This Roadsmith Joker Trike is Wild!

White Bear Lake, MN (November 9, 2011) – Each month Roadsmith selects a special “Trike of the Month” to celebrate the amazing modifications that their customers perform on their trikes… and November’s trike is a real show stopper.

This month’s winner was submitted by Brian Roland at Central Motor Sports Honda in Mt. Pleasant, MI. This trike is an extraordinary example with more bling and custom accessories than you could ever imagine.  The owner’s name is Jack (Joker) Burt (Joker is his road name) and this incredible trike was a labor of love for him along with all of the people that helped to make his dream a reality.  The paint, based on the character from Batman, was done by Hogger @ Hogger’s Custom Paint and the unique rear spoiler was hand pounded out of solid aluminum by Bill’s Custom Fab.

Some of the amazing custom items on this trike are the Green LED lights all over and under the trike body and floor boards as well as additional white LED’s shining down on the chrome front wheel. There are so many electrical components on it that the dealer had to install a second fuse box just to accommodate everything.

One of the most distinctive features of this trike are the eyes on the trunk door (the “Heath Ledger Joker”). The eyes are working running and brake light while the lights in the spoiler are run brake and turn.  All of the dash, rear speakers, lower cowl, and all of the removable frame pieces were “wing blinged” at a company that custom dips the pieces so that they look like carbon fiber.   The rear rims are Boyd Coddington chrome wheels and the exhaust was fully custom built with carbon fiber cans.

All in all, an incredibly striking, custom trike that turns heads everywhere it goes… proving there are no limits when it comes to imagination.

Roadsmith is based in White Bear Lake, MN where it manufactures and distributes twelve different trike conversion kits for Honda and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.  They are also represented by over a hundred dealers in the U.S. and Canada as well as their own retail locations, The Trike Shop at Destination Daytona and on Beach Street in Daytona Beach, FL.

 

Valerie Thompson Partners with BMW Team for New Land Speed Records

(Scottsdale, AZ) – August 3, 2011 – Valerie Thompson has partnered with Kerry Alter / Julian Bivins Racing  Team to attempt setting multiple land speed records with a BMW 1000 Super bike for the 8th Annual BUB Speed Trials. The team’s goal is to be the world’s fastest 1000cc production motorcycle and gain membership in the prestigious 200 Mph Club. The “200 Mph Club” was formed in 1953. Today there are 678 members, with only 15 females officially listed.

Kerry Alter, partner in the KA/JB Racing Team, explains their decision to hire Valerie, “We started by selecting the perfect bike, the BMW S 1000RR. Next we had to find the best racer to pilot this two-wheeled rocket. Fortunately, both of us had Valerie at the top of our list! After one meeting with Valerie and a hand shake, we had our deal to make another “assault on the salt”. Kerry will also attempt a new land speed record driving a Susuki Hayusbusa in the 1350cc class at this years event.

Julian adds, ”Valerie brings amazing driving talent and competitive spirit to our team. In addition to being an accomplished and fearless racer, she adds great depth to our marketing capabilities. For us, this is the perfect match”.

The BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials are held August 27through September 1 at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover Utah. The event is hosted by the American Motorcycle Association (AMA), which verifies and sanctions all US national records. All world records are verified and sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motoclisme (FIM). Over 300 racers will attempt land speed records this year, yet less than 10% will set records based on historical performance, signifying the difficulty of  this endeavor.

Valerie Thompson Background

In 2006 & 2007, Valerie set two Land Speed Records at Bonneville piloting a panhead Harley Davidson provided by Keith Ball of Biketnet.com. Valerie has risen from a competitor in the All Harley Drag Racing Association series, to being a team owner/licensed competitor in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Pro Stock Motorcycle Series in less than five years. The NHRA is the worlds largest drag racing association.

Valerie is also a spokeswoman/motorcycle presenter for the world’s largest auto auction company, Barrett-Jackson, and spokeswoman for “Val’s Pals” Children charities, most notably, HopeKids.

Kerry Alter/Julian Bivins Background

In 2007, Phoenix Arizona resident, Kerry Alter and Julian Bivins joined forces to set a new Land Speed Record in the 1000cc Modified Class at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats. In 2008 Kerry formed Team CrashaLot LSR. By the start of the 2011 season, Kerry had accumulated 5 Land Speed Records, with a top speed of 195.8.  Julian is a 2-time Land Speed Record Holder. This year, the team’s goal is set new records in the FIM 1000cc class with Valerie Thompson piloting the BMW 1000cc Superbike.

