NCOM Biker Newsbytes

By | Biker's Rights

NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

EPA Admits Ethanol Causes Environmental Damage
“The federal requirement to blend ethanol into gasoline on the theory that it will reduce the hypothetical global warming that hasn’t appeared yet has been a joke from the start,” states a newsbit circulated by Bikernet.com, and that “By adding a huge amount of demand for corn, it did push up prices for that commodity, and made vast swaths of the rural Midwest prosperous, though it has injured poor Mexicans and others who depend on corn for a substantial portion of their nutrition and driven up the price of feed used for animals, raising meat prices.”

The net energy balance of ethanol production – subtracting the amount of energy necessary to grow the corn, transport it to refineries, and then transport the ethanol to gasoline producers, has been considered a substantial net energy gain.  But now the EPA has finally issued a new report and admits that the ethanol mandate comes at a considerable environmental cost.

The Public News Service summarizes:  “Federal law requires the EPA to assess the environmental impact of the fuel standard every three years, but the new report, issued in July, was four years overdue.  According to David DeGennaro with the National Wildlife Federation, the report documents millions of acres of wildlife habitat lost to ethanol crop production, increased nutrient pollution in waterways and air emissions and side effects worse than the gasoline the ethanol is replacing.”

“The bigger surprise is the fact that ethanol production and combustion significantly increases the production of nitrous oxides (Nox),” notes HotAir.com“This combines with oxygen in the atmosphere when exposed to sunlight, producing ozone…and actually contributes to the formation of smog and leads to respiratory ailments for many people.”

None of this speaks to the excessive costs that ethanol forces on drivers and auto manufacturers, says Bikernet.com, concluding that; “Alas, the mandate is so popular with corn farmers in Iowa, home of the first round of presidential nominations, that President Trump (and other politicians) not only maintain the mandate, President Trump recently told an audience in Iowa that he was ‘very close’ to having EPA issue a waiver to the Clean Air Act to allow year-round sale of E-15.”

Synthetic Petrol Is On Its Way
The concept of fuel for your bike that doesn’t drain our dwindling oil reserves and offsets its C02 emissions with its very production is closer than we think, according to MotorcycleNews.com“For decades, boffins have been trying to work out ways to synthesize petrol (gasoline) and diesel, but with recent strides by Ducati owners Audi and tech giants Bosch, synfuels could hit our pumps within the next decade.”

The theory is to harness our natural resources to make petrol and diesel and be able to produce it on an industrial scale so that prices can match current fuel costs.

“The new fuel has many advantages.  It isn’t dependent on crude oil, it is compatible with the existing infrastructure and it offers the prospect of a closed carbon cycle,” says Reiner Mangold, head of sustainable product development at Audi.

A huge amount of energy is necessary to process the fuel, but Audi and Bosch’s plans involve a renewable energy source, such as solar or hydroelectric, to power the process.  They say renewable electricity can make the process carbon neutral.

When combined with a potential carbon-free production process, it means internal combustion could be part of the environmental solution rather than the problem.

While all this might sound like science fiction, Audi produced their first synthetic petrol earlier this year, called e-Benzin, and is currently constructing a diesel production plant in Switzerland powered by hydroelectricity from a nearby dam.  Mass production of this petrol is the next obvious step.

Accidents & Fatalities Down At Sturgis, Despite Bigger Crowd
The number of fatal crashes during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was half that of last year’s count, according to statistics released by the South Dakota Highway Patrol.  During the two-week event, there were four fatal crashes, compared to eight during the same time period last year.  Both injury and non-injury accidents were down more than 10% compared to 2017, and total citations issued during Sturgis were also down nearly ten percent to 987.

Meanwhile, more than half a million vehicles rolled into the small western South Dakota town of 6,900.  Data gathered by the South Dakota Department of Transportation from nine locations around Sturgis show a nearly 8% increase in traffic over last year, which saw 469,100 vehicles.

For this year’s 78th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the tally was 505,969 vehicles, which includes motorcycles, automobiles, trucks and motor homes.  Still, the number was shy of the 2015 traffic, when 747,032 vehicles rolled into the city for the 75th annual rally.

Motorcycle Industry Trying To Attract New Riders
Motorcycling in America is getting a makeover, as industry stalwarts and upstart competitors are trying to attract new riders who want something different from Harley’s big burbling cruisers or screaming Japanese and European performance bikes, says CNNMoney.

The changes are in response to younger riders who are attracted to the efficiency and fun of two-wheel travel, but who don’t want to buy into all the “biker” baggage.

“Millennials and Gen X’ers, they aren’t always seeking to make motorcycling a lifestyle, where it’s kind of everything you live for,” said Tim Buche, president and CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Council.  These younger riders are looking for motorcycles suited to a more casual relationship rather than a serious commitment.

With shifting tastes, some start-up motorcycle makers are offering “green” electric bikes, without the noise, vibration and pollutants of an internal combustion engine, while more well-established brands are putting design emphasis on spare simplicity, targeted at a more casual rider.

Even long-venerated Harley-Davidson announced it will start offering products aimed at reaching customers who aren’t traditionally drawn to its renowned American retro-styled offerings, and will produce their first electric motorcycle — the all-new LiveWire — in 2019.

Harley Refutes ‘Misinformation’ About Moving Production Offshore
Harley-Davidson Inc. Chief Executive Officer Matt Levatich pushed back against what he called “misinformation” surrounding the Motor Company’s announced plans to move some production overseas.

The iconic American motorcycle maker has been the subject of angry tweets from President Donald Trump since announcing in June it would move some production abroad to sidestep tariffs the European Union slapped on its bikes in retaliation to Trump’s tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

According to Bloomberg business news, “the spat heated up recently when President Trump said he would support a boycott of the company if it moved production overseas.”  Trump’s pronouncement that “A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never!,” came a day after he welcomed nearly 200 ‘Bikers For Trump’ supporters to his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, and a New York Times article cited some Harley-Davidson owners criticizing the company at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally saying this was their last Harley.

Levatich said that the uproar surrounding the company’s earlier announcement that it would move some of its production overseas “misinformation”.  He reminded employees and dealers that the purpose of this move is to keep their products competitive in their second biggest market.  Harley doesn’t sell motorcycles in the U.S. that are built overseas, and that won’t change, Levatich said.

New Mexico MRO Calls Out Sheriffs Deputies For Profiling Bikers
A motorcycle rights group in New Mexico is calling out the Bernalillo County Sheriff, claiming his deputies are profiling motorcyclists.  “Being profiled, it’s not a comfortable feeling,” said Raymond Gallegos of the New Mexico Motorcycle Rights Organization (NMMRO), saying there’s been a string of incidents with BCSO, prompting them to write a letter to Sheriff Manuel Gonzales.

Some see the patches, the leather and certain colors on riders and assume criminal.  However, Gallegos, vice chair of the NMMRO, says that’s far from the truth.  “So many of our organizations really benefit the community.  We’re working for charities, we’re raising money for this organization or that organization,” he told KRQE News 13.

Gallegos says members of the NMMRO have reported three incidents over the last year that call into question BCSO’s practices.  It led the group to write a letter to Sheriff Gonzales that calls out the department for harassing, intimidating and even photographing riders.

So, NMMRO set up a meeting for July 30 with the sheriff.  “We really wanted to see how our community and BCSO could work together to get ahead of this profiling issue,” he said. “That was the intent of this meeting with the sheriff’s department.”

However, the meeting was canceled at the 11th hour and the department told KRQE that there’s an ongoing operation to address reckless motorcyclists, but that deputies do not profile riders.

A re-do meeting has since been rescheduled, though NMMRO says it’s also pursuing anti-profiling legislation, and is encouraging its members who were allegedly profiled to seek legal counsel.

Waco ‘Twin Peaks’ Update
To keep readers apprised of the ongoing travesty of ‘Waco’ — the May 2015 shootout involving police and club members attending a legislative meeting at the Twin Peaks Restaurant that left nine bikers dead and 20 wounded — AIM/NCOM Founder Richard Lester would like to share the following information gleaned from Southwest Scooter News:

Prosecutors and an attorney for Jacob Carrizal, the Dallas Bandidos chapter president, have agreed to postpone the retrial of the Twin Peaks biker shootout defendant, which had been set for September 10, 2018.  Carrizal is the first and only defendant to stand trial so far, and his first trial ended in a hung jury and mistrial in November 2017.

In a joint motion for a continuance, Robert Moody, McLennan County first assistant district attorney, and Chris Lewis, Carrizal’s attorney, cite the volume of evidence needed to be reviewed, plus evidence federal prosecutors have agreed to share from the separate trial of two former Bandidos national leaders that both sides want to see, according to the Waco Tribune.

Besides McLennan County prosecutors, attorneys representing defendants in federal civil rights lawsuits filed over the mass arrests of 193 bikers after the Twin Peaks incident also have cited the need to see federal evidence from a Bandidos racketeering case in San Antonio as a reason for postponing proceedings in the civil cases.

Prosecutors re-indicted Carrizal and 23 other Twin Peaks defendants earlier this summer on riot charges and have said they do not intend to pursue the identical ‘engaging in organized criminal activity’ charges on which 155 bikers were indicted three years ago.  Of those 155 cases, with defendants being held in jail for months on a million dollars bail each, all but 27 have been dismissed.

In the meantime, as his term grows short, Waco District Attorney Abel Reyna — who failed in his re-election bid largely over his mishandling of the “Twin Peaks Shootout” cases — is settling old scores before leaving office by firing prosecutor Amanda Dillon, the last of Reyna’s remaining employees who provided information to the FBI during its investigation of DA Reyna, effectively blaming her for the mistrial in the Carrizal case.

Hanoi To Ban Motorcycles
Vietnamese authorities have announced plans to ban motorcycles in Hanoi by 2030 in a bid to cut air pollution and improve locals’ quality of life.  The country’s capital, Hanoi, is home to 7.7 million people and is one of the most polluted cities in Southeast Asia and only 38 days last year had air quality that was considered good by the World Health Organization.

The city is famous for its millions of motorcycles (5m), and it is these — together with coal-fired power plants, heavy industry, a surge in construction projects and the seasonal agricultural burning — which authorities are blaming for the pollution.

In an attempt to combat the air quality problem and boost public transport, Hanoi city council announced in early August that powered two-wheelers would be banned by 2030.

Quotable Quote:  “If you want to call the NFL to make your voice heard,” ask for Mike in the P.R. Office (212-450-2000) and “let them know the players need to respect our National Anthem and the Veterans of the United States.  No profanity, be polite!”

~ from Gill Mellon, ABATE of California board member and liaison to the Confederations of Clubs

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.

Easyriders Motorcycle Rodeo – THIS WEEKEND!

By | Events

FowlervilleEasyriders Motorcycle Rodeo- THIS WEEKEND!

Easyriders Motorcycle Rodeo Returns to Fowlerville, Michigan August 17-19

Three-Day Motorcycle Rally and Festival Features Concerts by Saving Abel, The Lacs and MORE! Returning Crowd Favorites Include NTC Drift Trike Races, Ride-In Bike Show, Classic Motorcycle Rodeo Events, and On-Site Campout.

