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Dozens of Racers to Run in the 2nd Annual Sons of Speed Vintage Race

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VIP Tickets are on sale for the 2nd annual Sons of Speed  race, set for Saturday March 17th during world-famous Daytona Bike Week. The SOS race features will feature over twenty racers and will run in three classes on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Florida.

“Last year was great and this year we added a 45 class  and a hot 61 inch class so there will be more heats, more racing and more action,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “People can buy VIP ticket packages online now.”

Inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racers, the Sons of Speed race hearkens back to a stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding. Held at New Smyrna Speedway’s half-mile, banked racetrack, the inaugural race will feature twenty riders in several different heats, and winners of the heats will advance to a championship round. Each racer will sit astride either a hand-built racing chassis holding pre-1925 1,000cc American V-Twin engines, a 45 inch engine and a hot 61 inch vintage race and most racers will customize their machines by fabricating handlebars, exhaust, fenders, foot pegs and fuel/oil tanks.

People all over the world are calling it THE vintage race event for this year’s Daytona Bike Week. Schedule is as follows:


11- a.m. Gates Open
12 a.m. Meet & Greet
1 p.m. 45” Shootout
2 p.m. Early Vintage Track Racing
3 p,m, Hot 61 Vintage Track Racing



Check out the Sons of Speed Facebook Event Page for updates and breaking news.


Some of the racers are: Billy (1912 Flying Merkel) and Warren (1920 Indian Powerplus) Lane; Rick Petko (1919 Indian Powerplus); Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe (1915 Harley); Matt Walksler (1921 Harley); Brittney Olsen (1923 Harley); Xavier Muriel (1913 P.E.M.); Matt Olsen (19?? Harley); Rhett Rotten (1916 Harley); Derrick Ames (1919 Harley); Bill Rodencal (1915 Harley); Dan Toce (1914 Indian); Jim Wall (1928 Indian); Matt Harris (1924 Harley); Mel Stutz (1919 Harley); and Bruce Kannry (1912 Indian).

Exotic Heat and Thumping Beats of HUNKS The Show Headed to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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The rock-hard bodies of the # 1 all-male revue will be bringing the heat in two interactive, women-only shows at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip this August. Some of the world’s sexiest and most exotic men will dance, sing and show off every bulge and ripple in choreographed routines to thumping beats and an electrifying light show. HUNKS The Show will take place on the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Kinison Stage. The shows will take place at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 prior to Foreigner’s main stage performance and Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, prior to Aaron Lewis’ main stage performance. A limited number of $20 VIP tickets are available for each performance to women with a campground pass who are interested in securing a spot close to the stage.

“This is definitely a Buffalo Chip first,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “We’ve been catering to the men for years, and due to many requests over the years we’ve stepped it up for the ladies. And frankly, these guys will make women’s heads spin. We are building a special elevated thrust so everyone will enjoy a good view, but the women who are lucky enough to find a spot up front in the VIP section will likely get more than just a good eyeful.” The HUNKS are known for their extraordinarily sexy physique and offer an interactive stage show. Women in the audience will feel the heat and some may have the chance to dance and touch them as the center of attention on stage.

Women are encouraged to come early for entry to the exclusive, female-only viewing area. Space is limited and expected to fill fast. Tickets for a special VIP area are very limited and available for $20 per person at www.BuffaloChip.com/Bands/HUNKS. General audience viewing is available from outside the perimeter and atop the Steel Bridge.


The 2018 Growing Lineup of Entertainment Announced So Far Includes:

  • Friday, Aug. 3             The Marshall Tucker Band
  • Saturday, Aug. 4         Foreigner

HUNKS The Show

  • Sunday, Aug. 5           Buffalo Chip TT American Flat Track Race
  • Monday, Aug. 6           Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Tuesday, Aug. 7          Aaron Lewis

HUNKS The Show

  • Wednesday, Aug. 8      Eric Church

RSD Super Hooligan Racing

Crazy John’s Invitational Street Drags

  • Thursday, Aug. 9         Kid Rock
    Lita Ford
  • Friday, Aug. 10           John Kay & Steppenwolf


  • Saturday, Aug. 11       TBA



Festival passes can be purchased for a limited time for as little as $27 per day. More information is available at BuffaloChip.com.

Further Adventures of the Borderland Biker -Chapter 26

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The explosion was our signal to leave. No sounds of pursuit followed; actually there were no other sounds than Larry and I turning our bikes around and riding on.

