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Pioneers, Innovators & Living Legends Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall Of Fame Class Of 2016 Announced

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Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall Of Fame Class Of 2016 Announced
From pioneers and innovators to customizers and dealers, the 2016 inductees into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame represent every aspect of what makes motorcycling great. The Museum was chartered back in 2001 to recognize individuals or groups who have made a long term positive impact on the motorcycle community. Arguably the most diverse -and deserving – group ever inducted into the Hall of Fame, the Class of 2016 will be honored during the annual Rally on August 10, 2016.
       The Hall of Fame’s mission is to honor those who have made a positive and significant impact on the sport and lifestyle,” explains Tigra Tsujikawa, Marketing & Development Director for the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. “It honors the men and women who have dedicated much of their lives to improving, promoting and advancing motorcycling.” While the Museum certainly pay tribute to the heritage of the Rally, the Hall of Fame transcends the Black Hills of South Dakota, she adds.
       “Having a living off-road legend like John Penton, demonstrates that the Hall of Fame recognizes all aspects of our great sport,” says Tsujikawa. “Many consider John to be the godfather of the dirt bike industry and his pioneering of small, lightweight 2-strokes changed the world of off-road motorcycles.” Not to mention shaping and defining KTM to this very day. In addition to Penton, four other equally deserving inductees have been named to the Class of 2016.

The Class Of 2016
Bert Baker – V-Twin motorcycle drivetrain innovator, businessman and patriot, Bert Baker is committed to using materials, labor, creativity, know how and grit born of America.

Jerry Covington – Whether it is on TV or the cover of virtually every biker magazine in the world, it is hard to miss custom builder Jerry Covington. What does get overlooked is Covington’s behind the scenes commitment to the motorcycle community, his selfless donation of time and resources to those less fortunate through has various charity projects.

John Penton – One of the most influential figures in off-road motorcycling in the world, John Penton developed a legendary brand of motorcycles that bore his name (better known as KTM today). He also founded Hi-Point, an accessory and distribution company that had 50% of aftermarket sales in the U.S. and set the mold for modern distribution powerhouses like Parts Unlimited, Tucker Rocky and WPS.

Gary Spellman – Using motorcycle as means to further charitable causes, philanthropist Gary Spellman has been quite effective in utilizing motorcycles to raise money for charities benefiting first responders and their surviving families. He has also brought major business owners into the family of motorcyclists as well as creating the Peace, Love and Happiness Charity Ride with fellow Hall Of Famer John Paul Dejoria.

Buddy Stubbs – Talk about being born into the business, Buddy Stubbs was raised in his father’s Harley dealership in Decatur, Illinois and has spent his entire life in and around dealerships, including opening two of his own in the greater Phoenix area. This year marks his 50th year as a dealer and more significantly an ambassador to the motorcycle lifestyle.

“Come help us honor the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees,” says Tsujikawa. “The 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame 2016 Induction Breakfast will be August 10, 2016 at the Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, South Dakota.” Breakfast tickets are available for a $35 donation, tables of eight for $300. Tickets are available by calling the Museum at 605.347.2001 or they can be purchased online at www.sturgismuseum.com/shop/hall-fame-breakfast.

Kansas Law Would Hide Police Misconduct

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In response to House Substitute for Substitute Senate Bill 18, which would exempt police vehicle and body camera footage from the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA), essentially hiding police misconduct, the Kansas Confederation of Clubs (KCOC) has issued a press release opposing this provision.
       The Motorcycle Profiling Project agrees with the KCOC. There are valid concerns with such an exemption. Video footage of police performing their duties can be key to accountability and public policy.  A global exemption would prevent exposure of police misconduct to the media and general public.  This information is absolutely critical to an informed citizenry and to establishing tangible evidence proving a pattern of abusive practices.

