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08
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Century-old motorcycles start grueling cross-country run in Portland

(video) --- PORTLAND, Maine — On Saturday, a pack of motorcyclists is going for a ride. They’ll all be astride antique machines manufactured before the Great Depression got started.

They don’t plan on stopping until they get to the West Coast.

For some, it’s a chance to test their mechanical skills, keeping century-old bikes alive over all those miles. Others relish the spiritual opportunity to time-travel in the vintage gasoline fumes of history.

The bikers will all be riding in the Motorcycle Cannonball, a biennial, 3,600-mile endurance run designed to test both humans and their old-timey, two-wheeled contraptions. Past runs have gone from New York to San Francisco and from Florida to Washington. This year, the bikes will rumble from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon.

 

 

Sat
01
Sep
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Vodka-powered motorcycle sets speed record

A spirit maker has successfully run a motorbike at 113 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats, having fuelled it with his vodka waste products.

Ryan Montgomery completed a speed trial at the famous land-speed record site, and even temporarily held the fastest-ever time in class.

Nicknamed Sudden Wisdom, ironically after the distiller's rye whiskey brand, the bike was built up from a non-running 1980 Yamaha XS650 that was first found abandoned in a field.

As for the fuel, distilling vodka creates a 'head' that is too impure to drink and so is separated and discarded.

 

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Awaiting trial, ex-Outlaws boss rails on snitches, invokes Drew Peterson case

There’s a patch worn by supporters of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club that sums up the sentiment of biker gangs toward informants. “Snitches are a dying breed,” it says.

These days, former Chicago Outlaws boss Orville “Orvie” Cochran, once one of Chicago’s most-wanted fugitives, is worried about informants turning on him. In a letter to a judge, he has expressed concern that someone might try to frame him as he sits in jail in Wisconsin awaiting trial in a racketeering case that accuses him and five of his onetime biker brothers of murder and mayhem.

Wed
18
Jul
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Tazewell County businessman indicted in two states

Troubles continue to mount for a Tazewell County businessman.

Larry Wayne Price Jr., (aka “LJ’) 38, of Bluefield, is facing multiple federal felony indictments in two states. He was indicted on three counts of making false statements to the FBI by a grand jury in Abingdon May 22 and on six counts of wire fraud by a Billings Montana federal grand jury June 21.

The indictments in Montana were sealed until July 2 after an arrest warrant was executed for him.

The Montana indictments also contain forfeiture allegations against any real estate or personal property held by Price that it can be proven was purchased with proceeds from the crimes. The order would also allow the government to seize other property if assets derived from the alleged fraud could not be located, have been diminished in value, sold, or comingled with other property that cannot be divided.

Mon
16
Jul
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RCL Exclusive: Hells Angels at 70: Rebels With a Cause

The infamous motorcycle gang now does brisk business selling branded merchandise and politicking

In the early hours of December 11, 2016, while cruising New York City’s East Village neighborhood, 25-year-old David Martinez and his friends encountered a problem. Driving down E. 3rd Street, the group suddenly found themselves stuck behind a livery cab. Noticing an orange parking cone obstructing their way around the cab, Martinez hopped out of the passenger side door of his black Mercedes-Benz in order to move the cone and squeeze by the livery cab.

Wed
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Jun
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Outlaw bikers say they’re loyal to Harley-Davidson, even as Trump’s trade policies push the company to look overseas

Longtime outlaw bikers say they have no plans to abandon Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, even though the company is shifting some production overseas because of U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies.

“I’ve been riding them all of my life, even when they were s- bikes in the ’60s and ’70s,” said Lorne Campbell, a former GTA member of the Satan’s Choice and Hells Angels Motorcycle Clubs.

Fri
22
Jun
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Scoop: Coming Up on 20/20 on ABC - Today, June 22, 2018

"20/20" reports on Kim Pack's five-year-long fight for justice after her mother, New Jersey radio host April Kauffman, was allegedly murdered by a hitman hired by her husband, Dr. James "Jim" Kauffman. Jim was charged with the murder of April and with allegedly running an illegal drug distribution ring with members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. Jim's charges came after prosecutor Damon Tyner, appointed to his position in 2017, dug into the cold case of April's murder. ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts interviews Kim and Tyner and reports on the alleged double life that Jim was leading. "20/20" airs Friday, June 22 (10:01 - 11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

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Augello attorney seeking Kauffman suicide note, informant | Kauffman Case

MAYS LANDING — A lawyer for the man charged with murder in the 2012 killing of April Kauffman requested Dr. James Kauffman's suicide note as well as the confidential informant in the case.

Alleged Pagans motorcycle gang leader Ferdinand "Freddy" Augello, 62, of Upper Township, appeared before Judge Bernard DeLury on Thursday for a status conference in Atlantic County Superior Court. 

“One of our primary issues or concerns right now is obtaining Dr. Kauffman’s suicide note,” public defender Mary Linehan said, adding the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has said it does not have the note and that the Hudson County jail’s position is that its investigation is still open.

“We’ll also be filing a motion to reveal a confidential informant,” she said. “Although this is public information that is already out there. It’s been in the media as well.”

Wed
23
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49 arrested as state police target R.I. biker gangs

(photo gallery and documents)---WOONSOCKET, R.I. — A year-long investigation by the Rhode Island State Police culminated Wednesday with more than 150 investigators swarming through northwestern Rhode Island seizing guns, drugs and arresting 49 people, many of them associated with motorcycle clubs that authorities feared were trying to establish turf in Rhode Island.

The arrests were made in a coordinated series of pre-dawn raids that involved the use of explosive devices to breach heavily fortified building, an armored truck and battering ram to break down doors; and dozens of heavily armed SWAT team members and other officers, according to State Police Supt. Col. Ann C. Assumpico.

She said the raids were conducted without incident.

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14
May
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How to Join a Biker Gang

An excerpt from 'The Secret Life of Bikers' by Jerry Langton.

The following is an excerpt from The Secret Life of Bikers by Jerry Langton, available May 15.

After moving to a new town for construction work, Mitch went to a gym to work out. On his first visit, he was approached by a “large, tattooed guy”—it should be noted that Mitch is also a large, tattooed guy—who offered to spot for him. The two started working out together and, after about six weeks, the guy, Ben, invited him to a bar he hung out at.

Mitch was delighted to see a lineup of Harleys outside as he too liked riding. Inside, he was even more impressed. Ben and his friends never paid for any drinks and always seemed to be having a great time. They were all friendly to him, patting him on the back, shaking his hand, laughing at his jokes and making sure he always had a full beer.

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