New Lid Covers For FL Models

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Lid CoversNew Lid Covers for FL now Match Mustang’s Variety of New Seats

Press Release: It’s no secret that Harley FL touring riders have a reputation for putting hard miles on their baggers–which can mean scuffed or scratched hard saddlebag lids!  Whether you want to hide those battered bag lids or wisely protect their showroom-fresh look, seasoned riders know that Mustang’s lid covers are the perfect solution.
Lid CoversFor years, Mustang’s popular lid covers for 1993-13 and 2014-17 FL Touring models with OE hard bags have been available in plain black (only $109 per pair) or with chrome or black pearl-centered studs ($129 MSRP).  Mustang is now introducing a new line of lid covers to match their latest seats: diamond stitch, deluxe style, carbon and the Dave Perewitz Signature Series for only $139 per pair.

Mustang’s form-fitted lid covers are made from the highest quality expanded vinyl and are uniquely designed to fit snugly with no wrinkles, unsightly straps or Velcro tabs.  As with all Mustang seats, lid covers are proudly designed and individually hand sewn in their New England facility.

For more information, visit www.MustangSeats.com or call Mustang at 800-243-1392 or 413-668-1100.

Special Effects Powder Coating

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Powder CoatingSpecial Effects Powder Coating for Wheels

Press Release: One of the best ways to dress up and set off your bike from the crowd is with Sumax’s Special Effects Powder Coating. Sumax, the original company to offer this service exclusively for motorcycles,  has been powder coating for over thirty years. Sumax’s prep and painting techniques has produced a non fading smooth as glass finish. They pride themselves on the detail. All gasket surfaces are properly masked and cleaned for ease in reassembly. Picture shows two color contrast Viper Red/ HD Denim Black wheel.

See their website with a link to Prismatic Powders offering thousands of colors and free samples to match your bike.  Customers from all over the world send their parts to Sumax. They are the original, the best by which all others are judged. Your bike, their passion.

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Easyriders Rodeo Tour Coming Soon

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2017 ERRODEO ADEasyriders Rodeo Tour Coming Soon

You won’t want to miss summer’s best party and the ORIGINAL biker campout, the Easyriders Rodeo Tour, hosted by Easyriders! Come on out for a weekend of motorcycle rodeo events, big name bands headlining each night, jaw dropping entertainment, and vendors slinging the latest in biker wares. Dates and locations are as follows:

Fowlerville, Michigan

Chillicothe, Ohio

August 18-20

August 31-September 4

Beyond the stage, Rodeo attendees will be able to camp on-site for the duration of the event. Easyriders Events offers all amenities on-site for guests including shower and bathroom facilities, allowing enthusiasts to maximize their time on-site throughout the weekend. “Easyriders Rodeos are strictly 18 and over events that offer unparalleled opportunity for participants to transcend their normal everyday lives and really let their hair down. For many, these events are an annual getaway from work, the kids and the stresses of everyday life.” said Kari Roben, Event Manager.

Both locations, Fowlerville and Chillicothe, are known for their beautiful riding country and secluded atmosphere, making the Easyriders Rodeo tour a favorite adults-only summer destination since 1987. There will be a multitude of unique motorcycle-related vendors setting up shop on the show’s midway; including motorcycle professionals, builders, parts and accessories manufacturers, riding gear, leather smiths and jewelry designers at both locations!

Keep checking back, headlining bands and performers we be announced soon!

Stay tuned for details and check out easyridersevents.com.

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

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame

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Rod Woodruff SBC SMThe Class of 2017

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame Honors Movers & Shakers!

Headlined by a local legend, global icons and a couple of go-fast guys who became industry leaders, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum is honored to present the Sturgis Hall Of Fame Class of 2017. Intended to recognize those individuals who have made a long-term positive impact on the motorcycle community, the Class of 2017 features a group of over achievers and true leaders who have influenced an entire era of motorcycling. Held in conjunction with the annual rally, the Hall Of Fame Induction ceremony is set for August 9, 2017.

“We have movers and shakers like drag racing legend-turned exhaust icon Terry Vance to the man who literally tooled up the motorcycle industry, JIMS founder Jim Thiessen,” says Myrick Robbins, Executive Director for the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame. “The go-faster guys are joined by clutch performers Colleen Barnett and Mike Taylor on the industry side. World class customizers Cory Ness and Mark Shadley who have shaped how the world views what a motorcycle looks like make for a balanced group of inductees.

Leading the Class Of 2017 is the man who brought rock and roll to the annual Sturgis Rally and put the legendary Buffalo Chip on the map, Rod Woodruff. “The J.C. ‘Pappy’ Hoel Outstanding Achievement Award is a special designation reserved for individuals who have played a special role in the founding, maintaining and/or promoting of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame,” explains Robbins. “In addition to everything Rod has done for the rally and the Black Hills region over the years, he has been a member of the Museum’s board of directors and helped guide the Hall Of Fame since the beginning.”

Since 1981, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground has treated millions of motorcyclists to rock concerts, camping, entertainment and more, he adds. “Rod is a real life rock star and a truly deserving recipient of the Pappy Hoel Outstanding Achievement Award.”

Class Of 2017 Inductees

  • Hall of Fame

    Colleen Barnett & Mike Taylor

    Colleen Barnett & Mike Taylor – Colleen Barnett-Taylor started her motorsports career at Barnett Clutches & Cables while still in her childhood working for her parents (and original 1948 founders), Charlie and Afton Barnett. Since the beginning Colleen has been a driving force and integral part of the company. Mike Taylor, already a long-time motorcycle rider/enthusiast, joined the firm in 1968 which cemented a great partnership after he and Colleen were married. Together they have operated Barnett since 1975 and owned the company since 1993.

  • Hall of Fame

    Cory Ness

    Cory Ness – Don’t think for a second that Cory Ness rode his famous father’s coattails into the Sturgis Hall Of Fame. At only 10 years old, he disassembled his bicycle, painted it, chromed its parts and entered it in the Oakland Roadster Show. The first motorcycle he turned his talents to was a wrecked CB350. After building it back up, Cory sold it before even getting a chance to ride it. He was 14! Today Cory is the chief designer behind Arlen Ness Enterprises where he runs the day-to-day business. In between designing new parts and accessories, he still finds time to wrench on custom bikes periodically.

  • Hall of Fame

    Mark Shadley

    Mark Shadley – Since the early 1970s Mark Shadley and Shadley Bros. Motorcycles have been shaping the perception of what a custom motorcycle is. The quality, detail and innovation of his custom built bikes have made him well recognized by both the motorcycle industry and his peers. His enthusiasm and involvement in the custom motorcycle industry has been a lifelong passion.

  • Jim Thiessen

    Jim Thiessen

    Jim Thiessen – For 50 years, machinist and go-fast guy Jim Thiessen has generated trust with riders, record breakers, racers and certified Harley mechanics around the world whom use JIMS products on a daily basis. Today JIMS is one of the industry’s leading producers of performance parts, accessories, tools, transmissions and high-performance engines – all aimed at enhancing the Harley rider’s experience.

  • Hall of Fame

    Terry Vance

    Terry Vance – #35 on the NHRA’s 50 greatest drag racers of all-time, 14-time national champ Terry Vance never lets off the gas! Terry and his tuner Byron Hines shared a passion for the quarter mile from the early days, but they also shared a vision of creating a company that would be a pillar of the motorcycle aftermarket, and they used their unrivaled achievements in racing to build a brand that would unmistakably stand for quality and performance.

  • Hall of Fame

    Rod Woodruff

    Rod Woodruff – Since 1981. the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground has treated millions of motorcyclists to rock concerts, camping, entertainment and more. Rod Woodruff is the man who brought Rock & Roll to the Black Hills and now hosts a 10-day Concert Series each August during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The Buffalo Chip provides a music festival, various other forms of entertainment, and full service tent, RV and cabin camping on almost 600 acres in rural Meade County.

“The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum honors the people who have shaped and changed the motorcycle lifestyle,” says Robbins. “Every member of the Class of 2017 and our special award winner Rod Woodruff have definitely lived up to that criteria and genuinely made the entire world of motorcycling a better place.” The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall Of Fame Induction  ceremony presented by Strider is being held August 9th at the Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, South Dakota. Breakfast tickets are available for a $45 donation, tables of eight for $350. Tickets are available by calling the Museum at 605.347.2001 or they can be purchased online at:

Michael “Balls” Farabaugh — RIP

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Michael_FarbaughMichael “Balls” Farabaugh — RIP

The Easyriders family endured a great loss with the passing of one of our ace photographers, Michael “Balls” Farabaugh. He had just returned from Daytona and his son Ryan said that he was cleaning up around the house yesterday, went to bed and just didn’t wake up in the morning.

Michael is survived by his wife Debby, and his son Ryan, a sister, a brother and a granddaughter. Michael and Debbie have spent over 50 years together. For Michael and  and Debby, it was always about the ride, and the couple loved exploring of our wonderful country.

In 1978 Michael became the first Director of ABATE of Indiana. He, along with the leaders and members of ABATE founded the “Bean Blossom Boogie” as a membership recruiting tool. It quickly became one of the greatest motorcycle parties in the country. ABATE of Indiana, of their website describes him as “a very charismatic and insightful leader. Balls made us look and plan far ahead. He was a very effective communicator with the membership as well as legislators.”

“With Balls’ experience and help from the AMA, we learned how to approach politicians effectively. How to get the news media involved to raise awareness. We learned to think like the enemies of motorcycling so we could defeat their efforts to put us off the road.”

Michael was a founder and past President of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, and president Kirk Willard noted his passing, saying, “‘Balls’ was arguably the driving force behind much of the success the motorcyclists rights movement has enjoyed. Balls was one of the pioneers of rider education in Indiana and his influence carried into many states and has certainly resulted in saving thousands of lives. “Balls” had an impact on motorcycling nationally and internationally. “Balls” actually founded the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF). His ideas and inspirational character motivated many of the leaders in the motorcycling community, and that continues as a lasting legacy. Indeed, riders around the world owe a debt to Michael “Balls” Farabaugh.

Michael was the 2002 recipient of the AMA’s Hall of Fame award and the Sturgis Hall of Fame. He and Debbie were graduates of the first Motorcycle Safety Foundation Chief Instructor Program. They taught motorcycle riding survival skills to thousands of riders and he lobbied many state legislatures into giving publically funded rider training parity with driver education in obtaining vehicle operator licenses.

MichaelFarabaughMichael was also the head of Lucas Oil’s Motorcycle Product Division, Forrest Lucas, noted upon his appointment to the company, ”Aside from all those qualifications, he and his wife have ridden over a million miles on motorcycles using Lucas Oil and other lubricants. If you want a textbook example of a person who’s a perfect fit for heading up the Lucas Oil Motorcycle Division, Michael Farabaugh is the man.”

This tribute would not be complete without talking about his contribution to Easyriders magazine. “Balls”, as he was known to us was a monster photographer, contributing hundreds of outstanding bike features, and photographing motorcycle events on our behalf for 40 years. He will be sorely missed. Please keep Balls’ family in your heart today.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home, 1682 State Road 135 North, Nashville, Indiana. There will be a gathering of family and friends two hours prior to the service. A pitch-in celebration will take place after the service at the Farabaugh residence.

If friends so desire, Memorial Contributions may be made to Riley Hospital for Children, 705 Riley Hospital Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202.

