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Motorcycle Clubs and the One Percenter

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It’s no secret that Americans love outlaws, from the legends and lore of rebellious (and illegal) acts by the Founding Fathers, to the bushwhacking and bank-robbing capers of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, to the “bad boy” music of Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and Dr. Dre.

American culture and mass media have led inexorably to characters that embody this bad-boy attitude – a recent example being Jax, the heartthrob outlaw biker star of the TV show “Sons of Anarchy”. Western society has a long established canon from which we “learn” about society from fictional dramas. And the more we watch shows like “Sons of Anarchy,” the more a news story will seem to fit our mental construct of “how those people are.” The same is true of popular TV crime dramas’ portrayal of American minorities’ involvement in violent crime. And it seems that every time outlaw motorcycle clubs are portrayed in the news, it’s because of something terrible, such as the deadly events in Waco, Texas. Add to this the fact that the outlaw biker narrative has been largely controlled over time, not by members of the culture, but by outsiders and the misconceptions grow.

The term 1%er was first used in print in the pages of Life Magazine during the 1960’s. The article was a contrived response to an AMA rally in Hollister CA, after encouraging certain individuals to get drunk and ride through town the media then reported on ‘drunken’ motorcycle clubs giving rise to the popular misconception of bikers and also the movie The Wild One. The American Motorcycle Association stated that 99% of the people at their events were God fearing and family oriented. The other 1% were hard riding, hard partying, non mainstream type people. Thus the term 1%er found its place in popular vernacular.

Motorcycle clubs were historically born of a love of the machine, racing, riding and from military service. Gangs began for various reasons as well, but largely as a form of protection for outsiders or ethnic immigrants residing in inner cities. Their social structure is overwhelmingly democratic from the local to the international levels. Officers are democratically elected and hold office so long as they meet the memberships’ needs.

In contrast, Motorcycle Gangs can be seen as more autocratic than democratic, where leaders emerge more for their charismatic leadership and illicit earning abilities than for their abilities to run organisations. Motorcycle clubs are organised hierarchically, with strictly defined chains of command and lines of communication. MCs elect secretaries whose jobs are to maintain meeting minutes, keep track of committees and chairs, and see that old business is complete and new business is on the agenda. Treasurers also are elected officials and they attend to fiduciary responsibilities such as collecting membership dues, paying clubhouse expenses and financial planning for the future. Both secretaries and treasurers are required to produce written documents for the membership to review and approve during each meeting.

It’s not easy becoming a patch-holder. Many have compared “prospecting” – the process of earning full membership – to that of military basic training, where the individual is broken down in order to be reformed into a part of a collective: To think not of one’s self but of others, and to understand that one’s actions or inactions impact the team and the organisation. But prospecting takes months and sometime a year or more (5 years for one MC). Prospecting is physically, emotionally, and intellectually demanding and not everyone can do it. A significant amount of social status is conferred upon those with the steel to make it. Perhaps this is the only obvious similarity between MCs and gangs.

MC is generally reserved for those clubs that are mutually recognised by other MC or outlaw motorcycle clubs. This is indicated by a motorcyclist wearing an MC patch, or a three piece patch called colours, on the back of their jacket or riding vest. Outlaw or 1%er can mean merely that the club is not chartered under the auspices of the AMA, implying a radical rejection of authority and embracing of the “biker” lifestyle as defined and popularised since the 1950s and represented by such media as Easyriders magazine, the work of painter David Mann and others. In many contexts the terms overlap with the usual meaning of “outlaw” because some of these clubs, or some of their members, are recognised rightly or wrongly by law enforcement agencies as taking part in organised crime.

That sense of brotherhood was on display at a funeral for a patch-holder slain at Waco. Members of the Hells Angels, Bandidos, Mongols, Vagos and more than 50 other motorcycle clubs come together in peace to mourn the passing of a man who touched the lives of so many in his community. To them, he was much more than a biker or a patch-holder — he was their Brother, with all the familial love, respect, and honour that that word conveys. Possibly such a gathering has never happened before. This convergence of contrasting MCs was no media stunt. There were no media in the funeral that day (although there was one white, unmarked van, out of which came uniformed men clad in body armour and armed with assault rifles).

