Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame

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Rod Woodruff SBC SMThe Class of 2017

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame Honors Movers & Shakers!

Headlined by a local legend, global icons and a couple of go-fast guys who became industry leaders, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum is honored to present the Sturgis Hall Of Fame Class of 2017. Intended to recognize those individuals who have made a long-term positive impact on the motorcycle community, the Class of 2017 features a group of over achievers and true leaders who have influenced an entire era of motorcycling. Held in conjunction with the annual rally, the Hall Of Fame Induction ceremony is set for August 9, 2017.

“We have movers and shakers like drag racing legend-turned exhaust icon Terry Vance to the man who literally tooled up the motorcycle industry, JIMS founder Jim Thiessen,” says Myrick Robbins, Executive Director for the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame. “The go-faster guys are joined by clutch performers Colleen Barnett and Mike Taylor on the industry side. World class customizers Cory Ness and Mark Shadley who have shaped how the world views what a motorcycle looks like make for a balanced group of inductees.

Leading the Class Of 2017 is the man who brought rock and roll to the annual Sturgis Rally and put the legendary Buffalo Chip on the map, Rod Woodruff. “The J.C. ‘Pappy’ Hoel Outstanding Achievement Award is a special designation reserved for individuals who have played a special role in the founding, maintaining and/or promoting of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame,” explains Robbins. “In addition to everything Rod has done for the rally and the Black Hills region over the years, he has been a member of the Museum’s board of directors and helped guide the Hall Of Fame since the beginning.”

Since 1981, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground has treated millions of motorcyclists to rock concerts, camping, entertainment and more, he adds. “Rod is a real life rock star and a truly deserving recipient of the Pappy Hoel Outstanding Achievement Award.”

Class Of 2017 Inductees

  • Hall of Fame

    Colleen Barnett & Mike Taylor

    Colleen Barnett & Mike Taylor – Colleen Barnett-Taylor started her motorsports career at Barnett Clutches & Cables while still in her childhood working for her parents (and original 1948 founders), Charlie and Afton Barnett. Since the beginning Colleen has been a driving force and integral part of the company. Mike Taylor, already a long-time motorcycle rider/enthusiast, joined the firm in 1968 which cemented a great partnership after he and Colleen were married. Together they have operated Barnett since 1975 and owned the company since 1993.

  • Hall of Fame

    Cory Ness

    Cory Ness – Don’t think for a second that Cory Ness rode his famous father’s coattails into the Sturgis Hall Of Fame. At only 10 years old, he disassembled his bicycle, painted it, chromed its parts and entered it in the Oakland Roadster Show. The first motorcycle he turned his talents to was a wrecked CB350. After building it back up, Cory sold it before even getting a chance to ride it. He was 14! Today Cory is the chief designer behind Arlen Ness Enterprises where he runs the day-to-day business. In between designing new parts and accessories, he still finds time to wrench on custom bikes periodically.

  • Hall of Fame

    Mark Shadley

    Mark Shadley – Since the early 1970s Mark Shadley and Shadley Bros. Motorcycles have been shaping the perception of what a custom motorcycle is. The quality, detail and innovation of his custom built bikes have made him well recognized by both the motorcycle industry and his peers. His enthusiasm and involvement in the custom motorcycle industry has been a lifelong passion.

  • Jim Thiessen

    Jim Thiessen

    Jim Thiessen – For 50 years, machinist and go-fast guy Jim Thiessen has generated trust with riders, record breakers, racers and certified Harley mechanics around the world whom use JIMS products on a daily basis. Today JIMS is one of the industry’s leading producers of performance parts, accessories, tools, transmissions and high-performance engines – all aimed at enhancing the Harley rider’s experience.

  • Hall of Fame

    Terry Vance

    Terry Vance – #35 on the NHRA’s 50 greatest drag racers of all-time, 14-time national champ Terry Vance never lets off the gas! Terry and his tuner Byron Hines shared a passion for the quarter mile from the early days, but they also shared a vision of creating a company that would be a pillar of the motorcycle aftermarket, and they used their unrivaled achievements in racing to build a brand that would unmistakably stand for quality and performance.

  • Hall of Fame

    Rod Woodruff

    Rod Woodruff – Since 1981. the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground has treated millions of motorcyclists to rock concerts, camping, entertainment and more. Rod Woodruff is the man who brought Rock & Roll to the Black Hills and now hosts a 10-day Concert Series each August during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The Buffalo Chip provides a music festival, various other forms of entertainment, and full service tent, RV and cabin camping on almost 600 acres in rural Meade County.

“The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum honors the people who have shaped and changed the motorcycle lifestyle,” says Robbins. “Every member of the Class of 2017 and our special award winner Rod Woodruff have definitely lived up to that criteria and genuinely made the entire world of motorcycling a better place.” The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall Of Fame Induction  ceremony presented by Strider is being held August 9th at the Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, South Dakota. Breakfast tickets are available for a $45 donation, tables of eight for $350. Tickets are available by calling the Museum at 605.347.2001 or they can be purchased online at:

Michael “Balls” Farabaugh — RIP

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Michael_FarbaughMichael “Balls” Farabaugh — RIP

The Easyriders family endured a great loss with the passing of one of our ace photographers, Michael “Balls” Farabaugh. He had just returned from Daytona and his son Ryan said that he was cleaning up around the house yesterday, went to bed and just didn’t wake up in the morning.

Michael is survived by his wife Debby, and his son Ryan, a sister, a brother and a granddaughter. Michael and Debbie have spent over 50 years together. For Michael and  and Debby, it was always about the ride, and the couple loved exploring of our wonderful country.

In 1978 Michael became the first Director of ABATE of Indiana. He, along with the leaders and members of ABATE founded the “Bean Blossom Boogie” as a membership recruiting tool. It quickly became one of the greatest motorcycle parties in the country. ABATE of Indiana, of their website describes him as “a very charismatic and insightful leader. Balls made us look and plan far ahead. He was a very effective communicator with the membership as well as legislators.”

“With Balls’ experience and help from the AMA, we learned how to approach politicians effectively. How to get the news media involved to raise awareness. We learned to think like the enemies of motorcycling so we could defeat their efforts to put us off the road.”

Michael was a founder and past President of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, and president Kirk Willard noted his passing, saying, “‘Balls’ was arguably the driving force behind much of the success the motorcyclists rights movement has enjoyed. Balls was one of the pioneers of rider education in Indiana and his influence carried into many states and has certainly resulted in saving thousands of lives. “Balls” had an impact on motorcycling nationally and internationally. “Balls” actually founded the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF). His ideas and inspirational character motivated many of the leaders in the motorcycling community, and that continues as a lasting legacy. Indeed, riders around the world owe a debt to Michael “Balls” Farabaugh.

Michael was the 2002 recipient of the AMA’s Hall of Fame award and the Sturgis Hall of Fame. He and Debbie were graduates of the first Motorcycle Safety Foundation Chief Instructor Program. They taught motorcycle riding survival skills to thousands of riders and he lobbied many state legislatures into giving publically funded rider training parity with driver education in obtaining vehicle operator licenses.

MichaelFarabaughMichael was also the head of Lucas Oil’s Motorcycle Product Division, Forrest Lucas, noted upon his appointment to the company, ”Aside from all those qualifications, he and his wife have ridden over a million miles on motorcycles using Lucas Oil and other lubricants. If you want a textbook example of a person who’s a perfect fit for heading up the Lucas Oil Motorcycle Division, Michael Farabaugh is the man.”

This tribute would not be complete without talking about his contribution to Easyriders magazine. “Balls”, as he was known to us was a monster photographer, contributing hundreds of outstanding bike features, and photographing motorcycle events on our behalf for 40 years. He will be sorely missed. Please keep Balls’ family in your heart today.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home, 1682 State Road 135 North, Nashville, Indiana. There will be a gathering of family and friends two hours prior to the service. A pitch-in celebration will take place after the service at the Farabaugh residence.

If friends so desire, Memorial Contributions may be made to Riley Hospital for Children, 705 Riley Hospital Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202.

Indian Motorcycle’s ‘Project Chieftain’ Winners Unveiled

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Tequila Sunset – Hollister Indian

Indian Motorcycle’s ‘Project Chieftain’ Custom Bagger Contest Winners Unveiled During Daytona Bike Week

Show-Stopping Indian Chieftain Customs From Hollister Powersports, Coastal Indian Motorcycle of Murrels Inlet & Indian Motorcycle of Central Massachusetts Claim Top Honors

Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, proudly announced the three winners of its Project Chieftain custom motorcycle contest during Bike Week in Daytona Beach.  Hollister Powersports’ (Hollister, CA) “Tequila Sunset” claimed top honors, with “America Proud” from Coastal Indian Motorcycle (Murrels Inlet, S.C.) and “Barnstorm” from Indian Motorcycle of Central Massachusetts (Worcester, MA) taking 2nd and 3rd place honors respectively.

Following the success of the 2016 ‘Project Scout’ build contest, Indian renewed the competition for 2017, this time focusing on its popular hard bagger, the Indian Chieftain. The three-month contest invited Indian Motorcycle dealers to build a custom Indian Chieftain or Chieftain Dark Horse model using any theme, style or budget, as long as it incorporated at least three authentic Indian Motorcycle accessories.

