EagleRider Introduces Private Group Travel

By | General News

EagleRider Introduces Private Group Travel

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

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

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

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

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

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

About EagleRider

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

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

By | General News

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

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

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

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

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes

By | Biker's Rights

NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By | New Product News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2019 Growing Lineup of Entertainment Announced So Far Includes:

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

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

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

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

The REAL Reason Behind Waco Biker Dismissals

By | Biker's Rights

The REAL Reason Behind Waco Biker Dismissals

Waco Biker Dismissals an Attempt to Avoid Millions in Lawsuits

by David “Double D” Devereaux
Motorcycle Profiling Project

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

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Indian Motorcycle Sponsors 2019 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 

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Indian Motorcycle Sponsors 2019 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE

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

Introducing the Banana Gas Tank

By | New Product News

Introducing the Banana Gas Tank

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

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

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

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

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

Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 2019 Motorcycles as Art Exhibit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

New BDL Front Pulleys feature Splined or Tapered Inserts

By | New Product News

New BDL Front Pulleys feature Splined or Tapered Inserts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sammy Halbert

Sammy Halbert (National #69)

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

 

 

 

 

Jarod Vanderkooi

Jarod Vanderkooi (National #20)

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

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

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company

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

ProBEAM Rear LED Wrap Around Fender Tip

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ProBEAM Rear LED Wrap Around Fender Tip

$ 129.95 (each) 

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

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

JIMS Twin Cam Engine Main Seal Remover and Installer

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JIMS Twin Cam Engine Main Seal Remover and Installer

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

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

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

Unleash the Hounds at the Best Party Anywhere!

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

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

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

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

The 2019 Growing Lineup of Entertainment Announced So Far Includes:

Friday, Aug. 2             Skid Row

Saturday, Aug. 3         Keith Urban

George Thorogood and The Destroyers

Sunday, Aug. 4           Godsmack

American Flat Track Grand National Championship Races

Monday, Aug. 5          Styx

Collective Soul

Tuesday, Aug. 6         Disturbed

Wednesday, Aug. 7    Snoop Dogg

Thursday, Aug. 8        Toby Keith

Friday, Aug. 9             Volbeat

Saturday, Aug. 10       Zakk Sabbath

Reverend Horton Heat

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

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

About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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

30” Straight Exhaust Pipe with Bronx Tail Set

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30” Straight Exhaust Pipe with Bronx Tail Set

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

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

www.vtwinmfg.com

1-800-VEE-TWIN

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

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

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

Low Profile BAGZ

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Low Profile BAGZ

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

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

DRAG Specialties Part Numbers: 

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

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

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S&S Cycle – War of the Twins

Donnie Smith Bike Show – 2019

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

S&S Cycle
SSCycle.com

IndoorFlatTrack.com

DonnySmithBikeShow.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Indian Motorcycle

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

Disturbed to Disrupt the Sturgis Buffalo Chip This August

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Disturbed to Disrupt the Sturgis Buffalo Chip This August

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

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

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

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

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

The 2019 Growing Lineup of Entertainment Announced So Far Includes:

Friday, Aug. 2             Skid Row

Saturday, Aug. 3         Keith Urban

George Thorogood and The Destroyers

Sunday, Aug. 4           Godsmack

American Flat Track Grand National Championship Races

Monday, Aug. 5          Styx

Collective Soul

Tuesday, Aug. 6         Disturbed

Wednesday, Aug. 7    TBA Soon!

Thursday, Aug. 8        Toby Keith

Friday, Aug. 9             Volbeat

Saturday, Aug. 10       Zakk Sabbath

Reverend Horton Heat

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

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

About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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

JIMS Milwaukee-Eight Balancer Bearing Remover

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JIMS Milwaukee-Eight Balancer Bearing Remover

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

NEW Burley Brand Voyager Luggage

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NEW Voyager Luggage

Handlebar Bag / Sissy Bar Bag

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

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

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

32nd Annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show Midwest Extravaganza March 23 & 24

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32nd Annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show Midwest Extravaganza March 23 & 24

“War of the Twins II” Indoor Flat Track Motorcycle Racing will kick start a weekend of moto heaven at the Midwest’s largest custom bike and car show and swap meet

Gear heads and riders will soon be coming out of hibernation to gather and meet fellow enthusiasts and friends at the 32nd Annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show presented by Dennis Kirk. In addition to motorcycles, cars and the largest parts swap in the Midwest, the event includes thrilling Indoor Flat Track Racing. 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 23 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2019. The “War of the Twins II” Indoor Flat Track Racingwill kick off the moto extravaganza on Friday, March 22. 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 DonnieSmithBikeShow.com.

Indoor Flat Track
“War of the Twins II” Indoor Flat Track Racing will kick start the weekend with races on Friday, March 22 at the Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum at the St. Paul Fairgrounds. Get sideways with your friends for some fast laps and exciting indoor flat track racing action. It’s real motorcycle racing with all of the danger and spills, fast fun for spectators of all ages. All seats are assigned. More info at indoorflattrack.com.

Show 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.

Free Parts and Prize Wheel
Bikers will have the opportunity to discuss the best parts options with Dennis Kirk representatives who will be on hand to answer questions. The Dennis Kirk prize wheel will also be back with bigger and better prizes. Also, a $250 gift certificate for Dennis Kirk given away on March 24 to those who register to win online at https://bit.ly/2T6DiWD prior to the show.

Bike Raffle
Riders will be able to get information about the annual Patriot Ride that benefits Minnesota’s active and veteran military and law enforcement organizations. Attendees can purchase a $10 raffle ticket to win a 2019 FLTRXS Harley Road Glide Special in support of the Patriot Ride.

Live Music
Pork Chop, one of the most popular biker blues acts in the Midwest, will be performing live for beer-thirty Happy Hour presented by Budweiser 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 23

Bike Giveaway
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip will be answering attendees’ questions about their nine-day motorcycle and music festival and getting them signed up to win two dream machines they’ll be giving away on the Chip’s main stage during the event. The custom Harley-Davidson Street Rod and Indian Scout Sixty up for grabs in the Buffalo Chip’s 2019 Moto Stampede Bike Giveaway will be on display in the Buffalo Chip booth, giving show goers the chance to get an up-close look before having the chance to win one.

Virtual Reality
State Farm has created an immersive motorcycle experience centered around Route 66 for their Donnie Smith Show Display. Attendees are invited to experience a one-of-a-kind VR motorcycle tour of the famous highway, a touchscreen hot-spot locator, and a custom sign-making station where they can print their name on a street sign.

Tire Giveaway
Metzeler, the official motorcycle tire of the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show, is giving away one set of their new Cruistec tires. CRUISETEC™ was developed to take full advantage of the performance potential of both the latest models and the most dated bikes. Visit https://www.buffalochip.com/EVENTS/FAMILY-OF-EVENTS/Donnie-Smith-Show-Newsletter-Sign-Up by 5 p.m. on March 22 to enter to win and then visit Metzeler at the Show to get a look at the CRUISETEC tires.

Swap Meet
The purchase of an Early Bird Pass for just $20 provides early entry into the largest swap meet in the Midwest. Those interested in getting first dibs on more than an acre of parts and accessories will want the extra hour before the show opens to the public. The best deals and coolest parts will be the first to go.

