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Meade Country Lowers Vendor Fees During Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is pleased to announce that Meade County will be lowering the cost of vendor fees during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. In an unprecedented move County Commissioners on October 3, 2012 voted to effectively lower the cost of vendor permits during the annual rally. This pro-business decision will insure vendors have a reduced cost of business in high traffic venues such as the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® and the free access CrossRoads At the Buffalo Chip®. Vendors that reserve their permits online at least 30 days prior to the rally will receive a 10% discount, lowering their fee to $360. Vendor and permit information may be found on www.BuffaloChip.com  or by calling 605-347-9000.

In a landmark decision announced on October 3, 2012, Meade County Commissioners voted to lower vendor fees during the Sturgis Motorcycle rally and to make online registration available, making it easier, more cost effective and more profitable for rally vendors to conduct business in Meade County venues such as the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®. Vendors will now receive a lower rate of $360 when obtaining their permit online at least 30 day prior to the rally August 6-12, 2012. Rally vendors at the Rally’s major traffic centers and cornerstone venues such as the Buffalo Chip® and the free access CrossRoads At the Buffalo Chip® can now look forward to lower fees and increased margins in a business-friendly environment.

The Buffalo Chip® is located 3 miles east of the city of Sturgis and is known as the highest trafficked and most visited venue during the rally. Now lower fees and the ease of working in Meade County’s pro-business environment should see more vendors taking advantage of this milestone, cost lowering effort.

“All we have heard for a long time is how governments raise fees and put more restrictions on vendors every year,” say Buffalo Chip owner Rod Woodruff. “Meade County has said it is pro-business and has demonstrated that commitment by taking the unprecedented measure of making it easier and less expensive to do rally business.  This will help all the high quality brands that choose to do business at the Buffalo Chip.  This will also improve the bottom line for all rally vendors in the County. It’s an impressive gesture and is certainly appreciated. We look forward to helping vendors do more business in a cost effective manner at motorcycling’s premiere entertainment and camping destination, the legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip. ”

For more information on vending opportunities at the Buffalo Chip® and the free access CrossRoads At the Buffalo Chip® during the 72nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally please visit www.BuffaloChip.com or calling 605-347-9000.

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Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger Form Arch Motorcycle Company

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Look for a new Line of Production Motorcycles in 2013.

"We have a common vision," says Gard of his partnership with Reeves. "We  started with the idea of a performance-based modern machine. Once the
bike was complete, it looked like a production motorcycle but unlike anything we had ever seen. It's unique and we can't wait to introduce it to the world."

Check out the video teaser below.

 

Bikernet Headquarters Adopts Uni-Cub Personal Transporter

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Made you look! In all fairness, word has it that Bandit's next project is a jockey-shifted knucklehead-powered unicycle… So we weren't too far off!

In the meantime, Honda's UNI-CUB personal mobility device is designed for harmony with people in mind. Featuring a compact design and comfortable saddle, UNI-CUB offers the same freedom of movement in all directions that a person enjoys while walking (you know, that thing you've been doing all your life, where you put one foot in front of the other and repeat). 

Representing the evolution of the U3-X personal mobility device that Honda announced in 2009, UNI-CUB features Honda’s proprietary balance control technology and the world’s first omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System). These technologies allow the rider to control speed, move in any direction, turn and stop, all simply by shifting his or her weight. Since the rider can freely move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally, he or she can quickly and easily maneuver among other people.

Moreover, UNI-CUB’s compact saddle-style packaging makes it easy for the rider’s legs to reach the ground and maintains eye-level height with other pedestrians. This configuration promotes harmony between the rider and others, letting the rider travel freely and comfortably inside facilities and among moving people.

We see how this easily could get out of hand if this technology were to put in the wrong hands… 

Starting in June 2012, Honda will jointly conduct demonstration testing of UNI-CUB with Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. In addition to testing the feasibility of using UNI-CUB indoors, this project will explore the practical applications of the device in a wide range of environments in Japan and other countries.

The balance control technology of UNI-CUB is part of the Honda Robotics family of technologies, which originates with Honda’s research into humanoid robots, including the world-famous ASIMO.

Going forward, Honda will continue its proactive research and development of next-generation mobility technologies, aiming always to offer more and more people the joy and fun that comes from freedom of movement.

Coolbeth Is Eighth On Factory Harley At Santa Rosa Mile

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Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® Factory Team rider Kenny Coolbeth placed eighth in the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship race on the Santa Rosa Mile at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The race was won by South East Harley-Davidson rider Sammy Halbert on a Harley-Davidson®  XR750 motorcycle.

