AIM Contributor Alfonse Palaima Co-Authors Adventure Book ‘Journey to the End of the World’

Granted, our friend, photographer, and frequent contributor Alfonse Palaima might not have completed his “Journey to the End of the World” on a Harley-Davidson, but anybody who loves motorcycles and has a penchant for adventure can appreciate this book. Fonzie, as he’s affectionately known by in industry circles, has shot many features for American Iron in the past and the new book book is filled with his wonderful photographs. Congratulations Fonzie! – Ed

Journey to the End of the World from Octane Press

In the fall of 2016, 15 seasoned adventure motorcyclists set off on an untested route to the edge of South America. The idea behind Expedition 65, as cooked up by RawHyde head honcho Jim Hyde, was to travel across 65 degrees of latitude along the Andes Mountains from Cartagena, Colombia to Ushuaia, Argentina. Enlisting a group of hand-picked riders mounted on a fleet of BMW R 1200 GS motorcycles (and a support vehicle), Hyde, Alfonse Palaima and Colin Evans mapped out a gorgeous, grueling and occasionally life-threatening 11,000 mile route that would take them to some of the planet’s most epic and storied roads, sites and cultures, and, finally, to “the end of the world.“ The big, beautiful, full-color account of this glorious ride, Journey to the End of the World, is now available from Octane Press.

Penned by experienced adventure rider Colin Evans and chronicled by long-time professional photographer Alfonse Palaima, Journey to the End of the World packages the insightful and often hilarious prose of Evans with stunning images captured by Palaima in some of the most intense—and scenically rich—riding conditions imaginable. Along the way, the E65 group encounters many of South America’s iconic locations, from the World’s Most Dangerous Road to the legendary Salar de Uyuni (the world’s largest salt flat), negotiating single- and double-track trails across the soaring peaks of the Andes as well as the knee-deep mud paths of the Amazon basin. The duo also record countless death-defying moments, a few fistfights, major “pucker-factor” scenarios, scores of mechanical meltdowns, and finally, the crossing over the Straits of Magellan onto Tierra del Fuego. It’s high adventure at its finest.

The stories in Journey to the End of the World touch on insanely dangerous rides and laugh-out-loud absurdities, with rest stops that range from high-class to low-brow and everything in between. This riveting account reveals some of South America’s highest mountain passes as well as its most intensely spiritual landscapes, all experienced from the saddle of an adventure motorcycle.

Excerpt from Journey to the End of the World, pages 162-63

We’re proud of AIM Contributor Alfonse Palaima, whose photography and work is featured in a new book from Octane Press, “Journey to the End of the World.”

Title: Journey to the End of the World
Subtitle: The Expedition 65 Adventure Motorcycle Ride from Colombia to Ushuaia
Pages: 192 pages
ISBN: 9781937747855
Publisher: Octane Press
Available: July 1, 2017
Dimensions: 9.5 × 12 × 1 in
Retail Price: $45.00
Available from Octane Press directly, or anywhere books are sold.

Vanguard to Launch Full-Carbon, Connected Helmets w/ Partners Veldt & Fusar

Vanguard Helmets

Vanguard Motorcycles is launching a couple of carbon-fiber, Bluetooth-connected helmets.

Vanguard, the new motorcycle company based in New York City that debuted to critical acclaim at the December 2016 International Motorcycle Show, is launching its first line of full-carbon, ultra-light, connected helmets in partnership with helmet manufacturer Veldt and riding tech innovator Fusar.

Vanguard, Veldt and Fusar have partnered to develop this exclusive line of connected carbon helmets, matching the Roadster tones and fitted with specific titanium parts.

The two Vanguard helmets (“Carbon” and “Aluminum”) are fully ECE/DOT-approved and among the lightest and closest fitting that can be found in the market – with an average total weight of 2 lbs 6 ounces (1,080 grams). They can optionally be factory-fitted with Fusar Bluetooth headsets and combined with the Fusar Handlebar Remote Control, giving access to the newest technology and app for motorcycling.

Vanguard Carbon Helmet

Vanguard Carbon Helmet

The functional, utilitarian and minimalistic design, combined with the integration of Fusar riding technology, makes the Vanguard helmets one of the best helmets available right now, and the ideal riding complement to the future Roadster.

