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For the past couple of weeks I have been talking to a news producer over at CBS News and KCAL 9 news about my being interviewed and doing some action shots on my motorcycle.
The gist of the story involves my crashing into road debris which you can read about by clicking here now.
I will write more about the story after it airs. The purpose of this write up is to just talk about the process of being interviewed and being filmed on my motorcycle.
I rode my motorcycle to my offices on June 27, 2013. I was interviewed by the producer and filmed by the cameraman in the parking lot next to my motorcycle. After the interview, they wanted some action shots of me riding my motorcycle.
The video below shows me on my motorcycle while being filmed by the news crew cameraman. The producer was driving the van. You will see the van on the left of me filming me with a handheld pole mounted GoPro Camera. I have my own GoPro Hero 3 HD camera mounted on my helmet.
In the video you will see me pointing to debris on the medium and in lanes.
Unfortunately, YouTube degrades the quality of the footage which is much better than what they post after compression.
The below video is a good point of view perspective where you get to ride along with me on my Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic.
I have been on an RV trip of a lifetime for the past month. I am presently in an RV Resort at the Jersey City Marina with a view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from my RV.
During the trip I have filmed hours of video which I will not be able to edit until I get home. I therefore have been spoon feeding here on the Biker Law Blog, small unedited raw video clips of interest when I have the time.
Here is another small video clip of Liz and I visiting Orange County Chopper aka OCC in Newburgh, NY on August 13, 2012. I will do a complete write-up when I return home from my vacation at the end of August.
I have a ton of video and pictures that will be posted of my around the USA trip that started on July 18, 2012 and still continues. Unfortunatlly my laptop is unable to process the vast quantities of HD video I have taken so until I get back home, I will post small raw video clips of my trip.
Here is a video I took of Times Square this evening. The clouds opened up and it started pouring. I bought Liz and I an umbrealla right away since our other umbrella’s were in the RV.
Suffice is to say, Liz and I owned Times Square for about 5 minutes until the rain let up, then the crowds came back in force. Here is a little raw video clip.
I am presently on vacation and in New York City. I thought I would give you a little glimpse of how busy their subways are. I took this short video while traveling from Manhattan 33rd Street Station to the Grove Street Station in Jersey City where my RV park is on August 16, 2012. Enjoy……
I wrote an article before this one about my visit to the Gettysburg Battlefield on August 7, 2012. Here is a raw unedited portion of video I shot at the Bloody Angle. I will post more video as I am able to process it.
On Tuesday, August 7, 2012, Liz and I rode from College Park, Maryland to the Gettysburg Battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
To put what this ride meant to me into perspective, when I was a teenager, I read the Civil War Almanac. I have been an amateur civil war buff ever since. To me the Battle of Gettysburg signifies the point where the South lost the war.
If you read the historical as well as firsthand accounts of those who fought the battle you will come to realize that this battle, the bloodiest in American history with over 50,000 casualties in 3 days, was a great and horrific event in American history.
Now I can say that I walked the ground where all of the great fighting took place between July 1 – July 3, 1863.
I walked Little Round Top, Big Round Top, The Peach Orchard, Devils Den, Slaughter Pen, The Wheat Field, Cemetery Ridge, Culp’s Hill, The Bloody Angle, The High Watermark, the Place where Pickett’s Charge began, and the field not only where Pickett’s Charge happened, but also the ground beyond the breastworks at the Bloody Angle where the Southerners advanced toward certain death. I stood where General Armistead fell, and where General Reynolds fell.
I now know the ground of Gettysburg. When I stood at the Bloody Angle I could look at the field and imagine what the bloody and vicious hand to hand combat between Americans must have been like.
The ride from College Park, MA to Gettysburg, PA was to be frank, a nightmare on the Maryland side. Let me tell you, I have been around half of the circumference of the United States now. We have seen road construction going on in every single state. I suppose those are our stimulus dollars in action, I do not know. What I do know is so far, Floridians, and Marylanders are the worst drivers I have seen for motorcyclist so far in my travels.
