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Wheeling In Readers

June 18, 2008 by · Comments Off on Wheeling In Readers 

When dozens of bikers thundered up to Laburnum Elementary School last month, they hadn’t made a wrong turn on the way to a motorcycle rally. They were there to read.

Henrico County – For most people, the word “reading” evokes images of a solitary, sedentary pastime, practiced in a serene silence broken only by the whisper of turning pages.

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Blue Ridge Parkway could get an update

June 17, 2008 by · Comments Off on Blue Ridge Parkway could get an update 

ROCKY KNOB — Either the mountains are getting harder, or the people who spend vacation time in them are getting softer.

Consider the plight of officials at the Blue Ridge Parkway: Faced with a public increasingly seeking a cushier mountaintop experience, the National Park Service is considering a makeover for the venerable linear park that would bring more air conditioning to its lodges, along with telephones and televisions.

Primitive campgrounds along the 469-mile scenic drive would begin offering electricity to campers to power their microwaves. And new paved trails in the surrounding woods would accommodate visitors who prefer bike rides on asphalt to rugged hikes over roots and rocks.

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An incredible feeling of freedom

June 17, 2008 by · Comments Off on An incredible feeling of freedom 

Motorcycle Freedom Ask a motorcyclist to explain the lure of seeing the world from an exposed perch astride two wheels and you’re bound to get an answer more philosophical than literal.

Rising fuel prices may make motorcycles a more popular means of daily transportation, but for the majority of riders, that’s a secondary perk. A motorcycle’s value isn’t so much in helping deal with the stress of life’s daily routine but for escaping it entirely.

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Oakland Motorcycle Cops Stir Controversy with Loud Pipes

June 17, 2008 by · Comments Off on Oakland Motorcycle Cops Stir Controversy with Loud Pipes 

Civilians are usually the ones getting attention for loud motorcycle exhausts, but this time the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland Police Department– AKA “Rolling Thunder”– has re-installed noisy aftermarket pipes onto their fleet of Harley-Davidsons. According to the article, safety concerns spread among the department three months ago when an officer riding with stock pipes was struck by a motorist who claims he didn’t hear him coming. The new pipes produce an average of 93 decibels.

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Motorcyclist Road Conditions Survey

June 16, 2008 by · Comments Off on Motorcyclist Road Conditions Survey 

The members of the Motorcyclists Advisory Council (MAC) have developed a survey to help collect meaningful data with regard to the motorcycling public perceptions of roadway design, construction, maintenance and signage.

All Motorcyclists – Please click here to participate in the survey.

Scooting past sky-high gas prices

June 16, 2008 by · Comments Off on Scooting past sky-high gas prices 

Motorcycle dealers in the Roanoke Valley say the rise in gas prices has driven a steadily increasing stream of folks into their shops.

A pickup truck, motorcycle, six bicycles and a scooter sit in George Hunter’s garage and driveway.

But for the retired schoolteacher, the scooter is the preferred choice.

“The scooter is just the best choice for what I need — it’s cheap on gas and easy to get around in,” the 61-year-old said.

According to Roanoke Valley bike merchants, Hunter is just one example of the scooter craze in America that is infiltrating Southwest Virginia.

The number of registered motorcycles and scooters in Virginia increased 81 percent from 2001-07 to 166,806, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Motorcycle ride with dad revs up bond

June 15, 2008 by · Comments Off on Motorcycle ride with dad revs up bond 

“This is my daughter. We started in Staunton, Va., and we’re riding the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway — it’s our first father/daughter trip.”

I lost track of how many times my dad introduced me like this to fellow motorcyclists. Then, he invariably would add, “And she rode 500 miles her first day. She’d never been on the bike more than an hour.”

If only I’d known years ago that’s all it took to make my dad proud.

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Harley event lures fans

June 15, 2008 by · Comments Off on Harley event lures fans 

STAUNTON — The Harley crowd likes their bikes loud, and they wear their gear proud. Such was the case Saturday at RV4, the fourth annual installment of Rallyin’ the Valley where an estimated 10,000 people are expected to visit the Shenandoah Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership this weekend on Rolling Thunder Lane.

Of those in attendance Saturday, about 90 percent of them were wearing their favorite motorcycle brand name.

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