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.

Indian Motorcycle & Classic American Iron Black Hills Rally @ Sturgis

Are you going to Sturgis this year to celebrate the 75th Black Hills Rally?

Are you and your friends looking for a fun and free event for all Indian motorcycles and/or classic American motorcycles?

Check out the 2015 Indian Motorcycle & Classic American Iron Black Hills Rally from American Iron Magazine.

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Many years ago we at American Iron Magazine put on events in Sturgis and Daytona for classic American iron riders. They were a lot of fun and very popular. After too many years of not holding these events we are resurrecting them for the 75th running of the Sturgis Black Hills Rally this year.

This year’s Indian Motorcycle & Classic American Iron Black Hills Rally will be held at the Buffalo Chip on the outskirts of Sturgis, SD on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.

This free event is open to all riders of Indian motorcycles (old or new) and all pre-1984 American motorcycles. It includes a bike show and fun field events like the slow race, kickstart contest, plank ride and more.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Indian Motorcycle, American Iron Magazine, Motorcycle Rides & Cluture magazine, Dennis KirkJerry Greers Engineering, Heather’s Leathers, Kiwi Indian, National Cycle, and Sturgis Vintage Cycles, this event is free to all to participate or just to watch the fun and see some great old motorcycles.

The gates open for the 2015 Indian Motorcycle & Classic American Iron Black Hills Rally at 9 am for free registration. The free field events start around noon, and trophies will be awarded at 4 pm. Rain or shine!

The free bike show, which is open to all years of Indian motorcycles as well as all pre-1984 American motorcycles, is sponsored by American Iron Magazine and Dennis Kirk. Some of the bikes will be photographed and featured in the pages of American Iron Magazine.

Please help share the information on this event with your friends who might enjoy it. Thanks and we look forward to another wonderful classic bike event.

Please consider subscribing to American Iron Magazine (for less than $2 per issue vs $7 on the newsstand) to get a great read and support events like this: IN PRINT or IN DIGITAL

Sturgis History & Our Plans



SHIFTING GEARS, by Buzz Kanter, Publisher

The annual black hills classic, otherwise known to most riders simply as Sturgis, is right down the road. And this year’s event looks like it’s going to be off the charts. Billed as one of the largest motorcycle events in the world, Sturgis certainly is one of my personal favorites. I’m not so much into the scene on Lazelle Street or what takes place at some of the campgrounds, as I prefer to be riding the amazing roads you find once you get out of town.

This year marks the 75th Black Hills Classic, and you know how much we riders and enthusiasts love anniversary years. Did you know this event was started on August 14, 1938, by “Pappy” Hoel and the Jackpine Gypsies motorcycle club? The highlight of that first event was nine locals in a scrappy motorcycle race on a backyard track. While today the event is dominated by Harley riders, it didn’t start out that way because Pappy was the local Indian dealer.

Given that scenario, we thought it would be a great year to celebrate history with a salute to the old timers who started the Sturgis rally in the first place, especially those Indian motor­cycle riders who supported Pappy’s ambitions.

Indian Motorcycle Black Hills Run 2015
As we go to press, we’re supporting­ rides to Sturgis. I will lead one from Iowa, and my friend Mike “Kiwi” Tomas will take charge of the Ross Tomas Memorial Ride from Southern California. My ride starts at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa, the morning of Thursday, July 30, and we should pull into Sturgis on Saturday evening. Riders interested in the Ross Tomas Memorial Ride should call Kiwi Indian at 951/788-0048 for dates and info.

Both rides are free and open to riders of all makes, models, and years of motorcycles. Each rider will be responsible for his own bike, transportation, hotel, etc. Everyone is welcome to ride with us, but please keep in mind that we’re honoring Indian’s role in Sturgis by inviting all Indian riders (old or new bikes) to ride at the front of the pack. Please note, too, that we intend to stay off the major highways as much as possible so we can ride at an appropriate pace for classic motorcycles. We will post updates on AIMag.com and the American Iron Magazine Facebook page as needed.

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Years ago, our magazine created the Indian & Classic American Iron Rallies in Daytona and Sturgis. I loved those rallies, and they were run in the spirit of old-fashioned fun, with great machines, people and stories, fun field events, and a terrific vintage bike show.

