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Polaris Reports 2017 Second Quarter Results

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PolarisPolaris Reports 2017 Second Quarter Results

  • Sales for the second quarter of 2017 increased 21% to $1,364.9 million; adjusted sales increased 20% to $1,358.8 million.
  • Second quarter 2017 reported net income was $0.97 per diluted share; adjusted net income for the same period was $1.16 per diluted share, slightly ahead of expectations
  • Polaris North American ORV unit retail sales were down low-single digits percent, a sequential improvement from the first quarter, with increasing side-by-side retail sales somewhat offsetting lower ATV retail sales. Indian Motorcycle continued to deliver strong retail sales increasing 17% for the quarter.
  • Total dealer inventory was down 6% year-over-year; ORV dealer inventory was down 6%
  • Polaris raising full year sales guidance and narrowing its earnings per share outlook. Adjusted net income expected to be in the range of $4.35 to $4.50 per diluted share with adjusted sales for the full year 2017 expected in the range of up 12% to 14%.

Note: the results and guidance in this release, including the highlights above, include references to non-GAAP operating measures, which are identified by the word “adjusted” preceding the measure. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures can be found at the end of this release.

Press Release: Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today reported second quarter 2017 sales of $1,364.9 million, up 21 percent, from $1,130.8 million for the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted sales, which excludes the impact from Victory Motorcycles® net sales for the second quarter of 2017, were $1,358.8 million compared to $1,130.8 million in the prior year period. The Company reported second quarter 2017 net income of $62.0 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, compared with net income of $71.2 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, for the 2016 second quarter. The reported net income included costs related to the wind down of Victory Motorcycles, certain Transamerican Auto Parts (“TAP”) integration and inventory step up costs, and manufacturing network realignment costs. Adjusted net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, excluding these costs, was $73.9 million, or $1.16 per diluted share. Read More

Indian Sets Three New Land Speed Records

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Credit – Nikolaus Wogen

Indian Motorcycle Hits “Trifecta” With Three New Land Speed Records

Spirit of Munro 50th Anniversary 2017 Indian Scout Sets New Land Speed Record During Testing at El Mirage Dry Lakebed       

Press Release: In preparation for the Burt Munro 50th anniversary commemorative run, Indian Motorcycle has set three new land speed records, according to the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA). Burt Munro’s great nephew, Lee Munro, and a pair of Indian Motorcycle technicians entered the record books on July 16 at El Mirage Dry Lakebed.

Land Speed

Credit – Nikolaus Wogen

“When you’re breaking records during test runs, you know your machine is on point. Our team of engineers has done an incredible job on the Spirit of Munro commemorative Scout.” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product Development for Indian Motorcycle. “Running within a different class has allowed Lee to truly honor his great uncle Burt. As Burt’s record still stands, Lee now joins Burt within the record book.”

First among the three Indian riders was Chet Michaelson, engine calibration technician at Indian Motorcycle. In the M-PG (Modified-Pushrod Gasoline) 2000cc class, riding a 2015 Indian Chief Classic, Chet eclipsed the record of 151 MPH with a speed of 154.132 MPH.

The second Indian rider was Lee Munro – aboard the Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary 2017 Indian Scout. Competing in the MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner) 1350cc class, Lee needed to exceed 167 MPH for a new record.  After completing his rookie runs during the May meet at El Mirage, this was the first chance to let the bike loose and explore its potential.  Lee recorded a speed of 186.681 MPH, a new record and the Indian team was two for two. Read More

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

Millennials Are Negatively Impacting Motorcycling
U.S. motorcycle sales for Harley-Davidson, which represents about half of America’s big-bike market, were down 3.9% last year, and investment management firm Alliance Bernstein recently downgraded the Motor Company’s rating while citing the millennial generation as a key contributor in the brand’s downturn.

“Our data suggests the younger Gen Y population is adopting motorcycling at a far lower rate than prior generations,” AB analyst David Beckel told AOL’s Business Insider.  “Gen Y’s are aging into the important ‘pre-family’ cohort of riders and Boomers are increasingly handing over their keys to the smaller Gen X population.”

Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers in numbers to become the largest generation pool in the United States, and these 18 to 35-year-olds grew up during a recession, which has impacted their spending habits.

“I think we have got a very significant psychological scar from this great recession,” according to Morgan Stanley analyst Kimberly Greenberger.  “One in every five households at the time were severely negatively impacted by that event.  And, if you think about the children in that house and how the length and depth of that recession really impacted people, I think you have an entire generation with permanently changed spending habits.”

Bike-To-Vehicle (B2V) Technology To Prevent Motorcycle Accidents
Drivers involved in an accident with a motorcycle often claim they didn’t see the bike.  Their smaller size, quickness and maneuverability makes motorcycles more difficult to identify in traffic.  Autotalks, the world leader in V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communication solutions, is launching its bike-to-vehicle (B2V) solution, a technology for the prevention of motorcycle accidents.  The solution is based on the B2X (Bike-to-Everything) chipset developed by the Israeli company.

Research conducted by Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, finds that motorcycle-to-car communication could prevent almost one third of motorcycle related accidents, which has encouraged the German company to develop what they call a “digital protective shield” for riders.  Digital visibility would warn the driver of a car about a motorcycle’s close presence, even when it’s not visible to the human eye.

The goal of the new technology is to prevent accidents from occurring, by providing warning notices on dashboards.  The data would be exchanged by vehicle transmitters through public WLAN and ITS-G5.  Potential hazards and nearby motorcycles would then show up on satellite navigation, including direction of travel, position, speed, acceleration, and vehicle type.

Advantages of the Autotalks’ B2V solution include simple integration, low power consumption, the smallest form factor, highest range of operating temperature and smallest physical size, which results in its resistance to the strong vibration and challenging environmental conditions of motorcycles.

Oregon Enacts R-O-W Law To Protect Motorcyclists
A “Right-of-Way” or R-O-W law has been enacted in Oregon, as House Bill 2598 was signed by Governor Kate Brown on June 20, 2017.  The bill also known as the “Milkman Mike Act” or the “Driver Responsibility Bill” will become law on January 1, 2018 and expands the offense of vehicular assault to include contact with motorcycle, motorcycle operator or motorcycle passenger that causes physical injury.

“This means that if a reckless driver injures a motorcycle rider or their passenger, the driver can be charged with vehicular assault and will be a Class A Misdemeanor,” reports the Oregon Confederation of Clubs.  The punishment can be doing time up to one year in prison and a maximum fine up to a $6,250.

“This is a great win for Oregon riders!!,” states the Oregon COC on their website (www.oregoncoc.org).  “Now we have something that has some teeth in it to punish drivers who are determined to be ‘reckless’.  We have had too many brothers and sisters run down by car drivers getting a ticket for nominal money or no ticket at all.  At best they get a slight bump in their insurance rates.  And in the case of no ticket, their insurance company never really has a clue they have a high risk client on their hands.

“All it took was a sharp attorney (Oregon A.I.M. Attorney Christopher Slater) to do a very simple thing.  He had the great idea to look to see if there is existing legislation.  He found legislation that covered bicyclists and pedestrians (ORS 811.060).  From there it was easy to add a few words…’motorcycle rider and passenger.’  It was so simple it was brilliant.  Much thanks to Christopher and his efforts.  Many thanks to BikePac of Oregon and ABATE of Oregon who also worked hard to make this bill a reality.

“And may Milkman Mike rest in peace forever.  This legislation is something he worked hard to achieve for many years.  He was unable to see it done due to a health issue and we lost him several years ago.  Mike was constantly working within the motorcycle rights community.  He also worked as the coordinator for the Coalition of Independent Riders (COIR).  He spent a great amount of time adding non affiliated and independent riders to his communication roster.”

North Carolina To Provide Driver Instruction On Law Enforcement Stops
Similar to a measure recently adopted in Louisiana to teach new licensees how to interact with police during traffic stops, House Bill 21 “Driver Instruction/Law Enforcement Stops” has been approved unanimously by the North Carolina legislature and signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper on July 12, 2017.

