Archive | December, 2013

What Do Women Want

December 30, 2013

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Harley-Davidson released the results of a survey last Friday that indicates that women who ride motorcycles are much happier than those who don’t. By happy coincidence, Harley is trying to replace its aging, male customer base with women. The survey was conducted by Kelton Global, which describes itself as “a leading global insights and strategy […]

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Baker In Winter

December 27, 2013

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December is not my favorite month. This has not been my favorite December. It wasn’t always like this. It is tempting to reminisce. But, nostalgia always nags me to sum up – which is the last thing I need. The rocker covers are freezing. The fat, black bitch makes a harsh and feeble sound like […]

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Indian Indians

December 20, 2013

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On January 22 of the new year, Polaris Industries will begin selling its Indian brand motorcycles in India. Polaris began selling Victory motorcycles in India last month. India is the world’s second largest motorcycle market. Polaris will sell all three Indian models currently in production – the Chieftain, Chief Vintage and Chief Classic. Harley-Davidson and […]

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The Server Problems

December 19, 2013

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This site has been slow and crash prone for more than three months. Numerous readers have experienced difficulty loading pages, entering comments and even reaching the homepage. At one point the site was down for a full week. The root cause of these problems is the sheer bulk of The Aging Rebel. As of today, […]

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Debate Over Bikies In Oz Continues

December 19, 2013

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There is finally some mainstream opposition to the Australian State of Queensland’s Hitlerian anti-bikie law, the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act of 2013. The law was written by a couple of politicians named Campbell Newman and Jarrod Bleijie. Newman is the Premier of Queensland. Bleijie (photo above) is his Attorney General. The VLAD Act became […]

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ATF Vallejo Investigation

December 18, 2013

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ATF Vallejo Investigation

A member of the Vallejo, California charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and his wife have been arrested as a result of an apparent entrapment executed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In an attempt to protect that investigation and frustrate press scrutiny of the case, the ATF has not yet […]

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Ride To Give

December 17, 2013

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This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the first motorcycle toy run, jointly sponsored by the Modified Motorcycle Association and the San Fernando Valley charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. The run featured 200 hundred motorcycles, two truckloads of toys, a television star named Art Linkletter and very many policemen. The ride started in […]

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The War On Machismo

December 16, 2013

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Last Wednesday, a Chicago Alderman named Brendan Reilly, introduced a new ordinance that would make it easier for Windy City cops to issue tickets for “illegal” motorcycle exhausts. What was most noteworthy about Reilly’s new law was the argument he used to justify it. “A lot of motorcycle owners alter their muffler to make the […]

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AMA Endorses Splitting Lanes

December 13, 2013

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Citing “motorcycle operator and passenger safety,” the American Motorcyclist Association has now endorsed the practice of “lane splitting” or “white lining.” In an editorial in the current issue of American Motorcyclist Magazine, the AMA argues: “Perhaps one of the most dangerous situations for any on-highway motorcyclist is being caught in congested traffic, where stop-and-go vehicles, […]

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Special Memory Gang Enhancements

December 12, 2013

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Kenneth Cory, the judge in the Special Memory Wedding Chapel stabbing case, agreed to hold a hearing to determine whether Nevada’s Gang Crime Enhancement statute should apply to members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. The judge’s ruling in the case will apply to the sentencing of four men named John Dawson, Dominic Orlando, Armando […]

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John D. Wyker III

December 10, 2013

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John D. “Johnny” Wyker III died of congestive heart failure Sunday at his home in Decatur, Alabama. Wyker’s was not a household name. He was one of the inventors of the Muscle Shoals sound in the 1970s. Dick Cooper, the curator of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, told the Decatur, Alabama Times Daily, “He […]

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Drinking Beer In Oz

December 10, 2013

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Five men accused of belonging to or being “associated with” the Rebels Motorcycle Club in the Australian State of Queensland were arrested today for violating Queensland’s Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Bill last month. The Bill prohibits three or more members of “a criminal gang” from meeting in a public place. All five face mandatory sentences […]

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SOA Season Finale Tonight

December 10, 2013

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The season finale of Sons of Anarchy, the chick show about motorcycle outlaws that has become a standard line of voir dire questioning in biker cases, will air tonight. The fictitious club for which the show is named runs the illicit gun trade in an imaginary state named California. The Aging Rebel was too busy […]

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