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

By | General News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Battle Of The Kings” Custom Bike Build Competition 

By | Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read More

Biker Lives Matter

By | Biker's Rights

Biker Lives Matter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By | New Product News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Flare Wings may be purchased separately here.

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

Super Hooligan National Championship Series

By | Racing News

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

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

Remaining SHNC Races for 2019:

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

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

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

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

The 2019 SHNC current standings after 4 rounds: 

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

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

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

Dunlop Dash 4 Cash: $500

K&N Hole Shot: $300

2019 Contingency awards:

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

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

By | New Product News

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

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

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

By | Biker's Rights

NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Randy Mamola To Race IndianxWorkhorse Sprint Racer

By | General News

Randy Mamola To Race IndianxWorkhorse Sprint Racer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luggage Rack and Saddlebag Rail LED Light Bars   

By | New Product News

Luggage Rack and Saddlebag Rail LED Light Bars   

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

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

$69.95-$79.95

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

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

Easyriders Motorcycle Rodeo Brings Maximum Motor Madness To Bloomsburg, PA

By | Events

Easyriders Motorcycle Rodeo Brings Maximum Motor Madness To Bloomsburg, PA

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

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

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

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

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

Z1R Gust Waterproof Mesh Jacket

By | New Product News

Z1R Gust Waterproof Mesh Jacket

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

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

CIRO Shock & Awe 2.0 Engine Starter Kit

By | New Product News

CIRO Shock & Awe 2.0 Engine Starter Kit

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

Features & Benefits:

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

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

41031 Shock & Awe 2.0 Engine Starter Kit $299.95

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

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

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

By | Racing News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ProBEAM Accessory Mounting Clamps

By | New Product News

ProBEAM Accessory Mounting Clamps

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

$44.95 (Pair)

DRAG PN: 2040-2345, 2040-2346  

Indian Motorcycle Launches Company’s First-Ever Rental Program 

By | General News

Indian Motorcycle Launches Company’s First-Ever Rental Program 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By | New Product News

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

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

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

By | Events

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

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

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

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

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

Pop Evil’s no. 1 hit singles include:

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

Top Ten hit singles include

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

The 2019 Growing Lineup of Entertainment Announced So Far Includes:

Friday, Aug. 2             Skid Row

Saturday, Aug. 3         Keith Urban

George Thorogood and The Destroyers

Hunks The Show

Sunday, Aug. 4           Godsmack

American Flat Track Grand National Championship Races

Monday, Aug. 5          Styx

Collective Soul

Tuesday, Aug. 6         Disturbed

Dee Snider

Hunks The Show

Wednesday, Aug. 7    Snoop Dogg

Thursday, Aug. 8        Toby Keith

Pop Evil

Friday, Aug. 9             Volbeat

Saturday, Aug. 10       Zakk Sabbath

Reverend Horton Heat

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

About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast, awarded AMA Track of the Year in 2016, American Flat Track Event of the Year and South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner in 2017. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers six stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts and races are free with camping. The Motorcycles as Art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter showcases the works of the world’s best bike builders. Numerous bike and stunt shows and all shopping, live music and events at the CrossRoads are free and open to the public. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

Indian Motorcycle – Racing Forward

By | General News, Racing News

Indian Motorcycle – Racing Forward

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

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

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

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

By | New Product News

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

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

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

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

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

By | Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE EVENT SCHEDULE

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

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

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

                                     Wild Gypsy Tour at the CrossRoads

8:50 am               Ride Group Photo

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

                                     Deadwood

10:30 am             Arrive Sturgis Buffalo Chip Crossroads

                             Biker Belles Silent Auction opens

                             Comfort Zone by Team Diva opens

     Women & Wheels Bike Show presented by Wild Gypsy Tour begins            

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

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

1:45                      Bike Show Ends and Awards announced

                             Group photo

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

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

About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast. The Buffalo Chip was awarded AMA Track of the Year in 2014, American Flat Track’s 2017 Event of the Year and was South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner in 2017. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers six stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts and races are free with camping. The Motorcycles as Art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter showcases the works of the world’s best bike builders. Numerous bike and stunt shows and all shopping, live music and events at the CrossRoads are free and open to the public. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

