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New Lid Covers For FL Models

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Lid CoversNew Lid Covers for FL now Match Mustang’s Variety of New Seats

Press Release: It’s no secret that Harley FL touring riders have a reputation for putting hard miles on their baggers–which can mean scuffed or scratched hard saddlebag lids!  Whether you want to hide those battered bag lids or wisely protect their showroom-fresh look, seasoned riders know that Mustang’s lid covers are the perfect solution.
Lid CoversFor years, Mustang’s popular lid covers for 1993-13 and 2014-17 FL Touring models with OE hard bags have been available in plain black (only $109 per pair) or with chrome or black pearl-centered studs ($129 MSRP).  Mustang is now introducing a new line of lid covers to match their latest seats: diamond stitch, deluxe style, carbon and the Dave Perewitz Signature Series for only $139 per pair.

Mustang’s form-fitted lid covers are made from the highest quality expanded vinyl and are uniquely designed to fit snugly with no wrinkles, unsightly straps or Velcro tabs.  As with all Mustang seats, lid covers are proudly designed and individually hand sewn in their New England facility.

For more information, visit www.MustangSeats.com or call Mustang at 800-243-1392 or 413-668-1100.

Special Effects Powder Coating

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Powder CoatingSpecial Effects Powder Coating for Wheels

Press Release: One of the best ways to dress up and set off your bike from the crowd is with Sumax’s Special Effects Powder Coating. Sumax, the original company to offer this service exclusively for motorcycles,  has been powder coating for over thirty years. Sumax’s prep and painting techniques has produced a non fading smooth as glass finish. They pride themselves on the detail. All gasket surfaces are properly masked and cleaned for ease in reassembly. Picture shows two color contrast Viper Red/ HD Denim Black wheel.

See their website with a link to Prismatic Powders offering thousands of colors and free samples to match your bike.  Customers from all over the world send their parts to Sumax. They are the original, the best by which all others are judged. Your bike, their passion.

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315-768-1058
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Easyriders Rodeo Tour Coming Soon

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2017 ERRODEO ADEasyriders Rodeo Tour Coming Soon

You won’t want to miss summer’s best party and the ORIGINAL biker campout, the Easyriders Rodeo Tour, hosted by Easyriders! Come on out for a weekend of motorcycle rodeo events, big name bands headlining each night, jaw dropping entertainment, and vendors slinging the latest in biker wares. Dates and locations are as follows:

Fowlerville, Michigan

Chillicothe, Ohio

August 18-20

August 31-September 4

Beyond the stage, Rodeo attendees will be able to camp on-site for the duration of the event. Easyriders Events offers all amenities on-site for guests including shower and bathroom facilities, allowing enthusiasts to maximize their time on-site throughout the weekend. “Easyriders Rodeos are strictly 18 and over events that offer unparalleled opportunity for participants to transcend their normal everyday lives and really let their hair down. For many, these events are an annual getaway from work, the kids and the stresses of everyday life.” said Kari Roben, Event Manager.

Both locations, Fowlerville and Chillicothe, are known for their beautiful riding country and secluded atmosphere, making the Easyriders Rodeo tour a favorite adults-only summer destination since 1987. There will be a multitude of unique motorcycle-related vendors setting up shop on the show’s midway; including motorcycle professionals, builders, parts and accessories manufacturers, riding gear, leather smiths and jewelry designers at both locations!

Keep checking back, headlining bands and performers we be announced soon!

Stay tuned for details and check out easyridersevents.com.

For additional show schedule information, or to inquire about sponsorship or vendor booth space, call toll free (800) 962-9857.

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame

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Rod Woodruff SBC SMThe Class of 2017

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame Honors Movers & Shakers!

Headlined by a local legend, global icons and a couple of go-fast guys who became industry leaders, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum is honored to present the Sturgis Hall Of Fame Class of 2017. Intended to recognize those individuals who have made a long-term positive impact on the motorcycle community, the Class of 2017 features a group of over achievers and true leaders who have influenced an entire era of motorcycling. Held in conjunction with the annual rally, the Hall Of Fame Induction ceremony is set for August 9, 2017.

