Thursday, July 21, 2016

Vintage Icons: History's 10 most legendary bikes

From 1931 to 1969, a definitive list of some of the most legendary bikes whose wheels ever graced both highways and backroads.

Read to the end to vote for YOUR top pick!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cruising through Laconia

The city of Laconia, New Hampshire is home to the oldest motorcycle rally in America- it also has more motorcyclists per capita than any other city in the Nation. In fact Laconia’s slogan is “We Ride,” and it’s true. Every city official, old-timer, new timer, and even the unsuspecting grandma at the local grocery store spends their summer months with the wind in their hair and bugs in their teeth.
The state’s motto “Live Free or Die,” could also have a hand in their sense of adventure as well. People from New Hampshire are cut from a different cloth; they are kind but determined, stubborn at times, proud and understand the meaning of freedom- a word synonymous with riding.
From the mountains to oceanside, the state offers much to the motorcycle enthusiast. It’s rocky and hilly, densely wooded, boasts 1,300 lakes and ponds, is blessed with a small but beautiful 13 miles long Atlantic coastline, and has a slew of unique roadside bars, breweries, Inns, and kitschy general stores.
I had never ridden in Laconia, but this year the Iron Lilies (an all women all Harley riding group I’m part of), was invited to lead and participate in ten days of charity rides and events. We went with the expectation of putting at least 1,000 miles on our bikes before we left and had no problem reaching that halfway through the rally. We had already ridden over 1,500 miles just to get there and only stole a few hours sleep before starting the Rally’s first morning ride. All of the riding was equally beautiful but there are a few routes that can’t be missed if you ever make it to the area. Below are a few of my favorites.
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Kancamagus aka “The Kanc”: Everyone told me that one of the roads I have to do while I’m in town is the Kancamagus (Hwy 112), a 37 mile twisty road through the White Mountains. This road is favorite with the V-twin crowd and it’s easy to see why. This scenic byway has quite a few twisties, a lot of sweepers, a hairpin turn or two, and it climbs almost 3,000 feet up to the peak of Mount Kancamagus on a 10% grade. The pull-offs along the Kanc become impromptu gatherings of riders and the pace of the curves invites a leisurely low-revving lope.
Because New Hampshire has unpredictable weather along with harsh winters the road has some rough patches along the way. There are a few areas of holes, bumps, and broken pavement that can make for a rougher ride and throw you off your line if you lean too far in a curve. I have a slammed suspension, and my back definitely felt every bump. It wasn’t anything too concerning, just something to be aware of.
One other factor to be cautious of while on the road are Moose. The North Eastern part of the USA is Moose country and they are everywhere (especially at dusk), so plan your ride during the earlier part of the day unless you want to make friends with this giant beast.
Another reason why I like the Kanc is because it’s customizable. There are a couple of roads that break off from it and can make it a totally different experience if you wanted to change it up a bit. While you’re on the Kanc you will pass a small cut through road called “Bear Notch”, a narrow two-lane road that provides tighter curves, winding through an unmolested forest and comes out at the base of Mt. Washington.
The Kanc is 50 miles north of Laconia and there are many options for where to start so I just listed the Kanc on the map and you can plan your route from there. All roads that lead to it are almost equally amazing and you honestly can’t go wrong with any of them. Depending on where you start there’s the Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery, a historic building that serves locally crafted beers and a homemade meatloaf that will beat your Mom’s.
Even though the Kanc itself is relatively short, remember that there’s no gas (or town) until Lincoln, so go with a full tank and enjoy the ride.
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Mt. Washington Auto Road: The road itself is a little under eight miles but the route to get to it is an 80-mile winding back road that cuts through waterfalls, covered bridges, and riverbeds.
To ride the Auto Road is a badge of honor, just like saying you have done an official Iron Butt ride… and it’s totally worth the sticker you get at the base of the mountain. They say the best way to overcome a fear is to just do what it is you’re afraid of- and this road will definitely challenge a lot of fears. What I like most about this road is that when you’re on it, there’s no turning back- you have to commit.
This twisty ride to the sky is closed twice a year to automobiles, allowing motorcyclists to have free range on the narrow and steep climb. The mountain road grade ranges from 12% to 22% up and back down, has a couple of hairpin turns, is a combination of tarmac and dirt, and has no guard rails. The mountain is home to the world’s worst weather, with the highest recorded winds in the world (231 mph), and a place where they say that “fate is decided.”
As intimidating as all that sounds keep in mind that motorcycles have been traveling this road for over 100 years and on the day I went I was joined by 4,000 others on every kind of bike imaginable, all with the same look of determination in their eyes. None of us crashed or died.
At the top you’re at 6,288 feet above sea level and when you reach it there’s no greater sense of accomplishment. No matter how long you’ve been riding, this mountain will leave you in shock and awe.
There’s a summit up top enclosed in glass so while you’re celebrating and warming up over coffee you can look past the surrounding mountain tops and your bike and gloat at what you’ve just done. It’s totally fine to brag about it there too, as everyone else is doing the same thing! Be a tourist and get your pic with the sign at the highest point, it’s not everyday you climb a mountain like this. Then get ready for the ride back down, and just remember to use low gears and engine brake most of the way… or pull off at one of the many lookouts to cool down your brakes and enjoy more to the scenery.
Coastal Ride to Bentley’s: If you’re this far North in America, you might as well go to Maine along the coast for a 70 mile ride to Bentley’s Saloon and Campground. This place has become a staple of Bike Week, but it’s also a great place to hang out the rest of the year too.
Owned by legendary super-modified race car driver Bentley Warren, this New England destination is known for its unique atmosphere filled with racing memorabilia and vintage motorcycles hanging from the rafters. They have live music almost every day, buckets of lobsters, and ice-cold beers. It’s a great place to wet your whistle and talk shop with the many other motorcyclists that gather there on a regular basis.
From Laconia you head southeast along Lake Winnipesaukee, make a few turns until you hit US-1 North. There you will go along the coast for a short but breathtaking ride until you hit some back roads again and make it to Bentley’s. I added this ride because it includes more of a chance to hang out and visit another state while you’re in the area. The people are friendly, helpful, and filled with suggestions on where you should ride next. That’s what makes this stop a must if you have more time to explore- as you will leave with a ton of options and motorcycle routes.
Article & Photos Courtesy of Leticia Cline
Feature sourced from Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys blog

