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10th Quail Motorcycle Gathering Update

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With more than 300 motorcycles on display and 3,000 guests in attendance, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, features one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage and modern motorcycles sponsored by leading manufacturers and top lifestyle, retail, and beverage companies ─ all hosted on the stunning green grasses of Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California. Boasting live bands, a signature beverage pavilion, and a dedicated kid’s area, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering truly has something for everyone! Entry is inclusive of a mouthwatering barbecue lunch, parking, and gear valet service for those riding a motorcycle to the event!

Enter a motorcycle for display at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering to be featured amongst some of the most reputable motorcycles in the world and be in the running to win a coveted Quail Award! Regarded as one of the nation’s most prestigious motorcycle concours, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering honors Best of Show with a Tiffany & Co trophy. The Quail Awards also include first and second place in each class, the Industry Award, Design and Style Award, Spirit of The Quail Award, and more!

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering featured categories of 2018 are Café Racers, Electric Motorcycles and Arlen Ness Private Collection Motorcycles. In addition to these featured categories, the traditional classes will include: Antique, American, British, Other European, Japanese, Competition On Road, Competition Off Road, Custom/Modified, and Extraordinary Bicycles and Scooters. More info here.

E3 Spark Plugs To Sponsor Amsoil A.M.A. Arenacross

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In support of E3s expanding commitment to professional and amateur motorcycle racingE3 announces a two-year sponsorship commitment to Arenacross racing. E3 is now the official spark plug for all A.M.A. Arenacross events for both 2018 and 2019.

E3 Vice President of Motorsports, Rob Fisher, says, “With its high flying action and handlebar banging drama, Arenacross competition is one of the most exciting forms of motorcycle racing there is. We at E3 have a long history of supporting extreme sports, after all the competitors and fans alike have an affinity for superior performance and can really appreciate the technology behind an E3 Spark Plug. So it makes natural sense for us to align ourselves with Arenacross. We hope this two-year agreement as the Official Spark Plug of Arenacross is just the beginning of a long relationship with the many factory race teams and racers that participate in this sport.”

 The Amsoil Arenacross 2018 schedule began January 6 at the Wright State University Nutter Center in Dayton, OH. Produced by Feld Entertainment, the schedule includes 12 weekend events that will showcase the highest level of competition from both factorysupported race teams and amateurs with events scheduled in OH, MA, PA, NC, WI, SC, CO, ID, KS, OR and NV, including a concluding battle by race teams for the Ricky Carmichael Cup in Las Vegas, May 4-6.


“We are proud to welcome E3 Spark Plugs as the official spark plug for all AMSOIL Arenacross events in 2018-2019. With E3’s sponsorship commitment to supporting our sport from the top professionals to the up-and-coming amateurs, we’re excited to bring E3’s full line of spark plugs to every AMSOIL Arenacross event,” said Bill Heras, Director of Arenacross at Feld Entertainment, Inc.

 E3 motorcycle spark plugs feature patented DiamondFIRE technology designed to increase performance and fuel efficiency. The plug’s Edge-to-Edge™ electrode design ensures more thorough combustion for faster starts, more power and longer engine life with less carbon build-up.

 For more information about the full line of E3 performance ignition products visit For the latest company and product news follow E3 on FacebookTwitterGoogle +Instagram, or subscribe to E3’s You Tube Channel.

Slingshot’s New Three Wheeler Gives You The Ultimate In Comfort, Style & Technology

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Slingshot had just introduced its most premium offering yet with the Grand Touring LE. Fully loaded and accessorized straight from the factory, the limited edition is the ultimate in comfort, style and technology.

Fully outfitted from the factory with everything you need to make your escape, the Grand Touring LE comes with the Slingshade, a roof that offers rider comfort and sun protection. Additionally, drivers will sit comfortably with Slingshot’s Quilted Comfort Seats and experience the industry-leading Ride Command infotainment system with turn-by-turn navigation. Adding to the style and design, the Grand Touring LE features a color-matched rear fender, Matte Cloud Gray and Indy Red paint finish, and a Limited Edition Graphics package.