“The collection of unbelievable customs that were produced for ‘Project Chieftain’ are a powerful testament to the significant customization capabilities of the Chieftain platform,” said Gary Gray, Indian Motorcycle Product Director. “It’s always such a pleasure to see the creativity and craftsmanship of our dealers, while showcasing for the rider how far one can go to make our bikes more personal to them.

‘Project Chieftain’ kicked off on October 10, 2016, with the entry period closing on January 13, 2017. Fans voted online for eleven finalists during a two-week period from February 1-15, and the three winning bikes were on display during Daytona Bike Week. The dealers took home cash prizes of $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third place. Read More

S&S Cycle Brings Muscle to the Buffalo Chip Legends Ride

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BuffSS1S&S Cycle Brings Muscle to the Buffalo Chip’s 10th Anniversary Legends Ride

Sturgis Buffalo Chip to unveil power-hungry one-off custom motorcycle at the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show March 25.

Press Release: In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride S&S Cycle, Inc. is debuting a 165-170 horsepower performance-styled Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider custom to be auctioned in support of the milestone event that kicks off in Deadwood, SD on Aug. 7. The fully customized Low Rider, designed to look and feel every bit a “muscle bike,” will be unveiled on Saturday, March 25 at 12:15 p.m. at the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show in the St. Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minn.

BuffSS2As the uncontested aftermarket leader in V-Twin performance parts for almost six decades, S&S Cycle transformed the 2017 club-style chopper into a sleek and stylish beast powered by a T143 Black Edition engine packing 143 cubic inches and 165 horsepower to the wheel. Harnessing that extra horsepower required S&S to upgrade the transmission, clutch and primary work. To clothe the powerful machine, S&S added a Russ Wernimont FXRT style fairing some Dyna Defender bags. The piece de resistance is the hot rod inspired striped paint job, which recalls the wildly popular classic muscle car, the Shelby Cobra.

BuffSS3This incredibly beautiful and powerful bike created by the masters at S&S Cycle will be going up on the auction block at the Legends Ride this August,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “It’s not only a real prize, but its sale will support the Ride, which has so far raised nearly half a million dollars for local charities including South Dakota Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. The top bidder is going to ride off on one incredible and unique motorcycle while feeling like a hero for supporting very worthy causes.”

To be one of the first to get a look at the 10th Anniversary Legends Ride bike, attend the official unveiling at the Donnie Smith Show on March 25. Information and photos will be posted at BuffaloChip.com after the event.

Pappy Hoel Speed Classic

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Pappy HoelPappy Hoel Speed Classic

Flat Track Racing In Sturgis Comes Full Circle

On a dusty summer day in 1938, local Indian motorcycle dealer J.C. Hoel set the wheels of history in motion when he promoted a flat track race at the Sturgis Fairgrounds. History comes full circle this year as the Pappy Hoel Speed Classic returns to the same historic dir
t track where it all began. The event set for August 3-5, 2017 in downtown Sturgis kicks off a full week of racing during this year’s Rally.

Pappy Hoel

Pappy Hoel

“For Sturgis Rally founder J.C. ‘Pappy’ Hoel, the focus for the Rally was always on racing,” says Tigra Tsujikawa, Marketing & Development Director for the Sturgis Museum & Hall Of Fame. “From Johnny Spiegelhoff’s win on an Indian back in 1938 until today, flat track is an integral part of Sturgis history. We are honored to partner with the White Plate Motorcycle Club and Steve Nace Racing Promotions to present The Pappy Hoel Speed Classic, sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association.”

A full slate of racing with top Professional, Amateur and Vintage classes will be at the Sturgis Fairgrounds. As a three-time AMA Track Racing Organizer of the Year, Steve Nace Racing Promotions strives for perfection. “The objective of the AMA All-Star Series is to bring a professional show… we are known for having great tracks and rider safety is always our number one concern,” says Nace.

In 1938, the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club – coincidently founded by “Pappy” as the father of the Rally was affectionately known by racers and Rally goers alike – hosted a Gypsy Tour through South Dakota’s majestic Black Hills. The first “Black Hills Motor Classic” brought out 200 participants. Pappy and his wife, Pearl, provided camping behind their shop on Junction Avenue. “Weenies, Sloppy Joes, potato salad and watermelon for dessert, is what Pearl and the other Gypsies ladies served that first year,” says Tsujikawa. The riders washed their free meal down with iced tea or coffee, served in a tent behind the Hoel’s garage.

“The Pappy Hoel Speed Classic is the perfect way to start the 77th Sturgis Rally, but it is only part of the program,” she notes. Displays, entertainment, swap meet and more are being hosted by the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum throughout the week, culminating with the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Strider Sports. “However, just like Pappy Hoel envisioned back in 1938, flat track racing is the focal point that brings it all together as we have come full circle.”

The Induction is being held August 9th at the Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, South Dakota. Breakfast tickets are available for a $45 donation, tables of eight for $350. Tickets are available by calling the Museum at 605.347.2001.

Or they can be purchased online here

For more details on the races and to register to compete, contact www.stevenaceracing.com

Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain Sells Out

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Indian_JD_Chieftain_Flag_3Indian Motorcycle Reaches Pre-Order Capacity For Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain In 10 Minutes

Iconic Brand Collaboration Drives Record-Setting Demand for Show-Stopping, Custom-Inspired Bagger, Designed by Brian Klock

Press Release: On Monday at Noon Eastern, Indian Motorcycle dealers began accepting pre-order deposits for the company’s recently unveiled Limited-Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain. By 12:10 p.m. Eastern, pre-order capacity of 100 units was filled.

The new limited-edition offering is the latest collaboration between America’s first motorcycle company and the iconic Tennessee whiskey distillery. In 2016, the collaboration produced a Limited-Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage with pre-order capacity of 150 units filled in merely 8 hours. This year it only took 10 minutes.

“This overwhelming level of demand is an incredible testament to the power of these two iconic American brands,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Without a doubt, this brand collaboration and motorcycle are tapping directly into a deep sense of patriotism and American pride. We couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it.” Read More

The Fox Run Story

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Fox-Run-MainThe Fox Run Story

By Leticia Cline
For Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

It’s in our DNA to be part of a tribe, and back in our cave days, tribal culture was necessary for survival. Today we need it to be able to culturally grow. We constantly are searching for a connection to others to fulfill that sense of belonging. Every single one of us craves the feeling of being part of something bigger than ourselves but over time we have become disconnected from our tribe. When you are in a subculture you need that connection even more when you are a minority inside of a subculture.

We have a women’s movement upon us with no signs of slowing down. Sure, women have been riding motorcycles since motorcycles were created — but today women are the fastest growing segment in the industry. With any uprising there is a need to meet and support the cause, to connect with other like—minded people and to celebrate the dichotomy of freedom and unity.

Fox-Run-3-newOne of those gatherings is The Fox Run. An east coast camping and riding event geared towards women and all things two wheels. I have to be honest and admit that I have never been to a gathering of ladies like this, mostly because of my crazy scheduling but I want to know what drives these events and why they are so successful. So I sat down with Lucy Sarah, founder and one of the seven women who make it all happen, to ask her some questions and find out more. I ended up leaving with a new date scheduled on my events calendar for 2017 and an even greater appreciation for women riders.

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Sturgis Buffalo Chip to Give Away Indian Scout Sixties

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SBC Hart Indian_01 SMSturgis Buffalo Chip to Give Away Indian Scout Sixties Customized by Roland Sands and Carey Hart

Moto Stampede giveaway bikes come complete with hooligan race battle scars and wild stories

Creative motorcycle madmen Roland Sands and Carey Hart are molding identical 2017 Indian Scout Sixty motorcycles into wicked racing machines for the Sturgis Buffalo Chip ‘s Moto Stampede Bike Giveaway. Before being given to two fans on the Chip’s Wolfman Jack Main Stage these two hooligan race bikes, known as the “Evil Twins,” will face off during the RSD Super Hooligan races presented by Indian Motorcycle at the Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede on Wed., Aug. 9. Fans may enter to win the bikes online now at www.BuffaloChip.com/EvilTwins.

RSD_Chip_Indian_7 SM“The stories these Evil Twins will tell will be unlike any others out there,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Designed, built and raced by the biggest names in motorcycling and racing, these Indian motorcycles will sport real battle scars from having been run in Super Hooligan races. You just can’t buy a bike with history like that, but you could win one.”

“The Scout Sixty is already a force to be reckoned with, and now Roland and Carey’s modifications will truly add to the fun that can be had on these bikes,” said Reid Wilson, marketing director for Indian Motorcycle. “We can’t wait to give away these bikes on the Buffalo Chip’s main stage and pass on the good times after the Moto Stampede races.”

BUFFALO CHIP LOGOMore info about the Moto Stampede racing events at the Buffalo Chip can be found at www.buffalochip.com/events/moto-stampede

Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover

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Garage GirlsGarage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Brought To You by Allstate Motorcycle Insurance for 2017!

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 2017, brought to you by Allstate Motorcycle Insurance.

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 July 7th, 2017. 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, A new Mustang Motorcycle Seat, a set of tires from AVON Tyres, A Valerie bag by Motochic, Surprises from S&S Cycle, Klock Werks, Kuryakyn, DEI, Memphis Shades, Indian Motorcycle and MUCH MORE!! Winner will be announced August 10th on Garage-Girls.com and Garage-Girls FB page.

