Meet Top Custom Builders at The Flying Piston Benefit Breakfast in Sturgis

The Flying Piston Benefit at Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

The Flying Piston hosts Stars of “Motorcycles As Art” Exhibition at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Custom motorcycle enthusiasts have a rare opportunity to join renowned U.S. and international custom builders and industry luminaries for a meet and greet to benefit educational scholarships during the second annual Flying Piston Charity Breakfast at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

Builders displaying in the Buffalo Chip’s 2016 Motorcycles As Art Exhibition, curated by Michael Lichter, will gather with other invited top-name builders to shake hands, sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans and friends. The event, organized by The Flying Piston and sponsored by Jekill & Hyde Exhaust and Yelvinton Cycles, takes place Sunday, Aug. 7 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Big Engine Bar in the Chip’s free-access CrossRoads.

2015 Bike Builders at Flying Piston Benefit Breakfast

The Flying Piston Charity Breakfast gives fans of custom bikes a chance to meet some of the most talented bike builders around while raising money for educational scholarships. 

Ticket holders will also enjoy a catered breakfast and a silent auction of selected items autographed by the builders, plus the chance to meet the Chip’s own Rod “Woody” Woodruff, photographer Michael Lichter and special surprise guests.

Guests will have the opportunity to visit with the likes of Bill Dodge, Eddie Trotta, Paul Cox, Roland Sands, Kevin Baas, Aki Sakamoto, Jeff Cochran, and many more to get the inside scoop on their one-off customs in this year’s exhibition. Cycle Source Editor Chris Callen and Hot Bike Editor Jeff Holt have bikes in the exhibit and will be on hand.

A limited number of builder breakfast tickets are on sale now for $20 each at All proceeds benefit the Buffalo Chip’s Scholarship Fund established to help high school graduates and U.S. military veterans pursue motorcycling as a career. Silent auction items are provided by Harley-Davidson Footwear, Revere Seats, Artist Darren McKeag, Low Brow Artist Atomic Bob, Aeromach, Cycle Source, Jekill & Hyde and others.

For sponsor information or to donate auction items contact: Marilyn Stemp, 828-205-8482,

About The Flying Piston
The Flying Piston is an organization that produces charitable events to assist in raising awareness and funds for non-profits and individuals in the biker community. Contact: Marilyn Stemp, 828-205-8482, or

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling. Established in 1981, the venue’s nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Buffalo Chip guests have the freedom to party and play while experiencing world-class concerts, outrageous events, moving freedom celebrations, thrilling PowerSports and more. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers cabins, RVs, camping, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, paved roads, and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. More details are available at

About Motorcycles as Art
Every year the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s indoor Motorcycles as Art exhibition presents a changing conceptual theme that brings together the most innovative collection of groundbreaking custom bikes from today’s premier builders with artwork from the most famed moto-artists. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip and curator, famed photographer Michael Lichter, present an environment that must be seen to appreciate. Free to the public and open for just seven days each year, all are invited to take their time and walk through history in the making that is the Motorcycles as Art exhibit.

Unsung Easy Rider Cliff Vaughs Passes Away

Cliff Vaughs, one of the men who helped design and build one of the most iconic motorcycles ever, passed away this weekend. While mystery and controversy have always surrounded the “Captain America” and “Billy’s Bike” used in the movie Easy Rider, the originals were built by Vaughs and Ben Hardy, a chopper-builder in Los Angeles, with input from the movie’s lead actor Peter Fonda. In an interview with The Vintagent Paul d’Orleans, Vaughs also claims he came up with the title for the movie, stating “I offered the name “Easy Rider,” taken from the Mae West performance of “I Wonder Where My Easy Rider Has Gone,” in the production “She Done Him Wrong”… The title had been an adornment of my house, on the wall; a tapestry with a hidden message sent to me by Susan Mansour, erstwhile friend.” Though Vaughs served a short stint as Associate Producer on the movie as well, his name was not in the movie’s credits, an omission speculated to be based both on the fact that Vaughs was black and the fact he only worked for a short period on the film before Columbia Pictures replaced most of the original crew.

