Key West Poker Run Evolves into Key West Bike Week

2013 Early Poker Run Photo Phil, Char, Ace, ButchPhil Peterson’s Key west Poker Run started some 41 years ago as just an idea to drum up some business during a normally slow time of year for his motorcycle business in Miami and Key West. Phil thought  if he had a Poker Run to Key West in August and made an event of it, that would do the trick.  Phil and a handful of local motorcycle riders, mostly from the Mustang Motorcycle Club decided to try it. The Run started early Saturday morning with sign up at the Miami Store, a ride to Key West  hitting five restaurants or bars to draw a card and arriving in Key West in time to get cleaned up for the Awards Dinner, Dance and Bike Show.  The best hands would win prizes and as an added attraction they had a Best Dressed Contest (where riders and their passengers would wear matching boots, pants and shirts with their helmets panted to match their bikes) so not only was the bike judged but also the riders we judged for the best looking couple and they were awarded  trophies. On Sunday morning they would have a Field Meet showing off their rider skills and scored for different events i.e. slow race, roll a barrel with your front tire, ride over the teeter-totter plank etc. Competing for trophies) In those days there where small well organized riders clubs with  a lot of camaraderie and friendly competition between clubs. Everyone would return home on Sunday afternoon and this went on for many years in the early days of the Poker Runs.

Today the Poker Run has grown into a major event with police estimates of ten to fifteen thousand riders. In the recent years it has managed to sell out all of the Key West Hotels with more and more riders staying on nearby Islands and traveling into Key West for the day or party that they want to attend. Drew Peterson, Phil’s son, now manages and promotes  the Poker run and believes another way that we can grow this event is to make it a Key’s Bike Week with a Key West Poker Run. So this year the plan is to have motorcycle rides, events and attractions  throughout the Upper and Middle Keys to attract riders to come and stay for the Week and Island hop. There are thousands of hotel rooms and places to stay thought-out the upper and middle keys.  The idea is to ride down and ride all over the Keys for the first three or four days and enjoy many of the things you can do like, snorkeling or dive trips, fishing and fishing trips, kayaking, jet skiing, para-sailing  and of course enjoying Paradise while eating, drinking and shopping. Then there is the Poker Run which will start one day earlier this year on Thursday.  Poker Run stops will open on Thursday morning when the first stop Gilbert’s Resort in Key Largo opens at 9am. The run ends on Saturday at 5 pm in Key West at the last stop which is the Conch Republic. So far all of the first four stops Gilbert’s on Key Largo, Post Card Inn on Islamorada, The Island Fish Co on Marathon and Boondocks on Ramrod Key plan on having special events and parties all week long with each of them having one big party day in that week. You will find all of the hotel accommodations listed by mile marker and rates with phone numbers and e-mail addresses for all of the Keys by visiting Petersonsharley.com and clicking on the Poker Run link.

Best Dressed 41 years ago

Best Dressed 41 years ago

New this year, the Peterson’s are working with Yuengling to give away two new Harley-Davidson Motorcycles at their annual New Model Open House/Pre Poker Run Parties. On Saturday September 14th at Peterson’s Harley-Davidson of Miami and on Sunday September 15th  at Peterson’s Harley-Davidson South one lucky winner at each location will win a new motorcycle or a $10,000 Peterson’s gift certificate.

Again, the yearly recurring events in Key west will happen auto–magically as they do every year and as they are listed at Petersonsharley.com in the poker run link and in the agenda or programs. Events like the 6th Annual Upper Duval Crawl on ThursdayNight, Vendors Village on Green street on Friday and Saturday, Sunset Festivals at Mallory Square, The  Hog Roast at Schooner Wharf BarFriday Night, Duval Street Party closed to motorcycle parking and foot traffic only Friday and Saturday, Rick’s / Durty Harry’s Bike Show by Big Bike Rider’s Association Saturday, Sloppy Joe’s Biker Beer Garden sponsored by Yuengling Beer, 19th Annual Blessing of the Bikes by the Christian Motorcycle Association, Biker Bash Pool Party at the Southernmost Hotel Collection all weekend, Biker Bloody Mary Brunch at the Southernmost Beach Café on Sunday. The main event is the awards for the best poker hands and the one game of Texas Hold-em for the New Harley-Davidson 883 Iron held at what used to be called Cowboy’s now under new owners it is called The Rose Tattoo Bar .

Again this year, you can sign up on line now for the Poker Run at petersonsharley.com  or in person starting September 1st , at one of the Peterson’s Harley-Davidson Dealerships. You can also sign up in Key West at the Conch Republic Seafood starting September 19th and you can do the Poker Run in reverse or draw all five cards on the spot. Buy as many hands as you like and increase your chances.  Sign up for the Poker Run is ten dollars a hand and you will also receive a discount price of five dollars for a parking band for each motorcycle. The band will give you free parking on Duval Street for the Friday and Saturday Street Parties. If you do not sign up for the Poker Run you will have to buy a Duval Parking band for ten dollars on site when entering Duval Street. All proceeds go to help local charities like the Diabetes Research institute and the Key West Rotary Club so sign up and help a good cause.

New this year is a contest for the Oldest Official Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run t-shirt with $500 going to the winner, time and place to be announced. There will also be the Furthest Traveled Contest the winner must have ridden their motorcycle the entire distance, to be announced at the final awards at 11 pm Saturday night.

Make plans to attend and enjoy this world famous annual charity event all for a good cause. Sign up and stay up with the latest updates on the Poker Run at petersonsharley.com

2013 early Poker run Feild meet photo 2013 early Poker run Mustang MC Club

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

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.

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.