NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

Federal Agency Seeks Anti-Lock Brakes On New Motorcycles In The U.S.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended that all new motorcycles built for road use in the U.S. have anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control as standard equipment.  The federal safety agency says that ABS has been required on passenger cars since 2000, and electronic stability control has been required since the 2012 model year, but the technology has lagged for motorcycles and requiring it would save lives.

The NTSB voted unanimously 5-0 during their September 11 open board meeting to make the recommendations to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has authority to impose regulations.

NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) determined that anti-lock brakes could reduce motorcycle fatalities by 31%.  “That is a sizeable safety benefit that the U.S. is leaving on the table, leaving on the pavement, actually,” he told the Associated Press (AP).

Eric Emery, the NTSB’s Safety Research Division chief, said anti-lock brakes would allow riders to use maximum braking force without fear of the wheels locking up and skidding, improving the chances of keeping control of bikes in an emergency.

Anti-lock brakes are currently standard on 8.9% of U.S. motorcycles and are optional on 13.3%.  Anti-lock brakes were required in Europe starting in 2016 on motorcycles with engines larger than 125 CC, agency officials said.  Other countries are discussing or requiring it, including Australia, Japan, China and Brazil.

NTSB Issues New Recommendations To “Improve Motorcycle Safety”
Safety issues surrounding the causes of motorcycle crashes, and the prevention of crashes through better integration of motorcycles in crash warning and prevention systems and the use of advanced braking and stability control systems, were the subject of a National Transportation Safety Board meeting conducted Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

During the public hearing, staff from the Office of Research and Engineering and the Office of Highway Safety presented findings and recommendations from the “2016 Motorcycle Crash Causation Study” on select risk factors associated with the causes of motorcycle crashes, which were adopted unanimously by the five-member board.

Among 10 recommendations included in the report, “Select Risk Factors Associated with Causes of Motorcycle Crashes,” are calls for all new on-road motorcycles sold in the United States to be equipped with antilock braking systems and that the federal government establish performance standards for electronic stability control on motorcycles sold in the U.S.

Additionally, the report recommends that motorcycles be fully incorporated in the development of technology for on-board crash prevention and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure systems.

It also calls for further study and strategies regarding alcohol and drug use on rider crash risk, and to evaluate the effectiveness of motorcycle licensing procedures.

The NTSB does not typically investigate motorcycle crashes, but it conducted a motorcycle safety forum in 2006 and issued recommendations as a result.  It has been more than 10 years since the NTSB has issued new recommendations “to help reduce motorcycle crashes and improve safety.”

Ending CARB
The Trump Administration has announced plans to revoke a special waiver that currently allows California to regulate vehicle tailpipe emissions differently than what the federal government mandates, which would eliminate California’s more stringent greenhouse gas standards imposed under CARB (California Air Resources Board).

CARB’s stricter smog standards have been adopted in thirteen states and the District of Columbia, representing nearly 40% of the nation’s new vehicle sales.

Sikh Helmet Exemption Granted In Ontario On Religious Grounds
This winter, Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation says Sikh riders will be exempt from the province’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law due to the wearing of turbans.  The possibility of an exemption has been a contentious topic for years throughout Canada, with some arguing that it would pose a safety risk, but now Premier Doug Ford says he will make the change in recognition of Sikh motorcycle riders’ civil rights and religious expression. Read More

Garage-Girls Announces Ultimate Biker Makeover 2018 Winner!

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Garage-GirlsGarage-Girls Announces Ultimate Biker Makeover 2018 Winner!

Press Release: Garage-Girls are proud to announce the Ultimate Biker Makeover winner for 2018; Karen Anderson.  Karen was selected out of over 74 entries to this years contest from the story and photo’s that were submitted.  This is the 10th year for the annual contest that is fueled by the goal of helping a fellow rider stay out riding on the road.

Contestants (Girls and Guys) were asked to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover as well as a photo. Deadline for entries was June 22nd 2018. Submissions were narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges had to make the tough decision of who they felt most deserved the Ultimate Biker Makeover. “Karen’s story of powering through not only one type of cancer diagnosis and treatment, but 4 was pretty compelling. How does one get through a blow like that? We all just couldn’t get over how tough this must have been for Karen, but were happy to read that riding her motorcycle to chemo and radiation was what empowered her through it all.  This confirmed to us all that we needed to help this woman stay out riding on the road.  Riding was how she was surviving.”  —Sara Liberte, owner of Garage-Girls

Karen will be getting hooked up with a bunch of prizes which include; A wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear, a case of full synthetic oil from Spectro Oils, A new Corbin motorcycle seat, cleaning supplies from Star-Brite Solutions, and surprise gear from S&S Cycle, Memphis Shades, and Bare Knuckle Choppers.

The focus of the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover is to “Hook a Rider Up” and help them replace their worn, busted parts and gear. Garage-Girls

“For the last 10 years our contest has allowed guys and girls to submit a short story along with a photo of why they need some new gear for their “Body” and “Machine”, it’s a great feeling being able to help a fellow rider get back out on the road with that much needed wind time.” —Sara Liberte, founder garage-girls.com

New SUMAX Website

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SUMAXNew SUMAX Website

Press Release: Sumax is now live with their new state of the art website. This site is very user friendly even with mobile devices. You can search by product or by motorcycle. In business now for 35 years they have seen the transition from black and white catalogs to a website full of vibrant colors.

Sumax spark plug wire section gives you more choices, more colors with more horsepower for your Harley Davidson, Victory, & Triumph If they don’t have what you need, quite possibly no one else has it. Battery cables are a good OEM 8 ga. replacement or their Extreme Duty 2 ga. cables. As with all Sumax products they are made right here in the U.S.A..

SUMAXCreate a Bagger with their Saddle Bag Brackets that allow you to run Harley hard bags 1993 and newer on the following models: All year Softails, all year Dynas, FXR and Sportsters 2000+ models. Their Phantom Brackets fit 1993- 2008 Road King, Road Glide, ElectraGlide & Street Glide Models. Phantom brackets give floating effect of saddle bags, by eliminating the rear crash bar in front of your bags.

SUMAXGet the look and feel of a professionally finished interior for your stock Harley Saddle Bags and Tour Packs with their Sumax liner kits. This is the same trunk lining used by professional car builders. It will protect the items in your bags and box while deading the sound. No more having to wrap items in towels!

SUMAXAnd of course they are known world wide for their expertise in Powder Coating. Sumax was the first, the original powder coater specializing in motorcycles. Their work can be seen in and on the covers of many motorcycle magazines and on TV shows. Sumax is the one by which all others are judged.

Be sure to check it out, it’s worth the ride with www.sumax.com

Fifth Running of Sons Of Speed Set for Sturgis 2018 

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Sons Of SpeedFifth Running of Sons Of Speed Set for Sturgis 2018 

Daring Riders To Put Everything on the Line at 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Fresh off its fourth running at Daytona Bike Week 2018, Sons of Speed is set for its fifth race. The quinary contest will be held Thursday, August 9th, 3 p.m., at the Full Throttle Saloon’s Pappy Hoel Campground racetrack during the 78th Anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids. Brand new, licensed Sons of Speed merchandise is now available from Hot Leathers.

“Our fourth race at Daytona Bike Week earlier this year was the biggest one yet,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “Hair raising and blood curdling, that’s how we like it. Can’t wait to run it again at Sturgis.”

Inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racers, the Sons of Speed race hearkens back to a stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding. The fifth race will feature riders sitting astride hand-built racing chassis holding pre-1925 1,000cc American V-Twin engines, a Hot 61” class as well as a 45” class. Most racers will customize their machines by fabricating handlebars, exhaust, fenders, foot pegs and fuel/oil tanks.

The fourth running of Sons of Speed saw some of the best riders and well-known personalities in the business participate, including: Billy Lane, eBay Jake, Go Takamine, Ken Curtis, Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe, Dan Rose, Rhett Rotten, Brittney Olsen, Rick Petcko, Mark Hanna, Freddie Bollwage, Jody Perewitz, Matt Harris, Josh Young and others. Many of these same riders will participate at Sturgis.

Top honors at Daytona in the Hot 61” went to Matt Walksler on his 1924 Harley-powered Sons of Speed racer, earning himself the Sons of Speed Sturgis McCann Trophy from Bill McCann. Walksler managed to dethrone eBay Jake, who’d taken the checkered flag the last two times running. This time out, Walksler will find himself in the crosshairs, as every rider looks to dethrone and supplant him. This is motorcycle racing at its harrowing, blood-chilling best.

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

About Sons Of Speed

Sons Of Speed is a motorcycle race inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racing. Featuring stripped-down bikes with pre-1925 American V-Twin engines and a steeply banked racetrack, Sons Of Speed hearkens back to a wide-open, full-throttle, thrilling style of motorcycle racing. Co-founded by veteran motorcycle bike builder Billy Lane, Sons Of Speed races feature some of the sport’s most accomplished riders, builders, and enthusiasts. Past participants include Buzz Kanter (publisher, American Iron Magazine), Shelley Rossmeyer-Pepe (GM, Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson), vintage racer Brittney Olsen, eBay Jake (two-time Sons of Speed winner), Warren and Billy Lane, Rick Petko (of American Chopper fame and master mechanic at Orange County Choppers), Matt Walksler (motorcyclist and Associate Director of Wheels Through Time), “Moonshiner” Josh Owens and Matt Harris, to name a few. For more information on upcoming races and to buy tickets, check out the Facebook event page.

Buffalo Chip’s New CAMP ZERO

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Camp ZeroGood Friends, Good Times at Buffalo Chip’s New CAMP ZERO

The Chip has created a place where rally-goers can create their own party and crash on the cheap just down the road from free entertainment at the CrossRoads.

A new launch site for rallying like the old days is opening across the highway from the Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip this August. The Buffalo Chip’s new CAMP ZERO invites those who share a passion for rad bikes and crazy friends to come create their own fun and crash for cheap during the annual rally. The property offers free showers, tipi rentals and a rustic barn that has been converted into a bar. The location across from the Buffalo Chip Campground, offers campers convenient access to free music, bike shows and 2 buck beers at the CrossRoads, or the opportunity to pick up Buffalo Chip concert, race and event daily admission passes. CAMP ZERO will be open July 30 – Aug. 11, 2018. More information is available at CampZeroSturgis.com.

CAmp Zero“If you are curious about the early days of the rally and why so many bikers look back on them so fondly, this is your opportunity to find out,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “CAMP ZERO is a throwback to the time when you would pitch a tent or just camp under the stars with a bunch of like-minded bikers and make your own party. No frills, no commercialization, just fun.” 

Camp ZeroCAMP ZERO offers plenty of space to goof off in the dirt, pitch a tent or park a van or camper. For those who don’t have room on the back of their bike for a tent, authentic, no-frills tipis with room for six are available for rent. The 75-year-old barn creates a hangout for a party, rain or shine.

CAMP ZERO passes are available at CampZeroSturgis.com or by calling 605-347-9000.

Camp Zero

Indian Motorcycle 200 MPH at 2018 Bonneville Speed Week

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BonnevilleIndian Motorcycle And Lee Munro Attempting To Reach 200 MPH at 2018 Bonneville Speed Week

Legendary Land-Speed Record Holder’s Great Nephew Returns to Bonneville Salt Flats Aboard Indian Scout “Spirit of Munro”

America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle, announced today that Lee Munro, the great nephew of the legendary land-speed racer Burt Munro, will attempt to break 200 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats this August. Equipped with the Indian Motorcycle engineering team and the newly modified Indian Scout dubbed “Spirit of Munro,” Lee Munro is back and prepared to eclipse his previous official speed of 191.286 mph at the upcoming 70th annual Bonneville Speed Week.

In preparation for this year, Indian Motorcycle’s engineering team has worked on refining the Indian Scout Streamliner which will run in the MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner) 1350 cc class. Lee Munro’s record-breaking run of 186.681 mph at El Mirage and an official run of 191.286 mph at last year’s Speed Week has motivated the team to update the bike with modifications to the intake and minor body adjustments, to help Munro break into the exclusive 200-mph club.

“Indian Motorcycle was honored to partner with the Munro family last year and pay tribute to Burt’s incredible accomplishments and land-speed record set in 1967. We’re eager to be back on the salt flats with Lee and the ‘Sprit of Munro,’” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “Our engineering team led by Wayne Kolden and Dan Gervais have put long hours into developing a bike capable of hitting the 200-mph mark and we’re excited to watch Lee pursue this goal.  I would also like to thank our sponsors Garry Robertson of Ocean Ridge and Jerry Stinchfield of Roofing Systems for helping us get to the salt.”

