*Not enough tickets? Get a Custom Plate. Motorcyclist deluged with parking tickets, thanks to his license plate.

*Flying / Riding in formation.

*AMA endorses Moto X SuperMoto at ESPN X Games X

*Duprilia? Apcati? Italian Motorbike Group?

*It’s prime time for slippery, smelly mayflies


By Gus  Breiland
Not enough tickets? Get a Custom Plate.

Motorcyclist deluged with parking tickets, thanks to his license plate. Associated Press WILMINGTON, Del–A vanity license tag chosen as a gag has left its owner holding the bag. Jim Cara thought the “NOTAG” plate he got for his Suzuki motorcycle would give people a laugh. Instead, he found that the joke–along with more than 200 parking violations–was on him.

The new tag arrived in the mail Saturday, along with an avalanche of city parking violations.“All the traffic tickets say, ‘Notice of violation. License number: no tag,”’ Cara explained.Officials said city computers linked to state Division of Motor Vehicles computers finally found an address for ticketed vehicles that lacked license tags: Cara’s home in Elsmere.

“I messed up the system so bad,” Cara said. “I wonder if they can put me in jail or something?” Cara, 43, who works for the American Motorcycle Association, said he’s been a lifelong prankster. This time, though, “the cleanup is going to be worse than the joke,” he said.

An incorrect computer code used by the contractor that processes the city’s parking violations helped land the tickets in Cara’s mail, according to John Rago, a spokesman for Wilmington Mayor James Baker. City officials plan to have it corrected, he said.

Fortunately for Cara, Wilmington appeared to be the only jurisdiction with the no-tag computer glitch, said Kelly Pitts, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.

Pitts said Cara’s best insurance against future problems would be to change the “NOTAG” plate. “No way”, said Cara. “I think it’s awesome.”

We at MMM wonder what would have happened if he would have gotten the plate “REFUND”.


Flying / Riding in formation. Base motorcycle clubs will promote rider safety

by Staff Sgt. Melanie Streeter – Air Force Print News
WASHINGTON–The formation of motorcycle clubs on Air Force bases worldwide may increase mentoring, an important element for promoting safe riding, said the Air Force’s senior safety official.

Air Force leaders are alarmed at the rate that the Air Force is losing its Airmen, not only in four-wheeled vehicle accidents, but also with motorcycle accidents, said Maj. Gen. Kenneth W. Hess, Air Force chief of safety.

“The motorcycle-mentoring concept that Gen. [John P.] Jumper [Air Force chief of staff] has been espousing is really designed as one tool to attack the motorcycle death rate we’ve been having with our young Airmen,” General Hess said.

A recent data review showed motorcycle accidents are on the rise, resulting in 72 fatalities between fiscal 1999 and fiscal 2003. More than half of those fatalities resulted from single-vehicle crashes involving riders who exercised poor judgment and made risky decisions, officials said.

To fight this rise, major command officials identified wings to set up test clubs, General Hess said. These test clubs will try out the concept for about a year, and then most likely similar clubs will open up on Air Force bases worldwide.

“The benefit that we’re after is to pair up a young, inexperienced rider with somebody who’s been through the school of hard knocks to increase (a young rider’s) survival skills,” General Hess said. “The ultimate objective is to stop the deaths of our Airmen on the highway.”

“Being around people who have riding experience is one way to mitigate taking excessive risk before adequate skills are learned,” the general said.

“Since different bases face different challenges, motorcycle clubs will vary from location to location, each organizing as it sees fit to best cater to its motorcycle interests. For example, some wings may be near deserts with many dirt-bike riders,” the general said. “Those wings’ needs would be different from the needs of people on a base where riders are more interested in touring-style motorcycles.”

“Just as the club’s organization may differ, so may the activities at each. Besides organizing rides or charity events that give inexperienced riders a chance to learn by example, clubs may offer opportunities for experienced riders to talk with Airmen about proper maintenance. Club meetings are also a good setting for commanders to talk to Airmen who ride motorcycles about proper risk management and safety,” the general said.