Easyriders Events announces their 25th anniversary of its annual Motorcycle Rodeo at the Fowlerville Fairgrounds from August 17th through the 19th where more than 5,000 motorcycle enthusiasts will converge for three days of on-site camping, dirt track motorcycle rodeo competitions on two-wheeled steel ponies, and live concerts; from biker blues to hard-hitting rock. Plus check out some of the best motorcycle-lifestyle related vendors in the country, a ride-in bike show, classic rally games and events and much more.

When the sun goes down, the party gets started at the stage. Saving Abel kicks the party off on Friday night, followed by Saturday night’s country rap artists The Lacs! A weekend wristband grants the holder access to all event areas, while a day pass will allow one-day access to the venue, limited to the event’s midway (excludes campsite). All are able to view concerts and attractions at no additional charge.

Beyond the stage, Rodeo attendees will be able to camp on-site for the duration of the event, with early bird camping beginning on Thursday, August 16th at 12pm. 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,” says Kari Roben, Event Manager.

For those who want to get in on the rodeo action, the dirt track offers something for everyone. Attendees can participate in the fan favorite NTC Drift Trike Races, sliding their way across the dirt in a race to the finish line or the ever-popular Barstool Races, in which they race –you guessed it– a motorized barstool against friends and strangers through a winding track bordered by hay bales. The action-packed races are just as exciting to participate in as they are to watch from the grandstands – as they always deliver unbeatable entertainment. There are a variety of additional events that are open to the public, and the sign-up price of one rodeo event is included in the price of a weekend wristband. Details are available on- site and all are encouraged to participate and truly become a part of the rodeo experience.

FowlervilleThere will be a multitude of unique motorcycle-related vendors setting up shop on the show’s midway; including motorcycle professionals, builders, parts & accessories manufacturers, riding gear, leathersmiths and jewelry designers. The picturesque town of Fowlerville sits just minutes from the city of Howell – attracting many for its beautiful riding country and secluded atmosphere. The Fairgrounds are a short distance from most major metropolitan areas in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, Northern Ohio and Eastern Indiana, making the Easyriders Rodeo in Fowlerville, Michigan a favorite adults-only summer destination.

New H-D Moto Collection Launches A Styling Intersection Of Sleek & Modern

By | Clothing, New Product News

Moto CollectionNew H-D Moto Collection Launches A Styling Intersection Of Sleek & Modern

Press Release: Putting a modern twist on the authentic Harley-Davidson brand, the H-D Moto Collection portrays a signature look with a sophisticated twist. This apparel collection will keep any look casual yet sleek with a classic moto-inspired touch.

Moto Collection

Temerity Slim Fit Leather Jacket

Both the men’s Temerity Slim Fit Leather Jacket (P/N 98047-19VM, $475*) and women’s Tenacity Leather Jacket (P/N 98049-19VW, $450*) feature two side vents that help keep riders cool in warm weather. Stretch fabrics along with strategic placement of body armor pockets allow for more flexibility and comfort while riding. Both jacket styles feature simple and modern details, making these functional jackets the perfect choice for the rider seeking a more subtle and sophisticated expression of the H-D brand.

Keep a look casual yet sophisticated in the men’s Stretch Long Sleeve Slim Fit Shirt (P/N 99150-19VM, $90*). This slim fit shirt designed with high-density graphics on the upper back and left chest add a subtle detail to a classic button front shirt.

Moto Collection

Long Line Logo Hoodie

Stay warm and comfortable in the women’s Long Line Logo Hoodie (P/N 99176-19VW, $110*). This zipper front hoodie features snap hand-warmer pockets and a longer-length silhouette. The tonal studded Bar & Shield logo placed on the back of this hoodie puts a modern twist on a classic piece.

Moto Collection

Slim Fit Tee

The men’s Chest Stripe Slim Fit Tee (P/N 99256-19VM, $55*) offers a simple long-sleeve tee with a modern fit and moto-inspired design.

Like the men’s Chest Stripe Slim Fit Tee, the women’s Wing Sleeve Tee (P/N 99127-19VW, $60*) features subtle wing graphics on each sleeve to add a sleek design to a classic tee. Perfect for layering, this long sleeve tee keeps it casual yet sophisticated.

Harley-Davidson Riding Gear & Apparel is available at more than 750 authorized retail locations in the United States and online.

Metalsport Inc. Introduces the Delusion and Revamps the Trillion 

By | New Product News

MetalsportMetalsport Inc. Introduces the Delusion and Revamps the Trillion 

Press Release: Metalsport Wheels is proud to introduce our latest wheel design for 2018. Always starting with USA forged wheel blanks made from 6061-T6 prime aluminum, this wheel is machined to the last detail. 

The “Delusion” features six spokes with a slight twist. Each spoke has the inlay that allows the customer to personalize it or not. As seen here, the chrome version without any inlay coloring and one with the “copper” coloring. Sizes start from the 16×3.5 up to and including the monster 32”. 

The Delusion is available in three finishes, chrome, all black anodized and chrome with color matching to provide a chance to do some color matching (there are other colors to choose from). 

MetalsportWe also revisited one of our designs, the “Trillion.” We revamped it by giving a complete makeover – the main five spokes extended from the hub to the lip plus we added the inlay to allow for color matching. As seen in the picture, we offer multiple colors for the inlay area. Sizes start from the 16×3.5 up to and including the monster 32”. 

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 and 2D finished wheels featuring over 25 designs including the Chip Foose exclusive line. 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. 

Vans/Cult V-Twin Grip Set

By | New Product News

Vans/Cult V-Twin Grip Set

Man, you need Vans! Two Southern California originals have teamed up to create a modern-day classic design for your V-Twin Motorcycle. Designed by Cult, the Vans/Cult V-Twin Grips feature the classic Vans waffle sole pattern with a subtle domed center section for improved ergonomics and vibration dampening. Each pair are constructed in-house at ODI using our proprietary grip compounds for a consistent feel that provides exceptional control in all conditions.

Product Features:

• Available in 5 Colors: Black, Classic Orange, Gum Rubber, Ox Blood, Brown

• Both 1” and 7/8” Handlebar tments available

• 125mm Length

• Sold In Pairs

• Proudly made in the USA by ODI

 

DISTRIBUTED BY:  HARDDRIVE and DRAG SPECIALTIES

PART NO:            DESCRIPTION                                                                                     MSRP

B01VTB                 Vans/Cult, V-Twin Single-Ply, 7/8″, Black                               $19.95

B01VTBN             Vans/Cult, V-Twin Single-Ply, 7/8″, Brown                            $19.95

B01VTDR              Vans/Cult, V-Twin Single-Ply, 7/8″, Ox Blood                       $19.95

B01VTGR             Vans/Cult, V-Twin Single-Ply, 7/8″, Gum Rubber               $19.95

B01VTO                Vans/Cult, V-Twin Single-Ply, 7/8″, Orange                          $19.95

–          NOTE:  7/8” Features 7/8 Clutch Side and 1” Throttle Side Grips

B02VTB                 Vans/Cult, V-Twin Single-Ply, 1″, Black                                   $19.95

B02VTBN             Vans/Cult, V-Twin Single-Ply, 1″, Brown                                $19.95

B02VTDR              Vans/Cult, V-Twin Single-Ply, 1″, Ox Blood                           $19.95

B02VTGR             Vans/Cult, V-Twin Single-Ply, 1″, Gum Rubber                    $19.95

B02VTO                Vans/Cult, V-Twin Single-Ply, 1″, Orange                               $19.95

–          NOTE:  1” Features 1” Clutch Side and 1-1/8” Throttle Side Grips

NEW –  S&S Quickee Pushrod Tube Kits in Black

By | New Product News

NEW –  S&S Quickee Pushrod Tube Kits in Black

S&S Cycle’s Quickee pushrod tube kits are a fundamental part of any v-twin cam install and have saved thousands of hours of service time since they launched years ago. Cut the stock pushrods, install the Quickee pushrods and adjust to length, no need to pull off the top end of the motor.

Their latest version includes gloss black powder coated tubes designed to complete the blacked out look of a well appointed motor while still adding subtle contrast against the matte finish of the cylinders. Available for the 1999-2017 big twins as well as 2017-2018 M8 applications as complete kits with Quickee pushrods or just blacked out covers. Check out the details at www.sscycle.com/black-pushrods/

Garage-Girls Announces Ultimate Biker Makeover 2018 Winner!

By | General News

Garage-GirlsGarage-Girls Announces Ultimate Biker Makeover 2018 Winner!

Press Release: Garage-Girls are proud to announce the Ultimate Biker Makeover winner for 2018; Karen Anderson.  Karen was selected out of over 74 entries to this years contest from the story and photo’s that were submitted.  This is the 10th year for the annual contest that is fueled by the goal of helping a fellow rider stay out riding on the road.

Contestants (Girls and Guys) were asked to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover as well as a photo. Deadline for entries was June 22nd 2018. Submissions were narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges had to make the tough decision of who they felt most deserved the Ultimate Biker Makeover. “Karen’s story of powering through not only one type of cancer diagnosis and treatment, but 4 was pretty compelling. How does one get through a blow like that? We all just couldn’t get over how tough this must have been for Karen, but were happy to read that riding her motorcycle to chemo and radiation was what empowered her through it all.  This confirmed to us all that we needed to help this woman stay out riding on the road.  Riding was how she was surviving.”  —Sara Liberte, owner of Garage-Girls

Karen will be getting hooked up with a bunch of prizes which include; A wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear, a case of full synthetic oil from Spectro Oils, A new Corbin motorcycle seat, cleaning supplies from Star-Brite Solutions, and surprise gear from S&S Cycle, Memphis Shades, and Bare Knuckle Choppers.

The focus of the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover is to “Hook a Rider Up” and help them replace their worn, busted parts and gear. Garage-Girls

“For the last 10 years our contest has allowed guys and girls to submit a short story along with a photo of why they need some new gear for their “Body” and “Machine”, it’s a great feeling being able to help a fellow rider get back out on the road with that much needed wind time.” —Sara Liberte, founder garage-girls.com

Vance and Hines Stainless 2-into-1 Upsweep

By | New Product News

UpsweepVance and Hines Stainless 2-into-1 Upsweep

Press Release: Refined from four decades of on-track competition, the Stainless 2-into-1 Upsweep looks and acts the part, hand TIG-welded of high grade (ASTM A269) 304 stainless steel with a brushed “works” finish and engineered to maximize torque and power out of the Milwaukee-Eight powerplant.

Features include: 

High Grade 304 Stainless Steel (ASTM A269)

Megaphone Muffler

Oversized 2-into-1 Merge Collector

Race Inspired Heat Shield

Fits Forward & Mid Controls

Fitment: Softail Fat Bob, Street Bob, Slim, Deluxe, Low Rider

Will not fit: 2018 Fat Boy, Breakout, Heritage Classic, & Sport Glide

Vance & Hines designs and manufacturers high quality aftermarket performance accessories including exhaust, air intake and fuel management systems for American v-twin, metric cruiser, sportbike and off-road motorcycles. All Vance & Hines products are designed and manufactured in the United States at its facilities in Southern California and Indiana. For more information, please visit vanceandhines.comfacebook.com/vanceandhines and youtube.com/vanceandhines.

