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Janklow to serve 100 days

January 30, 2004

South Dakota Congressman (and ex-attorney general and governor) Bill Janklow was sentenced to only 100 days in jail last week for killing motorcyclist Randy Scott, while speeding and running a stop sign near Trent, SD on August 16 2003. Janklow had been served 13 speeding tickets since 1990, but argued that, being a diabetic, his low blood sugar had affected his judgement in the fatal crash. Motorcyclists across the country are outraged that a well-connected politician known for his tough stance on law-and-order was given such a light sentence, and several biker groups have threatened to boycott Sturgis in protest. Janklow has since resigned from the House of Representatives.

Scooter Blubber

January 29, 2004

Nitro reminds us all: “Be careful where you park in Taiwan”.

Les Nessman was a scooterboy.

January 28, 2004

Chances are you know my brother Keith and his wife Carole, they’re leaving Chicago today for Cincinnati [ 1 | 2 | 3 ]. Goodbye, you guys.

Poster Corner

January 27, 2004

Poster Corner has a large selection of reproduction vintage motorcycle posters, including Iso and Starlett scooters and a Moto Guzzi moped.

Mods victorious over M.o.D.

January 27, 2004

The UK patent office has cleared the way, designers are free to overuse the RAF Roundel once again. Better yet, we can listen to the Rondelles!

Eat at Tweet

January 27, 2004

Belated congratulations to Chicago scooterist Kim Stewart, she’s now the sous/pastry chef at the northside restaurant Tweet, which recently recieved a glowing three-star review in the Tribune. We can’t wait to check it out, we’ll be visiting as soon as we find a babysitter.

More Kinetic/Italjet info

January 27, 2004

2SB reader Tom Shaddox sent us an Economic Times of India story about the Kinetic/Italjet deal, he actually sent it a while back but we were caught up in parenthood (our apologies, Tom). This story is a bit more clear and reveals a bit more, Kinetic will become the sole worldwide manufacturer and distributor of the current Italjet models Jet Set, Dragster, Formula, Torpedo, Velocifero, Millennium and Jupiter. All will be outfitted with Kinetic motors. Italjet founder/owner Leopoldo Tartarini will also be involved in future Kinetic design projects.

New Vespas arrive in USA

January 26, 2004

A source tells us that 300 Vespa GT200s are currently in Newark, NJ, being prepped, and, that Piaggio is planning to import the 50cc Typhoon as soon as late spring (under $2000) and the X9 as soon as this summer. I hope Piaggio and/or Vespa will bother to show up this year at the Chicago Motorcycle show.

Chicago International Motorcyle Show

January 26, 2004

Speaking of the Cycle World Show, it’s February 6-7-8 at Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. We’ll try to write up another overview like last year, only with more cute photos of Milena on bikes. And we’ll buy our “Phillipines” patches before the booth closes.

Fire Stadium is Go

January 26, 2004

The Chicago Fire has announced plans for a new $70 million (seven crore for our indian readers) soccer stadium in Bridgeview, IL. Good news for 2SB, that’s about as close to Galewood as we could have hoped for, and it’s near the VFW fish fry, the Krispy Kreme, and the Trader Joe’s that we frequent. The team hopes to play there starting in 2006. Westside!

India, the new Italy

January 26, 2004

Rupees continue to fall like rain on Italy this month as Piaggio announced their plans for a Rs 1,000-cr turnover in India by 2005, mainly on the heels of their Quadracycle and other cargo vehicles. “Rs 1,000-cr” means “One thousand Crore Rupees,” or “1,000 10-million rupees,” which I think works out to ten billion rupees, or something like US$221 millon, if my math is right. Could they make that a little more confusing? Meanwhile, Italjet has licensed seven models to Kinetic to be produced in India. Italjet will cease domestic production of the models and Kinetic will manufacture, distribute and market them worldwide, using Italjet’s current distributors. All engines will be manufactured by Kinetic, unlike the Italian versions which used Piaggio and other outsourced motors.

Stella Speed

January 26, 2004

How to void your Stella warranty, with help from your friends at Stella Speed.

Ryan Futogaki: We Hardly F**king Knew Thee

January 23, 2004

onenil.gifAs the Fire prepares for the 2004 MLS SuperDraft on Friday, January 16th, it is doing of bit of house cleaning. Luckily for Fire fans, notorious goalkeeper Curtis Spiteri, Henry Ring’s replacement for the last few games of the season, was released. During his only minutes with the Fire, against the Columbus Crew in their last game of the regular season, he allowed six goals in just one half of play.
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yet more milena photos

January 22, 2004

Milena at her Great-Grandma Haluda’s party.

Phil McCaleb on nh-scooters.com

January 20, 2004

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A couple weeks ago, Brian at nh-scooters interviewed Phil McCaleb of Scooterworks and Genuine Scooter Co. (Stella). Now I have to find someone in New Hampshire to interview to show him up.

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