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TERRY LONGPRE – VETERAN AFFAIRS JUNE 8, 2012

Published on June 8, 2012 under Born To Ride
Sometimes it’s Personal One afternoon back in February of 2009 the drone of rumbling motorcycles could be heard in the distance, growing ever louder riding into a quiet east county neighborhood. Who were these invading people, a large motorcycle gang? No, they were Patriot Guard, CMA (Christian Motorcyclists Association) and other motorcyclists escorting a man by the name of Aaron Cornelius to his home from a long stay in Walter Reed Army Medical Center and a VA Rehabilitation Center in West Palm Beach. As the procession entered the quiet neighborhood people came outside or looked out windows to see what…
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BIPARTISAN GROUP SEEKS TO OVERTURN A CONTROVERSIAL FEDERAL PROGRAM

Published on June 8, 2012 under Born To Ride
  Bipartisan Congressional Letter Seeks to end Federal Funding of Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints  PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- U.S. Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Tom Petri ((R-Wis.), together with 29 additional members of Congress, have sent a letter to the leadership of the House-Senate Surface Transportation Reauthorization Conference Committee requesting the inclusion of language in the conference report that would prohibit the Secretary of Transportation from providing grants or any funds to states or local governments to be used for any program to create motorcycle-only checkpoints, the American Motorcyclist Association reports. Responding to a nationwide appeal issued by the AMA on May 29,…
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DEDICATION OF SCULPTURE BY LEGENDARY ARTIST DORIS LEEPER

Published on June 7, 2012 under Born To Ride
Dedication of Sculpture by Legendary Artist Doris Leeper  marks beginning of New Smyrna Beach’s 125th Birthday celebration A sculpture by legendary artist, environmentalist, and visionary Doris Leeper is being dedicated as part of the City of New Smyrna Beach’s 125th Anniversary Celebration. Garden Sculpture 1 is the first public sculpture in the City by Leeper, who has been a central figure to the area not only for her artistic achievements, but for her community impact as well. “This sculpture is symbolic of the timeless quality of her work,” said Clay Henderson, Environmental Attorney and friend of the late Leeper. “She…
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JR ADDISON WINS 2012 AMA DIRT TRACK HORIZON AWARD

Published on June 7, 2012 under Born To Ride
The History of Professional Dirt-Track Racing in America Includes Some of the Greatest Names  PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- To excel in the highest levels of motorsports competition, it requires both speed and consistency on the track, as well as maturity and respect off it. At the 2012 American Motorcyclist Association Dirt Track Grand Championships, which took place May 29-June 1 in Springfield, Ill., JR Addison from Bucyrus, Ohio, demonstrated all those qualities to earn the 2012 AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award. AMA Horizon Awards are presented annually in dirt track, motocross and roadracing to the rider showing the most promise for…
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CALLING ALL KIDS

Published on June 6, 2012 under Born To Ride
Digital Buttons Help Spread the News About the “Do The Ride Thing” Video Contest IRVINE, Calif., June 5, 2012 – The ATV Safety Institute, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Dirt Bike School and the Right Rider Access Fund are providing online digital buttons to help spread the word about the “Do the Ride Thing” Video Contest. The contest, in its third year, runs June 1 to August 15, 2012 and offers 19 prizes totaling $8,500. Students ages six to 18 may enter. The winning videos will be used as public service announcements (PSAs). The digital buttons come in both vertical and…
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WHAT MAKES THE AMA AMATEUR NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP UNIQUE

Published on June 6, 2012 under Born To Ride
Regional championship action setting field for AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- When the fastest amateur motocross racers in the country line up for the American Motorcyclist Association Amateur National Motocross Championship at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., on July 29 through Aug. 4, they will have earned their spot on the gate. That's because the road to the national goes through one of 12 AMA Regional Championships featuring the best of the best from each region. "What makes the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship unique is the multi-tiered qualification process," said AMA Director of…
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SUE FISH STANDS TALL AMONG ALL COMPETITORS

Published on June 5, 2012 under Born To Ride
Pioneering female motocross racer Sue Fish to be inducted into AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the second member of the induction class of 2012. Pioneering female motocross racer Sue Fish, the 1976 and 1977 Women's National Motocross Champion, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the 2012 AMA Legends Weekend at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 16-17. "Sue Fish stands tall among all competitors for making a difference in motorcycling as an early pioneer in motocross, and…
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WANARYD MOTORCYCLE INTRODUCES THE REACTOR STARKLINE WHEEL

Published on June 5, 2012 under Born To Ride
WanaRyd Motorcycle was started over 9 years ago and has been committed to producing cutting-edge Charleston, SC- WanaRyd Motorcycle is pleased to announce the introduction of The Reactor, a unique 6-spoke directional 3D wheel that’s part of their Stark-Line Series…a new premium line of 3D forged one-piece billet wheels. The Stark-Line Series features a revolutionary new finish that is totally unique and proprietary to WanaRyd Motorcycle. The Stark-Line Series Reactor wheel is a sensational 3D cut 6-spoke wheel…Designed for those that want a clean yet crazy look. WanaRyd Motorcycle was started over 9 years ago and has been committed to…
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WYMAN WINS AMA PRO VANCE & HINES XR1200 RACE AT ROAD AMERICA

