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Vote Now For Your Favorite Scout Bobber Build Off Design

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Indian Motorcycle has announced the semi-finalists of The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off contest. Sketches and renderings from 12 non-professional builders are posted and available for a fan vote until April 19. Fans can vote daily. After voting closes on the 19th, three finalists will be announced on April 24. The three finalists will win a 2018 Scout Bobber and a build budget of $10,000 from Indian Motorcycle. All three builds will be unveiled in July where the final voting will take place to crown the champion, who will be announced at Sturgis and win a grand prize of $10,000.


VOTE HERE: https://www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-us/the-wrench/



Here are the 12 semi-finalists and a link to download each of their renderings and sketches.


Alfredo Juarez

Alfredo has had a passion for motorcycles and their inner workings his entire life. Always tinkering and welding, he bought a MIG welder in college and started building his own tools and experimenting with metal fabrication. Now as a Mechanical Engineer for NASA, he continues to build custom motorcycles and tinker on his projects as a pastime and form of expression. Alfredo’s expertise is used on some of the most advanced projects in the world, and he wants to try his hand at a Scout Bobber.



Christian Newman

The devil is often in the details when you look at a bike Christian has built, and it’s all details. Spending his days engineering mining equipment, he has access to a huge variety of tools and the expertise to use them. While a couple of the bikes he’s built in the past have seen some media attention, he fits the spirit of this competition to the T. He wants to utilize the Scout Bobber’s dynamic chassis with some old-school custom components and raw metal fabrication.



Matt Landman

Matt Landman is an executive with one of the nation’s most notable jewelry companies by day, and a builder of old-school rigid choppers by night. Matt wants to build a vintage style tank-shift Scout utilizing original Indian components that have been modified and restored to fit his design. We’ll see if Matt’s experience in high-end accessories and detail pays off when it comes to motorcycle building.



Ben Davis

Indian Motorcycle’s history has inspired a lot of customs, and for good reason. When Ben looks at the Scout Bobber, his inspiration comes from vintage board trackers Indian Racing used to dominate the circuit many years ago. Ben wants to build a ridged frame from scratch and fabricate a Druid-style girder front end for a truly one-of-a-kind build.



Ross Latimer

Ross Latimer is a union pipefitter and welder out in Warrenton, Virginia. Spending his days welding massive pipelines, Ross spends his off-time working with much smaller and more precise pieces of metal. He wants to build a full drag-style bike in the spirit of pro-stock drag racers with an extended swingarm and chassis, as well as a long wheelie bar to help maximize the power to the ground.





PJ Grakauskas

As a family man from Ohio, PJ splits his time between work, his kids, and his 10×12 shed in the backyard. While all of his neighbors know he’s the guy to go to with your internal combustion problems, he’s been dreaming of the opportunity for a personal project like this for ages. For his build, PJ wants to build a race-inspired full-fairing Scout Bobber—making almost every component by hand, in-house.




Kyle Kaifesh

Growing up in a precision machine shop, Kyle was born for this level of work. When he was 14, his father started a custom bike build and Kyle was instantly enamored with the process—he knew he would have to build his own bike someday. Now with over 15 years of experience and a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Kyle has the skills and knowledge it takes to make it happen. For The Wrench, he wants to build an aggressive, short-fendered salt flats inspired Scout Bobber.




Ashlee Wegner

As a 16-year veteran of the Marine Corps, Ashlee is pulling from his military experience with a fighter-jet inspired Scout Bobber build. He is proposing a military flat green, stripped-down custom with Flying Tiger-inspired graphics. A one-piece seat and rear fender combination with a mini sissy bar and riveted details will help complete the aeronautic look.



Brian Ragle

Nobody has ever accused Ryan of slacking off. As a father of three and owner of a financial firm, he started a small co-op garage for himself and a few of his buddies. As if all of that wasn’t enough, Brian wants to build a full custom-framed Scout Bobber for The Wrench. Judging by his design and current workload—he doesn’t plan on sleeping much.




Jon Lefevers


Jon Lefevers is a full time painter from Jonesborough, Tennessee who is ready to get deeper into a new build for The Wrench. For this project, he wants to follow the American tradition of V-twin choppers with a heavily modified rigid-framed Scout. With a heavy workload of cars and bikes, Jon is going to have to work some late nights to pull of the most engaged build he’s ever attempted.



