Thunderguards protest "unfair" gang label (video)

~~Hundreds of bikers staged a deafening rally on the New Castle County courthouse steps~~

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WILMINGTON -- Roughly 200 revved-up bikers staged a deafening rally Saturday morning on the New Castle County courthouse steps in support of the Thunderguards Motorcycle Club's push to remain at their Riverside clubhouse.

On May 15, representatives from the black motorcycle club will appear in county Superior Court on charges that the clubhouse in the 2800 block of Northeast Blvd. is a criminal hotbed, linked to 15 shootings – at least four of them deadly – over the past eight years.


Riders come from near and far to support Lansdowne

 ~Charity motorcycle ride a big boost for Every Kid Counts program~


As long as Lansdowne Children's Centre continues to hold its charity motorcycle ride "the right way," they can continue to count on support from an extensive network of bikers.

Mike Riddick, the Eastern Canada Regional Officer of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club, said that fewer and fewer motorcycle fundraising rides go through the trouble of arranging a police escort.

"That is a big positive for us," Riddick said.

More than 225 members of the motorcycle club travelled from as far away as Sudbury or Barrie to take part in the 10th annual Lansdowne Children's Centre Charity Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, beginning at the Brantford and District Civic Centre.


Williams says Thunderguards claims don't add up

A Superior Court hearing comes on May 15th concerning attempts to oust the Thunderguards Motorcycle Club from Wilmington.

The state attorney general is seeking a court order to have the group vacate its clubhouse and storage units on the 28 hundred block of Northeast Boulevard.

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams says club leaders have told him they're a unifying force in the neighborhood, but he hears of things going on that don't support that claim.

"I can't tolerate nonsense where there's shootings, ruckus all night long until 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning, people being drunk, loud music, cars, and then they're telling me they're stabilizing the neighborhood. That's a bunch of crap, malarkey."


Williams also says April's work by Licenses and Inspection to clean out seven alleys in the city will be followed up by more of that work as they try to reclaim areas from crime and drug activity.


Motorcycle Museum Owner On TV

A local motorcycle museum owner will be back on television for a second season. Dale Walksler runs "Wheels Through Time" in Maggie Valley. He hosts the program, "What's in the Barn" on Velocity TV, traveling the country in search of rare and vintage motorcycles that might be stashed away in outbuildings or barns. "June 10th is the air date for season two, working on season three. We've got some really fun shows that are really a representation of really the romance of the American motorcycle," says Walksler. Beginning next month, eight new episodes will air on Velocity TV at 10 pm.



Muskegon Motorcycle Club expects large turnout for 94th Annual Spring Run




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MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon Bike Time isn’t until July, but the roar of motorcycles will be heard loud and clear in the Muskegon area when the 94th Annual Spring Run takes place on Sunday, May 4.

What started as a relationship-building event between Dan Raymond, the founder of what is now Hot Rod Harley-Davidson, and his customers is now the symbolic start to the motorcycle riding season in West Michigan.

“In our region this is typically the first ride of the year,” said Carl Murat, chairman of the Spring Run. It’s kind of tradition to have your bike up and running by the Spring Run. If you have a winter project or are getting your bike done over the winter, the idea is to have it done by the Spring Run. It’s some incentive to get your bike up and running.”


DUI and motorcycle enforcement planned for Saturday(Napa Cal.)

The Napa Police Department will be doing special DUI and motorcycle safety enforcement on Saturday.

There will be DUI patrols between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests, police said in a new release.

Extra officers will also be patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike, cracking down on those who are speeding, making illegal turns or any other dangerous violation, police said.

Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed one life and resulted in 13 injury crashes harming 23 people, police said.

In the city of Napa in 2012, there was one motorcycle fatality and 13 motorcyclists injured in traffic collisions. In 2013, there were no motorcycle fatalities but eight motorcyclists were injured in collisions.


Specialized motorcycle safety enforcement planned for month of May (video)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield Police are going to be out in force, watching out for dangers on the road.  The program they're using to keep you and motorcycle riders safe.

The special safety enforcement is an operation aimed at reducing crashes involving motorcycles.  Extra officers are being assigned to areas where the most accidents have been reported.

Last year, Bakersfield Police investigated close to 50 motorcycle crashes.  

Karen Briefer-Gose uses her motorcycle to get around town.

"I just love the feeling of freedom it gives me. Its just a sensation unlike any other and I just love doing it," she said.

She started riding young and learned early on about the risks involved in operating a motorcycle.

"The most important thing is to make sure you're seen. don't assume a driver sees you.  Always drive defensively," she said.


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.


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.


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.


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