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Win the Orange County Choppers’ Mobile 1 Custom Motorcycle Win the Orange County Choppers’ Mobile 1 Custom Motorcycle

For motorcycle enthusiasts, few design shops generate as much excitement as Orange County Choppers. And for anyone who has ever wanted to own a two-wheeled work of art designed by OCC founder Paul Teutul Sr., Mobil 1 is providing a rare opportunity to do exactly that. Fans can go to www.mobil1.com/winamotorcycle to sign up for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind Mobil 1 bagger-style custom motorcycle designed and built by Orange County Choppers, as well as a trip to Daytona Bike Week 2010. The sweepstakes will end on November 30, 2009, with the grand-prize winner selected shortly thereafter. The winner will be presented with the Mobil 1 Orange County Choppers motorcycle during Daytona Bike Week,... [Read more...]

Billy Lane goes down, six years in prison, three years probation and lifetime suspended driver’s license Billy Lane goes down, six years in prison, three years probation and lifetime suspended driver’s license

Custom bike builder Billy Lane was sentenced to six years in prison and three years probation for his part in a Sept. 4, 2006 accident that killed Gerald Morelock.  Lane, 39, will also have his driver’s license suspended for life for the crash on State Road A1A south of Melbourne Beach, Fla. A toxicology test showed that Lane’s blood-alcohol content was 0.192 percent, more than twice the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent when he crossed over a double-yellow line to pass several cars and crashed head-on into Morelock. [Read more...]  Read More →

Klock Werks rides with Kiwi Indian in joint venture Klock Werks rides with Kiwi Indian in joint venture

Kiwi Indian and Klock Werks Kustom Cycles have formed a joint venture to help move both companies forward. Mike Tomas of Kiwi Indian has already moved his parts distribution from California to Mitchell, SD. Said Mike, "Brian and I are close friends who share the same work ethic and long-term vision about the future of our respective businesses." Kiwi’s service/repair work, restorations, manufacturing, and new bike building will remain in California for now. “This is a project Mike, my wife Laura and I have talked about for three years, so in light of the economy, yes it’s a good move. But more so there’s an interest in working more efficiently for both entities and a desire to be gentlemen... [Read more...]

S&S Cycle reduces prices to help bikers in tough economic climate S&S Cycle reduces prices to help bikers in tough economic climate

S&S Cycle announces a reduction in price for two of their premium products, the S&S high performance clutch, and the S&S single bore tuned induction kits. “We know these are both excellent products, and that they are superior to just about anything on the market. We believe this price reduction will allow more customers to see just how good they really are.” Said Director of Business Development and Sales, Michael Scaletta. “S&S Cycle has always been known for big, powerful engines, but people just don’t think of us for clutches . . .Yet.” The S&S high performance clutch features 10 steel plates and 11 friction plates to increase the number of friction surfaces available.... [Read more...]

Is it still a motorcycle when one bike fits 10 riders? Is it still a motorcycle when one bike fits 10 riders?

10-Passenger Motorcycle Unveiled as Wisconsin Riders Set Off on 900 Mile Trip to Sturgis In a unique effort to remind the public to watch out for motorcycles on the road, the law offices of Hupy & Abraham, S.C. is sponsoring the inaugural ride of a ten passenger motorcycle as it leaves Wisconsin to travel 900 miles to Sturgis, South Dakota on Saturday, August 1, 2009. The motorcycle, which features ten seats and nine Harley-Davidson motors from various models dating back to 1909, will be unveiled by creator Doc Hopkins. Accompanied by 9 passengers, Hopkins will make the trip to the 69th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, an annual event that attracts hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts... [Read more...]

Garmin launches new motorcycle GPS Garmin launches new motorcycle GPS

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced it has expanded its relationship with BMW Motorrad and the companies have developed the next generation BMW Motorrad Navigator, the Navigator IV, a motorcycle-friendly GPS navigator that is based on Garmin’s z?mo™ 660. The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV takes the best of Garmin’s navigation technology and adds exclusive, BMW specific features such as a customized mount, preloaded BMW dealer database, unique audio and Bluetooth handling capabilities, and more.  Motorcycle GPS  systems starting under $200. [Read more...]  Read More →

Attorney chases motorcycle tire deflations Attorney chases motorcycle tire deflations

Touring Motorcycle Tire Deflations Require Investigation, Attorney Says Harley-Davidson, Honda and Goodyear Dunlop should investigate a number of motorcycle crashes involving sudden deflation of Goodyear Dunlop D402 and other tires, attorney Billy Edwards said today. The tires, installed as original equipment or sold as replacement tires on touring and cruiser motorcycles, may need to be recalled, he added. [Read more...]  Read More →

Could bikers get $2,500 voucher for a new motorcycle purchase? Could bikers get $2,500 voucher for a new motorcycle purchase?

