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Harley Plans Daytona Bike Week

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Daytona Bike Week

2016 Harley-Davidson Daytona Bike Week

Harley-Davidson Ready To Rock And Roll Into Daytona Bike Week

Festivities Include Free Demo Rides at Huge Speedway Display,
Parties, Music and Thrilling Motorcycle Racing Action

Press Release: Harley-Davidson welcomes riders with warm sunshine and cool motorcycles as a new riding season kicks off in Florida during the 76th annual Daytona Bike Week. Once again Harley-Davidson is the official motorcycle of Daytona Bike Week, and the Motor Company is ready to host all riders March 11-18 with special events, parties and free demo rides on all 2017 Harley-Davidson models, including Touring motorcycles featuring the all-new Milwaukee-Eight engine.

“If it’s March, you’ll find Harley-Davidson in Daytona,” said James Newton, Harley-Davidson U.S. Events Manager. “Each year the warm weather and clear roads of Florida reignite the passion for freedom we all feel when we twist the throttle. The bikes, the beach and the bonds of friendship are Daytona traditions that Harley-Davidson supports year after year. We invite everyone to swing by Harley headquarters at the Speedway to demo new motorcycles and have some fun.”

Harley Headquarters at the Speedway
Official Harley-Davidson Bike Week activities are consolidated at one action-packed venue located just off International Speedway Blvd. on the grounds of Daytona International Speedway. Open March 11-18, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.  daily with free motorcycle parking, this expansive Harley-Davidson location will offer:

  • Motorcycle demos: See and ride more than 100 new 2017 Harley-Davidson models including the just-released Road King Special and other Touring models powered by the potent new Milwaukee-Eight engine. The demo fleet also includes the nimble Harley-Davidson Roadster model, fabulous 2017 CVO models and bikes fully customized with Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories.
  •  New Milwaukee-Eight Display Truck: Experience the all-new Milwaukee-Eight engine through technical displays and feel the rumble of this exciting new V-Twin on the Harley-Davidson JUMPSTART Rider Experience. Check out the customized Harley-Davidson Rebel Freightliner truck and a display of new items from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories.
  • See It/Try It/Buy It: Demo new Harley-Davidson helmets and riding gear when you demo-ride a bike. A selection of new Genuine MotorClothes will be available for purchase on site, including Willie G. and H.O.G. commemorative merchandise. Also, visit with Harley-Davidson fit consultants at the H-D1 Fit Shop for any customization needs.
  •  H.O.G. Rally Point at the Speedway: Join Sam, Thor, Bruce and other Harley-Davidson staff members at the H.O.G. Rally Point. Relax in the demo lounge area, pick up a cool pin (exclusive for Harley Owners Group members), and check out a new Harley-Davidson Museum display featuring The Race of Gentlemen.

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Message from MRF President

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CALL TO ACTIONA Message from MRF President, Kirk ‘Hardtail’ Willard – CALL TO ACTION

As many of you know, last year the MRF assumed a new endeavor related to the unconstitutional practice of motorcycle profiling. After reports began to rise from our own membership citing instances where they felt singled out by law enforcement simply because of their appearance, apparel, or because they are simply riding a motorcycle, the MRF decided to take action.

Working with its partners within the Anti-Profiling Action Group, the MRF developed a strategy at the national level to help combat profiling, an issue that affects ALL riders and is unfortunately increasing. We know this to be true because of a survey put forth by the Motorcycle Profiling Project. In 2015, the survey found over 50% of riders across the U.S. reported being unjustifiably stopped by police at least once while riding their motorcycles.  With a participation level of over 5,000 motorcyclists nation-wide, these facts and figures will help support and solidify our concerns over this issue when addressing lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

This year, the Motorcycle Profiling Project has launched another survey designed to reach an even broader audience. Like the previous survey, its results will be used as critical tools in the efforts to obtain legislative relief across the country.

