Spring 2014 Lawbike.com Best of the Beach Bike Show Results

lawbike florida logoThis show is presented by USRiderNews.  This spring we awarded over $10,000 in cash and prizes from these sponsors.

Renegade Wheels, HHI, RC Components, Performance Machine, Kuryakyn, Custom Dynamics, Wimmer Machine, Pit Bull Motorcycle Lifts, David Uhl Studios, Wizards Products, Amsoil, Best Western Hotels and Lawbike.Com provides $1,000 for the Best of Show.

Photos will be posted soon.

Class Place Bike # Name City State
Best of Show n/a 15 Joe Pemberton Woodbridge VA
Wimmer Machine Open Class 1st 9 Jerry Fleenor Cabot AR
Best Western 2nd 14 David Poster Alexandra
Best Western 3rd 3 John Bellows Panama City FL
American Mild 1st 28 Kimberly Mossner Acworth GA
2nd 38 Teresa Tripp Gaskins Panama City Bch FL
3rd 41 Lavern Lewis Gaskins Valdosta GA
Renegade Wheels American Wild 1st 20 James McCallister Hosford FL
 Best Western 2nd 23 Robert Warren Adamsville TN
 Best Western 3rd 25 Brad Murphy Sealy TX
Bagger Mild 1st 6 Fitz Disch Lacoste TX
2nd 21 Mike Harvey Summerfield FL
Kuryakyn Bagger Wild 1st 15 Joe Pemberton Woodbridge VA
 Best Western 2nd 40 Wenton Walker Ridgeland MS
 Best Western 3rd 8 Edwin Butler Sardis MS
HHI Bobber 1st 12 John Moravek Panama City FL
Metric Mild 1st. 19 Walter Branson Jay FL
RC Components Metric Wild 1st 16 Alan Cox Bonita Springs FL
 Best Western 2nd 1 David Jackson Norman Park GA
 Best Western
RC Components Sportbike 1st 34 Jose Diaz Navarra FL
 Best Western 2nd 43 Kris Olivera North Port FL
 Best Western 3rd 35 Kenneth Twitty Enterprise AL
David UHL Studios Antique/Classic 1st 26 Joseph McCollum Albany GA
2nd 19 Walter Branson Jay FL
3rd 30 Richard Shaughnessy Troy AL
Antique Classic Modified 1st 16 Alan Cox Bonita Springs FL
 Best Western 2nd 39 Dennis Theut Marietta GA
 Best Western 3rd 30 Richard Shaughnessy Troy AL
Trike Mild 1st 33 Beth Castner Pensacola FL
2nd 27 Kimberly Mossner Acworth GA
Custom Dynamics Trike Wild 1st 11 Bud Strine Lady Lake FL
 Best Western 2nd 10 Jim Harvey Summerfield FL
 Best Western 3rd 18 Ronald Castner Pensacola FL
Rat Bike 1st 13 Alan Cox Bonita Springs FL
Wizards Products Best Paint n/a 6 Fritz Disch Lacoste TX
Angels 4 Education Charity’s Choice $519 raised 8 Edwin Butler Sardis MS
Pit Bull Motorcycle Lifts Editor’s Choice n/a  36  Joey Beam  Rutherford  N
People’s Choice n/a 18 Ronald Castner Pensacola FL

Suzuki Releases New Retro Style TU250X

imageBREA, Calif. – With appealing style that recalls yesterday’s treasured motorcycles, the Suzuki TU250X combines classic two-wheel design with performance features today’s riders demand. Suzuki Motor of America, Inc., (SMAI) announces the release of the 2015 TU250X, arriving in Suzuki dealers this month*.

The 2015 Suzuki TU250X is a modern motorcycle wrapped in retro bike style. The TU250X runs on chrome-plated spoke wheels, and the front wheel is stopped by a hydraulic disc brake using a dual-piston caliper for consistent brake activation.

The single-cylinder, 250cc air-cooled engine exposes its cooling fins for old-school style, while modern performance is enhanced by the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve fuel-injection system and digital ignition. The engine is tuned to deliver strong low-end torque and quick throttle response, while it lets riders enjoy gas-sipping fuel economy. And the 3.2-gallon fuel tank means riders will enjoy long road sessions with few stops for fuel. The bike’s exhaust system is complete with a catalytic convertor to help keep emissions low.

