Sturgis Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede: Five Finger Death Punch, RSD SuperHooligans & More

RSD Super Hooligan flat track races presented by Indian Motorcycle, Buffalo Chip Street Drags, and Five Finger Death Punch Concert Included in Thrilling Series of Off-the-Hook Events.

For the first time ever the power and heart-thumping action of no-holds-barred racing will be paired with the meaty, heavy metal groove of one of the world’s top bands in a full-blown Moto Stampede in the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s amphitheater. The thrill of RSD Super Hooligan flat track races sponsored by Indian Motorcycle coupled with the craziness of the Buffalo Chip’s street drags will lead up to hard-grooving performances by Five Finger Death Punch and Reverend Horton Heat on Wednesday, Aug. 10. An original video announcing the Moto Stampede can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1Uu7fsG

Moto Stampede is coming to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip!

RSD Super Hooligan Throwdown presented by Indian Motorcycle
Hooligan racing is a throwback to the days when young men lightened and tweaked their street machines into dirt track racers. Roland Sands Design and Indian Motorcycle’s recent efforts to help revive the thrill of flat track racing has reignited a fire that still burns brightly with today’s moto and custom enthusiasts. The dirt oval race track, built by IV League Flat Track, circles the main grounds of the Buffalo Chip infield between the Wolfman Jack Stage and the Top Shelf. Spectators will be lining the raceway where they unquestionably will feel the grit and dust as competitors back it in sideways through the turns and fight for the lead. To make this wild event even more interesting, one of the races will be completely inappropriate; racers may show up in costumes, crazy helmets or whatever strikes their fancy. Hooligan racer Roland Sands and crew are slated to bring out the highly competitive, RSD-modified, Indian Scout Sixty race bikes for battle.

RSD Superhooligan flat track races to take place at The Chip

The RSD/Indian Motorcycle Superhooligan flat track races will take place in the middle of the Wolfman Jack Amphitheater at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

Buffalo Chip Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John
Crazy John Markwald and friends will be racing bikes typically seen on the cover of the nation’s top motorcycle magazines or displayed behind velvet ropes at the biggest shows. These hot rods with top performance parts and over-the-top paint jobs will reach speeds of up to 120 mph before passing under the steel bridge finish line. There will be ample opportunity for premium viewing in the Chip’s amphitheater.

Buffalo Chip Street Drag Invitational

The Buffalo Chip is adding the first Street Drag Invitational to the entertainment list for its 35th anniversary celebration.

Rock to Rip Faces Off
The rock party following the day of adrenaline-fueled, clutch-popping racing action will keep the rpms spinning until the final note of headliner Five Finger Death Punch’s performance. The award-winning band’s energy and rhythmic style has propelled them to the top of the charts and into the hearts of rock fans worldwide. Their album “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volumes 1 and 2” each landed at no. 2 on Billboard’s 200 in just one week. Reverend Horton Heat and Low Volts will round out the Moto Stampede concerts on the main stage on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Five Finger Death Punch will play The Sturgis Buffalo Chip 35th anniversary

Five Finger Death Punch is back for a second run at the main stage of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

SCHEDULE Wednesday, Aug. 10 – Buffalo Chip Amphitheater
12:40 – 1 p.m. Flat Track Practice Session
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Buffalo Chip Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John
3:30 – 4 p.m. Seattle Cossacks Stunt Performance
4 – 6 p.m. RSD Super Hooligan Flat Track Races Presented by Indian Motorcycle
7:15 – Low Volts perform on the Wolfman Jack Stage
8:30 p.m. – Reverend Horton Heat takes the Wolfman Jack Stage
10:30 p.m. – Five Finger Death Punch on the Wolfman Jack Stage – Indian Motorcycle Night at the Chip
12 a.m. – Red Bull After Party at Club Chip

Sportster Showdown
Biltwell and Led Sled honor the retro, the adrenaline junkies and those who love the extraordinary at the Sportster Showdown at the Chip’s CrossRoads on Tuesday, Aug. 9. Classes include best chopper, tracker, vintage and café sportsters. The show is presented by Biltwell, Led Sled, Street Chopper, S&S, Rusty Butcher and Chop Cult.