I am asking you to take a few moments and fill out the survey, which can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
It’s completely anonymous and it’s only 15 questions.
YOUR VOICE MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

http://www.motorcycleprofilingproject.com/national-motorcycle-profling-survey/

On behalf of the entire MRF membership and its Board of Directors, thank you for your support on this issue.

RIDE FREE-

KirkWillard-Signature

 

 

 

About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.

Gettysburg Bike Week 2017 Rally

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Gettysburg Bike Week 2017 RallyGettysburg Bike Week Announces First Wave of Entertainment for 2017 Rally

16th Anniversary of GBW Jam-packed with Bikes, Bands and Contests

Gettysburg Bike Week is back for its 16th anniversary rally at the Allstar Events Complex in Gettysburg, PA, and the entertainment slate is starting to fill up. Festivities kick off Thursday, July 6, 2017, and run through Sunday, July 9.

“I know rally goers are going to be stoked on the acts we’ve booked so far,” says GBW event coordinator Kelly Shue. “We’ve got returning favorites plus some new blood.”

This year’s musical acts include Saturday headliner Warrant, with more to be announced, and A-list regional groups like Blizzard of Ozzy (the country’s premier Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath cover band) and the acclaimed Hank Williams, Jr., tribute band All My Rowdy Friends. Legendary emcee Jack Schit will once again perform master of ceremonies duties throughout the week on the Budweiser Stage, Gin Gypsies will be slinging the drinks and this year’s rally will feature a cornhole tournament (directed by York Adams Cornhole). Expect great performances from the Cherry Bombs and 50 Shades of Men plus bike builders battling for the Biker Build-Off Championship; heavy competition in the Cycle Source Ride-In Bike Show, Ride and Rodeo; the Parade of Chrome; and that perennial crowd-pleaser, the GBW wet T-shirt contest. One, two and four-day passes are available here.

And, of course, no rally would be complete without great riding, and Gettysburg has some of the best. Whether riders want to see historic battlegrounds or just hit the road for a great cruise, hundreds of miles of the best riding in the East surrounds Gettysburg. In addition to fantastic solo riding, GBW also features awesome group rides and the Pink Journey of Lights and Stars of Hope Charity Rides. Read More

Covingtons Customs Raked Triple Trees

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Raked Triple TreesCovingtons Customs Raked Triple Trees for Heritage Softails and Fat Boys

Press Release: Finding the perfect front end rake for your Heritage Softail or Fat Boy can be a real challenge, but leave it to the experts at Covingtons to come up with the perfect solution.  Applying their more than 40 years of motorcycle customization, Covingtons has created these  3-inch Raked Triple Trees that provide the perfect amount of rake to give your bike the look you want without sacrificing the performance you need.  Add to that the beauty and durability of a chrome-plated finish on CNC-machined aluminum for the perfect visual accent to your bike.Raked Triple Trees

  • CNC Chrome Plated Aluminum Billet
  • Fits all years of FLST, FLSTF, and FLSTC with stock tins or nacelle.
  • Includes Mounting Hardware.
  • Made in the USA by Covingtons Customs.
  • MSRP $649.95

Covingtons Customs
580-256-2939
www.covingtonscustoms.com

Kuryakyn Orbit Vision and Prism 7-inch LED Headlamps

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Kuryakyn Orbit Vision and PrismKuryakyn Orbit Vision and Prism 7-inch LED Headlamps

The new Kuryakyn Orbit Vision and Prism 7″ L.E.D. Headlamps from Kuryakyn utilize the latest in advanced L.E.D. technology to deliver a one-two punch of function and style. Available in two ultra high-performance packages, Orbit headlamps are DOT-approved and feature a color temperature of 6,000K for intense, uniform light output with extremely low current draw.

Both integrate an outer L.E.D. halo ring that provides additional visibility and “wow factor.” The Orbit Vision emits a full-time bright white halo, while the Orbit Prism includes a Bluetooth controller that syncs with a spectrum-based app to create infinite custom halo colors. The Orbit Prism’s downloadable app is compatible with most iOS or Android mobile devices for quick, easy operation. Users can create multiple displays and custom color cycles, including pulse modes that sync with songs through the device’s media player and microphone. The app also connects with device cameras for easy photo-color referencing and display.

