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Memorial Day Motorcycle Tribute

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There will be many organized motorcycle rides to pay tribute to our fallen heroes over the Memorial Day weekend. It is only fitting considering how motorcycles have played a large part in our military for many years. This year we encourage you to get out there and show the world that we remember, respect and honor those who gave all for our freedom.



Veterans Charity Ride 2017 With Indian Motorcycle

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Veterans Charity Ride (VCR) is a non-profit organization that uses Motorcycle Therapy and other life changing, life saving holistic programs that provide uplifting and healing experiences for wounded, severely injured and amputee veterans from all branches of service.

We provide our veterans with Indian Motorcycles, custom built Champion Sidecars and Trikes, to ride through the most beautiful scenic backroads of this great country, exploring America, getting our veterans outdoors, back into the environment, and connecting veterans with Mentors and other veterans, groups and supporters.

The end result of the VCR program is a healthier and happier, more capable individual, who is now living life in a much better physical and mental condition, and able to help and support other veterans to do the same.

Indian Motorcycle is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship.

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BMW to Offer Demo Rides on New Bagger Exclusively at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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For the first time ever, BMW Motorrad USA is offering free demo rides on its soon-to-be-released K 1600 B “Bagger,” and the company has chosen the Sturgis Buffalo Chip as the place to do it. Ten of the highly anticipated new bikes will be shipped to the Buffalo Chip for the exclusive demo ride opportunity, along with a full stable of new innovative BMW motorcycle models. BMW Motorrad representatives will be on hand at the Buffalo Chip’s free-access CrossRoads to show off all of the new bikes and assist with demo rides Friday, Aug. 4 through Saturday, Aug. 11.

The K 1600 B features a new lower rear section with a significantly lower seat, a more elongated look and updated side bags. Its six-cylinder engine has serious muscle, pulling around 160 horsepower, and its high-tech options include reverse assist, hill start control, adaptive turning lights and more.

BMW will also offer demo rides on the entire R nineT Heritage family, including the newly released 2018 R nineT Urban G/S, along with the Pure, Racer and Scrambler models. The demo stable will include Adventure, Touring, Roadster, Urban, and Sport bikes.

Learn more about activities at the free-access CrossRoads by visiting www.buffalochip.com/EVENTS/CrossRoads-Events.



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I had one of those super exciting days this week. Actually, the week was packed with twists and turns. The Easyriders magazine group stumbled, when it didn’t need to, and that was bothersome. Easyriders represented so much to so many of us for decades. It’s disturbing. It once represented honesty and a movement for freedom, and in some cases it still does.

Then the rest of the week unfolded as I worked with my grandson, Frankie, on his Dyna and we made pure progress and I muddled around the shop working on my Panhead Project for Sturgis. I’ll try to write a report next week.

I made serious headway on my Hamster sculpture. And I was able to help a local brother, James, the tile man with his Dyna. Shortly, this puppy will be ready for clay. That’s a medium I know nothing about. We’ll see. You know the adage: Time will tell and shit will smell.


Uncle Monkey will relate to this. Everything fell into place with my Panhead project, and it went to Paint with Denny 528 yesterday. I know he’s building a bike for Born Free and I’m excited to see it. Actually Deny came to the headquarters and as an artist was moved by my art efforts as I am blown away by his.

He said, “I don’t want to be known as a painter.” I thought to myself: This guy is a master at what he does and completely unique in this industry. We will hopefully bring you a feature of his 1946 Indian he restored, but made it look unrestored. Amazing.

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NCOM Coast To Coast Biker News for May 2017

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Like “The Biggest Little City in the World,” this year’s 32nd annual NCOM Convention in Reno NV may have experienced a slight reduction in numbers, but it continues to be the largest gathering of bikers’ rights advocates on the planet with hundreds of representatives from Motorcyclists Rights Organizations (MROs), clubs and associations across the country.

The National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) board of directors moved to broaden the spectrum of programs aimed to assist bikers’ rights groups while expanding outreach to active segments of the motorcycling community such as the Confederations of Clubs, women riders, clean & sober, Christian Unity, sportbikers, tourers and veterans. The NCOM Legislative Task Force likewise took action to provide supportive services on the legislative front, while the Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (AIM) nationwide network of biker attorneys continually develops new strategies for litigation on a litany of motorcycling issues.

See the rest here. This month we have info on the NCOM convention, anti-profiling, congressional motorcycle caucus, handlebar height law and attempted sex with a motorcycle.

5-Ball Racing Bagger/Paughco Project–Part 7

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We slowed down a bit, but the Paughco team is very active, attending most of the major shows around the country and Born Free ’17 is coming right up. Can you believe it 2017. It seems like yesterday 2000 hit us.

The Paughco crew is the master of vintage, supplying the world with classic chopper parts for over 45 years. But let’s stay focused on this effort. Steve Massicotte contacted me with a handful of the latest shop photos.

Kirk Taylor (Custom Design Studios) will be the master behind the custom paint job.


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Indian Motorcycle Expands Chieftain Limited Color Options

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Indian Motorcycle has just expanded its range of paint color options for the new Chieftain Limited (read our first ride review). Since launching just over a month ago, the Chieftain Limited has become the fastest-selling bagger in Indian Motorcycle history.
Joining the Chieftain Limited in Thunder Black are four additional paint color options, including Silver Smoke, White Smoke, Star Silver over Thunder Black and Wildfire Red over Thunder Black. Priced in the U.S. from $24,999 to $25,699, the Chieftain Limited’s new colorways will be available at U.S. and Canadian dealerships starting in the middle of June.
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