Pappy Hoel Campground

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Pappy_hoel_2017_largePappy Hoel Campground named Official Campground for Harley Owners Group

Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the Full Throttle Saloon’s Pappy Hoel Campground have partnered to name the Pappy Hoel Campground as the official campground for Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) during the 77th annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, SD.

The partnership offers the following benefits to all H.O.G. members with a valid H.O.G. membership:

  • A 10% discount on Pappy Hoel Campground wristbands, which grant admission to all concerts, events and entertainment at the Full Throttle Saloon/Pappy Hoel Campground; Additionally, wristbands qualify H.O.G. members for:
    • Daily random drawings for prizes and premiums, exclusive to H.O.G. members;
    • Preferred pricing with select on-site vendors on the Full Throttle Saloon/Pappy Hoel Campground property, exclusive to H.O.G. members;
    • Preferred pricing at a H.O.G.-branded bar in the Full Throttle Saloon
  • All H.O.G. members attending the rally will be invited to the official H.O.G. welcome party at the Pappy Hoel Campground Pool, on Tuesday, August 8, featuring live entertainment, drink specials, prize raffles and more. Additional details to be announced on pappyhoelcampground.com soon.
  • An invitation to join the 17th annual Pappy Hoel Charity Motorcycle Ride from the Full Throttle Saloon to the Stone House, on Wednesday, August 8. Proceeds will be split between a local charity (in the past, the funds have provided a scholarship to a local school and been donated to the Sturgis Fire Department) and designated H.O.G. charities.

fts_cabin_promo_2017_02_large“Harley-Davidson is not just a brand, it’s a family”, said Jesse James Dupree, co-owner of the Pappy Hoel Campground. “No brand has a fraternity like Harley-Davidson’s Harley Owners Group. H.O.G. members share not only a passion for riding, but they are charity-minded and will give you the shirt off their back. We’re proud to host the fraternity of the Harley Owners Group on our grounds.”

2017_Rally_Page_largeMike Ballard, owner of the Full Throttle Saloon, added, “When rebuilding the new Full Throttle, I wanted to incorporate a theme of the things that make America great. It’s an honor to be partnered with Harley-Davidson, a brand that embodies that same spirit.”

The Pappy Hoel Campground sits on 600 acres beneath beautiful Bear Butte, in Sturgis, SD. Together with the Full Throttle Saloon, it features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, the largest stage in South Dakota, and hundreds of cabins, RV and tent camping sites. Announced entertainment and attractions for 2017 so far include Travis Tritt (8/7), Bret Michaels (8/9), The Dead Daisies (8/9), Jackyl (8/10), Billy Lane and the Sons of Speed, a firing range, and much more to come.

H.O.G. members wishing to renew their membership to take advantage of these benefits can do so at hog.com any time or at the Harley-Davidson/H.O.G. event display on 3rd and Lazelle Streets in downtown Sturgis during the rally Aug. 5-12.

To make reservations or for general campground and entertainment updates, please visit www.pappyhoelcampground.com.

For additional information, contact:

Pappy Hoel Campground, c/o Mighty Loud Entertainment

(770) 919-2526

Hopnel Pac-A-Derms For Victory

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Pac-A-DermsHopnel Pac-A-Derms For Victory Round Bars

Press Release: The round highway bars on the Victory Cross bikes now have the markets best highway bar protectors with the introduction of Hopnel’s latest Black Classic Pac-A-Derms.  While highway bar covers protect from rain, sleet, bugs, cold weather and debris, Hopnel Pac-A-Derms have been doing it in style for over 20 Years.  Comes with Hopnel’s EZ Mount Classic medium pouches that provide  6’’ x 5 ½’’ x 2’’ of storage convenience. Pac-A-Derms

Hopnel Black Classic Pac-A-Derm

For Victory Cross Bike Round Bars

Part # V30-109BKC MSRP $119.95

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New For The Kuryakyn Spear Collection

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Spear CollectionNew For The Kuryakyn Spear Collection

Press Release: The new Kuryakyn Spear Horn Cover from the Kuryakyn Spear Collection is the latest addition to a growing line of accessories showcasing styling that’s on point for the new generation of Indian Motorcycle. This direct replacement for the stock cover on Indian big twins features quality A380 aluminum construction offered in chrome or satin black finishes. The included sculpted spearhead medallion along with grooves etched into the outer cover create a cohesive design that complements the full range of Spear products for Indian. The spear medallion can also be substituted with Indian’s assortment of commemorative coins and covers that utilize double-sided tape for application.

The 22037_1350x900_RGB_72DPIKuryakyn Spear collection includes grips, footpegs, direct replacement floorboard inserts, mini boards, as well as shift and brake pegs. The horn cover delivers the same sharp styling to the engine, and is the perfect counterpart to the Spear Air Cleaner that will be available soon for Indian Chief, Chieftain, Roadmaster and Springfield models.

• Spear Horn Cover: P/N 7470 – Chrome, P/N 7471 – Satin Black

  MSRP: $79.99

Fatheadz’s All-American Sunglass Collection

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Fatheadz’sFatheadz’s Launches All-American V2.0 Sunglass Collection

Portion of sales from new “Made in America” line to assist families of fallen veterans

Press Release: Fatheadz, the undisputed leader in oversized sunglasses and optical lenses, today announces the launch of its brand new All-American V2.0 sunglass collection. The latest initiative is the fifth product line under the Fatheadz brand.

The All-American V2.0 adorns a “Made in America” mark and offers a wide range of beautifully-crafted sunglasses for those who are unable to wear average-sized eyewear. Products, which combine stylish lines with durability and unmatched comfort, also come in a wide range of sizes.

Fatheadz’sNew shades offer state-of-the-art lenses designed with materials commonly used in fighter jet canopies, making them 10 times more resistant. An anti-reflective coating added to the inside of each lens reduces reflection to diminish eye strain and fatigue. In addition, the lenses provide 100 percent UV protection and are glazed to repel water, grease and fingerprints.

Fatheadz’sThe new line also offers exceptional customization capabilities, providing customers with the freedom to create a one-of-a-kind look. In addition to selecting a preferred frame style, shoppers have the option to select a desired frame color, branding insignia color and polarized lens color.

iStandLogoAligning with the line’s “Made in America” undertaking, Fatheadz will donate a portion of every sunglass purchase to Folds of Honor, which provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.

“When Fatheadz launched in 2004, our operations strategy included economical manufacturing options to maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace,” said CEO and founder Rico Elmore. “With Fatheadz now accentuated as the leading provider in oversized eyewear, we want the All-American V2.0 line to serve as a catalyst in the American manufacturing renaissance while simultaneously providing substantial support to our veterans.”

Each product in the All-American V2.0 line is priced competitively, and comes with a microfiber cleaning cloth, storage bag and zippered case. Eyewear is available for purchase online at www.fatheadz.com, preferred optical shops and online retailers worldwide.

About Fatheadz
Fatheadz is a leading eyewear company that makes oversized sunglasses and optical eyewear for those with larger heads, as well as in standard and intermediate sizes. Founded by a big-headed guy who searched through 300 pairs of sunglasses and could not find any that fit, Fatheadz offers five distinct lines of eyewear and more than 100 unique product offerings for both men and women of all head sizes. Each piece of Fatheadz eyewear combines contemporary frames with smart styling, and is available for purchase worldwide. Learn more at www.fatheadz.com

Roland’s Garage

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rolands-garageRoland’s Garage

Press Release: Roland’s Garage is an online window into the creative soul of RSD, where customers can buy ultra-premium goods and one of kind exclusive items that are a result of our diverse crew and inspirations. These rare items won’t last long, as there is a 15 minute countdown complete your purchase before they can be swooped up by another customer shopping in Roland’s Garage.

 

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ART :

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Here at RSD, we like to get lost. Often. Whether it’s a hand-painted Jacket that echo’s freedom’s own desire for wanderlust, an obscure print that may not have anything to do with motorcycles or an amalgamation of metal and wood built to serve a purpose, you’ll find it here.

Roland and the RSD Crew draws inspiration from everything and anything in life. The unique and rare items found in this category are what we consider to be artifacts of inspiration and we’re sure you’ll enjoy as much as we do.

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While the job of designing and creating custom motorcycle parts is a dream to some, at RSD we are fortunate enough to do it on the daily.  The parts found within this section of Roland’s Garage are either one-off’s or small batch runs of a special kind of custom parts.  They’re parts that aren’t ready to be produced en mass, but parts that refill the creative lifeblood of RSD. An outward expression of our desire to do things the way we want with no limitations, we promise you won’t find these anywhere else in the world.

rsd-clash-jacket_11.jpg.ashxRIDING GEAR : 

Roland’s design process ensures riding related items such-as leather jackets, gloves or even helmets are crafted by the most skilled artisans from the best available materials. The selection of those materials, patterning and design process all hinge on Roland’s personal direction for each individual piece. The result of that process leads him to create singularly exclusive pieces.  In this section of Roland’s Garage you’ll find one-off’s that were once previously reserved only for his personal closet, now they can be yours. But hurry up, once he finds out we’ve been raiding his personal collection they’ll be gone quick!

bike-mat_3.jpg.ashxYOUR GARAGE :

Your garage, it’s your creative space. Your zen den. In it you do anything from work on your motorcycle to share laughs with friends. Regardless of what’s taking place within those four walls though, the need for visual stimulation, creativity and inspiration are paramount. From Roland’s Garage to yours, in this section you’ll find anything ranging from custom bike matts to wall banners all designed with spurring on your creative energy.

SHOP NOW

For more information email info@rolandsands.com.

3rd Invitational Why We Ride to The Quail

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Why We Ride3rd Invitational Why We Ride to The Quail Raising Much-needed Funds for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation 

Scenic Motorcycle Tour for Charity Set for May 4–6

The “Why We Ride” film, released in 2013 has become the #1 motorcycle movie in America because it is a story about who we are. It told the stories of individuals with a desire to dream, to discover and to explore. The movie hit an emotional nerve with riders and it has spawned an entire social movement within the industry. Director, Producer Bryan H. Carroll and Producer James Walker decided they needed to do something with this passion group of fans and out of that brainstorm came  Why We Ride MOTOvational Events. The 3rd Invitational WHY WE RIDE to the Quail is the largest annual charity event and will take place May 4, 5 and 6. The ride begins in Moorpark and heads to picturesque Pismo Beach, CA, moves up into the wooded hillsides and gorgeous valleys of Paso Robles wine country, following the Carmel River along the most seductive canyon road in California, and arriving at the beaches of Monterey in time for The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. All proceeds go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Why We Ride“Three years ago we thought we would attract only ‘motorcycle people’ on the ride ,” says Bryan Carroll, producer of Why We Ride Films, organizers of the event. “Quickly we realized that like the movie, our audience was really people who ride motorcycles, which is a very different approach and made a huge difference. That approach expanded our sponsor base, and is responsible for an bigger ride this year – and being able to contribute more to our charity. I’m proud of our team for seeing our potential for good, and pushing harder every year.”

That huge difference is resulting in people of all stripes with a common love of motorcycle riding coming together and taking part. Of course, everyone loves a good cause, but the diversity of sponsors and participants really illustrates how the Hollywood and motorcycling communities have united to benefit those in need, namely children with serious medical issues. A combination of top motorcycle and riding accessories manufacturers have joined with the biggest and best equipment makers and creative service providers in Hollywood, and the unique nature of the 3-day ride (the only one of its kind) allows companies to demo products along the way.

“One of the reasons we have multiple OEMs sponsoring us is because this is about why we ride not what we ride,” says Carroll. “I wanted to bring my two passions to this ride, which is making movies and anything with an engine in it, and this year’s sponsors have captured that.”

Participants in the charity ride enjoy a bevy of perks (in addition to the awesome ride), including cocktails and vittles at the WWR Riders Dinner, gift bags, special guest speakers and VIP access to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, including private ride to the event, exclusive parking and private lounge access.

Sponsors for The 3rd Invitational WHY WE RIDE to The Quail include (please link this to www.MOTOvational.com): Company 3, Refuse Specialists, Indian Motorcycle, Nuviz, Newbox Solutions, Kawasaki Motorcycles, Macro Space, Aerial Vuz, Gnarlynow Entertainment, Lightning Entertainment, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Klock Werks, D73, Motorcycle Mover LA, 805bling, Doffo Winery, LA Motorcyclist, FastHouse, Formosa Group, Fotokem, Lucky Fools, Harvest Construction, Egrafz, Alpinestars, EPS-Cineworks, AMA, idPlatforms, Bill Bavelas Family and Tim Mitchel Family.

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

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Custom Handlebars for ’15 and later Road Glide

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CovingtonsCovingtons Introduces Custom Handlebars for ’15 and later Road Glide 

Press Release: When it comes to replacing the stock handlebars on your late-model Harley-Davidson Road Glide,  you can turn to the experts at Covingtons Customs for that unique combination of style, quality AND comfort!  Designed to fit 2015 and later Road Glides, these bars are made in the U.S.A. and offer easy installation with no extra parts needed.  Get the quality custom look you’ve been searching for with a riding position that promises all-day comfort in the saddle.

