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More Incentives To Go Electric?

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Electric motorcycle tax credit may be extended

Buyers of on-road electric motorcycles would continue to be eligible for up to a $2,500 tax credit under a bill approved by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, the American Motorcyclist Association reports. 

On Aug. 2, the panel approved bipartisan legislation extending dozens of tax breaks, including language offered by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to preserve the tax credit for buying electric motorcycles designed for the street. 

"Right now, companies like [electric motorcycle maker] Brammo in Oregon are keeping the American electric vehicle industry on the cutting edge, "Wyden said. "But without an extension of this tax credit for the purchase of electric motorcycles, we could be stifling this innovative new industry in its infancy." 

Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations, thanked his former U.S. Senate colleague for his efforts. 

"This credit will benefit family-owned dealers, manufacturers and riders of motorcycles," Allard said. "Also, motorcycles reduce traffic and parking congestion and reduce impacts to our roads and bridges compared with automobiles and light-duty trucks. Electric motorcycles are certain to play an ever-increasing role in motorcycling." 

The measure now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

Hoka Hey 2012 leaves Sunday Aug 5th !

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The epic 6000 mile Hoka Hey Saga continues and this year I am following Hoka Hey challenger Kelly Quinn (ThrottleGirl). Throttle girl takes on the Hoka Hey Challenge, riding to raise money and positive advocacy for those faced with childhood cancer. ThrottleGirl is pleased to announce a community partnership with the Northern Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NNCCF). It is the distinguished privilege to partner with the NNCCF, a foundation that provides hope, inspiration and the means to help assist families face the adversity of childhood cancer. ThrottleGirl is #730 in US Fleet tracking so follow her on her at and  and  of course right here at Bikernet with personal insights and photos just for Bikernet.  “I’ve been practicing setting up my tent at night, riding long distances without stop and managing food and water while riding. I’m preparing for the Olympics of motorcycling.” TG

Biker Belles Celebration Draws More Hollywood Attendees During Sturgis Rally

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The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s annual Biker Belles™ will again celebrate the passion, diversity and spirit of women in motorcycling during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The Biker Belles™ celebration presented by Harley-Davidson® begins Wednesday, August 8, 2012 with festivities and symposium at The Lodge at Deadwood, followed by a guided ride through the beautiful canyons of the Black Hills to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® where a reception, catered meal, entertainment, fashion show, auction and more await, including a concert by country music star Eric Church.

This year’s ride will also include Black Hills native and avid motorcyclist Jessi Combs, a top motorcycle and automotive fabricator who has found success on television with programs such as Mythbusters, Xtreme 4×4, Full Metal TV along with current television hits like All Girls Garage, Overhaulin’ and The List: 1001 Car Things to do Before You Die. Combs is an innovator and passionate about empowering women in the automotive, motorcycle and industrial arts industries.

Combs will join fellow celebrity film and television actress Kristy Swanson on the Biker Belles Ride. Swanson has held roles including Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer; The Chase with Charlie Sheen; Big Daddy with Adam Sandler; as well as countless television roles, most recently in Psych, One Tree Hill and 3Way.

Ride contributions from the Biker Belles go to benefit local South Dakota charities, The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Helping with Horsepower, a program to help young women and girls who are at-risk or are victims of abuse. The 2012 Biker Belles participation fee is $150 per person, with 100% going directly to charity.

Sponsors of Biker Belles include the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Harley- Davidson Motor Company®, the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce, Knology, Bic 4 Good, Interstate Batteries, Motorcycling USA, Pepsi and Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

A Day of Real Women. Real Stories. Real Fun.  Tickets are available at or by calling (605) 347-9000. 


See The Chop-in Block Builders at the Broken Spoke Campground

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Are you Sturgis bound?  Make sure you check out The Chop-in Block Builders at the Broken Spoke Campground. The Misfits & their bikes will be partyin’ at the Spoke from Fri. 8/3 – Sat. 8/11 and they want you to join them.  Every day you’ll find the builder’s and their bikes hanging out and having a blast.  From 3-5 each day, take a dip in da pool and have a cool one at the Chop-in Block daily Pool Party!  

Be at the Block on Wednesday, August 8th by 11 AM, to join some of the best builders in the industry for The Chop-in Block Builders Ride through the beautiful Black Hills.  AFFLICTION, sponsor of the ride, is offering a free bandana or patch when you mention Chop-in Block at their store: 1324 Main St., Sturgis.

Thursday, August 9th ride your Bobber, Chopper, Bagger, Custom, Metric or Rat to the Chop-in Block and sign-in for the FREE ride-in bike show.  Registration: 2-5 PM & Awards: 8 PM.  Every bike entered will have a chance to win a sweet set of Ridewright Wheels!  Each class winner will take home a custom trophy, created by the amazing FabKevin!  Stop by; take a look at the show, talk with the Builders, Sponsors and see what kind of swag you can snag!

Make the Chop-in Block Builders your place to be this Sturgis.  Check out the entertainment daily…it all happens at the Broken Spoke.  If you’re still lookin’ for a place to crash at Sturgis, use promo code: ChopinBlock for 10% off camping with registration at BrokenSpoke .com

If you want to join The Misfits at The Chop-in Block Builders Block or become a Sponsor contact:

Ron Harris (Chop Doc's) 248-255-5095

Gary Maurer (Kustom's Inc.) 517-712-6217



Visit Performance Machine In Sturgis

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Any of you who have stopped by the PM Road Show at rallies around the US, can attest to the fact that it’s a mighty impressive set up.  Imagine a corral of custom motorcycles bejeweled with the best of PM motorcycle parts, vast amounts of billet art on display, all capped off with the classy PM Vintage Vargas Vignettes.  Once you’ve let that sink in, imagine that setting times two and you’ll have arrived at our 2012 Sturgis Grand Opening with both Performance Machine and Xtreme Machine brands lined up in a 3,800 square foot motorcycle accessory mecca.

If all this sounds enticing and you’re headed to the rally you can come visit us at the iconic Black Hills Harley Davidson dealership.  We invite you to ride over and receive a free customization consultation from the industry experts.  You can bring your motorcycle right to the booth and see how a set of PM or XM wheels can transform your motorcycle.  We’ll install them at no charge while you wait and get you back out on the road looking like a million bucks.

In addition to our award winning Paramount wheel and the ever-popular Luxe and Heathen designs, you can check out the new for 2012 Icon Wheel with all the matching accessories including the Super Gas Air Cleaner and a slew of other accessories.

If you’re in the market for slightly more unapologetic products Xtreme Machine has you covered.  XM will debut a brand spanking new line of Xcessories to include Horn Covers and Bag Latches designed to match the most popular XM wheel designs, plus exhaust tips, fuel caps and some of the most daringly detailed grips you’ve ever held on to. Stay tuned throughout the week and watch the transformations take place!