Showcase of Motorcycle Industry Superstars
Custom builders will be competing in over 35 classes at the show. Some of the most recognizable names in the motorcycle industry will be in attendance, displaying their latest work and meeting with fans. The list so far includes:

  • Donnie Smith – Show namesake and longtime area customizer
  • Curtis Hofmann – Hofmann Designs
  • Dave Dupor – DD Custom Cycle
  • Kevin “Teach” Baas – Baas Metal Craft
  • Kurt Peterson – Lil’ Evil Inkorpor8ed
  • Dave Perewitz – Perewitz Cycle Fabrication
  • Jody Perewitz – Perewitz Cycle Fabrication
  • Tim McNamer – Ballistic Cycles
  • Todd “Gilby” Gilbertson – Gilby’s Street Department
  • Brian Klock – Klock Werks

Tickets
Tickets for the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show are on sale at the RiverCentre Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Adults are $15 and children under the age of 12 are admitted free. The Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show is sponsored by Dennis Kirk, State Farm Insurance, Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Lucas Oil, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Budweiser and Metzeler.

Tickets for the “War of the Twins II” Indoor Flat Track Racing can be purchased at www.IndoorFlatTrack.com. All seating is assigned with box seating VIP tickets available for $21 and general auditorium adult seating for $15. The first 500 children under 12, accompanying an adult, will be admitted free. “War of the Twins II” Indoor Flat Track Racing is sponsored by the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Lucas Oil, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys and S&S Cycle.

More information can be found at DonnieSmithBikeShow.com.

About the Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show
In its 32nd year, the famed Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show presented by Dennis Kirk is the largest custom bike and car show in the Midwest. The show draws the nation’s most prestigious brands, top competitors and tens of thousands to the RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minn. It is widely known as the annual kickoff to the riding and cruising season and features a unique mix of competitions, shopping and entertainment in a fun, family-friendly environment with 35 classes of custom motorcycles, 16 classes of cars, the largest swap meet on the planet, a tattoo expo and other entertainment including Indoor Flat Track Racing at the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum. Additional information can be found at www.donniesmithbikeshow.com

 

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

By | Biker's Rights

NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

NCOM Convention In Orlando Invites Names For Fallen Riders Tribute
With the 34th Annual NCOM Convention in Orlando, Florida 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.

This year’s NCOM Convention, to be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-12, 2019 at the Doubletree by Hilton – Universal Orlando, located at 5780 Major Blvd., in Orlando, Florida will draw hundreds of concerned motorcyclists from across America to “The City Beautiful” to address topics of concern to all riders.

The annual gathering of bikers’ rights activists will focus on legislative efforts and litigation techniques to benefit our right to ride and Freedom of the Road, so reserve your room now for the special NCOM rate of $114 by calling (800) 222-8733.

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.

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

Judge Rules Government Can’t Seize Mongols M/C Patch
The Mongols motorcycle club has won its latest round in a decade long battle with the federal government, when a California judge found that a jury’s recent decision to strip the club of trademarked logo was unconstitutional.

On February 28, 2019 U.S. District Judge David O. Carter ruled that denying Mongols members the right to display the logo would overstep the constitutional right to free expression embedded in the 1st Amendment, as well as the 8th Amendment’s ban on excessive penalties.

“We are ecstatic that the Mongols motorcycle club has been able to win this 1st Amendment battle for itself and all motorcycle clubs,” said Stephen Stubbs, an attorney for the Mongols. “The government has clearly overreached into a realm that the Constitution does not allow. They tried to ban symbolic speech,” Stubbs told the Los Angeles Times.  Stubbs, a.k.a. “Bowtie” as bikers call him, is a member of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists Legislative Task Force (NCOM-LTF) and is legal counsel for the Southern Nevada Confederation of Clubs (COC).

In December, after a lengthy trial, a jury convicted the Mongols Nation entity as an organization of racketeering and conspiracy charges stemming from a 2008 investigation, and the ensuing guilty verdict thus allowed prosecutors from the U.S. attorney’s office to pursue a court order forcing the club to forfeit the trademarked symbol that appears on their patches.

Judge Carter affirmed the RICO convictions, which could carry fines at sentencing in April, but his written ruling marks a setback for federal prosecutors after they convinced a jury in January to allow the government to seize the club’s patches and trademarks as criminal instruments.

Carter’s ruling, which has drawn national attention in this first-of-its-kind case, is being hailed as a major victory for all motorcycle clubs, but it is expected to be appealed and may eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Save the Patch” and Motorcycle Profiling will be among the many issues that will be discussed at the upcoming NCOM Convention in Orlando, Florida, May 10-12, 2019.

Club Colors Banned From Idaho Statehouse For Anti-Profiling Vote
Members of motorcycle clubs in Idaho were recently barred by Capitol Security from wearing their colors into the State Capitol on March 4, 2019 during a Senate floor vote on Senate Bill 1109, a bill prohibiting motorcycle profiling. Read More

Utah Votes $5 Million To Restore Bonneville Salt Flats

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Utah Votes $5 Million To Restore Bonneville Salt Flats

Pop the champagne!  Rattle your salt shaker!  It’s time to celebrate! The Utah State Legislature approved a $5 million appropriation to restore the Bonneville Salt Flats as part of the state budget.

In the past few weeks, Utah legislators received upwards of 1,000 emails from the motorsports community which helped focus much needed attention on the critical funding request.  The money will help support a program to restore the iconic land formation in northwestern Utah.

“This marks the first public dollars appropriated to restore the depleted salt surface since the land speed racing community began its quest more than 30 year ago,” said Save the Salt Foundation Vice Chairman Tom Burkland.  “This is a job well done.  Land speed racers the world over say, ‘Thank You Utah!’”

Lawmakers authorized the Utah Department of Natural Resources to create a “Restore Bonneville” program to increase the volume of salt being pumped onto the Bonneville Salt Flats by Intrepid Potash, Inc.  Racing community representatives have worked with lawmakers, regulators and Intrepid Potash, Inc. to craft the 10-year project.  Salt brine pumping levels will dramatically rise as a result of infrastructure upgrades.  The racing venue should gradually expand from its current length of about 8 miles with the goal of reaching its original 13-mile length.

State funds become available on July 1, 2019.  Utah lawmakers made the appropriation contingent on securing a commitment for monies from outside sources. The bulk of the estimated additional $45 million needed over 10 years will come from the federal government, with contributions as well from the motorsports community. Attention will now turn to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to appropriate funds and make commitments so that Restore Bonneville becomes a reality.

The Bonneville Salt Flats is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Save the Salt Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore the Bonneville Salt Flats working with the Utah Alliance, a Utah-based organization with the same mission. The Save the Salt Coalition is an umbrella group comprised of automotive and motorsports companies and organizations with a vested interest in this national treasure.  For more news, information:  www.savethesalt.org

 

Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Drag Team Set To Kick Off 2019 NHRA Season At Gatornationals

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Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Drag Team Set To Kick Off 2019 NHRA Season At Gatornationals

Sampey Joins Hines and Krawiec in a Three-Bike Pro Stock Motorcycle Effort 

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team opens its 17th season of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle competition at the 50th Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 14-17 in Gainesville, Fla. The team will begin pursuit of a 10th Pro Stock Motorcycle championship with a three-rider squad, as Angelle Sampey joins Andrew Hines and Ed Krawiec on Harley-Davidson Street Rod competition motorcycles. The trio of veteran riders have won a combined 12 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle titles.

