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Motorcycle Cannonball Stage 13 Update

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It’s the beginning of the end and riders have begun to lament over what life will be like when they aren’t living and breathing Motorcycle Cannonball. Of the 107 who toed up to the starting line in Portland, Maine, there are still 99 riders left in the race, and 44 of those riders have perfect scores. Chris Tribbey and his 1911 Excelsior, the oldest machine in the run, held first place for most of the race but suffered a broken valve in Stage 10, brake failure in Stage 12 and after 4 miles on Friday, his rear brake locked up. Despite all that, Tribbey got the old girl back in the race to finish out 151 miles of glorious riding through Montana, Idaho and Washington with a smile. “As far as I’m concerned, this has been the best riding of my life,” Tribbey beamed. “It doesn’t matter about the winning, just the riding.” Dean Bordigioni is currently in first place on his 1913 Harley-Davidson.

The day ended at Lone Wolf Harley-Davidson in Spokane Valley with a bike night celebration, live music and a warm welcome for the Cannonballers who utilized the time to wrench on their rides as fans looked on.

Saturday’s ride will be the last full day of competition riding and will cover 303 miles into Oregon after a hosted lunch at Rattlesnake Mountain Harley-Davidson in Kennewick, Washington. Racers will arrive in The Dalles, Oregon to display their bikes on Federal Street from 5:00 to 6:30 so come on out and be a part of this rare opportunity to see history in the making.

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Motorcycle Cannonball Stage 12 Update

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Thursday morning kicked off with rain, cold, and concern as riders were given a choice of going over the famous Logan’s Pass through Glacier National Park or a secondary, lower section of the park due to concerns for the old machine struggling over steep inclines, the descending declines with little to no braking power, and possible weather though the upper route, but none of the riders were daunted. Everyone took the high road and were rewarded with glorious vistas and an incredible riding experience. As the international group of motorcyclists stood at the half-way point and enjoyed the brilliant fall foliage against the breathtaking mountains, riders expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to experience America’s roadways and the magnificence of Mother Nature’s splendor. For the staff who had to backtrack the route for stragglers and came in late themselves, their experience included snowfall. Otherwise, riders just arrived at the evening finish in Kalispell, Montana rain soaked but elated over the day’s ride.

Stage 13 will take the group over 254 miles into Washington’s Spokane Valley for a hosted dinner at Lone Wolf Harley-Davidson where the riders will have their bikes on display until 6pm. Every is invited to come on out and share in the fun.

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Motorcycle Cannonball Stage 10 Update

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The first day after the only day of rest for the group brought long miles, cooler weather, and an upset in standings. Most riders spent the day off the road wrenching and prepping for higher elevations and more grueling miles, so there was no rest for the already weary travelers as they journeyed across Wyoming and Montana’s Big Horn Mountains and past the Custer Battlefield National Monument before arriving at Beartooth Harley-Davidson for an evening dinner in the parking lot in Billings, Montana. The group will spend the next two days traveling across the Big Sky state.

The day’s big news was that Chris Tribbey’s little Excelsior “that could” decided to take a break by throwing an exhaust valve early in the day and finished with 149 miles out of the 299 routed. First-time competitor, Chris Tribbey has slipped to 66 place, leaving Dean Bordigioni, a four-time racer, as the only Century old classification, Class I rider with a perfect score. Also moving up in rank is Byrne Bramwell, in second, Fred Wacker in third, and the always smiling Andrea Labarbara in fourth place. It is, of course, still anybody’s game since things change quickly along the back roads and there’s no predicting what might happen. Other riders who suffered engine catastrophes are #22, Jeff Lauritsen, who is on his second engine and wrenching to get back on the road after 130 miles, #20 from Connecticut, Denis Sharon who held a perfect score until the engine of his 1916 H-D seized after 129 miles, and everyone’s favorite Georgia rider, Doug Jones, who came off the road after 137. We’ll keep an eye out for them all at the green flag as riders head out for Stage 11.

Also being watched closely will be rider #15, Mike Carson. After he and his son, Buck, were involved in a crash back in Indiana, Carson has been nursing several broken ribs, a broken clavicle and is in need of surgery. Early on he announced that he would ride again after the day of rest, despite doctor’s orders, and the news that he was out of the race was published here. That was proven quite wrong during Stage 10 after Cason arrived at the finish line with a perfect score of all 299 miles. Never say never.

Stage 11 is predicated to be cold and wet and will involve 248 miles before riders pull into Big Sky Harley-Davidson in Great Falls for a hosted dinner, so come on out and cheer the road warriors on. Who knows what the day will bring!

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Check Out Shelburne’s debut single off ‘Two Lane Town’

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Nashville recording artist J.D. Shelburne is excited to announce the official video for “One Less Girl” – the first single from his newly released album, Two Lane Town – has made its premiere on CMT today. The video will air 8 times today on CMT’s 24/7 digital music channel, CMT Music, and CMT.com between 6-6:30 am ET; 9-9:30 am ET; 12:30-1pm ET; 3-3:30 pm ET; 6-6:30 pm ET; 9:30-10 pm ET; and 12-12:30 am ET; 4-4:30 am ET the morning of Sept. 19.

“I moved to Nashville 10 years ago to chase this dream. One of my early goals was to land a video on CMT,” said Shelburne. “I grew up watching their network. To finally say I have achieved that goal and will premiere on CMT on Tuesday is a dream come true. I am thrilled for this!”

Shot and recorded in both Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee, the “One Less Girl” video gives the viewer a personal look into the emotional reflections, and post-breakup memories that linger from a relationship that no longer exists.

J.D. has high hopes and expectations for his new music. “One of my goals is to play the Grand Ole Opry. I’ve been on the verge couple of times, but have never been asked to play. I am also looking to propel into national success. I would love to guest on a national TV show like Today, where I can introduce my music to a national audience overnight. I want to try to get on a national tour and spread my music and my name to places I’ve never played. I think I’ve got some great songs on this record, and I think so many fans will relate and be drawn to this new album. I still have a lot of ground to cover and I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.”

Two Lane Town Track Listing:
1. Born For This (J.D. Shelburne, Ryan Broshear)
2. Good Ol’ Boy Good Time (Mark Nesler, Jim McCormick)
3. She Keeps Me Up Nights (Mark Nesler, Marty Dodson, Carson Chamberlain)
4. One Less Girl (Mark Nesler, Andrew Dorff, Blair Daly)
5. Young Again (Brian Kolb, Brian Davis)
6. Stuck In My Memory (J.D. Shelburne, Ryan Broshear)
7. Lovin’ On A Dirt Road (J.D. Shelburne, Bob Stewart)
8. Superman (J.D. Shelburne, Mark Nesler, Marty Dodson)
9. Make It That Far (J.D. Shelburne, Mark Nesler, Carson Chamberlain)

J.D. Shelburne On Tour:
SEP 19 Timber Pointe Golf Club – Poplar Grove, Ill.
SEP 20 Bourbon, Bluegrass and Bluejeans Event – Chicago, Ill.
SEP 21 Hurstbourne Country Club, Bourbon, Boots & BBQ Concert – Louisville, Ky.
SEP 23 Ole Red – Nashville, Tenn.
SEP 27 SIP + SEE @ Marriot Hotel – Louisville, Ky.
SEP 28 The GOAT – Louisville, Ky.
SEP 30 Ole Red – Nashville, Tenn.
OCT 05 Keeneland Race Track, Lexington, Ky.
OCT 05 Anjay’s Kids Charity Event @ Kentucky Castle – Versailles, Ky.
OCT 07 TBA – Nashville, Tenn.
OCT 10 Tin Roof Broadway – Nashville, Tenn.
OCT 13 Harvest Homecoming – New Albany, Ind.
OCT 14 TBA – Nashville, Tenn.
OCT 15 Private Event – Louisville, Ky.
OCT 16 Private Event – Louisville, Ky.
OCT 19 Waylon’s Feed & Firewater – Louisville, Ky.
OCT 20 Bourbonanza Street Fair – Frankfort, Ky.
OCT 20 ClarksFest – Clarksville, Ind.
OCT 20 Halloween Bash, Private Event – Simpsonville, Ky.
OCT 21 TBA – Nashville, Tenn.
OCT 24 Levee at the Riverhouse – Louisville, Ky.
OCT 26 Kentucky Derby Museum @ Winstar Farm Gala – Louisville, Ky.
OCT 28 TBA – Nashville, Tenn.
OCT 30 The Wahlberg Foundation Event @ Freedom Hall – Louisville, Ky.
NOV 01 Puckett’s Franklin – Franklin, Tenn.
NOV 09 The blind Squirrel – Louisville, Ky.
NOV 21 Levee at the Riverhouse – Louisville, Ky.
NOV 24 The GOAT – Louisville, Ky.
NOV 30 Opry City Stage – New York, N.Y.
For a complete tour schedule, please click here.