Vance and Hines

562-921-7461

www.vanceandhines.com

Make It Personal With New Harley-Davidson Custom Paint

By | New Product News
Custom Paint

Grandstand

Make It Personal With New Harley-Davidson Custom Paint

Press Release: Three brand new 2019 Harley-Davidson Limited Custom Paint Sets allow riders to express their personality and stand out from the crowd with their bikes. Be the first to let your local authorized Harley-Davidson dealer know you want to be the first on the street with these early 2019 offerings.

Custom Paint

La Jolla

The La Jolla Limited Custom Paint Set was created for the rider who rides to get noticed. Featuring a vibrant chrome-yellow base with a gold pearl sheen and a bright orange undertone, it’ll catch everyone’s eye. Vivid Black slash graphics add a more subtle touch. The La Jolla Limited Custom Paint set fits 2018 and later Breakout models.

Visually representing Harley-Davidson performance, the Grandstand Limited Custom Paint Set fits 2014 and later Road King, 2015 and later Road Glide and 2014 and later Street Glide models. The black denim and fierce orange base is split by brushed aluminum and then highlighted with warm red pinstripes. Only 150 sets will be offered worldwide for all three touring models.

Custom Paint

Tagged

The Tagged Limited Custom Paint Set represents what Harley-Davidson has strived to do since 1903: inspire people to find their own freedom. This set is about stepping outside of the comfort zone and living free-er. A gunmetal base with a satin finish and hand-ground metal grind markings add an edgy touch. Tag lines that feature graphic messaging of freedom add unique detailing to this set that fits 2018 and later Fat Bob and Street Bob models. Only 150 sets will be offered worldwide. Check out this behind the scenes video on its creation.

The authenticity embodied in all three of these paint sets is proven with a hand-written certificate for each owner.

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

Ancra Gradual Release Tie Downs

By | New Product News

ancraAncra Gradual Release Tie Downs

Press Release: These tie downs from MidUSA feature Ancra’s gradual release system built into the ratchet that enables the user to back the ratchet off one click at a time, eliminating the exploding ratchet that pops open forcefully under load. 

ancraGreat for leveling the bike on a trailer or reducing the compression on the front shocks, without having to release all of the webbing and retighten. Top of the line 1.5” wide tie down has a working load capacity of 600 pounds per strap, and measures 66” in overall length with a sewn hand loop.

Made with 4,500 lb rated aircraft quality nylon webbing, engineered to withstand weather and abrasion. This is Ancra’s strongest, most secure ratcheting tie down, perfect for transporting heavy cruisers.

Uses Ancra’s patented 1,800 lb rated heavy duty cam buckle with pressure plate, for a non-slip lock with two 1,200 lb rated vinyl-coated S hooks per strap.

These are available in black or red. and sold in pairs. 

Visit us at www.mid-usa.com to see these and other new products offered by Mid-USA. Mid-USA Motorcycle Parts
1-800-527-0501 in the USA

1-800-893-9261 in Canada

New SUMAX Website

By | General News, New Product News

SUMAXNew SUMAX Website

Press Release: Sumax is now live with their new state of the art website. This site is very user friendly even with mobile devices. You can search by product or by motorcycle. In business now for 35 years they have seen the transition from black and white catalogs to a website full of vibrant colors.

Sumax spark plug wire section gives you more choices, more colors with more horsepower for your Harley Davidson, Victory, & Triumph If they don’t have what you need, quite possibly no one else has it. Battery cables are a good OEM 8 ga. replacement or their Extreme Duty 2 ga. cables. As with all Sumax products they are made right here in the U.S.A..

SUMAXCreate a Bagger with their Saddle Bag Brackets that allow you to run Harley hard bags 1993 and newer on the following models: All year Softails, all year Dynas, FXR and Sportsters 2000+ models. Their Phantom Brackets fit 1993- 2008 Road King, Road Glide, ElectraGlide & Street Glide Models. Phantom brackets give floating effect of saddle bags, by eliminating the rear crash bar in front of your bags.

SUMAXGet the look and feel of a professionally finished interior for your stock Harley Saddle Bags and Tour Packs with their Sumax liner kits. This is the same trunk lining used by professional car builders. It will protect the items in your bags and box while deading the sound. No more having to wrap items in towels!

SUMAXAnd of course they are known world wide for their expertise in Powder Coating. Sumax was the first, the original powder coater specializing in motorcycles. Their work can be seen in and on the covers of many motorcycle magazines and on TV shows. Sumax is the one by which all others are judged.

Be sure to check it out, it’s worth the ride with www.sumax.com

Former Tennessee Sheriff Kills MC Member and Still Not Charged?

By | Biker's Rights

motorcycle profiling projectFormer Tennessee Sheriff Kills MC Member and Still Not Charged?

On July 7th, 2018 a former county sheriff driving an SUV hit and killed a 21-year-old motorcyclist wearing club colors in McMinnville, Tennessee. This former sheriff was cited for failure to yield, however, no criminal charges have been filed. 1

Although the investigation continues with assistance from the Tennessee Highway Patrol and District Attorney’s office, information that is often released to the public during accident investigations is being withheld, such as whether drugs or alcohol are thought to be involved. The National Council of Clubs (NCOC) and the Motorcycle Profiling Project (MPP), organizations representing the legal and political interests of motorcycle clubs nationwide, are concerned that the former sheriff is being protected legally and politically by the thin blue line.

The public has a right to know whether drugs or alcohol are thought to be involved because that would inarguably constitute vehicular homicide under Tennessee law, as opposed to a devastating accident. And the public has a right to know about the short life of Jay Alan Webster, extinguished by a former sheriff currently being shielded by the laws protecting investigatory information.

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S&S Cycle Grand National 2:2 for 2018+ Fat Bob

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S&S CycleS&S Cycle Grand National 2:2 for 2018+ Fat Bob

Inspired by their total domination in American Flat Track, S&S Cycle has taken performance exhaust to the next level. Combining a two into two format with a hidden crossover, the new Grand National system is designed for pure, relentless performance. Clean bends, stainless header tubing and full shielding create an exhaust that makes real power without the punishment of melted boots and uneven torque delivery of most other short tract systems. S&S also includes wide band O2 sensor ports as well as removable secondary baffles that allow for sound and back pressure tuning.

S&S Cycle

Removable Baffles

S&S Cycle

Available in chrome or black ceramic, the Grand National 2:2 looks to be a game changer for latest from the Motor Company. 

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Slip Stream SKID PLATE for 2004-Up Harley Sportster

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SKID PLATEDK’s Slip Stream SKID PLATE for 2004-Up Harley Sportster

The DK Custom Products DK’s Slip Stream SKID PLATE is designed to fit 2004-Up Harley Sportster Models. Laser Cut 1/8″ Aluminum Single Piece for Strength. Made in the USA  Black Powder Coat or Raw Aluminum Finish. Includes Stainless Fasteners and 6 foam spacers. Bolts Directly to frame in Five spots for added strength/protection. Everything needed for a 15 minute install. Step-by-Step Instructions Included.

DK-SPT-SP-04   $159.95

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Fifth Running of Sons Of Speed Set for Sturgis 2018 

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Sons Of SpeedFifth Running of Sons Of Speed Set for Sturgis 2018 

Daring Riders To Put Everything on the Line at 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Fresh off its fourth running at Daytona Bike Week 2018, Sons of Speed is set for its fifth race. The quinary contest will be held Thursday, August 9th, 3 p.m., at the Full Throttle Saloon’s Pappy Hoel Campground racetrack during the 78th Anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids. Brand new, licensed Sons of Speed merchandise is now available from Hot Leathers.

“Our fourth race at Daytona Bike Week earlier this year was the biggest one yet,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “Hair raising and blood curdling, that’s how we like it. Can’t wait to run it again at Sturgis.”

Inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racers, the Sons of Speed race hearkens back to a stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding. The fifth race will feature riders sitting astride hand-built racing chassis holding pre-1925 1,000cc American V-Twin engines, a Hot 61” class as well as a 45” class. Most racers will customize their machines by fabricating handlebars, exhaust, fenders, foot pegs and fuel/oil tanks.

The fourth running of Sons of Speed saw some of the best riders and well-known personalities in the business participate, including: Billy Lane, eBay Jake, Go Takamine, Ken Curtis, Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe, Dan Rose, Rhett Rotten, Brittney Olsen, Rick Petcko, Mark Hanna, Freddie Bollwage, Jody Perewitz, Matt Harris, Josh Young and others. Many of these same riders will participate at Sturgis.

Top honors at Daytona in the Hot 61” went to Matt Walksler on his 1924 Harley-powered Sons of Speed racer, earning himself the Sons of Speed Sturgis McCann Trophy from Bill McCann. Walksler managed to dethrone eBay Jake, who’d taken the checkered flag the last two times running. This time out, Walksler will find himself in the crosshairs, as every rider looks to dethrone and supplant him. This is motorcycle racing at its harrowing, blood-chilling best.

Check out the Sons of Speed Facebook Event Page for updates, breaking news and new merchandise. 

About Sons Of Speed

Sons Of Speed is a motorcycle race inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racing. Featuring stripped-down bikes with pre-1925 American V-Twin engines and a steeply banked racetrack, Sons Of Speed hearkens back to a wide-open, full-throttle, thrilling style of motorcycle racing. Co-founded by veteran motorcycle bike builder Billy Lane, Sons Of Speed races feature some of the sport’s most accomplished riders, builders, and enthusiasts. Past participants include Buzz Kanter (publisher, American Iron Magazine), Shelley Rossmeyer-Pepe (GM, Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson), vintage racer Brittney Olsen, eBay Jake (two-time Sons of Speed winner), Warren and Billy Lane, Rick Petko (of American Chopper fame and master mechanic at Orange County Choppers), Matt Walksler (motorcyclist and Associate Director of Wheels Through Time), “Moonshiner” Josh Owens and Matt Harris, to name a few. For more information on upcoming races and to buy tickets, check out the Facebook event page.

Introducing Easyriders Chopper Shopper!

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Introducing Easyriders Chopper Shopper!

Looking for some new iron for your garage to customize and make your own, but the dealership is out of their minds with crazy pricing on a new ride? Fear not, there are plenty of affordable rides out there on the used market, you just have to know where to look. That place is Easyriders Chopper Shopper, the best place to find deals on wheels. 

Easyriders Chopper Shopper is your one stop shop for great deals on pre-owned motorcycles, and it is FREE to list your motorcycle for sale, and FREE for buyers as well. We just want to unite good bikes with good people, ‘cause we live and breathe motorcycles, and we know that you do too.

On the site sellers of motorcycles will find selling tips to attract maximum potential buyers, like how to photograph your bike to show off the details. How to word your ad so buyers know what you have to sell, and what has already been done to your ride, to make it special. AND we will list your bike for free until it sells! 

