Harley Magazine American Iron Magazine http://www.aimag.com American motorcycle reviews, news , events and custom bikes Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:40:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2017 Indian Motorcycles, New Ride Command System Unveiled http://www.aimag.com/2017-indian-motorcycles-new-ride-command-system-unveiled/ Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:32:41 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21347 2017 Indian Motorcycle Lineup

Newly expanded family of award-winning premium motorcycles includes cruisers, mid-size cruisers, baggers and touring bikes that encourage our riders to stand apart and ‘Be Legendary’

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its lineup of Model Year 2017 bikes. The 2017 family carries forth all 2016 models including the recently released Scout Sixty, Indian Springfield, and Chieftain Dark Horse models, while featuring an array of new features, new color choices, awe-inspiring infotainment, and much more.

Ride Command Infotainment System
Indian Motorcycle raises the bar yet again, redefining the premium motorcycle segment with Ride Command, motorcycling’s most advanced yet user-friendly infotainment system. Sporting the industry’s largest and brightest touchscreen display, highest resolution and fastest response time, Indian Motorcycle masterfully fuses state-of-the-art technologies with truly remarkable styling. Fully integrated into the dash for an up-close rider experience, Ride Command offers an intuitive interface, customizable information displays, glove-compatible two-finger touch capabilities, and easy navigation to points of interest, like gas stations and restaurants. The breakthrough new Ride Command infotainment system comes standard on all 2017 Chieftain and Roadmaster models. (Read our 2017 Indian Chieftain & Roadmaster First Ride Review for even more information about the new Ride Command center.)

2017 Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System

2017 Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System

Features include:
– 7-inch display, 800×480 pixels, 2-finger capacitive with swipe and pinch to zoom
– Fastest boot time – ready in about 10 seconds
– 100-watt premium audio system (Chieftain) output (Chieftain), 200-watt Roadmaster, with both touchscreen and handlebar audio controls
– Bluetooth audio, AM/FM/weather band, USB flash drive support with USB song shuffle
– GPS navigation with turn-by-turn directions, points of interest, compass, and more
– Critical information always displayed, like clock, air temperature, compass heading, fuel level and fuel range
– Convenient phone features available through easy Bluetooth pairing, including phonebook download, incoming call notification with name display, voice activated calling, incoming text notification, and more

2017 Indian Scout

2017 Indian Scout

2017 Midsize Lineup
Indian Scout – Riding a landslide of awards, accolades and phenomenal sales success, the ever-classic Indian Scout is back for 2017. This middle-weight cruiser’s weight has been reduced to 538 pounds (dry) and extends its legacy of dominance with perfect balance, precise handling and category-leading power and quickness. With a low 25.3-inch seat height and available extended and reduced reach accessories, the Indian Scout is the perfect bike for riders of many sizes and skill levels. Featuring a liquid-cooled 69 cubic inch V-twin engine, an exhilarating 100 HP of raw power, and starting at $11,299, the 2017 Indian Scout is the thoroughly modern rebirth of an American classic. Available in Ivory Cream, Thunder Black, Silver Smoke and Thunder Black Smoke. Indian Scout featuring ABS is offered in Burgundy Metallic plus a pair of two-tone finishes starting at $12,299.

Scout Sixty – For 2017, the Scout Sixty returns in all its glory, encouraging riders to “Start Your Legend.” With the legendary handling and performance of the Scout, the Scout Sixty is offered at a very attainable $8,999 starting price. Powered by a potent 60 cubic inch engine mated to a silky smooth 5-speed transmission, this mid-size cruiser is arguably the best buy in motorcycling today. Available in Thunder Black and Pearl White. Scout Sixty with ABS is offered in Indian Motorcycle Red starting at $9,999.

2017 Cruiser Lineup
Chief Classic – Powered by the proven and award-winning Thunder Stroke 111 engine, the aptly named Chief Classic has set a new benchmark as the classic American cruiser. Its iconic lines, world-class finishes, heritage inspired design, balance, and unrivaled engineering make it the ultimate choice for pure cruiser enthusiasts. The 2017 Chief Classic is available starting at $18,499 and is available in Pearl White and Burgundy Metallic over Thunder Black two-tone.

Chief Dark Horse – Embrace the darkness with the 2017 Indian Chief Dark Horse, the baddest, boldest bike on the road. With the endless power of the award-winning Thunder Stroke 111 engine, end-to-end matte black finish and just a touch of chrome, every other bike on the road seems tame. Featuring ABS, remote key fob for keyless ignition, electronic cruise control, a dry weight of 751 pounds and starting at just $17,499, the Indian Chief Dark Horse has it all – including a seriously bad attitude.

2017 Bagger Lineup
Chief Vintage – The 2017 Chief Vintage is the ultimate retro-vintage bagger, turning heads with its classic styling, iconic soft-sided saddle bags crafted from Desert Tan Genuine Leather – dripping in fringe and Indian Motorcycle nostalgia. Featuring the classic power of the Thunder Stroke 111 engine, the Chief Vintage is offered in Thunder Black and three gorgeous two-tone vintage color schemes. MSRP starting at $19,999.

2017 Indian Chieftain

2017 Indian Chieftain

Chieftain & Chieftain Dark Horse – Indian Motorcycle proudly offers riders an opportunity to “Lead the Pack” with two of America’s most commanding, versatile and awe-inspiring bikes. Both feature the Thunder Stroke 111 engine, TPMS, ABS, fairing with integrated driving lights and power windshield, cruise control, remote locking hard bags, keyless ignition, and much more. The Chieftain Dark Horse, starting at $21,999, is the newest addition to Indian’s bagger family. Sporting a premium 100W audio system and an ominous nose-to-tail matte black finish with minimal chrome for a menacing presence that refuses to be ignored. The Indian Chieftain starts at $23,999 and comes standard with the all-new Ride Command system, blasting out 100W of premium audio and all the infotainment features a rider leading the pack could ever want. The Chieftain is available in Thunder Black Pearl, White Smoke, Silver Smoke, and a pair of two-tone palettes.