Maryland drivers are by far the most aggressive drivers I have ever seen. Where there was a speed limit of 55 due to construction, these idiots were doing 70 and passing me half way in my lane. I can honestly say that after riding my Harley Davidson Electra Glide thousands of miles with no fear, I felt fear on Tuesday. It was almost as if the cagers in Maryland did not see me, it was if I was invisible. If was a ride of terror on the Maryland side. The Pennsylvania side was great except on the way to Confederate Blvd. a Doe (female Deer) ran out in front of us about 50 yards ahead, then on the way back, a young Deer ran out in front of us as well. I will tell a Deer story in a future article.
I highly recommend that if anyone wants to tour the Gettysburg Battlefield that you only do it on a motorcycle. We owned the battlefield on Tuesday. In many places, Liz and I were the only ones there. Imagine being at a historic part of the battlefield with no one there with you to interfere. On the motorcycle, we could stop at will and park at will.
Unfortunatly it appears I will not be able to post any video while on the road. My laptop cannot handle the huge HD video I took at the battlefiled, and the unedited file takes too long to upload to Youtube. Therefore I will not upload any video until I get back
This year Liz and I have ridden to motorcycle rallies all over the western United States. You can read my many reviews about these rallies here on the Biker Law Blog.
The key word that you will notice in the previous paragraph is “ridden.” I have never caged and/or trailered a motorcycle to a motorcycle rally. I always ride, and I will continue to do so long as god lets me.
The reason I mention this is that when you watch the video below taken by me at the rally, you will hear me confronting bottom feeder so-called biker attorney’s representatives at these rallies. Don’t worry, I will write a complete article on this subject coming up.
So let’s talk about the Palm Springs American Heat 2011 Motorcycle Rally.
Palm Springs is approximately 125 miles from my house plus or minus a few miles one way.
I really wanted to attend this rally because I am going to have what I am told is an extremely painful surgery that I have been putting off on October 28, 2011. The surgery and the recovery therefrom will take me off work, and put me out of the saddle from what I am told, for at least a month.
Further, this motorcycle rally marks the last major motorcycle rally on the west coast for the season.
The last time I went to this rally, I actually laid my motorcycle down to avoid a careless motorcycle rider who turned directly in front of my while I was leading a pack of motorcycles. The result was minor injuries to me and my motorcycle. It would have been much worse had I t-boned the idiot that pulled in front of me. Further, right after the accident, I lost my ATM card at a gas station, and when I called my bank to report it, I was informed that my account had been cleaned out. This is a whole other story. I was basically stuck in Palm Springs with just the money in my pocket. The experience kind of ruined the rally for me the last time I was there.
This year was much better.
I was actually going to ride to the rally by myself this year, however, due to Liz being able to find someone to care for our dogs and puppies; I was able to take her with me. We will give away the pups in the next few days so we will not have to worry about this issue anymore.
The ride to the rally took about 2 hours, and it was a real good ride. The weather was basically in the mid 90’s the entire time. Eat your heart out, mid 90’s in the middle of October, which is warm this time of year, even for Southern California.
The new Harley Davidson I have has a built in intercom, with the speakers and microphone setup mounted in our modular helmets. It is really cool being able to listen to tunes clearly while on the road, plus have a conversation with Liz while riding.
However, we still like to be quite most of the time while we ride, it is just habit.
We pulled into Palm Springs in the afternoon at around 2pm. It was about 100 degrees out and hot. We decided to cruise the strip before we got something to eat.
The strip was full of the roar of motorcycles, and of course many motorcycles. I have been to hundreds of motorcycle rallies, but I always get excited when I see this many motorcycles and hear the roar. For me it is addicting.
They had the main drag blocked off for pedestrians and vendors. We cruised around once, and then decided to hit Denny’s to get some chow before we came back to the rally location.
