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Tickets on Sale for Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo Powered by General Tire

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POMONA, Calif. (April 7, 2020) —Tickets are now on sale for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo Powered by General Tire, Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA.

Save money, by purchasing discount tickets in advance online at www.offroadexpo.com. Adult single-day tickets (ages 13+) are $16 when purchased online and $6 for kids (ages 6-12). Children ages five-under will be admitted free of charge.

Participating O’Reilly Auto Parts locations will also have discount tickets available, starting 30 days prior to the event.

At the gate, Adult single-day tickets (ages 13+) are $20 and $7 for kids (ages 6-12). Children ages five-under will be admitted free of charge.

The Off-Road industry comes together at the Off-Road Expo as a full collection of leading companies including parts manufacturers, equipment suppliers, gear producers and industry experts/insiders, unite for a full weekend of everything off-road related.

More details on Expo Features and Demos will be coming soon. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire and to purchase tickets online, visit www.offroadexpo.com.

RSD ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH COMOTO HOLDINGS

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Revolutionary Motorcycle Parts & Apparel Brand, Roland Sands Design has reached a strategic partnership with America’s largest omni-channel platform in the powersports industry – Comoto and will align efforts for 3PL functions and US wholesale distribution.

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Los Alamitos, CA. April 6th, 2020. – Roland Sands Design and Comoto have entered into a partnership for sales and distribution for RSD Apparel. Under this partnership, Comoto will be the exclusive US distributor for RSD Apparel through their entity Upshift Distribution, while also offering 3PL services for the brand for direct to consumer fulfillment.

 

“We’ve always been excited about two wheels; it’s 100% what drives our business, the bike builds, parts and apparel, and the Comoto crew shares that moto stoke. With that as a concrete foundation for both businesses, we can’t lose.” Says Roland Sands, President/CEO of RSD.

 

“Aligning with the Comoto group ensures best in class sales operations for our dealer’s and efficient fulfillment to the end consumer. Revzilla & J&P Cycles are powerhouse eCommerce retailers and have always been huge supporters of our apparel business, plus with UpShift managing our dealer network, we feel this partnership is a great opportunity for all involved” Says Rob Ramlose, Director of Product, RSD.

“This strategy will allow for Comoto to maximize business potential through multiple channels including our eCommerce platforms Revzilla & J&P Cycles, our retail chain Cycle Gear and UpShift Distribution LLC, which will target motorcycle dealerships and specialist retailers in the US.” Says Stevan Popovich, VP, Merchandising and Business Development at Comoto.

More Relief Coming from the President

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Brothers and Sisters,

Immediately after passing the 2.2 trillion-dollar stimulus, Congress began planning for a 4th COVID-19 related bill.  Initially, Nancy Pelosi indicated that infrastructure would be the main focus of the next large piece of legislation. However, Friday afternoon, she changed her tune and said that infrastructure would have to wait.  Congress now will attempt to pass another bill similar to the CARES Act with a focus on extending enhanced unemployment insurance and doubling forgivable loans administered by the Small Business Administration.

This shift in focus does not mean that infrastructure will be ignored. President Trump has publicly announced his preference for a massive infrastructure package. Additionally, with the current highway bill set to expire at the end of September, the timing to do something seems near.

It is still unclear what the size and scope of any infrastructure bill will end up being. There could be a focus strictly on “shovel ready projects,” or it could incorporate the long-planned Highway Reauthorization. Regardless of what the final bill looks like, we as motorcyclists need to make our voices heard.

This simple call to action outlines four Highway Bill priorities that were approved in September at Meeting of the Minds for the 2020 Legislative Agenda. Let your voice be heard and make sure that in a rush to pass massive legislation, the priorities of motorcyclists are not forgotten.

Take Action

 

Ride Free,

Tiffany Cipoletti

Director of Government Affairs

BIKERNET BANDANAS TO THE RESCUE

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Hey,

We’ve had numerous versions on how the exclusive Bikernet Bandana can be used to save lives during this wide-spread Pandemic, while we work on the magnificent Pandemic Panhead.

The first, above, came from a secluded source in downtown Long Beach.

Then Sin Wu started to manufacturer Bandit’s Safety Masks sequestered on her boat in the Wilmington marina.

Currently Paul Davis, a former Harley mechanic, is working on one in Tennessee. He ordered six more so he would have one for every day of the week. We will keep you posted as we road test the Sin Wu version on a run to Winco, the only employee-owned grocery store in the area for supplies. But I was just informed that Emilio who owns his dad’s old shop in Wilmington was broke into last night by a homeless meth head. I need to take some welding gear up the street and see if I can fix his gate.

