The 2016 Veterans Charity Ride To Sturgis Kicks Off Tomorrow

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Indian Motorcycle is a proud founding sponsor of Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis. Each year, hand-selected wounded and amputee Veterans are chosen to experience the ride and heal with motorcycle therapy. Motorcycle therapy is about getting the Veterans outdoors, riding the open road with the wind in their face, and talking about their experiences while serving in the military so they can experience life and living again.

These deserving Veterans are leaving Los Angeles tomorrow and will spend the next nine days riding America’s most beautiful roads, getting to know each other and helping each other heal from the traumas experienced during war. The Veterans also see how much their service means to America by stopping in small towns along the way to meet the grateful people of our nation who they helped protect. The ride culminates by spending the week at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.


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Are you packing for Sturgis? It’s that time of the year to make our annual pilgrimage to the badlands.

Along the road we finally have time to think without a myriad of distractions. Have you ever watched “Hell on Wheels?” It’s a wild series made in Calgary about building a railroad across the United States, the greed, the corruption and the bad government.

It’s incredible. We are living in another Wild West situation and while you run through the desert toward Dead Wood think why? I have a contention. Two things may have a major impact: Government over-regulation and corruption and a shitty economy. If you can’t make a buck and party, and freedom is replaced by thousands of pages of regulation, what the hell are you going to do? Maybe bad things.

Here’s the crazy portion of the equation: It could be easily fixed by the government, but will they?

This week week we have action from Sturgis, Cycle Source, the HORSE, Harley, Indian, Bonneville, Born Free, Lost Highway, Paughco, JIMS, Weego, and more. Click here to read it all.

Lita Ford to Join Sturgis Buffalo Chip Party

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Matching the chart-topping Kid Rock with a comparable talent who can offer a full-tilt show that barrels through the Buffalo Chip’s natural amphitheater is a challenge not offered, nor accepted by many. When Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter Leon Russell suffered a heart attack last week, it left the Sturgis Buffalo Chip with such an opening in its 2016 lineup. As luck would have it, celebrated Runaways lead guitarist and ‘80s glam metal maven Lita Ford was able to accept the challenge and will now open for Kid Rock on Sunday, Aug. 7.

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More than another pretty face
While British-born Ford earned her stripes as a founder of the smoking-hot, all-girl group The Runaways in the 1970s, she has earned considerably more topping the charts with a duet next to Ozzy Osbourne titled “Close Your Eyes Forever” and hits such as “What Do You know About Love,” “Shot of Poison,” and “Larger Than Life.”

The complete Wolfman Jack Stage band lineup for the 35th anniversary of The Best Party Anywhere:

Friday, Aug. 5 – Willie Nelson, Drake White, Jimmie Bratcher
Saturday, Aug. 6 – 3 Doors Down, ONE – The Only Tribute to Metallica, Midnight Mob

Sunday, Aug. 7 – Kid Rock, Lita Ford, Tim Montana and the Shrednecks

Monday, Aug. 8 – Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elle King, Mothership

Tuesday, Aug. 9 – Cheap Trick, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Grizzled Mighty

Wednesday, Aug 10 – Five Finger Death Punch, Reverend Horton Heat, Low Volts

Thursday, Aug. 11 – Miranda Lambert, RATT, Stolen Rhodes

Friday, Aug. 12 – Buckcherry, Pop Evil, Sweet Cyanide

Saturday, Aug – “Weird Al” Yankovic, Reformed Whores

Those wishing to purchase passes may do so by going to or calling 605-347-9000.



Iron Horse Saloon – Sturgis To Host Grease & Gears Garage

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Ever wonder what it takes to make a great tig weld, build a frame for a custom motorcycle, or bend your own set of custom handlebars? This year at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the Iron Horse Saloon, in concert with some of the top builders and craftsmen intend to give you up close and personal answers at the Grease & Gears Garage.


Periodically throughout the week rally goers will have an opportunity to see the likes of Pat Patterson of Led Sled Customs hardtailing a Sportster, Will Ramsey of Faith Forgotten Choppers jig up a custom frame, Taber Nash of Nash Motorcycles bend handlebars manually and using an automated machine, Joe Mielke of Snap Fab hand form sheetmetal and Darren McKeag of McKeag Art custom pinstripe Biltwell helmets live on stage. These one to three hour demonstrations will be scheduled daily through out the week beginning Sunday, August 7 through Friday August 12. Each performance will be interactive and allow for Q&A from the audience and will be broadcast via FaceBook Live via Cycle Source Magazine’s page. Additionally, there will be demonstrations from companies such as S&S Cycle who will be swapping out cams on a Sportster and teaching you how to rebuild your Super E Carb. Suspension Technologies will be upgrading a motorcycle suspension while providing and educational seminar about suspension technology. There won’t be a bad seat in the house as monitors located on both sides of the stage will carry a live video feed and capture the up close action.

