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Motorcycle gang donates RM25k to Kelantanese dad with special needs kids

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by TAN MEI ZI from https://www.malaymail.com

They may look like rebels but a group of Malaysian motorcyclists proved that they have hearts of gold after helping a single father and his special needs children.

In a Facebook post, Geng Motorsport member Aresif Pok Are shared how the group collected donations totalling RM25,140 for Mohd Zain Abdullah, whose three children are living with cerebral palsy.

Mohd Zain gave up his job to look after them after his wife passed away from breast cancer in 2016, Berita Harian reported.

When he returned to work, the Kelantanese father-of-seven could only take up a job as a carpenter near his house as he needed to commute back home frequently to attend to his children’s needs.

Mohd Zain’s 21-year-old son also had to put off work to help care for his younger siblings who require assistance with everyday tasks such as bathing and eating.

The family’s story of hardship caught the attention of Geng Motorsport after it made the rounds on social media and WhatsApp groups.

Made up of motorcycle clubs from Kelantan and Terengganu, the Geng Motorsport members banded together to ride to Mohd Zain’s residence in Kampung Kok Keli to present him with a monetary gift to ease his burdens.

The group’s spokesperson Ardy Datok Agos added that it was the biggest donation the group has ever collected throughout their history of charitable deeds, according to KitaReporters.

Aresif said they continued to receive financial aid for Mohd Zain even up until the last minute.

“Thank you to everyone who donated, even up until the last second there were still people who wanted to contribute.

“The struggles faced by Mohd Zain truly touched our hearts and we pray that he remains strong and under God’s care always,” wrote Aresif.

Motorcycle Live returns to the NEC this weekend

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Motorcycle Live returns to the NEC this weekend and you can still get tickets

The two wheeled extravaganza runs from 16th – 24th November

by Scott Dickinson from https://www.birminghammail.co.uk

Strap on your helmets because the UK’s largest motorcycle show rides back into Birmingham this weekend with even more attractions for the entire family.

The biking exhibition, in association with Bikesure Insurance, proved very popular last year pulling in 103,702 fans and over 40 of the world’s leading manufacturers.

Motorcycle Live runs from 16th-24th November 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham

This year’s attendance is set to spike with the introduction of brand new content for the little ones. This includes the Arenacross Toddler’s experience for kids too young for an electric bike, but still want to get involved. The show is also introducing a Live Treasure Hunt that will encourage under 10s to explore the show, answering questions and winning prizes.

Motorcycle Live has notoriously always had family at heart, ensuring the day of biking is a thrill for people of all ages. This year 4-12 year olds can get in gear and ride an electric bike on a learner-friendly track. Those aged seven or over can try out OSET machines in the ACU Try Trials.

However, the Moto-Cirque Arena proves the main attraction for most families, showcasing professional riders performing incredible aerial FMX stunts. The neon spectacular remains a treat for the senses, and motorheads across the UK can’t wait to see it.

The Social Hub is also set to reappear following its overwhelming success last year, inviting attendees to meet their favourite moto-vloggers, bloggers and media personalities. The space is theirs to do what they please, so get ready to creatively interact with some of your online icons!

With all of this, incredible competitions and even cheaper parking than 2018’s show (£10 when booked in advance and £12 on the door), the exhibition is unmissable.

With free entry for kids under five and just £1.00 entry for 6-16 year olds (excluding admin fee), other tickets are priced at £10.80/ £12.00/£17.55/£19.50/£25.00 (excluding admin fee).

They can be purchased now from The Ticket Factory official bookings page here!

Norton Motorcycles the 121 Year Old Iconic British Motorcycle is Crowdfunding on Crowdcube

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by JD Alois from https://www.crowdfundinsider.com

Norton Motorcycles the 121-year-old legendary British motorcycle company, is planning to raise capital on Crowdcube.

Norton Motorcycles UK Ltd is seeking £1 million to help fill product pipeline orders and to continue to innovate and develop its bikes. Additionally, the company states that the offering’s objective is to give global customers and bike enthusiasts a chance to become part of the heritage company, “profiting from its continued success.” While the offering page is not yet live, you may register your interest in participating in the securities offering here.

