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July 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. Ed Rendell has signed a bill to repeal a state law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets. Under the law, which takes effect Sept. 4, helmets will be mandatory for bikers with less than two years' riding experience, but the waiting period will be waived for anyone who completes a motorcycle-safety course.
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April 4, 2012 | By David Zucchino
Two Vietnam veterans killed in a motorcycle crash at a veterans' celebration Saturday were traveling 50 mph in opposite directions on the Charlotte Motor Speedway track when they collided, according to a police accident report released Wednesday. One of the veterans may have consumed alcohol prior to the head-on collision, a police spokesman told The Times. "We have some evidence that one of the gentlemen may have been drinking," Concord, N.C., Police Major Allen Overcash said in an interview with The Times.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
The hottest motorcycles on the road don't come cheap. But some of the best of them keep their value after you put them on the road. Bikes made by Harley-Davidson, BMW, and Ducati, in fact, seem to hold their MSRP value better than any others. By brand, according to data compiled by the Kelley Blue Book Official Motorcycle Guide, Harley-Davidson motorcycles retained an average of 84% of their value over a five-year period. BMW was not far behind, at 81%, with Indian, Ducati and Triumph trailing slightly at 77%, 73% and 72%. PHOTO GALLERY: Top Ten Most Expensive Motorcycles Certain models scored even higher.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2013 | By Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times
During his nearly 40 years as a columnist for this newspaper, my late father occasionally tweaked his readers - quite disingenuously - by belittling his cat, knowing the slur would stir invective so passionate and erudite that he could fill another column without having to do much writing of his own. I had no intention of employing that device when I recently wrote - quite sincerely - in defense of motorcyclists who navigate the space between cars...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2001
Re "Mom, Can I Have a Hog?" editorial, May 13: Judging from the botched attempt to describe the appealing aspects of motorcycles to potential buyers, it is clear the author of your latest anti-motorcycle editorial knows next to nothing about motorcycles or the people who ride them. Rather than waste everyone's time trying to dissuade people from purchasing motorcycles, why not advocate better training for new riders and higher licensing standards at the Department of Motor Vehicles?
BUSINESS
May 9, 2009 | Susan Carpenter
They leak, shake, rattle and spark -- and sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The rarest of rare vintage motorcycles, these decades-old machines are challenging to start and difficult to ride. Yet they are becoming more expensive to purchase despite -- and some say because of -- the down economy. For years, ultra-obscure bikes such as a 1936 Crocker Twin or a 1907 Curtiss V-8 were collected by a small handful of moneyed gearheads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
Police Chief Elvin G. Miali urged the City Council on Tuesday to consider reinstating a motorcycle program. Fountain Valley police stopped using motorcycles in 1982 because of liability risks and officer-safety concerns. Only Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos and La Palma do not have motorcycle patrols in Orange County, Miali said. The Police Department has been awarded a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety to pay for four motorcycles, officer training and related equipment.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Honda Motor Co., Harley-Davidson Inc. and other motorcycle makers must cut tailpipe exhaust by 60% starting in 2006, U.S. regulators said in the first such change since 1978. The rules require so-called highway motorcycles, including Honda's Gold Wing and Harley's Fat Boy, as well as scooters and mopeds to emit less smog-forming hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides, the Environmental Protection Agency said.
BUSINESS
December 8, 1998 | Reuters
A federal judge in Denver said a Canadian and California partnership and not one from Colorado will be granted the right to produce motorcycles bearing the coveted "Indian" brand name. Judge Zita Weinshienk's written decision came 10 days after bike enthusiasts and potential Indian brand distributors attended a court hearing trying to persuade her that the Colorado company, Eller Industries, would be a better choice. But Weinshienk ruled in favor of Imcoa Licensing Co.
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