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Over 30,000 Scientists Declare Climate Change A Hoax

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A staggering 30,000 scientists have come forward confirming that man-made climate change is a hoax perpetuated by the elite in order to make money.

One of the experts is weather channel founder, John Coleman, who warns that huge fortunes are being made by man-made climate change proponents such as Al Gore.

 

In a recent interview with Climate Depot, Coleman said:

 

 

“Al Gore may emerge from the shadows to declare victory in the ‘global warming’ debate if Hillary Clinton moves into the White House. Yes, if that happens and the new climate regulations become the law of the land, they will be next to impossible to overturn for four to eight years.”

 

Read the whole Tamale, see the girls and check the joke in Bandit’s Cantina Weekend Round-Up shortly. Hang On!–Bandit

RIDING FREE FROM DC: Your Weekly Biker Bulletin from Inside the Beltway

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Your Motorcycle Riders Foundation team in Washington, D.C. is pleased to provide our members with the latest information and updates on issues that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. Count on your MRF to keep you informed about a range of matters that are critical to the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle. Published weekly when the U.S. Congress is in session.
Capitol Hill Update

A United Front:

While D.C. is a city full of divisions sometimes, it’s nice to work together with like-minded groups for a common purpose. Last week, the MRF met with representatives from the American Motorcycle Association, Motorcycle Industry Council and Harley Davidson (AKA the Moto Lobby) to discuss common goals surrounding autonomous vehicles and safety concerns.  The four groups have now agreed on a basic framework for our priorities and this week met with staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to discuss the legislative agenda surrounding autonomous vehicles.

As you may remember last year, the Senate and the House had competing versions of legislation that dealt with autonomous vehicles. The Senate version did not receive a vote on the Senate floor while the House version passed the House but was not taken into consideration by the Senate.

The Senate version included language that stated “detection, classification, and response to any circumstance or condition relevant to the dynamic driving task within the operational design domain, including sense of objects, motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, other road users, and animals in or crossing the path of travel through the automated driving system.”

The House version of the bill took a different approach and did not mandate specific categories that AV technology had to recognize and react to. Our Moto Lobby pressed committee staff to consider adding language that would specifically list motorcycles as something that AV technology must test for.

The reality of Congress at this time means any legislation dealing with AV technology is a steep hill to climb. With the Senate and House controlled by different political parties, any legislation that both chambers can agree on will be difficult. On top of that, the House committee assigned to the issue (Energy and Commerce) will be led by Democrats who will likely want to use committee time and resources to focus on issues like healthcare and climate change. While the Senate Committee with jurisdiction (Commerce Science and Transportation) has a new Chairman this year with new priorities which may not include tackling the AV issue.

Regardless, we at the MRF and the DC motorcycle community will continue to hammer away at legislators and agency officials warning them about our concerns and the need for a clear statement about AV technology and the safety of motorcyclists.

Regulatory Update

NTSB RELEASED TOP TEN MOST WANTED LIST:

Gone are the days when motorcycles were one of the issues on NTSB’s Top 10 Most Wanted List.  On Monday, The National Transportation Safety Board released it’s 2019-20 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, and your MRF was pleased to see that we continue not to be a dedicated issue on this report.  The comprehensive Top Ten list focuses on some things to note: distracted driving, impaired driving and most importantly, autonomous vehicle technology.  As we have reported in the past, the DOT has been pretty laissez-faire on their guidance on the issue of autonomous vehicle regulation and legislation failed to move in the last Congress.  In the section “Increase Implementation of Collision Avoidance Systems in all New Highway Vehicle,” the NTSB made a recommendation that the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) incorporate motorcycles in the development of performance standards for passenger vehicle crash warning and prevention systems.  We are pleased to see for the first time that a government agency is seeing the importance of making sure motorcycles are properly detected and responded to by this emerging technology.

You can download and read the entire list here: Download NTSB’s Top 10 Most Wanted List

 

Politics and Elections

Updating the Scorecard:

As hard as it is to believe much of the focus in Washington has already turned to the race for the White House in 2020.

The old saying, “you can’t tell the players without a scorecard” certainly applies to the formulating 2020 Democratic presidential field of candidates.

Last week, former Virginia Governor and ex-Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe, who soon will likely take steps to formalize his own presidential campaign, said that regardless of the total number of people contemplating joining the race it is probable we could see as many as eight or nine candidates in serious competition for the party nomination.  Mr. McAuliffe’s observation will likely prove correct.

