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A Year Well Spent: Highlights of 2016 and a Peek at 2017 by Jason Waechter Motorcycling & Law: Bill to Include Slingshot as a Motorcycle by Dondi Vesprini The Preacher Speaks About... The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle and Other Stuff by Franz Hoffer

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This is our last issue of 2016. For me, this has been the best riding and publishing season in the last five. Not only did I ride more miles, but those have been quality miles. Part of the reason for enjoying riding more has resulted from exploring, not with a destination in mind, but exploring for the sake of seeing and experiencing new things. While that didn’t include riding in some exotic locale, it did allow me to see areas of the Midwest I hadn’t previously enjoyed. like the Leelanau Peninsula and northwest Ohio. The great riding was helped by the clear, sunny skies and warm temperatures we’ve had for much of this season. The fact that it’s midNovember and we’re still riding is awesome. I plan to keep riding until the snow covers the asphalt. When spring comes, I plan to explore other areas in

this region. This year I’ve ridden some truly interesting motorcycles including the Motus MSTR featured in this issue, the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special, the Triumph Thruxton, the Indian Springfield, and the Victory Octane. There is really no rhyme or reason to the choice of motorcycles tested. Opportunity knocks and I ride. Most all of the test rides this year have been eye opening. Sometimes regularly riding a particular style of motorcycle can leave us somewhat jaded in our opinion of other styles. There are lots of excellent motorcycles in the market from which to choose. I feel fortunate to have been able to ride some of these beauties. No doubt that is one of the perks of being a motojournalist. This has also been a better year for advertising when compared to the last five or so.

We’ve been fortunate that many of our existing advertisers have continued to promote their businesses in our magazine and also that other businesses have been willing to give us a try. (Thank you!) We’re not getting rich but increases in revenue are always welcome. Keeping existing customers and attracting new ones is a direct result of our readers’ willingness to buy from them. If readers aren’t buying from our advertisers, there’s no benefit to them to continue that expense. Thank you for supporting this magazine by buying from our advertisers. Your support is very much appreciated. We look forward to continuing to serve you in 2017. While our business is small, we’re always looking for interesting motorcycles, people, rides, and events to cover as well as relevant national, regional and local news to share. If you have ideas for subjects we should be covering, send me an e-mail at publisher@midwestmotorcyclist.com with your thoughts. We always like to hear from readers. Thank you for reading. We hope you enjoy this issue. Feel free to share it with your friends and family. Best wishes to you, your family and friends for a wonderful Christmas (or whichever holiday you celebrate during this time of year) and a happy, healthy, prosperous 2017. See you on the road or at an event in the near future.

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The Newest American Motorcycle That Is Not a Cruiser By Ray Peabody It’s the kind of motorcycle best described by two words you won’t often read together: hooligan sporttourer. It incorporates the comfortable seating position and body work of a sport-touring motorcycle but underneath that carbon fiber is a firebreathing small-block V-4 that could put your operator’s license at risk. This two-wheeled rocket has been in the news for a few years but its actual release to the public always seemed distant timewise. That wait ended in mid-2015 when the first two production models of were made available to the public. The recent opening of Motus of Grand Rapids (aka BMW-Motus Motorcycles of Grand Rapids) provided an opportunity to examine the new Motus motorcycles up close and take one for a ride. There are two models in the Motus line-up. They are similar in their styling and componentry but there are distinctions. The base model MST uses the same 1650cc, 100 cubic

inch, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected V-4 as the MSTR but the MST’s engine produces 165 horsepower whereas the same engine in the MSTR has been re-tuned to put out 180 hp and 126 foot pounds of torque. The engine is plenty stong enough to power a sport-touring motorcycle. However, there is more to these motorcycles than the engine. The seating position is comfortable. The standard Sargent seat on either model offers firm support with enough cush to keep the rider comfortable. The MST uses an Ohlins front fork and Progressive rear monoshock while the MSTR uses Ohlins suspension both front and rear. Either setup can be tuned for the weight of the rider and the type of riding (i.e., firm and sporty or plush and comfortable and all points in between) he or she does. The braking system does not incorporate ABS and likely won’t in the future. Motus president Lee explained that the Brembo calipers – Brembo M4 monoblock calipers on the R model – are some of the finest available and are the appropriate braking solution for the Motus motorcycles. The composite materials used in the bodywork were selected for light weight and high strength. The wind protection from the bodywork and manually adjustable windscreen is adequate. My observation is that the Motus is built for experienced, highlyskilled riders who want to tour in comfort and at speed. It doesn’t appear to be “over engineered” but instead incorporates the features it needs to be an exhilarating, highly functional ride. The test ride would determine whether that observation is accurate.

