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Paris e-scooters under pressure to prove green credentials

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Hadjali and Gompo are part of the “urban patrols” carried out by the US start-up Lime, which says the recovered units are recycled as much as possible — though the lithium-ion batteries are usually shot.

Paris – Pulling on makeshift roped hooks along a sun-drenched bank of the Seine River in Paris, Youva Hadjali and Edison Gompo fish out two electric scooters — not the most ecological fate for devices billed as a carbon-free fix for strained urban transport systems.

As city officials vow to rein in the use of wildly popular e-scooters, their short lifespans, along with the energy consumed to build and service them, have many wondering if they are as good for the environment as operators say.

Hadjali and Gompo are part of the “urban patrols” carried out by the US start-up Lime, which says the recovered units are recycled as much as possible — though the lithium-ion batteries are usually shot.

“Overall in Paris, Lime scooters have saved the equivalent of two days without any cars at all” since they arrived 16 months ago, Arthur-Louis Jacquier, head of French operations, told AFP.

Critics say such claims fail to take into account the carbon emitted in constructing the scooters and the daily collections for recharging the so-called “dockless” vehicles.

Those emissions are compounded by lifespans of barely a year, due to wear and tear but also vandalism.

They were a specific target of activists at the Extinction Rebellion protest in Paris last month, who gathered up a huge pile of the devices to denounce what they labelled “pointless pollution.”

“Scooters don’t replace cars, they motorise walking trips,” one sign said.

Studies indeed show that most scooter trips are replacing walking or biking, with just a third displacing car use, said Jeremiah Johnson of North Carolina State University.

He and his colleagues analysed use in North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh, and found the electricity for charging was actually a pretty small contributor to scooters’ environmental impact.

But in terms of pollution, scooters most often end up causing a net increase in terms of global warming impacts.

“Forty percent of the CO2 emissions are from driving around to pick these things up (for charging), and about half of the CO2 emissions are from the materials and the manufacturing of the scooter,” Johnson told AFP.

– ‘Mass transport’ – In the coming weeks, Paris will pick just three operators allowed to keep their scooters on the streets, down from around a dozen which began flooding the city last year.

Lime, which says its charging depots run on so-called clean electricity and plans to use only electric vans for pick-ups, hopes to be one of them.

It also vows to get over some embarrassing growing pains: A few months ago videos emerged showing “juicers,” as Lime calls the freelance workers who gather scooters for charging the batteries, using gas-powered electric generators.

“In just a year and a half, we went from being a firm with innovative ideas to a mass transport company,” Jacquier said of the early decision to outsource charging, something it has since ruled out.

Even so, operators must also meet the challenge of keeping scooters rolling longer.

“If you are able to achieve a two-year lifetime, which would be a really rugged scooter and with really good anti-vandalism policies… that makes a big difference,” Johnson said.

But since September, when Lime launched its Seine searches, some 200 scooters have been pulled out, said Sonthay Detsaboun, who manages the urban patrols.

It’s a similar story in Lyon, where in September an environment group pulled out 109 scooters on just one 800-metre (half a mile) stretch along the Rhone, one of two rivers that weave through the city.

– Building a better machine – At Lime’s depot at Arcueil, just south of Paris, the din of clanking metal and power tools suggests vandalism will remain a challenge to profitability — just as it has been for the city’s pioneering Velib bike-sharing system.

Some 200 mechanics keep the place running around the clock, seven days a week, so the fleet can keep rolling.

Every day 1,000 to 1,500 scooters are put back in working order — common problems include snipped brake cables or spray-painted QR codes, meaning they can’t be unlocked.

Lime is upgrading its fleet to put bigger batteries under the floorboard, hopefully extending the life of the most costly — and environmentally damaging — component.

Those scooters can go 50 kilometres (30 miles) on a single charge, and have an improved lifespan of 16 to 18 months, Jacquier said.

“We’re aiming for a net environmental impact of zero, and therefore 100 percent positive for the planet,” he said.

Win this Helmet!

