Tue Jan 29, 2013, 04:23 PM
Liberal_in_LA (42,780 posts)
Bikers who brought freeway traffic to standstill for marriage proposal being investigated by police
Bikers who brought freeway traffic to standstill for marriage proposal being investigated by L.A. police
Many thought the idea was original, but others thought it was simply reckless.
Among those not impressed is the California Highway Patrol, who said it is investigating and charges are pending.
At the very least, the bikers could be charged with impeding traffic; at worst, they could be charged with reckless driving or conspiracy to commit a crime, if police can prove this was planned.
The identity of the romantic couple is no secret.
Hector “Tank” Martinez and Paige Hernandez had the video posted on YouTube and gave an interview to Los Angeles radio station Power 106 FM.
Martinez told interviewers that the motorcade involved 300 to 400 family members and friends.
He said he had planned this since October.
If you were stuck in traffic near West Covina, Calif. Sunday, you have a couple of lovebirds to thank for that.
Biker Hector Martinez proposed to his longtime girlfriend Paige Hernandez on the I-10 freeway with the help of about 300 other motorcyclists, which completely shut down the freeway for a few minutes.
In the YouTube video above, the massive biker pack can be seen slowing to a crawl underneath an overpass where the couple's family members had gathered to film the proposal. Martinez's wheel begins to emit a cloud of pink smoke, and then he gets off his motorcycle to pop the question.
A surprised Hernandez says "yes" immediately before hugging and kissing him, and in the background is the sound of hundreds of bikers cheering and revving their engine. In all, the proposal takes place and the bikers disperse in less than five minutes, but a line of cars can be seen backed up behind the spectacle.
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Response to datasuspect (Reply #4)
Tue Jan 29, 2013, 04:44 PM
KansDem (28,498 posts)
5. Harley Davidson once attempted to trademark its sound.
They are known for their distinctive design and exhaust note. They are well known for their customization of their bikes, as well. In 1991, Harley-Davidson began participating in the Sound Quality Working Group. The group was founded by Orfield Labs, Bruel and Kjaer, TEAC, Yamaha, Sennheiser, SMS and Cortex.
It was the nation’s first group to share research on psychological acoustics. Later in the year, Harley-Davidson participated in some sound quality studies for Orfield Labs. Their objective was the lower the sound level for EU standards while analytically capturing the “Harley sound.”
Then on February 1, 1994, the company filed a sound trademark application for the distinct sound a Harley-Davidson motorcycle engine makes. Nine of Harley-Davidson competitors filed comments opposing the application.
Their argument was that some of their engines used similar engines that sounded like the Harley. Litigation began and by 2000, Harley-Davidson cancelled their application and effort to federally trademark their engine sound.
Read more at http://www.omg-facts.com/Business/Harley-Davidson-Once-Tried-To-Trademark/52237#BWcOoLVrL7VBXad4.99
Response to KansDem (Reply #5)
Tue Jan 29, 2013, 05:04 PM
yellowcanine (29,502 posts)
9. The distinctive sound is caused by a single pin (for two connecting rods) crankshaft connection.
Besides the sound, it makes the engine vibrate more, something endemic to HDs. But it is no more unique to to HD than the V-twin engine is so the idea of patenting it at this point is silly. The V-twin configuration with a single pin crank was the main configuration for nearly all two cylinder motorcycles up to the mid twentieth century. Performance wise it is actually an inferior design, besides the increased vibration, this design generally gets poorer fuel economy than a 2 pin configuration, which is probably why Honda abandoned it after using it on the 1100 cc Aero model of the Honda Shadow for a couple of years.
Just one more reason why a HD is an over priced inferior motorcycle compared to just about any other major brand out there.
Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)
Tue Jan 29, 2013, 04:48 PM
yellowcanine (29,502 posts)
6. That is really stupid. Suppose they caused an accident and someone got hurt or killed?
Stopping freeway traffic for a proposal is not sweet, cute or romantic. It is stupid.