Perhaps the singularly most important distinction between outlaw motorcycle clubs and gangs is evidenced through philanthropy. Many motorcycle clubs are closely intertwined with charity work: MC family members are or have been affected by the maladies the charities seek to eradicate, and members of the local community are in legitimate and immediate need. MCs support a wide variety of local, national, and international charities that seek to end disease, poverty and hunger, but especially supported are disabled veterans organisations. Charity is to members of motorcycle clubs as petrol and oil are to their machines. For some, it’s a major reason why they join and stay in MCs.

Clubs have been observed providing 24/7 security at battered women’s shelters, holding motorcycling events such as Poker Runs to raise money for local families whose homes were destroyed by fire or natural disasters, or to help families stricken by some other tragic event get on their feet. If a member of the community is in legitimate need, and the MCs are able to help, they almost always do. Even if it’s just “Passing the Hat,” where patch-holders literally pass around a baseball cap into which members place what cash they can spare. This might not seem like much, but to a family in desperate need of short-term assistance, this can mean the difference between having electricity and water and going without.

The above puts perspective on the recent statement that certain US law enforcement officials and organisations have labeled outlaw motorcycle clubs as a domestic terrorist threat, something is that is obviously more concerning since many of these clubs are made up of veterans who have fought bravely in recent wars for their country.

9th Annual Vintage Rally at the National Motorcycle Museum – June 29

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National Motorcycle Museum Event: 9th Annual Vintage Rally

Vintage Bike Show, Hot Rod & Custom Car Display and Swap Meet

Pickers Frank Fritz and Dave Ohrt headlining the 9th Annual Vintage Rally, June 29th at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa!

Saturday, June 29, is the once a year chance to maximize your motorcycle history experience at the National Motorcycle Museum; the all-day Saturday Bike Show, Car Display & Swap Meet outside are free and Museum admission will be discounted to $10.00. Special guests Frank Fritz and Dave Ohrt will share American picking stories from over ten years of digging through America’s old treasures.

Celebrate transportation invention when you view the newly installed Early American Transportation INNOVATION exhibition.

Head outside and check out the free 9th Annual Vintage Rally Bike Show and Swap Meet. There’s even going to be a classic car and hot rod display. Advanced bike show and car display registration is free. Cast your ballot to help pick a Bike Show winner.

If you enjoy stories told by long distance riders, hang out with special guest world traveler D.J. Jones. DJ will be giving an inspirational talk and be signing her new book, 50 States of Consciousness. Also making a special appearance is Carl Reese, current transcontinental record holder, who will share his secrets on mental conditioning, nutrition and motorcycle preparation for his under 39 hour transcontinental run.

DJ JONES Inspirational 50 State Iron Butt Rider

This 130-pound, six-foot tall, postmenopausal, African-American motivator loves Country music, rides a motorcycle, yet, has no tattoos or piercings. Despite the odds, she rode her motorcycle, 800-pound ‘Big Bertha’, 169 consecutive days, 25,000 miles, through all 50 states, solo, surviving everything from tornados to grizzlies, in 2006. Hear DJ’s historic, life-threatening, life-altering, emotional and physical roller coaster ride to help raise awareness and to help save lives through her experiences.

100 Year History of Motorcycle “Cannonball” Run Records; presentation by Carl Reese

Carl Reese is a multiple Guinness World Record holding professional endurance driver. Reese and his fiancee Deena Mastracci have set multiple world records to bring attention to Motorcycle Relief Project, a US-based charity that helps combat veterans with PTSD.

You’ll also have time to walk through the Museum, check out over 500 great old motorcycles and thousands of pieces of art, advertising, apparel and great memorabilia on display.

Then grab a shuttle and head up the road a mile to celebrate the J&P Cycles 40th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Weekend with a huge range of parts, installation and live entertainment. It’s all happening in Anamosa, Iowa June 29th.

Adventure Rally and Camp Returns to Stagecoach Trails Resort

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Adventure Rally and Camp Returns to Stagecoach Trails Resort, November 7-10

Early Bird Registration runs through May 31

April 9, 2019, Irvine, CA — The Motorcycle Adventure Rally & Camp returns to Southern California for the second straight year at Stagecoach Trails Resort in Julian, Calif., November 7-10. The format continues to expand and evolve from past Adventure Rally Sierra and Rockies Editions, creating even more opportunities to discover diverse riding, in a location just waiting to be discovered on adventure motorcycles.

