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Cycle Source Invades Sturgis

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Sturgis Here We Come!

Holy hell do Cycle Source have a lot going on for the 82nd running of the Black Hills Motorcycle Rally… and even better, y’all are invited and it’s all Free!

­Dennis Kirk Garage Build Show
Saturday, August 6th – Iron Horse Saloon
­The ONLY show specifically for the home garage builder! Registration starts at 11am, awards in over a dozen classes are at 4pm. Come hang out with Chris, Heather, Dumptruck and Professional Monkey!

16th Annual Cycle Source Custom Ride In Bike Show
Sunday, August 7th – Iron Horse Saloon
For 16 years in a row Cycle Source has been celebrating the custom motorcycle scene in Sturgis with one killer show, and this year is no different! With awards in 33 classes there is a class for every seat. Best of Show wins a full feature in the Magazine and takes home a bitcoin rolling chassis from Paughco! No charge to show!

5th Annual Vintage Day
Monday, August 8th – Iron Horse Saloon
If you love Old Iron, then this is your jam for sure. Special parking for antique and vintage motorcycles PLUS free lunch and commemorative poster for the first 100 AMCA card holders! AND…it’s all FREE, FREE, FREE

The Original Performance Bike Show With Lil Evil Inkorpor8ted
Tuesday August 9th – Steel Pony Campground
Join Kurt & crew the Steel Pony Campground for the 6th Annual Original Performance Bike Show. Awards in 11 Classes plus Best of Show gets a full feature in Cycle Source Magazine. No Charge to Show!

Baker BurnOut Drags
Tuesday, August 9th – Iron Horse Saloon
Heads Up Bracket Racing Until There Is A Sturgis Champion! Bert “F#@king” Baker himself will be engineering this crazy train! Trophies & Cash Prizes. Sign-Ups Start at 7:00, Racing Starts at 8:00ish

16th Annual Run To The Line
Wednesday, August 1oth – Starts At The Iron Horse Saloon
Ride with Cycle Source and Friends Through the Black Hills. Nostalgic Bag Lunch provided at our pit stop. Photography by World Famous Motorcycle Photographer Michael Lichter. As always, this is a FREE event.

Black Hills Boogie Chopper Show And Disco Party
Thursday August 11th – Steel Pony Campground
Be a playa at our 70’s Black Hills Boogie Chopper Show & Disco Party. Cash prizes and trophies raddest bikes of the night and the best ’70s get-up. Party is poolside… Pimps Up Hoes Down baby! As always, there’s no cost to party with us.

Biker Olympics & Mini Bike Drags
Friday, August 12th – Iron Horse Saloon
Win a $200 cash prize in each of 5 games, with a championship leather belt for the overall winner! Slow Race, Keg Roll, Spoon Race, The Waitress, and Weenie Bite. PLUS – mini bike drag races between games.

Visit Cycle Source website at: cyclesource.com

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Making Art While You’re High at It

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Text and Photos by Jeff Najar.

I sent some tins to Atomic Bob in Ohio to do some of his magic.

You might be familiar with Mr. Atomic. He’s become part of the 5-Ball Racing Team by Bandit. His company is Atomic Dice.

With Atomic Bob, you never know what you will get back, but you do know it will be cool and you do know it will be out of the box. Mr. Atomic always pulls it off.

Each letter is unique but they also flow together. And their size fills the space on the sides of the tank.

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Read about significant medical benefits and natural remedies in this unique motorcycling feature article.

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The Salt Torpedo is to be raced at Bonneville Salt Flats. Illustrations on by Atomic Bob.

Press Conference scheduled for 99th Laconia Motorcycle Week

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Laconia Motorcycle Week® Welcoming Press Conference Thursday, June 9, 2022 at the Colonial Theatre of Laconia, 609 Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246.

The 99th Anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week® begins Saturday, June 11th, 2022 and the Laconia Motorcycle Week® Association invites all media personnel to help us kick-off this year’s Rally at the Welcoming Press Conference hosted by Colonial Theatre of Laconia on Thursday, June 9th from 11:00AM to Noon.

Cynthia Makris, President of the Laconia Motorcycle Week® Association, will moderate. Scheduled to appear are:

  • Governor Chris Sununu
  • Captain Bill Haynes – NH State Police Highway Safety Office
  • Laconia Police Chief Matt Canfield & Laconia Fire Chief Kirk Beattie
  • Laconia Mayor Andrew Hosmer & Laconia City Manager Scott Myers
  • Chief Mark C. Armaganian | Director of Enforcement | NH Liquor Commission
  • Shannon Stevens – New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • Cameron Gray – American Flat Track
  • Tom Day – Gunstock Mountain Resort
  • Bob Coy – United States Classic Racing Association
  • Jennifer Anderson & Charlie St. Clair- Laconia Motorcycle Week Association

Daily Rally Press Conferences for Laconia Motorcycle Week® will occur at the Naswa Resort (1086 Weirs Boulevard) from Monday June 13th through Friday June 17th at 9AM.

