Biker Lifestyle Magazine https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com The Place for everything Biker Lifestyle, Motorcycle Reviews, Motorcycle Manufacture News Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:53:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.44/xnv.bce.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/cropped-imageedit_4_9100738418-150x150.png Biker Lifestyle Magazine https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com 32 32 169220627 Ohio Patriot Bikers and Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club come together to offer Vietnam vet one last ride https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/ohio-patriot-bikers-and-punishers-law-enforcement-motorcycle-club-come-together-to-offer-vietnam-vet-one-last-ride/ https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/ohio-patriot-bikers-and-punishers-law-enforcement-motorcycle-club-come-together-to-offer-vietnam-vet-one-last-ride/#respond Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:53:19 +0000 https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/?p=903 Motorcyclesby: Danielle Avitable COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A local Vietnam veteran had one last wish while in hospice care, and that was to ride a motorcycle one more time. On Sunday,…

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by: Danielle Avitable

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A local Vietnam veteran had one last wish while in hospice care, and that was to ride a motorcycle one more time.

On Sunday, a group of riders made his dream possible.

Vietnam veteran Roger L. Smith was wheeled out of the house, surrounded by loved ones and riders.

“I said I want to get on a bike at least one time before I die,” said Smith.

And that’s what he got.

“He requested a last ride and, for us, it’s veterans helping veterans,” said Steve Murray of Combat Veterans Motorcycle Club.

In addition to Combat Veteran, other groups taking part in the ride included Ohio Patriot Bikers and Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.

Smith’s health has been declining over the last three weeks.

“He started having issues with Agent Orange affecting his lungs. His lungs are crystalizing. He can’t breathe that well,” said one friend.

Prior to his health issues, friends said he used to solely drive a motorcycle to work, but before Sunday, he hasn’t been on a bike in two years.

“I feel like I lost a part of myself,” Smith said. “I haven’t been on a bike in a couple years because of my lungs. I’m dying from inside out. I had to do this for me.”

Before the group took off, everyone gathered around Smith for a prayer. “We give you thanks for these veterans as they make his wish come true.”

More than two dozen rider then hopped on their bikes, and engines started roaring before they took off for one last ride.

“I kept pulling up beside him and he kept putting his thumbs up,” said Murray. “He was so happy. He was so happy it made my day.”

Murray added a ride like Smith’s is a demonstration of unity not only among veterans, but also motorcycle clubs.

“I think everyone was here for the same purpose and he was the purpose,” said one rider. “That’s pretty much what we do. We stick together and support each other.”

As the group pulled back into the driveway, Smith had a big smile on his face and gave everyone a thumbs up. However, the other riders were also thanking him for this ride.

“It’s truly an honor to do this and we do a lot of rides for charities and events, but when you can do this for a veteran who requested one final ride, it’s a great feeling,” Murray said.

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Harley-Davidson bikes could soon get a big price-cut! Here’s when and how https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/harley-davidson-bikes-could-soon-get-a-big-price-cut-heres-when-and-how/ https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/harley-davidson-bikes-could-soon-get-a-big-price-cut-heres-when-and-how/#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2020 20:10:50 +0000 https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/?p=901 Harley Davidson Motorcycle CompanyExpress Drives Desk If the proposal comes into effect, high-displacement CBU motorcycles from other manufacturers like Honda and Indian Motorcycle falling under the specified tariff classification would also benefit from…

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If the proposal comes into effect, high-displacement CBU motorcycles from other manufacturers like Honda and Indian Motorcycle falling under the specified tariff classification would also benefit from it.

You now have another reason to get serious about saving up for your next big bike as there could be a price drop in effect soon. According to a Bloomberg report, India has agreed to cut import duties for Harley-Davidson motorcycles by creating a separate tariff classification for them. The proposal is a part of the ongoing trade talks with the US. Currently, the import duty on such completely built-up (CBU) units is 50 percent which was previously brought down from 100 percent and is now expected to be further lowered significantly which would bring about a dramatic price drop in high-displacement CBU motorcycles.

If the proposal comes into effect, high-displacement CBU motorcycles from other manufacturers like Honda and Indian Motorcycle falling under the specified tariff classification would also benefit from it. The government could later consider lowering import duty on smaller displacement CBU bikes which would benefit the middle-weight class as well.

The Bloomberg report further states that even as talks are on between the two nations to have some sort of a deal on the table ahead of Trump’s state visit on 24-25 February, there is no clarity yet on when a final agreement will be ready. Work is still underway on the finer details, which aim to resolve long-pending issues on both sides.

In related news, Harley-Davidson working on a smaller 350cc engine that would help it enter the market currently dominated by the likes of Royal Enfield in India. Internally called HD338, the motorcycle will debut in China in June this year followed by a launch in India and other South Asian countries by end-2020 or early next year.

Also read: 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Bob Review: Strong presence, impressive performance

The HD338 is being built under the collaboration of Harley-Davidson and its Chinese partner Qianjiang. It is expected to get a parallel-twin engine and frame from Benelli which is a subsidiary of Qianjiang in China.

Expect a Harley-Davidson roadster with a hint of Benelli in the design. The specific timeline has yet to be confirmed for but following its launch in China, H-D India could launch it here by late 2020 or early 2021. Currently, the most affordable Harley in India is the Street 750 which retails at Rs 5.34 lakh (ex-showroom). The new HD350 will be more affordable considerably at about Rs 3-3.5 lakh.

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Something sportier this way comes?

Harley-Davidson is starting to mix things up. After finally acknowledging that it was in dire need of a branding overhaul, the company started making bolder decisions—not actually bold, just bolder by Harley’s standards. Among other things, we’re expecting the company’s first adventure and streetfighter motorcycles to show up later in 2020 which at least shows a will to do things a little differently. There are also rumors of other, more daring projects in the works in Milwaukee and a faired sportbike seems to be on the list. What would that look like? Thanks to a Japanese graphic artist, we now have an idea.  

The guys at Young Machine have worked their magic once again and shared their vision of what they think a future Harley sportbike would look like. While the design looks pretty “out there” for a Harley, it isn’t actually all that farfetched. 

For instance, the bubble fairing isn’t just a creative liberty the artist took. Back in October 2019, we found a Bar and Shield patent studying a sportbike fairing design similar to the one in the Japanese render. Patents come and go and in a lot of cases, the designs don’t make it to production but considering Harley is trying to reinvent itself, chances are we might see the design come to life. 

Not only that but Young Machine’s design is also pretty close to a render we spotted in a Harley promotional video that seemingly illustrates what the new Bronx would look like with a fairing. Both the Japanese and the American renders share similar features with the rounded fairing, of course, the high-set “braided” dual exhaust, and the upswept tail end silhouette. 

As surprising as it may sound to some of you, it would also not be Harley’s first stint in the wonderful world of fully-faired sportbikes. In the late 80s, the company came up with a little something called the VR1000. While the Superbike-inspired model never made it in the showrooms, it is still an interesting chapter in Harley’s history book. 

At the moment the company seems focused on growing its presence on the Asian market and on expanding its electric lineup so we might not see a sportbike anytime soon. The company is notorious for taking a long time to develop its projects so it will probably be a little while. That being said, I’m completely on board if that sportbike ever makes it to production. 

Source: Young Machine

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A Florida man was arrested Tuesday after authorities stopped him from riding a motorcycle with a toddler between his legs.

Gerardo Javier Garcia, 27-years old and of Tampa, was arrested Tuesday and taken to Pinellas County Jail, where he faces several charges including driving without a license, fleeing from authorities and child neglect, according to Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has also placed a hold on him, PCSO records show.

Clearwater Police received several calls about Garcia driving his motorcycle shirtless with a a toddler between his legs 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to a report by the Tampa Bay Times.

An officer located Garcia and attempted to pull him over, but Garcia fled at a high rate of speed, according to the Times.

The officer relinquished the chase for fear of putting the child in danger. Officers remained observant of Garcia who continued to drive recklessly through the city.

Officers eventually put a stop to Garcia, who told them he fled because he didn’t have a driver’s license.

The relationship between the child and Garcia was not disclosed.

Garcia has a bond of $15,250.

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — No parent wants to hear their child has been bullied at school, and a local motorcycle group is taking a stand against this issue.

Bryan Gomez with the Calaveras Motorcycle Club said many lives can be affected by bullying.

Gomez was made aware of a recent incident at Martin Middle School and said enough was enough.

A local student claims he’s been bullied at the school, so Gomez along with about 40 other bikers went to the campus and waited for the student and escorted him home safely.

“For me, these parents here — the kids that are getting bullied — these parents are on their own,” he said. “They got their mom and their dad, some of them are single parents, some just have their mom or their dad. They’re fighting this alone. My organization has over 1,000 members, so you know what my message to the district: If you don’t want 80 bikes sitting in the front of your school every Friday or every day, then you guys need to do something about it.”

The group said its questions about protecting students from bullying were not answered by school administration.

They also encourage other parents to help raise awareness.

Our Action 10 News team did reach out to school administration along with the Corpus Christi Independent School District.

We have not heard a response.

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Harley-Davidson: The Pain Continues https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/harley-davidson-the-pain-continues/ https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/harley-davidson-the-pain-continues/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2020 02:34:00 +0000 https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/?p=890 Harley DavidsonSummary In July, we got cautious and said to avoid the name on the uncertainty in this space. Sales are falling in every region except Asia-Pacific. Revenue and EPS declines…

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Summary

In July, we got cautious and said to avoid the name on the uncertainty in this space.

Sales are falling in every region except Asia-Pacific.

Revenue and EPS declines have justified multiple contraction.

Margins remain under pressure but could improve if the company’s plan for accelerated growth works.

Very shareholder-friendly.

Prepared by Stephanie, Junior Analyst at BAD BEAT Investing

We have been once again asked about our opinion on Harley-Davidson, Inc. (HOG), and as such we decided to have another look with an open mind. The name fell to $30 a share following our July call to avoid the name on the uncertainty. That said, HOG began a rally in the fall that was capped by a somewhat positive earnings report, in which shares rallied to $40. Since then we have remained mildly bearish, and shares are down about 15%. Shares have continued to slowly move sideways to down.

The bottom line is that less people are riding these days, and tariffs that remain have caused pain. Sales pressure remains a weakness and a primary reason we have been moderately bearish. Even with buybacks and a good dividend, we just do not want to park our money here, as we have watched earnings per share decline. In this column, we take another look at sales trends, where we see positives, and offer our thoughts on what to do at $34 a share going forward.

Revenue declines continue

As we mentioned in the opening, revenues have faced pressure. Unfortunately, these sales pressures continue. The last few Q4 sales results show this pretty clearly overall:

This is simply a poor trend. You see, as seasoned traders and experienced investors, we will tell you that it is still key to realize management forecasted declines. So, we were also expecting a sales decline, and we are not surprised by the result. But we will tell you, declining sales can be tolerated if the company is more profitable. However, that is also weak. While we will discuss earnings power in a moment, the declining sales are tough to invest in. It seems that the sales pressure continues quarter after quarter and continues the weakness that began way back in 2016. Overall sales dropped another 8.5% year over year, from $955 million to $874 million. This was actually way below our expectations for $900-920 million. Total revenues were $1.07 billion down from $1.15 billion. And our projections were conservative relative to consensus, the latter which was missed by $54 million.

Discussing sales

Obviously, Harley sells motorcycles, but it also makes money from associated parts, as well as accessories. It does some work in financial services. Motorcycle sales are a key driver of course. Trends in the U.S. have been weak for years despite the economy being so strong for so long. That is a major problem. Harley is working hard to bring youth into riding. The main question you need to ask is “what could happen in a recession”? This question is a chief concern all investors should have because sales have struggled in economic good times. Ouch. As we suspected, volumes were down again. We saw another 1.4% decline in motorcycle sales volume. This led to a 9.7% hit in revenues from motorcycle sales. We will point out, however, that these volumes were a touch better than we expected (a decline of 2% or more was our expectation), so that was a piece of good news.

