February Motorcycle News


Speeding is not necessarily reckless, even at 128 mph, a judge ruled. A motorcyclist had tried to flee from state troopers. Judge John Steinheider ruled that Jacob H. Carman, 20, was Not Guilty of reckless driving, when he was spotted by a trooper who then chased him at the top speed of his cruiser's odometer - 128 mph. He said "As much as it pains me to do it, speed and speed alone is not sufficient to establish reckless driving". He did say that if he had a passenger, he'd have thrown the book at him. Nevertheless, Carman was fined $300.00 for trying to elude the cop, and expired tags.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE MAY COME WITH A PRICE TAG Pennsylvania motorcyclists successfully modified their mandatory helmet law in 2003 to allow riders 18 and older the option of wearing a helmet, but now a lawmaker wants bikers who don't wear a helmet to carry at least $10,000 in medical insurance to cover injuries if they crash. State Sen. Constance Williams says the requirement honors bikers' freedom to ride helmetless while making sure they take financial responsibility for their decision.

Governor Ed Rendell, who signed the law that allows bikers to ride without a helmet, has said more Pennsylvanians die from smoking than motorcycle accidents.


California air regulators have issued $271,250 in total fines against Jesse James of West Coast Choppers, the co-producer and host of "Monster Garage" and "Motorcycle Mania," saying that 50 of his custom-built choppers ran afoul of California's clean-air rules.

California Air Resources Board officials said their inspectors found that the monster bikes sold between 1998 and 2005 did not have state certified emissions equipment on their exhaust and fuel systems, resulting in these bikes spewing hydrocarbons at up to 10 times the state limits.

The market for custom-built motorcycles has taken off in recent years, and prominent bike builders have achieved celebrity status, but progressively stricter new emissions regulations from the EPA are already impacting the motorcycle industry.

DRUNKEN DOUGHNUTS A Pontiac, MI motorcyclist gets sued, then sent to prison, for his actions that took place outside a bar earlier this year as he was "doing doughnuts" in the parking lot when he struck and injured a woman who was standing outside the saloon.

Now he'll be riding a prison van to Stateville Correctional Center, where he was sentenced to one year after pleading guilty to failure to report an accident with injury. He was also ordered to pay restitution, and faces a lawsuit from the injured woman who is seeking $50,000 each from the rider, the owner of the motorcycle and the saloon owner.

General Items
Gift Certificate Freehold Honda has given members of Spokes-Women who signed up for it a $20 gift certificate god for one year. Thanks Michele.
Automotive Discount
SWMC members may now receive a 10-15% discount at ANY Center in the United States. All that is required is to ask for the commercial account info
AARP Offers Discount Motorcycle Insurance Did you know AARP offers its members discount motorcycle insurance? Coverage is also available for equipment and gear. Call 800-752-2461 (Dept. 8079) or log onto http://www.aarpforemost.com/motorcycle/index.htm.

Discounts to Spokes-Women Members

Monmouth Cycles in Middletown, 30% over cost on parts.

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