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Congressional Motorcycle Caucus formed in U.S. House

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U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) and Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) are serving as co-chairmen of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus for the new 113th Congress, the American Motorcyclist Association reports. 

The bi-partisan caucus, which has existed for many years, was formally recognized by the House for the new Congress. Official caucuses must register and be recognized at the start of every two-year Congress. 

The caucus is made up of members of Congress who are passionate about motorcycling and who work to promote the interests of motorcyclists. 

"It's wonderful to have Reps. Burgess and Griffin leading the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus," said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations and a former U.S. senator and representative from Colorado. "The Congressional Motorcycle Caucus is made up of dedicated members of Congress who ensure that motorcyclists aren't forgotten on Capitol Hill. Reps. Burgess and Griffin have proven that they are true friends of motorcycling. 

"We look forward to working with our old friends in the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus, as well as new members who join, to help protect and promote the motorcycling lifestyle," Allard said. 

Burgess said that he was looking forward to working with Griffin on the Caucus.

"We welcome the registration of the Motorcycle Caucus for the 113th Congress," Burgess said. "Having previously served as the Caucus chair, I welcome Congressman Tim Griffin as co-chair. We, along with other congressional members, will once again provide a platform and a voice here in Washington for motorcycle enthusiasts and our safety." 

"I look forward to growing the Motorcycle Caucus as the voice in Congress for America's more than 25 million motorcyclists," Griffin said. "As a rider, I recognize that there are many important issues affecting us, such as unreasonable limits on trail riding areas, the need for additional safety awareness, and ethanol mandates that harm motorcycle engines." 

Caucus Member and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Vice Chairman John Duncan said, "Motorcycling is important to my district and to me personally. I look forward to continuing to work with the co-chairs and other members to highlight the need for motorcycle safety and to promote the use of motorcycles and scooters as fun, fuel efficient transportation options for many Americans." 

The CMC includes members of Congress from both sides of the aisle who are committed to advancing motorcycling and improving the safety of motorcyclists. At the start of each Congress, all caucuses must be reestablished and recognized formally by the House. This is the fourth consecutive congressional session that the CMC has been organized.

Harley-Davidson and Sturgis Buffalo Chip Join Forces for Annual Biker Belles Celebration

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The Sturgis Buffalo Chip and Harley-Davidson are teaming up for the Sturgis Rally’s preeminent celebration of women in motorcycling.  The 5th annual Biker Belles ride & celebration will take place Tuesday, August 6 with registration and events starting at the Lodge of Deadwood, followed by an escorted ride to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip for a special riders’ reception and charity auction.  Tickets for the event can be purchased online by logging onto www.BikerBelles.com. Ticket sales go to support Helping with Horsepower ® and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame ®

The annual Biker Belles Celebration will kick off in historic Deadwood, SD, with special events for all Biker Belles participants. A comfort zone, including massage, shopping and other amenities will be available as well as a photo booth for fun snapshots with fellow Biker Belles. An inspiring Symposium paneled by leading women in the industry, including Shelly Rossemeyer, Laura Klock, and Jessi Combs will follow registration. An escorted ride through the beautiful canyons of the Black Hills will be led by Ride Captain Meg McDonough and arrive at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

The special Biker Belles reception at the Chip’s Russ Brown Events Center highlights fun, friends, and fashion with live music provided by none other than Iron Cowgirl Missy, a biker fashion show featuring Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes, and live and silent auctions of donated items from industry companies. To top off the festivities, Shelly Rossmeyer and the Rossmeyer family of Destination Daytona have generously donated a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to be customized by moto-celebrity Jessi Combs, show host of All Girls Garage and Overhaulin’. The finished bike will be featured in the live auction, which is open to the public this year to help broaden the message of support for women in motorcycling.

“It doesn’t get any bigger in Sturgis than the Buffalo Chip and Harley-Davidson. We are very excited to be working with Harley-Davidson and Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona, as part of one the most iconic brands in motorcycling. The Biker Belles Celebration is a distinctive event, showcasing the women motorcycling community’s generosity by supporting two deserving charities while providing women riders a home, a platform, and an opportunity to have fun and celebrate motorcycling.” – Toni Woodruff, Project Manager of Biker Belles – Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Tickets for the 2013 Biker Belles celebration are available at www.BikerBelles.com or by calling 605) 347-9000. The ticket contribution is $45 per person with 100% going directly to the chosen charities. This ride is open to all men, women, riders and non-riders who support women in motorcycling. Tickets to Tuesday’s concert headliner, Toby Keith, may be purchased separately.

