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Weather 101

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Catch 'Doppler' Dave Speelman on KVIA Channel 7 or online at for your most accurate weather reports.

What does a 30% rain mean? I like to give folks the best possible idea of rain or snow when we have it in the

forecast. I’ve seen other forecasters ditch giving any chance of precipitation in favor of just thunderstorm symbols or snowflakes. To me, that doesn’t give a very informative idea of what the weather will be like. I enjoy seeing a percentage chance.

When I put in a chance for rain, for instance, 20%, I’m giving a probability that in any given location in El Paso, there will be a 2 in 10 chance that you will get wet. Obviously, the greater the percentage, the greater my confidence is that we will see some rain or snow. Some of my friends feel like I can just give a 50% of rain when there is the possibility of precipitation and I’m covered. In other words, there would be a 50-50 shot that my forecast would be right. I always base my prediction of rain chances seriously. I realize folks like farmers, construction workers, roofers, all those who rely on the outdoors for their living, that I’m really trying my hardest to be as accurate as I can. Although I have never been fired for getting the forecast wrong, inaccuracy will eventually bring about the conversation that a change may be needed. But, realize that accurate weather forecasting not only covers weather when it is unstable (precipitation, winds, etc.,) but also when it is stable. So, when we forecast no rain or 0%, that’s a forecast as well.

Weather Trivia

By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

What is meant by a backdoor cold front?

A. One that is not expected B. One that arrives from the NE/E C. One that arrives from the SW D A front that doesn’t have much cold air

Answer: B

AMA News & Notes: November 2017 National and regional news for motorcyclists

•President Donald Trump plans to visit Utah in December to announce a reduction in the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. The news, reported by the Salt Lake Tribune, came from the office of U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch. Utah officials favor shrinking the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears monument to 120,000 acres. Hatch also said Trump would modify the Grand Staircase to allow coal mining in the Kaiparowits Plateau. At the president’s direction, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke undertook a review of all monuments created by presidential designation, dating to the Clinton Administration, to determine whether the size of the monuments fit the criteria of the American Antiquities Act of 1906. Zinke recommended that some monuments be reduced in size. He did not suggest rescinding any designations.

•The National Park Service is considering raising entrance fees significantly at 17 of its most popular parks, including a hike in fees to $50 per motorcycle. If implemented, estimates suggest the peak-season price structure could increase national park revenue by $70 million a year, a 34 percent increase over the $200 million collected in Fiscal 2016. Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, 80 percent of an entrance fee remains in the park where it is collected. The other 20 percent is spent on projects in other national parks. The agency says the increased revenue will be used to help reduce its enormous backlog of maintenance projects. During the peak season at each park, the entrance fee would be $70 per private, non-commercial vehicle, $50 per motorcycle, and $30 per person on bike or foot. A park-specific annual pass for any of the 17 parks would be available for $75. A comment period opened Oct. 24 and continues through Nov. 23 on the NPS website.

• Recreational activities generate more than $887 billion in annual spending and support tens of millions of jobs across the country, according to the American Recreation Coalition’s new report Outdoor Recreation Outlook 2018. The report indicates that visitation to state and national parks is on the rise; sales of recreational vehicles and boats are rising; more people are fishing and camp-

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ing; and visits to are increasing. The report also states that recreational use of on- and off-highway motorcycles, ATVs, and ROVs also is growing. Nearly 30 million Americans ride motorcycles, and ATV ridership is about 35 million a year, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council.

Honda produces Super Cub series motorcycles at 16 plants in 15 countries around the world. The Super Cub is sold in more than 160 countries. In 2018, Honda will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Super Cub series sales.

•Worldwide production of the Honda Super Cub surpassed 100 million units, according to Honda Motor Co. Ltd. Mass production of the first-generation Super Cub C100 began in August 1958 at the Yamato Plant (which later became the Wako Plant of Saitama Factory). In 1961, based on Honda’s longstanding commitment to “build products close to the customer,” Honda began production of Super Cub C100 in Taiwan using component parts sets from Japan. Now,

AMA News & Notes is a monthly publication compiled and edited by the American Motorcyclist Association. Designed to inform motorcyclists of rights-related issues and events in the United States and around the world, AMA News & Notes welcomes your input. Suggestions and editorial contributions can be sent to AMA Managing Editor Jim Witters at

•Suzuki Motor Corp. has decided to suspend its FIM World MXGP Championship and All Japan Motocross activities beginning in 2018. The company said it reviewed its motorcycle operations and decided to “focus on the core business functions and restructuring of our motorcycle business,” which includes suspending MXGP activities. Suzuki will continue to produce RMZ250 and 450 series and support those customers around the world. “The company will continue to provide valued products for its customers by utilizing the experiences earned through the racing activities,” a Suzuki release states.

•The family of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer John Parham is auctioning some of his personal collection of motorcycles and memorabilia. Parham passed away this past spring. The collection includes motorcycles, vintage parts, bicycles, and other items. Parham created J&P Cycles and the National Motorcycle Museum. Liquid Asset has been hired to help empty the “back barns,” so the Parham family can focus on running the museum. Though none of the sale items are museum property, Jill Parham will be donating 20 percent of the net proceeds of the sale to the National Motorcycle Museum. The sale is scheduled for Nov. 14 in Anamosa. The lot list is online at

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his past Sunday November 5th marked the 35th Annual Toy Run Parade. The parade starts from the International Truck Driving School in Sunland Park, NM and makes it’s way to Cohen Stadium.

