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Donnie Smith Show Weekend

By | Events

Thrills and Spills of “War of the Twins” Return to Kick-Off Donnie Smith Show Weekend

Tickets now on sale for electrifying Indoor Flat Track Races at Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum in March.

Authentic Indoor Flat Track motorcycle racing is returning to the Twin Cities for the second year on March 22, 2019 to kick-off the largest custom bike and car show weekend in the Midwest, the Donnie Smith Show – Midwest Extravaganza! Last year’s show was a breakout success nearly reaching attendance capacity, proving that the hunger for this style of racing action has never gone away in the Twin Cities. Tickets are now on sale for the War of the Twins II. All seats and VIP boxes are assigned by reservation only. The best seats will be purchased first, so enthusiasts are encouraged to make reservations early. Tickets are available for $15 in advance online. The first 500 children 12 and under in the door accompanied by a parent will receive free entry, two free children admissions per adult ticket purchase. VIP box seating tickets are an additional $25. Reservations may be made here: IndoorFlatTrack.com/tickets.  

There’s nothing like the sound, fury or speed of flat track bikes launching off the stripe or ripping down the straightaway. Thirteen seasons, from 1968 to 1980, the revered Minneapolis Armory hosted “The Indoors,” indoor flat track racing that filled otherwise dreary winter months with handlebar-to-handlebar, down-and-dirty race action. Over those years, hundreds of privateer racers found a home in which to compete. As one of the largest, most successful and longest-running flat track events, The Indoors put the sport on the map. The Twin Cities welcomed the heart-pounding thunder of indoor flat track racing back again last March at the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.   

“We were thrilled with the attendance and incredible reaction to the races last year,” said Neil Ryan, promoter of the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show. “Flat track has played into that American spirit of independence, competitiveness, and the need for speed, the elements that make this such a great partner sport for the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show. I rarely see a home run in its first year like we experienced. We expect this event to continue to grow and provide thrilling racing action for years to come.”

Sponsoring the Indoor Flat Track races are GEICO Motorcycle, Russ Brown, Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Lucas Oil and S&S Cycle.

Donnie Smith Show

The Donnie Smith Show Bike and Car Show presented by Dennis Kirk will take place at the St. Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn. on the two days following the races, Saturday, March 23 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 24 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to motorcycles and cars, the 225,000-square-foot indoor event showcases a popular swap meet billed as “The Largest Parts Extravaganza on the Planet.”

Tickets for the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show will be coming soon. More information can be found by signing up for their newsletter at DonnieSmithShow.com.

Factory Racer Inspired Gas Tanks For Custom Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

By | New Product News

Factory Racer Inspired Gas Tanks For Custom Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Lowbrow Customs offers new bolt-on bobber gas tanks for Harley-Davidsons. Inspired by factory race bikes of the 1940’s, this cut-down, classic style can be appropriated for Knucklehead, Panhead and Shovelhead motorcycles.

The WX Gas Tanks from Lowbrow Customs are directly influenced by the Harley-Davidson WR, but with an innovative design that allows these new gas tanks to fit almost a half-century’s worth of motorcycles. In 1946 Harley-Davidson introduced the WR factory racer, a 45 cubic-inch flathead designed to dominate the flat tracks and road courses in America. The narrowed tanks were part of the slim profile and ‘all-business’ form that follows function when it comes to a fast and nimble motorcycle. 

The beauty and simplicity of Lowbrow Customs’ WX Gas Tanks is that with the included, innovative rear mount they will bolt right up to your stock Harley-Davidson Big Twin frame from 1936 – 1984. Get a custom, narrowed look with a tight gap between the tanks and no fabrication required. These are the perfect tanks for a custom Shovelhead or Panhead chopper, bobber or custom motorcycle. 

WX Gas Tanks have a capacity of 2.25 gallons and feature both a vent and fuel crossover and accept a 22mm fuel petcock, and accept standard cam-style Harley-Davidson motorcycle gas caps. For details call toll-free 1-855-456-9276 or see www.lowbrowcustoms.com/wxtanks 

Lowbrow Customs is based in Brunswick, Ohio, USA and has been at the forefront of design in custom motorcycle parts for bobbers and choppers since 2004. WX Gas Tanks are the latest addition to their extensive line of custom motorcycle gas tanks. Panhead pictured built by The Gasbox. 