But helping build the “Captain America” bike doesn’t define Vaughs as a man. Vaughs did his own film directing and production, most notably a documentary called “What Will the Harvest Be?” a movie about the Black Power movement in the USA in the 1960s featuring interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Julian Bond and others. Vaughs also produced “Not So Easy,” a motorcycle safety film shot at a time when few others addressed the topic.

Cliff Vaughs, the man who designed the original Easy Rider motorcycles, made a guest appearance at the 2016 Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

We recently met Cliff Vaughs, the man who designed the original Easy Rider motorcycles, at the 2016 Quail Motorcycle Gathering. And while we had hoped to interview him for an upcoming feature article, Vaughs passed away peacefully this weekend at the age of 79. 

His extraordinary life didn’t stop there. He was also a civil rights activist and member of the Students Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Danny Lyon shot an incredible photo of Vaughs being dragged away from a sit-in in Cambridge, Maryland, by five National Guard troops. He was also a member of the Chosen Few M.C. out of California’s Bay Area, one of the first racially integrated motorcycle clubs.

One of the most poignant glimpses at Vaughs’ character comes from his Wikipedia bio. It states that while he was traveling as a member of the SNCC in the Deep South, “Vaughs carried his customized blue Knucklehead chopper in the bed of his pickup truck to Alabama in 1964, and rode the motorcycle to visit sharecroppers in remote areas. Vaughs said, “I may have been naïve thinking I could be an example to the black folks who were living in the South, but that’s why I rode my chopper in Alabama. I’d visit people in their dirt-floor shacks, living like slavery had never ended. I wanted to be a visible example to them; a free black man on my motorcycle.”

We recently had a chance meeting with Vaughs at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in May. While talking to Burt Lammers, the man who built the 1951 Panhead chopper that won the Chopper Class, he told us about how excited he was to meet and have his picture taken with Vaughs, who was a special guest at this year’s Quail Gathering. The conversation included building the Captain America bike, the Civil Rights movement, and tales of pirate encounters when Vaughs went off the grid or 20 years in a sailboat. Needless to say, our curiosity was piqued. Next thing we know, Lammers runs off and comes back with Vaughs. Even upon first meeting, you could sense there was something special about the man. I gave him my card hoping we could talk more for a feature article in American Iron Magazine, and he said “Yeah, we can talk, I’ll tell you anything you want.” Unfortunately, we never got an opportunity to share that conversation, and I am saddened I never got to hear his story first-hand.

Burt Lammers and Cliff Vaughs 2016 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Joe Brown (L) owner of this 1951 Panhead that won the Chopper class, poses for a picture with chopper legend Cliff Vaughs (R) at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

Others who did get a chance to talk to Vaughs on a personal level have aired their condolences on social media.

“My friend has died; another legend passed. #CliffVaughs died in his sleep last night, happy in his bed with his lover, Daniela. Cliff was a lot more than the unsung hero of #EasyRider, filmmaker, civil rights worker, and pirate of the Caribee, but all that stuff added up to an epic life. I’m so glad I got to know him and tell parts of his life in #TheChopperTheRealStory and in a long @motofilmfest interview last year in New York. Life is short – talk to the people you need to, don’t put it off. Vale, Cliff.” The Vintagent, Paul d’Orleans

“Cliff Vaughs, the primary designer and builder of the iconic Easyriders choppers, passed away last night. I was fortunate enough to have had a great conversation with him about his life and ideas. There are certain people at the core of this life we love, that are too often glossed over and left unappreciated or unnoticed. Besides his work in civil rights, Cliff finally gained recognition in recent years for his contribution to the spirit of Choppers that inspired many of us. RIP Cliff.” Paul Cox of Paul Cox Industries

For those who would like to know more about Vaughs, we highly recommend you check out the piece d’Orleans did on him. Read it at The Vintagent: Cliff Vaughs and ‘Easy Rider.’

We lost another one of the good ones. Ride On, Vaughs, Ride On.

Cliff Vaughs sportin' his Chosen Few M.C. cuts.

Cliff Vaughs is indeed one of the “Chosen Few.”

