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Pensacolians flock to Harley Davidson for spooky-themed discount tattoos on Friday the 13th

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by Annie Blanks, Pensacola News Journal at https://www.pnj.com

Sounds of buzzing needles replaced the roar of motorcycle engines Friday afternoon at Harley Davidson Pensacola, with dozens of people heading to the store to get special spooky-themed tattoos at a discount rate for Friday the 13th.

It’s an unofficial tradition for tattoo studios to do specials on Friday the 13th, said Matt Herl, one of three tattoo artists who took up the back room of the Harley dealership on Friday. Herl and his fellow artists ran a “flash tattoo” sale where people could come in and pick from a pre-designed set of ink for $31, $50, or $100,

“It was always a traditional thing to do back when tattoos used to be a macabre thing, more underground,” he said. “And so now we do it to try to appeal to the dark side of people, and make it cheap. Back then they would do it for $13.”

Some of the pre-made designs people could choose from Friday included gravestones, potion bottles, ghosts, skeletons, spiders, broken hearts and bloody axes.

Stella Garrett, an emergency room registration technician, opted to get two $31 tattoos on her arm — a voodoo doll, and a bust of Edgar Allan Poe. They joined a collection of two other Friday the 13th tattoos she had inked in previous years.

“I planned this, I had to crave my need for a tattoo without breaking the bank,” Garrett said. “I guess I like that there’s just not that much thought to it, it’s always just grab and go.”

Lorenzo Rodriguez and his girlfriend Brittany Rollo came in to get tattoos, but opted not to go for matching ink. Rodriguez was getting a potion bottle on his arm, while Rollo got a cloud with an eye in the middle and a lightning bolt sticking through it on her wrist.

“If I didn’t have bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck,” she said when asked why she wanted to get a tattoo on Friday the 13th. “Matt (Herl) posted about this, and he’s done a few tattoos for us, and it just seemed like a good idea.”

Ryan McCool, another one of the tattoo artists, said the promotion was also a way for the artists to be able to continue working. Their Barrancas Avenue studio, Artistic Sol, burned down in July and the crew is still rebuilding.

“We’re a collective. When we work, we work together. When we catch fire, we catch fire together,” he said.

The tattoos took an average of 10 to 20 minutes per person, and by 2 p.m. Friday, Herl said he was already on his way to shattering his previous record of 47 tattoos in one day.

The tattoo artists will continue to be at the Harley Davidson store at 6385 Pensacola Blvd. throughout the weekend. The store is having its bi-annual fall event, with motorcycle demonstrations for children, a bike show, food and market vendors.

Dale Walksler Inducted Into AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame

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The American Motorcycle Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame announced this week that they will add five new inductees at their annual ceremony on December 6 in Columbus, Ohio.

Included in the Class of 2019 is Dale Walksler, founder and curator of Dale’s Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC. Walksler’s induction to the Hall of Fame pays tribute to his lifelong passion and tireless effort to preserve and promote vintage American motorcycling.’

Walksler’s introduction to American motorcycling came when he bought a wrecked Harley-Davidson Servi-Car from behind a local repair shop. A few weeks later, he rode the machine out of his garage and into a lifelong love of motorcycles. After high school, he opened a motorcycle custom shop and then a Harley-Davidson dealership in 1974. During its 26 years, Dale’s Harley-Davidson of Mt. Vernon was continually recognized as a top 100 dealer, receiving countless awards from Harley-Davidson and industry organizations alike.

Over the years, Walksler continued to add to his personal collection some of the rarest and most historic American motorcycles and collectibles, eventually opening a museum to attract customers to his dealership. When he sold his dealership in 1999, he moved to Maggie Valley, NC to open Dale’s Wheels Through Time Museum. Recognized worldwide for its all-American collection of vintage motorcycles and automobiles, each machine being kept in running and operating condition. The museum has hosted over a million and a half visitors during its seventeen years in North Carolina. Walksler’s legacy includes not only the museum but his own celebrated television show, “What’s In The Barn,” as well as numerous appearances on other programs such as “American Pickers,” “Chasing Classic Cars,” and “American Restoration.”

