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John Parham 1954 – 2017

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John Parham dedicated most of his life to motorcycling and to his wife Jill. With passion and perseverance, through tough times and success, together they created J&P Cycles in 1979 and helped motorcyclists world wide enjoy two wheel adventures. Later John devoted his time and resources to amassing one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive personal collections of motorcycles, in excess of 300 machines, and found a home for many of them when he moved the National Motorcycle Museum to his home town of Anamosa, Iowa. Then he again invested his time and talent to make this a great place to preserve and present American motorcycling history. He worked tirelessly until his long battle with pulmonary fibrosis consumed him, and now he’s at rest with the Lord. John’s battle ended peacefully with Jill and son Zachery at his side.

The motorcycling community has lost one of its most passionate, considerate, entrepreneurial and successful people and he will be greatly missed. Anticipating what would be John’s choice, friends are encouraged to sign up for and support the organ donation program in their community and continue their support of the National Motorcycle Museum where a special Exhibition Development Fund will be created.

Zero Motorcycles Picked As Support Vehicles Of The Amgen Tour Of California

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Electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero Motorcycles launches a partnership with the Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race to be included as part of the race’s motorized support fleet for the pivotal men’s Big Bear Lake Time Trial stage. Zero says their motorcycles are ideal for cycling race support, as there is no exhaust or noxious chemicals for the athletes to breathe in, and with virtually no sound, athletes can clearly hear any audio instructions given to them by their team over race radios.

From May 11-20, this seven-day men’s and four-day women’s event attracts World Champions, Olympic medalists and Tour de France stage winners from around the world to California to compete across one of the most scenic and challenging courses in any race on the international racing calendar. Starting in Sacramento and finishing in Pasadena, the men’s race will be contested by 16 teams across 575 miles of coastlines, highways and mountain roads. The 16 women’s teams will compete across 257 miles through South Lake Tahoe, Elk Grove and Sacramento. This year’s event will feature top UCI WorldTour teams with the world’s best and most legendary riders.


Detailed information and prices are available at: www.zeromotorcycles.com. Amgen Tour of California route, tickets, and event information is available at: www.amgentourofcalifornia.com

New Program Allows Dealers to Advertise Inventory Across Bonnier Titles

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Bonnier Motorcycle Group and Dealer Motorsports, have teamed up and now offer a new inventory classified program that’s designed for powersports dealers across the country. It allows participating dealers to advertise their inventory and receive qualified buyer inquiries by email and SMS. The program can be accessed through many of the Bonnier Motorcycle Group enthusiast websites, including Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Dirt Rider, Hot Bike, ATV Rider and UTV Driver.

“Never before have dealers been able to advertise their new and used inventory on our media network,” said Andy Leisner, Bonnier Motorcycle Group Senior Vice President and Managing Director. “This new program gives dealers access to the millions of powersports shoppers who visit our sites each month where we engage, inform and inspire consumers in their search for a motorcycle, ATV or UTV. Consumers trust our media brands as the world’s most comprehensive source of powersports information. Now they can turn their interest into action by connecting with participating dealers.”

Designed with the dealer in mind, the program combines inventory integration and management software with an intuitive dealer interface, allowing for a seamless marketing experience at a competitive price.


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Some weeks are damn exciting like this one. I have the chance to help a brother get a job in the industry. I’m working on his resume. I’m working on Hugh King’s Chopper King Chopper sale. The Trailblazers banquet is Saturday. I’m introducing a couple of race fans to the club.

We are working on Grandson Frankie’s Dyna today getting ready to take the sheet metal to paint. I’m working with a photographer to launch his vintage motorcycle print business. And of course I’m helping the Redhead of Redheads.

Warren Buffet recommends as least two sources of income. The first is your job, then second could be by purchasing a home and fixing it up. Or you could build another motorcycle. Once you can take care of yourself, help your brothers and sisters whenever possible.

To read all of the news click here. This week we have news from NCOM, Tesla, Harley, Peru, Women who Ride, Bayly Rides, NRA, Sturgis Museum, Trikes, the Wall, DAV and Burt Munro.

Harley-Davidson Shipments Fall 14.7 Percent In First Quarter 2017

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Harley-Davidson Inc kept its 2017 outlook unchanged despite first-quarter shipments hitting the high end of the company’s forecast.

Milwaukee-based Harley’s shares were down 4 percent at $57.00 in premarket trading on Tuesday.

The company, which commands about half the U.S. big-bike market, said motorcycle shipments fell 14.7 percent to 70,831 units in the quarter ended March 26, compared with its forecast of 66,000-71,000 units.

Harley said it continues to expect full-year shipments to be flat to down modestly.

Harley’s first quarter shipments were helped by warmer-than-usual weather that led to an early start to the annual riding season, probably resulting in a pull-forward in demand from the second quarter, analysts have said.

Harley also took the rare step of offering rebates on its 2016 motorcycles to U.S. dealers as an incentive for them to shift a backlog that had restricted sales of its latest models.

Demand for Harley’s motorcycles continues to be slow as its loyal baby boomer demographic ages and rivals such as the Indian brand bike maker Polaris Industries Inc and Japan’s Honda Motor Co Ltd offer competitive discounts.

Revenue per motorcycle fell about $342 to $15,526 in the first quarter, Harley said.

The company’s net income fell 25.6 percent to $186.37 million, $1.05 per share, in the quarter, from a year earlier.

Revenue from motorcycles and related products fell 15.7 percent to $1.33 billion.

Analysts on average had expected earnings of $1.02 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Avon Tyres Sponsors Vintage Racer Brittany Olsen

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Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America will sponsor vintage motorcycle racer and Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Festival organizer Brittany Olsen throughout 2017. Olsen started the year right with a win at Billy Lane’s Inaugural Sons of Speed Vintage Races in Daytona, Florida, and will ride her 1923 Harley-Davidson Board Track Racer outfitted with Avon Speedmaster-MKII and GP tires at various events throughout the United States.

“Brittany brings amazing energy to every race and event,” said Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing for Avon Tyres North America. “We are proud to partner with her and look forward to the excitement that her passion for vintage racing will undoubtedly produce this year.”

The Speedmaster-MKII is a classic ribbed front tire and is available in street and race compounds. It features a curved tread profile and tread pattern typical of classic bikes. Olsen will also be running on the Avon GP race tire at select events. Both tire lines are constructed of modern rubber compounds to deliver enhanced durability and performance.

For more information about Brittany Olsen, visit www.facebook.com/20thCenturyRacing

Austin Moto GP — Don’t Miss The Hand Built Motorcycle Show In Austin

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The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show is an inspiring showcase of works from builders and craftsmen that combine knowledge, skill, and ingenuity to create one-of-a-kind truly hand-built machines.

As our collective existence slips further into digital abstraction, we at the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show believe something has been lost and it is time to revive the culture of physical craftsmanship. Although in today’s modern mass-produced world, few young people are taught how to do physical work or are encouraged to embrace a trade, there remains a universal attraction to the beauty that can only be formed by human hands.

More information can be found here.

In the meantime, enjoy the teaser below.

The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 2017 primer from Revival Cycles on Vimeo.