Orbit headlamps are IP67-rated and constructed from sealed cast aluminum housings with non-yellowing hard-coated polycarbonate lenses that are scratch resistant. Both the Vision and Prism are direct replacements for Harley-Davidson models equipped with a 7″ headlamp (’14-later Electra Glides, Road Kings, Street Glides & Trikes require Kuryakyn Wiring Adapter, P/N 5487, sold separately).
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Roland Sands Design Iconic Clash Jacket Now In Tobacco

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Roland Sands DesignRoland Sands Design Adds To Their Premium Apparel Range With The Iconic Clash Jacket Now Being Offered In Their Classic Tobacco Color Way

The legendary Clash jacket by Roland Sands Design is an industry staple for style and performance. Previously offered in only Black and Oxblood color ways, the RSD team is pleased to announce the addition of the Clash in rich Tobacco.

RSD_CLASH_TOB_FR_LOInspired by classic perfecto jackets of the 1950’s, the Clash by RSD is the perfect blend of a detailed rocker style leather jacket with premium materials and motorcycle functionality. The Clash boasts a ton of unique features that make for an instant classic.

Constructed of Airborne leather in rich Tobacco, a top grain cow-hide leather that has been exclusively developed for RSD feels and smells as good as it looks. Each Clash is finished by hand resulting in a unique one of a kind jacket.

Timeless, versatile and stylish both on and off the bike. The asymmetrical designed front zipper keeps the that rocker look front and center while the quilted stitched accents and the infamous coffin stitched elbow round out the design. Don’t let the looks of the Clash fool you; underneath that rocker styling is a true performance riding jacket.

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Indian Motorcycle Roadmaster Classic

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Roadmaster ClassicIndian Motorcycle’s 2017 Roadmaster Classic Blends Vintage Styling With Modern Touring Amenities

Rich in leather and luxury features, the Roadmaster Classic reimagines what a heritage-inspired American touring motorcycle can be

Welcome back, Americana. Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, is proud to present the newly crafted Roadmaster Classic, a bike that reimagines what a heritage-inspired American touring motorcycle can be by blending iconic styling with the ultimate in modern touring amenities.

Paying homage to the iconic styling cues of past Indian motorcycles, the Indian Roadmaster Classic features loads of high quality genuine leather, including a premium touring seat, saddlebags with fringe, and a new leather trunk. Large enough to hold two full-faced helmets and constructed with a built-in passenger backrest, the leather-adorned trunk can be kept on for a full touring experience or quickly detached to create a more streamlined look.   Further adding to the beauty of the motorcycle, Roadmaster Classic features valanced fenders, chrome details, and stunning two-tone paint options. The Indian Roadmaster Classic will turn heads whether you’re riding down Main Street or on Route 66.

The bike’s eye-catching vintage style combines cutting-edge technology to ensure rider and passenger travel in comfort. A keyless ignition with proximity fob, throttle-by-wire cruise control, heated grips and seats, Pathfinder LED headlamps, power adjustable windscreen, adjustable passenger floorboards,  tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), anti-lock brakes (ABS), 100 watt premium audio system, and Indian Motorcycle’s much-lauded 7-inch Ride Command infotainment system all come standard.

“The Indian Roadmaster has been synonymous with comfort for touring riders since its introduction in the 1950’s,” says Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director Reid Wilson. “The addition of the new leather wrapped Roadmaster Classic gives touring riders another great option that delivers a powerful and iconic experience. The Roadmaster Classic is an undeniably beautiful motorcycle that our riders have been asking for.” Read More

Brass Balls Cycles Muzzle Brake Foot Pegs

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Brass Balls CyclesMuzzle Brake Foot Pegs

Press Release: Brass Balls Cycles, Muzzle Brake pegs are the ultimate foot pegs for admirers of fire arms.

Our pegs are inspired by the cool design of muzzle brakes, with the inclusion of essential grip on top to keep you connected to your bike.

