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With more motorcycles on the road, keep safety in mind

July 1, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

State Police say the number of motorcycle accidents in our area is on the rise. You may remember two deadly accidents that happened last Friday. State Police say 59-year-old Ralph Carroll, Sr. was killed when a car turned in front of his motorcycle on Route 220 in Henry County.

Then there was a second deadly motorcycle accident on the same day, which shut down part of Interstate 81. State Police say a motorcycle rider was merging on I-81 from I-77 in Wytheville, when it ran off the road and crashed.

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Motorcycle fatalities jump 87 percent in Virginia

June 23, 2009 by · Comments Off on Motorcycle fatalities jump 87 percent in Virginia 

The Virginia State Police is hoping education and increased awareness will curb a dramatic jump in motorcycle-related fatalities over the past few years.

The commonwealth experienced an 87 percent jump in motorcycle fatalities in 2007, according to the most recent figures from the VSP.

As a result, the VSP launched its “Ride Smart, Arrive Alive” program to help curb the rise in fatalities.

The program consists of three objectives — education, enforcement and roadway management.


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Motorcycle Riders Foundation Urges Congress to Swiftly Pass ‘Right to Repair’

June 23, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Legislation Protects Individual Vehicle Ownership Rights Today and in the Future

BETHESDA, Md., June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Motorcycle Riders Foundation strongly supports the Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (HR 2057) and urges Congress to swiftly pass the legislation in order to safeguard individual vehicle ownership rights today and in the future.

“We have formally committed our support to the Right to Repair Act because we believe that consumers are entitled to the right to choose how their motorcycle, car or other type of vehicle is maintained or upgraded. The point of Right to Repair is to protect the freedom of American consumers to choose how they take care of their vehicles, be it in their driveway or at a trusted repair facility, and to ensure that they have access to all the information required to complete service and repairs,” said Jeff Hennie, vice president of government relations for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.

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FREEDOM: Evolution of the Motorcycle – July 3 – October 11, 2009

June 16, 2009 by · Comments Off on FREEDOM: Evolution of the Motorcycle – July 3 – October 11, 2009 

FREEDOM: Evolution of the Motorcycle
Courthouse Galleries, Corner of Court & High Street
Portsmouth, VA
July 3 – October 11, 2009
Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and First Weekend Friday: 10 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fee: Museum Admission $5/adult, $2/child
For more information call 757-393-8983

Technology and enthusiasm in riding motorcycles has inspired changes in motorcycle designs since their early origins in the late nineteenth century. From generation to generation, motorcycling has always drawn riders for sport and accessible, inexpensive transportation who were also seeking a sense of adventure and freedom on the road. This exhibit explores transformations through designs by American, European and Asian companies and the explosion in riding popularity during the twentieth century.

Over forty motorcycles will go on view at the Courthouse Galleries on July 3, 2009. Featured are motorcycles from the early to late twentieth century. Amongst them are such brand names as Brough Superior, BMW, BSA, Ducati, Fabrique National (FN), Harley-Davidson, Henderson, Honda, Indian, New Map, Triumph, Vincent and more. FREEDOM: Evolution of the Motorcycle continues through October 11, 2009.

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Guilty Ones Sportbike Fest – July 11, 2009

June 11, 2009 by · Comments Off on Guilty Ones Sportbike Fest – July 11, 2009 

Guilty Ones Sportbike Fest – July 11, 2009
Prince William County fairgrounds

Tickets 5$
Stunt Show, Dyno Machine, Food, DJ, Bands, Dealers, Bikini Contest, and more…

Clubs (sportbike clubs/ Motorcycle clubs) can get a free 10×10 spot to setup a canopy or whatever they want. They do need to let us know ahead of time by emailing guilty-ones@hotmail.com

More info at http://www.guilty-ones.com/

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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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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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