Brandon Robinson Breaks Drought, Wins 2016 Lima Half-Mile

Lima Half-Mile Podium 2016

Brandon Robinson stands atop the podium after winning the 2016 Lima Half-Mile.(AMA Pro Racing/Dave Hoenig Photo)

In front of a full house on Saturday night at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio, Brandon Robinson piloted the No. 44 Kennedy Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 to his first win since 2013 in the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class. The Lima Half-Mile, a longstanding staple on the AMA Pro Flat Track calendar now promoted by Jared and Nichole Mees, was another successful 2016 event for the sport.

The defending champion bolted from the start to take the holeshot for the GNC1 Main Event, but quickly encountered a number of challenges from the rest of the field. “Mile Specialist” Bryan Smith and Factory Harley-Davidson rider Brad Baker each took the lead before the field completed the first lap, with Smith officially taking the point. Robinson showed that he wanted the win, however, and began to pull away from the pack after taking the lead on Lap 2.

Despite two red-flag periods, Robinson refused to surrender the lead. The Pennsylvania-native made the Kennedy Racing team proud as he led the GNC1 class for 24 of the evening’s 25-lap Main Event, finishing ahead of reigning GNC1 champion, Mees, by a margin of 0.403 of a second.

“I hate red flags,” Robinson said. “But it all played out tonight in my favor. I knew from the Dash I had a shot to win this thing. The bike was working good, especially early when the track was smooth and had a lot of moisture it was hooked and working so flawlessly, and I was just along for the ride just switching the throttle. It made my job easy. Half-way through the race it started to get rougher and rougher and I wouldn’t say I was getting tired, I was just struggling adapting to the track a little bit. I figured it out there in the end. My initial thought was ‘Finally!’ Three years of coming close and not getting the job done and then finally getting it done here again. It’s just rewarding. It feels good.”

Mees, who promoted his first-ever AMA Pro Flat Track event Saturday night, enjoyed his success both on and off the track.

“Hats off to their whole team,” Mees said. “They’ve been struggling and this is definitely going to give them some confidence, that’s for sure. It was a fun race. I got a good start at the very beginning and faded back and then I just started picking them off. The fitness played a big key and then we got a red flag so everybody got to calm down. I kind of wish I could’ve just ran 25 laps up in front there and maybe worn the boys out a little bit but it was great. I can’t thank my team enough.”

Winner of the 2015 Lima Half-Mile, Baker, wanted more from this year’s edition. The Washington native closed out the podium and finished ahead of fourth-place No. 42 Bryan Smith and fifth-place No. 10 Johnny Lewis.

“My line wasn’t working there for the beginning of the Main Event,” Baker said. “It took a couple of times almost crashing to figure it out and then I finally did. I felt like I was running consistent times when I was with the leaders, but by that time I was too far gone. I kept on missing shifts on the restarts. I think I would’ve had a chance to fight with these guys for the win if it wasn’t for that. I had a pretty intense battle with Bryan Smith and Johnny Lewis, he was bobbing pretty bad, almost clipped my bars a couple times but I guess that’s racing. I was mad, but Harley-Davidson, Monster Energy and Vance & Hines put a good bike under me.”

In the GNC2 class, No. 94B Ryan Wells took home first place on his Honda CRF450R over No. 68A Ryan Varnes and No. 14A Dalton Gauthier.

“I was more than confident,” said Wells. “After the first practice I knew we had a good bike and I kept getting good starts, I was thankful for it. I didn’t get the Hole Shot in the Main but I was second, so that was huge. About halfway, I put as many consistent laps as I could together and then I looked back over my shoulder to see that I had a pretty good lead and it was just clear sailing from there. I just made sure I didn’t make too big of a mistake for them to be able to capitalize if I went down or something. All-in-all it was a great race.”

