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Harley-Davidson Rides Into Daytona

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Harley-Davidson Rides Into Daytona For 77th Bike Week 

Kickstart the Unofficial Start of Motorcycle Season with Free Demo Rides, Exciting Special Events, Music and Racing Action

Harley-Davidson welcomes all fans to the sunny Atlantic coast of Florida for the 77th Daytona Bike Week and the unofficial start of motorcycle riding season across the United States.

Harley-Davidson rolls into Daytona to help showcase and celebrate motorcycle culture and the community of Harley-Davidson fans who descend on Florida from around the globe. Daytona Bike Week is an annual celebration that brings people together, riders and non-riders, to embrace the sport of motorcycling.

The first big event of its 115th anniversary year, Harley-Davidson will host its Harley Headquarters on the grounds of the Daytona International Speedway. At the Speedway, come experience free demo rides on 2018 motorcycles, including the new Forty-Eight Special and Iron 1200 models and Limited Edition 115th Anniversary models March 10 – 17 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Additionally, fans can enjoy special events, parties and displays throughout the 77th Daytona Bike Week.

“As the official motorcycle of Daytona Bike Week, Harley-Davidson is excited to be back in Florida to kick off another great riding season,” said Chris Urban, Harley-Davidson U.S. Events Manager.  “Daytona offers something for everyone – from bike shows and parties to racing and outstanding touring opportunities. Harley-Davidson is in Daytona to celebrate the freedom of riding and the bond of friendship. It’s the perfect way to kickstart our 115th Anniversary year.”

For complete information on Harley-Davidson activities and events during Daytona Bike Week visit h-d.com/daytona and download the H-D Daytona mobile app. Read More

Maintaining Your Brake Fluid

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brake fluidThe Safe Bet: Maintaining Your Brake Fluid

In light of recent news we here at Spectro Performance Oils wanted to share some information regarding brake fluid. Far too often when we talk to people about the intervals in which they change the fluids on their vehicles there is always one fluid that is left out. People change their engine oil based on mileage, or at least once a year. They will change their transmission oils on average every 2-3 years. They will even talk about swapping out their coolant, or suspension fluids…all before they even think about their brakes. There are three main factors to consider when it comes to your brake fluid and why you should change it on a regular basis; Compressibility, Corrosion, and Boiling Point.

brake fluidLet’s start with Compressibility and how making sure you have enough fluid is important. Brake fluid has a very simple job in theory, it works in much the same way that a simple hydraulic system works. You apply pressure via a pedal or lever, the fluid then pushes the hydraulic piston at the other end of the closed system. The reason that this is able to happen is because brake fluid is not compressible. If you were to look at it from a molecular level, all of the molecules are so tightly packed that they cannot be pushed any closer together. The same cannot be said for air. The reason that you need to bleed brakes after doing a fluid swap, or when you get air introduced to the system is that the molecules in air/gases are not as densely packed. Thus when you apply force to the braking system the air will compress first before the system is able to push the piston. This can cause a “low pedal” where the brakes do not engage as quickly as possible, or in extreme situations the pedal or lever could completely depress without the brakes engaging at all. This is why it is always important to make sure your fluid level does not drop below the minimum threshold.

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Deciphering Harley-Davidson Model Codes

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Harley-DavidsonNew Article by Lowbrow Customs:
Deciphering Harley-Davidson Model Codes

One of the newest articles posted up on the Lowbrow Customs Blog is a useful article about Harley-Davidson model designations. Spanning over 100 years, these model codes can quickly become overwhelming. This is a tool to help teach and help identify bikes on the fly.

Harley-DavidsonHarley-Davidson applies a letter to help designate the main components, and even accessories, that a certain model is outfitted with. The key to deciphering these model abbreviations is understanding the sequence of the letters. Also, this guide can be used for identifying early models up to current day designations. Towards the end are written and photographic examples, as well as a quick reference guide for the most common late-model Harley Davidson model abbreviations, including the full model names. The full article can be found at www.lowbrowcustoms.com/hdmodels
Deciphering Harley-Davidson Model Codes

New Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special and Iron 1200 Sportsters

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Harley-DavidsonNew Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special And Iron 1200 Sportsters Fuse Throw-Back Design With Modern Performance

High Handlebars, Cool Graphics, and Garage-Built Attitude

Harley-Davidson adds to the long legacy of its Sportster motorcycle line with the introduction of the Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special models. The latest in a line of 100 high-impact motorcycles the company plans to introduce by 2027, these new high-bar Sportsters combine throw-back styling trends from the custom-bike scene with the solid foundation of the Sportster platform and the punchy performance of the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine.

