Correction: GEICO Harley Road Racing Team Earns Two Podium Finishes in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (May 30) — Memorial Day was certainly memorable for the GEICO/RMR Harley team in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series as all four team riders finished in the top 10, including two on the podium.

Defending class champion Danny Eslick, who decided to race in the Harley-only category late last week, topped the charts with a strong second-place finish. Teammate Chris Fillmore was close behind in third, while Kyle Wyman and Michael Corbino finished eighth and 10th, respectively.

“It was cool to get out there and battle those guys on the Harley’s again,” said Eslick, who started seventh but was up to second place by Lap 4. “I just didn’t have enough for Steve Rapp up front but I’ll take a runner-up finish. I’m okay with that.” Eslick, who competes full time in the Daytona Sportbike class, only rode his XR1200 Harley one time prior to Monday’s race but he looked like a seasoned veteran in the saddle.

“Once I got comfortable I started picking guys up and was up in the top three pretty quick,” Eslick said. “I had a pretty good battle with my teammate Chris Filmore for the second half of the race. That was
fun. Then a few more guys got in there with us for a little while. There are a lot more competitive riders in the class this year and it makes it more exciting for the fans and a lot more fun for the riders.”

Fillmore, who won the last XR1200 event a few weeks ago in Northern California, started on the front row thanks to a strong qualifying effort.

“It was pretty interesting at the start,” Fillmore said. “As we were lining up it started to hail so that was interesting. I don’t think it really affected the track at all but it did mess with everyone a
little bit. We’ve dealt with so much weather this weekend I’m just glad it’s over.”

Fillmore stayed up front the entire race and even battled for the lead early in the race with eventual winner Steve Rapp, but just didn’t have enough to battle with him or Eslick in the final laps.

“Being on the podium is good,” FIlmore said. “The race was good. I did some back and forth for the lead the first half of the race, which was great, but I couldn’t hold on to the lead.

“(Rapp) got around me and then Danny and I started battling for secondhan we just couldn’t get in his draft. He built up a bit of a gap and at that point Danny and I were by ourselves, just battling it out for
second place.

“I overshot Turn 5 and Danny was able to get around me. At that point there wasn’t enough track left to catch him. I’ll take the third though. We’re up on the podium and it still gives me some points in
the championship hunt.”

Further back in the pack were Wyman and Corbino.

“I got off to a decent start considering my qualifying position,”Wyman said of his slotting in the No. 11 spot. “I was up in the middle of the pack and battling it out with some of the guys and felt pretty
good about my Harley. Then I was able to make a few moves and finish eighth. Definitely not a bad day.”

Rain had been a factor all weekend for the XR1200 riders so heading into Monday they were expecting more wet conditions but that didn’t end up being the case. The track was mostly dry except in one turn where Corbino had some trouble.

“The start went well,” Corbino said. “I was on a good pace and was in the middle of the pack from the beginning until I had a bit of a mishap in the only turn where there was rain. I ended up on the paint
and that’s not where you want to be.

“Luckily I kept it on two wheels and was able to refocus and finish the race. I just wanted to take her home safely and I did that. I’m happy with a top-10 finish. It’s good for points and for the whole
GEICO XR1200 team.”

The next stop for the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series will be June 5 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

 

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. Obtains Judgement Against Little Sturgis Rally & Races

Kentucky Group Will Change its Name and Pay the South Dakota Community Oriented Non-Profit for its Previous Unauthorized Use.

Sturgis, SD (May 31, 2011)- Officials with Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. announced today that they have settled the lawsuit with a Kentucky entity formerly billing itself as the “Little Sturgis Rally.”  As a part of the agreement, the Kentucky group has agreed to change both its corporate and trade name, eliminating the word mark Sturgis® when used in connection with a motorcycle rally or any other derivations of marks that may be confusingly similar to those owned by SMRi.   The Kentucky group also agreed to accept a Consent Final Judgment and a Stipulated Permanent Judgment in favor of SMRi and paid the South Dakota community oriented non-profit an “undisclosed sum,” according to Dean Kinney, Chairperson of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc.

“Our organization is charged with promoting and enhancing the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally while providing a charitable return for the greater Sturgis area, and part of that responsibility is to protect the intellectual property of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. from unauthorized use, infringement and counterfeit goods and services,” said Kinney.

The lawsuit began several years ago when SMRi’s predecessor, the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce, became aware that the Kentucky event was continuing its unauthorized use even after an attempt by a former associate of the Kentucky organization to federally register the name “Little Sturgis” was rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Longtime Black Hills-area banker John E. Johnson, a board member of SMRi, said the group is committed to protecting the Sturgis Rally. “Tourism is extremely vital to the economy of the Black Hills, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a crown jewel for the industry,” Johnson said. “Motorcycle tourism in the Black Hills and the Sturgis® brand are both at risk if we allow unauthorized use of these valuable marks.  This is not something of importance to just Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. but indeed to the hundreds of Black Hills tourism businesses and jobs that exist, in part, because of the worldwide notoriety of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally.”

