admin1 – The Life Of A Rider https://thelifeofarider.com Tue, 02 Jun 2020 08:56:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.6 These biker gangs are your one-percenters and ones that are the most notorious https://thelifeofarider.com/these-biker-gangs-are-your-one-percenters-and-ones-that-are-the-most-notorious https://thelifeofarider.com/these-biker-gangs-are-your-one-percenters-and-ones-that-are-the-most-notorious#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 08:56:16 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1322 You’ve seen images of them on Sons and Anarchy. Perhaps you’ve read the seminal book Hells Angels by Hunter S. Thompson. Maybe you’ve encountered them in your small town, anywhere in the world. With their leather jackets, decals, and names, they represent a certain edge and appeal. They are your one-percenters. Although today, people might refer to …

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You’ve seen images of them on Sons and Anarchy. Perhaps you’ve read the seminal book Hells Angels by Hunter S. Thompson. Maybe you’ve encountered them in your small town, anywhere in the world. With their leather jackets, decals, and names, they represent a certain edge and appeal. They are your one-percenters.

Although today, people might refer to one-percenters today as the percentage of the richest and most powerful people in the United States, in the 1960’s it had a very different meaning. The catchphrase came from the American Motorcycle Association, which stated that 99 percent of all American biker associations were upstanding citizens. Of course, that meant there was one percent that was not.

In this article, we’ll cover three of the most notorious biker gangs in the world. And you’ve guessed it, all three have roots in the United States. From drug distribution to racketeering, murders to torture, these biker gangs give a new meaning to the word notorious. They have chapters all around the world and have fought battles from Europe to Australia. Let’s find out who they are.

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All Black Harley-Davidson Dark Dozer Sure Makes Those Wheels Stand Out https://thelifeofarider.com/all-black-harley-davidson-dark-dozer-sure-makes-those-wheels-stand-out https://thelifeofarider.com/all-black-harley-davidson-dark-dozer-sure-makes-those-wheels-stand-out#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 08:52:17 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1319 Harley-Davidson introduced the Fat Boy line in 1990 as a V-twin Softail cruiser you could either use as stock, or modify to your convenience. And modified it was, as Harleys generally beg to be altered one way or another. There is no shortage of custom Fat Boys out there, but some tend to stand out in a …

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Harley-Davidson introduced the Fat Boy line in 1990 as a V-twin Softail cruiser you could either use as stock, or modify to your convenience. And modified it was, as Harleys generally beg to be altered one way or another.

There is no shortage of custom Fat Boys out there, but some tend to stand out in a crowd more than others. Especially if we’re talking about a build that was made not in the U.S., where the majority of custom motorcycle garages are, but elsewhere.

The Fat Boy in the gallery above originated in Germany. There, a shop by the name of Thunderbike has been in the business of modifying stock Harleys for the past 20 years or so, and it has completed quite the number of projects during this time.

Most of the German garage’s builds are of course unique, and created with the sole purpose of advertising the custom parts available in Thunderbike’s inventory. But that’s ok, as thanks to this approach we get to see the unique European way of customizing Harleys.

In the case of this machine, the Fat Boy got the usual complement of custom parts, ranging from the front and rear fenders to the grips and seat plate, all wrapped in a paint so black it seems to be swallowing light.

We’ve seen Black Harleys before, but this one seems to look particularly appealing because of the way the non-color on the body, engine and exhaust combines with the shiny chrome of the re-milled wheels. In fact, says Thunderbike, the Dark Dozer was the first time “we’ve combined our re-milled wheels with a matt black finish.”

As usual on Thunderbike-remade motorcycles, the Fat Boy packs the stock engine, and the only modifications made mechanically speaking are the addition of a Jekill & Hyde exhaust and a new pulley brake system.

