Harley Magazine American Iron Magazine http://www.aimag.com Harley magazine and Harley motorcycle news Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:42:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Harley Offers Free Riding Motorcycle Training To First Responders http://www.aimag.com/2015/11/harley-offers-free-riding-motorcycle-training-to-first-responders/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/11/harley-offers-free-riding-motorcycle-training-to-first-responders/#respond Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:42:36 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=14685 H-D Employees Help Announce Offer by Volunteering at Local Firehouses and Police Stations

Leading up to Thanksgiving, Harley-Davidson will expand its free Riding Academy motorcycle training offer to all first responders from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2016.

To unveil the Ride Free offer for police officers, firefighters and EMS professionals, Harley-Davidson employees across the country volunteered at local firehouses and police stations in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kansas City, Missouri, Milwaukee, San Diego, Wichita, Kansas and York, Pennsylvania.

Police officers, firefighters and EMS professionals selflessly give to the communities where they live and work. Today, we’re giving back not only our time and energy but the opportunity for first responders to enjoy the personal freedom found on the open road.

This announcement comes on the heels of the year-long extension of Operation Personal Freedom: Ride Free, the offer of free Riding Academy motorcycle training to all current and former U.S. military.

Harley-Davidson is proud to expand free Riding Academy to those who protect and serve here at home as well as those who defend our freedom around the world.

First responders can learn more about the offer by visiting a Harley-Davidson dealer or going to http://www.h-d.com/AmericanHeroes. If Riding Academy is not available in a particular area, Harley-Davidson will offer a Harley-Davidson Gift Card for the amount of the enrollment fee for a qualified third-party motorcycle riding course.

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Victory Motorcycles New Production Engine Based On Project 156 http://www.aimag.com/2015/11/victory-motorcycles-new-production-engine-based-on-project-156/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/11/victory-motorcycles-new-production-engine-based-on-project-156/#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:56:30 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=14679 2016-Erbacher-Concept-03Milan Italy and Long Beach CA November 18, 2015: Victory Motorcycles today revealed the production version of the engine that powered Project 156 up Pikes Peak this summer, and will power an upcoming 1200cc class motorcycle.

The engine was designed to deliver the strongest power and performance in its class, and was shown off in a concept motorcycle built by European builder Urs Erbacher. Erbacher is well-known in the European custom motorcycle scene taking several top awards and gaining international attention.

Erbacher’s concept – dubbed the “Victory Ignition Concept” was custom built around the first preproduction engine off of the line in Osceola Wisconsin. The concept features an aggressive stance and frames the engine with a cast aluminum chassis, performance suspension and brakes with an aggressive Project 156-inspired paint scheme. “I’m proud not only of this build, but what it represents for the future of the Victory Motorcycles brand,” says the Swiss builder. “Getting full reigns to wrap the new engine in an interesting bike is a real highlight in my career, and from what I can see any production bike utilizing this powertrain will be a fantastic ride.”

“Project 156 is a purpose built racer that took our engine design to one of the most challenging races on the planet – it was a proving ground like no other that set the bar very high for our team,” says Victory Motorcycles General Manager Rod Krois. “This engine platform, which uses designs from other Polaris products having sold over 200,000 engines, will deliver on the promise of modern American muscle that is in the DNA of every current and future product we sell. Victory will continue to aggressively plot a new course for itself and where an American motorcycle brand can go.”

“Victory Motorcycle – from day one – has been a brand designed to deliver outstanding in-class performance, reliability and handling,” says Steve Menneto, President of the Polaris Motorcycles Division. “Our new engine, Urs’ concept and news we’ll be sharing at the IMS in New York City will plot the direction not only of this fantastic new platform, but of this brand. We will continue to design and build the best motorcycles in every class we compete.” The liquid-cooled four-valve engine has a 60-degree vee angle, utilizing double overhead cams that promise to make class-leading power. Additional details of the engine will be revealed in the months to come.

For more information on the Ignition concept bike, CLICK HERE. The display at EICMA, the international trade and consumer show, will be open for the public starting Thursday November 19, and continues through the weekend. The Polaris stand is located in Hall 13. For more information log on to www.eicma.it/en/.

