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All New Z1R Denim Riding Shirts And Vests

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Z1RAll New Z1R Denim Riding Shirts And Vests

Press Release: Too warm out for your trusty riding jacket? Z1R has you covered with the all new Denim riding shirts and vests. Both feature 100% cotton chassis and a full-length interior moisture wicking liner to keep you cool. Two interior conceal carry pockets and two exterior chest pockets provide you with just enough storage for your essentials while riding.  The Denim shirts and vests are available now at your local Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialists dealer. Sizes S – 5XL. Denim shirt suggested retail $84.95. Denim vest suggested retail $59.95.Z1R

About Z1R
Z1R produces helmets and apparel for the street, off-road, and snow enthusiast. For more information visit us at   www.Z1R.com.  You can also follow us on www.facebook.com/Z1Rhelmets/ 

JIMS Tool of the Month

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Axle InstallJIMS Axle Installation Guide

Installation of motorcycles axles has always been problematic. Trying to align the wheel with other components such as swing arms, caliper brackets, wheel hubs and spacers can be frustrating, especially when trying to do the job alone. For only $43.50 you can easily eliminate these problems by purchasing the brand new JIMS axle installation guide (Part no.5820). This tool is exclusive to JIMS and was designed by our talented partner, Hiro Koiso. For more information please contact us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

Hawaii Approves Shoulder Surfing
Some places allow lane splitting, riding between lanes of slow moving traffic, and others allow lane filtering where riders can filter through traffic at stop lights and proceed ahead of other vehicles when it turns green, but as an alternative Hawaii will now allow motorcycles to ride on the shoulder of the roadway.

Authorities have been debating allowing riders to practice lane filtering, as opposed to lane splitting, but after much deliberation Hawaiian riders will get neither, and instead will be the first state to get shoulder surfing: House Bill 2589 will allow two-wheel motorcycles to travel on the shoulder in designated areas of state roads, when there is congestion.

In Hawaii, the lanes are narrow, which makes lane splitting and filtering a greater concern.  The motion was approved, however, Governor David Ige (D) was initially against the idea, stating that the shoulder lane was reserved for stopped vehicles and emergency services.  He considered that allowing motorcyclists to surf the shoulder would equate to higher risks of accidents.

Despite the Governor’s initial intention to veto the motion, on July 12th, 2018, it was passed by default, without the Governor’s signature.  In Hawaii, any bill left unsigned and un-vetoed automatically becomes a law.  Effective January 1, 2019 riders will be allowed on the shoulder on roads of at least two lanes in each direction and with a shoulder lane wide enough for a vehicle to circulate safely.

This experiment will also serve as an indication of whether this kind of measure concretely helps the flow of traffic or not.

Lane Splitting May Be Allowable In More Places
Although practiced by motorcyclists around the globe, lane splitting is legal in only one American state; California, though theoretically the practice could be permissible in 12 other states and Washington, D.C., reports RideApart.com; “California is the only state where lane splitting has any sort of official legal status, but that has only been the case since 1 January 2017.  Before then, the commonly practiced riding technique was something of a gray area — not specifically legal, but equally not specifically illegal.  According to attorney Michael Padway, lane splitting exists in the same legal gray space in the following states: Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia.”

So, perhaps the only reason people think it’s against the rules in the states mentioned is precedent, but since lane splitting is not necessarily protected it would be up to an officer’s discretion to determine whether the practice is safe.

Michigan Modifies Handlebar Height Law
Michigan recently became the latest state to modify or repeal their antiquated handlebar height law, which many states enacted decades ago to give police a reason to pull over bikers.  Currently, Michigan law prohibits anything with a handlebar height over 15 inches (measured from the lowest point on the saddle to the highest point on the handlebars), but Senate Bill 568, signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder (R) increases the maximum allowable height of handlebars on motorcycles and mopeds from 15 inches to 30 inches.

