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Fuel, Alien Ant Farm and Lit Unite for Sturgis Buffalo Chip® 2013 Festival Grand Finale

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Rock radio favorites Fuel, Alien Ant Farm, and Lit will unite to rock the final festival night of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ Saturday August 10. The three platinum selling bands will round out nine days of unbelievable performances from artists including Kid Rock, The Doobie Brothers, The Cult, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Toby Keith, Rob Zombie, Brantley Gilbert, Halestorm, Mastodon, Machine Head, Queensrÿche, Buckcherry, Pop Evil, Sublime with Rome and more to be announced soon. Concert entertainment begins on Aug. 2 and goes through Aug 10, 2013 during the Sturgis motorcycle rally. Information and campground admission passes are available at www.BuffaloChip.Com.

“The party ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” says Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Throughout our nine day festival, fans are treated to an onslaught of high-energy performers, so why would the last night be any different? All of these bands, Fuel, Alien Ant Farm and Lit have a blast on stage and that energy is truly contagious. It’ll be a Grand Finale worth sticking around for.”

All three bands shot into stardom in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, producing fun and edgy modern rock hits and amassing platinum records. Songs such as Fuel’s “Hemorrhage (In My Hands),” Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy” and Alien Ant Farm’s “Smooth Criminal” quickly made it into regular rotation on rock stations and remain there today. Combining these crowd favorites with revving motorcycles, Bikini Beaches, vendors and beer gardens should make Saturday night at the Buffalo Chip an energetic festival finale. 

Campground admission passes for the 32nd annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip Motorcycle and Music Festival may be purchased for specific dates or for the entire festival, which runs July 29 through Aug 11, 2013. For more information and a schedule of Sturgis Buffalo Chip events, visit www.BuffaloChip.Com or call (605) 347-9000.

Concerts are free with camping, which includes the rally’s one and only Bikini Beach, multiple stages of live entertainment, hang outs, and clean facilities on 580 scenic, creek fed camping resort acres three miles east of Sturgis, SD. 

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Klock Werks FLARE™ Windshields for Batwing Fairing

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The patented FLARE™ Windshield was developed at Klock Werks out of a desire and need for greater stability in order to safely race at high speeds on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The FLARE™ is the ORIGINAL windshield of its kind, and has surprised riders everywhere with not only how great it looks, but also with how well it performs. In fact, its superior performance has made Klock Werks a leader in air-management. The innovative patented design features "hips" on the outer edges that re-route wind away from the rider while creating additional downforce on the front-end of the motorcycle. This results in a significant improvement in wind deflection and front-end stability at highway speeds over using a standard type windshield. The "flip" at the top of the FLARE™ is designed to reduce buffeting by kicking the wind up and allowing it to flow back as "clean", less turbulent air for the rider. Don't be fooled by imitations! The superior patented design and the highest quality materials are what make the Klock Werks FLARE™ Windshield an ORIGINAL. Please read the information below to help choose the right size for you:

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Red Shift 527 Cam For Early Torque And Horsepower Delivery

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New Red Shift® 527 Cams deliver an impressive gain in Torque and Horsepower which occurs much sooner in the usable riding range when compared to most popular aftermarket cams. These new High Torque Series cams are designed to allow your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle to get moving quicker right in the areas you ride the most – in and around town or cruising on the highway!

527-HS: Late Sprocket Only. Bolt-in cam for 103” and 110” engines with unmodified heads. Great midrange hit that pulls cleanly from 2,200 to 6,000 rpm. Designed for use with stock or adjustable pushrods.

 

 

Recommended: Use with Red Shift® Dual Piston Cam Chain Tensioners for improved cam chest component reliability, maximum throttle response, and reduced valve train noise.

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Indian Motorcycle Time Machine: 1930-1939

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Bikernet takes a quick look at Indian Motorcycle's historical timeline for iconic moments from 1901 through the present. Today we give you  1930 – 1939 


1930 — The Art Deco era hits the Indians adorned in a full range of Duco colors, two-tone designs, pinstriping, and decals.

1932 — Two new lightweight models debut – the Motoplane and the Pony Scout.