Indian Springfield – Named after the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle, the Indian Springfield offers classic styling blended with thoroughly modern technology for a purist’s take on both touring comfort and urban versatility. The Springfield can be quickly converted into a cruiser with the quick-release windshield and saddlebags removed, or transformed into a high-capacity touring model with Genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories. Remote locking hard bags and adjustable passenger floorboards come standard along with genuine leather seating, ABS, TPMS, cruise control, and a powerful headlight and dual driving lights. Indian Springfield is offered in Thunder Black or Indian Motorcycle Red. New for 2017 are stunning Steel Gray/Burgundy Metallic and Blue Sapphire/Star Silver two-tone finishes. Starting at $20,999.

2017 Indian Roadmaster

2017 Indian Roadmaster

2017 Touring Lineup
Indian Roadmaster – The Roadmaster returns for 2017 as the industry’s flagship tourer and the epitome of luxury and comfort. Powered by the rock solid Thunder Stroke 111 engine and offering nearly 38 gallons of storage, Roadmaster is “Your Ultimate Ride.” It offers a wealth of ergonomic luxury and innovations for rider and passenger alike, including a power-adjustable windscreen, heated grips, individually controlled heated seats for driver and passenger, ABS, TPMS, keyless ignition with remote locking storage, electronic cruise control and adjustable passenger floorboards. New for 2017, Roadmaster comes standard with the Ride Command™ infotainment system, delivering a glorious 200W premium audio experience, along with state-of-the-art GPS/Navigation, a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen display, seamless Bluetooth integration, hands-free calling, a wealth of vehicle information, and more. Offered in Thunder Black, Burgundy Metallic, and three two-tone palettes starting at $28,999.

Experience the 2017 Lineup at the 76th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Sturgis attendees are cordially invited to view the entire new 2017 lineup at the Indian Motorcycle Factory display on Lazelle St. throughout the rally, or to experience them firsthand with a Factory Demo Ride at 2100 Whitewood Service Road (I-90 at Exit 30) from August 6 – August 12 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. The entire family of 2017 models will be available for demo rides, including a selection of accessorized models.

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AMA Pro Flat Track Charlotte Half-Mile July 30 http://www.aimag.com/ama-pro-flat-track-charlotte/ Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:18:23 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21338 AMA Pro Flat Track’s next stop in its series will be at the Charlotte Half Mile on July 30. It’s one of the premier events on the calendar and will be promoted by AMA Pro Racing’s recently-announced subsidiary event promotion company, AFT events, and entitlement sponsorship comes from the Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers Association. Jared Mees is looking to defend his GNC class title from last year, and Charlotte could be the tipping point where he can tie Bryan Smith’s three wins this season.

Along with the racing, there will be plenty of activities available for guests and spectators, including a Harley-Davidson offering free dealer demo rides on Friday and Saturday.

Here’s the full schedule for the weekend:

Friday and Saturday July 29/30 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Free Harley-Davidson Demo Rides (18 years or older, requires DOT helmet, eye protection, long pants, closed-toe shoes). 17 models on hand, including a trike.

Saturday July 30th 2:00 – 9:30:

Fan Zone – Stunt Show, Mini Moto Demos, Motorcycle Manufacturer Displays, Harley Davidson Heritage Motorcycle Exhibit, Live Music, Vendors, Monster Trucks, Prototype Sports Car Team display, Food Trucks, Beer Vendors.

Kids Zone – (Kids under 13 free with accompanying adult) Bounce Houses, Rock Climbing Wall, Obstacle Course, Nathans Hot Dogs, Kids Ice Cream.

Inside the track – Music by well-known sporting event DJ Scott Beaty, Paddock access from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. ($10) or from 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. (free), fireworks display, and, of course, some of the greatest racing you will ever see!

Visit the AMA Pro Racing website for full details about the event, and be sure to mark Charlotte on your maps this coming weekend.

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2017 Victory Motorcycles Unveiled – First Look http://www.aimag.com/2017-victory-motorcycles-unveiled-first-look/ Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:10:02 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21331 2017 Victory Motorcycles

Victory Motorcycles unveils its 2017 line of motorcycles, from the agile and quick Octane to its top-shelf Cross Country Tour.

Increased power, more standard amenities and amplified style prove performance is in our DNA

Victory Motorcycles has always focused on performance. The design brief for the very first Victory motorcycle was simple: build a motorcycle that’s more powerful and handles better than any other American cruiser.

Eighteen years later, Victory remains dedicated to the pursuit of performance. For 2017, after achieving a 2nd place podium position at the Isle of Man TT with the Victory RR, becoming the 2nd and 3rd fastest motorcycles to climb Pikes Peak with the Empulse RR and Project 156, accomplishing a circumnavigation of the globe in record time with Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita and his Victory Cross Country Tour, and setting a Guinness World Record burnout with Joe “Vertical” Dryden aboard an Octane, America’s most innovative and aggressive motorcycle manufacturer is geared up for its most powerful year ever, redefining what an America V-twin motorcycle can be. Whether it’s our 1200cc Octane, five-model Cruiser family, Magnum, Magnum X-1 and best-selling Cross Country Bagger models, Cross Country Tour and Victory Vision Touring models or electric Empulse TT, these bikes are just the beginning of a new era in American motorcycle performance.

THIS IS MODERN AMERICAN MUSCLE. THIS IS VICTORY.

2017 Victory Octane

The 2017 Victory Octane is available in four color options and is priced from $9,999 to $10,499.

2017 VICTORY OCTANE

POWER TO BURN

Drop the clutch and light up that rear tire. Octane makes it easy by following classic American musclecar formula: a powerful motor in a lightweight chassis. What’s left is just what you need to go very fast and without distraction. Featuring a high revving liquid-cooled 60-degree V-Twin with four-valve heads and dual-overhead cams that makes 104 horsepower and 76 foot-pounds of tire-shredding torque, Octane has the heart of a Pikes Peak International Hill Climb racer and a 0-60 mph time that makes it the quickest Victory ever produced. But power is only half of the musclebike equation. There’s also a stiff and lightweight cast-aluminum frame, sharp steering geometry, a tight wheelbase, and 32 degrees of lean angle that together deliver agility previously unknown to American V-Twin motorcycles. Need more power? Need more sound? Check out the Victory’s Stage 2 Kit that includes an air intake and 2-1 exhaust to offer 10% more horsepower and 5% more torque. Fast, capable, stylish and affordable. Victory’s Octane is the formula for the Modern American Musclebike. Available in Gloss Black ($9,999), Matte Super Steel Gray ($10,499), Matte Pearl White ($10,499) and Gloss Black with Graphics ($10,499).