Go Pros & Smart Helmets: Good, Or Bad? A Russ Brown Feature

May 19th, 2016      RUSS BROWN FEATURE      Written by BAM Contributor
Almost everyone at this point has seen a viral video taken by a motorcyclist’s GoPro catching the close calls and challenges encountered by riders on a daily basis. We live in a world now where everyone is shooting videos of everything.  Footage of just about every subject matter is all over TV and the internet. It is often used in criminal cases to convict or exonerate the accused.  In the motorcycle community, GoPros have become especially popular. Motorcyclists don’t always get a fair shake when they are cited or when they are involved in an accident, and riders are using GoPros to document their rides. Footage like this finally gives the world a firsthand account of the prejudice and difficulties motorcycle enthusiasts face when they go for a ride. Generally, capturing the events on tape is clear evidence of what happened. If you are accused of causing an accident or violating the vehicle code, footage of the events, if favorable, will help make your case.
It can be very effective if you make an insurance claim because the insurance company will not compensate you without proof that their insured was at fault. The investigation can go on for weeks or months. A GoPro, or any other footage depicting the accident will prove invaluable if it supports your rendition of the events. Of course, on the other hand, if it doesn’t, the opposite is true but, in general, we believe that a GoPro is a net plus in helping motorcyclists establish the truth-as long as its use isn’t a distraction to the rider.
Motorcycle helmet companies are catching on to this new trend. Despite the continued popularity of the GoPro, Bell Helmets and 360FLY recently announced a line of smart motorcycle helmets featuring a 360-degree video camera scheduled to release later this year. Motorcycle helmets have been known to minimize rider visibility, making it even harder to assess and respond to potential dangers on the road. It is for this very reason the helmet company Skully developed the AR-1 Helmet with a 180 degree blind spot camera built in. The AR-1 claims to be the first “augmented reality” helmet featuring a built-in 180 degree blind spot camera and a heads up display (HUD). This technology allows the user to see peripherally and directly behind them, increasing situational awareness while simultaneously recording footage in the unfortunate case of an accident.

