VELOCITY TAKES ON MORE LEGENDARY BIKE BUILDS WITH LONGER EPISODES IN AN ALL-NEW SEASON OF CAFÉ RACER

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(Silver Spring, Md.) – This fall, Velocity’s signature franchise CAFÉ RACER returns with an all-access look into the culture and creation of café racer motorcycles. The unmistakable elements of café bikes have made this two-wheeled subculture the home for Hollywood stars, underground builders and adrenaline junkies worldwide. Hosted by motorcycle buff, Mike Seate, each one-hour episode of the new season will now follow two bikes from start to finish for viewers to witness to passion behind the craft of these incredible builds. The new season of CAFÉ RACER premieres on Velocity on Wednesday, November 6th at 9:00 PM (ET/PT).

Now its 4th season, CAFE RACER is the only show on TV that peers into the unique culture and custom fabrication of café bikes. Born in the streets of England in the 1950s by a group of rebel bikers, café racer culture still thrives worldwide as motorcycles are made over to fit the look and feel of the original bikes. These rides are often stripped of excess parts, and their engines tuned for maximum speed, in order to achieve the holy grail of café racing: hitting the 100-mph mark, or “Doing the Ton”.

In this season premiere episode of CAFÉ RACER, actress Katee Sackhoff’s commissions a built that is later “De-Classified” when Jay Leno sneaks a late night peak.  Later in the episode,  The Brothers Bostrom mount a Moto Guzzi fit for a king.  Future episodes include appearances from, Olympic Bobsledder Kallee Humphries, Motocross champion Travis Pastrana and actor Giovani Ribisi (TED, Avatar).

FULL EPISODES DESCRIPTIONS 

 Episode One, Premieres November 6 at 9:00 PM

Classified Moto out of Richmond, VA makes no apologies for the elevated perceptions that others have of their back yard business.  John Ryland, a recently laid off Ad Man knows the ins and outs of marketing his start-up company and his sought after machines. Actress Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica and 24 found John’s story irresistible and commissioned Classified for a canyon carving Café Racer.  Jay Leno weighs in on Katee’s off-road Honda build. Alos in this episode: Bay Area builder Patrick Bell has dabbled in acting, photography, and music, but motorcycles are his true love. When Bell received a cold call from eccentric and eager finance manager Olaf Hoff to transform an ugly Moto Guzzi 850 T-3, complete with running boards for foot pegs, into a lean and light ton eating machine, he called Café Racer. Bell keeps his anxious client in the dark throughout the build and then hands the bike over to Ben and Eric Bostrom for a top-secret, fast and picturesque runway test ride that would make Maverick and the Iceman jealous.

Episode Two, Premieres November 13 at 9:00 PM

Seattle’s riding scene is strong and Twinline Motorcycles helps fuel it with classically inspired bike builds – they’re also not afraid to experiment. Their build features elements of a mid-70s Honda chassis stuffed with a 90s Kawasaki air-cooled engine, covered in hand-formed bodywork. The goal?  Increase the horsepower by 50% and put a smile on the faces of the Bostrom during an aggressive racetrack test. Also in the episode: Ry Siedler is out to prove Harley-Davidson wrong.  The American motorcycle manufacturer sold its interest in the Italian brand Aermacchi in 1978 to turn its attention to the home favorite V-Twin.  But don’t tell a guy from Detroit using simple tools and solid engineering that he can’t turn an outdated brand into something really cool.  Ypsilanti Michigan’s hard core, local watering hole and vintage hot spot, Café Racer Ypsi will decide who was right, Ry or Harley-Davidson.