“We will be bringing a formidable team to the track at Gainesville,” said Vance & Hines Motorsports owner Terry Vance. “Three former champions with all the savvy and experience it takes to reach the pinnacle of our sport, backed by a strong team in the pits and Harley-Davidson V-Twin power. We are racing in a very competitive class but we expect to be one of the teams to beat for the championship this season.”

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team races competition drag bikes are inspired by the Harley-Davidson Street Rod production motorcycle, an agile middle-weight powered by the liquid-cooled High Output Revolution X 750 engine.

The Gatornationals is the first of 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle events on the 2019 NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series schedule. After the first 10 events, the points are re-set for the top-10 riders that then qualify for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs (the final six races), with the season ending in November at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif.

About The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Team

Angelle Sampey is a three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion (2000-02) and her 42 event wins are the most ever by a female racer in NHRA competition. In 2018 Sampey qualified for the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoff and finished the season in seventh place. Her commitment to physical fitness, including a rigorous mixed martial arts training regimen, has allowed for a long and competitive career.

“Angelle knows how to deal with any situation at the track, and she’s one of the great personalities in our sport who will bring a lot of exposure to our third bike,” said Vance. “I expect Angelle will leave the starting line harder than anyone in the class.”

Andrew Hines will open the season on an all-new Harley-Davidson Street Rod drag bike the team built in its Brownsburg, Ind., facility over the winter. The five-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion (2004-06, 2014-15) will be racing to add to his series-record 48 career Pro Stock Motorcycle event wins. 

“Even after my 16 seasons every run down the track on the Screamin’ Eagle Harley is a thrill,” said Hines. “No car launches off the line harder than a Pro Stock Motorcycle, and no driver is as exposed as we are on the bike. It’s a great show for any motorcycle fan.”

Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines racer Andrew Hines holds the record for lowest Pro Stock Motorcycle elapsed time (ET), a scorching 6.728 seconds.

Ed Krawiec will be racing for his fifth Pro Stock Motorcycle title after coming just 39 points short of defending his title in 2018, a battle that went down to the final round of eliminations at the NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. One of the coolest and steadiest riders in the class, the four-time champion (2008, 2011-12, 2017) has won 47 times in a Pro Stock Motorcycle career that began in 2004. In 2018 Krawiec won four times in seven final-round appearances. 

About NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycles

Pro Stock motorcycles are pure-bred drag racing machines. Launching from a standing start, these bikes can rocket down the quarter-mile in less than 7 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 mph. The competition is fierce, with the winner’s margin often measured in thousandths of a second. 

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sammy Halbert (National #69)

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

Jarod Vanderkooi (National #20)

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

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

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company

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

Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse 

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Indian Motorcycle, Jack Daniel’s & Klock Werks Kustom Cycles Celebrate American Craftsmanship With Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse 

Sleek & Aggressively Styled, the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse Flaunts Ultra-Premium Design Features Inspired by Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select Tennessee Whiskey

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 Springfield Dark Horse. For the fourth straight year, the two iconic American brands have joined forces with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles of Mitchell, SD to celebrate a shared commitment to quality, originality and craftsmanship with an ultra-premium, limited-edition motorcycle. The latest bike features many new ultra-premium design features that give the bike an exclusive, aggressive look.

The Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse draws its design inspiration from Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select, the brand’s finely-crafted super-premium whiskey offering. Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel comes from select barrelhouses at the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, TN. Within those barrelhouses, Single Barrel Select barrels are only taken from the top floors where the natural annual temperatures vary the greatest year after year, which help develop the most robust flavor. Jack Daniel’s is the only major distillery in the world that produces its own oak barrels by hand by skilled craftsmen, and it is the oak from these barrels that gives Single Barrel Select its distinctive flavor and color. Similarly, each limited-edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield Dark Horse is unique and original in its own way, as nearly the entire bike is hand-painted by specialized Indian Motorcycle craftsmen. 

“The team at Jack Daniel’s relies immensely on their passionate and specialized craftsmen to control the Single Barrel Select process from beginning to end, as each of them pour their personal pride and loyalty into the product every day,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “Our team at Indian Motorcycle shares that same passion for craftsmanship and developed this motorcycle as a tribute to all the craftsmen who value working with their hands and are committed to developing products of the finest quality.”

Maintaining the sleek, stripped-down styling of the Indian Springfield Dark Horse, this year’s Jack Daniel’s limited-edition motorcycle includes many custom-inspired, ultra-premium design features that truly make it an exclusive one-of-a-kind motorcycle, including: 

Unique One-Of-A-Kind Styling
Inspired by the wood grain hues from the Single Barrel Select packaging and the oak aging barrels, the Indian Motorcycle design team crafted the two-tone Heavy Metal Crystal & Thunder Black Vivid Crystal custom paint scheme. Indian Motorcycle craftsmen then overlaid sleek Steel Gray graphics and custom Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel badging throughout the bike by hand. Additionally, Single Barrel Select wood grain finishes are found on the tank badge and saddlebag hinges completing the custom-inspired look.

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Wild 1 Chubbys®

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Wild 1 Chubbys®

If you’re looking for a set of Chubby® MX style bars and risers, you will want to check these brand new Wild 1 Chubbys® out! The new “Savage” Chubby® handlebars are 1.25” at the clamping section and 1” at the grip section, while the risers sport a massive 1.5” diameter and a 1.25” clamping section and come in heights of 3” and 10”. All Chubby® Risers and clamps are machined out of the highest quality T6061 billet aircraft aluminum. “Savage” bars are Diamond knurled like all Chubby® bars! Both “Savage” handlebars and risers are drilled for internal wiring and a mean clean look. With a 31” width and a flatter wrist angle these Chubbys® are designed for perfect control and aggressive riding.  “Savage” Chubbys® are manufactured with the same double wall construction as all Wild 1 Chubbys® with 1.25” diameter tubing and come in a show chrome, hot rod black powder coat or raw finish. Fits most H-D models EXCEPT for FLHT/C/U/K, FLHX. 

All Wild 1 inc’s products are 100% made in the USA since 1996.  

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NEW –  Shadow Pipe for the Sidewinder 2 into 1 Exhaust!   

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NEW –  Shadow Pipe for the Sidewinder 2 into 1 Exhaust!   

Love the performance of a two into one, but need the aesthetic of dual exhaust on your touring bike? The folks at S&S Cycle completely get it. The big power of their stepped header Sidewinder 2:1 system is the ultimate addition to any performance bagger and to keeps things balanced, they just launched their Shadow pipe. Perfectly matched to the 4.5” Sidewinder system, the Shadow pipe fills the left side gap under your saddlebag for a well sorted symmetrical look. Check out both the Sidewinder and Shadow pipe for 1995-2019 HD touring models

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JIMS Castlenut Socket for Softail Inverted Forks

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JIMS Castlenut Socket for Softail Inverted Forks

 The new Softail® inverted forks utilize a unique inner fork nut (Castlenut) to secure and compress the fork spring. For $81.85, this one-piece solid steel socket is designed to help the technician by securing the socket to the joint rod prior to final assembly. For more information please contact us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.