Lee Munro attributes his love for speed to the bloodline he shares with his great uncle, Burt Munro, who famously set a land-speed record in 1967 aboard a 1920 Indian Scout. In 2005, Burt Munro’s legacy was immortalized with the making of the popular film, “The World’s Fastest Indian,” starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and in 2017, Lee Munro celebrated the 50th anniversary of his great uncle’s record with a commemorative run at Bonneville Speed Week.

“My great uncle Burt is a significant inspiration for my own motorcycle racing career, and his appetite for speed is clearly a part of my DNA,” said Lee Munro. “Partnered with the exceptional team at Indian Motorcycle, I know we can make our dreams of hitting 200 mph a reality.” 

Speed Week will be held August 11-17 in Bonneville, Utah. This six-day event is created for determined riders who not only have a quest to be record holders, but also to ride at one of the most legendary locations for speed runs.

The Indian Scout “Spirit of Munro” race bike and Lee Munro’s 2018 land-speed attempts are proudly supported by Ocean Ridge and Roof Systems. For more information on Indian Motorcycle visit IndianMotorcycle.com, or follow on Facebook,Instagram and Twitter.

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.

More Roads to Harley-Davidson

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More Roads to Harley-Davidson

Matt Levatich, President and CEO, Harley-Davidson, Inc.

“More Roads to Harley-Davidson” Includes New Products in Additional Motorcycle Segments, Broader Access and Commitment to Strengthen Dealers

Press Release: To inspire even more people around the world to experience the exhilaration of riding a motorcycle, Harley-Davidson today shared details of its “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022.

In a fast-changing world with new consumer demands, these accelerated actions support Harley-Davidson’s 2027 objectives with increased focus and strategic investment to reinvigorate the U.S. business while accelerating the pace of international growth.

More Roads to Harley-Davidson

Future Custom Model
Harley-Davidson’s all-new custom motorcycle with a muscular stance, aggressive, stripped down styling and 1250cc of pure performance, is planned to be released in 2021.

“The bold actions we are announcing today leverage Harley-Davidson’s vast capabilities and competitive firepower – our excellence in product development and manufacturing, the global appeal of the brand and of course, our great dealer network,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief executive officer, Harley-Davidson, Inc. “Alongside our existing loyal riders, we will lead the next revolution of two-wheeled freedom to inspire future riders who have yet to even think about the thrill of riding.”

The result of a comprehensive, top-to-bottom assessment incorporating a “customer first” perspective, the More Roads to Harley-Davidson plan includes:

  • New Products – keep current riders engaged and inspire new riders by extending heavyweight leadership and unlocking new markets and segments
  • Broader Access – meet customers where they are and how they want to engage with a multi-channel retail experience
  • Stronger Dealers – drive a performance framework to improve dealer financial strength and the Harley-Davidson customer experience

“We expect this plan will result in an engaged, expanded Harley-Davidson community with a more diverse rider base, along with industry-leading margins and cash flow,” said Levatich.

New Products
Leveraging its industry-leading design and strong manufacturing capabilities, Harley-Davidson plans to offer its most comprehensive lineup of motorcycles, competing in many of the largest and fastest growing segments with a full portfolio of motorcycles across a broad spectrum of price points, power sources, displacements, riding styles and global markets. Highlights include:

  • Extending the company’s leadership in heavyweight motorcycles by continuing to develop improved, more technologically-advanced Touring and Cruiser motorcycles that will keep existing Harley-Davidson riders engaged and riding longer.
  • Introducing a new modular 500cc to 1250cc middleweight platform of motorcycles that spans three distinct product spaces and four displacements, starting with the company’s first Adventure Touring motorcycle, the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250, a 1250cc Custom model and a 975cc Streetfighter model, all of which are planned to launch beginning in 2020. Additional models to broaden coverage in these product spaces will follow through 2022.
  • Developing a more accessible, small-displacement (250cc to 500cc) motorcycle for Asia emerging markets through a planned strategic alliance with a manufacturer in Asia.  This new product and broader distribution is intended to fuel Harley-Davidson’s customer access and growth in India, one of the largest, fastest growing markets in the world, and other Asia markets.
  • Leading the electric motorcycle market by launching Harley-Davidson’s first electric motorcycle, LiveWire, in 2019 — the first in a broad, no-clutch “twist and go” portfolio of electric two-wheelers designed to establish the company as the leader in the electrification of the sport. LiveWire will be followed by additional models through 2022 to broaden the portfolio with lighter, smaller and even more accessible product options to inspire new riders with new ways to ride.

Broader Access
Harley-Davidson will advance its market delivery approach and meet today’s customer needs by:

  • Creating high-engagement customer experiences across all retail channels – including improving and expanding the company’s global digital capabilities by evolving the Harley-Davidson.com experience to integrate with and enhance the dealership retail experience for existing and new customers.
  • Establishing strategic alliances with global leading e-commerce providers to extend access to Harley-Davidson to a pool of millions of potential new customers.
  • New retail formats — including smaller, urban storefronts globally to expose the brand to urban populations and drive sales of the expanded Harley-Davidson product portfolio and expand international apparel distribution.

Stronger Dealers
Harley-Davidson’s world-class dealer network is an integral part of the company’s accelerated strategy and critical to overall success. The company will implement a performance framework to significantly enhance the strength of the dealer network and the customer experience, enabling the best-performing and most entrepreneurial dealers to drive innovation and success for themselves and Harley-Davidson — while providing the premium customer experience the brand is known for across an increasingly diverse product and customer base.

“Harley-Davidson is iconic because we’ve never been static,” said Levatich. “In moving forward, we are tapping into the spirit that drove our founders back in 1903 and every one of the employees and dealers who rose to the challenges faced along the way.  Our plan will redefine existing boundaries of our brand – reaching more customers in a way that reinforces all we stand for as a brand and as a company and we can’t wait to kick it into gear.”

Watch a video highlighting key elements of Harley-Davidson’s More Roads to Harley-Davidson plan hereRead More

 Harley-Davidson Announces Second Quarter Results

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Second QuarterHarley-Davidson Announces Second Quarter Results 

MILWAUKEE, July 24, 2018 – Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) today reported second quarter 2018 results and announced it will share details about its accelerated strategy for growth on July 30, 2018. 

Second Quarter 2018 

  • • EPS $1.45 ($1.52 excluding manufacturing optimization costs) 
  • • HDFS lower year-over-year provision for credit losses; full-year outlook improved 
  • • Dividend up versus prior year; repurchased 0.9 million shares 
  • • Growth in international retail sales 
  • • Manufacturing optimization initiative on track 
  • • Confirmed full-year shipment guidance 
  • • Strategy announcement set for July 30, 2018 

Second quarter 2018 GAAP diluted EPS was $1.45. Excluding manufacturing optimization costs, diluted EPS was $1.52. Second quarter 2017 GAAP diluted EPS was $1.48. Second quarter 2018 net income was $242.3 million on consolidated revenue of $1.71 billion versus net income of $258.9 million on consolidated revenue of $1.77 billion in the second quarter of 2017. 

Harley-Davidson international retail motorcycle sales were up 0.7 percent in the second quarter of 2018 compared to 2017 and U.S. retail sales were down 6.4 percent. Worldwide retail sales decreased 3.6 percent. 

“Our results in the second quarter reflect business performance that is in line with our expectations. With the focus of every employee and dealer, we are making progress building the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders in line with our long-term objectives. Our manufacturing optimization, demand-driving investments and commitment to manage supply in line with demand remain on target and continue to strengthen our business,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief executive officer, Harley-Davidson, Inc.  Read More

Harley On Tariffs

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TariffsHarley On Tariffs

The European Union has enacted tariffs on various U.S.-manufactured products, including Harley-Davidson motorcycles. These tariffs, which became effective June 22, 2018, were imposed in response to the tariffs the U.S. imposed on steel and aluminum exported from the EU to the U.S.

Consequently, EU tariffs on Harley-Davidson motorcycles exported from the U.S. have increased from 6% to 31%. Harley-Davidson expects these tariffs will result in an incremental cost of approximately $2,200 per average motorcycle exported from the U.S. to the EU.

Harley-Davidson believes the tremendous cost increase, if passed onto its dealers and retail customers, would have an immediate and lasting detrimental impact to its business in the region, reducing customer access to Harley-Davidson products and negatively impacting the sustainability of its dealers’ businesses. Therefore, Harley-Davidson will not raise its manufacturer’s suggested retail prices or wholesale prices to its dealers to cover the costs of the retaliatory tariffs. In the near-term, the company will bear the significant impact resulting from these tariffs, and the company estimates the incremental cost for the remainder of 2018 to be approximately $30 to $45 million. On a full-year basis, the company estimates the aggregate annual impact due to the EU tariffs to be approximately $90 to $100 million.

To address the substantial cost of this tariff burden long-term, Harley-Davidson will be implementing a plan to shift production of motorcycles for EU destinations from the U.S. to its international facilities to avoid the tariff burden. Harley-Davidson expects ramping-up production in international plants will require incremental investment and could take at least 9 to 18 months to be fully complete.

Harley-Davidson maintains a strong commitment to U.S.-based manufacturing which is valued by riders globally. Increasing international production to alleviate the EU tariff burden is not the company’s preference, but represents the only sustainable option to make its motorcycles accessible to customers in the EU and maintain a viable business in Europe. Europe is a critical market for Harley-Davidson. In 2017, nearly 40,000 riders bought new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Europe, and the revenue generated from the EU countries is second only to the U.S.

Harley-Davidson’s purpose is to fulfill dreams of personal freedom for customers who live in the European Union and across the world, and the company remains fully engaged with government officials in both the U.S. and the EU helping to find sustainable solutions to trade issues and rescind all tariffs that restrict free and fair trade.

Scholarships from Lowbrow Customs To Promote USA Manufacturing

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USA manufacturingNew Scholarships from Lowbrow Customs To Promote USA Manufacturing

Lowbrow Customs, based in Brunswick, Ohio, has announced a scholarship program that is aimed at supporting USA manufacturing. Being located directly in the Midwest’s resurging Rust Belt may have provided some inspiration for the custom motorcycle parts brand.

USA manufacturing“Part of our motivation is self-serving. We deal with manufacturers on a daily basis,” said Tyler Malinky, founder of Lowbrow Customs. “We are trying to help create the next generation of manufacturers so we can work with them!” Lowbrow is located just south of Cleveland, Ohio, where industrial buildings and factories are part of the normal backdrop. “We love developing motorcycle parts, and working with other people who have the same attention to detail that we do,” said Malinky, “So we decided to do something to help fill the demand for skilled workers.” 

USA manufacturingLowbrow Customs donates two $2,500 scholarships per year to Cuyahoga Community College, also known as Tri-C. The scholarships are awarded by the Tri-C Foundation to students in financial need who are pursing workforce training. “I took both basic and advanced Solidworks 3-D CAD classes at Tri-C myself a couple years ago,” said Malinky when asked about Lowbrow’s decision to back the local college. “I started putting that knowledge to work after just the first few classes. It made a real impact in my life.” 

For more information please visit www.lowbrowcustoms.com/tric 

Find Your Freedom

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FreedomThe Harley-Davidson Find Your Freedom Internship

This summer, Harley-Davidson is turning a mundane rite of passage – the summer internship – into the experience of a lifetime.

Eight social media savvy interns were selected to inspire new riders by taking to the road on a Harley-Davidson and documenting their journey, including: learning to ride at H-D Riding Academy, attending events ranging from motorcycle rallies to music festivals, and of course, experiencing the freedom of riding. Some will even take part in the Motor Company’s 115th Anniversary celebrations in Milwaukee and Prague – and all eight will of course get to keep their bike at the end of the summer.

To see all eight interns, check out this video: https://www.facebook.com/harley-davidson/videos/10155659232075765/.

