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Hard-Charging Harley Racers In Hunt For Drag Title

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V-Rod Racers Andrew Hines and Ed Krawiec Both In Contention at NHRA Finals

MILWAUKEE (November 12, 2015) – The Pro Stock Motorcycle championship will be on the line when Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines riders Andrew Hines and Ed Krawiec hit the drag strip this weekend at the 51st Annual Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. The event is the sixth and final round of the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Hines arrives in Pomona in first place with a 46-point lead. Krawiec stands in third place, 83 points behind Hines.
        Krawiec is a three-time champ on Pro Stock Motorcycles. Hines, the defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, will be gunning for his fifth championship and would be the first rider to win five Pro Stock Motorcycle titles since the late Dave Schultz in 1994. Schultz holds the record with six NHRA motorcycle championships.

        The Screamin’ Eagle/Vance and Hines team will roll out its menacing Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycles in Pomona for the first rounds of qualifying Friday and Hines expects to get right down to business.
        “Being a two-bike team helps both Ed and me because we can push other competitors down the order and help each other with a win on Sunday,” said Hines. “Key for us both will be to stay aggressive and up front in qualifying. Ed needs to get some of the bonus qualifying points to get his deficit down below 80 points. I’d like to keep my lead over second place above 40 points, so it takes three rounds to beat me in eliminations on Sunday.”
        Each of four elimination rounds on Sunday is worth 20 points. Another 20 points is available for a rider who sets a new Pro Stock Motorcycle national Elapsed Time record.
        “This weekend is going to be exciting and stressful, one of those races where everyone is doing the math on points after every session,”  said Hines. “We like racing at Pomona because it’s a bit of a down-hill track, the elevation drops about 15 feet from start to finish, and that helps our bikes. We also have really good gearing options for our V-Rods at this track.”
        Hines has won four times in the final round this season, including three crucial victories in the Countdown races. Hines raced his V-Rod to a big win in the final round of eliminations at the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas on Nov. 1, a victory that resulted in a 40-point swing over his closest rival. The team’s truck and the V-Rod motorcycles stayed in Las Vegas after that event and will meet the riders in Pomona.
        “We’re happy to be in this position,” said Hines. “We feel good and Pomona should play really well into our tune-up to win the championship.”

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson® motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.h-d.com.

NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series Champions Crowned At Las Vegas Finals

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Janette Thornley

MILWAUKEE (November 12, 2015) – With a roar of nitro thunder, season champions in the NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series were crowned November 8 at the 2015 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Short Line Express Gambler Shootout in Las Vegas.
        Dreamchaser Racing/Deschutes Brewery rider Janette Thornley snatched the Pro Fuel Harley title with a clutch performance at the finals. Thornley, of Statesville, N.C., started the weekend trailing class leader Dennis Fisher by five points. Thornley won in the first round of eliminations and clinched the title when Fisher lost his first-round match. Thornley advanced to the final round of eliminations before losing to defending Pro Fuel champion Johnny Vickers. Thornley, who was awarded an NHRA Wally trophy for her championship, notched four event wins during the season and scored 623 points. Fisher finished the season in second place with 595 points, followed by David Larson with 315 points.

Tommy Grimes

       A monster season earned Akea/Ray Price Motorsports rider Tommy Grimes Jr. a second-consecutive NHRA Wally trophy in the Top Fuel Harley class. Grimes, of Winston-Salem, N.C., guided his roaring Top Fuel Harley to the winner’s circle five times in 2015 and clinched the title before the Las Vegas event. Grimes advanced to the second round in Las Vegas before losing to Javelina Harley-Davidson rider Ricky House, who went on to win the final. Grimes finished the season with 617 points. Len Darnell Jr. was second with 414 points, and Joseph Sternotti Jr. was third with 299 points.
        “All of the Sportsman Harley drag racers bring power and passion to the starting line at every event,” said Kris Schoonover, Racing Manager, Harley-Davidson. “Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle performance parts help these talented racers build some real V-Twin muscle into amazing drag-racing bikes that have thrilled Harley fans all season at tracks across the country.”

