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Freewheeler Trike explored: Re-imagining a Harley-Davidson

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Re-imagining a Harley-Davidson
Freewheeler, Trike Market in America and the Big Players CLICK TO READ
by Ujjwal Dey

The 21st century saw the American behemoth Harley-Davidson jump into the Trike bandwagon once more with Tri Glide Ultra Classic which was introduced in 2009. In 2015, they rebranded their Trike model as the Harley-Davidson Freewheeler. Reverse is now a standard feature on Harley Trike. Freewheeler adds hippie style with its mini ape hanger handlebars and bobtail fenders for a low profile.

At $34,339 starting price, a TriGlide Ultra is a luxury for those who can afford it. Infotainment on a TriGlide Ultra is five star luxury on wheels. When they go to work on the infotainment system for a Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle they follow one simple principle – If you’re going to live in the saddle of a top-end touring bike, you deserve better sound than most people have in their living rooms. More sound. Purer sound. Big, full-color touch screens. Switches that are located where you intuitively want them to be and can reach without removing your hands from the grips. Voice activation for your music, phone and GPS. Think of it this way. Back in the day there was nothing wrong with the sound of Johnny crackling out of a dashboard Philco. But what the latest infotainment systems do for your ears, and eyes, is infinitely better.

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Bikernet Blog rated among Motorcycle Blogs

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Our Bikernet Blog site got listed as one of the Top Rated Blogs on the internet.

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CONGRATULATIONS to every blogger that has made to Top Motorcycle blogs list! This is the most comprehensive list of best Motorcycle blogs on the internet and we are all honoured to have you as part of this! I personally give you – our readers and fans – a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this motorcycle industry and custom culture world.

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Indian Motorcycle’s ‘PROJECT Chieftain’ Custom Bagger Contest Winners

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During Daytona’s Bike Week, Indian Motorcycle announced the three winners of its Project Chieftain custom motorcycle contest during Bike Week in Daytona Beach. Hollister Powersports’ (Hollister, CA) “Tequila Sunset” claimed top honors, with “America Proud” from Coastal Indian Motorcycle (Murrels Inlet, S.C.) and “Barnstorm” from Indian Motorcycle of Central Massachusetts (Worcester, MA) taking 2nd and 3rd place honors respectively.

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S&S Brings MASSIVE Horsepower To Legends Ride’s One-Off Commemorative Low Rider

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In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride S&S Cycle, Inc. is debuting a 165-170 horsepower performance-styled Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider custom to be auctioned in support of the milestone event that kicks off in Deadwood, SD on Aug. 7. The fully customized Low Rider, designed to look and feel every bit a “muscle bike,” will be unveiled on Saturday, March 25 at 12:15 p.m. at the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show in the St. Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minn.

As the uncontested aftermarket leader in V-Twin performance parts for almost six decades, S&S Cycle transformed the 2017 club-style chopper into a sleek and stylish beast powered by a T143 Black Edition engine packing 143 cubic inches and 165 horsepower to the wheel. Harnessing that extra horsepower required S&S to upgrade the transmission, clutch and primary work. To clothe the powerful machine, S&S added a Russ Wernimont FXRT style fairing some Dyna Defender bags. The piece de resistance is the hot rod inspired striped paint job, which recalls the wildly popular classic muscle car, the Shelby Cobra.

“This incredibly beautiful and powerful bike created by the masters at S&S Cycle will be going up on the auction block at the Legends Ride this August,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “It’s not only a real prize, but its sale will support the Ride, which has so far raised nearly half a million dollars for local charities including South Dakota Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. The top bidder is going to ride off on one incredible and unique motorcycle while feeling like a hero for supporting very worthy causes.”

To be one of the first to get a look at the 10th Anniversary Legends Ride bike, attend the official unveiling at the Donnie Smith Show on March 25. Information and photos will be posted at BuffaloChip.com after the event. The bike will be featured this summer in American Iron Magazine issue #351.


Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame Class Of 2017

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Headlined by a local legend, global icons and a couple of go-fast guys who became industry leaders, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum is honored to present the Sturgis Hall Of Fame Class of 2017. Intended to recognize those individuals who have made a long-term positive impact on the motorcycle community, the Class of 2017 features a group of over achievers and true leaders who have influenced an entire era of motorcycling. Held in conjunction with the annual rally, the Hall Of Fame Induction ceremony is set for August 9, 2017. Continue reading.

Twin Power Has A Life-Saving Program for Dealers and Stock H-D Owners

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Shops around the country were super-hard hit when the economy crashed. A bunch dropped out of business, but immediately they started coming back, if only out of garages. Harley-Davidson didn’t help much. They sent a memo to all their dealers cutting the number of aftermarket parts they could carry and forcing dealers not to sell to local shops.

