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Mass. AG announces $2.8 million in refunds through motorcycle insurance settlements

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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced $2.8 million in refunds Tuesday through settlements with two insurance companies that allegedly overcharged policyholders who owned motorcycles.

Encompass Insurance Company, an Allstate subsidiary, and Amica Mutual Insurance Company allegedly overcharged Massachusetts consumers illegally by using inflated and un-depreciated motorcycle values for the calculation of insurance premiums.

Under the terms of the assurances of discontinuance, Amica will pay more than $800,000 and Encompass will pay more than $2 million to policyholders. The two carriers must send out more than 10,000 refund checks before February and make civil payments of $93,600 to the state.

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Motorcycles could bypass emissions test in Phoenix

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According to a new proposal, more than 70,000 Arizona motorcycle owners could each save $19 a year by skipping annual emissions tests.

Trevor Baggiore, deputy director of air quality with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, said motorcycles make up 3.5 percent of vehicles on Valley roads and account for less than one percent of total emissions.

"Most people especially here in Arizona in the summer don't drive their motorcycles," Baggiore said. "Also, just the emissions characteristics of a motorcycle are different from cars and they get better gas mileage."

He said dropping mandatory tests will not impact air quality.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency supports the change and the requirement could disappear in early spring.

Australian Government Praises Motorcyclists

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An official report from the Australian government has sung the praises of bikers for enriching and improving city living. 

The State of Australian Cities Report, which annually reviews the state of Australia's eighteen largest urban areas, concluded that the nations 700,000 motorcyclists and scooter riders produce lower emissions than car drivers, take up less space on congested roads and reduce pressure on city parking areas.

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Anti-Lock Brakes Soon On All Motorcycles?

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Harley-Davidson Inc. and other motorcycle manufacturers may have to include anti-lock brakes as standard equipment on all of their street bikes in only a few years.

The American Motorcyclist Association says the European Parliament has approved a proposal to require anti-lock brakes on all new motorcycles and trikes with engines larger than 125 cubic centimeters beginning in 2016.

That would cover the entire Harley-Davidson lineup, including Sportster bikes that currently don't have the technology as an option.

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AMA's Robert Rasor re-elected to FIM Board of Directors

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American Motorcyclist Association Director of International Affairs Robert Rasor has been re-elected as a member of the Board of Directors for the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the international governing body for motorcycle sport and touring. Rasor also serves as the appointed vice president of the FIM. 

"It is gratifying to be recognized for contributions to the motorcycling community by FIM national federations from around the world," Rasor said. "I am honored to be in a position to continue serving motorcycling as the member of the FIM Board of Directors and to ensure that the interests of the AMA and riders in North America are represented on the world level." 

Rasor was re-elected to a four-year term at the FIM General Assembly in Monaco on Dec. 1. Rasor joins Spain's Juan Moreta in being re-elected this year. Jorgen Bitsch of Denmark was newly elected to the board. 

"This post is a prestigious and important seat at the international table," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "It gives Rob the opportunity to advise the FIM on critical issues that can affect motorcycling for years to come. Rob is uniquely capable of serving in this important position." 

Rasor has served as an FIM vice president since October 2005. Rasor also heads the FIM's Alternative Energy Working Group and has served as president of the FIM's Commission on Mobility, Transport, Road Safety and Public Policy, increasing the organization's involvement in motorcyclists' rights. In addition, Rasor is a past president of the North American Motorcycle Union, one of six regional groups within the FIM that is now known as FIM North America. 

Rasor began his career in the AMA Government Relations Department, serving as vice president from the early 1980s until his appointment as AMA president in 2000. Rasor accepted the post of director of international affairs in 2006. 

Rasor has more than 40 years of motorcycling experience, has been an amateur motocross racer and has toured on street bikes extensively in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Matchless Brand Sold & Set for Comeback

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One of the oldest motorcycle brands in the world has changed hands, yet again, as the British marque Matchless has reportedly been sold. Changing hands from Greek to Italian ownership, the Matchless brand is now in the hands of Franco Malenotti, of Belstaff apparel fame.

Hoping to revitalize the motorcycle brand in a similar way as he did with Belstaff, Malenotti plans at first to build a limited production series of motorcycles, which will draw their inspiration from the G80, Silver Hawk, and Silver Arrow designs.

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BIKERNET TRAVEL – Adventure Travel Show in L.A.

