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S&S Cycle at the Born Free Stampede Race

By | General News

S&S Cycle at the Born Free Stampede Race

The Born Free show has come a long way in its 10 years, from a show in a parking lot to an empire, boasting a yearly show, invited builders, and even it’s own race! This mid-year event took place on December 29, 2018 at the Industry Raceway.

From Hooligans aboard S&S powered H-D Sportster trackers to dudes on high-bar pull start mini bike choppers, from pit bikes to vintage tank shift racers, Bultaco racers and more, these flat track races have something to offer everyone.

Check out the action and a few of the racers, and be sure to not miss the next Stampede race going down in June 2019, just before the Born Free Show!

For more on the Stampede & Born Free –
www.bornfreemotorcycleshow.com

Easyriders Bike Show — Cincinnati

By | Events

Easyriders Bike Show Tour Kicks Off with All-New Show in Cincinnati, Ohio

Paisano Publications and Easyriders Events is proud to announce our 2019 Custom Bike Show Tour beginning with an all-new, never-before-seen motorcycle extravaganza in Cincinnati, Ohio! The massive Duke Energy Center will host this amazing custom motorcycle event on Saturday, January 5th. Check out hundreds of custom motorized masterpieces on display, thrill to the wild antics of the NTC Drift Trikes and Deadbeat Stunt Division. Kick back with tasty food and beverage, check out motorcycle-related vendors including Prism Supply and rock out with live music from Jasmine Cain.

Meet TV’s Mike Ballard from Full Throttle Saloon, get some new ink from world-famous tattoo artists, and prepare to be blown away by the sexy Purrfect Angelz dance, aerial and fire performances. Plus, watch as we breathe new life into the iconic Captain America chopper and Billy bike from the film Easy Rider in the all-new Easyriders Garage. All this and more is roaring your way this January 5th at the Easyriders Cincinnati Bike Show!

For more information, call 800-962-9857 or visit www.easyridersevents.com

Spectro Performance Oils Announces New Product

By | New Product News

Spectro Performance Oils Announces New Product

Press Release: Spectro Performance Oils is pleased to announce the newest product in their extensive line-up, Spectro Shine. Spectro Shine is a silicone-based spray on finish for motorcycles, UTVs, ATVs, snowmobiles, scooters, personal watercraft, cars, trucks and more! Shine gives your ride a showroom shine, every time! Spectro Shine works even better when used after cleaning your bike using Spectro Motorcycle Wash. Spectro calls it the “Wash and Shine” treatment. Spectro Shine is long lasting and forms a dirt and mud barrier, repelling the dirt and debris from roads as well as heavier mud deposits from off-road adventures.

Spectro Oils enlisted the help of multiple factory riders to help provide feedback on Spectro Shine. One of which was Kayla Yaakov, a young lady (pictured here) who has many credits to her name including two AMA National Championship Awards that she received at this year’s AMA Banquet. Said Kayla, “It works better than I could’ve imagined! I have to thank Spectro for keeping my bikes running strong and now also looking great.”

Spectro Shine comes in a large, easy to use aerosol can. With a great look, and a pleasing scent, this product is a must have for your shop. Spectro Shine is a versatile product that has many uses beyond keeping your bike looking new. “We are really excited to see how many uses people will find for this product” says Luke Calzone, Director of Marketing, “we have worked on perfecting this product for months and every day we were thinking of new ways to use it, and every time we came up with something new, it worked!”

Shine is an affordable way to keep your ride in tip top condition. You can buy Spectro Shine at your local dealer that carries Spectro as well as our online retailers. Please visit our website www.spectro-oils.com/shine for more information and click on the “BUY NOW” button at the bottom of the product page to find an online retailer.

We would love to hear your Spectro Shine story, please share any pictures, videos or unique uses with us so we can share with the world! Use our handle @SpectroOils on Facebook and Instagram and use hashtag #SpectroShine! We look forward to hearing from all of you.