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. is the owner of the portfolio of trademarks and service marks related to the world-famous event, including the word marks STURGIS® and BLACK HILLS ® when used in connection with Rally goods and services.  The City of Sturgis is a licensee of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. and is authorized to sell sponsorships using the intellectual property of the organization.  SMRi also has about a dozen official licensees for a wide- variety of products.  Distributors and retailers of STURGIS® and BLACK HILLS® Rally-related merchandise can be certain they are purchasing authorized and officially licensed merchandise of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally, simply by sourcing it through a licensee.  “The tourism season is here,” commented Kinney “and we anticipate a strong year for the industry and especially for the hundreds of retailers that sell our products. We appreciate their business and that of the hundreds of thousands of consumers that seek out and purchase the products of this remarkable and historic brand.” Questions regarding the licensing program of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally can be directed to Lisa Weyer, a Licensing Agent for SMRI, at 605.347.5336 or Lisa.Weyer@SturgisProducts.com.

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Consent Judgment and Permanent Injunction – SMRi v Little Sturgis Rally & Races for Charity Inc. 05-23-11

 

Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson Club to be Showcased as Classic Club at 2011 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce that the Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson Club has been selected as the Classic Club for 2011 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 22-24, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

“Motorcycling history is rich with distinctive relationships that produced some of the most interesting examples of motorcycle technology,” said Jack Penton, AMA director of operations and Motorcycle Hall of Famer. “The Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson line of 1961-1978 certainly fits that description, and we’re pleased to provide attendees of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days an opportunity to appreciate these special motorcycles.”

The selection of the Classic Club complements the announcement of Kawasaki as the 2011 Marque of the Year for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. By honoring a Classic Club, the AMA continues a long-standing tradition of recognizing the many brands that are represented at America’s grandest celebration of motorcycle heritage.

“The legendary Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson Sprint CRTT flat-single racers were born in 1961 when the Italian factory Aermacchi entered into a financial relationship with Harley-Davidson,” said John Basore, who is working with the AMA to organize the Classic Club display. “The union led to the production of 65cc to 350cc street and racing motorcycles for AMA-sanctioned lightweight competition. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will be a rare opportunity for fans to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the birth of this unique brand.”

As this year’s Classic Club, Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson will be featured in a special display tent on the grounds of Mid-Ohio, and visitors will have a chance to see bikes, memorabilia and more relating to the rare motorcycles.

Those interested in displaying their vintage Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson or brand-related memorabilia as part of the Classic Club display can contact Basore at (336) 245-3594 or jfbasore@triad.rr.com.

Staged at the world-class Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features vintage and post-vintage competition in motocross, trials, hare scrambles, roadracing and dirt track. In addition to demo rides of current production bikes, the event includes North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, educational seminars, bike shows, motorcycling seminars, the new product Manufacturers’ Midway, and club corrals featuring marque and regional clubs.

Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which is located on the campus of the AMA in Pickerington, Ohio. The mission of the Hall of Fame is to celebrate, elucidate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America. Its exhibits honor the distinguished men and women whose competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship have played a vital role in shaping the sport, lifestyle and business of motorcycling. For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Hall of Fame’s website at MotorcycleMuseum.org.

For tickets to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, see MidOhio.com. For more information about the event, visit AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com.

Intel’s Tablet Equipped Motorcycle Finds Glass House

Intel’s embedded chopper now rests in a custom-designed display case in Chandler, Arizona

When Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper meet an untimely end on a deserted rural road in the classic 1960s film “Easy Rider,” one of their motorcycles is engulfed in flames as the camera pans skyward. It’s a good thing the Intel Chopper never met the same fate. Unlike the Harley Davidson Hydra-Glides in the film, this one never even saw the road.

It turns out the four motorcycles used in “Easy Rider” were former police bikes purchased at an auction for about $500 in the late ’60s. Having four bikes ensured backups so that shooting for the movie could continue in case one of them failed or was wrecked. One, the famous “Captain America” emblazoned with the American flag paint job, was demolished in the final scene, while the other three were stolen and likely sold off for parts before their significance in movie history was known.

In a bold but also somewhat offbeat move to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Intel’s embedded business in 2007, Intel built a custom-chopper that would make the original “Easy Rider” bikes look like kids’ stuff. After three decades of silicon innovation, the company wanted to celebrate by building a super-bike filled with all the latest innovations. It was sleek, flashy, filled with gadgets, and not very rider-friendly.

Read more @ Intel Newsroom

instaVIN™ Motorcycle History Reports Now Available through CycleTrader.com

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–instaVIN™ (https://www.instavin.com) is now offering for a limited time instaVIN Vehicle History and Title Reports for motorcycles to in-market consumers and motorcycle retailers via CycleTrader.com, a Dominion Enterprises company. CycleTrader is the leading classified marketplace for motorcycles with more than 150,000 dealer and private seller listings.

“CycleTrader.com and instaVIN are providing their users a unique, patent pending, report buying experience”

instaVIN reports provide DMV title, salvage, insurance, total loss and other critical information to help identify title problems prior to purchase. This can help uncover potential buyer or seller fraud or expose other “worst of the worst” events that can affect a motorcycle’s safety and value. Vehicle details decoded from the vehicle identification number (VIN) such as year, make and model enable users to confirm the vehicle is properly represented.

