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AMSOIL Renews Title Sponsorship for WMDRA Sturgis Nationals

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AMSOIL INC. of Superior, Wis., has renewed their Title Sponsor agreement with the Western Motorcycle Drag Racing Association (WMDRA) for the 2013 AMSOIL Sturgis Nationals.

"This is a great day for the motorcycle drag racing community," says WMDRA President Sandra Alberti. "We are thrilled to continue our partnership with AMSOIL for the Sturgis Nationals, and excited to continue the drag racing tradition at the 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally."

AMSOIL is the Official Oil of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Daytona Bike Week, Biketoberfest, Laconia and the Lone Star Motorcycle Rally in Galveston, Texas. AMSOIL manufacturers advanced synthetic motorcycle oils for Harley-Davidson and V-Twin engines, as well as the whole range of metric bikes on the market. AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oil helps bikes achieve optimal performance for hot-running engines, transmissions and primary chain cases.

"Drag racing is a great tradition at the Sturgis Rally," said AMSOIL Director of Dealer Sales Rob Stenberg, "and we're glad to be able to support this event again this year. The AMSOIL Sturgis Nationals provides rally attendees with crazy-fast motorcycles, long smoky half-track burnouts and an all-around great event."

According to City of Sturgis Rally & Events Director Brenda Vasknetz, "Racing is what started this rally and we're so glad AMSOIL and the WMDRA are bringing back their event to Sturgis Dragway in 2013! New in 2013, the WMDRA will bring nitro burning fuel bikes and burnouts to the popular AMSOIL exhibit located on the 900 Block of Main Street, to entertain the crowd and promote the race schedule to our rally visitors."

Racing is slated for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, August 5, 6 and 7 at Sturgis Dragway, located at 20523 Hwy 79, just off Hwy 34 between the Full Throttle and Buffalo Chip. A full schedule of activities will be posted on the WMDRA and Sturgis Rally websites.

Officers seize shotgun from motorcycle gang members

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Officers from three different agencies searched the San Luis Obispo County homes of five members of an outlaw motorcycle gang Wednesday, who were arrested last month for carrying concealed handguns on their bikes. [Tribune] The arrests occurred during a traffic stop on March 15 at the intersection of Highways 101 and 154 in Santa Barbara County. Officers pulled over two of the five members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club for running a red light. While conducting the traffic stop, officers discovered semi-automatic handguns concealed in the saddlebags of all five of the motorcycles.

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Ice Cream Sandwich Motorcycle Revving Up for Launch

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Remember the ice cream sandwich bicycles launching this spring? Well, they've just been one-upped.

Childhood friends and D.C. natives Ed Cornell and Patrick Griffith will launch a motorcycle with a sidecar slinging gourmet ice cream sandwiches called Milk Cult at the end of the month.

Cornell previously taught English in Indonesia, where he commuted by motorcycle and saw many food carts built off motorcycles. Griffith previously worked on the Takorean food truck. They say their vehicle, which they've nicknamed "The Heifer," will operate just like a food truck, traveling around the city and tweeting its location. They say they weren't aware of Cream Cycle (the ice cream sandwich bikes) when they began conceptualizing the idea.

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Freedom Friday focuses on health care bias against motorcyclists

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As part of AMA Go Ride! Month, the American Motorcyclist Association has designated each Friday in April as a "Freedom Friday" to raise awareness about issues that threaten motorcycling freedoms. AMA members can take part in a photo contest related to the issue and win prizes. 

Kicking off on Friday, April 5, will be a weeklong focus on health-insurance discrimination. The issue is one of the most important to AMA members, according to Danielle Fowles, AMA grassroots coordinator.

"With the current U.S. economic situation, we are hearing of more employers refusing to pay for health care for injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash," said Fowles. "Imagine getting seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident and then having your health insurance company refuse to pay the medical bills because you were riding a motorcycle.

"The AMA has been fighting this type of health-insurance discrimination for years and is now on Capitol Hill lobbying to change the law so that this form of discrimination no longer exists," Fowles said.

Each week's Freedom Friday photo contest asks AMA members to send a photo of themselves and their bike near a symbol of that week's topic. For the first week, members should send in photos near hospitals, ambulances or anything medical-insurance related to illustrate their concern as a motorcyclist. Photo(s) and the AMA member number should be sent to the AMA at grassroots@ama-cycle.org to be entered in the contest.

Contest entrants have two chances to win. Each week, two photo winners will be announced and each will receive an AMA gift bag and a $20 BikeBandit.com gift card. Contest entrants will also be entered in a month-end drawing with great prizes, including a Shoei helmet, Tour Master Intake jacket, and Cortech tank bags, courtesy of AMA partner Helmet House.

Complete contest rules are posted on the AMA website at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/riding/goride.

In 1996, Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Among other things, with that law federal lawmakers wanted to prohibit employers from denying health-care coverage based on a worker participating in legal activities such as motorcycle riding. But when federal bureaucrats wrote rules to implement the law, they reversed the intent of Congress, allowing health-insurance benefit discrimination against motorcyclists and others.

"The AMA advises all motorcyclists to check their medical insurance policy for 'Exclusions,'" Fowles said. "That's where the insurance company spells out what it won't cover. If the wording is ambiguous, a motorcyclist should ask his or her human resources or personnel department whether injuries sustained in motorcycle crashes are covered under the company's health insurance plan."

AMA Go Ride! Month encourages AMA members and riders nationwide to renew their passion for riding in the dirt and on the street. It's a month-long celebration of riding that features stories, photos, contests and more. For more information about AMA Go Ride! Month and Freedom Friday, go to www.americanmotorcyclist.com/riding/goride.