Up next, AMA Pro Flat Track returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. on Saturday, July 30. Tickets for the Charlotte Half-Mile start at just $29 for adults and kids 13 and under are free. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Award Updates
Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines:
• Harley-Davidson Pole Award: No. 44 Brandon Robinson
• McElroy Packaging Lucky 13 Award Winner: No. 44 Brandon Robinson
• MotoBatt Hard Charger Award Winner: No. 20 Jarod Vanderkooi
• Öhlins Fastest Lap Award Winner: No. 69 Sammy Halbert
• Sunoco “Go The Distance” Award Leader: No. 42 Bryan Smith (252.75 miles completed)

• Larry and Judy McElroy Rookie of the Race Award Winner: No. 49T Broderick Buchan
• Westside Truck Parts “Just off the Box” Award Winners: No. 49T Broderick Buchan (4th), No. 16T Dave Pouliot (5th)
• Sunoco “Go The Distance” Award Leader: No. 26E Dylan Morin (186.37 miles completed)

Thrills and Spills – Dirt Quake USA 2016 Review

Capt Thor Dirt Quake USA 2016

See See’s Capt. Thor leads the charge aboard USS Newton during the Dirt Quake parade lap.

Portland’s P-funkiness jumped the Columbia River and invaded its neighbor to the north as Castle Rock, Washington, was overrun by riders with big bushy ‘fros and polyester shirts unbuttoned to navels, the motley crew doing their quarter-mile disco dance on mini-choppers and tracked-out Sportsters. “Danger” Ehren in his electric-blue do didn’t disappoint as he barreled up Castle Rock’s TT Jump and launched himself in the air on his Harley, the Jackass star’s antics a perfect fit for Dirt Quake USA 2016. Nobody’s jump was flashier than Jimmy Hill’s no-hander as “Hillsack” earned top honors in the “Style” contest off the Rock’s TT berm. Friday night a fearless few did “Danger” worthy dashes on their motorcycles through the bonfire under a blazing moon, cheers for the most outlandish echoing through the campground.

And though the Dirt Quake circus was a carousel of fun, come race time, when the flag dropped, things got real. Clutch levers were dumped and mad dashes were made for that first corner, Dirt Quakers coming out of Turn 2 four-wide at times. Friends in the pits, foes on the track, watching Cory Rushford of Team Rusty Butcher battle Suicide Machine Co.’s Shaun Guardado elbow-to-elbow in a heat race proved that once the flag dropped, friendships went out the window. This scenario was repeated in the Hooligan Main as Rushford diced with the Speed Merchant’s Chris Wiggins all the way to the finish line, Wiggins holding on for the win by a hair. Shaun G can tell you how real the racing was. After a hard-fought victory in the Hooligan “B” Class final, he also came home with a “mild concussion, whip lash and broken ankle” after a digger in the Main final but added in his Instagram post that he “can’t wait to go back.” While the premise of Dirt Quake is fun, the caliber of racing stepped up a notch this year.

Rubbin id Racing Dirt Quake 2016

If you think Cory (24) and Shaun (66) don’t want to win, think again. Rubbin’ is racing!

It looked like the mother ship had landed when a spacegirl circled on a Scout and Captain Thor set out on the USS Newton ATC. We were impressed by the big guy on his spoked-down, whitewall-wearing Harley Springer scraping floorboards on the clay, tassels to the wind, battling bikes half his size and holding his own. Chopper riders threw fishtails to the wind, grabbed ram’s horns in both hands, and attacked the track with abandon, lapping faster than you’d think rakes like theirs would allow.

While races were the main attraction, sideshows like a “Style” contest off the TT hump, the first-ever Dirt Quake Bike Show, and helter-skelter mini-bike races in and out of the pavilion west of the track stoked the flames. Campfires dotted Castle Rock nightly and Audios Amigos and Moondrake added audio tracks to the powder keg. Trades, barters, and buys took place on vendor’s row along the perimeter of the track. The buzz of bikes lapping the campground was constant, somehow a Seattle Cossack even finding its way into the mix.

Spacegirl Dirt Quake USA 2016

Dirt Quake to Space Girl, prepare to blast off!

