Brandon Marshall motorcycle ride for mental health awareness

BMMHAR_logoNAPERVILLE, Ill., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Brandon Marshall Foundation, Starved Rock Harley-Davidson and Linden Oaks at Edward are teaming up in an effort to increase awareness of mental illness and raise funds for mental health treatment.

The organizations are presenting the Brandon Marshall Mental Health Awareness Ride on Saturday, May 31.  The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Linden Oaks Outpatient Center, 1335 N. Mill St. in Naperville, with motorcycle registration and comments from Brandon Marshall, NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Chicago Bears, and his wife Michi.

Brandon, Michi and the bikers will hit the road at 9 a.m. for a trip of more than 50 miles through Aurora, Oswego and Yorkville, ending at the Starved Rock Harley-Davidson dealership, 750 Centennial Dr. in Ottawa, where activities will include entertainment, a cookout, raffles and prizes.

The cost to have a motorcycle in the ride is $20 and includes lunch and a commemorative pin.  All makes and models of bikes are welcome.  Passenger registration is $10 and includes lunch.  An adult non-rider ticket to the event at the Starved Rock Harley-Davidson dealership is $10 and includes lunch.  To register online, visit www.starvedrockhd.com/brandonmarshallride.

Marshall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2010.  Since then, he and Michi co-founded The Brandon Marshall Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to end the stigma associated with mental illness, advocate for unprecedented awareness, connect those suffering to the resources they need and paint the world lime green (the official color for mental health awareness).

“People from all walks of life experience mental illness, including football players and motorcycle riders,” says Marshall.  “You’d go get treatment for a broken arm or cancer.  Mental illness is no different.  It’s a sign of strength to seek help.  I can tell you it is liberating to get a diagnosis, receive treatment, and begin living your life again.”

The Brandon Marshall Mental Health Awareness Ride came about due to the efforts of Erin Vandervelde, whose family owns the Starved Rock Harley-Davidson dealership and where she is Operations Manager.

“I have two family members who suffer from bipolar disorder,” says Vandervelde.  “The challenges of dealing with a mental illness stretch throughout a family.  When I noticed Brandon and Michi Marshall were talking about mental illness and sharing their story with the world in an attempt to remove the stigma associated with those suffering, I immediately wanted to help.  A single donation request for a t-shirt has led to a friendship and partnership with The Brandon Marshall Foundation.

“Harley-Davidson riders, and motorcycle riders in general, are a very generous crowd.  They are also a group that has great compassion for those less fortunate.  My hope is that this ride not only raises money for The Brandon Marshall Foundation, but ultimately shines a bright and hopeful light on those suffering from mental illness, their friends and family.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Brandon and Harley-Davidson because our goals are the same,” says Gina Sharp, President, Linden Oaks at Edward.  “This is an excellent opportunity to emphasize the importance of seeking treatment for mental health illnesses and disorders, and let people know how and where they can find help.”

For more information about or to make a donation to The Brandon Marshall Foundation, visit www.thebrandonmarshall.com/foundation.

Starved Rock Harley-Davidson/Buell is a family-owned, customer-focused motorcycle experience, located off I-80 in Ottawa, Illinois.  Only 17 miles from Starved Rock State Park, the region offers country roads for uncongested and scenic motorcycle excursions.  For routes or directions, call (815) 431-1900, e-mail staff@starvedrockhd.com or visit www.starvedrockhd.com.

Linden Oaks at Edward is a 108-bed behavioral health hospital on Edward Hospital’s Naperville campus with outpatient offices in Naperville, Plainfield, St. Charles, Woodridge and Yorkville.  For more information about Linden Oaks and its involvement in the ride, visitwww.lindenoaks.org/brandon-marshall-ride.  For immediate assistance and a free and confidential mental health assessment, call the Linden Oaks 24/7 Help Line at (630) 305-5027.