With a MSRP of $590 (including shipping for direct orders), and $650/$720 with optional Fusar technology packages, Vanguard’s helmets are priced to offer a great value to riders. The helmets are available now at Vanguard’s webshop and soon at retailers worldwide.

To celebrate this launch, Vanguard is hosting an on-line contest to give away 2 helmets and 20 coupons for $100 off any helmet! The contest can be entered here. This contest is open until June 9th.

Vanguard Aluminum Helmet

Vanguard Aluminum Helmet


Says Francois-Xavier Terny, CEO of Vanguard Moto Inc.:

We appreciate the patience of our supporters who know that developing a world-class, proprietary premium motorcycle takes time. To maintain this groundswell of excitement we wanted to start offering mobility-related products that reflect Vanguard’s philosophy of contemporary design, premium features and excellent value. These helmets are exactly in line with what we believe should be the foundation of a strong mobility brand, and we’ll be regularly introducing new products and technology to give riders exceptional experiences.

Says Ryan Shearman, CEO of Fusar:
Vanguard is integrating design and engineering in ways that other motorcycle companies simply have not been able to achieve. We share the belief that technological innovation is going to play a huge role in the future of the global motorcycle industry and understand the importance of well thought-out, integrated products. As partners, Fusar and Vanguard will work together to help shape entirely new riding experiences for tomorrow’s riders.

Says Guy Montag, COO of Veldt:
We see Vanguard’s design and engineering as a bold statement very close to what we had in mind when we created the Mark 1 helmet: “form follows function” is Veldt’s credo. Veldt’s project also started from scratch, using only the best materials, in order to create an essential object, minimalist and beautiful. We are therefore proud to team up with Vanguard and look forward to giving riders the best protection and style.

Harley-Davidson Returns to Weirs Beach for Laconia Motorcycle Week 2017

Harley-Davidson Laconia Motorcycle Week 2017

Free Demo Rides at New Weirs Beach Venue Plus Exhibits and H.O.G. Pin Stop

Harley-Davidson is moving to the heart of the Laconia Motorcycle Week action with a new Weirs Beach venue that will be open for the duration of “The World’s Oldest Motorcycle Rally,” June 10-18, in scenic New Hampshire.

For the first time in years, all Harley-Davidson exhibits, events and free demo rides on new Harley-Davidson motorcycles will be conveniently located directly across the street from the entrance to the drive-in across from the Weirs Beach landmark sign on Endicott Street North.

“Since 1918, the annual run to Laconia has been a defining event for riders in the Northeast,” said Bill Davidson, Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum and great-grandson of Harley-Davidson co-founder William A. Davidson. “As this historic gathering of riders approaches its centennial celebration, Harley-Davidson has teamed with Laconia Mayor Ed Engler, local businessman Al Mitchell and Laconia Harley-Davidson owner Anne Deli to secure a fabulous new location near the lake for Harley Headquarters.”

For complete information on Harley-Davidson activities and events during Laconia Motorcycle Week visit

94th Annual Laconia Motorcycle Week

Harley Headquarters at Weirs Beach

Official Harley-Davidson activities will be consolidated at one action-packed venue located at 76 Endicott Street North. Open June 10-18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with free motorcycle parking, this expansive Harley-Davidson venue will replace the previous New Hampshire Motor Speedway location. The new location will offer:

• Motorcycle demos: See and ride new 2017 Harley-Davidson models including the just-released Street Rod plus the new Road King Special and other Touring models powered by the potent new Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight engine. The demo fleet also includes the nimble Harley-Davidson Roadster model, fabulous 2017 CVO models and bikes fully customized with Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories.

• New Milwaukee-Eight Display Truck: Experience the all-new Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight engine through technical displays (June 12-18) and feel the rumble of this exciting new V-Twin on the Harley-Davidson JUMPSTART Rider Experience. Check out the customized Harley-Davidson Rebel Freightliner truck and a display of new items from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories.

• See It/Try It/Buy It: Test out new Harley-Davidson helmets and riding gear when you demo-ride a bike. Laconia Harley-Davidson will offer a selection of new Genuine MotorClothes for purchase on site.

• H.O.G. Pin Stop at Laconia: Join Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) staff members at the Harley Headquarters and pick up a cool pin (exclusively for H.O.G. members).

Be sure to follow Harley-Davidson on Facebook to join in the action, daily videos will post to check out all the activity virtually.

