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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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Harley-Davidson Acquires Company That Makes Electric Bikes for Kids

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Harley-Davidson is trying to attract a new generation of riders at a very young age. The iconic motorcycle company announced Tuesday that it was buying StaCyc, which makes two-wheel electric bikes for kids.

StaCyc has two models — the 12eDrive and 16eDrive — that the company describes as “the perfect choice for little rippers” between the ages of 3 and 7.

The bikes have a top speed of about 10 miles per hour and sell for a range of $649 to $699.

Harley-Davidson said in a statement that Harley-Davidson branded versions of StaCyc’s two models will be available at select Harley-Davidson dealers in the United States in the third quarter of 2019.

“The StaCyc team shares the same vision we have for building the next generation of riders globally and we believe that together, we will have a significant impact in bringing the fun and enjoyment of riding to kids everywhere,” said Heather Malenshek, Harley-Davidson senior vice president of marketing and brand, in the statement.

Harley-Davidson is increasing its bets on electric vehicles as sales of traditional bikes slow.

The company has already announced plans to launch the LiveWire premium electric motorcycle this fall. It is also developing other electric bikes that it plans to start selling in 2021.

Harley-Davidson needs new growth opportunities as the company struggles to deal with tariffs from the Trump administration that have hurt earnings.

Sales and profits are expected to fall this year and revenue is only expected to rebound slightly in 2020.

Shares of Harley-Davidson have rallied this year with the rest of the market, rising 10% so far in 2019. But the stock is trading nearly 20% below its 52-week high.

Electric scooter sharing firm VOI raises $30 million for European expansion

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VOI-Electric scooter sharing firm VOI raises $30 million for European expansion

STOCKHOLM: Electric scooter sharing firm VOI Technology has raised $30 million in another fundraising round since being set up seven months ago for its European expansion and investment in research to fend off growing competition, it was reported on Monday.

Uber Technologies Inc, Alphabet and several other high-profile investors are very interested in gambling on scooter-sharing leading to rapid rise in Europe thanks to large commuter populations and lower levels of car ownership compared to USA.

Domestic startups such as Tier and Dott and U.S. rivals Bird and Lime raised thousands of dollars in 2018 to expand further into the crowded marketplace after having successfully put many scooters on European roads.

VOI is backed by investors such as BlaBlaCar CEO Nicolas Brusson and venture fund Balderton Capital. Their belief they can beat rivals by building closer relationships with city authorities gives them an edge over competitors such as Uber.

Unlike major rivals, “asking ‘permission’ before we enter new towns and cities means we can work with the authorities on the ground to offer more than just a viable alternative to cars,” CEO Fredrik Hjelm said. We could also “help people to combine their e-scooter journeys with the existing public transport network,” he added.

People can locate nearby VOI scooters via an app or maps and then ride it by paying a 1 euro unlocking fee plus riding costs of 0.15 euro per minute.

August launch has seen VOI build up over 400,000 riders, taking more than 750,000 rides, and it said it would use the new funds to expand in Italy, Germany, Norway and France.

Critics warn operators could face similar issues as bike sharing firms. Forced into price wars due to competition and facing backlash from authorities over rules and vandalism, bike operators GoBee and Mobike have retreated from Europe.

Motorcycles and Motorcycling in the USSR

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Motorcycles and Motorcycling in the USSR from 1939: A Social and Technical History
Hardcover – April 16, 2019 – available for Pre-Order on Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com//dp/1787113140/

Motorcycles and Motorcycling in the USSR from 1939 provides the first accessible English language account of motorcycles in the Soviet Union. Concentrating on the wartime and postwar period until 1990, prior to the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, it covers the motorcycles produced, and looks at the way in which they were used at home and exported abroad.

Chapters cover wartime, models produced, the social character of Soviet era motorcycling, and wide-ranging sport. With planned rather than market-led production based around copies of pre-war German BMW and DKW models, the industry churned out hundreds of thousands of utilitarian and rugged machines that were very different from the more fashion-orientated machines produced in the West.

These motorcycles went under the place names of the producing factories: Ishevsk, Kovrov, Moskva, Minsk and, of course, the large flat twins produced in Irbit and Kiev under the Ural and Dnepr names. With a strong emphasis on Soviet era illustrations, the book provides an insight into a life, based on idealism and ideology that has now passed.

Photographs and images, many of them from private family collections, show Soviet bikes as well as popular imports Jawa from Czechoslovakia, and Pannonia from Hungary.

Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Veloce Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1787113145

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Colin Turbett got his first motorcycle at age 15 and has owned, built, and cried over mostly British bikes ever since. He currently looks after a 1949 BSA Gold Star, as well as a modern bike. Colin spent a long career in social work in the West of Scotland through which he was a successful textbook author. In recent years motorcycle trips to Eastern Europe have triggered an interest in the utilitarian machines produced there during the Communist years. He has always been interested in the history of the Soviet Union, and this book brings several of his passions together.

Veloce Publishing new Kawasaki Book

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The story of the air-cooled ‘big’ Kawasaki bikes in definitive detail, researched and written in Japan with the full co-operation of the factory.

This series of models put the company on the map during the sixties and seventies, helping it to survive a difficult era that saw hundreds of Japanese motorcycle makers reduced to just four. Successful immediately, these models defended Kawasaki’s honour on the tracks as well as in the showrooms, handing the company numerous world championship titles. The series was recently revived as part of a retro boom, and a new machine has been launched, delivering the same thrill and charm as its predecessors.