 

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This Is What Happens When You Crash A Motorcycle Without Proper Safety Gear https://thelifeofarider.com/this-is-what-happens-when-you-crash-a-motorcycle-without-proper-safety-gear https://thelifeofarider.com/this-is-what-happens-when-you-crash-a-motorcycle-without-proper-safety-gear#respond Sun, 31 May 2020 19:29:13 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1315 This one comes with a big old *WARNING* label plastered on it because what you see … This one comes with a big old *WARNING* label plastered on it because what you see here is about to get graphic. However, by seeing something like this, people might be able to help themselves whether it be to remember …

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This one comes with a big old *WARNING* label plastered on it because what you see …

This one comes with a big old *WARNING* label plastered on it because what you see here is about to get graphic. However, by seeing something like this, people might be able to help themselves whether it be to remember to strap up with some more safety gear or perhaps look out for motorcyclists when they’re behind the wheel of their car or truck.

When it comes to riding a motorcycle, it’s a good idea to put on your safety gear each and every time you head out for a ride. It’s pounded into your head over and over again for a reason because when you don’t, well, there’s absolutely no limit as to what could happen. We’ve all seen it in some capacity or another.

This time, we catch up with a rider who had the unfortunate experience of coming head-to-head with the situation that involves no safety gear at all. We’re able to watch from the first-person point of view as a GoPro camera captures the entire sequence from the moment that the rider goes down all the way to when he gets home to assess the damage which looks to be pretty ugly as he appears to have been rolling without even wearing a shirt as he cruised in his bathing suit on the motorcycle.

While the crash went down at a low speed, the damage was still done and it was done in a pretty ugly fashion as the lack of safety gear left this guy torn all up from the neck down.

Check out the video below to see the carnage that followed up the wreck, but we have to say again to proceed with ultimate caution because it really does get a bit graphic. This guy is insanely lucky that he wasn’t going faster when he got thrown off of the bike.

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Law Enforcement Motorcycle clubs might sound like an oxymoron but they’re very real! Here’s why they’re growing by the day https://thelifeofarider.com/law-enforcement-motorcycle-clubs-might-sound-like-an-oxymoron-but-theyre-very-real-heres-why-theyre-growing-by-the-day https://thelifeofarider.com/law-enforcement-motorcycle-clubs-might-sound-like-an-oxymoron-but-theyre-very-real-heres-why-theyre-growing-by-the-day#respond Sun, 31 May 2020 19:03:48 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1311 Law Enforcement Motorcycle Clubs, or LEMCs, sound like an oxymoron. But they are very much in existence, and growing by the day – motorcycle clubs that are run by the cops, for the cops, and of the cops. They call themselves traditional MCs, in that they have the same hierarchy and entry models that way …

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Law Enforcement Motorcycle Clubs, or LEMCs, sound like an oxymoron. But they are very much in existence, and growing by the day – motorcycle clubs that are run by the cops, for the cops, and of the cops. They call themselves traditional MCs, in that they have the same hierarchy and entry models that way other motorcycle clubs do, but most MCs, especially the outlaw MCs view LEMCs with distrust.

These are the people who work to suppress all illegal activities of outlaw MCs. LEMCs members may be still serving or retired, but the fact remains, they are cops at heart, with a love for motorcycles and riding on the open road, sworn to uphold the law.

They may like themselves just fine, but for the other MCs, LEMCs are more of a farce. Here are some amazing facts and figures about the LEMCs of America…

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Why The Hells Angels Are So Loyal To Harley-Davidson https://thelifeofarider.com/why-the-hells-angels-are-so-loyal-to-harley-davidson https://thelifeofarider.com/why-the-hells-angels-are-so-loyal-to-harley-davidson#respond Sun, 31 May 2020 17:31:24 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1308 Harley-Davidson is the most American motorcycle company around. Here’s why the Hells Angels motorcycle club are so loyal to the hogs. It’s unbelievable the degree to which many people consider Hells Angels and Harley-Davidson synonymous with each other. There’s an assumption that anyone who owns a Harley must be a Hells Angel member. But while …

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Harley-Davidson is the most American motorcycle company around. Here’s why the Hells Angels motorcycle club are so loyal to the hogs.

