Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-newsTexas House Passes Biker Safety Bill Days After Shooting. Texas lawmakers approved motorcycle safety legislation on Friday that supporters say was going to be discussed at the biker’s meeting in Waco where a deadly shootout erupted last weekend. The bill, which now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott, would funnel some of the state’s motorcycle-related fees to state Department of Transportation campaigns that remind motorists to share the road and look twice for motorcycles. Some fees already help boost the Texas Department of Public Safety’s motorcycle education efforts. Three bikers who helped write the legislation are among about 170 people jailed following Sunday’s melee in Waco that killed nine people.

Harley-Davidson Inc to Issue Quarterly Dividend of $0.31 on June 12th. Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) stockholders of record on Thursday, May 28th will be given a dividend of 0.31 per share on Friday, June 12th. This represents a $1.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.19%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, May 26th.

Alabama. Motorcycle License Bill Passes Legislature. Alabamians will need to have a motorcycle classification on their license, and take a written exam or safety course, under a bill that has passed the state Legislature. Currently, only motorcyclists age 14 and 15 have to take a written test and get the M classification. Those older than that may get the classification, but don’t have to. Motorcyclists who already have the M classification will be grandfathered in. The law will become effective Jan. 1, 2016. Law enforcement will then be able to issue tickets to motorcyclists who don’t have the M classification. The bill also allows drivers to complete a safety course instead of the written test. There’s a $5 fee for the written test.

9 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”

  1. 1 TJ Martin May 24th, 2015 at 8:51 am

    First off . What in the blue blazes doe Motorcycle Safety have to do with the events in Waco ? Waco was all about an ongoing turf war between the Bandidos and the HA’s ers club Cossacks … not motorcycle safety

    And second .. so what ? … We’re supposed to be impressed that three of the thugs involved in the turf war are somehow saints because they pretended to support M/C safety purely for self promotional reasons ?

    Ugh ! Lets get things straight . Bad is bad .. no matter what tiny bit of good they may appear to do .

  2. 2 Jack May 24th, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    The event in Waco was supposed to be a meeting of the Texas Confederation of Clubs. The Cossacks are not members of the Confederation and were not invited. The Bandidos are a member club of the Confederation and were expected to attend.
    It can be said that anyone involved in political purposes are self serving. In fact, people such as yourself do so every day.
    Lets do get it straight. A small fight became a shooting gallery for law enforcement. The chains were the ones holding wallets to belts, and some of the other items mentioned may have been “dropped” around by law enforcement. No police were shot…or even shot at.

  3. 3 Zenaldo May 24th, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    C’mon Alabama, you might as well cash in on the huge dollars to be collected from your states motorcycle riding residents like all the other states.. Because they grandfathered everybody in its going to be a while before all that cash rolls in anyway…

  4. 4 celtdad May 25th, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    For those who don’t know, almost every state (could be all by now) has at least one Confederation of Clubs. Many of the member clubs are non-violent, for example in our confederation we have the American Legion Riders, Bikers for Christ and many other law-abiding clubs and associations. The majority of the confederations are trying to promote motorcycle safety and donate money to various causes such as Toys for Tots, the Susan G Komen Foundation, veterans support groups and other non-profit charities. Our confederation puts on an annual Toy Run that provides hundreds of toys and food to underprivileged families for Christmas. And yes, the HA, Vagos and other “1%” clubs are members too. The monthly meeting is sacred ground where ALL members get along and work together for the benefit of the community. And, TJ, those three so-called “thugs” were arrested along with everyone else just for being there. They could well be upstanding community members who like to share their passion for riding. We have many business owners, religious groups, veterans groups and other great folks who are members of our COC. Don’t condemn everyone because of the actions of a few!

  5. 5 David Noe May 25th, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    TJ Martin you hit the nail on the head….Just a bunch of Bikers looking for Extra turf or what ever they could get ! If this was such a friendly meeting of clubs to support something ..WHERE were the Gold Wings, BMWs,Ducati’s ,or Triumph’s in the parking lot??? Just wondering…Think about it!

    SSDD; David

  6. 6 Steal Your Face May 26th, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Don’t believe the media/police hype about a bunch of thugs. TJ and David, you guys especially. As stated above, no cops were shot by bikers, wallet chains counted as weapons, and of course people were carrying, it’s Texas.
    Obviously we need to get more info, but check out the Aging Rebel blog.
    Don’t automatically assume that these were all thugs. Some possibly were, but you can’t generalize a group of 170 motorcycle enthusiasts and call them all thugs. That is what angers me.
    What if you just happened to be having lunch there and happened to ride your motorcycle, you would have been swept up, arrested on 1 million dollar bail, and had no knowledge of what the heck just happened.
    Innocent people are going to lose jobs or get kicked into the legal system because they were riding a motorcycle. How about the 3 guys who rode up after it all went down and were too arrested?
    I want to know more about what really happened. It sure sounds to me that the only shooting happening was from long guns/snipers? and only cops were shooting.
    If this were Ferguson or Baltimore, we would probably be hearing more about this.

  7. 7 nicker May 26th, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Yes, there certainly must be more to this story than has been circulating.
    But in the end;
    “… people are going to lose jobs or get kicked into the legal system because they were [there]…”

    And so not only is;
    Fighting in the bathroom at an organized event where everyone was supposed to “work together for the benefit of the community” is…. well, simply moronic…. it makes the rest of us look like fools in the eyes of the general public.

    And so, people will say they “DO NOT EVEN ASSOCIATE WITH THE CLUB SCENE” because its a waste of time.


  8. 8 Steal Your Face May 27th, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Nicker, I agree but believing the fight in the bathroom is suspect at best. It’s taking their narrative as gospel and that is what I am worried about. They got everyone believing their and only their narrative.

  9. 9 nicker May 27th, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    If there was no fight in the bathroom or other provocation…… then the published “narrative” is a total fabrication….. ????

    That scenario is going to be a tough sell.


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