Klim® Enduro Rider Pants Go Full Throttle on Durability

WICHITA, Kan– June 14, 2011 – INVISTA announces the adoption of CORDURA® fabric  in a new apparel line powered by KLIM®.  CORDURA® fabrics are used throughout the collection’s premium line of pants specially designed for “enduro” motorcycle riders.

“We needed a fabric that would withstand the challenges of the outdoor elements and the demands and rigors of extreme riders,” said KLIM® U.S. director of marketing, John Summers. “Renowned for its durability and abrasion resistance, we knew CORDURA® fabric was the right choice because it provides durable protection and mobility allowing riders to perform at their best.”

This effort between the KLIM® and CORDURA® brand teams provides riders with an apparel system designed with a wide variety of functional capabilities: maximum durability and abrasion resistance, exceptional moisture management performance, and enhanced comfort and breathability.

Additionally, the exceptional strength-to-weight ratio of CORDURA® brand fabrics provide the collection with lightweight, high-tenacity fabric functionality to allow riders flexibility and agility in their movement.

“Being included in these designs with such leaders in the motorcycling industry is certainly an honor,” said Allen Mortimer, global product manager for INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand. “I’m enthusiastic because I anticipate riders will appreciate the product’s strong performance features.”

CORDURA® fabrics are featured in four pant designs – Chinook, Baja, Dakar, and Mojave – and are available in red, blue, orange and gray.  Additional specifications are as follows:

·      The Chinook Pant delivers durability and all day comfort. Its construction, which includes a 420 denier CORDURA® fabric shell, seat, and knees  allows it to stand up to the harsh elements found on the trail, and its design allows for ultra-flexible movement.
·       Providing relief from the unforgiving summer heat was the inspiration for the Baja Pant.  Making this an ultra-rugged, in-the boot pant are the incorporation of 830 denier CORDURA®  fabric shell and 1800 denier CORDURA® Ballistic fabric in the seat and knees.
·       Engineered with comfort in mind, the Dakar Pant provides zippered vents combined with rider specific patterning and 840 denier CORDURA® fabric in high wear areas and throughout the outer shell – The Mojave Pant is designed to conquer the elements.  Powered by 840 denier CORDURA® fabric in the seat and knees and coupled with rider specific patterning and a comprehensive ventilation system  helps this pant  provide enduro aficionados with a durable riding solution.

“The distinguishing factor that motorcyclists will find when browsing these products is the CORDURA® brand hangtag and sew in label,” said Cindy McNaull, global CORDURA® brand marketing director. “Our hangtag and sew in label assures wearers that the fabric is made to last.”

About Klim
Klim is the global leader in Technical Riding Gear for both the snow and enduro industries, which includes GORE-TEX jackets, pants and boots along with helmets, hydration backpacks, and technical layering pieces.  For more information, visit www.klimusa.com.

About CORDURA® brand
INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand essence celebrates individual durability: As Long As The World Is Full Of Durable People, We’ll Keep Making Durable Fabrics™.  Known for its resistance to abrasions, tears and scuffs, CORDURA® fabric is a primary ingredient in many of the world’s leading high-performance gear and apparel products ranging from luggage, upholstery and backpacks to footwear, military equipment, tactical wear, workwear and performance apparel. The CORDURA® brand is a registered trademark of INVISTA, one of the world’s largest integrated polymer, intermediates and fibers businesses. To distinguish the CORDURA® brand, the word “CORDURA®” must be spelled out in all caps, used with an ®, and followed by the word “brand” or “fabric.”

To learn more about INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand, end-use products, and marketing tools please visit www.CORDURA.com and follow us on Facebook, http://facebook.com/CORDURABrand, and Twitter, http://twitter.com/CORDURAbrand.

