Make Helen Georgia Your 2013 Destination!

Helen Georgia is the destination for motorcyclists from all over the USA for the USRiderNews Reunion Run, May 29-June 2nd

Helen Georgia is the destination for motorcyclists from all over the USA for the USRiderNews Reunion Run, May 29-June 2nd

Helen Georgia is your destination for the biggest and best motorcycle rally May 29,  through June 2nd.  Sponsored by USRiderNews, the 13th annual Reunion Run has grown from a few dozen friends in 2001, to literally thousands of motorcyclists who travel from all across the USA.

Sylvia Cochran, of USRiderNews said Helen Georgia was chosen as the destination for the Reunion Run motorcycle rally because of the areas natural beauty and miles and miles of the best  motorcycle roads anywhere in the Southeast.

“After the first year we knew that Helen Georgia was the premier motorcycle destination our readers enjoyed and it’s grown larger and larger each year.   Our readers tell us they look forward to this event all year long.”

In addition to the Reunion Run, the Helen Balloonfest is also held on the same weekend and features dozens of hot air balloons in a Race to the Atlantic.

The host hotels are the Best Western and the Super 8.   To reserve your room you must call Sylvia at 478-237-3761 or fill out the registration form here.  DO NOT call the hotel directly, they will tell you they are booked.

VIP packages are available and include everything you need to enjoy the weekend (except your lodging) Event T-Shirt, Event Pin, poker run registration, bike show, VIP party Thursday night May 30th (Free Beer and Food) and access to the VIP tent all weekend long with free refreshments.

( $85 value if purchased individually) Price $35 per person, or $60 per couple  until April 1st.  Price increases $10 after that. 

To reserve your VIP registration click here to register online

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When Is Thunder Beach 2013?

The 15th annual Spring Thunder Beach is May 1-5, 2013 and the 13th annual autumn Thunder Beach is October 2-6, 2013.  For more info on Thunder Beach, visit, their website

Toys-for-Kids-Poke-Run-Logo-Thunderbeach-2The Best of the Beach Bike show is Saturday May 4th at Pier Park, with $1,000 awarded to the Best of Show, as well as thousands of dollars in gift certificates for winners in the various classes.  The Best of the Beach is professionally judged and is a fund raiser for the Toys for Kids Foundation.  A local charity that provides for children in need at Christmas and throughout the year.

 

Thunder Beach is a trademark term and is used to identify the twice annual motorcycle rallies held in Panama City Beach Florida.  There is no connection between this and Panama Beach Bike Week, which is a group of businessmen operating outside the official framework of Thunder Beach, often without licenses or liability insurance.   It is our recommendation that you purchase only official licensed merchandise and only shop at official venues which support the rally and help keep it free.

 

Yamaha Recalls Zuma 125 Scooters

Yamaha recalls 8,700 scooters for fuel pump problems

Yamaha recalls 8,700 scooters for fuel pump problems

Yamaha is recalling certain model year 2009 YW125 (Zuma 125) scooters manufactured between July 2008 and April 2009 due to possible improper clearances in the internal fuel pump components. These improper clearances may cause an inadequate supply of fuel. The limited fuel supply could cause engine stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.  Yamaha will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump with a newly designed fuel pump. The recall is expected to begin February 19, 2013. Owners contact Yamaha at 1-800-962-7926. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

The investigation was launched when owners began reporting to  NHTSA stalling while underway in hot weather. The fuel pump is consistently identified as the root cause. The pump is frequently on back order and the part number has been changed.

Report Receipt Date: FEB 04, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V035000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,700

Scoots of Anarchy – Full Episode Paraody

It’s not often we recommend long YouTube clips but this one is an excellent parody with superb camera work…but we wonder how die hard SOA fans will take it.

If You’re Going To Run, Get A Tune-Up First

_a_bilde The advice for Louisiana resident Justin Richardson  is, “make sure your bike will run, before you run from the po-po.”

On Monday Feb 4th, Sheriff’s deputies say they tried to stop Richardson as he sped by them on U.S. Highway 80 in Bossier LA.  As the deputy approached, Richardson throttled his Suzuki Hybusa, eventually reaching speeds of over 100 mph.

Everything was working according to his plan, at least until the bike crapped out, leaving him stranded and on foot.

And as fast as his bike was, Richardson was a whole lot slower as police quickly caught him in the median as he was hoofing it.

He was arrested on charges of aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer with force, speeding, no insurance, no license plate and no motorcycle endorsement and booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility.

Police are not saying what caused the bike to break down, and  they would not confirm nor deny the rumor that Richardson unknowingly hit the kill switch causing the bike to stall.

