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Focusing on Motorcycle Safety and Traffic Law Enforcement

April 19, 2010 by · Comments Off on Focusing on Motorcycle Safety and Traffic Law Enforcement 

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Virginia Highway Safety Office announced Friday that select law enforcement agencies across Virginia will focus on the safety of motorcycle riders through strict enforcement of all traffic laws.

As part of a statewide effort, on the weekend of April 17 and 18, law enforcement will conduct enhanced efforts on speeding, improper licensure, drinking and riding, and other infractions that are major risks to the safety of motorcyclists

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VA 2010 Motorcycle Related Legislation

January 13, 2010 by · Comments Off on VA 2010 Motorcycle Related Legislation 

Here is a quick list of motorcycle related bills that have been filed for this years Virginia legislative session.

This would allow a rider to proceed through a red traffic light after coming to a complete stop and waiting 120 seconds.
HB752
Traffic lights; allows motorcycle, etc., to proceed through intersections showing steady red signal.

This changes Virginia’s helmet law to include those mini-scooters, pocket bikes, and what not.
HB395
Motorcycles; helmet use. Removes exception that allows operators and passengers riding on motorcycles with wheels of eight inches or less to ride without wearing a helmet.

Not specifically motorcycle related, but this is one that we have tried to change in years past to make it legal for 2 motorcycles to ride side by side.
HB163
Vehicles driving abreast. Provides that the prohibition on vehicles driving abreast does not apply to vehicles lawfully overtaking and passing vehicles traveling in the same direction.

BAD! – Loud Pipes Save Lives!!! HB579
Mufflers on motorcycles. Provides that motorcycles shall use a muffler system in good working order that meets federal standards.

I am sure this one comes from one of the talking points from last couple years two abreast bills with us saying LEOs regularly ride two abreast.
SB321
Motorcycles driving two abreast; law-enforcement officers. Allows law-enforcement officers on official duty to drive motorcycles two abreast in a single lane.

Here is a link to the motorcycle search results… (May or may not work) There are a few others with the mention of motorcycle in them, but the bills are not specifically motorcycle related.

Anyone know of anything else going on or any other bills that we, as motorcycle riders, may be interested in?

Motorcycle Grand Tour of Virginia Kick Off – April 4, 2009

March 25, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

“Get Your Motors Running” At Kings Dominion

Kick-Off For the Motorcycle Grand Tour of Virginia

Got your motor running? Looking for adventure? Beginning April 4, motorcyclists with a Grand Tour of Virginia passport can head out on the highway and find adventure at more than 50 premier tourism destinations and attractions throughout the commonwealth and win some great prizes as well.

Grand Tour participants can be among the first to have their passports stamped at the official kick-off, Saturday, April 4, at Kings Dominion. On-site registration is available from 10 a.m. – noon along with special half-priced tickets for admission to Kings Dominion for riders presenting their ride passport during the kick-off. Tickets must be purchased in advance by going to kingsdominion.com.

The 2009 Grand Tour of Virginia is a motorcyclist’s dream, celebrating 40 years of “Virginia is for Lovers” – not to mention the movie Easy Rider and Arlo Guthrie’s The Motorcycle Song. It all starts with a chance for motorcyclists to show off their bikes at the bike show under Kings Dominion’s Eiffel Tower during the kick-off event. For more information and to register for the bike show, click on kingsdominion.com.

Download the Motorcycle Grand Tour of VA Registration From Here

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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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Hampton ABATE Meetings – 1st Sunday of Every Month

August 15, 2008 by · Comments Off on Hampton ABATE Meetings – 1st Sunday of Every Month 

ABATE of VA, Virginia Cruisers Chapter meets the 1st Sunday of each month at 1 PM at Mugzy’s Grill, 1312 E. Pembroke AV in Hampton.

Contact John at abateregion3@yahoo.com for more information.

Visitor Looking for Some Info on Challenger MC

July 31, 2008 by · Comments Off on Visitor Looking for Some Info on Challenger MC 

Got this from a VABiker.NET visitor looking for some information on a motorcycle club his grandfather belonged to back in the 50’s/60’s

Hey guys,

I really need help my grandfather was a supervisor at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in the 40s and 50s. He was a member of a MC called Challenger Motorcycle Club. I have his pin, it is sort of a le badge with what looks like a indian with a spear. He rode indians and harleys. This would have been in Norfolk or Virginia Beach in the 50s or early 60s. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated.

Mike

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Is your moped a motorcycle?

July 24, 2008 by · Comments Off on Is your moped a motorcycle? 

WASHINGTON – Is that a moped or motorcycle you’re riding?

That might seem like a silly question, except in Virginia a new law blurs the distinction.

If you go more than 35 mph on a moped or scooter, it’s now considered a motorcycle.

That means you’ll have to have a motorcycle license, insurance and additional certification.

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Gas prices drive cycle popularity

July 23, 2008 by · Comments Off on Gas prices drive cycle popularity 

While there may not be a direct correlation between escalating gas prices and the popularity of motorcycles, there is no doubt that the number of riders is on the rise.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the number of motorcycle registrations in Virginia has jumped from 59,925 in 1994 to 151,914 in 2006.

The number of accidents statewide has also jumped dramatically, and motorcycle fatalities have climbed from less than 50 in 1994 to 126 last year.

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