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Pop Evil To Open For Ozzy Osbourne At The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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Festivities at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip promise to be epic at this year’s rally. The Buffalo Chip has secured chart-topping hard rock band Pop Evil to open for Ozzy Osbourne on its main stage Aug. 9. This addition rounds out a jam-packed day of entertainment that begins in the afternoon with the thunder of hopped-up machines in the Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John followed by the adrenaline of Roland Sands Design’s Super Hooligan Races presented by Indian Motorcycle. More info at

Pop Evil has been pounding its way up the charts and into the hearts of fans ever since the band strapped on guitars and started writing songs in 2001. Billboard named them the no. 4 Mainstream Rock Artist of 2014, a result of three consecutive no. 1 Rock Radio Singles from their last album, and a fourth that cracked the Top 10. Touring with some of the biggest names in music, their songs such as Footsteps, Trenches and Deal with the Devil have been heard around the world and on TV in association with events such as NFL, NHL and NASCAR.

“Pairing Pop Evil with Ozzy Osbourne, the street drags and the Super Hooligan Races on Wednesday is packaging a perfect day at the rally,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Nobody should miss this rare opportunity for a day filled with non-stop racing action, stunts and events, and these incredible, world-class, megastar musicians all for one pass.”

As the largest and most easily accessed concert and camping venue east of Sturgis, concert attendees not already camping at the Buffalo Chip will be able to access the free parking area at the east gate, about 5 miles from exit 37 on I-90.

The Return Of Vagabond Choppers

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It is with great excitement to announce the re-opening of Vagabond Choppers.

Vagabond was a thriving custom build and full service center for American V-Twins located in Pompano Beach, Florida from 2004 until 2011. Athena – Chickie – Ransom and her sidekick (husband) Donnie Ransom tagged by Cycle Source Magazine as The Bonnie and Clyde of the South Florida motorcycle scene, created custom builds for customers, charities and corporations alike, as well, serviced the community with many of their motorcycle needs. Continue reading.

Author of ‘Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance,’ Dies At 88

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Robert Pirsig, author of the 1970s best-seller “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values,” died at his home in South Berwick on Monday. He was 88.

The book recounts a 1968 motorcycle trip through the Northwest that Pirsig and his 11-year-old son, Chris, made with two friends from Minneapolis. “The real cycle you are working on is a cycle called yourself,” says a line from the inside book jacket. “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” was published in 1974 after the manuscript had been rejected by 121 publishing houses.

“Zen,” described as one of the most influential books of popular philosophy ever written, explored the thesis that quality is the basis of reality, and that this understanding unifies most East Asian and Western thought. Pirsig dubbed his system of thought the Metaphysics of Quality. You can read more about Persig and his life here.

Barnett Replacement Clutch Cables for’14-’17 Indian Chief/Chieftain/Roadmaster/Scout

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Barnett has introduced new clutch cables for the 2014-17 Indian Chief/Chieftain, Roadmaster and Scout. These cables feature their High Efficiency inner wire which Barnett was the first to introduce to the motorcycle industry. The “HE” wire is nylon coated and lubed with a super slick silicone lube and combined with the Teflon inner-lining, provides longer life, ultra-smooth cable action and reduced lever effort. On the outside, all fittings are chrome plated where applicable and three casing types are available- Traditional Black Vinyl, Classic Stainless Braid w/clear coat and Platinum Series bright silver plated braid w/clear coat. As with all Barnett cables, the clear coat is guaranteed not to discolor from sun exposure. Available in stock and custom lengths, these clutch cables are made in the USA and available now through you dealer or at



John Parham 1954 – 2017

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John Parham dedicated most of his life to motorcycling and to his wife Jill. With passion and perseverance, through tough times and success, together they created J&P Cycles in 1979 and helped motorcyclists world wide enjoy two wheel adventures. Later John devoted his time and resources to amassing one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive personal collections of motorcycles, in excess of 300 machines, and found a home for many of them when he moved the National Motorcycle Museum to his home town of Anamosa, Iowa. Then he again invested his time and talent to make this a great place to preserve and present American motorcycling history. He worked tirelessly until his long battle with pulmonary fibrosis consumed him, and now he’s at rest with the Lord. John’s battle ended peacefully with Jill and son Zachery at his side.