Bikes for Beaters? The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) took note that the President recently signed the Car Allowance Rebate System bill, also known as CARS, or by its former moniker, "cash for clunkers." This law provides individual Americans with vouchers up to $4500 toward the purchase of a new automobile when trading in an older, less efficient vehicle. The idea behind the law is two-fold, to stimulate an ailing auto industry and green up the country at the same time. CARS does not allow for any participation by motorcycle customers or dealers. (For technical information on the CARS program, visit www.cars.gov.) MSRP Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Dealers If Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has his... [Read more...]

LeAnn Rimes and Kansas entertain Harley Owners Group rally LeAnn Rimes and Kansas entertain Harley Owners Group rally

CLUB H.O.G ROLLS INTO OKC WITH LeANN RIMES AND KANSAS Events Include Demo Rides, Parade of Harleys and Bikes & Bricks Street Party Country music superstar LeAnn Rimes and rock legends Kansas head the list of entertainers slated to take the stage when the Harley Owners Group's (H.O.G.) 26th annual CLUB H.O.G. OKC rally rolls into the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City June 26-27. Rimes kicks off the rally's opening night with a performance Friday at 8 p.m. at the fairground's Harley Stage, where Kansas will close the show the following afternoon at 1:30 p.m. In between, there will be a full schedule of additional musical performers, including D.B. Bryant, The Outlaws, Stage Country,... [Read more...]

Motorcycle Safety Foundation presents its Rules of the Road for Ride To Work Day…And Every Workday Motorcycle Safety Foundation presents its Rules of the Road for Ride To Work Day…And Every Workday

An estimated one million Americans will join in the 18th annual Ride to Work Day on Monday, June 15, and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation is asking two-wheel and four-wheel motorists to follow these rules of the road.   [Read more...]  Read More →

Motorcycle Industry Council celebrates annual Ride to Work Day Motorcycle Industry Council celebrates annual Ride to Work Day

To save green and be green, Americans need two-wheelers more than ever, so the Motorcycle Industry Council is celebrating the annual Ride to Work Day by inviting local motorcyclists and industry staff to start the morning at its national headquarters with a free breakfast gathering in Irvine, Calif. The June 15 national grass-roots effort is more relevant than ever. Motorcycles and scooters are a great way to save a lot of green while being more environmentally green at the same time. [Read more...]  Read More →

New York State Police sued for conducting motorcycle-only roadblocks New York State Police sued for conducting motorcycle-only roadblocks

Proner & Proner, Attorneys at law, have filed a Federal class action lawsuit in the Federal Court for the Northern District of New York against the New York State Police as well as New York State and county authorities to stop them from conducting motorcycle-only roadblocks near popular motorcycle events. Last year the New York State Police and county sheriffs stopped every motorcycle en route to twelve different events for "safety checks." With the riding season starting, the New York State Police expect to conduct up to fifteen motorcycle-only roadblocks throughout the state this year. The events targeted include Americade in Lake George, the largest motorcycle event in the Northeast. ... [Read more...]

Michigan AAA goes on the offensive against biker rights Michigan AAA goes on the offensive against biker rights

From AAA Michigan Press Release. [Read more...]  Read More →

Harley-Davidson rides into West Coast Biker’s Roundup Harley-Davidson rides into West Coast Biker’s Roundup

Thousands of motorcyclists on the West Coast will ride to the Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park for the 2nd Annual West Coast Biker's Roundup. During the three-day event Harley-Davidson will present a custom bike show, a game lounge, raffle drawings and giveaways. Motorcyclists from Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada and California will enjoy primitive camping, events, exhibits, town tours and other activities from June 4-6. [Read more...]  Read More →

