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The Link between Motorcycles and Erectile Dysfunction

Posted in Equipment, Health, Medical Research, Motorcycles, Safety on January 18th, 2009

Take heed, men who have the passion of riding on two wheels. There might be a possibility that motorcycle riding can lead to erectile dysfunction which may require treatment with meds like Levitra or the other erectile dysfunction drugs soon.

The International Journal of Impotence Research has published a study that highlights the link between the increasing rate of erectile dysfunction and motorbike riding men. Research shows that penis nerves are in danger of being damaged by the vibrations produced by motorcycle engines (mostly coming from under the seat). Uncomfortable motorcycle seats can also restrict the flow of blood through the arteries of the penis which discourages erection.

Motorcycle riding does not only threaten penile erection but also the health of male prostate and bladder. The same research also found out that men who operate forklift truck and other heavy machinery (which noticeably have strong engine vibrations) are also susceptible to erectile dysfunction.

Doctors mostly provide riders with samples of erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra, Levitra and Cialis, erectile dysfunction is no longer considered a frustrating condition as it once was. What these medications do is help men suffering from erectile dysfunction by increasing the flow of blood to his penis thus encouraging an erection that can last up to the completion of the sexual act.

Erectile dysfunction drugs are however not magic pills because you still need to be sexually aroused before you can experience an erection. The same erection is also expected to go away after the completion of the sexual act. If not then that would be another problem.

But why wait for erectile dysfunction to strike you when you can prevent it by installing comfortable seats on your motorcycles? If riding motorbikes is your pleasure you can at least limit the damage that the engine vibrations can cause by making sure you have comfortable seats which puts pressure not on your perineum area but on your buttocks. A simple cushion such as an airhawk can help as well.

Quality motorcycle seats can be an additional expense, but compare this to the possibility of developing erectile dysfunction and you would agree that this is the most cost effective way of managing your health and your sexual life.

Surviving 70 mph Motorcycle Crash — Impact Jacket’s First Real-Life Saver

Posted in Global, Media, Motorcycle News, Motorcycles, News, Press Release, Safety on October 11th, 2007

BALTIMORE , Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Motorcyclist and family man, Joseph McPhatter, can return to his wife and three kids with only minor injuries after the first real-life crash incident in the United States, involving the Impact Jacket(TM) (airbag jacket) that he was wearing which saved his life.
During the last week of September 2007, Mr. McPhatter accompanied by two other riders was traveling inside the Baltimore beltway on Interstate 83 following the speed of traffic; he changed lanes only to be cut off by a driver who then hit the brakes. Mr. McPhatter plowed into the back of the car and was ejected 100 feet in the air hitting the ground at an impact rate of 140 mph.
One of his companions went over to him fearing the worst not even checking for vital signs and protecting his friend by shielding cars from his body.
Mr. McPhatter is only suffering from sore ribs/knees/bruised shoulders and a broken thumb socket. A Maryland State Trooper said to him at the hospital, “…this jacket [Impact Jacket(TM)] saved your life!”

Since 1997 motorcycles fatalities have increased by 89 percent from 2,116 to 4,008 in 2004 according to the NHTSA. The recently released 2005 projections show motorcycle rider fatalities are expected to increase for the eight year in a row. The increase in motorcycle rider fatalities from 2004 to 2005 as per the projections is 7.7 percent — from 4,008 to 4,315. Recent high-profile motorcycle accidents that have occurred have reinforced the importance of wearing rider protection. The Impact Jackets(TM) will provide safety for riders, therefore providing an overall secure feeling for the riders, families and their loved ones, and in the end aiding in saving the lives of riders who are involved in accidents nationwide.

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Weather threatens first days of bike week

Posted in Bike Week, Brevard County, Daytona Beach, Florida, Local, Melbourne, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycles, News, Ormond Beach, Safety, Volusia County, Weather on March 2nd, 2007

Daytona Weather

As we make our final preparations to leave for Daytona Beach the winds here in Melbourne Florida are kicking up and the sky is threatening. The image above is from my web site Ride Weather and it stays current updating the Daytona Beach weather hourly.