2016 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series Schedule Set
NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series, highlighted by the Top Fuel and Pro Fuel classes, will return to tracks nation-wide in 2016. A schedule released by the NHRA includes 14 Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series events. Competition in Top Fuel Harley will be featured at four NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events. The two-wheeled rockets will race at three new tracks in the NHRA Lucas Oil Series: Royal Purple Raceway near Houston, Cecil County Dragway in Rising Sun, Maryland and Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina. The racers will vie for an exclusive NHRA Wally trophy awarded to winners in each category during winner’s circle activities. The season-ending champion in Top Fuel and Pro Fuel will receive a specially-designed Wally Trophy as well as a year-end bonus. The best seven of 10 races will count for points toward the year-end championship. The complete 2016 Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series schedule is available at NHRA.com.

Old School Denim Shirts By Crank & Stroker

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Back in the day denim shirts would last a lifetime. However today a quality denim shirts is hard to come by and unfortunately have been replaced with thin fabric shirts that won’t even last a year.
       Crank & Stroker is proud to announce the introduction of their Tried & True line of denim shirts made the Good Ol USA. Check out the wide assortment of options depending on your style.  Available in Regular sizes as well as Big & Tall.

Available at www.crankandstroker.com

Indian Motorcycle Sponsors Second Annual “Veterans Charity Ride To Sturgis” In Building The Next Great Tradition Of Its Military Legacy

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Press Release: Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, in celebration of Veterans Day, today announced its sponsorship and support of the second annual Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis.  This marks the second straight year Indian Motorcycle will sponsor this very special event, which is focused on raising awareness and support for America’s severely wounded and injured veterans.
        The epic ride will depart Los Angeles on July 30, 2016 en route to Sturgis, SD and will culminate at the 76th annual Black Hills Rally. Over the course of the ride, the 15 selected veterans will experience some of America’s most scenic and iconic landscapes from the seat of an Indian motorcycle as an important part of their personal healing process. Several of the Indian models will be customized with Champion sidecars to accommodate riders who are unable to operate a motorcycle themselves due to their injuries. Indian Motorcycle will once again team with Emmy award-winning director Robert Manciero and producer Dave Frey of Full Vision Productions to plan and chronicle the entire journey.

      “We are pleased to renew our partnership with Indian Motorcycle in 2016 in honor of all the military service personnel who sacrificed so much for our country — especially those who have suffered life-changing physical and mental injuries,” said Robert Manciero. “This program is about much more than just making dreams come true for these vets and enjoying a weeklong ride to Sturgis. We’re combining nature’s beauty and serenity with motorcycle therapy and camaraderie to help these riders on their road to healing. We have an exciting and impactful weeklong adventure planned for our wounded veterans, with stops along the way at some of the most scenic locations this country has to offer and a fantastic celebration when they arrive in Sturgis.”

      “Indian Motorcycle has a long tradition of supporting the U.S. military and our Armed Forces personnel that dates all the way back to World War I,” said Scott Meek, Marketing Director for Indian Motorcycle. “Today all of us at Indian Motorcycle are proud to announce our full support and sponsorship of the second annual Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis. This program is making a positive difference in the lives of our traumatically injured military veterans and we are committed to it for the long term. The Veterans Charity to Sturgis is the next great tradition in our legacy of supporting our troops.”

Veterans seeking assistance and those wishing to view videos and stories of the past ride can log on to www.VeteransCharityRide.org for more information including details on partner organizations offering counseling and services for veterans and their families.