 Episode Three, Premieres November 20 at 9:00 PM

Former national road racing champion Roland Sands is a bike building superstar with clients like Mickey Rourke and Brad Pitt. Roland has now been commissioned to resurrect a salvage yard Harley for professional skateboarder Lyn-z Adams Hawkins Pastrana.  Lyn-z is accompanied by husband and action sports legend, Travis Pastrana, who dismantles a 1200cc Sportster. The end result is a naked street tracker suitable for the dirt ovals of the Grand National Series.  Also in the episode: Analog Cycles’ Tony Prust marches to the beat of a different drum.  The percussion tech for alt-metal band Chevelle also leans to the alternative side of motorcycling.  In season IV Prust has accepted the challenge to build a Bimota DB3 into a slick Café Racer for Chevelle Drummer Sam Loeffler.  The musician had his say throughout the build, but the Bostoms will get the encore at Black Hawk Farms, a 1.95 mile private circuit racetrack outside Chicago.

Episode Four, Premieres November 27 at 9:00 PM

Trenton New Jersey’s Cycle believes bikes have a soul, and they plan to provide a final afterlife for a sedentary Indian brand.  The 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet has had previous lives as a road racer and a flat tracker, they believe it deserves one more shot at immortality. Looking to “Do the Ton” on a bike more comfortable doing the speed limit, New Jersey Cycles has recruited former Isle of Man winner Chris Hook to fire the Bullet and get to the elusive 100mph mark. Also in the episode: Austrian brand KTM debuts on Café Racer with an out of the box build.  Mace Livingston and wife, Ashleigh, are new to the café scene. What they lack in experience they make up for with expectations.  The KTM Dual Sport, known more as a pedestrian off-roader – when complete – will light up the blogs with opinions of love and hate.  9-time National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty and off-road legend Jack Penton will test this dangerously designed machine.

Episode Five, Premieres December 4 at 9:00 PM

Ever heard of a motorcycle called a Rokon? No worry, only Rick Doughty of L.A.’s Vintage Iron and a few on the lunatic fringe of motorcycling are familiar with the American brand that’s more popular on the snow mobile racing circuits. Rest assured old school charms have not given way to modern technology with the Rokon. It’s still a loud and fast two-stroke that features a chainsaw-like pull starter. We’ll see just how creative Vintage Iron can be with this eccentric build and leave it up to test rider Blake Kelly for a final yea or nay to the project. Also, six of the most popular retro streetbikes and café racers are set loose down the quarter mile in the hands of champion drag racers Rickey Gadson and Larry “Spiderman” McBride. The machines, representing 35 years of development and an assortment of engine configurations, include Triumph, Ducati, Yamaha and Harley-Davidson, all vying for the title of World’s Fastest Café Racer. The results will definitely surprise you.

For more information on Velocity, please visit Velocity.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VelocityTV or on Twitter @VelocityTV1

CAFÉ RACER is produced from Velocity by CBP Television. For Velocity, Dave Lee is executive producer and Shaan Akbar is associate producer. For CPT Television, Ed Coughlin is executive producer.

Bank Forecloses on Big Dog Property

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The Wichita Eagle is reporting that Intrust Bank filed suit this month seeking to foreclose on Coleman and several of his corporate entities, saying in the suit that it is owed nearly $20 million on six different loans. The bank seeks to foreclose on the bulk of the former Big Dog Motorcycles property at the northwest corner of Douglas and Hydraulic.Big Dog Motorcycles shut down as a new motorcycle manufacturing business in April 2011 after five years of declining sales. Coleman restarted a much smaller business, BDM Performance Products, in one of the warehouses on the site.One of the provisions that Coleman negotiated with Intrust was to hold off on foreclosing on the property for two years so he could try to sell it.

The company saw annual growth as high as 80 percent. In 2005, at the height of its popularity, the company had more than 300 workers and more than $120 million in revenue. That year, Coleman bought 106 acres on Greenwich Road for a future plant but never built it.    Read the complete story

 

 

Motorcycle Racing Legend Ray Price Inducted into East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame

ray jean priceMotorcycle racing legend Ray Price was recently inducted into the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Henderson, N.C., by the Vance County Tourism Department. Ray and his wife Jean attended the 12th annual event, which was held Sunday, October 20, at the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center. The East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame weekend has grown into one of the nation’s largest gatherings for drag racing cars, muscle cars, street rods and motorcycles.