The party rules involving delegate selection and apportionment, the fact that Democrats do not allow winner-take-all primaries or caucuses, the early voting schedule, and that Super Delegates no longer participate in the first convention roll call mean advancing to more than one ballot to determine the ultimate nominee becomes a distinct possibility.  All of this adds to the uncertainty engulfing the early phase of this national campaign.

At this point, however, speculation is building around just who will advance into the credibility round, that is, those who have enough support to position themselves actually to win the nomination in July of 2020.

Let’s first look at the entire Democratic field, understanding that as many as 36 different individuals who at least at one time have publicly acknowledged consideration of forming, or expressed an overt desire to form a presidential campaign.  Some have already made public statements declining to run, while another segment appears unlikely to join the fray.  Even disqualifying the persons from these categories would still leave us with at least 23 individuals who could well enter the race.

Below is a list of the most recent activities of the various potential candidates (individuals are listed alphabetically):

Announced Candidacy or Formation of Exploratory Committee

Sen. Cory Booker – New Jersey – could be a player if he can get the financial backing of wealthy New York Metro area donors. He has used his seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee to try and raise his name identification with high profile television soundbites during recent hearings.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg – South Bend, IN – likely a minor candidate attempting to build a constituency among millennials and the LGBTQ community.  Attempting to jump from his position as a small city mayor into the presidential campaign, a move that will likely prove unrealistic.

Ex-Secretary Julian Castro – Texas – former HUD Secretary under President Obama and served as Mayor of San Antonio.  A long shot candidate who needs a credible showing to build for the future.  He is attempting to build a base constituency among Hispanics and will emphasize the immigration issue.

Ex-Rep. John Delaney – Maryland – wealthy now-former Congressman.  Began visiting Iowa and New Hampshire over a year ago but has reportedly made little headway.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
– Hawaii – has a strong military career who was elected to the House in 2012 after winning races for the Hawaii House of Representatives and the Honolulu City Council.  A bit of a surprise entry into the presidential contest, when announcing the formation of an exploratory committee earlier this month.

Some of her positions are very liberal while others make her more of a centrist.  Has little in the way of a geographical base.  She will have to score big in early debates to attract enough attention, but it appears Ms. Gabbard is capable of becoming a presence.  Already, however, her presidential flirtation has attracted a major congressional primary opponent if she chooses to seek re-election.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand – New York – recently announced the formation of an exploratory committee.  Moving strongly to her left to compensate for a more moderate record when serving in the House.  May find it difficult defining and attracting a winning coalition considering the volume and level of competition.

Sen. Kamala Harris – California – announced presidential candidacy last weekend.  Could be a major candidate.  Will have a strong delegate base coming from California, a state that will now vote in early March.  A delegate bonanza in the California primary could well place her near the top of the delegate count after Super Tuesday.  Sen. Harris will also attempt to capture the strongest share of President Obama’s victory coalition.

Gov. Jay Inslee
– Washington – publicly stated he will form an exploratory committee.  Will use the climate change issue to anchor his vote coalition.  Prior to his election as Governor in 2012, Mr. Inslee served seven non-consecutive terms in the US House.

Rep. Eric Swalwell – California – long-shot candidacy unlikely to develop.  His California base will be overshadowed by Sen. Harris’ and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s presidential runs, and possibly others.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren – Massachusetts – one of the liberal leaders in the Senate who developed a strong constituency even before her original election.  She is attempting to build upon the Democratic socialist base that Sen. Bernie Sanders forged in 2016.  Sen. Warren may, however, find her position within this constituency being squeezed by Sanders himself, Harris, Gillibrand, and possibly many others.  While her name identification is strong, early support appears lacking as single-digit performances in early national polls reveal.

Definitively Declined to Run
Gov. Andrew Cuomo – New York
Sen. Christopher Murphy – Connecticut
Ex-Gov. Deval Patrick – Massachusetts
Billionaire Tom Steyer – California

Likely to Run
Ex-Mayor and Media Mogul Michael Bloomberg – New York
Sen. Amy Klobuchar – Minnesota
Ex-Gov. Terry McAuliffe – Virginia
Sen. Bernie Sanders – Vermont

Possible Candidates; Not Yet Publicly Committing to Run
Former Vice President Joe Biden – Delaware
Sen. Sherrod Brown – Ohio
Gov. Steve Bullock – Montana
Mayor Eric Garcetti – Los Angeles, CA
Ex-Gov. John Hickenlooper – Colorado
Sen. Jeff Merkley – Oregon
Ex-Rep. Beto O’Rourke – Texas