“Motorcycles have changed drastically over the years and customization is very popular among riders,” said Senator Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) who sponsored the legislation.  “One area where they are often doing so is with the height of the handlebars to offer a more enjoyable ride…by allowing for additional rider customization that does not expose a safety hazard.”

Additionally, many motorcycles on the road today may not even be compliant with current state law.

In recent years, states like Wisconsin and Ohio have eased their restrictions; “I look forward to the governor putting Michigan on par with some of our neighbors concerning handlebar restrictions,” commented Sen. Jones, adding that some states have no height restriction at all.

Jones said the bill was brought to him by the group American Bikers Aiming Toward Education (ABATE) after a member of the riding community proposed the idea.

Interior Department Promotes Powersports
A new U.S. Department of the Interior summer video posted on YouTube and other social media sites features exciting scenes of off-road motorcycling on public lands, and the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) is calling on all riders to applaud the efforts of the department and the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR).

The Interior Dept. video, “Recreation’s New Look,” is the latest result of combined Interior and industry efforts to give outdoor recreation a new look for the 21st century, and one that clearly includes powersports.

“Along with Interior and the ORR, the Motorcycle Industry Council, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) have worked hard to make powersports an even more recognized outdoor activity on public lands and this new video really showcases that effort,” said Tim Buche, MIC president and CEO.

The ORR works to promote policy and legislative reforms needed to enhance the outdoor recreation economy, which accounts for $673 billion in annual economic output.  Since early 2017, the MIC, SVIA, ROHVA and other outdoor industries have been meeting with Secretary Ryan Zinke and officials from Interior and the U.S. Forest Service to discuss ways to improve visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters, including providing more and better access to trails.

H-D Shifts Overseas Citing Tariffs, Trump Lures Other Bike-Makers To U.S.
A few weeks ago, Harley-Davidson announced that it was moving some production offshore claiming it was due to President Trump’s trade war tariffs, stating in prepared remarks; “Increasing international production to alleviate the EU tariff burden is not the company’s preference, but represents the only sustainable option to make its motorcycles accessible to customers in the EU and maintain a viable business in Europe. Europe is a critical market for Harley-Davidson.”

To briefly recap: Trump enacted tariffs on imported steel and aluminum earlier this year, prompting the European Union to place tariffs on a broad range of American imports, including motorcycles.  That, in turn, prompted Harley, already facing headwinds, to move some of its jobs overseas, announcing plans to open a motorcycle assembly plant in Thailand this year.

In response, according to a report by Business Insider, the President is now looking to foster foreign manufacturers in the US, tweeting; “Now that Harley-Davidson is moving part of its operation out of the U.S., my Administration is working with other Motor Cycle companies who want to move into the U.S. Harley customers are not happy with their move – sales are down 7% in 2017. The U.S. is where the Action is!”

Scotus Sides With Motorcycle Thief
It’s not often that a motorcycle-related legal case ends up in the U.S. Supreme Court, but as the result of a dispute over a stolen bike in Virginia, the case of Collins v. Virginia, 16-1027 focused on the Fourth Amendment, and whether or not police violated the defendant’s Constitutional right against unreasonable searches and seizures during a 2014 investigation.

Now, several years after the initial incident, the highest court in the land has concluded that the defendant’s fourth amendment rights were indeed violated when a Albemarle County, Virginia, police officer strolled onto the defendant’s (or rather his girlfriend’s) property, lifting a cover to reveal a stolen motorcycle.

In this particular case, the Supreme Court Justices voted 8-1 in favor of Collins, with Justice Sonia Sotomayor asserting the search was an “invasion of the sanctity” of Collins’ curtilage (basically the land/area surrounding one’s house).

Regarding the “automobile exception” which allows certain types of searches to be conducted on vehicles without a warrant since, unlike a house, cars can be moved at a moment’s notice, Sotomayor contended it “does not justify an intrusion on a person’s separate and substantial Fourth Amendment interest in his home and curtilage.”

