The Life Of A Rider https://thelifeofarider.com Sun, 18 Aug 2019 11:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Inside the Hells Angels: 5 Notorious Facts About the Infamous Biker Club https://thelifeofarider.com/inside-the-hells-angels-5-notorious-facts-about-the-infamous-biker-club https://thelifeofarider.com/inside-the-hells-angels-5-notorious-facts-about-the-infamous-biker-club#respond Sun, 18 Aug 2019 11:08:33 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=591 The Hells Angels are notorious for their ruthlessness, violence, brawling and sometimes even murder. However they did not need to pull one of their stunts, habitually shocking people all around the globe, to make them even more famous. Sons of Anarchy, a TV series based on an idea allegedly stolen by a former Hells Angel, …

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The Hells Angels are notorious for their ruthlessness, violence, brawling and sometimes even murder. However they did not need to pull one of their stunts, habitually shocking people all around the globe, to make them even more famous.

Sons of Anarchy, a TV series based on an idea allegedly stolen by a former Hells Angel, did it for them. Nevertheless, there is much more to them and their community than what makes the headlines.

This B-17F, tail number 41-24577, was named Hell’s Angels after the 1930 Howard Hughes movie about fighter pilots in the first world war.

This B-17F, tail number 41-24577, was named Hell’s Angels after the 1930 Howard Hughes movie about fighter pilots in the first world war.

They are first of all a close-knit community, similar to the mafia. Besides handling the dirty business, they run legitimate businesses and even do a considerable amount of charity work. They are all over the world, a proper global gang.

They are all over the world

The Hell’s Angels clubhouse at 77 East 3rd Street between First and Second Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Photo by Beyond My Ken CC BY-SA 4.0

The Hell’s Angels clubhouse at 77 East 3rd Street between First and Second Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. Photo by Beyond My Ken CC BY-SA 4.0

One can find an amazing number of 444 of their charters on six out of seven existing continents in the world. They only did not manage to spread to the Earth’s southernmost continent, Antarctica.

The only European countries that still do not have any association with the club are Moldova, Belarus, Kosovo and Montenegro. Even tiny countries such as Lichtenstein and the Canary Islands have their own charters.

Additionally, there are nations that do not have established charters, but biker clubs associated with the biggest biker gang in the world, and therefore many Hells Angels-to-be walking around.

It is hard to become one

If you ever wanted to become a “patched” biker, there are couple of things you need to consider, and some of them are not very pleasant. First off, it is a hard life being on the road, and there are lots of sacrifices to be made.

You must ride at least 20,000 km every year to qualify as a “true” Hells Angel. You must own a serious bike, something like a chopper. Ultimately, it will help you to look fierce.

Lastly, if you are not male, you can forget becoming a part of the club. If you happen to fulfill all the criteria and still want to be a member, you still have to intern for a while, and maybe then you will get a chance to become official.

Hells Angels sued Disney and won

They decided to sue Disney because the Hells Angels name and logo was used in the movie Wild Hogs without permission from or credit to the organisation. The Angels had a strong case and deserved their victory in court.

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AMVETS to keep Rolling Thunder going in 2020 https://thelifeofarider.com/amvets-to-keep-rolling-thunder-going-in-2020 https://thelifeofarider.com/amvets-to-keep-rolling-thunder-going-in-2020#respond Sun, 18 Aug 2019 10:54:20 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=587 Rolling Thunder will keep on rolling. This year Rolling Thunder leadership, citing costs and communication issues, said 2019 would be its final ride. But Connecting Vets has learned veterans service organization AMVETS is stepping up to fill the gap and continue the annual Washington, D.C. event. Rolling Thunder, an advocacy group focused on raising awareness of prisoners of …

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Rolling Thunder will keep on rolling.

This year Rolling Thunder leadership, citing costs and communication issues, said 2019 would be its final ride. But Connecting Vets has learned veterans service organization AMVETS is stepping up to fill the gap and continue the annual Washington, D.C. event.