SCHEDULE Tuesday, Aug. 9
Sportster Showdown – Buffalo Chip CrossRoads
2-3 p.m. Ride in and Free Registration
3-5 p.m. Showtime
5 p.m. Awards Presentation & Happy Hour Rebel Yell 2 for 1
After Party – Buffalo Chip Bikini Beach
12 – 2 a.m. After Party with Mothership

The Buffalo Chip will announce more bands in the coming weeks until its full nine-day festival schedule has been announced. Those wishing to purchase passes may do so by going toBuffaloChip.com or calling 605-347-9000.

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.

Brittney Olsen and the Inaugural Spirit of Sturgis Festival

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Brittney Olsen hosts inaugural vintage moto racing festival in Sturgis

Brittney Olsen, 27 year old antique motorcycle racer and founder of 20th Century Racing, is among the fearlessly fast champions whose name graces the motorcycle racing history books, especially in Sturgis, South Dakota, where she claimed two of her victories on the Historical Half Mile at the Meade County Fairgrounds. After finding out the city’s plans to close down the old track for good, Brittney began to think of a way to revere the Sturgis half-mile and its glorious motorcycle racing history. Good friend and mentor Bruce Eide approached Brittney after the 75th Sturgis Rally with the idea of hosting a vintage motorcycle festival, thus the concept of The Spirit of Sturgis was conceived. Following months of planning, hard work and gaining the blessing from the city of Sturgis and the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce, Indian Motorcycle Sturgis and Brittney are set to host the first ever Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Motorcycle Festival on Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28 of this year.

The Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Motorcycle Festival is proud to announce guided gypsy tours through the Black Hills and two days of vintage motorcycle races, plus a swap meet and antique flea market for vendors, collectors and enthusiasts at the Meade County Fairgrounds located at 1802 Ballpark Road in Sturgis. Friday’s main event is the half-mile vintage motorcycle flat track races, with classes ranging from the early 1920s through 1980s, as well as a benefit party and vintage bike show following the races Friday night in the infield of the old track. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. Saturday’s main event features exciting pre-1970s “Run What You Brung” dirt drags. “From touring the Black Hills on an old bike, to watching the thrillingly fast vintage racers compete for the Spirit of Sturgis championship title, Sturgis was built upon a multifaceted weekend of motorcycle racing. Now it’s time to bring the grassroots racing back to Sturgis!”

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The world renown Oil & Ink Expo will have moto-inspired art by artists from around the globe on display with prints for purchase, and free motorcycle films will be playing at dusk at the Harley-Davidson Plaza Rally Point on both Friday and Saturday night. The all-ages affair includes a special kid zone with a Strider course for the tots, bouncy houses, bicycle field games for kids under 16 and motorcycle field games for those over 16 years old.

To purchase tickets and obtain more information about The Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Motorcycle Festival
please visit www.spiritofsturigs.com or contact Brittney Olsen via email at spiritofsturgis@gmail.com.

Küryakyn #THEXKURSION Sturgis Social Media Contest

THEXKURSIONtoSturgisSOMERSET, WIS, JULY 1—Are you riding to Sturgis? Küryakyn™ is recruiting five road-trippin’, social-media junkies to join our crew that will be documenting their adventures on “#THEXKURSION to Sturgis”—and they want YOU to be part of the ride!

Küryakyn has a team of riders from across the States and beyond making the trek to the Black Hills showcasing the new XKürsion™ luggage line. Sturgis-bound bikers who plan on making their journey to the 75th a road trip to remember can enter for a chance to receive an all-new XKürsion gear bag and share their adventure throughout the rally via Küryakyn’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Winners will also receive a VIP package and special product discounts when they visit the Küryakyn trucks during the Rally at Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City.

To enter for one of five free XKürsion bags, a VIP swag package and the chance to share your Sturgis expedition with the world, visit the Küryakyn Facebook Page and comment on “#THEXKURSION to Sturgis” post by answering the four required questions:

  • Why do you love to ride?
  • What do you ride?
  • What’s your starting location?
  • Do you have mobile access to Social Media?

The five winners of #THEXKURSION contest are expected to post at least one photo per day to the Küryakyn social media pages throughout their 75th annual Sturgis Rally Experience. Each comment entry will be judged by Küryakyn, so don’t hold back. Prove you’re passionate about riding and score some new gear for your XKürsion to Sturgis!