About INVISTA
INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications. With a business presence in over 20 countries, INVISTA’s global businesses deliver exceptional value for their customers through technology innovations, market insights and a powerful portfolio of global trademarks including: ADI-PURE®, ANTRON®, AVORA®, C12™, COMFOREL®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, CORFREE®, DACRON®, DBE®, DYTEK®, FRESHFX®, LYCRA®, PERFORMA™, POLARGUARD®, POLYSHIELD®, POLYCLEAR®, SOLARMAX®, STAINMASTER®, SUPPLEX®, SUPRIVATM, TACTEL®, TACTESSE®, TERATE®, TERATHANE® and THERMOLITE®. For more information, visit www.INVISTA.com.

Hall of Famer, Kawasaki icon Jeff Fredette selected as Grand Marshal for 2011 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — In 1978, a nervous rookie off-roader lined up in the rural Swedish countryside at the biggest off-road race in the world, the International Six Days Trial (ISDT). Six days later, Jeff Fredette was credited with a gold medal finish, and launched what would become one of the most enduring international motorcycle racing careers of all time.

In recognition of Fredette’s stellar off-road racing career, his record-setting number of ISDT andInternational Six Days Enduro (ISDE) finishes and his support of the Kawasaki brand, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA are pleased to announce that Fredette will be honored as Grand Marshal at the annual AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 22-24, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Fredette’s selection highlights Kawasaki’s status as the Marque of the Year for 2011 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.

“Jeff Fredette represents determination, excellence, sportsmanship and professionalism,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Not only does he bring a career-long association with our 2011 Marque of the Year, Kawasaki, but he stands as an excellent role model for the AMA’s aspiring cadre of amateur racers of all ages. We’re honored that he will be on hand to greet fans and support AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, which raises funds for the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.”

Added Chris Brull, Kawasaki’s marketing communications director: “Jeff Fredette and Kawasaki have ridden together for nearly three decades. The relationship has been long and rewarding. When it comes to celebrating the history of Kawasaki and the people who have helped elevate the brand in America, we can think of no better representative than ‘Mr. ISDE’ himself.” Not only is Fredette a multi-time gold medal winner at the ISDT/ISDE, but he has won hundreds of AMA Racing off-road events, including several on the national level.

Fredette, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002, remains an active competitor. He further burnished his reputation last year when he not only competed in his 30th ISDE, where he won another gold medal, but he also won two AMA Racing National Championships: the Senior 40+ A class title in the AMA Racing Rekluse National Enduro Championship Series, and the 86cc-200cc Modern class No. 1 plate at the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships. Fredette also has won the 2004 Senior 40+ and 1989 126-200 A class national enduro titles and 15 Ice Race National Championships, from 1984-2007. He was named AMA Racing Sportsman of the Year in 1993 and AMA Racing Vet/Senior Rider of the Year in 2010.

“I’m excited about this opportunity and to really experience all the things going on at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days,” Fredette said. “Last year was my first year at the event, and my schedule only allowed me to see the hare scrambles. I’m looking forward to the swap meet, the flat track, the bike shows and taking in the vintage scene. Plus, I’m not going to miss out on the racing. I want to compete in the trials, the hare scrambles, the motocross and the flat track. It should be a great time all around.”

Of course, Fredette will compete on Kawasakis, which he has raced since 1983.

“It was the year after Suzuki pulled out of off-road, and I didn’t have a ride,” Fredette remembered. “Kawasaki came along with some bikes and support, and things just started to click. Kawasakis have always been great bikes, and I’m pretty loyal, so from then on, as long as everything worked, I had no reason to change.”

Fredette’s role as Grand Marshal will be one of many Kawasaki-themed activities this year at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. Known as a leader in the performance category for the past 45 years, Kawasaki will host a number of interactive opportunities for attendees. Fans will be able to immerse themselves in the brand’s history — and its future, as licensed riders will be able to demo the latestKawasaki motorcycles.

Hosting a Kawasaki display at the Mid-Ohio venue for the event, the company will exhibit many of its groundbreaking models, including the famed 500cc Mach III triple and the 900cc Z1, recognized as one of the industry’s first true superbikes. In addition, attendees will have a chance to win both a modern Z1000 muscle bike and a classic Z1 in the Hall of Fame raffle.