Looks like Bike Week will be getting off to a windy and cloudy start with chances of scattered thunder storms today and tomorrow. As of yet, we have not seen any rain, but be very careful riding in this wind. Wind gusts of up to 35 mph have been recorded as a front moves along the Florida peninsula.

Daytona Beach Sky Cam Capture March 2, 2007 for Bike Week

This is a screen capture of the sky cam located in Daytona Beach on the WESH Channel 2 tower. The picture shows the cloud coverage, but no rain.

Daytona Beach Web Cam

This picture was captured form the web cam located on the Daytona Beach Pier looking down the Florida coastline, you can see the cloud build up. Here is the extended Daytona Beach weather outlook:

Friday…Mostly cloudy with numerous showers and thunderstorms. Breezy. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Saturday…Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms. Cooler. Highs in the mid 60s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Sunday…Considerable cloudiness with a chance of showers. Highs in the mid 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Monday…Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s.

Tuesday…Mostly sunny. Highs around 70.

Wednesday…Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s.

Thursday…Partly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s.


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A compilation of some of the worst motorcycle crashes. VIDEO

Posted in Entertainment, Internet, Internet Video, Media, Motorcycles, Movies, Racing, Safety on February 9th, 2007
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This is a killer video! 7 minutes of extreme motorcycle crashes. As you watch, notice how the camera person usually ends up running or involved in the crash. There is a part were a race rider comes close to being thrown, but somehow recovers, gets back on and continues. Great motorcycle video and music, Enjoy.

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It happens all the time

Posted in DUI, Editorial, Law, News, Safety on November 10th, 2006

I have heard the comment “It happens all the time” and yes it does. As a matter of fact it happens every 20 minutes. Every 20 minutes someone dies because of driving drunk.

So why is the case of Gerald Morelock any different than these other people that became the victim of a DUI? Because it happened at the hands of Billy Lane a well known chopper builder? Because it happened in my hometown of Melbourne, Florida? Well, I suppose all of these build into the equation, but I am not so sure that is the very reason.

I think the thing that bothers me, and others, the most here is the way that he (Billy) has chose to ignore what happened. I guess it appears that by doing so, he has chose to ignore those who made him well known. I have read other articles that use the word “famous” to describe Lane. In reality he is not so famous. I think that the word “noted” better describes Billy Lane as far as the world goes. He may be famous in the world of motorcycles and enthusiast, but it stops there.

Billy Lane was scheduled to appear in court yesterday on November 9th for pretrial or docket sounding. DOCKET SOUNDING is the last effort of the Judge and the attorneys involved to schedule specific days and times for trials just prior to the beginning of the trial docket. Lane was not present because he filed a waiver of appearance through his criminal attorney Kepler Funk. The criminal case against Billy Lane is now set for yet another docket sounding on February 2, 2007.

So, there is going to be a bit of time spread in the criminal DUI Manslaughter case that faces Billy Lane. Will this help us to forget it? No. I think not. At least not for me. I intend to watch this one through until justice has been served. To many this raises another topic all together, one that I will not address other than to say that it is the way this country is run. The system may have many flaws, but it is ours to live with. This case will be heard and as Americans we will have to abide by what is written and what the jury decides.

It looks as though the defense attorneys in the civil case against lane for the wrongful death of Gerald Morelock have chosen to take advantage of the stall in the criminal procedure by filing a motion for speedy trial. That is not a bad thing, yet, I can’t help but think that it will be somewhat effected by the delay in evidence and discovery in the criminal case. It will certainly make the investigators have to work a bit harder to obtain evidence on their own.

While the two cases certainly have no bearing on one another by way of outcome, the civil trial attorneys can use evidence that would not be admissible in the criminal case. I will also be looking for the response from the defense that is due in by the 12th of this month.

