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New Law Affects Scooter Drivers

July 1, 2008 by · Comments Off on New Law Affects Scooter Drivers 

Many people are trading in their car keys and hopping on scooters to save money on gas.

But starting Tuesday, many scooter drivers will have to follow the same laws that apply to motorcycle riders. The big change has to do with speed and not engine size, which is how it is on the law books now.

July 1st, if your scooter goes more than 35 miles an hour, you have to obey the same rules as any motorcycle driver.

“In 2007, we sold approximately 50 scooters. In May 2008, we sold 50 scooters,” says Chelsea Lahmer, owner of Scoot Richmond.

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Stars and their bikes: Celebrities’ motorcycles in new exhibit

June 30, 2008 by · Comments Off on Stars and their bikes: Celebrities’ motorcycles in new exhibit 

The motorcycles of country singer Keith Urban, comedian Carlos Mencia, rock band drummers and the late actor Steve McQueen are included.

Pickerington’s Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum staff has gathered motorcycles and memorabilia from celebrities to kick off what its curator calls the museum’s most elaborate and valuable exhibit to date.

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More Motorcyclists, More Dangers

June 30, 2008 by · Comments Off on More Motorcyclists, More Dangers 

Roanoke, VA – As gas prices remain at record levels, more people are turning to gas efficient transportation. Motorcycle sales continue to soar, which means more bikes are on the roads now than ever before. Motorcycles used to be all about fun and recreation on a sunny weekend afternoon. Now, many are riding two wheels to save money.

In the last six years, motorcycle registrations are up 51 percent. Many of those new riders are enrolling in motorcycle safety classes like the one here at Virginia Western Community College.

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Air, Land and Speed to Take Place

June 27, 2008 by · Comments Off on Air, Land and Speed to Take Place 

On Friday and Saturday, Operation Air, Land and Speed returns to Interstate 95 and Interstate 81 and Virginia State Police urges motorists to practice safe driving habits as the summer season gets underway.

The two-day campaign increases the number of available troopers, supervisors, motorcycle units, motor carrier troopers and aviation units along the entire length of I-95 and I-81 as part of this aggressive traffic safety enforcement.

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Moped or motorcycle? Legal difference is big

June 24, 2008 by · Comments Off on Moped or motorcycle? Legal difference is big 

Yes, those little mopeds go far on a gallon of gas. But how fast do they go?

Too fast to be safe, says Philip Bennink of Beaufort.

Not fast enough, says state Rep. Cary Allred of Burlington.

North Carolina State law limits mopeds to 30 mph on level ground. If they go any faster or their engines are larger than 50 cubic centimeters, they’re considered motorcycles.

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Commuters Opt For Frugal Lane

June 24, 2008 by · Comments Off on Commuters Opt For Frugal Lane 

Long associated with counterculture, risk and rebellion, the motorcycle is being embraced by a growing contingent of Washington area drivers for, of all things, its practical benefits: high gas mileage and a speedier commute courtesy of the region’s HOV lanes.

They’re such riders as Chris Watson, an information technology worker from Alexandria who commutes by motorcycle to his job at a D.C. nonprofit organization.

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S & S Cycles plans packed motorcycle weekend for 50th anniversary

June 23, 2008 by · Comments Off on S & S Cycles plans packed motorcycle weekend for 50th anniversary 

S and S Cycles

With the event starting just days away, S&S Cycle Inc. is announcing some exciting updates centered around its 50th Anniversary Celebration, sponsored by Mobil 1 and presented by the AMD World Championships.

Taking place June 27-29, 2008 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, organizers have added five new builders to the program to replace those that had personal issues preventing them from participating. These builders stepped up on short notice to build bikes that show off their abilities and commitment to the custom bike industry.

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Officials and organizers look forward to successful motorcycle rally

June 23, 2008 by · Comments Off on Officials and organizers look forward to successful motorcycle rally 

In these times of last minute permit cancellations and council votes to ban motorcycle events, its refreshing to report of enthusiastic city officials discussing an upcoming rally.

Thunder in the Valley is celebrating its tenth annual rally with an expected attendance of 200,000 visitors to its event that will run from Thursday through Sunday in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Promising live music, food, an official bike parade and a range of motorcycle related events that includes a “biker baby” contest for proud biker parents.

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