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Airbag Jeans? Idea Is No Joke for Motorcyclists

2 companies working on the concept

(Newser) - Motorcyclists who fall off their bikes at high speeds might have much smoother landings in the near future. CNN Business reports that "airbag jeans" are becoming closer to reality. The company Airbag Inside Sweden AB has designed a prototype for the special pants, which look fairly ordinary on the...

COVID-19 Case Traced Back to Huge Biker Rally

Experts feared it could become a 'super-spreader' event

(Newser) - Health officials are ringing alarm bells after a COVID-19 case was traced back to South Dakota's huge biker rally, CNN reports. The South Dakota Department of Health said Tuesday that someone who went to One-Eyed Jack's Saloon in Sturgis on Aug. 11 has tested positive, so anyone else...

250K Bikers in One Place. What Could Go Wrong?

The virus doesn't seem to bother motorcycle enthusiasts in Sturgis, South Dakota

(Newser) - Thousands of people are pouring into a small South Dakota city for an event that normally attracts 500,000—this time, during a pandemic. "I think it's pretty selfish that the powers that be didn't stop this," a Sturgis resident tells NBC News . But the Sturgis...

3 Bikers Wounded in Freeway Shooting

Police aren't sure if attack in Southern California was random or targeted

(Newser) - A group of motorcyclists cruising a California freeway early Sunday ran into gunfire, which injured three of them, two critically. KABC and CBS Los Angeles report that five bikers were making their way south down the 110 Freeway, on the border of Gardena and Carson, just before 2am when someone...

After Loud Sound, a 'Sea of People Running' in NYC

People started screaming, thinking it was another shooting

(Newser) - The mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso and Dayton have everyone on edge, and that anxiety played out Tuesday night in New York City after a loud sound sent people running. ABC News reports that thousands of locals and tourists in Times Square started screaming and fleeing in...

He Was Trying for His 5th Race Win. Then, a Fatal Hump

Carlin Dunne died Sunday 20 yards from the finish of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb

(Newser) - Carlin Dunne had won the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado four times, and in the words of the Colorado Springs Gazette , he was "only a few yards from likely wrapping up his fifth victory" at the historic race when tragedy struck. He was on the course'...

'Staggering' Truck-Motorcycle Crash Kills 7

New Hampshire accident involving pickup, several motorcycles also injures 3

(Newser) - Several motorcycles and a pickup truck collided on a rural, two-lane highway in New Hampshire Friday, killing seven people and injuring three others, and sending onlookers rushing to treat and help the motorists peppered along the road. New Hampshire State Police said a 2016 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck collided...

This Country Is First to Completely Ban Hells Angels

Netherlands prosecutors have been trying for more than a decade to get rid of the biker gang

(Newser) - You probably won't see as many Harleys cruising around Holland anymore. The BBC reports that a court in the city of Utrecht has banned all Hells Angels, not just its local chapters, declaring in its Wednesday ruling that the violence brought about by the bikers "is often so...

At 140mph, Motorcyclist Messes With Rival's Brake
Motorcyclist Pulls Insanely
Dangerous Move in Race
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Motorcyclist Pulls Insanely Dangerous Move in Race

Romano Fenati messes with fellow rider's brake, and his racing future is now uncertain

(Newser) - There's bad sportsmanship, and then there's ... this. A motorcyclist racing at 140mph rode up next to a rival and grabbed his brake lever, reports the Guardian . (See the hard-to-believe video here .) Fortunately, the other rider maintained control over his bike. The offending racer is 22-year-old Romano Fenati...

Trump Praises Plan to Boycott Harley-Davidson

He continues feud after 'Bikers for Trump' event

(Newser) - Plans for a boycott of Harley-Davidson are "great," President Trump said Sunday, the day after he met with 180 bikers at a "Bikers for Trump" event. Many Harley owners "plan to boycott the company if manufacturing moves overseas," Trump tweeted . "Great! Most other companies...