Here are some smart helmet technologies and camera systems that might interest you:
– The 360 Fly-Panoramic HD Video Camera featured in the new Bell helmets is available now and includes an action camera adapter allowing the user to integrate any existing 3 prong mount. The 360 Fly camera retails for $399 and is available for purchase at retailers like Best Buy.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Top Roads To Ride In Kentucky

Kentucky is known as the Bluegrass State. It’s also home to the Kentucky Derby, corvettes, Fort Knox gold and Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace. We’ve got Bourbon so delicious that it’s started wars and barbecue that’s so good that it’s ended them. Daniel Boone called Kentucky a “second paradise,” and I like to call it home.
I was born and raised in the rural area of south-central Kentucky, just 5 miles from the border of Mammoth Cave National Park and the beginning of over 100 miles of unspoiled back roads begging for exploration and beckoning to motorcycle riders.
Like so many of the other roads in KY, the news about how great they are really haven’t spread far past the Kentucky borders, until now. You’ve got the twisties in eastern Kentucky, scenic routes in northern Kentucky with sweeping curves along the Ohio River, and the rolling hills of Western Kentucky that are great for wide-open cruising.
Below is a list of my top 3 bluegrass seeing, bourbon slinging adventure filled rides along with the must do things to get the true Kentucky experience.
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Mammoth Cave National Park Ride
2016 marks the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service and we have three great ones located here in Kentucky so it only seemed fitting to include one of them on this journey. Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world at over 400 discovered miles in length and over 300 feet deep. The cave sits underneath over 52,000 acres of woods, rivers, bluffs, valleys and a long and winding road to go through it all. It’s also known as my backyard. I grew up five miles outside the park border and know these roads like the back of my hand and can assure you that it’s still a well kept secret. You can find long stretches of unpopulated open road to explore. The only thing you need to watch out for is wildlife, better know around those parts as “critters”. Fall is the best time of year to ride here since the trees are doing their magical color turning tricks and the kids are in school meaning that tourists are at a minimum.
HWY 70 leads right into Mammoth Cave National Park at the Historic entrance. You can take this throughout the park but I like to explore and there are a lot of options on this map to do so. This route starts out fairly easy but when you make it towards the entrance of the cave the number of curves increase to about 10 to 15 curves per mile. This route does turn into a very twisty and shaded back road overlooking cliffs with no shoulder. The best thing is that it gets out of the park border which means the speed limit is increased and you can open it up. However, depending on your skill level you may want to stay on the main road or take it very slow. It’s only about 55 miles’ roundtrip but depending on your stops it can take most of the day to do this ride. You’ll go through 5 small towns all with a dinner to grab a cup of joe but if you’re wanting a cold one you have to head to the town of Cave City for that. It’s the only “wet” city on this trip. The town is small, and the options are limited but there is a legit Mexican restaurant called “El Mazatlan” ( ) that can serve up a great taco and the best Michelada north of the border. If you have too many you can crash in a teepee just two miles up the road at the Wigwam Village ( ).
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Land Between the Lakes
Western Kentucky is home to the largest inland peninsula in the United States yet its one of the national parks best kept secrets. Over 170 thousand acres of untouched land, rich with wildlife, sits between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake just north of Nashville, TN and south of Paducah, KY.
The route is roughly 50 miles one way and takes about an hour and a half to 3 hours depending on how many stops and how fast you want to ride. From this route you can choose to go 40 more miles to Nashville and be at the beginning of the 444 mile Historic Natchez Trace, another great motorcycle road.
I’m starting this ride on KY-453 S at Grand Rivers, KY. From there you basically take it south the entire way until you hit Tennessee and it turns into TN-49 E.
Before you head out you have to fill up your stomach at Patti’s 1880’s Settlement ( ) since it’s the best food in three counties; there’s no other food stops along the way. I suggest her famous Sawdust Pie but just share it because you may want to nap after instead of ride. Don’t forget to gas up your bike or take gas with you if you venture off on side roads. There are very few to no gas stops until you get to Tennessee on this trip.
There’s a couple of traffic lights on this route but there’s also rolling hills, sweeping curves and lots of rural farmland and lakeside scenery. It feels like a back country road but with really good pavement and makes for optimal riding conditions. The best times to ride it are the usual suspects, Spring, Summer and Fall; it’s just up to personal preference.
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Bourbon Trail
There’s 4 major things you must do when you come to KY; besides basketball and horse racing the other two involve drinking. Moonshine can be found pretty much anywhere but Bourbon is made in certain regions in beautiful historic distilleries set far back on untouched countryside. There are ten distilleries ( ) you could stop at on this map just keep in mind that each tour is over an hour long and includes a lot of tastings. These aren’t like wine tastings, you get to try the new batch they are experimenting with and most of the time it’s “cask strength” which means its one-step down from moonshine proof and not the best for riding after. The two you have to go visit are Woodford Reserve and Makers Mark. Makers because it’s the most known and the story of how it got started is interesting. Woodford though is not only the oldest Kentucky distillery (200+ years) and a National Landmark, but it’s also the most beautiful and the road to it is as well. On this map I included the Old Talbott Tavern ( ), the oldest stone tavern in America. You can’t pass through Bardstown and not stop to have a shot at their bar that is ridden with bullets from Jess James’ gun and if you happen too have to much to drink then you can stumble upstairs to the Presidential suite and sleep in the same bed that Lincoln once slept in. I could go on for days about the history in these parts but instead I’ll leave a little work up to you and suggest you do your research on the area before you go ride, so you can get the most of it. The route is 125 miles and should be broken into 2 days since the stops are worth staying for a while. The road is covered in farmland, old barns, winding tree-covered roads and a few straight aways with no lights where you can get on the gas a little bit if you choose to.
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There are so many wonderful riding roads in Kentucky I could list here but a lot of those you can find online. These are the routes I do every time I’m home and in the 20 plus years of riding them I still find them just as exciting as the first trip I took. I may be biased being from the area and all but I think Kentucky has some of this country’s best motorcycle riding. Riding is more than just being on a bike – we use it to also take us places, not just physical but mental as well. In Kentucky you can hit the reset button very easily since most of the land is the same as it was thousands of years ago. Getting away from the monotony of society is just a twist of the throttle and a Kentucky minute away.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Motorcycle Accessories You Didn't Know You Needed

