Archive | November, 2008

Worst Police In The World

November 26, 2008

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Maybe it is about time some activist judge ordered the police in Plant City, Florida to sew warning labels on their chests. Big labels. In neon colors that glow in the dark. Plant City is town of about 25,000 people about 25 miles inland from Tampa. The police department employs 100 people. Seventy-four of them […]

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The Helmet Culture War

November 25, 2008

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The war over motorcycle helmets is now in its 44th year. Everything that can be said has been said. And, yet the argument persists like malaria. If you are reading this, you probably do not appreciate helmet laws. But, let’s start by being honest, anyway. Okay? Why This Issue There is an overwhelming preponderance of […]

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Biker Rights

November 24, 2008

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No matter who you are, even if the sight of an outlaw biker makes you sick or enrages you or terrifies you, there were a couple of federal law precedents set in the last ten days that you might want to worry about. They involve the right of two outlaw motorcycle clubs, the Vagos Motorcycle […]

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Sioux Fall Acquittal

November 21, 2008

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After three days of deliberation, following a 12 day trial, a South Dakota jury of seven women and five men has found two Hells Angels not guilty of trying to murder three Outlaws and two women travelling with them in 2006. The jury began deliberating Tuesday afternoon and told the judge they were hung the […]

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Another One Bites The Dust

November 20, 2008

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When Santa Cruz Harley-Davidson went out of business last week, dealer Mike James said, “We may be the first…but we won’t be the last.” James just might have known something. The bell tolled again Tuesday. After 48 years, family owned Wilwert’s Harley-Davidson of Dubuque, Iowa went bankrupt and locked its doors. Letters painted in the […]

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Hollister Cancelled Again

November 19, 2008

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Everybody who has ever been to any major biker event knows that the things are designed, first and foremost, to be a spectacular profit making opportunity for every police department within a hundred miles. What Christmas is to Macys, biker rallies are to backwater police departments in and surrounding burgs like Sturgis, Laconia and Laughlin. […]

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Outlaw Murdered

November 19, 2008

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Joshua C. “Chewy” Embry, a member of the McLean County Chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, was stabbed in the heart outside a country music bar called the Six Strings Club in Bloomington, Illinois last Saturday night. Police found Embry bleeding in the street about 11:35 pm. A security guard at the club attempted to […]

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Sioux Falls Defense Rests

November 18, 2008

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The defense rested Monday in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota trial of two Hells Angels accused of shooting five people in a motel parking lot in Custer State Park about 70 miles south of Sturgis during the Black Hills Rally in 2006. The defense took less than two days to complete and called just four […]

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Historic Route 66

November 17, 2008

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Don’t call it Route 66. Call it “Historic Route 66.” That is what it says on thousands of signs like tombstones in hundreds of lingering little towns. Route 66 died right after Vietnam. Or, if you prefer, you can call it the “Mother Road.” You know like, “meet me at the corner of Mother Road […]

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Sioux Falls Prosecution Rests

November 15, 2008

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The Prosecution rested Friday in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota trial of two Hells Angels accused of shooting three members of the American Outlaw Association (AOA) and two women who were riding with the Outlaws. The trial is supposed to determine the truth behind a shooting during the Black Hills Rally in August, 2006 that […]

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Bandidos Case Resolved, Bar Explodes

November 14, 2008

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Charges against four members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club in Pueblo, Colorado have been resolved without any of the accused doing time. Daniel Martinez, 51, of Walsenburg; Gilbert Lee “Wizard” Archuleta, 54, of Pueblo; Steven “Tooter” Sandoval, 47, of Pueblo; and Jesse Lee Boling, 28, of Colorado Springs were arrested September 5th on charges stemming […]

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Santa Cruz Harley Is History

November 13, 2008

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Maybe this is why some people are starting to think that maybe somebody might finally want to consider pistol whipping that smart ass smirk off President Stupid’s face. Canceling Christmas, burning your life savings, foreclosing on your house and telling you to quit whining about it was bad enough. But, now the Harley dealerships are […]

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Florida Survives Biker Rodeo

November 12, 2008

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Twice a year for the last couple of years a public spirited and colorful character named J.O. Batten has sponsored an “Old Time Biker Rodeo” in a pasture he owns in Hernando County, Florida. As the phrase “old time” implies, the party is not necessarily aimed at the upscale end of the Harley lifestyle. Think […]

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