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Grass clippings and motorcycles don’t mix

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Pa. lawmaker wants grass off roads to protect bikers

Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington County, is proposing legislation that would make throwing grass clippings on the roadway a fineable offense much like littering. She said the clippings present a hazard to motorcyclists as well as an environmental concern.

A Washington County senator is proposing a bill to try to protect motorcyclists and other motorists from a roadway hazard during mowing season and address an environmental concern at the same time.

Sen. Camera Bartolotta, a Republican, wants to add grass clippings to the list of items – waste paper, sweepings, ashes, household waste, glass, metal, refuse and other rubbish – that can result in a fine if someone is responsible for them ending up on a roadway.

Saying grass clippings not only cause the surface of the roadway to become extremely slippery, she said they also can clog storm drains and make their way into streams and cause pollution.

“Prohibiting grass clippings from roadways is an easy, commonsense solution to a deadly problem,” she said. “Land owners have a right to manage and maintain their property as they see fit, but they also have a responsibility to ensure they do not create a lethal hazard for other motorists on public roadways by being negligent.”

Her bill proposes fines of up to $300 for the first offense and up to a $1,000 for subsequent offenses. Along with that, her proposal would require the landowner to remove the clippings from the roadway.

Mike Sobol, a Cornwall Lebanon School District computer teacher, does not own a motorcycle but still sees merit to this proposal becoming law. He had to replace the fender on his car after driving past a person cutting grass and having stones shoot out from a mower damaging his car.

Beyond the safety hazard, he said, “This is a pollution issue too. This is a two-headed snake.”

While this doesn’t rank as the highest priority for the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education of Pennsylvania, the group’s state legislator coordinator John Kruger said it is a concern particularly to younger riders.

“The demographics of the riders are changing,” Kruger said. “So what didn’t bother the ‘old school’ riders is different than what bothers ‘young kids.’”

He put up a post on the group’s Facebook page about the proposal and it drew 215 comments with only three of them against it, he said.

“If you are driving your bike on a super sunny day, the last thing you’re expecting is ice on the road. Grass on the road is quite honestly ice in the summertime,” he said.

When riders complain to law enforcement, he said their complaints are dismissed. “You hear them say the current law is not enforceable.” But he said the senator’s proposal to add two words “grass clippings” to the law that makes throwing litter and other items on the roadway an offense would fix that.

Colony Machine H-D Hardware, since 1969

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Owner of Colony Machine, Mark Borcoman, by their newest CNC turning center.

Lowbrow Customs is the only place, world-wide, that you can find every single Colony Machine product (over 3,500!). Founded in 1969, Colony produces top-quality, made in the USA hardware for Harley-Davidsons 1911 to current. Their new 2019 catalog just came out and contains hundreds of new parts.

Click here to download the Colony Machine catalog as a PDF file. Perfect for quick reference or for printing out just the pages you need.

You can also shop Colony products at Lowbrow Customs.

Smoke Out – Last Day for Discount Tickets

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It is finally starting to warm up and we bet you are gearing up for your summer fun.

The Smoke Out Rally is the epicenter of the Chopper World. It has everything: the ride-bike-bike show, music, drag racing, camping, & Mini Bike Racing. It’s where you meet your old friends and make new ones.

NOTE: This is the last day to save on Smoke Out tickets. Click here for your tickets and camping specials.

Enjoy the ride,

-Edge

It’s a Party – Ale Yeah!

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We are really excited to open our doors and welcome you to our new state of the art facility!  As many of you know, Fuller Moto has become our home away from home, a sanctuary where we build dreams; a passion project dedicated to creating rolling works of art.  Our building is legendary in these parts as it was the Atlanta Ferrari, Alfa, Fiat dealership for around 30 years.  Every kid dreaming of the latest Italian steed visited this spot and were inspired, and now we hope to continue that legacy.

We moved in 8 months ago, and have been hard at work updating the facilities.  A new roof, LED Lighting, revamped kitchen lounge and bathrooms just to start.  It’s not even near finished, but you will get more than a glimpse of what the future holds in store for Fuller Moto!

