Friday, February 24, 2017

Charlotte USGP Not Returning in 2017


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A recent news alert from RaxerXOnline announced that Charlotte Motor Speedway's US Motocross Grand Prix has been cancelled, and was described as "one and done." Apparently, the North Carolina speedway has undergone a number of significant management changes. With these changes came a number of requests for protocol changes if the race were still to take place, and the Grand Prix officials weren't too keen on this.

A number of sources are staying on top of related announcements in the coming weeks; be sure to stay tuned to the Cycle Trader Insider Blog, as well as RacerXOnline and MX Large, for all the latest updates on major Race Team news!


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Tomac Thrives at Monster Energy Supercross, Claims 3rd Title


In front of over 50,000 fans, Eli Tomac of Kawasaki claimed his 3rd win of the season at Monster Energy's recent Supercross race. 

Finishing 6.7 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, 
his comeback is one for the books. 

Check out this incredible recording of his win at Monster Energy!


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

How one dog on a motorcycle turned a businessman's day around completely


*This post is reported based on content and information learned from a news report posted by Tristate Homepage. You can access and read the entirety of the article here, where the news about this heartwarming story was originally reported.*
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Todd Veeck, a volunteer firefighter from Indiana, responded to a garage fire last Friday morning. It started out as a typical fire event- but once the smoke was controlled, and the firefighters safely recovered the homeowner's pets, they noticed something...
One of the dogs was not actually accounted for, and had remained in the burning garage. "After we realized the animal was in there I kind of thought, 'what if that was my dog? I couldn't imagine what [they were] going through," Veeck told reporter Jordan Vanderberge. 
The firefighter noted to news sources that he had seen a lot after years in the military, medical, and fire rescue arenas. But this particular event hit him pretty hard.
Later that day, however, as Veeck and his wife were driving home, his wife excitedly pointed something out to him. A small dog, sitting strapped to his owner's back on the rear of a motorcycle, was having the absolute time of his life.
Apparently, the dog - who goes by Finnegan - was even wearing goggles as he enjoyed his trip down the road with his human.
"It just made me laugh and kind of forget what I was thinking about earlier," Veeck told reporters.
He was so touched by the hilarious moment that he quickly posted to Facebook, offering the canine-human motorcycle duo a $50 gift card to get in touch with him. 
It didn't take long for the post to go viral. 
The owner- Michael Smith- eventually saw the post, and commented: 
"That is indeed my Finnegan. He loves to ride!! I will accept and match your [gift card] offer if you will allow me to donate it to It Takes A Village no kill shelter...Tell them Finnegan sent you!"
Without hesitation, Veeck accepted the terms of the agreement.
According to the article on Tristate Homepage, 5% of the profits from Veeck's business for the remainder of the month will be donated to the shelter.
As Vanderberge put it, "That's not too bad for what was once a bad day."

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News Alert: Motorcycle News Reports on Honda's V4 Superbike 2019 Unveiling



Recently, Motorcycle News reported on initial information about Honda's 2019 edition of the V4 Superbike, and its subsequent estimated unveiling and presentation. Apparently, engineers are already hard at work on the newest V4, and are aiming for its release to occur within the next 2 years.

Image credit: Motorcycle News

Motorcycle News described the new model incomparably well:

Scheduled to coincide with Honda's 70th anniversary, the new bike is planned to be a true V4 homologation special in the vein of the legendary RC30 and RC45.

With a semi-monocoque, cast-aluminum chassis (noted by MCN to mirror Ducati's Panigale) expected to cost much less than its hand-formed beam frame, the bike is still estimated to meet the 40,000 euro price cap it was originally projected to total.

Curious? 

Read the rest of MCN's article here and keep up-to-date with the latest on the 2019 V4, 
as well as countless other highly anticipated launches for the upcoming years!


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Daytona Bike Week 2017 - Exclusive Sneak Peek!



