State of Jefferson Spring Opener Run

Klamath River, California. Presented by State of Jefferson Brotherhood MC. Bike games, poker run in the Marble Mtns., beer, food, live music Sat. and Sun., plus on-site camping (RVs ok). $40/single, $60/couple, $15/day pass, 21 and over only. Gates open Sat. 8 am. FMI 530-465-2033 or www.stateofjeffersonmc.com

Atlanta Bike Festival

Marietta, Georgia. Jim Miller Exhibition Park, 2245 Callaway Rd. 80 Acre Facility: Bands, DJs, Beauty Pageant, Good Food & Specialized Shows.  Tickets: $18 per day, 2 day pass $25. FMI 404-344-9770 or www.atlbikefest.com

Fallen Warriors Memorial Poker Run

El Dorado Hills, California. Presented by Fallen Warriors Memorial Organization. Benefits high school scholarships to honor fallen heroes. Poker runs starting throughout Sacramento, Placer and El Dorado counties (check website for locations) followed by bike judging, food, prizes, vendors, classic car show, and more. $25/single, $40/2-up. Sign in 8 am. Ends at town center El Dorado Hills. FMI 916-990-4938 or www.fallenwarriorsmemorial.org

North Meets South HOG Event

Concord, California. Hilton Hotel, 1970 Diamond Blvd. Presented by Mt. Diablo H.O.G. Fri. welcome, poker walk, rides, competition, and H.O.G. family fun. H.O.G. members $40, includes pin, patch, Sat. dinner, and festivities. Register Fri. night or Sat. morning. FMI 925-427-4155 or www.northmeetssouth2011.com

Early American Motorcycle Pioneer to be Inducted into Motorcycle Hall of Fame

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the fourth member of the class of 2011: Norbert Schickel, an innovative designer and builder in the early years of American motorcycle manufacturing.

As the founder of Schickel Motor Co., Schickel was part of the motorcycle design boom that occurred in the United States between 1905 and 1915. He will be honored at the 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony as part of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Legends & Champions Weekend at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 18-20.

“It’s fitting for the Motorcycle Hall of Fame to reach back 100 years in time and honor one of the true pioneers of American motorcycling,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which raises money for the Hall of Fame. “The Hall of Fame honors and memorializes the men and women who have made motorcycling great. And without early pioneers like Norbert Schickel, there would be no American motorcycling.”

Schickel’s vision and designs were evident in the two-cycle motorcycles that he developed. He also helped popularize the twist grip control and had a patented “spring fork front suspension” and “fly wheel magneto.”

Schickel unveiled his first motorcycle at the 1911 Chicago Motorcycle Show, and Schickel Motor Co. began producing motorcycles in 1912 in Stamford, Conn. The company sold more than 1,000 motorcycles, but was forced to file for bankruptcy and close its doors in 1924 due to competition from the automobile industry and other motorcycle manufacturers.

“It was an incredible thrill to learn that he has been selected for the Motorcycle Hall of Fame,” said Ken Anderson, Schickel’s grandson. “He would be thrilled and humbled. If he were here, he would say there are many others who are more deserving.”

Norbert H. Schickel, President, Founder, Designer, Manager, inspecting engine parts probably about 1916.

Schickel is the fourth member of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2011 to be announced. He joins magazine editor and innovator Phil Schilling, industry leader Fred Fox and roadracing champion Doug Polen. The final 2011 inductee will be announced in coming days.

The Class of 2011 will officially be inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame on Nov. 18. Other highlights of the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend include the 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, Nov. 19, featuring some of the country’s most impressive original and restored classic motorcycles and the AMA Racing Championship Banquet on Sunday, Nov. 20, where AMA Racing amateur champions of all ages will be recognized for their 2011 accomplishments.

Tickets for the AMA Legends & Champions weekend are now available through this online registration form: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vw9ldxbab&oeidk=a07e3rn4juk2e3f80c1. Tickets may be ordered over the phone by calling (800) 262-5646.

The AMA Legends & Champions Weekend also includes the final round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross National Championship Series on Saturday evening, Nov. 19. EnduroCross tickets are available atwww.orleansarena.com/event-calendar/endurocross or by phone at (702) 284-7777 or (888) 234-2334.

The AMA Legends & Champions Weekend will be held at the Las Vegas Red Rock Resort, a world-class spa, hotel and casino, featuring a range of entertainment, dining and family-friendly attractions. The facility’s expansive ballrooms provide a stunning backdrop for the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, which is certain to be memorable for the 2011 inductees, champions, families, friends and fans. Room reservations are available now at a special group rate by calling (866) 767-7773 and referencing group AMA or AMERICANMOTO. Online room reservations are available at RedRockLasVegas.com. For online reservations, use the promo code RCIMOTR.

More information about the Motorcycle Hall of Fame can be found at MotorcycleMuseum.org.

About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Hall of Fame’s three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The Motorcycle Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering. More information can be found atMotorcycleMuseum.org.

New Motorcycle Plate To Honor Veterans

BRATTLEBORO — The Vermont Legislature approved a bill during the 2011 session to create a special motorcycle license plate honoring the state’s veterans and active military service men and women.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, a first-term Democrat, signed the bill into law on Tuesday during a ceremony in Rutland.

