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Rodder’s Journal Live Video from the Mooneyes Xmas Party today

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Fresh from last weekend’s wildly successful Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan, our friends at Mooneyes are gearing up for another Mooneyes Xmas Party this Saturday, December 8th at Irwindale Speedway. And we’ll be broadcasting the party on Facebook Live all day long! We’ve included a few photos from this year’s Moon Yokohama show and last year’s Xmas Party at Irwindale—and you can click the red box at the bottom of this email to see even more.

To watch our live videos, hosted by veteran journalist and designer Thom Taylor, just visitwww.facebook.com/roddersjournal on Saturday. Thom will be interviewing participants and covering the action, from nostalgia drags and a Cacklefest to live music, a pinup contest, and rods, customs, choppers and lowriders as far as the eye can see. Irwindale is the place to be this Saturday if you’re in Southern California. And if you aren’t, our live video stream will make you feel like you are!

Bandit will be there with a couple of the local riders too!

EBR Motorcycles Coming Back?

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EBR Motorcycles, the American-made superbike designed by the legendary Erik Buell, are back in limited production.

“We are going to keep the iconic brand in production with specialized and performance builds.” says Bill Melvin, an avid motorcyclist who is leading the company he acquired in 2016.

When high volume production at EBR’s Wisconsin assembly plant ended in 2017, Melvin moved a smaller operation to his e-commerce warehouse in Grand Rapids, Mich. EBR, which maintains its original offices in East Troy, Wis., has been fulfilling parts orders from the inventory for dealers and existing EBR owners ever since.

Now, EBR plans to keep the iconic brand alive on the street and track with production in Grand Rapids. EBR brought two of its top assemblers to Grand Rapids, where they are hand-building three of the exotic EBR 1190 superbikes, capable of hitting over 185mph in race trim.

“The approach is to keep it boutique and high performance driven, ala Bugatti, Koenigsegg, or Lotus,” Melvin says. More updates and motorcycles are planned for 2019, he adds.

Engine builder Eric Weber “Eroc” and chassis builder Elliot Malzahn recently put the finishing touches on their first three editions, whose fairings will get custom paint treatments to celebrate their return. Weber began building motorcycles at the Buell factory in 1996. Malzahn began in 2000.

“It’s great to see the iconic legacy in experienced hands like Eroc and Elliot,” says Melvin. “We are fortunate the team of legacy employees stay involved to keep the only American Superbike in production. We recently received our 2019 EPA certification.”

The Erik Buell-designed motorcycle is unique with its fuel tank incorporated into the aluminum frame to keep its center of gravity in an ideal position. The front brake rotor is located on the perimeter of the wheel with an 8-piston inside-out caliper to maximize stopping power. The hand-built fuel-injected 1190cc V-twin engine produces a peak of 185 hp at 10600 rpm. The final pricing will be determined by the custom finishing touches.

The company is part of the 35 year legacy of Erik Buell, a motorcycle racer and world renowned engineer for Harley-Davidson and the Buell Motorcycle Company in the 1980’s. Mr. Buell started EBR in 2010 and Mr. Melvin acquired the assets of the company in 2016.

Melvin and his father, Bill Melvin Sr., are motorcycle enthusiasts & industry experts with involvement in the sale process of the Indian Motorcycle factory in 2004, the American Ironhorse Motorcycle factory in 2009, the Buell factory in 2010, and have assisted in the sale of major distributors, dealers, and suppliers.

For more information about EBR Motorcycles, call 262-642-1627 or email info@EBR.com

Mustang’s New HighTail Fastback Seat

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Here’s an updated version ofMustang’s popular Fastback series, the all-new HighTail Fastback. It features all the comfort that put Mustang on the map in a sporty, low profile package that positions riders lower and 1” further back than the original.

Available for 2006-’17 Dyna and 2008-’19 Touring models, the HighTail provides a comfortable but aggressive riding position that allows riders to get the most out of their machines. The HighTail’s signature 6” high wall offers exceptional lower back support and keeps riders from sliding back in the saddle, making it perfect for aggressively twisting back the throttle or casually feasting on mile markers. A contoured and low-profile 13.5” wide driver bucket positions the operator lower and further back compared to most stock seats, while Mustang’s proprietary controlled-density foam provides even weight distribution to eliminate pressure points for long-haul comfort.