  • Harley-Davidson Road Glides ’15 and later
  • Available in your choice of chrome, black or raw finish.
  • No extra parts needed
  • Made in the USA.
  • MSRP $399.95 for Chrome and Black Finish
  • MSRP $299.95 for Raw Finish

Covingtons Customs
580-256-2939
www.covingtonscustoms.com

Polaris Reports 2017 First Quarter Results

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UnknownPolaris Reports 2017 First Quarter Results

Sales for the first quarter of 2017 increased 17% to $1,153.8 million; adjusted sales increased 18% to $1,158.9 million

  • Polaris N.A. retail sales performance exceeded Company expectations in the first quarter; ORV market share stabilizing; Indian Motorcycle market share gains continued during the quarter
  • First quarter 2017 reported net loss was $0.05 per diluted share; adjusted net income for the same period was $0.75 per diluted share, slightly ahead of expectations
  • Total dealer inventory was down 8% year-over-year; ORV dealer inventory was down 9%
  • Polaris reiterated its full year 2017 outlook with adjusted net income expected to be in the range of $4.25 to $4.50 per diluted share with adjusted 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 first quarter 2017 sales of $1,153.8 million, up 17 percent, from $983.0 million for the first quarter of 2016. Adjusted sales, which excludes the impact from Victory Motorcycles net sales for the first quarter of 2017, were $1,158.9 million compared to $983.0 million in the prior year period. The Company reported a first quarter 2017 net loss of $2.9 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared with net income of $46.9 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, for the 2016 first quarter. The reported net loss included costs related to the wind down of Victory Motorcycles and certain TAP integration and inventory step up costs taken in the first quarter. Adjusted net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, excluding these costs, was $48.3 million, or $0.75 per diluted share.

Polaris“While we reported an expected net loss for the quarter, adjusted earnings were slightly ahead of our expectations. We saw continued strong performance from Indian Motorcycle and our ORV business improved its performance in the face of heavy competitive activity and a sluggish powersports environment. Overall, our dealer channel remains healthy with inventories down eight percent, and we continue to diligently work to enhance our dealer engagement,” commented Scott Wine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Industries.

Wine continued, “We have made significant investments in people, processes and technology to support prevention, identification and remediation of safety and quality issues and we are identifying them earlier and reacting more quickly. The safety of our riders and vehicles is our number one priority, and we will continue to develop the processes required to deliver best-in-class performance in this area. Further, we are aggressively investing in the development of innovative products that will further solidify Polaris’ position as the leader in powersports. Our first quarter results reflect our commitment to quickly and sustainably improve our strategic and tactical execution, continue enhancing overall safety and quality, and building superior products for our customers.”

Off-Road Vehicle (“ORV”) and Snowmobile segment sales, including their respective PG&A related sales, were $724.1 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared with $708.1 million for the first quarter for the prior year representing a two percent increase, year-over-year. PG&A sales for ORV and Snowmobiles combined, increased 13 percent in the 2017 first quarter compared to last year. Gross profit increased three percent to $213.0 million, or 29.4 percent of sales, in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $206.0 million, or 29.1 percent of sales, in the first quarter of 2016. Gross profit percentage increased primarily due to product mix.

ORV wholegood sales for the first quarter of 2017 were approximately flat as the Company began shipping at more normalized rates. Polaris North American ORV unit retail sales for the first quarter of 2017 were down mid-single digits percent from the 2016 first quarter, which included consumer purchases for side-by-side vehicles down low-single digits percent and ATV retail sales down low-double digits percent. The North American ORV industry was down mid-single digits percent compared to the first quarter last year. ORV dealer inventory was down nine percent in the 2017 first quarter compared to the same period last year.

Snowmobile wholegood sales in the first quarter of 2017 decreased three percent due to timing of shipments during the quarter. While the snow season did not meet our expectations, dealer inventory finished below last year and we received a strong reception to our all-new model year 2018 Polaris® TITAN™, the industry’s most capable extreme crossover snowmobile.

Motorcycle segment sales, including its PG&A related sales in the first quarter of 2017, was $120.3 million, a decrease of 35 percent compared to $185.3 million reported in the first quarter of 2016 which included $46.3 million of Victory Motorcycles wholegood, accessory and apparel sales. Indian Motorcycle wholegood sales increased in the first quarter driven by strong retail sales, offset by lower Slingshot® sales which were negatively impacted by low availability of salable product due to quality holds during the quarter. Gross profit for the first quarter of 2017 was a negative $19.9 million compared to positive $27.3 million in the first quarter of 2016. Adjusted for the Victory wind down costs of $38.6 million, motorcycle gross profit was a positive $18.7 million, down from the first quarter last year due to product mix and lower Slingshot volume.

North American consumer retail demand for the Polaris motorcycle segment, including Indian Motorcycle and Slingshot, was down mid-single digits percent during the 2017 first quarter, while the overall motorcycle industry retail sales, 900cc and above, was down mid-single digits percent in the 2017 first quarter. Indian Motorcycle retail sales increased low double-digits percent and continued to gain market share, partly driven by sales of the Company’s new highly customizable, split-screen Ride Command™ touchscreen infotainment system available on Indian Chieftain® and Roadmaster® models. Additionally, during the quarter, the Company added its 10th model to the line-up with the introduction of the Roadmaster Classic with genuine leather saddlebags and trunk, giving it distinctive vintage styling. Slingshot retail sales were down significantly due to low product availability and a more difficult comparable as the Company released its top of the line Slingshot SLR model in the first quarter last year.

Global Adjacent Markets segment sales along with its PG&A related sales, increased 24 percent to $91.6 million in the 2017 first quarter compared to $74.1 million in the 2016 first quarter. Gross profit increased 38 percent to $28.1 million, or 30.7 percent of sales, in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $20.4 million, or 27.5 percent of sales, in the first quarter of 2016. Sales and gross profit were up primarily due to increased sales in the Company’s Government and Defense business in the 2017 first quarter which more than doubled from the previous year’s quarter sales. Work and Transportation group wholegood sales were up 12 percent during the first quarter of 2017 primarily due to increased Aixam® sales and a full quarter of Taylor-Dunn® sales compared to last year.

Aftermarket segment sales which includes Transamerican Auto Parts (“TAP”), along with the Company’s other aftermarket brands of Klim, Kolpin, Pro Armor, Trail Tech and 509, increased significantly to $217.8 million in the 2017 first quarter compared to $15.5 million in the 2016 first quarter. TAP added $202.0 million of sales in the first quarter of 2017. Gross profit increased significantly to $41.6 million, or 19.1 percent of sales in first quarter of 2017, compared to $4.7 million, or 30.3 percent of sales, in the first quarter of 2016. Adjusted for the TAP acquisition step-up adjustment, Aftermarket gross profit was $54.5 million, or 25.0 percent of sales. Sales and gross profit dollars were up primarily due to the addition of TAP acquired in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Supplemental Data:

Parts, Garments, and Accessories (“PG&A”) sales, excluding Aftermarket segment sales, increased 13 percent for the 2017 first quarter. The increase was primarily driven by higher ORV and Global Adjacent Markets related PG&A sales during the quarter.

International sales to customers outside of North America totaled $166.2 million for the first quarter of 2017, including PG&A, up two percent, from the same period in 2016.

Gross profit decreased two percent to $242.5 million for the first quarter of 2017 from $247.6 million in the first quarter of 2016. As a percentage of sales, reported gross profit margin was 21.0 percent compared with 25.2 percent of sales for the first quarter of 2016. Gross profit for the first quarter of 2017 includes the negative impact of $38.6 million of Victory wind down costs and $12.9 million in purchase accounting adjustments related to the TAP acquisition. Excluding these items, adjusted gross profit was $294.0 million, or 25.4 percent of sales. Gross margins on an adjusted basis improved slightly due to product cost reduction efforts generated through lean initiatives and favorable product mix offsetting increased warranty and promotional costs incurred during the quarter.

Operating expenses increased 27 percent for the first quarter of 2017 to $241.8 million from $189.9 million, including $6.0 million in Victory wind down costs and $3.3 million of TAP integration expenses. Excluding these costs, operating expenses increased primarily due to the addition of operating expenses from TAP, as well as more normalized variable compensation expenses and increased research and development expenses for ongoing product refinement and innovation.

Income from financial services was $20.4 million for the first quarter of 2017, up five percent compared with $19.5 million for the first quarter of 2016. The increase is attributable to higher income generated from the sale of extended service contracts.

Non-operating other expense, net, was $11.6 million for the first quarter of 2017, including $13.0 million in impairment charges on an investment related to the Victory wind down, versus $0.1 million in the first quarter of 2016. Excluding the impairment charge, the remaining change primarily relates to foreign currency exchange rate movements and the corresponding effects on foreign currency transactions related to the Company’s foreign subsidiaries.

The provision for income taxes for the first quarter of 2017 was $2.6 million, compared with $25.3 million for the first quarter of 2016. The reduction in the provision for income taxes is due to lower pretax income offset by certain non-deductible costs related to the Victory motorcycle wind down, incurred in the first quarter 2017.

Financial Position and Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities was $50.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, compared to $139.0 million for the same period in 2016. The significant decrease in net cash provided by operating activities for the 2017 period was due to the net loss reported in the first quarter 2017 as well as the timing of warranty and other accrued expense payments and higher factory inventory ahead of the seasonally high spring retail selling season. Total debt for the quarter, including capital lease obligations and notes payable, was $1,177.7 million. The Company’s debt-to-total capital ratio was 58 percent at March 31, 2017, compared to 36 percent a year ago. Cash and cash equivalents were $137.5 million at March 31, 2017, down from $145.8 million for the same period in 2016.

Share Buyback Activity

During the first quarter 2017, the Company repurchased and retired 256,000 shares of its common stock for $21.8 million. As of March 31, 2017, the Company has authorization from its Board of Directors to repurchase up to an additional 7.2 million shares of Polaris stock.

2017 Business Outlook

The Company guidance range for the full year 2017 remains unchanged from previously issued guidance. The Company continues to expect adjusted net income to be in the range of $4.25 to $4.50 per diluted share, compared with adjusted net income of $3.48 per diluted share for 2016. Full year 2017 adjusted sales are anticipated to increase in the range of 10 percent to 13 percent over 2016 sales of $4,516.6 million, also unchanged from previously issued guidance.

Wind down of Victory Motorcycles

Polaris announced on January 9, 2017 its intention to wind down its Victory Motorcycles operations. The decision is expected to improve the long-term profitability of Polaris and its global motorcycle business, while materially improving the Company’s competitive position in the industry. The Company will record costs associated with supporting Victory dealers in selling their remaining inventory, the disposal of factory inventory, tooling, and other physical assets, and the cancellation of various supplier arrangements. These costs will be recorded in the 2017 income statement in respective sales, gross profit and operating expense beginning in the first quarter of 2017. These costs are excluded from Polaris’ 2017 sales and earnings guidance on a non-GAAP basis.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release and our related earnings call contains certain non-GAAP financial measures, consisting of “adjusted sales, gross profits, operating expenses, other expense, net income and net income per diluted share” as measures of our operating performance. Management believes these measures may be useful in performing meaningful comparisons of past and present operating results, to understand the performance of its ongoing operations and how management views the business. Reconciliations of adjusted non-GAAP measures to reported GAAP measures are included in the financial schedules contained in this press release. These measures, however, should not be construed as an alternative to any other measure of performance determined in accordance with GAAP.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Conference Call and Webcast Presentation

Today at 9:00 AM (CT) Polaris Industries Inc. will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the 2017 first quarter results released this morning. The call will be hosted by Scott Wine, Chairman and CEO; Ken Pucel, Executive Vice President – Operations, Engineering and Lean; and Mike Speetzen, Executive Vice President – Finance and CFO. A slide presentation and link to the webcast will be posted on the Polaris Investor Relations website at http://ir.polaris.com.

To listen to the conference call by phone, dial 877-706-7543 in the U.S. and Canada, or 478-219-0273 internationally. The Conference ID is # 45015868.

A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the call for a one-week period by accessing the same link on our website, or by dialing 855-859-2056 in the U.S. and Canada, or 404-537-3406 internationally.

About Polaris

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader with annual 2016 sales of $4.5 billion. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with our RANGER, RZR and POLARIS GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; our SPORTSMAN and POLARIS ACE all-terrain off-road vehicles; VICTORY and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; SLINGSHOT moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK, INDY, SWITCHBACK and RUSH snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories sold under multiple recognizable brands, and has a growing presence globally in adjacent markets with products including military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. www.polaris.com

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release, including management’s expectations regarding 2017 future sales, shipments, net income, and net income per share, and operational initiatives are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements.Potential risks and uncertainties include such factors as the Company’s ability to successfully implement its manufacturing operations expansion initiatives, product offerings, promotional activities and pricing strategies by competitors; economic conditions that impact consumer spending; acquisition integration costs; product recalls, warranty expenses; impact of changes in Polaris stock price on incentive compensation plan costs; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; environmental and product safety regulatory activity; effects of weather; commodity costs; uninsured product liability claims; uncertainty in the retail and wholesale credit markets; performance of affiliate partners; changes in tax policy and overall economic conditions, including inflation, consumer confidence and spending and relationships with dealers and suppliers.Investors are also directed to consider other risks and uncertainties discussed in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.The Company does not undertake any duty to any person to provide updates to its forward-looking statements.