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We’re less than a month out from the 16th Annual David Mann Chopper Fest. It’s time to get your tickets and register your bikes in bike show. With over 22 classes, $5K in cash prizes , and a limited edition event T-shirt, you’re practically making money on the deal. Scroll down for details on winning helmets, getting free limited edition David Mann posters, and registering your bikes….

WIN THIS HELMET

Get your tickets for Chopper Fest before midnight November 21st, and you’ll be entered to win this hand-painted Gringo helmet by Darren McKeag. Go to www.eventbrite.com for tickets now.

Check out Chopper Fest featured artist Shawn Dickinson’s tribute to David Mann and recaps of all the bike shows and events you wanted to go to in the November issue of Quick Throttle Magazine.

Ten artists. Ten Biltwell Gringo helmets. Ten radical pieces of functional art. Be sure to stop by the David Mann Tribute Art Show in Anacapa Hall and take a peek.

The 16th Annual David Mann Chopperfest will be held Sunday, December 8, 2019, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, CA from 8 am – 4 pm.

In addition to the motorcycle show, we’ll have a custom bike builder display featuring world-class bike builders, the “David Mann & Friends” Motorcycle Art and Culture Exhibit, hundreds of motorcycle vendors, a new and used motorcycle parts swap meet, food, 805 Firestone beer and live music. Plus, there is a $2500 cash prize for Best of Show bike and $500 for best Knucklehead, Panhead, Shovelhead, Antique, and David Mann Memorial thanks to the generous support of Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

The “If You Build It They Will Come” All Brand Motorcycle Show will feature 22 classes of motorcycles from antique & old school to radical design. Check out the Chopper Fest website Bike Show link below for more details on all the classes and entering your motorcycle. If you have a bike that fits one of these classes, please enter it, it’s only $40, and you get one admission and a David Mann Chopper Fest t-shirt. The trophies are amazing one of a kind pieces of art by Sonny Boy.

General Admission is $15, Military with ID $10, kids 12 & under Free.

Congratulations to Eric Bennett for winning Best in Show and $2,500 at the 15th Annual Chopper Fest!

Bike Show Registration Form:
Register your bike online or download the bike show registration form. You can mail it in or send to sean@chopperfestival.com, 818.681.9719.

Vendor and Swapmeet registration is now open. Vendor/Swapmeet forms can be downloaded by clicking the link below or at www.chopperfestival.com or you can call or email Sean to reserve your space. 818.681.9719, sean@chopperfestival.com. Sean, in addition to putting together one amazing Chopperfest art show, will be working with Tory on the vendors this year.

Click here for the vendor application form

**Attention returning vendors** – Get your vendor applications in ASAP. There are still some spaces available.

See you there!

The “If You Build It They Will Come” All Brand Motorcycle Show presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

Check out more photos of last year’s Chopper Fest snapped by Geoff Kowalchuk compliments of the good folks at Biltwell. Go to www.Biltwell.com for pics.

This dirtbike can run at 120 kmph and it’s fully electric

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Ottobike MXR comes powered by an 11 kW continuous rated mid-drive motor that has a liquid cooling system along with electric speed controller.

Taiwan-based Ottobike has showcased a fully electric dirtbike concept at the 2019 EICMA Milan motorcycle show, dubbed as the Ottobike MXR.

The MXR stands for Maxi Extreme Rider and this motorcycle concept is capable of running at a speed of 120 kmph, claims a media report. It comes powered by an 11 kW continuous rated mid-drive motor that has a liquid cooling system along with electric speed controller.

The electric dirt bike is claimed to have a maximum torque output of 45 Nm and it weighs 100 kg.

The dirtbike looks rugged and aggressive. Instead of a proper headlamp, it gets three vertically positioned LED bars, while an LCD dashboard is there, which displays a wide range of information. Ottobike has used Android OS for the display to show the riders GPS directions, live maps and incoming calls, among other features, as claimed by the report.

It houses a non-removable battery that has a capacity of nearly 5 kWh and a 1.2 kW battery charger as well. Ottobike claims the bike’s battery takes 2.25 hours for a 20-80 per cent charge, while to get fully charged it requires around 4 hours of time.

