It was reported in an article by the “Gasoline Society” on the Iron Demons website on April 18th, 2016 that Paul Sr. of the famous motorcycle show Orange County Choppers was involved in a motorcycle accident that costed him his life. The report was made in Louisiana:
Louisiana State Police say 68-year-old Paul Teutul was killed, April 18, 2016, when his motorcycle was struck by an SUV in Greta. The crash involved five vehicles. A second motorcyclist, Mark Duffy, was also injured and was in critical condition Monday.
A 68-year-old Paul Teutul was killed today (April 18) when a driver ignored a red light and caused a five-vehicle crash in Gretna, Louisiana State Police said. A second motorcyclist involved in the crash was in critical condition.
The second motorcyclist, Mark Duffy, 56, of Gretna, was also ejected when his 2006 Harley Davidson struck Liccardi’s QX80 on the driver’s side rear door during the crash. Duffy was being treated at University Medical Center, police said. Harmon was also taken there but pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital.
The accident is real but the name of the rider who was killed was replaced with Paul Sr. of Orange County Choppers. Iron Demons has since removed the article from their site but others still believed that Paul Sr. really had died even days after the hoax article was removed.
Orange County Choppers responded to the hoax by stating on Facebook the following:
The hoax article set was startling for many and Paul Sr. even personally responded to many people’s Facebook status’s saying that he is still alive and well.
We are glad that Paul Sr. is still alive and well. We enjoy watching his Orange County Chopper show even when we are located in Orange County California. His show is inspiring and fun to watch. We look forward to watching more specials on his chopper builds and to seeing him at motorcycle shows across the nation.
Even though this was a Hoax we still encourage all motorcyclists to ride safe and smart. We also want you to remember that if you are ever in a motorcycle accident call The Reinecke Law Firm now to get a free case evaluation. We Ride, We Fight, and We Win. Call now at (800) 275-8326.
When Riding Motorcycles on the road there are a few concerns aside from the fact that you are riding with other vehicles on the highways. Worries such as breaking down in the middle of nowhere, getting a flat, trying to communicate with a riding partner or buddy and overall just navigating around. We have come up with a few products to help you with some of those worries.
Having a complete tool set at home is awesome but not convenient if you are stranded without a running motorcycle carrying it around in your saddlebag is a bit impractical. Instead, every rider should have a good pocket-sized multi-tool, and BikeMaster has created a good one: their Multi-Tool with Sockets has just about everything you might need for a quick roadside fix. It has 6 hex wrenches (sizes 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, and 6mm), a combo 8 – 10 – 15mm open end wrench, three sockets (8, 10 and 15mm) and a socket driver. Not bad for something that can fit right in your pocket!
Every rider worst nightmare is getting a flat in the middle of nowhere. With this tire repair kit you’ll be prepared for time of getting a flat. Along with a complete array of tire and tube repair accessories (a complete patch kit as well as the necessary hand tools for the job), it comes with 4 small CO2 canisters to re-inflate a flat. And it can be used for tubed and tubeless tires.
Using hand signals to communicate is rather dangerous and difficult to do, however, the water-resistant, touring-friendly Sena SMH-10 is a great accessory for your group rides that provide crystal clear sound. The set offers a good range of features, with ample intercom range (up to 900 m) to chat with other riders as well as your passenger. Voice prompts allow for completely hands-free control. And you can pair it with your phone to listen to music, phone calls and voice-aided navigation.
If you use your bike to commute to work or school, wearing a backpack can be a drag – literally. Standard nylon or canvas backpacks can flap around in the wind, which can make for an unpleasant ride. The Ogio No Drag Mach 3 backpack has a hard, aerodynamic shell that allows for excellent air flow, and provides additional protection for the stuff inside. At 1125 cu. in, it offers plenty of storage space, and sports protective compartments for laptops up to 15″, iPads/tablets, and smartphones. The hip belt’s buckle is off-center, which keeps it from scratching your gas tank.
5. Skully AR-1 Helmet
The Skully AR-1 isn’t your ordinary brain bucket. According to Skully CEO Marcus Weller, speaking at a press conference in San Francisco earlier this year, it’s “the most complex consumer device on the planet”. The Skully boasts a rear-facing 180 degree camera integrated with an in-visor HUD (Heads-Up Display); the camera projects what’s going on behind you onto the bottom right portion of the visor. Regardless of where you turn your head, you’ll be able to see what’s happening “on your six”, as pilots might say. In addition, the HUD will give you basic info about the bike (speed, RPMs) and Skully is working on a turn-by-turn navigation system as well.
There have been delays – the helmet is now slated for release in the fall – but according to Weller, those delays were to ensure that the helmet meets both DOT and ECE standards. (The helmet will now feature a carbon fiber inlay for additional rider protection.) Right now the Skully AR-1 can be pre-ordered on the Skully website, as manufacturing has not yet begun; the cost is $1500, and there’s no word as to plans for distribution to other retailers.