Deadline for entries is Monday, July 6 at 11:59pm CST. Winners will be announced on 7/7/15.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Future Dates

We at American Iron Magazine know how busy most of us are, and that we sometimes need a long lead time to plan our motorcycle vacations. So here are the future dates of the Sturgis Rally to help you plan your Harley get aways.

2015 Sturgis Rally Dates August 3-9, 2015.    Indian Motorcycle & Classic American Iron Black Hills Rally at the Buffalo Chip on Tiesday, August 4.

2016 Sturgis Rally Dates  August 8-14, 2016

2017 Sturgis Rally Dates  August 7-13, 2017

2018 Sturgis Rally Dates  August 6-12, 2018

2019 Sturgis Rally Dates  August 5-11, 2019

 

NEW STURGIS EVENT Indian & Classic American Iron Black Hills Rally 2015

Are you going to Sturgis this year?

Do you own or love classic motorcycles?

Be at the legendary Buffalo Chip on August 4th. 

Here is a “Save The Date” notification for an event you won’t want to miss.

We at American Iron Magazine are pleased to announce our new event at this year’s Sturgis Rally to celebrate the 75th Black Hills motorcycle gathering. The event started out as a gathering of Indian motorcycle riders and racers when Pappy Hoel, the local Indian dealer in Sturgis, invited his customers and friends to a race and tour of the stunning Black Hills in 1938.

The Sturgis rally has grown quite a bit since then. So we thought it would be appropriate to have an Indian and classic motorcycle rally in Sturgis this year to celebrate the amazing history of this great event.

Produced by American Iron Magazine and Motorcycle Rides & Culture magazine, we invite you to join us at the first Indian & Classic American Iron Black Hills Rally on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at the Buffalo Chip on the edge of Sturgis, SD.

While the focus will be on Indian motorcycles (old and new), we also welcome all other pre-1984 classic American motorcycles to this free rally. In addition to the bike show, sponsored by Dennis Kirk, there will be a number of free and fun field events including the slow race, plank ride, and balloon toss.

The free Indian & Classic American Iron Black Hills Rally opens at 9 am and field events begin around noon. Trophies will be awarded at 4 pm at the Buffao Chip.

There will be members of the press covering the event and looking for motocycles to photograph and feature in print and on-line. So note the date in your calendar so you won’t miss motorcycle history in the making.

Harley News; Official Motorcycle of Sturgis & Harley Main Street Plaza

Harley-Davidson and the City of Sturgis, S.D., are setting their sights on the future – far into the future. In the spirit of this year’s 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the company and city officials are finalizing an agreement covering the next 75 years making Harley-Davidson the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

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“Harley-Davidson riders have attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for decades. This new agreement will help fuel many more years of freedom, independence and rebellion for this iconic gathering,” said Matt Levatich, president and chief operating officer at Harley-Davidson.

“Riding is a passion passed down through generations, so it’s important we celebrate the legacy and history of Harley-Davidson in Sturgis, while helping creating new memories.”

As part of the agreement, a permanent plaza will be built on Main Street in Sturgis that will include a stage for events, concerts and even weddings. The year-round location, which will be completed in time for this year’s 75th rally, will be the official Harley-Davidson destination for riders and fans alike.

“For decades, Harley-Davidson has been the motorcycle of choice for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fans and a great partner to the City of Sturgis,” said Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen. “Today it gives me great pleasure to solidify its importance by making it the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.”

To ensure the new multi-purpose space builds on the legacy of the brand and is pure Harley-Davidson, the plaza will integrate bricks from the company’s Milwaukee headquarters, a building that once housed the company’s factory dating back more than 100 years.

During a news conference at the company’s headquarters, Harley-Davidson announced the planned agreement, which has an initial term and renewals running through 2090. To unveil the deal, Harley-Davidson removed a brick from the historic front entrance using a 2015 Harley-Davidson Street® 750 motorcycle. That brick, alongside one from the Harley-Davidson Museum, and 73 bricks from the headquarters’ famous motorcycle-only parking area will be delivered to Sturgis on Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Whether riders are trapped inside for the winter or riding south toward warmer weather, now is the perfect time to plan a trip to the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The party starts Aug. 1, 2015, and for those who’ve had Sturgis on a bucket list, this might just be the year to attend.

