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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.

Motor Trike Celebrates 20 Years Of Triking With Anniversary Rally

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On October 25, hundreds of trikers and bikers rode to Troup, TX, headquarters of Motor Trike, Inc. to celebrate 20 years in business.  Almost 700 people traveled from all over the country and abroad to show off their Motor Trikes and tour the manufacturing facility. Guests came from as far away as Australia to participate in the event.
Guests enjoyed facility tours, demo rides, live music, lunch and the chance to meet other Motor Trike owners.  Linette Douvio won a $500 cash prize for the best looking Motor Trike and Mertline Thibodeaux was awarded a $500 cash prize for the best looking Stallion.  They are both from Duson, LA. 
The grand prize drawing for a free trike kit went to Gerald Malik from Karnes City, TX. Mr. Malik already has a new Motor Trike Razor kit on his GL-1800, so he told a close family friend, Edwin Skloss before the rally that if he won he would give the kit to Edwin.  Mr. Skloss and Mr. Malik have been friends for many years and used to be old riding buddies.  Over time, Edwin had become disabled and has not been able to ride.  This new trike kit will give Edwin the ability to ride again.  This kit is scheduled to be installed at Motor Trike in December.
“It was a wonderful event and everyone had a great time,” said Jeff Vey, Motor Trike President. “We will have to do it again in five years for our 25th Anniversary!”

Affliction Easyriders Archive Collection

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Press Release: Affliction Clothing has announced a collaboration with Easyriders Magazine to create an exclusive, limited edition collection featuring the artwork of David Mann from the Easyridersarchives. The collection will capture the essence of the biker lifestyle and will maintain the design and manufacturing quality Affliction is known for.  
       The vintage motorcycle imagery of David Mann captures the essence of the biker lifestyle and has been featured in the magazine for over 30 years. Easyriders Magazine was the first in the industry to capture the ever-changing hardcore biker lifestyle. Each graphic in the Affliction Easyriders Archive Collection is reinterpreted for printing by Affliction’s team of artists and is a distinctive work of art. 
       The intricate paintings of David Mann have been meticulously re-mastered ensuring the most authentic vintage biker tee possible. The garments are hand distressed and softened with various exclusive wash techniques that offer Affliction’s signature vintage fit and feel. 
       The Affliction Easyriders Archive Collection was introduced at the Sturgis Bike Rally in August and will be available in stores where Affliction is sold.

Affliction Clothing
www.afflictionclothing.com

Sugar Bear Celebrates The Big Seven-Five

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Fuji and Sugar Bear, cutting the cake.

The renowned bike builder and manufacturer of extra-long front ends was visibly emotional as he thanked the crowd for their support and love, a crowd that had gathered at his shop in Gardena, CA, to help him celebrate his 75th birthday – or, as he put it, the 50th anniversary of his 25th birthday. The crowd clapped, cheering loudly as Sugar Bear proceeded to cut the enormous cake in front of him.

It was an eclectic mix of people feting the man of the hour – friends and family for the most part, but also clients and customers who, over the years, had become more like friends and family. They’d come from near and far, riding in from Portland, for example, or flying in from Upstate New York, among other places.
Highlight of the day was a particularly soulful rendition of the old “Happy Birthday” tune sung by Glodean White, legendary soul singer Barry White’s widow, and her vocal trio Love Unlimited. This was followed up by a slightly less in-tune yet equally heartfelt version by the entire birthday crowd.
Sugar Bear and his soul mate, Fuji, went out of their way to make their guests feel at home, which they seemed to be doing by checking out some of Sugar Bear’s awesome rides and front ends, visiting his “museum” of black motorcycle history, and by running into old friends or making new ones. Plus, everyone received a Sugar Bear shop rag as parting gift, replete with the winged heart logo and the words “75th Celebration” underneath.

Easyriders Bike Show Tour Dates Announced

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Easyriders Bike Show Tour 2015

January 10
Long Beach, CA
Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center
300 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802

January 17-18
Sacramento, CA
Sacramento Convention Center
1401 K St., Sacramento, CA 95814

January 24
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St., Charlotte, NC 28202

February 7
Nashville, TN
Hendersonville Expo Center
90 Volunteer Dr., Hendersonville, TN 37075


February 21-22
Columbus, OH
Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Check Out Buckcherry and The Doors’ Robby Krieger at Love Ride 31!

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Love rides again – to help those in need.

This year’s Love Ride 31 will be on Saturday, October 25, 2014 with longer hours at Castaic Lake. Riders, drivers and families from all over Southern California and the South West are welcome to the all day music festival, including the Peter Fonda Ride-In Bike Show, motorcycle stunt show, food trucks, vendors, beer garden, and more.
Buckcherry [buckcherry.com] and The Door’s Robby Krieger with his Jam Kitchen [robbykriegersjamkitchen.com] will be part of the scene. The Doors’ Robby Krieger returns to the Love Ride with his Jam Kitchen and will rock the lakeshore with some oldies-but-very-goodies while Buckcherry will play a set spanning their career, including songs from their brand new EP, “F*CK.”
Previous Castaic Lake concerts have featured big names like Jackson Browne, ZZ Top, Foo Fighters, Sammy Hagar, BB King and Billy Idol to just name a few.
Net proceeds from this year’s event will support children served by MDA living in Southern California and help them attend a weeklong, barrier-free summer camp in the area. MDA summer camp offers a wide range of activities specially designed for youngsters who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs. Each year, campers have an unmatched opportunity to develop lifelong friendships, share interests and build self-confidence.
For more info and to register for the ride, go to www.loveride.org.

