Waco Biker Speaks OUT! MPP Exclusive Interview

By | Biker's Rights

waco-biker-speaks-out-featured-image-v2-620x350By David “Double D” Devereaux
Motorcycle Profiling Project

Paul Landers, a motorcycle rights activist and member of the Escondidos Motorcycle Club from Austin, was present at the Twin Peaks in Waco on May 17th, 2015 when 9 bikers were shot and killed and 18 others were injured. Paul (along with 5 members of his club and 170 other people) was arrested, charged with engaging in organized crime resulting in capital murder, and given a $1 million dollar bond. Paul and his club members are among the 154 Waco Bikers indicted by a Grand Jury that are currently being prosecuted.

The thing that always stands out in my mind about Paul’s story, the thing that really hits home in terms of the injustice of this mass arrest, is related to what he was doing when the conflict began. Paul was looking for a place to hang a Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents banner in preparation for a political meeting. Why would someone have  a  bag  full  of  political  material,  looking for a place to hang a banner, if they anticipated a fight? The easy answer, at least to me, is that hanging a banner is not what someone anticipating a conflict would be doing.

Paul recently filed a civil rights lawsuit alleging various 4th and 1st Amendment violations and is still actively involved in the motorcycle rights movement, although on a much more restricted basis due to the fact that he is currently being prosecuted. Paul’s rights to travel and association have been severely limited so his political speech rights have been chilled.

Read Paul Landers’ Waco Biker Exclusive Interview

Biker Movie Friday

By | General News

To the three B’s: Bikes, Beer and Booty!

Biker Movie Friday

They’re wild and wacky, political incorrect (even to some of our fellow bikers!) but we love ’em anyway! It’s Biker Movie Friday, and here are some of the best of the genre. Grab some popcorn and the beer, it’s Biker Movie Friday!


The Defiance Collection Rider Footboards From Harley-Davidson

By | New Product News
2017 Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories

2017 Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories

Ride Long And Lean With Defiance Collection Rider Footboards From Harley-Davidson

Press Release: Opt for non-conformist Custom Bagger style with the new Defiance Rider Footboard Kit (P/N 50500527 Machine Cut, $429.95*) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories. The extended length and sweeping shark-fin curves of these custom footboards maintain a long and lean appearance. Gleaming machine-cut highlights expose shimmering aluminum through a rich black anodized finish. For a finishing touch an elegant perforated-rubber pad is recessed into the surface. The length of these footboards offers options for foot repositioning while riding. Defiance Rider Footboard Kits are also available in chrome (P/N 50500515, $399.95*) and black anodized (P/N 50500640, $399.99*). Each kit includes left and rider footboards and fit 2000-later Softail, 2009-13 Trike models, and 2000-later Touring models.

The Defiance Collection includes a variety of hand- and foot-controls, air cleaner trim, and muffler end caps in a choice of three finish options.

These and other Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories are available at more than 750 authorized retail locations in the United States and online.

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), excluding taxes and shipping. Prices at local dealerships may vary.

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

Biketronics Titan II Turnkey Radio Packages

By | New Product News

44010180Biketronics Titan II Turnkey Radio Packages

Press Release: Biketronics brings the noise with their Titan II Turnkey Radio Packages. These kits feature a Sony AM/FM Radio with CD player and front USB and auxiliary input that generates 52-watts to 4-channels and is compatible with H-D Radio and satellite radio. Kits also include mounting kit and electronic module for OEM handlebar radio control switches with AVC and Biktronics radio splash cover; just bolt-on, plug-in and go. Available in two (6 ½”) or four (6 ½” & 5 ¼”) speaker packages for 98-13 FLHT, FLHTC, FLHTCU models. The suggested retail price is $679.95 for two speaker kit and $789.95 for four speaker kit.

http://www.dragspecialties.com/products/?productId=326174

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

Bad Dad’s Speaker Lid Kit for Road Kings & Softails

By | New Product News

Bad Dad Speaker Lid Package for Road Kings & SoftailsBad Dad’s Speaker Lid Kit for Road Kings & Softails

Press Release: Upgrade your Road King or Softail with Bad Dad’s Complete Speaker Lid Kit. This kit puts high-powered speakers directly into the hard saddlebags on your Road King or Softail and allows easy access to your favorite music through the system’s Bluetooth controller.

This complete kit includes speaker lids, grilles, 200+ watt speakers, 400-watt amp, wiring harness, wiring harness; Bluetooth controller, and all mounting hardware & seals. Bad Dad’s Complete Speaker Lid Kit is available with or without LED taillights flush mounted into the speaker lid’s custom bodyline.

Contact Bad Dad at 260.407.2000 or by visiting www.baddad.com for more great bagger parts. All of Bad Dad’s bagger parts are proudly made in the USA.

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Bad Dad Competition Series Saddlebag LidsBad Dad’s Competition Series Saddlebag Lids with LEDs

Bad Dad now offers its popular Competition Series Saddlebag Lids with flush mounted LEDs. This custom saddlebag lid features a custom raised bodyline that looks great on any bagger project. These custom lids are available with or without LEDs built into the custom bodyline.

The Competition Series Saddlebag Lids are a direct bolt-on replacement lid for any 1993-2013 saddlebag. New weatherstrips and lid hardware are included with your new lids. The 2014-2016 version will be available in Summer 2016.

Contact Bad Dad at 260.407.2000 or at www.baddad.com for more information. All of Bad Dad’s parts are proudly made in the USA.

Galveston, Texas, is the place to be November 3-6 for the Lone Star Rally.

By | Events, General News

image001Galveston, Texas, is the place to be November 3-6 for the Lone Star Rally.

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the greatest motorcycle party in Texas where you can enjoy riding along Galveston’s 32 mile stretch of beaches and party with bikers from all over the country!

This year’s event will be held through November 3-6 at several locations to offer a wide range of activities:  bike shows, contests and games, live music, vendors, rides, military tributes and lots more.

You’ll find Mustang’s huge rally truck and factory-trained reps at Seawall and 25th Street Wednesday-Sunday on the beautiful Gulf.

Check out Mustang’s incredible selection of seat styles for Harley-Davidson, Indian, Victory, Kawasaki, Triumph, Can-Am, Honda, Ducati, BMW, Yamaha and Suzuki.  Not only will Mustang’s reps help you try seats on your bike for the best fit for both you and your passenger but, after you select your perfect replacement seat, they will mount it for you for free.  Finally, living up to Mustang’s #1 rating in customer service, they will ship your old seat back home for you for free.

Feel the difference that Mustang makes!  For more information, visit www.MustangSeats.com or call Mustang at 800-243-1392 or 413-668-1100.

https://www.facebook.com/LoneStarRally/?fref=ts

http://www.galveston.com/

Brass Balls Moto-X Foot Pegs

By | New Product News

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Press Release:

Inspired by BMX pegs, our BBMX (Brass Balls Moto-X) foot pegs take it to the next level. These pegs are designed with the rider in mind. Kick Ass design with high functionality. Precision machined from aircraft grade 6061 T6 billet aluminum. Available in black or clear anodized. Included with chrome plated steel clevis. They are light weight and strong. The outermost edge is tapered underside to optimize lean angel. Brass Balls logo located on the underside.

$139.95 per set.

Fitment: All HD models

Brass Balls

Flying Knuckle Footpegs

By | New Product News

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Press Release: These DK Custom Products Flying Knuckle Footpegs will fit any bike with a female clevis, including the newer offset clevis that H-D has been using on some bikes recently.  Made from Mild American Cold Rolled Steel, right here in the USA.  Available in a wrinkle black powder coat finish, or a mottled brass powder coat finish.  Choice of 45* or 90* mounting points to fit mids, forwards, passenger or highway peg mounts.  Adjustable set screw for different lateral angles (no more drooping pegs).  Compatible with our quick-release pins.