Kyle Kompas

When it comes to fixing things and wrenching, Kyle isn’t about to pay someone else to do his dirty work. When he is done with work at the Royal Enfield dealership, he heads back to work on his passion projects: building motorcycles and restoring a mini-mansion built in 1892. For The Wrench build off, he wants to transform the Scout Bobber into a full adventure bike, capable of going long distances off-road and overcoming any obstacle.



Cody Brouwers


With a handful of clean and often-ridden choppers under his belt, Cody Brouwers is heading into The Wrench with a different type of design—an aluminum faired café racer. As a sign maker in Reno, NV, Cody has plenty of experience shaping metal, though never on anything quite like this. He aims to blend the classic styling of 70’s TT racers with the Scout Bobber’s modern performance for the ultimate custom cafe racer.

In Memory of Hubert Kriegel: The Timeless Ride

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“Ten Years on the Road”– A 60-year-old man decided to go see the world on a Ural

“Selling everything I had in 2005 to go travel around the world on my sidecar was the best decision I ever made in my life.” – Hubert Kriegel, New York (1946 – 2018)

On January 24, 2018 the sidecar motorcycle community lost one if it’s most adventurous and inspiring ambassadors, Hubert Kriegel, the man behind The Timeless Ride.

“This is the most important part of my life after my family.” – pronounce Hubert (say U-bear)

Countries travelled by Hubert Kriegel on Sidecar or Motorcycle since 1971

North America: USA, Canada

Asia: Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Nepal

Middle East: Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia

Eurasia: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia

Europe: France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, England, The Netherlands

Central America: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama

South America: Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia

Africa: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Burkina faso, Guinea, Ghana, Namibia, South Africa



Rewaco Trikes has a new US importer

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Rewaco plans big for USA, relaunches US Operations
by Ujjwal Dey

Effective immediately, Club Rewaco USA is the official general importer for the US market, and will be the first point of contact and supplier for all of Rewaco’s products.

Located on the legendary Route 66 near Oklahoma City and managed by Goose and Lizzie Reed, also known as the “Geese”. The Reed family runs a successful business in Clubriders USA and have more than 38 years of experience in the Powersports industry.

Club Rewaco USA is focused on the national dealership development for Rewaco Trikes throughout the United States and provides nationwide sales and service thanks to its central distribution center.



MotoChic Debuts Moto Angels Contest In Celebration of International Female Ride Day

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In celebration of International Female Ride Day 2018, women’s lifestyle brand MotoChic is debuting the Moto Angels Contest, in partnership with leading companies run by and for women who ride.

Inspired by the millions of female motorcyclists in the U.S. and beyond, MotoChic combines leading edge design with high performance materials to create safe and stylish accessories and apparel for adventure-loving women.

International Female Ride Day(IFRD), created in 2006 by Motoress founder, Vicki Gray, is a global ride day occurring annually on the first Saturday of May. Its mission is “building awareness of women motorcycle riders and promoting those who enjoy the sport…[and] encouraging other women who have not yet explored motorcycling to take up the activity.”

MotoChic founder, Debra Chin, stated, “International Female Ride Day is an opportunity to share our love for life on two wheels, and to introduce this empowering experience to other women.”

This year, International Female Ride Day is on May 5, 2018, and the Moto Angels Contest will run from April 1, 2018 to May 7, 2018. Whether a woman rides on her own (motorcycle, scooter, three-wheeler, dirt bike, etc.), enjoys riding as a passenger, or dreams of learning to ride, MotoChic invites her to tell the world why she is a Moto Angel — someone who is passionate about riding, and gear that is functional and fashionable. The
winner will receive a grand prize package of moto goodies worth over $1600.


The Moto Angels Contest Grand Prize winner will be announced on May 14, 2018. For more information, visit: http://www.motochicgear.com/motoangels


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Additional rear lighting is always a good thing. The new Kuryakyn® Tour-Pak® Lid Light for Harley-Davidson® delivers a triple dose of run-turn-brake functionality to significantly enhance rider visibility for trailing motorists.