AMA Honors Those Who Gave Their Lives for Our Country This Memorial Day

AMA Says "Safe Riding this Memorial Day Weekend"

The AMA encourages safe riding this Memorial Day weekend as we honor those who lost their lives serving our country in the Armed Forces.

Safe driving urged for holiday weekend

The American Motorcyclist Association joins all Americans this Memorial Day, May 29, in expressing deep gratitude to the friends and families of those who gave their lives in service to the United States and in honoring their memories.

“The freedoms we enjoy, as motorcyclists and as Americans, come at great personal cost and sacrifice and are defended daily by military personnel dedicated to protecting our principles,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “It is important to pause and reflect on Memorial Day, remembering those who helped make possible the freedoms we too often take for granted, including the freedom to ride and travel throughout this great nation.”

Many Americans will take advantage of the long holiday weekend to enjoy the freedom of the road, traveling to events, to family picnics, to beaches and other attractions.

“We especially encourage motorists to be alert this weekend to motorcyclists, many of whom will be on the road to participate in AMA-sanctioned events, Memorial Day parades and freedom rides,” Dingman said. “And we urge motorcyclists to ride safely and stay alert and sober.”

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit

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American Flat Track Heads to Springfield for a Memorial Day Doubleheader

The Springfield TT returns the night before the Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I

American Flat Track travels to the hallowed grounds of the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill., for a doubleheader on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-28. Saturday evening will feature the return of the Springfield TT following a four-year absence with the rising stars of the AFT Singles class taking center stage. The following afternoon the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines will be in the spotlight, as the action moves to the big track for the Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I.

Sunday’s Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I will mark the 84th main event held at the Mile circuit since the Grand National Championship was formalized in 1954. Over the decades, five different makes (Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, BSA, Triumph) have claimed victories on the Mile, but the weapon of choice for top contenders has been Harley-Davidson, with the American marque topping the podium in 61 out of 83 attempts.

American Flat Track Springfield Mile Preview (Brian J. Nelson Photo)

American Flat Track heads to Springfield for a doubleheader, TT and Mile, on Memorial Day Weekend. (American Flat Track/Brian J. Nelson Photo)

This year, the Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team is led by veteran Kenny Coolbeth (No. 2 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R), a five-time winner of the Springfield Mile including a victorious performance in the most recent running of the race last September. Additionally, his teammates, Jake Johnson (No. 5 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) and Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R), each rank as two-time winners of the Springfield Mile themselves.

Meanwhile, there’s little debate over who stands as the favorite heading into the weekend.

As the series hits the halfway point on its tour of five Miles in six weeks, ‘Mile Specialist’ Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) arrives in Springfield with the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines points lead on the strength of three consecutive wins, including back-to-back Mile victories.

Don’t look for him to slow down any this weekend; Smith has proven himself a master of the Springfield Mile time and again, with an awe-inspiring seven previous triumphs in the prestigious race.

“It’s pretty simple really – I want to keep winning,” Smith said. “Springfield’s another place where I feel right at home. And I think we can make some tweaks to my bike for Springfield that will make it even better so that we can take home another ‘W’.”

However, it would be a mistake to underestimate the challenge that stands before him if he hopes to increase that tally to eight. A combined 0.082 of a second is all that separates Smith’s Arizona Mile and Sacramento Mile triumphs from a pair of runner-ups (and just 0.642 of a second from two third-place finishes).

The Indian Wrecking Crew has dismantled the competition at the Miles in recent weeks, logging a pair of runaway podium sweeps. While Smith has emerged on top thanks to some nifty late-race maneuvering, expect Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) and Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) to come to Springfield ready with revised tactics.

Mees is a former Springfield Mile winner himself, while Baker has shown more pace than any other rider as of late, and he’s desperate to finally secure his first win aboard the Scout FTR750.
Mees said, “I’m looking forward to the Springfield Mile and ending Bryan’s three-race win streak… and starting a new one up again of my own. Sacramento was some good racing, but I think Springfield allows the riders to move around some in the corners. It should be another good show.”

While the Indian Wrecking Crew has garnered 13 of a possible 15 podiums on the season, Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Estenson Logistics Yamaha FZ-07) splits them in the championship order in third place. Halbert has shown himself a consistent presence near the front all season long and would love to serve up an upset this weekend.