In closing I’d like to leave you with a quote:

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley

Bikers Against Drunk Drivers

Suspended driver license

Posted in Case Research, Editorial, Law, Motorcycles, News, Rants and Raves, Safety on October 23rd, 2006

With all the public eye on the Gerald Morelock tragedy having been killed by a driver who was not even supposed to be driving, it really rattles my cage to read how the last death of Biketober happened.

There is a reason that laws are in place in this world. The people that do not abide by these laws have to be punished and there are laws that provide for the terms of said punishment. As President Theodore Roosevelt said: “No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it“.

If you have broken certain traffic laws, then the law provides that the punishment be a suspended or revoked driver license. The reason for this is that you have proved yourself not worthy the privilege of driving on the highways of this land. You have at one time or another shown irresponsibility to the point that it has become dangerous to you and those that share the road with you.

Now, as I read the story of how Nora Cardona was killed during the last day of Biketoberfest it grieves my heart. My heart goes out to Mr. Cardona who had his wife literally taken from his loving hand and drug 160 feet by a man that was not supposed to be driving to begin with!

The racing motorcycle was being driven by 22 year old Kreso F. Orlic of N.J., who’s license had been suspended. Just as Billy Lane had no business driving the day he hit Gerald Morelock and killed him, Mr. Orlic should not have been on his motorcycle. Orlic was drag racing with 2 other bikes when he struck Mrs. Cardona walking across the street holding her husband’s hand.

I am sure there are statistics that would show how many drivers that have suspended or revoked license have caused accidents. I would imagine that the number is probably high. I don’t have those numbers at the moment and it is not relevant to these particular cases.

The sad truth is that if these people had obied by the law and not operated a motor vehicle while their license was suspended, the victims of their crime might today still be alive.

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Cross the line – Do the time

Posted in Chopper Builders, Editorial, Florida, Law, Melbourne, Motorcycles, Opinion, Rants and Raves, Safety on September 30th, 2006

Double Yellow no-passing zone on A1A Melbourne Beach, Florida

Image of Melbourne Beach no-passing zone

There are still conflicting reports as to exactly where the fatal crash that took the life of Melbourne Beach resident Gerald Morelock happened.
I have read that it happened on State Road A1A near Ballyshannon Street, which would be the view in the image below

Southbound view of Ballyshannon street and State Highway A1A

Highway A1A and Ballyshannon Street intersection

Reports have also indicated that the impact of the sponsored Dodge pickup driven by Billy Lane and the Yamaha motor scooter driven by the victim Gerald Morelock happened at the intersection of Highway A1A and Windemere Place, pictured below.

Camera view from Windemere Place and Highway A1A

No-passing zone on Highway A1A and Windemere Place

All of the photographs here show the area of the crash with clearly marked double yellow no passing zone indication on the pavement. There is a notable difference, however, if the crash impact happened closer to the Ballyshannon Street intersection. Notice that this area is including turning areas marked off for a shopping center and the street intersection.

All images indicate that the Florida Department of Transportation and by way of Florida State driving laws have ruled this entire area unsafe to pass and painted double yellow lines on the pavement meaning this is a no-pass zone. None of the articles that I had read and seen have included photographs of the highway where this tragic crash took place.

Choppers Inc. Custom Dodge Pickup

Custom Dodge Pickup that was driven by Billy Lane

These images are all the work and owned by Mike Odom. If you wish to use the images, please contact me first for permission as they are copyrighted work.


When heroes become bad guys

Posted in Chopper Builders, Editorial, Florida, Melbourne, Motorcycles, Opinion, Rants and Raves, Safety on September 5th, 2006

 What does it feel like when someone that you look up to does something wrong? When one of your role models, a hero of yours turns into a bad guy overnight?

 I thought I would never be able to answer these questions, or even find a day when I might have to. My thoughts go back to a night that I saw a little boy treated very bad by his hero. I was at a Alice Cooper concert at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. I remember standing outside by a large RV bus that Alice Cooper was in waiting to get a picture of him. As the door of the bus opens out comes Jake “the Snake” Roberts  with some bimbo looking chick. This kid, a boy, around 10 or 11 walks up to him and asks for an autograph. I watched as tears ran down the boys face after this creep that once was a superstar pushed him aside saying “not right now kid”! The poor kid was so upset.