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 9th 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!

About Allstate Motorcycle Insurance
For 50 years, Allstate Agents have delivered motorcycle protection with a purpose: to keep riders riding. Allstate is proud to be a long-time advocate and resource for the riding community. With features like the Rider Protection Package®, New Motorcycle Replacement and Genuine Parts Guarantee, we have your back – and with discounts that can help you save up to 50%, you can save your money for gas, more epic rides or more gear. You can feel confident that Allstate Agents know the special needs of riders and can help you customize a policy to meet the unique needs of you and your bike.

OWN Easyriders Magazine!

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I AM OVER THE HILL!!!OWN Easyriders Magazine!

Even though my picture never changes – AMAZING……….

Well Bros, I just turned 76 and luckily, 46 of those years were spent as the lead dog of Easyriders, V-Twin, Road Iron and Tattoo magazines, to name just a few of the many titles we put out over those 46 years. It has been a HELL of a ride!

It was only possible because of the great gang you see listed on the masthead of each issue, now led by Editor-in-Chief, Dave Nichols! As I ride off into the sunset I want to make sure that these dedicated professionals will be able to continue to put out the best Biker and Tattoo magazines ever. I would prefer to sell to or through someone reading this, as opposed to posting an auction notice in the Wall Street Journal and finding some suit to take over who has no feel for what we do here at Paisano.

Thanks to all of you who have been reading our mags over the past many decades and please direct any Biker-type business owners/investors that you may know.

Keep the Shiny Side Up!

Joe Teresi
Owner and Publisher
OWN Easyriders Magazine!For more information and to register to bid go to :
www.PaisanoAuction.com

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Daytona Bike Week Poster

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Daytona Bike Week Poster

Mathew Hintz

Mathew Hintz Artwork Selected For Daytona Bike Week Poster

Daytona Chamber Names Hintz Official Artist of Bike Week

Press Release: An original painting by the Milwaukee-based gas-and-oil artist Mathew Hintz has been selected as the key image on the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce 2017 Bike Week Poster. The Daytona Chamber has also named Hintz the Official Artist of Daytona Bike Week.

This is the third consecutive year a work by Mathew Hintz has been featured on the official Daytona Bike Week commemorative poster. Created in his distinctive layered-paint style, the painting depicts a classic motorcycle fuel tank with a Florida palm tree reflected in the chrome gas cap. Copies of the poster are free and available while supplies last at the Daytona Bike Week Welcome Center on Beach Street, and at select area businesses.

A graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Hintz has worked professionally for more than 20 years to develop an impressionistic painting style that’s as singular as a thumbprint and celebrates the form and craftsmanship of motorcycles and automobiles. His commissioned works are typically large in size and feature bold, heavy brushstrokes in oils over a sculpted base. His commissioned portraits capture the spirit of the open road and the styling details and custom elements that make a cherished machine unique.

From 2014 to 2016 Hintz was a Licensed Harley-Davidson Artist producing works sold through Harley-Davidson dealerships. His painting of the redesigned 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide motorcycle was featured on the cover of HOG Magazine, and Hintz has created the original cover art for Harley-Davidson Owner Manuals from 2008 to 2017.

In 2016 Hintz was licensed to produce artwork for Ford Images and given an opportunity to create artwork of Ford automobiles, another iconic American manufacturer.

Daytona Bike Week Poster

To see more work by Mathew Hintz or to contact the artist regarding an original commission go to HintzStudios.com

Super Hooligan National Championship Kicks Off

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Super HooliganRSD Super Hooligan National Championship Kicks Off

The “thrills and spills” of Street Bike Flat Track Racing, with the 2017 Super Hooligan National Championship Series (SHNC) sponsored by Indian Motorcycle, is off to a great start. We kicked the series off with The 1 Pro in Salem, OR followed by Mama Tried’s Flat Out Friday in Milwaukee, WI. It’s been a no-holds-barred battle to the stripe at these races and all on 500 lbs. of fury.

Couldn’t make the events? We’ve got you covered. Check out the recap below and the current SHNC Points Standings attached.

Round 1: The 1 Pro – Salem, Oregon

In association with the annual The 1 Moto Show custom motorcycle show in Portland, The 1 Pro flat track races commenced once again upon the 1/10th mile banked clay oval at Salem Indoor Speedway on Sunday. 1) Sammy Halbert #69 on a RSD Indian Scout, (2) Brad Spencer #7 from San Jose on his Sportster and (3) Andy DiBrino #14 from Portland piloting the See See Motorcycles XG750 made up the field and fought bar-to-bar, putting on a show for the spectators. Everyone was on the edge of their seats watching what was one of the best Super Hooligan races to date. (Click here for the full story)

Round 2: Mama Tried’s Flat Out Friday – Milwaukee, WI

Grassroots racing gets sticky and brings out over 10,000 fans to watch a bunch of motorcycles turn left and beat themselves up for bragging rights at the biannual Flat Out Friday races. This indoor Dr. Pepper syrup soaked oval concrete track is in the heart of blue collar America, Milwaukee, at The BMO Harris Bradley Center. It was Benny Carlson (#45) who took home the top spot aboard his XR1200, with some serious bar banging action to keep it up front against Andy DiBrino (#14) XG750 and Terry Vestal (#27) Sportster. (Click here for the full story)

NEXT UP: Round 3: AFT Atlanta Short Track – Woodstock, GA

The next round takes place March 25th in conjunction with American Flat Track on a 3/8-mile banked red clay oval at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA. The Super Hooligan class will be filmed for tape-delayed TV telecast, along with AFT’s GNC1 & GNC2 professional races, by NBC Sports Network. You won’t want to miss the Hooligans getting Western in The South!

Stay tuned for more races across the country ranging from specialty bike shows and concerts to pro American Flat Track events and beach-side racing. The diversity promises a unique experience at each event. Watch Out America… this is Super Hooligan!

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Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame

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Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame2017 Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame Inductee

Genevieve Schmitt

Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame announced Genevieve Schmitt as the first inductee into the 2017 class.

Genevieve is one of the leading influencers in women motorcycling today. Over the two decades that she has been working full time as a journalist and publisher in the motorcycle industry, she has written articles and made speeches that have inspired thousands of women to ride motorcycles.

In 2005, Genevieve launched what is now the longest running and most comprehensive resource for female motorcyclists anywhere, WomenRidersNow.com. The online magazine not only provides motorcycling news and reviews from a female point of view, but she is proud of the fact that she created the only media resource where companies can successfully connect with hundreds of thousands of women riders to advertise their products or services.

“I am extremely humbled by this recognition of my work in the media that brings attention to the women’s motorcycling community. All the glory goes to God for giving me the talent; to the riders, women and men, who read my articles; and all the powersports companies that have supported my efforts over the years,” says Schmitt.

Prior to launching WomenRidersNow.com Genevieve conceived the idea for Woman Rider magazine, a national print publication where, for the first time, readers could see on the pages of a professional magazine, women of all ages riding any brand of motorcycle.  Over the years Genevieve has contributed articles to nearly every motorcycle magazine providing one of the early female voices in motorsports journalism.

“Genevieve is a pioneer in the industry, hobby and sport of women motorcycling. She has reached beyond the stereo-types and has brought female riders to the fore front. As the fastest growing demographic of new riders, Genevieve has shown that women can have the same amount of passion and enthusiasm for motorcycle riding as any man,” says Mindi Cherry, Vice President and Event Manager of Las Vegas BikeFest.

Las Vegas BikeFest, in partnership with Branscombe Richmond, launched the Las Vegas Motorcycle Hall of Fame at the 2016 rally. “The Hall of Fame is designed to honor the iconic ambassadors, influential heroes and people who put their interests above and beyond for the motorcycle community. This honor celebrates, illuminates and preserves the rich tradition of motorcycling in America”, says Cherry and Richmond, curators of the Hall of Fame.

A ceremony to honor the inductees will be held on Friday, October 6 at the 17th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest held in Downtown Las Vegas. Additional inductees will be announced soon.

About Las Vegas BikeFest: The 17th annual Las Vegas BikeFest will be held October 5 – 8, 2017 in the heart of downtown Las Vegas on Fremont East.

Excelsior-Henderson Motorcycles

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Excelsior-HendersonExcelsior-Henderson Motorcycles on the Comeback Trail?

A press release crossed our desk this morning announcing that the investment banking firm of Aaron, Bell International has been retained as the exclusive agent for Excelsior-Henderson Motorcycles seeking a “strategic relationship for the reintroduction of the brand to the marketplace.”

“We look forward to working with Excelsior-Henderson during this exciting time in America, with the resurgence of manufacturing pride and interest in motorsports,” states Ralph Bellizzi, founder and president of Aaron, Bell International.

EH_LogoThe convergence of several market factors has created a unique opportunity to reignite the heritage-rich Excelsior-Henderson brand. Recent motorsports industry reconfiguration, with Polaris Industries ending production of Victory Motorcycles to focus on its historic Indian Motorcycles, and Arctic Cat’s sale to Textron, combined with the strength of American motorcycle manufacturing and sales worldwide, make the market ripe for the reemergence of the venerable “E-H” marque.