In celebration of professional football’s Championship Game taking place in Slingshot’s backyard of Minneapolis, Slingshot will display the new Grand Touring LE outside Nicollet Mall and at Maxim Magazine’s famed “Big Game Party” on Saturday, February 3. Each display will provide fans in Minneapolis and Maxim party guests with the first in-person look at the all-new limited edition from Slingshot.Although federally classified as a motorcycle, driving requirements for the Polaris Slingshot are directed by legislators at the state level. Under a new classification known as “autocycle,” Slingshot drivers in 41 states do not need a motorcycle endorsement to operate. They can enjoy the fun and exciting ride only a Slingshot can offer with a valid state driver’s license.Starting at $29,999, the Grand Touring LE will be available at Polaris Slingshot dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada starting in early March. More info here.

Quick, Register for the 10th Annual Biker Belles Premium Package

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Availability of the special premium package upgrade for the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 10th annual Biker Belles Celebration has been extended for just a few days to Feb. 9. The addition of two new symposium panelists and the all-women’s “Women & Wheels Bike Show™” presented by Wild Gypsy Tour, make this deal even more appealing. The inclusive event set to take place on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 celebrates women in motorcycling and offers participants a day of real riders, real stories and real passion. Biker Belles was created in 2009 to raise awareness of the passion, diversity and spirit of women in motorcycling and to raise funds for local worthy charities.

Shifting Gears Symposium Panelists

Moto-traveler and journalist Alisa Clickenger, and motivational rider and health coach Leah Misch will both participate in the inspiring symposium, titled “Shifting Gears.” Clickenger credits motorcycling with saving her life. She has ridden across the globe, on dirt and pavement, bringing her message of support and empowerment particularly to women. Misch escaped a horribly abusive relationship and obesity, turning her life around through exercise and motorcycling. As a health coach and independent nurse, she has run eight marathons and ridden over 21,000 miles. More information on 2018 Biker Belles’ special guests can be found here.

Women & Wheels Bike Show

Women & Wheels, an all-women’s bike show presented by the Wild Gypsy Tour, will bring together a unique collection of women-created machines to kick off the day’s events. Experience this one-time collection of custom designs at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads starting at 8 a.m., and ending at 10 a.m. when kickstands go up for The Morning Ride™ to The Lodge at Deadwood. There’s no cost to attend or participate in this bike show. Participants may ride in the day of the show or register in advance at

Special Premium Package Deal to End Feb. 9

Biker Belles registration includes:

Space on The Morning RideTM led by land-speed record holders Laura Klock and Karlee Cobb
On-the-Go breakfast and coffee
Catered Luncheon
Admittance to the “Shifting Gears” Symposium
Pampering and retail experience at the Comfort Zone by Team Diva
Souvenir gift bag and T-shirt

The Premium Upgrade Package is limited to the first 30 reservations and in addition to the above includes:

Premium seating at reserved table during the symposium and luncheon
Sponsor welcome gift
High-resolution download of the group photo

One hundred percent of riders’ fee from this event benefit Helping With Horsepower and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.

More information can be found at

After crash, injured motorcyclist accuses robot-driven vehicle of ‘negligent driving’

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A California motorcyclist has filed a lawsuit against General Motors, accusing one of the manufacturer’s robot-operated vehicles of “negligent driving.”

Oscar Willhelm Nilsson claims he was traveling down a San Francisco street last month when a Cruise AV aborted a lane change and swerved into his lane. The car struck him, “knocking him to the ground,” in a crash that left him injured and unable to work, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco this week.

The Cruise AV was operating in self-driving mode at the time of the crash, the suit alleges, but a backup driver was sitting in the front seat of the vehicle with his hands off the wheel. Read more.