Fans of American performance motorcycles are encouraged to keep an eye on Victory Motorcycles in the coming weeks for more new product and concept motorcycles announcements.

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NEW INDIAN MOTORCYCLE! ALL-NEW LOWER PRICED 2016 SCOUT SIXTY http://www.aimag.com/2015/11/new-indian-motorcycle-all-new-lower-priced-2016-scout-sixty/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/11/new-indian-motorcycle-all-new-lower-priced-2016-scout-sixty/#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:53:00 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=14672 text

New lower-cost 2016 Indian Scout Sixty motorcycle

November 18, 2015Indian motorcycle company, today introduced the new, smaller and less expensive Indian Scout® Sixty. The new 999cc Scout Sixty will appeal to new rider segments with a premium motorcycle at the lowest MSRP yet for the brand.

The new Indian Scout Sixty offers many of the same features and components of the Indian Scout, introduced in 2014. The new Scout Sixty shares the identical chassis, suspension, brakes and core engine with the existing Scout — all mated with a new 60 cubic inch engine. Featuring 78hp, the highest horsepower in class, and a dry weight of 542 pounds with a potent 65 ft./lbs. of linear torque, the Scout Sixty uses the easy-to-shift 5-speed transmission, and starts at $8,999. Offered in three classic, bold Indian Motorcycle colors, the Scout Sixty features a black seat, matching black frame and wheels, and is compatible with the many accessories already available for the Indian Scout.

“The Indian Scout has been a stunningly successful introduction for us, with balance, performance and maneuverability that appeals to riders,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “The new Scout Sixty expands that reach even further to include newer riders who desire the legendary quality and craftsmanship of an Indian Motorcycle.”

The Scout Sixty is available in Thunder Black starting at $8,999, with Indian Motorcycle Red and Pearl White color options starting at $9,299. A seat height of 25.3 inches allows for sure-footed comfort at stops, and the low center of gravity ensures agile cornering, precise balance and overall rider confidence and control. A series of accessories including seats, handlebars and footpeg relocators allow the motorcycle to be tailored to fit each rider, while additional accessories such as saddlebags, wire wheels and quick-release windscreens give owners virtually unlimited freedom to customize their rides.

The new Scout Sixty is already en route to dealerships around the world, and is sure to be a popular platform for customizing and personalizing prior to the traditional riding season kick-off at Daytona Bike Week.

“We expect the Scout Sixty to accelerate the already unprecedented success we have had with the new Scout platform,” said Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director Scott Meek. “The custom community has really embraced the Scout and we have experienced intense enthusiasm from DIY customizers, dealers, pro-builders and the aftermarket.”

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Indian Motorcycles, Roland Sands & Super Hooligan Racing http://www.aimag.com/2015/11/indian-motorcycles-roland-sands-super-hooligan-racing/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/11/indian-motorcycles-roland-sands-super-hooligan-racing/#respond Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:33:42 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=14635 Five Roland Sands custom Indian Scout Hooligan bikes will compete in the race piloted by Roland Sands, Red Bull stunt rider Aaron Colton and special guest riders 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, announced it has stepped up as the title sponsor for the upcoming “RSD Super Hooligan” flat track race in Las Vegas. The street-bike based race takes place indoors on a short track at the Orleans Hotel & Casino the evening of November 21, and is presented in partnership with Roland Sands Design and AMA Pro Flat Track in conjunction with the “Superprestigio of the Americas” race.    The winner of the Super Hooligan race will receive a new 2016 Indian Scout – making the Super Hooligan race a bit more competitive than the average weekend amateur event.

Hooligan racing is traced back to the 1930s, at a time when legendary Indian Motorcycle dealer Clarence “Pappy” Hoel began organizing regional hill climb and flat track motorcycle races in and around Sturgis, SD. Hoel was a founding members of the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club, and he and the Gypsies are credited with starting the now world famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 1938. Indian Motorcycle’s rich history in racing dates back to its inception with records in every racing category, including land speed, dirt track, transcontinental racing and venues like Daytona and the Isle of Man. In 1911 the Federation of American Motorcyclists published the records for 126 different categories of racing and different distances, and of those 126 racing records, Indian owned all 126.

