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From the birthplace of custom motorcycles a uniquely American custom motorcycle experience.

When motorcycle aficionados Mike Davis and Grant Peterson conceived their Born Free experience, they had no idea their little bike show would grow into the grandest and most eagerly anticipated celebration of custom motorcycle style and culture in the world. Born Free's location in Southern California – the heart of American motorcycle customizing – only intensifies this event's impact and allure. "Born Free 4" gives a behind-the-scenes peek into the planning and craftwork required to bring hundreds of motorcycle-industry players, 3,000 show bikes and over 10,000 bikeriders and rabid fans to the rolling hills and green pastures of SoCal's beautiful Santiago Canyon for a day of music and machinery among great friends.

This 2-disc set includes DVD and a CD with 100+ bike photos for only $24.99. Hit the image below to order today.

Dirico Motorcycles USA and David Uhl Studios

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Dirico Motorcycles and renowned painter David Uhl have a unique relationship that is cemented in our personal relationship with famed rocker Steven Tyler. Both as a principal partner and the creative inspiration for the unique line of Dirico motorcycles, as well as long time subject matter for David and his canvas. While providing subject for the brush stroke of David and his own passion for motorcycles, Tyler has opened us up to his family life, and again provided the insight for yet another series of amazing paintings featuring Chelsea and Taj Tyler, both featuring a perfectly matched Dirico motorcycle. So we asked David to reveal his inspiration, and this is what was laid forth…

"I was hugely inspired to create the piece of Chelsea after shooting a series of photographs in the woods near Boston. She just climbed up on that Dirico Pro Street and looked like a painting immediately. The paint flowed from my brushes just as seamlessly. In contrast to the soft innocence of the Chelsea piece, I was  sent back through time with the nostalgic lines of the Dirico Bobber. Once designer and master inventor Mark Dirico showed me the bike, I instantly envisioned Taj back in 43' pairing with the classic shape of a P51 Mustang. Since I have painted this aircraft several times and being familiar with it's records,  I decided to put him next to one of the worlds most famous of  Warbirds, The "Cripes A Mighty". Even I was surprised how well all these elements meshed together to create a timeless feeling composition."

"We are pleased to be aligned with David and his passion for motorcycles and its connection to American history and its way of life. It is a perfect extension of the foundation that drives us at Dirico," said Stephen Talarico, President of Dirico Motorcycles USA. Both Dirico and David look forward to collaborating on future projects, as our partnership has been one of wonder and a journey through the nostalgia that drives us all within this industry.

Drag Specialties® Narrow Center Jack

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Drag Specialties has created a sturdy, yet affordable scissor jack for lifting, servicing or cleaning motorcycles. The large footprint design makes this jack stable, yet strong enough to lift an entire motorcycle. The durable rubber top pad protects the motorcycle and prevents slipping when raising or lowering the jack and the heat-treated hex drive turns robust worm gear for precise height adjustment.


The lowered height is 3 1/2" with a maximum raised height of 14 1/2". The narrow center jack deck measured length is 15", and the width is 5" with a total capacity is 1,000 lb. The suggested retail is $139.95.

Tuesday Flashback Bike Feature — Carbon Fiber Sporty Custom

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Interestingly, when this Ironhead Sportster motor went down the line at Harley-Davidson’s Engine Plant in Milwaukee some time in 1967, carbon fiber hardly existed. Sure, it was back in the 1950s that the first carbon fibers were developed for use on missiles, but they were primitive compared with today’s product. And it wasn’t until the 1970s that today’s carbon fiber composites began to be refined to the point where they became suitable for a wide range of uses.

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Rumble Mesh With Leather Accents Jacket From Harley-Davidson

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Accented with perforated leather on the shoulders, sleeves, chest and back, the new men’s Rumble Mesh with Leather Accents Jacket (P/N 98203-13VM, starting at $295) from the Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® line is a modern twist on traditional mesh jacket construction. The 100 percent polyester allover mesh construction provides maximum airflow yet is bolstered by a removable zip-out, full-sleeve quilted twill liner that battles cooler temperatures. Adjustability is offered via snap sleeve tabs and waist, plus six spacious pockets deliver ample storage space. Its pre-curved sleeves and padded back waist optimize comfort while 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material enhance its low-light reflectivity. Available in S – 5XL and Tall sizes. 

