Nov 192010
 

This just in… literally just in.  Got off the phone with Robert Swope and he has given me permission to let the cat out of the bag…

The team of Guys & Glory have officially teamed up with the Shriners to not only help out with checkpoints and taking care of riders, but to officially sponsor the Shriner’s Hospitals.  You see, one-half of all monies raised in the newly released “Ride a Mile Program,” will go directly to the Shriner’s Hospitals.  The other half of the monies will be split between the three chosen Veteran’s charities (Able Forces, Project Healing Waters, and Not Alone).

So what is the ride a mile?  Well, basically, an individual, business, or corporation may sponsor a rider for as little as half a cent a mile.  Guts & Glory are hoping to raise $1 per mile per rider… that will bring in 10 Million Dollars!  Talk about a donation!

The official press release will come out next week and I will send it your way.  Until then, rest happy knowing that you are some of the first people to hear about this amazing fundraising endeavor.  I hope you will consider taking the ride yourself.  I had been planning on it, but I have to come to terms with the fact that I will most likely not be able to come up with the entry fee for the ride and with only 1000 riders involved, I am sure they will find someone who would be happy to take my spot. But I have not completely given up hope just yet.

Congrats again to the Guts & Glory Team and the Shriners for working out such an amazing opportunity.

Love, Respect, and Philanthropy,

ArtBiker

Oct 212010
 

"Biker Sexy" ArtBiker on the Annual Sturgis Run. Photo: Popster

Many of you that know me are aware of the fact that I love to ride.  I mean, we all love to ride, but I have been fortunate in my life to be able to do a lot of riding all over the country.

Last year I read all about the Hoka Hey Challenge which set riders up to travel across country for a big money prize.  Anyone who followed the story at all will know that the entire event was a mess.  There were accusations that the whole thing was fixed, or a fraud, or in some other way dirty.  There were a lot of unhappy folks, but I think that the basic idea of the event was a good one.

Now, there is a new ride which has been set up in a similar fashion, the “Guts and Glory Rally Across America,” put on by Sunrise Entertainment.

Before I go further, let me say that Sunrise Entertainment was in some way attached to the Hoka Hey event.  I don’t know the ins and outs at this time but would very much appreciate any comments from anyone who knows.  At this point in time, the only thing I know is that they were the company that was supposed to document the Hoka Hey run… but they never showed… so… anyone?

Ok, the rally will be held from May 15 – 28, 2011. One thousand riders will start in Santa Monica, California and ride 9000 miles through all of the 48 contiguous states and finish in Bar Harbor, Maine. The riders will start with 11,000 points and follow a pre-determined and pre-timed route with 11 checkpoints along the route.

Each bike will have both an electronic timer and GPS tracking unit attached at registration. Points will be deducted for arriving at the checkpoints either too soon or too late from the scheduled times and for varying off the course. So that means the first person across the finish line might not be the winner.  Now this is one area where the Hoka Hey got into trouble… so it will be interesting to see how it works.  I do know that independent “timing professionals,” or something like that, are going to ride each leg of the route and determine an average expected time to be en route.  This time will not be disclosed to the participants.

The entry fee is $1000 but there will be cash prizes awarded for the most points for each leg and the Grand Prize to the overall winner will be $100,000 and a hand built custom motorcycle by Dave Perewitz. And who wouldn’t want a custom from Dave?!?!

1000 riders, 11 days, 48 states, and 9000 miles sounds a lot like my cup of tea.  I am very interested in entering this thing.  It does cost $1000 to enter, but, if you want one, you do get a place to sleep for 14 nights (may or may not be a hotel and you will have a roomie).  I say, “If you want one” because at each checkpoint you get to say “Guts” or “Glory.”  If you choose guts, you sleep next to your bike wherever you are and get 50 points added to your score.  If you say glory, they put you up somewhere with a hot shower, bed and bathroom, however you do not earn any points.

ArtBiker in Middle America

If we make up statistics (like I did in an earlier post this month), we can figure 100 folks won’t even make the starting gate, 100 will break down or somehow have to back out early, 100 will have other problems… that leaves about 700 competitors… I can take a 1 in 700 chance.  I know I will have a 100% chance of making some amazing memories.  So I am seriously considering the ride.

Love, Respect, and Rally Baby,

ArtBiker

For more info on how to participate, check it out:

www.sunriseentertainment.com/gutsandglory/index.html

Weekend Pass: Cops keep eyes on outlaw clubs (Sturgis, SD)

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Mar 042010
 


Outlaw motorcycle [clubs] might claim to be good ol’ boys who like to ride bikes, but law enforcement officers say that by definition, outlaw [club] members are involved in crime. Kevin Thom, director of the Attorney General’s Division of Criminal Investigation, said that he considers outlaw [clubs] to be organized crime.