PROPOSED BILL WOULD PREVENT YOUR MOTORCYCLE FROM TESTIFYING AGAINST YOU IN COURT

data collected from this device can be used against you in court, and most people don't even realize it.

data collected from this device can be used against you in court, and most people don’t even realize it.

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) wants to change the language of the Driver Privacy Act bill to protect all information recorded by event data recorders installed on all “motor vehicles,” including motorcycles. The way S. 1925 is currently written grants privacy only for data the government “requires” to be collected.

Currently the government does not require “black boxes” on motorcycles, only passenger vehicles, trucks and buses. But some current motorcycle models are equipped with the recording devices. A similar bill in the House is worded that “any data recorded on any event data recorder in an automobile or motorcycle shall be considered the property of the owner of the automobile or motorcycle.”

Under current law, Insurance companies, law enforcement and auto rental agencies can access the data on the device and can use it as evidence against the driver/owner in legal proceedings. Data recorders collect a wide range of information on crashes, including whether the brakes were applied, the speed at the time of impact, the steering angle, and whether seat belt circuits were shown as “Buckled” or “Unbuckled” at the time of the crash.

Fourteen states have statutes that restrict access to the event data recorder or limit the use of recovered EDR information.

WILL INDIAN MOTORCYCLES RETURN TO STURGIS?

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photo Rapid City Journal

In 1936, Clarence “Pappy” Hoel purchased the Indian Motorcycle franchise in Sturgis South Dakota and formed the Jackpine Gypsies that same year.  Two years later, in 1938, the Sturgis Rally was born with 19 participants.  Originally called the “Black Hills Classic” the event was, in its early years primarily centered around racing, hill climbs and stunts and was attended almost exclusively by Indian Motorcycle owners.    Now after being absent from the town that hosts the largest motorcycle rally in the US, reports have surfaced that an Indian Motorcycle dealership will be open before this year’s rally.  According to a report in the Rapid City Journal, the new dealership will be launched by Bruce Eide, who currently sells Indian motorcycles at the Vern Eide Motoplex in Sioux Falls. The Sturgis showroom will be located at 2106 Lazelle St. and open around May 1, said Pat Kurtenbach, president of the Sturgis Economic Development Corp.  While Indian hasn’t released an official press statement, Indian Motorcycle Sturgis has launched a Facebook page and the website www.indianmotorcyclesturgis.com.

Long Strange Trip for Indian

Editor Scott Cochran –  It occurs to me what a long, strange trip its been.

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Harley and Indian enjoy a level of devotion unrivaled in the motorcycle industry.

But, at least I’m still riding.

Ok…I stole that first line from the Grateful Dead’s song, “Truckin.” Written by the band and released in 1970, that song defined a generation and the psychedelic culture of the 70’s.

“Truckin” reached #37 in 1971 and was the only chart success the Dead achieved until “Touch of Grey” was released in 1987 and eventually broke into the top ten.

The story of the Grateful Dead and their music, does have some direct correlation to motorcycling. The leader, Jerry Garcia was a Harley rider as well as Ron “Pig Pen “ McKernan. Their first manager, G.H. “Hank” Harrison was also a motorcycle rider.

In the beginning (1965) the band even used the name “The Warlocks” which was also adopted by a motorcycle club that founded in 1967. The Dead eventually changed their name, not because of the MC, but because of another band in the area was also using the name Warlocks.

The Grateful Dead played over 2,000 concerts (Guinness Record) during their career, and by many estimates played to more than 25 million people, (600,000 at one show!) more than any other band.

But, by the measure of commercial / popular music, radio play the band never sold enough records to be considered wildly successful.

But its fans, The Dead Heads, were the reason for the band’s longevity and the money making machine it eventually became.

A hard-core group of fans, who will stick with you through thick and thin are worth their weight in LSD, (not that I would know what LSD is worth…)

And that’s where I’m going with this months ramble…. Fans.

Harley-Davidson, like it or not, has enjoyed (through the years) the loyalty of a group of customers unequaled by any other motorcycle manufacturer.