More than 7,500 people applied from more than 30 countries including South Africa, Russia, China, Argentina, France and Egypt, and shared what freedom meant to them, in 7,500 unique ways, including:

  • Grandchildren who were inspired to learn to ride because of a photograph
  • Hilarious videos from recent grads who are not quite ready to work in a cubical
  • Even a female rider in Pakistan who empowers women every day by teaching them how to ride

Below is information on the eight #FindYourFreedom interns selected:

  • Alejandro Garrido (Miami): Alejandro knows there is no greater freedom than riding on two wheels. A former police officer in Brevard County, and current student in Miami, Alejandro is excited to continue building his marketing skills with Harley-Davidson this summer.
  • Cassandra “Charlie” Grimbly (Cape Town, South Africa): As an established blogger, Charlie loves to share her passion for travel, fashion and living life to the fullest with her followers. When it comes to riding, Charlie knows there is no better feeling than feeling the breeze and enjoying the sights one can only see on a motorcycle.
  • Brock St. Clair (Starkville, Miss.): Whether it’s auditioning for an improv team, acting in a play or hosting a college radio show, Brock is no stranger to taking risks. A rising college senior, Brock has a unique talent for capturing audiences’ attention and sharing his passion for branching out of his comfort zone.
  • Emma Ogiemwanye (Long Beach, Calif.): After graduating in 2012, Emma has spent the past four years working in communication for some of the world’s most recognizable tech brands. Before going back to school this fall, Emma looks forward to throwing a leg over a motorcycle and sharpening her social media skills with Harley-Davidson.
  • Meghan Glova (Charlotte, N.C.): A recent graduate, Meghan is no stranger to the limelight. With experience as a television news reporter and producer, Meghan is looking forward to bringing her storytelling skills to Harley-Davidson’s social media team. Meghan’s freedom is living life to the fullest, seizing every memory and pursuing her dreams – all while on a motorcycle.
  • Anthony Peries (London, England): Growing up in central London, Anthony dreamed of the freedom of riding on the open road. His life motto is simple – “Live to ride, Ride to live” – and it pushes him to continue to inspire the next generation of riders.
  • Tessa Otto (Kennan, Wis.): From a small town in the north woods of Wisconsin, Tessa found her freedom through wearing a good pair of boots and exploring the outdoors. Tessa’s passion for Harley-Davidson started with her Dad’s own motorcycle, and now as a rising college senior she is looking forward to hopping on her own two wheels and enjoying the open road.
  • Weidong Han (Wuhan, China): Weidong came to the United States when he was 19 years old, and has totaled more than 70,000 Miles on his motorcycle – traveling to 49 of 50 states. A recent graduate, Weidong is looking forward to bring his marketing experience and love for exploring the open road to Harley-Davidson’s social media team.

The internship program, which aims to inspire the next generation of riders, is part of Harley-Davidson’s mission to grow the sport and create two million new riders by 2027.

Follow the interns throughout the summer on Harley-Davidson’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat channels.

Good Ride Salutes Indian Motorcycle

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Good RideGood Ride Salutes Indian Motorcycle

Charity “Good Ride” with Carey Hart takes on Germany

Military holidays are synonymous with sunshine, barbecues, friends and family. We give thanks those who served on Veteran’s Day and honor the fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. But all too frequently those currently serving, specifically those overseas on active duty, are forgotten. Armed Forces Day pays tribute to men and women who currently serve in the U.S. military.

Good RideFor this year’s Armed Forces Day, Indian Motorcycle and freestyle motocross icon Carey Hart partnered to honor and celebrate with our active soldiers. In a first-of-its-kind Armed Forces Day celebration, Hart’s military charity ride, the “Good Ride,” traveled overseas to U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart. Dubbed “Good Ride Salutes USAG Stuttgart powered by Indian Motorcycle,” the celebration hosted nearly 50 active troops on a wet and raining poker run throughout the beautiful Germany country side. Over 100 joined the BBQ celebration following the ride.

Good RideNot only is this Hart’s first time taking the Good Ride overseas, but this is the first time anyone has celebrated with active troops through one of the greatest American past times, motorcycling. For Hart, coordinating this ride with those active soldiers gave a special piece of “home” to those overseas. And after all, there’s no greater representation of freedom than riding motorcycles.

While Good Ride Salutes USAG Stuttgart included a ceremonial ride through Germany’s picturesque countryside and a family-friendly barbecue with live music, Indian Motorcycle ran a dealer-driven test ride promotion to raise money for the Infinite Hero Foundation, which is the primary beneficiary of Hart’s Good Ride Rally. During the month of May, which is National Military Appreciation Month, Indian Motorcycle donated $20 per test ride, up to $30,000. Infinite Hero Foundation funds programs that drive innovation and accessibility of effective treatments for military heroes and their families dealing with service-related mental and physical injuries.

Learn more about the “Good Ride” here

Travis Pastrana To Jump An Indian Scout FTR750

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Indian Scout FTR750Travis Pastrana To Jump An Indian Scout FTR750

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evel Knievel’s Jumps: 

Caesar’s Palace Jump: 1967

  • He broke over 40 bones

50 Crushed Cars 1973

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

4 Greyhound Buses: 1975

  • Record held for 24 years

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

About INDIAN MOTORCYCLE

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

About NITRO CIRCUS

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

8th Annual Vintage Rally

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Vintage Rally8th Annual Vintage Rally

National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa

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

Vintage Rally

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

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

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

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

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

Vintage Rally

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

Vintage Rally

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

 

Harley-Davidson Announces First Quarter Results

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FinancialHarley-Davidson Announces First Quarter Results 

Press Release:

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

 

First Quarter 2018 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Engina – Indian Motorcycle Café Racer

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Engina

Photo credit: Volker Rost

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

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

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

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

Engina

Photo credit: Volker Rost

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

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

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

Engina

Photo credit: Volker Rost

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

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

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

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

Limited Edition Scout Bobber

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

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

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

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

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

Harley-Davidson Rides Into Daytona

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Daytona

HD Activation Daytona FL 2017

Harley-Davidson Rides Into Daytona For 77th Bike Week 

Kickstart the Unofficial Start of Motorcycle Season with Free Demo Rides, Exciting Special Events, Music and Racing Action

Harley-Davidson welcomes all fans to the sunny Atlantic coast of Florida for the 77th Daytona Bike Week and the unofficial start of motorcycle riding season across the United States.

Harley-Davidson rolls into Daytona to help showcase and celebrate motorcycle culture and the community of Harley-Davidson fans who descend on Florida from around the globe. Daytona Bike Week is an annual celebration that brings people together, riders and non-riders, to embrace the sport of motorcycling.

The first big event of its 115th anniversary year, Harley-Davidson will host its Harley Headquarters on the grounds of the Daytona International Speedway. At the Speedway, come experience free demo rides on 2018 motorcycles, including the new Forty-Eight Special and Iron 1200 models and Limited Edition 115th Anniversary models March 10 – 17 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Additionally, fans can enjoy special events, parties and displays throughout the 77th Daytona Bike Week.

“As the official motorcycle of Daytona Bike Week, Harley-Davidson is excited to be back in Florida to kick off another great riding season,” said Chris Urban, Harley-Davidson U.S. Events Manager.  “Daytona offers something for everyone – from bike shows and parties to racing and outstanding touring opportunities. Harley-Davidson is in Daytona to celebrate the freedom of riding and the bond of friendship. It’s the perfect way to kickstart our 115th Anniversary year.”

For complete information on Harley-Davidson activities and events during Daytona Bike Week visit h-d.com/daytona and download the H-D Daytona mobile app. Read More

Maintaining Your Brake Fluid

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brake fluidThe Safe Bet: Maintaining Your Brake Fluid

In light of recent news we here at Spectro Performance Oils wanted to share some information regarding brake fluid. Far too often when we talk to people about the intervals in which they change the fluids on their vehicles there is always one fluid that is left out. People change their engine oil based on mileage, or at least once a year. They will change their transmission oils on average every 2-3 years. They will even talk about swapping out their coolant, or suspension fluids…all before they even think about their brakes. There are three main factors to consider when it comes to your brake fluid and why you should change it on a regular basis; Compressibility, Corrosion, and Boiling Point.

brake fluidLet’s start with Compressibility and how making sure you have enough fluid is important. Brake fluid has a very simple job in theory, it works in much the same way that a simple hydraulic system works. You apply pressure via a pedal or lever, the fluid then pushes the hydraulic piston at the other end of the closed system. The reason that this is able to happen is because brake fluid is not compressible. If you were to look at it from a molecular level, all of the molecules are so tightly packed that they cannot be pushed any closer together. The same cannot be said for air. The reason that you need to bleed brakes after doing a fluid swap, or when you get air introduced to the system is that the molecules in air/gases are not as densely packed. Thus when you apply force to the braking system the air will compress first before the system is able to push the piston. This can cause a “low pedal” where the brakes do not engage as quickly as possible, or in extreme situations the pedal or lever could completely depress without the brakes engaging at all. This is why it is always important to make sure your fluid level does not drop below the minimum threshold.

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Kings of Custom Motorcycle Builders

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Kings of Custom Motorcycle BuildersJ&P Cycles Awards $20,000 and Crowns Eight U.S. Vets as Kings of Custom Motorcycle Builders

J&P Cycles, the world’s largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer, awarded the title of Kings of Custom Motorcycle Builders to eight U.S. military veterans from Texas. They earned the title at the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, the world’s largest elite-level motorcycle building competition. The final stop on the tour was part of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago.

The $20,000 grand prize was presented to Motorcycle Missions, a non-profit organization in Austin, Texas that uses motorcycles to help veterans and first responders address PTSD. Founded in 2015 by Krystal Hess, a pediatric and surgical nurse who found motorcycles while suffering from PTSD.

Kings of Custom Motorcycle BuildersThe new “Kings” are Sgt. Adria Garcia (Army), Spc. 1st Class Ron Harding (Army), Spc. Shayne Madison (Army), Lt. Col. Alba Melgar-C’De Baca (Army), Sgt. Andrew Pike (Army), Staff Sgt. Shawn Stover (Army), Sgt. Erik Sherman (Marines), and Staff Sgt. Cassaundra Melgar-C’De Baca (Air Force). Sgt. Garcia is a Purple Heart recipient.

“How can you not be proud of these folks? They served our country and now they’ve teamed up to create this stunning custom motorcycle. We’re honored to name them the Kings of Custom Motorcycle Builders,” said Zach Parham, president of MAG Retail Group.

Kings of Custom Motorcycle Builders

Porterfield

The motorcycle, nicknamed “Porterfield,” is a 1974 Harley-Davidson donated by a veteran injured while serving in the military. The team was inspired by the style of a board track racer, a popular type of racing in the early 20th century. It features a long slim frame, a solo saddle and low, racing-style handlebars.

“Since J&P Cycles’ founding, we’ve supported people who love motorcycles. When organizations, likeMotorcycle Missions, use motorcycles to positively impact people lives, it makes our jobs even more rewarding,” added Parham.

J&P Cycles sponsors motorcycle events and shows around the United States. Consumers can find more information at www.JPcycles.com.

About J&P Cycles:
Founded by John and Jill Parham in 1979, J&P Cycles is the world’s largest online aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer. J&P Cycles operates retail locations in Anamosa, Iowa, Daytona Beach, Florida, and Sturgis, South Dakota. The company’s Rider Service Center is located in Daytona Beach, Florida. J&P Cycles supports motorcyclists with retail pop-up stores at over a dozen motorcycle rallies, races and events throughout the U.S.

Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest

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Garage Girls2018 Marks 10th year for the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest!

How would you like to score a HUGE list of parts and accessories for you AND your Motorcycle? You can, if you enter the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover 2018.

To celebrate 10 years of making riders garage’s “full of happiness” Garage-Girls are kicking off The 2018 Ultimate Biker Makeover season asking #whatsinyourgarage
“We want everyone to share the projects they have in their garage, by tagging us on Instagram and FB and using this hashtag #whatsinyourgarage. This helps us all celebrate what we are all so passionate about, the fun toys in our Garage. At the same time we will be showcasing all the goodies they COULD have in their garage if they are selected winner of the 2018 Ultimate Biker Makeover” states Sara Liberte, founder of Garage-Girls.com “We will also be encouraging our sponsors to take part and share one or a few of their favorite toys in their own garage.”

The focus of the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover is to “Hook a Rider Up”!
We have all come across those riders with worn tires, brakes and busted parts and thought “ya know, that just isn’t safe.” When approached we usually hear the same response “I just don’t have the money.”

At Garage-Girls we want to keep fellow riders on the road and we want to keep them safe!
“For the last 9 years our contest has allowed guys and girls to submit a short story along with a photo of why they need some new gear for their “Body” and “Machine”, it’s a great feeling being able to help a fellow rider get back out on the road with that much needed wind time.” ~Sara Liberte

Garage-Girls

2016 Winner Leah Misch with some of her prizes!

Garage-Girls

2017 Winner Patricia Thurston all smiles with a few of her prizes!

TO ENTER; Contestants (Girls and Guys) must submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover as well as a photo (jpeg no larger than 5mb) to bikermakeover@garage-girls.com

Deadline for entries is June 22nd, 2018. Submissions will be narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges will decide who they feel most deserves the Ultimate Biker Makeover and will get to take home all the prizes which include; A wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear, a case of full synthetic oil from Spectro Oils, goodies from S&S Cycle Inc., tires, riding gear and much more!

