Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Chopper Time at Daytona Biketoberfest 2015

For many years, Willie’s Tropical Tattoo has been putting on one of the best shows in town twice a year during Bike Week and Biketoberfest. The event is a major “happening” in the Daytona area and there is a huge crowd who show up to participate and show their support for Willie, Tropical Tattoo, Veterans, and The Arni Foundation. The show is sponsored in part by  Horse Backstreet ChoppersTwisted Tea, and Spectra Oils.
The show runs from 11 AM - 4 PM and there's beer, girls, bands, trophy’s and awards … not to mention some of the most amazing artwork on the custom bikes … and on the spectators.

See a gallery of chopper time Old School Bikes

Daytona Biketoberfest: Rat's Hole Bike Shows

Famous since 1952 - Rat's Hole Bike Shows @ Biketoberfest 2015

Three ride-in shows will be staged at Indian Motorcycles on Main Street.

Indian Top 20 customer appreciation show. All Indian bikes Welcome: Friday, October 16th. 

Victory Top 20 customer appreciation show. All Victory bikes Welcome: Two Big shows, Friday October 16th.

All entries will receive some FREE Rat's Hole Stuff.  

World Famous Rat's Hole Show with 18 classes on Saturday October 17th. Show Bikes Only. 

The Custom Bike Show will be in the back parking lot at the New Indian dealership at 290 N. Beach Street in downtown Daytona Beach. All bikes, including pre-registered must enter and exit from Dr. Mary McLeod Blvd. and Beach St. 

ALL BIKES MUST BE IN PLACE BY 10 am. Judging from 10 am to 4 pm and awards at 5 pm.
Famous Rat Trophies in all classes. All bikes must fire at the gate.

Register --- online at Ratshole.com 

Daytona Biketoberfest Motorcycle Ride to St. Augustine

Experience a scenic 100 - 125 mile ride along the beach, North on A1A from Daytona Biketoberfest to St. Augustine  

 Google Map Link (opens in a new window)

Detour: Experience a portion of "The Loop" - left from A1A North onto SR 40 W in Ormond Beach to N Beach St. at foot of Granada Bridge; N Beach St. turns into Old Dixie Highway; turn right onto Walter Boardman then a right at the stop onto slow and curvy High Bridge back to A1A, left to continue N to St. Augustine.

Shorten the scoot: Go left onto SR 100 in Flagler Beach to US1 S in Bunnell, back to Daytona Beach. Stop into Destination Daytona along the way.

Sites to See: Tomoka State Park; Tomoka River Basin; North Peninsula State Park; Flagler Beach & Pier; The Hammock, Marineland, Matanzas Inlet, the nation's oldest city St. Augustine.

Bites to Eat: JT's Seafood Shack (5244 N. Atlantic Blvd., Palm Coast/The Hammock on A1A); Captain's Barbecue, Bait and Tackle, (5862 N Atlantic Blvd., Palm Coast/The Hammock on A1A; Saltwater Cowboys (299 Dondanville Rd., St. Augustine); Tradewinds Lounge (124 Charlotte St., St. Augustine); O'Steens (205 Anastasis Blvd., St. Augustine); The Bar with No Name (16 Castillo Dr. S, St. Augustine); Jacksons Garage Bar (223 W King St, St. Augustine).

Filling station: Carmelo's Marketplace Shell Station, 146 King St., St. Augustine. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Indian Larry Motorcycles' 2nd Annual Aidan's Ride, NYC

Kickstands up 11am at Indian Larry Motorcycles, May 31st for a Bike Run & Pig Roast

Ride with Bobby and Elisa Seeger, owners of Indian Larry Motorcycles in Brooklyn, NY to raise funds to help children and families battling ALD - Adrenoleukodystrophy, a childhood disease that can be treated if it is diagnosed at birth. Their son, Aidan was a fighter in life, loved motorcycles and had a posse of friends cheering for him when he was diagnosed with ALD at age six in 2011. He lost the battle in 2012. The Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation was established in his honor to help families, to raise awareness of the disease and to press for legislation to require newborn screening for ALD. -- Tickets are $25 for a single rider / $40 per couple.

If you can't make the ride: Buy a T-shirt, patch or bracelet to help a child in need. Details at Indian Larry Motorcycles.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Rolling Thunder XXVIII Memorial Day Freedom Ride: May 22-25

Riders from as far away as California and Texas, cross the heartlands of America together for the annual Freedom Ride Through Washington DC, coming together for the biggest one-day rally in the USA. This year marks 28 years -- May 22 to 25, 2015.

Nearly four million people have watched this video of Marine Sgt. Tim Chambers, standing for more than four hours at attention to salute the Rolling Thunder riders crossing the Washington Bridge. 

First Amendment Demonstration Run
The Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run is an annual ride and gathering that first started in 1988. Riders from around the nation, and even around the world rally in the Pentagon parking lots and begin the run through the streets of Washington, D.C. Afterward, it is an opportunity to meet old and new friends, pay respect at the memorials and participate in the Memorial Day events.

