Bike Thieves Torch Classic Triumph After Ransom Demand

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Police Motorcycle A notorious group of youths, calling themselves “biketakerrr” on Instagram, burnt a classic motorcycle this week—one day after failing to receive their £1,000 ransom demand.

The video they shared shows the upturned Triumph being set alight, while a youth wearing a helmet and track suit gestures at the camera. In a particularly cruel manner, they tagged the owner in the comments section.

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Team Plans Longest Ever Electric Motorcycle Trip

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A groupe of motorcycles riding in a twisty mountain road A team of two men and one woman plan to make their second attempt at the longest ever expedition on electric motorcycles.

The team, calling themselves “Expedition Electric”, plan to ride their specially-built electric motorcycles 25,000 miles through fifteen countries.

JC Davis, Greg Smith, and Danell Lynn hope to ride from Prudhoe Bay in northern Alaska to the southernmost point of Tierra Del Fuego in Argentina.

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Motorcyclists Fighting for Stricter Laws About Crashes Involving Cars

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A car pulling into a motorcyclist's lane More than one hundred members of the group ABATE of Florida, Inc. made their way to the Capitol on Monday to address legislators about issues they face as motorcyclists.

The state president of ABATE of Florida, Inc., James Reichenbach, said their main focus is trying to cut down on deaths due to drivers who are distracted. He wants to see a bill passed that protects the motorcyclists on the road.

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Banker Found Guilty of Wearing Police Uniform, Riding Ex-Police Bike

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Police Motorcycle A London Banker was convicted this week of “wearing a police uniform with intent to deceive”.

Darren Emanuel, 46, a London Banker was stopped by police while riding down Park Lane in London days after the London Bridge attack last June.

Over his police-style high-visibility jacket he was wearing a sleeveless jacket with the words: “POLITE notice Think Bike”. He was riding a BMW R1200RT motorcycle which previously belonged to the South Yorkshire police, and still carried much of the livery—including the black and white chequered pattern. The bike still carried the raised blue light, had a Royal Corps of Transport crest sticker on the front screen, and an ER crest below the rear number plate.

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Harley Davidson Recalls Nearly 175k Motorcycles for Brake Problems

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A Harley Davidson Motorcycle Harley-Davidson is recalling nearly 175,000 motorcycles because the brakes might fail.

The recall covers CVO Touring and VSRC bikes equipped with anti-lock brakes, with model years from 2008 to 2011.

This comes after pressure from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA became interested in the issue in 2016 after receiving forty-three complaints, including reports of three crashes and two injuries.

The recall relates to the braking system on those bikes equipped with ABS (Anti-Lock-Braking-System), and occurrs when the owner does not follow the recommended intervals for draining and flushing the braking system. The fluid can become contaminated with moisture and cause valves in the ABS actuator system to fail.

Harley Davidson wanted to deal with this issue with a field service campaign, but the government refused, and insisted on the recall. Dealers will start draining and flushing the system beginning the 12th of February.

If you wish to check whether your bike is included in this recall, head over to the NHTSA site.

A Full Moon Means More Motorcycle Crashes

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A motorcycle silhouetted against the moon There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. That’s the quote famously attributed to Benjamin Disraeli.

However you interpret that phrase, a recent study published in the British Medical Journal claims to have statistical proof that more motorcyclists die during a full moon than at other times.

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Suzuki Awarded Patent for Laser Technology to Alert Other Road Users

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An outline of a motorcycle in a starburst image For a biker, getting the attention of other road users has always been a daily quest. On any given day, you can see ever more flashing lights and twinkling gizmos adorning motorcycles.

Personally, I have reservations about much of these efforts, and it could be said that the law of diminishing returns may come into play, the more of these lights that festoon ever more machines.

Anything you can do to help other road users notice you is a good thing, of course. However, I feel that it is most important that, firstly, we work to improve our riding and awareness to compensate for other drivers’ inattention. Such techniques are, of course, the focus of this blog.

However, Suzuki have decided to investigate a more proactive approach to the twinklies, and are considering using lasers on their motorcycles. Not just any old lasers, though. As shown by their patent filing, these lasers change colour, shape and distance depending on the action that the motorcyclist is taking.

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Harley Davidson Confirms Their First Electric Motorcycle

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A Harley Davidson Electric Bike A few years back, I was invited to test-ride an electric motorcycle. It was all very “hush-hush” at the time, non-disclosure agreements were signed, and we were not to know who was behind it all.

Everybody was trying to guess the manufacturer behind the blacked-out bike we rode, but one name that seemed keep cropping up, surprisingly, was Harley Davidson.

Since that time, it has become less of a secret that Harley Davidson have been testing, and offering test rides, of a concept electric motorcycle, called the “LiveWire”.

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Sink Hole Swallows Man and Motorcycle

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A Motorcycle stuck backwards in a sinkhole Augusta, Georgia – A simple trip to the store turned quickly into a nightmare on Thursday for rider Don Merritt.

He was on his way to the local Target store to return some T-shirts, and decided to take a detour around the rear of the store to avoid the speed bumps. The next thing he knew, he woke up in hospital.

Sustaining thankfully non-life-threatening injuries, Don Merritt says he remembers little about the incident. “I had a cracked skull and they were doing a CT scan. They told me I was injured. That I’d fallen in a sinkhole,” said Merritt.

Fire crews lowered a ladder down fifteen feet to where Don had landed, and he managed to climb out. His Honda Goldwing was later lifted out by crane.

Thankfully, he wasn’t injured too badly, so we may allow ourselves a little levity: It’s a large hole, and city officials are looking into it.

Harley Davidson to Offer Free Motorcycle Training to Military Personnel in 2016

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A Harley Davidson Motorcycle in front of a US flag Today, in the U.S., it is Veterans’ Day. It is therefore a good today for Harley Davidson to announce that it will be offering free motorcycle training to current and former members of the U.S. Military throughout 2016.

Earlier this year (May through September), Harley Davidson ran “Mission Open Road”, during which 6.500 military people took part in free training at Harley Davidson dealerships. Following the success of that programme, they have decided to extend the offer for the entire year of 2016.

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