“We have movers and shakers like drag racing legend-turned exhaust icon Terry Vance to the man who literally tooled up the motorcycle industry, JIMS founder Jim Thiessen,” says Myrick Robbins, Executive Director for the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame. “The go-faster guys are joined by clutch performers Colleen Barnett and Mike Taylor on the industry side. World class customizers Cory Ness and Mark Shadley who have shaped how the world views what a motorcycle looks like make for a balanced group of inductees.

Leading the Class Of 2017 is the man who brought rock and roll to the annual Sturgis Rally and put the legendary Buffalo Chip on the map, Rod Woodruff. “The J.C. ‘Pappy’ Hoel Outstanding Achievement Award is a special designation reserved for individuals who have played a special role in the founding, maintaining and/or promoting of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame,” explains Robbins. “In addition to everything Rod has done for the rally and the Black Hills region over the years, he has been a member of the Museum’s board of directors and helped guide the Hall Of Fame since the beginning.”

Since 1981, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground has treated millions of motorcyclists to rock concerts, camping, entertainment and more, he adds. “Rod is a real life rock star and a truly deserving recipient of the Pappy Hoel Outstanding Achievement Award.”

Class Of 2017 Inductees

  • Hall of Fame

    Colleen Barnett & Mike Taylor

    Colleen Barnett & Mike Taylor – Colleen Barnett-Taylor started her motorsports career at Barnett Clutches & Cables while still in her childhood working for her parents (and original 1948 founders), Charlie and Afton Barnett. Since the beginning Colleen has been a driving force and integral part of the company. Mike Taylor, already a long-time motorcycle rider/enthusiast, joined the firm in 1968 which cemented a great partnership after he and Colleen were married. Together they have operated Barnett since 1975 and owned the company since 1993.

  • Hall of Fame

    Cory Ness

    Cory Ness – Don’t think for a second that Cory Ness rode his famous father’s coattails into the Sturgis Hall Of Fame. At only 10 years old, he disassembled his bicycle, painted it, chromed its parts and entered it in the Oakland Roadster Show. The first motorcycle he turned his talents to was a wrecked CB350. After building it back up, Cory sold it before even getting a chance to ride it. He was 14! Today Cory is the chief designer behind Arlen Ness Enterprises where he runs the day-to-day business. In between designing new parts and accessories, he still finds time to wrench on custom bikes periodically.

  • Hall of Fame

    Mark Shadley

    Mark Shadley – Since the early 1970s Mark Shadley and Shadley Bros. Motorcycles have been shaping the perception of what a custom motorcycle is. The quality, detail and innovation of his custom built bikes have made him well recognized by both the motorcycle industry and his peers. His enthusiasm and involvement in the custom motorcycle industry has been a lifelong passion.

  • Jim Thiessen

    Jim Thiessen

    Jim Thiessen – For 50 years, machinist and go-fast guy Jim Thiessen has generated trust with riders, record breakers, racers and certified Harley mechanics around the world whom use JIMS products on a daily basis. Today JIMS is one of the industry’s leading producers of performance parts, accessories, tools, transmissions and high-performance engines – all aimed at enhancing the Harley rider’s experience.

  • Hall of Fame

    Terry Vance

    Terry Vance – #35 on the NHRA’s 50 greatest drag racers of all-time, 14-time national champ Terry Vance never lets off the gas! Terry and his tuner Byron Hines shared a passion for the quarter mile from the early days, but they also shared a vision of creating a company that would be a pillar of the motorcycle aftermarket, and they used their unrivaled achievements in racing to build a brand that would unmistakably stand for quality and performance.

  • Hall of Fame

    Rod Woodruff

    Rod Woodruff – Since 1981. the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground has treated millions of motorcyclists to rock concerts, camping, entertainment and more. Rod Woodruff is the man who brought Rock & Roll to the Black Hills and now hosts a 10-day Concert Series each August during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The Buffalo Chip provides a music festival, various other forms of entertainment, and full service tent, RV and cabin camping on almost 600 acres in rural Meade County.

