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York City Police Department receives motorcycle donation

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by Valeria De Leon from https://fox43.com

York – It’s the season of giving and one York County police department has a new ride thanks to a local organization.

America’s 911 Foundation donated a brand new 2019 Harley-Davidson police motorcycle to the York City Police Department on Saturday.

Each year, the organization gives away a motorcycle to police departments, this one is the 20th one they have donated to police.

Chief Troy Bankert York City Police said the motorcycle unlike a vehicle, helps them spark a conversation with the community and better their relationship.

“It gives us a good opportunity to interact with the community without being inside of a car, it’s more personal but at the same time it lets us have some mobility,” said Chief Bankert.

“These are people who protect us and put their lives on the line every day,” said Roger Flick, America’s 911 Foundation promotions manager, “and they want to keep their community safe and we want to help them do that.”

The organization also holds a motorcycle ride to remember those who lost their lives on September 11th.

The York Police Department takes part in that ride, so organizers said they were more than happy to announce the winners of this year’s raffle.

The new Honda Africa Twin to be used at next year’s Quest adventure challenge

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Honda Motorcycles Southern Africa announced that the newly-launched Africa Twin will be used at the 2020 Honda Quest True Adventure, an adventure challenge designed to give adventure riders a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Winged H’s legendary adventure bike.

14 riders will get the opportunity to experience the essence of adventure riding atop the brand-new 2020 Africa Twin, and two lucky participants will get to keep the bike they competed with.

Testing the skills

Honda’s Riaan Fourie explains that the Honda Quest is not a race or a rally – it is an adventure expedition, designed to test human endurance and adaptability.

“It will test your adventure motorcycle riding, mechanical skills, as well as endurance, courage, and resilience against the African terrain. If you long for the road less travelled with like-minded adventurers and you are resourceful, independent, yet mindful of your fellow man, then Honda Quest is for you,” says Fourie.

“Honda Motorcycles Southern Africa have again partnered with Specialised Adventures, a company renowned for their execution of extreme events, to deliver a tough expedition experience where riders will be put to the test in challenging terrain.”

To qualify for entry, interested riders must be residents of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana or Swaziland, and be in possession of a valid motorcycle license. After the receipt of entries, 30 applicants will be invited to attend Quest Boot Camp, during which the instructors will select 14 finalists who will participate in the Honda Quest True Adventure.

Entry forms will be available here or the Honda website from February 2020.

Polaris Off Road and Diesel Brothers Support America’s First Responders

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Polaris Off Road and Diesel Brothers Support America’s First Responders Through United We Ride Custom-Vehicle Program

Polaris Off Road, the world leader in powersports and off-road innovation, today announced United We Ride – a partnership and fundraising effort with the Diesel Brothers that honors our nation’s military, police and fire departments. The program is highlighted by a Diesel Brothers’ customized series of recently launched Polaris machines. Each machine has been custom-made to honor a specific branch of American “first responders” – the RZR PRO XP Ultimate for policemen and policewomen, the RANGER CREW XP 1000 for firemen and firewomen, and the GENERAL XP 4 1000 for members of the U.S. military.

Polaris United We Ride custom U.S. military, law enforcement and first responder machines. (Photo: Business Wire)

The program is powered by a national voting process where consumers vote for their favorite build, and voting totals determine the donation amount from Polaris to each of the program’s three charity beneficiaries – $25,000 to first place, $15,000 to second and $10,000 to third place. By casting their vote, consumers are automatically entered for the chance to win an all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 with Ride Command, RZR PRO XP Ultimate or a GENERAL XP 4 1000 DELUXE.

“We are forever grateful for the commitment and sacrifice made by members of our military and first responders, and we are proud to continue our 15-year tradition of providing vehicles for their duties and their well-deserved free time,” said Kyle Duea, vice president of Off-Road Vehicle Marketing, Polaris. “Partnering with the Diesel Brothers to customize our machines and drive awareness of these charities is merely one way we can show our appreciation, while honoring their daily efforts to protect us, our communities and our freedom.”

The United We Ride program will be donating to the following charities:

  • Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) – Provides resources to support the families and co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty as they cope with the tragic loss and work to rebuild their lives.
  • The Gary Sinise First RespondersFoundation – Provides critical funding for emergency relief, training, and essential equipment to ensure our heroic firefighters have the resources they need.
  • Your Grateful Nation – Provides support, guidance and resources to transition special operations veterans into their next successful career.

