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Fourth Annual St. Pete BikeFest

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OCC Road House and Bert’s Barracuda Harley-Davidson to Host
Fourth Annual St. Pete BikeFest – November 18-21

WHO: OCC Road House & Museum, massive new restaurant, entertainment venue and museum, and official Orange Country Choppers headquarters, and Bert’s Barracuda and Bert’s Black Widow Harley-Davidson, one of the top-performing Harley-Davidson dealerships in the nation

WHAT: OCC Road House and Bert’s Barracuda will host the fourth annual St. Pete BikeFest, a rumbling, rolling four-day celebration of motorcycles and live music. More than 14 national and regional acts will perform on two stages throughout the weekend, with nightly headline acts that include Saving Abel & Saliva (Thursday), chart-topping country act Lo Cash (Friday), and rockers Night Ranger (Saturday). Also performing throughout the weekend will be favorites Tobacco Rd Band and Autograph. There will be live music on two alternating stages all day Thursday through Sunday until 6 p.m. The afternoon concerts are complimentary, while the evening headliner concerts are ticketed.

Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers fame will rev things up Saturday, Nov. 20, along with a bike show featuring more than 200 cycles presented by Full Throttle magazine. Vendors Row (Thursday-Sunday) will feature the latest bike gear, clothing and accessories. Food and drink specials will be offered throughout the event.

St. Pete BikeFest has partnered with RumFish Beach Resort, a TradeWinds resort, to offer festival goers a special three-night package for two with rates as low as $720 per package. Packages include various extras such as discounted accommodations, VIP concert tickets nightly, guaranteed motorcycle parking at OCC Road House during the nightly national acts, and beach bar crawl entries. To book the RumFish Beach Resort package, please CLICK HERE To Visit TradeWinds BikeFest packages.

WHEN: Nov. 18-21, 2021

WHERE: OCC Road House & Museum
10575 49th Street North
Clearwater, Florida 33762

COST: The St. Pete BikeFest is free and open to the public, but nightly headliner concerts are ticketed. Pricing options include the following
• General Admission: $10 one-day ticket or $50 three-day ticket; includes ticket to concert(s)
• VIP: $50 one-day ticket or $125 three-day ticket; includes ticket to concert(s) with roped off VIP area and closer view
• Super VIP: $100 one-day ticket or $250 three-day ticket; includes ticket to concert(s) with exclusive roped off front of stage view area for headlining acts

INFO: For additional information, go to St. Pete BikeFest website at www.stpetebeachbikefest.com
or call 727-231-1510.

Preparing for Biketoberfest

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by Jarleene Almenas from https://www.ormondbeachobserver.com

Preparing for Biketoberfest: Destination Daytona is confident in its itinerant vending plans

The 150-acre property is one of the largest venues in Volusia County.

Come Biketoberfest, Destination Daytona in Ormond Beach believes it can host itinerant vendors and outdoor events in a way that adheres to COVID-19 safety measures.

In its permit application to the city, Dean Pepe, general counsel for Destination Daytona, stated that motorcycle rally events “are critical to the survival of our businesses here at Destination Daytona, our hundreds of employees and also to our entire community.” Some of the measures Destination Daytona will implement include one-way lanes inside stores, spacing outdoor tables apart to promote social distancing and requiring all vendors to wear masks. Bikers frequenting businesses inside the 150-acre event venue will also be asked to wear masks indoors.

“We’ve developed our own message, which is ‘Protect and respect our city, mask up and distance,'” Pepe said. “That’s going to be our message to everybody that comes here.”

When the City Commission in mid-August decided to hold off until September on making a decision to allow event permits for the motorcycle rally, Pepe said they were disappointed, but that they understood the reasoning.

“There was an understanding there that these people were trying to make a good decision,” Pepe said. “The thought of not having it with our normal setup would’ve been disappointing, but we would’ve had to roll with it and come up with an alternate plan.”

They also knew that if the commission reached a decision on Sept. 9, they had time to gather vendors and make preparations for Biketoberfest, even if they had to scramble a bit, Pepe said.

“We were very, very excited and pleased to hear that the city staff and representatives helped this decision,” said Shelly Rossmeyer Pepe, general manager at Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson in Destination Daytona.

