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Team Roberts Returns to Legendary Harley-Davidson Sacramento Mile May 20th

Kenny Roberts Sr.’s famous Yamaha TZ750 also to make a special appearance, ridden by 2000 Grand National Champion Joe Kopp

SDI Racing’s Steve and Vince Delorenzi, promotors of the Harley-Davidson Sacramento Mile presented by Cycle Gear, are proud to announce “King” Kenny Roberts’ return to the “Sac Mile” as the Honorary Grand Marshall on May 20. Sharing Grand Marshall duties with the flat track and road racing legend will be another Roberts – his son and fellow World Champion Kenny Roberts, Jr.

“Thrilled would be an understatement,” said Steve Delorenzi, CEO of SDI Insulation/SDI Racing. “We’re excited to have the Roberts family and honor a pair of world-class athletes from Northern California at the Sacramento Mile, one of the sport’s legendary venues.”

Roberts, Sr. is also looking forward to returning to his flat track roots and being honored at the Sacramento Mile.

“It’s still an honor to be honored,” Roberts, Sr. said. “I needed to get to a dirt track and watch it again. I haven’t been to a mile in years. It’s going to be interesting to see how it’s evolved.”

Team Roberts will return to the Legendary Harley-Davidson Sacramento Mile May 20. (American Flat Track/Andrea Wilson Photo)

Team Roberts will return to the Legendary Harley-Davidson Sacramento Mile May 20. (American Flat Track/Andrea Wilson Photo)

Of course, an appearance by Roberts, Sr. at a dirt track wouldn’t be complete without his infamous Yamaha TZ750 made famous by Roberts epic win at the 1975 Indy Mile. The “King” himself said at the time that they couldn’t pay him enough money to ride the fire-breathing two-stroke, but Roberts and the TZ750 made a repeat appearance for some thrilling demo laps at the 2009 Indy Mile. The TZ750 returns for some more laps of glory, this time to be piloted by 2000 Grand National Champion Joe Kopp at the Sacramento Mile.

“In my career, I’ve swung my leg over many of the best dirt track bikes out there, but I’ve always wondered what the TZ750 was like,” Kopp said. “I can’t wait!”

Roberts, Sr. became the first American to win a Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Championship and in addition to his three World Championship, he is a two-time Grand National Champion. Roberts is also one of only four riders in AMA racing history to win the Grand Slam, representing Grand National wins at mile, half-mile, short-track, TT and road race events.

Roberts, Jr. was recently honored as a MotoGP Legend on April 21 at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas. Junior won eight 500cc GPs and the 2000 world title on a factory Suzuki. The Roberts are the only father-son duo to have won 500cc World Championships and be inducted into the MotoGP World Championship Hall of Fame.

In addition to the Roberts’ long list of achievements they continue to raise awareness for Welcome Home Hero’s Foundation hosting “True American Hero’s Dinner” at The Roberts Ranch on May 13. For more information or donations please visit http://welcomehomeheroesfoundation.org/

For more information on the Harley-Davidson Sacramento Mile presented by Cycle Gear at the Cal-Expo in Sacramento, Calif. please visit www.sactomile.com

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts on Thursday nights throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN, while FansChoice.tv provides live streaming coverage of American Flat Track events. FansChoice.tv also provides coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.nbcsports.com/ and http://www.FansChoice.tv.

Mustang Launches John Shope Signature Series Seats for Indian Motorcycles

Shope Signature Series Cafe Mustang Seat for Indian Scouts 2015-17

Shope Signature Series Cafe Mustang Seat for Indian Scouts 2015-17

Designed by Shope; Handcrafted by Mustang

John Shope of Dirty Bird Concepts takes a vision and pushes it beyond conventional boundaries. The renegade “Risk Taker” is a veritable mastermind of unadulterated concepts capable of taking any ride to another level. Now the Dirty Bird is teaming up with Mustang Seats to develop the new Shope Signature Series designed exclusively for Indian Motorcycle. Two brands founded on quality, purpose-built products, are now delivering the ultimate fusion of custom design and quality craftsmanship.

Available in either a Café or two-up Tripper style, seats feature a diamond-stitched pattern with the exception of the Café style for the Scout which is Tuck and Roll stitched. All four seats feature double stitched, high quality expanded vinyl plus a perforated design center panel for a custom flair.