DK-HDWB-FNF $99.95

State Rep. Calls Minnesota Mayor A Motorcycle Gang Member?

By | Biker's Rights

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Motorcycle Profiling Project

State Representative Tony Cornish, in an editorial commentary written to Faribault Daily News on October 12th, condemned recent efforts by motorcyclists in Minnesota to pass anti-motorcycle profiling legislation. Cornish wrote that the legislation “was testified on in the Minnesota Legislature by the “Sons of Silence,” a motorcycle gang that does not want to be stopped for anything.” What Cornish fails to mention is that the members of the SOS MC that testified are upstanding citizens.  In fact, one of them  is an elected official.

Mayor Bobby Mann of Hammond, Minnesota (pictured above) is one of the individuals Cornish is disrespectfully labeling a gang member. Mayor Mann, also a member of the SOS MC, testified in favor of the anti-motorcycle profiling legislation. Also testifying was Jim Jahnke, a member of the SOS MC from Rochester MN. Jahnke was a union iron worker for 30 years. In the course of his work, Jahnke successfully passed stringent IBM and Mayo clinic security background checks that were required when working on sensitive facilities.

Cornish’s commentary is an example the inaccurate propaganda that results in profiling stops in the first place. Rep. Cornish is ignorant of relevant statistical data, improperly writes that current laws ban motorcycle profiling, embraces a discriminatory  stereotype when talking about motorcycle clubs, and fails to disclose that he is a former law enforcement officer. Cornish’s obvious bias presents a potential conflict of interest relating to police accountability. Motorcycle profiling is an issue in Minnesota that can be fixed with a simple and cost-efficient solution.

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RSD Track 2-Into-1 High Pipe

By | New Product News

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Press Release: We’ve taken our original Tracker Pipe and decreased the weight, improved the performance and simplified the tip creating the Track 2-into-1 High Pipe. There is no better option when you’re looking for ground clearance and an aggressive look.

Black Ops system features a matte black ceramic exhaust with gloss black heat shields, logo and tip. Chrome system features a matte black ceramic exhaust with chrome heat shields and tip.

Inspired by an exhaust you might find on a high speed, wide-open flat track racer, these light weight pipes give you unparalleled Vance & Hines performance and breathe some life into your Softail or Sportster. You might still wake up the neighbors, but you won’t blow out your eardrums.

Features:

  • Race quality, high temperature black ceramic coating
  • Monofilament fiberglass & Stainless Steel wool muffler packing
  • Drilled heat shields with V&H Logo Stamp
  • Redesigned baffle for deeper tone


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

Jensen Hi Performance Stereo Upgrade Kit

By | New Product News

44010191Upgrade your ride’s audio system with a Hi Performance Stereo Kit from Jensen. This plug-and-play kit includes a stereo and two-5 ¼” high-performance 2-way speakers. Stereo features Bluetooth streaming audio capabilities, iPod/iPhone USB charging and control functions, auxiliary connections, SiriusXM™ radio compatibility and AM/FM tuner with 30 station presets. Both the red backlit faceplate and rear chassis are waterproof. Available for 98-13 FLHT and FLHX models, the suggested retail price is $589.95.

 

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

Compu-Fire 3 Phase Charging Systems

By | New Product News

55560Compu-Fire announces their 3 Phase Charging Systems

The Compu-Fire 40 Amp 3 Phase charging systems provide 25 Amps at idle and 40 Amps continuously above 2800 RPM. Compu-Fire states their precision balanced vented rotor keeps the stator cooler in closed primary systems to maintain maximum output under all high current draw conditions. The large flanged seal spacer provides maximum support for the rotor and the voltage regulator output is calibrated to 14.25 volts from idle on up. The Compu-Fire 3 Phase Charging System fits Harley-Davidsons from 1990 to 2006 (except 2006 Dyna’s).

For more information, visit www.compufire.com or contact your local dealer!

Polaris Reports 2016 Third Quarter Results

By | General News

UnknownHighlights:

  • Motorcycle retail sales increased high-single digits percent, and as expected, ORV retail sales were down high-single digits during the quarter. Total Company North American retail sales were down nine percent for the quarter, in-line with expectations.
  • ORV dealer inventory was down 16%, year-over-year. Total dealer inventory was down 10%.
  • Third quarter results included expenses totaling approximately $65 million for increased warranty, legal and other costs associated with product recall activity.
  • Announced acquisition of Transamerican Auto Parts (“TAP”) to bolster leadership position in a growing off-road aftermarket space.
  • Narrowing full year 2016 guidance of $3.40 to $3.60 per diluted share, on total Company sales declines of mid- to high-single digits.

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today reported third quarter net income of $32.3 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 compared to $155.2 million, or $2.30 per diluted share reported in the third quarter of 2015.  Sales for the third quarter of 2016 totaled $1,185.1 million, down 19 percent from last year’s third quarter sales of $1,456.0 million.

“Our third quarter results, while discouraging, were in line with our revised guidance and reflect our ongoing execution of the RZR recalls and significant quality and safety improvement initiatives.  During the past three months, we have accelerated our efforts to get our loyal owners back to riding safely, and are now over 50 percent complete with the RZR 900/1000 recalls and slightly below 50 percent on the more recent RZR Turbo recall notice.  In addition to these recall challenges, we continued to face a weak overall Powersports industry, but were encouraged by continued retail strength for Indian and our overall motorcycle business, and the return to growth for side-by-sides in September,” commented Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“We remain committed to improving our fundamentals and executing our long-term strategy to be the ‘Best in Powersports, Plus’.  Our recent announcement to acquire Transamerican Auto Parts, a $740 million, vertically integrated multi-channel leader in the $10+ billion Jeep and truck aftermarket accessory space, is consistent with our strategy and exciting due to its growth potential.  This transaction provides us an immediate leadership position in a growing market, while allowing us to accelerate growth and profitability for Polaris,” continued Mr. Wine. “We are making the necessary investments, both internally and externally, to realize the true potential of our organization.  Along with improvements in product safety and quality, we are using Huntsville and our go to market Retail Flow Management (“RFM”) process to establish Lean as a competitive advantage, we are bringing technology to the forefront of our industry with Ride Command™, and we are working to transform the customer experience, from purchase to service, to enhance profitability.  This commitment to improving our execution and our overall performance will drive a steadier cadence of growth and profitability in the future.”

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Being a Biker Could Mean Losing Your Gun Rights

By | Biker's Rights

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by David “Double D” Devereaux
Motorcycle Profiling Project

John is a member of a motorcycle club and a proud Texas biker. He is a hard working family man, a degree professional, and has never been charged with a crime. Recently, while riding his motorcycle, and wearing his club colors, he was pulled over by police in Fort Worth for failure to signal before changing lanes. He immediately gave the police his CHL, his license and insurance.

But the real motive of officers soon became apparent, and John was harassed with questions regarding his club and the patches on his black denim vest. They asked to search his motorcycle but he refused to consent without a search warrant. There was no basis for a warrant and the officers knew it. But after the officers spoke back and forth with their Sgt., he was arrested for failure to use a turn signal.

Pictures were then taken of John, his vest, and his bike. Officers then proceeded to search his motorcycle incident to the arrest for a minor traffic infraction. Officers broke his locked saddlebags in order to search them. They found nothing! But his legal weapon was confiscated and the police are refused to release it. Moreover, officers in Fort Worth have filed with the state to have his CHL rights taken away.

Motorcycle Profiling and Gun Rights
John’s story epitomizes the issue of motorcycle profiling, most often taking the form of a pre-textual traffic stop initiated to harass and search motorcyclists based on appearance and protected associations. In many states, traffic infractions are crimes subject to arrest, which in turn allows officers to legally search you and your vehicle.