Visit: www.LaconiaMCWeek.com

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Laconia Motorcycle Week updates

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Time to Get out and Ride….

It sure is feeling like summer around here. The days are warmer, the landscape a little greener and the sounds of motorcycles are everywhere, from the top of the “Kanc” in Lincoln, to coastal route 1A in Seabrook. Get pumped! Riding weather is here and soon the 99th Laconia Motorcycle Week will be, too.

Have you booked your lodging yet? Don’t wait any longer. We have a full 9 days of events lined up for #99 and it’s a lot easier to play here when you stay here. Click here to check out our lodging options, ranging from campgrounds to 5-star hotels.

Our popular Laconia Passport Program returns this year, incentivizing visitors to get out and ride to earn exclusive, member’s only souvenirs. Passports can be picked up at Rally Headquarters on the Boardwalk of Lakeside Avenue and feature stops at many businesses including Harley-Davidson dealerships throughout the state.

Have you purchased your raffle ticket yet? You could be riding on a brand new Harley-Davidson Street Glide this summer! Purchase your ticket soon (just $20), because only 5000 are sold and they usually sell out. Net proceeds raised benefit Laconia Rotary Club’s Charities.

Take the Train! Did you know you can skip the traffic via a shuttle directly to Weirs Beach from Meredith? Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad is offering a special Weirs Shuttle Train both weekends of Motorcycle Week. Check the schedule here.

Or take the boat… The annual Motorcycle Week Cruise aboard the M/S Mount Washington takes place on Tuesday, June 14th from 4:30 – 7pm. This 2 1/2 hour cruise around Lake Winnipesaukee offers food & beverage plus spectacular views of NH’s largest lake.

“Laconia – Where Rallies Were Invented”

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Sponsored in part by a Joint Promotional Program grant through the New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism Development. For further information about New Hampshire, visit the New Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism website at www.visitnh.gov

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Modern-Day Incarnation of Lincoln Cosmo Carrera Panamericana

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Delightful tribute Rally Car showcases masterful rally mods

This Cosmopolitan is a modern-day recreation, made to race in the late 1990s and now boasting a significant number of accolades.

Editor’s Note:

Plus this stinkin’ Lincoln is directly connected to Bikernet.com and 5-Ball Racing.

This car brings back memories. I was a crew member/co-captain with its new owner Dr. Christian Reichardt or Doctor Hamster to you in 2005. It was originally raced in the ‘70s and the body was modified in the ‘90s. We worked on the classic mechanically and prepared the car for the 2005 La Carrera Pan Americana road race in the vintage class. We brought a 2nd Place trophy home.

— Bandit

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GEICO Motorcycle Adventure Rally and Camp

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GEICO Motorcycle Adventure Rally and Camp Set for November 3-5 at Stagecoach Trails Resort

Registration is Open

San Diego, CA. (May 13, 2022) — The GEICO Motorcycle Adventure Rally & Camp returns to Stagecoach Trails Resort in Julian, Calif., November 3-5. The 2022 event continues to build on the success of past Adventure Rally editions and will feature a wide array of opportunities for riders to test their skill and diversity in a location that is chock-full of discovery for adventure motorcyclists.

Registration for the 2022 GEICO Motorcycle Adventure Rally & Camp is now open and can be completed online at www.advrally.com. For participants, an Adventure Rally event registration includes: Event T-shirt, Event Sticker, Custom ADV Rally Map, Custom ADV Rally Clue Book, Plate Sticker and a Gift Bag.

The Adventure Rally & Camp is a three-day challenge for riders of any skill level and their bike. During the day, riders take part in self-navigated scenic trail rides and look for elusive checkpoints laid out by the Adventure Rally & Camp staff. At night, competitors build camaraderie, along with industry guests, often around a campfire with movies, music and cold beverages.

Teams will take part in challenges on the trails as well in special tests, during the Adventure Rally & Camp. The special tests are conducted at the Stagecoach Trails Base Camp and are designed to test riders overall adventure skills.

The Adventure Rally features nearly 100 points of interest to find in an over 100-mile radius from base camp, spread across a vast terrain of mountains, valleys and desert. As has become tradition, a variety of new exciting points of interest will be part of the event this year.

Participants can ride one, two or all three days of the event. Top point earners will be honored each day as well as the team that collects the most points overall for all three days to win the coveted Adventure Cup. The Industry Cup Award will be given to the top Industry Team and again this year, there will be a Club Cup which will go to the Top Club in the Rally.