Motus History When reflecting back on news about Motus, it seems like the company has been around for more years than is actually the case. In fact, Brian Case, Motus V.P. and Director of Design, and Lee Conn, Motus President, first met by chance while visiting the Barber Motorsports Park in 2006. Both long-term motorcycle enthusiasts, the two struck up a conversation that evolved into a friendship.

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They began going on motorcycle trips together and, during one long trip in 2007, decided to become business partners. They launched Motus in 2008. Each had specific skills to contribute to the new business: Case designed the Confederate Wraith motorcycle and Conn was an entrepreneur with experience in aircraft manufacturing. According to Conn, key to the successful design of the Motus motorcycles was finding the best partners to assist in development. Case took his designs to successful engineering companies like Pratt and Miller Engineering, based in New Hudson, Michigan, to assist in the development of the bikes. Pratt and Miller was a solid choice because of their testing and development experience as well as their championship wins in a variety of motorsports. Case explains in an interview posted on the company website that he drew a lot of inspiration for the Motus design from the Baby Block V-4 engine that had been created for the Motus. For example, the 15 degree forward tilt of the engine has two benefits: it helps keep the heaviest part of the engine low in the frame for better handling while also providing an aggressive, powerful profile. “It looks like a bull charging a wall,” says Case.

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since the leaking stopped after one long ride. Unfortunately, that means there is still debris in the carburetor that will have to be removed. I’ll save that project for the winter when I am no longer riding. The one bit of progress that I’ve made since last month is that the Tusk handlebar risers have been ordered. When I stand on the footpegs while riding in soft dirt or gravel, I’m slightly bent over at the waist even when bending at the knees. That position is OK for short distances but is uncomfortable for longer rides. The risers will hopefully let me stand straighter on the pegs and provide better control in soft dirt. We’ll see. Next month I hope to report more progress on aspects of the project that will make the XR more adventure worthy. In the meantime, I’m riding!

Honda XR400R Adventure Project, Part 2

Tweaking and Riding By Ray Peabody

tires grab and push the dirt more effectively than After a fast start on the XR400R Adventure when the tires were at 30 psi, the handling in the project, progress has slowed. That’s not a bad thing. dirt and bumps was more stable. The XR still needs On the upside, I’ve been riding the bike a a suspension set up but the lower tire pressure made lot thanks to the excellent fall weather we’ve been controlling the bike less of a fight in the meantime. having. The XR has – so far – turned out to be a The Shinko tires are are proving to be an excellent good choice for this project. It’s a blast to ride. It’s choice for both pavement and dirt so far. torquey and launches from a dead stop. Top speed I think I’ve finally found the starting isn’t that fast but it might be fast enough for my procedure that enables me to start the XR in three purposes. The XR cruises effortlessly at 60-65 mph kicks, four max. It is kick-start only which means and that’s plenty of speed for two-lane roads. With the fewer kicks needed to get it that in mind, I’m reconsidering a change in the running, the better. I’ve tried several sprockets until I have a better idea about whether I N O N - C O M P E T I T I O N • MAINTAINED TRAILS different procedures I found on need to do that. ThumperTalk. Several had me worn A second reason for delaying a sprocket • ORGANIZED EVENTS out from kicking before it started. change arose from something my friend, Matt • FAMILY FUN Admittedly, I haven’t had a kick start Russell, asked me. After telling him how much I • ALL LEGAL motorcycle since I was a teenager, so liked the XR, he wondered why I was thinking of part of the problem might be my making the gear change. Might I regret having technique. Once I found the right made the change when I get onto the trails and need procedure, I discovered that I’m that low-end torque for a tough hill, he asked. The enjoying the question forced me to The XR400R project motorcycle even recognize that I was bike before mods. more. thinking more like a One other street rider than a dual problem I had early sport rider. While it is on seems to have easier to get both when corrected itself. (I you have a multisure wish that cylinder engine, and I would happen could be proven wrong more often on all on this, it’s a little more sorts of projects!) difficult to get both low The carburetor end torque and higher No place to ride? Michigan is home to the largest organized network of overflow was top speeds from a off-road trails in the world - more than 3500 miles of marked, maintained leaking like a sieve from the time I thumper (single cylinder engine.) As I try to figure ORV trails for the entire family to enjoy! Since 1968, The Cycle Conservation opened the petcock until I got it this issue out, I’ll stick with the set up I have. Club of Michigan has led the charge to assure continued access to public started. Considering the fact that I was After installing the Shinko 700 Series lands for motorized recreation by working closely with state and federal having trouble getting the bike Adventure tires, I set the front and rear tire pressure government. Membership in the CCC offers organized trail rides, a map CD of started, this was a lot of gas. I at 30 psi. In hindsight, that was too much pressure the entire trail system, a subscription to the Great Lakes TrailRider Magazine suspected one of two problems; one considering the way I was planning to use the XR. and a host of other member benefits! Call us today at 517-781-4805. would be debris in the needle and seat Once I reduced the pressure to 24 psi, both handling that prevents the needle from closing and traction improved. Combined with the rather The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan completely or, two, a problem with stiff suspension, the tires track like a supermoto PO Box 486 t$PMEXBUFS .*tXXXDZDMFDPOTFSWBUJPODMVCPSH the float – possibly a hole – that keeps racer through the curves on the pavement. Very the float from rising as the fuel fills up happy with that side of the Honda’s performance. the bowl. My thinking now is that the By reducing the tire pressure, traction in problem was probably the first issue softer dirt improved dramatically. Not only did the