To keep track of [club] activity, DCI completes a report at the end of the Sturgis motorcycle rally tallying all contacts officers have with [club] members and gathering intelligence information. Officers note who is enrolled in which [club] and what roles individuals have within the [clubs].

The information is then put into a report a few inches thick and shared with 35 states and five foreign countries that have an interest in the information, Thom said.

The information gathered this year will be used by DCI to prepare officers for the next year’s rally, Thom said. DCI puts together a Law Enforcement Safety Bulletin, a handbook of outlaw [clubs]’ identifiers and terminology, a timeline of violent motorcycle [club] involvement in South Dakota from 1981 to the present, and acts of violence nationally in the current year.

The crimes traditionally committed by outlaw [clubs] during the rally are drug possession and distribution, motorcycle theft and assault, according to Pat West, director of the Rapid City DCI office. In general, [club] members don’t commit random attacks against others. “If you mind your own business, everything will be fine,” West said. “If you pick a fight, you’ll get one.”

Anyone picking a fight with one [club] member might get more of a fight than he can handle, West said, because other [club] members will join in. “Every one of them is loyal to those colors and that group,” West said.

Law officers have been concerned in the past that [club] violence would erupt at the rally because of disputes between [clubs] in other parts of the country. In April 2002, a shootout between the Hells Angels and the Mongols in Laughlin, Nev., left three dead and 12 hospitalized. In February the same year, a fight between Hells Angels and Pagans in Plainview, N.Y., killed one and injured 10, according to the Associated Press.

Authorities here were alert for signs of problems at the 2002 rally, but none occurred, Thom said.

“Rivalries between [clubs] ebb and flow,” West said.

Motorcycle thefts are big business for outlaw [clubs], and professional thieves work motorcycle rallies, Thom said. Law enforcement officers work to prevent thefts and recover stolen bikes, and representatives of the National Insurance Crime Bureau come here to try to identify stolen motorcycles and parts.

Locally, the Bandidos is the only outlaw [club] with official chapters, two in the Black Hills and one East River. Hells Angels owns 120 acres north of Sturgis, and the Sons of Silence have a 10-acre campground seven miles north of Sturgis, Thom said.

A Rapid City Bandido, Christopher Horlock, 44, turned himself in June 21 in Houston after being indicted with 25 other people in Seattle, the AP reported.

Horlock, a national regional secretary for the Bandidos, was wanted on charges of conspiracy to tamper with a witness.

Horlock’s indictment and arrest was part of an offensive launched by federal agents and police against the Bandidos after a two-year investigation, according to the AP. Authorities served arrest and search warrants in Washington, Montana and South Dakota.

Source: know[clubs].com

Hurricane Ike Can’t Keep Bikers Down!

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Oct 052008
 

 

Hurrican Ike headed for Galveston, TX "Certain death for those that don't evacuate."

Hurrican Ike headed for Galveston, TX "Certain death for those that do not evacuate."

 

AP Photo/Javier Galeano

Photo Credit : AP Photo/Javier Galeano

 

It is true; the hurricane has got nothing on us.  For those of you out in the rest of the country, you may or may not be aware of the devastation Ike left on Galveston and the Southern Houston area.  The ArtBiker family was lucky and suffered some minor damage and was only without power for about 11 days. With the aid of battery operated radios, we were able to find out a little of what was going on.  When we did get our power back, all the local stations were still running Ike news 24/7.  The city forgot about everything as we focused on FEMA Points of Distribution, Ready to Eat Meals, and $12 bags of ice from the few price-gouging vendors who had the balls to try and take advantage of the situation.  The news took our breath away.  Neighborhoods were gone… yes, literally gone!  Not even rubble left behind, just bare land!  If you have not seen the pictures, do a search and check out the damage.

Anyway, we were lucky to not have another Katrina disaster and the island of Galveston is struggling to come back to life as quickly as possible.  And working they are.  In fact, promoters of the Lone Star Rally are dubbing their annual event as the “Official re-opening of Galveston.”  As the Island re-builds the Lone Star Crew is doing what they can for the community that has embraced them since their first rally in 2004.  The Rally is set for the weekend of October 30th – November 2nd and there are special plans to help bring folks in and do their part to bolster the economy.  The efforts include:

A Charity Casino and Auction benefiting Ronald McDonald House.