The license measure, originally a House proposal, was added into a Senate bill later in the 2011 session. It allows the commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue the special plates to veterans and members of the United States Armed Forces for use on motorcycles and similar vehicles.

According to the finalized legislation, the commissioner will determine the type and style of the plate, although there is a requirement that an American flag, or a military-related emblem shall appear on one side of the plate. At a minimum, emblems will be available to recognize recipients of the Purple Heart, Pearl Harbor survivors, former prisoners of war and disabled veterans.

The governor’s office reported the plate will feature an American flag similar to the existing U.S. Veteran recognition plate available for cars and trucks.

“Vermont’s troops deserve our support and recognition,” Shumlin said. “These license plates are one way we can honor our veterans who have served our state proudly in protecting our freedom.”

State Rep. Michael Hebert, a Vernon Republican and Marine veteran, said since there are roughly 20 different specialty plates already in Vermont, it was appropriate to honor veterans with a motorcycle plate as well.

“A lot of vets ride bikes, and I thought it was a good thing to do and I was really happy to sponsor that,” Hebert said. “From my experience being in the military in the 1960s, anything we can do to honor vets, I’m on top of. Being a vet from the 1960s was not always the most pleasant experience, so I really think we should do all we can for veterans, especially the guys who are volunteering now.”

While the legislation establishes a special plate for motorcycle operators, it also permits current Armed Forces members to obtain veteran recognition license plates. Vermont’s law previously required active members to separate from military service before they were eligible for the recognition plates.

Commander Richard Guthrie of Brattleboro’s American Legion Post No. 5 said there are a lot of veteran organizations throughout the state and country who do excellent charity work through motorcycle rides.

“We see the fire department plate, police department, the Blue Knights [a motorcycle club made up of current and retired law enforcement officers], and now we have a lot of veteran riders, too, that do tremendous work for American Legion foundations and so forth,” Guthrie said.

“So anything that brings out significant attention to veterans in front of you, it’s a good way to quietly give them thanks for their service,” he added. “Every little bit helps. Many of these veterans, especially in the later wars of Vietnam, Korea and Afghanistan and Iraq — the toll that it has taken on their mental life and their families, they need all the recognition they can get.”

Other veterans organizations worked for the passage of the legislation, including the Vietnam Veterans of America Rutland Chapter.

“The veterans in Vermont are proud of their service to this country. This is just another way of showing how proud we are of veterans, and how many of us there are,” said president Adrian Megrath of the Rutland chapter.

Shumlin signed the bill at the chapter’s office.

Vermont’s DMV said military personnel and veterans can apply for the new plates beginning July 1.

“We would not be accepting any applications until July 1, and there’s no additional fee for the veterans motorcycle plates,” said a DMV customer service representative. “They will just have to have their form signed by the Veterans Affairs, like they normally would for any other vehicle, like a car or a truck.”

The Office of Veterans Affairs said the plates are a great way to establish contact with veterans who have never applied for benefits, especially Vermont National Guard members now returning from deployment to Afghanistan.

“Within a month of their return, about 10 percent of those who deployed came to our office to get an Afghanistan Campaign Plate,” said Clayton Clark, director of Veterans Services, said in a statement. “This gives us an opportunity to both show our appreciation and talk to them about any assistance they may need.”

 

H-D Hits the Road this Summer With Willie Nelson’s Country Throw-down Tour

MILWAUKEE (May 23, 2011) – Two American icons, outlaw country music and Harley-Davidson Motor Company, launch the summer concert season this Memorial Day weekend with Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown tour. This second annual outdoor music tour mixes some of the hottest young artists in country music with the rogue roots of Harley-Davidson and America.

 

“Harley-Davidson and Country Throwdown represent the true essence of the American spirit, one that is deeply rooted in freedom and self-expression with a rebel spirit that never dies.” says Amanda Lee, Communications Manager at Harley-Davidson. “This spirit burns across generations and is one of the reasons why Harley-Davidson is the number one selling on-street motorcycle among Young Adults age 18-34 in the U.S.”

 

Harley-Davidson’s Golden Horse Saloon will be on site to rev up the action at each Country Throwdown tour stop. Tour headliners include Jamey Johnson, Lee Brice, Randy Houser and the legendary Willie Nelson. Randy Houser, fellow H-D rider, will be onsite at the Golden Horse Saloon before each of his performances to sign autographs and mingle with fans. Guests have the opportunity to swing their leg over a selection of Harley-Davidson motorcycles on display, including some of the newest additions to the Dark Custom family of bikes. Those who want to take the first step toward riding can feel the thrill of the throttle, fire up the engine and shift through the gears on a real Harley-Davidson motorcycle with JUMPSTART, Harley’s signature stationary riding experience – no license or riding experience required. There will also be VIP motorcycle parking for all those who already roll on two wheels.

 

Country Throwdown kicks off May 27th in Philadelphia, Pa., with 25 stops across America throughout June. The tour concludes July 4th with a wrap party at historic Billy Bob’s inFort Worth, Texas. For more information on Country Throwdown and to find a tour stop near you, visit: www.h-d.com/throwdown

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