Bat Wingz

By | New Product News

Bat Wingz

Press Release: Add a sleek, custom finish to your H-D Batwing Fairing with the innovative new Bat Wingz, Low Profile Amber/White Batwing Fairing Trim for H-D! With 13 white DRL LEDs and 12 contrasting amber turn signal LEDs per side,

Bat Wingz provide a 180-degree viewing angle to maximize your visibility on the road. The effortless plug and play installation using 3M automotive grade tape allows the low-profile design to discretely provide enhanced forward and side visibility to the lower edges of the Harley-Davidson OEM batwing fairing. Bat Wingz are currently available for 2006-2019 Harley-Davidson Batwing Fairings and are backed by the Custom Dynamics Lifetime LED Warranty. $ 129.95 (Pair) 

For more information call Custom Dynamics toll free at 1-800-382-1388, visit www.customdynamics.com, or contact your local Drag Specialties dealer.

Skid Row to Kick Off 38th Annual Motorcycle and Music Festival at Sturgis Buffalo Chip

By | Events

Skid Row to Kick Off 38th Annual Motorcycle and Music Festival at Sturgis Buffalo Chip

 “The Best Party Anywhere!” parties on the wrong side of the tracks with the heavy metal opener on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019.

Press Release: The 2019 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will kick off with head-banging, heavy metal sensations Skid Row on the Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. The band is one of the best old-school hard rock bands to come out of the 80’s, having sold over 20 million albums, and they’ve continued to take audiences on their heavy metal journey ever since. See the announcement video here:  BuffaloChip.com/BANDS 

“We’re kicking off the 79th Sturgis Rally with a super cool, heavy metal explosion,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President, “It’s easy to book some cheap, no-name tribute band for opening night, but that’s not how we roll at the Chip. We’re powering off with world-class, fan favorite, hard rock stars.”

Skid Row blasted onto the heavy metal scene in the late 1980’s, releasing two critically acclaimed albums, “Skid Row” and “Slave to the Grind,” which took off like a rocket and landed with certified multi-platinum status at no. 1 on the Billboard 200. The band has produced two top ten singles, “18 and Life,” and “I Remember You.” They were awarded American Music Awards “Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist” in 1990.

The 38th annual festival noted as “The Best Party Anywhere” will open with a pre-rally party July 29 – Aug. 1, 2019, with official festival dates running Aug. 2-11, 2019. Performers announced so far include:

Friday, Aug. 2             Skid Row

Saturday, Aug. 3         Keith Urban

Monday, Aug. 5          Styx

Collective Soul

Thursday, Aug. 8        Toby Keith

Saturday, Aug. 10       Zakk Sabbath

Fans can expect more band announcements for 2019 in the coming weeks. Concerts, races and events within the campground are free with camping. More information and reservations are available at BuffaloChip.com

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

By | Biker's Rights

NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,
National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)

U.S. Senate Takes A Stand Against Police Profiling Of Motorcyclists
The United States Senate has approved the Motorcycle Profiling Resolution (Senate Resolution 154) without amendment by unanimous consent on Dec 11, addressing concerns of motorcyclists across the country regarding law enforcement discriminating against bikers in traffic stops, citations and arrests.

This bipartisan and bicameral resolution (H.Res. 318 companion in the House) could provide a national solution to the discriminatory profiling of motorcyclists over mode of transportation or style of dress in enforcing the law.  Several states have considered bills to prohibit police from profiling motorcyclists, and Washington became the first state to pass such an anti-profiling law in 2011, followed by Maryland in 2016.

The two companion measures in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, which are nonbinding and do not have the force of law, seek to curb profiling of motorcycle riders at the federal level by “Promoting awareness of motorcycle profiling and encouraging collaboration and communication with the motorcycle community and law enforcement officials to prevent instances of profiling.”

S.Res. 154 and H.Res. 318 also “urges State law enforcement officials to include statements condemning motorcycle profiling in written policies and training materials.”