Kuryakyn L.E.D. Accent Strip Lights

By | New Product News

Kuryakyn L.E.D. Accent Strip Lights

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

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

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

• P/N 5417: ’09 Street Glides

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

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

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

Indian Motorcycle Racing’s FTR750 Secures Second Consecutive Podium Sweep 

By | Racing News

Indian Motorcycle Racing’s FTR750 Secures Second Consecutive Podium Sweep 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ProBEAM Dual Intensity LED TriBAR for Harley-Davidson® 

By | New Product News

ProBEAM Dual Intensity LED TriBAR for Harley-Davidson®

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

$139.95-$199.95

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

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

By | General News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5th WHY WE RIDE to The Quail Charity Motorcycle Ride 

By | Events

5th WHY WE RIDE to The Quail Charity Motorcycle Ride 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Early American Transportation Innovation

By | Events

Early American Transportation INNOVATION

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

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

View The Exhibit Here

Merz and STECO Cycle Cars

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to plan your visit:

Photo credit: Scott Abing

EagleRider Introduces Private Group Travel

By | General News

EagleRider Introduces Private Group Travel

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

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

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

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

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

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

About EagleRider

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

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

By | General News

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

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

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

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

Read the whole story

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

By | Biker's Rights

NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By | New Product News

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

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

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

By | Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2019 Growing Lineup of Entertainment Announced So Far Includes:

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

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

Concerts are free with camping admission. More information, full festival, multi-day and specially priced day passes are available at BuffaloChip.com

About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast, awarded AMA Track of the Year in 2016, American Flat Track Event of the Year and South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner in 2017. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers six stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts and races are free with camping. The Motorcycles as Art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter showcases the works of the world’s best bike builders. Numerous bike and stunt shows and all shopping, live music and events at the CrossRoads are free and open to the public. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com

The REAL Reason Behind Waco Biker Dismissals

By | Biker's Rights

The REAL Reason Behind Waco Biker Dismissals

Waco Biker Dismissals an Attempt to Avoid Millions in Lawsuits

by David “Double D” Devereaux
Motorcycle Profiling Project

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

Read the whole story

Indian Motorcycle Sponsors 2019 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 

By | Events

Indian Motorcycle Sponsors 2019 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE

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

Introducing the Banana Gas Tank

By | New Product News

Introducing the Banana Gas Tank

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

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

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

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

By | Events

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

Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 2019 Motorcycles as Art Exhibit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast, awarded AMA Track of the Year in 2016, American Flat Track Event of the Year and South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner in 2017. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers six stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts and races are free with camping. The Motorcycles as Art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter showcases the works of the world’s best bike builders. Numerous bike and stunt shows and all shopping, live music and events at the CrossRoads are free and open to the public. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

 

New BDL Front Pulleys feature Splined or Tapered Inserts

By | New Product News

New BDL Front Pulleys feature Splined or Tapered Inserts

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

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

By | Racing News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sammy Halbert

Sammy Halbert (National #69)

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

 

 

 

 

Jarod Vanderkooi

Jarod Vanderkooi (National #20)

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

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

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company

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

ProBEAM Rear LED Wrap Around Fender Tip

By | New Product News

ProBEAM Rear LED Wrap Around Fender Tip

$ 129.95 (each) 

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

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

JIMS Twin Cam Engine Main Seal Remover and Installer

By | New Product News

JIMS Twin Cam Engine Main Seal Remover and Installer

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

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

By | Events

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

Unleash the Hounds at the Best Party Anywhere!