If you buy any book in the 5-Ball Racing shop, you get a Bikernet Bandana for free. Such a deal. The same applies if you buy any leather piece, and then you’ll receive a free book and a Bandana.

https://shop.bikernet.com/

LIGHT AT THE END OF THE COVID TUNNEL CRITERIA

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When Can Life Return to Normal? 4 Signs to Monitor

Peter Brookes

Senior Research Fellow

Peter researches and develops Heritage’s policy on weapons of mass destruction and counter proliferation.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

The coronavirus crisis has widely disrupted modern life.

Any decision to loosen social distancing restrictions has to be based on data, not emotion.

Social distancing won’t last forever—and there are signs that we can watch for to see that it might be coming to an end.

While a firm date for the end of this biological battle in the United States is just unknowable at this point, it’s reasonable to ask: How will we know when we’re seeing some light at the end of the social distancing tunnel?

Here are some of the things we would want to see:

1. Numbers: Any decision to loosen social distancing restrictions has to be based on data, not emotion. For instance, a locality, state or region must see its confirmed COVID-19 case numbers decrease over a two week period (to account for the disease incubation period) before considering mitigation modifications.

Similar dips in hospitalization and death rates, as well as improved recovery rates, would also be a welcome sign. In addition, experts must develop a comprehensive nationwide reporting system so that the data can be comprehensively collected, collated, analyzed, and shared.

2. Testing: A robust diagnostic test architecture must be in place across the country. Optimally, testing should include not only testing for COVID-19—the disease derived from the SARS-CoV-2 virus— but also for the presence of possible immunity through serological antibody testing in people who may have self-resolved the illness.

Moreover, we need to have widely available testing with quick turnarounds, so that we have the data sooner to make the most efficient and effective public policy decisions in this dynamic situation.

3. Health Care System: Our health care system is under significant stress and strain—not to mention the immeasurable pressure on our intrepid doctors, nurses and medical staff, who are on the frontlines working tirelessly to protect and heal us.

We have to get to a place where the health care system is no longer at risk of being overwhelmed, meaning it must have the necessary personal protective equipment to keep the medical staff healthy and enough ventilators for those in respiratory distress.

Taking care of our health care system means rebuilding the Strategic National Stockpile, which can be immediately dispatched to a COVID-19 hot spot if local supplies are on the verge of being exhausted.

4. Medicine: There is not yet a vaccine for this new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and no proven therapeutics or anti-virals.  However, the Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of some treatments, such as hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, under an emergency use authorization.

While an effective vaccine is likely at least a year away, proven therapeutics or anti-virals could arrive sooner, reducing pain and suffering. Effective treatments will likely reduce the hospitalization and death rates, too.

Social distancing is a major disruption to our lives in so many ways. It affects the economy and well-being of the American people, hurts the education of our children, and separates us from loved ones, including  those who may be vulnerable.

While social distancing may be painful now, it offers the possibility of reducing the overall level of pain we may have to endure during this crisis. Ultimately, we are social distancing to save lives.

Social distancing won’t last forever—and there are signs that we can watch for to see that it might be coming to an end.

