ThunderBeach Extends Then Reverses Decision. Some Venues Delayed One Day

1thunderbeach Thunder_Beach_Motorcycle_Rally_logo***  NOTE *** We have received word from Thunderbeach Productions that officials have REVERSED their decision to extend the rally.

 VENDORS who have power can open on Thursday, but all vending in FRANK BROWN PARK will be delayed opening until FRIDAY due to the relocation from the grass field to the paved parking lot.

Earlier today (Wednesday April 30) USRiderNews received notice that the rally was going to be extended, however, a few hours later, that decision was reversed.

The weather has not affected the the Best of the Beach Bike Show.  The semi-annual show, scheduled for Saturday May 3rd, will still be held as planned.  Dates and times for other official Thunderbeach Events may have changed, and you are encouraged to check the event website for updated information.  www.thunderbeachproductions.com

 

 

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.

AMSOIL Joins Lawbike.Com Best of The Beach Bike Show As Sponsor

Amsoil will give away free product to each person who enters the Lawbike.com Best of the Beach Bike Show. (actual product may differ from shown)

March 10, 2014 Panama City Beach:  USRiderNews announced  that Amsoil will co-sponsor the Lawbike.com Best of The Beach Bike show to be held May 3rd in Pier Park, Panama City Beach.  The semi-annual bike show is held in conjunction with Thunder Beach Bike Week and officially sanctioned by Thunder Beach Productions, Pier Park and USRiderNews.

Amsoil will be providing free product to each bike show entrant, as well as displaying their line of products for motorcycles and powersports equipment.

A total of $10,000 in cash and prizes will be given away from  industry leading companies such as Kuryakyn, Custom Dynamics,  HHI, RC Components, and Renegade Wheels.     Wizards Products has also signed on to provide FREE cleaning products to the first 75 bikes entered in the show (valued $20)   (gift certificates subject to change without notice)

Best of Show will win $1000 from Lawbike.com

angels for educationProceeds from the show benefit the local charity Angels for Education.

In addition, USRiderNews will award a Kindle Fire to some lucky participant or spectator at 4:30 pm on Saturday afternoon after the awards have been announced.

The show benefits Toys for Kids Foundation, a local charity that provides to underprivileged children during the holidays.

Save $10 by pre-registering here

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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

Rev Up Your Engines and Organize a Poker Run

Take advantage of poker’s unique appeal and motorcycles’ distinctive magnetism

poker-run-1Poker runs are a great way to raise funds for a charitable cause. The event normally uses motorcycles; however, different variations involved bicycles, cars, boats, and even horses. But no matter what type of vehicle you prefer to use, as long as you have a full tank of gasoline and the drive to help those in need, then you’re all revved up and good to go. Organizing a fun poker run may seem daunting at first, but in hindsight, all the hard work and stress will surely pay off once you see the fruits of all your labor. Here are some of the important points to consider before planning a poker run.
1) Various institutions like the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the H. E. R. O. E. S. Care provide a huge helping hand for their targeted cause. That’s why it’s always important to determine a charitable cause to raise funds for. Whether it is for a specific type of cancer research or a campaign to directly assist the United States’ brave soldiers, you should thoroughly plan and research ahead of time.

2) Since time is of the essence when organizing a poker run, you need to set a suitable date for the event. Pick out a time of the year when the weather smiles back at you for a more carefree riding experience. However, if your community has an upcoming festival or feast day, you can also consider connecting it in concurrence with the event.

3) Make sure to have reliable insurance papers and other necessary documents for your event to push through. You have to greatly consider the importance of all the riders’ safety and the establishments’ liability insurance. 

4) To boost your funds, you have to get sponsors to support your event. It can be as simple as a business logo being displayed along the route or as fancy as a gasoline sponsorship from ExxonMobil. It won’t be hard to find an appropriate backer for a legitimate poker run event, especially with the attractiveness of the game of poker, and the offhand charm of motorcycles. 

