Ciro Road Blades

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Ciro Road Blades

45103 Road Blades $159.95

Press Release: Ciro Road Blades are a set of die-cut flexible LED strips made specifically for your Road Glide. Featuring bright white LED running lights paired with amber turn signals, Road Blades will help to make sure you’re seen on the road. Plug and play wiring adapter with 3M adhesive for easy installation. 

Ciro Road Blades are available for 2015-up Harley-Davidson Road Glides. 

See www.ciro3d.com for all of the options. 

(715) 808-0027.

45103 Road Blades $159.95

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

NCOM Convention Mobilizes Bikers Rights Activists In Mobile
The National Coalition of Motorcyclists was founded over three decades ago during the turbulent formation of the bikers’ rights movement to foster unity among diverse segments of the motorcycling community in order to advance a more cohesive political agenda.  Unity and cooperation were the buzzwords at this year’s 33rd annual NCOM Convention in Mobile, Alabama as hundreds of representatives from Motorcyclists Rights Organizations (MROs), clubs and associations from across the country came to listen, learn and share information on a variety of issues important to today’s riders.

“While not the largest attendance at an NCOM Convention, those who were there had a good time and the Convention was a success,” notes Convention Committee Chairman David “Animal” Reid, who says “Attendees at the various seminars and presentations were attentive, asked pertinent questions and left with current information on a wide range of subjects and issues.”

Among the many meetings, seminars and breakout sessions conducted throughout Mother’s Day Weekend, May 10-13, 2018 at the Renaissance – Riverview Plaza Hotel, were seminars on civil rights, profiling, RICO, veterans affairs, motorcycle insurance, and featured a Mock Legislative Session presented by the NCOM Legislative Task Force.  “The Mock Committee Hearing went over very well,” says NCOM-LTF Chairman Frank Ernst, adding that “Those in attendance gave our committee much positive feedback and they appreciated the information provided by the LTF,” including a new “Biker’s Guide to Making Law” free informational brochure on how to impact the legislative process.

Spreading some good news finally, after more than three years in litigation, A.I.M. Attorney Bill Smith of Texas gave an update on the deadly Waco shootings and reported that most of the nearly two hundred bikers arrested and charged under RICO with murder have now had their cases dismissed, including longtime bikers rights activist Paul Landers, former NCOM-LTF Chairman who had to resign due to the miscarriage of justice that cost many innocent Freedom Fighters their jobs, homes, relationships and even children taken from them.

During the Silver Spoke Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, several honorees were recognized for their contributions to “Improving The Image of Motorcycling”, including; GOVERNMENT: New Hampshire State Rep. Charlie St. Clair, Executive Director of Laconia Motorcycle Week;  MEDIA: Vernon & Melania Schwarte of Thunder Roads Magazine – Iowa;  LEGAL: Michael DeKruif, AIM Attorney—California;  ENTERTAINMENT: Stunt Rider Bubba Blackwell;  and NCOM’s highest honor, the Ron Roloff Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented to Charlie Boone of CBA/ABATE of North Carolina, member of the NCOM Board of Directors.

Next year’s 34th Annual NCOM Convention will be held May 9-12, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Orlando, Florida.  For further information, contact NCOM at (800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.

Twin Peaks Cases Unravel
Three years ago on May 17, 2015, the bodies of nine dead bikers lay in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant in the infamous Waco shootout as the District Attorney had police round up and arrest everyone there to attend a Confederation of Clubs meeting.

Many of the nearly two hundred bikers arrested that night would spend the next several weeks jailed on million-dollar bonds.  It was a risky legal strategy, one that had never been tried on this scale: Throw a wide net around a complicated crime scene and charge everybody involved with engaging in organized criminal activity.

Now, with the 3rd anniversary of the cases upon us, the failure of that audacious strategy has become clear as prosecutors dismiss most of the cases, the district attorney lost re-election by a landslide, and 130 bikers line up to sue over civil rights violations.  The only case that has gone to trial ended in a hung jury and mistrial in November.

“In the last three years, the 192 bikers arrested in the Twin Peaks shootout have lived under a cloud,” reports the Waco Tribune.  “Some have languished in jail, lost jobs, lost vehicles or lost spouses. In some cases, ex-wives used their arrests to seek modifications in child custody or visitation orders. Most were under strict bond conditions that restricted their travel and freedom to associate with their friends.”

The Twin Peaks debacle may also have ended a promising political career for D.A. Abel Reyna, who suffered an overwhelming defeat in the March primary in which his opponent accused him of corruption and prosecutorial overreach.  Since the electoral loss, Reyna’s office has dismissed 124 cases en masse, and has re-indicted 24 remaining defendants on a variety of charges including riot, murder and tampering with evidence, superseding the original organized crime charges.

“Meanwhile, the raft of civil lawsuits stemming from the Twin Peaks cases leaves the city and county in potential financial jeopardy,” according to the Waco newspaper, noting that the massive volume of cases had put a severe strain on court operations and on county resources already.

California Motorcycle Club Claims Profiling And Police Harassment
A video posted recently on YouTube shows members of the Jus Brothers Motorcycle Club “doing nothing wrong” when a Sonora, CA police sergeant started harassing them and photographed the license plates on their parked motorcycles.  “They say police unlawfully profiled the club members as a motorcycle gang,” reported the Modesto Bee newspaper.

Jus Brothers members from its Mother Lode and Stanislaus County chapters were waiting for a club event to begin at the nearby Intake Grill restaurant and sports bar, a monthly meeting geared toward sharing information about motorcycle legislation and is open to the public.

“We get this kind of hassle from Sonora PD all the time,” a member told The Bee.  “I think they’re just trying to keep us out of downtown.  They come around taking pictures of our bikes, nitpicking to see what they can find.”

Club members in the video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZN4fDjL17M) tell the sergeant that they plan on posting the video online with the department’s phone number, so callers can tell officials what they think of it: “That way America can see what it’s like to live in a police state!”

Another Jus Brothers member in the video asks the sergeant if police will do the same to the other vehicles parked along the street, and the sergeant seems to indicate they’re only doing this to “outlaw motorcycle gangs.”

The Sonora Police Department has responded to the allegations of profiling local bikers; “The police sergeant in the video was simply engaging in intelligence gathering on a public street,” according to the official police news release.

In the video, the Jus Brothers members tell the police sergeant about Assembly Bill 2972, a bill to prohibit peace officers from engaging in “motorcycle profiling.”  If passed, police would not be allowed to consider a person riding a motorcycle or wearing motorcycle or motorcycle club-related clothing as a factor in enforcement decisions.

Motorcycle Club Retaliates With Cyber Attack
Management at Marion Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba received a harsh dose of virtual reality as they suffered the wrath of the Manitoba Nomads, a chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

According to a news posting on www.rideapart.com, “It all started when members of the Nomads were refused access to the hotel for sporting their colors.”  Unwilling to let the offense go unpunished, the chapter President invited his people to boycott the establishment.  The members joined forces and on March 27 targeted their Facebook page by submitting a tsunami of one-star reviews.  This lowered the hotel’s otherwise respectable rating of 4.5 to a mediocre 3 overnight, forcing the hotel to take down its page.

“Hell hath no fury like a biker gang scorned, and the gang proceeded to do the same with the hotel restaurant’s page,” even turning to the Marion Street Eatery’s TripAdvisor page.

Previously, the club expressed disagreement with what they considered discrimination against bikers by targeting Headingley Sport Ltd./Indian Motorcycle Winnipeg for forbidding colors from a riding event.  “Once the shop withdrew from the event, the perpetrators were asked to modify their ratings, which they did.”

A Road To Zero Motorcycles
A recently released National Safety Council report entitled “A Road to Zero” is the federal government’s vision for achieving zero roadway deaths by 2050, but it fails to identify any significant procedures to reduce motorcycle fatalities except for helmet laws and hi-tech.

Despite input from motorcycle organizations, the NSC relies heavily on automotive technologies such as driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicles to pave the way to a safer future, ignoring such rider safety issues as motorcycle awareness, rider training, impairment, distracted driving and proactive measures to prevent car-versus-motorcycle collisions.

The report also endorses using insurance to price some high risk operators and vehicles off the road, opening the door to allow insurance companies to effectively achieve zero motorcycles.

Zero Emissions, Zero Deaths, Zero Tolerance
Bandit and his Bikernet Crew at www.Bikernet.com posted on their blog about a California Air Resources Board meeting regarding new rule making for motorcycles.  Every manufacturer of motorcycles was there, as CARB talked about embracing all aspects of the market before making their recommendations in 2020…that’s the good news.

“They discussed anti-tampering, competition with the EU and Zero emissions,” writes Bandit.  “They talked about moving California to zero emissions by rebates on electric bikes, and they want California riders to be riding 5 million electric bikes by 2025 by executive order from the nice California Governor.”

Bandit et al go on to state their case:

“Two points: One is that word Zero again. They use that word in two other regulatory segments, Zero deaths on the highways and Zero tolerance when it comes to drunk driving or drugs. Zero sounds good from one side of the coin, but the other is ultimate control or Zero Freedom.

The other point I hope to make is that motorcycles represent such a small number in the emissions mix we should be left alone. One of the administrators mentioned two areas of emissions they walked away from and I hope to help make motorcycles a third or at least the aftermarket motorcycle industry.”

Millennials’ Student Loan Debt Hurts Motorcycle Industry
Student loan debt has been hindering millennials for years; now it’s causing harm to the motorcycle industry, according to MarketWatch.com, which further states the motorcycle industry has been increasingly struggling due to millennials’ disinterest in purchasing motorcycles in light of financial burdens.

Young millennials and Gen-Z/Millennials, born between 1990 and 2003 respectively, are two-thirds as likely to be interested in motorcycles as baby boomers during their pre-family stage, Bernstein financial advisers say.  Yet, even an interest in motorcycles may not be enough to keep the industry alive, as “The average millennial has almost twice as much student debt today during their ‘pre-family’ life stage as did the average Gen Xer,” according to Bernstein analyst David Beckel. “That may not sound like a large enough increase in debt to sway one from buying a motorcycle,” Beckel said. “But for the individual 20 million millennials with student debt, the difference between $15,000 and $26,000 of student debt is $130/month, which is the equivalent to a monthly loan payment on an $8,000 bike.”

In 1990, 50% of college undergraduates had taken out student loans with an average borrowing of $15,000.  By 2012, up to 70% of undergraduates had taken out student loans with an average borrowing of $25,000.

The typical new motorcycle will cost around the same as today’s average student loan debt, which makes it difficult for young millennials to purchase cars let alone a motorcycle.

Bernstein analysts additionally theorized that rebellion, the characteristic often attributed to motorcycle culture, doesn’t appeal to debt-burdened millennials like it used to appeal to older generations, who are aging out as the lead target audience.

Quotable Quote:  “A free society is a place where it’s safe to be unpopular.”
~ Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965) American lawyer, politician and diplomat

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.

Charges Against Key Motorcycle Rights Activist Dismissed in Waco

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dismissedCharges Against Key Motorcycle Rights Activist Dismissed in Waco

By David “Double D” Devereaux
Motorcycle Profiling Project

As the McLennan County District Attorney’s Twin Peaks debacle continues to crumble, an important and previously prolific motorcycle rights activist has emerged from the dust. Thomas Paul Landers, along with most of those arrested in May 17, 2015, has had all charges against him related to Twin Peaks tragedy recently dismissed. Paul, although very relieved, is still angry about the continued prosecution of innocent people also arrested and jailed that day that continue to face the prospect of life in prison for being ambushed at a political gathering.

Mass Arrests at a Political Gathering
On May 17th, 2015 I arrived home after a 350 mile ride following a club event in Oregon, to my son telling me to watch CNN because they were reporting a shooting at a biker event in Texas. I began watching the news coverage and immediately called my friend Paul Landers when I realized it was a COC meeting. Paul is a prominent motorcycle rights activist and always attended COC events in Texas, so I immediately began worrying about him.

Paul answered the phone from the parking lot of the Twin Peaks. I asked him if he was alright. He said he wasn’t injured but didn’t know what was going to happen. We hung up, and the rest of the story has been a 3 year nightmare for Paul and nearly 200 others arrested, jailed, and held on $1-$2 million dollar punitive bonds. Paul’s nightmare ended Monday, May 14th, 2018 when his charges were dismissed by the McLennan County District Attorney. In fact, most of the charges have been dropped against most individuals.

But, unfortunately, the nightmare is not over for 24 individuals re-indicted and charged with rioting, three of them also charged with murder. And because a murder occurred, the sentence can be enhanced to the same level of life in prison.

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Replica 45 Stock Style Rigid Frame

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Replica 45Replica 45 Stock Style Rigid Frame

51-1017 Replica 45 Stock Style Rigid Frame

Bring your 1936-1952 WL back to life!  The long awaited arrival of the V-Twin Manufacturing Replica 45 Stock style rigid frame is finally here.  These frames are from brazed construction and are shipped with a raw finish.  Please note the frame in photo is already primed.   Make sure you don’t forget the pre-assembly procedure!  Before priming and painting this frame will require de-greasing.   Frame accepts 3 bolt transmission case and the top frame tube has threaded inserts to attach center tank panels.  For more information please visit our website at www.vtwinmfg.com .