Possible Candidates; Not Likely to Run
Sen. Michael Bennet – Colorado
Sen. Bob Casey Jr. – Pennsylvania
Mayor Bill de Blasio – New York City, NY
Hillary Clinton – New York Former Secretary of State, 2018 Democratic presidential nominee,
ex-Senator, and First Lady
Ex-Attorney General Eric Holder – Washington, DC
John Kerry – Massachusetts  Former Secretary of State, Senator, and 2004
Democratic presidential nominee
Ex-Mayor Mitch Landrieu – New Orleans, LA
Rep. Tim Ryan – Ohio

Minor Announced Candidates
State Senator and 2018 US House Nominee Richard Ojeda – West Virginia (Already Withdrew)
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang – New York

Your MRF Crew,

Tiffany & Rocky

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JIMS WEEKEND TOOL–JIMS® COUNTERSHAFT 1st SCISSOR GEAR ALIGNMENT TOOL

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This tool is essential for installation of the countershaft 1st scissor gear in Milwaukee Eight® / Cruise Drive transmissions.  It is installed before the scissor gear is removed to maintain alignment of the gear halves under spring pressure.  For $51.00 this tool ensures that the scissor gear teeth mesh correctly with the mainshaft 1st gear. For more information please call us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.

If you have any questions, please call me directly at (805) 482-6913.

 

–Greg Thiessen

RawHyde Adventures to Debut Newest Facility at Adventure Days Rally

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Las Vegas, NV – February 7, 2019 – RawHyde Adventures is gearing up to introduce the world to their new 100-acre Adventure Park in the heart of the legendary Mojave Desert. This is RawHyde’s third adventure-oriented training facility and it will be debuted at the Adventure Days rally, scheduled for February 21-24, 2019.

Adventure Days is an educational “Expo” and an annual weekend event traditionally geared towards adventure motorcyclists with the goal of bringing adventure riders of all experience levels together for classes, riding clinics, informational seminars, backcountry group rides, adventure exhibitors, and more.

This year, RawHyde has worked to expand the event by welcoming the 4 wheeled Overland community into the fold. “Adventure Days, at its core, is about preparing people to safely and responsibly travel the backcountry,” explains RawHyde founder, Jim Hyde. “This started out several years ago as an event for adventure motorcyclists, but we have found that adventure riders have much in common with overland enthusiasts. Whether you prefer to experience the backcountry on two wheels or four, we all share a common love of the natural beauty and serenity that can only be found by venturing off the paved highways.”

An Official Training Partner of BMW Motorrad, RawHyde trains hundreds of motorcyclists each year with a series of immersive off-road riding courses. For many of these students, Adventure Days serves as a reunion of sorts, an opportunity to return to RawHyde for a weekend of learning, riding, and camaraderie. What sets this year’s Adventure Days event apart, however, is the location.

“Over the past year, we have been developing our new training facility in the Mojave Desert, called ZAKAR,” Hyde explains. “This is the first of its kind really, a true purpose-built adventure park for motorcyclists and 4×4 enthusiasts.” While Adventure Days will serve as ZAKAR’s debut to the public, the facility will eventually host RawHyde training courses and will feature in some of RawHyde’s guided motorcycle tours.

In addition to the riding clinics and seminars conducted by some of the leading minds in the adventure riding and overlanding communities, Adventure Days will provide riders an opportunity to test ride the new lineup of BMW’s GS motorcycles. Attendees will be able to demo the new F 750 GS, F 850 GS, R 1250 GS and Adventure models in the environment they were designed for: the dirt.

For more information about Adventure Days, including lists of seminars, riding clinics, group rides, vendors, and amenities, visit https://rawhyde-offroad.com/events/adventure-days/. Registration is available online or by calling 702-209-8503.

For more information visit www.RawHyde-OffRoad.com. Follow RawHyde Adventures on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for the latest updates.

Get ready to “Ride the Lighting” with the 2019 Super Hooligan National Championship

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Los Alamitos, CA (Feb 7, 2019) – Roland Sands Design (RSD) today announced the return of the Super Hooligan National Championship (SHNC) powered by Indian Motorcycle for 2019.

 

The SHNC, in its third full season, is the true north of the motorcycle culture, smashing the custom scene together with flat track racing on readily available and affordable street bikes of any make. Basic rules are 750cc and up production street bikes with flat track tires in stock frames.  The series roots are built on bringing racing to the people in previously unheard of locations, smack in the middle of the city or coast as well as key moto culture events across the country, promising a solid mix of current and new fans alike.

