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Dozens of Racers to Run in the 2nd Annual Sons of Speed Vintage Race

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VIP Tickets are on sale for the 2nd annual Sons of Speed  race, set for Saturday March 17th during world-famous Daytona Bike Week. The SOS race features will feature over twenty racers and will run in three classes on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Florida.

“Last year was great and this year we added a 45 class  and a hot 61 inch class so there will be more heats, more racing and more action,” said Billy Lane, renowned bike builder and founder of Sons of Speed. “People can buy VIP ticket packages online now.”

Inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racers, the Sons of Speed race hearkens back to a stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding. Held at New Smyrna Speedway’s half-mile, banked racetrack, the inaugural race will feature twenty riders in several different heats, and winners of the heats will advance to a championship round. Each racer will sit astride either a hand-built racing chassis holding pre-1925 1,000cc American V-Twin engines, a 45 inch engine and a hot 61 inch vintage race and most racers will customize their machines by fabricating handlebars, exhaust, fenders, foot pegs and fuel/oil tanks.

People all over the world are calling it THE vintage race event for this year’s Daytona Bike Week. Schedule is as follows:


11- a.m. Gates Open
12 a.m. Meet & Greet
1 p.m. 45” Shootout
2 p.m. Early Vintage Track Racing
3 p,m, Hot 61 Vintage Track Racing



Check out the Sons of Speed Facebook Event Page for updates and breaking news.


Some of the racers are: Billy (1912 Flying Merkel) and Warren (1920 Indian Powerplus) Lane; Rick Petko (1919 Indian Powerplus); Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe (1915 Harley); Matt Walksler (1921 Harley); Brittney Olsen (1923 Harley); Xavier Muriel (1913 P.E.M.); Matt Olsen (19?? Harley); Rhett Rotten (1916 Harley); Derrick Ames (1919 Harley); Bill Rodencal (1915 Harley); Dan Toce (1914 Indian); Jim Wall (1928 Indian); Matt Harris (1924 Harley); Mel Stutz (1919 Harley); and Bruce Kannry (1912 Indian).

Exotic Heat and Thumping Beats of HUNKS The Show Headed to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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The rock-hard bodies of the # 1 all-male revue will be bringing the heat in two interactive, women-only shows at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip this August. Some of the world’s sexiest and most exotic men will dance, sing and show off every bulge and ripple in choreographed routines to thumping beats and an electrifying light show. HUNKS The Show will take place on the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Kinison Stage. The shows will take place at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 prior to Foreigner’s main stage performance and Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, prior to Aaron Lewis’ main stage performance. A limited number of $20 VIP tickets are available for each performance to women with a campground pass who are interested in securing a spot close to the stage.

“This is definitely a Buffalo Chip first,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “We’ve been catering to the men for years, and due to many requests over the years we’ve stepped it up for the ladies. And frankly, these guys will make women’s heads spin. We are building a special elevated thrust so everyone will enjoy a good view, but the women who are lucky enough to find a spot up front in the VIP section will likely get more than just a good eyeful.” The HUNKS are known for their extraordinarily sexy physique and offer an interactive stage show. Women in the audience will feel the heat and some may have the chance to dance and touch them as the center of attention on stage.

Women are encouraged to come early for entry to the exclusive, female-only viewing area. Space is limited and expected to fill fast. Tickets for a special VIP area are very limited and available for $20 per person at General audience viewing is available from outside the perimeter and atop the Steel Bridge.


The 2018 Growing Lineup of Entertainment Announced So Far Includes:

  • Friday, Aug. 3             The Marshall Tucker Band
  • Saturday, Aug. 4         Foreigner

HUNKS The Show

  • Sunday, Aug. 5           Buffalo Chip TT American Flat Track Race
  • Monday, Aug. 6           Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Tuesday, Aug. 7          Aaron Lewis

HUNKS The Show

  • Wednesday, Aug. 8      Eric Church

RSD Super Hooligan Racing

Crazy John’s Invitational Street Drags

  • Thursday, Aug. 9         Kid Rock
    Lita Ford
  • Friday, Aug. 10           John Kay & Steppenwolf


  • Saturday, Aug. 11       TBA



Festival passes can be purchased for a limited time for as little as $27 per day. More information is available at

Presentation by Michael Lichter at Ace Cafe Orlando Today, March 13

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In Daytona Beach this year for the bike week? Live in the area? If so, please join me tomorrow at the Ace Cafe Orlando! Starting at 7pm, I’ll be presenting a slideshow and discussing my 40 year career photographing custom motorcycles and the biker culture (amongst my limited edition print exhibition that is currently on display.) If you cannot attend, please forward this email and/or spread the word to others who can.

