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Less Slip, Gold Knurled Moto Grips

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gold grip on bikeLess Slip, Gold Knurled Moto Grips

These knurled grips are the pinnacle of grip and performance.

Do you ride hard? Do you wheelie from time to time? Do you occasionally hole-shot at stoplights? If so, you need these grips. Aggressively knurled for maximum grip. Slight raised arc to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. Plus, they look amazing!

Also available in Natural & Black Anodized Click here

More Grip and No Slip. Our classically styled Moto grips have perfect knurling to ensure great grip without tearing up your hands or gloves.

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  • Machined from solid 6061 T6 billet aluminum
  • Gold anodized
  • Fitment: 1″ diameter bars
  • HD dual pull cable
  • $99.95 / set

Order direct from our site BrassBallsCycles.com or from your local dealer. If they don’t have them, ask them to get them for you.

Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover

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Garage-GirlsAvon Tyres sponsors the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover

Press Release: Those in dire need of new motorcycle tires, gear and accessories have an opportunity to score a load of new products, including a set of Avon Tyres—but must act fast. Entries for the annual Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover 2017 must be made by July 7, 2017.

Those wishing to enter should submit an essay of 600 words or less describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover, and include a photo (JPEG no larger than 5MB), to bikermakeover@garage-girls.com. Men and women are both eligible to win.

Contest submissions will be narrowed down to four finalists by judges selected from Garage-Girls. Judges will then decide who among the final four most deserves the Ultimate Biker Makeover. The contest winner will be announced Aug. 10 on Garage-Girls.com and on the Garage-Girls Facebook page.Garage-Girls

This is the sixth year that Avon Tyres has been a sponsor of the annual contest. The 2016 winner was Leah Misch of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Misch, an American Red Cross volunteer, shared her story of traveling nearly 17,000 miles on her bike last year. She faced challenges including dangerous weather while traveling solo, and ultimately wore her gear thin.

The Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover 2017 grand prize package includes: A set of tires from AVON Tyres, a wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear, a case of full synthetic oil from Spectro Oils, a new Mustang motorcycle seat, a Valerie bag by Motochic, and surprises from S&S Cycle, Klock Werks, Kuryakyn, DEI, Memphis Shades, Indian Motorcycle, and much more!

About Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America

Based in Stow, Ohio, Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America markets and sells Avon brand motorcycle tires in the United States and Canada. Avon tires are designed and manufactured for street and racing applications, from ultra wide tires featuring snakeskin effect sidewalls to ultra high-performance sport bike tires. Avon’s long history and heritage of innovation reaches back more than 100 years. Based in Melksham, England, Avon tires are built to perform and are engineered to high standards incorporating the latest engineering technology. For more information visit http://www.avonmoto.com.

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

Biker Anti-Profiling Measures Under Consideration In Congress
H.Res.318/S.Res.154: “Promoting awareness of motorcycle profiling and encouraging collaboration and communication with the motorcycle community and law enforcement officials to prevent instances of profiling,” was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations on June 2, 2017.  Concerned motorcyclists are encouraged to contact their federal lawmakers in the U.S. Senate & House of Representatives to co-sponsor and support these bills.

Under the companion measures in the Senate and House, “motorcycle profiling” means “the illegal use of the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle related apparel as a factor in deciding to stop and question, take enforcement action, arrest, or search a person or vehicle with or without legal basis under the Constitution of the United States.

Federal Legislation Could Proliferate E15 Gas
Despite objections that the proliferation of E15 gasoline into the U.S. marketplace will negatively impact every American who owns a car, lawnmower or boat, two new federal bills have been introduced to expand availability of the higher concentrate ethanol fuel.

Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and U.S. Representative Adrian Smith (R-NE) introduced the “Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act” (S.517 & H.R.1311) amending the Clean Air Act to allow the sale of E15 (15% blend ethanol gas) during summer months (June 1 – September 15).

Motorcycle and ATV owners risk damaging their machines by even inadvertently putting E15 in their tanks, as the higher blends of ethanol can cause engine and fuel system damage, void manufacturers’ warranties and violate federal law.

Motorcyclists should also be concerned about the availability of compatible fuel supplies if gas stations primarily provide E15 gasoline that’s EPA-approved for the majority of their driving customers — but no on- or off-road motorcycles or ATVs appear on the EPA’s list of vehicles approved to use E15.

