OCC BUILDS SIDE CAR CHOPPER HEARSE

OCC HearseThere are other companies out there who have built a motorcycle hearse, but none (so far as we know) that have attached it to a custom built chopper from the family that made wrench throwing an Olympic sport, the Teutels.
Forever Remembered Hearse Co., in Hellertown, PA just commissioned its third, count ‘em..three, motorcycle hearse and from none other than Orange County Choppers. Heintzelman’s other two motorcycle hearses are attached to trailers, but the newest edition features the hearse as a sidecar. It has two reproduction 1930s antique funeral lights, one in the front and the other in the back. Orange County Choppers called it one of a kind, the first motorcycle-driven hearse for the company.

Harley-Davidson Financial Services to issue refunds to Massachusetts customers

HDFSHarley-Davidson Financial Services, a division of Harley-Davidson Inc., will pay $228,000 to more than 600 consumers in Massachusetts after the Milwaukee-based financing company allegedly failed to issue proper refunds to consumers under the terms of its motorcycle finance agreements, according to a press release from Massachusetts’ Attorney General Martha Coakley.

In exchange for special loan terms, borrowers pay optional enrollment fees and when the loans are paid off early, consumers can receive a pro-rated refund of the fees. Typically, the refunds are given back to the borrowers at the dealership that helped to arrange the loan, but when dealerships go out of business borrowers have had trouble getting the refunds, according to the press release.

Under the terms of the agreement hammered out through the Massachusetts attorney general’s office, the finance company will reimburse the money owed to the borrowers and pay $25,000 to the Commonwealth for the cost of the investigation. The notices and payments are expected to be mailed out in early July, according to the press release.

The problem was isolated to consumers in Massachusetts.

Tiny Pooch Takes Down Hog

menacing dogWell…we can finally answer that age old question of “what’s he going to do with it when he catches it.”

In Riverton Wyoming,  a chihuahua has become the first dog of its breed, (at least that we know of) to successfully chase and take down a motorcycle rider.  

No, it wasn’t some squid on a sport bike, or a 250 Honda Rebel, but a full size Harley-Davidson.

Yes, the smallest dog breed in the world has brought down the largest domestic motorcycle with only it’s fearsome bark and menacing scowl.

This past Monday,on Blackfoot Avenue, police were called to a incident where the owner of the motorcycle (who asked not to be identified) told officers he was driving eastbound on Blackfoot when the chihuahua ran at him and attempted to bite the front tire. He said he slammed on the brakes and the motorcycle tipped over, causing minor damage. 

The word on the street was the dog tells a different story. He is saying that he grabbed the front tire and slammed the bike to the ground.  Judging by his appearance, we sort of believe him.

Mission accomplished, he assassin chihuahua then fled the scene.  

A witness to the event suggested the motorcyclist might have been speeding, but refused to name the dog for fear of reprisals.  The dog’s owner was found and cited for allowing his pooch to run free.  

The owner told police, “I don’t know what I’m going to do.  Last week, Killer caused the trash truck to run over a fire hydrant and he’s been shagging the neighbors Shetland pony.  He’s completely out of control.”

KIller refused to comment.

 

Take the ‘Victory Across America Mileage Challenge’ If You Ride the Most Miles, Victory Will Pay for Your Bik

IMG_0639Riders Have from June 1-July 31, 2014, to Log Miles on a New Victory
MEDINA, Minn. (May 31, 2014) – Victory Motorcycle riders live for the ride, and Victory is supporting their high-mileage passion with the Victory Across America Mileage Challenge. Victory will reward the rider who puts the highest mileage on their new Victory this summer by paying for their bike.

The Victory Across America Mileage Challenge works like this: Purchase a new Victory Motorcycle between June 1, 2014, and July 31, 2014, and have the Victory dealer record the odometer reading at the time of purchase. Stop back at the dealership on or before July 31, 2014, and have the dealer record and submit the mileage you have rolled up. Victory will pay for the motorcycle ridden by the Victory rider who rolls up the highest mileage during the Victory Across America Mileage Challenge.