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Travis Pastrana To Jump An Indian Scout FTR750

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Indian Scout FTR750Travis Pastrana To Jump An Indian Scout FTR750

In History’s Three Hour Live Event, Evel Live Premiering Sunday, July 8 At 8Pm Et/5Pm Pt

Press Release: Nitro Circus and Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, announced today that Travis Pastrana will be jumping an Indian Scout FTR750 when he looks to pay tribute to Evel Knievel, the founding father of motorcycle stunts, and surpass America’s most iconic daredevil. “Evel Live”, an unprecedented three-hour live event premiering Sunday, July 8th at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT on HISTORY in partnership with Nitro Circus, will see Travis Pastrana attempt three of Knievel’s most famed jumps on the Scout FTR750, including jumping the length of 52+ crushed cars, 16 Greyhound busses, and the ill-fated Caesars Palace fountain jump that left Knievel grasping for his life. If successful, Pastrana will be the first individual to complete all three jumps in one three-hour timespan and on a motorcycle similar to those Evel used.

Indian Scout FTR750The Indian Scout FTR750 is a flat track racing motorcycle designed to push the boundaries of speed and redefine control with two wheels firmly on the ground. Rewinding time, you find the motorcycles Evel jumped were designed for similar purposes. However, neither were intended for jumping.

“It was extremely important to use a motorcycle similar to the ones Evel jumped. The Indian Scout FTR 750 is just that, a modern-day evolution of the flat track motorcycles of the past,” said Pastrana. “It has the power I need and handles well, but I’m only going to have a few days to get comfortable on it, not to mention I’ve never jumped a V-twin before. I’ve got my work cut out, but we’re used to going big at Nitro Circus, so we’ll make it happen.” 

The Indian Scout FTR750 is far different from the lightweight motocross bikes you would typically find Travis Pastrana jumping. The engine of the FTR750 features a powerful 750cc 53-degree V-Twin and utilizes 43mm conventional front suspension with an adjustable Ohlin’s mono-shock on the rear. Introduced in the American Flat Track racing series in 2017, the Indian Scout FTR750 secured 14 victories along with the manufacturer’s and rider’s championship in its first year of competition.

“We couldn’t be more excited for Travis to be piloting the Scout FTR750 as he looks to make history by recreating three of Evel Knievel’s most historic jumps in a single evening,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director, Marketing and Product Development for Indian Motorcycle. “Evel Knievel is truly a global icon, and we’re proud to be a part of this incredible event that pays homage to his legacy in such grand fashion.”  

Will Travis Pastrana successfully complete all three jumps on the Indian Scout FTR 750? Tune-in to HISTORY on Sunday, July 8th at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT to find out.

To learn more about the Indian Scout FTR750 and Travis Pastrana’s attempt to make history with it on “Evel Live,” as well as for periodic updates leading up to the event, visit IndianMotorcycle.com or follow along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. 

Evel Knievel’s Jumps: 

Caesar’s Palace Jump: 1967

  • He broke over 40 bones

50 Crushed Cars 1973

  • Knievel cleared 18 car widths — a total of 51 assorted crushed cars stacked in twos and threes, side by side.

4 Greyhound Buses: 1975

  • Record held for 24 years

About HISTORY
HISTORY, now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate features a roster of signature series including The Curse of Oak Island, Forged in Fire, Alone, Pawn Stars, American Pickers, as well as the hit drama series Vikings and SIX.  The HISTORY website is located at history.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/history and Facebook at facebook.com/history. For more press information and photography, please visit us at http://press.aenetworks.com.

About INDIAN MOTORCYCLE

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

About NITRO CIRCUS

Nitro Circus, the world’s biggest action sports entertainment brand, creates electrifying live events and unbelievable original content that at once exhilarates, captivates and inspires thrill-seeking fans worldwide.  Co-founded by global superstar Travis Pastrana in 2003, Nitro Circus has since grown into a multiplatform phenomenon producing hit television shows, critically acclaimed documentaries and innovative digital offerings. That success gave rise to the Nitro Circus Live tour. Created in 2010, Nitro Circus Live has travelled the globe, playing to sold-out stadiums on five continents. The company introduced an innovative breakthrough in 2016 with the debut of Nitro World Games, completely rebooting action sports competition in the process. With over three million tickets sold to date, television programming that has aired in over 60 countries, more than 20 million engaged fans across its social media platforms and a burgeoning consumer products business, Nitro Circus is at the forefront of action sports and entertainment. For more information visit www.nitrocircus.com.

Chopper Oil Tanks Made Right

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LowbrowChopper Oil Tanks Made Right

Press Release: Not all oil tanks are created equal. According to Lowbrow Customs they make the best possible custom oil tanks for your Harley-Davidson Sportster, Big Twin, Triumph or any other make motorcycle. Why are they the best? Tyler Malinky, founder of Lowbrow Customs, had the answer to that question.

“All of the the components that make up these tanks, including the steel, are USA-made. Every single piece of our oil tanks are custom, from the smallest detail on up,” says Malinky. “We didn’t use any off-the-shelf parts; every piece was designed for use on your motorcycle.” Even the oil tank end caps are spun steel with tooling made specifically for Lowbrow tanks. From the quality of the machining to the picture-perfect TIG welds, it is clear that everyone involved with the production of these oil tanks are skilled professionals.” 

Lowbrow oil tanks feature three mounting points, two top and one bottom, to ensure secure and stable mounting with steel mounting tabs. “This is only important if you actually ride your motorcycle; we do, and these tanks are road-tested and ready for anything you can throw at them.” says Malinky. Instead of welded fittings to the top of the tank, the custom-made vent and return fittings on Lowbrow’s oil tanks have furnace-brazed tubing, keeping all the fittings nice and tidy at the bottom of the tank for easy oil line routing. “Not only are we proud of our oil tanks, we are proud that they are made right here in Cleveland, Ohio,” concluded Malinky. Lowbrow Customs Oil Tanks are $149.95. For more information or to order please visit www.lowbrowcustoms.com/oiltanks or Lowbrow Customs can be reached toll-free at 1-855-456-9276. 

Indian Motorcycle’s Second Consecutive Podium Sweep

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PodiumIndian Motorcycle’s Scout FTR750 Secures Second Consecutive Podium Sweep 

Wrecking Crew Riders Jared Mees, Brad Baker & Indian Motorcycle Privateer Henry Wiles Finish 1-2-3 at Arizona Mile

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle Racing continued its dominance in American Flat Track, as Wrecking Crew riders Jared Mees, Brad Baker and Indian Motorcycle privateer Henry Wiles finish 1-2-3, respectively. The Arizona Mile marked consecutive races of an all-Indian Scout FTR750 podium. 

After edging out Baker in Semi 1, Mees earned the first starting position and selected the outside spot on the front line of the Main. Mees held the first-place position in to turn one and never looked back, lengthening his lead and ultimately lapping through the 11th-place rider. Wiles aligned next to Mees, while Baker strategically selected the outside starting position on the second line. Baker made several passes early to gain control of the second-place spot, while Wiles battled for the final podium position through all 20 laps.  

“It was a long day on a tough track, so to be leaving the first mile of the season with a win is huge,” said Mees. “I cannot thank my team enough for continuing to have my Indian Scout FTR750 dialed in.”

Podium

Phoenix, AZ – May 12, 2018 – American Flat Track at Turf Paradise

Seven Indian Scout FTR750s made the Main, with all seven finishing in the top 10. Davis Fisher (Double D Performance), Robbie Pearson (R/J Performance), Chad Cose (Indian Motorcycle of OKC) and Jeffrey Carver Jr. (Roof Systems, Indian of Metro Milwaukee) finished sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.

“Our factory and privateer riders continue to perform and compete at a high level,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “As we hit a stretch of Miles, we’re excited for Bryan Smith’s return next week in Sacramento. The ‘mile master’ will surely give the competition a run for their money.”

Indian Wrecking Crew rider Bryan Smith, who missed his second consecutive race with a broken left fibula, plans to return at the Sacramento Mile on May 19. Smith has won at Sacramento for the past seven years in a row and hopes to return to the track and extend his win streak to eight. 

For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, the Indian Wrecking Crew and Scout FTR750, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. For information on purchasing a Scout FTR750, please contact Racing@IndianMotorcycle.com

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE

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

Classic Sumax Fender Designs

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DPM20038Classic Sumax Fender Designs now made by Oldy’s Customs in Hull, Iowa.

Press Release: Sumax has been known for the past 25 years for their assorted composite fiber glass products for your motorcycle. Their Street Sweeper, Loboy, Hugger and Pro Comp fenders are timeless in design.They are half the weight and twice the strength as a metal fender.

Oldy’s will also be selling Sumax’s full line of Bagger fenders and bags. Their saddle bag brackets for Softails, Dynas, Sportsters and FXR models will be available.

Due to a very unexpected loss of a key employee, Sumax decided to shut down fabrication. Gary from Oldy’s Customs has a great reputation with their present line of composite glass products for your motorcycle and trike. The Sumax line will carry the same part numbers for easy reference.

Sumax will carry on as Designer and Master Distributor of all Taylor Spark plug wires and battery cables. Their Powder Coating services will also continue with vigor. They are the original by which all others are judged.

Oldys Custom Composites

  • 811 Black Forest Road
  • Hull, Iowa 51239 U.S.A.
  • Phone # 1-712-439-3301
  • www.oldinc.com

Sumax

 

Ciro Fang Headlight Bezels

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FangCiro Fang Headlight Bezels

Press Release: Ciro Fang Headlight Bezels replace the dull black plastic on both sides of your headlight with bright white LED running lights and amber turn signals set in a very clean housing. The bezel simply bolts to where you’ve removed the stock trim and plugs in with the included wiring harness for a quick and easy installation.

 

 

 

45251 Fang Headlight Bezels for Road Glide, Black $189.95

45250 Fang Headlight Bezels for Road Glide, Chrome $189.95

45250 Fang Headlight Bezels for Road Glide, Chrome $189.95

Ciro Fang Headlight Bezels for Road Glide are available for 2015-up Harley-Davidson Road Glides. See www.ciro3d.com for all of the options. Contact Ciro with any questions (715) 808-0027.

 

H-D Adds Hillclimb To 115th Anniversary Festivities

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HillclimbHarley-Davidson Adds Adrenaline-Pulsing Hillclimb & More To 115th Anniversary Festivities In Milwaukee Labor Day Weekend

Harley-Davidson Unveils More than 80 Events Across 20+ Venues, All Packed Into Five Days

Harley-Davidson is set to take grass-roots racing over the top with the addition of Hillclimb Motorcycle Racing to a slate of wide-open competition, moto-culture-centric activities and street  parties during the Harley-Davidson® 115th Anniversary Celebration in  Milwaukee August 29-September 2.

The Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary Hillclimb, which will offer a taste of Harley-Davidson heritage while showcasing the heart-pumping excitement of today’s racing action, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1 at Little Switzerland, a 200-foot-high ski hill in Slinger, Wis.

Hillclimb“It will be rider and machine against gravity on a steep-and-gnarly course up the face of the ski hill,” said Harley-Davidson Marketing Lead Eric Jensen. “Hillclimb is one of the original forms of motorcycle competition and a big part of our history that’s celebrated by The Hill Climber statue at the Harley-Davidson Museum. This event is a natural fit for our anniversary weekend as we put motorcycle culture on full display.”

Other racing action scheduled for the anniversary weekend includes: Flat Out Friday Powered by Harley-Davidson (Aug. 31) featuring bar-to-bar indoor flat-track racing on the concrete floor of Panther arena in Milwaukee on an oval circuit soaked with sticky Dr. Pepper syrup. Also, Run What You Brung Drag Racing Powered by Harley-Davidson (Aug. 31) will put participants side-by-side and head-to-head round after round at Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, Wis. Race entry information and event details are posted at h-d.com/115 https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/milwaukee-115th.html>.

Hillclimb“This is an anniversary celebration not to miss,” said Heather Malenshek, Vice  President, Marketing, Harley-Davidson. “There will be moto-culture  activities perfect for riders and non-riders alike, as well as families. Most activities will be free and open to the public, but if attendees want to upgrade with exclusive experiences and limited-edition merchandise, we have designed special anniversary rally packs.”

The three Rally Packs include a special wrist band good for drink  discounts and other perks at Anniversary venues, VIP motorcycle parking, limited-edition merchandise and special access at many events. Only 400 Chrome Packs, the top tier package, and less than 1,000 second-tier Rides Home Packs remain. Rally Packs are available at h-d.com/115pack<http://www.h-d.com/115pack> and quantities are limited.

Make Your Plans Today
With Sunday marking115 days until the start of the Harley-Davidson® 115th Anniversary Milwaukee Celebration, anticipation is building. Five  neighborhoods throughout the Milwaukee area are throwing parties during the anniversary weekend. Wear a Rally Pack wristband to any of these street parties and receive a discount on a select beverage purchase plus other perks. See all street party details at h-d.com/115<https://www.harley-davidson.com/115>.

The Harley-Davidson Museum will be the epicenter of 115th Anniversary activities in Milwaukee. The Museum will host entertainment on two  stages, motorcycle field games, a custom bike show, tattoo artists, local food and more. Paid admission is required to enter the Museum, but  all H.O.G. members enjoy complimentary admission with a valid H.O.G. membership card and photo identification.

The Harley-Davidson 115th and H.O.G. 35th Anniversary Moto-Carnival at Veterans Park will celebrate 35 years of the Harley Owners Group and 115 years of Harley-Davidson with Full Throttlefest, a traveling version of the world-famous Full Throttle Saloon featuring Rhett Rotten’s Wall of Death, Circus Una’s Highwire Thrill Show, the Urias Globe of Death, a bungee slingshot, helicopter rides and nightly concerts.