Introducing The 2015 INDIAN SCOUT

2015-Indian-Scout-8 2015-Indian-Scout-7Sturgis, S.D. — Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, today announces the launch of the 2015 Indian Scout™, a contemporary yet classic interpretation of  one of motorcycling’s most famous and coveted bikes. With a starting US MSRP of $10,999 and a DNA that will appeal to riders of multiple skill sets and abilities, the new Indian Scout was unveiled Saturday night to a gathering of press, VIPs and celebrities at the 2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Rally attendees are encouraged to be among the first to test ride the 2015 Indian Scout at the Indian Motorcycle Demo Experience on I-90 @ Exit 30 in Sturgis, South Dakota, which runs through Saturday, August 9.

2015 Indian Scout
Weighing in at a wet weight of 558 pounds – lightest in its class – the 2015 Indian Scout was derived from a clean sheet design, creating a potent and precise middle-weight cruiser that carries forward the spirit of innovation that made it one of the most storied bikes of all time. Boasting advanced technologies, design and engineering innovations, it offers a breakthrough chassis design featuring a lightweight and rigid cast aluminum frame coupled with a low 25.3-inch seat height for exceptional comfort, balance and maneuverability. Powered by an all-new and proprietary liquid-cooled, 69 cubic inch, 100 HP V-twin engine, the 2015 Indian Scout is powerful yet approachable. Its low seat height, low center of gravity, maneuverability and lightweight and compact design makes the Scout appealing to riders of all sizes and experience levels while the high horsepower and superior handling make it a bike that will thrill even the most experienced riders.

This is the first truly new Indian Scout in more than 70 years and marks the return of the legendary bikes that conquered the infamous “Wall of Death” and carried the legendary “Indian Wrecking Crew” motorcycle race team to multiple victories. Technology and designs derived from Scout models played a significant role for Allied Forces in World War II and a 1920 Indian Scout earned the title of the “world’s fastest Indian” as proven by Burt Munro in 1967.

“Over the course of 30 years of countless innovations, racing wins, world records and industry firsts, the Scout has earned its reputation as a versatile, multifaceted bike that appeals to just about every rider and every riding style, with superior handling, balance, performance and craftsmanship,” said Steve Menneto, VP of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Our designers and engineers have taken that heritage and those characteristics and fused it into the 2015 Indian Scout, and we think just about everyone who rides this incredible bike is going to feel like it was built just for them.”

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Superior Design Details for Unmatched Beauty and Control
The new Scout was designed from the ground up for a superb balance of comfort and control, delivering a superior riding performance for both newer and experienced riders. It offers:

• The look of a classic “rigid triangle” design that is synonymous with original Scouts, coupled with a set of premium coil over monotube rear shocks that deliver exceptional ride, handling and comfort

• A 25.3 inch seat height, 61.5 inch wheelbase and 5.3 inch ground clearance, delivering a confidence-inspiring 31 degrees of lean angle and low center of gravity, along with exceptional high and low speed maneuverability

• A premium, genuine tan leather solo bucket seat, making the 2015 Indian Scout pure Indian and the only brand to offer this seating as standard

A Reimagined Engine for Power and Precision
The 2015 Indian Scout is powered by an all-new, in-house designed and proprietary 69 cubic inch V-twin engine that combines all the design, power and reliability elements that made the original Scouts unbeatable and mates it with state-of-the-art components and modern technologies. Smooth, flawless power throughout the power band featuring:

• Liquid-cooled design for 100 HP of pure power, along with enhanced durability and reliability

• Out of respect for the legendary Scouts of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, the 2015 Scout carries forward classic engine design cues with purposeful styling that honors both form and function

• Closed loop fuel injection and drive-by-wire throttle actuation mated to a 6-speed overdrive transmission for peak torque of 72 ft./lbs. of torque at 5900 RPM

Pricing & Availability
The 2015 Indian Scout is available for immediate ordering at a starting US MSRP of $10,999 with expected delivery in dealerships across North American in late 2014. Pre-orders may be placed on www.IndianMotorcycle.com; visit “Scout’s First Run” to learn more. It is available in Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red, Silver Smoke (matte finish) and Thunder Black Smoke (matte finish).