Early bird registration is currently underway through May 31, with participants able to save money. To register online, visit www.advrally.com.

The Adventure Rally features over 100+ points of interest to find in an over 200-mile radius from base camp, spread across a vast terrain of mountains, valleys, deserts, and more! 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 collectors will be honored each day as well as the team that collects the most points overall for all three days.

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 (stagecoachtrails.com). For those not wanting to camp, just 12 miles up the road in Julian, Calif., plenty of lodging choices are available.

Expanded food offerings are in place—including a 4-day food option with a unique menu offered each of the four days. Also, food can be purchased from Daddy’s Famous Food Truck. The option for participants to bring their own food is also available again this year. In addition, an increased vendor area will be on-site.

These combinations lead to more riding and overnight choices and opportunities, more exciting happenings at base camp, and additional adventure.

Riders of all skill levels are welcome. All off-road-capable, street-legal motorcycles are welcome.

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

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

About Adventure Rally
The Adventure Rally is a multi-day challenge for any skill-level rider and their machine. By day, self-navigated scenic trails are completed in search of elusive checkpoints. At night, competitors spend time together, along with staff from Cycle World, Motorcyclist, and Dirt Rider and other industry guests. Each team will participate on the trails as well as in special tests. The special tests are conducted at the Stagecoach Trails Base Camp and are designed to improve the adventure skills of participants.

Vegas BikeFest Partners with Freeze Management

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Las Vegas, NV: Vegas BikeFest and Freeze Management announced today a strategic partnership to co-produce the 2019 Vegas BikeFest. Freeze Management will assist in all areas of the rally with emphasis on marketing and entertainment.

“Our vendors and attendees are what make Vegas BikeFest what it is and we believe the team at Freeze Management aligns with the culture of the rally. After seeing the recent success Freeze Management was able to bring to the Four Corners Motorcycle Rally, we are eager to partner with them to bring more excitement to Vegas BikeFest,” states Mindi Cherry, Vice President and Show Manager of Vegas BikeFest. The first order of business was adding hooligan flat track motorcycle racing to Vegas BikeFest with the Hooligan Dirt Dash series hosting a double header of racing Thursday, October 3 and Friday, October 4.

“Freeze Management specializes in understanding the enthusiasts within the motorcycle industry to create the best possible experience for attendees. For 19 years Vegas BikeFest has built a reputation as the premier west coast motorcycle rally and we look forward to working with the team to build upon that reputation through our abilities and experience,” added John Oakes, CEO and Founder of Freeze Management.

“We are truly excited for the future of Vegas BikeFest. The resources and experience of Freeze Management help deliver more value and opportunity for Vegas BikeFest than ever before,” stated Chuck Schwartz, Chairman of Vegas BikeFest.

The 19th annual Vegas BikeFest will be held October 3-6, 2019 in downtown Las Vegas with Rally Central at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center with events, rides, and activities happening throughout Las Vegas. Golden Nugget Hotel on the world-famous and wildly popular Fremont Street Experience will once again serve as headquarter hotel. To get information regarding vendor space, event registration, hotel packages and more visit www.LasVegasBikeFest.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lasvegasbikefest

Instagram: @LasVegasBikeFest

For more information, please contact Rachel Nepomuceno at Rachel@convexx.com or call 702-216-5855.

About Vegas BikeFest

Vegas BikeFest is owned and produced by ConvExx, a full service event management company based in Las Vegas, NV. The ConvExx team has over 40 years of experience producing events and trade shows worldwide. ConvExx has in place a dynamic management team, with skilled professionals in each phase of production and management, from operations to sales to on-site management. For more information about ConvExx visit www.ConvExx.com.

About Freeze Management and John Oakes:

John Oakes is an entertainment entrepreneur, executive, and marketer based in Southern California. Oakes founded his music, entertainment, event, and marketing consulting company, Freeze Management, in 2002, while managing rock band Story of the Year. Oakes and Freeze Management specialize in producing music festivals, concerts, car shows, motorcycle shows and events, and developing marketing programs benefiting live events, brands, artists, partners, and fans. Oakes has spent 20 years as an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry, representing a diverse group of musicians selling millions of records and tickets worldwide. Oakes, with his company Freeze Management, have developed effective strategies and implemented successful marketing programs for an assorted group of well-known companies, including Rockstar Energy Drink, Ram Trucks, AT&T Wireless, Samsung Mobile, Ford, Jagermeister, Lucas Oil, Coors Light, Harley-Davidson and many more.