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There may be hundreds of motorcycle shows, events, trades, swaps and parties across the country ever year, but nothing can truly compare to major bike weeks - one of the biggest in the nation?

Daytona Bike Week.


The famed, awe-inspiring annual Floridian Bike Week is one countless East Coast and traveling motorcyclists look forward to the most each year, and Daytona's 76th presentation of the event for 2017 is sure to be one that won't let these fans down. With this reputed event just around the corner, Cycle Trader wants to make sure you have the resources you need to acquire tickets, plan your stay, and enjoy the course of the week to the fullest extent possible! Below you will find some of the most important, go-to information to be aware of for the bike week:


Dates: Friday, March 10 - Sunday, March 19

Featured Events:

39th Annual Daytona Bikeweek Swapmeet 
76th Anniversary of Bike Week 2017 
Baywash Bikini Bike Wash                                           
Bike Week at Destination Daytona
Bobby Friss Live in Concert*                                      
Downtown Bike Week Camping
Fastlane Campground 
Fastlanes Motorcycle Swap Meet Extravaganza
Grizzly Trailers                                                            
Hilton A1A Beer Garden
Hilton Lobby Moonshine Tiki Bar 
Official Bike Week Welcome Center
Second Ave Merchants Association Events 
The Razorbacks                                                           
DeLand Bike Rally                                                      
Free Sober/Clean Hog Roast                                       
Selwyn Birchwood                                                      
The Rockpack Concert Bike Week                             
2017 Bike Week Annual Bike Blessings                    
JessLee in concert                                                        
39th Annual Giant Side Car & Trike Day and Show
Chopper Time Old School Chopper Show                  
Daytona TT                                                                  
Free Bike Week Concert: Bob Seger Tribute              
Halifax Humane Society's Ruff Ride Poker Run         
Leather and Lace MC Bike Rodeo and Party               
Cafe Racer and Vintage Day and Show                       
Lowdown Hoedown                                                     


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Featuring non-stop live music, giveaways, and the legendary Daytona Beach Biker Bar, 


Other Dayton Restaurants:

The History of Bike Week:







Want to know more about this year's Daytona Bike Week?

Check out the official Daytona Bike Week Travel Guide to get all the info you need!






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What motorcycle events are happening near you this year? Find out!


What to find out about the best bike events and rallies to see near you, but always seem to discover them too late? Not to worry- we've compiled a list of the top 3 motorcycle events in every state for 2017. Check it out, and get these dates down in your calendars!