Volbeat Seals the Deal with the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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Volbeat Seals the Deal with the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

 The chart-topping Danish rock sensations are ready to pound out some serious heavy metal psychobilly on Friday, Aug. 9.

The unmistakable heavy metal boogie of Volbeat will disrupt the Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage on Friday, Aug. 9. Critics have referred to Volbeat’s blend of heavy metal, rockabilly and punk as “Elvis Metal” and “hooky, major-key hard rock with a beat you can’t keep to yourself.” This unique sound has helped the band become an undeniable rock force, earning them six chart-topping hits in less than five years, See the announcement video here: BuffaloChip.com/BANDS

“We’ve received so many requests to book Volbeat over the past few years, so we searched them out and started listening. Now we’re big fans!” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “There’s some tremendous talent here with a sound that Buffalo Chip fans are going to love.”

Volbeat’s chart-topping songs include “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown,” which clung to the no. 1 spot on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart for nine weeks, and “Seal the Deal,” both from their latest album, “Seal the Deal and Let’s Boogie.” All of the band’s six studio albums have been certified gold in Denmark, and their second album, “Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil,” received platinum status. The 2010 album release “Beyond Hell/Above Heaven” was subject to widespread international critical acclaim, receiving double platinum in Denmark, platinum in Finland and Germany, and gold in the United States, Sweden and Austria.

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

The 2019 Growing Lineup of Entertainment Announced So Far Includes:

Friday, Aug. 2             Skid Row

Saturday, Aug. 3         Keith Urban

George Thorogood and The Destroyers

Sunday, Aug. 4           Godsmack

American Flat Track Grand National Championship Races+

Monday, Aug. 5          Styx

Collective Soul

Thursday, Aug. 8        Toby Keith

Friday, Aug. 9             Volbeat

Saturday, Aug. 10       Zakk Sabbath

Reverend Horton Heat

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

Fans can expect more band and pass announcements for 2019 in the coming weeks. Concerts and races are free with camping. More information, full festival, multi-day and specially priced day passes are available at BuffaloChip.com

About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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

Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard

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Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard Delivers An Elemental Touring Experience Powered By The Milwaukee-Eight Engine

Powered by the muscular Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, the new Electra Glide Standard is a “Dressed down Dresser” that provides a raw, fundamental riding experience inspired by Harley-Davidson’s Grand American Touring roots.

Designed for the traditional touring customer, the Electra Glide Standard is for the rider seeking to disconnect from all the noise of the day-to-day through riding. No screens, simply a motorcycle that provides and heightens the experience of the journey. This fundamental experience is a key element in the design and engineering of the Electra Glide Standard.

The Electra Glide Standard features essential Harley-Davidson styling elements such as the iconic batwing fairing, chrome trim, standard saddle bags, and cast aluminum wheels. Chrome accents are added in high-impact design areas and complemented by polished rocker, cam and derby covers and select blacked out components – a blend of traditional elements and modern trends.

“To express the stripped-back essence of the Electra Glide Standard we focused on finishes that were simple, timeless, and fundamental to the Harley-Davidson’s touring line. Chrome was added to key components and complimented by polished and blacked out parts,” said Harley-Davidson’s Vice President of Styling & Design Brad Richards. “The rocker, cam, and derby covers are finished with chrome to emphasize the V-Twin shape of the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine. In addition, they add a dose of nostalgia that draws a through-line all the way back to the first Electra Glide.”

To provide a raw touring motorcycle experience without riding compromises, the Electra Glide Standard features all the latest ride and handling technology of Harley-Davidson’s Touring line such as standard electronic cruise control, hand-adjustable emulsion-technology rear shock absorbers, 49mm front forks with Showa dual bending valve suspension, and Brembo brakes with optional Reflex Linked and ABS features.

A central part of the riding experience, and a highlight of the Electra Glide Standard, is its Milwaukee Eight 107 cu. in. V-twin engine that features sleek, modern styling that respects the heritage of previous Harley-Davidson big twin engines.

In the Electra Glide Standard, the Milwaukee Eight provides the performance and riding benefits that riders the world over regard and appreciate with quick throttle response, plenty of passing power, and the iconic Harley-Davidson big twin sound.

The Electra Glide Standard is a showcase of an aspect of Harley-Davidson’s More Roads promise to continue to lead the heavyweight Touring segment with compelling products that inspire more riders to fully engage in the sport of motorcycling.

The Electra Glide Standard model is offered in Vivid Black with an M.S.R.P. of $18,999*

* Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for base models. Options such as color are available at additional cost. Prices exclude tax, title, licensing, registration fees, destination charges, added accessories, and additional dealer charges, if any, and are subject to change. Harley-Davidson reimburses dealers for performing manufacturer-specified pre-delivery inspection and setup tasks. Dealer prices may vary.

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

Judge Carter Says Government Can’t Seize Mongols MC Patch

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Judge Carter Says Government Can’t Seize Mongols MC Patch

By David “Double D” Devereaux
Motorcycle Profiling Project

The federal government will not be seizing the Mongols Motorcycle Club’s collective membership marks anytime soon. Judge David Carter issued a short and direct decision today (February 28, 2019) during phase 3 of the US v. Mongols Nation trial in the Federal District Court of Southern California concluding, “The First and Eighth Amendments to the US Constitution prohibit the Government’s request to forfeit the rights associated with the collective symbols. Accordingly, the Court DENIES the requested forfeiture of collective membership marks.”

Although this is a major victory, it is likely not over yet. Using the past as an indicator, the MPP believes that the government will likely appeal Judge Carter’s decision. But this decision gives hope that the constitutional principles at stake will continue to prevail against overzealous prosecutions.

The Particulars
Judge Carter denied the government’s request for the Mongols Nation to forfeit rights associated with the Mongols collective membership marks, including their name and center- patch. This means Judge Carter has set aside the jury’s grant of forfeiture in phase 2 of the trial based on the First and Eighth Amendments.

However, Carter tentatively granted the requested forfeiture of weapons, ammunition, body armor, and specific property seized during the ATF raids pending the filing of an amended request consistent with this order.

Finally, Carter denied the Mongols Nation’s motion for acquittal and motion for a new trial. This means that the jury’s Guilty verdict in phase 1 of the trial (guilt phase) stands. The Mongols Nation as an entity, defined as all patched members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, has been found guilty under the RICO statute.

Carter then set the Sentencing Hearing for April 24, 2019 at 1:30pm.

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Star brite Salt Off and Corrosion Blocker

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Star brite Salt Off and Corrosion Blocker:

New Applicator & New Product
Protect your ride from road salt & brine 

Road salt is the enemy of your bike, attacking all metal parts and components. Left untreated, salt leads to corrosion that will attack metal, ruin paint and chrome and can lead to damage far worse than simply cosmetic issues. The solution? Star brite Salt Off and Ultimate Corrosion Blocker.

Salt Off was originally developed to shield metal from the harsh marine saltwater environment, the toughest conditions any metal can ever face. Salt Off breaks down and removes salt deposits from all metal and painted surfaces, leaving behind a protective polymer barrier to help prevent future deposits. Use the Salt Off applicator to apply to multiple bikes, trailer or trucks using a garden hose. 

