Victory Releases 2014 Lineup; Adds A Pair of Blacked Out Baggers; Shaves $1000 off High Ball

CC_Ness_PR_0210Victory motorcycles rolled out it’s 2014 lineup today with a 15th anniversary Cross Country Tour model,  two new blacked out baggers and a new Arlen Ness designed limited edition Cross Country.  In addition to these new models, Victory shaved a $1,000 off it’s hot rod bobber, The High Ball and added two-tone paint and pin striping details on the 2014 Boardwalk.  For full specs on each model, click here  2014_Specs

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A Brit Returns Home, Day 2

Neale Bayly hails from the United Kingdom and has been living in the USA for the better part of three decades.  His passport is filled with stamps from exotic locations and has a unique perspective on motorcycle travel.  He is also a freelance moto-journalist,  and father.  In this trip, Neale returns to England with his young son to revisit his youth.  To find out more about Neale go to….www.nealebaylyrides.com  If you missed Day One, click here

DSCN2654I awoke early to a stunning morning in West Street, Oxford.

Shelby had been up banging around since 4.a.m so not a lot of sleep. It’s quite nice to be in that semi, jet-lagged, sleep-deprived state sipping coffee and spending the early morning hours talking with Shelby. At 78 years old he’s slowing down a little. Sitting for almost two-hours to chat it’s a rare treat as he is normally hammering on his keyboard, swimming, digging in the allotment or bicycling into Oxford on business.

I’ve been stopping in since 1985 and this is the first visit that Shelby has no mad travels planned. He wanted to hitch hike across the Sahara but fears his age won’t let him. Maybe I should offer to carry his bags? I want to write a book of his life. He has seen so much of this world and today’s story that I will take with me is how he had his money stolen hitchhiking in India, and with ten rupees decided to carry on to Katmandu.

Living off the land, and from assistance he received from the local people, he made it and all the way back to Delhi to re-claim his travelers checks a month later. Cementing a confidence in him as a young man that he could alwaysDSCN2659 survive, he exudes that same confidence today.

He did talk of times during his epic Burma adventures though that he thought he might not make it, and to me this is a story that needs to be a movie, as no one has made that journey and lived to tell the tale.(the book about it is called, “Among Insurgents”)

Finally Patrick and I must get rolling.   It’s the first time Patrick has met Shelby and as we say our goodbyes,  I wonder what he’ll take from his time with the great man.

My sister’s house is about 350 miles north and we have to be there today, so we hit the motorway and ride hard, looking to make up some time.   The traffic is fast and predictable, and while there is a lot of it through the flat, hot industrial middle of England, it keeps moving, and so do we.

Putting in 90-minute stints in the saddle and relaxed breaks, it isn’t long before we see the mountainous landscapes of the Lake District which signals the Scottish border is approaching. From the highway we roll through miles and miles of farmland, and, off in the distance,  the occasional church or historic building.

DSCN2670Old, brick farmhouses dot the landscape and lazy cows and sheep graze the fields. Patrick is doing great, looking around, enjoying the view and is the perfect traveling companion. We have our duties at break times and he is quickly up to speed on his. Everything on a motorcycle has its place and he soon has our organization system down and makes our fuel stops and food breaks quicker and more enjoyable. Plus he has a lot of exciting observations to share.

We cross the border late in the afternoon and surprisingly the temperature rises. In my youth the road to Scotland was a winding two-lane road affair, but now it’s a slick highway so we can’t stop to admire the views. With the BMW rolling comfortably along at 75-80 mph we see it all from the saddle and press on.  My sister will expect us in time for dinner, so we don’t delay.

Glasgow arrives, and we head west to the small village of Houston some 15-20 miles away. It’s been a long time since I drove or rode here so we have a few missed turns finding our way out onto the farm roads that will take us to her house. The sun is still well up in the sky, even at 8.p.m, and we are soon in the garden eating dinner and catching up on the five years that have passed since Patrick and I last visited.

