Montana motorcyclists Ride Coast-To-Coast To Help Rebuild Church

Two guys from Montana along with 3 from California and 1 from Iowa will take off from Seattle, Washington on June 4, 2012 at 8 a.m. and head for Florida. The riders will make stops in Missoula, Montana; Spearfish and Sioux Falls, South Dakota; St. Louis, Missouri; Jonesboro, Georgia and  Daytona Beach, Florida.

Their plan is to reach Salute’ on the Beach in Key West, Florida by June 10, 2012.

Riding4aMiracle is to raise awareness and funds for Set Free Ministries. The non-profit organization will need $250,000 to purchase a new building. “With this fundraiser, we want to give people a hand up and not a hand out with different programs that we offer,” says Pastor JT, Senior Pastor of Set Free Ministries. “We are so excited to see how this cross-country adventure will impact people right here in our own Great Falls community.”

To follow the men on their trip, go to www.riding4amiracle.com. You can also make donations online or by mail: Set Free Ministries Riding4aMiracle P.O. Box 6122, Great Falls, MT 59406. Contact Pastor JT by calling
406-453-4479 or pasjt@aol.com

Win a Customized Victory and Epiphone Guitar with The Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes ®

Sturgis, S.D. (March 5, 2012) – The Sturgis Buffalo Chip, the largest music festival in motorcycling™, today announced the Sturgis Rider® Sweepstakes where one lucky Buffalo Chip® visitor will take home a newly customized Victory Cross Roads motorcycle and matching Epiphone Les Paul Studio guitar.  The winner will be announced live on the main concert stage of the Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on Friday, August 10, 2012 prior to the headlining performance by Sugarland. Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes registrations may now be made at www.buffalochip.com for this one of a kind prize package that combines the world of music and motorcycling.

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally’s flagship entertainment venue, partnered with Victory Motorcycles, Klock Werks Kustom Cycles and Epiphone Guitar to create the free entry Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes as a unique thank you to all the tourists and enthusiasts who register for the contest as well as visit the Black Hills of South Dakota each August during the Sturgis Rally.

“The Buffalo Chip has the most passionate and loyal motorcycle riders in the world. The Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes is just one of many ways to thank all the fans and supporters.” Said Rod Woodruff, owner of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Last year’s Sweepstakes was a roaring success, and we can’t wait to see a fan walk away with this year’s one of a kind bike and guitar. The Chip family grows each year, and having partners like Victory, Klock Werks and Epiphone to help throw the Best Party Anywhere ® and keeps the Buffalo Chip atop the list of biker destinations.”

The Victory Cross Roads is being customized by the famed Klock Werks Kustom Cycles shop in Mitchell, S.D. Starting off Victory Motorcycles touring bike model the Cross Roads, the Klock Werks team turn this road bike into a true one of a kind custom machine. The Epiphone Les Paul Studio guitar, which will also be customized by the Klock Werks, is an innovation of Les Paul’s classic dream guitar. Introduced in the early 1980s, the Epiphone Les Paul Studio instantly became a fan favorite, and today’s guitar is still a classic favorite. Both the bike and guitar will be one-of-a-kind pieces that will help commemorate one lucky winner’s 2012 journey to the Black Hills and the Buffalo Chip.

Fans of the Legendary Buffalo Chip can register to win the Klock Werks customized Victory Cross Roads and Epiphone Les Paul Studio by clicking www.buffalochip.com/EVENTS/contests/bikegiveaway.aspx.  “Our crown jewel summer event is the Sturgis Rally for sure,” said Steve Menneto of Victory Motorcycles. “We are pulling out all of the stops for 2012, and are happy to be part of the build again this year. I’m sure the Klocks and the Buffalo Chip will up the ante over last year and we are looking forward to riding with Victory fans again.”
The Legendary Buffalo Chip has been offering its guests a true Sturgis motorcycling experience for more than 30 years with its premium camping resort and world class entertainment. Among the headline act taking the Chip stage in 2012 is Lynyrd Skynyrd, Boston and the Zac Brown Band with more performers to be announced soon. Visit www.buffalochip.com now or call (605) 347 9000 to make your reservations for the 72nd annual Sturgis Rally at “The Best Party Anywhere! ™”
The public is invited to follow the Buffalo Chip Challenge build at http://www.facebook.com/SturgisLegendsRide, where pictures and video of the Buffalo Chip Challenge will be published, or to get more information and make reservations for the Legends Ride by visiting www.buffalochip.com.

