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Can you Ride with a Pet on your Motorcycle?

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ASK A TROOPER: “Motorcycle Riding Dog”
by Ryan Janke from

Question: Can someone with a motorcycle permit have their small dog riding on the motorcycle or would that be considered a passenger? We have already purchased a helmet and leather jacket for this lucky pup! Thank you for your response.

Answer: First of all, where will this dog be seated and how? I see less issues if you are talking about a motorcycle side car or a motorcycle trailer equipped with a kennel. But if you are talking about on the actual motorcycle with you, I don’t think this would be very safe for you or your pet.

If you are going to carry a passenger, there are a few key items to keep in mind:

Equip and Adjust Your Motorcycle:

  • A passenger seat and footrests are required by law.
  • Adjust tire pressure and suspension settings for the additional weight. (Do not exceed weight limitations specified in the owner’s manual.)
  • Readjust mirrors.

Passenger Preparation:

  • Provide protective riding gear: eye protection, a DOT-approved helmet, boots, gloves, long riding pants and a high-visibility motorcycle jacket.
  • Passengers under age 18 are required by law to wear a DOT-approved helmet.
  • Small children are required by law to be able to reach both footrests with their feet while sitting on the passenger seat.

Getting On and Off the Motorcycle:

  • Start the engine before the passenger gets on.
  • Squeeze the front brake while the passenger gets on or off the bike.
  • Passengers should get off the bike before the operator.

Passenger Safety Tips:

  • Hold operator’s waist or hips, or motorcycle’s passenger hand-holds.
  • Keep feet on footrests at all times, including while stopped.
  • Keep hands and feet away from hot or moving parts.
  • When turning, look over the operator’s shoulder in the direction of the turn.
  • Avoid turning around or making sudden moves that might affect operation.
  • If crossing an obstacle, rise off the seat keeping your feet on the foot pegs with knees slightly bent and allow legs to absorb the shock upon impact.

Operator Safety Tips:

  • A passenger will affect handling due to extra weight and independent motion.
  • Braking sooner with greater pressure may be necessary.
  • Use extra caution in a corner.
  • Allow more time and space for passing.
  • Be ready to counter the effects of wind.
  • Avoid extreme speeds and dramatic lean angles.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. (You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW).

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XDA Serves up another Spicy Season-Opener

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Dave Vantine’s Top Fuel Motorcycle testing his nitro monster ran a 5.935 at 256.26 to set the MPH track record at Maryland International Raceway

Nearly 700 XDA motorcycle drag racers on Maryland International Raceway quarter-mile

by XDA Media Staff

This past weekend nearly 700 XDA motorcycle drag racers ran down the Maryland International Raceway quarter-mile for the 28th annual Platinum General Services Spring Nationals.

With a beautiful weather forecast and racers eager to resume racing after two years of pandemic hurtles, the pits were jam-packed with racers ready to start the 2022 racing season.

Friday saw record turnouts with nearly 300 racers entered in test and tune. And with the rush to get the season started, the track was hit with multiple oil downs as racers continued to push performance limits. However, the MIR crew prevailed and kept the show moving along as racers put on a crowd-pleasing show.

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Tickets on Sale for GEICO Sand Sports Super Show

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Tickets on Sale for GEICO Sand Sports Super Show in Costa Mesa

COSTA MESA, Calif. (March 17, 2022) —Tickets are now on sale for the GEICO Sand Sports Super Show at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA, Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18. Save money and time by purchasing tickets in advance online at

When purchased online in advance, single-day adult tickets are $16 (ages 13+) and single-day children tickets are $6 (ages 6-12). An adult weekend pass is $33 and a child weekend pass is $10. Children ages 5-and-under are free. These prices are valid through September 15. Online prices will increase on September 16.

At the gate and online (Sept. 16-18), single-day adult tickets are $20 (ages 13+) and single-day children tickets are $7 (ages 6-12). An adult weekend pass is $37 and a child weekend pass is $12.

The GEICO Sand Sports Super Show brings together hundreds of exhibitors for the biggest and most exciting dune and sand sports Expo in the world. Attendees can get up close to the latest UTVs/ATVs, Side x Sides, Sand Rails and shop top brands for accessories apparel.

The GEICO Sand Sports Super Show offers something for everyone who enjoys the sand sports lifestyle. During the show, manufacturers will launch new products and show off their innovations to the passionate and engaged crowd of enthusiast attendees.