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame was started in 1998 and exists to “to honor the legends and heroes of American motorcycling and highlight their achievements and contributions to motorcycling.”

Ken Ford, a member of the AMA board of directors, said, “The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2019 includes individuals who have impacted motorcycling in positive and powerful ways, as both advocates and sportsmen, leaving a lasting impression on the sport we all love. Generations of motorcyclists owe them a debt of gratitude for their accomplishments. We’re honored to recognize them this December 6 at the induction ceremony as the newest members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.”

The other four inductees for 2019 include Mark Buckner, Kurt Caselli, Ron Lechien, and Wiltz Wagner.
Founded in 1924 with a mission to “to promote the motorcycling lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling,” the American Motorcyclist Association now boasts over 200,000 members and in excess of 1,110 chartered clubs.

https://wheelsthroughtime.com/dale-walksler-inducted-into-ama-motorcycle-hall-of-fame/

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Honoring Those Who Support Motorcycling
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I was using the 2019 Official Sturgis Publication put out by the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum to make sure I had information correct in the article I was doing on the Hall Of Fame Induction Breakfast.

If you went to Sturgis, I hope you picked up a copy, if not you may want to contact the museum and see if they have any left. www.sturgismuseum.com

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New Chassis, Engine & Design: Harley-Davidson introduces Next Custom Revolution with Eight New Iconic Softail Motorcycles

What are the benefits of the new Softail Frame over the old Dyna Configuration?
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To celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary year, the Motor Company is launching a custom revolution: Eight all-new Softail® models that merge the hard-riding performance of the Dyna® line with the unparalleled custom look of the Softail line.

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Harley Davidson recalls more than 12k bikes over potential safety issue

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Columbia, SC (WOLO) —Harley-Davidson recalled more than 12 thousand motorcycles over a potential safety issue the company says could impact the visibility of affected bikes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the potential issue involves the reflector placement on some motorcycles.

NHTSA says both the Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles made between years 2016 through 2019 are affected by this recall. Officials say these bikes were equipped with a Harley-Davidson Detachable Tour-Pak Conversion Kit, but however, only some of the bikes in question that were fitted with this kit are affected by the current recall.

If you own one of these bikes and have additional questions, contact Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc. for immediate assistance at 1-800-258-2464.

Harley-Davidson launches new Motorcycle Models and Technology for 2020

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON LAUNCHES NEW MOTORCYCLE MODELS AND TECHNOLOGY FOR 2020

The Debut of the All-Electric LiveWire™ Motorcycle and the Return of the Legendary Low Rider® S Model

MILWAUKEE (August 20, 2019) – New models, new technologies, and more customer choices are featured in the expansive lineup of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles for 2020.The new Harley-Davidson Low Rider® S model brings aggressive style and all-out performance to a 2020 Harley-Davidson models that also include the all-electric LiveWire model and the new CVO Tri Glide® model, the ultimate three-wheel motorcycle. Also new for 2020 is the H-D Connect service, a subscription-based cellular connectivity service for select Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and the Reflex™ Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS), a new collection of rider-control technologies for select models that includes traction control and advanced Antilock Braking System (ABS).

The new models and advanced technologies are components of the More Roads to Harley-Davidson plan to accelerate building the next generation of riders through new products in additional motorcycle segments, broader access and a commitment to strengthen dealers globally.

“Harley-Davidson offers riders a host of new models, gear and accessories for 2020 as we leverage our unmatched ability to blend style, performance and technology in products designed to elevate the motorcycling experience,” said Heather Malenshek, Harley-Davidson Chief Marketing Officer. “This year Harley-Davidson offers more choices for more riders than ever before.”