Sturgis Rally attendees are encouraged to experience the 2015 Indian Scout at the Indian Motorcycle exhibit at 3rd & Lazelle St., or by taking a demo ride at the Indian Motorcycle Demo Experience, I-90 @ Exit 30. Visit the Indian Motorcycle Sturgis event page for details.

2011 Electra Glide Ultra Limited Motorcycle Review


A while back a gal pal and I were sitting around having a grand old time getting fully loaded. Before that night ended, my friend pointed out that she personally associated me with the term, especially in regards to my drinking and gun collection. That was a good night, but that’s another story.

The funny thing is that a short time later it was just that phrase that caught my attention while I was trying to choose what model Harley I wanted to ride home from the 70th anniversary Sturgis Rally. Let me explain.

One of the main reasons I picked the 2011 Cherry Red Sunglo/Merlot Sunglo Electra Glide Ultra Limited (MSRP $24,699) you see here was because I heard the bike comes fully loaded. My many stalkers know that I’ve never been a fan of full-blown, luxury touring bikes that feature batwing fairings and windshields, but it was time to take one for the team.

In all seriousness, the way I see the Ultra Limited fitting into the H-D Touring family tree is as a newer, more evolved limb of the Electra Glide branch. What I mean is, all the extras you get with this bike are mostly things that can be found in the P&A catalog. However, on this model it’s all stock. For example, the heated handgrips and the Tour-Pak’s 12-volt power supply and luggage rack are standard on the Limited, but can be purchased separately and then installed on any lower-rung Electra Glide with relative ease. Other Limited treatments include custom versions of the stock 28-spoke cast aluminum wheels, upgraded instrument displays, and a special paint scheme.

In 2011, the Motor Company started offering would-be-buyers a new Power Pak factory option on several Touring models. Basically, for just shy of $2,000, you can now get a larger Twin Cam 103″ engine, antilock braking system (ABS), and Harley-Davidson Smart Security System with hands-free fob. This is all standard on the Ultra Limited, and it’s worth noting that when the model was first introduced in 2010, it was the only way to get a factory-installed 103 in your ride.

Personally, I have always been a fan of these motors, although they can run a bit on the hot side, especially when installed on touring bikes that limit the airflow to the rider in the first place. To address the heat issue, an integrated oil cooler is a standard addition on this sled. Regardless of the specific numbers the 103 engine puts out, I found that it had plenty of usable power and torque.

On the ride home, I mostly used the bike on highways and fast secondary roads, and I found that I averaged about 40 mpg. Not bad, considering I have a heavy throttle hand, and my bike was fully loaded in more ways than one. This beast was so reliable on that ride that it almost became routine to fully load the 6-gallon tank with fuel, hit the highway, set the electronic cruise control, find something to listen to on the Harman/Kardon 80-watt, four-speaker stereo, and watch the country fly by until I had to do it all over again in about 250 miles. It is probably worth noting that during these stints I would cruise in sixth gear at 75 mph at 2700 rpm, but I found the sweet spot to be at 3000 rpm going roughly 85 mph.

Overall, I really have no complaints about this bike, besides the fact that I’m personally not a fan of any combination of a fork-mounted batwing fairing and clear windshield. I was hoping that the newly-sculpted-for-2011 seat might make a difference, but no. I was still in that full upright sitting position looking through the windshield.

The smoked Lexan adjustable air deflectors mounted below the batwing fairing did a decent job of circulating some air as did the midframe air deflectors and removable vented lowers. However, I found that in order to really cool off I needed to ride on the back of the seat where I could get some fresh air and see over the tall Lexan windshield without stretching my neck like a giraffe. By the end of my journey, it was the norm for me to ride that way, unless I had a passenger onboard, all of whom seemed to be in heaven riding on the back of this bike, with the Tour-Pak-mounted backrest, wraparound armrests, rear speakers, and height-adjustable footboards. Talk about fully loaded.

Like all of its family members, the Limited comes with Brembo four-piston calipers — dual up front and single in the rear — and air-adjustable rear shocks. The brakes do a great job of stopping the whole load, and I especially appreciated the ABS connected to them. Like the other Electra Glides, the whole package rolls on a 17″ front wheel and a 16″ rear wrapped with Dunlop rubber, 130 front, 180 rear.

