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! 
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Central Florida Roads

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Over 62 million people travel to central Florida every year. That’s more than any other city in America. To a local business owner, that’s the best news you can get. But to a motorcyclist looking for a fun and safe place to ride, the last place on your list would be an over-caged, congested, “lost foreigners looking for a mouse with big ears” type of location.
When I first began riding in Orlando, I was at a loss for places in which I could get away from the traffic. Florida has never been known for it’s hills, curves or mountains and, as far as I knew, none existed. I’m accustomed to the forest-covered, winding, twisty back roads of Kentucky, and since I was now trying to make a life in Florida, I was even more determined to find a place here to enjoy riding my bike. I set out on a mission to get lost and, after a few weeks of just wondering around, I came up with what I believe to be the top three places to ride in the Central Florida area.
Sugarloaf Mountain Ride
They call it a mountain but I call it a hill. At 312 feet above sea level, in a place that’s predicted to eventually sink into the ocean, that’s a mountain to us Floridians. The route out consists of hilly inclines, tight corners, winding curves and very little traffic, another rarity of the tourist-infested Central Florida area. The total length is approximately 45 miles and is fairly desolate, with a couple of places to stop for food, and that’s only if they decide to open. The best part about this route is that there are ten more great roads that sprout off from it, making it customizable to your experience level and need for freedom. I’ve just typed up the basic directions but my suggestion is to head out early one Sunday morning and get lost on it. Take the side roads that connect to these roads, you may just find the next best motorcycle route in Florida.
Hair of the Yellow Dog
This isn’t an “official” title. Since I can’t find this route named anywhere online, I decided to name it myself. This is one of my favorite rides because it’s accessible. You don’t need to block out an entire day to ride it, and it involves one of the best places to eat near Orlando. Yellow Dog Eats (hence the name of the route) is an eclectic, charming restaurant in the middle of nowhere – inside a historic landmarked house built a hundred years ago that looks more like a Vermont Inn than a place to eat. When I say eclectic, picture roosters roaming free and a table reserved just for cats. Besides having the best sandwiches to ever hit your lips, this weird little hangout hosts a plethora of live music on the back patio and has a large selection of locally crafted beers. Expect to wait in line on the weekends.
The ride to get out there feels more remote than the other local roads even though it’s only about a 20-mile trip and has a lot of turns – about 2 curves per mile. This section of Florida is preserved for the surrounding chain of lakes, so the EPA has restricted building and even the widening of roads, keeping it more true to what Florida was 60 years ago: orange groves and sunshine. You do hit a patch that goes through the town of Windermere – a place where people like Tiger Woods and Shaquille O’Neal live. I have to be honest, I’ve never been one for revving my engine so you can here the true sound of my 2-into-1 custom exhaust, but there’s something about riding past ten-million dollar homes on a motorcycle that makes you want to be noticed. I think of it like a public service announcement to inspire others to get out and live. I’m sure there’s been a few “midlife-crisis” doctors whose lives I’ve touched on this journey.
Sorrento to Lake Mary
This route has something for every one: natural springs, legit biker bars and even a German bakery. The entire loop is approximately 95 miles long, depending on were you begin. You will need to block out an entire day for this ride since there’s so many places to stop along the route. The road itself includes both twisties and flat, straight sections, but on the back roads that run along lakes and natural preserves, the scenery is beautiful. Another great aspect of this route is that it’s customizable. You can even take this route north and over to Daytona on SR417, which is great way to beat the traffic during Daytona’s Bike Week. Along that way you’ll find the world famous “Sopotnick’s Cabbage Patch”, home to the everyone’s favorite Bike Week past time “Coleslaw Wrestling”.
Once you get north of Orlando, the Gods of Speed open up the land and you hit thousands of acres of countryside. Don’t worry about the need for a break on this trip, there’s plenty of places to wet your whistle. Wekiwa Island, named by Timucuan Indians, is at the end of a dead end road and is home to the clearest waters to dip your toes in and cool off. The outdoor bar and patio feels more like you’re in someone’s backyard than a commercial establishment. With live music playing, dogs playing catch and the occasional gator swimming by, Wekiwa may be your first stop but it will be one most difficult to leave.
The rest of the journey has plenty of neighborhood watering holes along desolate stretches of sunshine and palm trees. Oasis Saloon has all the grit we love in a biker bar: motorcycle-only parking, cheap draft beers, a juke box with outlaw country and classic rock, a pool table in the back, plenty of “salt of the earth” people and a bartender that “dumps em’ out” on occasion. It can look a little intimidating at first glance, but in five minutes, you’ll find yourself in a verbal headlock about panheads and “the good ol’ days” but walk away with a new best friend named Sal.
Almost everything in Florida is in a strip mall, but don’t let that fool you, some of the best locations are found here. Shovelhead Lounge is one such locale. Jeans and T-shirts qualify as over-dressed and martini’s are not served here. If that’s what you’re after, then this isn’t the place for you. Live music is often played here, and the more you know about motorcycles, the stronger your drinks are. They love bikers. I don’t like to drink and ride so this is more of a “sight seeing” stop for me.
There’s a couple more bar-hopping places on this road, but my favorite place is the German Bakery, Backhaus. With its authentic look, the building makes you feel like you’ve traveled to Germany. Backhaus has schnitzels that will make you forget you’re in Florida. You can hit this place up on your way out or your way back in or – if you like food as much as I do – you can do both. Hell, you just rode a hundred miles in Florida heat, you deserve to eat a couple meals!
Turns out there are a lot of great riding options in Central Florida, and everyday I’m on my bike, I discover new places to go. We may not have the mountains of Colorado, dry lakes of El Mirage, or cliffs of Northern California but we have something those places don’t – the ability to ride all year round. Although sight-seeing is great, when I’m on my Iron, I really just want to ride. It’s nice to know that in a sea of 62 million people there’s still untouched and under-populated land that exists. You all have a “Central Florida” waiting to be discovered, because if I can find isolation in a crowed place, so can you. And if you ever find yourself longing for mountains and cliffs, I’m sure Sal will have a story to tell from when he traveled cross country in the 60’s.
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Reviews.Motorcycles now a leading source of more than 27,000 reviews written by riders -- for riders

Reviews.Motorcycles, a new rider-generated motorcycle review website, recently launched a beta version of its website. The site helps riders find reliable reviews in order to be more confident about their motorcycle purchases. The website features more than 27,000 consumer reviews of motorcycles and other powersports vehicles. Riders are able to post reviews along with pictures of their motorcycles.

The mission of Reviews.Motorcycles is to provide quality, reliable information to powersports buyers. The site gives buyers all of the resources they need to make an informed decision about their next motorcycle purchase. The unique focus of the site is to provide reviews written by actual riders for other riders. There are no paid reviews from journalists or other professionals on Reviews.Motorcycles.

In addition, fans can see how many miles a reviewer put on the bike before writing the review. This lets customers conduct research based on information from riders who bought the same bike they are considering. The star ranking system on the site allows buyers to get a quick summary of how the reviewer felt about the motorcycle in general.
To learn more about Reviews.Motorcycles, check out the site here.

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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Loaners for Lovers: Motorcycle Hangout’s Great Helmet Sharing Idea

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Biltwell recently sent a few new helmets in the name of love, and tattoo artist Andrea Revenant did a custom paint job on all of them. If you want to check one out, the process is simple: tell the bouncer or bartender, leave your number and hand over your ID to be photographed. You’re set, out the door and on your way to sweet love making while riding safe.