“The whole Diesel Brothers’ family has a deep respect for those who selflessly protect, serve and care for this great country,” said Dave Sparks, Diesel Sellerz. “That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to work with our most valued industry partners at Polaris to build the unique UTVs intended to honor the hard-working men and women of the U.S. military, law enforcement, and first responders. This is just a small token of our gratitude for their hard work and dedicated service.”

Customers are encouraged to vote for United We Ride at Polaris.com/UnitedWeRide until December 22. For the last 15 years, Polaris’ Commercial, Government and Defense team has proudly partnered with military and public safety organizations across the country to design and upfit Polaris vehicles for professional use. More information on Polaris’ military vehicles, turn-key law enforcement and fire-fighting vehicles, and grant assistance programs can be found on Polaris.com/Gov.

To find more information about Polaris Off-Road Vehicles and Polaris Engineered Accessories, visit Polaris.com/OffRoad.

The Toys for Tots Ride With Wild West Harley Davidson and Cooks Garage Is Sunday

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Join in the fun this Sunday, November 24th, at Cook’s Garage for a great, big seasonal Toys for Tots celebration with Wild West Harley Davidson.

Help to make the season bright by bringing a toy for Toys for Tots, and enjoy plenty of festivities at Cook’s Garage (11002 Highway 87). According to their Facebook page, Sunday Funday kicks off at 11 a.m.

Enjoy live music all day and get ready, because the Wild West Toys for Tots run rolls out at 2 p.m. with the Wild West Harley Davidson ride at 5702 58th Street.

You can support Toys for Tots this season when you buy a raffle ticket for a 2003FXDWG 100th Anniversary edition motorcycle to be given away Sunday at Wild West Harley Davidson as well.

Make plans to get in on the celebration this Sunday and help make a bright Christmas for children in need with Toys for Tots, Cooks Garage and Wild West Harley Davidson.

Win this Helmet!

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We’re less than a month out from the 16th Annual David Mann Chopper Fest. It’s time to get your tickets and register your bikes in bike show. With over 22 classes, $5K in cash prizes , and a limited edition event T-shirt, you’re practically making money on the deal. Scroll down for details on winning helmets, getting free limited edition David Mann posters, and registering your bikes….

WIN THIS HELMET

Get your tickets for Chopper Fest before midnight November 21st, and you’ll be entered to win this hand-painted Gringo helmet by Darren McKeag. Go to www.eventbrite.com for tickets now.

Check out Chopper Fest featured artist Shawn Dickinson’s tribute to David Mann and recaps of all the bike shows and events you wanted to go to in the November issue of Quick Throttle Magazine.

Ten artists. Ten Biltwell Gringo helmets. Ten radical pieces of functional art. Be sure to stop by the David Mann Tribute Art Show in Anacapa Hall and take a peek.

The 16th Annual David Mann Chopperfest will be held Sunday, December 8, 2019, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, CA from 8 am – 4 pm.

In addition to the motorcycle show, we’ll have a custom bike builder display featuring world-class bike builders, the “David Mann & Friends” Motorcycle Art and Culture Exhibit, hundreds of motorcycle vendors, a new and used motorcycle parts swap meet, food, 805 Firestone beer and live music. Plus, there is a $2500 cash prize for Best of Show bike and $500 for best Knucklehead, Panhead, Shovelhead, Antique, and David Mann Memorial thanks to the generous support of Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

The “If You Build It They Will Come” All Brand Motorcycle Show will feature 22 classes of motorcycles from antique & old school to radical design. Check out the Chopper Fest website Bike Show link below for more details on all the classes and entering your motorcycle. If you have a bike that fits one of these classes, please enter it, it’s only $40, and you get one admission and a David Mann Chopper Fest t-shirt. The trophies are amazing one of a kind pieces of art by Sonny Boy.

General Admission is $15, Military with ID $10, kids 12 & under Free.

Congratulations to Eric Bennett for winning Best in Show and $2,500 at the 15th Annual Chopper Fest!

Bike Show Registration Form:
Register your bike online or download the bike show registration form. You can mail it in or send to sean@chopperfestival.com, 818.681.9719.

Vendor and Swapmeet registration is now open. Vendor/Swapmeet forms can be downloaded by clicking the link below or at www.chopperfestival.com or you can call or email Sean to reserve your space. 818.681.9719, sean@chopperfestival.com. Sean, in addition to putting together one amazing Chopperfest art show, will be working with Tory on the vendors this year.

Click here for the vendor application form

**Attention returning vendors** – Get your vendor applications in ASAP. There are still some spaces available.

See you there!

The “If You Build It They Will Come” All Brand Motorcycle Show presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

Check out more photos of last year’s Chopper Fest snapped by Geoff Kowalchuk compliments of the good folks at Biltwell. Go to www.Biltwell.com for pics.

