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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.
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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?
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
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
November 21, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A California Highway Patrol officer died Wednesday after his motorcycle collided with a trash truck on Highway 163. Dean Edward Beattie, 46, a 24-year veteran, was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after the 1 p.m. accident. Northbound lanes of the highway were closed for several hours. The incident was under investigation.
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June 1, 1988 | JERRY GILLAM, Times Staff Writer
After being pigeonholed in the Legislature for more than two decades, a bill requiring all motorcycle riders to wear protective crash helmets was passed by the Assembly on Tuesday and sent to Gov. George Deukmejian. "It's a miracle. I feel great," said the author, Assemblyman Richard E. Floyd (D-Hawthorne), after the house had passed his bill on a 44-25 bipartisan vote. Deukmejian has taken no position on the measure.
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July 2, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state appeals court has unanimously upheld California's law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets, concluding that the statute is in society's best interest and not overly intrusive. Associate Justice Sheila Prell Sonenshine of the 4th District Court of Appeal, who wrote the 3-0 decision released Thursday, declared that the state has the right to enact restrictions, such as the helmet law, that govern public safety.
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