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Kuryakyn Sequential Run-Turn Bat Lashes

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Bat LashesKuryakyn Sequential Run-Turn L.E.D. Bat Lashes 

Press Release: Auxiliary lighting is the best way to ensure increased safety and visibility on the road. The new Kuryakyn Sequential Run-Turn L.E.D. Bat Lashes take a tried-and-true concept one step further with integrated sequential turn signal functionality. The white L.E.D. running lights convert to attention-grabbing amber L.E.D. turn signals when engaged, individually illuminating for smooth and consistent directional functionality.

Bat LashesDurable injection-molded ABS housings feature high-strength polycarbonate lenses and a sleek design that forms to batwing fairing contours. Additional benefits are significantly enhanced visibility, low current draw, and an included run-turn controller for easy plug-&-play wiring. Installation requires drilling holes into the fairing on ’14-’17 Harley-Davidson Electra Glides, Street Glides and Tri Glides.

• P/N 7131

  MSRP: $239.99



Mirror Buster Gloves from Black Brand

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Black BrandMirror Buster Gloves from Black Brand are a Knockout

Press Release: With a style that’s a cross between street, motocross and MMA, the Mirror Buster Glove from Black Brand gets you ready to ride–or rumble.Black Brand

Incorporating a D3O insert for your knuckles and palm, these gloves feature riveted leather pads for your fingers to protect them from whatever they might meet. Made from top-grain leather, mesh and neoprene, they have CellTouch fingertips which let you operate touch screen devices without having to take your gloves off. The gloves also have MMA-style hook-and-loop closures, unparalleled comfort and come with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Available in men’s sizes S to 3XL, the Mirror Buster Gloves (P/Ns BB7256 through BB7261) retail for $84.95 and can be ordered through your local Tucker Rocky | Biker’s Choice dealer.

For more information, visit Tucker Rocky | Biker’s Choice online at www.tuckerrocky.com or on FacebookTwitter and Google+.

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.

Biker’s Choice has Brass Balls

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Brass BallsBiker’s Choice has Brass Balls

When Dar Holdsworth started Brass Balls Cycles in 2006, he had no idea his hobby of building motorcycles in his free time would turn into his full-time business. Now, 10 years later, Brass Balls Cycles has joined with Biker’s Choice to distribute their parts and accessories to motorcycle riders around the country.

“We are grateful and super excited to be working with Tucker Rocky | Biker’s Choice. The entire team embraced us as one of their own from the start and that has really added fuel to the fire and charged us up,” says Holdsworth.

Brass BallsBrass Balls Cycles has been honored with numerous awards for their customized motorcycles, including the AMD World Championships of Custom/Production Bike Building in 2011 and 2012. In addition to the motorcycles they have built and customized for their customers, they have also crafted several bikes to support the troops. They are active supporters of charities such as Pros4Vets, Wounded Warriors, Intrepid Fallen Heroes and Warriors for Freedom.

Brass Ball Cycles products can be ordered through your local Tucker Rocky | Biker’s Choice dealer.

For more information, visit Tucker Rocky | Biker’s Choice online at www.tuckerrocky.com or on FacebookTwitter and Google+.

Pop Evil Comes to the Buffalo Chip Stage

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Pop EvilPop Evil Pairs with Ozzy Osbourne on the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Wolfman Jack Stage

Top rockers with pockets full of hits will set the stage on fire for the Prince of Darkness on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Press Release: What already was shaping up to be an unforgettable day at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip has now become the hottest ticket in town, as the venue has secured chart-topping hard rock band Pop Evil to open for Ozzy Osbourne on its main stage Aug. 9. This addition rounds out a jam-packed day of entertainment that begins in the afternoon with the thunder of hopped-up machines in the Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John followed by the adrenaline of Roland Sands Design’s Super Hooligan Races presented by Indian Motorcycle. More info at www.BuffaloChip.com/PopEvil

Pop Evil has been pounding its way up the charts and into the hearts of fans ever since the band strapped on guitars and started writing songs in 2001. Billboard named them the no. 4 Mainstream Rock Artist of 2014, a result of three consecutive no. 1 Rock Radio Singles from their last album, and a fourth that cracked the Top 10. Touring with some of the biggest names in music, their songs such as Footsteps, Trenches and Deal with the Devil have been heard around the world and on TV in association with events such as NFL, NHL and NASCAR.

“Pairing Pop Evil with Ozzy Osbourne, the street drags and the Super Hooligan Races on Wednesday is packaging a perfect day at the rally,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Nobody should miss this rare opportunity for a day filled with non-stop racing action, stunts and events, and these incredible, world-class, megastar musicians all for one pass.”

As the largest and most easily accessed concert and camping venue east of Sturgis, concert attendees not already camping at the Buffalo Chip will be able to access the free parking area at the east gate, about 5 miles from exit 37 on I-90. Read More

Ciro Tour Blade

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Ciro Tour Blade

Press Release: The Ciro Tour Blade is the cleanest way to add more light to the back of your bike. The low profile light strip fits between your backrest and Tour-Pak to blend right into the motorcycle while also adding bright sequential turn signals, running lights, and center brake light. Installation is easy with 3M automotive grade adhesive and plug-and-play electrical connectors, so no drilling, splicing, or special tools are required.

  • 40200 Tour Blade with Controller $199.95
  • 40201 Tour Blade $169.95 (purchase without controller if a Ciro lighting product featuring red run/brake and amber turn signal LEDs is already installed).

The Tour Blade is available for ’14 and newer Harley-Davidson Touring models. See www.ciro3d.com for all of the options or visit your local Drag Specialties dealer and ask for Ciro products. Contact Ciro with any questions (715) 808-0027.

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Member John Parham Passes

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2513Parham_BJN62024AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Member John Parham Passes

J&P Cycles founder also opened National Motorcycle Museum

Press Release: AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member John Parham, who founded J&P Cycles and the National Motorcycle Museum, passed away on April 20 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 62.

Yamaha AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Harley-Davidson. Oct. 17, 2015, in Orlando, Fla. Photo by Jen Muecke for the American Motorcyclist Association.
“The American Motorcyclist Association offers its condolences to the Parham family and to the many friends John made over the years,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Beyond his success as a businessman, John dedicated his energy and resources to preserving the history of motorcycling. It was an honor to know him. He will be greatly missed by the motorcycling community.”

Mr. Parham was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2015.

He opened his first shop with a partner in 1975 in his hometown of Anamosa, Iowa. Four years later, he branched out with his wife Jill, starting J. Parham Enterprises. This company came to be known as J&P Cycles.

By the 1990s, J&P Cycles had grown into one of the largest motorcycle accessory mail order companies in the world.
Mr. Parham stayed on board to run J&P Cycles after selling it to Motorsports Action Group in 2001.
In 2001, Parham relocated the National Motorcycle Museum to Anamosa, where it has continued to thrive and grow into one of the world’s foremost motorcycle museums.

The Parham family is planning a celebration of his life for some time in May. Details, as they become available, will be posted to the National Motorcycle Museum website (www.nationalmcmuseum.org).

Click here to see Mr. Parham’s AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame page.

Moto Stampede Race Series

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Chip5Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Moto Stampede Race Series Expands Diverse Schedule of Races

The epicenter of rally events adds multiple days of racing action at the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling.

More adrenaline-packed racing events have this year been added to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede race series at the premier action center of the rally. Six of the motorcycle and music festival’s nine days offers thrilling racing from American Flat Track and RSD Super Hooligan to street drags, Dirt Riot Off-Road, and AMA Supermoto. Audiences will have an up-close viewing experience with concert pairings they won’t find in any other venue in the world. One pass includes access to Moto Stampede races, all concerts and events held within the campground and tent camping. Passes may be purchased for each day with multi-day packages offering the best value. More info can be found here.

“The rally was founded on racing. The Buffalo Chip’s Moto Stampede pairs multiple days and types of races with the rally’s biggest concerts to create a series of events neither the rally nor the world has ever before seen,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “We intend to shake the ground with excitement and horsepower. That’s why it’s called the Moto Stampede!”

The Moto Stampede offers the industry’s most concentrated series of motorsports events:

  • Dirt Riot Off-Road RacingChip9
    Off-road racers in UTV, Ultra Four Car and Truck Super Mod Trail classes will tear up the award-winning track at the Buffalo Chip PowerSports Complex on Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5. Entry to the Aug. 4 time trials is free. Championships on Aug. 5 are ticketed separately from campground events and passes are $20.
  • American Flat Track AMA Pro Racing Sanctioned Races
    AFT racing action will take place on Sunday, Aug. 6, sending the nation’s top professional racing athletes through the new Buffalo Chip TT track that winds through the center of the venue’s famous amphitheater. Indian Wrecking Crew revives the long-held rivalry with Harley-Davisdon’s Factory Crew in a battle fans are referring to as “The Hundred Years War.” Shinedown will perform on the Wolfman Jack Stage immediately following the races.
  •  Street Drag Invitational Races with Crazy JohnChip6
    Crazy John Markwald will be back to pit even more of his friends in head-to-head hat drop street races down the middle of the Buffalo Chip amphitheater on Wednesday, Aug. 9 during the Buffalo Chip Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John.
  • RSD Super Hooligan RacesChip12
    Immediately following the street drags Roland Sands and his crew will go handlebar to handlebar in the RSD Super Hooligan races presented by Indian Motorcycle. Passes include the performance by Ozzy Osbourne along with other headliners on the main stage that evening.
  • AMA Supermoto RacesChip8
    This high-energy race hybrid will bring Sturgis Buffalo Chip campers face to face with the ultimate “through-the-streets” style racing on Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Aug. 12 as racers fly around a one-of-a-kind Supermoto track that cuts through both the amphitheater and the streets in the surrounding campground. The top racing talent in the country including reigning and 3x National Champion, Gage McAllister and #2 and #3 ranked racers will attend. Alter Bridge will perform after the AMA Supermoto races along with other headlining bands yet to be announced.
  • More Concerts and Events
    In addition to the Moto Stampede races, Chip fans will enjoy more world-class concerts, death-defying stunts, motorcycle showcases and more throughout the full nine-day Buffalo Chip festival. Additional concert and event announcements are expected soon.

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Xtreme Machine Charger Collection

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Xtreme MachineXtreme Machine Rolls out the new Charger Wheel

The new CHARGER wheel from Xtreme Machine was conceived from the idea that speed is king and style is forever queen. At a standstill, the nostalgic race inspired five flat spokes present the illusion of spinning blades at top-speed while the machined speed streaks in the rim finish off its magic. If you’re a traditional speed freak that’s attracted to simplistic styling but needs a bit more detail, you’ve found it.

 

  • CNC-Machined from forged aluminum wheel blanks
  • Tested in-house to JASO and TUV standards
  • Matching Discs, Pulley and Air Cleaner
  • Out of the box design
  • Available in Chrome and Xquisite Black Cut

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Adjustable Fairing Air Deflectors For Road Glide

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Air DeflectorsAdjustable Fairing Air Deflectors For Road Glide

New Kuryakyn Adjustable Fairing Air Deflectors offer a step up in style and versatility compared to the fixed factory units on Road Glides. The sleek variable deflectors are easy to operate and securely lock into place in four positions, channeling airflow toward or around the rider for improved comfort in the saddle.

Air DeflectorsThe shatterproof polycarbonate deflectors feature a stylish dark smoke tint and contoured profile with larger surface area than stock. Discreet satin black aluminum brackets mount to existing holes in the fairing for a hassle-free install on all ’15-’17 Harley-Davidson Road Glide and Road Glide Ultra models.

• P/N 1244
MSRP:
$129.99

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

First-Ever Motorcycle Caucus Formed In U.S. Senate
In a rare bipartisan effort, motorcyclists are getting a very special form of representation in the U.S. Senate as two Senators are reaching across the aisle to establish the first Senate Motorcycle Caucus.  Kickstarting this unique legislative road trip, Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Gary Peters (D-Michigan), both lifelong motorcyclists, will serve as co-chairs of the caucus, which will advocate on behalf of both motorcycle riders and manufacturers.

Sen. Ernst said her concern for motorcycles and motorcyclists started when she was a child.  “Some of my most cherished memories include motorcycles, from delivering messages as a young girl to my dad while he was working out in the fields, to riding through the rolling hills of Northeast Iowa with family and friends,” Ernst said.  “Throughout my 99 county tour of Iowa, I have heard from many of these folks about some of their priorities, including improving safety, infrastructure and energy efficiency.  These concerns are shared by folks across our great state and country, and I look forward to working with Sen. Peters toward solutions.”