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2016 AIM Expo Dealer Show By Gene Southard

Hurricane Matthew threathened to cancel the AIMExpo this year. I was keeping a close eye on the weather radar as I boarded the plane for Orlando. We were in luck as Matthew stayed off the Florida coast and the Orange County Convention Center was saved from any damage. The East coast of Florida was not so lucky. The Expo had a few changes from last year. Not only was it bigger with more than 300 exhibitors, it also moved to the North Concourse to be closer to the outdoor Demo Rides. Several of the

OEM manufacturers had organized demo rides in the parking lot. These manufacturers included BMW, Can-Am, Kymco, Suzuki and Yamaha. Sideby-side and quad demo rides were offered by BRP, Kymco, Suzuki and Yamaha on a specially built dirt track in the parking lot. Unfortunately, most of my time was spent indoors talking to the many manufacturers and distributors about the new products they were introducing as well as lining up product reviews for upcoming issues of Midwest MotorcyclistTM. The Expo is open to the Trade and Media on Thursday and Friday and then to retail customers on Saturday and Sunday. Area hotels provide from BMW Motorcycles of Southeast Michigan shuttle service not only to the convention center but Sleek travel tumbler with premium double-wall stainless also to the tourist steel construction and foam insulation for extended attractions nearby like temperature retention. Features rubber base pad and Disney World and thread on lid with snap open and close teb. Metal Roundel Universal Studios. There embedded on one side with the BMW Motorrad text were also many attractions opposite. Fits under most single serve machines. 12 oz. inside the show. Imported Trials rider Adam Holbrook did a stunt show jumping on and off the top of his enclosed trailer. Pair this 3-D S 1000 RR keychain with your bike, or on your Adam has more balance in other keys as a reminder of your time on two wheels. Rubberhis little finger than I have ized to prevent scratches. Dimensions: 2.75” x 1.5”. Imported. in my whole body. Legends

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Test Ride Blane Kamp, owner of BMW-Motus Motorcycles of Grand Rapids, offered to let me take his new MSTR out for ride. This seemed especially brave since the MSTR retails for a base MSRP of $36,975. I’m not certain who was taking the greater risk, him or me. He reviewed the operation of the motorcycle with me. Aside from the computer screen mounted in the center of the dashboard, the controls on the Motus are standard. One interesting anomaly is the actuation of the cruise control using the starter button. After the review, he started the Motus up and gave the throttle a couple of blips. Have you ever had the experience of hearing a song and being mentally transported back to the time when that song was popular? That was my experience upon

hearing the exhaust note of that Motus V-4. I spent a good deal of time around hot rods and muscle cars in my youth and the exhaust note coming from that engine reminded me of that time. It was a rumble that turned into a roar when the throttle was twisted. It was the sound of potential g-force torque and triple-digit speeds. I was fortunate to have Motus President, Lee Conn, take the lead on a test The Motus Baby Block V-4. (Photo ride with me. Lee is a skilled courtesy of Motus Motorcycles) rider who doesn’t suffer slow pokes. By the time we were a quarter mile from the dealership, our pace was “spirited” as we slashed our way through traffic to get to country roads and curves. My first two impressions were what I call “Holy Crap, hold-on-tight” acceleration and then “Whooosh!” as we cut through air and traffic like a low-flying jet. The ride-by-wire throttle control meant that a twist of the grip generated an instantaneous response at the rear tire. I thought I was riding fast but noticed that Lee was getting smaller in the distance ahead of me. I slowed as we entered some curves on a twolane road that runs alongside a river. Not Lee. No brake light and apparently no downshift either. He simply leaned his MST over and sliced across the apex. By the time I rounded the corner, he was already through the next curve. My speed increased through the next few curves as I got more confident in the R’s handling. The fact is that, despite its 565 pound wet weight (including fuel and side bags), the Motus is light and nimble through the curves. When asked

