Thursday, July 28, 2011

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Announces Z1/Z1000 Raffle Winner

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- When he was growing up in the late 1970s, riding a Kawasaki KZ650, Scott Carey from Pecatonica, Ill., considered the 903cc Kawasaki Z1 the quintessential superbike of its day. Now, 40 years later, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame supporter has his dream bike. Carey won a restored 1973 Kawasaki Z1, as well as a new Kawasaki Z1000, in the 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle on Saturday, July 23.

Carey's winning ticket was drawn by event Grand Marshal and Hall of Famer Jeff Fredette during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days featuring Kawasaki, Marque of the Year at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

"When I was growing up, the Z1 was the big boy," Carey said. "I was talking to a friend about getting one just a few weeks ago. And the Z1000, just this spring I was looking at that as a new bike. This is just great. I'm very excited to win both of these bikes."

Carey said that he donates to the Hall of Fame regularly, and considers the tickets another way of supporting the organization's mission to preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America.

"I really think the Hall of Fame is a fantastic idea," said Carey. "You never really expect to win these things. It's good to support the Hall of Fame. It's something that has to be done. Motorcycling is a big part of history."

Carey, who competes in amateur roadracing, said that his Z1 -- which has been expertly restored by Johnny's Vintage Motorcycle Company -- will probably see a few miles, but, for the most part, "it's going to be added to the collection and admired."

While Carey prepares to enjoy his Z1 and Z1000, Hall of Fame supporters can start planning for next year with the newly announced 2012 raffle bike, a stunning 1947 Indian Chief. The Indian Chief is an iconic masterpiece of Americana, representing not just America's longtime love for big V-twin motorcycles, but riders' passion for the open road. The winner will be selected at a drawing at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in July 2012.

A minimum donation of $5 per ticket, or $20 for five tickets, is suggested. Donations can be made online at or by phone at (614) 856-2222.

About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Hall of Fame's three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The Motorcycle Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering. More information can be found at  

I was able to visit the HoF a few years ago and found it to be awesome. If you're ever in the area, you must visit. - Doug

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Motorcycle Lane Sharing and Filtering

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Motorcycle and Scooter lane sharing and traffic filtering is widely practiced (and formally permitted or tacitly tolerated) in most of the world because it is a natural way to increase road-space utilization and personal mobility efficiency. Linked here is an important new five page paper by San Francisco-based transportation safety specialist (and rider) Steve Guderian. It succinctly grounds the assertion that lane sharing and filtering lowers accident rates which cause rider deaths and injuries.

The significant safety benefits of lane sharing and filtering have long been intuitively known by experienced riders. But getting non-riding political leaders -- and the American public -- to accept this has been impossible (except in California).
Shifting economic, social and cultural factors are providing new opportunities for riders to advocate change. For example, to reduce urban congestion, save energy and lower accident rates any municipal government could legalize lane sharing and filtering on all of the local roads and streets within it's boundaries. Wouldn’t that be nice in your city?
We hope you'll download and read this helpful new paper on lane sharing and filtering. Additional resources for advocates are available at, including an Oregon State study of Lane Sharing.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

What flavor is a helmet donut?

A couple of weeks ago three random Moto-Tweeps of mine received free helmet donuts sold by my favorite vendor of Arai helmets & parts, The Service Pavilion in New Holland, PA. In addition to its brick 'n' mortar shop, TSP shows up at various events such as Ephrata, PA's 1st Sunday ride-in and the Americade Rally in Lake George, NY. These simple but highly effective dense foam donuts are just the ticket for helmet maintenance. If you've ever tried to balance an upside down helmet on your workbench, you well know of what I speak. The winners were @Fuzzygalore of the FuzzyGalore and RoadsideGalore blogs, @RoadsideWonders of Wendy Vee's Roadside Wonders website, and @james_reazor who is part of The Pace Podcast crew.  What did these folks have to do to qualify for the giveaway? Nothing, nada, zip, not a sausage.  If you'd like to get in on future giveaways, simply follow @TiltedHorizons on Twitter. Be sure your Twitter bio reflects that you're a motorcyclist (or aspiring rider).

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

RevZilla's July Gear Giveaway!

If you're an enduro, off-road or adventure rider, you need waterproof, precisely-patterned gear. And since you're reading this, you could be in luck thanks to RevZilla. Just spend about 30 seconds creating a Rider Profile on RevZilla's July contest page, than sit back and wait for the monthly winners to be drawn. The First Prize winner this month will receive a Klim Traverse Jacket and Pants combo valued at about $610. Two Second Prize winners will receive $50 Revzilla gift certificates.

While you're on RevZilla's site, take a look around at what RevZilla has to offer the serious adventure or sport-touring motorcyclist. Why shop RevZilla? I can tell you why I do: fast, free shipping for orders over $39.99; TeamZilla cash back program; "no  hassle" exchanges; price match guarantee; and above all, RevZilla's top-flight reputation among riders I know for its customer service and product knowledge. Let 'em know Tilted Horizons sent ya!

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