“The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum honors the people who have shaped and changed the motorcycle lifestyle,” says Robbins. “Every member of the Class of 2017 and our special award winner Rod Woodruff have definitely lived up to that criteria and genuinely made the entire world of motorcycling a better place.” The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall Of Fame Induction  ceremony presented by Strider is being held August 9th at the Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, South Dakota. Breakfast tickets are available for a $45 donation, tables of eight for $350. Tickets are available by calling the Museum at 605.347.2001 or they can be purchased online at:

Michael “Balls” Farabaugh — RIP

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Michael_FarbaughMichael “Balls” Farabaugh — RIP

The Easyriders family endured a great loss with the passing of one of our ace photographers, Michael “Balls” Farabaugh. He had just returned from Daytona and his son Ryan said that he was cleaning up around the house yesterday, went to bed and just didn’t wake up in the morning.

Michael is survived by his wife Debby, and his son Ryan, a sister, a brother and a granddaughter. Michael and Debbie have spent over 50 years together. For Michael and  and Debby, it was always about the ride, and the couple loved exploring of our wonderful country.

In 1978 Michael became the first Director of ABATE of Indiana. He, along with the leaders and members of ABATE founded the “Bean Blossom Boogie” as a membership recruiting tool. It quickly became one of the greatest motorcycle parties in the country. ABATE of Indiana, of their website describes him as “a very charismatic and insightful leader. Balls made us look and plan far ahead. He was a very effective communicator with the membership as well as legislators.”

“With Balls’ experience and help from the AMA, we learned how to approach politicians effectively. How to get the news media involved to raise awareness. We learned to think like the enemies of motorcycling so we could defeat their efforts to put us off the road.”

Michael was a founder and past President of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, and president Kirk Willard noted his passing, saying, “‘Balls’ was arguably the driving force behind much of the success the motorcyclists rights movement has enjoyed. Balls was one of the pioneers of rider education in Indiana and his influence carried into many states and has certainly resulted in saving thousands of lives. “Balls” had an impact on motorcycling nationally and internationally. “Balls” actually founded the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF). His ideas and inspirational character motivated many of the leaders in the motorcycling community, and that continues as a lasting legacy. Indeed, riders around the world owe a debt to Michael “Balls” Farabaugh.

Michael was the 2002 recipient of the AMA’s Hall of Fame award and the Sturgis Hall of Fame. He and Debbie were graduates of the first Motorcycle Safety Foundation Chief Instructor Program. They taught motorcycle riding survival skills to thousands of riders and he lobbied many state legislatures into giving publically funded rider training parity with driver education in obtaining vehicle operator licenses.

MichaelFarabaughMichael was also the head of Lucas Oil’s Motorcycle Product Division, Forrest Lucas, noted upon his appointment to the company, ”Aside from all those qualifications, he and his wife have ridden over a million miles on motorcycles using Lucas Oil and other lubricants. If you want a textbook example of a person who’s a perfect fit for heading up the Lucas Oil Motorcycle Division, Michael Farabaugh is the man.”

This tribute would not be complete without talking about his contribution to Easyriders magazine. “Balls”, as he was known to us was a monster photographer, contributing hundreds of outstanding bike features, and photographing motorcycle events on our behalf for 40 years. He will be sorely missed. Please keep Balls’ family in your heart today.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home, 1682 State Road 135 North, Nashville, Indiana. There will be a gathering of family and friends two hours prior to the service. A pitch-in celebration will take place after the service at the Farabaugh residence.

If friends so desire, Memorial Contributions may be made to Riley Hospital for Children, 705 Riley Hospital Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202.

Indian Motorcycle’s ‘Project Chieftain’ Winners Unveiled

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Tequila Sunset – Hollister Indian

Indian Motorcycle’s ‘Project Chieftain’ Custom Bagger Contest Winners Unveiled During Daytona Bike Week

Show-Stopping Indian Chieftain Customs From Hollister Powersports, Coastal Indian Motorcycle of Murrels Inlet & Indian Motorcycle of Central Massachusetts Claim Top Honors

Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, proudly announced the three winners of its Project Chieftain custom motorcycle contest during Bike Week in Daytona Beach.  Hollister Powersports’ (Hollister, CA) “Tequila Sunset” claimed top honors, with “America Proud” from Coastal Indian Motorcycle (Murrels Inlet, S.C.) and “Barnstorm” from Indian Motorcycle of Central Massachusetts (Worcester, MA) taking 2nd and 3rd place honors respectively.