about the handling, Lee mentioned that the Pratt & Miller design has the push-rod Baby Block V-4 sitting longitudinally, low in the frame and tilted 15 degrees forward to optimize weight distribution and lower the center of gravity. That configuration also moves heat down and away from the rider for greater comfort. In all too short a time, the demo ride was over and it was necessary to return to the dealership; the next group of riders scheduled for a demo ride would be waiting. We turned onto the freeway for a quick return and accelerated through the six-speed dual overdrive gearbox. I came away from the demo ride impressed with the Motus. It’s exhilarating to ride. It’s both powerful and comfortable. On the downside, it also brings out the hooligan in me. I’m not sure whether I would have the self-control to ride the Motus in a safe, legal manner. I guess I’m fortunate that, at an MSRP of $30,975 for the MST and $36,975 for the MSTR, I can’t afford to park one in my garage. For those with the resources, this might be one of the most fun, unique motorcycles you can buy. Thanks to Blane Kamp for loaning me his MSTR for this ride. Thanks also to Lee Conn for leading the ride and sharing the Motus story with me. For more information, visit BMW-Motus Motorcycles of Grand Rapids at 5995 South Division in Grand Rapids. You can also call the dealership at (616) 530-6900 or visit their web site at www.bmwmcgr.com.

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Camp Liberty Raffling Dozer Cycle Studios Crusader Custom to Benefit Its Veterans Services Major Richard Briggs (Retired, USAF), cofounder and Board Member of Camp Liberty, has announced that the organization is raffling off the Crusader custom motorcycle built by Dozer Cycle Studios. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Camp, a 137-acre restricted-access facility located in Norvell Township in Jackson County, Michigan. The organization offers “programs designed to aid in the rehabilitation and reintegration of U.S. Military Service Members, Veterans and their families in a natural outdoors setting.” The Crusader is powered by an air-cooled Harley-Davidson 80 cubic inch EVO v-twin with a S&S E carburetor mounted in a rigid frame. The exhaust is from Vance and Hines. The HarleyDavidson five-speed transmission is controlled by a foot clutch and hand shifter. The styling combines the looks of a bobber and chopper with 16” tall ape hanger handlebars. (See picture accompanying this article.) Raffle tickets for the Crusader are $20 each. Only 4,000 tickets are being printed so the odds of winning are significantly better than the lottery. The drawing will be held during the Diamonds and Spurs Gala on Feb 18, 2017 at the Laurel Manor, Livonia, MI at 9 pm. Proceeds go into the Camp Liberty general fund and will be used on mission priorities as set by the organization’s allvolunteer Board of Directors. For more information about the raffle and to purchase

