Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Panacea: An RBMA Feature



My name is Chris Gibbany and I have been a BAM member for almost 10 years. I am from Harrison, a very small town in Arkansas. Although I have been riding since I was 16, I have never participated in a long ride and I have NEVER taken a “vacation” of any sort. When I found out that “The Long Road”, a 1000+ mile journey that ends up at The Smoke Out in Rockingham, North Carolina, was leaving from Eureka Springs, just 45 miles from where I live, I started making preparations to ride it on my rigid 1956 Harley FL Panhead. In the beginning there were seven of us who were going to ride vintage bikes there, with me being the only woman. I secured sponsorship to help me pay for expenses along the way. Sta-bil and 303 Products, made by Gold Eagle became my main sponsor. Avon Tyres came on board with a new set of tires; Spectro Oils gave me a case of 60 weight oil, Viking Bags and Motorcycle House supplied me with a Go-Pro and Baker Drivetrain helped out with a gas card. Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys offered me funds in return for the story about my ride…

At the last minute, four of the guys backed out. Since my husband and I were riding two old bikes, with him on a 1946 UL Flathead, we decided to bring a chase rig, leave a day early and arrive at The Smoke Out on Saturday instead of Friday. Even though “The Long Road” had no particular “rules”, we were no longer qualified to participate in it.

Our trip was pretty uneventful until we got to a small town in Tennessee where we just happened upon the type of motel where you sleep above the covers while firmly gripping the matching “husband and wife” Sig-Sauer pistols that we brought along. When my husband got a text from our chase driver, it read “Will trade beer for pistol”. He wasn’t kidding so we swapped items and each spent the night with one pistol per room with the chair up against the door.

Our travelling partner ended up with a room that had a connecting door; NOT connected to ours, so as he put it “Now I have to watch two doors!” It really was quite funny! The man who checked us in could barely speak English as he told me “One muffin, one banana, one coffee”, when I asked about breakfast. Of course, since we are rogue bikers, we all ended up taking as many bananas and muffins as we could so that we wouldn’t have to eat again while on the road.

We spent most of our time on the interstate so that we could spend more time riding in the Smokey Mountains. Once we got to North Carolina, we stayed on the Cherokee Reservation. Cherokee is the starting or exiting point of America’s favorite scenic drive- The Blue Ridge Parkway. It consists of 469 miles that follows closely the highest ridges between the Shenandoah and the Great Smokey Mountains National Parks. I am not easily impressed, but riding on The Parkway has got to be one of the greatest pleasures I have ever experienced.

Riding on such pristine, well maintained roads, where the speed is limited to 45 mph and the scenic beauty actually brings a tear to your eye was unbelievable! The gorgeous flowers, shrubs and bushes alongside the road were breathtaking! The road is intended for people who want to take a leisurely ride or drive while not being in a rush so that you can enjoy the scenery. Seeing the morning fog rise over the Smokey Mountains in the early hours is something that I won’t soon forget. The highway flows in such a way that it truly is captivating, heart pounding, magical and ADDICTIVE! I would love to go back and ride the entire 469 miles- maybe next year on my 1939 Knucklehead!

The Smokey Mountains seem to have their own weather where it tends to rain every day. On the first day had to ride down the mountain for over 20 miles, without a front fender!!!! I don’t normally ride in the rain with an old bike, but the rain wasn’t getting any lighter and I HAD to get off of the mountain.

Once we got back to the motel at Cherokee, my husband realized that the rear axle bearings were going out on my Panhead. Since the rain had changed our plans, we went to “Wheels Through Time Museum”. We got there a few hours before closing time and there was so much to look at that it was very overwhelming. As they were closing I decided to buy a Knucklehead sticker and patch for my jacket. While I was inside talking to the ladies at the counter and buying tickets to win the 1948 Panhead that they are giving away this fall, Gabe was outside talking to Dale Walksler, the museum’s curator. He told Dale that we were on our way to Rockingham and that my bearings were bad. Dale proceeded to have Gabe follow him back into the museum, took him over to the exhibit “Chopper Graveyard” and GAVE him the parts that my bike needed. While passing through the gift shop, Dale also grabbed a DVD and threw it in my bag free of charge! WOW, what a place and what a terrific man for helping his fellow rider!