Sen. Peters bought his first motorcycle at age 11.  “I’ve loved motorcycles since I was a kid, and I started a newspaper route to buy my first motorcycle at age 11.  To this day, I believe there is no better way to see Michigan’s beautiful scenery than by bike, whether I’m riding to meet with constituents and small businesses or taking my bike out on the weekend,” Peters said.  “Motorcyclists come from all walks of life, and I can’t think of a better way to bring together a diverse and dedicated group of advocates to discuss everything from safety concerns to manufacturing.  I’m looking forward to working with Sen. Ernst as co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Motorcycle Caucus to foster these important discussions and find common ground with motorcycle lovers across the country.”

Security And Privacy In Your (Spy) Car Study Act
With motorcyclists sharing the road with a growing number of Smart vehicles, security from cyber-intrusion is a significant safety concern, and U.S. Reps Joe Wilson (R-SC) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) have introduced H.R. 701; the Security and Privacy in Your Car Study Act of 2017 (“SPY Car Study Act”) to address automotive software safety, cybersecurity and privacy regulations.

This bill would require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to conduct a study to determine and recommend standards for the regulation of the cybersecurity of motor vehicles manufactured or imported for sale in the United States. The study shall identify:

  • isolation measures that are necessary to separate critical software systems that can affect the driver’s control of the movement of the vehicle from other software systems;
  • measures that are necessary to detect and prevent or minimize anomalous codes, in vehicle software systems, associated with malicious behavior;
  • techniques that are necessary to detect and prevent, discourage, or mitigate intrusions into vehicle software systems and other cybersecurity risks in motor vehicles; and
  • best practices to secure driving data about a vehicle’s status or about the owner, lessee, driver, or passenger of a vehicle that is collected by the electronic systems of motor vehicles; and
  • a timeline for implementing systems and software that reflect such measures, techniques, and best practices.

Police Motorcycle Hit By Autopilot Tesla
According to a report in the Arizona Republic, a Phoenix police motorcycle was hit by a Tesla Model X operating on autopilot.  Police said the officer and the Tesla exited a freeway with the motorcycle in front.  When the rider stopped for a light, the car stopped as well, but then started moving forward.  The officer jumped off the bike, which was struck at low speed by the car.

The driver reported having the car on autopilot at the time. The officer was uninjured and the car driver wasn’t ticketed.

Tesla has warned customers in the past that its autopilot mode does not mean a driver can completely disengage, but increasingly it seems customers are unwilling to listen.  Tesla’s website specifically states that drivers are in command of their vehicles after exiting freeways.

The company announced in October that it would soon begin including hardware in its vehicles that could make them fully autonomous.  Currently, the vehicles are simply equipped with driver aids like forward collision warning, automatic braking and auto steering.

“Autocycles” No Longer Considered Motorcycles In Two More States
Colorado and Wyoming are the latest states to reclassify their licensing requirements which allow drivers of so-called “Autocycles”, such as the Polaris Slingshot, to operate the vehicle with a valid state driver’s license instead of requiring a motorcycle endorsement or license.  Drivers under the age of 18 will still be required to wear a helmet, in accordance with the states’ motorcycle helmet laws.

Because of the three-wheeled configuration and characteristics of autocycles, determining how to classify them has been a challenge for state governments.  Polaris calls the Slingshot a “three-wheeled moto-roadster.”  Initially, when it was introduced to the market in 2014, consumers were required to have a motorcycle endorsement or license to operate the Slingshot, which offers a distinct ride through its open cockpit and side-by-side seating.

Currently, 30 states, including the District of Columbia, require only a driver’s license to drive an autocycle.  The remaining states require a motorcycle endorsement, but Polaris says efforts are being made to reclassify the vehicle to gain full conformity throughout the United States.

“As we educate state officials on the unique attributes of this category-creating Slingshot, they are realizing that the licensing requirement for the roadster are more similar to that of a driver’s license than of a motorcycle endorsement or license,” said Rachael Elia, Slingshot Marketing Manager. “Our goal is to gain a unified classification across the country to provide more opportunity and driving freedom for consumers looking for the ultimate thrill experience.”

Driver Who “Didn’t Care” He Hit Motorcyclist Gets 15 Years
Remember the Texas driver who was filmed deliberately swerving across centerline into a passing motorcyclist and then said “I don’t care” that he’d knocked the rider and his girlfriend to the ground?

The heartless car driver is 69-year-old William Crum and following a two-day trial at 355th District Court in Hood County, Texas, he’s been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing bodily injury.

The 15-year sentence means that Crum, who was arrested soon after the incident in Granbury, TX in October 2015, will be in prison until he’s 84.

Harley Pulled Into Political Fight Over Leather Products
Many challenges face motorcycle manufacturers selling their products in other countries; and a strange example of this is Harley-Davidson facing a public relations issue in India over leather, something as closely associated with bikers as the bikes they ride.

Leather comes from cows, which are revered and even worshiped by many in the Hindu community, and according to the Hindustan Times a well-known Bollywood actor is taking on the iconic American motorcycle-maker over religious principles.

Popular actor and producer Ajaz Khan is urging India’s Prime Minister to impose a ban on Harley-Davidson products, claiming they’re made from cow hide.  “I just bought a leather belt from Harley Davidson,” Khan is quoted by the Hindustan Times as saying. “This is a cow leather belt.  It’s being sold in the entire world.  If you really consider yourself men, then I request [the Prime Minister] shuts down Harley Davidson.”

Motorcycle Awareness Rally Put On Hold After London Terror Attack
A mass London “Awareness Ride-Out” to be held a day after a deadly terrorist attack in the vicinity of the Palace of Westminster, seat of the British Parliament, had to be rescheduled in the wake of the Wednesday, March 22 car attack that killed four and injured more than 50 pedestrians.

The campaign group “We Ride London,” which aims to be the “main lobby group for riders of motorcycles, scooters and mopeds in London,” had invited thousands to join a ride at 1pm on Thursday April 23, from Regents Park through central London to City Hall, but had to call the event off.  A statement on the group’s Facebook page said: “We have decided to cancel tomorrow’s awareness ride in light of the terrible events in our capital today.  Now is not the time to be hindering the emergency and security services as they investigate and recover from this.”

Rolling Into Reno For NCOM Convention
With the 32nd Annual NCOM Convention in Reno just weeks away, the National Coalition of Motorcyclists is requesting that MROs, Motorcycle Clubs, & riding associations submit the names of those members & supporters who have died this year, so that we may honor their memories during the traditional “Ringing of the Bell” tribute to fallen riders during the opening ceremonies.  Dedications can be hand-delivered at the Convention to “Doc” Reichenbach, NCOM Chairman of the Board, or e-mailed in advance to Bill Bish at NCOMBish@aol.com.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring an item on behalf of their organization for the Freedom Fund Auction, with proceeds benefiting the motorcyclists’ rights movement nationwide through Getting Our People Elected donations, NCOM Speaker Program, lobbying activities & other pro-motorcycling projects as determined by the NCOM Board of Directors.

The 32nd annual NCOM Convention will be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 11-14 at the Silver Legacy Resort-Casino, 407 N. Virginia St. in Reno, NV, so reserve your room now for the special NCOM rate of $99 by calling (800) 687-8733 and mention “GNCOM17”.  Pre-register for the 2017 NCOM Convention at (800) 525-5355 or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.

QUOTABLE QUOTE:  “Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace.”

~ Benito Juárez (1806-1872), President of Mexico

THE AIM/NCOM MOTORCYCLE E-NEWS SERVICE is brought to you by Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), and is sponsored by the Law Offices of Richard M. Lester. If you’ve been involved in any kind of accident, call us at 1-(800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.

 

 

DEI Exhaust Products

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DEIExhaust Sleeve Kit – Titanium

It’s hard to believe, but not everyone likes the look of exhaust wrap. But despite different visual tastes, we haven’t met one customer that likes getting burned from a hot exhaust. DEI now offers our premium Titanium exhaust wrap, in the form of a sleeve. This great looking alternative to traditional wrap satisfies the eyes while offering the same amount of insulation and protection. Each kit includes five feet of sleeve, four of our stainless steel locking ties, and tie tool to ensure a secure fit.

  • Clean and classy replacement for traditional exhaust wrap
  • Slip-on design for easier installation
  • Kit includes 5 feet of sleeve, four ties and tie tool
  • Made in the USA
Exhaust Sleeve Kit –Titanium

Part Number: 901155

Fitment: Exhaust Systems 1.75”-2.25” diameter

MSRP: $94.95

Availability: Now

DEIGen III Exhaust Heat Shields in Double Black

DEI has expanded its award winning Flexible Heat Shields to include a new “Double Black” version. This new iteration combines the awesome heat blocking power of ONYX Series Textiles with a black Cerakote trim plates*. These shields will keep your legs from burning and add a sinister look at the same time. Being flexible, these shields can be adjusted to fit a range of exhaust diameters. They work great as OEM replacements, over exhaust wrap, or even doubling up existing metal heat shields for the ultimate protection. Each shield includes mounting hardware for easy installation.

*Cerakote is a durable, UV stable finish for metals that’s scratch and heat resistant. It’s most associated with firearms manufacturing.

  • Stop burning your legs!
  • 2 different styles to choose from
  • Made in the USA
Gen III Exhaust Heat Shield Double Black
Part Number: 902461 Heat Shield 3.5”x 6.5” Onyx/Black MSRP: $69.95
Part Number: 902462 Heat Shield 4”x 8” Onyx/Black MSRP: $74.95

About Design Engineering, Inc.

Design Engineering, Inc., founded in 1995 by the late Dale Markley, is the leading aftermarket manufacturer and global supplier of performance heat and sound control products. DEI engineered products offer the most effective means to improve an engine’s cooling efficiency to enhance performance. Boom Mat, the company’s sound deadening product line, offer products that keep a vehicle’s interior cool and quiet.

Based in Avon Lake, Ohio, the company has continued to grow employing 30 under the leadership of the Markley family and through the expansion into new product lines including: Boom Mat, Ny-Trex, Radiator Relief and CryO2. In addition to supplying the performance automotive aftermarket with thermal tuning products, DEI serves the needs of the powersports, marine, industrial and commercial industry markets worldwide.

Avon Tyres Sponsors Vintage Racer Brittany Olsen

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Avon Tyres Sponsors Vintage Racer Brittany Olsen

Brittany Olsen

Brittany Olsen (Facebook)

Press Release: Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America will sponsor vintage motorcycle racer and Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Festival organizer Brittany Olsen throughout 2017. Olsen started the year right with a win at Billy Lane’s Inaugural Sons of Speed Vintage Races in Daytona, Florida, and will ride her 1923 Harley-Davidson Board Track Racer outfitted with Avon Speedmaster-MKII and GP tires at various events throughout the United States.

“Brittany brings amazing energy to every race and event,” said Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing for Avon Tyres North America. “We are proud to partner with her and look forward to the excitement that her passion for vintage racing will undoubtedly produce this year.”

The Speedmaster-MKII is a classic ribbed front tire and is available in street and race compounds. It features a curved tread profile and tread pattern typical of classic bikes. Olsen will also be running on the Avon GP race tire at select events. Both tire lines are constructed of modern rubber compounds to deliver enhanced durability and performance.

For more information about Brittany Olsen, visit www.facebook.com/20thCenturyRacing

About Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America
Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America, based in Stow, Ohio, markets and sells Avon brand motorcycle tires in the United States and Canada. Avon tires are designed and manufactured for street and racing applications, from ultra wide tires featuring snakeskin effect sidewalls to ultra high-performance sport bike tires. Avon’s long history and heritage of innovation reaches back more than 100 years. Based in Melksham, England, Avon tires are built to perform and are engineered to high standards incorporating the latest in cutting-edge technology. For more information visit www.avonmoto.com.

Batwing Fairing Pouch

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Batwing Fairing PouchBatwing Fairing Pouch For ’14-’17 Touring, Tri Glide

Keep small essential items within easy reach with the new Batwing Fairing Pouch Bag from Kuryakyn, now available for ’14-’17 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, Street Glide and Tri Glide.

The structurally formed Batwing Fairing Pouch Bag (P/N 5261) provides much-needed additional storage for wallets, cell phones, sunglasses or other items that require quick and easy access. Specifically designed with a compact profile, the three-pouch bag hugs the contours of the fairing and windscreen for maximum storage with a tailored custom fit. High-strength magnetic closures on each pouch ensure secure storage and convenience when opening or closing the flaps. The main compartment also features an internal zippered storage pocket to separate and securely stow paperwork, smaller loose items, or coins.Batwing Fairing Pouch

Full access to the fairing vent open/close switch permits uninterrupted airflow. Premium formed construction provides shape retention, durability, and eliminates the risk of sagging over time, while UV-treated outer vinyl guards against discoloration from prolonged sunlight exposure.

• Overall dims: 23.5” wide x 6.375” tall x 3” deep
  MSRP: $99.99

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Ciro LED Bag Blades

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Ciro LED Bag Blades

Ciro LED Bag Blades are one of the cleanest ways to add light to the back of your bike. The low profile light housings sit just below the lid of your saddlebag to blend seamlessly into the back of the bike. Bag Blades feature Ciro’s proprietary new lighting controller for the 2014-up Harley-Davidson Touring models. Designed to work on their own or with other Ciro lighting products, these super bright, run, brake, and sequential amber turn signals will make sure you are seen day or night.

