Motorcycle Cannonball – Stage 13 – Friday, September 23, 2016

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By Spitfire

Up early and at the starting line was class 1 competitor, #13, Dean Bordigioni. Dean suffered a devastating one-point penalty for a ½ mile tow on Stage 10. That tow cost him the #1 spot on the leader board. There is much controversy over the penalty assessment and the mood this morning is tense. Distracting the riders was the weather. Some scraped frost from their seats as the frigid overnight temperatures dropped into the low 30s. Today we will travel 232 miles from William, AZ to Lake Havasu City, AZ with elevations of 400 to 7000 feet. 64 riders started.

Much of our route today took us on the Historic Route 66. Riders had fun stopping for pictures and chatting with the many tourists who travel that route. The cool dry weather started out making riders pretty uncomfortable but with no clouds in the sky the sun quickly warmed things up. The red tinged rock gave was to brown rugged dirt with sagebrush as the only green to be seen. I could not help but wonder how the cowboys on horseback must have felt crossing this dry arid land. I considered how exciting it must have been to have a motorized vehicle to propel you across the vast expanse of dry dusty desert. I watched for riders along side the road and was sometimes tricked by mailboxes or signs until I got closer.

Our hosted lunch stop at Mother Road Harley Davidson in Kingman was welcome. They had done a great job of advertising and there were many people to greet the Cannonball Riders. They left their bikes on display and enjoyed the Mexican lunch with many choices. Riders left with full stomachs and smiles on their faces. Paul d’Orleans and Susan were there taking tin type photos. After this flurry of activity we left on a winding, then straight dusty backroad to avoid traffic. We took a long decent from the High dessert to Bullhead City where the temperature soared to 91 degrees. Traffic could not be avoided and the riders were happy to know the ride was almost over for the day.

I got a call. Rider down. A dune buggy driver had pulled out in front of the rider. They were about 20 minutes ahead of me. I headed over to find the rider had been transported but the police were still working the scene. The rider ended up being sore but was released with only a few minor injuries. The bike? Not so lucky. Friends and family were relieved. It could have been worse! Stage 13 down and only 2 days to go. 18 perfect score yet with Frank Westfall from New York leading on his Class 2 1912 Henderson. For more information about stats, visit the official Cannonball site at www.motorcyclecannonball.com

 

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Announcing The 15th Lone Star Rally — Oct 3-6

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Hundreds of thousands of riders will cross the causeway to Galveston Island for four days of non-stop entertainment.

This year’s rally will feature concerts day and night on two sound stages; a variety of juried bike & car shows; a bike rodeo games event; 100’s of vendors selling all things motorcycle culture; and, new this year… Motorcycle Beach Races presented by Harley- Davidson.

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The rally kicks into gear early on Thursday, November 3rd, with a jam packed day of activities planned beginning with the Run Down the Shore ride presented by CycleSource Magazine (Registration noon-1 pm at Beach Central Park.) After, riders will get a free ride patch and a chance to explore Sea Wolfe Park’s naval attractions.

Across town at Pier 21, Magic Kustomz, Sickies Garage, Robust Energy Drink and Renegade Magazine will host a Two Day Cruisin Classic Car Show Thursday and Friday. And, plan to check out some of the hottest pre-’72 rides on Saturday when the team hosts a Drive-In Car Show and Pin Up Contest also at Pier 21. More cool cars will close out Sunday’s rally activities with a Rat & Hot Rod Cruisin car show/parade on The Strand.

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Meanwhile, free concerts will be happening all weekend long on music stages at Beach Central Park on Seawall and, Saengerfest Park downtown. Acts from across Texas and the country will perform the best in Classic Rock, Country and Blues throughout the weekend. Also, the Lone Star Rally Tattoo Expo will be open all weekend long providing access to a host of ink artists and body piercers from across Texas.
Back to bikes, Harley-Davidson will present: The Galveston Beach Classic… the first U.S. Beach Oval Motorcycle Race in 60 years, at the 2016 Lone Star Rally! Practice laps will be offered on Friday and the racing happens on Saturday with cash prizes and trophies in 5 classes. (Note: there is a small charge of $5 for the Beach Races event benefiting the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation.) All bike shows at the 2016 Lone Star Rally weekend will be stationed at Beach Central Park on Seawall. On Friday CycleSource will host its Bike Rodeo Games where players will vie to win a coveted Championship Belt for their skill at tackling the Barrel Roll, Weenie Bite, Slow Race & Ring Toss events. And, Saturday’s Ride In Custom Bike Show presented by CycleSource will showcase all classes of bikes and offers $500 cash awards for Best in Show and People’s Choice.