As a motorcycle rider, you probably think that you have all the essentials you need for riding, whether you ride every day on your work commute, or for some weekend fun. However, there are a few products that you haven't even heard of that you are definitely going to want once you discover them. They can help to make your motorcycle experience even more fun, safe and exciting.

Park Safely Anywhere

The safeTkick is a unique kickstand pad that allows you to park just about anywhere, on any type of terrain, without having to worry about your ride falling over. This pad has a retractable handle so you don't really even have to bend over to place the pad under your kickstand. The device also has a reflector on the handle to give your bike greater visibility when parked at night.

Give Your Helmet a Hairstyle

If you've got long hair, you might regret that people can't admire your locks when you're cruising. Luckily for you, there are many options for ponytails or even pigtails that can attach to your helmet, giving you the look that you want to show off to the world. One company, Helmet Pigtails, allows their customers to design their own ponytails, pigtails and even braids with multiple colors to choose from.

Record Everything

Are you obsessed with sharing everything motorcycle on your social media profiles? Well, there are now motorcycle goggles and sunglasses that will allow you record video while you're riding, which you can share later on. Some also consider this a safety feature because riders can record their surroundings should something go wrong on the road.

Hog Office

While some sunglasses allow you to record video, others allow you to answer the phone and take calls while you are twisting down the highway. If you're riding to get away from it all, you can also listen to tunes through Bluetooth headphones that attach to shades like these made by ForestFish. They even have sunglasses that allow you to record video and use Bluetooth! There are also helmets with the same Bluetooth functionality, allowing riders to communicate with each other when they are out on the open road together.

With these unique motorcycle accessories, you can ride safely and in style!