‘We want to do right by the community’

Itinerant vendor revenue is one of the largest components for the year at Destination Daytona, said Pepe, which is why it’s important to hold these events twice a year for Bike Week and Biketoberfest, respectively.

While Pepe acknowledged that COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, he also expressed that “livelihoods are important too.” In addition to their own staff, another 30 people or so will be hired to help with the event. In previous years, that number has been higher, but due to the pandemic, Destination Daytona is not expecting the typical large crowds.

What they are anticipating is an increase of vendors, as the city of Daytona Beach has opted against issuing permits. Destination Daytona is also not planning any large concerts to keep crowds manageable, Pepe said.

Rossmeyer Pepe said they’ve traditionally been a daytime venue anyways, as most vendors wrap up in the early evening. Daytime traffic may go up a bit because of the lack of outdoor events in Daytona Beach, but she expects their nighttime traffic will not. She said it’s important for them to “do right” by both the community and the visitors.

“We’re going to do everything to try to maintain a very positive reputation, so they’ll come back,” she said. “We feel good and confident that our customers and our visitors are going to respect the situation we’re all in.”

If the situation was like it was in March, Pepe said perhaps Destination Daytona may not have had enough information to be able to hold events safely, as he is confident they are able to do now.

As a business, they need to be open, he said.

“You have to at some point,” Pepe said. “We can’t not operate our businesses forever hoping that this goes away completely.”

Custom 1981 Suzuki GS650 GL Gets New Life as the Beach Cruiser

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com/

Try as you might, you will not find many high-quality customized Suzukis out there. But when luck strikes, something like the GS650GL in the gallery below might pop up.

The GS series was born as the bike maker’s first proper range of 4-stroke engined motorcycles in the late 1970s. In this series, the GL represented cruisers, backed by a larger engines and several unique technical and visual features.

The bike displayed here is a GS650 GL from early on, in 1981, taken to a whole new level by a garage called Upcycle. Work on it ended last year, and the bike just popped up on a specialized auction website, with the current bid standing at just $7,500.

The bike modified this way was named by its builder the Beach Cruiser, and sports enough changes to make it stand out in a crowd of other GS series.

First, the body, or at least the lack of. The GS is barely dressed in any body parts, which are limited to the fuel tank and the tiny little rear fender. The frame, which includes a custom subframe holding a one-rider saddle, houses a 673cc engine, linked to a five speed manual transmission and good for 73 horsepower.

There have been other modifications made to the stock Suzuki to transform it into the Beach Cruiser. There’s a reworked swingarm, the fork has been lowered, and a stainless exhaust system was added. At the rear, the motorcycle uses a 2003 Yamaha R6 shock and linkage.

As a touch of class, Upcycle relocated the position of the speedometer alongside the fuel tank, and clip-on handlebars with push-button were used to replace the stock ones.

The bike has barely been used. Since new, the odometer moved to just 1,400 miles (2,250 km), and only 400 miles of that (643 km) were used up since the rebuild of the bike took place.

 

Daytona Bike Week Kick Off Report

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Destination Daytona Bike week 2019 off to a good start.

A lot of vendors and the crowds are starting to arrive.

Photos by By Rogue
Senior Traveling Editor
Bikernet.com

Dates: Fri, 8 Mar, 2019 – Sun, 17 Mar, 2019

https://officialbikeweek.com/

It is the 78th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week. Daytona Beach is a city on Florida’s Atlantic coast. It’s known for Daytona International Speedway, which hosts February’s iconic Daytona 500 NASCAR race. The beach has hard-packed sand where driving is permitted in designated areas.

WIN A HARLEY-DAVIDSON FXLR
You could be the next winner of the Official Motorcycle of the 2019 Bike Week event! For a donation of only $50.00 per ticket (or buy two get one free), you’ll be entered to win this one of a kind motorcycle which is a brand new 2018 Harley-Davidson® FXLR, customized by the amazing experts and visionaries at Klock Werks. All proceeds from the drawing donations also go back into supporting this world recognized event!

https://officialbikeweek.com/content/Enter-to-Win-the-Official-Bike-Week-Motorcycle/

Have a look at the photos and Ride to Daytona right now!

