Harley Magazine American Iron Magazine http://www.aimag.com American motorcycle reviews, news , events and custom bikes Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:59:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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.

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/.

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

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.

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.

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. 


Racing, Rockin’ & Rolling Out 2017s – Indian Motorcycle Sturgis Schedule 2016 http://www.aimag.com/racing-rockin-rolling-out-2017s-indian-motorcycle-sturgis-schedule-2016/ Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:47:38 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21232 Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, is proud to announce its power-packed itinerary for the 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which formally runs August 8 – 14 in Sturgis, South Dakota. The brand that started the rally in 1938 through legendary dealer J.C. “Pappy” Hoel, is excited to offer demo rides on three diverse and exciting newly released models to Sturgis attendees which include Indian Scout Sixty, Indian Chieftain Dark Horse and Indian Springfield with an early kick-off schedule starting on August 6th.

Join us for this historic event that will feature the debut of the 2017 model year lineup, exclusive entertainment, factory demo rides, partnerships with Jack Daniel’s and Red Wing Shoes, Indian Motorcycle Rider’s Group events and rides, an array of custom bikes and much more. Indian Motorcycle festivities kickoff on Saturday, August 6 at the Indian Motorcycle display on Lazelle St. where guests can enter for a chance to win a 2017 Indian Chieftain. Stay tuned to the Indian Motorcycle Sturgis event page for updates leading up to the rally.

Indian Motorcycle Sturgis 2016

Indian Motorcycle Factory Display on Lazelle St. (Next to Lynn’s Dakotamart)
Saturday, August 6 – Saturday, August 12, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Explore the entire 2017 Indian Motorcycle lineup at the Indian Motorcycle display in Downtown Sturgis along with demos of our newest technologies. A Chieftain Dark Horse Dyno Demonstration will showcase cams and other performance accessories. Following the recent historic announcement of Indian Motorcycle Racing’s historic return to AMA Pro Flat Track, the all-new Indian FTR750 will be on display Monday, August 8 through the remainder of the rally. Famed original wrecking crew legends Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman will be on-hand, along with all three Big Base Scouts and memorabilia from the original wrecking crew. Stay tuned for appearance schedule and activations. A number of vintage and custom bikes will be on display, including the Land Speed Scout , Hillclimb Indian Scout and SuperHooligan Indian Scout Sixty racers built by custom motorcycle designer Roland Sands.

Factory Demo Rides, 2100 Whitewood Service Road (I-90 on Exit 30)
Saturday, August 6 – Saturday, August 12, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Join the Indian Motorcycle demo team and test ride the latest models fresh from the Spirit Lake, Iowa plant. New 2017 motorcycles will be ready to demo ride all week long representing every variation and color, including some fully accessorized models. Demo ride availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Shuttles to demo rides will be available at Lazelle Street and Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis. Rides will head out daily starting at 9:15 a.m. with the last ride leaving at 4:30 p.m. Riders must be 18 years of age and must provide proof of endorsement along with a helmet and appropriate riding attire. Passengers with protective gear are welcome to ride with no endorsement needed. New for 2016, Indian is bringing demos rides direct to rally guests. Keep an eye out for the branded Indian Motorcycle truck for a pop-up demo experience throughout the duration of the rally.

Celebrate American Craftsmanship with Jack Daniel’s and Red Wing Shoes (Indian Motorcycle Factory Display on Lazelle St.)
Saturday, August 6 – Saturday, August 12, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Join Indian Motorcycle, partners Jack Daniel’s and Red Wing Shoes in the Indian Motorcycle display area to celebrate the true spirit of American Craftsmanship. Throughout the rally, visit partner Jack Daniel’s for signature cocktails and comfortable seating. Custom engraved barrel tops will also be available for purchase. Red Wing Shoes will showcase the new Limited-Edition Red Wing Shoes Collection for Indian Motorcycle; an exclusive line of handcrafted American motorcycle boots available for women and men in three distinct styles. A custom Indian Scout inspired by Red Wing Shoes and incorporating Red Wing Leather built by Brian Klock, Klock Werks will also be on display.

“Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis” Welcome Event
Sunday, August 6, 2:30 p.m., Lazelle St. Display
Join us as we gather for the second straight year to welcome the riders of the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis, sponsored by Indian Motorcycle, as they conclude their nine-day journey on Indian motorcycles and Champion trikes and sidecars while riding from Los Angeles to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. These brave men and women from all branches of the military will arrive to a warm and patriotic welcome at the Indian Motorcycle display on Lazelle Street. Supporters will receive a complimentary American flag.

