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Around The World On A Victory

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To Grisu Grizzly, riding motorcycles simply means, “freedom.” He has already set one World Record, and is ready to attempt another. Grizzly’s new goal is to attempt to cross all continents of Earth in under 120 days riding his Victory Cross Country. Follow him as he rides to beat the World Record beginning on Feb 16th, 2015.


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Buffalo Chip To Become South Dakota’s Newest Town

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Buffalo Chip Campground CEO Rod Woodruff has long envisioned a time when his business venture would morph into a motorcycle-friendly town.
       That day has come.
       On Thursday, Buffalo Chip voters unanimously gave their community the nod to become South Dakota’s newest town.
       All 43 of them.
       In an interview shortly after the vote total was announced, Woodruff said: “The first lesson (in being a town) is that we have to follow a lot more rules we didn’t need to follow before.”
       He said he expects the town to operate just as it did when it was part of unincorporated Meade County. “We’ll probably just adopt Meade County ordinances,” Woodruff said. “We’re not looking to make any changes.”


S&S Returns Flathead Power Brand Back To Anders Nygren

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S&S Cycle Inc. announced that they are transferring ownership of the Flathead Power brand back to Anders Nygren, the original founder of the Flathead Power company in Sweden free of charge. “We decided to discontinue using Flathead Power as a brand for our vintage product line about a year ago to consolidate our branding under the S&S Cycle name. We still owned the FHP trademark but had no plans to use it, so we decided to give it back to Anders.” says S&S Company president Paul Langley.

       When we called Anders to give him the news he was overjoyed. “The happiness when Bruce and Eric called and told me that I could have my old company name back was overwhelming. To be able to use what once was the start of over 20 years of production. The first 12 in Sweden, and the rest in the US. Flathead Power, just a name, means a lot to me and my family, as the next generation is taking over the jug juggling. My son Magnus was born in ’95, Flathead Power started in ’93, so he grew up with this. I can only take my hat off and say: Thank You S&S Cycle and the guys involved!”

       Anders Nygren started Flathead Power in Sweden in the early 1990s, mainly to provide impossible to find parts for his own vintage race bikes. His accomplishments as an engine builder and engineer were nothing short of amazing as he, for the most part, single handedly built his fledgling business into an internationally known source for quality reproduction and performance engine parts for vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Unfortunately, Flathead Power fell victim to a turbulent economy. Anders lost ownership of the name and the company, and Flathead Power was forced out of business. Rather than allow Flathead Power to fade away, S&S Cycle purchased the company name and assets from the new owners in 2007. S&S used the Flathead Power brand for its vintage parts line, but S&S hasn’t forgotten the man who got it all started.
       “The parallels between S&S Cycle’s early years and the story of Flathead Power are really quite remarkable,” says former S&S company president and part owner Sam Scaletta. “We have a lot of respect for Anders, and we feel that returning the brand name to him is just the right thing to do.”

J&P Cycles Announces Open House Rally Saturday Concert Line Up

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J&P Cycles is going to take the Open House Rally to the next level on Saturday night, June 27, with a free concert at the Jones County Fairgrounds, in Monticello, Iowa, featuring Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, The Voice of Ratt Stephen Pearcy, and former Warrant guitarist Billy Morris playing tribute to Jani Lane. Don Jamieson, co-host of VH1’s Classic “That Metal Show,” will serve as emcee. The free Sunday afternoon concert, as previously announced, will feature Great White.
       Cinderella frontman, Tom Keifer, released his debut solo album, “The Way Life Goes,” in 2013. Featuring 14 songs that are eclectic in nature and as a 2014 article in Rolling Stones Country suggests, “blues howlers, Stones-y rock, and big ballads, the album calls to mind Cinderella, but with an even more rootsy undercurrent.” Leading Cinderella, top songs include: “Nobody’s Fool,” “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” and “Somebody Save Me.” Tom and his band will play 65 percent of Cinderella’s hits in addition to solo songs and a couple of covers.

