnout

A New River Marine was killed this weekend after losing control of his motorcycle while doing a burnout, according to Highway Patrol reports.

Lance Cpl. Loron “Boogz” Joshua Melton, 24, of Jacksonville, was attempting a burnout on his 2004 Honda sport motorcycle in the parking area of Coastal Plains Raceway Park Saturday when he lost control of his vehicle, authorities said Monday.

After taking his motorcycle engine to around 7,000-10,000 revolutions per minute, he lost control of his bike and was propelled forward. Melton laid his motorcycle down on its left side before crashing into three parked cars and sliding underneath one of the vehicles.

Melton was reported as wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the collision.

Highway Patrolman David Oglesby said that while they are not sure if Melton’s slide was intentional, laying a motorcycle on its side after losing control is a maneuver that is taught during general motorcycle training.

Mon
28
Apr

Teenage motorcycle passenger shot, wounded in Paterson

PATERSON — A teenage passenger on a motorcycle was shot in the back as the driver rode down a northern New Jersey roadway, authorities said.

It's not yet clear what sparked the shooting that occurred shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday in Paterson.

The 16-year-old male passenger, a Paterson resident whose name was not disclosed, remained hospitalized today in critical but stable condition.

The driver and passenger both heard a "popping sound" as they rode in the area of North 3rd and Jefferson streets in the city's First Ward, and the passenger soon realized what had happened, authorities said.

The youth alerted the driver, who pulled the motorcycle over to the curb and flagged down a police car in the 100 block of Jefferson Street to report the shooting.

The driver was not injured.

Sun
27
Apr

Women bikers and their cupcakes barred from charity event

San Francisco -- The Devil Dolls Motorcycle Club had planned to sell gourmet cupcakes to raise money for charity Sunday while celebrating their group's 15th anniversary.

But instead, they were at the Pacific Rod and Gun Club picketing.

The female bikers had reserved space at the shooting range back in December, but a week before Sunday's event, they got a cancelation notice, but little explanation as to why.

Apparently, they weren't the right kind of clientele to rent space at a rod and gun club, or at least one that sits on city land.

Sun
27
Apr

Cost of Policing Motorcycle Event Questioned

Well into the agenda at the Tuesday (April 22) meeting of the Cold Spring Village Board, a brief memo from Village Accountant Ellen Mageean regarding the cost of extra policing at a Redrum Motorcycle Club event planned for Mayor’s Park this summer gave rise to a lengthy discussion.

Officers from four police departments patrolled Cold Spring during Redrum's fundraiser.

Officers from four police departments patrolled Cold Spring during Redrum’s fundraiser in 2013 (file photo).

Fri
25
Apr

Barber Named World's Largest MC Museum

Guinness World Records just named the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum the “Largest Motorcycle Museum” in the world. The 144,000-square-foot, five-story museum is home to nearly 1400 motorcycles, of which about 700 are on exhibit.

 

The museum opened in its current location at the 830-acre Barber Motorsports Park in 2003. George Barber, Alabama native and third-generation owner of Barber Dairies, began collecting motorcycles 24 years ago. The Barber Museum is a 501(c)(3) Not For Profit Foundation and is considered the largest philanthropic project taken on by an individual in the history of Alabama.

Mon
21
Apr

Biden Takes Action To Shut Down Wilmington Gang House

Wilmington – Attorney General Beau Biden announced that his office, joined by the City of Wilmington, has filed a lawsuit to shut down a gang clubhouse and clean up a property on Wilmington’s East Side that has been the site of at least 15 shootings – including five homicides – in the past eight years.

 

Biden is targeting a property on the 2800 block of Northeast Boulevard that is home to a national clubhouse for the Thunderguards Motorcycle Club, a group that has been identified as a “national outlaw motorcycle gang” by the federal government’s National Gang Intelligence Center. In addition to the clubhouse, the suit is also targeting a parking lot adjacent to the clubhouse and nearby storage units that the gang uses for criminal activity, as well as a business adjacent to the parking lot that is owned by a gang member.

 

Thu
17
Apr

Fresno police target motorcycle gang, arrest 4 after nightclub beatings (video)

A new motorcycle gang in Fresno received some pushback with the arrests of four members after what police described as the "severe beating" of two innocent men outside a nightclub.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer announced the arrests of the Malos Hechos members -- the name translates roughly to "made bad" in Spanish -- at a news conference Thursday.

A crucial piece of evidence that led to the arrests Wednesday was a graphic video posted on Facebook of the March 7 beating outside Crossroads nightclub in central Fresno.

Four Malos Hechos members were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon: Apolinio Martinez, 40, Daniel Telles, 25, Christopher Martinez Jr., 21, and Christopher Martinez Sr., 42. The charges included a gang enhancement.

While search warrants were being served, two others also were arrested: Joaquin Quijada Sr., 41, on suspicion of felony weapons charges, and Natalie Arias, 36, on suspicion of drug sales.

Wed
16
Apr

Drivers Privacy Act Now Includes Motorcycles

A proposed change in the language of the Driver Privacy Act in the U.S. Senate would expand the bill's scope to protect all information recorded by event data recorders installed on all "motor vehicles," including motorcycles, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

The substitute amendment was offered in committee by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to S. 1925, which deals with information collected by event data recorders, sometimes referred to as "black boxes."

While the government does not require the installation of event data recorders on motorcycles, some current models are equipped with the devices.

Mon
14
Apr

Bikers push for tougher penalties on motorcycle accidents (video)

 Updated: Monday, April 14 2014, 07:03 PM CDT It was one of the loudest demonstrations in Tallahassee, hundreds of motorcycle riders rode their bikes to the State Capital demanding lawmakers crack down on drivers that injure bikers on the road. The bikers are supporting bills in the Florida House and Senate that provide criminal penalties for anyone who hits and seriously injures not only motorcyclists on the road but also bicyclists and pedestrians. The bikers roared up US-27 and onto Capital grounds. Abate Florida, a motorcycle organization, planned this rally. They displayed their colors, and raised the American flag to draw attention to their message. With each tolling of a bell, a name from a list was read out loud, names of fellow riders killed in the last year. Josh Bear was visibly upset. His brother, Jacob, was killed six months ago. The bikers have been pushing for tougher penalties for several years.

Mon
14
Apr

Hines Wins 2014 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Charlotte 2014
Racers lined up four-wide at Charlotte's vMax Dragway last weekend, with Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines getting the drop on his V-Rod Destroyer to ride out of Charlotte with the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle victory.
 

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