July 8, 2003 |
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.
October 24, 2013 |
The legendary Italian motor-scooter company Piaggio has pulled the covers off the Vespa 946, its first all-new scooter model in six years. It could be an instant classic. Hand-built of welded steel and aluminum alloy in Piaggio's Pontedera factory, and "inspired by" the original MP6 Vespa prototype from 1946, this machine has classic Italian lines. The rear end looks like something off a vintage Bugatti. But this is no exercise in nostalgia. This is the first Vespa with ABS and electronic traction control.
April 4, 2012 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2013 |
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?
May 9, 2009 |
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 |
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.
December 24, 2003 |
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.
December 8, 1998 |
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.