ROLAND SANDS, INDIAN MEETS EVEL KNIEVEL

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Pastrana really pushed the limits further, breaking Knievel’s famous car and Greyhound bus jump records before completing the epic Caesars Palace fountain jump that left Knievel grasping for his life 50 years ago. Shortly after Pastrana took a celebratory dive into the Caesars Palace fountains to cap off the night, #EvelLive trended at #1 on Twitter. Read more.

The New Phantom Foot Controls From Kuryakyn

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Phantom Foot Controls

Available in chrome or gloss black finishes, Phantom foot control components are constructed from premium aluminum alloy with durable EPDM rubber pads that will not harden, crack or wear over time. Signature design cues include pass-through styling and sleek angular housings that complement a variety of bikes.

Phantom Driver Floorboards are direct replacements and give the classically styled Indian Chief, Chieftain, Roadmaster and Springfield models instant attitude. A sweeping tapered design delivers a modern look and offers riders ample foot room and a solid foundation for stability, traction and vibration-dampening comfort. Complementing the aggressive look of Kuryakyn Phantom Floorboards is the Phantom Brake Pedal Pad, also a direct replacement for Indian big twin models.

Phantom Mini Boards and Phantom Footpegs both accept Kuryakyn’s wide range of model-specific splined adapters for fitment on a variety of Harley-Davidson, Indian, Victory, Triumph and metric models. Phantom Mini Boards can be used in both rider or passenger footpeg mounts and offer forward, middle, and rear mounting locations for the splined adapters so riders can dial in preferred placement. The Phantom Shift Peg is available as a replacement for the stock shift lever on all Indian big twin models, and can also be used to replace the shift peg and rear brake peg on all Scout models as well as select Victory Cruisers.

Motorcycle Cannonball Stage 9 Update

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The weary road warriors have arrived in Sturgis, South Dakota and promptly set about celebrating their success thus far. With an astonishing 54 perfect scores, the goal to make every mile has turned intense. Today’s one day of rest is an opportunity to twist wrenches, tune and time the tired old iron and prepare for higher temperatures and elevations and the journey takes the fearless riders out into the western half of America. Cornfields and soybeans will be replaced by vast spans of open range and roaming animals as the caravan ventures into Montana tomorrow. Class I riders, Chris Tribbey and Dean Bordigioni, in first and second place respectively, are about to find out how their simple singles likes the higher elevations through the Montana mountain ranges and beyond. The top four positions on the score board are all held by different marques: Tribbey, who is employed by Harley-Davidson, is riding and Excelsior while Bordigioni, a California winemaker, is atop a Harley-Davidson. Third and forth place riders, Bryne Bramwell from Canada and Fred Wacker from Illinois, are on 1913s, one is a Henderson, the other an Indian.