Indian Motorcycle’s ‘Project Chieftain’ Winners Unveiled

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Tequila Sunset – Hollister Indian

Indian Motorcycle’s ‘Project Chieftain’ Custom Bagger Contest Winners Unveiled During Daytona Bike Week

Show-Stopping Indian Chieftain Customs From Hollister Powersports, Coastal Indian Motorcycle of Murrels Inlet & Indian Motorcycle of Central Massachusetts Claim Top Honors

Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, proudly announced the three winners of its Project Chieftain custom motorcycle contest during Bike Week in Daytona Beach.  Hollister Powersports’ (Hollister, CA) “Tequila Sunset” claimed top honors, with “America Proud” from Coastal Indian Motorcycle (Murrels Inlet, S.C.) and “Barnstorm” from Indian Motorcycle of Central Massachusetts (Worcester, MA) taking 2nd and 3rd place honors respectively.

Following the success of the 2016 ‘Project Scout’ build contest, Indian renewed the competition for 2017, this time focusing on its popular hard bagger, the Indian Chieftain. The three-month contest invited Indian Motorcycle dealers to build a custom Indian Chieftain or Chieftain Dark Horse model using any theme, style or budget, as long as it incorporated at least three authentic Indian Motorcycle accessories.

“The collection of unbelievable customs that were produced for ‘Project Chieftain’ are a powerful testament to the significant customization capabilities of the Chieftain platform,” said Gary Gray, Indian Motorcycle Product Director. “It’s always such a pleasure to see the creativity and craftsmanship of our dealers, while showcasing for the rider how far one can go to make our bikes more personal to them.

‘Project Chieftain’ kicked off on October 10, 2016, with the entry period closing on January 13, 2017. Fans voted online for eleven finalists during a two-week period from February 1-15, and the three winning bikes were on display during Daytona Bike Week. The dealers took home cash prizes of $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third place. Read More

S&S Cycle Brings Muscle to the Buffalo Chip Legends Ride

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BuffSS1S&S Cycle Brings Muscle to the Buffalo Chip’s 10th Anniversary Legends Ride

Sturgis Buffalo Chip to unveil power-hungry one-off custom motorcycle at the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show March 25.

Press Release: In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride S&S Cycle, Inc. is debuting a 165-170 horsepower performance-styled Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider custom to be auctioned in support of the milestone event that kicks off in Deadwood, SD on Aug. 7. The fully customized Low Rider, designed to look and feel every bit a “muscle bike,” will be unveiled on Saturday, March 25 at 12:15 p.m. at the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show in the St. Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minn.

BuffSS2As the uncontested aftermarket leader in V-Twin performance parts for almost six decades, S&S Cycle transformed the 2017 club-style chopper into a sleek and stylish beast powered by a T143 Black Edition engine packing 143 cubic inches and 165 horsepower to the wheel. Harnessing that extra horsepower required S&S to upgrade the transmission, clutch and primary work. To clothe the powerful machine, S&S added a Russ Wernimont FXRT style fairing some Dyna Defender bags. The piece de resistance is the hot rod inspired striped paint job, which recalls the wildly popular classic muscle car, the Shelby Cobra.

BuffSS3This incredibly beautiful and powerful bike created by the masters at S&S Cycle will be going up on the auction block at the Legends Ride this August,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “It’s not only a real prize, but its sale will support the Ride, which has so far raised nearly half a million dollars for local charities including South Dakota Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. The top bidder is going to ride off on one incredible and unique motorcycle while feeling like a hero for supporting very worthy causes.”

To be one of the first to get a look at the 10th Anniversary Legends Ride bike, attend the official unveiling at the Donnie Smith Show on March 25. Information and photos will be posted at BuffaloChip.com after the event.

Chrome Werks 2-into-1 Torque Booster Conversion Kit

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Khrome WerksKhrome Werks 2-into-1 Torque Booster Conversion Kit Redefines the Cost of Performance 

Get the unmatched performance a 2-into-1 system offers, without the cost or installation of a full exhaust system. The Khrome Werks 2-into-1 Torque Booster Conversion Kit converts your existing 2017 stock header into a torque and power producing 2-into-1 system. The kit includes a 4.50” HP-Plus Slip-On Muffler and a uniquely designed 2-into-1 Converter Cap. Combined, your bike will see the instant power that a 2-into-1 exhaust system provides with performance increases up to 12%. This kit makes it possible to ride like a rebel without paying the price.

Distributors and dealers are already abuzz about this product.

  • Built for 2017 Harley-Davidson Touring models
  • 4.50” 16-gauge muffler body
  • New absorptive baffle covered with stainless steel mat and high temp fiberglass developed just for the 2017 Milwaukee-Eight™
  • Improved torque and horsepower from the hit of the throttle
  • Bolt in optional insert available that complies with SAE J2825 sound test with no appreciable loss of performance
  • Khrome Werks202550 Torque Booster Kit with 4.50” Slash-Cut Muffler, Chrome $449.95
  • 202560 Torque Booster Kit with 4.50” Billet Tipped Muffler, Chrome $489.95
  • 202850 Torque Booster Kit with 4.50” Slash-Cut Muffler, Black $474.95
  • 202860 Torque Booster Kit with 4.50” Billet Tipped Muffler, Black $514.95
  • 202713P Noise Reduction Baffle Insert $34.95

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

Congressional Bills Reintroduced To Curb Ethanol
Calling the Federal Ethanol Mandate “a Flop,” a bipartisan group of lawmakers have re-introduced two bills in the U.S. House of Representatives to cap the ethanol content of commercial gasoline and decrease the total volume of renewable fuel that must be contained in gasoline on the American market.

“It’s time the ethanol mandate became a thing of the past.  While well-intentioned from the start, after a decade of this policy it couldn’t be more obvious that the RFS is a flop,” announced Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) on March 2, 2017 after introducing two bills to alter the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the RFS Elimination Act (H.R. 1314) and the RFS Reform Act (H.R. 1315).

Reps. Goodlatte, Jim Costa (D-CA), Steve Womack (R-AR), and Peter Welch (D-VT) issued a joint statement after reintroducing H.R. 1315; “The Renewable Fuel Standard is a well-intentioned flop…it’s clearer than ever that the federal government’s creation of an artificial market for the ethanol industry has resulted in a domino effect that is hurting people across the country.”

The RFS Elimination Act (H.R. 1314) has the support of 60 bipartisan cosponsors and would repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard which mandates that 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels (primarily corn ethanol) be part of our nation’s fuel supply by 2022.  The RFS Reform Act (H.R. 1315), which has the support of 42 cosponsors, “eliminates corn-based ethanol requirements, caps the amount of ethanol that can be blended into conventional gasoline at 10 percent, requires the EPA to set cellulosic biofuels levels at production levels, and decreases the total volume of renewable fuel that must be contained in gasoline sold or introduced into commerce for years 2017-2022.”

Black Box Privacy Protection Act
H.R.736, the “Black Box Privacy Protection Act”, was introduced in the House on January 30, 2017 by Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA).  This bill amends the Automobile Information Disclosure Act to require manufacturers of new automobiles to disclose on the information label affixed to the window of the automobile: (1) the presence and location of an event data recorder (commonly referred to as a “black box”), (2) the type of information recorded and how such information is recorded, and (3) that the recording may be used in a law enforcement proceeding.

The bill sets forth similar requirements for motorcycle manufacturers.

An “event data recorder” is any device or means of technology installed in an automobile that records information such as automobile or motorcycle speed, seatbelt use, application of brakes, or other information pertinent to the operation of the automobile or motorcycle.  The bill prohibits the manufacture, sale, offering for sale, or import into the United States of an automobile manufactured after model year of 2016 that is equipped with an event data recorder, unless the consumer can control the recording of information.

Violators are liable to the U.S. government for a civil penalty of up to $5,000 for each violation with a maximum penalty of $35 million for a related series of violations. The event data recorder in an automobile or motorcycle, and any data recorded, shall be considered the property of the owner of the automobile or motorcycle.  Retrieval or downloading of recorded data by any other person is unlawful, except: (1) with the owner’s consent, (2) in response to a court order, or (3) by a dealer or automotive technician to service the vehicle.  Certain violations are to be treated as unfair or deceptive acts or practices under the Federal Trade Commission Act.

Idaho Senate Kills Anti-Profiling Bill That House Unanimously Endorsed
Idaho senators killed a proposal outlawing motorcycling profiling, which had passed the House unanimously, defeating H.B.123 on the Senate floor by a vote of 22-13 on March 15. Read More

RSD Releases Two Styles Of Floorboards

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RSD Releases Two Styles Of Floorboards

Press Release: NEW from Roland Sands Design, our Boss and Traction Floorboards are designed with the traditional RSD aesthetic and are machined from the highest quality materials. The knurled rubber foot pads dampen vibration for a more comfortable ride, while providing additional grip for riding in any condition. The Traction style Floorboards feature prominent raised stainless steel set screws for the aggressive rider that needs maximum traction. The Boss is a timeless style that looks good on any bike. Read More

Harley Runs Strong In Flat Track Debut At Daytona

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Harley Factory Team XG750R Runs Strong In Flat Track Debut At Daytona

Jake Johnson Charges to Fourth Place in American Flat Track Season-Opener

Press Release: Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team rider Jake Johnson rode the all-new Harley-Davidson XG750R competition motorcycle to fourth-place finish at the Harley-Davidson Daytona TT presented by Politis & Matovina, the season-opening race of the 2017 American Flat Track (AFT) Twins series.

Piloting the new XG750R in its first racing action, Johnson battled on a tight-and-technical 0.6-mile TT course constructed in the infield of Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Starting from eighth place in the 25-lap main, Johnson charged through the field to miss a spot on the podium by just 0.516 second.

“The power and potential of the new XG750R was on display in Daytona tonight,” said Scott Beck, Harley-Davidson director of motorsports marketing. “The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team responded to a big challenge, bringing an all-new racing motorcycle to an all-new track format.”

Johnson turned his night around after a 12th-place finish in the first heat race moved him to the last-chance qualifier heat, which he failed to finish after a mechanical issue. Johnson was able to regroup and use a provisional start to claim a spot on the back row of the semi-final heat, and finished fourth to advance to the main.

“Nobody knew what to expect from this new track. I think we were prepared but I struggled personally early in the evening,” said Johnson, a two-time AMA Grand National champion who is in his first full season racing for the Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team. “The Harley XG750R was strong all night but I hit the ground twice and the team had to scramble. We all rallied together. I’m really excited to be racing with this outstanding Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track crew behind me this season.”

The Daytona TT was the first outing of the season for the 2017 Harley-Davidson XG750R flat tracker, a competition motorcycle powered by a race-modified, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected Revolution X V-Twin engine originally engineered for the Harley-Davidson Street 750. The XG750R flat tracker motorcycle is not a production model. The Revolution X V-Twin engine is for sale through Harley-Davidson dealers today and can be modified for racing use by aspiring dealers and privateers.

The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team returns to action March 25 at the AFT Atlanta Short Track at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia.

The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team is proudly partnered with Vance & Hines Motorsports.

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

 

Victory For Indian Motorcycle Racing

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790A8B8B-44A2-489D-A590-9FBD42B9E6EBJared Mees Captures Victory For Indian Motorcycle Racing In American Flat Track Season Opener At Daytona TT

Armed with the Indian Scout FTR750, America’s First Motorcycle Company Makes Triumphant Return to Flat Track Racing Taking 1st and 2nd Place Podium Positions

Press Release: After a 63-year hiatus, Indian Motorcycle returned to flat track racing in grand fashion, as Jared Mees outclassed the field to take top honors at the Daytona TT American Flat Track season opener. Mees’ dominating performance was complimented by a 2nd place finish from Indian factory rider and 2016 Grand National Champion Bryan Smith.

All eyes were on Indian heading into the season opener after assembling a team featuring three of the sport’s most decorated riders and armed with Indian’s state-of-the-art Scout FTR750. The season-opening victory brought dramatic validation to Indian’s bold re-entry into the sport it had once dominated, reigniting the Indian Motorcycle vs. Harley-Davidson rivalry that had carried the sport throughout its glory days.