Georgia Motorcycle Mechanic Keeps It Real

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Inside the confines of the Motorcycle Palace, Aubrey Pancake rebuilds the engine of a classic 1963 Harley-Davidson motorcyclePancake continues to turn wrenches and twist nuts and bolts – just like he’s done since his childhood days in rural Jones County, Ga.

These days, Pancake is a legend in the area when it comes to restoring, rebuilding and repairing Harleys.

His Martinez repair shop has been a fixture on Wheeler Road near Flowing Wells Road since 1976.

His business is an independent repair shop for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and Pancake makes it clear he has no formal ties with the company.

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AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by KTM, inducts seven motorcycling greats

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Seven historic figures took their places among motorcycling's greatest legends Friday, Nov. 16, at the 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by KTM. The ceremony is part of the American Motorcyclist Association Legends Weekend, powered by Paul Thede's Race Tech, held at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa. 

Hosted by actor motorcyclist Perry King, the event honored the Hall of Fame Class of 2012: the late Rod Bush, KTM North America president and industry visionary; world championship roadracing tuner Nobby Clark; off-road racing champion Ty Davis; 1975 AMA Supercross Champion Jimmy Ellis; pioneering female motocrosser Sue Fish; world-class bike restorer Brian Slark; and the late iconic race starter Al Wilcox. 

In addition to the class of 2012, the induction ceremony recognized the outstanding careers of two existing Hall of Famers as Hall of Fame Legends: 1998 inductees Mert Lawwill and Malcolm Smith. Harley-Davidson Motor Co., honored Lawwill's recognition, while Tucker Rocky/Riders' Choice sponsored Smith. Troy Lee Designs honored filmmaker and Hall of Fame member Bruce Brown, the director of the 1970 film "On Any Sunday," which featured Lawwill and Smith. 

Kawasaki Motors Corporation, U.S.A. was the sponsor for the dinner that preceded the gala ceremony. Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame, welcomed a sold-out crowd to the dinner and ceremony, voicing appreciation for their support. 

"Tonight, we induct some of motorcycling's best and brightest into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame," Heininger said. "Those of us gathered here tonight strive to make the Hall of Fame the best it can be: An institution of excellence that mirrors the remarkable accomplishments of our inductees." 

The 2012 inductees were honored with videos chronicling their careers, induction speeches and the presentation of their official Hall of Fame rings, sponsored by Zero Motorcycles. In addition to the honorees, several luminaries from the world of motorcycling participated in the ceremony. 

"We're a community that embraces the past, honors the men and women who have brought us to the present, and races ahead to an exciting future — largely unknown to us now — and we do it all with a zest for life that is second to none," said King. "Tonight we recognize a group of men and women who have been an important part of that evolution, the Hall of Fame Class of 2012." 

The AMA Legends Weekend, powered by Paul Thede's Race Tech, continues on Saturday, Nov. 17, with the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Concours d'Elegance bike show, featuring some of the country's most amazing restored and original motorcycles. 

Also at the event, the boards of directors of the AMHF and the AMA held a joint meeting to discuss the Hall of Fame balloting process. 

The boards heard a report from a task force made up of Motorcycle Industry Council Chairman Larry Little, Ray Mungenast of the Dave Mungenast Classic Motorcycle Museum and Mungenast Automotive Group in St. Louis, and Ken Ford, a member of both the AMA and AMHF boards. The task force evaluated the current balloting process, and submitted a report with recommendations for the boards to consider going forward. 

Rod Bush 

The late Rod Bush helped establish and grow KTM North America and served as company president from 1987 until his death in 2005. 

Born July 6, 1955, in Huntington, W.Va., Bush rode his first hare scrambles in 1970 and three years later opened a Penton dealership in Parkersburg, W.Va., with his father. In 1976, Bush started working for Penton Imports as a sales representative. In 1978, Bush left Penton Imports to help form KTM America, later KTM North America, with Jack Lehto. 

Bush took the position of KTM North America president in 1987 when the company was selling about 2,500 motorcycles a year. When Bush died in 2005, KTM North America sold approximately 28,000 units annually and had 140 employees. 

Bush was represented at the induction ceremony by his wife Cheri Bush and daughter Stacy Bush. 

"It is with tremendous pride and joy for our family to see Rod be inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame," said Cheri Bush, after she accepted Rod Bush's Hall of Fame ring on his behalf. "The outpouring of love, support and friendship that is in this room is unbelievable. Rod would have been so honored and humbled to receive such recognition from his peers." 

