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.

 

HARLEY-DAVIDSON CUSTOMERS CONTINUE TO DRIVE H.O.G. EVOLUTION

a HOG logoMILWAUKEE (Dec. 11, 2013) – Members of the Harley Owners Group®, the official riding club of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, celebrated H.O.G.’s commitment to freedom and self-expression by choosing a new logo for the world’s largest rider club.

The new visual element evolves the design of one of the most recognized symbols in motorcycling and creates more choices for members to express their pride in H.O.G.® membership.

“The iconic H.O.G. logo represents the passion of our riders, and no matter where in the world you go, chances are you’ll find a fellow rider wearing it. It’s a global symbol of freedom, independence and love of the open road,” said Harley Owners Group Director Ken Knuteson. “As part of our commitment to bring more value to our H.O.G.® members, we asked them to help direct the evolution of this powerful symbol.”

The new logo is the latest in a series of enhancements to the H.O.G.® membership experience in 2013, including a refreshed members-only web site, updates to the company’s Ride Planner online ride mapping service, and launching a digital edition of HOG® magazine for mobile devices.

More than 100,000 H.O.G.® members around the world voted online and overwhelmingly selected the winning logo over several proposed designs. The new design captures the spirit of the original Heritage design, which has been in use since the beginning of H.O.G. in 1983, and remains instantly recognizable to legions of H.O.G.® members around the world.

Major changes to the logo include bringing the Harley-Davidson Bar & Shield into the heart of the design, proudly representing H.O.G.® as the official riding club of Harley-Davidson, while the eagle shifts its gaze in a new direction to seek new horizons and adventures. Both the new and Heritage versions of the H.O.G. logo are available now on patches and other merchandise and will be joined by additional graphic options in the future to provide members with even more opportunities to express themselves and show their pride in membership.

With nearly 1 million members and more than 1,400 chapters in 140 countries, the Harley Owners Group® is the world’s largest rider club, providing its members with rewarding benefits and unique experiences that enhance their motorcycling experience. For more information about the Harley Owners Group visit h-d.com/hog.

Indian Motorcycle Unveils The Big Chief Custom

121313-2014-indian-big-chief-custom-01-633x389At the Indian Motorcycle display inside the International Motorcycle Show (IMS) at the Javits Center in New York City, Indian Motorcycle®,  revealed a fully customized, Indian Chief Classic conceptualized and designed by Indian Motorcycle’s Industrial Design team. The “Big Chief Custom” is the first custom Indian Chief created around the 2014 models introduced with great fanfare at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this past August.

Spearheaded by the head of Polaris Industries’ Industrial Design team Greg Brew, a small and dedicated team undertook the task of customizing a stock 2014 Indian Chief Classic.  It features an array of Genuine Indian Motorcycle aftermarket accessories along with a custom paint scheme and billet girder front fork. This Big Chief Custom was designed to spark owners imagination on how to customize, enhance and personalize the 2014 Indian Chiefs.

One special highlight of the custom build is the billet aluminum girder front end that recalls the early Indian models. Designed, machined and built in-house, the girder fork features fully machined uprights and sand-blasted billet cross members with a custom 23-inch front wheel. The custom front valance fender maintains the classic look of the Indian Chief. A custom shock and headlight complete the front end package. Custom paint was applied in-house by team member Steve Leszinski with a multicolored theme from prior generations of Indian Motorcycles. Another nod to the long history of Indian Motorcycle is the springer style seat, though updated through a cantilevered design. Combined with the standard  single rear shock, the Big Chief Custom promises to be a smooth ride.

121313-2014-indian-big-chief-custom-05-seat-detail-583x389 121313-2014-indian-big-chief-custom-06-583x389 121313-2014-indian-big-chief-custom-07-girder-fork-259x389 121313-2014-indian-big-chief-custom-14-new-york-city-518x389 121313-2014-indian-big-chief-custom-15-new-york-city-291x389The “Pinnacle Series” of Indian Motorcycle accessories on the Big Chief Custom includes the Cam Cover, Primary Cover, Chrome Grips and Beach Bars.  The robust sounding Stage 1 exhaust sports Fish Tail Tips. Other custom accessories include War Bonnet Floorboard Pads, a Heel Shifter and chrome Rear Fender Bumper.

The “Big Chief Custom” will be on display in the Indian Motorcycle exhibit as part of the 2014 International Motorcycle Shows tour. Remaining tour stops include Novi, Michigan; Washington, DC; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; and Seattle, Washington.

The Display features the 2014 line of Indian Chief motorcycles including the Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and the Chieftain — Indians’ first-ever bagger. The display also includes the Spirit of Munro, a custom tribute to the legendary Burt Munro, and a display of vintage Indian motorcycles dubbed “Springfield Row” that will change from show to show. Additional features include an accessory and apparel display, a cut-away Thunder Stroke 111 engine and a rolling chassis that showcases the advanced technology underpinning all Indian Motorcycle models.

 

She Survived Cancer & Motorcycle Wreck But Couldn’t Survive Getting Hit By A Car

okulyTalk about irony.  Sally Ann Okuly survived cancer and the motorcycle wreck that left her house bound for 6 months.  But the grim reaper wasn’t going to be denied so the first day she ventured outside her house to walk across the street, Okuly was stuck by a car and killed instantly.  Police say Okuly was crossing with the light and was in the crosswalk.

“One of her favorite things to do was to walk over across that street to the Wawa gas station,” said her husband, Bill Okuly.

Sally Ann was also a mother of two. The couple — who were members of the Rolling Thunder motorcycle club — was set to celebrate their 41st anniversary Monday.