“Victory riders love to ride, it’s what they live for, and we’re supporting their love of the open road with the new Victory Across America Mileage Challenge,” said Steve Menneto, Polaris VP Motorcycles, who has logged an Iron Butt ride on a Victory Cross Country. “We know our riders will love the challenge of riding as much as possible on a new Victory Motorcycle with the opportunity to have us pay for their new bike. We expect to see some very impressive mileage.”

Along with getting to enjoy riding a new Victory this summer – and being eligible to win the Victory Across America Mileage Challenge – a rider can take advantage of outstanding offers including rebates, low-interest rate financing, and a 2-year extended service contract (ESC) by purchasing a new Victory now. (Limited-time offers vary by location. Details about specific current offers are available at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com.)

Buy Your New Bike Now to Receive Bonus Mileage
Riders have two opportunities to earn bonus mileage toward their Victory Across America Mileage Challenge total:

• A rider will receive a 1,000-mile bonus for purchasing their new Victory Motorcycle after riding at a Victory demo event.

Complete details about the Victory Across America Mileage Challenge are available from Victory Motorcycles dealers and at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com. Here are answers to Victory Across America Mileage Challenge FAQ:

• Any new – not currently registered – Victory Motorcycle is eligible.
• The rider must revisit their Victory dealer on or before July 31, 2014, to have the dealer record the final odometer mileage.
• The qualifying mileage will be the difference between the initial odometer reading at the time of purchase and the final reading.
• Victory Motorcycles will pay the rider what the rider paid for the motorcycle, excluding tax, title, registration, etc.

About Victory Motorcycles
Victory Motorcycles designs, engineers, manufactures and markets a full line of cruisers, baggers and touring motorcycles. Every Victory model delivers industry-leading performance, comfort, style, storage and reliability. The first Victory was produced on the Fourth of July, 1998, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where every Victory motorcycle continues to be produced today. Information about Victory motorcycles, apparel and accessories is available at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com.

BMW rider Valerie Thompson shatters motorcycle speed record at the Ohio Mile and becomes newest member of exclusive ECTA 200 MPH Club

1Valerie1Thompson joins ECTA 200 MPH Club with fastest BMW RR in MPS/F-1000 Class with record run of 208.71 mph

Scottsdale, AZ) – June 10, 2014 – It only took 28 seconds for six-time land speed record holder and one of the world’s fastest BMW motorcycle racers, Valerie Thompson, to shatter the East Coast Timing Association’s one-mile record in the MPS/Modified Class during the recent Ohio Mile competition. Thompson piloted her BMW S 1000 RR to 208.71 mph, easily breaking the former record of 205 mph. Thompson’s new record also qualified her for membership in the exclusive ECTA 200 MPH Club while claiming bragging rights as the fastest RR in the MPS/F-1000 Class.

“Going into this event, my confidence was very high. I had just arrived from the California Superbike School held in Birmingham, the best motorcycle racing course school in the US. We made a few modifications to my BMW RR by adding new HP Race Parts provided by BMW Motorrad USA, Akrapovic exhaust systems and additional horsepower with Magic Bullet Advance Fuel Treatment. The wonderful folks at NorthStar Battery also helped us with special delivery of two of their excellent batteries, which was a great help,” said team owner and rider Thompson. “It’s a great honor and achievement to be the newest member of the ECTA’s 200 MPH Club, especially since I am only the 3rd female of less than 100 members.  I’ll be wearing my ECTA 200 MPH Club lifetime member shirt proudly,” added a smiling Thompson.

The ECTA hosts four speed trial events at the Airborne Park facility in Wilmington Ohio each year. Prior to moving to the Airborne Park location in 2012, the ECTA held the competition in Maxton North Carolina from 1995 through 2011 and was named the Maxton Mile.

Thompson and her BMW team now turn their sights on setting new land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the July speed trials. For details, visit ValerieThompsonRacing.com.