Meanwhile, young gun Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Richie Morris Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650) continues to rank in the top five with another solid top-ten run last weekend in Sacramento.
Complementing the program Sunday on the Mile is the Harley-Davidson Support Class, an exhibition race designed to allow up-and-coming riders a chance to cut their teeth on the legendary Mile aboard Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

AFT Singles return to the Springfield TT

The history of the Springfield TT glitters with memorable performances by the likes of Henry Wiles, Jake Johnson, and JR Schnabel, among others. However, perhaps the standout of them all belongs to the late Nicky Hayden. Hayden, who tragically passed away earlier this week following a cycling accident, won the 2002 Springfield TT and was joined on the podium by brothers Tommy and Roger, who finished second and third, respectively.

Shayna Texter (No. 52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R) enters this year’s Springfield TT with a healthy 17-point advantage in the AFT Singles title fight. She does so following four consecutive podium results, including back-to-back wins at the recent Arizona and Sacramento Miles.

However, swapping the high-speed sliding and drafting tactics of the Miles for the chicanes, tight rights, and jumps of a TT could leave Texter vulnerable this weekend. She is the first to admit that the TT is her weakest discipline, and her points advantage may be in jeopardy. Simply advancing to the Main would be considered a personal triumph for Texter.

Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda CRF450R) could be well poised to strike. Showing a nice blend of all-around skills in 2017, Carlile has finished no worse than seventh this season, including a podium finish at the season-opening DAYTONA TT. As a result, he’s currently second in the standings and in strong position to steal the points lead with another big outing.

Sitting third in the point standings and looking for his first win is Brandon Price (No. 92 DPC Racing/Don’s Kawasaki KX450F). DAYTONA TT best qualifier, lap leader, and race runner-up Wyatt Anderson (No. 120 Waters Autobody Racing KTM 450 SX-F) is another rider to keep an eye on in the Springfield TT this weekend.

Exclusive Entertainment

In addition to the on-track activities, Hall’s Harley-Davidson will be hosting a pre-race kickoff party featuring the “wall of death stunt show” on both Friday and Saturday. They will also have live music with food & beverage vendors and free admission to the show. Also on Friday night, local favorite Boon’s Saloon will be hosting a car/bike show and pre-race party.

On-track action begins on Saturday, May 27, with AFT Singles practice sessions for the Springfield TT at 2:00 p.m. CT (3:00 p.m. ET) with Opening Ceremonies commencing at 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 p.m. ET). AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines practice for the Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I will kick off on Sunday, May 28, at 10:00 a.m. CT (11:00 a.m. ET) followed by Opening Ceremonies at 1:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. ET).

Tickets for the Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I are now on sale and can be purchased at

Catch all the Action on NBCSN and

As part of American Flat Track’s television broadcast package with NBCSN, the cable network will air the Springfield Mile I in a primetime telecast in early August. The one-hour show will feature flag-to-flag coverage of both Main Events along with exclusive features giving fans a behind-the-scenes window into the sport. The complete television schedule for American Flat Track on NBCSN will be released in the coming weeks.

Live streaming coverage of every second from the Springfield TT and Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile I can be viewed on at

Fans can also keep up-to-date with race day action by following American Flat Track on Facebook (American Flat Track), Twitter (@AmericanFlatTrk) and Instagram (@AmericanFlatTrack).

“World’s Fastest Indian” to be Memorialized with 2017 Bonneville LSR Run by Munro’s Nephew

Lee Munro on Indian Scout Streamliner

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Burt Munro’s iconic land speed record, Indian Motorcycle is teaming up with Kiwi road racer Lee Munro, Burt’s great nephew, to recreate the historic run at Bonneville on August 13. (Jeff Alan Photo)

It’s been 50 years since Burt Munro took his Indian Scout Streamliner to the Bonneville Salt Flats and made history – a story immortalized by the feature film, The World’s Fastest Indian, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins. As a result, Munro’s legacy transcends motorcycles and symbolizes the much broader drive to push beyond conventional limitations to experience or achieve what is seemingly impossible. Burt Munro is now a household name among “gear heads” across the globe and the ultimate example of the gritty, adrenaline-fueled pastime of expanding the limits of speed at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Munro’s iconic land speed record, Indian Motorcycle is teaming up with Kiwi road racer Lee Munro, Burt Munro’s great nephew, to recreate the historic run at Bonneville on August 13.