Click Here to see the WX Gas Tank listings on www.lowbrowcustoms.com

Ciro Twin Rail Footrests

By | New Product News

Ciro Twin Rail Footrests

Ciro Twin Rail Footrests are the perfect solution for riders looking for more support and comfort than a footpeg without the bulk of a floorboard. Providing comfort and clean style, they work anywhere standard footpegs are used. Minimal tools are required for installation, a couple of wrenches and a 1/4 inch hex and you are set.

  • 61405 Twin Rail Footrests with Adapters for H-D Chrome $129.95
  • 61425 Twin Rail Footrests with Adapters for H-D Black $129.95
  • 61406 Twin Rail Footrests with Adapters for ’18-newer Softail Chrome $129.95
  • 61426 Twin Rail Footrests with Adapters for ’18-newer Softail Black $129.95
  • 61400 Twin Rail Footrests without Adapters Chrome $99.95
  • 61420 Twin Rail Footrests without Adapters Black $99.95

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NEW – Sidewinder 2 into 1 for 1995-2016 HD Touring Models

By | New Product News

NEW – Sidewinder 2 into 1 for 1995-2016 H-D Touring Models

S&S Cycle Press Release: We have created the next level in high performance bagger exhaust! Merging a full flow stainless header into a highly engineered collector and culminating in a 4.5-inch muffler, the new Sidewinder represents the perfect combination of style and power. Includes our removable dB reducer baffle allowing riders to tune the system for sound and backpressure. Sidewinder is available for 1995-2016 HD touring models and is 50-state legal for most years.
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The New Harley-Davidson Dominion Collection

By | New Product News

Style From End to End: The New Harley-Davidson Dominion Collection

The new Harley-Davidson Dominion Collection offers riders the most options for motorcycle accessorization than any previous H-D decorative collection. This premium, leading-edge collection accentuates a bold, high-performance riding style. The highly-customizable parts come in gloss black anodized and bronze powder coated base colors while featuring interchangeable trim pieces for almost unlimited styling options. 

Riders start the selection process by focusing on their bike’s color scheme. Determine which Dominion™ base color will best complement the bike’s existing color scheme, gloss black anodized or bronze powder coated. Then it’s time to decide what will be personalized on the bike, options range from engine components all the way to foot controls.

Finish the personalization process by selecting insert accent colors. Brushed black, bronze powder coated, brushed orange anodized or brushed aluminum Dominion inserts are available as base components. Riders can also keep the machine’s aluminum finish for the upper rocker box, cam, transmission and derby covers.

Customize an even bolder looking bike by complementing the Dominion Collection with gloss black anodized or bronze powder coated hand grips, mirrors, fuel caps, axle, front and steering stem covers. The Dominion Collection offers fitment for Touring, Softail, Sportster and Street motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories are available at more than 750 authorized retail locations in the United States and online. Download a 2019 accessory catalog at www.H-D.com/catalogs.

Metalsport Inc. Introduces the Four by Five Design by Shannon Davidson 

By | New Product News

Metalsport Inc. Introduces the Four by Five Design by Shannon Davidson 

Metalsport Wheels is proud to introduce our first wheel design for 2019. Always starting with USA forged wheel blanks made from 6061 aluminum, this wheel is machined to the last detail. 

This exclusive design, “Four by Five,” features five spokes with an inlay option. Each spoke has the inlay that allows the customer to personalize it or not. As seen here, this is the 3D chrome version with an inlay coloring. Sizes start from the 16×3.5” up to and including the monster 34”. 

The Four by Five is available in three finishes, chrome, all black anodized and chrome with color matching for the inlay. (There are many colors options to choose from). 

All our wheels come with hubs and we offer matching rotors, pulleys and sprockets. We can even offer the wheel already mounted with your choice of tire, Vee Rubber or Shinko. 

If you have questions about application for your bike, call us at (562) 776-9594. 

About Metalsport Wheels 

Metalsport offers a full line of 3D, 2D and now Hybrid finished wheels featuring over 25 designs including the Chip Foose Signature Series. We have one of the largest selections of wheel sizes in the USA. Wheel sizes start from the 16” wheel to their monster 34” wheel. All wheels come with options to add matching rotors, pulleys, sprockets. 

