AMSOIL Joins Lawbike.Com Best of The Beach Bike Show As Sponsor

Amsoil will give away free product to each person who enters the Lawbike.com Best of the Beach Bike Show. (actual product may differ from shown)

March 10, 2014 Panama City Beach:  USRiderNews announced  that Amsoil will co-sponsor the Lawbike.com Best of The Beach Bike show to be held May 3rd in Pier Park, Panama City Beach.  The semi-annual bike show is held in conjunction with Thunder Beach Bike Week and officially sanctioned by Thunder Beach Productions, Pier Park and USRiderNews.

Amsoil will be providing free product to each bike show entrant, as well as displaying their line of products for motorcycles and powersports equipment.

A total of $10,000 in cash and prizes will be given away from  industry leading companies such as Kuryakyn, Custom Dynamics,  HHI, RC Components, and Renegade Wheels.     Wizards Products has also signed on to provide FREE cleaning products to the first 75 bikes entered in the show (valued $20)   (gift certificates subject to change without notice)

Best of Show will win $1000 from Lawbike.com

angels for educationProceeds from the show benefit the local charity Angels for Education.

In addition, USRiderNews will award a Kindle Fire to some lucky participant or spectator at 4:30 pm on Saturday afternoon after the awards have been announced.

The show benefits Toys for Kids Foundation, a local charity that provides to underprivileged children during the holidays.

Save $10 by pre-registering here

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Lawbike Best of the Beach Bike Show Set for October 4, 2014

best of the beach bike show 2013The Thunder Beach Best of the Beach Bike show, hosted by USRiderNews in Panama City Beach is set for October 4, 2014.   The show will once again be held in beautiful Pier Park.  A total of $15,000 in cash and prizes will be given away.

The winner of Best of Show receives $1,000 cash from Thunder Beach Productions.

Joe Biggs, president of Thunder Beach Productions said, “USRiderNews has built The Best of the Beach into a world class bike show and we’re looking forward to another awesome event.”

Scott Cochran, publisher of USRiderNews said, “Thunder Beach is a premier event and it’s our privledge to work with them to to raise much needed funds for Angels for Education.”   Cochran said the show is the largest and most prestigious bike show in the panhandle of Florida.

angels for educationFor$10 savings with early registration and complete rules click here.  

Day of event registration for the Autumn show begins Saturday October 4th  at 9:00am and continues to 12:00 pm. Due to the heavy rally traffic, participants are encouraged to enter Pier Park from Hwy 98, or Back Beach Road as the locals refer to it and arrive by noon to have time to register their bike and get it set before cut off.  The show’s location has moved to the Main Street in the middle of Pier Park.

The show is held semi-annually and attracts a large crowd of spectators and participants.

Due to the large number of entries, and the time constraints, judging begins at 12 noon.   All bikes must be able to be started to be eligible for prizes.

Companies that are awarding gift certificates are;

Kuryakyn, Custom Dynamics, HHI, RC Components,  Renegade Wheels.    Best Western awards $50 and $25 gift cards to 2nd and 3rd place winners in each class.  Wizards Products provides FREE cleaning products to every bike entered in the show (valued $20)   (subject to change without notice)

To pre-register and get a t-shirt , click here

When Is Thunder Beach 2013?

The 15th annual Spring Thunder Beach is May 1-5, 2013 and the 13th annual autumn Thunder Beach is October 2-6, 2013.  For more info on Thunder Beach, visit, their website

Toys-for-Kids-Poke-Run-Logo-Thunderbeach-2The Best of the Beach Bike show is Saturday May 4th at Pier Park, with $1,000 awarded to the Best of Show, as well as thousands of dollars in gift certificates for winners in the various classes.  The Best of the Beach is professionally judged and is a fund raiser for the Toys for Kids Foundation.  A local charity that provides for children in need at Christmas and throughout the year.

 

Thunder Beach is a trademark term and is used to identify the twice annual motorcycle rallies held in Panama City Beach Florida.  There is no connection between this and Panama Beach Bike Week, which is a group of businessmen operating outside the official framework of Thunder Beach, often without licenses or liability insurance.   It is our recommendation that you purchase only official licensed merchandise and only shop at official venues which support the rally and help keep it free.

 

Million Dollar Custom Bikes? I Ain’t Buying It

it's worth a millionAs editor of this esteemed fish wrapper, it’s my job to stay abreast on the trends in the motorcycle industry, and, believe me, staying abreast is a full time job with me, and one I thoroughly enjoy.

The only thing I like better is a well placed double entendre.

But, enough about me.

I wanna discuss the time I wasted…er.. spent recently watching Sturgis Motorcycle Mania on the Travel Channel.

To be fair, the production value of the episodes was and is outstanding. Produced by Big Fish Entertainment (Bethesda Maryland) the camera work and post production editing are as good as any I’ve ever seen, and frankly much better than anything I’ve been involved with.

But I guess what’s eating my cheese is the ridiculous hyperbole the producers insert into the story line as artificial drama in whatever event they’re taping.

A case in point was their coverage of one of the bike shows. To hype the importance of this show, and create artificial tension between the participants, the narrator says that the value of the winning bike could reach as much as “1 MILLION DOLLARS!”