As with all Mustang seats, the marine-grade fiberglass baseplate, proprietary comfort foam and individually sewn covers are proudly handcrafted and assembled in their New England facility (tours are available by appointment).

For more information, visit www.MustangSeats.com or call Mustang at 800-243-1392 or 413-668-1100. Feel the Mustang difference!

Shope Signature Series Cafe Mustang Seat for Indian Chieftains 2014-17

Shope Signature Series Cafe Mustang Seat for Indian Chieftains 2014-17

For the Indian Scout 2015-17:
Café style : #76305 MSRP $339 (driver width 9”)
Tripper style: #76306 MSRP $379 (driver width 8.5”, passenger 5”)

For the Indian Chieftain, Chief Classic, Dark Horse, Roadmaster & Vintage 2014-17:
Café style: #76307 MSRP $339 (driver width 11.5”)
Tripper two-up style: #76308 MSRP $379 (driver width 11”, passenger 6”)

Harley-Davidson & EagleRider Join Forces to Create Premier Motorcycle Rental Program

H-D and Eagle Rider

Harley-Davidson Motor Company today announced an exclusive alliance with EagleRider, the world’s largest motorcycle rental, travel and tour company. Motorcycle enthusiasts and travelers will now be able to rent and tour on the most current Harley-Davidson Touring and Cruiser motorcycles at EagleRider locations around the country.

Customers will also benefit from an expanded network of EagleRider pick-up and drop-off points, as many of them will now be located in Harley-Davidson dealerships across the country. For the first time, customers nationwide will be able to pick up a motorcycle near their home, take their dream trip, and drop off the same motorcycle near their destination, something that was not possible except in a few locations.

“This strategic deal with EagleRider supports our efforts to grow ridership by making it easier for more riders to throw a leg over and experience the thrill of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle across our great country,” said Harley-Davidson Vice President and Managing Director U.S. Mike Kennedy. “EagleRider’s advanced nationwide reservation system, proven customer service and extensive travel industry expertise will allow our 700 U.S. dealer locations to seamlessly deliver premium motorcycle rental, travel and tour experiences.”

Founded in 1992 by Chris McIntyre and Jeff Brown with four Harley-Davidson motorcycles in a Los Angeles garage, EagleRider has grown to serve more than 100,000 riders annually through motorcycle rental and touring experiences across the U.S.

“It’s a dream of millions of riders across the world to explore America in the most authentic way possible, on an iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle,” said McIntyre. “For the past 25 years, we’ve seen riders return from their trips completely transformed by finding freedom of the open road to be the ultimate adventure vacation.”

Through the alliance, EagleRider will exclusively offer current model year Harley-Davidson motorcycle fleets in the Touring and Large Cruiser motorcycle segments, serviced by Harley-Davidson-trained technicians and equipped with Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories. Harley-Davidson will exclusively work with EagleRider to provide rental, travel and tour experiences from its U.S dealership network.

Reunited RATT and Night Ranger Bring Top ’80s Rock to Sturgis Buffalo Chip

RATT to play Sturgis Buffalo Chip Saturday Aug. 5

It will be a night of RATT & Roll at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Saturday, Aug. 5.

Two of the most influential and memorable ’80s bands of rock are bringing their list of hits to the Chip.

Two of the bands that helped shaped ‘80s Sunset Strip-era rock ‘n’ roll and became part of the foundation of that genre’s transformation, will be leading the party at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip on Saturday, Aug. 5. RATT, whose signature sound made them one of the most popular rock acts of the time and helped pioneer Hollywood’s legendary hard rock sound and scene will be sharing the stage with Night Ranger, a band that has significantly impacted popular culture and produced some of the most powerful songs of the decade. Check out the Buffalo Chip’s zany official ‘80s-themed band announcement video and find more info at www.BuffaloChip.com/BANDS.

RATT has been spreading its infectious brand of Ratt ‘N’ Roll to the masses for nearly four decades now, but the reunion of four of the band’s original members makes the upcoming Buffalo Chip performance a particular stand out. Their list of platinum smashes including “Invasion of Your Privacy,” “Dancin’ Undercover” and “Reach for the Sky,” along with the blockbuster anthems “Round and Round,” “Wanted Man” and “Lay it Down” all contributed to their colossal success.