The town of Oakley was changing. As the rising sun’s rays touched an Oakley building it would change back into a modern Middleton building. Buildings built in the 1880s would shimmer, their outlines flickering as if seen underwater; then shimmer some more then reappear in a more modern 1920s Art Deco design.

Larry pulled to a stop in front of a two story building at the outskirts of Oakley, soon to become Middleton. We parked the bikes and then walked up some wooden stairs that led to a balcony in the back. The building was still an 1880s Oakley building but not for long.

“Sun’s rays will hit this area soon;” I said, “wonder if we’ll feel the change?”

“We’re about to find out,” answered Larry.

Seconds later our balcony was bathed in morning light. Except for the expected shimmering followed by a shuddering like a dog shaking itself free of water I felt no different. Larry looked the same and so did I. The building however had morphed into a modern two story; the wooden balcony had now become one made of metal. We walked back to the front and down the now steel stairs to a now asphalt street.

“We may have survived the transformation but the Harley Low Rider didn’t,” said Larry at the same time pointing to where a bike I’d read about in a magazine was now parked. “What happened,” I said, looking up and down the street for the Low Rider? Where Larry had parked the Low Rider a Yamaha XSR900 identical to the one I’d recently drooled over in a motorcycle magazine was parked its place.

“If the things Hilts conjured,” I said, “are changing does that mean he was destroyed in the explosion?”

“I’m betting he’s ok; I’m betting the change is more related to your real wishes.”


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Presentation by Michael Lichter at Ace Cafe Orlando Today, March 13

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In Daytona Beach this year for the bike week? Live in the area? If so, please join me tomorrow at the Ace Cafe Orlando! Starting at 7pm, I’ll be presenting a slideshow and discussing my 40 year career photographing custom motorcycles and the biker culture (amongst my limited edition print exhibition that is currently on display.) If you cannot attend, please forward this email and/or spread the word to others who can.

I hope to see you there,

Harley-Davidson Honored for Research Contributions at 2018 MDA Clinical Conference

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Every year, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) honors one of its outstanding national partners that truly makes MDA’s work possible. This year, Harley-Davidson’s Director of Government Affairs Ed Moreland accepted a special award for Harley-Davidson’s ongoing contributions to MDA’s research program, and he was presented with a white coat by MDA President and CEO Lynn Vos and MDA Chairman of the Board R. Rodney Howell, M.D. The coat serves as a symbol of Harley-Davidson’s commitment to funding treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases over the last 38 years. The Harley-Davidson family of riders, dealers, HOG members, customers, suppliers and employees has demonstrated its commitment to helping MDA and MDA families live longer, stronger lives. The iconic American company has raised more than $103 million in support of MDA’s mission through various events and programs, including group rides, dealer events and MDA’s largest fundraising events, “Black N Blue Ball” dinner auctions. Thousands of Harley riders also volunteer each summer at MDA camps across the country.


The award was presented today, Monday, March 12, during the 2018 MDA Clinical Conference at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. The 2018 MDA Clinical Conference is the preeminent gathering of MDA Care Center teams from across the country, as well as a growing number of medical and scientific experts from government, academia and industry. The Clinical Conference reflects MDA’s commitment and efforts to enhance the communication of new research findings and information related to the delivery of best-in-class medical care for individuals with neuromuscular diseases.

Daytona Biker Forecast

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Bikers in town for Bike Week can expect pleasant weather over most of the remaining days of the annual event, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

The forecast calls for Bike Week daytime highs ranging from the low 60s to the mid-70s through Saturday. Expect a drop into the low 40s on most nights, although Wednesday night’s forecast low is 39. Saturday night is warmer with a low of 55.

Expect to get wet Monday, as forecasters say there will be a 70 percent chance of showers and afternoon along with some wind. The rest of week is expected to have sunny days with clear or mostly clear nights.

Bikers should expect a warm sendoff on Sunday as Bike Weeks wraps up, with a forecast high of 79 expected along with sunny skies.

ICEROAD 2018: On The Rocks

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Landspeed record on a frozen lake was celebrated for the 10th time in SWEDEN 23-24 Feb ! The Viking alternative to race on salt at Bonneville Utah in USA.

The location is just two hours north of Stockholm, but Årsunda is a cold place where the lake freezes early in the winter. Speed was started by Glenn Madman Ocklund ten years ago. He and his friends wanted to see what their cars and bikes could do on the flying kilometer. Landspeed are now even sanctioned by the US summer racing guys.

