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Revving for a reason

June 1, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Boots and bandana-clad bikers spent Saturday morning helping special local athletes one twist of the throttle at a time. The miles they rode will give Eddie Martin and other locals the opportunity to compete in bowling, track and field and other sports.

The Colonial Heights Sheriff’s Office Fifth Annual Special Olympics Motorcycle Ride rumbled through town and beyond Saturday morning. Funds from the event will help Martin — a topnotch bowler — and about 70 others train for and travel to statewide competitions.

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Five injured in Deerfield accident

May 31, 2009 by · Comments Off on Five injured in Deerfield accident 

Five people were injured, at least two of them seriously, in a multi-vehicle accident near Deerfield Saturday afternoon, according to the Virginia State Police.

Trooper Timothy Simmons said a 1997 Toyota Tacoma driven by Sean Stanton, 33, of Monterey, was driving on Route 250 westbound Saturday around 2 p.m. when he came into a curve, ran off the right side of the road, and while overcorrecting his vehicle, collided into three motorcycles heading eastbound.

Doug Morris, fire chief of the Deerfield Valley Volunteer Fire Department, which along with Virginia State Police responded to the incident, said the accident took place about 1.5 miles beyond the intersection of Route 629 not far from Shenandoah Mountain near the Highland County-Augusta County line.

The lead motorcycle in the group had a male driver and a female passenger, and the two motorcycles following that one were driven by females, Simmons said.

“They all were injured and a couple of them had serious injuries,” Simmons said.

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Motorcycle Safety

May 11, 2009 by · Comments Off on Motorcycle Safety 

An upsurge in motorcyclist deaths was reversed last year in Virginia, but state officials say too many fatalities still are occurring.

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Melanie Stokes is reminding drivers to be more aware as the weather improves.

“As the weather gets warmer, more motorcycle riders are hitting the roads in Virginia,” she said. “Motorists need to share the road with motorcycle riders, while motorcyclists are reminded to follow the rules of the road and to wear helmets and other protective gear that will increase their visibility.”

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Major motorcycle safety event held at Pentagon

May 7, 2009 by · Comments Off on Major motorcycle safety event held at Pentagon 

5/6/2009 – WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Senior leaders from the military services gathered together in the Pentagon parking lot May 1 to take part in a National Capital Region Joint Service Motorcycle Safety Event, designed to promote rider safety programs throughout the military.

The two-day event included motorcycle skills demonstrations, lectures on the proper use of safety equipment and a motorcycle rally. Event organizers had motorcycle simulators available for participants to test their riding skills and learn about critical decision making in various traffic scenarios such as inclement weather and increased vehicle volume.

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May is “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month”

May 5, 2009 by · Comments Off on May is “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” 

As the weather improves, motorcycle riders will be hitting the roads throughout the country. In anticipation of this, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would like to remind motorists to “Share the Road” with motorcycle riders, while motorcycle riders are reminded to follow the rules of the road and wear safety helmets and other protective gear that will increase their visibility. Local organizations are joining with highway safety and law enforcement in proclaiming May 2009 as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.”

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Red Knight’s Poker Run Sets World Record

April 20, 2009 by · Comments Off on Red Knight’s Poker Run Sets World Record 

BRISTOL, Va. – The Poker Run sponsored by the Red Knights Motorcycle Club was authenticated by the Guinness Book of World Records on Sunday as the world’s largest poker run ever to take place, said Mark McCormick, an event participant and president of the motorcycle club’s Virginia Chapter 14.

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Ride Virginia for prizes

April 15, 2009 by · Comments Off on Ride Virginia for prizes 

The Commonwealth of Virginia wants you to ride your motorcycle there, and they’re offering incentives that go beyond great scenery and interesting food.

From now through October, riders and passengers traveling in Virginia can collect prize points by having a special passport stamped at participating “Motorcycle Grand Tour” locations.

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International Female Ride Day – May 1, 2009

March 13, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Flagged for the first Friday of May each year, International Female Ride Day, occurring this year on May 1st, prepares to host its third year celebrating women motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. The event has fast become “the date” in women rider’s agendas, embracing the campaign’s request to simply – just ride.

Female Ride Day, the globally synchronized day for women, was designed to emphasize and spotlight the many numbers of women who ride motorcycles, celebrating not only their diversities, but similarities in their shared passion for motorcycling. It became a huge hit at its inception in 2007, instantly identified among women riders and has since tripled in involvement each year. It is now an inescapable campaign, celebrated from all corners of the planet. It now encompasses a range of international cultures and locations including Canada, United States, South Africa, Australia, Greece and the UK to name but a few, with Poland joining in this year.

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