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Bikernet  recently opened its new TRAVEL department check it out  BIKERNET TRAVEL

Also check out the 8th Annual Travel and Adventure Show. A really  cool place to plan your next trip to Cleveland of Kathmandu

California's largest travel show, the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show, today announced its featured speakers, including explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau, The Bachelor's Chris Harrison, and PBS television host Rick Steves, among others. Named as one of Southern California's top 10 trade shows or conventions by BizBash, the 2013 Travel & Adventure Show will also feature consumer seminars, interactive family-friendly activities, and industry-focused trade events.

 

The 2013 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show will take place January 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Tickets are available online for $9 with Promo Code "LAPR" or at the door for $12. Children under 16 years old are free. For tickets and event information, visit www.LAtravelshow.com, email info@LAtravelshow.com, or call 203-878-2577.

Victory Celebrates Baggers at Long Beach Int’l. Motorcycle Show, Dec.7-9

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Victory Motorcycles has a busy weekend planned for the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show, Dec. 7-9, including: The introduction of a Factory Custom Painted Cross Country, the debut of a Buffalo Chip Custom Bagger styled by Cory Ness, Victory demo rides, autograph sessions featuring Playboy Playmates and “The Gunny” (actor R. Lee Ermey), a Toys for Tots gift collection – and more.

“The Long Beach IMS is always a high-energy show with a lot of Victory riders turning out,” said Victory Marketing Manager Josh Fulkerson. “Riders need to check out everything from the Victory demo rides outside the convention center to the incredible Victory Bagger Bar and accessory wall at our display inside.” 

Victory Celebrates Baggers at Long Beach — Victory offers bagger riders the best selection of premium baggers, including the Cross Country®, Cross Roads® Classic, Hard-Ball™, and the Zach Ness Cross Country®. All of these models will be on display at the Long Beach IMS, where Victory will celebrate baggers with:

• The unveiling of two special baggers: A Factory Custom Painted Cross Country and a one-off Buffalo Chip Custom Bagger styled by Cory Ness.

The Factory Custom Painted Cross Country will be unveiled at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Victory display. It will be on display – and available in the Victory demo ride fleet – the rest of the weekend.

The Buffalo Chip Custom Bagger will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by a Cory Ness autograph session. Cory will also sign autographs at the Victory display on Saturday, Dec. 8, at noon and at 6 p.m.

• Riders will be able to take a seat at the Victory Bagger Bar and discuss Victory baggers and accessories with Victory engineers, product developers and accessories specialists.

Victory Demo Rides Saturday & Sunday — Demo rides on 2013 Victory models will start from the parking lot of the Long Beach Convention Center from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9.

All Victory models are represented in the demo fleet, including cruisers such as the Victory Judge and all-new Boardwalk, touring models like the Cross Country Tour, and baggers, including the Factory Custom Painted Cross Country that will be unveiled at the show. 

Victory Salute to Military Personnel — The Long Beach IMS opens on Dec. 7, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and Victory is offering a weekend-long special salute to military personnel. Several U.S. Marines will be stationed at the Victory display to oversee collection of donations for Toys for Tots. Marines and Marine Reservists have collected and distributed holiday gifts for needy youngsters across America every year since 1947.

Also appearing at the Victory display will be Marine veteran, actor and Victory rider R. Lee Ermey, “The Gunny” in the film “Full Metal Jacket.” Gunny will sign autographs at the Victory display on Friday, Dec. 7, from 7-8 p.m., and three times on Saturday, Dec. 8: 10-11 a.m., 2-3 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. 

The Victory Military Priority Program lets any demo rider who is currently serving in the military get a special wristband good for first choice of Victory demo bikes. 

Playmates to Make Appearances — Two Playboy Playmates featured in the 2013 Victory Motorcycles product brochure – Raquel Pomplun, and Anna Sophia Berglund – will sign autographs at the Victory display on Friday, Dec. 7, from 6-7 p.m., and three times Saturday, Dec. 8: 11 a.m.-noon, 4-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.

Victory Offers IMS Ticket Discounts — Victory is making it easier than ever for riders to attend IMS events all winter. Riders can save $3 per ticket for any IMS event when they purchase tickets online in advance at www.motorcycleshows.com and enter the Victory discount code: Victory3.

At the Long Beach show, any rider who brings an unwrapped toy for the Victory Toys for Tots drive will receive $5 off a ticket purchased at the gate.