5) You need to firmly set guidelines for the event’s participants, and provide each one with a copy. Also, make certain the officials and other organizers know how the game works and the ranking of each poker hand. You wouldn’t want to get confused between participants and officials.

6) Carefully map a route while you drive and time it. Allot extra time for games and pit stops along the path. Convenience establishments are good options, especially when participants need to get their fill of coffee, soda, or take bathroom breaks. Just make sure to contact the management to notify them about possible traffic congestion in the area.

7) Lastly, there is no “I” in “team,” so you have to gather up volunteers for the poker run. Supply everyone with basic essentials like food, water, and uniforms for the whole day event. And to add more fun, you can also let them arbitrate exciting activities and mini-games in their outposts.

Upcoming Texas Charity Events

Bikers in city streetsThat’s right, it’s motorcycle season. If you ride, then you know very well the excitement about this time of year. Large packs of motorcycles shake highways and byways to their very core. Don’t just think that riders are all gruff. Sure, the lifestyle is a little rough around the edges, but riders — especially in Texas — have a great sense of compassion. That’s why the season of motorcycles is also the season of charity rides. From the summer on, there are plenty of events to participate in.

Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride & Cook-Off – June 29

After a brief memorial ceremony, the memorial ride kicks off through scenic Harris, Fort Bend, Waller, Brazoria and Galveston Counties. Ending at the Galveston County Fairgrounds, participants can engage in a plethora of festivities. Between eating plates of barbecue food, riders can listen to live entertainment and participate in bike games. Registration costs $25 per rider and $35 for rider and passenger. Money is raised for the Texas Fallen Heroes Family Network fund, a Texas LODD Task Force program that provides support to the families of firefighters who gave their life in the line of duty.

Bikers for Heroes – September 14

The 2nd Annual Bikers For Heroes Patriotic Parade raises funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, to honor wartime veterans. A fleet of motorcycles will begin and end in the Community of Westminster with scenic routes through Farmersville Square and The War Memorial Plaza. You can enter the event for $20, which includes a T-shirt for the first 100 registered. Big Slicks will provide a free breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and a burger and chips lunch for $5 at the ride’s end, according to the Bikers for Heroes website.

Revvin’ for the Ribbon – September 21

Motorcyclists will don their pink ribbons for this upcoming community event benefiting breast surgery patients. The proceeds raised will go toward the Ultimate Healing Kits for patients at local hospitals. Revvin’ for the Ribbon consists of a motorcycle rally winding through the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex—500 riders are expect to participate, according to CycleFish.com. An expo will also take place with live music and stories from the breast cancer community.

Considering that you may be exposed to some harsh elements during the ride, it’s probably a great time to give your bike the once-over. Does your Bonneville need some new brake pads? Looking to invest in some quality rain gear for the Texan rides? More importantly, is your battery full and ready to go? Companies like BikeBandit.com sponsor AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days on July 19-21. The popular parts outlet will give away BikeBandit.com motorcycle parts gift cards away every ten minutes to use on bike upgrades for the upcoming charity events. Make 2013 a year to remember, not only for you but for the millions that need your help, all by riding your motorcycle.

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.

 

Marketplace Events Enters Motorcycle Consumer Show Business

Marketplace Events VP & GM, Motorcycle Group, Larry Little

For manufacturers and distributors of motorcycles, accessories and apparel, the Progressive Insurance International Motorcycle Shows  (IMS) are where new models and products are unveiled to the press and the motorcycle consumer.  It’s a market that has been dominated by one player, Advanstar Communications.

But that all changed yesterday when  Marketplace Events announced it had hired former long-time publisher of Cycle World magazine, Larry Little, and was expanding into the motorcycle events business with the American International Motorcycle Expo, set to open sometime in the fall of 2013.

Marketplace Events is well positioned to go head to head with Advanstar.  The company produces 21 home shows in major markets across the US and has the infrastructure and experience in running successful consumer trade shows.

