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Unimotorcyclists drag race at the FREE ACCESS CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip

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America Takes Back World Record: DareDevil Wednesday Aug 7 – Daily Drag Races: Aug 2 – 10

 

“Where There’s a Wheel, There’s a Way”

Many crazy things have come from a night of drinking, but one of the crazier ones, by far, is the UniMotorcycle drag races that will be at the Chip in 2013 during the Sturgis rally. Magnets for attention, Unimotorcycles have only one wheel with no brakes and no steering. Crazy right?! It’s a sight you have to see this Sturgis rally as America’s one wheeled drag racers take back the world record title from Russia! World Record attempts occur Wednesday Aug 7 at 5 PM at the FREE PUBLIC ACCESS CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip®. It will be one of the most unique adrenaline filled and memorable experiences of the Sturgis Rally and your life.

In addition to the world record attempt on Wednesday, these crazy machines will be in action every day from August 2 through Aug 10 drag racing at the CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip. Get your blood flowing and heart racing and come check out these incredible machines. 

William “Sidecar Willy” Nassau came up with the idea of Unimotorcycle racing during a night of drinking with his buddy Bubba. After expressing that he had raced everything on two wheels, three wheels and four wheels, he voiced concern that he needed a new challenge and jokingly the unimotorcycle was drawn on a beer coaster. After laughing about the idea, Sidecar Willy took the coaster home and the next day started rummaging around his used motorcycle parts. After multiple failed test runs and one painful bruised face later, Sidecar Willy came up with a design.

The Unimotorcycle Drag Racing was debuted outside a bar in Daytona Beach during Bike Week 1991 when co-founder Bob Sheskie rode the first unimotorcycle, designed by unimotorcycle founder William “Sidecar Willy” Nassau, and completed the first successful 100 foot run. Sidecar Willy hoped to encourage creativity, ingenuity, and mechanical skill by creating the sport that tested the rider’s ability to ride a one-wheeled motorcycle for 100 feet, with no brakes and no steering. For those reasons, motorcycles must contain a power plant that has to be at least five years old and stock for its intended use in order to attempt the world record stunt. 

Currently 17 nations compete in Unimotorcycle Drag Racing, which grew to include Poland, France and India this past year. The current world record stunt in Unimotorcycle Drag Racing is held by Roman Koltakov of the Russian Unimotorcyclists Societ, a record earned at the Russian European Ice World Championships held in Togliatti, Russia. Now’s America’s chance to take back the world record title!

You will not want to miss these cunning, death defying, stunt performances at the FREE ACCESS CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, SD! Make sure you get to this Unimotorcycle Drag Racing event!

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Bagger Chin Spolier From Trask

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Trask is the big cheese when it comes to designing killer turbocharger setups for motorcycles, but these guys also offer a wide variety of bolt-on items to customize your ride.

Here's one of them; this Chin Spoiler for 2000 and up baggers covers up the lower frame area and ads a bit of custom style to your bike. 

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5th annual Vintage Motorcycle Show June 1 in Palisade, Colorado

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As a fundraiser for troops overseas, the Western Colorado Vintage Motorcycle Association is set to host its annual show in downtown Palisade Saturday, June 1. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Third and Main streets, and admission is free. Desert Flyer Band, a local music act, will play oldies and classic rock all day.

“There will be more than 100 motorcycles on display, ranging from the early 1900s to 1987,” said event organizer Rick Barnes. “You’re going to see a great history of motorcycles.”

Vehicle registration will run until 10 a.m. Saturday, and it costs $15 per motorcycle.

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Could Vololights Reduce Motorcycle Rear-end Collisions?

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California startup Vectolabs has developed a new type of safety light for motorcycles that illuminates when the bike slows down, regardless of whether or not the rider is using the brakes.

Called Vololights, the device is comprised of two sets of LEDs built into a license plate holder that’s fitted with an accelerometer and CPU. When it senses that the motorcycle it is installed on starts slowing down, a pattern of blinking lights goes off to get the attention of following vehicles.

Since motorcycles decelerate much quicker than four-wheel vehicles when you let up on the accelerator or downshift, many riders don’t use the brakes to slow down as often as car and truck drivers do. Doing either of these things will cause the Vololights to flash twice per second, while using the brakes will flash them five times per second to indicate a more severe stopping event, augmenting the motorcycle’s stock lights.

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Renegade Engine Company Joins Forces With Jesse James

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Novagen Ingenium Inc. is developing commercial relationship between their wholly owned subsidiary, Renegade Engine Company Pty Ltd and world-renowned American custom motorcycle builder, Jesse James.