Zero Motorcycles New “Don’t Wait For Washington” E-Bike Program
The recently launched program was created to advocate for electric motorcycles and assure buyers they will get the Electric Motorcycle Federal Tax Credit.  “Don’t Wait For Washington” assures “up to $1,869 on a Zero motorcycle if the government fails to reinstate the Electric Motorcycle Tax Credit.”

The initiative serves the dual purposes of driving the conversation on electric motorcycles forward while legislation languishes in Washington, and of motivating would-be electric motorcycle riders to join the e-movement.

Should the federal government fail to reinstate the tax credit by the end of the year, then Zero will step up and send 10% cash back to buyers, matching the expired tax credit for new, eligible 2017 Zero motorcycles.

Mainstream Media Promotes Ridership
According to the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), a not-for-profit national trade association, their 2014 rider survey reports that “56% of Generation Y riders use their motorcycles as a primary means of transportation,” and that factoid recently appeared in a Ride To Work Day graphic on the front page of the June 19 edition of USA Today’s Life section.

“This major mainstream media placement is especially significant to the MIC as the industry association is actively promoting motorcycles as transportation and seeking new generations of riders,” says the MIC communications department, which has previously worked on Ride to Work Day segments with “Good Morning America,” ABC’s national morning news show, and with “The KTLA Morning News,” the biggest morning news program in Southern California.

The MIC exists to “preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, AIMExpo, development of data communications standards, and activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues.”

Louisiana To Teach New Licensees How To Interact With Police
Louisiana Governor Bel Edwards has signed into law a requirement that driver education classes must include a segment on interacting with police in their course curriculum.

Introduced by Senators Ryan Gatti (R-Bossier), Wesley Bishop (D-New Orleans) and Gary Smith Jr. (D-Norco) on March 20, 2017, SB17 “Provides for driver education to include instruction on appropriate driver conduct when stopped by a law enforcement officer.”

The bipartisan measure was signed by the governor on June 16 as Act No. 286 with an effective date of January 1, 2018.

Handlebar Height Law Modified In Maryland
Maryland has become the most recent state to modify or repeal their antiquated and discriminatory handlebar height law, which many states enacted in the sixties to provide a law enforcement tool for pulling over bikers on their choppers.

Governor Larry Hogan approved Senate Bill 668 on May 25, 2017; “Increasing, from 15 inches to 20 inches, the maximum height that the handlebars of a motorcycle may be above a specified part of the motorcycle seat in order for a person to lawfully operate the motorcycle.”

SB668 was introduced February 3, 2017 by lead sponsor Senator H. Wayne Norman, Jr. (R-D35) and becomes effective October 1, 2017, and ABATE of Maryland advises to “Remember that the height is measured from the seat to the highest point on the handlebars, not from the bottom of the handlebar to the grips or highest point.”

New Hampshire Okays Colored Headlamps For Motorcycles, Same As Cars
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed HB458 into law on June 8, 2017, an Act relative to motorcycle headlamps.  Sponsored by Rep. James Spillane (R-Deerfield), “This bill allows headlamp colors approved by the director of the division of motor vehicles for automobiles to be considered approved for motorcycle headlamps,” with an effective date 60 days after its passage (August 7, 2017).

Oregon Enacts Laws Effecting Trikes & Autocycles
In dealing with the increased popularity of three-wheeled vehicles, Oregon lawmakers have passed two new laws to make it easier for riders to get in the saddle.  House Bill 3125 was signed into law by Governor Kate Brown on June 14, 2017 to define an “autocycle” and provides that a person may operate one without a motorcycle endorsement.  The Act takes effect immediately under the Emergency clause.

Sponsored by the Committee on Transportation Policy, under HB3125 “autocycle” means a motorcycle that: (1) Is manufactured to travel on three wheels; (2) Has a steering wheel for steering control; and (3) Has nonstraddle seating, and (4) is equipped with a manufacturer-installed three-point safety belt or safety harness.

Senate Bill 36 “Provides that Department of Transportation may waive skills test for person seeking motorcycle endorsement to operate three-wheeled motorcycle [trike],” and was also signed by the governor on June 14.

