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Throttle Fest drives away negative aspects of motorcycle culture

throttle fest drives away negative aspects of motorcycle cultureJune 30th, 2015Article written on The Chicago Tribune.Ramp stunts, a "wall of death" and a motorcycle riding a tight rope with trapeze artists above the Lake County Fairgrounds were among the weekend attractions that celebrated all aspects of bike culture during Throttle Fest in Grayslake.The three-day motorcycle festival and rally highlighted the positive community among motorcyclists, attendees and organizers said, not the menacing image popular culture might suggest. Many at the event describ…

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Wind-powered motorcycle for a Mad Max world

wind-powered motorcycle for a mad max worldJune 25th, 2015Come the days of scarcity, hopefully we won't be living in a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland warring viciously over the few resources left -- and hopefully we'll be a little more prepared, with sustainable replacements for the fossil-fueled technology we live with now.This is the idea behind James Dyson Award entry Strangeworld -- a motorcycle powered by the wind and the sun."I was riding a rented motorcycle through Glencoe in the Highlands of Scotland in late 2013," explained p…

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Harley-Davidson CEO Wants Young People To Live For Real On A Motorcyle

harley-davidson ceo wants young people to live for real on a motorcyleJune 22nd, 2015Article originally written on The Huffington Post.Matt Levatich prefers a hog to the bad piggies of "Angry Birds."The Harley-Davidson CEO said electronic devices, such as smartphones and video games, were distracting potential young bikers from the call of the open road."I'm in the camp of: It isn't bad, it's just different," he told The Wall Street Journal.But he believes the rebellious counterculture that started in the 1950s -- in which motorcycles were emblematic -- will endur…

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Motorcycle dream job with Harley-Davidson

motorcycle dream job with harley-davidsonJune 18th, 2015MILWAUKEE Growing up skiing and boating on Grayson Lake, Nathan Boyd never dreamed of a job with America’s most legendary motorcycle company.“I rode dirt bikes from the age of 5 through college, but I’d never been on a street bike until I joined the Harley-Davidson Motor Company,” said Boyd, a member of the Boyd County High School class of 1988 who now works as director of product integrity for Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee.With hands on at every point in the development of a new H…

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Harley-Davidsons electric motorcycle needs a few more years

harley-davidsons electric motorcycle needs a few more yearsJune 12th, 2015Harley-Davidson has been showing off its first electric motorcycle, Project LiveWire, for nearly a year now, taking the prototype on promotional tours around the US to gather feedback from riders. The company hasn't previously mentioned launch dates for the bike, but has now confirmed that it's going to be a while before the LiveWire goes on sale. Harley-Davidson's chief executive Matt Levatich told The Wall Street Journal that a launch isn't likely "in the next couple years but i…

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Motorcycle run raises $25000 for charity

motorcycle run raises $25000 for charityJune 8th, 2015Chef’s Restaurant raised $25,000 for charity with help from 200 motorcycle riders and their supporters over the weekend.Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard and Buffalo Sabres player Rene Robert joined in by starting the motorcycle run at 11 a.m. Saturday.The run and companion raffle raised money for the Louis Billittier Foundation, formed to continue the children’s charity work of its late namesake. His son Lou Billittier Jr. owns Chef’s with his wife Mary Beth.A portion of the road…

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Electric motorcycle allows Berea to save gas while patrolling parks

electric motorcycle allows berea to save gas while patrolling parksJune 1st, 2015The Berea Police Department put its all-electric motorcycle through its paces Wednesday during a public demonstration.Purchased for $21,000, the bike will be used to patrol trails and the city's park system, police Chief David Gregory said.The Berea department is the first Kentucky law enforcement agency to use an environmentally friendly all-electric motorcycle, Gregory said.Because the bike is virtually silent, it won't disturb people relaxing in the parks."This will let them kee…

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Lane splitting soon to be legal in California

lane splitting soon to be legal in californiaMay 29th, 2015Article originally written on Mercury News.California is poised to become the first state to allow motorcycles to weave between cars that are slowed by traffic.The Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved Assembly Bill 51, permitting motorcyclists to split lanes so long as they do so at speeds no faster than 50 mph and no faster than 15 mph than traffic in adjacent lanes is moving. The bill heads to the Senate after passing, without debate, on a 53 to 11 vote.All other states b…

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Mark Wahlberg Retells the Combat History of the Indian Motorcycle

mark wahlberg retells the combat history of the indian motorcycleMay 19th, 2015The history of America cannot be told without the mention of a few definitive companies, in some cases, a bit more involved in making history than others. Indian Motorcycle is one of them, having built thousands of combat bikes during the first and second World Wars, and undoubtedly permitting the delivery of some incredibly important messages. To honor the brave men and women who have served, past and present, Indian and the USO have built a modern tribute bike in the likeness of …

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Cortege of 100 motorcyclists accompany body of DSI campaigner home

cortege of 100 motorcyclists accompany body of dsi campaigner homeMay 7th, 2015Mr Lynam was fatally injured in a crash outside Kilkee yesterday during a Down Syndrome Ireland charity event.Mr Lynam was passionate about motorbikes and when his daughter Robyn was born in 2005 he and another father of a child with Down Syndrome organised a motorcycle fundraiser.The fundraiser, called RevUp4DSI in aid of the charity, has raised €1.6m over the last 10 years.Mr Lynam was a marshall in this year's event when he was fatally injured.He had co-ordinated all major fundra…

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