These combinations provide a wide array of opportunities for participants to ride, along with a variety of exciting happenings at base camp, and additional adventures. Riders of all skill levels are welcome at the GEICO Motorcycle Adventure Rally & Camp and all off-road-capable, street-legal motorcycles are welcome.

Adventure Bros. skill building classes will be available for those who would like to hone their riding technique. Only four classes are available so make sure you sign up early, last year they all sold out.

Vendor Row will feature industry-leading brand, with product demos and many offering special event-only pricing. Harley-Davidson returns this year with a full fleet of Pan Americans to test ride.

GEICO Motorcycle Adventure Rally & Camp will wrap up with Saturday evening awards, party and live music.

A variety of camping options will be offered again this year. From tents to RVs to on-site cabins, all are available at the Stagecoach Trails Base Camp (www.stagecoachtrails.com). For those not wanting to camp, just 12 miles up the road in Julian, Calif., plenty of lodging choices are available.

A food package is being offered again in 2022, which includes a 3-day food option with a unique menu offered each of the three days for breakfast and dinner from Daddy’s Famous Foods. There will be a lunch menu available for separate purchase.

For more information on the GEICO Motorcycle Adventure Rally & Camp and to register, visit www.advrally.com.

The Adventure Rally is made possible by GEICO Motorcycle and Stagecoach Trails Resort.

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Sturgis Run 2021 of Frank Ball Jr

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Frank’s Tattooing partner the magnificent Em.

With techs from the V-twin Visionary, Sawicki Exhaust, and Legends Suspension

My grandson, Frank Ball Jr. and I made the run to Sturgis with a Kendon two-bike trailer, our 1928 Shovelhead and the 5-Ball Racing Crazy Horse powered mascot bike. Both quirky, flat-side tank bikes. We jammed out and rode around the rally and had a blast.

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Charlie is up high and that’s Frank’s Pro street FXR built by his gramps.

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Chopper Chronicles : The Sundance Meeting

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K.Randall Ball kicks off the first chapter of Stolen Motorcycle Files – Exclusively on Bikernet.com

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The Sundance Meeting
by K.Randall Ball

Three brothers rode into Sundance, Wyoming on their way to Sturgis in late July, hell bent to make their 20th run to the Badlands.

The small town, population just over a grand, was a mere 52 flying miles from the Rally. They rode long and hard for almost 400 miles, and this could be the final watering hole stop before the last blast on interstate 90 into Sturgis, South Dakota.

Sundance located in the bare open plains of Wyoming was named after the Sun Dance ceremony practiced by several American Indian tribes.

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Dave Currier, aged 68, on Winning Cannonball riding his 1911 Harley-Davidson

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by Kevin Wallevand from https://www.inforum.com

Fargo man wins Motorcycle Cannonball with 1911 Harley Davidson

  • Dave Currier turned 68 years of age on the road while racing in the Motorcycle Cannonball
  • Earlier, Dave Currier had been a runner-up in 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball riding a 1915 Harley-Davidson
  • His father sold Indian and Harley motorcycles in the 1940s and 50s in Fargo and also raced them
  • Dave Currier credits John Rouland of Northern Crankshaft in Thief River Falls for doing a lot of the technical and engine work on his 1911 H-D

“To start it, you have to pedal to start it, it is a belt drive. To move it forward, you have a lever which tensions the belt and the bike moves forward.” – Dave Currier

Fargo man wins Motorcycle Cannonball with 1911 Harley Davidson

A Fargo man has just won a cross country motorcycle run called The Motorcycle Cannonball.

Dave Currier is finally getting some feeling back in his rear-end. He is back in Fargo after competing in the most difficult, antique endurance race in the world: The Motorcycle Cannonball.

“I think this has been the toughest ride of my life,” Currier said. “It is a real grind, I had about eight hours in the saddle every day.”

Riding his 1911 belt-driven Harley Davidson, Currier and 88 competitors crossed 11 states over 16-days straight. From Michigan to South Padre Island, Texas, they racked up just over 3,700 miles.

“The bike is tall. I have short legs, so my feet don’t touch the ground,” Currier said. “To start it, you have to pedal to start it, it is a belt drive. To move it forward, you have a lever which tensions the belt and the bike moves forward.”

But Currier, who had a team planning and tweaking this bike, not only competed; he won.

“I had a police escort, it was an absolute incredible deal,” Currier said. “They closed the roads off.”

He crossed the finish line with this checkered flag, bringing home the trophy.

“Before the finish, they handed me the checkered flag, and I rode in with the checkered flag,” Currier said. “It was incredible. (It’s) still hard to talk about it.”

Currier credits John Rouland of Northern Crankshaft in Thief River Falls for doing a lot of the technical and engine work on the 1911 Harley.