Night Ranger has both epitomized and transcended the arena rock sound and style. The band earned widespread acclaim, multi-platinum and gold album status while leaving their indelible mark on the music charts with an impressive string of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks such as “Sister Christian”, “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”, “When You Close Your Eyes” and “(You Can Still) Rock In America.”

Night Ranger to play Sturgis Buffalo Chip Aug. 5

Night Ranger to bring its long list of hits to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Saturday, Aug. 5.

“We receive more requests for the ‘80s rock than bands from any other genre,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “RATT and Night Ranger combine on the first Saturday to give our fans an incredible rock and roll ride of that favored decade. There aren’t many of these legendary bands still touring, and here’s an opportunity to see two of the biggest on the same night, with just one pass. This is going to be one helluva big hair party!”

As the largest and most easily accessed concert and camping venue east of Sturgis, concert attendees not already camping at the Buffalo Chip will be able to access the free parking area at the east gate, about 5 miles from exit 37 on I-90.

The growing 2017 Buffalo Chip lineup of entertainment so far includes:

Fri., Aug. 4
Dirt Riot Off-Road Racing (Free to the Public)
Headlining Concerts to Be Announced Soon

Sat., Aug 5
RATT
Night Ranger
Dirt Riot Off-Road Racing
Motorcycles as Art Exhibit Opens Free to the Public

Sun., Aug. 6
Shinedown
American Flat Track Buffalo Chip TT
Presented by Indian Motorcycle
FXR Bike Show

Mon., Aug. 7
The Doobie Brothers
Legends Ride
Full Throttle Florida Bike Show
More headlining Concerts to Be Announced Soon

Tues., Aug. 8
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Blackberry Smoke
Biker Belles
Full Throttle Florida Bike Show
Sportster Showdown Bike Show

Wed., Aug. 9
Ozzy Osbourne
Pop Evil
Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John
RSD Super Hooligan Races
Presented by Indian Motorcycle

Thurs., Aug. 10
Blink-182
George Thorogood and the Destroyers
Freedom Celebration and Ride
Rat’s Hole Bike Show
Doug Danger’s World Record Rattlesnake Jump on Evel Knievel’s 1972 XR750

Fri., Aug. 11
Alter Bridge
AMA Supermoto Races
American West Motorcycle Tour
More Headlining Concerts to be Announced Soon

Sat., Aug. 12
AMA Supermoto Races
American West Motorcycle Tour
Headlining Concerts to Be Announced Soon

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

Polaris Motorcycle Division to Exhibit & Showcase 2018 Models at 2017 AIMExpo

Indian Motorcycle & Polaris Slingshot to Showcase its Model Year 2018 Lineup at American International Motorcycle Expo in Columbus, Ohio

The Polaris Motorcycle Division announced it will make its American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) debut in September at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The appearance of both Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, and Polaris Slingshot, the bold three-wheeled roadster, will allow the motorcycle industry and consumers alike to be one of the first to view each brand’s full 2018 model year lineup.

2017 Indian Chieftain Elite and 2017 Indian Chieftain Limited

Produced by the Motorcycle Industry Council, AIMExpo is the single most important event of its type in the North American market and has international impact within the motorcycle and powersports industry. Polaris Motorcycle Division’s support of AIMExpo further demonstrates the company’s continued support to grow and expand the motorcycle industry. In addition, the AIMExpo provides an ideal platform to reach consumers and entertain dealers.

“The AIMExpo provides both Indian and Slingshot the ideal platform to reach and engage the North American market and to showcase each brand’s new model year lineups,” said Steve Menneto, President, Polaris Motorcycle Division. “Additionally, the city of Columbus is strategically situated within the sweet spot of our consumer base, as well as our dealer network, making it an ideal location to showcase our products to key constituencies.”

Polaris Motorcycle Division to Exhibit & Showcase New Model Lineup at 2017 AIMExpo

The AIMExpo’s purpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling and powersports in the U.S. and North America. AIMExpo delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the powersports industry.

“We’re excited to welcome Indian Motorcycle and Polaris Slingshot to the AIMExpo for the first time,” said Larry Little, Vice President & General Manager, MIC Events. “Both brands bring a unique story unlike any other brand – with Indian’s historic place in motorcycling and Slingshot’s category-creating design. We fully expect both brands to be well received from attending industry professionals and consumers, and believe Indian and Slingshot will help contribute to make this the best show yet.”

