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Help Petition the Federal Government To Stop Funding Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints

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Want to take a stand for the rights of motorcyclists? Here is your chance to stop the practice of motorcycle-only checkpoints. First implemented by the State of New York, inspection checkpoints that apply only to motorcycles have become a more common practice across the United States, and are an act of discrimination that is primarily due to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) funding of the practice through special grants.


Implemented under the guise of operating for the public’s safety, states like New York have been able to target motorcyclists at checkpoints for vehicle and passenger inspection, even when the motorcyclists have broken no apparent laws, with no similar checkpoints being setup for automobile drivers.
An alarming trend in the unfair application of the law, some states, like California, have been able to preemptively ban the practice through their legislative branches; however, other states like New York have continue using motorcycle-only checkpoints, with the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirming motorcycle-only checkpoints as lawful in New York.

Over two years ago, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) urged NHTSA Administrator David Strickland to cease the NHTSA’s funding of motorcycle-only checkpoints. After denying the request, the NHTSA has continued to provide federal funds to state and local police programs for the specific use of these checkpoints (the NHTSA’s response is here).

While the issue will be delayed for years in the courts, there is something that we as motorcyclists can do now in order to enact change. You may have already heard of The White House’s “We the People” website, a site where citizens can petition the federal government for specific actions, and if enough people sign a petition, President Obama and his staff have to take the matter under consideration. Click here to sign the petition.

Implementing the petition has two barriers. The first barrier is a 150 signature requirement to have the petition listed on the “We the People” website within 30 days of its creation (today). The second barrier is 25,000 signatures (within 30 days), which once reached means the petition goes before the Obama administration and will elicit a response from the federal government.

A bit more complicated than a Facebook “like” button, you have to setup an account with The White House’s petition site in order to sign a petition, which takes a minute or two and requires you to confirm your email address. All said and done though, the process takes less time than a stop in a motorcycle-only checkpoint. Zinger.
The petition to the Obama Administration reads as follows:

We petition the Obama Administration to cease the funding of motorcycle-only checkpoints through the NHTSA and other federal agencies.
State and local governments have begun to implement motorcycle-only checkpoints that unfairly target motorcyclists for inspection by law enforcement officers.
Many of these motorcycle-only checkpoints are funded by grants given by the federal government, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
This petition calls for the cessation of the NHTSA’s direct and indirect funding of the motorcycle-only checkpoints through its grants and other measures, and asks that the laws for vehicle conformity and passenger safety be applied equally to motorcycles and automobiles alike.
Follow this link to support the petition for the federal government to stop funding motorcycle-only checkpoints, and be sure to spread the word with your motorcycle friends and riding groups.

Daytona Bike Week to feature AMA amateur dirt-track racing

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One of the biggest weekends in motorcycling — Daytona Bike Week — will include several opportunities for AMA amateur dirt-track racers to compete in half-mile and short-track events, including the Daytona Flat Track limestone oval, March 8-12 in Georgia and Florida.

In addition to events in the AMA All-Star Flat Track National Championship Series, the week will feature AMA Amateur Dirt-Track Holeshot races and rounds of the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series. In all, youth, vet/senior, the next generation's stars and vintage racers will line up to compete during one of amateur dirt track's biggest weekends.

"Motorcyclists from all disciplines converge on Daytona Bike Week for good reason: In early March, this is racing central," said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. "Dirt track is no exception, and we're looking forward to kicking off the season with some great racing at one of the country's most historic locations for motorcycle competition."

Promoters Steve Nace of Steve Nace Racing and Dave Joiner of Fast Fridays are working with the AMA to ensure the AMA amateur dirt-track events are run smoothly and provide all the excitement of a national-level event, from pre-entry to the podium celebration.

The details of AMA amateur dirt-track competition during 2013 Daytona Bike Week, along with round-by-round contact information, are below. To contact the AMA about these events, see www.americanmotorcyclist.com/racing or call (614) 856-1900.

2013 Hollister Rally Back On The Calendar, July 5th & 6th

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The Hollister City Council recently voted to bring back the world-renowned Fourth of July motorcycle rally for the 2013 season.

The American Biker image was born in Hollister Fourth of July weekend in 1947 when a group of rowdy bikers in town for the annual Gypsy Tour event reportedly terrorized the town. The story was picked up by Life magazine who published the iconic photo of a drunken biker sprawled on his bike amid a sea of beer bottles. The exaggeration was further sensationalized in the Marlon Brando movie “The Wild One”. The image stuck and has become an icon of Americana that lives to this day. 

After “The Invasion of Hollister”, the annual Gypsy Tour event went dormant for decades. In preparation for the 50th anniversary of the historic event, Sonny Barger presented the idea of a rebirth to the city of Hollister and local business people. It took a lot of effort by many people, but it didn't take long for the Hollister Independence Day Rally to become the largest Motorcycle Rally on the West Coast. 