The Cannonball ladies are not only enjoying themselves, they are also running strong. Three of the four gals are first time Cannonballers and holding perfect scores. Cris Sommer-Simmons is a 4 time competitor and her 1915 H-D, Effie, is familiar with the routine but likes to give Cris grief every now and then and spent two days with less than perfect scores. Commercial airline pilot, Andrea Labarbara, is in 5th place on her 1913 Henderson. Land speed record holder Jody Perewitz left Maine with a goal to be the first woman to complete all the miles with her 1926 Harley-Davidson JD. She currently holds 40th place. Kersten Heling, on a 1922 H-D, is being torn between the thrill of the ride and the love of her family that consists of three little boys, the youngest of which is not even 1 year old. Kirsten started the run with a contingency plan to leave if she missed her children, but she shared yesterday that she’s decided to stay with the run until the end. “My husband took the boys and went home yesterday and I had a good cry since I’m going to miss my family, but the Cannonball has become like family, too. They really have..so I’m going to finish. I’m hoping that someday my kids look at my doing this and say, “My mom is a badass.”

Tuesday’s ride will cover 299 miles and end with a hosted dinner at Beartooth Harley-Davidson in Billings, Montana.

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Motorcycle Cannonball Stage 7 Update

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The day started out overcast and misty as riders made their way out of Cedar Rapids, but it warmed up quickly as the group puttered across miles and miles of cornfields to find themselves motoring through a small Amish community. School children gathered at the fence to wave at the passing riders as adults trotted horse-drawn buggies along the roadsides. Lunch was served by the gracious folks at Mason City Harley-Davidson before Cannonballers headed off into the windy flatlands of Iowa.

Flat tires continue to plague the riders who are running clincher tires. Though frustrating, the blowouts failed to cost Georgia rider #96, Doug Jones, any points. Doug managed to ride his flat into the mechanics bay of Mason City Harley-Davidson where lunch was being served for Cannonball riders. Depsite the time spent changing 2 more flat flat tires over the course of the 274-mile day, Doug is ranked 7th in perfect scores. Mark Lowen, however, was not so lucky. The frustrated Californian has set his own Cannonball record by suffering 5 flats in one day.

Sweep trucks picked up 9 broken bikes over the course of the day before arriving for a parking lot party in Spirit Lake, Iowa, home of the Indian Motorcycle Factory. Riders and the public alike gathered to check out the old bikes and poke around the Indian factory. Tours were offered and several riders found themselves wondering what it would be like to own a model from the historic brand.

Saturday will be the longest day of the entire transcontinental run. Riders will cover a whopping 314 miles before arriving for a dinner in Steamboat Park hosted by the city of Pierre, South Dakota. So come to the park to see what a bunch of functional antique motorcycles looks like.

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Motorcycle Cannonball Stage 6 Update

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Stage 6 was kicked off by a broken and battered Mike Carson manning the flag duties to wave off the enthusiastic racers. It was an incredible day of sunshine, warm temps and even warmer hospitality as riders were treated to lunch at Workman Harley-Davidson, Rock Falls, Illinois where the place was rocking with enthusiastic folks who just wanted to see the old bikes as they made their way through the area before crossing the Mississippi River. The 229 mile route wound through cornfields and backwater towns before delivering riders to the National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa. After dinner at the museum, riders were allowed to trailer their bikes the remaining 25 miles to Cedar Rapids for the night.

The grind of riding and wrenching is starting to wear on the competitors as they work their way towards their one day of rest scheduled for Sturgis, South Dakota on Monday, which is still 882 miles away. Tomorrow’s day will be spent knocking out 274 miles of that with a lunch scheduled at Harley-Davidson of Mason City, Mason City, Iowa before dinner at the only Indian Motorcycle facility visit on the trip. You can visit the riders at the Indian Motorcycle Factory and Experience Center in Spirit Lake, Iowa on Friday afternoon.

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CLIMATE DEBATE MADE EASY

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CLIMATE DEBATE CONFIRMED—We confirmed our answers. Okay, let’s see if we can make the Climate Debate simple:

Alarmist: Watch out for Global Warming!
Facts: Oops, sorry it’s not warming but actually cooling slightly. And no, we are not going to face an ice age tomorrow because of something man made. Read more.