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Motorcycle Ambulance in AfricaA bit of creativity never hurts, especially when it comes to solving health problems in developing countries. That was the impetus behind the eRanger, a motorcycle ambulance with a sidecar stretcher capable of driving through the African bush terrain. “Donated ambulances (from the West) won’t do 100 yards in Africa,” said Mike Norman, a British engineer who designed the motorcycle ambulance. 

So far, Guinea, Malawi, Tanzania and South Africa have bought the ambulances, which sell for about $6,200. Last year, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and others donated $250,000 to UNICEF in Southern Sudan specifically to buy the vehicles.

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The Lee Roy Hartung collection is being put up for auction Nov 3-5 at the Hartung Automotive Museum in Glenview, IL. Hartung collectionThis is an amazing collection of motorcars, motorcycles and vintage memorabilia. A team from Auctions America is currently on-site creating a complete inventory.  We will provide details as more become available. (photo courtesy of Darin Schnabel © 2011)

The National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, just received another vintage motorcycle. The 1968 Laverda American Eagle, owned by Ed and Joann Dybala of Downers Grove, Illinois, will be on display at the museum for two years.  This 750cc twin is one of fewer than 150 American Eagle bikes that were sold in the US.  Thanks to Ed and Joann for their generosity to the motorcycling community.


If two wheels are one too many for you check out the the electric-powered unicycle from Ryno Motors.  With a top speed of 20 mph and a range of 30 miles between charges coupled with the charging units that are already contracted to be installed in the Chicago area, this might just become the ulimate urban vehicle!  Wonder how it would work with a snow tire and chains? Check it out.

Once is not enough?  Obviously not for Iron-Butt rider Tom Loegering.  After riding eight and a half days though 49 states this Iron Butt-er took a second lap! Tom rides a 2005 BMW LT1200, and did I mention he's 73?  Congratulations Tom and we wish you many more miles.

Safety Corner - MSF graduated their 6 millionth student this past June.  If you're interested in learning more about this milestone and information about their safety-related course offerings follow this link to view the MSF video.

Now that you're ready to ride here are a few upcoming events to check out. Click on the link to get details or go to www.LocalMotoHub.com for a complete calendar of local events.

Sat Sept 17 City Limits H-D Grand Opening, Palatine, IL  (visit our booth)

Sat Sept 24 Acetoberfest, Ace Motorcycle and Scooter Co., Chicago, IL. (visit our booth)

Sat Sept 24 Valpo Fest, Swap Meet and Bike Show, Vaparaiso, IN 

Sat/Sun Sept 24/25 Championship Cup Series Racing, Blackhawk Farms Raceway, South Beloit, IL

Sat Oct 1 Fall Slimey Crud Run, Pine Bluff, WI 

Organized event not your thing?  Longing for the open road?  Check out www.LocalMotoHub.com for suggestions on places to ride.  Here are suggestions from our members:

Looking for a GETAWAY? Ride up to Cedarburg, Wisconsin. It’s a relatively short ride by highway, but plan a westerly route to pick up some scenic roads. Include an overnight stay in order to enjoy  “one of America's 11 prettiest communities” according to Forbes Magazine.

For a day trip get out of town - south along the Illinois River to Marseilles and stop at Snug Harbor Marina for lunch and people watching.

When you take a ride or attend an event - let us know by adding new entries or commenting on existing destinations, roads, or the event you attended.

To those of you who have visited the site recently, thanks!  If not, please check us out - we continue to add new events, destinations, and ROADS every day.

Remember to "be careful out there" and keep the rubber side down!

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