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  • Alabama
    • Georgiana - Stock Law Gap Rally (3/2-3/5)
    • Birmingham - 2017 Birmingham Ride for Kids (6/24)
    • Forkland - 2017 Bama Bike Fest Fall Motorcycle Rally (10/26-10/29)
  • Alaska
    • Anchorage - Chrome & Ink Tattoo Party (3/11)
    • Anchorage - 24th Annual Alaska Custom Motorcycle Show (4/15-4/16)
    • Willow - Alaska State CMA Rally (6/2 - 6/4)
  • Arizona
    • Scottsdale - Arizona Bike Week (4/5-4/9)
    • Scottsdale - 2nd Annual Remember the Fallen Ride (4/4)
    • Phoenix - Grand Canyon & Red Rocks Motorcycle Tour (10/22 - 10/24)
    • Mesa - Too Broke for Bike Week (3/31 - 4/1)
    • Fort Smith Peoria - 2nd Annual Dakota's Run (3/18)
  • Arkansas
    • Fort Smith - 3rd Annual Steel Horse Rally (5/5-5/6)
    • Fayetteville - Bikes, Blues and BBQ 2017 Motorcycle Rally (9/20-9/23)
    • Harrison - Ride the Ozarks Rally (10/6 - 10/7)
  • California
    • IMS Long Beach
    • Piercy - Redwood Run 2017 (6/9-6/11)
    • Hollister - Hollister Independence Rally 2017 (6/30-7/3)
    • Colorado
    • Loveland - Thunder in the Rockies Motorcycle Rally 2017 (9/1-9/4)
  • Connecticut
    • Bristol - Twisted Sisters MC's 8th Annual Biker Breakout Breakfast (4/23)
    • Central Village - 2017 Make a Wish Memorial Poker Run (5/28)
    • Derby - Bridgeport Motorcycle Association 78th Annual Poker Run (6/4)
    • Hebron - Yankee Chapter A.M.C.A. National Meet (8/4-8/5)
  • Delaware
    • Seaford - Delmarva Bike Week (9/14-9/17)
    • Smyrna - Ride to the Tide (Charity Event) (4/23)
    • Wilmington - 40th Annual Oktoberfest Poker Run (10/8)
  • Florida
    • Daytona Beach - Daytona Bike Week (3/10-3/19)
    • Leesburg - Leesburg Bike Fest (4/28-4/30)
    • Panama City Beach - 19th Annual Spring Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally (5/3-5/7)
    • Daytona Beach - Daytona Biketoberfest 2017 (10/19-10/22)
  • Georgia
    • Unadilla - Angel City Spring Motorcycle Rally (4/19-4/23)
    • Lithia Springs - Hot Rods & Harleys (5/20)
    • Loganville - 19th Annual Ride for America (5/29)
    • Cumming - 2017 Atlanta Ride for Kids (6/4)
  • Hawaii
    • Honolulu - Street Bikers United Membership Drive & Run (6/4)
  • Idaho
    • Caldwell - 41st Annual Vintage Rally & Show (3/18-3/19)
    • Orofino - 4th Annual Konkolville Steak & Potato Motorcycle Rally (6/23-6/24)
    • Meridian - 2017 Pacific Northwest HOG Rally (7/20-7/22)
  • Illinois
    • Chicago - IMS Chicago
    • Cave In Rock - HOGROCK River Rally (6/8-6/11)
    • Princeton - Walneck's Motorcycle Swap Meet (3/5)
    • Pecatonica - 32nd Annual BMW MotorExpo & Flea Market (4/29-4/30)
    • Peotone - 33rd Annual Peotone Spring Motorcycle Show & Parts Expo (5/7)
  • Indiana
    • Springville - ABATA of Indiana's 37th Annual Boogie (7/20-7/23)
    • Kokomo - Support the Troops Ride (4/30)
    • Valparaiso - 29th Annual Spring Valspo-Fest Motorcycle/Car Show & Swap Meet (5/28)
    • South Bend - 2017 Northern Indiana Ride for Kids (6/24)
    • Marion - Hog Daze 2017 (8/11 - 8/13)
  • Iowa
    • Monticello - 48th Annual Rod Custom Car & Motorcycle Show  (2/25 - 2/27)
    • Conesville - Redneck Revival (5/25-5/28)