Bikers from across the El Paso area including Las Cruces, NM and CD Juarez, Mex join together to donate toys and raise money for the underprivliged children of El Paso County and it’s surrounding area.

The Toy Run was started by bikers to help underpriviliged children. The parade wraps up at Cohen Stadium where the toys are collected and everyone can enjoy food, door prizes, and music by local bands.

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Three custom Indian Scout Bobber bikes from the Brooklyn Invitational As the title sponsor of the ninth annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcy-

The end result was three totally unique custom interpretations of the Scout Bobber, which helps showcase how easily customisable the bike is and the versatility of the platform.

cle Show, Indian Motorcycle unveiled three custom versions of the all-new Scout Bobber earlier this year.

The three bikes were built by Keino Cycles, Kraus Motor Co. and skateboarding icon Steve Caballero, in conjunction with Roland Sands Design.

Indian Motorcycle specifically partnered with these three highly regarded customisers, as each brings a uniquely distinct vision and signature style.

While Keino Sasaki and Satya Kraus carry long-standing reputations forged through years within the customisation and aftermarket industry, skateboard icon Steve Caballero has seen his profile increase steadily within the last several years thanks to his love for vintage American v-twins and his participation in festivals such as Wheels & Waves.

“Strip it down” was the mantra and the inspiration that Indian Motorcycle used when developing the latest model in its iconic Scout line-up. A low-slung, blacked-out, 94-horsepower, minimalist motorcycle that proves less is definitely more.

Here’s a look at the three bikes in more detail:

CUSTOMISER: Keino Sasaki / Keino Cycles BUILD TIME: 6 Weeks INSPIRATION: Harkening back to the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, Keino’s custom Scout Bobber was inspired by streamliner trains, airplanes and automobiles.

CUSTOMIZER: Satya Kraus / Kraus Motor Co. BUILD TIME: 4 Weeks INSPIRATION: Kraus Motor Co. was inspired by a new generation of motorcycle riders looking for quality and performance in their American motorcycle and aftermarket products. CUSTOMISER: Steve Caballero, in conjunction with Roland Sands Design BUILD TIME: 3 Weeks INSPIRATION: Steve Caballero’s custom Indian Scout Bobber was inspired by the style and designs of a street flat tracker. Utilising Caballero’s number 360, he worked with Roland Sands to feature a variety of RSD’s premium offerings for a clean and classic look.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE Indian Motorcycle Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivalled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship.

Polaris RZR Introduces RZR XP 4 Turbo DYNAMIX Edition

This summer, Polaris RZR® redefined the off-road riding experience with the introduction of the world’s first and only intelligent off-road suspension - DYNAMIX™ Active Suspension. Today, Polaris RZR introduces its newest member to the DYNAMIX family with the launch of the new RZR XP 4 Turbo DYNAMIX Edition. With seating for four, the new vehicle features all the innovation found on the RZR XP Turbo DYNAMIX Edition, including the revolutionary RIDE COMMAND®. The RZR XP 4 Turbo DYNAMIX Edition includes RZR DYNAMIX Active Suspension, the RIDE COMMAND 7” display with rear camera, and an allnew, 900-watt charging system that improves battery charging and allows for additional accessory electrical loads.

“RZR’s DYNAMIX Active Suspension is intelligent enough to monitor critical driver and vehicle inputs 200 times per second,” said Craig Scanlon, chief retail and marketing officer, Polaris Off-Road Vehicles. “The system continuously adjusts each individual shock on-the-fly and is so dynamic that instead of having to choose between a plush ride or performance, riders get the best of both.”

Whether the vehicle is cornering, braking, accelerating, changing speeds or

airborne, the system adjusts the suspension for the best response to driver inputs and terrain. These continuous changes give riders more performance without sacrificing a comfortable ride. In addition to the real-time adjustments by the system, drivers control the suspension’s baseline settings by selecting their preferred riding style and DYNAMIX adjusts from there:

COMFORT: Designed for cruising around and eliminating the small chatter. SPORT: Blends performance and comfort for ultimate high-speed handling. FIRM: Cranks all four shocks to max stiffness for the firmest suspension in the industry. Designed for extreme encounters and severe terrain. RZR DYNAMIX’s real-time adjustments come to life through the revolutionary RIDE COMMAND system. The glove-touch, weather-resistant, 7-inch display indicates the suspension control system status – including compression dampening, selected mode, g-force, pedal position, steering angle, brake status and diagnostics – allowing riders to visualize the real-time control. For ultimate customization, Polaris Engineered Accessories™ continues to build upon the more than 1.6 million ways to accessorize a RZR and will have a full accessory offering for the new RZR XP 4 Turbo DYNAMIX Edition.

The RZR XP 4 Turbo DYNAMIX Edition comes in Black Pearl and will be available in dealerships in early December with a $28,499 US MSRP.

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Sun City Biker - November 2017  

El Paso's Motorcycle Magazine

Sun City Biker - November 2017  

El Paso's Motorcycle Magazine