It’s unbelievable the degree to which many people consider Hells Angels and Harley-Davidson synonymous with each other. There’s an assumption that anyone who owns a Harley must be a Hells Angel member. But while most Angels do own a Harley – or at least some sort of American motorcycle – not everyone who owns a Harley is an Angel.

Hells Angels Motorcycle Club is an international one-percenter biking club. It was originally founded by the Bishops, a World War II immigrant family, who started the club in Fontana, California in 1928. The founding members didn’t necessarily have a special connection to Harley-Davidson – no one appeared to have a particular stake or something to gain from the success (or lack thereof) of the company. Still, it begs the question as to why the Hells Angels remain so loyal to Harley-Davidsons today, especially since it often criticized as a brand name.

Below, we’ll take an in-depth look at the main reasons Hells Angels have remained so loyal to Harleys for going on a century. Much of it has nothing to do with the modern reputation the bike brand holds. Rather, as we shall see, the details of the club’s founding and how it coincided (and reinforced) with the rise of the Harley-Davidson brand is crucial to answer this question.

10Harleys Helped Romanticize The Outlaw Biker

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Undeniably, a certain image has become associated with Harley-Davidson bikes. As Ride Apart explains, “H-D’s machines embody freedom, independence, rebellion, strength, masculinity, and are just plain badass.” As Harley’s image grew, so did the Angels’ unlikeliness to part with the tough look the company’s bike helps them achieve. In other words, Harleys only added to the romanticized image of the outlaw biker that grew as the Angels became more rooted in society.

9The Company Capitalized On Their Image

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Plus, the company itself willingly embraced the characterization thanks to the financial advantages it provided. “This baked-in bike chauvinism – along with other one-percenter elements like tattoos, club vests, beards – built a mystique around bikers like that enjoyed by Italian mobsters and Robin Hood-like criminals,” Ride Apart adds. “Harley, never a company to leave a marketing opportunity alone, quickly capitalized on this mystique.”

A Harley Is More Than Just The Looks

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Harley-Davidson bikes are famous for their style and aesthetic, particularly compared to other bikes on the market. Many people prefer a bike that looks as beautiful as it rides. After all, what rider doesn’t take pride in their bike?

Moreover, Harley-Davidson has earned a reputation for being a smooth ride with dependability. Though some people argue it’s just a brand name, others will argue fiercely that you’re paying for top quality. Needless to say, with such a prestigious reputation, many people don’t question why Hells Angels ride Harleys.

7But They Haven’t Always Been The Best Quality Bikes

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The key thing to note is that Harley-Davidson earned their reputation – implying that their bikes haven’t always been on top of the food chain, as they (arguably) are now. But even when the bikes weren’t as great quality as they are now, Hells Angels remained loyal to the company. “I’ve been riding them all of my life, even when they were [shat] bikes in the ’60s and ’70s,” Hells Angel member Lorne Campbell shared with the Toronto Star. “Harley riders are loyal—even when (the bikes) leaked oil. They’re the best, now.”

6The Angels Defended Harleys To The U.S. Government

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In 2018, when American president Donald Trump’s new trade policies were potentially forcing a significant portion of Harley-Davidson production overseas, the outlaw bikers reached out to the government to express their dissatisfaction with the move. As a wealthy international organization, Hells Angels wield more power than the average person may realize.

5And Say They’ll Keep Riding Them No Matter What

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In an official statement made by Rick Ciarnello, a Hells Angels spokesperson in B.C., it was made clear the club had no plans of abandoning their loyalty to Harley-Davidson, even if newly-implemented traded policies made production more difficult.  “Harley-Davidson is making a statement to the Trump Administration,” Ciarnello told the media.“I don’t think their decision will impact our club in any way. Harley-Davidson motorcycles will still be available, no matter where the parts are made or assembled.”

4They’ve Already Been Riding Them For Decades

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It’s hard for a tiger to change his stripes, right? One reason the Hells Angels are so loyal to Harley-Davidson is because it’s been a part of their brand for decades. Harley-Davidson was first founded in Milwaukee in 1903, whereas the biker gang was founded a few decades later in 1948 in California. Since their founding, Hells Angels have been ridings Harleys.

