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MONTE IN ARIZONA REPORTS IN

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Hello from the Arizona Fine Art Expo in beautiful Scottsdale!  It’s been a busy but reflective week for me as I continue to produce both commercial art for my clients as well as a slew of private commissions for my existing supporters.  This week we said goodbye to both Kirk Douglas as well as Robert Conrad, both of whom were in some of my favorites while growing up including Spartacus, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the Wild Wild West series.

There were some artistic struggles for me as well as I stayed focused on a commercial art assignment that had a tight deadline and I feel that often time the commercial artist has a lot more to deal with than the purely fine artist.  As a fine artist we hope to please ourselves as the ‘creator’ of the art, and we hope the art connects with a future buyer who wants to enrich their life by owning and viewing the art, but the commercial artist has a completely different set of considerations.

The commercial artist is working with specific deadlines and parameters of the assignment and not only wants to please themselves with the art, but ALSO has to please the client AND the fan base/potential customer that the art is for.  This audience could range from just a few people to, potentially, thousands or millions of viewers/customers so I feel the ‘weight’ if you will is far greater as an illustrator.

Although I have found success as an illustrator, every single time you reveal your creation to the client you wait for the response, which could be kudos, disappointment or changes that are needed to be made, and for that reason you find much fewer artists who want to work for clients, than do the artist who just wants to create what they want to create.  Each artist has their own path…and mine has been a wondrous journey of multiple paths and many Moore artistic wanderings.

#ExpectMoore  BAM! – Monte

THIRD SUNDAY RIDE NEW START SPOT

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NEW DEPARTURE TIME
Join us this weekend for the “Third Sunday Ride”

To kick off 2020, we’re trying something a little different.  Third Sunday rides will start 1 hour earlier.
This could be a temporary time change or permanent.  We want to hear from you!

9AM – Meet
10AM – Kick stands up!

This month, we’re heading north, up to…

Rock Store
30354 Mulholland Hwy,
Cornell, CA 91301

Vintage bikes encouraged but all years, makes, and models are welcome!

We would like to stress that this is a safe and fun ride.
Some guidelines for the ride:

– We leave at 10am sharp!
– Be gassed up and ready to go.
– Do not pass our Road Captains. They are there to lead and keep everyone together.
– No lane splitting in large rides.
– Keep your lines clean & eyes open!

See You There!

Make sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram, or go to venicevintage.com for the latest updates an events calendar.

Cheers,
-VVMC

Progressive International Motorcycle Show wraps up three-day run

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by Marcella Raymond from http://wgntv.com

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Progressive International Motorcycle show wrapped up its three-day run Sunday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

The event showcased the latest in street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters and ATVs.

One of the most powerful doesn’t use gasoline, it uses electricity. The first electric Harley Davidson can go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds.

“You can charge it overnight using a 110 outlet or DC level fast charger,” Jocelyn with Harley Davidson said. “Zero to 80% charged in about 45 minutes.”

The motorcycle show is all about a smooth ride and speed.

“Drive the ride” was showing beginners how to ride.

It’s an electric-powered assisted bike ride that lets first-time riders get the feel for a motorcycle.

The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (IMS) Crowns Jordan Dickinson the U.S. Champion of the 2019/2020 Tour J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (IMS), an industry leader on connecting powersports brands with highly qualified enthusiasts and buyers, today announced the winners of the 2019/2020 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show (UBCBS) Championship, with Jordan Dickinson of Union Speed and Style taking home the U.S. Champion title for his 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead. Hundreds of custom builders competed across this year’s tour for the chance to compete in the championship round that took place at IMS Chicago on Sunday, February 9.

The winners across each category from all eight cities along the 2019/2020 tour — Long Beach, New York, Dallas, Washington D.C., Denver, Cleveland, Minneapolis, and Chicago — were entered into the Championship round where winners were then selected by a panel of industry experts and awarded tens of thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise. Evan Favaro of Speakeasy Motors won the Custom Classic category, Chuck Conrick of DA Performance won best for Custom Street, and Jordan Dickinson won for Freestyle.

Celebrating its tenth consecutive year shining a spotlight on the most beautiful, one-of-a-kind custom motorcycles across the nation, UBCBS is the largest and one of the most sought-after touring custom bike competitions in the nation. The elite-level custom motorcycle builder competition features hundreds of intricately built custom motorcycles across the eight-city IMS tour. The UBCBS is sponsored by J&P Cycles, the world’s largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories store. The competition has supported IMS’ commitment to fostering garage builders while continuing to entertain, educate, and thrill all two-wheel enthusiasts since 2012.

“I am honored to be named the U.S. Champion by the builder community,” said Jordan Dickinson, U.S. Champion of the 2019/2020 UBCBS. “I hope to inspire others to get out there and start building themselves.”

Builders that competed in the 2019/2020 UBCBS came from diverse backgrounds and skill levels. Over the last nine years, the UBCBS has showcased over 3,000 custom builds from an array of up-and-coming and seasoned veteran builders. Builders have been a part of a team of friends, family, or have built custom bikes by themselves.

“The sheer talent displayed throughout the entire competition has been extremely impressive. From the creative and eye-catching builds to the most ingenious uses of unconventional parts, this year’s 2019/2020 competition builders should be proud of their work,” said Bob Kay, director of UBCBS. “I am proud to recognize Jordan Dickinson as this year’s U.S. Champion for his 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead that clearly demonstrates the combined technical and aesthetic craftsmanship of custom building that excited and inspired the judges.”

The winners of the championship round of the 2019/2020 UBCBS are as follows:

Custom Classic

  • Winner: New York-based Evan Favaro of Speakeasy Motors with painter Taylored Auto Body won first place with a 1991 BMW R100RT. The cafe racer custom motorcycle features a stainless-steel exhaust through a handmade custom tail section, a stripped frame, CAN-BUS wiring, Bluetooth proximity key ignition, a seat by Fish Bros., and more.
  • Runner-up: Chicago-based Jake Shellito with painter Dan White was selected as runner-up with a 1974 Yamaha RD350. The motorcycle features a handmade oil tank and tail section, a Yamaha R5 fuel tank, handmade signals and brake lights, hand fabricated foot controls, a shaped and upholstered seat, the engine side covers were machined and powder coated, and more.

Custom Street

  • Winner: Chicago-based Chuck Conrick of DA Performance with painter NSD Paintwerks won first place with a 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide FLHXS. The custom motorcycle features a custom stainless-steel frame, aluminum swing arm, a 124-inch M8 engine generating 148 horsepower, Hyabusa front end, carbon fiber wheels, and Beringer radial brakes.
  • Runner-up: Denver-based Garett Wilson of DubStyle Designs with painter Dan White was selected as runner-up with a 2000 KTM Duke II. The motorcycle features a CB400 tank narrowed in the front with clearance underneath to make room for electronics, a Goon fiberglass flat track tail section shortened and cut for integrated LED tail signals, 19-inch Sun rims, Buchanan spokes, KTM hubs, and much more.

Freestyle 

  • Winner: Selected as the U.S. Champion, Minneapolis-based Jordan Dickinson of Union Speed and Style with painter Relic Kustoms won first place with a 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead. The custom motorcycle was handmade entirely from raw materials and featured a complete one-off frame, and the gas tank, fender, oil tank, and fender struts were hammered from sheet steel.
  • Runner-up: Denver-based Ryan Gore of Paper Street Customs with painter Scott Takes Underground Art Studios was selected as runner-up with a 1978 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead. The custom motorcycle features a one-off handmade tank, stainless sissy bar, stained glass battery box and intake, suede seat by Curt Green at Bare Bones Leather, a hardtail frame, a complete motor and transmission build, and more.

The UBCBS competition is open to all levels of builders and fabricators. Those interested in competing in next year’s 2020/2021 UBCBS competition can register online at motorcycleshows.com/ubcbs or on-site for one or all eight shows for the upcoming season.

Connect with IMS: #RidersUnite:

 

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Rider Adam Cianciarulo Captures Second 450SX Podium of the Season

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Foothill Ranch, Calif. (February 9, 2020) – Round 6 of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship presented perfect weather conditions in sunny San Diego, California where Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo captured his second 450SX podium of the season with a second-place finish with Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner also bringing home a second-place finish in the 250SX class.

Cianciarulo kicked the day off by qualifying with the fastest lap time (49.024) for the sixth week in a row with his teammate Eli Tomac once more following closely in second.

As the gate dropped on 450SX Heat 1, Tomac was banging bars at the start which would leave him buried in the pack. Making quick work in the short race, Tomac was able to pass six other contenders in the nine-lap race before crossing the finish line in third.

450SX Heat 2 saw the No. 9 of Cianciarulo grab the holeshot aboard his KX™450 and lead every lap to take the checkered flag. His second heat race of the season.

Similarly to the heat race, Cianciarulo shot out front in the 450SX Main Event leading the 22-rider field. Cianciarulo led 20 of the 25 laps before getting passed, crossing the finish line in second. The runner-up result is the rookie’s second runner-up finish of the season and jumped him up to fifth in the 450SX Point Standings.

On the other hand, Tomac found himself buried mid-pack in the main creating a daunting task on the tight track, where it was difficult to make a pass. Tomac went straight to work and began maneuvering his way around competitors one-by-one, but not without a few wild battles along the way. Before the end of the 20-minute main event, Tomac was able to push forward and cross the finish line in fourth, now sitting just one point behind the series’ points leader.