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) spearheaded the measure in the Senate, and recently tweeted; “Pleased the Senate passed S.Res. 154 to encourage states to take steps to prevent profiling of #motorcycle riders. Hopefully this will lead to more efforts to raise awareness of and address motorcycle profiling.”

As defined by the Congressional resolutions, “motorcycle profiling” means “the illegal use of the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or wears motorcycle related apparel as a factor in deciding to stop and question, take enforcement action, arrest, or search a person or vehicle with or without legal basis under the Constitution of the United States.”

Concerned riders are now urged to contact their Congressional delegations in the U.S. House of Representatives and encourage them to join their Senate colleagues by likewise passing House Resolution 318.

Government Wins First Round In Trial To Seize Mongols Patch
For over a decade, federal law enforcement authorities have been testing a unique legal tactic to take down the Mongols Motorcycle Club by seizing their trademarked logo under asset forfeiture laws, and now a federal jury in Santa Ana, California has found the Mongols guilty of racketeering and conspiracy, setting up a second phase of the trial during which the government will seek to seize control of the club’s “intellectual property” and thereby ban members from wearing their unifying “colors” or patches.

Federal prosecutors will ask the judge to fine the Mongol Nation — the West Covina, CA entity that legally owns the club trademark — and order it to forfeit rights to the identifying logo worn on the bikers’ vests.

Since the case is focused on the Mongols organization, no specific individuals are facing jail or prison time, but the government’s attempt to defrock club members is aimed at dismantling the club by destroying their identity and thus its allure.

During the five-week trial that ended Thursday, December 13, 2018 prosecutors testified that the Mongols were a violent criminal enterprise.  According to the Associated Press, in finding the Mongols guilty of racketeering, jurors decided that the motorcycle club itself is a criminal organization.

The Mongols have denied that they are a criminal enterprise, arguing that the organization itself isn’t responsible for crimes committed by individual members or in self-defense.

Defense attorney Joseph A. Yanny argued that individual club members may have committed criminal acts but the club is blameless and kicks out members under a “zero-tolerance” policy for such activity.

“They won the battle, but they did not win the war,” said David Santillan, the current president of the Mongols, said of the government after the jury verdict.

In 2008, dozens of members were charged with racketeering based on an investigation in which agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives infiltrated the club, and a judge ruled that they should forfeit the Mongols trademark but later reversed the decision.  The new case was filed in 2013, and it was thrown out two years later by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, but he was overruled on appeal.

Now, the same jury will return to court Jan. 8, as the focus of the trial shifts to potential seizures from the Mongols.  Judge Carter, who is presiding over the trial, will make the final ruling on exactly what will be seized.  If the judge ultimately approves the seizure of the trademark, he would also determine exactly what the government could do with it, including whether they could literally take the Mongols jackets off members’ backs.

Motorcycle clubs across the country are watching this test case closely.  “They take our patch,” Santillan told the New York Times, “and then they take all the clubs’ patches.”

NCOM Convention To Address Bikers’ Rights Issues
Topics such as Motorcycle Profiling and “Save the Patch” will be among the many issues of concern to our nation’s motorcycle community that will be addressed during the upcoming 34th annual NCOM Convention, to be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-12, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Orlando, Florida.  Hundreds of bikers’ rights activists from the ranks of motorcycle rights organizations (MROs) and Confederations of Clubs (COCs), as well as independents and other allied riders will gather to discuss the concerns of all riders.

Agenda items will cover various legal and legislative issues, with Special Meetings for Veterans Affairs, Women in Motorcycling, Clean & Sober Roundtable and World of Sport Bikes, as well as the Christian Unity Conference and Confederation of Clubs Patch Holders Meeting.  Additional seminars will be conducted regarding Restoration of Rights, Leadership 101 and “Share the Road” Motorcycle Safety.

All motorcyclists are welcome, and to pre-register for the 2019 NCOM Convention contact the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.