Memorial Tribute Biker Urns

By | New Product News

Memorial Tribute Biker Urns

Manufactured 100% in the USA these unique URNS are fabricated using stampings from original Paughco gas and oil tanks. There are 5 styles to choose from; Wall mount Dished Half tank 16”-long x 9”-tall x 5.5”-deep, Mini Coffin tank 15.5”-long x 9”-wide x 4”-deep, Frisco-Style Sportster tank 16”-long x 7.5”-tall x 9”-wide, Fat Bob Half tank 19”-long x 8”-tall x 5.5-wide and Barrel-Style Oil tank 9.5-wide x 6”-diameter. Each style is offered in gloss black, chrome and copper. Fat Bob and Frisco tanks retail at $499.95, Mini Coffin, $599.95, Dished, $549.95 and the Oil tank runs $399.95. Optional chrome shelf bracket is for use with the Dished Half Tank and sells for $129.95. These are special order items so give Paughco a call at 775-246-5738 or on line at www.paughco.com for complete details.

New 3-in-1 Harley-Davidson Riding Jackets

By | Clothing, New Product News

Manage Comfort Three Ways with New 3-in-1 Harley-Davidson Riding Jackets

Harley-Davidson 3-in-1 Leather Jackets offer a wide variety of versatility and plenty of protection while riding. Customize comfort with versatility and style in three different ways with the newMen’s Mandan 3-in-1 Riding Jacket (P/N 97127-19VM) or the new Women’s Hensal 3-in-1 Riding Jacket (P/N 97131-19VW).

The outer layer of the Men’s Mandan 3-in-1 Jacket features a durable nylon canvas and a variety of performance adapting features. The Women’s Hensal 3-in-1 Riding Jacket is designed with style, comfort and versatility. The outer layer is made with coated cotton/spandex to ensure durability and mobility.

Both jackets feature two front vents and two back vents to help riders stay cool on the road while a removable polyester fleece hoodie can be worn with the jacket or separately for extra warmth. The hoodie features a toggle hood, thumbholes on the cuffs, snap hand-warmer pockets and side and back perforations to help regulate body temperature. To ensure an enhanced ride and increase functionality, the jackets feature body armor pockets located at the elbows, shoulders and back. Layer up to increase core comfort and warmth or wear separately to adapt to warmer weather with this customizable jacket.

Jay Thiessen to Become CEO of JIMS

By | General News

Jay Thiessen to Become CEO of JIMS

After more than 50 amazing years in the industry, big Jim is stepping down as CEO of JIMS and is excited to get a taste of the retirement life. Well, that’s what he says anyway! We are all proud to announce that Jim’s son, Jay Thiessen, is going to be filling the shoes as the new CEO of JIMS! Jay has been part of the JIMS team for the last 30 years, almost to the date! “I couldn’t be more proud and confident in the way the shop will run with Jay at the helm” Jim comments. For more information please contact us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

By | Biker's Rights

NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

President Trump Authorizes EPA To Make E-15 Fuel Available Year-Round
President Donald Trump has given the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to lift current restrictions on E-15 gas (containing 15% ethanol) to allow year-round sales of the higher ethanol blend.  Following the federal rulemaking process and public comment period, the expanded sales are expected to begin during the summer of 2019.

In 1978, a Clean Air Act waiver allowed the use of 10 volume percent ethanol in gasoline (E-10), and today almost all fuels are E-10 blends.  In June 2011, EPA approved a partial waiver for blends of 15 vol% ethanol in gasoline for use in model year 2001 and newer passenger cars, light-trucks and medium-duty vehicles.  However, the EPA does not approve the use of E-15 in small engines such as motorcycles or ATVs, and its use can damage vehicles and void manufacturer warranties.

Currently, gasoline retailers throughout most of the country are prohibited from offering E-15 during the summer months.  The President’s directive to the EPA is to change that.

CHP To Address Motorcycle Safety With Federal Funds
The California Highway Patrol is using a federal grant to promote motorcycle safety throughout the state, with the goal of reducing the most dangerous traffic violations which they say are speeding, improper turning, and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

There are more than 1.4 million people with a motorcycle license in the state. The education campaign is called GEARS, or Get Educated And Ride Safe.