License Plate Mounting Options For South Dakota Riders
Effective July 1, 2017, motorcycle owners in South Dakota will be allowed to mount license plates to their motorcycle “in any visible manner other than upside down.”

Governor Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 79 into law on March 9, after overwhelmingly passing through both chambers of the state legislature.

Fair Warning: Most Drivers Know They’re Bad Drivers
Millions of drivers admit that they don’t always make thorough mirrors checks when pulling away, according a driver survey, with 25% admitting they don’t look in their mirrors when pulling out into traffic.

Of 2,025 drivers polled, 15% admitted not always looking at road signs, 68% admit rarely driving with both hands on the wheel, and over half (52%) believed bad habits such as these would ensure they failed the driving test if they had to do it again.

Too many people are injured on the roads due to poor judgment and a lack of road skills says David Carter, spokesman for Accident Advice Helpline in the U.K., which conducted the research, adding: “It is worrying that more people don’t feel confident in their own skills on the road and feel that they’ve developed bad habits which would cause them to not pass their driving test.”

Gone But Never Forgotten
This year has been tragic for our bikers rights family, suffering the loss of two past NCOM Board of Directors; Butch Harbaugh (NCOM Legislative Task Force) and Dennis “Big D” Watson (NCOM Region IX), both recipients of the Ron Roloff Lifetime Achievement Award (2003 & 2006) in whose memory the recent National Coalition of Motorcyclists’ NCOM Convention in Reno was dedicated, and now we regretfully report the passing of longtime biker advocate and Easyriders magazine writer “Twiggy” Blakeboro (73, of Lompoc, CA) who died June 11, 2017.  Twiggy was much beloved by his peers and was a past recipient of the NCOM Silver Spoke Award – Media (1997).  “Nuff said.”  R.I.P. Brothers, Ride In Peace.

Quotable Quote:
“If not me, then who?”
~ USMC 1st Lt Travis Manion (Nov 19, 1980 – April 29, 2007), upon his second Iraq tour; KIA saving his men from ambush (TravisManion.org)

The AIM/NCOM Motorcycle E-News Service is brought to you by Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), and is sponsored by the Law Offices of Richard M. Lester. If you’ve been involved in any kind of accident, call us at 1-(800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.

The Club Vest by Black Brand

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Club VestMake A Statement Just by Putting It On: The Club Vest by Black Brand

Press Release: When you need a vest that gives you all the function and durability you can get, the Club Vest from Black Brand is the one you want. With top-grain leather construction and the Black Brand skull embossed on the back, you will make a statement whenever you wear it.

The Club Vest features snap front pockets, eyeglass holder and inside liner zipper so you can easily add your patches to it. It also offers left and right inner conceal carry pockets, keeping your gun safely out of sight without ruining the lines of the vest. Each vest comes with a six-year warranty against manufacturer defects. The purchase of the Club Vest benefits our injured vets thanks to our partnership with Homes for Our Troops.

Club Vest

Inside detail

Available in medium to 4XL, the Club Vest (P/Ns BB3013 through BB3018) retails for $160.00 and can be ordered through your local Tucker Rocky | Biker’s Choice dealer.

About Black Brand

Black Brand is a head-to-toe apparel brand for motorcycle riders that don’t want to blend in with the crowd. We say, “be the wolf, not the sheep” by riding in Black Brand, and if you understand that statement, then we are your choice for quality riding gear. Our products are designed by people who really do ride every day and understand what makes gear better for the time you spend on your motorcycle.

For more information, visit Tucker Rocky/Biker’s Choice online at www.tuckerrocky.com or on FacebookTwitter and Google+.  To inquire about becoming a Tucker Rocky dealer for products and accessories, contact the New Dealer Development Department at (817) 258-9255 or newdealer@tuckerrocky.com.

Celebrities Come Out for Buffalo Chip’s 10th Anniversary Legends Ride

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Legends Ride

Tom Berenger – Platoon

Hollywood and Motorcycle Celebrities Come Out for Buffalo Chip’s 10th Anniversary Legends Ride to Benefit Charities

Some of Hollywood’s brightest stars and motorcycling’s top industry leaders will hit the road with riders at the 2017 Legends Ride presented by GEICO Motorcycle, and meet and mingle with a select few at a special lunch.  

