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Book Review — The Triumph Tiger Cub Bible

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One of the iconic bikes produced by Triumph was the Tiger Cub. Mike Estall has gone through great effort to record the history of this fine machine for posterity. He has researched the history of the bike and all the trials and tribulations that have been apart of its past. In this book you will find the history of the bike from both a personal and technical view. Covering the individuals that brought this bike to life and how they struggled to make it a success, Mike brings the story to life.

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Phil Vassar Brings Paradise to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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It’ll be “Just Another Day in Paradise” when Phil Vassar, one of the most recognized singer/songwriters in Nashville, takes the Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage on Monday, Aug. 6 just prior to a performance by the Chip’s self-proclaimed house band, Lynyrd Skynyrd.

“Vassar churns out infectious, feel-good melodies that capture the heart and soul,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “He’s sure to bring ‘The Best Party Anywhere!’ to its feet. His music is the perfect backdrop for a summer music festival not soon forgotten.”



As a singer/songwriter, Phil has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs like “Carlene,” “Last Day of My Life” and “American Child” and topped the charts with “In A Real Love” and the perennial favorite “Just Another Day in Paradise.” Known as one of Nashville’s top tunesmiths, his songs other artists have taken to #1 include “My Next Thirty Years” by Tim McGraw, “She’s Right On The Money” by Alan Jackson, and Jo

Dee Messina’s “Bye, Bye” and “I’m Alright.” New artist David Nail had a hit with Phil’s “The Sound of a Million Dreams,” which Billboard named the #1 song in their Top 10 Country Songs of 2012.

The Southern Rock Gods Final Farewell 

Lynyrd Skynyrd is bringing their “Last of The Street Survivors’ Farewell Tour” to the Chip to offer fans a proper goodbye. One of the longest standing Buffalo Chip traditions includes feeling the amphitheater shake with the roar of V-twins while hearing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” blast through the main stage speakers. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will bring their hits home to the Wolfman Jack Stage on Monday, Aug. 6.

The Flaunt Girls Pull Out All of the Stops

Part dance, part cirque, and 100% tease – The Flaunt Girls’ shows at the Chip will be the ones you will never forget with burlesque dancing, fire drumming, aerial bartending and a whole lot more. Catch them on the Wolfman Jack Stage opening for Pop Evil on Friday, Aug. 3 and for Chevelle and Queensrÿche on Saturday, Aug. 11 and on the Kinison Stage all of the nights in between.


The 2018 Lineup Includes:

  • Friday, Aug. 3
    • Pop Evil
    • The Flaunt Girls
  • Saturday, Aug. 4
    • Foreigner
    • Red Sun Rising
    • HUNKS The Show – #1 All Male Revue
  • Sunday, Aug. 5
    • THEORY of a Deadman
    • Buffalo Chip TT American Flat Track Grand National Championship Races                    Presented by Indian Motorcycle
  • Monday, Aug. 6
    • Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • Phil Vassar
  • Tuesday, Aug. 7
    • Aaron Lewis
    • The Marshall Tucker Band
    • HUNKS The Show – #1 All Male Revue
  • Wednesday, Aug. 8
    • Eric Church
    • Reverend Horton Heat
    • RSD Super Hooligan National Championship Races Presented by Indian Motorcycle
    • Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John
  • Thursday, Aug. 9
    • Kid Rock
    • Lita Ford
  • Friday, Aug. 10
    • John Kay & Steppenwolf
    • Yelawolf
  • Saturday, Aug. 11
    • Chevelle
    • Queensrÿche
    • The Flaunt Girls


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Indian Scout FTR750 Sweeps Podium Again At Lima Half Mile

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Lima, OH – June 30, 2018 – Allen County Fairgrounds-American Flat Track at Lima, OH. (Photo by Scott Hunter/American Flat Track)

Indian Motorcycle Racing’s Scout FTR750 continued its dominance at the Lima Half-Mile with its seventh consecutive podium sweep of the 2018 American Flat Track season. Reigning Champion and Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew rider Jared Mees took first place, marking a monumental win at his home track and securing his eighth victory of the season. Indian Motorcycle privateers Jeffrey Carver Jr. (Roof-Systems, Indian of Metro Milwaukee) and Henry Wiles (Bandit Industries/Wilco Racing/Willy Built) rounded out the all-Scout FTR750 podium with second and third-place finishes, respectively.

Mees was seeking redemption on Saturday night at the Lima Half-Mile as this was the only race he did not finish on the podium in the 2017 season. Determined, Mees edged out the competition early in the race and held the lead throughout the Main. Carver bolted to the second position and managed to close the gap between him and Mees in the second half of the race, but Mees was able to maintain his lead and further his lead in the 2018 points standings.

“I’ve had my sights on winning Lima ever since last year. This is a tough track and getting this win is especially meaningful for me,” said Mees.  “I have to thank my team who does an incredible job at keeping my Indian Scout FTR750 in top form.”