“Motorcycling is about shedding boundaries and limitations to go beyond the norm, and there is no better example of that than Burt Munro,” said Reid Wilson, Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director. “Driven by unparalleled determination and a legendary passion for the pursuit, Burt Munro embodies the spirit of Indian Motorcycle, and we couldn’t be prouder to honor his legacy with an updated version of his historic record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in August.”

Indian Scout Streamliner with a modified powertrain. (Jeff Allen Photo)

Indian Scout Streamliner with a modified powertrain. (Jeff Allen Photo)

For the updated record attempt, Lee Munro will pilot a modern Indian Scout with a powertrain modified by the Indian Motorcycle engineering team in an effort to become the world’s fastest modern Indian motorcycle. The attempt will not break Burt’s record, but instead will honor his storied legacy in the world of motorcycling. Fueled by their own ambition to push beyond boundaries, Indian’s team of engineers volunteered to be a part of this historic attempt, working on the project “after hours.” The team will undergo several test runs in El Mirage, Calif. before Lee Munro takes to the Salt Flats of Bonneville.

“My uncle Burt was a significant inspiration for my own racing career, and his appetite for speed is clearly a part of my DNA” said Lee Munro, the grandson of Burt’s first cousin. “What Indian Motorcycle is doing is fantastic, and I couldn’t be prouder to partner with them and pilot my own Scout at Bonneville in honor of my Uncle and the 50th anniversary of his historic record.”

Born and raised in Invercargill, New Zealand, the same town as his great uncle Burt, Lee Munro first began his life on two wheels via the high-adrenaline sport of downhill mountain biking. After winning many local races, even finishing fifth in the 2002 New Zealand Championship, Lee entered into motorcycle road racing. He won his first race and captured numerous titles on every road and street race circuit in the South Island of New Zealand. With plans to race the Isle of Man, Lee attended the Manx GP in 2016 to gain knowledge of the track and better prepare himself. Most recently, Lee won the vintage class at the Methven Street Races earlier this year on a 1941 Indian motorcycle.

Indian Scout Streamliner at El Mirage

Lee Munro will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Burt Munro’s record-breaking run by piloting a special Indian Scout on the Salt at Bonneville. (Jeff Allen Photo)

Liquidation Sale of Iconic EBR Motorcycle Factory to be Held June 7-8

Erik Buell Racing

EBR Motorcycles (Erik Buell Racing) of East Troy, WI, one of the largest American manufacturers of superbike motorcycles, has not secured a new investor and intends to consolidate its long-term parts for dealer and warranty support. Liquid Asset Partners, of Grand Rapids, MI will hold a piecemeal liquidation sale and live auction at EBR’s state-of-the-art factory for all remaining assets. They will sell the factory assets in a two month on-site liquidation sale starting June 7, with a live auction June 8 that will include the state-of-the-art intellectual property and tooling used to manufacture the EBR Motorcycles, all factory production equipment, and many historical artifacts in the factory.

“This is the motorcycle deal of a lifetime,” said Bill Melvin, CEO of Liquid Asset Partners. “For any motorcycle fan the deals are too cheap to miss. You can buy anything from a race motorcycle, hand tools, and all the way to buying the iconic motorcycle brand itself. We sell at such huge discounts, people fly in from all over the world! Some people will start a new business just from buying these deals.”

The sale will be held in three parts:

The onsite public liquidation sale will start June 7 at the factory with tons of parts, tools, and historical items for sale piecemeal and will continue for two months.

The public auction will be on June 8 at the factory and will include the factory production equipment, test equipment, and numerous additional lots, including the intellectual property of EBR Motorcycles and production tooling located at suppliers across the globe.

The excess motorcycle parts, over $15 million at retail worth of inventory will be liquidated through a discounting process through the standard parts ordering process.

“This will represent the largest factory liquidation of sport motorcycle manufacturing facility,” said Melvin. “These super bike parts and equipment, which are rolling art, are selling at enormous discounts, right off the factory floor. With the sale 30 minutes from Milwaukee, the motorcycle capital of the World, it is quite a sight to see the factory in person. The sale is open to the public, and they can buy not only the motorcycles parts, but also the tools and equipment from which they were made.”

“We have no illusions, the market is very soft and we are prepared to deeply discount everything,” said Melvin. “It’s stacked high and we’re selling it cheap. Everything must be sold regardless of cost or loss. The public won’t want to miss these deals.”