Even when looming EU import tariffs in 2018 threatened to move more Harley-Davidson productions overseas, for instance, the Angels were vocal about the fact they were not abandoning their allegiance.

3Patriotism Played A Big Part In Their Loyalty

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The timing of the founding of Hells Angels was crucial. Following the end of World War II in 1944, many soldiers have a renewed sense of patriotism in the country they fought for. Buying American became a way of live for many U.S. citizens in order to express their support for their country. Therefore, many people buying bikes in the subsequent decades after WWII specifically sought out American-made brands, helping to boost Harley-Davidson to one of the most in-demand motorcycle manufacturers in the U.S. in a short time.

Harleys Were Originally An Inexpensive Bike

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Coupled with the growing sense of patriotism, it also helped that Harley-Davidsons were originally one of the more inexpensive bikes on the market. This seems hard to believe, considering the high price tag most of these bikes currently carry. But their initially low price helped make them attractive to bikers of all skill levels, especially those just getting into biking.

“Harleys were actually the cheap bikes of the time. This was amplified by the fact that the US Army sold off inventory of surplus bikes following the second world war,” Ride Apart explains. “When these surplus scoots – many of which were Harleys – were sold off to the public.”

1But Angels Aren’t Only Loyal To Harleys

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It’s not just Harley-Davidson that Hells Angels want their members to ride. What they specifically request is they ride an American motorcycle. Of course, a Harley is arguably one of the most famous motorcycles to come from the U.S. But some Angels will ride bikes from smaller brands, such as Victory or Indian. Still, it’s undeniable that most Hells Angels ride a Harley. And given the club’s history with the brand, we can’t blame them.

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Man shot and killed by police was rambling about Hells Angels and Warlocks Motorcycle Club https://thelifeofarider.com/man-shot-and-killed-by-police-was-rambling-about-hells-angels-and-warlocks-motorcycle-club https://thelifeofarider.com/man-shot-and-killed-by-police-was-rambling-about-hells-angels-and-warlocks-motorcycle-club#respond Sun, 31 May 2020 15:14:07 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1305 A Manlius man, fatally shot by troopers after New York State Police say he pointed a gun at them during a domestic disturbance Tuesday afternoon, has been identified. State police announced at a news conference Wednesday afternoon that Kenneth Bennett, 61, of 140 Wilson Drive, was shot and killed by troopers during the domestic incident …

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A Manlius man, fatally shot by troopers after New York State Police say he pointed a gun at them during a domestic disturbance Tuesday afternoon, has been identified.

State police announced at a news conference Wednesday afternoon that Kenneth Bennett, 61, of 140 Wilson Drive, was shot and killed by troopers during the domestic incident at his home.

Bennett was pointing a long gun, later identified as a Daisy lever-action BB gun, at troopers at the time he was shot, State Police Capt. Jeffrey Raub said.

The trooper who shot Bennett was identified as Trooper Gary M. Novotny. Novotny has been a trooper for about 3 1/2 years, Raub said.

Bennett was arguing with his family and had assaulted his sister with a baseball bat, which led Bennett’s niece to call 911. At one point, Bennett took the phone and made threats to police that they would have to kill him, as well as went on nonsensical rants about warlocks and Hell’s Angels, Raub said.

When police arrived, Bennett went in and out of the house for about an hour — sometimes armed with a weapon, such as a baseball bat or a long gun — making threats at police.

A SWAT team and personnel from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and Manlius Police were at the scene, as police tried to negotiate with him to put his weapon down.

Bennett leveled his gun toward police on several occasions. Manlius police fired non-lethal foam rounds at Bennett in an effort to immobilize him, but it was unsuccessful. Raub said Bennett told police that they would “need to shoot him in the head.”

Eventually, Bennett started approaching troopers, who were shielding themselves behind a vehicle. Despite repeated efforts, Bennett did not stop approaching, nor did he put down his weapon.