We usually don’t hear about free motorcycle shows anymore. Thanks to a number of sponsors, though, we’re bringing this free event back on Tuesday, August 4, at the Buffalo Chip. Free registration opens around 9 am, the field events are scheduled to begin at noon, and trophies will be awarded at 4 pm.

It’s free and open to all (old and new) Indian motorcycles and all other classic pre-1984 American motorcycles. A big thank you to Dennis Kirk for sponsoring the bike show and also to a growing list of participating companies, including Kiwi Indian, Heather’s Leathers, Jerry Greer’s Engineering, and others for their support.

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.


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Why We Ride Free 7-Day Online Screening To Promote Crowd-Funding For I AM STURGIS

whywerideMoorpark, CA, – (13 May 2015) – In conjunction with the crowd funding campaign for its new film I AM STURGIS, the filmmakers are offering free on-line screening of Why We Ride for 7 days in hopes of galvanizing viewers to donate on any level to their Kickstarter campaign. Upon its initial release, Why We Ride generated intense interest and soon became the most critically acclaimed motorcycle movie of all time. With time running out on the current campaign, the filmmakers hope to channel some of that energy and enthusiasm toward their new project.

“We don’t want to stop with just one movie. We want to continue to inspire more people, and that’s why we want to make I AM STURGIS,” says James Walker, producer of Why We Ride. “This is a movement now, and we want it to flourish. Sturgis is the entire motorcycle microcosm–it’s got everything: the camaraderie of the tribe, the visceral power of the bikes, the cacophony of humans and machines coming together, communing, riding, bonding. We want to show this world to people, because the instinct behind it, the gathering and the sharing, the competition and the rush–it’s universal. This isn’t just about being a motorcyclist; it’s about what drives us as people. All we ask is that everyone who has seen Why We Ride–or who view it for free on our site over the next week– to please donate to the I AM STURGIS Kickstarter campaign. If everyone gives even $5, it will allow us to continue telling these inspiring stories about our motorcycle culture.”

Response to the I AM STURGIS crowd-funding drive has been strong among the professional motorcycling community. South Dakota Tourism, City of Sturgis®, Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally, Harley-Davidson, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, The Buffalo Chip Campground, Law Tigers, Uhl Studios, Michael Lichter Photography, Sedlak Studios, Hot Leathers, Bonnier Corporation, UBM Advanstar Progressive International Motorcycle Shows, J&P Cycles and Whitewood Campground and Event Center are just a few of the motorcycling business interests that have committed support to I AM STURGIS. With 19 days remaining in the campaign, Walker and company hope for a final push from individual motorcycling enthusiasts and Why We Ride fans to get them to their goal. The filmmakers believe in their fans and hope the 7-day free screening of Why We Ride will serve as a gesture of goodwill and inspiration.

The impetus for I AM STURGIS stems partly from this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally being the 75th Anniversary of that motorcycling institution. In recent years, the Sturgis rally has drawn half a million participants, but attendance estimates for this year’s anniversary rally exceed one million riders. There may never be a better time to capture the passion, dedication and camaraderie of the motorcycling community, and there certainly is no better place than the iconic Sturgis gathering.

When making Why We Ride, Sturgis was the first filming location, and it had an immediate emotional effect on the filmmakers. “There is a spirit there that enters you and grabs your heart,” says Bryan H. Carroll, producer/director. “The beauty of the Black Hills is God given. You put your hand on a boulder and you feel this energy; you can feel it in the air. It’s easy to understand why American Indians hold this place sacred.”

To launch the project, Why We Ride Films hopes to raise $350,000 of the production budget for I AM STURGIS through their Kickstarter campaign. And while they’re on their way, there are only 19 days left to achieve their goal. There are many contribution levels and many rewards at each level, including digital movie posters, movie downloads, movie premier passes, production credits, access to the Producer’s Private Pre-Party, and private theatrical screenings, as well as new offerings, like an exclusive David Uhl print of legendary motorcycle maven Gloria Struck, Ride in the Movie, VIP passes to Michael Lichter’s Motorcycles as Art party, a handmade “Bagger” metal sculpture by James Rice and the opportunity to make it into the movie through participation in Sturgis rally rides.