“Carrying the torch for the return of one of motorcycle racing’s most iconic and historic brands, makes this victory truly special for me,” said Mees. “We knew we had a special bike this year that would give us a real shot at every race this season, and to start off on top is huge. But this victory isn’t mine alone. The entire team was critical to this victory, and I couldn’t be more optimistic about our prospects for the remainder of the season.”

Piloting Indian’s new state-of-the-art Scout FTR 750, Mees finished first and third in the evening’s first two heats. The main event began with Mees taking the lead in lap 1 heading into the first turn, and the three-time Grand National Champion never looked back. Meanwhile, Smith ran the majority of the main event in the fifth position before catapulting to 2nd over the final five laps, joining Mees on the podium. After such an impressive showing by the new Indian ‘Wrecking Crew’ in Daytona, it’s clear that Indian Motorcycle Racing will be a force to be reckoned with in 2017.

“With such a storied history of success in flat track racing, it was imperative that Indian bring every possible resource to bear to be successful, and to be atop the podium in Daytona is the ultimate validation for us,” said Gary Gray, Product Director for Indian Motorcycle. “This season is more a marathon than a sprint, and this is merely the beginning. While we’re proud to get off to such a great start, our eyes are fixed on a championship.”

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to stay on top as American Flat Track heads to the Atlanta Short Track on March 25.

About Indian Motorcycle
Indian Motorcycle Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), 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.

Drag Specialties Motorcycle Lift

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Motorcycle LiftDrag Specialties’ Motorcycle Lift

Press Release: Take your hog to new heights with the Motorcycle Lift from Drag. This lift takes bikes up to 1,500 pounds and lifts them from 5.5” to 17” off the ground so you can get to work on every angle. Featuring rubber cushions to protect your motorcycle’s frame, this lift has a low, wide profile with rear mounted swivel casters for extra stability. Lift can be locked in with safety locks at four different heights, and has four loops to safely secure your ride with tie-downs. This lift comes with detailed assembly and usage instructions for easy and safe setup, and operation. The suggested retail price is $279.95.

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

Black Satin Highway Bar Pegs

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Highway Bar PegsBlack Satin Highway Bar Pegs From Big Bike Parts

Press Release: Big Bike Parts offers their popular 1 ¼’’ Highway Bar Pegs in black satin powder coat finish. These 1 ¼’’ highway clamps are made from CNC milled billet aluminum and secured to the highway bar or engine guards with four recessed socket screws adding to the clean look of these clamps. The rail style peg with seven EDPM rubber pads, pivots out of the way when not in use. Will fit any 1 ¼’’ bar and can be easily positioned for individual riding comfort.

Black Satin 1 ¼’’ Highway Pegs
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Chrome 1 ¼’’ Highway Pegs
Part # 21-334

MSRP $139.95

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Pappy Hoel Speed Classic

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Flat Track Racing In Sturgis Comes Full Circle

On a dusty summer day in 1938, local Indian motorcycle dealer J.C. Hoel set the wheels of history in motion when he promoted a flat track race at the Sturgis Fairgrounds. History comes full circle this year as the Pappy Hoel Speed Classic returns to the same historic dir
t track where it all began. The event set for August 3-5, 2017 in downtown Sturgis kicks off a full week of racing during this year’s Rally.

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Pappy Hoel

“For Sturgis Rally founder J.C. ‘Pappy’ Hoel, the focus for the Rally was always on racing,” says Tigra Tsujikawa, Marketing & Development Director for the Sturgis Museum & Hall Of Fame. “From Johnny Spiegelhoff’s win on an Indian back in 1938 until today, flat track is an integral part of Sturgis history. We are honored to partner with the White Plate Motorcycle Club and Steve Nace Racing Promotions to present The Pappy Hoel Speed Classic, sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association.”

A full slate of racing with top Professional, Amateur and Vintage classes will be at the Sturgis Fairgrounds. As a three-time AMA Track Racing Organizer of the Year, Steve Nace Racing Promotions strives for perfection. “The objective of the AMA All-Star Series is to bring a professional show… we are known for having great tracks and rider safety is always our number one concern,” says Nace.

In 1938, the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club – coincidently founded by “Pappy” as the father of the Rally was affectionately known by racers and Rally goers alike – hosted a Gypsy Tour through South Dakota’s majestic Black Hills. The first “Black Hills Motor Classic” brought out 200 participants. Pappy and his wife, Pearl, provided camping behind their shop on Junction Avenue. “Weenies, Sloppy Joes, potato salad and watermelon for dessert, is what Pearl and the other Gypsies ladies served that first year,” says Tsujikawa. The riders washed their free meal down with iced tea or coffee, served in a tent behind the Hoel’s garage.

“The Pappy Hoel Speed Classic is the perfect way to start the 77th Sturgis Rally, but it is only part of the program,” she notes. Displays, entertainment, swap meet and more are being hosted by the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum throughout the week, culminating with the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Strider Sports. “However, just like Pappy Hoel envisioned back in 1938, flat track racing is the focal point that brings it all together as we have come full circle.”

The Induction is being held August 9th at the Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, South Dakota. Breakfast tickets are available for a $45 donation, tables of eight for $350. Tickets are available by calling the Museum at 605.347.2001.

Or they can be purchased online here

For more details on the races and to register to compete, contact www.stevenaceracing.com

Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain Sells Out

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Indian_JD_Chieftain_Flag_3Indian Motorcycle Reaches Pre-Order Capacity For Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain In 10 Minutes

Iconic Brand Collaboration Drives Record-Setting Demand for Show-Stopping, Custom-Inspired Bagger, Designed by Brian Klock

Press Release: On Monday at Noon Eastern, Indian Motorcycle dealers began accepting pre-order deposits for the company’s recently unveiled Limited-Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain. By 12:10 p.m. Eastern, pre-order capacity of 100 units was filled.

The new limited-edition offering is the latest collaboration between America’s first motorcycle company and the iconic Tennessee whiskey distillery. In 2016, the collaboration produced a Limited-Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage with pre-order capacity of 150 units filled in merely 8 hours. This year it only took 10 minutes.

“This overwhelming level of demand is an incredible testament to the power of these two iconic American brands,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Without a doubt, this brand collaboration and motorcycle are tapping directly into a deep sense of patriotism and American pride. We couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it.” Read More

One Percenter Revolution

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one percenterOne Percenter Revolution – Riding Free in the 21st Century

Just got my hands on  Easyriders Editor in Chief, Dave Nichols, latest book, One Percenter Revolution – Riding Free in the 21st Century, and it is hard to put down. For one thing it is lavishly illustrated by Ben Zales, who’s work is featured in the pages of Easyriders and our sister publication Wrench monthly. He has become one of our fav photos.

From the forward: 

“This is the third book in a trilogy that delves into the outlaw biker lifestyle and one percenter motorcycle clubs. We explored the long history of rebellion in One Percenter: The Legend of the Outlaw Biker and discovered that there is a real need for those rare rebel breeds of humans who dare to venture off any known map to discover what lies beyond. Rebels stir the bubbling caldron of society and add freethinking pepper and spice to conventional thought. The second book, The One Percenter Code: How to be an Outlaw in a World Gone Soft, examines the creation of a strict code of honor for the warrior class known as the modern biker.

As the original post World War II wild ones of the 1940s and ‘50s became grampas and then great-grandpas, a new generation of outlaw bikers arrived on the scene. Many were the sons of the originals, who followed in their fathers’ engineer boots. Others felt a sense of brotherhood found in the clubs, witnessed in biker movies and magazines, and entered the biker lifestyle. These free spirits exist to push the envelope of convention and twist the throttle of their loud motorcycles. They just like to shake things up!”

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The Fox Run Story

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Fox-Run-MainThe Fox Run Story

By Leticia Cline
For Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

It’s in our DNA to be part of a tribe, and back in our cave days, tribal culture was necessary for survival. Today we need it to be able to culturally grow. We constantly are searching for a connection to others to fulfill that sense of belonging. Every single one of us craves the feeling of being part of something bigger than ourselves but over time we have become disconnected from our tribe. When you are in a subculture you need that connection even more when you are a minority inside of a subculture.

We have a women’s movement upon us with no signs of slowing down. Sure, women have been riding motorcycles since motorcycles were created — but today women are the fastest growing segment in the industry. With any uprising there is a need to meet and support the cause, to connect with other like—minded people and to celebrate the dichotomy of freedom and unity.

Fox-Run-3-newOne of those gatherings is The Fox Run. An east coast camping and riding event geared towards women and all things two wheels. I have to be honest and admit that I have never been to a gathering of ladies like this, mostly because of my crazy scheduling but I want to know what drives these events and why they are so successful. So I sat down with Lucy Sarah, founder and one of the seven women who make it all happen, to ask her some questions and find out more. I ended up leaving with a new date scheduled on my events calendar for 2017 and an even greater appreciation for women riders.

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Screamin’ Eagle Drag Team Thunders Into Gainesville

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Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Drag Team Thunders Into Gainesville Season Opener

Ride to the Race to See World Champions Andrew Hines and Ed Krawiec Blister the Track

The grandstands will quake to a ground-pounding Harley-Davidson V-Twin cadence when the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team lines up to open the Pro Stock Motorcycle season at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 17-19. The weekend of racing at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla., kicks off the 2017 Pro Stock Motorcycle season on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Winners of eight NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championships, the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team returns to action in 2017 with two of the most experienced and talented riders in the series: five-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Andrew Hines and three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Ed Krawiec. The team is led by crew chief Matt Hines.

“We are looking to open the season right where we left off last year,” said Matt Hines. “We feel we have the Harley-Davidson horsepower to win, and no team can match the experience the Screamin’ Eagle crew brings to the track for every event. It’s always exciting at Gainesville and with Daytona Bike Week wrapping up we hope a lot of Harley-Davidson fans will ride to the race and catch the action.”

Hines and Krawiec will race Harley-Davidson competition motorcycles powered by American V-Twin engines tuned to deliver the explosive power required to rocket down the quarter-mile drag strip in less than seven seconds. During the off-season the team has been refining and tuning its Harley-Davidson engines at its Brownsburg, Ind., shop and recently tested in Bradenton, Fla.

“To start the season off right we need to focus on making consistent runs and guiding these Harley drag bikes straight down the track,” said Hines. “This is such a competitive class we need to be near-perfect every round to advance to the finals. In the long run, consistency wins championships and that’s always been our goal.”

The 2017 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle schedule includes 16 events. After the first 10 events, the points will be re-set for the top 10 riders who qualify for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs (the final six races). The Pro Stock Motorcycle class will race under the same set of rules for the third consecutive season.

“I think the stability of the rules makes the entire field more competitive,” said Krawiec. “Since we can’t do much testing in the winter we don’t like to make major engine changes in the off-season. Better to come out with the strong Harley-Davidson bikes we finished on last season and then build incrementally from there. We always know where we stand after Gainesville.” Read More

Sturgis Buffalo Chip to Give Away Indian Scout Sixties

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SBC Hart Indian_01 SMSturgis Buffalo Chip to Give Away Indian Scout Sixties Customized by Roland Sands and Carey Hart

Moto Stampede giveaway bikes come complete with hooligan race battle scars and wild stories

Creative motorcycle madmen Roland Sands and Carey Hart are molding identical 2017 Indian Scout Sixty motorcycles into wicked racing machines for the Sturgis Buffalo Chip ‘s Moto Stampede Bike Giveaway. Before being given to two fans on the Chip’s Wolfman Jack Main Stage these two hooligan race bikes, known as the “Evil Twins,” will face off during the RSD Super Hooligan races presented by Indian Motorcycle at the Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede on Wed., Aug. 9. Fans may enter to win the bikes online now at www.BuffaloChip.com/EvilTwins.