2017 VICTORY GUNNER

SUPERIOR FIREPOWER

Take aim at the competition with this modern bobber, inspired by the original bobbers built by returning World War II vets who were hungry to recreate the adrenaline rush of flying a P-51 Mustang fighter plane. Powered by the 106 cubic-inch Freedom V-Twin mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed overdrive transmission, the Gunner has enough torque – 110 ft.-lb., in fact – available for takeoff. Combine that performance with the confidence inspiring riding position gained from a low 25-inch solo saddle and pullback handlebars, and you have the ideal recipe for a performance bobber. Available in Suede Titanium Metallic ($13,499) and Suede Sagebrush Green Metallic ($13,899).

2017 VICTORY HIGH-BALL

STRIPPED-DOWN SPEED DEMON

Raise your fists and leave the civilized world behind on High-Ball®. There’s no radio or radiator, no saddlebags or sissybar, nothing to take the attention away from the big-bore V-Twin sitting in the belly of this beast. Reach up and grab some attitude with the ape-hanger handlebars and let the 16-inch spoke-alloy wheels roll. New for 2017, choose from a new Suede Black color with black-wall tires ($13,499) or a new Suede Nuclear Sunset Orange ($13,749) color with white-wall tires.

2017 VICTORY HAMMER S

PRO STREET PERFORMANCE

Drop the hammer on the competition with the Hammer S, the most aggressive cruiser in Victory’s lineup. Equipped with a big-block Freedom 106 V-Twin engine, burly inverted fork and a pair of strong-stopping four-piston brake calipers that look like they came off of a sportbike, extra wide pro stock-inspired 250-series rear rubber, a sleek rear cowl with a hideaway passenger pad and bodywork wrapped in musclecar racing stripes, the Hammer S is a streetfighter with an American soul. Available in Gloss Black with White Racing Stripes ($15,599).

2017 VICTORY VEGAS

ATTITUDE FROM EVERY ANGLE

Put some power into your profile with the Freedom 106-powered Vegas. Featuring clean custom styling, a color-matched frame, and a contrast-cut 21-inch front wheel, Vegas is the cleanest looking and most powerful factory custom made today. Check out the tucked-in headlamp, 21-inch contrast-cut Falchion front wheel, elegant pullback handlebars, slash-cut muffler tips, flush-mount LED taillight, and blacked-out details that make the rich Sunset Red metallic paint with matching frame really pop. Of course, since this is a Victory, the Vegas isn’t all show. With the same Freedom 106/six-speed overdrive combination as the rest of the Cruiser lineup, Vegas packs more than enough power to knockout any stoplight challengers, too. Available in Sunset Red ($13,999) with color-matched frame.

2017 VICTORY VEGAS 8-BALL

ROLLING THE DARK STREETS

Sinister and blacked out, sparse use of chrome details, and a 21-inch contrast-cut Falchion front wheel named after a sword known for its versatility and ready to slice out plenty of attention. This is the Vegas 8-Ball. Front to back, the Vegas 8-Ball is sculpted by a tucked-in headlamp, chrome gauge cluster, black risers and pullback handlebars, slash-cut muffler tips and a flush-mount LED taillight. Like its sibling, it runs on a Freedom 106 V-Twin producing 110 Ft.-Lbs. of pulse-pounding torque mated to a smooth six-speed overdrive transmission. Available in Gloss Black ($12,999).

2017 Victory Magnum X-1

The 2017 Victory Magnum X-1 is loaded with custom features like contrast-cut billet wheels – featuring a 21-inch front – a new custom paint scheme and LED lighting.

2017 VICTORY MAGNUM X-1

LIMITED EDITION MODEL DESIGNED FOR SERIOUS MUSIC AND MOTORCYCLE FANS

The 2017 Magnum X-1 takes the stage powered by a 200-watt 10-speaker surround sound audio system. Loaded with custom features such as contrast-cut billet wheels – featuring a 21-inch front – a new custom paint scheme and LED lighting, this may be the only motorcycle on the market that attracts both custom motorcycle fans and concert groupies. Available in Pearl White with Platinum overlay and Electric Red pinstriping ($24,499).

2017 VICTORY MAGNUM

SPEED AND STYLE

Move boldly through your world on the Magnum muscle bagger. With a larger-than-life 21-inch front wheel – the biggest wheel ever fit to a production bagger – LED headlight and new muscle colors that demand attention, Magnum makes a mark on anyone who sees it. Turn on the cruise control, crank up the high-performance Bluetooth-enabled audio system blasting 100 watts from 6 speakers, and enjoy the ride knowing that anti-lock brakes monitor your traction at all times. Available in Gloss Black with graphics ($22,599), Habanero Inferno Orange with graphics ($23,099) and Indy Red Pearl with graphics ($23,099).

2017 VICTORY CROSS COUNTRY

MUSCLE FOR MILES

Lead your pack anywhere with the overachieving Victory Cross Country bagger, now with even more standard features including ABS, cruise control and Bluetooth-enabled audio. Powered by our 106 cubic inch Freedom V-Twin delivering best-in-class horsepower and 106 ft-lb of torque, the Cross Country is a muscular bagger aided in its smooth running nature by inverted front fork, air-adjustable rear monoshock and dual front disc brakes with standard ABS. Carry along what’s important, and make sure it stays secure and dry in 21.3 gallon, lockable, weatherproof sealed saddlebags. Keep entertained with a standard AM/FM/Weather radio with Bluetooth capability to allow you to use your MP3/iPod as your music source, and amplify your riding experience with premium speakers that deliver powerful, crystal-clear sound. Want to increase your muscle mass? The “Made For Victory By S&S” Stage 2 Kit – S&S cams and high-flow air dam together with an available Victory Accessory exhaust system – offers 20% more horsepower and 10% more torque for Cross Country, Cross Country Tour and Magnum models. Available in Gloss Black ($19,499), Suede White Frost ($19,999), Suede Nuclear Sunset Orange ($19,999) and Sunset Red ($19,999).