This piece originally appeared in The Daily Signal

MIC Update on Good Deeds in a Bad Situation

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We are all in this together.
We are all inundated with the impact of COVID-19. Yet, amid the devastating news, there are stories of hope; people and companies coming together to help our country’s most vulnerable, the heroes in healthcare and our brave first responders.
Within the powersports industry, we’ve seen Yamaha Motor Manufacturing of America in Newnan, Georgia, donate 380 respirators, 49,000 gloves, 325 Tyvek suits, and 18,000 alcohol wipes to the Piedmont Newnan Hospital. “We thank Yamaha for their support as we provide care to the community during this COVID-19 epidemic. The care we provide each day to our patients, especially during these times of crises, wouldn’t be possible without the support of our community,” said Vicki Kaiser, Executive Director of Community Affairs, Oncology and Support Services at Piedmont Newnan “The acts of kindness shown by our community partners helps encourage our team to push through as we strive to make a positive difference in every life we touch.”
What is Honda doing to help Americans in general during this crisis? Honda’s effort is led by an initial $1 million pledge to food banks and meal programs across the United States, Canada and Mexico and is intended to provide the most vulnerable with access to food. In addition to the $1 million pledge, the company also will implement a special matching gift program that enables Honda associates to make monetary donations to food programs in their local communities, matching up to $1,000 for each individual gift.
In addition, Honda has inventoried its stocks of Personal Protective Equipment at their North American facilities and have donated much of this equipment, including N95 face masks, to support frontline healthcare providers. They are also deploying 3-D printers to manufacture visors for protective face shields that will be used by medical providers.
Polaris, through its foundation, has donated more than $220,000 in technology to meet the needs of local students in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa as they transition to distance learning. This includes donated iPads, Chromebooks, wireless hotspots, chargers, and more. Furthermore, when learning that Smiths Medical, a leading global manufacturer of specialty medical devices, was looking to ramp up their manufacturing of ventilators and IV infusion pumps at their Oakdale, Minnesota, facility, Polaris reached out to see how they could help. This week, several employees from Polaris signed up to work at Smiths’ facility to help production efforts, with the potential to increase the workforce support as Smith continues to assess its need.
In New York City, a group of more than 60 motorcyclists collaborated with MasksforDocs.com, a grassroots campaign created to “get protective supplies into the hands of healthcare workers as quickly as possible.” These motorcyclists helped distribute personal protective equipment to some of the neediest doctors and hospitals in the city. We know motorcyclists in many other states are also working to do the same.
If you or anyone you know has a story you want to share with us, please email ckernes@mic.org.  We can help you tell your story to a broader audience to provide hope to our community and demonstrate all that we in the power sports industry are doing to help.
We will get through these difficult times, working together to #RideItOut.
Your MIC Team

A HOTROD FROM THE MAGNIFICENT WORLD OF ARCH

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The KRGT-1 is a custom production American performance cruiser. Designed to be ridden aggressively while also being comfortable for long distances. 2020 improvements include design enhancements to the bodywork, updated front suspension and brakes.

Each KRGT-1 is custom tailored to provide personalized ergonomics and curated fit and finishes, making every motorcycle unique to its owner.

www.archmotorcycle.com

Jesse James Returns to Discovery in an All New Season of Monster Garage

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Jesse James is back to create some of most mind-blowing vehicles to ever drive across television screens!

Monster Garage’s Jesse James Has Unfinished Business

Jesse James of West Coast Choppers is excited to announce the return of Monster Garage. The new garage is in Austin Texas and the change in scenery has been great for James. Jesse has only gotten better in his craft and has builds he didn’t get to do the first time around. Look out for Monster Garage on Discovery.
If you’ve got gasoline running through your veins, then it’s time to get excited. Jesse James is bringing his talents back to Motor Mondays! A brand-new season of the high-octane series, Monster Garage, is returning 14 years after the last episode aired. The beloved American outlaw and founder of West Coast Choppers is back with an upgraded garage, cutting-edge technology and a renewed passion for creating some of most mind-blowing vehicles to ever drive across television screens.

The revamped legendary series will once again focus on transforming regular vehicles into functional machines with a unique purpose while elevating mechanical and automotive vision in the shop. James is once again looking to accomplish the impossible and will be working with some of the most talented craftsmen and women in the country.

In the years since Monster Garage ended, James has traveled the world, expanding his skill set along the way. With new expertise in forging and blacksmithing, Jesse James is more talented than ever. He’s ready to break all the rules when it comes to custom builds. He’s back…and he’s just getting started.

Stay tuned for when you can watch new episodes of Monster Garage in 2020. Follow Discovery Channel on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for updates.

WILD SCOTT JACOBS SALE–20% OFF OF EVERYTHING!

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ONLINE SALE NOW THROUGH MAY 30TH – 20% OFF ENTIRE SITE

Here’s a sample from their gallery by Alexa. Actually, I bought this piece of art for the Bikernet Chinese Whorehouse home in Deadwood. It works right? –Bandit

Alexa Jacobs
Artist 

Alexa Jacobs was born on November 23, 1991 in Summit, New Jersey.  She only lived there for four years before her family packed up and moved to San Diego, California.  She grew up in Rancho Santa Fe in a beautiful house with acreage and many animals.

At age 15, she started working part-time for her dad, Scott, as his under-painter. The first time she painted lasted a brief 15 minutes before she was uninterested and ready to move on to her next teen adventure.

Although Scott thought he lost his apprentice forever, Alexa worked on and off for him for the next several years, amongst many other odd jobs, including modeling for Harley-Davidson.

It wasn’t until she had eight years of painting experience with her father that she gained enough courage to create some of her own masterpieces.  Her first several years painting her own canvases were spent experimenting with many different mediums, subjects, and styles. Although she believes in the world of art you never stop discovering, she is confident she has found her niche.

www.jacobsgalleryshop.com