January Motorcycle News
New Jersey Foils Motorcyle Insurance Scam In total, 75 thefts and $500,000 of total property stolen have been attributed to actions by the criminal ring operating primarily out of Atlantic, Burlington and Mercer Counties that scouted for and boosted motorcycles and ATVs, usually from outside the homes of the owners..

According to Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Greta Gooden Brown, 16 of the charged have pleaded guilty in the case. Sentances have ranged from five years in state prison to six months in county jail. Second-degree crimes can carry penalties of up to 10 years and $150,000 in fines.

People who are concerned about insurance cheating and have information about a fraud can report it anonymously by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-877-55-FRAUD or visiting the Web site www.njinsurancefraud.org. State regulations permit an award to be paid to an eligible person who provides information that leads to an arrest, prosecution and conviction for insurance fraud.
Riding Side by Side Still Illegal in Virginia Virginia will remain one of only two states in the nation where it is illegal for motorcyclists to ride side by side in a lane. House Bill 48 aimed to make it legal for motorcyclists to ride abreast in a single lane but was defeated in a 9-9 vote by the Transportation committee during a Tuesday committee meeting.

Vermont is the only other state where riding two abreast in a lane is illegal. The penalty in Vermont is a traffic infraction. In Virginia, it is a misdemeanor carrying harsh penalties with an up to $2,500 fine and up to 12 months in jail for something that is legal in 48 other states.
Bikers a Boon to the Economy

According to Riding South magazine, as of June 2006, there were 100,974 registered motorcycles in Oklahoma.

Bikers used to be bad boys and in some cases, outright criminals. But times have changed.

Today’s biker might be a doctor, an accountant or a local pastor. And these modern groups of motorcycle enthusiasts are part of a growing financial boom in the area.

Combine Oklahoma’s numbers with those in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Missouri, Kansas and Louisiana, and that adds up to a regional motorcycle community that is more than 800,000 strong.

For many business owners, that means money. From the bikes themselves, to equipment, gas, food, clothing and lodging, the financial gain of being biker-friendly can bring big bucks.

Cardo Systems, Inc. Announced a New Bluetooth headsets for motorcycle helmets Cardo Systems, Inc., the world's market leader of Bluetooth® headsets for motorcycle helmets today announced the launch of its new scala-rider Q2® intercom enabled headset for bikers. The highly anticipated scala-rider Q2® helmet-mounted Bluetooth® headset provides safe and handsfree Bike-to-Bike communication for up to an impressive 1,600 ft. / 500 m (a) In the wake of the highly popular scala-rider® line of products, the new scala-rider Q2® now further expands the already feature-rich company offerings for bikers.
Speed in Flordia and Lose your Bike Florida - Riders charged with reckless driving or exceeding the speed limit by 50 mph could be arrested and have their bikes seized under a bill filed in the Florida House and discussed Thursday. Riders later convicted of those offenses could lose their motorcycle licenses for 10 years.

In 2006, the Florida Highway Patrol investigated 119 deaths caused by motorcycles in urban areas. That doesn't include fatal crashes investigated by local authorities. All but 10 of those deaths involved careless or reckless driving at up to three times the posted speed limits.

Members of the House's Committee on Infrastructure on Thursday decided to postpone passing the bill out of their committee, however, until they can adress concerns about the severity of the punishments in it.

Reckless motorcyclists are a problem in South Florida, but it's not the case everywhere, said Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City. It's unfair to place such strict laws on all riders when only a relatively small group in one part of the state is a problem, he said.

Members of the committee agreed to take a closer look at the legislation and to work with motorcycle groups and others on the problem of speeding and reckless driving.
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