Your Sportster's Gonna Get Some Tail!

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The Sportster based Café Racer has become a style in its own right, taking the classic look to new levels and doing it with a magic only a Harley can bring to the table. The one missing piece of that ton up formula is often a traditional tail section and thanks to the folks at Burly Brand it looks like that’s about to change. Their new solo seat/cowl is designed to bolt to the 1986-2003 Sportster chassis and complete the XL’s café transformation. Unlike the Café seats that sit on a stock fender, they’ve created a true tail section, opening up the rear of the bike for an authentic look. Available in partially covered with paintable black gel coat as well as a full covered version and both feature a gel insert in the seating area for maximum comfort. Requires removal of fender, supporting struts and relocation of taillight and signals. Includes mounting hardware for OEM electronics. Made in the US of A.

 

Check out the Burly web site or contact your local dealer to get yours!

'Sons of Anarchy' will hit the ground running with season six

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On Friday casting news leaked regarding season six of the FX hit series "Sons of Anarchy" including that Donal Logue will be returning with a story line that has "a major arc" and he may appear in up to 10 episodes in season six. As fans will recall from the Harley-Davidson riding M/C, the character Logue plays is former U.S. Marshall Lee Toric who appeared in the last three episodes of season five.

Jimmy Smits has inked his deal with SoA and is contracted to appear in all 13 episodes.

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Nostalgic White Hand Grips Complete A Bobber Custom

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Go old school cool with these new Nostalgic White Grips (P/N 56100054, $69.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories®. Inspired by the grips on Harley-Davidson motorcycles of the 1940s, these rubber grips have a comfortable hourglass shape with a chrome accent ring and a molded in “Harley-Davidson” logo. These white hand grips look great on a bobber-style customs and complement the White Diamond Solo Spring Saddle and the piping and stitching on the Black Diamond Solo Spring Saddle. Nostalgic White Grips fit 1996-later VRSC™, Sportster®, Dyna®, Softail® and 1996-2007 Touring models.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.

DesignWraps CEO Tours America Promoting American-Made Products

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Joan Krenning, founder and CEO of DesignWraps Brands, is heading across the United States on a 36-month motorcycle freedom tour of America starting in April at Arizona Bike Week.

Joan not only wants to drum up sales for DesignWraps Brands, but also to promote all American Made products. Krenning’s ride across America, called the “Glory US-A Freedom Ride”, will also raise funds for two charities, the “Wounded Warrior Project” and Laura Klock’s “Helping with Horsepower”. Joan has set her sights high and expects to ride 60,000 miles in 2013, stopping at over 200 Harley-Davidson Dealerships along the way. By the end of her journey, Joan will have hit every Harley dealer, approximately 700 located here in the United States and will have traveled over 200,000 miles.

Joan will be riding a 2013 Harley-Davidson Street Glide appropriately named “The Freedom Glide” wrapped with graphics designed by Red Phoenix Marketing. Part of the bikes paint scheme is the words that are straight from the Bill of Rights. This tricked out custom Street Glide is decked out with custom aftermarket parts provided by her sponsors: Klock Werks, Ride Wright Wheels, J&P Cycles, Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, Yaffe’s Bagger Nation, MGS Custom Bikes, Danny Gray Seats, Roaring Toyz, Wire Plus Electronics and Saddleman. “Lady Road Dog”, as she’s known by her riding buddies, also has several apparel sponsors and a complete list of products she’s using and sponsors can be found on Lady Road Dog’s blog… http://ladyroaddog.com

The Freedom Glide features parts made only in the USA and Joan only wears riding apparel made here in the states. Joan hopes to encourage Americans to buy American products and knows this ride will embed images of the USA products of her sponsored items through her testament, blog, and marketing efforts into the minds of the people she meets along her journey.

Joan’s passion and love for giving back has been the vision for her newly formed Wraps of Hope Foundation. She plans to raise $$$ and support for the believe.helping.hands movement, the believe.in.freedom movement and the believe.off.the.streets movement, which are all part of the wraps of hope foundation. “A small portion of every product sold by DesignWraps Brands will go directly into the Wraps of Hope Foundation bank account…this guarantees that the money raised by the Freedom Ride will be donated directly to the charities”, Lady Road Dog stated.

Joan has already been invited to make special appearances at several Harley-Davidson dealers to appear at their open houses, meet with the local HOG chapters, put on seminars about her ride, etc. Joan will be in Loveland, CO on May 3rd for Global International Female Ride Day and invites all riders to join her. Watch her blog for a complete schedule on Joan’s incredible 3 year trek. Lady Road Dog will be happy to consider all promotional appearances…please email request to ladyroaddog@gmail.com. There’s already talk of a reality show being interested in her story and who knows…she just may be the next big thing since Jesse James.

Joan believes that by manufacturing in the USA, she creates a value for the consumer that also benefits America through well-paying jobs for Americans. Under the DesignWraps USA umbrella of companies, there are 3 different brands: RidersWraps…head wraps, headbands and beanies made for the serious rider. Savvy Threads…reality sized women’s motorcycle apparel designed in misses sizing and embellished with rhinestone motifs that coordinate with Wraps of Hope… the most functional, flattering headwrap in the entire market of headwraps for women. Wraps of Hope appeal to both women in the motorcycle culture as well as those suffering from hair lose due to illness. Although DesignWraps primary market has always been Harley-Davidson riders, their customer base now ranges from bikers and construction workers to chemo-patients, children and babies.

You can reach DesignWraps Brands at 877-700-4687, email them at sales@designwraps.com or check them out online at www.designwraps.com.

Follow “Lady Road Dog” on her Glory US-A Freedom Ride at the following links: www.ladyroaddog.com

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