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Moped sales on the rise

September 19, 2008 by · Comments Off on Moped sales on the rise 

Young and old alike are flocking to fuel-efficient mopeds and more stylish scooters to get around Waynesboro and other towns and cities across the country.

With high gas prices, an increasing number of the fuel-efficient mopeds that can get 100 miles per gallon or more can be found on city streets. Greg Hensley, manager of Wayne Cycle Shop in Waynesboro, said the mopeds are moving out quicker than he can keep them in stock.

His sales are up by about 60 percent over last year, with nationwide moped sales up nearly 50 percent. Prices start at just under $2,000, with payments as low as $50 per month.

According to a AAA Mid-Atlantic news release, more people are riding motorcycles and mopeds.

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Ribbon cut for new motorcycle technician training facility

September 16, 2008 by · Comments Off on Ribbon cut for new motorcycle technician training facility 

The expansion of the academy programs for Halifax County Public Schools continued Thursday morning with the ribbon cutting for the new motorcycle technician training program at the high school.

The latest expansion was part of a significant push forward in the academy programs. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine visited Halifax County Wednesday morning for the ribbon cutting of the new Lowe’s Equine Center and Agricultural Science Academy at the Halifax County fairgrounds.

One day later, Southside Virginia Community College, represented by provost Dr. David Johnson and other college officials, took center stage at the ribbon cutting, held at HCHS.  SVCC and its president, Dr. John Cavan, have worked closely with local school officials to make the new motorcycle technician training program a reality.

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Training by military helps cut cycle deaths

September 8, 2008 by · Comments Off on Training by military helps cut cycle deaths 

The November death of an active-duty senior airman on the James River Bridge illustrated two trends that alarmed Virginia’s road safety experts: Increasing numbers of motorcyclists were being killed, and a significant number were ridden by service members.

Nine months later, the Virginia State Police think a tougher enforcement campaign and increased courses for military personnel have helped reduce the number of fatal motorcycle accidents. Through Aug. 22, there were 54 motorcycle fatalities in Virginia, compared with 78 in the same period last year.

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Hero on a Harley

September 5, 2008 by · Comments Off on Hero on a Harley 

Arlington man crosses country on motorcycle to help disabled veterans receive their benefits.

When Arlington resident Rob Reynolds’ one-year tenure as Commander of Chapter 10 of the Disabled American Veterans came to an end, he wanted to do something to mark the occasion.

Since 1984, the former 82nd Airborne infantryman and Special Forces soldier had been involved with the 1.3 million-member organization dedicated to assisting men and women left permanently injured as a result of their wartime service.

A few years back, Harley-Davidson was looking for a veterans’ organization to partner with and had chosen the DAV. Reynolds, an avid Harley rider for almost 30 years, put it all together for the perfect plan: a tribute ride across the country timed to coincide with the national DAV conference in Las Vegas, Nev. that took place at the beginning of August.

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WINCHESTER COUPLE WINS A HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE

September 5, 2008 by · Comments Off on WINCHESTER COUPLE WINS A HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE 

THEY TAKE TOP PRIZE IN VIRGINIA LOTTERY’S “LIVE TO RIDE” SECOND-CHANCE DRAWING

Some people plan to sit back and relax in their retirement. Not Connie and “Fuzzy” MacMillan of Winchester. They just won a 2008 Harley-Davidson® 105th Anniversary Fat Boy® Motorcycle. Connie’s ticket won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s “Live to Ride” Sweepstakes. On August 19, 2008, Ms. MacMillan’s ticket was drawn from 125,818 entries, each a non-winning Harley-Davidson® Scratcher ticket.

“When the man from the Lottery called, I was a wreck,” she said. “We love to play the Harley-Davidson Scratcher.”

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Virginia ranks last nationally in alcohol-related motorcycle deaths

September 3, 2008 by · Comments Off on Virginia ranks last nationally in alcohol-related motorcycle deaths 

RICHMOND — Motorcyclists in Virginia are the worst in the nation when it comes to staying sober and staying alive, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

“While other states are seeing decreases in the number of alcohol-related motorcycle fatalities in 2007, Virginia deaths are roaring to new levels,” said Martha Mitchell Meade, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Nationally, the number of traffic fatalities attributed to alcohol-impaired motorcyclists increased in 2007 by 7.5 percent, from 1,508 to 1,621 deaths compared to the prior year. In Virginia, traffic deaths attributed to impaired motorcyclists in 2007 increased 160 percent. Fifteen motorcyclists under the influence died in 2006 compared to 39 in 2007. The increase of 24 motorcyclist fatalities in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in Virginia was the largest in the nation.

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‘Sons of Anarchy’ is ‘Sopranos’ on motorcycles

September 3, 2008 by · Comments Off on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ is ‘Sopranos’ on motorcycles 

It’s amazing how quickly groundbreaking becomes conventional. That’s certainly true of TV’s love affair with anti-heroes and morally ambiguous characters. Once upon a time, they were seldom seen. In the nine years since HBO’s “The Sopranos” premiered, these rough-edged characters have become the norm.

They certainly rule in FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” (10 p.m. Wednesday), which can be boiled down to this: It’s “The Sopranos” on motorcycles with a slightly less complex, less subtle psychological component.

Instead of detailing the life of a mob “family,” “Sons” focuses on a violent, law-breaking biker gang, the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original. Just as in a mob family, there’s a boss, Clay (Ron Perlman, “Hellboy,” “Beauty and the Beast”), who’s president of the club. His stepson, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is vice president.

The full write up can be found here…

I have a class tonight so I doubt I will feeling like watching it, but I will probably set the Tivo.  If you happen to check out the first episode tonight (Sept 3 at 10pm), let us know what you think.

Authorities stress importance of motorcycle safety on Virginia roadways

August 31, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

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.

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