We overhead one Quaker say “this is how races used to be.” And that’s part of the beauty of Dirt Quake. It has that “back-in-the-day” feel and an organic atmosphere you don’t often find these days. It’s a Pacific Northwest drum circle of hammering V-Twins and thumping exhausts around a dirt oval in the forests of Washington, a funky beat of bikes and bro’s in the backwoods. Hosts See See, Sideburn, and Harley’ve got “a real type of thing going down, gettin’ down” at Castle Rock.

2016 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Completes Lineup for its 35th Bash

Sturgis Buffalo Chip fans are bracing for impact as the onslaught of rock which will round out the 2016 lineup is announced and an intriguing 35th anniversary poster is unveiled.

The speculation is over as the 2016 Sturgis Buffalo Chip complete lineup announcement erases all doubt that it will be anything but another spectacular year at the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling. In addition to the legendary artists the Buffalo Chip has already announced such as Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson and Lynyrd Skynyrd, some of the planet’s top party bands have now made the list including Buckcherry, Cheap Trick, Pop Evil, RATT, Texas Hippie Coalition, ONE – The Only Tribute to Metallica and others.

Buffalo Chip 35th Anniversary 2016 Poster

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 35th anniversary limited-edition poster

Viral Artist Creates Buffalo Chip Masterpiece
Pop culture artist, Jason Heuser has brought to life the Buffalo Chip’s 2016 band lineup, the revelry of 35 years of Chip tradition and the American motorcycle spirit in a limited-edition poster to commemorate this year’s event. Heuser’s artwork, which has primarily focused on peculiar presidential portraits, has become a viral sensation. His latest work is an unconventional look at the iconic Buffalo Chip festival that features 2016 poster model Nena, Kid Rock and Miranda Lambert. Two hundred fifty signed and numbered posters, specially printed in a larger size and on artist weight paper, are now available.

Living Up To a Rock ‘n’ Roll Tradition
With a string of hits like “Crazy Bitch” the subsequent, “Sorry” and “All Night Long,” Buckcherry will top-off a big night at the Chip for rockers on Friday, Aug. 12. American rock bands Sweet Cyanide and Pop Evil will open the night of incredible hard rockin’ performances, leading the way for headliners Buckcherry.

Buckcherry Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2016

Buckcherry is a long-time favorite at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip who will help The Chip celebrate its 35th.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick will bring a long list of hits such as “Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me” and “Dream Police” to the party on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Red Dirt metal favorites Texas Hippie Coalition and the psychedelic southern rockers The Grizzled Mighty will fan some musical flames and get the action rolling that same night.

Eighties hair metal band RATT will take the Wolfman Jack Stage prior to a patriotic performance by Miranda Lambert as part of the Chip’s Freedom Celebration on Thursday, Aug. 11. Stolen Rhodes will open the stage with vintage folk rock flavor prior to RATT.

ONE – The Only Tribute to Metallica will perform the biggest hits of metal masters Metallica following a performance from Midnight Mob on Saturday, Aug. 6. Both bands perform prior to headliners 3 Doors Down.

Rounding out the 2016 main stage schedule are opening bands Jimmie Bratcher, performing on Friday, Aug. 5, Tim Montana and the Shrednecks on Sunday, Aug. 7 and the Reformed Whores on Saturday, Aug. 13.

Texas Hippie Coalition at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2016

The Texas Hippie Coalition should be right at home with the crowd at The Chip as they prepare to take the stage at the 2016 Sturgis Rally.

The complete Wolfman Jack Stage band lineup for the 35th anniversary of The Best Party Anywhere:
Friday, Aug. 5 – Willie Nelson, Drake White, Jimmie Bratcher
Saturday, Aug. 6 – 3 Doors Down, ONE – The Only Tribute to Metallica, Midnight Mob
Sunday, Aug. 7 – Kid Rock, Leon Russell, Tim Montana and the Shrednecks
Monday, Aug. 8 – Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elle King, Mothership
Tuesday, Aug. 9 – Cheap Trick, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Grizzled Mighty
Wednesday, Aug 10 – Five Finger Death Punch, Reverend Horton Heat, Low Volts
Thursday, Aug. 11 – Miranda Lambert, RATT, Stolen Rhodes
Friday, Aug. 12 – Buckcherry, Pop Evil, Sweet Cyanide
Saturday, Aug – “Weird Al” Yankovic, Reformed Whores

