|Photo: Nelson & Riles|
|Photo: Nelson & Riles|
What do you get when you mix literally thousands of bikers, great live music, motorcycle rodeo events, the industry’s top vendors, outdoor “zoo” camping, a little bit of heat and humidity and a whole lotta beer? Besides a helluva hangover and some seriously dirty threads.
Well, the Easyriders Rodeo Tour of course!
2014 is shaping up to be the biggest and baddest of them all with Fowlerville, Michigan, already in the rear view mirror and Chillicothe, Ohio, fully in our sights.
We’ve got live music rockin’ the stage including our Headlining act, Quiet Riot!
Feelin’ like a joiner? Then sign up for the rodeo events – we’ve got everything from the world-famous weenie bite to the barstool races for you to enjoy – whether you’re participating; or just being a voyeur as usual…there’s really something for everyone at the rodeos…other than kids. These shows are 18 and over only with a valid ID required for entry.
Easyriders Rodeos are truly fictional wonderlands, the wet dream of any biker, rock and roller, tattooed vagabond, or city dweller looking for a quick get away…
So come on, feel the noise with us Chillicothe, OH August 28-Sept. 1! Complete event information including earlybird camping options can be found at www.easyridersevents.com.
Willie G. Davidson to be honored as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend at 2014 induction ceremony
Event tickets available online now
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Willie G. Davidson, the grandson of Harley-Davidson founder William A. Davidson, will be honored as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Oct. 17, in Orlando, Fla. “Willie G.,” as he is known to his admirers, is responsible for many innovative motorcycle designs that ushered in a new era for the iconic company.
The induction ceremony is part of the AMA National Convention being held in conjunction with the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) Oct. 16-19. Tickets for the induction ceremony range from $25 to $150 and are available online at www.motorcyclemuseum.org/Events/HallofFame2014.aspx.
“Few motorcycle designers have contributed more to the modern motorcycle landscape than Willie G. Davidson,” said Ken Ford, a member of the Hall of Fame executive committee and treasurer of the AMA board of directors. “Willie G.’s name is synonymous with style, freedom and the American-made motorcycle. We’re very excited to recognize him as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend at this year’s induction ceremony.”
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends are existing members of the Hall of Fame whose lifetime accomplishments are showcased as part of the annual induction ceremony of new Hall of Famers.
“I feel the same humility today receiving Legend status as I did 15 years ago when I was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame,” said Davidson, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. “It’s an honor to know that the creativity and emotion that’s part of every Harley-Davidson motorcycle has helped fulfill dreams of personal freedom for millions of motorcyclists around the world.
By securing this place in history as part of an iconic American brand like Harley-Davidson, I’m living out my dream and those of my family members who founded the company 111 years ago,” Davidson said.
Davidson, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in graphic arts and then attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., joined the design department at Harley-Davidson in 1963.
From the outset, Davidson’s designs broke convention. Among his earliest projects was the FX Super Glide. The Super Glide was one of Harley-Davidson’s factory customs, a production motorcycle with styling cues that reflected the custom motorcycles being built in shops across the country at the time. Today, the Super Glide is considered to be a milestone in the history of Harley-Davidson. The original FX led to many variations that would produce some of the company’s best-selling machines.
In addition to his work at the design table, Davidson was a savvy businessman. He was one of the 13 company executives who raised the funds to buy Harley-Davidson back from conglomerate AMF in the 1980s. As such, he was crucial in laying the foundation for Harley-Davidson to become one of the most successful, profitable and fastest-growing corporations in the United States over the next three decades.
The Hall of Fame Legend recognition takes place in concert with the official inductions of the current year’s AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame class. The Class of 2014 includes tuner and innovator Byron Hines; motocross pioneer Pierre Karsmakers; Tom White, acclaimed motorcycle collector, former nationally ranked racer and founder of White Brothers Cycle Specialties; George Barber, founder of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the Barber Motorsports Park; national off-road racing champion Scott Summers; AMA motocross champion Mike LaRocco; and legendary tuner and team owner Rob Muzzy.
