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March 1st Edition
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The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area
for Week of March 2-8, 2016
Wednesday 54h & sunny, Thursday 55h & 60% rain, Friday 59h & p-cloudy, Saturday 60h & sunny, Sunday 64h & sunny, Monday 68h & p-cloudy, Tuesday 73h & p-cloudy (as per weather.com on 3/1/16)
What do you have planned for 2016?
Big rides, small scoots, rallies, runs, 2-wheel vacations, twisty fun??
Give us a shout and let us know what you've got planned for the road up ahead ...
And thanks to Randall S who responded to last week's question about "Why do you ride?" with this email: "To go places I have never been, See things I have never seen, Do things I have never done!"
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The new age motorcyclist, the modernist club rider/café racers are evolving. I'm seeing more and more younger riders restoring or resurrecting older bikes. Modified frames and bobbed seats with no fenders and LED lighting. Driven by breaded 30-something's wearing retro helmet's, converse tennis shoes, and plaid-patterned jackets over jeans. The snap-closed wallets attached to there belts by chains now contain plastic money, bitcoins, and website passwords. Is this the future of motorcycling or just one of the many changing chagrin's that have always been here and are now evolving to represent the times we live in?
I asked these questions and a lot more when I visited "Brother Moto" in downtown Atlanta recently. I was in Atlanta visiting family and saw an ad on Craig's List of a going-out-of-business/swap meet at this establishment on the Saturday of my visit. I went to check it out with my son-in-law and grandson.
Like many of us who enjoy riding, we often have favorite places to go and see when we have the time and they make for an enjoyable day of riding. A special place to eat or the bike shop to look at the new models or pick-up some parts. From what I could see, " Brother Moto " has been one of those places. As the photos attached to this article show, a lot of "hipsters" and 30-somethings were there with a wide variety of older machines.
The modernizing of downtown Atlanta - an area just a mile or two from the community where Dr. Martin Luther King grew up has taken it's toll. Ever-changing zoning requirements and the need for change in a community that once was the poorest in the city is now on the upswing. Repair shops are no longer a viable tax revenue. Coffee shops, boutique's, and bookstores are taking over as people from the suburbs are moving back into the city.
"Brother Moto" had plenty of coffee and donuts on hand during the going-out-of-business/swap meet. They are looking for another location but it doesn't look to good. Their business was created for the apartment dwellers how don't have a garage and need a place to work on a running machine. Membership was required and there were different levels based on your needs. Short-term storage also as you may have to wait on parts. All for naught now that the city's pretty much told them to go. So what's to become of the riders who consider "Brother Moto" a favorite spot to visit on a day of riding? Where do they go now? Back to the suburb's?
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part 7 of Boda's ride through the origins of the Concerned Bikers Association. As usual, the historical info is accompanied by some rich photo evidence of who, what, where, and when! The full history can be found on our homepage @ www.TheCarolinaRider.com
In the decades before the millennium, the Concerned Bikers Association (CBA) had held a series of Helmet Protest Runs. In the 1990s, they were billed as Freedom Runs in deference to the more political correct members. After the 1990s, Freedom Runs were replaced by Freedom Rallies State Events held at Bosco Beach outside of Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Bosco Beach and ATV Park is a recreational riding facility and manmade beach. It features campgrounds for tent camping, R/V hook-ups, lakes for swimming and fishing, live bands and DJs, snack shop, AMA tracks, drag races, motocross tracks, youth tracks, mud pits, mud holes, mud races, ATV ponds, ATV rentals, and ATV repairs on over 2000 acres. Ironically a helmet is required all times if you are on ATVs, dirt bikes, and most other machines.
What had started as a means of protest that was intended to draw attention to motorcycles and their rights became a weekend family party hidden away from the world. Many old times, including myself, miss the Helmet Protests – they may be less politically correct but they do get publicity. More importantly, riding together promotes a feeling of brotherhood within the organization. That is something that is difficult to find in our modern world.
On June 7, 2000, the State Court of Appeals upheld North Carolina's motorcycle helmet law in an appeal by 11 motorcyclists ticketed two years ago in Craven County for not wearing helmets. The riders were convicted in District Court but won an appeal to Superior Court Judge Everett in 1999, arguing that the state's helmet law is unconstitutionally vague. The state took the case to the Appeals Court, which reversed the Superior Court ruling.
"The right of the State to impose, in the exercise of its police powers, such a requirement on motorcycle riders was settled by our Supreme Court more than three decades ago," the three-judge panel of the appeals court wrote.
Stymied in court, the CBA resumed the legislative fight. Representative Rex Baker, R-Stokes, crusaded for several years to do away with the requirement. He contended that helmets impair riders' vision and hearing, and that leads to accidents.
"Overall, states with mandatory helmet laws have a disproportionate share of accidents and fatalities," he told the legislature. "I'm saying, 'Let's not have an accident.'"
Once again in 2001, the CBA gained support within the North Carolina legislature for a helmet repeal bill. When time to vote came, some legislators changed their minds. Representative Pryor Gibson angered many when he walked out of the Finance Committee meeting just minutes before the voting, after having pledged his support for our causes.
(pictured above, Joy Barbour)
In 2002, Joy Barbour, CBA’s Legislative Director, entered politics as a Republican candidate for the North Carolina State House of Representatives. She hoped to represent Bladen County. She chose to run in response to the actions of the legislature in retracting their support from the CBA.
In November 2005 a meeting of a Motorcycle Safety Work Group was sponsored by NC Executive Committee for Highway Safety. Darryl Jernigan, NC GHSP, the glassy- eyed bureaucrat in the NC Helmet Law Propaganda video, proposed changing the helmet law so that Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) regulate helmets according to “thickness”, and that suggested that dealers would cooperate because a law to force bikers to buy new helmets would mean increased sales. CBA/ABATE knew, in advance, to expect a change in the helmet law to be introduced.
The video the State of North Carolina used to train LEOs to enforce the NC helmet statute can be found at http://boltusa.org/video/nchelmetpropaganda.m4v. If you are ticketed for a helmet law violation, you can get a copy of the video from the police department that ticketed you.
You can use the video as a defense exhibit to prove that NC LEO's are trained to check helmet compliance according to methods inconsistent with USC Title 49 Chapter 301 and the federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS).
Having been ticketed 28 times for riding without a helmet, I have learned some important lessons.
(Check out the GALLERY for a few more of my babe pics!)
Boy is it nice...
We went to Myrtle Beach this weekend to observe the SC biker Hall of Fame ceremonies. (Look for a full report with pics and personal highlights as well as an interview with Suck Bang Blow GM, Bill Barber in next week's edition of The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine!)
The weather was great. A little chilly in the wind or shade but clear blue and sunny.
On the way home Sunday, with the temps hovering around 70 degrees, it filled my heart with joy to see all the riders out on the road enjoying themselves getting two-wheel therapy. Keep it up - it makes you much nicer to be around!!!
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