Following six successful years at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, years that have seen AMD's World Championship of Custom Bike Building become established and respected as a leading showcase for innovative custom motorcycle design and engineering, the 9th annual World Championship at Sturgis this August (5th thru 8th) will be the last to be staged at the rally.
From next year's 10th annual, the World Championship of Custom Bike Building will debut at BIG BIKE EUROPE, at Essen in Germany (May 10th thru 12th 2013) and thereafter be staged annually at BIG BIKE EUROPE every May.
Slated as the all new 'headquarters expo' for the custom parts, accessory, workshop, tuning and performance industry, BIG BIKE EUROPE will conjoin the World and European Championships.
So far four 'Team USA' qualification places are confirmed and funded for the 2013 10th annual AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building at the new Big Bike Europe parts and accessories industry expo in Germany in May next year
Instead of qualifying European Championship and international World Championship affiliate event winners going to America to compete in the World Championship, BIG BIKE EUROPE and the World Championship program will instead be offering qualifying American custom bike builders the opportunity to travel to Europe to compete internationally as part of a 'TEAM USA' concept being headed up by respected custom motorcycle industry veteran Bob Kay and the Biker Pros team.
As a first 'TEAM USA' announcement BIG BIKE EUROPE and the AMD World Championship program are confirming that the top three highest placed domestic US based competing builders in the FreeStyle Class at this year's Sturgis World Championship will win automatic qualification to participate at the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building at BIG BIKE EUROPE in Germany.
In further AMD World Championship program news this month, it has now been confirmed that Biker Pros will be operating a two-day AMD World Championship affiliate custom bike show at the Harley-Davidson Museum in downtown Milwaukee on the Labor Day holiday weekend (August 31st thru September 1st) followed by Harley-Davidson's traditional one-day Ride-In Custom Bike Show on Sunday September 2nd.
The AMD affiliate show will feature $7,000 in FreeStyle Class prize money (with trophies and prizes down to 5th place) courtesy of Harley-Davidson.
In addition, BIG BIKE EUROPE and the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building are announcing that the highest placed domestic US based competitor in the FreeStyle Class at Milwaukee will also be awarded automatic qualification to compete at the 2013 10th annual World Championship at BIG BIKE EUROPE in May next year as a member of 'TEAM USA'.
Commenting on the new direction the AMD World Championship program is taking, AMD publisher and founder Robin Bradley said: "Sturgis has served us well down the years and we'd especially like to thank Harley-Davidson for their support in helping us to be able to stage the World Championship at the rally.
"However, the news about the AMD affiliate custom bike competition at the Harley-Davidson Museum sees our relationship with Harley taking a new and exciting direction. I have always maintained that if there were just one, and one only, better place for AMD to be able to be showcasing custom motorcycle design and engineering excellence in the United States than at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, then Milwaukee, the mother-lode of our industry, would be it."
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2012 Street Vibrations Spring Rally, Sparks, NV Bike Competition Best of Show Winner– 1939 H-D Service Car by Dave Ball. For several years in late ‘80’s Dave had his eye on this clean-titled basket case at the time last registered in 1976. It was owned by an older gentleman who would not sell it, but after his passing in 1990, his son then relented and let Dave buy it for $600. READ FULL STORY
- Utilizes the stock rear Bail Head Pin and included oversize washer to lock unit in place. No Tools Required!
- Custom Molded Tray fits the Right-Only Rear Saddlebag (2010-Present)
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- Optional 12Volt Outlet Charger Kit available
I wanted to be sure to let everyone know that if you weren't able to join us in real time the threads remain for your review. However, if you are not a member of Facebook I want to repeat somethings that (I feel) are important to note.
First let me start by reiterating that we are attempting to build a brand with the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge and this has been a test of our own fortitude as much as any of our riders and we are grateful to everyone that supports us in this endeavor. As I've said before, I am an Environmental Scientist and Jim is a Tribal Attorney. Until we started promoting the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge in 2008 we neither one had any experience in promotions or in long distance motorcycle events. Admittedly, we have been on a bit learning curve but we are getting most of the bugs worked out in an effort to make the Challenge a world class event.
