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Bill Phillips Joins Board Of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc.

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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. (SMRi) opens the new year by welcoming Sturgis native Bill Phillips as the newest board member to the organization's all-volunteer board. A prominent real estate developer in the Sturgis area, Phillips is excited to join the SMRi board and looks forward to helping the organization in its efforts to promote, grow and strengthen the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally(TM) and provide a charitable return for the greater Sturgis area.

Phillips resides in Sturgis with his wife and two children, and puts an emphasis on family and community. "I love living here and enjoy everything Sturgis and the Black Hills have to offer." Phillips has traveled the world as a member of the Air National Guard, while still enlisted he decided to return to Sturgis after growing up here. He attended grade school and high school here, and later graduated from Black Hills State University in 1999 with a degree in administration. As a partner in The Real Estate Center of Sturgis since 2003, he has been involved in numerous real estate development projects within the Northern Black Hills area. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Northern Hills Realtor Association Board, where he served as a Sturgis area director. He also a partner in a local outfitting business, Empty Brass Outfitters, where he gets to share his passion for the outdoors.

As a member of SMRi's board of directors, Phillips looks forward to contributing to the board's efforts. He has supported for the community by being involved in a variety of area organizations and developments. He's no stranger to actively serving his community, including time as a Sturgis Chamber Board Member and as a member of the City of Sturgis Sign Ordinance Committee. He also enjoys giving back to youth in the community by sharing his love of the outdoors and sports. He is a Sturgis Little League coach and board member and a Sturgis youth basketball coach, as well as a Black Hills Area Instructor for Junior Achievement.
Given his experience and deep local roots, Phillips was an obvious choice to join SMRi.  "We are excited to welcome Phillips' expertise and home-grown take on serving Sturgis and its people." Said SMRi chairman, Dean Kinney.

Avon Offers Cobra Gl 1800 Tire Combination

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Specially designed for the Honda Gold Wing 1800, the Cobra GL 1800 tires from Avon Motorcycle Tyres are the perfect choice for the rigorous demands of the powerful launches, fast acceleration, hard cornering and hard braking of this powerful bike.

When compared to the stock tires, the Cobra GL 1800 rear tire offers an increased load index of 80 to handle nearly 1,000 pounds. A triple compound, including a longer lasting compound in the center, softer shoulder compound for improved grip and cornering performance, and a third compound underneath, work together to reduce tire temperature and increase mileage. This six-ply tire includes two Aramid belts and a nylon belt to reinforce and stabilize the tire carcass, reduce tire flex under heavier loads, and provide a more comfortable ride. Force Following Grooves transmit energy across the surface of the tire for even wear and longer life.

“It’s important to use a model-specific tire for the Honda Gold Wing 1800 because this bike places rigorous demands on the tires,” stated Sukoshi Fahey, Sales & Marketing Manager, Avon Tyres. “This bike is fast and powerful. The Cobra GL 1800 tires have been developed with big, solid blocks of rubber to resist irregular wear, the elimination of the center groove for better handling in the wet and on irregular surfaces, and an increased load index for the rear tire.”  

The Cobra GL 1800 tires are available in size 130/70R18 (#90000001167) front, and size 180/60R16 (#90000001418) rear. Both include the popular Cobra snakeskin effect sidewall for the ultimate style. For more information about Avon Motorcycle Tyres, visit To find a dealer near you, visit

Rivera Primo Celebrates 40 Years at V-Twin Expo — Win Prizes and Party With Them!

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It’s been a great journey for Rivera Primo, after 40 years in the business of speed and custom parts for American V-twin motorcycles.

Dealers, make sure to stop by booth 508 at V-Twin Expo to place your orders. Rivera Primo is offering show specials this year:

—Place an order at V-Twin Expo, and for every $500 ordered, you will receive a ticket for a drawing to win a $400 gift certificate.

—Buy 3 Pro Clutches™ and get the fourth Pro Clutch™ free.

—Buy 2 Stiffey’s™ get the third one free.

There will be drawings all through the show hours for free stuff!

Come join the Rivera Primo crea at the 2013 Cincinatti V Twin Expo for their 40th Anniversary Shindig.