 

The 2019 SHNC kicks off this weekend, February 9th at The One Pro Race at Salem Speedway (Salem, OR) as part of The One Show in Portland, Oregon. Watch the series opener livestreamed on www.fanschoice.tv at 9pm EST.

 

This year’s calendar is a true melting pot of motorcycle racing and culture, from dirt to asphalt, oval’s to TT’s, core bike rallies to Pro American Flat Track races and huge music festivals.  Super Hooligan races make their way mid-season to the Moto Classic Events starting in Tulsa, Oklahoma in June and the Moto Bay Classic in San Francisco in August.  Moto Beach Classic featuring Super Hooligan racing will once again be joining the Surf City Blitz with the addition of an East Coast version in November. Super Hooligan, it’s a party where a race breaks out!

 

 

2019 Schedule:

February 9, 2019: The One Pro: Salem Speedway, Salem, OR

March 14, 2019: AFT Daytona*: Daytona, FL

April 13, 2019: The Handbuilt Show: Austin, TX

May 11, 2019: AFT Perris*: Perris, CA

June 16, 2019: The Tulsa TT: Tulsa, OK

June 22, 2019: San Pedro Asphalt: San Pedro, CA

August 5-9, 2019: Sturgis: Sturgis, SD

August 2019: Moto Bay Classic: San Francisco, CA

September 21, 2019: Costa Mesa Speedway: Costa Mesa, CA

October 26-27, 2019: Moto Beach Classic/Surf City Blitz: Huntington Beach, CA

November 9-10, 2019: Moto Beach Classic/Surf City Blitz: Daytona Beach, FL

*AFT events will be Super Hooligan Class only, no Hooligan Amateur class

*All dates subject to change or cancellation

 

 

RSD recognizes that the SHNC would be nowhere without the efforts of the racers themselves, so for 2019 we have extended the contingency program to all racers that make the A Main Event, totaling $5,000 in payouts at every race.

 

The J&P Cycles Amateur Hooligan class makes its debut this year giving Rookie Hooligans and first timers the opportunity to send-it in front of the home town crowd, without the pressure of being on the track with more experienced riders. Points will be kept, the top 3 will win J&P Cycles Gift Cards at each race and a Champion will be crowned at the final round. Amateur Hooligan races will be run at all non-AFT events.

 

The SHNC series sponsors help make it all possible. Indian Motorcycle is the Official Motorcycle sponsor of Super Hooligan and will be awarding the Super Hooligan Series Champion an Indian motorcycle.  Dunlop, The Official Tire of Super Hooligan brings back the Dunlop Dash for Cash race. K&N Engineering continues its support of the Holeshot award.  Bell Helmets and Motul have returned to support the series along with J&P Cycles, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Wiseco Performance Parts and Rekluse.

 

 

2019 Super Hooligan Contingency Program:

 

$5,000 in Contingency Payouts at each race distributed to racers of Super Hooligan A Main Events. Provided by: Dunlop, K & N Engineering, Motul, Russ Brown Motorcycle Lawyers and Bell Helmets.

 

Indian Motorcycle

  • The 2019 Super Hooligan Series Champion will receive an Indian motorcycle
  • Brand Contingency payouts for racers on Indian Motorcycles in Super Hooligan A Main Events – $1,000 (1st place) / $750 (2nd place) / $500 (3rd place)

 

Dunlop Tires

$500 Winner-Takes-All Super Hooligan Dunlop Dash for Cash at each race

 

K&N Engineering

$250 Winner-Take-All Super Hooligan Holeshot Award at each race

 

MOTUL

Cleanest Bike Award

PROPONENTS OF GREEN NEW DEAL STRUGGLE TO EXPLAIN PHASE-OUT OF COMBUSTION ENGINE

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CortezStruggle To Explain Phase-Out Of Combustion Engine _ The Daily Caller

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green New Deal championed by Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez officially rolled out Thursday afternoon, but some proponents of the bill appeared unable to explain how commercial and private air travel will survive, should the legislation ever become successful. (RELATEDDoes Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Outlaw Every Building In The Country?)

Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal calls to:

“Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle.”

The Daily Caller spoke with Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, a major supporter of the package, about the lack of the combustion engine in the future, as well as how the airline industry would be affected by the plan.