Dallas Harley Owners Group hosts quilt raffle, toy drive

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by Kim Everett from https://thegarlandtexan.com

The Dallas Harley Owners Group, founded in the mid-1980s, is involved in numerous charitable and fundraising activities. One of the main events is the MotorCops for Kids Toy Run. The owners’ group, the Dallas Harley Davidson dealership and the Garland and Grand Prairie Police Departments work together, with help from the Shriners, to host the event.

In conjunction with the toy run, the group holds a quilt raffle and the money from raffle tickets, along with registration fees paid by toy run participants, are donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Galveston. Event participants also bring toys that are distributed to local children. The group’s hard work has enabled them to donate $400,000 to the hospital and donate countless toys to children.

The late Jerry Patterson and Steve Dye, Grand Prairie police chief, were the two principal founders of the toy run. Patterson, along with his wife, Viola, was involved in getting the charitable programs started. She said that his passion was helping kids.

This year’s quilt is the result of 280 hours of work. All of the quilts are made with Harley Davidson bandanas collected from around the world by club members and their friends and families.

The design is chosen in February, the quilt is constructed, and the hand-quilting begins in the spring. Julie Steger is the principal designer and constructor. They start early so they can enter their creation in the group quilting category competition at the State Fair of Texas. They have won first place as well as four third-place ribbons.

Gloria Barnes, Angela Kennerly, Viola Patterson, Wendy Yeater and Steger are the principle quilters, but a large number of people from all age groups join in the quilting, even if it was just to put in a stitch or two.

Tradition dictates that Paul Langford, the owner of Dallas Harley Davidson, puts in the first stitches. Susan Gabbard, the group’s director puts in the last stitches. A few core quilters meet on Saturdays during the spring.

The goal is to sell 5,000 raffle tickets, which are available at Dallas Harley Davidson, 1334 West Centerville Road in Garland. Tickets will be available Nov. 17 until the time of the drawing, which is after the toy run. (See details below.) Tickets are $1 each.

Being a part of the quilt project is important to those who participate.

Steger once heard someone say, “We don’t pave parking lots. We don’t paint walls. Our money goes strictly to the needs of the children.” That sentiment has stayed with her.

The charitable projects are important to each one of the main quilters.

“I was a recipient of these kinds of fundraisers as a child,” Steger said. “We were very poor and I always wanted to grow up and be that someone that helped others. That’s why I do this.”

Yeater volunteered when she was a child.

“My parents volunteered when I was growing up,” she said. “I am a nurse and I work at a children’s hospital in the Metroplex…when I heard about Motorcops for Kids, I knew I would volunteer. There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer who is willing to give time to a cause.”

Barnes concentrated on riding when she first joined the club, but when she found out about the quilting project, she wanted to get involved. An accomplished rider, she won the 2014 statewide Motorcycle Rodeo for all Harley Davidson riders in the state of Texas.

“Julie is probably the one that has inspired me the most because she is such a giver,” Barnes said. “She gives a lot and it’s awesome to see. This is a great group.”

Kennerly was impressed by the members’ involvement in supporting the charities.

“When my husband, who has now passed away, and I joined the chapter, we could see that the charities were really important to the group,” she said.

Kennerly described another of their Christmas projects. Group members adopt Garland area families and buy clothes and toys for the children and food for the family. On Christmas Eve morning the gifts and food boxes are delivered by a group of riders — and they have Santa with them – which the kids love.

“That’s a fabulous way to celebrate Christmas,” she said. “It means a lot to me.”

Patterson agreed with the other women’s sentiments about helping others.

“Nothing warms anyone’s heart more than giving of yourself to others,” she said. “It is probably the biggest pleasure you can ever have in life.”

MotorCops for Kids Toy Run – Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m. Ride begins at Dallas Harley Davidson, 1334 West Centerville in Garland and ends at the Hella Shrine Temple. Register in person during regular business hours at Dallas Harley Davidson.

Ducati Streetfighter V4 Declared Most Beautiful Bike At EICMA 2019

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by Janaki Jitchotvisut from https://www.rideapart.com

Ducati does it again!