    • Manson - 2017 CMA Iowa State Rally (6/9-6/11)
    • Davenport - Chief Blackhawk 46th Davenport Fall International Meet (8/31 - 9/2)
  • Kansas
    • Wichita - Alef's St. Patty's Party (3/11)
    • Kingman - 3rd Annual Bobz Bikz Fun Run (4/23)
    • Marquette - 13th Annual Thunder on the Smoky (5/20)
    • Dodge City - BTW National Trike-In 2017 (7/13-7/16)
    • New Century - 5th Annual Midwest Regional VJMC Rally & Show (8/5)
  • Kentucky
    • Sturgis - Sturgis Kentucky Bike Rally 2017 (7/13-7/16)
    • Springfield - Bourbon Bike Ride (5/14)
    • Irvington - Red Ass Bike Bash: 2017 Spring Motorcycle Rally (6/15-6/17)
    • Brandenburg - CMA Kentucky State Rally (9/8-9/11)
  • Louisiana
    • Welsh - 13th Annual Run to Da Bayou (3/24-3/26)
    • Doyline - BKMC Burn Run 2017 (4/21-4/22)
    • Mount Hermon - Meet on the Creek Fall Motorcycle Rally (9/1 - 9/4)
    • Carencro - 15th Annual Swamp Scooter Gumbo Rally (11/10 - 11/12)
  • Maine
    • Aurndel - Memorial Weekend Mini-Show (5/27)
    • Arundel - Bentley's Biker Rally Ride-In Bike Show (6/15)
    • Newry - 18th Annual Northeast European Motorcycle Rally (7/27-7/30)
  • Maryland
    • Little Orleans - Apple's 14th Annual East Coast Motorcycle Rally (8/9-8/13)
    • Ocean City - OC Bikefest 2017 (9/14-9/17)
    • Hughesville - HUGE Spring Open House/H-D Demo Fleet (4/22)
    • Ocean City - Bikes to the Beach Spring Rally 2017 (5/5-5/7)
    • Laurel - 2017 East Coast Thunder (5/27)
    • Hagerstown - Hagerstown Bike Week (6/29-7/2)
  • Massachusetts
    • Boston - World of Wheels (3/31-4/2)
    • Easthampton - Thunder in the Valley Festival (5/6)
    • Oxford - British & Classic Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet (5/28)
    • Lawrence - Sea of Pink Ride 2017 (6/4)
    • Salisbury - MMA Annual Bike Raffle Party (7/15)
    • Framingham - 2017 New England Ride for Kids (8/27)
  • Michigan
    • Kalamazoo - Kalamazoo Motorcycle Swap Meet & Parts Expo (3/19)
    • Mt. Clemens - Gibraltar Custom Motorcycle Show & Expo (3/25-3/26)
    • Interlochen - 35th Annual Great Lakes Round-up (6/9-6/11)
    • Cadillac - Thunder on the Lakeshore (7/1)
    • Ann Arbor - 2017 Michigan Ride for Kids (7/30)
    • Mulliken - 14th Annual Hot Rods & Harleys (8/25-8/26)
  • Minnesota
    • IMS Minneapolis
    • St. Paul - 30th Annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show (3/25-3/26)
    • Vadnais Heights - 2017 Minnesota Ride for Kids (7/16)
    • Lakeville - 31st Annual MS River Road Run (8/19-8/20)
    • Lakeland - 52nd Annual Fall Flood Run (9/16)
  • Mississippi
    • Gulfport - Mississippi Gulf Coast Memorial Day Blowout 2017 (5/26-5/29)
    • Southaven - AMSOIL AX Arenacross (3/3 - 3/5)
    • D'Iberville - 4th Annual Brothers & Sisters in Blue Poker Run (7/29)
    • Ridgeland - 2017 Mississippi Ride for Kids (9/24)
  • Missouri
    • Boonville - 8th Annual Autism Ride (4/1)
    • Lake Ozark - Lake Ozark Spring Rally (5/14-5/21)
    • Springfield - Route 66 Motorcycle Village Festival (8/11-8/13)
    • Lake Ozark - Lake of the Ozarks BikeFest 2017 (9/13-9/17)
    • Ridgedale - 1st Annual Southern Bred Cyclefest (4/26-4/29)
    • Chaffee - Rebel Yell Rally (6/2)
  • Montana