Book Title: Kawasaki W, H & Z – The Big Air-Cooled Machines
Author Name: Brian Long

Features
• Definitive history of the early air-cooled Kawasakis.
• Sales in all major markets covered in detail.
• Written by a recognized author and historian.
• Racing exploits covered year-by-year.
• Written with the full co-operation of the factory.
• Handy reference charts throughout.
• Detailed production figures, including exports.
• Unravels what is indeed a very convoluted story.
• Contemporary photography to help owners with authenticity issues.
• The author is an owner of vintage motorcycles.

Description
The definitive history of the big air-cooled Kawasakis, from little known machines hardly seen outside Japan to the early Zs that took on the world. The book covers all major markets and uses stunning contemporary photography gathered from all over the globe to help owners establish authenticity or simply take a trip down memory lane.

Synopsis
The story of the air-cooled ‘big’ Kawasaki bikes in definitive detail, researched and written in Japan with the full co-operation of the factory. This series of models put the company on the map during the sixties and seventies, helping it to survive a difficult era that saw hundreds of Japanese motorcycle makers reduced to just four.

Successful immediately, these models defended Kawasaki’s honour on the tracks as well as in the showrooms, handing the company numerous world championship titles. The series was recently revived as part of a retro boom, and a new machine has been launched, delivering the same thrill and charm as its predecessors.

Additional Information
Period Covered: 1965-1980
Models Covered: Kawasaki W1, W2 & W3 (1965-1974), H1 & H2 (1968-1976) and early Z-series, including Z1, Z2 & Z1R (1972-1980). Also includes details on the retro W models (1998-).
Models NOT Covered: 1980 onwards, except retro W models of 1998 on.

The Kawasaki air-cooled models helped establish the Kawasaki brand as a top motorcycle maker.
This book tells the full story of these celebrated models in a depth never before attempted.
Contemporary photography from around the world, virtually all in colour.

ON AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1787112179/

ISBN-13: 978-1787112179

Publisher: https://www.veloce.co.uk

Winter Storage Tips for TRIKES

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Winter Storage Tips for your Third Partner
Man, Woman and Wheel. A Threesome Report on Winter Romances.
Ujjwal Dey

It is Christmas and hope all of you are charged up for adventures and fun in the New Year. Snow fall has started at many areas and people are getting ready for Winter even though Game Of Thrones fanatics will tell you Winter is Coming with new episodes only in 2019. Winter is here and some of us still ride while others prefer to saddle up on the couch with loved ones in tow. However, if you are spending your family time in these festivities, don’t ignore your Third Partner, the third entity in your loving relationship with your old lady, the one you take on the road – your Trike, Sidecar Motorcycle or Autocycle.

Winter is tough time for motorcyclists as we are exposed to harsh elements. On the plus side, a Three-Wheeler has better footing on snowy landscapes and slush filled roads. Those on the East Coast know winter is inevitable but that doesn’t mean you lock away your Prize for three months or more. Either move (preferably on your Three-Wheeler) or deal with it by our wonderful Storage Tips.

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Trike Touring Guide to America

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Trike Touring Guide to America : Get out, ride, explore, live and tell us about it.
by Ujjwal Dey

In 1903, Horatio Nelson Jackson became the first documented person to drive an automobile from San Francisco to New York using only a connection of dirt roads, cow paths, and railroad beds. His journey, covered by the press, became a national sensation and called for a system of long distance roads.

United States has 21 kilometres of roads per 1000 people. 5,486,610 kilometers of paved roads exist today in USA. Out of that 103,027 km are marked Expressways. Yes, you are connected to all Americans everywhere. What is stopping you? Get up, boot up, ride and meet these fellow citizens and explore your beautiful America.

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Trikes.bikernet.com with industry news and CELEBRATING AMERICA !!!

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God Bless America! My heartiest congratulations to all Americans everywhere on this grand election of a new President of USA. To Read News Click Here.
RIDE ON ! ! ! !

  • World’s largest motorcycle tourism company, Eagle Riders, now in India
  • Yamaha builds a motorcycle riding Robot
  • The World’s First 3D-Printed Motorcycle
  • Amphibious motorcycle transforms into a Jet Ski
  • Uber rolls out motorcycle taxi service

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Trikes site has a Weekly News

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MRF.org discuss with us the legislation on auto-cycles and trikes being bunched together with motorcycles. How this affects the motorcycle industry and motorcycle riders is very important. Trike riders need to know their liability. They need to get benefits as per their vehicles and not as per short-sighted Senator short-cuts to corporate sales.

Raymond Hamilton is back with bizarre, actual laws in the States on kinky sex. Beware, Big Brother is peeking into your bedroom. The Bad Joke Library ventures into worse. You have been warned. Trikes University is now open for admission at Trikes.bikernet.com and a short course material is posted in the Weekly News there.

Tours of scenic landscapes and wildlife reserves on Trikes is catching on in South Africa, Australia and USA. We have just a small dose for you in the Trikes Weekly News. We want to get the dirt on Trike Touring industry and the unique opportunities and experiences it offers to tourists. Expect a full-length feature on that soon.

Ride On!
Ujjwal “Wayfarer” Dey

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