So, with volumes down, the company can make it back by upping its pricing. The pricing power certainly helped offset declines, but the bottom line is that far less units were hitting the roads, continuing a long run lower. Revenue from motorcycles fell to $666 million compared to revenue of $738 million last year. This is down 15% in just two years. Of course, actual shipments were also down. The company shipped 40,454 motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide during the quarter, compared to shipments of 43,489 last year and over 45,000 motorcycles in Q4 2017.

Ouch. This is a painful trend. There was a total 6.4% decline in shipments this year in 2019. With all the declines, we still have prevalent concerns over retailers’ ability to sell these delivered bikes to consumers. This is serious cause for investor concern. The pain was also felt more in the U.S. and EMEA, with sales down 3.1% and 2.3%, respectively. The bottom line here is that the company must find a way to improve sales. Some of this was offset by international growth. Asia-Pacific saw a huge boost of 6.2%. A nice takeaway was strength internationally, overall, as total international sales of motorcycles were up 0.5% in the quarter. However, in 2019 overall sales fell everywhere, except for Asia-Pacific.

There are other sources of revenues. Sales of parts and accessories came in at $129 million during the quarter, down from $142 million. With lower retail sales of motorcycles, this trend makes sense. General merchandise also fell 2.2% to $57 million, from $58 million. Finally, we will add that financial services were up 4.2%, with revenues of $198 million, which is better than expected considering the sharp decline in motorcycle sales. These results overall combined for sales that were far less than expected. Now, we turn to earnings.

Expenses still weigh

Harley has been in the middle of a manufacturing optimization initiative to help control expenses and improve margins going forward. However, coupled with lower shipments, both gross margins and operating margins took a hit. This is also a major problem. Gross margin was pressured down to 25.2%, down from 27.6% last year. Coupled with restructuring costs, operating margin was -5.3%. There is just not much to love. There, and it all led to net income of $13.5 million or $0.20 per share. This was up from $0.17 a year ago, a slight positive. However, the annual numbers are alarming. Annual EPS contracted to $3.36 from $3.78 a year ago. This earnings reduction, while anticipated, still is painful to see on paper, and comes despite big share repurchases.

Those holding are being paid

Harley-Davidson has been boosted by share repurchases helping boost shareholder value. The company bought back $287 million worth of stock this year, and it retired 8.2 million shares. We expect continued share repurchases and future authorizations. Right now, there are 8.2 million shares available to be repurchased under the current authorization. Finally, the company is paying $0.375 quarterly, which is a 4.4% yield on today’s share price. That is attractive for income purposes, as investors are paid to wait. Still, things need to improve.

Looking ahead

Looking to the next decade, we have to face facts. Loyal, repeat, long-time customers cannot keep the company going. Harley-Davidson has had to be innovative to attract new riders. It is doing this by expanding globally and diversifying into electric motorcycles. The company is also working diligently to market its brand to millennial consumers. We think this progress will be key to whether the stock moves one way or the other. Right now, we see it stuck in the high $30s at best without confirmation of changing trends/improvements.

In 2020, motorcycles segment revenue is expected to be $4.53 to $4.66 billion. In the first quarter, the company expects Motorcycles segment revenue of approximately $1.09 to $1.17 billion. Motorcycles segment operating margin as a percent of revenue should be 7-8%. Longer term, the “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” is the company’s accelerated plan for growth that aims to deliver sustainable growth and build committed riders from 2018 through 2022. The company is focusing investment and building new capabilities to build new committed customers. This includes new products, broader access, stronger dealers and amplifying the brand as catalysts to ignite and sustain momentum and deliver growth. It remains to be seen on the volume front however.

Our take

We see value here and a nice dividend, but not enough to justify committing new capital. We need a confirmed trend reversal, or even a bending of the curve, to get some bullish momentum. We would avoid the name right now.

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PD: Man celebrates sobriety by getting drunk, stealing motorcycle in Mesa https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/pd-man-celebrates-sobriety-by-getting-drunk-stealing-motorcycle-in-mesa/ https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/pd-man-celebrates-sobriety-by-getting-drunk-stealing-motorcycle-in-mesa/#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:20:27 +0000 https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/?p=887 MotorcyclesDavid Baker MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – A Peoria man is facing a felony charge after police said he stole a motorcycle from a Mesa dealership while drunk. Jackson Brady Hanley,…

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – A Peoria man is facing a felony charge after police said he stole a motorcycle from a Mesa dealership while drunk.