Honda Unveils Custom Gold Wing at Daytona Bike Week

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RiderMagazine.com Reports – Honda unveiled a custom Gold Wing at Daytona Bike Week, dubbed “Cool Wing” built by Kevin Dunn, Duy Nguyen, Jimmy Chen and Ray Tong, of Southern California’s Steady Garage.

The design challenge was to create something that was stylish but without straying too far from functionality. Following an extensive draft process, designer Francis Clemente came up with a design that could stimulate both customizers and purists.

Air suspension and batique-style mufflers were examples of elements that were key to creating the build’s silhouette, but a handcrafted leather saddle, bare metal details and scallops in the paint brought the Cool Wing to life.

Mooneyes built a mold specifically for the project in order to make the disc covers for the Gold Wing front rim, while Platinum Air Suspension provided air shocks to help achieve the slammed stance without sacrificing the ride height.

The onboard air is stored on two Dirty Work stainless steel air tanks, with air supplied by a single Viair 380c air compressor. Maxima Imagen painted over 33 individual parts and Electrical Connection provided dress-up components. Cub Group supplied the industry’s first motorcycle blind-spot monitoring system (BSM), and Rogelio’s Auto Upholstery did a fantastic job with the seat.

The custom Gold Wing would be appreciated by riders of all ages, interests and backgrounds.

The Cool Wing will be on display at multiple events this year including the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and the Americade Rally.

Yamaha announce MSRP for Ténéré

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The Ténéré 700 could be the most important new adventure bike of 2019. It isn’t as advanced, powerful, sexy or sophisticated as the many Japanese super bikes, but it is capable more accessible to the masses. It is desirable and affordable.

Yamaha Ténéré 700 has a launch date for the online ordering system. The first bikes will be delivered to customers in Europe on July 2019 at a special introductory price of €9,299 / £8399 – the normal price will be £8699. The online only price will be available between March 27 and July 31, when the ordering system closes.

No information about an early ordering system has been given for the U.S.A. at this time. Due to differing government regulatory standards and factory production line schedules, the Tenere 700 is scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealerships a year later in the second half of 2020. Europe receives three color options, so far, but Ceramic Ice will be the only color available for the U.S.A. market.

The T7 concept bikes and two years of Ténéré 700 waiting might suggested it started as an MT-07 ‘soft-roader’.

The power in the package comes from the MT-07’s CP2 689cc parallel-twin, wrapped in an all-new chassis, and rolling on proper off-road rim sizes (21-in. front, 18-in. rear). The engine guarantees off-road success with dedicated fuel maps for its new dual-purpose life which means a broad spread of torque, and plenty of power for the road. There’s also gearbox tweaks to suit the new purpose.

Yamaha claims that the combination of good fuel economy and a 16-litre tank capacity will give a real-world 215-mile+ range between fuel stops.

The all-new frame is a tubular steel double cradle, designed just for the Ténéré offers flexibility and finds traction in the rough stuff.

Quad-LED headlamps nestling behind the tall screen presents a new aesthetic face protecting the new all-LCD dash tower  that shows speed, rpm, fuel level and range, trips and more. Above this sits a very useful bar for bolting all your navigational needs.

There’s a 43mm inverted fork up front which offers complete damping adjustment and 210mm of travel. The rear has a remote preload-adjustable link-type monoshock providing 200mm of travel for its aluminium swingarm. Brembo brakes with 282mm discs up front, and a 245mm one at the rear is equipped with switchable ABS  that can be disabled for off-roading adventures.