It was at this point when I paused the DVR, went into my garage and retrieved my bullshit flag. It was obvious I was going to need it a lot during the next 45 minutes.

Admittedly I’m not the foremost authority on custom motorcycles, but even with my head stuck up my proverbial arse most of the time, I think I would’ve heard about builders spending less than $30k in parts and fabrication building show bikes, turning around and earning a cool million when they win this bike show.

With stakes that high the builders would be hiring 24 hour security guards and installing wireless cameras to watch their bikes when they sleep.

This wasn’t the only “contest” on the show that was hyped way beyond the realm of believability.

I suppose the target audience of these type shows isn’t middle aged motorcycle magazine editors.

I suspect these shows are aimed more toward the non-motorcycle riding viewer. Or at least the viewer who has heard the legend of Sturgis and fantasizes that one day he or she will have the funds to participate in what has become known as the “Greatest Motorcycle Show on Earth!”

My apologies to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus people for that blatant tag line rip-off.

But, truth be told the “Sturgis Experience” for lack of a better term is, for those who have yet to attend, the pinnacle of the motorcycle life.

The phrase “This year, I’m going to Sturgis” is to bikers what the phrase “This year, I’m going to Vegas” is to hard core gamblers.

Those motorcycle riders who live as much for the lifestyle as the ride, see Sturgis as the one “must do” destinations before they die.

It’s a desire I completely understand.

There are very few opportunities for working stiffs such as you and I to participate in “epic adventures.”

That’s part of the mystique of the Black Hills Rally. Even if you’re not interested in the gratuitous nudity, the easy to find debauchery, or the simply weird beyond biker weird, travelling to Sturgis promises so much more.

Endless miles of breathtaking scenery. Endless miles of prairies, bisected with mountains wrapped with ribbons of blacktop that are as close to motorcycle riding heaven as you’re likely to see this side of dirt.

Add to it the distance involved just to get there and you have the perfect recipe for a bucket list adventure worthy of wintertime daydreams, without all the made up drama.

Now that I think about it, the biggest prize in Sturgis isn’t winning some bike show, or burnout contest, and there’s not drama involved. The most valuable prize is the experience.

And, as we all know, it’s the things we do, not the things we have, that nourish our soul the most, no drama needed.

Until next time, ride safe, and always take the road less traveled

IMBBA-USA Bike Show & Hall Of Fame Ceremony At The Broken Spoke Campground

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 Sturgis, South Dakota 71st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

(Sturgis, SD — July 22, 2011) The Broken Spoke Campground has announced that it will host the North American division of the International Master Bike Builders Association (IMBBA-USA) Bike Show on Tuesday, August 9 as part of the 71st Annual Sturgis Rally.

This will be an IMBBA sanctioned events where points will be awarded to those that participate. Builders will have the opportunity to have their bikes judged and inspected for certification and skills present in the builds. The USA representative of IMBBA and the President of IMBBA will also be on hand to discuss what they are doing to change the industry in education, training and bike show judging fairness.

In addition to the IMBBA-USA Bike Show, the Broken Spoke Campground will also serve as the venue for the IMBBA Hall of Fame Ceremony where several Master Bike Builders who have earned enough points over the course of their career will be placed in the Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees are Rick Fairless, Don Bittman and Lee Wimmer. Awards for Master Bike Builder level II will be presented to Troy Nicholson and Craig Whitford.

Registration for the Bike Show begins at 10:00 a.m. with the awards taking place at 4:00 p.m. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place following the Bike Show Awards at 5:00 p.m.

The Broken Spoke Campground is located on Highway 79 North, just past Bear Butte State Park in Sturgis, South Dakota.  Cost for the headline entertainment at the Broken Spoke Campground is FREE for campers and $5.00 admission after 6:00 p.m. for non-campers.  VIP seating for the headline concerts is available for an additional $10.00.

The Broken Spoke Campground is wall-to-wall entertainment for the entire 71st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  Not only does the Broken Spoke Campground have the very finest camping and amenities in all of Sturgis, but it gives campers and guests festivities such as the World’s Biggest Biker Pool with Hot Tubs & Tiki Bar, Hoge Wild Pool Contests & Games, daily shows from America’s Original Wall of Death, a Free Spoke to Spoke Shuttle, the Wall That Heals Replica Vietnam Veterans Wall, daily Tattoo contests, Beach Party Happy Hour at 4pm, the Spoke After Dark dance club, Biker Rodeo, Oil Wrestling, Poolside Massages, on-site General Store including free Wi-fi and all the items campers need, plus much more!

The Broken Spoke Campground has also announced that it will not raise its prices if you pre-book your Sturgis reservation.  Campers reserving prior to July 31st will pay a low $119/person plus tax.  RV spots and private air-conditioned cabins are also still available.  Call toll-free at 8-SPOKE-ON-79 (877-653-6679) or book online today at www.BrokenSpokeCampground.com

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About the Broken Spoke Saloon:

The Broken Spoke Saloon is the world’s biggest biker bar, with locations across the country.  The Broken Spoke Saloon location in the beautiful lakes region of Laconia, New Hampshire, with live music and a full bar & restaurant, is open until November 1st.