Excelsior-Henderson’s deep, rich heritage is what elevates this opportunity well beyond the ordinary. As one of the original “Big 3” OEM motorcycle manufacturers along with Harley-Davidson and Indian during the early decades of motorcycling, Excelsior-Henderson’s heritage includes owners Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh, and a long list of ‘firsts,’ being the first motorcycle to circumnavigate the world and officially ‘clocked’ at over 100 mph, to engineering and design innovations until ceasing production by owner Ignatz Schwinn of Chicago during the Great Depression.

In the 1990s, that engineering and design legacy was painstakingly carried forward with the rebirth of the brand and the development of a proprietary, new Super X motorcycle by the Excelsior-Henderson Motorcycle Manufacturing Company. The company produced nearly 2000 motorcycles featuring dual overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, closed-loop fuel injection, integrated cassette transmissions, anti-dive suspensions, and more. Owners of the motorcycles today are just as fervent about the brand as the day they rode them off dealers’ lots.

Despite discontinuing production in late 1999, the business opportunity remains relatively turn-key due to its intellectual property and intensely-loyal, active customer base.

Bellizzi said it’s impossible to overstate the unique opportunity this presents. “An offering like this is extremely rare. An entrepreneur or investor can essentially pick up where the previous company left off, bypass the most difficult barriers to entry, and build upon the established success of this heritage-rich brand in a highly lucrative industry. It’s literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The Excelsior-Henderson website has not been updated for sometime, but here is a link

The Passing of Rick Whitehead

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Custom Cycle Engineering

A couple of weeks ago we received a note from Kristine Grandlund of Custom Cycle Engineering

It was titled, “Our Dear Friend,” and it simply said, “It is with a heavy heart that I tell you Rick has passed away. It’s been very difficult for us all. He hasn’t been well for some time.  As of now, his Brother has stepped in and is trying to manage things.”

We have known Rick for many years. Custom Cycle Engineering has been a consistent advertiser in Easyriders, and has exhibited their innovative products at the V-Twin Expo for years. We have featured many of their products in the pages of our magazines. 

Joel Felty, of Headwinds, a friend and admirer of Rick, penned this note to us, and asked us to publish it in his memory. 

“We‘re saddened by the passing of our friend Rick Whitehead of Custom Cycle Engineering (CCE).

“After attending Chico State Business College he joined his father’s company DEW (Donald Edward Whitehead) Manufacturing in 1979.

“Custom Cycle Engineering began making motorcycle parts in the 60’s. In the early 80’s DEW and CCE came together and started developed and manufactured such parts as the temperature gauge dipstick (Baja Products), steel triple trees, spool hubs, close ratio gear sets, intake manifolds, and more. They supplied parts for catalog companies such as Drag Specialties, Custom Cycle Delight, Motorcycle Goodies. The company was passed over to the brothers Rick & Jim Whitehead in the 90’s.

“Rick ran CCE until his passing, Jim will keep it going. He is survived by wife Sandy, daughter Heather and three grandchildren.

“A celebration will be held Sunday, February 12th from 12pm – 3pm at Custom Cycle Engineering1970 Peacock Blvd. Oceanside, CA 92056.”

Our hearts go out to the Rick’s family, and the crew at Custom Cycle Engineering. 

Check out Rick Whitehead’s legacy of innovation at Custom Cycle Engineering

—Kit Maira

Project Chieftain Build A Legend

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Build A LegendProject Chieftain – Build A Legend

Press Release: Over the past four months, Indian Motorcycle dealers across North America have been meticulously working to build the world’s most legendary custom Chieftain yet. Determined by your votes, three winners will be announced at Daytona Bike Week 2017. Vote now and you are entered to win a 2017 Indian Chieftain of your own.

Indian Motorcycle has announced its latest in dealer customization contests, Project Chieftain. Customized by the dealership’s internal team, 10 Indian dealerships created the most badass Chieftain bagger they could imagine. Indian has put these bikes up for a vote HERE. The top three bikes will be unveiled at an Indian VIP party in Daytona Beach during Daytona Bike Week in March.

Every voter will be entered to win a new 2017 Chieftain. Each daily vote is equal to an entry in the sweepstakes. Voters can vote daily to increase sweepstakes entries and chances to win.

American Proud – Coastal Indian Motorcycle
Our Custom Chieftain will mesh history with the present. First, we want to honor the American men and women that created Indian back in 1901 while recognizing the awesome team that brought it back to us. Another Special Thanks to all the Service men and women that make what we do possible. This bike is designed to Honor or our past and our future….AMERICA PROUD..

Arizona Sunset – Indian Motorcycle Peoria
26″ custom front wheel matching rear. The air ride system allows the rider style and looks. Duel exhaust, Stage 2 Indian Pipes, custom tips, with the Indian cam system for the performance needed. Blended with the stretched bags, side body panels, and custom front fairing, this bike has been designed around the Ride Command system. Enjoy this Chieftain as much as we enjoyed building it. Help from our friends at: AZZKIKR Len, Hoagie, and Darwin.

Barnstorm Chieftain – Indian Motorcycle of Central Massachusetts
Our goal was to elevate the aspects of the Chieftain performance platform. Because this particular model was already well known for its handling and ergonomics, the challenge was exciting and interesting. Increasing power output with the Indian Motorcycle performance cams, intake and a handmade stainless exhaust was a key step. This, paired with aggressive styling, stunt-inspired bars and controls, bring the bike to an unprecedented level of comfort, ability & aesthetics.

Classic Elegance – Head Indian Motorcycle
This beautiful bike evokes the feelings of days gone by, living up to its name “Classic Elegance”. The mystic and golden brown paint scheme along with cream accents and rich leather creates a striking visual and almost tactile image. We didn’t forget the legendary chrome. With 17 factory accessories, 22 Indian engravings and emblems it’s impossible to confuse this bike’s classic linage. Custom bags, tank and the striking 26″ billet spoke wheel complete the transformation of this legendary bike.

Tequila Sunset – Indian Motorcycle of Hollister
This bike features a 23″ custom front wheel, stretched front fender, raked triple trees, custom gold metallic paint, custom made side covers, custom made air cleaner, and frenched in turn signals in the saddle bags.

Harley-Davidson 2016 Results

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safe_image_1Harley-Davidson Reports Fourth Quarter, Full-Year 2016 Results

Market Share Gains in the U.S. While Industry Sales Decline

Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) fourth quarter 2016 diluted EPS increased 22.7 percent to $0.27 compared to $0.22 in the same period of 2015. In the fourth quarter of 2016, net income was $47.2 million on consolidated revenue of $1.11 billion versus net income of $42.2 million on consolidated revenue of $1.18 billion in the year-ago period. Full-year 2016 diluted EPS increased 3.8 percent to $3.83 compared to diluted EPS of $3.69 in 2015. Full-year net income was $692.2 million on consolidated revenue of $6.0 billion versus net income of $752.2 million on consolidated revenue of $6.0 billion a year ago.

“The global competitive environment remains intense, but our 2016 results demonstrate that our increased investments to drive demand and bring impactful new products to market are working,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief executive officer, Harley-Davidson, Inc. “We are energized by our resolve to compete and win in the U.S. and in major international markets. Our market share performance gives us great confidence in the strength of our long-term strategy.”

For the full-year 2016, worldwide Harley-Davidson retail motorcycle sales were down 1.6 percent compared to 2015. U.S. retail sales decreased 3.9 percent, partially offset by international growth of 2.3 percent.

During 2016, the company reported its best-ever retail sales results in Asia Pacific and EMEA. In the 601+cc motorcycle market, the company grew its number one market share position in the U.S. and grew market share in Europe. The company added 40 new dealer points internationally and reported that U.S. dealers trained more than 65,000 new riders through the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy. The company also launched its model year 2017 lineup of motorcycles, featuring the new, highly-acclaimed Milwaukee-Eight™ engine, and upgraded suspension, on all new Touring motorcycles.

“Our long-term strategy is all about growing ridership in the U.S., growing reach and impact internationally, and growing share and profit in every market we serve,” stated Levatich. “Our goal over the next 10 years is to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders worldwide.” Read More

Another One Bites The Dust!

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jpegAnother One Bites The Dust!

EBR Motorcycles, LLC (“EBR”) located in East Troy, Wisconsin will begin a wind down of production operations commencing next week. EBR will continue to honor warranties and provide technical and parts support to current dealers and riders who bought motorcycles manufactured by EBR. EBR will continue to review strategic alternatives with interested investors regarding production operations.

The decision was a tough one for EBR as it has been solely focused on the growth and building EBR for success. The team at EBR has worked tirelessly making every effort to build the company. There is no fault on any of the team at EBR for this decision. They and their families have our deepest gratitude for their efforts and dedication to EBR. This difficult decision was based primarily on EBR facing significant headwinds with signing new dealers, which is key to sales and growth for a new company. In addition, EBR has had limited production in 2016 and 2017 that was under goal. The combination of slow sales and industry announcements of other major OEM brands closing or cutting production only magnified the challenges faced by EBR.

7efb8d_7a3b302295ad49abb973552f4b04116b~mv2_d_2718_2040_s_2The limited production of remaining 2017 and 2016 EBR motorcycles are currently available from EBR’s top dealers. For a list of top dealers, please go to www.EBR.com.