2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering Winners, Photos & Review

Chris Carter 2nd Place American Class 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Chris Carter took second place in the American Class for his 1914 Jefferson Board Track Racer.

There was the historic, like Chris Carter’s immaculate 1914 Jefferson Board Track Racer and Gary Landeen’s 1942 Indian Pre-War Big Base Scout. There was the exotic, Virgil Elings’ pristine, unraced 1995 Britten V1000 coming to mind, the superb superbike No. 10 of 10. There was next-gen goodness in the form of John Bennet’s wicked Motus Streetfighter built by Bryan Fuller and the Fuller Moto crew, the custom Motus delivering a thunderous note you could feel in your bones.

Quail Lodge host of the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

The Quail Lodge hosted its 9th annual motorcycle concourse on its grounds with over 3,000 estimated attendees. 

For the 9th annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering over 350 motorcycles sprawled about the verdant lawns of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club. A grey, overcast sky and cool temperatures couldn’t deter over 3,000 people from milling around the grounds to witness the moto-spectacle, a celebration of all things two-wheeled. American racing royalty Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey and Mert Lawwill added to the pomp and circumstance by regaling the crowd with tales from their storied careers. John Goldman, winner of 2015 “Best of Show” laurels, added another notch on his victory belt with his 1957 Mondial 250 Grand Prix Racer with Dual Overhead Cams and a race fairing that’s almost impossible to find.

1995 Britten V1000 #10 Significance in Racing Award 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Jeff Elings sits on the 1995 Britten V1000 #10, winner of the “Significance in Racing Award” at the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering. The rare Britten superbike is extra special because it’s never been raced.

In the American Class, Kalle Hoffman captured top honors with his art deco 1937 Indian Chief.

“I’ve had the bike for about eight years. I bought it as a project and restored it. It took me about three years to get the bike on the road. I got the bike on the road for the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge,” said Hoffman. His compelling back story provided further motivation to complete the restoration.

“The first civilian bike to cross the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937 was a 1937 Indian Chief and that bike was ridden by a club member. I’m in the San Francisco Motorcycle Club and club member Hap Jones so it’s very close and dear to our group as far as that our group carries on this tradition. This year is the 80th anniversary of that bike and the Golden Gate Bridge so I decided to complete the bike this year to commemorate it.

Kalle Hoffman's 1937 Indian Chief American Class winner 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Kalle Hoffman won the American Class with his beautifully restored 1937 Indian Chief.

“I got it out of Alabama from a fellow Indian enthusiast. It was in bad condition. He had been working towards a custom bobber with everything wrong. When I bought it I wanted to restore a ’37 Indian. That bike is as close to original as I can get it.

“Getting it reliable riding on the road was the most challenging part of it. After you put a bike together and get all the parts there, that doesn’t mean it’s a bike you can get on and ride. So working through the nuances and subtleties of the magneto, working through a failed bolt in the transmission, and revisiting issues I thought I’d already solved, that was the most challenging thing for me. Assembling the bike, getting the bike rebuilt, getting the motor worked on, paint, that’s easy. Getting the bike as a reliable bike you can ride, that was the most challenging. I have to admit assembling a beautifully painted bike was a bit of a nail-biter. Lots of blue tape and not my favorite task,” he added.

Wayne Rainey 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Three time World Champion Wayne Rainey has long been a big supporter of the Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

They say a picture’s worth 1000 words, so we’ll let our photo gallery tell the rest of the story that was the 2017 Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

 

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2017 Award Winners

Best of Show

1957 Mondial 250 Grand Prix Double Overhead Cam, John Goldman – California

Spirit of The Quail Award

1948 Triumph T100 Tiger, Jonnie Green – California

50th Anniversary of the Norton Commando

1968 Norton Fastback, Jeff McCoy – California

Industry Award

2015 Prototype Fuller Moto Motus Naked, John Bennet – California

Innovation Award

1991 BMW Alpha, Mark Atkinson – Utah

Design and Style Award

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T, Untitled Motorcycles – California

