How Do You Plan To Celebrate The 4th Of July?

As far back as I can remember the 4th Of July has been a special time of wonderment to me. Shortly after school let out for the summer (YAY!) along comes the 4th and really shakes things up!

As the days ticked by and the old urban legends made their rounds about fingers blown off and teenagers making out in a car down in the pits and getting attacked by trolls and yes, even the hitch hiking ghost boy and the pirate’s hook found later on a car door handle, it all served to add momentum to the long wait. Then finally we’d be packing up a bunch of stuff and piling in the car and driving downtown to the Capitol for the fireworks.

It was a simpler time, I’ll admit. No street lights. Playing tag or football until you just couldn’t see anymore. And there would be cook outs, fireworks and those little parking lot carnivals….it seemed to me that this was when summer just couldn’t take it anymore and busted wide open in all its glory

It was a magical time. I’m sure that however you celebrated it was for you too.

So this year, how do you plan to recapture that magic?

THE JULY/AUGUST 2019 ISSUE IS READY!

Pick up your free copy at select dealers, shops and events in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Washington D.C., West Virginia and Virginia!
The magazine will be posted at www.motorcycletimes.com this weekend.

FAMED MOTO AND AUTO JOURNALIST MISSING FOR A WEEK!

David “Davey” Johnson, 44 years old, an experienced motorcyclist was testing a Honda CB1000R for Motorcyclist magazine in the Sierra Nevada area when he went missing.

He had spent the weekend in Las Vegas with his girlfriend then was riding through the Sonora Pass the last anyone knew. He did send a couple texts so people were expecting him. When it became evident he was very late they began looking for him and an official search was launched.

His motorcycle, helmet and gloves (?) were found first, according to our research and sources, in a rest stop in Calaveras County by Deputies shortly after the search had been expanded from Sacramento County. Soon after his laptop and phone and backpack were found by the Mokelumne River.

These are the “known” facts as we here at Motorcycle Times have been able to confirm. Of course there is much speculation of the general kind plus some other “facts” we purposefully omitted due to their sensitive nature or even unreliable (unconfirmed) nature. For example, search dogs were/are being used but the results we are hearing are unconfirmed at this time, other than some of his items were found by the river and the dogs alerted there.

For more as it develops, stay tuned and of course if you do a quick Google search you will get a couple dozen returns to filter for yourself.

Meanwhile, let us all join together in prayer or good cosmic energy or lighting candles and chanting or whatever and however it may be done for you, in order to focus all our thoughts and energies toward a good and happy and safe outcome for Davey and his friends and family and the teams looking for him.

We can join together and ask this of our infinite cosmic universe for his safe return.

Mark

The 10th annual motorcycle run as part of the Endeavor Lodge #17 car and truck show will be held on Saturday June 1st. The police escorted motorcycle run will leave the car show site at the intersection of route1 and route 5 north of Milton, Delaware at 11:00 am and return at 12 noon. The entrance fee for each bike is 10.00 and 5.00 for each additional rider. Proceeds will be sent to the Shriners Children Hospital in Philadelphia. Registration for the bike run begins at 9:00 am. Please call Rick at 302 381 6817 for additional information.

The new issue is out and posted on the website. 

We are almost half way through 2019 already!
Please take a look at the magazine and let us know what if anything you’d like to see in it or cut from it.
We might not do that but hey, give it a shot.

The May/June issue has exciting new information about how the motorcycle industry is poised for a comeback  and which companies are making it happen…and how you can capitalize on this for your business or event.

Plus some inside information from Zero Motorcycles, an amazing dessert recipe and all our outstanding and award winning regulars.  This issue has you covered from Laconia to Colorado. We even have a special guest story contribution from somewhere overseas! You’ll have to dive in to find out who it is and what it’s about!

It’s free on the web site and at your friendly local neighborhood dealer or shop or event.

www.motorcycletimes.com

R.I.P. ARLEN NESS

1939-2019

Arlen Ness, the man who was perhaps the single biggest overall influence in our sport and passion of motorcycling has passed away. The family has released this statement to the business’s Facebook Page.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce Arlen Ness the visionary, loving husband, father, grandfather and leader of our family passed away last night March 22, 2019. Arlen passed away comfortably in his home surrounded by loved ones after the most creative and inspirational life anyone could imagine.
The most important things in Arlen’s life were his wife of 59 years Beverly, his children, grandchildren, friends and motorcycles. Arlen once said that “Motorcycling has been a great ride…my whole life since I’ve been motorcycling has been wonderful. I’ve met so many nice people. Friends all over the world…. We can go almost anyplace and stay with friends. It’s been great.” With few words Arlen conveyed his priorities every day, family and friends.
Everyone who knew Arlen respects him for his achievements and for who he was as a person, both of which are superlatives. The respect is how Arlen came to deserve the commonly spoken nickname “The King of Custom Motorcycles”. Arlen rarely reflected on his own success. He never planned for it, this is because what he achieved had never been done before; it had never been dreamt of.
Arlen has touched the lives of our family, the Arlen Ness team and thousands of others around the world with his genuine character. We will announce a memorial service and celebration of life after some private time, and appreciate your understanding. We thank you for your respects and condolences.
Although the Ness family cannot put their loss into words, they can look up and smile knowing Arlen has done something that few men do in a lifetime of trying. He has inspired.”

Editor’s Note: You may wish to search “Arlen Ness” for many links to learn more about this legendary man, his life, his family and his accomplishments. Every motorcyclist has been influenced by this man’s achievements in some way whether they realize it or not. Though my own motorcycle customizing attempts are feeble by comparison I can honestly say that from the home built chopper forks and sissy bars on the bicycles of my youth to the handbuilt and homemade chopper I ride today and every motorcycle between, Mr Ness and his peers did inspire me. They are the icons, who we want to be, how cool we want to look as we swap out our handlebars and turn signals or plunk down fat wads of cash for custom paint. Yes, the word inspired applies.     
Surely, the King Of Custom Motorcycles is working out the plans of another inspired heavenly chopper for The King Of Kings as I write this.   

GET YOUR CHARITY EVENT LISTED FOR FREE!

HI,
I just want to make sure that everyone knows Motorcycle Times magazine will advertise your charity events on our Website and Social Media for FREE. Advertise your event with us to get bigger crowds.
You can see our events calendar here: https://www.motorcycletimes.com/events/

No catches. It’s FREE.

  • Just send us an email with the name of the event, the charity it is for, the date, time, location, fee’s, donations, etc and a flyer or artwork.
  • Send it to mjmpublishing2017@gmail.com
  • Make sure the email includes the phrase “Please post this event in your website events calendar.
  • We will post it in the calendar and Social Media, plus set it to expire (or manually remove it) when it’s over.

WHY?
For 31 years Motorcycle Times has been THE GRASSROOTS motorcycle magazine serving Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC, and the DelMarVa resort areas.
We have always carried the most events and news in our magazine. Now we have rebuilt our website and we are using it to help make sure motorcycling survives as we know it, and that it grows to bring in more riders of all kinds. We are committed to getting the word out and bringing more riders in.

REALLY? THIS IS FREE?
Yes it is. We will gain website and magazine exposure traffic. Your event ad is free to you in exchange for the traffic it could bring us. Hopefully shops and dealers will decide to advertise with us so we can reach more locations in our chosen areas. That’s it. Either way we all win, we all get to choose from more events and parties!

Thank You,

Mark