Jackson Brady Hanley, Jr. rode his bicycle to Kelly’s Kawasaki on Country Club Drive near Eighth Avenue, which is just north of Southern Avenue, in the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 11. According to court documents, the 29-year-old grabbed a Kawasaki motorcycle and pushed it down the street. A customer saw this and told an employee, who then called the police. Officers found Hanley resting on a fence in the area of 10th Avenue and Drew Street, which is nearly a mile away. The motorcycle was tipped over but still upright, according to court paperwork.

Police said Hanley admitted to stealing the bicycle because he was celebrating four months of sobriety. Hanley said he was going to walk the motorcycle back to his house and start it there. He was also confessed to being drunk off of Moscato and vodka. Because of the way the motorcycle was leaning against the asphalt, it caused about $3,500 worth of damage to the exhaust.

Hanley was booked into jail and charged with one count of theft of means of transportation, a class 3 felony.

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Hundreds of bikers escort replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial through Southwest Florida https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/hundreds-of-bikers-escort-replica-of-vietnam-veterans-memorial-through-southwest-florida/ https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/hundreds-of-bikers-escort-replica-of-vietnam-veterans-memorial-through-southwest-florida/#respond Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:43:36 +0000 https://bikerlifestylemagazine.com/?p=884 Vietnam Vets BikersOmar Rodríguez Ortiz, Over 500 bikers escorted a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall from Fort Myers to Marco Island on Tuesday. The Wall That Heals honors more…

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Omar Rodríguez Ortiz,

Over 500 bikers escorted a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall from Fort Myers to Marco Island on Tuesday.

The Wall That Heals honors more than 3 million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the 58,276 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Marco Island is the wall’s first stop of its 25th season and the only stop it will make in Florida.

Roger Spies, a Vietnam War veteran, was one of the first bikers to arrive at the Interstate 75 rest stop by exit 131 to escort the wall on his Harley Davidson Road King.

“Particularly in ‘Nam we had more POWs missing in action than in WWII and Korea,” Spies said. “This represents what they were and what they still are, the ones that didn’t come back.”

Spies was deployed two years before the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution of 1964 and again in 1965. He spent nine months in a WWII converted aircraft carrier called the USS Intrepid, now part of a museum exhibit in New York City, to support ground troops by fixing jet engines.

“It was a WWII carrier they converted so we didn’t have any air conditioning and we are in ‘Nam in the middle of the heatwave,” Roger said.

Former Army infantryman Bruce Peters, who experienced first-hand combat in Vietnam, arrived in his 2010 Victory Vision.

The art on his motorcycle included the Declaration of Independence, armed soldiers exiting a helicopter and a painting of himself in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“When I came back, we didn’t use to talk about our experience (in the war),” Peters said. “I actually worked with guys […] at the Post Office sorting mail […] that were over there in Vietnam and never even told each other.”

Peters said veterans are now more open to talk about their experience during the Vietnam War since the memorial was dedicated in 1982.

“When the wall was dedicated, I was watching it on TV,” Peters said. “Finally, something came to honor those guys that did not come back.”

Peters said civilians in U.S. should not take out their frustrations about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq against veterans like many did during and after the Vietnam War.

“Vietnam veterans felt this time […] we would not allow people to take out their frustrations about the war on that veteran,” Peters said. “I don’t care how you feel about the war or about our country fighting over there […] but when that veteran comes back to America he is not the policy maker.”

“If you take out your frustrations on anyone, take it out on the policy maker, not the veterans; they go where they are told to.”

Brett J. Reynolds, Marco Island resident, served with the Air Force over 20 years. He escorted the wall five years ago when it last came to Marco Island.

“I come because all military people are brothers,” Reynolds. “A lot of these guys gave their lives for their country.”

Tim Tetz, director of outreach for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, spoke to the bikers just before they turned on their motorcycles.