    • Red Lodge - Beartooth Rally & The Iron Horse Rodeo 2017 (7/14-7/16)
    • Great Falls - GWRRA Montana District Convention 2017 (7/20-7/22)
    • Three Forks - Rockin the Rivers 8/11-8/13)
  • Nebraska
    • Kearney - Kearney Bike Show & Swap Meet (3/11-3/12)
    • Sioux City28th Annual Heartland STEAM (4/7-4/8)
    • Lincoln - Cinco de Mayo Poker Run (5/6)
    • McCool Junction - 6th Annual Belly Button Run - Gastroschisis Awareness Poker Run and Auctions (7/29)
    • Omaha - 5th Annual Millard Days Poker Run (8/26)
  • Nevada
    • Laughlin - Laughlin River Run (4/26-4/29)
    • Reno - Street Vibrations Spring Rally 2017 (6/2-6/4)
    • Reno - Street Vibrations Fall Motorcycle Festival (9/27-10/1)
    • Las Vegas - Las Vegas Bike Fest 2017 (10/5-10/8)
  • New Hampshire
    • Concord - 36th Annual Milford & Company Flea Market (4/2)
    • Rochester - Stateline Motorcycle & Classic Car Swapmeet (5/21)
    • Laconia - Laconia Motorcycle Week 2017 Motorcycle Rally (6/10-6/18)
    • Salem - The Homeland Heroes Foundation Motorcycle Ride (7/8)
  • New Jersey
    • Wildwood - Roar to the Shore Motorcycle Rally (9/7-9/10)
    • Rochelle Park - Harley Gras Celebration (2/25)
    • Old Bridge - Bikers Rally Across America for Brain Injured Children (4/8)
    • Pompton Lakes - 19th Annual Metro Vintage Advertising Collectors Show (4/9)
    • Leonardo - Foster's Future Poker Run & Gift Auction (6/4)
    • Swedesboro - Annual Children's Ride for Life (6/24)
    • Bradley Gardens - Labor Day Weekend Run and Picnic (9/3)
  • New Mexico
    • Mescalero - AspenCash Motorcycle Rally (5/18-5/21)
    • Red River - 35th Annual Red River Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally (5/25-5/29)
    • Santa Fe - Ride to the Capitol (2/25)
    • Clovis - 2nd Annual High Plains Harley-Davidson Expo (3/18)
    • Albuquerque - 4th Annual Brotherhood Ride for Autism (4/22)
    • White Oaks - No Scum Allowed Saloon Biker Event 2017 (5/19-5/22)
  • New York
    • IMS New York
    • Warrensburg - Warrensburg Bike Rally 2017 (6/2-6/11)
    • Lake George - Americade Motorcycle Rally (6/5-6/10)
    • Pattersonville - Harley Rendezvous 2017 Classic Motorcycle Rally (6/23-6/25)
    • Binghamton - New York State Bikers for Change (3/31-4/1)
    • East Durham - Motorcycle Mayhem 2017 (4/7-4/9)
    • Deerfield - 2017 Utica Ride for Kids (7/16)
    • Newburgh - 2017 Hudson Valley Ride for Kids (8/6)
    • Rome - CMA New York State Rally (8/18-8/20)
    • East Durham - Catskill Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Festival 2017 (9/13-9/17)
  • North Carolina
    • Raleigh - 13th Annual Ray Price Capital City Bikefest (9/22-9/24)
    • Burlington - 23rd Annual All Harley Bike Show (2/25-2/26)
    • Salisbury - 44th Annual CBA Swap Meet and Bike Show (3/25-3/26)
    • Durham - 31st Annual Bike Show & Chili Cook-Off (4/8)
    • Harbinger - 15th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week (4/22-4/30)
    • Seven Springs - Thunder on Tobacco Road Spring 2017 (4/27-4/30)
    • Spruce Pine - Mountain Moxie 2017 (5/5-5/7)
    • Apex - 2017 N.C. Triangle Ride for Kids (5/7)
    • Asheville - 2017 Asheville Ride for Kids (8/26)
  • North Dakota