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A Year Well Spent: Highlights of 2016 and a Peek at 2017 by Jason Waechter, Esq. client was badly injured, and yet the negligent driver hired a four-attorney defense team and tried to argue that he (my client) was more than 50% at fault for the crash, mostly because he wasn’t wearing a helmet. If that argument had convinced a jury, the negligent driver would have been off the hook for noneconomic damages, which cover longterm effects of the crash, such as disfigurement, scarring, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering. This rule, known as the 50% rule, applies specifically in Michigan. Of course, I filed a motion to prevent the defense from arguing that my client’s riding without a helmet was inherently negligent, but my motion was denied. So, I explained that, in fact, my client was totally legal to be riding without a helmet in Michigan: his motorcycle was properly registered and insured, he had his CY endorsement, he was over 21 years old, and had the mandatory $20K in additional medical coverage. I asked the judge and jury to consider how the defense could claim my client, who went to such great lengths to ensure he was riding legally, was negligent. Next, I took the courtroom through my client’s injuries, and demonstrated that even if my client had worn a helmet that day, he couldn’t have prevented being hit by the negligent driver, and the helmet wouldn’t have had an Saturday, December 3, 2016 impact on most of his injuries. On the other hand, Join us at our Christmas Open House if the driver had done a to celebrate the Holiday season. simple shoulder, mirror, and blind-spot check, the • Storewide specials • Door prizes accident may never have • Food & refreshments happened. In the end, the jury sided with my client: Meet Team BMWMCGR Road Racer, they did assign him some fault in the crash, but it Robbie Scudder, at the Open House wasn’t more than 50%, Robbie started riding in 2009, at the age of 22, when he bought his first road bike. In meaning that under 2010, he spent most of his riding at track days with Sportbike Track time and other Michigan law, he was still private track days. He bought his first dedicated track bike in 2011 and got his race entitled to non-economic license. In 2012, he started racing with WERA and AHRMA. Robbie went on to win damages. This was AHRMA National Championships in 2013, 2015, obviously a huge win for and 2016. In 2016, Robbie and BMW my client and his family, as Motorcycles of Grand Rapids partnered to well as for my team and I... have Robbie represent us on our 2016 BMW but it also highlighted just S1000 RR. On the RR, Robbie took a 1st, two 2nds, and a 3rd on his first race weekend with how much work is still our team at Grattan Raceway. Robbie finished needed to get drivers to be off the season with six additional top 5 finishes more Motorcycle Aware, in WERA Regional races and two top 10 and the need for more and finishes in one WERA National Series event. better education about why riding without a helmet is BMW Motorcycles of Grand Rapids not inherently negligent. Back in October, 5995 South Division, Grand Rapids, MI I mentioned that I had been (616) 530-6900 www.bmwmcgr.com named to the latest Super Lawyers list, as well as the Latitude 41.855022 Longitude -85.66382

It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks, 2016 will be over. Overall, Mother Nature was pretty good to motorcyclists in the Midwest this year, but in spite of the extended riding season, the year still seems to have flown by at record speed. This is always a bittersweet time of year; with many things coming to an end, and others just getting started. I wanted to take some time to celebrate some of the highlights of 2016 for my team and me, and to look ahead to what’s coming next in 2017. My team and I were very fortunate this year to be able to help so many injured motorcyclists and their families to get justice. One of the cases we took on this year, deemed “unwinnable” by other local attorneys, ended up being a highlight both for my team and I as well as for the injured motorcyclist we were representing. I wrote about this case during Motorcycle Awareness Month, back in May of 2016: My client was riding his motorcycle when he saw a minivan stopped in the lane ahead of him. Just as he attempted to go around, the negligent minivan driver attempted to turn around on the road, without even looking first, and slamming directly into my client mid-turn. My

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Best Lawyers® list. To remind you, Super Lawyers rates lawyers from all over the United States in more than seventy practice areas in order to come up with a list of the top attorneys in each state. It is a huge honor to be included on this list, as only about the top 5% of attorneys in each state are included. In order to be listed, attorneys must be widely recognized by their peers and reach a high level of professional achievement. And, as per their website, Best Lawyers® has become “the definitive guide to legal excellence” in the United States. The Best Lawyers® selection process is extensive and rigorous, and only a small number of attorneys will ever reach this milestone. I am humbled and grateful to have been included once again on both of these lists. However, perhaps an even bigger highlight was finding out that my team and I have once again been selected for the Best Law Firms list, which names law firms that have been “recognized for professional excellence” and also get “persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers”. I cannot tell you enough how proud I am to have such an outstanding team to work with; they consistently go above and beyond for our clients. Finally, a big highlight for my team and I this year was all the tips, tricks, feedback, and suggestions we received from readers all over the world. One of our themes this year was “finding new roads”, so we asked readers and followers to tell us about their favorite adventures, gear, and routes… and we weren’t disappointed! Many fans shared their “favorites” with us, and reading them inspired me to explore one of my own favorites: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP) this riding season, which I discussed in my last article. I rode along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, stopping in Marquette to see some of the sights and grab a bite to eat. Then, onward through Houghton and Copper Harbor, where I got to really appreciate the natural beauty unique to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. If you’re looking for a great Midwest road trip next riding season, I highly recommend a visit to the UP. We have more information about great rides across the USA available on our website. Looking ahead, the only word to describe 2017 accurately is “more.” We want to help more motorcycle accident injury victims and their families to get justice. We want to reach more injured motorcyclists in order to offer help. We want to spread the word to more motor vehicle drivers that “Motorcycles are Everywhere.” And, we want to help prevent more motorcycle accidents, injuries, and deaths. On behalf of my team, I want to wish you all the best during this holiday season, and a Happy New Year! Attorney Jason A. Waechter is a national attorney specializing in the areas of motorcycle and motor vehicle injury litigation. Mr. Waechter has collected millions of dollars in settlements, awards and verdicts for his motorcycle clients over the past 20 years. Jason feels a duty to give back to his community. A portion of each case settled goes to educational resources for bikers, funds to help bikers while their cases are being litigated and our motorcycle accident prevention campaign. Call Attorney Jason Waechter toll free at 1-877-BIKER LAW. Or visit www.TheMotorcycleLawyer.com Legal disclaimer: The law is very fact dependent and there are many nuances and exceptions depending on your particular circumstances. Therefore, given the limited space, it is impossible to cover everything. Do not rely on the short article to protect your rights.