All of these accessories are great and amazing with their potential capabilities but they won’t always prevent you from being involved in an accident or crash. For those that are involved in a motorcycle crash please call The Reinecke Law Firm at (800)275-8326.
In 2015, the governor of California signed the Yellow Alert Bill which is to help find the evaders of hit-and-run accidents and crashes. The bill was originally written by Mike Gatto, an assemblyman of Glendale.
“It’s a very common sense bill that statistics show would greatly reduce the amount of people who get away with this very terrible crime,” Gatto said.
Brown vetoed a similar bill that passed the Assembly last year. Gatto said that he doesn’t know why Brown signed the bill this time around, “but we’re ecstatic about it.”
“This bill will make a very, very meaningful difference, I think, in the number of people who are brought to justice,” Gatto said. “And if more people are brought to justice, I think more people will do the decent thing, and that’s stop. And realize that if you flee the scene of an accident, it’s a crime; if you stop and render aid, then it’s just an accident.”
When Brown vetoed last year’s bill, he said that he was concerned about diluting the power of Amber Alerts with other messages. Gatto said that, given that highway signs are currently used to notify drivers of the state’s drought right and to urge them save water, there should also be room for their use to notify them of hit and runs.
“Hopefully, the governor came to the same conclusion I did, which is that our network is not that burdened right now,” Gatto said.
Gatto said that the alerts would only be deployed in the area of a suspected hit-and-run, and that they wouldn’t trigger an alert to people’s cell phones.
Nearly over 40,000 car accidents in Los Angeles alone nearly half of them are classified as hit-and-run cases. In 2015 27 people were killed by hit-and-run accidents and 144 others suffered serious injuries. Of those case only a fifth of those cases were solved.
The Los Angeles bulletin system also alerts taxi-cab drivers and tells auto-body specialists to watch for vehicles coming into their shops dented or bloodied.
In addition, the city will offer standing rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of hit-and-run drivers: $50,000 for a fatal crash, $25,000 for a collision resulting in serious injury, $5,000 for an accident causing a lesser injury and $1,000 if there was property damage only.
Leaving the scene of a fatal crash or an accident that caused serious injury can lead to felony charges.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed during a hit-and-run while riding a motorcycle call The Reinecke Law Firm today for a free case evaluation at (800) 275-8326. We want to help you recover as fast as possible.
With the rise of technologies in batteries and electric motors there have been significant improvements in combining them in motorcycles. Brammo was one of the first companies to come out with a good powerful electric motorcycle with a decent endurance of range for a battery but the fall was the price of the motorcycle. Brammo has since been bought by Polaris. A lot of people are hoping that with the development of electric motorcycles they will come down in costs and the range of the battery would be more than 50 miles and quite possibly the amount of power would be improved. They are on the rise and only time will tell where they will go.
Is it worth the cost of changing from a full gas motorcycle to an electric? As of right now it is not unless you are only riding your motorcycle less than 5-10 miles an hour and plan on traveling at a rate of less than 50 mph or if you have $25,000 pocket change to drop on the new Victory Impulse TT that Brammo (Polaris) has created. If that is what you plan to do you might as well look into buying an electric mountain bike that you could take on and off the road as well as ride on sidewalks.
Pros and Cons of Electric and Gas Powered Motorcycles
Pros of Electric Motorcycles
- Low Maintenance Costs
- Electricity is cheaper
- No Emissions
- Quiet (this can be a pro and a con)
- Minimal moving parts
- Direct Power
- No Gears
- No Clutch
Cons of an Electric Motorcycle
- Battery Charging Time
- Distance Range
- Quiet (others won’t hear you coming)
- Not very powerful
- Not many dealerships know how to service
Pros of Gas Powered Motorcycle
- Light weight
- Range is dependent on gas availability (forever)
- Loud (People can see hear you coming)
- Upgrades are easier
- Relatively Cheap
- Bigger selection and sizes
Cons of Gas Powered Motorcycle
- Loud (neighbors will not like it)
- Maintenance Costs are relatively high
- Can be messy
- Shifting gears
- Smell bad
- Have to warm them up
- Harder to learn
It is all about your preference and how much you want to spend in the end. An electric motorcycle might be good if you plan to have it more than ten to fifteen years but you will be stuck with having to change a battery out by then or even a couple times which pretty much cost half of the bike you bought it for. A gas-powered motorcycle, if maintenance is kept, will last for more than 15 years but you will lose some power due to wear and tear.
Not mention that insuring an electric motorcycle will cost you more because of the bike costing more than a gas powered motorcycle. It might be best to see what’s down the road a little further before we start having a more precise debate on whether an electric motorcycle would be preferred over a gas motorcycle.
Companies that make electric powered motorcycles-
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or crash call The Reinecke Law Firm today to see how we can help you make a full recovery to getting all that was lost in your motorcycle accident case. Do not hesitate to call us at (800) 275-8326. Call for a free case evaluation.