Bob’s Review: July 5th 2017

By General, Guest, ,

As part of a wider program to bring in different perspectives and news from the industry we sought the help and advice of customer and journalist Bob Pickett. Bob’s been writing for publications including Motor Cycle Monthly, Motorcycle Sport & Leisure, UBG and RiDE magazine for a while now and he’s agreed to write a few interesting tidbits from the wider motorcycling World.

Biker group escorts bullied child to school

10 year old Xander Laybolt, from Nova Scotia, was being bullied at school due to his weight and his liking for wearing a leather biker-style vest.  His mother Katie, who said Xander had endured racial slurs,  “disgustingly” sexual comments and even a death threat, contacted ‘Defenders of the Children’, a New Zealand based organisation for help.  The group put the word out on social media, resulting in local biker groups responding to arrange Xander an escorted trip to school.

“I’m hoping he knows from now on, if somebody bullies him, he’s got somebody to go to,” Mike Basso of Cape Breton Bike Rally said. “He can look on the corner on any street. He’s going to find a leather vest. He’s now one of our brothers.”

Basso said he hopes the gesture will send a clear message to all the school’s bullies.  “It’s time to put up what we call a wall of leather and steel,” Basso told the Cape Breton Post this week. “We’re here for the kids. They need to know there’s somebody out there rooting for them.”

JOR: Bullying help is available online if you don’t have a local biker chapter to call on


Biker to be buried in his sidecar!

When 89-year old Arthur Werner passed away, his family discovered he had made plans to be buried in the sidecar of his beloved 1990 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail.

Mr Werner viewing had him in his sidecar, and a funeral home run by biking enthusiasts,  Heintzelman Funeral Home who have three motorcycle hearses, was employed to take him to his final resting place.  Mr Werner bought his bike with a retirement bonus after working for his employer, a Pennsylvania steelworks, for 42 years.

Daughter-In-Law Cindy said “He lived for that bike”.  Now they will be together permanently.