Harley-Davidson Extends Offer Of Free Riding Academy Training To All U.S. Military Starting Jan. 1

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H-D to Provide Freedom of Motorcycle Riding to Those Who Serve and Have Served Our Country
Harley-Davidson today announced the extension of free Riding Academy motorcycle training to all current and former U.S. military. The program is now available to active-duty, retired, reservists and veterans Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2016.
      To continue its salute to the military, Harley-Davidson Managing Director and former U.S. Army Officer, Christian Walters, will escort fellow veterans, including Dorsey Fyffe, a former U.S. Air Force Flight Engineer and Wounded Warrior Project Peer Mentor, to America’s Parade in New York City aboard a Bell 407 U.S. Army helicopter November 11.

       The original offer of free Harley-Davidson Riding Academy kicked-off prior to Armed Forces Day aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier in Charleston, S.C., making it only fitting to take to the air to announce the free training extension.
       “One of our objectives is to grow the sport of motorcycling in the U.S.,” said Walters. “Thousands of members of the military have learned to ride through the program so far. We’re proud to extend this opportunity in 2016 so even more military personnel can enjoy the very freedom they protect.”
       All stateside military can take advantage of the offer by visiting a local Harley-Davidson dealer or going to h-d.com/AmericanHeroes. If Riding Academy is not available in a particular area, Harley-Davidson will reimburse the expense of attending a certified motorcycle safety program. Those currently deployed outside the U.S. also can submit the form by Dec. 31, 2016, and will receive a voucher for free motorcycle safety training, good through 2017 when they return home.

Along with today’s announcement of free Riding Academy training for all current and former U.S. military, Harley-Davidson announced last November a new alliance with Wounded Warrior Project that focused on helping improve the lives of service men and women living with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Additionally through the program, Harley-Davidson expanded its Operation Personal Freedom MotorClothes collection with 10 percent of the proceeds supporting WWP’s efforts. Finally, dealer events across the country will focus on welcoming and celebrating our military heroes.

To date, Harley-Davidson has donated more than $1 million to support those who serve through fundraising initiatives, the Harley-Davidson Foundation and the Operation Personal Freedom MotorClothes collection. To learn more about Operation Personal Freedom visit www.h-d.com/military.

Indian Motorcycle Attacks Super Hooligan Racing With A Key Sponsorship And Custom Race Bikes

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Press Release: Five Roland Sands custom Indian Scout Hooligan bikes will compete in the race piloted by Roland Sands, Red Bull stunt rider Aaron Colton and special guest riders
Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced it has stepped up as the title sponsor for the upcoming “RSD Super Hooligan” flat track race in Las Vegas. The street-bike based race takes place indoors on a short track at the Orleans Hotel & Casino the evening of November 21, and is presented in partnership with Roland Sands Design and AMA Pro Flat Track in conjunction with the “Superprestigio of the Americas” race.   The winner of the Super Hooligan race will receive a new 2016 Indian Scout – making the Super Hooligan race a bit more competitive than the average weekend amateur event.

        Hooligan racing is traced back to the 1930s, at a time when legendary Indian Motorcycle dealer Clarence “Pappy” Hoel began organizing regional hill climb and flat track motorcycle races in and around Sturgis, SD. Hoel was a founding members of the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club, and he and the Gypsies are credited with starting the now world famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 1938. Indian Motorcycle’s rich history in racing dates back to its inception with records in every racing category, including land speed, dirt track, transcontinental racing and venues like Daytona and the Isle of Man. In 1911 the Federation of American Motorcyclists published the records for 126 different categories of racing and different distances, and of those 126 racing records, Indian owned all 126.
        Hooligan racing is a throwback to a post-war era where riders took virtually any available motorcycle to race in the spirit of seeking adrenaline and enjoying the camaraderie  Today the flat track Hooligan racing category is rapidly gaining in popularity with riders of all ages and experience levels because it brings the fun back into a less structured environment where any rider can race virtually any motorcycle. “Framers” or custom race chassis machines are not allowed in the class. It’s designed to allow racers to lightly modify an existing street chassis for racing action, a familiar situation for the world famous Indian Scout.
        The company also announced it has partnered with Roland Sands Design to build and race five custom Hooligan racers based on the Indian Scout. The custom Hooligan Scouts will race in the RSD Super Hooligan event in Las Vegas, with a world-class team of riders that includes Roland Sands himself, Red Bull/KTM stunt rider Aaron Colton, plus some surprise guest riders. These new custom motorcycles will be revealed to the media on Friday, November 20 during the International Motorcycle Shows press event in Long Beach, CA.
        “The Scout is a great machine upon which to base a custom bike with modern rider friendly performance. The engine and chassis are rock solid and don’t need a lot of work, so DIY customizers can focus on the aesthetic modifications,” said Roland Sands.  “It has been a blast designing and building these custom Indian Scout Hooligan bikes and after a quick test run at the local flat track I feel we have a competitive bike that will rip on the track.”
        “It is an honor for Indian Motorcycle to sponsor the Super Hooligan event in partnership with Roland Sands Design and the folks at the Superprestigio of the Americas,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles at Polaris Industries. “Given the incredible racing heritage of the Indian Scout in our DNA, it’s really exciting to have five amazing Roland Sands custom Indian Scouts racing. It’s going to be a great event.”

For more information on the Superprestigio of the Americas visit http://www.superprestigio.com/.   Fans can enjoy live streaming of the event on www.fanschoice.tv

Harley-Davidson V-Rod Charges To Victory In Las Vegas

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Andrew Hines Leads Pro Stock Motorcycle Field Heading into the NHRA Season’s Final Race
LAS VEGAS (November 1, 2015) – Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines blasted to a win in the Pro Stock Motorcycle final at the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas and leads NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs with one race left on the schedule. Hines, the defending and four-time class champion, raced a Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle through the Pro Stock Motorcycle field and won for the third time in five 2015 Countdown races.
        “This was a team win all the way,” said Hines, who now has 42 Pro Stock Motorcycle final-round wins in his career. “My V-Rod really performed when I needed it most in that last round.”

        Hines now holds a 46-point lead over second place heading into the NHRA Finals in two weeks. Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec lost in the second round at Las Vegas and is now in third place, 83 points behind Hines.
        “The key for me at the NHRA Finals is going to be good performance in qualifying,” said Hines. “I want to get some of those bonus points and keep our lead over 40 points, so it will take a swing of three rounds of eliminations on Sunday to beat us.”
        The sixth and final round of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship takes place Nov. 12-15 at the 51st Annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.

S&S Announces Long Block Replacement Engines For 1984-99 Big Twins

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S&S Cycle announced the introduction of V80 and V111 Long Block engines as an alternative to rebuilding stock 80” Harley-Davidson Evolution big twins. Both Long Block engines are set up to use your induction systems and the V80 will also work with stock ignition systems.
        The V80 is a great stock displacement engine for 1984-’99 big twins, that provides a little extra kick. For the rider who is looking for substantially more performance, the V111 Long Block’s 111 cubic inches makes it an excellent choice. Both engines fit in a stock chassis without modifications, and both will run well with a re-jetted stock carburetor or re-calibrated EFI system. Of course, for maximum performance, an S&S Super E carburetor or EFI upgrade kit is recommended.

        S&S Long Blocks will appeal to the Evolution owner who is faced with the choice of rebuilding his worn out stock engine or replacing it with a new power plant. “You spend a bunch of money rebuilding a stock engine and…well, you’ve still just got a stock engine. An S&S Long Block will deliver way more performance than a rebuilt stocker and is available off the shelf right now.”  Explains S&S VP of Marketing, David Zemla.
        S&S Long Block engines are built using the same premium quality, U.S. made components that are used in S&S complete performance engines, assuring you of superior performance and long, trouble free engine life and S&S stands behind it with a two year warranty. 