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

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

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

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

The 2019 Growing Lineup of Entertainment Announced So Far Includes:

Friday, Aug. 2             Skid Row

Saturday, Aug. 3         Keith Urban

George Thorogood and The Destroyers

Sunday, Aug. 4           Godsmack

American Flat Track Grand National Championship Races

Monday, Aug. 5          Styx

Collective Soul

Tuesday, Aug. 6         Disturbed

Wednesday, Aug. 7    Snoop Dogg

Thursday, Aug. 8        Toby Keith

Friday, Aug. 9             Volbeat

Saturday, Aug. 10       Zakk Sabbath

Reverend Horton Heat

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

Concerts are free with camping admission. More information, full festival, multi-day and specially priced day passes are available at BuffaloChip.com

About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast, awarded AMA Track of the Year in 2016, American Flat Track Event of the Year and South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner in 2017. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers six stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts and races are free with camping. The Motorcycles as Art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter showcases the works of the world’s best bike builders. Numerous bike and stunt shows and all shopping, live music and events at the CrossRoads are free and open to the public. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

30” Straight Exhaust Pipe with Bronx Tail Set

By | New Product News

30” Straight Exhaust Pipe with Bronx Tail Set

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

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

www.vtwinmfg.com

1-800-VEE-TWIN

JIMS 4340 Chromoly Steel Pushrods & Solid Adjustable Tappet Kit for Shovelheads

By | New Product News

JIMS 4340 Chromoly Steel Pushrods & Solid Adjustable Tappet Kit for Shovelheads

Despite advancements in hydraulic lifters, solids are still the way to go for maximum power.  Most engine builders agree that solid lifters can withstand more aggressive cam profiles and higher RPM.  Just because your engine is an older Shovelhead design doesn’t mean you have to settle for anything less than the best. For $520.20 MSRP, JIMS is proud to offer a top quality 4340 steel pushrod and adjustable solid lifter kit (Part No. 5525) for Shovelhead Engines.  For more information please contact us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.

Low Profile BAGZ

By | New Product News

Low Profile BAGZ

Low Profile BAGZ have been engineered with a low-profile design (only 7/16″ thick) to improve visibility while maintaining a sleek look for your H-D™ Touring Model! Utilizing super bright red LEDs behind a red or smoked lens, the Low Profile BAGZ provide dual intensity rear function to the OEM Harley-Davidson® hard saddlebags. Low Profile BAGZ come pre-taped and include a plug and play wiring adapter for an effortless install and easy removal of the saddlebags. Available in plug & play configuration for Run/Brake, Run/Turn or Run/Brake/Turn function depending on model; backed by the Custom Dynamics Lifetime LED Warranty. $149.95 (Pair) 

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

DRAG Specialties Part Numbers: 

BCM: 2040-2357, 2040-2358
HD: 2040-2359, 2040-2360
SS6: 2040-2361, 2040-2362
SS8: 2040-2363, 2040-2364

S&S Cycle – War of the Twins // Donnie Smith Bike Show – 2019

By | Events

S&S Cycle – War of the Twins

Donnie Smith Bike Show – 2019

S&S Cycle headed down to St. Paul, Minnesota for a weekend of fun at the second annual War of the Twins indoor flattrack race as well as the thirty-second annual Dennis Kirk Donnie Smith Bike Show the following day. Here is a little recap of some of the bar banging action and custom bike goodness!

S&S Cycle
SSCycle.com

IndoorFlatTrack.com

DonnySmithBikeShow.com

Why US v Mongol Nation is Still a Threat Despite Trademark Win

By | Biker's Rights

Why US v Mongol Nation is Still a Threat Despite Trademark Win

The recent decision by Judge David Carter in US v. Mongol Nation that the First and Eighth Amendments to the US Constitution prohibits the government’s request to seize the collective membership marks of the Mongols MC, including their club name patch and center-patch, is a victory for all. A victory that should be discussed and celebrated. However, the MPP also believes that part of this discussion should focus on the other implications to Judge Carter’s decision. Implications that aren’t being discussed because the focus has understandably been on the patch forfeiture issues. What other implications?  Beyond the issues of forfeiture, a brand-new strategy to target motorcycle clubs under RICO has been born and legally confirmed. The idea that a motorcycle club can be indicted under RICO as an entity, regardless of other members personal guilt, for crimes committed by individuals already punished for   those crimes, should equally alarm everyone. Although the government can’t take a club’s patch, they can seize a club’s property and impose huge fines. What else could the government do with this new theory of prosecution?