“Harley-Davidson, Full Throttle and all of our Harley-Davidson riding brothers and sisters from around the world are a recipe for the best party on the planet for 2018,” said Jesse James Dupree of the Full Throttle Saloon. “Harley-Davidson represents 115 years of American history and we are honored to be helping throw this amazing party on the Milwaukee lakefront.”

More information on all Harley-Davidson 115th Anniversary Milwaukee Celebration events and activities, including factory tours and Juneau Avenue Global Headquarters visits, the H-D Police and Civilian Skills Competition, Harley-Davidson Museum activities, self-guided local rides, is available at h-d.com/115<http://www.h-d.com/115>.

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

JIMS Balancer Scissor Gear Alignment Screw

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BalancerJIMS Balancer Scissor Gear Alignment Screw

This tool (Part No.5811) holds the two halves of the spring loaded scissor balancer gear in alignment before removal for easy installation. For $33.95 you will no longer have to fumble with screwdrivers while trying to align the gear in place. This screw is brightly colored to remind the technician to remove it before sealing the engine case. For more information please call us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.

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RSD Expands Their Footwear Product Collection

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RSDRSD expands their footwear product collection with the addition of the Fresno Riding Shoe.

The Fresno Riding Shoe by RSD blends the classic look and feel of an old-school skateboard shoe with modern motorcycle functionality and protection. Only the finest quality top grain cowhide is used to construct the upper and the reinforced ankle, toe box and heel cup will keep you protected. A fully waterproof membrane keeps you dry from the elements and a reinforced, textured shift pad and CE approved sole ensures durability.

“We’ve remained focused on delivering a lifestyle friendly product collection that doesn’t compromise function. The Fresno is a great example of that.” Commented Roland Sands, President.

“Our goal is to continue to evolve our product line through premium materials, function and protection and bring meaningful products to the fans of our brand.” Commented Rob Ramlose, Brand Director.

The Fresno Riding Shoe by RSD blends the classic look and feel of an old-school skateboard shoe with modern motorcycle functionality and protection. Only the finest quality top grain cowhide is used to construct the upper and the reinforced ankle, toe box and heel cup will keep you protected. A fully waterproof membrane keeps you dry from the elements and a reinforced, textured shift pad and CE approved sole ensures durability.

RSD’s take on a skate inspired high top with performance rider features and protection.

• Top Grain Cowhide Upper

• Reinforced heel cup, ankle and toe box

• Reinforced shank

• Abrasion resistant shift pads

• CE approved cup sole

• Hipora ® waterproof membrane

• RSD multi density “Cheater” Insole

• Reflective lightning bolt

• Waxed laces

• Colors: Black/Black, Whiskey/Black, Black/Gum

• Sizes: (US) Mens 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 12, 13

8th Annual Vintage Rally

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Vintage Rally8th Annual Vintage Rally

National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa

Vintage Rally 2018 is a great time to visit the National Motorcycle Museum, walk through the free Swap Meet and Bike Show and spend time with several special guests.

Vintage Rally

Part of the Museum’s collection, Steve McQueen’s personal Indian Chief Chopper has not run for a few years. American Pickers’ David Ohrt will kick start McQueen’s escape machine to life for Vintage Rally visitors.

Steve McQueen’s famed Indian Chief Chopper will be taken off display, fired up and discussed by American Pickers’ David Ohrt. Recently inducted Hall of Famer Gloria Tramontin Struck will discuss her life of riding and her new book. Harley-Davidson family member Jean Davidson will preview the upcoming Harley-Davidson Motor Company 115th Anniversary.

The actual Vincent Black Lightning ridden by Rollie Free in 1948 across the Bonneville Salt Flats will still be on display in STREAMLINERS presented by J&P Cycles.

You are invited to enter antique and vintage bikes in the one day Bike Show, or sign up for a Swap Meet space in the two day Swap Meet. If you attend Vintage Rally 2018 on June 23 & 24, 2018 you can also enjoy J&P Cycles Iowa Rally that same weekend just up the road one one mile.

For more information go to EVENTS on the National Motorcycle Museum website,  www.nationalmcmuseum.org

Vintage Rally

Vintage Rally guest and Hall of Famer Gloria Tramontin Struck, still riding at 92 years of age, recently authored her memoirs. Gloria will talk about the great people she’s met through motorcycling and do a book signing.

Vintage Rally

Vintage Rally guest Jean Davidson will speak on a variety of motorcycling topics and preview the Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s 115th Anniversary celebration.

 

Indian Motorcycle Takes First & Third Place At Texas Half-Mile

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Fort Worth, TX – April 28, 2018 – American Flat Track at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX. (Photo by Scott Hunter/American Flat Track)

Indian Motorcycle Racing’s Scout FTR750 Takes First & Third Place At Texas Half-Mile

2017 Reigning Champion & Wrecking Crew Rider Jared Mees Takes Victory;

Chad Cose & Indian Motorcycle of OKC Finish Third

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle Racing and reigning 2017 American Flat Track (AFT) Champion Jared Mees secured the top leaderboard position with a win at the Texas Half-Mile. Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City Privateer Chad Cose secured his first career AFT Twins podium with a strong third-place finish after setting the top qualifying time. Meanwhile, fellow Scout FTR750 privateers Henry Wiles and Johnny Lewis placed inside the top 10 with a fifth and eighth place finish, respectively.

Mees and Cose each won their semi-final race and earned the top-two starting positions in the Main. After trailing initially, Mees was able to pass several riders and capture the lead. Cose ran the majority of the race from the third position and was able to hold off the fourth-place finisher, who was challenging for that final podium spot for the majority of the race.

Texas Half-Mile

Fort Worth, TX – April 28, 2018 – American Flat Track at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX. (Photo by Scott Hunter/American Flat Track)

“We’re entering an important stretch of the season right now, as Texas kicks off six straight weeks of racing,” said Mees. “To start this run off with a victory is huge. I want to thank Indian Motorcycle, my team and all the fans for their continued support. With Texas in the books, we’re on to Calistoga.”

Cose’s third-place finish marked the third time a privateer has podiumed with the championship-winning Scout FTR750. In 2017, on his first race aboard the Scout FTR750, Johnny Lewis reached the podium with a third-place finish at the Texas Half-Mile.

“To see Chad reach the podium for the first time in his career was amazing,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “He’s feeling comfortable and riding well on the Scout FTR750, and we couldn’t be more excited to see him compete in these upcoming races.”

In a highly competitive night, a number of riders crashed and were unable to finish. Among those were Wrecking Crew Riders Brad Baker and Bryan Smith. Baker went down in his heat and suffered a mild concussion, while Smith was involved in a multi-rider crash in Semi 1. Both have reported to be okay, though, their status for the Calistoga Half-Mile on May 5 is currently unknown.

Through three races Mees leads the pack with 50 points. Wiles, who has finished fourth and fifth the last two races on his Scout FTR750 is currently second with 46 points. Despite missing the Main in Texas, Kenny Coolbeth Jr. sits in the fourth position with 36 points.

The Indian Wrecking Crew and stable of privateers aboard the Scout FTR750 will continue its season on May 5 at the Calistoga Half-Mile. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, the Indian Wrecking Crew and Scout FTR750, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. For information on purchasing a Scout FTR750, please contact Racing@IndianMotorcycle.com.

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

Harley-Davidson Announces First Quarter Results

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FinancialHarley-Davidson Announces First Quarter Results 

Press Release:

MILWAUKEE, April 24, 2018 – Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) today reported first quarter 2018 results and confirmed its 2018 outlook. The company also announced it is accelerating its strategy for growth, anchored by its objective to build the next generation of riders globally. 

 

First Quarter 2018 

  • EPS of $1.03 ($1.24 excluding manufacturing optimization costs) 
  • Consolidated revenue up 2.7% 
  • HDFS operating income up 20.8%, year-over-year credit losses down 
  • Increased dividend 1.4%, repurchased 1.4 million shares 
  • Growth in international retail sales 
  • Manufacturing optimization initiative on-track 
  • Confirmed full-year shipment guidance 
  • Strategy enhancement and acceleration planned 

First quarter 2018 GAAP diluted EPS was $1.03. Excluding manufacturing optimization costs, diluted EPS was $1.24. First quarter 2017 GAAP diluted EPS was $1.05. First quarter 2018 net income was $174.8 million on consolidated revenue of $1.54 billion versus net income of $186.4 million on consolidated revenue of $1.50 billion in the first quarter of 2017. 

Harley-Davidson international retail motorcycle sales were up 0.2 percent in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 2017 and U.S. retail sales were down 12.0 percent. Worldwide retail sales decreased 7.2 percent. 

“We are pleased to deliver revenue growth on the heels of our recent product investments in Softail and Touring. This, plus solid financial services segment performance and strong cash returns during the first quarter underscore our commitment to drive shareholder value,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief executive officer, Harley-Davidson, Inc. “Our international markets returned to retail sales growth supporting our long-term objective to increase international sales to build the next generation of riders globally.” 

Strategy to Build Riders Globally
During the first quarter, the company continued progress on its 2027 objectives: build 2 million new riders in the U.S., grow its international business to 50 percent of annual volume, launch 100 new high impact motorcycles and do so profitably and sustainably. 

Considering prolonged softness in the U.S. industry and given what the company believes is untapped potential in international markets and in certain high-growth spaces globally, the company is crafting strategy accelerants to deliver significant value through 2022. Harley-Davidson plans to leverage its core business more fully and expand in new directions to accelerate value creation as it pursues its long-term objectives. 

“Our view of the highly competitive global motorcycle market is grounded in a realistic assessment of risks, opportunities and capabilities needed to inspire ridership and grow our business. Our data-driven insights compel us to enhance and accelerate our strategies to ensure we deliver on our long-term objectives as we build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders,” stated Levatich. 

The company is currently refining its plans and this summer intends to reveal significant additional steps to improve performance and value creation through 2022. 

Building Riders
As Harley-Davidson continues to make progress building the next generation of riders, the company increased its reach and impact during the first quarter through a wide range of efforts including: 

  • Added to the long legacy of its Sportster motorcycle line with the introduction of the Iron 1200™ and Forty-Eight® Special models. The latest in a line of 100 high-impact motorcycles the company expects to introduce by 2027, these new Sportsters combine throw-back styling trends from the custom-bike scene with the solid foundation of the Sportster platform and the punchy performance of the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine. The U.S. MSRP of the new models start at $9,999 and $11,299 respectively. 
  • Continued to grow the appeal of motorcycling by debuting Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb at X Games Aspen alongside ski, snowboard and other action-sports competitions. 
  • Increased brand access by adding new international dealers and new apparel and lifestyle boutiques in popular shopping areas in China and India. 
  • Welcomed riders and non-riders to celebrate freedom as the company recognizes 115 years of continuous motorcycle manufacturing in 2018. Fans were invited to join the global freedom movement on social media using #HD115 and join celebrations in Prague in July and Milwaukee over Labor Day weekend. 
  • Invested in a collaborative agreement with Alta Motors, an innovator in lightweight electric vehicles, supporting Harley-Davidson’s commitment to lead in the electrification of the sport of motorcycling to reach new customers in new spaces. 

Manufacturing Optimization
To further improve its manufacturing operations and cost structure, in the first quarter of 2018 the company commenced its previously announced multi-year manufacturing optimization initiative anchored by the consolidation of its motorcycle assembly plant in Kansas City, Mo. into its plant in York, Pa. The company continues to expect to incur restructuring and other consolidation costs of $170 million to $200 million and capital investment of approximately $75 million through 2019 and expects ongoing annual cash savings of $65 million to $75 million after 2020. In the first quarter, costs related to the manufacturing optimization were $47.6 million. 

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Daytona Beach News Journal Falsely Reports Bikers Kill Children

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Motorcycle Profiling ProjectDaytona Beach News Journal Falsely Reports Bikers Kill Children

David “Double D” Devereaux
Motorcycle Profiling Project

The Daytona Beach News Journal (News Journal) is disrespectfully using the anniversary of a biker’s murder as an opportunity to promote a discriminatory and highly inaccurate stereotype about motorcycle clubs, even going so far as quoting an investigator from Wisconsin saying that motorcycle club members have a history of killing children.

The National Council of Clubs, a movement representing the political, legal, and legislative interests of motorcycle clubs nationwide, is outraged that any media source would desecrate the memory of a man that lost his life prematurely by irresponsibly propagating fear and false narratives about tens of thousands of individuals that belong to motorcycle clubs.

The Story as Published in the Daytona Beach News Journal
Outlaw MC member Louie Da’ Lip was murdered in Daytona Beach on April 2, 2017.

The News Journal released an article on April 2, 2018 titled, “1 year later, murder of Daytona Outlaws biker ‘Louie da Lip’ remains unsolved.”  But instead of merely reporting on the facts of Louie’s murder, the News Journal used the 1 year anniversary of this incident to spread fear and sensationalized falsehoods regarding motorcycle club culture.  The News Journal reports:

“Members of biker gangs have committed murder, rape and other violent crimes and they have a history of degrading women and even killing children, said Charles Berard, a criminal investigator from Wisconsin who has studied biker gangs for more than three decades.”

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

Congressional Ethanol Bill Would Limit E-15 Fuel
A measure to limit proliferation of E-15 fuel (gasoline containing 15% ethanol) has been introduced in the U.S. Congress.  The “Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible Fuels Act” has been introduced in the U.S. House (H.R. 5212) by

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and in the Senate (S. 2519) by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM).