RSD_Chip_Indian_7 SM“The stories these Evil Twins will tell will be unlike any others out there,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Designed, built and raced by the biggest names in motorcycling and racing, these Indian motorcycles will sport real battle scars from having been run in Super Hooligan races. You just can’t buy a bike with history like that, but you could win one.”

“The Scout Sixty is already a force to be reckoned with, and now Roland and Carey’s modifications will truly add to the fun that can be had on these bikes,” said Reid Wilson, marketing director for Indian Motorcycle. “We can’t wait to give away these bikes on the Buffalo Chip’s main stage and pass on the good times after the Moto Stampede races.”

BUFFALO CHIP LOGOMore info about the Moto Stampede racing events at the Buffalo Chip can be found at www.buffalochip.com/events/moto-stampede

Black Brand Deceptor Boots

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BlackBrandLogoColorProtect Your Feet with Black Brand Deceptor Boots

When you are looking for motorcycle boots that will protect your feet but still give off that cool vibe, look no further than the Black Brand Deceptor Boots (P/Ns BB9048 through BB9060). Comfortable enough for all-day walking and riding, the Deceptor looks like sneaker but gives you the protection of a traditional motorcycle boot.

The Deceptor is a motorcycle boot made to look like a sneaker–not a sneaker trying to be safe. With a reinforced shank, you could kick start a bike or do standing-on-the-footpeg stunting all day long. The toe box and ankles are reinforced, a Hipora® liner adds weather protection and D3O insoles let you be comfortable when you are walking around. Like the name says, they are deceptively strong and deceptively comfortable.

Available in men’s sizes 7 to 13, the Deceptor Boot retails for $139.00 and can be ordered through your local Tucker Rocky | Biker’s Choice dealer.

About Black Brand

Black Brand is a head-to-toe apparel brand for motorcycle riders that don’t want to blend in with the crowd. We say, “be the wolf, not the sheep” by riding in Black Brand, and if you understand that statement, then we are your choice for quality riding gear. Our products are designed by people who really do ride every day and understand what makes gear better for the time you spend on your motorcycle.

For more information, visit Tucker Rocky/Biker’s Choice online at www.tuckerrocky.com or on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.  To inquire about becoming a Tucker Rocky dealer for products and accessories, contact the New Dealer Development Department at (817) 258-9255 or newdealer@tuckerrocky.com.

Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain

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Jack Daniel’s Indian ChieftainIndian Motorcycle Introduces Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain

Second-Year Partnership Between Iconic American Brands Delivers Another Show-Stopping, Custom-Inspired Bagger, Designed by Brian Klock

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, and the Jack Daniel Distillery, America’s first registered distillery, today announced the availability of a Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain. The new custom-inspired Chieftain marks the second year the two iconic American trailblazers have joined forces to build a unique V-twin-powered celebration of American craftsmanship.  The motorcycle brings together two brands that share a mutual commitment to independence, originality, and ingenuity.

Jack Daniel’s Indian ChieftainDesigned in conjunction with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles of Mitchell, S.D., the Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain conveys an intimidating presence while maintaining an ultra-premium look.  Designed with a sleek, aggressive style, this extremely limited edition motorcycle is sure to turn heads.

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Kuryakyn Signature Series – Jim Nasi

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Kuryakyn Signature SeriesWorld-Class Builder Jim Nasi Featured in Kuryakyn Signature Series

The latest world-class builder featured in the Kuryakyn Signature Series is none other than Jim Nasi of Jim Nasi Customs, Inc., a true pioneer of custom motorcycles and components.

The Kuryakyn Signature Series showcases skillfully crafted designs from true masters of the trade; products produced exclusively by Kuryakyn and primed for your personal touch. A brand built on original designs, demanding quality and a passion for creativity, Jim Nasi Customs has established a reputation for awe-inspiring concepts, intelligent engineering, and clean, unfiltered style. The collection currently includes a trio of competitively priced high-quality components designed with original Jim Nasi styling.

22045_1350x900_RGB_72DPISignature Series Smooth Dash Console by Jim Nasi

The Smooth Dash Console is a direct bolt-on replacement featuring quality aluminum construction. A unique, flowing design hugs the tank’s contours for a full custom appearance, without having to go the expensive stretched tank route. The console uses existing mounts for hassle-free installation, and the gloss black finish can be easily prepped to paint-match custom color themes. Finish the look off with the new Kuryakyn Flush Mount Pop-Up Gas Caps (P/N 7177 – gloss black, 7178 – Chrome), sold separately.

Fits the following models with center fill tank and without CB port: ’08-’17 Electra Glides, Road Glides, Street Glides & Street Glide Trikes.
• P/N 5688 Chrome, 5689 Gloss Black
MSRP: $199.99
www.kuryakyn.com/products/5177/signature-series-smooth-dash-console

22043_1350x900_RGB_72DPISignature Series Horn Replacement Accent by Jim Nasi

The Nasi Horn Replacement Accent delivers a streamlined look to the left side of Twin Cam Touring models. This v-shaped accent fills the gap between cylinder heads, mounting tight to the motor for a sleek custom appearance in place of the factory cowbell cover and horn assembly. Constructed from lightweight and durable ABS polymer, with stainless steel JNC “N” logo. Installs easily with included steel mounting bracket reusing factory motor mount bolts, but requires relocation of the horn assembly.
22067_1350x900_RGB_72DPIFits ’08-’16 Electra Glides, Road Glides, Road Kings, Street Glides & Trikes.
• P/N 5687 Chrome, 5695 Gloss Black
MSRP: $99.99
www.kuryakyn.com/products/5151/signature-series-horn-replacement-accent

22284_1350x900_RGB_72DPISignature Series Finned EFI Cover by Jim Nasi

Coming soon for both round-style and 90-degree “elbow” air cleaners, the Finned EFI Cover cleans up the throttle body area by concealing the exposed wiring and servo motor on select fuel-injected models. Features chrome-plated aluminum fins and durable ABS gloss black base that can be custom-painted to match color themes.

22441_1350x900_RGB_72DPIFits the following models with round, offset or 90-degree air cleaners: ’08-’16 Electra Glides, Road Glides, Road Kings & Street Glides & Trikes; ’16-’17 Softails, ’16-’17 FXDLS, ’11-’12 FLSTSE, ’13-’14 FXSBSE & ’14-’15 FLSTNSE.
• P/N 5685 Offset/90-Degree Intakes, 5686 Round Intakes
MSRP: $99.99

www.kuryakyn.com/products/5149/signature-series-finned-efi-cover

Fire & Ice Corbin Dual Touring Saddle

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Dual Touring SaddleFire  & Ice Corbin Dual Touring Saddle for 2009 – 2017 H-D Touring Models

Another Corb-innovation! This newest version of our extremely popular Dual Touring saddle is the World’s first production Heated AND Cooled motorcycle saddle. That’s right, Corbin was first to bring the luxury of heated seating to your motorcycle and now we’ve created an option for relief of your burnin’ bum during the Summer months. Like all Corbin break through innovations, this system is designed for simple installation and is fully self contained in the saddle. Simplicity, Form and Function all wrapped up in one neat package.
Dual Touring Saddle

Additionally features all the same benefits as our original Dual Tour saddle with generously sculpted seating panels for maximum support. This model is specially designed to fit the 2009 and up Electra-Glide, Road Glide and Street Glide models. The lower chassis used for Harley’s 2009 and up Baggers freed us up for a new level of ergonomically designed perfection. Wide, sculpted seating positions create a larger area of contact for excellent weight distribution. Shaped like your body to eliminate pressure points and give long lasting support that will keep you in the saddle all day.

Dual Touring SaddleAbout Fire & Ice: Ever hear of the Peltier Effect? If so, you’ve probably already figured out the basics of how the Corbin Fire & Ice system works. With just a couple of fans and some clever application we can include both heat and cool in the same saddle without pumps, compressors or fluids. It should be noted the cooling effect is affected by ambient temperature. In our samples the room temperature was 74 degrees and it took just a few minutes to cool the seating surfaces down to a chilly 63 degrees. In our continued tests, the system quickly cooled the surface 10-15 degrees below ambient temperature. On the heat side we thermostatically set it to top out at approximately 110 degrees.

Dual Touring SaddlePart # HD-FLH-9-DT-FI

Dual Tour saddle with Heat & Cool 2009-2017 H-D Touring models

M.S.R.P $993

For further details on this product and accessories, click here

800-538-7035 Toll Free

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New Harley-Davidson Street Rod

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Harley-Davidson Street RodNew Harley-Davidson Street Rod Is Tuned For Dynamic Urban Performance

 High-Output Revolution X Engine and Refined Chassis Deliver More Power and Nimble Handling

The new Harley-Davidson Street Rod motorcycle is a muscular middle-weight built to blitz the city streets. An addition to the Harley-Davidson Street model family, the Street Rod is agile, powerful and tuned for maneuvering through traffic and congestion. Steeped in tough Harley-Davidson Dark Custom styling, bearing a stance that’s poised and aggressive, the Street Rod always looks ready for action.

“The Street Rod will put the thrill in any urban commute,” said Mathew Weber, Harley-Davidson Chief Engineer for the Street Rod. “We’ve paired the potent new High Output Revolution X 750 engine with a revised chassis and up-rated suspension components to make the Street Rod quick, light-handling and easy to ride.”

The Street Rod backs up its performance with a liberal dose of Harley-Davidson Dark Custom styling.

“We made this new bike look tough and aggressive,” said Harley-Davidson Lead Designer Chetan Shedjale. “This aligns with the environment our riders will experience this motorcycle in.  The inverted, black-anodized forks and triple clamps along with a new speed screen combine to add visual mass to the Street Rod front end. The increased ground clearance and new 17-inch wheels give the Street Rod an intimidating stance. Finally, a supercharger-inspired air intake and the deeper growl of the exhaust note draw attention to the High Output Revolution X engine.”

The High Output Revolution X 750 engine produces 18 percent more horsepower and 8 percent more torque than the standard Revolution X 750 engine (U.S. and Canada markets only). The new single overhead-cam V-Twin engine features a larger air box, a new dual-throat throttle body, revised four-valve cylinder heads and high-lift camshafts, and a higher-volume muffler. The compression ratio is bumped from 11.0:1 to 12.0:1, and the engine redline is increased from 8,000 to 9,000 rpm.

“We’ve improved air flow and then tuned this new engine to maximize mid-range torque,” said Weber. “It really delivers a punch between 3,000 and 5,000 rpm, power you can always feel and use in real-world riding situations. Liquid cooling helps maintain that performance and rider comfort in stop-and-go urban traffic.”

The new Street Rod chassis is engineered to match the performance of the High Output Revolution X engine. The front end features rigid 43mm inverted forks gripped by a lightweight aluminum triple clamp. Fork rake angle is tightened from 32 to 27 degrees to quicken the steering. Coil-over rear shock absorbers have an external reservoir to increase fluid capacity and improve control. The shocks increase the rear suspension travel by 31 percent, to 4.6 inches. A new swing arm is slightly longer to accommodate the taller ride height, and has new performance-inspired styling. Lean angle is increased from 28.5 degrees left and right to 37.3 degrees right and 40.2 degrees left. The Street Rod rolls on light-weight, 17-inch front and rear Split 7 Spoke Black Cast Wheels and new Michelin Scorcher 21 radial tires. Dual 300mm-diameter front disc brakes deliver confident stopping power. Anti-Lock Braking (ABS) and the Harley-Davidson Smart Security System are factory-installed options for the Street Rod.

“The Street Rod is the most nimble motorcycle in the current Harley-Davidson line-up,” said Weber. “Tires, wheels, suspension and frame geometry are engineered to work together and deliver handling that’s light and precise at all speeds.”