YOUR-WIFE-MY-WIFE-BANNER-808-X-200Valerie Thompson Background

Valerie is a six-time land speed record holder and owner/driver of the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing Motorcycle Team who has also competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association and National Hot Rod Association drag racing series. She set a personal best top speed of 212 mph on her CTEK sponsored BMW S 1000 RR during the March 2013 Texas Mile competition. Thompson is an official member of the BUB Speed Trials 201 MPH Club, Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club, ECTA 200 MPH Club and the Texas Mile 200 MPH Club.

Valerie Thompson Racing Sponsors

CTEK Battery Charger – The World’s Smartest Battery Charger, BMW Motorrad – HP Race Parts, TROON Enterprises, Magic Bullet Advanced Fuel Treatment, Metro Auto Auction, Akrapovič Exhaust, Speed-Way Shelters, alpha Racing, Schuberth Helmet, Automotive Racing Performance, Worldwide Bearings, Stand-Up Photos, Vision Wheel, Go AZ Motorcycles of Scottsdale.

East Coast Timing Association Background

Two Bonneville racers, Tom Sarda and John Beckett, formed the East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) with the goal of providing members a safe racing venue to run speed trials in the Eastern half of the United States. The ECTA is now the principal sanctioning organization for Land Speed Racing in the Eastern US. Four times a year, scores of car and motorcycle racers from around the world gather at Airborne Airpark in Wilmington, Ohio, to speed down the Ohio Mile racecourse. Vehicles range from production cars and motorcycles – basically off the showroom floor – to exotic, purpose-built racers. The ECTA is a membership organization; participants must be a member to participate in ECTA events as a rider or driver. Spectators are welcome at all events.

Classic Solo & Pillion Saddles for 2014 Indian Chief Models

imageHollister, CA – The unique styling of Corbin’s Classic Solo will look excellent on your Indian while providing an extraordinary amount of rider comfort. Corbin’s seating platform conforms to the shape of your body for maximum support and more square inches of body contact. This is one of the secrets of long range comfort and is a staple of Corbin design. For added back support, our Classic Solo saddle accepts an optional rider’s backrest that provides an additional nine inches of vertical support. Also available in a CLOSE model that provides seating closer to the bars and slightly lower for easier reach.

Corbin backrests install easily into hardware concealed inside the saddle for a very clean look. In order to fit a wide range of riders, it is fully angle adjustable. Just install the backrest into the saddle, lock it in place with a single setscrew and adjust the backrest angle to suit. A variety of backrest styles are available to suit your taste and the amount of support desired. Shown with our most popular #02-SB Ovalbac backrest.

For maximum versatility we’ve designed the Corbin solo saddle to work with two different passenger pillion seats. Corbin’s 50’s pillion is built with our exclusive high-density Comfort Cell foam, just like our saddle, to provide firm support with a low profile, fender hugging profile. It comes decorated in your choice of leather styles to coordinate with your Corbin solo. Our Touring pillion provides your passenger with maximized seating area and touring class comfort. Sculpted ergonomically to eliminate hot spots and improve weight distribution. And Corbin engineers designed a third touring pillion modified to work with the Indian Sissy Bar. All three pillions install easily with all required hardware included.

For an added bit of luxury, the Classic Solo saddle has the option of electric heated seating. You’ll be amazed how a heated seat can raise your core body temperature during one of those chilly morning rides. This system easily wires directly to the bike’s accessory jack and provides heat with the flip of a switch. Heater unit is built into the saddle and comes preinstalled. Switch is conveniently located on the left side of the seat.

Corbin’s backrests come covered to match your saddle and also offer the option of custom finishing plates on the rear. Backrests come standard with an ABS leather look backing plate but you can choose a carbon-fiber look or a paintable model at no added charge. For a little extra we offer pre-painted gloss black that coordinates perfectly with the look of the bike.

Saddles and backrests include genuine leather seating panels in your choice of colors and styles and a tasteful diamond stitch pattern in the solo seat and embroidered warrior feather in the pillion. Leather provides a luxurious perch that breathes with your body enhancing comfort value. Leather will also break in along with the foam shape in support of the personalized fit. In the side panels we use a coordinating vinyl material to keep the saddle looking sharp longer and support the foam shape. We also include genuine leather fringe and the option of chrome or black studs at no additional charge (be sure to specify when ordering).