Here at Easyriders we want everyone on two wheels, and sticker shock at the dealer motivated us to do something to make it happen. Check out Easyriders Chopper Shopper today, list your scoot for free or search our classifieds for that perfect ride for yourself. Did I mention that this is all FREE? Sheesh, what are you waiting for? 

Here’s the link to Easyriders Chopper Shopper: www.easyriders.com/cs

Roland Sands Launches 2019 Apparel Product Collection

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Roland SandsRoland Sands Launches 2019 Apparel Product Collection

Press Release: At Roland Sands we’re always looking to improve our products which is no easy task. Our aim is better leather, better protection and better build quality and if we can keep the price in the ball park, then it ends up being less expensive to the customer in the end. The new collection is exactly that and a little more. We’ve taken the classics, the Ronin and Clash and added CE1 level protection and construction with the same style and improved build quality taking our bestselling jackets to another level.

The heritage portion of the collection remains true to the DNA of the brand but comes with the added features of included removable armor and strategic ventilation without compromising the wear ability. We remain true to the focus of on bike function and off bike wear ability. Clean, stylish, subtlety branded riding gear, it’s what we expect and what we deliver.

Times may change, but the details of what make a quality motorcycle jacket worth owning do not. Quality, comfort, fit, finish, protection and style. It’s a recipe that gets better in time if you stay true to your roots, learn from your customers and work to improve on what you have learned.

Industry shaping designs like the Clash and Ronin are a tough product to improve on, but that’s what we’ve done with the RS Signature models. We realize not everybody wants to wear the same gear, so we’ve further expanded both our textile range and leathers to bring more diversity to the collection, always keeping function and form in mind. Weather we’ve turned a classic bomber into a rider’s jacket or added a hood to a classic leather silhouette it’s quality first.

Indian Motorcycle at 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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Sturgis Motorcycle RallyIndian Motorcycle Announces Demo Rides, Thrill Shows and More at 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Indian’s Flat Track Wrecking Crew & Hooligan Race Highlight the Week’s Top Entertainment During the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally                                          

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced an exciting schedule of events during the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Indian Motorcycle will offer riders demo rides on 2018 models, adrenaline-charged thrill shows, two nights of American Flat Track and Hooligan racing, as well as group rides throughout the week.

The Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew and stable of privateers take Sturgis by storm on August 5 at the Buffalo Chip TT presented by Indian Motorcycle. Fans will have the opportunity to see team riders hit the track with the dominant Scout FTR750 race bike. American Flat Track 2017 reigning champion Jared Mees leads the series in total points and is fresh off a Gold Medal X Games victory.

“As the largest motorcycle rally in the U.S., Sturgis provides a great platform to connect with riders and current owners,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director –Indian Motorcycle. “It’s important to have a strong presence with a full week of activities that enable riders to connect with us through displays and demos, flat track racing, custom builds, and exclusive events for our Indian Motorcycle Rider’s Group (IMRG).”

Below are highlights of Indian Motorcycle’s schedule of events for the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Displays, Demo Rides, and More at Indian Motorcycle Site on Lazelle Street (3rd St. and Lazelle St.)
Riders can experience the entire 2018 lineup from Indian Motorcycle at its primary display on Lazelle Street. The display also welcomes one of three “Evel Live” Scout FTR750’s used by Travis Pastrana to jump 16 Greyhound buses, 52 crushed cars, and the Caesar’s Palace Fountain on July 8 in Las Vegas.

Scout Thrill Show (Lazelle St. & 3rd St.)
The exhilarating Scout Thrill Show takes place at the stunt area within the Lazelle Street activation site. The show features stunt performances aboard the Scout Bobber, including freestyle tricks such as handstands, burnouts, firewall jumps and more.

American Flat Track (Sturgis Buffalo Chip)
The Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew and stable of privateers continue the American Flat Track season at the Buffalo Chip TT and Black Hills Half-Mile.  Reigning 2017 AFT Champion Jared Mees has won nine of the 11 races this season aboard the Scout FT750 and seeks to improve on a second-place finish at last year’s inaugural Buffalo Chip TT. The Buffalo Chip TT opening ceremonies begin at 5:30 on August 5.

Veteran’s Charity Ride Heroes’ Welcome (Indian Motorcycle Sturgis)
Riders can join Indian Motorcycle on Saturday, August 4, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. to welcome members of the fourth annual Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis as they complete their eight-day journey from Las Vegas. A grand parade through Main Street will lead to Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis, where the group will be honored by a color guard salute and welcome reception.  To learn more about the Veterans Charity Ride, visit veteranscharityride.org.

RSD Super Hooligan Moto Stampede (Sturgis Buffalo Chip)
On August 8 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. the RSD Super Hooligan race, presented by Indian Motorcycle, returns for the Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede.  The night will be packed with racing, giveaways, and a performance by Eric Church. For more information, or to visit tickets, visit here.

The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off Unveil (Buffalo Chip & Indian Display on Lazelle St.)
“The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off” is a custom motorcycle competition designed to highlight non-professional builders who wrench for the passion and not the pay. After nearly three months of building, the three finalists’ custom Scout Bobber will be unveiled at the Buffalo Chip on Sunday, August 5, at 10 p.m. Following the unveil, all three builds will be on display for riders to see up close at the Indian Motorcycle display location on Lazelle St. Following the unveil, a fan vote will ensue to name the grand prize winner. Visit IndianMotorcycle.com for more information.

Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis (2130 Main Street)
Open every day and offering daily rally specials and free breakfast, Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis offers demos of any model from the full 2018 lineup. Riders can also visit the dealership to get their exclusive Indian Motorcycle Sturgis 2018 apparel.

Special Ride Opportunities
A variety of special ride opportunities will be available, including:

  • The annual Legends Ride on Monday, August 6, from Deadwood to the Buffalo Chip. Learn more or sign up at legendsride.com.
  • The annual Biker Belles Ride, presented by Indian Motorcycle, will be on Tuesday, August 7, from the Buffalo Chip to Deadwood. For more information or to sign up, visit bikerbelles.com.
  • The Carey Hart Good Ride, which raises money for Infinite Hero Foundation, is Sunday, August 5, from Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis to the Buffalo Chip. Riders can sign up by visiting goodriderally.com.                 

To track all the Sturgis excitement in real time, follow Indian Motorcycle on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com

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

 

Buffalo Chip’s New CAMP ZERO

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Camp ZeroGood Friends, Good Times at Buffalo Chip’s New CAMP ZERO

The Chip has created a place where rally-goers can create their own party and crash on the cheap just down the road from free entertainment at the CrossRoads.

A new launch site for rallying like the old days is opening across the highway from the Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip this August. The Buffalo Chip’s new CAMP ZERO invites those who share a passion for rad bikes and crazy friends to come create their own fun and crash for cheap during the annual rally. The property offers free showers, tipi rentals and a rustic barn that has been converted into a bar. The location across from the Buffalo Chip Campground, offers campers convenient access to free music, bike shows and 2 buck beers at the CrossRoads, or the opportunity to pick up Buffalo Chip concert, race and event daily admission passes. CAMP ZERO will be open July 30 – Aug. 11, 2018. More information is available at CampZeroSturgis.com.

CAmp Zero“If you are curious about the early days of the rally and why so many bikers look back on them so fondly, this is your opportunity to find out,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “CAMP ZERO is a throwback to the time when you would pitch a tent or just camp under the stars with a bunch of like-minded bikers and make your own party. No frills, no commercialization, just fun.” 

Camp ZeroCAMP ZERO offers plenty of space to goof off in the dirt, pitch a tent or park a van or camper. For those who don’t have room on the back of their bike for a tent, authentic, no-frills tipis with room for six are available for rent. The 75-year-old barn creates a hangout for a party, rain or shine.

CAMP ZERO passes are available at CampZeroSturgis.com or by calling 605-347-9000.

Camp Zero

ProBEAM LED Headlamp for Road Glide 

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ProBEAM LED Headlamp for Road Glide 

Made in the USA, ProBEAM Headlamps offer the latest in engineering innovation with a modern and sleek design. Now available for 2013-Earlier Harley-Davidson Road Glide models, ProBEAM Headlamps utilize state-of-the-art, automotive grade LEDs to deliver maximum performance with enhanced visibility for both riders and other drivers. Using both high power advanced optical D lenses and projector lenses, these new ProBEAM headlamps produce an incredibly wide optical pattern, creating an ideal beam with illumination down the road as well as on either side.

Made from a heavy-duty, light-weight die-cast aluminum, the low-profile dual ProBEAM headlamps include fairing mounting plate and support bracket. These premium headlamps are available with a Chrome or True Black Finish and durable Polycarbonate Lens for long term durability. ProBEAM Headlamps are SAE and DOT Compliant and are backed by the Custom Dynamics Lifetime LED Warranty. For more information call Custom Dynamics toll free at 1-800-382-1388, visit www.customdynamics.com, or contact your local Drag Specialties dealer. $799.95 (pair)

DRAG PN: 2001-1834, 2001-1835

Platinum Air Suspension Mono Shock Bleed Feed Kit

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Platinum Air Suspension

Platinum Air Suspension Mono Shock Bleed Feed Kit

For 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail

Platinum Air Suspension has announced a new version of its popular ‘Bleed Feed’ air shock for the 2018 M-8 Softails. The Mono Shock Kit includes all the components necessary to convert the stock 2018 Softail vehicle into a “luxury ride with top flight handling and the ability to fully adjust the ride height.” The minimum retracted shock length is 10 7/8”, with a maximum extended shock length of 12 7/8”, resulting in a wide range of actual ride heights from “slammed” to “full handling” mode with a full 4” height range. 

For California Softails, simply remove the EPA canister from the transmission, install the canister to the Platinum Air Suspension compressor/valve box, and install the entire assembly to the back of the transmission. 

This kit covers the full range of 2018 Softail models and is backed by a one-year limited warranty on all material and manufacturing defects. Owner Mike Ferris says that “we stand behind the brand as ‘it’s all about the ride’ and value the satisfaction of our customers above all else.”

Platinum Air Suspension
Mike Ferris – Owner
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Indian Motorcycle 200 MPH at 2018 Bonneville Speed Week

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BonnevilleIndian Motorcycle And Lee Munro Attempting To Reach 200 MPH at 2018 Bonneville Speed Week

Legendary Land-Speed Record Holder’s Great Nephew Returns to Bonneville Salt Flats Aboard Indian Scout “Spirit of Munro”

America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle, announced today that Lee Munro, the great nephew of the legendary land-speed racer Burt Munro, will attempt to break 200 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats this August. Equipped with the Indian Motorcycle engineering team and the newly modified Indian Scout dubbed “Spirit of Munro,” Lee Munro is back and prepared to eclipse his previous official speed of 191.286 mph at the upcoming 70th annual Bonneville Speed Week.

In preparation for this year, Indian Motorcycle’s engineering team has worked on refining the Indian Scout Streamliner which will run in the MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner) 1350 cc class. Lee Munro’s record-breaking run of 186.681 mph at El Mirage and an official run of 191.286 mph at last year’s Speed Week has motivated the team to update the bike with modifications to the intake and minor body adjustments, to help Munro break into the exclusive 200-mph club.

“Indian Motorcycle was honored to partner with the Munro family last year and pay tribute to Burt’s incredible accomplishments and land-speed record set in 1967. We’re eager to be back on the salt flats with Lee and the ‘Sprit of Munro,’” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “Our engineering team led by Wayne Kolden and Dan Gervais have put long hours into developing a bike capable of hitting the 200-mph mark and we’re excited to watch Lee pursue this goal.  I would also like to thank our sponsors Garry Robertson of Ocean Ridge and Jerry Stinchfield of Roofing Systems for helping us get to the salt.”

Lee Munro attributes his love for speed to the bloodline he shares with his great uncle, Burt Munro, who famously set a land-speed record in 1967 aboard a 1920 Indian Scout. In 2005, Burt Munro’s legacy was immortalized with the making of the popular film, “The World’s Fastest Indian,” starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and in 2017, Lee Munro celebrated the 50th anniversary of his great uncle’s record with a commemorative run at Bonneville Speed Week.

“My great uncle Burt is a significant inspiration for my own motorcycle racing career, and his appetite for speed is clearly a part of my DNA,” said Lee Munro. “Partnered with the exceptional team at Indian Motorcycle, I know we can make our dreams of hitting 200 mph a reality.” 

Speed Week will be held August 11-17 in Bonneville, Utah. This six-day event is created for determined riders who not only have a quest to be record holders, but also to ride at one of the most legendary locations for speed runs.

The Indian Scout “Spirit of Munro” race bike and Lee Munro’s 2018 land-speed attempts are proudly supported by Ocean Ridge and Roof Systems. For more information on Indian Motorcycle visit IndianMotorcycle.com, or follow on Facebook,Instagram and Twitter.

About Indian Motorcycle
Indian Motorcycle is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

More Roads to Harley-Davidson

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More Roads to Harley-Davidson

Matt Levatich, President and CEO, Harley-Davidson, Inc.

“More Roads to Harley-Davidson” Includes New Products in Additional Motorcycle Segments, Broader Access and Commitment to Strengthen Dealers

Press Release: To inspire even more people around the world to experience the exhilaration of riding a motorcycle, Harley-Davidson today shared details of its “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022.

In a fast-changing world with new consumer demands, these accelerated actions support Harley-Davidson’s 2027 objectives with increased focus and strategic investment to reinvigorate the U.S. business while accelerating the pace of international growth.

More Roads to Harley-Davidson

Future Custom Model
Harley-Davidson’s all-new custom motorcycle with a muscular stance, aggressive, stripped down styling and 1250cc of pure performance, is planned to be released in 2021.

“The bold actions we are announcing today leverage Harley-Davidson’s vast capabilities and competitive firepower – our excellence in product development and manufacturing, the global appeal of the brand and of course, our great dealer network,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief executive officer, Harley-Davidson, Inc. “Alongside our existing loyal riders, we will lead the next revolution of two-wheeled freedom to inspire future riders who have yet to even think about the thrill of riding.”

The result of a comprehensive, top-to-bottom assessment incorporating a “customer first” perspective, the More Roads to Harley-Davidson plan includes:

  • New Products – keep current riders engaged and inspire new riders by extending heavyweight leadership and unlocking new markets and segments
  • Broader Access – meet customers where they are and how they want to engage with a multi-channel retail experience
  • Stronger Dealers – drive a performance framework to improve dealer financial strength and the Harley-Davidson customer experience

“We expect this plan will result in an engaged, expanded Harley-Davidson community with a more diverse rider base, along with industry-leading margins and cash flow,” said Levatich.

New Products
Leveraging its industry-leading design and strong manufacturing capabilities, Harley-Davidson plans to offer its most comprehensive lineup of motorcycles, competing in many of the largest and fastest growing segments with a full portfolio of motorcycles across a broad spectrum of price points, power sources, displacements, riding styles and global markets. Highlights include:

  • Extending the company’s leadership in heavyweight motorcycles by continuing to develop improved, more technologically-advanced Touring and Cruiser motorcycles that will keep existing Harley-Davidson riders engaged and riding longer.
  • Introducing a new modular 500cc to 1250cc middleweight platform of motorcycles that spans three distinct product spaces and four displacements, starting with the company’s first Adventure Touring motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250, a 1250cc Custom model and a 975cc Streetfighter model, all of which are planned to launch beginning in 2020. Additional models to broaden coverage in these product spaces will follow through 2022.
  • Developing a more accessible, small-displacement (250cc to 500cc) motorcycle for Asia emerging markets through a planned strategic alliance with a manufacturer in Asia.  This new product and broader distribution is intended to fuel Harley-Davidson’s customer access and growth in India, one of the largest, fastest growing markets in the world, and other Asia markets.
  • Leading the electric motorcycle market by launching Harley-Davidson’s first electric motorcycle, LiveWire, in 2019 — the first in a broad, no-clutch “twist and go” portfolio of electric two-wheelers designed to establish the company as the leader in the electrification of the sport. LiveWire will be followed by additional models through 2022 to broaden the portfolio with lighter, smaller and even more accessible product options to inspire new riders with new ways to ride.

Broader Access
Harley-Davidson will advance its market delivery approach and meet today’s customer needs by:

  • Creating high-engagement customer experiences across all retail channels – including improving and expanding the company’s global digital capabilities by evolving the Harley-Davidson.com experience to integrate with and enhance the dealership retail experience for existing and new customers.
  • Establishing strategic alliances with global leading e-commerce providers to extend access to Harley-Davidson to a pool of millions of potential new customers.
  • New retail formats — including smaller, urban storefronts globally to expose the brand to urban populations and drive sales of the expanded Harley-Davidson product portfolio and expand international apparel distribution.

Stronger Dealers
Harley-Davidson’s world-class dealer network is an integral part of the company’s accelerated strategy and critical to overall success. The company will implement a performance framework to significantly enhance the strength of the dealer network and the customer experience, enabling the best-performing and most entrepreneurial dealers to drive innovation and success for themselves and Harley-Davidson — while providing the premium customer experience the brand is known for across an increasingly diverse product and customer base.

“Harley-Davidson is iconic because we’ve never been static,” said Levatich. “In moving forward, we are tapping into the spirit that drove our founders back in 1903 and every one of the employees and dealers who rose to the challenges faced along the way.  Our plan will redefine existing boundaries of our brand – reaching more customers in a way that reinforces all we stand for as a brand and as a company and we can’t wait to kick it into gear.”

Watch a video highlighting key elements of Harley-Davidson’s More Roads to Harley-Davidson plan hereRead More

Push Pin Pliers by Big Bike Parts

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Push PinPush Pin Pliers by Big Bike Parts

Press Release: Plastic push pin rivets are used by a broad spectrum of motorcycle and automobile manufacturers to fasten panels together. Our Research and Development department needed a way to remove push pins quickly and easily without damage, so they developed a tool to do just that. These 80 Degree Offset Push Pin Pliers by Big Bike Parts make it easy to pull push pins without damage so the anchors can be reused. Measuring 7½” long and with a 80 degree tip angle, these pliers are especially handy in hard to reach areas. The pliers are spring loaded for easy gripping and textured handles reduce hand fatigue. Built for years of service, these push pin pliers should be in every toolbox.

80 Degree Push Pin Pliers

Part # 3-120 MSRP $17.95

Master Link Press Tool from Motion Pro

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Master Link Press Tool from Motion Pro

Make chain repair and maintenance easier with this original Motion Pro designed master link press tool. You can easily press on and off master link plates for clip style chains. Works on all 5 Series chains, without damage. Hardened steel pins for reliable use. Light weight billet aluminum construction for strength. Durable blue anodized finish with laser etched markings. Not for use in breaking rivet master links.

Visit us at www.mid-usa.com to see these and other new products offered by Mid-USA.

Mid-USA Motorcycle Parts
1-800-527-0501 In the USA
1-800-893-9261 In Canada

Have It Your Way — Royal Customs

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Royal CustomsHave It Your Way — Royal Customs

Royal Riding Custom Motorcycle Seat Program Set To Launch At Sturgis Rally

Press Release: Royal Riding’s RodeMaster seats made their debut at the Sturgis Rally in 2017 and sold out in a couple of days. This year at Sturgis Royal Riding is launching its Custom Design Program making it possible for customers to transform their old motorcycle seat into a fully customized work of art. The Royal Customs seat program is just one of the surprises in store for the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota, August 3-12.

“Even in Sturgis, not everyone rides a Harley or has a stock seat,” says Royal Riding President Rod Derifield. “Our customers have asked us to take our top grain leather covers, proprietary gel and comfort foam products and provide them for different models. Now riders can create their own personalized seat, or pick and choose what design features they want. It reminds me of the old burger commercial — you can have it your way!”

Royal CustomsThe process is easy — send Royal Riding your seat pan and they will assess the pan and call you to discuss your design requirements. “In many cases we can fix or replace foam and incorporate gel inserts on the inside,” explains Derifield. “We also have great design capabilities to personalize your cover with a variety of material, stitching and trim options. During our pre-launch we already have completed a Make America Great Again (#MAGA) custom as well as flames, diamond stitching and even a faux Louis Vuitton seat with additional storage compartments for women riders! Riders can ride farther and ride longer with less pain… and do it in style!”

MSRP:

Royal Riding Custom Seats start at $250, plus shipping & handling

Royal CustomsIf you can’t ride to Sturgis to see the entire collection of Gel Seat Pads and RodeMaster Gel Seats and examples of the Royal Custom Motorcycle Seats during the Rally, click here to see the customization options:

Royal Custom Motorcycle Seats

 

 Harley-Davidson Announces Second Quarter Results

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Second QuarterHarley-Davidson Announces Second Quarter Results 

MILWAUKEE, July 24, 2018 – Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) today reported second quarter 2018 results and announced it will share details about its accelerated strategy for growth on July 30, 2018. 

Second Quarter 2018 

  • • EPS $1.45 ($1.52 excluding manufacturing optimization costs) 
  • • HDFS lower year-over-year provision for credit losses; full-year outlook improved 
  • • Dividend up versus prior year; repurchased 0.9 million shares 
  • • Growth in international retail sales 
  • • Manufacturing optimization initiative on track 
  • • Confirmed full-year shipment guidance 
  • • Strategy announcement set for July 30, 2018 

Second quarter 2018 GAAP diluted EPS was $1.45. Excluding manufacturing optimization costs, diluted EPS was $1.52. Second quarter 2017 GAAP diluted EPS was $1.48. Second quarter 2018 net income was $242.3 million on consolidated revenue of $1.71 billion versus net income of $258.9 million on consolidated revenue of $1.77 billion in the second quarter of 2017. 

Harley-Davidson international retail motorcycle sales were up 0.7 percent in the second quarter of 2018 compared to 2017 and U.S. retail sales were down 6.4 percent. Worldwide retail sales decreased 3.6 percent. 

