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Freedom: Evolution of the Motorcycle – July 3rd and 4th, 2009

February 19, 2009 by · 4 Comments 

Technology and enthusiam in riding motorcycles has inspired change in motorcycle designs since their early origins in the late 19th century century. This exhibit explores these transformations through the designs by American, European, and Asian companies, and the explosion in modern popularity during the 20th century.

Opening reception: July 3rd 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and July 4th 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
music, food, vendors, special parking for motorcycles July 3rd @ 8:30 p.m. the band Butter will perform. For more information on this exhibit visit www.courthousegalleries.com

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State trooper injured when motorcycle hits car on shoulder

February 10, 2009 by · Comments Off on State trooper injured when motorcycle hits car on shoulder 

HAMPTON – A Virginia State Police trooper was injured this morning in a collision with a college student who was running late for a class and attempted to drive on the shoulder of Interstate 64.

Trooper Becky Curl, a 10-year state police veteran, was transported to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News. There was no immediate information on her injuries, but police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Cotten said the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Just after 9 a.m., Curl was riding her motorcycle eastbound on the right shoulder of I-64, with lights and sirens on, responding to an accident near the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.

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Motorcycle gang charged in mob beating

January 30, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Investigators on Wednesday morning arrested three suspected members of an alleged violent motorcycle gang, “The Renegades.”

Sgt. Danny Buie with Suffolk Police said his department, working with investigators in Chesapeake and North Carolina, discovered the motorcyle gang while investigating the alleged mob beating of a tattoo artist in Suffolk.

“It was an educational experience for me today,” said Sgt. Buie.

Sgt. Danny Buie said investigators with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies seized a room full of evidence from Renegade hangouts in Suffolk, Chesapeake, Elizabeth City, North Carolina and Hertford Co. North Carolina.

Police say the gang’s clubhouse is in Elizabeth City.

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Call to Action HB1870 – Motorcycles/Two Abreast

January 29, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

HB1870 (allows two to be operated abreast in single lane) made it out of the Transportation Committee this morning 11 to 9. Now is the time to start writing our delegates and asking that they support this bill when it comes up for a vote on the House floor, probably early next week. Below is some information about the bill, and some talking points you may want to use in your correspondence:

HB1808 (Patron – Delegate Bill Janis) – Allows motorcyclists to ride two abreast in a single traffic lane. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+sum+HB1870

Talking Points:
– Riding two abreast is allowed in 48 states
– Two motorcycles abreast in a traffic lane aids in making the motorcycles more visible to other traffic
– Allows better comunication between riders
– There has never been a study, or statistics kept to show this is a dangerous practice
– This would not require this type of riding, it would simply allow it, and motorcyclists would be able to decide for themselves if, when, and with whom they would engage in this practice.

Please email as many Delegates as possible, but at the very least, email YOUR Delegate.

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Report from Virginia Motorcycle Lobby Day

January 20, 2009 by · 8 Comments 

Lisa and I had an interesting time in Richmond this weekend during our visit to the Capitol. Although we didn’t get to speak to all of our delegates and state senators, we were able to make a good showing with some of them.

There are a few pieces of legislation of concern to motorcyclists being introduced this year.
These are some of the ones that need our support:

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2009 Rockahock Motorcycle Festivals

January 12, 2009 by · 6 Comments 

5th Annual Chickahominy Bike Classic
June 5-6, 2009
A weekend full of live music performed on our amphitheater stage on the Chickahominy River. Full Service RV sites, tent camping, primitive sites, cabin & yurt rentals available. Call 804-966-8362 or visit www.rockahock.com for more information or to make your reservation. Live entertainment by Kingbilly, Blackberry Smoke and many more up and coming and local favorites. Schedule TBA. Bike games, contests, bike show (trophies), merchandise and food vendors.

4th Annual Hawgs, Hosses & Hinies Roundup
August 21-22, 2009
The tradition continues. Mark your calendars because you do not want to miss this event. This year Diamond Rio with special guest Little Texas and Restless Heart will be performing on our amphitheater stage. This trio is guaranteeded to put on a great show. The party will continue all weekend with several local favorites. Come enjoy a weekend full of music, bike games, great food and merchandise vendors. Full schedule and ticket prices to TBA.
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Motorcycle Training in the DC Area – How to Get Started

January 5, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

My wife provided the inspiration to realize my childhood dream of riding. Friends provided guidance about starting with used bikes. And eBay provided a ample supply of bikes of all shapes, sizes, ages, and costs.

But all of that still left me with the fundamental dilemma, how do I get a motorcycle license with no experience, and how do I get experience on the road with no license? How do I even get the bike home, after buying it!?

The answer for the Northern Virginia area seemed to be Virginia’s Rider Training Program.  For those who have driven around this area on the weekends during the spring and summer, you’ve probably seen them: lines of motorcycle riders moving slowly through bright orange cones in the college parking lots.

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Virginia Driving Deaths Lowest in 40 Years

January 2, 2009 by · Comments Off on Virginia Driving Deaths Lowest in 40 Years 

Richmond – Virginia could set a record low for traffic fatalities in 2008.

Virginia State Police say 803 had died on Virginia’s roadways through Tuesday. That’s 218 fewer than 2007 and would be the least in more than 40 years the agency has tracked highway deaths.

The lowest number of deaths a year is 839, set in 1992.

One reason for the decline is a drop in motorcycle-related deaths. So far in 2008, 76 people have died in motorcycle wrecks, compared with 126 last year.

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