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New Film Goes Behind The Scenes With Bill Davidson and Willie G. Davidson

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In advance of Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary celebration in Milwaukee this August, the acclaimed Dear MKE Film Series has launched “All in the Family,” a behind-the-scenes video about a father and son who share one of the most recognized names in the world. Willie G. Davidson, chief styling officer emeritus, and his son, Bill Davidson, vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum, give viewers an unprecedented glimpse into their personal story through family photos, home movies and a visit behind the doors of the Harley-Davidson Museum ® archives. Along the way, they trace the path of one of Milwaukee’s most famous legacy brands in this latest release of the 12-film series created by VISIT Milwaukee and the local creative community.

A “must-see” for motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere, the video is of added interest to the thousands of bikers riding into Milwaukee this summer for Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary (Aug 29 – Sept 2).  “All in the Family,” along with three previously-released films giving riders a little taste of Harley-Davidson’s beloved home town, can be found on Dear MKE Youtube channel and on


“The story of Harley-Davidson epitomizes the hard work, ingenuity and creativity that built this city and that continue to shape who we are today,” said VISIT Milwaukee President and CEO Paul Upchurch. “110 years ago Harley-Davidson put Milwaukee on the map. We’re proud more than a century later to be home to this internationally-recognized brand and the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum.” 

Dear MKE’s film crew joined Bill Davidson and his father, Willie G. Davidson, on a journey through Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson Museum, which for Bill and Willie G. reads like a well-loved family album. From Willie G. pointing out dozens of his designs along the Museum’s tank wall, to Bill reminiscing about one of his favorite motorcycles, “All in the Family” tells a heartfelt, made-in-Milwaukee story.

This film is the fourth to be released in the Dear MKE film series, a first-ever collaborative project that brings together an all-Milwaukee creative team under the direction of VISIT Milwaukee and Hollywood producer Jack Turner, who grew up in Milwaukee.

When complete, the 12-film series and image campaign will paint a picture of Milwaukee as told through the stories of Milwaukeeans. To see an additional 300+ video clips, stories and photos of Milwaukeeans sharing their love, pride and stories about the city and what makes life good in here, go to

AMD World Championship To Premiere A Championship Ring

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As of March 25th there are 98 builders from 23 countries registered to enter 126 bikes in total at Essen, Germany, for the 10th annual AMD World Championship – the first to be held in Europe at its new permanent host event, the BIG BIKE EUROPE expo.

The classes are the acclaimed Freestyle class, from which the 10th annual World Champion will be selected (by the class of 2013 competitors), plus the Modified Harley-Davidson, 'Retro-Mod' and Street Performance classes, with the S"S sponsored Production Manufacturer ShowCase (for bikes with a Certificate of Conformity), making this likely to be the best AMD World Championship for years – you can see the full list of entries so far at


AMA members receive special benefits at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas

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AMA members attending the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas on April 19-21 at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, will receive special member benefits at the race.

AMA members who call the Circuit of The Americas' hotline at (512) 301-6600 and purchase the AMA ticket package and give their AMA number will receive half-price VIP motorcycle parking, and a special pit walk Friday, April 19, at no additional charge. The track will email pit walk details to qualifying ticket holders.

Circuit of The Americas' Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Geoff Moore said it was only fitting that AMA members enjoy unique benefits at the MotoGP.

"As the country's most dedicated motorcyclists, whether they are enjoying the open road or competing in a local amateur event, AMA members bring a passion to the track that can't be matched," Moore said. "We're pleased to offer these benefits as a way to thank them for their support of the AMA and the rights of America's motorcyclists."

Established as a World Championship by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme in 1949, MotoGP is now into its 64th year. It is the pinnacle of motorcycle championships in the world and the premier-class of three racing classes that take to the track on a typical Grand Prix weekend. MotoGP's reach extends to more than 200 countries and territories that receive live or same-day delayed broadcasts of the MotoGP events, with the coverage delivered to more than 337 million households worldwide.

French biker-chef on Harley mission in Jordan

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Three thousand miles from his native Lyon, Frenchman Claude Abry is living his dream in the Middle East, where he once cooked for royalty and has now traded his chef's toque for helmets and Harley-Davidsons.

"After my family, I have two loves in life: cooking and riding motorcycles," Abry, 43, told AFP at his Harley dealership outside the Jordanian capital, Amman — a challenging project in a country where bikes were banned for more than two decades for reasons of "public safety".

"Cooking and riding motorcycles give me and my family freedom. I had nothing and I worked very hard to become a chef — and one of the best," he said.

In Lyon, France's gastronomic capital, Abry worked under iconic chef Paul Bocuse before moving to Jordan and cooking for King Abdullah II — who, like his late father, King Hussein, is a motorcycle enthusiast and Harley owner.

