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Billy Lane is a free man. 

The celebrity motorcycle builder, whose custom work earned the Melbourne-based designer several spots on reality television, has been formally freed from an Orlando work release program today as part of the completion of his sentence on a vehicular homicide charge, the Florida Department of Corrections confirmed today. READ ON

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Motorcycles are taking shape in metal shop classrooms across Manitowoc County as students work toward a Friday deadline to complete their bikes in time for a late-April motorcycle show.

This year five schools are participating in the mini-chopper program, which provides students with real life experience and promotes careers in manufacturing as they build mini choppers as part of their academic curriculum. The project is a collaborative effort by the Economic Development Corporation of Manitowoc County, The Chamber of Manitowoc County, local high schools, Lakeshore Technical College, and sponsorship by area businesses.  READ ON

 

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Under construction: Chris Minnee's helicopter turbine-powered motorcycle.Despite a lifetime's experience riding motorcycles and servicing helicopters - putting the two together has been a major learning curve for Cambridge man Chris Minnee.

Minnee trained as an aircraft engineer in the mid 1970s and now owns Rotor Craft, a Hamilton Airport-based helicopter maintenance business.

A keen motorcyclist for 45 years he has ridden a variety of makes from Suzuki and Triumphs to Hondas.

However, building the turbine bike is his first effort at a ground-up custom fabrication. READ ON

 

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The CowasakiFOR over 10 years, a man has been building motorcycles made out of bones.

Reese Moore, Florida, started making the creations after building an 8’ T-rex dinosaur for his kids in 1995. After selling it to a bar in the Daytona area, he joked with the owner that he would make a motorcycle out of bones for Bike Week. READ ON