For more information, rules, eligibility and submission procedures, visit www.Garage-Girls.com
If interested in getting your company involved please contact Sara Liberte at sara@saraliberte.com

About Garage-Girls
Garage-Girls.com is the exciting established website developed to meet the growing needs of women who are seeking information about motorcycles/automotive and the culture. Our intent is to provide safe, accurate and fun information. The Focus of Garage Girls is to encourage women to maintain a balance between their love of motorcycles, cars, and anything in the garage with a healthy body and lifestyle.

About the Ultimate Biker Makeover
The Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover is a well-established contest entering it’s 10th year offering an opportunity to a well deserving winner the chance to get “Hooked UP” from major supporting sponsors. Contestants are encouraged to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover. Submissions are narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges decide who they feel most deserves the Ultimate Biker Makeover and the opportunity to take home all the prizes!

Harley-Davidson Announces Fourth Quarter, Full-Year 2017 Results

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Fourth QuarterHarley-Davidson Announces Fourth Quarter, Full-Year 2017 Results 

  • Announces Progress in Building Riders 
  • Initiates Manufacturing Optimization 
  • Expands Product Development Through Increased Investment in Electric Motorcycle Technology 

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 30, 2018 – Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) fourth quarter 2017 diluted EPS decreased to $0.05 from $0.27 in the fourth quarter of 2016. Fourth quarter 2017 net income was $8.3 million on consolidated revenue of $1.23 billion versus net income of $47.2 million on consolidated revenue of $1.11 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016. Fourth quarter 2017 revenue was up on higher shipments. Net income and EPS were adversely impacted by a $53.1 million income tax charge related to the enactment of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and a $29.4 million pre-tax charge for a voluntary product recall.

Full-year 2017 diluted EPS decreased to $3.02 from $3.83 in 2016. Full-year net income was $521.8 million on consolidated revenue of $5.65 billion versus net income of $692.2 million on consolidated revenue of $6.00 billion a year ago.

Harley-Davidson worldwide retail motorcycle sales were down 6.7 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. U.S. retail sales decreased 8.5 percent and international retail sales were down 3.9 percent.

“Our actions to address the current environment through disciplined supply and cost management position us well as we drive to achieve our long-term objectives to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders globally,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief executive officer, Harley-Davidson, Inc. “We finished 2017 with over 32,000 more Harley-Davidson riders in the U.S. than one year ago, and we delivered another year of strong cash generation and cash returns to our shareholders.”

Objective to Build Riders Globally 

As the company executed against its long-term objective to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders globally, 57 new international dealer points were added in 2017, and U.S. dealers trained more than 62,000 riders through the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy. The company also maintained its number one 601+cc motorcycle market share position in countries including the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia and India for 2017.

The company also launched its model year 2018 lineup of motorcycles, featuring the all-new, highly-acclaimed Softail® motorcycles featuring the powerful Milwaukee-Eight® engine. Harley-Davidson remains fully committed to investing in product development to inspire new riders through redefining its product in traditional spaces and expanding into new spaces. The company is on target to launch its first electric motorcycle within 18 months. Today, the company announces it will invest more aggressively to lead in the application of electric motorcycle technology to inspire ridership among a new audience.  

“The EV motorcycle market is in its infancy today, but we believe premium Harley-Davidson electric motorcycles will help drive excitement and participation in the sport globally,” stated Levatich. “As we expand our EV capabilities and commitment, we get even more excited about the role electric motorcycles will play in growing our business.”

Manufacturing Optimization 

Harley-Davidson plans to further improve its manufacturing operations and cost structure by commencing a multi-year manufacturing optimization initiative anchored by the consolidation of its motorcycle assembly plant in Kansas City, Mo. into its plant in York, Pa. The company expects to incur restructuring and other consolidation costs of $170 to $200 million and capital investment of approximately $75 million over the next two years and expects ongoing annual cash savings of $65 to $75 million after 2020.

“The decision to consolidate our final assembly plants was made after very careful consideration of our manufacturing footprint and the appropriate capacity given the current business environment. Our Kansas City assembly operations will leave a legacy of safety, quality, collaboration and manufacturing leadership,” stated Levatich.

 

Indian Scout FTR750

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FTR750Indian Scout FTR750 Quickly Becoming The Bike Of Choice For Growing List Of American Flat Track Privateers For 2018

Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Henry Wiles, Jeffrey Carver, Jake Johnson, Chad Cose & Jay Maloney to Run Flat Track’s Most Dominant Motorcycle

Following one of the most dominant seasons in flat track history, American Flat Track privateers are turning to Indian Motorcycle Racing’s Championship-winning Scout FTR750 for 2018. The Scout FTR750 captured the 2017 American Flat Track Manufacturer’s Championship and swept the 2017 standings with Indian’s Wrecking Crew Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Brad Baker finishing first, second and third, respectively.

The privateers running the Scout FTR750 include three-time Grand National Champion Kenny Coolbeth Jr., 2017 fifth-place finisher Jeffrey Carver (Roof Systems of Dallas, TX), Chad Cose (Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City) and Jay Maloney (Indian Motorcycle of Springfield, MA). Additionally, flat track’s TT master Henry Wiles and two-time Grand National Champion Jake Johnson (Estenson Racing) will ride the Scout FTR750 intermittently this season.

“After seeing the Scout FTR750’s capabilities last year, I couldn’t be more excited to be riding it this season,” said Coolbeth, who will ride the Indian Scout FTR750 throughout the entire 2018 season. “I’ve been training hard this offseason, and I’m looking forward to competing this year and giving the Indian factory team some competition now that we’re all on the same bike.”

Kenny&Mechanic Dave AthertonThe Indian Wrecking Crew swept the top three spots in the American Flat Track Championship and combined for 14 total wins, 37 podiums and six podium sweeps. Jared Mees, the 2017 Grand National Champion, won 10 races and set a new single-season record with 17 total podiums.

“We’re extremely excited to see so many talented riders turn to the Scout FTR750 this season,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Service & Technology for Indian Motorcycle.  “We’re committed to supporting not only our factory team, but the privateers, as we have an aggressive contingency program in place that will reward these riders with performance incentives.”

Indian Motorcycle Racing has committed more than $350,000 in contingency incentives, including $25,000 for a Championship, $5,000 for first-place wins, $4,000 for second-place, $3,000 for third-place finishes, and payouts for up to 10th-place finishers.

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

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

Scout FTR1200 Custom Unveil

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FTR1200Indian Motorcycle Honors Flat Track “Wrecking Crew” at EICMA with Scout FTR1200 Custom Unveil

Scout FTR1200 Custom to go on World Tour to Expand Indian Motorcycle’s Reach to New Audiences

[EICMA Show, Milan] Indian Motorcycle today recognized its championship-winning American Flat Track race team, the Wrecking Crew, with a custom-built Scout FTR1200 street bike. 

The Scout FTR1200 Custom takes inspiration from the Scout FTR750’s purpose-built flat track race bike that Indian’s “Wrecking Crew” piloted throughout a dominating championship season in the 2017 American Flat Track Series. Built in partnership with Indian’s race team, the one-off custom houses the Scout’s street-legal 1133cc V-Twin engine.

As well as honoring Indian’s race team of Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Brad Baker, the Scout FTR1200 Custom serves as an exploration of how Indian could expand brand perception around the world, with exciting new offerings that are relevant to a wider-ranging consumer set.

FTR1200Out of the 18 flat track races that took place in 2017, the Indian Wrecking Crew took 37 of the 54 podium positions available, including six podium sweeps and 14 race wins, bringing Indian the manufacturer’s title and Mees his fifth AMA Grand National Championship.

Not only that, Mees, Smith and Baker swept the 2017 AFT Championship – placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Mees tallied 10 wins out of 18 races and set a new single-season record of 17 finishes on the podium, while Smith was on the podium nine times, with four wins, three runner-ups and two third-place finishes. Baker tallied 10 podiums, despite being out with an injury and unable to compete in the final two races. He earned five runner-ups and five third-place finishes.
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The Annual Joshua Tree Babes Ride Out

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BabesThe Annual Joshua Tree Babes Ride Out

By Alicia Mariah Elfving
For Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

As a motorcyclist, it’s more than likely you’ve heard of Babes Ride Out. Women want to go, or have gone and loved it… men wish they could come to the party and live vicariously through photos and video. Let me begin by saying… it’s actually not as fun as it looks–it’s far better!

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Inaugural Moto Beach Classic

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Moto Beach Classic Event PosterThe Inaugural Moto Beach Classic At Bolsa Chica State Beach Brought To You By Roland Sands & Friends

The inaugural Moto Beach Classic started out as a wild idea and developed into a Southern California cultural explosion. The one-day festival brought together Super Hooligan street bike flat track racing, drag and mini bike racing, No Limit stunt shows, surf comps, art, music, food, custom motorcycles and of course, the love for two wheels. From sunup to sundown, SeaLegs at the Beach in Bolsa Chica was at capacity and filled with lovers of all types of creativity and counterculture. At any given moment, engines could be heard on the purpose-built hooligan flat track while waves were crashing as some of the West Coast’s best surfers competed for bragging rights in the WCBR Surf Competition. Live music from talented bands such as Black Uhuru, Unwritten Law, and Lit performed until the doors closed on what many thought was one of the most entertaining and authentic moto events to hit the coast of California in years.

At the core of the festival were the race pits, with over 120 hooligans, veterans and professional racers from across the nation orchestrated into a compact carnival. With over 40 Super Hooligan racers signed up, the points series finale of the Roland Sands & Indian Motorcycle Super Hooligan National Championship (SHNC) was primed to be one of the most exciting race events held in recent years. The ultimate prize, an Indian FTR750 was up for grabs to the SHNC Series Champion. Super Hooligan was not the only race on deck. The BMW Boxer Cup Challenge had a host of talented riders, and the Law Tigers Mini Moto Race brought out its fair share of characters. The Moto Beach Classic provided entertainment for everyone.

The Architects of Inspiration was one of the centerpieces of the Moto Beach Classic event with a curated collection of unique installations inspired by surf and motorculture. Initially structured to solely be an art collective and bike show, the Architects of Inspiration grew to be a larger platform that included more creatives, such as live muralist painters, local music gurus, as well as international builders. The vendor village expanded from asphalt to sand with industry leading manufactures, local dealerships and iconic style makers. This eclectic grouping of large companies and individual shops lent to a high energy atmosphere where attendees could enjoy a cold beer at the Pacifico Airstream or opt for a spiked drink served up at the Red Bull Energy bar. It truly was a feast for the eyes and ears, surrounded by breaking tides and the vibrations of motorcycle racing and great music. Read the full story HERE.

 

2017 Super Hooligan National Championship Winner

RSD Super Hooligan by Indian Motorcycle Bolsa Banzai Winner

  • #214 Frankie Garcia (Won contingency prizes from Indian Motorcycle, Dunlop Tires & Bell Helmets)

RSD Super Hooligan Sponsor Awards/Prizes

  • Dunlop Dash for Cash – #86 Mikey Virus
  • K&N Holeshost – #86 Mikey Virus
  • Motul Cleanest Bike – Smokey Elford

BMW Boxer Cup Challenge Winner

Frankie Garcia (Won a Baume & Mercier custom engraved Clifton Club Watch, Custom Bell Helmets)

Flat Track Race Winners

  • Open Pro – #98 Kayl Kolkman (Won a Baume & Mercier Clifton Club watch)
  • Run What Ya Brung – Shawn “Mad Dog” McConnell (Won a custom FMF Trophy)
  • Cycle Zombies Degenerate Choppers – #79 Rob Bush (Won a custom FMF Trophy)
  • Born Free Tank Shift – #3x Scott Jones (Won a custom FMF Trophy)
  • VonZipper Vintage – #262 Craig Bouman (Won a custom AJS Moto Trophy)

Law Tigers Mini Moto Race Winners

  • Mini Moto 65gp – Ichi Horiba (Won a custom FMF Trophy)
  • Mini Moto Unlimited – Michael Henao (Won a custom FMF Trophy)
  • Mini Moto Street 125 – Chris Corum (Won a custom FMF Trophy)

WCBR Surf Competition Winner 

  • Huntington Board Riders

Polaris Reports 2017 Third Quarter Results

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PolarisPolaris Reports 2017 Third Quarter Results

Highlights:

  • Sales for the third quarter of 2017 increased 25% to a record $1,478.7 million; adjusted sales were $1,480.3 million, up 25%, about half from organic growth
    Third quarter 2017 reported net income was $1.28 per diluted share; adjusted net income for the same period was $1.46 per diluted share, ahead of expectations and up 192% over the prior year
  • Polaris North American unit retail sales were up 13 percent with ORV retail sales up mid-teens percent and Indian Motorcycles unit retail sales up 16 percent.  Retail sales were also up modestly versus the 2015 third quarter
  • Total dealer inventory was down 7% year-over-year; ORV dealer inventory was down 12%
  • Third quarter gross profit margin was 24.6%, up 261 basis points over prior year.  Adjusted gross profit margin was 25.5%, up 351 basis points versus last year primarily due to positive product mix, increased VIP savings and lower warranty costs
  • Polaris is raising full year sales and earnings per share guidance.  Adjusted net income is expected to be in the range of $4.75 to $4.85 per diluted share with adjusted sales for the full year 2017 expected in the range of up 18% to 19%

“Our emphatic return to profitable growth in the third quarter was a testament to the power of the Polaris brand, the strength of our dealer network and the competitive drive of the Polaris team. During the quarter, strong retail growth in both North America and nearly all of our International markets drove record sales and highlighted our ongoing product innovation, improving product quality and sharpened execution. We delivered North American unit retail sales growth of 13 percent and overall Company sales growth of 25 percent, about half of which was organic, while lowering North American dealer inventory seven percent year-over-year.  Results were strong throughout our portfolio, led by Indian Motorcycles’ exceptional performance as they accelerated share gains and outpaced a declining North American motorcycle market while also delivering strong growth in Europe, Australia and Asia.  I am particularly proud of the improved performance from our Off-Road Vehicle business, which was fueled by a well-planned and executed Factory Authorized Clearance sale and the strong reception of our model year 2018 introductions.  Encouragingly, RZR retail sales were especially strong in the quarter, and we had our best ATV retail quarter in two years. Delivering such strong results, while also launching the all new RANGER XP 1000, the best utility side-by-side ever built, is a fitting way for Matt Homan to wrap up his influential 15 year run with Polaris. I want to thank Matt for his significant contribution and wish him continued success in his career.  Welcoming Chris Musso earlier this month was also a major victory and we are excited to have him grab the reins of our industry-leading ORV business,” commented Scott Wine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Industries.