He said his local sponsors; Milwaukee Tool, Acme Tools, Dakota Fence, and TechLine Coatings all played a role in the win.

Currier, who turned 68 during the race, thinks he had a little help from angels above. His dad, Dick Currier, sold Indian and Harley motorcycles in the 1940s and 50s in Fargo. He raced them as well, and Currier believes his dad would be pretty proud.

“He was a big part of my life,” Currier said. “That’s why I called it, ‘The Last Ride.'”

For more info on the Motorcycle Cannonball visit their website by clicking here.

Earlier Dave Currier had been a runner-up in 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball riding a 1915 Harley-Davidson

From September 2018.

“I’ve already been doing a lot of thinking,” Currier said, chuckling. “I have done the twin cylinder. The next challenge for me would be to take a single cylinder and make it across the U.S. But this was a trip of a lifetime. Going over the mountain in Kalispell, Montana, that’s when I turned 65.”

‘Trip of a lifetime’: Fargo resident named runner-up in world’s hardest antique motorcycle run

Currier says his bike, a 1915 Harley-Davidson twin-cylinder boasting an 11-horsepower engine, took him two years to restore.

by Emma Vatnsdal from https://bismarcktribune.com

PORTLAND, Ore. — Enjoying a sunny 48-degree morning in The Dalles, Ore., Dave Currier and his entourage were getting ready late last week to point themselves east and head back home to Fargo.

While many go west to escape the cold of winter or spend time with family and friends, Currier had a different motivation — and to end up in Portland, he had to start in Portland, Maine.

In 2010, one man set out to become the first person to take a group of 45 like-minded antique motorcycle riders across the U.S. from Kitty Hawk, N.C., to Santa Monica, Calif. Sixteen days later, 10 of the original 45 riders rolled their roughly century-old bikes onto the Santa Monica Pier, completing the inaugural Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run.

Now in its fifth running, the 2018 installment of the run saw more than 100 people ride from Maine to Oregon, giving participants a chance to see much of the U.S. in a whole new way.

Three classes of motorcycles — single cylinder, twin cylinders with two-speed rear ends and bikes with three-speed transmissions — set out, racing to navigate the roads to each day’s checkpoint before 5 p.m. Taking only the “back roads” across the whole country, Currier and the rest of the crew averaged around six hours of riding per day beginning at 7:30 a.m.

In true-to-history fashion, modern navigation systems like a GPS device were not allowed. Instead, riders were given maps each morning 30 minutes before they set out with directions consisting instructions like “drive north 3.2 miles, turn left at the blue house and head west.”

Currier said it was a voyage to remember.

“It was incredible,” Currier said. “It was a fantastic trip kind of re-enacting what the old-time people did when they had the opportunity to go across the U.S. What was really kind of special was I had my birthday (during the trip). Going over the mountain in Kalispell, Montana, that’s when I turned 65. It was kind of a monumental trip in many ways for me.”

Lifelong passion
There are few requirements about which motorcycles qualify for this cross-country road trip, but there are standards that must be met. For the 2018 run, all motorcycles had to be manufactured in 1928 or earlier, and must still appear original in nature.

While period-correct modifications were accepted, no modern replica bikes could be entered.

Electrical charging systems, auxiliary fuel tanks and modern wheels were OK, though GPS systems were specifically banned.

Currier says his bike, a 1915 Harley-Davidson twin-cylinder boasting an 11-horsepower engine, took him two years to restore.

“I started with the basic frame and completely refurbished it from the ground up,” he said. “I’ve always enjoyed the motorcycles since I was 7 years old when I first rode one. Restoring this was pretty special.”

Safety is the No. 1 concern during this race, especially because the bikes are sometimes older than riders’ grandparents. Upon arriving in Portland, Maine, riders completed a half-day of safety classes consisting of rules of the road and safety features.

Each Cannonball rider is also allowed a support team to help them along the way. Currier chose his wife, Kay, two friends from Alaska and a co-worker to assist him with any repairs after each day was done.

“When you get done with the day and you check out, you can do any service work you want on your bike,” he said. “You can change motors, you can overhaul it, whatever you can between 5 at night and 7 in the morning. The support team can’t have anything to do with you during the day.”

Even with the small issues he faced — losing bolts, tough winds and unsoldered ground wires — Currier says he wouldn’t have placed runner-up in his class without the support of his wife and family.

“They’ve always been incredibly good,” he said. “I couldn’t have done this without them.”

The Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run happens every two years, and Currier said he’s started planning for 2020.

“I’ve already been doing a lot of thinking. Six to seven hours a day, you got plenty of time to think about a lot of stuff,” Currier said, chuckling. “I have done the twin cylinder. The next challenge for me would be to take a single cylinder and make it across the U.S. But this was a trip of a lifetime.”