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When Lions Roar…Again

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Like some hulking artifacts from a lost civilization, you’re passing through canyons of steel shipping containers and rivers of railway tracks as you thread your way through an area of Los Angeles adjacent to Long Beach known as the Wilmington District. You could say buried under those artifacts is another “civilization,” one that was based on acceleration and terminal velocity. Sadly it has been long since paved over with… “Progress.”

Once upon a time, specifically from October 1955-December1972, the ground shook not necessarily from the freight trains rumbling to and fro, but from hi-octane fed cars burning up the quarter mile on a famous all-American raceway called Lions Drag Strip that had been built on an abandoned train marshalling yard. While indeed it often sounded like a pride of lions was on the loose, the track was so named because of its sponsors, the equally famous Lions Clubs International who had collaborated with an L.A. judge in seeking a safe place for kids to vent their need for speed. Following the mantra, build it and they will come, some 10,000 young hotrod fans showed up for the first day of racing with some 300 cars taking up the challenge.

Fortunately for all, Lions was expertly managed by the one and only Mickey Thompson, a name synonymous with motorsport. He also brought hi-energy showmanship, and in 1957 added night time lights to the raceway, something not seen before, therefore further increasing attendance. And it was all certified by the American Hot Rod Association (AHRA), in the process quickly earning the rep as one of the country’s top venues.

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Moto Beach Classic At Sea Legs Live

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The team at Roland Sands Design has partnered with with Sea Legs Live, a legendary concert venue on the sand, to bring a day of reggae with Black Uhuru and Wargirl and a night of punk rock with Lit and Unwritten Law. If that wasn’t enough, we’re also taking Super Hooligan Flat Track and motorcycle drag racing to the beach. Throw in a West Coast Board Riders Surf Comp, art show, demo rides and unique vendors, and you have an incredibly entertaining day at the beach with something for everyone. The Moto Beach Classic is on Saturday, October 14th at Sea Legs Live. Presale tickets start at $29. Limited VIP tickets are available. Kids under 10 are free.

Indian Motorcycle presents the RSD Super Hooligan Bolsa Banzai Championship Race

Roland Sands Design and Indian Motorcycle are bringing beachfront flat track motorcycle racing to Southern California. A specially built 110 x 300 ft. track will accommodate sideways flat track racing action next to the surf. This will be the penultimate round of the Super Hooligan National Championship race series, where a $50K Indian FTR race bike will be awarded to the series Champion. Dirt flat track classes being featured are: Super Hooligan, Open Pro, Run What Ya’ Brung, Cycle Zombies Degenerate Choppers & Tank Shift Vintage. Plus mini bike roadracing on an asphalt course. This is the Bolsa Banzai!

BMW presents the Salty Sprint Races

BMW Motorrad will be presenting man on man (or woman) Drag Racing action, pitting bike on bike in a straight line next to the surf at Bolsa Chica. A paved 1/8 ish’ mile sprint course will be fashioned next to the flat track parallel with the beach. BMW will be presenting a Boxer on Boxer Cup, featuring invited riders as well as a drag race free-for-all, pitting bikes of all types against each other for the Salty Sprint Crown.

West Coast Board Riders Surf Comp

Board Rider Clubs are united through West Coast Board Riders competition up and down the West Coast and for the first time will be competing at Bolsa Chica. These Board Riders Clubs include the best non-pro surfers from Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Dana Point, Ventura and San Clemente. The energy is pumping and the competition is fierce as the teams hit the water to claim which city will stand on the podium and hoist the crown.

Fast Surfboards Surfdrags

Brian Bent and Fast Surfboards will bring the speed and grace of handmade kookbox surfboards to the WCBR competition at Bolsa Chica. Part floating artwork and part wave-dragster, the kookbox epitomizes the smooth sliding style of surfing’s early years, giving us a peek into history and the art of trimming.