An attempt to bring more major entertainers in for benefit concerts.

Vendors will hold Trick or Treat for the Galveston kids from 6pm-9pm on Friday.

LSR will hold a kids costume contest. The top five kids will get new bicycles.

Over 20 donation stations around the venues will be set up.

A special Rally to Rebuild logo can be added to the Official T-Shirt for a donation to the Rally to Rebuild Fund.

A telethon will be held inside the Convention Center on Saturday to raise money.

If given enough space on the Seawall, LSR will provide free space to Galveston merchants who have product to sell but no place to sell it.

 

This is all fine and good, and we applaud the LSR Team for their efforts, but what is the rally going to offer all those bikers they are hoping to attract?  Well, in past years, this rally has drawn nearly 500,000 riders to the island of Galveston.  This year there will be a special concert by the Beach Boys as well as three stages around town featuring 60 bands.  Demo fleets, deep sea fishing and dolphin tours, AMA tours and poker runs, a Halloween Costume Biker Parade and the World’s largest Leather and Lace Ball, ghost ship tours, the Lone Star Lady Riders’ Conference, as well as your usual bikes, babes, beer, and other standard rally fare.

The ArtBiker family will be there in force, taking pictures, holding wedding ceremonies, passing out free ArtBiker cards and gear, and kicking back with a cold one while watching the world go by.  If you make it, please come on up and say hello, we would love to meet with you.

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

 

 

 

Hurricane Ike Can't Keep Bikers Down!

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Oct 052008
 

 

Hurrican Ike headed for Galveston, TX "Certain death for those that don't evacuate."

Hurrican Ike headed for Galveston, TX "Certain death for those that do not evacuate."

 

AP Photo/Javier Galeano

Photo Credit : AP Photo/Javier Galeano

 

It is true; the hurricane has got nothing on us.  For those of you out in the rest of the country, you may or may not be aware of the devastation Ike left on Galveston and the Southern Houston area.  The ArtBiker family was lucky and suffered some minor damage and was only without power for about 11 days. With the aid of battery operated radios, we were able to find out a little of what was going on.  When we did get our power back, all the local stations were still running Ike news 24/7.  The city forgot about everything as we focused on FEMA Points of Distribution, Ready to Eat Meals, and $12 bags of ice from the few price-gouging vendors who had the balls to try and take advantage of the situation.  The news took our breath away.  Neighborhoods were gone… yes, literally gone!  Not even rubble left behind, just bare land!  If you have not seen the pictures, do a search and check out the damage.

Anyway, we were lucky to not have another Katrina disaster and the island of Galveston is struggling to come back to life as quickly as possible.  And working they are.  In fact, promoters of the Lone Star Rally are dubbing their annual event as the “Official re-opening of Galveston.”  As the Island re-builds the Lone Star Crew is doing what they can for the community that has embraced them since their first rally in 2004.  The Rally is set for the weekend of October 30th – November 2nd and there are special plans to help bring folks in and do their part to bolster the economy.  The efforts include:

A Charity Casino and Auction benefiting Ronald McDonald House.

An attempt to bring more major entertainers in for benefit concerts.

Vendors will hold Trick or Treat for the Galveston kids from 6pm-9pm on Friday.

LSR will hold a kids costume contest. The top five kids will get new bicycles.

Over 20 donation stations around the venues will be set up.

A special Rally to Rebuild logo can be added to the Official T-Shirt for a donation to the Rally to Rebuild Fund.

A telethon will be held inside the Convention Center on Saturday to raise money.

If given enough space on the Seawall, LSR will provide free space to Galveston merchants who have product to sell but no place to sell it.

 

This is all fine and good, and we applaud the LSR Team for their efforts, but what is the rally going to offer all those bikers they are hoping to attract?  Well, in past years, this rally has drawn nearly 500,000 riders to the island of Galveston.  This year there will be a special concert by the Beach Boys as well as three stages around town featuring 60 bands.  Demo fleets, deep sea fishing and dolphin tours, AMA tours and poker runs, a Halloween Costume Biker Parade and the World’s largest Leather and Lace Ball, ghost ship tours, the Lone Star Lady Riders’ Conference, as well as your usual bikes, babes, beer, and other standard rally fare.

The ArtBiker family will be there in force, taking pictures, holding wedding ceremonies, passing out free ArtBiker cards and gear, and kicking back with a cold one while watching the world go by.  If you make it, please come on up and say hello, we would love to meet with you.

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker