NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

Congressman Tim Walberg Accepts NCOM Silver Spoke Award
Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI) was selected as this year’s recipient of the NCOM Silver Spoke Award for Government.  Unfortunately, he was not able to attend the 34th Annual NCOM Convention in Orlando, Florida to receive the award in May, so it was brought to Washington, D.C. recently and presented there by several members of the NCOM Board of Directors.

NCOM Confederation of Clubs Liaison “Boar”, Region IV Co-Director Ed Schetter and Region VII Co-Director John Bilotta were in the nation’s capital taking part in the Motorcycle Riders Foundation “Bikers Inside the Beltway” and meeting with their legislators and staff members.  During the visit to the Capitol, they met with Congressman Walberg and personally presented the award on behalf of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) in recognition of his work in Congress for the benefit of all of America’s motorcycle riders.

Representative Walberg introduced the recently-passed House Resolution that addresses profiling of motorcyclists and he and Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX) head up the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus.

Missouri Governor Vetoes Repeal Of Motorcycle Helmet Law
Missouri Governor Mike Parson vetoed Senate Bill 147 on Friday, July 12, a bill that would have allowed most adult motorcycle riders to ride without helmets.  Despite voting in favor of such legislation in the past as a state legislator, the Republican governor blocked the omnibus transportation measure which, among other things, would have repealed Missouri’s helmet requirement for motorcyclists 18 and older who carry medical insurance.

Gov. Parson didn’t express opposition to relaxing helmet requirements for motorcyclists, but in a letter to lawmakers he wrote that he vetoed the bill because of a section that dealt with suspending driver’s licenses over unpaid fines related to traffic violations, which his office deemed to be unconstitutional.

Bikers rights activists and state lawmakers have been trying decades to repeal the helmet requirement, passing bills to do so in 1999 that was vetoed by then-Gov. Mel Carnahan, and again in 2009 that was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon, both Democrats.

“The Governor was looking forward to signing this bill and still supports freedom of choice,” wrote Jay Widmer, Legislative Coordinator for Freedom of Road Riders (FORR-MO) on their Facebook page.  “We are working toward a meeting with the Governor and his staff to work with them towards a remedy.”

North Carolina Legalizes Motorcyclists Wearing Face Masks
Like many states, North Carolina law generally “prohibits a person from wearing a mask, hood, or other device, to conceal the identity of the wearer,” with limited exceptions which now includes; “a person may wear a mask for the purpose of protecting the person’s head, face, or head and face, when operating a motorcycle.”

House Bill 257/Senate Bill 321 “An Act to permit the use of a face mask while operating a motorcycle,” was signed into law by Governor Ray Cooper (D) on July 11, 2019 and goes into effect December 1st.

Amidst nationwide furor over political groups like Antifa wearing masks while engaging in civil unrest, HB 257 passed the House on March 27 by a vote of 111-1 and companion bill SB 321 passed the Senate unanimously on June 27, 48-0.

Law enforcement officers in some states had begun stopping and citing motorcycle riders, particularly patch holders, for violating local anti-mask laws.

The new law will “require the person to remove the mask during traffic stops, checkpoints, roadblocks, or when approached by a law enforcement officer.”

New Washington Law Requires Liability Insurance For Motorcycles
Washington motorcycle owners must make sure their rides are insured once a new law goes into effect on July 28, 2019, requiring motorcycle operators to obtain and carry proof of liability insurance coverage when cruising on Washington’s roadways.

The new rules stem from House Bill 1014, which was signed into law in April by Governor Jay Inslee (D).  Unlike other motor vehicle drivers, in virtually every other state, motorcycle riders in Washington have previously been exempt from obtaining and carrying proof of insurance.

According to an April 23 statement from the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Bill Jenkin (R-Prosser), the law will require those operating a motorcycle to meet the insurance requirements, or equivalent, for registered motor vehicles under current law; 25/50/10 – Bodily Injury Liability Coverage: $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident, and Property Damage Liability Coverage: $10,000.

Oregon To Include Motorcyclists Under “Vulnerable Roadway User”
Back in 2007, the Oregon legislature passed House Bill 3314, creating an enhanced penalty for careless driving if it contributes to serious physical injury or death to a “vulnerable user of a public way”, providing legal protections for non-motorized roadway users such as bicyclists and pedestrians.

The concept of “vulnerable roadway user” had previously been widely used by planners and safety organizations in Europe to categorize and describe non-motorized roadway users, incorporating the inherent vulnerability of humans who use the roads without the benefit of being encased in a 4-wheeled protective steel cage.

On June 11, 2019, Governor Kate Brown (D) signed Senate Bill 810 into law, modifying the definition of “vulnerable user of a public way” in Oregon to now include persons operating or riding on a moped or motorcycle.

Thousands Ride To Honor Seven Bikers Killed In New Hampshire Crash
More than 3,000 motorcyclists rode across New Hampshire on Saturday, July 6 on the “Ride for the Fallen 7” to honor seven bikers killed and three injured in a collision with an oncoming pickup truck in June, as state police escorted the group along the 90 mile route to the site of the deadly crash.

The victims were Marine veterans and their spouses, members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, who were traveling west on Route 2 on their way to a charity event, when a pickup truck and trailer crossed into their lane from the opposite direction, plowing through the pack, according to a criminal complaint.

Commercial trucker, 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy of West Springfield, Mass., an immigrant from the Ukraine with a documented history of multiple drug and alcohol arrests and convictions in numerous states, has pleaded not guilty to seven charges of negligent homicide.

In the days following the fatal accident, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation revealed Zhukovskyy had received an intoxicated driving charge in Connecticut in May, which should have led to the termination of his Massachusetts commercial drivers license.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) has announced changes to the state’s Registry of Motor Vehicles, which include running all 5.2 million licenses through the National Driver Register to keep suspension information up to date and creating a new position to oversee safety and set requirements for commercial drivers in the state.

On July 13, as thousands more gathered at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., for a memorial service organized by the Jarheads MC, New England Patriots NFL team owner Robert Kraft made a surprise appearance to present a $100,000 donation to the crash victims’ GoFundMe campaign.

Prank Lands Man In Jail For Attempted Murder Of Motorcyclist
Late one night, on the morning after Christmas, a 45-year-old motorcyclist in Japan got a rope tangled around his neck causing him to dump his bike, severely injuring his back and hip.  Luckily, the man who strung the rope across the road was caught on security camera footage, and Japanese police quickly tracked him down and charged him with attempted murder.

Japan Today reports that police arrested Koichi Deki, 41, who claims the rope strung across the road was nothing more than a “stress relieving prank.”  There is no indication whether Deki knew a motorcyclist was coming down the road when he tied a rope to a sign and a pole on the other side of the street, and he is quoted as saying he did it to relieve his stress and didn’t think his “rope prank” could kill anyone.

The motorcyclist hit the rope roughly 15 seconds after the rope was stretched across the road, according to the time code on the surveillance footage, and now the prankster faces a prison sentence of several years.

Ireland May Ban All New Gas-Powered Vehicle Sales After 2030
The Irish Government has reaffirmed its plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, as part of a new strategy aimed at protecting the environment.

In 2015, the United Nations agreed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and Ireland’s recently released Climate Action Plan details how that nation intends to achieve them.  The greatest potential impact on Irish motorcyclists, according to Motorcycle Consumer News (MCN) involves halting the sale of all new non-electric vehicles by the year 2030, adding “It’s worth noting that nowhere in this plan is any mention made of motorcycles or other two-wheeled vehicles as having any considerations separate from those of all other vehicles.”

There is an ambitious plan to refine and develop an EV (electric vehicle) charging infrastructure throughout the country that can sustain 800,000 EVs by the 2030 deadline included, as well as possible consideration of an ICE (internal combustion engine) car scrappage program to be implemented as soon as 2020.

This is, according to MCN, partially in response to the UK potentially moving its 2040 ICE ban forward to 2032.  At this point, nine countries around the world have plans in place to begin phasing out ICE vehicles in the very near future.

Norway’s approach of incentivizing its citizens to adopt EVs over ICE vehicles resulted in an impressive 52% of cars sold in 2017 being EVs, according to Reuters.

The city of Amsterdam has also come forward to state it’ll be banning non-electric vehicles by 2030.

Ethiopia Bans Motorcycles In Capital City To Control Crimes
Officials in Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa said a ban on motorcycle use will be implemented in the city starting from July 7, in a bid to curb rising criminality.

The capital city of an estimated 5 million plus population is generally considered a safe city, but rising incidences of violent crimes using motorcycles has alarmed residents and officials.

Mayor Takele Uma said criminals have in recent months been using motorcycles to engage in assaults and robberies, and that the motorcycle use ban was implemented in the city after a one-week long study revealed many criminal activities are done using motorcycles.

German Court Rules Sikhs Must Wear Helmets, No Exception
One of Germany’s top five federal courts has ruled that Sikh individuals are not exempt from country-wide motorcycle helmet laws.  The ruling was in response to an appeal by a Sikh man, who had argued that he could not successfully fit a helmet over his dastaar, the traditional turban that Sikh men (and some women) wear within their faith.

Federal Administrative Court of Leipzig presiding judge Renate Philipp said, in his ruling, “People wearing a turban on religious grounds are not for that reason alone exempt from the obligation to wear a helmet,” according to Deutsche Welle newspaper.

One argument the court made against the man’s claim is that wearing a helmet doesn’t only protect the rider — it also helps drivers avoid trauma if they cause injury to a rider without a helmet, and that any riders wearing helmets would more readily be able to assist others in an accident.

Several countries have exemptions from existing helmet laws for Sikh motorcyclists, including the UK, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba.  Around the world, in places including Australia and India, exemptions and even proposals for exceptions draw a range of opinions from both Sikh and non-Sikh motorcyclists alike.

Quotable Quote:  “I am certain that nothing has done so much to destroy the juridical safeguards of individual freedom as the striving after this mirage of social justice.”

~ Friedrich August von Hayek (1899 – 1992), Austrian-born British economist & philosopher

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Call On Missouri Governor To Sign Helmet Repeal Bill, SB 147

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NCOMCall On Missouri Governor To Sign Helmet Repeal Bill, SB 147

As reported previously in NCOM Biker Newsbytes, biker activists in Missouri have succeeded in passing a helmet repeal bill through their state legislature and onto the desk of their governor, Senate Bill 147, which would allow those 18 and older who carry qualifying medical insurance the right to decide whether or not to wear a helmet when they ride.

Governor Mike Parson (R) has until July 15 to sign the bill into law, veto it or let it go into effect via “pocket pass” without his signature.

Although many stakeholders have expected Governor Parson to sign SB 147 into law, since he supported prior repeal efforts when he previously served in the state legislature, a recent CALL TO ACTION from Mark “Sparky” Capps of Freedom of the Road Riders (FORR-MO) states that “We heard today that the Governor is going to veto this legislation on Friday.  We need everyone (inside and outside of Missouri) who supports freedom of choice to call or email him NOW!”
You can call Governor Parson at (573) 751-3222, or email him directly at governor@state.mo.gov, and please be polite.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION QUICKLY, THEN FURTHER DISTRIBUTE THIS LEGISLATIVE REQUEST 

Red Line Synthetic Oil’s Line Of High-Performance V-Twin Products

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Keep Your Motorcycle On The Road This Summer With Red Line Synthetic Oil’s Line Of High-Performance V-Twin Products

Red Line Synthetic Oil, a leader in synthetic oils and additives, is excited to offer a line of high-performance lubricants designed specifically to prepare and maintain your V-Twin motorcycle this summer. These products include Red Line’s Motor Oil, V-Twin Transmission Oil and Primary Case Oil, RL-600 Brake Fluid and Complete Fuel System Cleaner for Powersports. Additionally, for V-Twin riders who need to perform a complete service on their bikes, Red Line offers the convenient V-Twin PowerPack®.

Most riders know that changing your engine oil is a must, but what you decide to put in your bike is equally important. Red Line’s 20W50 and 20W60 Motorcycle Oils offer advanced wear protection, extended drain intervals and lower oil temps up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, as compared to other leading brands in the motorcycle segment. The 20W50 Motorcycle Oil is formulated for the majority of V-Twin engines and blended with specific friction modifiers that are suitable for wet clutches and JASO MA applications. Red Line’s 20W60 Motorcycle Oil is appropriate for V-Twins with wider clearances and those operating in extreme heat conditions.

The company’s V-Twin Transmission Oil with ShockProof® diminishes transmission noise, dramatically reduces operating temperatures, provides smoother shifts and helps riders find neutral. Red Line’s ShockProof additive is specifically engineered for transmissions that experience high loads and intense heat, reducing metal-to-metal contact of gear teeth and extending the life of the transmission.

Many riders remember to change their transmission fluid but often the clutch and primary chain are neglected. Designed for 1984 to present day V-Twin American motorcycles, Red Line’s V-Twin Primary Case Oil is approve for use with aftermarket clutches and is the perfect solution to maintain your bikes internals. Where most synthetics are too slippery for clutch operation, this friction-balanced solution provides less slip, smoother operation, helps to apply more power in modified engines and makes finding neutral effortless.

Moving on to one of the most important aspects of any motorcycle or vehicle, the brakes. Repeated hard braking generates a great amount of heat and places the brake fluid under immense pressure, both of which are detrimental to the operation of the brakes and can lead to brake fade. With a dry boiling point of 604 degrees Fahrenheit (318 C), Red Line’s RL-600 Brake Fluid is a DOT4 fluid developed to resist these issues and maintain lubricity, compressibility and viscosity under the most extreme conditions, perfect for heavy V-Twin bikes. It can be safely blended with DOT 3, DOT 4 and DOT 5.1 fluids.

Deposits can build up in carburetors and injectors in motorcycles driven infrequently, affecting fuel economy and overall performance. Red Line’s Complete Fuel System Cleaner for Powersports helps clean the deposits to return the engine to its original performance. Additionally, the product cleans intake valve and combustion chamber deposits, lubricates upper cylinder, enhances fuel stability and helps prevent detonation.

Designed for V-Twin riders who want everything in one convenient kit, the Red Line Oil V-Twin PowerPack comes with all of the fluids required to freshen up your V-Twin including five quarts of either 20W50 or 20W60 Motorcycle Oil, one quart of V-Twin Transmission Oil with ShockProof, one quart of V-Twin Primary Case Oil, one bottle of Complete Fuel System Cleaner for Powersports, a specially designed funnel, a Red Line hat and a Red Line Sticker Kit. Each V-Twin PowerPack has been rigorously assessed for compatibility and is sold with enough fluid for a complete lubricant change except for models requiring more than one quart of Primary Case Oil.

“Red Line Synthetic oil was founded on the principle of providing racers the best of the best,” said Willie McCoy at Red Line Synthetic Oil. “We’ve taken that mentality and applied it to all of our consumer products and this V-Twin line is no exception. Whether you’re about to head out on a 1,000-mile road trip or around the corner to the store, we’ve got the products to keep your V-Twin running properly.”

Founded in 1979, Red Line Synthetic Oil has created products for motor racing applications since its inception, with the philosophy that drivers need the best of the best. In 2007 they transferred this knowledge to the motorcycle industry to support riders by providing them with the best oils and additives available on the market. Red Line formulates fully-synthetic oils and advanced additives using the world’s finest ester and PAO base stocks, so riders can be sure their bikes are receiving the highest quality fluids.

For more information on Red Line Synthetic Oil, please visit www.redlineoil.com or follow Red LineSynthetic Oil on InstagramFacebook or LinkedIn.

About Red Line Synthetic Oil
In 1979, Red Line Synthetic Oil began creating lubricants for the racing industry. Today, Red LineSynthetic Oil manufactures more than 100 products, including motor oils, gear oils, ATFs, assembly lubes, fuel additives and the popular WaterWetter cooling additive for the automotive, motorcycle, marine and industrial markets. Red Line Synthetic Oil uses extensive knowledge of racing to create high-performance products for track cars and street vehicles. To find a dealer or order online, log on to www.redlineoil.com.

Sturgis Buffalo Chip Announces Full 2019 Lineup

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Sturgis Buffalo Chip Announces Full 2019 Lineup

 13 more acts round out 2019 lineup at the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling!

The world’s largest motorcycle and music festival has announced the full two-week lineup of world-class concerts, professional racing, legendary bike shows and seriously fun events to take place during its 38th annual event July 29 – Aug. 11, 2019. Thirteen additional acts have signed on to join an entertainment lineup that already includes Keith Urban, Disturbed, Toby Keith, Snoop Dogg, Godsmack, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Styx, Collective Soul, Dee Snider, Volbeat, Theory of a Deadman, Zakk Sabbath and others. The now 30+ entertainment acts in the lineup appear alongside the festival’s races and bike shows on the Buffalo Chip’s limited-edition 2019 commemorative poster. The full list of bands scheduled for 2019, the official lineup video and the poster can be found here: www.buffalochip.com/BANDS

2019 Limited Edition Commemorative Poster
For the third year in a row, the Buffalo Chip commissioned artist EZ Wheelin’ to create a limited-edition poster to commemorate its full entertainment lineup. The retro art depicts a larger-than-life Zakk Wylde setting the night ablaze by furiously shredding his guitar as pack of bikers rides out from between his legs. 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 at three spots in the 2019 Buffalo Chip lineup through the ReverbNation Road to the Buffalo Chip Opportunity. From this group the Buffalo Chip selected Lovesick Radio, Scattered Hamlet and The Heroine to get opening slots on the main stage, alongside fellow openers Creed Fisher, Stone Senate, The Wilson Brothers and the Charlie Brechtel Band, In addition to these bands, guests will have the opportunity to see the following acts on the Buffalo Chip’s multiple showcase stages during the event: Supersuckers, Big Skillet, BC and The Big Rig, The Hawkeyes, OddFellas, DJ Hulio and the Buffalo Dreamers.

The 2019 Concert and Races Lineup and Bike Show Schedule:

  • Monday, July 29 – Thursday, Aug. 1 – Bikini Beach Pre-Party with Big Skillet
  • Friday, Aug. 2
    Skid Row
    The Flaunt Girls
    Charlie Brechtel Bad
    Dirt Riot Off-Road Racing
    J&P Rodeo Games
  • Saturday, Aug. 3
    Keith Urban
    George Thorogood and The Destroyers
    Lovesick Radio
    Hunks: The Show
    Dirt Riot Off-Road Racing
    Buffalo Chip School’s Out Chopper Show
    Beers & Braaaps Craft Beer Tasting
  • Sunday, Aug. 4             Godsmack
    American Flat Track Buffalo Chip TT
    Supersuckers
    Bell Brawl at the Buffalo
    Carey Hart’s Good Ride
    Gambler 500 Rallycross
    Big Joe’s 7th Annual FXR Show & Dyna Mixer
    2nd Annual Buffalo Chip Rock n’ Roll Tattoo Contest
  • Monday, Aug. 5
    Styx
    Collective Soul
    Stone Senate
    Celebrity Motocross Grand Opening
    Buffalo Chip V-Twin Visionary Performance Bike Show
    Minibike Flat Track Showdown
    Three-Dom Show & Shine
    Legends Ride and Legends Lunch
  • Tuesday, Aug. 6
    Disturbed
    Dee Snider
    Scattered Hamlet
    Hunks: The Show
    Biker Belles “Forward Motion”
    Hooligan Hill Climb
    Buffalo Chip World’s Sexiest Bagger Bike Show
    Sportster Showdown
    Women and WheelsTM Bike Show
    Gambler 500 Minibike Endurocross
  • Wednesday, Aug. 7
    Snoop Dogg
    Theory of a Deadman
    Sturgis Buffalo Chip TT Super Hooligans with Roland Sands
    Street Drag Invitationals with Crazy John
    Women’s Street Drags
    Gambler Minibike 100
    Rusty Wallace Ride
    Florida Full Throttle All Brands Bike Show & Bagger Blastoff
  • Thursday, Aug. 8
    Toby Keith
    Pop Evil
    Creed Fisher
    Freedom Celebration
    Rat’s Hole World Famous Big Daddy Rat Bike Show
    Gambler 500 Hooptie Huck
  • Friday, Aug. 9
    Volbeat
    Red Fang
    The Heroine
  • Saturday, Aug. 10
    Zakk Sabbath
    Reverend Horton Heat
    Wilson Brothers Band
    The Flaunt Girls Afterparty

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, awarded AMA Track of the Year in 2016, American Flat Track Event of the Year and South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner in 2017. 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 Motorcycles as Art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter showcases the works of the world’s best bike builders. 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.

Lego Creator Expert Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

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Riders Rejoice As Lego Group Introduces Lego Creator Expert Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

Press Release: Today, The LEGO Group revealed its latest LEGO Creator Expert model – a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy that will cruise into LEGO Stores globally on August 1, 2019. 

Developed in collaboration with Harley-Davidson, this detailed LEGO interpretation of the iconic Milwaukee motorcycle captures the beauty of the real-life machine with finishes, surfaces, and design elements crafted to replicate the full-size Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. Featuring 1,023 pieces, the model comes complete with solid-disc wheels, teardrop fuel tank, integrated speedometer, and dual exhaust pipes.

The finished model measures over 7 inches (20 cm) high, 7 inches (18 cm) wide and 12 inches (33 cm) long and features several moveable parts for owners to engage. Spin the rear tire to see the Milwaukee-Eight engine with moving pistons and dual exhaust pipes, spring to life. Turn the handlebar, move the gear shift and brake levers, and flip down the motorcycle’s kickstand for easy parking. Finished with an authentic dark red and black color scheme with Harley-Davidson logos on each side reflective of the 2019 Fat Boy motorcycle’s Wicked Red paint scheme, it’s a perfect display centerpiece for any home, office, or anywhere to channel the inspiration to ride. 

“Bringing this Harley-Davidson motorcycle to life in brick form is incredibly exciting,” said Mike Psiaki, Design Master at LEGO Group. “The model truly captures the iconic design, advanced engineering and attention to detail of this iconic motorcycle, offering an immersive building experience and a unique collector’s item for Harley-Davidson enthusiasts and LEGO fans of all ages.”

“It’s been exceptionally exciting for Harley-Davidson to collaborate with the LEGO Group – another brand that champions creativity and expression,” said Heather Malenshek, Chief Marketing Officer at Harley-Davidson. “Not only do we want customers to be inspired by the end result, we want them to enjoy the building process.”

“The authenticity of Harley-Davidson design comes by sweating the details from start to finish.” said Brad Richards, Vice President of Styling & Design, Harley-Davidson. “We looked at every nut and bolt on the bike, all the finishes, and every small detail. Working with the LEGO team on this project allowed us to bring that same attention to detail to a collaborative product, and to celebrate a brand that inspired the imagination and creativity of many of us at Harley-Davidson from a young age, including myself.”

To celebrate the launch, LEGO Master Builders created a life-size model of the motorcycle, complete with silver coated parts, Wi-Fi animation control, sound and light effects to imitate a real Harley-Davidson Fat Boy and 6,000 special LEGO elements. The extraordinary creation took 865 hours to build, is made of 69,569 pieces and will be on display at select LEGO stores and Harley-Davidson events for fans to see. 

The LEGO Creator Expert Harley-Davidson Fat Boy model is available for $99.99 directly from LEGO Stores and shop.LEGO.com exclusively for VIP members beginning July 17, 2019, with general public availability beginning August 1, 2019. Customers in the United States will also be able to purchase on Harley-Davidson.com and through Harley-Davidson Dealers across the country.

ASR Seat, Pillion, and Backrest by Ciro

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ASR Seat, Pillion, and Backrest by Ciro

The ASR Seat has been designed in conjunction with long distance rider Adam Sandoval (aka ScootinAmerica) to bring riders the most comfortable and stylish seat available today. Adam has hundreds of thousands of miles in the saddle so he knows what it takes to create an exceptional seat for the touring rider. At the core of this seat lies a gel insert designed to reduce vibration by up to 50% while at the same time reducing direct impact forces by up to 92%. The gel also provides a neutral suspension that will conform to the shape of the rider, resulting in the most comfortable long distance rides you’ve ever experienced. The shape of the seat allows for a relaxed riding position and the recessed area in the center eliminates any pressure on your tailbone.

The ASR seat may be used with an optional quick-detach backrest for added comfort. The backrest is fully adjustable, features a storage pocket for small items, and is styled to compliment your seat.

The ASR seat is great for riding solo, but if you plan to have a passenger, be sure to pick up the pillion! The pillion features the same gel comfort as the driver seat as well as an innovative shape to maximize passenger space. The shape and width of this pillion also make it ideal for strapping down luggage securely.

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Mama Tried’s Flat Out Friday at the Wolstein Center on July 27th

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Fuel Cleveland Presents Mama Tried’s Flat Out Friday at the Wolstein Center on July 27th

Rider Registration is Open & Tickets are On Sale Now

Fuel Cleveland presents Mama Tried Motorcycle Show’s Flat Out Friday, an indoor, flat track, motorcycle race, on July 27th at the Wolstein Center. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Wolstein Center Ticket Office or http://www.wolsteincenter.com/event/flat-out-friday/.

Flat Out Friday is an indoor, flat track, motorcycle race on a Dr. Pepper soda syrup surface. Competing in nine classes, sign up is now open for Brakeless, Open Amateur, Youth, Open Vintage, MadDawg, Women, Pro, Hooligan and Goofball.

The Fuel Cleveland motorcycle show takes place the following day on Saturday, July 28 2018. Fuel Cleveland is a free and family-friendly event showcasing world-class custom and rare motorcycles and motorcycle related photography, paintings and artwork. The show takes place from noon until 8 p.m. at the Hamilton Collaborative 5401 Hamilton Ave. Cleveland OH 44114. All Fuel Cleveland show information can be found at http://www.fuelcleveland.com

Registration for all race classes is open to the public. Registration forms and an updated list of registered riders can be found at http://www.flatoutfriday.com/. You must pre-register to race and a list of registration fees can be found at the web site.

In connection with the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show, Flat Out Friday premiered in February 2016 with a record- breaking crowd of over 8,000. Prior to the inaugural Flat Out Friday, Milwaukee had not witnessed a race of this sort since 1980.

Racers have included American Motorcycle Association Pros Parker Lange, Cole Fealy, Christian Johnson and Dan Jacobson. Hooligan riders included Harley-Davidson Motor Company riders Scott Jones, Brandon Gonzalez, Mark Atkins and Chris Wiggins arriving from California.

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

Louisiana Enacts Law Against Motorcyclist Profiling
Louisiana has become the third state to pass legislation to curtail the profiling of motorcyclists by law enforcement, by unanimously approving House Bill 141 in the state legislature (38-0 in the Senate 6/2/19 and 103-0 in the House 6/3/19), and the biker anti-discrimination measure was signed into law on June 11, 2019 by democrat Governor John Bel Edwards.

Effective August 1, 2019, HB 141, “Provides relative to motorcyclist profiling training for peace officers,” by establishing the creation of a “motorcyclist profiling awareness training program” to include classroom or internet instruction “in the current bias-recognition policing curriculum.”

Sponsored by Rep. Frankie Howard (R) at the request of ABATE of Louisiana, with support from the Louisiana Confederation of Clubs & Independents as well as the National Council of Clubs and the Motorcycle Profiling Project, the new LA law defines “motorcyclist profiling” as “the arbitrary use of the fact that an individual rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle related clothing or paraphernalia as a factor in deciding to stop, question, take enforcement action, arrest, or search an individual or his motorcycle or motor vehicle.”

The Bayou State follows the states of Washington (2011) and Maryland (2016) in passing similar legislation, all by unanimous votes, and a bipartisan federal anti-profiling bill currently awaits further action in the U.S. House of Representatives (House Resolution 255) after passing by unanimous consent in the United States Senate (Senate Resolution 154) late last year.

Missouri Helmet Law A Signature Away From Repeal
The Show-Me State may soon grant adult motorcycle riders the freedom to choose whether or not to wear helmets, as legislation to repeal their mandatory motorcycle helmet law for those 18 and older who carry qualifying medical insurance is currently sitting on the desk of Governor Mike Parson (R) awaiting his signature.  Parson previously supported repeal as a member of the state legislature.

Senate Bill 147 passed the Senate 21-12 on Thursday, May 16 and the House voted 94-46 the following day to advance the omnibus transportation package to the governor.

Missouri is currently in the minority among states, as only 19 states and the District of Columbia mandate the wearing of motorcycle helmets by all riders.  Repeal efforts have been debated in the General Assembly for decades, and twice before lawmakers had passed helmet law repeal bills, in both 1999 and 2009, but couldn’t overcome gubernatorial vetoes.

But now, with Republicans holding hyper-majorities in both chambers and the governorship, riders’ rights groups like ABATE for Missouri and Freedom of Road Riders of Missouri took advantage of the “perfect storm” to navigate their bill through the Conservative-controlled legislative agenda.

Gov. Parson has voted in favor of this issue in the past, and according to the St. Joseph Post newspaper, “nearly all stakeholders expect him to sign it.”

Nebraska Police Target Motorcyclists
In a battle between bikers and cops, Nebraska State Troopers are working with local law enforcement this summer to put the brakes on speeding motorcycles.

For the second year in a row, troopers will conduct special enforcement operations to stop speeding bikers, utilizing an $18,000 grant from the Nebraska Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office that will allow for aviation support as well as more law enforcement on the ground.

“Motorcycles have a unique ability to evade law enforcement…(so) we’ll use resources like helicopters to help out,” Nebraska State Patrol Capt. Jason Scott told KMTV 3 NewsNow in Omaha, adding that numerous citations have been made so far and arrests have been made for reckless driving and for flight to avoid arrest.

“We’ve been working with the county attorney’s offices to make sure there’s a message that’s sent here,” Capt. Scott said. “We’re not going to tolerate the aggressive driving.”

Red Light Cameras Banned In Texas
Drivers in Texas are about to be seeing less red, as Governor Greg Abbott (R) has announced that he has signed legislation that bans red light cameras across the Lone Star State.  House Bill 1361, authored by Representative Jonathan Stickland (R-Fort Worth), would prohibit the use of “photographic traffic signal enforcement systems.”

Stickland told FOX7 the bill was motivated by “a lot of reason,” including privacy concerns and the right to due process.

The new law included a grandfather clause for cities involved in red light camera contracts that have yet to end, except if the contract includes a provision allowing for state law to break it.

Ever since becoming legal in 2007, Texas lawmakers have made attempts to turn the cameras off that were unsuccessful until now, according to the Star-Telegram.  Red light cameras have come under fire elsewhere recently, with at least 7 other states trying to ban them.

Washington Governor Signs Motorcycle Liability Bill
Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D) has signed House Bill 1014, which is a motorcycle liability insurance bill.

Previously, motorcycle operators across the state were not required to be insured under a motor vehicle liability policy, but HB 1014 sponsored by Rep. Bill Jenkin (R-Prosser) changes this by requiring all motorcycle operators to be insured under a motor vehicle liability policy or the allowed equivalent according to the terms required by current law.

“People are surprised to learn that motorcycle operators are not required to have liability insurance. My bill simply requires those operating a motorcycle to meet the insurance requirements, or equivalent for registered motor vehicles under current law,” Rep. Jenkin told KEPRTV Action News.  “When someone gets property damage, or in an accident, with an uninsured motorcyclist, they are stuck filing a claim and potentially paying a higher premium.  Having motorcycles insured, just like other vehicles, makes sense.

Jenkin’s bill goes into effect 90-days after the adjournment of the 2019 session.

Grass Clippings And Motorcycles A Deadly Mix
A number of states and localities have come to the realization that grass clippings on the roadway are a danger to motorcyclists, and some are taking steps to outlaw the roughage.

In Pennsylvania, Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington County) has proposed legislation to protect motorcyclists by making it illegal to throw grass clippings on the roadway during mowing season, making the violation a fineable offense much like littering. She says grass clippings not only cause the surface of the roadway to become extremely slippery, creating a hazard to motorcycle riders and other drivers, as well as presenting an environmental concern by clogging storm drains and can make their way into streams and cause pollution.

When riders complain to law enforcement, their complaints are often dismissed as the current law is not enforceable, but the senator’s proposal to add two words “grass clippings” to the law that makes throwing litter and other items on the roadway an offense would fix that.

Her bill proposes fines of up to $300 for the first offense and up to a $1,000 for subsequent offenses, and would require the landowner to remove the clippings from the roadway.

In Ohio, the city of Fremont says it will begin ticketing people for blowing grass clippings into the street, saying they pose a danger to motorcyclists.  City officials say dumping grass clippings in the road is illegal under a city ordinance regarding “placing injurious material or obstruction in street,” and the city says its code enforcer and police department will be paying special attention to the issue throughout the warmer months.

“Please make every effort to keep grass out of our streets and keep Fremont safe for our friends on two wheels!” the city says.

Meanwhile, an Illinois rider is dead after a crash involving grass clippings on the road and losing control of her motorcycle.  Her husband, who also lost control of his motorcycle, told the local newspaper; “I would like something to be done better than a $50 fine on grass clippings; it kills people!”  He has contacted his state representative about increasing the penalty for making an unnecessarily dangerous mess in the road from trimming your lawn.

While some slippery hazards like wet leaves in fall can’t be avoided, not spraying grass clippings onto the road is as easy as pushing or driving your lawn mower in the opposite direction to spray back into your yard rather than out onto the roadway.

Tariffs Could Devastate Motorcycle Industry, Claims Trade Group
Industry leaders are encouraging activism ahead of new import taxes, and the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) is asking riders to help stop a new round of tariffs on Chinese products.  The sanctions will directly affect equipment and apparel that riders depend on, as well as motorcycle parts and accessories and bikes built in China. “The proposed additional 25% duty on Chinese goods lumps gear like boots and gloves in with common replacement parts, like lithium-ion batteries, and curiosities, like live manatees and blue-veined cheeses,” says the industry trade group. Perhaps more devastating to a business already working with tight margins is a catchall — number 8714.10.00 on the list — that includes all “Pts. & access. for motorcycles (including mopeds).”

The MIC makes the case that, in today’s motorcycling economy, even the most ardent purchasers of American apparel and machines are going to feel a pinch to the wallet.

“The proposed China List 4 includes essentially everything that is not currently subject to an additional 25% tariff on Lists 1-3,” MIC Senior Vice President Scott Schloegel says. “Tariffs are taxes paid by companies and consumers in America and it is critical that you make your voice heard now.”

Rolling Thunder Final Ride, Or Not?
For over three decades, hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists have roared into our nation’s capital over Memorial Day weekend for Rolling Thunder, an annual demonstration in support of veterans, prisoners of war and service members who went missing in action, but due to financial and logistical constraints, this year’s rally was their last hurrah.  Rally organizer and co-founder, Artie Muller, has announced that the massive rally, held every year in Washington, D.C. since 1988, has grown too costly and unwieldy and will come to an end.

However, efforts to keep the rally going include President Donald Trump who pledged his support and tweeted out during the “Ride for Freedom” on Sunday, May 26 that Rolling Thunder was not going to end after all:  “The Great Patriots of Rolling Thunder WILL be coming back to Washington, D.C. next year, & hopefully for many years to come,” he wrote. “It is where they want to be, & where they should be.”

In addition, “Wreaths Across America” has since announced a donation of $200,000 to Rolling Thunder to help cover costs and keep the ride going, with executive director Karen Worcester telling  Muller on that Monday’s “Fox & Friends” that “Remembering is too important to forget.”

Muller said during the Fox News show that he looks forward to meeting with the president about continuing the ride, but he also said that instead of holding one giant demonstration the group is planning to take the event nationwide next year and hold rides regionally throughout the country with its 90 local chapters.

But one thing could surely bring the hordes of patriotic bikers back to D.C. in protest, said the 74-year old Vietnam Veteran during his speech on the National Mall at this year’s Rolling Thunder; if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moves to impeach President Donald Trump.

Easy Rider Encore
July 14, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Easy Rider — and to celebrate, a newly-restored 4K version will be shown again in 400 theaters nationwide for just two nights; July 14th and 17th.

Directed by the late, great Dennis Hopper, the film starred Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson in a role that scored him an Oscar nomination.

In 1998, the film was officially added to the National Film Registry, and the American Film Institute lists it on its 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time.

Quotable Quote:  “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”

~ Haile Selassie, regent of Ethiopia (1892-1975)

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.

Black 5-Hole C-Thru Derby Cover 

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Black 5-Hole C-Thru Derby Cover 

Press Release: Feel like a kid again with the latest addition to our “No One Has The V-Twin Selection” product line. If you were the type of kid that could spend hours watching the window on the clothes dryer, or other mechanical things in action; well it’s time to grow up! Now you can watch the guts of your primary making mechanical magic thru the clear window of the billet aluminum and glass 5-Hole derby covers from V-Twin.  Our cover comes with a black finish and features a leak proof and oil resistant glass window.   V-twin also offers these in chrome as part number 42-0240. Fits 1999-up FXST,FLST, 1999-17FXD and 1999-15 FLT models. Part number 42-0241 

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Moto-Journalist Felicia Morgan to Grab the Reins of Buffalo Chip’s “Sturgis Rider Daily”

By | General News

Moto-Journalist Felicia Morgan to Grab the Reins of Buffalo Chip’s “Sturgis Rider Daily”

Morgan is ready to take on the role of editor of the popular daily newspaper published during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Long-time journalist and motorcycle aficionado Felicia Morgan has signed on to lead in the creation of the annual “Sturgis Rider Daily” publication. The daily rally print publication produced by the Sturgis Buffalo Chip in partnership with the Rapid City Journal is entering its sixth year of production. Founding editor Marilyn Stemp will remain on board in an advisory role.

The Sturgis Rider Daily offers up-to-date information on Sturgis Motorcycle Rally happenings, Buffalo Chip concerts, races, bike shows and events, as well as advice for rally goers. Copies of the special newspaper are delivered each morning Saturday to Friday to convenient locations throughout the Black Hills and are available at the Buffalo Chip’s Sturgis Rally Information Center at the free-access CrossRoads.

“We are very happy to welcome Felicia as the editor of the “Sturgis Rider Daily’,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “Her extensive journalism experience and first-hand knowledge of the industry as a die-hard motorcycle rider make her the perfect choice to lead efforts to produce a first-class publication full of useful information for people attending the rally.” 

Morgan has been an avid motorcyclist for many years and has been riding a motorcycle exclusively since 2005. She attends nearly every biker-related event in America, and her work has appeared in numerous magazines including Thunder Press, Easyriders, In the Wind, Wrench, Biker, V-Twin, American Iron, Road Iron, Cycle Source, and Wide Open, as well as several motorcycle-related books. She is a pivotal staffer and chronicler of the Motorcycle Cannonball Cross-country biennial vintage motorcycle odyssey, and in 2010 she photographed the entire 2,392-mile marathon from the side-hack of a 1956 Panhead.

The Sturgis Rider Daily will be available each morning Saturday, Aug. 3 through Friday, Aug. 9 at no charge.

The Buffalo Chip’s motorcycle and music festival will open with a pre-rally party July 29 – Aug. 1, 2019, with official festival dates running Aug. 2-11, 2019. Concerts and races are free with camping. More information and reservations are available at BuffaloChip.com

“Battle Of The Kings” Custom Bike Build Competition 

By | Events

Harley-Davidson Narrows U.S. Finalists In “Battle Of The Kings” Custom Bike Build Competition 

42,000 Votes Cast for People’s Choice Winners; Next Round of Judging Gets Rolling

After fierce online competition, the people have spoken, casting 42,000 votes for the coolest custom motorcycles in the United States. Twenty-one U.S. custom bike builds reign as the “People’s Choice” award winners in Harley-Davidson’s Battle of the Kings competition.

From April 15 to May 15, public voters cast an online ballot for their favorite custom bike across three categories: Chop, Race and Dirt. Competition was steep, featuring more than 40 builds created in partnership with Harley-Davidson dealers and local trade school students from across the nation. To view* the “People’s Choice” winners locate the award badge on the winning motorcycles at H-D.com/BattleOfTheKings.

Though the Battle of the Kings competition first revved up in 2015, it’s the first year that U.S. trade school students were invited to partner with local dealers for a unique, real-world training opportunity. Under the guidance of experienced Harley-Davidson mechanics, students were introduced to the creativity, customization prowess and technical precision of motorcycle customization.

“With this competition, we are seeing first-hand the passion and drive these students have not only for motorcycling but for leaning into new experiences that teach them how to think big,” said Heather Malenshek, Harley-Davidson Chief Marketing Officer. “Battle of the Kings allows these students to apply their creativity and funnel this passion into real-life applications that will ride with them for generations.”

As the competition continues to roll towards the final crowning of one U.S. Battle of the Kings Champion, the first 18 finalists were announced on Monday, June 10. Harley-Davidson marketing and styling employees selected the top 18 finalists – the top six from each of the three build categories. These bikes have a ‘Category Finalist’ award badge affixed to their motorcycle in the gallery at h-d.com.

The second round of judging will narrow these 18 down to one in each build category of Chop, Dirt and Race. The finalists are set to be announced by July 1 and will be judged by top journalists from American Iron Magazine, Cycle World and Cycle Source as well as Harley-Davidson enthusiast, Milo Ventimiglia, from the TV Series This is Us. 

These top three finalists will then go head to head for the U.S. title at the Annual Harley-Davidson Dealer Meeting held in Milwaukee in August. The competition doesn’t end there, as later in November the U.S. winning bike and its build crew will travel to Milan, Italy to compete with four other global finalists for the ultimate title of “Battle of the Kings Champion.”

Holding these titles is nothing to scoff at. The Battle of the Kings contest is the largest dealer custom bike build competition in the world highlighting the endless possibilities to personalize Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Since its beginnings, Battle of the Kings has created more than 500 custom bikes.Through programs like Battle of the Kings, Harley-Davidson is building the next generation of skilled tradespeople and inspiring students to get involved in the exciting world of motorcycle customization.

See the builds from dealerships around the world and sign up to get your free Battle of the Kings sticker by visiting H-D.com/BattleOfTheKings. Follow the competition on social media with #BattleOfTheKings.

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Biker Lives Matter

By | Biker's Rights

Biker Lives Matter

Biker Lives Matter is a New Safety Group that has started in the State of Florida. Its goal is to work with the State of Florida, other states, Federal Government and other organizations to lower injury and deaths of motorcyclist and others who travel on our roads.

While there may be other organizations working on the issues that affect all of us, this organization is going to help by making people aware of the issues through rider and driver education, promoting look for motorcycle campaigns and supporting legislation that makes the roads safer.

We are also promoting teaching people what to do at the scene of a crash or collision.

We will be working with Motorcycle Rights Organizations to help promote the many things they are working on.

The President of this organization is John “Rogue” Herlihy and he says he is going to use the experience he gained by being one of the original founders working with Easyriders when they formed the organization A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments (ABATE)

The Vice President is Bob “Badd Bob” Simmonds has been heavily involved for over 10 years with Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.)

The Secretary Sharleen Mitchell besides being a rider for 48 years was Vice President of a motorcycle shop and very active in the motorcycle community.

The Treasurer is Kenneth Simmons who has been riding since the 90s and is a business man.

While there are numerous others working and we do appreciate all who are there is just too many to list here.

Numerous well know people in the world of motorcycling have joined as members and that is sincerely appreciated.

Biker Lives Matter is open to all who want to help promote safety, you do not need a motorcycle to join and JOINING IS FREE so please visit the website at bikerlivesmatter.com and join. Please also let as many people that you can about us.

Klock Werks adds Flare Air Management Kit for Indian Scout to Arsenal of Flare Windshields

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Klock Werks adds Flare Air Management Kit for Indian Scout to Arsenal of Flare Windshields

Klock Werks unveils a new Flare Air Management Kit for the 2015+ Indian Scout and 2016+ Indian Scout Sixty motorcycles.

The new kit offers riders an OE Replacement Flare Windshield and a set of Klock Werks new Flare Wings to manage both the air coming directly at the rider as well as the air coming up from underneath the windshield.

“Our love of the Indian Motorcycle brand made it an easy choice for us to focus our design efforts on creating a better riding experience for Scout owners,” said Brian Klock, President and Visionary of Klock Werks. “We continue to use information we learned from racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats to inform our design decisions.”

Klock Werks has set more than fifteen Land Speed Records at the Bonneville Salt Flats and uses their racing time as an opportunity to test their designs and products.

“Years of racing and setting records, along with the time we spend riding on the street, has given us the opportunity to give motorcycle riders the best testing and technology that we have to offer,” Klock added. “What we use to race is exactly what you get when you buy a Klock Werks Flare Windshield.”

The patented Flare Windshield design uses the “flip” – found at the top of the shield – to create an improved pocket of air for the rider and passenger and the “hips” – located on either side of the shield – add stability by creating downforce, and this is all done looking sexier than the stock offering.

The OE Replacement Flare Windshield measures 21.5” tall, measured from the top of the headlight cutout to the top of the shield, and 21” wide. 9

In addition to the windshield, this kit includes the new Klock Werks Flare Wings. The wings divert air out from underneath the windshield to help eliminate the side buffeting and swirl experienced when riding a stock setup. The design allows for up to 30° of adjustment so the rider can tailor the air to their needs. Made from Polycarbonate and hard-coated for additional abrasion resistance, Flare Wings come with all necessary attachment hardware.

The Flare Air Management Kit for Indian Scout Motorcycles, including both the OE Replacement Flare Windshield and a pair of the Flare Wings is available to purchase here.

The Flare Wings may be purchased separately here.

Find even more parts for Indian Scout and Scout Sixty at GetKlocked.com!

Super Hooligan National Championship Series

By | Racing News

Super Hooligan National Championship Series steams towards Tulsa Oklahoma and has finalized the remaining 2019 race schedule 

Roland Sands and crew have ignited a two-wheeled lifestyle explosion with the “Moto Classic Series” and as the 2019 Super Hooligan National Championship (SHNC) presented by Progressive and powdered by Indian steams towards Round 5, we’ve expanded our events with the Mayo Moto Street Classic in Tulsa Oklahoma. June 15th, Roland Sands Design joins forces with the Mayo Moto Museum on one of the greatest motorcycle, music, and art cultural experiences to hit the Midwest.  This new festival features Super Hooligan riders racing through the streets of downtown Tulsa, The Lansing Street Drag Races, Stunt Show, Moto Classic Bike show, Stay Gold Art Show and vendor village, all accompanied by the biggest bands in Southern Soul Rock – JJ Grey & Mofro and the Paul Benjamin Band in the heart of the city with the picturesque Tulsa skyline as a backdrop.

Remaining SHNC Races for 2019:

  • JUN        15           Mayo Moto Street Classic: Tulsa, OK
  • JUNE      21           Perris Short Track: Perris, CA
  • AUG       7             Buffalo Chip TT, Sturgis SD
  • AUG       17           Salt Lake City, UT
  • SEP         21           Costa Mesa Speedway: Orange County, CA
  • OCT        26-27     Moto Beach Classic Surf City Blitz WEST: Huntington Beach, CA

The week after Tulsa, OK, the SHNC has added Perris Short Track in Perris, CA June 21st. “Super Hooligan racing was born and bred on the short tracks of Southern California, with the Hooligan X Games qualifier the day before and the Born Free motorcycle show that weekend we are pumped to be right smack in the middle of a So. Cal two-wheel enthusiast dream week”.  

Roland and the SHNC team are constantly pushing to present their brand of Heavy Street bike racing to new audiences in diverse locations, so the series is making a stop August 7th at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, SD, where the Super Hooligan main race will conclude just as Snoop Dog takes the main stage.  Two weeks later, the Super Hooligans will bang bars at the world-famous Utah Motorsports Campus in Salt Lake City, UT August 17th. More information on this exciting event to come. The Moto Bay Classic has been removed from the schedule this year due to location issues, but will be back with an even better event for 2020.  Super Hooligan racing will also be back to Costa Mesa Speedway September 21st. “Super Hooligans roots originate from Harley Nights at Costa Mesa Speedway. The heritage the Speedway holds, and the program the Oxley’s present is Class act. We are pumped to bring the evolution of the Super Hooligan racing back to where it started,” adds Roland. 

Round 4 of the 2019 Super Hooligan National Championship (SHNC) presented by Progressive powered by Indian was the 2nd collaboration between the SHNC and American Flat Tack (AFT) and concludes their racing event partnership for this season. Joe Kopp remained perfect in Perris winning his fourth Round in a row while setting a blistering pace capturing the Dunlop Fastest Lap for cash with a 22.184 … only 1.144 seconds off Pro Twins race winner Brandon Robinson’s fastest lap of 21.041 seconds. We can’t thank our partners at AFT enough for allowing us to bring our brand of heavy street bike racing to the most core enthusiasts of Flat Track racing and look forward to partnering again in 2020.

The 2019 SHNC current standings after 4 rounds: 

  1.    Joe Kopp #3                      100 PTS 
  2.   Andy DiBrino #1               67   PTS
  3.   Tony Alves #16                 52   PTS 
  4.   Jordan Baber #27             46   PTS 
  5.   Frankie Garcia #24X         43   PTS
  6.  Jordan Graham #47         41   PTS
  7.  Chris McDougal #114      40   PTS 
  8. AJ Kirkpatrick #12            33   PTS 
  9. Jimmy Hill #88                28   PTS 
  10. David Kohlstaedt #29    23   PTS 

RSD recognizes that the SHNC would be nowhere without the efforts of the racers themselves, so for 2019 we have extended payouts to any racer that makes the A Main Event. We have also added the J & P Cycles Amateur Hooligan series that will have points and payouts for the top three finishers of the Amateur Main event.

SHNC sponsors are who make the series possible. Progressive MC Insurance jumped on board this year as the presenting Super Hooligan Series sponsor, Indian Motorcycle is the official team sponsor for RSD as well as overall support for the series. Dunlop is the official tire of Super Hooligan and brings back the Dunlop Dash for Cash. K & N Engineering continues its support of the holeshot award.  Bell Helmets and Motul, have returned to support the series and contingency awards. New to the SHNC are Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, WiseCo Performance Parts and Rekluse. A great addition to the series is J&P Cycles who is the title sponsor for the Amateur Hooligan series, helping ensure the sport continues and provide the best opportunity for newcomers to race safely. 

Dunlop Dash 4 Cash: $500

K&N Hole Shot: $300

2019 Contingency awards:

  • 1st: $1000.00
  • 2nd: $750.00
  • 3rd: $500.00
  • 4th: $400.00
  • 5th: $350.00
  • 6th: $300.00
  • 7th: $250.00
  • 8th: $200.00
  • 9th: $150.00
  • 10th: $125.00
  • 11th: 100.00
  • 12th: $75.00
  • 13th: $50.00

S&S Grand National and Slash Cut Slip Ons for M8 HD® Softail® Models

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S&S Grand National and Slash Cut Slip Ons for M8 HD® Softail® Models

S&S Cycle has been on the gas for six decades, with the last handful of years heavily focused on high performance exhaust systems. Their popular Grand National muffler line recently grew to include the latest generation of HD® Softail® models and they are now adding a lower dollar slash cut version as well. Why is an S&S slip on better? We asked the same question and they showed us their elaborate array of dynos, data acquisition tools and emissions lab. Add to that they are now CARB certified and warranty friendly. We like that almost as much as we do the legitimate v-twin exhaust note and healthy bump in Hp and torque (91Hp and 113lb/ft!). Available in show chrome or ceramic coated black for 2018-19 HD® Street Bob®, Low Rider®, Softail Slim®, Deluxe, Breakout®, Fat Boy® and Heritage® Classic. For more info, check out https://www.sscycle.com/grand-national-and-slash-cut-slipons-m8-softail/

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

By | Biker's Rights

NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

NCOM Convention In Orlando Stresses Unity
The underlying theme of the 34th annual NCOM Convention in Orlando, Florida, May 10-12, was “Unity” and welcomed back many past supporters and saw lots of new faces in the crowded conference rooms of the Doubletree by Hilton – Universal host hotel.

During the General Session, Outsiders MC member David “Double D” Devereaux, founder of the Motorcycle Profiling Project and member of the NCOM Legislative Task Force, spoke convincingly of the need for Unity in attaining our common goals, particularly in regards to state and federal anti-profiling legislation, and NCOM Chairman James “Doc” Reichenbach echoed those sentiments to the assembled representatives of hundreds of clubs, organizations and NCOM Member Groups.

One of the largest NCOM Conventions to date, this year’s gathering drew biker activists from motorcycle rights organizations (MROs) and Confederations of Clubs (COCs), as well as independents and other allied riders from across the country.

Motorcycle Profiling and “Save the Patch” were hot topics considering the recently victorious Mongols MC court case as well as the eventual dismissal of charges in the Waco catastrophe, while other important issues of concern to our nation’s motorcycle community included various legal and legislative seminars regarding RICO And Its Effect on Your Organization, Restoring Your Rights, Leadership 101 and “Share the Road” Motorcycle Safety.

Capping off a productive Convention weekend, the Silver Spoke Awards Banquet recognized outstanding freedom fighters; Congressman Tim Walberg of Michigan (GOVERNMENT), James “Hollywood” Macecari of Insane Throttle Motorcycle Magazine (ENTERTAINMENT), Jim Wear, founder of the Salute to American Veterans Rally (COMMERCE), with SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS presented to David Duff of ABATE of Iowa, William Bird of ABATE of Florida and Mike Friend of Bikers For Christ.  NCOM’s highest honor, the Ron Roloff Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon “JR” Reed -1%er of Sons of Silence MC and Smitty 1%er of the Outlaws MC.

Next year’s 2020 NCOM Convention is scheduled for Indianapolis, and for more information contact the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) ON-A-BIKE (662-2453) or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.

Support Federal Anti-Profiling Resolution In U.S. House
All motorcyclists are encouraged to contact their Congressional Representatives to ask for their support of House Resolution 255, a bipartisan anti-profiling measure introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that is identical to Senate Resolution 154 passed by unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate late last year.

H.Res.255; “Promoting awareness of motorcycle profiling and encouraging collaboration and communication with the motorcycle community and law enforcement officials to prevent instances of profiling,” was introduced March 26 by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and currently has 22 co-sponsors.

Both nonbinding resolutions, S.Res.154 & H.Res.255, call for cessation of law enforcement discriminatorily profiling motorcyclists by thwarting “the illegal use of the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle related apparel as a factor in deciding to stop and question, take enforcement action, arrest, or search a person or vehicle with or without legal basis under the Constitution of the United States,” as profiling is defined by each resolution.

Concerned riders can contact their U.S. Rep. by calling the Capital Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and request that they join their colleagues in cosponsoring H.Res.255 to put an end to law enforcement unfairly targeting motorcycle riders for traffic stops, questioning and citations.

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month Congressional Resolution
On May 1, 2019 U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) submitted House Resolution 338 in the U.S. House of Representatives; “Expressing support for the designation of May 2019 as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month,” which reads:

  • “Whereas motorcycling is a great American tradition enjoyed by an estimated 27 million people annually, representing almost 9 percent of the population;
  • Whereas motorcycles are a valuable component of the transportation mix;
  • Whereas motorcycles are fuel-efficient and decrease congestion while having little impact on our Nation’s transportation infrastructure;
  • Whereas the motorcycling community promotes rider education, licensing, and motorcycle awareness;
  • Whereas the motorcycling community is committed to decreasing motorcycle crashes through training and education, personal responsibility, and increased public awareness;
  • Whereas approximately 91 percent of motorcycles are operated on highways in conjunction with other vehicles;
  • Whereas motorcyclist deaths occur more frequently than fatalities in passenger vehicles;
  • Whereas motorcycle awareness is beneficial to all road users and will help decrease motorcycle accidents; and
  • Whereas the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration promotes Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month to encourage riders to be properly licensed, receive training, and to remind all riders and motorists to always share the road: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives —
  1. supports the designation of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month;
  2.  recognizes the contribution of motorcycles to the transportation mix;
  3. encourages motorcycle awareness by all road users;
  4. ecognizes that motorcyclists have a right to the road and that all motorists should safely share the roadways;
  5.  encourages rider education and training for safe motorcycle operation; and
  6. supports the goals of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.”

H.Res. 338 has been referred to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and currently has 7 cosponsors.

Motorcyclists Among Those Benefiting From Public Lands Access
Recreation industry leaders and off-road vehicle enthusiasts applaud Congress for the passage of the Natural Resources Management Act, S.47, now Public Law No: 116-9 after being signed March 12, 2019 by President Donald Trump, affirming the existence and proper management of millions of acres of public lands and parks, including Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) areas, for years to come.

The law permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Every Kid Outdoors Act for seven years. Collectively this legislation will benefit thousands of parks, public lands, and waters as well as providing access to the outdoors to millions of off road motorcycle and ATV riders across the country.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is America’s most important conservation program, responsible for protecting parks, wildlife refuges, and recreation areas at the federal, state, and local levels. Many of the lands that NPT has transferred to the National Park Service were purchased with funding from LWCF, including Rocky Mountain National Park, Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Glacier National Park, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, and Zion National Park.

The sweeping Act reflects the bipartisan Senate-House agreement reached near the end of the last Congress to bundle together over 100 individual lands bills, striking a balance between creating new opportunities for natural resource and community development with limited, locally-supported conservation. It will improve public lands management, protect treasured landscapes, and increase public access for recreation while protecting private property rights.

Last year, the government released national data demonstrating the importance of an outdoor recreation economy that accounts for 2.2 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product and directly supports 4.5 million jobs.

Mongols Fined $500,000 & Given Probation, But Retain Trademarked Logo
At a sentencing hearing on Friday, May 17 a federal judge in California fined the Mongols Motorcycle Club $500,000 and put the club on probation for five years following its racketeering and conspiracy convictions, but rebuffed yet another attempt by prosecutors to strip the group of its trademark protected back patch logos, citing constitutional protections against intrusions on free expression and excessive penalties.

Last December, a jury found the Mongol Nation as a whole guilty of RICO charges in a decade-long case in which prosecutors said the group operated an organized criminal enterprise.  That jury further decided at the time that the government could seize the Mongols intellectual property, but in February U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter intervened and refused to approve the asset forfeiture.

Stephen “Bowtie” Stubbs, lead attorney for the Mongols, called the judge’s decision to not strip its identifying insignia a victory for all motorcycle clubs, but said that the $500,000 would be a “major burden” to bear for current members who had nothing to do with any of the alleged behavior of past members, and told NBC News that the club plans to appeal the entire case.

 “The Mongols Motorcycle Club is very pleased that Judge Carter shut down another attempt by the government to limit symbolic speech,” said Stubbs, of Las Vegas, who is a member of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists Legislative Task Force (NCOM-LTF) and also serves as legal counsel for the Southern Nevada Confederation of Clubs (COC).

Prior to the sentencing hearing, prosecutors tried again, requesting the Mongols be prohibited from preventing others from using their image, which Stubbs said the judge also denied.

Show-Me Freedom Of Choice
Missouri is the latest state looking to give motorcyclists the freedom to choose whether or not to wear a helmet while riding, and hopes to soon become the 32nd state behind Michigan in 2012 to allow adult Freedom of Choice.  The legislative package, including other transportation provisions, passed the Senate 21-12 on Thursday, May 16 and on Friday the House advanced Senate Bill 147 to Governor Mike Parsons (R) on a 94-46 vote.

If signed into law, SB 147 would repeal their decades-old helmet law and allow motorcyclists 18 and older the option to ride without a helmet, provided they carry proper health insurance.

Like Michigan, which shook off the sting of two previous gubernatorial vetoes of their helmet law repeal bills before bouncing back to amend their mandatory helmet law, Missouri’s legislature previously passed a helmet law repeal in 2009 which was vetoed by then-Governor Jay Nixon (D), and in 1999 a helmet repeal bill reached the desk of former Gov. Mel Carnahan (D) who vetoed it — members of Freedom of the Road Riders (FORR-MO) and ABATE for Missouri are hoping this time’s the charm!

“SB 147 has passed through both chambers, and only needs a signature from the governor (who can be reached at (573) 751-3222),” reports www.forr.net“Yes, everybody Happy Happy,” commented Tony Shepherd of ABATE, a past member of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) board of directors, who has worked diligently towards passage with FORR-MO Legislative Coordinator Joe Widmer.

Connecticut May Extend Helmet Law From 18 To 21 And Under
Helmet laws vary from one state to the other, with some rules being more flexible than others, and at least until now motorcycle helmets were not mandatory in Connecticut for riders aged 18 and over.  Prior to January 1, 1990, Connecticut was one of just four states that had no helmet requirement, but if passed House Bill 6161 would increase the minimum age for compulsory helmet use from Under 18 to Under 21.

HB 6161 passed the House by a vote of 113-13 on May 14th and is now heading to the Senate for consideration and vote.

Language instituting a universal helmet law for all riders was stripped from a larger bill, and although they still express opposition to any further attempt to mandate helmet use by adults, the Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association (CMRA) has already claimed a victory in defeating that measure; but advocates hoping to finally reinstate Connecticut’s full motorcycle helmet law after 43 years still hope they can pass legislation next session, despite their setback.

Quotable Quote:  “Freedom is never granted; it is won.  Justice is never given; it is exacted.”

~ A. Philip Randolph (1889-1979) Leader in Civil Rights & the American labor movement

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.

About AIM / NCOM: The National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) is a nationwide motorcyclists rights organization serving over 2,000 NCOM Member Groups throughout the United States, with all services fully-funded through Aid to Injured Motorcyclist (AIM) Attorneys available in each state who donate a portion of their legal fees from motorcycle accidents back into the NCOM Network of Biker Services (www.ON-A-BIKE.com / 800-ON-A-BIKE).

Randy Mamola To Race IndianxWorkhorse Sprint Racer

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Randy Mamola To Race IndianxWorkhorse Sprint Racer

  • ‘Appaloosa’ – IndianxWorkhorse Scout Bobber revealed
  • Randy Mamola to compete in Sultans of Sprint Factory Class
  • Race number #19 celebrates 1919-2019 – 100th Anniversary of Indian Scout

Indian Motorcycle has announced that Grand Prix legend and crowd favourite Randy Mamola will be campaigning the Workhorse Speedshop racer in the full Sultans of Sprint series as the modified Scout Bobber, named ‘Appaloosa’, made its first public appearance today at The Reunion in Monza.

Built by Brice Hennebert of Workhorse Speedshop to honour the Indian Scout’s 100th anniversary, ‘Appaloosa’ is named after the famous breed of horse. Brice explains, “I wanted a name that could link Workhorse, Indian Motorcycle and speed. As soon as I discovered that the American horse breed Appaloosa was one of the world’s fastest horses, I knew I had the name for an American sprint bike built by Workhorse. After putting so much into this build, I’m excited to see the reaction to it and I can’t wait to see Randy blast it down the racetrack.”

Randy Mamola says, “I’ve always been a big fan of Indian Motorcycle and I’m really looking forward to racing this amazing creation. It’s great to be part of this project, especially during the Scout’s 100th anniversary. With the Sultans of Sprint being such a unique series, it’s going to be a lot of fun soaking up the atmosphere, meeting the crowds and putting on a show for them.”

Outfitted with a bespoke racing suit created by Alpinestars, inspired by the racing suits they provide for the Indian Wrecking Crew, Randy will be competing in the Factory Class under race number #19 to celebrate 1919, the year the original Indian Scout was first revealed. In the Factory Class, motorcycles must be four-stroke (air or water cooled) with no limit regarding the engine capacity providing that the tuned bike does not exceed a power-to-weight ratio limit of 0.65bhp/kg.

Appaloosa’ is the culmination of over 700 hours of design and fabrication by Workhorse and has been supported with technical expertise and premium components from project partners Akrapovič, Beringer Brakes, MOTOREX, Öhlins, and Vibrant Performance.

After completely stripping the Scout Bobber, Brice cut and narrowed the original fuel tank, retaining the side profile, to create a cover for a new aluminium fuel cell which holds just 2.5 litres for sprint racing. With the fuel cell in place, work focussed on the riding position, a critical element for quick starts. A new sub-frame was fabricated to better support the rider under hard acceleration and combines with lower clip-on handlebars and drag-style foot controls to tilt the rider forward and keep weight over the front wheel.

To further enhance traction when the flag drops, Brice designed and welded an extended aluminum swingarm. With parts CNC machined from his drawings by Beringer Brakes, the swingarm is mated to advanced, fully adjustable suspension technology from Öhlins. Matching the STX 36 piggyback rear shock absorbers, Öhlins also supplied Retro 43 front forks and a steering damper to ensure the best possible grip and stability enabling the full performance of the bike to be utilized. Read More

Luggage Rack and Saddlebag Rail LED Light Bars   

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Luggage Rack and Saddlebag Rail LED Light Bars   

Further expanding the product family, new fitments are now available! These hassle-free upgrades add an additional running and brake light that demands attention! Super bright 5mm LEDs are sealed behind a red or smoked lens, offering a seamless and sleek look. The plug and play units are installed with provided mounting hardware to the underside of the Harley-Davidson® Air Wing Luggage Racks/Saddlebag Rails, placing the light bars right at eye level to the traffic behind you.

Pair with our Magic Strobes (sold separately) for even more visibility when braking! Now available for 2009-2013 Electra Glide, Ultra, Road King, Road Glide, 2010-2013 Road Glide Custom, 2006-2013 Street Glide (including CVO models) equipped with Air Wing Saddlebag Rails, 2009-2013 Trike models equipped with Air Wing Trike Fender Rails and 2005-2017 Softails with Air Wing Luggage Rack! Complete with Lifetime LED Warranty. 

$69.95-$79.95

For more information call Custom Dynamics toll free at 1-800-382-1388, visit www.customdynamics.com, or contact your local Drag Specialties dealer.

DRAG PN: 2040-2467, 2040-2468, 2040-2469, 2040-2470, 2040-2471, 2040-2472, 2040-2473, 2040-2474

Easyriders Motorcycle Rodeo Brings Maximum Motor Madness To Bloomsburg, PA

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Easyriders Motorcycle Rodeo Brings Maximum Motor Madness To Bloomsburg, PA

Dateline: May 7th, 2019, Agoura Hills, California – Easyriders Events is proud to announce our first-ever Motorcycle Rodeo in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Early bird camping starts on Thursday, June 6th and the rowdy rodeo action takes place on June 7th through the 9th at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds! Easyriders Motorcycle Rodeo is partnering with Bill’s Old Bike Barn to offer up a wild weekend jam packed with the best two-wheeled entertainment imaginable. 

It’s the ultimate biker party with live music by Saliva, Jasmine Cain and more to keep your boots tappin’, killer vendors, food and drink, on-site camping, wet T-shirt and trophy girl contests as well as a ride-in bike show, a poker crawl and the liver-quiverin’ sexy showdown of the Purrfect Angelz as they perform feats of derring-do including nasty dancing, fire lickin’ and aerial performances. Plus THRILL to Rhett Rotten’s Wall of Death, and the chills and spills of NTC Drift Trike’s cycle circus, badass bar stool races and more.

Wanna maximize your motorized madness? Visit our website, register for Bill’s Birthday Bash and Ride to the Easyriders Rodeo. Tickets are limited and will sell out, so get yours NOW! Your ticket includes entry to Bill’s 80th Birthday Bash at Bill’s Custom Cycles where you can marvel as Rhett Rotten dares to take on the Wall of Death! Then check out Bill’s Museum (you have to see it to believe it), and then head out on a 45-minute ride through the scenic back roads of Bloomsburg and surrounding areas only to arrive at the Easyriders Rodeo in time for the Motorcycle Rodeo events, live bands, and the summer’s best biker bonanza, all brought to you by Lucas Oil and Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys!

Don’t forget to stop by Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson right down the road from the fairgrounds and upgrade your ride with some custom accessories. Vreeland’s is the #1 Harley dealer for V-rod racing parts. Also close by, Quaker Steak and Lube throws down the best biker bites and brews in town.

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

Z1R Gust Waterproof Mesh Jacket

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Z1R Gust Waterproof Mesh Jacket

Z1R introduces the brand new Gust Waterproof Jacket. Never fear getting caught in the rain again, just zip in the waterproof line into your Gust mesh jacket. This riding jacket combats all weather conditions with its extremely vented nylon mesh shell.  Similar to other Z1R removable inner liners, the waterproof inner liner can easily be zipped in and out, keeping you dry when you need it most. Increasing the level of protection within the jacket are removable CE level 1 elbow and shoulder pads.  Available in men’s sizes S-5X at $119.95-124.95. Also available in women’s in sizes XS-3X at $119.95-124.95.

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 Facebook

CIRO Shock & Awe 2.0 Engine Starter Kit

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CIRO Shock & Awe 2.0 Engine Starter Kit

Shock & Awe 2.0 takes your LED lighting kit to the next level. We’ve packed the new app full of exciting features such as a racing mode to track your speed, music and microphone integration, 3 channel output, brake function, and more! With the Ciro Bluetooth app you are able to choose from millions of colors to find the perfect match for your bike or any other vehicle you choose to accessorize.

Features & Benefits:

  • NEW race mode (quarter mile times, 0-60 time, top speed, G-force)
  • NEW music mode
  • NEW brake mode (turns all LEDs red when brake is applied)
  • NEW color match via smartphone camera
  • NEW 3 channel output
  • Choose from an infinite color selection
  • Create, save, and load custom color sequences
  • Monitor motorcycle battery voltage in app (low voltage protection)
  • Bluetooth Controller Kit (2040-0321) (included in Shock & Awe 2.0 Engine Starter Kit) is compatible with all Ciro Shock & Awe LEDs (including the original Shock & Awe)

Please note: if you have the original Shock & Awe, you still get all the standard features in addition to the color match, and race mode. To get the complete 2.0 features, upgrade to the 2.0 Controller Kit!

41031 Shock & Awe 2.0 Engine Starter Kit $299.95

41030 Shock & Awe 2.0 Lighting Expansion Kit (everything you need to light up your saddlebag rails) $99.95

Fits: Any motorcycle or vehicle with a 12 volt power source.

Indian Motorcycle’s FTR750 Takes 1-2 At So-Cal Half-Mile

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Indian Motorcycle’s FTR750 Takes 1-2 At So-Cal Half-Mile 

Indian Privateer Brandon Robinson Wins Second Race of Season Aboard FTR750; Wrecking Crew Rider & Points Leader Briar Bauman Continues Perfect Podium Streak With Second-Place Finish

Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, and its championship-winning FTR750 earned its fourth win of the 2019 season at the So-Cal Half-Mile in Perris, Calif. Indian Privateer Brandon Robinson (Kennedy Racing/Armbruster Racing Indian FTR750) secured his second win of the season, while Wrecking Crew Rider and current points leader Briar Bauman continued his 2019 perfect podium streak with a second-place finish.

The 2019 So-Cal Half-Mile will best be remembered for a red flag restart that occurred eight laps into the Twins Main. Starting from the front, Robinson was able to maintain his lead and bring home the win. Bauman, who started deep within the lineup, strategically took an inside line and passed a pack of riders to slide into second as he exited turn one.

“Briar took full advantage of the restart, as he was able to escape a log-jam of riders and slide into second by taking that inside line,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle.  “It was a great night of racing with outstanding competition, and we’re extremely proud of all the hard work and effort from the Indian privateers and our factory race team.”

Fellow Wrecking Crew Riders, Jared Mees and Bronson Bauman, finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Mees, the defending AFT champion, showcased determination as he bounced back in the Main to finish fifth after starting in position 15. Bronson Bauman was fast all night, though, he experienced adversity from the restart and had to battle his way to sixth place.

Robinson’s victory keeps him placed second in the season standings with 89 points behind Briar Bauman’s dominating 102 points. Mees maintains third with 78 points, while Bronson Bauman is ninth with 50 points.

The season continues on May 18 with the legendary Sacramento Mile at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento, Calif. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information Indian Motorcycle Racing’s sponsors, visit their websites: Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, S&S Cycle, Indian Motorcycle Oil, Parts Unlimited, Drag Specialties, Alpinestars, Bell Helmets and J&P Cycles.

 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.

ProBEAM Accessory Mounting Clamps

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ProBEAM Accessory Mounting Clamps

Aluminum mounting brackets wrap around engine guards to provide hassle free mounting of Custom Dynamics Driving Lights with 5/16-inch mounting hole. Available with 1.25-inch inside diameter for mounting around OEM Harley-Davidson® engine guards in choice of Chrome or Gloss Black finish. Each clamp is designed with a set screw for secure mounting. Allen Wrench Included. Fits 1.25-inch Harley-Davidson® engine guards. For more information call Custom Dynamics toll free at 1-800-382-1388, visit www.customdynamics.com, or contact your local Drag Specialties dealer.

$44.95 (Pair)

DRAG PN: 2040-2345, 2040-2346  

Indian Motorcycle Launches Company’s First-Ever Rental Program 

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Indian Motorcycle Launches Company’s First-Ever Rental Program 

‘Indian Motorcycle Rentals’ Available Through Select Dealers Around The Country

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its first-ever rental program, Indian Motorcycle Rentals. Available now at select dealers around the country, Indian Motorcycle Rentals provides local residents and those traveling the opportunity to rent a new Indian motorcycle for as short as four hours or as long as several weeks. 

Indian Motorcycle Rentals is currently available through ten dealers around the country, with plans to continue to expand throughout the year. Participating dealers will have a rental fleet with various models available. Each dealer’s rental fleet will be updated out every 12-18 months to ensure riders have the opportunity to ride Indian Motorcycle’s current model year lineup. Riders with a valid motorcycle license can go online to book their Indian Motorcycle experience in advance to ensure bike availability at the Indian Motorcycle Rentals’ web page. 

“Whether local or from out of town, Indian Motorcycle Rentals provides a premium experience for riders in need of a bike,” said Reid Wilson, Sr. Director Marketing and Product Development for Indian Motorcycle. “With a rental fleet featuring the current model year lineup, riders will have the opportunity to experience the latest and greatest from Indian Motorcycle.”

Each motorcycle rental will include insurance as part of the rental fee. Riders will also have access to helmets, if they do not have their own. In addition to helmets, riders are required to have additional safety gear including long pants and close toed shoes.  Additional protective gear, such as gloves, riding jacket and high-visibility or reflective clothing, is also recommended.  

Riders can visit indianmotorcycle.com/indian-motorcycle-rentals/ to find Indian Motorcycle Rentals locations and book reservations. To learn more about Indian Motorcycle visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow Indian Motorcycle on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Indian Motorcycle
Indian Motorcycle Company 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.

NEW STUFF ALERT: S&S 550 Cam Chest Kits for the Milwaukee-Eight® Engine

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NEW STUFF ALERT: S&S 550 Cam Chest Kits for the Milwaukee-Eight® Engine

Adding to their collection of complete cam chest kits, S&S Cycle recently launched a version featuring their monster 550 cam. Designed for 114 and larger M8 powered HD®’s, the 550 cam is good for 120hp and 128 lbs of torque on a 114’ motor with only a high flow air cleaner and header!. Kits include Cam, Outer Drive Gears for Gear Drive Kits, Cam Plate, Tappets, Tappet Cuffs, High Flow Oil Pump, Quickee Pushrod Kit, tappet cuffs (mandatory for high lift cams), heavy duty valve springs and all bearings and gaskets needed for installation. Each package is designed to work with everything around it and create optimum power and reliability for 2017-2019 114 and larger M8 powered big twins. The S&S cam chest kits includes their new oil pump with a best in the market 44% increase in flow, a 58% increase in scavenge paired with a chain or gear drive cam and pushrod tubes. More importantly, the kits are comprised of parts designed to work perfectly together and make serious and reliable power! Check out the details on their site at  https://www.sscycle.com/550-cam-chest-kit-for-m8

Chart-Topping Rock Stars Pop Evil to Boost the Buffalo Chip on Aug. 8

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Chart-Topping Rock Stars Pop Evil to Boost the Buffalo Chip on Aug. 8 

Pop Evil will join Toby Keith, one of the most recognizable voices in country music, during the Freedom Celebration on the Wolfman Jack Stage on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019

A strong knockout punch from chart-topping, alternative metal-rockers Pop Evil will crank up the “The Best Party Anywhere!” as the band opens for the legendary Toby Keith on Thursday, Aug. 8. The band’s crunchy guitars and propulsive rhythms will boost the party at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip into high gear for a night of entertainment dedicated to American freedom and those who protect that right. Special tributes to active duty military and veterans will take place between the evening’s performances. See the announcement video here: BuffaloChip.com/BANDS.

“Pop Evil’s blend of metal and alternative badassery is just perfect for our Freedom Celebration on Thursday night,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President, “Their explosive performance will be a great lead up to Toby Keith and another incredible night at the Chip.”

Pop Evil began the climb to rock stardom with its second album titled “War of Angels.” The single “Last Man Standing” rose to Billboard’s Active Rock Chart Top 20 and “Boss’s Daughter,” released on the same album, co-written and performed with Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars, hit Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Top 10. Subsequent albums propelled singles such as “Footsteps,” “Trenches,” “Deal with the Devil” and “Torn to Pieces” all to no. 1 on the same chart.

Pop Evil’s no. 1 hit singles include:

  • “Trenches”
  • “Footsteps”
  • “Deal with the Devil”
  • “Walking Lions”
  • “Torn to Pieces”

Top Ten hit singles include

  • “Ways to Get High”
  • “Be Legendary”
  • “Take it All”
  • “If Only for Now”
  • “Monster You Made”
  • “Last Man Standing”
  • “Beautiful”
  • “A Crime to Remember”
  • “100 in A 55”
  • “Boss’s Daughter”

The 2019 Growing Lineup of Entertainment Announced So Far Includes:

Friday, Aug. 2             Skid Row

Saturday, Aug. 3         Keith Urban

George Thorogood and The Destroyers

Hunks The Show

Sunday, Aug. 4           Godsmack

American Flat Track Grand National Championship Races

Monday, Aug. 5          Styx

Collective Soul

Tuesday, Aug. 6         Disturbed

Dee Snider

Hunks The Show

Wednesday, Aug. 7    Snoop Dogg

Thursday, Aug. 8        Toby Keith

Pop Evil

Friday, Aug. 9             Volbeat

Saturday, Aug. 10       Zakk Sabbath

Reverend Horton Heat

The Buffalo Chip’s motorcycle and music festival will open with a pre-rally party July 29 – Aug. 1, 2019, with official festival dates running Aug. 2-11, 2019. 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, awarded AMA Track of the Year in 2016, American Flat Track Event of the Year and South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner in 2017. 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 Motorcycles as Art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter showcases the works of the world’s best bike builders. 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.

Indian Motorcycle – Racing Forward

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Indian Motorcycle – Racing Forward

With the American Flat Track Season in full swing, we wanted to share with you a video highlighting Indian Motorcycle Racing’s Brad Baker and the journey he has been on since suffering a significant spinal cord injury during a crash in last year’s X-Games that left him rendered him to a wheelchair. As you’ll see, Baker has been hard at work on the road to recovery and what’s been most impressive has been his outlook on his recovery and his life which has remained unmitigated. Baker has showed the same determination and work ethic in his recovery that made him such a successful rider. Along the way he has even found new ways to continue supporting the Indian Wrecking Crew without being on the track, including serving as a coach for team’s newest members.

To learn more and donate to the Wings for Life foundation which helps injured athletes, visits https://www.wingsforlife.com/us/

For more information, visit: https://www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-us/

45“ Flathead Transmission 3-Speed to 4-Speed Conversion Gear Kit 

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45“ Flathead Transmission 3- Speed to 4-Speed Conversion Gear Kit 

Press Release: New addition to our “NO ONE HAS THE V-TWIN SELECTION”  product line; V-Twin’s  10-piece Transmission kit is for use on 1941-1952 W model. Great for restoring those oldies but goodies and be able to take it for a spin and get those heads turning! Transform your 45” gear box from a 3-SPEED into a 4-SPEED transmission. This kit includes all gears and shifter drum side cover and re-uses the stock type mainshaft, countershaft, shifter forks, and hardware. Give your old Servi-car some new life with the 4-speed gear kit!   Just keep in mind that with the 4-speed conversion in a 45” transmission, the reverse gear option CANNOT be installed.  This kit does require a 4-speed shifter gate.   

For more information on VT No. 49-0683 45” WL Transmission 4-Speed Gear Kit, visit our website at www.vtwinmfg.com.

V-Twin Manufacturing/Tedd Cycle, Inc
436A Robinson Ave
Newburgh, NY 12550

11th Annual Biker Belles Celebrates Women in “Forward Motion” during Premier 2019 Charity Event

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11th Annual Biker Belles Celebrates Women in “Forward Motion” during Premier 2019 Charity Event

Join the Peace, Love and Happiness and Wild Gypsy Tour riders in honoring women in motorcycling with a Morning Ride and symposium with catered lunch.

Celebrate the fastest growing segment of motorcycle enthusiasts while raising funds for worthy local charities during the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 11th annual Biker Belles celebration on Tuesday, Aug. 6. This moto-centric event is an opportunity to connect with women who are shaping the motorcycle industry, driving change and breaking long-held traditions.

“THE MORNING RIDE” KICKOFF
The event’s trademark “Morning Ride” from Deadwood to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip will be a show of force and solidarity this year, as it’s joined by the Wild Gypsy Tour and Peace, Love & Happiness riders.

“FORWARD MOTION” AT THE LUNCH, WOMEN AND WHEELS BIKE SHOW
The festivities will continue following the ride with a pampering in the Comfort Zone by Team Diva, a catered lunch and a symposium titled “Forward Motion,” all to be held in the brand-new air-conditioned Sturgis Rally Information Center at the Buffalo Chip’s CrossRoads. All women are also invited to enter their bikes in the Women and Wheels Bike Show presented by the Wild Gypsy Tour that will be free to the public just outside the reception area.

THE CHARITIES
One hundred percent of rider fees will benefit the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame, the Strider Education Foundation’s “All Kids Bike” program, and Helping with Horsepower, an organization that empowers and encourages women and girls who are at risk or victims of abuse.

THE EVENT SCHEDULE

8:00 am               Rider Registration at The Lodge at Deadwood opens

8:30 am               Registration at the Crossroads opens for non-riders

                            Registration opens for the Women & Wheels™ Bike Show presented by

                                     Wild Gypsy Tour at the CrossRoads

8:50 am               Ride Group Photo

9:00 am               Kickstands up for the escorted Morning Ride™ at the Lodge at

                                     Deadwood

10:30 am             Arrive Sturgis Buffalo Chip Crossroads

                             Biker Belles Silent Auction opens

                             Comfort Zone by Team Diva opens

     Women & Wheels Bike Show presented by Wild Gypsy Tour begins            

             (Biker Belle Entry not required – open to the public)

12:15                    Biker Belles catered Luncheon and “Forward Motion” Symposium

1:45                      Bike Show Ends and Awards announced

                             Group photo

Passes are available at BikerBelles.com or by calling 605-347-9000.

About Biker Belles
The annual Biker Belles charity event is a celebration of women in the world of motorcycling that centers on “Real Riders, Real Stories, and Real Passion”. Whether one rides his or her own bike or prefers being the passenger, this Sturgis Buffalo Chip-hosted event offers a great opportunity to meet new friends and gain inspiration from pioneering women who continue to influence the world of motorcycling today. Biker Belles support worthy local charities. To date Buffalo Chip programs have raised over $750,000 for charity. For more information and to join the 2019 Biker Belles celebration visit www.bikerbelles.com or call (605) 347-9000.

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. The Buffalo Chip was awarded AMA Track of the Year in 2014, American Flat Track’s 2017 Event of the Year and was South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner in 2017. 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 Motorcycles as Art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter showcases the works of the world’s best bike builders. 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.

Kuryakyn L.E.D. Accent Strip Lights

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Kuryakyn L.E.D. Accent Strip Lights

Functional ultra-bright rear lighting for Street Glides and Road Glides.

New Kuryakyn L.E.D. Accent Strip Lights deliver attention-grabbing rear run-turn-brake functionality when illuminated, and are virtually invisible when off. The ultra-bright L.E.D. accents feature advanced chip-on-board technology, which offers greater packing density for higher intensity output, more uniform light production and superior longevity compared to standard L.E.D.’s. The durable injection-molded ABS housings (9-1/2” long x 1’ wide) are formed to mount discreetly behind the filler panel between the fender and saddlebags via automotive-grade 3M® adhesive. 

Kits are available for fitment on all ’09 Street Glides and ’10-‘19 Street Glides and Road Glides. Sold as a pair, each kit includes a run-turn-brake controller for convenient plug-&-Play wiring. 

• P/N 5417: ’09 Street Glides

• P/N 5418: ’10-’13 Street Glides & Road Glides

• P/N 5419: ’14-’19 Street Glides & Road Glides
MSRP: $179.99

For more information, visit www.kuryakyn.com/products/5138/led-accent-strip-lights.

Indian Motorcycle Racing’s FTR750 Secures Second Consecutive Podium Sweep 

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Indian Motorcycle Racing’s FTR750 Secures Second Consecutive Podium Sweep 

Defending Champion Jared Mees Secures First Victory of the Season; Fellow Wrecking Crew Rider Briar Bauman & Indian Motorcycle Privateer Brandon Robinson Finish Second and Third at Texas Half-Mile

Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, continued its torrid start to the season, as the FTR750 secured its second podium sweep of the season at the Texas Half-Mile. Back-to-back reigning Grand National Champion Jared Mees collected his first win of the 2019 season, while Wrecking Crew teammate Briar Bauman finished second, and Indian Motorcycle Privateer Brandon Robinson (Kennedy Racing/Armbruster Racing Indian FTR750) rounded out the podium with a third-place finish. 

Mees and Bauman separated themselves from the field almost immediately at the start of the race. The two teammates spent the majority of the race jockeying for position atop the leaderboard. After a series of lead changes throughout the early stages, Mees managed to create some separation from Bauman in lap 22 and did not relinquish his lead again. With his first victory of the season, Mees was able to move himself up to third on the championship leaderboard. 

“We are thrilled to see Jared get his first win of the season and make up some ground to stay near the top of the leaderboard,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “If this race was any indication, this is going to be an exciting season to watch Jared and Briar push each other to new heights the rest of the year.”

Mees’ victory snaps a seven-race winless streak and moves him into second on the all-time win list for Half-Miles. For Bauman, the second-place finish continues a strong start to the season that has seen him reach the podium in all three races, including a victory at the Daytona TT. His impressive start has him atop the leaderboard with 62 points followed by Robinson and Mees with 53 and 47 points respectively. Fellow Wrecking Crew Rider Bronson Bauman currently finds himself in eleventh with 24 total points.

The season continues on April 27 with Arizona Super TT in Chandler, Arizona. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information Indian Motorcycle Racing’s sponsors, visit their websites: Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, S&S Cycle, Indian Motorcycle Oil, Parts Unlimited, Drag Specialties, Alpinestars, Bell Helmets and J&P Cycles.

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.

ProBEAM Dual Intensity LED TriBAR for Harley-Davidson® 

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ProBEAM Dual Intensity LED TriBAR for Harley-Davidson®

The Custom Dynamics® ProBEAM® LED TriBar has been engineered from the ground up using the highest quality automotive LEDs and modern light pipe design! Custom Dynamics premium line of aftermarket LED TriBar running and brake light now provides increased side visibility to maximize safety through modern technology for Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. ProBEAM LEDs illuminate a constant on running light and provide a full intensity brake light. Backed by the Custom Dynamics® Lifetime LED Warranty, fitment is available for H-D™ Street Glide®, Street Glide® Special, Road Glide®, Road Glide® Special, and Road King® Special models (does not fit CVO™ models). For more information call Custom Dynamics toll free at 1-800-382-1388, visit www.customdynamics.com, or contact your local Drag Specialties dealer.

$139.95-$199.95

DRAG PN: 2040-2257, 2040-2258, 2040-2259, 2040-2260, 2040-2261, 2040-2262

Zac Brown Collective & Indian Motorcycle Celebrate American Craftsmanship With Custom Indian Chieftain Dark Horse

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Zac Brown Collective & Indian Motorcycle Celebrate American Craftsmanship With Custom Indian Chieftain Dark Horse

One-of-a-Kind Custom Motorcycle to Benefit Zac Brown’s Non-Profit Organization, Camp Southern Ground

In a V-Twin powered showcase of American craftsmanship, Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, and Zac Brown Collective announced today the reveal of a one-of-a-kind Indian Chieftain Dark Horse. The custom motorcycle, modified by the innovative team of artists, fabricators, and engineers at Zac Brown Collective, will be raffled with all proceeds benefiting Camp Southern Ground, the non-profit passion project of Zac Brown, frontman for multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band. During summer, Camp Southern Ground hosts campers for week-long, inclusion based, residential camps. The remainder of the year, the camp provides programs supporting veterans and military families.

Born from the imaginations of talented artisans, and crafted by hand, the Zac Brown Collective Indian Chieftain Dark Horse features a host of one-of-a-kind modifications, including custom 21” front and 16” rear wheels and custom paint incorporating charcoal flake and 24kt gold leaf with a satin clear coat finish. Additionally, the motorcycle features custom seat and saddle bag liners made with one-off fabric, zircon gold plated engine components, and the Indian Motorcycle Thunder Stroke 116 cubic-inch Stage 3 Big Bore kit, which delivers 15 percent more torque and 20 percent more horsepower when compared to a stock Thunder Stroke 111 engine. 

“Zac Brown Collective embodies American craftmanship much like we do at Indian Motorcycle. Their unique custom creations reflect our passion for craftsmanship of the highest order in terms of both artistry and functionality,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “We’re proud to be partnering with Zac Brown for this great cause benefiting Camp Southern Ground and excited to showcase this piece of custom motorcycle art.” 

Zac Brown Collective’s in-house custom design company works with wood, metal and leather to design everything from custom cars, motorcycles, and trucks to one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, and more. The team is comprised of skilled carpenters, artists and engineers who use state-of-the-art technology to design and build unique creations. The air brush artists and impressive paint booth provides the opportunity for custom paint designs, like the one seen in the custom Indian Chieftain Dark Horse. 

“It’s incredible to be partnering with a brand as iconic and historic as Indian Motorcycle – a group of people that are clearly as passionate about craftsmanship as we are,” said Zac Brown, founder of Zac Brown Collective. “The custom Indian Chieftain Dark Horse is an example that craftsmanship is more than merely a labor of love, but truly an art form. We’re thrilled to channel the power of this incredible motorcycle to benefit Camp Southern Ground.”   Read More

5th WHY WE RIDE to The Quail Charity Motorcycle Ride 

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5th WHY WE RIDE to The Quail Charity Motorcycle Ride 

Sets Aggressive Goal for Much-needed Funds for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Scenic Motorcycle Tour for Charity Set for May 2–4

The sold out Fifth Invitational WHY WE RIDE to The Quail charity motorcycle trek will take place May 2, 3 and 4. Why We Ride began as a movie about passion for motorcycling but very quickly evolved into something else entirely: one of the biggest social motorcycle movements in over 40 years. The Why We Ride team knew that the dedication and generosity of the motorcycle community was an incredible resource, and they set out to harness it with a simple mission statement: inspire, educate and celebrate.

“When our Why We Ride film crew member Joseph Northrup passed away from a brain tumor he had been battling since childhood, a new goal became clear,” said Bryan Carroll, producer of Why We Ride Films, organizers of the event. For five years, we’ve partnered with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation to defeat the deadliest childhood cancer, and this year we’re setting our most aggressive fund-raising goal thus far.”

To aid in reaching that goal this year, riders are now able to fundraise on their own. Participating riders can be sponsored as individuals or teams, with donations from friends, families, co-workers and members of the public contributing directly to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Sponsors can then stay involved with the journey via live feeds and social media updates. One hundred percent of all funds raised will go to the foundation. This year, over forty sponsors (almost double from last year), 100 riders and 21 volunteers from 12 states and 3 countries are uniting to support this great cause.

Currently there are dozens of teams signed up to help raise funds for the  Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation with over $3500 raised. The goal is to raise $10,000 and there is a week left before the ride starts. The donations go directly to the  Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation with only four percent of federal research funding are dedicated to childhood cancers, and a fraction of that goes toward pediatric brain tumors it is important to donate today. There are more than 100 different types of pediatric brain tumors in need of a cure, and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation aims to remedy every one of them. WHY WE RIDE to The Quail seeks to help them in that goal.

“This event has grown every year for five years,” said Bryan Carroll. “We have a lot of people with a lot of different backgrounds, and everyone comes together, has fun and bonds. There’s a commonality we share: a love for motorcycling and the desire to help those in heed.”

The Why We Ride team invites you to join them on their journey and help in their mission to bring afflicted children and their families hope.

  • Team Klock Werks fundraising page
  • Brian Carroll fundraising page
  • Ken Conte fundraising page

About Why We Ride:
Why We Ride Films is the production team behind Why We Ride, a feature length documentary film. Since its December 2013 release, it has quickly become the most critically acclaimed motorcycle movie of all time. Independently distributed by producer/director Bryan H. Carroll and producer James Walker—recipients of American Motorcyclist Magazine’s 2014 Motorcyclists of the Year award—Why We Ride’s aim is to use the power of cinema not only to entertain but also educate, inspire and celebrate the world of motorcycling with audiences worldwide. To learn more about Why We Ride, visit WhyWeRide.com.

Early American Transportation Innovation

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Early American Transportation INNOVATION

Acting on a tip from a Museum supporter, about two years ago the National Motorcycle Museum learned of an aviation and cycle car collection in Minnesota that needed a new home. A GoFundMe campaign was launched making a call for support in acquiring the 42 foot wingspan 1911 Aerohydroplane and cycle car in storage for decades. Important for their innovation, and original condition, the Aerohydroplane and car were the work of Chicago aviation inventor James Stephens.

In 2016 the plane was disassembled by three antique aviation experts, loaded into two tractor trailers and brought to the National Motorcycle Museum where later the men reassembled it. Surrounded by innovative pre-1920 American  motorcycles, bicycles, toys and memorabilia the Early American Transportation INNOVATION exhibit is now open. “So many interesting approaches to transportation were tried, so many patents established in these early years. The motorcycles, bicycles and the airplane show so much interesting and creative American innovation,” says National Motorcycle Museum chairman, Jill Parham. “This was a challenging project in so many ways. We are grateful to the Minnesota Air & Space Museum for donating the collection, the monetary donations of support and for all the volunteers who helped get it installed in our Museum.” Motorcycles on display include a replica 1869 Roper Steam Cycle, Flying Merkel, Iver Johnson, Reading Standard, Excelsior, Thor, Sears, Thomas, the very rare Blue Bird and Crouch plus fine Indians and Harley-Davidsons.”

View The Exhibit Here

Merz and STECO Cycle Cars

National Motorcycle Museum Information:
The National Motorcycle Museum has over 500 motorcycles and thousands of pieces of memorabilia, toys and ad artwork on display.

Museum exhibits represent machines made everywhere in the world. Merkel and Thor are among early American brands on display in the Museum, but Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles are the best represented American bikes. European makers like Ducati, Moto-Guzzi are here, plus British marques such as Triumph, BSA and Norton. Smaller British and Japanese road and off-road bikes are represented well in the Museum as well.