Architects of Inspiration Art Collective and Bike Show brought to you by Iron & Air

Iron & Air Magazine brings a collection of unique installations inspired by surf and motor culture. Experience unconventional visions in 3D which combine music, art, surfing and moto life into a visual exploration. A feast for the eyes and ears, surrounded by breaking tides and the vibrations of motorcycle racing and great music.

Sea Legs Feasts and Frosty Drinks

A specialized food and drink menu will be provided by Sea Legs at the Beach, cultivated for the event bringing the coastal spirit and motor culture together, with kind grinds and tasty libations. Full-service bar, beer, wine and high-end eats, will be sure to keep the crowd fed and fueled.

Vendor Village 

Local style makers will gather in the Vendor Village to show off and sell their creations and wares to attendees. Jewelry, custom bike companies, stylish one off t-shirts, custom leather, furniture and housewares will be included to bring a unique taste of the local community to fans and spectators.

Presale tickets and VIP packages are going on sale Wednesday, September 13th at 10am. VIP ticketing tiers are available for limited edition items, premium access, rooftop aerial viewing and reserved parking with shuttle service. Limited tickets available.

Don’t miss out on the inaugural Moto Beach Classic event. TICKET INFORMATION AVAILABLE HERE.

V-Twin Expo Canceled

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This letter is to regretfully inform you that the 2018 V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati is being cancelled, due to factors beyond our control that ultimately impact the overall event quality. As you know, the V-Twin Expo has played an important role in the v-twin industry since 2000.

I’m proud to say the V-Twin Expo delivered a world-class trade show year after year and helped reignite the industry’s only v-twin focused trade show. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope that you will see our decision positively and support it.

I want to take this time to thank you for your on-going support over the years, and I look forward to seeing you again at the next v-twin industry event. If you have any questions regarding this cancellation notice, please email, kris@rmiselect.com.


–Jim Betlach
Vice President
Easyriders Events


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I want to tell you the ultimate formula for success. It’s all about working with you’re group and helping out whenever possible. It’s not about power or profits.

I’ll give you a for-instance. Harley represents freedom to so many of us, but they haven’t always followed the code. They restricted their dealers at every corner and tried on numerous occasions to eliminate the aftermarket.

Now, that we’re facing tough times and ridiculous regulations and even the potential of being banned, they start a freedom campaign. I’m not trying pound on Harley. I’m excited to see how they will handle these efforts.

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Brake Fluids 101

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Brake fluids are notorious. When I started in this industry, DOT 3 brake fluids were used everywhere, but they had a terrible reputation for damaging paint. For custom guys that was the kiss of death. Just the mention of bleeding brakes would raise eyebrows and cause skin to crawl.

Then suddenly we were saved. Somebody developed DOT 5 a silicon based brake fluid. You could pour it over your new custom paint job without a problem. We thought we were saved.

Then it started to get confusing. Another chemical engineer developed DOT 4 supposedly for high temp applications. What the hell?

Suddenly I didn’t know what to use where. Of course most manufacturers put their recommended fluid on the caps of all master cylinders, but that doesn’t work for some custom applications.

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25 Best Motorcycle Movies Ever!

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Movies inspire us and move us visually and emotionally to seek new lifestyles, new careers and new opportunities. If you are looking to fuel your passion for your next biker run or new motorcycle tour, have a look at these movies.

The art of adventure and motorcycling are the two wheels that roll through all roads. The level of freedom and excitement that is felt on a bike is unique, so it’s no surprise that motorcycling has been the subject of many films over the years.

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Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall Of Fame Nominations Now Open

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Nominations for the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame Class of 2018 are now open. As always, there are no restrictions on who can submit a nomination, but you do have to meet the deadline of December 29, 2017. Established in 2001, the Sturgis Hall of Fame recognizes individuals or groups who have made a long term positive impact on the motorcycle community. After vetting and voting, the Class of 2018 will be honored at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Strider in August of 2018.