Cell Phone Bans Are Saving Motorcyclists’ Lives
Laws to ban or curb drivers’ use of cell phones and other handheld devices have greatly reduced the rate of fatalities for motorcyclists, according to a new study by faculty at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami.  The study’s findings, recently published in Social Science & Medicine, show that states with moderate to strong bans have motorcycle fatality rates that differ by as much as 11% compared to states with no bans. Read More

Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner

By | General News

Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner; Karen Anderson Says She Has Much To Be Thankful For

2018 found the Garage-Girls celebrating their 10th anniversary of the Ultimate Biker Makeover.  Contestants (Girls and Guys) were asked to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover along with a photo. Deadline for entries was June 22nd 2018. Submissions were narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges had to make the tough decision of who they felt most deserved the Ultimate Biker Makeover.  Karen’s story of powering through not only one type of cancer diagnosis and treatment, but 4 was pretty compelling. How does one get through a blow like that? We all just couldn’t get over how tough this must have been for Karen, but were happy to read that riding her motorcycle to chemo and radiation was what empowered her through it all.  This confirmed to us all that we needed to help this woman stay out riding on the road.  Riding was how she was surviving.

Karen has had some time for this all to sink in, her prizes showed up and she got straight to work installing them on her bike. We asked Karen to give us an update on her life since winning the Ultimate Biker Makeover, here is what she shared with us.

“On August 11th, I was standing in a public parking lot when I found my email telling me that I was selected as the winner of the GG Ultimate Biker Makeover.  I screamed, and laughed, and danced around like I was six years old, instead of going on 60!

Just 4 days later, Spectro Oils started the parade of prizes that showed up at my door with everything I needed for my fall tune up!

I had never installed a new fairing on a bike before, and I was so filled with satisfaction and accomplishment when I finished, that I was doing the happy dance in my open garage, all by myself! I am sure if the neighbors were watching, that they would have assumed I was even more eccentric than they originally thought.

I love the new look that my motorcycle has now. I had always hoped to add these finishing details, but never could allocate the funds. These prizes have really completed the vision I had for my bike in my dreams. My bike’s performance has improved with the new air cleaner: no more backfiring!  And installing the fairing certainly helps keep the cold autumn wind off my chest!

I am so grateful and excited, to have been chosen as the winner of this year’s contest, that I tell anyone who will listen how awesome Garage Girls and your sponsors are! I am humbled by the extent of the prizes, and I am walking much taller in my new Harley Davidson boots, instead of my old, beat up hand-me downs!

I was a little embarrassed telling my own story to win a contest to only benefit myself. But the actual writing of my story, and having been considered “worthy”, has more than made up for my original reluctance! I would certainly encourage every woman to go for the chance to get “Hooked UP” by the Ultimate Biker Makeover. Along with the confidence that being chosen brings, getting down & dirty in your own garage, wrenching on your own bike, is so satisfactory! I love it when guys ask who did the work on my ride, and I simply smugly answer, ME!”

For more information, rules, eligibility and submission procedures, visit www.Garage-Girls.com

If interested in getting your company involved please contact Sara Liberte at sara@saraliberte.com

ProBEAM LED Turn Signals for Indian Models

By | New Product News

ProBEAM LED Turn Signals for Indian Models

$179.95-$199.95 (pair)

Press Release: Plug and play LED Turn Signals for Indian are now available from Custom Dynamics, for the first time ever! ProBEAM, the premium line of LED turn signals, now offers fitment for most 2014-2019 Indian models! The aluminum bullet housings provide a plug and play installation with provided mounting bolts and are available with a Chrome or Gloss Black anodized finish. These ProBEAM LED Turn Signals for Indian are built with ProBEAM LED turn signal inserts, behind a DOT/SAE compliant ProBEAM lens. Utilizing advanced LED technology, ProBEAM LED Turn Signals maximize performance with an innovative reflector design and the most superior automotive grade LEDs available. ProBEAM LED turn signals produce an even brighter light output with a wider viewing angle than the popular Custom Dynamics Genesis LED turn signals and can be used with ProBEAM Bullet Bezels for a custom finish! The state-of-the-art ProBEAM LED Turn Signals are DOT and SAE Compliant and are backed by the Custom Dynamics Lifetime LED Warranty. For more information call Custom Dynamics toll free at 1-800-382-1388, visit www.customdynamics.com, or contact your local Drag Specialties dealer. 