For more information, visit S&S Cycle on the web at www.sscycle.com/v-series-long-block

Küryakyn Inner Fairing Accents for ’15-later H-D Road Glides

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Press Release: Küryakyn has ramped up product development for redesigned Harley-Davidson Road Glides and Road Glide Ultras. Plan a complete inner fairing overhaul with a host of unique new accents designed to tastefully customize the revamped cockpit. The following accents are made from durable injection-molded ABS available in chrome or gloss black finishes, with easy installation on all ’15-later Road Glides and ’16 Road Glide Ultras.

Tri-Line Stereo Trims
Küryakyn Tri-Line Stereo Trims are available in two different applications to accommodate both 4.3 and 6.5GT BOOM! Box infotainment systems. The Stereo Trim Only (P/N 6964, Chrome; 6965, Gloss Black) frames the outer perimeter of both system display screens and includes a visor that extends from the top of the accent toward the rider to cover the bottom of the dash panel below the fairing vent. Riders with 4.3-inch infotainment systems can choose the Stereo Trim with Face Plate (P/N 6966, Chrome; 6967, Gloss Black), which adorns the areas surrounding the screen and controls for a classic fully housed appearance that complements the entire lineup of Tri-Line inner fairing and body trim accessories.
Stereo Trim Only MSRP: $29.99
Stereo Trim with Face Plate MSRP: $49.99

Tri-Line Fuel & Voltage Gauge Bezels
Tri-Line Fuel and Voltage Gauge Bezels are elegantly contoured to bring life to the dull recessed areas surrounding the gauges with styling to match the rest of the Küryakyn Tri-Line theme. Installation does not require disassembly.
P/N 6922 – Chrome, 6927 – Gloss Black, MSRP: $29.99

Tri-Line Speaker Accents
The Road Glide’s boring factory speaker grills are additional areas in need of some attention. Tri-Line Speaker Accents subtly dress up the outer perimeter of the stock grills for an eye-catching custom appearance that’s not overbearing. Installation does not require or impede removal of the speaker grills.
P/N 7385 – Chrome (coming soon), 7386 – Gloss Black, MSRP: $39.99

Tri-Line Glove Box Accents
Tri-Line Glove Box Accents are a great-looking four-piece set to enhance your inner fairing. The sweeping upper accents incorporate Tri-Line styling, while the lower accents feature a raised edge on the bottom that provides a finger catch to assist glove box opening. Installation does not require removal of the glove box doors or inhibit functionality.
P/N 6924 – Chrome, 6919 – Gloss Black (coming soon), MSRP: $59.99

Tri-Line Speedo & Tach Accent
If you’re looking for an easy way to enhance the Road Glide’s gauge pod, look no further than the Tri-Line Speedo & Tach Accent. This two-piece trim accent includes a sculpted center plate designed with the Tri-Line’s signature scalloped styling, as well as a brow accent that attaches to the upper rim of the gauge cluster. Installation can be completed within minutes and does not require disassembly of the gauge cluster.
P/N 6926 – Chrome, 6928 – Gloss Black, MSRP: $39.99

Switch Panel Accent
Küryakyn’s latest inner fairing upgrades for the Road Glide also include a stylish new Switch Panel Accent. The sculpted one-piece trim accent provides dimensional depth to transform the area surrounding the accessory rocker switches and ignition housing. The chrome or gloss black finishes present a refined appearance that stands out with both standard and color-matched inner fairings.
P/N 6970 – Chrome (coming soon), 6971 – Gloss Black, MSRP: $39.99

Polaris To Purchase Paint Facility In Spearfish, S.D.

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Press Release: Polaris Industries Inc. today announced it purchased the facility and paint equipment occupied by Lehman Trikes, prior to Lehman’s move to California.
       The 51,000-square-foot facility in Spearfish, S.D., will provide additional liquid paint capacity for Indian and Victory motorcycles made in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
       Polaris will employ approximately 80 people in a two-shift operation at the facility, located at 125 Industrial Drive. Production is planned to begin in Q4 2015.

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