Motorcycle Profiling is Official Daytona PD Policy

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Video footage obtained by the MPP from the North Florida Council of Clubs confirms that motorcycle profiling is not only widespread in Daytona Beach, but it is also official law enforcement policy. In the words of Daytona PD Chief Craig Capri, “If you wear your colors [in Daytona Beach], you’re going to get stopped.” This official policy is unconstitutional and exposes the entire Daytona PD to civil liability. This video evidence also justifies a cost-free legislative solution in the form of a simple prohibition against motorcycle profiling combined with relief for victims.

Chief Capri’s Statement Proves Unconstitutional Practices Are Policy

Without any other evidence, Chief Capri’s Statement alone proves that the Daytona PD profiles motorcycle club members as a matter of policy. This official policy irrefutably violates the 1st, 4th, and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution.

Federal courts have confirmed that motorcycle club colors are protected by the 1st Amendment. To punish an individual through seizure in the form of a profiling stop anyone “who wears the insignia of [a 1% motorcycle club], without regard to or knowledge of that individual’s specific intent to engage in the alleged violent activities committed by other members, is antithetical to the basic principles enshrined in the First Amendment and repugnant to the fundamental doctrine of personal guilt that is a hallmark of American jurisprudence. see Coles v. Carlini 162 F.Supp.3d 380 (2015)

Chief Capri’s statement also violates the 14th Amendment because it represents Selective Enforcement of the law. Capri’s statement proves that the strategy to use traffic stops as a way to punish those exercising their rights of expression and association is premeditated and selective. In terms of the 4th Amendment, any minor traffic pretext used to stop a club member in Daytona Beach should be presumed invalid.

Exposure To Civil Liability

Motorcycle profiling as a matter of policy implicates the entire Daytona PD at an organizational level. Independent of individual officers and incidents, each profiling stop exposes the Daytona PD as an entity to civil liability. Chief Capri is the highest authority at the Daytona PD and clearly articulates a policy of discrimination and Selective Enforcement. 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 provides:

“Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress.“

An Epidemic In Florida

The National Motorcycle Profiling Survey validates the Florida’s profiling epidemic. The 2018 NMPS lists Florida as one of the top motorcycle profiling concerns in America. According to the 2018 NMPS, 65% of Florida survey participants reported being the victims of motorcycle profiling at least once since 2012. These survey statistics are 99% reliable with less than a 2% margin of error. (See NMPS Executive Summary 2018).

Despite promises, Daytona PD has failed to address motorcycle profiling

There is a long history and pattern of evidence establishing that motorcycle profiling is engrained in the Daytona Beach PD. And the Daytona PD has made empty promises when caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

While attending the 2017 Biketoberfest rally in Daytona Beach, Florida, members of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club (IHMC) were the target of blatant profiling and discrimination at the hands of the Daytona Beach PD. The incident, caught on videotape as a result of quick thinking, is irrefutable. The impact on civil liberties motivated the combined efforts of the North Florida Council of Clubs, the National Council of Clubs, and the Motorcycle Profiling Project to immediately respond with a formal complaint and public record requests. These inquiries, based on the video, sparked an investigation into the actions of the officers involved and a review of Daytona PD policies regarding motorcycle clubs, said a source inside of Chief Craig Capri’s office. As a result of the State Attorney’s inquiry, a curriculum was supposed to be constructed and all Daytona PD officers were to be re- trained relating to motorcycle profiling.

Unfortunately, almost 2 years later, motorcycle profiling is alive and well in Daytona Beach. As articulated, motorcycle profiling is still official policy.

A Legislative Solution

Motorcycle profiling is a legitimate national policy discussion. In December, the US Senate unanimously approved S.Res.154 which directs all states to follow the lead of Washington State and Maryland by legislatively addressing and condemning the practice of motorcycle profiling. A prohibition combined with injunctive and actual relief for victims is a simple solution with no fiscal impact. A legislative prohibition would immediately increase exposure to the issue therefore reducing incidents of profiling.

The post Motorcycle Profiling is Official Daytona PD Policy appeared first on Motorcycle Profiling Project.

http://www.motorcycleprofilingproject.com/

https://councilofclubs.org

American Flat Track Announces 2019 NBCSN Broadcast Schedule

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 26, 2019) – American Flat Track announced today its NBCSN broadcast schedule for its 2019 season, maintaining its highly-coveted, weekend afternoon programming slots within two weeks of each event.