Following the success of the 2016 ‘Project Scout’ build contest, Indian renewed the competition for 2017, this time focusing on its popular hard bagger, the Indian Chieftain. The three-month contest invited Indian Motorcycle dealers to build a custom Indian Chieftain or Chieftain Dark Horse model using any theme, style or budget, as long as it incorporated at least three authentic Indian Motorcycle accessories.

“The collection of unbelievable customs that were produced for ‘Project Chieftain’ are a powerful testament to the significant customization capabilities of the Chieftain platform,” said Gary Gray, Indian Motorcycle Product Director. “It’s always such a pleasure to see the creativity and craftsmanship of our dealers, while showcasing for the rider how far one can go to make our bikes more personal to them.

‘Project Chieftain’ kicked off on October 10, 2016, with the entry period closing on January 13, 2017. Fans voted online for eleven finalists during a two-week period from February 1-15, and the three winning bikes were on display during Daytona Bike Week. The dealers took home cash prizes of $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third place. Read More

S&S Cycle Brings Muscle to the Buffalo Chip Legends Ride

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BuffSS1S&S Cycle Brings Muscle to the Buffalo Chip’s 10th Anniversary Legends Ride

Sturgis Buffalo Chip to unveil power-hungry one-off custom motorcycle at the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show March 25.

Press Release: In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride S&S Cycle, Inc. is debuting a 165-170 horsepower performance-styled Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider custom to be auctioned in support of the milestone event that kicks off in Deadwood, SD on Aug. 7. The fully customized Low Rider, designed to look and feel every bit a “muscle bike,” will be unveiled on Saturday, March 25 at 12:15 p.m. at the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show in the St. Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minn.

BuffSS2As the uncontested aftermarket leader in V-Twin performance parts for almost six decades, S&S Cycle transformed the 2017 club-style chopper into a sleek and stylish beast powered by a T143 Black Edition engine packing 143 cubic inches and 165 horsepower to the wheel. Harnessing that extra horsepower required S&S to upgrade the transmission, clutch and primary work. To clothe the powerful machine, S&S added a Russ Wernimont FXRT style fairing some Dyna Defender bags. The piece de resistance is the hot rod inspired striped paint job, which recalls the wildly popular classic muscle car, the Shelby Cobra.

BuffSS3This incredibly beautiful and powerful bike created by the masters at S&S Cycle will be going up on the auction block at the Legends Ride this August,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “It’s not only a real prize, but its sale will support the Ride, which has so far raised nearly half a million dollars for local charities including South Dakota Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. The top bidder is going to ride off on one incredible and unique motorcycle while feeling like a hero for supporting very worthy causes.”

To be one of the first to get a look at the 10th Anniversary Legends Ride bike, attend the official unveiling at the Donnie Smith Show on March 25. Information and photos will be posted at BuffaloChip.com after the event.

Chrome Werks 2-into-1 Torque Booster Conversion Kit

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Khrome WerksKhrome Werks 2-into-1 Torque Booster Conversion Kit Redefines the Cost of Performance 

Get the unmatched performance a 2-into-1 system offers, without the cost or installation of a full exhaust system. The Khrome Werks 2-into-1 Torque Booster Conversion Kit converts your existing 2017 stock header into a torque and power producing 2-into-1 system. The kit includes a 4.50” HP-Plus Slip-On Muffler and a uniquely designed 2-into-1 Converter Cap. Combined, your bike will see the instant power that a 2-into-1 exhaust system provides with performance increases up to 12%. This kit makes it possible to ride like a rebel without paying the price.

Distributors and dealers are already abuzz about this product.

  • Built for 2017 Harley-Davidson Touring models
  • 4.50” 16-gauge muffler body
  • New absorptive baffle covered with stainless steel mat and high temp fiberglass developed just for the 2017 Milwaukee-Eight™
  • Improved torque and horsepower from the hit of the throttle
  • Bolt in optional insert available that complies with SAE J2825 sound test with no appreciable loss of performance
  • Khrome Werks202550 Torque Booster Kit with 4.50” Slash-Cut Muffler, Chrome $449.95
  • 202560 Torque Booster Kit with 4.50” Billet Tipped Muffler, Chrome $489.95
  • 202850 Torque Booster Kit with 4.50” Slash-Cut Muffler, Black $474.95
  • 202860 Torque Booster Kit with 4.50” Billet Tipped Muffler, Black $514.95
  • 202713P Noise Reduction Baffle Insert $34.95

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

Congressional Bills Reintroduced To Curb Ethanol
Calling the Federal Ethanol Mandate “a Flop,” a bipartisan group of lawmakers have re-introduced two bills in the U.S. House of Representatives to cap the ethanol content of commercial gasoline and decrease the total volume of renewable fuel that must be contained in gasoline on the American market.

“It’s time the ethanol mandate became a thing of the past.  While well-intentioned from the start, after a decade of this policy it couldn’t be more obvious that the RFS is a flop,” announced Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) on March 2, 2017 after introducing two bills to alter the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the RFS Elimination Act (H.R. 1314) and the RFS Reform Act (H.R. 1315).

Reps. Goodlatte, Jim Costa (D-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR), and Peter Welch (D-VT) issued a joint statement after reintroducing H.R. 1315; “The Renewable Fuel Standard is a well-intentioned flop…it’s clearer than ever that the federal government’s creation of an artificial market for the ethanol industry has resulted in a domino effect that is hurting people across the country.”

The RFS Elimination Act (H.R. 1314) has the support of 60 bipartisan cosponsors and would repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard which mandates that 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels (primarily corn ethanol) be part of our nation’s fuel supply by 2022.  The RFS Reform Act (H.R. 1315), which has the support of 42 cosponsors, “eliminates corn-based ethanol requirements, caps the amount of ethanol that can be blended into conventional gasoline at 10 percent, requires the EPA to set cellulosic biofuels levels at production levels, and decreases the total volume of renewable fuel that must be contained in gasoline sold or introduced into commerce for years 2017-2022.”

Black Box Privacy Protection Act
H.R.736, the “Black Box Privacy Protection Act”, was introduced in the House on January 30, 2017 by Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA).  This bill amends the Automobile Information Disclosure Act to require manufacturers of new automobiles to disclose on the information label affixed to the window of the automobile: (1) the presence and location of an event data recorder (commonly referred to as a “black box”), (2) the type of information recorded and how such information is recorded, and (3) that the recording may be used in a law enforcement proceeding.

The bill sets forth similar requirements for motorcycle manufacturers.

An “event data recorder” is any device or means of technology installed in an automobile that records information such as automobile or motorcycle speed, seatbelt use, application of brakes, or other information pertinent to the operation of the automobile or motorcycle.  The bill prohibits the manufacture, sale, offering for sale, or import into the United States of an automobile manufactured after model year of 2016 that is equipped with an event data recorder, unless the consumer can control the recording of information.

Violators are liable to the U.S. government for a civil penalty of up to $5,000 for each violation with a maximum penalty of $35 million for a related series of violations. The event data recorder in an automobile or motorcycle, and any data recorded, shall be considered the property of the owner of the automobile or motorcycle.  Retrieval or downloading of recorded data by any other person is unlawful, except: (1) with the owner’s consent, (2) in response to a court order, or (3) by a dealer or automotive technician to service the vehicle.  Certain violations are to be treated as unfair or deceptive acts or practices under the Federal Trade Commission Act.

Idaho Senate Kills Anti-Profiling Bill That House Unanimously Endorsed
Idaho senators killed a proposal outlawing motorcycling profiling, which had passed the House unanimously, defeating H.B.123 on the Senate floor by a vote of 22-13 on March 15. Read More

RSD Releases Two Styles Of Floorboards

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RSD Releases Two Styles Of Floorboards

Press Release: NEW from Roland Sands Design, our Boss and Traction Floorboards are designed with the traditional RSD aesthetic and are machined from the highest quality materials. The knurled rubber foot pads dampen vibration for a more comfortable ride, while providing additional grip for riding in any condition. The Traction style Floorboards feature prominent raised stainless steel set screws for the aggressive rider that needs maximum traction. The Boss is a timeless style that looks good on any bike. Read More

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