This year, attendees can expect motorcycle-only parking filling downtown Hollister with side streets devoted to a wide variety of rally vendors. Two large entertainment areas downtown will offer live entertainment and local beer gardens. On Saturday, center lane parking on the main drag will be occupied by the official bike show which is a part of the World Championship of Bike Building. Motorcycle manufacturers will be in attendance at multiple locations offering demo rides.

Riders will receive an enthusiastic welcome back from local businesses, eateries and taverns for this annual town highlight. Around the area there is excellent scenic riding, wine tours and a summer concert series at a local vineyard's outdoor amphitheater.

See you in Hollister July 5th & 6th 2013!

LA Calendar Show Winner AFT featured in new iKustom TV Series Available Online

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Watch the build of AFT Metric Custom's LA Calendar Bike Show winner and Calendar Bike "Kimosabe" and join the AFT Spokesmodels
as they take it to Bonneville to race on the Salt Flats. This video is the first of Twelve iKustom show Bike Builder TV Series

RogueFlix, the new young-male driven Action Lifestyle Network will release the iKuztom TV series on January 7, 2013 featuring the world of custom motorcycles written, directed, and produced by award winning producer, Erik Lundmark and his partner Timothy G. Ledford, an innovator in the custom motorcycle industry.   

“CINE Golden Eagle Award Winner, iKuztom takes you up close and personal through smoke, fire, and steel as elite custom motorcycle artisans ply their trade behind the scenes to design and create one-of-a-kind bikes for the ultimate discerning bike enthusiasts,” stated Erik Lundmark, CEO of Leomark Studios which created the series together with Grip Ace Industries.  “The 13 half-hour episodes also feature a bevy of bikini models and comedy sketches, in a fun, fast paced thrill ride.”   

“We are very excited about teaming up with Erik and his team at Leomark Studios to bring our RogueFlix audience a truly amazing motorcycle TV series,” stated Bryan Duran, co-founder, CEO and General Counsel of RogueFlix.  “I was very impressed with the quality of the award winning iKuztom TV series and I knew right away that I wanted it on RogueFlix.  Erik and I met poolside at the Loews Hotel during the American Film Market and quickly realized we wanted to work together and are collaborating on more productions.” 

You can view the entire 12 episode iKustom TV Series Online here

TEXAS SHOW COMING

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THIS SUNDAY!!!!!!!!

JANUARY 13 – IT'S TEXAS SCOOTER TIMES‚

10th Annual – DALLAS CHOPPER SHOW & SWAP MEET

 

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Judged Competition For : Manufacturer Built Choppers (Big Dog, Iron Horse, Ect) Shop Built Choppers (constructed by motorcycle shop) Home Built Choppers (constructed by owner)

 

1st & 2nd Trophys – PLUS Peoples Choice & Judges Choice Award – NO ENTRY FEE

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AND – BARGAINS !!! BARGAINS !!! BARGAINS!!!!

CHEAP Leather Deals (Several Vendors coming with „End of Winter„ PRICING)

New & Used Parts (Closed Shop Owners coming to DUMP inventory) – Distributor „Over-Runs‰

Lifestyle Necessities  – Garage „Clean-Outs‰, Knife Sharpener, Leather, Jewlery, Apparel, Engraver, Patches, Sewing, LEDs, Pinstriper, Onsite Repair and more.

  DECENT WEATHER PREDICTED – SO THERE SHOULD BE A GOOD SHOWING OF VENDORS OUT BACK – DON'T MISS THE TRAILER DEALS!

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LIVE BAND

– Pete Barbeck & 7th Son, Blues & Rock – With 20 NEW Original SONGS!!

 

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LOCATION: Longhorn Ballroom, Corner of Riverfront & Corinth – Take Riverfront Blvd. Exit from either I-30 or I-35 at Downtown Dallas & go South 5 blocks.

 

DATE: Sunday, January 13

SHOW HOURS: 10am – 4:30pm

ADMISSION: $8 Adults, $5 Active Military (With i.d.) & Kids 5-14, Under 5 Free

INFORMATION – DOWNLOADABLE FLYERS – BIKE SHOW ENTRY FORMS & MORE

WWW.TEXASSCOOTER.COM

254-687-9066 Office

214-428-4500 Day of Show ONLY

 

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AND Second CALL FOR –

## The FORT WORTH BIKER LIFESTYLE EXPO & SWAP MEET

…………….Sunday – February 17 – Will Rogers Memorial Complex

## The SPRING HOUSTON SWAP MEET

…………….Sunday – March 17 – Humble Civic Center