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  1. Indian is apparently on the attack and has thrown down the motorcycle gauntlet to is “chief” rival, Harley-Davidson. “May the best V-twin win” is the new rally cry from America’s first motorcycle company. Indian believes that its all-new Indian Challenger is more than a match for Harley-Davidson’s Road Glide® category leader. In fact, they think the Challenger bagger is a superior alternative to Harley-Davidson’s category-leading machine. The Indian Challenger. Photo credit: Indian Motorcycles Now, Indian is announcing the “Challenger Challenge.” The challenge is a campaign that invites motorcyclists to test ride the Challenger and the Road Glide® Special back to back in what Indian says is the ultimate head to head competition. The Challenger Challenge will begin at Daytona Bike Week on Friday, March 6. Indian will also bring the Challenger Challenge product demo tour to Indian Motorcycle dealers around the country. The demo tour will also visit select motorcycle rallies and events, including the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August. In addition to the demo tour, select Indian dealers will have a Road Glide® available to ensure that a customer that visits their dealership can take advantage of the Challenger Challenge. A list of dealers that will have a Road Glide® available for back-to-back testing is not yet available. [embedded content] To highlight the Challenger Challenge, Indian is starting a digital media campaign. The campaign will have episodic video series that pits the Indian Challenger against the Harley-Davidson Road Glide®. Each episode is a series of tests that showcase power, torque, braking, and handling. If you are interested in seeing the videos, you can find them on both IndianMotorcycle.com and YouTube. Vezi sursa
  2. BMW GS Trophy 2020: Days 5, 6, 7

    The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2020 Oceania continued through New Zealand’s South Island. The special stage challenges have increased in severity as the event goes on, with steep, rocky, and loose terrain that quickly became wet. Highlight videos are below; results are embedded in the videos: [embedded content] Day 6 features some deep water: [embedded content] [embedded content] Daily BMW Press releases: Day 5 Press Release Day 6 Press Release Day 7 Press Release Vezi sursa
  3. The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2020 Oceania continued through New Zealand’s South Island. The special stage challenges have increased in severity as the event goes on, with steep, rocky, and loose terrain that quickly became wet. Highlight videos are below; results are embedded in the videos: [embedded content] Day 6 features some deep water: [embedded content] [embedded content] Daily BMW Press releases: Day 5 Press Release Day 6 Press Release Day 7 Press Release Vezi sursa
  4. Earlier this month, a California woman (Navy veteran and mother of eight) was killed in a hit-and-run crash, when her motorcycle was struck by a car. Now, her husband’s gone to the work of finding a suspect for police, doing the footwork himself. The sad story began when 48-year-old Brenda Jean Richardson was killed while riding her motorcycle in the town of Corona, says NBC News. Following the crash, police said they were looking for a white sedan, but did not announce they’d found any suspects. So the next day, Richardson’s husband Rod went on the lookout himself. Rod, a former police officer himself, started searching near the crash site, and found a white Lexus four-door sedan, with what appeared to be crash damage, in a nearby gated community. He called the authorities, and they took things from there. Now, police have arrested 85-year-old Toshiro Isa for felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter, according to Twitter. Isa is now out, on $75,000 bail. According to police, they showed Rod Richardson a photo of the vehicle they were searching for, shortly before he located the car they were trying to find. The PD said “Teamwork with our community is essential in our operations, and this case is no exception“—none of the usual boilerplate about citizens not taking the law into their own hands, blah blah blah. And to Richardson’s credit, it seems he was content to leave the police to do their policing, once he’d done what he could. Richardson was a mother of eight children, and had served in the VA for many years after her Navy service. Vezi sursa
  5. Earlier this month, a California woman (Navy veteran and mother of eight) was killed in a hit-and-run crash, when her motorcycle was struck by a car. Now, her husband’s gone to the work of finding a suspect for police, doing the footwork himself. The sad story began when 48-year-old Brenda Jean Richardson was killed while riding her motorcycle in the town of Corona, says NBC News. Following the crash, police said they were looking for a white sedan, but did not announce they’d found any suspects. So the next day, Richardson’s husband Rod went on the lookout himself. Rod, a former police officer himself, started searching near the crash site, and found a white Lexus four-door sedan, with what appeared to be crash damage, in a nearby gated community. He called the authorities, and they took things from there. Now, police have arrested 85-year-old Toshiro Isa for felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter, according to Twitter. Isa is now out, on $75,000 bail. According to police, they showed Rod Richardson a photo of the vehicle they were searching for, shortly before he located the car they were trying to find. The PD said “Teamwork with our community is essential in our operations, and this case is no exception“—none of the usual boilerplate about citizens not taking the law into their own hands, blah blah blah. And to Richardson’s credit, it seems he was content to leave the police to do their policing, once he’d done what he could. Richardson was a mother of eight children, and had served in the VA for many years after her Navy service. Vezi sursa