Harley-Davidson LiveWire Model: A New Motorcycling Experience

The LiveWire model is an all-new, all-electric motorcycle; an exhilarating and evocative new model designed to offer the rider a high-performance motorcycling experience infused with a new level of technology, and the premium look and feel of a Harley-Davidson product. Propelled by the immediate torque of the H-D™ Revelation all-electric powertrain, the LiveWire motorcycle is capable of rapid acceleration with just a twist of the throttle – no clutching or gear shifting required. With up to 146 miles of range**, performance is optimized for the urban street-rider. The LiveWire model is the first in a broad portfolio of electric two-wheelers designed to establish Harley-Davidson as the leader in the electrification of motorcycles. (See separate LiveWire releases for full details) 

**146 miles (city) / 95 miles (combined). Riding range estimates provided following the SAE J2982 Riding Range Test Procedure and are based on expected performance of a fully charged battery when operated under specified conditions. Actual range will vary depending on riding habits, ambient weather and equipment conditions.

New Low Rider S Model Combines Performance with Attitude

The new Low Rider S motorcycle takes a performance-first approach that emphasizes power, agile handling, and enhanced rider control combined with traditional Harley-Davidson character. Handling of the Softail chassis is enhanced by premium suspension components tuned for aggressive riding stoked by the power of a muscular Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine. Styling cues from the coastal build scene include a raised handlebar, mini fairing, solo seat and blacked-out finishes. (See separate release for complete Low Rider S details)

The Heritage Classic motorcycle drapes the Harley-Davidson Softail® platform in pure nostalgia, and for 2020 it has been re-styled, exchanging the blacked-out look of the previous model for bright finishes to give this bike a more-appealing look to riders who love the gleam and sparkle of rich Harley-Davidson chrome. Re-styled components include a bright powertrain with chrome air cleaner and covers; chrome steel laced wheels; chrome headlamp bucket and auxiliary light buckets, bright fork legs and chrome fork covers and nacelle; chrome rear fender struts and side covers; a chrome console; a polished stainless steel handlebar with a chrome riser and top clamp; and a full clear windscreen with chrome support hardware. The Heritage Classic is powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 107 powertrain and is mechanically identical to the 2019 model. Features include lockable and sealed hard saddlebags, a detachable windscreen, a two-piece skirted seat and pillion with black studs, and standard cruise control and Antilock Braking System (ABS). Color options include: Vivid Black, Billiard Burgundy, two-tone Silver Pine/Spruce and Billiard Red/Vivid Black. The Heritage Classic 114 model powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine will retain the model’s original, blacked-out look.

New Technology

H-D Connect service introduces subscription-based cellular connectivity to select Harley-Davidson® motorcycles to keep riders connected to their motorcycle through their smart phone using the latest version of the Harley-Davidson™ App*. The H-D Connect service allows owners to connect remotely to their motorcycle and view key vehicle health information. It also provides the owner with the reassurance of being able to remotely monitor their motorcycle’s security, including tamper alerts on the Harley-Davidson® App and stolen-vehicle assistance. (See separate Technology release for full details) 

* The H-D™ Connect service is not available in all markets. Market availability will vary.

The Reflex™ Defensive Rider Systems (RDRS) is a new collection of technology designed to match motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking, utilizing the latest chassis control, electronic brake control and powertrain technology. The RDRS features are standard on the 2020 LiveWire, Trike and CVO models, and optional on all 2020 Touring models in the U.S. (except Electra Glide® Standard models). (See separate Technology release for full details)

New Road Glide® Limited and Touring Model Options

The new Road Glide Limited model replaces the Road Glide Ultra model for 2020 and offers new premium luxury-touring features, including painted pin striping, a gloss-finish inner fairing, heated rider hand grips, Slicer II Contrast Bright wheels and new tank, front and rear fender medallions. The Road Glide Limited model is a long-haul, two-up touring specialist featuring the distinctive aerodynamic Road Glide shark-nose fairing with triple split stream vents that limit rider head buffeting. The standard Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine delivers smooth, powerful touring performance while dual Daymaker® LED headlamps offer outstanding night visibility.

Premium Touring suspension includes an easy-adjust rear shock pre-load for a smooth, confident ride. Reflex Electronic Linked Brakes with ABS deliver confident braking performance. The Boom! Box GTS infotainment system with color touch screen offers navigation, communication and entertainment options.