       Stephen Pearcy, the lead vocalist, founder and song writer of the rock band RATT, released his fourth solo album “SMASH” earlier this year. With RATT, over the course of 30 years, 10 albums were released with many top 10 singles including: “Round & Round,” “Back for More” and “Wanted Man.”
       Former Warrant guitarist Billy Morris will play tribute to late Warrant lead singer Jani Lane. Morris was with Warrant from 2000 to 2004, playing on the album “Under the Influence.”
       Emceeing the event is Don Jamieson, a stand-up comedian and co-host of “That Metal Show,” where legends of rock hang out to discuss their past and current projects in front of a live studio audience full of metal enthusiasts on VH1. 
       The location for the 36th annual J&P Cycles Open House Rally, scheduled for June 27-28, is moving to the Jones County Fairgrounds, located in Monticello, Iowa, just 10 miles north of the J&P Cycles headquarters outside Anamosa, Iowa. The size of the event is the main reason for the move as it has grown tremendously over the years.
       In addition to concerts, visitors can see Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo, an action packed freestyle motorcycle exhibition that features high-in-the air acrobatic and daredevil style jumps as well as other stunt riding. Cowboy Kenny’s Steel Rodeo will perform at various times throughout both Saturday and Sunday. This family-friendly event will also feature special entertainment just for children. And, let’s not forget the motorcycle parts, gear and apparel! Those attending will get to see the latest motorcycle wares from some of the biggest names in the industry. More than 100 motorcycle manufacturers will be on site.  
       What started as a small Customer Appreciation Day held by co-founders John and Jill Parham to thank customers for their business throughout the year, has grown into one of the largest weekend events in the Midwest. More than 35,000 visitors attended the 35th annual event last year, including folks from Canada, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida and West Virginia, to name a few. 
       “This year’s J&P Cycles Open House Rally will be like no other Open House Rally,” says J&P Cycles Vice President/General Manager Zach Parham (and son of co-founders John and Jill Parham). “From the location to the vendors to the entertainment, this year will be one for the books!”

About J&P Cycles:
J&P Cycles is the world’s largest retailer of aftermarket parts, accessories and apparel for Harley-Davidson and V-Twin Cruiser motorcycles. In business for 36 years, J&P carries a full line of products from the brands you trust: Kuryakyn, Vance & Hines, Performance Machine, Mustang Seats and many more. J&P Cycles delivers the best customer service and offers the best return policy in the industry. For more information, visit www.jpcycles.com and start building your dream today!

Top Builders Bare All in 2015 Motorcycles as Art “Naked Truth” Exhibition

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In the ultimate expression of human creative skill and imagination, custom motorcycle builders create incredible beauty, sweeping lines that beg for the wind paired perfectly with precise feats of mechanical engineering. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 2015 Motorcycles as ArtTM Exhibition presents famed photographer Michael Lichter’s “The Naked Truth – 35 Customs / 35 Years / Motorcycles Exposed.” This exhibition will lay bare the raw talent of 35 world-renowned bike builders, most of whom are building their creations specifically for this exhibition. Each of these rolling metal sculptures will be displayed exposed and naked, unencumbered by paint and graphics, atop elevated pedestals to better give guests an open view from every angle. “Naked Truth” is free to the public and will be open from Saturday, Aug. 1 through Saturday, Aug. 8 in the Buffalo Chip’s Russ Brown Events Center.

       “Unlike any other exhibition before, nothing will come between the viewer and the bikes’ most basic elements of shape, form and design,” said Michael Lichter. “Each builder’s passion and talent will be revealed through the fine details of craftsmanship evident in every aspect of their work. The builders are exposing themselves, as well as their work, in this show. Without the cloak of paint or graphics, the bikes’ most basic form right down to it’s smallest details are naked and open to examination. There is no hiding behind a slick paint job, enhancing a line or curve with a brilliant graphic; the beauty comes strictly from the hand of the man who fashioned it.” 
       “Michael is the world’s premier motorcycle photographer,” said Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff. “He has been shooting bikes and the biker culture for more than 35 years, and his expertise and knowledge of motorcycle culture makes him the perfect person to curate the Motorcycles as Art exhibits at the Chip. We are honored to host his “Naked Truth” exhibition this year.”
       Appropriately, hanging alongside these “naked” bikes, will be more than one-hundred photographic prints chosen from curator, Michael Lichter’s archives. Exposed as his subjects appeared, without retouching and enhancement, Lichter’s photographs have captured the changing face of the motorcycle world from the 1970s to today.
       The custom motorcycle artists scheduled to present their stunningly naked creations at the Buffalo Chip’s 2015 Motorcycles as Art exhibit are:

  • Aki Sakamoto – Hog Killers, Hawaiian Gardens, CA
  • Alan Stulberg – Revival Cycles, Austin, TX
  • Ben Jordan – Jordan Designs, Waxhaw, NC
  • Bill Dodge – Bling’s Cycles, Daytona Beach, FL
  • Bill Rodencal – Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, WI
  • Billy Lane – Choppers Inc., Daytona Beach, FL
  • Brandon Holstein, Brawny Built, Signal Hill, CA
  • Brian Klock – Klockwerks, Mitchell, SD
  • Bryan Fuller – Fuller Hotrods, Atlanta, GA
  • Cristian Sosa – Sosa Metalworks, Las Vegas, NV
  • Dale Yamada – Mad Jap Kustoms, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Dalton Walker – Split Image Kustoms, Hanford, CA
  • Dan “Bacon” Carr – DC Chopper, Austin, TX
  • Dave Perewitz – Perewitz Cycle Fabrication, Bridgewater, MA
  • Jeff Cochran – Speedking Racing, West Harrison, IN
  • Jeff Wright – Church Of Choppers, Des Moines, IA
  • Jim Nasi – Jim Nasi Customs, Phoenix, AZ
  • John Stein – Stage Fright Drag Racer, Pacific Palisades, CA
  • Jordan Dickinson – Union Speed and Style, Monticello, MN
  • Kaichiroh Kurosu – Cherry’s Company, Tokyo, Japan
  • Ken “Kenji” Nagai – Ken’s Factory, Nagoya, Japan
  • Lock Baker – Eastern Fabrications, Los Angeles, CA
  • Matt Olsen – Carl’s Cycle, Aberdeen, SD
  • Nate Jacobs – Harlot Cycles, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Ola Stenegard – Gotland, Sweden
  • Pat Patterson – Led Sled Customs, Dayton, OH
  • Paul Cox – Paul Cox Industries, Brooklyn, NY
  • Paul Wideman – Bare Knuckle Choppers, Wright City, MO
  • Paul Yaffe – Paul Yaffe Originals, Phoenix, AZ
  • Rick Bray – RKB Kustom Speed, Fresno, CA
  • Roland Sands – RSD Design
  • Shinya Kimura – Chabott Engineering, Azusa, CA
  • Warren Lane – Atomic; Miami Beach, FL
  • Yaniv “Neevo” Evan – Powerplant Choppers’; Los Angeles, CA

The exhibit, displayed in the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Russ Brown Events Center, will be open and free to the public Saturday, Aug. 1 through Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is well known for outstanding bike shows, concerts and for being the original By Bikers, For BikersTM campground. Buffalo Chip concerts are free with camping. Passes for the momentous 75th Anniversary Celebration in 2015 may be purchased by calling 605-347-9000 or visiting www.buffalochip.com.

About Michael Lichter
Michael Lichter began photographing custom bikes and the biker-lifestyle in the 1970s. Working with Easyriders Magazine since 1979, he has produced over 1,400 stories for them. Michael is also a regular contributor to more than 25 publications around the world, has 11 coffee table books to his credit, clients and exhibits his photographic art in galleries and museums in the USA and abroad. As a curator, Michael first started creating themed exhibitions with custom motorcycles and art in 2001 at the Journey Museum in Rapid City. In 2009, the annual exhibition was moved to the purpose-built 7,000 square foot gallery at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip where it was given the name “Motorcycles as Art” and continues to this day. Michael has operated out of the same commercial photography studio in beautiful Boulder, Colorado for more than 30-years. Visit www.facebook.com/lichterphoto and www.lichterphoto.com to see his images. Contact Michael at mike@lichterphoto.com.

Victory Set to Take It to “1000 Horsepower” with Godsmack March 7th at Daytona Bike Week

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Victory Motorcycles will rock Bike Week 2015 in Daytona Beach with the newest member of its Bagger family – the Magnum X-1 – the baddest, loudest Victory Bagger yet during an exclusive party featuring multi-platinum hard rock titans Godsmack.
        Join Victory Saturday night, March 7 at 9:00 p.m. at The Full Moon Saloon on Daytona’s iconic Main Street for the biggest show at Bike Week. Grammy Award-nominated Godsmack will rock the house as we unveil the Magnum X-1, the ultimate Bagger, designed for serious music fans.
        The Full Moon Saloon launch party site will set the stage and establish the soundtrack for the weeklong motorcycle culture and lifestyle celebration that Victory Motorcycle owners thrive in. Don’t miss this party! Visit victorymotorcycles.com for full event details.
        To learn more about the Magnum X-1 and Victory Motorcycles, visit victorymotorcycles.com or follow on Twitter at twitter.com/VictoryBikes and on Facebook at facebook.com/VictoryMotorycles.

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.

About Godsmack
To date, Godsmack have notched a staggering 7 – #1singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart.  Moreover, they’ve enjoyed 21 Top 10 hits at the format – the most of any act since February 1999, as well as, 4 Grammy nominations and winner of Billboard Music Awards Rock Artist of the Year in 2001.  Selling over 20 million records worldwide, the band also unleashed three consecutive albums at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 – Faceless [2003], IV [2006], and The Oracle [2010]. Godsmack’s domination continued with the recent release of their sixth full-length album and title single 1000hp in 2014.

SB142 will allow Freedom of Choice in Nevada!

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Assembly Bill SB142 will change Nevada’s motorcycle helmet law to allow adults 21 years and older to have the choice to wear a helmet.   SB142 will be heard in the transportation committee Thursday, Feb 26 at 8:30 a.m. Be there if you can.  If you don’t want to testify just be there to show your support. If you want the Freedom of Choice you need to let the legislators know you want them to pass SB142.


This is how you do it:
Call, email, write the following legislators that are on the transportation committee and ask them to please support SB142.

Scott Hammond – Chair 

Patricia Farley

Mark A. Manendo

Moises (Mo) Denis

To send mail to legislators at the capital during session, the address is: 
c/o Nevada Senate
401 South Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701-4747

ALSO! go to the legislative web site www.leg.state.nv.us to vote and comment in support of SB142.  Just click on the Bill Info. tab on the right of the home page.

We have a better chance than ever to change Nevada’s helmet law this year.  But You must act now!

John Bland – ABATE of NNV, MRF State Rep.

Sample letter, but Use your own words!

I am writing to ask you to support Assembly Bill SB142 will be heard in the Transportation Committee on Thursday, Feb 26 at 8:30 a.m.  Assembly Bill SB142 would amend Nevada’s helmet law to allow adults age 21 and older to choose whether or not to wear a helmet.  Most states already allow adults to make that choice.  While you will no doubt hear many in opposition to this bill cite conclusions with no factual basis, I would ask you to consider the following facts concerning this bill.
1) Thirty-One states currently allow adult motorcycle riders to choose whether or not to wear a helmet.  Nevada is only one of 19 that do not.  Assembly Bill SB 142 merely brings Nevada in line with the majority of the United States.
2) States which have repealed their mandatory helmet laws have seen increased revenues in motorcycle sales, registrations and tourism.  Being that Nevada is surrounded by two large states with mandatory motorcycle helmet laws (California and Oregon), Nevada would likely see increased tourism due to riders from those states coming to Nevada, much in the same way that many riders in Nevada currently go to Idaho, Utah and Arizona due to the fact that they allow adults to make their own choice about motorcycle helmets.
3) States which allow adults to choose whether or not to wear a motorcycle helmet do not see higher motorcycle fatality rates.  According to data from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, between 2008 and 2011, jurisdictions with mandatory motorcycle helmet laws averaged 60.26 motorcycle related fatalities per 100,000 registered motorcycles while jurisdictions which allowed adults to choose whether or not to wear a helmet averaged 57.90 motorcycle related fatalities per 100,000 registered motorcycles.
4) States which allow adults to choose whether or not to wear a motorcycle helmet do not see higher motor vehicle insurance rates.  Insure.com recently released its report on motor vehicle insurance rates for 2014, which looks at average motor vehicle insurance rates for each state.  The average motor vehicle insurance rate in states which had mandatory motorcycle helmet laws was $1,582.45.   The average motor vehicle insurance rate in states which allowed adult riders to choose whether or not to wear a motorcycle helmet was $1,451.45.
5) States which allow adults to choose whether or not to wear a motorcycle helmet do not experience increased health insurance premiums.  The most recent report on the subject of average monthly individual health care premiums by the Kaiser Family Foundation looked at average monthly individual health care premiums by state for the year 2013.  The average monthly individual health care premium in states which had mandatory motorcycle helmet laws was $267.53.   The average monthly individual health care premium in states which allowed adult riders to choose whether or not to wear a motorcycle helmet was $245.26.
I therefore respectfully ask that you support Assembly Bill SB142.  This issue is a matter of choice and personal freedom.  If one has a governmental philosophy that individuals should make their own decisions absent a compelling governmental interest, then one would strongly support Assembly Bill SB142.  Thank you for your time and consideration on this important matter to motorcyclists.

