Charles Camden loves the freedom that comes with a motorcycle.
He rode his regularly until 5 years ago, when he hit a pothole and crashed, breaking every rib on his right side and puncturing his lung. He was hospitalized for 18 days and out of work for three months.
Now, though, he’s ready to ride again.
“The wife said no for many years,” Camden said. “She finally came around when the gas prices got high.”
Camden joins a growing number of motorcycle riders on Central Virginia roadways as more turn to the bikes because of rising gas prices.
That has authorities concerned over biker safety, and for good reason. More than 30,000 Virginians have motorcycles, but do not have a motorcycle classification on their driver’s license, according to state records.
Saw this letter to the editor in the daily press.
On Aug. 23, my husband and I headed out on our motorcycles from Gloucester to the Virginia Beach oceanfront. We were fortunate enough to get a metered spot on Atlantic Avenue. We parked our bikes and fed the meter some change. Upon our return to the bikes, we found we were the lucky recipients of two parking tickets –– one for each bike –– at $12 a piece.
We immediately checked the meter and found we still had 1 hour and 46 minutes of paid parking. What we also discovered was we were ticketed because we parked both of our bikes in the same spot. We had four tires in that spot, the same as one car would have.
I thought that 2 bikes were allowed to share a spot down at the beach? Anyone know for sure?
August 31, 2008 by Hersey · Comments Off on Virginia delegate takes scenic route to GOP gathering
Ivor resident Bob Felts is roaring to get to Minnesota.
A Virginia delegate to the Republican National Convention, Felts expects to rumble into the Twin Cities this Sunday on his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle.
“Anyone can fly to Minneapolis,” he said during a recent phone interview from his ham-curing company. “And some people might ride a bus or a train, but I’m going by two wheels.”
August 22, 2008 by Hersey · Comments Off on HD Recalls 50,000 2008 Motorcycles
Harley-Davidson Recalled Almost 50-Thousand 2008 Motorcycles August 20, 2008 Harley-Davidson Motor Company is recalling 47,500 2008 FLHP, FLHPE, FLHR, FLHRC, FLHRSE4, FLHT, FLHTC, FLHTCU, FLHTCUSE3, FLHTP, FLHX, and FLTR model motorcycles. These recalled Harleys may experience a loss of fuel pressure due to a cracking of the fuel filter shell. A loss in fuel pressure could lead to stalls and failure starting. Stalling in traffic can result in crash and injury for the rider.
Harley-Davidson dealers will replace the fuel filter shell for free beginning on or before August 4th. To locate a Harley dealership near you for a replacement fuel filter shell, Harley owners should call 414-353-4056.
August 22, 2008 by Hersey · Comments Off on Headed out on Vacation
We are headed out for a much needed vacation. Be gone about a week and I will have limited access to a computer. Since we are out next week, I decided to go ahead and post the biker babe of the week for next week.
August 20, 2008 by Hersey · Comments Off on Moped riders adjust to helmet rule
BLACKSBURG — Forget the romantic photos of windswept babes with coifed hair motoring around Europe on curvaceous Vespas. Beginning in October, moped riders in Blacksburg have two choices: helmet hair or a $50 fine.
Technically, the new helmet law — which requires helmets and eye protection for riders and drivers of mopeds — went into effect Aug. 12, after Blacksburg Town Council approved it on a unanimous vote. But for the next few weeks, police will focus on education instead of punishment.
August 22-24, 2008
Two full days of live music, food and beverage, vendors, win the Miller Lite Harley-Davidson Nightster, Miller promo girls, 105 DOOR PRIZES!!
FRIDAY 2PM-8PM and
at Bayside Harley-Davidson
August 20, 2008 by Hersey · Comments Off on Ride and Rally – August 28-31, 2008 Lebanon, VA
Ride and Rally – August 28-31, 2008 Lebanon, VA