St Louis Chopper Builder Donate Custom Bike & 2.5 Million to College

Savill-BikeGary Savill and Barbara Stampfli-Savill, residents of St. Louis, and owners and operators of Silver Wraith Choppers, LLC in St. Louis  have donated a custom-built motorcycle to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine to be raffled as a part of the college’s annual Gentle Doctor Benefit (GDB). The GDB will be held on April 5 and serves as a fundraiser to support scholarships for the College of Veterinary Medicine

In addition to the motorcycle, the couple made an estate commitment of $2.5 million to the college. That gift will create an endowment to support scholarships for veterinary students and will encourage volunteer work among its recipients.

“We are thrilled to be able to give this gift to the College of Veterinary Medicine with the intent that it will support the development of future veterinarians for years to come,” Gary Savill said. “Barbara and I are animal lovers, and we hope this gift will help care for animals around the nation and the world by educating future classes of veterinarians. We also wish to enable students who otherwise would not be able to afford the education and training required to enter this noble profession. Another important aspect of this scholarship is volunteer work; we hope that students who receive this scholarship will be inspired to continue such charitable work throughout their careers.”

The Stampfli-Savill endowment will provide one or more scholarships to cover 50 percent of all tuition and fees each year to students who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be shown to students from underrepresented ethnic groups. Students awarded scholarships from the endowment will be required to perform at least 120 hours of animal-related community and volunteer service each year.

The Stampfli-Savills, who had no prior affiliation with MU or the College of Veterinary Medicine, were inspired to give their gift to the college after reading about the philanthropy of other donors.

Raffle tickets for the motorcycle are currently on sale. For more information about the motorcycle and to purchase tickets, visit: http://gdb.missouri.edu/motorcycle-raffle/.

Indian Ink; Wearing the Brand

In honor of Tat Tuesday, (also known as Fat Tuesday) we wanted to bring you this story of a unique tattoo.

Lonnie Hannah has been riding Harley-Davidson’s for a long time and he’s been a loyal customer. But, his connection with Indian motorcycles goes back longer to when his father built an Indian from spare parts. Now Lonnie, (who started working for the new Indian motorcycle company) is getting the ink to show he’s ready to change brands.

Yes, this is a promotional video from Indian, but that doesn’t change the fact that it looks like the Harley/Indian rivalry is back, in a big way. Is the market big enough for both? What do you think?

Lotus Enters Luxury Motorcycle Market

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It’s not a bike you’re likely to see parked on Main Street in Daytona during Bike Week.  Nor are you likely to see it pull up at your local bike night.

The C-01 from Lotus, designed by Daniel Stern (who designed the bike in TRON) is a limited production, extremely expensive and stupidly powerful collectors edition machine for those who can afford expensive toys.

Designed in conjunction with the Holzer Group, the CEO said, “The design process of the C-01 was a labor of love, there were many challenges, ensuring that the bike not only touches your visual senses with its timeless blend of classic appeal and modern execution, but that is safe and ergonomically sound was critical to me,” says Günther Holzer.

 

What do you think?  Do these types of motorcycles help the industry overall (as in the concept car designs) or are they just rich collector toys?  Comment below.

You Won’t Believe Which Brand Received The Worst “Reliability” Rating

12-BMW-K1600GTL-0151Consumer Reports surveyed 4680 subscribers who are motorcycle owners about the reliability of their motorcycles.  Out of those who responded to the survey, BMW touring and dual sport owners reported more problems with their motorcycles than owners of other brands.

One in every three BMW owners (33%)  said they’ve had an issue with their motorcycle in the past year.  One in every 4 Harley-Davidson owner (25%) reported an issue with their motorcycle.

Honda CBR, and Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R owners reported the least amount of problems.  The issues that were brought up the most by those who responded to the survey were problems with lights, switches, instrumentation, electrical or fuel systems.

Other brands such as  Kawasaki, Victory, Indian, Suzuki and Triumph were not ranked as the owners did not provide enough information as required by the survey.

You Won’t Believe What This Biker Charity Is Doing With Your Money

 

Founder Danny Perkins lives in a million dollar condo in Miami and oversees a lucrative money making biker funded charity

Founder Danny Perkins lives in a million dollar condo in Miami and oversees a lucrative money making biker funded charity

When Orlando television news reporter Matt Grant started digging around into the finances of Daytona based BADD, (Bikers Against Drunk Drivers) he hit a stone wall, at least when he contacted the organization directly. BADD is a well known motorcycle charity in Central Florida and is known for it’s motorcycle giveaways. According to records filed with the State of Florida in the three years prior to 2014, the organization collected just over $2.6 million dollars. Those same records indicate the charity has returned just $20,300 to victims of drunk drivers, less than 1% of the money it collected. The president of Charity Navigator, one of the largest non-profit charity watch dogs in the United States said the numbers don’t add up and gives BADD a “zero” rating. Records indicate that the charity’s founder Danny Perkins owns a luxury condo on Miami’s South Beach worth almost a million dollars and which records indicate was paid for in cash and a 27 foot pleasure boat which is registered in the charity’s name. When asked how donations are spent, Perkins told WESH in an email “the charity speaks for itself,”claiming BADD has sent out 5 million flyers and used Facebook posts to encourage people not to drink and drive.

