Aug 10, 2012
All the News that Didn't Fit
Good News/Bad News
The good news is the economy is clawing back toward "normal," as first quarter 2012 US scooter and motorcycle sales are up 9%. The bad news is that we have a long way to go to get back to pre-depression sales. 2007 two-wheel vehicle sales were around 950,000 units and 2011 sales were at 441,000 on and off-road units.
Hoka Hey Payoff
The Harley long distance event continues to provide entertainment as the 2010 and 2011 "winner," William Barclay filed a suit against Hoka Hey organizers Jim and Beth Durham and "the Medecine Show Land Trust.” The Durhams "disqualified" all 11 2011 finishers from receiving the $250,000 cash and $40,000 motorcycle first prize. Barclay is asking for $5.29 million in damages, plus attorney fees and court costs. The 2009 and 2010 payoff was just as messed up, so this is nothing new for the Durhams. The 2012 Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge is supposed to start on August 5. How many suckers will line up for a pie-in-the-sky this year? For that matter, Barclay is probably trying to get blood out of turnips.
Arrested for "Obstruction of Revenue"
Natalie Plummer, a Houston Texas bicyclist, fed up with her city's less-that-subtle revenue generating tactics (read "new taxes"), scrawled "Speed Trap" on a paper bag to warn fellow citizens of a road hazard ahead. The Houston cops threw a tantrum, forcibly searched her backpack, arrested her on a trumped up "felony obstructing justice" charge. Since that was clearly bogus, she was eventually charged with 'walking on the roadway" after being jailed for 12 hours. It's impressive that the Houston cops have solved all of the city's real crimes and have so much time on their hands for stuff like this.