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Motorcycle ride for Parkinson’s to stop in Sandston

June 25, 2008 by · Comments Off on Motorcycle ride for Parkinson’s to stop in Sandston 

Carsten Boesmann, diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease, has been riding his motorcycle around the country to raise funds for Parkinson’s disease research.

There is no cure for this neurodegenerative disease that affects 1.5 million Americans.

Boesmann’s stop in Virginia will be Thursday, June 26, 2008, at the Chickahominy Family YMCA, 5401 Whiteside Road, Sandston. Let’s give Boesmann the warmest and largest welcome of his tour!

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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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High-speed motorcycle crash on I-64 injures four

June 23, 2008 by · Comments Off on High-speed motorcycle crash on I-64 injures four 

Four people were injured in a high-speed crash involving two motorcycles Sunday afternoon, according to state police.

The accident occurred just after 4:30 p.m. on Interstate 64 east near the Virginia Beach Boulevard overpass, said Sgt. Michelle Cotten, state police spokeswoman.

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Thousands of BMW Motorcycles Recalled

June 20, 2008 by · Comments Off on Thousands of BMW Motorcycles Recalled 

All 2007 and 2008 F800 S and F800 ST BMW motorcycles have been recalled for problems with the fuel system, gas delivery, hoses, lines, piping and fittings. At high temperatures the fuel tank can actually deform, which could cause the bottom of the tank to rub against the rear wheel. It is possible that this could result in fire.

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Temporary layoffs at Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

June 20, 2008 by · Comments Off on Temporary layoffs at Harley-Davidson Motorcycles 

Harley-Davidson is trying to ride through the stormy economic times by expanding into profitable international markets and limiting production to only what can be sold.

A company spokesman announced the Milwaukee motorcycle manufacturer is laying off workers at its Springettsbury Township facility next week beginning Monday. The week layoff is in addition to Harley’s planned shutdown from June 30 through July 3.

Officials at Harley-Davidson indicated similar lay-offs were a possibility for the future as the company weathers difficult days in the American motorcycle market.

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Bikers, others support event

June 19, 2008 by · Comments Off on Bikers, others support event 

“It’s all about helping kids,” said one Blacksburg man as he prepared for the motorcycle ride on Saturday. He and approximately 100 bikers were participating in the Cruisin4Charities benefit for Medical Charities of Floyd County, an organization helping with medical expenses for families in Floyd County. The ride was one of three events of the day. A classic car show and concert featuring singer Rhonda Vincent, Nothin’ Fancy and local talents rounded out the day.

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New Report Examines Alarming Increase in Motorcycle Rider Deaths

June 18, 2008 by · Comments Off on New Report Examines Alarming Increase in Motorcycle Rider Deaths 

Explosion in motorcycle sales, training shortfalls, licensing issues, decline in helmet use are key issues

Washington, D.C.—Friday marks the official start of summer, and millions of Americans will hit the roads to head to their summer vacations. Unfortunately, for too many motorcyclists, this may also mark the beginning of another deadly summer. The Governors Highway Safety Association’s (GHSA) new report, Survey of the States: Motorcycle Safety Programs, examines the dramatic increase in motorcycle rider deaths and looks at programs states have undertaken to keep motorcyclists safe.

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