Enter To Win A Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation Shopping Spree!

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Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation Press Release: We all know that times have been tough. Now that 2014 is behind us, it’s time to start thinking about all those Bagger Nation goodies that you’ve been wanting that you know will set your bike apart from the crowd! 
       So we’ve decided to help you start the new year right by creating the Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation 2015 digital catalog Sweepstakes! Simply head to the Bagger Nation web site and get yourself entered to win your share of $15,000 in product and prizes that we will be giving away to some lucky winners! 
       We’ll be drawing a finalist each and every week starting January 16th through to Thursday, March 26th at Arizona Bike Week. Each finalist will win a $100 in Bagger Bucks and some really cool Bagger Nation parts and swag! The 16 finalists will be announced online and on our social media pages. Then, on Thursday, our sponsor night at our booth at Arizona Bike Week we will draw (5) grand prize winners from the finalist pool. There are (5) $1000 grand prizes up for grabs and if you’ve entered the secret promo code from our 2015 catalog you’ll double that amount! 
       What are you waiting for?!? Go get yourself some Bagger Bucks!

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Spirit Lake Era Indians at El Mirage

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Photo: Robert Pandya

This past weekend, stealthily but quickly, Indian motorcycle made history. A new production 2015 Indian Scout and the fabled Chief named “Elnora” tore across the El Mirage dry lake bed in the final Southern California Timing Association event of the season. It was the last chance for the factory to earn an SCTA certified run, and both machines proved their lineage and durability with strong debuts by the rookie land speed riders.

       

Photo Barry Hathaway

The Indian Scout was ridden by none other than Gary Gray – the Director of Indian Motorcycle Products. Gary leads a team that interacts with both the design and the engineering groups to define the current and future products for the brand. Shepherding the product direction for such an iconic brand take somebody who isn’t afraid to get their fingers dirty. Gray spent several weekends in 2014 racing vintage Scout motorcycles in FIM and USCRA, and twisted the new Scouts throttle to a very fast 128.447 mph on the dusty mile and 1/3 course. The motorcycle Gary rode featured a stock engine, and was built to the P-P 1350 class and only modified the handlebars to race.. This same motorcycle will be tweaked by the engineering team for a return to the venue just to go faster and “see what she will do”.

Photo Barry Hathaway

       Elnora was piloted by Indian Motorcycle PR Manager, Robert Pandya. The very same Chief that traced Cannon Ball Baker’s centennial route from San Diego to New York City in May, was re-fitted with stock fenders (though the back of the front fender was cut off) an accessory air cleaner, and a custom 2-1 exhaust pipe. Slotting into a modified class (A-PG 2000), Elnora featured custom 17” wheels and racing rubber, relocated footrests, and different handlebars designed to tuck the rider into the wind. She ran a stock Thunder Stroke 111 however, including the stock belt drive system, and despite being a hard-ridden development bike (ultimately destined for the crusher) she pulled out a 130.227 mph top speed.

Photo Barry Hathaway

       Indian Motorcycle would like to thank the many friends of the brand who made the past weekend possible. Team Klock Werks,’ Lloydz Motorworkz, RC Components, Dunlop, Fox Shocks, IndianMotorcycles.net, Conquest Customs, Ricochet Customs, Saddlemen, the IMC Engineering, Dynojet and the great people at the SCTA, especially the Gear Grinders club for hosting us.
       Now with both a 2014 Chief and a 2015 Scout officially running a sanctioned race event, Indian Motorcycle continues the tradition started by its legendary founders Hendee and Hedstrom – to build great products and to show the world what they can do.

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