Wednesday, October 23, 2013

So What Really Sparked SUV vs Biker Attack?

Everyone's heard of it, many have seen the videos, but what really started the melee on September 29th, 2013, between the "thug bikers," and the "innocent" driver of the Range Rover? What led up to the biker with the camera turning it on?

What you don't see in many news articles is that the "victim" of the incident allegedly threw a water bottle out of his opened sun roof at the bikers, CBS news reported on October 10th.

It's also not widely known that the driver of the Range Rover ran over and injured riders, one severely, and tried to flee the scene. Video shows it was then that the bikers surrounded the Range Rover, apparently in the attempt to keep him from taking off.

In the biker group there were at least three NYPD police officers as well. How many people know that? Not many. Public consensus seems to be that a thug gang of bikers attacked and beat an innocent man.

Alexian Lien, the man in the Range Rover, allegedly started what led to being covered in the national news portraying him as the victim. While millions of people have seen what happened to Alexian Lien, very few seem to have seen what happened to the severely injured biker Lien ran over and left on the road. Family members say the injured biker suffered two broken legs, spinal injuries and is perhaps paralyzed,

 "Lien's injuries included two black eyes, multiple cuts to his face that required stitches, and injuries to his hands, back and right shoulder, according to criminal complaint."  Lien was treated and released immediately, while his crime may have left a biker permanently debilitated.

While, in my opinion, some of the bikers, including at least one police officer were clearly out of control and engaged in criminal behavior, so did Alexian Lien. Yet what we mostly hear is that Lien was the only victim, it's simply not true.

Not all bikers engage in road rage, or criminal behavior, just as not all drivers of cars do. but, guys, look at all the facts before jumping to conclusions. Do your own research, don't be fed by what you hear and your ignorance, not only of this incident, but of all situations.

Not all bikers are "gang" members, not all drivers engage in hit and run.

We, as a society, need to stop stereotyping. Usually, we don't know the entire truth. 

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Monday, October 7, 2013

To A Rider, It's Natural

Today I was on the highway, in my car, on the way to meet up with a friend. 

A guy in the lane over was on a bike, he looked over his left shoulder, turned on his signal, signaled with his arm, and moved in front of me.

Being a rider I backed off, until I noticed there were cars all around him not paying an ounce of attention. So, as bikers do, I moved up a bit to "protect" his space.

On a bike, riders know to protect the space between them and other bikes, so careless drivers don't  move over into the middle of us, plus, the more bikes, the easier it is to be seen.

Cars were attempting to get between his bike and my car, and I guess I went into rider mode and moved up so they wouldn't zoom through without a notion as to what the danger would be to either of them.

I could have backed off and let them through, but, there was no place for them to go. They would have been inches from the rear of his bike, not so good. Should he have had to make a sudden stop for debris, or whatever, those cars would have been literally on top of him. 

I just thought it was strange that, being a rider, you notice things like that. No one else would even give it a thought, they certainly didn't today.

Be aware of your surroundings. Watch out for everyone. Before you attempt to squeeze in between a bike and a car, look, see if there's room, or if there's a place for you to go, or if you're only going be the one that kills a rider or yourself because of some unforeseen event.

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Harley Girl Not Happy!

It was amazingly beautiful here in Oregon today. There wasn't a cloud in the sky, it was warm and no wind, a perfect day to ride.

However, this girl couldn't ride and was pretty bummed all day. I fell down the stairs a couple of days ago and was pretty badly injured. There was no way I could have held my bike up, and with pain meds and all, was not even going to chance it. So my Harley Heritage Softail sat alone in the garage, I SO know she wanted to go out too, I could hear her whining a bit.

We don't get a lot of great days like today in October up here in the Pacific Northwest, so I did what I do best when I can't ride, I pouted. Then looked at my Harley and pouted some more.

Hopefully the weather will hold, I will mend and be out there again before weather here gets ugly.

Until then, I'll look at my bike and work on my "to do " list for the awesome Foundation that had the, courage maybe, to ask me to be their Social Media Coordinator, Motorcycle Travel America Foundation.

You guys should all join! Help us get out membership up so we can get the attention of sponsors, and sponsors love numbers! So many people can be helped through this Foundation. Click here, go to the join link and use the referral code Biker Babe or Diva. Easy!

I don't get money or anything, just big smiles, and chances to walk around in my stuff, ya know?
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Help Us Get A Grant!

Look what Motorcycle Travel America achieved! 

We have the opportunity to receive a grant to get us started on our way to helping riders in crisis. 

Click on and vote for the MTAF and spread the word. 

We can make a difference but only with the support of the people of the riding community and opportunities like this. Help us support, educate and inform. Pass it along and lets get this!

Please VOTE here 
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