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Bill to Include Slingshot as a Motorcycle by Dondi Vesprini This fall we enjoyed unseasonably warm weather which served to extend the riding season beyond that period of time we are accustomed to. As fall moved forward, not only did I observe more motorcycles on the roadways than I am used to seeing this time of year but I also saw more of another vehicle that seems to have gained more and more popularity as time has gone on. I am speaking of the Polaris Slingshot or “The Original 3-Wheeled Roadster” as it is called on the Polaris website. You have likely seen them, with their sports car looking front riding on two open wheels, the two passenger go cart looking cockpit complete with steering wheel and five-speed manual transmission, and the one wheel supporting the rear. Below is a photo of a Slingshot:

It is a very different looking motorcycle. No, that is not a typo. This vehicle would be classified as a motorcycle under Michigan’s Motor Vehicle Code if Senate Bill 1120 passes. The Michigan Vehicle Code has a definition for an “autocycle”, which presently is defined as “an enclosed motorcycle that is equipped with safety belts, rollbar, windshield, wipers, steering wheel, and equipment otherwise required on a motorcycle, and which has no more than 3 wheels in contact with the roadway at any 1 time.” The Michigan Vehicle Code presently defines a “motorcycle” as “every motor vehicle having a saddle or seat for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than 3 wheels in contact with the ground but excluding a tractor.” Apparently, the legislators in Lansing did not believe that a vehicle such as the Slingshot fit in either category, making it a class of vehicle without a definition for purposes of regulation under the Michigan Vehicle

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Code. Thus, Senate Bill 1120 was introduced on October 16, 2016 which would change the definition of an autocycle to read “A motorcycle that is equipped with safety belts, rollbar or roll hoops, steering wheel, and equipment otherwise required on a motorcycle, has not more than three wheels in contact with the roadway at any one time, and is not equipped with a straddle seat.” The Bill would change the definition of a motorcycle to read “a motor vehicle that has a saddle or seat for the use of the rider and is designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground. Motorcycle includes an autocycle, but does not include a tractor.” By virtue of including an autocycle in the definition of a motorcycle, vehicles such as the Slingshot would be deemed a motorcycle for purposes of the Michigan Vehicle Code given that it meets the definition of an autocycle. This would mean that under the Michigan Vehicle Code, any regulation which applies to a “motorcycle” would by definition thus apply to a Slingshot or any other similar three-wheel vehicle that meets the definition of an autocycle. Such regulations include but are not limited to Michigan’s modified motorcycle helmet law and noise regulations regarding decibel levels of noise that the vehicle produces. The analysis of the bill by the Senate Fiscal Agency states that the bill would have a minimal impact on the number of individuals who would not be required to have motorcycle endorsements on their licenses. This is likely because, while falling under the motorcycle definition under the Bill, it would appear that Slingshot riders would not be required to get a motorcycle endorsement on his/her license, as the motorcycle endorsement law specifically excludes persons riding an “autocycle” from the requirement. Also, if the Bill passes and the government includes Slingshots or similar three-wheeled vehicles as a motorcycle for purposes of compiling