A new seat shape is designed to fit the rider’s contour, and seat height is raised by 3.7 inches, to 29.4 inches, to enhance the rider’s view forward over traffic. A flat, drag-style handlebar puts the rider in a fist-forward posture on the bike. The Street Rod also features new forged foot controls and aluminum foot pegs that are positioned for a comfortable seating position that also makes it easy for riders to get feet down to the ground at stops.

Street Rod styling highlights include a new color-matched speed screen, a short aggressive street fighter-inspired tail, and all-new LED tail lamp and turn signals with a Street Rod signature look.

The Street Rod will be offered in three color options: Vivid Black, Charcoal Denim, and Olive Gold.

*All comparisons made to the standard Revolution X 750 engine

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

Slingshot Takes To The Streets Of Daytona Beach

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Polaris Slingshot Takes To The Streets Of Daytona Beach During The 76th Annual Bike Week

Slingshot to participate in the 76th Annual Daytona Bike Week with daily activities for fans and owners

Press Release: Slingshot, the bold three-wheeled roadster with an open-air, race-ready cockpit, will roar into the 76th Annual Bike Week in Daytona Beach, March 10-19. For the first time at Bike Week, Slingshot will offer demo rides on its full MY17 lineup at the Daytona International Speedway. That’s in addition to other exciting opportunities for fans to interact with the exotic looks, raw performance and pure adrenaline rush that this lightweight three-wheeled motorcycle offers.

“Daytona Bike Week is the epicenter for motorcycling enthusiasts,” said Rachel Elia, Slingshot Marketing Manager. “There is no doubt you will witness our presence in full force with activations at the Daytona International Speedway, Destination Daytona and Main Street. Fans and owners will take notice as the dual seat Slingshot roadster makes its presence felt at Bike Week.”

Slingshot will have a far-reaching presence designed to engage visitors with the edgy, three-wheel performance roadster, while introducing the open-air cockpit and side-by-side seating to a whole new set of enthusiasts. Throughout the week, the Slingshot Street Team will be roaming the streets and venues of Daytona Beach giving away gear that celebrates the Slingshot lifestyle. In addition, custom Slingshot builds from The Auto Firm will be on display at the Destination Daytona Concert Pavilion to showcase the 360-degree, race-ready cockpit and exotic, head-turning design of this one-of-a-kind roadster.

See below for the full schedule of Slingshot events at Bike Week, including factory display locations, consumer test ride opportunities and Slingshot owner activities.

MY17 Slingshot Factory Display
Daytona International Speedway
March 10-17 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last ride leaves at 4:30 p.m.)
Slingshot will have its full 2017 product line on display, including apparel and accessories, as well as several head-turning custom units. Visitors can also check out the a race-ready unit that was recently driven by some of the world’s best drivers at Race of Champions in Miami. While at the display, visitors can register for a chance to win their own 2017 Slingshot SLR.

  • MY17 Slingshot Consumer Test Rides
    Daytona International Speedway
    March 10-17 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last ride leaves at 4:30 p.m.)
    Visitors are encouraged to come out early to get signed up for a Slingshot test ride. Driver and optional passenger will enjoy a side-by-side ride, exploring the twists and turns of the surrounding area. Demo rides are free and available to those with a valid motorcycle endorsement and proper riding attire. All sign-ups are day-of.
  • Slingshot Owner Rides
    Saturday, March 11 at 11:45 a.m. (Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach)
    Sunday, March 18 at 10 a.m. (Volusia Motorsports)
    Slingshot owners are invited to take part in two organized rides:
    On Saturday, March 11, Slingshot riders will depart from Indian Motorcycle Daytona Beach and end with a lunch at Hidden Treasure Bar & Grill. For more information or to register, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1738687246156838/.
  • Hosted by: Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach
    290 N Beach Street
    Daytona Beach, FL 32114
  • On Saturday, March 18, Slingshot riders will leave from Volusia Motorsports and end at Norwood’s Treehouse Restaurant for lunch. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/162739167561010.

For more information or to register, visit SIGN UP for 3/18 Slingshot Ride from Volusia Motorsports.

Hosted by: Volusia Motorsports
1701 State Road 44
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168

For more information about Slingshot visit PolarisSlingshot.com. Follow us at Facebook.com/PolarisSlingshot, @Slingshot on Twitter and @polarisslingshot on Instagram.

 

 

Idaho House Unanimously Approves Anti-Motorcycle Profiling Bill

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idaho-hb123-featured-image-620x350Idaho House Unanimously Approves Anti-Motorcycle Profiling Bill

By David “Double D” Devereaux

Motorcycle Profiling Project

Grassroots manpower is the most powerful tool in the motorcycle rights movement’s arsenal and motorcycle clubs are a critical component. This power was again demonstrated by the Idaho motorcycle club community and ABATE of Idaho beginning on February 21, 2017 when HO 123, a law prohibiting motorcycle profiling, passed out of the House Judiciary committee with a unanimous do-pass recommendation. On February 27th the entire Idaho House of Representatives voted 69-0-1 (one rep. was absent) in favor of HO 123. Which will now go through the same process in the Senate and, if successful, will ultimately be the third state to send similar legislation to their Governor’s desk to be signed into law.

Manpower and The Public Hearing
Bikers filled every available seat during the public hearing, so the adjacent room was opened up in order to accommodate the overflow. Bikers are one of the most visible constituencies actively utilizing the democratic process through grassroots mobilization. The movement to pass anti- motorcycle profiling laws at the state and federal level is proof positive, and legislators are  taking notice.

HO 123’s primary sponsor, Representative Robert Anderst, introduced the bill, emphasizing that the goal was to look forward and improve the relationship between law enforcement and the biking community. Rep. Anderst testified that his support stemmed from the perspective of  both a legislator and an advocate. Rep. Anderst is a biker himself, and proudly stands with the motorcycle community.

Anderst said, “We definitely aren’t the caricature sensationalized on TV. Just like any large group, we are made up of individuals … tradesmen to attorneys, truckers to clergy – even a few legislators. What I can say is that the vast majority are hardworking, productive members of society who want to be left alone.”

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Twin Power Now Offering Gaskets

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IMG_8733Twin Power Now Offering Gaskets

Twin Power has done it again with the addition of gaskets to their ever-growing product line, giving the Harley-Davidson enthusiast another option when it comes to products for their motorcycles.

Made in the USA, Twin Power gaskets are offered as a kit that contains all of the gaskets and seals necessary, or separately as needed, to perform a specific job. The highest quality kits include AFM and MLS style gaskets.

 043154TopEndKitOne of the biggest complaints we’ve heard about gaskets is how they’re packaged,” says James Simonelli, Brand Manager for Twin Power. “Many of the gaskets on the market are packaged in uneven quantities which makes no sense.”

 We’ve also reduced package quantities on many items to help keep inventory costs down,” adds Simonelli.

043239PrimaryGsktKit The new gaskets (P/Ns 043154 to 043299) from Twin Power retail for $3.95 to $152.95 and can be ordered through your local Tucker Rocky | Biker’s Choice dealer.

About Tucker Rocky/Biker’s Choice

Featuring the most powerful portfolio of parts, accessories and apparel brands in powersports, Tucker Rocky/Biker’s Choice is the go-to supplier for retailers across the nation. In addition to an unmatched product selection, Tucker Rocky/Biker’s Choice is proud of its relentlessly customer-centric culture and unwavering pledge to on-time delivery. Because of its uncompromising commitment to continuous improvement, Tucker Rocky/Biker’s Choice has been earning the trust of the best dealers in the industry for 50 years.

For more information, visit Tucker Rocky/Biker’s Choice online at www.tuckerrocky.com or on FacebookTwitter and Google+.  To inquire about becoming a Tucker Rocky dealer for products and accessories, contact the New Dealer Development Department at (817) 258-9255 or newdealer@tuckerrocky.com.

Indian Motorcycle Roadmaster Classic

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Roadmaster ClassicIndian Motorcycle’s 2017 Roadmaster Classic Blends Vintage Styling With Modern Touring Amenities

Rich in leather and luxury features, the Roadmaster Classic reimagines what a heritage-inspired American touring motorcycle can be

Welcome back, Americana. Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, is proud to present the newly crafted Roadmaster Classic, a bike that reimagines what a heritage-inspired American touring motorcycle can be by blending iconic styling with the ultimate in modern touring amenities.

Paying homage to the iconic styling cues of past Indian motorcycles, the Indian Roadmaster Classic features loads of high quality genuine leather, including a premium touring seat, saddlebags with fringe, and a new leather trunk. Large enough to hold two full-faced helmets and constructed with a built-in passenger backrest, the leather-adorned trunk can be kept on for a full touring experience or quickly detached to create a more streamlined look.   Further adding to the beauty of the motorcycle, Roadmaster Classic features valanced fenders, chrome details, and stunning two-tone paint options. The Indian Roadmaster Classic will turn heads whether you’re riding down Main Street or on Route 66.

The bike’s eye-catching vintage style combines cutting-edge technology to ensure rider and passenger travel in comfort. A keyless ignition with proximity fob, throttle-by-wire cruise control, heated grips and seats, Pathfinder LED headlamps, power adjustable windscreen, adjustable passenger floorboards,  tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), anti-lock brakes (ABS), 100 watt premium audio system, and Indian Motorcycle’s much-lauded 7-inch Ride Command infotainment system all come standard.

“The Indian Roadmaster has been synonymous with comfort for touring riders since its introduction in the 1950’s,” says Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director Reid Wilson. “The addition of the new leather wrapped Roadmaster Classic gives touring riders another great option that delivers a powerful and iconic experience. The Roadmaster Classic is an undeniably beautiful motorcycle that our riders have been asking for.” Read More

New Transmission Top Cover

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New Transmission Top CoverCovingtons Customs Introduces  New Transmission Top Cover For  2017 Milwaukee-Eight

Press Release: Enhance the look of your 2017 Milwaukee-Eight with Covingtons Customs’ new Transmission Top Covers for bagger and touring models. Available in either black or chrome, these high-quality covers are CNC machined from premium billet aluminum and finished to the highest standards available.

6-Speed Transmission Covers

Available in your choice of smooth or dimpled design, chrome or black finish.

Made in the USA

MSRP $249.95

Covingtons Customs
580-256-2939
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Easyriders Motorcycle Show Coming To Atlantic City

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Easyriders Motorcycle ShowEasyriders Custom Motorcycle Show Rolls Into Atlantic City, New Jersey

Easyriders 2017 Bike Show Tour

Easyriders Events proudly announces the Easyriders 2017 Bike Show Tour’s fourth stop at the Atlantic City Convention Center, located at 1 Convention Blvd in Atlantic City, NJ on February 4, 2017.

This one day show will be held on Saturday from 10:00a.m. until 7:00p.m. All tickets for the show will be sold at the door. All ages are welcome to this family-friendly event showcasing the newest innovations in custom motorcycle builds mixed with antique, old school and specialty builds.

The tour boasts some of the most recognized and respected builders and bikes in today’s motorcycle scene, as well as a unique platform for “backyard builders” to showcase their own prized builds. The show also hosts a multitude of the motorcycle industry’s top vendors showcasing the most up-to-date biker goods available in today’s market.

Easyriders Motorcycle Show

Jason Wilson

Meet Jason Wilson, founder of the Douche LaRouche Chopper Club and Sacred Steel, featured on the Discovery Channel’s new TV series Sacred Steel Bikes. Jason’s unique choppers are a tribute to the old school custom bikes of the 1960’s and ’70’s. Come check out these ground-up custom creations that will be on display at the shows.

Easyriders Motorcycle Show

Michael Ballard

Meet Michael Ballard, owner of the world’s largest biker bar, The Full Throttle Saloon. Check out the Full Throttle Saloon semi, and get your authentic FTS merchandise. “I’m excited to be a part of Easyriders Events and to meet the fans of Full Throttle Saloon” – Michael Ballard

Other guest appearances include Paul Yaffe, founder of Bagger Nation and ranked as one of the true master builders in the motorcycle industry. See his amazing custom baggers, parts and accessories at our bike shows.