This proposed legislation intends to cap mandated ethanol content in the nation’s fuel supply at 9.7% and would stop the federal government from forcing E15 fuel into the market.  Capping the ethanol mandate would ensure continued availability of fuels deemed safe for motorcycles, such as E-10, since E-15 fuel is not approved for use in motorcycles and can damage fuel systems and void manufacturers’ warranties.

Harley Gets Reprieve As Europe Exempted From Trump Tariffs
Harley-Davidson is breathing a sigh of relief at news that the European Union will be temporarily exempted from America’s new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.  European ministers had specifically named the Motor Company, along with Levi’s jeans and Jack Daniels whiskey, as a target for punitive European import duties in retaliation against President Trump’s announced 25% tariff on imported steel and 10% tariff on foreign aluminum.

At least for now, the EU, along with Argentina, Brazil, Australia and South Korea, has been temporarily exempted from the U.S. tariffs, giving those countries time to try to negotiate permanent exemptions.  For other countries including Russia and Japan, the tariffs are set to go into effect.

Despite the exemptions, prices may still be driven up by the additional costs that Harley, and other American manufacturers, will encounter due to the new American import tariffs.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Gag Order In Waco Case
A Texas appeals court has struck down a gag order issued in a case arising from the 2015 shootout involving motorcycle clubs and police outside a Waco restaurant that left nine bikers dead and dozens more injured.

In a six-page opinion issued Wednesday, March 21, a three-judge panel of the 10th Texas Court of Appeals ruled that the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office had failed to make a case for the order.

State District Judge Doug Shaver of Houston had issued the order at District Attorney Abel Reyna’s request in the case of Matthew Clendennen, one of 154 motorcyclists indicted after the shootout.  The order prevented prosecutors, attorneys and investigators from commenting publicly on the case.

Clendennen’s attorney appealed, supported by media groups that included The Associated Press, arguing the order was overly broad and unconstitutional.

Deadwood Casinos To Implement ‘No Colors’ During Sturgis Rally
Following a February 16 request from law enforcement for the South Dakota Commission on Gaming to ban colors in casinos during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the commission put the onus on the city of Deadwood and the individual gaming properties in coming up with a solution, tasking them with “taking the lead” to implement policies to monitor potential increased bike gang presence during Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Deadwood Gaming Association (DGA) Executive Director Mike Rodman briefed the commission on the industry’s response plan at the April 3 gaming commission meeting in Deadwood.  “We believe that the best path forward to keep Deadwood safe is for each individual property to have their security and management teams work with the city of Deadwood and its safety officials on proper safety planning that takes their unique properties into consideration.  We do not believe there is a ‘one solution fits all’ approach that would be effective overall,” said Rodman in a letter to South Dakota Commission on Gaming Executive Director Larry Eliason.

The letter was drafted in response to correspondence from Eliason requesting proposals from the city and the industry as to how they would proceed to comply with the commission’s directive.

The commission asked for a list of DGA member casinos that will and won’t allow colors during the Rally.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown Signs Driver Accountability Law
Oregon Governor Kate Brown formally signed House Bill 2598, the Driver Accountability bill, into law on February 28, 2018, providing some relief for riders who are victims of reckless drivers.

“HB 2598 makes it a crime for a driver who recklessly injures a motorcyclist,” explains the Oregon Confederation of Clubs website, www.oregoncoc.com“This law also covers the passenger on a motorcycle.  If convicted, the reckless driver can be charged with vehicular assault and will have a Class A Misdemeanor on their record.  The punishment can be doing time up to one year in prison with a maximum fine up to $6,250.”

Great thanks to Oregon Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (AIM) attorney Christopher Slater, “who took a brilliantly simple idea and seeing that concept to its very end and conclusion.”

This will be a powerful tool to punish those who violate a biker’s right of way or otherwise injures a rider due to a driver’s recklessness. “Too often drivers have crashed into a motorcyclist getting away without even a ticket.  With this law, there will finally be some teeth in ensuring that reckless drivers who injure riders or their passengers will be convicted of a crime,” wrote Mike of the Oregon COC on their website.

Much thanks to BikePac and ABATE of Oregon for their skillful efforts of organizing the hearing testimony, and great appreciation for the riders that testified.

Female Riders Worldwide To Ride In Unison For “Female Ride Day”
Lady bikers around the globe will take to their motorcycles on Saturday, May 5th for the 12th edition of International Female Ride Day (IFRD).  Celebrations will be hosted in countries worldwide by women’s clubs, foundations and individuals, and the organization will host an open house at SF Moto in San Francisco featuring guest speakers, test rides and some of the latest motorcycle products designed for female motorcyclists.

Created in 2007 by Vicki Gray, a Toronto-based road and race instructor, IFRD’s purpose was to highlight and celebrate the tens of thousands of women who ride globally.  The event takes place annually on the first Saturday of May each year.

Other countries taking part in the 2018 event include Canada, the USA, Iceland, India, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, Germany, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Japan, China, and Israel.

Sikhs In Alberta Exempted From Helmet Law
Turban-wearing Sikhs in Alberta, Canada will be allowed to ride motorcycles without a helmet starting April 12, joining the Provinces of Manitoba and British Columbia in granting the exemption.  For decades, the Sikh community in North America has been fighting to pass a legal exemption that would allow members of the religion to legally ride a motorcycle while wearing a turban, and not a helmet.

The exemption to the vehicle equipment regulation in the Traffic Safety Act was amended by an order from Transportation Minister Brian Mason, the provincial government announced March 29th.  Mason told CBC News that the province’s Sikh community has requested the exemption for the past 30 years, which applies to drivers and passengers over the age of 18 who are practicing members of the Sikh religion.

Mason said the exemption was granted at the request of the Sikh community as recognition of their civil and religious rights.

The Sikh Motorcycle Club of Edmonton says the law change is a “milestone and memorable day” in Alberta history, adding “This change will bring some new opportunities/businesses to bike repair shops/aftermarket accessories shops and Motorcycle Dealerships etc.”

Back in 2014 this issue came up in Ontario, Canada where lawmakers, after careful and calculated consideration, denied the request to allow the exemption.

Three-Wheel ‘Autocycles’ Don’t Require Motorcycle License
More and more states are adjusting their regulations towards three-wheelers that aren’t quite cars and aren’t quite motorcycles; like the Polaris Slingshot.  The latest state to do so is Mississippi, where all you need to drive a Slingshot is a regular driver’s license with no motorcycle endorsement necessary.

The new vehicle classification means residents of the Magnolia State can now legally drive “autocycles” sans motorcycle endorsement, thanks to three-wheelers that have traditionally been classified as motorcycles being re-designated as “autocycles.”  This makes Mississippi the 43rd U.S. state where driving an autocycle only necessitates a class C license, but you do need to follow the state’s motorcycle helmet laws if you want to drive a Slingshot.

Far-East To Reward Riders Who Scrap Older Bikes
Riders in Far East countries such as Singapore will be offered cash incentives if they de-register bikes that are more than 15 years old in an attempt to cut emissions and traffic congestion.  Motorcyclists who registered their vehicles before July 1, 2003 will receive cash incentives of up to S$3,500 (USD$2650) to owners who will de-register their pre-2003 registered motorcycles over the next five years, on or before April 5, 2023.

In justifying the new regulations, Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a statement that older motorcycles are more pollutive; “Those registered before July 1, 2003 – before the introduction of Euro I emission standards for motorcycles – emit up to about 10 times more CO and 30 times more hydrocarbons compared to a Euro IV motorcycle today,” it said.

After the incentive scheme ends on Apr 6, 2023, NEA will tighten the in-use emission standards of such older motorcycles.  After 2028, these motorcycles will not be allowed on the roads.

Appeals Court Sides With Cops Using Biker Photos To Lobby
Fighting a bill that would have allowed Floridians to openly carry guns, two Orange County sheriff’s deputies in 2011 moved forward with a plan to give lawmakers a glimpse of some people who might be able to pack heat publicly; such as outlaw bikers.

The deputies pulled together booking or driver’s license photos of “one percenters” — members of outlaw motorcycle clubs — who might be able to openly carry guns, and provided the photos to the Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to the measure.

In the end, lawmakers did not approve a broad open-carry proposal for people with concealed-weapons licenses, but their use of the photos led to a lawsuit that resulted in a federal appeals court rejecting arguments by three members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club that the officers had violated a privacy law in using the photos without their knowledge or permission.

The civil case focused heavily on whether the officers violated a federal law known as the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, but the ruling by a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the officers, upholding a lower-court ruling that an exception to the federal privacy law covered lobbying, and additionally that the officers were entitled to “qualified immunity”.

NCOM Convention In Mobile, Alabama Welcomes Riders Nationwide 
The 33rd annual NCOM Convention is coming soon, so plan now to be a part of one of the largest gathering of motorcycle rights activists in the world.  This year’s 2018 NCOM Convention, to be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-13 in Mobile, Alabama, will draw hundreds of concerned motorcyclists from across America to “The Port City” to address topics of concern to all riders.

Agenda items will cover legal and legislative issues, with Special Meetings for Veterans Affairs, Women in Motorcycling, Clean & Sober Roundtable and World of Sport Bikes, as well as the Christian Unity Conference and Confederation of Clubs Patch Holders Meeting.

Among this year’s featured seminars, the NCOM Legislative Task Force will host a Mock Legislative Session to provide attendees with insight into the process of making laws; Jesse McDugald will present “You & Our Constitution”, and Slider Gilmore will discuss “What Successful People Do.”

For more information, or to register for the 2018 NCOM Convention, contact the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.

Quotable Quote:  “The secret of Happiness is Freedom; the secret of Freedom is Courage.”

~ Thucydides (460-395 BC), Greek historian

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.

 

Ciro Adjustable Passenger Comfort Peg Mounts

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Passenger Comfort PegCiro Adjustable Passenger Comfort Peg Mounts

Press Release: The Ciro Adjustable Passenger Comfort Peg Mounts provide your passenger with the same freedom of movement and comfort you enjoy with your highway pegs. Your riding partner will love the alternative foot positions that help to make the ride much more comfortable and enjoyable. These mounts work perfectly with stock Harley-Davidson passenger boards or footpegs and are fully adjustable to suit any rider’s height. Available in black or chrome. 

Ciro has fitments from ‘93-’18 Harley-Davidson Touring models, Tri Glide & Freewheeler. See www.ciro3d.com for all of the options. Contact Ciro with any questions (715) 808-0027.

  • 60220 Adjustable Passenger Comfort Peg Mounts Black $139.95
  • 60200 Adjustable Passenger Comfort Peg Mounts Chrome $139.95

NAMZ Pulsing Brake Module

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Pulsing Brake ModuleNAMZ Pulsing Brake Module 

Press Release: When it comes to customer requests, this might be the biggest one ever. After much review and some simple engineering, we have finally produced a Pulsing Brake Module. The PBM-01 will operate perfectly before any existing Badlands Module or can be installed as a stand-alone unit on any motor vehicle! Tiny in size and when installed, will pulse (5) times before the brake light stays illuminated. Each time you release the brake and re-apply, the brake light will pulse (5) times then stay illuminated again. Install before any other module and is backed by a Lifetime Warranty! Stay safe and support American Made! 

About NAMZ CCP: NAMZ is celebrating our 19th year in business providing “World Class” Electrical Components, Fluid Transfer Lines, Custom Installation Supplies & Badlands Lighting Modules. NAMZ/Badlands products are available through Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited, Tucker Rocky, Mid USA, J&P Cycles, V-Twin, Parts Canada, Motovan, Les Importations Thibault, Parts Europe, Custom Chrome Europe, Motorcycle Storehouse, W&W, Zodiac, Rollies Speed Shop, Wildrider International Pty Ltd or directly from our website at www.namzccp.com. 

NAMZ provides the best selection and support for OEM & dealers all over the world. Send us an email at marketing@namzccp.com or give us a call at 1-877-277-NAMZ for more information. 

Engina – Indian Motorcycle Café Racer

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Engina

Photo credit: Volker Rost

Engina – The Indian Motorcycle Café Racer That’s Smashing the Competition at Custom Bike Shows

Europe’s market leader for motorcycle clothing and accessories, Detlev Louis Motorrad celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion they’ve taken an Indian Chief Vintage and transformed it into the hot-blooded café racer Engina.

Last September, Engina had its grand premiere at Glemseck 101 and immediately blew away the competition. Stunt girl and model Mai-Lin Senf rode it in the “Clash of Legends” race. Since then Engina has been cleaning up at numerous sprint and design contests and has just achieved a landmark accomplishment – winning a podium place at the Custom Show Emirates in Abu Dhabi. In Germany, it picked up the winning trophy at the Custom Show in Dortmund and won Best Streetbike at the Berliner Motorrad Tage motorcycle show in Berlin. 

Elsewhere in Europe, the custom masterpiece is also causing quite a stir, winning the prestigious Ferro Dell Anno award at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy, in the Best Professional category. At the Swiss Custom show in Zürich, Engina secured first prize – giving it a ticket for the internationally acclaimed Custom Show Emirates in Abu Dhabi. On this world stage last weekend, Engina competed in the V2 Custom Class – with a sensational result, taking 2nd place. 

Engina

Photo credit: Volker Rost

Much of the credit for these brilliant results must go to Indian’s beautiful-looking Thunder Stroke 111 engine – this magnificent V-twin is an integral part of the overall artistry. As a nod to the chrome power plant, Louis named the custom build Engina, which is derived from the word engine. The powerful 1.8-liter V-twin is a stunning combination of the classic Indian look and state-of-the-art technology. The distinctive design with eye-catching pushrod tubes and cylinder head-covers with angled fins pays homage to the Indian engines of the 1940s and 1950s and enjoys cult status among the fans. 

