Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Fender Donates Special Edition Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary Stratocaster Guiltar To Support The Muscular Dystrophy Association

Harley-Davidson's 105th Anniversary celebration in Milwaukee, Wisconsin starts on August 27, 2008. To commemorate the event, the Fender Custom Shop has created three special edition Fender Stratocaster guitars.

The first guitar (#1 of 3) will be auctioned online at www.h-d4mda.com with proceeds going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The auction runs from Aug. 21 through Sept. 4, 2008. The guitar is valued at $10,000 and will be exhibited on the Summerfest grounds August 29-30 at Harley-Davidson's Wreck Room exhibit.

The custom black Stratocaster features black cherry pin striping and a combination of black chrome and black nickel hardware. Other features include the Harley-Davidson bar and shield logo engraved on the jack plate, head stock applique, serialized neck plate and a Harley-Davidson inlay on the neck in black polycarbonate.

The guitar is also highlighted by a perforated alloy pick-guard and back plates assembled with the use of socket-head Allen screws commonly used by Harley-Davidson on their motorcycles.

"MDA is honored and grateful to benefit from this stunning work of art. Fender has created a guitar that perfectly conveys the spirit of the Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary, and MDA is thrilled to be associated with this piece of history," MDA Director of Program Development Scarlett Marchman said.

Source: Harley-Davidson
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Monday, August 25, 2008

Harley Riders Join 25 Cross-Country Journeys to Milwaukee From 105 Starting Cities to Celebrate Motor Company's 105th Anniversary

The Harley-Davidson homepage features details on the Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary Celebration taking place on August 27-31 2008.

According to Harley-Davidson, Harley enthusiasts will ride home to Milwaukee via 105 different official starting points and along 25 major routes across the country August 17-27. The celebration will take place in Milwaukee August 28-31 with several exclusive ticketed events, as well as many activities that are free and open to the public.

There will be 105 unique starting points around the United States, each hosted by a Harley-Davidson Motor Company representative. The 105 starting points will all feed into 25 major routes bound for Milwaukee with an arrival date of August 27, 2008.

There will be four days of non-stop activities planned throughout the city of Milwaukee. The events will be centered around the Milwaukee lakefront area with highlights including music, food and entertainment at the Summerfest Grounds, activities at the Harley-Davidson Museum, and a special Harley-Davidson exhibit at Discovery World.

Source: Harley-Davidson
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Monday, August 18, 2008

Victory Motorcycles Celebrates 10 Years With Special Edition Victory Vision Bike

Victory Motorcycles celebrates their tenth anniversary with a new line of bikes for 2009, including a special 10th Anniversary Victory Vision.

According to the Victory Motorcycles site, the Victory Vision 10th Anniversary model is limited to only 100 bikes and is described as "purest expression of a company that is unafraid, one with a relentless desire to revolutionize the American motorcycle-and the riding experience along with it."

Details and accessories on the 10th Anniversary Victory Vision include a Saddlebag anniversary decal, exclusive 10th Anniversary Badging, and Victory TourTech GPS.

The Victory Motorcycles site also features a ten year time line of innovation and history of the company.

Source: Victory Motorcycles
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Monday, August 11, 2008

Milwaukee Art Museum Presents The Custom Motorcycles of Ron Finch August 26–31

The Milwaukee Art Museum website features details on the presentation of The Custom Motorcycles of Ron Finch—on view during Harley Davidson’s 105th Anniversary Celebration, August 26–31.

Ron Finch has been building choppers since 1965, when he opened Finch’s Custom Styled Cycles, and has established himself as one of the premier builders of our time. A fusion of function and whimsy, Finch’s innovative motorcycles are truly “art in motion.” His bikes have been appreciated by art lovers in several museums and art galleries and in shows throughout the United States and Europe.

Ron Finch, Outspoken, 1993.
Chrome moly frame; Gas & oil tanks, air cleaner cover made from Corvette side exhaust covers.
The Finch Collection, Pontiac, MI.

According to Milwaukee Art Museum, the Bikes by a Discovery Channel 2004 Biker Build-Off champion will roll into downtown for the presentation during Harley Davidson’s 105th Anniversary Celebration.

Coupled with the archival photographs of Detroit biker Jim “Flash” Miteff, the exhibition celebrates the customized motorcycle as an American icon of 1960s counter-culture and a pinnacle of artistic design. Visitors can park their bikes beneath the wings to see it during extended hours Thursday–Saturday, August 28–30, when the Museum is open 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Ron Finch, Finicky, 2006
Twisted offset frame that showcases the extended fins on the heads; Finned gas tank under the seat. Finch sculpture handlebars, fenders, primary, floorboards and exhaust
The Finch Collection, Pontiac, MI
Installed among the white arches of the Santiago Calatrava-designed Baumgartner Galleria are 12 of Finch’s chrome masterpieces. Among the featured choppers are two of Finch’s award winners, Odin’s Axel and Double Cross, both finely crafted creations of intricate rod work and metal fabrication. Built from rare parts such as Corvette exhaust covers and hand-built frames, each of the bikes bares unique stylistic touches.

Source: Milwaukee Art Museum
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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

2009 Bonneville SE From Triumph Motorcycles Features Retro Styling With New Updates

According to Triumph Motorcycles, the 2009 Bonneville SE has taken inspiration from the 1970s with significant updates for the coming year.

The Bonneville SE features authentic retro styling plus a host of chassis changes aimed at making the bikes easier to ride and giving them an even wider appeal.

New handlebars are closer to the rider and the seat height is reduced by 25mm, making the riding position more relaxed and accessible. The smaller, lighter front wheel helps make the new Bonneville an even more maneuverable and agile machine. Complementing the clean lines are classic black or white color options.

The higher-specification Bonneville SE features an array of special equipment, including a tacho, chromed tank badges and brushed alloy engine casings. The SE comes in a choice of solid Jet Black or a classic two-tone livery combining the dark Pacific Blue with Fusion White.

Source: Triumph Motorcycles
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Friday, August 01, 2008

NBC News Reports On Old Motorcycles Finding New Life As Fuel-Saving Rides

The NBC Nightly News recently reported on the growing appeal of motorcycle riding to beat rising gas prices.  According to the NBC News story, New York State has seen applications for new motorcycle licences rise 20 percent over this time last year.

Motorcycle repair shops are full of old bikes that have been dragged out of the dusty corner of garages or old barns.  Their owners are having the old bikes repaired to hit the road and save on gas.

While veteran riders welcome the company on road, some are wary that inexperienced bikers are putting themselves and others at risk to reduce their fuel costs.

Source: The NBC Nightly News
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