Us old uns look a little more wrinkled, the kids about two feet taller but soon it’s like we’ve never been away. The BMW gets locked up in the garage, and with the jet lag and lack of sleep making themselves felt it’s soon time to put this day into the books and sleep, secure and tucked in.  IMG_7893 IMG_7912

Suzuki is recalling 2013 GSX1300RA Hayabusa motorcycles for ABS Problems

GSX1300RA_Left_AJNSuzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2013 GSX1300RA Hayabusa motorcycles manufactured January 22, 2013, through April 26, 2013. Due to a manufacturing error, the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) may malfunction and lose anti-lock functionality. The anti-lock function may not perform properly allowing for wheel lock up and skidding, increasing the risk of a crash. Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected ABS units, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August 2013. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-800-255-2550. Suzuki’s campaign number for this recall is WN. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Triumph Motorcycles recalls 2012-2013 Street Triple and Street Triple R models for ABS problems

Triumph Street Triple R 09  2Triumph Motorcycles is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Street Triple and Street Triple R motorcycles manufactured in July 2012; and model year 2012-2013 Daytona 675 and Daytona 675 R motorcycles manufactured September 2012 through June 2013. Due to a manufacturing error, the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) may malfunction and lose anti-lock functionality. The anti-lock function may not perform properly allowing for wheel lock up and skidding, increasing the risk of a crash. Triumph will notify owners and dealers will replace the ABS modulator, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Triumph at 1-888-283-5288. 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.

SHOCKING VIDEO! How DID He Walk Away From This?


The accident happened in May, but the video was just released. Taken from a city bus camera, the video shows Nick O’Leary riding his sportbike on Mission Rd when a driver in a Lexus pulled out in front of him and he hits the front end, throwing him over the hood, narrowly missing the bus and skidding on the pavement 75-100 feet behind the bus. Although it appears O’Leary loses his helmet, the Florida State tight end was able to get up and walk away. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said at the ACC Football Kickoff that O’Leary “was banged up for about a month.” But Fisher said O’Leary has recovered.

O’Leary is the grandson of golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

A Brit Returns Home, Day 1

Neale Bayly hails from the United Kingdom and has been living in the USA for the better part of three decades.  His passport is filled with stamps from exotic locations and has a unique perspective on motorcycle travel.  He is also a freelance moto-journalist,  and father.  In this trip, Neale returns to England with his young son to revisit his youth.  To find out more about Neale go to….www.nealebaylyrides.com 

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Day 1:  Patrick and I arrived in London at 10.a.m and headed to the BMW dealer in Guildford. Easy pick up, and we loaded up the new BMW GS1200 and took the back roads to Oxford as it was into the afternoon and I didn’t want to ride too far on the first day. It took a while to get the swing of riding on the left hand side of the road and dealing with the traffic but we were soon spinning through the English countryside. The drivers are all consistent and courteous and very predictable.

Having a cell phone in your hand will get you six points on your license here

 so I immediately feel a lot safer and after an hour of meandering through small villages and towns, we pulled over at the Hare and Hounds for lunch. A leisurely affair in the beer garden, more from the snail pace service than our need to rest, but it was fun chatting about our memories of the last time we traveled together, and Patrick was pretty tired so was not objecting to relaxing in the warm afternoon. By late afternoon we rolled into Oxford, and battled the after work traffic for a while as we made our way to my friend Shelby Tucker’s house.

DSCN2620I met Shelby Tucker traveling in Nicaragua in the early ‘80s and have been a sporadic visitor to his simple, Oxford home ever since. This is the first time he has met Patrick though, and his wife Carole happened to be home, so we enjoyed an evening catching up with an excellent meal in the small garden. Shelby has traveled significantly in over 135 countries in the world, written two best selling travel books about his experiences in Burma and Tanzania, and is working on a third about hitch hiking to India at 25 and then 75 years of age. (Two Roads)

This book is the inspiration for the journey Patrick and I are taking as I recall my life and thoughts from 30-years ago when I first rode motorcycles here, and then left to travel the world. I’m just able to have another perspective from my 12-year-old son who is seeing from the saddle of a motorcycle for the first time. With a bright eyed smile and constant enthusiasm for the journey in some ways it’s new to me again.   DSCN2636

Shelby sleeps early, so I talked late to Carole….not much of a traveler compared to Shelby with  only 65 countries visited, but a great conversationalist nonetheless. Then it’s time to sleep and get some rest for a big ride to Scotland tomorrow.

to ready Day 2 click here

 To find out more about Neale go to….www.nealebaylyrides.com

 

 

As Harley-Davidson Prepares for An Indian Revival it Drops Road Glide From Lineup.

harleydavidsonroadglideultra-600Harley-Davidson officials confirmed in an investor conference call Thursday that it intends to discontinue the FLTRX Road Glide Custom and the FLTRU Road Glide Ultra from its 2014 model line up.   Senior vice president and CFO John Olin said the decision was part of the company’s typical process of bringing models in and out of the lineup each year as it introduces new bikes.  “While those two Road Glide models are strong for us, they represent a relatively small portion of our touring sales,” Olin said in the investor call. “We don’t expect any large impact for taking those two models out for the next model year.”