  6. A group of European police officers is traveling to South America on their bikes. Moto for Peace is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 by Italian police officers. It aims to spread the knowledge of varied world cultures so people can live in peace and harmony. The Moto For Peace police officers travel the world to offer and provide support. The group’s charter is to travel the world to promote the values of solidarity, friendship, and cultural exchange. They also contribute to educational, healthcare, and sanitation projects while traveling on their machines. With that objective in mind, the organization participates in setting up development projects throughout the world. They believe that by making society aware of some world issues, they can collect the funds necessary for the development of social programs. Since its inception, Moto for Peace has grown to include active police officers from Spain, Germany, and other European countries. Moto For Peace’s route for 2020. Previous efforts saw the officers donating motorcycles to doctors in rural Nepal, raising money for water purification in Ethiopia, providing medical aid in different African countries, and participating in the construction of an orphanage in Bolivia. For this journey, a team of 16 Italian, German and Spanish police departed for Chile on January 29th. This trek will take the officers to Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Peru. The places where Moto For Peace has been are shown in pink. With a route of over 8,700 miles, the police are visiting communities where there is poverty, lack of resources, and social instability. Since their arrival in Chile, Moto For Peace has already visited homes for the elderly as well as orphans in three different cities. Vezi sursa
  7. A group of European police officers is traveling to South America on their bikes. Moto for Peace is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 by Italian police officers. It aims to spread the knowledge of varied world cultures so people can live in peace and harmony. The Moto For Peace police officers travel the world to offer and provide support. The group’s charter is to travel the world to promote the values of solidarity, friendship, and cultural exchange. They also contribute to educational, healthcare, and sanitation projects while traveling on their machines. With that objective in mind, the organization participates in setting up development projects throughout the world. They believe that by making society aware of some world issues, they can collect the funds necessary for the development of social programs. Since its inception, Moto for Peace has grown to include active police officers from Spain, Germany, and other European countries. Moto For Peace’s route for 2020. Previous efforts saw the officers donating motorcycles to doctors in rural Nepal, raising money for water purification in Ethiopia, providing medical aid in different African countries, and participating in the construction of an orphanage in Bolivia. For this journey, a team of 16 Italian, German and Spanish police departed for Chile on January 29th. This trek will take the officers to Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Peru. The places where Moto For Peace has been are shown in pink. With a route of over 8,700 miles, the police are visiting communities where there is poverty, lack of resources, and social instability. Since their arrival in Chile, Moto For Peace has already visited homes for the elderly as well as orphans in three different cities. Vezi sursa
  8. Norton Motorcycle’s CEO Stuart Garner did not appear at a recent hearing on Norton’s pension scheme. Members of the fund fear that their retirement savings are lost. Mr. Garner did not appear in front of a pensions ombudsman to answer claims brought by members of a pension fund that Garner and associates had created. Worryingly, 30 members of the public allege that Mr. Garner did not release the pension funds when they became due. Media investigations Investigations by the UK media outlets The Guardian and ITV say that 228 people allegedly have been duped by Garner and his associates to invest up to £14M ($18.25M). The UK media outlets said that the money came from “ordinary working people”. Their funds were allegedly invested via Garner’s retirement schemes into Norton shares. Despite Garner’s absence from the hearing, the pensions ombudsman heard evidence from two victims. They claim that Garner had failed for years to return their retirement funds when requested. The UK’s Pension Schemes Act requires trustees to transfer pensions within six months of an application. Mr. Garner is a trustee of the funds in question. Failed to return funds One witness, Sally Holmes said that her ill father had applied to withdraw from his pension in August 2017. To date, Garner allegedly has not returned the funds. And, Holme’s father has now died. The alleged delay continued despite an ombudsman directing Garner in May 2019 to transfer the man’s pension fund “within 21 days”. That ruling described Garner’s behavior as “inexcusable.” The Guardian also alleges that many of the affected pension holders were financially vulnerable at the time they transferred their pension money to Garner’s pension funds. Those people were allegedly told that they would receive a tax-free lump sum for agreeing to the transfer. But