NEW MEXICO SENATOR BOWS TO PRESSURE FROM MOTORCYCLISTS, WITHDRAWS OUTRAGEOUS LEGISLATION
Pickering, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced that New Mexico state Sen. Allen Hurt (R-Waterflow) has informed the AMA that he will withdraw Senate Bill 239, which could have forced some motorcyclists to become organ donors.
AMA leadership learned of Sen. Hurt’s intentions this afternoon in a message which read, in part: “You win … I’m pulling New Mexico SB 239.” Late last Thursday, the AMA had expressed its outrage at SB 239, which, if it had passed, would have allowed the harvesting of organs from any motorcyclist who didn’t wear a helmet and was declared brain dead as a result of an accident.
“This victory demonstrates how powerful our voice can be when American motorcyclists speak together,” said Sean Maher, AMA Director of State Affairs. “When New Mexico state officials received more than 1,100 e-mails opposing SB 239, they got the message and Sen. Hurt acted quickly to withdraw his proposal.”
In a previous press release, Sean Maher was quoted as saying “Classifying an entire group of citizens as nothing more than organs to be harvested isn’t just demeaning to motorcyclists, it’s offensive to all Americans.”
The AMA organized opposition to the bill, urging motorcyclists to use the AMA Rapid Response Center part of the Association’s website, AMADirectlink.com to send a message to Hurt and the New Mexico Legislature’s leadership.
CANNONDALE FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY
Cannondale Corporation has announced that it intends to file a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on January 28th.
Cannondale and its lenders, The CIT/Business Credit, Inc. and Pegasus Partners II, L.P. have reached an agreement in principle that, subject to Bankruptcy Court approval, will provide the Company with interim financing to fund post-petition operating expenses and to meet supplier and employee commitments. “The interim financing will be used to continue the operation of our bicycle business,” said Cannondale Founder and President Joe Montgomery.
Cannondale has also reached an agreement in principle with Pegasus Partners II, L.P. to sell substantially all of its assets to Pegasus Partners II, L.P. pursuant to Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, subject to better and higher offers and court approval. Pegasus would operate the bicycle business as a going concern with the involvement of current management and would purchase separately the Company’s motorsports assets, including the intellectual property related to the design of Cannondale’s motorsports products. In the meantime, management continues to work with other potential interested buyers for either or both of these businesses.
Montgomery explained that difficulties with Cannondale’s motorsports business made the filing necessary, and that the Company has determined to suspend operations of the motorsports division pending a potential sale. “The motorsports division was threatening the bicycle division,” explained Montgomery. “Although we believe in the value of our motorsports products, we did not have sufficient financial resources to make the additional investments necessary. We look forward to bringing a renewed focus to our core bicycle business and to working through this present challenge with the greatest possible speed.”
The suspension of operations of the motorsports division will mean that production workers who had been furloughed from Cannondale’s motorsports factory in Bedford, Pennsylvania in December will not be recalled. Production workers at Cannondale’s Bedford bicycle factory, who have been idled during a recent shutdown, are scheduled to return to work in the near future.
Cannondale is a newcomer to the motorsports industry after having a successful stint in the pedal bike industry since 1971. More in formation on the company and its dirt bike and ATV lines can be found on www.cannondale.com
2003 DODGE TOMAHAWK CONCEPT – Viper-Powered Motorcycle
Proving yet again that American automobile manufacturers are holed up in their own little world in Detroit, Dodge has released the concept Tomahawk “Motorcycle” powered by the V-10 Viper motor. Apparently this brainchild of obesity and stupidity “…is a bold-faced slap against mediocrity,” Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President &endash; Design, Chrysler Group said. “Tomahawk is a scintillating example of what creative minds can do when given the opportunity to run free. It is a pure mechanical sculpture and a joyous celebration of the artistry and emotion of design.”
My take on this monstrosity is that it should be wrapped in a shroud of death with every purchase. Detroit is all about incentives to buy, instead of 0% financing they can sell a gift certificate to any cremation service of your choice.