Why Katy Perry’s Fellow ‘American Idol’ Judges Refuse to Get on the Back of Her Motorcycle

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by Jennifer Drysdale‍ from https://www.yahoo.com

Katy Perry’s fellowAmerican Idoljudges are huge fans of her music — but her motorcycle hobby? That’s up for debate.

The 35-year-old singer got her motorcycle license ahead of her new music video for “Harleys in Hawaii,” and couldn’t have been more excited. As Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan told ET at American Idol auditions in Los Angeles on Friday, however, they’re not itching to get on the back of her new ride.

“I had done the four-day course, but I had never like, actually hopped on a Harley [before filming the music video],” Perry gleefully revealed.

“She took a four-day course and she comes to me and she says, ‘I’m going to leave on my motorcycle,'” Richie said, with the horror adorably displayed all over his face. “I need you!” he told Perry, who shrugged off his concern as him being a “protective dad.”

Bryan remembered being worried about Perry even when she was riding a motorcycle with her fiance, Orlando Bloom.

“Last year, Ryan [Seacrest] invited us over to a dinner, and I roll up and I see a little Harley there. I was in, and Orlando and Katy are already at Ryan’s and I’m like, ‘Orlando…'” Bryan confessed. “We’re like, being protective, we’re like telling Orlando, ‘Don’t you…'”

“And then I go ahead and get my own!” Perry interrupted.

“All we think about is, this is a team. This is an act. We’re a group,” Richie tried to reason. “I don’t want my star person over here hanging out on a motorcycle!”

“No!” the “All Night Long” singer objected when asked if he’d get on the back of Perry’s Harley — despite her insistence it “would be fun!”

While Richie and Bryan are still warming up to the idea of Perry riding motorcycles, all three Idol judges are in full agreement about the new crop of contestants on the show’s upcoming season.

“I think we found one today that was like… a jaw dropper, and so we are so grateful when one or two or three of those come in a day, because really what we’re trying to put together is like, a mega top 10 that makes last season look like chump change,” Perry said.

“But last season was amazing, so our problem now is we’re jaded,” Richie shared. “We’re taking one more step up… and they’re bringing it, by the way. The contestants are using last year as the marker. So, they’re stepping on it beautifully.”

Bryan said he and his fellow judges always have a good idea of who will make it far in the competition — but it’s always great to be surprised. “I mean, you never know how a person is going to react to everything that gets thrown their way. What’s always exciting is when we have a contestant that we roll the dice with, and then they start growing and they start morphing into this [confident singer],” he revealed. “It’s so fun watching how they take that and run with it.”

American Idol returns early 2020 on ABC.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff joins motorcycle ride for Ronald McDonald House

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by Laine Moger from https://www.stuff.co.nz/

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has swapped his suit for motorcycle leathers to lead motorcyclists in a rally for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The annual ride, called the Ronnie Run, was organised by the Ulysses motorcycle club and raised just under $7000.

Goff, a keen motorcyclist, said he didn’t get to go out on his Triumph Bonneville as often as he’d like to.

So the Sunday ride was a good excuse to put his gear on and go for a ride with like-minded people, he said.

The event attracted about 140 riders, ranging from young children to people in their 80s.

It started in Albany on the North Shore and ended at Ronald McDonald House next to Starship Children’s Hospital. Police helped marshal the group along its journey.

Goff said he’d been commandeered by the group to come on a charity ride during his election campaign.

While he said he couldn’t at that stage, he promised to make the next one – a promise that he made good on on Sunday.

Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand (RMHC) supports families when their child is in a hospital and away from home.

The Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room helps to relieve family stresses like paying for a place to sleep near the hospital, organising family meals and needing a friendly ear to listen on tough days.

In 2018, it provided more than 4300 people with accommodation and support free of charge at its facilities.

“For all of us with kids and grandkids, the worst thing you would want to have happen would be to have them affected by a life-threatening illness,” Goff said.

“[RMHC] is one way in which we can stop the stress of families.”

Harley Davidson bikers enjoy Jaber Causeway morning ride

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by Ben Garcia from https://news.kuwaittimes.net

As part of US Embassy’s ‘Discover America’ activities

KUWAIT: US Charge d’Affairs and Deputy Chief of Mission Larry L Memmott flagged off on Friday a Harley Davidson motorcycle ride on one of the longest bridges in the world – Sheikh Jaber Causeway. It was part of the activities of 11-day Discover America 2019 event being held in Kuwait.