the lump-sum distributions were in reality, not tax-free and left victims with substantial tax bills. Convicted of fraud Several participants in the Norton pension fiasco have been convicted of fraud. Simon Colfer was convicted of fraud in 2018 for the way he sold the pension scheme. Two directors of the company managing the Norton pension scheme, Andrew Meeson, and Peter Bradley were convicted in separate tax fraud cases. They reclaimed £5M ($6.5M) in tax rebates from fictitious pension contributions and were convicted in 2013. According to court documents, about £4m of the £5m was then paid out by Meeson and Bradley to friends, family, and associates, including a £990,000 loan that Garner used to originally buy the Norton brand in 2008. According to the Guardian, Garner has said that he did not know he was dealing with fraudsters, considers himself a victim, and denies any wrongdoing. Whatever the truth is, it’s a sad state of affairs for the Norton brand and the people that rely on the company. Note: The word “scheme” is used in the UK like the word “plan” is in the USA. The use of the word “scheme” does not in itself indicate any criminal wrongdoing. Vezi sursa
  9. Norton CEO Fails To Appear At Hearing

    Norton Motorcycle’s CEO Stuart Garner did not appear at a recent hearing on Norton’s pension scheme. Members of the fund fear that their retirement savings are lost. Mr. Garner did not appear in front of a pensions ombudsman to answer claims brought by members of a pension fund that Garner and associates had created. Worryingly, 30 members of the public allege that Mr. Garner did not release the pension funds when they became due. Media investigations Investigations by the UK media outlets The Guardian and ITV say that 228 people allegedly have been duped by Garner and his associates to invest up to £14M ($18.25M). The UK media outlets said that the money came from “ordinary working people”. Their funds were allegedly invested via Garner’s retirement schemes into Norton shares. Despite Garner’s absence from the hearing, the pensions ombudsman heard evidence from two victims. They claim that Garner had failed for years to return their retirement funds when requested. The UK’s Pension Schemes Act requires trustees to transfer pensions within six months of an application. Mr. Garner is a trustee of the funds in question. Failed to return funds One witness, Sally Holmes said that her ill father had applied to withdraw from his pension in August 2017. To date, Garner allegedly has not returned the funds. And, Holme’s father has now died. The alleged delay continued despite an ombudsman directing Garner in May 2019 to transfer the man’s pension fund “within 21 days”. That ruling described Garner’s behavior as “inexcusable.” The Guardian also alleges that many of the affected pension holders were financially vulnerable at the time they transferred their pension money to Garner’s pension funds. Those people were allegedly told that they would receive a tax-free lump sum for agreeing to the transfer. But the lump-sum distributions were in reality, not tax-free and left victims with substantial tax bills. Convicted of fraud Several participants in the Norton pension fiasco have been convicted of fraud. Simon Colfer was convicted of fraud in 2018 for the way he sold the pension scheme. Two directors of the company managing the Norton pension scheme, Andrew Meeson, and Peter Bradley were convicted in separate tax fraud cases. They reclaimed £5M ($6.5M) in tax rebates from fictitious pension contributions and were convicted in 2013. According to court documents, about £4m of the £5m was then paid out by Meeson and Bradley to friends, family, and associates, including a £990,000 loan that Garner he used to originally buy the Norton brand in 2008. According to the Guardian, Garner has said that he did not know he was dealing with fraudsters, considers himself a victim, and denies any wrongdoing. Whatever the truth is, it’s a sad state of affairs for the Norton brand and the people that rely on the company. Note: The word “scheme” is used in the UK like the word “plan” is in the USA. The use of the word “scheme” does not in itself indicate any criminal wrongdoing. Vezi sursa
  10. The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2020 Oceania continued on New Zealand’s North Island. Highlights included deep sand sections, water crossings, and great photo opportunities. There were also some challenges that did not have much relevance to adventure riding. All photos provided by BMW PressClub Day 4 took the event to the South Island for a rest day that included some non-riding challenges. The scoreboard has started to mix up a bit. Highlight videos are below, and results are embedded in the videos. [embedded content] [embedded content] [embedded content] Intro and Day 1 Results can be found HERE Vezi sursa
  11. BMW GS Trophy 2020: Days 2, 3, 4

    The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2020 Oceania continued on New Zealand’s North Island. Highlights included deep sand sections, water crossings, and great photo opportunities. There were also some challenges that did not have much relevance to adventure riding. All photos provided by BMW PressClub Day 4 took the event to the South Island for a rest day that included some non-riding challenges. The scoreboard has started to mix up a bit. Highlight videos are below, and results are embedded in the videos. [embedded content] [embedded content] [embedded content] Intro and Day 1 Results can be found HERE Vezi sursa