Renegade Engine Company Pty Ltd executives have been in discussions with Jesse James with a view of designing and manufacturing a Jesse James branded V-Twin motorcycle engine for the custom motorcycle market. Jesse James plans on fitting a 147ci Diamond Cut Renegade V-Twin to the new CFL (Choppers for Life) frame. Future V-Twin Engines branded as Jesse James engines will be derived from collaboration between the parties.   

Jesse James social networked on Saturday 25th May 2013, "A Aussie Renegade 147ci Billet Engine should be just about perfect 2 test out the new CFL frame" and published pictures of a 147ci Diamond Cut Renegade V-Twin Engine on his work bench.  

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A Cool Café Racer Skid Lid

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With a look straight from the days of vintage classic motorcycles and café racers, the new FX-76 from AFX gives you that classic old school look with the features, comfort and safety standards of today. An advanced fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP™) shell that is aerodynamic, light weight and strong houses the hypo-allergenic and anti-microbial liner providing you with the protection and comfort of today’s standards. The helmet also includes snaps around the open face allow you to attach optional shield or visor accessories Available in flat black and other vintage designs. Sizes X-small to XX-large. DOT and ECE 22.05. certified.

SUG. RETAIL $99.95 for flat black or $109.95 for graphics.

 

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Western Motorcycle Drag Racing Association to host IMBBA North American Championship Bike Show in Sturgis

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 The Western Motorcycle Drag Racing Association (WMDRA) is pleased to announce that they will host the International Master Bike Builder Association (IMBBA) North American Championship Bike Show and Hall of Fame Induction at Sturgis Dragway on Tuesday, August 6, 2013.

"The WMDRA is thrilled to share the artistry and craftsmanship of the IMBBA North American Championships with our drag racing fans at the 2013 AMSOIL Sturgis Nationals," according to WMDRA President Sandra Alberti. "We're very excited to also have the IMBBA Master Judges tour the pits and award special recognition to the performance bike of their choice."

As an international community of bike builders and industry professionals, IMBBA members have vowed to leave the industry better than they found it through education and training, and top bike builders in North America and representative builders in eleven countries have embraced the point system developed by the organization to create and implement a certification process for builders and skilled technicians. This mission is accomplished through authoring and endorsing educational books, designed to share the membership's knowledge, skills and wisdom with a younger, aspiring generation of bike builders and other industry craftsmen. An IMBBA training curriculum is currently being utilized in two counties and in five motorcycle mechanic technical schools.

According to IMBBA Founder and President Jeff Starke, "Partnering with the WMDRA for our North American Championships brings about a unique opportunity to showcase the artistry of show bikes alongside high-performance drag racing machines."

The IMBBA North American Championships will take place on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Sturgis Dragway, located at 20523 Hwy 79, just off Hwy 34 between the Full Throttle and Buffalo Chip. A full schedule of activities will be published in IMBBA's June newsletter.

More information here.

Polaris Gets Involved With Tornado Relief

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Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced the company is donating 10 military, off-road vehicles with a combination of Run-Flat and Non-Pneumatic Tires (NPT), to enhance The Salvation Army’s ability to transport food, water and other critical supplies to survivors, in Moore, Okla. The units will be delivered from Polaris’ Osceola, Wis. plant, free of charge, thanks to a generous donation from Bay and Bay Transport and Overbye Trucking.

“With debris on the ground from thousands of destroyed homes, these vehicles will allow us to serve in places our mobile kitchens cannot,” said Lt. Col. Robert Thomson, Salvation Army Northern Division Commander. “We thank Polaris for this incredible gift. These vehicles will allow us to serve more people in crisis.”

The donated units, a combination of military ATV, RANGER and RZR vehicles, are outfitted with either Run Flat tires or NPTs to prevent down time. Run-Flat tires resist the effects of deflation when punctured giving the operator the ability to continue to use the vehicle; and NPTs are built to never go flat and are virtually indestructible.

“Oklahoma will rebound from this terrible tragedy, through the resiliency of its people and the assistance of organizations like The Salvation Army,” said Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chief Executive Officer. “Polaris has long supported their charitable efforts, and we hope the donation of these vehicles will assist them as they provide the affected communities with the relief they desperately need.”

To date, The Salvation Army has served more than 17,000 meals and snacks to tornado survivors and relief workers across Oklahoma, with pastoral care provided to about 800 people. The Salvation Army is now preparing to offer long-term case management, which can include financial assistance, stress management classes, replacement furniture and much more.

To donate to The Salvation Army’s Oklahoma tornado relief efforts:

  • Give online at SalvationArmyNorth.org or call 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

  • Text “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation via your mobile phone. To confirm your gift, respond “Yes.”

  • Mail a check to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113. Designate your gift “Oklahoma Tornado.”