Read The Whole Story

Stay Charged On And Off The Road With New Harley-Davidson Lithium Batteries

By | New Product News

Stay Charged On And Off The Road With New Harley-Davidson Lithium Batteries

Press Release: The new Harley-Davidson Lithium LiFe Battery offers a reliable, long-lasting battery with powerful cranking amps and lower battery weight. LiFe batteries use an impressive 90 percent of range capacity, which provides superior cranking amp power to start your motorcycle even in the harshest of conditions (0-120°F). LiFe batteries weigh notably less than standard H-D AGM batteries reducing any unnecessary bike weight. LiFe batteries also provide a lifespan of more than double H-D AGM batteries and require only one charge per riding season with proper maintenance.

Additional benefits are seen when pairing Lithium LiFe Batteries with the new Dual Mode Battery Tender (P/N 66000181, $59.95*). The tender is perfect for short- or long-term charging needs with selectable options via an LED front panel to indicate charge progress for optimal charging. The water-resistant housing ensures the perfect charge even if moisture gets into your storage area, and the vibration- and shock- resistant tender is reverse polarity protected and spark-proof, even when the leads touch.

The 4Ah Lithium LiFe Battery (P/N 66000171, $199.95*) fits on ’15-later XG models, ’04-later XL models and ’08-’13 XR models. The 6Ah Lithium LiFe Battery (P/N 66000174, $249.95*) fits ’04-’17 Dyna models, ’04-later Softail models and ’07-’17 VRSC™ models. The 8Ah LiFe Lithium Battery (P/N 66000175, $299.95*) fits ’04-later Touring models and ’09-later Trike models. There are additional separate California-specific part numbers.

To download a Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories catalog, visit www.H-D.com/catalogs or visit your local H-D dealership to learn more.

Indian Motorcycle Racing’s FTR750 Sweeps Podium At Atlanta Short Track

By | Racing News

Indian Motorcycle Racing’s FTR750 Sweeps Podium At Atlanta Short Track

Indian Motorcycle Privateer Brandon Robinson Secures First Win Since 2016;
Wrecking Crew Riders Jared Mees & Briar Bauman Finish Second and Third

Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, showcased dominance once again, as the FTR750 swept the Atlanta Short Track podium. In his first year piloting the FTR750, Indian Motorcycle Privateer Brandon Robinson (Kennedy Racing/Armbruster Racing Indian FTR750) secured his first win since 2016. Alongside Robinson, Wrecking Crew Riders Jared Mees and Briar Bauman rounded out the podium, finishing second and third respectively.

Starting from the front row, Robinson battled near the front of the pack for most of the Main – remaining fast and picking off riders one by one. With four laps remaining, Robinson made an impressive move along the outside to surpass Mees for the lead. Robinson’s win in Atlanta and eighth-place finish in Daytona places him second on the championship leaderboard.

“Brandon Robinson is an incredible competitor. It’s great to see him take to the FTR750 so quickly and secure a win in only his second race on the bike,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “On a night where the track got the best of a number of riders, it was great to see Mees and Briar battle it out and secure the FTR750 podium sweep.”

After starting the Main on the pole, Bauman fell back as far as eighth place. As the race went on, Bauman found a line low on the track and was able to make several passes and secure back-to-back podium finishes to start the year. Mees, who was looking to bounce back after the Daytona TT, was running fast to start the Main. Though as the race went on, traction wore thin and Mees ultimately finished in second. Through the first two races of the season, Briar Bauman is atop the leaderboard with 42 points followed by Robinson and Henry Wiles (Bandit Industries, DPC Racing, Wilco Racing Indian FTR750) with 36 and 34 points respectively. Mees and fellow Wrecking Crew Rider Bronson Bauman are tied for fifth with 22 total points.