"I was the youngest pastry chef with Bocuse," Abry said, but declined to speak of his time at Jordan's royal palace for confidentiality reasons.

Abry moved to Jordan in 2000, after having also lived in Beirut and Kuwait.

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New Media Partners Join 2013 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show July 14th

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Gianatsis Design Associates, producers of the annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and the Calendars, is excited to announce that top media partners will be joining long-standing title sponsor Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, to help expand the stature of this year's Show in the motorcycle industry. Joining the Calendar Show as valued partners is Barnett's Bike Craft Magazine featuring retro and cafe bikes, Source Media's American V-Twin Group of magazines Hot Bike, Hot Bike Baggers and Street Chopper, and the motorcycle events monthly Thunder Press. The editors from each of the magazines will be in attendance to cover the event, assist in judging their sponsored classes, and choosing the top bikes to appear in their publications. Show producer Jim Gianatsis will be photographing the winning bikes to appear in the Magazines and the next Calendars. In addition to the coveted Best of Show and Class Awards, AFT Customs will present its Visionary Award Trophy for the most innovative and exciting bike at the event. No other singel bike event in America will provide custom bike builders and their sponsors with as much public exposure and media attention.

The 2013 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show continues its now 22-year tradition as the premier outdoor streetbike show in America with a return to the Queen Mary's Seawalk Village, Long Beach, CA on Sunday July 14th.  Featured as always are the world's top Celebrity Builders displaying their newest bikes and competing in the Calendar Bike Building Championship & Concours d' Elegance, together with selected Industry Manufacturers and Vendors, and Calendar Girl Music Concert live performances. The Show always marks the world premier of the new 2014 Motorcycle PinUp Calendars featuring the world's top roadrace and custom motorcycles with the beautiful Calendar Kittens featured in the Calendars in attendance at the Show. 


The Calendar Show in recent years has broadened its focus from just the American V-Twin custom market, to embrace the growing Collector and Cafe Bike segments. The Show still includes its popular Pro Builder and Street Custom classes, Cafe Bike / Bobber, and Sportbike / Racebike Classes, and now the growing Collector Bike Market for European and Japanese Classics. Show Entries will be placed in a Concours d' Elegance displays on grass and patio walkways in the the Queen Mary's Seawalk Village. There is also an opportunity for Builders and Sellers to join the very affordable Seller's Showcase to market their bike or services, without having to purchase a full size Exhibitor Space. Click here for info.

AMA Go Ride Months Starts Now

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The first day of April marks the official launch of AMA Go Ride! Month, sponsored by the American Motorcyclist Association. All month long, motorcyclists nationwide are encouraged to kick-start the 2013 riding season in style with information, entertainment, contests, prizes from Helmet House, Shoei, HelmetLok, and more via and the AMA Facebook page. 

During the first week of April, "AMA Go Ride Your Way!" week taps into the individualism of motorcycling on favorite trails and twisties. Riders are invited to post pictures of their favorite rides on the AMA Facebook page at and send stories describing their favorite rides to The best story will be featured on the AMA Go Ride! Month blog.

AMA Go Ride! Month is also the launch of a special edition of AMA Flash Tours with a contest for street and dirt riders. The AMA Up, Down, All-Around Flash Tour invites motorcyclists to photograph a trip to the highest, lowest or most remote part of their state, or an historical or cultural landmark unique to the state. Each week a winner will be selected to receive a Helmetlok next-generation lock and cable set. Plus, all qualifying entrants will be entered into a month-end drawing to receive great prizes, including a Shoei helmet, Tour Master Intake jacket and Cortech tank bags, courtesy of AMA partner Helmet House.

Contestants must be AMA members. For those who aren't members, it's easy to sign up at Contest details and rules are posted on the AMA website at, and updates will be available on the AMA Facebook page.

Also during each week of AMA Go Ride! Month, "Freedom Friday" will alert motorcyclists to important issues that pose threats to motorcycling freedoms. Watch for the first Freedom Friday announcement on April 5. A Freedom Friday contest will also launch that day, and each week in April two lucky AMA members will win an AMA gift bag and a gift card. Contestants will also be entered into the month-end drawing for Helmet House prizes.

Still digging out of the snow and ice? Not to worry, you have the entire month of April to enter one of the cool contests. In the meantime, be sure to check out these helpful tips and tools provided for street and dirt riding on the AMA website at and

AMA Go Ride! Month encourages motorcyclists everywhere to enjoy the thrill of riding in the dirt and on the street. During AMA Go Ride Your Way! week, AMA members can access some wonderful resources on the members' section of the AMA website. Off-road riders can view a comprehensive list of places to ride in the AMA Trails Atlas, and street riders can learn about AMA member's favorite roads at AMA Great Roads. Just visit > Members Area to find your piece of riding nirvana.

Stay tuned to and in the coming days for more announcements about 2013 AMA Go Ride! Month.