The new Black Finish Option for the 2020 Ultra Limited and Road Glide Limited models gives these models a sinister blacked-out look direct from the factory. The Black Finish package includes: Slicer II cast aluminum wheels finished in Gloss Black, fuel tank, front and rear fender medallions with a Gloss Black fill surrounded by a Charcoal border, Gloss Black powdercoat powertrain, covers and exhaust plus black Tour-Pak® luggage carrier hinges, latches and rack, a black console, footboards, handlebar, gauge trim rings, hand control levers, mirrors, and foot controls, black LED Daymaker headlamp, trim ring and LED fog lamps (Ultra Limited only), and black fork lowers, fork covers, engine guard and saddlebag guards.

New standard Antilock Braking System (ABS): The Reflex™ Brembo® electronic linked Antilock Braking System (ABS) that was previously optional on some Touring models is now standard on all 2020 Touring motorcycles. ABS is designed to prevent the wheels from locking under braking and helps the rider maintain control when braking in a straight line.

CVO Model: The Pinnacle of Harley-Davidson Style and Design

The new CVO Tri Glide® model joins the CVOLimited and CVO Street Glide® models in the portfolio of limited-production, super-premium CVO motorcycles for 2020. Created for discerning customers, CVO models offer show-stopping finishes, advanced technology, exclusive components and attention to detail that borders on obsessive, engineered and assembled to factory-quality standards and backed by the Harley-Davidson® warranty. The Milwaukee-Eight® 117 powertrain – the most displacement and power offered from the H-D factory – is exclusive to CVO models. (See separate CVO release for full details on all CVO models)

 

Motorcycle Makers Are Getting Hip to Women-Only Rallies

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Anxious to find new audiences after a decade of declining sales, the giants like Harley-Davidson and BMW Motorrad are finally taking notice of a self-made community.

On Valentine’s Day, Sharry Billings posted a photograph on Instagram. Below the image of herself, her hair a red caramel and her smile open, she wrote: “I love you so much I wanna squeeze you!”

The object of her affection? “All the motorcycles I have owned and will own in the future,” she explained. Alongside the photo of her astride a Harley-Davidson, she wrote that bikes “have changed my life, healed my soul, and brought me more love and friendships than I could have ever imagined.”

Billings goes by @sistermother13 on Instagram, but the main account she oversees is @thelitaslosangeles. The Litas is a group she joined three years ago as a way to connect with other women riders in her city. She’s co-led the L.A. branch for two years. When she joined, it provided her with much-needed healing and camaraderie after her kids grew up and she got divorced. Billings had ridden as a teenager and into her 20s but took a hiatus later. “It was always in my heart,” she says. But when she was married with young children, “I thought it was a little too dangerous.”

After the breakup in 2015, she found herself longing for escape. And adventure. “My prayer at the time was, ‘God, I don’t want to date.’ These men are not happening,” Billings says, laughing. “The first thing that came to my heart was the motorcycle I wanted. It was a Harley.”

She bought the bike, took the ride. Then she joined the Litas. “I’m very grateful to have found my heart again,” Billings says.

Founded in Utah by Jessica Haggett half a decade ago, the Litas have expanded to include hundreds of branches around the world (Litas Denver, Litas Lisbon, Litas Rome), with members ranging from twentysomething singles to 60- and 70-year-old retirees with grandkids. They take regular rides, often along wild back roads, including the Pine Mountain Ridge route near Ojai, Calif., that Billings took with 32 other riders one Saturday in July. It’s about riding with your own style and pace but surrounded by like-minded friends.

“If you’re learning to ride, you’re going to kill yourself riding with men—they ride like bats out of hell!” Billings says. “And women—I’m generalizing here—tend to be more careful. We are mothers, we are sisters, we feel obligated to stay alive.”

The Litas are singular but not uncommon. All across California, Oregon, and Utah, from Texas to New York, women-only motorcycle groups and riding events are springing up like wildflowers. They go by names such as the Miss-Fires (Brooklyn, N.Y.), the Chrome Divas (Austin), and Leather and Lace (Daytona Beach, Fla.). They do regular rides: Tuesday night pizza runs, say, or weekend coffee meetups—and they take periodic excursions to women-only destination events such as the Wild Gypsy Tour, which is organizing a festival in Sturgis, S.D., in August, and the Dream Roll in Ashland, Ore.; it’s early June event near Denver was photographed for this article.