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Lehman Trikes, Klock Werks, and Prugh Design Announce “S.D.C.”

Lehman Trikes, Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, and Prugh Design, all based in South Dakota, announced today they have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the design, manufacture, and badging of a custom trike tentatively scheduled to roll out at the American V-Twin Dealer Show in Indianapolis, February 2012. The new custom trike, the “S.D.C.” will showcase the design and manufacture prowess of the three companies.

Stated Ken Hines, President and CEO of Lehman Trikes, “Discussions about working together on a custom trike began last year, but schedules between all three companies have conflicted until recently. We are very excited about this new venture and anxious to get to the drawing board!”

Combining styling, design, manufacturing, and distribution, the three companies create the perfect team to bring a unique product to the trike industry.

Michael Prugh of Prugh Design, a full-service and innovative design company, has already collaborated with Lehman on designing the body styling on Lehman’s latest trikes: The CrossBow powered by the Victory Vision and the very successful Storm for the Kawasaki Vulcan 900. “We are really looking forward to working with Lehman and Klock Werks and bringing a forward-thinking, unique trike to fruition”, stated Michael.

Known worldwide for their innovative custom building and accessories for motorcycles, Brian Klock of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles said, “This exciting new partnership will emphasize our commitment to supplying new and exciting products to the motorcycle industry.  As the trike industry continues to rapidly expand, there are great opportunities for us to work together well into the future”.

Once unveiled in 2012, the custom trike will be manufactured by Lehman Trikes and distributed through Lehman Trikes dealer network.

For more information about Lehman Trikes and to locate a Lehman Trikes dealer, visit www.lehmantrikes.com or call 888-3WHEELS.

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Roger DeCoster to be honored at 2011 induction ceremony

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Roger DeCoster’s name is practically synonymous with the sport of motocross, and he is generally recognized as the best-known MX racer in the first 50 years of the sport. On Friday, Nov. 18, he will be honored as a Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend at the annual Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.

When DeCoster was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999, his racing accomplishments were simply remarkable: five 500cc Motocross World Championships, numerous 500cc Motocross Grand Prix victories and four Trans-AMA Motocross Championships.

He also was a member of six winning Belgium Motocross des Nations teams, was a Gold Medalist in the International Six Day Trial (Enduro) and earned numerous national championships in his native Belgium, including a national Trials title.

DeCoster continued to find success after his racing career. He was the manager of the first U.S. team to win the Motocross des Nations in 1981, and managed many U.S. teams at the prestigious event over the years to the present day. He currently is in charge of KTM’s Supercross and motocross efforts in the United States.

His stature is such in the world of motocross that he is often simply referred to as “The Man.”

“Roger DeCoster is not only a motorcycling legend in America, but around the world,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which raises money for the Hall of Fame. “It’s truly an honor for us to be able to honor him.”

DeCoster, who joins Kenny Roberts as Legends honorees at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, said he was humbled to receive the honor.

“It’s always nice to receive this honor, and yet on the other hand I still have a job to do, and I feel like I still have something to accomplish!” DeCoster said. “I am really looking forward to hanging out with Kenny Roberts and reminiscing with all of my friends.”

After decades in the sport, DeCoster said a few moments stand out.

“Looking back, it was a very good feeling to win the 250cc [Trophee des Nations] and 500cc [Motocross des Nations] nations’ titles in 1981 as the American team captain,” he said. “It was the first time for the Americans to win the biggest motocross events in the world. Also, to win it [Motocross of Nations] again last year in America was very special.”

As a team manager, he has also been part of many memorable AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross campaigns.

“It felt great to win championships with Ricky Carmichael and Chad Reed,” he said. “Perhaps the best for me has been Ryan Dungey’s title last year because he was a mid-level guy who became a top-level guy. It’s a great feeling that the team accomplished this.”

DeCoster will be honored during the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2011, which includes motocross promoter Stu Peters, noted magazine editor Phil Schilling, industry leader Fred Fox, roadracing champion Doug Polen and early motorcycling pioneer Norbert Schickel.

The Class of 2011 will officially be inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame on Nov. 18 as part of the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend. In addition to the induction ceremony, the weekend includes the 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, Nov. 19, featuring some of the country’s most impressive original and restored classic motorcycles. The AMA Racing Championship Banquet closes out the weekend on Sunday, Nov. 20, where AMA Racing amateur champions of all ages will be recognized for their 2011 accomplishments.