  • Ohio
    • IMS Cleveland
    • Sandusky - Ohio Bike Week 2017 (5/26-6/4)
    • Van Wert - Wetzelland Motorcycle Rally (7/28-7/30)
    • Independence - 2017 Cleveland Ride for Kids (6/11)
    • London - London Strawberry Festival 2nd Annual Motorcycle Show (6/24)
    • Upper Sandusky - Koda Bear Fest (7/8)
    • Geneva on the Lake - 10th Annual Thunder on the Strip Fall Motorcycle Rally (9/7-9/10)
    • Columbus - AIMExpo (9/21-9/24)
  • Oklahoma
    • Oklahoma City - 2nd Annual Biker Trade Day (3/8)
    • Sparks - Sparks America St. Patty's Day Motorcycle Party (3/16-3/19)
    • Talihina - 10th Annual Mountain Gate Poker Run
    • Sparks - Sparks America 2017 Bike Week Oklahoma (6/15-6/25)
  • Oregon
    • Gresham - 2017 Food Drive Delivery (3/18)
    • Grants Pass - 20th Annual Southern Oregon Motorcycle Swap Meet and Bike Show (4/29-4/30)
    • Portland - Oregon Motorcycle Expo 2017 (6/24-6/26)
    • Pendleton - Pendleton Bike Week (7/19-7/23)
    • Grants Pass - 39th Annual Run to the Coast (8/5)
  • Pennsylvania
    • Johnstown - Johnstown Thunder in the Valley 2017 (6/22-6/25)
    • Erie - Roar on the Shore Bike Rally 2017 (7/12-7/16)
    • Harrisburg - Harrisburg SuperSwap 2016 Motorcycle Swap Meet & Expo (3/5)
    • Oley - 24th Annual Triumph National Rally (6/23-6/25)
    • Gettysburg - Gettysburg Bike Week 2017 (7/6-7/9)
    • New Hope - 2017 Philadelphia Ride for Kids (9/24)
  • Rhode Island
    • Cranston - 9th Annual Ronnie's Ride (4/23)
    • Scituate - 2017 Ride for Hope (6/24)
    • Wakefield - Gathering of the Clams (9/29-10/1)
  • South Carolina
    • Murrells Inlet - Myrtle Beach Bike Week (5/12-5/21)
    • Greenville - 23rd Annual Paine Memorial Run (3/25)
    • Chesnee - 14th Annual Antique Bikes on Main (7/28-7/30)
    • Charleston - 2017 Victory Motorcycle Club National Meet and Ride (8/4-8/7)
  • South Dakota
    • Rapid City - 2017 Black Hills Motorcycle Show (3/18-3/19)
    • Sturgis - Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2017 (8/4-8/13)
    • Huron - Wheel Jam 2017 (6/2-6/3)
    • Sturgis - Buffalo Chip TT Presented by Indian Motorcycle (8/6)
    • Sioux Falls - Hot Harley Nights (7/6-7/9)
  • Tennessee
    • Cookeville - June Bug Boogie Spring Motorcycle Rally (6/15-6/18)
    • Lebanon - 15th Annual Spring Thaw Bike Show & Swap Meet (3/18)
    • Lebanon - 3rd Annual Spring Redneck Rumble (5/6-5/5)
    • Pelham - Hogfest 2017 Memorial Day Weekend Rally (5/25-5/29)
    • Memphis - 18th Annual Cruisin' for a Cure National Convention (9/21-9/24)
  • Texas
    • IMS Dallas
    • Grapevine - 2017 WingDing 39 (8/29-9/2)
    • Houston - The Texas Rally (9/7-9/10)
    • Austin - ROT Biker Rally 2017 (6/8-6/11)
    • New Braunfels - Giddy Up 2017 (3/25)
    • Bandera - Thunder in the Hill Country (3/30-4/2)
    • Somerville - Carts, Bikers & Babes Motorcycle Rally (4/6-4/9)
    • Austin - Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 2017 (4/21-4/23)
    • Elm Mott - 12th Annual John Beers Memorial Car & Bike Show (4/22)
