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Chinese driver gets ticket for scratching his face

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A man in eastern China received a fine after a traffic camera using artificial intelligence captured him scratching his face, it’s reported.

According to the Jilu Evening Post, the male motorist surnamed Liu was driving on Monday in Jinan, eastern Shandong province, and had raised his hand to scratch his face while passing a traffic camera.

The next thing he knew, he’d received a notification instructing him that he had violated the laws of the road for “driving while holding a phone”. A surveillance picture of his “offence” was attached.

He was told that he would receive two points on his licence and was also ordered to pay a 50 yuan (£5.70; $7.25) fine.

“I often see people online exposed for driving and touching [others’] legs,” he said on the popular Sina Weibo microblog,” “but this morning, for touching my face, I was also snapped ‘breaking the rules’!”

He shared the surveillance picture of himself that he had been sent, and said that he was going to go the authorities to try to sort the situation, after “no one would help him” over the phone.

The Global Times newspaper says that the city’s traffic authority have now cancelled his ticket, and told him that “the traffic surveillance system automatically identifies a driver’s motion and then takes a photo”, which is why his face-scratching had been mistaken for him taking a phone call.

While many online are amused by his case joking that the positioning of his hand signalled he certainly appeared to be on an “invisible” phone, some are also voicing their concerns about the level of surveillance placed on them.

“This is quite embarrassing,” says one, “that monitored people have no privacy.”

“Chinese people’s privacy – is that not an important issue?” another asks.

There are more than 170 million surveillance cameras and the country has plans to install a further 400 million by 2020.

Many are fitted with artificial intelligence including facial recognition technology, and whereas some can read simple faces, others can estimate age, ethnicity and gender.

Laconia Motorcycle Week® Welcoming Press Conference

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The Laconia Motorcycle Week® Welcoming Press Conference on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 has a new home this year at the North East Motor Sports Museum at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, located on NH Route 106 in Loudon, NH.  The event will begin at 11am and last approximately one hour. 

The 96th Anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week® begins Saturday, June 8th, 2019 and the Laconia Motorcycle Week® Association invites all media personnel to help us kick-off this year’s Rally at the Welcoming Press Conference which will provide content including interviews, photo and video opportunities. 

Cynthia Makris, President of the Laconia Motorcycle Week® Association, will moderate presentations by:

  • Governor Chris Sununu
  • Laconia Mayor Ed Engler, Laconia City Manager Scott Myers, and Meredith Town Manager Phil Warren    
  • Operations Major John Encarnacao – New Hampshire State Police
  • Chief Matt Canfield – Laconia Police Department
  • Greg Goddard – Gunstock Mountain Resort
  • David McGrath – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • Michael Lock – American Flat Track
  • Tom Netishen – North East Motor Sports Museum
  • Jennifer Anderson & Charlie St. Clair – Laconia Motorcycle Week Association

In addition to the speakers listed above; the following local and state dignitaries may be in attendance: Executive Councilor Mike Cryans, State Senator Harold French, House Representatives Charlie St. Clair, Peter Spanos, Frank Tilton and David Hout, Belknap County Sherriff Mike Moyer, David DeVoy – Belknap County Commissioner, Russell Dumais – Gunstock Area Commissioner as well as business owners, residents, vendors, and rally visitors.  

Directly following the press conference, the media is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s newly built 0.25-mile “Flat Track” (located directly behind the museum).  The North East Motor Sports Museum is located at 922 NH Route 106 in Loudon (603-783-0183) and parking is available on site. 

Media inquiries and to RSVP, please Contact Jennifer Anderson – 603-387-6628 or info@laconiamcweek.com.  Daily Rally Press Conferences for Laconia Motorcycle Week will occur from Monday June 10th through Friday June 14th at the Naswa Resort at 9AM. 

www.LaconiaMCWeek.com 

The 10th annual Idaho Thunder Patriot Ride

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The 10th annual Idaho Thunder Patriot Ride is  Sunday, June 2nd and this year they’re giving away a Harley Davidson worth more than $10,000.  The Patriot Ride will take off Sunday morning around 9:30 from High Desert Harley Davidson in Meridian.  There is a 1,200 motorcycle cap so if you’re interested and haven’t registered, you can do so now by clicking HERE.

Registration in advance is $25 per person which includes the ride and the patch.  Day of registration is $30 per person. V.I.P. tickets are $100 and you can only purchase those at High Desert Harley Davidson.  V.I.P. includes a shirt, the ride, a patch, and front of ride placement.  The ride is limited to 1,200 people so make sure to register a.s.a.p.