The motorcycling community has lost one of its most passionate, considerate, entrepreneurial and successful people and he will be greatly missed. Anticipating what would be John’s choice, friends are encouraged to sign up for and support the organ donation program in their community and continue their support of the National Motorcycle Museum where a special Exhibition Development Fund will be created.

Zero Motorcycles Picked As Support Vehicles Of The Amgen Tour Of California

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Electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero Motorcycles launches a partnership with the Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race to be included as part of the race’s motorized support fleet for the pivotal men’s Big Bear Lake Time Trial stage. Zero says their motorcycles are ideal for cycling race support, as there is no exhaust or noxious chemicals for the athletes to breathe in, and with virtually no sound, athletes can clearly hear any audio instructions given to them by their team over race radios.

From May 11-20, this seven-day men’s and four-day women’s event attracts World Champions, Olympic medalists and Tour de France stage winners from around the world to California to compete across one of the most scenic and challenging courses in any race on the international racing calendar. Starting in Sacramento and finishing in Pasadena, the men’s race will be contested by 16 teams across 575 miles of coastlines, highways and mountain roads. The 16 women’s teams will compete across 257 miles through South Lake Tahoe, Elk Grove and Sacramento. This year’s event will feature top UCI WorldTour teams with the world’s best and most legendary riders.


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New Program Allows Dealers to Advertise Inventory Across Bonnier Titles

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Bonnier Motorcycle Group and Dealer Motorsports, have teamed up and now offer a new inventory classified program that’s designed for powersports dealers across the country. It allows participating dealers to advertise their inventory and receive qualified buyer inquiries by email and SMS. The program can be accessed through many of the Bonnier Motorcycle Group enthusiast websites, including Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Dirt Rider, Hot Bike, ATV Rider and UTV Driver.

“Never before have dealers been able to advertise their new and used inventory on our media network,” said Andy Leisner, Bonnier Motorcycle Group Senior Vice President and Managing Director. “This new program gives dealers access to the millions of powersports shoppers who visit our sites each month where we engage, inform and inspire consumers in their search for a motorcycle, ATV or UTV. Consumers trust our media brands as the world’s most comprehensive source of powersports information. Now they can turn their interest into action by connecting with participating dealers.”

Designed with the dealer in mind, the program combines inventory integration and management software with an intuitive dealer interface, allowing for a seamless marketing experience at a competitive price.

Harley-Davidson Shipments Fall 14.7 Percent In First Quarter 2017

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Harley-Davidson Inc kept its 2017 outlook unchanged despite first-quarter shipments hitting the high end of the company’s forecast.

Milwaukee-based Harley’s shares were down 4 percent at $57.00 in premarket trading on Tuesday.

The company, which commands about half the U.S. big-bike market, said motorcycle shipments fell 14.7 percent to 70,831 units in the quarter ended March 26, compared with its forecast of 66,000-71,000 units.

Harley said it continues to expect full-year shipments to be flat to down modestly.

Harley’s first quarter shipments were helped by warmer-than-usual weather that led to an early start to the annual riding season, probably resulting in a pull-forward in demand from the second quarter, analysts have said.

Harley also took the rare step of offering rebates on its 2016 motorcycles to U.S. dealers as an incentive for them to shift a backlog that had restricted sales of its latest models.

Demand for Harley’s motorcycles continues to be slow as its loyal baby boomer demographic ages and rivals such as the Indian brand bike maker Polaris Industries Inc and Japan’s Honda Motor Co Ltd offer competitive discounts.

Revenue per motorcycle fell about $342 to $15,526 in the first quarter, Harley said.

The company’s net income fell 25.6 percent to $186.37 million, $1.05 per share, in the quarter, from a year earlier.

Revenue from motorcycles and related products fell 15.7 percent to $1.33 billion.

Analysts on average had expected earnings of $1.02 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.