Since its introduction in 1957, Sportster motorcycles have been repeatedly reimagined, in the hands of both the Motor Company and bike owners: The Sportster as a bobber, a chopper, a scrambler and a café racer; as a hero on flat tracks and drag strips and road-race courses; as an accessible entry-point for first-time riders, and as a custom-of-one cruiser.

Harley-Davidson“Since its inception, the Sportster has offered the perfect combination of size, power and character that makes it appealing to so many different riders,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson V.P. of Styling & Design. “A Sportster is a relatively easy bike to strip down and reinvent. What we’ve done to create the new Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special is what Sportster owners have been doing with their own bikes for generations.”

New fuel tank graphics distinguish both the Iron 1200 and the Forty-Eight Special, and combine bold color stripes with a formal typeface, color and graphic elements originally popular in the 1970s.

“The art on these two fuel tanks reflect contemporary trends we are seeing on custom bikes and in design in general, a move away from more complex and intricate art to a look that’s very simple and clean,” said Richards. “It’s also important to note that these graphics respect the shape of the fuel tank and in the case of the Sportster, that tank shape is a classic design element in its own right.”

Harley-DavidsonIron 1200    
The Iron 1200 recipe starts with power. A 1202cc Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine delivers 36 percent more torque (73.0 ft. lbs. vs. 53.8 ft. lb.) than the 883 Evolution engine that powers the Iron 883, the original urban brawler in the Sportster family. The Iron 1200 brings more punch to the street fight – more power to blast away from green lights and more mid-range to muscle through traffic. More power means more rowdy fun.

The satin-black Mini Ape handle bar is an essential element of the garage-built chopper look that adds instant attitude. This 1.0-inch diameter handlebar offers an 8.75-inch rise, 32-inch spread and 6.5-inch pull back, that opens the rider triangle with a fist-in-the-wind posture. The gloss black speed screen framing the headlamp is a West Coast styling influence that amplifies the attitude of the tall bars, is intended to offer some wind deflection at speed and provides a space for easy personalization. The fast-back Café Solo Seat flows to the rear fender and is shaped to help hold the rider in position when the torque of the Evolution 1200 kicks in.

Harley-DavidsonA classic 3.3-gallon Sportster fuel tank features multi-colored striped graphics that wrap around the tank profile. The dark engine finish helps draw the eyes to the bright tank graphics. Fuel tank paint color options include Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry and Billiard White, always contrasting with the Vivid Black speed screen.

The entire powertrain has been styled with a popular color: black upper and lower rocker boxes, black exhaust and muffler shields, and black timer, primary and derby covers. Chrome pushrod tubes and tappet covers are the only brightwork and highlight the V-Twin engine shape. The Iron 1200 is finished with all-black 9-Spoke wheels (19-inch front and 16-inch rear diameter) and a solid black belt guard and rear sprocket.

The Harley-Davidson Smart Security System and anti-lock braking system (ABS) are factory-installed options for the Iron 1200 model.

Harley-DavidsonForty-Eight Special    
The burly front end of the Forty-Eight Special – a 130mm front tire framed by 49mm forks secured in massive forged aluminum triple clamps – looks especially menacing when topped with a gloss-black, 7.25-inch high Tallboy handlebar.

We specifically selected the Tallboy bar for its shape,” said Richards. “It offers less pull-back than the Mini-Ape, a look that really works with the steamroller front end and the smaller fuel tank on the Forty-Eight Special model.”

Harley-DavidsonThat 2.2-gallon “peanut” Sportster fuel tank features rows of bold, horizontal stripes framing a simple Harley-Davidson text logo. The fuel tank is available in three color options: Vivid Black, Wicked Red, and Billiard White.