Friday, April 01, 2016

Industry Leaders Launch The "Big Outdoor Adventure RV Giveaway"

One winner will win a toy hauler and one year of unlimited camping from Keystone RV, Thousand Trails, Cycle Trader, RV Trader and ATV Trader

Keystone RV, Thousand Trails, Cycle Trader, RV Trader and ATV Trader partnered to launch The Big Outdoor Adventure Giveaway at 9:00 a.m. ET on April 1, 2016. The sweepstakes will run for three months, ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30, 2016 and the winner will be selected by random drawing after the conclusion of the promotion.
One grand prize winner will receive a 2016 Keystone Fuzion Impact VaporLite 26V RV and a pass for one year of camping at any of the Thousand Trails locations in the United States. The RV is valued at approximately $40,000 and the camping pass is worth $2,995, bringing the total prize value to $42,995.
“Through this partnership with the Trader brands and Thousand Trails, we will be reaching out to millions of families who enjoy the outdoors and the RV lifestyle,” said Jeff Runels, president of Keystone RV Company.  “Keystone RVs are among the top-searched brands on RV Trader, and many Thousand Trails members own Keystone RVs.  The Big Outdoor Adventure Giveaway is a golden opportunity for us to reacquaint these families with all the benefits Keystone has to offer and to introduce new families to the Keystone brand.”

“We are excited to partner with RV Trader, Cycle Trader, ATV Trader and Keystone RV Company to sponsor this fantastic giveaway,” said Dan Perlis, senior vice president for Thousand Trails. “The winner will enjoy access to more than 80 campgrounds across the country with a Thousand Trails Camping Pass. There’s simply no better way to make the most of a new RV!”

Outdoor enthusiasts can enter to win the Big Outdoor Adventure Giveaway at: In addition, motocross and supercross fans will be able to view the RV and register in person at select River/Yamaha race team events across the nation.
As Paige Bouma, vice president of RV Trader, Cycle Trader, and ATV Trader said, “All of our consumers are passionate about being outdoors which is why we are thrilled to offer a grand prize that allows them to do what they love - take a great adventure! We hope they will spend the rest of the year enjoying their new Keystone RV at all the great campgrounds Thousand Trails has to offer.”
About Keystone RV
Keystone RV Company is the #1 manufacturer of fifth-wheel and toy-haulers in North America and a leading manufacturer of travel trailers.  With over 1,000 retail locations in the United States and Canada, you are never far from a Keystone dealer. Keystone is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of RVs.

About Encore and Thousand Trails
Encore RV resorts and Thousand Trails campgrounds feature more than 180 locations across North America comprising nearly 70,000 sites.  Owned and operated by Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc., Encore, Thousand Trails and their affiliates offer RV and outdoor recreation enthusiasts opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in top vacation destinations, complemented with resort-style amenities. For more information please visit

About Cycle Trader
Cycle Trader is made up of a unique portfolio of premier powersport buying and selling sites. These include: Cycle Trader, ATV Trader, PWC Trader, and Snowmobile Trader. With its wide variety of products, Cycle Trader provides a comprehensive digital marketing solution for all businesses serving the powersports industry. With over 450,000 units for sale and over two million visitors every month, Cycle Trader reaches more active buyers across all devices than any other source, making it the leading online powersports marketplace. Private sellers are able to take advantage of the site’s free basic listings in order to sell their bike online.

About RV Trader

RV Trader is the premier online classifieds website for buying and selling RVs. Over 145,000 new and pre-owned recreation vehicles are available from dealers and private sellers across the country. With over 2.5 million visitors every month, RV Trader is the perfect place to search, shop and sell RVs. RV offers dealers a comprehensive suite of digital marketing products to help them advertise their products to potential buyers across all devices. Find your dream RV today on RV Trader!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Indian Motorcycle showcases at Daytona Bike Week

Seventy-five years after Ed Kretz dominated the first motorcycle race on the sands of Daytona Beach, Fla., Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, left a historic mark on Bike Week.
Among Indian Motorcycle’s highlights during the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, held March 5-12, were the introduction of a new motorcycle model, vintage & custom bike displays and unveilings, racing, demo rides, organized owner rides and more.
The week started with the launch of the new Indian Springfield, a motorcycle offering classic styling blended with thoroughly modern technology for a purist’s take on both touring comfort and urban versatility. At the same time, Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s announced the availability of Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle models. This special production run of 150 motorcycles was designed in conjunction with Brian Klock and his inspired team at Klock Werks Kustom Cycles in Mitchell, S.D., and sold out in just eight hours. Unit #001 of the limited edition series, an Indian Chief Vintage, was held back to be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas on October 13-15 at the Mandalay Bay resort, with all monies from the auction benefitting Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home. Unit #150, an Indian Springfield, was gifted to Klock by Jack Daniel’s and Indian Motorcycle in recognition of his contribution and continuing support of many initiatives in the motorcycle community.

