May 7, 2013 |
NEW YORK - If someone told you of a barnstorming TV host who interviewed people around the country about a given subject, you'd say it sounds like a lot of the road-trip reality series that have proliferated on cable TV. But what if that host had NPR credentials? And what if the show's theme wasn't burger stands or pawn brokers but the most important document in the history of self-governance? Then it might sound a little more like "Constitution USA," a four-part nonfiction series that debuts Tuesday on PBS (KOCE locally)
April 30, 2013 |
As a hobby, motorcycling isn't as expensive as, say, yachting, flying or dating supermodels. But you can still spend plenty if you want to. Special-edition bikes, exotic foreign bikes and carbon-fiber-laden race bikes for the street can set you back $35,000 or more. PHOTO GALLERY: Top 10 most expensive motorcycles Not counting handcrafted, made-to-order machines such as the Confederate X132 Hellcat or the customized beauties handcrafted by Westside designers at Deus, these appear to be the most expensive production motorcycles available in the United States.
April 27, 2013 |
Moviegoers and movie critics have come away from "Oblivion" raving about the vavoom vehicles in the box-office hit starring Tom Cruise -- especially lead character Jack's futuristic folding motocross bike. Known on the set as "Jack's moto bike," the wispy ghost-white bike wheelies its way across a landscape of desert salt flats -- actually, volcanic sand in Iceland -- and transports the hero into and out of trouble throughout director Joseph Kosinski's dystopian film. The "moto bike," though, was a Honda CRF450X before local motorcycle-fabricator-to-the-stars Justin Kell started transforming it. Kell, whose Glory Motor Works has built or restored bikes for "The Master," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "G.I.
April 25, 2013 |
Motorcycle deaths rose dramatically in 2012, according to a study just released by the Governors Highway Safety Assn. Why? A better economy and higher gas prices mean more riders, the study said, and fewer states with helmet laws means more fatalities. Motorcycle deaths in 2012 increased in 34 states and were up 9% nationwide over 2011, rising to more than 5,000 deaths. In some states, the increase was higher. Oregon saw a rise of 32%, and Indiana 29%, the study said. In California, fatalities dropped slightly, from 321 deaths in 2011 to 318 in 2012 -- but the report cautioned that the 2012 numbers represented only the first nine months of the year, and that the 2012 total might actually be higher.
April 22, 2013 |
Gas prices are high at the pump and rising higher, and prospective motorcycle buyers -- especially first-time buyers -- often cite fuel efficiency as their No. 1 reason for wanting to swap four wheels for two. It's always a good swap, as far as mileage goes. Even the thirstiest gas-guzzling motorcycles get more miles per gallon than the most economical cars. Honda's road racing CBR1000RR gets a reported 41 mpg, for example, while a big beast like BMW's R1200GS gets close to 50 mpg. A powerful road bike like KTM's 1190 RC8 gets close to 40 mpg, as does a mid-range cruiser like the Moto Guzzi V7. But some motorcycles are really fuel efficient.
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March 31, 2013 |
LA MESA, Calif. -- And there he was: the Easter Bunny riding a shiny red motorcycle westbound on Interstate 8 along this San Diego suburb. California Highway Patrol Officer Adam Griffiths spotted the bunny on Saturday. White furry suit: good. Pink ears: good. Floppy white feet: good. White gloves: good. No helmet: not good. Griffiths flicked on his red light and ordered the motorcyle rider to pull over. The bunny had an explanation: I'm on my way to an Easter charitable event and this is my costume, he said.
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March 26, 2013 |
Two separate crashes between big rigs and motorcycles Tuesday morning left three people dead and snarled traffic on two major freeways. The first crash occurred about 10:50 a.m. on the westbound 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights when a large truck and a motorcycle collided, said California Highway Patrol Officer Tatiana Sauquillo. The motorcyclist, who has not been identified other than he was in his 30s, was killed. The second crash occurred less than 20 minutes later on the northbound 710 Freeway connector to the westbound 10 Freeway.
February 14, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Infielder Justin Sellers disputed a West Sacramento police account of his arrest for alleged violations while he was riding a motorcycle last month, saying it was the result of a misunderstanding. Sellers, 27, is facing misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and evading arrest, but said he was working to get them dismissed. “They did me wrong,” he said. Sellers said he takes batting practice in the off-season with the son of a West Sacramento police officer, who offered to take him on a ride-along.
February 11, 2013 |
Triumph Motorcycles is recalling a small number of certain model year 2011-2012 Daytona 675 and Street Triple motorcycles and 2012 Thunderbird and Thunderbird Storm motorcycles. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said the wheels were assembled with bearings of an unknown quality. Wheel bearings of poor quality could fail unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a motorcycle crash. The recall notice said about 250 motorcycles are believed to have the problem.
February 7, 2013 |
Bruce Willis is cleaning out his garage and donating bikes from his collection to a charity that supports wounded combat veterans and their families. The last action hero has pulled together five machines to be auctioned off in an online fund-raising effort organized by Boot Campaign. A 2005 Ducati 1000DS has already been sold at auction, for $6,250. Starting Monday, bids were being taken on a 1988 Yamaha TW. Still to come, rolling out at two-month intervals, will be a 1962 Cushman Eagle, a 1991 Yamaha XT 350, and a 1972 Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportster XLH. The final auction will be in August.