A sale of production equipment and excess parts will start in March.

 

Voting Open For Kuryakyn Sprint Signature Series Build Battle!

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sprint_social_media_V2Voting Open For Kuryakyn Sprint Signature Series Build Battle!

Kuryakyn dealers armed with the new Sprint Signature Series by John Shope are battling it out to see who can build the “baddest” Indian Scout. Five dealerships were enlisted to showcase their creativity in a friendly war of the wrenches, demonstrating the versatility of the Sprint Signature Series and its ability to transform Scout and Scout Sixty platforms.

Sprint Signature Series Build Battle contestants are only limited by their own imagination. There are no rules regarding theme, total cost or design style. The lone requirement is that each build entry must utilize the entire Kuryakyn Sprint Signature Series by John Shope, including the Sprint Front Fender, Café Fairing, Chin Spoiler and various Sprint frame/body accents. Each participating dealer was also supplied with Crusher® Maverick Slip-Ons for use on their build.

Online public voting open now and running through Friday, February 10 will decide the winning Scout. The winning dealership will be announced on Tuesday, February 14. Fans can vote for their favorite build and learn more about the inspiration behind each design at www.kuryakyn.com/sprint-battle.

The five dealerships participating in the Sprint Signature Series Build Battle are:

  • Bison Thunder Motorcycle (St. Michael, Minn.)
  • Coastal Indian Victory Motorcycles (Murrells Inlet, S.C.)
  • Lynnwood Motoplex (Lynnwood, Wash.)
  • Rollin’ Fast Cycle Sports (East Lebanon, N.J.)
  • Tytlers Cycle (De Pere, Wis.)

The Sprint collection by John Shope is the first release in the Kuryakyn Signature Series, which showcases skillfully crafted designs from top custom bike builders. The Sprint Signature Series is produced exclusively by Kuryakyn and available through its worldwide dealer and distributor network. Endless customizing options, quality construction, and easy installation with precise fitment make the Sprint collection a must-have for any custom Scout project.

Vote for your favorite build now at www.kuryakyn.com/sprint-battle.

Polaris Reports 2016 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Results

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  • UnknownSales for the fourth quarter of 2016 increased 10% to $1,217.8 million including Transamerican Auto Parts (“TAP”) sales of $108.7 million

  • Fourth quarter 2016 reported net income was $0.97 per diluted share; adjusted net income for the same period was $1.18 per diluted share, in-line with expectations

  • ORV dealer inventory was down 11%, year-over-year; total dealer inventory was down 8%

  • Full year 2016 reported net income was $3.27 per diluted share; adjusted net income for the same period was $3.48 per diluted share, in-line with previously issued guidance. Sales for the full year of 2016 decreased 4% to $4,516.6 million

  • Polaris announced guidance for the full year 2017. Adjusted net income is expected to be in the range of $4.25 to $4.50 per diluted share with sales for the full year 2017 expected in the range of up 10% to 13%.

  • 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.

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today reported fourth quarter 2016 sales of $1,217.8 million up 10 percent from $1,105.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. Fourth quarter 2016 reported net income was $62.6 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, compared with $110.7 million, or $1.66 per diluted share, for the 2015 fourth quarter. Adjusted net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2016, excluding purchase accounting adjustments and certain costs related to the acquisition of TAP, was $76.1 million, or $1.18 per diluted share.

For the full year ended December 31, 2016 the Company reported sales of $4,516.6 million, a decrease of 4 percent versus $4,719.3 million in the prior year. Reported net income was $212.9 million, or $3.27 per diluted share, compared with $455.4 million, or $6.75 per diluted share, for the full year 2015. Adjusted net income, excluding purchase accounting adjustments and certain costs related to the acquisition of TAP was $226.5 million, or $3.48 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2016.

On November 10, 2016, the Company completed the acquisition of TAP, a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor, retailer and installer of off-road Jeep and truck accessories, for an aggregate consideration of $669 million.

“2016 was a difficult and challenging year for Polaris, but our culture is geared to deal head on with adversity and learn from it, and that’s what we did in 2016. In response to a series of recalls, we took the necessary steps to ensure that Polaris vehicles deliver the quality, safety and performance that our customers expect. We are relying on these enhanced improvements, consistent execution, and aggressive innovation to regain our footing as the ‘Best in Powersports’,” commented Scott Wine.

“Our team worked incredibly hard in 2016 to serve our Off Road Vehicle customers and dealers, and that work is accelerating into 2017. It is a very competitive ORV market and we will aggressively execute and revitalize our broad set of tools that built the most successful armada in Powersports. Significant progress was made across our businesses, including mid-twenty percent growth in Indian Motorcycle retail sales and an eight percent reduction in dealer inventories year-over-year, while at the same time, reducing factory inventory 16 percent excluding acquisitions, and improving operating cash flow by 30 percent in 2016. Further, we completed the Taylor Dunn acquisition in the work space and TAP in the aftermarket space, executing our strategy to enhance profitable growth opportunities in adjacent markets. We continued to enhance our Quality and Safety organization, production in our new facility in Huntsville, Alabama is ramping up to become the enabler to our go to market Retail Flow Management (RFM) process, and lean initiatives across our network drove approximately $150 million in gross Value Improvement (“VIP”) savings during the year.”

“The entire Polaris team is committed to superior execution, improved product safety and quality, enhanced dealer relations, and earning the trust our customers and stakeholders place in the Polaris brand, in 2017 and beyond. We are accelerating our research and development investments to again win the ORV product game, focusing on the successful integration of TAP, and developing our competitive position in Motorcycles, all of which will drive increasing shareholder value in the future.”

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Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation Makes it Easy for Customers to Buy Direct

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Screen Shot 2017-01-20 at 8.57.36 AMPaul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation Makes it Easy for Customers to Buy Direct

Lion’s Share of All PYBN Parts and Accessories In stock, Ready to Ship

Press Release: Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation, the custom shop known for providing the Harley-Davidson aftermarket with trend-setting designs of the highest quality, sells directly to customers. It has always been that way, and it always will be.

“We’re looking to make things easy on people,” says Paul Yaffe. “We provide aesthetically sharp and unique options for customization—our parts are easy to install, we use only the best materials possible, everything is designed for hard riding and you can buy directly from us. No middlemen needed.”

Over 90 percent of all Bagger Nation parts and accessories are in stock and ready to ship. Not exactly sure in which direction you want to take your custom job? Bagger Nation salespeople are the friendliest and most knowledgeable in the business, and they’re ready to help you determine the best options for your bike. Choose from a wide array of handlebars and install kits; risers, clamps, levers, mirrors and grips; front and rear fenders and accessories; tanks, seats and dash kits; body parts and accessories.

Your bike should be an extension of you, and the folks at Bagger Nation know how to put together a unique ride. They know because motorcycling is their life, and they’ve faced the same decisions with their own custom bikes.

Customization options include parts from Paul’s signature product series, the Yafterburner line. CNC machined from T-6061 aircraft aluminum, these top-end parts create a killer contrast look for your bagger. Or how about the sleek, perforated look of the Speed Freak Line of parts? Or the loud stylings of the Super Bling and Wedgy lines? The options are myriad.

“When it comes to all of our parts and accessories, we blur the line between function and aesthetics until there is no line,” says Paul. “We look at motorcycle customization as art. Bad-ass, flame belching, speed burning art. Come on down to the shop or check us out online or call us on the phone—let us help you create the bike that best reflects your personality.”

About Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation

Paul Yaffe has been designing and building custom motorcycles and motorcycle parts and accessories for over 30 years. In that time, he has won many awards, contests and honors, including three “World’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle” awards at the famous Oakland Roadster Show and two “Builder of the Year” and three “Trendsetter of the Year” honors from Easyriders Magazine. Recognized as an influential force in the world of custom motorcycle building, Paul opened his shop Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation (together with Paul Yaffe Originals) twenty-five years ago, and today his designs are among the best and most sought after on the planet. For Paul’s latest parts, designs, news and appearances, follow him on FacebookTwitter (@BaggerNation), Instagram (@pybaggernation) and YouTube.

Catskills Rediscovered

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By Leticia Cline
For Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

Over the summer I got a chance to ride through over 37 states in search of America’s “misunderstood locations” to find out what they really were all about. One of the places on the list was the Catskills. Up until my visit the only thing I knew about it was that it’s not too far north from New York City and I had tried a wine from there once. I went into this area blind and with no plan. Instead I used my never ending inquisitive nature to find out where to go and what to see.

Over 6,000 square miles of lush forest, mountains, reservoir, rivers, waterfalls and over 400,000 acres of farmland make up the Catskills so you know just from that that no matter which road you take it’s going to be a beautiful one. I grew up on the backroads in rural Kentucky and these roads reminded me a lot of home except more rural if that’s even possible. The only bit of caution I have when riding these roads is to do it during the day. This pavement is for the locals, meaning that the locals know where each blind turn, rolling hill into a sudden stop sign and crossroads are. Aside from the extreme backroad way of travel there’s also a lot of wild life that roam these areas as well and the lack of / nonexistence street lights makes for a dangerous combination when the sun goes down.