Looking to add a bit of storage to your bike? We now offer a slick “Glovebox” that bolts up to the Corbin backrests in place of a finishing plate (#297-B & #02-SB only). This little beauty provides four liters of locking storage with is plenty for all your small essentials like cell phones, maps, water bottles and even a spare pair of gloves. Fully lined on the inside to protect your cargo and the locking door keeps it all secure.

For those interested in obtaining more information on Corbin, you can reach them at 800-538-7035 or online at www.corbin.com. Visit Corbin Headquarters at 2360 Technology Parkway, Hollister, CA. 95023 or Corbin Florida at 1433 US Highway 1, Ormond Beach, FL 32174.

Don’t forget about Corbin’s 5th Annual Rider Appreciation Day and Hollister Rally on July 4-6, 2014! Corbin’s event to run all week in 2014 and their traditional Rally Discount will be offered from July 1-6, 2014. Corbin will also be offering custom saddle building appointments and free installation. Call or write for an appointment.image

Confrontation Between Biker and Motorist Turns Out Bad for The Biker

Russians record everything, especially in traffic. So, with that said, if you’re going to get in an altercation with a fellow motorists, there’s a better than even chance that if you get your ass beat, someone will post it to YouTube.

From the way it appears in this video, the guy on the big dresser, (a Goldwing perhaps) is riding the center lane beside another vehicle and tries to cut in front, or split the lane and gets into a verbal altercation with the auto driver, who jams the biker into the opposite lane, causing him to drop his bike. Once it escalates to this point, the biker does a little dance on the hood of the Toyota, resulting in a few punches being thrown. We say a few, because this fight was shorter than the 90 second knockout bout between Mike Tyson and Michael Spinks.

But at least the biker has his club brother there to help him… oh wait.. sorry bro.. I have a bad back.. I can’t get involved..

Motorcyclist T-Bones SUV Driver Making Illegal Left Turn

This YouTube video, captured by a traffic camera and uploaded by the Excelsior Springs MO Police department shows 20-year-old Britt Hamilton striking the front end of  an SUV when it turned left in front of him at the intersection of  Crown Hill Road and Highway 10 on May 9th.  

After seeing his video, Hamilton says he feels lucky to be alive.

“I hit, and then went numb for a second. Then I started to feel pain,” he said.  “I had a green light. I guess she got scared and slammed on the brakes,” he said.

“My wrist is swollen. My lip is messed up a little bit. I got a little knot on my leg,” Hamilton said. “I’m surprised I didn’t get a broken bone or something.”

Excelsior Springs police said the driver who hit the motorcyclist had a learner’s permit.

Hamiliton’s fiancee and his 10 month old baby girl was in the car right behind him when the accident occurred.

SET YOURSELF FREE ON THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON WORLD RIDE

just rideJoin H.O.G. and Riders around the World on the Open Road June 22-23

MILWAUKEE (May 6, 2014) – Take a break from the rat race on June 22-23 to join the thousands of Harley riders around the world who are shedding the shackles of responsibility and hitting the open road during the Harley-Davidson™ World Ride.

“For these two days riders will unite to blow off the daily grind and celebrate that being free is a lot more fun,” said Nigel Villiers, Harley-Davidson Director of Integrated Consumer Experience. “Riding is more appreciated when you can steal the time from something you’d rather not be doing, so let the meetings and honey-dos wait until Tuesday and just ride.”

One World, Two Days, Millions of Miles

 Launched in 2008 by the Harley Owners Group® as Million Mile Monday®, the annual riding event was expanded into the two-day Harley-Davidson World Ride in 2012 to give more riders worldwide an opportunity to participate. In 2012, participants logged 7.7 million miles, but last year as riders celebrated the 110th Anniversary of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the 30th Anniversary of H.O.G., riders from 66 countries blitzed that record by more than 25 percent, tallying an official total of more than 10 million miles. Riders logged their miles solo, in groups large and small, and through a variety of dealer-led events around the world, united by their shared passion for motorcycling.