As we proceeded to roll into Aberdeen, which was about 25 miles from Rockingham, we saw that the bearings weren’t my only problem as I had also lost a front axle nut! Since we had a chase truck we did take some extra parts in case of breakdowns, but alas I did not expect to lose an axle nut! Our only hope was to drive to a hardware store and hope that we could get one. When we arrived at the local Lowe’s, our hopes were high but were soon shattered as the 3/4 fine thread nut was nowhere to be had. My husband is a master mechanic with over 30 years’ experience and I knew that he could fix the situation. We all had a blank look on our faces, as I wasn’t going to be able to ride my bike to The Smoke Out, after coming 1000 miles across the country.

As I stood in that aisle I did the only thing I knew how to do, I prayed to GOD and asked that HE put the idea in my head to fix my bike. And just like that, he immediately told me “trailer ball”. I ran to my husband screaming “trailer ball”. Lo and behold for only $8.00 there was the solution to my problem!!!

GOD put the wisdom in my head so that I could continue my journey. We did make it to The Smoke Out but the real journey was getting there. At The Smoke Out was the usual crowd of people who go to bike rallies but mixed in were lots of cool vintage bikes. I wanted to race my Panhead but it proceeded to rain in Rockingham and those ideas were soon sent out the window. After soaking up as much of the scene as we could before dark, we got on our bikes and went back to the Marriott where we had all been upgraded to two bedroom suites due to their basic rooms not being clean when we arrived. This time we didn’t have to clutch our pistols and stay awake all night as God had shown himself once again and I KNEW everything was going to be alright.

My bike leaves a lot to be desired to most people- no turn signals, no horn, no speedo, no front fender, one mirror and no seat cushion at all. This bike means the world to me- I designed it and my husband and I built it in a backyard shed. It took me over six years to build it; couponing to save money, selling practically everything I had that I didn’t need and being so frugal I squeaked!

My Panhead represents everything that I not only stand for but that I also want out of life- dedication, adventure and peace. I love this bike that I call “Panacea”, which means “a solution or remedy to all difficulties”. I hope everyone can find their own “Panacea”.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

DirtQuake 2017 – No Rules Racing



Before jumping in to trying to describe the awesomeness that happened at last weekend’s DirtQuake USA in Castle Rock, Washington… we need to review the history of DirtQuake itself.

Dubbed “the Motorcycle Lifestyle Festival” by the DirtQuake folks themselves, they have the perfect explanation for it’s inception. “Irreverent racing is at the heart of DirtQuake. The action takes place on high-adrenaline, loose-surface oval circuits without the hassle, rules and costs usually associated with motorsport. DirtQuake is inclusive – giving riders, enthusiasts and even pro racers a unique chance to take on all comers.” Beginning in the UK, the event made it’s way to America just three years ago. Hosted by Sideburn Magazine and See See Motorcycles, it’s a big weekend long party surrounding fun races that, for $75, anyone with a safe motorcycle can participate in. Tickets cost $20 for the day/$30 for the weekend, and $20 per vehicle to camp.

Camp grounds were filled with big RVs, stylish vans, adventure trucks, and all different kinds and sizes of motorcycles were blasting around every which way. Dogs riding on the tank, kids driving golf carts, youngins riding side-by-side with their parents. Essentially a motorcycle Shangri-La, fun is being had on two wheels everywhere you look. An estimated three wheelies were popped every second that went by, smiles and laughter everywhere.

On track, riders adorned themselves with fun costumes, raced totally inappropriate motorcycles, and hammed it up for the crowd. Round five of the Superhooligan Series was fast and loud, getting cheers from the crowd as Indians and Harleys battled for podium positions. The racing classes included Dirt Tracker, Inappropriate Road Bike, Chopper, Women’s Class, Kitchen Sink (for everything else), 250 and 450. There was also some Lucha Libre style wrestling thrown in there just because.