The first custom to be built based on the 2016 Indian Springfield also turned heads in Daytona. Unveiled during a special media event at the famed Racing’s North Turn beachside restaurant, the ‘Frontier 111’ crafted by Azzkikr Custom Baggers of Phoenix, Ariz., showcases builder Len Edmondson’s exceptional talents for building award-winning and fully functional artwork. With this bike, his acute attention to detail and Azzkikr style offer a truly show-stopping example of a thoroughly modern retro bagger that features classic lines via contemporary, artistic flare and took the Springfield to a new level in customs.
On Tuesday, March 8, Indian Motorcycle fans enjoyed live music, food & refreshments as the winner of the Project Scout contest was announced at the legendary Boot Hill Saloon on Daytona Beach’s Main Street. Of more than 40 custom submissions and three finalists, the Boardtracker built by Motos Illimitées of Terrebonne, QC, Canada, won the judges’ trophy as well as the Editor’s Choice Award. The Fusion, built by Indian Motorcycle Charlotte of Lowell, NC, won the Fan’s Choice Award and Ol’ #71, built by Heritage Indian Motorcycles of Northwest Arkansas, took home the Roland Sands Builder’s Choice Award.
Mid-week took the Indian Motorcycle brand to the track, where Roland Sands and the Roland Sands DesignSuperHooligan Indian Scout Sixty dirt trackers battled handlebar-to-handlebar at Volusia Speedway Park, with racer Stevie Bonsey picking up the checkered flag on his first ride on a SuperHooligan Indian Scout Sixty dirt tracker, Sean Guardado finishing second and Aaron Frank crossing the line in third aboard another Indian Scout Sixty SuperHooligan. Two days later, after a full evening of Hooligan races in front of 5,000 spectators at Daytona International Speedway, an eight-lap final atop the .25-mile dirt oval saw three Team RSD Indian pilots fill the SuperHooligan podium with Sands crossing the line first, Jamie Robinson finishing second and Cameron Brewer following up in third. The RSD SuperHooligans made their most recent appearance March 19 at IV Flat Track Del Mar in Del Mar, Calif., and will go on to an appearance April 8 at the Hand Built Show in Austin, TX.
Throughout the week, Indian Motorcycle entertained Bike Week attendees at the Indian Motorcycle display in Daytona International Speedway’s Midway area with new motorcycles, engine cutaways, talks with designers and engineers, custom & vintage bikes, accessories and apparel, and a chance to win a 2016 Indian Scout Sixty. Nearby, guests were invited to ride the entire 2016 line-up of Indian motorcycles – including the new Indian Springfield – to compare, and decide which models best suit their riding style. The result was a record-setting number of demo rides for the brand.
On Thursday, March 10, the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group joined participants from the Veterans Charity Ride program, a motorcycle therapy-based ride from Los Angeles to Sturgis that made its debut last summer, in an organized tour that rolled out of Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach and traveled to Orlando for lunch. A special surprise: Indian motorcycle owners found themselves riding alongside Sean Carroll, a veteran Marine rider from last year’s inaugural Veterans Charity Ride who was piloting his new custom Indian Scout Trike built by Champion Trikes and further customized by Lloydz Motor Workz.
In a final celebration of a very special Daytona Bike Week, Indian Motorcycle hosted a ‘Celebration of the 75th’ at Boot Hill Saloon. Fans who filled the venue were surrounded by Indian motorcycles on display, saw builder Len Edmondson make a public appearance with his Frontier 111 Springfield in person, and got up-close to Texas-based customizers Krystal Hess and Nick Jaquez as they showcased their submissions for ‘Guy vs. Girl Indian Scout Build-off’. After public ballot voting at the Indian Motorcycle display area adjacent to Daytona International Speedway, Hess took a narrow win in the contest with her ‘Sport Scout’ over the ‘Scarlett’ bobber built by Jaquez.
“The history of Indian Motorcycle is part of the very sands of Daytona Beach,” said Reid Wilson, marketing director for Indian Motorcycle. “The entire Indian Motorcycle team worked hard to pay tribute to that legend, and to help our newest fans experience the stories and lean into the future of this great brand.”
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Can-Am expands Defender lineup