More Sturgis Buffalo Chip camping, concert and events information can be found on www.BuffaloChip.com.

The 32nd annual Buffalo Chip festival has a growing list of one-of-a-kind events that take place August 2-11, 2013 during the 73rd Sturgis motorcycle rally. View them at www.BuffaloChip.Com/EVENTS.aspx.

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Catch Performance Machine At Costa Mesa Speedway

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Don't miss Performance Machine at this year’s 45th season opener of the Costa Mesa Speedway this Saturday, May 11th. Come by and see what new items PM is currently offering! 

Remember, doors open at 6pm, and the first race starts at 7:30pm. Watch these motorcycle competitors race neck to neck, in this one night, winner takes all battle!

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U.S. lawmaker introduces bill to stop funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints

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A U.S. lawmaker has introduced a bill to not only end funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints but also to put more emphasis on motorcycle safety programs, the American Motorcyclist Association reports. 

On May 7, U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduced H.R. 1861 to prohibit the U.S. Transportation Department from providing funds to state and local authorities for motorcycle-only checkpoints. The bill, called the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act, also has language to force U.S. transportation officials to focus motorcycle safety efforts on crash prevention programs rather than national helmet mandates. 

"Current law states that highway safety plans must prevent accidents and reduce injuries," Sensenbrenner said. "The Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act would require highway safety plans to include programs that prevent accidents in order to reduce injuries and deaths resulting from accidents involving motor vehicles and motorcycles. 

"This small change will make a significant impact because it highlights that preventing accidents is the best way to save motorcyclists' lives," he said. 

For more information, go to www.americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/issueslegislation.

S&S premium High Performance Tappets

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S&S Cycle announces a new line of premium performance tappets for 1999-'13 Harley-Davidson® big twin and 2000-'13 Sportster® models. These new Premium High Performance Tappets are intended for demanding street riders and racers, but are great in any engine. They are machined to a higher standard to provide optimized leak down rates for quick pump up, consistent quiet operation, and stability at high rpm. They also feature a low mass, bearing grade, silicon nitride check ball and a lighter ball spring, which allows these tappets to operate efficiently on less oil pressure. That means they pump up quickly and stay quiet from start-up to the end of the ride, even with high oil temperatures. Thanks to the close machining tolerances and low leak down rates they also handle high lift cams and stronger, performance valve springs with ease, extending the usable rpm range of your engine. Precise top end oil metering delivers just the right amount of oil to the rocker arms. This avoids leaks and oil carry over from too much oil, as well as premature rocker and valve wear from insufficient oil supply.

S&S Premium High Performance Tappets are available with or without the S&S HL2T limited travel kit installed. With the close tolerance and optimum leak down rate of these lifters, the main benefit of the limited travel kit is to improve starting for engines not equipped with S&S Easy Start Cams. Sold in sets of four only.

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Pulstar Pulse Plugs Provide Improved Throttle Response for American V-Twin Motorcycles

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Designed to provide quicker throttle response and pure power, Pulstar® Pulse Plugs from Enerpulse, Inc. are ideal for American V-Twin motorcycles. Independent certified testing shows Pulstar Pulse Plugs provide up to 10 percent better fuel economy, smoother operation and easier starting as well. Pulstar Pulse Plugs are available for most V-Twin cruiser applications. For more information on Pulstar Pulse Plugs, the Official Plug of the Hot Bike Power Tour, phone 888-800-6700 or visit www.pulstar.com.

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Lane Splitting General Guidelines For Motorcycles

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Lane splitting in a safe and prudent manner is not illegal in the state of California.

 

The term lane splitting, sometimes known as lane sharing, filtering or white-lining, refers to the process of a motorcyclist riding between lanes of stopped or slower moving traffic or moving between lanes to the front of traffic stopped at a traffic light. 

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MIDNIGHT RIDER ON A GRAVEYARD RUN Book Reading in Long Beach

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Catch Author Koz Mraz on May 25th at Makai Coffee house in Long Beach @ 5:30 WATCH VIDEO HERE

This book takes the reader into a dark side of riding motorcycles, into the facts behind highway murders, and into a sultry, mystical, Twilight Zone experience. The author can write like an assassin takes aim, deadly accurate. His descriptions leave you with the taste of blood on your lips.

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