Kawasaki riders attending the event will enjoy special perks, including a Kawasaki-only parking area and the chance to participate in a special lap of the Mid-Ohio track.

Held at the world-class Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features vintage and post-vintage competition in motocross, trials, hare scrambles, roadracing and dirt track. In addition to demo rides of current production bikes, the event includes North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, educational seminars, bike shows, motorcycling seminars, the new product Manufacturers’ Midway, and club corrals featuring marque and regional clubs.

Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which is located on the campus of the AMA in Pickerington, Ohio. The mission of the Hall of Fame is to “celebrate, elucidate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America.” Its exhibits honor the distinguished men and women whose competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship have played a vital role in shaping the sport, lifestyle and business of motorcycling. For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Hall of Fame’s website at MotorcycleMuseum.org.

Tickets for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days can be purchased online at MidOhio.com. For more information about the event, visit AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com.

Motorcycle Riders: Snap Photos Outside Best Western Hotels and Be Entered To Win Big Rewards, Free Nights

Photo Contest Celebrates Launch of Three Types of Best Western Hotels

PHOENIX (June 6, 2011) – To kick off motorcycle riding season and introduce two-wheeled travelers to Best Western’s three new types of hotels, Best Western International , the World’s Biggest Hotel FamilySM, announced a photo contest for motorcycle enthusiasts who visit any of the chain’s 2,200 BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS or BEST WESTERN PREMIER hotels inNorth America.

 

Motorcyclists who visit a Best Western hotel and upload a photo of their bike in front of a Best Western sign will be entered to win and each week between now and July 15, three winners will randomly be chosen to receive 5,000 Best Western Rewards points.

One grand prize winner will be chosen at random to receive 65,000 points, good for room nights, gift cards, airline miles and more,in celebration of Best Western’s 65th birthday in 2011. To commemorate the launch of the three new types of Best Western hotels, the first rider to submit a photo in-front of all three different BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS and BEST WESTERN PREMIER signs will win a $650 travel card – good for use at any of the chain’s 4,000 hotels worldwide.

Participants must upload their digital photos to Best Western’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BestWestern between now and July 15, 2011 to be eligible to win prizes.

“We want motorcycle riders to know that there’s a Best Western hotel for every type of trip they take with the introduction of BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS and BEST WESTERN PREMIER hotels, and we welcome them to come and stay with us,” said Dorothy Dowling, Best Western senior vice president of marketing and sales. “This photo contest allows new and existing Ride Rewards members to experience the special amenities and services we offer exclusively to riders. What’s more – one lucky rider will win 65,000 rewards points which can be redeemed for up to a week of free nights at participating hotels, gift cards, airline miles and much more.”

Photo contest entrants must sign up or be existing members of Best Western Ride Rewards®, the industry’s only free loyalty program for guests traveling by motorcycle. Best Western Ride Rewards members will automatically earn Gold Elite status when the sign up, allowing them to earn 10 points for every U.S. dollar spent on qualified room rates and 10 percent bonus points with each qualified stay at any Best Western hotel. Motorcycle travelers can register for Best Western Ride Rewards by visitingwww.bwrider.com or calling 1-888-BW2BIKE.

As part of its partnership with Harley-Davidson®, Best Western has more than 1,200 Rider-Friendly® hotel locations in North America which provide services such as a special Harley-Davidson rate, a clean wipe-down at check-in and a bike cleaning station. Additional benefits at some properties include reserved parking spaces, bottled water and lip balm.

As a complement to Ride Rewards, enthusiasts can also use the Harley-Davidson Ride Planner tool to map and plan rides, and book a Best Western hotel along the route.

Keep up with the photo contest by following Best Western on Twitter @TheBestWestern, hashtag #BWBikerPhoto.

ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Best Western International, Inc. is THE WORLD’S BIGGEST HOTEL FAMILYSM, providing marketing, reservations and operational support to over 4,000* BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN PREMIER® hotels in 90* countries and territories worldwide. Each Best Western-branded hotel is independently owned and operated. Now celebrating 65 years of hospitality, Best Western has grown into an iconic brand that hosts 400,000* worldwide guests each night. Equally committed to the business and leisure traveler, Best Western recently embarked on a mission to lead the hotel industry in customer care. World Vision is the charity of choice for Best Western in building the world’s biggest family, with our hotels and staff sponsoring children in need around the globe. Our partnerships with AAA/CAA, Michael Waltrip Racing™ and Harley-Davidson® help guests make the most of every trip. For the fastest way to a free night globally, join Best Western Rewards®. For more information or to make a reservation, please visitwww.bestwestern.com

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*Numbers are approximate and can fluctuate.

 

Dare to Compare a Harley-Davidson®

Demo New Harley® Motorcycles at 200 Events Nationwide and at Americade’s New Extended Test-Ride

To experience the exhilarating difference of twisting the throttle on a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle, H-D is offering more than 200 events nationwide.

1. Since 2008, Harley-Davidson has tripled its fleet of motorcycles offered for dealer demo events due to the demand from riders. Harley-Davidson dealerships host over 180 free demo events at their stores. In addition, on a daily basis they offer individual test ride opportunities. Check out our website where you can schedule a free test ride online or find a dealer demo event nearest you, www.h-d.com/testride

Test rides are generally available for all licensed riders at participating Harley-Davidson dealerships anytime during the riding season.

2. Motor Company Demo Events are offered in more than 15 locations and are staffed by Harley-Davidson employees. These events offer our newest models to test. Also new this year is the opportunity for non-riders to experience our “Jumpstart.” This stationary motorcycle allows aspiring customers to learn how to start, shift and twist the throttle on a fully-functioning motorcycle that does not move, www.h-d.com\demos

.3. Rentals are the ultimate test ride opportunity. Planning a trip to a new location, why not check out a new motorcycle at the same time,www.h-d.com/rentals

The new one-day Dare to Compare Experience at this week’s Americade Motorcycle Rally will offer riders not only our demo test rides, but also the option to swap their competitive brand motorcycle to test ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for the day. The Dare to Compare Experience is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis with select 2011 Harley-Davidson models from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. It will be located at the Beach Road Lot down the hill from Fort William Henry. These rides are free, but participants must bring a valid motorcycle license, sign a release form and wear a helmet that meets DOT requirements and eye protection.

“With the riding season starting in scenic areas like Lake George, we’re daring riders to measure their motorcycles against ours and see why no other bike on the road compares to a Harley-Davidson,” said Steve Piehl, Harley-Davidson Director of Customer Experience. “There’s more reason than ever to test ride and feel why Harley-Davidson motorcycle design, detail, power and heritage combine for a premium riding experience.”

Learn more online about what goes into creating the ultimate ride on a Harley-Davidson. H-D’s heritage is rich, the attention to detail and design are impeccable and our V-Twin power is distinctly unique.  With over 10 videos, we illustrate the undeniable differences that make Harley-Davidson motorcycles truly unique, www.h-d.com/whyharley

. No Compromises. No Cages.

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

 

 

Roadsmith Introduces Indian Trike Conversion

White Bear Lake, MN ( May 25, 2011)- The unmistakable look of the Indian Motorcycle has been turning heads for over a 110 years and the Indian Chief has always been the most iconic of the tribe. It was with this in mind that legendary trike company, Roadsmith Trikes, took on this model as their newest design and initial foray into this brand of motorcycle trike conversion.

Following Indian’s recent sale to Polaris Industries, it’s a sure bet that this brand will receive a much needed boost from its new owners and, quite possibly, a return to its former popularity and status. Knowing this, Roadsmith’s design team went to great lengths to capture every nuance of the design and personality of this easily recognizable motorcycling legend.

With its swooping rear fenders and graceful lines, this new trike design continues the look and feel of the original while, at the same time, creating a comfortable and utilitarian three-wheeled version. Complete with a spacious trunk (requiring only one hand to open) and fully independent suspension, this new model offers all of the comfort and convenience one would expect from a Roadsmith.  Options include the company’s proprietary AccuRideTM Automatic Leveling Suspension System, as well as a host of other convenient and stylish options and accessories.