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Harley-Davidson Third Quarter Results

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Third QuarterHarley-Davidson Announces Third Quarter 2017 Results

U.S. Market Share Up, Improved U.S. Dealer Inventory

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 17, 2017 – Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) third quarter 2017 diluted EPS decreased to $0.40 from $0.64 in the third quarter of 2016. Third quarter net income was $68.2 million on consolidated revenue of $1.15 billion versus net income of $114.1 million on consolidated revenue of $1.27 billion in the third quarter of 2016.

“The continued weakness in the U.S. motorcycle industry only heightens our resolve and the intensity we are bringing to the quest to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders,” said Matt Levatich, president and CEO, Harley-Davidson, Inc. “Launching one hundred new high-impact motorcycles is a critical part of our 10-year journey, and the all new Softail line-up is a significant statement of our commitment.”

Harley-Davidson worldwide retail motorcycle sales were down 6.9 percent in the third quarter compared to the same period in 2016. Harley-Davidson U.S. retail motorcycle sales were down 8.1 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, with the overall U.S. industry down 9.2 percent for the same period. Harley-Davidson’s U.S. market share for the quarter was 53.1 percent in the 601cc-plus segment, up compared to the same quarter in 2016. Harley-Davidson’s international retail motorcycle sales decreased 4.6 percent compared to the third quarter in 2016.

“As the motorcycle industry leader – with dealer strength and rider passion and loyalty like no other – we believe we are uniquely positioned to build ridership and strengthen the sport of motorcycling. Not just in the U.S. but around the world. Our investments in new product and marketing are targeted to drive ridership growth. We have the strategies, plans and people to make it happen,” said Levatich.

Through nine months, Harley-Davidson 2017 diluted EPS was $2.95, down 16.9 percent from $3.55 in the year-ago period. Harley-Davidson 2017 net income was $513.4 million on consolidated revenue of $4.42 billion compared to nine-month 2016 net income of $645.0 million on consolidated revenue of $4.89 billion. For the first nine months, worldwide retail motorcycle sales were down 6.1 percent compared to the same period in 2016.

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Sons Of Speed

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Sons Of SpeedSons Of Speed Back at New Smyrna Speedway for Third Race During Daytona Biketoberfest 

Inaugural Old Speed Show Debuts as Well

Press Release: Billy Lane’s thrilling Sons of Speed boardtrack motorcycle race is back for a third running during the 25th Chrome Anniversary of Daytona Beach Biketoberfest. On Saturday, October 21, at 3:15 p.m., thirteen daredevil motorcycle racers will take to the banked track at New Smyrna Speedway in Daytona Beach.

“We’re coming off the second SOS race, which took place at Sturgis this year,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “That was a lot of fun, but nothing beats the banked track at New Smyrna—this is where riders let it all hang out.”

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

The thirteen Sons of Speed racers feature some of the best riders and well-known personalities in the business—they are: Billy Lane, Xavier Muriel, Ken Curtis, Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe, Buzz Kanter, Dan Toce, Rhett Rotten, Ebay Jake, Rick Petcko, Mark Hanna, Freddie Bollwage, Matt Walksler, Brook James, Matt Harris and Moonshiner Josh Owens.

And SOS isn’t the only excitement going down on Saturday—in the New Smyrna Speedway parking lot, on the same day, the inaugural Old Speed Show will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free for people and machines, and the event is open to any and all racing motorcycles of any style or age, including roadracers, dirt trackers, hillclimbers, Moto X and drag racers. And, in addition, the show will feature interesting and cool handcrafted motorcycles, hot rod cars and trucks. Presented by American Iron Magazine and brought to you by Dennis Kirk, American Iron Garage, Choppers, Inc., and Greaserag.com, the Old Speed Show is the perfect way to get revved up for the third Sons of Speed race.

Check out the Sons of Speed Facebook page for breaking news and upcoming events. You can purchase general admission tickets at the gate for $20. A limited amount of 50 VIP tickets will be available for purchase at the gate that will allow infield access.

About Sons Of Speed

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

Brooklyn Invitational – Custom Indian Scout Bobber Series

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17_0909_IndianCustoms_BrandAmp_BKInvite_443Brooklyn Invitational

Custom Indian Scout Bobber Series

Press Release: As the title sponsor of the ninth annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show, Indian Motorcycle unveiled three custom versions of the all-new Scout Bobber crafted by Keino Cycles, Kraus Motor Co. and skateboarding icon Steve Caballero, in conjunction with Roland Sands Design.

Indian Motorcycle specifically partnered with these three highly-regarded customizers, as each brings a uniquely distinct vision and signature style. The end result being three totally unique custom interpretations of the Scout Bobber, which helps showcase how easily customizable the bike is and the versatility of the platform. While Keino Sasaki and Satya Kraus carry long-standing reputations forged through years within the customization and aftermarket industry, skateboard icon Steve Caballero has seen his profile increase steadily within the last several yearsthanks to his love for vintage American v-twins and his participation in festivals such as Wheels & Waves.

Released mid-July during X Games weekend in Indian’s hometown of Minneapolis, the Scout Bobber represents a core passion of motorcyclists – connection to the road without a need for anything unnecessary. “Strip it down” was the mantra and inspiration Indian Motorcycle used when developing the latest model in its iconic Scout lineup. A low-slung, blacked-out, 100 horsepower, minimalist motorcycle that proves less is definitely more.   Read More

Staci Wilt’s 3,500 Mile Trip to and from the Black Hills

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Black HillsStaci Wilt’s 3,500 Mile Trip to and from the Black Hills

By Staci Wilt
For Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

If you’ve been riding a motorcycle or been involved in the motorcycle community for more than five minutes, you’ve heard of Sturgis. The rally wasn’t always a rally. In fact, back in 1938, Sturgis was more of a racing weekend put together by the Jack Pine Gypsies motorcycle club. Over time the rally became more known as the american “mecca” for motorcyclists, with attendee numbers ranging from 400,000-1.2 million depending on the year. As part of the younger generation of riders, I never understood the hype of the rally…until I experienced it firsthand back in 2015 for the 75th annual. Now, it’s a yearly tradition for me to make the trek to Sturgis, South Dakota. This year I spent three weeks on the road traveling to and from the rally. This is the story of my adventure.

Black HillsTuesday, August 1st: I left downtown San Francisco with my friend Kendra at about 11:00pm after hours and days of failed attempts of fixing our friend Halsey’s FXR. With a 3rd day in a row of stalling the start to our journey, Halsey stayed behind to get her bike sorted, and we started our journey east. We rode a little over 200 miles to Reno, NV, where we crashed on a friends couch from about 4am to 8am before hitting the road again.

Black HillsWednesday, August 2nd: 700 miles from start to finish. To beat the 100 degree forecast, we started early out of Reno and headed east across the barren Nevada desert. With not too much to see across Interstate 80, and the need to make up for lost time from FXR Dilemmas in the Bay Area, we had our eyes set on Idaho Falls, ID for the evening. After hours of dull scenery we trekked north to Twin Falls, ID. The barren desert of Northern Nevada quickly turned into humid rolling farmland as we crossed into southern Idaho. Not to mention the sunset, which was one of the best I had seen on the road in weeks, perhaps months. Low and behold, Halsey was able to get her FXR dialed in and was able to hit the road with about 400 miles between us. We decided to continue on to Idaho Falls (IF) where there were more hotel options and less miles between us and the Grand Tetons—our primary sight seeing activity on our route to Sturgis. The last 200 miles weren’t easy. The sun had set and I had been battling an eye infection for days which had impaired my vision, making night riding a bit of a hassle. I had to completely rely on Kendra to navigate the way, even at times when the highway construction left us on dirt roads for a mile or two. At about 1am we safely made it to our hotel in IF. Our 700 mile day was complete.

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Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner

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Garage-Girls

Patricia Thurston

Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover, Brought To You by Allstate Motorcycle Insurance Announces 2017 Winner!

Garage-Girls and Allstate Motorcycle Insurance are proud to announce this year’s Ultimate Biker Makeover winner; Patricia Thurston!  Patricia was selected among over 61 entries to this years contest.

Contestants (Girls and Guys) were asked to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover as well as a photo. Deadline for entries was July 7th, 2017. Submissions were narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges had to make the tough decision of who they felt most deserved the Ultimate Biker Makeover.   Patricia will get to take home all the prizes which include; A wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear, a case of full synthetic oil from Spectro Oils, A new Mustang Motorcycle Seat, a set of tires from AVON Tyres, Motorcycle Helmet, Jacket AND Gloves by Indian Motorcycle, A Valerie bag by Motochic, A carb rebuild kit and more from S&S Cycle, A Navbag, tacker sign and apparel from Klock Werks, A momentum Vagabond bag by Kuryakyn, exhaust heat wrap by DEI, a batwing fairing and windshield from Memphis Shades, and MUCH MORE!!

To say Patricia was stunned would absolutely be an understatement, “I didn’t see my email till 4 days after the announcement, and I am humbled and so honored. Crying like sissy girl in fact, I so needed this.  You have no idea how this will help my dream of getting my motorcycle back on the road.”  -Patricia Thurston.

Garage-Girls2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover and the girls are already hard at work planning the big celebration!  Stay tuned for more info to come.

“There is nothing better in this world than being able to help out a fellow rider, we love to support bigger organizations, but getting to experience the impact on a personal level, that is priceless.  Of course our sponsors are the ones we need to thank, they make this happen with their genuine hearts and compassion.  Thank you to Allstate Motorcycle they are truly doing all they can to #keepridersriding” –Sara Liberte, owner of Garage-Girls.

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Indian Motorcycle Racing Secures Manufacturer’s Championship

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Manufacturer’s ChampionshipIndian Motorcycle Racing Secures Manufacturer’s Championship With Jared Mees’ Second-Place Finish At Peoria TT

The Indian Wrecking Crew & Scout FTR750 Obtain the 2017 AFT Manufacturer’s Championship with 11 Victories & 30 Total Podiums Through 14 Races

Press Release: After more than 60 years away from professional flat track racing, Indian Motorcycle has won the 2017 American Flat Track Manufacturer’s Championship after a second-place finish at the Peoria TT.

Indian Wrecking Crew rider Jared Mees locked in the title for Indian Motorcycle with a strong second-place finish. Teammates Bryan Smith and Brad Baker finished strong in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

“Securing the Manufacturer’s Championship through 14 races is an unbelievable accomplishment,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product for Indian Motorcycle. “To return to professional flat track racing after more than 60 years away from the sport and win the championship on a brand-new Scout FTR750 race bike is a testament to all the hard work from the entire Indian Motorcycle Racing team.”

American Flat Track recognizes Manufacturer Champions in each class. The manufacturer that accumulates the most points in each class over the course of a season is declared the Manufacturer Champion.  With four races remaining, and Indian ahead of the next manufacturer by more than of 100 points, Indian Motorcycle has guaranteed a Manufacturer Championship.