John’s story also demonstrates a newly emerging trend where members of motorcycle clubs have their weapons seized and/or their legally obtained concealed carry licenses revoked for no other reason than appearance and association.

Targeting individuals with concealed carry permits makes little sense from a law enforcement perspective. In order to obtain a permit, an individual must pass extensive background checks and have no relevant criminal history. Individuals with permits, even motorcycle club members, are not convicted gang members or violent criminals. Is stereotype really that much stronger than reality? And even if it is, shouldn’t motorcyclists attempt to do something about it?

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NCOM Biker Newsbytes

By | Biker's Rights
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NCOM Biker Newsbytes
Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,
National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)

ROAD TO ZERO MOTORCYCLES
For decades, motorcycle rights advocates have warned the riding community that advances in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and the advent of autonomous (self-driving) vehicles could signal the end of motorcycles on public roadways.  Indeed, “Vision Zero” has been under development primarily in Europe to remove human interaction from the operation of vehicles in public transit, therefore eliminating human error that results in traffic accidents…and since motorcycles require human operation they do not fit into the Vision Zero scenario.

Now, the U.S. Department of Transportation has unveiled plans for a new initiative called “Road to Zero” in concert with other federal agencies and the National Safety Council with the lofty goal of eliminating all traffic-related fatalities by the year 2030, and although bicyclists and pedestrians are taken into account, their plan makes no specific mention of motorcycles.

Citing increases in traffic deaths nationwide, accounting for more than 35,000 lives lost mostly due to human error and behaviors such as distracted and drowsy driving and driving under the influence, Road to Zero will focus on proactive vehicle safety, advances in automotive technology and cultivating human behavior.

But the new federal safety initiative, announced October 5, 2016 completely ignores a significant portion of America’s road users, as Road to Zero apparently makes no accommodation for millions of motorcyclists vying to survive in an increasingly automated traffic mix. Read More

FREEDOM 2 INTO 1 TURN-OUT

By | New Product News

HD00509-Chrome-Black-tipFREEDOM 2 INTO 1 TURN-OUT

  • Triple stepped headers 1 .75” to 1.875” to 2.00” for increases of 15-18 HP and 13-15 foot lbs. of torque
  • Includes a 2 step baffle 2.5” to 3” for a deep throaty sound
  • Combined 5 steps throughout for EXTREME POWER
  • System reduces heat concentration by 30%
  • Boasting full-coverage one-piece (220°) blue-proof heatshields (available in chrome or ceramic black)
  • Customizable with chrome or sculpted black tip that rotates to your preferred position to achieve the turn-out, turn-up, or the turned-down look
  • Includes O2 sensor ports, plugs and all mounting hardware
  • Fitments for 1995-16 Harley Touring/Dresser
  • Proudly made in the U.S.A. with 100% American Steel
  • A Head-Turning look and soundHD00510-Black-Black-Tip

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Harley-Davidson Zealot Soft Shell Riding Jacket

By | New Product News
July New CORE 2016

July New CORE 2016

Harley-Davidson Zealot Soft Shell Riding Jacket Offers Three-In-One Versatility And Modern Style

Morph from the saddle to the street in the new Men’s Zealot 3-in-1 Soft Shell Riding Jacket (P/N 98294-17VM, starting at $215.00*) from the Harley-Davidson MotorClothes Collection. This versatile, lightweight riding jacket offers modern style and features that let it transition with the weather. For maximal warmth, wear the soft shell and fleece hoodie liner together. Ride in warmer weather in just the shell, and wear the hoodie for casual comfort. The windproof shell has a polyester knit mesh body and sleeve lining that makes it easy to slip over layers. The elbows and shoulders are reinforced with Kevlar interlining and have body armor pockets (body armor sold separately). Designed for riding comfort, the shell features underarm zipper vents, an action back, slightly pre-curved sleeves, and snap sleeve tabs. For enhanced visibility in low light, the shell has 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material in the stripes and graphics on sleeves, sides, and back yoke. The removable hoodie features an integrated toggle system that keeps the hood drawstrings from getting wind whipped, plus extended inset cuffs with thumbholes, snap hand-warmer pockets, and embroidered graphics on the left chest. Offered in S to 5XL and Tall sizes.

July New CORE 2016

July New CORE 2016

Harley-Davidson MotorClothes apparel is available at more than 750 authorized retail locations in the United States and online.

*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), excluding taxes and shipping. Prices at local dealerships may vary. Read More

“Master the Road” with Mustang Comfort

By | New Product News

image003“Master the Road” with Mustang Comfort

Press Release: Mustang’s newest seat offers significant improvements over the stock seat on Indian’s luxury touring Roadmaster model.

Stay warm but look cool with high/low dual heating controls for driver and passenger that are hidden beneath Mustang’s intricately enhanced diamond-stitched black seat cover.

The driver’s 15” wide seat is 3/4” lower and 7/8” further back than the stock seat so the rider feels that he is sitting back into the seat rather than merely on it.  For all day riding support the included driver backrest is easily removable, fully adjustable, folds for storage and quickly installs into the receiver which is built into Mustang’s seat.

Mustang’s reputation for improving passenger comfort remains secure with this 15” wide rear seat that is contoured for comfort.  Pair this seat with Mustang’s wrap-around arms and backrest pad for ultimate passenger comfort and enhanced lumbar support.  Passengers with the Roadmaster’s Trunk Armrest Supports will appreciate Mustang’s replacement matching pads that are higher and flatter for much greater forearm support.

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New VIKING 3350 Steampunk Welding Helmet

By | New Product News
Viking 3350 Steampunk Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet

Viking 3350 Steampunk Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet

Lincoln Electric Releases New VIKING 3350 Steampunk Welding Helmet with 4C Lens Technology

Lincoln Electric has launched a new VIKING 3350 Series helmet featuring a Steampunk graphic theme. Steampunk, a popular subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy, incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. References to Lincoln Electric and welding can be seen throughout the steampunk-inspired graphics in this latest helmet design.

This VIKING 3350 helmet provides one of the largest viewing area’s in its class and the best optical clarity available in a welding helmet today with Lincoln Electric’s 4C Lens Technology.

The 4C stands for the following attributes:

  • Clarity – Optical clarity at the highest EN379 1/1/1/1 levels
  • Color – Real color view
  • Carat – Lightweight Auto-Darkening Filter
  • Cut – Even shade from any angle

4C technology reduces eye strain by minimizing the traditional green coloring in the helmet view screen in both active and inactive states. It is ideal for a range of industries that use multiple welding processes, such as SMAW, MIG and TIG, including general fabrication, power generation, shipbuilding, structural, offshore and pipeline.

All Viking 3350 Series helmets offer a pivot style headgear designed for greater comfort and optimal fit.

For more information on Lincoln Electric’s VIKING auto darkening welding helmets with 4C lens technology, view the brochure and product brief on www.lincolnelectric.com.

Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 47 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the company’s website at www.lincolnelectric.com.

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La Rosa Design Makes Canvas the New Leather

By | New Product News

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Press Release: Traditionally, motorcycle saddlebags and seats are manufactured using leather and this is true with most of La Rosa Designs’ product line. A few years ago Don La Rosa decided to broaden his product line by introducing canvas into his manufacturing process so he could offer a new line of canvas seats and bags. A great example of the results is the La Rosa Design eye catching Army Green Canvas with Brown Leather Star Collection. Items include Saddle Bags, Front Fork Tool Bag and a Police Style Saddle Seat with matching Passenger Pillion Pad. The whole collection is made with quality heavy weight military grade canvas and are designed to fit all years HD Softail models.

