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SUPER HOT SUNDAY POST for September 3, 2017

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It’s been sorta hot on the coast and I’m sure the desert near Three Palms (the rest, 26, burnt down), California and Vegas is smokin’ hot. The south is under water and it had to be caused because someone bailed out the auto industry and they’ve sold too many cars causing global warming, climate change and devastation. It had to be our fault.

The earth has been perfect for millions of years until we came along and lite the first bonfire, cooked meat and the rest is history…

I have another one to consider. I keep reading about radical Muslims and the blame game. Power hungry humans have made every historic mistake possible in the desire to expand their religion or power. Most have ultimately had their asses handed to them.

But I sense the current issue is not about religion or history, but population. Two many folks on the planet and you’re bound to find splinter groups. Hell, they need something to do. So, can we give them something positive to do? Of course, and I have something to add at the end…

Let’s hit the news.

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Yamaha Announces Production Delay For 2018 Star Venture

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Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, today announced a production delay for the 2018 Star Venture transcontinental touring motorcycle. This delay will result in delivery of the new model to dealerships and customers in the latter half of December, 2017.
“The excitement and reception of the 2018 Yamaha Star Venture exceeded all of our initial expectations,” said Mike Doughty, General Manager of Yamaha’s Motorcycle Group. “This production delay is a very unfortunate situation, but we stand by our commitment to the quality of our motorcycles, and the highest level of customer service for both our customers and our dealers.”
The announcement is being shared with Star Venture customers who participated in the Priority Delivery Program, as well as Yamaha Dealers nationwide, after the U.S. distributorship (YMUS) was informed by Yamaha Motor Corporation (YMC) of a needed modification to the production process at the factory located in Japan.
As part of their commitment to customer service, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS) will be providing customers who participated in the Priority Delivery Program with a $1,000 Genuine Yamaha Parts and Accessories purchase credit. The company will be taking action to keep ongoing communication with its customers and dealers in place, and plans to move forward with production as soon as possible.


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This is one of those days.We could go in almost any direction. The mural is flying alongside our building.

We are almost finished with Franky’s Dyna. Although he doesn’t know how to think about his ride since the factory killed the model. It’s as if he’s homeless.


I’m waiting to hear from Deny and my Panhead Paint. I need to send some cam followers back to JIMS. We decided on running JIMS solids and Eric Bennett is ordering me a mid range cam for the 74-inch monster from Lienweber. I ordered new rocker arms and bases from J&P cycles. We will have all the pieces in short order and Bob Bennett is bringing this puppy to life.

Let’s hit the news and see what happens next.

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Top 1 Ack Attack Holds On To World’s Fastest Motorcycle Title

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From the beginning, the Top of the World Landspeed Trial was a pioneering achievement and a logistical challenge of epic proportions. Chief Engineer Mike Akatiff and the world’s fastest motorcyclist Rocky Robinson took the TOP 1 ACK ATTACK to the rarified air of Salar De Uyuni salt flats high in the Bolivian Andes with the express goal of exceeding 400 mph and breaking the team’s own LSR mark of 376.363 mph set in 2010.

“No wind, perfect salt… No reason it wouldn’t go over 400 mph,” said Akatiff when they finally were able to unload the 20-foot, twin-engined streamliner. No reason except for Bolivian salt gremlins.

On August 5th at 1 a.m. —  three weeks later than scheduled, the trailer containing the ACK ATTACK finally arrived. “Our container arrived 3 days into the Top Of The World Land Speed Trial’s very limited window so we were only able to run 2 days and simply didn’t have enough time to sort out our complex machine,” added Rocky Robinson. “We didn’t achieve our goal, but still have a lot to be thankful about.” While they didn’t go 400 mph, Robinson says they did go faster than their own existing Land Speed Record.

“Our best pass we ran 378 mph before blowing off the turbo manifold a half mile before the lights,” he said. “I coasted dead stick through the lights at 338 mph. Another pass we shredded a rear tire and then had another manifold blow out. I even overshot the pits one time by a 1/4 mile and stopped in the middle of the rough, unprepared salt.” There was also the run where the outrigger wheels failed to engage and the ACK ATTACK tipped over as Robinson coasted into the pits.

“We went 5,000 miles to one of more remote places on the planet in an attempt to raise the bar on our own record,” said Top 1 President Joe Ryan. “Unfortunately, time and logistical challenges prevented us from attaining our goal of surpassing the magical 400mph (643 kph) barrier on the last try, but we still have the record and TOP1 will forever be remembered for having the guts to make the commitment to bring attention to perhaps the next major venue for land speed racing.”