There is an amazing 600+ piece toy collection which also includes several rare pedal cars.

Over 30 antique bicycles and early advertising art are on display. There’s even a fully restored 1920’s Shell Motor Oil Service Station!

The National Motorcycle Museum is located in Anamosa, near Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is open daily, year around, closed only on New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Seasonal daily hours are on the Museum website as is a short video tour to give you a taste of Museum exhibitions.

Museum admission is only $15.00 except during special events. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
Museum members are admitted free. CLICK HERE to learn more about becoming a member of the National Motorcycle Museum.
For more information, email the Museum at museum@nationalmcmuseum.org or call: 319-462-3925

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Photo credit: Scott Abing

EagleRider Introduces Private Group Travel

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EagleRider Introduces Private Group Travel

EagleRider, the world’s largest motorcycle rental and travel company, the world’s largest motorcycle rental and travel company, has introduced the newest product – Private Group Travel – to an already impressive portfolio of motorcycle travel options. Groups of four or more will now be able to book their trips together by choosing flexible departure dates in addition to enhanced savings and support packages that include a support van with multilingual driver.

The support van has room for all the group’s luggage and seats for anyone who wants to take a break from all the riding excitement. The multilingual driver will speak in the riders native language and provide knowledge of the amazing things riders will see along the way.

The groups will enjoy the new 2019 model motorcycle rentals, motorcycle friendly hotels and the EagleRider support package which is included on all Private Group Travel. The support package will also be available for other travel products, such as bike+hotel and self-guided tours.

“We’ve always been advocates for riders from all corners of the world to come and see America on two wheels. Private Group Travel is another way we’re enhancing the flexibility of our travel options and giving riders a more convenient way to book together,” says Chris McIntyre, CEO, and co-founder of EagleRider.

Private Group Travel is just another way EagleRider will help travelers explore America and get the experience of a lifetime.

For more information on Private Group Travel, visit https://www.eaglerider.com/motorcycle-groups.

About EagleRider

Pioneering the motorcycle rental concept in 1992, EagleRider has since grown to become a motorcycle experience industry leader, fulfilling dreams of thousands of motorcyclists worldwide. EagleRider’s vast network of locations allows the company to offer a variety of motorcycle travel options and a Club EagleRider membership program – the first of its kind in the motorcycle industry. With EagleRider, motorcyclists have the option to select from the world’s largest fleet of Harley-Davidson® and other premium motorcycle brands . EagleRider has grown from four bikes in a home garage to a global company with thousands of motorcycles for rent, hundreds of tour options (guided, self-drive or custom) and exclusive apparel lines. For more information, visit www.eaglerider.com.

Courts Rule Sturgis Trademarks Are Not Owned By Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Incorporated

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Courts Rule Sturgis Trademarks Are Not Owned By Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Incorporated

Who owns the rights to “Sturgis”? After more than a decade of battling, there is finally a firm answer to this question—we all own it because it is in the public domain. This means that any business planning to use the words “Sturgis,” “Sturgis Rally & Races” or “Sturgis Motorcycle Rally” may do so without any fear of getting themselves into legal hot water.

The ruling by the US Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has brought major vindication to Rushmore Photo & Gifts (RPG) and the Niemann family who have been fighting hard to defend this stance against Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. (SMRI).

Rushmore Photo & Gifts, Inc., owned by the Niemanns, had long produced souvenir items containing the words “Sturgis,” “Sturgis Rally & Races” and “Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.” They had always known these terms were public domain, and they never strayed from that belief, even after SMRI registered the mark “Sturgis” (long after it had been used by others in public domain), began a licensing program for its use and slapped RPG with a trademark infringement lawsuit.

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

Federal Anti-Profiling Resolution Introduced In U.S. House
Last December, the United States Senate passed a nonbinding resolution by unanimous consent calling for an end to the discriminatory profiling of motorcyclists by law enforcement, and now the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced an identical bipartisan measure in the 116th Congress, H.Res.255; “Promoting awareness of motorcycle profiling and encouraging collaboration and communication with the motorcycle community and law enforcement officials to prevent instances of profiling.”

Sponsored by Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI), the anti-profiling resolution was introduced in the House on March 26 to thwart ”the illegal use of the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle related apparel as a factor in deciding to stop and question, take enforcement action, arrest, or search a person or vehicle with or without legal basis under the Constitution of the United States,” as profiling is defined in the resolution’s text.

“Michigan has a strong and vibrant riding community, myself included, that use motorcycles as a source of recreation and transportation,” Walberg said in a statement. “Making sure riders are free from profiling coincides with motorcyclists’ appreciation for our law enforcement community. I’m proud to work with Rep. Burgess on this effort to foster a greater understanding of the issue of motorcycle profiling and ensure our roads and highways are safe for all to enjoy.”

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) is one of three original cosponsors, among 12 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, and said that with Texas being home to thousands of motorcyclists, he is committed to advocating for riders both on and off the road.

Walberg and Burgess are also co-chairs of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus which aims to improve public knowledge of motorcycle issues, promote safety on the roadways, and encourage Americans to enjoy responsible motorcycle riding.

All motorcyclists are encouraged to contact your Congressional Representative and ask that they join their colleagues as a cosponsor of H.Res.255 and help put a stop to law enforcement unfairly targeting motorcycle riders for traffic stops, questioning and citations.

Twin Peaks Update — Prosecutions Unravel
It was portrayed in the national press as a gang war shootout at a family restaurant on the edge of a shopping center in Waco, Texas on May 17, 2015, leaving nine bikers dead and more than 20 wounded.

Nearly two hundred bikers were incarcerated in the aftermath of that deadly melee involving police who had surrounded motorcycle club members attending a regularly scheduled Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting at the Twin Peaks restaurant, raining down a hail of police gunfire.

From the start, lawyers and others pointed out that it was very unlikely indeed that all the 177 arrested had committed any crimes at all, and that the initial $1 million bond set for each of them charged with a blanket crime of “engaging in organized criminal activity” seemed unreasonably punitive.  The police strove in the aftermath to keep a detailed account of what actually happened from reaching the public eye, or that of defense attorneys.

Over the next four years, as the cases began moving into the courtroom one-by-one, they each began to fall apart until ultimately only two dozen remained indicted, with not a single successful prosecution to date.  The first and only case to go to trial ended in a hung jury and mistrial in November 2017.

McClennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna, the D.A. at the time of the arrests, lost re-election last year, and before leaving office he “dismissed the vast majority of the 154 pending indictments his office sought in the Twin Peaks shootout,” according to the Tribune newspaper.  On April 2, 2019, newly-elected D.A. Barry Johnson announced that his office has chosen not to prosecute the remaining 24 cases, calling the way the former D.A.’s office handled the situation “a harebrained scheme” that was “patently offensive.”

“This is a difficult decision which must be made based on the existing facts and evidence in accordance with the laws of this state and in the interest of justice,” stated Johnson.

McLennan County reports that the shootout has run up $1,317,835.96 in total identifiable costs, with nothing so far to show for it, and all the while realizing the final cost is not yet calculated for the defendants and in some cases may never be.

Many of those bikers who’ve had charges eventually dropped, after spending months in jail on million dollar bonds, have subsequently filed civil rights suits, and as of January there were 133 federal lawsuits naming McLennan County, Waco police, the district attorney, the sheriff, police chief and individual officers, charging violations against the 4th and 14th Amendment Constitutional guarantees, plus a number of other civil rights violations.

Texas AIM Attorney Bill Smith will be presenting an update on the Waco situation during the Confederation of Clubs Patch Holders Meeting at the upcoming NCOM Convention in Orlando, Florida, Mother’s Day Weekend May 10-12, 2019 at the Doubletree by Hilton – Universal Orlando.

Mongols Case Still Presents A Threat Despite Patch Victory
“The recent decision by Judge David Carter in US v. Mongol Nation that the First and Eighth Amendments to the US Constitution prohibits the government’s request to seize the collective membership marks of the Mongols MC, including their club name patch and center-patch, is a victory for all,” writes Kit Maira of Easyriders Magazine in his Biker’s Rights blog.  But, he adds; “Beyond the issues of forfeiture, a brand-new strategy to target motorcycle clubs under RICO has been born and legally confirmed.  The idea that a motorcycle club can be indicted under RICO as an entity, regardless of other members’ personal guilt, should equally alarm everyone.” Read More

GMA’s Latest Forward Controls Provide The Ultimate In Form And Function

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GMA’s Latest Forward Controls Provide The Ultimate In Form And Function

Custom forward controls just don’t get any finer than those manufactured by GMA a subsidiary of Belt Drives LTD.  While their appearance is nothing short of stunning these cutting edge controls provide fine tuned operation through unequaled rider feel and feedback. Mounting brackets on the most recent models been completely reshaped and now provide a noticeably lower profile.  Additionally, control kits Part #’s GMA-FC-100 & GMA-FC-200 now feature a splined shift shaft and shift shaft arm with pinch bolt for plenty of indexing options. The shaft is also larger in diameter and supported by an oil impregnated bronze bushing pressed into the left side mounting bracket. They’ve also fit an adjustable actuating rod and clevis design for the rear brake pedal, while retaining the adjustable indexing foot lever. A nice touch to get both the brake and shift levers right where you want them. The redesigned mounting brackets make for a simple, unhindered installation and provide plenty of clearance for aftermarket frames. The new controls will fit your standard OEM (3) hole left side and (2) hole right side FX and early FL style frames. GMA calls out 1986-1999, but they will fit earlier models. 70’s Shovelhead applications require a modified voltage regular mount. Manufactured 100% in the USA the high tech controls provide the ultimate in form, feel and function. Polished round peg modes retail for $465.00, black $549.00 and $632.50 in chrome. or complete details visit the BDL/GMA site at www.beltdrives.com

Dee Snider Joins Disturbed in 2019 Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycle and Music Festival Lineup

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Dee Snider Joins Disturbed in 2019 Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycle and Music Festival Lineup

Dee’s attitude and genre defining musical addition to the only venue offering nine nights of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally thunder helps bring the top-heavy superstar lineup to ass kicking proportions.

Consummate heavy metal front man and legendary drag rocker extraordinaire Dee Snider will be taking the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Snider will share the stage with multi-platinum metal foursome Disturbed for a night of true rock royalty and intense, heart-pounding Sturgis Rally concert action. Snider joins the Chip’s motorcycle and music festival line-up, the only venue that offers nine nights of the world’s most famous bands and nationally televised motorcycle races. See the Dee Snider video announcement here: BuffaloChip.com/BANDS.

The renowned lead singer and songwriter of Twisted Sister wrote and performed hit songs like “We’re Not Going to Take It Anymore,” “Leader of the Pack,” and “I Wanna Rock.” His highly successful solo career produced hits like “We Are the Ones,” and “For the Love of Metal.” He is still cranking out records, the most recent released in 2018. Snider is also the host of the incredibly successful syndicated radio show “House of Hair,” now celebrating 20 years on the air.

“Dee is a true rock star, he delivers an unmatched level of heavy metal energy when he takes the stage,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “I love this guy. He’s always laughed in the face of convention. Just like the Buffalo Chip he’s never done things because they were expected. He’s a legend and there’s never any doubt that his show will be a powerhouse performance to remember. I’m truly looking forward to seeing him perform at the Chip this August, and I hope everyone will come out and enjoy it with me!”

Dee Snider joins an expanding list of some of the world’s most talented and beloved bands performing at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip in 2019. 

The 2019 Growing Lineup of Entertainment Announced So Far Includes:

  • Friday, Aug. 2             Skid Row
  • Saturday, Aug. 3         Keith Urban, George Thorogood and The Destroyers
  • Sunday, Aug. 4           Godsmack
  • American Flat Track Grand National Championship Races
  • Monday, Aug. 5          Styx, Collective Soul
  • Tuesday, Aug. 6         Disturbed, Dee Snider
  • Wednesday, Aug. 7    Snoop Dogg
  • Thursday, Aug. 8        Toby Keith
  • Friday, Aug. 9             Volbeat
  • Saturday, Aug. 10       Zakk Sabbath, Reverend Horton Heat

The 38th annual festival, known as “The Best Party Anywhere!,” will open with a pre-rally party July 29 – Aug. 1, 2019. Official festival dates are Aug. 2-11, 2019.

Concerts are free with camping admission. More information, full festival, multi-day and specially priced day passes 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, awarded AMA Track of the Year in 2016, American Flat Track Event of the Year and South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner in 2017. 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 Motorcycles as Art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter showcases the works of the world’s best bike builders. 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 REAL Reason Behind Waco Biker Dismissals

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The REAL Reason Behind Waco Biker Dismissals

Waco Biker Dismissals an Attempt to Avoid Millions in Lawsuits

by David “Double D” Devereaux
Motorcycle Profiling Project

In the interests of justice, on April 2, 2019 all remaining charges related to the May 17, 2015 Twin Peaks shootings in Waco, Texas have been dismissed by the newly elected McLennan County District Attorney Barry Johnson. These dismissals are a significant victory in the history of motorcycle club culture and the fight against motorcycle profiling and discrimination.  Although this concludes the criminal chapter of Twin Peaks, the legal battles are far from over. There are currently over 100 civil rights claims pending and the official press release announcing the dismissals makes it obvious that the new DA is attempting to cover Waco’s interests from a liability standpoint. There is no apology and no admission of wrongdoing related to the mass arrests. Instead, Johnson puts all the blame on former DA Abel Reyna, arguing that viable prosecutions could have occurred after the initial arrests had correct procedures been followed. The stakes are massive. In total, these lawsuits are seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for a list of obvious constitutional infringements from false arrest to excessive bail.

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Indian Motorcycle Sponsors 2019 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 

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Indian Motorcycle Sponsors 2019 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 

Indian To Showcase Displays & Offer Scout & Scout Bobber Demo Rides; Super Hooligan Race Series Powered by Indian Motorcycle Continues With Round Three 

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its sponsorship of the 2019 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, TX. Throughout the show from April 12-14, Indian Motorcycle will feature displays and offer demo rides for showgoers. Additionally, the Super Hooligan National Championship Series, powered by Indian Motorcycle, will continue with round three. 

As a sponsor for the sixth annual Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, Indian Motorcycle will display its all-new FTR 1200, including variations featuring Indian’s Tracker, Rally, Tour and Sport accessory collections. Indian Motorcycle will also offer Scout and Scout Bobber demo rides throughout the entire show, with test ride helmets available from Hedon Helmets. On Saturday, April 13, showgoers can step outside to watch Hooligan racers compete on a TT style track during round three of the Super Hooligan Series, powered by Indian Motorcycle. Furthermore, out-of-town visitors can rent an Indian motorcycle from Mission City Motorcycle, who will make deliveries to the Austin area. 

“The Handbuilt Show is an incredible representation of custom motorcycle culture and the pioneering spirit from builders and craftsmen who create one-of-a-kind, hand-built machines,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “We’re excited to be involved with the event and look forward to seeing everything the show has to offer this year.”

The Handbuilt Show was founded by Revival Cycles, a custom motorcycle shop in Austin. Driven by their passion for the artistic design of motorcycles, the team at Revival Cycles created the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show for fellow gear heads to come together and celebrate craftsmanship.

The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show will take place April 12-14 at the Austin American Statesman located at 305 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX. For more information, visit RevivalCycles.com. To learn more about Indian Motorcycle visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow Indian Motorcycle on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE

Indian Motorcycle Company 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.

Introducing the Banana Gas Tank

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Introducing the Banana Gas Tank

Lowbrow Customs has reproduced the original Wassell Banana Tank, with a few updates and options. The Wassell Banana Tank was originally made in England starting in the 1950’s as a custom gas tank for Triumphs, BSAs and other British motorcycles. It ended up on Harley-Davidson choppers and other custom bikes of all types.

Originals are expensive, crusty, and thin gauge steel. Lowbrow decided to reproduce the Banana Tank, widening the tunnel so it will fit many more types of motorcycle frames. The filler neck was also changed to accept the common, thread-in, Harley-style gas cap. In addition to the original deep tunnel version, a have a mid tunnel tank is also available. A third option is the aptly named Super Banana, which has the same sleek side profile but is an inch and a half wider for added fuel capacity.