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The Army Green with Brown Leather Star Canvas Softail Saddle Bag ($124.99) by La Rosa Design is available for the left or right side of your bike. Designed to fit all Softail models, they are made from a 24oz. water proof military grade canvas, use high-quality stainless steel hardware and are reinforced with a thick leather backing and straps to ensure durability and shape retention over time. A matching Army Green Canvas Front Fork Tool Bag ($84.99) universally fits on all Harley-Davidson front forks and uses the same durable canvas, hardware and leather reinforcement as the saddle bags. Read More

Forged Bar Light Kit for Victory

By | New Product News

30-109 Halogen Mini Light on Victory ONFor those discerning Victory owners that have the forged highway bars, Big Bike Parts now offers a satin black mounting bracket and a wide selection of light kits to go with it.  These brackets mount to the existing 10mm holes in the forged bars to provide a great location for the Big Bike Parts 2 3/8’’ die cast LED lights.  Choose from halogen or Litespan LED, chrome or satin black housings.  The halogens are 50 watt, while the Litespan LED is 400 Lumens at 4000K of high output, high intensity with a 20° beam angle.  Each die cast light has a built in visor in the bezel and each light kit comes with mounting brackets, lights, electronic isolated wire harness, relay, switch, and all screws.  The non-dimmable LED may interfere with weak AM/FM signals.  For Victory Cross Roads, Cross Country, Hardball and Magnums, 2010 and newer.

30-109BK Black Mini Halogen Light Kit for Victory Forged BarsPart # 30-109M Brackets Only MSRP $34.95

Part # 30-109 Halogen Chrome Kit MSRP $139.95

Part # 30-109BK Halogen Black MSRP $139.95

Part # 30-109L LED Chrome MSRP $169.95

Part # 30-109LBK LED Black MSRP $169.95 Read More

S&S Cycle Synthetic Oil Change Kits

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36010412 - SS Motor Oil KitsS&S Cycle brings you a new line of high-performance lubricants to keep American V-Twins running like new, with Synthetic Oil Change Kits, which include 4-quarts of S&S 20w-50 synthetic motor oil and a chrome oil filter. The oil resists extreme heat in large displacement, air-cooled engines while the added moly content reduces heat, friction and wear for ultimate protection, meeting warranty requirements for H-D® and other models requiring API CJ-4/CI-4+/CI-4/CH-4 specification. Enhanced zinc and phosphorus levels also provide increased engine-wear protection. The oil filter captures smaller particles than stock, with low restrictions to oil flow. The smaller diameter of the filter makes for easier installation.

Available for 99-17 Twin Cam, 84-99 Evo Big Twin and 86-17 XL models, the suggested retail price is $72.95.

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

#001 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chief Vintage Motorcycle Auctioned

By | General News

IMG_1862re (Large)#001 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chief Vintage Motorcycle Auctioned For $150,000 At Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

All funds from the auction benefit U.S. Military personnel and their families through Operation Ride Home

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, is proud to announce that the #001 2016 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas on Saturday October 15 raised $150,000 for the benefit of Operation Ride Home, a program that assists active duty U.S. military personnel in traveling home to visit their families through a partnership with the Armed Services YMCA.

One hundred fifty individually numbered 2016 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chief Vintage and Indian Springfield motorcycle models were made available for purchase on March 4, 2016, for $29,999. All but #001 of the 150-unit production run sold in just eight hours on the first day of availability, with that first unit being saved for this auction. These motorcycles represent the first time in the century and a half history of Jack Daniel’s that any vehicle has had an officially sanctioned Jack Daniel’s livery, making this motorcycle even more special.

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Harley-Davidson Reports Third Quarter 2016 Earnings

By | General News
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MY17 107 Engine. Milwaukee Eight.

New Model Year Motorcycles Drive Increased Retail Sales in September

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 18, 2016 – Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) third quarter 2016 diluted earnings per share decreased 7.2 percent to $0.64 compared to diluted EPS of $0.69 in the same period in 2015. Net income was $114.1 million on consolidated revenue of $1.27 billion compared to net income of $140.3 million on consolidated revenue of $1.32 billion in the third quarter of 2015.

Harley-Davidson worldwide retail motorcycle sales in the third quarter were down 4.5 percent, primarily on weak U.S. industry trends. Harley-Davidson retail motorcycle sales in the U.S. were down 7.1 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, with the overall U.S. industry also down for the same period. Harley-Davidson’s U.S. market share for the quarter was 52.3 percent in the 601cc-plus segment, essentially flat compared to the third quarter in 2015. Harley-Davidson international retail sales increased by 1.0 percent over the prior year quarter.

“We continue to effectively navigate a fiercely competitive environment and an ongoing weak U.S. industry,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief executive officer, Harley-Davidson, Inc. “We are pleased with the positive results and the enthusiasm we’ve seen for our Model Year 2017 motorcycles, featuring the new Milwaukee-Eight engine. We are confident that the entire line-up will drive retail sales growth for the remainder of 2016 and position us well heading into the spring riding season next year.”

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AMRA Results from Rockingham

By | Racing News
Peter Geiss

Peter Geiss

Geiss Wins First Ray Price Top Fuel Title At The Rock

Vickers Repeats as Pro Fuel Champion in Jim McClure Nitro Nationals

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – All the big guns went out early and Peter Geiss of Huntington, N.Y., beat Tii Tharpe of East Bend, N.C., to win the AMRA Ray Price Top Fuel championship Sunday in the 25th annual Jim McClure All-Harley Nitro Nationals at Rockingham Dragway.

Geiss just barely made the starting field in the No. 8 spot but then took out No. 1 qualifier Kevin Boyer of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in round one and veteran Ricky “Sharky” House of Humble, Texas in the semifinals.  Both riders had trouble in the final but Geiss was just quick enough to get the win.

Johnny Vickers

Johnny Vickers

Other champions included Jack Romine of Centerville, Mich., in Nitro Funny Bike and Carolina legend and American Motorcycle Racing Association national record holder Johnny Vickers in Pro Fuel.

 

Vickers, making an infrequent start in the AMRA series, took out No. 1 qualifier Kirby Apathy of Deland, Fla., in a classic semifinal race and then took down Tyler Wilson of Walnut Cove, N.C., in the final to repeat as McClure Nitro Nationals champion.

Apathy, who qualified No. 1 at 7.228 seconds, put up a solid 7.245 but that wasn’t enough to hold off Vickers’ 7.223. Read More

Feel Empowered with the Black Brand Mantra Jacket

By | New Product News

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Press Release: Black Brand is making an impression with their motorcycle apparel, which includes the new Mantra leather jacket. Designed especially for the ladies, the Mantra features a well-written, empowering mantra laser-etched inside the angel wings that lets everyone know she is where she wants to be whenever she wears it.

BB3362MantraLthrJcktDL05“This is a favorite jacket among women, whether they are riders or passengers. It is part of our Platinum Series line of apparel, which means it is a limited production run. If you are looking for a feminine jacket that makes the statement that you belong on a bike, this is the one,” says Howard Kelly, Brand Manager for Black Brand.

The Mantra (P/N BB3362 to BB3367) is a top-grain sheep leather jacket with a two-way stretch nylon panel on each side and added zippers on the hips for riding comfort. It has YKK zippers, embroidery throughout the jacket and liner pockets for optional body armor. With designer styling and adornments, it comes with a six-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects. It is available in women’s XS to 2XL. Purchase of the Mantra benefits our injured returning vets thanks to the partnership Black Brand has with Homes for Our Troops.