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Also on Saturday, American Cycle Magazine will crown a victor in its Baddest Bagger in Galveston show. Saturday’s rally activities also include Outlaw Dave’s annual charity Ranch Ride in the morning and, Dave will once again serve as emcee at Saturday night’s Miss Lone Star Rally spokesmodel competition. A large part of what makes the Lone Star Rally so unique is its setting. Rally goers take in some of the most spectacular waterfront riding available along the Gulf, coupled with the picturesque architecture and bike-only accessibility of Historic Downtown Galveston.

At the center point of activity is The Strand, where thousands of rides roar their way up the street in a thunderous parade showcasing the hottest custom paint and coolest aftermarket accessories.

Across town, at Beach Central Park, a second concert stage offers entertainment throughout the weekend along with bike displays, bike shows and more shopping. The Island’s many delicious restaurants and unique boutiques also help to place the Lone Star Rally among the best loved destination rallies in the country.

Details and additional events are being added daily, check out: LoneStarRally.com and/ or “like” Lone Star Rally on facebook. The Rally also offers a free smart phone APP, downloadable from iTunes or Google Play, where they can get up to the minute notifications of schedule changes as well as exclusive offers and discounts.

EBR Motorcycles Looks Forward With 2017 Production And More

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EBR Motorcycles (Erik Buell Racing) announces the release of their 2017 model year American Sportbikes and progress with the rebuilding of the iconic motorcycle brand.

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“It has been an amazing summer since the new EBR was launched. You can imagine the challenges restructuring the new company, but we have made really nice progress building our base for 2017 to launch this week,” said Bill Melvin, owner of EBR. “Our dealers have had nice success selling bikes this summer and we have many new ones coming on. Our quality is continuously improving, our supplier relationships established, and now we are looking towards the future. This fall we have something ‘Quick, Dark, and Low’ in the works that should be exciting for urban street riders, and we are making real progress on expanding the range of models of the 1190 platform, as well as developing and delivering accessories that our EBR riders want. There is a bright future for EBR, and as part of that work is proceeding on a sub-$10k platform for 2018.”

The 2017 models hit the showrooms this week, and EBR plans to attend the International Motorcycle Shows in Long Beach, California; New York, New York; Dallas, Texas; and Chicago, Illinois. Show visitors will get to see and learn more about the 2017 models. EBR also will show off selected upcoming 2017 ½ & 2018 model prototypes at different shows. EBR Apparel will launch within weeks with clothing celebrating the brand, and the team continues international racing as EBR Splitlath with Shelina Moreda at the helm. Along with new products, EBR is reviewing applications for their new Global Sales Director to support and grow EBR’s dealer base organically and through strategic partnerships.

“It’s a great time to ride the only American Sportbike, designed by Erik Buell, and we encourage patriotic Americans to meet these new EBR dealers for a test ride,” said Steve Smith, CEO of EBR. “Of course we had some bumps over the last year, but the road is looking pretty smooth now. It’s exciting to see growth into our next steps and exciting that we can help support the Buell Nation of enthusiasts and riders.”

More info at www.EBR.com or on Facebook.

Motorcycle Cannonball – Stage 12 – Thursday, September 22, 2016

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By Spitfire

The grind of the Cannonball is apparent as the riders lined up to head out for yet another day. Only 4 days left and today they look forward to a 2-1/2 hour break at the Grand Canyon for lunch and sight seeing. After several 260+ days, the prospect of a 195 mile day is welcome. Whispers of rain and high winds dampened the mood as 67 riders, including all class 1 riders, took off at their scheduled times. The long climb out of Page Arizona created a roadside litter as bikes pulled over to cool, riders pedaled and pushed their machines to the top.