After lunch we rode to the rally location on the main drag. You can see from my video below courtesy of my GoPro helmet cam, the ride from the Denny’s to almost the rally location. Due to my not having fully charged batteries on the GoPro cam, I was only able to get a little bit of video from the Denny’s to the main rally location. However, the rest of the video with my hand held HD camera shows the main drag.
Once we got to the rally location, some guy with a custom and what must have been a 400 tire on the rear of his motorcycle, asked me about my GoPro cam, we had a short conversation, and then Liz and I did our thing.
Most motorcycle rallies at least to me, have basically become shopping malls with mostly girly type of jewelry and other stuff. Palm Springs is probably worst of all because it appeared that the local merchants were out with totally non related biker stuff, also selling their wares. I can understand it.
We had a good time walking the main strip looking at merchandise, and buying some merchandise, listening to the band, the stunt entertainment, and looking at all of the people.
We did not leave until dark. It seemed to me that it kind of got real weird after dark. There were a lot of cops at the rally, and they seemed to me to be more aggressive and more visible when it got dark. They were doing some pull overs and they were all over the place.
Hell I am an attorney and a law abiding citizen and to be frank, I felt real uncomfortable with what I saw going on at night.
Liz and I decided to head over to the Morongo Casino to try our luck. She lost around 300 bucks, I won around 200 bucks, and then we called it a night.
The next day, we did our traditional Joshua Tree – Pioneer Town run, and then rode home.
All in all I enjoyed the Palm Springs motorcycle rally. To be frank it was better than Reno and Las Vegas combined this year. I just enjoyed it more for some reason.
Now for me the 2011 motorcycle rally season is pretty much over since I am having the surgery on 10/28/11, and will be out for a month.
I am going to try to get a ride in this weekend, because the surgery is next Friday. Fun fun fun.
Check out the video of the Palm Springs American Heat Rally 2011 I shot below. Tell me if there is a problem with the audio. The master tape has no problem with the audio but it seems like YouTube may be screwing up the audio.
Liz and I decided to ride to the Las Vegas Bikerfest biker rally last weekend. We rode to the rally on September 30, 2011 through October 2, 2011.
Below you can see 1 ½ hours of video I shot at the Las Vegas Bikerfest. Lots of interesting sites in the video.
We took off for the rally on Friday evening, September 30, 2011. We had a great ride to Las Vegas except for a few minor rain showers on the way.
The weather was warm and balmy all the way to Las Vegas.
We have gone to this biker rally before, and it was packed, so this is kind of what we were expecting when we got there.
We arrived at our hotel, The Palace Station at approximately 2am or so. The hotel was kind of dead when we arrived and notwithstanding the fact that we stayed off strip; I was really surprised to only see a few motorcycles parked at the hotel.
We gambled for a couple of hours and then hit the sack so we could get an early start for Saturday’s festivities.
We woke up on Saturday, grabbed some excellent buffet food from the Palace Station, and proceeded to head to Vendor Village at the Cashman Center.
We had to pay $15.00 bucks a piece just to get in to see the vendors, because we did not pre-register for the event on the internet. I must say that I did try pre-registering for the event on the internet like I have done in past years, but for some inexplicable reason, they cut off pre-registration a few days before the event which makes no sense. Anyway……
I do not understand why we had to pay $15.00 a piece to see vendors who then charge you for what they are selling. At events like Laughlin and Reno, and other events all over the nation, the vendors are set up in a public place and there is no charge to basically shop the vendors.
One thing we noticed was the vendor village was basically dead compared to the other biker events we have gone to this year. I am not sure why the event did not seem to be as crowded this year. Don’t get me wrong there were people there, just not as many as I have seen in past years.
I found a leather vendor who offered me a distressed heavy brown leather motorcycle jacket that I have seen in the biker stores before for around $400, for $60.00. The motorcycle jacket has all of the bells and whistles, armor in the elbows, vents, zip liner, etc. Although I already have a bunch of jackets, I could not resist. I pulled the trigger for $60.00.