The biggest crowd follows Babes Ride Out, a series of events founded by Anya Violet and Ashmore Ellis in 2013. It started with 50 women riders who gathered to camp out in Borrego Springs, Calif. They built fires, pitched tents, drank beer, and played games on Harleys, Husqvarnas, and Hondas while soaking in nature and one another’s company.

These groups are tapping into an undercurrent of the motorcycle industry. As sales have faltered, dropping more than 40% from 2008 to 2010, then recovering somewhat by 2014 but never to previous levels, manufacturers including Harley-Davidson Inc. and BMW Motorrad have struggled to create appeal beyond their core demographic of older white men. Their efforts include offering electric and less-expensive motorbikes and introducing exciting conceptual prototypes. Female riders offer enthusiasm and youth, and, yes, they’re spending money that brands crave.

The number of women who own motorcycles has almost doubled since 2010, according to a 2018 study by the Motorcycle Industry Council. Today, 19% of owners are women, up from 10% in 2009 and 8% in the late 1990s. And the number of female riders gets higher as you go younger: 22% of Generation X riders are women, and 26% of millennial riders are women. What’s more, the average woman who owns a motorcycle spends $574 annually on maintenance, parts, service, and accessories, while the average man who rides spends $497.

While the industry on the whole dropped 40% from 2008 to 2010, the amount of women who own motorcycles has almost doubled

“We are riding a ton,” says Joy Lewis, who started when she was 12. “I have a friend who put 20,000 miles on her bike in one year.” Lewis’s father, an Alaskan crab fisherman who owned a Harley, got her hooked. “We spend a lot of money on our gear and our bikes, and a lot of things to go with them. I think that’s starting to be appreciated.”

Andy Jefferson, a spokesman for Husqvarna, says one of the brand’s priorities must be to provide support for women’s motorcycling. “We were like everyone else—going after a piece of the pie,” he says. “But everyone was looking at men, and there are all these other people—women—that nobody even really talks about in conversations about how to sell more bikes.” The brand lacks figures for how many of its owners are women but is “working to change that,” Jefferson says. “That’s part of the problem.”

Husqvarna honed in on women riders five years ago when it started sponsoring Babes in the Dirt, an offshoot of Babes Ride Out that’s more focused on off-road and dirt-bike riding. Last year the company spent $50,000 to $60,000 in support of the three-day rally, lending 27 motorcycles and nine staffers to service the bikes and teach.

“We counted between 80 and 100 girls out there [trying out] Husqvarnas,” he says. “The number is not huge by any means, but those are 100 people we didn’t have before. It also jumps down to their brothers and sisters and kids. We never would have got these people without doing this.”

But more important, “we want to get you to ride a motorcycle,” Jefferson adds. “If you ride with Babes and have fun and go buy another brand, great. We just want people riding.”

At BMW Motorrad, which on July 1 named Trudy Hardy vice president for the Americas, the company is sponsoring women-only events including the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride. It’s also covering travel expenses and appearance fees for brand reps such as Elspeth Beard, an architect who was the first British woman to ride her motorcycle around the world. The brand also sends pro racer Jocelin Snow and Erin Sills, who holds a 242 mph land speed record, to attend events at local dealerships.

Harley-Davidson has expanded its retail line in recent years to include a host of riding jackets, helmets, boots, and gloves sized and styled for women. It’s perhaps the most critical field of growth for the 116-year-old Wisconsin brand, which has seen sales steadily decline since 2014. The average age of a Harley owner is 50. The average price of one is $15,800—more than many millennials will spend on a car, let alone a motorcycle.

“Even just in the last five years the conversation has shifted,” says motorcycle aficionado Lewis. “I’m sitting here in leather Kevlar pants as we speak, about to go into a meeting. Not only are companies making cute technical stuff that you could wear to work—rather than some weird leather pants with pink embroidery all over the butt that you’d never wear—they’re making things we can actually use.”