The women’s class included our sponsored racer Leticia Cline on her Harley Street 750, and Malary Lee on a Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys sponsored Sportster. They battled it out with motocross racer, hooligan racer, and model Stephanie Pietz and gave everyone a show! Leticia banged bars with Tori of See See Motorcycles off the starting line of the final heat–having their own mini battle through the end.

Races ended at almost midnight, and the Chicken & Guns food truck was waiting for the hungry audience with free chicken and potato bowls (which by the way were beyond delicious). The shenanigans continued with a cacophony of engine sounds echoing out of a barn where folks decided they wanted their own taste of getting slideways around (much smaller) corners. And then… fireworks started going off directly overhead. They continued off and on for 15 or so minutes, cheers and engines calling out in every direction.

I’ve been to a ton of different events across America, and this was my first time at DirtQuake. I had goosebumps all day long, even through the fine layer of silty dirt that stuck to my sunscreen. It was sweaty hot for the first few hours of the day, but as the races really got going the temperature dropped to the perfect place. People shared motorcycles, food, booze, camp chairs, and fire pits. It had the closeness of a camping trip with a handful of your close friends, except there were hundreds of strangers all around. To say the least… you want to make it to next year’s DirtQuake.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Interested in PWCs? Here are 5 Sites You Need to be Following

We know that once you have one powersports unit, it’s hard not to have a few. And in the warmer months, getting out on the water seems like the obvious choice.

Over the course of the last few months, we’ve noticed quite a few online resources go viral online when it comes to go-to articles, reviews, and more for personal watercraft enthusiasts, and we realized something. While there may only be one ‘on-the-water’ motorcycle in existence so far (check out that unbelievable thing here), you should definitely check out these five websites if you’re interested in on-the-water powersports, especially personal watercraft riding (aka, jet skiing).

Watercraft Journal

Image: Watercraft Journal

Curated by Kevin Shaw, a family man and lifelong lover of personal watercraft, The Watercraft Journal is often thought of as“America’s most popular PWC magazine.” You will find Shaw’s website filled to the brim with event coverage, helpful articles, and tons of inspiring photos and videos. Ensuring you always have your water fix, this site publishes new content every single weekday, so you can rest assured you’ll always find something new. That’s exactly why Watercraft Journal is one of PWC Trader’s go-to partners, featured frequently on the site’s resource page (click here to check it out).

ProRider Watercraft Magazine

Known for having stories and news updates “from the core” of the PWC world, this online and print magazine prides itself on providing readers with a “pro rider” perspective. They’re all about bringing riders the most honest, detailed information, and it’s a great place for those new to PWC riding to get started. Have a look at their website — you might just uncover a passion you never knew you had.

Sea-Doo OnBoard

We all know how loyal we can be to our favorite brands. Well, PWC riders aren’t much different. One of the most helpful brand blogs we’ve come across is Sea-Doo’s, which is cleverly called “OnBoard.” Bursting at the seams with countless reviews, test rides, and new unit announcements specific to Sea-Doo, this is one website you definitely want to follow if you’re a fan of BRP’s brands. Take a look at their Instagram, and if you like what you see, click on over to their blog and check them out.

Kawasaki JetSki Research Page

While we’re on the topic of brand-specific sites, we’d be amiss if we went without mentioning Kawasaki’s resource page. What most people don’t know about the term “jet ski” is that it actually comes from Kawasaki’s original model unit, JetSki. So, even though there are tons of brands available when it comes to personal watercraft, the original “JetSki” was made by Kawasaki. Because of this, they’ve become known as one of the leading resources for personal watercraft riders, and many find the resource page of their website particularly helpful. Whether you’re looking to estimate payments, read reviews, or are trying to find a tool to compare units, this resource seems to have it all. They even have an entire section dedicated to new riders, which you can check out here. - Personal Watercraft Section

As a motorcyclist, if you’re just interested in getting a feel for the watercraft world but aren’t super familiar with it yet, we highly recommend, especially their PWC section. They produce some of the best reviews, information, and advice that can be found on the web, all in simple enough terms for newbies to understand. All in all, BoatingMag - as well as the previous four resources we mentioned - can provide you with some great tools and tips when it comes to diving into the world of PWCs.