The TU250X is a good fit for many entry-level riders, with the long and comfortable padded seat positioned low for a seat height of just 30.3 inches. Veteran motorcyclists will enjoy the bike’s modern ride, along with timeless features like the round headlight, sweptback and low-slung chrome exhaust, polished crank side case and more.

A classic steel-tube frame and naked styling helps keep the TU’s curb weight down to just 326 pounds. The 2015 Suzuki TU250X is available in a Metallic Silver-and-Glass Black style, at a suggested retail price of $4,399.image

Harley-Davidson Recalls 9,100 Breakout Models

1Breakout2013_FXSB_RHarley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc. (Harley-Davidson) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 FXSB and FXSBSE motorcycles manufactured March 20, 2012, through March 10, 2014. Suspension variances may affect the gas tank mounting angle causing the fuel level sensor to read inaccurately.  The gauge inaccuracy may cause the motorcycle to run out of fuel unexpectedly, possibly even before the Low Fuel Warning lamp illuminates. The lack of fuel would cause the motorcycle to stall, increasing the risk of a crash.  Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will update the software to recalibrate the fuel level sensor signal, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late April 2014. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson at 1-800-258-2464.  14V185000

ThunderBeach Extends Then Reverses Decision. Some Venues Delayed One Day

1thunderbeach Thunder_Beach_Motorcycle_Rally_logo***  NOTE *** We have received word from Thunderbeach Productions that officials have REVERSED their decision to extend the rally.

 VENDORS who have power can open on Thursday, but all vending in FRANK BROWN PARK will be delayed opening until FRIDAY due to the relocation from the grass field to the paved parking lot.

Earlier today (Wednesday April 30) USRiderNews received notice that the rally was going to be extended, however, a few hours later, that decision was reversed.

The weather has not affected the the Best of the Beach Bike Show.  The semi-annual show, scheduled for Saturday May 3rd, will still be held as planned.  Dates and times for other official Thunderbeach Events may have changed, and you are encouraged to check the event website for updated information.  www.thunderbeachproductions.com

 

 

HARLEY-DAVIDSON AMPS UP RIDER TRAINING WITH LAUNCH OF HARLEY-DAVIDSON RIDING ACADEMY

After Successfully Training More Than 350,000 New Riders Over 14 Years, Program Expands Globally with New Experiences, New Motorcycle and New Name

HD screen shotMILWAUKEE (April 24, 2014) – Pumping the adrenaline – by learning to ride a motorcycle – just got a lot cooler, not to mention more fun. For the first time ever, those dreaming of riding can now learn on a genuine Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.

Today, the company unveiled the new Harley-Davidson™ Riding Academy –the only national rider training program hosted by Harley-Davidson® dealerships and conducted on an all-new Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.

“For years we’ve been delivering a life-changing, freedom-inspiring training experience,” said Angela Thundercloud, Harley-Davidson Rider Training Manager. “Now, we’re taking rider training to a new level by incorporating a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that students will want to keep riding long after class is over.”

Designed to Instill Confidence

There is nothing like the independence of the open road. Since its inception in 2000, Harley-Davidson’s rider training program has successfully trained more than 350,000 new riders with a premium Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)-approved rider training experience that guides students on their journey from the classroom to the street with an emphasis on building student confidence on their road to independence.

The Harley-Davidson Riding Academy’s New Rider Course provides nearly everything students need to take the first step on their motorcycle riding journey, including MSF-certified instructors, use of a motorcycle to learn on, and a minimum of 20 hours of combined classroom and range training with a guaranteed 6:1 student/instructor ratio. All students need to bring to class is appropriate riding gear.

Harley-Davidson Riding Academy students will learn to ride on the new Harley-Davidson Street™ 500 motorcycle. Its confidence-inspiring handling and agility, smooth powertrain and authentic Harley-Davidson Dark Custom styling not only appeal to young, urban riders around the world, but also make it an ideal vehicle for learning to ride.

Additional features developed specifically for use in the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy include an industry-first Power Limit Calibration that puts a ceiling on the vehicle’s low-gear speeds, allowing only the maximum rate a student needs in the course, and a unique Vehicle Protection Kit that allays student fears of damaging the vehicle in a tip-over.