So in the end, Collins’ “receiving stolen property” conviction previously handed down by the Virginia Supreme Court was overturned, though the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to close the book on the potential for Collin’s convictions to be upheld on different grounds.

Of particular importance to the motorcycling community, irrespective of guilt or innocence, ownership of a motorcycle does not invite an unwarranted search.

World’s First Motorcycle-Themed Amusement Park Breaks Ground
What could be more exciting than a theme park dedicated to motorcycle-riding, including a high-speed head-to-head roller coaster race?

To be identified as “Ducati World”, Ducati laid the first stone to the world’s first theme park dedicated to all the motorcyclists, young or old, that will include a showroom, children’s attractions, virtual reality and many more indulging experiences fully showcasing the Ducati brand in a larger than life format.

Located at Mirabilandia, the “Ducati World” will be the world’s first entertainment arena themed after a motorcycle brand.  It will become a part of the Mirabilandia leisure park which is in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, the birthplace of Ducati.

It will be spread across 35,000 square-meters and feature a unique new-gen roller coaster that will “turn each visitor into a Ducati rider” as a major attraction.  It will also be home to motorcycle simulators allowing visitors to have the feel of the road on superbikes and track machines going at full throttle.

The highlight of the amusement park would be a racing-inspired interactive roller coaster, which simulates a ride on a Panigale V4 with the power to control the acceleration and braking; “An authentic head-to-head between bikes roaring along parallel rails.”

A museum will showcase the rich history of the iconic brand, and of course you’ll have fine multi-cuisine Ducati and Ducati Scrambler-themed restaurants and Michelin-starred kitchens cooking delicious meals. The Ducati shop will give the visitors the opportunity to buy all sorts of official Ducati and Ducati Scrambler apparel and merchandise.

Gates to the “most engaging and innovative experience for motorcycling fans” will open to the public in 2019.

SOA Blamed For Rising ‘Biker Gang’ Numbers
We blame a lot on television shows and on movies…violence, sexuality, food – but we can apparently now add fictional dramas to the long list of things that are bad for us on TV, as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) recently released a statement that blamed the FX series “Sons of Anarchy” for the rise in “outlaw biker gangs’ numbers” in the province of Nova Scotia.  The show ended four years ago, but it apparently keeps inspiring edgy riders to jump in the saddle and seek out their peers.

According to RCMP Constable Scott Morrison, the spirit of camaraderie is the big selling point.  “They think the camaraderie is there based on the television show and they’re joining up,” he told CBC News.

Dutch Judges Ban ‘Homegrown Biker’s Gang’
In The Hague on June 18, Dutch judges banned a national motorcycle club and seized all its assets, ruling members had spread a culture of violence and criminal activities in the Netherlands:  “The court in The Hague has decided today that the motorcycle club Satudarah is banned with immediate effect,” the judges said in their ruling.

The judges also ordered that the club should lose all its assets including access to its clubhouse.

The case had been brought by the Dutch prosecution service, as part of an ongoing clampdown on gang violence.  Last year prosecutors successfully shut down the Bandidos MC when a court in Utrecht ordered all the club’s chapters to close, saying it posed a public threat.  Dutch justices have also tried in vain several times to outlaw the Hells Angels as a criminal organization, but a new case against the club is due to be heard soon.

Quotable Quote:  “It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.”
~ U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Parker (1892–1969), American jurist

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.

A Trio of Trim Pieces From Ciro3D For Your Road Glide

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Ciro3DA Trio of Trim Pieces From Ciro3D For Your Road Glide

The design team at Ciro3D have just added some bling for your Road Glide in the form of LED trim for the vents and windshield. These new trim pieces beautifully compliment the Fang headlight bezels and Road Blades that we have featured previously. 