• High-torque 689cc four-stroke CP2 parallel twin-cylinder engine

• 72.4 HP (54 kW) @ 9000 rpm

• Adjustable 43mm upside down coil-spring forks with long-travel (210mm)

• Remotely adjustable link-type rear suspension with 200mm of travel

• Compact rally-style cockpit with tapered handlebars

• 452 lbs (205 kg) wet weight

• 21-inch/18-inch lightweight spoked wheels with adventure tires

• Average 358+km (217 mile) fuel range

• Switchable ABS option

• 880mm seat height

Yamaha will release a wide range of Genuine Accessories for the Tenere 700. The line-up will include luggage options and several other items to enable riders to travel further in comfort and convenience. Yamaha will also offer several Rally-oriented items to further sharpen the bike’s off-road capability.

Video Podcast: Life Lessons from Racing the Dakar Rally

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TMFF Talk – Racing Dakar
55 minutes – Free to watch

Lawrence Hacking has been a motorcycle racer since 1971, he has raced the 21-day long 2001 Paris Dakar Rally and was the first ever Canadian to complete the toughest off-road race on earth. Since then, Lawrence has written a book “To Dakar and Back” and manages Overland Adventure Rally held each year in Ontario, Canada.

Christophe Barriere-Varju started racing motocross at the age of 14 and lifelong motocross racer, he has competed in the Dakar Rally 4 times, twice in Africa and twice in South America. His last Dakar Rally race has been captured in 10x Award Winning Film, Dream Racer — the timeless story true to all of us, one’s pursuit of lifelong dreams, whatever those dreams might be.

Lawrence and Christophe were interviewed by Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival Director, Caius Tenche in a fascinating 55-min video interview.

This interview is for all of you wondering what it takes, and what it feels like — to race the almighty Dakar Rally, and how this event can alter the course of one person’s life.

Sit back, and enjoy great life insights and personal stories from these two racers whose lives changed course after racing the world’s toughest motorsport race, the Dakar Rally as privateers.

An Interview with Lawrence Hacking, Dakar Rally Racer

https://news.dreamracer.tv/motorsport/dakar-rally/an-interview-with-lawrence-hacking-dakar-rally-racer/

Interview excerpt:

DR. How did it feel racing that last stage on Lac Rose and crossing the same podium as these legends?

LH. That day was a highlight of my life, it was January 21, 2001, we rode from the hotel on a liaison to the beach where the special stage started. Hubert Auriol made an emotional speech, we the riders talked while we waited. That moment was what I worked an entire year for and crossing over the podium was pure euphoria. That feeling is so addictive and so difficult to achieve that the quest to relive that feeling is life changing. You start dreaming about ways to recapture that feeling and it is nearly impossible. It is almost dangerous.

DR. Ok, time to reflect now…what would you tell or recommend to anyone wanting to race the almighty race?

Many think in their own mind they have what it takes but soon find out they don’t. It is a hard pill to swallow. In the Dakar there is no hiding in the shadows, everyone in the World is watching how you perform under the most difficult conditions, you have to be prepared to accept whatever happens. One of the most important things to remember is that it is far less difficult to live with 2 or 3 weeks of extreme hardship than a lifetime of disappointment.

Some of the most inspirational films are available on Dream Racer TV.

Our films serve a purpose that go beyond entertainment — they are truly inspirational, show ordinary people can achieve extraordinary feats – and inspire others to achieve their own dreams and life aspirations.

To watch some of these amazing films, please visit Dream Racer TV at https://ondemand.dreamracer.tv

Sidecar Motorcycle with Tattoos

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Sidecar Motorcycle with Tattoos
Game Over Cycles presents a world first; premieres award winner at Sturgis 2017
by Ujjwal Dey

Tattoo For Everyone and Everything

The Recidivist has a tattoo and in America it has a sidecar with tattoos as well

The motorcycle appeared in America with its new element, a fully tattooed sidecar. The Recidivist’s sidecar was created in 2017 and had its world premiere at the Sturgis 2017 rally at the Buffalo Chip. The sidecar is fully tattooed, both outside and inside.

The Recidivist – a unique custom bike, which is characteristic of light colored leather – similar to the color of human skin – being engineered onto the bike and actually tattooed.

During the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the biggest motorcycle rally in the world organized in the American city of Sturgis, The Reciivist – world’s first tattooed motorcycle built by Game Over Cycles company won 1st place in the “Most Unusual” class in the Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show, the oldest and most prestigious custom bike show in the world.

SEE THE PHOTO FEATURE HERE at www.BikernetTrikes.com