I’m really proud of the whole team and our neighbors, partners, and friends who have all pitched in to get ready for our first public showing.  I hope to see you tomorrow, Saturday, May 18th!  The weather looks great so get your favorite whip out and head on over!

Yours sincerely, Bryan Fuller

Four years later: Twin Peaks survivor hopes to change biker profiling

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A Twin Peaks shooting survivor says he trying to rebuild his reputation after he was one of the bikers arrested at the Waco restaurant in 2015.

Friday marks four years since the deadly shootout at the Waco Twin Peaks.

“This was a scheduled meeting,” said Paul Landers.

Landers said he got to the restaurant early that day to set up for a meeting about biker profiling, recent biker legislation and their rights on the road. “That day was different because there were people there that never participated at all in what we do,” he said.

He said he was hanging a banner when he heard the first shots. “Some automatic fire broke out, obviously not small arms fire broke out,” he said.

Nine people were killed and at least 20 were critically injured. If you were there as a biker, chances are you were arrested by Waco Police.

Landers was one of them. “That incident happened 12:30, one o’clock. We were on the hot concrete in 97-degree weather until five that evening. People (were) looking for a restroom. It was total chaos. You don’t know what’s going on, who’s involved. Then we sat on the bus until midnight. I was in handcuff until midnight, plastic cuffs,” he said.

Landers said he spent the next 23 day in jail. He along with 177 others faced felony charges — engaging in organized criminal activity, resulting in murder and aggravated assault.

Charges for Landers were dropped three years after his arrest. In early April, the remaining charges were dropped after a new DA took office.

Landers said his life still hasn’t been the same since his arrest. “I’m not a criminal,” he said.

Before the shooting, Landers said he worked for a well-paying company but was terminated within a week after his arrest. He said the reputation he built as an advocate for biker safety with policy makers at the state Capitol started to diminish. “If you want to single out the bad deed of a couple, but don’t indict the whole group on the actions of few,” he said.

Landers is now part of a civil suit suing the former McLennan County District Attorney, Waco Police and the detective that signed off on the affidavit. He said he’s not suing for financial gain but to prevent bikers from being profiled like he feels they were on May 17, 2015 in Waco.

“Never let this happen again,” he said.

Wall of Death to visit Dales Wheels Through Time

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The American Motor Drome Company (AMDC) will be performing their Wall of Death show at Dale’s Wheels Through Time Museum May 23-27, 2019.

Touted as “America’s original extreme motorcycle show,” The Wall of Death is a vintage live action thrill show featuring a motor drome, a silo-shaped wooden cylinder 30 feet in diameter. Inside the drome motorcycle daredevils travel along the vertical wall performing trick, fancy, and acrobatic riding. The show features antique Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles along with hand built 4-wheeled racing machines.

Developed in the early part of the twentieth century, the Wall of Death show quickly became a crowd favorite and a mainstay on almost every carnival midway in America. The riders were men and women of bravery as they climbed aboard motorcycles and small custom made cars to ride up to the top of the vertical wall surface.

The AMDC is the only Wall of Death to have two riders inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Jay Lightnin’ (2014) and the late Samantha Morgan (2006). Jay has been riding the wall since 1969 and still performs in each show. The AMDC is also the largest show of its kind still touring in America, with a diameter of 30ft and a riding surface height of 14 feet.

Despite the ominous sounding name, the Wall of Death is a G-rated, family friendly, heart-pounding thrill show. With no ropes, wires, or other assistance, the show hearkens back to the day when true daredevils performed without the assistance of special effects.

The weekend will also feature special celebrations for Memorial Day, including our annual flag raising ceremony on Saturday, demonstrations of rare bikes all weekend long, and a special awards ceremony for Museum Curator Dale Walksler by the Legends Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America.

The Wall of Death will be performing free hourly shows each day May 23-27 from 9am to 5pm, at Dale’s Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC.

Greasy Dozen Run and Balcer Motorcycle Swap Meet

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Ohio is the place to be May 24th weekend

Some of our good friends are throwing a series of events later this month. We are going to them, and we think you should, too.