Tickets for the AMA Legends & Champions weekend are now available through this online registration form: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vw9ldxbab&oeidk=a07e3rn4juk2e3f80c1 

  Tickets may be ordered over the phone by calling (800) 262-5646.

The AMA Legends & Champions Weekend also includes the final round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross National Championship Series on Saturday evening, Nov. 19. EnduroCross tickets are available atwww.orleansarena.com/event-calendar/endurocross 

 or by phone at (702) 284-7777 or (888) 234-2334.

The AMA Legends & Champions Weekend will be held at the Las Vegas Red Rock Resort, a world-class spa, hotel and casino, featuring a range of entertainment, dining and family-friendly attractions. The facility’s expansive ballrooms provide a stunning backdrop for the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, which is certain to be memorable for the 2011 inductees, champions, families, friends and fans. Room reservations are available now at a special group rate by calling (866) 767-7773 and referencing group AMA or AMERICANMOTO. Online room reservations are available at RedRockLasVegas.com

 For online reservations, use the promo code RCIMOTR.

More information about the Motorcycle Hall of Fame can be found at MotorcycleMuseum.org 

House Bill Approved To Exempt Kids’ Off-Highway Vehicles From Lead Law

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The U.S. House has approved legislation by a vote of 421-2 to exempt kids’ off-highway vehicles (OHVs) from the lead law that essentially bans the sale of those machines at the end of the year, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

On Aug. 1, Reps. Mary Mack Bono (R-Calif.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) introduced H.R. 2715 to grant the exemption. The measure earned House approval later in the day and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The Senate is considering similar legislation — S. 1448, the Consumer Product Safety Flexibility Act of 2011.

“This is excellent news for families around the nation who enjoy responsible motorized recreation,” said Rob Dingman, AMA president and CEO. “Now the challenge will be to get our federal lawmakers to agree on one version of the bill and to send it to President Obama to be signed into law.

“It is vital that a lead-law exemption for OHVs be signed into law not only because it will once again allow families to enjoy riding together, but also so that children aren’t forced to ride adult-sized machines that they may not be able to operate safely,” Dingman said.

The legislation exempts OHVs — including kids’ dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) — from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008.

The CPSIA bans the making, importing, distributing or selling of any product intended for children 12 and under that contains more than a specified amount of lead in any accessible part. It also requires all children’s products undergo periodic testing by independent laboratories approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which is responsible for implementing the law.

The CPSC has delayed enforcing key portions of the law until after the end of the year. Unless the CPSIA is changed by then, the sale of child-sized dirtbikes and ATVs will effectively be banned.

The CPSIA was designed to ban small toys with high lead content. But because of broadly written language in the law, it has been interpreted to apply to all products for kids 12 and under, including dirtbikes, ATVs, bicycles, clothing and books.

The AMA has been at the forefront of the fight to exclude child-sized motorcycles and ATVs from the CPSIA for more than two years. The association has participated in news events to focus media attention on the issue, lobbied on Capitol Hill, and organized campaigns to encourage riders and parents to contact their federal lawmakers and key decision-makers to exempt kids’ OHVs from the CPSIA.

As a result, every single member of Congress, as well as members of the CPSC, has received powerful statements from members of the AMA and the All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA), which is a partner organization of the AMA.

The AMA continues these efforts through its “Kids Just Want to Ride” campaign. To get involved, and to see more of what the AMA has done for the past two years in its efforts to exempt kids’ OHVs from the CPSIA, go tohttp://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/KeepKidMotorcyclesAndATVsLegal.aspx

Pirelli Releases Diablo Super Biker iPhone App to Record Your Riding Performance

The Diablo Super Biker App tracks your speed, lean angle and route on the road and racetrack, allowing 
you even to share with friends!
Milan (Italy), August 1st, 2011 – To honor the success of the Diablo family of performance tyres as copious companions for sporty road and racetrack use and its renewed role as Official Tyre Supplier to the Superbike World Championship, Pirelli has released the Diablo Super Biker iPhone App via the Apple® App StoreSM and iTunes.

Start to measure your riding performance and discover everything from your lean angle to your corner speed without having to buy or mount expensive equipment on your bike. The new app is free and full of useful functions to get the most out of the GPS tracking technology of Apple’s iPhone 4 for immediate feedback on your rides.

It’s like having a transponder and GPS tracking device right in the palm of your hand. Run your own bike or tyre test with this user-friendly statistical data tool for comparing results. Visualize your favourite or best lap in the circuit or recent road ride, then easily upload and share them on Facebook®, directly from the app.