“Every time we go into a community we are going to have an escort like this […] because you guys realize the importance of the 58,276 names that are in that trailer,” Tetz said. “You guys understand for those veterans who came home that didn’t get a homecoming that they deserve a homecoming.” 

“This is your homecoming today.”

The wall set up will start at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 19 and it will open to the public a minute after midnight on Feb. 20.

A welcome ceremony will take place at noon on the same day and an honor’s ceremony will start at 10 a.m. Feb. 22.

On Feb. 23, a closing ceremony will start at 1:30 p.m. followed by taking down the wall starting at 2 p.m.

On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund unveiled the replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout U.S., according to its website.

Since its dedication, the wall has been displayed at nearly 600 communities throughout the nation. It is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point.

Related- Youngstown Ohio Motorcycle Club Turns 82

The wall exhibit includes a 53-foot trailer which transforms to become a mobile education center. The exterior of the trailer features a timeline of ‘The War and The Wall’ and provides additional information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

The last time the wall was in Marco Island was in 2015 and it was first brought to the island in 2011.

Omar Rodríguez Ortiz is a community reporter for Naples Daily News and Marco Eagle. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram as @Omar_fromPR, and on Facebook. Support his work by subscribing to Naples Daily News.

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RAY CARSON

HIGH SPRINGS – Since 2013, the North Florida Presidents Council (NFPC) and the Military Vets Motorcycle Club has held the annual Poker Run motorcycle charity event. The ride is to raise money for Herry’s Kids Pediatric Services. 

Each year motorcycle riders gather at the Gainesville Harley Davidson store to begin the charity ride. All motorcycle riders are welcome, not just club members. Each rider brings a new toy and pays a $10 entry fee, or $20 without a toy. The ride begins at 10 a.m. There are five locations for participants to stop during the day, and at each spot they will be given a playing card. The final location is the High Springs Lions Club, which also helps sponsor the event.


Each rider will have collected five cards, and the highest poker hand wins a cash prize. The toys and money raised from this event go to Herry’s Kids, a nonprofit pediatric hospice that serves 12 counties in Florida. Herry’s Kids Pediatric Services provides specialized services to children and teens with life-threatening illnesses and offers grief support and therapeutic camps to young people who have experienced a loss. Herry’s is a program with the Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast, a nonprofit organization that offers free programs and compassionate end-of-life services for terminally ill children and teens as well as their families.


This year, the NFPC was not involved and the Military Vets MC club (MVMC) and the High Springs Lions Club took over all duties to keep the charity event alive. Although this led to a smaller turnout and less money raised, both these organizations felt it was important to keep the event going to raise the money to help the cause.

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On Jan. 29, members of the Lions Club and the MVMC gathered at the The Diner in High Springs to present a check for $8,200 to representatives of the Hospice of Citrus and The Nature Coast. A popular restaurant, The Diner has hosted the check presentation for the past three years and is one of over 20 businesses that that helps sponsor the event by contributing funds or services to make the Poker Run successful.


In the past, the Diner has arranged for a band and beer bar outside on their patio for the event. The cold rainy weather this year took its toll on attendance, and the event was moved inside with a much smaller but dedicated crowd.


For both the MVMC and the High Springs Lions Club, service to others and helping those in need is an important part of their mission, and the Poker Run represents the positive qualities of humanity.


Although the poker run could be considered a good day for a long ride and celebrations, the riders participate for another reason. The annual Poker Run is their chance to make life a little better for critically ill children and bring them joy while letting them know there are others that care.

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by: WKBN Staff

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – On Saturday, a Youngstown motorcycle club celebrated their 82nd anniversary.

The Pirate Motorcycle Club started back in 1939.

Photos show some of the original members dating back to that time.

Provided by members, the photos showcase past hill climbs, poker runs and drag race events.

Eventually, the club purchased property near East Palestine to host events which were family oriented for members.

“Afterwards, we always had a picnic with the family and the kids, and we’d bring go karts and mini bikes for the kids to ride and we’d have soccer games on our bikes and entertain ourselves,” said the club president Rabbit.

The club hasn’t hosted any events since the 80’s.

Now, they gather yearly to share their history with the public.

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