 

Lighted Vent Trim for Road Glide

The Ciro Lighted Vent Trim features 30 bright white LEDs in a low-profile chrome or black housing to draw attention to the front of your Road Glide. The housing is a clean design that sits perfectly in the vent of your fairing, but will not affect the airflow. Simple plug-and-play wiring with no need to remove outer fairing for installation. 

Fits: ‘15-up Harley-Davidson Road Glides

40020 Lighted Vent Trim for Road Glide Chrome $119.95

40021 Lighted Vent Trim for Road Glide Black $119.95

Horizon LED Lighted Windshield Trim for Road Glide

The Ciro Horizon LED Lighted Windshield Trim adds bright white LED running lights and amber sequential turn signals to the front of your bike in the cleanest way possible. The LEDs and hardware are both hidden behind a masterfully designed chrome or black steel trim piece that complements the styling of your Road Glide. The rubber gasket protects painted surfaces and the steel construction with shatterproof lens contributes to making a durable, quality trim. 

Fits: ‘15-up Harley-Davidson Road Glides

11050 Horizon LED Lighted Windshield Trim for Road Glide Chrome $239.95

11051 Horizon LED Lighted Windshield Trim for Road Glide Black $239.95

Center Windshield Trim for Road Glide

The Ciro Center Windshield Trim is the perfect way to cover up the weather-beaten rubber gasket on the front of your windshield. Made from steel and available in chrome or black, this is the cleanest way to eliminate that dull trim on the front of your bike. Also a great complement to the Horizon LED Lighted Windshield Trim and Lighted Vent Trim for Road Glide.

Fits: ‘15-up Harley-Davidson Road Glides

11052 Center Windshield Trim for Road Glide Chrome $39.95

11053 Center Windshield Trim for Road Glide Black $39.95

Legend Suspensions Demo Rides During Sturgis Rally

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Legend SuspensionsLegend Suspensions Demo Rides During Sturgis Rally

Legend Suspensions would like to invite everyone to the 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  Legend Suspensions will be offering free demo rides of their suspensions at their manufacturing facility, located at 3461 Whitewood Service Road, Sturgis, SD  57785.  Legend Performance Tour partners, Bassani Xhaust and Feuling Parts, will be on location as well, and have their products available to test ride on the demo bikes.

Legend Suspensions will be open to the public for product sales, service, and installations. Legend takes appointments via phone or email and walk-ins when availability allows. Legend Suspensions will be open for Sturgis Rally from July 30 ththrough August 10th.

For more information, to schedule an appointment, or for further details contact Legend Suspensions:

605-720-4202

service@leg endsuspensions.com

Legend Suspensions is highly committed to manufacturing only the highest quality, best performing suspensions available on the market. Legend Suspensions have a LIFETIME warranty and are proudly made here in Sturgis, SD USA. www.LegendSuspensions.com

 

The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling 2018 Lineup Finalized

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LineupThe Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling 2018 Lineup Finalized

Sturgis Buffalo Chip rounds out Best Party Anywhere lineup with more bands, races and bike shows.

The world’s largest music and motorcycle festival has announced the full two-week lineup of world-class concerts, professional racing, legendary bike shows and seriously fun events to take place July 30-Aug. 12. Twenty more acts have joined the likes of Kid Rock, Eric Church, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Foreigner, Aaron Lewis, Theory of a Deadman, The Marshall Tucker Band and Phil Vassar. Some of the world’s top party bands have also made the list including Pop Evil, Red Sun Rising, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Yelawolf, Chevelle, Reverend Horton Heat and Queensrÿche. The full list of bands scheduled for 2018 and the official 2018 lineup announcement video can be found here: http://www.buffalochip.com/BANDS

Lineup2018 Limited Edition Commemorative Poster

Artist EZ Wheelin’ has created a limited-edition poster to commemorate the full 2018 entertainment lineup. The retro art depicts timeless scenes from “The Best Party Anywhere!” A limited run of 100 poster prints are available for purchase for $20 here: www.buffalochip.com/poster