Published on June 4, 2012 under Born To Ride
Top Three Finishers Separated by 0.403-second Margin Elkhart Lake, Wis. (June 4, 2012) – KLR Group’s Kyle Wyman held off Bartels’ Harley-Davidson/Scrubblade teammates Michael Barnes and Tyler O’Hara Sunday in a classic drafting battle at Road America to earn his second AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 series race win of the season by a 0.157-second margin. As has become the pattern in recent XR1200 series races, the trio of Wyman, Barnes and polesitter O’Hara set the pace at the front, furiously trading the lead multiple times per lap of the 4-mile-long road course. O’Hara led the first four of…
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KRAWIEC EARNS A HOME-TOWN WIN AT ENGLISHTOWN

Published on June 4, 2012 under Born To Ride
Screamin’ Eagle Team Stays Undefeated for NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Season   ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 4, 2012) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec rode a Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® motorcycle to an emotional Pro Stock Motorcycle class win at the 43rd annual Toyota NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. A native of the area and the former manager of the racetrack, Krawiec had never scored a Pro Stock win at the venerable New Jersey drag strip. “This is the biggest win of my career,” said Krawiec, the reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion. “This is my home…
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H-D REFLECTIVE SKULL SWITCHBACK JACKET

Published on June 4, 2012 under Born To Ride
Switchback Technology Delivers Ultimate Adaptability MILWAUKEE (May 23, 2012) – The new men’s Reflective Skull Switchback Jacket (P/N 98290-10VM, starting at $325) from the Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® line is easily adaptable to changing weather conditions. It’s constructed from water-resistant woven polyester with textile outer panels that zip off to create a mesh jacket. Removable lightweight body armor at the shoulders and elbows offer enhanced protection and can be complemented with additional armor in the back pocket. Pre-curved sleeves with snap tabs work in conjunction with adjustable hook and loop cuffs and adjustable waist tabs for a custom fit. Its removable waterproof…
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INDIVIDUALS AND COMPANIES TO HELP PROMOTE AND PROTECT MOTORCYCLING’S HERITAGE

Published on June 4, 2012 under Born To Ride
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Supporters Invited to Participate in My Hall of Fame Project PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame has introduced a new way for individuals and companies to help promote and protect motorcycling's heritage: My Hall of Fame. "The idea is simple," said AMA Director of Operations and Hall of Famer Jack Penton. "For a small donation, your photo can hang on the wall of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame museum entrance foyer during the campaign year. The image you put in that space can be a photo of you, your…
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Memorial Day

Published on June 1, 2012 under Born To Ride
Memorial Day Sunday I attended the Memorial Day Ceremony at Sarasota National Cemetery along with hundreds of others. As I stood taking photos at the front of the tent I was able to watch crying family members of those who have been killed in action and are interred in the hallowed grounds of the cemetery. As I listened to the speeches given by Governor Rick Scott (four years – US Navy) and Congressman Vern Buchanan (six years -Michigan Air National Guard) and others I begin to think of all those who are buried in National Cemeteries throughout the United States…
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CORBIN SEAT FOR 2012 SUZUKI DL-650 V-STROM

Published on June 1, 2012 under Born To Ride
Corbin Introduces Canyon Sport Saddle for 2012 Suzuki DL-650 V-Strom  Hollister, CA- Corbin announced today the addition of their Canyon Dual Sport Saddle for the redesigned Suzuki V-Strom 650. Corbin designed this ”touring” saddle to maximize comfort and usability while providing a custom look and longer riding range. Corbin's Canyon Dual Sport seat is covered using genuine Italian leather for a perch that breathes with your body. It also features dual ergonomically sculpted seating positions, neutralized posture and optional rider backrests front and rear. The Canyon Dual Sport is also available with optional electric heated seating panels for a luxurious…
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HELP PROHIBIT FEDERAL FUNDING OF MOTORCYCLE-ONLY CHECKPOINTS

Published on May 31, 2012 under Born To Ride
Lawmaker urges committee leadership to include language to prohibit funds for motorcycle-only checkpoints in transportation bill U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) is urging members of the U.S. House of Representatives to sign a letter addressed to the leadership of the House-Senate Surface Transportation Reauthorization Conference Committee to include H.R. 904 in the conference report. As we have reported previously, H.R. 904 would prohibit the Secretary of Transportation from providing grants or any funds to states or local governments to be used for any program to create motorcycle-only checkpoints. Sensenbrenner has placed a June 5 deadline to collect signatures. Therefore, time…
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