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LEHMAN TRIKES USA IN FULL OPERATION

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Lehman Trikes USA is pleased to announce it is surging forward with full operations and is fulfilling orders for Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, and Suzuki conversions. Lehman Trikes USA, considered one of the trike industry’s foremost leaders and well known for its high quality, stylish, and reliable products, had suspended its operations in early March of this year while in search of a qualified investor. Craig Arrojo, CEO of Champion Investments Inc. and Champion Trikes, acquisitioned the company’s assets and began a phased-in return of full operations that began in June. READ FULL STORY

Coolbeth Rides Factory Harley To Big Win At Knoxville

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Coolbeth Bounces Back from Injury to Top an All-Harley Podium in Iowa

Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® Factory Team rider Kenny Coolbeth won his first race of the season at the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship event on the Knoxville Raceway half mile. Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer`s Harley-Davison rider Jake Johnson finished second, followed by South East Harley-Davidson rider Sammy Halbert, as Harley-Davidson®  XR750 motorcycle racers filled the podium.

The win is a big come-back for Coolbeth, who suffered a fractured leg in a race at Lima, Ohio, on June 30 and missed two Twins races before returning to action on Aug. 18 at the Indianapolis Mile. Coolbeth was competitive and finished fifth at Indy despite having not trained on a motorcycle since his injury. At Knoxville, Coolbeth took the lead on a restart and set the pace for the rest of the 25-lap main event to earn his 27th career Grand National win.

“The Harley team is really meshing right now,” said Coolbeth. “I felt like we were pretty fast right off the trailer tonight, and then every adjustment we made improved the bike. I got by Mees right after the restart and then my Harley was just hooked up, and I could inch away from those guys. We might be out of the hunt for a championship because of the races I missed, but I think the team will make some more noise before the season is over.”

Coolbeth won his heat race to advance to the main, and finished third in the four-lap Dash for Cash sprint bonus race, which was won by Rogers Racing/Blue Springs Harley-Davidson rider Jared Mees.

It was Mees leading the pack at the start of the main, with Johnson, Coolbeth and Dodge Brothers Racing/Perry’s Harley-Davidson rider Brad Baker in pursuit. But the race was stopped after three laps for a downed rider, and Coolbeth jumped from second to first one lap after the restart. Coolbeth led Mees and Johnson by 0.604 seconds on lap nine and gradually pulled away. Coolbeth opened a gap of 1.8 seconds by lap 15, with Mees and Johnson in a tight battle for second place. Mees left the race on lap 16 with a mechanical problem. Baker was out of the race on lap 17. As the laps wound down Johnson whittled away at Coolbeth’s lead, getting within one second on lap 21 and down to 0.501 second at the finish. Halbert was third, 8.913 seconds behind Coolbeth. Robert Pearson was fourth on the Eaken Racing/Dick Ford Kawasaki, followed by Bryan Smith on the Crosley Radio Harley-Davidson.

After 11 of 16 AMA Grand National events, Mees leads the series with 202 points. Johnson moves into second place with 197 points, bumping Halbert down to third with 196 points. Smith is fourth with 136 points. Coolbeth is ninth with 99 points.

The Grand National Twins will next race on September 16 on the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. This event originally scheduled for September 2 was postponed due to heavy rain.

Hines Rides Harley V-Rod To First U.S. Nationals Win At Indy

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Krawiec Takes a 30-Point Lead and Number-One Seed into NHRA Countdown

It took Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Andrew Hines 11 tries to get a win at the NHRA U.S. Nationals, and this year he even had to endure a week-long rain delay. But the sun was out at Lucas Oil Raceway Sunday and Hines rode his Harley-Davidson® V-Rod®  to a final-round win in Pro Stock Motorcycle to capture his first title at the prestigious event. The victory is also the first for the Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® team at the U.S. Nationals, and keeps the team undefeated in 10 events in 2012.

“This is by far the best event win of my career,” said Hines, a three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion who has now won four times this season and 29 times in his career. “Over the years we’ve had some bad luck and real disappointment here at Indy, but this season it just seems to be coming together for the Screamin’ Eagle team. And it’s extra-special to win here in our home town with our families and people from the shop here to watch.”

Undefeated in 10 events this season, the Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® team is set to begin the NHRA six-race playoffs, the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, with its riders seeded first and second as series points are reset for the top-ten riders contending for the championship. With six wins on the season, Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines rider Ed Krawiec, the defending NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, is the top seed in the Countdown. Hines is the second seed.

Hines was the top qualifier for the second time this season and the 32nd time in his career, but it took a 6.861-second Elapsed Time on the final qualifying run on Saturday to claim the spot after he was bumped first by his Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines teammate, Ed Krawiec, and then by Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Sr. Arana ended up second at 6.881, with Krawiec third at 6.886 seconds.

Hines advanced through Sunday eliminations with wins over Armor Paving Suzuki rider Dawn Minturn, Geico Suzuki rider Karen Stoffer, and Lucas Oil Bull rider Hector Arana Jr. Hines faced Hector Arana Sr. in the final and got the win with a 6.937 ET after Arana suffered an engine failure mid-run and finished in 7.456 seconds.

Krawiec had wins over Suzuki rider Steve Johnson and Sovereign-Star Buell rider Scotty Pollacheck before losing to Arana Sr. in the semi-final round. Krawiec left the starting line 0.005-second early when the staging light in Arana’s lane flickered after the Harley rider was set to start.

“I think Arana was momentarily in and then out of staging, and I was left there with my bike revving and ready to go, and I think it crept forward just a little, which caused me to foul when I left the line,” said Krawiec. “A racing lesson learned from that one.”

Krawiec enters the NHRA Countdown playoffs with six wins in 2012. However, points for the top-ten riders reset for the Countdown, and the 106-point lead Krawiec enjoyed before Indy will shrink to just 30 points when racing resumes on September 14-16 at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte, N.C. Ten points separate each of the ten riders in the Countdown, with Krawiec earning 20 bonus points for the top seed. Hines has the second seed.

“We will still be focused on round wins in the countdown, but now those bonus points earned in qualifying matter more than ever,” said Krawiec, “so we need to be on our game from the moment we unload the truck at these last six events.”

Krawiec will open the NHRA Countdown with 2110 points. Hines is second with 2080, followed by Arana Jr. with 2070, Arana Sr. with 2060, Stoffer with 2050, Pollacheck with 2040, LE Tonglet with 2030, Michael Ray with 2020, Shawn Gann with 2010, and Matt Smith with 2000 points.

El CAMINO MOTORCYCLE SHOW MOVES to IRWINDALE RACEWAY

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Due to much needed earthquake retrofitting and renovations, a large portion of the parking lot we normally use at El Camino College is unavailable for use for this year's El Camino event. Not wanting to postpone the largest motorcycle show and swap on the West Coast, and wanting to accommodate everyone; rather than turning anyone away, we have been forced to consider a larger venue.  We believe we've found the best choice atIrwindale Raceway,  located at 500 Speedway Dr.  Irwindale, CA. 91706.

SEPTEMBER 22ND 2012

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WindVest now offering replacement screens for the Harley FLH

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WindVest Motorcycle Products is now offering replacement screens for the Harley FLH models and other after-market fairings.  They are available in a variety of sizes (4”, 6”,7”,  8”, 9” and 10”) and come in clear, smoke, dark smoke or black (dark smoke and black only available in 4” or 6” sizes).  Built with the same unique flip that WindVest is known for, they are designed to perform 3” to 4” taller than what they are.  Bolts on easily.  Call WindVest Motorcycle Products at 877-370-7326 or see www.windvest.com for more details.