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers are selected through a nomination and voting procedure that includes ballots cast by living Hall of Fame members, members of the American Motorcyclist Association and AMHF boards of directors, and members of, and advisers to, the Hall of Fame category committees.
To nominate a future Hall of Famer, visit: www.motorcyclemuseum.org/induction.
Indian Motorcycle Changes Everything Again;
Two All-New Models Flaunt Massive Bad Attitude and Mile-Devouring Function
Harley-Davidson has more rush in the tank. Spy photos, gossip and wild speculation are flooding the Internet as Harley-Davidson fans around the globe anticipate the return of the Road Glide® motorcycle. The wait is over and the Road Glide is back.
2015 HARLEY-DAVIDSON ROAD GLIDE ROARS BACK.
Weeks before the announcement of its complete 2015 model line-up, Harley-Davidson is previewing the Road Glide and Road Glide Special, two of its new 2015 motorcycles. Infused with DNA of the customer-led product development effort Project RUSHMORE, the two sleek, shark-nose Touring models are being revealed today during special events at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, S.D., and at the National Bikers Roundup (NBR) in Tulsa, Okla.
“Road Glide has always had an incredibly passionate following, which is why its return to the model line-up is exciting for our customers and our company,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “With Project Rushmore technology, intuitive features and great new styling, we’re delivering an improved ride for the Road Glide faithful and the many others looking for more cool Project Rushmore motorcycle options.”
One look at the new contour of the famous Road Glide fairing is all it takes to see past form and convention were put aside and a new rebellious design emerged. The Road Glide motorcycle earned its status satisfying the hard core and now it is back. From the wicked new Dual Reflector Daymaker LED headlights to the combination stop/turn/taillights, the Road Glide motorcycles set out to make the ultimate statement in custom, high-mile aggression and back it up with all the function riders demand.
“The Road Glide has always been a bike for a rider who’s cut from a different cloth, a person who wants to make a statement as they chase the freedom of the road,” said Michael Goche, Product Planning Manager. “This new model respects that spirit while offering a significant improvement in aerodynamic and ergonomic comfort, LED lighting and the full suite of Project RUSHMORE features that have been such a huge hit with touring riders around the world.”
Shaped by countless hours of wind tunnel testing, the new frame-mounted Road Glide motorcycle fairing features a triple splitstream vent that significantly reduces head buffeting while still providing comfortable airflow around the rider. The brilliant white beams of the Dual Daymaker Reflector LED headlamp blasts through the murkiest of nights. Centered in the inner fairing is the color screen of a Boom! Box 4.3 infotainment system controlled by twin joysticks located on a new swept-back handlebar that puts the rider in a commanding, comfortable position. A High Output Twin Cam 103 V-Twin engine burbles through two chrome mufflers, its abundant torque always on tap with just a twist of the throttle. Touring features include One-Touch hard saddlebags, cruise control, easy-to-read gauges, adjustable air-ride rear suspension and new ergonomic hand controls with intuitive design and improved tactile feel.
Road Glide Special
Select premium features elevate the performance and style of the Road Glide Special from the base model. These enhancements include the premium Boom! Box 6.5GT infotainment system with touch screen and GPS navigation, Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS and hand-adjustable low-profile rear suspension. An exclusive painted inner fairing and hand-applied pinstriping move the styling up a notch.
The public will have an opportunity to see and test-ride the new 2015 Road Glide and Road Glide Special models at Harley-Davidson locations in Sturgis Aug. 2-9 and in Tulsa on Aug. 2. They then start arriving at authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships on August 26, 2014. Visit www.h-d.com/roadglide for more information.
Indian Motorcycle Delivers Art, Heritage, and Legacy
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. —July 30, 2014; Hot on the heels of the exciting reveal of the new Indian Roadmaster luxury touring motorcycle, is the announcement of additional activities and motorcycling celebrities participating in Indian motorcycle activities at the 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
The new Indian Roadmaster will be a featured demo ride motorcycle in the demo fleet located at Exit 30 of Interstate 90 in Sturgis. In addition the full palate of 2015 two-tone, Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and Chieftain motorcycles will be available for demo rides.