Which of the many bikes unveiled at EICMA 2019 has haunted your dreams?? If you said “Ducati Streetfighter V4, obviously,” you’re not alone. Venerable Italian motorcycle publication Motociclismo conducted its fifteenth annual poll, both of EICMA attendees and its readers at home. Guess which bike won?

According to both EICMA attendees and readers who sadly couldn’t attend the show in person, the Ducati Streetfighter V4 was voted the most beautiful motorcycle of EICMA 2019. Motociclismo took to the MotoLive stage at EICMA to present the awards. Ducati design director Andrea Ferraresi and Streetfighter V4 designer Jeremy Faraud were both on hand to accept the official award.

When all the numbers were tallied, the winner stood out by a mile. Not only did the Ducati Streetfighter V4 top the charts; it commanded a solid 36.7 percent of the vote. Second place went to the Aprilia RS 660 which received less than half the votes of the Streetfighter V4— just 14.9 percent.

Third place was the MV Agusta Superveloce 800, with 11.23 percent of the vote. Fourth was the Honda CBR1000RR-R SP, with 9.43 percent, and fifth was the Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel, with just 4.76 percent of the vote. That makes Honda the only non-Italian manufacturer to crack the top five.

Interestingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, Motociclismo also reported that there was a difference in rankings for some bikes between voters who saw them in person, and voters who participated from home.

The top four bikes among both groups of voters were the same, but from number five down, results are markedly different between those who saw these models only on screens, vs. those who saw them live. For example, a lot more people who saw the BMW F 900 R in person seemed to appreciate it than those who simply saw it at home.

You can check out the full results of the poll—including the EICMA/home voter breakdown—over at Motociclismo.

Vintage motorcycles ride in to Gastonia

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by Gavin Stewart from https://www.gastongazette.com

Motorcycle enthusiasts gathered at Gaston Motorcycle Werks in Gastonia Saturday for Cyclemania – an annual show celebrating vintage bikes made across the globe.

Cyclemania made its Gastonia debut, as it’s been held in Charlotte since 2014. More than 50 European, Japanese and American bikes and their owners convened in the lot beside Gaston Motorcycle Werks.

Bikes were judged based on where they were made and if they were stock or modified. Modified bike owners showed off their creativity, while all-original owners boasted their detail-oriented restorations.

Bobbers, choppers, sport bikes, café racers, off-road bikes and even mopeds were entered in the show in hopes of their owners taking home a trophy for best in their class and best in show.

While technically a competition, show participants talked bikes, shared laughs and stories over coffee and beer without concern over how their bike was judged. It’s a great even to catch up with old friends, network and meet newcomers, said Blair Barwick.

“This is just for fun,” he said. “I like the process of building bikes.”

Barwick, a Canadian-born Fort Mill, South Carolina, resident, drives a 1975 Honda CB550F restored by Benjamin Segal and his team at Gaston Motorcycle Werks. He bought the tired bike three years ago in hopes Segal could turn the four-cylinder cycle into the quick-moving café racer of Barkwick’s dreams.

The café racer should keep certain lines within its shape. For instance, low handlebars, a single-rider seat and unique aesthetics are what make a café racer, Barwick said.

Barwick enjoys riding and looking back at his bike like the other bike owners at the show, but bringing a bike back to life makes Barwick look forward to building his next project and bringing it to Cyclemania.

“You have to like the journey. If you don’t like the journey, it’s an unpleasant process,” Barwick said.

5 Of The Most Exciting Motorcycles Unveiled At EICMA 2019

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by Bryan Campbell from https://www.forbes.com/

EICMA, the International Motorcycle Show in Milan is always one of the most hotly anticipated events on the two-wheeled calendar. The show lays claim to some of the biggest model reveals and news of the year and 2019 was no different. There was a strong presence of overlanding and adventure motorcycles this year as that segment continues to trend upwards, but that didn’t stop Honda from grabbing headlines with its all-new MotoGP-inspired sportbike. These are five of the most exciting motorcycles unveiled at EICMA this year.