“I am happy to be here to inaugurate this event. It’s a 10-day demonstration of our culture, tradition, musical, food, restaurants, business, cars, education and today, motorbikes,” said Memmott. “Harley Davidson is a proudly American brand; in fact, it’s very iconic. It’s part of our cultural heritage and we are very proud of their achievements. If we talk about Harley Davidson, it’s about tradition and history, because they are in existence for the last 116 years and counting and will be there perhaps forever,” he said.

Riders from various nationalities participated in the event, which started from the Harley Davidson showroom in the Free Trade Zone in Shuwaikh down to Subiya via Jaber Causeway and back. “We are happy to host this major as event part of Discover America. We have participants from all over Kuwait; they hail from various nationalities and backgrounds. I think we have more than 100 bikers. They are here to support us,” Memmott said.

Prior to the motorcycle ride, bikers gathered at the Harley Davidson showroom for breakfast and a briefing. Harley Davidson is also offering a 25 percent discount on all its merchandise displayed at the showroom. “Please visit and be there in the remaining days of event as we want to demonstrate mostly American brands; participating outlets normally give major discounts to everyone. Just like Sultan Center – they have more than 4,000 products on display and they are all from America. Most of the items will be offered at a discounted price. Also, we have seminars and business opportunities for everyone – we have movies and concerts too,” Memmott added.

Discover America is an annual event organized by the US Embassy in partnership with the American Business Council of Kuwait to promote US products and services. This year’s event is being sponsored by Ali Al-Mutawa Commercial Company, McDonalds, Cadillac by Alghanim, Del Monte, Francorp and IFA Travel and Tourism.

Veterans find purpose, support through motorcycle rides

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by Patrick Filbin from https://www.stripes.com/

(Tribune News Service) — Chris Mathison served three tours in Iraq over a 14-month period.

As a U.S. Army infantryman, he was in charge of millions of dollars worth of equipment, led a team of fellow infantrymen and, all things considered, was a soldier who was depended upon and good at his job.

When he came back home to Tennessee, he had a hard time adjusting.

The Nashville native moved to Cookeville after he got out of the service in 2011 and tried to find a stable job.

“I’ve probably been through 10 jobs,” Mathison said. “It’s hard to find something that fits. You don’t feel like you belong, there’s no sense of purpose or belonging.”

He went to school and received an associate’s degree, but even school was a tough adjustment.

“I remember very fondly when I got out, I was going through a sociology class,” Mathison recalled. “As we were flipping through the book, I found a picture of my unit in Iraq and it just kind of blew my mind.”

Mathison, 35, had a whole life behind him that he had a hard time talking about. Not only was the subject matter sensitive, he couldn’t find like-minded people to talk to. As an infantryman, he was surrounded by people who were going through the same things as he was, living through the same experiences.

When he came back home, he was taking general education courses with 19-year-olds.

“That was interesting,” he said with a smirk.

Soon after he got out, Mathison signed up for his first program with the Wounded Warrior Project, the country’s largest veterans charity organization.

He enrolled in the organization’s TRACK program, which had a curriculum meant to heal, develop and train the mind, body and spirit of each wounded warrior through two semesters of college.

It also incorporated peak performance training, health and wellness training, personal finance advice and a physical education program.

Ever since, he’s been a loyal supporter of the organization that helps veterans in a number of ways.

Wounded Warriors also helped Mathison get certified in scuba diving.

One of the newest programs in Georgia is a 12-week mental health workshop that kicks off with a three-day motorcycle road trip across North Georgia.

Jon Blauvelt, a public relations specialist with Wounded Warriors, said the program is designed to give veterans an outlet to manage PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other invisible wounds of war while connecting with nature and fellow veterans.

Motorcycles play a huge role in the therapy. Through wind and throttle therapy, reflective discussion and several weeks of follow-ups, the group of eight veterans from Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Texas and Florida will experience a once-in-a-lifetime trip while bettering themselves mentally and spiritually.

“When you’re on one of these big bikes, all you’re thinking about is the bike,” Blauvelt said. “I’m on this bike, here are my surroundings, here’s the weather, but you’re not thinking about PTSD or [traumatic brain injury], you’re not thinking about what happened before and you’re not thinking about the future. You’re thinking about the present moment.”

It’s a perfect fit for Mathison, who is also a part of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.

Mathison and the seven other riders strolled in at the Harley-Davidson store in Dalton, Georgia, on Tuesday afternoon for a lunch hosted by the motorcycle shop.

Cynthia Allgood, manager of the store, said it was a privilege to host the veterans who sacrificed so much for the country without asking for anything in return.

“Something like this gets you together with like-minded individuals and you can talk about everything and it creates a really good atmosphere,” Mathison said. “You’re able to make some really good friends that I would not have met.”