Archive | April, 2009

Escape From El Lay

April 30, 2009

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The beach used to be where the poor people lived. And, even though the new houses here have become more expensive than Beverly Hills the beach is where some of us poor people still do live. It is possible to stagger out of the waves, cross the broad strand and face a trophy chopper displayed, […]

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Lee Madden

April 19, 2009

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The year there was Easy Rider, there was also a movie by a guy named Lee Madden. And, word came this week that Lee Madden died of pneumonia on April 9th in Camarillo, California. Lee Madden was born in Brooklyn, New York and he worked briefly as an actor before deciding that the real money […]

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Happy, Happy Sober Riders Run

April 19, 2009

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Expect to see more than 1,600 undercover cops in the Tonto Basin this weekend. That will be the location of the Seventh Annual Screw Laughlin Run jointly sponsored by the Modified Motorcycle Association, The Limey Riders Motorcycle Club, the Desert Thunder Motorcycle Club and the Happy Happy Sober Riders Motorcycle Club. The Happy Happy Sober […]

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On RICO, The SRMC And The Mongols

April 16, 2009

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A couple of readers have raised the issue of RICO, the Sober Riders Motorcycle Club and the Mongols Motorcycle Club. The briefest possible response to these questions runs at least 800 words. So that response is running here on the page instead of being buried in the comments. The Sober Riders The Sober Riders Motorcycle […]

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International Hells Angels Bust

April 15, 2009

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Yves Lavigne’s career has been saved. Many, many members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club were arrested in at least three countries this morning, so you are probably going to see Monsieur Lavigne on the news tonight. Lavigne knows everything about the Hells Angels. He may know everything about motorcycle clubs. Well, he may not […]

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ATF Investigating Chosen Sons

April 14, 2009

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A Baltimore television station, WJZ, is reporting that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (the ATF) is investigating the most notorious cop club of them all, the Chosen Sons Motorcycle Club. The station has stated over the air and on its web site that “sources close to the federal case tell (WJZ) Eyewitness […]

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Charles King

April 13, 2009

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Charles King of Dallas, one of the founders and best known members of an informal club called the Keller Rat Pack, died about 11:30 last Thursday night on Interstate 635 in Garland, Texas. The Rat Pack take their name from a place called Keller’s Drive-In In Dallas. The four purposes of the club are hamburgers, […]

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Stahlman Pleads To Lesser Charge

April 13, 2009

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Ronald Stahlman, the former patch holder with the American Outlaws Association who moved to Arizona after a man died in an Ohio street fight thirty years ago, pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter last Wednesday. Because Stahlman, 56, pled guilty to a crime that happened in 1979, he was sentenced under 1979 law. Judge Andrew D. […]

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Vung Tau

April 9, 2009

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So, I run into the impossible traffic jam that the California Highway Patrol has created on the 405. Somebody or another has abandoned a Tercel in the south bound carpool lane. Probably they ran out of gas. Maybe they stole the car and then they ran out of gas. Maybe the thieves are walking to […]

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Stahlman Trial Begins

April 8, 2009

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All the little tragedies climax in either an operating room, a courtroom or a morgue. The little tragedy of one-time Outlaws Motorcycle Club member Ronald Stahlman has found its moment in an old, stone courthouse in Warren, Ohio. On April 28, 1979, Stahlman went out drinking in Warren with friends. One of the friends, Roger […]

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New Management

April 7, 2009

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Harley-Davidson continues to search for a way out of the corner into which it has painted itself. Today the motor company announced that Keith Wandell (pictured above) who has worked for another Milwaukee company named Johnson Controls for the last 21 years, will become the Chief Executive of Harley on May 1st. Wandell succeeds James […]

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Illinois Helmet, Tattoo Laws

April 2, 2009

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The Illinois Senate said no to a mandatory motorcycle helmet law yesterday. The bill failed by a vote of 42 to 14. Illinois last had a helmet law in 1969 when the state Supreme Court ruled the law that was then in effect to be unconstitutional. Illinois is one of only three states, along with […]

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Big Boar Settlement

April 1, 2009

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A former champion kick boxer whose life was ruined after he hit a feral pig on Pacific Coast Highway near Carmel has successfully sued the state of California and been awarded $8.6 million by a jury. Adam Rogers was riding north about 1 am on September 23, 2003 when a wild pig dashed across the […]

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