Some interesting vital statistics on the heap of billet aluminum and titanium are as follows. The V-10 Viper engine is listed as 505 cubic inches, 8300 cc displacing 500 horsepower or 525 foot pounds of torque. Dodge thought it would be wise to tell you that its’ engine on wheels will propel your limp corpse from 0-60 mph in roughly 2.5 seconds with estimated top speeds from 300-420 miles per hour. That is 1500 pounds of aluminum, plus you flying down the road at 300 mph. Four wheel (not a motorcycle, it is a car) independent suspension allows for a 45 degree turn with 20 degree movement in the handle bars either side of straight. Some other states include overall length of 102 inches by a width of 27.7 inches and a height of 36.9 inches. Seat height is at 29 inches and must have been made for those shorter riders and beginner riders that want the same opportunity to kill themselves as any other rider.
With no reference to fuel efficiency, the 3.25 gallons of gas may get you 2 to 3 city blocks on momentum. I am guessing that inflight refueling might be necessary.
This is a bad design folks and what makes it worse is that Dodge is considering the option of producing this bike at a cost of roughly $250,000 each. In their press release from the 2003 North American International Auto Show, they consider this design experiment to “shatter all the barriers of conventional thinking about personal transportation.” This statement is true if you are considering thinning the herd and clearing roadways of people foolish enough to buy one of these things.
I never thought I would recommend this, but if you are considering a vehicle like the Tomahawk, do us all a favor and buy a Boss Hoss. Keep Dodge out of our market, and up your life insurance rates today!
McGRATH RETIRES FROM SUPERCROSS
Seven-time supercross champion Jeremy McGrath announced his retirement on January 2nd, 2002 from supercross racing at a press conference in Anaheim, CA at Edison International Field.
After winning 72 250cc main events, McGrath, 31, made the official announcement to a room full of motocross industry members and a host of media inside Edison International Field’s Diamond Club. McGrath’s career places him at the top of the leader list for a host of records, including all-time wins and career championships.
While McGrath has hung up his helmet, he will remain active on the supercross scene, working with Clear Channel Entertainment and his sponsors throughout the season.
“After injuring my hip before the season, I started to evaluate my career and decided it was time to retire,” said McGrath. “This is a very difficult decision but the right one …I have had a lot of people support me throughout my career, but most importantly my first sponsor, my parents.”
Dave Coombs, Racer X Illustrated editor in chief, on Jeremy McGrath: “The record book shows Jeremy McGrath at the top of almost every category: 89 career wins; 72 supercross main event wins; eight major titles; 13 main event wins in a row; 17 total race wins in a row; 15 wins and a pair of supercross titles in the 125 class.”
Mr. Coombs continued with “He even changed the way supercross was actually ridden. Coming from a BMX background, he incorporated those low-jumping techniques into his approach. This revolutionary style saw him dominate the sport for almost a decade before the next generation of riders – all of them employing some of his trademark technique – finally started to catch up.”
ACCIDENT SCENE MANAGEMENT BYSTANDER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
I had the opportunity to attend a daylong seminar that I think all bikers should consider attending. The Bystander Assistance Program (Basic) is put on by Accident Scene Management, Inc. Established in 1996, the seminar is an introduction into what to do when you come upon a motorcycle accident scene and how to assist the victim while waiting for emergency medical service (EMS).
Vicki Roberts, Program Director, and Tony Snafelipo demonstrated and explained the concept of PACT. Preventing further injury, Assess the situation, Contact EMS and Treat the victim. This is the cornerstone of the basic training course and covers necessary information such as how to control and protect the accident scene until police and rescue arrive. Moving a victim from roadways and heavy traffic areas, limiting further harm to the victim. Removing the helmet of a victim if necessary to perform rescue breathing and or CPR and many other techniques that your riding partners or perfect strangers will appreciate when the time comes.
The cross section of the students went from single riders, 2-up partners and the H.O.G. officers from Zylstra Harley Davidson in Elk River. Get a group of your buddies together to take this class. You will come away from this with a better feeling about the group you ride with while having more tools in your riding experience when confronted with an accident scene.
For more information and class schedule, go to www.accidentscene.net or contact ASMI400 Travis Lane #30, WaukeshaWI53189 (877) 411-8551.