Aboard the Scout FTR750, the Indian Wrecking Crew have combined for 30 of the season’s 42 total podiums. Mees, the season’s point leader, holds a 41-point lead ahead of Smith, while Baker rounds out the top three in the season’s standings.  Mees and Smith have tallied 11 first-place finishes, with seven going to Mees and four to Smith.

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, has its sights set on an individual championship as American Flat Track returns to the Springfield Mile on September 3.

Spectro 66 Minibike Giveaway

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Spector 66 Minibike GiveawaySpectro 66 Minibike Giveaway

Spectro Oils are running a fun giveaway…they are giving away a 105cc mini bike decked out in “Spectro 66” decals (Spectro was founded in 1966).

Enter here for a chance to win a 105cc mini bike. The Spectro 66 Mini Bike is decked out with Spectro Oils #66 decals. You can also connect with Spectro Oils on Facebook or Instagram (@SpectroOils) for another chance to win…good luck!

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Russ BrownPanacea

By Chris Gibbany
for Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

My name is Chris Gibbany and I have been a BAM member for almost 10 years.  I am from Harrison, a very small town in Arkansas.  Although I have been riding since I was 16, I have never participated in a long ride and I have NEVER taken a “vacation” of any sort.  When I found out that “The Long Road”, a 1000+ mile journey that ends up at The Smoke Out in Rockingham, North Carolina, was leaving from Eureka Springs, just 45 miles from where I live, I started making preparations to ride it on my rigid 1956 Harley FL Panhead.  In the beginning there were seven of us who were going to ride vintage bikes there, with me being the only woman.  I secured sponsorship to help me pay for expenses along the way.  Sta-bil and 303 Products, made by Gold Eagle became my main sponsor.  Avon Tyres came on board with a new set of tires; Spectro Oils gave me a case of 60 weight oil, Viking Bags and Motorcycle House supplied me with a Go-Pro and Baker Drivetrain helped out with a gas card.  Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys offered me funds in return for the story about my ride…Russ Brown

At the last minute, four of the guys backed out.  Since my husband and I were riding two old bikes, with him on a 1946 UL Flathead, we decided to bring a chase rig, leave a day early and arrive at The Smoke Out on Saturday instead of Friday.  Even though “The Long Road” had no particular “rules”, we were no longer qualified to participate in it.

Our trip was pretty uneventful until we got to a small town in Tennessee where we just happened upon the type of motel where you sleep above the covers while firmly gripping the matching “husband and wife” Sig-Sauer pistols that we brought along. When my husband got a text from our chase driver, it read “Will trade beer for pistol”. He wasn’t kidding so we swapped items and each spent the night with one pistol per room with the chair up against the door.

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Klock Werks Goes Cross-Country With Legend Suspensions

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 LegendKlock Werks Goes Cross-Country With Legend Suspensions

Press Release: Klock Werks “klocked out” two 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glides, and no matter where you are in the country, you might have the opportunity to ride one!

Klock Werks teamed up with Legend Suspension, a suspension line producer out of Sturgis, SD, and is now along for the ride on the annual Legend Suspension Performance Tour and Demo Ride program across the country! Two vans with two bikes, seriously equipped with the best parts Drag Specialities and Parts Unlimited has to offer, haul from state to state to bring reps, dealers, and customers the opportunity to test product for themselves!

It all started about five years ago. Jesse Jurrens, owner, and his team at Legend Suspension knew there was a lot of opportunity in the nation that they weren’t able to tap into. It was time to take that potential into their own hands and inform reps and customers around the country in a new way.

“We knew there was a greater benefit to show up at dealers and have the reps, dealer, and customer ride, touch, and feel the product.” said Jesse.

LegendThe idea to tour the country began, and two years ago, the idea morphed into a plan in which two Ford transit vans would traverse the US, hitting as many folks as possible in 52 weeks.

This year, the 2015 Road Glides are equipped with products by Legend Suspensions, Klock Werks, K&N Filter, Custom Dynamic Lighting, Feuling, and Bassani Exhaust.

“We hit everyone we can, dealers, mom and pop shops, 10-20 dealerships per week,” he said.

Paramount to the success of the program is not just getting the products in front of people but creating a relationship with everyone they meet, from customers, to the techs, sales, and ownership.

LegendKlock Werks already has dealers around the world involved in the “Try It Before You Buy It” Flare Windshield Demo program, but the partnership with Legends Suspensions is one more way for you to try the best products on the market before purchase! Think about the demo program as your own personal dressing room.

It’s this same first-hand experience that Klock Werks has dedicated years to with their campaign, Understand the Difference. Ninety-nine percent of people who demo the Flare Windshield for their motorcycle ride home with it that day. The increased stability, improved air management, and bobblehead elimination never fails to impress! Klock Werks parts don’t just look great, they are made from the best materials the US has to offer, and they actually improve the ride!

Along with the patented Flare Windshield from Klock Werks, the Road Glides have new Klock Werks Device Mounts, powered by iOmounts and Klock Werks audio kits, powered by KICKER. Check out these products for your ride at GetKlocked.com. Shop by Ride to only see parts for your model.

LegendCheck out Legend Suspensions on Facebook to see a list of Demo Events coming up, and be sure to talk to your local dealer to learn more about Klock Werks products. If they aren’t already running the “Try It Before You Buy It” program, we can help them get set up!

About Legend Suspensions
Our mission, simply stated, is to become a leader in the suspensions industry by using only the highest quality materials along with innovative yet practical designs. We believe our first responsibility is to satisfy the customer, while at the same time enhancing the way they feel while riding their motorcycle. Our customers are the life of our business, and we strive to fulfill their needs. Through a strong commitment to this mission, Legend Suspensions will be known as a value to the motorcycle industry and a leader in suspensions technology. Legend Suspensions is highly committed to manufacturing ONLY the highest quality, best performing suspensions available on the market.

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

 

K&N Heads to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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Sturgis Motorcycle RallyK&N Heads to the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for a Week of Two Wheeled Horsepower

Press Release: This year marks the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. For over seven decades, the event has served as a pilgrimage of powersports fans to the small Midwest town. Each year the town swells as hundreds of thousands of people make the trek out for a week of two-wheeled fun. K&N has been supporting Sturgis for several years and 2017 is no different.

From Saturday, August 5th through Friday, August 11th, the 17th annual Motorcycles as Art Exhibit will be on display at the Buffalo Chip. K&N returns as one of the event sponsors for this year’s exhibit, themed Old Iron Young Blood. This display mashes young up-and-coming custom bike builders under 36 years old with artists in a one-of-a-kind display.

RK-3951The Motorcycles as Art exhibit is always a great show with a high level of craftsmanship in an artistic two-wheel form,” explained Ross Berlanga, Brand Manager at K&N. “This year’s exhibit will feature some of the leading trends from the next generation of builders that will keep Sturgis on the gas for another 77 years.”

Also at the Buffalo Chip, on Wednesday, August 9th is the 7th of 10 Super Hooligan Races. This “run what you brung” flat track series is title sponsored by Roland Sands Designs and K&N is proud to be a series sponsor. This is sure to be an entertaining race that will culminate in a giveaway of a custom RSD bike. You won’t want to miss it.

Sturgis Motorcycle RallyFinally, the K&N hauler will be at Black Hills Harley-Davidson all week. The newest Harley-Davidson intakes will be on display including the new Shaker and AirCharger styles in both matte black with brushed aluminum accents as well as matte grey with polished accents to match the H-D Blonde motors. There will also be giveaways, product install demonstrations, and famous 1 Wheel Revolution stuntman Rob Carpenter will be showing off his talents on his Dyna in front of the K&N rig.

This year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will be one for the record books. If you are planning on attending, be sure to stop by the K&N booth and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff about our new products or just grab some swag.

About K&N Engineering, Inc.
K&N Engineering in Riverside, California, is the world’s leading manufacturer of washable performance air filters and air intake systems. K&N invented the reusable high-flow cotton air filter in 1969 and has been perfecting the technology ever since. K&N is a world class filtration company selling air filters, oil filters, and air intakes in over 30 countries. K&N sells over 5,000 products designed for cars, trucks, motorcycles, engines, and industrial applications. From their Million Mile Warranty to their Consumer Protection Pledge, K&N stands behind their products and their consumers 100%. The distinctive K&N logo represents performance from one of the original performance companies.

Indian Sponsors Ninth Annual Brooklyn Invitational

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BrooklynIndian Motorcycles Announces Title Sponsorship & Scout Bobber Custom Showcase For Ninth Annual Brooklyn Invitational

Customized Indian Scout Bobbers Will Be Unveiled from Keino Cycles, Steve Caballero with Roland Sands Design, and Kraus Motor Co.

Press Release:  Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, announced today its title sponsorship of The Ninth Annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show held September 9, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. Along with its sponsorship, Indian will unveil three custom versions of the all-new Scout Bobber crafted by Keino Cycles, Kraus Motor Co. and skateboarding icon Steve Caballero, in conjunction with Roland Sands Design.

“With its lean and mean, minimalist design, the Scout Bobber provides builders an ideal platform for customization, and we’re excited to see the creative interpretations brought to life by these three unique customizers,” said Reid Wilson, Marketing Director – Indian Motorcycle. “The Brooklyn invitational carefully curates an exhibition of incredible customs and from some of the world’s most renowned builders, providing the ultimate venue for us to showcase these custom Scout Bobbers and demonstrate the bike’s potential.”

The all-new Scout Bobber was released during X Games weekend in Indian’s hometown of Minneapolis. The muscular new Scout represents a core passion of motorcyclists – connection to the road without a need for anything unnecessary. “Strip it down” was the mantra and inspiration Indian Motorcycle used when developing the latest model in its iconic Scout lineup. A low-slung, blacked-out, minimalist motorcycle that proves less is definitely more.   Read More

Polaris Reports 2017 Second Quarter Results

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PolarisPolaris Reports 2017 Second Quarter Results

  • Sales for the second quarter of 2017 increased 21% to $1,364.9 million; adjusted sales increased 20% to $1,358.8 million.
  • Second quarter 2017 reported net income was $0.97 per diluted share; adjusted net income for the same period was $1.16 per diluted share, slightly ahead of expectations
  • Polaris North American ORV unit retail sales were down low-single digits percent, a sequential improvement from the first quarter, with increasing side-by-side retail sales somewhat offsetting lower ATV retail sales. Indian Motorcycle continued to deliver strong retail sales increasing 17% for the quarter.
  • Total dealer inventory was down 6% year-over-year; ORV dealer inventory was down 6%
  • Polaris raising full year sales guidance and narrowing its earnings per share outlook. Adjusted net income expected to be in the range of $4.35 to $4.50 per diluted share with adjusted sales for the full year 2017 expected in the range of up 12% to 14%.

Note: the results and guidance in this release, including the highlights above, include references to non-GAAP operating measures, which are identified by the word “adjusted” preceding the measure. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures can be found at the end of this release.

Press Release: Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today reported second quarter 2017 sales of $1,364.9 million, up 21 percent, from $1,130.8 million for the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted sales, which excludes the impact from Victory Motorcycles® net sales for the second quarter of 2017, were $1,358.8 million compared to $1,130.8 million in the prior year period. The Company reported second quarter 2017 net income of $62.0 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, compared with net income of $71.2 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, for the 2016 second quarter. The reported net income included costs related to the wind down of Victory Motorcycles, certain Transamerican Auto Parts (“TAP”) integration and inventory step up costs, and manufacturing network realignment costs. Adjusted net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, excluding these costs, was $73.9 million, or $1.16 per diluted share. Read More

Indian Sets Three New Land Speed Records

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Land Speed

Credit – Nikolaus Wogen

Indian Motorcycle Hits “Trifecta” With Three New Land Speed Records

Spirit of Munro 50th Anniversary 2017 Indian Scout Sets New Land Speed Record During Testing at El Mirage Dry Lakebed       

Press Release: In preparation for the Burt Munro 50th anniversary commemorative run, Indian Motorcycle has set three new land speed records, according to the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA). Burt Munro’s great nephew, Lee Munro, and a pair of Indian Motorcycle technicians entered the record books on July 16 at El Mirage Dry Lakebed.

Land Speed

Credit – Nikolaus Wogen

“When you’re breaking records during test runs, you know your machine is on point. Our team of engineers has done an incredible job on the Spirit of Munro commemorative Scout.” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product Development for Indian Motorcycle. “Running within a different class has allowed Lee to truly honor his great uncle Burt. As Burt’s record still stands, Lee now joins Burt within the record book.”

First among the three Indian riders was Chet Michaelson, engine calibration technician at Indian Motorcycle. In the M-PG (Modified-Pushrod Gasoline) 2000cc class, riding a 2015 Indian Chief Classic, Chet eclipsed the record of 151 MPH with a speed of 154.132 MPH.