The reason, I believe, is not based in the machines, anymore than the Grateful Dead’s rabid fan base was because of the music.

The reason thousands of people followed the Dead around the country and tens of thousands of people inked the Bar and Shield onto their skin is…The Culture.

It’s what the brand said about them. Who the customer wanted to be and who the customer wanted to be identified with.

Whenever you see a “Dead Head sticker on a Cadillac” even though that vehicle is the symbol of the Right-wing upper-middle-class American bourgeoisie (Don Henley’s words) you can be sure the owner is someone who wants to be associated with the 70’s counter-culture movement. Someone who sees themselves as a “hippie” stuck in a white collar world.

The same (sort of) thing when you see a Harley-Davidson bumper stickers on a Honda Prius.

Until recently, Harley-Davidson could lay claim to being the only motorcycle brand with enough heritage to satisfy the owner who wanted something more than just a motorcycle. Today Harley-Davidson’s dominance in that space is being challenged by a revived Indian Motorcycle.

Looking back to 2008, it would have made more sense for HD to buy the intellectual property rights to their old nemesis Indian, instead of spending $109 million dollars on MV Agusta.

I’m guessing it would have been a better investment than the Italian motorcycle maker turned out to be. (not to manufacture Indian motorcycles but to keep anyone else from doing it) But, you can’t prove a negative so speculation is useless.

The common belief is that healthy competition is good for everyone involved.

Competition breeds innovation and prevents companies from becoming stagnant by relying on outdated manufacturing processes and market assumptions.

Indian is certainly bringing new ideas to the heavyweight cruiser market. Their five (5) year bumper to bumper warranty is the first (I know of) in the industry and has convinced many tire kickers to take the plunge, even though there may not be a dealer near them.

Once Indian has established dealers in most major metropolitan areas, the turf wars will really heat up, and it will be interesting to watch the brands as they compete for one another’s customers.

Or….maybe they’ll be able to increase the pie for both brands and sell more motorcycles overall than either would have been able to do alone.

I hope that’s the case.

It’s been a long strange trip for the brand that started in 1901 as Hendee Mfg Co. in Springfield Massachusetts.

And I’m not alone in thinking that Polaris is the last company who has any chance to revive the brand to its glory days.

But if the resurrection is to be successful, Indian will have to find a way to connect with enthusiast who values the intangibles as much as a reliable motorcycle.

The dealers will have a lot of that responsibility on them. They must work hard to foster a “community” of owners and realize their mission is more than just moving units out the door. Their mission must be to establish and nurture the “culture” of Indian motorcycle ownership.

If they do that, and Polaris commits to staying in for the long haul, then maybe, just maybe the pie will increase and we’ll introduce the Zen of motorcycling to a whole new generation.

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

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Ridewright Wheels Introduces 3-Piece Modular Billet Hub

Anaheim, CA – Anaheim, CA – Ridewright Wheels, the leading premium spoke wheel builder in the U.S. and now manufacturer of forged billet wheels, introduces their new 3-Piece Modular Billet Hub. Manufactured from 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum, Ridewright engineers developed the next generation in hubs. Ridewright is the first to offer these innovative state-of-the-art-designed hubs and will be found on all Ridewright Wheels including their new forged line.

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Go-Daddy Founder Plans To Take Over The Harley World

GoDaddy Founder plans to build the largest HD store in the world in Arizona.

Everything Bob Parsons does is big.  From hunting big game in Africa, to outrageous and over the top Super Bowl commercials.   So it’s no surprise that once the big-daddy of internet domain names got into the motorcycle dealership business, he was going to eventually take on the status quo.

Yesterday it was announced that Parsons intends to build the “worlds largest” Harley-Davidson dealership in Scottsdale Arizona, at the Scottsdale Airpark, and relocating HD of Scottsdale from its current location to the new building.  According to GM Justin Johnson, the new dealership will be 146,000 square foot, eclipsing Destination Daytona by 37,000 square feet and Las Vegas HD by 42,000 square feet.

Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale is one of three motorcycle dealerships owned by billionaire GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons. That includes Go AZ Motorcycles in Scottsdale, with nine brands, and Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson in Southaven, Miss.

Parsons, a motorcycle enthusiast, also founded Spooky Fast Customs, which builds custom bikes.

The proposed two-story Scottsdale dealership would be built on 4.28 acres northeast of the existing 26,000-square-foot dealership that opened in 1998 at Hayden Road and Northsight Boulevard.  The closed Airpark Chrysler dealership would be torn down to make way for the new building.

In 2012 we interviewed Bob Parsons for our “I’m a Rider” feature.  Bob-Parsons-Go-Daddyhttps://www.google.com/url?

The complete story is at AZ Central.com

Here Comes The ‘Gov…Harley Style

1GovHarleyNevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has bought his raffle ticket for Las Vegas Harley-Davidson®’s one-of-a-kind Nevada Sesquicentennial-themed motorcycle.  The Governor stopped to check out the bike and show off his raffle ticket while at the 2014 DRI Nevada Medal Event at ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas on Thursday, March 27.

Celebrating Nevada’s 150th anniversary, 2,000 raffle tickets for the custom motorcycle are being sold with all proceeds benefitting the Nevada 150 Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization formed to support the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission and official Nevada Sesquicentennial Events. Signed by the governor, the bike, a 2014 FLHX Harley-Davidson Street Glide®, will be raffled off at the grand opening of Las Vegas Harley-Davidson®’s new location this fall, which will be located directly on the Las Vegas Strip at 5191 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, just steps from the famed Welcome to Las Vegas sign.

Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased at Las Vegas Harley-Davidson® (2605 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 100, Las Vegas, Nevada 89169), at select Nevada 150 events throughout the state and at several additional events that the bike will be making appearances at throughout Clark, Nye and Lincoln counties.

Those interested can visit www.hdnv150.com or call (702) 431-8500 ext. 1183 for the latest information on upcoming bike appearances, raffle tickets, eligibility and full contest rules.

CONSUMER TIRE REBATE FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON AND DUNLOP

whitewall, Dunlop, wheel, tire, tread, 101976Receive $40 H-D Gift Card with Purchase of Two Tires through April 30

MILWAUKEE (April 2, 2014) Participating Harley-Davidson® dealers and Dunlop® are teaming up to offer a $40 consumer mail-in rebate on a set of Harley-Davidson-branded Dunlop tires purchased between March 1 and April 30. The offer applies to a set of two new H-D/ Dunlop tires (excluding Police tires) and will be paid in the form of a $40 Harley-Davidson Gift Card. The gift card can be used at any authorized Harley-Davidson dealership or at h-d.com/ store. Dunlop tires are made in the USA and have been mounted as original equipment on Harley-Davidson motorcycles since 1984. Dunlop is recognized as one of the world leaders in motorcycle tire design, engineering and manufacturing excellence.

The H-D/Dunlop rebate offer applies to consumer purchases made exclusively at a participating Harley-Davidson dealership between March 1 and April 30, 2014. A form available from the participating Harley-Davidson dealer must be postmarked by June 15, 2014. Additional terms and conditions apply. See a participating Harley-Davidson dealer for complete details. To find a local Harley-Davidson dealer, visit h-d.com/dealer.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson® motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.h-d.com.

 

Custom 2014 Street Glide Built by Sturgis Students Wins Prestigious Award

z donnie smithSturgis, SD (March 31, 2014) – The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® proudly announces that the custom 2014 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide built by participants of the Chip’sStudent Build Challenge received first place in the High School Build Open Class at the 27th annual Donnie Smith Bike Show this past Sunday, March 30. The Sturgis Brown High School students participating in the build had been working steadily since Jan. 6 under the instruction of the industry’s top professionals in order to complete customizations in time for this past weekend’s unveiling. The finished bike features a fully overhauled and customized motor for increased performance, a lowered stretched body and an eye-catching graffiti-themed paint job. It is also one of the first custom 2014 Street Glides in existence.

