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INC. Magazine Hosts A Select Group of Motorcycle Riding CEO’s and Business Owners For The First Of Its Kind “Riders Summit” in North Las Vegas This Fall

valley of fireAsk any motorcyclist worth their chaps and he or she will tell you they’ve had the experience of finding an unexpected waterfall, twisty road or breathtaking sunset vista at least once during their time spent in the saddle.

It’s a word INC. Magazine president Bob LaPointe, and author Dwain M. Deville are both familiar with.

But what does that have to do with motorcycle riders and entrepreneurs? A lot more, it seems, than anyone knew or guessed. That is until a year or so when LaPointe put together the first CEO ride at an INC 5000 conference in Phoenix Arizona.

LaPointe, himself a “boomerang” Harley-Davidson rider (someone who grows up riding motorcycles and leaves it while raising a family and returns when the kids are grown) says he wasn’t thinking about the business implications at that first ride.

“I decided that I’d just try getting together a group of entrepreneurs, CEO’s of privately held companies that tend to attend our national conferences and we’d take a ride of 4 or 5 hours together prior to the conference. I did it for the first time in Phoenix and we had 20 riders sign up.”

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Founder and co-host Bob LaPointe is the president of INC. Magazine.

LaPointe says something quite unexpected and magical happened after the ride. “It was serendipity. This group of riders (who didn’t know each other before the event) stuck together like glue through the entire conference. We saw them in sessions together, they would sit at meals together. If someone was local, they would invite all the riders over to their homes for dinner, we’d see them late night at the bar together drinking beer.”

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Summit co-host Dwain M. Deville is a professional speaker, author and entrepreneur.

The bonding that resulted in that first, (and several subsequent rides) inspired this first ever event, INC Riders Summit. Sponsored by Inc Magazine and hosted by author Dwain Deville, (Bikers Guide to Business) scheduled for November 12-15 at the Aliante Casino & Resort, in North Las Vegas NV. The Riders Summit promises to be a very different networking and community event that will bring together some of the most extraordinary CEO’s in the world, INC 5000 companies, growth companies, entrepreneurs, for highly interactive networking and business sessions with afternoon, into early evening rides, sprinkled with other great experiential activity such as trap shooting and premium cigar sampling.

The Riders Summit itself is the result of a chance meeting between LaPointe and Deville. Deville was at a conference promoting his book, Bikers Guide to Business, when he overhead LaPointe talking about surviving cancer. Deville, also a cancer survivor, introduced himself and offered LaPointe a copy of his book, who upon reading the title, revealed that he rode a Harley. The two men struck up a conversation which led to a 90 minute meeting in the offices of INC. Magazine which led into the CEO rides at the INC Conferences, which sparked the birth of the Riders Summit.

Limited to 50 spots, the total cost of the (all inclusive) summit is just under $5,000 which includes meals, hotels, chase vehicle and even the motorcycle you’ll need while you’re there. While that sounds high, think about how much you may have spent for a few days in Daytona or Sturgis during one of the national rallies. From a business standpoint, you probably could not claim any of that as legitimate business expenses, nor were you in a position to meet potential customers or form long lasting business partnerships.

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Deville says price was carefully considered to attract the top level CEO’s who can afford it. “If you’re going to drop 4500 dollars you’re already going to understand the investment and the benefit of that investment. Because you’re going to meet people at your level, you’re going to meet people doing business in certain ways.” Deville added, “It’s the opportunity to really create a whole new tribe. A different tribe of people at your level.”

LaPointe and Deville both laugh at the prospect of forming a C-Suite exclusive “biker club” like the Brothers of the Boardroom or the Wall Street Disciples.  Neither men rule out the possibility of a future club, but LaPoint says, “My vision of success is to be riding someday and by serendipity finding somewhere a woman, guy or couple wearing one of our damn cool t-shirts or jackets with INC Riders Summit logo on it.”

Knowing his history with serendipity, that’s a chance meeting we’d put high odds on happening.