Rolling Thunder, an advocacy group focused on raising awareness of prisoners of war and missing in action service members, is best known for its annual event the Sunday before Memorial Day. Thousands of members of the group complete the “First Amendment Demonstration Run” or “Ride for Freedom,” a slow motorcycle ride on a set route in Washington, D.C. from the Pentagon, over the Memorial Bridge and ending at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for POW/MIAawareness.

The group held its first demonstration in 1988 and came together as a group in 1995. It has more than 90 chapters across the U.S. and in other countries.

“We believe in the mission 100 percent,” Joe Chenelly, executive director of AMVETS, told Connecting Vets in an exclusive interview. “We think it’s vitally important that our nation knows we are not forgetting those who remain missing or are still unaccounted for.”

An eight-page permit to conduct a special event or demonstration at the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., obtained by Connecting Vets, shows that AMVETS plans to hold the event next year.

Read more: https://connectingvets.radio.com/articles/rolling-thunder-2020-amvets-takes-over-memorial-day-weekend-event

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Florida man gets 90 days in jail for fatal head-on motorcycle crash https://thelifeofarider.com/florida-man-gets-90-days-in-jail-for-fatal-head-on-motorcycle-crash https://thelifeofarider.com/florida-man-gets-90-days-in-jail-for-fatal-head-on-motorcycle-crash#respond Sat, 17 Aug 2019 14:50:38 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=583 BARTOW, Fla. – A Florida man who struck and killed a motorcyclist while trying to pass two cars on a rural road was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail and a year without driving. A local newspaper reported that Jarrod Witt Lee, 33, was facing up to a year in jail for culpable negligence in the …

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BARTOW, Fla. – A Florida man who struck and killed a motorcyclist while trying to pass two cars on a rural road was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail and a year without driving.

A local newspaper reported that Jarrod Witt Lee, 33, was facing up to a year in jail for culpable negligence in the 2017 death of motorcyclist Philip Brown.

Judge Larry Helms handed down a lesser sentence instead. Lee cannot drive during his year on probation.

Lee’s car hit the motorcycle head-on. Brown, 40, was thrown from his bike and died.

Prosecutors were seeking a vehicular homicide conviction but jurors found Lee guilty of the lesser charge. The judge said the jury’s decision limited his sentencing options.

According to the Polk County Jail’s website, Lee has been in and out of jail since 2005.

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Peter Fonda Dead at 79 After Respiratory Failure from Lung Cancer: ‘Please Raise a Glass to Freedom’ https://thelifeofarider.com/peter-fonda-dead-at-79-after-respiratory-failure-from-lung-cancer-please-raise-a-glass-to-freedom https://thelifeofarider.com/peter-fonda-dead-at-79-after-respiratory-failure-from-lung-cancer-please-raise-a-glass-to-freedom#respond Fri, 16 Aug 2019 22:58:31 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=579 Peter Fonda was best known for his starring role as Wyatt in 1969’s Easy Rider  Peter Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda and the younger brother of Jane Fonda, has died, PEOPLE confirms. He was 79. Peter’s family confirmed the sad news in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE on Friday and said that the two-time Oscar nominated actor died …

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Peter Fonda was best known for his starring role as Wyatt in 1969’s Easy Rider 

Peter Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda and the younger brother of Jane Fonda, has died, PEOPLE confirms. He was 79.

Peter’s family confirmed the sad news in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE on Friday and said that the two-time Oscar nominated actor died after suffering respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” the family said. “[Peter] passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 16 at 11:05 a.m. at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family.”

Peter Fonda was best known for his starring role as Wyatt in 1969’s Easy Rider 

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Peter Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda and the younger brother of Jane Fonda, has died, PEOPLE confirms. He was 79.

Peter’s family confirmed the sad news in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE on Friday and said that the two-time Oscar nominated actor died after suffering respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” the family said. “[Peter] passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 16 at 11:05 a.m. at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family.”

“The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer,” they continued.

“In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy,” they wrote.

