Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Myrtle Beach Harley Rally Dates Moved Back For 2012. The Harley Davidson “Cruisin’ the Coast” spring motorcycle rally will happen later in the month of May. New dates are May 18-28th. Reason? To coincide with with the Atlantic Beach bike rally and other events that go on along the Grand Strand.

Hells Angels Plan Annual Convention In Spearfish, South Dakota. About 500 members of the Hells Angels are expected to come to the city in late July, just before the 2012 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally gets started. Police Chief Pat Robert is discussing with the MC about organization, arrangements and security during the event.

Legislation Moving Through Virginia House Of Delegates To Make Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints Illegal. Motorcycle riders sometimes draw unjustified special attention from the law enforcement community, and they’re fighting back. Last spring, for instance, in connection with the annual Virginia Beach Bike Classic, city police set up a motorcycles-only checkpoint that resulted in some riders being ticketed for such offenses as wearing improper helmets, according to Matt Danielson, counsel to the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists. Arlington County police conducted a similar operation last year targeting the annual Rolling Thunder ride to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. Bikers are not opposed to checkpoints. They’re a useful public safety tool, but they just don’t want to be singled out. A measure called HB187 to forbid “motorcycle-only checkpoints” was submitted by Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County to the Virginia House Of Delegates and was approved unanimously Wednesday January 25, 2012 by a House subcommittee.

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2 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”


  1. 1 DJ Jan 26th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    The Virginia Beach Bike Classic is in my backyard and am surprised it is getting any attention outside of our little bubble we live in. I go every year and have a blast but it is over the top with the run in’s with the law. I can’t even begin to tell you how many cops lined the roads on either side of the camp grounds where it is held. Miles of them spread out every half mile, hiding behind every fence row or clump of grass they can find. To leave there was to risk your freedoms and/or finances. They were pulling amlost every bike over and checking for “paper work” which was code for looking for contraband or fictitious registries. I have never felt so targeted since my last tour in the sand box.

  2. 2 Dave Silvia Jan 27th, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Diddo, I also felt it was unsafe to leave the campground to be harassed by the pigs !!!

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