The news feeds are full of the tragic story of a famous motorcycle stunt rider named Eddie Kidd who has allegedly been being beaten by his wife Samantha.

The former stunt rider performed stunts in many films for many actors: Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights, Roger Moore and Michael Caine in Bullseye, Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye and Val Kilmer in Top Secret.

One of his most famous motorcycle stunts was in the 1979 film Hanover Street starring Harrison Ford. Doubling for Ford, he jumped a 120 feet railway cutting at 90 miles per hour in Shepton Mallet, Somerset.  Robbie Knievel challenged Kidd to a world title motorcycle 'jump off' competition in St. Louis, Missouri in 1993 and Kidd won.

In 1996, Kidd performed a pretty tame stunt at the Bulldog Bash Kidd - a jump of approximately 50 ft across a drag strip. There was a short landing area beyond the drag strip that consisted of an uphill incline leading to the edge of a steep embankment. He completed the jump and landed the bike upright on two wheels, but his chin struck the fuel tank and he was knocked unconscious. As a result, he was unable to prevent his bike from continuing up and over the 20 ft embankment edge. Kidd sustained serious head and pelvic injuries in the resulting fall. He spent three months in coma.

I can not imagine being paralyzed and victimized by the person who is supposed to be caring for you. Eddie and Samantha had dated for sometime back in 1988, in 2007 they met again and began a relationship so it's not like he wasn't already in a wheelchair and she didn't know what she was signing up for.

If the allegations are true and she really did beat the man - why, what made her do that?
It's all so very sad.

In other news:
Honda will field a team of three for the upcoming Dakar Rally.

Marc Coma will be sitting the Dakar out...

26 Angels Fund was launched by members of the Renegade Knights Firefighter Motorcycle Club of Fairfield County to support those affected by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.

If you like motorcycle movies check out the free offer from MCN-TV!

Boot Hill Saloon & Strip Club Choppers have inked a deal that will see the two companies working together for Daytona Bike Week 2013 - they are offering a whole ton of FREEBIES.

There are many other items in the news feeds that may affect your day or life as a rider, check it out at where our work is keeping You informed!

I leave you with a few funnies shared with me by friends on Facebook and via emails!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone - talk to you all again on Christmas Eve...
Belt Drive Betty
Editor & Rider

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