After the area is salt-free, protect it with Star brite ULTIMATE Corrosion Blocker. Corrosion Blocker shields all painted, polished, chromed or bare metal from the destructive effects of corrosion. The non-aerosol sprayer won’t clog or run out of propellant and the formula won’t create a gooey mess or leave a watery run-off. The polymers bond to the treated areas for long-term protection. Corrosion Blocker displaces moisture and will not harm wiring harnesses.  

For more information, visit www.starbrite.com or call (800) 327-8583.

NCOM Convention In Orlando Welcomes Riders Nationwide

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NCOMNCOM Convention In Orlando Welcomes Riders Nationwide

The 34th annual NCOM Convention is right around the corner, so plan now to be a part of one of the largest gatherings of motorcycle rights activists in the world.  This year’s NCOM Convention will be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-12, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton – Universal Orlando, located at 5780 Major Blvd., in Orlando, Florida.

Topics such as Motorcycle Profiling and “Save the Patch” will be among the many issues concerning our nation’s motorcycle community that will be discussed, as hundreds of bikers’ rights activists from the ranks of motorcycle rights organizations (MROs) and Confederations of Clubs (COCs), as well as independents and other allied riders will gather in “The City Beautiful” to address matters of interest to all riders.

Agenda items will cover various 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.  Additional seminars will be conducted regarding RICO And Its Effect on Your Organization, Restoring Your Rights, Leadership 101 and “Share the Road” Motorcycle Safety.

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.

Be sure to reserve your hotel room now for the special NCOM rate of $114 by calling (800) 222-8733.

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) ON-A-BIKE (662-2453) or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com

Indian Motorcycle Introduces Limited-Edition 2019 Roadmaster Elite 

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Indian Motorcycle Introduces Limited-Edition 2019 Roadmaster Elite 

With Only 200 Being Produced, This Ultra-Premium Touring Machine Offers  The Ultimate Riding Experience 

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company founded in 1901, today announced its latest ultra-premium touring motorcycle, the 2019 Roadmaster Elite. With only 200 available, the limited-edition Roadmaster Elite pairs modern touring amenities with iconic Indian Motorcycle styling. The 2019 model also boasts many exclusive premium features including a hand painted custom-inspired design along with top of the line premium amenities.

Every Roadmaster Elite is an artistic masterpiece that features Wildfire Red Candy over Black Crystal paint with real 24-karat gold leaf badging. Each bike undergoes a meticulous paint process that takes nearly 30 hours to complete and is finished by hand.

New for 2019, the Roadmaster Elite receives an upgraded 600-watt PowerBand™ Audio Plus system. The high-powered system delivers exceptional sound and clarity from high-output fairing, trunk, and saddlebag speakers that are 50 percent louder than the stock audio system offered on the 2019 Roadmaster. The PowerBand Audio Plus system features an enhanced nine-band dynamic equalizer that auto-adjusts specific frequencies to the optimal level at different vehicle speeds to compensate for road, wind, and engine noise to deliver crystal clear sound quality in every riding condition. 

Additional premium amenities unique to the Roadmaster Elite include leather passenger armrests, spacious billet aluminum rider and passenger floorboards, a premium touring console, billet aluminum pinnacle mirrors, and chrome bumpers.

“The Roadmaster Elite offers the most refined, premium touring experience for riders that demand the best of the best,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “We’ve truly left no stone unturned, packing this bike with style and comfort features that take the touring experience to a new level.”

Along with the powerful Thunder Stroke 111 engine, which produces 119 ft-lbs of torque for exceptional power at low RPM, the Roadmaster Elite features the latest ride-enhancing technologies available from Indian Motorcycle, including: 

Selectable Ride Modes
Three selectable ride modes, including Tour, Standard and Sport, allow the rider to adjust the bike’s throttle response to fit their riding preferences. The throttle map for each Ride Mode was designed with a specific application in mind, resulting in one motorcycle with three distinct personalities. 

Rear Cylinder Deactivation
When the Thunder Stroke 111 reaches operating temperature and the ambient temperature exceeds 59⁰ F, the rear cylinder will automatically deactivate when the bike is at a standstill, resulting in less engine heat for improved rider comfort in slow-moving or stopped traffic. The rear cylinder instantly reactivates when throttle is applied for a seamless transition to full power.  The bike also features redesigned lowers that provide optimal airflow for improved comfort.

Ride Command:
The Indian Motorcycle Ride Command system is 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, Bluetooth compatibility, and pairs with the Indian Motorcycle Ride Command mobile app for remote accessibility to key vehicle information. Riders can also plan a ride route with up to 100 points on the Ride Command website and wirelessly transfer it to the bike via Bluetooth. 

The 2019 Roadmaster Elite also comes standard with all the premium touring amenities riders expect from an Indian Roadmaster, including full LED lighting, a genuine leather two-up touring seat individually heated for rider and passenger, ABS, heated handgrips, keyless ignition, a push button power windshield, weatherproof, remote-locking saddlebags, a spacious trunk that fits two full face helmets, and over 37 gallons of storage space.

Among the performance upgrades available for the 2019 Roadmaster Elite are a new Stage 1 Exhaust, a Thunder Stroke Stage 1 Performance Air Intake, Thunder Stroke Stage 2 Performance Cams, and the 116ci Stage 3 Big Bore Kit for riders looking for the ultimate in performance. The bike also has many comfort and style accessories available including a mid-rise handlebar, a new color-matched open fender and 19-inch front wheel for riders who prefer a more aggressive look.

With only 200 available, pricing for the ultra-premium Roadmaster Elite starts at $36,999 in the U.S. and $44,499 in Canada. Available at Indian Motorcycle dealers today.  

Learn more about Indian Motorcycle and the 2019 Roadmaster 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.

JIMS Engine Stand for Milwaukee-Eight Softail 

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JIMS Engine Stand for Milwaukee-Eight Softail 

Whether you’re doing an engine tear down or setting up your engine to display, JIMS has got you covered.  JIMS engine stands are made from .1875” (7 gauge) steel and powder coated JIMS blue. For only $109 this stand (Part No.5834) is a must if you are going to be doing any powertrain work on your bike. For more information please contact us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.

Harley-Davidson FXRG Spring 2019 Collection

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Harley-Davidson Kicks Off New Year with Next Generation Performance Riding Footwear

Innovative Performance Features Stand-Up to Off-Season Riding Challenges

New year, new rides, new adventures… For many, riding season is all year long affair. And, for those who live in climates where the changing seasons play a large factor in road safety and accessibility, Mother Nature often becomes a back seat driver, dictating when and where a ride can safely happen. Distracted driving can be attributed to many factors; however, wet, cold or uncomfortable feet no longer need to be one.

When it comes to protective riding styles for all seasons, Harley-Davidson’s line of performance footwear with state-of-the-art Functional Extreme Riding Gear (FXRG) technology will help to better prepare riders no matter what Mother Nature throws their way.

“It’s essential for riders’ safety that they wear protective footwear on the road,” said Amy Lovall, Wolverine World Wide’s product manager of the Harley-Davidson Footwear product line. “The FXRG technology integrated into the new performance riding boots is composed of the best materials the industry has to offer and means safer, more comfortable riding in all weather conditions.”

Launching in Spring 2019, the new FXRG series will feature two men’s and one women’s performance riding styles with a streamlined and edgy design that will be available exclusively at participating Harley-Davidson dealerships. The styles incorporate some of the industry’s best-in-class performance features for all-season riding.

