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NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES
Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,
National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)
RIDING “OFF THE GRID” — HOW TO ESCAPE GPS TRACKING ON YOUR MOTORCYCLE
Freedom of the Road isn’t that free these days. “We often talk about what
you can do to protect your privacy, but more often than not we accept the
technology given to us by large corporations with government influence,”
writes Gil Mellen, ABATE of California’s rep to the Southern California
Confederation of Clubs (SCCOC), “And with that ease our phones store more
than just our private information, they are a collection source for who we
are, what we do and where we go 24/7.”
Turning your phone off or on airplane mode doesn’t cut it either, he
explains. In order to truly be undetectable to ANYONE you must use a first
line of defense on your phone, such as Silent Pocket. By employing a
Silent Pocket “Faraday cage” (conductive material surrounding a piece of
equipment to exclude electrostatic and electromagnetic influences) you can
block all wireless signals to and from your mobile device.
Once placed inside the stylish leather case, your device is completely
sealed — No GPS tracking, NO cellular, NO wifi, NO Bluetooth, and NO RFID
scanning or NFC in all frequencies. Additionally, Silent Pocket cases
protect your financial information from credit card skimming and scanning.
So if you’re heading to a large biker event and want no one to know your
whereabouts, simply put your phone inside the case and wherever you go is
OFF THE GRID. Once you remove your phone, any missed voicemails, data, or
messages are downloaded. Your location is also known at that point.
“Silent Pocket is in the privacy accessory market for the long haul.”
stated Aaron Zar, Silent Pocket Co-Founder. “As the methods hackers use to
compromise security continue to evolve, so will our products.”
Silent Pocket is a proud supporter of SAVE THE PATCH and they offer an
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BIKER ATTIRE ALLOWED IN NEW MEXICO COURTROOMS
Declaring “A great victory for our community,” Annette Torrez, chair of the
New Mexico Motorcycle Rights Organization (NMMRO) and National Coalition of
Motorcyclists (NCOM) board of directors, announced that; We received the
following message from Chief Justice Judge Nash concerning motorcycle vests
in District Courthouse, “Please be informed that the Bernalillo County
Sheriff’s Department will NOT be requiring members of your organization to
turn their vests inside out upon entry into the Second Judicial District
Courthouse and its’ Courtrooms in the future.”
The NMMRO and the NNMCOC (Northern New Mexico Confederation of Clubs) sent
Judge Nash a letter regarding an issue in which Bernalillo Sheriff Officers
were asking the Guardians of the Children to remove their vests and turn
them inside out so none of the patches were visible. “These vests and
patches are what identify them to the abused children who they are there to
support in court under difficult circumstance as these children have
to face their perpetrators or have to sometimes testify,” explained
Torrez. “While we can all benefit from this victory, it is the abused
children from our community who will benefit most, as now members of
motorcycle community can continue to support and accompany them in court.
Your voices were heard as we united in support.”
Nash’s message specifically denotes “members of your organization” which is
why “it is so important we as motorcyclists join and support the NMMRO, an
organization that stands and fights for your rights, freedoms and
liberties,” said Torrez, adding; “Thank you to Judge Nash for doing the
right thing as we believe our 1st Amendment was being violated. We must
also remember that we must be respectful at all times in our courthouse, we
must be on our best behavior so that we may continue to wear our patches
and motorcycle related attire in the courthouse. I want to thank the
Guardians of the Children for bringing this to our attention. Thank you to
Double D from The Motorcycle Profiling Project and Attorney Dan Sorey for
their support and advice in addressing this issue.”
MANIFESTO ON THE MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY AND FREEDOM OF THE ROAD
“I read your recent (NCOM Biker Newsbytes) report and the piece about the
NCOM board requesting input on motorcycle issues to discuss at the upcoming
NCOM Convention,” writes Keith “Bandit” Ball of Bikernet.com and former
editor of Easyriders magazine. “I have a major bitch and a project that
could save the custom motorcycle aftermarket and place freedom at the
forefront of our nation once more.”
WHEN YOU CAN’T GIVE UP, WRITE — A Brief Manifesto; “Sounds ominous but
it’s not, then again it is a tough alteration to current government
thinking. And I believe our industry could be at the forefront.
Why can’t we prove that Freedom always needs to be a consideration? Why
can’t we prove that all the custom motorcycles in the country will never
have any significant impact on the environment and agencies need to leave
If we were successful, this could place Freedom at the forefront in many
applications from hot rods, to go carts, to speed boats.”
As evidence of governmental regulation usurping personal rights, Ball
(Bandit@Bikernet.com) submitted the following news release on behalf of
SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) entitled “EPA Seeks to
Prohibit Conversion of Vehicles into Racecars”:
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation
to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into
racecars and make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles
illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related
proposed regulation entitled ‘Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency
Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles – Phase 2’.
The regulation would impact all vehicle types, including the sports cars,
sedans and hatch-backs commonly converted strictly for use at the track.
While the Clean Air Act prohibits certain modifications to motor vehicles,
it is clear that vehicles built or modified for racing, and not used on the
streets, are not the ‘motor vehicles’ that Congress intended to regulate.
‘This proposed regulation represents overreaching by the agency, runs
contrary to the law and defies decades of racing activity where EPA has
acknowledged and allowed conversion of vehicles,’ said SEMA President and
CEO Chris Kersting.
Working with other affected organizations, including those representing
legions of professional and hobbyist racers and fans, SEMA will continue to
oppose the regulation through the administrative process and will seek
congressional support and judicial intervention as necessary. The EPA has
indicated it expects to publish final regulations by July 2016.”