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Klock Werks Klip Splitter Handlebars

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Klock Werks provides the ultimate in rider adjustment and fit with Klip Splitter Handlebars. These bars feature unique billet aluminum “Klamps” that allow the control and grip portions of the handlebars to be adjusted in several directions for a truly tailored fit. 3.5” on-center risers are threaded to attach directly to the triple tree. Bars are drilled for wiring and notched for throttle-by-wire applications. Also included are chromed, billet aluminum domed bar end plugs for a finished look. Made in the USA, these bars are available in a rise of 8” and 12”, finished in all chrome, all black or a black and chrome combination. The suggested retail price is $459.95. 

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Indian Motorcycle Introduces Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield In Addition To Chief Vintage Already Announced

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Two iconic American brands and a custom motorcycle builder join forces to benefit U.S. Military personnel and their families
       Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced the availability of Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle models. This partnership brings together two of America’s most iconic brands that share a mutual commitment to independence, originality and American craftsmanship dating back more than a century. Created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, which was registered in 1866, each model will be produced in extremely limited numbers not to exceed 150 total units and will benefit U.S. Military personnel and their families through the “Operation Ride Home” program.

        Designed in conjunction with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles of Mitchell, S.D. to offer classic styling, premium features, touring comfort and custom detailing, the new hard-bagged Indian Springfield and the leather-bound Indian Chief Vintage are the first-ever production vehicles to feature Jack Daniel’s livery and its “Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix” responsibility campaign. The first unit of the limited edition series, an Indian Chief Vintage version that was the custom painted prototype built by Klock Werks, will be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction on October 6-8 at the Mandalay Bay resort.  All proceeds from the auction will benefit Operation Ride Home, which assists active duty U.S. military personnel in traveling home to visit their families. More information can be found at Barrett-Jackson.com

      The individually numbered 2016 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage models are available to order today at your local Indian Motorcycle dealership.  Both motorcycles share an MSRP of $29,999 (California models add $250 for California emissions), a Canada MSRP of $37,499, and will be available for International order except in Brazil. Both models come with a custom-printed Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrel top to commemorate each bike, a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and free membership in the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group™ for one year.

       Both models feature an array of genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories and custom accessories, as well as Jack Daniel’s-inspired custom paint and logos, badging, leather saddle and saddlebags. Each fender is also inscribed with the names of the seven Master Distillers who have overseen the Jack Daniel’s distilling process over its 150-year history. Finally, an inscription of Jack Daniel’s “Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix” mantra reminds riders that drinking and riding are meant to be enjoyed separately.
Final customization work was designed and completed by Brian Klock and his inspired team at Klock Werks in Mitchell, S.D.
       To order one of these highly sought after limited edition motorcycles, please visit or call your local Indian Motorcycle dealership from March 4 to April 4. Only 150 motorcycles will be produced and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific motorcycle numbers may not be reserved.  Each of these motorcycles will be hand-painted and built, with delivery occurring no later than August 2016.
       “This is the first time in Jack Daniel’s history that we have aligned with a vehicle manufacturer,” said Dave Stang, Director of Events & Sponsorships for Jack Daniel’s. “Using these new, limited edition motorcycles to help the ‘Operation Ride Home’ program serves as the perfect pairing for these two classic American brands.”
       “Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniels are ideal partners to work together,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “We share a respect for history and a common desire to promote responsible riding. These two models will be instant collectors’ items, and more importantly are fantastic motorcycles for everyday riding.”

For more information about Operation Ride Home, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit www.jdoperationridehome.com.  Jack Daniel’s press information can be found at the Jack Daniel’s press room located at www.jdpressroom.com. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle and the 2016 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Chief Vintage by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com.