To give it the power needed to compete in sprint races, Louis brought in the engine specialist Ulf Penner to exploit the full potential of this extremely high torque engine. With a whole range of optimization measures, such as more aggressive camshafts, more direct airflow, upgraded cylinder heads and new engine mapping, the Thunder Stroke 111 that has been virtually untouched visually now delivers almost 70 percent more power. A new header from STParts with a Shark silencer makes sure the 125 hp package also has the sound to match. 

The machine all fits into a new UNO lightweight frame, and the high-performance chassis now has a new upside-down front fork and Wilbers rear shock absorber. A Brembo braking system delivers the stopping power to the custom-made Kineo rims and there are new triple clamps from Alpha Racing with a matching Gilles stub handlebar.

Engina

Photo credit: Volker Rost

For the headlight bezel, seat and tank, Louis called in Michael Naumann. The customizing specialist has already picked up numerous awards for his custom creations and enhanced the minimalist design from Louis gearhead crew member Kay Blanke to perfection. Danny Schramm from Schrammwerk was responsible for the striking headdress paint job in red and white, taking on the colors of the Indian and Louis brands. The bike’s overall build was undertaken by Detlef Stüdemann and Martin Struckmann from the Louis gearhead crew.

Louis will continue to celebrate the company’s anniversary with the Engina based on the Indian Chief Vintage throughout 2018. The custom build will be on display at the following events throughout Europe:

  • May 19 – 20 The Reunion, Monza, Italy
  • June 14 – 17 Wheels & Waves, Biarritz, France
  • June 23 – 24 Cafe Racer Festival, Paris, France
  • June 29 – July 1 Biker’s Classics, Spa, Belgium
  • August 31 – September 2 Glemseck 101, Leonberg, Germany

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.

Wild 1 OutlawZ Apes

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Press Release: Looking for a narrow ape hanger with Chubby style for your ride? Check out Wild 1 Inc’s brand new 16”  OutlawZ Apes! These Chubbys combine badass style with maximum comfort as they are 33.5” wide with a 9.5” center and a perfect 22° wrist angle. OutlawZ range in size from 10-16” and come in a show chrome, satin black powdercoat or raw finish. Like all Chubbys they are drilled for internal wiring .They are made with the same heavy duty double wall construction as all Chubby bars with 1.25” diameter tubing. We take special care in the manufacturing process to make sure the inside corners are smooth so the electrical doesn’t get hung up during installation. OutlawZ were designed to fit most all H-D models Excluding FLHX, FLHT/C/U/K.

We at Wild 1, Inc. take pride in providing the highest quality products 100% made in the USA.

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KR Style Bolt-On Hardtails for Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportsters

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KR StyleKR Style Bolt-On Hardtails for Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportsters

Inspired by the early Harley-Davidson looped KR style race frames, the KR Style Bolt-On Hardtail from Lowbrow Customs fits stock front frame sections on Sportsters from 1967 to 1978. Harley-Davidson produced the KR factory race bike in 1952, and it dominated the track until production ended in 1968. Until now, KR style looped hardtail frames were unavailable.

Lowbrow Customs is known for producing original, high-quality custom motorcycle parts. The KR Style hardtail is no exception. It accepts the stock rear wheel, axle and brake, and includes axle adjusters. The unique style and simplicity of installation provide a perfect base for that Ironhead Sportster bobber, chopper or race bike build. Each frame is hand-made from 1″ x .125″ wall crew tubing with 5/16″ thick axle plates and designed to bolt right up to your frame with ease. Lowbrow KR hardtails are approximately 4″ stretch over stock wheelbase and 2″ drop (2 inches lower than stock). Each hardtail frame section is proudly made in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Lowbrow KR Style Bolt-On Hardtails are $324.95, are in stock and ship immediately. For more info or to purchase yours today visit www.lowbrowcustoms.com/kr or call Lowbrow Customs toll-free at 1-855-456-9276. 

Ciro Latitude Tail Light & License Plate Holder

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LatitudeCiro Latitude Tail Light & License Plate Holder

Press Release: The Ciro Latitude Tail Light & License Plate Holder is a brand new and dramatic way to customize the rear Street Glide fender. With the bolt on capability there is no need for any permanent modifications to your motorcycle. The plug and play light replaces the entire OEM lighting assembly with an LED run, turn, and brake light. Also included, is a unique license plate mount with hidden fasteners to transform the rear end of your bike. Available in chrome or black.

Ciro has fitments for ‘10-’13 Harley-Davidson FLHX, FLHXS, FLTRX and ‘14-up FLHX, FLHXS, FLTRXS and FLHRS. See www.ciro3d.com for all of the options. Contact Ciro with any questions (715) 808-0027.

  • 40054 Latitude Tail Light & License Plate Holder Black $299.95 (‘14-up)
  • 40052 Latitude Tail Light & License Plate Holder Black $299.95 (‘10-’13)
  • 40053 Latitude Tail Light & License Plate Holder Chrome $299.95 (‘14-up)
  • 40051 Latitude Tail Light & License Plate Holder Chrome $299.95 (‘10-’13)

Z1R Introduces The All New Infiltrator Vest

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Infiltrator VestZ1R Introduces The All New Infiltrator Vest

Press Release: Standout from the crowd with the tactical styling of the all-new Z1R Infiltrator vest.  Constructed of premium full grain leather, the Infiltrator vest features large perforated main panels and an interior moisture wicking liner to keep you cool when temperatures rise.  Side stretch panels with adjustable hook & loop D-ring side straps allow for a custom fit.  Two conceal-carry and two hand warmer pockets provide ample storage for personal items.  Available in sizes S-5XL.  Suggested retail: $139.95-$159.95

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 www.facebook.com/Z1Rhelmets

Indian Motorcycle Racing

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WOODSTOCK, GA – April 7, 2018 – American Flat Track at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA. (Photo by Scott Hunter/American Flat Track)

Indian Motorcycle Racing & Jared Mees Repeat At Atlanta Short Track, Capture Back-To-Back Wins To Start 2018 Season

Mees & Kenny Coolbeth Jr. finish 1-2 aboard the Indian Scout FTR750

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle Racing and reigning 2017 American Flat Track Champion Jared Mees scored a repeat victory at the Atlanta Short Track on Sunday. The first-place finish marks back-to-back seasons Mees has started 2-0 with wins in Daytona and Atlanta. 

Joining Mees on the podium was Indian Motorcycle Racing privateer Kenny Coolbeth Jr, who put on a strong second-place performance.  Mees and Coolbeth each won their respective semi-final events. In the Main, Mees took an early lead and continued to extend his gap throughout the race.  Coolbeth was in a tight battle between third, fourth and fifth. Once securing third, Coolbeth continued and made an impressive pass to secure second place. 

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WOODSTOCK, GA – April 7, 2018 – American Flat Track at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA. (Photo by Scott Hunter/American Flat Track)

“The rain delay made for a long weekend, but we stayed focused and were able to have the Indian Scout FTR750 dialed in on Sunday,” said Mees. “We couldn’t be happier to be walking out of Atlanta with consecutive wins, just as we did last year. It’s a good spot to be in, but there’s a lot of talent on the track gunning for us, so we can’t let up at any point.” 

Coolbeth’s second-place finish marks his first podium in over a year. The 41-year-old rider is the winningest active rider in the sport, and is in his final season after announcing his planned retirement following the 2018 American Flat Track season. In his first year on the Indian Scout FTR750, Coolbeth has seen early success, as he currently sits in second of the season’s point standings. 

“Jared and Kenny are not only two of the most accomplished riders in the sport, but two of the smartest and most technical riders,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “With their Scout FTR750s dialed in, they each got better as the racing continued. Jared extended his lead and Kenny skillfully completed impressive passes to reach second place in the Main Event.”

Including Mees and Coolbeth, six Indian Scout FTR750 racers finished within the top 10. Indian Motorcycle Racing privateers Henry Wiles and Johnny Lewis placed fifth and sixth, while factory Wrecking Crew Riders, backed by Allstate Insurance, Brad Baker and Bryan Smith finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Through two races, Mees is the season points leader with 50, followed by Coolbeth and Wiles each with 31, and Baker with 26.

The Indian Wrecking Crew and stable of privateers aboard the championship-winning Scout FTR750 will continue its season on April 28 at the Texas Half-Mile. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, the Indian Wrecking Crew and Scout FTR750, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. For information on purchasing a Scout FTR750, please contact Racing@IndianMotorcycle.com.

About Indian Motorcycle

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

The King P-Nut Gas Tank For Sportsters and Customs

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King P-NutThe King P-Nut Gas Tank For Sportsters and Customs

Known for their line of popular custom gas tanks, the latest from Lowbrow Customs is the King P-Nut Gas Tank. The King P-Nut was designed for universal custom use or to simply bolt-on to 1986-2003 Harley-Davidson Sportsters using the Lowbrow Gas Tank Adapter Brackets. No welding, drilling, or modification necessary!

King P-NutIn addition to fitting to a Sportster, this gas tank can be mounted on any motorcycle frame with basic fabrication techniques. One such method is welding some threaded tophat bungs into the backbone of the motorcycle frame. The King P-Nut gas tank is unique in that it allows full use of it’s 2.4 gallon capacity because of the left-side, 1/4 inch NPT petcock bung and the small gas filler moved up high on the tank. Being that this is a Frisco mount gas tank it has a shallow tunnel and sits high up on the backbone of the frame. If the filler cap is back too far, the tank can’t be filled to the top without the gas overflowing. King P-Nut gas tanks are $149.95 and ship world-wide (with free shipping in the USA). For more info or to purchase yours today visit www.lowbrowcustoms.com/kingpnut or call Lowbrow Customs toll-free at 1-855-456-9276. 

Cat Eye Softail Rear Fender

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Cat EyeCat Eye Softail Rear Fender

Press Release: Dirty Bird Concepts brings you the new Harley-Davidson Cat Eye Softail Rear Fender (DBC-256). This rear fender is a direct replacement and designed to make it easier for builders to complete by adding a unique LED tail light and frenched-in LED license plate frame that we provide. This fender is designed to be used with a lowering kit so the lines of the fender flow with the bike. Made out of hand laid fiberglass for a durable, strong and straight finish. When ordering, all you have to do is tell us your rear size tire according to the Softail model you have and the color you would like the light and frame to be. This is a Level 2 installation and may require adjustments prior to installation; therefore, we recommend installation by a professional. Proudly made in the USA.   

Cat EyeJohn Shope designs many insane softail parts for your custom builds. View our entire line of aftermarket Harley parts by visiting us online at www.dirtybirdconcepts.com.   

 

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Indian Motorcycle; 2018 Wheels & Waves

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wheels-wavesIndian Motorcycle Returns As A Main Sponsor Of 2018 Wheels & Waves

The 7th Edition of The Wheels and Waves Festival Will Descend on The Basque Coast in June

Free spirits will descend on Biarritz, France, on the Basque coast for the 7th Edition of Wheels and Waves festival. The event affirms the joy of being outdoors, with its mix of motorcycling, surfing, skateboarding, good food and great music.

loic-benoit-1Returning for the second year as the event’s main sponsor, Indian Motorcycle is offering show attendees a 4-day pass for automatic entry to win a Scout Bobber and test ride the fleet of Scout Bobbers, Scouts and Scout Sixty bikes. Indian will also entertain crowds with its “Wall of Death” in the main village, with the Indian Dirt Riders Association (DTRA).

The four days near the ocean gathers bike fans together for sunsets, rides and good times.

loic-benoit-8Wheels and Waves is all about riding culture. This gathering is a time for pure pleasure and the essentials of living. For four days Wheels and Waves stimulates all your senses. The power of the road exposes all kinds of sensations and is tamed by the strength of the sea, the harmony of the wind, and the waves; all while the south west sun burns down on the tarmac, steel and sand.”

voyopix_0549Saturday, fans will ride over the border to San Sebastian in Spain for a day of flat track racing. Indian will be there with its ‘DTRA Hooligan’ team and swag bags for those who get in the queue first.

For those buying a 4-day ticket in advance, Indian will automatically enter them in to a lucky draw to win a Scout Bobber. The draw will take place on Saturday night on the main stage of the village.

Advance tickets can now be bought online from: http://wheels-and-waves.com/

About Wheels & Waves
Founded in 2008, Wheels and Waves event is the successful realization of the dream of a group of friends, the Southsiders, who are passionate about motorcycles. Lovers of the Basque Country, Julen Azé, Vincent Prat and Jerome Allé have brought together hundreds of like-minded individuals who gather in the spirit of companionship. “Wheels and Waves is about eliminating social barriers and bringing different sets of people together without judgement. It’s about the joy of mixing together all kinds of communities, languages and cultures. It’s about living in the present without being nostalgic for the past, but not losing sight of the best moments of the past.”

