Archive | February, 2018

Smoky Mountain H-Da is best dealership in US

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — On February 1, Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson said they received a call from Harley-Davidson President and CEO Matt Levatich that served to inform the dealership they had been named the number one dealership in the country by the Bar and Shield Awards within corporate Harley-Davidson

The award was given based on combined revenue, sales, customer satisfaction, individual department performance, employee performance and other categories that were placed into a points system that tiered every dealership in the country. This year, Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson came up big and won the honor of being at the top of the list.

When the announcement came in, Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson owner Scott Maddux was surrounded by his team, and they erupted into cheers as they received the news.

“While the number one recognition is something we are excited to achieve, the mission to be the best is nothing new to this team,” Maddux said in a statement. “In September, I learned that we were in the running for Harley-Davidson’s Platinum Status (top six dealerships in the nation). Once the SMH-D team got wind we were in the running, they made up their minds to finish number one. Big thanks to everyone involved: family, friends, customers, new riders and especially my SMH-D family.”

Female biker shoots and kills man in Road Rage incident

Authorities say a man was shot and killed in a road-rage altercation with a female motorcyclist on Interstate 5 at the King-Pierce County line Thursday.

Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova says the incident happened just before 5 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-5 south in Milton.

According to WSP, 60-year-old Bruce Jones and a 57-year-old passenger were driving in the HOV lane behind a 24-year-old motorcyclist near milepost 138 when traffic came to a stop. At that time, Jones pulled over on the left shoulder next to the motorcyclist and exited his 2016 GMC Terrain.

The motorcyclist also got off her vehicle, a physical altercation began, and the motorcyclist fired a single shot striking Jones, WSP says.

“At one point, they were fighting on the ground. At that point, the female drew a weapon and shot the male driver. She then called 911. She waited on scene for law enforcement and fire to arrive. She’s been cooperative,” said Bova. “The male driver died at the scene.”

Jones was pronounced dead on the scene.

The motorcyclist is currently detained, but not under arrest. That could change, said Bova.

“There’s a lot of road rage in this area, especially with all the construction and the traffic. It’s pretty bizarre to have it end in such a horrible way as this,” said Bova.

The HOV and one other lane were closed for over three hours while authorities investigated.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

Motorcyclist injured after running into ratchet strap intentionally tied across street

This is Phucked Up!!!!!


A Tucson woman is recovering in the ICU after a gruesome motorcycle accident.

Authorities say Ron Bondy and his fiancee, Linda, were riding together on a motorcycle in their Southeast side neighborhood Wednesday when the couple ran into a ratchet strap.

The strap was intentionally placed across the street near East Silver Beech Drive and South Evergreen Avenue, tied from a mailbox to a tree in the median.

Ron was in the front seat of the motorcycle and missed the strap. But Linda was in the back seat, which sits a bit higher than the front seat.

“It hit her in the mouth,” he said. “It almost took her off the bike and just ripped her apart.”

A report has been filed with the Tucson Police Department. The family believes the strap was placed in the street as part of a prank. Anyone with information is urged to call 8-8-CRIME. All tips can remain anonymous.

Ron’s daughter, Marie Bondy, said she is hopeful someone will come forward with information.

“Whoever they are, they’re inhumane, absolute monsters,” she said. “I can’t imagine who would do something like that. I really hope that whoever is responsible is brought to very swift and strict justice because we are very, very distraught.”

Linda is suffering from multiple facial injuries, and has been placed in a medically induced coma at Banner UMC. Ron said her road to recovery will be long, but he will be there every step of the way.

“She’s funny and she’s loving. Her heart is as big as this hospital,” he said. “Pray for her. She’s a beautiful woman and she’s going to be beautiful again.”

Harley recalls nearly 175K bikes in U.S. – brakes can fail


Harley-Davidson is recalling several hundred thousand motorcycles because the brakes might fail.

The voluntary recall, which last week Harley said would cost it $29.4 million, covers CVO Touring and VSRC bikes — model years 2008 through 2011 — equipped with anti-lock brakes.

Worldwide it includes more than 251,000 motorcycles, with nearly 175,000 of those bikes sold in the U.S.

In July 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating problems with the brakes after getting 43 complaints, including reports of three crashes and two injuries.

The problem is linked to a module that’s part of Harley’s anti-lock brake system that can corrode and fail without warning. Usually, only the front or rear brakes won’t work. But in one case, both systems gave out, resulting in a low-speed crash into a garage door,

The trouble appears to lie with the brake fluid, which some owners apparently aren’t changing as required every two years.

The old fluid can become contaminated by moisture and may be corroding the anti-lock brake system’s actuator valves. If it does, the valves won’t work.

“While it may be true that complainants failed to adhere to Harley-Davidson’s two-year brake fluid service interval requirement, the consequent sudden and complete loss of brakes, without warning, is a concern,” the recall documents said.

Dealers will flush and replace brake fluid starting Feb. 12.

Keanu Reeves surfs motorcycle

NEW YORK, NY – January 31, 2018– Squarespace , the leading all-in-one web publishing platform company, today revealed the final creative for its fifth consecutive Super Bowl campaign. The in-game commercial features Keanu Reeves, a Squarespace customer and the co-founder of Arch Motorcycle, surfing atop one of his own bikes. While riding the motorcycle, Reeves encourages audiences to take the same metaphorical leap to pursue their passions and follow their dreams. The 30-second spot will run during the big game as part of a larger brand campaign with Reeves, which includes two additional films intended to inspire viewers to take the first step in pursuing their passions by making a website on Squarespace.

Six years ago, with his co-founder Gard Hollinger and the rest of the Arch team, Reeves launched the American-made motorcycle company inspired by his passion for motorcycles. Arch chose Squarespace to launch their project into the world because of the companies’ shared emphasis on powerful design. Reeves, heavily involved in the creation of his bikes, also takes a hands-on approach managing the Arch Motorcycle website on Squarespace.

“There’s something about Squarespace that’s really accessible yet sophisticated,” said Reeves. “The design and functionality share a similar ethos to Arch Motorcycle. When I was approached to make this commercial, we were already using the platform, which makes it a really organic fit.”

Squarespace Founder and CEO Anthony Casalena said, “Squarespace was created to empower individuals to realize their creative and entrepreneurial aspirations. Even in turbulent times, we’ve seen the persistence of the American entrepreneurial spirit, and are proud to have a small hand in making it easier for people to turn their dreams into reality. We hope that Keanu’s authentic Squarespace story inspires others to get out there and make it happen for themselves.”

As part of the partnership, Squarespace also worked with Arch Motorcycle to revamp its website, giving Arch an aesthetic upgrade using one of Squarespace’s stock templates, Camino . To browse all of Squarespace’s templates and start your website, visit