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2017 VICTORY CROSS COUNTRY TOUR

PACKED WITH POWER

Cross America in record time. Take the standard Cross Country bagger – a capable platform for any two-wheeled adventure – hit it with a dose of comfort and convenience features like a 200W eight-speaker Bluetooth and USB audio system, and what you get is the Cross Country Tour: a V-Twin touring bike ready to go anywhere comfortable and quickly. So set ambitious destinations with the Cross Country Tour, which offers the largest total cargo capacity on a production touring motorcycle (41.1 gallons). Victory’s Comfort Control System provides upper and lower air controls that channel the wind to maximize comfort while a padded passenger backrest, three-position adjustable floorboards and dual zone heated seats give your passengers the control they deserve. An air-adjustable rear suspension further aids rider and passenger comfort while ABS and new LED lighting helps keep your mind at ease. Available in Gloss Black ($21,999), Gloss Blue Fire ($22,499) and Two-tone Turbo Silver and Black ($22,999).

2017 VICTORY VISION TOUR

UNIQUELY AMERICAN, UNIQUELY VICTORY

What if you cast off all convention and set out to build the ultimate American touring bike without any rules or restrictions on how that bike had to look, feel or act? The result would be the Victory Vision – America’s most comfortable touring bike. The Vision’s full-coverage fairing, sculpted in the wind tunnel, provides unprecedented comfort and protection. And because the fairing is mounted to the frame and not the handlebars, steering remains light and predictable. Underneath the innovative bodywork are the same capable underpinnings as all the Victory baggers and tourers, including the extra-rigid cast aluminum frame, air-adjustable rear suspension, and of course a gleaming example of the same four-valve overhead-cam Freedom 106 V-Twin that delivers such unexpectedly brisk acceleration. Add to that a power windshield that turns wind resistance into your plaything, standard ABS and cruise control that instill confidence, a heated seat and heated grips that keep you rolling year round, and 29 gallons of storage capacity with enough room for two no matter where adventure takes you. Available in Gloss Black ($21,099) and Gloss Blue Fire ($22,099).

2016 EMPULSE TT

TWIST AND GO

We’re equal opportunity speed freaks. Whether it burns hydrocarbons or kilowatt-hours, we don’t care as long as it’s fast. The Empulse TT is fast where it matters most. Built on the same platform that claimed a spot on the podium at both the Isle of Man and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the Empulse TT accelerates up to 100+ MPH and has a 10.4 kWh battery module that can fully charge in 3.9 hours. Equipped with sport-tuned inverted front forks and an adjustable suspension to provide track-level performance, the Empulse TT is also the only electric bike equipped with a gearbox – a six-speed transmission – although shifting is entirely optional as it also operates in a twist-and-go mode for maximum convenience. The Empulse TT … the only electric motorcycle available from a major motorcycle manufacturer, putting it in a class of one. Everyone else is still catching up. This is American muscle at its most modern. Available in Titanium Silver with Havasu Red ($19,999).

Increased power. More standard amenities. Amplified style. Victory Motorcycles.

Learn more about Victory Motorcycles’ 2017 lineup at VictoryMotorcycles.com or follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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2017 Indian Chieftain & Roadmaster First Ride Review http://www.aimag.com/2017-indian-chieftain-roadmaster-first-ride-review/ Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:00:47 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21305 2017 Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System

The Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System features a 7-inch capacitor touchscreen teamed to a fast processor. (Barry Hathaway Photos Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle Co.) 

Biggest. Fastest. Most Customizable.

These words are running through my head as I sit roadside pushing buttons on the Indian Roadmaster’s new infotainment system trying to decide what I want to see on the display of my split screens. Seeing how a 5,000 foot climb to the Blue Ridge Parkway lies before me, I opt for the digital compass that has an altimeter so I can chart my ascension for the left half. On the right I run the motorcycle’s navigation system so I can chart my course through these marvelous ribbons of asphalt in the Appalachians. I bump the volume up a couple of notches on the music I’m streaming through Wi-Fi to set the tone for a spirited ride up the mountain. Welcome to the 21st Century Indian tourers.

During the presentation of its 2017 heavyweight motorcycles, Polaris’ President-Motorcycles Steve Menneto said that while Chieftain and Roadmaster sales were good, the bikes lacked one essential part consumers wanted. That missing part was a multi-functional, state-of-the-art infotainment system. Count us among those who scratched their heads wondering why Indian’s touring motorcycles didn’t come with nav as a standard feature. Now we know why. Indian was already in the process of developing it, and just like its motorcycles, the company doesn’t rush to launch something until they’ve got it right. In order to one-up its competitors, the Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System reportedly has the “biggest screen, fastest processor, and is the most customizable.”

To assess these claims, let’s peek at some of the primary features of the Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System and Harley’s Boom! Box Infotainment System. The Indian features a 7-inch capacitor touchscreen with an 800 X 480 pixel resolution while Harley’s Boom! Box is offered with either a 4.3-inch or 6.5-inch high resolution touchscreen. Both systems can be linked via Bluetooth and have voice activation, the Indian featuring “Voice Activated Call” and “Voice Activated Siri or OK Google” through a headset while voice-operated commands of H-D’s 6.5-inch Boom! Box system controls “mobile phone functions, media, radio tuner, navigation, and help.” Navigation comes standard for both Indian tourers while Harley’s navigation system comes standard only on models with the Boom! Box 6.5GR system. The Indian audio system is 50 watts-per-channel (100 watts on Chieftain; 200 watts on Roadmaster) while audio output on the Harleys is 25 watts-per-channel through either a two-channel or four-channel system.

2017 Indian Motorcycles 7-inch touchscreen

The 7-inch touchscreen of the 2017 Indian heavyweight motorcycles is mounted close to the rider and the fairing has been stretched a tad to accommodate it.