“Our results in the second quarter reflect business performance that is in line with our expectations. With the focus of every employee and dealer, we are making progress building the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders in line with our long-term objectives. Our manufacturing optimization, demand-driving investments and commitment to manage supply in line with demand remain on target and continue to strengthen our business,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief executive officer, Harley-Davidson, Inc.  Read More

Hooligan Danny Mischler Is 2018 X Games Minneapolis Champion

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X GamesHooligan Danny Mischler Is 2018 X Games Minneapolis Champion

Jake Johnson Takes Bronze in Harley-Davidson Flat Track Race

Danny Mischler topped an all-Harley-Davidson podium in the Harley Hooligans final at X Games Minneapolis. Mischler, riding a modified Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle backed by Mischler Harley-Davidson of Beaver Dam, Wis., passed for the lead in a tough battle on a tight-and-rough 1/8-mile dirt track laid out on the floor of US Bank Stadium.

“Flat track racing is the original American action sport, and Hooligan racing gets down to the sport’s grass roots,” said Harley-Davidson Marketing Lead Eric Jensen. “The Hooligans put on a great show for both the fans here in the stands and the millions of viewers watching around the world. Our partnership with ESPN allows us to showcase this sport as part of X Games Minneapolis.”

Mischler, whose grandfather William Mischler opened a Harley dealership in Beaver Dam in 1958, grew up racing on local flat tracks in the state. The 34-year-old racer has become a top competitor on the Hooligan scene, building and tuning his own bikes.

Harley Hooligan racing is a grass-roots series for amateur riders aboard “run what you brung” home-built motorcycles. Hooligan racing has minimal rules and usually takes place on short oval courses on a dirt or hard surface.

A series of heat races paired 48 Harley Hooligan qualifiers down to six racers for the 20-lap final, broadcast globally both via ESPN and Facebook Live during the X Games coverage on Sunday. In the final, Benny Carlson took the lead on a modified Harley-Davidson Sportster but let Mischler by on lap six. Mischler stretched his lead to 1.6 seconds at the finish. Jimmy Hill was second on a modified Harley-Davidson Street 750 motorcycle. Carlson finished third.

Veteran flat track star Jake Johnson, racing a Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle, won the bronze medal in the Harley-Davidson Pro Flat Track race on Sunday. Johnson was one of 24 top pro flat track racers invited to compete in the ESPN X Games event. The field also included Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team riders Sammy Halbert, Jared Vanderkooi and Ferran Cardus, and Harley-mounted racers Cory Texter, Johnny Lewis, Robert Pearson, Jake Shoemaker, Larry Pegram, and Kolby Carlile.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

Eight Days of Electrifying Buffalo Chip Racing

By | Events, Racing News

RacingMoto Stampede Series Offers Eight Days of Electrifying Buffalo Chip Racing

The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling is Racing Central in 2018

Press Release: Eight days of adrenaline-packed racing events are making this year’s Sturgis Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede race series the premier action center of the rally. From American Flat Track and RSD Super Hooligan to street drags, Dirt Riot Off-Road, Gambler 500 Mini Bike Show Down and AMA Supermoto, audiences will have an up-close viewing experience paired with hot rock concerts they won’t find in any other venue in the world. Some races are absolutely free to everyone. Other races are free with camping. Passes may be purchased for each day with multi-day packages offering the best value. More info can be found at BuffaloChip.com.

“The rally racing tradition continues at the Chip,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “This is true ground-shaking racing excitement. Fans will have a trackside viewing experience you just can’t find anywhere else in the world. These are the world’s top racers, and they are going to be literally flying around the track right in front of you!”

The Buffalo Chip’s Moto Stampede Race Series offers the industry’s most concentrated series of motorsports events:

RacingDirt Riot Off-Road Racing

Off-road racers in UTV, Ultra Four Car and Truck Super Mod Trail classes will tear up the award-winning track at the Buffalo Chip PowerSports Complex on Friday, Aug. 3 and Saturday, Aug. 4. Entry to the Aug. 3 time trials is free. Championships on Aug. 4 are ticketed separately from campground events. Children under 10 are admitted free and adult passes are $10.

Buffalo Chip TT American Flat Track Grand National Championship Races presented by Indian Motorcycle

AFT racing action will take place on Sunday, Aug. 5, sending the nation’s top professional racing athletes through the Buffalo Chip TT track that winds through the center of the famous amphitheater. The Indian Wrecking Crew takes on Harley-Davisdon’s Factory Crew in a head-to-head battle for the podium. Theory of a Deadman will perform on the Wolfman Jack Stage immediately following the races. Races will be broadcast on NBCSN on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Gambler 500 Mini Bike Racing

Sunday, Aug. 5 is open mini bike track day at the PowerSports Complex. Anyone with a mini bike will be welcomed to race. The Gambler 500 Mini Bike 100-mile Enduro Race, also at the PowerSports Complex will take place from noon through 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6. These two events are free to the public.

The Gambler 500 Mini Bike Show Down is an exciting race on a harrowing track encompassing dirt, pavement and a thrilling twist of danger flying across the elevated walkways that hover over the amphitheater. Not for the faint of heart! Mini bikes provided by Coleman PowerSports USA.

 Street Drag Invitational Races with Crazy JohnRacing

Crazy John Markwald will be back to pit even more of his friends in head-to-head hat drop street races that send bikes shooting down the middle of the Buffalo Chip amphitheater at speeds of up to 120 mph on Wednesday, Aug. 8 during the Buffalo Chip Street Drag Invitational.

RacingRSD Super Hooligan Races Presented by Indian Motorcycle

Immediately following the street drags on Wednesday, Aug. 8., Roland Sands and his crew will go handlebar to handlebar in the RSD Super Hooligan races. Passes include performances by Eric Church and Reverend Horton Heat on the main stage that evening.

RacingAMA Supermoto West Races

This high-energy race hybrid will bring fans face to face with the ultimate “through-the-streets” style racing on Friday, Aug. 10 and Saturday, Aug. 11. Racers will be flying around a track built around the Buffalo Chip’s iconic Freedom Field at the free-access CrossRoads. Some of the top racing talent in the country will attend. Races are free to the public.

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.

New Harley-Davidson Cooling Vests

By | New Product News

Cooling VestsNew Harley-Davidson Cooling Vests: Beat The Heat & Keep Cool On The Road 

Press Release: With the help of Harley-Davidson’s Cooling Vests, any rider can beat the heat and keep cool.

Cooling Vests

Women’s Cooling Vest

Made with HyperKewl lining, the Women’s Cooling Vest (P/N 97076-15VW, $60*) and Men’s Cooling Vest (P/N 98215-18VM, $60*) work by absorbing water after a quick one to two minute soak. The vests then slowly evaporate to cool the core and back for up to three hours on the road. Stretch panels and a snug fit let this lightweight vest fit perfectly under a riding jacket. Plus, it can be re-hydrated up to 100 times.

Cooling VestsTake it down another level of chill with the Men’s Dual Cool Cooling Vest and Cooling Kit (P/N 98186-17VM, $199*). Featuring the same cooling effect and HyperKewl lining as the Women’s and Men’s Cooling Vests, this product steps it up a notch for a greater cooling effect. With removable inserts that activate in just 45 minutes after being in a fridge, freezer, or cooler with ice water, the cooling effect doubles. Slide the inserts into the interior pockets of the vest, and it’s ready to go. The kit includes four cool packs that can be reused up to 1,000 times and a thermal tote bag designed to fit into saddlebags for easy storage.

Harley-Davidson Riding Gear & Apparel is available at more than 750 authorized retail locations in the United States and online.

All New Z1R Denim Riding Shirts And Vests

By | New Product News

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

By | New Product News, Uncategorized

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

By | Biker's Rights

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

By | Biker's Rights

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

By | General News

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.

NEW From S&S

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S&SNEW From S&S – Oil Pump and Cam Plate for M8 Powered H-D Models

Oil is often referred to as the lifeblood of an engine and getting it into and out of the right places at the right times can be a matter of life or death for internal components. This is where the folks at S&S step in with their proven dual scavenge pump technology in a brand new design for the M8 drivetrain. Independent scavenge sections for flywheel cavity as well as cam chest combine to create a superior tool for distributing oil throughout your engine, debris screens and a powerful magnet keep the flotsam from following it. Increased flow capacity on both feed and scavenge side as well as adjustable pressure relief valve are all designed to keep lubricant flowing throughout your engine under even the most extreme conditions. Matched to the billet aluminum S&S cam plate and you’ve created the perfect combination of oil management in your M8 powered touring or HD Softail model.


Check out the details at www.sscycle.com/m8-oil-pumps-cam-plates/

ThunderVolt 50 10.4mm Diameter Wires

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ThundervoltThunderVolt 50 10.4mm Diameter Wires

The Ultimate Performance And Racing Ignition Wire Available Today!

Press Release: Sumax’s biggest and lowest resistance wire – 10.4mm diameter and only 40-OHMS per foot = more horse power… torque… spark energy.

Thunderbolt 50 is the absolute best .409 inch, 10.4mm diameter high tech, high performance ignition wire available. IROC DYNO-Tested and Track Proven, achieving 5 HP and 7 lbs. torque better than the competition.Thundervolt

  • 40 Ohm/ft Ferrite Spiral-Wound coated core blend of exclusive copper/nickel alloy bonded by a conductive acrylic cover. Our Ferrite Spiral-Wound low resistance core provides optimum RFI and EMI suppression and is compatible with use on most electronic ignition systems and components.
  • Features a tightly woven heat treated fiberglass braid eliminating the need for additional sleeving.
  • Exclusive three layer 100% ZIMPLEX silicone outer jacket provides additional heat and abrasion protection up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit and 102,000 volts dielectric strength, a must
  • for the extreme conditions of open wheel racing and under hood temperatures.
  • Available in Black with Gold lettering with color coordinated low profile 100% silicone PROBOOTS featuring vibration proof double spring locking spark plug terminals.
  • These wires are available in custom fit or universal sets are designed for Harley Davidson and Victory motorcycles. Two wire sets are $52.95. Milwaukee 8 four wire sets are $96.95.

Sumax is located in upstate NY.
315 768 1058
www.sumax.com

Scholarships from Lowbrow Customs To Promote USA Manufacturing

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USA manufacturingNew Scholarships from Lowbrow Customs To Promote USA Manufacturing

Lowbrow Customs, based in Brunswick, Ohio, has announced a scholarship program that is aimed at supporting USA manufacturing. Being located directly in the Midwest’s resurging Rust Belt may have provided some inspiration for the custom motorcycle parts brand.

USA manufacturing“Part of our motivation is self-serving. We deal with manufacturers on a daily basis,” said Tyler Malinky, founder of Lowbrow Customs. “We are trying to help create the next generation of manufacturers so we can work with them!” Lowbrow is located just south of Cleveland, Ohio, where industrial buildings and factories are part of the normal backdrop. “We love developing motorcycle parts, and working with other people who have the same attention to detail that we do,” said Malinky, “So we decided to do something to help fill the demand for skilled workers.” 