Novotny fired a single shot at Bennett with his division-issued rifle, striking him in the abdomen.

State police started life-saving measures on Bennett. Bennett was rushed to Upstate University Hospital. He died at 5:08 p.m.

While searching the 140 Wilson Drive residence early Wednesday morning, police uncovered components used for methamphetamine manufacturing inside Bennett’s upstairs apartment, Raub said. Toxicology reports to determine if and what drugs Bennett was under the influence of at the time of the incident are pending.

Bennett does have several prior misdemeanor convictions and police have been called to 140 Wilson Drive in the past, Raub said.

“Law enforcement was familiar with Mr. Bennett,” Raub said.

As with all police-involved fatal shootings in Onondaga County, District Attorney William Fitzpatrick will investigate. Fitzpatrick said he plans to bring the case before a grand jury, though grand juries are currently not meeting due to the coronavirus pandemic. If he is unable to assemble a grand jury in a timely manner, Fitzpatrick will assess the case himself.

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Harley-Davidson scraps ‘More Roads’ in favour of the simple life https://thelifeofarider.com/harley-davidson-scraps-more-roads-in-favour-of-the-simple-life https://thelifeofarider.com/harley-davidson-scraps-more-roads-in-favour-of-the-simple-life#respond Sun, 31 May 2020 15:12:57 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1302 Harley-Davidson has effectively rewound the ‘More Roads to Harley’ program in favour of a more back to basics strategy IT’S no secret that the last few years for America’s biggest motorcycle manufacturer have been fairly tumultuous. Sales are plummeting, the company’s stock market value is in almost freefall and the aging pool of die-hard Harley …

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Harley-Davidson has effectively rewound the ‘More Roads to Harley’ program in favour of a more back to basics strategy

IT’S no secret that the last few years for America’s biggest motorcycle manufacturer have been fairly tumultuous.

Sales are plummeting, the company’s stock market value is in almost freefall and the aging pool of die-hard Harley owners is dwindling.

Harley-Davidson needs new blood, and the pocket full of dollars they tend to carry. A couple of years ago, the then CEO of Harley-Davidson, Matt Levatich, unveiled his brave new world for Harley. It was a lightning bolt of new bikes, electrification and meant the factory would be dipping their sizable toes into interesting new segments such as the adventure and naked class. Add to that the LiveWire electric bike which is stunning yet wince-inducingly pricey, and to the casual outsider Harley’s future was looking up.

What a difference couple of year, a boardroom proxy war and a new CEO makes, as H-D look to have made an about turn on all Levatich’s hard fought plans as they look to go back to the future!

Current Harley-Davidson interim CEO, Jochen Zeits, has issued his first public statement since taking the helm at the 117-year-old company. In it he includes his five year plan for Harley-Davidson, outlining the steps he feels he’ll need to make for the company to succeed.

What is the new Harley-Davidson strategy?

  • Enhance core strengths and better balance expansion into new spaces
  • Prioritize the markets that matter
  • Reset product launches and product line up for simplicity and maximum impact
  • Build the Parts & Accessories and General Merchandise businesses to full potential
  • Adjust and align the organizational structure, cost structure and operating model to reduce complexity and drive efficiency to set Harley-Davidson up for stability and success

While most of these points are boardroom speak for, “I’m here to shake things up so look busy people”, the most interesting point is the top one – Enhance core strengths and better balance into new spaces.

It sound to me like Zeits feels that the Harley-Davidson expansion in recent years was to much and too fast. It seems like the great Harley-Davidson goldrush into new an previously unexplored lands (for them at least) is on hold. They will be going back to basics and focusing on the bikes they know in the markets they know – so that cruisers and the US.

Sadly it seems, bikes like the VR1000 Cafe Racer concept are going to be put well on the back burner…

The third point, ‘Reset product launches and product line up’ is most likely talking about the incoming (hopefully) Pan America and Bronx models, what would be Harley-Davidson’s first naked and adventure bike. In the statement, H-D confirm that they are sticking to those programs and including in that the LiveWire electric machine that launched to applause from the press and shock from the public due to its price.