Each new style will feature a highly durable waterproof, full-grain leather upper crafted with TFL Cool System heat-resistant leather that reflects the sun’s rays, helping to keep the boot up to 54 degrees cooler than standard leather and a locking YKK inside zipper with Velcro closure for ease of wear. High-wear areas on the boots are doubly protected with abrasion, oil, scuff, stain and water-resistant TecTuff overlays that withstand heavy use and are up to 10 years more durable than traditional leathers. A HydroGuard waterproof membrane lining offers breathable protection from the elements, letting moisture vapor out while preventing water from getting in to the boot, keeping riders feet warm and dry. Vibram abrasion, oil and slip-resistant outsoles offer optimal performance ratings and superior durability and traction on and off the bike while 3M reflective material provides increased visibility in low-light conditions.

Select styles in the collection will also feature enhanced safety and comfort features including Poron XRD lining- an open cell foam that goes rigid on contact, absorbing and disbursing energy to provide extreme impact protection in strategic areas on the boot or Flexvent Technology that offers increased flexibility and air flow at crucial flex points delivering a more comfortable experience for the rider.

Harley-Davidson is set to debut these three new styles featuring FXRG technology just in time for the April Showers Spring riding is sure to face. The men’s Giddens and Hartnell along with the women’s Balfour boots will be available exclusively at Harley-Davidson dealerships and will retail from $190 to $220.

For more information, visit www.harley-davidsonfootwear.com to view the entire collection or to find a retailer near you.

Harley-Davidson FXRG Spring 2019 Collection 

Men’s:

Giddens
With a sport bike-inspired design and best-in-class performance features, the men’s Giddens boot is ready for whatever Mother Nature sets in its way. Part of the Spring 2019 Harley-Davidson FXRG Collection the boot features a durable, waterproof, heat-resistant TFL Cool System leather upper that helps to keep the inside of the boot up to 54 degrees cooler by reflecting the sun’s rays.TecTuff overlays offer increased abrasion resistance and durability at high-wear areas across the vamp and toe box of the boot. A breathable, Hyrdo-Guard membrane that lets water vapor out while keeping moisture at bay, while a Vibram abrasion, oil and slip-resistant outsole offers superior traction and durability for the rider. Foam ankle protection and Flexvent Technology offer increased protection together with better air circulation and flexibility at critical flex points for the wearer while 3M reflective material offers increased visibility in low-light conditions. An ankle strap and subtle black metal Bar & Shield branding adorn this sporty boot ready for all-weather rides. MSRP: $200

Hartnell
The Hartnell, part of the men’s FXRG series for Spring 2019, is the perfect boot for serious riders who won’t let extreme weather stand in their way. Built to withstand soaring temperatures that can cause a boot’s surface temperature to climb upwards of 140 degrees fahrenheit, the Hartnell features a nine-inch TFL Cool System leather upper, that helps to keep the inside of the boot up to 54 degrees cooler and TecTuff overlays to offer increased abrasion resistance and durability. The boot is lined with a Hyrdo-Guard membrane, allowing moisture out but never in, while 3M reflective material helps to increase rider visibility in low light conditions. The Hartnell features Poron XRD foam inserts, designed to absorb and disperse more than 90 percent of energy when impacted at high strain rates adding extra protection on the road. MSRP: $220

Women’s:

Balfour
The women’s Balfour is built as tough as the women who wear it. As part of the Spring 2019 FXRG collection, the Balfour features extreme performance technology, style, and comfort. The eight-inch moto boot is crafted with TFL Cool System leather that helps to keep the inside of the boot up to 54 degrees cooler by reflecting the sun’s rays. TecTuff overlays offer increased abrasion resistance and durability at high-wear areas of the boot while a breathable, Hyrdo-Guard membrane lets water vapor out while keeping moisture at bay. The racing-inspired silhouette is paired with a supremely durable Vibram abrasion, oil and slip-resistant outsole offering superior traction and performance for the rider. Foam ankle protection and 3M reflective material offers increased protection for the rider and visibility in low-light conditions. A double ankle strap and subtle black metal Bar & Shield branding adorn this boot with unmistakable H-D edge and attitude, ready for all-weather rides. MSRP: $190.

NASCAR’s Biggest Names to Attend the Buffalo Chip’s Inaugural Rusty Wallace Charity Ride

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NASCAR’s Biggest Names to Attend the Buffalo Chip’s Inaugural Rusty Wallace Charity Ride

Motorsports Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace has enlisted his NASCAR friends to join him for a day of fun and riding from Rapid City to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.

Winston Cup Champion and Motorsports Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace is gathering some of his fastest and most famous faces in NASCAR for the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s first ever Rusty Wallace Charity Ride on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The public is invited to join the kick-off party in Rapid City’s Main Street Square, which will feature Rusty’s famous #2 car, “Midnight,” and a host of NASCAR celebrities. Those who register for the ride will receive fun swag, enjoy riding through the beautiful Black Hills with the celebrities and a private reception at the Buffalo Chip. One hundred percent of riders’ fees will benefit The NASCAR Foundation and South Dakota Special Olympics – Rapid City Flame. Also, NASCAR memorabilia and a special VIP race experience will be just two of the items on the auction block at the Rapid City event.

“I’ve never met anyone more genuinely nice than Rusty Wallace,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Right from the beginning he was excited about this event, helping the charities and bringing his NASCAR buddies to join the fun. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Rusty and bringing this ride to Sturgis Rally fans.”

The World’s Fastest Superstars
As a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion and 55-time race winner, Rusty Wallace is one of America’s greatest racecar drivers. He is one of the top five money winners in NASCAR history with nearly $55 million in career earnings and ranked eighth best all-time career total victories. Wallace won at least one race in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series for 16 straight seasons, the third longest winning streak in history. He is a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, International Motorsports Hall of Fame and National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame, making him one of only 20 individuals to have completed the “triple crown,” of America’s auto racing halls of fame. Read More

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

‘Green New Deal’ Seeks To Outlaw Gas-Powered Vehicles And Gassy Cows

In very broad strokes, the Green New Deal legislation laid out by Congressional Democrats sets goals for some drastic measures to cut carbon emissions across the economy, from electricity generation to transportation to agriculture.

The nonbinding resolution calls for “10-year national mobilizations” toward accomplishing a series of objectives that the legislation lays out.  Among the most prominent, the deal calls for “meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.”  The ultimate goal is to eliminate fossil fuels, shifting away from oil, coal and nuclear power, in favor of eco-friendly energy such as wind and solar power.

The Green New Deal calls for “replacing non-essential individual means of transport with high-quality and modern mass transit,” which is a flowery way of calling for a ban on gas-powered passenger cars, trucks and motorcycles, as well as airplanes.

According to the legislation, within the decade;

  • – Achieve a net-zero carbon economy with 100% clean renewable energy
  • – Eliminate internal combustion engines and expand electric car manufacturing
  • – Overhaul transportation systems and make air travel obsolete by expanding high-speed rail
  • – Retrofit all existing buildings for energy efficiency
  • – Work with farmers “to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions” such as cow farts
  • – “Economic security” for all, including higher education, jobs, wages, housing and health care

In short, the legislative framework combines climate-change-related ideas with a “dream” list of progressive economic proposals that would affect every American and overhaul the U.S. economy, all at an initial estimated cost of up to $6.6 trillion a year over the decade.