The entire event will start at High Desert Harley Davidson (2310 East Cinema Dr.  Meridian, ID.) and ends 55 miles away at Carl Miller Park in Mountain Home.

It’s always so surreal watching our local law enforcement block off freeway entrances and escort all these riders through Boise who ride in honor of the Idaho Guard & ReserveFamily Support Fund, and Operation Warmheart.  It’s a sight to see.

The finale at Carl Miller Park will have live music, food trucks, and that’s where someone wins a Harley Davidson worth more than $10,000.  If you’d like to be in for that, tickets are $10 each or you can get six tickets for $50.  All the details are on the Idaho Thunder Patriot Ride Facebook page.

5-BALL RACING LEATHERS ROUND-UP

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Check out the entire line at 5-Ball Racing Leathers

http://shop.bikernet.com/

First, all of our leathers come with two deep gun pockets, which are great for cameras, phones, tools, you name it. We also have a media pocket on the inside back. It’s great for a file, taxes, the latest Cycle Source magazine or divorce papers.

Our Jak shirts come sleeveless, 5/8 sleeve and full sleeve. They are cool for the taller guy and for hot temps. I’ve ridden to Sturgis several times with my 5/8 sleeve. It’s a break when it’s hot. When it’s cold I added a sweatshirt and thermal and was still good to go. They have tails, so they are longer.

I worked with Debi at Bartels’ H-D to create the perfect women’s Hoodie jacket (Racy Women’s 5-Ball Jacket). We worked with our manufacturer on a lighter more comfortable leather. It has great curves and the hoodie is complete and able to zip together or into the liner of the jacket. It also has thumb holes for cold nights.

Our Special Opps series with vests and jackets is a more traditional biker jacket with a ton of pockets. The sleeves un-zip from the body to allow the jacket to be a vest.

We wanted a lighter vest for everyday use and came up with this Ballistic Nylon with leather trimmed vest. It’s great for Arizona riders who need something to breathe. I wear one around the shop in the winter and on my bike in the summer. It’s light, cool and has all the right pockets.

We designed the Flat Out vest for club guys. It’s super clean for patches. Like the Jak shirt line, we hide two slip-in pockets. We ever eliminated the waist band for the ultra-chopped and trimmed look.

We also have ultra-soft Speedway leather shirts in brown and black. They are classic and super comfortable.

http://shop.bikernet.com/

American Citizen Biker PAC 2020 Vision Raffle

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American Citizen Biker PAC ad to this 2020 Vision Raffle page http://citizenbikerpac.com/2020-vision-raffle/

(Amesbury, MA) The first of 12-months “2020 Vision Raffle” drawing was conducted May 20th, at Precision Powersports in Amesbury, with owner Josh Ballon drawing the lucky winner, who was rider Carlene A., of Wenham, MA.

Josh’s son Brandon recorded live via Facebook Video – (see https://www.facebook.com/precisionpowersportsllc/videos/327215767967960/) – Paul W. Cote, Sue Hart and Josh putting the tickets in the jug, swishing ’em around, while talking about the two Massachusetts Motorcyclists Survivor’s Fund and the American Citizen Biker PAC.

“What we ride, where we ride and who we ride with separates us at times,” said Cote during the streaming and mixing the tickets, “but when a rider goes down, we don’t ask those questions – we ask how can we help.”  And its the same with political issues, that affect us as Bikers and Americans, which the PAC will address going into year 2020.

Linda H. of Gloucester sold the winning ticket and was watching the live stream, called Carlene and told her to call Paul.  “She was excited, and we offered her one of the five prizes,” claimed Cote.  Prize options, each with a $2,020 value included trips to Boston or Bikertoberfest, a Henry Repeating “God Bless American” Repeating Rifle and 2,020 rounds of ammo, dinner for 20 of her buddies, or $2,020 cash.  “She took the ca$h” and said she’d buy her Sisters dinner at their June monthly Group meeting. Good stuff !”

Tickets for the next drawing, June 20th, are now available on-line via debit/credit cards at http://citizenbikerpac.com/2020-vision-raffle/.  Only 2,020 tickets each month, at $20 each, with one prize choice valued at $2,020, and drawing the 20th each month, benefiting the MA Motorcyclists Survivor’s Funds and American Citizen Biker PAC.

MAG to Spin Out its Businesses

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Six Business Units, including Tucker Powersports and J&P Cycles, to Become Stand-Alone Businesses

May 21, 2019 – Dallas TX – Motorsport Aftermarket Group (MAG) today announced a new and significant change to managing the multi-brand organization to its 1500 employees.

