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Buffalo Chip Awards Challenge Scholarships

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In an ongoing effort to inspire Black Hills students to discover a career in the expanding world of motorcycle engineering and manufacturing and prepare the next generation of American motorcycle craftsmen, Sturgis Buffalo Chip president, Rod Woodruff announced the winners of the 2016 Buffalo Chip Challenge scholarship awards. Three outstanding Black Hills students have been chosen to receive awards totaling $8,500. The Buffalo Chip collaborates with some of the motorcycle industry’s leading professionals to offer a free industrial education and scholarship program to Black Hills students, enabling them to take hold of dreams that might otherwise seem impossible. Read more.

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Industry News Flash — AirHawk International Files Lawsuit

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AirHawk International announced that it recently filed in the United States District Court Central District Of California Southern Division a Complaint For Patent Infringement, False Advertising, Tortious Interference, and Unfair Competition against various parties related to a product called “Wild Ass Motorcycle Cushion.”.

AirHawk has also sent Cease and Desist letters to various parties and some retailers known to have sold or purchased, or planning to sell or purchase, the product in question with the reminder that it is important for them to understand that every person or entity in the chain of commerce can be liable for patent infringement, including but not limited to manufacturers, distributors, retailers, resellers, advertisers, marketers, and consumers (end users.)

According to the filing, AirHawk is asking for:

Preliminary and permanent injunctive relief restraining and enjoining defendants and their respective officers, directors, agents, servants, representatives, employees, affiliates, attorneys, and all persons acting inprivity or in concert with them, and their parents, subsidiaries, divisions, successors and assigns, from directly or indirectly infringing AirHawk’s patents; as well as other findings and judgments.

AirHawk owner, Don Mahoney, expressed confidence that conscientious retailers will honor AirHawk’s patents and steer clear of obvious knock offs if and when they are offered to them. He said, “I do hope retailers remember that they too are liable for patent infringement when they are selling infringing knock-offs.” Mahoney went on to say that he did not think that anybody really wants to buy a product made in China when they can have a proven, quality product manufactured in Santa Ana, California for the same price.
AirHawk is launching its digital online media campaign the first week of May. For info check out airhawk.net or call 888-443-2669

Skull Plaid Shirt For Men

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Men's Plaid #1 Skull Plaid Shirt

Cut slim for lean, modern style, the new Men’s #1 Skull Plaid Shirt (P/N 99057-16VM, $65.00) from the Harley-Davidson MotorClothes Collection features a classic plaid pattern that looks great with any shade of jeans. The 100 percent cotton fabric is pre-washed for a soft feel from the first wearing. This shirt features a snap front and snap-down collar, a single snap chest pocket and embroidered underarm eyelets. Detailing is low-key, with a twill printed label on the placket hem, embroidered graphics on the left chest and a metal badge on the back collar. Offered in S to 3XL sizes.

Grizzly Right On Schedule To Set World Record On His Victory Motorcycle

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Swiss endurance rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita is 25 riding days and 16,932 miles into his quest to set a new world record by circumnavigating six continents in less than 100 riding days aboard his Victory Cross Country Tour.
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Grizzly rode away from Daytona International Speedway on March 11 flanked by hundreds of owners of Victory motorcycles who joined him to ride one lap of the Daytona 200 road course and escort him out of town for the first part of his journey.

From Daytona Beach, Fla., he traveled 3,971 miles in six days and 14 hours to complete the first leg of the ride in Panama City, Panama. He then continued traveling south 6,269 miles for nine days and 23 hours to reach Ushuaia, Argentina, at  tip of South America. From there, he returned 2,088 miles to Santiago, Chile, loaded his bike onto a plane and transferred to Australia, where he spent six days and five hours riding 4,604 miles west across the continent from Sydney to Perth.
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From Perth, Grizzly and his Victory were flown to Cape Town, South Africa, on April 27, where they currently await clearance through customs. Thereafter is a 6,503-mile journey from Cape Town to Cairo, Egypt, where he’ll then point his front wheel toward Tunis, Tunisia, and a ferry to take him across the Mediterranean.

From Africa, Grizzly’s path will lead him north through Europe, then east through Asia. An eventual arrival in Singapore will have him load his bike onto a plane and travel to Anchorage, Alaska, before resuming his tour across North America to a planned finish in Daytona Beach.