The liquidation sale starts Wednesday June 7 at 10:00 a.m., the live auction starts June 8 at 10:00 a.m. Buyers may view the assets online at or come directly to the factory on June 7, to see where and how they were made.

Indian Motorcycle Adds Four New Colorways to Chieftain Limited

Indian Chieftain Limited White Smoke

Indian Chieftain Limited White Smoke

Indian Motorcycle Expands Chieftain Limited Colorways

Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, announced an expanded range of paint color options for the new Chieftain Limited. Since launching just over a month ago, the Chieftain Limited has become the fastest-selling bagger in Indian Motorcycle history.

Joining the Chieftain Limited in Thunder Black are four additional paint color options, including Silver Smoke, White Smoke, Star Silver over Thunder Black and Wildfire Red over Thunder Black. Priced in the U.S. from $24,999 to $25,699, the Chieftain Limited’s new colorways will be available at U.S. and Canadian dealerships starting in the middle of June.

“With Chieftain Limited, our aim was to deliver a more modern version of the Chieftain with a bit more attitude than its predecessors, and the response from the market has shown that the new design has resonated extremely well with our customers and dealers,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “Considering the significant demand we’ve experienced, the expanded new colorways couldn’t be coming at a better time.”

The Chieftain Limited features a new lower-profile, sawed-off open front fender and new ten-spoke 19” contrast-cut front wheel and matching 16” rear wheel. Both perfectly complement the powerful dual 300mm floating front rotors with 4 piston calipers. The calipers feature the Indian Motorcycle script logo for a unique custom touch. A color matched headlight bezel and streamlined leather saddle complete the sleeker, aggressive look.

As with other Chieftain models, the Chieftain Limited features the industry leading Ride Command seven-inch infotainment system and powerful Thunder Stroke 111 engine with 119 ft-lbs of torque. The Chieftain Limited also packs a wealth of premium features, including keyless ignition, remote locking saddlebags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), 100-watt premium audio system, power adjustable windshields, and just enough chrome to highlight all the attitude the custom-inspired bagger has to offer.

Learn more about Indian Motorcycle and the 2017 Chieftain Limited by visiting and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

Indian Chieftain Limited Wildfire Red

Indian Chieftain Limited Wildfire Red

Indian Chieftain Limited Silver Smoke

Indian Chieftain Limited Silver Smoke

Indian Chieftain Limited Star Silver Thunder Black

Indian Chieftain Limited Star Silver Thunder Black

Seven Free Bike Shows at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip in 2017

Seven free bike shows will be offered at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip in 2017.

Seven free bike shows will be offered at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip in 2017.

Builders, bikes and customs enthusiasts roll into the “Bike Show Capital of the World” for a solid week of shows.

Flashy chrome, crazy customization, new-tech engineering and old-school horsepower will all be on display at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip in August when seven distinct bike shows make the venue the “Bike Show Capital of the World.” The motorcycle shows, scheduled to take place Saturday, Aug. 5 – Friday, Aug. 11, will feature the most eye-popping machines at the rally. Participants in most shows have the opportunity to win prizes ranging from cold, hard cash and custom trophies to a full feature in a national magazine. The bike shows, all slated to present various makes, models and customs, are open and free for public viewing. Find more information at

Shows slated at the Buffalo Chip in 2017 include:

2017 Motorcycles as Art exhibit, Old Iron/Young Blood; Motorcycles and the Next-Gen
Buffalo Chip Events Center near East Gate
Open and Free to the Public

Curated by famed motorcycle photographer, Michael Lichter, forty builders under 36 years of age have accepted the challenge to build a custom motorcycle masterpiece especially for the 2017 exhibit. Each bike will be displayed atop an elevated pedestal and lit with theater lights to better give guests an open view from every angle. In addition, 14 two-dimensional artists will present their work on the gallery walls alongside a display of artist-decorated Biltwell helmets.

FXR Show and Dyna Mixer
Buffalo Chip Free-Access CrossRoads
Registrations starts 9:30 a.m., show starts at 11 a.m., awards 3 p.m.
Free Entry

The interactive FXR Show and Dyna Mixer encourages bikers to swap stories and share advice. All donations and proceeds from event shirts and raffle tickets go directly to LifeScape of SD, formerly known as Children’s Care Hospital and School of South Dakota.