If you’re a fan of the long and low cruisers of old, the news the firms CEO has delivered may be music to your ears. Although sadly for many, the idea of Harley plumbing new depths was equally exciting. If for anything, the new approach has helped the firm’s stock market price, which shot up pretty much as soon as the announcement was made.

Let’s hope that Harley’s sales in the coming years decide to follow that trend.

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Soldiers ride together, support motorcycle mentorship program https://thelifeofarider.com/soldiers-ride-together-support-motorcycle-mentorship-program https://thelifeofarider.com/soldiers-ride-together-support-motorcycle-mentorship-program#respond Sun, 31 May 2020 15:11:42 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1299 FORT CARSON, Colo. – Motorcyclists from three battalions within 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, participated in a check ride May 8, 2020. The event provided the 1st SBCT motorcycle mentorship noncommissioned officer in charge, Master Sgt. Jason Stalnaker, an electronic warfare specialist from Newark, Ohio, an opportunity to oversee the inspection of …

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FORT CARSON, Colo. – Motorcyclists from three battalions within 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, participated in a check ride May 8, 2020.

The event provided the 1st SBCT motorcycle mentorship noncommissioned officer in charge, Master Sgt. Jason Stalnaker, an electronic warfare specialist from Newark, Ohio, an opportunity to oversee the inspection of the motorcyclists’ required documentation needed to safely and legally operate their motorcycles.

The Motorcycle Mentorship Program (MMP) is designed to support unit motorcycle safety efforts and foster an environment that emphasizes skilled and disciplined riding, according to the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.

“We check for registration, insurance, and motorcycle foundation cards to include the basic rider course I, basic rider course II and the military sportbike rider course,” said Stalnaker.

The check ride also served as an opportunity for Soldiers to build camaraderie with fellow motorcyclists and pair riders together to foster safe motorcycle riding practices.

One of the main ways the MMP does this is by hosting group rides and rallies, which is an aspect of the program Stalnaker finds valuable.

“I like getting everybody together and having riders know that there is a program out there that they can be a part of and share knowledge with each other,” said Stalnaker.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, social distancing did not stand in the way of the motorcycle mentorship program’s check ride.

“At a time like this, there’s no better way to social distance than being on a motorcycle,” said Stalnaker.

Stalnaker was not the only mentor present on the day of the check ride.

The 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st SBCT was one of the three battalions that participated in the day’s check ride. The battalion’s motorcycle mentor, Sgt. 1st Class Paul Atchison, a field artillery firefinder radar operator with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Bn., 12th FA Regt. , came out to oversee his unit’s riders prior to the check ride.

“[The motorcycle mentorship program] reiterates safety, and it gets Soldiers out to get riding since they may not have been able to do so during the winter,” said Atchison.

Atchison also discussed a detailed checklist which riders use prior to heading out on unit check rides called the T-CLOCS inspection, which ensures all motorcycles are inspected to the same standard.

“We make sure the bikes are running correctly, and [Soldiers] have the right safety gear,” said Atchison.

Mentors bring unique background and often decades of experience to these check rides.

Sgt. 1st Class Denver Stubbe, a cannon crewmember with Battery C., 2nd Bn., 12th FA Reg., 1st SBCT, said he first started riding motorcycles and dirt bikes under the mentorship of his parents when he was six years old and enjoys sharing experiences with his fellow riders.

“What I like about [these mentorship] rides is they bring all the other riders together – a little something outside of the work realm,” said Stubbe.

Stubbe also acknowledged it is never too late to increase your skills as a rider regardless of your experience level.

“Even though I’ve been riding for so long, you can develop skills all the time and become a better rider overall,” said Stubbe.

New and experienced riders can find purpose from the program according to Stalnaker, who believes check rides are much more than just joy rides during a duty day.