While the two systems are definitely comparable, what sets the Indian apart is its ability to customize screens and the amount of features it offers. There are eight screen options total, including Vehicle Status (tire pressure, voltage, engine hours, oil change), Vehicle Info (speed, fuel range, RPM, gear position), Trip 1 (fuel range, miles, average fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy time, average speed), Trip 2 (fuel range, miles, average fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy time, average speed), Ride Data (heading, moving time, stop time, altitude, altitude change), Audio, Bluetooth and Map/Navigation. The 7-inch digital display is flanked by two analog dials, a speedo and tach, each with small digital windows at the bottom of the dials. The tach window includes a gear indicator and an odometer, while the speedo has a digital fuel gauge. Radio controls can be accessed either from the display or through the pad on the left control housing on the handlebar. There is also two finger triggers on the back of the control housings to accept and decline navigation functions displayed on the screen, green on the right for accept and red on left for decline. The screen can also be turned off altogether if riders just want to kick back and enjoy the ride.

Look for the full ride review of the 2017 Indian Chieftain and Roadmaster in an upcoming issue of American Iron Magazine.

In the meantime, be sure to check out plenty more custom and classic motorcycle features, tech stories, events and more in past issues of  American Iron Magazine

Also available in digital format CLICK HERE American Iron Digital

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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE RIDE COMMAND SYSTEM SPECS & FEATURES 
SPECIFICATIONS
Screen Size: 7”
Pixel Count: 800×480
Number of Buttons: 5
Brightness: 1000 Nit’s
Touch Screen: Two-Finger Capacitive
Glove Touch Screen: Swipe and Pinch to Zoom

NAVIGATION
Maps: (turn by turn with 3D birds eye view)
Point of Interest List
Point of Interest Search
Address Search
Audible Route Notifications
Show List of Nearby Gas Stations Upon Low Fuel Indication
Compass

CRITICAL INFORMATION
(ALWAYS DISPLAYED IN HEADER)
Clock from GPS
Consumer Adjustable Clock
Ambient Air Temperature

OTHER
Customizable Information Displays
Vehicle Information (From CANbus)
Trip Information
TPMS Display
Output power per channel (RMS), 50W (External Amp)
Display User Interface Customization (Main Screen Field Data Selection)

RADIO/AUDIO
Radio Control from display
Radio Control from handlebars
AM, FM & Weatherband
iPod Control over USB (no old iPods with 32 pin connector)
Songs from USB flash drive
USB Song Shuffle
Bluetooth Audio
Album Art

BLUETOOTH
Driver Smartphone Bluetooth Capable
Driver Bluetooth Headset

PHONE FEATURES*
Phonebook Download (Bluetooth )
Incoming Call Notification
Incoming Call Friendly Name Display
Place a call from phonebook
Dial a number to call
Voice Activated Call (with headset)
Voice Activated Siri or “OK Google” (with headset)
Incoming Driver Text Notification
Incoming Driver Text Friendly Name Display
Send a quick text from driver device (Android only)
* Smartphone must support this feature

2017 Indian Chieftain bagger

It’s easy to see why the Chieftain bagger is a big seller for Indian Motorcycle Co.

2017 INDIAN CHIEFTAIN SPECS 

ENGINE – THUNDER STROKE 111
Engine Type: 49˚ V-Twin
Transmission: 6-speed/constant mesh/foot shift
Battery: 12 volts / 18 amp/hour, 310 CCA
Bore x Stroke: 3.976”x 4.449” (101mm x 113mm)
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Compression Ratio: 9.5 : 1
Cooling System: Air / Oil
Displacement: 111 cubic-inch / 1811cc
Exhaust: Split dual exhaust with crossover
Final Drive: Belt, 152 tooth
Fuel Capacity: 5.5 gal / 20.8 ltr
Fuel System: Electronic fuel injection, closed loop/54mm bore
Oil Capacity: 5.5 qts / 5.20 ltr
Primary Drive: Gear drive wet clutch
Torque (claimed): 119.2 ft-lbs at 3000 rpm

SUSPENSION
Front: Telescopic fork, 46mm diameter, 4.7 in. / 119mm travel
Rear: Single shock 4.5 in. / 114mm travel, air adjustable

CHASSIS
Dry Weight: 828 lbs / 376 kg
Ground Clearance: 5.6 in / 142mm
GVWR: 1,385 lbs / 630 kg
Length: 101.2 in. / 2571mm
Rake/Trail: 25° / 5.9 in. / 150mm
Seat Height: 26 in. / 660mm
Wheelbase: 65.7 in. / 1668mm

BRAKES
Brake System Type: Individual front and rear control with ABS
Front: Dual 300mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
Rear: Single 300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper

WHEELS & TIRES
Front Tire: Dunlop Elite 3, 130/90B16 73H
Front Wheel: Cast 16” x 3.5” with tire pressure monitoring
Rear Tire: Dunlop Elite 3 180/60R16 80H
Rear Wheel: Cast 16” x 5.0” with tire pressure monitoring

2017 CHIEFTAIN COLORS & MSRP
Thunder Black Pearl $23,999
Silver Smoke $24,499
White Smoke $24,499
Wildfire Red over Thunder Black $25,199
Star Silver over Thunder Black $25,199

2017 ROADMASTER COLOR & MSRP
Thunder Black $28,999
Burgundy Metallic $29,599
Willow Green over Ivory Cream $30,399
Thunder Black over Ivory Cream $30,399
Steel Gray over Thunder Black $30,399 US

*Does not include California emissions.

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Harley’s New Boom! Audio Music Player Tank Pouch http://www.aimag.com/harleys-new-boom-audio-music-player-tank-pouch/ Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:59:22 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21289 HARLEY-DAVIDSON BOOM! AUDIO MUSIC PLAYER POUCH

Designed for motorcycle use, the new Boom! Audio Music Player Tank Pouch (P/N 76000193, $44.95) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories lets riders securely carry a smart phone, music player or electronic toll pass on the bike. Built-in magnets hold the pouch securely to a steel fuel tank, and the clear play-through window permits touchscreen control. An anti-skid interior allows the pouch to accommodate players of various sizes and a neoprene jacket offers hard-core protection for the device. A double zipper permits output cables to exit the pouch at any point, so the player can be plugged into the motorcycle audio system or play directly to rider headphones.

