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

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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

Celebrating 110 Years With Indian Motorcycle Company at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Indian Motorcycle’s entire 2012 lineup will be displayed in Sturgis for the 71st annual motorcycle rally.  Indian Motorcycle accessories will also be on display with apparel for purchase. The show truck is located on the corner of 4th and Lazelle Streets in downtown Sturgis

In addition to the events display, Indian Motorcycle is inviting all 1901- 2011 Indian owners to park their motorcycles by the Indian Motorcycle Display to celebrate the 110 years of the company and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Indian motorcycle owners.  Indian Motorcycle Company is proud to sponsor a breakfast and self-guided ride to the Sturgis half-mile flat track races for all Indian Motorcycle Owners. The ride will start with breakfast at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 1319 Junction Ave, Sturgis, South Dakota 57785 between 9:30am- 10:30am. The ride will leave from downtown Sturgis wind through scenic Spearfish Canyon, ending at the 1/2mile Flat Track Races in Sturgis. Please join us for a fun day of riding and racing. For more information the flat track races visit www.jackpinegypsies.com

 Indian motorcycle is the featured brand at the Knuckle Saloon, located at 931 1st Street in Sturgis . Friday August 12th, starting at 6pm is an Indian gathering. This is open to the public, and we invite Indian Motorcycle owners to show off rides and share some stories.

For more information on the Indian Motorcycle event schedule, dealership locations and openings, the motorcycles, accessories, apparel and gifts visit www.indianmotorcycle.com

 About Polaris

With annual 2010 sales of $1.99 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles (ORVs), including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® for recreational and utility use, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric powered vehicles.

Polaris is a recognized leader in the power sports industry, among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and ORVs.  The Company has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with Victory motorcycles and the acquisition of the Indian motorcycle brand. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the Global on-road low speed vehicle industry with internally developed vehicles and the acquisition of Global Electric Motorcars (GEM).  Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicles accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polarisindustries.com

Sauk City, WI Freedom Ride Brings in Over 1,400 Motorcyclists and $80,000 for MDA

MDA clients and their families cheer on the riders as they depart from Sauk Prairie Harley-Davidson (L-R) Candace Miller, Joseph Tress Jr., Ethan Tress, Peggy Nied, Melinda Heathcote, Annie Heathcote, George Heathcote, Elias Armada, Andella Armada, Libby Ararmada

SAUK CITY, Wis., July 22, 2011—The roads of southern Wisconsin roared with the sound of 1,000 motorcycles last weekend at the 26th Annual MDA Freedom Ride.

Nearly 1,400 motorcycle enthusiasts rallied together July 15-16 for the 70-mile ride to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The two-day event, which raised nearly $85,000 for local MDA clients, began Friday with festivities including a Poker Run, family activities, bike show, dinner and entertainment at VFW Park in Prairie du Sac.

Local MDA clients and their families cheered on the riders with homemade signs of encouragement and thanks as the motorcycles departed from Sauk Prairie Harley-Davidson Saturday afternoon. Clients included Joseph and Ethan Tress, 6 and 1 of Middleton; Annie Heathcote, 12 of Mazomanie; and Andella Armaza, 2 of Madison.

Peggy Nied, along with her daughter and grandson, attended the MDA Freedom Ride to see the riders off in memory of her son, Kyle. Kyle, 23, of Madison, had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and passed away of late last month. According to Peggy, Kyle would have wanted to be there to support the Freedom Ride.

After the ride, many of the children and their families stayed to talk with the riders and thank them for their contribution to MDA. All of the money raised at the Freedom Ride helps clients like Joseph, Ethan, Annie and Andella by financing UW Hospital clinic visits, wheelchair and leg brace repairs, support groups, and a weeklong stay at MDA Summer Camp in Kenosha County.

Riders enjoyed post-ride activities at VFW Park, including a pork chop dinner, bike games, raffles, drinks and entertainment by LUBE. Carol Thompson of Mount Horeb won the grand prize at the raffle and will enjoy a 4-day trip to Las Vegas to see the 2011 MDA Labor Day Telethon.

MDA Freedom Ride coordinators would like to thank the Sauk Prairie Harley Owners Group Chapter members and Sauk Prairie Harley-Davidson employees. Their constant commitment to the cause made the 2011 MDA Freedom Ride an unforgettable event.