Join the folks at Rivera Primo for hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the Cincinatti Hilton Netherlands Hotel on Saturday evening from 8-10PM.  You will meet their crack sales staff, Yesenia, Rose and Ben. Feel free to ask them the questions that you couldn’t get straight answers to from other manufacturers!


Continental Tires Recalling 1,700 Tires Commonly Used With Honda Gold Wing Motorcycles

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Honda Power Sports touts the Honda Gold Wing touring motorcycle as a bike that “can make your riding dreams come true” as it represents the height of luxury to enthusiasts looking to combine their loves of riding with long-distance travels. From comfortable seating for two to high end technological spoils that include XM radio, iPod docking and a navigation system, the Gold Wing touring cycle really packs everything in to make the $23,000 retail price worthwhile. However, as with any vehicle in any price range, the Gold Wing is only as good as the tires that it rides on, and some riders are about to have their vacations cut short.

Continental Tire has announced the voluntary recall of approximately 1,700 ContiMotion MC tires that are most commonly used for the rear wheels of the Honda Gold Wing 1800 touring motorcycle. While the company has received no reports of accidents or injuries as of yet, according to the Auto Channel, Continental has received some feedback that these tires could become susceptible to cracking, uneven wear and belt lift caused by under-inflation and overloading the rear storage compartment on the Gold Wing. Any of those conditions could ultimately lead to tread separation, dangerous accidents and injuries while the motorcycle is being operated.

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Barnett Celebrates 65 Years! 1948-2013

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Barnett is proud to be celebrating 65 years of manufacturing the finest American made motorcycle clutches and cables. Since 1948, Barnett has been producing clutches and control cables with direct-fit/upgrade applications for just about everything on two wheels, vintage bikes to the newest machines on the showroom floor, street to off-road to even ATVs. Everything’s made in the USA with top-quality materials and designs. Multiple quality checks throughout the build process guarantee when a customer installs a Barnett clutch or cable, he knows he’s getting a no-compromise upgrade. Still family owned and operated today, Barnett is dedicated to continue to produce top quality motorcycle components at a competitive price with the best possible product and customer support. Install and Barnett clutch or cable and Feel the Barnett Difference!

Dealers, be sure to visit Barnett Tool & Engineering at booth 641 at the V-Twin Expo and take advantage of a 10% Discount on dealer orders taken at the show. Applies only to dealers in attendance.

Visit for your clutch and cable needs for all motorcycles.

Custom Cycle Engineering Goes To V-Twin Expo

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If you are a dealer and are attending this year's V-Twin Expo in Cinci, make sure to stop by the new Custom Cycle Engineering Booth. You will find CCE and their friendly staff at booth 670

Check this out, Custom Cycle Engineering will be presenting an all-new product you don't want to miss. The Steering Damper for All FLH Models. Custom Cycle Engineering has developed a Steering Damper system for the Harley Dresser models. Custom designed clamps and brackets position a Shindy Steering Stablizer in the optimum location so the damper can be installed with minimum effort.  The installation of the Steering Damper stabilizes the front fork and helps with front end wobble.

Two systems are available.  The first style is mounted parallel to the frame and only requires a slight relocation of the horn (brackets provided).  The second system is mounted perpendicular to the frame and is located in a less conspicuous location.  The perpendicular system requires the elimination of the stainless steel “Cow Bells” and the installation of rubber “accordion” fork boots.  The perpendicular steering damper also facilitates the use of a fork truss or brace for maximum fork stability.
SDS 2013-1 Parallel Steering Damper for FLH’s
SDS 2012-2 Perpendicular Steering Damper for
                      FLH’s W/Fork Truss                       
Pick one at the V-Twin Expo and get 10% off of this and many other items from the Custom Cycle Engineering line.


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Registration under way for April 26 Motorcycle Safety Forum in Ames, Iowa

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Registration is now open for the 10th Anniversary Motorcycle Safety Forum.

The rider-focused event is facilitated by Iowa’s motorcycle safety team, a diverse partnership of motorcycle safety advocates; the Iowa Department of Transportation and Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau; and motorcycle trainers, dealers and riders.

The event will be held Friday, April 26, at the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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