In the past, if a local shop needed a stock part, some could work a franchise deal for as little as a 10 percent discount out the back door. Local shops couldn’t make much, if anything, but it was a service to their customers. But recently, and with computer monitoring, the factory could put a complete kibosh on assisting local shops. Continue reading.

Pre Orders Sell Out In 10 Minutes for Indian Motorcycle Jack Daniels Limited Edition

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Just a week ago, Indian Motorcycle dealers began accepting pre-order deposits for the company’s recently unveiled Limited-Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain. By 12:10 p.m. Eastern, pre-order capacity of 100 units was filled.

The new limited-edition offering is the latest collaboration between America’s first motorcycle company and the iconic Tennessee whiskey distillery. In 2016, the collaboration produced a Limited-Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage with pre-order capacity of 150 units filled in merely 8 hours. This year it only took 10 minutes.

“This overwhelming level of demand is an incredible testament to the power of these two iconic American brands,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Without a doubt, this brand collaboration and motorcycle are tapping directly into a deep sense of patriotism and American pride. We couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it.”

The custom-inspired Chieftain marks the second year the two iconic American trailblazers have collaborated to design and manufacture what is ultimately a unique V-twin-powered celebration of American craftsmanship. Both brands have long shared a mutual commitment to independence, originality, and ingenuity. Ultimately, that’s what the resulting limited-edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain represents. Based on the consumer response, it’s clear that these brands, and the principles they stand for, deeply resonate with American motorcyclists.

“Last year, we were blown away when we filled order capacity in eight hours. Clearly, we have tapped into something truly special, but to fill pre-order to capacity in 10 minutes is nothing short of incredible, “said Dave Stang, Director of Events and Sponsorships for Jack Daniel’s. “Ultimately, it’s critical to us that our partnered responsibility message of “Bottles & Throttles Don’t Mix” is heard as loud and clear as the roar of the 111” V-Twin motor that powers these Indian Chieftains. These incredible bikes are an important platform in carrying that message to consumers.”

Only 100 of these show-stopping Limited Edition Indian Chieftain’s were available globally, each coming with a commemorative American flag handmade from Jack Daniel’s barrel wood. Each flag is customized to include the owner’s name, motorcycle number and VIN. The individually numbered bikes carry an MSRP of $34,999 (California models add $250 for California emissions) and a Canada MSRP of $42,499. Each comes with a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and free membership in the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group™ for one year.

Krawiec Defeats Hines in All-Harley Final Round At NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Opener In Gainesville

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The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines drag racing team dominated the opening round of the 2017 Pro Stock Motorcycle series at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Screamin’ Eagle teammates Ed Krawiec and Andrew Hines tore through the field in Sunday eliminations to meet in an all-Harley final. Krawiec defeated Hines to take the win and the first points lead of the season.

“This weekend put the real potential of these Harley-Davidson drag bikes on display,” said Krawiec, who has now won five times at the Gatornationals, a record for Pro Stock Motorcycle competitors. “We have found a real sweet spot in the tune-up.”

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines bikes were quick off the truck at Gainesville, with Krawiec pacing the field in Friday qualifying before being bumped to the number two position on Saturday, with a best elapsed time (ET) of 6.791 seconds. In the third round of qualifying on Saturday Krawiec also tied the national class Top Speed record as his Harley-Davidson drag bike put down a blistering pass at 199.88 mph. Hines qualified fourth with a 6.793-second run.

The crowd for Sunday eliminations included a number of Harley-Davidson fans hosted by Gainesville H-D in the first Ride to the Races program of the season. Krawiec and Hines each scored three wins in elimination rounds to advance to the final. The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team worked all day to adjust chassis set-up to accommodate strong winds blowing across the track. Krawiec improved his ET performance in each round and in the final posted the quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle run of the weekend at 6.763 seconds/199.76 mph to defeat Hines (6.802/197.10).

“The run in the final was my straightest pass down the track all day, which is why it was also the quickest,” said Krawiec. “We made a change to the chassis that helped me counter the cross-wind.”

Hines credits performance gains gleaned from off-season dyno work and track testing last week for the strong performance of the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines bikes at Gainesville.

“Our goal is always an all-Harley final,” said Hines. “Then we can’t lose. This weekend validated the theory we developed for finding more Harley-Davidson power in our off-season engine program. It was very satisfying to see our hard work pan out on the track this weekend.”

Krawiec, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion, has 37 final-round wins in his career. The Gainesville final was the 45th time Hines and Krawiec have met in an all-Harley elimination round, with Krawiec now holding a 26-to-19 edge over his teammate, including an 11-to-8 head-to-head record in final-round matches.

After one of 16 Pro Stock Motorcycle events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Krawiec leads the class with 120 points. Hines is second with 97 points.

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racing team will be back in action April 28-30 at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.