“Instilling confidence is vital to preparing new riders to move from the classroom to the open road,” Thundercloud said. “We designed everything – the experience, the curriculum and the equipment – to inspire that needed confidence and empower new students to have a ton of fun learning to ride on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.”

In many states, completion of a Harley-Davidson Riding Academy course can exempt riders from needing to take an additional road test before becoming licensed, and many insurance providers offer discounts to graduates.

Global Expansion

In addition to changes in the United States, where more than 180 Harley-Davidson dealers offer training courses, Harley-Davidson Riding Academy is expanding globally into Mexico, China and South Africa.

To learn more about Harley-Davidson Riding Academy, or to find a participating dealer, visit www.h-d.com/ridingacademy.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson® motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.h-d.com.

Polaris cancels National Victory Rally – Other Victory Rallies Unaffected

reunion run baloonsPolaris Industries on Wednesday announced that it has called off the 2014 American Victory Rally due to an extensive expansion at the Spirit Lake Iowa location.

The company announced its $22.5 million expansion at the 565,000-square-foot Polaris manufacturing facility in 2012. Manufacturing lines will be transformed over the upcoming summer, according to American Victory Rally committee chair Marcy Bosch.

“All of us at Victory are disappointed that we are unable to host the rally this year as we know our riders are passionate about their bikes and the opportunity to connect with each other, the Spirit Lake community and Victory employees at the annual rally,” she said, in a company statement.

“We won’t be able to free up the facilities and dedicate the resources necessary to support a quality rally,” Bosch continued. “We are grateful to our riders and the Spirit Lake community for their continued support and passion for the Victory brand.”

Riders are encouraged to take part in other events across the country which celebrate the Victory brand.  In Helen Georgia, the Southeast Victory Rally, (May 29-June 1st)  is the largest gathering of Victory motorcycle enthusiasts in the USA and is held in conjunction with the USRiderNews Reunion Run.    The Reunion Run is non-brand specific.

Click here for more information on the Victory Rally or click here for information on the Reunion Run.  For registration and discounted hotel reservations, call Sylvia Cochran at 478-237-3761

Brandon Marshall motorcycle ride for mental health awareness

BMMHAR_logoNAPERVILLE, Ill., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – The Brandon Marshall Foundation, Starved Rock Harley-Davidson and Linden Oaks at Edward are teaming up in an effort to increase awareness of mental illness and raise funds for mental health treatment.

The organizations are presenting the Brandon Marshall Mental Health Awareness Ride on Saturday, May 31.  The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Linden Oaks Outpatient Center, 1335 N. Mill St. in Naperville, with motorcycle registration and comments from Brandon Marshall, NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Chicago Bears, and his wife Michi.

Brandon, Michi and the bikers will hit the road at 9 a.m. for a trip of more than 50 miles through Aurora, Oswego and Yorkville, ending at the Starved Rock Harley-Davidson dealership, 750 Centennial Dr. in Ottawa, where activities will include entertainment, a cookout, raffles and prizes.

The cost to have a motorcycle in the ride is $20 and includes lunch and a commemorative pin.  All makes and models of bikes are welcome.  Passenger registration is $10 and includes lunch.  An adult non-rider ticket to the event at the Starved Rock Harley-Davidson dealership is $10 and includes lunch.  To register online, visit www.starvedrockhd.com/brandonmarshallride.

Marshall was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder in 2010.  Since then, he and Michi co-founded The Brandon Marshall Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to end the stigma associated with mental illness, advocate for unprecedented awareness, connect those suffering to the resources they need and paint the world lime green (the official color for mental health awareness).

“People from all walks of life experience mental illness, including football players and motorcycle riders,” says Marshall.  “You’d go get treatment for a broken arm or cancer.  Mental illness is no different.  It’s a sign of strength to seek help.  I can tell you it is liberating to get a diagnosis, receive treatment, and begin living your life again.”

The Brandon Marshall Mental Health Awareness Ride came about due to the efforts of Erin Vandervelde, whose family owns the Starved Rock Harley-Davidson dealership and where she is Operations Manager.