The things I liked the best about the Limited are the heated handgrips that allowed me to wear thinner gloves on cool days. (Thinner gloves sound so soft. Don’t take that the wrong way.) Then there’s the 103″ motor. Also, I was surprised to find out that the simple addition of a Tour-Pak rack made my life easier when packing since I could easily strap a bag to it for things I might need quick access to, like my foul weather gear. Since this bike comes with bag liners, it would have been cool if it came with a soft rack bag made specifically for the Limited. Again, I’m sounding soft.

Over the years, I have made the ride from Sturgis back home to the Northeast almost a dozen times, but never has it been as plush as it was this past year when I rode the Ultra Limited. If you are in the market for an Electra Glide, it’s my opinion that you’d be better off getting fully loaded with the Limited model. Heck, it’s not even $3,000 more than the next bike down, the Ultra Classic Electra Glide. And that’s a bargain considering all the additional stuff you get.

Now, excuse me. My gal pal just came over, and we’re heading to the liquor store and gun shop so we can make sure we’ll be fully loaded. Soft no more. AIM

NEW BIKE REVIEW by Joe Knezevic

Story as published in the August Issue of American Iron Magazine

Harley Magazine News – Sturgis Hall of Fame 2011 Inductees

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees.

The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug.10 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. Tickets cost $35 or $300 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased through the Museum at 605-347-2001 or on line at www.sturgismuseum.com/cart/

This year’s inductees are:

Don Emde was born to a motorcycling family in 1951, and spent much of his youth either working in the family’s dealership or tearing up the tracks of Southern California as an amateur scrambler, dirt tracker and road racer. He turned pro in 1969, and set numerous records with his Daytona 200 win in 1972. Emde and his father became the first father-son pair to win the Daytona 200.

Del Hofer has been a Harley-Davidson dealer for 50 years, first in Huron, then in Fargo, N.D. Hofer is active in the American Motorcyclists Association and is the longest serving member of the Harley-Davidson Dealer Advisory Board. A long-time AMA amateur racer, Hofer’s passion for motorcycling is evident to anyone who meets him. He encourages men and women alike to take safety courses, get active in riding and enjoy it in a safe and fun way.

Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel is probably one of the best-known motorcycle riders in history, Evel Knievel liked to live on the edge. From riding his bicycle at an early age to pole vaulting when he was in the army to playing semi-pro hockey, Knievel tried it all. In the early 1960s, he joined the motorcross circuit with moderate success until a broken collar bone forced him to take a job as an insurance salesman. He moved to Washington where he started his first daredevil show. He attempted 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps, many successfully. In 1974, Knievel unsuccessfully attempted a jump across the Snake River on a steam-powered rocket – the Skycycle X-2. Knievel died of pulmonary disease in 2007 at the age of 69.

Michael Prugh is well recognized as a motorcycle designer and manufacturer, but it’s his work educating others that has taken him beyond being just a builder. Prugh has been involved in many builds for charity and as a competitor. In 2010, Prugh led a team of students from Western Dakota Technical Institute to build “Method” a true “one off” bike that was auctioned at the annual Legends Ride. This year, Prugh is again teaming up with WDTI, Black Hills Harley-Davidson and the Buffalo Chip to build a bike for the Legends Ride.

Gloria Tramontin Struck has owned 14 motorcycles in her lifetime and has traveled to every state in the continental U.S. and throughout Canada. At the age of 76, she took two trips to Europe, traveling more than 6,500 miles in eight countries. Struck joined the Motor Maids in 1946 and is the longest member still riding. She continually encourages women to ride and to be involved.

Mike and Margaret Wilson have contributed individually to the sport and lifestyle of motorcycling. Mike Wilson was an expert dirt-track and TT racer and served in World War II. After returning from the war, Mike bought a 45-cubic-inch Harley-Davidson motorcycle as a birthday surprise for Margaret. Mike and Margaret were business partners in a Harley-Davidson and Honda dealership in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for more than 25 years. Both Mike and Margaret have been avid riders and have spent countless hours encouraging others to ride, too. Known to an entire generation of women raiders, Margaret has been in the Motor Maids for 60 years. Mike and Margaret both serve on the Board of Directors of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.