USA manufacturingLowbrow Customs donates two $2,500 scholarships per year to Cuyahoga Community College, also known as Tri-C. The scholarships are awarded by the Tri-C Foundation to students in financial need who are pursing workforce training. “I took both basic and advanced Solidworks 3-D CAD classes at Tri-C myself a couple years ago,” said Malinky when asked about Lowbrow’s decision to back the local college. “I started putting that knowledge to work after just the first few classes. It made a real impact in my life.” 

For more information please visit www.lowbrowcustoms.com/tric 

JIMS New 2018 Catalog

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CatalogJIMS New 2018 Catalog

JIMS is proud to announce that we have a brand new catalog! This new catalog is absolutely filled to the brim with the worlds finest tools and performance parts for Harley Davidson motorcycles! After the release of the new Milwaukee Eight engine, we have had our hands full to say the least, releasing all sorts of specialty tools and parts for the new design. In our giant new products section you will find amazing tools and performance parts to fit anything from Shovelhead to the new Milwaukee-Eight Touring and Softail models. Call and order yours now for just $15.00 (Includes shipping). For more information please call us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.

Foreigner Reunion Show At Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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Foreigner Reunion Show

(PHOTO CREDIT: BILL BERNSTEIN)

Mick Jones And Kelly Hansen Announce Once-In-A-Lifetime Foreigner Reunion Show With Original Band And Current Lineup At Sturgis Buffalo Chip On Saturday, August 4, 2018

Tickets To Foreigner’s Reunion, “The Largest Music Festival In Motorcycling,”  And Camping Passes Are Available At Buffalochip.Com  

Press Release: “I Want To Know What Love Is.” “Cold As Ice.” “Hot Blooded.” “Juke Box Hero.” FOREIGNER, the band behind these classic and iconic songs, recently kicked off their 29-city “Juke Box Heroes“ tour as they rock  across the US with one of the hottest Live Nation tours of the summer. Last night in Syracuse, New York, history was made after FOREIGNER  – Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) – played the latest stop on their “Juke Box Heroes” tour.

Here, founding member Mick Jones and Kelly Hansen shared a historic announcement – FOREIGNER’s first-ever ticketed reunion concert featuring all original members will take place on August 4, 2018 at The Sturgis Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota. Here, Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, Ian McDonald and Rick Wills will join Mick Jones and FOREIGNER to rock through some of the best-selling songs from the band’s 10 multi-platinum albums and 40 years of enduring top ten hits. While FOREIGNER’s original members have joined the band for surprise appearances in the past, never before have they announced a ticketed reunion where fans can join in for the ultimate soundtrack of summer. For tickets to FOREIGNER’s performance on Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage as part of the 9-day annual event known as “The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling,” please visit www.buffalochip.com.


Says Mick Jones, “It’s been incredible to have Lou, Dennis, Al, Ian and Rick join us for some surprise appearances throughout the past few years. It always brings back special memories. But now, for the first time, we are letting our fans know we’ll be making history together at The Buffalo Chip on August 4th with a FOREIGNER reunion concert, and we hope they’ll come on down to Sturgis and join us!“

This announcement comes on the heels of the 40th Anniversary of FOREIGNER’s best-selling album, Double Vision, and the band is working on a very special release to celebrate the momentous occasion.

FOREIGNER is also charting new territory on the album charts, as their latest album, Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus has topped the Billboard Classical Album Chart for multiple weeks, and continues to sell out tour dates across the world. This album has also inspired a new 60-minute concert special airing on PBS TV stations across the country in June and July; FOREIGNER LIVE AT THE SYMPHONY. Please check local PBS listings for air dates in your city.

To check out FOREIGNER joined by WHITESNAKE and JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING for the 2018 “Juke Box Heroes Tour” in other cities this summer, please visit LiveNation.com.

ABOUT FOREIGNER
Since the 1977 release of their first hit “Feels Like The First Time” and their self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records, FOREIGNER has been universally hailed as one of the world’s most popular rock acts with 10 multi-platinum albums, 16 Top 30 hits, and worldwide album sales exceeding 80 million.  Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than forty years into the game.  Business Insider recently named FOREIGNER one of the “Top 50 Best Selling Artists of All Time.”

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.

 

Scout FTR750 Sweeps Top Eight At Oklahoma City Mile

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Oklahoma City MileIndian Motorcycle’s Scout FTR750 Sweeps Top Eight At Oklahoma City Mile

Reigning Champion & Current Points Leader Jared Mees Records Seventh Victory, Indian Motorcycle Privateer Henry Wiles & Wrecking Crew Rider Bryan Smith Complete the Scout FTR750 Podium Sweep with Second & Third Place Finishes, Respectively

Indian Motorcycle Racing and its Championship-winning Scout FTR750 race bike continued its dominance of the American Flat Track season by sweeping the top eight positions at the Oklahoma City Mile. Reigning Champion and Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew rider Jared Mees won in commanding fashion and earned his seventh victory of the season. Indian Motorcycle privateer Henry Wiles (Bandit Industries/Wilco Racing/Willy Built) continued his impressive season with a second-place finish, while Wrecking Crew rider Bryan Smith rounded out the all-Scout FTR750 podium by taking third place.

Mees got away clean at the start of the Main and continued to lengthen his lead and ultimately won by 12.839 seconds ahead of Wiles. With the win, Mees ties Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (Nila Racing/Columbia Avionics) for 37 career wins and now ranks fifth all time and is the winningest active rider in American Flat Track, along with Coolbeth.

“I really enjoy racing in OKC. The track is top-notch and I’ve had success here the last few years,” said Mees. “That said, nothing is ever easy in flat track. I have to credit my team for all their hard work in keeping my Indian Scout FTR750 dialed in.”

Not to go unnoticed, Wiles raced to an impressive second-place finish. Traditionally known as a “TT master,” Wiles has seen success when on the Scout FTR750, which he’s raced in eight consecutive events starting in Atlanta on April 7. Since then, he’s earned six top-five finishes, including two podiums on mile-long tracks.

“There’s no doubt Mees is having a career year, but there are many of other riders reaching new levels for the first time in their careers as well,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “Halfway through the season, we’re not only excited to see Mees continue this incredible run, but also see who will emerge and compete for top positions.”

Wrecking Crew rider Brad Baker finished fourth, while Robbie Pearson (R/J Performance) earned his first top-five finish of the season. Indian Motorcycle privateers Davis Fisher (Double D Performance), Jake Johnson (Estenson Racing), and Chad Cose (Indian Motorcycle of OKC) rounded out the top eight sweep with sixth, seventh and eighth place finishes, respectively.

Through nine races, Mees leads with 195 points, while Wiles is second overall with 136. Baker’s fourth-place finish advances him up the season standings to third place with 116 points. Coolbeth and Carver rank fourth and fifth with 105 and 100 points, respectively. Smith’s third-place finish propels him from ninth to sixth with 90 total points.

The Indian Wrecking Crew and stable of privateers aboard the Scout FTR750 will continue its season on June 30th at the Lima Half-Mile. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, the Indian Wrecking Crew and Scout FTR750, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on FacebookTwitter & Instagram. For information on purchasing a Scout FTR750, please contact Racing@IndianMotorcycle.com.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE
Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

 

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

By | Biker's Rights

NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

New ‘A Biker’s Guide To Making Law’ Brochure Available From NCOM
The latest in a line of “BIKER’S GUIDE” brochures was recently unveiled during the Mock Legislative Session at this year’s NCOM Convention in Mobile, Alabama.  Conducted by the National Coalition Of Motorcyclists’ Legislative Task Force (NCOM-LTF), the seminar was a hands-on demonstration of passing legislation, providing a perfect opportunity to unveil the new “A Biker’s Guide To Making Law” educational brochure of similar topic.

The new tri-fold brochure was produced by the NCOM-LTF to explain how to get a bill introduced and lobby for pro-motorcycle legislation, and is being provided free of charge to any Motorcycle Rights Organization (MRO), Confederation of Clubs (COC), NCOM Member Group, club or organization, through Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) and the Law Offices of Richard M. Lester.

“The Biker’s Guide was well received,” said Frank Ernst, Chairman of the NCOM-LTF following the mock session on May 12th.  “After we passed them out, many attendees came up and asked if they could have additional copies, and most agreed it is a valuable tool and will give people help on how to get started in the process.”

A Biker’s Guide To Making Law joins previous titles in the educational series which includes; Running For Public Office, Communicating With Government, and News Media Relations, and for free copies for you and your motorcycle group, call A.I.M./NCOM at (800) ON-A-BIKE (800-662-2453).

Motorcyclist Fatalities Trend Downward
Nationwide motorcycle traffic fatalities dropped by 5.6% from 2016 to 2017, a new report shows.  The Governors Highway Safety Association released a report in May showcasing preliminary data on last year’s motorcycle fatalities by state.  Per the report, U.S. motorcycle fatalities dropped by 296 deaths — from 5,286 in 2016 to a projected 4,990 last year.  That’s coming off a 5.1% increase in such road fatalities from 2015 to 2016, the report states.

The figures reported are projections based on preliminary data provided for 2017 from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Compared with 2016, motorcyclist fatalities are estimated to have decreased in 30 states, remained the same in two states, and increased in 18 states.

E15 Ethanol Protection Proposed In Congress
U.S. Representatives Austin Scott (R-GA) and Lois Frankel (D-FL) have introduced the bipartisan “Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018” to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to expand consumer awareness on how to safely use fuel containing more than 10% ethanol.

Since motorcycle and ATV engines are prohibited from using fuel with more than 10% ethanol content, namely E15 (fuel containing 15% ethanol), improved labeling, fuel pump safeguards, and education outreach are key to protecting consumers.  E15 fuel is sold at many retail gas stations, and currently 63% of consumers assume all products sold at these stations are safe for their engines despite the fact that high ethanol fuel blends can damage smaller engines and void manufacturer warranties.

Retaliatory Tariffs Would ‘Significantly Impact’ Harley-Davidson
With the full support of all 28 member states, the European Union will impose “rebalancing” tariffs on U.S. imports ranging from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to Levi’s jeans beginning in July in retaliation over President Donald Trump’s decision to put duties on European aluminum and steel.  After failing to win trade concessions, on June 1 the Trump administration withdrew exemptions given to imported metals from the EU, Canada and Mexico from global tariffs imposed in March, citing “national security” interests.

Harley-Davidson has warned of a “significant impact” on its sales from reprisal duties, saying in a statement; “We believe a punitive, retaliatory tariff on Harley-Davidson motorcycles in any of our major markets would have a significant impact on our sales, our dealers, our suppliers and our customers in those markets.”

The Milwaukee-based Motor Company claims such tariffs on raw materials would inflate its costs by an additional $15-20 million this year.

Likewise, India is countering the Trump tariffs by proposing an increase on import duty on 30 American products, including “specific motorcycles imported from the U.S.”, by up to 100%.