“I have two family members who suffer from bipolar disorder,” says Vandervelde.  “The challenges of dealing with a mental illness stretch throughout a family.  When I noticed Brandon and Michi Marshall were talking about mental illness and sharing their story with the world in an attempt to remove the stigma associated with those suffering, I immediately wanted to help.  A single donation request for a t-shirt has led to a friendship and partnership with The Brandon Marshall Foundation.

“Harley-Davidson riders, and motorcycle riders in general, are a very generous crowd.  They are also a group that has great compassion for those less fortunate.  My hope is that this ride not only raises money for The Brandon Marshall Foundation, but ultimately shines a bright and hopeful light on those suffering from mental illness, their friends and family.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Brandon and Harley-Davidson because our goals are the same,” says Gina Sharp, President, Linden Oaks at Edward.  “This is an excellent opportunity to emphasize the importance of seeking treatment for mental health illnesses and disorders, and let people know how and where they can find help.”

For more information about or to make a donation to The Brandon Marshall Foundation, visit www.thebrandonmarshall.com/foundation.

Starved Rock Harley-Davidson/Buell is a family-owned, customer-focused motorcycle experience, located off I-80 in Ottawa, Illinois.  Only 17 miles from Starved Rock State Park, the region offers country roads for uncongested and scenic motorcycle excursions.  For routes or directions, call (815) 431-1900, e-mail staff@starvedrockhd.com or visit www.starvedrockhd.com.

Linden Oaks at Edward is a 108-bed behavioral health hospital on Edward Hospital’s Naperville campus with outpatient offices in Naperville, Plainfield, St. Charles, Woodridge and Yorkville.  For more information about Linden Oaks and its involvement in the ride, visitwww.lindenoaks.org/brandon-marshall-ride.  For immediate assistance and a free and confidential mental health assessment, call the Linden Oaks 24/7 Help Line at (630) 305-5027.

PROPOSED BILL WOULD PREVENT YOUR MOTORCYCLE FROM TESTIFYING AGAINST YOU IN COURT

data collected from this device can be used against you in court, and most people don't even realize it.

data collected from this device can be used against you in court, and most people don’t even realize it.

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) wants to change the language of the Driver Privacy Act bill to protect all information recorded by event data recorders installed on all “motor vehicles,” including motorcycles. The way S. 1925 is currently written grants privacy only for data the government “requires” to be collected.

Currently the government does not require “black boxes” on motorcycles, only passenger vehicles, trucks and buses. But some current motorcycle models are equipped with the recording devices. A similar bill in the House is worded that “any data recorded on any event data recorder in an automobile or motorcycle shall be considered the property of the owner of the automobile or motorcycle.”

Under current law, Insurance companies, law enforcement and auto rental agencies can access the data on the device and can use it as evidence against the driver/owner in legal proceedings. Data recorders collect a wide range of information on crashes, including whether the brakes were applied, the speed at the time of impact, the steering angle, and whether seat belt circuits were shown as “Buckled” or “Unbuckled” at the time of the crash.

Fourteen states have statutes that restrict access to the event data recorder or limit the use of recovered EDR information.

WILL INDIAN MOTORCYCLES RETURN TO STURGIS?

photo Rapid City Journal

photo Rapid City Journal

In 1936, Clarence “Pappy” Hoel purchased the Indian Motorcycle franchise in Sturgis South Dakota and formed the Jackpine Gypsies that same year.  Two years later, in 1938, the Sturgis Rally was born with 19 participants.  Originally called the “Black Hills Classic” the event was, in its early years primarily centered around racing, hill climbs and stunts and was attended almost exclusively by Indian Motorcycle owners.    Now after being absent from the town that hosts the largest motorcycle rally in the US, reports have surfaced that an Indian Motorcycle dealership will be open before this year’s rally.  According to a report in the Rapid City Journal, the new dealership will be launched by Bruce Eide, who currently sells Indian motorcycles at the Vern Eide Motoplex in Sioux Falls. The Sturgis showroom will be located at 2106 Lazelle St. and open around May 1, said Pat Kurtenbach, president of the Sturgis Economic Development Corp.  While Indian hasn’t released an official press statement, Indian Motorcycle Sturgis has launched a Facebook page and the website www.indianmotorcyclesturgis.com.