Acts Added to the Concert Lineup

Nearly 3000 bands submitted for the chance to get a spot in the 2018 Buffalo Chip lineup through the ReverbNation Road to the Buffalo Chip Opportunity. From this group the Buffalo Chip selected Scattered Hamlet, Ted Z and The Wranglers, The Hawkeyes, Well Hung Heart and BC & The Big Rig to get opening slots on the Main Stage. In addition to these bands, guests will have the opportunity to see the following acts on the Buffalo Chip’s five showcase stages during the event: Charlie Brechtel, OddFellas, The Living Deads, Stone Senate, Cody Cooke & The Bayou Outlaws, Dan Johnson, Black Water Mountain, Crossroad Station, Creed Fisher Band, The Plott Hounds, Big Skillet, Pat Terranova, TRICK, The Buffalo Dreamers and DJ Hulio.

Racing and Bike Shows

In addition to musical entertainment, seven days of racing and nine distinct custom bike shows fill up the day time entertainment schedule.

The 2018 Concert and Races Lineup and Bike Show Schedule:

  • Monday, July 30 – Thursday, Aug. 2 – Bikini Beach Pre-Party with TRICK
  • Friday, Aug. 3
    • Pop Evil
    • The Flaunt Girls
    • Charlie Brechtel
    • Motorcycles As Art Exhibit Opens
    • Buffalo Chip Off-Road Expo: Dirt Riot Off-Road Trials
  • Saturday, Aug. 4
    • Foreigner
    • Red Sun Rising
    • Well Hung Heart
    • HUNKS The Show – #1 All Male Revue
    • Buffalo Chip Off-Road Expo: Dirt Riot Off-Road Races
    • Buffalo Chip School’s Out Chopper Show
  • Sunday, Aug. 5
    • THEORY of a Deadman
    • Buffalo Chip TT American Flat Track Grand National Championship Races  Presented by Indian Motorcycle
    • The FXR Show & Dyna Mixer
    • Bell Brawl at the Buffalo Chip
    • Monday, Aug. 6
      • Lynyrd Skynyrd
      • Phil Vassar
      • The Hawkeyes
      • Kory Souza Originals – No Class Bike Show
      • Full Throttle Florida Magazine Bike Show
      • Buffalo Chip’s Gambler 500 Off-Road Mini Bike Enduro Races
      • Legends Ride
    • Tuesday, Aug. 7
      • Aaron Lewis
      • The Marshall Tucker Band
      • BC & The Big Rig
      • HUNKS The Show – #1 All Male Revue
      • Sportster Showdown
      • Women and Wheels Bike Show
      • Three-DomT Three Wheel Bike Show
      • The Buffalo Chip’s Gambler 500 Off-Road Mini Bike Showdown Races
      • Biker Belles
    • Wednesday, Aug. 8
      • Eric Church
      • Reverend Horton Heat
      • RSD Super Hooligan National Championship Races Presented by Indian Motorcycle
      • Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John
      • World’s Sexiest Bagger Bike Show
    • Thursday, Aug. 9
      • Kid Rock
      • Lita Ford
      • Scattered Hamlet
      • Rat’s Hole Bike Show
      • Freedom Celebration
    • Friday, Aug. 10
      • John Kay & Steppenwolf
      • Yelawolf
      • Ted Z & The Wranglers
      • AMA Supermoto West Races
    • Saturday, Aug. 11
      • Chevelle
      • Queensrÿche
      • The Flaunt Girls
      • AMA Supermoto West Races

Buffalo Chip concerts and races are free with camping. More information and reservations are available at BuffaloChip.com

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 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 six 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 and races are free with camping. The 2018 Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Passion Built – Garage to Gallery” 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.