BILL IN WASHINGTON WOULD ALLOW MOTORCYCLES ON SHOULDERS IN TRAFFIC
Washington State might give motorcyclists preferential treatment on some
highways during traffic jams under a bill that has the support of the state
Senate. The measure would give motorcyclists permission to drive on the
far left shoulders of divided highways when traffic is moving under 25
miles an hour.
“It really is about relieving congestion,” said State Senator Tim Sheldon
(D-Mason County), the bill’s sponsor. He tried passing a bill last year
that would have allowed what’s known as “lane splitting,” allowing bikers
to ride between cars stopped in traffic, but that bill failed.
Sen. Sheldon told CBS King5 News in Olympia that his proposal would
alleviate traffic and make highways safer for motorcycle riders in heavy
traffic. ”When congestion basically stops traffic, a motorcyclist… they’re
vulnerable to over-heating as well as being rear-ended.”
KANSAS HOUSE SPEAKER GIVES HORSEPOWER TO 3-WHEELER REFORM BILL
A House committee in Kansas kicked the tires of a bill creating a special
driving examination and license for people who ride increasingly popular
three-wheeled motorcycles. Under current Kansas law, individuals are
required to take a test on a two-wheeled motorcycle even if they own and
plan to ride a machine with three wheels. House Bill 2436 would establish a
special class of motorcycle licensing that aligns the examination with the
type of vehicle to be driven.
Three-wheel licenses issued under the proposed law would forbid the person
from legally riding a two-wheeled motorcycle, but anyone passing the
two-wheel test could ride both motorcycle variations.
House Speaker Ray Merrick (R-Stilwell) urged the House’s Vision 2020
Committee to endorse the “friendly, common-sense update to Kansas statutes.”
“Considering the vast differences in the physical requirements between two-
and three-wheeled motorcycles,” Merrick said, “it is reasonable that a
person who can only ride a three-wheeled motorcycle should be allowed to
take their license training and test on the type of motorcycle they will be
Brian Thompson, a lobbyist with ABATE of Kansas, said the reform proposed
by the House bill would benefit young and old riders alike. “Those with
less skills would be able to feel the independence and freedom of the road
if they desire,” Thompson told the Topeka Capital-Journal newspaper.
NEW MOTORCYCLE HAZARD – TEENS WALKING WHILE DISTRACTED
Motorcycle riders have a lot to watch for when cruising through an urban
environment such as a city or town. While the first focus may be other
vehicles, a new study shows bikers should watch for teens crossing the road
while distracted by their smartphone.
According to research released by Safe Kids Worldwide, with support from
FedEx, distraction plays a role as 50% of teens admit they cross streets
while using a mobile device, and an alarming 40% admit to actually being
hit or nearly hit by a car, bike or motorcycle while walking.
Of the teens who have been hit or nearly hit report crossing the street
while: 47% listening to music, 20% talking on the phone, and 18% were
“Every hour of every day, a teen is hit or killed while walking,” said Kate
Carr, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “Texting and walking or
driving can be fatal. That’s why we’re asking everyone to put phones down
when crossing the street.”
TEENAGER CAUTIONED AFTER SERIOUSLY INJURING MOTORCYCLIST
A 14-year-old boy was recently “cautioned” by police after causing
“life-changing injuries” to a motorcyclist by tying a rope between two
trees on a woodland path. The 17-year-old rider was rushed to the hospital
with serious neck and wind-pipe injuries after hitting the rope while
riding in woods near St Neots, Cambridgeshire, UK, and he spent seven weeks
in the hospital including two-and-a-half in an induced coma.
The boy, who admitted responsibility under questioning by police, was
issued a youth caution for causing grievous bodily harm without intent. He
must also attend sessions with the Youth Offending Service.
MOTORCYCLE SPEEDER WINS $180,000 IN CASE AGAINST COP WHO BEAT HIM UP
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Aug. 3, 2012, Justin Wilkens was speeding on his Aprilia motorcycle and
unwittingly passed Oregon State Police Officer Rob Edwards in an unmarked
cop Camaro. After a few minutes of chase, Edwards rammed Wilkens off the
bike, pulled a gun on him and kicked him in the chest.
If you think that sounds egregious, a jury agrees with you.
Dash cam footage shows Wilkens’ motorcycle speeding past cars and crossing
double-yellow (no passing zones) lines near Veneta, OR when the officer
pulls up behind him at an intersection, hits the bike and knocks the biker
to the ground. Edwards maintained this was unintentional; a result of
“brake fade” from the Camaro’s discs being overworked. At this point in
the footage, Edwards enters the frame and lands a kick to Wilkens’ chest
while drawing down on him with his pistol before cuffing him.
In an interesting plot twist, Edwards stated he did not know the police
car’s dashcam was running. Wilkens suffered a broken left clavicle, a
fractured rib and other injuries in the incident.
After being apprehended, Wilkens brought an excessive-force claim against
Edwards. As explained by local news, a jury of eight people “awarded
Wilkens more than $31,000 in economic damages to reimburse his medical
expenses and motorcycle repair bills; $100,000 in noneconomic damages for
his injuries, pain and suffering; and $50,000 in punitive damages,” which
Officer Edwards will be forced to pay.
QUOTABLE QUOTE: “History does not entrust the care of freedom to the weak
or timid.” Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) WWII Military Commander & 34th
President of the U.S.