Fatal Wrecks in Single Digits During 2012 Bike Week

Despite the record warm temperatures for the 2012 Daytona Bike Week, there were half as many fatalities than six years ago when Bike Week deaths reached an all time high of 16.

This year’s event was moved a week later in the calendar because of the Daytona 500 being scheduled a week later than in years past.  It was the first time in recent memory that the final weekend of Bike Week, St. Patrick’s Day and College Spring Break all occurred on the same weekend.  Vendors on Main Street reported that the crowds were the largest they have ever seen at the spring classic.

Fortunately the mixture of college kids and motorcyclists did not contribute to more motorcycle accidents or deaths.  According to published reports a total of eight motorcycle-related deaths have been reported in Volusia and Flagler during Bike Week 2012.

The last two accidents that claimed the lives of two motorcyclists happened on Saturday night, around 9pm.  The first was when 77 year old Barbara Dunn of Chatham Massachusetts allegedly veered into the southbound lane of State Rd A1A around 9pm into the path of 3 motorcyclists, killing Charles Bixler of Concord N.C.  The other two motorcyclists ran off the road and were taken to Halifax Health Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.   Dunn was arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter.

The other accident happened shortly afterwards on U.S. 1 in Ormond beach when 78 year old Charles Fuller turned left onto Airport Road into the path of Anthony Fretto, of Square N.Y.   According to police reports Fuller left the scene and drove home but was arrested shortly afterwards.

A few days before Bike Week began, Amber Briton, 51 of Las Vegas NV, co-founder of Diamond Heads was killed when an SUV plowed into the back of the motorcycle she was riding on with her husband.

According to published reports, no fatalities occurred on Sunday, the final day of Daytona’s Bike Week.

Willie G. Davidson Announces Retirement

MILWAUKEE, March 16, 2012 USRiderNews:  After nearly 50 years as head of styling, Willie G. Davidson is retiring from Harley-Davidson HOG +0.01%April 30, 2012. 

Willie G., Senior Vice President and Chief Styling Officer, is widely recognized as a legend in the world of motorcycling and motorcycle design. He will continue his involvement with the company as an ambassador at motorcycle rallies and events, and through special design projects as Chief Styling Officer Emeritus.

“Throughout my life, I have been truly fortunate to have the opportunity to marry my passion for design with my love for this amazing brand that runs so deeply in my veins,” Willie G. said. “What’s most rewarding has been to see the impact our motorcycles have on the lives of our customers. Everything we do in styling is based on the notion that form follows function, but both report to emotion.”

Over the course of his career, Willie G., 78, built a design team at Harley-Davidson that established the company’s unrivaled leadership in custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles. Today, the styling department is led by 19-year company veteran Ray Drea, Vice President and Director of Styling, who has worked collaboratively with Willie G. in the development of numerous milestone vehicles.

“It has been my privilege to work alongside many incredibly talented people at this company and I have great confidence the future of Harley-Davidson’s design leadership will continue to grow in its pre-eminence,” Willie G. said. “I look forward to spending time with riders at rallies and to my involvement in special design projects.”

“Few individuals have the kind of impact on an organization, a brand and a lifestyle that Willie G. has had,” said Keith Wandell, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc. “Everyone with a love for motorcycles owes a great deal to his vision and talent, and all of us have been blessed by his presence. His legacy will continue to grow, thanks to the talent he has nurtured in the Harley-Davidson styling studio.”