These and other Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories are available at more than 750 authorized retail locations in the United States and online.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

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Free Harley Demo Rides at This Weekend’s Charlotte Half-Mile http://www.aimag.com/free-harley-demo-rides-at-this-weekends-charlotte-half-mile/ Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:44:16 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21284 H-D Switchback road test

AFT Events and the Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers Association (CHDDA) have announced that fans will be able to enjoy free Dealer Demo Rides presented by the CHDDA on Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, during the Charlotte Half-Mile race weekend from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

The CHDDA will have a demo truck located at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a wide variety of motorcycles for fans to choose from in order to experience the Harley-Davidson lifestyle. Patrons of the event will have the luxury to choose from 17 current models of the Harley-Davidson repertoire and will also have the option to cruise on the ever-popular Harley-Davidson Trike.

“We’re excited to be able to offer fans the Harley-Davidson experience at the Charlotte Half-Mile,” said Cameron Gray, COO of AFT Events. “This will bring the fan experience aspect of the race to a whole new level and we are glad that we can do this with the partnership of the CHDDA.”

If you are not a licensed motorcycle rider, have no fear because the CHDDA will have trained staff on-site to guide you through the Harley-Davidson JUMPSTART experience. This program is offered to those who enjoy the roar of the road but the comfort of the parking lot. The Harley-Davidson JUMPSTART provides a fully-equipped bike with the ability to pull back on the throttle, have your feet on the pegs and feel the roar of the cherished Harley-Davidson motorcycle without moving an inch.

“We will have 17 new Harley-Davidson models available for test rides, including our incredible CVO Screamin’ Eagle models,” said Aimee Thomas of Speedway Harley-Davidson, President of the CHDDA. “Come out and join us in all the fun. We will be there for demos from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.”

Spectators who wish to participate in the Dealer Demo Rides must have a current motorcycle license and be over the age of 18. Those who plan to take a ride on the open road must bring a helmet, wear closed-toe shoes and long pants or jeans. Rides are mapped out throughout Concord, N.C. with Harley-Davidson approved lead and trail riders to guide the group on a fun and safe adventure.

Demo rides will be happening every hour starting at 10:00 a.m. and participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure for safety instructions.

Tickets for the CHDDA Charlotte Half-Mile start at just $29 for adults and kids 13 and under get in free. For more information regarding the event, scheduled for Saturday, July 30, fans are encouraged to visit http://www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/ama_pro_flat_track_charlotte_half_mile/.

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Bid Big on 35th Anniversary Bagger, Win Sturgis Buffalo Chip VIP for Life http://www.aimag.com/bid-big-on-35th-anniversary-bagger-win-sturgis-buffalo-chip-vip-for-life/ Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:30:44 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21279 Rock, Rumble & Rebellion Kuryakyn customized motorcycle and matching Epiphone guitar classically represent 35 years of Buffalo Chip history, and the new owner will be treated like a rock star for life.

The stunning Rock, Rumble & Rebellion Kuryakyn customized motorcycle and matching Epiphone guitar created to commemorate Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 35th anniversary have been packaged with a never before offered VIP pass for life. The purchaser of this one-off package not only will be the owner of one the coolest custom bikes and guitars on the planet, they will instantly find themselves treated like a rock star and will be able to enjoy concerts from VIP seating or front of the stage pit access, and when available have the opportunity to shake hands and have their photo taken at celebrity meet and greets as a VIP for as long as they own the bike. This is the first time in history the Buffalo Chip has ever offered this level of VIP status to the public.

Buffalo Chip 35th Anniversary custom Harley Road Glide

“This is a one-time special deal not likely ever to be repeated,” said Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff. “This beautiful custom bagger will make you feel like biker royalty, and its matching guitar will make you feel like a rock god. But the celebrity status that accompanies them at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip is what makes this even more special. The person who purchases this package is in for a real treat.”

The Package
The custom performance bagger, which began life as a 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide FLTR, now sports nearly 40 Kuryakyn enhancement parts with contributions from Bahn, Jim Nasi Customs, Mustang Seats, Performance Machine, Progressive Suspension, Roland Sands Design and Xtreme Machine with custom paint on both bike and guitar by Gilby’s Street Dept. The intricately painted, matching Epiphone Sheraton II guitar makes a bold statement and perfectly expresses the theme. The VIP pass is good for Buffalo Chip concerts for as long as the original purchaser owns the bike. The owner of this magnificent machine and matching guitar will experience a lifetime of high-performance muscle, rock star attitude and special treatment.

The Rock, Rumble & Rebellion VIP for Life package is available to the first qualified buyer and, if purchased before the 2016 rally, the new owner will accompany the bike on a tour of the Chip’s most prestigious events including the Motorcycles as Art Industry Party, Legends Ride and an unveil on the main stage. For an up close and personal look at the bike and guitar visit Black Hills Harley-Davidson through Friday, Aug. 5 and at the Buffalo Chip Aug. 6-13, 2016. Interested parties may call 605-347-9000 for more information.

Rock Rumble and Rebellion Sturgis Buffalo Chip 35th Bagger

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 www.BuffaloChip.com.

About Kuryakyn
Kuryakyn has been leading the design and manufacturing of aftermarket parts and accessories for the motorcycle industry for the past 27 years. Our ideas are products of expressive minds that realize a motorcycle isn’t simply a means of transportation, but rather a representation of a person’s very identity. We are dedicated to producing innovative parts and accessories that keep us miles ahead.

About Epiphone
Celebrating its 140th Anniversary, Epiphone is a leading innovator in musical instrument design and is the official instrument of Rocksmith 2014, the critically acclaimed video experience that is teaching millions around the world how to play guitar and bass.

From Epiphone’s humble beginnings in Sparta, Greece in 1873 through its rise to fame on 14th Street in Manhattan, to its reemergence as a dominant force in musical instruments from its new headquarters in Nashville, TN, Epiphone instruments can be heard on a century of classic recordings. Today, Epiphone instruments are played on stages and in studios around the world. Epiphone artists include legends Les Paul, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Joe Pass, John Lee Hooker, The Who, and today’s top artists like Gary Clark Jr., Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Jack Casady, Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde, Dwight Yoakam, Tommy Thayer of KISS, Slash, FUN., Matt Heafy, Alabama Shakes, Vampire Weekend, and Brendon Small. As part of Gibson Brands, Epiphone offers innovation, history, and the guarantee that their instruments can last you a lifetime. www.epiphone.com

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2016 Harley Low Rider S First Ride Review http://www.aimag.com/2016-harley-low-rider-s-first-ride-review/ Sat, 23 Jul 2016 05:00:05 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21272 2016 Low Rider S Review

NEW BIKE REVIEW by Tyler Greenblatt  Photos by Riles & Nelson

There’s fast, and then there’s 110” Screamin’ Eagle Dyna fast

You know you’re in for a fun ride when fleet center manager Alan has to replace all the ground-down footpegs on the test bikes from the previous day’s grouping of motojournalists. I promised to take care of the fresh pegs on the new 2016 Low Rider S when my day came to ride it, unlike the local Los Angeles hooligans who had been riding that day. After about 30 seconds of riding the FXDL-S, I realized I wasn’t going to be able to keep my promise.