Roland Sands has built a stunning custom motorcycle that will be reveal on stage at the Buffalo Chip between concert on Sunday August 3rd (appx 9:30-10:30 pm). Roland is keeping details close to the vest – but offers a tantalizing peek at the completed bike.
John Munro, Son of legendary Indian Motorcycle racer Burt Munro will attend the rally on behalf of Indian Motorcycle. John Munro has worked to keep his father’s legacy alive with events such as the Munro Challenge in New Zealand. Traveling from Invercargill, New Zealand, Munro will meet fans and tell stories of his father’s travels, exploits and dedication to his beloved 1920 Indian Scout. John will see the “Spirit of Munro” Tribute motorcycle for the first time live in the Michael Lichter display at the Buffalo Chip. Munro is also in Sturgis to kick off the Munro Collection of Apparel that will debut in Sturgis. Munro will join the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group ride on Sunday August 3rd and appear in several locations including:
Motorcycle artist Lee Bivens will be on hand in the Indian Motorcycle display completing an original painting commissioned by Indian Motorcycle that depicts the historic reveal of the 2014 Indian Motorcycle line up last year. Bivens is commemorating this important event on canvas that will be donated to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum during the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame breakfast on August 7th. Bivens will appear at the Indian Motorcycle display in Sturgis on the following schedule:
The Indian Motorcycle display at 3rd and Lazelle will feature a complete display of the new models including apparel and accessory displays and will host the American Motordrome that features vintage Indian 101 Scouts and is the most authentic “Wall of Death” show on tour. Daily shows will thrill audiences as they have done for decades as the vintage motorcycles defy gravity and deliver heart-stopping performances.
For more information on these events, and details on other activities with Indian motorcycle, log on to www.IndianMotorcycle.com. Visit the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame online at www.SturgisMuseum.com
Starting at $26,999 the new king of the road extends the 2015 Indian Motorcycle lineup debuting at Sturgis, with more to come
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — July 27, 2014 — Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, is proud to announce the all-new 2015 Indian Roadmaster, setting a new benchmark as the ultimate in luxury motorcycle touring. Revealed at the annual Indian Motorcycle dealer meeting, this exceptional new addition to the Indian Motorcycle family will make its public debut on August 2 at the 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and will be available for demo rides throughout the weeklong event along with the rest of the 2015 Indian Motorcycle lineup. More announcements regarding the 2015 line of Indian bikes will also be made on August 2.
2015 Indian Roadmaster
Originally produced from 1947-1953, the Indian Roadmaster was widely recognized as one of America’s most reliable and comfortable touring bikes, and the all-new 2015 Roadmaster is destined to reclaim that honor. In keeping with its legendary namesake, the Roadmaster comes loaded with premium features for comfort, convenience and luxury, including expansive storage capacity and unmatched power and performance.
“It has truly been a privilege and an honor for our team to be a part of motorcycling history in designing and reintroducing the Roadmaster, which has such a legendary reputation as the king of luxury touring bikes,” said Steve Menneto, VP of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “The quality, craftsmanship, performance and standard feature set on this bike is simply unmatched in the luxury touring segment, and we look forward to sharing the 2015 Roadmaster and other exciting announcements with the global motorcycling community beginning August 2nd in Sturgis.”
Comfort & Convenience by Design
The new Roadmaster was built from the ground up for all-day, two-passenger touring comfort, with expansive, easy-access storage for extended rides in virtually any weather condition. It offers:
Luxury is Standard
The 2015 Roadmaster takes American luxury and comfort to a whole new level with an extensive list of standard premium features that include:
Proven Power and Endless Chrome
Indian Motorcycle’s new flagship luxury touring bike is powered by the awe-inspiring and proven Thunder Stroke 111 engine, a 49-degree, air-cooled V-twin power plant mated to a 6-speed overdrive transmission. The Roadmaster is dripping in standard chrome, including the forks, trim, trunk rack, front and rear highway bars, fender tips, and many other chrome components that are options on other brands.