“And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life,” the Fonda family finished. “In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.”

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Man who attacked motorcyclist with ice pick charged with hate crime: Authorities https://thelifeofarider.com/man-who-attacked-motorcyclist-with-ice-pick-charged-with-hate-crime-authorities https://thelifeofarider.com/man-who-attacked-motorcyclist-with-ice-pick-charged-with-hate-crime-authorities#respond Fri, 16 Aug 2019 09:43:29 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=575 A Gurnee-area man is charged with a felony hate crime and misdemeanor assault after he attacked and berated a motorcyclist who was displaying a Mexican flag, authorities said Thursday. Joseph L. Zens, 67, of the 37100 block of North Shirley Drive, is accused of attacking the 57-year-old Hispanic motorcyclist with an ice pick while hurling …

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A Gurnee-area man is charged with a felony hate crime and misdemeanor assault after he attacked and berated a motorcyclist who was displaying a Mexican flag, authorities said Thursday.

Joseph L. Zens, 67, of the 37100 block of North Shirley Drive, is accused of attacking the 57-year-old Hispanic motorcyclist with an ice pick while hurling racial slurs at him at telling him “to go back to his country,” according to Lake County Sheriff’s police.

The altercation began just before noon Wednesday near the intersection of North Delany Road and Sunset Avenue. Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Covelli said the motorcyclist was driving north on Delany when a 2009 Hyundai SUV “abruptly changed lanes, cutting off the motorcycle driver.”

The motorcyclist told investigators he followed the car to obtain the license plate number. Zens pulled his car onto West Meyers Road, where he stopped and got out of the car to confront the motorcyclist.

Covelli said Zens began yelling “anti-Mexican racial slurs” and “expletives” at the motorcyclist, then went back to his car and retrieved an ice pick and began threatening the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was able to get away before being struck and called police.

Zens drove off and was later located at his home by sheriff’s deputies. Deputies recovered an ice pick from Zens’ SUV. He was taken into custody without incident, Covelli said.

“Hate has absolutely no place in Lake County,” Sheriff John Idleburg said. “Being victimized because of the color of one’s skin, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation or any other protected classification is completely unacceptable. We will always be there to stand up for the victims of crime.”

Zens is being held in the Lake County jail on $15,000 bail. He has no criminal record in Lake County, according to the court clerk’s website. He was charged with misdemeanor battery causing bodily harm in McHenry County in 1997, but the case was dismissed.

Zens faces three years in prison if convicted of the hate crime. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum jail sentence of one year. His next court date is Aug. 28.

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5 Of The Many Benefits In Joining A Motorcycle Club https://thelifeofarider.com/5-of-the-many-benefits-in-joining-a-motorcycle-club https://thelifeofarider.com/5-of-the-many-benefits-in-joining-a-motorcycle-club#respond Thu, 15 Aug 2019 15:25:48 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=572 While motorcycle clubs aren’t for everyone, being a member of one can be rewarding and enriching experience. When riding a motorcycle is about having freedom – the freedom to go where you want, when you want, however you want – why would one consider restricting their activities within an organized club? There are several reasons, …

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While motorcycle clubs aren’t for everyone, being a member of one can be rewarding and enriching experience. When riding a motorcycle is about having freedom – the freedom to go where you want, when you want, however you want – why would one consider restricting their activities within an organized club? There are several reasons, actually, and today, we’re outlining 5 of the many benefits to joining a motorcycle club or organization.

1. The Brotherhood

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This is quite literally the number one reason to join a motorcycle club. Your club is your family. Your MC brothers and sisters will always have your back, you will always have someone to turn to, and you’ll never get the respect from anyone else like you get from your MC family.

2. Sense of Order & Organization

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Some people thrive on having a sense of order and routine. If you’re one of those people, then joining a motorcycle club may be the right thing for you. Most clubs are run by a decent set of rules, which allows for them to organize and prioritize their members and their mission.