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When it comes to books about motorcycles, the more pictures the better. A friend gave me a book called Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw (on Amazon for $27.27 new, used around $9.00 to $13.00). The book is 448 pages of articles about motorcycle history and lore. I couldn’t put it down. The book is arranged in alphabetical order and starts with the first motorcycle manufacturers through the present day. Some things I learned: Indian was in business from 1901 through 1953 (excluding its present form as part of Polaris). Early nickname for Indian was “Wigwam” and they preceded Harley-Davidson by two years. Their peak year was 1913 when 32,000 Indians were manufactured and sold. That was also the year that Indian went from a private company owned and run by two motorcycle enthusiasts (George Hendee and Oscar Hedstrom) to a publicly-held company with shareholders to keep happy. Their first VTwin was introduced in 1907 and was 640cc at 39 HP and was a 42 degree (Harley is 45 degree) V-Twin. When motorcycle sales started to decrease, they attempted to diversify; they dabbled in outboard motors, airplanes, and a small car. Right after the depression, with the company short on cash, Indian was acquired by E. Paul Dupont, part of the wealthy Dupont family. They supplied motorcycles to the Army in WWII but the lion’s share of that contract went to Harley-Davidson. The company was sold shortly after the war to industrialist Ralph Rogers. The company stopped producing motorcycles in 1953. There were two attempts to resurrect the brand in the mid 1990’s and early 2000’s but both efforts failed. The rights were eventually picked up by Polaris which still produces and sells Indians. BMW - Bayerische Motoren Werke started producing motorcycles in 1921 and the BMW’s of today still exhibit that same style. The company was actually started during WWI in 1917 with the intention of building airplanes, but they only built 70 airplanes before the war ended. They decided to diversify and started building both cars and motorcycles. After WWII, Germany was prohibited from building any kind of powered/motorized vehicle. That restriction was lifted by the Allies in 1948 TM

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and BMW went to work building some of the most technologically advanced motorcycles in the world. Norton – 1902 to present. Norton motorcycles were probably the best-known racing bikes in the 50s and 60s. They were known for their superior handling. Through several bouts with bankruptcy, the company has managed to stay in business with government financing (British) and several buy-outs. In 1972, the British government required Norton, Triumph, and BSA to merge in order to secure financing. That company has since been broken up and sold several times but Norton motorcycles are considered highly desirable vintage motorcycles. Victory – 1998 to present. Polaris, manufacturers of ATV’s, Golf Carts, Jet Ski’s, and Snowmobiles, noticed the successes of Harley-Davidson and Honda in the motorcycle market and decided it was time to get in. They had little experience in the market so their engineering team purchased Harleys, Hondas, Yamahas, Ducatis, and almost every other brand and tore them down to see what made them tick. It remains one of the top selling brands and it’s styling (since Arlan Ness began working with the company) is second to none. The book features so many pictures and articles on motorcycles that you’ll want it as part of your library. You may recall that I did an article on Midwest Motorcycle Training this past summer. My son, Eric, has taken two of their classes and has started to enter their competitions. His interest was piqued when he and I took the Ride Like a Pro Class put on by Gary Lewandowski. I have not taken the Midwest Motorcycle Training and had no

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November 25 Black Friday Event ABC Harley opens at 8am for our Black Friday Event. FREE gift to the first 50 people with any purchase. 20% off all end of season Motorclothes, licensed merchandise, and after market parts, from 8am to 10am. 15% off all end of season Motorclothes, licensed merchandise, and after market parts, from 10am to 6pm. Enjoy free food, and a chance to win a 2017 Street Glide. PLUS, don’t miss our POWER HOUR from 2pm to 3pm! Free gift to first 25 people with any purchase. ABC Harley-Davidson, Inc. 4405 Highland Road (M-59) Waterford, MI 248.674.3175 November 25-26 Black Friday – November 25 Chrome Saturday, November 26 Capitol Harley-Davidson 9550 Woodlane Dr., Dimondale, MI 1 Phone: 517.646.2345 November 25-26 Black Friday – November 25 Blacker Saturday – November 26 Battle Creek Harley-Davidson 5738 Beckley Road, Battle Creek, MI (269) 979-2233 November 25-26 November 25 - Black Friday – Nothing Like the Mall November 26 – Orange Saturday Gildner’s Harley-Davidson 2723 South M 76, West Branch, MI (989) 345-1330 November 26 Black Saturday Hamilton Harley-Davidson 68951 White School Road (US-12) Sturgis, MI (269) 651-3424 November 26 Big Snack Saturday Enjoy a variety of free snacks while catching all the big football games on our big screen tv. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card! ABC Harley-Davidson, Inc. 4405 Highland Road (M-59) Waterford, MI 248.674.3175 December 3 Toys for Tots Toy Drive Bring in a new, unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots and we’ll give you a free gift! Battle Creek Harley-Davidson 5738 Beckley Road, Battle Creek, MI (269) 979-2233