 

Roadsmith Trikes is based in White Bear Lake, MN where it manufactures and distributes twelve different trike conversion kits for Honda, Harley-Davidson and now Indian 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.

 

Lawmakers Back Ban on Funding for Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints, Want Focus on Motorcycle Crash Prevention

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Federal lawmakers have sent a bipartisan letter to the leadership of a key U.S. House committee to urge support for a bill that prohibits federal funding for motorcycle-only traffic checkpoints, the American Motorcyclist Association(AMA) reports.

The lawmakers are also urging support for a measure to retain a ban on lobbying at the state level by a federal traffic safety agency.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and his colleagues sent the letter on May 25 to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure as well as to the panel’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

The letter asks the panels to include H.R. 904 and H.Res. 239 in the surface transportation reauthorization bill now being considered by Congress.

H.R. 904 would prohibit the U.S. Transportation secretary from providing grants or any funds to a state or local government to be used for programs to check helmet usage or to create motorcycle-only checkpoints.

H.Res. 239 would support efforts to retain a ban on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) ability to lobbystate legislators using federal tax dollars and urges the agency to focus on motorcycle crash prevention and rider education and training.

“These important pieces of legislation would ensure that the Department of Transportation (DOT) and NHTSA focus on proven methods of motorcycle safety,” the letter said. “NHTSA’s Motorcycle Law Enforcement Demonstration Program has not proven to be an effective use of taxpayer dollars.

“Through this program, the state of Georgia was provided a $70,000 grant to create motorcycle-only checkpoints to inspect rider compliance with DOT-compliant helmet regulations,” the letter said. “The checkpoints are not a proven method of ensuring motorcyclist safety, and have certainly not been an effective use of limited federal taxpayer dollars.

“We take motorcycle safety seriously and want NHTSA to focus its safety efforts on proven lifesaving methods,” the letter said. “Including H.R. 904 and H.Res. 239 in the surface transportation reauthorization bill would set the record straight, that the House of Representatives supports rider education, driver awareness, training and proper licensing as the best methods of preventing motorcycle crashes, not mandatory federal helmet laws.”

In addition to Sensenbrenner, others who signed the letter include Reps. Tom Petri (R-Wis.), Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Ron Paul (R-Texas), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.),Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Mike Ross (D-Ark.)

To see the letter, go to:www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Libraries/Rights_Documents_Federal/5_25_2011_Sensenbrenner_TransportationComm.sflb.ashx?download=true

Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge Coming to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

PICKERINGTON, Ohio – Competition breeds excellence, and on July 22 at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, Motorcycle Hall of Famer Craig Vetter will challenge all comers to push the limits of motorcycle fuel economy.

“The goal of the Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge is to discover the least amount of energy — in dollars and cents — it takes to travel the way we really ride,” said Vetter. “The conditions of these events reflect utility and reality, not controlled track conditions. Not only do entered motorcycles have to produce excellent mileage, but they must be comfortable, attractive and be able to carry a reasonable load — such as four bags of groceries.”

As the country’s grandest celebration of the people and machines that define motorcycling’s history, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days provides a unique backdrop for an event focused on the future of motorcycle design.

“Our goal with these events is to move motorcycle technology forward,” Vetter added. “This is an opportunity for riders to participate directly in that process.”

Vetter said that the route from the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be roughly 100 miles, with awards for the overall winner, the best electric bike, and the best performing vintage motorcycle — 1969 model year and older.

“How many times have we heard that the old bikes got great mileage?” Vetter asked. “My Brit buddies are sure their BSA singles from the ’50s and ’60s got 100 mpg. And who knows? Maybe they did. At the AMA Vintage Days Vetter Challenge, we will learn the truth.”

Rules and additional details about the 2011 Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge, which will take place Friday morning, July 22, at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, are available at CraigVetter.com

Staged at the world-class Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features vintage and post-vintage competition in motocross, trials, hare scrambles, roadracing and dirt track. In addition to demo rides of current production bikes, the event includes North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, educational seminars, bike shows, motorcycling seminars, the new product Manufacturers’ Midway, and club corrals featuring marque and regional clubs.