The second Indian rider was Lee Munro – aboard the Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary 2017 Indian Scout. Competing in the MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner) 1350cc class, Lee needed to exceed 167 MPH for a new record.  After completing his rookie runs during the May meet at El Mirage, this was the first chance to let the bike loose and explore its potential.  Lee recorded a speed of 186.681 MPH, a new record and the Indian team was two for two. Read More

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

By | Biker's Rights, General News

NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

Millennials Are Negatively Impacting Motorcycling
U.S. motorcycle sales for Harley-Davidson, which represents about half of America’s big-bike market, were down 3.9% last year, and investment management firm Alliance Bernstein recently downgraded the Motor Company’s rating while citing the millennial generation as a key contributor in the brand’s downturn.

“Our data suggests the younger Gen Y population is adopting motorcycling at a far lower rate than prior generations,” AB analyst David Beckel told AOL’s Business Insider.  “Gen Y’s are aging into the important ‘pre-family’ cohort of riders and Boomers are increasingly handing over their keys to the smaller Gen X population.”

Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers in numbers to become the largest generation pool in the United States, and these 18 to 35-year-olds grew up during a recession, which has impacted their spending habits.

“I think we have got a very significant psychological scar from this great recession,” according to Morgan Stanley analyst Kimberly Greenberger.  “One in every five households at the time were severely negatively impacted by that event.  And, if you think about the children in that house and how the length and depth of that recession really impacted people, I think you have an entire generation with permanently changed spending habits.”

Bike-To-Vehicle (B2V) Technology To Prevent Motorcycle Accidents
Drivers involved in an accident with a motorcycle often claim they didn’t see the bike.  Their smaller size, quickness and maneuverability makes motorcycles more difficult to identify in traffic.  Autotalks, the world leader in V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) communication solutions, is launching its bike-to-vehicle (B2V) solution, a technology for the prevention of motorcycle accidents.  The solution is based on the B2X (Bike-to-Everything) chipset developed by the Israeli company.

Research conducted by Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, finds that motorcycle-to-car communication could prevent almost one third of motorcycle related accidents, which has encouraged the German company to develop what they call a “digital protective shield” for riders.  Digital visibility would warn the driver of a car about a motorcycle’s close presence, even when it’s not visible to the human eye.

The goal of the new technology is to prevent accidents from occurring, by providing warning notices on dashboards.  The data would be exchanged by vehicle transmitters through public WLAN and ITS-G5.  Potential hazards and nearby motorcycles would then show up on satellite navigation, including direction of travel, position, speed, acceleration, and vehicle type.

Advantages of the Autotalks’ B2V solution include simple integration, low power consumption, the smallest form factor, highest range of operating temperature and smallest physical size, which results in its resistance to the strong vibration and challenging environmental conditions of motorcycles.

Oregon Enacts R-O-W Law To Protect Motorcyclists
A “Right-of-Way” or R-O-W law has been enacted in Oregon, as House Bill 2598 was signed by Governor Kate Brown on June 20, 2017.  The bill also known as the “Milkman Mike Act” or the “Driver Responsibility Bill” will become law on January 1, 2018 and expands the offense of vehicular assault to include contact with motorcycle, motorcycle operator or motorcycle passenger that causes physical injury.

“This means that if a reckless driver injures a motorcycle rider or their passenger, the driver can be charged with vehicular assault and will be a Class A Misdemeanor,” reports the Oregon Confederation of Clubs.  The punishment can be doing time up to one year in prison and a maximum fine up to a $6,250.

“This is a great win for Oregon riders!!,” states the Oregon COC on their website (www.oregoncoc.org).  “Now we have something that has some teeth in it to punish drivers who are determined to be ‘reckless’.  We have had too many brothers and sisters run down by car drivers getting a ticket for nominal money or no ticket at all.  At best they get a slight bump in their insurance rates.  And in the case of no ticket, their insurance company never really has a clue they have a high risk client on their hands.

“All it took was a sharp attorney (Oregon A.I.M. Attorney Christopher Slater) to do a very simple thing.  He had the great idea to look to see if there is existing legislation.  He found legislation that covered bicyclists and pedestrians (ORS 811.060).  From there it was easy to add a few words…’motorcycle rider and passenger.’  It was so simple it was brilliant.  Much thanks to Christopher and his efforts.  Many thanks to BikePac of Oregon and ABATE of Oregon who also worked hard to make this bill a reality.

“And may Milkman Mike rest in peace forever.  This legislation is something he worked hard to achieve for many years.  He was unable to see it done due to a health issue and we lost him several years ago.  Mike was constantly working within the motorcycle rights community.  He also worked as the coordinator for the Coalition of Independent Riders (COIR).  He spent a great amount of time adding non affiliated and independent riders to his communication roster.”

North Carolina To Provide Driver Instruction On Law Enforcement Stops
Similar to a measure recently adopted in Louisiana to teach new licensees how to interact with police during traffic stops, House Bill 21 “Driver Instruction/Law Enforcement Stops” has been approved unanimously by the North Carolina legislature and signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper on July 12, 2017.

HB 21 provides that “The Division, in consultation with the State Highway Patrol, the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association, and the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, shall include in the driver license handbook a description of law enforcement procedures during traffic stops and the actions that a motorist should take during a traffic stop, including appropriate interactions with law enforcement officers.”

Ohio ‘Dead Red’ Law Amended For Bicycles Only
During a lame-duck legislative session ending last December, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 154, commonly referred to as a “Dead Red” law, allowing all vehicles and bicycles to treat a malfunctioning traffic signal as a stop sign and to proceed through a red light after a reasonable time has elapsed, as long as the intersection is clear and you must yield to oncoming traffic with the right of way.  Signed by the governor, the new law was to take effect in March, but an amendment was introduced and fast-tracked as an emergency measure to remove all motor vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles) from the law, and House Bill 9 amended the red light section to apply to bicycles only. Read More

Harley-Davidson Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results

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Harley-Davidson Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results

Company Delivered Strong Margins, Retail Sales Lower Than Expected

Press Release: Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) second quarter 2017 diluted EPS decreased 4.5 percent to $1.48 compared to $1.55 in the second quarter of 2016. Second quarter net income was $258.9 million on consolidated revenue of $1.77 billion versus net income of $280.4 million on consolidated revenue of $1.86 billion for the same period in 2016.

“We are pleased with our ability to deliver strong margins in the quarter despite challenging market conditions, particularly in the U.S.,” said Matt Levatich, president and CEO, Harley-Davidson. “Given U.S. industry challenges in the second quarter and the importance of the supply and demand balance for our premium brand, we are lowering our full-year shipment and margin guidance.”

Harley-Davidson worldwide retail motorcycle sales were down 6.7 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2016. Harley-Davidson retail motorcycle sales in the U.S. were down 9.3 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, with the overall U.S. industry down for the same period. Harley-Davidson’s U.S. market share for the quarter was 48.5 percent in the 601cc-plus segment. Harley-Davidson’s international retail sales decreased 2.3 percent compared to the second quarter in 2016.

Through six months, Harley-Davidson’s 2017 diluted EPS was $2.53, down 13.1 percent from $2.91 in the year-ago period. For the first six months, Harley-Davidson’s 2017 net income was $445.2 million on consolidated revenue of $3.27 billion compared to six-month 2016 net income of $530.9 million on consolidated revenue of $3.61 billion. Through six months, worldwide retail motorcycle sales were down 5.7 percent from the same period in 2016.

“Our long-term strategy, focused on building the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders, is our true north. Our new product investment is one pillar of our long-term strategy to build riders globally and we are energized by the strength of our model year 2018 motorcycles coming later this summer,” said Levatich.

Click here to read the full report

 

The Full 2017 Buffalo Chip Lineup

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Chip LineupThe Full 2017 Buffalo Chip Lineup With Two More Headliners

No, we don’t know if you got the raise at work.
We also don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl.
And we haven’t seen your test results either.
But frankly, this news will make you forget you even cared about any of those things in the first place, because it’s…

Thirteen more bands, including two more headliners, have joined the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, blink-182, Shinedown, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Doobie Brothers, Pop Evil and many, many others to round out the concert lineup this year!

To commemorate the monumental 2017 lineup of concerts, entertainment and events at the Best Party Anywhere, the Buffalo Chip commissioned artist EZ Wheelin’ to create an insanely cool collector’s edition art print that anyone (including you) would be stoked to have hanging on their wall!

For the complete lineup click here

Press Release: The addition of 13 more acts, including chart-topping rock bands Blue Oyster Cult and All That Remains completes the 2017 Sturgis Buffalo Chip band lineup, leaving no doubt that “Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®” is again presenting another spectacular lineup. The Buffalo Chip has already announced dozens of legendary artists who cater to classic rock, heavy metal and country music fans such as Ozzy Osbourne, The Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, blink-182, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Shinedown, Justin Moore and many more. Some of the world’s top party bands have also made the list including Pop Evil, Alter Bridge, Blackberry Smoke, RATT, Night Ranger, Drowning Pool and Trapt. More band information and the official 2017 full lineup announcement video which features some of the most scenic rides in the Black Hills can be found here: BuffaloChip.com/BANDS

Blue Oyster Cult, best known for their mega hit, “Don’t Fear (The Reaper),” will perform on the Wolfman Jack Stage for the festival’s grand final on Saturday, Aug. 12. They are credited as one of the pioneers of music videos, and helped to propel MTV to success with their videos, particularly “Burnin’ For You.” Melodic-metalcore maniacs, All That Remains will perform on the Wolfman Jack Stage Friday, Aug. 11. They’ve sold over a million records world-wide and recently released their eighth album, “Madness.”

Bands also making the cut, with the help from global emerging artist music platform ReverbNation, to perform on the Chip’s legendary Wolfman Jack Stage include BC & The Big Rig, Madame Mayhem, Carolina Wray, Stolen Rhodes, Jimmie Bratcher and The Dirtboxwailers. Those chosen to perform on the Buffalo Chip’s six showcase stages include The Hawkeyes, Charlie Brechtel Band, Well Hung Heart, Big Skillet, DJ Hulio and The Buffalo Dreamers.

Super Hooligan Race At The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

By | Events, General News, Racing News

Super HooliganRSD Super Hooligan Race Joins The Moto Stampede
At The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Press Release: Super Hooligan flat track racing is BACK! Roland Sands and his crew will go handlebar to handlebar in the second annual RSD Super Hooligan race presented by Indian Motorcycle inside the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s amphitheater on Wednesday, Aug. 9. We invite racers and fans of motorcycle racing to participate and attend during this year’s 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. At the Buffalo Chip, the riders are scheduled to take to the track for Round 6 of the Super Hooligan National Championship (SHNC) race series with classes including: Super Hooligan, Amateur Hooligan, Run What Ya Brung (costumes encouraged), Vintage, Tank Shift, Lady Hooligan and a $5K Cash Purse Pro Open Singles class. Afterwards, stick around to enjoy the blistering audio of Ozzy Osbourne. All brands of bikes are welcome to race.

Interested Racers May Register Here:

The Street Drag Invitational Races with Crazy John will also be back to pit even more show bikes in head-to-head, hat drop street races down the middle of the amphitheater immediately preceding the Super Hooligan races. Two Indian Scout Sixties, one customized by Roland Sands and the other by Carey Hart, will be given away on the main stage that evening. Register to win one of these bad ass customs at BuffaloChip.com/EVENTS/Moto-Stampede/Motorcycle-Giveaway.

“The Buffalo Chip has paired these races with one of the rally’s biggest concerts, Pop Evil and Ozzy Osbourne, to create a series of events all on one day neither the rally nor the world has ever before seen,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “The Super Hooligan races will shake the ground with excitement and gather steam for an incredible night of world-class rock on the main stage.”

Audiences at the Buffalo Chip will have an up-close viewing experience of the RSD Super Hooligan races. The track winds through the center of the amphitheater and offers track-side and prime, elevated viewing areas.

One pass includes access to all races, concerts and events held within the campground and tent camping. Passes may be purchased for each day with multi-day packages offering the best value. More info can be found HERE.

SHNC Contingencies & Prizes

Indian Motorcycle

  • $1,000 Winner-Takes-All bonus to winner of Super Hooligan Main Event.
  • The Super Hooligan Series Champion will win a Factory Indian FTR750 professional GNC flat track race bike – awarded in Huntington Beach, CA October 14th.
  • *Winner must be present at final round

Dunlop Tires

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

Bell Helmets

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

K&N Engineering

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

Motul

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

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

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

Harley-Davidson at the 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

A rider leaves Mt. Rushmore, Sunday, August 7, 2005, as others stop on the shoulder to shoot photos.