Indian Motorcycle Announces The 2016 Indian Springfield – The Pure, Essential Touring Machine

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Simplicity and versatility are hallmarks of minimalist touring powerhouse that converts to lean urban cruiser in minutes, featuring class-leading power, handling and comfort

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced the new 2016 Indian Springfield. Named after the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle and designed for a pure riding experience, the Indian Springfield is a soulful and versatile new addition to the 2016 lineup. It features true, authentic American craftsmanship, superior refinement and only the most essential touring features for the ultimate in open road touring without distractions.
        Inspired by the rich heritage of Indian Motorcycle, the Indian Springfield offers classic styling blended with thoroughly modern technology for a purist’s take on both touring comfort and urban versatility.

       The Indian Springfield can be quickly converted into a cruiser with the quick-release windshield and saddlebags removed, or transformed into a high-capacity touring model with Genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories. While maintaining the style and luxury for which Indian Motorcycle is renowned, the Indian Springfield makes its own distinctive mark in the bagger and touring category. While related to the iconic Indian Chief family, the multifaceted Indian Springfield hard bagger was developed with a unique new trunk-compatible chassis for higher loading capacity and a premium touring experience without sacrificing handling prowess.
        Designed for an unobstructed view of the road ahead, the Indian Springfield sports a bespoke quick-release windshield that creates a large air pocket for rider and passenger comfort. Other comfort features such as remote locking hard bags and adjustable passenger floorboards come standard along with real leather seating, high-resolution Anti-Lock Brakes, tire pressure monitoring, electronic cruise control, and a powerful headlight and dual driving lights. Standard front and rear highway bars allow mounting of accessories and offer valuable protection from tip-overs. Brightly chromed forks, headlight housing, fender trim, engine covers, exhaust and handlebars with internal wiring bring the shine along for the ride.

        “The new Indian Springfield wasn’t designed to fill a space in our lineup; it was built to fill a space in the hearts of riders who value the rich heritage and fine craftsmanship of Indian Motorcycle, and who want both a pure touring bike and a sleek urban cruiser,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “The Springfield’s unmatched versatility will win the hearts of motorcycling purists around the world.”

      Powered by the highly regarded Thunder Stroke 111 engine, the Indian Springfield delivers 119 ft./lbs. of torque (North American models) to conquer any highway in any weather. Its unique new chassis was designed to handle a wide load range, featuring cartridge forks and an air adjustable rear shock with 4.5 inches of travel for safely transporting up to 533 lbs. in style. Touring comfort can be further enhanced with a full line of accessories including a tall and low windshield, heated driver and passenger seats, soft lowers, a 17-gallon accessory trunk and heated grips to keep riders comfortable in cool temperatures. Yet in minutes its quick-release windscreen and saddlebags can be removed creating a classically styled, high performance cruiser. The split seat, featuring a unique stitch and stud pattern, can likewise be trimmed down to create a tight and low solo look, giving the Indian Springfield a truly customizable personality.

The 2016 Indian Springfield starts at $20,999 in Thunder Black and $21,549 for Indian Motorcycle Red. It comes with a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and, as with all new Indian Motorcycles, includes free membership in the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group for one year. For more information, visit www.IndianMotorcycle.com.

Loaners for Lovers: Motorcycle Hangout’s Great Helmet Sharing Idea

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Regardless of your thoughts on drinking, one thing is for certain, alcohol is indispensable. When the economy at its lowest, alcohol consumption goes on the rise, and if there’s one thing we need in hard times, it’s a good stiff drink. Running a close second, is the need to be loved.

       A local watering hole in Redondo Beach is serving up both in a way you wouldn’t expect with their Loaners for Lovers helmet sharing program. Just over five years ago, Bouchard bought a new helmet and retired his old one to a shelf in the bar in case one of his patrons might find the need to use it. Come to find out, plenty of people did. The idea began simply as that. It’s no secret that people have been picking up others in drinking establishments since they were invented. At least now, when they do it, they’re being more responsible.