The Evolution 1200 engine features a black top end and an expanse of brilliant chrome below, including chrome primary, inspection and derby covers, and solid chrome muffler and exhaust shields. Chrome lower rocker boxes, pushrod tubes and tappet covers contrast with the black cylinders to highlight the V-Twin engine shape. High-performance Michelin Scorcher 31 tires front and rear are mounted on Black Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum wheels (16-inch diameter front and rear).

The Harley-Davidson Smart Security System and anti-lock braking system (ABS) are factory-installed options for the Forty-Eight Special model.

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.

Platinum Air Suspension

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PlatinumPlatinum Air Suspension

Press Release: Platinum Air Suspension is proud to announce the newest addition to our cutting-edge product line.

The Bleed Feed Mono Shock Kit for 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Models. The kit is complete and includes all components necessary to convert the vehicle to a luxury ride, top flight handling, and with the ability to fully adjust ride height. Minimum retracted shock length is 10 7/8″, maximum extended shock length is 12 7/8″ resulting in a wide range of actual ride heights from “slammed” to “full handling” mode with a full 4″ height range.

PlatinumFor California Softail owners, simply remove the EPA canister from the transmission, install the canister to the Platinum Air Suspension Compressor / Valve Box, and install the entire assembly to that back of the transmission to enjoy the ride.

This kit covers the full range of 2018 Softail models and is backed by a one-year limited warranty on all material and manufacturing defects.

We stand behind the brand as “It’s all about the ride” and satisfaction of our customers.

About Platinum Air Suspension
As a pioneer in the category of motorcycle air suspension, the Southern California based company has systems for Harley Davidson, Victory, Can-Am, Metric, Street Bikes, Boss Hoss, Indian and custom applications.

Founded in 2004 by Oscar Sanchez, Platinum Air Suspension began by working on a custom bike project and developed into a complete “air ride system”.  Fast forward to 2018, owner and designer Mike Ferris has developed the company and product into a world class industry standard. Truly the yardstick by which all others are measured.

Platinum Air Suspension has over 600 authorized dealers worldwide that can service virtually all makes, models, and custom projects.

Platinum’s Bleed Feed System
The flagship of the company is the ‘Bleed Feed’ system, which controls both ride height and rebound. The system is controlled by positive pressure at all times and can easily be adjusted at the “flip of a switch” for complete comfort based on rider weight, road conditions, and operators riding style. The Bleed Feed system includes air cylinders machined from 6061 T-6 billet aluminum, air-control valve, DOT- approved 1/4 “line and fittings, switch / electrical harness, air compressor, hardware, and line cutter.

Platinum also offers the simple, lower cost system, which features the same high-level of quality components as the Bleed Feed, but does not include rebound control. The system controls ride height through pump and release pressure.

All Platinum Air Suspension shocks are available in a wide variety of finishes. Options include chrome, polished, powder coated, or satin finishes. Special order powder coating in the specific colors is also available.


RSD Apparel Collection for Spring 2018

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RSDRSD launches their all new apparel collection for Spring 2018

Press Release: For Spring 2018 RSD has focused on armor expansion, innovative materials, warm weather specific garments and unique styles that perform as well as they look.

The all new Perforated Waxed Cotton collection perfectly combines classic tried and true materials with modern, technical function for warm weather riding. RSD has developed an innovative laser perforation process allows for strategic placed perforated panels to increase airflow and breathability that keeps the rider cool in warm conditions. “This new process gives us the ability to offer the classic waxed cotton styles that the brand is known for in innovative versions that will perform in warm weather.” States Rob Ramlose, Brand Director.

RSDProtection wise RSD is happy to announce their partnership with premium armor supplier Knox. We couldn’t be more excited to be aligned with Knox for 2018 and beyond. They are a leader in protection technology and their new Microlock product line will be a great addition to the RSD collection.”
says Rob Ramlose. All jacket styles in the Spring 2018 collection will come equipped with Microlock elbow & shoulder armor by Knox.

RSDRSD is also expanding their footwear product line for Spring 2018 with the addition of the Fresno Riding Shoe. Classic old-school skate shoe design language meets modern motorcycle function.

RSDAnd in their leather jacket category RSD is excited to announce the launch of the all new Rockingham Jacket. Classic, timeless, sophisticated are just a few works that describe the Rockingham Jacket by RSD. Featuring premium soft and supple oiled buffalo leather, unique quilt-stitched design lines and premium Knox Microlock armor the Rockingham is ready for action.

“We’ve remained focused on delivering a lifestyle friendly collection that doesn’t compromise function. This is an idea we will continue to develop and one we feel you will appreciate.” commented Roland Sands, President.

About Roland Sands Design:

Roland Sands Design is a motorcycle, product and apparel company that has its roots in racing, custom bike building and design. Our inspiration comes from a high-performance background that blends the love of two wheels with the desire to create unique products. We live the two-wheeled life and our crew is a diverse collection of road racers, off-road, dirt track, super moto and custom bike builders and riders. It’s this diversity that allows us to work with the best in the industry on a wide variety of projects. Follow all bike builds, new products and the life and times of the Roland Sands Design crew at www.rolandsands.com.

The Wedge Fairing

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Wedge FairingThe Wedge Fairing

Press Release: At Blackmore Manufacturing we understand that success requires more than just a good product – it requires that you have a great product of exceptional quality and value. The Wedge Fairing, designed from the start to offer mid-sized bike owners all the advantages of a quality frame-mounted fairing, has evolved over the last 4 years from fiberglass to state of the art vacuum-formed Acrylic coated ABS. This is stronger, lighter and a more stable material. The high gloss black acrylic finish eliminates the need for an expensive paint job. There are two, door-covered storage compartments and plenty of room for one of the three, factory-installed audio options. The best news is the price. It has actually come down even with the advancements in finish and assembly. Each Wedge Fairing is shipped as a preassembled complete package. Windshield, headlights, turn signals, wiring harness, wire connectors, fasteners and model specific mounting frame comprise the complete unit. This can be installed on your bike in a short afternoon.

The actual cost for your bike is easy to calculate. Just go to the web site and fill out the order form with your options. For more information, call us at 612-866-3977 or go to www.wedgefairing.com. Interested dealers will find a drop-down tab that makes it easy to register for our dealer program.

NCOM Biker Newsbytes

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NCOMNCOM Biker Newsbytes

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

Mandatory S.O.S. Emergency Alert System For Motorcycles
An emergency call system for cars has been available for a while, such as the GM OnStar safety device system that summons a quick response in case of an accident.  An equivalent system called “eCall” will soon be mandatory in Europe on all new cars sold after April 16, 2018.

Reasoning that motorcyclists are more vulnerable in a crash than car drivers, the European Union now wants manufacturers to equip all motorcycles with an S.O.S alert system.  Since 2017, some BMW motorcycles already offer the “Intelligent Emergency Call” sent automatically or manually by the rider to emergency responders.

Studies show that emergency crews would be able to get to the accident scene 40 to 50% faster, saving around 2,500 lives every year in Europe alone. Will the U.S. follow suit?

Two Wheels TV Network Set To Launch
For motorcycle enthusiasts who can never get enough two-wheel action on television, TwoWheelsTV.com “all motorcycle network” is set to launch this Spring.  Whether you’re seeking live racing action, or commentary from leaders within the industry, the new “over-the-top” (OTT) streaming network is dedicated entirely to motorcycles.

“Like Netflix for motorcycling,” according to founder Alan Smith, Two Wheels TV (TWTV) will be available on an annual and monthly basis, and promises to deliver live motorcycle racing that’s streamed from all over the world, plus an on-demand library of movies, shows, race archives and other exclusive motorcycling programs.

The soft launch is for iOS and Android devices; register at TwoWheelsTV.com.  The full launch is expected in April, and TWTV will be supported by Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku.

The launch of Two Wheels TV coincides with a spike in the conversation about U.S. motorcycling, as efforts to reinvigorate the industry have come from the grassroots level (“Give a Shift” and “Plus 1”), as well as a new initiative from the Motorcycle Industry Council (“Ride”).

Florida Riders Fight For Stricter Laws On Crashes Involving Cars
More than a hundred motorcyclists made their way to the Capitol in Tallahassee on Monday, February 12, as riders with ABATE of Florida, Inc. spoke to legislators about some of the safety issues they face every single day.

The state president of ABATE, James “Doc” Reichenbach, told WCTV Eyewitness News that their main focus is trying to cut down on deaths due to drivers who are distracted.  He wants to see a bill passed that protects the motorcyclists on the road.