Traditionally, the San Diego round is designated Military Appreciation Night to honor our servicemen and women, which provided the opportunity for the Kawasaki teams to rock unique camouflage gear and graphics on their KX™ machines.

“Well, I was challenged tonight after having to fight my way towards the front in the main. I didn’t have the best start, but we’ll get back to work with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team this week and hope to improve for Tampa next weekend. I do feel I rode well tonight and I’m proud we were able to make up quite a few positions to finish fourth on the night.” – Eli Tomac

“I’ve been waiting and working for this my entire career, to ride in the premier class and get on the big stage. I’m still learning, still improving every day, and I feel like I rode really well tonight. I led nearly every lap of the race but unfortunately got passed at the end so I’m a little disappointed I couldn’t hold Cooper [Webb] off just a little longer. Honestly, I’m just excited to be up front with such a talented group of guys and prove I can compete.”– Adam Cianciarulo

The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammates kicked off the night show lining up for 250SX Heat 1 and putting on quite the show as they launched out front aboard their KX™250 machines. The duo began their battle as Forkner grabbed the holeshot but was quickly passed by McAdoo for the lead. McAdoo led the first two laps before Forkner raced around him, eventually pulling away to take the heat win and finishing 1-2.

Once again, Forkner grabbed the holeshot as the gate dropped on the 250SX Main Event but fell back into second in the first lap, while McAdoo started in sixth position. Forkner waited patiently before making his move and by Lap 5, the lead would be his. Forkner led the majority of the race before getting passed late to take second, earning his fourth podium of the season. Despite making his way into the top-5 and riding well all night, McAdoo was forced to retire early from the race due to a mechanical issue, placing him 22nd on the night.

Although misfortune struck on the track, McAdoo was surrounded by good company this weekend as his older sister Petty Officer First Class Mackenzie Poskevich, who serves in the U.S. Navy was able to attend and be by his side for the special military appreciation weekend.

Forkner and McAdoo will now take a six-week break from the races as the series heads East next weekend in Tampa, Florida. The duo will tag in their Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki East coast teammates, Garrett Marchbanks and Jordon Smith to continue the team’s winning ways.

“I had a pretty good day. I rode well starting from qualifying, won the heat race, led most of the main and grabbed another second. It’s not exactly where we want to be, but I’ll take another podium.  We’ve got a six-week break, so we’ll go back, get to work and come back swinging.”– Austin Forkner

“Things like tonight just happen sometimes in racing; it’s out of anyone’s control and you just have to roll with the punches. That said we had a solid heat race and it was cool to represent the U.S. Navy on the track with my sister in the stands. We’ll continue to work during the break, will be excited to get back to racing in a few weeks.”– Cameron McAdoo

FEEL THE THRILL OF TT ISLE OF MAN – RIDE ON THE EDGE 2 WITH A NEW GAMEPLAY VIDEO

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Classic bikes are also back on track with the Ducati 900

Lesquin, France, February 10, 2020Bigben and KT Racing are pleased to release a new gameplay video for TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2. More immersive and realistic than ever, the motorcycle racing simulation TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 offers fans of motorcycle racing an unprecedented experience.

Watch the new official gameplay video for TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2

The bike physics have been rebuilt from the ground up to create ultra-realistic behaviour, including better balance around bends. TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 also introduces an improved first-person view for complete immersion.

The latest in the TT Isle of Man series also features classic bikes: the MV Agusta 500 Three, Norton NRS 588, Suzuki XR69, Yamaha TZ 750 and the Ducati 900, a legendary bike ridden by Mike Hailwood®.

In 1978, “Mike the Bike®” came back on the Isle of Man, 11 years after his previous participation, and grabbed the victory with his Ducati 900!  Pre-order a retail version of the game on any platform to reenact this glorious moment and handle a historical bike with a particular and demanding gameplay.

Pre-order the game and get the Ducati 900 as a bonus
Created in 1907, the TT is the world’s most famous motorcycle race. The 61km course with 260 bends is the most iconic circuit for road-racing riders. With officially licensed riders, bikes and tracks, TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 boasts new physics and a new career mode for players to improve their riding skills.
TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 will be available March 19, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and later on Nintendo Switch.

New from Jasmine Cain

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Hello loves!

I have brilliant news for you! We have decided to do a Vinyl Edition of our newest album, SEVEN for the first time ever! That means everything has been remastered for vinyl exclusively and the track listing has been adjusted to allow the best listening experience possible.
The beauty of vinyl is that every single pressing is completely unique, just like all of you…so no two will ever be or sound exactly the same. We have chosen opaque purple and silver swirl colored vinyl and each copy will be signed and numbered by yours truly.
If you would like to secure a copy for yourself, please follow this link:
https://www.jasminecain.com/product-category/vinyl/ to make sure you’re covered! We will only be doing 300 limited copies and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
Happy Spinning!
Jasmine Cain
Upcoming Shows
Thursday, February 13
OT Sports Grill  •  Franklin, KY  •  7:00pm
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Friday, February 14
Dave’s Hideaway  •  Findlay, OH  •  8:00pm
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Saturday, February 15
Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace  •  Nashville, TN  •  7:00pm
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THE VINTAGE TWO-THROAT S&S AIR CLEANER IS BACK!