Kerry Picket

SOLD! Flying Piston Benefit Custom Striders at Mecum Las Vegas

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Motorcycling’s largest auction showcases tiny bikes to benefit Veterans & Tech Ed
Buffalo Chip, SD, February 8, 2019 – When seven 12-inch tall custom balance bikes crossed the auction block in Las Vegas on Wednesday, January 23rd they stopped the show! Built in 2018 by a Flying Piston Benefit program that supports new ridership and career-path jobs for veterans, the bikes were donated by Strider Sports, Int’l. and sent to custom motorcycle builders who’d agreed to modify them. The inaugural class of Strider customs were unveiled at the 4th annual Flying Piston Benefit Builders Breakfast held at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip on August 5th, 2018.
Stepping up to customize the first ever Strider customs were: Rick Fairless, Strokers Dallas; Paul Yaffe, Bagger Nation; Kirk Taylor, Custom Design Studios; Jody Perewitz, Perewitz Cycle Fabrication; Pat Patterson, Led Sled Customs; Bryan Fuller, Fuller Moto; and alumni of Motorcycle Missions, a charity that aids U.S. military veterans dealing with PTSD who are pursuing careers in motorcycling – and beneficiary of proceeds from Flying Piston Beneift. Proceeds from the Flying Piston Benefit have contributed almost $17,000 to Motorcycle Missions and tech ed scholarships.
Said Flying Piston Benefit program director Marilyn Stemp, “Every one of the builders went over the top to create one-off, unique works of art. The little bikes’ diminutive size made them stand out among the 1700 ‘real’ bikes at the auction, earning over $9,000 for our charities.”
Added Flying Piston Benefit’s marketing director Jeff Najar, “We are so grateful to Mecum Auctions, especially Ron Christenson, for making time for our little bikes at the biggest motorcycle event of Mecum’s season. It was a remarkable kindness and a service to the industry’s future.”
Recognition is also due the Flying Piston Benefit’s first-ever presenting sponsor, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, along with Strider Sports Int’l, Steve’s Garage, Kirsh Helmets and Lincoln Electric.
The 2019 class of Strider builders, to be announced soon, will unveil their creations when builders and industry celebs join with fans and influencers for the 2019 Flying Piston Benefit Breakfast on Sunday, August 4 at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads. The Breakfast features motorcycle builders whose work is displayed in the Buffalo Chip’s prestigious Motorcycles As Art exhibition, curated by famed moto-photographer Michael Lichter. Tickets at: www.buffalochip.com/EVENTS/Special-Receptions/Flying-Piston-Breakfast
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THE ABSOLUTELY GREAT BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS

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It’s incredible, the amount of news flying at us each week. New runs, new shows, new laws, new fights, fewer magazines, new models, better deals, you name it.

 

https://www.bikernet.com/pages/story_detail.aspx?id=14364&id=14364 

 

Check it out. Our new format calls for membership to read the news. I hope it’s not too much of an inconvenience. It’s like a subscription to your favorite magazine only better. Plus, we will send you a signed book and bling if you sign up for two years.

In the meantime, join your local motorcycle or national motorcycle rights group and keep up the fight for freedom.

 

–Bandit

ABATE OF ARIZONA–CALL TO ACTION SB1001 highway safety fee; repeal; VLT

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There has been an overwhelming displeasure with the process of the original bill. It was our understanding at the beginning last session, that the original bill would be to rescind the VLT for alternative fuel vehicle exceptions. In fact, part of the testimony was the fact that so many large trucks, who do the most damage on our highways, are converting to alternative fuels. Obviously, that’s not what happened. And it has been obvious by the public outcry, that the setting of the fees by the ADOT Director is not something the voting population is happy about.

I could give you survey results of how motorcyclists in our state feel about this legislation, but I am sure you all are too familiar with the displeasure.

I’ll just leave a few numbers for you –

  • From $35 to $99. Single mom. She has a beater car and a daily driver motorcycle to get back and forth to work. The motorcycle saves her a tremendous amount on fuel. The $64 increase is more than 2 months of her fuel costs on her bike.
  • This is what one motorcyclist in Tucson just received and is the typical increase for a motorcyclist.

 

 

I could go on and on with examples, but I am sure you get the picture of the negative financial impact this has had.

ABATE of Arizona is in favor of Senator Ugenti-Rita’s bill to repeal this absurd fee and we ask that you CALL your State Senator and ask them to urge Senate President Fann to schedule this bill for a floor vote. Also ask your Senator to vote yes so, we can have a unanimous yea vote on SB1001.

