Leno’s Pre Ride Joke Turns Prophetic

Jay Leno makes his living making others laugh.  But, at the end of the 2012 Love Ride nobody was laughing, least of all Jay Leno.

A male motorcyclist and his female passenger died after hitting a big-rig truck on the northbound Golden State Freeway at Branford Street near Pacoima. The two, believed to be in their 40s, were pronounced dead at the scene.  Prior to the start, Leno, who was acting as the Grand Marshal of the parade, made a tongue in cheek reference to the event’s impressive safety record.  “Every year, [the organizer] says, ‘Drive safe.”  “I’m gonna say, ‘Don’t drive safe.’  I wanna see somebody go down.  So it’ll be fun.  I want it to be in front or behind me and see a whole row of bikes go down.  Get drunk, fall off the road.  We’ve all become too damn polite…we haven’t had one incident.”

According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, Leno helped an unnamed motorcyclist who wrecked and accompanied him to  Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills.  The hospital did not release the name of the injured motorcyclist or his condition. * UPDATED According to Motorcycleusa.com, the injured man was Tom Kershaw, an associate of Leno, and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Founded in 1984 by Oliver Shokouh, owner of Glendale Harley-Davidson, the Love Ride benefits Autism Speaks, a New York-based autism research and advocacy group.

Jay Leno nor his publicist, Dick Guttman was immediately available for comment and the comedian has not issued a statement regarding his pre-ride joke or the accident.

Indian Announces 2012 Models and Pricing

When Polaris Industries bought the iconic Indian brand in April of this year it was wildly speculated that Polaris would introduce sweeping changes to the marquee.  At the dealer meeting the new models were unveiled and there were very few changes evident.  This wasn’t surprising to industry watchers.  It takes time to overhaul designs.  Major engine architecture modifications, if that’s the direction Polaris is going, won’t be seen for at least another year.

Gone is the Indian RoadMaster, and there’s no Indian Scout, despite internet rumors to the contrary.

Yet with only three new models, there is little doubt they’ve felt the strong hand of legendary Polaris engineering.  Behind the scenes in the areas of quality, fit and finish these 2012 models are sure to be vastly improved  across the board.

Pictures and More after the poll

Retail prices have remained somewhat constant from last year.  The Vintage Chief starts at $35,999 and tops out at $36,899.  The Indian Chief Classic retails at $26,499 and the Indian Chief Darkhorse is just shy of $28,000.

Additionally for the first model year under this new stewardship, the inaugural motorcycles will be numbered to 110 – signifying the years since the Indian Motorcycle brand was born. These numbered motorcycles will be highly collectible with badges and certificates authenticating the historical significance of the first production run of bikes under Polaris ownership.

 

 

 

 

The Antics Continue On Season Three at the Full Throttle Saloon

Sturgis, SD — Full Throttle Saloon founder Michael Ballard, and Tru-TV have announced that Full Throttle Saloon will return to the air on November 30th at 10PM EST for season three. The drama that unfolds this year as the cast takes on staging Michael Ballard’s Full Throttle Saloon for the 71st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally goes to a whole new level from what has been witnessed in the past.

 

Michael Ballard heads up the demented circus at The Full Throttle Saloon

In Sturgis, The Throttle is the “World’s Largest Biker Bar,” a 30-acre enormous indoor/outdoor bar with several large stages, a burn-out pit, a tattoo parlor, zip lines, a wrestling ring, restaurants, dozens of stores, hundreds of cabins for rent and parking for thousands of bikes. It opens for only two weeks annually around the rally, and the indelible color of the sights and sounds of Sturgis are documented and aired on the Tru-TV series.

After taking on the corporate competition last year and coming out ahead, best friends Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree, alongside Ballard’s long-time girlfriend Angie Carlson, have upped the ante this year to deliver the ultimate Full Throttle experience. As Ballard faces the challenges of delivering a profit with an economic downturn, there is no shortage of drama as the season unfolds. The constant challenges of managing a personal relationship with both his girlfriend and best friend, while maintaining his focus on the business yields many tough moments to navigate through during this season.

Story lines for season three include Michael, Angie and Dupree’s attempt to rededicate the Sturgis Rally back to the family who started the gathering, once again having the event known as the Pappy Hoel Motorcycle Rally, activities altruistically taken to celebrate the troops and in turn generate tens of thousands of dollars to support Wounded Warriors, and the ensuing chaos when Dupree (assisted by stunt legend Hal Needham) explores plans to jump from the legendary Bismarck Bridge Ballard meticulously had relocated to the grounds of the Full Throttle Saloon. The characters that come together once a year and become Michael Ballard’s Full Throttle Saloon family are each indelible in their own rite. Together, they become a menagerie of personalities that deliver a viewing experience that is filled with moments of euphoria, despondency, love, hate, and together a program that is as engaging as any on television.

Click here to read the interview he gave USRN last year.

Season three also captures an amazing line-up of talent on-site this past August including Ted Nugent, Hinder, Jackyl, and others, alongside Angie’s Flaunt Girls, a one-man band, assorted freak shows, and acrobatic pole dancers.