 

Read the Story at WESH 2

Lawmaker Says Motorcycles (or bicycles) don’t belong in his County

Lawmaker says bikes and motorcycles should not be allowed in Suffolk Co New Jersey

Lawmaker says bikes and motorcycles should not be allowed in Suffolk Co New York. (previously incorrectly identified as New Jersey)

Thomas F. Barraga (R-West Islip) says people should ride bikes at all in Suffolk County New York because “Suffolk County is a suburban automobile community — drivers expect to see other drivers on the road, not bicyclists and motorcyclists.”  

The anti-motorcycle/bicycle legislator made those remarks in response to a high school senior who wrote to him as a part of a government class assignment.  The 17 year old, Matthew Cutrone, wrote to Barraga requesting “some sort of bike lane or maybe even warning signs in certain areas of the county” after his mother was hit by the driver of a van turning left in front of her.

After Barraga’s callous response lit up social media and prompted a ton of angry responses, the legislator said he’s standing by his remarks.  “I’m not going to tell them what they want to hear, a lot of fluff,” he said in an interview. “I tell them the truth.”   Barraga said he advises all his constituents not to take up bicycling because of the risk. “They usually do not listen — 90 percent of these people eventually were hit by an automobile, many like your mother with serious physical injuries,” Barraga wrote in the letter to Cutrone.

His office could not provide the source for the statistics Barraga cited.  The text of the letters are below.

*in an earlier version of this story, Suffolk County is incorrectly identified as being in New Jersey.

 

Matthew Cutrone’s letter to Legis. Thomas Barraga

Letter to Matthew Cutrone

 

Fictional Bikers Say They Saved Harley-Davidson

bobbyHe couldn’t save his fictional club brother Opie  who was killed in season 5, but  Bobby Munson (Mark Boone Jr.) tells the Hollywood Reporter that the hit cable show Sons of Anarchy “basically saved Harley-Davidson.”    Read it here.

Whoa there Bobby…that’s pretty big talk from a fictional patch holder.

It’s true that 7 years ago when the show first started, the motorcycle industry was just starting to swirl around the economic toilet drain, and several high profile manufacturers flushed themselves out,  but to claim that a television show “saved” a major motorcycle manufacturer from bankruptcy is…well…bullshit.

If  the Hollywood Reporter has their facts straight, Harley-Davidson is selling more bikes today than a few years ago and is leading the 18-34 market.  And, while 2012 overall sales increased 6 percent, if you believe that’s what saved the Bar and Shield, then I’ve got oceanfront property in Nebraska that I’ll sell you at $500 an acre.

What saved Harley-Davidson was draconian cuts in operating costs, new deals with it’s union, expansion of overseas markets and a recovering US economy that had nothing to do with the show being popular, any more than Then Came Bronson kept Harley-Davidson alive back in the 70′s.

I’ll bet the cut on my back on that.

Is this the future of Motorcycles?

1 rynoRyno Motors wants to be the motorcycle of the future, or rather the unicycle of the future.  The genesis of the Ryno one-wheeled electric motorcycle can be traced back to a moment when Chris Hoffman’s daughter asked if he could build something like what she saw in an episode of Dragon Ball.  You can ride the Ryno sitting down or standing up and right now the top speed is capped at 10mph and the effective range for the electric bike is 10 miles.

What do you think?  When the technology reaches the point to increase the speed, safety and range of this vehicle, will you own one?

 

The Ride Ends for The Trail of Tears

1 ride endsUPDATE:  11:06 pm EST.  USRiderNews was informed by Bill Cason that he is not ending the ride because of the politics or any reason other than he feels the original goals and mission of the Ride have been achieved.  USRiderNews regrets any reporting that may have led the reader to assume otherwise.   – Editor

Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride founder Bill Cason has called an end to the historic and popular September ride.    Cason is the original founding member of the ride that has originated from downtown Chattanooga for the past 20 years.  In his letter, Cason said, “On behalf of the entire Board of Directors of the Trail of Tears Remembrance Motorcycle Ride, I want to announce that we are at the End of The Trail for our annual charity motorcycle ride.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for 20 great years and your support of our organization as we remembered those ancestors forcibly removed from their homelands in the east to what is now present day Oklahoma.”

In the 20 years of the ride, Cason and his volunteers provided thousands of dollars of scholarship funds to Native America children,  and placed Historical Markers in many areas along the Trail.

Read the letter here  End Of Trail Letter 2013[1]

Grinch Steals Biker’s Christmas Tradition

West Kittaning PA:  Last Monday,  a thief, or thieves made off with Jeff John’s 1947 Indian motorcycle.  While that’s bad enough, the thieves have also stolen Christmas for some area children as well.

Johns told KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti he uses the motorcycle, known as “Indian Joe”  every Christmas Eve for a “Santa run.”

He puts on a beard, cap, and his leather jacket and makes several stops in the area, sometimes delivering Christmas candy to children.

“If someone just took it as a joke, joke’s over. I promise I won’t beat you or kill ya too bad, bring it back.” said Johns.