Performing on the Buffalo Chip’s Showcase stages in 2016 are:
The Living Deads
BC & The Big Rig
Well Hung Heart
The Mods
Colossal Boss
Charlie Brechtel Band
Iron Cowgirl Missy
Brian Grilli
Brandon Jones & The Thirsty Fish
The Flaunt Girls
Buffalo Dreamers
Sturgis Rider Rhythm Rockers
Dwight York
Captain Jack
Josh Funnemann
Dueling DJs: DJ Hulio and VIP Rob

Those wishing to purchase passes or the limited edition 2016 poster may do so by going to or calling 605-347-9000.

Mark Wahlberg Supports Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis by Indian Motorcycle

Epic ride from L.A. to South Dakota on Indian bikes uses ‘Motorcycle Therapy’ to aid wounded and amputee veterans

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company and proud sponsor for the second straight year of the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis, released further details about the 1,776-mile, multi-state tour that uses Indian motorcycles as therapy for wounded and amputee veterans.

The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis hand-selects veterans from all branches of the military to experience motorcycle therapy on Indian motorcycles, trikes and Champion sidecars while riding from Los Angeles to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. For 2016, 20 deserving veterans and veteran mentors will join the ride.

Mark Wahlberg Veterans Ride to Sturgis

Mark Wahlberg proudly supports the Veterans Ride to Sturgis by Indian Motorcycle Co.

“I’m so grateful to the participants in this year’s ride and all our veterans for their service to our country,” said actor, producer and Indian Motorcycle enthusiast Mark Wahlberg. “This ride is a wonderful opportunity to support each other and enjoy the natural beauty of this great nation.”

To view a short personal greeting from Mark Wahlberg to this year’s Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis participants, please

The program was conceived and developed by veteran Army Paratrooper David Frey and Emmy Award-winning producer and director Robert Manciero of Full Vision Productions, leveraging the therapeutic effects of motorcycle riding to create an adventure of a lifetime for wounded veterans. For the second straight year the journey will be filmed so the message can be shared with as many veterans as possible.

“We’ll spend over a week riding on America’s most beautiful roads, getting to know each other and helping each other through Motorcycle Therapy,” said Frey. “The shared experience of serving brings us together, veteran to veteran, to help each other heal. We also show the veterans just how much their service means to America by stopping in small towns along the way to meet the people of our nation who want to celebrate these brave men and women.”

The nine-day journey stops in various towns and cities along the way, giving the veterans a chance to meet the grateful citizens they helped protect. Towns along their route include Las Vegas, N.V., Moab, Utah, Denver, Colo., and Hot Springs, S.D. Once in Sturgis, the veterans spend the week of the rally riding the Black Hills, attending events and taking part in the ultimate “Sturgis Experience.”

“Indian Motorcycle is proud to be a founding sponsor of the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis in honor of the sacrifices made by these brave men and women,” said Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director Reid Wilson. “Indian Motorcycle has a long and proud heritage of supporting the U.S. Military and our troops over the course of the past century, and we are pleased to continue that tradition as a part of this noble and worthwhile initiative.”

Special events for our veterans at Sturgis include an exclusive luncheon with members of the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group on Aug. 7, the Legends Charity Memorial Ride on Aug. 8, VIP access to an evening of live music at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip on Aug. 10, the Freedom Celebration Ride departing Spearfish on Aug. 11 and a special shooting competition event at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip followed by an invite-only dinner at Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis on Aug. 12.

“Supporting our veterans by donating sidecars to accommodate amputee veterans in a safe, comfortable manner is something near and dear to our team and to me personally,” said Craig Arrojo, President of Champion Sidecars. “We are honored to be associated with such a worthy event, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the Veterans Charity Ride for years to come.”