Thursday 14th June

  • Punk’s Peak (Sprint Race)
    Location: Jaizkibel
  • Artride
    Location: Pasaia-Casa Ciriza
  • Log Invitational (Surf Contest)
    Location: Plage De La Milady
  • Films Projection, Concerts
    Location: Biarritz-Cite De L’ocean

Friday 15th June 

  • Swank Rally (Enduro Race)
    Location: Saint Pee Sur Nivelle
  • Log Invitational (Surf Contest)
    Location: Plage De La Milady
  • Films Projection, Concerts
    Location: Biarritz-Cite De L’ocean

Saturday 16th June 

  • El Rollo (Flat Track Race)
  • Location: Hippodrome De San Sebastian
  • Log Invitational (Surf Contest)
    Location: Plage De La Milady
  • Films Projection, Concerts
    Location: Biarritz-Cite De L’ocean
  • Scout Bobber Prize Giving
    Location: Main Stage Biarritz-Cite De L’ocean

Sunday 18th June

  • Log Invitational (Surf Contest)
    Location: Plage De La Milady
  • Films And Concerts
    Location: Biarritz-Cite De L’ocean

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.

 

Samson Exhaust Is Back In The Saddle

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SamsonSamson  Exhaust Is Back In The Saddle

Samson Exhaust is making a big-time comeback. New management, new location and all new customer service. Traditional Samson quality is now back on  track with the best chrome in the USA. Samson Longtails are the icing on the cake for any Chollo style motorcycle. Customers can expect on-time shipping, lower retail prices, and warranty enforced “no questions asked  return policy.” Dealer incentives are available for qualified dealerships. For all further information please contact  Samson direct:

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Massachusetts Motorcycle Safety Awareness

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Massachusetts motorcyclists “kick-started” the Commonwealth’s “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Period” the past week with events in Amesbury and Beverly, after Governor Charlie Baker urged all citizens to take cognizance of the more than 165,000 motorcyclists coming out of winter’s hibernation March 25th through April 30th in an annual Proclamation.

Massachusetts“We lost 48 riders last year, up from 39 in 2016,” area biker advocate and activist Paul W. Cote told Amesbury’s City Councilors, inviting them to join with Mayor Ken Gray last Thursday issuing his own Proclamation for the more than a thousand owners of motorcycles in the area.

On Sunday, State Senator Bruce Tarr delivered the Governor’s Proclamation to the family of Nelson Selig of Essex, MA who was killed May, 2000.  His death rallied area riders and statewide into activism and advocacy, resulting in this Proclamation being enacted by then acting-Governor Jane Swift in June 2002.

In Selig’s memory another piece of legislation, “Nelly’s Bill” was enacted in 2004,  which put a motorcycle awareness module into the auto driver’s schools’ course curriculum.  A nonprofit public charity, the Motorcyclists Survivor’s Fund, Inc., (Bikers Helping Bikers) was also set up in 2003 to promote motorcycle awareness to prevent accidents and assist local families of riders killed and seriously injured in crashes.

Every State except Massachusetts promotes “May” as the “Motorcycles and You” month.

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2018 Elisa Felicia Nelson Kristin Faye and Senator Tarr

However, Betsy Lister and Cote, both longtime AMA and Bikers of Lesser Tolerance (B.O.L.T.) members, studied the motorcycle fatality reports for 1998-2000, finding over 25% of rider fatalities in Massachusetts happened in March and April, rolled the awareness Proclamation Period back to the last week of March through April 30th“And we still get the benefit of “MAY’s” awareness period too,” claimed Cote.

2018 Nelson's Family Breakfast Group Photo by Josh“Someone smarter than us come up with ‘March’ being “Motorcycle Awareness Really Can Help . . . save lives . . .” Betsy Lister told Sunday’s crowd.

More events are planned by Cote, via his “Check Twice Save a Life, Motorcycles are Everywhere” bumper stickers and lawn signs, including their 4th year with the Boston Red Sox and their April 30th “Check Twice Night” at Fenway Park.

For more information, see www.CheckTwiceSigns.com and www.BikerHelpingBikers.org

OilBud Oil Coolers

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For 2018 Models

Press Release: Good things come to those who wait. And the waiting is over. OilBud is now releasing their 2018 model line-up. Now available are OilBud oil coolers for the 2018 Softail and Touring Harley Davidson bikes. With frame changes and the M8 introduction, R&D has been working tirelessly to bring the same amazing cooling power and extended life to the latest Harleys. Heat is still here and OilBud is still killing it.

OilBudWhat is different?
OilBud has simplified the installation considerably. Not only is the mounting of the element simplified, but it can be installed without an adaptor. Both pass the savings on to you. Our new models are more affordable and even more effective at combating heat.

Get Yours.
Contact us at 406-457-2458, order online at either harleyoilcoolers.com or through eBay. Price: $447.00 Any questions can be directed to info@harleyoilcoolers.com. Ride Safe and Keep Cool.

Z1R Duke Flannel and Denim Shirts

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Z1R Introduces The All New Duke Flannel and Denim Shirts

Press Release: Too warm out for your trusty riding jacket?  Z1R has you covered with the all new Duke Flannel and Denim riding shirts. Both shirts feature a long sleeve, 100% cotton chassis, and a full-length interior moisture wicking liner to keep you cool.  Two interior conceal carry pockets and two exterior chest pockets provide you with just enough storage for your essentials while riding.  Both have a snap front that is backed up with a zipper, as well as snaps on the collar to keep them from flapping in the wind.  The Duke Flannel shirt and Denim shirt are available now at your local Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialists dealer. Sizes S – 5XL.  Denim shirt suggested retail $84.95. Duke flannel shirt retail $89.95.

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 Z1R Facebook.

NCOM Convention In Mobile, Alabama Welcomes Riders Nationwide

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NCOM ConventionNCOM Convention In Mobile, Alabama Welcomes Riders Nationwide

The 33rd annual NCOM Convention is coming soon, so plan now to be a part of one of the largest gathering of motorcycle rights activists in the world.  This year’s NCOM Convention, to be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-13, 2018 at the Renaissance / Riverview Plaza Hotel, located at 64 S. Water St., in Mobile, Alabama will draw hundreds of concerned motorcyclists from across America to “The Port City” to address topics of concern to all riders.

Agenda items will cover legal and legislative issues, with Special Meetings for Veterans Affairs, Women in Motorcycling, Clean & Sober Roundtable and World of Sport Bikes, as well as the Christian Unity Conference and Confederation of Clubs Patch Holders Meeting.

Among this year’s featured seminars, the NCOM Legislative Task Force will host a Mock Legislative Session to provide attendees with insight into the process of making laws; Jesse McDugald will present “You & Our Constitution”, and Slider Gilmore will discuss “What Successful People Do.”

All motorcyclists are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the many meetings, seminars and group discussions that focus on legislative efforts and litigation techniques to protect our riders’ rights and preserve Freedom of the Road.

In the meantime, the National Coalition of Motorcyclists is requesting that MROs, motorcycle clubs, and riding associations submit the names of those members and supporters who have passed away over the past year, so that we may honor their memories with the traditional “Ringing of the Bell” tribute to fallen riders during the opening ceremonies.  Dedications should be e-mailed in advance to Bill Bish at NCOMBish@aol.com, or can be hand-delivered at the Convention to “Doc” Reichenbach, NCOM Chairman of the Board.

Be sure to reserve your hotel room now for the special NCOM rate of $114 by calling (251) 438-4000.

Registration fees for the NCOM Convention are $85 including the Silver Spoke Awards Banquet on Saturday night, or $50 for the Convention only.  For more information, or to pre-register, call the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) 525-5355 or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com2018 STAR FLYER ALABAMA-CONVENTION-

NAMZ CAN/Bus Controller

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NAMZNAMZ CAN/Bus Controller for Non-Baggers and Baggers 

NAMZ PART # NCBC-N01 & # NCBC-B01 

Press Release:When you decide to change the stock handlebar switch controls on a 2011-Up Softail, 2012-Up Dyna & ALL 2014 – Up Bagger Models, you’ll notice that it was next to impossible… until now! Since the factory threw another technological curve ball at us with the introduction of CAN/Bus handlebar switch assemblies, something had to be done. NAMZ, your two wheeled electrical source has come to the rescue with our NAMZ CAN/Bus Controller, (NCBC-N01) for Non-Baggers, and (NCBC-B01) for Baggers. Exclusive to the USA and available through Drag Specialties. Simply plug our unit into the factory harness and wire up any handlebar switch assembly you would like. It’s that simple!

About NAMZ CCP: NAMZ is celebrating our 19th year in business providing “World Class” Electrical Components, Fluid Transfer Lines, Custom Installation Supplies & Badlands Lighting Modules. NAMZ/Badlands products are available through Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited, Tucker Rocky, Mid USA, J&P Cycles, V-Twin, Parts Canada, Motovan, Les Importations Thibault, Parts Europe, Custom Chrome Europe, Motorcycle Storehouse, W&W, Zodiac, Rollies Speed Shop, Wildrider International Pty Ltd or directly from our website at www.namzccp.com.

 

NAMZ provides the best selection and support for OEM & dealers all over the world. Send us an email at marketing@namzccp.com or give us a call at 1-877-277-NAMZ for more information.

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

NCOM Convention In Mobile Invites Names For Fallen Riders Tribute
With the 33rd Annual NCOM Convention in Mobile, Alabama just weeks away, the National Coalition of Motorcyclists is requesting that MROs, motorcycle clubs, and riding associations submit the names of those members and supporters who have died since last year’s Convention, so that we may honor their memories with the traditional “Ringing of the Bell” tribute to fallen riders during the opening ceremonies.

Dedications should be e-mailed in advance to Bill Bish at NCOMBish@aol.com, or can be hand-delivered at the Convention to “Doc” Reichenbach, NCOM Chairman of the Board.

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

The 33nd annual NCOM Convention will be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-13, 2018 at the Renaissance / Riverview Plaza Hotel, located at 64 S. Water St., in Mobile, Alabama.

This annual gathering will draw bikers’ rights activists from across the country to discuss topics of concern to all riders, so reserve your room now for the special NCOM rate of $114 by calling (251) 438-4000.

Registration fees for the NCOM Convention are $85 including the Silver Spoke Awards Banquet on Saturday night, or $50 for the Convention only.  All motorcyclists are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Meetings, seminars and group discussions will focus on legislative efforts and litigation techniques to benefit our right to ride and Freedom of the Road.

To pre-register, call the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) 525-5355 or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.

Twin Peaks Update
On the eve of a Feb 7 hearing at which two Twin Peaks shootout bikers were seeking to disqualify McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna from prosecuting their cases, on a variety of grounds, Reyna instead dismissed one of those cases and recused his office in the other to avoid the disqualification hearing.

Subsequently, Reyna announced on Feb 28 that he’s seeking the dismissal of cases against 13 more bikers indicted for engaging in organized crime in connection with the deadly melee in Waco nearly three years ago, and dropping charges against 24 others who weren’t indicted.

Also, in early February, 73 indicted bikers had their cases dismissed, and eight unindicted bikers had their charges dropped.

Only one of the scores of bikers indicted in the shootout has gone on trial; Jacob Carrizal, President of the Dallas Bandidos chapter, whose trial on RICO and murder charges ended with the judge declaring a mistrial in November after a hung jury was unable to reach a verdict.

The May 17, 2015 shootout Ieft nine bikers dead and 20 more injured.  Police arrested 177 bikers after the incident, all of whom were charged with engaging in organized crime and all of whom were initially ordered held in lieu of $1 million bonds.

DA Reyna has been highly criticized for his handling of the cases, and recently lost his re-election bid.

Trade War Could Impact Harley-Davidson
President Donald Trump’s recent announcement of tariffs on steel and aluminum would likely lead to global retaliatory consequences for iconic American industries such as Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Levis jeans and whiskey.

In response to Trump’s announcement of his intention to impose tariffs of 25% on imported steel and 10% on aluminum to reduce an $800 billion trade deficit and protect the interests of American workers, European Union leaders threatened to target quintessential American goods such as blue jeans, bourbon and motorcycles.

H-D could suffer from a negative two-pronged effect from the tariffs on steel and aluminum; the costs of production will rise, causing the cost of the bikes themselves to increase; both of which would be passed along to the consumer.

“A punitive, retaliatory tariff on Harley-Davidson motorcycles in any market would have a significant impact on our sales, our dealers, their suppliers and our customers in those markets,” say Harley-Davidson officials.  Roughly 16% of Harley-Davidson’s sales are to Europe, representing more than half of its international sales.

American-made Polaris is not as concerned because 50% of its sales are made to Canada where, like Mexico, the country would be exempt from the tariffs, so no retaliation is expected.

The U.S. has previously threatened to hike import duties up to 100% on European motorcycles in response to an EU ban on American bred beef from cattle raised on growth hormones.

Honda ‘Riding Assist’ System Could Advance Motorcycling
New patent images give a glimpse of Honda’s self-balancing technology that could be seen as a significant step forward for motorcycling.  Although unthinkable until recently, the growth of automated systems such as traction control, stability control and anti-lock braking systems could soon lead to a bike that is virtually impossible to crash.

That could be a massive step for motorcycling and its acceptance on a wider scale, as most non-riders would cite the perceived risk as their number one concern.

Honda’s Riding Assist system, which adds a computer-controlled steering system between the bars and the front wheel, is the next step.  Modern bikes can already intervene in your application of the throttle and brakes, but to really save us from ourselves they need to be able to override the stupidest of our steering mistakes as well.  “If a novice could jump on a bike with zero fear of toppling off it, even if they come to a halt without putting a foot down, then it becomes as user-friendly as a car while offering all the congestion-busting and emissions-reducing advantages of a bike,” predicts Visordown.com.

While the new designs patents, just published on the European Union Intellectual Property Office website, shouldn’t be taken as evidence that the Riding Assist system is going to go into production anytime soon, they provide a fascinating glimpse into one of the most radical projects in motorcycling at the moment.