The Imaginary War Between MC’s And the Government

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Imaginary WarThe Imaginary War Between MC’s And the Government

Press Release
July 10, 2018
National Council of Clubs
Re: The imaginary war between MC’s and government.
Contact: David Devereaux-Spokesperson
media@councilofclubs.org, councilofclubs.org

The National Council of Clubs (NCOC), dedicated to protecting the legal and political interests of motorcycle clubs coast-to-coast, is extremely concerned about an imaginary war between motorcycle clubs and the government, created in the minds of some law enforcement and government prosecutors, playing itself out in courthouses across America. This ideology of war has followed us to the steps of the criminal justice system, where visibly draconian security measures have been implemented based on unsubstantiated and ambiguous sources, even though there have been no validated examples of motorcycle clubs storming courthouses during a trial. A topical example reinforcing such irresponsible claims has been recently memorialized in a Texas District Attorney’s press release relating to the supposed and constant threat of violent retaliation that prosecutors face during biker trials.

Despite the absurdity of the claim that any motorcycle club would storm a courthouse or target prosecutors with violence, there are no consequences for these falsehoods meant only to perpetuate fear and reinforce false narratives about 1% motorcycle clubs. And, of course, these false threats are used to justify excessive security measures during biker trials.

This fear-based tactic has real implications. Inside the courtroom, juries will be biased against biker defendants because of the perception that their safety is in jeopardy. Outside the courtroom, law enforcement will increasingly treat those exercising the constitutional liberties of association and expression as a direct violent threat based on inaccurate information and training. Incidents of motorcycle profiling and selective enforcement of the law will likely continue at epidemic levels until a more accurate narrative is reported by the media, both grassroots and mainstream.

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Exile Cycles – Rider RoundUp at the Ranch

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Exile Cycles2018 Rider RoundUp at the Ranch & Calendar Bike Building Championship Sunday Oct 7th 

The 2018 Rider RoundUp at the Ranch & Calendar Bike Building Championship returns on Sunday, October 7th 2018 to the old Western Town movie set at Paramount State Park near the legendary Rock Store on Mulholland Highway in the Santa Monica Mountains. The event is produced by celebrity Calendar Bike Builder Russell Mitchell / Exile Cycles in association with Jim Gianatsis / FastDates.com Calendars.

Featuring top Custom Bikes & Builders, selected Vendors and Exhibitors, Live Music, Food Trucks, BBQ and Craft Beer. Spectators on motorcycles will be able to ride onto the streets of the Western Movie Set and park, and everyone will be able to explore the old town which has been featured in hundreds of western movie and TV shows over the years, most recently in the current HBO television series Westworld. Paramount Ranch State Park is located at 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura, CA 913901 off Highway 101 near Kanan Road. Show Oours 11am-5pm, Adult admission $10, Children are Free. For additional information, Vendor / Exhibitor Registration visit www.ExileCycles.com

Exile CyclesThis is also the premier of the new new 2019 FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars featuring the world’s top Custom Motorcycles with the beautiful Calendar Kittens who will be in attendance at the Show. Select Builders and their Bikes will be invited to be photographed by producer Jim Gianatsis for the next FastDates.com Calendars. For Calendar Bike Building Championship Entry go to – www.FastDates.com/BIKESHOW.HTM

Phil Vassar Brings Paradise to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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Phil VassarPhil Vassar Brings Paradise to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Vassar will rock the stage just prior to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s farewell performance and The Flaunt Girls are set to pull out all of the stops at “The Best Party Anywhere!”

It’ll be “Just Another Day in Paradise” when Phil Vassar, one of the most recognized singer/songwriters in Nashville, takes the Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage on Monday, Aug. 6 just prior to a performance by the Chip’s self-proclaimed house band, Lynyrd Skynyrd.
See the announcement video here

“Vassar churns out infectious, feel-good melodies that capture the heart and soul,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “He’s sure to bring ‘The Best Party Anywhere!’ to its feet. His music is the perfect backdrop for a summer music festival not soon forgotten.”