Earlier this month, Norton gave £1 million worth of shares to its employees.

Norton’s current CEO Stuart Garner bought the company in 2008 with little experience in bike manufacturing but a passion from the brand, and has since kept it going expanding its line and exporting bikes around the world.

Norton shares the following data points:

  • Cumulative sales of £43m with profitable and growing revenue
  • Year on Year EBITDA growth of 55% with forecast EBITDA growth of 65%
  • £15 million invested into R&D to deliver a fully developed model range
  • Successful new model launches giving a £30m order book
  • 15,000Sq ft new production facility to increase current production
  • Only British motorcycle manufacturer to design, engineer and fabricate all of its chassis’ in its UK

The details of the securities offering are not yet available along with the valuation and current year financials but these should be made available once the offering is live on Crowdcube.

You can review the most recent financials on its Companies House page including year-end financials from 2018 that are an interesting read.

The motorcycles are beautiful bikes – you cannot argue with that. If you saw the James Bond film Spectre you would have seen a Norton blessing the screen.

Garner says Norton has a proud history of engineering exclusive British motorcycles:

“… it’s thanks to our skilled workforce and experienced management team which has allowed the brand to thrive and continue to build globally recognised bikes. It is thanks to our deep connection with our riders, owners and the motorcycle community that we are following our gift of £1m share to our staff with looking to build a successful long term shareholder base from the wider community itself.”

Garner adds that during the past 10 years they have developed a niche in the motorcycle industry designing stunning bikes and producing them in low volume – all hand-built in Great Britain.

Garner claims that new models, the V4 and 650 range, have generated a £30 million order book. Look for the offering to go live on Crowdcube in the coming weeks.

 

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.

NEW FROM JIMS: JIMS® Rocker Shaft & Hardware Kit for Milwaukee-Eight Engines

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In an effort to perfect Milwaukee-Eight® engine valve train geometry, while improving durability, JIMS® has developed performance rocker shafts and proprietary hardware. The rocker arm shafts are precision machined from a low alloy nickel, chromium, molybdenum case hardened steel. The hardware flats on the end of the shafts are held to a .0005” paralleltolerance, assuring the rocker is seated in the correct position with the pushrod cup & valve stem tip when installed correctly.

JIMS has taken it one step further, and developed a 4130 stud and nut kit to replace the stock hardware used to secure the rocker shafts. Compared to a stock “bolt”, these JIMS manufactured studs allow the technician the assembly finesse required when torquing the rocker arm shafts on the cylinder head during engine assembly.

These shafts not only improve the stock head configuration; they are a must in a performance application with increased spring pressure.

You can purchase the Rocker Shaft and Hardware Kit (No.5836) for $335, or the Rocker Shaft Kit without Hardware (No.5837) for $211.95. For more information please contact us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.

Marijuana makes you want more sex, not less — and it might even make you enjoy it more

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Smoking weed could enhance your sex drive. 
The stereotype of a weed smoker is that they’re lazy and can’t be bothered to do anything.
  • This includes sex.
  • However, according to recent research, that isn’t true at all.
  • In fact, people who use cannabis reported having more sex.
  • A separate study found that women who used cannabis before sex found it more enjoyable.

A common stereotype is that smoking weed makes you lazy. A “stoner” is often portrayed as someone who sits around snacking on junk food and is too languid to do anything — including have sex.

But scientific research has pushed back on this cliché. According to one study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine last year and spotted by Forbes, marijuana use is associated with increased sexual frequency. In other words, people who used cannabis had more sex than those who didn’t — as much as 20% more.

The team from Stanford University in California analyzed data from more than 28,000 women and 22,000 men who were surveyed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Results showed there was no basis in the idea that cannabis reduces your libido, as there was no link between its use and impaired sexual function.

“Frequent marijuana use doesn’t seem to impair sexual motivation or performance. If anything, it’s associated with increased coital frequency,” Michael Eisenberg, the senior author of the study and an assistant professor of urology at Stanford, said in a statement.

He said the study doesn’t establish a causal connection between marijuana and sex — that is, that smoking marijuana makes you want more sex. But the results hint at it.

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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.