Press Release: Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars will be joining the Buffalo Chip’s milestone 10th Anniversary 2017 Legends Ride and entertaining guests at the Legends Lunch in Deadwood, S.D. on Monday, Aug. 7, making the events two of the hottest tickets of the rally. In addition to having long been known as the place to catch celebrities as they mingle with riders, this signature Buffalo Chip charity event also generates significant funds with 100 percent of rider fees donated to South Dakota Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. The 10th Anniversary, 165 horsepower performance-styled Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider customized by S&S Cycle and other unique items will be auctioned in support of the Legends Ride on Deadwood Main Street shortly before the ride departs. The addition of the separately ticketed five-course Legends Lunch at Deadwood’s Franklin Hotel’s Legends Restaurant has added an opportunity for some real face-to-face time with celebrities in an intimate setting. Proceeds from the 2017 lunch will be donated to the Infinite Hero Foundation and the Sgt. Colton Levi Derr Foundation.

The Stars Come Out

Legends Ride

Tom Berenger Major League

Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-Winning actor Tom Berenger will be joining the ride as honorary Ride Captain and taking a seat with a few lucky riders at the elite Legends Lunch. Berenger has starred in a long list of Hollywood’s biggest hit movies and TV shows, and is most well-known for his roles in “Platoon,” “Major League,” “The Hatfield’s & McCoys,” “Inception,” “Sniper,” “Training Day” and “The Big Chill.” Berenger also stars in the movie “American Dresser,” which was partially filmed at the Buffalo Chip and is set to be released in theaters this summer.

Legends Ride

Pat Simmons

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Pat Simmons of The Doobie Brothers will be enjoying the five-course meal and chatting with the limited few who purchase Legends Lunch tickets. Simmons wrote “Black Water,” the first of a long string of the band’s hits that includes “What a Fool Believes,” “Real Love,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “The Doctor,” “China Grove,” “Jesus is Just Alright,” “Listen the Music,” “Minute By Minute,” and many more. He may also be seen at the Legends Ride auction on Deadwood’s Main Street.

Legends Ride

Carmine Cangialosi

Screen writer, actor and producer Carmine Cangialosi will be hanging out and riding through the Black Hills with Legends riders and will also be making new friends at the Legends Lunch. He wrote and has a starring role in the new movie “American Dresser.”

Legends Ride

Zahn McClarnon

Actor Zahn McClarnon, best known for his roles as Hanzee Dent in the TV series “Fargo” and as Tribal Police Chief Mathias in the TV series “Longmire,” will also join Legends Riders. McClarnon has also appeared in “Into the West,” “Timeless,” AMC’s “The Son” and many more.

Legends Ride

Carey Hart

Famed custom bike builder and freestyle motocross racer Carey Hart will help lead the ride. He has competed in the Gravity Games and picked up several gold and silver medals in the X Games. He was featured in the A&E show “Inked,” hosted the X Games for ABC, was a cast member on the VH1 reality show “The Surreal Life,” and appeared in the movie “Charlies Angels: Full Throttle.” He competed in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, and has been featured in nationwide ad campaigns for Ford Motor Company, Dunkin’ Donuts and Mountain Dew. He is married to singer Pink. Read More

Indian Scout FTR750 Undefeated Through Eight Races

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Indian_OKCMile_BryanJNelsonIndian Motorcycle Racing And The Scout FTR750 Capture Fourth Sweep Of The Season & Remain Undefeated Through Eight Races

Jared Mees Secures Second Straight Come-From-Behind Win and Fourth Victory of the Season to Become Overall Points Leader at 177

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Scout FTR750 captured its fourth sweep of the season at the OKC Mile held at Remington Park to remain undefeated through eight races. Jared Mees came-from-behind on the penultimate lap to pass Wrecking Crew teammate Brad Baker, who had directed a seemingly insurmountable lead during the main event.  The victory was Mees’ second straight, propelling him to 177 points and the overall AFT Twins lead.

The Scout FTR750 and Indian Wrecking Crew were untouchable at the OKC Mile, from the heats through the main event. Each rider easily managed to win their respective heat, capturing top positions during semi runs, and outpacing the field in the main with the fourth place finisher 23 seconds off Mees and 17 seconds off the podium. Running a similar playbook as his victory at Red Mile, Mees stayed close behind Baker only to sneak past him while both riders fought to navigate a sea of slower riders as they lapped the field in the closing laps. Reigning Grand National Champ and Indian Wrecking Crew member Bryan Smith cleared the sweep by capturing third, keeping him second in the overall standings.