BB3362MantraLthrJcktBckThe new Mantra jacket from Black Brand retails for $571.00 and can be ordered through your local Tucker Rocky | Biker’s Choice dealer. Read More

Boost Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight Torque Or Power With Screamin’ Eagle Stage II Kits

By | New Product News
2017 Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories

2017 Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories

Press Release: Take a Screamin’ Eagle Stage I equipped Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight engine to the next level with a Screamin’ Eagle Milwaukee-Eight Stage II Kit from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories. Screamin’ Eagle Stage I – Screamin’ Eagle air filter, Street Cannon mufflers and Screamin’ Eagle Pro Street Tuner – lays the performance foundation. Screamin’ Eagle Stage II adds a performance camshaft to achieve the next step up in performance. Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories offers two Stage II camshaft choices to tailor Milwaukee-Eight performance to specific needs.

The Screamin’ Eagle Milwaukee-Eight Stage II – Torque Kit (P/N 92500047, $389.95*) features a Screamin’ Eagle torque camshaft that delivers on-demand throttle response from low to mid RPM at cruising speed. Installed in the Milwaukee-Eight, this cam produces a 5 percent increase in torque over the stock engine that can be felt immediately off the line and continues to build  up to 14 percent more torque at 4500 RPM, an ideal power band for passing slow-moving vehicles without a downshift and compensating for the weight of a passenger and luggage. Kit components include a Screamin’ Eagle SE8-447 cam, adjustable pushrods, pushrod covers, O-rings, and a cam cover gasket. Read More

Think Before You Drink

By | General News

Think Before you DrinkKari Kempka
Abate Of Wisconsin Public Relations Director

Motorcycle Fatalities Increase with Impairment

Motorcyclists have many factors to keep in mind while riding, balance, environment, road conditions, other drivers, animals running out on the road and so much more. Riding takes skill, concentration and focus. When a rider adds alcohol to the mix, the results can be deadly.
The Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles reported that alcohol and/or speed were the primary contributing factors in 56% of fatal single unit motorcycle crashes in 2012 and in 31% of all single motorcycle crashes. In 2013, 527 people were killed in all vehicle crashed with 35% in alcohol related crashes, 30% in speed related crashes and 15% in crashes that involved both speed and alcohol.

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Historic Collaboration of Industry Giants Brings American Flat Track to Sturgis Buffalo Chip in 2017

By | Events, General News, Racing News

SBC TT AFT logoHistoric collaboration of industry giants brings American Flat Track  to Sturgis Buffalo Chip in 2017

Buildings fall and dirt flies as the American Flat Track series heads to motorcycling’s largest stage and joins the legendary Buffalo Chip’s Moto Stampede

A monumental partnership has been struck to preserve an authentic rally tradition and take professional racing to the next level of entertainment. AMA Pro RacingIndian Motorcycle and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip are electrifying motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world by hosting the premier form of dirt track racing – American Flat Track. The racing action will be happening during the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling on Sunday, Aug. 6. In full Buffalo Chip style, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip TT will set racers on a new course with a twist – a half-mile long TT track that winds through the center of the venue’s famous amphitheater.

“We are delighted to be partnering up with Buffalo Chip to bring the world’s best Flat Track racers to the heart of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally,” said Michael Lock, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. “The Buffalo Chip will be kicking off a week’s worth of premier entertainment with the first American Flat Track TT ever to be held at the world’s biggest motorcycle festival.” Read More

Lowbrow Customs No-Nonsense Pursuit Grips & Pegs In Brass or Aluminum

By | New Product News

lowbrow-pursuit-grips-on-bikeNo-Nonsense Pursuit Grips & Pegs In Brass or Aluminum

Pursuit grips, foot pegs and shifter pegs do not try to look like something they aren’t. They are not made to intimidate with spikes or skulls, or to harken the sense of an unrelated era or motif. They perform the job they were intended to without calling undue attention to themselves.

Pursuit grips and footpegs are available from Lowbrow Customs. Form follows function, and the heavy knurling ensure your grip and a stable platform so your feet aren’t slipping off your pegs while you are riding down the road. They are machined out of solid aluminum or brass and guaranteed to handle all the miles you can throw at them.  Read More

Biketoberfest News – Sons of Speed Race Postponed Due to Hurricane Damage

By | Racing News

New-Smyrna-Damage-3Sons of Speed Race Postponed Until March 17 & 18 2017,
Due To Hurricane Damage

Press Release: Regrettably, due to the damaging effects from Hurricane Matthew to New Smyrna Speedway and the Daytona Beach area, the Sons of Speed vintage motorcycle races must be rescheduled at new Smyrna Speedway for March 17 & 18, during Daytona Bike Week.

We will refund anyone who would like one, otherwise we will transfer your ticket to the new date.

Here’s how to initiate a refund: After logging in to Eventbrite, reference your orders by clicking Tickets (in the Account Menu at the top of the page.) 

Choose Sons of Speed. Click it and look for “Request a Refund.” Fill out the short contact form and click Send Message to email your request.

We will initiate a refund within a few days.

Hope to see you in March

Reports Say Maryland’s New Law Reduces Motorcycle Profiling

By | Biker's Rights

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David “Double D” Devereaux
MPP – Motorcycle Profiling Project

On Saturday, October 1, 2016 Maryland’s new anti-motorcycle profiling law went into effect. Maryland is now officially the second state to have an anti-motorcycle profiling law on the  books. Washington State passed a similar measure in 2011 and has enjoyed a reduction in profiling incidents since then. Will the new law result in a similar reduction in Maryland? Early indicators suggest the answer is yes.

Although the law went into effect less than a week ago. Senate Bill 233 landed on the Governor’s desk after unanimously passing through both chambers of the statehouse and was signed into law on May 19, 2016.  The MPP reached out to two individuals that have their finger on the  pulse of the community (Bill “Colt” Kaitz from the Maryland US Defenders and Michael “Bighead” Abbott from Thunder Roads Magazine.) to determine whether there has been any reduction in profiling incidents involving motorcyclists in Maryland.

No Profiling Incidents Are Being Reported
Bill “Colt” Kaitz, head of the Maryland US Defenders, served as the main lobbyist for the anti- motorcycle profiling effort in 2016 and regularly communicates with both legislators and Maryland bikers. The Maryland US Defenders is the only network connecting many clubs and independents involved in the state’s motorcycle rights movement. Kaitz is also the co-founder of the MPP and a member of the Legion MC from the Baltimore area.

Although not necessarily dispositive proof, Kaitz says, “I have not received any validated reports of motorcycle profiling since the Governor signed the bill into law in May. And being the main spokesperson and lobbyist for the motorcycle profiling effort in Maryland, I regularly received reports of profiling incidents before the law passed.  If  profiling were occurring at the same level, then logic says I would be receiving at least some reports.”

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Introducing the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100

By | General News

1476191185975Is this what the future looks like?

BMW just introduced this concept motorcycle that promises to do away with any need for “safety gear” at all. It is electric, self righting (no need to put your feet down until you kill the motor). The rider wears data glasses instead of a helmet, with all the essential data projected on the screen, which is controlled by eye movement.  The bike is designed to sense the road ahead and react so that it theoretically can’t get into accidents. The rider wears a special suit that has inflatable sections that support the body reducing fatigue, while warming and cooling the rider as needed.

The bike is projected as a possible future for motorcycling, in the year 2030.

“The futuristic two-wheeler glides silently through the hall. In the curve in front of the stage, the frame bulges out and the BMW logo affixed on the size illuminates in blue and white. The rider, equipped with a black suit and stylish glasses, brings her vehicle to a stop and remains poised in that position without taking a foot off the frame. It’s like a scene from a sci-fi film. And although it does all happen in the motion picture capital Los Angeles, it is nevertheless absolutely real. The vision vehicle, which is celebrating its world premiere at the “Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience” exhibition, catapults you into the 40s of the 21st century.

