An unidentified motorcyclist traveling along Interstate 20 in Atlanta, GA on Monday ended up in the hospital with critical injuries after the highway underneath him buckled, sending him into the air and 10-15 feet down the highway. According to the Associated Press, the motorcyclist was traveling at high speed along the interstate, when the pavement began to buckle due to a gas leak. He couldn’t avoid colliding with the damaged section of highway and was “catapulted through the air”. He was one of two accidents that occurred on that buckled section of I-20.
According to Reuters, Harley-Davidson has had a bit of a rough start to 2017. Despite plans to create new and improved motorcycle models in the upcoming years, plus maintaining their stronghold on American Manufacturing, the American-made motorcycle company has reported at 14.7% loss in motorcycle shipments so far this year. They’ve kept their financial outlook unchanged, though they have also seen a 4%, or $57.00 loss in the stock market just this week. Their motorcycle shipments specifically fell by 70,831 units in the quarter ending on March 26, compared with its forecast shipments of 66,000-71,000 units.
John Warren Geils Jr., the guitarist known as J. Geils, who rose to fame through his hit single “Centerfold” was found dead at the age of 71. He was the founder and member of the J. Geils Band, an American rock band formed in 1968 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Reports say that he was found dead by the Groton, MA Police Department in his Groton, MA home on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 after they were called to perform a wellness check on him. He was declared dead at the scene.
Matias Ferreira, a 28 year old motorcyclist and Marine Corps Veteran just became the first double-amputee to hold a full-time Police Officer position in the United States. The Afghanistan War Veteran was sworn in as an officer to the Suffolk County, NY Police Department on Friday, March 24, 2017 after having just completed 29 weeks of police training at the Suffolk County Police Academy on Long Island. Ferreria was a Lance Corporal in the Marines in 2011 when he was injured; he lost his legs just below the knee during a nighttime operation in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
There’s an amazing group of motorcyclists that hail out of Madison, WI, named “Hogs For Heroes”. Founded by two brothers and their wives – Kevin, Audra, Craig, Michelle – their mission is simply to help as many Veterans in Wisconsin as they can. “Hogs For Heroes” was born when Kevin wanted to combine two long time passions of his, supporting Veterans and riding motorcycles – and in the fall of 2014, he read an article on the therapeutic benefits of motorcycle ownership among Veterans who live with PTSD. From there he choose to focus specifically on Wisconsin Veterans. Fast forward almost three years, and Kevin and “Hogs For Heroes” is now seeking a Veteran to gift a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle to.
You know that it’s officially March when Harley-Davidson is in Daytona, FL. In about 2 weeks, the 76th Annual Daytona Bike Week kicks off, and the popular American Motorcycle manufacturer is ready to wow the highly anticipated event, which is scheduled to run from March 11th through the 18th. It’s going to be a whole week of bikes, babes, food, vendors, and of course, Harley-Davidson. Harley is promising to bring the “big show” to the festivities, boasting an expansive venue at the event, and offering special events, parties, and free demo rides on all 2017 models, including their Touring editions that feature the all-new Milwaukee-Eight engine.
Ugh, our hearts. Last week, hundreds of Ducati motorcycles were destroyed in a fire at a Escondido, CA dealership – one its owners spent over a decade building. The building was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters were called to the blaze at about 10:30 PM, to the Moto Forza dealership in Escondido. The blaze, which totaled the small community dealership, has the owners, employees, and dedicated customers in tears.
Only a year after Playboy Magazine banished the use of fully nude photos in their magazines and publications, they’ve decided to reverse the decision, and are now bringing nudity back. The long-standing magazine had fully instituted its no-nudes policy with their March 2016 issue, due to an effort to ramp up circulation of the magazine and get more mainstream advertisers to buy into it, but it didn’t work. Cooper Hefner, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s son, became the Chief Creative Officer of the magazine last October, and this past Monday, he took to Twitter to admit that it was “a mistake” to remove nudity from the publication entirely.