HVA Preservation Award

1942 Indian Pre-War Big Base Scout, Gary Landeen – South Dakota

The Cycle World Tour Award

1980 Suzuki GS1000S, Trevor Franklin – British Columbia

Significance in Racing Award

1995 Britten V1000 #10, Virgil Elings – California

Why We Ride Award

1978 Yamaha XS750, Fernando Cruz – California

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Heritage Award

1983 Honda Factory RS 750 Flat Tracker, Anthony Giammanco – California

Extraordinary Bicycles/Scooter Class Award

1971 NYPD Lambretta LI150 Special, Siobhan Ellis – California

Antique 1st Place

1918 BSA Model H, Bud Schwab – California

American 1st Place

1937 Indian Chief, Kalle Hoffman – California

American 2nd Place

1914 Jefferson Board Track Racer, Chris Carter – California

British 1st Place

1939 Brough Superior SS100, William E. “Chip” Connor – Hong Kong

British 2nd Place

1936 Vincent HRD Comet, Mitch Talcove – California

Italian 1st Place

1959 Moto Parilla 99 Olimpia, Vincent Schardt – California

Italian 2nd Place

1967 Benelli Custom, Carmen & David Hearn – California

Japanese 1st Place

1976 Yamaha XT500C, Owen Bishop – California

Japanese 2nd Place

1969 Honda CB750 Factory Police Special, Peter Rose – California

Other European 1st Place

1976 Hercules W2000 Wankel, Stephan Haddad – California

Other European 2nd Place

1969 BMW R60/2, Kenneth Morris – California

Competition Off Road 1st Place

1975 Husqvarna 360 Flat Tracker, Clyde Williams – California

Competition On Road 1st Place

1957 Mondial 250 Grand Prix Double Overhead Cam, John Goldman – California

Custom/Modified 1st Place

1958 Triumph Tiger, Bryan Thompson – California

Custom/Modified 2nd Place

1968 BSA Thunderbolt, Richard Mitchell – California

Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 2017 Motorcycles as Art Exhibit Celebrates “Old Iron – Young Blood”

Old Iron Young Blood Motorcycles as Art exhibit at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

A new generation is shaping the industry, and they are ready to show what they can do.

An incredible group of young builders and artists who have been inspired by the iron stylings of previous generations will be creating new works that reflect the attitude and attributes of the present in the Buffalo Chip’s 2017 Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Old Iron/Young Blood; Motorcycles and the Next-Gen,” curated by famed motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter. Forty builders under 36 years of age have accepted the challenge to build a custom masterpiece especially for this exhibit, each of which will be displayed atop elevated pedestals and lit with theater lights to better give guests an open view from every angle. The exhibition is free to the public and open in the Buffalo Chip’s Event Center 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 11. More information can be found at MotorcyclesAsArt.com.

Creating an exhibition themed around the next generation of builders and bikes ensures an incredibly diverse offering, from cafes to street trackers to old school choppers and modern customs. Some builders, such as Matt Olsen, Matt Walksler, Zach Johnson and Zach Ness, grew up in their own family’s motorcycle businesses, while others came into building when they were older, eventually starting their own commercial shops. Still others have day jobs and work on their bikes in home garages in what waking hours they have left.

“The 40 builders and 14 two-dimensional artists will come together as 53 creatives to examine just what this generation is interested in, what they are capable of and what is coming around the bend,” said exhibit curator Michael Lichter. “In addition to an age limit on the builder, each bike must be a new build completed within a few months of the show opening and many of the bikes will be ‘unveiled’ for the first time at the exhibition.”

Michael Lichter (Photo courtesy of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip)

The theme of Michael Lichter’s Motorcycles as Art exhibit this year is Old Iron Young Blood celebrating the up-and-coming talent and torch bearers of the custom industry.

Throughout the history of motorcycle customization, one can see that individual artists draw inspiration from his or her most impressionable moments, experiences which often mark both the timeline of their lives and of an entire generation. The old iron that returning veterans of the ‘40s twisted, stretched and chopped echoed the frustrations of a generation of GIs who were ravaged by war and yearned to be free. Today’s young bloods are creating bikes that are inspired by old iron, yet reflect the more calculated interests and accessible technology of the present. Though many define this generation as “Millennials,” the burgeoning masters of the motorcycle industry displaying their work in this exhibit have broken any constraints or negative stereotypes associated with the term.

“Michael has again put together an exhibit that explores the changing landscape of the motorcycle culture in a way that only the world’s leading motorcycle photographer could reveal,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “We are witnessing the birth of a new generation of talent, the up-and-coming masters of an art. This exhibit offers the chance to simultaneously see the wave of the future and the influence of the past, an opportunity no biker should miss.”