Full Throttle Florida Magazine Bike Show
Buffalo Chip Free-Access CrossRoads
Registrations at Noon, Awards 5 p.m.
Registration fee is $20 per class entered

This 10-class ride-in show offer awards for 1st and 2nd place in each class plus “Best in Show” and “Judges Choice” awards. Special custom trophy to be awarded to the Best of Show winner.

Full Throttle Florida Magazine Bike Show
Buffalo Chip Free-Access CrossRoads
Registrations at Noon, Awards 5 p.m.
Registration fee is $20 per class entered.

This 10-class ride-in show offer awards for 1st and 2nd place in each class plus “Best in Show” and “Judges Choice” awards. Special custom trophy to be awarded to the Best of Show winner.

Sportster Showdown
Buffalo Chip Gardens, near the east gate
Registrations 1pm, Awards 5 p.m.
Free to enter and attend

Conceived by the Sportster fanatics at Led Sled Customs and Biltwell, the Sportster Showdown is a communal event celebrating the history, culture and diversity of one of the coolest bikes in existence. The Best of Show winner and bike will be celebrated on the Wolfman Jack Main Stage.

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip will be holding the Sexiest Bagger Bike Show Wednesday, Aug. 9.

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip will be holding the Sexiest Bagger Bike Show Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Sexiest Bagger Bike Show
Buffalo Chip Free-access CrossRoads
Registration Noon to 2 p.m., awards at 4 p.m.
Free entry

Strip Club Choppers along with American Bagger Magazine and Urban Bagger Magazine are bringing the Sexiest Bagger Bike Show to the Buffalo Chip. Multiple awards and cash prizes will be bestowed on winners with Best of Show featured in American Bagger Magazine.

Rat’s Hole Bike Show & Black Hills Bagger Showdown
Free-access CrossRoads in front of the Big Engine
Registration 10 a.m., awards at 5 p.m.

The Granddaddy of all custom motorcycle shows, the Rat’s Hole presents an impressive crew of international judges and builders. The show features 16 classes and awards nearly 60 prestigious hand-sculpted trophies to its winners.

The Buffalo Chip will be announcing more entertainment in the coming weeks. Those interested can get more information and purchase passes at

Motorcycle Community Mourns the Passing of American Champion Nicky Hayden

Smile of a champion - Nicky Hayden

Godspeed Nicky Hayden. You were a champion in every sense of the word, both on and off the track. You will be sorely missed. 

American Motorcyclist Association saddened by news of former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden’s passing
Condolences offered to Hayden’s fiancé, family, friends

The American Motorcyclist Association extends its deepest sympathies to the fiancé, family and friends of MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden, who died today in a hospital in Italy.

Hayden, 35, was injured May 17 when he was struck by a car while riding a bicycle during a training exercise along Italy’s Rimini coast. He had competed in the Superbike World Championship races at Imola the previous weekend.

“The loss of Nicky Hayden will be felt across the racing world, on the track and off,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hayden family during this difficult time.”

Hayden won the 2006 MotoGP title over Valentino Rossi. Hayden switched to World Superbikes in 2016 and was 13th in the 2017 standings, riding for Red Bull Honda.

From American Flat Track 

The American Flat Track community is left in mourning following the tragic passing of American motorcycle racing legend Nicky Hayden and sends heartfelt condolences to the Hayden family.

Nicky’s breakout year came in 1999, when he took home his first victory in the Grand National Championship at the Hagerstown Half-Mile and was bestowed American Flat Track Rookie of the Year honors. That same year, as a privateer, he won the AMA Supersport championship and was subsequently named the AMA’s Athlete of the Year.

Over the next three seasons, Nicky perfected his craft on American dirt tracks and road courses, grabbing five more GNC victories and winning the DAYTONA 200 en route to capturing the 2002 AMA Superbike championship. In 2003, after dominating the American motorcycle racing scene, Honda tapped the rising star to join the elite Repsol Honda team in MotoGP. At 22 years old, the Kentucky Kid was introduced to the world, and his warm personality, smooth style and Southern charm quickly resonated with fans across the globe.

Four short years later, Nicky’s dreams were realized when the American prodigy captured the Grand Prix World Championship in dramatic fashion, cementing his legacy as the best American motorcycle racer of his generation.