“We’ve asked each of our senior leaders to focus 100% of their efforts on creating value, delivering growth and expanding the entrepreneurial mindset within their business unit and their brands. When we do this, we will become more nimble, more aggressive and have a greater focus on the market and on our customers. We’d rather have a portfolio of successful companies with complete independence than force them to integrate, which turned out to be detrimental to several of our brands,” said Hugh Charvat, CEO of Motorsport Aftermarket Group.

“While our business units will continue to collaborate where helpful, there will be no corporate mandate to do so. And we’ll ensure complete independence between Tucker Powersports, J&P Cycles and our four other business units by making them stand-alone businesses. This demonstrates our commitment to supporting our dealer customers.”

“We now have great talent leading each of our business units, so the board and I feel that this is the time to unleash those individuals and all of our great employees to return our brands to the status they’ve enjoyed in the past without the operating restraints that have been in place as MAG.”

Known internally as “Unwinding the Vertical,” Charvat indicates that the change will be good for all the company’s stakeholders. “Aggressive companies led by great leaders will certainly have a positive impact on the powersports industry. Our goal is to lead in every product category where we compete.”

In the past several months, MAG has pursued and hired top industry talent to fill significant roles including powersports industry veterans Mike Kennedy, Greg Heichelbech, John Potts and Greg Blackwell.

About Motorsport Aftermarket Group

MAG is based in Coppell, Texas and includes six independent business units which manage 18 consumer brands. The company’s brands include Answer, BikeMaster, Burly, First Gear, Dragonfire Racing, J&P Cycles, Kuryakyn, Mustang Seats, Performance Machine, Progressive Suspension, ProTaper, QuadBoss, Roland Sands Design, Speed and Strength, Tucker, Tucker V-Twin, Twin Power and Vance & Hines. MAG business units employ 1500 people throughout the United States.

Flash Electronics files suit in U.S against Royal Enfield for patent infringement

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As per the suit filed, Royal Enfield has infringed Flash electronics’ patent on “Regulator Rectifier Device and Method for Regulating an Output Voltage of the Same” duly issued by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) to Flash Electronics on February 20, 2018 after Flash’s R&D department made a breakthrough invention of the component in 2014.

Home-grown electronic and electric auto components player Flash Electronics India Ltd against Royal Enfield challenging patent infringement in the US regarding the production of an important component for motorcycles, the company said in a press release.

As per the suit filed, Royal Enfield has infringed Flash electronics’ patent on “Regulator Rectifier Device and Method for Regulating an Output Voltage of the Same” duly issued by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) to Flash Electronics on February 20, 2018 after Flash’s R&D department made a breakthrough invention of the component in 2014.

Since then Flash Electronics has been the key manufacturer and supplier of this component to many leading two-wheeler manufacturers in India and overseas.

The regulator-rectifier is a vital component that smoothly and efficiently converts the AC (Alternating Current) voltage produced in motorcycle engines into DC (Direct Current) voltage to charge the batteries, power the headlights, light up the instrument panel hence drives the motorcycle’s electrical systems.

Besides USA, Flash has been granted patent in various other countries including many European countries including Germany, France, Italy, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Switzerland as well as Turkey and the company would be filing similar suits in the respective jurisdictions soon.

Commenting on the incident, Sanjeev Vasdev, Founder and MD, Flash Electronics India Pvt Ltd said “We have been trusted suppliers to leading auto manufacturers across India and overseas and it’s unfortunate to have to deal with such an unexpected and unprecedented act on the part of Royal Enfield, one of the most prestigious names in the automotive sector.”

He added,” This incident is highly objectionable and has dented the credibility of the brand, at least with us as a partner”.

Further, Vasdev mentioned that the company was approached by 3 senior officials of Royal Enfield on 12th October 2018 in New Delhi to settle the issue amicably and requested Flash not to file any suit on the matter. Flash waited for the outcome of this meeting but Royal Enfield did not address the issue.

Vasdev further commented that Flash will take all necessary action required across the world to ensure that Royal Enfield stops infringing the patent and pays compensation for the violation which would run into millions of dollars. He also urged other component manufacturers to be vigilant , on this kind of predatory behaviour.

Speaking on the lawsuit filed, Royal Enfield said, “We would like to clarify that the said component is supplied to us by an external, proprietary supplier, which independently develops and owns the IP rights in the said component. The supplier denies plaintiff’s claims vehemently.”

The company is evaluating the issue internally and seeking legal advice from our US counsels.