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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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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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Ride To Work Day 2008

June 16, 2008 by · Comments Off on Ride To Work Day 2008 

Largest Ever Annual Motorcycle and Scooter Ride To Work Day Expected Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This year’s 17th Annual Ride To Work Day is just a month away. The recent rise in gas prices have caused many commuters to turn to motorcycles and scooters to save money on transportation, and they are finding them to be an economical, efficient and enjoyable way to get to work and around town. Because of high world-wide gasoline prices, this is expected to be the largest RTW day ever, in terms of numbers of participants.

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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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High Gas Prices Could Hurt Motorcycle Week

June 14, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

LACONIA, N.H. — Rising gas prices may trim the turnout at this year’s Motorcycle Week in Laconia, organizers said.

Motorcycle Week is back for an 85th year, and Gov. John Lynch was on hand to kick off festivities on Friday. But organizers said they would be lucky to approach the 300,000 visitors who came to the event last year.

“Everyone’s psyched up for it,” organizer Jennifer Anderson said. “It’s just going to be a little tighter on the purse strings.”

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Hundreds expected at benefit for officer

June 13, 2008 by · Comments Off on Hundreds expected at benefit for officer 

Roanoke, VA – Organizers putting on a fundraiser Saturday for an injured Roanoke police officer are expecting hundreds of people — possibly 1,000 — to turn out.

The money collected from a motorcycle ride, silent auction and raffle will benefit Officer Bryan Lawrence, who was paralyzed about a month ago when he was attacked while making an arrest.

Lawrence is at an Atlanta rehabilitation facility, where he has shown progress in his recovery. In an update at, Lawrence reported that he could move fingers on both hands, and a previous update said he could point his toes.

Registration for the ride is $20 per motorcycle and begins at 8 a.m. in the Roanoke Civic Center parking lot.

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Indian Motorcycle unveils 2009 Chief

June 12, 2008 by · Comments Off on Indian Motorcycle unveils 2009 Chief 

Indian MotorcycleWith cruiser sales in the toilet and the U.S. economy going from bad to worse, 2008 might not be the best time to re-launch the legendary Indian brand, but that’s exactly what’s happening. Will the third try be a charm? Only time will tell if the new Indian Motorcycle company, in Kings Mountain, N.C., will be able to succeed where the original Indian (1901-53) and its follow-up California Motorcycle Company (1999-2003) failed.

On Friday, the new manufacturer of the old marque unveiled pictures of its pre-production Chief.

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Tricia Helfer, Katee Sackhoff rev up their motorcycles

June 11, 2008 by · Comments Off on Tricia Helfer, Katee Sackhoff rev up their motorcycles 

Some of this summer’s biggest movies feature motorcycles in supporting roles. There’s a Harley-Davidson in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” an MV Agusta in “The Dark Knight,” and multiple customs in the late-summer biker flick “Hell Ride,” presented by Quentin Tarantino. While the two-wheel vehicles are all different, the riders are mostly the same. They’re men.

One in 10 motorcyclists is a woman, but that statistic is rarely reflected on screens big or small. If an actress does “ride,” it tends to be only for the camera and it’s usually rigged, as it was for Renée Zellweger in “Leatherheads,” whose Indian was operated by remote.

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