Indian FTR750 AMA Flat Track Racebike Reveal
Sunday, August 7, Between Concert Sets, Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Indian Motorcycle will make history as Indian Motorcycle Racing unveils the all-new Indian FTR750, a purpose-built flat track bike sporting a proprietary liquid-cooled 750cc four-valve V-Twin competition engine engineered into a specially built chassis. This historic and awe-inspiring new race bike will be on display at the Indian Motorcycle Lazelle Street location and at Sturgis Speedway throughout the remainder of the rally. The motorcycle will be revealed to industry VIP and media during the Buffalo Chip Industry Party earlier in the evening.

Legends Charity Ride
Monday, August 8, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Deadwood & Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Indian Motorcycle will join the 9th Annual Legends Ride with the biggest names in television, film, music and motorcycling to raise funds for local charities. The Legends Ride kicks off the rally with a live custom motorcycle auction on Deadwood’s historic Main Street. Following the auction, riders will enjoy a self-guided, scenic ride alongside hundreds of fellow Legends Riders through the beautiful Black Hills. All riders will reconvene at the special riders-only reception, complete with complimentary food, drinks and a viewing of the world-class Motorcycles As Art exhibit. Those interested in joining the ride can purchase tickets atwww.legendsride.com. Demo rides on the new 2017 Indian Motorcycle models will be available directly onsite.

“Carey Hart Good Ride”
Sunday, August 7, at Indian Motorcycle Sturgis, 10 a.m.
Join us at Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis for the kick-off of Sturgis’ first annual Good Ride led by Carey Hart, freestyle motocross legend. This ride is one in a series of three V-Twin on-road charity motorcycle rides that benefit the local community, with additional legs starting in Laughlin, NV and Las Vegas. Proceeds from this ride will go to Sturgis’ Brown High School. Space is limited to the first 125 riders. Register today atwww.goodriderally.com. A “Good Ride” after-party with Carey Hart will be held on Tuesday, August 9 at Full Throttle Saloon during the “Baddest Bagger Contest” for ride participants.

“Baddest Bagger Contest”
Tuesday, August 9, at Full Throttle Saloon, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Join fellow bagger enthusiasts including guest judge Carey Hart and other celebrity motorcyclists to explore the full customization potential of baggers, with many unique customs from across the country including the including the Azzkikr “Frontier 111” and many more custom Indians. A 2017 Indian Chieftain will be awarded to the winner of the contest. All are invited on Thursday, August 11 to Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis for an after-party with contest winners, participants and their “baddest baggers” along with food, drink and music.

RSD Super Hooligan presented by Indian Motorcycle at the Buffalo Chip’s Moto Stampede
Wednesday, August 10, 4 p.m., Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Join fellow racing enthusiasts and music fans for a special Indian Motorcycle night at the Buffalo Chip. Indian Motorcycle and Roland Sands’ Super Hooligan Racing take over the Buffalo Chip turning it into a racetrack with SuperHooligan Indian® Scout® Sixty racers for an epic race with special guest racer Carey Hart. Veterans Charity Ride riders will take the stage to share highlights from their nine-day journey from Los Angeles to Sturgis. Following the excitement, national recording acts Reverend Horton Heat and 5 Finger Death Punch will take the main stage for the evening’s entertainment.

Indian Motorcycle Riders Group (IMRG) and Owner Events
Saturday, August 7 – Sunday, August 14
Owners past, present and future are invited to join Indian Motorcycle for exclusive owner activities throughout Rally Week.
• On Sunday, August 7 owners are encouraged to meet at Spearfish Canyon Lodge at 9 a.m. and will ride to Deadwood at 10:30 a.m. where they will be the first to meet and cheer on the riders from the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis. After a delicious lunch at the Pasta Corral, riders, owners and former vets will lead the Veteran’s Charity Ride into Sturgis where all are encouraged to cheer and applaud the final leg of their epic journey. Owners can sign up here.
• On Friday, August 12 owners are invited to receive a complimentary “Rub & Buff” bike wash at Polaris Industries’ Spearfish Facility while meeting the local Indian Motorcycle employees. Owners can sign uphere.

Throughout Rally Week, owners will receive a commemorative official owner’s patch when they present their key FOB at Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis.
Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis Dealership Open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily at 2130 Main St.

Visit the Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis dealership for all your Genuine Indian Motorcycle apparel and gifts. The first 40 people to purchase a new Indian Motorcycle during the rally will receive VIP/Top Shelf Lounge tickets. Complimentary shuttles from the dealer to demo rides will be available 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The dealership is giving away limited edition prizes and will have commemorative 76th anniversary items for sale. For more information, please visit: www.indianmotorcyclesturgis.com.