“I had a very good start of my world record attempt from the Daytona Speedway on March 12 at 1:44 p.m. local time,” Grizzly communicates from his layover in Cape Town. “I’ve met many people on the road, and at the stops when I had some hours of sleep, and want to thank them for these encounters. They were very hospitable, helpful, open and without distrust – many thanks to them as this makes the world just wonderful!

“Now I am shortly before starting the next leg across Africa. In all books and on all plans, this is supposedly the most challenging continent to ride and I will surely have many more adventures in the next weeks as I continue my goal of being the fastest man on two wheels across all continents.”

The Victory Cross Country Tour Grizzly is using for this attempt was specially modified by Motostyling Zurich. While the engine, frame and running gear remain relatively untouched, other parts of the bike have been redesigned to fit Grizzly’s needs as he covers long distances in remote parts of the world.

“We are excited about Grizzly’s progress thus far,” says Alex Hultgren, Victory’s Director of Marketing. “Ultimately, this is an endurance race that balances Victory’s well-known dependability with Grizzly’s mental and physical fitness. We look forward to tracking Grizzly through the next phase of his journey.”

Time and position measurement are being done via GPS and satellite tracking. Timing is not stopped on overland routes (i.e., when waiting to pass a country border or when the rider is sleeping). However, timing is stopped for air and sea transfers between continents and restarts once the bike arrives on the new continent.

Grizzly’s total distance is scheduled to be approx. 62,000 miles. The current record for such a ride is 120 days.

Visit GrizzlyRaceTeam.ch for an up-to-date schedule of his travels. Learn more about Victory Motorcycles at VictoryMotorcycles.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook. Image link is below the break.

EBR Motorcycles and Splitlath Racing Team Partners For 2016 Season

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EBR Motorcycles has partnered with Splitlath Racing for the 2016 Superbike racing season. “It has been an amazing few months since the new EBR Motorcycles was launched, and we have been focused on the process of getting our great new EBR street motorcycles into production,” said Erik Buell, Chief Technical Officer of EBR Motorcycles. “The demand for new motorcycles is really fantastic, and for certain we will stay focused on this by growing our dealer base. But we do love racing and we are happy to announce that EBR will be joining forces with Splitlath Racing, and featuring them as our factory team for 2016. It’s not about big budgets, but the passion and joy of racing and the fierce independence of the riders, crews and owners of such teams. ”

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Splitlath will be racing at select international venues that will represent EBR Motorcycles well, and will showcase the adventure and excitement of racing the EBR 1190 around the globe. John Dimbylow, team principal of Splitlath Racing touched on the plan for 2016: “After working with Erik Buell for a few years now, Splitlath is excited to be fully integrated to the EBR family, and to have the opportunity to be part of the growth of this unique brand and philosophy. The engineering of all EBR products is a delight to work with, and for us to be in a position where we can work with a very talented set of engineers and are part of the process of race development is a real privilege. Splitlath has been racing in 2015 and 2016 mainly in the emerging Chinese Pan Delta Superbike series, where the crowds and TV coverage are huge. Our team has been incredibly successful there, winning every race entered to date in the premier Chinese Pan Delta Superbike series, against full factory efforts from big players. This series is where all of the world’s major motorcycle manufacturers are positioning themselves as the Chinese market opens up, thirsty for high-end Western machines. EBR is gaining huge respect there. Splitlath also attended the Isle of Man TT and Macau GP, more to produce videos of these amazing events and the experience around them, than to go for the win. Incidentally, when the stock EBR 1190 was entered two years ago, it was the first trial of these bikes. When we finished, we were informed that EBR was the first manufacturer ever to compete in, and complete the TT circuit at its first ever attempt. The Isle of Man TT is just so savage that it shakes bikes apart in ways that you can’t anticipate, so it is a real proving ground for any street bike. Our riders say the EBR incredibly assured handling, wide powerband, and light wheels that stayed on the rough tarmac make the TT course a bit less daunting! Splitlath anticipates returning to the US to compete in due course and we are very excited about this. Currently we are talking with sponsors and looking for approval from the US organization.”

Splitlath Racing would like to thank their following sponsors: IJS Global GBracing MotionPro Zero Gravity Impact Prowear Metzeler HEL FusionMX Engelbert Strauss Workwear. Sponsorship inquiries, should contact john.dimbylow@ebr.com. Parties interested in racing partnership opportunities with EBR Motorcycles should contact info@ebr.com.

Victory Front Fender Fit Kits

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To make installation simple, Klock Werks Victory Front Fenders are packaged with mounting blocks and hardware, all in one box, as a FIT KIT. Shops and dealers around the U.S. have stated that our smooth, e-coated fenders look as good as a black, stock fender, but odds are you are going to want to paint them!

