Wednesday, May 18, 2011

EasyRiders Dave Mann – Biker Art | Dubai Bikers

EasyRiders Dave Mann – Biker Art | Dubai Bikers: "Dave Mann’s dad was a lifelong illustrator and active member of the Society of Scribes in London. The younger Mann was born in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1957 he first drew pencil sketches of hot rods while feigning attention in high school. His crude sketches opened the door for Dave’s first job, pinstriping cars for Doug Thompson and Ray Hetrick’s custom car shop in Kansas City. The wild allure of the West Coast drew Dave and buddy Al Burnett to Santa Monica, California. While cruising the seaside community he stumbled across Bay Area Muffler, an area custom car house, and there discovered completely insane chopped Harleys. The bikes drove him wild. They projected freedom, power and mobility with every chromed curve. He was immediately hooked.

Dave Mann returned to Kansas City and bought his first new bike, a ’48 Panhead, for $350. At the same time he created his first painting, “Hollywood Run.” It represented the wild, unleashed, Hollywood outlaw lifestyle. Riding his customized Harley with his painting tucked under his arm, Dave entered the ’63 Kansas City Custom Car Show. That car show launched his artistic & biker career. Dave Mann had the only custom-bike entry in the show, so for his creative efforts the judges initiated a new class and trophy specifically for him.

Dave Mann painted several posters for Big Daddy Roth, the California custom car creator and publisher of the first chopper magazine. In ’65, he went to work in the mailroom at Scheffer Studios in Kansas city, where he met an architectural renderer, Dave Poole, who taught him technical drawing. By ’67, Mann developed into an architectural renderer, having studied at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Then in 1971, Dave discovered a new magazine— Easyriders. And the rest as they say, is history– the two are now forever inseparable in any hardcore biker’s heart and mind. Easyriders was the first full-fledged, lifestyle-related bike rag. Since Easyriders third issue, Dave Mann has led the biker magazine industry by capturing the essence of a changing lifestyle in the epic center-spreads.

Due to his failing health, Dave Mann was forced to retire from Easyriders in 2003 — the years of paint fumes had deteriorated his lungs to the point where surgeons had to remove them both and put him on a breathing machine. Sadly, Dave died about a day after his 64th birthday, Sept. 11 2004.

Bikers nabbed by undercover cops’ hidden cameras (From Echo)

Bikers nabbed by undercover cops’ hidden cameras (From Echo): "MOTORCYCLE cops are using covert video cameras as part of a new drive to reduce biker deaths across Essex.

Essex Police motorcyclists, using unmarked machines fitted with cameras, have caught more than 50 speeding riders in just three weekends.

The 55 riders, who were filmed speeding or riding carelessly, will now have to attend a newly-launched Rider Intervention Developing Experience course.

The covert patrols have been launched following an increase in serious accidents involving motorcycles in Essex.

Between January 1 and April 12, three riders died and 42 were seriously injured, compared with three fatalities and 30 serious injuries in the same period last year.

Sgt Mick Green, of the force’s casualty reduction unit’s motorcycle team, said the covert patrols started in March.

He said riders in plain clothes on unmarked bikes were joining groups of motorcyclists on popular routes to record offences.

He said: “There are several routes from London into the Essex countryside that are popular with riders.

“Our officers join the back of the group and use the camera to record offences or to radio ahead so other officers can intercept offenders. Motorcyclists are a unique group of road users and require unique interventions to reduce casualties.

“Some consider themselves invincible, and even after a short disqualification, might return to the road with the same perception.”

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Police on lookout for biker gang | NATIONAL News

Police on lookout for biker gang | NATIONAL News: "Police will be monitoring a biker gang holding a poker run in the North Island today.

The Rebel Motorcycle Club has been trying to break into New Zealand from its stronghold in Australia.

Whangarei is one of the places where police are tracking the gang's movements.

It is feared today's poker run, in which the bikers draw a playing card at set checkpoints, from Whangarei to Paihia and back could double up as a recruitment drive.

Earlier this year police said they were cracking down on the gang.

In an incident at Auckland Airport an Australian Rebels member was turned away upon arrival.

Police said the gang had been involved in serious violence as well as drug manufacturing and trafficking in Australia.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Legalbrief - Court rejects biker's appeal

Legalbrief - Court rejects biker's appeal: "A Durbanville man has lost his appeal against a Western Cape High Court ruling that dismissed the R8.3m action he instituted against Western Cape Premier Helen Zille after he was left paralysed in an accident while riding his motorcycle on the N7 seven years ago.

The Cape Argus notes that the accident happened when a pedestrian, allegedly obscured by bushes on the median between the two carriageways, stepped into the lane in which the man was riding his motorcycle. Riaan Gerber claimed in court papers that the pedestrian was a vagrant and that vagrants inhabit the median, posing a danger to motorists. He alleged that the Premier should be held liable for the damages he suffered because she or Western Cape government officials should have ensured that the vagrants were removed. The High Court dismissed his claim after finding he had failed to prove negligence. Gerber however appealed to a full Bench. In a judgment handed down, Judge James Yekiso said the evidence by Gerber's witnesses failed to prove that the area was inhabited by vagrants or that the pedestrian he hit was a vagrant.

Speeding biker dodges dozens of charges - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Speeding biker dodges dozens of charges - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "A Canberra man allegedly caught 18 times on speed cameras racing his high-powered motorcycle has had 63 charges against him dropped.

On 18 occasions over a one-month period a high-powered black Honda motorbike was captured on speed cameras travelling at up to 196 kilometres per hour.

In all cases the motorbike had no rear number plate and on several occasions the rider made a rude gesture at the camera as he sped past.

Unemployed 33-year-old Steven Kitanovic was accused of those offences, as well as being in a police chase and participating in a road race near Woden Town Centre.

Today Kitanovic's lawyer told Magistrate Lorraine Walker that there were five other black bikes of the same make and model registered in the ACT at the time and that the speeding bike could have been any of those