Walking up to the S for the first time, it takes a second to recognize it as actually being a Low Rider as so much is physically different between the two machines that share a name. Gone is the chrome and metallic look from the original Shovelhead Low Riders. The back half of the rear fender is noticeably missing, and the handlebars are entirely different. At first glance it looks more like something coming out of a Southern California custom shop than a factory Harley. That defining look is the first complete bike to be headed up by H-D Director of Styling Brad Richards, who started at Harley just over a year ago and whose name you’ll be seeing a lot.

2016 Harley Low Rider S

The Low Rider S is equipped with “Premium Ride nitrogen gas-charged emulsion shocks and a Premium Ride cartridge fork.”

The split, five-spoke Magnum Gold cast aluminum wheels look as though they were pulled from the 1982 FXSB, while the gold tank badge was pulled directly from the 1977 XLCR. The drag bars, speed screen, side-mount license plate, bobbed rear fender, and deep-scoop solo seat are all modern takes on the traditional high-performance Harley.

It’s impossible to discuss high-performance Harleys without making mention of the legendary FXR motorcycles of the 1980s and ‘90s, which mixed a stiff, triangulated frame and sporty suspension with a rubber-mounted Big Twin. FXRs have grown in popularity in the past few years, and with that resurgence came a subsequent rise in Dyna interest. But today’s twin-shock enthusiast isn’t looking for the same chopper-esque feel of Willie G’s Shovelhead FX creations. The name of the game today is speed, around corners as much as in a straight line, and the ability to stop. The 2016 Low Rider S delivers on all fronts.

2016 Harley Low Rider S Screamin' Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine

The latest addition to Harley’s Dyna range is equipped with the Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine, a forward-facing Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather performance intake and Fat Bob-style 2-into-2 exhaust.

The Low Rider S sports a set of premium adjustable emulsion-type shock absorbers at the rear and a premium ride cartridge fork suspension at the front, good for 2.13″ and 5.1″ of travel respectively. Although rear travel seems short, the premium adjustable shocks held their own while carving California’s canyons for over 100 miles. Unlike typical stock shocks, these didn’t bottom out once on me, and they kept the rear of the Dyna tracking through turns as if it were on rails. The improvement in the front isn’t as obvious, but undoubtedly aids in the bike’s road manners.

The Low Rider S sports 28-1/2-degree left- and 27-1/2-degree right-lean angles, which leaves some lean room to be desired, although as I found out you can go right up to and past the pegs around turns. In fact, after about an hour of spirited riding, your pegs should be worn down enough to increase those angles. Any new buyer should just consider footpegs a regularly replaceable maintenance item thanks to the 4.1″ of ground clearance. That low center of gravity and 27″ unladen seat height also make the S easy to control and predictable even when sparks are flying. The sticky Michelin Scorcher tires still have some tread left once you run out of bike, which further improves confidence.

2016 Harley Low Rider S first ride

Tyler cracks the throttle on the 2016 Low Rider S and said he likes the Twin Cam 110 platform in this Dyna. 

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Harley Low Rider S Dyna

“Riders have been asking when Harley-Davidson would build another aggressive, performance-based bike like the legendary FXR models,” said Harley-Davidson Director of Styling Brad Richards.

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National Motorcycle Museum Debuts Streamliners at Vintage Rally 2016 http://www.aimag.com/national-motorcycle-museum-debuts-streamliners-at-vintage-rally-2016/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:04:22 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21262 Vintage Rally 2016; Did You Miss It?

The sixth annual Vintage Rally at the National Motorcycle Museum was a supreme mix of people and motorcycles. It’s a once a year event in the east central Iowa town of Anamosa, and showcases one of America’s finest and most diverse motorcycle museums.

Harley Streamliner National Motorcycle Museum

Exhibition Curator, and author, John Stein refers to the Cal Rayborn/Denis Manning Harley-Davidson streamliner as perhaps the most important land speed record motorcycle extant. Harley Sportster powered, the combined skills of Manning and Rayborn pushed the ultimate record for two-wheeled machines to just over 265 miles per hour in 1970. Thanks to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and Hall of Fame for loaning it from their collection. (Photos Courtesy of National Motorcycle Museum)

Vintage Rally also treated visitors to the first showing of two new Museum exhibits. This year the special exhibit theme is Land Speed Record competition, and Allstate Motorcycle STREAMLINERS presented by J&P Cycles is the exhibition. About 18 bikes and memorabilia tell the story of LSR competition even back into the 1930s. They have the famous Cal Rayborn/Denis Manning Harley-Davidson streamliner that set a record of 265 miles per hour in 1970. And there are various open bikes, some Vincents that prowled the salt but also an outrageous stretched Henderson frame with a Plymouth flathead six that ran 160+ at Bonneville in the mid-1930’s.

But outside on the Museum grounds was Vintage Rally 2016 with a bike show that offered somewhat rare bikes, but also the typical, the finely restored, some superb original unrestored machines and a few really nice race bikes. A swap meet included everything from sculpture created from bike parts to rare antique motorcycle parts, books, magazines and vintage apparel, along with some tent displays including a professional pin-striping demo.

Henderson with flathead six Plymouth engine National Motorcycle Museum

Visitors to Vintage Rally 2016 were the first to view the new Allstate Motorcycle STREAMLINERS exhibit presented b J&P Cycles. Among the interesting land speed record machines is Monster, a heavily reinforced Henderson chassis, Plymouth flathead six-powered, machine. Monster ran at Bonneville in the mid-1930’s and hit over 160 miles per hour.