Attendees at events for Babes Ride Out (or BRO, the ironic abbreviation they’ve adopted) come to America from as far away as Sweden and South America. Some have ridden since they could walk; some can’t operate a bike at all, preferring always to be a passenger and imbibe the inspirational atmosphere. There’s always plenty of denim and leather on-site—but the hipster kind, not the leather-daddy look. Local shops give classes on basic bike maintenance. Some women get tattoos to commemorate the experience.

“People camp, and there are trailers, too,” Lewis says. “The idea is that you grab coffee and breakfast, and then during the day everyone is out riding. And then all the stuff happens in the evenings with bands or karaoke and slow races”—feats of throttle control.

Earlier this year, a 96-year-old woman joined them at camp; she’d first ridden cross-country on her motorcycle 75 years ago. Last summer the annual California desert meetup saw 1,700 women ride in Yucca Valley; 500 attended an East Coast campout in the Catskill Mountains in New York; 700 attended the most recent Babes in the Dirt in Lebec, Calif.

“Maybe people think that women who ride are pretty tough and badass, which is probably true, but all in all, women riders come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and lifestyles, so any label that you want to give them does not really work,” co-founder Violet says. “I can honestly say that there is no ‘type’ … and we like it that way!”

Be Here Next for Motor-Loving Ladies

The Dream Roll
Set at New Frontier Ranch in the southern wilds of Oregon, the Dream Roll offers camping, tattoos, dirt trails, an on-site bar, and water activities near stunningly picturesque Crater Lake. Aug. 23–25; Ashland, Ore.

Wild Gypsy Tour – Sturgis Buffalo Chip
The biggest and baddest Gypsy festival of the year, the five-day South Dakota event will appeal to the truly unbridled spirit with Super Hooligan races, minibike showdowns, the Wall of Death—and multiple concerts including Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Snoop Dogg, and Styx. Aug. 3–7; Sturgis, S.D.

Babes in the Dirt East
A mix of flat-track and motocross riding gives dirt-loving ladies a place to experience and perfect their off-roading skills. Where Babes Ride Out focuses on asphalt routes, here you’ll be on trails. Sept. 20–22; Greenville, Tenn.

Babes Ride Out 7 – Central Coast
BRO 7 will include the jewels of years past: karaoke, free beer, performances from local bands, route maps for area rides, and hands-on classes for working on your bike. B.Y.O. tent. Oct. 11–13; Santa Margarita, Calif.

Benelli teases Harley-Davidson Street 750 rival Leoncino 500

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Internationally, Benelli retails the Leoncino 500 in two variants – a road version and a more off-road friendly one – but the manufacturer is likely to launch only the road-going version in India.

Benelli Leoncino 500 has been on the upcoming motorcycles list for the Indian market for a long time but now the launch may have just been drawn closer. Benelli India recently teased the launching of a new motorcycle in India and reports suggest the new Leoncino 500 is set to launch in the country in the coming months. Internationally, Benelli retails the Leoncino 500 in two variants – a road version and a more off-road friendly one – but the manufacturer is likely to launch only the road-going version in India.

Benelli Leoncino 500 is a mid-capacity neo-retro motorcycle powered by a 499.6cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected parallel-twin engine that develops 47.6 hp at 8,500 rpm and 45 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. Expect the Leoncino 500 to launch at about Rs 4.5-5 lakh (ex-showroom). It doesn’t have a direct rival in India but in terms of price, it will rival Harley-Davidson Street 750 which retails at Rs 5.33 lakh (ex-showroom) and Kawasaki Ninja 400 which is priced at Rs 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom).

Benelli Leoncino 500 is a naked street motorcycle with a projector headlamp and a distinctive design feature involving metal ornament in the shape of a lion on the front fender (Leoncino’s literal translation from Italian is lion cub). It’ll come with an all-digital instrument cluster and the tail section has a very minimalistic design.