Reichenbach said the most common type of crash involving a car and motorcycle is from left hand turns.  Reichenbach said he’s had five times more motorcyclists die recently from accidents Involving distracted or careless drivers.  He believes this type of accident should be considered manslaughter.

“We’re getting killed.  We’re getting run over by cars and trucks and everything else and trying to stop that.  We’re fathers, we’re mothers, and we have children.  We’re just like anybody else, we just happen to ride motorcycles, and we shouldn’t be an endangered species,” said Reichenbach, who also serves as Chairman of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM).

South Dakota “Gang Bill” Opposed By Motorcycle Groups
Legislation addressing “gangs” in South Dakota is raising concerns among those in the motorcycle community, as House Bill 111 seeks to revise certain definitions regarding criminal street gang activity that some rider groups feel could target them.

“It jumped out at me that it’s basically a profiling bill,” said Bryon Farmer, Chairman of the South Dakota Confederation of Clubs, who told KDLT News ”There are some good issues to trying to keep street gangs out of our communities and out of our state, that part I’m okay with.  It’s just the broad range of the way the bill is written, it could be used against way too many good groups that are out there.”

Motorcycle groups like ABATE of South Dakota are testifying in opposition of the bill they say targets them as gang members.  “It’s not just motorcyclists; it’s so broad that just about anybody that’s wearing similar shirts could be defined as a street gang,” said Dave Brende, President of “Those Guys” ABATE Chapter.  “We don’t want to be lumped in as a street gang member, we do a lot of good for this community and so do all the other clubs and organizations.”

New Mexico MRO Honored By MSF & DOT
The New Mexico Motorcycle Rights Organization (NMMRO) was presented an award from MSF and DOT for all the work they do to promote Safety Awareness in the state and for providing support to motorcycle crash victims through their “Biker Down” program.

The award was presented during the annual Motorcycle Advisory Safety Program Committee Meeting, attended by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), New Mexico Department of Transportation (DOT), MSF Rider Coaches, local dealerships and the University of New Mexico Traffic Research Unit that keeps track of crash statistics for the state.

Among the top topics discussed was promoting basic rider and advanced rider training to enhance rider skills to all ages.  “We have always concentrated on the campaigns such as Watch Out For Motorcycles which we will continue; but it is just as important that we also promote rider responsibility,” said Annette Torrez, NMMRO Chairperson.  Torrez, who also serves on the board of directors for the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) added that “With enhanced riding skills there are many factors that we as riders can be more aware of to avoid or prevent a crash.”

The Motorcycle Safety Achievement Award states in part; “The NMMRO ceaseless efforts have made significant and enduring contributions to the safety of motorcyclists in the State of New Mexico.  The professionalism, initiative and action demonstrated by NMMRO has contributed to saving lives.”

NCOM Christian Unity Report
In a recent Christian Unity Report submitted by Louie Nobs, Christian Unity Liaison to the NCOM Board, it was reported that “Over the past year, Christian Unity groups in the Midwest, Oklahoma and Texas have been growing and having regular meetings. As the result of information that was given in our Region II CU meeting in Oklahoma last November, some members have pursued certifications through FEMA for Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).  This will help them get into areas in emergency situations to serve and assess with first responders.

“I was able to share some of my experiences as a CERT member during Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area.  Some of the tasks I was able to do was rescue people from flood waters by air boat, serve in shelters, and get supplies to area shelters.  I would like to thank those of on the NCOM board of directors and bikers across the country who responded to our call for assistance.  Supplies were shipped to Central Harley-Davidson in Austin and then trucked into affected areas.  Most stores were unable to keep simple things like respirator masks, tarps and box cutters on the shelves in the affected areas.

“A recent turn of events regarding the Waco case has brought relief to 20 affected families in that they have had their charges dismissed.  Some of those folks have kept in contact with us and have also been recipients of assistance from Shield of Faith.  We continue to keep praying for justice for all the bikers who were involved in this debacle.  The article can be accessed at: www.kwtx.com/content/news/DA-to-seek-to-dismiss-charges-against-more-than-20-Twin-Peaks-bikers-473216573.html.

“We are looking forward to a good turnout for the NCOM Convention in May in Mobile, Alabama.  We are currently seeking out Christian Unity members and motorcycle ministries to assist with the hospitality suite.  If you are interested contact us at ncom.christianunity@gmail.com or call Louie at 936-443-4500.”