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This was a fun one, we hit the way back machine and inspired by our vintage Two Throat intake created the “Tribute” air cleaner cover. We then wrapped it around our high flow Stealth intake system, combining classic styling with modern performance. Take a look! ~DZ

S&S Cycle – Tribute Air Cleaner Kit

Conceived by S&S founder and brought to market by his son George B Smith, the Classic Two Throat carb and matched air cleaner served as a performance milestone in the v-twin space for over a decade. Now long gone, they are still a hot commodity for in-the-know chopper builders. Inspired by the unique style of their Two Throat intake, S&S has created the new “Tribute” air cleaner cover and wrapped it around their contemporary Stealth filter system.   The forward facing scoop shape provides a distinct air flow advantage and we’ve always loved the look of this air cleaner, so bringing it back needed to happen!”, states S&S Product Manager, Grant Hillegass.

S&S has a Stealth style air filter kit for most HD models and the Tribute cover bolts nicely to all of them (available as a complete kit or cover only) in chrome or gloss black. The performance advantage is significant (up to 6hp on the M8 platform!) and most of the late model kits are CARB legal and warranty friendly. Check them out on their site at https//www.sscycle/stealth-tribute-air-cleaner

–David Zemla | VP – Marketing

J&P CYCLES ULTIMATE BUILDER CUSTOM BIKE CHAMPIONS ANNOUNCED

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Jordan Dickinson’s 1947 Harley Knucklehead wins the National Championship at the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. Celebrating its 10th year, the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is the world’s largest motorcycle builder competition, featuring hundreds of motorcycles and thousands in cash and prizes across the IMS Tour.

BEHIND THE BUILD WITH JORDAN DICKINSON

Jordan’s 1947 Harley Knucklehead is near immaculate in its craft and presentation. Virtually every piece of this motorcycle was fabricated and reworked. In this video from Minneapolis, Jordan walks us through his bike and what went into making it the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Champion.

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MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, today announced the North American retail availability of the 2020 FTR Rally, a scrambler-inspired FTR 1200 that combines retro styling with modern performance capabilities. Launched internationally in Milan at EICMA in November 2019, the FTR Rally will begin shipping to Indian Motorcycle dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“We’re excited to offer North American riders a new take on the FTR 1200 that combines the unmistakeable look and stance of the FTR with the more classic, rugged elements that have made scramblers so beloved to city riders.”

With an urban scrambler aesthetic that’s certain to turn heads, the FTR Rally takes a step in a new direction while still maintaining some of the original styling DNA of the FTR 1200. The FTR Rally features Titanium Smoke paint with the Indian Motorcycle headdress graphic, aluminium wire wheels with stainless steel spokes and a red pinstripe, brown aviator seat, a new rally windscreen and Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires.

“We’re excited to offer North American riders a new take on the FTR 1200 that combines the unmistakeable look and stance of the FTR with the more classic, rugged elements that have made scramblers so beloved to city riders,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President of Indian Motorcycle. “The FTR 1200 is as much about style and self-expression as it is about street-oriented performance, and the FTR Rally delivers that combination in a totally unique way.”

The FTR Rally combines responsive handling with upright ergonomics to create a commanding riding experience suitable for urban environments or backroad adventures. It’s equipped with cruise control, a USB fast charge port, and new ProTaper handlebars that are two inches higher for better comfort and handling. The FTR Rally also features an LED headlight and LED turn signals offering better visibility with minimal maintenance.

The 1203cc V-twin engine features a smooth power delivery with loads of low-end punch. The engine produces 123 horsepower, 87 ft-lbs of torque, and features a flat torque curve to deliver a fun riding experience in all conditions. The engine is housed in a black trellis frame and the FTR Rally will continue to feature an inverted front suspension with radially mounted dual Brembo brakes for exceptional control and stopping power.

The 2020 FTR Rally is compatible with the entire range of 40+ accessories specifically developed for the FTR platform, giving riders the ability to customise combinations and maintain the independence they seek when purchasing an Indian Motorcycle.

Pricing for the FTR Rally will start at $13,499 MSRP. Riders can learn more by visiting their local Indian Motorcycle dealer. For more information on the 2020 FTR Rally, or to find the nearest dealer, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

–Bradley Hartman
The Brand Amp
bradley@thebrandamp.com
831-566-7970