“I’m honored to be inducted into the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame and join so many drag racing legends,” said Ray Price, founder of Ray Price Harley-Davidson and Ray Price Triumph in Raleigh, and Ray Price Triumph/Ducati of Fayetteville.

The East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame and the Vance County Tourism Department promote the impact of hot rodding and drag racing, which has become a major motorsports industry with an estimated $1 billion impact on the nation’s economy.

Price also has been inducted into the American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame, the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the National Motorcycle Museum, and the N.C. Drag Racing Hall of Fame.

About the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame
Formed in 2002 in Henderson, N.C., the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame was established by Nancy Wilson, director of the Vance County Tourism Department, along with a determined group of eastern U.S.-based drag racers, media members, and local professionals. The popular East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame weekend, held each year in mid-October, has grown into one of the region’s largest car shows. It closes down the main street of Henderson, forming a pedestrian mall that showcases hundreds of hot rods, muscle cars, antique automobiles, motorcycles and racecars. The weekend event attracts more than 20,000 attendees, including many retired racers who visit each year to re-establish friendships and past rivalries. The event also features a cruise-in car show that transports participants and the downtown blocks of Henderson back to the cruising scene of the 1950s and 1960s. Hall of Fame induction ceremonies take place at the Vance-Granville Civic Center.

About Ray Price Harley-Davidson
Throughout 2012, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company celebrates its 110th Anniversary. In Raleigh, N.C., Ray Price Harley-Davidson has been a big part of this American history for the past 30 years as the Southeast’s premier Harley-Davidson dealership. Staff has 950 years of combined Harley riding experience to provide award-winning customer service and education programs for beginners to expert riders. Ray Price was named 2012 “Top 10 Dealer” from Dealernews, the leading powersports industry publication. The dealership’s commitment to community philanthropy has resulted in more than $100,000 in donations to area nonprofits in recent years. Last month’s 9th annual Capital City Bikefest attracted 85,000 people to Raleigh for the state’s largest motorcycle festival. Learn more on the Ray Price Facebook page.

Ray Price is best known for his many successes in motorcycle drag racing with the International Hot Rod Association, and National Hot Rod Association, among others. He has been inducted into the American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame, the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and the N.C. Drag Racing Hall of Fame. He is now an inducted member of the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame.

 

Ohio Trooper Who Ran Over Bikers Gets Light Sentence

ohio couple struckXENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who crashed his patrol car into a couple on a motorcycle was sentenced Monday in Xenia Municipal Court. According to the highway patrol’s crash report, Trooper Jacob Daymon was speeding and using his in-car computer in August 2013 when he struck a motorcycle carrying Corey and Amy Waldman. He was sentenced to pay a fine of $150, plus court costs on a misdemeanor charge of failing to maintain assured clear distance. His license was also suspended for six months, however Daymon’s attorney said the judge will allow an exception to accommodate his work. When handing down the sentence, the judge told Daymon he considered his behavior reckless given there were no adverse weather conditions and he was driving on a rural stretch of highway void of stop-and-go traffic. Before Judge Michael Murry, Daymon apologized to the victims though they were not in court.


 

Kuryakyn Expands Victory Accessory Lineup

zvictory2zvictoryKüryakyn Holdings LLC, introduces a new line of covers and accents. Named “Bahn” — the German word for road or street — the new line is designed to enhance the style of Victory motorcycles. Now you can set your Victory apart
from the crowd with Küryakyn, the word for custom!

“There’s definitely a gap in the aftermarket when it comes to parts and  accessories for Victory models,” explains Küryakyn’s Consumer Marketing Manager Bryan Desimone. “The Bahn line is Küryakyn’s way of reaching out to a group of riders who historically haven’t had much available to customize their bikes.”

Initial products in Küryakyn’s Bahn line include left and right side ignition covers, as well as crank and clutch covers, with many more products in the  works, promises Desimone. All items in the new line feature a black anodized finish that has been offset with a clean looking machined cut for the perfect amount of contrast.