Laconia Harley-Davidson Raises $30,000 for Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association & David’s House

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Charity raffle delivers $15,000 each to Lebanon home for families with children receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and adaptive sailing program on Lake Winnipesaukee

Thanks to Laconia Harley-Davidson’s Street™ 750 Charity Raffle, two lucky New Hampshire nonprofits received $15,000 each in critical funding and two lucky New Hampshire motorcyclists each received one of Harley-Davidson’s hottest new bikes. In raising $30,000 during the raffle, Laconia Harley-Davidson delivered $15,000 each to the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association (LWSA) in Gilford and David’s House in Lebanon. The LWSA is developing an adaptive sailing program to allow those with mental and physical disabilities to enjoy sailing’s therapeutic benefits. David’s House serves as a no-cost home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital at
Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). Laconia Harley-Davidson has raised $185,000 in the past six years in support of a number of New Hampshire nonprofits.

This year marks the first time Laconia Harley-Davidson has donated two motorcycles for its charity raffle. Raffle winners Arthur Brungot of Kingston, and Michael Boulanger, of Meredith, each won new Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 motorcycles – Harley’s much-anticipated new motorcycle featuring agile handling and blacked-out Harley-Davidson custom style. The Laconia Harley-Davidson charity raffle has previously benefited the Loon Preservation Society, the New Hampshire Food Bank, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse and the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region.

“We kicked off Laconia Motorcycle Week in style this year by providing riders with the first chance in New England to get a look at the brand new Street™ 750 motorcycle, while at the same time making an impact in our community,” said Anne Deli, owner of Laconia Harley-Davidson. “We are thrilled to be able to deliver much-needed funding for these two fantastic nonprofits, who are both doing such meaningful work helping those in need. And we are equally pleased to be able to hand over two of Harley-Davidson’s hottest new motorcycles to our two lucky winners.”

Gov. Maggie Hassan helped kick-start Laconia Motorcycle Week and the Street 750 Charity Raffle by purchasing the first of 3,000 raffle tickets at a June State House event flanked by a dozen Harley riders and nonprofit volunteers.

At the June event, Governor Hassan stated, “New Hampshire’s motorcycle industry is critical to our economy and our vibrant communities, attracting thousands of visitors to our state, creating jobs and making a difference in people’s lives. I thank Laconia Harley-Davidson for their efforts to spur economic development and commitment to Granite State nonprofits, including David’s House and the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association that provide outstanding services to the communities that they serve.”

Raffle Beneficiaries

The LWSA has spent the past three decades working to make sure anyone who wants to learn to sail can do just that. Recently they have partnered with Sail to Prevail, a national adaptive sailing leader, to develop its own adaptive sailing program. This first-of-its-kind program in New Hampshire will help people with a variety of disabilities – including injured veterans, those with autism and the developmentally disabled – experience the therapeutic benefits and the joy of sailing. The LWSA runs its programs out of a newly-purchased waterfront facility in Gilford and it relies almost entirely upon tax deductible donations from supporters.  The specialized, adaptive boats for the program range in cost of $50,000 – $60,000 each. Ultimately, the LWSA, which teaches about 150 kids to sail each summer, is aiming to compile a fleet of four or five specially outfitted boats.

“For the LWSA, the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Laconia Harley-Davidson charity raffle has evolved into a real partnership between unique entities,” said Tom Mullen, President of the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association. “Without benefactors like Laconia Harley-Davidson, we could never bring our unique programming to the folks that need our services.  Laconia Harley-Davidson recognizes this fact and they consistently give back to the people of New Hampshire in many important ways. We are proud to be associated with this outstanding business.”

David’s House (www.davids-house.org) is a Lebanon-based nonprofit that has been providing all the comforts of home for families with children undergoing treatment at CHaD since 1986, serving more than 13,000 families as guests. There is no time limit on a family’s stay, as most families do not know when they can go home.

The organization has forged a unique bond with Laconia Harley-Davidson. David’s House hosts the annual Lindsey Frank Memorial Motorcycle Ride, which kicked off from Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant in Meredith—right next to Laconia Harley-Davidson—to David’s House on Saturday August 22nd. The impact of the Memorial Motorcycle Ride, along with the particularly meaningful service David’s House provides, inspired this year’s partnership.

“The funds raised from the Laconia Harley-Davidson charity raffle are coming to us at a critical time,” said Jaye Olmstead, Development Director at David’s House. “We just completed our first full year of operating 20 bedrooms after opening four additional bedrooms last summer. As expected, our expenses rose with our occupancy. This fundraiser is providing needed resources that will allow us to continue offering a no-cost home-away-from-home for more families than ever before who are going through incredibly challenging times.”

For more information about Laconia Harley-Davidson or Laconia Bike Week visit: www.LaconiaHarley.com.  Connect on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LaconiaBikeWeek or www.twitter.com/laconiaharley, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LaconiaHarley.

About the Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 and 550 Motorcycles
On the heels of Project RUSHMORE, Harley-Davidson has revealed two totally new motorcycles: the new Street 750 and Street 500 from Harley-Davidson. Both motorcycles were designed for an entire new generation of global riders and feature the all-new Revolution X, V-Twin engine. This is pure Harley-Davidson built for the urban environment. Visit http://street.harley-davidson.com/en_US for more details.

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