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BRP (TSX:DOO) has expanded its line of Can-Am Defender utility-recreational side-by-side vehicles with the addition of the 2017 Can-Am Defender MAX family, offered in four different models. Its pickup truck-inspired design offers extensive capability, cargo and storage space, along with comfortable seating for up to six adults.
“We made a commitment last fall to vastly broaden our Can-Am side-by-side portfolio with the introduction of a new vehicle every six months for the next four years. The release of this second Can-Am Defender family of vehicles is a direct result of that promise,” said Anne Bélec, SVP Global Brand, Communications and PAC at BRP. "The Defender MAX vehicle meets the very specific demands of global tradesman, hunters and farmers with a tough and capable design that delivers class-leading comfort, convenience and reliability.”
With its added seating capacity, better storage and workhorse capability, the Can-Am Defender MAX models can tackle the toughest jobs or be used to explore terrain with friends and family. The side-by-side vehicles can cleverly convert from transporting people to carrying supplies and heavy loads in seconds.
Similar to the single-bench seat Can-Am Defender vehicle launched in 2015, the Defender MAX model is available with two heavy-duty Rotax V-Twin engine packages – a 72-hp HD10 and a 50-hp HD8 – each delivering peak torque at lower RPM for tackling tough jobs and overcoming varying terrain. It also comes standard with PRO-TORQ transmission with a Quick-Response System that allows for improved power transfer to the wheels.
The Can-Am Defender MAX side-by-side vehicle has three driving modes and a four-mode traction system with Visco-Lok QE front differential that provide multiple choices and control for varying terrain and tasks. It features a 1,750-pound (793.8-kg) payload capacity, 2,000-pound (907.2-kg) tow rating and is rated to haul a best-in-class 1,000 pounds (454 kg) in its dumpable cargo bed. All of this capability is packaged with an exclusive suspension that provides responsive handling and comfort, even while carrying heavy loads.
The rear cargo bed, whose tailgate has a 250-pound (113-kg) capacity, is equipped with integrated anchors and tie-down points, and includes multiple recesses for DIY convenience, such as a set built specifically to hold five-gallon (19-L) buckets in place. In addition to the rear cargo bed space, there are copious amounts of onboard storage by way of adaptable and folding front and rear passenger seats and an industry-first removable toolbox. Also integrated into the cockpit are easy egress/ingress seats, passenger handholds and fold-down armrests with cup holders.
Multiple package options are available for all Can-Am Defender MAX models: Defender MAX DPS HD8, Defender MAX DPS HD10, Defender MAX XT HD8 and Defender MAX XT HD10. Premium colors, including an industry-exclusive Mossy Oak Break-Up Country Camo, and dozens of genuine Can-Am accessories are also available for personalization.
The Defender MAX model comes with a yearly advised maintenance schedule of 1,865 miles (3,000 km) or 200 hours so owners can focus on chores and recreation instead of routine service.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Ride for Kids

Ride to cure the kids this year! The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation hosts 32 Ride for Kids events nationwide to fund research for one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer and provide services for families fighting this battle. Register for Ride for Kids to enjoy a fun, scenic ride with fellow enthusiasts, followed by food, music and entertainment.

What Ride for Kids participants love most is being surrounded by the children they’re helping. These Stars, childhood brain tumor survivors, light up with smiles and laughter as they take part in the ride with everyone, and again on stage during the special Shining Star Celebration. Don’t miss this amazing chance to give kids with brain tumors a brighter future.

Qualified fundraisers earn terrific prizes, including: T-shirts, hats, jackets and more! National partners provide prizes for a drawing at every ride, including a brand new Honda Motorcycle.

Sign up today to ride with us to cure the kids. Come on your own or with your friends, family, coworkers or club members. All makes and models of street legal bikes are welcome!