Back inside the Museum where it was cool and comfortable, and we are surrounded by over 450 bikes and thousands of pieces of memorabilia, three authors spoke on motorcycle history in special presentations. One on the experience of land speed record racing two Vincents, another on the history of the Henderson motorcycle brand, a third lead a conversation on the history of land speed record racing. You were even invited to bring lunch into the presentation hall and listen to a panel discussion on motorcycle collecting giving even the experienced some new insights.

Vintage Rally was fun, had all sorts of great things and people to hang out with, but in keeping with a museum’s mission, was truly educational as well. You should have been at Vintage Rally 2016, but if you were not, maybe these photos will explain why you should mark your calendar for next year’s event, Saturday June 3, 2017.

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Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride 2016 Providing Experiences of a Lifetime http://www.aimag.com/sisters-centennial-motorcycle-ride-2016-providing-experiences-of-a-lifetime/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 03:02:21 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21250 Sisters Centennial Ride 16

(Photos Courtesy of Sara Liberte Photography)

The journey started with a launch party in Brooklyn, New York, almost 20 days ago and is finally approaching its last leg in San Francisco this weekend. For the last two-and-a-half weeks, the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride has been honoring the accomplishments of Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, the first women to cross the continental United States on motorcycles. The Van Buren sisters are said to be the first women to have reached the 14,115 foot summit of Pikes Peak on motorcycles as well, adding to their legacy.

Sisters Centennial Ride 2016

The 2016 Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride heads out of Brooklyn on a 20-day adventure across the United States.

One hundred years after the Van Buren’s epic journey, 68 riders, most of them women, set out from Brooklyn on a 20 day journey that closely followed the original route of the Van Buren sisters. Included in the group were direct descendants of the sisters, including Bob Van Buren and his daughter Sarah, Adeline’s grandson Dan Ruderman, Ruderman’s daughter Sofié, and son Skyler. As the entourage has made its way across the country, they’ve explored the Lincoln Highway, celebrated AMA Vintage Days in Columbus, Ohio, and toured the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. Pressing westward, the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride has tackled the climb up Pikes Peak in honor of the Van Buren’s achievement, ventured off the beaten path in Bryce Canyon, and are fully embracing the experience of a lifetime.

Sisters' Centennial Ride group

Sixty-eight riders were in the first group that set out on the 2016 Sisters’ Centennial Ride July 3.

We’ve been tracking the Sisters’ Centennial Ride through social media channels as two of American Iron’s friends are on the ride, Indian Motorcycle’s External Relations Manager Robert Pandya and multi-talented photographer Sara Liberte (who graciously contributed all the photos in this story). The two have been the conjoined twins of the tour, Robert piloting an Indian Chief Darkhorse with Sara literally right by his side in a matching Champion sidecar.

“I’m on this ride and it is AMAZING… So many great stories, amazing riders, and just the spirit of everyone. The great granddaughter of Adeline Van Buren, Sophie Ruderman is riding with us, as well as the great niece, Sarah Van Buren,” said Liberte.

Robert Brad Sarah Sisters Centennial Ride 2016

Friends and fun have been a big part of the Sisters’ Ride. Indian’s Robert Pandya (sidecar) and Sara Liberte share a laugh with their buddy Brad Gregory during one of the stops of the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride 2016.

“Great women making history on motorcycles. There are fantastic individual stories in this group. Women who are battling illness, boredom, excited about an unprecedented event, participating in something they never thought they could, and overcoming obstacles,” added Pandya.

One of those inspirational stories belongs to Sarah “SeCCRet” Moreau. The “CCR” stands for “Cross-Country Rider,” a title Moreau has earned as the Sisters’ Centennial Ride will be her 18th continental crossing. When she reaches San Francisco, Moreau will surpass the number of cross-country rides registered by another pioneering woman motorcyclist, Bessie Stringfield.

If you’d like a chance to hear more great stories from the ride first-hand, a big “Grand Finale Party” will be held Saturday in San Francisco at the Dainese D-Store. The party will be held from 7:30 p.m – 10:30 p.m., but you need to register in advance if you’d like to attend. The Dainese D-Store is located at 131 South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA (415-626-5478). More information about the Grand Finale Party can be found here http://sistersmotorcycleride.com/local-events/sanfrancisco/

Holly Ralph and Sara Morneau Sisters Centennial Ride 2016

Holly Ralph and Sarah Moreau show some of the media attention the Sisters’ Centennial Ride 2016 has been garnering.

MAD Maps is also planning on meeting the riders in Marin County to escort them into the city for the final leg. MAD Maps listed its reception plans on Facebook.

“So get READY ’cause here they come! This Saturday, July 23rd we will celebrate the arrival of the 2016 Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride with the party that has been 100 years in the making. We will have 100 riders staged at Fort Baker in Marin County awaiting the arrival of the caravan. The San Francisco Motorcycle Club (SFMC) and their ride captain Robert Hanssen along with MAD Maps founder, Jenny Lefferts willl lead a Welcome Parade across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the streets of San Francisco, ending at the SFMC Club House for a reception, prior to the Allstate Grand Finale party at the The Dainese D-Store San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. to be emceed by the one and only Erin Sills.

The Partridge Family Bus Sisters Centennial Ride 2016

The Sisters’ Centennial Ride has visited many cool places and seen many cool things, including the old Partridge Family bus.

Local riders please feel free to meet up at the SFMC Club House located at 2194 Folsom Street, SF CA at 5:00 p.m. to welcome the riders. Any folks wanting to attend the Allstate/BMW Grande Finale Party at the D-Store in San Francisco can purchase tickets on line at http://sistersmotorcycleride.com/local-events/sanfrancisco/ Join us for a spectacular day celebrating the achievements of these women and members of the Van Buren family!”

Thanks again Sara Liberte Photography for sharing your pictures with us. While these photos provide the essence of the event, the full magic of the adventure can be found on her website, so be sure to check it out!

Sisters Centennial Ride 2016 in Nebraska

Shana Slettedahl, a Polaris engineer, took time away from conducting sound tests for on-road products to join the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride. It is the longest motorcycle ride she’s ever been on. 

 

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