Rear Turn Signal Fitment: 2014-2019 Indian Chief, Springfield™ and Roadmaster Models; 2014-2018 Chieftain Models and 2019 Chieftain Classic

Front Turn Signal Fitment: 2014-2019 Indian Chief and Springfield™ Models

DRAG PN: 2020-1741, 2020-1742, 2020-1743, 2020-1744, 2020-1745, 2020-1746

Kick-Start The Holidays With Harley-Davidson Gifts

By | Clothing, New Product News

Kick-Start The Holidays

Stuff The Stocking Of A Motorcycle Enthusiast With Harley-Davidson Gifts

Dominate your gift exchange by putting more Harley into your holidays, there’s something for everyone, whether they ride or not. With the season’s hottest gifts, from classic-cool leather to the latest tech and audio toys, be sure also to take advantage of special Black Friday prices. If you’re last-minute shopping, don’t fret use the helpful Harley online gift guide to make you and your gift-receiver both look good.

Nine Days Of Savings
Harley-Davidson is kicking off the holiday season by celebrating two of its favorite things — Black and Friday. Starting on Friday, Nov. 23, special Black Friday limited-time prices on select riding jackets, gloves, boots, LED lighting and more will be available online and in stores until Dec. 1, 2018.

Online Gift Guide
Providing freedom from the malls since 1903, Harley-Davidson’s gift guide offers hundreds of unique items sure to rev-up the holidays and add some rebellion to the season. With most items priced under $100 and dozens under $50, Harley gifts won’t break the bank, but they’ll definitely break the mold.

For Him
Stuff his saddlebags with clothes to wear at your final destination, choose the retro-inspired  Felt Letter Slim Fit Long Sleeve Tee (P/N 96559-19VM, $60*) or the vintage-style Shovelhead Slim Fit Hoodie (P/N 96602-19VM, $75*). Or choose to give him a warm holiday feeling for the Winter with the Wool Blend Slim Fit Jacket (P/N 97481-19VM, $250*).

For Her
The new women’s Studded Graphic Pullover Hoodie (P/N 96352-19VW, $90) glimmers under holiday white party lights. From our 1903 Collection, this hoodie is perfect for the girl who loves to get something new as long it looks like they’ve owned it forever. Have her swooning for you with the new Tenacity Leather Jacket (P/N 98049-19VW, $450). Treated to a chic makeover, this updated classic biker jacket defies traditional holiday gifts. Or treat her hands to warmth on and off the bike with Joeve Thinsulate Touchscreen Leather Gloves (P/N 97143-19VW, $80). Featuring waterproof warmth and easier-than-ever touchscreen capability, the design ensures palms and fingers stay warm and comfortable.

Accessories For Any Bike
Not sure what the motorcycle rider in your life really wants? Try any of these amazing – and affordable – items and be the talk of the holiday party. You simply can’t go wrong with easy and inexpensive H-D® Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories that any motorcycle owner would be thrilled to find in their stocking…or saddlebag.

Motorcycle riders need to protect their helmets, jackets and bags from grab-and-go theft. Harley-Davidson’s Helmet Lock (P/N 52200003, $24.95) is carabineer-style universal helmet lock that is small enough to fit into a pocket, but big enough to fit around most any handlebar or engine guard. Another great stocking stuffer are Fleece Soft Hooks (P/N 93100017, $15.95). These 18″ soft hooks are designed to keep ratchets, hooks and buckles away from delicate surfaces when transporting a motorcycle. For an all around great tool to have wherever traveling, consider gifting the 8-in-1 Screwdriver (P/N 94669-00, $20.95) Compatible with most H-D® products, the unique design conveniently stores all fittings within the handle. Quality engineered by Snap-On® with lifetime guarantee against breakage.