Hooligan racing is a throwback to a post-war era where riders took virtually any available motorcycle to race in the spirit of seeking adrenaline and enjoying the comradery. Today the flat track Hooligan racing category is rapidly gaining in popularity with riders of all ages and experience levels because it brings the fun back into a less structured environment where any rider can race virtually any motorcycle. “Framers” or custom race chassis machines are not allowed in the class. It’s designed to allow racers to lightly modify an existing street chassis for racing action, a familiar situation for the world famous Indian Scout.

The company also announced it has partnered with Roland Sands Design to build and race five custom Hooligan racers based on the Indian Scout. The custom Hooligan Scouts will race in the RSD Super Hooligan event in Las Vegas, with a world-class team of riders that includes Roland Sands himself, Red Bull/KTM stunt rider Aaron Colton, plus some surprise guest riders. These new custom motorcycles will be revealed to the media on Friday, November 20 during the International Motorcycle Shows press event in Long Beach, CA.

“The Scout is a great machine upon which to base a custom bike with modern rider friendly performance. The engine and chassis are rock solid and don’t need a lot of work, so DIY customizers can focus on the aesthetic modifications,” said Roland Sands.  “It has been a blast designing and building these custom Indian Scout Hooligan bikes and after a quick test run at the local flat track I feel we have a competitive bike that will rip on the track.”

“It is an honor for Indian Motorcycle to sponsor the Super Hooligan event in partnership with Roland Sands Design and the folks at the Superprestigio of the Americas,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles at Polaris Industries. “Given the incredible racing heritage of the Indian Scout in our DNA, it’s really exciting to have five amazing Roland Sands custom Indian Scouts racing. It’s going to be a great event.”

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Veteran’s Day News: Harley Extends Free Motorcycle Training To All U.S. Military http://www.aimag.com/2015/11/veterans-day-news-harley-extends-free-motorcycle-training-to-all-u-s-military/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/11/veterans-day-news-harley-extends-free-motorcycle-training-to-all-u-s-military/#respond Tue, 10 Nov 2015 19:30:33 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=14607 Harley-Davidson today announced the extension of free Riding Academy motorcycle training to all current and former U.S. military. The program is now available to active-duty, retired, reservists and veterans Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2016.

To continue its salute to the military, Harley-Davidson Managing Director and former U.S. Army Officer, Christian Walters, will escort fellow veterans, including Dorsey Fyffe, a former U.S. Air Force Flight Engineer and Wounded Warrior Project Peer Mentor, to America’s Parade in New York City aboard a Bell 407 U.S. Army helicopter November 11.

The original offer of free Harley-Davidson Riding Academy kicked-off prior to Armed Forces Day aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier in Charleston, S.C., making it only fitting to take to the air to announce the free training extension.

“One of our objectives is to grow the sport of motorcycling in the U.S.,” said Walters. “Thousands of members of the military have learned to ride through the program so far. We’re proud to extend this opportunity in 2016 so even more military personnel can enjoy the very freedom they protect.”

All stateside military can take advantage of the offer by visiting a local Harley-Davidson dealer or going to h-d.com/AmericanHeroes. If Riding Academy is not available in a particular area, Harley-Davidson will reimburse the expense of attending a certified motorcycle safety program. Those currently deployed outside the U.S. also can submit the form by Dec. 31, 2016, and will receive a voucher for free motorcycle safety training, good through 2017 when they return home.


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

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

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Demand Congress Prevent E15-Related Motorcycle Engine Damage http://www.aimag.com/2015/10/demand-congress-prevent-e15-related-motorcycle-engine-damage/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/10/demand-congress-prevent-e15-related-motorcycle-engine-damage/#respond Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:57:57 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=14091 U.S. Reps. Bill Flores (R-Texas), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and Steve Womack (R-Ark.) are taking the lead by sending a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to discourage it from breaching the Renewable Fuel Standard blend wall. The blend wall is the point at which no more ethanol can be blended without creating higher-ethanol blends, such as E15 and above.