Download it for free and you’ll have available:

  • Choice between road or track mode
  • Bike telemetry data recording
  • Lean angle measured using GPS tracking technology
  • Measure speed, distance and lap time during track sessions
  • Display recorded sessions via Google Maps
  • Share your best rides via Facebook

The Diablo Super Biker app is currently compatible with iPhone 4 and requires iOS 4.2 or later. It is now available on Apple’s App Store in five languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. For more information, please visit www.pirelli.com

 , or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pirelli
 and follow us on Twitter:@Pirelli_Media

S&S Hires Former CFO Stephen Iggens as President

(Viola, WI) S&S Cycle Inc. of Viola, Wisconsin is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephen K. Iggens as company President. The duties of President have been handled by Executive Chairman and CEO George B. Smith since late 2008. Iggens first official day on the job will be August 8, 2011 and he is planning on attending the rally in Sturgis, SD for a few days to meet customers and other industry leaders.

George Smith will continue as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at S&S Cycle and lend his industry expertise and experience to Steve to effect a smooth and seamless transition.

Iggens is no stranger to S&S Cycle and the motorcycle industry having served as Executive Controller, Director of Finance/CFO and CFO/Vice President of Finance at S&S between 2003 and 2006. The management team is very pleased to welcome Steve back to S&S in his new role as company President.

Iggens, a licensed CPA in the state of Wisconsin and MBA graduate from Marquette University, has obtained broad business experience with company COO leadership positions in diverse industries of printing, die casting, machining and non-ferrous metals casting. Those experiences shared many similar challenges to S&S Cycle in the recent economic downturn and give him an excellent perspective to capitalize on current S&S Cycle opportunities.
According to Chairman and CEO George B. Smith, “Steve Iggens is a very competent and capable guy and knows S&S Cycle and our industry. I don’t think we could have found a better match to lead the S&S Team to take advantage of the opportunities facing us and the positive initiatives currently in the works. With his past experience here at S&S and additional business and manufacturing experience he gained the last five years, I’m confident that he will be able to continue the growth exhibited the past year and help develop effective future strategies.”

Iggens enjoys traveling and spending time with this wife Kate and his young son Mick. He is also a bit of a motor head and in his spare time rides his S&S powered Harley-Davidson® Road King® and works on his classic cars. According to Steve, moving back to the beauty of southwest Wisconsin and leading S&S is a dream come true.

“My family is very excited to be moving to beautiful southwest Wisconsin, and I am personally very honored to have the opportunity to come back to a first rate company like S&S Cycle as President!”

S&S Cycle has been a leading manufacturer of performance engines and replacement parts for v-twin motorcycles for over 50 years. The company’s headquarters and manufacturing facilities are based in Viola, Wisconsin. More information can be found at www.sscycle.com

 

Ener1 Announces Supply and Distribution Agreement with Lightning Motorcycles

Ener1's lithium-ion battery solutions to be used in Lightning's growing product line of racing and commuter motorcycles and scooters

NEW YORK, July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ener1, Inc. (NASDAQ: HEV), a leader in lithium-ion energy storage solutions, today announced a supply and distribution agreement with Lightning Motorcycles, the maker of the world's fastest production electric motorcycle.  As part of the agreement, Ener1 will supply Lightning Motorcycles with its automotive-grade, lithium-ion battery cells -- designed for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles -- for use in its Lightning SuperBike.  Ener1 will also supply cells for Lightning's commuter motorcycle and scooter, which will be developed over the next few years.

Consumer demand for e-bikes is expected to continue its growth trajectory.  According to a 2010 report published by Pike Research, the global market for electric two-wheeled vehicles, including e-bikes, e-scooters, and e-motorcycles, will grow at a compound annual rate of nine percent through 2016.  Lightning Motorcycles is expecting to answer some of that demand by first introducing a street-legal version of its record-holding Lightning SuperBike, which became the world’s fastest production electric motorcycle with the FIM and AMA official world record of 173.388 mph during the world finals in October last year.

“We’ve tested many different battery solutions over the last year, including Ener1 and several of its competitors,” stated Richard Hatfield, founder of Lightning Motorcycles.  “The Lightning data and test results showed us that Ener1′s lithium-ion batteries far out-perform those from competing companies, which is why we’ve switched to using their cells in our electric motorcycles.  Lightning Motorcycles is committed to using what we believe to be the most powerful, safest, best-of-breed batteries on the market, which is why we’re also extremely pleased to be representing Ener1 as an official distributor.”