For more information on the inaugural INC. Riders Summit, visit www.riders.inc.com

Biker Survives Being Struck by Lightning

Michael LaDue was on the I-5 interstate near Chehalis Washington Thursday Sept 5th when he was hit by a bolt from out of the sky, literally.    Police reports say around 9:30 am,  LaDue riding in a heavy rain when he was struck in the helmet by lightning.  A couple who was driving behind him when they heard a boom and saw Ladue’s helmet “light up” and thought at first their eyes fooled them, until they saw him slump over and move onto the shoulder of the freeway.  That’s whey they pulled up to help.  They reported LaDue asked, “Why am I stopped here?”

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Photo from KIRO TV.

They told the 59-year-old he’d been struck by lightning and offered to help.  Ladue decided to ride to the next exit to a gas station where he pulled off his helmet and discovered the hair on one side of his head singed off and his ears burnt around the edges.   The clerk at the gas station, Brandi Abrego,  reported LaDue said he was “really hot” and “when he grabbed my hand, he was really, really hot to the touch.”

The padding inside  LaDue’s helmet was scorched and the outside showed a mark where the lightning struck and his bike shows burn marks near the antenna.

LaDue was taken to Harborview Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Three Awesome Indian Summer Motorcycle Road Trips

IMG_7461Before long Mother Nature will blow her frosty kisses on the landscape and in October the leaves will explode in a multitude of reds, oranges and golden yellows. That’s when the mountain roads get thick with tourists paying more attention to the ash, sweetgum and maple trees than the black top.

September in our opinion is one of the best riding months in the year. School is back in session, fewer families are on the highway, the fall color tourists haven’t started their pilgrimage  and the temperatures are, compared to July & August, downright cool. The only real hazard are the hard core tailgating football fans who may have had a few too many celebrating the home teams upset win.

Three Rides You Will Love

1. Beginning in Nashville, the Natchez Trace runs southwesterly for 444 miles, through Alabama and Mississippi and ends in Natchez, one of most charming cities of the old South. For Civil War buffs, few places can rival Natchez for it’s rich history and authentic antebellum homes. Even its ruins are spectacular, as the photo above shows the Ruins of Windsor, near the town of Port Gibson a few miles north of Natchez. Situated on the banks of the Mississippi (which means legal gambling for those who fancy themselves a riverboat dandy

IMG_77292. There is no more enduring icon of the birth of our nation than Plymouth Rock and it is one of the few significant historical attractions that is free to the public. Admittedly this suburb of Boston is pretty congested on the weekends, but mid to late September is less crowded than summer. Besides the actual rock, (or what’s left of it after souvenir hunters have chipped away at it over the centuries) an authentic recreation of the Mayflower sits in the nearby harbor staffed with period actors who stay in character and do a good job of relating what it was like for the pilgrims who landed in 1620. If you need to twist the throttle after soaking up history, take a quick 30 mile loop through nearby Miles Standish State Forest

3. Few people consider Oklahoma when thinking of Route 66, but it’s one of the best kept secrets along the Mother Road. With 400 miles (the longest driveable stretch) there’s enough

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sightseeing for a three or four day cruise. Start in Miami OK at the Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum where you’ll find Evel Knievel’s helmet from his 1973 world record jump in the LA Coliseum. Continue heading southwest through Tulsa, a few miles off Rt. 66 is the town of Foyil OK where you’ll find Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park home to the largest concrete totem pole in the US. Heading west, US Route 66 generally follows the same route as State Rt. 66 and about 300 miles later you’ll arrive in presidential favorite Elk City, where the Route 66 Museum is located. President Jimmy Carter once said of this town “I visited at least 50 places for town hall meetings when I was president, and the best one I ever had in my life was in Elk City,” Think of how much more he would’ve enjoyed it on a motorcycle.

