GALLERY: 100 years, 3,300 miles: Vintage motorcycles hitting the road

Thomas Trapp sells new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Germany, but for the next two weeks he'll be riding 3,300 miles coast to coast in the United States, aboard one made 102 years ago.

He's one of about 100 riders set to straddle century-old machines as part of the Motorcycle Cannonball, a biennial run for vintage motorcycles starting from Atlantic City on Saturday.


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Hines and Harley-Davidson Get Pro Stock Motorcycle Win at NHRA US Nationals

Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines charged from the middle of the pack to earn a hard-fought Pro Stock Motorcycle victory at the NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway. After qualifying seventh, Hines battled his way through the field as his Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle gained performance in the hands of the experienced Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team. The win moved Hines into the Pro Stock Motorcycle points lead and makes the defending champion the top seed heading into the six-race 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoffs.


Man sentenced in motorcycle club fight

(video)--A man charged in a fight outside of Iron Wings Motorcycle Club was sentenced on Wednesday.

Brian Huff, 44, of Erie, was sentenced by Judge Daniel Brabender to spend eight months to one year and four months in prison.

Police said Huff, as a member of the Restless Souls Motorcycle Club, was involved in an attack on the Iron Wings on East 11th Street and East Avenue last Halloween.
That attack, involving guns, bats and clubs, sent Stephen Simmons to the hospital with several head lacerations.
The police report said the fight was a result of several ongoing incidents between the two East Avenue motorcycle clubs.

Huff pleaded guilty to robbery while inflicting bodily injury and the rest of the charges including aggravated assault were dropped.


Harley Davidson to stop selling illegal air pollution devices

(Reuters) - Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG.N) agreed to pay a $12 million civil fine and stop selling illegal after-market devices that cause its motorcycles to emit too much pollution, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

The settlement resolves government allegations that Harley sold roughly 340,000 "super tuners" enabling motorcycles since 2008 to pollute the air at levels greater than what the Milwaukee-based company certified to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Harley did not admit liability, and said in a statement it disagrees with the government's position arguing that the devices were designed and sold to be used in "competition only."


Authorities searching for suspect in Oakhurst's first homicide in 2 years

(video)--OAKHURST, Calif. (KFSN) --

The Madera County Sheriff's Office identified 45-year-old Jacob Jerome Henderson as the victim of a deadly stabbing on Saturday.

Frantic calls between dispatchers and deputies illustrate the chaos in broad daylight.

"We've got one down on the ground," a deputy said on his radio. "We're going to need 1141, code three. Chest compressions are being done."

The 911 recordings paint a violent picture af two motorcycle groups fighting in a back parking lot.

"RP states he believes his friend was stabbed and is behind the building," another deputy said on Saturday. "And there was another caller that said there was a motorcycle group that left the area. One with a gun, another one with a stick."

Locals said a motorcycle club from Fresno and one from Oakhurst got into an argument over territory.

"Do we need to make a call to detectives?" a dispatcher asked.


Sturgis Motorcycle Rally crashes: Eight injured in accidents Sunday

There have been no fatal crashes through two days of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Through this time last year, there were six.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol released updated crash and citation numbers on Monday afternoon.

Through two days of the rally, there have been 12 injury crashes and 11 non-injury crashes. Forty-seven people have been arrested on DUI charges, 53 on misdemeanor drug charges and 14 on felony drug charges. Cash of $623 has been seized and three vehicles seized.

Eight people were injured in crashes Sunday:

* At 9:35 a.m., U.S. Highway 385, mile marker 111, 10 miles south of Deadwood: Bradley Chiolds, 62, Scottsbluff, NE, was driving a motorcycle south when he hit a deer. Chiolds sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

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Breaking from his gang, Kingsmen member agrees to cooperate with feds

There are few things more cherished, more valued, in the Kingsmen motorcycle gang than loyalty, allegiance and brotherhood.

The first crack in that armor appeared Monday when a former Kingsmen leader admitted his guilt and became the first gang member to cooperate with federal prosecutors looking into a double murder.


4 hurt when motorcycle goes off stage, into crowd

(video)-STURGIS, S.D. –  Four people were hurt when a motorcyclist performing a stunt accidentally drove into a crowd at the annual Sturgis Motorcyle Rally, said a spokeswoman for the South Dakota campground where the event is held.

Buffalo Chip Campground spokeswoman Nyla Griffith told the Rapid City Journal the accident happened around 9:45 p.m. Sunday between performances by Lita Ford and Kid Rock. She said a rider was performing a burn out between shows when he lost control and went off stage.

Griffith said four people were treated on the scene and were believed to have been taken to a hospital. The extent of their injuries wasn't immediately clear.

This year's annual Sturgis rally in western South Dakota's Black Hills kicks off Monday. A record 739,000 people attended last year.


Motorcycle Hill Climb to return; see stellar photos through the years

MUSKEGON, MI – Like they have for decades, motorcycle engines will roar on the slopes of Mount Garfield this weekend.
Hosted by the Muskegon Motorcycle Club, the 2016 All Star Pro Hill Climb will take place at the venue, 5803 Lake Harbor Road, beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7.
The hill climb is a tradition in Muskegon County, a community that has a deep, rich connection with motorcycles. In 1919, Dan Raymond opened the Raymond Motor & Cycle Company on Ottawa Street in Muskegon.


Civil War vet's ashes on motorcycle ride across America to Maine

SALEM, Oregon (AP) — Jewett Williams served in the 20th Maine Regiment in the Civil War. When he died in 1922 at an Oregon insane asylum, he was cremated and his ashes were stored and forgotten along with the remains of thousands of other patients.

With a color guard in Civil War-era uniforms present, Oregon State Hospital officials handed over Williams' ashes to a group of motorcycle-riding military veterans for a journey across the country to his home state.

"He was a son, a brother, a husband and a father. At the end of his life, however, he was alone and institutionalized here," Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney said at the ceremony. "When he died, nobody came. Nobody came to honor him. Nobody came to take him home. Nobody came. Until today."


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