Easyriders Motorcycle Show

NTC Drift Trikes

NTC Drift Trikes, one of the most popular features at the Easyriders Rodeo this past summer, will be onsite showing off one-of-a-kind trikes and demonstrating their drifting capabilities every hour.

Easyriders Motorcycle Show

Purrfect Angelz

As featured on America’s Got Talent, Country Music Television’s, Foxworthy’s Big Night Out and a laundry list of popular country music videos, the Purrfect Angelz will be showing off their choreographed dance performances live on the main stage and offering attendees photo opportunities. The founder of the Purrfect Angelz, Lisa Ligon, will be celebrating 15 years with Easyriders Events and has been named the master of ceremonies for the 2017 tour.

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Fryed Brothers Band

A day at the Easyriders Bike Show in Atlantic City will also include live music performances by the Fryed Brothers Band.

The bike show competition is open to the public, and it’s free to enter your motorcycle when you sign up for a basic 5’x10’ bike display space. Entries can be made all the way up until the day of show! Applications to enter YOUR bike in the competition can be found at www.easyridersevents.com.

Media Days are scheduled each Friday preceding show dates at their respective venues with numerous opportunities for photographs, video and interviews. For additional information regarding the Easyriders 2017 Bike Show Tour features, high resolution photos and media pass information, please call 1-800-962-9857 or visit us online at www.easyridersevents.com.

Easyriders Events is a division of Paisano Publications, LLC., a California corporation that publishes Easyriders, V-Twin and other related publications for the motorcycle enthusiast

RSD Dyna Bob Job Seat

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RSD Dyna Bob Job Seat

RSD Dyna Bob Job Seat

RSD Dyna Bob Job Seat

When we set out to design and manufacture a line of seats, it was about taking what we love in classic design and blending it with non-traditional performance oriented styling.

The RSD Bob Job Seat is our answer for those riding Dyna’s that want a minimalist look without sacrificing function or comfort. Inspirited by high-performance automobiles and fine leather craftsmanship, it features a distressed black giving owners a high level of detail that manages to blend in as well as stand out.

We adhere to industry best practices in creating a durable long-lasting pan from marine-grade fiberglass and then cover it with high quality injection molded foam for comfort on long rides. The formed fit ensures a planted riding position no matter if you’re cruising or popping wheelies.

FeaturesRSD_DBJ_01

  • Direct bolt on
  • Ergonomic shape keeps rider seated firmly & comfortably
  • Black distressed vinyl with raised detailing
  • Controlled density polyurethane foam
  • Marine grade fiberglass pan
  • RSD metal logo
  • Manufactured by Mustang Seats

About Roland Sands Design:

Roland Sands Design is a motorcycle, product and apparel company that has its roots in racing, custom bike building and design. Our inspiration comes from a high performance background that blends the love of two wheels with the desire to create unique products. We live the two wheeled life and our crew is a diverse collection of road racers, off-road, dirt track, super moto and custom bike builders and riders. It’s this diversity that allows us to work with the best in the industry on a wide variety of projects. Follow all bike builds, new products and the life and times of the Roland Sands Design crew at www.rolandsands.com.

Dirty Bird’s Dynaflip Inner Fairing

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FrontFairing_Dyna2Dirty Bird Concepts Dynaflip Inner Fairing

Dirty Bird Concepts introduces the Dynaflip Inner Fairing (DBC-225) available with or without a USB charging port.  Made from super strong NYB injection molded polymer; this part is guaranteed not to crack or break.  The all new inner fairing gives your Dyna an aggressive look and more room to get creative with paint. This part fits all Dynas 2006 to present and installs quickly with little to no adjustments when ordering without the USB option.  If you opt for the USB charging port, wiring will be required; therefore, we recommend installation by a professional.  Proudly made in the USA.

FrontFairing_DynaOther parts recently added to the Dyna Division include, chin spoilers, a license plate eliminator and a series of horn and horn cover sets.  To shop all Dirty Bird parts, please visit us online at www.dirtybirdconcepts.com.

Dirty Bird Concepts
623-465-5263
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Texas Biker Movement Alive and Strong After Waco Tragedy

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bikers-rally-in-austin-2017-featured-image-620x350Texas Biker Movement Alive and Strong After Waco Tragedy

By David “Double D” Devereaux

Motorcycle Profiling Project

The motorcycle rights movement is alive and thriving in the state of Texas. Although many motorcyclists conjectured that the tragedy that occurred in Waco on May 17, 2015 would reduce participation in the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents, over a thousand club members and independents showed up for the bi-annual Rally held at the Capitol in Austin every other year. On January 23, 2017, the Motorcycle Profiling Project joined select motorcycle rights advocates from around the country and a contingent representing the National Council of Clubs (NCOC) in a show of support and solidarity that clearly communicates that clubs and independents from across America support the Texas COC&I and Texas bikers in their struggle against motorcycle profiling and discrimination.

Crisis creates opportunity

After Waco, many in the biker community worried that the motorcycle rights movement in Texas would become fractured and lose participation. This logic was based on a couple of factors. There was supposed to be a Texas COC&I meeting at the Twin Peaks where the tragedy occurred. Would clubs and independents stop participating for fear that merely being present at a political meeting could get you arrested without individualized suspicion and given a 1-million-dollar bond? Would law enforcement start surrounding all TCOC&I political gatherings with a multi-agency task force with high powered rifles?

But Texas bikers have made another choice. The manpower behind the movement to protect motorcycle rights is still mobilized and politically active. TCOC&I meetings have continued to peacefully assemble statewide as they have for nearly 20 years without any incidents or violence.

In the face of crisis, Texas bikers have not laid down and surrendered to fear or complacency. Instead, they have chosen to stand up and fight for their liberties as demonstrated by the mass gathering at the Capitol on January 23rd. And this mobilization is nationwide as evidenced by the support from states coast-to-coast represented in Austin.

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Harley-Davidson 2016 Results

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safe_image_1Harley-Davidson Reports Fourth Quarter, Full-Year 2016 Results

Market Share Gains in the U.S. While Industry Sales Decline

Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) fourth quarter 2016 diluted EPS increased 22.7 percent to $0.27 compared to $0.22 in the same period of 2015. In the fourth quarter of 2016, net income was $47.2 million on consolidated revenue of $1.11 billion versus net income of $42.2 million on consolidated revenue of $1.18 billion in the year-ago period. Full-year 2016 diluted EPS increased 3.8 percent to $3.83 compared to diluted EPS of $3.69 in 2015. Full-year net income was $692.2 million on consolidated revenue of $6.0 billion versus net income of $752.2 million on consolidated revenue of $6.0 billion a year ago.

“The global competitive environment remains intense, but our 2016 results demonstrate that our increased investments to drive demand and bring impactful new products to market are working,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief executive officer, Harley-Davidson, Inc. “We are energized by our resolve to compete and win in the U.S. and in major international markets. Our market share performance gives us great confidence in the strength of our long-term strategy.”

For the full-year 2016, worldwide Harley-Davidson retail motorcycle sales were down 1.6 percent compared to 2015. U.S. retail sales decreased 3.9 percent, partially offset by international growth of 2.3 percent.

During 2016, the company reported its best-ever retail sales results in Asia Pacific and EMEA. In the 601+cc motorcycle market, the company grew its number one market share position in the U.S. and grew market share in Europe. The company added 40 new dealer points internationally and reported that U.S. dealers trained more than 65,000 new riders through the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy. The company also launched its model year 2017 lineup of motorcycles, featuring the new, highly-acclaimed Milwaukee-Eight™ engine, and upgraded suspension, on all new Touring motorcycles.

“Our long-term strategy is all about growing ridership in the U.S., growing reach and impact internationally, and growing share and profit in every market we serve,” stated Levatich. “Our goal over the next 10 years is to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders worldwide.” Read More

Custom Engraved Head Plates

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Hot_Devil_MammaCustom Engraved Head Plates

As seen at the V-Twin Expo

Press Release: Cut from billet, aircraft aluminum, powder coated and laser engraved, Old Jim Customs’ patented Head Plates are a revolutionary concept in customizing your Harley. They install in seconds with heat resistant 3M peel and stick acrylic tapes and won’t damage the finish or leave any residue when removed.

Pick from our designs below or design your own at no additional cost! (Head Plates fit the cylinder heads of virtually all Harley Twin Cam, Sportster or Evolution engine styles. Back Plates are made to fit any stock bagger! Just call!)

Old Jim Customs
812-430-7309
oldjimcustoms.com

 

 

Harley-Davidson Factory Team Primed For Flat-Track Battle

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Harley-Davidson’s Factory Flat Track Racing team expands to three riders for the 2017 American Flat Track season with three-time Grand National Champion Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (right) joined by two-time Grand National Champion Jake Johnson (left) and young standout Brandon Robinson (center). All three will ride the new Harley-Davidson XG750R flat tracker exclusively.

Harley-Davidson’s Factory Flat Track Racing team expands to three riders for the 2017 American Flat Track season with three-time Grand National Champion Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (right) joined by two-time Grand National Champion Jake Johnson (left) and young standout Brandon Robinson (center). All three will ride the new Harley-Davidson XG750R flat tracker exclusively.

Harley-Davidson Factory Team Primed For Flat-Track Battle

Team of Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson Revealed Live During ESPN X Games

It’s a flat-track triple threat. The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team will unleash a three-rider squad in 2017. Former AMA Pro Grand National champions Kenny Coolbeth Jr. and Jake Johnson and young flat-track star Brandon Robinson will race in the legendary Factory Team leathers.

The team was announced today during a live interview with Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson during ABC network coverage of ESPN’s X Games Aspen.

Gunning for the checkered flag aboard the fierce Harley-Davidson XG750R competition motorcycle, the formidable trio of ace racers will chase a championship on the American Flat Track (AFT)series and fight to medal in the Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing event at ESPN’s X Games Minneapolis. The American Flat track racing season opens during Daytona Bike Week at the March 16 Daytona TT on a new circuit featuring a jump to be constructed inside Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

“This edition of the Harley Factory Team will bring unmatched savvy and experience to the track,” said Harley-Davidson Vice President and Managing Director U.S. Mike Kennedy. “With a combined 59 Grand National wins and five AMA Pro Grand National championships, this line-up of riders knows what it takes to do battle with the lead pack and will be a force aboard our new Harley-Davidson XG750R Factory Racing bikes. If you are in Daytona for Bike Week, ride to the race and see the Factory Team in action on this exciting new TT track.”

The Harley Factory Team will field a fleet of Harley XG750R bikes for Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson. With a custom chassis purpose-built for flat track racing, the XG750R flat tracker is powered by a race-modified, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 750cc Revolution X V-Twin engine originally engineered for the Harley-Davidson Street® 750, a motorcycle designed for maximum urban maneuverability with rebellious Dark Custom attitude. The Revolution X engine is assembled at Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations in Kansas City, Missouri.

“I’m excited to be one of the riders helping to push the XG750R to the front of the field,” said Robinson. “I’m sure I’ll be battling with Kenny and Jake to see who can make history and score the first win aboard the new bike. I’ve learned a lot racing against them. Now we’re working together to bring home a championship for Harley-Davidson.”

The race-modified Revolution X engine and a racing frame for the XG750R were developed in collaboration with Vance & Hines Motorsports. The XG750R flat tracker motorcycle is not a production model. The 750cc XG Revolution X V-Twin engine is for sale through Harley-Davidson dealers today and can be modified for racing use by aspiring dealers and privateers. Read More

Victory Cross Series Gets a Flag Pole

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30-113_Flag_PoleVictory Cross Series Gets a Flag Pole

To help those Victory Cross Series owners that want to display their pride, Big Bike Parts has taken their popular 12’’ Flag Pole and created an attachment for the Victory. The black mount easily connects to either of the lower rear saddlebag brackets, allowing riders to choose which side to mount their Big Bike Parts 12’’ Flag Pole, or get a pair and mount to both sides. Includes 6’’ x 9’’ American Flag.