The first gas stop at 46 miles was a flurry of activity and fun. #97, Kevin Naser had parked next to me at the start this morning. He had an “In Memory of Kelly Naser” on his bike. I asked about Kelly and he said his son has died in a crash at 28 years old. We shared a moment as I told him my 37 year old daughter passed in June and her last trip with her friends had been to the Grand Canyon in November 2015. Today would be meaningful. I found Kevin at the gas station teaching a little boy & his Grandpa how to play a little flute that it appeared Kevin had picked up for them. A camper full of girls from LA pulled in and they were delighted to meet the riders, especially Yoshi, #80. Finally everyone headed out across a flat long desert road toward the Grand Canyon. I passed #3, Buck Carson who had been working for days to get his BSA going and get back out on the course. Whoo Hoo!!!!

As we neared the park we could see the rain coming. The dense fog hung over the canyon making it impossible to see the huge crater. Disappointed riders motored on through the park hoping to get some lunch while others continued on to the hotels in Williams, AZ. In order to stay behind and support the group I hung out at the Visitor Center Area and Mather Point. To my delight the sun came out and the Grand Canyon revealed itself! I came across two Cannonball Crew members but the riders had all moved on. At 2:30 I headed out hoping to catch up with a few people on my trek to Williams, which was only 60 miles away. The first rider I pulled up to check on was 109-Alex Trepanier on his single speed 1912 Indian. He had lost 10 spokes on his rear tire and felt it was no longer safe to keep going. He grabbed a white towel and flagged a couple of the other riders in to discuss with them.

I continued on a passed a few more riders. There was no more rain but the air had cooled substantially and the wind was ferocious. The riders were struggling to keep their bikes going straight. I came upon #77, Richard Asprey from Texas riding his 1915 Norton. The front sprocket had stripped and he was desperately trying to get just 7 more miles to the finish. He has had a perfect score and the chase truck was close behind. A friend in a sidecar pulled up and tried to help him to no avail. He sadly, accepted the tow. He dropped from 7th place to 21st place. We rolled in to Williams along Route 66. The parking lot was busy again as the riders prepare for the last 3 days of the Cannonball. Disappointment over the weather and exhaustion have set in. The brewery next door was busy serving food and beer but morning comes early as first riders leave at 7:15 am. For more information and rider standings go to www.motorcyclecannonball.com

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Turn Up The Attitude On Your Dyna, FXR or Sporty

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Today there are many options available to customize a Dyna, FXR or Sportster, and Klock Werks is on-trend with 7 different front fender styles to help you lead the pack and take your project one step further.

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Paint and graphics are the obvious way to customize the look of your motorcycle, but it’s really what’s under the paint that separates good from great. Klock Werks fenders are stamped from 14-gauge steel and e-coated to prevent rust and corrosion. Stamping provides a smooth surface that doesn’t require hours of bodywork at the painter, which saves you cash. You’ll have a badass ride that turns heads and is sure to be the envy of the street.

“The first thing I wanted to do when I bought my Dyna was change the front fender,” Klock Werks COO Dan Cheeseman said. “I wanted some ‘bulletproof’ American-made steel, so that’s what we produced.”

Installation is easy. Klock Werks assures accurate bolt-on fitment. Mounting blocks are included with the fender as a FIT KIT for 2006+ Dynas. Choose chrome or raw blocks. Or, purchase the fender only and do your thing your way.

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Other recent releases for the Dyna/FXR market include the Flare™ Windshield for FXRP style fairings, Center Riser Device Mounts, KlipSplitter Handlebars, which are modeled after the adjustable KlipHanger Handlebars, and 1” KlipHangers. If you really want to stand out, hit the banner below, and get ready to tear up the boulevard!

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Motorcycle Cannonball – Stage 11 – Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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By Spitfire

I slept right through my alarm clock. The days have been long and the nights short. It’s beginning to wear on the entire crew. We woke to steady rain, not a welcome sight. Riders began donning garbage bags and goggles, taking last sips of warm coffee but not wanting to have to stop to use a restroom because of the additional clothing. The Motorcycle Cannonball is truly a test of both man and machine. Who will endure to the end??? Only 58 riders started out today. Currently the 5 front runners have been steady. They are on two Harley Davidsons and three Hendersons. Today we face more steep grades as we climb into the High Desert. 262 miles with elevations of 3700 to 8400 feet and a stop at Four Corners Monument. The monument immortalizes the intersection of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. The countdown began and the riders were off!