       The idea caught on quick and people started donating. “The helmets actually get used quite a bit and that’s when Biltwell came in,” says Bouchard. “We wanted to give them helmets for the cause because it seemed like a light hearted way to help out a local pub and hopefully keep a few hookups protected in at least one way,” says Mike Ellis, general manager of Biltwell Inc.
       Biltwell recently sent a few new helmets in the name of love, and tattoo artist Andrea Revenant did a custom paint job on all of them. If you want to check one out, the process is simple: tell the bouncer or bartender, leave your number and hand over your ID to be photographed. You’re set, out the door and on your way to sweet love making while riding safe.

       A product of love and motorcycles itself, it’s no wonder Loaners for Lovers started at Gasser Lounge. An eclectic mix of history, Rock-n-Roll, motorcycles and sports all wrapped up in a dimly lit and bizarre package—Gasser is a throwback museum of art and culture with a twist. Back in the 1920s, during Prohibition, this bar was rumored to have booze running in the front and girls out the back, with underground tunnels that are still visible in the basement.
       Not your average neighborhood bar, beers are poured out of a tap from a 65-Iron Head, motor while a shrine to Johnny Cash – made from the hood of a very rare car – watches over the bar. Everything is built by hand by owner Mike Bouchard, whose father used to drag race in the Gasser Class, hence the lounge’s name.

       “Gasser is the heart of motor head culture,” Mike explains, “and to me it just made sense to name my bar that.” He started as a bartender at the age of 19 while in college gaining his degree in business. Not wanting to put on a suit and tie every day, he applied that knowledge toward opening one of the most successful bars in the LA area.
       America has had a long love affair with liquor. It’s changed our history, created events, and defined our culture and politics. It’s caused people to fight, have babies, start wars but, most importantly, it’s also helped people fall in love. That’s where “Loaners for Lovers” comes in, a helmet borrowing program that allows you to give your new pillion a safe ride back to your pad (or theirs).
       “What a great idea to help promote an “active appreciation” for motorcycles and (ha) bad decisions!!! I vote for anything that promotes riding motorcycles and having fun. Especially if there’s cardio involved,” says Dumptruck Stroupe, the emcee of Gasser Lounge’s annual event Escape to Hazzard County, “This is just another way that shows Biltwell gets it. Penetrating the market, they seek on the ground floor promoting community in the grass roots motorcycle kind of way, and it works.”
       In five years, only one helmet never made it back to the bar but that’s okay because a little love never came without a little loss.
       The next time you find yourself looking for a place to get rid of those blues, tie one on or just have a good time, do it at the place where you can test your luck in the sheets and not on the streets, because safety should always come first.

       Tell your local biker bar to start offering this program now.  Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys will cover the cost of helmets for local biker bars that are interested in participating in Loaners for Lovers.

For more information contact us: supplies@russbrown.com

Gasser Lounge
1500 Aviation Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90278


Harley-Davidson Taps Fans To Help Crown The Next ‘Custom King’

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H-D Dealerships across the Country Battle for Ultimate Bragging Rights in 2016 Sportster Motorcycle Customization Contest
        Out to prove that custom truly is king, Harley-Davidson invited dealers to showcase their individuality in the Custom Kings Customization Contest. Dealers from all over the country turned a Sportster® motorcycle into a “Custom of One” work of art – earlier today the top 64 creations were revealed for fans to help choose the ‘king’ in a bracket-style competition at www.H-D.com/CustomKings.

        The Sportster was selected for its unrivaled ability to be transformed into the very definition of performance art and its attainable pricing, which makes the bike a realistic goal for nearly any rider.
        Initial entries were scored by the  Harley-Davidson styling team based on criteria including quality of customization and build, fit and finish, use of paint, design, technique and how teams utilized Harley-Davidson Genuine Parts &Accessories.
        “Customization is one of the biggest ways riders showcase and celebrate their individuality,” said Dino Bernacchi, director of U.S. marketing at Harley-Davidson. “Custom Kings brings that forward by redefining performance through the expertise and ingenuity of Harley-Davidson dealers throughout the country. All of the competitors have put in months of planning, building and straight-up creative thinking into each of the bikes featured in the contest.”
        The entries with the most votes in each match-up will move on to the next round of the competition. Fans will select the final winner after six rounds of bike-to-bike battles.