Riders Risk Permanent Hearing Damage At Highway Speeds
Motorcyclists are at risk of permanently damaging their hearing after just 15 minutes of riding at 62mph, seven minutes at 74mph or three minutes at 87mph, research has found.

The study, carried out by Germany’s automobile association, ADAC, has shown that riding a motorbike at 62mph typically generates a wind noise of 95dB, which can permanently damage hearing after a quarter of an hour.  At 74mph, the wind noise can be expected to reach 98dB, which will prove harmful after just seven minutes of exposure.

Motorcyclists who regularly ride at highway speeds without earplugs are at risk of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), which can occur when exposed to long or repeated sounds 85dB or above.  Prolonged exposure could result in tinnitus, a form of permanent ringing in the ears.

Helmets don’t help, and it isn’t the sound of the motorcycle causing all the noise; “It’s the wind noise that can cause permanent hearing loss,” explains Ohio A.I.M. Attorney Ralph Buss, who has represented a client who was ticketed for wearing earplugs.  Using earplugs in Ohio while operating a vehicle has been illegal since 1989 and the law, which was enacted largely in response to stereo headphones in cars, doesn’t allow earplugs to be worn by motorcyclists or motorists.

That may soon change if ABATE of Ohio has its way, as legislation has been introduced to permit motorcyclists to wear earplugs for hearing protection.  HB548 was introduced on March 13 by Representative Riordan McClain (R-Upper Sandusky) and would add motorcycle riders to a short list of mostly emergency personnel who are exempted from the law.

Similarly, a law in California allowed only for “custom earplugs,” but was amended in 2004 to allow individuals to wear earplugs that don’t block the sounds of horns or emergency sirens.

Aloha Freedom Of Choice
Resolutions have been introduced in the Hawaii legislature on March 1st “Urging the Department of Transportation to submit legislation for a universal helmet law in Hawaii requiring all operators and riders of motorcycles, motor scooters, mopeds and bicycles to wear safety helmets.”

The partisan Democratic measures, House Resolution 41 and House Concurrent Resolution 53, call for the DOT to expedite implementation of its strategic goal for motorcycle, motor scooter, and moped safety by submitting legislation for a universal helmet law by the Regular Session of 2019.  Both await consideration in the House Transportation Committee.

The Aloha State is currently one of 31 states that allow adult riders to choose to wear a helmet, with 19 states requiring all motorcyclists to wear approved headgear.

California Introduces Anti-Profiling Bill
Anti-profiling legislation, Assembly Bill No. 2972, has been introduced in the California legislature to define the term “motorcycle profiling” and prohibit peace officers from engaging in motorcycle profiling.

Introduced February 16, 2018 by Assemblymember Anna Marie Caballero (D-Salinas), AB2972 would define the term “motorcycle profiling” as the illegal consideration of the fact that a person is riding a motorcycle or wearing motorcycle or motorcycle club-related clothing as a factor in law enforcement decisions.

Further, the bill stipulates that “A person who has been subjected to motorcycle profiling in violation of this section has a private right of action to enjoin that action and to seek damages, including punitive damages and reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs, against the peace officer and the employing agency of the peace officer.”

Several other states have considered bills to prohibit profiling motorcyclists, but Washington became the first state to pass such a law in 2011, followed more recently by Maryland in 2016.

In addition, two bills in Congress seek to end profiling of motorcycle riders on the federal level; H.Res.318 and S.Res.154 — “Promoting awareness of motorcycle profiling and encouraging collaboration and communication with the motorcycle community and law enforcement officials to prevent instances of profiling.”

Portsmouth Police Prepare To Enforce Motorcycle Noise Levels
Police in Portsmouth, New Hampshire are making efforts to address loud motorcycles this riding season, as Police Commission Chairman Joe Onosko, citing complaints about motorcycle noise, has called for stricter enforcement of noise laws.

Police Chief Robert Merner said he is aware of a proposed ordinance currently in a Senate committee that would ban “motorcycle-only checkpoints,” but added that he has ordered decibel reading equipment for his officers to be used citywide.

The Portsmouth Herald newspaper reported that Merner said enforcement of noise levels will begin in the spring during motorcycle season.

However, a New Hampshire Superior Court has previously ruled that towns cannot impose their own noise limits that are stricter than state law.

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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.

2nd Annual Sons of Speed Vintage Race

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Sons of SpeedDozens of Racers to Run in the 2nd Annual Sons of Speed Vintage Race

Race Set For Daytona Bike Week 2018—VIP Tickets on Sale Now

New Smyrna Beach, FL (March 13, 2018) – VIP Tickets are on sale for the 2nd annual Sons of Speed  race, set for Saturday March 17th during world-famous Daytona Bike Week. The SOS race features will feature over twenty racers and will run in three classes on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Florida.

Sons of Speed“Last year was great and this year we added a 45 class  and a hot 61 inch class so there will be more heats, more racing and more action,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “People can buy VIP ticket packages online now.”

Inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racers, the Sons of Speed race hearkens back to a stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding. Held at New Smyrna Speedway’s half-mile, banked racetrack, the inaugural race will feature twenty riders in several different heats, and winners of the heats will advance to a championship round. Each racer will sit astride either a hand-built racing chassis holding pre-1925 1,000cc American V-Twin engines, a 45 inch engine and a hot 61 inch vintage race and most racers will customize their machines by fabricating handlebars, exhaust, fenders, foot pegs and fuel/oil tanks.

Sons of SpeedPeople all over the world are calling it THE vintage race event for this year’s Daytona Bike Week. Schedule is as follows:

11- a.m. Gates Open
12 a.m. Meet & Greet
1 p.m. 45” Shootout
2 p.m. Early Vintage Track Racing
3 p,m, Hot 61 Vintage Track Racing

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

Some of the racers are: Billy (1912 Flying Merkel) and Warren (1920 Indian Powerplus) Lane; Rick Petko (1919 Indian Powerplus); Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe (1915 Harley); Matt Walksler (1921 Harley); Brittney Olsen (1923 Harley); Xavier Muriel (1913 P.E.M.); Matt Olsen (19?? Harley); Rhett Rotten (1916 Harley); Derrick Ames (1919 Harley); Bill Rodencal (1915 Harley); Dan Toce (1914 Indian); Jim Wall (1928 Indian); Matt Harris (1924 Harley); Mel Stutz (1919 Harley); and Bruce Kannry (1912 Indian).

About Sons Of Speed
Sons Of Speed is a motorcycle race inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racing. Featuring stripped-down bikes with pre-1925 American V-Twin engines and a steeply banked racetrack, Sons Of Speed hearkens back to a wide-open, full-throttle, thrilling style of motorcycle racing. The inaugural Sons Of Speed race will take place in Florida at New Smyrna Speedway during Daytona Bike Week in March 2017. Co-founded by veteran motorcycle bike builder Billy Lane, the first Sons Of Speed race will feature twenty riders, builders, and enthusiasts, including Buzz Kanter (publisher, American Iron Magazine), Shelley Rossmeyer-Pepe (GM, Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson), vintage racer Brittney Olsen, Warren and Billy Lane, Rick Petko (of American Chopper fame and master mechanic at Orange County Choppers) and Matt Walksler (motorcyclist and Associate Director of Wheels Through Time). For more information on the race and to buy tickets, check out the Facebook event page.

JIMS Left Main Seal Installer

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Seal InstallerJIMS Left Main Seal Installer

Press Release: Less than perfect installation of the left crankshaft oil seal can result in unwanted oil transfer between the engine and the primary drive. With a retail price of $86.00 the JIMS left main bearing oil seal installer (Part no. 5810) not only assists with perfect installation (which includes bottoming out when the seal is properly installed) but it has the added advantage of allowing the alternator stator to remain in place during the operation. Seal Installer

For more information please call us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.

Michael Lichter at Ace Cafe, Orlando

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Michael LichterPresentation by Michael Lichter at Ace Cafe Orlando this Tuesday, March 13

Special Presentation Event

Tuesday March 13, 7pm at Ace Cafe Orlando (100 West Livingston Street)

In Daytona Beach this year for the bike week? Live in the area? If so, please join me tomorrow at the Ace Cafe Orlando! Starting at 7pm, I’ll be presenting a slideshow and discussing my 40 year career photographing custom motorcycles and the biker culture (amongst my limited edition print exhibition that is currently on display.) If you cannot attend, please forward this email and/or spread the word to others who can.

I hope to see you there,

Michael

Just a few of the images that will be on the walls to check out before/after my presentation on Tuesday evening.

Metalsport Introduces Three New Designs for 2018

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MetalsportMetalsport Introduces Three New Designs for 2018 

Press Release: Metalsport Inc. is proud to introduce the first three new wheel designs for 2018. Always starting with USA forged wheel blanks made from 6061-T6 prime aluminum, each of these designs are meticulously machined.

Metalsport

The Wedge

First up is “The Wedge” which features a clean sporty look, based on the five spoke design, each spoke has its own “V” split. Available in the standard 2D version, you can get “The Wedge” in a chrome or all black anodized finish. Sizes start from the 16×3.5 up to and including the monster 32”.

Metalsport

The Kickback

The “2D Kickback” also features five spokes. Each spoke features an inlay that allows the customer to personalize his wheels by adding some color to inlays. The Kickback is available in a chrome or all black anodized finish. Sizes start from the 16×3.5 up to and including the monster 32”.

Metalsport

The Twist

Our third design is called “The Twist.” We’ve taken eight spokes and double twisted them so when you’re riding down the road the spokes glimmer. This design also features the inlay that allows the customer to personalize it or not. The Twist is available in sizes 16×3.5 up to and including the monster 32”.

Metalsport

The 3D Twist

 

We gone one step further with “The Twist” and made it in the 3D version, we call it “3D Twist.” The double twisted spoke goes all the way to the edge of the lip to show the glimmer even more. The “3D Twist” is available in all our standard wheel sizes plus the biggest wheel size available, 34”. Both versions are available in three finishes, chrome, all black anodized and black anodized with 2nd cut to provide a chance to do some color matching.

All our wheels come with hubs and we offer matching rotors and pulleys. We can even offer the wheel already mounted with your choice of tire, Vee Rubber or Shinko.

If you have questions about application for your bike, call our wheel team at (562) 776-9594.

About Metalsport Wheels

Metalsport offers a full line of 3D and 2D finished wheels featuring over 25 designs including the Chip Foose exclusive line. We have one of the largest selections of wheel sizes in the USA. Wheel sizes start from the 16” wheel to their monster 34” wheel. All wheels come with options to add matching rotors, pulleys, sprockets and hubs.

Metalsport Wheels
 562-776-9594
Email: info@metalsportwheels.com
Website: www.metalsportwheels.com

JIMS Cylinder Head Holder

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Head HolderJIMS Cylinder Head Holder

Different spark plug threads in the Milwaukee Eight heads call for a different head holder, and we have it. The proven system for anchoring the head in a vice is now available from JIMS for this new engine series with an MSRP of $63.00. Our new tool (Part No. 5828) is two sided, one side threaded for Twin Cam Heads, and the other threaded for the new Milwaukee Eight. For more information please call us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.Head Holder

Retro T-Sport Dyna Bags

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Retro T-Sport Dyna BagsRetro T-Sport Dyna Bags

The Leatherworks is excited to be offering a new addition to our line

Made out of Denier 1050 Coated Invista Ballistic Nylon, these Retro T-Sport Dyna Bags  are water proof and abrasive resistant.  They have a hidden expandable section and they can go from a 5” depth to 10½”.  The tops are made from our standard 11 ounce black leather and they have hard flat backs so they can attach with the quick release Easy Brackets.

Suggested Retail $560.00

The Leatherworks
888-265-9650
www.leatherworksinc.com

Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show Extravaganza

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DonnieDonnie Smith Bike & Car Show Extravaganza Set to Launch Riding Season in Twin Cities

“War of the Twins” Indoor Flat Track Motorcycle Racing will kick start a weekend of moto heaven at the Midwest’s largest custom bike and car show, parts extravaganza and tattoo expo this month.

Gear heads and riders will soon be coming out of hibernation to gather and meet fellow enthusiasts and friends at the 31st Annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show presented by Dennis Kirk. In addition to the motorcycles, cars and the largest parts swap in the Midwest, the ever-expanding event now includes Indoor Flat Track Racing and a Tattoo Expo. The Donnie Smith Show will take place at the St. Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2017. The “War of the Twins” Indoor Flat Track Racing will kick off the moto extravaganza on Friday, March 23. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the Main Event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the door. More information can be found at www.DonnieSmithBikeShow.com.

DonnieShow Spotlights
The show’s activities offer the opportunity to hang out and learn from specialists, see the latest in moto inventions and customizations, hunt for parts, shop and win prizes throughout the 225,000 sq. ft. indoor event space.

Bikers will have the opportunity to discuss the best parts options with Dennis Kirk representatives who will be on hand to answer questions. The prize wheel is back with bigger and better prizes and riders can receive information about the annual Patriot Ride, benefitting Minnesota’s active and veteran military and law enforcement organizations. Attendees can purchase a $10 raffle ticket to win a 2018 Harley-Davidson FLHXS Street Glide Special in support of the Patriot’s Ride. Read More

Limited Edition Scout Bobber

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Limited Edition Scout BobberIndian Motorcycle, Jack Daniel’s & Klock Werks Kustom Cycles Honor First Responders With Limited Edition Scout Bobber

Blacked Out & Stripped Down – the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Scout Bobber Boasts Ultra-Premium Design Features Modeled After Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, and Jack Daniel’s, America’s first registered distillery, today introduced the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Scout Bobber. For the third straight year, the two iconic American brands have joined forces with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles of Mitchell, SD to celebrate their shared values with an ultra-premium, limited-edition motorcycle. This year, they looked to the Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade and their impressive gold and black firetrucks for design inspiration.