 The Freedom Ride is the longest single dealer Harley-Davidson fundraising event to benefit MDA in Wisconsin. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 Harley-Davidson MDA events in the nation, the ride has raised over $1.8 million net since its inception in 1985.

 MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 43 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education. To volunteer or for more information about MDA’s programs and services, call (608) 222-3269.

The MeanStreet Riders Presents Music for the Open Road

The MeanStreet Riders were formed in the fall of 2008 when we were riding our motorcycles through the southern United States on our way to ride one of the most challenging and dangerous roads in the world, Highway 129, also known as “Deals Gap” or “The Dragon”.  An 11 mile stretch of road with 318 curves on the Tennessee/North Carolina border, “The Dragon” is considered a motorcycle legend by riders around the world.The MeanStreet Riders debut LP High on the Hog (due September 13, 2011) stretches across a wide gamut of Rock and Americana.  The album speaks to a culture that sees life, liberty and freedom being challenged more and more everyday in this ever growing and rapidly changing world. The title track is about camaraderie and deep rooted friendship while not being caught up in the status quo.  The ballad “Rolling On” is based on the travels of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper on their ride filming the movie Easy Rider and deals with getting away from day to day pressures and the pursuit to simply be free and ride with the wind in your hair like they did so long ago. The song “I’ve Had a Good Ride” is based on a return to the Sturgis Rally, the Badlands and riding through the South Dakota hills. In addition to the reunion with old friends theme, the song’s chorus also references real life teachings and not believing everything you hear or read with the line “don’t read all the writing on the wall”.  The song invites you to take life “all in” and enjoy the good times while also taking an inner look at the end of the day or your life and ask yourself have you “Had a Good Ride”. “Where I Was Born” is rich with harmonies and tells the story of a father sharing a ride with his two sons across rural America.

The rest of the LP is nestled deep in Americana rock, with country overtones and arrangements about family, friends, relationships, roads, trips, towns and how the American dream of freedom and its pursuit seems to be continually challenged and shaped by the media, corporations and government bureaucracy.

The incredible growth of the motorcycle community in the past few years is the result of millions of people in the world wanting their freedom back and hitting the road to discover some great times, good friends and maybe… themselves again. The MeanStreet Riders not only speak to those people but people in all walks of life in more than just words and invite them to go somewhere they haven’t been before and discover this great country and world before it might be too late.

Remember: Life’s too short for traffic, so Rock N’ Roll on the open Road.

The Impact

We’ve put a lot of work into this album and we want to share this with you.  We want to get this out to the four corners of this great country so we can share our message and help people rediscover the open road, freedom, and music that speaks to and from the heart.  We want to introduce you to the MeanStreet Riders.

What We Need & What You Get

We’re raising money to do a radio and press campaign.  At our own expense, we’ve put together a great album that we think will really connect with anyone who loves the road, freedom, or even paving their own path.  What we need now is to get the music out there and we can only do that with your help.

What you get out of this will be a combination of great MeanStreet Riders music, merch, and other great perks.  What you get out of this is to help share great music with the world.  What you get out of this is to be part of a great community that cares about real music, real people and real America.
Other Ways You Can HelpShare this site with your friends.  Put it up on facebook, twitter, or wherever you are on the Internet.  We can only do this with your help.  If you’re new to MeanStreet Riders, check us out at www.MeanStreetRiders.com.

RoadTec Z8 Gets High Marks in Tire Test

Munich, Germany,  In their current July/August 2011 double issue, the editorial board of a German motorcycle travel magazine Motorrad & Reisen recently updated their best tire list. The result was extremely positive for Metzeler: the Roadtec Z8 InteractTM stood at the top having earned 3 out of 4 possible top marks. With the mileage (very good), handling (very good), behavior in curves (good) and the wet performance (very good), the Roadtec Z8 has made a solid showing, together with two competing products.

There was no surprise when the Roadtec Z8 InteractTM brought forth the following comments: “With the Metzeler Roadtec Z8 InteractTM, the rider has everything under control. The tire follows its instincts with an incredible blend of precise and effortless handling. The Roadtec Z8 InteractTM is designed to make driving easier, regardless of the bike – for long and safe riding experiences.”