The Tour-Pak Lid Light mounts inconspicuously in the recessed area of the lid on models with or without trunk-mounted luggage racks. High-intensity L.E.D.’s serve as a full-time running light bar, additional steady illumination upon applying the brakes, and flashing indicators on the right and left side when turn signals are activated. Housings are made from durable injection-molded ABS and scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses.
The full kit includes a Y-adapter, cable ties and mounts, and cord keepers to discreetly run wiring behind the passenger backrest. Installation is plug-&-play on ’14-later King or Chopped Tour-Paks, and does not require drilling or any modifications to the lid.

 P/N 6706 – Chrome, P/N 6707 – Satin Black


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This news may seem a bit confusing. Folks are constantly asking why magazines are failing. You can help me with this question. Is it that we are bombarded daily with social media, internet and phone stuff to an extreme point. We don’t have time to really read an article or a book.

Maybe there’s another consideration, which impacts the motorcycle arena. Maybe we are hit with too many issues to consider anyone carefully. For instance, motorcycling consisted of fewer groups and opportunities in the past. Now there are too numerous factions to even consider some of them. Let me know what you think.

On one side our ability to go in lots of motorcycle directions is good, even wonderful. One the other, how can anyone keep up? Let me know your thoughts.

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Two New Books Hit the Motorcycle Stands

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92 years of living and riding packed into 256 pages leaves the reader wanting more. When will Volume #2 be available?

Gloria was born into a family of motorcyclists, literally in the family apartment in the back of the motorcycle and bicycle business her dad operated. Her Dad, Ernest, was an multiple -awarded hill climber. Her older brother, Bub, also followed his father’s tire tracks and passion, into hill climbing and retired as the oldest professional hill climber.

It was Bub, who decided to teach Gloria to ride a motorcycle at the age of 16. Since his wife rode, Bub had the same idea in mind for Gloria. Gloria was definitely not interested and sealed it with a foot stamp – NO! Well, having an older persuasive brother eventually got Gloria onto a 1931 Indian 1010 Scout and rolling down the road. She hasn’t stopped since.

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Hanging Out at Heroes Motorcycles Melrose

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A while back we introduced you to a new L.A. bike shop called Heroes Motorcycles, purveyors of rare and historic motorcycles, the operation run by Serge Bueno who in 2014 had arrived from Paris with his wife, four kids and a ton of awesome bikes. Well, at last count he’s restored over 100, and also opened a second location, call it Heroes Motorcycles Melrose because it’s located on that poshy boulevard near Hollywood. While his original place functions as the workshop, the new place, again built by his own hands, focuses on displaying both his restorations and his custom creations plus a wild spectrum of the best builders’ machines including Confederate, Zero, Ecosse, Arch and soon the new Brough-Superior, among others.

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Solo Rider Took on the Tallest Mountains on Earth

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From a young age, Robert Jan van der Kaaij has been an adventurer. One day when he was watching a TV show about a man documenting his travels across countries, van der Kaaij decided he wanted to do something similar. About a decade later, he got his driver’s license and in 2013, bought his first motorcycle. Two years after that, van der Kaaij embarked on a solo motorcycle trip from his home in the Netherlands to India, traversing more than 10,000 miles in just under three months. (Related: “5 Reasons to See Morocco By Motorcycle”)

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I landed in Dallas, Texas and expected Rick Fairless to bring me a cup of coffee. Then I looked at the large ominous connecting flight screen and tried to find my gate. We are like meth-head ants scurrying around this metal maze looking for our assigned Queen bee to take us to our chosen destination. My Queen didn’t show on the screen.

I dug into my Indian motorcycle canvas briefcase and pulled out my itinerary. It said Dayton, Ohio, oops. I went to visit the American airline desk and to call my lovely AAA travel agent, both sprang into action. It took me 22 hours to reach the beach in Daytona, Florida, but I was cool. I just needed to pick up a new 2018 Roadmaster Indian in the morning and make it to the Tropical Tattoo Bike Show by 11:00.

Nothing to it. The Cabby who delivered me to the temporary Indian Fleet Center was most helpful. In each case as the week unfolded I ask my current Daytona representative where the hell I was going next and they helped with perfect directions and advice. The Cabby told me how to find Willie’s Tattoo Parlor on Ridgewood Boulevard.

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