Whether it’s across town, cross-country, or anything in between, every mile counts and can be recorded by logging into Harley-Davidson’s online mileage accumulator at h-d.com/worldride, where a rolling odometer will record the collective distance traveled by all participants in the World Ride.

“Every mile we ride together strengthens the bonds between riders and showcases to the world the powerful expression of freedom the World Ride represents,” Villiers said.

New for 2014, ride participants can also log their post-ride mileage directly onto the World Ride web site from mobile devices and share their riding stories and photographs on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #HDworldride. Participants can also download a certificate of participation after logging their mileage on the World Ride web site.

To learn more about the Harley-Davidson World Ride, visit h-d.com/worldride.

 

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
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.

Diamond Gusset Jeans Review

diamond-gusset-overviewI’m cheap.  I’ll admit it.  I’ve been known to ask the waitress for extra lemon and use the sugar at the table to make my own lemonade at restaurants.

Sometimes that pisses off the wait staff too.

So, you can imagine my reaction when I first saw the price tag on a pair of Diamond Gusset jeans at a motorcycle show in Nashville Tennessee.

What the hell?  $125 for a pair of blue jeans!  The price was so totally shocking, I had to ask.  “What makes these jeans so special?”

Turns out the guy I was asking was David Hall, the President and co-founder of Diamond Gusset Jeans, located in Bon Aqua Tennessee.

Over the next 5 minutes, David explained how the jeans were manufactured and the material they used.    I’ll get to all that later.  What was more impressive to me was the people who walked by the booth during that conversation and spontaneously  said to me, “best jeans I ever bought.”  “you’ll love those jeans, man.”  “I bought a pair 10 years ago and they’re still going strong!”

Recommended for both winter and summer riding, these jeans are made with Kevlar (the same stuff used in bullet proof vests) sewn in the knees, hips and butt area. Add to that the double stitching, the Velcro strap at the bottom of each leg to keep out the cold drafts, the  key hook over the right pocket and the convenient cell phone pocket on the right thigh and these jeans quickly became my go-to choice for motorcycle travel.

But the best part of the Defenders is what’s in the crotch. Uh..wait, I don’t mean…well….ok.. Let’s start over.

Diamond Gusset gets it’s name from the extra “diamond” shaped gusset that’s sewn into the crotch area of each pair. This little bit of material prevents that “something just grabbed me in the nads and is slowing squeezing me until my voice changes” feeling we have all gotten on long rides.

As I was leaving on a 10 day motorcycle ride from Tennessee to California, I left the show with a brand new black pair.  I would put these jeans through a few thousand miles of real world testing.  If there were any flaws, the miles would expose them.

The next morning with the temperature hovering in the upper 40’s I stuck out on the ride with just these jeans and a pair of textile over-pants covering my legs and I promptly forgot I had them on.  Over the course of the 12 hour day in the saddle, I spent some time wondering what it was that t I liked about these jeans versus my normal Wrangler or Levi jeans that I normally wear while riding.

The biggest benefit, besides the Kevlar stitching in the hips and knee area is the extra material sewn into the crotch area. On my normal jeans, I’m always “adjusting” that area, without gaining any relief.

I enjoyed the steel ring on the right side, that came in handy for hanging my motorcycle key.  Without that loop, I almost always put the key in my pocket…forget it’s there and get on the bike, only to have to stand up and dig out my keys.

Then there’s the telephone pocket on the right thigh.  Perfect spot for to keep my iPhone  without having it in a front or rear pocket.

Over the course of the trip we wore these jeans a total of 8 days, 12-14 hours per day.

I’m sold on these and will be buying a pair in blue, only because the black has faded some after about a dozen washes, but that’s happened with every black pair of jeans I’ve ever owned.

Available in blue or black for $124.95 these jeans are not cheap, but they’ll outlast any jeans in your closet four to one.  Consider the Kevlar protection, added features, and the fact that these are 100% made in America and the price becomes a non issue. www.americangusset.com