12’’ Flag Pole Victory Cross Series
Part # 30-113 MSRP $39.95

Big Bike Parts
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Easyriders Custom Motorcycle Show Rolls Into Nashville, Tennessee

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nashville02Easyriders Custom Motorcycle Show Rolls Into Nashville, Tennessee

Easyriders Events proudly announces the Easyriders 2017 Bike Show Tour’s Third stop at the Nashville Music City Center , located at 201 5th Ave. South in Nashville, TN on January 28, 2017.

This one day show will be held on Saturday from 10:00a.m. until 7:00p.m. All Tickets for the show will be sold at the door. All ages are welcome to this family-friendly event showcasing the newest innovations in custom motorcycle builds mixed with antique, old school and specialty builds.

nashville05The tour is the most anticipated custom motorcycle show circuit of its kind in the country, uniquely offering local “backyard” builders a forum to compete and show their works of motorized art side-by-side with some of the biggest names in the custom motorcycle world. Basic bike show competition entry is free of charge and all bikes are voted on by the attending public as well as judged by Editors of Easyriders, V-Twin and Road Iron magazines, who will be scouting for bikes and builders to feature.

Meet Jason Wilson, founder of the Douche LaRouche Chopper Club and Sacred Steel, featured on the Discovery Channel’s new TV series Sacred Steel Bikes. Jason’s unique choppers are a tribute to the old school custom bikes of the 1960’s and ’70’s. Come check out these ground-up custom creations that will be on display at the shows.

nashville03Meet Michael Ballard, owner of the world’s largest biker bar, The Full Throttle Saloon. Check out the Full Throttle Saloon semi, and get your authentic FTS merchandise. “I’m excited to be a part of Easyriders Events and to meet the fans of Full Throttle Saloon” – Michael Ballard

Other guest appearances include Paul Yaffe, founder of Bagger Nation and ranked as one of the true master builders in the motorcycle industry. See his amazing custom baggers, parts and accessories at our bike shows.

NTC Drift Trikes, one of the most popular features at the Easyriders Rodeo this past summer, will be onsite showing off one-of-a-kind trikes and demonstrating their drifting capabilities every hour.

As featured on America’s Got Talent, Country Music Television’s, Foxworthy’s Big Night Out and a laundry list of popular country music videos, the Purrfect Angelz will be showing off their choreographed dance performances live on the main stage and offering attendees photo opportunities. The founder of the Purrfect Angelz, Lisa Ligon, will be celebrating 15 years with Easyriders Events and has been named the master of ceremonies for the 2017 tour.

nashville08Their music is magic, and the ideas exploded as original members of The Royal Hounds Band Hinds, Lee, and Billingsley collaborated on songs, stage tricks, and other components of their unique live show.

The bike show competition is open to the public, and it’s free to enter your motorcycle when you sign up for a basic 5’x10’ bike display space. Entries can be made all the way up until the day of show! Applications to enter YOUR bike in the competition can be found at www.easyridersevents.com.

Media Days are scheduled each Friday preceding show dates at their respective venues with numerous opportunities for photographs, video and interviews. For additional information regarding the Easyriders 2017 Bike Show Tour features, high resolution photos and media pass information, please call 1-800-962-9857 or visit us online at www.easyridersevents.com.

Easyriders Events is a division of Paisano Publications, LLC., a California corporation that publishes Easyriders, V-Twin and other related publications for the motorcycle enthusiast.

6″ Super Low Flare For 2015+ Harley Road Glide

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SuperLow26″ Super Low Flare For 2015+ Harley Road Glide

Klock Werks adds a low windshield option to their already award-winning windshield line-up. Introducing, the 6” Super Low Sport Flare Windshield for 2015+ Road Glide (FLTR).

“It’s the most visually striking Flare the company has ever made,” Dan Cheeseman, COO, said. “It’s the highest funtioning and sexiest low windshield option on the market.”

The new 6” Super Low Flare is
an addition to Klock Werks Sport Flare Windshield line up for 2015+ Road Glides. The Super Low will be available in dark smoke and black, and is the perfect, sleek compliment to kustom big wheels.

SuperLow1“This Flare compliments the aggressive stance of the new Road Glide fairing by adding more forward attitude without sacrificing the smooth curvatures needed for great air management,” Lead R&D Technician, Jennifer Bainbridge said. “and it’s another option for riders with a shorter torso height.”

For an optimum ride and experience, Klock Werks suggests that you are able to comfortably look over the windshield while riding. Finding the right height for your stance is paramount to the best possible wind management. This improved and patented windshield was created to provide downforce, with aerodynamic engineering at the forefront. Performance was first, and style came along with it! The shape of the windshield, with the flips and the hip, is the proverbial cherry on top. It adds instant style whether you’re building a kustom or just looking for a better ride.  Read More

Another One Bites The Dust!

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jpegAnother One Bites The Dust!

EBR Motorcycles, LLC (“EBR”) located in East Troy, Wisconsin will begin a wind down of production operations commencing next week. EBR will continue to honor warranties and provide technical and parts support to current dealers and riders who bought motorcycles manufactured by EBR. EBR will continue to review strategic alternatives with interested investors regarding production operations.

The decision was a tough one for EBR as it has been solely focused on the growth and building EBR for success. The team at EBR has worked tirelessly making every effort to build the company. There is no fault on any of the team at EBR for this decision. They and their families have our deepest gratitude for their efforts and dedication to EBR. This difficult decision was based primarily on EBR facing significant headwinds with signing new dealers, which is key to sales and growth for a new company. In addition, EBR has had limited production in 2016 and 2017 that was under goal. The combination of slow sales and industry announcements of other major OEM brands closing or cutting production only magnified the challenges faced by EBR.

7efb8d_7a3b302295ad49abb973552f4b04116b~mv2_d_2718_2040_s_2The limited production of remaining 2017 and 2016 EBR motorcycles are currently available from EBR’s top dealers. For a list of top dealers, please go to www.EBR.com.

A sale of production equipment and excess parts will start in March.

 

Voting Open For Kuryakyn Sprint Signature Series Build Battle!

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sprint_social_media_V2Voting Open For Kuryakyn Sprint Signature Series Build Battle!

Kuryakyn dealers armed with the new Sprint Signature Series by John Shope are battling it out to see who can build the “baddest” Indian Scout. Five dealerships were enlisted to showcase their creativity in a friendly war of the wrenches, demonstrating the versatility of the Sprint Signature Series and its ability to transform Scout and Scout Sixty platforms.

Sprint Signature Series Build Battle contestants are only limited by their own imagination. There are no rules regarding theme, total cost or design style. The lone requirement is that each build entry must utilize the entire Kuryakyn Sprint Signature Series by John Shope, including the Sprint Front Fender, Café Fairing, Chin Spoiler and various Sprint frame/body accents. Each participating dealer was also supplied with Crusher® Maverick Slip-Ons for use on their build.

Online public voting open now and running through Friday, February 10 will decide the winning Scout. The winning dealership will be announced on Tuesday, February 14. Fans can vote for their favorite build and learn more about the inspiration behind each design at www.kuryakyn.com/sprint-battle.

The five dealerships participating in the Sprint Signature Series Build Battle are:

  • Bison Thunder Motorcycle (St. Michael, Minn.)
  • Coastal Indian Victory Motorcycles (Murrells Inlet, S.C.)
  • Lynnwood Motoplex (Lynnwood, Wash.)
  • Rollin’ Fast Cycle Sports (East Lebanon, N.J.)
  • Tytlers Cycle (De Pere, Wis.)

The Sprint collection by John Shope is the first release in the Kuryakyn Signature Series, which showcases skillfully crafted designs from top custom bike builders. The Sprint Signature Series is produced exclusively by Kuryakyn and available through its worldwide dealer and distributor network. Endless customizing options, quality construction, and easy installation with precise fitment make the Sprint collection a must-have for any custom Scout project.

Vote for your favorite build now at www.kuryakyn.com/sprint-battle.

American Motorcyclist Association Opposes Profiling of Motorcyclists

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AMALogo_DkBack_330American Motorcyclist Association opposes profiling of motorcyclists

Board of Directors adopts official position statement

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association Board of Directors has adopted and issued an official position statement objecting to the profiling of motorcyclists by government agencies, including judging riders on their chosen apparel, mode of transportation or associates, rather than specific behavior and actions.

“The AMA strongly condemns the profiling of motorcyclists by government agencies and has long championed the undeniable fact that the vast majority of riders and enthusiasts are upstanding, law-abiding citizens,” the statement reads.

“Several states have considered bills aimed at curtailing the profiling of motorcyclists by law enforcement agencies and others,” said AMA Board Chair Maggie McNally-Bradshaw. “The Board believes this is an important issue facing everyone who rides, and the AMA remains at the forefront in promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling.”

The AMA Board of Directors adopts and publishes position statements that delineate the organization’s official stance on issues of concern. The new statement on Motorcyclist Profiling is one of seven adopted by the Board. The full statement on Motorcyclist Profiling can be found here: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/About-The-AMA/motorcyclist-profiling.

The states of Washington (S.B. 5242 in 2011) and Maryland (S.B. 233 in 2016) passed legislation specifically forbidding the profiling of motorcyclists, and other states are considering similar legislation.

In 2012, California adopted A.B. 1047, outlawing motorcycle-only checkpoints. Checkpoints are also restricted by state law or judicial action in: Alaska, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, New Hampshire, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join


Motorcycle Only Checkpoints Still a Reality in Many States

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MOC-RB-2Motorcycle Only Checkpoints Still a Reality in Many States

David “Double D” Devereaux
For Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

Imagine riding your motorcycle to a benefit and seeing a sign saying “Motorcycles must exit at rest area.” Although you’ve done nothing wrong, and your motorcycle registration and insurance are up to date an current, you will be subject to a random seizure and inspection. You pull into the rest area as instructed and are greeted by a LEO’s from multiple agencies, including the gang task force. While one group conducts safety inspections the gang task force uses the opportunity to take pictures and document every motorcycle stopped. Very few citations are issued relative to the number of bikes stopped. Since 2007, similar incidents have happened all over America. And now, you too have just experienced a motorcycle-only checkpoint, or MOC.

History of Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints

Most date the birth of MOC’s as 2007 as a way to crackdown on motorcyclists in New York. In April of 2006, New York State Police Trooper Craig J. Todeschini attempted to chase down a reckless speeder on a motorcycle and lost control of his SUV. He died after he struck a tree.

“Response to this incident by the NYSP, which was widely acknowledged in law enforcement circles and elsewhere as categorical retaliation against motorcyclists, was fairly prompt. Less than a year and a half after Todeschini’s death, the country’s first-ever motorcycle-only checkpoint – named “Operation 5060” in the memory and honor of Todeschini’s badge number – was conducted on I-84 in East Fishkill, New York by the NYSP and led by then- Sergeant J. Halvorsen. This operation was a pilot – a blueprint for things to come.” 

After 2007, motorcycle-only checkpoints began appearing in other states. New York was so proud of this scheme “that they went touring the country showing law enforcement agencies around the nation how to do it.” This strategy was an easy sell as it amounted to huge wins for both the law enforcement agencies and the municipalities. Police ran the checkpoints on overtime and the feds footed the bill so the municipality didn’t pay for any of it.