Below is a list of my three favorite rides in the area. These routes are meant to be used as a guide or a starting point. I give lots of tips of places to stop along the way and I choose them for their local appeal, hospitality and just plan ol’ fun. My hope is at each place you become more familiar with the local culture and find new places to go and make your own map. I think it’s the best way to experience all the area has to offer and a great way to make this your own ride.

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Polaris Kills Victory Motorcycles

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image002Victory Motorcycle Important Announcement

Polaris Industries To Wind Down Victory Motorcycles Operations Strengthening Its Position In The Powersports Industry

Press Release: Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced it will immediately begin winding down its Victory Motorcycles brand and related operations. Polaris will assist dealers in liquidating existing inventories while continuing to supply parts for a period of 10 years, along with providing service and warranty coverage to Victory dealers and owners. Today’s announcement does not affect any other Polaris business units.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision for me, my team and the Polaris Board of Directors,” said Polaris Industries Chairman and CEO Scott Wine. “Over the past 18 years, we have invested not only resources, but our hearts and souls, into forging the Victory Motorcycles brand, and we are exceptionally proud of what our team has accomplished. Since inception, our teams have designed and produced nearly 60 Victory models that have been honored with 25 of the industry’s top awards. The experience, knowledge, infrastructure and capability we’ve built in those 18 years gave us the confidence to acquire and develop the Indian Motorcycle brand, so I would like to express my gratitude to everyone associated with Victory Motorcycles and celebrate your many contributions.”

Several factors influenced today’s announcement. Victory has struggled to establish the market share needed to succeed and be profitable. The competitive pressures of a challenging motorcycle market have increased the headwinds for the brand. Given the significant additional investments required for Victory to launch new global platforms that meet changing consumer preferences, and considering the strong performance and growth potential of Indian Motorcycle, the decision to more narrowly focus Polaris’ energy and investments became quite clear.

“This decision will improve the profitability of Polaris and our global motorcycle business, and will materially improve our competitive stance in the industry,” said Scott Wine. “Our focus is on profitable growth, and in an environment of finite resources, this move allows us to optimize and align our resources behind both our premium, high performing Indian Motorcycle brand and our innovative Slingshot brand, enhancing our focus on accelerating the success of those brands. Ultimately this decision will propel the industry-leading product innovation that is core to our strategy while fostering long-term growth and increased shareholder value.”

Polaris will reduce the appropriate operating cost based on this decision, while continuing to support the future growth of the ongoing motorcycle business. Polaris remains committed to maintaining its presence in the Spirit Lake, Iowa community with Indian Motorcycle production and in the Huntsville, Alabama community with its Slingshot production.

Any one-time costs associated with supporting Victory dealers in selling their remaining inventory, the disposal of factory inventory, tooling, and other physical assets, and the cancellation of various supplier arrangements will be recorded in the 2017 income statement in respective sales, gross profit and operation expense. These costs will be excluded from Polaris’ provided 2017 sales and earnings guidance on a non-GAAP basis.

Polaris will release its fourth quarter and full-year 2016 financial results and provide 2017 guidance on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. A webcast and conference call will be held at 9:00 a.m. Central Time on January 24, 2017 to discuss the results. A slide presentation and link to the webcast will be posted on the Polaris Investor Relations website at ir.polaris.com. To listen to the conference call by phone, dial 877-706-7543 in the U.S. and Canada, or 478-219-0273 Internationally. The Conference ID is #45015597.

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David Mann’s Chopper Fest

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By Alicia Mariah Elfving

For Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys
One of the coolest things about Choppers is their historic relevance to the motorcycle community. The wild chopped, bobbed, and stretched style of the chopper exploded in the 1960s, becoming the officially unofficial chariot of bad asses. They were shot into the limelight by celebrities and movies like Easy Riders, and made a permanent image associated with bikers by artists like David Mann in Easyriders Magazine (and others). Giving people an opportunity to check out a snapshot of the biker lifestyle and chopper essence, Mann’s artwork is still inspiring artwork and custom motorcycles to this day. Keeping the old school chopper style alive, and evolving with the times.

That’s one of the main reasons Chopper Fest is such a rad event. You can see the whole progression of chopper style from back in the day through present day.

The “If You Build It They Will Come” All Brand Motorcycle Show presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys in the 13th annual Chopper Fest event this past Sunday brought a whole field of two wheeled art. Raked out choppers, classic bobbers, and wild concept builds brought big crowds of happy families, entertained by live music including a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band. With free bike show entry, people are happy to take a weekend trip out to Ventura, California.

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Klock Werks Celebrates 20th Anniversary In 2017!

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CNN Team Photo2Klock Werks Celebrates 20th Anniversary In 2017

A two decade milestone has arrived as Klock Werks celebrates 20 years of business

Klock Werks started the celebration early by sending out free, limited edition anniversary calendars. On the pages of this 16-month calendar are the kustom Klock Werks’ vehicles that have afforded this company 20 years of survival in an ever-changing, fast-paced world. If you missed the chance to get a calendar, be sure to watch the website as a history vehicle will be featured, and the story told, each month throughout 2017.

“We are honored to pay tribute to those who have gone before us and those who have helped us get where we are today. This past 20 years have been a journey — with thousands of miles driven, hundreds of bikes built, millions of smiles, and motorcycle camaraderie that has forever changed and enhanced our lives,” Dan Cheeseman, COO, said.

blast_headerIt all began in a rural, South Dakota town where Brian Klock’s parents owned a gas station. His love of all things motorized started early! Before spray painting cars with his brothers at home, he used to charge neighborhood kids cash to ride his Honda 50. His entrepreneurial spirit and passion for a kustom touch led to an FXR project in 1988 and his first award-wi nning kustom in 1990.

John “Quigley” Patton helped Brian start Klock Werks in Patton’s garage where they finished a turbo-charged bagger for Roger Klock, Brian’s dad. In 1997, Brian got his first magazine spread, and Klock Werks was moved into a single-car garage with no sign in Mitchell, SD. Dan Cheeseman was hired, and together, they worked on whatever came through the door. Read More

El Forastero MC Founder Tom Fugle Rides On

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El Forastero MC Founder Tom Fugle Passes Away at 75

Tom Fugle was a founding member of the El Forastero Motorcycle Club and was a great friend of Easyriders artist and fellow El Forastero David Mann. He was 75. When David Mann passes in 2004 Tom Fugle eulogized him at the first David Mann Memorial Bike Show in Ventura on December 12. A copy of that document is archived here. 

Hollywood Run

Hollywood Run

Tom and David were friends since 1964. They met at the Kansas Car Show. David had built a chopper for the show, and next to the bike was a painting he had done, The Hollywood Run. Tom was also an artist, and he asked about other paintings he had done, to which David replied, “mostly pin-up girls.” Tom asked him why he didn’t paint more bike scenes, and David said he didn’t know what to paint. Tom asked him “Why don’t you just paint what you see?” and a career was born.

Here is a video of David Mann where he talks about Tom Fugle, Tiny, and the rest of his “gang.”

My Old Gang

My Old Gang

The David Mann painting “My Old Gang”
(left to right) Tom Fugle, Grey Cat, Tiny, Skip Taylor and Dan Jungroth.

Tom was a lifelong chopper builder and innovator. He passed away on December 18.

America’s Ultimate Long Distance Riders

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PacostartHHStarBrite/StarTron Supports America’s Ultimate Long Distance Riders

Press Release: Star brite, manufacturer of Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment and a full line of bike appearance products, is proud to support the efforts of professional long-distance rider John “Paco” Wener as he competes in the 2016 America’s Ultimate Long Distance Rider Challenge (AULDRC)

Wener will take his 2015 Indian Chieftain on an epic “Coast to Coast to Coast” ride. Departing from the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Paco will ride to “Dog Beach” in San Diego, California and then head back to the beach in Fort Lauderdale. Paco’s route planning calls for him to complete the western and the return eastern leg of the ride within 50 hours (4 days and 4 hours overall).

With 74,000 tracked miles logged to date for 2016, Paco is currently the #1 Distance Rider in the U.S.; his closest competitor is not far behind, with approximately 69,000 miles logged. Paco’s plan is to use the miles ridden from Florida to California and back to lock up his victory.

Earlier this year, competing in his first Hoka Hey Challenge, Wener shared a third-place finish out of field in excess of 80 riders. His Coast to Coast to Coast attempt gets underway just after midnight on December 25. Wener expects to return to the beach in Fort Lauderdale just after midnight on December 29.

This year’s AULDRC is expected to be sanctioned by the Ironbutt Association; Paco’s progress can be followed via the Rever app and on his “Paco Perrosuave” Facebook page.

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Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover

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The 2016 makeover winner, Leah M., posing with her new swag.

DEI Powersports Teams Up With Garage-Girls for 2017 to
Sponsor the Ultimate Biker Makeover

Press Release: Heat control specialist, Design Engineering joins a growing chorus of sponsors to support the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover. The Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover contest, now entering its ninth year, offers the opportunity for one well-deserving winner to get “Hooked-up” with products and services from major supporting sponsors. Contestants are encouraged to submit an essay of 600 words or less describing why they are most deserving in need of a biker makeover along with a photo of the entrant with their motorcycle. Four finalists are selected and one grand winner.