Trump Directs New Heat to Harley-Davidson

Says White House working to bring foreign motorcycle companies to US

(Newser) - President Trump isn't letting up on Harley-Davidson: In another tweet on the subject, Trump expressed more frustration with the motorcycle-maker's decision to move some production overseas. "(My) Administration is working with other Motor Cycle companies who want to move into the U.S.," Trump wrote Tuesday....

Trump Warns Harley-Davidson About Moving Work Overseas
Trump Escalates His Fight
With Harley-Davidson
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Trump Escalates His Fight With Harley-Davidson

Warns the company about shifting work overseas

(Newser) - Harley-Davidson says it's shifting work overseas as a result of the trade fight going on between the US and Europe, and President Trump isn't taking the news lightly. In several tweets through Tuesday morning, the president criticized—and warned—the company. "A Harley-Davidson should never be built...

New Tariffs Force Harley-Davidson to Swallow $2K Per Bike

Will push production abroad to counteract new EU tariff

(Newser) - Harley-Davidson's foreign customers are important ones: International sales were up 12% in Q1, while the US saw a 0.2% decline, reports the Wall Street Journal . In an effort to preserve its good mojo abroad, the motorcycle maker on Monday announced that within 18 months it will be producing...

Bullied Kid Gets Escort to School From 50 Bikers

Now Phil Mick 'comes home every day smiling,' says mom

(Newser) - "I know what it's like to be picked on," says Brent Warfield. You wouldn't know it to look at him. The burly biker from DeKalb, Ind., says he was bullied as a kid, which is why he was irked to learn a local boy was going...

Motorcycles Cruising Between Cars May Soon Be Legal in First State

Lane-splitting bill would make California first to formalize practice

(Newser) - Lane-splitting—where motorcycles pass other cars in traffic by cruising in between—might soon be legal in at least one state: California. The state's Assembly unanimously passed a bill Thursday giving the California Highway Patrol authority to create guidelines for the practice, reports the Los Angeles Times . The bill,...

Officer Pepper-Sprays Passing Bikers in Viral Video

He's been placed on administrative duty

(Newser) - Police in Fort Worth, Texas, are investigating after a video surfaced showing an officer firing a burst of pepper spray at a group of motorcyclists on a highway. Members of the group say about 200 motorcyclists were traveling on Highway 287 around 3pm Sunday when an officer pulled over a...

14% of Motorcycle Owners Are Women

 14% of Motorcycle 
 Owners Are 
 Women 
SURVEY SAYS

14% of Motorcycle Owners Are Women

And the ladies are younger and better trained than male riders

(Newser) - More women are riding high on the hog than ever—literally. A survey by the Motorcycle Industry Council found that the ladies make up 14% of US motorcycle owners, and the ones who ride are younger, more educated, and more into motorcycle safety than their male counterparts, the Los Angeles ...

Motorcycles May Get Unique Privilege in California

Law to legalize 'lane-splitting' advances

(Newser) - Motorcyclists slowed down by California's freeway traffic may soon benefit from the first law in the nation to let them zip between cars in a practice known as lane-splitting. The state Assembly passed the measure today and sent it on to the Senate, reports the AP . It would let...

Venezuela Bikers Gunned Down for Spare Parts

Motorcycle parts are hot commodity in recession-hit country

(Newser) - Venezuela is running low on motorcycle parts, which is, in turn, likely only making its coffin shortage worse. Motorcycle riders are being gunned down for their bikes as a recession wreaks havoc on the South American country, reports Reuters . "They're killing those of us in the street to...

Motorcycle Deaths Hold Steady

Even as overall road fatalities decrease

(Newser) - The number of motorcycle fatalities in 2011 did not budge compared to 2010, even though overall vehicle deaths dipped to the lowest level since 1949, says a new highway safety report. One theory: High gas prices might be encouraging more people to drive motorcycles instead of cars, reports the Los ...

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