Kawasaki is the honored Marque of the Year at 2011 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. The Grand Marshal, a major figure from Kawasaki’s storied history on two wheels, will be announced shortly.

Proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The mission of the Hall of Fame is to celebrate, elucidate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America. Its exhibits honor the distinguished men and women whose competitive spirit, passion, vision and entrepreneurship have played a vital role in shaping the sport, lifestyle and business of motorcycling. For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Hall of Fame’s website atMotorcycleMuseum.org.

For tickets to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, see MidOhio.com. For more information about the event, visit AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com.

 

 

 

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Akoo Clothing Brand Becomes Official Sponsor for Atlantic Beach Bike Week in Atlantic Beach

NEW YORK, NY, MAY 25, 2011 – The AKOO Clothing brand is pleased to announce their official partnership with Bikefest 2011 held in Atlantic Beach, South Carolina during Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29, 2011.

As part of the partnership with Bikefest 2011, AKOO Clothing will be producing an outdoor stage that will host AKOO fashion shows, live musical performances, and exclusive AKOO fashion makeovers. In addition, AKOO will be hosting a community “meet and greet” event as well as the Official Bikefest 2011 Kick-Off Party. Finally, in conjunction with Downtown Locker Room, AKOO Clothing will be anchoring a national consumer sweepstakes with the grand prize being a fully customized, AKOO branded, 2010 Yamaha R1. Consumers can enter to win the AKOO bike at any DTLR retail location or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/akooclothing.com.
“The AKOO Clothing brand represents authenticity, quality, and craftsmanship. Our Atlantic Beach community is proud to have AKOO as our official partner for Bikefest 2011,” says Mr. William Booker, Town Manager of Atlantic Beach. “We welcome them as well as the thousands of bike enthusiasts from across the country to our community.”
Atlantic Beach, a small resort town in South Carolina with a population under 400 people, hosts the country’s largest sportbike event during Memorial Day Weekend. Bike enthusiasts from all genders, races and nationalities experience four days of exciting festivities from live music, numerous events and unforgettable camaraderie among hundreds of Bike Clubs.
AKOO Clothing is the new Americana fashion go-to brand for top fashion and innovation nationally and internationally. Global trendsetting celebrities, athletes, musicians, and actors have become fans of the brand including Larry King. Some of these prominent fans have even taken it a step further by aligning themselves and their projects with AKOO such as B.o.B,Curtis Granderson, Carl Crawford, Hosea Chanchez, Travis Porter, Tristan Wilds, Meek Mill, and Mickey Factz to name a few. AKOO has been featured in national print publications including VIBE Magazine and GQ, who also named AKOO’s founder T.I., one of the “10 Most Stylish Men in America” in their magazine issue.
ABOUT AKOO CLOTHING
AKOO, an acronym for A KING OF ONESELF, is a men’s contemporary clothing line that exudes a unique sense of elusive style that is versatile to one’s own lifestyle. The brand offers the highest quality of materials and craftsmanship including distinctive prints and fabrics that are unmatched from comfortable denim with custom embroidery, stylish leather jackets, detailed sweaters and durable lightweight tees as well as button downs and polos. AKOO, was founded by Grammy award winning artist, music and film producer, song writer and actor, T.I., and his business partner and Grand Hustle Entertainment CEO, Jason Geter. AKOO is manufactured and distributed by RP55 Group. AKOO is donned by celebrities including actors, musicians and athletes. The brand has been featured on TV, in videos, online, and in print media from around the world. The AKOO Clothing showroom is located at 230 W. 39th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10018. For more information on AKOO Clothing, visit www.akooclothingbrand.com and Facebook via www.facebook.com/akooclothing and Twitter via twitter.com/akooclothing.

 

California Scooter Company Donating CSC Motorcycle To In-N-Out Burger Foundation

 

California Scooter Company is donating a custom motorcycle to the In-N-Out Burger Foundation for auction at the In-N-Out Burger 24th Annual Children’s Benefit Golf Tournament.