Trike Manufacturing Leaders Experience Growth and Expand into the Global Market

Champion Trikes and Lehman Trikes continue to make great strides in the trike industry in just a few short months after Champion Investments Inc. purchased Lehman.

Lehman_CrossBowLSS2Lehman Trikes, which began running at full operations in October, has been slammed with orders nationwide for Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Victory trike conversions. “We have been increasing staff since the purchase of the company in June and continue to increase our dealer network with trucks continually delivering trikes and picking up motorcycles for conversion,” stated Terree Matson-McCoy, Vice President of Lehman Trikes. “We are really excited about the progress of the company in such a short amount of time. Our trikes are known for their quality and styling and Lehman is dedicated to continuing this legacy.” Lehman Trikes is currently developing new product.

Champion Trikes continues to experience tremendous growth as well and has been recently researching innovative accessories for trikes. “We were the first to develop accessories such as the Original EZ Steer to enhance the ease and comfort of riding a Trike, Reverse Gear, and Disc Brakes for trikes and are currently in the beginning stages of development for an exciting new product to enhance the comfort for many trikers”, stated Jim Pinto, Vice President of Champion Trikes. Champion Trikes offers trike kits for Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha as well as 74 different types of products.

Both Champion and Lehman are also making a breakthrough in the global market. Recently, strategic alliances were developed in key countries to give Champion a foot-hold in the lucrative International Trike market. “Both companies are already in the global market, but we have a fantastic opportunity to introduce our American-made trikes into a market that is also growing in the three-wheel segment.” Champion has developed refinements and enhancements for the International Trike marketplace for 2013.

The vastness of products available from both companies and the reputation each has as industry leaders has supported the sales growth. Stated Mr. Arrojo, “When Champion Investments purchased Lehman Trikes, we realized we were purchasing a strong leader. We are now sharing a combined 50 years of experience in this industry.” While the companies will remain separate, they are working closely together to build upon current products and develop exciting new products that will enhance the trike riding experience.

For more information on Lehman Trikes and to locate a Lehman Trikes dealer, visit www.lehmantrikes.com or call 888-3WHEELS. For more information on Champion Trikes and to locate a Champion Trikes dealer, visit www.championtrikes.com or call 800-875-0949.

 

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE ACCELERATES TOWARD HISTORIC RELAUNCH WITH UPDATED ‘INDIAN RIDES’ MOBILE APP

indian appMEDINA, Minn. — February 11, 2013 — Indian Motorcycle, the original American motorcycle company, today announced the availability of its enhanced “Indian Rides” mobile app, featuring new interactive functionality that allows fans of the brand to actively engage with the all-new Indian Motorcycle Company. The must-have, rich media app made its public debut in January at the International Motorcycle Show in New York City with the help of celebrity Mike Wolfe, from Antique Archeology and creator of the HISTORY Channel’s “American Pickers” series. The updated app is free of charge and is available for download effective immediately for both Android™ and iOS smartphones.

The “Indian Rides” app now reveals the sound of the upcoming engine – which was designed from the ground up to capture the spirit of Indian Motorcycle. It features an interactive graphical image of a motorcycle throttle and starter switch, allowing users to simulate starting the historic new engine. Leveraging the smartphone’s gyroscopic sensor, the user holds the phone in landscape mode and it becomes a functioning, interactive throttle. The app incorporates a professionally recorded, high-fidelity audio clip of the new Indian Motorcycle engine, enabling fans to rev the engine to get a sense of what’s to come in 2013. The app will continue to be enhanced with new features and elements throughout the year. Headphones are recommended for increased clarity.

“Our world-class engineers and design team have invested an unprecedented amount of time to perfect the power plant that will be the life blood of the all-new Indian Motorcycle coming later in 2013. Loyal fans of the Indian brand will appreciate that it represents the perfect blend of new, state-of-the-art technology and the iconic design elements that made this brand a legend,” said Rod Krois, marketing director for Indian Motorcycle. “Our team created the app as an entertaining and engaging tool for our community to become interactive participants in the creation of the future of Indian Motorcycle.”

The “Indian Rides” mobile app is specifically tailored for Indian Motorcycle riders and fans, but offers powerful benefits for all biking enthusiasts. In addition to the new interactive engine sound experience, the app allows bikers to display their current map location, view weather conditions and advisories, find and contact nearby Indian dealers; search for local service like gas stations, restaurants and lodging with integrated direct dialing, save waypoints of interest, track and save favorite rides and routes, and easily share saved routes on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. The app includes automatic map caching so riders can enjoy most mapping features even when cellular service is unavailable.

The updated “Indian Rides” app is free of charge and is available for download effective immediately by visiting the following links: Indian Rides for AndroidIndian Rides for iOS/iPhone. Motorcycle enthusiasts around the world and fans of the Indian Motorcycle brand are encouraged to visitwww.indianmotorcycle.com,  follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/indianmotocycle, and Like Us at www.facebook.com/indianmotorcycle.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE

Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned division of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s original motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

ABOUT POLARIS

Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2012 sales of $3.2 billion.  Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle brands.  Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris and KLIM branded apparel and Polaris accessories and parts.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.

Training Class Fail!

grab it lightly....

grab it lightly….

Either this guy wasn’t paying attention when the instructor told him “not the grab” the brakes or he didn’t have a clue what “grabbing” the brakes meant.  Either way,  he’s lucky to come away with nothing more than being a little stiff and sore.

The typical training class “fail!”

What’s interesting for us is that this training is taking place on a public street, not the best venue for a new rider learning how to ride in wet conditions.

West Coast Choppers Rises Like a Phoenix

jesse1Even as another celebrity chopper builder’s name is metaphorically engraved on the tombstone of failed businesses, (OCC files for bankruptcy)  a west coast icon signals his intention to resurrect his brand as a phoenix rising from the ashes.

Jesse James, the man who embraced and fostered the chopper building media hype before anyone else, has told Cyril Huze, (bike builder turned blogger) that he intends to restart his dormant brand West Coast Choppers.

WCC was, in its heyday, the brand that inspired legions of backyard/garage custom bike builders.  It’s founder, Jesse James, who identified himself as a “glorified wielder”  transcended motorcycle building to become a Hollywood celebrity in his own right.

But fame and fortune took its toll on James, who divorced his first wife, Karla just as his television career and bike building business was exploding.  In 2002 James married stripper/porn star Janine Lindemulder  on Discovery’s Motorcycle Mania 3.   ( James had previously starred in Motorcycle Mania 1 & 2 which helped jump-start his television career.)

After a short and tumultuous marriage to Lindemulder, (she reportedly hit James in the back of the head with a flowerpot, and attacked him with a metal sculpture and had attempted to run him over with a vehicle) James filed for divorce in May 2003.

Just over 2 years later (2005)  James seemed to be on the high road.  He was appearing / starring in Discovery Channels mega hit, Monster Garage and he met and later married A-list actress Sandra Bullock.    During this time James appeared on the second season of Celebrity Apprentice, and starred in Jesse James is a Dead Man (on Spike TV)  which drew the largest audience for an unscripted (reality) based television show with 2 million viewers.   He also started a burger stand next door to WCC headquarters called Cisco Burgers.  (now closed)

Ironically the last chopper building shows James appeared in also featured Orange County Choppers father and son duo the Teutuls.  The merchandising division of OCC recently filed for bankruptcy protection.

In 5 short years, James personal life again unraveled when it was revealed the builder had an affair with Kat Von D, and he and Bullock split.  James was villified in the mainstream media for the sleazy affair.

James also had an expensive legal battle with CARB, (California Air Resources Board) over emissions.  CARB claimed WCC built bikes that violated the states clean air laws between 1998 and 2005.  The suit cost James over a quarter of a million dollars in fines.

But, despite all the negative publicity, or perhaps because of it, hard core Jesse James fans still love him.

West Coast Choppers has a new website, which clicks through to http://www.givemoneygetstuff.com/which consists of just merchandise, no motorcycle parts, at least not yet.

Jesse told blogger Cyril Huze,  that he wasn’t looking to rebuild his motorcycle parts empire.  but was “offering exclusive parts, accessories and biker wear he can deliver without huge back orders…..and keeping time for himself to build bikes or whatever goes through his mind to design parts, to ride with friends, to travel to a few select shows just for pleasure not for professional obligations….”

What do you think?  Will WCC and Jesse James be able to claw it’s way back to the top of the custom bike building heap?  Give us your opinion in the poll below.

 

 

 

 

Customized Donkey

customized donkeyNow we know when you’re jonesing for your motorcycle fix you’ll do just about anything to get it, but we think this might be taking the art of customizing donkey’s a little too far.  Sure, you probably won’t see another one like it at your local bike night but if this is your only resource, maybe you should be willing to blend in with the crowd for the time being.  At least until you can afford a custom paint job on a real honest to goodness motorcycle.

We’re not sure what the exhaust came from, but it looks a little like an old Norton or Triumph thumper.

What do you think?  Give us your opinion in the comment section below.