There are more seminars and names being added to the line up daily, once they and the schedule are finalized all information will be available at or If you or your company would like to participate in a demonstrations please contact Heather at
Sunday 8/7
12:00pm -2 :00pm – Handlebar Fabrication
Taber Nash – Nash Motorcycle Co.

2:30pm – 4:30PM Convert a Knucklehead to Electric Start
Jack Schit – With Flat Broke Chops & Rods

4:30pm – 5:30PM Live Podcast with

Monday 8/8
12:00pm -1 :00pm – Suspension Upgrades
Mike Alex – Suspension Technologies

1:30pm – 4:30PM Custom Frame Mock Up
Will Ramsey – Faith Forgotten Choppers

4:30pm – 5:30PM Live Podcast with

Tuesday 8/9
12:00pm -1 :00pm – Hand Molding Sheet Metal
Joe Mielke – Snap Fabrications

1:30pm – 2:30PM – Hand Molding Sheet Metal
Joe Mielke – Snap Fabrications

3:00pm – 4:30PM – Hand Molding Sheet Metal
Joe Mielke – Snap Fabrications

4:30pm – 5:30PM Live Podcast
Wednesday 8/10
12:00pm – 4:00PM – Bagger Nation Rehab
Paul Yaffe – Bagger Nation

4:30pm – 5:30pm – Pinstriping & Helmet Art
Darren McKeag – McKeag art

5:30pm – 6:30PM Live Podcast with

Thursday 8/11
12:00pm -1 :00pm – suspension upgrades
Mike Alex – Suspension Technologies

1:30pm – 4:30PM – Sporster Hardtailing
Pat Patterson – Led Sled Customs

4:30pm – 5:30PM Live Podcast with

Friday 8/12
12:00pm -1 :00pm – Super E Tuning & Rebuild
S&S Cycle

1:30pm – 4:30PM – Sportster Cam Upgrade
S&S Cycle

4:30pm – 5:30PM Live Podcast with

RSD Brings A-Game To Sturgis

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The RSD Crew is going big for Sturgis. We’ll be Super Hooligan racing at theSturgis Buffalo Chipwith Indian Motorcycle, stocking parts and apparel at the RSD Moto Shed at Black Hills HD and cooling off in the Pool with Bell Helmets and the launch of our new XDIAVEL Ducati at the Pappy Hoel Campground.

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Visit WindVest In Sturgis — Free Installation

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The Sturgis Rally is right around the corner. WindVest Motorcycle Products will be located at Black Hills Harley Davidson in Rapid City. The dealership is located 2820 Harley Drive in Rapid City. Take Exit 55 off of I-90. We’ll be there displaying and installing our latest WindVest windshields. Installation is always free at the rally.


Look for their Black trailer and Royal Blue Flags!
Come check out all of our latest and greatest WindVest products for your ride. Whether you have an earlier model bike or a newer ride, WindVest may have just what you’re looking for. As usual, we will have show specials going on during the rally.
Free Installation and Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

More info here.


Product Spotlight — Fenders For Dyna, FXR and Sportsters

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Klock Werks offers pre-drilled 19” Front Fenders for Dyna, FXR, and Sportsters, as well as V-Rods and many other metric applications with minimal modifications. The revival of a trend that sat on the sidelines while baggers and choppers took the stage for years is here, and your bike deserves the best of the best!


Designed to fit 90/90-19 to 100/90-19 front tire applications, these fenders are designed for the customer that wants to differentiate his bike from the crowd. Say goodbye to plastic and fiberglass; now you can have stamped 14 gauge steel e-coated fenders that you know will last. Not only will you enjoy the highest quality on the market, but because Klock Werks’ deep stamping technology ensures a smooth and flawless finish, bodywork is severely minimized saving you cash at the painter.

Very little prep is needed to accomplish your finished, flawless look. With seven profiles to choose from, you can achieve a sporty or touring look easily.


Sam Wheeler Dies In Bonneville Streamliner Crash

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We’ve lost one of the legends of our sport. Sam Wheeler, owner, builder & rider of the famed EZ Hook Streamliner, crashed during a test run on the Bonneville Salt Flats yesterday. He died in surgery a short time later. In this time of sadness our thoughts & prayers go out to his family. I will miss you my friend. God’s Speed Sam…

Pat McDowell – BNI Chairman

Below is video documenting Sam’s streamliner effort dated 2014.