Installation is easy with 3M automotive grade adhesive. Simple plug-in wiring means no splicing and allows the saddlebags to be easily removed for cleaning or maintenance.

Ciro has fitments from 1997-2017. See www.ciro3d.com for all of the options or visit your local Drag Specialties dealer and ask for Ciro products. Contact Ciro with any questions (715) 808-0027.

  • 40008 Bag Blades ‘14-up with controller $229.95
  • 40009 Bag Blades ‘14-up without controller $169.95
  • 40028 Bag Blades ‘97-’13 $169.95
  • 40029 Bag Blades ‘10-’13 $199.95

 Ciro has fitments from 1997-2017. See www.ciro3d.com for all of the options or visit your local Drag Specialties dealer and ask for Ciro products.
Contact Ciro with any questions (715) 808-0027.

Harley-Davidson Releases First Quarter 2017 Results

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safe_image_1Harley-Davidson Releases First Quarter 2017 Results

Share Gains in the U.S., Reduced Shipments Improved U.S. Dealer Inventory

MILWAUKEE, April 18, 2017– Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) first quarter 2017 diluted EPS decreased 22.8 percent to $1.05 compared to $1.36 in the same period of 2016. First quarter net income was $186.4 million on consolidated revenue of $1.50 billion versus net income of $250.5 million on consolidated revenue of $1.75 billion in the first quarter of last year.

“First quarter U.S. retail sales were in line with our projections and we remain confident in our full-year plan despite international retail sales being down in the first quarter,” said Matt Levatich, CEO, Harley-Davidson. “We are very pleased with our continued growth in U.S. market share and the progress our U.S. dealers made in reducing their inventory of 2016 motorcycles in the quarter.”

First quarter worldwide Harley-Davidson retail motorcycle sales were down 4.2 percent compared to the same period in 2016. In line with the company’s expectations, Harley-Davidson retail motorcycle sales in the U.S. were down 5.7 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, with the overall U.S. industry down for the same period. Harley-Davidson’s U.S. market share for the quarter was 51.3 percent in the 601cc-plus segment, up compared to the first quarter in 2016. Harley-Davidson’s international retail sales decreased 1.8 percent compared to the same quarter in 2016.

“We recently announced our plan to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders globally. We are energized by our focused strategy, and we believe our powerful brand and commitment to excellence will position us to drive demand for our products and grow our sport,” concluded Levatich.

The company’s long-term strategy through 2027 is focused on five objectives to:

  • Build two million new Harley-Davidson riders in the U.S.;
  • Grow international business to 50 percent of annual volume;
  • Launch 100 new, high-impact motorcycles;
  • Deliver superior return on invested capital for Harley-Davidson Motor Company (S&P 500 top 25%); and
  • Grow the business without growing its environmental impact.

 Harley-Davidson Retail Motorcycle Sales 

  1st Quarter
2017 2016 Change
U.S. 33,316 35,326 -5.7%
Canada 2,361 2,470 -4.4%
Latin America 2,342 1,886 24.2%
EMEA 10,167 10,210 -0.4%
Asia Pacific 6,863 7,566 -9.3%
International Total 21,733 22,132 -1.8%
Worldwide Total 55,049 57,458 -4.2%

First quarter worldwide‎ retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles were down driven by lower sales in the U.S. As we expected, U.S. sales were adversely impacted by soft industry sales and the company’s decision to reduce shipments of model year 2017 motorcycles. This decision helped dealers focus on selling down their model year 2016 retail inventory. International retail sales were down behind weak sales in Asia Pacific, partially offset by strong growth in Latin America. Retail sales in EMEA and Canada were both down as they compared against strong prior year growth of 8.8 percent and 16.3 percent, respectively.

Motorcycles and Related Products Segment Results

$ in thousands 1st Quarter
2017 2016 Change
Motorcycle Shipments (vehicles) 70,831 83,036 -14.7%
Revenue      
Motorcycles $1,099,702 $1,317,578 -16.5%
Parts & Accessories $169,025 $183,705 -8.0%
General Merchandise $55,836 $70,618 -20.9%
Gross Margin Percent 35.9% 37.4% -1.5 pts
Operating Income $238,842 $332,457 -28.2%
Operating Margin Percent 18.0% 21.1% -3.1 pts

In the first quarter, revenue from the Motorcycles and Related Products segment was down versus the first quarter of 2016 on lower shipments.

 

Financial Services Segment Results

$ in thousands 1st Quarter
2017 2016 Change
Revenue $173,221 $173,358 -0.1%
Operating Income $52,636 $56,371 -6.6%

The Financial Services segment operating income was down 6.6 percent year-over-year due to a higher provision for credit losses.

Income Tax Rate

For the first quarter of 2017, Harley-Davidson’s effective tax rate was flat compared to the prior year at 34.5 percent. The company continues to expect its full-year 2017 effective tax rate will be approximately 34.5 percent.

Other Results 

At the end of the first quarter of 2017, cash and marketable securities totaled $844.7 million, compared to $739.1 million in 2016. Harley-Davidson generated $159.9 million of cash from operating activities in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $41.1 million in the same period of 2016. The company paid a cash dividend of $0.365 per share for the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 4.3 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016. On a discretionary basis, the company repurchased 1.2 million shares of its common stock during the first quarter of 2017 for $70.9 million. There were approximately 177.1 million weighted-average diluted common shares outstanding in the first quarter of 2017, compared to 184.2 million shares in the first quarter of 2016. At the end of the first quarter, 18.0 million shares remained on a board-approved share repurchase authorization.

Guidance        

For 2017, Harley-Davidson continues to anticipate full-year motorcycle shipments to be flat to down modestly in comparison to 2016. In the second quarter of 2017, the company expects to ship approximately 80,000 to 85,000 motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson continues to expect full-year 2017 operating and gross margin as a percent of revenue to be approximately in line with 2016.

The company continues to expect that full-year 2017 capital expenditures will be $200 million to $220 million. Read More

Kuryakyn Aztec Collection

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Aztec CollectionKuryakyn Aztec Collection Blends Classic And Modern Style

The new Aztec collection from Kuryakyn strikes a perfect balance of vintage art deco design and modern style indicative of Indian big twins. Now available in the growing line of accessories are the Aztec Dipstick and Fuel Caps, two easy add-ons that prove the little details can create a huge impact.

22116_1350x900_RGB_72DPIAztec Dipsticks (P/N 5710 – Chrome, 5711 Satin Black) eliminate the need for the OEM-supplied tool required to remove factory units. Constructed from quality A380 aluminum with high-temp injection-molded ABS threads and dipstick etched with easy-to-read “Full” and “Add” levels. The chrome version is a perfect complement to Kuryakyn’s line of Indian engine covers including the Rear Oil Panel Accent (P/N 5644), while satin black is ideal for Dark Horse models or a contrasting finish with factory chrome components.

  • MSRP: $59.99

22131_1350x900_RGB_72DPIAztec Fuel Caps (P/N 7387 – Chrome, 7388 – Satin Black) include a right-side vented fuel cap and left-side “dummy” cap that both offer enhanced styling compared to their stock counterparts. The direct replacement caps are constructed from A380 aluminum (with ABS threads) available in chrome or satin black finish for a captivating addition to Indian big twin tanks. Aztec Collection

  • MSRP: $99.99

The Aztec Dipstick and Fuel Caps are available for all ’14-’17 Indian Chief, Chieftain, Roadmaster and Springfield models. Additional products in the Aztec line are slated for release throughout 2017.

Sailor Jerry Partners With Harley-Davidson

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Sailor JerrySailor Jerry Spiced Rum Announces Partnership With Harley-Davidson

The Two Americana-Steeped Brands Celebrate The Kick-Off Of Their Partnership With The Unveil Of Their Artist Series Motorcycles

This 360-partnership will come to life in bars, restaurants, Harley-Davidson dealerships and joint celebrations around the country. Consumers can expect a series of shared events and moments from the two iconic brands, leading up to Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary in 2018.

The first official venture together is the series of customized motorcycles created by acclaimed artists from around the country.  The participating artists include a range of innovators with backgrounds in tattoo design, mural paintings, street art and automotive design. Acclaimed tattoo artists Jonathan Valena aka JonBoy, Oliver Peck, and Megan Woznicki aka Megan Massacre have designed a selection of bikes as well as popular Miami-based muralists, Alexander Mijares, celebrated automotive designer, Michael “BuckWild” Ramirez and artist L’Amour Supreme. Each artist was tasked with interpreting the infamous flash art style of Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins into their unique motorcycle design. Members of the Harley-Davidson Styling Team round out the group of artists and use their deep knowledge of Harley-Davidson history to inspire their unique designs.

The motorcycles will be unveiled in a celebration at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee on May 2, 2017 that will be open to consumers and include exciting festivities for all attendees. Following the celebrations, these bikes will not become a part of the exhibit, but instead be available for viewing around the United States all summer 2017 at liquor retailers, Sailor Jerry’s Fleet Week New York celebrations, at the Harley-Davidson Museum and more. Fans of Harley-Davidson and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum will have a chance to win a motorcycle through a sweepstakes program kicking off on May 15, 2017. There will be twenty-two total bikes available to win. To enter, participants can log on to www.SailorJerry.com/Harley-Davidson and can receive additional information on the sweepstakes.

“Between our shared American roots, values and traditions, collaborating with Harley-Davidson is an exciting and natural fit,” said Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Senior Brand Manager Josh Hayes. “Harley-Davidson shares Sailor Jerry’s genuine Americana values for freedom and living outside the lines. With Harley-Davidson, we look forward to a long partnership that celebrates our shared brand beliefs.”

The collaboration of these two Americana-steeped brands is a true testament to their rich histories of honoring the traditional values, passions and purposes of the men for whom they are named. After serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII, Norman Collinsdedicated his life honing the art of tattooing out of his shop on Hotel Street in Honolulu. Collins’ shop became the must-stop destination for sailors on their shore-leave. His unique flash-art style started a movement that still inspires artists today. Harley-Davidson, named after founders William S. Harley, Arthur Davidson, William A. Davidson and Walter Davidson, has become an American icon since its founding in 1903. Since its first motorcycle, Harley-Davidson has been dedicated to fulfilling dreams of personal freedom – from exceptional custom experiences, innovative products and precise manufacturing. Together, these two brands are excited to begin a partnership that combines their joint passions and values.

“Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Harley-Davidson are all about freedom of expression and customization, whether that is expressed by a Norman Collins tattoo or a bike,” said Scott Beck, Harley-Davidson Director of Marketing. “We are struck by the natural ties Sailor Jerry has to the motorcycle culture.”

The three Harley-Davidson models used in this program are:

  • Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight: With its bulldog stance, fat front tire and narrow profile, the Forty-Eight exudes bare-boned attitude. A new seat, mag wheels, and wider 49mm forks and adjustable rear suspension provide an even more muscular, comfortable ride. The iconic 2.1 gallon peanut tank sports ’70s inspired graphics and floating brake rotors and blacked out slotted exhaust add to the fresh new look.
  • Harley-Davidson Iron 883: Bare-knuckle minimalism and garage-built style featuring bullet design detailing, straight cut mufflers, a low drag-style handlebar, front fork gaiters, chopped rear fender and a solo tuck and roll seat. All new adjustable rear shocks and front cartridge forks provide stability and comfort. The Iron 883 is a nimble urban machine that kicks asphalt.
  • Harley-Davidson Roadster: With a profile reminiscent of racing Sportster motorcycles from the 1950s and 1960s, Roadster joins Harley’s Dark Custom lineup with a minimalist design inspired by classic models and current trends in stripped-down custom bikes. A rider’s bike, the Harley-Davidson Roadster boasts premium suspension components and a balanced, athletic stance that connects the rider to the road.

To learn more about Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, log onto www.sailorjerry.com

To learn more about Harley-Davidson, log onto www.harley-davidson.com

http://www.SailorJerry.com/Harley-Davidson

Drag Specialties Caballero Seat

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08011038 - DSS Cab w Su BlackCaballero Seat

Customize your Dresser with a Caballero Seat from Drag Specialties Seats. This seat features a molded, flexible urethane foam interior for comfort and an ABS thermoformed seat base to achieve a perfect fit, with carpeted bottom and rubber bumpers for added paint protection. Made in the USA, this seat is available in faux suede with diamond stitching for 08-17 FLHT, FLHR, FLTR and FLHX models. Includes all mounting hardware, the suggested retail price range is $305.95.

More Info:

Since 1972 Drag Specialties Seats has been dedicated to offering quality products for V-Twin motorcycles — including Harley-Davidson, Indian, Victory and customs.

Manufactured by American craftsmen, each seat is built to precise standards with the finest materials. Drag Specialties Seats are sold exclusively through our network of retail dealers.

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

Why Choose Spectro?

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SpectroWhy Choose Spectro?

For over 50 years Spectro Oils has been the go-to name in motorcycle oils. Since it was founded in 1966 Spectro has held true to its core values of producing the best quality products, exceptional customer support, and a strong support for the motorcycle industry.