The year-long campaign will include the CHP deploying officers on enhanced motorcycle safety enforcement operations in regions with a high number of motorcycle incidents.  There will be a series of motorcycle traffic safety education campaigns, including the May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  Officers plan to stress the use of properly approved helmets for all riders and raise motorists’ awareness of sharing the road with motorcyclists.

According to provisional data from 2017, the number of motorcycle accident victims shows a 6% decrease compared to the previous year.

ABS Is Now Mandatory For New Bikes In Japan
In an effort to reduce the number of traffic-related motorcycle accidents and fatalities, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) made amendments to the country’s safety standards for road transport back in January, 2015, including the requirement for all new motorcycles, 125cc or larger, to be equipped with standard Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) effective on October 1, 2018.

Additionally, newly launched two-wheelers from 125cc and below must come with either ABS or CBS (Combined Braking System, which allows simultaneous front and rear brake application with a single input).  Continuous production motorcycles have until October 1, 2021 to comply.

Dirt bikes specifically designated for off-road use and competition are exempted from the law.

Europe has had ABS laws since 2016, and India’s obligatory braking system regulations came into effect earlier this year.  Taiwan and China are expected to follow in 2019 and 2020 respectively.  Here in the U.S., the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has made recommendations to the federal government to enforce the same measures, while countries like Australia and Brazil are also considering similar regulations.

As more countries get on board, vendors around the world have reportedly been bracing themselves for possible slowdowns in motorcycle sales due to higher manufacturing costs.

Philippine Police Seize Modified Motorcycles & Accessories
The past few months have been very busy for law enforcement officers in the Philippines, where police have apprehended traffic violators, cited smoke belching vehicles, and impounded erring motorcycle riders’ property.

Among those apprehended were motorcycles fitted with certain modifications, which have been serving as a bone of contention for both riders and enforcers, according to MotoPinas.com.  Among those accessories confiscated were auxiliary LED lighting systems, aftermarket mufflers, aftermarket side mirrors, and upgraded brakes which aren’t compliant with Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) guidelines.

The Motorcycle Rights Organization (MRO-Philippines) suggests that when apprehended for fitting illegal accessories, refuse the order to remove your accessories and insist the apprehending officer remove the accessories from your motorcycle “because as far as the LTO (Land Transportation Office) is concerned, you are within set regulations,” adding “Do not argue with the apprehending officers.  There is always a proper/lawful venue for contesting the apprehension.”

Driver Found Guilty Of Homicide In Racer Nicky Hayden’s Fatal Crash
On May 17, 2017, a speeding driver struck renowned MotoGP motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden as he was riding a bicycle in Italy, tragically passing away from his injuries five days later. Nearly a year and a half later, we have learned that the driver was charged with murder.

The unidentified 31-year-old driver at the wheel of a Peugeot 206 was reportedly driving at roughly 43 miles per hour (70 kph) in a 30 zone.  Although Hayden was zipping down a crossing street and ran through the intersection, the judge in charge of the ruling considers had the driver respected the speed limit, he would have had time to react to Hayden’s presence.

The driver has been found guilty of “road homicide” and sentenced to a year in prison.  His license has also been revoked and he will be expected to pay all the court fees.  The driver’s attorney has said they will appeal the ruling.

The driver is not only facing a criminal sentence but also a civil lawsuit, as Hayden’s family is suing the driver for $6 Million, the maximum covered by the Italian insurance policy.

Nicknamed “The Kentucky Kid”, 35-year-old Nicky Hayden began his career in MotoGP in 2003 with Repsol Honda and went on to win the MotoGP championship in 2006.  He also competed in American dirt track racing, winning a few Grand National events.  Hayden continued racing in MotoGP through 2015, competing for Ducati Team (2009-2013) and Aspar Honda (2014-2015).  Hayden made the jump to the World Superbike Championship for the 2016 season, becoming the sole American in the series until his untimely death last May.

Motorcycle Racing Incident May End Up In Court
Moto2 rider Romano Fenati was disqualified after he astonishingly grabbed the brake of rival motorcycle racer Stefano Manzi at high speed during a mid-September race in Misano, Italy, and has since been banned for two races, the FIM racing authority suspended his license, and his team contract has been cancelled.