 

 

 

Mixing with traffic today was even more stressful since the water spray on the road made the riders extra hard to see. We were on a 4-lane highway with a 65 mph speed limit. I prayed for safety and grace. Just then a large word appeared in my vision, painted on the roof of an old building: GRACE. I knew we would all be OK. Thank you…. As we went down to 2-lane, I found #59, Steve Gonzales, pulled over. His clutch was slipping and he needed to do an adjustment. He pulled his rain soaked tools from his canvas saddlebags and went to work. Sometimes the best thing for me to do is be quiet and just let the person do their work. I stepped back to my bike and pulled my “Slow” sign out to provide more safety while he worked on the left side of the bike.

We got to 4 corners with a little break in the rain and pulled into a gravel muddy parking lot. We were able to get a few picture, mixed with many other tourists, before the sky let loose again and everyone huddled near the vendors seeking shelter. I had left my rain gear on the bike so had to run out to retrieve my soaked on both sides gear…. Ugh… A little further down the road many riders pulled into a small trading post for gas. It was busy with locals retrieving mail and buying supplies. They were curious. Darlene, a local Native American motorcyclists stopped to talk to me. She had just ridden home from Texas for a visit and was delighted to see the bikes. As we pulled out I saw another painting on a roof; Love Life. Yes I do.

I got more pictures of scenery than riders today. The red rock formations were fascinating and made you wonder what it would have been like for cowboys of the old west on horseback looking for shade. Trees and water were scares. I saw many people walking. About 2 miles before we got to one of the larger towns, Kayenta, I saw a woman and child walking with a dog following them. Later I saw them in town. A motorized bicycle would be nice for them, especially one with a sidecar!

We arrived in Page, AZ for the night. 10 bikes were on the sweep trailers and more had been picked up by their crews. Where some people are done for the night many others are busy with maintenance and repairs. I am doing the same but in my case it is for the riders. I finally got to my room about 9pm but tonight I got to eat supper for the first time in 4 days. Good night, sleep tight – tomorrow we visit the Grand Canyon! For more information about the Motorcycle Cannonball including statistics, visit www.motorcyclecannonball.com

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Barnett Scorpion Series Clear Derby Covers

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1998 & Later HD Big Twins & 2015-16 FL’s with ‘narrow’ primary

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barnett-clear-derby-coversThe Barnett Scorpion Series clear derby covers are designed to fit OEM primary covers on 1998 & up Harley Davidson Big Twins and 2015-16 FL’s with the ‘narrow’ primary. Featuring a quarter inch thick clear polycarbonate window to your clutch, the scratch and discoloration resistant window is firmly secured and sealed with an O-ring gasket. The outer cover area is CNC machined from billet aluminum and available in a brilliant chrome or black powder coat finish. The derby cover gasket is also included. For the ultimate in looks AND performance, install a Barnett lock-up clutch with your new cover! Made in the USA. To order, please contact your dealer or order online at www.barnettclutches.com.

MSRP: $239 (Chrome) $195 (Black)

Contact:
Barnett Clutches & Cables
2238 Palma Dr.
Ventura, CA 93003
Phone- 805-642-9435
www.barnettclutches.com

 

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Win Tickets for a VIP Tour of Billy Lane’s Shop

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Check out Bandit’s weekly news report tonight to find out how you can win a VIP tour of Billy Lane’s shop when you Purchase Sons Of Speed Tickets Online. Tickets are on sale online for the Sons of Speed Inaugural Race, set to commence mid-October of this year. The Sons Of Speed debut race features eight venerated motorcyclists and will run Saturday October 15, 2016, during Biketoberfest at New Smyrna Speedway just south of Daytona Beach, Florida. Buy tickets before October 1, and you automatically are entered in a drawing for a tour of Billy’s Shop ($250 value) on October 15, prior to the race.