MIC, Congressional Motorcycle Caucus Confer On Automated Tech
The Motorcycle Industry Council, in coordination with the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus, hosted a briefing on “Intelligent Transportation Systems and Automated Vehicle Applications Impacts on Motorcycle Safety” on May 22.  Caucus co-chairs, U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Michael Burgess (R-TX) addressed the Caucus’s mission to support riders through education and awareness, the potential for technologies to improve the riding experience and bring in new riders, and why the discussion on how motorcycles will factor into a connected and autonomous world is so important.

The briefing, moderated by Callie Hoyt, MIC’s manager of federal affairs, featured a panel of industry and research experts: Sam Campbell, BMW Group; Gary Higgins, American Honda Motor Company, Inc.; Shane McLaughlin, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute; and Eric Teoh, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

“Visibility on the road can equate to life or death for motorcyclists, and human error is a major factor in that equation.  If emerging connected and automated technologies are developed to correctly detect and respond to motorcycles, their deployment holds the potential to considerably decrease motorcyclist injury and fatality rates,” Hoyt said.

Panelists discussed how connected and autonomous applications relate to motorcycles, how the applications can supplement one another, and the overall effect that widespread connected and automated technology can have on motorcycling.

Both the House and Senate have been developing legislation that would establish the first federal regulatory framework for autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies.  The briefing recognized the importance of ensuring that the needs of everyone on the road — particularly motorcyclists — are addressed in AV legislative and regulatory landscapes, as well as in real-life applications.

Advanced technology will also affect motorcycle rider training programs, and the panel talked about the need to train riders on how to interact with connected and automated vehicles.

Automated Vehicle Technology Showing Up On Motorcycles Too
It’s not only cars and trucks: automated tech is starting to show up wherever there are wheels, and companies are starting to focus on making motorcycles safer with automated-driving technology.  Exposed to the elements and operating on two wheels instead of four, motorcyclists are particularly defenseless in the event of a crash.  Yet there’s been little innovation in the motorcycle safety industry until recently.

Earlier this year, major auto parts supplier Bosch announced it was working on driver-assistance systems for motorcycles, like adaptive cruise control, which accelerates and decelerates to avoid potential collisions.  Before that, a Canadian startup called Damon X Labs also launched with the intention of creating a similar system for motorcycles.

Now, Israel-based startup Ride Vision is also working on rider safety features for motorcycles, creating an alert system that uses relatively inexpensive front- and rearview cameras to give a 360-degree view of the motorcycle’s immediate surroundings.  The system uses lights attached to the motorcycle’s rearview mirrors to alert the motorcyclist when there is a chance of collision — whether there’s a car passing or if the rider is leaning too hard.

Skully Technologies, an Atlanta-based wearable tech company, is introducing a DOT certified motorcycle helmet that has augmented reality and artificial intelligence features including a heads-up display, rearview camera, Smart Phone and Bluetooth integration, with hands-free control and other smart technology.

While some of the self-driving sensors and systems are the same between cars and motorcycles, it’s a notably different product says recode.net; “While the mechanics are different, the automated motorcycle industry will likely move in a similar direction as the autonomous car industry.  Startups and suppliers alike will rush to partner with major motorcycle manufacturers to begin testing and then eventually producing vehicles with this technology.”

New Hampshire Bans Motorcycle-Only Roadside Checkpoints
Motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints first appeared in New York in 2009; functioning like sobriety checkpoints, motorcycle-only checkpoints (MOC) allow law enforcement to pull over motorcyclists without cause, for an on-the-spot safety, license, and helmet inspection.  Since then, these so-called safety checkpoints have popped up across the country and have spiked controversy as opponents claim invasion of privacy and discrimination against motorcyclists over the operators of other motor vehicles.

Nineteen states now bar such roadblocks either through legislation or judicial proceedings (AK CA IL ID IA LA MD MO MI MN NC NH OR RI TX VA WA WI & WY), and in 2015 Congress banned the use of federal funds for MOCs as part of the FAST Act highway bill.  Yet they continue to be a problem for bikers in some states.

Although in 2011 New Hampshire became the first state to prohibit the use of federal funds to conduct discriminatory motorcycle-only stops by police, the “Live Free Or Die” state recently enacted Senate Bill 516 to prohibit motorcycle-only checkpoints outright.

Signed by Governor Chris Sununu on May 30, 2018, effective immediately; “No law enforcement officer or agency shall establish or conduct motorcycle-only checkpoints.”

Philippine Resolution Calls For Review Of All Anti-Biker Laws
Senator Grace Poe of the Philippines has recently filed a resolution in the Senate to look into legislation and ordinances that lead to the discrimination of motorcycle riders.  The resolution notes the prevalence of, “stricter checkpoints specifically targeting motorcycle riders and the latter are now perceived by the community as reckless riders and/or prone to criminal activities.”

It cites the following activities as discriminatory to riders: “a. irregular PNP checkpoints; b. national laws that penalize motorcycle riders excessively; c. high fines being imposed against motorcycle riders; and d. local ordinances that have overlooked the income of minimum wage-earning motorists.”

The resolution is hoped to review current legislation, ordinances, and law enforcement practices that specifically target motorcycle riders.  Riders of the Philippines recently united several groups to ride in protest of such discriminatory practices, and drew several thousand attendees.

The resolution, filed on May 28, 2018, ends with the statement, “that while it intends to substantially bring down the number of accidents and crimes involving motorcycles, the State shall not do so to the detriment of the rights of motorcycle riders who seem to be treated with automatic disdain and “Harassment” at times.”

Motorcycle Racing Endangered By Insurance In England & The EU
Motorcycle racing is in danger in the U.K. and across Europe as new insurance rules loom, and the Motorcycle Industry Association (MIA) has called on EU member governments to reject the latest European Commission proposals, which have the potential to end all competitive motorsports across England…”Even if this means defying Brussels.”

The EU directive amends aspects of the Motor Insurance Directive, responding to the so-called ‘Vnuk’ judgment from 2014 which ruled that all mechanically propelled vehicles must have third-party insurance, even if they are only used on private land.

The insurance industry has already made it clear that it would be difficult to provide such insurance given the risks involved with racing and that doing so could be incredibly expensive and lead to “catastrophic damage inflicted on motorsports across the board if this ruling becomes law,” according to the MIA.  In other EU countries where this has already been applied, premiums have risen dramatically making many events unsustainable.

The proposals represent a complete U-turn from the European Commission’s previous position in 2016, when it proposed to exclude vehicles not being used ‘in traffic’.  This would have made all forms of motorsports exempt from the impact of the ruling, impacting around £11 billion ($14.6 billion USD) to the U.K. economy alone.

Quotable Quote:  “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty.”
~Henry David Thoreau (1817-62), American Essayist, Philosopher

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Indian Motorcycle FTR 1200 Coming in 2019

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Indian Motorcycle confirms production of FTR 1200 & gives consumers the chance to win one of the first bikes off the production line

Plans announced for new flat track-inspired street bike, with on sale date in 2019; Global Sweepstakes provides consumers the chance to win their own. 

Indian Motorcycle has put months of public speculation to rest. Today, at the Wheels & Waves festival in France, the iconic American motorcycle company confirmed that an FTR 1200, inspired by Indian’s storied history in flat track racing, will be going into production. 

While a formal release date has not been set, plans point toward the bike going on sale in 2019. 

In addition to announcing production intentions, Indian also announced a sweepstakes where riders can enter to win one of the first bikes to come off the assembly line. Riders intent on owning the new Indian FTR 1200 can visit www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-us/ftr1200/ for a chance to win the highly anticipated new model. 

“When we unveiled the FTR1200 Custom at EICMA, we said we’d listen to feedback from riders around the world,” said Steve Menneto, President, Indian Motorcycle. “Riders definitely have spoken and the response has been overwhelming. We’re proud and excited to announce that we will be putting the FTR 1200 into production.”

The announcement comes in response to months of speculation and demand for a street version of the company’s wildly successful FTR750 – a purpose-built flat track racer that has dominated the American Flat Track professional racing series since its introduction in 2017. 

That speculation was intensified by the company’s development of the FTR1200 Custom, a one-off build that toured global motorcycle shows this past year. The new FTR 1200 will take inspiration, design and performance cues from these two predecessors, but will maintain a look and style all its own. 

The FTR 1200’s full specification is yet to be announced, but it will embody a flat tracker style, housed in a trellis frame and powered by a new V-twin engine. 

Also present at the announcement was Indian Motorcycle Senior Designer Rich Christoph, who was instrumental to the design of the FTR 1200, FTR1200 Custom, and FTR750.

“We wanted to make sure that the FTR 1200 wasn’t merely a regurgitation of the FTR1200 Custom, but something uniquely ‘street,’ albeit flat track inspired,” said Christoph.  “We’re thrilled about the character this bike possesses, and its ability to take American V-twin motorcycles into new territory.”  

A small group of industry VIPs viewed an early production version of the FTR 1200 behind closed doors at Wheels & Waves, showing that Indian is indeed serious about bringing the new model to market. 

“From the very beginning, our intention was to develop Indian Motorcycle into a global brand,” said Michael Dougherty, President, International. “Armed with a strong foundation, it’s now time to break new ground for an American motorcycle manufacturer and the FTR 1200 is where that begins.”

Visit www.indianmotorcycle.com to sign up for a chance to win one of the first FTR 1200’s off the production line and to stay informed as more information about the full specification of the production bike and the official launch date becomes available.

Star brite Ultimate Fabric Guard

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Fabric GuardStar brite Ultimate Fabric Guard

Now that summer riding season is here, don’t forget to make sure your riding gear is ready for adventure.

Star brite’s Ultimate Fabric Guard is the easy way to restore water-repelling action to gloves, jackets, pants, bike covers, gear bags and tents. It is safe for use on canvas, GORE-TEX and all other outdoor fabrics. Ultimate Fabric Guard helps block UV rays that cause fading, but won’t affect the color, feel or breathability of treated fabrics. 

For more information, go to www.starbrite.com or call (800) 327-8583.

Wild 1 Reaper Bars

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Wild 1 Reaper BarsWild 1 Reaper Bars

Press Release: Looking for the ultimate custom 1.25” handlebars for your Bagger? Check out Wild 1 Inc’s Chubby Bagger and bagger Reaper Bars! Combining a max comfort wrist angle and fluid bends these Chubbys not only make your bike look badass but you sit up straighter and feel way better riding! The Chubby Baggers come in sizes of 10,12,14,16 inches and like all Chubbys they are drilled for internal wiring .They are made with the same double wall construction as all our other Chubbys with 1.25” diameter tubing. We take special care in the manufacturing process to make sure the inside corners are smooth so the electrical doesn’t get hung up during installation (no shredding wires!). Designed with unique bends to lean you back on your ride, sit you up straight and give you a much more comfortable wrist angle than stock. (10” Works with stock cable lengths on 2014 and up baggers) They’re available in show chrome, Satin black powder coat or a raw finish. The Bagger Chubby has been designed to fit all H-D Bagger models. All Wild 1 inc’s products are 100% made in the USA since 1996. 

Wild 1
(800) 337-8870
www.chubbyhandlebars.com
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