Black Precision Engine Covers For Milwaukee-Eight

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Now available in smooth gloss black, Precision covers serve as an extension of the Milwaukee-Eight’s design language, enhancing the sinister look of Harley-Davidson “Special” and CVO Touring models, as well as the Gloss Black Engine Cover Kit (H-D P/N 92500059). The modern and muscular designs deliver a truly defined appearance for a seamless integration with every factory component, whether used individually or as a complete set.

Everything in the Precision line is bolt on, creating a uniform aesthetic with the motor. The collection includes groupings of unique covers and accents that bring the same powerful appearance to often-overlooked areas of the engine and transmission. Focus areas include the cylinder base, inner primary, tappet block, transmission and starter, as well as the voltage regulator, oil cooler, and coolant pump for liquid-cooled models, among other areas.

Coming soon to the Precision lineup are full kits for 2018 Softail models offered in both gloss black and chrome finish options. To view the complete Precision collection for Milwaukee-Eight Touring models, visit

The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence  

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As America has been dramatically reducing and even eliminating their skilled trades classes, Harbor Freight Tools founder, Eric Schmidt, started Harbor Freight Tools for Schools as a non-profit program to strengthen and bring back those classes to give students a path to a skilled trade and a good paying career. The first annual Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence is part of that program, recently awarding over $500,000 to outstanding skilled trades teachers and their American public high schools.

I’m proud to announce our three first-place winners of the prize. These remarkable teachers and their schools have each received $100,000: $70,000 to the school and $30,000 to the teacher:

Bob Kilmer teaches woodworking, computer-aided design and architecture and construction at Enumclaw High School in Washington. His students are designing and building a tiny house for a local family in need.
Brendan Malone teaches marine systems technology at Urban Assembly New York Harbor School on Governors Island. His program teaches his students to build, maintain and repair boats, and his school is the only high school in the country that can credential students for a career in the marine industry.
Jonathan Schwartz teaches advanced manufacturing and woodworking at Colfax High School in Northern California. His students use software to design wood projects and then build them with traditional shop tools, CNC equipment, 3D printers and laser cutters.
Our seven second-place winners have each received $30,000, with $20,000 to the schools and $10,000 to the teachers. You can learn more about these inspiring winners and view the video highlights of the announcements here.

Additionally, Harbor Freight Tools provided a $1,000 gift card to each of the 44 prize semifinalists to support their skilled trades programs.

Please join me in congratulating and saluting these teachers—and the thousands more like them across the country—who are helping their students develop skills that are in demand and will lead to great careers. They are true heroes.

More information is available here.

New Metzeler X-ply sizes

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The Metzeler brand extends its ROADTECTM 01 Sport Touring line with new X-ply sizes. Available starting in March 2018, the new line extension will provide many more fitments for older motorcycles as well as the new, smaller capacity motorcycles.

Compared to the radial version, ROADTECTM 01 X-ply features the use of different structures and compounds. ROADTECTM 01 has been developed with absolute versatility in mind, enabling excellent wet performance, mileage and stability for pure road use. From short trips with a sporty riding style to adventurers or urban commuters, the range now meets the demands of sport-tourers, tourers, nakeds, enduro-street and supersport motorcycles from 150cc upwards.

While the ROADTECTM 01 radial carcass has a 0° steel belt with INTERACTTM technology, the X-ply carcass features increased rigidity, especially in the sidewall area. Front and rear X-Ply compounds feature a different approach compared to radial tires with their rotation generating more heat. A unique carbon-black based compound with approximately 30% silica capitalizes on the heat generated by structural flex to reach its optimal operating temperature to deliver good grip in the dry. Special plastifying resins, enhancing compound mobility and adhesive properties, are combined with Silica to ensure that the ROADTECTM 01 also delivers incomparable grip in the wet. The relatively stiffer structures of the X-ply, coupled with chemical components and tread adhesives, therefore provide a very high level of grip, both in dry and wet conditions.