“A time when mobility is yet more diverse and interconnected; a time when digitalisation takes on a shape which we today perceive to be surreal; a time when motorcycling becomes an analogue and at the same time extraordinarily emotional experience. “The motorcycle provides my escape from everyday life. From the moment I climb on board, I experience nothing but absolute freedom – The Great Escape,” says Edgar Heinrich, head of design at BMW Motorad.” Read More

Wiley X New Rally Series Sunglasses Harley-Davidson Performance Eyewear Line

By | New Product News

94102rally series 1_LRWiley X Adds New Rally Series Sunglasses To Popular Harley-Davidson Performance Eyewear Line

Six New Rally Series Models for Men and Women Combine Italian Fashion With American Muscle

Press Release: Wiley X, Inc. has expanded it’s immensely popular Harley-Davidson Performance Eyewear Line with six new Italian-styled Rally Series sunglasses for men and women. As the name implies, these cool shades are bold enough to bear the Harley Davidson brand, stylish enough to wear at any rally and tough enough for on-the-bike use in even the toughest conditions.

Three bold new Rally Series styles — the HD Burn, HD Classic and HD Throttle — provide the sharp, distraction-free road vision, full coverage and state-of-the-art protection serious riders need, whether they’re blasting across town or burning up the blacktop from coast to coast. The HD Burn is offered in two versions, one pairing a Matte Black frame with versatile Smoke Grey Lenses and another with copper-tinted Silver Flash lenses fitted into a distinctive Black Quartz frame.

The new HD Classic is available with either copper-tinted Silver Flash lenses and a Black-Grey Tortoise frame or a Matte Black frame matched with Smoke Green lenses. The new HD Throttle is offered with Smoke Grey lenses paired with a Matte Black frame, as well as smoke grey-tinted Silver Flash lenses fitted into a stylish Gloss Black frame.14860rally series 2_LR

The Rally Series also includes three models — the HD Niki, HD Polly and HD Randi — designed especially for the ladies. The new HD Niki is available in three eye-catching frame/lens combinations: Smoke Grey Fade lenses in a Gloss Black frame with stone accents, Smoke Grey Fade lenses in a Crystal Blue frame with stone accents, and Pink Fade lenses in a Purple Fade frame with stone accents.

The bold styling of the new HD Polly is complimented with three distinctive combinations: Smoke Grey Fade lenses in a Gloss Black frame with stone accents, Pike Fade lenses paired with a Maroon Dark Gloss frame with stone accents, and Copper Fade lenses matched with a Brown Crystal frame with stone accents.

Rounding out the ladies Rally Series collection is the HD Randi, available with a choice of Smoke Grey Fade lenses in a Black Fade frame with stone accents, Smoke Grey Fade lenses in a Crystal Blue Hot Pearl frame with stone accents, and Copper lenses in an attractive Red Sunglow frame with stone accents.

All six of these eye-catching HD Rally models provide 100-percent protection against the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays and meet stringent ANSI Z87 High Velocity and High Mass Impact Safety standards for complete protection against the hazards of the highway. Like the majority of Wiley X eyewear models, these new HD Rally Series sunglasses are Rx-ready, providing prescription lens wearers with the ideal solution for style, protection and clear vision on the road.

For riders who prefer retro-style goggles, the HD Rally Series also includes three distinctive goggles that evoke the early days of American motorcycle culture while delivering today’s state-of-the-art vision protection.

To learn more about these new HD Rally Series sunglasses — or the full line of Harley-Davidson Performance Eyewear products designed for riders and sold through authorized Harley-Davidson dealers nationwide — contact Wiley X, Inc. at 7800 Patterson Pass Road, Livermore, CA 94550 • Telephone: (800) 776-7842 • Or visit online at h-dsunglassesbywileyx.com.

Motorcycle Daredevil Doug Danger Announces Another World Record Jump Attempt

By | General News

DOUG-DANGER-WORLD-RECORD-JUMP-ROT-RALLY-EVEL-KNIEVEL-EXHIBITMotorcycle Daredevil Doug Danger Announces Another World Record Jump Attempt and Inspires New Song

When Daredevil Doug Danger flew across the Buffalo Chip amphitheater in 2015 on Evel Knievel’s XR750 Harley he set a record Knievel himself never made and inspired many. When Danger jumped again in Austin this year during the Republic of Texas Rally and announced plans to achieve a new world record in 2017, Austin-based singer/songwriter Jonathan Terrell was impressed, too. Sitting on Knievel’s iconic Harley, owned by EK collector Lathan McKay, Terrell became galvanized by the ghost in the machine and moved by Danger’s remarkable courage—and he wrote a song about it all.

Terrell’s just-released video “Color Me Lucky,” a tribute to Doug Danger, Evel Knievel and all of the box breakers and risk takers in the world of extreme sports, was filmed in Topeka, Kansas, home of the soon-to-open Evel Knievel Museum.

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Help For the Victims of Hurricane Matthew in Daytona Beach

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daytona-2016A Message From Vance & Hines President, Mark Finnie

Natural disasters are beyond anyone’s control, but we can do something to make a difference. That’s why Vance & Hines is continuing on to Daytona to support the community and our local dealers, J&P Cycles and Destination Daytona. We are excited to announce and showcase our new 2017 Harley product offerings at this years Biketoberfest, but even more proud to help rebuild and support this great community with a donation to the American Red Cross.
You can help too by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10, or by visiting the link below:

RED CROSS DONATIONS

“Master the Road” with Mustang Comfort

By | New Product News

Press Release SheetMustang’s newest seat offers significant improvements over the stock seat on Indian’s luxury touring Roadmaster model.

Stay warm but look cool with high/low dual heating controls for driver and passenger that are hidden beneath Mustang’s intricately enhanced diamond-stitched black seat cover.

The driver’s 15” wide seat is 3/4” lower and 7/8” further back than the stock seat so the rider feels that he is sitting back into the seat rather than merely on it.  For all day riding support the included driver backrest is easily removable, fully adjustable, folds for storage and quickly installs into the receiver which is built into Mustang’s seat.

Mustang’s reputation for improving passenger comfort remains secure with this 15” wide rear seat that is contoured for comfort.  Pair this seat with Mustang’s wrap-around arms and backrest pad for ultimate passenger comfort and enhanced lumbar support.  Passengers with the Roadmaster’s Trunk Armrest Supports will appreciate Mustang’s replacement matching pads that are higher and flatter for much greater forearm support.

As with all Mustang seats, the marine-grade fiberglass baseplate, proprietary comfort foam and individually sewn covers are proudly handcrafted and assembled in their New England facility (tours are available by appointment).  For more information, visit www.MustangSeats.com or call Mustang at 800-243-1392 or 413-668-1100.  Feel the difference that Mustang makes! Read More

Paul Yaffe Celebrates Birthday, 25 Years of Custom Motorcycle Building

By | General News

Paul, Brian and Tommy Sturgis 2001Paul Yaffe Celebrates Birthday, 25 Years of Custom Motorcycle Building at Morongo Indian Casino, December 16, 2016

 One Lucky Attendee to Win The Morongo Casino Sailor Jerry Chopper  

Legendary custom motorcycle builder Paul Yaffe will celebrate his birthday and over 25 years in the bike building and custom parts business Friday, December 16, at the Morongo Indian Casino in Cabazon, CA.

Paul_First_Chopper_1991“It all started with a love of motorcycles and a curiosity and desire to see what could be made of them,” says Paul. “I never would have guessed, when I first started experimenting in the mid eighties, that it would lead to where we are today.”