Willie G. has long served as ambassador of Harley-Davidson at rallies around the world – meeting riders, talking to customers, lending his famous signature to jackets, and setting an example of being close to the customer that has become one of the hallmarks of the company.

Grandson of one of the company’s founders, William A. Davidson, and son of William H. Davidson, its second president, Willie G. joined the company as its first head of styling in 1963. With responsibility for the look of all Harley-Davidson motorcycles, landmark motorcycles to emerge from Willie G’s styling studio team include the Super Glide, which established the factory custom category in 1971, Low Rider, Heritage Softail Classic, Fat Boy, V-Rod and Street Glide. He is one of 13 Harley-Davidson executives who purchased the company from AMF, Inc. in 1981.

Own a Piece of Dead History

SAN FRANCISCO.-  On May 8, the worldwide auction house Bonhams will present the Visions of Garcia auction, featuring guitars and on-of-a-kind memorabilia from the late Grateful Dead front man, Jerry Garcia.  Deadheads will note the auction is set on thee 35th anniversary of the famous 5-8-77 Cornell show in the band’s home town of San Francisco. Held live in San Francisco and simulcast in New York, collectors will be bidding on items including Mood River, one of only five known original oil paintings by Garcia, circa 1959. Given to his brother as a gift many years ago, the painting depicts a blue-yellow sky, pink hills and multi-colored terrain (est. $100,000-$150,000). and the original preliminary cover art of the well-known Europe 72 double live album, featuring a foot stepping out from under a rainbow over the Earth (est. $100,000-$150,000).

Biker Deadheads will salivate over the 1983  Garcia-owned FXRS Harley Davidson, featured on the cover of the book Playing in the Band by David Gans (est. $40,000-$60,000). For more info or to see the illustrated catalogue for the sale which will be available online in the preceding weeks, for review and purchase surf on over to www.bonhams.com.

 


Virginia Outlaws Motorcycle Only Checkpoints

Virginia is latest state to ban "motorcycle only" checkpoints.

In a victory for motorcyclists, Virginia is the latest state to bar motorcycle-only checkpoints, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

On Feb. 28, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law H.B. 187, which was introduced by Delegate C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah). The new law, which takes effect July 1, prohibits law enforcement agencies from establishing checkpoints where the only vehicles subject to inspection are motorcycles.

The measure was introduced after the Arlington County Police Department set up a motorcycle-only checkpoint during the Rolling Thunder ride on May 28, 2011, that brings awareness to prisoner of war/missing in action (POW/MIA) issues.

Similar laws have been enacted in New Hampshire and North Carolina.

“Officials say they set up these motorcycle-only checkpoints to pull over motorcyclists to check for safety violations,” said Rick Podliska, a Virginia resident and AMA deputy director of government relations. “But if officials are really concerned about motorcyclists’ safety, then they need to stop discriminating against us with these checkpoints and start supporting programs that prevent motorcycle crashes, such as rider safety training and driver awareness programs.”

 


Brando Enterprises Give Harley-Davidson the Boot

Screen legend Marlon Brando helped make the leather jacket and jack boot the “uniform” of the biker culture in his portrayal of Johnny Strabler in the movie “The Wild One.”

Brando Enterprises Sued Harley-Davidson Over a model of boots HD called "The Brando"

The iconic image is so closely tied to the culture that in 2010 when Harley-Davidson released a new boot similar in style to the pair made famous by the screen legend, the company thought it would honor the actor by calling their boots “The Brando.”

The only problem was the marketing department forgot to check with the legal department and nobody checked with the estate of the late actor.

Brando Enterprises has authorized the use of his name in connection with Triumph motorcycles, MasterCard, and Dolce & Gabbana but not Harley-Davidson.

According to papers filed in court, Brando Enterprises said, ‘They (Harley-Davidson) have been aggressive protecting its own intellectual property from perceived infringements and should have known better.”

Once the suit was filed, Harley moved quickly to remove the boots from its online stores and dealer shelves.

