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Star Launches 'Bolt' Factory Bobbers Models

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In an effort to attract a new cruiser buyer to the brand, Star Motorcycles just released a pair of bobbers powered by a fuel-injected, 58-cubic-inch (950cc), air-cooled, V-Twin engine, mounted in a double-cradle frame.

A modern interpretation of old-school “bobbers,” the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec are “step out of the norm” cruisers that deliver light weight and unmatched maneuverability, Star says. Performance components such as wave-type brake rotors and a smoked-lens digital meter are standard on both Bolt models, while the Bolt R-Spec ups the ante even more with the addition of remote-reservoir shocks, a suede-type seat with colored stitching, and special paint and graphics.

With their 60° V-Twin engines, belt drive, and steel fenders, the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec provide the perfect platform for personalization. Star plans to unveil a complete line of custom accessories for the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec in the coming weeks.

The Bolt will be available in two color options — Raven and Pearl White — and will retail for $7,990, with bikes available in dealerships starting in April. The Bolt R-Spec can be had in your choice of Matte Grey and Camo Green and will retail for $8,290, with bikes available in dealerships starting in July.

KILLER DEAL 2011 ELECTRA GLIDE CLASSIC IN FLORIDA

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Ride this home from bike week With features like a spacious Tour-Pak® carrier, a Harmon/Kardon® Advanced Audio System and fine Harley-Davidson styling detail, the Electra Glide® Classic model brings a level of luxury to touring adventures. The innovative Harley-Davidson® Touring chassis is based on a single-spar, rigid backbone frame and a stout swingarm developed to withstand the demands of long-haul touring riders and today's powerful engines. **Includes Cruise Control & ABS** $15,428  SEE BIKE HERE

Breaking News: Indian Motorcycle's Nod To Burt Munro's Fastest Indian

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Since releasing the all-new 111-inch V-twin motor in Daytona yesterday, Indian Motorcycles keeps the treats coming. This time, Indian Motorcycle revealed a custom-built streamliner named the “Spirit of Munro.” The one-of-a-kind vehicle was unveiled in a special surprise announcement on Saturday, March 9 at Daytona Bike Week following the reveal of Indian Motorcycle’s new Thunder Stroke 111™ engine —the incredible new power plant for the upcoming 2014 Indian Motorcycle.

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J&P Cycles Is Located in the Heart of the Action During Bike Week

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J&P Cycles is ready for Bike Week! J&P’s mobile showroom semi is set up and opened for business at the famed Daytona International Speedway yesterday. Today, the manufacturers on our Destination Daytona Superstore lot opened for Bike Week business.

J&P Cycles is known for having some of the top names in the motorcycle industry on their lot, and this year is no exception. Get tips and see products by Battistinis by Rikki Battistini himself, check out gear from Klock Werks by Brian Klock and talk with custom bike builder Cory Ness with Arlen Ness. Plus, see representatives from Mustang Seats, Michelin, Air Hawk and many more.

This year, other Bike Week attractions at J&P Cycles includes Pin-up Model Cherry Dollface signing autographs at the Bell Helmets booth with Master Pinstriper Skratch doing custom helmet paintings. A custom painted helmet will be given away daily, Monday, March 11 through Thursday, March 14. Master Tattoo Artist Corey Miller will be featured at the Bell Helmets Booth signing autographs on Friday and Saturday, March 15-16. Here you can also sign up for a chance to win a tattoo from Corey to be done during Bike Week.

If you happen to be at Bike Week, make sure you check out the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Presented by J&P Cycles on Thursday and Friday, March 14 and 15. The AMA Pro Singles Main Event is scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET on March 14 with the AMA Pro Grand National Championship Singles Main Event following at approximately 10:10 p.m. ET.

We’ll see you there!

Playboy Playmate-Autographed Victory Motorcycle Up for Auction

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Victory Motorcycles and Playboy have teamed up to support the great work of Operation Gratitude, and they’re offering riders the chance to bid on a Playmate-autographed Victory Cross Country – with all proceeds from the bike auction going to Operation Gratitude.

The Sunset Red 2013 Victory Cross Country available in the March 21-28 auction appeared on the cover of the 2013 Victory catalog along with Playboy Playmate Raquel Pomplun. The bike has been autographed by Raquel, Anna Sophia Berglund and Ciara Price, the three Playmates featured in the Victory catalog, which was shot at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles last summer.

Victory has announced that 100% of the proceeds from the auction of the cover bike will be donated to Operation Gratitude, a charitable organization dedicated to providing material and emotional support to America’s armed forces and their families.

The auction’s winning bidder will be riding a 2013 Victory bagger loaded with attitude and performance, and all proceeds will go to Operation Gratitude to support its outstanding programs,” said Steve Menneto, Polaris Vice President of Motorcycles.

Victory has participated with Operation Gratitude for several years, and in 2010, the keys to a new Victory motorcycle were included in the organization’s 600,000th care package. “Victory is proud to support Operation Gratitude programs that benefit our military, their families and first responders,” Menneto said.

The Cross Country cover bike will be available at auction March 21-28, 2013, on eBay Motors. Starting March 21, interested bidders can visit victorycoverbike.com for complete details about the auction and to place bids. The auction will open at 7 p.m. PST on March 21, 2013, and it will end at the same time of day on March 28.