The Builders

The 40 custom motorcycle builders and 14 two-dimensional artists under 36 scheduled to present their masterpieces at the 2017 “Motorcycles As Art” exhibit are:

AJ Harris – North Texas Tattoo Company & Royal Enfield. Fort Worth, TX / Royal Enfield B5 Bobber.
Brad Gregory – Glenwood, IA / Deraked H-D Evo Chopper
Chris Graves – Harley-Davidson. Milwaukee, WI / 1959 H-D Stroker Panhead Chopper
Christopher Milanowski – New Berlin, WI / 1942 H-D WLA Hotrod
Christian Newman – Buffalo, NY / Stainless 1940 H-D Knucklehead Chopper
Cristian Sosa, Sosa Metalwork. Las Vegas, NV / BMW R NineT LSR Inspired
Dalton Walker – Split Image Kustoms. Hanford, CA
Dan Riley – Gunn Design. Burnsville, MN / Soulfuel BMW NineT
Duran Morley – Roland Sands Design. Los Alamitos, CA / 1952 H-D K-model Scrambler
Dustin Maybin – Eastern Rod & Chopper. Hendersonville, NC / 127″ Evo All-Metal Bagger
Giuseppe Carucci – South Garage Motor Company. Milano, ITALY
J. Shia – Madhouse Motors, Boston, MA / 1971 BSA A65 Cafe Racer
Jake Cutler – Barnstorm Cycles. Spencer, MA / 93″ S&S Knucklehead
Jay Donovan, BareSteel Design, Victoria BC Canada / 1976 Yamaha XS-650
Jesse Srpan – Raw Iron Choppers. Chardon, OH / 2017 S&S 124” Evo Chopper
Jody Perewitz – Perewitz Cycle Fabrication. Bridgewater, MA / 1963 H-D Scat/Hummer Mini-Bagger
Joe Lingley – Live Free Cycle Sales. Epping, NH / 1937 H-D 80″ UH Flathead Chopper
Johnny Branch – Branch Engineering. Wildomar, CA / 1949 H-D Panhead chopper
Jordan Dickinson – Union Speed And Style. Monticello, MN / H-D Knucklehead Bobber
Justin McNeely – Hooked on Speed. Jackson, MO / H-D Shovelhead Chopper
Karlee Cobb – Klock Werks. Mitchell, SD / 2016 Indian Scout Chopper
Len Kodlin – Fred Kodlin Murdercycles. Borken, GERMANY / 2016 H-D 750 Street Custom
Matt Harris – 40 Cal Customs. Alcoa, TN / 1929 Harley-Davidson JD “Speedster”
Matt Olsen – Carl’s Cycle. Aberdeen, SD / HD Knucklehead
Matt McManus – Carolina Classic Cycle. Indian Land, SC / 1942 H-D Knucklehead
Matt Walksler – Period Modified. Waynesville, NC / 1929 H-D JDH Cut Down Racer
Max Hazen – Hazan Motorworks. Venice, CA / 2005 Supercharged KTM Boardtracker
Nick Beaulieu – Forever Two Wheels. Windham, ME / Old School H-D Evo Chopper
Nick Pensabene – Mad Pen Cycles. Edgewater, FL / 1974 H-D Shovelhead Chopper
Nikki Martin, Roy’s Toys Customs, Centennial, CO / 1999 H-D EVO Chopper
Paul Miller – PanicRev Customs. Calgary, CANADA / 1972 Yamaha XS650 Street Tracker
Peter and Michael Muller, Federal Moto. Chicago, IL / 1983 Honda CX650C Supermoto/Supermotard
Ryan Stephen – Freestyle Supermoto. Racine, WI / 2014 KTM 690 Duke Custom
Savannah Rose – Viola, WI / Rigid H-D Evo (S&S Top End) Sportster Chopper
Steve Dietzman – Studio Cycles. Milwaukee, WI / H-D Shovelhead Chopper
Taco Rodriguez – Taco Kustoms. Daytona Beach, FL / 1962 H-D Retro Panhead Chopper
Terence Musto – Fabbro Industries, LLC. Voorheesville, NY / 1966 H-D Chopper with Integrated Suspension
Zach and Jake Hindes – Prism Supply Co. Charlotte, NC. 1948 H-D Panhead Chopper.
Zach Johnson – Kendall Johnson Customs. Winston-Salem, NC / 1989 H-D FXR Custom
Zach Ness – Arlen Ness Enterprises. Dublin, CA

