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Palm Coast man accused of laundering money in motorcycle Ponzi scheme

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A 45-year-old Palm Coast man was being held Thursday on $1 million bail, accused of laundering money as part of a motorcycle Ponzi scheme, a Flagler County sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Michael Stevens of Calusa Court was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with money laundering, a first-degree felony, and "structuring," a second-degree felony, meaning that he evaded currency-transaction reporting requirements, according to court documents.

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MSU salutes Robert Pirsig and "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" with events Dec. 7-9

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Montana State University will host a conference on Dec. 7-9 honoring Robert Pirsig, writer and philosopher whose book "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," published in 1974, is one of the best-selling popular philosophy book of all time.


The three-day event held at various locations on campus will include appearances by national and internationally known speakers and teachers, philosophers and artists, filmmakers and motorcycle enthusiasts who will convene to discuss Pirsig's work, its meaning, and its legacy.

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Romney, Ryan visit Biketoberfest

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Biketoberfest is back today with the return of thousands of roaring Harley-Davidson riders in their leather and jeans, gearing up for rock concerts and beer.

But even the city's fall motorcycle rally can't escape the political season.

The city is bracing for a unique double-header Friday night, with Biketoberfest at full blast and a political rally by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan. The rally at the Daytona Beach Bandshell starts at 8 p.m., with ticket-holders allowed into the beachfront venue at 6 p.m.

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NHRA announces revisions to 2013 Pro Stock Motorcycle schedule

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NHRA officials announced today two revisions to the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule where the Pro Stock Motorcycle category competes.

In 2013, the Pro Stock Motorcycle class will visit zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, April 19-21, and be a part of the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. The category will compete four-wide along with Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock. In addition, the bikes will be featured at the inaugural NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, N.H., June 20-23. To accommodate the schedule changes, the Pro Stock Motorcycles will not compete in Atlanta and Brainerd.

In all, the Pro Stock Motorcycle class will compete in a 16-race schedule, with six of those races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. The season for the category kicks off at the 44th annual NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, March 14-17. A full Pro Stock Motorcycle schedule is listed below.

2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Schedule: Pro Stock Motorcycle
44th annual NHRA Gatornationals March 14-17 Gainesville, Fla.
Fourth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals April 19-21 Charlotte, N.C.
26th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals April 26-28 Houston
44th annual Toyota NHRA Summernationals May 30-June 2 Englishtown, N.J
Inaugural NHRA New England Nationals June 20-23 Epping, N.H.
16th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals June 27-30 Chicago
Seventh annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals July 4-7 Norwalk, Ohio
34th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals July 19-21 Denver
26th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals July 26-28 Sonoma, Calif.
59th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals Aug. 28-Sept. 2 Indianapolis
NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship
Sixth annual NHRA Nationals Sept. 13-15 Charlotte, N.C.
28th annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals Sept. 19-22 Dallas
Second annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals Sept. 27-29 St. Louis
29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals Oct. 3-6 Reading, Pa.
13th annual NHRA Nationals Oct. 24-27 Las Vegas
49th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Nov. 7-10 Pomona, Calif.

Road Warrior Headgear for Cold Weather Travel

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Here's the Road Warrior Headgear 2-Pack. It contains two functional all-weather headwraps for all riding conditions. The headgear styles featured in The Road Warrior Pack™ are designed specifically for today’s riders to combine comfort and function with good looks for the rider who has made the road their middle name. MSRP: $54.95

The Road Warrior “Cold” Pack contains 2 STRETCHGear TailedWraps (1 all weather wrap and 1 wrap for extreme cold):

·      The 1st – made from CPL (Cotton/Poly/Lycra), is RidersWraps  #1 most popular wrap and their top-selling fabric. This blend of cotton, polyester, and lycra™ will not shrink or fade and gets softer with every washing. The comfortable fit combined with the breathability of the cotton/poly mix, creates motorcycle headgear that is functional and looks great as well. Our signature “firm stretch fit” will enhance your comfort, which will enhance the comfort of your ride. This packable, comfortable stretch fabric is the perfect head wrap weight for every riding season.

·      The 2nd – made from Polartec® Power Dry® Sherling Grid. Polartec® Thermal Pro® fabrics are the most visually dynamic and technically advanced of the Polartec® insulation fabrics. Available in a variety of unique surface textures and patterns, many of which are designed to enhance performance, Polartec® Thermal Pro® fabrics are great styling options for virtually every end use. New high loft versions have achieved the highest warmth to weight ratios of any fabric Polartec® has ever offered.

As with all DesignWraps Brands, RiderWraps uses only the finest quality materials and fabrics manufactured here in the USA! For more information on RidersWraps New Road Warrior HeadGear packs or any of the other products offered by DesignWraps Brands, you can reach them at 877-700-4687, email them at or check them out online at

MIDNIGHT RIDER: Operation Thundertaker EPISODE 1

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Lisette Sandrine Duran:  French/ English descent, Age: 27, Hair: Black/Auburn, Eyes: Green, Height: 5’7”, Weight: 122 lbs, Occupation: Central Security Service, CSS agent for the United States Government.

Miroslav Kozmo Marz aka (Koz) Czechoslovakian/English descent,Age: 36, Hair: Blond, Eyes: Blue, Height: 6’1”, Weight 195lbs, Occupation: Moto/Photo-Journalist Graduated masters in journalism at UCLA.

Kismet inextricably entwined Koz and Liz while both were on an assignment. Koz was writing a story on the Corridor of Death. Lisette was investigating the same murders linked to an international conspiracy.  For two months they collaborated and are now romantically involved. The case is officially closed and both Liz and Koz have been debriefed at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. READ FULL STORY

How's This For Law Enforcement?

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Young motorcycle racers may take police warnings more seriously if a new tire puncturing device is put into use on Bangkok streets.

Thailand's new national police chief Adul Saengsingkaew istaking aim at one of the country's most dangerous groups: street motorcycle racers.
Street racing ‘‘is a blatant violation of the law’’, he said yesterday. ‘‘If the police fail to stop it, more people will follow suit and racing could become an acceptable trend among youngsters.’’

A mobile device which can deliver a metal row of spikes to stop motorcycles is demonstrated at the Bangkok PoliceHeadquarters. Police are mulling whether to buy the equipment to deter teen bike racers. Photos by THITI WANNAMONTHA

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