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IMS Shows Tour Kicks Off In Atlanta

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Custom Builders From Across the Nation Invited to Enter to Compete in Elite Competition for $90,000 Prize Purse

The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows will launch the third annual Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, an elite-level custom motorcycle builder competition with new title sponsor J&P Cycles, at the tour’s first stop,in Atlanta, November 2-4. Bike builders are encouraged to enter custom motorcycle creations at any of the 13 show stops across the country for a chance to win a piece of the $90,000 cash purse, more than any builder competition in the world. Five cash prize winners will be chosen at each show, leading up to a the United States Championship finale set to take place at the end of the tour. With more than 500 custom-built bikes on display across the country, the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Competition sets itself apart as the world’s largest touring custom bike competition.

“Celebrating its third year, the popularity of this competition continues to grow, allowing attendees an up close look at more than 500 amazing custom motorcycles in cities nationwide, from Atlanta to California,” said Progressive International Motorcycle Shows Brand Director Tigra Tsujikawa. “And for the participating builders, this competition provides national exposure and a chance to share their artistic inspiration with enthusiasts while competing for top prize money. It is a win-win for everyone involved; especially the attendees that get to see these amazing one-of-a-kind creations.”

The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Competition will host five classes of competition including Freestyle, Modified Harley, Retro Mod, Performance Custom and, new this year, Modified Street. Judging of the custom bikes will be conducted by the competitors themselves, as well as industry veterans with the top builders in each class receiving awards. A ceremony will take place at each show where winners will receive cash prizes and trophies followed by a short interview so attendees can learn the story behind the award-winning bikes.

New this year, the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows will host a J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Photo Booth where builders will pose for photos in a professional studio with their competition bikes. Space at each J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom BikeCompetition is limited. Interested custom builders should log on to www.ultimatebikebuilder.com or call 919/450-5060 for more details.


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Smooth out your ride with help from Drag Specialties

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These chrome-plated motor mount stabilizers reduce the vibration you feel through the seat, handlebars and pegs, making you feel more confident at the controls and reducing fatigue and soreness after extended time on your ride. They are available for 84-08 FLT/FLHT/FXR applications (two motor mount stabilizers required) and 91-05 Dyna Glide models (one motor mount stabilizer required). Install them and you’ll agree that our Drag Specialties motor mount stabilizers are a must for big Harley® engines. Each motor mount stabilizer includes mounting hardware. Sold each.

 

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Free Motorcycle Safety Refresher Course

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Before you can get on a motorcycle and ride, you need to take a safety course. That's when you get your motorcycle license. For veteran riders, that course is years in the past. The key to a good motorcycle experience is simple, practice good safety strategies. Now you can brush up on your skills for free.

Even veteran riders need a refresher on their motorcycle skills.

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Mobility Conquest Trikes

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This is an amazing machine for the disabled riding community as well as for riders with joint replacements and other ailments. The Conquest Trike is a remarkable machine of performance, handling and style. It all starts with a BMW R 1220 complete with gas tank, front end, bars, gauge cluster, transmission and drive shaft. The extension of the drive shaft is manufactured to fit into a rally racing differential. The independent wishbone suspension with coil-over shocks offers positive, quick response handing with no side to side movement. A six speed transmission with click-tronic button shifter offers fast easy shifts with minimal clutching. READ FULL STORY

Hines And Harley V-Rod Smash NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle ET Record At Reading

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Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines riderAndrew Hines set a new national Pro Stock Motorcycle Elapsed Time record of 6.728 seconds at the rain-delayed Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway Monday. Hines and his teammate, Ed Krawiec, advanced to the final round of eliminations, but that race was postponed due to more rain, and will be run during the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, Oct. 25-28.

Hines broke the class ET record twice on Monday, first with a 6.742-second blast in the opening round of eliminations that bettered the mark of 6.750 set by Krawiec in March at Gainesville, Fla. Hines backed that pass up with a 6.783 ET in round two, but then lowered the record further with a 6.728-second run in the semi-finals.

“We had just about ideal conditions here today,” said Hines, noting that other NHRA class records also fell on Monday. “It was cool and the pressure was down. I’m glad to get the record because this is probably the last chance we’ll have at it this season. It’s not going to happen in Las Vegas and it would take some extraordinary conditions for it to happen in Pomona.”