Historic Interview With Rolling Thunder Founders

Rolling Thunder Run To The Wall - Freedom Ride Through Washington DC

Annually on Memorial Day Weekend 

Rolling Thunder began in 1987 as a demonstration to bring awareness to the plight of prisons of war (POW) and to those missing in action (MIA.) Rolling Thunder originated when four Vietnam Veterans, exercising their First Amendment "Right to Petition and Assemble," organized the first group of 2,500 motorcycles to ride through the streets of Washington, DC. The first Rolling Thunder run was made in an attempt to petition the government to take responsibility for the soldiers that were abandoned after the Vietnam War ended.

Today, more than 500,000 riders participate in this "Freedom Ride" and as many as 900,000 people line the streets to welcome them to Washington DC.

See a slideshow of this year's Rolling Thunder Run at the official website: RollingThunderRun.com

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Effect of The 1% Biker Wars in Waco, Texas

Eight Cossack and one Bandido Nation 1% bikers were killed at Waco.
170 rival bike club members are in jail w/bond set at $1 million each.
There is concern in the riding community that what happened in Waco will dampen the public's opinion about motorcycle riders -- especially at a time when so many riders will be on the nation's roadways over the Memorial Day Weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend is a time when thousands of motorcycle riders are on the roadways -- including an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 riders from across the country riding together to participate in the annual Rolling Thunder Freedom Ride/ DC  that is a healing event for many war veterans.

For most people, who enjoy riding the open roads together as part of a "brotherhood" that is second-to-none, the violence in Waco makes no sense!  "They are ruining this for the majority of motorcycle riders, who are great people and not criminals" is the sentiment shared across the web. 

So what happened in Waco?

It was supposed to be a typical get-together of the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents, an umbrella group that meets every two or three weeks, which is usually attended by two or three members of various motorcycle clubs. 

"We are not street gangs," says Gimmi Jimmy,
national ambassador for Bandido Nation.
"We have been doing this for 18 years" without a problem, Gimmi Jimmy told a NY Times reporter. "We discuss things like biker rights, but no individual club business is talked about," said Jimmy, who is chairman of the state group and also national ambassador for the Bandidos. 

In the New York Times interview, Jimmy said representatives of the Bandidos club were part of the meeting, but "the other side" -- The Cossacks and Scimitars -- were at the Twin Peaks sports bar in Waco, but they were not part of the meeting.

Jimmy said he's not in jail because he arrived late to the meeting. He did not share what might have triggered the fight in the bathroom that spilled into the bar, and then out into the parking lot. Eight Cossacks and one Bandido were killed in the gunfight, he said.

"It's all about territory," said Edward Winterhalder, a former Bandido who has written more than a dozen books about outlaw bikers. "The Bandidos told the Cossacks to remove the third-rocker TEXAS from their 3-piece cut, and the Cossacks chose to ignore the warning."

The Bandidos club was founded in 1966 in Texas, and the Cossacks club was founded in 1969 in Texas. But the Bandido Nation has grown to be the largest outlaw club in the world, and feels they own Texas.

"The Waco episode was a challenge to the Bandidos' pre-eminence by less established organizations," said Don Charles Davis, who writes the biker blog, "The Aging Rebel." 

"A lot of the newer members are veterans, and they want to prove their independence and equality," Davis said in the article. "It's a generational thing that is reshaping the culture."

The "1% outlaw club" distinction dates back to 1947

All clubs not sanctioned by the American Motorcyclists' Association (AMA) were labeled "1% outlaw clubs" and banned from all future AMA bike events after the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club made headlines at an AMA-sponsored event in Hollister, California in 1947 that was the basis for the movie, "The Wild One."

The AMA (founded in 1924 to organize events sponsored by bike manufacturers) wrote a scathing article in their magazine shortly after the disastrous event, stating that "99% of all motorcycle riders are law-abiding citizens and only 1% are outlaws." 

Today, the AMA represents 235,000 members and hundreds of riding clubs, including H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group) and the Jackpine Gypsies MC -- Founders of the Grandaddy of all biker rallies, "The Black Hills Classic, in Sturgis, SD" that started off as 9 featured motorcycle races in 1938 and has grown to a rally attended by more than half a million motorcycle fans. -- But there are plenty of good people within all clubs.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Shootout Between Rival 1% Bikers in Waco, Texas