Derek "Nobby" Clark 

Derek "Nobby" Clark's was a member of winning race teams that claimed 17 FIM world titles in multiple displacements from the 1960s through 1980. 

For 25 years, Clark was one of the world's leading motorcycle race mechanics. In addition to the Grand Prix world titles, earned in classes ranging from 50cc to 500cc, he helped win three Daytona 200s, one Daytona 100, four Imola 200s and eight Italian championships working with some of the greatest motorcycle racers in history. 

Clark, born Sept. 29, 1936, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia). not only excelled at the highest level, tuning for some of history's greatest racers, but also worked with racing's most memorable personalities, including Hall of Famers Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini and Roberts. 

"I would like to thank everybody who supported me for the Hall of Fame," Clark said. "It's a pleasure to be honored in this way. I've very humbled to be here tonight. I've been privileged to have motorcycles in my life." 

Ty Davis 

Ty Davis, born April 5, 1969, in Hesperia, Calif., is one of the most-versatile off-road motorcycle racers in the history of American competition. He has won amateur and professional titles in motocross, hare scrambles, AMA Supercross, AMA National Hare & Hound and AMA National Enduro. He has won the Baja 1000 four times and has been the top American rider at the International Six Days Enduro six times.

Davis, the AMA Athlete of the Year in 1995, won the AMA National Enduro Championship in 1995 and 1999 and the AMA Hare & Hound National Hare & Hound Championship in 1997, 1998 and 2002. 

Although Davis, who currently runs Zip-Ty Racing Products, is mostly remembered as an off-road racer, one of his most high-profile titles was in 1990, when he won the AMA 125cc West Regional Supercross Championship over future Hall of Famer Jeremy McGrath. 

"I feel that I am a pretty lucky guy," Davis said. "I have experienced a lot and seen a lot and have been with, and met, some of the biggest names in our industry. I would like to thank the AMA and the voting staff for honoring me as a Hall of Famer, and I want to thank my friends and family for being here tonight. " 

Jimmy Ellis 

The heyday of Can-Am's factory motocross campaign is forever connected to the outstanding career of Jimmy Ellis. Born Oct. 19, 1955, in Middletown, Conn., Ellis started racing in New England in the 1960s, and by the time he joined the Can-Am factory team, he had won seven New England championships. 

In 1974, riding the works 250 Can-Am, he finished third for the 250cc national title, collecting two overall wins. In 1975, Ellis won the AMA Supercross 250cc championship by sweeping the four-round series, punctuated by a dominant victory in the high-profile finale at the L.A. Coliseum. 

Ellis continued to give Can-Am top finishes through the 1977 season, after which Honda snapped him up for its U.S. factory team. Ellis was a contender on the national circuit for a few more years-finishing second to future Hall of Famer Bob Hannah for the 250cc national championship in 1978. He transitioned into retirement during the 1981-82 seasons. 

"I want to thank the AMA and the Hall of Fame, Jeff Smith, Tom White, Mom and Dad, my family, my partner Vicky," Ellis said. "Being on this podium is like winning the Los Angeles Coliseum Supercross in 1975! Thank you!" 

Sue Fish 

Sue Fish was born Nov. 9, 1958. Her father, who competed in dirt track and hare scrambles, taught her how to ride when she was 11. By 14, she started racing, winning her first race that year. 

At age 19, Fish advanced to the AMA Pro Racing national circuit. In addition to dominating the female ranks, having won the 1976 and 1977 Women's National Motocross Championships, Fish, who currently lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., was one of the first women motocross racers to hold a professional racing license from the AMA and compete regularly against men. 

Known by the nickname, "The Flying Fish," she raced in the AMA 125cc National Motocross Championship. Fish put her talents to work on the big screen as well, working as a Hollywood stuntwoman. Her credits include "Terminator" and "Footloose." She also traveled as part of Evel Knievel's stunt show in Australia. 

"It is a surreal experience to be recognized for simply doing what I love," Fish said. "And to this day, feel most passionate about riding and racing motorcycles. I would like to thank my family and friends for giving me support I needed to able to have pursued my dreams. I am humbled to be among my heroes and the legends of our industry." 