Pricing & Availability
The 2015 Indian Roadmaster is available at a starting US MSRP of $26,999 with expected delivery in dealerships across North American in September. It is available in Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red, and a two-tone Indian Motorcycle Red/Ivory Cream paint scheme.
Sturgis Rally attendees can experience the Roadmaster by visiting the Indian Motorcycle exhibit at 3rd & Lazelle St., or taking a demo ride at the Indian Motorcycle Demo Experience, I-90 @ Exit 30. Visit the Indian Motorcycle Sturgis event page for details.
Victory Motorcycles has packed the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally schedule with special events, with a major focus on activities exclusively for Victory owners attending the legendary Black Hills rally. Victory’s Sturgis action includes the annual Victory Owners Ride and Party, celebrity meet-and-greets, military salutes, free 2015 Victory demo rides at three different locations, and the chance to win a spectacular Cory Ness Cross Country custom and matching guitar.
Activities are planned in and around the Sturgis area from Saturday, Aug. 2 through Saturday, Aug. 9.
Check this out:
FREE 2015 Victory Demo Rides – Now in 3 Locations!
Aug. 2-9 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
At Hersrud’s of Sturgis (I-90 Exit 30), the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads, and Rice Victory in Rapid City
Victory has expanded its demos with two new locations to make it easier than ever to take free demo rides on the new 2015 Victory models. Along with the familiar location at Hersrud’s of Sturgis, Victory has added demo ride sites at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads and at Rice Victory in Rapid City.
It’s kickstands up for each day’s first ride at 9 a.m., and each day’s final ride rolls out at 4:30 p.m. All riders must be at least 18 years of age, show a valid motorcycle endorsement and wear a helmet and appropriate riding attire.
Rice Victory is located at 301 Cambell St., Rapid City, SD 57701. Take Exit 60 off I-90.
Plan to spend a lot of time, on multiple days, at the new Victory Performance Garage, the hub of action in the heart of downtown Sturgis. Register on-site and get a wristband that serves as your registration in a drawing for a special new 2015 Victory bagger. Get the wristband scanned at various display stations within Victory’s downtown location and you qualify for equipment upgrades to the grand prize bike.
There will be special activities every day, and non-stop action, including:
Activities For Victory Owners Only
Among the events during the Sturgis rally that are exclusively for Victory owners are:
Aug. 4 & Aug. 6 Victory Owners Sturgis Guided Rides, Led by EagleRider
EagleRider Tent at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads
Check in at 9 a.m.; Kickstands up at 10 a.m.
Add to your Sturgis experience by joining fellow Victory owners for a Sturgis Guided Ride led by the professional guides of EagleRider. As you enjoy 70 miles of scenic area roads on your Victory, you’ll discover new views of the Black Hills that you never knew existed. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so register today at: http://www.eaglerider.com/sturgis/victorymotorcyclesride
Riders will check in and start the ride at the EagleRider display in the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads.
Aug. 7 Victory Owners Ride and Party
Ride from Deadwood to the Buffalo Chip; Party at the Buffalo Chip
Ride starts at 3:30 pm.; Party runs 5:30-8 p.m.
These special events exclusively for Victory riders feature a self-guided ride from The Lodge in Deadwood to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®, where the annual Victory Owners Party will be held.
Victory Owners Ride: Victory riders can check in at The Lodge in Deadwood from 2-3:30 p.m. Victory representatives will welcome riders at 3 p.m., take a group photo, then ride to the party with kickstands up at 3:30 p.m.
Victory Owners Party: This annual gathering of the Victory family of riders will feature prize give-aways, presentations from Victory officials, great food, and live entertainment. Among the prizes: Two Victory owners will be selected as finalists for that evening’s Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes grand prize drawing. The finalists will appear onstage during that night’s Buffalo Chip concert, where the winner’s name will be drawn for the Cross Country 8-Ball customized by Cory Ness – with a matching Les Paul Studio Epiphone guitar.
Register online for your chance to win the Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes. No purchase necessary.