“We were honored to be inducted with friends Jim Thiessen, Cory Ness and Terry Vance,” said Colleen Barnett-Taylor after this year’s induction ceremony. “Emcee John Paul DeJoria’s comments were so inline with what we have always felt about the industry and quality of our products!”

“As JP noted during the awards ceremony, quality rises to the top,” added Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Executive Director Myrick Robbins. “But with a legend like Willie G., Pappy Hoel Award winner Rod Woodruff, go-fast guys Terry Vance and Jim Theissen, builders Cory Ness and Mark Shadley and the husband and wife team Mike Taylor and Colleen Barnett-Taylor, the bar has been set at an all-time high.”

With the exception of current members of the board of directors and employees of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum who are ineligible, all qualified individuals are welcome and there are no restrictions on who may submit nominations. After the deadline, all nomination forms are then reviewed by the Hall of Fame committee (made up of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum’s board of directors, its Executive Director and staff directors).

“The criteria for being inducted into the Hall of Fame is to recognize the men and women who have dedicated much of their lives to improving, promoting and advancing motorcycling,” stated Robbins. “We also have a separate nomination specifically for the Freedom Fighter Award, which recognizes those individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect our rights to ride.”

Nomination forms for the Class Of 2018 and the Freedom Fighter Award must be accompanied by credentials explaining why an individual should be considered for induction. Please keep in mind that while their achievements may be outstanding, not everyone knows it. A comprehensive overview of their accomplishments is necessary to make an informed and educated decision. Biographical information, newspaper articles, historical documents, etc. may be submitted. Note new deadline is December 29, 2017 NO EXCEPTIONS.

Click here to download the official nomination forms for both the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall Of Fame and the Freedom Fighter Award: http://www.sturgismuseum.com/Nomination-Application

Galveston Gears Up For The Lone Star Rally

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In just a few weeks, bikers from across the country will make their way to Houston and to Galveston Island… delivering more than $115 million in much needed positive economic impact to the community. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the arrival of the 2017 Lone Star Rally event is more eagerly awaited than ever before!

This year’s rally will once again present more than 40 free musical performances in genres from classic rock and adult contemporary to rockin’ country on two sound stages – the main stage at Saengerfest Park downtown, and a second at Beach Central Park in front of the Hotel Galvez. Houston area day trippers are encouraged to come out and enjoy all the free, non-stop entertainment only the Lone Star Rally provides. Headliner acts include Tom Keifer, former frontman for Cinderella, Friday night and country legends Sawyer Brown playing Saturday. Two additional headliner acts are currently being negotiated for Thursday night and Sunday afternoon, with announcements scheduled in the coming days.

Big rig displays of motorcycle parts and accessories will dot the island’s three event zones: Downtown/The Strand, Harborside at Pier 21 and Beach Central Park at Seawall. As well, hundreds of vendors selling everything from leatherwear to jewelry, sunglasses to crab cake sandwiches will fill every nook and corner of the Strand and along the seawall.

The return of the Lone Star Rally could not come at a better, more needed time for Galveston and the greater Houston area as thousands of area residents stay #TexasStrong while rebuilding their communities with indomitable spirit. Indeed, the #SpiritOfTexasIsStrong in Galveston!

For up to the minute details, like the Lone Star Rally on facebook and Instagram, and visit LoneStarRally.com. Fans should also download the Lone Star Rally smartphone App from iTunes or Google Play for special offers, directional information and announcements!


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Orange County Choppers, the most famous maker of extraordinary, one of a kind motorcycles – “choppers” – has just revealed a spectacular Texas Strong bike that will be sold at auction on October 12 in Houston. NYC-based Guernsey’s will be conducting the event with auction proceeds going to support the Peace of Mind Foundation and those whose mental health has been severely impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The 6 pm auction will be held live at Gallery Furniture, 6006 North Fwy. Bidders unable to attend can participate on Liveauctioneers.com or invaluable.com.

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