Archive for April 29th, 2009

Rally Hero Scot Harden Featured on Scorpion TV

April 29, 2009

Motorcycle rally champion Scot Harden blazed a trail to Scorpion Sports HQ last week to talk about the helmet and apparel supplier’s new XDR Collection.

Scot Harden

Scot Harden

XDR stands for “Xtreme Distance Riding” so nobody is more qualified to talk about what goes into great riding gear than Harden. During his trip to Scorpion, he took the time to point out some of the many features and benefits that differentiate the XDR Collection from ordinary gear. Fortunately, the cameras were rolling and a short video clip now appears at Scorpion’s home page, while a longer version where Scot discusses rallying with Scorpion VP Eric Anderson appears at the ScorpionNation YouTube site .

Harden is a member of the American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He has served as African Rally champion, two-time Dakar Rally veteran, three-time Baja 500 and Baja 1000 Overall champion, three-time ISDE medalist, U.S. Trophy Team member and two-time AMA Amateur National Off-road champion.

Scorpion XDR Commander

Scorpion XDR Commander

Last August, Harden was hired as national sales and marketing manager of Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC. Prior to that he spearheaded corporate marketing strategies, product development and sales for KTM North America.

During his Hall Of Fame racing career, Harden has logged more than 200,000 off road miles that is enough to circumnavigate the entire planet eight times. I suggest anyone having a chance to talk with Scot jump at the opportunity.

Georgia Police Discover $100K Motorcycle Chop Shop

April 29, 2009

Last week a LoJack-equipped 2006 Suzuki GSXR-750 motorcycle was discovered stolen from the owner’s apartment complex parking lot in Georgia. The owner immediately reported the theft and police activated the covert LoJack System. Within three hours, Henry County Police Department officers picked up the LoJack signal and tracked the bike to a house in a rural area. The officer called a detective with a search warrant to the site and inside discovered not only the stolen bike, but other stolen motorcycles – all part of a chop shop operation.

After a lengthy investigation, 18 motorcycles, some from as far away as Alabama, were recovered along with the LoJack-equipped bike. The criminals were stripping the bikes and selling the parts on popular online sites like eBay. Total value of bikes in this theft ring is more than $100,000. Three suspects were arrested and more arrests are expected as part of this major theft ring.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Trenton Dean Mallard, 24, allegedly served as the ringleader and is in custody at Henry County Jail. Mallard was charged with 19 counts of theft by receiving and one count of operating a chop shop.

LoJack says it has achieve a 90 percent recovery success rate over the past 20-plus years, recovering more than $5 billion in stolen assets worldwide.

“These recoveries are great examples of how our proven system continues to benefit society by helping police not only find and recover stolen assets, but moreover break up organized crime rings and arrest the thieves behind these criminal acts,” says Ronald V. Waters, LoJack’s president and CEO. “These recoveries once again demonstrate that LoJack has the right technology and processes in place to effectively recover a wide range of stolen assets. Additionally, our direct integration with police puts recovery exactly where it belongs – in the hands of professionals who can swiftly track down stolen assets and arrest the perpetrators behind the crime.”