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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
The call came over the police radio late Saturday, during what so far had been a routine shift for Laguna Beach police Officer Jon Coutchie. Hey, there's a car speeding through town . Coutchie responded without hesitation, as he had done so many times before. The 41-year-old mounted his motorcycle to try to cut off the car before it reached downtown, where partygoers filled the sidewalks and spilled into the streets. Coutchie was headed north on Coast Highway at about 11:30 p.m. when his Honda ST1300 collided with a GMC pickup truck making a left turn on Cleo Street.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
A 41-year-old Laguna Beach police officer died in the line of duty late Saturday when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck, authorities said.  Jon Coutchie was responding to a call of a speeding motorist who had evaded another officer, Laguna Beach Police Department Captain Jason Kravetz said. Coutchie was heading north on Coast Highway, looking for the vehicle, when he collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck at the intersection of Cleo Street. He died on the scene, Kravetz said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Three lanes of the westbound 134 Freeway are closed, snarling traffic through the Burbank and Glendale areas after a fatal motorcycle crash early Tuesday, a spokesman from the California Highway Patrol said. Officers received calls about a downed motorcycle on the 134 Freeway near the transition to the 5 Freeway at 6:37 a.m. Tuesday. CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos said the motorcycle was found down in lanes and the male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was described as being in his “late 20s or early 30s,” but Villalobos could not provide immediately additional details on the crash, which he said is under investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
A fatal collision between a big rig and motorcyclist in San Dimas closed part of the 10 Freeway and backed up traffic for miles during the Monday morning commute. The collision, reported at 4:27 a.m., occurred on the westbound 10 Freeway near the Kellogg Drive exit, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada. Investigators were trying to determine what caused the crash, which killed the motorcyclist,   ABC News  reported. A SigAlert was issued for the westbound 10 Freeway between Highway 57 and Kellogg Drive.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
The super-sleek 2013 Castol Rocket is headed home from the Bonneville Salt Flats after making test runs for the world's top land-speed record. Powered by twin turbo-charged Triumph Rocket 3 engines, specially souped by designer Carpenter Racing, burning methanol and operated by veteran motorcycle racer Jason DiSalvo, the Castrol Rocket went through several days of practice runs but was deterred from setting any records by wet and windy weather....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Police in Rancho Cucamonga are investigating a crash between a motorcycle and a big rig that killed a 4-year-old girl Tuesday. Breann Creer died after the motorcycle she was riding on smashed into a big rig making a U-turn in front of it on 6 th Street west of Hermosa Avenue at about 11 a.m. The boyfriend of the girl's mother had just picked Breann up from school when the accident occurred, KABC-TV Channel 7 reported. Witnesses told reporters at the scene that the big rig continued on after the crash, dragging the motorcycle.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Harley-Davidson has unveiled a new line of motorcycles for 2014 that the company is calling "the largest scale new model launch" in its 110-year history. The company staged a Denver press event to spotlight eight new machines that the company says will feature improved power, improved braking, enhanced aerodynamics and superior ergonomics -- all part of an ambitious campaign to modernize the company's reputation as a producer of venerable but somewhat dated motorcycles. The company promises the new bikes "pass faster, stop quicker and see farther at night," as a result of the product improvements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A traffic collision involving a Los Angeles police motorcycle officer briefly shut down the interchange from the eastbound 10 to the northbound 110 freeway during Tuesday morning's rush hour. The officer notified dispatch of the accident about 7:50 a.m., said LAPD Officer Sally Madera. The officer was taken to a local hospital for a possible leg injury. The injury was not considered life-threatening, Madera said. The California Highway Patrol had opened one lane on the freeway interchange by 8:30 a.m. with additional lanes expected to open later in the morning.
NEWS
August 9, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Is Leon Logothetis compassionate or crazy - or both? Logothetis, you may recall, bought a 1985 London taxi, dubbing it the Kindness Cab , and drove it from New York to Los Angeles, doing good deeds - driving a veteran to a VA Hospital for cancer treatment, taking a down-on-its-luck family out for ice cream - along the way. The way included some car trouble, most memorably in the mountains, which the cab demonstrated a decided reluctance to...
BUSINESS
August 5, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Indian motorcycles has taken the wraps off a trio of new road warriors at the gathering of the clans at the 73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, rolling out three massive machines for the 2014 season -- the Indian Chief Classic, the Indian Chief Vintage, and the Indian Chieftain. The three beasts feature the 1947-era War Bonnet fender ornament, the company's patented valenced fenders, and Indian's massive new ThunderStroke 111 engine. PHOTO GALLERY: Top 10 Most Expensive Motorcycles Among the more modern adornments: Keyless ignition, ABS, cruise control, a six-speed overdrive transmission, and throttle by wire in place of the old fashioned carburetor -- all standard.
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