Harley-Davidson Gearing Up For 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Festivities at Largest U.S. Motorcycle Rally to Include Free Demo Rides, Special Events, Fierce Flat Track Racing and More

Press Release: The sound of freedom will rumble through the Black Hills when thousands of motorcyclists join Harley-Davidson, the official motorcycle of the largest motorcycle rally in the United States, at the 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally August 5-12.

“The great riding, the motorcycle tradition, and the wide-open fun: That’s what makes Sturgis ‘Sturgis,’” said James Newton, Harley-Davidson U.S. Events Manager. “And, this year is even bigger and better. We invite all riders to roll into Harley Headquarters to take a demo ride, see the latest gear and accessories and meet up with Harley-Davidson riders from around the world who’ve trekked to the 77th Sturgis.”

Harley-Davidson will again rock the Black Hills from August 5-12, at its headquarters at the Sturgis Community Center on Lazelle Street and the Harley-Davidson Rally Point on Main Street. Scheduled events include music, parties, free demo rides on new 2017 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, H.O.G. member special events, the electrifying Wall of Death, and Harley-Davidson-sponsored American Flat Track racing at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City.

To follow all of the fun in real time, tune in to #Sturgis on social media.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON RALLY POINT Read More

Free-Access Sturgis Buffalo Chip CrossRoads Expands

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CrossRoadsFree-Access Sturgis Buffalo Chip CrossRoads Expands Services to Become Premier Rally Destination

Stunts, bike shows, the Sturgis Rider Superstore and more combine to make the CrossRoads a rally hot spot. Premium accessories and exclusive service perks include free Indian Motorcycle loaners while services are being performed.

Press Release: The essential rally experience of shopping for motorcycle parts and accessories, and getting a tune up or a trick out has now become centralized to a one-stop shop with the opening of the all-new Sturgis Rider Superstore, located at the free-access CrossRoads at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. This new destination adds to the exciting and eclectic mix of events, attractions and entertainment at the CrossRoads, which includes acres of paved vendor shopping, plenty of free parking, OEM and custom bike displays, stunts shows, bike shows, bikini bike wash, live music tasty food, $2 beers and clean restrooms.

_AP19980Mechanics, Wrenching and Free Indian Motorcycle Loaners
The Sturgis Rider Superstore will open for the first time on Friday, Aug. 4, offering parts installs, mechanic services and must-have motorcycle merchandise. Indian Motorcycles will be on hand to offer a free loaner to anyone left needing a ride while receiving a Spectro Oil change or having new Metzeler tires or Kuryakyn parts installed. Appointments for Indian loaner bikes are recommended. Shoppers will find a parts paradise at the Sturgis Rider Superstore and can run a dyno test at the Harmonious Dyno Center, or upgrade their rides with products from Extreme Audio. The Superstore offers free bike parking, easy access to entertainment, restrooms, food and beverages.

Those interested can get more information about the Sturgis Rider Superstore at BuffaloChip.com/SuperStore.

Bad Ass Bike Shows
A series of free bike shows will be offering a display of beastly beauties nearly every day starting with the FXR Bike Show and Dyna Mixer on Sunday, Aug. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free, no-nonsense motorcycle event brings together riders and anyone who wants to talk motorcycles. Full Throttle Magazine will be offering free shows both Monday and Tuesday with registration beginning at noon both days. On Wednesday, Aug. 9, American Bagger and Urban Bagger Magazine in association with Strip Club Choppers present the Sexiest Bagger Show with multiple awards and a magazine feature for the best of show. The Granddaddy of all shows, the Rat’s Hole Bike Show, will bring together an impressive crew of international judges and builders on Thursday, Aug. 10.

IMG_7853Easy-Access Premium Fueling
Every biker on the hunt for super premium fuel at a convenient location will find 93 octane E10 gas from Renewable Fuels Association available 24/7 at the Buffalo Chip’s brand-new, self-serve Stop & Fuel gas station located at the east end of the CrossRoads. This high-octane fuel is approved by all American motorcycle manufacturers. Renewable Fuels will also be bringing back its popular “Free Fuel Happy Hour” where bikers can fill up for free 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 – Thursday, Aug. 10.

BMW Demo Rides
For the first time ever, BMW Motorrad USA is offering free demo rides on its soon-to-be-released K 1600 B “Bagger,” and the company has chosen the CrossRoads as the place to do it. Ten of the highly anticipated new bikes will be shipped to the Buffalo Chip for the exclusive demo ride opportunity, along with a full stable of new innovative BMW motorcycle models.

Exhilarating Stunt Shows
Stuntman Clint Ewing, best known as the man who nearly died attempting to pass through a tunnel of fire at the Chip in 2013, is back with an even hotter stunt show, although it no longer involves actual fire. Clint’s toasty bike is on display on the upper deck. He and his crew of super bike manipulators will be performing at the CrossRoads Monday, Aug 7 – Thursday, Aug. 10.

Bell Helmets has invited the top stunt riders to come out on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 3:30 p.m. and go head to head in a stunt competition that will be judged by famed racer, builder and freestyle motocross legend Carey Hart, Wild Gypsy Tour founder Leticia Cline and some of their adrenaline junkie friends. The winner will take home $1,500, and second place $500 presented by Dualigans. Immediately following the contest, a Dualigans Party will take place. Join Bell Helmets, Carey Hart, Leticia Cline and friends at the CrossRoads.

New American Crew Barber Shop
Matty the Barber will be hanging his barber pole at the new Buffalo Chip Barber Shop sponsored by American Crew, offering straight razor shaves, trims, cuts and more. The Barber Show is located at the north end of the CrossRoads.

Easy Rider Originals and Traveler Information
With its 50th anniversary approaching in 2019, fans of the iconic biker film “Easy Rider” will be able to nab up hard-to-find original movie posters, photos and art all recently released from the collection of an avid fan at the Buffalo Chip Gift Shop. The Buffalo Chip Chamber will be open to assist all bikers with information, load them up with free swag and help them get entered into the Moto Stampede Bike Giveaway. Two lucky winners will take home an Indian Scout Sixty customized by Roland Sands or Carey Hart.

The Big Engine Bar at the CrossRoads opened July 1 with $2 beers and $3 well drinks, all day, every day through Aug. 12.

Those interested can get more information about CrossRoads at BuffaloChip.com/CrossRoads.

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 and 2017 South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner. 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 eight 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 are free with camping. The 2017 Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Old Iron/Young Blood – Motorcycles and the Next Gen” curated by Michael Lichter, 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.

Ink from Indian Motorcycle

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InkCarey Hart Gets Tattooed w/ Ink from Indian Motorcycle

Motorcycles are in his blood. To prove it in grand fashion, self-described rebel and third generation motorcycle rider, Carey Hart used a unique ink to permanently inscribe his son’s name on his neck.

Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, has created the world’s first tattoo ink composed of the carbon from freestyle motocross icon Carey Hart’s modified Indian Scout. Artists & Co-Founder of Nocturnal Ink, Franco Vescovi, made the ink by carefully extracting a sample of tire rubber obtained from a burnout Hart performed on his bike. To ensure safety, toxins were removed and the carbon was sterilized before Carey’s son’s name, Jamison, was tattoo on his neck. As a result, Carey Hart became the first known reception of a tattoo from their motorcycle. Ink

The Indian Motorcycle Ink will be used exclusively at Vescovi’s Vatican Studios in Lake Forest, CA and at four Hart & Huntington Tattoo shops in Las Vegas, Orlando, Niagara Falls and Nashville beginning July 11th until they run out, and the ink is gone forever.

IndianMotorcycleInkHero1[7]“Since 1901, Indian Motorcycle has been a trailblazer, establishing a wide range of ‘firsts’ in manufacturing, racing or other legendary motorcycling achievements, and this is another example of Indian doing something that’s never been done before,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian. “Indian Motorcycle Ink embodies our value of leading, rather than following, to blaze entirely new trails where others have never ventured.”  IndianMotorcycleInk7[7]

To learn more, visit Indianmotorcycle.com/inked.

Born Free 9

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Born FreeBorn Free 9

By Staci Wilt
For Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

If you haven’t been, you’ve probably at the very least heard of the motorcycle mecca that is the Born Free Motorcycle Show, held annually in Southern California’s Santiago Canyon. The event started out as a small chopper gathering in the streets of LA, catering to a few hundred spectators, and has grown into a weekend long event with over 30,000 attendees and counting. With Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys as Title Sponsor in BF’s ninth year, it’s clear that the event is no longer a grass-roots-driven chopper-only event, but a bucket list destination for any motorcycle enthusiast who appreciates the DIY idealism behind building a custom motorcycle, but also the community that keeps this custom culture alive.

Born FreeA weekend at the Born Free show grounds can be described a number of ways. With no cell service and the chic moto fashion abundant, it’s almost like a step back in time to the chopper days of the 70’s. Despite the 100+ degree heat over the weekend, vendors and spectators made sure to make the best of it. Water guns were hidden in most of the vendor booths, choppers made their way into kiddie pools to create temporary exhaust-driven swamp coolers, dozens tried out the dunk tank, and the famous Loser Machine boob kegs poured PBR’s for hours on end. Dumptruck and crew could be found in their speedos, assaulting the eyes of those who braved to stare at their attire for the day. If there’s a simple way to put it: Born Free is a giant motorcycle party with you and thousands of the closest friends you didn’t know you had. This isn’t your typical motorcycle gathering and/or “rally.”

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‘Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime’ Selectees

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Hero’s RideIndian Motorcycle & Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis Welcomes ‘Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime’ Selectees to Third Annual Motorcycle Therapy Adventure

Best Friends and Above the Knee Bi-Lateral Amputees to Trade off Piloting an Indian Scout Avenger Sidecar from Los Angeles to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Press Release: Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, and “Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis,” announced today veterans Corporal Joshua Stein, U.S. Army (Ret.) and Corporal Neil Frustaglio, U.S. Marines (Ret.) have been named as the honorary “Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime” selectees. The two post-9/11 veteran heroes were chosen from over 50 total entries in a nomination program that called upon friends and family members to submit deserving veterans for an once-in-a-lifetime motorcycle therapy adventure.

Hero’s RideCorporal Joshua Stein, US Army (Ret.) joined the Army in February of 2005 as a 12B Combat Engineer, and was deployed to Iraq in December. On Easter Sunday of 2006, Josh and his team were struck by an Explosively Formed Penetrator bomb that blasted through their armored Bradley vehicle and immediately severed and cauterized both of Josh’s legs. Doctors in Iraq prioritized limb salvage, saving both his arms, and transported him back to the U.S., where he eventually woke up out of a medically induced coma with his family surrounding him a the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Texas. Following a long battle, and significant rehabilitation, Josh found a purpose at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) from which he’ll be graduating in Phoenix, Arizona on July 7, 2017.

Josh’s best friend, Corporal Neil Frustaglio, US Marines (Ret.) joined the Marines right after graduating high school and was deployed in September of 2005 with his unit to Ramadi, Iraq. While on a mission providing security during the Iraqi elections, Neil’s convoy sustained two massive IED explosions. As a result of the blasts, Neil lost both of his legs above the knee and received third-degree burns to twenty percent of his body, forcing him to undergo 24 surgeries and intense physical therapy at the young age of twenty-two. In a significant effort to turn around his life, support his family and maintain a regular life, Neil went back to work and eventually to school. He graduated in December 2016 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Arizona State University. Neil grew up riding motorcycles, was constantly on a bike before his injury.

“We’re extremely excited for this year’s ride to Sturgis. We have a great group of veterans joining us, and each and every year is special in its own right,” said David Frey, Veterans Charity Ride Founder. “Our Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime selectees, Josh and Neil, know a thing or two about resiliency. It’ll be incredible to witness two above-the-knee bi-lateral amputees push and motivate one another half way across the country as they trade off riding an Indian Scout Avenger Sidecar. That indomitable spirit and nature will be powerful for our entire group of veterans.”

The two heroes will pilot an Indian Scout Avenger Sidecar with modifications made by John Meade, owner of Azzkikr Custom Baggers, and his veteran employees in Phoenix, AZ. The Indian Scout Sidecar rig will be outfitted with a Rekluse Clutch, which eliminates the need to pull the clutch handle for shifting, a hand shift mechanism so the amputee rider can shift the bike manually, and the rear brake system will be moved and adapted to a hand brake on the left handlebar. The Scout will be complete with a custom Corbin seat to provide extra comfort and seating area for the long journey.

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

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

Primary sponsors of the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis include Indian Motorcycle and Champion Sidecars & Trikes, with additional sponsorship and support provided by Monster Energy Drink, Bates Footwear, Cycle Gear, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Avon Tyres, and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

To follow the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis, support our veterans, donate and hear their stories, visit IndianMotorcycle.com/en-us/veterans-ride and VeteransCharityRide.org.