“Bringing on DEI as a sponsor is a great fit for our program. They have some cool items that any biker makeover should not be without,” says contest organizer, Sara Liberte.  “We all know of riders with worn tires, brakes and busted parts and thought, this isn’t safe. The purpose of the Garage Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover is to hook-up one deserving rider with the gear they need for their body and their machine,” she added.

“We are excited to be partnering with Garage-Girls for the Ultimate Biker Makeover. The makeover contest is a fun way to connect to our female customers and learn about the specific heat challenges they experience,” said DEI Powersports Manager Brian VanKoevering.

To learn more about the Ultimate Biker Makeover, click here. To learn more about DEI products click here.

Rolling Heavy: The Interview

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Rolling Heavy: The InterviewBy Staci Wilt
For Russ Brown, Motorcycle Attorneys

To those of you local to southern California, you’re probably fully aware that van culture is still alive and well on the west coast—and really, all over the country. Not aware? Never mind the ice cream-mobiles and creeper vans you’re probably thinking of. Imagine crazy paint jobs, groovy window panels and interior remodeling that enables van lovers to live their lives comfortably from the passenger area of their vehicles. Surfboards, motorcycles, couches, beds…they all fit comfortably inside these machines.

We got the inside scoop from Matt Grayson, the Los Angeles local who created Rolling Heavy Magazine. Keep scrollin’ for his story on vans, motorcycles, and unfortunate legal issues.

SW: What is Rolling Heavy? Why did you decide to create a van-culture magazine?

Rolling Heavy: The InterviewMG: Rolling Heavy Magazine is a Custom Van magazine that focuses on Vans from The Heyday of Vanning if you will. We mostly feature vans from the 60’s, 70’s and some early 80’s. I started the magazine as a form of art therapy after nearly losing my life in a motorcycle accident in October of 2011.”

“I was stuck in bed and homebound for a long time after getting out of the hospital and had been an avid collector of the first decade of Easyriders Magazine. I had read every issue I had from #1 till the early 80’s cover to cover. I had my van at that time to haul bikes with as most do and I just wanted something to do to get me out of my head and keep busy. I thought that no one had ever done something like a van version of Easyriders….So a couple other dudes I knew threw down and eventually the 1st issue of Rolling Heavy Magazine happened. This was right around the time that Instagram had come on the scene so I created an account, got that first issue done and kept pushing forward.”

SW: What’s your connection to the motorcycle world?

MG: “I had been on 2 wheels off and on my whole life. Mini bikes and BMX to motorcycles and road bikes, etc. I wasn’t really doing anything in the motorcycle “scene” if you will. It was mostly just bikes for myself and as something I was into as transportation in town and to get away. With the fuel prices and parking costs in LA, a motorcycle just made the most sense in the world.”

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American Barn Find, Planned for National Motorcycle Museum

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e3b1ca1f-3487-45bf-be1d-6a277f6a5982NEW EXHIBIT: American Barn Find

You can be part of it, the new AMERICAN BARN FIND exhibition that’s in planning stages, set to open Spring 2017 at National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa.

36301a9d-1b94-47a0-aba9-686eae6ddef7It’s probably a favorite past-time of yours; while riding America’s country roads, you’ve peered into the hundreds of open barns and sheds while driving by. You might be saying to yourself, “I wonder what cool old motorcycle, or even car or truck is laying in that barn, neglected but still in pretty good shape?” And as we know, there’s enough interest that TV shows are built around following tips, contacting the owner, then getting a chance to look for barn finds.

With your help the National Motorcycle Museum will recreate the corner of a barn right in the Museum and show a random collection of stuff that just kind of “happened” there, items no longer needed, tossed out, then forgotten. But with each pre-World War II motorcycle that has been scrapped, the one “saved” in the barn is a step closer to being rare and over time, perhaps more sought after and therefore more valuable. Might be a Whizzer, an old high-wheel bicycle, leather saddlebags, a pudding bowl helmet, the toolbox crammed with antique wrenches, a gas pump,  even an old Harley or Indian, an engine, or just some interesting motorcycle parts. What have you got to loan or donate to the AMERICAN BARN FIND exhibit?9b52b8ec-fff8-4e2d-80e6-3c9364e1b79d

92e2148e-6afd-4a54-9922-1f75ab57b70bThe Museum staff will construct the corner of a barn in the Museum with old barn boards, beams; this will become a permanent display in the Museum. Then they will fill it with great old stuff, and this new exhibit will open during the National Motorcycle Museum’s June 3, 2017 Vintage Rally event in Anamosa, Iowa. You can check out the “barn” any time and as more and more people donate or loan items, it will likely get jammed with good and dusty, even rusty stuff.

If you have items to loan for a year or longer or donate to the project please get in touch; museum@nationalmcmuseum.org or call 614 551 0960 if you have any questions about the show. Or check the National Motorcycle Museum website, www.nationalmcmuseum.org

 


National Motorcycle Museum Information:

  • The National Motorcycle Museum is open seven days a week, year around. Museum members are admitted free. Becoming a member is quick and easy on the Museum website.
  • Museum admission is only $10.00 except during special events. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.  The National Motorcycle
  • Museum is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation. For more information, email the Museum at museum@nationalmcmuseum.org or
    call 319 462 3925.
  • Plan your visit to the National Motorcycle Museum on the web at www.nationalmcmuseum.org

Winners Of Victory Motorcycles’ ‘Operation Octane’ Custom Build Contest Announced

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Evil Ethel

Voting Public Chooses Winners Of Victory Motorcycles’ ‘Operation Octane’ Dealer Custom Build Contest

“Evil Ethel” from Strokers Dallas and “Desert Racer” from IWAN-BIKES GmbH pick up 1st place prizes, “King Octane” from Coastal Victory and “Grifter” from Brisan Motorcycles named runner-ups

Victory Motorcycles is thrilled to announce that custom Victory Octane motorcycles built by Strokers Dallas of Dallas, Texas, and IWAN-BIKES GmbH of Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, Germany, have won the “Operation Octane” dealer build contest. These two champion Victory dealers are joined in the winner’s circle by runner-ups Coastal Victory of Murrells Inlet, S.C., and Brisan Motorcycles of New Castle, Australia.

A competition determined by the voting public, Operation Octane had 26 Victory dealers from around the world creating their own interpretations of the light, fast and affordable 2017 Victory Octane.

“Take a mean bike and make it meaner. That’s the vision we had in our mind for our evil Victory Octane that we call Ethel,” North American Champion Strokers Dallas says of Evil Ethel.

Desert Racer

Desert Racer

“The Desert Racer is born from the underground,” International Champion IWAN-BIKES GmbH says of Desert Racer. “Special knobby tires, a low handlebar, a metal cooler protection, off-road footrests and a real leather seat make you ready for hard rides! The front suspension is protected, and the rear fender is special designed for muddy roads. The paint job is handmade; it’s a real military color. The design is special airbrush work. To transport some goods we have added throw-over-bags.”

King Octane

King Octane

“Keeping with the Victory brand tradition, we added fenders from a Victory Kingpin (modified to fit), had our painter (Rusty Nash) add a SIC custom paint job and topped the build off with a Ness Intake and Bassini 2-into-1 Exhaust,” North American Runner-Up Coastal Victory says of King Octane.

“Our goal was to create a motorcycle that was still recognizably an Octane, but meaner, leaner and more eye catching than the standard bike,” International Runner-Up Brisan Motorcycles says of Grifter“It also needed to sound fantastic, be great fun to ride and turn heads wherever it goes. The resulting build combines a hand-made tail section, repurposed Arrow exhaust with lobster back headers, metallic cherry and graphite paintwork, 18″ Performance Machine wheels and a stance that begs the rider to take the long way home.” 

Grifter

Grifter

 

Fans of Victory Motorcycles were invited to vote for their favorite bike online at VictoryMotorcycles.com from Oct. 31 to November 21.

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Easyriders Holiday Gift Guide

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Indian Motorcycle And Zac Brown Band Team Up To Surprise Veterans During Atlanta Charity Ride

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11.09.16_Indian-Motorcycles-at-CSGRide around Atlanta wrapped-up as band entertained and delighted veterans with a surprise impromptu acoustic performance

In honor and recognition of Veterans Day, Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, paid tribute to our nation’s veterans with a day of gratitude and a motorcycle ride on the outskirts of Atlanta. In partnership with Zac Brown Band, the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group and charity partner Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis, the ride kicked-off Wednesday morning beginning at Indian Motorcycle of Marietta and ending at the campus of Camp Southern Ground, Zac Brown’s non-profit passion initiative, in Fayetteville.

The ride hosted more than 100 riders and veterans from California all the way to Virginia, in addition to Indian Motorcycle Riders Group (IMRG) members from Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Veterans and other participants were welcomed by breakfast and a kick-off tribute delivered by Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries, who joined the veterans for the day. The scenic ride lasted two hours and traveled through the outskirts of Atlanta. The full day of events dedicated to saluting all American military veterans culminated in lunch and a surprise acoustic performance by Zac Brown Band at Camp Southern Ground.