Valerie Thompson to Appear at Long Beach International Motorcycle Show December 7-9

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Valerie Thompson, owner/driver of Valerie Thompson Racing (VTR), will display her record setting BMW S 1000 RR race bike and host autograph sessions at the BMW Motorrad USA booth at the upcoming International Motorcycle Show (IMS) in Long Beach December 7-9. She will also make appearances at the Shorai Battery display in the Market Place area of the show.
 
Thompson set 3 new land speed records this year with her Martech Services Company sponsored BMW S 1000 RR. She also became a charter member of the “Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club” after running a top speed of 209.5 mph at the event in June. Thompson holds three land speed records in East Coast Timing Associations (ECTA) events and two records at the Bonneville Salt Flats BUB Speed Trials.
Based on Thompson’s successful racing results, BMW Motorrad USA will partner with VTR for the 2013 racing season through the BMW Motorrad HP Race Parts program. “Over the past few days, Mark Ledesma at GO AZ Motorcycles of Scottsdale has been installing new BMW Motorrad HP Race Parts to my DoubleR. We can’t wait to dyno the bike with the new equipment. I’m looking forward to promoting the HP Race Parts program, my first choice when it comes to performance enhancing equipment for my race bike. I’m confident we’ll see a dramatic performance improvement,” said Thompson.
 
The show will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard.
Visit http://www.motorcycleshows.com/long-beach for show hours and ticket prices.

 
Valerie Thompson Background
Thompson is a five-time land speed record holder and owner/driver of the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing Motorcycle Team. She has also competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association & National Hot Rod Association drag racing series.
 
Valerie Thompson Racing sponsors include: Martech Services Company – maker of quality air breathing systems, CTEK Battery Chargers, La-Man Corporation, TROON Enterprises, Stay Fast Custom Clothing Company, BMW Motorrad HP Race Parts, GO AZ Motorcycles of Scottsdale, Metro Auto Auction, JEGS, Vortex Racing, Worldwide Bearings, Stand Up Photos, Hyperpro Performance Suspension Products, and Shorai Battery.
 
International Motorcycle Show (IMS) Background
The International Motorcycle Show is one America’s largest motorcycle trade shows series connecting consumers, dealers, retailers, custom builders, OEM’s, and motorcycle parts/accessories suppliers. The event is organized by Advanstar, the largest producer of trade shows and conventions for the powersports industry worldwide, including the Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo and the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows®. It also publishes the leading trade magazines Dealernews, which covers all aspects of motorcycle and powersports retailing.
 
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2013 Iron & Lace Calendar – Cool Customs and Hot Centerfolds

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The 2013 edition of the legendary Mikuni American Carburetor sponsored Iron & Lace Calendar continues with features a 16-month look at the world's top custom motorcycles photographed with beautiful centerfold models by legendary photographer Jim Gianatsis featuring the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show's Calendar Bike Championship winners: Jim Giuffra and the AFT Customs Girls' Best of Show winner 'Sentoh" based on a legendary Honda CB750, Ben Beck’s radical 1st Place Street American V-twin Custom "Nitemare’, Ron Baldinado and Philip Lopez / Crown Customs 1st Place with their Sporty bobber "Nasty", and Hiroyuki Hirata / BB Group, Japan, wild 1st Place Pro Builder Class V-Twin winner. There's also a cool custom bobber named ‘Hot Shoe’ from Todd Silicato / ToddsCycle.com, the show winning Lamb Engineering's Gold Star Cafe Racer and more, together with beautiful centerfold models in revealing lingerie! 

The 2013 FastDates.com PinUp Calendars including Iron & Lace Custom Bikes, Fast Dates Racebikes, and Garage Girls reveal a full 16 months of the world's top motorcycles with beautiful pin up models beginning with September 2012. They are premium quality printed in full color on 15×15-inch dull coated heavy art board and wire spiral bound with a hang clip for easy wall display and page turning. Ask for them at you favorite motorcycle dealer, distributed in the USA by Van Leeuwen and Mid-USA.  Suggested retail $16.96. Order toll-free by phone in the USA 1-800-461-1226 / International 001-818-896-2200 and online at http://www.FastDates.com. In Europe order from  www.Crossbow-Calendars.com, Custom Chrome Europe, W&W Cycles and Zodiac.