As a singer/songwriter, Phil has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs like “Carlene,” “Larst Day of My Life” and “American Child” and topped the charts with “In A Real Love” and the perennial favorite “Just Another Day in Paradise.” Known as one of Nashville’s top tunesmiths, his songs other artists have taken to #1 include “My Next Thirty Years” by Tim McGraw, “She’s Right On The Money” by Alan Jackson, and Jo

Dee Messina’s “Bye, Bye” and “I’m Alright.” New artist David Nail had a hit with Phil’s “The Sound of a Million Dreams,” which Billboard named the #1 song in their Top 10 Country Songs of 2012.

The Southern Rock Gods Final Farewell
Lynyrd Skynyrd is bringing their “Last of The Street Survivors’ Farewell Tour” to the Chip to offer fans a proper goodbye. One of the longest standing Buffalo Chip traditions includes feeling the amphitheater shake with the roar of V-twins while hearing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” blast through the main stage speakers. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will bring their hits home to the Wolfman Jack Stage on Monday, Aug. 6.

Phil VassarThe Flaunt Girls Pull Out All of the Stops
Part dance, part cirque, and 100% tease – The Flaunt Girls’ shows at the Chip will be the ones you will never forget with burlesque dancing, fire drumming, aerial bartending and a whole lot more. Catch them on the Wolfman Jack Stage opening for Pop Evil on Friday, Aug. 3 and for Chevelle and Queensrÿche on Saturday, Aug. 11 and on the Kinison Stage all of the nights in between.

The 2018 Lineup Includes:

Admission pass prices for the Best Party Anywhere will never be lower. More information and reservations are available at BuffaloChip.com

Harley On Tariffs

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TariffsHarley On Tariffs

The European Union has enacted tariffs on various U.S.-manufactured products, including Harley-Davidson motorcycles. These tariffs, which became effective June 22, 2018, were imposed in response to the tariffs the U.S. imposed on steel and aluminum exported from the EU to the U.S.

Consequently, EU tariffs on Harley-Davidson motorcycles exported from the U.S. have increased from 6% to 31%. Harley-Davidson expects these tariffs will result in an incremental cost of approximately $2,200 per average motorcycle exported from the U.S. to the EU.

Harley-Davidson believes the tremendous cost increase, if passed onto its dealers and retail customers, would have an immediate and lasting detrimental impact to its business in the region, reducing customer access to Harley-Davidson products and negatively impacting the sustainability of its dealers’ businesses. Therefore, Harley-Davidson will not raise its manufacturer’s suggested retail prices or wholesale prices to its dealers to cover the costs of the retaliatory tariffs. In the near-term, the company will bear the significant impact resulting from these tariffs, and the company estimates the incremental cost for the remainder of 2018 to be approximately $30 to $45 million. On a full-year basis, the company estimates the aggregate annual impact due to the EU tariffs to be approximately $90 to $100 million.

To address the substantial cost of this tariff burden long-term, Harley-Davidson will be implementing a plan to shift production of motorcycles for EU destinations from the U.S. to its international facilities to avoid the tariff burden. Harley-Davidson expects ramping-up production in international plants will require incremental investment and could take at least 9 to 18 months to be fully complete.

Harley-Davidson maintains a strong commitment to U.S.-based manufacturing which is valued by riders globally. Increasing international production to alleviate the EU tariff burden is not the company’s preference, but represents the only sustainable option to make its motorcycles accessible to customers in the EU and maintain a viable business in Europe. Europe is a critical market for Harley-Davidson. In 2017, nearly 40,000 riders bought new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Europe, and the revenue generated from the EU countries is second only to the U.S.

Harley-Davidson’s purpose is to fulfill dreams of personal freedom for customers who live in the European Union and across the world, and the company remains fully engaged with government officials in both the U.S. and the EU helping to find sustainable solutions to trade issues and rescind all tariffs that restrict free and fair trade.

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