I also scored some bandanas which I do not need, and a few other things.
We walked around inside and out, looked at the cool motorcycles in the Artistry in Iron exhibit, listened to the band outside, and then decided to split.
We went to downtown where all of the Saturday night events at the rally usually happen. There were lots of bikes, but again, not as many as in past years.
Downtown was very busy as you can see in the video, however, I remember in past years where you could barely walk through the crowd.
Downtown was a trip. They had a Led Zeppelin and AC/DC tribute bank going, along with another tribute band playing 80’s glam rock.
Check out the video, it gives you a good idea what downtown was like.
There was a very heavy police presence at the event.
We walked around, listened to the bands, had a good time, and then split at around 2am to go back to the hotel.
The next day we went to a Las Vegas Biker shop that has the largest selection of leather items supposedly on the west coast. I picked up a few things there, and then we got on the road. Most biker rallies empty quickly on the last day.
We had a good time at the rally as usual, and a good ride home.
Next we have Palm Springs American Heat biker rally in two weeks………..
I just saw this video of a motorcycle police officer running his Harley Davidson Electra Glide Police model through an obstacle course and it completely blew me away.
I have seen many skilled riders in my years of riding. Hell I can even do a pretty tight circle in a small area on my motorcycle, but check this guy out in the video. His skill on a motorcycle speaks for itself.
I only wish that I can attain that level of skill on such a big motorcycle.
My buddy Slider, his old lady, and my old lady and I rode through the recently reopened Angeles Crest Highway yesterday on June 19, 2011, a day before my 48th birthday. You can see a video of it below.
We met at the Shell station located at the base of the crest at around 1:00pm. There were a bunch of HOGS there waiting to go up the hill. We went and got a quick bite to eat, and then we rode up as well.
You can see from the video below taken with my GoPro helmet camera that they re-paved a good chunk of the Angeles Crest Highway.
YouTube has recently upgraded my account so that I can post videos greater than 10 minutes. The video below shows the full 27 minutes of the ride from the first visitor station all the way to Newcomb’s Ranch.
Unfortunately due to my hitting the wrong button, I did not get the second half of the ride.
Most people only go up to Newcomb’s Ranch and then turn around and go back down the hill. We ended up riding all the way to the Mohave Desert down through the back route. It was a long great ride.
I have written about Sport Motorcycle Riders raising hell on public streets on the Biker Law Blog many times in the past.
Here is a link to a story and videos, I wrote and posted almost 4 years ago showing this type of activity on a freeway; click here now.
Below is a video of a freeway closing by sport motorcycle riders in Texas this past weekend.
I know I am going to get the usual “Yea I am a badass sport bike rider so screw off” messages from certain sport bike riders who read the Biker Law Blog, but the real fact of the matter is that idiots doing stuff like this on public freeways will only bring down heat on everyone riding a sport motorcycle, even the poor bastard who may have just bought an inexpensive motorcycle to ride to work on.
I know the idiots doing these things think it is cool to raise hell like this and then post the videos on Youtube and the like, but in the end no good can come out of it.
You can watch the video below and see for yourself. The video comes from a news channel in Texas, and a short commercial will appear before the video appears.
You tell me if you think the non riding civilian public will tolerate this kind of thing and if you think it will bring down heat on all bikers.
As I type this I am getting ready to go to Las Vegas on a business trip, but I could not leave without sending out my prayers and condolences to the people of the great State of Alabama, and 4 other states who have suffered severe and extreme weather over the past couple of days.
Over 150 tornado’s have struck over the last couple of days.
As of the writing of this article, approximately 290 people are confirmed dead across 5 states, with more sure to follow, and about 350,000 people are without electricity.
These are fellow Americans, and they are suffering.
I am calling on everyone who reads this to donate funds to the Tornado Relief Effort that is being put on by the American Red Cross.
You can donate funds online by clicking here, by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or send a text to REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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