Other cycle parts include 320 mm twin discs up front and a 260mm single disc at the rear with ABS (Anti-lock Braking system). For suspension, the bike gets 50 mm USD (upside down forks) upfront and an adjustable monoshock at the rear.

The motorcycle manufacturer from Italy went through some financial hiccups after it parted ways with its erstwhile partner DSK Motowheels. Now the company has collaborated with Adishwar Auto Ride India for its future expansion projects in the country.

Benelli hopes to come up with a number of new dealerships across India and grow its current market share which is not in its finest state as of now. But to turn the tables in its favour, Benelli is adopting an aggressive approach which is not just limited to the new bike or showroom launches, but also improving the ownership experience.

Harley-Davidson FXDR drag bikes dominate in Pro Stock Motorcycle Debut

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Hines Defeats Krawiec in All-Harley Final at Denver NHRA Nationals

MORRISON, Colo. (July 22, 2019) – An all-new motorcycle body added momentum to the Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines drag racing team as riders Andrew Hines and Ed Krawiec stormed through the Pro Stock Motorcycle field at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil at Bandimere Speedway aboard a pair of brand-new Harley-Davidson FXDR drag bikes. In the competition debut for the Harley FXDR bikes, Hines defeated Krawiec in an all-Harley final to take his sixth win of the season and extend his points lead in the class.

“Changing the bike mid-season can be a gamble because it can really affect the aerodynamics, handling and the rider’s view down the track,” said Hines. “Plus, we’ve been winning a lot with the Street Rod bikes. It took months of development to get the FXDR ready for the track, with some instrumental input from Harley-Davidson engineers and designers. We took a lot of time to make sure the fit and quality would be what Harley-Davidson expects out of us. They entrusted us to roll out a new model and that shows how strong our bond is and solidifies their commitment to our program and to NHRA.”

The new Harley-Davidson FXDR drag racing bodywork was a joint development project between Vance & Hines and the Harley-Davidson Product Development Center that began shortly after the street-going Harley-Davidson FXDR 114 model was introduced as a new model for 2019. The FXDR 114 is a high-performance cruiser based on the Softail platform that combines the unrelenting power of the Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine with the liberal use of new weight-saving aluminum and composite components to amplify every aspect of performance. After approval by the NHRA and pre-race testing, the FXDR bodywork was fitted to the team’s race chassis one day before the Mile-High Nationals as a replacement for the team’s Harley-Davidson Street Rod® model bodywork.

“It was a big challenge to balance aerodynamics, rider ergonomics and styling to achieve a great FXDR body that was capable of carrying on where the Street Rod left off, but we have great engineers and designers here at the Product Development Center that were up to the task, and we’ve had great collaboration with the Vance & Hines team from the start. Hat’s off to the entire team for making this debut race a special one for everyone involved,” said Jim Brendelson, Harley-Davidson Chief Engineer, Core Engineering.

Hines qualified fourth for the event with a best run of 7.232 seconds at 186.20 mph. Krawiec qualified seventh with a best elapsed time (ET) of 7.239 seconds at 186.28 mph. In Sunday eliminations, Hines found a great tune-up and posted consecutive 7.1-second ETs to defeat Cory Reed and Hector Arana and ran down defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith in the semi-finals. The win over Smith was the milestone 500th career round win for Hines. Krawiec defeated Karen Stoffer, Jerry Savoie and Hector Arana, Jr. to set up the fourth all-Harley final of the season. Hines ran 7.174 to best Krawiec’s 7.222 to take the win over his teammate, for the fourth time this season.

A five-time Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion, Hines has been dominating the class in the first eight races of this season, posting a 25-2 record in eliminations and winning six finals to bump his record-setting career total to 54 wins. Following the event at Denver Hines leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle field with 847 points. Krawiec is in second place with 734 points. Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines rider Angelle Sampey lost in the first round at Denver and is in eighth place in season points with 346.

The Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines team will be back on the track with its Harley FXDR drag bikes July 26-28 at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

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What’s hip and what’s real?

We see it constantly around us. It’s one of the things I liked about being a biker. It was just me and my motorcycle. I wore what I wore for me and nobody else. Most of us looked like hell most of the time. Who cared?