For more must see motorcycle destinations, pickup a copy of Motorcycle Journey’s Through The American South 

Kawasaki is recalling Concours 14 police motorcycles for multiple problems

2013-kawasaki-recalls-police-concoursKawasaki is recalling 337  model year 2012-2013 Concours 14 police motorcycles. The improper installation of additional police accessories may cause multiple safety issues such as fuel leaks, reduction of braking ability and loss of electrical power to the engine, resulting in a stall.  Also installation of police accessories may cause the 30-amp main fuse to blow.the additional police wiring harness may chafe leading to a short, which may blow the main fuse. If the fuse blows, the engine may stall increasing the risk of a crash. Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will correct the electrical system problems, free of charge. Kawasaki has notified the affected police departments and will send trained factory personnel to the departments to repair the motorcycles.   Owners may contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381. This campaign is an expansion of recall 12V-134. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Harley Hints at Entry Level Model Made in India and Electric Bike

made-in-india-bikeWe can’t confirm it, but Gizmag is reported that during the recent 110th anniversary celebrations, Harley-Davidson H-D’s COO (Chief Operating Officer) Matthew Levatich said the brand is planning to release a 500cc model to appeal to entry level riders, and that it will probably be built overseas.  Levatich is quoted as saying, “We have Harley-Davidson factories in India and Brazil – can we leverage those facilities and expertise so it can get to the, for example, Indian consumer, faster?  These are things we are becoming more open-minded to, but we understand the importance of ‘made in America’ – the American quality, spirit and integrity that matters to the customer.”

Levatich also said he’s often asked about an “electric”  model.  “People would say ‘hell no’. But why not: our engineers are quite intrigued with the idea of what an electric Harley would look like, sound like and feel like. And would it be visceral, would it be emotional, would it be luscious. And there’s a way to do that I believe, and it would be very exciting.”

Industry insiders speculate that the threat of a revived Indian Motorcycle Co is the reason Harley-Davidson is exploring every potential avenue to reverse its shrinking demographic base by attracting younger riders who may not care about where a bike is manufactured.

Read the report at Gizmag here

HARLEY-DAVIDSON REDEFINES MOTORCYCLING WITH PROJECT RUSHMORE

MILWAUKEE (Aug. 19, 2013) –Yesterday, Harley-Davidson unveiled its new lineup of 2014 motorcycle models during the company’s Annual Dealer Meeting in Denver, Colo. The star of the show is not a single bike – rather eight new bikes under the banner Project RUSHMORE, the outcome of a new customer-driven product development effort, which Harley-Davidson implemented to re-engineer the world’s best-selling line of touring motorcycles. The road trip will never be the same.

In the largest scale new model launch in the company’s 110-year history, Project RUSHMORE encompasses eight new motorcycles that feature improved power and braking performance, enhanced rider ergonomics, and dramatic styling updates that completely redefine and fundamentally transform the touring motorcyclist’s experience.

Through the implementation of Project RUSHMORE, Harley-Davidson maintains its leadership in the luxury touring and performance bagger segments with motorcycles that are smart, comfortable, responsive and simply stunning.

A Journey, Led by Riders

“Project RUSHMORE has been touched by thousands of people, most of them being our customers and our employees,” said Scott Habegger, Harley-Davidson Director of Motorcycle Planning. “The voice of the customer is represented not just up front, but throughout the process. In our product development process, we gather input and ideas at formal focus groups, but also at all the events we attend, at our demo rides, sometimes just talking to that rider or passenger sitting on the next stool at a diner. In addition, Harley-Davidson dealers provide valuable input. We then take our ideas and solutions back to customers as prototypes and get more feedback before settling on a final design. With these inputs approved, we are then able to get into production very quickly. We really feel that we are in this together as riders.”

Harley-Davidson listens and responds like never before, and Project RUSHMORE produces thoughtful innovations and technology enhancements that build on the technological foundation that established the company’s dominant leadership in the touring motorcycle segment and collectively transform the Harley-Davidson Touring and Trike motorcycle platforms. Those enhancements slot into four customer-defined categories:

Control:  Project RUSHMORE bikes pass faster, stop quicker and see farther at night, thus inspiring rider confidence.  Each model features the new Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ or the High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrains – both with fuel injection, Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), and Daymaker™ LED and Dual Halogen lighting.

Infotainment: New color-screen Boom! ™ Box infotainment systems feature the first original-equipment voice recognition and touchscreen for music, GPS navigation and phone in motorcycling, with quality audio, Bluetooth® connectivity, text-to-speech technology, plus support for intercom and CB communications in a single module.