Sailor_Jerry_YaffeFans and motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged not to miss the Paul Yaffe Birthday Bash and Custom Bike Display at the Morongo Indian Casino Friday, December 16, 2016. Paul has gathered an amazing collection of some of his most memorable custom creations throughout the years, including both Discovery bikes, Prodigy and several others, that will be on display all weekend. And on Friday night, Paul will give away his newly created Sailor Jerry Chopper to one lucky attendee in celebration of his birthday. Read More

Police and 1% Motorcycle Clubs – Don’t Believe the Hype

By | Biker's Rights

1percent-clubs-police-hype-featured-image-620x350Don’t Believe the Hype

By David Devereaux,
The Motorcycle Profiling Project

Being in a motorcycle club is not illegal. Law enforcement action should be based on behavior, not appearance. So being in a motorcycle club should not influence law enforcement’s decision to take action against a person. Despite this, however, there is a common misconception that being a member of a 1% motorcycle club is a self-admission of criminality. Many in law enforcement and some prosecutors label all members of 1% clubs gang members, and the media is all too willing to perpetuate a sensationalized perspective.

Maybe even more troubling, the stereotype is so powerful that even other bikers are susceptible. The truth is that many are wary of clubs and many buy into the sensationalized hype and stereotypes, particularly about 1%’ers. But through education regarding the 1st Amendment maybe these perceptions can be overcome in favor of reality.  Then the real work of protecting bikers can be more effectively achieved.

Do Independent Bikers Stereotype 1%’ers as Criminals?
Not all independents believe the hype. But the fact remains, many do.  A perfect example of this perception became evident to me at the recent “Meeting of The Minds” event hosted by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, this year held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 22-25. The theme this year was “Bridging The Gap” in the motorcycle rights movement among all of the different organizations and elements of the motorcycling community that have common political, legislative and legal interests. And the issue that is beginning to galvanize the unification process is motorcycle profiling.

One of the primary gaps to be bridged is between independent bikers and motorcycle club members, often called “Patch Holders”. Although it is becoming more common for independents and patch holders to work together on legislative goals in some areas of the country, in many places there is still resistance.

At the end of a panel I was participating in titled “Bridging The Gap”, an independent raised his hand and said he had to ask the obvious question. What about 1%’ers being gangs and being involved in criminal activity?

It was the perfect opportunity to explain how that perception violates the fundamental principles of association and expression enshrined in the 1st Amendment. It was an opportunity to educate.

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Harley-Davidson’s Pink Label Program

By | General News, New Product News
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July New CORE 2016 – Pink Label

Harley-Davidson Commitment To Breast Cancer Survivors Rides On Through Pink Label Program

Hot Pink Helmet, Fleece and More Added to 2017 Pink Label Collection Line-Up

Harley-Davidson firmly believes that nobody rides alone, on the road or through life. That commitment is behind the Harley-Davidson Pink Label Collection, a program inspired by the struggles and courage of riders and passengers who’ve been impacted by breast cancer.

The 2017 Harley-Davidson Pink Label Collection is a special product offering of 37 items, each featuring hot-pink trim and a special pink ribbon label or logo that represents the purpose behind the purchase of each item. At least three percentof the proceeds from sales of the Harley-Davidson Pink Label Collection is donated to partner organizations offering education and support to breast cancer survivors. Since its launch in 2010, the Harley-Davidson Pink Label program has donated more than $2 million dollars for the program partners. .

“Pink Label gives everyone in the Harley-Davidson community the power to make a real difference,” said Claudia Garber, Harley-Davidson Marketing Manager. “Harley-Davidson has made a year-round commitment through the Pink Label Program and our dealers to both support those impacted by breast cancer, and to inspire others to do the same.”

Harley-Davidson Pink Label Collection program partners offer national reach and a distinct type of care:

  •       ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis offers free peer-to-peer mentoring starting with a Helpline staffed by breast cancer survivors and collaborates with the Walter Reed Medical Center and others to train mentors nationwide.
  •     National Breast Cancer Foundation provides help through early detection, education, and support services and offers the number one breast cancer app in iTunes, “Beyond the Shock.”
  •       Young Survival Coalition focuses on serving the unique needs of women under the age of 40 who are facing breast cancer.

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Roland Sands Design Launches 2016 Apparel Range

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Roland Sands Design Launches 2016 Apparel Range

Roland Sands Design is pleased to announce the release of their most comprehensive range of protective riding apparel to date. “RSD design DNA can be found in the underlying details of each unique new piece. The collection is inspired by our approach to custom bikes, where every minute detail is considered to create timeless designs.” said Roland Sands. 

“This new range perfectly blends premium materials, simplistic style and motorcycle functionality to ensure performance on any bike while looking great off it. And we’ve developed new materials and price points for a diverse offering.” Explained Rob Ramlose, RSD Brand Manager. “We’ve focused on providing a stylish jacket for every motorcycle consumer, regardless of the type of bike you ride.” added Ramlose.

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New to the leather category, RSD has developed Matte Buffalo, a leather quality that is soft and supple and requires very little break in. It has a unique matte treated top grain hide that is pre-oiled, water repellent and abrasion resistant at a newly positioned price point that offers a ton of value. Styles offered in Matte Buffalo are Sonoma; a true performance jacket that includes CE certified level 2 elbow and shoulder armor. And the Carson and Walker jackets, both great retro inspired styles with simplistic design details. Read More

The Round-The-World Spark Plug Holder

By | New Product News

lowbrow-rtw-spark-plug-holder-1Never get caught on the side of the road again with fouled spark plugs or with a frustrating motorcycle that won’t start with ease. Stay on the road and self-sufficient with a RTW Spark Plug Holder from Lowbrow Customs.

The RTW (Round-The-World) Spark Plug Holder comes complete with a cold-forged, 304 stainless steel multi-tool which allows you to swap out your spark plugs without having any other tools on hand. The RTW Spark Plug Holder will fit on any motorcycle with a USA-sized motorcycle license plate. The slotted, investment-cast aluminum spark plug holder will mount at the top or bottom of any license plate, or on the backside of your license plate bracket as long as there is room. Simply unbolt your license plate, bolt the RTW Spark Plug Holder in place and thread in a spare pair of spark plugs. The wrench multi-tool includes a spark plug gapper, an inch and metric ruler, bottle opener, straight screwdriver blade and 1/4″ hex driver. Spark plugs not included!  Read More

Majority of Veterans Motorcycle Clubs Denied Access to Public Accommodations

By | Biker's Rights

VETS-4By David “Double D.” Devereaux
For Russ Brown Motorcycle

Bobby Colella served in the infantry for 21 years and spent much of that time overseas helping protect citizens of other countries from threats of brutal dictators. He fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 05-06, in Ramadi and Fallujah, and Baqubah in 07-08. Bobby says, “I knew I was forfeiting my personal freedoms as an American to protect and preserve our civil liberties and freedoms on the home front – and like many of you, it was a sacrifice I was willing to make for the greater good of our nation.”

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Upon leaving the Army in November 2010, Bobby found himself trying to find his place in society. He met and joined the Bikers for Christ Motorcycle Ministry where the pastor was a Vietnam veteran that Bobby easily connected with. Soon  after becoming a member, Bobby and his pastor were denied entrance to a motorcycle event because they were wearing motorcycle colors. Bobby was shocked, describing “a moment of enlightenment that came in the form of a simple ‘No Colors’ sign….I was denied access to an event simply for what I was wearing. It turns out that the freedom I thought I was fighting for was a myth, especially when it came to the First Amendment and freedom to express yourself….This wasn’t the America I fought for, and it certainly wasn’t the America our brothers, fathers, uncles and friends fought and died for either.”