Motorcycle helmet satisfaction rises, increasingly buyers finding best deals online Motorcycle helmet satisfaction rises, increasingly buyers finding best deals online

J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Arai Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Motorcycle Helmets for an 11th Consecutive Year   Arai ranks highest in satisfying motorcycle helmet owners for an 11th consecutive year, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Study released today. Find the best deals on the most popular motorcycle helmets... Search Now! The study measures the overall satisfaction of motorcyclists with their new helmet in three key factors: ventilation, face shield, and design and styling; which consist of 11 attributes: quietness; ventilation/air flow; de-fogging; face shield ability to keep wind out; face shield ability to resist scratching;... [Read more...]

Aetna supports Rolling Thunder XXII Aetna supports Rolling Thunder XXII

$25,000 Sponsorship to be presented during Rolling Thunder XXII “Ride for Freedom” on May 24th in Washington, D.C. Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced a $25,000 sponsorship of Rolling Thunder XXII, which benefits Rolling Thunder® Charities Inc. Rolling Thunder XXII is an annual event held on Memorial Day that recognizes the sacrifices that veterans have made for our country, including Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action. Aetna will present the sponsorship to Rolling Thunder during the event this weekend in Washington, D.C. “We are honored to support Rolling Thunder and the veterans they support through their various charitable and volunteer activities,” said Aetna President Mark... [Read more...]

Harley’s Chichlowski new chair of Motorcycle Safety Foundation board Harley’s Chichlowski new chair of Motorcycle Safety Foundation board

Harley-Davidson's Julie Chichlowski has been appointed the new Chair of the Board for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). She succeeds former MSF Chair of the Board David Edwards, who retired in April of 2009 from American Honda Motor Co., Inc. after 38 years of service. "We're really excited to have Julie take on the role of Chair of the Board for MSF," said MSF President Tim Buche. "Her track record in rider safety programs is exemplary; and we're seeing great synergies as a result of her guidance. For example, MSF worked closely with the Harley-Davidson Rider's Edge staff to pilot test two versions of an introduction to motorcycling RiderCourse, and the resulting data enabled us make to... [Read more...]

Harley-Davidson joins AMD’s World Championship of Custom Bike Building as title sponsor Harley-Davidson joins AMD’s World Championship of Custom Bike Building as title sponsor

H-D TO BACK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF CUSTOM BIKE BUILDING Harley-Davidson has signed on as an Official Partner of AMD's World Championship of Custom Bike Building and title sponsor of the Modified Harley Class. "This deal came together very quickly and effortlessly," said AMD Publisher and World Championship owner Robin Bradley. "At all stages of the dialog Harley-Davidson has not only been mindful of the event's integrity and independence but repeatedly made it clear that its reputation was a primary factor in motivating them to want to find a way of helping support the Championship Program's aims. "For me the hot news is that Harley's approach has been 100 percent supportive of our insistence... [Read more...]

Honda switches to free Riders Club membership model Honda switches to free Riders Club membership model

American Honda introduced today a new membership format for the popular Honda Riders Club of America. Effective immediately, new Members may join the HRCA free of charge. People holding existing paid membership privileges in the HRCA will continue to receive additional exclusive benefits until that paid membership expires. In addition, all Members will now have access to the new electronic-format Honda Red Rider magazine. Prospective members may sign up online to join the HRCA at www.hrca.honda.com, and the digital Honda Red Rider magazine will also be made available at this site as well. Special discounts will be offered to all HRCA Members for select events including the 2009 USGP races at... [Read more...]

Former “Inked” artist hits the “Tattoo Highway” Former “Inked” artist hits the “Tattoo Highway”

A&E Network takes tattoo television on a road trip through the cross-country travels of master tattoo artist Thomas Pendelton on "Tattoo Highway." The 13-episode, half-hour series will premiere this spring. Pendelton and his business partner and wife Monica have transformed a 1970s tour bus into a tattoo parlor on wheels, featuring a swanky interior and top-of-the-line tattooing equipment. It's a tattoo shop that can tattoo anyone, anywhere. "From the creation of the art, to the environment that I tattooed in, it has always been about my customers experience. In a street shop it was easy to forget just how personal that experience should be. Rolling up and parking the shop right in the middle... [Read more...]

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