Win Feature in American Iron at Harley-Davidson / Editor’s Choice Show Sturgis 2016 http://www.aimag.com/win-feature-in-american-iron-at-harley-davidson-editors-choice-show-sturgis-2016/ Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:34:42 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21224 We want you! Or at least your motorcycle. In Sturgis. In the pages of American Iron Magazine.

We’re excited about being one of the publications represented in the Harley-Davidson Editor’s Choice Custom Bike Show in Sturgis. Join us and The Motor Company Tuesday, August 9, at the Harley-Davidson Rally Point on Main Street Sturgis. Registration is from 8 a.m. to noon while awards start at 4 p.m.

Harley-Davidson Editor's Choice Custom Bike Show 2016

Harley-Davidson / Editor’s Choice Custom Bike Show 2016 (Courtesy of Harley-Davidson)

Tyler Greenblatt, Editor of American Iron Garage, will be looking for a bike that has something special for a future print spread. Think your Harley’s got what it takes? Bring it on out, we’d love to see it.

Classes range from the always ultra-competitive bagger class to FXRs, the hot ticket these days. Harley’s added Street, Mild and Radical classes to the mix for Sturgis as well. Tuesday, August 9. Be there!

Indian Motorcycle Co. Recalls 18,367 Models from 2014-2016 http://www.aimag.com/indian-motorcycle-co-recalls-18367-models-from-2014-2016/ Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:39:52 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21217 Indian Motorcycle War Bonnet logo

Indian Motorcycle Co. has issued a recall for 2014 – 2016 Chief Classic, Dark Horse, Vintage, Chieftain, Chieftain Dark Horse, and Roadmaster models because “Engine Misfire may Increase Fire Risk.” Indian’s summary states “In the event of an engine misfire, unburned fuel may pass through parts of the exhaust system, raising the exhaust temperatures. As a consequence, elevated exhaust temperatures may result in an increased risk of fire.” While 18,367 motorcycles have been identified based on manufacturing records, according to the notice only 1% are estimated to have the defect.

Safety Recall Report No. 16V-446 says that “Existing engine calibration does not utilize gross misfire detection strategy if a misfire should occur.”

“This safety recall will consist of a re-flash of the Engine Control Module (ECM) to add a feature to detect engine misfires, and, in the case of repeated misfires, shut off the fuel to that cylinder for the duration of the ignition key cycle. When misfire is detected, a yellow malfunction indicator light (MIL) in the dash will illuminate.”

Indian owners will be contacted by the manufacturer and dealers will update the ECM software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin this month.

Motorcycles that were currently being produced with the previous version of the ECM software have been updated with the current version at production.

The report states “To date, there have been no reports of injury or vehicle loss due to this misfire issue.”

• Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian’s number for this recall is I-16-02. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Sturgis Buffalo Chip Freedom Celebration Honoring U.S. Military Aug. 11 http://www.aimag.com/sturgis-buffalo-chip-freedom-celebration-honoring-u-s-military-aug-11/ Mon, 18 Jul 2016 23:09:49 +0000 http://www.aimag.com/?p=21211 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Freedom Celebration

We are compelled to offer our heartfelt respect to those who would lay down their lives for our freedom.

A full day of events has been planned to celebrate American freedom and recognize the courage and unbeatable determination of those who have stood ready to give their lives in defense of ours. In recognition of our nation’s valiant veterans, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip has set aside Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 as its annual Freedom Celebration Day. Several courageous veterans and family members of the fallen have committed to making presentations and imparting personal accounts of patriotism to those who attend. These special guests include those who have offered their lives and sacrificed their limbs and state of well-being in the defense of liberty. The celebration will culminate with a performance by the award-winning country music star Miranda Lambert.

The Ride
As an extension of the Chip’s Freedom Celebration, the third annual Freedom Celebration Ride allows participants to honor America’s veterans and contribute to charities that assist wounded vets and their families. One hundred percent of the $75 ride donation will benefit the Warrior Dog Foundation, Combat Wounded Coalition and America’s Mighty Warriors.

Ride Schedule
9 a.m. – Spearfish Main Street: Freedom Celebration Riders registration and gathering in preparation for the ride
11:30 a.m. – An inspiring performance by the SD Army National Guard Band SGT Rock and more on Spearfish’s Main Street
1:30 p.m. – Ride departs Spearfish Main Street for the Buffalo Chip
2:45 p.m. – Ride participants gather at the Buffalo Chip’s CrossRoads for a catered reception, meet and greet with the honorees and a performance by the SD Army National Guard Band SGT Rock. The Buffalo Chip Field of Flags and new Fallen Soldier Monument are located near the reception area.
Amphitheater Schedule
10 p.m. – Freedom Celebration’s Bob Hanson Honorees will take the Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack Main Stage for the National Anthem and a stirring ceremony.
10:30 p.m. – Concert performance by Miranda Lambert, eight-time winner of Academy of Country Music Awards “Female Vocalist of the Year.”