“We made Why We Ride about a community,” says producer James Walker. “Now, we want to grow that community and invite the people to be a part of our next film: I AM STURGIS! There are only 19 days left–we’re asking those with a love for motorcycling to join us.”

Why We Ride is available for free screening for 7 days at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/338580709/i-am-sturgis-the-movie. A trailer for I AM STURGIS can be seen there as well.

Why We Ride Films urges those with a passion for motorcycling to join them in bringing I AM STURGIS to the big screen. This will be a collective endeavor, made by and for people with a fervor for riding. Anyone can pledge support and be a part of the movie. Those wanting to participate in crowdfunding this project can do so at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/338580709/i-am-sturgis-the-movie

About Why We Ride Films: Why We Ride Films is the production team behind Why We Ride, a feature length documentary film. Since its December 2013 release, it has quickly become the most critically acclaimed motorcycle movie of all time. Independently distributed by producer/director Bryan H. Carroll and producer James Walker–recent recipients of American Motorcyclist Magazine’s 2014 Motorcyclists of the Year award–Why We Ride’s aim is to use the power of cinema not only to entertain but also educate, inspire and celebrate the world of motorcycling with audiences worldwide. To learn more about Why We Ride, visit www.whyweride.com

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.

Sturgis Motorcycle News: City To Appeal Buffalo Chip Incorporation

STURGIS, S.D. – Sturgis city leaders approved spending money Monday night to appeal the Meade County Commission decision to approve an amended petition allowing the Buffalo Chip to hold an election to incorporate.

The city last week filed a notice of appeal with the Meade County Auditor that states several reasons why the commission acted without legal basis when it approved the petition.

Among them, the city argues the Buffalo Chip is within the 3-mile jurisdiction of the city of Sturgis. Furthermore, the city argues the residency validity of those who signed the petition. The city also argues the validity of an amended petition that the commission accepted.

The city also lists concerns about the environmental impact a new municipality could have on the surrounding area – particularly the Sturgis Municipal Airport – which has been annexed into the city of Sturgis.

Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says the city’s approval last night state’s he, himself, can file the appeal if a judge throws out the city’s appeal as a whole.

“Because I did provide personal testimony when the commissioners were making their statement, there is the possibility that I would also be able to file my own appeal to the commissioners decision,” Ainslie said.

“By making my own personal appeal, that way there’s two separate lawsuits challenging the petition.”

Ainslie says he believes it’s in the city’s best interests to have a judge actually review the actions of the commission to make sure they align with the current state statute and the Buffalo Chip meets all the requirements of a municipality.

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.

2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Roars Back


2015-Road-Glide-4MILWAUKEE (August 1, 2014) – Harley-Davidson® has more rush in the tank. Spy photos, gossip and wild speculation are flooding the Internet as Harley-Davidson fans around the globe anticipate the return of the Road Glide® motorcycle. The wait is over and the Road Glide is back.

Weeks before the announcement of its complete 2015 model line-up, Harley-Davidson is previewing the Road Glide and Road Glide Special, two of its new 2015 motorcycles. Infused with DNA of the customer-led product development effort Project RUSHMORE, the two sleek, shark-nose Touring models are being revealed today during special events at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, S.D., and at the National Bikers Roundup (NBR) in Tulsa, Okla.

“Road Glide has always had an incredibly passionate following, which is why its return to the model line-up is exciting for our customers and our company,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “With Project Rushmore technology, intuitive features and great new styling, we’re delivering an improved ride for the Road Glide faithful and the many others looking for more cool Project Rushmore motorcycle options.”

One look at the new contour of the famous Road Glide fairing is all it takes to see past form and convention were put aside and a new rebellious design emerged. The Road Glide motorcycle earned its status satisfying the hard core and now it is back. From the wicked new Dual Reflector Daymaker™ LED headlights to the combination stop/turn/taillights, the Road Glide motorcycles set out to make the ultimate statement in custom, high-mile aggression and back it up with all the function riders demand.