“The motorcycle these students created has absolutely blown away my expectations for this year’s bike build project,” says Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Moreover, these young students created a machine that wowed the industry’s top builders at the Donnie Smith Show. That’s something the students, the school, the community and all those involved in the Student Build Challenge should be very, very proud of.”

2014 marked the first year the Student Build worked on a new-year motorcycle sponsored by Black Hills Harley-Davidson, and the students found customizing a brand new Street Glide to be one of their largest hurdles. The Motor Company had made drastic changes between the 2013 and 2014 models, which meant most of the custom parts for the bike had yet to be created.

This was also the first year the bike build program placed the same focus on the motorcycle’s performance as it did its appearance. The bike features a Trask turbo system with a 10:1 compression ratio, Dave Mackie Engineering hemi Harley heads, CP Carrillo dome pistons and performance parts from Feuling Parts. The class anticipates that together these parts will work to produce 175 horsepower once the motorcycle has enough miles on it to safely run a dyno test.

“If somebody’s a motorhead, they’re going to get really excited about the performance of this motorcycle,” says Student Build Challenge mentor, Keith Terry of Terry Components. “Those who care more about how the bike looks will love it too. We’ve got both elements going for our bike this year.”

 

Custom stretched body parts allowed the students to create a longer, lower-sitting motorcycle. They replaced the 19-inch front wheel with a 26-inch from R.C. Components and swapped the standard black seat for a buff leather seat made by Howard Knight. Finally, the students took the bike to Ian Strachan Designs to give it a striking Ferrari-red graffiti paint job.

 

“It was hard for some of the students to comprehend just how amazing the end product was going to be,” says Sturgis Brown High School instructor, Chad Hedderman. “But once everything came together and the students stood next to their bike at this renowned bike show, it finally hit them that they were part of something really big.”

 

The next stop for the award-winning Student Build Challenge bike is the Black Hills Motorcycle Show in Rapid City, SD, April 12-13. The bike will later appear in Easyriders Magazine, where it will receive its own photo spread and feature-length article. On Aug. 4, the bike will be auctioned off during the Sturgis Rally in support of the Buffalo Chip’s 7th annual Legends Ride® charity event.

 

Students worked closely with industry veterans, Keith Terry of Terry Components and Randy and Nick Cramer of Dakota V-Twin, along with high school instructors, Chad Hedderman and Bill Johnson, to learn the state-of-the-art techniques needed to customize their 2014 Street Glide. The bike build project taught students important values and life lessons while vastly increasing their technical knowledge. The skills learned will give these students an overall advantage should any decide to pursue a career in motorcycle fabrication or customization.

The Student Build Challenge is a groundbreaking collaboration between the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Sturgis Brown High School, Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Terry Components, Dakota V-Twin and a large group of industry-leading parts sponsors.

Special thanks to the sponsors and motorcycle industry leaders who make the Student Build Challenge possible: Arlen Ness Enterprises, Adventure Power, Baggster, CP Carrillo, Dakota Digital, Inc., Dave Mackie Engineering, Diamond Heads, Dirty Bird Concepts, Feuling Parts, Handy Industries, Hawg Halters, Inc., Horsepower, Inc., Hot Leathers, Howard Knight, Ian Strachan Designs, Jamie’s Repair, KICKER Audio, Kinetik, Legend Air Suspensions, Owens Interstate Sales, R.C. Components, Thunder Cycle Design, Inc., Thunder Max, Trask Performance, Jack Van Kampen and Vee Rubber America, Inc.

To see photos, videos and articles chronicling the 2014 Student Build Challenge, visit the Legends Ride Facebook page.