HB 21 provides that “The Division, in consultation with the State Highway Patrol, the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association, and the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, shall include in the driver license handbook a description of law enforcement procedures during traffic stops and the actions that a motorist should take during a traffic stop, including appropriate interactions with law enforcement officers.”

Ohio ‘Dead Red’ Law Amended For Bicycles Only
During a lame-duck legislative session ending last December, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 154, commonly referred to as a “Dead Red” law, allowing all vehicles and bicycles to treat a malfunctioning traffic signal as a stop sign and to proceed through a red light after a reasonable time has elapsed, as long as the intersection is clear and you must yield to oncoming traffic with the right of way.  Signed by the governor, the new law was to take effect in March, but an amendment was introduced and fast-tracked as an emergency measure to remove all motor vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles) from the law, and House Bill 9 amended the red light section to apply to bicycles only. Read More

Harley-Davidson Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results

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Harley-Davidson Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results

Company Delivered Strong Margins, Retail Sales Lower Than Expected

Press Release: Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) second quarter 2017 diluted EPS decreased 4.5 percent to $1.48 compared to $1.55 in the second quarter of 2016. Second quarter net income was $258.9 million on consolidated revenue of $1.77 billion versus net income of $280.4 million on consolidated revenue of $1.86 billion for the same period in 2016.

“We are pleased with our ability to deliver strong margins in the quarter despite challenging market conditions, particularly in the U.S.,” said Matt Levatich, president and CEO, Harley-Davidson. “Given U.S. industry challenges in the second quarter and the importance of the supply and demand balance for our premium brand, we are lowering our full-year shipment and margin guidance.”

Harley-Davidson worldwide retail motorcycle sales were down 6.7 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2016. Harley-Davidson retail motorcycle sales in the U.S. were down 9.3 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, with the overall U.S. industry down for the same period. Harley-Davidson’s U.S. market share for the quarter was 48.5 percent in the 601cc-plus segment. Harley-Davidson’s international retail sales decreased 2.3 percent compared to the second quarter in 2016.

Through six months, Harley-Davidson’s 2017 diluted EPS was $2.53, down 13.1 percent from $2.91 in the year-ago period. For the first six months, Harley-Davidson’s 2017 net income was $445.2 million on consolidated revenue of $3.27 billion compared to six-month 2016 net income of $530.9 million on consolidated revenue of $3.61 billion. Through six months, worldwide retail motorcycle sales were down 5.7 percent from the same period in 2016.

“Our long-term strategy, focused on building the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders, is our true north. Our new product investment is one pillar of our long-term strategy to build riders globally and we are energized by the strength of our model year 2018 motorcycles coming later this summer,” said Levatich.

Click here to read the full report

 

The Full 2017 Buffalo Chip Lineup

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Chip LineupThe Full 2017 Buffalo Chip Lineup With Two More Headliners

No, we don’t know if you got the raise at work.
We also don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl.
And we haven’t seen your test results either.
But frankly, this news will make you forget you even cared about any of those things in the first place, because it’s…

Thirteen more bands, including two more headliners, have joined the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, blink-182, Shinedown, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Doobie Brothers, Pop Evil and many, many others to round out the concert lineup this year!

To commemorate the monumental 2017 lineup of concerts, entertainment and events at the Best Party Anywhere, the Buffalo Chip commissioned artist EZ Wheelin’ to create an insanely cool collector’s edition art print that anyone (including you) would be stoked to have hanging on their wall!