December 3-4 Toys for Tots Drive ABC Harley-Davidson, Inc. 4405 Highland Road (M-59), Waterford, MI 248.674.3175 December 10 Pictures with Santa & Cookie Exchange Come get your FREE picture with Santa Claus & munch on some cocoa & cookies! Battle Creek Harley-Davidson 5738 Beckley Road, Battle Creek, MI (269) 979-2233 December 10 Ladies’ Day Zips 45th Parallel Harley-Davidson 980 S. Wisconsin Ave, Gaylord, MI (989) 732-8000 December 16 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Men’s Night Out Men’s-Only Shopping Night Enter to win a $50 Gift Card Ray C’s Harley-Davidson 1491 S. Lapeer Rd. (M-24 & I-69), Lapeer, MI (810) 664-9261 December 17 Ugly Sweater Party Wear your ugly Christmas sweaters and get your Christmas shopping done! Battle Creek Harley-Davidson 5738 Beckley Road, Battle Creek, MI (269) 979-2233 December 17 Men’s Day Zips 45th Parallel Harley-Davidson 980 S. Wisconsin Ave, Gaylord, MI (989) 732-8000 December 24 Last Minute Christmas Eve Shopping Come in and get your last minute Christmas shopping done! We’ll even wrap them for you! Battle Creek Harley-Davidson 5738 Beckley Road, Battle Creek, MI (269) 979-2233 December 24 Big Snack Saturday Enjoy a variety of free snacks while catching all the big football games on our big screen tv. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card! ABC Harley-Davidson, Inc. 4405 Highland Road (M-59), Waterford, MI 248.674.3175

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Continued from page 16 - Motorcycling & Law motorcycle crash statistics, there is always the possibility for skewed study results for better or for worse as Slingshot accidents would be grouped under the same umbrella as traditional motorcycle accidents for purposes of analyzing the number of accidents, fatalities and helmet usage in accidents. As of the drafting of this article, the Bill had been referred to the Transportation Committee in Lansing for consideration. It should prove interesting to see if this bill adopts the Slingshot and similar three-wheel vehicles like it as the newest breed of motorcycle . . . . complete with a steering wheel and cockpit seating. As always, if anyone has any questions or if I can be of legal assistance to you or anyone you know who has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please don’t hesitate to contact me as I deal with these types of claims on a daily basis on behalf of injured motorcyclists statewide. Further, for those readers who are members of any motorcycle organizations, clubs or groups, if you would like to have me come out to your group to speak or give a presentation on the legal rights of an injured motorcyclist or on any specific topic that your group may be curious about, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at (248-569-4646) or shoot me an e-mail at Dondi@buckfirelaw.com. I give presentations state-wide and there is never a charge associated with having me out. I enjoy having the opportunity to come out and meet motorcycle enthusiasts from all parts of our State! Dondi is a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan and is recognized as an expert in cases involving motorcycle accidents. He has obtained millions of dollars in recovery for injured motorcyclists over the course of his career as a trial attorney. Dondi’s representation of motorcyclists extends beyond the court room. He is a member of the Board of Directors of ABATE of Michigan and meets frequently with both legislators and lobbyists regarding legislation affecting injured motorcyclists and the rights of motorcyclists to ride free.

Continued from previous page - The Preacher intention of doing so. But after the Ride Like a Pro class, I realized that I wasn’t as good a rider as I thought so I practiced the techniques Gary taught. I found that the more I practiced the better I got and the more challenges I wanted. I spent an afternoon with Eric recently and he put me through some of the rigors of the Midwest Motorcycle Training classes. I am hooked and am signing up for a class. I plan on doing an article while taking the Primary Class and will be brutally honest (as I always am) on how I did and what I think. In addition, there will be a Midwest Motorcycle Challenge and Safety Seminary on August 25, 26, and 27 hosted by Wolverine HarleyDavidson in Clinton Township, MI for Police and Civilians. Save that date, you will want to be there to see these incredible competitions. The Midwest Training schedule for the Primary Class for 2017 is as follows. April 8-11, 20-23, 27-30; May 4-7, 11-14, 25-28; June 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 28 - July 1; July 6-9, 13-16, 27-30; August 3-6, 10-13, 17-20. Price for the four-day Primary Class is $900 with rental (you will want to use one of their Road Kings); $600 with your own motorcycle. Class HOURS: 8am - 4pm. To Register call Kathy: 248 855 4444 or email MMTKathy@aol.com. You can also visit their website at http:// www.midwestmotorcycletraining.com/index.html. C’mon, take the plunge and improve your riding. Maybe get your picture in Midwest Motorcyclist.

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