But it is not just about us, or the event. Sometimes in the hype of dealing with the good, the bad and the ugly; people forget about our ultimate mission which is to bring awareness to the plight of the Indian people on the remote reservations. Most specifically, Pine Ridge Reservation since it is the poorest region in the country and it is right in our own back yard! So, while we may not agree on everything that has happened in the past as it regards the event, let us all agree that something needs to be done about the poverty within the boundaries of the United States and that the grim statistics surrounding the reservations present a compelling argument for our unbending desire to use the HHMC to make some small difference.
There were a couple of doubters online with us during the Q&A, and I tried to address their concerns but I know that we are probably never going to convince the nay-sayers and the haters. Some people will believe everything they read on the internet without any proof one way or the other. They choose what they want to believe. We acknowledge that the HHMC does go against the grain and not everyone likes that about us. But that is OK… To each his own.
On the other hand, I have to say "Thanks" to everyone who does believe in the HHMC. I wantyou to know that we are doing our best to earn your trust and belief. But, I say again… This is not about us; it is about the people on the Indian Reservations who need something to hope for. Maybe the actual controversy over the HHMC doesn't help the young people on Pine Ridge but perhaps, without trying, the HHMC has allowed us to become an example of how difficult it can be to stand for what you feel is right. At a great deal of personal cost to us and our families; the HHMC hasn't come cheap. And it certainly hasn't been easy to carry on in the face of so much adversity. But, I suppose that is one of life's hardest lessons after all.
When I signed off today; I tried to put my finger on the most critical aspect of the HHMC and I don't know that I was able to convey the sentiment adequately. What I tried to say is that the HHMC IS about facing adversity. It is about carrying on no matter how difficult things become. The teenage suicide rate on the Pine Ridge Reservation is 150% higher than the U.S. national average for this age group and these young people NEED something to hope for. If we can serve as an example of what it means to adapt and overcome then so be it. We admit to our mistakes and try to correct them if we can. But the HHMC will not reward cheating nor condone bending the rules to get ahead. People ask what's wrong with the youth today? Well, I have a clue. I feel that it is because too few adults set the correct example. Right or wrong, the example we intend to set is one of perseverance and dedication. Hard work and commitment. Honor and integrity. If that is too difficult to understand then this event is not for you.
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This 2012 CVO Electra Glide Ultra Classic in Wicked Sapphire/Stardust Silver with Big City Lights graphics paint trumpets, “I have arrived” in style and comfort. Both rider and passenger are in control of the independently adjustable heated seats while lumbar support will help those long miles pass by comfortably. I head for Torrey Pines Gliderport for some Para-gliding. Only ten miles from the L’Auberge, the Glider port offers hang gliding and Para-gliding. Para gliding is very different from Para-sailing. Para-sailing requires a boat, while paragliding is free-flight; you’re not attached to anything. Generally, tandem flights for both paragliding and hang gliding are about 20-25 minutes long. Sometimes, the ride might be longer or shorter depending on the wind conditions, and your pilot will let you know. If your ride is less than 20 minutes, there are a number of options that you can work out with your pilot at their discretion, including a discount or coming back for another full flight. READ FULL STORY
"We have to see, but be unseen, speak, but not be heard. I can’t talk to the police, the FBI or CIA; I can’t even go to the NSA about what we’ve just told the world. And why isn’t the news about Dick Cheney and human organ trafficking all over every TV and radio station? Several corporations collectively control all U.S. media and absolutely dominate news and entertainment in the United States. The corporate relationships between private industry and the industrial military complex are incestuous. Almost everything you disseminated is being discredited, diluted or destroyed as we speak. We knew this would happen, but had no clue to what extent. We also watched everything go down with the Marines in Palm Springs via government satellites. The Gold Lance attack in Oregon? That, we didn’t see coming. We know where Gold Lance is headquartered and know what their intentions are. But right now, we don’t know what to do about it. Our only defense at this moment is that Gold Lance doesn’t know where we are. Otherwise, we would be immediately terminated.” READ FULL STORY