Ballard shares, “This season we are giving the phrase taking it to the next level a whole new meaning.” Dupree echoes the sentiments in offering, “The Throttle is beyond Thunder Dome for people who love beautiful women Hot Bikes and Rock & Roll.” While Angie has the final word stating, “We are proud to be rededicating the Rally back to Pappy and Pearl it is Pappy’s Rally.”

For background Pappy and Pearl Hoel started the rally in Sturgis, SD which has now been running for 71 years. Michael Ballard, Angie Carlson and Jesse James Dupree have always maintained not only a relationship, but a partnership with the Hoel family. In managing the name, the likenesses, and the brand, the duo oversee and preserve the integrity of anything that the city or Sturgis Museum may wish to use in telling the story of the rally in relation to Pappy and Pearl.

This year prior to the rally held in August, Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree headed to Laconia, NH with three tractor trailer rigs in tow. The caravan travelled 2000 miles and erected Michael Ballard’s Full Throttle Saloon in all its glory for the Laconia Rally June 11-19. For the coming calendar year, there a multiple initiatives in play to bring the Full Throttle experience to cities across the U.S. These plans will be announced shortly.

Currently seen in 91 million U.S. households the 17-year-old network Tru-TV features high-stakes, action-packed originals that give viewers access to places and situations they can’t normally experience.

 


SUZUKI INTRODUCES NEW 2012 GSX-R1000 AT ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

2012 GSX R1000

2012 GSX R1000

BREA, Calif. October 24, 2011 –Suzuki is pleased to introduce the new 2012 GSX-R1000 model to the 2012 Suzuki motorcycle lineup. The new model was introduced to an assembly of national dealers at Suzuki’s annual business meeting held this year at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

As the flagship model in the GSX-R lineup, the new 2012 GSX-R1000 continues in the GSX-R tradition of applying Suzuki racing technology to produce class-leading production models.

“We are proud to introduce the new 2012 GSX-R1000,” said Suzuki Senior Communications Manager Steve Bortolamedi, “this new GSX-R model reflects decades of development through on-track domination around the world and the latest model continues the GSX-R1000’s legacy of championship-winning performance by integrating race-developed technology into our class-leading products.”

The 2012 GSX-R1000 boasts a number of new features including lightweight radial-mount Brembo monobloc front brake calipers, a new lightweight single-muffler exhaust system, updated engine design with lighter, more durable pistons and higher compression ratio, aggressive new styling and an overall weight savings of over 4-lbs from the previous GSX-R1000 model. These changes improve both the handling and performance of the model to reinforce its position as a purpose-built machine designed to Own The Racetrack.

The 2012 GSX-R1000 model is scheduled to arrive in Suzuki dealerships in early 2012.

More information about the 2012 GSX-R1000 and other 2012 models can be found at: www.suzukicycles.com

Harley-Davidson Recalls Quarter Million Units for Brake Light Issue

Harley-Davidson is recalling over a quarter of a million CVO, Touring and Trike models manufactured from 2008, to 2010 for problems with the rear brake light switch. According to the official recall notice,  250,757 models were manufactured in a way in which the switch can be affected by heat from the exhaust causing it not to work or to activate when no brake has been applied.  The problem could also cause a brake fluid leak, affecting the brake’s performance, which could result in a crash.

click here for a downloadable PDF.  recall

How One Designer Envisions The Motorcycle of the Future

If form follows thought, or thought precedes all action, Matthew Law dreams the dreams of those living in the movie world of Tron.  His concept of what the future of motorcycles may very well turn out to be true, but the manufacturers of today still have a long way to go to get us there, especially the Harley-Davidson Motor Company.   Even with the V-Rod’s departure from the traditional lines of Milwaukee’s retro style, it’s going to take a big leap for HD to reach this design platform.  To see more of Law’s vision, click here .

Police Fear Hells Angels May Have Killed Own Member Over Funeral Shooting

Police in San Jose California believe Hells Angels member Steven Ruiz may be dead and they think his fellow club members may have killed him.  According to published reports, a fight broke out at Saturday’s funeral for Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew, who had been the president of the club’s San Jose chapter. Pettigrew was killed last month during a brawl at a Nevada casino with the Vagos MC.

After allowing the mourners to leave the crime scene, (highly unusual in itself) authorities dug up the gravesite of Pettigrew searching for Ruiz, or other evidence, because the club and family members buried the deceased coffin, instead of cemetery workers.  Ruiz has still not been located.  Read the entire story here

Exotic Animal Owner Also Ran Motorcycle Shop

A Zanesville Ohio man, who police say released his exotic animal collection on an unsuspecting public and committed suicide, at one time owned a motorcycle shop called T’s World, according to published reports.

Officials said that the animals, which included lions, tigers, and bears as well as numerous wolves and monkeys, had been set free by their owner, Terry Thompson, before he killed himself on Tuesday evening.

Information uncovered online showed the motorcycle shop to have between 1 and 4 employees, with revenues under $500,000. Neighbors said Thompson also flew planes, sold guns and raced boats.  No one has answered the phone at the motorcycle dealership since the news broke of the animals release and Thompson’s suicide.