Those wishing to participate in the activities in the amphitheater may do so by purchasing a campground admission pass. More information can be found at BuffaloChip.com/FreedomCelebration

2016 Honorees and Special Guests
The Chip will present the Bob Hanson Distinguished Service Award to several honorees. Past recipients of this award include John McCain and the families of Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, two Navy SEALs slain while saving many lives in the attack on the American compounds in Benghazi, Libya.

Medal of Honor recipient Gary Wetzel distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving in Vietnam. His incredible story of courage and indomitable drive to assist and save his fellow crew members while suffering from severe wounds is a testament to his unswerving devotion and bravery.
While deployed to Afghanistan in 2010, Glen Silva stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) weighing approximately 20 lbs. He lost his left leg five inches above the knee, the blast shattered his left pelvis and complete amputation of his penis and testicles. His lower stomach was ripped open, both lungs were popped, left forearm and hand were shredded to the bone, all his teeth were shattered, both ear drums were popped and he sustained a moderate TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). Glen has performed several public speaking events for a wide range of organizations and has worked with Feherty’s Troops First Foundation in many different areas, from hosting events, fund raising, suicide prevention, and other topics. Feherty’s Troops First Foundation works to provide meaningful assistance to our military who have been wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Robin Andersen honorably served 30 years in the United States Navy. Her military background is vast and includes that of a Hospital Corpsman, Cardiopulmonary Technologist, Military Personnel Officer, Plans, Operation, and Military Operations Officer, Command Legal Officer, Emergency Management Coordinator, and Master Training Specialist. Her primary role now is as a veteran advocate. As the mother of Rob Guzzo, a former Navy SEAL who lost his battle with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on Veterans Day 2012, Andersen’s mission is for the loss of her son to not be in vain. She uses Rob’s story to increase awareness of PTS and TBI, and reduce the stigma preventing today’s warriors from seeking help. She currently volunteers her time and talent for America’s Mighty Warrior’s as their Director for Helping Heroes Heal Program. In this capacity she speaks about the signs and symptoms of PTS and TBI, and their effect on the warrior and the family. Her primary mission is to instill hope in the often forgotten warriors suffering from the invisible wounds of war.

Chief Petty Officer Benito Olson was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom when he was critically wounded as a two-story house detonated burying him, his teammates and dog. He went through nine months of vigorous rehabilitation of his two shattered femurs, wrist, and head injuries. After rehabilitation Chief Olson redeployed in support of a Joint Task Force to Afghanistan. He deployed three additional times to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Chief Petty Officer Olson’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star w/ Valor, Purple Heart, Joint Commendation Medal w/ Valor (two), Navy Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon (two), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal w/ Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two), and Navy Good Conduct Medal (3). After being Medically Retired from the Navy, Benito started his own business training dogs called Patriot Dog Training. When he’s not training law enforcement, pets and estate protection dogs, he trains PTSD service dogs for veterans.

After graduating from high school in Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, SD in 1964, Keith Marshall went on to a earn a teaching degree from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. He had great love of family and country and chose to join the Army as an Airborne Combat Medic. He was sent to Vietnam in 1967 with the Screaming Eagles, the 101st Airborne Assault Division. He received his first bronze star 5 months later. In February 1968 he was severely wounded but refused medevac as he was the sole surviving unit medic. He received his second bronze star while serving with the 173rd Airborne. The day before Marshall was to return home from Vietnam he valiantly fought through a long firefight and was awarded the Silver Star due to his selfless actions during battle.

About The Buffalo Chip’s Freedom Celebration
Supporting soldiers and honoring their service and sacrifice has been a 30-year tradition at the Buffalo Chip, with an entire day dedicated to honoring America’s veterans. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Freedom Celebration offers the chance to experience a variety of powerful presentations, moving events and inspiring performances, all specifically designed to recognize those who have selflessly served and, in some instances, lost their lives in service to their country. As part of the celebration, the Freedom Celebration Ride is an opportunity for comradery and one hundred percent of ride fees are donated to veterans’ charities. In addition to Freedom Celebration events, several military tributes are on display at the Buffalo Chip’s free-access CrossRoads destination.