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800x400-rebel-reaperThere’s been 19 motorcycle fatalities so far this year in Oregon.  Too many and more than twice the 9 deaths in 2013 during the same period.

ODOT has stated and the facts bear this out that many of the fatal crashes are due to operator error, unsafe riding–speeding, following too close and abrupt lane changes.

And then we have the below idiot…  Speeding, reckless driving, acting stupid and irresponsible on the way to work.

On July 2, 2014 at approximately 6:26 a.m., an OSP senior trooper on patrol saw a black & silver 2003 Suzuki motorcycle displaying a Washington license plate eastbound on Highway 30 milepost 42 traveling 120 mph. When the trooper activated the patrol car’s emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop, the motorcycle sped up faster on the two lane highway passing other unidentified witnesses using the westbound lane and eastbound shoulder. The trooper lost sight of the motorcycle a couple miles later and terminated the attempt to stop it.

At approximately 6:40 a.m., a report was received from a log truck driver that the reckless, eluding motorcyclist pulled into the Dyno Nobel (a leader in commercial explosives) plant parking lot where it was parked. The trooper and officers from St. Helens Police Department and Rainier Police Department arrived at the parking lot and found the unoccupied motorcycle.

Subsequent investigation confirmed the motorcycle’s operator, Michael Tejada Echeverria, age 19, from Longview, Washington, worked at the plant and he was contacted by officers.

Mr. Echeverria was arrested and lodged in the Columbia County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude on a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. He was also cited for Exceeding the Posted Speed in Excess of 100 mph, No Motorcycle Endorsement, and Driving Uninsured.

Clearly Mr. Echeverria will drive without a motorcycle endorsement.  He must be thinking that the U.S. Constitution guarantees him the right to travel the roads of the land freely, and that state laws don’t apply.

Hey Mr. Echeverria, 1776 sent a telegraph to explain something… There is no constitutional right to drive a motorcycle or a car.  You may have the right to travel throughout the country, but that means walking, taking a bus, taking a taxi, riding a bicycle, hopping, skipping, uni-cycling, kayaking, or using a skateboard.  Since a motor vehicle can be a very dangerous instrument in unskilled hands, the state is fully justified in demanding proof that you can operate a motorcycle without endangering anybody, and in reserving the right to revoke your driver’s license if your conduct shows that you tend to disregard the rules of the road and the safety of the people around you.

It’s okay to wish to be a rebel, but enjoy that skateboard when you get out of jail.

Photo courtesy of Rebel Rockers Skateboards.

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SevenInCircleToday is the 7-year anniversary of this blog.

I’ve been blogging all this time and still not sure how it happened!

I remember when I started it back on July 2, 2007.  I was nearly ten years into riding a FatBoy (not my first motorcycle, but the first Harley) and making plans for an epic ride to Sturgis and the idea of creating a blog and capturing the highlights of the trip seemed logical.

There were times when the day job interfered or I was burned out on it, and put it on hiatus for a few weeks. But I did persevere.  For you statistical fanatics out there here is a brief 7-year summary:

Number of Blog Posts: 1,020 (including this post)
Number of Blog Views:  1,509,551
Number of Comments: 2,351
Number of Blog Posts Shared: 1850
Highest Number Views On A Single Day:  Mon., February 18, 2013 with 17,796
Most Active Time Of Day:  17:00

It’s hard to believe I’ll ever have another blog milestone as big as this one. Will I blog for another 7-years?  Who knows.  It’s always been done as a hobby and for the sheer intrinsic pleasure — to ride freely and provide the motorcycle community a voice, talking about our interests, rides and issues with thought-provoking, wide-ranging and sometimes snarky commentary (the latter often flying over the head of some readers).  That’s the trick… to enjoying the spectacle for seven straight years.

There’s no looking ahead, only the here and now, and whatever happens with the wind in the face.

Stats provided by WordPress and 7 photo courtesy of internet.

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