Fans can view all of the bike builds by following #HDCustomKings or H-D.com/CustomKings for more information and to cast their vote today.

Celebrate the 75th Annual Daytona Bike Week With Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company

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New, Vintage & Custom Models, Demo Rides, Racing, Organized Tours, Special Events

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, loves making history at Daytona, whether it’s winning the first Daytona 200 or drawing the best crowds with our Daytona Bike Week events. This year Indian again has a full schedule of events, including demo rides, new models, vintage & custom bike displays, racing, organized rides and much more during the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, March 5-12.
       “Seventy-five years after Ed Kretz dominated the first Bike Week race, our team is inspired to honor that legacy and showcase our future,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Whether you’re a cruising enthusiast or long-haul tourer, into customs like those shown in our Project Scout contest or a race enthusiast cheering on the SuperHooligan Scout Sixty bikes, we know that anybody hanging out with Indian Motorcycle will have great stories to tell.”

Below are highlights of the Daytona Bike Week action Indian Motorcycle has planned.

Demo Rides at Daytona International Speedway 
(International Speedway Blvd., across from the Florida Hospital Gate)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Daily; Last Ride Leaves at 4:30 p.m.
Bike Week attendees will have the chance to ride the entire 2016 line-up of Indian motorcycles, including the Indian Scout® Sixty cruiser, Indian Chief® Vintage bagger, Indian Roadmaster® tourer and a very special new model. Ride multiple bikes, compare, and decide which Indian Motorcycle models best suit your riding style. Demo rides are free and available to those with a valid motorcycle endorsement and proper attire.

Indian Motorcycle Display at Daytona International Speedway 
(Richard Petty & Midway Blvd.)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Daily
In addition to the demo site at the historic Daytona Speedway, a display in the Midway area will feature the entire 2016 Indian Motorcycle line-up, as well as engine cutaways, custom & vintage bikes, accessories and apparel. Register for your chance to win a 2016 Indian Scout Sixty, check out the finalists from the ‘Project Scout: Build a Legend’ custom contest, see how an Indian Chieftain® with performance accessories handles the dyno, and make sure to pick up an exclusive Indian Motorcycle Daytona 75th patch simply by showing your Indian Motorcycle proof of ownership (key-ring, badge, etc.)

Hooligan Race Night 
(Ocean Complex West Parking Lot, downtown Daytona Beach)
7 p.m. – 9 p.m., March 8
Enjoy live music, food & refreshments as Roland Sands and fellow Team RSD racers battle handlebar-to-handlebar in pursuit of the checkered flag on their RSD SuperHooligan Indian Scout Sixty dirt trackers. Winners of the Project Scout contest will be announced at this event, and you’re welcome to join a celebratory after-party at the Boot Hill Saloon.

Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach 
(290 North Beach Street)
9 a.m. – 8p.m., Daily
Visit the dealership in the heart of Daytona Beach for all of your bike, accessory and apparel needs, as well as a variety of special events.

Indian Motorcycle Rider’s Group & Veterans Ride 
(Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach, 290 North Beach Street)
9 a.m. – 2 p.m., March 10
Owners of Indian motorcycles join veterans from the Veterans Ride program in an organized tour that begins at Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach and travels to Orlando for lunch. Owners can roll alongside a Vet rider from last year’s inaugural Veterans Charity Ride as he captains a new custom Indian Trike. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m.

Celebrate The 75th With Indian Motorcycle 
(Boot Hill Saloon, 310 Main Street)
6 p.m., March 11
Put a stamp on the end of a legendary week by joining Indian Motorcycle at the Boot Hill Saloon to ‘Celebrate the 75th’.

Visit www.IndianMotorcycle.com/en-us/daytona for the most up to date schedule. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

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

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