To follow the ride, support our veterans, donate and hear their stories, visit and Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

Ben Bostrom Named Grand Marshal for 2016 Sturgis Mayor’s Ride

Ben Bostrom, renowned U.S. motorcycle racer, has been named the Grand Marshal for the 14th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride on August 8, 2016, during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Bostrom started his career out strong by winning the AMA National 600 Dirt Track Championship in 1993 and quickly turned to road racing in 1995. Bostrom has won numerous races atop a variety of bikes, including Ducati, Honda and Harley-Davidson. He and his brother, Eric, quickly rose to fame in the racing world and have won numerous races in the States and internationally. The Bostrom Brothers are making their return to Sturgis to continue their tradition of riding with people from around the world in the annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride.

“The City of Sturgis is very excited to team up with Ben Bostrom as the Grand Marshal of the 14th Annual Mayor’s Ride,” said Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen. “His lifelong love and dedication to the sport of motorcycling is exactly what the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is all about.”

Ben Bostrom to Lead Sturgis Mayors Ride

Ben Bostrom, the 14th Annual Mayor’s Ride Grand Marshal, will ride his Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra to lead this year’s fundraising event for the City of Sturgis during the 76th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The City of Sturgis teamed up with Harley-Davidson, the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and Carey Hart, the 2015 Grand Marshal, to officially pass the torch to Ben in a visit to Sturgis this Spring. Check out the video on YouTube.

Ben and Eric are not rookies to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The brothers spent many years as kids growing up racing on the dirt tracks of Sturgis and numerous other venues in the area. It was on these tracks the young brothers honed their racing skills preparing them for professional racing as adults.

The 14th Annual Mayor’s Ride is Monday, August 8, 2016 and begins at the Harley-Davidson Rally Point, Main Street and Harley-Davidson Way (formerly 2nd Street). It will be police escorted on several of the Black Hill’s most spectacular two lane roads and byways. The ride is a fundraiser for the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance Service and Police Reserves. Riders are invited to join Bostrom, Sturgis Mayor Carstensen, state and local legislators, industry professionals, celebrities and legends. The Mayor’s Ride package includes a photo opportunity at Mount Rushmore followed by a decadent lunch at Custer State Park. All participants will receive a gift bag filled with unique and collectible souvenirs to commemorate their ride experience. Space is limited. To find more information about the ride and to register, visit

RSD Super Hooligan Races Taking Center Stage at the Lost Highway Show

RSD Super Hooligan Races at Lost Highway Show.

This year’s Lost Highway Motorcycle Show & Concert will feature the newly added RSD Super Hooligan Race as well as a bike show. It’s a motorcycle fans dream weekend featuring live music from Brantley Gilbert, Social Distortion, Justin Moore, Eagles of Death Metal, Foghat, Chevy Metal, Face To Face, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Tony Joe White, Colt Ford, Paul Cauthen and Tyler Farr.

The show was recently named one of Rolling Stone’s “30 MUST SEE FESTIVALS THIS SUMMER”, Lost Highway, held on July 23rd at San Manuel Amphitheater & Festival Grounds in San Bernadino, CA., is this summers’ number one music and motor fest destination.

The RSD Super Hooligan race presented by Indian Motorcycle will feature a number of different classes. Modern Hooligan racers, Run What Ya Brung and Vintage bikes will be racing head to head on a specially created track situated between live music. Attendees can expect to see an eclectic group of riders on all types of custom bikes pinning it for glory and the coveted Lost Highway Super Hooligan top podium spots.

“Lost Highway is the perfect mix of music, bikes and a big party where I think the people will get more than they expected with the addition of Super Hooligan racing,” says Roland Sands.

Having a RSD Super Hooligan Race during Lost Highway is all about taking racing straight to the people who would of otherwise had no idea how much fun riding a motorcycle in a circle can be. Racing motorcycles in the middle of a music festival is insane. And that’s what we hope to bring to the event, a little insanity and good times.
Tickets and weekend camping packages for Lost Highway are available now at

Lost Highway Music and Motorcycle Festival

New GLS Ultimate Air Cleaner Touts Big Power Gains

GLS Intake

Available for Harley-Davidson Touring Models 1999-Present

Designed by top-notch machinist and Harley enthusiast Gary Glass, owner of GLS Machining and Design, the GLS Ultimate Air Cleaner is a top-flight aftermarket Intake breather that has been dyno tested.