HD’s Chief Operating Officer Matt Levatich told the Milwaukee Business Journal the decision to discontinue those models was so the company could plan ahead for their business and “manage customer expectations.  HD officials say the cuts would not have a material impact on sales going forward.

CEO Keith Wandell told MBJ Harley management isn’t taking the competition lightly, but “we believe the way we’ve positioned our company and how we’ve transformed product development and the pipeline of products we have coming … Our job is to just bring great products to market and make sure we’re winning with great products.”

Wandell gave props to Polaris for picking Sturgis to relaunch the once famous brand. “I think they’ll get certainly a lot of traffic, a lot of folks looking,” Wandell told me. “But it’s just going to be folks that are at Sturgis. I think when we then unveil our new products a couple weeks later, I think it’ll more than offset what’s been done there.”

Adios Muther F#*Ker! How to Fire an Employee

rickfairless1Rick Fairless owns a Strokers of Dallas and Strokers Ice House.  He’s been featured on several reality television shows and for a couple of seasons, was the feature on his own Speed Television show.  He’s a superb custom bike builder and has an opinion on just about everything.

Recently RF wrote an op-ed piece in DealerNews where he says he truly dislikes almost all his ex-employees.

Rick says, ” Since I also own a bar, lots of my employees enjoy drinking here after work at my Strokers  IceHouse. Well, when I fire some goon, I tell them that they are not allowed at any business owned by me, including my beer joint. Boy does that piss ‘em off. Even if an employee quits, I don’t want them back up here at my place of business. Yeah, sure, there are always a few exceptions, but not many with me. When an employee leaves me, then I consider them dead and gone forever. I won’t even remember their name in a year or so — and I proudly tell them that. It’s like they were a bad dream that you forget soon after you wake up.”

Read the entire blog post on DealerNews

A.B.A.T.E. of South Dakota collecting data on law enforcement during Sturgis Rally

police-stopA.B.A.T.E. of South Dakota is asking motorcyclists who are planning to be in the state during the upcoming Sturgis rally to report their contact with law enforcement, both local and statewide.  On their website the group has posted,

Contact us if you feel you have been treated unfairly by government agencies during the rally…if you are stopped by law enforcement and didnt deserve it, get us a copy of the citation or warning with as much relevant detail as you can. If you were stopped for an equipment related issue but after they discovered you (for example) were not a dui candidate and you were let go without a citation, also notify us of that, we need a paper trail to justify complaint.”

At this time there isn’t a contact form, or fax number to contact the State office.  There are several links to emails and if you are involved with law enforcement during the rally we suggest contacting one of these people.

State Coordinator Jiggs Cressy
Vice State Coordinator Rod Hersrud
State Treasurer Jan Weismantel
Legislative Officer Larry Nielson
State Secretary Bobbie Florey

 

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Best of the Beach Bike Show Set for October 4, 2014

best of the beach bike show 2013The Thunder Beach Best of the Beach Bike show, hosted by USRiderNews in Panama City Beach is set for October 4, 2014.   The show will once again be held in beautiful Pier Park.  A total of $15,000 in cash and prizes will be given away.

The winner of Best of Show receives $1,000 cash from Thunder Beach Productions.

Joe Biggs, president of Thunder Beach Productions said, “USRiderNews has built The Best of the Beach into a world class bike show and we’re looking forward to another awesome event.”

Scott Cochran, publisher of USRiderNews said, “Thunder Beach is a premier event and it’s our privledge to work with them to to raise much needed funds for Angels for Education.”   Cochran said the show is the largest and most prestigious bike show in the panhandle of Florida.

angels for educationFor$10 savings with early registration and complete rules click here.  

Day of event registration for the Autumn show begins Saturday October 4th  at 9:00am and continues to 12:00 pm. Due to the heavy rally traffic, participants are encouraged to enter Pier Park from Hwy 98, or Back Beach Road as the locals refer to it and arrive by noon to have time to register their bike and get it set before cut off.  The show’s location has moved to the Main Street in the middle of Pier Park.

The show is held semi-annually and attracts a large crowd of spectators and participants.

Due to the large number of entries, and the time constraints, judging begins at 12 noon.   All bikes must be able to be started to be eligible for prizes.

Companies that are awarding gift certificates are;

Kuryakyn, Custom Dynamics, HHI, RC Components,  Renegade Wheels.    Best Western awards $50 and $25 gift cards to 2nd and 3rd place winners in each class.  Wizards Products provides FREE cleaning products to every bike entered in the show (valued $20)   (subject to change without notice)

To pre-register and get a t-shirt , click here