Eight Cossacks and 1 Bandido Nation 1% bikers died in the armed battle between rival clubs in the parking lot of Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco, Texas. IMAGE: ROD AYDELOTTE/WACO TRIBUNE HERALD VIA AP/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Hundreds of bikers were at the Twin Peaks sports bar and restaurant, near Interstate 35 in Waco, Texas when a fight broke out just after noon between rival 1% biker club members. Eight bikers died at the scene, another biker died at an area hospital, and at least 18 other people were injured. All nine men killed were members of the two main rival groups, the Cossacks and Bandidos Nation, police said.
The Bandido Nation 1% Club was formed in Texas in 1966 and has spread all over the world. 
The Cossacks 1% club formed in Texas -- in 1969, and last year was told by Bandido Nation NOT to claim TEXAS as part of their 3-piece color back patches. The younger generation of bikers, that often includes military veterans, decided to ignore the warning and keep TEXAS as a bottom "rocker" on the club's patch.
The Bandidos Motorcycle Club: AKA the Bandido Nation, is an organized crime syndicate with a worldwide membership. The club was created in 1966 by Don Chambers in Texas. The motto still stands today as "We are the people our parents warned us about." It is estimated to have 2,400 members in 210 chapters, located in 22 countries. The FBI and the Criminal Intelligence Service Canada have named the Bandidos as an "outlaw motorcycle gang." The chapters are divided around the world, with over 90 in the US, 90 in Europe, 17 in Australia, 1 in NZ and 1 in South-east Asia:
  • North America: The club is concentrated in Texas but extends out into over 15 other states. In Canada, the Rock Machine Motorcycle club in Montreal merged with the Bandidos in 2000. There was another chapter in Ontario but the Shedden Massacre was a dramatic internal conflict that led to their deaths.
  • Oceania: The chapters are widely spread across Australia and some have even taken part in bloodletting. The club attempted to spread to NZ by merging with former members of the Highway 61 members. 
  • Europe: The European chapters have expanded across France, Scandinavia, Germany, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg and surrounding countries. As of March 15th 2014 a "Probationary Chapter" was also set up in Sittard, Netherlands. The club also hopes to expand to Russia and Eastern Europe.

  • The history and video of Biker Clubs in the USA.
  • Read all stories related to ongoing turf wars between rival 1% outlaw clubs. 
192 arrests - (Jerry Larson/AP Press) 
Waco police arrested 192 biker club members, and filed "organized crime" charges against 174 bikers, described by a county judge as "mostly from out of town." They were at Twin Peaks to recruit members. 

Justice of the Peace W.H. "Pete" Peterson set their bond at $1 million each. "I think it is important to send a message," the judge said. "We had nine people killed in our community. These people just came in and most of them were from out of town. Very few of them were from in town."
The fight began inside the restaurant and moved to the parking lot, where it escalated from fists to knives and chains, and then guns, police said. Diners, including small children, scrambled for shelter in the restaurant's freezer. Other people fled from the parking lot or took cover behind parked cars during the gun battle. 

Police were aware of growing tension at the bar, and at least some police were at the bar when the fight began. Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton told KWTX-TV said hundreds of bikers were involved in the parking lot fight. Some began shooting at each other, and when police arrived, they began shooting at police. It is unclear how many of the dead and wounded were shot by bikers and how many may have been shot by police.

On Sunday night, Waco police advised citizens to avoid the area until further notice:"Again!! Please avoid the Central Texas Market Place as the area is NOT safe. Officers are continuing to arrest individuals coming to the scene with weapons. This is not the time to sight see as we are dealing with very dangerous individuals." 

At 10 pm, police issued an internal warning that was posted on a police website, advising officers of "credible information about threats to law enforcement." The internal bulletin said the Cossacks and Bandidos have "issued an order to kill anyone in uniform."

Police confiscated as many as 100 firearms, as well as numerous knives and other weapons. The Best Buy and other stores closest to the crime scene were closed for the day on Monday, as police continued their investigation. 

 "We were shocked by the shootings that took place in the parking lot of our franchised restaurant in Waco and are still in the process of reviewing all the circumstances surrounding it. We are thankful no employees, guests or police were injured in this senseless violence outside the restaurant, and our sympathies are with the families of those killed." - Twin Peaks posted Sunday night on Facebook. 

Monday morning, the franchise agreement of Twin Peaks-Waco was revoked.

Bandido's Nation Turf Wars - Reported by the Dallas Morning News crime blog.
For months, police say they tried to thwart danger by boosting security inside or having the restaurant deny service to the rival club members. But police say that local managers at the restaurant refused to cooperate. The managers disputed that claim after the shooting.
The biker clubs involved Sunday are well-known organized criminal enterprises, some with national affiliations, police said, that make money through drug dealings, extortion, robbery and violence.
Police had been aware for several months that rival club members were gathering to address recruitment and turf, areas where the groups have clashed.
At least 10 uniformed SWAT officers from Waco and the Texas Department of Public Safety were in marked cars outside the restaurant, but no plainclothes officers were inside because they felt they weren't welcome by restaurant managers, Swanton said.

Albuquerque, New Mexico 
The Bandidos were involved in a shooting less than two months ago at a local restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  >>>Read Story
"Bandidos are in town recruiting and collecting debts. Fact. Even in Rio Rancho," said a local Albuquerque rider on Facebook. - March 2015.

Ontario, Canada - Thursday, April 16, 2015, Ontario's highest court upheld the first-degree murder convictions of five members of the Bandido Nation in the 2006 "Shedden Massacre." 

Eight members of the Toronto Bandidos motorcycle club were shot execution style on April 8, 2006 at a farm property, the result of an internal gang dispute involving the Winnipeg and American branches. Their bodies were found stuffed in trunks of vehicles on the property near London, Ont.

The jury convicted six men of first-degree murder but only five appealed on various grounds, among them the trial judge's instructions to the jury.