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Polaris Reports 2016 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Results

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  • UnknownSales for the fourth quarter of 2016 increased 10% to $1,217.8 million including Transamerican Auto Parts (“TAP”) sales of $108.7 million

  • Fourth quarter 2016 reported net income was $0.97 per diluted share; adjusted net income for the same period was $1.18 per diluted share, in-line with expectations

  • ORV dealer inventory was down 11%, year-over-year; total dealer inventory was down 8%

  • Full year 2016 reported net income was $3.27 per diluted share; adjusted net income for the same period was $3.48 per diluted share, in-line with previously issued guidance. Sales for the full year of 2016 decreased 4% to $4,516.6 million

  • Polaris announced guidance for the full year 2017. Adjusted net income is expected to be in the range of $4.25 to $4.50 per diluted share with sales for the full year 2017 expected in the range of up 10% to 13%.

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

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today reported fourth quarter 2016 sales of $1,217.8 million up 10 percent from $1,105.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. Fourth quarter 2016 reported net income was $62.6 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, compared with $110.7 million, or $1.66 per diluted share, for the 2015 fourth quarter. Adjusted net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, excluding purchase accounting adjustments and certain costs related to the acquisition of TAP, was $76.1 million, or $1.18 per diluted share.

For the full year ended December 31, 2016 the Company reported sales of $4,516.6 million, a decrease of 4 percent versus $4,719.3 million in the prior year. Reported net income was $212.9 million, or $3.27 per diluted share, compared with $455.4 million, or $6.75 per diluted share, for the full year 2015. Adjusted net income, excluding purchase accounting adjustments and certain costs related to the acquisition of TAP was $226.5 million, or $3.48 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2016.

On November 10, 2016, the Company completed the acquisition of TAP, a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor, retailer and installer of off-road Jeep and truck accessories, for an aggregate consideration of $669 million.

“2016 was a difficult and challenging year for Polaris, but our culture is geared to deal head on with adversity and learn from it, and that’s what we did in 2016. In response to a series of recalls, we took the necessary steps to ensure that Polaris vehicles deliver the quality, safety and performance that our customers expect. We are relying on these enhanced improvements, consistent execution, and aggressive innovation to regain our footing as the ‘Best in Powersports’,” commented Scott Wine.

“Our team worked incredibly hard in 2016 to serve our Off Road Vehicle customers and dealers, and that work is accelerating into 2017. It is a very competitive ORV market and we will aggressively execute and revitalize our broad set of tools that built the most successful armada in Powersports. Significant progress was made across our businesses, including mid-twenty percent growth in Indian Motorcycle retail sales and an eight percent reduction in dealer inventories year-over-year, while at the same time, reducing factory inventory 16 percent excluding acquisitions, and improving operating cash flow by 30 percent in 2016. Further, we completed the Taylor Dunn acquisition in the work space and TAP in the aftermarket space, executing our strategy to enhance profitable growth opportunities in adjacent markets. We continued to enhance our Quality and Safety organization, production in our new facility in Huntsville, Alabama is ramping up to become the enabler to our go to market Retail Flow Management (RFM) process, and lean initiatives across our network drove approximately $150 million in gross Value Improvement (“VIP”) savings during the year.”

“The entire Polaris team is committed to superior execution, improved product safety and quality, enhanced dealer relations, and earning the trust our customers and stakeholders place in the Polaris brand, in 2017 and beyond. We are accelerating our research and development investments to again win the ORV product game, focusing on the successful integration of TAP, and developing our competitive position in Motorcycles, all of which will drive increasing shareholder value in the future.”

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Dynaflo Chin Spoiler

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Dynaflow_ChinDirty Bird Concepts Dynaflo Chin Spoiler

Press Release: Dirty Bird Concepts unveils the Dynaflo Chin Spoiler (DBC-224), the first part to be announced in our newly created Dyna Division.  Widely recognized for his complete line of Harley-Davidson and Indian bagger parts along with the increasingly popular Softail Division, John Shope continues to increase his parts line as the motorcycle industry shifts.   Made from super strong NYB injection molded polymer; the chin spoiler is easy to paint, quick to install and adds that aggressive look your bike craves.  This part will fit all Dynas 2006 to Present and comes equipped with the mounting bracket and hardware needed to install.  Proudly made in the USA.

Other parts recently added to the Dyna Division include, the license plate eliminator and a series of horn and horn cover sets.  To shop all Dirty Bird parts, please visit us online at www.dirtybirdconcepts.com.

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4th Annual Mama Tried Motorcycle Show

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MamaTried24th Annual Mama Tried Motorcycle Show to Feature More Than 100 Custom Bikes

Thousands expected in Milwaukee for a weekend including indoor flat track race, curated invitational show, Harley-Davidson Museum Pre-Party and Lakefront Ice Riding

The Mama Tried Motorcycle Show, presented by Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, announced today that it will hold its fourth annual exhibition Feb. 17-19 in Milwaukee, bringing thousands to the city in the dead of winter. The show will feature a full weekend of events, including the second annual Flat Out Friday indoor flat track motorcycle race, the Mama Tried Motorcycle Invitational with a special pre-party hosted by the Harley-Davidson Museum, and Slippery Sunday, an ice-riding competition on the Milwaukee Lakefront.

Flat Out Friday, will kick off the weekend at 7:00 p.m. Feb. 17 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. More than 220 racers will compete in 11 classes ranging from amateur and professional to vintage, youth and hooligan. Racing on a flat track oval covered in Dr. Pepper syrup for traction, registered riders include flat track pro racer Jerad Mees, Hooligan riders Carey Hart and Mark “Rusty Butcher” Atkins and Milwaukee native Loyal Prach in the youth class. Special highlights will include an honor ride by the Milwaukee Police Department and Milwaukee-area veterans and the Charlotte Kainz Memorial Pro Race.

MamaTried3Immediately following Flat Out Friday, the Harley-Davidson Museum will host a Mama Tried pre-party featuring live music and refreshments. There will be a shuttle service to and from the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Mama Tried Invitational main event will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Feb. 18 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Lindsay Building on South Second Street. The event showcases more than 150 motorcycles in a gallery-style setting, focused primarily on submissions from the Midwest. This year’s builder list features builds from Michael Lange, Scott T-Bone Jones, Louie Lauters, Keino Sasaki and Chase Stopnik.

The Slippery Sunday ice-riding competition will conclude the weekend. It will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 19 at McKinley Marina on Milwaukee’s Lakefront, pending weather and ice conditions.

MamaTried1The show and weekend of events are the brainchild of Scott Johnson of Fuel Café and Mojofuco Restaurants, Warren Heir of JRS Custom Fabrication and Jeremy Prach of Prach Promotions LLC embodying their cumulative lifelong experiences racing and riding in the Wisconsin motorcycle scene.

“When we started looking, we found so many great Midwestern bikes and builders that never get showcased,” explains Johnson. “Each of the last three years, we’ve been blown away by the level of enthusiasm to participate in, and to attend, a show in the dead of winter. We are especially excited for our second year of Flat Out Friday in Milwaukee, which previously hadn’t hosted an indoor race since 1980.”

“We’re really trying to bring together all types of motorcyclists and enthusiasts to reveal the tremendous cross-pollination of riding in Wisconsin,” Heir continued. “It’s amazing to see the excitement from people of all walks of life for this show and for the Flat Out Friday races.”

Last year, more than 9,000 attended the two-day show and more than 7,200 started the weekend off at last year’s Flat Out Friday, which was held at the UWM Panther Arena. This year’s event, held at the larger BMO Harris Bradley Center, is anticipated to bring in crowds of 10,000. Read More

Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation Makes it Easy for Customers to Buy Direct

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Screen Shot 2017-01-20 at 8.57.36 AMPaul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation Makes it Easy for Customers to Buy Direct

Lion’s Share of All PYBN Parts and Accessories In stock, Ready to Ship

Press Release: Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation, the custom shop known for providing the Harley-Davidson aftermarket with trend-setting designs of the highest quality, sells directly to customers. It has always been that way, and it always will be.

“We’re looking to make things easy on people,” says Paul Yaffe. “We provide aesthetically sharp and unique options for customization—our parts are easy to install, we use only the best materials possible, everything is designed for hard riding and you can buy directly from us. No middlemen needed.”

Over 90 percent of all Bagger Nation parts and accessories are in stock and ready to ship. Not exactly sure in which direction you want to take your custom job? Bagger Nation salespeople are the friendliest and most knowledgeable in the business, and they’re ready to help you determine the best options for your bike. Choose from a wide array of handlebars and install kits; risers, clamps, levers, mirrors and grips; front and rear fenders and accessories; tanks, seats and dash kits; body parts and accessories.

Your bike should be an extension of you, and the folks at Bagger Nation know how to put together a unique ride. They know because motorcycling is their life, and they’ve faced the same decisions with their own custom bikes.

Customization options include parts from Paul’s signature product series, the Yafterburner line. CNC machined from T-6061 aircraft aluminum, these top-end parts create a killer contrast look for your bagger. Or how about the sleek, perforated look of the Speed Freak Line of parts? Or the loud stylings of the Super Bling and Wedgy lines? The options are myriad.

“When it comes to all of our parts and accessories, we blur the line between function and aesthetics until there is no line,” says Paul. “We look at motorcycle customization as art. Bad-ass, flame belching, speed burning art. Come on down to the shop or check us out online or call us on the phone—let us help you create the bike that best reflects your personality.”

About Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation

Paul Yaffe has been designing and building custom motorcycles and motorcycle parts and accessories for over 30 years. In that time, he has won many awards, contests and honors, including three “World’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle” awards at the famous Oakland Roadster Show and two “Builder of the Year” and three “Trendsetter of the Year” honors from Easyriders Magazine. Recognized as an influential force in the world of custom motorcycle building, Paul opened his shop Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation (together with Paul Yaffe Originals) twenty-five years ago, and today his designs are among the best and most sought after on the planet. For Paul’s latest parts, designs, news and appearances, follow him on FacebookTwitter (@BaggerNation), Instagram (@pybaggernation) and YouTube.

Black Satin For Harley Tour Packs

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91-306BK_Black_RackBlack Satin For Harley Tour Packs

Press Release: Big Bike Parts leads the way again, with 36 years of delivering the industry’s best chrome finishes, they also offer many accessories in Black Satin finishes. Their popular Deluxe Trunk Luggage Rack for the Harley FLH tour trunk is no exception,with current productions in chrome and Smoke chrome, they now offer a Black Satin finish. The same generous rack size of 20 ¼’’ x 14’’ accommodates large luggage tour bags from both Hopnel and Ultragard. For Harley FLH tour-paks 1980-current.

DELUXE TRUNK LUGGAGE RACK, Black Powder Coat, For Harley FLH Tour Trunks 1980-Current.

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Arizona Helmet Law Defeated!

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eagleArizona Helmet Law Defeated!

As we have reported recently, Rep. Randall Friese, an Arizona lawmaker introduced House Bill 2046, which would have imposed a mandatory helmet law in the state, which is a free state for riders over the age of 18. ABATE of Arizona asked riders to start calling and mailing the the members of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, asking for them to reject the new legislation.  Those entreaties were heard, and the committee voted UNANIMOUSLY against the measure.

The bill would have imposed a fine of $500 on violators, with $300 of the fine going directly to a fund to fund for head trauma patients, and in a twist, proposed that riders could pay a fee when registering their motorcycle allowing them to purchase an exemption to the law.

ABATE argued that training and education were more important than mandating safety equipment. “I believe that education is a far better preventative for crashes than helmets,” said Mike Infanzon, a lobbyist for American Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education of Arizona. “Education will prevent crashes more than helmets will save lives.” Bobby Hartman, with Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness questioned the constitutionality of the measure, saying, “It is patently wrong to make a few individuals pay for everyone else’s potential expenses”

Great news for the Arizona riding community, and a testament to the power of direct action and the good work of ABATE of Arizona.

Source: Associated Press

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