    • Montgomery - 2017 Houston Ride for Kids (4/30)
    • Mount Enterprise - The Crater Rally East Texas Bike Week (5/15-5/21)
    • Fort Worth - 2017 Dallas-Fort Worth Ride for Kids (10/8)
    • Longview - Rockers, Riders & Ribs 2017 (10/20-10/21)
  • Utah
    • Lindon - 8th Annual Fallen Patriot Ride (5/27)
    • Pagnuitch - 17th Annual Red Rock Rendezvous Rally (6/15-6/17)
    • Tooele - Annual Charity Motorcycle Ride for Primary Children's Hospital (6/24)
    • Tooele - AHRMA Vintage Roadracing (9/1-9/3)
  • Vermont
    • West Dover - Deerfield Valley Food Pantry Benefit Motorcycle Ride & Party (8/26)
    • South Barre - Wilkins Annual Bike Show (9/2)
    • West Dover - 2017 New England Victory Rally (9/14-9/16)
  • Virginia
    • Virginia Beach - Navy SEAL Tribute Ride (4/8)
    • Woodstock - Shenandoah Valley Motorcycle Expo (4/8-4/9)
    • Hampton - 2nd Annual Farm Fresh Poker Run for CHKD (4/8)
    • Centreville - Va Tech Hogs4Hokies Spirit Ride (4/29)
    • Fredericksburg RIDE Virginia Habitat for Humanity Poker Run (4/29)
    • Floyd Auto Fair Car and Bike Show & Swap Meet 2017 (6/2-6/4)
    • Richmond - 2017 Virginia Ride for Kids (6/4)
    • Orange - 25th Annual Big Damn Bike Show & Now Car Show (6/17)
    • Louisa - Sundowners 2017 Car & Bike Show (7/22)
    • Colonial Beach - Colonial Beach Bike Fest 2017 (10/5-10/8)
  • Washington 
    • Ocean Shores - Hog Wild Motorcycle Rally (7/30)
    • Spokane - Inland Northwest Motorcycle Show & Sale (3/10-3/12)
    • Snohomish - 21st Annual Sky Valley Motorcycle Show (5/21)
    • Kennewick - Pacific Northwest Bike Fest & Expo (7/6-7/9)
    • Easton - CMA Super State Rally (7/13-7/16)
    • Tenino - Tenino Classic Motorcycle Swap Meet & Show (8/18-8/19)
    • Anacortes - 36th Annual Oyster Run (9/14)
  • Washington, D.C.
    • IMS D.C.
    • Bikers Inside the Beltway 2017 (5/23)
  • West Virginia
    • Charleston - Capitol City Biker Bash (6/8-6/10)
    • Lewisburg - CMA Eastern National Rally (6/20-6/24)
    • Morgantown - Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally 2017 (7/20-7/23) 
    • Paw Paw - Avalon Bikes, Blues & BBQ 2017 (7/21-7/23)
  • Wisconsin
    • Milwaukee - 2017 Milwaukee Motorcycle Rally (8/31 - 9/4)
    • Hudson - Defrost Your Nuts Run (4/8)
    • Milwaukee - Armed Forces Day Celebration at the Harley-Davidson Museum (5/20)
    • Tomahawk - Main Street Memories "Wheels in Motion" Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet (5/27)
    • Neillsville - Highground Memorial Day Motorcycle Honor Ride (5/29)
    • Sun Prairie - Sun Prairie Festival - Motors & Music (6/2-6/3)
    • Plymouth - Rockerbox Motofest (6/9-6/11)
    • Lake Geneva - 2017 Chicagoland/Wisconsin Ride for Kids (7/16)
    • Black River Falls - The Black River Rumble - After Strugis Gathering (8/10-8/13)
  • Wyoming
    • Evanston - Spanky's 7th Annual Poker Run & Party in Memory of Fallen Riders (7/8)
    • Minot - Run for the Son Motorcycle Event (5/7)
    • Dayton - WY CMA Roads & Trails Rally (7/27-7/30)