But now the fallout from the disgraced racer’s brake-grabbing incident continues, with Italian news agency ANSA reporting he could now face a charge of “private violence.”

The Public Prosecutor of Rimini (in Italy) is said to have opened the investigation for the less serious charge, rather than that of “attempted murder.”

“Private violence” is akin to a motorist cutting off another driver on the road.  However, the use of such a charge for competitors in a motor race would set a very worrying precedent.

Fenati pulled Manzi’s front brake after the pair had clashed repeatedly during their home race, and although extremely dangerous, both riders remained upright.

Trade Deal Nets Cheaper Motorcycles For EU, But Brexit Rules Out Brits
A trade agreement between Japan and the European Union could spell disaster for British bike buyers, as the British Motorcyclists Federations (BMF) reports that the deal removes common EU external customs tariffs from Japanese manufacturers’ imports.

Under the EU-Japan Economic Partnership signed earlier this year, the 6% tariff affecting motorcycles will be abolished over the next five years — meaning cheaper bikes for EU buyers. European consumers will also benefit from common standards of type approval on product safety as well as emissions.

However, this free trade deal is unlikely to apply to the UK due to Brexit, with that country’s exit from the EU.  EU-based manufacturers will also enjoy more competitive access to the Japanese market, while those in the UK will continue to face tariff constraints.

But Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe did recently state that Japan would welcome Britain with “open arms” to the 11 country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), though the timeframe is not likely to be soon.

So while EU riders look to benefit from less expensive bikes and Japanese-standard type approval, Brits are still in the dark as to what this means…

Singapore Biker Groups Aggrieved By Ban On Older Motorcycles
When the National Environment Agency (NEA) announced on April 6 that motorcycles registered before July 1, 2003 would be banned from the roads after June 30, 2028, many riders’ dreams of having an older classic motorcycle or “hand down our precious bikes to our children,” went “down the drain.”

Calling it a “Plain injustice,” bikers say the ban “will push rare, vintage bikes into oblivion.”

The NEA told ChannelNewsAsia that the government is trying to reduce emissions from some 27,000 older motorcycles as part of a push to meet Singapore’s air quality targets by 2020.  Owners of older motorcycles have been offered up to S$3,500 to de-register their bikes within the next five years.  Beyond that, emission standards for such motorcycles will be tightened, before the 2028 ban kicks in.

These initiatives come as NEA figures indicate that older bikes emit up to 30 times more pollutants than new bikes, and contribute 40% of the total carbon monoxide emitted by motorcycles on the road.  Bikers counter that all motorcycles, regardless of age, must pass inspection and emissions testing, though older bikes are subject to less stringent standards.

Explaining its rationale for the July 1, 2003 cut-off date, NEA said Singapore adopted Euro 1 type approval standards for new motorcycles on that date.  Motorcycles registered before that are more pollutive than newer models which comply with the Euro 4 standard.

Some of these bikes, however, may be able to stay on the roads even after the ban — provided they are converted under the Classic Vehicle Scheme, which allows vehicles to be used for up to 45 days in a calendar year. But the catch is that to qualify for the scheme, the bikes must be at least 35 years old; meaning that when the ban begins in 2028, affected bikes registered after June 1993 will not qualify…so “nearly two decades of bikes will be destroyed…put into storage…or exported.”

Dumb News: Youtube Posting Gets Man 1-Year Motorcycle Ban
A motorcycle rider who ran from police at speeds up to 143 mph was caught when his own helmet cam video posting was spotted on YouTube.  The rider had fled from a St. Charles, ILL officer who spotting him making an illegal turn and riding a bike without a registration plate, according to a report in the Daily Herald.

The incident was included in a compilation video of motorcycles running from police that was posted to the FailsandFlights YouTube account, and shows the elusive motorcyclist waiting at a red light, turn his head toward the officer who is signaling for him to shut the motorcycle off, but instead pulls away through several stopped cars, runs the light and accelerates down the road.

At one point, the video displayed a link to the film star’s personal YouTube page, which investigators used, along with his other social media channels, to track him down and make an arrest.  He was charged with several felonies, but agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving and will perform 100 hours of community service and cannot own or ride a motorcycle for one year.

Quotable Quote: “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”
~John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) sixth U.S. President

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.

 

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