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Members of Congress who have signed to date: Current cosigners (122): Flores, Welch, Goodlatte, Costa, Womack, Babin, Barletta, Barr, Barton, Bilirakis, Michael Bishop, Black, Boustany, Jr., Brady, Bridenstine, Mo Brooks, Burgess, Byrne, Buddy Carter, John Carter, Chabot, Coffman, Cole, Chris Collins, Doug Collins, Comstock, Crawford, Crenshaw, Cuellar, Culberson, Curbelo, DeFazio, Dent, Diaz-Balart, Jeff Duncan, John Duncan, Ellmers, Farenthold, Fincher, Fleischmann, Fleming, Foxx, Frankel, Franks, Frelinghuysen, Garrett, Chris Gibson, Gosar, Granger, Graves, Gene Green, Griffith, Hanna, Harper, Harris, Heck, Hensarling, Hice, Hill, Holding, Hudson, Hunter, Hurt, Jolly, Jones, Jordan, Kelly, Lamborn, Lance, Long, Loudermilk, MacArthur, Marchant, Massie, McClintock, McKinley, Meehan, Mica, Mulvaney, Tim Murphy, Neugebauer, Newhouse, Nugent, Olson, Palazzo, Palmer, Pearce, Perry, Pingree, Pittenger, Poe, Pompeo, Posey, Rice, Richmond, Roe, Rohrabacher, Ross, Rothfus, Rouzer, Russell, Austin Scott, Sensenbrenner, Jr., Sessions, Simpson, Lamar Smith, Stewart, Thornberry, Valadao, Veasey, Walberg, Mimi Walters, Weber, Wenstrup, Westerman, Williams, Joe Wilson, Woodall, Yoho, Don Young, Zinke

The bipartisan letter comes in response to the EPA’s proposed Renewable Volume Obligations rule for 2014, 2015 and 2016 and is scheduled to arrive before the RVOs are finalized on Nov. 30. The EPA proposal would increase the amount of ethanol from all sources in the nation’s fuel supply to 17.4 billion gallons in 2016, up from 15.93 billion gallons in 2014.

Those increases would come despite the EPA’s acknowledgement that the current market cannot absorb these higher ethanol production rates. The practical effect of the EPA’s action is that ethanol production will exceed the “blend wall.” That means more E15 and less E10 on future  markets. More E15 will inevitably lead to inadvertent misfueling, which can damage motorcycle and all-terrain-vehicle engines. Moreover, the use of E15 may void the manufacturer’s warranty.

The EPA’s proposed rule does not consider the concerns of motorcyclists and ATV owners, despite the agency’s knowing that none of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs in use in the United States is approved to use blends with more than 10 percent ethanol (E10).

This letter would help protect millions of motorcycle and ATV vehicles and the riders who depend on their safe operation.

The new deadline for signatures is Wednesday, Oct. 28!

Act today to ensure your representative signs the Flores/Welch/Goodlatte/Costa/Womack letter.

To urge your representative to sign on to the bipartisan letter, just follow the “Take Action” option, which will send a prewritten email directly to your lawmaker demanding access to safe fuel.

Congressional Dear Colleague and letter: RFS Blendwall DC and Letter.docx

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Free American Iron Magazine Gift Subscriptions http://www.aimag.com/2015/10/free-american-iron-magazine-gift-subscriptions/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/10/free-american-iron-magazine-gift-subscriptions/#respond Tue, 27 Oct 2015 00:04:07 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=14081 Until the end of the year, American Iron Magazine is offering a BOGO gift subscription deal. BOGO stands for Buy On, Get One. And the way it works is simple. For every one year gift subscription you buy (only $26.95 a year- in US – for 13 big issues) you get a second gift subscription FREE.

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Riders Protest French Ban On Pre-2000 Motorcycles http://www.aimag.com/2015/10/riders-protest-french-ban-on-pre-2000-motorcycles/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/10/riders-protest-french-ban-on-pre-2000-motorcycles/#respond Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:12:58 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=13739 Can you imagine if the US government banned at pre-2000 motorcycles from being registered or ridden here in Ameirca? That is what some politicians in France want to do.