Interested in buying a PWC? We know exactly where you can start. Check out the listings on PWC Trader. A sister site to Cycle Trader, PWC Trader has a similar design. Take a look!
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Rider Magazine Releases Review of 2018 Indian Scout Bobber

Rider Magazine’s keen motorcycle feature writer Greg Drevenstedt has done it again. Bringing you an in-depth review of Indian’s newest Bobber version of the Scout, Rider Mag also links a number of reviews for past and similar models, just in case you’re interested in comparing new updates and features.

“Inspired by motorcycles stripped-down and hot-rodded by young veterans after World War II, the Scout Bobber takes a dark, less-is-more approach to styling,” Drevenstedt explains. “To set it apart from the standard Scout and give it an appropriately urban vibe, the Bobber’s exhaust, frame, handlebars, mirrors, cast aluminum wheels, primary and clutch covers, headlight nacelle and single-gauge instrument are all blacked out, the chunky tires have a semi-knobby tread pattern and the rear end has been cleaned up with a pair of LED stop/turn/tail lights and a side-mount license plate.”

Ready to read the entire review? Click on over to Rider Magazine’s 2018 Indian Scout Bobber review to get the full story behind Indian's newest spin on one of their legendary models.
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These 5 Female Rider Instagram Accounts Are Blowing Up Instagram

While there are countless inspiring women in the motorcycle world today, these five Instagram profiles show off exactly why women who ride are so awesome. Check out the pics and profiles below to read about and see exactly what we mean. 

This woman’s biggest passions are riding and traveling - plus, she’s got big dreams to fully customize her own one-of-a-kind motorcycle. Originally hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, Laura is the publisher of a sustainable building magazine, but has gone viral online due to her travels through Asia, including Vietnam. Click here to learn more about her incredible story and HILO project.

Founded by three women who just love red lipstick and riding, this Australian coastal trio has gained countless followers over the past year. Touring the coastlines and enjoying being out on the road in the great outdoors, Maria, Nina, and Erica started their journey for one important reason:
“To relish the thrilling symphony of engines and sisterhood.”

Womens Moto Exhibit - @womensmotoexhibit 

This account is actually exactly what it sounds like - a huge compilation of professional photographs of the modern biking woman. An international group, Women’s Moto Exhibit photos are submitted by riders all over the world, and their profile reps a culture of daring, adventurous girls who ride. 

Based out of the Pacific Northwest, this is the Instagram account of a company that runs motorcycle adventure camps and trips. Exclusively for women, the biking group heads out on their ‘dream roll’ once a year. Not only does the feed consist of ladies who ride, they’re also always up for adventure, taking their participants on a number of “live on the edge” activities, including whitewater rafting and skate ramp parks. 

A four time mountain bike world champion and three time BMX world champion, this Australian Olympian is as inspiring as someone can get. Her pics are full of action, adventure, and travel, with some of the most colorful ‘ridescapes’ we’ve ever seen.

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The Thirteen Strangest Motorcycles You’ve Probably Ever Seen

When you spend your days looking at the thousands of bikes for sale on Cycle Trader - you can bet we’ve seen just about every bike out there. We’ve come across the good, the bad, the beautiful, and (what some people would call) the ugly… and quite a few seriously weird rides as well. 

But none seem to compare to these strange bikes we found floating around the internet -— you’ve honestly got to see them to believe them, so we’ve rounded up the weirdest ones we’ve ever seen. 

Check ‘em out!

Image: Buzzfeed

World’s longest motorcycle? Uh, possibly, yes.