I hope to see you there,

Harley-Davidson Honored for Research Contributions at 2018 MDA Clinical Conference

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Every year, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) honors one of its outstanding national partners that truly makes MDA’s work possible. This year, Harley-Davidson’s Director of Government Affairs Ed Moreland accepted a special award for Harley-Davidson’s ongoing contributions to MDA’s research program, and he was presented with a white coat by MDA President and CEO Lynn Vos and MDA Chairman of the Board R. Rodney Howell, M.D. The coat serves as a symbol of Harley-Davidson’s commitment to funding treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases over the last 38 years. The Harley-Davidson family of riders, dealers, HOG members, customers, suppliers and employees has demonstrated its commitment to helping MDA and MDA families live longer, stronger lives. The iconic American company has raised more than $103 million in support of MDA’s mission through various events and programs, including group rides, dealer events and MDA’s largest fundraising events, “Black N Blue Ball” dinner auctions. Thousands of Harley riders also volunteer each summer at MDA camps across the country.


The award was presented today, Monday, March 12, during the 2018 MDA Clinical Conference at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. The 2018 MDA Clinical Conference is the preeminent gathering of MDA Care Center teams from across the country, as well as a growing number of medical and scientific experts from government, academia and industry. The Clinical Conference reflects MDA’s commitment and efforts to enhance the communication of new research findings and information related to the delivery of best-in-class medical care for individuals with neuromuscular diseases.

Daytona Biker Forecast

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Bikers in town for Bike Week can expect pleasant weather over most of the remaining days of the annual event, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

The forecast calls for Bike Week daytime highs ranging from the low 60s to the mid-70s through Saturday. Expect a drop into the low 40s on most nights, although Wednesday night’s forecast low is 39. Saturday night is warmer with a low of 55.

Expect to get wet Monday, as forecasters say there will be a 70 percent chance of showers and afternoon along with some wind. The rest of week is expected to have sunny days with clear or mostly clear nights.

Bikers should expect a warm sendoff on Sunday as Bike Weeks wraps up, with a forecast high of 79 expected along with sunny skies.

‘American Chopper’ star Paul Teutul Sr. files for bankruptcy

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“American Chopper” star Paul Teutul Sr. says he’s broke.

The reality TV star filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in New York on Feb. 28.

The Blast obtained documents that show Paul owns $1,801,729 in assets, and owes 50 creditors $1,070,893.44. Teutul said he makes $15,070.93 per month, but spends $12,612.

The website reports that he’s trying to “reorganize and restructure [his] debt without risk of losing assets.” Read more.

Curtiss Motorcycles Roars Back to Life with Exotic New V-Twin Warhawk

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For the first time in over 100 years, a new Curtiss Motorcycle is hitting the streets. Sharing a name with its famous World War II fighter plane ancestor, the new Warhawk pays homage to the man who invented the first American V-Twin motorcycle – Glenn Curtiss. The announcement marks the first product release since Confederate Motors rebranded to Curtiss Motorcycle earlier this year.

“We’ve spent the past 27 years working to optimize and perfect Mr. Curtiss’s V-Twin invention,” explained Curtiss CEO Matt Chambers. “Everything we know is built into this machine. Because the Warhawk is based on our acclaimed P51 Fighter, the engine, powertrain, and chassis are as solid as a bank vault. But now, we’ve cranked it to 11. There are no more rabbits we can pull out of the proverbial hat. There’s simply no way to make a more explosive hot-rod American V-twin than the Curtiss Warhawk.”

In addition to being the first Curtiss Motorcycle released in over a century, the announcement also marks the last motorcycle of its kind that the company will produce as it transitions from internal combustion to electric propulsion.

“The American V-twin is undoubtedly the most iconic and revered powertrain in motorcycle history. As we prepare to lead an all-new golden age of electrified motorcycles, this Curtiss Warhawk represents the best and final chapter in American V-Twin power and refinement. We’re building a handful of these Warhawks in honor of Mr. Curtiss and as a bequeathment from the brand of yesterday to the brand of tomorrow.”