Give the gift of storage with the Touring Bag (P/N 93300004, $229.95) motorcycle luggage that’s the ideal size for a long weekend trip. Between rides the Indoor/Outdoor Motorcycle Cover (P/N 93100025, $139.95) protects a bike from dust and scratches while its weather-shielded vents promote air circulation to reduce moisture build-up and corrosion.

Gift Of Freedom
Give the gift of adventure, and the experience of a lifetime, to that special person on your list by giving them the opportunity to learn to ride a motorcycle. Harley-Davidson Riding Academy is a once-in-a-lifetime gift that fits easily into the stocking of thrill seekers. Sign someone up today at Harley-Davidson.com/learntoride or visit your local dealer for more information.

Find your own freedom by filling stockings from the comfort of your living room — shop 24/7 at h-d.com/store and enjoy free shipping on purchases over $50.

*All prices listed herein are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), excluding taxes and shipping. Prices at local dealerships may vary.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

By | Biker's Rights

NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,
National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)

Autonomous Vehicles Should Stop Hitting Motorcycles

The safety of autonomous cars remains in question, as a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hit a motorcyclist on October 19 in Mountain View, California, when the test driver took control of the car to avoid a vehicle that had suddenly moved into its lane.  The manufacturer claims its technology, which can “see 360 degrees in every direction,” could have avoided the incident if the car’s software had remained in control, but reports from around the country indicate that self-driving cars are struggling to handle some driving tasks.

Autonomous cars are hitting the road whether we like it or not, but the presumption that they will be safer than human drivers when it comes to avoiding accidents has so far proven less than promising.  There have been at least three reported cases of an autonomous car crashing into a motorcycle.  On July 27, 2016, a motorcyclist in Norway was seriously injured when she was rear-ended by a Tesla Model S with its Autopilot self-driving system engaged.  Additionally, on December 7, 2017, a California motorcyclist was hurt in a collision with a self-driving Chevy Bolt that had aborted a signaled lane change and was returning to its original lane while the rider was lane splitting past it, a maneuver that is legal in California.

Another disturbing incident occurred when an autonomous Uber car struck and killed a woman who was walking her bicycle across the road at night.  One would think that the car’s radar and infrared scanners would detect such an object far better than the human eye could.  Indeed, the car’s onboard computer detected the obstruction in the road six seconds before impact.   Unfortunately, it failed to identify what type of object she was until just 1.3 seconds before impact, at which point it was too late to avoid hitting her.  Other factors, such as an inattentive human driver who was supposed to be monitoring the car’s surroundings, also contributed to the fatal crash, but a computer that fails to identify a target for nearly five seconds should be quite disturbing to motorcyclists who may suffer from this fate as well.

Adaptive Cruise Control is a radar guidance system that enables a car to change its speed relative to the vehicle in front of it based on traffic conditions. A study by RDW has determined that existing adaptive cruise control systems often do not do an adequate job of locking onto a motorcycle rather than a car.  These systems seem to have difficulty detecting a motorcycle not riding in the center of its lane, which is a problem since riders tend to occupy either the left or right tire grooves of a lane.

Another study by Dynamic Research shows similar results when it comes to forward collision warnings detecting motorcycles.  Throughout the tests, forward collision warning systems failed to detect the motorcycle adequately in 40% of trials.  Similarly, 37% of simulated crashes in this test occurred because the car’s onboard detection systems didn’t see the motorcycle, which is also the number one cause of motorcycle accidents with human drivers.

If autonomous driving systems are designed properly, developed with motorcyclists in mind rather than an afterthought, they could potentially deliver on their promise of making the roads safer for everyone.  “They could be on the lookout for motorcycles and other road hazards in all directions at all times, something even the most attentive human driver can never do,” according to RideApart.com“The trick is to design such systems to work in this way as a core functionality.  Autonomous vehicles must be able to search, evaluate, and execute the same way the Motorcycle Safety Foundation teaches all riders to.”

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