Image: Roadog on Wikipedia

Wait… just kidding. The Anaconda might have the most “seating,” but this guy (Wild Bill Gelbke) actually did make the longest and heaviest motorcycle in history (it weighs over 3,000 pounds).

Image: Buzzfeed

… We’re honestly not sure what’s going on here.

Image: Reality Pod

This one might honestly rewrite the definition of a “Superbike.”

We’re not positive, but he may need - you know - one or two more headlights.

Image: Ben Gulak

Still trying to understand how this works. In any event, ladies and gentleman, meet the Uno Dycicle.

Image: Sooth Brush

If you’ve seen a bike more American than this, feel free to let us know.

If we’ve got any Red Bull fans out there, here you go.

Sure, Dodge’s Tomahawk might be unbelievably fast...but also kind of looks like you’re riding a radiator with wheels.


Yes, this thing actually runs.

Oh, you’re looking for a Vespa with a huge recoilless rifle on top? Here ya go.

Yup - you’re looking at 48 cylinders. Why? Couldn’t tell you.

Last, but certainly not least… the Jaguar motorcycle. We’ll leave you to decide whether you’re a fan or not.

What’s the strangest motorcycle you’ve ever seen? Comment and let us know, or tag us in your pics on Facebook and Instagram for the chance to get them featured.
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Born Free 9: A Russ Brown Guest Feature

By Staci Wilt

If you haven’t been, you’ve probably at the very least heard of the motorcycle mecca that is the Born Free Motorcycle Show, held annually in Southern California’s Santiago Canyon. The event started out as a small chopper gathering in the streets of LA, catering to a few hundred spectators, and has grown into a weekend long event with over 30,000 attendees and counting. With Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys as Title Sponsor in BF’s ninth year, it’s clear that the event is no longer a grass-roots-driven chopper-only event, but a bucket list destination for any motorcycle enthusiast who appreciates the DIY idealism behind building a custom motorcycle, but also the community that keeps this custom culture alive.

A weekend at the Born Free show grounds can be described a number of ways. With no cell service and the chic moto fashion abundant, it’s almost like a step back in time to the chopper days of the 70’s. Despite the 100+ degree heat over the weekend, vendors and spectators made sure to make the best of it. Water guns were hidden in most of the vendor booths, choppers made their way into kiddie pools to create temporary exhaust-driven swamp coolers, dozens tried out the dunk tank, and the famous Loser Machine boob kegs poured PBR’s for hours on end. Dumptruck and crew could be found in their speedos, assaulting the eyes of those who braved to stare at their attire for the day. If there’s a simple way to put it: Born Free is a giant motorcycle party with you and thousands of the closest friends you didn’t know you had. This isn’t your typical motorcycle gathering and/or “rally.”

As if people-watching isn’t enough entertainment, the Born Free team organizes plenty of events throughout the day to ensure there’s never a dull moment. Although the Wall of Death wasn’t set up this year, the Vans crew built a two-story half pipe and invited dozens of pro skaters, including legends like Steve Caballero, to entertain the crowds. Between bands playing on two stages, bike giveaways, and the shopping spree that is the wild array of vendor booths, there’s plenty to see and do over the two days at the show.

The ninth year brought in not only a plethora of hand built choppers, but also dozens of modern customized machines, thanks to the San Diego Customs FXR & Dyna Shows over the weekend. Performance built is the new period correct, and the show was proof of that. Blood, sweat, and cases of beers were probably destroyed in the making of these bikes. Whether you approve of the integration of the modern moto-builds or not, there’s one thing everyone can agree on: there wasn’t a shortage in creativity in this year’s showgrounds.

If you haven’t been to the “motorcycle mecca” yet, now’s the time to add it to your calendar for 2018. Get your water guns and speedos/camera ready, because the 10th annual Born Free Show is guaranteed to be one for the books.

Photo’s Provided by: Dean Mason & Russ Brown's BAM Team
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Friday, June 30, 2017

How much do you really know about moto safety? The answer may surprise you...

Did you know June is National Safety Month?