These breathers are Precision CNC-machined from 6061 billet aluminum and provide an incredible amount of airflow, which equals HORSEPOWER! This is the breather for the riders who want the biggest bang for their buck–along with the benefit of good looks!

Available in chrome, chrome-and-black combinations, black contrast cut, all black or black wrinkle finish, these very lightweight air cleaners feature a stage-3 air filter and upgradable velocity stack length options. Three heat shields protect the intake from sucking engine hot air, and cooler air equates to additional horsepower!

The GLS Ultimate Air Cleaner looks sharp as well. Filters are available in a variety of colors, including orange, red, black, blue and purple. They feature clear Lexan faceplates with underlying machine designs, including flame, star, and spoke. Designs are available in chrome, black, black wrinkle and contrast machine cut. No other air filter combination performs as well as the Ultimate Air Cleaner.

Each air cleaner is machined and individually assembled to customers’ specifications. All manufacturing and assembly performed in Alexandria, Indiana, USA.

Available at Cycle Solutions and GLS Intakes.

TECH: Rekluse EXP Auto-Clutch Install (Intro)

Rekluse Clutch Install

Our opening shot has our 2006 Road King up on a bike lift with its primary cover, shifter levers, front and rear left floorboards removed. A H-D oil drip pan is under the bike to catch the old primary fluid.

Captions by Chris Maida / Photos by Chelsea Maida

Breeze through traffic without pulling the clutch lever

I got to spend some riding time with aim ad sales representative Ken McCurdy at the 75th Sturgis rally this past summer. If you were there, or even read about it, you have an idea of the crowding that almost a million motorcyclists descending on a small town with three roads can cause.

So there we were, sitting in traffic on I-90, waiting to exit for Black Hills H-D along with thousands of others, with my clutch hand starting to get a little sore. So, I would shift my Limited test bike

Rekluse Clutch friction disks and EXP disk

The Rekluse clutch friction disks and EXP disk must soak in new primary oil for at least five minutes before installation.

into neutral for a few seconds, stretch my hand, kick back into gear, and move forward another few feet. That’s when I noticed Ken coolly and comfortably moving forward without even kicking the shifter or using the clutch. He would just give a little throttle as we duckwalked our bikes forward. His clutch must be broken, I thought, so I asked him about it. Turns out, he had recently equipped his 2006 Road King with a Rekluse EXP 3.0 clutch kit (#RMS-6203C/$799), which prevents engine stalling by using centrifugally driven technology.

The Rekluse EXP clutch system allows the user to take off and stop in gear without having to use the clutch lever, allowing for precision maneuvers at extremely low speeds while the rest of us are balancing clutch, throttle, and rear brake to get around a tight parking lot. The Rekluse kit comes with a whole new TorqDrive clutch pack that has a higher torque capacity than stock and can transfer power faster.

Besides the obvious difference, using a Rekluse EXP clutch is no different than regular clutching. You still pull the lever when changing gears, and shifting feels no different. The clutch can still be used at any time, too, so some situations where a clutch is needed (like rolling the bike backwards) can be done. As an added benefit, since the greatest wear on a clutch occurs in stop-and-go traffic, your clutch will run cooler and last longer. The cool part is that using the clutch is totally optional. You can if you want, don’t have to if you don’t.
As for Ken, he loves it!

Installing a Rekluse auto-clutch involves nothing more than changing out the clutch pack, and no modifications are required. Not that you’d want to, but you could swap your stock clutch back in at any time, like if you decide to sell your bike! The accompanying photos and captions show Editor Chris installing the Rekluse EXP clutch in just a few hours on Ken’s 2006 Road King. Next year, you can be the envy of just about everyone, except Ken, at Sturgis! AIM

Harley stock clutch friction plate removal

Pull all the stock and steel friction plates from the clutch housing. These will not be reused.





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Rekluse Clutch review

Install the Rekluse spring ring with its tabs engage with the notches on the spring and its holes aligning with the holes in the clutch hub. We used the light lever spring ring since we have a stock motor.