Tue
02
Aug

Triumph back chasing world motorcycle speed record

British motorcycle racer and TV star Guy Martin have lined up another attempt on the world record for motorcycle speed aboard their daring six-cylinder machine built by Triumph.

The UK-based brand has unveiled its the Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner this week ahead of an assault on the Bonneville Salt Flats in August. It had planned an assault on the record in 2015 with the same machine but was forced to postpone it until 2016 after Martin was injured in a crash at the Ulster Grand Prix.

The "bike", if you could call it that, is ensconced in a streamlined 7.7 metre long body designed to cut through the air at high speed.

The 2015 Triumph Rocket III Streamliner.
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The 2015 Triumph Rocket III Streamliner.

Mon
01
Aug

Big drop in attendance expected at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

STURGIS, S.D. - Officials are expecting a smaller and quieter Sturgis Motorcycle Rally than last year’s 75th anniversary event, which drew record crowds.

The 76th rally in western South Dakota’s Black Hills is Aug. 8-14. The biggest indicator of a potential big drop in attendance is the abundance of available motel rooms and campground spaces, the Rapid City Journal reported.

“There’s room in the inn,” said Susan Johnson with Black Hills Central Reservations of Deadwood. “Even during the 2015 rally, we could always find a room. But the difference this year is we’ve got rooms all over the Black Hills, campgrounds all over the Black Hills. We’ve got more private homes than we have ever had.”

A record 739,000 people attended last year’s event, which was a 67 percent more than in 2014. Rally Director Jerry Cole said this year’s event is likely to be an average rally — but that would still mean a half-million people.

Wed
27
Jul

EXCLUSIVE: Hell's Angel arrested for waving gun, chasing man away from group's East Village clubhouse with baseball bat

Hell hath no fury like a Hell's Angel armed with a gun and a baseball bat.

A member of the notorious biker club was arrested for allegedly waving around a gun and chasing a man away from the group’s East Village clubhouse with a baseball bat, officials said Wednesday.

Jose Brito, 28, was accused of pulling a gun on a 30-year-old man on E. 3rd St. near First Ave. around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

He then grabbed a baseball bat and chased the victim up the street, officials said.

Responding officers recovered the bat but not the gun, which the victim said Brito pulled from his waistband.

Police charged the Staten Island resident with criminal possession of a firearm and menacing, officials said. His arraignment was pending Wednesday.

The Hell’s Angels New York City chapter was founded in the East Village in 1969.

Tue
26
Jul

Cripple Creek and Teller County Braces for Hells Angels Rally

Cripple Creek is biker country, with southern Teller bustling with armies of Harleys on any weekend in the summer due to the ideal climate and scenery, coupled with the added perks of 24/7 gambling and cocktails.

After all, this is the home for the Salute to American Veterans Rally and motorcycle ride that attracts tens of thousands of riders every August. Other biker groups often congregate in the Creek and Victor area and aren’t afraid to display their tattoos and club patches.

Tue
26
Jul

Widow sues police over Wisconsin motorcycle shop standoff

NEENAH, Wis. (AP) — The widow of a man killed by police during a standoff at an eastern Wisconsin motorcycle shop is suing the officers for wrongful death.

In a lawsuit filed Monday, Theresa Mason-Funk claims the officers used unnecessary and excessive force when they shot Michael Funk at Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah last December.

Funk was a hostage and had drawn his handgun as he tried to escape when he was shot by officers Craig Hoffer and Robert Ross. The officers had believed Funk was the hostage taker.

Funk was shot nine times, and Neenah police didn’t tend to him for more than 30 minutes, the lawsuit says.

Wed
20
Jul

Shooter gets resentencing for 2013 slaying outside Philly biker gang club

Man reportedly opened fire outside clubhouse after getting kicked out

The man convicted of fatally shooting a member of a Philadelphia biker gang outside the group's West Philadelphia clubhouse will have his sentence revised, according to a Tuesday court ruling.

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that part of Daniel Tucker's sentence will be vacated and his case remanded to Common Pleas Court for resentencing for the incident that played out in the early morning hours of Jan. 6, 2013.

But since Tucker's legal win only affects one of the many charges for which he was convicted, he will likely still spend at least 35 years in prison for the bloody scene that occurred outside the 61st and Market street clubhouse of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Wheels of Soul Motorcycle Club.

Tue
19
Jul

Fresno gang sweep leads to 17 arrests; drugs, firearms seized

Standing alongside several state and federal agents Tuesday afternoon, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer announced that 17 gang members, including leaders of Malos Hechos and the Bulldogs, had been arrested in a joint law enforcement operation. Officers also seized 45 firearms and 80 pounds of methamphetamine during the operation.

Dyer said “Operation Bulldog Tattoo” put a “significant dent” in gang operations and that the Malos Hechos motorcycle gang was “no more.”

Fresno police worked with several agencies to target gang leaders. After the April sweep of the Dog Pound gang, Dyer said, the Police Department had a new way of doing business.

Tue
19
Jul

Federal court case targets biker group’s ‘colors’

WASHINGTON

Federal prosecutors are revving up efforts to seize the trademarks of motorcycle clubs in California and possibly the Midwest in a renewed effort to target the groups’ colorful “patches” that members wear on their jackets and vests.

A First Amendment obstacle course still could lie ahead, experts warn, as officials go after organizations with names like the “Mongols” and the misspelled “Devils Diciples.” But in new legal filings, prosecutors are keeping alive tactics begun during the presidency of George W. Bush to cripple the groups by seizing their assets.

In a July 11 appellate court filing, prosecutors wrote that “a select group of the gang, so-called ‘full-patched’ members,” had obtained federal trademark protection for “two marks used by the gang to identify members and to terrorize enemies.” The filing called the Mongols’ registration “an audacious, novel move.”

Mon
18
Jul

Lawyers for bikers charged in Waco shooting want DA removed

WACO, Texas (AP) — Two attorneys defending bikers charged in last year’s shooting outside a Waco restaurant that left nine dead say the local district attorney should be removed from the case.

KWTX-TV in Waco reported Monday that the attorneys allege McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna has a financial incentive to pursue cases against the bikers. They argue Reyna is pressing a flawed prosecution because he’s personally named in a civil lawsuit filed by the bikers.

They are calling for a special prosecutor to handle the cases.

Reyna has declined requests for comment.

The May 2015 shooting outside a Twin Peaks restaurant left 20 people injured. More than 150 people have been indicted on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, a felony.

Mon
18
Jul

Staten Island motorcycle club member shot in neck by gunman

A 47-year-old member of the 69ers Motorcycle Club was critically wounded by a gunman on Staten Island on Sunday, police said.

The man, whose identity was not immediately released, was shot in the neck near the group’s clubhouse on Hardy St. near Roff St. in Stapleton about 10:30 a.m., cops said.

An argument preceded the gunplay, but the details of the dispute were not immediately clear, cops said. It was not known if the man’s membership in the motorcycle club, which traces its roots to 1960s Brooklyn and has charters along the East Coast, was related to the attack.

“Motorcycles came up then I heard a boom,” said a woman who lives on the block and declined to give her name. “If this is a gang rival thing, now I’m worried about the kids being outside. Who knows what can happen?”

The victim was taken to Richmond University Medical Center in critical but stable condition, cops said.

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