Spectro’s products are engineered to provide the highest levels of performance across the full range of full-synthetic, semi-synthetic and petroleum lubricants for all types of power-sports engines, and transmissions. Spectro also provides premier products for your brakes, chain, suspension, air filter, cooling system, and the appearance of your bike as well. Spectro protects your bike from front to back, and everywhere in between!

Spectro Heavy Duty Platinum Full Synthetic

Heavy Duty Platinum Full Synthetic is engineered specifically for Harley high-performance engines and other high-output V-Twin motors. Spectro Heavy Duty Platinum Full Synthetic provides smoother shifting, reduces friction, offers tremendous lubrication and provides superior protection in extreme heat conditions. A.P.I. SF/SG – Diesel-rated.

Spectro Oils
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Pac-A-Derm For Linbar Highway Bars

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Pac-A-DermPac-A-Derm For Linbar Highway Bars
FLT-FLH (New)

Hopnel is the originator of Pac-A-Derms with over 20 years experience producing highway bar covers protecting you from rain, sleet, bugs, cold weather and debris. These latest Pac-A-Derm Highway Bar Covers fit the Linbar (models 102-1, 102-1/09,109-1/09) for the FLH 1981-2017 and FLT 1998-2013.
HOPNEL PAC-A-DERMS, Highway Bar Covers, For Linbar FLH 1981-17, FLT 1998-13, (102-1, 102-1/09, 109-1/09), Made in USA

Big Bike Parts
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High-Flow Air Filter for Milwaukee-Eight

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High-Flow Air FilterK&N New Product Release:

High-Flow Air Filter for Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight

K&N Releases an all new OE Replacement High-Flow Air Filter for the 2017 Model Harley Davidson Milwaukee-Eight Model engine packages.  The K&N HD-1717 is a direct replacement for the HD OE#29400212, designed to fit directly into the stock air intake assembly without any cutting or fitting required.  The K&N HD-1717 was designed to fit into the stock intake assembly but also to improve usable surface area over the stock unit.  The increased surface area over the OEM part provides very low restriction and improved airflow to the throttle body resulting in an increase in horsepower and torque.  The K&N injection molded top plate and base plate incorporate stock vent tube inlets as well as a velocity style entry radius for a smooth delivery of airflow.  K&N OE Replacement High-Flow Air Filters are available through your authorized K&N Dealer.  Made in the USA since 1969.

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K&N OE REPLACEMENT HIGH-FLOW AIR FILTERS

  • Designed to provide increased horsepower & torque
  • Pleated media provides a large filtration area offering long service intervals
  • Multi-Layers of woven cotton gauze media offers excellent filtration
  • Fits directly into OEM Air filter assembly with OE style mounting tabs to ensure a precise fit
  • Fuel-Management modifications are not required for increased performance
  • Made in the USA for over 45 years
  • Washable & reusable, pre-oiled and ready to ride!

Includes a 10-Year/Million-Mile Limited Warranty®

PART NO:            DESCRIPTION                                                                               MSRP

HD-1717              HARLEY DAVIDSON FLHR ROAD KING; 2017                        $81.00

 

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Dirty Bird Concepts Saddlebag Lids

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Saddlebag LidsDirty Bird Concepts Highline Saddlebag Lids

Dirty Bird Concepts brings you style and balance with our exclusive Highline Saddlebag Lids.  These lids were designed to give your Harley bagger that sleek, aggressive look.  These can be installed with any stock Harley saddlebag and the factory hardware.  Each lid is made from our super strong Injection molded NYB polymer.   These lids are sold in a set and will be shipped with a weather strip seal to protect the inside of your bags from the elements.  Proudly made in the USA.  Don’t forget to pick up the Gnarly Series Saddlebag Latches and our Tether Check Straps to get you on your way.

John Shope has spent years designing new parts made to compliment your Harley bagger.

To shop all Dirty Bird parts, please visit us online at www.dirtybirdconcepts.com.

Dirty Bird Concepts
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Receiver Hitch For H-D Touring

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Receiver HitchReceiver Hitch, Trailer Wiring & Relay Harnesses For H-D Touring

Lengthy road trips can require more storage than saddlebags, tour trunks or luggage provide. A pull-behind trailer offers the convenience of bringing everything needed to enjoy weeks, or even months, on the road. The new Receiver Hitch and Trailer Wiring and Relay Harnesses from Kuryakyn ensure smooth sailing and worry-free load application on Harley-Davidson Touring models equipped with CAN-bus electrical systems.

Receiver HitchThe Kuryakyn Receiver Hitch (P/N 7657) includes black powder-coated mounting brackets, chrome-plated ball mount and a chrome-plated 1-7/8” ball. Brackets and ball mount are constructed from sturdy forged and welded steel for durability. The ball mount utilizes a unique dual receiver design that engages the mounting brackets vertically on both sides of the rear wheel for maximum structural support. The ball mount can be installed in either of two height positions depending on fender configuration. Remove the ball mount when not in use and the receiver hitch remains hidden for a clean and virtually unnoticeable appearance. Bolt-on installation for all ’14-’17 Harley-Davidson Electra Glides, Road Glides, Road Kings and Street Glides requires simple hand tools.
• MSRP: $289.99

Receiver HitchKuryakyn Trailer Wiring and Relay Harness Kits are available separately to safely and effectively apply the trailer’s lighting load to the battery rather than the bike’s electrical system. The harnesses utilize input from the motorcycle to direct power from the battery to the appropriate trailer lighting circuit, eliminating the potential to overload stock lighting or accessory outlets.

Wiring and Relay Harnesses are available in 5 Wire Plus 1 or 4 Wire Plus 1 kits for standard 5-wire output (run, brake, right turn, left turn, ground), or 4-wire output (run, left turn/brake, right turn/brake, ground). Each kit includes a bonus wire that connects as needed to provide fused 12-volt power to the trailer for compartment lights or keyless entry systems wired independently of the trailer’s essential lighting.
• MSRP: $119.99 – $129.99

 

How To Choose A Klock Werks’ Flare Windshield

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Klock WerksHow To Choose A Klock Werks’ Flare Windshield

One size does not fit all! Klock Werks developed a variety of windshield heights for many models so riders can find a fit that really works. Find the right Flare for your stance with new vertical height measurements.

If you can, always “Try It Before You Buy It!” Klock Werks set up a test pilot program with dealers all over the world that allows customers to try the windshields at no cost and no obligation. This is the best way to find what works for you.

But, if you can’t get to a dealer, how do you find the right height? When choosing a Klock Werks Flare Windshield, we suggest that you look over it. When you know where you line of sight is, you can make an educated decision about which Flare to purchase according to the vertical height of each shield.

“The ability to see over the windshield not only gives you the clearest view of what’s ahead of you, but it also puts your head and shoulders in the sweet-spot of the air managed by the windshield,” Jennifer Bainbridge, Klock Werks Lead R&D explained.

Klock WerksTo find your line of sight, you may need an extra hand! Sit on your motorcycle and try to recreate your usual riding position. If you slouch often when you ride, take that into account. With a ruler or tape measure, have your helper measure vertically from the center of your stock windshield. Be certain the measuring device is straight as possible. At what measurement does your line of sight lie? Now that you know, choose a Flare with a vertical height that is LESS THAN that measurement.

Klock WerksIf you ride two-up frequently, consider your passenger’s line of sight. You may want to choose an option with more coverage. Please note, choosing a Flare based on your line of sight does NOT guarantee the best overall air management possible. This method, while 95% accurate, cannot recreate the actual experience of riding. Use our dealer locator at getklocked.com to find a dealer nearest you to “Try It Before You Buy It.” You may also choose to have your Flare installed by the Klock Krew at a rally nearest you or test drive a Flare on a Harley Davidson during the Legend Suspension Performance Tour, starting date to be announced.

About Klock Werks
Located in Mitchell, South Dakota, Klock Werks has grown from humble beginnings to a globally recognized Brand. Achieving status as “Air Management Experts”, Klock Werks credits this to the success of the original, patented, Flare Windshield. Also supplying fenders, handlebars, and other motorcycle parts, Klock Werks proudly leads the industry through innovation in design and quality of materials and fitment. Team Klock Werks has been successful for years designing parts, creating custom motorcycles, and setting records on the Bonneville Salt Flats. You will find motorcycles, family, and faith at the core of Klock Werks, along with a commitment to caring for the needs of enthusiasts around the world who enjoy their products.

Ozzy Osbourne to Perform at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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Ozzy OsbourneOzzy Osbourne Choses to Perform at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip in 2017

Heavy metal royalty to grace fans with unforgettable performance on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

There is only one Ozzy Osbourne, a multi-platinum recording artist, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, founding member of Black Sabbath and Ozzfest, known to worshipers worldwide as the Godfather of Heavy Metal. On Wednesday, Aug. 9 he will be astonishing fans at The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling on the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage. Osbourne chose to perform at the hub of the rally, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, as one of just a handful of shows on his first solo U.S. tour in six years. See the official band announcement video by clicking here.

“You never know what to expect with Ozzy, but you can be sure it will be over the top.” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “He puts on an incredible show and this is one of those performances you just can’t miss. You may not have another opportunity to see the legendary Ozzy Osbourne live on stage. I wonder if he’s still biting the heads off bats?”

Osbourne’s music is as relevant today as it was four decades ago when he joined Black Sabbath. Since the 1979 release of his first solo album, “Blizzard of Ozz” and subsequent “Diary of a Madman,” Osbourne has continued to amaze fans with his heavy metal wizardry. In June 2013, after more than three decades of waiting, original Black Sabbath members released their critically acclaimed album “13,” which entered the charts at no. 1 in 13 countries. In 2014, the group won a GRAMMY Award in the Best Metal category for the single “God is Dead?” Later that year Ozzy was presented with the “Global Icon” award at the 2014 Europe Music Awards in Glasgow.

As the largest and most easily accessed concert and camping venue east of Sturgis, concert attendees not already camping at the Buffalo Chip will be able to access the free parking area at the east gate, about 5 miles from exit 37 on I-90. Passes purchased for Wednesday, Aug. 9 include the Roland Sands Design Super Hooligan races presented by Indian Motorcycle and the Buffalo Chip Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John both taking place in the Chip’s amphitheater that afternoon. “Young Blood/Old Iron”, the 2017 Motorcycles as Art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter will be open and free to the public. Read More

Voyager Luggage Line

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Voyager Luggage LineVoyager Luggage Line

For riders on the go looking for more stylish utilitarian luggage options, the Voyager Luggage Line has arrived. Finding storage on motorcycles has often been attributed to giant packs with bungees attached every which way; minimize the stress involved with trying to find room for riding essentials with our Detachable Saddlebag(s), Tool Roll, Roll Top Backpack, Tank/Tail Bag and Magnetic Map Tank Screen. Bare the elements with rugged 500gsm wet waxed UV treated cotton canvas construction and leather paneling/straps that will age and show character over time. Each item features high quality “moto centric” speed buckles and zippers with metal Burly Brand embossed button snaps and accents as well as an “Anti-Flail Snap System” (on all zipper pulls and strap ends).

Burly Brand
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Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame – Dave Nichols

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f28dd8b1-11f1-44da-97e1-77891e6b89caLas Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame announced Dave Nichols as inductee into the 2017 class.

Press Release: An avid motorcyclist since the age of 15, Dave Nichols is the editor-in-chief of Easyriders and V-Twin motorcycle magazines since 1998 currently overseeing ten automotive, motorcycle and tattoo-related magazine titles for Paisano Publications.

Nichols was the on-camera host of V-Twin TV, a 26 episode motorcycle-related television series seen on SPEED Channel. He is also the best-selling author of Top Chops; Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman; One Percenter; One Percenter Code; and One Percenter Revolution published by Motorbooks/Quarto Publishing.

Dave worked closely with TV producer Hugh King to create the content and direction of such motorcycle-related TV series as Motorcycle Mania with Jesse James, and The Great Biker Build-Off for The Discovery Channel. He was an on-camera expert on the biker culture for:

History of the Hells Angels – Two-hour documentary for History Channel

History of Choppers – Two-hour documentary for History Channel

The Wild Ride of Outlaw Bikers – Two hour documentary for History Channel

“I am thrilled to be an inductee into the Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame!  After all, bikers and Sin City go together like… like two things that really go together! Special thanks to Branscombe Richmond and everyone at Las Vegas BikeFest!” says Nichols.

Dave is a member of the Imagine Guild for the Seattle Children’s Ride and created the V-Twin Biker’s Ball for the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Since 1997 Dave has helped organize and promote the annual B.A.D. Ride, benefiting Juvenile Diabetes.

From 1996 – 2005 he helped create and promote the V-Twin Biker’s Ball and ViQe Awards that takes place during Daytona Bike Week benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County.  The ViQe Awards honored custom bike builders and was the Academy Awards of the two-wheeled world.

“Dave is not just an icon in motorcycle publications and television, but in the community as a whole.  His experience and involvement with this industry shows his love for the ride.  We are very excited to have him inducted into the 2017 class”, states Mindi Cherry, Vice President and Event Manager of Las Vegas BikeFest.