Read the whole story at NBC

Montgomery Alabama Officer Fired for Drag Racing

1 copA police officer in Montgomery Alabama has been fired, or rather has resigned, after a YouTube video surfaced in which he was seen, on his police bike, engaging in a friendly red light quick race with a civilian motorcyclist.

Montgomery resident Lawrence Lee Spillers recorded the video Sunday with a Go Pro camera attached to his motorcycle helmet.  “Honestly I think the cop was just trying to have a good time.  Spillers said it wasn’t much of a race.  “We didn’t even go above 60 mph.”

The Police chief saw it differently.  “For the very thing that we are out here enforcing the law, for an officer to cross that line and violate it, there’s no excuse. I will not tolerate it, and he is no longer wearing the badge,”

Watch the video and give us your thoughts.  Should he have been fired, or just disciplined?

*Update:  Officer Carlos Rogers was reinstated by Chief Kevin Murphy after reviewing the evidence and talking with Rogers.  Murphy said the city attorney and municipal prosecutor reviewed the video and said they would not pursue the case because there wasn’t enough evidence. After speaking with Rogers and hearing “from his heart the conciliatory regret” he had, Murphy decided to reinstate him.  “He cared so much and felt so bad he hurt us that he decided to step down,” Murphy said. “A man like that, in my book, deserves a second chance.  Rogers said during the incident, he was trying to show kinsmanship with a fellow biker and show police officers can be nice and friendly, not always aggressive or combative. But Rogers said he also is viewed as a professional and needs to behave more professionally.

Florida Georgia Line to Cruise into the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®

FGL300x300Sturgis, SD (November 5, 2013) – The Sturgis Buffalo Chip added chart-topping country act, Florida Georgia Line, to the artist lineup of its 33rd annual motorcycle and music festival. The duo will bring their collection of hard-driving country hits to the 2014 festival including singles, “Cruise,” “Get Your Shine On,” “Round Here” and “Stay.” The contemporary country superstars will perform on Wednesday, Aug. 6 during the 2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, joining a lineup that currently includes previously announced headliners, Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Buffalo Chip festival will take place July 28-Aug. 9, 2013.

Florida Georgia Line’s popularity has skyrocketed since releasing consecutive, multi-week No. 1 hits from their debut album, “Here’s to the Good Times.” The smash hit, “Cruise,” broke the record for longest No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, sold over 6 million downloads in the US and is the second best-selling country single ever, according to SoundScan.

“These guys are selling out stadiums all over the nation right now,” says Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Their work-hard-play-hard attitude provides fans a heavy dose of ‘Good Times,’ which is very relatable for those who come to the Chip to have fun and let loose.”

The four-time American Music Awards nominee, Florida Georgia Line, is one of many artists Buffalo Chip campground guests can enjoy during the nine-day music festival. Concertgoers can expect to sing along with popular radio hits while taking in the authentic 2014 Sturgis Rally experience at the Buffalo Chip. The festival will continue to announce world-class entertainment as it books more artists who fit its motto of “Best Party Anywhere™.”

The 33rd annual Motorcycle and Music Festival delivers nine days of non-stop entertainment July 28-Aug. 9, 2014. Camping passes are on sale now, and all concerts are free with camping. For more information about camping, concerts and motorcycle events at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip campground, visit www.BuffaloChip.com or call (605) 347-9000.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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™. Now in its 33rd year, this event is one of the few remaining independent music festivals in the world. The famed creek-fed 580-acre camping resort is located three miles east of Sturgis, SD. Since 1981, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip has provided nine days of epic live music experiences and exciting activities for fans from around the globe. 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 Buffalo Chip is a festival experience like no other. More details are available atwww.BuffaloChip.com.

 

HARLEY-DAVIDSON RELEASES TWO NEW WATER COOLED MODELS IN MILAN

(note* at the time we received this press release, the links are not yet active)

Harley Street Production ShootMILAN (Nov. 4, 2013) – Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) is continuing its monumental ride, which began with the introduction of Project RUSHMORE in August, by revealing two new Dark Custom™ motorcycles designed for young urban riders around the world.

 The Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 and Street™ 500 motorcycles – the first all-new platform from Harley-Davidson in 13 years – are built for urban environments with all-new liquid-cooled Revolution X™ powertrains, nimble agility and the sound and look that lets everyone know they are genuine Harley-Davidson.

 “These are the newest motorcycles to join our Dark Custom lineup, which helped make us the number-one selling brand to young adults in the U.S. for the past five years,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “Both the Street 750 and Street 500 were designed with thousands of hours of input from young adults in cities around the world. This input guided both the attitude and capabilities of these motorcycles. They are proof that being customer-led continues to be a core driver of our product development process.”

 Urban, Authentic Harley-Davidson

The Street 750 and Street 500 from Harley-Davidson are built for an urban environment. Each motorcycle features the new Revolution X engine, designed to match the demands of stop-and-go traffic with nimble agility, while delivering instant throttle response to escape city gridlock. 

 The Revolution X engine will be housed in a new, narrow and lean chassis built for agility, with a super-low seat height, new suspension and broad handlebar sweep that provides confidence and maneuverability when managing tight turns and fast moves. Both signature Dark Custom motorcycles feature a premium, minimalist style that serves as a blank canvas for riders to customize.

 “These new bikes are leaner, yet still have a mean streak – they’re the real deal, made of real steel.” said Mark-Hans Richer, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “They’re designed to handle the abuses of urban environments and provide authentic opportunities to customize.”

 The Harley-Davidson Street 750 and Street 500 will be rolling into dealerships in select markets starting in 2014. More information is available at www.h-d.com/street.

 Video of the Harley-Davidson Street platform reveal in Milan, including an in-depth walk-through of the motorcycles, details on their design, and a Q&A with Richer will be available athttp://www.youtube.com/HarleyDavidson.