For more information on the GEICO Sand Sports Super Show and to purchase tickets online, visit

Lon Nordbye Joins Electrify Expo

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Lon Nordbye brings two decades of leadership experience

Lon Nordbye Joins Electrify Expo as Business Development and Sponsorship Executive

(Sioux Falls, SD December 9, 2021) Lon Nordbye has joined Electrify Expo, North America’s largest Electric Vehicle Festival to lead Business Development and Sponsorship efforts. A recent recipient of ‘Expo of The Year’ honors at the 2021 IMPACT Conference, Electrify Expo is focused on scaling the experiential platform, and this appointment highlights the commitment to achieve that.

Nordbye brings two decades of leadership experience in business development and integrated marketing to the Electrify Expo executive team. Lon Nordbye most recently served as VP of Strategy & Commercial Development at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip where he played a significant role in developing some of the rally’s most successful promotions, events, and brand partnerships.

“Our team is excited for Lon to join the company and know he will make immediate contributions that will benefit our partners and fans,” said BJ Birtwell, Founder and Executive Producer of Electrify Expo.

In his new role with Electrify Expo, Nordbye will lead development of Electrify’s e-motorcycle, e-bike, e-scooter, e-skate, and e-surf lifestyle categories. He will also oversee larger scale activations with national, non-endemic brands looking to reach the e-mobility consumer.

“BJ, Jeff and their dynamic team have not only pioneered how consumers engage and interact with e-mobility, they’re pushing the industry, culture and lifestyle of electric mobility forward,” said Nordbye. “I couldn’t be more excited to join an enterprising team and get immersed into the day-to-day work to achieve the high expectations we have for Electrify as well as ourselves.”

Electrify Expo is a weekend festival that takes place multiple times per year featuring the world’s leading brands in e-mobility. Consumers get the opportunity to demo and drive the best electric vehicles the industry has to offer as well as engage with interactive brand displays, enjoy live music and more.

2021 took Electrify Expo to Southern California, Miami, and Austin. 2022 will add additional events in hot e-mobility markets.

Companies interested can learn more by visiting:

About Electrify Expo:

Attend North America’s largest Electric Vehicle event! Fun for all ages, Electrify Expo is a weekend festival that gathers the World’s top EV manufacturers all in one place!

Come see your favorite electric car, motorcycle, bike, scooter, skateboard, surfboard, e-foil and other electric mobility brands as they show off their latest products and technology. Visit their interactive displays, talk with EV experts, and BEST OF ALL, take a free test drive on one of our thrilling demo courses. Kids, have fun on the latest stability bikes or play in the Kids Zone!

With over 500,000 square feet of exhibit and festival space, Electrify Expo is a full day of electrified fun mixed with great food, drinks, music and more. Yes, this is an e-mobility party and everyone is invited!

Last call to register for the DAV 5K!

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Honor our Disabled American Veterans

This weekend thousands of members and supporters of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) community will come together to honor America’s ill and injured veterans at the DAV 5K presented by Humana. Although online registration ended for our in-person event, you can still register TOMORROW at The Banks at 7:00 AM.

If you cannot make the in-person event, you still have time to register for the virtual event! Register for the virtual race today and walk, roll, run or ride to support America’s ill and injured veterans November 6-11.

Whether you’re on the West Coast, the East Coast or near us in Cincinnati, you can still support America’s veterans and participate with us.


DAV keep the lifesaving programs and services to our nation’s injured veterans free of charge and participate in the DAV 5K, in-person or virtually. Thank you for helping keep the promise to America’s veterans.

The DAV 5K Team

P.S. Not able to join the DAV 5K, but want to help veterans? Make a special gift to DAV instead. Your donation will help America’s veterans get the benefits they’ve earned.

DAV is a tax-exempt organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible according to IRS regulation.

Outlaw Flat Trac Race at Carson City this weekend

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by Jeff Munson from

Get ready for some rip roarin’ action with the Outlaw Flat Trac Motorcycle Races taking place at Fuji Park. Ametuer races will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the evening program starts at 7 p.m.

A Benefit Race, Firemen vs. Police, will take place Friday, Aug. 27, with a portion of the gate cost going to benefit local Fire and Police departments.

Ticket cost is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. Those who purchase an adult ticket Friday night, receive free entry for one child.

Go here for tickets and here for information


Blessing of the Bikes Event

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by Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin from

M-37 to close for Baldwin’s Blessing of the Bikes.

The word is that the 2021 Blessing of the Bikes is a go this year, which requires much planning and participation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office as well as area public safety departments and agencies.

As we all know about the Sunday of the Blessing, we also have a large event Saturday that requires the same planning and partnerships. In this edition of the “Sheriff’s Corner,” I cover the shutting of downtown Baldwin on the Saturday before the Blessing of the Bikes.


It all started in 1972 with eight riders and four motorcycles who would meet at the local catholic church. Since then it has grown into one of the largest events in the area and probably one of the largest biking events in the state.

Along with this, on Saturday afternoon, the bikers will park their bikes all away down the center lane and on both sides of the street in Downtown Baldwin. Historically, this was a small section with two blocks. A couple years back, I opened it up to five blocks for a larger area as well as for safety reasons.

Regardless of what blocks are shut down, we have to reroute traffic around the downtown area.

Increasing to the larger far block area requires the help of area fire departments as well as other law enforcement agencies. This totals about 17 traffic control points as well as 40-plus paid employees and/or volunteers.


This year the event will start on the afternoon of Thursday, May 13, when the vendors start setting up downtown, and will run through Sunday, May 16. The actual “Blessing” starts Sunday morning at the Baldwin Airport. The main gate opens at 9 a.m. The prayer will take place about 1 p.m. or shortly thereafter.


As we do our best to not inconvenience those who live in the area, as well as limit customers on reaching area businesses, there is no easy answer for this to be perfect. Remember the inconvenience is only one weekend that brings a lot of revenue to area businesses. It isn’t like this is the first time this has happened. To be exact, this is the 49th year that there has been a Blessing.

My primary concern is for the safety of our public safety professionals that are out working, as well as the safety of motorists and residents.

It is never fair to yell, scream or cause an incident with any public safety personnel while working their traffic post. They are only doing their job with many who are also doing this for free.

Since this is an M-Route (or state highway), the village of Baldwin has to pull a special permit to close this section of M-37.

• The closure will commence at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15, and will expire at 9 p.m. The road will reopen as soon as the motorcycles are cleared.

• Travelling North: Northbound traffic will be rerouted East onto 6th Street, North onto Norway, then West onto 10th Street, ending again northbound on M-37.

• Traveling South: Southbound traffic will be rerouted West onto 10th Street, South onto Maple, the East onto 5th Street, ending again southbound on M-37.


I would like to give a big thanks to those agencies that are coming to assist us while also making this possible to happen. Without their help we could not shut down the larger area.

• Luther Fire Department

• Pleasant Plains Fire Department

• Lake Township Fire Department

• Carr Settlement Fire Department

• Reed City Fire Department

• Mason County Sheriff’s Office

• Osceola County Sheriff’s Office

• Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office

• Lake County Sheriff Reserve Division


Due to the generous donation from Northwest Realty in Baldwin, we will be selling the official 2021 Lake County Sheriff’s Office T-shirt. A price has yet to be set but all proceeds from shirt sales will be later issued to area charities.

For the record, I added the phrase “Come on Vacation, Leave on Probation” to the back of the shirt.

Before someone gets bent out of shape, this is just a funny thing that has been said about area law enforcement for many years. It is not meant to imply that we are out to get people. It’s just a joke … so, be cool.

They will be available for purchase at the Chamber of Commerce tent for most of the weekend.

This information is provided to you for clarification on specific laws, and not legal advice. This is not to be construed as a personal opinion, agreement or disagreement of any specific law. Topics covered are for educational and informational purposes only. As needed, excerpts from other articles are used for reference and/or content. If you have any questions on any specific topic, you may contact the Sheriff’s office.

Win Tickets to the Super Fun “One Motorcycle Show”!

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by Wm. Steven Humphrey from

If you love motorcycles, then the annual One Motorcycle Show is the cultural event of the season! Experience hundreds of the hottest rare, custom-built motorcycles designed by master crafters from across America (and of course, here in the PNW). Oh, but that’s not all! Along with delicious brews, coffee, food, live bands (including Hot Snakes, Thunderpussy, Red Fang, and more), and loads of motorcycle inspired art, this beloved show has also moved to Veterans Memorial Coliseum—which means what? That the famous dirt track races which were previously held in Salem will now join the rest of the show under one huge roof! Oh dear god… can you stand that much motorcycle fun?

This awesome show goes down Fri Feb 7-Sun Feb 9, with indoor dirt track racing on Sat Feb 8, all at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. For times and tickets, hit up the website. OR if you’re feeling lucky enter to WIN TWO FREE WEEKEND PASSES to the show with the widget thingy below—but HURRY. Deadline for entry is February 3 at noon!

Enter to win TWO weekend passes to The One Moto Show!

10,000 beers • 5,000 high-fives • 200+ bikes • 5 bands • 70 vendors • 20 partners

15 race classes • All under ONE roof!

The One Motorcycle Show is an inclusive showcase crafted to celebrate weird, rare, custom, classic and unconventional bikes in a way that everyone can enjoy, whether they ride or not. Started with the impulsive idea to bring together a small community of enthusiasts in underground venues of Portland, the One Show has expanded to an improbably massive event that is emulated around the country and admired around the globe.

The One Motorcycle Show

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