Find your State Senator here:

 

Senator District Party Phone
Sylvia Allen 6 R (602) 926-5409
Lela Alston 24 D (602) 926-5829
Sonny Borrelli — Majority Whip 5 R (602) 926-5051
Sean Bowie 18 D (602) 926-3004
Paul Boyer 20 R (602) 926-4173
David Bradley — Minority Leader 10 D (602) 926-5262
Kate Brophy McGee 28 R (602) 926-4486
Heather Carter 15 R (602) 926-5503
Lupe Contreras — Assistant Minority Leader 19 D (602) 926-5284
Andrea Dalessandro 2 D (602) 926-5342
Karen Fann — President 1 R (602) 926-5874
David C. Farnsworth 16 R (602) 926-3020
Eddie Farnsworth — President Pro Tempore 12 R (602) 926-5735
Sally Ann Gonzales 3 D (602) 926-3278
David Gowan 14 R (602) 926-5154
Rick Gray — Majority Leader 21 R (602) 926-5413
Sine Kerr 13 R (602) 926-5955
Vince Leach 11 R (602) 926-3106
David Livingston 22 R (602) 926-4178
Juan Mendez 26 D (602) 926-4124
J.D. Mesnard 17 R (602) 926-4481
Tony Navarrete 30 D (602) 926-4864
Lisa Otondo — Minority Whip 4 D (602) 926-3002
Tyler Pace 25 R (602) 926-5760
Jamescita Peshlakai — Minority Whip 7 D (602) 926-5160
Frank Pratt 8 R (602) 926-5761
Martin Quezada 29 D (602) 926-5911
Rebecca Rios 27 D (602) 926-3073
Victoria Steele 9 D (602) 926-3022
Michelle Ugenti-Rita 23 R (602) 926-4480

 

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World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer Valerie Thompson to open Carole Nash Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show in Dublin

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8-Time Land Speed Record Holder to make first appearance at Ireland’s biggest motorcycle promotional event

Scottsdale, AZ (Feb. 5, 2019) – America’s Queen of Speed, Valerie Thompson, will kick off one of Europe’s largest celebrations of two-wheel racing and cruising at the 2019 Carole Nash Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show on March 1 in Dublin.

Thompson is the only woman to attempt breaking the world’s fastest motorcycle record of 376 mph and the first female to exceed 300 mph in a two-wheeled streamliner. She set a new land speed record of 328.467 mph (528.616 km/h) at the DLRA Speed Week competition and survived a horrific 363 mph crash days later during the World Speed Trials in early 2018.

“This will be my first visit to the Emerald Isle, and I can’t wait to get there. I’m looking forward to opening the Carole Nash Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show, especially as Ruth Lemass, the event organizer, has convinced me this event is one of Ireland’s biggest and most fun motorcycle celebrations,” said Thompson. “I hope to test drive some of the new 2019 models and experience Ireland’s beautiful cruising roads,” added Thompson.

Thompson holds eight land speed records on a variety of bikes ranging from Harley-Davidsons to BMWs to Streamliners. She is a member of seven different land speed racing 200 MPH Clubs, one 300 MPH Club and is the only motorcycle racer ever featured in a Super Bowl commercial.

“Valerie’s many land speed accomplishments have always impressed me and I’m definitely one of her biggest fans,” stated Ruth Lemass.  “I’ve been following Valerie’s amazing career over the past three years and I’m so pleased she has agreed to attend our event as the World’s Fastest Female on a motorbike – a world class achievement,” added Lemass.

Valerie Thompson Background

Valerie is the first female rider over 300 mph, earning the title of “World’s Fastest Female Motorcycle Racer.” She posted a new top speed record of 328 mph in 2018 at the DLRA Speed Week competition in Southern Australia piloting Denis Manning’s and John Jans Team “7” Racing streamliner. Valerie is an 8-time land speed record holder with membership in seven different 200 MPH Clubs, one 300 MPH Club and lifetime membership in the famed Bonneville 200 MPH Club. Thompson was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2018. Valerie’s quest to become the world’s fastest motorcycle racer is the subject of P-51 Pictures’ and MN8 Films’ upcoming feature documentary, Rockets and Titans. Her many racing accomplishments have earned Valerie the moniker of “America’s Queen of Speed.”

 

Carole Nash Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show Background 

The Carole Nash Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show is a 3-day celebration scheduled March 1-3, 2019 at the RDS in Dublin, Ireland. This event showcases Ireland’s first view of 2019 motorcycles, new after-market products, clothing fashions, touring holidays and road racing heroes attracting over 27,000 motorbike fans worldwide for a weekend of high-octane racing and entertainment.