At nearly 12,000 feet (3,656 meters) above sea level, the Salar de Uyuni offers prefect salt conditions, no wind and miles of run-off room that LSR teams in Bonneville can only dream about. And several records were set at the Top Of The World Landspeed Trial, including Al Lamb riding his turbocharged Honda CBR 1000 to 265.8 mph and Nick Genet piloting a naturally aspirated Aprilia RSV4 with the fairing removed to a 192.8 mph record.

“Thank you to our general and leader Mike Akatiff,” said TOP 1 President, Joe Ryan. “You are my mentor and inspiration. I cannot be more proud of the entire team. We didn’t get our record but I feel very strongly we have a great story to share with the world!”

The record set by TOP 1 ACK ATTACK in 2010 still stands… for now. To be the best, you have to beat the best and Mike Akatiff’s ACK ATTACK is still the best with a motorcycle land-speed record of 376.363 mph. “This is historic,” said Akatiff. “Coming to Boliva is something I’ll never forget!”
See more of the TOP 1 ACK ATTACK at the Top of the World Landspeed Trial at Salar de Uyuni in Episode 8 of the TOP 1 ACK ATTACK video series:



or the whole series on YouTube:



Follow along in the quest for 400 mph at https://www.facebook.com/top1ackattack/

Sturgis Grandson Run 2017

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Sturgis is a major endeavor each year. It’s the epicenter of the custom motorcycle industry. Hell, the Chip held five custom bike shows, five concerts, two wet t-shirt contests, an industry party, and Michael Lichter’s stellar art exhibit and bike show, plus a helluva lot more. That’s just scratching the surface. New camp facilities pop up every year and this was no different with the latest Elk Ridge facility and a very together travel center.

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Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Winner

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Garage-Girls and Allstate MotorcycleInsurance are proud to announce this year’s Ultimate Biker Makeover winner; Patricia Thurston!  Patricia was selected among over 61 entries to this years contest.

Contestants (Girls and Guys) were asked to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover as well as a photo. Deadline for entries was July 7th, 2017. Submissions were narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges had to make the tough decision of who they felt most deserved the Ultimate Biker Makeover.   Patricia will get to take home all the prizes which include; A wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear, a case of full synthetic oil from Spectro Oils, A new Mustang Motorcycle Seat, a set of tires from AVON Tyres, Motorcycle Helmet, Jacket AND Gloves by Indian Motorcycle, A Valerie bag by Motochic, A carb rebuild kit and more from S&S Cycle, A Navbag, tacker sign and apparel from Klock Werks, A momentum Vagabond bag by Kuryakyn, exhaust heat wrap by DEI, a batwing fairing and windshield from Memphis Shades, and MUCH MORE!!
To say Patricia was stunned would absolutely be an understatement, “I didn’t see my email till 4 days after the announcement, and I am humbled and so honored. Crying like sissy girl in fact, I so needed this.  You have no idea how this will help my dream of getting my motorcycle back on the road.”  -Patricia Thurston.

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover and the girls are already hard at work planning the big celebration!  Stay tuned for more info to come.
“There is nothing better in this world than being able to help out a fellow rider, we love to support bigger organizations, but getting to experience the impact on a personal level, that is priceless.  Of course our sponsors are the ones we need to thank, they make this happen with their genuine hearts and compassion.  Thank you to Allstate Motorcycle they are truly doing all they can to #keepridersriding” –Sara Liberte, owner of Garage-Girls.

Harley-Davidson Kills the Dyna Line and V-Rods, Pump Big Engines

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Three New CVO Models Feature Largest-Ever Stock Engine Displacement

The 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycle lineup introduces the most robust array of custom Touring bikes the company has ever produced, boasting show-stopping style and plush comfort ready to attack rough city streets or winding country roads. Three new completely restyled Touring models enter the limited-edition Custom Vehicle Opera-tions™ family with the largest-ever stock engine from Harley-Davidson, while new Street Glide® Special and Road Glide® Special models get sinister, blacked-out styling.

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L.A. GUNS Hits Sturgis 2017

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You never know what’s gonna show up in Sturgis, or should I say who, is gonna roll on through the rally, especially on Thursday, August 10th, which was the “Sons of Speed” race held at the Pappy Hoel Campground Racetrack, across the field, from the Full Throttle Saloon.

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