Links to instaVIN reports are available on CycleTrader.com’s ad listings and resource pages as well as other locations on the CycleTrader.com site for a limited time. “CycleTrader.com and instaVIN are providing their users a unique, patent pending, report buying experience,” said Jim Irish, CEO of instaVIN. “This unique user interface provides a remarkably simple order process and ensures the proper vehicle is represented to the buyer. Users can purchase a report by entering a VIN number, then get the report instantly. They can also pre-purchase and return to www.instavin.com later when they have their VIN number available.”

When shopping for their next motorcycle during the limited time offer, buyers can purchase a single report for just $6.99. If they are looking at multiple bikes, they can select the 5 for $24.99 option, saving nearly 30%. Motorcycle dealers and private sellers can build buyer confidence by ensuring that the motorcycle they are selling is free of hidden problems. Sellers can share the instaVIN report with potential buyers by linking to the report on their CycleTrader.com ad listing.

InstaVIN reports contain information and data from private sources and through a partnership with the Department of Justice and AAMVA who administer the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS). NMVTIS is the only vehicle history database in which all states, insurance carriers and junk salvage yards are required by federal law to report their data.

In addition to the insurance total loss and salvage auction information, instaVIN reports provide all state DMV title brand indicators such as salvage, odometer, rollback, rental vehicle, police use and flood, as well as title history, odometer history, vehicle specifications and accident information where available. Understanding a vehicle’s history is a critical step in any motorcycle purchase whether you are a dealer at auction or a consumer buying a used bike. Over 100 key data indicators are checked on every report. Visithttps://www.instavin.com/ct.php.

About instaVIN™

instaVIN™ provides vehicle history reports with critical data including real-time Government Title and Brand information and Junk/Salvage/Insurance Total Loss records. instaVIN reports include the most comprehensive, up-to-date data, all at a fraction of the cost of competitive reports such as CARFAX® and AutoCheck®. instaVIN offers reports on passenger cars and light trucks, modern and vintage motorcycles, RVs, buses, classic cars and heavy trucks. instaVIN has other products available at www.instavin.com such as a complete Bill of Sale Document service to protect you when buying or selling a vehicle between private parties. Also available is the Vehicle Valuator, a free tool that provides the average local retail asking price for similar vehicles in your area. Please see https://www.instavin.com.

instaVIN is a dba of MobileTrac, LLC, a San Diego, CA based company.

About CycleTrader.com

Cycle Trader, a division of Dominion Enterprises, is the leading powersports marketplace connecting buyers and sellers to new and used motorcycles, ATVs, PWCs, and snowmobiles. With more than 150,000 vehicles available, Cycle Trader offers the widest selection of powersports vehicles online. Visit http://www.CycleTrader.com.

About Dominion Enterprises

Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services company serving the automotive, enthusiast and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, and employment industries. The company’s businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, CRM, Web site design and hosting, and data management services. The company has more than 40 market-leading Web sites reaching more than 17.6 million unique visitors monthly, and more than 280 magazines with a weekly circulation of 2.4 million. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., the company has 4,900 employees in more than 186 offices nationwide. For more information, visithttp://www.dominionenterprises.com.

 

Ride before you buy it

Roswell, Georgia. Killer Creek H-D, 11480 Alpharetta Highway.  Come to Demo Day at Killer Creek Harley-Davidson and demo a new 2012 Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. 12:30- 4:30pm. Free. Demo Day is held the 2nd Sunday of each month. Pre-Registration is suggested. FMI 770-777-1000 or www.killercreekharley.com

Ride before you buy it

Roswell, Georgia. Killer Creek H-D, 11480 Alpharetta Highway.  Come to Demo Day at Killer Creek Harley-Davidson and demo a new 2012 Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. 12:30- 4:30pm. Free. Demo Day is held the 2nd Sunday of each month. Pre-Registration is suggested. FMI 770-777-1000 or www.killercreekharley.com

Veteran’s Day Sales

Roswell, Georgia. Killer Creek H-D, 11480 Alpharetta Highway.  At Killer Creek Harley-Davidson, we honor all of our Veterans and Active Military every day, but this sale is special! Come in for our Veteran’s Day Sales. Details TBA soon. FMI 770-777-1000 or www.killercreekharley.com

Employee Costume Contest Vote

Roswell, Georgia. Killer Creek H-D, 11480 Alpharetta Highway. Come into Killer Creek Harley-Davidson and vote for your employee costume at our annual Employee Costume Contest. All voters will be entered to win a $25 KCHD gift card. FMI 770-777-1000 or www.killercreekharley.com

Ride for America

Loganville, Georgia. American Legion Post 233, 4635 Hwy 78. Benefits legacy fund providing scholarships for children of fallen solders since 9/11. Ride leaves at 9:30 sharp for ceremony in Madison then return for food, beverages, live music, and more. Rain or shine. $10/rider, $5/passenger. Doors open 7:45 am. FMI 770-231-6314 or www.rideforamerica.org