All styles of Banana Gas Tanks are $229.95. For more information or to order please visit www.lowbrowcustoms.com/banana or call Lowbrow Customs at 1-330-850-7040.

“What’s the Skinny: Motorcycling Without the Fat” Curated by Michael Lichter

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“What’s the Skinny: Motorcycling Without the Fat” Curated by Michael Lichter

Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 2019 Motorcycles as Art Exhibit

The 2019 exhibition is free to the public and will showcase over 40 of the world’s top builders and artists at the Buffalo Chip this August.

More than 40 of the world’s top motorcycle builders and artists will be offering their take on light and lean in the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 2019 Motorcycles as Art exhibit titled “What’s the Skinny – Motorcycling without the Fat”, curated by Michael Lichter. This collection of bikes, which includes a majority of custom bikes built specifically for this exhibition, also include bikes with historic significance. They will be displayed together only for this exclusive, seven-day event.  The gallery-style exhibit will give guests an open view of the bikes from every angle, with each bike displayed atop an elevated pedestal and lit with theater lights. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip will host the exhibit in a 7,000 sq. ft. dedicated gallery in its Event Center. The exhibit is open free to the public 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 through Friday, Aug. 9.

“Each year Michael brings together some of the most talented people on the planet to participate in this exhibit,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “They all come together, creating a collection of motorcycles surrounding this skinny theme which is sure to inspire some real beauties. We’re very pleased to be able to offer such a world-class show free to the public.”

Nothing New is Young Again
There are no rules restricting the builders on type and size of tires, how much the primary can stick out or an absolute maximum width for the fuel tank and handlebars. Lichter based each builder’s inclusion solely on past bikes they have built and their interest in the “skinny” aesthetic. The bikes they build are limited only by their imagination and ingenuity, which is why industry professionals have been known to frequent the exhibit to pick up new ideas and trends

“Skinny bikes aren’t new,” said exhibit curator Michael Lichter. At the dawn of the 20th century, bikes were all very light. No sooner had they appeared and riders were racing them on board tracks. Skinny meant fast and has continued to do so in all forms of racing. One thing I love about the re-emergence of skinny bikes as a style is looking at them from the back; straight-on with their thin tires, clean lines, narrow primaries with exposed chains, and handlebars barely wider than their slim tanks. I’m excited to see what these builders are going to bring to the table this year.”

The Builders and Artists
A list of participating artists who will be displaying works consistent with the theme will be announced in the coming weeks. Some of the best pinstripe artists in the world, coordinated and including Ray Drea of Harley-Davidson, will also be contributing pieces.

The list of custom motorcycle builders and two-dimensional artists so far scheduled to present their skinny masterpieces at the 2019 “Motorcycles as Art” exhibit include:

  • Andrea Radaelli, Radikal Chopper – Milano, Italy
  • Arlen Ness, Arlen Ness Enterprises – Dublin, CA
  • Billy Lane, Choppers Inc – Daytona Beach, FL
  • BMW North America
  • Brian Buttera, Buttera’s Metal Werx  – Lakeland, FL
  • Brian Klock, Klock Werks – Mitchell, SD
  • Chris Callen, Flat Broke Chops & Rods – Tarentum PA
  • Chris Tope – Richardson, TX
  • Cristian Sosa, Sosa Metalworks – Las Vegas, NV
  • Cole Rogers – Springboro, OH
  • Dakota Toomey – Southampton, NJ
  • Dalton Walker, Split Image Kustoms  – Hanford, CA
  • Dan Rognsvoog, Cabana Dan’s Creations – Franksville, WI
  • Dave Perewitz, Perewitz Cycle Fab – Halifax, MA
  • Dorin Racz Arpad – Câmpia Turzii, Romania
  • Freddie Arnold, Hickory Flat Hot Rods – Canton, GA
  • Hawke Lawshe, Vintage Technologies – Columbia Falls, MT
  • Jack Deagazio – East Syracuse, NY
  • Jay Donovan, BareSteel Design – Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Jesse Srpan, Raw Iron Choppers – Chardon, OH
  • Josh Sheehan – Minden, NV
  • Justin McNeely, Hooked on Speed – Jackson, MO
  • Ken Nagai, Ken’s Factory – Nagoya, JAPAN
  • Kevin “Teach” Baas – Prior Lake, MN
  • Kyle Brewer, Paughco – Carson City, NV
  • Max Hazen, Hazan Motorworks – Los Angeles, CA
  • Michael LaFountain, Santa Clarita, CA
  • Mike Lange – Big Bend, WI
  • National Motorcycle Museum – Anamosa, IA
  • Nick Beaulieu, Forever Two Wheels – Windham, ME
  • Nick Pensebene – Edgewater, FL
  • Paul Brodie, Flashback Fab – Langley, BC, Canada
  • Paul Miller, PanicRev Customs – Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Paul Yaffe, Paul Yaffe Originals – Phoenix, AZ
  • Samuele Reali, Abnormal Cycles – Bernareggio, Italy
  • Takatoshi Suzuki, Seven Motorcycles – Sendai, Japan
  • Zach Ness, Arlen Ness Inc – Dublin, CA

About Michael Lichter
Michael Lichter began photographing custom bikes and the biker-lifestyle in the 1970s. Working with Easyriders Magazine since 1979, he has produced over 800 stories for them. Michael is also a regular contributor to 16 other publications around the world, has 11 coffee table books to his credit and exhibits his photographic art in galleries and museums in the USA and abroad. As a curator, Michael first started creating themed exhibitions with custom motorcycles and art in 2001 at the Journey Museum in Rapid City. In 2009, the annual exhibition was moved to the purpose-built 7,000 square foot gallery at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip where it was given the name “Motorcycles as Art” and continues to this day. Michael has operated out of the same commercial photography studio in beautiful Boulder, Colorado for more than 35-years. Visit www.facebook.com/lichterphoto, Instagram (whistlingmike) or the all new www.lichterphoto.com to see his images. Contact Michael at mike@lichterphoto.com.

 About Motorcycles as Art
Every year the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s indoor Motorcycles as Art exhibition presents a changing conceptual theme that brings together the most innovative collection of groundbreaking custom bikes from today’s premier builders with artwork from the most famed moto-artists. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip and curator, famed photographer Michael Lichter, present an environment that must be seen to appreciate. Free to the public and open for just seven days each year, all are invited to take their time and walk through history in the making that is the Motorcycles as Art exhibit.

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, awarded AMA Track of the Year in 2016, American Flat Track Event of the Year and South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner in 2017. 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 Motorcycles as Art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter showcases the works of the world’s best bike builders. 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 BDL Front Pulleys feature Splined or Tapered Inserts

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New BDL Front Pulleys feature Splined or Tapered Inserts

These latest 39 and 40 tooth front pulleys from Belt Drives LTD., are just the ticket for many early stock and custom applications. Designed specifically for use with 8mm BDL-30853-T and DDL-30853-BE primary belts they can now be paired with a splined or tapered bolt-in insert. BDS standard 39 and 40 bolt-on tooth models include 39-INT, 39-INS (T tapered, S splined), and 40-INT or 40-INS. An additional version, the 39SS-INTand 39-SS-INS is machined with an offset of .160” to help with custom fitments. BDS continues to manufacture the original front pulleys with the permanent insert as part # 39T & 39S or 40T & 40S. Retail for each of the new models $188.00. The original models with permanent insert retail at $75.50. For complete details check out the BDL site at www.beltdrives.com or call direct to 714-693-1313 ext 227.

Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team Ready For Dirt-And-Pavement Daytona TT Course

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Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team Ready For Dirt-And-Pavement Daytona TT Course

Factory Team Riders Halbert and Vanderkooi Return for 2019 AFT Twins Series

The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team is preparing to open the 2019 American Flat Track (AFT) Twins season on March 14 at the Daytona TT at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Factory Team riders Sammy Halbert and Jarod Vanderkooi will contest the 18-race AFT series aboard Harley-Davidson XG750R competition motorcycles prepared by Factory Team partner Vance & Hines Motorsports.

“It’s great to have Sammy and Jared back on the Harley Factory Team this season,” said Terry Vance, owner of Vance & Hines Motorsports. “Sammy brings veteran experience and Jared is one of the fastest young riders in the series. We’ve been working hard on our program in the off-season and we expect to bring fast Harley-Davidson motorcycles to Daytona.”

The team will field an all-new XG750R flat tracker for 2019, according to Vance, with a new chassis and a revised liquid-cooled, fuel-injected and race-tuned 750cc Harley-Davidson Revolution X V-Twin based on the production engine originally designed for the Harley-Davidson Street 750motorcycle.*

We’ve applied lessons we learned last season and made some changes to take advantage of new series rules,” said Vance. “We”ve done a lot of pre-season testing and dyno work on the engines and indications are positive.”

The Daytona TT will provide an interesting test for the Harley Factory Team and other AFT competitors. A new 0.6-mile course will for the first time utilize the paved front straight of the historic Daytona International Speedway tri-oval, requiring racers to transition from dirt to pavement to dirt on each lap while negotiating left- and right-hand turns and a jump on the dirt section laid out on the infield of the speedway.

Flat track is the most-historic form of American motorcycle racing and Harley-Davidson has been part of the sport since the heyday of the Harley Wrecking Crew teams of the 1920s. In 2019 the Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team will compete on a diverse 18-event AFT Twins schedule that includes six miles, five half-miles, three short tracks and four TT courses. After a one-year hiatus So-Cal Half Mile at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif., (May 11) returns to the schedule. There are two new events on the schedule: Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park TT, in Chandler, Ariz. (April 27), and Laconia Short Track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. (June 15).

For the complete 2019 AFT Twins event schedule and NBCSN broadcast schedule go to American Flat Track.

Sammy Halbert

Sammy Halbert (National #69)

Always a tenacious competitor, Sammy Halbert has won 13 times in AMA Grand National competition. Halbert was named AMA Ricky Graham Rookie of the Year in 2006 and won his first Grand National race at the 2007 Castle Rock TT. Halbert earned a gold medal for his win at the Harley-Davidson Flat Track event at the 2017 ESPN X Games. In 2018 Halbert put the Harley-Davidson Factory XG750R in every AFT Twins main, scored a podium finish at the Buffalo Chip TT, and finished 10th in season points. Halbert is 31 years old and lives in Graham, Wash.

 

 

 

 

Jarod Vanderkooi

Jarod Vanderkooi (National #20)

The 2014 AMA Pro GNC2 Twins champion, Jarod Vanderkooi (VAN-der-koy) won his first pro event on the Springfield Mile. He moved up to the top GNC1 class in 2015 and was named Rookie of the Year after scoring four top-10 finishes. In 2018 Vanderkooi raced his Harley-Davidson Factory XG750R to a podium finish at the Atlanta Short Track event, was fast qualifier at the Buffalo Chip TT, and finished 13th in season points. Vanderkooi is 21 years old and lives in Mt. Gilead, Ohio.

* The XG750R is a purpose-built racing motorcycle and will not be offered for sale at this time by Harley-Davidson.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Since 1903, Harley-Davidson has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom by leading the innovation of two-wheeled mobility. The company offers an expanding range of leading-edge, distinctive and customizable motorcycles and brings the brand to life through Harley-Davidson riding experiences and exceptional motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel. Learn more about how Harley-Davidson is Building the Next Generation of Riders at www.harley-davidson.com.

ProBEAM Rear LED Wrap Around Fender Tip

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ProBEAM Rear LED Wrap Around Fender Tip

$ 129.95 (each) 

The newest addition to our premium ProBEAM product line is our new ProBEAM Rear LED Wrap Around Fender Tip for H-D™ Touring Models! The complete plug and play rear wrap around fender tip replacement offers 3 LED light pipes illuminated for run function and 12 full contrast brake LEDs – the perfect match to our ProBEAM LED Taillights and/or ProBEAM Fillerz! Convert your stock running fender tip light or decorative chrome fender tip trim to a modern run/brake LED light. Sealed unit is complete with connector for plug and play installation behind the stock taillight; backed by our Lifetime LED Warranty. Replacement for OEM Part 59672-09. For more information call Custom Dynamics toll free at 1-800-382-1388, visit www.customdynamics.com, or contact your local Drag Specialties dealer.

DRAG PN: 2040-2351, 2040-2352, 2040-2353, 2040-2354

JIMS Twin Cam Engine Main Seal Remover and Installer

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JIMS Twin Cam Engine Main Seal Remover and Installer

This specialty tool (Part No. 775) is designed to remove and install the crankcase main seal while the engine is still in the chassis. For $160.85 MSRP the unique design reduces the risk of damage to the crankshaft and crankcase. Manufactured from hardened tool steel, the kit includes adapters required for use on both Twin Cam 88® and Twin Cam 96® based engines. For more information please contact us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.

Snoop Dogg Will Be Kicking It Doggystyle at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip August 7

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Snoop Dogg Will Be Kicking It Doggystyle at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip August 7

Unleash the Hounds at the Best Party Anywhere!

One of the most acclaimed and legendary rappers of all time, the Doggfather himself, Snoop D-o-double-g, will make his motorcycle rally debut on the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage on Wednesday, Aug. 7.  The multi-platinum visionary, US military veterans’ supporter and certified party liaison sports a 25-year-long pedigree of certified dance floor-rockin’, chart-topping hits. See the video announcement here: BuffaloChip.com/BANDS.

“Snoop Dogg is a consummate showman and renegade admired for blazing his own trail,” exclaimed Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “This is going to be one of those nights you’re not going to want to miss because you just don’t know what’s going to happen. You’ll want to be able to tell this story for years to come.”

Since 1993, Snoop Dogg has released 17 studio albums, sold over 35 million albums worldwide, reached no. 1 on Billboard charts and received nearly 20 GRAMMY nominations. He’s set records with his seminal album “Doggystyle”, which debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 800,000 copies in the first week. Throughout his career, Snoop’s produced chart-topping hits including “Gin & Juice,” “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?),” “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang,” “Next Episode,” “Beautiful,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Signs,” “Sensual Seduction” and “I Wanna Rock.” His most recent album, “Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love,” debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Charts.

The incomparable Snoop Dogg joins an expanding list of some of the world’s most talented and beloved bands performing at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip in 2019.

The 2019 Growing Lineup of Entertainment Announced So Far Includes:

Friday, Aug. 2             Skid Row

Saturday, Aug. 3         Keith Urban

George Thorogood and The Destroyers

Sunday, Aug. 4           Godsmack

American Flat Track Grand National Championship Races

Monday, Aug. 5          Styx

Collective Soul

Tuesday, Aug. 6         Disturbed

Wednesday, Aug. 7    Snoop Dogg

Thursday, Aug. 8        Toby Keith

Friday, Aug. 9             Volbeat

Saturday, Aug. 10       Zakk Sabbath

Reverend Horton Heat

The 38th annual festival, known as “The Best Party Anywhere!,” will open with a pre-rally party July 29 – Aug. 1, 2019. Official festival dates running Aug. 2-11, 2019.

Concerts are free with camping admission. More information, full festival, multi-day and specially priced day passes 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, awarded AMA Track of the Year in 2016, American Flat Track Event of the Year and South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner in 2017. 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 Motorcycles as Art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter showcases the works of the world’s best bike builders. 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.

30” Straight Exhaust Pipe with Bronx Tail Set

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30” Straight Exhaust Pipe with Bronx Tail Set

Exclusively thru your V-Twin authorized dealers!  Give those “cagers” a big Bronx cheer when you ride by with V-Twin’s 30” Straight Exhaust Pipe Set with Bronx Tails.  Our chrome exhaust has classic 1950’s styling; great sound and fits over 1-3/4” pipes.  Mount with 1-7/8” “P” and end clamps available separately. 

Also available as exhaust tips as part 30-0999 for stock 1950-‘65 cigar mufflers or 33” and 36” lengths for 1995-2016 FLT models.  Call your dealer and ask for details.

www.vtwinmfg.com

1-800-VEE-TWIN