Injured Motorcyclist Sues Autonomous Car For ‘Negligent Driving’
In the first of its kind lawsuit against an autonomous vehicle, a California motorcyclist has filed suit against General Motors, accusing one of the car maker’s robotic cars of “negligent driving.”

The rider was splitting lanes on a highway in San Francisco when a Cruise AV aborted a lane change maneuver in heavy traffic and swerved back into its original lane which was now occupied by the motorcyclist, knocking him to the ground in a crash that left him injured and unable to work, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

The police report on the incident blamed the motorcyclist, saying he shouldn’t have been passing on the right, though “lane-splitting” is allowed in California.  But the report also noted that the car’s human overseer, who was operating the self-driving prototype in autonomous mode, tried to grab the wheel and avoid the collision, but was too late to prevent contact.

An attorney for the motorcycle rider claims the accident report actually supports his client’s claim in stating that the AV driver saw his client before the crash but didn’t have enough time to grab the wheel and swerve.

This news comes on the heels of GM announcing plans to release a Level 5 autonomous vehicle — without a steering wheel or pedals — in 2019.

The court case could prove a landmark given the involvement of an autonomous car.

Ten States Object To EPA Reducing Harley-Davidson Emissions Penalty
According to a recent report from Reuters news agency, ten U.S. states and the District of Columbia have announced they are challenging a decision by the Trump administration to drop a requirement that Harley-Davidson Inc spend $3 million to reduce air pollution under settlement the Obama administration announced.

In 2016, the Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer agreed to pay a $12 million civil fine and stop selling illegal after-market devices that caused its vehicles to emit too much pollution, in violation of the Clean Air Act, and was ordered by the EPA to spend nearly $3 million to instead retrofit or replace wood-burning appliances with cleaner stoves to mitigate air pollution.

The Justice Department in July cited a new policy by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and an ongoing review of the penalty by a government auditor in proposing to drop the $3 million penalty from the settlement.  A U.S. District Judge must still decide whether to approve the revised agreement.

The Harley-Davidson settlement resolved allegations that Harley sold about 340,000 “super tuners” enabling motorcycles since 2008 to pollute the air at levels greater than what the company certified.  Harley-Davidson did not admit liability, and said previously it disagreed with the government, arguing that the tuners were designed and sold to be used in “competition only.”

The Harley-Davidson settlement came amid greater scrutiny on emissions and “defeat devices” by U.S. regulators after Volkswagen AG admitted to using illegal software to evade U.S. emissions standards in nearly 600,000 U.S. vehicles in September 2015.

India Pulls Back On Plan To Enforce Approved Helmets
Police in India have withdrawn a rule requiring motorcycle riders and passengers to wear ISI-approved helmets, after a week of seizing non-approved helmets and fining riders.

Motor Vehicle Rules in Karnataka, a state in southwest India, require that helmets have the ISI mark (that certifies acceptable levels of quality and crash performance).  Traffic police officials had set the deadline of February 1st for all riders and pillions (passengers) to switch to ISI branded helmets.  Now though, this deadline has been withdrawn.

In announcing this sudden change, the Commissioner of Police said in a statement; “Traffic policemen on duty cannot decide the standard of helmets by a mere physical inspection and hence it is unfair to penalizing bikers for wearing sub-standard helmets… Each and every helmet we confiscate would have to be sent to the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) office and we could not impose a fine until we got the results.”

Many bikers who wear helmets branded with ECE and DOT marks, said to be better than ISI in terms of quality and crash performance, complained that the ISI-helmet rule was unfair.  Now that the BIS has clarified that a helmet’s quality cannot be assessed by just looking at it, the traffic police department of Karnataka will no longer check for the ISI-mark on helmets worn by riders and pillions of two wheelers in India.

Quotable Quote:  “We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.  For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

~ John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), 35th US President 

The AIM/NCOM Motorcycle E-News Service is brought to you by Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), and is sponsored by the Law Offices of Richard M. Lester. If you’ve been involved in any kind of accident, call us at 1-(800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.