Precision machined from aircraft grade 6061 T6 billet aluminum. Included with adjustable chrome plated steel clevis. They are light weight and very strong. The Brass Balls logo is machined on the underside.

Measurements: 4.06″ L x 1.38″ W x 1.14″ tall
Fitment: All HD models
Includes 2 pegs, 2 HD Male Clevis, 2 socket head cap screws

$129.95 / set
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Harley-Davidson Performance Footwear

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H-D FootwearHarley-Davidson Kicks Riding Season into High Gear with Performance Footwear Ready to Ride 

In a few short months winter’s icy grip will loosen and spring riding, rallies and adventure will be on the minds of enthusiasts from coast to coast. Harley-Davidson is ready for riding season with a collection of performance-specific men’s and women’s footwear built for the open road.

Whether on the road daily or for weekend adventures, motorcycle enthusiasts have unique demands when it comes to performance footwear. Materials, durability and design are incredibly important parts of safety on the bike.

“Motorcycle riders require a higher level of protective features in their footwear to help keep them safe on the road,” said Amy Lovall, Wolverine’s product manager of the Harley-Davidson Footwear product line. “Each season we strive to create and innovate riding styles that blend performance, durability and design seamlessly. The Spring ’17 performance collection feature materials that provide enhanced durability with style elements that capture the motorcycle spirit.”

Performance standouts for spring include:

H-D Footwear

Richfield

Richfield 

Built to withstand rough roads and riders that put their boots through the paces. The men’s Richfield is crafted with full-grain waterproof leather TecTuff abrasion-resistant overlays to improve durability in high-scuff areas. A lightweight and flexible Poron XRD liner on the ankle provides extreme impact protection, going rigid on impact to help protect from impact injuries. The 8 ½ inch lace-up also features a breathable Hydro-Guard waterproof membrane liner, allowing moisture out but never in to deliver dry feet for the duration of the ride. The Richfield features a Goodyear Welt construction, lightweight durable outsole and 3M reflective material to increase visibility in low-light conditions.

H-D Footwear

Erica

 

Erica
The Erica takes style and protection to new heights this season. The six-inch lace-up boot features a three-inch heel and a fashion-forward lacing system highlighted by silver studs. Not about to sacrifice style for comfort, the boot is crafted with waterproof full-grain leather and lined with a Hydro-Guard waterproof breathable membrane, allowing water vapor out while holding the elements at bay. A locking YKK zipper on the outside of the boot allows for easy on and off while a buckle snap closure finishes this must-have spring silhouette in style.

H-D Footwea

Mansfield

Mansfield
The Mansfield’s classic engineer silhouette is made modern with performance enhancements built for serious riders. Crafted from full-grain leather, the 9 ½ inch boot features a lightweight and flexible polyurethane midsole with rubber street side delivering excellent abrasion and oil resistance and superior slip protection. The midsole features ShockAbsorbers Twin Pad comfort technology that cushions the foot and absorbs shock with each step guaranteeing increased comfort for long days on the bike, while a YKK locking inside zipper provides ease of wear for the rider.  Read More

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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National Coalition of MotorcyclistsNCOM Biker Newsbytes

Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,
National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)

Butch Harbaugh, Gone But Not Forgotten
It is with great sadness that we report the death of longtime Freedom Fighter, Butch Harbaugh, former Chairman of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists – Legislative Task Force (NCOM-LTF), among other positions.  Butch passed away February 7th from heart failure and cancer.

“When I began as the AIM (Aid to Injured Motorcyclists) and NCOM Attorney for Oregon back in the late 1980’s, Butch was actively involved with ABATE, and with BikePAC since it was founded,” recalls Sam Hochberg, AIM Attorney Emeritus, and now Of Counsel to Christopher Slater, Oregon & Washington AIM Attorney.  “He spent many years as the lobbyist for ABATE, and was well-known, respected and liked by many in the legislature in Salem.”