1937 — “Iron Man” Ed Kretz, aboard a Sport Scout, laps the entire field in his win at the 1937 Inaugural Daytona 200. Indian introduces first motorcycles with dual carburetors.

1939 — With the onset of World War II, focus again shifts to providing the War Department with motorcycles. The government of France orders 5,000 Chiefs with sidecars.

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AMA board chair, U.S. lawmakers to speak at E15 Fuel for Thought Lobby Day in Washington, D.C.

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American Motorcyclist Association Chair Maggie McNally and several U.S. lawmakers are scheduled to speak at the AMA E15 Fuel for Thought Lobby Day on Wednesday, June 19, at the nation's capital. 

The AMA is inviting all motorcyclists to take part in the Washington, D.C., event to help educate lawmakers about the need to research the possible harmful effects of E15 fuel on motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle engines. 

E15 is a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume. Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved its use in 2001-and-newer light-duty vehicles, which include cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles, none of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs currently in use are on the EPA approved list, and no manufacturer has approved E15 for use in its motorcycles and ATVs. Furthermore, use of E15 may void manufacturers warranties. 

"E15 fuel is one of the most important issues that faces motorcyclists today, and I am excited to address this issue at the AMA E15 Fuel For Thought Lobby Day," McNally said. "Motorcycling has been a part of my life since childhood. When I was told that girls don't ride bikes while I was in college, I immediately got my permit. I am now an accomplished rider and instructor. Motorcycling started as a challenge and it has remained one. 

"But the face of that challenge has changed. The challenge that I face now is the challenge all motorcyclists face, protecting the future of motorcycling and promoting the motorcycling lifestyle," McNally said. 

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), who will also speak at the rally, said: "As the co-chair of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus, and as a rider, I recognize that there are many important issues affecting us. The AMA's Fuel For Thought initiative is raising critical awareness of the damage EPA-mandated E15 gasoline can do to motorcycle and ATV engines, and I look forward to taking part in this rally." 

The lobby day will begin with a motorcycle ride around the U.S. Capitol, followed by a rally. Participants will then visit their congressional delegations' offices to ask for support for legislation that calls for new E15 research into the effects on motorcycles and ATVs. 

All lobby day participants will receive a fuel gift card for one tank of gas (supply is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis) and gift bag. For more information about the E15 issue and to sign up for the AMA E15 lobby day, contact grassroots@ama-cycle.org. 

In addition to McNally and Griffin, other scheduled speakers include U.S. Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) Chris Stewart (R-Utah), Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and David Valadao (R-Calif.). 

Sensenbrenner noted: "We have a responsibility to ensure Americans operating gas-powered machines are not put at risk due to faulty fuel that has not been sufficiently examined. There have been several tests highlighting E15's harmful effects on engines and their components, but the EPA has dismissed these findings. If E15 is in the marketplace, misfueling from residual gas is inevitable, and it will find its way into gas tanks. 

"This is especially dangerous for small engines, such as those in motorcycles," Sensenbrenner added. "As a staunch supporter of motorcyclists and their rights, in February I introduced H.R. 875, which would require the EPA to stop the use of E15 until its harmful effects are investigated further." 

Stewart said: "I am looking forward to participating in the AMA event on Capitol Hill. The use of E15 is an important issue currently being discussed in Congress. It's great to see Americans from all over the Country coming to Washington to have their voices heard. 

"As I noted in our Science Committee hearing a few months ago on this subject, the more E15 is studied, the more concerns are identified regarding potential widespread impacts on a variety of engines," Stewart added. "I think that more scientific testing is necessary before introducing this new fuel." 

Valadao remarked: "The federal government has imposed mandates regarding our nation's fuel supply system without fully considering the negative ramifications such regulations would have on motorists and off-roaders alike. 

"Furthermore, these mandates have failed to first put in place proper safeguards to prevent misfueling and damage to motorcycles and other motor vehicles," Valadao added. "I believe the Environmental Protection Agency should suspend the E15 mandate until further study on E15's effects can be performed and protections against costly damage caused by E15 can be implemented.". 

Tom Cox, president of the Antique Automobile Club of America who will also speak at the rally, said: "Between changes in gasoline formulation and motor oils, I think the EPA has early retirement in mind for our vehicles through those means rather than directly legislating them off the roads. Stopping E-15 is an extremely important initiative." 

The AMA also supports S. 344, introduced by U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and David Vitter (R-La.) which would overturn the EPA waivers that allow gasoline containing E15 to be used for certain passenger cars and light trucks. 

Supporters of the lobby day include EagleRider of Falls Church, Va.; Coleman PowerSports of Falls Church, Va., and Woodbridge, Va.; the National Turkey Federation; National Chicken Council; National Pork Producers Council; American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers; Specialty Equipment Market Association; and the Antique Automobile Club of America.

World’s Fastest Man on a Motorcycle Acquires Rights to Houston Mile Top Speed Competition

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Bill Warner, aka “Mr. 300,” owner of the Wild Brothers Motorsports motorcycle land speed racing team, has acquired the rights to the Houston Half Mile Shootout. Warner’s new company, National Mile Racing (NMR), will introduce a number of improvements for the popular Aero’s & Autos Half-Mile Shootout,  in addition to introducing two new one-mile competitions at the current location.

The inaugural Houston Mile competition is scheduled for October 19 & 20, at Houston’s Ellington Airport. On-line registration will open August 18, and is limited to the first 150 registrants for both automobiles and motorcycles.

Warner and NMR bring a racer’s perspective to racing event management devoted to providing speed enthusiasts and fans with unforgettable top speed racing events in a fun and safe environment. Warner is the first and only racer to break the 300 mph barrier on a motorcycle and is known within racing circles as “Mr. 300.”

“I've been very fortunate on the track throughout my racing career, but the best part has been all the great people I’ve met along the way. I want to show my appreciation to them with events utilizing their suggestions and ideas, as well as mine,” said Warner.  “I'm confident the new Houston Mile will reflect this collective input with memorable events for competitors, sponsors and fans," added Warner. 

Local high performance specialists, Hennessey Performance (HPE), will present both the new Houston Mile events. “Hennessey Performance is proud to continue its association with the Houston Mile by agreeing to a long term sponsorship with NMR.  We are confident Bill Warner and NMR will turn the Houston Mile into a premier speed event for Texas,” said Dave Golder, GM of HPE. 

Ellington Airport is located 15 miles south of Houston, off the I-45/Gulf Freeway exit. For Houston Mile event details and registration information, visit www.HoustonMile.com

Zero MMX brings stealth electric motorcycle to US Special Forces

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The crack of a rifle breaks the silence of the humid night. The four-strong, black-swathed team quickly mount their motorcycles and move off in the darkness toward the sound at breakneck speed. Invisible, almost silent, they quickly close the distance to the enemy. The element of surprise is on their side and justice is about to be meted out.

While this scenario might sound like something from the movies, it is now quite plausible. At least the quiet, fast motorcycling in the dark part, anyway. You see, working with the US Special Operations Forces, Zero Motorcycles has put together a machine that can provide super-stealthy mobility to soldiers in the field.

Based on its MX model, the Zero MMX has keyless operation, a military spec dash, switchable headlight and is pre-wired for infrared systems fore and aft. It's also able to ford through a meter (39.37 inches) of water and has a safety override and reserve power capabilities to help its rider get out of sticky situations. (Ok, we're not actually sure what safety override does, but it certainly sounds cool.)

Like the MX, the military model comes with battery pack swapping capability and all the power (54 horsepower, 68 lb-feet of torque) one is ever likely to need. It even retains its app-friendliness, allowing performance sculpting via Bluetooth. For more details on the bike, scroll on down for the official press release.

Harley Davidson In The World's Second Largest Motorcycle Market: India

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For any aspiring motorcycle manufacturer that is looking for an expansion, the Indian market is very important because it's the world's second biggest motorcycle market. Harley Davidson is trying to get some support from the emerging markets (10%) for growth in the face of slowing down US and European markets (80%). However, Harley has failed to gain much since 2009, the year it entered the Indian market. Affordability is the key for success in an emerging market like India where a non-premium bike rules. With the demand for super bikes <650cc beginning to gain some traction, Harley could be one of the beneficiaries in India's competitive super bike market.

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