• The tire’s new contour in combination with a patented tread design improves handling and reduces steering effort significantly, for maximum confidence in all driving situations. An innovative new design: matching the physical profile shape with a tread design inspired by the Greek letter “Pi”, functional in that it increases the flexibility of the profile, thus ensuring optimum tyre contact surface area in all conditions.

• The Multi Zone Tension technology (InteractTM technology) of the 0°steel cord gives the “Z8” long-distance performance and stability along with perfect cornering grip.

• A new composition of the silica component and its dispersion at a nano-scale increases the performance and safety levels in all weather conditions.

“Independent comparative tests from touring magazines like Motorrad and Reisen are critical for establishing also the real-world application of our products. The magazine staff and its readers are riding many kilometers” says Francesco Pietrangeli, Director of Marketing for Metzeler Motorcycle Tires, “enough to offer a valid feedback to tire dealers and consumers on the performances of our newest tire, the Roadtec Z8 InteractTM.”

For more information on the Roadtec Z8 InteractTM as well as Metzeler’s entire motorcycle tire range, please visit our website at: www.metzelermoto.com

About Metzeler Motorcycle Tire

On the road since 1892, Metzeler has over 100 years of experience meeting motorcyclists’ toughest tire demands with unflagging innovation and setting trends others must follow. Whether one is drawn to the longevity of its classic design or uncompromising performances, Metzeler is an iconic brand to motorcycling worldwide. Established in Munich, Germany, offices are spread throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania, while production occurs in Germany and South America. All this makes Metzeler the “Two Wheels Specialist”, appreciated by motorcyclists for its quality and technology. Metzeler’s continued commitment to road safety is consistent with the European Road Safety Charter and its primary objective of saving 25,000 lives through the improvement of motorcyclists’ safety knowledge as well as their active riding skills. For more information on Metzeler and its line of motorcycle tires, please visit: www.metzelermoto.com

Harley-Davidson® Events Rule @ Sturgis 2011 Rally

MILWAUKEE (July 12, 2011) – Harley-Davidson riders and enthusiasts will revel in one of the motorcycle world’s most unique and exciting events at the 71st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota’s legendary Black Hills region.

 

The Harley-Davidson Road Tour will run from Saturday, August 6 through Saturday, August 13 at its location at the intersection of 3rd and Lazelle streets in downtown Sturgis. All Harley-Davidson activities in Sturgis are free of charge and include the following:

New 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, H-D1 customization and MotorClothes® riding gear and apparel, including free helmet fittings

·        Harley-Davidson Custom Ride-In Show, Thursday August 11

·        XR1200 Racing Experience presented by Harley-Davidson Insurance

·        Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) pin sales and Custom Motorcycle Raffle

·        Free Bike Wash

·        Willie G. Commemorative Merchandise

·        AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, August 8-10

·        Women’s Area including the JUMPSTART rider experience, bike lift and more

 

Harley-Davidson demo rides for the new 2012 motorcycles will be available in Sturgis at Hersrud’s Chevrolet Dealership near Interstate 90 at Exit 30 from Saturday, August 6 to Friday, August 12. Riders can enjoy as many bikes as they want, but must have a valid motorcycle license and adhere to riding gear requirements and safety rules. There will also be a 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle display at this location, including a Fit Shop display for motorcycle customization.

 

For a complete listing of Harley-Davidson events at the 2011 Sturgis Rally, please visit www.harley-davidson.com/sturgis

Some incredibly creative and passionately customized bikes at the Sturgis Rally will be displayed at the Harley-Davidson Ride-In Show, on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 3rdand Lazelle streets. There is a $10 entry fee, and all proceeds will be donated to MDA with cash prizes awarded in all categories.

There will be a pin stop and merchandise sales for Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) members at the Harley-Davidson Lazelle Street location, H.O.G. members can get a special pin at the AHDRA races, and more information on other H.O.G. events is available at www.members.hog.com

 Race fans will be able to check out the AHDRA Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts Race at the Sturgis Dragway on August 10 and August 11, so visitwww.ahdra.com

Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, produces heavyweight motorcycles and a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.harley-davidson.com