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Harley-DavidsonThere’s a whole new design trend in custom motorcycles that I seem to have missed. It involves taking an unsuspecting cruiser — mostly Harleys but if you’re down on your bucks anything will do, even the Honda CX500 Custom I saw last week — and bolting on some sport bike hardware; sportier exhausts instead of the “slash cut” originals, low “clip-on” handlebars instead of “apehangers” and stripping away anything considered superfluous — fairings, windscreens and even turn signals.

It’s FridayFor motorcycle enthusiasts, Friday the 13th is not bad luck, but a chance to get on their bikes and hit the road for Port Dover, Ontario. Almost two hours from Toronto on the shore of Lake Erie, Port Dover fills with the sounds of motorcycles as bikers from across the country gather together every “unlucky” Friday the 13th, even in the winter.

Sponsor CanadianPremier helmet manufacturer Shoei and sole Canadian Shoei distributor Motovan Corporation are now the title sponsors the 2016 and 2017 Amateur Sport Bike Championship in the Mopar CSBK National motorcycle road racing tour.

Norfolk bracesThe party has started early for the only Friday the 13th motorcycle rally in Norfolk this year. Riders have been waiting a long time for a Friday the 13th during reliably nice weather.

news feeds icon 150When Tyus and Anita Butler crashed their motorcycle May 7, Coroner Parks Evans said they both were wearing helmets. Still, Anita Butler, the wife of a pastor and beloved at her church, died.

BC crackingBritish Columbia is increasing the fines for distracted driving, and introducing the possibility of other penalties as well. Currently, if convicted of distracted driving in BC, you get a $167 penalty for your first offense.

CSBK picksCSBK has added another pair of key sponsors for 2016, picking up two title sponsor for the Amateur Sport Bike series. Helmet manufacturer Shoei and their Canadian distributor Motovan have announced they’re backing the amateur 600 class, as well as introducing customer.

Head of hikingBUSINESSMAN Eddie Lim Heng Siew could not believe his luck when he won the first prize at the Moon Gate Point Five Hiking Club 20th anniversary dinner in Penang. The 53-year-old took home a SYM Bonus motorcycle worth about RM3,100 in the lucky draw.

news feeds icon 150Today, American Trucking Associations and ATA's Share the Road Highway Safety Program are bringing awareness to Motorcycle Safety Month and urging all motorists to be aware of motorcycles while driving down the highway. "Motorcyclists and truck drivers understand that due to the unique qualities of their vehicles, they must remain vigilantly committed to safety at all times in order to keep our roads safe," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.

news feeds icon 150May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness month, which is the perfect time to review motorcycle laws. There are over 6.2 million motorcycles registered in the United States, and almost 80 percent of the accidents involving motorcycles result in injury or death.

Friday the 13thFriday the 13th means this little fishing port on Lake Erie will be invaded by up to 100,000 motorcycles. It started in 1981 when Chris Simons and approximately two dozen of his fellow motorcycle riders gathered at the Commercial Hotel on the main street in Port Dover to toast Friday the 13th.

news feeds icon 150A downhill mountain bike legend from Vancouver Island has died following a motorcycle accident. Former world cup champion Steve Smith passed away Tuesday morning in hospital after he suffered massive head trauma from a motocross crash near his home in Nanaimo over the weekend.

motorcycle safetyIt is a known fact that motorcycle riding can be dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), per mile driven, fatality rates for motorcyclists were 26 times that of passenger vehicle occupants in 2013.

Motorcycle rideOn April 21, the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County partnered with the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade of Fort George G. Meade for their Sexual Assault Awareness Motorcycle Ride to raise awareness in prevention outreach for sexual assault. This year's ride began in Fort Meade and ended at the YWCA in Arnold.

Ontario ProvinciaA early rash of motorcycle deaths on Southwestern Ontario roads has provincial police bracing for another deadly season. Four motorcyclists, including a London woman, have died on OPP-patrolled roads since April.

Black RebelBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club have  announcde they will be hitting the road with friends Death From Above 1979 for a co-headlining US tour this fall with support from Deap Vally.  The tour kicks off on October 11th in Cleveland and wraps up on November 11th in Washington DC. A full list of dates can be found below.

Motorcycle rideA motorcycle ride to honor fallen Unified police officer Doug Barney will be conducted Sunday. Proceeds from the charity ride will benefit the Volunteers of America - Utah's new Youth Resource Center.

ROAD SAGE"This is motorcycling. This is real. You could get seriously injured. You could die." Those words kept floating around my head on Sunday afternoon, lying flat on my back in the parking lot of FirstEnergy Park with a 489-pound Harley-Davidson Street 500 motorcycle flopped on top me.

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