“Our team is on a great run right now. It’s evident we have the most talented group of riders, and the Scout FTR750 is the top-performing motorcycle in the field,” said Mees. “Brad clearly had the field beat throughout the race, and it looked like he would go wire-to-wire, but I hung in there, dug deep and found my opening as we lapped the pack.”

Mees not only advanced in the points lead, but also does so heading into his favorite discipline of the series, the half-mile. Smith remains in striking distance to Mees’ 177 with 169 total points. Baker closed the gap between he and the third place rider to 12. His second-place finish gets him to 112 points this season.

“We cannot say enough about our factory team riders’ dedication, and the sophistication and capability of our Indian Scout FTR750,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product Development for Indian Motorcycle. “Even though they’re outpacing the field, our guys are remaining fiercely competitive with each other, pushing for individual titles and the ultimate manufacturer title.”

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to continue its incredible run as American Flat Track heads to the Lima Half-Mile at Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio on June 24.

About Indian Motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

Two Lighting Solutions from Big Bike Parts

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New H4 LED Brighter & More Compact From Big Bike Parts

Press Release: Big Bike Parts has made many improvements to its popular fan cooled H4 LED bulb.  They have managed to get more output, expanding to 3200 lumens in both high and low beam.  The same bright white 6000K color temperature now has an all new die cast aluminum cooling fan.  In addition to increasing lumens, Big Bike Parts has been able to build the LED driver into the housing removing the external driver from the cord.  This makes for a very compact H4 LED that delivers 3200 lumens in a fan cooled unit.  Truly outstanding and definitely keeps Big Bike Parts LED lighting a step above everyone else.

Part # 10-106A MSRP $65.95

http://bigbikeparts.com/templates/product.aspx?ProductGuid=10-106A&GroupGuid=16

Ultra Bright LED 3600 Lumens H4

Big Bike Parts keeps improving their Hi-Intensity Bright White LED’s.  The latest is a whopping 3600 Lumens in an H4 LED, making this an ideal upgrade for H4’s typically used on Harley, FLH, FLS, FXS and Honda VTX and GL1500 Goldwings.  The 6000K color temperature LED’s are the latest in technology and utilize a compact braided heat sync that will virtually fit any H4 housing.  Sold each.

Part # 10-112 MSRP $55.95 Each

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Drag Specialties Solid Primary Sprocket Kit

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Solid Primary Sprocket Kit Drag Specialties Solid Primary Sprocket Kit 

The next time you need to fix primary drive components, turn to a product that will last, like the Solid Primary Sprocket Kit from Drag. This kit features a solid steel 34-tooth sprocket with a one-piece design that eliminates the need for a complete compensator assembly. This kit is spring-less and much quieter than stock or diaphragm spring-style compensators, and retains use of the stock installation bolt. This kit includes washer, spacer and instructions, and is available for 07-16 FLHT, FLHR, FLTR, FLHX, 07-17 Softail and 07-17 Dyna models. The suggested retail price is $131.95.

http://www.dragspecialties.com/products/?productId=457279

For more information, go to  www.dragspecialties.com or contact your local Drag Specialties dealer.

Bassani Exhaust Road Rage II

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Bassani Exhaust Road Rage II Mega Power 2-Into-1 Systems

Give your Dyna added power with the Bassani Road Rage II Mega Power 2-into-1 Systems. Designed specifically to address the needs of tuned motors built for high-horsepower applications, these systems feature equal-length 1 ¾” – 1 7/8” stepped headpipes, with a tapered megaphone-style muffler body. A 4” black billet end cap adds impressive detail with contrasting machined flutes. These systems include full-coverage heat shields and removable baffles, along with 12mm and 18mm oxygen sensor ports and plugs. Available in black and chrome finishes for 91-17 FXD and FXDWG models with mid or forward controls. Made in the USA, the suggested retail price is $759.95 for chrome and $828.95 for black.

http://www.dragspecialties.com/products/?productId=457833

DISCLAIMER: Not Legal for Sale or Use in California on any Pollution Controlled Motor Vehicle

For more information, go to www.dragspecialties.com or contact your localDrag Specialties dealer.
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