Little said AIME will be” timed to align with the annual reveal of new motorcycles…and is intended to create a greater efficiency for the industry to conduct business with retailers, promote new product to the press and consumers, while creating a heightened interest for motorcycling as both sport and as a viable, green transportation alternative.”

Little said his vision for the show is more in line with week long shows like  ICMA in Milan and Intermot in Cologne, Germany where the first two days are set aside for the manufacturers to reveal their new models to the press which fuels the fire for thousands of motorcycle consumers (and dealers) which flood the show floor on the third, fourth and fifth day.

It’s an ambitious goal and to reach it, Marketplace Events must find a way to coalesce the fragmented trade show circuit in the US.  Besides the (mostly) consumer IMS show,  there is the (dealer only) Expos in Cincinnati and Indianapolis produced by Easyriders and Advanstar, and the (consumer) shows like Easyrider Bike shows, Cyclefest in Indiana, Great American Motorcyle Show in Atlanta and the Donnie Smith Bike Show in St. Paul Minnesota.

How Larry Little and Marketplace Events plans to do that is anybody’s guess at this point, but it will be interesting to find out in which major market the inaugural show will be held, and the date it will be held.

Traditionally the New York IMS show is where the major motorcycle manufacturers have released new models to the press and consumers.  This year Victory and Zero debuted new bikes.  To steal the thunder from IMS, Marketplace Events must pick a location and a date that will ensure a larger audience for manufacturers.  Little says he hopes to announce dates and locations by the end of February.

Thunder Beach Changes Autumn 2012 Dates

Panama City Beach:  Thunder Beach Productions has announced that while the  Spring 2012 dates will be the same as always, still attached to the 1st Sunday of May, the autumn rally is moving ahead one week in an attempt to show local officials the benefit of  moving the event to the 2nd weekend in October, and making it permanent, instead of the 1st weekend

 Autumn Rally – Wednesday October 10th through Sunday October 14th, 2012

Joe Biggs, President of Thunder Beach Productions released information to local businesses and vendors with their side of the argument.

 ” For years we have been trying to secure the 2nd weekend of October, just before Biketoberfest, which is always, the 3rd weekend.  This would enable the attendance of the many National Vendors who come to the Spring Rally but, can’t attend the Autumn Rally because of unmovable schedule conflicts.  Virtually every National Vendor who comes in the Spring (and then some) has committed to the Fall Rally if we move the dates as noted!  More after the poll

(The Biggest and Best Bike Show in Florida, STEELHORSE LAW Best of the BEACH)

With the demise of the Seafood Festival, we thought that we were a shoe-in to get the Columbus Day weekend dates.  Not so.  A narrow majority of the TDC Board felt that weekend was the “last chance to get family business” during the fall season.  So they came up with the “Pirates of the High Seas Festival”.  While it is awkward for us to comment on the perceived success of this event, I’m sure all of you lodging folks can!  For 2012 the “problem” has been temporarily removed by the calendar. Columbus Day, always the 2nd Monday in October, falls on October 8th. The TDC has reserved Frank Brown Park for its Pirate Fest the prior weekend, which leaves the following weekend open for Thunder Beach. Since Biketoberfest is always the 3rd weekend in October, vendors will have no conflicts with vending at Thunder Beach in route to Daytona. Note: This calendar opportunity is for 2012 Only. In 2013, Columbus Day is once again the 2nd weekend.  Our goal is to grow the Autumn Rally to be as successful as the Spring Rally. With your help, we are confident this will happen.  Next year Thunder Beach Productions will be requesting to keep Thunder Beach the 2nd weekend in October for 2013 and beyond.  We will need all of our Sponsors and Business Partners to help make this happen by making your voices heard.  We must convince the City Council and the TDC that Thunder Beach be allowed this 2nd weekend in October.  Bed Tax Collectors and the Business Community need to come together with their support for Thunder Beach.

 For more information, visit www.thunderbeachproductions.com