 

About the 2014 Student Build Challenge™

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® continues its commitment to education and the growth of South Dakota’s motorcycle industry with its fifth annual Student Build Challenge.The program utilizes award-winning veteran custom builders, Keith Terry and Randy and Nick Cramer, to serve as instructors and mentors to students customizing a stock Harley-Davidson® motorcycle. The goal is to develop students’ skills and knowledge in a real-world experience they can use after graduation. Throughout the years, the custom creations produced in the Student Build Challenge have received much acclaim at prestigious motorcycle competitions. This year’s Student Build Challenge bike will be auctioned on Aug. 4, 2014 in support of the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride® charity event.

  The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Since 1981, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® has provided nine days of epic live music experiences and exciting activities for fans from around the globe. The family-owned and operated Sturgis Buffalo Chip is host to the Sturgis Rally’s cornerstone event, known as the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ and The Best Party Anywhere™. Concerts are free with camping. Passes grant access to music industry’s hottest stars, the Bikini Beach Swim Paradise, 25 bars, mouth-watering food and beverage vendors and thrilling exhibits. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip offers clean, well maintained facilities, private showers, cabins, RVs, paved roads and more. Outrageous events such as unforgivably hot bikini contests and jaw-dropping daredevil stunts are a few of the many daily spectacles unique to the Chip. The famed creek-fed 580-acre camping resort is located three miles east of Sturgis, SD. Now in its 33rd year, this event is one of the few remaining independent music festivals in the world. The Buffalo Chip is a festival experience like no other. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

Zero Offers Three Day Evaluation For Law Enforcement Agencies

zero-motorcycle-police_mainSANTA CRUZ, Calif. (April 1, 2014) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced a new program to support law enforcement agencies. In response to growing interest and demand from police departments, Zero is offering 100% electric patrol motorcycles for a 3-day evaluation period, allowing officers to experience the advantages in their own jurisdictions.

“Over a dozen departments have added Zero motorcycles to their patrol fleets in the last six months,” said John Lloyd, Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Zero Motorcycles. “The feedback from our law enforcement customers is extremely positive, so we are looking at ways to make it easier for agencies to see for themselves how well Zero motorcycles can work in a wide variety of applications.”

“The addition of the Zero motorcycles to our patrol fleet is a huge benefit. The bikes are quiet, cost effective and ‘green,’ making them an ideal mode of transportation for our officers,” said Ron Levine, Chief of Police for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. “In addition to general police duties, the motorcycles will be used for patrol in the parking garages and lots, which can be targets for auto burglars. Because the bikes are almost silent, they can patrol an area almost undetected, giving the police officers an element of stealth.”

“We like to use the Zero when patrolling parks and rural areas. It’s environmentally friendly for us and keeps the noise down…one, for the neighbors, and two, it allows the ability to sneak up on people,” said Sgt. David Ball of Scotts Valley Police Department.

Stealth and the element of surprise are common themes expressed by the officers who have used the motorcycles in the field. Departments are seeing performance and economic benefits, as well: instant torque from zero RPM, a high degree of maneuverability, no need to shift gears, maintenance-free powertrain, and about a penny-per-mile operating costs adding up to long-term savings.

For more information on Zero Motorcycles or to apply for the 3-day evaluation program, visit zeromotorcycles.com. Note that Zero Motorcycles Police and Security models are available exclusively to authorized organizations. Demo motorcycles and the 3-day evaluation program are subject to availability, and certain terms and conditions apply. Contact Zero Motorcycles at (888) 786-9376, ext. 105, or FleetSales@zeromotorcycles.com for details.

About Zero Motorcycles
Zero Motorcycles is committed to transforming the motorcycling experience by bringing to market highly innovative electric motorcycles that offer exceptional value and performance. Zero is powered by innovation, driven by passion, guided by integrity, and measured by results. Through extensive research, insight and experience, Zero combines the art and science of motorcycle development to create and manufacture products that excite consumers and inspire brand loyalty. Zero is determined to be the preeminent global electric motorcycle company.