Artists presenting works in 2017 are:

Alex Hamilton – Prescott Valley, AZ / Biltwell Helmet Painting
Amy Hood – Hoodzpah Design. Newport, CA / Linocuts
Andy Cunningham – Portland, OR / Graphic Illustration and Biltwell Helmet Painting
Brenden Parsons – East Brookfield, MA / Biltwell Helmet Painting
Carter Asmann – Carlsbad, CA / Pencil illustration
Christina Platis – Ace of Hearts Tattoo, Long Beach, CA / Biltwell Helmet Painting
Cory Jarmin – San Francisco, CA / Ink on Paper
Narihiko “Heeko” Kumagae – Long Beach, CA / Photography
Jody Perewitz – Perewitz Cycle Fabrication. Bridgewater, MA / Biltwell Helmet Painting
Josh Kurpius – Milwaukee, WI / Photography
Kayla Koeune – Inferno Art Studio. Longmont, CO / Oil Paintings, Pen and Ink
and Biltwell Helmet Painting
Mikey “Revolt” Arnold – Lowbrow Customs. Medina, OH / Photography
Samson Hatae – Thousand Oaks, CA / Photography
Taylor Schultz – Schultz Designz, Windsor, CA / Biltwell Helmet Painting

The show will also include a display of ten hand-painted helmets, each from a different artist, provided by Biltwell Helmets, an exhibition sponsor.

For more information about the Buffalo Chip’s free-access MAA Exhibit or to learn about events that come free with a campground admission pass, visit BuffaloChip.com

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Announces Entertainment, Bike Show

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Bike Show (Jeff Guciardo Photo courtesy of the AMA)

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Bike Show (Jeff Guciardo Photo courtesy of the AMA)

Old Bike Barn Crossroads features vendors, music, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show

Fans of country music, rockabilly and high energy party rock are in for a treat at the 2017 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, scheduled for July 7-9 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

The Old Bike Barn is sponsoring the Old Bike Barn Crossroads, which includes live music, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show, club displays, a craft beer garden, vendors and more.

Performers during the three-day event include Beau Braswell, Death by Rodeo, Sneaky Pete and the Players and others.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show, presented by Old Bike Barn is scheduled for July 8.

“We welcome the Old Bike Barn back to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days as a sponsor,” said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. “The bike show is a crowd favorite, because it attracts nearly 100 top-quality motorcycles. And I know everyone attending the event this year is going to be rocking out to the great music we have scheduled.”

Old Bike Barn (www.oldbikebarn.com) is a mail-order parts and accessories business based in Columbus, Ohio. The company, started in 2001, offers a selection of custom and maintenance parts for vintage American and Japanese street bikes, café racers, choppers, bobbers and V-twins.

“Old Bike Barn has been attending AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days for more than a decade, initially just sharing the event with others through social media,” said Bear Haughton, founder and chief technology officer. “In 2016, we celebrated our company’s 15th anniversary at the event and helped out with the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show. This year, we are back with an all new format ‘Old Bike Barn Cross Roads,’ a concept we hope will bring new energy to the infield events.”

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days–an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame–features vintage motorcycle racing, bike shows, seminars, demo rides, live music, the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, a swap meet with nearly 1,000 independent vendors and much more.

Tickets are available for purchase at www.midohio.com or at the gate. A weekend pass is $60, a single-day admission for Friday or Saturday is $40 and a single-day admission for Sunday is $35. Kids 12 and under get in free.

A $10 early bird discount is available through May 1 at the Mid-Ohio website.

AMA members get a $15 ticket discount through June 5, which is an additional $5 off the early bird discount. To take advantage of the member discount, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Events/AMA-Vintage-Motorcycle-Days-Tickets.

Stay in the know. Check often at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com and www.facebook.com/AMAVintageMotorcycleDays for new information. And look for #AMAVMD on Twitter and Instagram.

7th Annual Hamster Dry Heat Run Raises Big $$ for Charity

Held in conjunction with Arizona Bike Week, the 7th Annual Hamsters Dry Heat Run charity motorcycle ride was a smashing success: over 1000 riders attended and the event raised over $20,000 for Lifescape Children’s Care Hospital.