Know a local event that isn't listed here? 
Want to see your events added to the list? 
Comment below and let us know! 

These are only a few of the hundreds of bike events all over the country this year, 
so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more near you!

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Feds Move Forward with Motorcycle Advisory Council


Motorcyclists Severely Underrepresented



WASHINGTON, DC 
Published 2.7 by Motorcycle Riders Foundation

Motorcyclists across the country were discouraged to find out that the Federal Highway Administration will only require one motorcyclist to serve on an Advisory Council supposedly dedicated to representing those who ride. The Motorcyclist Advisory Council, a newly reestablished group, is supposed to serve and advise the Federal Highway Administration on issues critical to motorcyclists across the nation. By design, the “MAC” would allow motorcyclists the opportunity to discuss how they are affected by roadway design, barriers, construction, and the emergence of intelligent transportation systems like driver-less vehicles. However, according to a notice in the Federal Register, the Council is instead requiring participants with safety and engineering backgrounds and only indicating room for one representative from the motorcycling community.
The MAC of the Past
The original Motorcyclist Advisory Council was established in a 2005 highway bill. The 2005 law called for the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration to have a dialogue with the motorcycle community on infrastructure issues of concern to motorcyclists. The Council had 10 members consisting of representatives from the motorcycling community as well as individuals with professional expertise in national motorcyclist safety. According to the 2005 law, four of the ten council members were to include members of the motorcycling community from various state and federal motorcycle associations. The other 6 members would serve to provide the necessary technical expertise related to roadway design, safety and other issues.
However, in 2009 the highway bill expired and along with it, so did the Council. Motorcyclists were disheartened – the MAC was the only official forum they had to express to authorities at the Department of Transportation the issues they faced on the road. That’s why when the Council was reestablished in 2016, it was viewed as a positive development to once again open a dialogue between government officials and motorcyclists across the nation.
A Short-Lived Celebration


Though motorcyclists applauded Congress for reestablishing the Council, this positivity was short-lived. This week, the Federal Highway Administration or FHWA, announced plans to officially open nominations for participants to serve on the newly reestablished Council. The Council would again consist of ten members, however unlike in 2005, only one representative from a motorcycle association will be required to serve. Many balked including Kirk ‘Hardtail’ Willard, President of the Board of Directors for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation:
“Despite our best efforts to ensure the motorcycle community had a seat at the table, the FHWA has dismissed our concerns and efforts instead emphasizing councilmembers with safety and engineering backgrounds without any experience actually riding a motorcycle. Including only one motorcyclist in this group is not only imbalanced, unfair and contrary to the mission of the MAC, but it defeats the entire purpose of the Council. The MAC was supposed to carry the voice of motorcyclists – having only one member as an actual motorcyclist will render this Council ineffective.”
Dozens of Members of Congress appeared to agree with Willard; over the summer a letter was sent to the FHWA encouraging them to adopt similar language as the 2005 MAC which included at least four motorcyclists in the panel of ten. It appears this letter was largely ignored by the Federal Highway Administration.
The FHWA remains supportive of the Council and its approach to its participants going forward indicating that technical expertise was necessary to ensure the MAC is able to fulfill its charter. The notice from the Agency also indicated that all meetings of the MAC would be public therefore allowing others to speak in support or against of the Council’s activities.
Nonetheless, the motorcycle community remains displeased. Lobbyist for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation Megan Ekstrom said, “It’s unfortunate that the Federal Highway Administration is choosing to move forward with a Motorcyclist Advisory Council that will not be representative of actual motorcyclists. There are over 10 million bikers on the road in the U.S. and those numbers are increasing. This community is desperate to have a dialogue with the Administration and yet, their requests have fallen on deaf ears. This is a perfect example of the government ‘knowing what’s best’ for a diverse community with a unique set of needs. It’s a travesty that none of this will be represented in this so-called ‘Motorcyclist’ Advisory Council.”
Nominations to serve on the Council are due at the end of February. The notice from the Federal Highway Administration can be viewed here:
About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.
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