First up, our friends at Old Bike Barn are hosting their annual Greasy Dozen Run (get all the details here). This is a totally free event.

To start off the weekend right, there is a party in Columbus Friday night at Land Grant Brewing. Saturday there is a ride out to the Farm where there are bike games, camping, food, fires and good times. Sunday Bear from Old Bike Barn organized a ride to the next event, the Balcer Motorcycle Swap Meet.

Balcer Motorcycle Swap Meet & Drag Racing

Our friend Billy Balcer of Balcer Performance is hosting a motorcycle swap meet and drag races on Sunday, May 24th 2019 at Dragway 42 in West Salem, Ohio. The swap meet is 8am – 4pm and admission is $10. You can get all the details here (including vending information).

Lowbrow Customs will be there with a big vendor spot selling all of our scratch and dent parts as well as crusty old stuff from our personal collections. The racing will be a blast, bring your drag bike or ride on down and race your street bike head-to-head against friends and strangers! It’s a damn good time.

 

Varoom Brings 3-D Tech To Bear on Belt Buckles for Motorcycle Enthusiasts

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Style and Substance Rendered in Stainless Steel

Pittsburg, PA (May 16, 2019) – Three-dimensional printing technology has advanced quite a bit in the last few years, but one company is uniquely applying the tech and concepts to stainless steel for the motorcycling community. Using exclusively licensed technology developed at M.I.T., Varoom is producing stainless steel designs and logos on belt buckles that cater to the outlaw in all of us.

“We wanted to create something tough but alluring,” said Fritz Keck, President of Varoom. “The resulting mixture of craftsmanship, iconography and aesthetic purity in the products is exactly what we had in mind.”

Varoom offers an intricacy of design unavailable from any other 3-D printing outfits. Their heavy-duty metal belt buckles are available in two finishes: antique nickel and antique bronze ox. They offer varying designs—skulls, knights, crosses, wheels, wings, swords, crests, you name it—and many feature custom engraving options for personal and motorcycle club names.

Multiple designs are adorned with crystals from Swarovski® Crystals, the world’s leader in elegant crystals. Available colors include Aquamarine, Crystal, Emerald, Sapphire, and Siam—as skull’s eyes, on sword hilts, in wheel spokes, these beautiful stones catch the eye and take a design to a new level.

“The thing about these belt buckles is they’re not just sharp—they’re utilitarian,” said Keck. “We’re providing an accessory as durable and attractive as the bike you ride.”

Using a perfect symbiosis of imagination and technology, each 3-D item is custom-made and hand-finished in the United States. Varoom’s products have a lifetime warranty and are guaranteed against rusting and adverse weather conditions. Varoom’s belt buckle product line features over 20 original designs, with more in the works, and the company also has the capacity to manufacture customer-provided designs. Take a look for yourself at https://varoom3d.com. E-mail info@varoom3d.com or call (724) 351-0461 to find out more.

Hall of Fame Highlight Class of 2019

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The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is featuring Hall of Fame Highlights of this year’s outstanding new group of inductees. For the full story join us at the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (tickets available below). This year we honor Lonnie Isam, Jr. with the Pappy Hoel Award.

Lonnie Isam, Jr.

The mindset that old bikes should be entombed in shrines has shifted quite dramatically over the last decade, due in no small part to the efforts of one very quiet, unassuming antique enthusiast. Sturgis resident, Lonnie Isam Jr., sparked a worldwide age of enlightenment with his opinion that old motorcycles should be allowed to live out their time here on earth as they were intended: in the wind. He set about sharing that view with riders around the world and now, every other year since 2010, antique motorcycle owners take their ancient machines out on America’s back roads to prove their mechanical marvel’s mettle and that of themselves, as well.

Learn more about Lonnie Isam, Jr. and all of the 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees on August 7, 2019 at the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

The J.C. Pappy Hoel Award is reserved for individuals who have played a special role in the founding, maintaining and/or promoting the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

2019 HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY

DATE AND TIME
WED, AUGUST 7, 2019
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM MDT

LOCATION
THE LODGE AT DEADWOOD
100 PINE CREST DRIVE
DEADWOOD, SD 57732