3. It’s A Way To Activate Your Mission Or Purpose

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Many motorcycle clubs advocate for community groups and programs who are in need of support. If there’s an issue or a program that you’re passionate about, being part of a motorcycle club that advocates for it will give you a greater sense of pride and purpose.

4. Teamwork

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This definitely ties into reason number three – there’s nothing quite like the feeling you get from working alongside your brothers and sisters in leather to better the world for someone else.

5. The Leather

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Ok, so not all motorcycle clubs invest in leather kuttes, but most do. So if you happen to join a motorcycle club that lets you wear your patches proudly on a leather kutte, then you’ve gotten to take advantage of one of the great bonuses of being a member of a motorcycle club. And there’s nothing quite like being patched into a motorcycle club, trust us.

These are only 5 of the many great reasons in joining a motorcycle club. Tell us in the comments below what other reasons there are to join. Are you a member of a motorcycle club yourself? Give your MC a shout out, and tell us how you benefit from from your membership within the club. How has it given you a positive impact on your life?

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Man working on his motorcycle on side of road struck, killed by hit-and-run driver https://thelifeofarider.com/man-working-on-his-motorcycle-on-side-of-road-struck-killed-by-hit-and-run-driver https://thelifeofarider.com/man-working-on-his-motorcycle-on-side-of-road-struck-killed-by-hit-and-run-driver#respond Mon, 12 Aug 2019 11:01:53 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=568 SAN ANTONIO — A man working on his motorcycle on the side of road late Saturday night was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. Witnesses told police a driver of a pick up truck veered off the road at about 10 p.m. on Highway 281 South and slammed into a man working on his motorcycle …

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A man working on his motorcycle on the side of road late Saturday night was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Witnesses told police a driver of a pick up truck veered off the road at about 10 p.m. on Highway 281 South and slammed into a man working on his motorcycle on the side of the road. The driver never stopped and continued southbound on Highway 281, police said.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency crews. He was believed to be in his 50’s.

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Upstate mom thanks Hells Angels for helping keep her son’s memory alive on what would have been his 21st birthday https://thelifeofarider.com/upstate-mom-thanks-hells-angels-for-helping-keep-her-sons-memory-alive-on-what-would-have-been-his-21st-birthday https://thelifeofarider.com/upstate-mom-thanks-hells-angels-for-helping-keep-her-sons-memory-alive-on-what-would-have-been-his-21st-birthday#respond Mon, 12 Aug 2019 09:59:36 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=563   CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) – An Upstate woman said the visiting Hells Angels motorcycle club members are helping keep her late son’s memory alive. Christy Hubbard shared her experience on Facebook Wednesday, on what would have been her son, Clay Porter’s 21st birthday. She said Clay took his own life in September of 2018 for reasons that …

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CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) – An Upstate woman said the visiting Hells Angels motorcycle club members are helping keep her late son’s memory alive.

Christy Hubbard shared her experience on Facebook Wednesday, on what would have been her son, Clay Porter’s 21st birthday.

She said Clay took his own life in September of 2018 for reasons that the family still does not know or understand.

Hubbard said she set out Wednesday morning to “spread love and kindness in honor of Clay’s birthday,” so she went to Clemson, where she encountered a group of bikers, as the Hells Angels are in town for their annual summer rally.

Here’s what she said happened next:

If you know me… I am not intimidated easily and I literally think these guys were more worried about this crazy lady than I was worried.. Anyways I asked if I could talk to them for a second and of course they said yes, I gave them Clays card and a bracelet and asked if he could ride along with them on their rides. I told them his story and how today was his birthday. Of course I cried, and let me tell you the compassion that poured out of this motorcycle group. They told me Clay would be with them and asked if they could pray for me and my family. So right there in the middle of Comfort Inn parking lot in Clemson, they prayed for me.”

She went on to say that she learned an important lesson from her meeting Wednesday morning, and hopes it’s one others can learn from as well.