Lightning Motorcycles has been distributing electric parts and components for several years with a strong focus on and knowledge of serving the electric motorcycle and light-duty vehicle markets.  In addition to the supply relationship, Lightning Motorcycles will also serve as an end-user distributor for Ener1′s PHEV and EV lithium-ion cells.

“Lightning Motorcycles has an impressive pedigree in designing and developing electric motorcycles that win races, including the inaugural American TTXGP championship last year,” stated Chris Cowger, president, Ener1, Inc. “It’s that kind of experience that will help propel electric motorcycles to be on par with gas-powered motorcycles.  We’re pleased that Lightning has chosen Ener1′s lithium-ion batteries to power their record-holding SuperBike, as well as future e-bike development projects.  We also anticipate that Lightning’s knowledge and relationships in the industry will help us sell more PHEV and EV cells and energy storage solutions into the growing e-bike market.”


Roadsmith Gives Away Trike Conversion at Wing Ding

Knoxville, TN (July 26, 2011) – Roadsmith has a couple of wonderful traditions that they follow each year at the Wing Ding Rally, no matter where it takes place.  This year’s rally in beautiful Knoxville, TN was certainly no exception.  In addition to an incredible customer appreciation barbecue luncheon for over 100 of their customers (aptly called the Roadsmith Rendezvous), they presented one of their premium trike conversion kits to a lucky winner at the rally’s closing ceremonies… a fellow by the name of Lloyd.

But the really interesting part came when Lloyd explained to the Roadsmith team that he really didn’t want the conversion.  What?!?!  Well, it turns out that Lloyd already owned a trike and was hoping that his buddy, Charlie, would win the new trike conversion as the two had been talking about “triking around” together for some time now.  In the end, the two were able to “work something out” and Charlie ended up with the new trike which will be converted at well-known Niehaus Cycles in Litchfield, IL.  It’s a good guess it won’t be long until we see Lloyd and Charlie rolling down the road together on their Roadsmith trikes.

Roadsmith is based in White Bear Lake, MN where it manufactures and distributes twelve different trike conversion kits for Honda and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. They are also represented by over a hundred dealers in the U.S. and Canada as well as their own retail locations, The Trike Shop at Destination Daytona and on Beach Street in Daytona Beach, FL.

Hall of Fame Supporter Wins 1973 Kawasaki Z1 and 2010 Z1000 in Motorcycle Hall of Fame Raffle

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — When he was growing up in the late 1970s, riding a Kawasaki KZ650, Scott Carey from Pecatonica, Ill., considered the 903cc Kawasaki Z1 the quintessential superbike of its day. Now, 40 years later, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame supporter has his dream bike. Carey won a restored 1973 Kawasaki Z1, as well as a new Kawasaki Z1000, in the 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle on Saturday, July 23.

Carey’s winning ticket was drawn by event Grand Marshal and Hall of Famer Jeff Fredette during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days featuring Kawasaki, Marque of the Year at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

“When I was growing up, the Z1 was the big boy,” Carey said. “I was talking to a friend about getting one just a few weeks ago. And the Z1000, just this spring I was looking at that as a new bike. This is just great. I’m very excited to win both of these bikes.”

Carey said that he donates to the Hall of Fame regularly, and considers the tickets another way of supporting the organization’s mission to preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America.

“I really think the Hall of Fame is a fantastic idea,” said Carey. “You never really expect to win these things. It’s good to support the Hall of Fame. It’s something that has to be done. Motorcycling is a big part of history.”

Carey, who competes in amateur roadracing, said that his Z1 — which has been expertly restored by Johnny’s Vintage Motorcycle Company — will probably see a few miles, but, for the most part, “it’s going to be added to the collection and admired.”

While Carey prepares to enjoy his Z1 and Z1000, Hall of Fame supporters can start planning for next year with the newly announced 2012 raffle bike, a stunning 1947 Indian Chief. The Indian Chief is an iconic masterpiece of Americana, representing not just America’s longtime love for big V-twin motorcycles, but riders’ passion for the open road. The winner will be selected at a drawing at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in July 2012.

A minimum donation of $5 per ticket, or $20 for five tickets, is suggested. Donations can be made online at MotorcycleMuseum.org

or by phone at (614) 856-2222.

About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Hall of Fame’s three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The Motorcycle Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering. More information can be found atMotorcycleMuseum.org