Only 35 Curtiss Warhawks are scheduled to be crafted, with production beginning today. MSRP is $105,000 USD. For additional details and specifications, visit

Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Curtiss Motorcycle Company is on a mission to lead an all-new golden age of sustainable motorcycles by designing and crafting the world’s best and finest electric motorcycles. For more information, visit


Curtiss Motorcycle Company
Clay Morrison, 1-877-324-9888

Valerie Thompson To Attempt Motorcycle Land Speed Record at Australia’s Lake Gairdner World Speed Trials

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Valerie Thompson and Team “7” Racing, led by AMA Hall of Famer Denis Manning, journey halfway around the world for their attempt to capture the world’s fastest motorcycle title at the 28th Annual Speed Week and World Speed Trials competition at the Lake Gairdner salt flats in South Australia, March 12-19.

Open to cars, motorcycles and trucks, the 28th Annual Speed Week competition is hosted by the Dry Lakes Racers Australia (DLRA) from March 12-16. The World Speed Trials is a new event for motorcycles only, scheduled March 17-19 and regulated by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) the global governing/sanctioning body of motorcycle racing as well the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). Thompson and Team “7” Racing will use Speed Week for testing and tuning, while planning their record attempt during the World Speed Trials.

“I have raced on the dry lake beds and salt flats throughout the US, but I’ve never had the opportunity to race at the Lake Gairdner salt flats. I hope our first visit to Australia leads to my first world speed record in a streamliner with Team “7” Racing, the most dedicated crew I’ve ever worked with,” said Thompson. “It seems appropriate we have to travel half-way around the globe to capture the world’s fastest motorcycle title, a dream I have chased for a long time,” added an optimistic Thompson.

The current record of 376.36 mph (605.69 km/h) was formerly held three times by the Manning-designed streamliner. Less than 10 mph separates the top speeds of the current record holder and the Team “7” Racing entry, setting the stage for the world’s fastest motorcycle title battle being filmed by legendary Hollywood filmmaker Dana Brown and P-51 Pictures, creators of Dust to Glory, On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter and the award-winning Out of Nothing motorcycle racing documentary. P-51 crews have followed the top teams competing for the record from Bonneville to Bolivia, and will join Thompson, Manning and Team “7” in Australia to capture the final event for their feature-length film, Rockets and Titans, scheduled for worldwide release in early 2019.

Thompson stunned the racing world at the 2016 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials with a speed of 304.263 mph (489.663 km/h) piloting the Team “7” Streamliner. On only her fifth run in a streamlined motorcycle, Thompson became the first female driver in a two-wheeled vehicle over 300 mph, also earning the Fastest Time of the Meet award.

Thompson is a seven land speed record holder on a variety of bikes ranging from Harley-Davidsons to BMWs and is a member of six-land speed racing 200 MPH Clubs. She is the only female in history to compete for the world’s fastest motorcycle title and breaking the current record would be her first in a purpose-built motorcycle streamliner.

Autocycle Trends, Regulations, Laws and You

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People frequently ask the question “How will the new Autocycles be registered in my state?” For example, the Elio will be registered as either an autocycle or a motorcycle. Many States allow Polaris Slingshot riders to use motorcycle license to ride. If you’ve been following the lawmakers, you know that every manufacturer, brand and dealer has worked with state legislatures to ensure that Autocycle owners will not need to wear a helmet in their fancy three-wheeler and drive their Vanderhall or Slingshot or Elio with their standard driver’s license. Below are two updated maps.

In terms of the autocycle designation, at least 31 states have defined an “autocycle.” It is not necessary to have the “autocycle” designation in each State, however, there are currently two bills in Congress to make the autocycle designation Federal. As American three-wheeler brands continue to make progress on the legislative front, we will update the news to keep you informed.

New Biker Book — It Will Get Tough

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It Will Get Tough
by Ralph “Teach” Elrod
Viewed through the eyes of one of those effected “It Will Get Tough” takes an inside look at the daily grind encountered by select groups within the biker community. Everything from baseless traffic stops and fraudulent citations to physical harassment and even assertions of rape and intimidation that take place on a daily basis. These and many more forms of harassment reportedly happen on a daily basis. And through it all these riders maintain their close knit often rebellious lifestyle. Available on Amazon for $21.95