On March 7th the two sides agreed to settle out of court. The terms of the deal were not immediately released but the settlement marks the second major win for Brando Enterprises in its protection of the brand. It had previously sued Ashley Furniture Industries for selling a line of sofas and sectionals known as the “Brando.” The lawsuit closed after Ashley agreed to hand over $356,000 while not admitting any liability on Brando’s claims.

While The Wild One has become synonymous with biker culture, it was Triumphs and not Harley-Davidsons that featured prominently in the 1953 film.


Diamond Heads Founder In Wreck; Wife Killed

 

Image from Hot Bike

Keith A. Brinton, 51, of Las Vegas, the founder of Diamond Heads was riding with his wife Amber Brinton, when the couple was struck from behind by an SUV on Wednesday March 7th, two days before the official start of Daytona Bike Week  Amber Brinton was later pronounced dead at Halifax Heath while Keith was hospitalized in stable condition.  The couple was northbound on Ridgewood Ave around 8:15 pm near Herbert Street.

A Lincoln Expedition, operated by South Daytona resident Judy L. Anderson, 64, collided with the Brintons and another rider,  Charles D. Kinard, of Inman, S.C.   Kinard was not injured in the accident.

Police have not charged Anderson and the case remains under investigation.

Motorcycle History Buffs Rejoice!

Transcript below the video

Let’s face it. History can be boring. In a country where attention deficit has been described as a national epidemic, a 30 minute television show devoid of celebrities judging something, or adultery and drunkenness among suburban housewives is going to be a tough sell to Hollywood.

Stan Ellsworth, host of American Ride on BYUTV

But history can be fascinating, especially when it’s presented by 6’ 2” 300 lb, former NFL lineman Stan Ellsworth. Ellsworth, using the “open road” as a metaphor for freedom, travels the blacktop ribbons of the USA, and passionately narrates the quintessential story of America.

Right now the show is only available on BYU television. Yes, you read that right. Brigham Young University, ground zero for The Church of Latter Day Saints, is airing a (gasp) show featuring a long haired, bearded biker dude on a Harley-Davidson!

Forgive my sacrilege, but I’m not sure if the rumble is from Ellsworth customized Softtail Deluxe or Joseph Smith’s casket spinning in his tomb in Nauvoo, Illinois. (Smith was the founder of and leader of the LDS Church.)

But either way, American Ride is probably the best show that may never reach a mainstream audience simply because it doesn’t have sex, violence or people acting stupid as its central theme.

Introduced last year, the first season covered the dramatic story of the colonies and the Revolutionary War. For history buffs and motorcycle enthusiasts, (especially cruiser / Harley-Davidson enthusiasts) American Ride is the best of both worlds.

There’s no doubt Ellsworth knows his stuff, and his large and imposing stature, unscripted and enthusiastic delivery keeps viewers’ attention though what might otherwise be dry and boring when narrated by anyone else.

Now in its second season, American Ride continues following the progress of our nation’s early years, leading up to the Civil War.

I screened the first two episodes of season 2 on a pre-release DVD and thoroughly enjoyed each one.

If your cable or satellite company doesn’t carry BYU TV, surf on over to www.byutv.org to catch up on the first season and become a fan of USRIderNews on Facebook as we’ll be giving away season one and season two DVD sets in the coming months.

Does it beat Full Throttle Saloon on Tru TV or the Hairy Bikers on BBC? That depends on your tastes. For me, I’d rather watch American Ride, Full Throttle TV and Hairy Bikers than American Idol, Desperate “Hose Wives” or Jersey Hores, uh Shores any day of the week.

But that’s just me. I could be considered biker trash.

Until next month, ride safe and always take the road less traveled.


The Proper Way to Approach a Motorcycle Only Checkpoint

There’s a good chance you may encounter one of these “Motorcycle only” checkpoints as this rider.  This is the proper way to act when confronted with these illegal and unconstitutional roadblocks.