Jack Daniel’s is the only distillery in the world with its own fire brigade, which is staffed entirely by employee volunteers. The Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade is an impressive showcase of the company’s commitment to quality and a remarkable symbol for the passion and dedication shared by Jack Daniel’s employees. The employees at Indian Motorcycle share that same passion for their craft and developed this bike as a tribute to the people who are committed to keeping their communities safe, the state-certified firefighters of Jack Daniel’s, as well as firefighters and EMS professionals everywhere.

The Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Scout Bobber maintains the low-slung, blacked-out and stripped-down attitude of the Scout Bobber, but also boasts several ultra-premium, custom features that create a truly unique motorcycle. As a nod to the “Old No. 7 Brand”, only 177 of these bikes will be built globally, making anyone who owns one a member of an extremely exclusive club. Read More

Kick Starter Conversion Kit

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Kick StarterKick Starter Conversion Kit

Press Release: V-Twin Manufacturing has done it again!  Introducing our new Kick Starter Conversion Kit with a unique design allowing easy access.  What is the unique design you ask?  The kicker gear is mounted on the side of the pulley providing for easy access.  The kick starter cover has a natural finish and is milled out to allow the use of the original exhaust bracket.   The entire kit is available for 2007-up XL 5-speed models with all the items you need to convert your 5-speed and includes: A Black sprocket cover accents the chrome kick starter arm with a black rubber pedal.  The kick shaft, kick start cover, kick gear assembly have a natural finish.  The transmission main shaft has an integral gear set with a one piece forged construction as the originals were and the electric starter is retained.  Be sure to use this conversion kit with forward controls or relocation of the master cylinder may be needed.

V-Twin Manufacturing
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4th Invitational Why We Ride to The Quail

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The Quail4th Invitational Why We Ride to The Quail Raising Much-needed Funds for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation 

Scenic Motorcycle Tour for Charity Set for May 3–5

Moorpark, CA (March 6, 2018) – The Fourth Invitational WHY WE RIDE to the Quail charity trek will take place May 3, 4 and 5. The ride begins in historic Moorpark and takes us to picturesque Pismo Beach, CA, then moves into the wooded hillsides and gorgeous valleys of Paso Robles wine country, following along the most seductive road in California, and arriving at the beaches of Monterey in time for The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. All proceeds go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

“Last year was a revelation,” said Bryan Carroll, producer of Why We Ride Films, organizers of the event. “The number of people who participated, and the diversity, was really inspirational. Riders came from multiple states and countries as far away as Mexico and India.”

dsc_7727_34438706934_oPeople of all stripes with a common love of motorcycle riding came together and took part, and that same wide array of participants are signing up this year as well. One-third of entrants for this year’s ride are new, building on word-of-mouth raving by past and returning riders and growing a community of like-minded people that feels like a large, extended family.

Of course, everyone loves a good cause, but the diversity of sponsors and participants really illustrates how the Hollywood, motorcycling and other communities have united to benefit those in need, namely children with serious medical issues. The ride has consistently doubled its raise every year, and this type of growth in funds raised is expected again this year.

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

“Participants really engaged last year,” said Bryan Carroll. “We had a lot of people with a lot of different backgrounds, and everyone really came together, had fun and bonded. We’re looking to build on that this year, then really ramp things up for next year’s big fifth-annual ride.”

Of course, none of this would be possible without great sponsorship. Last year’s list of sponsors topped 25, and this year’s array for the Fourth Invitational WHY WE RIDE to The Quail is shaping up, including Refuse Specialists, Indian Motorcycles, MotoDoffo Wines, KlockWerks, D73 Leathers, Aerial Vuz, Formosa Group, eGrafx, Simi Valley Cycles and idPlatforms, with many more in the works. There are a few openings left for sponsorship, and anyone interested can contact ken@riseaboveconsulting.com.

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

J&P Cycles Rolls into Daytona Beach

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J&P CyclesJ&P Cycles’ 2018 Mobile Tour Rolls into Daytona Beach

Custom Motorcycles Hit the Road as J&P Cycles’ 2018 Mobile Tour Rolls into Daytona Beach, Then Hits the Motorcycling Hot Spots

The motorcycle customization experience will make stops at the Iowa Rally and Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary celebration.

J&P Cycles, the world’s largest retailer of motorcycle parts and accessories, announced its biggest mobile retail tour ever, including Daytona Bike Week, Sturgis and Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary. J&P Cycles anticipates more than 1 million attendees during the nine-stop tour.

The tour is an immersion into motorcycle customization where hundreds of new products will be on display and the top motorcycle design consultants will be on-site to help DIY builders. Attendees can touch, test and buy products from top motorcycle brands like Kuryakyn, Dunlop Tire, Vance & Hines, Mustang Seats, S&S Cycle, and Arlen Ness.

“Used motorcycle sales in the United States are strong, and we help those owners transform their bikes into personal statements and rolling artwork,” said Sean Laughlin, vice-president of sales and marketing for J&P Cycles. “DIY customization can be intimidating, so our experts are sharing their knowledge with riders and bringing them the latest products.”

A key stop on the tour is the Iowa Rally, one of the largest annual motorcycle rallies in the Midwest. This year’s rally will expand to include the National Motorcycle Museum’s vintage bike show and swap meet and the only Iowa appearance of the XDL Street Cowboys stunt team. More information about the rally is at www.jpcycles.com/events.

Celebrating 115 years of Harley-Davidson motorcycles is another unique stop on the 2018 tour. “Harley riders all over the world asked if we’d be at the anniversary in Milwaukee” said Zach Parham, president of J&P Cycles and son of company founder John Parham. “We are happy to announce that we will be riding and celebrating in Milwaukee with them.”

The 2018 coast-to-coast tour includes:

  • Daytona Bike Week, Florida (March 8-18)
  • Laughlin River Run, Nevada (April 25-28)
  • Myrtle Beach Bike Week, South Carolina (May 11-19)
  • Iowa Rally, Iowa (June 23-24)
  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, South Dakota (Aug. 1-12)
  • Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary, Wisconsin (Aug. 29-Sept. 2)
  • Delmarva Bike Week, Maryland (Sept. 13-16)
  • Biketoberfest, Florida (Oct. 17-21)
  • Lone Star Rally Texas (Nov. 1-4)

About J&P Cycles:
Founded by John and Jill Parham in 1979, J&P Cycles is the world’s largest online aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer. J&P Cycles operates retail locations in Anamosa, Iowa, Daytona Beach, Florida, and Sturgis, South Dakota. The company’s Rider Service Center is in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Mikuni Carburetor Rebuild Kits

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MikuniMikuni HSR 42, 44 and 45 mm Carburetor Rebuild Kits

Mikuni’s popular HSR42/45 and 48 mm Flatslide Performance Carburetors for American V-twins have been on the market for a number of years now, and for some older installations it may be time for a maintenance check, cleaning and rebuild. Mikuni’s HKS-016 Genuine Rebuild Kit for the HSR 42 and 45 mm Carburetors, and HKS-031 Genuine Rebuild Kit for the HSR 48 mm Carburetor will make sure your carb runs and performs like new again. Each Rebuild Kit contains all the necessary parts to rebuild one carburetor with all gaskets, seals and O-rings, a new float needle valve assembly, and new float bowl screws for re-assembly.

Genuine Mikuni Component Rebuild Kits, as well as Replacement and Aftermarket Performance Carburetors, Fuels Pumps and all their Parts and Accessories are available from Mikuni American Distributors or through your favorite dealer. You can look up all the available Kits, Carburetors and Parts, along with Mikuni Distributors on the www.MikuniPower.com website.

Star brite Ultimate Corrosion Blocker

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StarbriteStarbrite Ultimate Corrosion Blocker

A non-tacky, clear corrosion barrier for all metal surfaces 

Star brite ULTIMATE Corrosion Blocker delivers the most effective protection for all metal surfaces. Unlike aerosol protectants that are either runny or create a gooey, sticky mess, Corrosion Blocker quickly cures to form an invisible, tack-free and durable finish. The formula will not harm wiring, paint or wrapped surfaces. It delivers long-term protection for engine blocks, frames, wheels, spokes, tools, trailers and all other bare or polished metal surfaces.

The polymers bond to treated surfaces to help repel moisture, dirt, grime and more.  Easy to use; spray on, wipe up excess and let dry.

Star brite
(800) 327-8583
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www.startron.com

Complete Handlebar Wiring Kit

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CompleteComplete Handlebar Wiring Harness/Extension Kit

Fits up to 20″ tall handlebars on 2018 Road King Special, (FLHRXS) ONLY. 

Press Release: Well, with every new model introduced, we aftermarket folks need to stay on top of what changes the factory makes. The 2018 Road King Special, FLHRXS is no different. Unlike most of our new items, this one isn’t really new; its sort-of a combination of already top-selling wiring extensions and harnesses you’ve come to know from us. Our new NHCX-RK18 kit is a simple and convenient way for customers to order ALL the wiring they need to install taller bars. This 100% plug-n-play, 3-piece kit includes our handlebar replacement harness (NHCX-CB14), our ’16-Up throttle-by-wire extension and our ’16-Up front turn signal extensions (NTSX-CB15). Allows for up to 18” tall handlebars and installs in minutes. We make it easy for you to do it right!

About NAMZ CCP: NAMZ is celebrating our 19th year in business providing “World Class” Electrical Components, Fluid Transfer Lines, Custom Installation Supplies & Badlands Lighting Modules. NAMZ/Badlands products are available through Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited, Tucker Rocky, Mid USA, J&P Cycles, V-Twin, Parts Canada, Motovan, Les Importations Thibault, Parts Europe, Custom Chrome Europe, Motorcycle Storehouse, W&W, Zodiac, Rollies Speed Shop, Wildrider International Pty Ltd or directly from our website at www.namzccp.com.

NAMZ provides the best selection and support for OEM & dealers all over the world. Send us an email at marketing@namzccp.com or give us a call at 1-877-277-NAMZ for more information.

2018 Limited-Edition Chieftain Elite

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Chieftain EliteIndian Motorcycle Introduces 2018 Limited-Edition  Chieftain Elite With One-Of-A-Kind Black Hills Silver Paint 

Ultra-Premium Bagger Pairs Stunning Paint Completed Entirely by Hand 

with Top-of-the-Line Amenities

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company founded in 1901, today announced its new ultra-premium bagger, the 2018 Chieftain Elite. This limited-edition bagger pairs custom-inspired paint that’s completed by hand with top-of-the-line amenities for the rider who demands the best of the best.

Indian Motorcycle meticulously thought through the design to ensure every line, texture and material complemented the contours of this aggressive platform. The focal point of this bagger is the stunning, specialty paint featuring high-flake Black Hills Silver. As the name suggests, this paint was inspired by the silver mines in the Black Hills of South Dakota, which is near Indian Motorcycle’s custom paint facility in Spearfish, SD. A team of Indian Motorcycle experts mask the bodywork, lay the graphics, and hand-spray each Chieftain Elite. Each bike takes nearly 25 hours due to the time-intensive, painstaking processes that are completed by hand. Incredibly, no two bikes will look the same due to the level of human touch involved. There’s no question that this bold, one-of-a-kind bike will stand out in any crowd.

 


“Whether cruising around the city or touring the country backroads, the 2018 Chieftain Elite delivers on its promise of being the best bagger that money can buy,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director – Marketing and Product Planning for Indian Motorcycle.  “This bike was born to turn heads and provide an unmatched riding experience with all of the premium amenities included.”

The 2018 Chieftain Elite has a commanding stance that’s punctuated by its 19-inch, 10-spoke, contrast-cut front wheel and marbled graphics package. It’s equipped with premium features, including a 200-Watt premium audio system, Pathfinder LED headlight and driving lights, a push-button power flare windshield, billet aluminum Select Driver and Passenger Floorboards, and genuine leather seats. New for this year’s Chieftain Elite are pinnacle mirrors and updated, smaller hand controls for improved ergonomics.

A host of other features come standard, including Ride Command – the largest, fastest, most customizable infotainment system on two wheels. The seven-inch, glove-compatible touchscreen features turn-by-turn navigation, customizable rider information screens and Bluetooth compatibility. The Chieftain Elite also features ABS, cruise control, tire pressure monitoring, remote-locking saddlebags and keyless ignition.

At the soul of this bike is the Thunderstroke 111 engine, an award-winning American V-Twin that delivers a monstrous 119 ft-lbs of torque and power to spare in every gear.

A large number of accessories are also available for riders looking to add power or further customize the Chieftain Elite. The Thunder Stroke 116 ci Stage 3 Big Bore Kit adds 20 percent more horsepower and 15 percent more torque for those looking to take performance to the next level. Color-matched accessories are also available for riders who want extra protection, style and storage, including a Quick Release Trunk, Hard Lower Fairings and a Valanced Front Fender.

The Chieftain Elite is a strong addition to Indian Motorcycle’s iconic lineup. Only a limited number of these motorcycles will be built. Pricing starts at $31,499 in the U.S. and $37,999 in Canada. Available at Indian Motorcycle dealers starting March 1.

Learn more about Indian Motorcycle and the 2018 Chieftain Elite by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and following along 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.