Day: March 4, 2021

Modesto police seek witnesses to fatal Pelandale crash

Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle and a car Wednesday evening at the intersection of Tully Road and Pelandale Avenue in north Modesto.

Shortly before 6 p.m., the rider of a Suzuki GSX-R750 was westbound on Pelandale approaching Tully, Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Sharon Bear said Thursday.

The other vehicle, a 2021 Nissan Versa, had been stopped at the intersection in the designated left-turn lane. The driver, 58-year-old Sangker Sinthavong, and the motorcycle collided in the intersection. The motorcyclist, who as of Thursday morning had not been positively identified, was thrown from his bike and died at the scene.

“We are still determining who had the right of way” at the intersection, which is controlled by traffic lights, Bear said. Any witnesses to the crash are asked to email the lead investigator, Officer Jorge Contreras, at [email protected]

It was the second fatal motorcycle crash in Modesto on

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Low-cost SONDORS Metacycle electric motorcycle production accelerated

In a surprise announcement, electric bike manufacturer SONDORS has reported that its low-cost electric motorcycle known as the SONDORS Metacycle is running ahead of its production schedule.

The first deliveries of the $5,000 Metacycle weren’t expected to begin arriving at customers’ homes until Q4 2021.

Based on a recent email sent to early reservation holders, SONDORS now appears to be making quicker progress than initially anticipated.

As a result, the company is expecting deliveries of the SONDORS Metacycle to now begin in Q3 2021. Based on the company’s timeline, addressed in the email below, production is expected to run around one month ahead of schedule.

The budget-minded electric motorcycle was unveiled to much acclaim in January of this year. While it received a largely positive response, one of the few criticisms was the fairly lengthy pre-order period that pushed deliveries until Q4 2021.

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Indian Motorcycle’s New 2021 Chieftain Elite Combines Unmatched Power With Bold, Custom-inspired Styling


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MINNEAPOLIS–Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, today unveiled the latest in its “Elite” lineup of ultra-premium, limited edition motorcycles with the 2021 Chieftain Elite. Combining unmatched power with bold, custom-inspired styling, the 2021 Chieftain Elite was designed for riders who demand the best of the best and want to stand out from the crowd. Its limited run of only 120 worldwide make it Indian Motorcycle’s most exclusive Elite model yet.

Starting at $34,999, the Chieftain Elite’s premium two-tone Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Carbon Crystal paint delivers a custom-inspired aesthetic. Premium finishes, such as the Thunderstroke 116’s Slate Smoke finish and color-matched badging throughout set the Chieftain Elite apart from any other bagger on the road.

“We designed the Chieftain Elite for riders who want to turn heads and stand out without sacrificing performance or comfort,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President of Indian Motorcycle. “The bike’s attention to detail and

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