A biker rights activist since the 1970s, Butch attended and helped organize many STEAM conferences and ABATE/BikePac planning retreats.  He was a regular at many ABATE runs around the state, often helping AIM Chief of Staff “Gunny”, now retired, at the AIM/NCOM tables, and was known and highly respected in the biker’s rights community nationwide.

Butch also participated in many NCOM Conventions, and in 2003 was bestowed with the Ron Roloff Lifetime Achievement Award, NCOM’s highest tribute.  This year’s 32nd Annual Convention, to be held over Mother’s Day weekend May 11-14th in Reno, Nevada at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino, will be dedicated in his honor.

For the past dozen or so years, Butch lived with his loving wife Laura in Rigby, Idaho, where he enjoyed riding his Panhead and was active in the home-brewing community.  Always friendly, engaging and enthusiastic about motorcycles and biker’s rights, he will be greatly missed.

With the 32nd Annual NCOM Convention in Reno just weeks away, at this time the National Coalition of Motorcyclists is requesting that MROs, motorcycle clubs, and riding associations submit the names of those members and supporters who have died since last May, so that we may honor their memories during the traditional “Ringing of the Bell” tribute to fallen riders during the opening ceremonies.  Dedications should be e-mailed in advance to Bill Bish at NCOMBish@aol.com, or can be hand-delivered at the Convention to “Doc” Reichenbach, NCOM Chairman of the Board.

NHTSA Seeks To Curb Driver Distractions
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing new federal guidelines to provide a safety framework for developers of portable and aftermarket electronic devices to use when developing visual-manual user interfaces for their systems.  According to NHTSA and the Department of Transportation (DOT), their “Visual-Manual NHTSA Driver Distraction Guidelines for Portable and Aftermarket Devices” [Docket No. NHTSA-2013-0137] will “encourage innovative solutions such as pairing and Driver Mode that, when implemented, will reduce the potential for unsafe driver distraction by limiting the time a driver’s eyes are off the road, while at the same time preserving the full functionality of these devices when they are not used while driving.”

Driver distraction is a specific type of inattention that occurs when drivers divert their attention away from the driving task to focus on another activity.  This distraction can come from electronic devices, such as texting or emailing on cell phones or smartphones, and more traditional activities such as interacting with passengers, eating, or events external to the vehicle.

The crash data indicate that visual-manual interaction (an action that requires a user to look away from the roadway and manipulate a button or interface) with portable devices, particularly cell phones, is often the main distraction for drivers involved in crashes.

In 2015, 10% of the 35,092 traffic fatalities involved one or more distracted drivers, and these distraction-affected crashes resulted in 3,477 fatalities, an 8.8% increase from the 3,197 fatalities in 2014.  Of the 5.6 million non-fatal crashes in 2014, 16% were distraction-affected crashes, and resulted in 424,000 people injured.

At any given time, an estimated 542,073 drivers are using hand-held cell phones while driving.

Currently no safety guidelines exist for portable device technologies when they are used during a driving task.

Researchers Blame “Other Drivers” For Most Motorcycle Accidents
An Australian study states “failure of other drivers to give way” as the most common factor in motorcycle accidents.  Research by Monash University in Melbourne has found that human error was the primary contributing factor for 94% of bike accidents.  “Whilst with single-bike crashes, rider error and loss of control were found to be the most common causes, for incidents involving more than one vehicle, it was found that ‘motorcycle crashes occurring in lighter traffic more likely involved an error by another driver, including such things as failure to give way’.”

The motorcycle crash research studied over two hundred and thirty accidents between January 2012 and August 2014, with nurses at the hospitals and crash scene investigators aiding with the compilation of the data.

“Whilst car drivers were responsible for the majority of accidents in less-dense traffic, it was the motorcyclist to be more likely at fault for most ‘urban’ crashes and collisions however,” Trevor Allen of the Monash University Research Centre told The Herald Sun newspaper, adding that this was most likely due to the greater frequency of danger; “Higher traffic density leads to more hazards and a higher level of difficulty for riders to move safely in and among traffic, compared with other vehicles.”

The research also found that the older the rider, the less likely it was that the rider was primarily to blame for the accident. Read More

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