A local watering hole in Redondo Beach is serving up both in a way you wouldn’t expect with their Loaners for Lovers helmet sharing program. Just over five years ago, Bouchard bought a new helmet and retired his old one to a shelf in the bar in case one of his patrons might find the need to use it. Come to find out, plenty of people did. The idea began simply as that. It’s no secret that people have been picking up others in drinking establishments since they were invented. At least now, when they do it, they’re being more responsible.
Regardless of your thoughts on drinking, one thing is for certain, alcohol is indispensable. When the economy at its lowest, alcohol consumption goes on the rise, and if there’s one thing we need in hard times, it’s a good stiff drink. Running a close second, is the need to be loved.
The idea caught on quick and people started donating. “The helmets actually get used quite a bit and that’s when Biltwell came in,” says Bouchard. “We wanted to give them helmets for the cause because it seemed like a light hearted way to help out a local pub and hopefully keep a few hookups protected in at least one way,” says Mike Ellis, general manager of Biltwell Inc.
A product of love and motorcycles itself, it’s no wonder Loaners for Lovers started at Gasser Lounge. An eclectic mix of history, Rock-n-Roll, motorcycles and sports all wrapped up in a dimly lit and bizarre package—Gasser is a throwback museum of art and culture with a twist. Back in the 1920s, during Prohibition, this bar was rumored to have booze running in the front and girls out the back, with underground tunnels that are still visible in the basement.
Not your average neighborhood bar, beers are poured out of a tap from a 65-Iron Head, motor while a shrine to Johnny Cash – made from the hood of a very rare car – watches over the bar. Everything is built by hand by owner Mike Bouchard, whose father used to drag race in the Gasser Class, hence the lounge’s name.L4Lbodypic3
“Gasser is the heart of motor head culture,” Mike explains, “and to me it just made sense to name my bar that.” He started as a bartender at the age of 19 while in college gaining his degree in business. Not wanting to put on a suit and tie every day, he applied that knowledge toward opening one of the most successful bars in the LA area.
America has had a long love affair with liquor. It’s changed our history, created events, and defined our culture and politics. It’s caused people to fight, have babies, start wars but, most importantly, it’s also helped people fall in love. That’s where “Loaners for Lovers” comes in, a helmet borrowing program that allows you to give your new pillion a safe ride back to your pad (or theirs).
“What a great idea to help promote an “active appreciation” for motorcycles and (ha) bad decisions!!! I vote for anything that promotes riding motorcycles and having fun. Especially if there’s cardio involved,” says Dumptruck Stroupe, the emcee of Gasser Lounge’s annual event Escape to Hazzard County, “This is just another way that shows Biltwell gets it. Penetrating the market, they seek on the ground floor promoting community in the grass roots motorcycle kind of way, and it works.”
In five years, only one helmet never made it back to the bar but that’s okay because a little love never came without a little loss.
The next time you find yourself looking for a place to get rid of those blues, tie one on or just have a good time, do it at the place where you can test your luck in the sheets and not on the streets, because safety should always come first.L4Lbodypic4
Tell your local biker bar to start offering this program now.  Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys will cover the cost of helmets for local biker bars that are interested in participating in Loaners for Lovers.
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RoadRUNNER Magazine Presents RoadMAPS – Motorcycle Travel Maps at the Nation’s 9 Largest Rallies

RoadRUNNER magazine, dedicated for 15 years to serving active motorcycle enthusiasts by being a comprehensive resource for national and international tours, is creating motorcycle travel maps for the nation’s nine largest rallies under its new subsidiary, RoadMAPS, in cooperation with the American Motorcycle Association (AMA).

The large water-resistant and tear-proof maps offer six self-guided routes each, through various states, handpicked by RoadRUNNER’s motojournalists and culled from the magazine’s collection of 400+ national tours. Each ride includes information on local history, nearby points of interest, and lunch stop suggestions.

A collaborative effort, the AMA will be distributing and promoting the maps for free in its AMA Club 1924 tent at each rally. For those who can’t attend, maps will be for sale in the RoadMAPS online shop following each event.

RoadMAPS will be available at the Club 1924 tent at Daytona Bike Week (
March 4-13), Rolling Thunder in DC (May 27-30), Americade in Lake George, NY (June 7-11), Laconia, NH (June 11-19), Thunder in the Valley in Johnstown, PA (June 23-26), AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in Lexington, OH (July 8-10), The Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, SD (August 8-14), and Ray Price Bike Fest in Raleigh, NC (September 23-25). The Florida edition of RoadMAPS will be available at Thunder Beach in Panama City Beach (April 27-May 1) at locations to be determined.

Sponsors of this project include Ohio’s Windy 9, offering Southeast Ohio’s finest motorcycle routes; Bridgestone Motorcycle Tires, blending strength and safety, and providing excellent grip, balance, and cornering ability; Rally Time Trailers, the widest, lightest, and most fuel-efficient enclosed motorcycle trailer on the market; Blue Rim Tours, organizing quality motorcycle tours in Europe and South America, and Americade, the premier motorcycle rally for touring enthusiasts.

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