The season continues on April 20 with the Texas Half-Mile in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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

About Indian Motorcycle

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

Disturbed to Disrupt the Sturgis Buffalo Chip This August

By | Events

Disturbed to Disrupt the Sturgis Buffalo Chip This August

Get Down with the Sickness during the 79th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 

The gritty, growling vocals and ear-crushing guitar riffs of modern metal titans Disturbed will descend upon the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage on Tuesday, Aug. 6. The multi-platinum metal foursome will perform as part of the Chip’s nine-day motorcycle and music festival in a line-up that includes some of the world’s most famous bands. See the video announcement here: BuffaloChip.com/BANDS.

“Disturbed is genuinely one of the greatest heavy metal bands performing today. Folks are going to be heading home with some great memories of an incredible concert,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “Draiman has crazy distinctive vocals, and they have produced a string of rock-solid hits. We’re sure to witness an explosive performance this August!”

The band has produced five consecutive no. 1 albums, generating eight no. 1 singles, and 21 top 10 hits on Billboard’s Main Stream Rock chart. Hits such as “Down With the Sickness,” “The Vengeful One,” “The Light,” “Open Your Eyes,” and “Land of Confusion” propelled them to fame. After a brief hiatus the band returned and set their career on fire with “Sounds of Silence,” “Inside the Fire” and “Are You Ready.” Their newest album, “Evolution,” was released last fall.

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

The 2019 Growing Lineup of Entertainment Announced So Far Includes:

Friday, Aug. 2             Skid Row

Saturday, Aug. 3         Keith Urban

George Thorogood and The Destroyers

Sunday, Aug. 4           Godsmack

American Flat Track Grand National Championship Races

Monday, Aug. 5          Styx

Collective Soul

Tuesday, Aug. 6         Disturbed

Wednesday, Aug. 7    TBA Soon!

Thursday, Aug. 8        Toby Keith

Friday, Aug. 9             Volbeat

Saturday, Aug. 10       Zakk Sabbath

Reverend Horton Heat

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

Concerts are free with camping admission. More information, full festival, multi-day and specially priced day passes are available at BuffaloChip.com

About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast, awarded AMA Track of the Year in 2016, American Flat Track Event of the Year and South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner in 2017. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers six stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts and races are free with camping. The Motorcycles as Art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter showcases the works of the world’s best bike builders. Numerous bike and stunt shows and all shopping, live music and events at the CrossRoads are free and open to the public. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

JIMS Milwaukee-Eight Balancer Bearing Remover

By | New Product News

JIMS Milwaukee-Eight Balancer Bearing Remover

The Milwaukee-Eight engine design incorporates balancers to reduce engine vibration. For $148.05 this tool (Part No. 5832) can easily remove the balancer bearings in both Touring and Softail models without damage to the crankcase. For more information please contact us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.

NEW Burley Brand Voyager Luggage

By | New Product News

NEW Voyager Luggage

Handlebar Bag / Sissy Bar Bag

The NEW Handlebar Bag is a universal fit bag that can mount just about anywhere but finds itself at home on most T-Bar handlebar setups. Two exterior zipper pockets with generous interior space and elastic pockets feature YKK zippers secured with an “Anti-Flail Snap System” to keep Your stuff secure. Mounts via 4 Velcro securing straps and MOLLE system.

The NEW Sissy Bar Backpack features three clever carry options with hidden Backpack straps, a leather wrapped side grab handle for easy duffel bag mobility and two tie-down straps secure the MOLLE system to most Sissy Bars. “moto centric” zippers with metal Burly embossed button snaps and accents as well as an “Anti-Flail Snap System” keep everything secure.

The Voyager Luggage is constructed of our Proprietary Wet Waxed UV treated cotton canvas or Black CORDURA® and matching leather paneling for support that will age and show character over time. Contact your local dealer or visit the website for more info: www.burlybrand.com