“All of us at Indian Motorcycle are honored and humbled to continue our steadfast support of America’s military personnel, their families and our veterans, whom we proudly salute today on Veteran’s Day,” said Steve Menneto. “I thank the more than 100 veterans and IMRG riders who took part in this epic day of motorcycle comradery. I would also like to thank Zac Brown Band and their team for their support of our troops, and for making this a legendary event.” Read More

Babes Ride Out Women Riders Rock the Joshua Tree Desert

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BRO2Babes Ride Out Women Riders Rock the Joshua Tree Desert

By Alicia Mariah Elfving

This year marks the fourth for the women’s only motorcycle campout in the desert of Southern California- Babes Ride Out continues to grow and offer an incredible experience for female motorcyclists. The October 20th campout took over the entire Joshua Tree Lake Campground, Thursday through Sunday, and included a huge variety of entertainment. The final number of attendees sailed in at over 1,600 women ready to get dusty in the high desert, and Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys was on site to join in the fun.

BRO1What kind of shenanigans did this mass of ladies get into? Thursday night featured karaoke, Friday brought the Brodeo (bull riding tournament), Saturday had motorcycle field games including the slow race… and each night was accompanied by live music from incredible talents, free beer from 805, a full bar, multiple food trucks, and the best company. Women of all backgrounds traveled from as far as Australia to take part in the history making event, and a solid group of ladies rode over 2,000 miles to come camp in the one of a kind Joshua Tree landscape.

BRO4Babes Ride Out started just four years ago as Babes in Borrego, a random campout organized by Anya Violet and Ashmore Bodiford for their lady rider buddies in the Anza-Borrego Desert of SoCal. To their surprise, over fifty women jumped at the chance to hang out with a bunch of like minded chicks, and thus BRO was born. Each year since it’s expanded to accommodate the increasing interest that seems to grow exponentially. Why is it such a popular event? While co-ed motorcycle campouts are a great time too, it seems women are able to more freely enjoy each other’s company in a ladies-only environment. Perhaps because of a lack of posturing between the sexes, or simply because there aren’t a lot of times women are encouraged to connect and share. But dancing under bright desert stars to an incredible Prince cover band and Iron Maidens isn’t just fun, it’s a memory that’ll last for years to come.

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It’s a Knock Out!

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Press Release: Thanksgiving in Canada is a time for gratitude, and enjoying turkey dinner. And for some, it’s also about getting together to appreciate some heavy-hitting custom motorcycles with Mike Tyson.

You heard it here first, folks. The iconic boxer-turned entertainer has launched his own Special Edition motorcycle with Canadian manufacturer, Havoc Motorcycles. To celebrate the occasion, about a hundred guests gathered for lunch with Tyson in Toronto, Ontario, where they got a photo op with the Champ, and a chance to see the prototype bike up close.

Why a Canadian manufacturer? ” When I heard Havoc, I thought it sounded like a great name for a bike that has this design”, says Tyson. “I was immediately impressed with the detail and how it embodied the spirit of toughness. I love the name.”

At first glance the Havoc model might look like a customized cruiser, but it’s actually built on a special frame that’s stretched up in the down-tubes and out at the neck to sport a monster 26″ front wheel on a raked tree. It’s also widened at the back, requiring a 16″ wide rear fender, and supports stretched out bodywork.

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“Thank A Hero”

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TaH3Victory Motorcycles’ “Thank A Hero” Program To Donate Up To $100,000 For Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America

Victory to donate $100 to IAVA for every “Thank A Hero” note submitted on behalf of a U.S. military veteran or active service member

Victory Motorcycles is proud to launch the “Thank A Hero” program, which invites the public to thank a military veteran or active service member with a personalized note posted to the VictoryMotorcycles.com website.

TaH1Launching today, November 1, the beginning of Military Appreciation Month, the Thank A Hero program benefits Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), an organization committed to providing support and resources to the newest generation of U.S. military veterans.

For every note that’s submitted, Victory will donate $100 to IAVA on the hero’s behalf. Also, when people submit their Thank A Hero notes to their loved ones, they’ll have an option to share their “salute” on Facebook and Twitter.

TaH2“IAVA is proud of our partnership with Victory Motorcycles that’s helped us raise awareness for our community from Washington, D.C. to Sturgis, SD,” said Anthony Pike, IAVA Chief Programs Officer and USMC and Iraq War Veteran.  “Victory’s ‘Thank a Hero’ initiative will take that effort one step further and will help IAVA achieve its goal this Veterans Day of uniting Americans behind our veterans.  We cannot thank Victory Motorcycles enough for their continued dedication to the Post-9/11 generation of veterans and generosity that supports IAVA’s work on behalf of our over 400,000 members.”

The Thank A Hero program is one of the ways Victory Motorcycles and Victory riders and dealers are saluting military veterans and those currently serving. Additionally, on Saturday November 19, the public is invited to visit their local Victory Motorcycles dealer for a charity ride in honor of the IAVA. Any individuals who have served in the military, police, or fire department will receive $1,000 off the purchase of any new Victory heavyweight bike and $500 off the purchase of a new Victory Octane. Log on to http://www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-us/thank-a-hero for more information.

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As a strategic partner of IAVA, Victory has provided financial support and resources to help IAVA raise awareness of veterans’ issues and the resources that IAVA provides. Scott Wine, Chairman and CEO of Victory’s parent company, Polaris, received the 2015 IAVA Civilian Leadership Award. And the Victory “Hero’s Metal” program provides military personnel and veterans, as well as police and fire personnel, with $1,000 off the price of a new Victory motorcycle ($500 off a new Octane).

Visit IAVA.org for more information about Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Learn more about Victory Motorcycles at VictoryMotorcycles.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

About Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America
Founded in 2004 by an Iraq veteran, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the first and largest organization for the more than 2.8 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. As the group’s website notes: “IAVA strives to build an empowered generation of veterans who provide sustainable leadership for our country and their local communities.” For details about IAVA programs and how you can support IAVA or get involved, visit www.iava.org.

About Victory Motorcycles
Victory Motorcycles designs, engineers, manufactures and markets a full line of cruisers, baggers and touring motorcycles. Every Victory model delivers industry-leading performance, comfort, style, storage and reliability. The first Victory was produced on the Fourth of July, 1998, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where every Victory motorcycle continues to be produced today. Information about Victory motorcycles, apparel and accessories is available at www.victorymotorcycles.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/VictoryMotorcycles

Pete Pearson “Rocket Bob’s Cycle Works” Claims Title of Master Builder

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LVBF16 Pete PearsonPete Pearson “Rocket Bob’s Cycle Works” Claims Title of Master Builder Champion of Artistry in Iron at 2016 Las Vegas BikeFest

Saturday, October 1, at a ceremony held at Las Vegas BikeFest, Pete Pearson from the United Kingdom was named the 2016 Artistry in Iron, Master Builder Champion.

Pearson won with a Triumph-based build named “Speed Weevil”. It’s a salt flat racer and features a number of unique design points. “There is a lot of prestige surrounding Artistry in Iron and I was honored to have been invited to such an important event boasting a roll call of previous competitors that I have always admired. This year’s list of entrants was equally impressive and everyone’s bike was built to such a high standard that it was a tough job choosing between them. I was blown away by people’s reaction to my bike, and since this is a peer-judged competition, coming away with the winner’s trophy (or bracelet) is all the more special and really does mean the world to me”, states Pearson.

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‘Operation Octane’ Custom Build Contest

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Operation-Octane_diamond_redDealers of Victory Motorcycles turn wrenches to compete against each other in ‘Operation Octane’ custom build contest

Fans of Victory Motorcycles who vote earn a chance to win a 2017 Victory Octane, $3,000 worth of Victory Octane accessories and the opportunity to customize their awarded bike with TV’s Bryan Fuller

Victory Motorcycles is excited to launch “Operation Octane,” a contest that has Victory dealers competing against each other by turning wrenches to create the ultimate custom Victory Octane motorcycle.

You’ve seen Victory Octane customs built by motorcycle industry icons like Zach Ness, Aaron Colton and Rick Fairless. Now, over 20 Victory dealers from around the world have created their own interpretations of the light, fast and affordable Octane.

Dealers participating in Operation Octane were asked to utilize a 2017 Victory Octane, however their build inspirations and themes were up to them. There’ll be four winners – a North American champion, North American runner-up, International champion and International runner-up – who’ll compete for prizes including a 1st place of $5,000 and inclusion in a print ad, and a 2nd place of $3,000. The four winning dealers will be determined by the voting public. Read More

Biker Movie Friday

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

Biker Movie Friday

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Polaris Reports 2016 Third Quarter Results

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UnknownHighlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Harley-Davidson Reports Third Quarter 2016 Earnings

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MY17 107 Engine. Milwaukee Eight.

New Model Year Motorcycles Drive Increased Retail Sales in September

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

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

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

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Think Before You Drink

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Think Before you DrinkKari Kempka
Abate Of Wisconsin Public Relations Director

Motorcycle Fatalities Increase with Impairment

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

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

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

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

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

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

Introducing the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100

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1476191185975Is this what the future looks like?

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

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

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

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

Motorcycle Daredevil Doug Danger Announces Another World Record Jump Attempt

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

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

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

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Help For the Victims of Hurricane Matthew in Daytona Beach

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

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

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Paul Yaffe Celebrates Birthday, 25 Years of Custom Motorcycle Building

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

 One Lucky Attendee to Win The Morongo Casino Sailor Jerry Chopper  

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

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

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

Harley-Davidson’s Pink Label Program

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July New CORE 2016 - Pink Label

July New CORE 2016 – Pink Label

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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