 Recently, I had one of my heroes turn bad guy. It hurt the kid inside of me, while the adult part is furious. Billy Lane a famous chopper builder that has been on Discovery channel shows like the biker build-off and monster garage lives and works in my hometown of Melbourne, Florida. Billy owns Choppers Inc. so I go there quite often to photograph his work and occasionally even the east coast chopper kingpin himself.

 Over the past few years of doing this I came to admire Billy’s work and style. It felt good to see and document his work from scratch to finish. One day while I was at the Choppers Inc. shop, my wife and I got to meet Billy Lane and take pictures with him. That was one thing that I really respected about the man was that he was very approachable as a celebrity. I never seen him not take the time to at least acknowledge his fans when they came to visit the shop. Many days I have seen entire families come to the place hoping to see Billy in person. Almost always they would walk out with a bag full of tee shirts, posters and books as souvenirs of the day they visited Choppers Inc.

 On Tuesday September 5th, I learned that Billy Lane was involved in an accident. My first thoughts were of him getting hit on one of his bikes. However, as I read the article in the Florida Today newspaper, I found that Billy Lane was injured. It was Billy that had carelessly crossed a double yellow line on A1A trying to pass 2 vehicles that struck and killed a 56 year old man riding his Yamaha motor scooter. He also had a passenger in the truck with him that worked at Choppers Inc. that was injured. Both Billy and the passenger were released from the hospital after being treated for their injuries. While the man, Gerry Morelock who was riding his motor scooter was killed instantly. It is alleged at this time that Billy was not only driving reckless, but he may have been impaired by alcohol as well. Shame on you Billy! To take the live of a brother in the motorcycle community by being careless is bad enough. But if you had been drinking to the point that it affected your decisions? I along with many other of your fans are discussed with you.

 I took a ride today out to where this incident took place. I was thinking that maybe it was a case were there was broken lines and it turned into a double yellow before one could get back over. That is not the case at all! The area where this happened is not only doubled line, it involves turning lanes as well. It would be hard to say that it was bad timing or a case of not enough time to get back over. No one should pass in this area at all. This was no more than a case of total disrespect and negligence. I have lost all my respect for this man. To make matters worse, Billy has not come forward to his public and the members of the biker community to make a statement. It is more as though he is in hiding and makes the incident look even worse, if it could be.

One thing that has come out of this for me is a big lesson on making choices. I learned that we must take our time in making a choice remembering that when you make a wrong choice the outcome can effect many lives. Billy made the wrong decission passing in that area of A1A and it cost a life, the life of a motorcyclist. His choice will also have a effect on others like me. People that respected him and looked up to him as one of the best chopper builders in the world. People that looked at Billy Lane as a hero and celebrity. That has all been lost now by making a poor choice. A choice to do what? Save a second or two on your way home that was only a mile away. What a shame that now you must hide from the people that once loved you.

 My greatest sympathy and prayers go out to the family of Gerry Morelock for the needless end of his life. And to Gerry Morelock, rest in peace.

I also pray for Billy!! I don’t hate him, I hate what happened. I know that it was not intentional and that Billy is having a very hard time dealing with what has happened. I wish that he would just come forward and say something. Maybe, if he did, his fans would have a better understanding.

This incident has caused a great deal of loss. My sincere hope of healing goes out to all.

Ride Weather

Posted in About Me, Biker Sites, Check Your Weather, Cool Sites, Internet, Links, Motorcycles, Safety, Sites I have created, Travel, Weather on April 1st, 2006

I developed Ride Weather because I have seen the need to know about the weather before you take off on a long ride or head out for a motorcycle event. The motto of the site is “know before you go” and it includes 3 and 7 day weather forecasts, tropical updates and a forum for motorcycle ride and weather discussion.

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