These steel kits include a pre-drilled, stamped 14-gauge steel fender, machine billet aluminum mounting blocks in raw or chrome, and chrome hardware for use with 16”/17”/18” or 21” wheels on the “inverted fork” and “conventional fork” Victory Models. With several pro les to choose from, it should be easy to find the coverage and attitude that fits your custom project.

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New Red Shift 587 Cam for CVO-110 Engines

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RedShift587Harley’s CVO 110” engine is quite different from the 103, as it is equipped with much larger valves and heavier valve springs. Zipper’s Performance’s engineers went to work and designed the 587 cam with the factory CVO 110 in mind. The goal was to provide smoother, more exciting power over stock from 2,000 rpm to over 100 horsepower at red line, without the trademark at-lining at 4,500 that the stock cam provides. Zipper’s says that torque is improved across the entire rpm range for that great big-block engine feel. This Red Shift bolt-in camshaft was created for the CVO rider who wants his motorcycle to perform as good as it looks!

More information is available about this new cam here.

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Kerry Alter Land Speed Racing Teammates Newest Female Members Of Mojave Mile 200 MPH Club

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Kerry Alter Land Speed Racing teammates, Lisa Taylor and Loretta Flores, became the most recent members of three different 200 MPH Clubs at the Mojave Magnum speed event April 8-10 in Mojave, California. The event has separate speed clubs based on distance raced. The Mojave Mile is for 1-mile runs and the Mojave Magnum is for 1.5-mile runs.

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Retired Scottsdale motorcycle officer and event rookie, Lisa Taylor, earned membership in the Mojave Mile 200 MPH Club with stout run of 215.7 mph on her Kerry Alter prepared Suzuki Hayabusa. To top her new personal best one-mile speed, Taylor raced the same Hayabusa on the 1.5-mile course to a blistering new personal best 1.5-mile speed of 226 mph, earning her membership in the Mojave Magnum 225 MPH Club.

Loretta Flores, a 24-year old motorcycle technician from Tempe, set a new personal best top speed of 204.2 mph on Alter’s 2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale, earning her membership into the Mojave Mile 200 MPH Club.  Flores top speed at last year’s event as a rookie was 195.6 mph.

Kerry Alter Land Speed Racing was formed in 2008 by Phoenix-resident and 17-time land speed record holder, Kerry Alter. The team races three different bikes tuned by Alter, including a Suzuki Hayabusa, Ducatti 1299 Panigale and a BMW S 1000 RR.
“I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of both Lisa and Loretta for their outstanding performances at one of the fastest race courses on the West Coast. Both worked hard and smart to meet their objectives,” said Kerry Alter, team owner and driver. “We set a lot of goals for this event and achieved all of a them. The bikes responded well to my tune-ups for both courses and we lucked out with the weather,” added Alter, who did not race due to recovery from injuries from a non-racing accident.
The next Mojave Magnum event will be held October 8-9, 2016 at the Mojave Air & Space Port in Mojave, California.

Victory Motorcycles’ Octane To Appear On Velocity’s ‘CAR Fix’

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In its season premier this Saturday, Velocity’s Car Fix will showcase the World Record holding 2017 Victory Motorcycles Octane. In each episode of “Car Fix” Lou Santiago and Jared Zimmerman take on special automotive projects including modifications, upgrades and repairs using high-end performance and aftermarket products that car junkies can’t wait to get their hands on.

On Saturday, the guys take a look at what makes the Victory Octane a Modern American Musclebike – the sharp-edge styling, the race-bred V-twin engine producing 104 horsepower and 76 foot-pounds of tire-shredding torque, and the stiff and solid chassis that delivers outstanding power to weight performance in the class. Zimmerman then customizes an Octane and puts it up against Santiago’s Mustang GT. Who will win in the quarter mile?
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“Vehicle enthusiasts are familiar with the musclecar formula: take a big motor, shove it into a lightweight chassis, then delete anything that does not contribute to performance – the Victory Octane is the two-wheeled expression of that concept,” says Alex Hultgren, Director of Marketing for Victory Motorcycles. “The guys at ‘Car Fix’ couldn’t have found a better challenger to go up against Lou’s Mustang.”

“Car Fix”, which premieres on Velocity at 10 AM (CT) on April 30 and will encore at 10 AM (CT) on May 1, is produced for the network by Brenton Productions. Learn more about Victory Motorcycles at VictoryMotorcycles.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook.