Fast Motorcycle Industry News


End Of The Funding Of The highly Unpopular Motorcycle-Only Roadside Checkpoints. The United States House of Representatives Transportation Committee passed a new long term highway legislation. The bill contains a few provisions near and dear to the motorcyclists of America. Most importantly, it ends the federal funding of the highly unpopular motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. “Ending the checkpoints was, and was priority number one for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation,” said Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for the MRF. Additionally, the bill re-launches the much-needed Federal Motorcycle Advisory Council (FMAC). The bill revives the FMAC for the purpose of developing recommendations to the sitting Secretary of Transportation on all things regarding motorcycles and motorcycle-related infrastructure.

The 32nd Love Ride Was The Last One. This past weekend and after 32 years, the Love Ride, the largest and longest-running one day motorcycle charitable fundraising event in the world, had its grand finale. It was the Love Ride’s final curtain call. Founded in 1984 by Harley-Davidson of Glendale dealer, Oliver Shokouh, the festival has since raised over $24 million in charitable funds for organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), United Service Organization (USO), Autism Speaks, and long term support for the Glendale Community College. The 2015 Grand Finale’s beneficiary was the Wounded Warrior Project.

In the words of the festival’s founder, Mr. Oliver Shokouh: “It’s been my honor to serve these causes for decades. And I’m eternally grateful for the outpouring of support that so many gave this year as we ride off into the sunset with over $1,000,000 raised for Wounded Warrior Project and a total legacy of over $25,000,000 for charities to date. Lives are changed because of your attendance and participation over these years and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.” For the last Love Ride, Grand Marshall Jay Leno — who has co-hosted the event with founder Oliver Shokouh for the last 26 years — led a field that included honorary marshals Peter Fonda (“Easy Rider”) and Robert Patrick (“Terminator” and TV’s “Scorpion”) as well as Harley-Davidson scion and Love Ride honorary chairman Willie G. Davidson.

A Motorcycle Parking App is Live in Chicago. The application “Curb Ninja” is now available in Chicago. The community based parking solution is designed specifically for users who rely on motorcycles & scooters for transportation. Similar to other community-based solutions (Waze or Zimride), Curb Ninja relies on the power of its users to accurately maintain its inventory of parking spots available. “We’re all aware that parking in urban areas is a huge problem,” said Tim Hines, Co-Founder. Motorcycles suffer their own unique pains like long searches, availability, costs and most importantly, safety. Most cities do not offer an infrastructure for motorcycle parking. The new app allows users to search for and share street parking spots in their city. Now searchable in both a map and list view, each parking spot listing is complete with a photo, restrictions and a description; all details of which are fully editable by users. For metered spots, the listing also includes hours of operation and rates.

6 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 Paul Trenz Oct 25th, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Does it mean that motorcycle roadside checkpoints are illegal or just not funded?

  2. 2 George Zuniga Oct 25th, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Love Ride. Proof that us baby boomers invented/created many good things for the industry, but are getting too old for the trouble of organizing such big events knowing that they are now copied all over the US and abroad. I think that Oliver Shokouh started it to give a better image of bikers. Now selling his Glendale Harley dealership and retiring?

  3. 3 Mike Oct 26th, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Thank you Oliver

  4. 4 Mike Cunningham Oct 26th, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Thank for your dedication Oliver.

  5. 5 Blackmax Oct 26th, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    1. It’s about time !!!!
    Long overdue & Good riddance
    2. Sorry to see it go…
    Read about for years in Easyriders & was on the bucket list
    but there comes and end to all things !!
    3. I’m in an urban area (kind of…)
    no problem finding a parking space,especially for a cycle
    (Might want to charge you an arm & a leg, but you can park)

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