Even though riding a motorcycle is thrilling, enjoyable, relaxing and exhilarating  it can also be risky. As with most things in life, being prepared is the key to staying safe and avoiding accidents. With the right information, you ride easy knowing how to react if your safety as a rider is ever put in jeopardy. Check out our Motorcycle Safety Trivia Quiz, made with hand-picked questions from go-to safety resources. How much do you really know about motorcycle safety? Click here to take the quiz and find out!
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ATV and Offroad Accounts Everyone Should be Following on Instagram

Who to Follow Series, Episode 2
Right now, there are hundreds of Instagram accounts committed to one thing: bringing the offroad lifestyle and information about the best and newest offroad units to social media. Since there are literally hundreds to thousands of these profiles to sort through, we’ve put together a list of some of the best, most incredible viral profiles we’ve ever seen when it comes to ATVs, UTVs, SxS’s, offroad racing and more. Take a look!


Quad Offroad Life (ATV / SxS) - @Quad_offroad_life

Followers: 196k

Just like their title suggests, this account really is all about the offroad life. The majority of their photos show off new models with insane designs and new set ups.Plus, they have some of the most unbelievable videos of mud escapes we’ve ever seen. - @superatv_com

Followers: 97.9k

The thing about is that they’re not just about offroad vehicles - they’re all about the lifestyle. Whether it’s racing, tricks on crazy terrain, or just great photos of people in action with their ATVs and SxS’s, this account will never leave you bored.

Badass Fourwheelers - @badass_fourwheelers_

Followers: 47.4k

There honestly aren’t many accounts that show quite as many variations, colors and sheer capabilities of units as Badass Fourwheelers. And, to be frank, they’re truly all about simply repping the offroad life for what it’s most well known for: being  ‘badass.’

Quad Lyfe (ATV/SxS Lovers) - @quadlyfe

Followers: 193k

What made Quad Lyfe stand out to us wasn’t necessarily how crazy their pictures were although, trust us, they’re definitely awesome but, the number of different types of offroad vehicles featured on this account is what caught our attention. You’ll see famed units, but you’ll also see certain quads you’ve never seen before, and that’s the kind of stuff we love seeing on our feed.

Cole Richardson - @colerichardson73

Followers: 21.3k

This is definitely one racer no one should ever go without following. Known not only for his jaw-dropping accuracy with his machines and incomparable speeds, this professional ATV racer for Yamaha is only 19 years old, and has already won the ProAm Class (XC2) Championship not once, but twice. His race photos and offroad adventures are documented on his profile, and they’re definitely pics you don’t want to miss. - @sidebysidestuff

Followers: 83.2k

This account? Really pretty straight to-the-point: a bunch of side by side stuff, meant to inspire you to get out there and ride those offroaders. At the same time, if you’re looking to buy a new unit, this is a great place to check out photos, because they always post their pics from a number of angles and perspectives. It’s a win-win, no matter what.

SouthWestRacer Media - @officialdgafdunerz

Followers: 28.1k

As mentioned in their profile bio, you’ll find a little bit of everything on this account, but what makes it truly unique is its countless photos of sand dragsters and sandrails. The types of pictures on this account are honestly unparalleled, and it takes us some effort just to navigate off their profile once we get scrollin’.

ATV Rider - @atvridermagazine

Followers: 55.7k

There are a number of ATV news and lifestyle sources we follow religiously, and ATV Rider Magazine is one of them. They’re not only a great source for breaking news and updates from the offroad world, but they also source out some of the most unbelievable offroad photography and videos, so we couldn’t help but include them in our list.

ATV Trader - @atvtrader2016

Just launched in 2016, we are stoked to announce that ATV Trader now has an official Instagram account, and we couldn’t go without including it in this list. The premier online resource for all your offroad new and used vehicle sales and research needs, ATV Trader is here to provide you with both lifestyle inspiration and the guidance you need when it comes to buying, selling and maintaining your units. Give ‘em a follow - Cycle Trader is proud to have ATV Trader as part of the Trader family, and their Instagram account is an up-and-coming go-to.

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