Kings of Custom Motorcycle Builders

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Kings of Custom Motorcycle BuildersJ&P Cycles Awards $20,000 and Crowns Eight U.S. Vets as Kings of Custom Motorcycle Builders

J&P Cycles, the world’s largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer, awarded the title of Kings of Custom Motorcycle Builders to eight U.S. military veterans from Texas. They earned the title at the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, the world’s largest elite-level motorcycle building competition. The final stop on the tour was part of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago.

The $20,000 grand prize was presented to Motorcycle Missions, a non-profit organization in Austin, Texas that uses motorcycles to help veterans and first responders address PTSD. Founded in 2015 by Krystal Hess, a pediatric and surgical nurse who found motorcycles while suffering from PTSD.

Kings of Custom Motorcycle BuildersThe new “Kings” are Sgt. Adria Garcia (Army), Spc. 1st Class Ron Harding (Army), Spc. Shayne Madison (Army), Lt. Col. Alba Melgar-C’De Baca (Army), Sgt. Andrew Pike (Army), Staff Sgt. Shawn Stover (Army), Sgt. Erik Sherman (Marines), and Staff Sgt. Cassaundra Melgar-C’De Baca (Air Force). Sgt. Garcia is a Purple Heart recipient.

“How can you not be proud of these folks? They served our country and now they’ve teamed up to create this stunning custom motorcycle. We’re honored to name them the Kings of Custom Motorcycle Builders,” said Zach Parham, president of MAG Retail Group.

Kings of Custom Motorcycle Builders


The motorcycle, nicknamed “Porterfield,” is a 1974 Harley-Davidson donated by a veteran injured while serving in the military. The team was inspired by the style of a board track racer, a popular type of racing in the early 20th century. It features a long slim frame, a solo saddle and low, racing-style handlebars.

“Since J&P Cycles’ founding, we’ve supported people who love motorcycles. When organizations, likeMotorcycle Missions, use motorcycles to positively impact people lives, it makes our jobs even more rewarding,” added Parham.

J&P Cycles sponsors motorcycle events and shows around the United States. Consumers can find more information at www.JPcycles.com.

About J&P Cycles:
Founded by John and Jill Parham in 1979, J&P Cycles is the world’s largest online aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer. J&P Cycles operates retail locations in Anamosa, Iowa, Daytona Beach, Florida, and Sturgis, South Dakota. The company’s Rider Service Center is located in Daytona Beach, Florida. J&P Cycles supports motorcyclists with retail pop-up stores at over a dozen motorcycle rallies, races and events throughout the U.S.

Las Vegas Bikefest: New Date and Location!

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Las Vegas BikefestLas Vegas Bikefest: New Date and Location!

Las Vegas BikeFest, The “Premier West Coast Motorcycle Rally” announced today that the rally is moving to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center effective this year. The move creates an opportunity to produce a bigger, better and Vegas Style experience for vendors, riders and attendees.

Las Vegas BikefestThe Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is located next to the Fremont Street Experience at 3rd and Carson.  Everyone will now be within walking distance to more than 10,000 hotel rooms in Downtown Las Vegas.

This move will allow for the rally to be much more cohesive. Rally Central will be inside the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and surrounding streets, and Rally West will continue to be on the 3rd Street Promenade at Fremont Street and Ogden.

One main stage in the events center will be the focus of entertainment, Custom Bike Shows, activities, contests and more, making it easier for attendees to not miss out on any of the action.  The move will also benefit rally vendors giving them access to the 60,000+ daily visitors at the Fremont Street Experience.

“This is a great move for the rally,” said Mindi Cherry, Event Manager. “Bringing the rally so close to the heart of the Fremont Street Experience, means we are in the middle of all the action.”

Along with the location move, Las Vegas BikeFest has changed its dates to one week later, October 11-14, to be a part of Powersports Industry Week in Las Vegas with AIMExpo at Mandalay Bay and the Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Las Vegas BikeFest is like no other rally – taking place in the heart of Las Vegas, it provides the action of the “Vegas Vibe”, that no other rally has to offer.   For more information about the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center visit www.dlvec.com.

Las Vegas BikeFest 2018 – October 11 – 14

Website: LasVegasBikeFest.com

Facebook: facebook.com/lasvegasbikefest

Twitter: @VegasBikeFest

Instagram: #LasVegasBikeFest

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