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H-D Teams with Local Trade Schools for Battle of the Kings

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Harley-Davidson Teams with Local Trade Schools for ‘Battle of the Kings’ Bike Build Competition

MILWAUKEE (April 15, 2019) – For the first time, local trade school students partnered with Harley-Davidson® dealers for a unique, real-world training opportunity: helping build the coolest custom motorcycles in the world in the “Battle of the Kings” competition. 

Now, Harley-Davidson is calling on the public to help select the winner by voting for their favorites from April 15 to May 15 at H-D.com/BattleOfTheKings.

The “Battle of the Kings” competition highlights the endless possibilities to personalize Harley-Davidson motorcycles. It’s the largest dealer custom build bike competition in the world, showcasing Harley-Davidson’s leadership in customization. Since 2015, Battle of the Kings has created more than 500 custom bikes.

This year, U.S. trade school students were invited to join their local Harley-Davidson dealership for the builds, with the goal of inspiring the next generation of skilled tradespeople to join the world of motorcycling. Under the guidance of experienced Harley-Davidson mechanics, students from across the country were introduced to the creativity, customization prowess and technical precision of motorcycle customization.

“Harley-Davidson’s goal is to build the next generation of riders, and those new riders will need service technicians and customization experts to help them along the way,” said Heather Malenshek, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand. “Introducing trade school students to the unlimited possibilities of custom bike building will unlock their creativity and inspire them to think outside the box as they embark on their careers.”

Vote Now to Help Pick Winner

The public can vote from a selection of more than 40 rolling works of art featuring the latest in design, fit and finish created in partnership with the students of future automotive mechanics, designers and welders of America. Starting today, the first round of voting, called People’s Choice, is open at H-D.com/BattleOfTheKings.

See the builds from dealerships around the world by following #BattleOfTheKings on social media. For more information on the rules of the competition and to vote on the bikes, visit H-D.com/BattleOfTheKings.

Get Your Booth Today for Vegas BikeFest

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LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST 2019

Save the Date! 19th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest – October 3-6, 2019

We are excited to announce that Vegas BikeFest is returning to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, located behind the D Hotel at 3rd and Carson. This puts Rally Central next to the world famous Fremont Street Experience visited by over 60,000 people every day. Rally Central will be accessible to major foot traffic and a record number of attendees as well as all of the official BikeFest hotels.

Vegas BikeFest is even bigger and better than ever before. The entertainment, contests, competitions and bike shows will not disappoint! Vegas BikeFest gives away over $100,000 in cash and prizes, including $5,000 in shopping sprees to be spent on our vendors – YOU!

Join us for Vegas BikeFest 2019! The link below has lots of information about why we should be featured on your 2019 rally schedule.

https://LasVegasBikeFest.com/prospectus/

Ready to sign up now! Click below to reserve your booth today!

https://LasVegasBikeFest.com/buy-a-booth/

We will follow up with you very soon to discuss your plans and lock up your space. In the meantime, please contact me with any questions you may have.

Mindi Cherry | Vice President/Event Manager
Las Vegas BikeFest
www.LasVegasBikeFest.com
P: 702-216-5832 | E: mcherry@LasVegasBikeFest.com

Easyriders National Invitational Bike Show 2019

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The Final Chapter of Re-Birth of a Shovelhead
By the Stealth

There were bikes from all over the country, California, Texas, Michigan, New York, Virginia just to name a few. There was serious competition here! Every style bike was represented, early style choppers, antiques, club style, baggers, drag and retro stock, they were all here!

I think there were eight bikes that won the Peoples’ Choice vote, and they were moved into the Invitational class.

I love the Shovelhead, the bike is named GLORY DAYS because it takes me back to some of my GLORY DAYS!

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Sons Of Speed Race in Daytona

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Billy Lane’s Sons of Speed races were held at New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday March 9, 2019 with a large turnout of riders and spectators.

Bikernet had a crew there and we will have numerous articles on the event soon.

In the meantime here are some shots.

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!

Zero introduces bold new SR/F Electric Streetfighter

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Zero launched a new SR/F streetfighter in Amsterdam, which claims to deliver an attractive blend of “industry-leading power, control and connection.”

It is a tangible improvement in range capability and recharging time, along with new styling that brings its electric powertrain with sharp and conventional – naked streetfighter looks.

The Californian brand leaps forward making electric motorcycles look and perform in a way more appealing to both new and largely electric-phobic existing bikers.

Vice President of Product Development, Brian Wismann, said: “The bike was inspired and influenced by the same things that inspire designers that are working on internal combustion bikes. “I don’t want anybody to think that this was meant to look like an electric Ducati, or Triumph – it’s not a derivative design, but having an understanding of where this cultural reference for having beautiful machines comes from and then integrating some of those design elements into the SR/F are pertinent in describing why it looks as good as it does.”

New Zero SR/F specs

  • 200-mile range potential
  • One-hour charge to 95%
  • Makes 110bhp / 140lbft
  • Two models available in May
  • Weight is 226kg

Zero’s new SR/F has the power and charm to attract regular street racers. The torque makes this a serious streetfighter.

The model uses Zero’s new ZF75-10 motor, coupled to a ZF14.4 lithium-ion battery. The powertrain uses air-cooling to improve longevity. It eliminates many routine maintenance jobs. A single charge is claimed to have the potential to deliver a 200-mile maximum range when ridden at town speeds, using Zero’s Power Tank, which arrives in Autumn 2019.