“For [new Soldiers] to be with other riders is teaching them new lessons that they might not know,” said Stalnaker.

This check ride is the first in a series of three motorcycle mentorship check rides throughout the month of May with the goal of ensuring all motorcycle riders across 1st SBCT participate in a ride.

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Plans continue for 80th Sturgis Rally amid COVID-19 pandemic https://thelifeofarider.com/plans-continue-for-80th-sturgis-rally-amid-covid-19-pandemic https://thelifeofarider.com/plans-continue-for-80th-sturgis-rally-amid-covid-19-pandemic#respond Sun, 31 May 2020 15:10:06 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1296 And what about this summer’s Sturgis Rally? In a video posted on Facebook, Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen said, at this point, the rally is still being planned for and they’re working on it every day. He says they’re looking forward to hosting it if the situation allows. Governor Kristi Noem says, “I think to proactively …

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And what about this summer’s Sturgis Rally?

In a video posted on Facebook, Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen said, at this point, the rally is still being planned for and they’re working on it every day.

He says they’re looking forward to hosting it if the situation allows.

Governor Kristi Noem says, “I think to proactively plan for the rally is fine, knowing that we may have to adjust it or address it in the coming days. But literally every day things are changing, our modeling is changing. Even if we get therapeutics, if we get the ability to stop this virus as far as spreading, we may be in a different situation by the time we get to July. Obviously the rally is held later in August and we’ll continue to have conversations with the local community.”

Carstensen says they’ll know something more definitive by early to mid-June

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Darwin Hells Angel can return to his club after the Supreme Court lifted a ban on seeing them or attending their clubhouse https://thelifeofarider.com/darwin-hells-angel-can-return-to-his-club-after-the-supreme-court-lifted-a-ban-on-seeing-them-or-attending-their-clubhouse https://thelifeofarider.com/darwin-hells-angel-can-return-to-his-club-after-the-supreme-court-lifted-a-ban-on-seeing-them-or-attending-their-clubhouse#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 17:10:09 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1292 Darwin Hells Angel will be reunited with his club friends after the Supreme Court lifted a ban on seeing them or attending their clubhouse Adrian Lyle Cook, 57, appealed the ban imposed by the Local Court after he was charged with drug and weapons offences late last week Police alleged they had seized ammunition from …

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Darwin Hells Angel will be reunited with his club friends after the Supreme Court lifted a ban on seeing them or attending their clubhouse

Adrian Lyle Cook, 57, appealed the ban imposed by the Local Court after he was charged with drug and weapons offences late last week

Police alleged they had seized ammunition from a “holding room that was littered with Hells Angels paraphernalia” including the motorcycle jacket of sergeant-at-arms and convicted drug dealer Phil O’Shea during a raid on Cook’s house.

But his lawyer, Shane McMaster, argued there was “no nexus between his offending and his membership of the Hells Angels” and the room was simply an armoury he had used to secure lawfully owned guns in the past.

His strong room was the model strong room in Darwin,” he said. “Police were routinely sending other people … looking at setting up their own … to his residence so they could inspect what he’d done because it was so well done.”

Mr McMaster said Cook’s firearms licence was revoked after he joined the club for the “camaraderie” and he now only had two other friends in Darwin who were not members.

He said his client would defend the charge of illegally possessing the ammunition and would likely not get his day in court until the end of the year.

That is a very long time on bail conditions that include you not being able to see your friends,” he said.

Mr McMaster said the bail conditions were effectively a punishment for his lawful membership of the club.

The legislature has seen fit not to outlaw, as it were, the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and in my submission it is not proper to use the Bail Act as a way, effectively, to really usurp that,” he said.

Prosecutor Long Nam Ha argued the Crown wasn’t seeking to stop Cook from seeing friends but just “this particular class of person”, some of whom were sentenced prisoners

In removing the non-association conditions, Justice Jenny Blokland said: “As ill advised as I might think that is for a grown man to belong to a club like that I accept that it is not an offence,” she said.

Cook must stay away from guns and ammo while on bail.

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