The hand-sewn cover is made from premium expanded vinyl that has the appearance of leather and durability to withstand the elements. Features include detailed stitch work and a blend of smooth vinyl with perforated vinyl inlays for a subtle contrasting effect. Additionally, Mustang’s Custom Seat Program offers a wide variety of stitch patterns as well as thread and vinyl color variations to create your own one-of-a-kind design. The HighTail for 2008-’19 H-D Touring is also available as part of the Dave Perewitz Signature Series by Mustang, which features classic diamond-stitched panels for added style.For more information on the new HighTail offerings, visit www.MustangSeats.com or call to speak with a Mustang representative at 800-243-1392 or 413-668-1100 to learn more about custom seat options.

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Nominees

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Motorcycling greatness is found on tracks, in shops and on roads and trails across America.

It’s born in the minds and hearts of riders who, at one point or many, put motorcycles above all else in their lives to accomplish amazing things, inspiring the rest of us to ride more.

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2018 includes six riders who have done just that. Read more.

DORF BOOK REVIEW

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You know it’s going to be a fun ride when the janitor at Bikernet.com has a cameo appearance in the book. Yes Keith Ball showed up on page 73. Now this is a completely fictitious book so any resemblance to actual people or events may or may not have happened.

Bitchin Bob takes us on wild ride via his drug addled memory of a 1970’s summer trip to one of the early Sturgis Rallies. Now I’ve been to the modern day Sturgis and yes if you look you can still find a resemblance to the freedom and debauchery of the original 1% rallies. This story even though it is completely “fiction” is a peak into history, our history. You will get an idea what the original rallies were like. Read more.

BIKERNET BOOK REVIEW– The Harley-Davidson Motor CO.

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Like those too broke for Sturgis parties this books gives us a glimpse into the Harley-Davidson museum. Through amazing photos and a strong narrative it give you a peek into what you will see when you actually get to make that pilgrimage to the source.

H-D is one of the few companies that saw the need early on to preserve its history in both documentation and examples of its product. Not all items in the Archive Collection are original but the idea it to capture and preserve forever the memorable moments in the companies wonderful past. Read more.

Toby Keith to Headline Sturgis Buffalo Chip Freedom Celebration Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue

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Twenty no. 1 Billboard Hot Country Hits and 42 Top Tens make Toby Keith one of America’s most successful artists, and on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 fans will have the chance to hear this icon perform many of them live at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. The performance coincides with the Chip’s 28th annual Freedom Celebration, a fact that is no coincidence. Keith has written and performed several extraordinarily patriotic no. 1 hits, has made several trips to the Middle East to entertain American troops and makes plain that his father was a combat veteran. See the announcement video here: BuffaloChip.com/BANDS

“Toby Keith has not only produced hit music every year over the past three decades,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President, “he has legendary onstage energy. In 2005 when he performed at the Buffalo Chip, he stood up and put on an amazing show through one of the worst thunderstorms we’ve ever witnessed. The audience refused to budge and stood cheering through the rain in total awe of this guy! We couldn’t be happier to have him back to work his magic on the Wolfman Jack Stage.”

Keith’s songs have received more than 91 million BMI performances on commercial radio stations worldwide, and he has sold more than 40 million albums. The awards bestowed on him are too numerous to count and include Billboard’s Artist of the Decade, American Country Awards Artist of the Decade, as well as the ACM’s Career Achievement honor and Entertainer of the Year twice in back-to-back years.

Keith’s addition to the 38th annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip Motorcycle and Music Festival is a indication of the incredible lineup still to be announced. The festival will open with a pre-rally party July 29 – Aug. 1, 2019, with official festival dates running Aug. 2-11, 2019. In addition to Toby Keith, the Buffalo Chip has also announced the performance of country music superstar Keith Urban on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, as well as Styx and Collective Soul on Monday, Aug. 5. Fans can expect more band announcements for 2019 in the coming weeks. Concerts and races are free with camping. More information and reservations are available at BuffaloChip.com