Victory owners can now hit the Autobahn in style! Additional details about the Bahn line can be found at www.kuryakyn.com or visit your local Küryakyn dealer  for more information.

Nominate Someone to the Sturgis Hall of Fame

SHOFOctober, 2013 – - The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the 2014 Hall of Fame and the 2014 Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame.  Individuals, organizations and businesses considered for induction into the Hall of Fame will have made a positive and significant impact on motorcycling.  Individuals considered for the Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame will have made a significant impact through their work in grassroots rights efforts.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame honors the men and women who have dedicated much of their lives to improving, promoting and advancing our great sport and lifestyle.  The Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame recognizes the sacrifices individuals across the nation, and world, have made to protect the rights of motorcyclists through their efforts in the political arena and in grassroots motorcyclists rights organizations.  Anyone who knows of a deserving individual can help the museum recognize these exceptional and deserving people by sending in a nomination.

Nomination forms must be accompanied by credentials which explain why an individual should be considered for induction. Please keep in mind that while their achievements may be outstanding, not everyone knows it. A comprehensive overview of their accomplishments is necessary to make an informed and educated decision.  Biographical info, newspaper articles, historical documents, etc. may be submitted.  Credentials should be no longer than five pages long, including nomination form.

Anyone interested in submitting a nomination form can download the Hall of Fame Nomination form online at www.sturgismuseum.com/assets/file-manager/14-Nomination-Form.doc. The Freedom Fighters nomination form is available at www.sturgismuseum.com/assets/file-manager/FFHoF-Nomination-Form.doc or you can request a nomination form by phoning the Museum 605.347.2001 or emailing info@sturgismuseum.com.

Nominations must be received by the Museum no later than January 10, 2014.  Individuals chosen for induction into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame will be honored at the annual induction breakfast ceremony on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

SOA STAR DROPS OUT OF 50 SHADES MOVIE ROLE

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Sons of Anarchy actor Charlie Hunnam has announced he’s withdrawing from the lead role of 50 Shades of Grey.  Universal Pictures released a statement on Saturday citing Hunnam’s shooting schedule on TV’s popular “Sons of Anarchy” as cause for his departure, but Matthew Belloni, executive editor at The Hollywood Reporter, revealed that he was made privy to alternate reasons for the change.

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“The filmmakers of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam’s immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey,” Universal’s statement reads.   Read more at Huffington Post

 

Why We Ride

From the reports of early screeners, this movie lives up to it’s trailer.  Have you seen it?  Let us know what you thought about it in the comments.

 

Bikers Brutally Assault Driver after minor wreck In New York during charity ride

assault2Police have made one arrest and say more arrests are forthcoming in a deadly assault in upper Manhattan this past Sunday, September the 29, 2013. In the video posted to YouTube, dozens of motorcyclists surrounded a black Range Rover and beat and cut the driver in front of his wife and 2 year old child.  Christopher Cruz, 28, was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless menacing and endangering the welfare of a child.

The SUV driver, 33-year-old Alexian Lien, was with his wife and their 2-year-old child, according to the Daily News. The newspaper says Lien “became the target of the brutal bikers when he accidentally struck one who cut him off on the Henry Hudson Parkway, triggering a wild 4-mile chase, cops said Monday.

In the video recorded on a biker’s helmet camera and later posted on YouTube, one of the bikers appears to nearly stop in front of the SUV on the highway and the two collided.  Some of the bikers, apparently angry over the collision, started to confront the driver and, at one point, started to slash his tires.

Seconds later you can see the Range Rover run over several motorcycles which were blocking the SUV on the interstate. Edwin “Jay” Meezee was stuck and remains paralyzed as Lien ran over him in his SUV in his  attempt to get away.

The assault from the bikers comes at the end of the video, as one of the bikers remove his helmet and begin smashing the windows, and being joined by another biker before the helmet cam shuts off, or the rest of the video was not uploaded to YouTube.