Source: Rapid City Journal

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally & Harley Baggers

Where did the year go? Amazing as it might seem we now have more of the summer riding season behind us than still to come. So let’s make the most of it, no matter where we live or ride.

For many Americans and Canadians, one of the biggest and best riding events is coming up fast. The Black Hills Motorcycle Classic, otherwise known as Sturgis, started out in 1938 as a small gathering of friends invited by Pappy Hoel, the local Indian motorcycle dealer. Pappy thought it might be fun to sponsor a motorcycle race and rally in the tiny town of Sturgis, South Dakota. Nine members of the local motorcycle club, the Jack Pine Gypsies, raced their Harley and Indian motorcycles that year and many of the riders who showed up to enjoy riding in and around the wonderful Black Hills camped in Pappy’s back yard or in the local Sturgis City Park.

The Sturgis rally still draws motorcycle riders from all over the world. If you would like to be part of this amazing annual event, mark your calendar for August 7 through 15 and you better make your hotel or camping reservations as you can no longer pitch a tent in the Hoels’ yard or any public land. Having ridden to and enjoyed dozens of Sturgis rallies, I can tell you first hand there is some world class riding just outside town and a lot of wild and fun things to do in Sturgis, Spearfish, Rapid City and vicinity.

MOTORCYCLE BAGGERS – TREND OR FAD?

Part of our job at this magazine is to identify and share what’s hot in the motorcycle scene. Sometimes we sense it and dig in for a better understanding, and sometimes our readers and/or advertisers let us know. We recognize some as trends and others as fads. The fads, for the most part, come and go – like long fork choppers, extreme fat tire bikes and over the top customized motorcycles. Trends are much longer lasting.

Motorcycle baggers are literally motorcycles with saddlebags, but most enthusiasts view a bagger as a big comfortable and usually customized motorcycle with bags. Many of them also sport custom paint and chrome, power hop ups and often perhaps custom wheels and body work. The first time I recall any discussion of baggers was many years ago when the Hamsters, a high profile social club of motorcycle customizers, had an issue allowing them on their runs or something along those lines. If I have the specific details incorrect I apologize as this was more than a decade ago.

In the last several years it has become apparent to us that baggers are now well accepted and not going away. Quite the opposite – customized motorcycle baggers are now so popular that there are a few magazines dedicated to them. In the early part of this summer we published the first issue of our new American Iron Motorcycle Bagger on the newsstand. We used most of the regular American Iron Magazine team to plan and produce this test issue and we are all quite proud of it.

Distributed on the newsstand only, our first issue of American Iron Motorcycle Bagger outsold almost every other Harley-oriented magazine except our own monthly. Following this vote of confidence from our readers and advertisers that our special issue is popular we are finishing up a second issue of American Iron Motorcycle Bagger that will go on sale August 17th in all stores that sell the regular monthly American Iron Magazine. If this second issue is as popular as the first we would seriously consider increasing the frequency in 2011 and offering subscriptions to it. If you missed the first issue of American Iron Motorcycle Bagger we should still have some back issues available for sale on www.Greaserag.com.

MOTORCYCLE CANNONBALL RUN

Can you imagine what it must be like to ride a motorcycle a couple hundred miles a day for 17 days across the entire United States of America? How about if you have to pedal start it like a bicycle several times a day and monitor the oil consumption in the engine that does not have a recirculating lubrication system? Oh, and I forget to mention the motorcycle is at least 95 years old?

Welcome to the Motorcycle Cannonball Run, where we expect about 70 riders on 1915 and older motorcycles to depart from Kitty Hawk, NC on September 10 with the goal of arriving in Santa Monica, CA on September 26. I am curious how many of these brave souls make it all the way across without a lift in one of the chase trucks. But I won’t have to wait for others’ accounts as I plan on being in the thick of it on my 1915 Harley twin. For more info on this, read the second installation of my series on the Cannonball and check out www.MotorcycleCannonball.com on line. While some media will be reporting on this amazing event, we will be part of it. Sure hope you enjoy riding back through history with me. It won’t be boring.

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.

Buzz Kanter.   Publisher/Editor-In-Chief