Brian Slark 

Brian Slark, who was born in London, England, on Feb. 2, 1938, was a moving force in the creation of a vibrant motocross-racing community in the United States in the 1960s. 

Slark helped organize motocross tracks, promoting the sport by teaching famous people-including then-teen heartthrob Bobby Darin-to ride motorcycles and importing and building Rickman Metisse and Cheney motocrossers. 

Slark later helped the late-Dave Mungenast, who is a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, create a motorcycle museum in St. Louis. Slark also helped create the world-class Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala. 

"First and foremost, I would like to thank my wife, Dian, who is always supportive and buys me motorcycles, how cool is that!" said Slark, as he accepted his honor. "I'd also like to thank Bud Ekins, for giving me the opportunity to come to this wonderful country; Nick Nicholson, who gave me motorbikes to ride and inspired me to ride the ISDT; Dave Mungenast Sr., a mentor and a friend; and last but not least, George Barber, who gave me the opportunity to be part of creating a world-class museum." 

Al Wilcox 

Born in Trenton, N.J., in 1919, the late Al Wilcox began riding motorcycles in 1936 and began racing in 1947, but he is known to most of the racing community as the iconic race starter "Airborne Al." 

Wilcox's race career spanned 19 years-from 1947 to 1966. Not only did he do well as a speedway racer for four years, but Wilcox also finished well in TT, dirt-track and even hare scrambles races over the course of his long career. 

Wilcox, who passed away in 2011, began flagging races in 1959 and increased his flagging duties after ending his racing career. He flagged the famed Daytona 200 motorcycle race for many years with AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame flagger Duke Pennell. He became known as "Airborne Al" because of his unique flagging style that involved jumping up in the air at the end of a race. 

Wilcox was represented at the induction ceremony by friend Roger Lyle. 

"During his racing career, Al went to the starting line over 3,000 times," Lyle said, as he accepted the honor on Wilcox's behalf. "He was the 'starter to the stars' for 52 years. Al Wilcox touched the lives of everyone who had the pleasure to meet and speak with him about his passion for motorcycles and the racers who put it on the line. " 

Hall of Fame Legend Mert Lawwill 

This year, the induction ceremony honored famed national dirt-tracker Mert Lawwill as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend. 

Lawwill, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998, was one of the top professionals on the AMA national circuit during the 1960s and 1970s. He was the 1969 AMA Grand National champion and "On Any Sunday" chronicled his bid to defend his title during the 1970 racing season. By the time Lawwill hung up his racing leathers in 1977, he had amassed an incredible 161 career AMA Grand National finishes during his 15-year racing career. 

Lawwill went on to become one of the top motorcycle racing frame designers and builders. He then used his expertise to create custom racing mountain bikes that won numerous national and world titles, as well as prosthetic devices to enable amputees to ride motorcycles and bicycles. 

Lawwill thanked a number of people who contributed to his career, particularly Malcolm Smith, Bruce Brown and Steve McQueen, telling a story about a time he crushed his hand seemingly beyond repair and McQueen helped him find a doctor and paid his medical bills to have it fixed. 

"I also want to thank everyone who came out tonight," Lawwill said. "I really appreciate being recognized as a Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend." 

Hall of Fame Legend Malcolm Smith 

Off-road racing icon Malcolm Smith was also honored as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend this year. 

Smith, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998, was a pioneer in off-road motorcycling. He earned early fame for his accomplishments in the Baja 1000 and for his gold-medal winning rides in International Six Day Enduro competitions. 

His reputation extended beyond the motorcycling community when he appeared in "On Any Sunday." The scenes of Smith and Lawwill play riding with popular actor Steve McQueen showed non-motorcyclists across the country just how fun motorcycling could be. The movie helped launch an explosion in the popularity of off-road motorcycling in America. 

Smith went on to become a successful businessman with his Malcolm Smith Motorsports motorcycle dealership in Riverside, Calif. Today, Smith is also revered as one of the leading charitable supporters in the motorcyclist industry. 

In accepting his honor, Smith thanked a number of people who had an impact on his career, including Bruce Brown, who produced "On Any Sunday." 

"I had no idea that Bruce was making the most timeless motorcycle movie ever and I would have such a big role in it," Smith said. "Thank you again, Bruce! 

"Many, many more people have helped me in my life. I can't thank them all or we would be here all night," Smith said. "I'll leave you with one thought. What would your life had been like if you hadn't discovered motorcycles."