Setting the record also earned Hines 20 bonus points towards the national championship, and he’s now just 17 points behind class leader Krawiec with two races left on the schedule.

“The Countdown playoff is coming down to a battle between Ed and me,” said Hines. “That’s what we wanted, and those 20 points could come in handy for me at the last two races.”

It was Krawiec, the defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, who set the pace in qualifying. Riding a Harley-Davidson® V-Rod®  in metal flake Hard Candy Pink paint as part of the effort to raise breast cancer awareness, Krawiec used a 6.799-second ET in the last round on Saturday to lock down the top seed. Hines qualified second at 6.824 seconds.

On Monday, Krawiec got wins over Craig Treble on the ProtectTheHarvest.com Buell, Geico Suzuki rider Karen Stoffer, and Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Jr., with a 6.730-second run in the third round that would have re-set the record if not for Hines’ effort moments earlier.

Hines defeated Kendall Suzuki rider Wesley Wells, Kuryakyn Buell rider Chip Ellis and Matt Smith on the Viper Motorcycle Company Buell, as both Screamin’ Eagle V-Rod motorcycles advanced to the final round for the sixth time this season.

“This was rare weather and a fun day to be at the race track,” said Krawiec. “If we would have had a little sun on the track we could have gone even faster. I had great power at the end of the run but Andrew was a little quicker off the line today. We’ll have to wait to wrap this up in Las Vegas, but as a team we leave here with a great lead in the Countdown standings.”

Krawiec leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle Countdown with 2523 points. Hines is second with 2506 points. Arana Jr. is third and 139 points behind Krawiec with 2384 points. Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Sr. is fourth with 2326 points, and Stoffer is in fifth place with 2282 points.

The Pro Stock Motorcycles will next race Oct. 25-28 at the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev.

MotorcycleIndustryJobs.com Launches Resume Writing Service

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MotorcycleIndustryJobs.com is proud to announce the launch of a new resume writing service for all job seekers. Our team of industry experts can help you craft the perfect resume and cover letter to help you land the job of your dreams.

“This is the next step in the evolution of MIJ, for years we have been asked for help in writing resumes and now we are finally able to help,” says MIJ founder, Alex Baylon. “In addition to the new resume writing service, job seekers will enjoy a great new feature of confidential resume options. Job seekers can now choose who can or can’t view their resume.”

Our professional powersports resume services include:

Priority VIP Resume: Job seekers looking for maximum exposure can take advantage of our new Priority VIP Resume. VIP pops your resume to the top of employer resume search results. Only $29

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The Professional: You’ve got the experience and the drive to take your powersports career to the next step. A generic one size fits all approach won’t work once you reach this stage of the game. Work with our resume-writing experts to create an interview-winning resume targeted specifically at the job listings you’re interested in.

Even if you are currently not looking for a new career, a new career could be looking for you!

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Joe Rocket Roadster Leather Jacket: Old Skool Cool

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Joe Rocket Roadster Leather Jacket: This 1.0 to 1.2 mm drum dyed leather jacket offers a Variable Flow ventilation system in the torso, sleeves and back. 5 mm high density padding in elbows and shoulders and a removable full-sleeve quilted liner for warmth. A Reflective stripe and adjustable waist for a more custom fit with an old school look. NOTE: it does not have removable CE approved armor.
 

Motorcycle thefts decline 6 percent in 2011

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A total of 46,667 motorcycles were reported stolen in 2011, and 17,199 of them were recovered, according to a report released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. That compares to 49,791 stolen bikes in 2010, a decrease of 6 percent.

Whereas the number of thefts increases dramatically in the warmer months, the day of the week seems to be of no significance. On Mondays, the day of the largest number, there were 6,962 bikes stolen. The number on Sundays, the day of the lowest number, there were 6,422.

California ranks first as the state with the most thefts, with 5,927, followed by Texas, Florida, North Carolina, and Indiana. The state reporting the lowest number of thefts was North Dakota (21) followed by Wyoming, South Dakota, Vermont, Alaska, and Montana. Of course, those five states all have low population numbers so it is no surprise they should have lower numbers of motorcycles–or anything–stolen.

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