To view “The Making of the 2013 Brochure,” a video of the Victory photo shoot with the Playboy Playmates, visit: www.VictoryMotorcycles.com/BehindTheScenes

Suzuki Fined $3 Million For Selling Uncertified Motorcycles

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) today announced that American Suzuki Motor Corporation and Suzuki Motor Corporation of Japan have agreed to a settlement of $3,020,000 to resolve violations of the California Health and Safety Code related to off-highway motorcycles equipped with dual calibrated emissions systems.

Dual calibrations within the emission control system allow motorcycle owners to purchase low-cost aftermarket devices that provide access to alternative engine control programming. This allows greater vehicle performance but also significantly increases smog-forming emissions. Such systems are prohibited by California law if they are undisclosed to ARB prior to the vehicles' approval for sale and if they are easily accessible by the vehicle owner.

Cool Rider Woman Biker Music Video

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Author, musician and producer Tracey Cramer-Kelly is thrilled to announce the official release of the music video Cool Rider: A Biker Chick's Story.Tracey's voice is featured in the video (her own re-arrangement of the song from Grease 2) and her appearance as the lead character is her acting debut.

She credits the experience of shooting this video with bringing her back to her lady bikerroots (she has been a rider for over 20 years) and convincing her that it was time to write about the women bikers who have populated her imagination for years.

Thus was born the Cool Rider Project: Tracey's attempt to tell the stories of ordinary biker men and women who are not so ordinary after all.

It's the videos. The songs. The photos. Find out more at http://www.CoolRiderProject.com. And

meet the biker chicks of the Iron Zebra, the fictional bar (and motorcycle club) that was the setting

for this video, and get their stories starting with Gina's in Take Two: A Hollywood Romance with a Twist.

 

Harley-Davidson Breakout Breaks Cover!

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The 2013 Harley-Davidson® Breakout® motorcycle is an urban prowler, a bike ready for a midnight ramble to the roadhouse or a rib joint rendezvous with the crew. Green light? Crack the throttle to deliver a muscular dose of American V-Twin torque and etch the asphalt with a fat rear tire. The Breakout will be long gone, along with its rider’s inhibitions.

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Kid Rock to Headline Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Music Festival August 5, 2013

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Known for its epic motorcycle and music festival, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® announced today legendary hard rocker and philanthropist Kid Rock will join its growing line up of 2013 concert artists. Kid Rock joins the 2013 Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 9 day roster of concert performances that already includes Toby Keith, ZZ Top, Brantley Gilbert, Queensrÿche and Sublime with Rome.  Kid Rock will take the Buffalo Chip’s stage on Monday, Aug. 5th, following the motorcycle rally’s premier charity event, The Legends Ride®. Visit BuffaloChip.com/BANDS for festival information, concert, camping and rally passes.

Kid Rock continues to wow fans in genres ranging from hip-hop to rock and country music. “Born Free”, on Atlantic Records, was his 6th consecutive album to go platinum.  Always musically inspiring, Kid Rock also raised over $400,000 for American charities during his last tour.  Kid Rock is a true American patriot and the Buffalo Chip is pleased to bring his show to the 2013 Sturgis motorcycle rally. 

“Kid Rock is recognized the world over as one of the most electrifying stage performers alive,” says Rod Woodruff of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.  “He embodies the free spirit of the Chip’s fans and their appreciation for the music, motorcycles and American values.  The fans asked for him and we are very happy to announce that Kid Rock is eager to please them at this year’s rally.”

Campground admission passes for Monday, Aug 5th can be purchased individually or as part of the Legends Ride® package. The charitable contribution made to join the Legends Ride® allows free admission to Kid Rock and other concert performances that immediately follow conclusion of the Legends Ride and reception.  Information and reservations are available at LegendsRIde.com.

The 32nd annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip® motorcycle and music festival takes place August 2-11, 2013 during the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally. All music festival information is available at www.buffalochip.com or (605) 347-9000. 

Making The Case For Motorcycle Commuting

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I recently compiled a list of the Best Cars for Commuters 2013. Even as I was working on that list, I realized that it held a fatal flaw. Many times, the best car for a commuter is no car at all. Commuting via public transportation, on foot or by bicycle can be quicker, cheaper and more reliable than using a car. For commutes that are too long for walking or bicycling, and for areas where public transportation isn’t a practical option (like here in my hometown of Los Angeles), there’s an even better choice: Commuting by motorcycle.

Buying a new motorcycle is substantially less expensive than buying a new car. Entry-level 250 cc new motorcycles start around the $4,000 mark. Freeway capable 500 cc motorcycles can be had for as little as $6,000. Many of the best new commuter bikes start under $10,000, thousands of dollars less than the least expensive car on our Best Cars for Commuters list.

Motorcycle insurance is also a relative bargain. Basic insurance, as required by all US states except Florida, Montana and Washington, is at least 50% less expensive than comparable auto insurance. High performance and custom motorcycles cost more to insure — but those don’t make good commuters, anyway. If you’re an adult with a good driving record and you’re riding a sensible motorcycle, you may be surprised by how little insurance can cost. Many insurance companies also offer discounts to riders who complete a motorcycle safety course, too — and that’s a good idea for all riders, even without the discount.

Fuel economy is another motorcycle strength. Even big bikes can average over 30 miles per gallon, and some smaller commuter bikes even approach 100 mpg. Choose a bike with proven reliability and a decent warranty, and maintenance costs will also be reasonable, especially when compared with the cost of maintaining a car. Performing routine maintenance, like oil and filter changes, is within the reach of most riders, and further reduces the cost of ownership.

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