Feel: Aerodynamics and ergonomics come together to improve comfort – from the new Batwing fairing with splitstream venting, which reduces head buffeting by 20 percent, to best-in-class ride for passengers with wider and deeper seats and new back and arm rests.

Style: The form and the function of many components are improved – a larger Tour-Pak® and saddlebags with convenient One-Touch latches, sleeker fenders, lighter cast aluminum wheels and intuitive hand control switches.

Project RUSHMORE recalibrates the expectations of touring for motorcyclists. The above elements of Project RUSHMORE are applied to the following 2014 Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycle models:

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Road King®

High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Stiffer 49mm forks

Dual Halogen headlamp and halogen fog lights

Impeller cast aluminum wheels

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

Low-profile front fender

Improved instrument graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Available Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

 

14_FLHX_LStreet Glide®

High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic clutch

Boom! Box 4.3 infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Stiffer 49mm forks

Dual Halogen headlamp

Enforcer cast aluminum wheels

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Available Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

 

14_FLHXS_AFStreet Glide® Special

High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic clutch

Boom! Box 6.5GT infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Gloss Black inner fairing and color-match fairing skirt

Stiffer 49mm forks

Premium Ride Hand-Adjustable Low Rear Shocks

Dual Halogen headlamp

Enforcer cast aluminum wheels

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

 

14_FLHTCU_AFElectra Glide® Ultra Classic®

High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic clutch

Boom! Box 4.3 infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Stiffer 49mm forks

Daymaker LED headlamp and fog lamps

LED rear lighting on Tour-Pak

Impeller cast aluminum wheels

Restyled Tour-Pak with One-Touch latch

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

 

14_FLHTK_AFUltra Limited

Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic clutch

Stiffer 49mm forks

Boom! Box 6.5 infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Gloss Black inner fairing

Daymaker LED headlamp and fog lamps

LED rear lighting on Tour-Pak

Contrast Chrome Impeller cast aluminum wheels

Restyled Tour-Pak with One-Touch latch

Restyled saddlebags with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Reflex™ Linked Brakes with ABS

Tri Glide® Ultra

Twin-Cooled™ High Output Twin Cam 103™ powertrain

Hydraulic Assist & Slip clutch

Boom! Box 6.5 infotainment system

Jukebox media compartment with USB

New Batwing fairing with splitstream vent

Stiffer 49mm forks

Daymaker LED headlamp and fog lamps

LED rear lighting on Tour-Pak

Restyled Tour-Pak with One-Touch latch

One-Touch fuel door

Low-profile front fender

Larger gauges with improved graphics

New intuitive hand controls

Linked Braking system

New rear brakes with 16 percent larger rotors

Foot-operated parking brake

Three Russian Dash Cams Capture Horrific Motorcycle Crash

WARNING! Graphic Video of three different dash cams from Russian drivers who caught this inexplicable motorcycle accident on video. What makes this so crazy is there’s no reason for the motorcycle operator to do what he apparently did.

Kawasaki Motors Corp. is recalling certain model year 2013 Ninja 300 and 300 ABS motorcycles

Ninja300Kawasaki Motors Corp. is recalling certain model year 2013 Ninja 300 and 300 ABS motorcycles manufactured July 16, 2012, through April 27, 2013. Due to an improper setting in the Electronic Control Unit (ECU), the motorcycle may stall under deceleration. A stall under deceleration increases the risk of a crash. Kawasaki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ECU. The recall is expected to begin in mid-August 2013. Owners may contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

The Daytona Beach Area CVB Wants You to Show off Your Biker Pets

motorcycle petA Facebook Photo Contest Offers a Chance to Win a Stay in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach, Fla. (August 8, 2013) –   People aren’t the only ones who enjoy long motorcycle rides – as it turns out, fluffy companions are also digging the action.  Pets riding along with their owners on motorcycles are becoming a more common sighting during bike events.  In preparation for the 21st Annual Biketoberfest®, the Daytona Beach Area CVB is asking pet-friendly motorcycle enthusiasts to show off their biker pets for a chance to win one of three getaways to Daytona Beach.