Unfortunately, Bobby’s experience is not unique among returning veterans. In fact, a majority of Veteran motorcycle club members have been denied access to public accommodations in this way at home after devoting themselves to fighting for the freedom of expression and association. According to the NMPS, there are an estimated 934,000 members of Veterans motorcycle clubs and almost every motorcycle club has veterans even if they are not a military club.

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Friday Funny

By | Humor

A door-to-door polltaker asked the young housewife what form of birth control she and her husband practiced.

“We use the bucket and saucer method.” replied the woman.

The polltaker started to check it off his list but he didn’t know how to enter it. ”Excuse me, ma’am, but I’m not familiar with that method. What exactly is the bucket and saucer method?”

“Well you see, my husband is shorter than me, and he has to stand on a bucket.”

“I see,” said the polltaker,” still confused.

“And when his eyes get big as saucers,” she continued, “I kick the bucket out from under him>”

—Jo Ann Sanderson
Thor, Iowa
Passin’ Gas
Easyriders 1990

JIMS Shifter Mechanism Sleeve Removal & Installation Tool

By | New Product News

5517 tool catJIMS No. 5517 Shifter Mechanism Sleeve Removal & Installation Tool

Press Release: This is a real time saver for removing and installing the shifter mechanism sleeve in Cruise Drive Big Twin transmissions.  With this new tool, the sleeve (bushing) can be removed and installed correctly without disassembling the transmission, saving hours of labor!  This tool will pay for itself in one use!  JIMS No. 5517 is proudly made in the USA, features JIMS lifetime tool warranty, and has a suggested retail price of $88.00.  For use on 2006 Dyna and all 2007-present Big Twin with Cruise Drive 6-speed Transmission.  For more info, contact sales@jimsusa.com, visit www.jimsusa.com, or call (805) 482-6913.

See the video on our new You Tube page, JIMS USA.

This is a real time saver for removing and installing the shifter mechanism sleeve in Cruise Drive Big Twin transmissions. With this new tool, the sleeve (bushing) can be removed and installed correctly without disassembling the transmission, saving hours of labor! This tool will pay for itself in one use!

New Heavy-Duty Center Jack from BikeMaster

By | New Product News

152505SteelCenterJackSafely Lift Your Bike with the New Heavy-Duty Center Jack from BikeMaster

Press Release: Maintenance on your motorcycle no longer has to be a chore with the new Heavy-Duty Center Jack from BikeMaster. This jack will lift your motorcycle in seconds, giving you more time to maintain or fix your bike and less time worrying about how you are going to work on it.

The Heavy-Duty Center Jack (P/N 152505) has a 1,100 lbs. lifting capacity with built-in stability tabs at the base. It is able to handle big and small bikes, making it a versatile tool for your shop. The heavy-duty steel is powder-coated to a beautiful red finish and includes a hex socket handle for raising and lowering. Removable rubber cradles, which are included, prevent your bike from slipping and sustaining scratches while using the jack. The rubber cradles also aid in custom height adjustments to your bike’s frame before lifting it in the position required for you to work. The Heavy-Duty Center Jack from BikeMaster also includes a one-year warranty.

To use, simply slide the jack under your motorcycle, ensuring it’s positioned under the frame. Adjust the rubber cradles to your desired height and turn the jack arm. You can achieve up to 16 inches of lift when fully raised.

The BikeMaster Heavy-Duty Center Jack retails for $109.95 and can be ordered through your local Tucker Rocky | Biker’s Choice dealer.

About BikeMaster
Established in 1981 by riders, BikeMaster believes in dedicated customer service, quality-driven products and the right tools to get the job done. Combine that with decades of experience among a group of life-long riders, and you have a brand you can rely on. Providing O.E.M. quality and performance, our ever-expanding portfolio of tools, parts and accessories provides you with everything you need to maintain your bike, enhance performance or even revive a classic. The BikeMaster team has your back every step of the way. For more information, visit BikeMaster online at www.bikemaster.com or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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

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

Indian Motorcycle and Red Wing Shoes new Handcrafted Motorcycle Boots

By | New Product News

IND-Redwing-Boots-0038 (Large)Indian Motorcycle Announces General Availability Of 2016 “Red Wing Shoes Collection” Of Handcrafted Motorcycle Boots

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced the general availability of the “Red Wing Shoes Collection” for Indian Motorcycle. This line of fine, handcrafted American motorcycle boots combines the finest leathers and quality materials with Red Wing Shoes legendary reputation for uncompromising craftsmanship. The two legendary Minnesota-based manufacturers partnered to design and produce the line of three unique boot styles for men and women to celebrate the rich heritage of both brands and to build upon their mutual legacy of American-manufactured excellence dating back more than a century.

“Bridging more than 100 years of shared history, this partnership between two historic Minnesota company’s highlights values of American craftsmanship, lasting reliability, and rugged durability. We’re proud to team up with Indian Motorcycle to create some of the best riding boots out there,” said Dave Schneider, CMO of Red Wing Shoe Company. Read More

Understanding the Waco Biker Prosecution

By | Biker's Rights

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Motorcycle Profiling Project – For Bikers By Bikers

David “Double D” Devereaux

On May 17, 2015, Paul Landers was looking for a place to hang a Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents banner in preparation for a scheduled political gathering to discuss motorcycle rights issues when gunfire erupted at a Twin Peaks in Waco, Texas. Paul was there to provide the region updates following the National Coalition of Motorcyclists National Convention that was held in Denver the previous week.

Despite being a dedicated political rights advocate with an indisputable track record, Paul and 176 other individuals were arrested and charged under the state’s organized crime statute for engaging in organized crime and committing or conspiring to commit capital murder. 154 of those arrested have had their cases presented to a grand jury, have been indicted, and are currently awaiting trial.

The significance of Waco to the motorcycle club community cannot be over-stated. What law could possibly allow 177 motorcyclists to be arrested for mere association? A simple analysis of the Texas Organized Crime Statute is key to understanding the prosecutor’s strategy and the legal argument 154 defendants will have to overcome.

Read the whole story

S&S Complete Cam Chest Kits

By | New Product News

Cam ChestThe S&S Complete Cam Chest Kits combine all of the best components into one perfectly matched package. Kits include Cams, Outer Drive Gears (or chain tensioners) Cam Plate, Tappets, Oil Pump, Quickee Pushrod Kit and all bearings and gaskets needed for installation.  Each part is designed to work with everything around it and create optimum power and reliability for 1999-’16 and even many 2017 Harley-Davidson big twins (except touring). Multiple cam grinds as well as chain or gear drive options means we build a kit suited for the performance demands of your motorcyle and you’ll know all the components are designed to work together.  For more information see your local dealer or click here

S&S Cycle
www.sscycle.com

Dirty Bird Concepts Trunk For Indian

By | New Product News

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John Shope’s latest tour pack and mounting rack for Indian motorcycles

Dirty Bird Concepts announces the all new Stampede Series Tour Pack and Rack Mount designed to fit your Chieftain, Dark Horse, Classic, Roadmaster, Springfield and Vintage Indian Motorcycle.

Are you an owner of an Indian motorcycle and would like to add a tour pack?  If so, John Shope’s recent mounting rack allows you to install a tour pack to any Indian model motorcycle (excluding the Scout).  Each tour pack comes assembled with your choice of slim or tall and features a gas shock for easy packing and organizing.  All hardware is included and comes equipped with a lock and key.   The Dirty Bird tour pack is made from injection molded polymer, not fiberglass and guaranteed not to crack.  Simply disassemble the tour pack, mock up to your bike, take it for paint then, re-assemble.  Back rest pan and mounting rack are sold separately and can be added at time of checkout.

To shop Dirty Bird’s entire line of aftermarket Indian parts, visit us online.  For an easier shopping experience, you can now shop by specific bike model and year.

 

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www.dirtybirdconcepts.com