In addition to the radial and new X-ply sizes and underlining Metzeler’s focus on range extension, the HWM -“Heavy Weight Motorcycles”- version is also available. Designed for heavy motorcycles, such as big cruisers and tourers, the HWM version guarantees greater stability, improving the experience when riding over irregularities in the road surface or during sudden handlebar movements.

For more information on ROADTECTM 01 and the new X-ply sizes that are available from March 2018 onwards, visit

H-D Debuts Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb At 2018 X Games

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In an X Games first, Harley-Davidson® Snow Hill Climb will make its debut at X Games Aspen as a medaled event alongside ski, snowboard and other action-sports competitions. The new medal sport will close out X Games Aspen 2018, which airs January 25-28 on ESPN and ABC.

In the Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb, riders will race modified twin-cylinder motorcycles up the flat bottom of the SuperPipe course. In each heat, riders will line up side-by-side at the start line at the base of the SuperPipe for a head-to-head race.

The first racer to ride the length of the SuperPipe and clear the finish line at the top will earn the “W.” Each Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb race motorcycle consists of an extended swingarm widen frame and a high-torque, twin-cylinder motor.

“For 115 years H-D riders from all walks of life have expressed their freedom from the seat of America’s favorite motorcycle, so it’s natural for us to continue to blaze trails – this time off the road and in the snow,” said Scott Beck, Harley-Davidson director of marketing. “We’ve raced the ice and climbed virtually every kind of hill, and the Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb is another way for us to grow the sport of motorcycling. We know our riders, and X Games fans and athletes alike share a passion for adrenaline and speed.”

The gold-and-bronze-medal rounds of Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb will air January 28 at 10:45 p.m. ET live on ESPN. Preliminary rounds and qualifying will stream live at 10:15 p.m. ET exclusively on

The riders invited to compete in the Harley-Davison Snow Hill Climb are Logan Mead, Logan Cipala, Austin Cardwell, Jake Anstett, Dan Lauters, Josh Mueller, Louie Lauters and Travis Whitlock.

“There’s a story behind every mile you ride on your Harley-Davidson, and I’m honored to be one of the first to ride mine up the Snow Hill Climb during X Games 2018,” said Josh Mueller, who’ll be racing a modified Harley-Davidson Sportster® motorcycle. “History will be made in Aspen, and every athlete will look on with envy as we race up the SuperPipe.”

To learn more about Snow Hill Climb and see the bikes in action, check out Harley-Davidson’s YouTube channel.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will televise a combined 15.5 hours of live X Games Aspen competition in high definition, which will also be accessible via the ESPN app and WatchABC to viewers who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider. An additional eight hours of competition will be carried digitally/ESPN3 as well as the latest coverage across ESPN digital platforms, including, X Games app, X Games pages across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and more.

Additional information on all X Games Aspen 2018 events will be forthcoming on for fans or on for media.

Bargain Hunters: New Three-Day Passes and VIP Packages For Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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The world’s largest motorcycle and music festival is now offering even more money-saving options at The Best Party Anywhere! For those who would like to attend, but are unable to stay for the full duration of a 14-, nine- or seven-day pass, three-day passes provide an affordable way to take in multiple days of the festival. The campground passes include tent camping and access to all events, concerts and races within the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground for the specified dates.

New three-day upgrades offer a variety of multiple days of amenities to guests including penthouse level concert viewing at the Top Shelf Lounge, VIP pit access, VIP stage seating, possible main stage entertainer meet and greets, snacks, beverages and more.

Click here for more information on the new three-day Top Shelf VIP Package:

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Prices will never be lower and those anticipating attending the concerts, races, crazy contests, bike shows and more at the Buffalo Chip in 2018 are encouraged to purchase passes before the next tier prices take effect. Multi-day passes have historically been a great value, and the three-day passes are no exception.

“We are always looking for ways to offer guests the best time of their lives at a great value,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “The new three-day passes give those who can’t take more time from work or family the opportunity to save some money, and the VIP packages offer a truly unique rock star experience at the Buffalo Chip. It’s not everyday you have the chance to meet Kid Rock and Eric Church!”