May 19, 2011 – California Scooter Company announced it is donating a custom motorcycle to the In-N-Out Burger Foundation for auction at the In-N-Out Burger 24th Annual Children’s Benefit Golf Tournament.  This is the second year in a row CSC Motorcycles has prepared and donated a custom motorcycle for the iconic In-N-Out restaurant chain’s annual charitable event.

“We’re proud we can support the In-N-Out Foundation,”said Steve Seidner, the CSC Motorcycles chief executive officer.  “This is a worthy charity and we are pleased we can help.   Last year, our California Scooter raised $8,000 for the In-N-Out Foundation, and we hope our 2011 bike brings as much or more.    In-N-Out is a great organization, and we’re glad we can help their magnificent charitable work.”

This year’s custom In-N-Out California Scooter has a paint theme based on In-N-Out’s funny car drag racer, including the In-N-Out logo, crossed palm trees, and deep ruby red metalflake paint.   Last year, the California Scooter was one of the most exciting items auctioned at the annual In-N-Out Annual Children’s Benefit Golf Tournament, and it brought one of the highest prices at the In-N-Out fund raiser.

California Scooter Company has prepared several corporate-themed bikes for various companies, including one most recently built for Go Go Gear (a Los Angeles-based apparel manufacturer; www.gogogearla.com).  “We enjoy building corporate customs along with our standard motorcycles,” Seidner said.  “We like helping companies promote their image, and the California Scooter platform provides a great palette for doing do.”

Organizations interested in developing corporate-themed custom California Scooters can contact CSC Motorcycles at 909 445 0900.

California Scooter Company manufactures 150cc street-legal motorcycles. The company sells in all 50 US states and Australia, and is in the process of certifying its bikes in Europe and Canada.

A One-Two Finish for MICHELIN at Albacete

The second round, in Albacete, Spain, saw Michelin Motorcycle tires claim the top two places thanks to its partners BMW Motorrad France and Yamaha GMT 94. The eight-hour marathon enabled MICHELIN to showcase its expertise round this difficult circuit where teams faced a particularly broad range of temperatures.

The second round of the 2011 Endurance World Championship at Albacete, Spain, saw MICHELIN tyres claim the top two places thanks to its partners BMW Motorrad France and Yamaha GMT 94. The eight-hour marathon enabled MICHELIN to showcase its expertise round this difficult circuit where teams faced a particularly broad range of temperatures.

It might not be the championship’s most technically demanding venue, but Albacete is always a big challenge for tyre manufacturers. The chief reasons for this are its high number of turns, the abrasive nature of its surface and the big fluctuations in temperature between the daylight and night-time phases of the race. To be competitive here, tyres must be extremely versatile and MICHELIN’s range rose to the challenge of the Spanish track with flying colours…

Philippe MUSSATI (manager of MICHELIN Competition’s two-wheel racing programmes): “Albacete is reputed for being very hard on tyres and we had to carefully tailor the range we took there for our partner teams. Track temperatures of around 40°C called for competitive, durable and versatile products, which are three essentially opposing qualities. Yet the combination of our engineers’ excellent development work and the first class job the teams did setting up their bikes gave our partners a certain edge throughout the race. The BMW set a new lap record for the track during qualifying before going on to dominate the race, while Yamaha GMT 94 quickly made its mark to secure an unchallenged second place. Indeed, only two bikes succeeded in lapping under the 1m32s mark during the race, and they were the BMW and YART Yamaha, which had the honour of posting the fastest race lap (1m31.609s). It’s such a shame that YART ran out of fuel at one point, because we were heading for a MICHELIN one-two-three at that stage. I would also like to underline DG Sport’s outstanding run in the Superstock class. Had it not been for a fall, they could well have finished on the podium.”

This MICHELIN one-two has boosted the positions of the firm’s partners in the provisional world championship standings. BMW Motorrad France is now just two points short of the current leader, while Yamaha GMT 94 has moved up to third spot.