Las Vegas BikeFest, in partnership with Branscombe Richmond, launched the Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame at the 2016 rally.  “The Hall of Fame is designed to honor the iconic ambassadors, influential heroes and people who put their interests above and beyond for the motorcycle community.  This honor celebrates, illuminates and preserves the rich tradition of motorcycling in America”, says Cherry and Richmond, curators of the Hall of Fame.

A ceremony to honor the inductees will be held on Friday, October 6 at the 17th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest held in Downtown Las Vegas.  Additional inductees will be announced soon.

The 17th annual Las Vegas BikeFest will be held October 5 – 8, 2017 in the heart of downtown Las Vegas on Fremont East.

Round 4 RSD Super Hooligan National Championship At Hippy Killer Hoedown

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RSD Super HooliganRound 4 RSD Super Hooligan National Championship At Hippy Killer Hoedown

Round 4 of the RSD Super Hooligan National Championship series is taking motorcycle flat track racing to The Hippy Killer Hoedown at the Farmers Fairgrounds in Perris, California, on April 22, 2017. The Hoedown is a custom culture event created for automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts and their families. Expect live music, free giveaways, custom cars, vans, motorcycles and flat track racing on a brand new 1/5 mile race track. Main gates open 10am to 8pm. This is a family friendly event and spectator admission is $10.00 per person, small children free.

The races will be run by our friends at Hell On Wheels MC so you know it’s going to be a good time. Classes for every bike and every skill level, as long as there is a dozen riders. $45 pre entry and $60 on the day of the race.

Want to race? Click link below to sign yourself up to battle it out on the dirt oval.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

SHNC Contingencies & Prizes

Indian Motorcycle

  •  One Factory Indian FTR750 professional GNC flat track race bike will be awarded to the Super Hooligan Series Champion at final round.
  • *Winner must be present at final round
  • Indian Motorcycle title-sponsored events include a $1,000 Winner-Takes-All bonus to winner of Super Hooligan Main Event.

Dunlop Tires

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

Bell Helmets

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

K&N Engineering

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

MOTUL

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

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

About Super Hooligan:

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

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.

Harley-Davidson Sportster-60 Years

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Harley-Davidson Sportster-60 Years

For many of us, our first Harley was a Sportster. Many never got over it. My first motorcycle was a 58 Sportster. I had never ridden a motorcycle until the day I bought it, a temperamental machine, with a magneto, no battery and a blast to ride. I rode it home, 20 miles in second gear, and the thrill was indescribable. Over the years I developed a love-hate relationship with the bike. I can remember nights where I kicked it 100 times to get her started, and others when I left her in a parking lot, defeated. But I also remember wonderful days and nights enjoying the freedom that the beautiful bike gave to me in those heady days in the early ’80s while I was in my early 20s.

I traded the bike for a knuckle in a basket and began a new chapter, but I never forgot the little Sporty that frankly changed my life forever.

Allan Girdler has written a great history book on the little Harley that could. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful images from it’s predecessors, the flathead 45s and K-Models, though the many incarnations though the 50s, 6os to the present day. Harley-Davidson Sportster: Sixty Years tells the complete Sportster story.

The author has also written several motorcycling books of interest, check ’em out below.


Meet the WolfPack

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wolfpackmainRuss Brown Motorcycle Attorneys Meet the WolfPack Mobile App

By Alisa Clickenger
For Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

There’s a new App in the motorcycle sphere, and it’s poised to transform the way groups of motorcyclists ride together. The WolfPack Mobile App is designed to make group rides safer and facilitate the communication between riders in a group setting. With features such as turn-by-turn navigation, easy-to-access pre-canned group messages and the ability to see where the other riders in your pack are, the WolfPack Mobile App is a terrific way to keep your group intact.

There will be a direct link inside the WolfPack Mobile App where riders can one-touch access Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys’ BAM (Breakdown Assistance for Motorcyclists) program for free emergency roadside assistance. “We are excited to support WolfPack’s request to add a BAM button to their App because Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys is dedicated to motorcycle safety. WolfPack has designed an innovative App that has the potential to help group rides become safer, and more organized,” said Shawn Mahoney, Director, Marketing & Business Development at Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.body1

Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys created BAM to help keep motorcyclists across the country safe and protected on the road. BAM is an excellent resource for free legal advice, and roadside assistance in case of a flat tire, running out of gas, or even a motorcycle accident. With the WolfPack Mobile App partnership, Bam Members will not have to look up the 1-800-4-BIKERS BAM network number; they will be automatically connected through the App.

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Khrome Werks 2-into-2 Exhaust

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Khrome Werks 2-into-2 High Performance Exhaust for 2017 Touring – Available Now

Press Release: Equip your Milwaukee Eight with Khrome Werks new three-step 2-into-2 full exhaust system. Performance engineered, right out of the box this system will give you significant horsepower and torque gains over stock. Designed to produce the Khrome Werks signature sound, eliminating those annoying high frequency tones. Offered in triplex nickel chrome, black or Eclipse finish with billet tips.

Additional features:

  • Built for 2017 Harley Davidson Touring models
  • 16-gauge 1-3/4- 1-7/8- 2 inch 3 step primaries
  • 18mm and 12mm O2 bungs
  • Improved horsepower and low-end torque
  • 4.50” inch muffler bodies with two-inch inlets
  • High flow absorptive baffle with expansion chamber to maximize torque
  • The baffle is equipped with removable inserts

200400     2-into-2 High Performance Exhaust, Chrome                                          $1295.95

200810     2-into-2 High Performance Exhaust, Black                                               $1349.95

201810     2-into-2 High Performance Exhaust, Eclipse                                    $1495.95

www.KhromeWerks.com

Ciro 3D Filler Panel Lights

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20401928 - Ciro Filler Panel LightsCiro 3D Filler Panel Lights

Dramatically increase your ride’s rear visibility with Filler Panel Lights from Ciro. This panel provides red running and brake lighting, with amber turn signals, in a package that smooths out the back of your bike for a custom look. Featuring a unique Ciro multi-function controller and plasma LED turn-signal technology; this filler panel creates an effect that stands out at greater distances than stock lighting, for safer travels. Available in chrome or black for 10-17 FLHX and FLTRX models, the suggested retail price is $379.95.

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

Government Threatening To Revoke Biker Bar Licenses

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government_coercion_no_colors_featured_Image-620x350Government Threatening To Revoke Biker Bar Licenses Nationally

By David “Double D” Devereoux
Motorcycle Profiling Project

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) of Virginia recently sent 30 letters to bars and restaurants in the Central part of the state warning that their licenses could be revoked for allowing “Outlaw Motorcycle Gang members to patronize their establishments.”  Although not directly demanding action in the form of “no motorcycle club colors” policies, that is the intended result of this coercion.

Government discrimination is illegal in any form. Wearing motorcycle club colors, including those labeled OMG’s by law enforcement, is protected by the 1st Amendment. Independently, coercing bar owners violates their constitutional right to pursue an occupation as established by case law.

Unfortunately, what’s happening in Virginia is a national epidemic occurring in states coast-to-coast. The unconstitutional practice of government agents coercing public establishments that serve club members must stop. The 1st and 14th Amendments demand it.

Law Enforcement Coercion Is A National Epidemic
According to the National Motorcycle Profiling Survey 2015-2016, an alarming 42% of survey participants reported knowing of a business being forced not serve club members. Forms of harassment and coercion includes excessive code enforcement violations, threatening denial or renewal of liquor license and or permits, and police harassment of customers and business owners.

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Third Annual Motorcycle Therapy Adventure to Sturgis

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Adventure to SturgisIndian Motorcycle & Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis Announces Third Annual Motorcycle Therapy Adventure to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Nomination Program to Award Post-9/11 Veterans With Epic Adventure via “Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime”

Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, has again joined forces with “Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis,” a nine-day journey that provides veterans a chance to use motorcycle therapy as a way to decompress from the challenges of post-war life. Through the “Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime” program, well deserving veteran heroes can be nominated to join the ride from now until May 21.

Rolling out of Los Angeles on July 28 on Indian motorcycles, trikes and Champion Sidecars, the ride provides participating veterans the opportunity to work toward overcoming their post-war challenges while out on the open road. Riding through the most scenic back roads of the western United States, veterans will not only experience the great outdoors and the beauty this country has to offer, but also make stops to meet with other veterans, supporters, riders, and participate in various adjacent adventures. Upon arrival in Sturgis on August 5, the group will be treated to a special “Heroes Welcome” before taking part in a week of activities that further solidify the brotherhood and sisterhood formed during the ride.

Adventure to Sturgis“We’ll spend over a week riding on America’s most beautiful roads, getting to know each other and helping each other through Motorcycle Therapy,” said David Frey, Veterans Charity Ride Founder. “The shared experience of serving brings us together, veteran to veteran, to help each other heal.”

Twenty deserving veterans and veteran mentors will join the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis in 2017. Additionally, organizers are offering two post-9/11 veteran heroes the chance to participate in the ride via the Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime program, which enables the public to nominate these two veterans. One space will be given to an ambulatory veteran motorcycle rider (proof of motorcycle license endorsement and sufficient riding experience required) and the other space will be given to a severely wounded or amputee veteran to ride as a sidecar passenger (no motorcycle experience required). Submissions are now being accepted online (here) with the selections to be announced July 4.

The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis was conceived and developed by veteran Army Paratrooper Dave Frey and Emmy Award-winning producer and director Robert Manciero of Full Vision Productions, leveraging the therapeutic effects of motorcycle riding to create an adventure of a lifetime for wounded veterans.

Adventure to SturgisPrimary sponsors of the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis include Indian Motorcycle and Champion Sidecars & Trikes, with additional sponsorship and support provided by Monster Energy Drink, Cycle Gear, Nordic Components, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

“Indian Motorcycle has been a proud supporter of the Armed Forces dating back to its role as a military supplier during WWI,” said Reid Wilson, Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director. “It’s an honor to give back to our military veterans through our relationship with the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis and the incredible experience this ride provides.”

“Supporting our veterans by donating sidecars to accommodate amputee veterans in a safe, comfortable manner is something near and dear to our team and to me personally,” said Craig Arrojo, President of Champion Sidecars. “We are honored to be associated with such a worthy event, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the Veterans Charity Ride for years to come.”

To follow the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis, support our veterans, donate and hear their stories, visit IndianMotorcycle.com/en-us/veterans-ride and VeteransCharityRide.org. To nominate a post-9/11 veteran for the Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime program, visit VeteransCharityRide.org/Heros-Ride/.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE
Indian Motorcycle, 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 brand new  stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

ABOUT VETERANS CHARITY RIDE
Veterans Charity Ride (VCR), started by veterans for veterans, is a non-profit organization that uses Motorcycle Therapy and holistic programs to provide a healing and life changing experience for wounded, severely injured and amputee veterans from all branches of service who need support. VCR provides veterans motorcycle therapy excursions through the most beautiful scenic back roads of this great country, exploring America, getting our veterans outdoors, connecting veterans with mentors and other veterans, groups and supporters. VCR programs include; MCT – Motorcycle Therapy Rides & Excursions, WELL VET – Veteran Health and Wellness Program, TRUSTED VET – Veteran Mentor Program, SAFE VET – Veteran Motorcycle Safety Program,, SPEC OPS – Special Events and Activities for VCR veterans, VET FAM – Veteran Family Support Program, and MOTO DONO – Veteran Motorcycle Donation Program.

ABOUT FULL VISION PRODUCTIONS
Located in La Crescenta, California, Full Vision Productions was founded in 1994 by producer/director Robert Manciero. Since then it has grown into a full service production company and agency with 11 Emmy awards and several festival awards to their credit. Originally specializing in extreme sports, Full Vision Productions has expanded into commercial, promotional and documentary film work for networks, major corporations and government agencies. Please visit www.fullvisionproductions.com for more details.

ABOUT CHAMPION SIDECARS & TRIKES
Champion Sidecars & Trikes, established in 1984 and located in Garden Grove, California, has achieved recognition throughout the motorcycle community for innovation, leadership and advancement of motorcycle sidecars and three-wheel motorcycles. Champion will continue to break ground in the motorcycle industry by delivering the highest value sidecar and three-wheel experience to motorcyclists around the world. For more details visit www.championsidecars.com.

 

Black Brand “Marica” Boot

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MaricaBlack Brand Introduces the “Marica” Boot

The ultimate in all-day riding and walking comfort, the Marica Boot from Black Brand is everything you want in a women’s leather motorcycle boot.

With the Marica Boot, you get comfort, support and style all rolled into this boot thanks to the D3O insole and vulcanized rubber sole. It features reinforced toes, heels and ankles, zippered closure and Hipora waterproof barrier. Plus, the Black Brand logo is embossed on the side and back for when people ask where you got the sharp looking boots.
Available in women’s sizes 6 to 11 including ½ sizes, the Marica Boot (P/Ns BB9000 through BB9010) 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.