The innovative Rapid Charge System works on the large and growing network of Level 2 charge stations and provides a platform that allows for up to three independent charging modules. This means the SR/F can boast the fastest recharge capacity in Zero’s existing line up. It gives a maximum charging performance of empty to 95% charged in just one hour.

SR/F’s Cypher III operating system knits Zero’s next-gen app and dash to the well-proven Bosch Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) system, ensuring the rider isn’t caught out by an over-eager right wrist or brake lever action. Zero SR/F has ABS and a host of electronic safety kit to ensure rider safety on the mean streets it is meant to race on.

The attractive dash can connect to a new app controlled by the rider. Rider modes on offer comprise Street, Sport, Eco, and Rain, and there are up to 10 programmable custom modes available.

Brembo’s electronic braking AI acts on JJuan calipers front and rear. The frame is a steel-trellis with concentric swingarm that’s claimed to help transfer the torque to the tarmac with the most mechanical grip possible. Both the battery and motor act as stressed members as well.

The new connected app also allows the rider to monitor their SR/F for: Bike Status & Alerts, Charging data, Ride Data Sharing, System Upgrades and Updates.

The first system of its kind on a production motorcycle, the status checker means owners can see information on charging interruptions, get unexpected motion notifications, and use the ‘Find my Bike’ function to see if their bike is where it should be.

The data captured on rides includes bike location, speed, lean angle, power, torque, charge and energy used/regenerated.

All the data is private unless the rider chooses to share it. The full suite of app functions are free at purchase, and for two years thereafter. Riders can opt out altogether if they so desire.

The two models will come in Seabright Blue and Boardwalk Red colourways, and are expected to be ready to plug in from May 2019.

No silver bullet in sight for Enfield hit by sliding volume

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The Eicher Motors stock fell 30 per cent in the past year.

The Bullet, it appears, is just not firing on all cylinders at the moment.

Royal Enfield (RE) sales are rather soft, and state-wise volume statistics furnished by industry body SIAM show that the bike that defines panache for motorcycle enthusiasts in India is riding through a rather rough patch. Eight states that make up three of every five RE bikes sold locally have reported deceleration.

Maharashtra and Karnataka together account for 13 per cent of RE volumes, and these two states have seen a drop in 6-7 quarters of the past nine.

Kerala, the largest market of RE, has witnessed volume drops of 13 per cent and 23 per cent in the September and December quarters, respectively. The September decline is attributed to floods. But declines in the December quarter have put the lens on underlying demand.

Industry volume growth of twowheelers in south India was 9.5 per cent in the first nine months, up from 5.6 per cent in the previous year. However, RE’s sales volume growth in the Southern states has been underwhelming.

The RE management has given production guidance of 8.7-8.8 lakh units for the current fiscal year. However, it is unlikely to be met. Average monthly run-rate of RE in the first 11months of FY19 stood at 69,569 units. To achieve the stated guidance, the company needs to produce 1.04 lakh vehicles in March. This appears to be quite a daunting task given the weak demand cycle.

The Street is factoring in volume growth of 10 per cent for FY20, which could be trimmed due to about 3 per cent growth in FY19. The Eicher Motors stock fell 30 per cent in the past year following constant negative surprises on the volume front. The stock is trading at 21 times FY20 earnings, compared with the long-term average of 30 times.

Rebirth of a Shovelhead, Part III

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Prepping for the Charlotte ER Show
By Stealth with photos by the magnificent Vicki

The magnificent Stealth wrote this one week before the wild Easyriders Bike Show in Charlotte, NC. This show was always one of the best in the Easyriders annual series of shows. It consistently brought out the best in customs from the Easter seaboard. Mike faced stiff competition and a dire deadline to finish this restoration on time. Hang on!

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Best Motorcycle Shipping Companies

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You can use an auto transporter to ship your motorcycle across the country
By Tom Rains

Compare motorcycle shipping companies

Using an auto transporter to move your bike will help ensure it arrives safely and quickly to its destination. While there are many similarities between shipping a car and shipping a motorcycle, it’s best to work with companies that have specific experience shipping motorcycles.

Our picks for best motorcycle shippers

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Top Electric Motorcycles For 2017

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Challenges have popped to the surface regarding electric vehicles. They might be more emission prone than petrol based vehicles. Batteries are nasty. We will see.

The world is fast changing. No, not Governments and definitely those Senators never leave or change. While the more Hollywood movies change, the more they remain the same.

Generations change and the new millennials have different priorities and preferences. Climate is supposedly (“allegedly”) changing.

Demand and Supply of big bikes have changed. There are again more British motorcycle brands in the market than American bikes with the return of Enfield, BSA, Norton and the veteran Triumph.

Roads have changed with new taxes tolls on rush hour routes. The year has changed to 2018. My underwear has changed from boxers to briefs. Bikernet.com has changed and become mobile friendly.

Last year, Germany voted to ban the internal combustion engine by year 2030, and this just this year the UK government announced plans to ban the sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. China is leading the way with maximum ownership of electric vehicles in the world.

But the future is bright. In the four-wheel world Elon Musk is leading the way with his innovative Tesla brand, and over here in the two-wheel world there are a host of different manufacturers all looking to the future. Read more.