There are two main courses, 1600 meters accelerate, 1000 meters for time cheque, and like 1500 meters to stop…! On top of that there is a drifting course just to have fun on icy curbs and a ice speedway course.

The variations of the vehicles is everything from rockets to choppers. British bikes are the thing right now, lots of Triumph 500CC and 650 CC. Classic Norton Dominator 850CC did 170 km/h. Crazy Pavel from Poland did 302 Km/h on his Haybusa!!! and his son 15 years old did 275 on a Suzuki……..

The most famous club on the ice is Bengalos from Swedens west-coast, they bring new bikes each year. 2018 a Jawa 500 CC ex-speedwaybike the two-speed with pilot Hasse Antonsson did 139km/H on the show painted bullet!

They inspinner a couple of Norwegians last autumn to rebuild their choppers to 60s look dragbikes. Per-Henrik Bernström managed to do 133km/h on a 500CC 1971 Triumph. First time ever ice racing.

He said that when you are done with acceleration everything is just to be in a white cloud. Front Fork wobble the rigid frame like a snake hold on to the handlebars, and when you see the flag brake slowly, it is an adrenaline rush, better then drugs.

The kompressor-king of Stockholm had a really fast Sportster. New sprockets new chain but, however after 2000 meters the chain broke and twisted around his leg. The ambulance came fast examined and put some bandaid on. He wanted to race again but the nurse said you have to X-ray! At the hospital they found a piece of the chain deep into his thigh… operation direct. But he will be back 2019!

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Here’s my take on gun control. I have a basic problem with gun restrictions as a reaction to the Florida shooting. Obviously, our government officials were warned about this individual numerous times. So basically, when you restrict, you are asking the public to rely on the government…They failed, so they want to blame the gun manufacturers.

Here’s the most important thought in all of these issues: We need a strong, educated society, not a weak one hiding behind an over-weight security guard. If a fire breaks out in a school, do you want cowering or knowledgeable students able to deal with any situation?

We were once that strong society. I grew up after some of the worst violence in the planet’s history. I grew up knowing about violence and facing violence constantly. I went to Vietnam for three tours. Right now, look around at the planet. There is violence everywhere and our political structure seems to ignore this and paint our world as a modern utopia, where we no longer need to work out, or to train, or to own guns.

I wish it was so, but it’s not. Man is a violent beast. Be willing and prepared to get ready for anything. Protect yourself, your family and your neighbors.

Shit, I wanted to discuss riding free and heading to Daytona.


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NCOM Coast To Coast Biker News for February 2018

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Here’s a sample of the NCOM News….

For motorcycle enthusiasts who can never get enough two-wheel action on television, TwoWheelsTV.com “all motorcycle network” is set to launch this Spring. Whether you’re seeking live racing action, or commentary from leaders within the industry, the new “over-the-top” (OTT) streaming network is dedicated entirely to motorcycles.

“Like Netflix for motorcycling,” according to founder Alan Smith, Two Wheels TV (TWTV) will be available on an annual and monthly basis, and promises to deliver live motorcycle racing that’s streamed from all over the world, plus an on-demand library of movies, shows, race archives and other exclusive motorcycling programs.

The soft launch is for iOS and Android devices; register at TwoWheelsTV.com. The full launch is expected in April, and TWTV will be supported by Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Roku.

The launch of Two Wheels TV coincides with a spike in the conversation about U.S. motorcycling, as efforts to reinvigorate the industry have come from the grassroots level (“Give a Shift” and “Plus 1”), as well as a new initiative from the Motorcycle Industry Council (“Ride”).
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We are facing interesting times. There’s more motorcycle fun on the horizon than ever before, more events and more racing, Hell it’s even cleaner, and more family oriented.

On the other hand we are constantly challenged. Magazines and newspapers are struggling. Now web sites are struggling with increased competition and social media. Shit, I can’t add photos to my new instagram effort from my desk computer. What the hell?

I was challenged this week by a staff member to drop writing about Global Warming or lose readers. I thought about it long and hard and then I explained the basics to him. First, he could test his theory on his site. If it worked, we could share in the vast awards. Second, we are not here for the money. We do this because we love it and follow the Code of the West.

I use to joke to guys about the industry. “If we were in business for the money, we would make toasters or turbo-charged vacuum cleaners, not custom motorcycles. We love custom bikes for several reasons, and each one of us has a different mantra. But for some it’s the freedom to ride what we love into the sunset. It’s the freedom to build whatever we want and risk our fleeting lives flying free.

That’s why I fight back for our freedoms and against the Global Warming scam. Someone has to do it.


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