Ducati Scrambler Desert X Concept

Inspired by classic rally bikes and the legendary Dakar-winning Ducati-powered Cagiva Elefant, the Scrambler Desert X is essentially a bigger, more hardcore version of the Desert Sled. The finer details are scant but not much seems to be keeping this highly-modified Scrambler from going into production. The Desert X uses the Scrambler 1100 as its base architecture, rides on 21-inch front and 18-inch rear Pirelli Scorpion tires and has no less than four fuel tanks for long-distance riding.

Harley-Davidson Pan America

Considering Harley-Davidson’s recent questionable marketing ploys, like randomly sponsoring the X-Games and headlining in a Katie Perry music video, you can tell the American motorcycle manufacturer is throwing a lot at the wall to see what sticks. That includes the all-new, first-ever Harley-Davidson adventure motorcycle. The Pan America made its official debut at EICMA this year and also came sporting H-D’s new liquid-cooled V-twin engine. With the way the adventure market is trending, H-D is pinning its hopes on the Pan America, but seeing as how it’s the brand’s first venture into the space, there’s no way to tell how competitive the bike will be, just yet.

Honda CBR1000RR R

EICMA 2019 was filled to the brim with long-travel suspension and dirt-hungry knobby tires, but some of the biggest news came from Honda, concerning the all-new CBR1000RR-R sportbike. Taking a healthy dose of inspiration from the race-winning, series-dominating Honda MotoGP bike, the new CBR is expected to raise the bar astronomically for Honda. The full-color TFT display and electronics package features electronically adjustable suspension and new readouts like lean-angle sensor. According to the Honda UK media site, the new engine is expected to develop around 214 horsepower.

KTM 390 Adventure

Typically, adventure motorcycles tend to be on the heavier side and the tall seat heights can be intimidating and off-putting for shorter riders. Now that there’s a noticeable uptick in interest in the adventure category, it’s good to see manufacturers catering to the larger population and building smaller, more approachable bikes. The KTM 390 is a smart move on the Austrian brand’s part. KTM is providing a gateway to adventure riding to younger and newer riders, and as those riders get older, gain more experience and look for an upgrade, it stands to reason they’ll stay brand loyal, especially since KTM already has off-road options in nearly every size category.

Husqvarna Norden 901

Over at KTM’s Swedish sibling’s stand, the Husqvarna Norden 901 broke cover and now claims the title as the brand’s first true all-out Adventure Touring motorcycle. Riding on 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wire-spoke wheels and sporting a two-piece TFT display, Husqvarna says the Norden 901 was built as a light explorer motorcycle. It’s based on the KTM 790 Adventure, so it’ll be interesting to see how different the riding experiences are to justify one over the other.

New Jersey Tramples on 1st Amendment To Target Pagan’s MC

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The New Jersey State Commission of Investigations recently held public hearings on the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club (PMC) and it was business as usual. 1The NJSCI, in a trend being repeated by government and media sources nationwide, continued the process of eroding and ignoring the 1st Amendment in an attempt to vilify motorcycle clubs, in this instance the PMC due to the club’s alleged rapid growth recently. The actions of the few do not, and should not, dictate policy towards an entire demographic. Yet, that is the exact tactic being employed by the NJSCI by exploiting and sensationalizing the alleged actions of a few members in an attempt to encourage policy condemning the entire organization. That is simply not how the 1st Amendment works.

Same old song and dance

The NJSCI hearing was intended to expose policymakers to the allegedly growing threat presented by the PMC. The NJSCI has no power to prosecute. They do, however, provide guidance to policymakers that directly influence legislation and law. Ignoring the fundamental liberties embodied in the 1st Amendment, the NJSCI presented a familiar narrative echoing a biased and inaccurate stereotype by presenting as evidence actions of individual members in an attempt to condemn all PMC members. Moreover, many of the examples presented have not been subjected to judicial scrutiny or due process. Although no one goes to prison as a direct result, the NJSCI directly influences legislation without the requirement that an individual is innocent until proven guilty.

The false 1% narrative

NJSCI investigative agent Edwin Torres begins by advancing the falsehood that being a 1%’ER is synonymous with being a criminal. This assertion is an attempt to condemn an entire community and constitutionally protected symbol and association.