“The Hells Angels have a stigma that is carried with them as much as the word suicide does. We all have to knock these walls down and realize there is much more inside the book than just the cover we see on the outside. We have to take time to get to know others, to care, to show compassion and love one another! God did not put us here to hate and judge. So today I ask you, in honor of Clay, to smile or engage someone you normally wouldn’t. You never know what you might find, just like I did this morning.”

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Catasauqua truck driver intentionally crashed into motorcyclist, said ‘They can’t drive like that,’ police say https://thelifeofarider.com/catasauqua-truck-driver-intentionally-crashed-into-motorcyclist-said-they-cant-drive-like-that-police-say https://thelifeofarider.com/catasauqua-truck-driver-intentionally-crashed-into-motorcyclist-said-they-cant-drive-like-that-police-say#respond Mon, 12 Aug 2019 09:50:26 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=560 A 54-year-old man admitted to a state trooper that he intentionally swerved into the path of a passing motorcyclist last week in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, because he felt the motorcyclist was driving carelessly, according to court records. When troopers arrived to investigate the crash at 8:06 p.m. on Aug. 1, they found the motorcyclist …

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A 54-year-old man admitted to a state trooper that he intentionally swerved into the path of a passing motorcyclist last week in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, because he felt the motorcyclist was driving carelessly, according to court records.

When troopers arrived to investigate the crash at 8:06 p.m. on Aug. 1, they found the motorcyclist unresponsive on the street and then spoke to Matthew E. Dietrich, who blurted out, “It’s my fault, I [expletive] up, but they need to learn they can’t drive like that and do whatever they want,” court records show.

Police said the motorcyclist, identified as Paul A. Entler, suffered a collapsed lung, multiple broken ribs and a broken leg.

Dietrich, of the 600 block of Bath Avenue in Catasauqua, was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, disregarding traffic lanes, careless driving and reckless driving. He was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Michael D’Amore and released on $100,000 unsecured bail.

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State police said the crash happened in the intersection of Race Street and Willowbrook Road.

As police investigated the crash, Dietrich twice blurted out that he swerved into the motorcycle’s path because he was “driving like an [expletive].”

He said the motorcyclist attempted to pass him on the left side when he purposely jerked his steering wheel to the left in front of the motorcycle to stop him from passing. The motorcycle collided with his truck, sending the rider flying across the road.

Dietrich’s son was in the passenger seat and told police that he saw his father swerve the truck and crash with the motorcycle.

Police spoke to two other witnesses who also saw the truck swerve into the motorcycle. One woman ran out of her car to help the motorcyclist and said Dietrich appeared annoyed. He then yelled out, “Yeah, yeah, it was my fault. I swerved.”

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What protests? Putin rides with Night Wolves bikers in Crimea https://thelifeofarider.com/what-protests-putin-rides-with-night-wolves-bikers-in-crimea https://thelifeofarider.com/what-protests-putin-rides-with-night-wolves-bikers-in-crimea#respond Sun, 11 Aug 2019 13:16:06 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=555 As massive anti-government protests took place in Moscow on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin rode a motorcycle with the Night Wolves bikers in Crimea. RUSSIA What protests? Putin rides with Night Wolves bikers in Crimea  COMMENTS By Associated Press • 10/08/2019 – 21:59 Copyright REUTERS As massive anti-government protests took place in Moscow on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin rode a motorcycle …

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As massive anti-government protests took place in Moscow on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin rode a motorcycle with the Night Wolves bikers in Crimea.

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As massive anti-government protests took place in Moscow on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin rode a motorcycle with the Night Wolves bikers in Crimea.

The president took the ride as part of an annual show organised by the bikers, who are closely allied with Putin and are vehement supporters of Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

He rode a Ural bike alongside the leader of the nationalist motorcycle group Aleksander Zaldostanov, better known as ‘The Surgeon’.

Speaking to a crowd of motorcycle fans in Sevastopol, the president complimented the Night Wolves for setting a great example to the country’s youth.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people in Moscow and other cities protested against Putin’s government following local election violations. As many as 275 were arrested across the country, according to the arrest-monitoring group OVD-Info.

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