Life is changing fast and in many respects I don’t like the business formula thrust on us by many companies. I try to keep Bandit’s Cantina and Bikernet simple and to the point, no games.

As I often say behind a bottle of whiskey. “Time will tell and shit will smell,” as told to me by a Richmond Hells Angel when I was a prospect.

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Texas ROT Rally hits a homerun

This is a ’70s style event where alcohol meets full-frontal nudity. Over 200,000 made the annual pilgrimage to the Austin area to party like it was 1999 and with a good number of them entering the rally.

The ROT is a throwback rally where the Harley faithful connect at the Travis County Expo Center for music, stunt shows, vendors and custom bikes.

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Freedom Coalition Fest Ride this Saturday

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New Rides Listed! Tons of Cool Places to Go!

THIS SATURDAY!!!
GROUP RIDE FROM LIFESTYLE CYCLES.
SKIP THE LINE!
PRE-REGISTER, COFFEE & DONUTS AT 8:00AM.
KICK STANDS UP AT 10:00 AM!

At Lifestyle Cycles, we LOVE hitting the open road. Like no kidding, any chance we can, we jump on our bikes and take a run somewhere. Doesn’t matter where … anywhere. Sometimes just to be on the road, feel the wind, and hear the roar of the exhaust pipes is all it takes. And while it’s cool to take a solo run now and again, we also love taking trips with others. We figure you’re that way too, so that’s why you need to join the Lifestyle Cycles Riding Group! All you need to do is click this link to our Meetup page and click “Join This Group,” and you’re an official member! Seriously, that’s all it takes, and you’re in! We do a TON of rides from quick lunch runs to full day trips. So check it out, join our group, and be a part of our family.

You read right, our Riding Group has 3,315 members!

If you’re looking for family and a place to belong, welcome home! We’re an easy going, laid back group, looking for others who just enjoy safe group riding! Our Riding Group has rides all over California … and even journeys to other states from time to time! We LOVE seeing amazing sites, riding fun roads, going to all kinds of events, having half and full day rides, overnight stays, 2-3 day journeys, and of course, eating at some of the most amazing, off-the-beaten-path places most people don’t even know exist! But the absolute best part is meeting and hanging out with some amazing people, and making some new friends. Join us and be part of an awesome riding group family!

Everyone is welcome (as a side note, we also have members in multiple states), and ALL motorcycles, trikes/can-am’s are welcome. We’re all brothers and sisters that really just enjoy each other’s company and riding. We try to have rides a couple times a month, and even some quick breakfast and lunch rides. We love and encourage our members to suggest places they want to go to or have been and want to share.

So at this point you’re probably asking, “So how do I join?” Super easy. Just click here to go to our Meetup page and click “join.” Easy, right? Welcome to the family!

Seriously. Lifestyle Cycles is so committed to getting you on one of our awesome pre-owned motorcycles (check them out here: https://tinyurl.com/yysd4e7e) that we’ll take just about anything in on trade toward a bike! We’ve taken classic cars, boats, ATVs, slot machines, boats, jewelry, watches, pinball machines, and of course, motorcycles. So take a look around your place and see what you have that might be of value. It just might be the very thing to get you closer to the pre-owned Harley of your dreams! We’re not kidding, bring in whatever you’ve got and let’s take and look and see what we can do! Call us at (714) 490-0155. We’re at 1510 N. State College Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92806

COME SEE WHY LIFESTYLE CYCLES IS THE NUMBER ONE MOTORCYCLE DESTINATION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA!

We carry Street Glides, Road Glides, Tri-Glides, Road Kings, Ultras, Sportsters, Softails, Dynas, and much more! We have a bike to fit just about every budget! You know you’ve been wanting to get a bike, and now is the perfect time! So what are you waiting for? Stop on in today and let’s turn your dream into a reality!

Sales/Parts/Apparel Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9AM – 6PM
Saturday: 9AM – 5PM
Sunday: 10.AM – 4PM

Service Dept Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 8AM – 5PM

We Will Be Closed Thursday, July 4th.