In his first race on the Indian Scout FTR750, Indian Motorcycle privateer Briar Bauman (Zanotti Racing/Roof Systems/Western Powersports) finished fourth. Wrecking Crew rider Brad Baker battled his way to his seventh top-five finish of the season.

“The Lima Half-Mile is one of the most challenging races of the year, and we’re thrilled to see another Scout FTR750 podium sweep,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “This was a momentous win for Mees in what has been an exceptional season for him and Indian Motorcycle Racing.”

Through 10 races, Mees continues to control the leaderboard with 220 points, while Wiles sits in second with 153 points and Baker in third with 130 points. Carver, Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (Nila Racing/Columbia Avionics), Bauman and Wrecking Crew rider Bryan Smith rank fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

The Indian Wrecking Crew and stable of privateers aboard the Scout FTR750 will continue its season on July 7th at the New York Short Track. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, the Indian Wrecking Crew and Scout FTR750, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on FacebookTwitter & Instagram. For information on purchasing a Scout FTR750, please contact Racing@IndianMotorcycle.com.


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I’m in a difficult situation. When I first watched “The Inconvenient Truth” I was impressed. But I’m a biker and sort of a journalist. I questioned it. How could man have such a massive impact on the climate? I started to question these findings like all journalists should and the info surfaced.

Global warming doesn’t exist, ice is growing and we have more polar bears than ever. It was all a governmental lie to allow them to control everything. When the atmosphere started to cool they changed their tactic to Climate Change. That allowed them to blame everything that happened from car accidents to earthquakes, to rainfall on us. Scary stuff..

Now we are facing another California move to force us all ride electric bikes. But last night a young man said to me, “Just don’t mention Climate Change.” It’s so interesting. Even guys in the industry who make pipes are afraid to discuss this issue. We are all a bunch of white guys who destroyed the planet and must be punished. But it ain’t true. We didn’t destroy the planet. The Climate will continue to change like it has done for 13 billion years, whether we ride choppers with fishtails or not. So there! Read more.

Led Sled Customs, Biltwell, Inc. and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Bring Annual Sportster Showdown Bike Show and Party Back to the Chip

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Led Sled Customs, Biltwell, Inc. and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip will once again host the annual Sportster Showdown, the wildest bike show at the Buffalo Chip, on Tuesday, August 7th from 2pm to 5pm at the Chip Event Center located at the east gate entrance.

The bike show and party are free to enter and attend and feature a mind-blowing collection customized Sportster models, a large dose of memorable mayhem, as well as cash prizes, aftermarket parts and handmade trophies awarded in eight categories including Best Sportster of Sturgis.

“The Chip is the place where my friends and I all go to party and stay in Sturgis,” said Led Sled Customs owner Pat Patterson.  “The Sportster Showdown has been at The Chip for a few years now and the only thing cooler than the bikes, is the party and all the great people we meet.”

New to the show this year, is a picnic-style hog roast and Sportster invitational bike build-off. In addition to the eight bike show categories being judged, the Sportster Showdown has invited three of the industry’s best Sportster customizers, Brad Gregory, Christian Newman and Mike Schrickel, to compete in a Sportster build-off.  The crowd favorite wins a new Sportster model motorcycle the winner gets to customize for next year’s show.

“Led Sled and Biltwell know all about superior custom bikes and the style and parts that set them several steps above the norm,” said Sturgis Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff, “they add a spirit and coolness to the show and party that few others could do.”

The Sportster Showdown is also pleased to host riders of the 4th annual Aidan’s Ride, a charity ride benefitting the Aidan Jack Seeger foundation which seeks to heighten awareness about Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), help families with children diagnosed with ALD, and push for legislation in all 50 of the United States that mandates screening of newborns for the disease.

Rally is only days away, so put Tuesday, August 7th on your calendar, come to the hog roast and check out some killer Sportsters, brought to you by Hydra Beer Company, J&P Cycles, Metzeler, and S&S Cycles.

For more information about the 2018 Sportster Showdown bike show and hot roast contact:

Pat Patterson, Led Sled Customs


(937) 879-4645



Harley-Davidson CEO Responds To Fake Quote Attributed To Him

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“It is shameful that we live in a time when people need to create fake quotes attributed to others on social media.

There is a fake quote attributed to me that is circulating. This is false. I want you to know that I have not, nor would I ever speak about the President of the United States in that way. Or anyone else for that matter.”

– Matt Levatich, President and CEO, Harley-Davidson, Inc.

The Girls Of Bikernet — Jessica, The Flower Power Girl

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This week in The Girls Of Bikernet, Jessica is an old-school biker rally girl with a certain flower power vibe. This feature is available to our Cantina Members. Click on the photo to check it out or to sign up for your very own Cantina membership and enjoy the many curated specialties The Cantina has to offer.