For the complete lineup click here

Press Release: The addition of 13 more acts, including chart-topping rock bands Blue Oyster Cult and All That Remains completes the 2017 Sturgis Buffalo Chip band lineup, leaving no doubt that “Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®” is again presenting another spectacular lineup. The Buffalo Chip has already announced dozens of legendary artists who cater to classic rock, heavy metal and country music fans such as Ozzy Osbourne, The Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, blink-182, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Shinedown, Justin Moore and many more. Some of the world’s top party bands have also made the list including Pop Evil, Alter Bridge, Blackberry Smoke, RATT, Night Ranger, Drowning Pool and Trapt. More band information and the official 2017 full lineup announcement video which features some of the most scenic rides in the Black Hills can be found here: BuffaloChip.com/BANDS

Blue Oyster Cult, best known for their mega hit, “Don’t Fear (The Reaper),” will perform on the Wolfman Jack Stage for the festival’s grand final on Saturday, Aug. 12. They are credited as one of the pioneers of music videos, and helped to propel MTV to success with their videos, particularly “Burnin’ For You.” Melodic-metalcore maniacs, All That Remains will perform on the Wolfman Jack Stage Friday, Aug. 11. They’ve sold over a million records world-wide and recently released their eighth album, “Madness.”

Bands also making the cut, with the help from global emerging artist music platform ReverbNation, to perform on the Chip’s legendary Wolfman Jack Stage include BC & The Big Rig, Madame Mayhem, Carolina Wray, Stolen Rhodes, Jimmie Bratcher and The Dirtboxwailers. Those chosen to perform on the Buffalo Chip’s six showcase stages include The Hawkeyes, Charlie Brechtel Band, Well Hung Heart, Big Skillet, DJ Hulio and The Buffalo Dreamers.

Super Hooligan Race At The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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Super HooliganRSD Super Hooligan Race Joins The Moto Stampede
At The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Press Release: Super Hooligan flat track racing is BACK! Roland Sands and his crew will go handlebar to handlebar in the second annual RSD Super Hooligan race presented by Indian Motorcycle inside the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s amphitheater on Wednesday, Aug. 9. We invite racers and fans of motorcycle racing to participate and attend during this year’s 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. At the Buffalo Chip, the riders are scheduled to take to the track for Round 6 of the Super Hooligan National Championship (SHNC) race series with classes including: Super Hooligan, Amateur Hooligan, Run What Ya Brung (costumes encouraged), Vintage, Tank Shift, Lady Hooligan and a $5K Cash Purse Pro Open Singles class. Afterwards, stick around to enjoy the blistering audio of Ozzy Osbourne. All brands of bikes are welcome to race.

Interested Racers May Register Here:

The Street Drag Invitational Races with Crazy John will also be back to pit even more show bikes in head-to-head, hat drop street races down the middle of the amphitheater immediately preceding the Super Hooligan races. Two Indian Scout Sixties, one customized by Roland Sands and the other by Carey Hart, will be given away on the main stage that evening. Register to win one of these bad ass customs at BuffaloChip.com/EVENTS/Moto-Stampede/Motorcycle-Giveaway.

“The Buffalo Chip has paired these races with one of the rally’s biggest concerts, Pop Evil and Ozzy Osbourne, to create a series of events all on one day neither the rally nor the world has ever before seen,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “The Super Hooligan races will shake the ground with excitement and gather steam for an incredible night of world-class rock on the main stage.”

Audiences at the Buffalo Chip will have an up-close viewing experience of the RSD Super Hooligan races. The track winds through the center of the amphitheater and offers track-side and prime, elevated viewing areas.

One pass includes access to all races, concerts and events held within the campground and tent camping. Passes may be purchased for each day with multi-day packages offering the best value. More info can be found HERE.

SHNC Contingencies & Prizes

Indian Motorcycle

  • $1,000 Winner-Takes-All bonus to winner of Super Hooligan Main Event.
  • The Super Hooligan Series Champion will win a Factory Indian FTR750 professional GNC flat track race bike – awarded in Huntington Beach, CA October 14th.
  • *Winner must be present at final round

Dunlop Tires

  • $250 (first) / $150 (second) / $100 (third) payouts for Super Hooligan Main Event.
  • $1,000 Winner-Takes-All Super Hooligan Dunlop Dash for Cash event.

Bell Helmets

  • $250 (first) / $150 (second) / $75 (third) payouts per Super Hooligan Main Event.
  • Custom painted helmet trophy for Super Hooligan winner at each round.
  • $2,500 bonus to be awarded to Super Hooligan Series Champion at final round.

K&N Engineering

  • $300 Winner-Takes-All Holeshot Award for Super Hooligan Main Event.

Motul

  • $300 Cleanest Hooligan race bike at each race. TBD by SHNC.

For the most up to date schedule and SHNC standings visit our Super Hooligan Blog.

About Super Hooligan:
The spirit of hooligan racing comes from a simpler time, when you raced – and could ride home on – any bike you owned. With its roots in Southern California motorcycle culture, today’s flat track hooligan racing category is rapidly gaining in popularity with riders of all ages and experience levels across the nation by offering the fun of motorcycle competition in a less structured environment. Combining the craft of custom motorcycles and racing the Super Hooligan rules are loose and limit the bikes to 750CC and up twins in stock frames with dirt track tires and no front brakes. Read More

Harley-Davidson at the 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

A rider leaves Mt. Rushmore, Sunday, August 7, 2005, as others stop on the shoulder to shoot photos.

Harley-Davidson Gearing Up For 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Festivities at Largest U.S. Motorcycle Rally to Include Free Demo Rides, Special Events, Fierce Flat Track Racing and More

Press Release: The sound of freedom will rumble through the Black Hills when thousands of motorcyclists join Harley-Davidson, the official motorcycle of the largest motorcycle rally in the United States, at the 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally August 5-12.

“The great riding, the motorcycle tradition, and the wide-open fun: That’s what makes Sturgis ‘Sturgis,’” said James Newton, Harley-Davidson U.S. Events Manager. “And, this year is even bigger and better. We invite all riders to roll into Harley Headquarters to take a demo ride, see the latest gear and accessories and meet up with Harley-Davidson riders from around the world who’ve trekked to the 77th Sturgis.”

Harley-Davidson will again rock the Black Hills from August 5-12, at its headquarters at the Sturgis Community Center on Lazelle Street and the Harley-Davidson Rally Point on Main Street. Scheduled events include music, parties, free demo rides on new 2017 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, H.O.G. member special events, the electrifying Wall of Death, and Harley-Davidson-sponsored American Flat Track racing at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City.

To follow all of the fun in real time, tune in to #Sturgis on social media.

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Steering Damper Kits

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Steering DamperDrag Specialties Steering Damper Kits

Dampen unwanted fork oscillations with Steering Damper Kits from Drag. These seven-position hydraulic steering dampers are fully adjustable, allowing full-fork movement from stop-to-stop. These kits come in a sliver or black satin finish, and include required mounting hardware and instructions for installation. Available for 06-17 FXD models, the suggested retail price is $279.95.

http://www.dragspecialties.com/products/?productId=457963

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

Introducing The Scout Bobber

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Scout BobberIntroducing The Scout Bobber

Strip it down. That was the inspiration Indian Motorcycle used when developing the latest model in its iconic Scout lineup, the new Indian Scout Bobber. A low slung, blacked- out, minimalist motorcycle that proves less is definitely more.  The new muscular Scout represents a core passion of motorcyclists – connecting to the road without a need for anything unnecessary. It’s a tangible means of escape from a life that is so easily bogged down by commitments and a boatload of unnecessary “stuff.”

The Scout Bobber is our most raw and mean machine to date, and the ultimate in the celebration of what motorcycling is about – a powerful engine, two wheels, and no plan of where to go,” said Reid Wilson, Marketing Director – Indian Motorcycle. “It’s an incredibly fun motorcycle that delivers a ton of attitude, along with a ton of power.”

The newest member of the Scout family pays homage to the mean, stripped-down builds of America’s post-war past. With its tracker handlebars and pegs moved 1.5” closer to the rider, the Scout Bobber delivers a more aggressive riding position so the rider can tear through the urban streets with ease. Its knobby tires and blacked-out wheels keep the rider grounded, while a low-slung profile and 1” lowered rear suspension deliver unfiltered feedback from every inch of blacktop.

The Scout Bobber features a black headlight nacelle, minimal engine covers, bar-end mirrors and vented exhaust shields. A black gauge face on its instrument panel and black exhaust further adds to its blacked-out styling. The new block letter logo on the tank compliments the muscular look of the bike.
Chopped fenders front and rear and a new two-tone genuine leather bobber seat enhance the minimalistic styling. New rear LED lights with integrated stop, turn, and tail signals keep unnecessary parts to a minimum. Add the Scout Bobber’s raw styling to an American V-Twin engine with 100 horsepower and this motorcycle quickly becomes more of a tool than an extravagance, enabling the rider to fully embrace the thrill of twisting the throttle and enjoying the journey rather than the destination. The new Scout Bobber will be available at dealers in the U.S. and Canada starting in September. Five colors, including Thunder Black, Star Silver Smoke, Bronze Smoke, Indian Motorcycle Red, and Thunder Black Smoke with ABS, are available with prices starting from $11,499 to $12,499. Pre-orders are available at dealers to make sure you can be the first to get the newest member of the Scout family.

Scout Bobber Key Features:

Scout BobberLow-Slung Aggressive Profile
The Scout Bobber’s raw, mean and aggressive styling is heightened by chopped fenders front and rear, a 1” slammed rear suspension and knobby tires. Its bar-end mirrors can be dropped down for an even more lean and low look. The stripped-down bike features new LED rear signals with integrated stop, turn and tail lights and a side-mounted license plate* to keep unnecessary parts to a minimum. A new two-tone genuine leather bobber seat completes the minimalistic styling. * US model only

2018-Scout-Bobber-12Aggressive Riding Position
With foot pegs moved 1.5” closer to the rider and tracker handlebars that move the rider’s torso forward, the Scout Bobber delivers an aggressive riding position so the rider can tear through the urban streets with ease. A new cartridge fork front suspension ensures a more smooth and compliant ride.

2018-Scout-Bobber-03Blacked-Out Styling
Premium blacked-out styling runs throughout the bike. The exhaust, frame, handlebars, mirrors, turn signals, cast aluminum wheels, primary and clutch covers are all blacked-out to give the bike a mean look. A new black gauge face on the instrument panel completes the sinister look.

Scout BobberMinimalistic Styling
To Enhance The Minimalistic And Mechanical Design, The Scout Bobber Features Slotted Exhaust Shields And A Slotted Belt Guard, Along With A Smaller Ignition And Thermostat Cover Between The Engine. Muscular Performance The Indian Scout Bobber packs a 100-horsepower liquid cooled V-Twin engine for head snapping acceleration. With its tracker handlebars, more aggressive knobby tires, lowered rear suspension, and new cartridge front fork suspension, handling on the Scout Bobber is sporty and firm.

Free-Access Sturgis Buffalo Chip CrossRoads Expands

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CrossRoadsFree-Access Sturgis Buffalo Chip CrossRoads Expands Services to Become Premier Rally Destination

Stunts, bike shows, the Sturgis Rider Superstore and more combine to make the CrossRoads a rally hot spot. Premium accessories and exclusive service perks include free Indian Motorcycle loaners while services are being performed.

Press Release: The essential rally experience of shopping for motorcycle parts and accessories, and getting a tune up or a trick out has now become centralized to a one-stop shop with the opening of the all-new Sturgis Rider Superstore, located at the free-access CrossRoads at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. This new destination adds to the exciting and eclectic mix of events, attractions and entertainment at the CrossRoads, which includes acres of paved vendor shopping, plenty of free parking, OEM and custom bike displays, stunts shows, bike shows, bikini bike wash, live music tasty food, $2 beers and clean restrooms.

_AP19980Mechanics, Wrenching and Free Indian Motorcycle Loaners
The Sturgis Rider Superstore will open for the first time on Friday, Aug. 4, offering parts installs, mechanic services and must-have motorcycle merchandise. Indian Motorcycles will be on hand to offer a free loaner to anyone left needing a ride while receiving a Spectro Oil change or having new Metzeler tires or Kuryakyn parts installed. Appointments for Indian loaner bikes are recommended. Shoppers will find a parts paradise at the Sturgis Rider Superstore and can run a dyno test at the Harmonious Dyno Center, or upgrade their rides with products from Extreme Audio. The Superstore offers free bike parking, easy access to entertainment, restrooms, food and beverages.

Those interested can get more information about the Sturgis Rider Superstore at BuffaloChip.com/SuperStore.

Bad Ass Bike Shows
A series of free bike shows will be offering a display of beastly beauties nearly every day starting with the FXR Bike Show and Dyna Mixer on Sunday, Aug. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free, no-nonsense motorcycle event brings together riders and anyone who wants to talk motorcycles. Full Throttle Magazine will be offering free shows both Monday and Tuesday with registration beginning at noon both days. On Wednesday, Aug. 9, American Bagger and Urban Bagger Magazine in association with Strip Club Choppers present the Sexiest Bagger Show with multiple awards and a magazine feature for the best of show. The Granddaddy of all shows, the Rat’s Hole Bike Show, will bring together an impressive crew of international judges and builders on Thursday, Aug. 10.

IMG_7853Easy-Access Premium Fueling
Every biker on the hunt for super premium fuel at a convenient location will find 93 octane E10 gas from Renewable Fuels Association available 24/7 at the Buffalo Chip’s brand-new, self-serve Stop & Fuel gas station located at the east end of the CrossRoads. This high-octane fuel is approved by all American motorcycle manufacturers. Renewable Fuels will also be bringing back its popular “Free Fuel Happy Hour” where bikers can fill up for free 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 – Thursday, Aug. 10.

BMW Demo Rides
For the first time ever, BMW Motorrad USA is offering free demo rides on its soon-to-be-released K 1600 B “Bagger,” and the company has chosen the CrossRoads as the place to do it. Ten of the highly anticipated new bikes will be shipped to the Buffalo Chip for the exclusive demo ride opportunity, along with a full stable of new innovative BMW motorcycle models.

Exhilarating Stunt Shows
Stuntman Clint Ewing, best known as the man who nearly died attempting to pass through a tunnel of fire at the Chip in 2013, is back with an even hotter stunt show, although it no longer involves actual fire. Clint’s toasty bike is on display on the upper deck. He and his crew of super bike manipulators will be performing at the CrossRoads Monday, Aug 7 – Thursday, Aug. 10.

Bell Helmets has invited the top stunt riders to come out on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 3:30 p.m. and go head to head in a stunt competition that will be judged by famed racer, builder and freestyle motocross legend Carey Hart, Wild Gypsy Tour founder Leticia Cline and some of their adrenaline junkie friends. The winner will take home $1,500, and second place $500 presented by Dualigans. Immediately following the contest, a Dualigans Party will take place. Join Bell Helmets, Carey Hart, Leticia Cline and friends at the CrossRoads.

New American Crew Barber Shop
Matty the Barber will be hanging his barber pole at the new Buffalo Chip Barber Shop sponsored by American Crew, offering straight razor shaves, trims, cuts and more. The Barber Show is located at the north end of the CrossRoads.

Easy Rider Originals and Traveler Information
With its 50th anniversary approaching in 2019, fans of the iconic biker film “Easy Rider” will be able to nab up hard-to-find original movie posters, photos and art all recently released from the collection of an avid fan at the Buffalo Chip Gift Shop. The Buffalo Chip Chamber will be open to assist all bikers with information, load them up with free swag and help them get entered into the Moto Stampede Bike Giveaway. Two lucky winners will take home an Indian Scout Sixty customized by Roland Sands or Carey Hart.

The Big Engine Bar at the CrossRoads opened July 1 with $2 beers and $3 well drinks, all day, every day through Aug. 12.

Those interested can get more information about CrossRoads at BuffaloChip.com/CrossRoads.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast and 2017 South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers eight stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. The 2017 Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Old Iron/Young Blood – Motorcycles and the Next Gen” curated by Michael Lichter, numerous bike and stunt shows and all shopping, live music and events at the CrossRoads are free and open to the public. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

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