Visit BrokenSpoke.com for more information.

2,000 Motorcyclists Expected to Ride for a Reason in Sauk City, Wisconsin This Weekend

SAUK CITY, Wis., July 12, 2011—More than 2,000 motorcyclists are expected to gather for the 26th Annual Freedom Ride to Benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association July 15-16 in Sauk City.

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 $1.7 million net since its inception in 1985.

Registration for the 26th Annual Freedom Ride is Friday, July 15, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Sauk Prairie Harley-Davidson.

Registration is $25 per rider. All proceeds benefit local MDA clients. However, riders can also become “pledge riders” and receive different prizes:

Pledge Amount – Prizes

$100- Pin or patch and a Pork Chop Dinner

$150- Pin or patch, Pork Chop Dinner, T-shirt and waived registration fee

$800 “Summer Camp Club” Member- Pin or patch, Pork Chop Dinner, T-shirt, $75 Sauk Prairie Harley-Davidson gift card, invitation to the Summer Camp Reception following the ride

$1000- Pin or patch, Pork Chop Dinner, T-shirt, $100 Sauk Prairie Harley-Davidson gift card

$2000- Pin or patch, Pork Chop Dinner, T-shirt, $100 Sauk Prairie Harley-Davidson gift card

Additionally, For ever $100 raised, Pledge Riders will be entered into a raffle to win a 4-day trip to Las Vegas to attend the 2011 Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.

Friday night’s pre-ride festivities include a bike show, poker run, and family activities and live music by Boys Night Out.

 The ride leaves Sauk Prairie Harley-Davidson, 836 Phillips Boulevard, Sauk City, Saturday at 12 p.m. sharp and travels through the rolling hills of scenic Southwestern Wisconsin. The ride will stop in Loganville before returning to the VFW Park on the Wisconsin River. Post-ride festivities include a raffle, bike games, Pork Chop dinner, live music by Lube and a drawing.

 All of the money raised will help benefit local MDA clients and services. MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat 43 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education.  For more information about MDA’s programs and services, call (800) 222-3269.

ULTIMATE BUILDER CUSTOM BIKE COMPETITION FINALE TO TAKE PLACE AT DAYTONA BEACH BIKEWEEK

Ultimate Builder bike show wraps up in Daytona

Daytona Beach (March 3, 2011) – The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows is set to host the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition: United States Championship, at Ocean Center Daytona Beach Wednesday, March 9 to Friday, March 11. This elite custom motorcycle builder competition will feature winners from previous stops on the tour, as well as local custom bikes from the Daytona Beach area. Top winners will receive up to $6,000, for first place in class.

From New York to California, more than 300 custom builders have competed in the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition for a piece of the $90,000 cash purse prize. All participants in the Daytona competition will receive a professional photo shoot of their bike, in studio, at the show. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 11, at 3:00 p.m.

The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition uses a three class format with motorcycles categorized as freestyle, modified Harley or performance custom. Judging will be conducted by the competitors themselves, with the top five builders in each class receiving awards, as well as a special “people’s choice” award to the builder who receives the most votes from show attendees.

For the first time ever, Progressive Insurance is the title sponsor for the 12-city tour. The show will be open to the public Wednesday, March 9 through Saturday, March 12, at Ocean Center Daytona Beach, located at 101 North Atlantic Avenue, in Daytona Beach. Show hours are Wednesday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the event is FREE. For more information, call 800/331-5706, text “MOTO” to 23333 (standard text messaging rates apply) or visit www.motorcycleshows.com.

 


Best of Facebook Virtual Bike Show

What do motorcyclists do when the weather is too cold or there’s too much ice and snow on the ground to get in their two wheel fix?

They surf the internet and log onto Facebook, and thousands of them come to the USRiderNews Fan page every day.

So USRiderNews, along with F2P Technologies is giving the motorcycle community a new way to showcase their ride and perhaps win a Flash2Pass automatic garage door opener.

Between February 4th and 12 noon on Feb 11th, motorcycle owners can post a photo of their bike on the USRiderNews fan page and ask their friends to vote by using the “like” button on the post.  Whichever bike gets the most “likes” during that time will win a Flash2Pass module courtesy of F2P Technologies.

To post your motorcycle photo, visit www.facebook.com/usridernews

About USRiderNews:  Founded in 2000 as Dixie Rider National Motorcycle News by Scott & Sylvia Cochran. Dixie Rider quickly grew into the most widely read advertising-based, free publication in the southern United States. In 2004, a unique state insert program was launched to bring local news and ride reports which are unavailable in other national motorcycle publications. In 2005, responding to readers and advertisers request, the name was changed to USRider News and distributed nationally. USRider News is published monthly by Thunder Wind Publishing.

About F2P Technologies

F2P Technologies was created in 2000 by motorsports enthusiast Chris de Janasz. Based in Staunton, Va., the company manufactures a flagship product called Flash2Pass.™ This wireless remote garage opener device features an unprecedented design and is used in the automotive, motorcycle, commercial fleet, recreational, and other industries. For more information about F2P Technologies, visit www.f2ptechnologies.com.