Tens of thousands of riders protested in multiple cities throughout France, expressing their disapproval of the new regulation that restricts access of bikes and scooters deemed as being “old” in large areas of Paris and other large French cities.

Paris riders are the most affected, so it’s easy to understand that the biggest crowds gathered in the capital. It goes without saying that Paris, being the country’s capital and largest city, also hosts the most riders, hence the higher number of riders affected by Mayor Hidalgo’s ban.

The FFMC (Federation Francaise des Motards en Colere, French for French Federation of Angry/Pissed Off Motorcyclists) reports that around 15,000 riders on 10,0000 bikes assembled last Saturday in Ile-de-France and set out for Le Peripherique, or the outer ring road around 3 pm to block the road.

How much these protests will help change the current situation is hard to predict. In the absence of interest from popular media, these protests might have little impact, despite riders in so many French cities responded FFMC’s call to action.

Stubborn as we know the FFMC, we can estimate that such actions will be repeated, aiming to draw attention from the press at a higher level.

Pre-2000 bikes banned, more to follow
This motorcycle ban is not exactly new, and we reported on multiple occasions about how things evolved. In an effort to curb air pollution in the city, Paris’ Mayor Anne Hidalgo sought to restrict the circulation of bikes registered before 2000 in major areas of the French capital between 8 am and 8 pm.

Still, these seem to be only the first restrictions Mme. Hidalgo has in plan, with harsher bans to be enforced. If the FFMC manage to draw enough attention from major media outlets, maybe there is a way to put an end to this silly ban.

We wonder how many diesel VW cars are out on Paris’ streets each day… just wondering…

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Harley Race News: V-Rod Powers Hines To NHRA Lead http://www.aimag.com/2015/09/harley-race-news-v-rod-powers-hines-to-nhra-lead/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/09/harley-race-news-v-rod-powers-hines-to-nhra-lead/#respond Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:08:44 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=13388 Charlotte Win Moves Harley Rider to #1 in Pro Stock Motorcycle Standing

Concord, N.C. – Harley-Davidson/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines won the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle races at zMax Dragway with a final-round win at the NHRA Carolina Nationals, the first race in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Aboard a Harley V-Rod, Hines scored his third final-round win of the season.

The win boosts Hines past his teammate Ed Krawiec and into the Countdown points lead. Krawiec, the top seed for the Countdown, lost in the second round on Sunday.

“This was a big day to use my V-Rod to capitalize,” said Hines, a four-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion. “I had a chance to move up and take out some of the other top teams. This Pro Stock Motorcycle class is so tight right now that you need to take advantage of every chance you get.”

After the first of six rounds in the Countdown playoffs, Hines leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle field with 2,193 points. Krawiec is second with 2,173 points. Krawiec was the top seed for the event in Charlotte, posting a best Elapsed Time of 6.851 seconds in the final round of qualifying on Saturday. Hines qualified third at 6.869 seconds.

“I had a V-Rod fast enough to take the number one spot,” said Krawiec. “But in round two my rear tire spun due to the track being greasy. Both Screamin’ Eagle bikes are performing well, and I will bounce back.”

Hines advanced with three wins and defeated Matt Smith in the final to claim the 41st event win of his career and his fifth win at the zMax Dragway track.

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Sturgis Full Throttle Saloon Biker Bar Fire Ruled Accidental http://www.aimag.com/2015/09/sturgis-full-throttle-saloon-biker-bar-fire-ruled-accidental/ http://www.aimag.com/2015/09/sturgis-full-throttle-saloon-biker-bar-fire-ruled-accidental/#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:13:18 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=13215 STURGIS, SD – Results of an investigation into a devastating fire at the Full Throttle Saloon find the cause was accidental.

Investigators found the fire started in the main part of the bar and was accidental in nature.

Several agencies took part in the investigation including a National Response Team (NRT) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Agents from the ATF St. Paul Field Division, the South Dakota State Fire Marshal’s Office, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, the Meade County Sheriff’s Office and the Sturgis Police Department all played a role.

Damage to the well-known business is estimated at approximately $10 million.

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