  12. Some details of Harley-Davidson’s new 2020 Softail Standard are out. But it’s not the MoCo that released them. The known details come courtesy of the California Air Resources Board (CARB). According to Motorcycle.com, a recent CARB executive order certifies a 1746cc Harley-Davidson Softail Standard and its Stage 1 upgrade. This machine is the second “Standard” model released in recent years. It follows the Electra Glide Standard which was announced about a year ago. Motorcycle.com says that the Harley-Davidson Softail Standard may be a stripped-down, base model with a base model’s price point. They believe that the it may come in with pricing close to Harley’s Street Bob model. The last Harley-Davidson FXST Softail Standard appeared in Harley’s 2007 model line. At the time, it came with Harley’s 1584cc Twin Cam 96B engine. The new version will use a Milwaukee 8 107ci engine like the non-“S” model Softails like the Street Bob and the Softail Slim. Motorcycle.com says the new FXST will receive the modern Softail chassis. Should Harley decide to retain the previous wheel setup, you can expect a spoked 21-inch front wheel. Since this information has yet to be released officially by Harley-Davidson, we’ll have to wait for additional details and pricing. That information could be released near or during Daytona Bike week in March. Vezi sursa
  13. Some details of Harley-Davidson’s new 2020 Softail Standard are out. But it’s not the MoCo that released them. The known details come courtesy of the California Air Resources Board (CARB). According to Motorcycle.com, a recent CARB executive order certifies a 1746cc Harley-Davidson Softail Standard and its Stage 1 upgrade. This machine is the second “Standard” model released in recent years. It follows the Electra Glide Standard which was announced about a year ago. Motorcycle.com says that the Harley-Davidson Softail Standard may be a stripped-down, base model with a base model’s price point. They believe that the it may come in with pricing close to Harley’s Street Bob model. The last Harley-Davidson FXST Softail Standard appeared in Harley’s 2007 model line. At the time, it came with Harley’s 1584cc Twin Cam 96B engine. The new version will use a Milwaukee 8 107ci engine like the non-“S” model Softails like the Street Bob and the Softail Slim. Motorcycle.com says the new FXST will receive the modern Softail chassis. Should Harley decide to retain the previous wheel setup, you can expect a spoked 21-inch front wheel. Since this information has yet to be released officially by Harley-Davidson, we’ll have to wait for additional details and pricing. That information could be released near or during Daytona Bike week in March. Vezi sursa
  14. The Motorcycle Cannonball is running again this year, but it’s headed in a different direction, literally. Instead of the usual east coast-to-west coast run, this year’s Cannonball is going north-south. The Cannonball is one of the most interesting events on the North American moto-scene, at least if you like vintage bikes. The rules are pretty basic: You take a pre-1930 motorcycle, and run it along a set course with a few dozen other riders. You can’t modify the bike, unless it’s to improve the safety. You can add better brakes, but you’ve got to use the original engine design, and it’s got to be able to hold 45 mph. Obviously, the Cannonball ends up being just as much a display of mechanical ingenuity as it is an endurance ride. This year, the Cannonball runs from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, starting in Michigan at Sault Sainte Marie and running down to South Padre Island, in Texas. When all’s said and done, riders will do between 3,000 and 3,500 miles, as long as their bikes hold together. The start date is September 10, and it ends September 27. Most of the machines listed for this year’s event are old Harley-Davidsons or Indians, but there’s a considerable number of other unique machines as well, brands like Pope, Excelsior, Henderson, Norton and others. ADV inmate rtwdoug is back at it this year; he’s a fixture at the Cannonball, and will be riding his 1921 Harley-Davidson JD for this year’s event, if the site’s got it right. You can find more information on this year’s Cannonball at the event’s website. Vezi sursa
  15. The Motorcycle Cannonball is running again this year, but it’s headed in a different direction, literally. Instead of the usual east coast-to-west coast run, this year’s Cannonball is going north-south. The Cannonball is one of the most interesting events on the North American moto-scene, at least if you like vintage bikes. The rules are pretty basic: You take a pre-1930 motorcycle, and run it along a set course with a few dozen other riders. You can’t modify the bike, unless it’s to improve the safety. You can add better brakes, but you’ve got to use the original engine design, and it’s got to be able to hold 45 mph. Obviously, the Cannonball ends up being just as much a display of mechanical ingenuity as it is an endurance ride. This year, the Cannonball runs from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, starting in Michigan at Sault Sainte Marie and running down to South Padre Island, in Texas. When all’s said and done, riders will do between 3,000 and 3,500 miles, as long as their bikes hold together. The start date is September 10, and it ends September 27. Most of the machines listed for this year’s event are old Harley-Davidsons or Indians, but there’s a considerable number of other unique machines as well, brands like Pope, Excelsior, Henderson, Norton and others. ADV inmate rtwdoug is back at it this year; he’s a fixture at the Cannonball, and will be riding his 1921 Harley-Davidson JD for this year’s event, if the site’s got it right. You can find more information on this year’s Cannonball at the event’s website. Vezi sursa
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