“The Road Glide has always been a bike for a rider who’s cut from a different cloth, a person who wants to make a statement as they chase the freedom of the road,” said Michael Goche, Product Planning Manager. “This new model respects that spirit while offering a significant improvement in aerodynamic and ergonomic comfort, LED lighting and the full suite of Project RUSHMORE features that have been such a huge hit with touring riders around the world.”


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Shaped by countless hours of wind tunnel testing, the new frame-mounted Road Glide motorcycle fairing features a triple splitstream vent that significantly reduces head buffeting while still providing comfortable airflow around the rider. The brilliant white beams of the Dual Daymaker Reflector LED headlamp blasts through the murkiest of nights. Centered in the inner fairing is the color screen of a Boom! ™ Box 4.3 infotainment system controlled by twin joysticks located on a new swept-back handlebar that puts the rider in a commanding, comfortable position. A High Output Twin Cam 103™ V-Twin engine burbles through two chrome mufflers, its abundant torque always on tap with just a twist of the throttle. Touring features include One-Touch hard saddlebags, cruise control, easy-to-read gauges, adjustable air-ride rear suspension and new ergonomic hand controls with intuitive design and improved tactile feel.

Road Glide Special
Select premium features elevate the performance and style of the Road Glide Special from the base model. These enhancements include the premium Boom! Box 6.5GT infotainment system with touch screen and GPS navigation, Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS and hand-adjustable low-profile rear suspension. An exclusive painted inner fairing and hand-applied pinstriping move the styling up a notch.

The public will have an opportunity to see and test-ride the new 2015 Road Glide and Road Glide Special models at Harley-Davidson locations in Sturgis Aug. 2-9 and in Tulsa on Aug. 2. They then start arriving at authorized Harley-Davidson dealerships on August 26, 2014. Visit www.h-d.com/roadglide for more information.

Sturgis Harley Drag News: Truett, Hill & Owens Grand Marshals

The Western Motorcycle Drag Racing Association (WMDRA) is excited to announce that drag racing legends Bonnie Truett, Pete Hill and Marion Owens have been named Grand Marshals of this year’s AMSOIL Sturgis Nationals set for August 5 and 6 2014 at Sturgis Dragway during the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
The festivities coincide with Truett’s induction into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame for his contributions to Harley-Davidson drag racing. All three racers, who have been named to numerous lists of motorcycle drag racing’s all-time greats, will greet the crowd, sign autographs, introduce number one qualifiers and call the bikes to the line, as the WMDRA presents their third annual AMSOIL Sturgis Nationals.
The annual event at Sturgis Dragway will feature competition in four professional classes and six sportsman categories as the WMDRA celebrates horsepower and history.
According to WMDRA President Sandra Alberti, “These racers have shaped and grown the sport we enjoy today, and it is an honor and a pleasure to have them join us at the track to celebrate their accomplishments and thank them for their contributions.” Alberti added, “While we enjoy fierce competition at the event, having these legends of the sport on hand really embodies what Sturgis is all about… celebrating our sport, honoring the tradition of competition, and setting new milestones. It doesn’t get any better than this!”
With careers that have spanned nearly four decades, these gentlemen have earned championships across multiple sanctions, collected numerous national event wins and set nearly every record possible in the sport. It’s history in the making for such pioneers and innovators to meet at the track in 2014, and with the multitude of bikes on hand, vintage and modern, you just never know who you’ll see going down the track in Sturgis! (Hint, hint… you don’t want to miss this!)
Legends autograph session and Q&A will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6, leading us to Opening Ceremonies and eliminations at 3:00 p.m.
Sturgis Dragway is located at 20523 Hwy 79, just off Hwy 34 between the Full Throttle Saloon and Buffalo Chip Campground. For more information, please visitwww.westernmotodrags.com  or call (208) 850-5795.

Three New 2014 Indian Motorcycles Revealed In Sturgis Video

Here’s a quick video of Indian’s big night in Sturgis, SD. Three all new motorcycles were revealed for the first time, the Chieftain, the Classic Chief, and the Vintage Chief. Was fitting to have AIM’s Editor-In-Chief cover this one.