Importantly, the bill, introduced on Feb 7 by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), is a nonbinding resolution, so even if it were to pass it wouldn’t itself create any new programs but would instead establish a lofty set of ideals the House should pursue in the coming years.

Number Of American Households With Motorcycles Is On The Rise
More U.S. households than ever before now own one or more motorcycles.  A recent study conducted by the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) shows that the number of American households with at least one motorcycle in their garage has reached 8.02% in 2018.  According to the MIC, in decades of surveying, this is the highest percentage ever reached, and represents a 15.6-percent increase over 2014 (when ownership was 6.94%); an increase of more than 1.5 million homes.

“The household penetration numbers have always been among the most important figures to us,” said MIC President and CEO Tim Buche.  “We’re certainly happy to see more homes that have a motorcycle. Riders who talk about motorcycling to friends and neighbors help to inspire people who don’t yet ride.”

Out of an estimated 126,224,000 households in the United States, over 10 million now own (at least) one bike.  In fact, the number of motorcycles per household has been calculated to average around 1.30, meaning some families own more than one bike.

According to the MIC survey, the total number of motorcycles owned also reached record levels, jumping to 13,158,100 last year, an increase of more than 2.5 million motorcycles compared to 2014, the last time the MIC conducted the survey.  It is even higher than the previous record from 2009 (11,704,500), which followed a long period of high-volume new-bike sales.

The estimated number of motorcycles in use rose to 12,231,000 in 2018, an increase of more than 2 million since 2014.  And that number was more than 1 million better than the record figure from 2009, when 11,015,105 motorcycles were in use.

“Modern motorcycles are high-quality machines, enabling the pre-owned market to be a key part of the overall growth in the motorcycle and rider population,” said Jim Woodruff, secretary/treasurer of the MIC Board of Directors and COO of National Powersport Auctions. “The annual pre-owned market is actually three times larger than the new market. Used bikes appeal to many riders because there are so many options in terms of price and style.”

The percentage of motorcycles in running order was down 3 percentage points, from 96.1% in 2014 to 93% in 2018.  “As used units become a larger part of the overall motorcycle population, it’s not surprising to see a slight decrease in the percentage of operating units,” Woodruff said. “Our research shows that the average age of a pre-owned motorcycle sold in the U.S. is approximately eight years old.  Plus, vintage bikes are on trend now and many riders are keeping non-runners as part of their collection.”

Federal Judge Seeks Expert Opinions On Mongols Patch Seizure
A federal judge presiding over the high-profile Mongols motorcycle club trial has put out a wide-ranging call for expert legal input on the implications of the government’s unprecedented efforts to gain control of the trademarked insignia worn by club members. Read More

JIMS Countershaft 1st Scissor Gear Alignment Tool

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JIMS Countershaft 1st Scissor Gear Alignment Tool

This tool is essential for installation of the countershaft 1st scissor gear in Milwaukee Eight® / Cruise Drive transmissions.  It is installed before the scissor gear is removed to maintain alignment of the gear halves under spring pressure.  For $51.00 this tool ensures that the scissor gear teeth mesh correctly with the mainshaft 1st gear. For more information please call us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.

Indian Motorcycle and American Flat Track Renew Partnership for 2019

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Indian Motorcycle and American Flat Track Renew Partnership for 2019

Indian Motorcycle to Sponsor Three Events, Offer Nearly $360,000 in Contingency and Provide Strong NBCSN Broadcast Support

Indian Motorcycle has not only dominated AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines competition since its dramatic return to American Flat Track in 2017, it has also been a staunch supporter of the series, its riders and AFT’s broadcast efforts.

That won’t change in 2019, as Indian Motorcycle announced today another strong financial commitment to the American Flat Track series.

Indian Motorcycle’s commitment for 2019 is substantial and three-pronged, and includes sponsorship of three of AFT’s most-anticipated events, contingency offerings of nearly $360,000, and substantial support of AFT’s broadcast efforts on NBCSN and FansChoice.tv.

Indian Motorcycle will serve as the event entitlement sponsor of the Lima Half-Mile at Lima, Ohio’s Allen County Fairgrounds on June 21; the Buffalo Chip TT in Sturgis, South Dakota on August 4; and the Minnesota Mile at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota – just a stone’s throw from the Indian Motorcycle factory and headquarters – on September 21.

As the title sponsor of events last year, Indian Motorcycle and the presence of its owners, dealers and machines, dominated the proceedings. Attendees were treated to dedicated fan areas, dealer demo rides, bike displays, giveaways – and even a chance to win brand-new Indian motorcycles. Expect more of the same at those Indian-sponsored events this year, plus – at all 18 rounds  – a special 20-x-20-foot Indian Motorcycle FTR 1200 display, the same basic setup tha introduced the brand-new and highly anticipated Indian Motorcycle FTR 1200 to the American public at last year’s Meadowlands Mile finale.

Indian Motorcycle’s contingency payment program for AFT Twins riders is once again quite generous, and equal to the 2018 total, at $333,000. Main Event winners on Indian Motorcycle FTR750s can look forward to earning double what they received in 2018. Riders finishing in first place on an FTR750 will now receive $10,000 per event. Second-through-fifth-place finishers earn $3500, $1500, $1250 and $1000, respectively, with payouts extending through all top-ten positions. Indian Motorcycle made nearly $150,000 in direct contingency payments to AFT riders in 2018, more than any other partner in the history of AFT competition. Additionally, Indian Motorcycle is once again offering a $25,000 bonus for an AFT Twins championship, bringing the total contingency available to $358,000. Read More

Classic Solo & Touring Pillion

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Classic Solo & Touring Pillion

2018-2019 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

Classic Solo provides an excellent riding position combined with a nostalgic look. Wide, dished seating gives you a greater area of body contact for superior weight dispersion. Naturally the Classic Solo is built with our high-density Comfort Cell® foam for a firm supportive ride that will last all day.

Classic Solo works with our removable rider’s backrest for added back support. Corbin backrests are fully adjustable for a tailored fit to your posture and are simple to install with just a single lock screw under the saddle. Once installed angle adjustment is simple and does not require removal of the backrest. Choose any of the backrest models we offer to suit your taste (#02-SB Ovalbac shown).

Corbin Touring Pillion bolts up easily with our Classic Solo to add passenger capability to your bike and unique, nostalgic looks. Provides a generously sculpted seating position built thick for long-range comfort. Covered to coordinate with your solo saddle with a matching cover pattern.

For those chilly morning rides we offer an option of heated rider seating. We incorporate a heater unit under the leather seating and a switch on the left side of the saddle (so you can turn it on without removing your hand from the throttle). Just flip the switch and the seat will warm up and maintain temperature automatically. Corbin’s heater comes completely pre installed in the saddle and you need only integrate the included pigtail to your battery.

The finest and most comfortable motorcycle saddles available. 

Manufactured with pride in the USA.