Halbert was the fastest qualifier for the 25-lap main, but it was Crosley Radio Kawasaki rider Bryan Smith who took the lead on the opening lap and appeared headed for a run-away victory after stretching his advantage to 4.9-seconds over Halbert on lap 14. But a few laps later, Smith began to falter as track conditions changed, and Halbert and Rogers Racing/Blue Springs Harley-Davidson rider Jared Mees reeled him in. Halbert passed for the lead on lap 20, and Mees got by Smith on lap 21. Mees and Halbert battled in the closing laps, with Halbert finally winning by 0.874 seconds. Smith held off Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer`s Harley-Davison rider Jake Johnson to salvage a third-place spot on the podium, 3.726 seconds behind Halbert. Eaken Racing rider Robert Pearson was fifth on a Harley-Davidson. Coolbeth opened the race in 12th place, and moved up to eighth on lap 16.

“I spun out on the start and ended up way back on the first lap,” said Coolbeth. “The track was a little rough and very dusty, so we could hardly see on the straights, and it was really tough to pass. This was not a typical mile track.”

Halbert also won the four-lap Dash for Cash sprint bonus race.

After 14 of 16 AMA Grand National events, Mees leads the series with 262 points. Halbert moves past Johnson into second place with 248 points. Johnson is third with 246 points, followed by Smith with 193 points. Coolbeth is in eighth place with 124 points.

The Grand National Twins will next race on October 6 on the Tucson International Raceway half-mile in Tucson, Arizona.

Motorcycle Vacation Giveaway: Butler Maps Ozarks Escape Promotes Rural Arkansas

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A new program developed by Butler Motorcycle Maps will promote the Ozark Mountain region as a premiere motorcycle riding destination. The Ozarks Escape is designed to attract welcomed exposure to small towns and businesses along popular motorcycling roads in the region.

The Ozarks Escape is promoted through Butler’s Facebook page, Twitter, website and at motorcycle events such as Bikes, Blues and BBQ in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Next week’s chosen winners will receive a motorcycle vacation that includes two nights at the Ozarks Country Inn Bed & Breakfast, three days of riding, home cooked meals from the Anglers Lodge and a few special treats including an afternoon as a special guest at the Ozarks Folk Center in Mt. View, Arkansas.
"The Ozarks are an incredible motorcycle riding destination, especially in the fall when the colors and cool temperatures make the twisty roads particularly enjoyable. But it's not just the roads that make this area so great. The food, music and genuine hospitality add up to a truly unique experience for bikers. One that we are very excited to share," says Justin Bradshaw of Butler.
 
 
Riders interested in entering to win the Ozarks Escape vacation package can enter by liking Butler Maps on Facebook or signing up for their email newsletter at their website, www.butlermaps.com.
 
Butler Motorcycle Maps produces waterproof road maps that help motorcycle riders find scenic motorcycle routes. Color coded information about drama, safety and riding experience, provides riders an alternative to using the shortest distance or fastest time calculated by most GPS devices. Printed maps are available in retail outlets throughout the country. Butler Maps is based in Eagle, Colorado. For more information please visit www.butlermaps.com or call (888) 479-6053.

Warlocks Motorcycle Club Update

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One of the men accused of fatally shooting three members of the Warlocks motorcycle club in Winter Springs over the weekend is a former leader in the organization who had ongoing rifts with current members, law-enforcement reports show.

Records obtained by the Orlando Sentinel show Sunday's slayings outside the VFW post were not the first time 52-year-old Longwood resident David "Tin Man" Maloney was accused of shooting someone.

Sunday's triple shooting unfolded when members of the Seminole County chapter of the Warlocks gathered outside the VFW post on North Edgemon Avenue to leave on a poker run to raise money for a charity.

Police said at least four men riding motorcycles rode into the parking lot and began firing. Harold Liddle and Peter Schlette died Sunday and David "Dresser Dave" Jakiela died Tuesday. They were members of the Warlocks' Seminole County chapter.

Four of those men, identified as members of the "Philly" Warlocks, were arrested on murder and attempted-murder charges: Paul Smith, 47, of Florence, S.C.; Victor Amaro, 41, of Winter Springs; Robert W. Eckert, 38, who has addresses in Inersville, Pa., and Longwood; and Maloney, who owns Affordable Screen & Patio in Central Florida.

Maloney, Smith and Amaro each have prior arrests. In September 2011, Maloney was accused of shooting and wounding another man outside Jonny Rotton's Bar Out Back, a Sanford biker bar.

It was deemed self-defense and he was not prosecuted. Maloney told officials he left the Warlocks in October 2010 and since then, members of the club have shot at him while riding his motorcycle and at his home. Maloney said he also received threatening calls and text messages.

Witnesses told officials there was animosity between Maloney and current members because he used to be president of the group but was kicked out, and owed money. One source told investigators there was a hit on Maloney and that members would come back and kill him. The motive for Sunday's shootings, if determined, has not been released publicly.