“Make no mistake. They are gangs”, says Torres. He then breaks into the apocryphal AMA narrative dating back to Hollister, California in 1947 in which the AMA declared that 1% of motorcyclists were not law-abiding citizens. Torres testified that 1%’ERS “wear a patch advertising that they are not law-abiding citizens.”

The assertion is ridiculous to members of the 1% club community. At worst, 1’ERS are advertising rebellion against mainstream society’s rules, not its’ laws. Things like long hair, tattoos, loud motorcycles, and parties.

The truth is that 1% clubs are considered elite among clubs, generally with higher levels of commitment and participation requirements, not criminality requirements. 1% clubs are a lifestyle, not a hobby. The truth is that the vast majority of 1%’ERS are employed, many have families, and don’t have criminal records. The statistics strongly dispute claims of criminality.

NJSCI claims about women are offensive and false

In an attempt to provoke fear in policymakers and the public, NJSCI investigators assert women are abused and mistreated. Nicole McCann, investigative analyst for NJSCI testified, “According to the Pagan Motorcycle Club, women are below dogs. Women are treated like their property … shared sexually among the group. They are typically given as many drugs or drinks as they want.”

This assertion is highly offensive to PMC members and their Ol’ Ladies. One self-proclaimed proud Pagan Ol’ Lady writes to the MPP: “Lower than dogs?!” Come on! My Pagan Ol’Lady sisters are top quality wives, girlfriends, and mothers! My property patch indicates that I’m loved, valued, and cherished by my man. And in return, we honor, love and respect our men.”

Although not as sensational as Hollywood’s version of biker culture, the claims regarding the intrinsic abuse of women are simply not true.

Assertions regarding drug use and inherent criminality are false

The NJSCI also claims that 90% of Pagan’s MC members do narcotics, in addition to all being criminals as signified by the 1% patch. Members also dispute this claim. One proud PMC member, family man, business owner, and law-abiding citizen writes the MPP, “Any intelligent person who believes this line of crap these officials are spewing is just as hypocritical and judgmental as those fabricating this nonsense. Talk about fake news and slanderous rhetoric! The percentage of club members who actually abuse drugs and commit crimes is far less than statistics have proven in law enforcement, clergy, and even government. The Doctors and priests molesting and abusing children and corruption in government and law enforcement is public knowledge. The men and women in motorcycle clubs around the world are widely comprised of hard-working, family loving, community support, and yes, law-abiding citizens from ALL walks of life. Lets face the facts and stop the spread of fake news on all levels. Get real.”

Statistically, very few 1%’ERS are criminals

The idea that all, or even most, 1%’ers are criminals is shattered by the only available statistics. The 2016-2019 National Motorcycle Profiling Surveys (NMPS) demonstrate that members of motorcycle clubs simply do not fit the demographic profile of criminals or gang members. The NMPS, the only statistical attempt to quantify the motorcycle profiling epidemic in America, is an extremely reliable data set, with 99% reliability and a 1.4% margin of error.

Constitutional implications

Torres is advancing a perception about all PMC members and 1%’ERS based on the actions of individual members. Certainly, individuals in clubs commit crimes. Some individuals in all large organizations and communities do, including government and law enforcement. But this fact does not mean every member of these groups are criminals.

This blanket assertion of criminality is completely inconsistent with established constitutional principles. And this is not the first time New Jersey law enforcement has attempted to condemn members of the PMC for mere association.

In 2015, a federal court in New Jersey found “no evidence that by merely wearing Pagan’s “colors,” an individual is “involved in or associated with the alleged violent or criminal activity of other Pagan’s members. It is a fundamental principle that the government may not impose restrictions on an individual “merely because an individual belong[s] to a group, some members of which committed acts of violence.” In fact, the Supreme Court has long “disapproved governmental action . . . denying rights and privileges solely because of a citizen’s association with an unpopular organization.” Healy v. James, 408 U.S. 169, 185-86 (1972).

