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Motorcycle Riders Foundation Releases Statement on Fatality Involving Self-Driving Car

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The Motorcycle Riders Foundation released the following statement regarding the incident in Arizona where a woman was struck and killed by an Uber SUV that was in autonomous mode:

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation was disturbed and disheartened to hear the news of the tragedy in Arizona. It is incidents like these that must make regulators and policymakers ensure that before automated vehicles are ubiquitous on our nation’s highways, a strong federal law must contain protections for all roadway users including pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. Though we continue to remain optimistic that fully autonomous vehicles can help to reduce human errors that cause 94% of crashes, we continue to insist that the technology must be highly regulated and fully vetted with certifiable safety testing and evaluation.

New Season of Discovery’s “American Chopper” Features Sturgis Buffalo Chip Bike Build

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The successful Discovery Channel series that brought America Paul Teutul Jr. and Paul Jr. Designs is back. The first episode of American Chopper, “Welcome Back,” aired Thursday, March 1 with a review of the family’s tumultuous past and an introduction to their current projects. Paul Jr. offered a few glimpses of his latest project, a Sturgis Buffalo Chip-inspired custom bike.

“The Buffalo Chip is all about music and motorcycles,” said Paul Teutul Jr. in the first episode. “The real inspiration for the Buffalo Chip bike is South Dakota, The Old West, Deadwood and the Black Hills, that whole entire area, and I thought it would be cool to roll in some earthy elements like nickel and copper.”

In the episode, viewers see Paul Teutul Jr. meet with Sturgis Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff on site at the Buffalo Chip to discuss the project. Teutul then returns to his shop to begin the build. He discusses his desire to build a muscly old-school bike with spoked wheels and half tanks. A montage at the end of the episode teasing future episodes allows for a few glimpses of the finely crafted finished product at the unveil in the Buffalo Chip’s SpeakEasy Steakhouse and Wine Bar.

The episode can be viewed online at this link:


The Buffalo Chip project will come to a reality in Episode 2 later this spring. Episode 2 will air on Discovery Monday, May 28. Check local listing for air times.


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I just flew back from Orlando after a shuttle ride from Daytona, but that’s another story. Daytona was packed to the brim with motorcycles, wild big wheeled baggers, trikes, choppers, café styled, FXRs and hot rod Dynas. In other words motorcycling is cooking no matter what the reports are on H-D stock or magazines going out of business.

Our life is changing, but the desire to build and ride motorcycle is strong. More and more Daytona is turning into a big city. It’s becoming more like a Miami Vice atmosphere with slick wide streets, new buildings, and franchise restaurants, not exactly a comfortable place to ride from stoplight to stoplight. But it’s easy to slip out of town into rural palm lined jungles, but we will get to the big picture and the Indian Roadmaster I rode next week.

But for you guys on the East Coast Daytona is still an escape from the cold winter blues. It’s almost surreal, like a movie set with the sun shinning and pristine streets and buildings. Every motorcycle company on the planet shared their wares from the beach to the jammed Cabbage Patch, which changed it’s name to Cranberry something. Hell, I don’t know. Let’s hit the news. I’ll bring you a full report next week as my feeble brain processes all the action.

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BIKERNET BOOK REVIEW: It Will Get Tough: Cops & Bikers

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It Will Get Tough: Cops & Bikers

Book By Ralph “Teach” Elrod

“All I ever wanted were brothers who would stand with me no matter how tough it gets, and it will get tough.”

That sentiment and those words set the tone for It Will Get Tough: Cops & Bikers, the new book by Ralph “Teach” Elrod. The true stories that power through these 237 pages are raw and rugged, but they also show the rewards and relish that standing strong in the biker lifestyle can bring.

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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.