American Flat Track telecasts reached 41% more viewers in 2018 than in its inaugural year of 2017. This spike in viewership delivered a record-breaking total of more than 2 Million viewers tuning in during prime weekend programming slots.

American Flat Track is the most historic form of American motorcycle racing and is entering its 2019 season with significant momentum. Featuring the world’s fastest motorcycle racers on dirt battling it out at speeds approaching 140 mph, American Flat Track is the most prestigious and most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing in the world.

“NBC Sports has provided the platform for American Flat Track to reach millions of new fans across the U.S.,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “With strong weekend programming slots and exciting storylines both on and off the track, we are forging the path to another record-breaking year for AFT in 2019.”

NBCSN, NBC Sports’ widely-distributed 24/7 dedicated linear sports network, has established itself as the Home of Motorsports in America. In addition to providing coverage of American Flat Track, NBCSN is also the home for NASCAR, IndyCar, Mecum Auctions, IMSA, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and Monster Energy Supercross.

“American Flat Track has become a staple of our racing line-up on NBCSN,” said Jeff Macaluso, Senior Director, Programming, NBC Sports Group, “and we are excited to continue our partnership.”

American Flat Track’s telecasts on NBCSN are expertly produced by NASCAR Productions, LLC and provide viewers with a window into the dramatic world of American Flat Track. Coverage from all 18 events will feature flag-to-flag coverage of both racing classes. Exclusive features and editorial content highlight the triumphs and tribulations of the world’s elite dirt track motorcycle racers as they battle for glory. Cutting-edge technology including aerial drone footage and onboard cameras will once again put viewers on the edge of their seats as the riders slide through the corners and draft each other down the straights at speeds of more than 130mph.

In addition to the 18 weekend premieres, NBCSN will provide a weekday re-air of each show before they will become available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. FansChoice.tv, a cornerstone of American Flat Track’s digital strategy, will continue to provide live streaming coverage of every round on the 2019 calendar.

American Flat Track will kick off its highly-anticipated 2019 season with the Bigger, Better, and Faster DAYTONA TT presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys under the lights of the Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Tickets start at just $35 online ($45 at the gate) and are available for purchase now at www.americanflattrack.com.

For more information on American Flat Track and the upcoming 2019 season visitwww.americanflattrack.com.

Get the latest American Flat Track clothing and merchandise at www.americanflattracker.com.

The schedule for American Flat Track’s premiere telecasts on NBCSN follows, subject to change:

Rd Track, Location Track Type Premiere Time (ET) Time (PT)
1 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL TT Sun, 3/24 4:00 PM 1:00 PM
2 Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA Short Track Sun, 3/31 4:30 PM 1:30 PM
3 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX Half-Mile Sun, 4/28 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
4 Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Chandler, AZ TT Sun, 5/5 4:30 PM 1:30 PM
5 Southern California Fair, Perris, CA Half-Mile Sun, 5/19 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
6 Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA Mile Sun, 5/26 6:00 PM 3:00 PM
7 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 6/01 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
8 Red Mile, Lexington, KY Mile Sat, 6/8 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
9 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH Short Track Sun, 6/23 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
10 Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH Half-Mile Sat, 7/06 1:00 PM 10:00 AM
11 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY Short Track Sat, 7/27 12:30 PM 9:30 AM
12 Buffalo Chip Campgrounds, Sturgis, SD TT Sat, 8/10 12:30 PM 9:30 AM
13 Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD Half-Mile Sat, 8/10 1:30 PM 10:30 AM
14 Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL TT Sun, 8/25 7:00 PM 4:00 PM
15 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sun, 9/8 1:30 PM 10:30 AM
16 Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Half-Mile Sat, 9/21 3:30 PM 12:30 PM
17 Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN Mile Sun, 9/29 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
18 Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ Mile Sat, 10/12 10:30 PM 7:30 PM

 

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

About NBCSNNBCSN is NBC Sports Group’s dedicated 24/7 linear sports network. Now in nearly 85 million homes, the Emmy Award-winning network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL) – including two Stanley Cup Final games – NASCAR, IndyCar, Premier League, Tour de France, and America’s Cup. In addition, NBCSN features college football, college basketball, college hockey, cycling, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup, Ironman, the AVP Tour and Premiership Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as PFT Live, The Dan Patrick Show, and NASCAR America. NBCSN is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.