“Our strategy has been to attack the motor-vehicle problem with tools for commanders that will help them save the lives of our Airmen out there,” General Hess said. “Fundamentally, we all have a moral obligation to help our Airmen survive their tour in the United States Air Force.”


AMA endorses Moto X SuperMoto at ESPN X Games X
July 20, 2004–The AMA, the world’s largest motorsports-sanctioning body, has announced its endorsement of Moto X SuperMoto, a new form of motorcycle competition that will debut at ESPN X Games X, to be held August 5 through 8 in Los Angeles, California.

Part of the popular Moto X discipline, Moto X SuperMoto has been called “the most extreme form of motorcycle racing.” It’s a fusion of Supercross, dirt-track racing, freestyle motocross and road racing, a format that attracts competitors from all forms of motorcycle sport. It uses four-stroke motocross bikes on a purpose-built track that’s approximately 60 percent asphalt and 40 percent dirt with turns, rollers and jumps.

“The AMA is thrilled to be part of X Games X through its endorsement of Moto X SuperMoto,” said Robert Rasor, President of the AMA. “We’re looking forward to introducing the AMA and Supermoto to a new audience, and X Games X will be a great opportunity to do just that.”


Duprilia? Apcati? Italian Motorbike Group?
Bologna–July 17th 2004, Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (NYSE: DMH, Borsa Italiana S.p.A.: DMH), the high performance motorcycle manufacturer has reached an agreement today with Aprilia shareholders, for the exclusive negotiation in the acquisition of the group.

The agreement foresees a due diligence period on certain legal, fiscal and accounting matters. The decision is a clear step forward in the negotiation process, which is essential for the future of Aprilia and the Italian motorcycle industry. This agreement marks the beginning of a new and important negotiation phase with all the parties involved in the Group restructuring in order to ensure the continuity of the Aprilia business.

“We are fully satisfied with the progress of the negotiation,” comments Federico Minoli, President and CEO of Ducati Motor Holding. “We are close to the end of a complex process. We have a sound industrial plan and we are confident of the support that we will receive from banks, suppliers, other creditors, management and unions. Since 1996, with the help of all the constituents we have transformed Ducati from a struggling company to a worldwide success. Today Ducati is traded in the stock exchanges of Milan and New York, it is healthy, financially secure and ready to invest financial resources and knowledge to recreate the Ducati success story with Aprilia. Our plan is simple: maintain the identity of each brand which is defined by their rich history and territory, while capitalizing on the synergies of critical mass in distribution, especially in foreign markets, research, development and purchasing.”


It’s time for the Ewwwwwww portion of All The News:

It’s prime time for slippery, smelly mayflies
Star Tribune, July 22, 2004–On Friday, July 16th, a motorcyclist on Hwy. 63 near Hager City, Wis., encountered a sight not even an entomologist could love. Mayflies from the nearby Mississippi carpeted the road ahead 3 to 4 inches deep. The cyclist skidded out of control, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office. Four cars piled up behind him. No one was hurt, but the accident shut down the bridge between Wisconsin and Minnesota for almost two hours.

“Once you run them over, it’s like grease. Your tires just spin,” said Dan Johnson, a public works employee from nearby Red Wing who was on the scene. Officers arrived to help. But their flashing squad car may have made the problem worse. The bugs find light totally irresistible.

“As soon as the cops came in, they were just swarmed with mayflies,” Johnson said. “It incapacitated their vehicles. They couldn’t get off the bridge.” Eventually, snowplows were called to clear the bug carcasses, which had begun to perfume the bridge with the insect’s signature aroma, which is something akin to rotting fish.

No word on whether or not the rider burned the bike and his gear on site or if he was trying to stage a “fire” later on in the evening in order to get out of detailing the bike. We have yet to use a detailing soap that gets bugs off of windshields much less the one that are cooking into the fins of your HOG.



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