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U.S. Motorcycle Thefts Decline Even as California Gains

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Motorcycle thefts in the U.S. fell at a slower pace last year as declines in Texas and Florida were partially offset by an increase in California, the National Insurance Crime Bureau said.

There were 46,667 thefts in the U.S. last year, a decrease of 6 percent from 2010, even as motorcycle sales rose, according to a report released today by the Des Plaines, Illinois-based group. Thefts dropped 13 percent in 2009 and 11 percent in 2010.

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Readers Pipe Up About Noisy Motorcycles

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Ron emails: “Motorcycles need to be loud — for safety. Yes, you’ve heard this before but it is true. A car vs. a motorcycle; who do you think wins? Someone in a car or SUV texting or on the phone not paying attention drifts into another lane, or a car is sitting on a side street looking for an opening to join traffic on the main street — if they don’t see or hear the motorcycle, who wins the crash?

“If a car driver hears a loud motorcycle, the driver is ‘disturbed’ or ‘annoyed;’ if the car driver doesn’t hear the motorcycle, the cyclist could be dead,” Ron adds. “Motorcyclists are some of the safest drivers around because they have to be. Of course there is such a thing as ‘too loud,’ but when it comes to motorcycles, loud is not ‘too loud.’ ”

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Hubert Rides All Over The World

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Some of you may already know, but none the less it's worth sharing the news again about Ural Motorcycles' most incredible ambassador, Hubert. The Timeless Ride unfortunately came to a temporary halt earlier this summer when Hubert was stricken with illness. For some time it was very critical, and the prognosis and possible outcomes all seemed very dire at best. We're happy to report that recently Hubert has been on the upswing. He is able to eat, and as he just recently reported on his blog, he's feeling hundreds of times better than he did just a few months ago.

If you want to know more, or share your compassion with this incredible adventurer, click the photo to be linked to his blog.

Former Mongols member wants motorcycle returned

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Four years to the day after federal agents arrested him and 77 other members of the Mongols motorcycle gang in a racketeering and conspiracy case, Al "The Suit" Cavazos will appear Tuesday in federal court.

Cavazos wants his good name restored and his $3,800 bike returned.

He may get the motorcycle back, his attorney said.

"It now looks like he will be the only defendant who will go to trial" seeking return of seized property, Cavazos' attorney Phillip Deitch said.

The bike was among included hundreds of rifles, pistols and shotguns, thousands of rounds of ammunition, $178,361 in cash, 139 motorcycles, nine cartons of cigarettes, a Daisy BB gun, a Honda Civic, a GMC Yukon and assorted pieces of jewelry taken by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Oct. 9, 2008.

The ATF and federal prosecutors claimed the items represent booty and swag collected by a criminal organization involved in assaults, attempted murder and illegal drug sales over the course of several years.

In recent weeks U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter – known as "King David" to lawyers appearing in his courtroom – has returned several items to members of the gang including their bikes.

Several others – many doing federal time in connection with the case – have withdrawn claims to their motorcycles, guns and jewelry. Among those was Cavazos' nephew Ruben "Lil Rubes" Cavazos, Jr.

On the other hand, Cavazos' brother, Ruben "Doc" Cavazos, the former club president, had his claim tossed by Carter for not following federal court protocol, according to court documents.

In an email from federal prison, Cavazos indicated that might be a likely outcome.

"The ATF, realizing that we have purchased our motorcycles with monies earned through legal employment, has creatively expanded its reasons to rob United States citizens of their hard earned possessions," Cavazos wrote. "In this case (that was) our mode of transportation, our motorcycles."

But considering the fate of 11 other alleged gang members, Carter, known for being "tough but fair", ruled Monday that being Mongols didn't necessarily make the men drug pushers.

"In sum, the government has failed to show a substantial connection between these motorcycles and the Mongols' drug conspiracy,' Carter wrote.

In harsh terms, Carter has previously admonished prosecutors for their actions in the case, which is known as U.S. versus Assorted Firearms, according to Donald Charles Davis, a blogger atagingrebel.comand author of "Out Bad."

"If I was the taxpayers, I'd tear down the courthouse," Carter said. "Thirty percent of these things have nothing to do with justice."

Al Cavazos hoped to present evidence that members of the club were railroaded by Montebello police Sergeant Chris Cervantes and his partner, ATF agent John Ciccone, who built their RICO case by misrepresenting the details of a 2007 shooting outside Nicola's, a Commerce strip club.

Without ruling on the merit of Al "The Suit's" claim against Cervantes and Ciccone, Carter said Monday he will not retry the original conspiracy case.

"Such evidence is not relevant to the forfeiture issues in the civil case," Carter said in an order published Monday.

Cavazos said he was disappointed.

"Everyone pleaded guilty in this case for good reason," he said. "Because when the officers lie you don't have a chance."

A complaint Cavazos filed against Cervantes with the Montebello Police Department has been rejected.

David Santillian, national president of the club, has criticized Al's insistence on digging into the Nicola's shooting and said that the Cavazos brothers have been ejected from the Mongols.

"The Suit", "Doc" and "Lil Rubes" are considered "out bad", Santillian said.

Trial in federal court on the case begins Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in Los Angeles.

Samson Introduces the Legend Series

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Samson recently introduced the Legend Series (two individual pipes on one side) for baggers, dressers and most other Harley-Davidson models. The Legend Series offers a show quality finish with Samson’s exclusive Quad Chrome plating that provides ultimate adhesion and corrosion protection. (Sinister black ceramic finish available upon request) This high performance exhaust system has been designed and tuned to produce maximum horsepower, torque and awesome sound. Every exhaust manufactured by Samson is dyno tested before going into mass production for the ultimate in performance. The removable heat shields are pre-installed and the system is ready to bolt on right out of the box.

Samson exhaust systems are manufactured with a true double wall construction to prevent bluing due to the heat that is generated in a motorcycle exhaust. Every one of these systems is not only made to look great, but to also perform perfectly for your bike.
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