Victory’s Across America Mileage Challenge

Victory Motorcycles intends to reward the rider who puts the highest mileage on their new Victory this summer by paying for their bike.

The Victory Across America Mileage Challenge works like this: Purchase a new Victory Motorcycle between June 1 and July 31, 2014, and have the Victory dealer record the odometer reading at the time of purchase. Stop back at the dealership on or before July 31, 2014, and have the retailer record and submit the mileage you’ve attained. Victory will pay for the motorcycle ridden by the Victory rider who rolls up the highest mileage.

Cycle Thefts Decline

There were 45,367 motorcycle thefts reported in the U.S. in 2013, down 1.5% compared to 46,061 units stolen in 2012, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).

Thefts were highest in California (6,637, +9.1%), followed by Florida (3,735, -9.1%), Texas (3,407, +0.2%), North Carolina (2,490, -3.3%) and Indiana (2,199, -5.8%).

Minnesota ranked 32nd with 355 thefts, Wisconsin ranked 35th with 263 thefts, Iowa ranked 37th with 232 thefts, North Dakota ranked 47th with 44 thefts, and South Dakota ranked 50th with 32 thefts.

Nationwide, Honda was the bike brand stolen most often (8,557, -5.8%), followed by Yamaha (7,038, -6.4%), Suzuki (6,378, -9.1%), Kawasaki (4,736, -2.1%) and Harley-Davidson (3,907, +4.0%).

Thirty seven percent of the motorcycles reported stolen in the U.S. in 2013 were recovered, compared with about 50% of the stolen cars, the NICB documented. In Minnesota, authorities recovered 130 bikes or 36%.

Thirty four percent of thefts occurred in the months of July, August and September.

Harley Flags Warranty Claim

Former state senator and Marine Corps veteran Dave Zien, who rode more than a million miles on a 1991 Harley-Davidson that’s now parked in the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame in South Dakota, went to the press to tell how The Motor Company refused to honor the warranty on his 2014 Tri Glide Ultra after the clutch failed on a trip to Dallas. Oh, by the way, Zien flies flags from the back of his trike. Multiple flags.

Harley-Davidson says the warranty on Zien’s trike, which has about 15,000 miles on it, was denied because it was not designed to handle the added wind resistance of multiple flags at high speeds.

“The issue isn’t that the flags are heavy, but they provide terrific drag on the engine and the transmission, especially when the bike is at highway speeds,” Harley spokeswoman Maripat Blankenheim told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Helmet Debate Continues in Iowa

The Iowa State Patrol reports that seven of the 10 motorcycle related fatalities in Iowa during the first half of the year were not wearing a helmet. 

From 2008 to last year, a helmet was not used in 82 percent or 240 of the 291 motorcycle fatalities, and 72 percent or 1,042 of 1,457 crashes with incapacitating injuries, The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports, quoting info from the Iowa DOT Office of Traffic and Safety.

Iowa, New Hampshire and Illinois are the only states with no helmet law. Iowa had a universal helmet law requiring helmets for all riders until it was repealed in 1976.

Wisconsin State Troopers Ride

Planning a run through Wisconsin? Look out for blue & white two-wheelers.

The Wisconsin State Patrol, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, has 14 Harley-Davidson motorcycles and 29 motor troopers across the state. All 14 motorcycles are equipped with speed-detection devices and mobile data computers.

According to the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, five motor troopers patrol the west-central portion of Wisconsin: Trooper L.D. Coulson (Eau Claire County), and Trooper Aaron Prohovnik (Barron County), Trooper Robert Unruh (St. Croix County), Trooper Jon Luck (Dunn County) and Trooper Jeremy McNulty (Jackson County).

Post Video, Get Tagged

Authorities in Devils Lake, N.D. have filed charges against six motorcyclists who allegedly committed a number of traffic offenses last month and then posted a video of their activities online.

Police Chief Keith Schroeder told KZZY radio that authorities used the video to determine the identity of the motorcycle riders and pinpoint where and when the violations occurred.

That’ll Hold in Court

A 23-year-old Minnesota man arrested for driving recklessly on a motorcycle – at one point, allegedly hitting 146 mph – told police he didn’t realize he was going that fast and that his speedometer was broken.

Police allege the Lindstrom man was speeding excessively and driving very close to other vehicles around 6 p.m. on June 11. An officer in an unmarked squad claims the rider was traveling 94 mph when he pulled out into oncoming traffic to pass a vehicle. The officer says he then clocked the rider accelerating from 113 mph to 146 mph and activated his emergency lights. The officer called authorities in Polk County for assistance and a short time later was alerted that the rider had been pulled over.

CBS Minnesota reported that the rider was arrested for possible charges of recklessly endangering safety, speeding and passing into oncoming traffic. Police say several other vehicles had called in complaints regarding a motorcycle with the same description.

Locating the Latrines in Sturgis

Sturgis public works director Rick Bush is mired in a shitty situation. Bush is responsible for placing 150 porta-potties during the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally.

Bush told KDLT TV that placement of the commodes takes careful contemplation. Attendees typically want the convenience of portable toilets near their activities, vendors don’t want them near their businesses, and city officials worry that too many lumped together could impede access of emergency vehicles.


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