2017 Chieftain Limited And Chieftain Elite

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Indian_Motorcycle_Press_California_Group-01Indian Motorcycle Takes Bagger Style To Another Level With New 2017 Chieftain Limited And Chieftain Elite

Ten-Spoke 19” Front Wheel, Open Front Fender and a Host of New Design Accents Offer Riders A More Attention-Grabbing Look Than Ever Before

The new standard in bagger design and style is here.  That’s what Indian Motorcycle accomplished with the new custom-inspired Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite. For these bold new 2017 Chieftains, Indian Motorcycle’s designers added tons of style with a variety of features that provide a more sleek, meaner look than ever before. The new offerings represent a bold evolution of the Chieftain line and pave the way for nothing less than legendary riding experiences.

“Our goal was to evolve the award-winning Chieftain platform with new models that elevated the overall style of this bike significantly, while still staying true to the signature design qualities that Indian Motorcycle is known for,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “There’s no doubt these bikes have a more commanding presence combined perfectly with the flowing lines and signature details that make them 100 percent Indian.” 

Every detail of these two bikes demands attention. A new lower-profile, sawed-off open front fender showcases Indian Motorcycle’s new front wheel – a ten-spoke 19” contrast-cut behemoth, paired with a matching 16” rear wheel that perfectly complements the powerful dual 300mm floating front rotors with 4 piston calibers. The calipers feature the Indian Motorcycle script logo for a unique custom touch. A color matched headlight bezel and streamlined leather saddle complete the more sleek, aggressive look.

For those who demand the best of the best, the Chieftain Elite steps to the plate as a limited-edition bike that’s as close to “custom” as possible.  It features custom Fireglow Red Candy with Marble Accents paint, all completed entirely by hand at Indian Motorcycle’s custom paint facility located in Spearfish, South Dakota.  It takes a small, specialized team over 25 hours to hand paint each bike and since no machines are used, no two Chieftain Elites look exactly the same. The Elite also comes with a wealth of premium accessories, including Pathfinder LED headlight and driving lights, a flare windshield, billet driver and passenger floorboards, and a 200-watt premium audio system.  Only 350 will be made available for sale globally.

Both bikes come stacked with all the features that make the Chieftain line the most respected bagger on the road. Along with the industry leading Ride Command seven-inch infotainment system and powerful Thunderstroke 111 engine with 119 ft-lbs of torque, the Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite have a wealth of features including key-less ignition, remote locking saddlebags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), chrome front highway bars, power adjustable windshields, and just enough chrome to highlight all the attitude these bikes have to offer.

Indian Motorcycle upped the ante on style with the Chieftain Limited and set a new standard with the Chieftain Elite. Both are designed and engineered to lead any pack. What follows in their wake will be legendary.

Learn more about Indian Motorcycle and the 2017 Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

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.

Indian Motorcycle Racing – Three In A Row

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CONCORD,NC - APRIL 1: American Flat Track at The Dirt Track April 1, 2017 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Hunter / NASCAR)

CONCORD,NC – APRIL 1: American Flat Track at The Dirt Track April 1, 2017 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Hunter / NASCAR)

Indian Motorcycle Racing Makes It Three In A Row With Bryan Smith’s Win At Charlotte Half Mile

Indian’s Scout FTR750 Records Third Consecutive ‘1-2’ Finish, as Smith and Jared Mees finish 1st & 2nd, Respectively

Indian Motorcycle Racing wasn’t (April) fooling around on Saturday, April 1, as America’s first motorcycle company continued its incredible return to American Flat Track with yet another “1-2” finish. Following an Indian Motorcycle podium sweep at Atlanta Short Track last weekend, Bryan Smith and Jared Mees put Indian at the top of the Charlotte Half Mile podium. The 1st and 2nd place finish, respectively, marks the race team’s third time to occupy those positions in as many weeks.

Through the first three weeks of the season, Smith and Mees, who each won the Charlotte Half Mile in 2015 and 2016, respectively, have podiumed each race in 2017. Opening the season on the Indian Scout FTR750, Smith has recorded a 2nd, 3rd, and now a 1st place finish, while Mees earned Indian’s first flat track victory in over 60 years at the DAYTONA TT season opener. Mees followed up the historic night with a consecutive win at Atlanta Short Track, followed by this strong 2nd place finish in Charlotte.

“It felt good to get the top podium position and my first win on the Indian Scout FTR750,” said Smith. “My team did an incredible job preparing the bike for this race. We’re stoked to be heading into the break on a high note, and will look to keep it rolling next month at the season’s first mile in Arizona.”

After winning Semi 1, Smith started the main from the second position – flanked by his fellow Indian Motorcycle Racing teammates Brad Baker (first position) and Mees (third position). After running the first several laps from second place, Smith made the pass into the lead with more than half of the race remaining. Mees started to approach Smith, but was ultimately denied as Smith ran a solid race and even recorded the night’s fastest lap.

“Indian’s original ‘Wrecking Crew’ received the nickname from winning so frequently and ‘wrecking’ everyone else’s weekend,” said Gary Gray, Product Director for Indian Motorcycle. “With three consecutive ‘1-2’ finishes, including a podium sweep, and seven of nine podiums – I’d say it’s a pretty good bet today’s ‘Wrecking Crew’ is doing the same.” 

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to stay on top as American Flat Track heads to the Arizona Mile on May 13.

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.

 

100,000 Miles On 2015 Indian Chieftain

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Indian ChieftainStar Tron Florida Bun Burner Gold Iron Butt Association Long Distance Ride

1,511 miles in 22 hours, 44 minutes

Spanning April 1st and 2nd Professional Long Distance Rider John “Paco” Wener completed an epic 22-hour, 44-minute, 1,511 mile “Bun Burner” ride from one end of Florida to the other and then back.  The Star Tron Florida Bun Burner Gold IBA Attempt was ridden in accordance with Iron Butt Association (IBA) requirements as Wener adds to his 2017 miles. In 2016, he rode a record-breaking 74,000 miles. Starting from 0 miles, Paco has logged more than 100,000 miles on his 2015 Indian Chieftain, setting the record for Indians manufactured in that year.

Indian ChieftainGreg Dornau, EVP of Star brite, manufacturer of Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment, accompanied Paco on the ride. The two set off from Fort Lauderdale at midnight on Saturday, April 1. The first leg took them south to Homestead and then turned north up the east coast to Jacksonville. The two then aimed their bikes west to Tallahassee and Pensacola. The route then returned to Tallahassee where it then headed south along the west coast on the return leg, arriving back in Fort Lauderdale at 10:44 PM Sunday April 2.

Paco is the #1 Distance Rider in the U.S.; in 2016 he finished third in the Hoka Hey Challenge and he set an overall mileage record in the America’s Ultimate Long Distance Rider Challenge.

Visit the “Paco Perrosuave” page on Facebook to follow along on his upcoming rides.

For more information on Star Tron and Star brite products and to find retailer locations, visit www.starbrite.com or call (800) 327-8583.

Black Girls Ride

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Black Girls RidePassion and Payback

By Alisa Clickenger
For Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

Porsche Taylor is on the ride of her life. Literally. The founder of Black Girls Ride has taken her passion for motorcycling and made it into her career. Combining her skills as a brand manager, communications guru, social media expert and leader of women, she has carved out a niche for herself in the motorcycling community as a woman who connects the dots between all riders, especially female ones.

It’s not just about black girls: it’s about all women who choose to ride. “Everyone is invited to everything we do. Our content is for all female riders,” says Porsche. Now 41 years old, Porsche started the Black Girls Ride magazine in 2011. At the time she didn’t see an outlet for black female riders, so she decided to create one. Her vision for the publication was to create an “Essence Magazine meets Supersport Bike magazine” that would bridge her passion of riding motorcycles and branding.

The magazine took off, and Porsche’s interests spread. She then created the “Beautiful Bikers” brand, and under that moniker she hosts nationwide events for lady riders. She started an annual conference that always takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving, to coincide with the Long Beach (CA) IMS Show. Last year Porsche picked up support from Indian and Polaris, and was able to greatly expand her programs.

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Oregon: Tax All Vehicles Over 20 Years Old

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old-car-tax-2Oregon Plan to Tax All Vehicles Over 20 Years Old

Our friend over at Eric Peters Autos clued us into a bill that was just introduced in Oregon, which imposes a $1,000 tax on all motor vehicles (including your motorcycle!) over 20 years old. The tax is to be paid every five years, in perpetuity.

He writes:

“For planned obsolescence to work, you’ve got to keep the conveyor belt rolling. And most of all, prevent anyone from getting off. It is a problem if people “cling” to their old cars instead of regularly trading them in – ideally, to be crushed – for new ones – hopefully, heavily financed. But how to get rid of the old cars when people decline to get rid of them voluntarily?
Democratic politicians in Oregon have just the thing.
It is House Bill 2877 and – if it becomes law – it will impose heavy taxes on cars 20 years old or more to the tune of $1,000 payable every five years, in perpetuity – unless the owner obtains Antique Vehicle registration and tags for the vehicle.”
The Antique tags, of course, cost extra – and once registered as an Antique, the vehicle may no longer be legally driven regularly but only occasionally, to “parades” and “shows” and so on. It’s one step away from drilling holes in the engine block and turning the car into a static display.

The legislation would make older cars either functionally useless – or usuriously expensive to drive . . . if you insist on clinging.A grand every five years. So, two every ten. Four every twenty. In exchange for the privilege of being allowed to keep “your” car.

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The bill is here

 

Kuryakyn Rock, Rumble & Rebellion

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KuryakynKuryakyn, Sturgis Buffalo Chip Debut Signature Build At Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show

Kuryakyn and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip kicked off the Midwest’s biggest bike show with a bang, debuting the 2017 Rock, Rumble & Rebellion signature build in front of a packed house at the 30th annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show.

Representing seven days of electrifying racing in August at the Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede, the sleek, industrial appearance of the 2017 Harley-Davidson Street Glide strikes a balance of refinement and straight-up rawness.

“As an aftermarket company, we were honored to take on the challenge of representing the Buffalo Chip’s 35th anniversary last year with a bike build,” said Holger Mohr, Kuryakyn President. “As enthusiasts first and foremost, this year’s focus of bringing racing back to the Chip is equally exciting for us. The Kuryakyn design team came up with an authentic race theme that truly embodies the ‘rumble’ in Rock, Rumble and Rebellion. There’s no better way to introduce our newest products to core Kuryakyn customers, and we’re proud to do it alongside the Buffalo Chip on the biggest stage in the motorcycle industry.”Kuryakyn

One of the main focal points on the purpose-built bagger is the freshly reimagined Hypercharger ES air cleaner. Symbolizing the evolution of one of Kuryakyn’s most iconic products, the Hypercharger ES features a radical new design with state-of-the-art electronic throttle response butterfly engagement. The integrated servomotor actuates the butterflies with every twist of the throttle, creating an interactive experience with the motorcycle that’s unlike anything available.

Additionally, more than 35 Kuryakyn accessories are featured on the build including select pieces from the new Mesh and Riot collections, as well as the soon-to-be-released Precision line of engine chrome for the Milwaukee-Eight. Renowned custom shop Gilby’s Street Dept. of River Falls, Wis., laid down a monochromatic race-inspired paint theme that marries everything together to create a cohesive push-pull of mechanical grit and class. Read More

Fox Creek Classic Motorcycle Chaps

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Motorcycle ChapsFox Creek Leather Classic Motorcycle Chaps

We recently got the chance to examine Fox Creek Leather’s Motorcycle Chaps. I sent the company my measurements and shortly afterwards received them in the mail. Right off the bat I was impressed by the quality of the leather and the stitching. The workmanship throughout is excellent. The fit is snug, but not stiff, and they don’t flap in the wind.

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The workmanship is very nice

The full grain leather is super soft and supple. It is thick (1.4-1.6mm) and luxurious, with a beautiful grain. The double stitching throughout is very strong. According to the folks at Fox Creek Leather, this chaps are the product that inspired their Lifetime warranty. They tell us that they used to have a five year warranty, but “never had to back it up”, so they changed it to a lifetime warranty. The construction is seamless in the front, so it is very effective in keeping out the elements.

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The zippers are YKK

The belt and solid brass buckle are as solidly constructed as the rest of the chaps. The buckle incorporates a roller, so the belt won’t wear out at the holes from repeated use. There are three snaps at the bottom of the leg to make them easy to get over boots. The zippers are very heavy-duty, made by YKK . They will surely last the life of the garment.

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Adjustable for spreading girth

I really feel comfortable wearing these motorcycle chaps. The fit is excellent, and the chaps are completely wind proof, warm and protective. There is a leather lace in the back of the waist to allow for weight gain over the years, making this a once for a lifetime purchase.

Fox Creek

Made in USA

I think the number one appeal of these chaps is that they are handmade, in America, by American craftsmen. This writer finds the Fox Creek line exceptional in this regard. Everything in the catalog is Made in America. Whatever one’s feelings about imported goods, it gives me pleasure to know that my fellow Americans are working because of my purchase of these chaps.

—Kit Maira

Check these and may other fine Made in America leather products at this link.

 FoxCreekLeather.com

Disclaimer: I have received no compensation for this review. A small percentage of any sales goes to Easyriders if you purchase this or any other items at the Fox Creek Leather site using this link. Thanks for your support!