“It’s a great opportunity for folks to come together, support a great cause and do what we love most: ride motorcycles,” said legendary bike builder Paul Yaffe, long-time Hamster and one of the event’s organizers.

Hot Leathers generously donated the 8th annual Dry Heat Run logo and T-shirts that helped raise more funds for Lifescape Children’s Care Hospital and there are just a few left, call Bagger Nation. “We like to support causes and rides that align with our values. We’ve know Paul and Suzy for years and are glad we can participate in such a great cause,” said executive vice president Any George.

Riders gathered the morning of April 7 at Paul Yaffe Originals in Phoenix, AZ, before departing en masse at 11:30 a.m. for a two-wheel sojourn through scenic desert foothills. They stopped at the Roadrunner Restaurant and Saloon on the Black Canyon Highway for lunch, libations and live music, spending the afternoon “Hamster style,” before winding up at Arizona Bike Week at Westworld for the Creedence Clearwater Revisited concert.

All entrants got to ride with the Hamsters; enjoy lunch, beverages and music at the Roadrunner; and received entry to Arizona Bike Week’s vendor expo, stunt shows, flat track races and the Korn concert. Hundreds of riders joined famous Hamsters like Paul Yaffe of Bagger Nation, Nick Trask of Trask Performance, Miguel Samaniego of Lane Splitters , Arlen and Cory Ness of Arlen Ness for an afternoon they won’t soon forget—and all for a great and charitable cause. Event organizers and participants alike are already looking forward to next year’s 8th Dry Heat Run during Arizona Bike Week.

E-ZMount From Wetcoats Inc. Is A Gamechanger

Riding through New York can be a nightmare–and I love it. I know, I know. I know about distracted drivers. I know about the potholes, the never-ending construction, the taxis (Okay, the taxi drivers do stink), the buses, the trucks, the double-parked space hogs, the bicyclists, the glued-to-phones pedestrians. I know. It’s a risky environment, but it’s home and always has been. And weaving through the streets on two wheels makes rediscovering the city an entirely unique experience. Not to mention easier parking, the occasional filtering through traffic (don’t tell mom or Johnny Law), a multitude of motorcycle shops to hang out at, events to attend, beautiful photo ops–you get it. I love getting away from the city as much as anyone, but it’s far from an intimidating and negative experience.

Between my bouncing around from Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn, however, one thing always provided me with another slight headache. The E-ZPass. Commuting to AIM‘s HQ in Connecticut from Queens made for three tolls a day (ever since I completely ditched the car, my checking account has breathed a sigh of relief. But morning rain sucks). I usually kept my motorcycle E-ZPass in my right jacket pocket, which meant shifting down to 1st gear, riding with one hand on the clutch, trying to avoid the slick spots at the toll, digging for the E-ZPass with my gloves on, and pulling out the transponder before I had rolled too far past the scanner. Oy vey!

My clutch-control skills are now excellent. But more times than not, my transponder did not read and I had to wait for a traffic cop to come to my rescue, all the while being the guy holding up the line.

No more! Wetcoats Inc. owner Shane Salisbury sent me his company’s very own E-ZMount ($39.99). The mount was handmade in Brooklyn using locally sourced products, including full-grain leather. The Velcro hook and strap makes it an easily mountable, versatile product, on and off in seconds, and it can attach to literally anything. Fork leg, handlebar, clamps, triple trees–heck, you can even latch it around your backpack strap.

Here is it strapped around the fork tube. It has not missed a read, and I have not had to put my foot on the ground or take my hands off the handlebar once since attaching the E-ZMount. Considering I’m always bouncing between boroughs even when I’m not commuting to work, this is a dream. And the simple design, subtle and effective, means that the mount is far from an eyesore.

Your E-ZPass tag can be quickly inserted or taken out by merely popping open the metal snap button. It’s easy–E-Z–as it should be. It truly has made my life easier, no matter where I’m riding. With the influx of express E-ZPass lanes across the country, having the tag ready at all times gives me constant peace of mind.

Check out WetCoats-Inc.com for the full scope of Shane’s work, and to order your E-ZMount today. And also check out Shane’s Instagram to see him lay down some trick pinstriping, tattoo work, and other various work in mediums with which he’s supremely talented.