#HD-ST18-FBY-S   Classic Solo saddle, 2018-2019 HD Fatboy   $603

#HD-ST18-FBY-S-E    Classic Solo with HEAT, 2018-2019 HD Fatboy    $723

#HD-ST18-BO-TP    Touring Pillion, 2018-2019 HD Fatboy    $393

#02-SB    Ovalbac Standard Backrest (each)    $257

 

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Rinehart Racing to Showcase New Exhaust Offerings at 2019 Daytona Bike Week

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Rinehart Racing to Showcase New Exhaust Offerings at 2019 Daytona Bike Week

Rinehart Racing, leader in aftermarket exhausts for Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles, is heading back to Daytona Beach for the 78th Annual Bike Week. Rinehart will be showcasing new offerings in addition to their full lineup of American-made exhaust products.

Rinehart Racing makes its return to Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona, where rally attendees can visit the Rinehart rig to check out the latest full system and slip-on exhausts, air cleaners, and exhaust accessories for Harley and Indian models. Riders who visit the rig will be able to hear many of Rinehart’s exhaust systems on the latest models and can speak to product specialists about the design, construction and technical specs of each system.

New to the Rinehart Racing lineup is a 4” Slip-On exhaust for 2018-2019 Harley Softail Sport Glides. Rinehart has also redesigned their famous 2-Into-2 and 2-Into-1 full systems especially for the new Milwaukee-Eight equipped Softail family. Riders that already rock a Rinehart system on their ride can upgrade their performance with a Moto Series Inverted Air Cleaner, or update the look of their setup with a set of Moto Series End Caps.

Daytona Bike Week attendees will also be able to see for the first time Rinehart’s all-new Slimline Dual performance headers for Indian touring models. Indian owners will now be able to purchase complete Slimline Duals exhaust systems, while Indian riders that already have Rinehart slip-ons can complete their package by adding headers to their setup. Rinehart’s Slimline Duals for Indian touring will be available online and through Rinehart dealers beginning in April 2019.

Rinehart will debut their Slimline Dual Headers for Indian touring models at the event.

All purchases at the event come with complimentary installation while you wait, so you can get your ride back on the road and start to enjoy your new sound. Rinehart riders new and old are welcome to take a seat in Rinehart’s hospitality area, enjoy a snack and a cold drink, and get off your feet for a while.

Learn more about Rinehart Racing’s full line of exhaust solutions for Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles at www.RinehartRacing.com, and join the Rinehart family on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Rinehart Racing:

From its beginnings as the exhaust system of choice for championship-winning NASCAR and IndyCar teams to its rise in the v-twin motorcycle marketplace, Rinehart Racing has established itself as a premier manufacturer of performance exhausts for Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles. The American-made exhaust systems are now well-known for their distinctive sound, elegant style, and signature end caps, a testament to the company’s innovative designs, proprietary technology and quality craftsmanship. The Rinehart Racing team is dedicated to providing the best customer service possible, helping to welcome new riders to the Rinehart Family one exhaust system at a time. Learn more at www.rinehartracing.com. 

George Thorogood and The Destroyers Join Keith Urban for Buffalo Chip Mega Dual Headliner Night

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George Thorogood and The Destroyers Join Keith Urban for Buffalo Chip Mega Dual Headliner Night

Special day passes available for Aug. 3, 2019 only at pre-sale pricing in time for Valentine’s Day!

The incomparable kings of “boogie rock’n blues,” George Thorogood and The Destroyers, will be celebrating 45 years of rock by joining multiple Grammy Award-winning super star and undisputed heartthrob, Keith Urban, on the Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. The show offers fans a spectacular opportunity to see two headliners for the price of one. Individual day passes to see the pair of music legends are now on sale, for those who want to make Valentine’s Day memorable. Special day pass pre-sale pricing will end February 15 at 5 p.m. MST. See the announcement video here: BuffaloChip.com/BANDS

“This show is going to be incredible,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President, “You’re not going to see both of these mega stars on one stage anywhere else, and certainly not at this incredible price. This is going to be the show of the century!” 

George Thorogood and The Destroyers have been rocking audiences for a solid 45 years, bringing well-known hits to fans through their high-energy show. The band’s signature snarling, buzz saw bluesy rock ‘n’ roll blend has generated classic rock staples like “Bad to the Bone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “I Drink Alone,” “Who Do You Love,” “Move it On Over,” and many more.

Keith Urban has generated an impressive catalog of solid hits. “Somebody Like You” was named biggest country hit of the 2000s decade by Billboard. 2004’s album “Be Here” produced three no. 1 singles and became his highest-selling album, earning a 4× Platinum certification. “Blue Ain’t Your Color” became Urban’s longest-reigning no. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, spending twelve weeks in the position. His tenth and most recent album, “Graffiti U,” was released in 2018 and includes the Top 20 hit “Female” and no. 1 hit,” Coming Home.” Of his 47 singles, 22 have scored a no. 1 placement on Billboard’s charts in the U.S.

The 38th annual festival noted as “The Best Party Anywhere” will open with a pre-rally party July 29 – Aug. 1, 2019, with official festival dates running Aug. 2-11, 2019. Performers announced so far include:

Friday, Aug. 2             Skid Row

Saturday, Aug. 3         Keith Urban

George Thorogood and The Destroyers

Monday, Aug. 5          Styx

Collective Soul

Thursday, Aug. 8        Toby Keith

Saturday, Aug. 10       Zakk Sabbath

Reverend Horton Heat

Fans can expect more band and pass announcements for 2019 in the coming week. Concerts and races are free with camping. More information, full festival and specially priced day passes for Saturday, Aug. 3 are available at BuffaloChip.com

About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip 

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

JIMS Alternator Rotor Remover and Installer

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JIMS Alternator Rotor Remover and Installer

Removing or installing the high output alternator rotor on the Milwaukee Eight requires a unique tool, and trust us – those magnets don’t budge easily!  At JIMS we understand that using pry bars or striking with a hammer can not only damage the rotorhousing, but the magnets as well.  For $204.50 this tool easily removes and installs the alternator rotor while protecting the rare earth magnets within it. The JIMS Alternator Rotor Remover and installer (Part No. 5812) can be purchased at your nearest JIMS dealer. For more information please contact us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.


Roland Sands Design Launches All New Apparel Collection

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Roland Sands Design Launches All New Apparel Collection

Press Release: Spring 2019 is our first female first collection. Historically we’ve experimented with our men’s line and filtered the winning flavors to the female line. And this has worked well for RSD. But for 2019, the women’s collection leads and promises something special for hard riding women from every walk of two wheels. This new collection includes protective footwear, abrasion resistant pants, rider’s vests and 2 new premium leather gloves.

In order to truly build a women’s specific collection, we’ve further focused on fit and usability making sure to pay attention to the small details that make a riding garment feel like it’s been built for you. Fit, finish, function and style, all equally important, play a role in how the RSD women’s collection takes care of you on your bike.

Details, like the rise of the denim pant had to be perfect. Not too high so they look like mom jeans, but not too low to the run the risk of exposing anything when in the attack position. The right stretch with enough structure to give protection, but enough flex to make you not regret putting them on. The Boots – low profile and feminine but protective enough to be legitimate. We fit tested this product line on countless women riders and tested these styles on the bike. We exercised the theory of the few on this collection as more is not always better. Do it right, focus on what’s important and grow with what is successful.

When choosing your riding gear, we hope to inject function and safety as well as style into your wardrobe. Ride hard, have fun and stay safe.

F@#k Luck, Be Prepared.

www.rolandsands.com