The promotion, called Tails & Tailpipes, is a photo contest geared towards bikers and their faithful two and four-legged companions.  Pets can be positioned on a bike, around a bike, wearing biker gear or in another creative way that shows they are truly worthy of being called “bikers.”  Entries will be accepted through the Official Biketoberfest® Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/Biketoberfest) from Aug. 1 – Sept. 15, 2013.

There will be first, second and third place prizes for the best biker pet photo submissions with the grand prize of a four-day, three-night stay at the Shores Resort & Spa; admission for two to the Museum of Arts & Sciences; admission for two to the Marine Science Center; admission for two to the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, a gift card for one Banana Boat ride with Ponce Inlet Watersports and a $25 gift card for the Ocean Deck Restaurant and Beach Club.

In order to make it fun for all involved, the CVB added a twist to this photo competition allowing voters to also have a chance to win.  Two lucky voters will be chosen at random to win one of two available prize packages.  Voting will be open on the Official Biketoberfest® Facebook Page onSept. 16 – Oct. 10, 2013 with a winner being drawn on Oct. 11, 2013.

“This promotion captures the awareness that events like Biketoberfest® cross a variety of demographics and are not limited to the stereotypes of years past. Statistics show that more than 3 in 5 Americans own at least one pet, and we’ve seen some bike enthusiasts first hand at area bike events with their pet in tow,” stated Jeffrey Hentz, President/CEO of the Daytona Beach Area CVB. “Bringing the softer side of motorcycle owners into perspective helps put a different angle on the biker persona.”

The contest ends just before the beginning of the 21st Annual Biketoberfest® sponsored by Amsoil® and GEICO.  This internationally known event happens every October and is set forOctober 17 – 20, 2013.  Biketoberfest® attracts motorcycle enthusiasts from across the United States and Canada for an extended weekend of live music, motorcycle rallies, scenic rides, poker runs and more.

About the Daytona Beach Area
Daytona Beach and its surrounding area is located along a beautiful 23-mile stretch of Florida’s East Coast.  Named one of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Beach Destinations in the U.S. in 2012, the world-famous Daytona Beach invites visitors to swim, surf and fish in warm waters while basking under sunny skies.  The destination is home to the Daytona International Speedway which hosts the Daytona 500, the Rolex 24 and many other events, and is also the home base of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and the Florida section of the United States Tennis Association.  With more than 15,000 beds, Daytona Beach features lodging for all lifestyles and budgets, and has earned the reputation of the Festival Capital of Florida with some of the largest events and festivals held each year.  The casual and fun atmosphere of Daytona Beach is perfect for families making long-lasting memories while seizing the day … or better yet, seizing the Daytona.  Learn more at DaytonaBeach.com.

Billy Lane Joins Orlando Custom Bike Shop

billy lane outOn Tuesday, August 6th, Global Motor Werks posted on their Facebook page, “Billy back – and he’s here to customize your ride”   We reached out to the shop and talked briefly with Pat Torre, who identifed himself as one of the owners, who confirmed that Lane was working at the shop but would not provide any additional information about Lane’s status.  One friend who asked not to be identified said Lane was on work release from the Avon Park Work Camp where he has been serving his 6 year sentence.  No other details have been released about the conditions or restrictions placed on Lane by the Florida prison system.

According to reports, Lane was given credit of 2 days per month against his jail time for good behavior.

On August 14th, 2009,  Lane was sentenced in a Florida court to serve 6 years in prison with 3 years probation for a wreck that killed Gerald Morelock on September 4, 2006.

In 2011, BikerNet conducted an interview with Lane conducted while he was incarcerated, in which Lane said he would be eligible for work release in the spring of this year.  When asked about his plans for when he’s released, Lane said, “Ultimately, my goal is to have small shops in both Florida and California. I have life-long ties here, which I could never abandon, but I need a change. I’ll find it in California. If she’ll say yes, I’ll marry my girlfriend.”  Read the interview 

There was no mention of Lane’s release on his company website or Facebook page, Chopper’s Inc.