Condemning any person “who wears the insignia of the Pagan’s motorcycle club, without regard to or knowledge of that individual’s specific intent to engage in the alleged violent activities committed by other members, is antithetical to the basic principles enshrined in the First Amendment and repugnant to the fundamental doctrine of personal guilt that is a hallmark of American jurisprudence.” see Coles v. Carlini 162 F.Supp.3d 380 (2015)

Generous group helps make new prosthetic for local war vet and surprises him with new motorcycle

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW ) — An innovative event is giving a local war veteran a big surprise and the chance to once again hit the open road.

Sgt. Charles Zollicoffer served three tours of duty with the Marines, then joined the Army and was getting ready to re-deploy overseas when he was hit by a drunk driver on his motorcycle.

“The morning I was set to fly off that’s when I had the accident,” said Sgt. Zollicoffer. “Boom, that was it.”

The driver left him for dead on S.R. 800 in Stark County, but luckily another man on a motorcycle who was headed to work stopped and saved his life.

“I didn’t think he was gonna make it,” said Dave Bowman.

Twenty-seven surgeries and four months later, Zollicoffer woke up at Aultman Hospital with his left leg amputated at the hip joint.

Doctors told him it was a difficult amputation and that he would never walk again.

“I said, ‘I will walk again; I don’t care if I have to take a 2×4 and duct tape, I will walk,’” said Zollicoffer.

The father of three has been walking using a prosthetic leg, but has not been able to ride a motorcycle again— something he truly loved to do.

Then, a friend and former colleague told him the good news.

De Ann Williams, executive director of the Stark County Veterans Service Commission, nominated him to be part of the “Challenge America’s Makers for Veterans Event.”

The event, which kicked off Friday night at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, combines teams of students, engineers, designers and physicians who develop solutions for veterans.

The plans are then developed into finished product using 3D printers, metal making, and circuit boards among other means.

“An incredible, but sometimes intense experience,” said senior Coleman Isner. “There’s a little bit of stress for the students who are participating where you really have to make something that’s full and consistent for that veteran because it’s affecting their well-being.”

There are ten teams helping ten different veterans with challenges ranging from physical restrictions to PTSD.

Charles’ Team Z is making him a very special prosthetic leg that will enable him to once again ride a motorcycle.

And that’s not all.

During the kick-off they surprised him with a brand new trike to try it out on.

“I got my outreach team together and said, ‘Charles needs our help,’ and within 48 hours we had the money donated from local organizations,” Williams.

The new leg and all of the other creations will be worked on throughout the weekend and then the finished project will be presented at The Global Center for Health Innovation on Veterans Day at 5 p.m.

Zollicoffer said he is overwhelmed and humbled to have been selected and is forever grateful.

“For someone to do this for me is unbelievable,” he said.

Demon’s Cycle Veterans Day Discount On Custom Harley Davidson Parts

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Demon’s Cycle is announcing that they will be running a Veteran’s Day policy for anyone who has served in the armed forces. The policy will be available on all custom Harley Davidson motorcycle parts that are in stock and qualified parties can send in their identification to the company to receive the discount of 10%. The discount will begin on Veteran’s Day, November 11th, 2019 and will continue to be accepted by the company from that point on.

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (PRWEB) November 08, 2019
“It’s hard to put into words the appreciation and admiration we have for the brave men and women who served our country. I know that many of our customers are veterans and we wanted to show our appreciation by offering a large discount on all custom Harley parts including wheels, handlebars, tires, headlights and so forth. I would like to give anyone who has served the opportunity to go to our site and look for the parts they need for their motorcycles. Then, before you place your order, contact our sales team and provide information about your history serving our military and we will give you the discount code to use,” said Jason Dooley, owner Demon’s Cycle

The policy is also available to all active military who can provide their information as well for the discount. November has been a big month for the company as they launched their new interactive website as well as began multiple promotions via social media and email. The company will be announcing their Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions later in the month via email and social media.

“We are excited about what this month can mean for us, not only in reaching new customers but bringing back some of the past customers who previously purchased custom Harley Davidson motorcycle parts. Our goal is to show everyone that we are a new company, new website, new customer service team and new ownership. I think you can easily see that from the minute you visit our site or give us a call.”