The Powersport Institute Students Build Custom Bike for AMD World Champ Competition

NORTH RANDALL, Ohio – Students from leading tech training school The PowerSport Institute (PSI) spent the last several weeks building a custom chopper-bagger style bike they named “Students’ Pride” to enter in the World Championship of Custom Bike Building competition.

The World Championship of Custom Bike Building exists to showcase and promote international custom motorcycle design and engineering quality, craftsmanship and innovation; and to promote the evolution of custom motorcycling in ways that help secure the unique enjoyment of custom motorcycles for future generations of riders.

“Students took pride in building this motorcycle, spending countless hours customizing and building the custom bike,” said Bernie Thompson, PSI campus director.  “Participating in the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building competition gives our students a chance to combine the technical training they’ve received at our school with their raw creative skills like metal fabrication and welding.”

PSI students modified the bike with products donated by numerous aftermarket companies: an S&S Cycle engine; Baker Drivetrain transmission; ACCEL digital fuel injector, coils and spark plugs; Diamond Heads cooling system; Sherwin Williams paint; Gardner-Westcott Company chrome plated and stainless steel fasteners; apc parts and accessories; Supertrapp performance exhaust; Tricky Air & Billet shocks; Cometic Gasket high-performance gaskets; JIMS performance parts; Frame Lock motorcycle clamping system to prevent tipping during hauling; Corbin seats and saddles; Avon Tyres tires; Daytona Sensors, LLC sensors.

The PSI bike will debut at the 2011 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which takes place on Main Street, Aug. 8-14, in Sturgis, S.D.  The World Championship is a free-public-admission four-day event that opens Sunday, Aug.7, with an awards ceremony at 3:00 pm MST on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011.

PSI, which is an official sponsor of both the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame, Inc. as well as World Championship of Custom Bike Building, offers a 9-week course as part of the American V-Twin Program that focuses on custom bike building and performance combining technical training with creativity and design elements including metal fabrication, welding and finish painting.  Students start from scratch and build a rolling chassis and frame, as well as learn how to add engine, drivetrain, transmission, wheel and suspension components and a variety of aftermarket performance parts, which are popular in the motorcycle industry.

“PSI is the first motorcycle training facility to formally train and accredit students to achieve the skills necessary to customize motorcycles,” added Thompson.  “Partnering with the World Championship allows us to offer our students the best resources in motorcycle customization.  Plus our students can participate in exciting, rewarding industry events like Sturgis.”

To learn more about PSI’s custom bike building program, call 800.322.7000 <tel:800.322.7000> or visit www.psi-now.com.  Follow PSI on Twitter (http://twitter.com/PowerSportInst) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Power-Sport-Institute) and visit their YouTube page at www.youtube/Power-Sport-Institute.

About the PowerSport Institute
The PowerSport Institute, the largest motorcycle and powersport training campus in the U.S. set on nearly 15 acres, is dedicated to providing premier technical training by pursuing industry alliances, providing outstanding training equipment and focusing on the needs of students.  As the branch campus of leading automotive tech training school Ohio Technical College, PSI draws students from all over the United States.  The PowerSport Institute offers comprehensive diploma programs in power sport technology including motorcycle, ATVs, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, American V-Twin training including custom bike building and an opportunity to earn an AAS degree in Powersport Technology.  For more information, contact PSI at 800.322.7000 ext. 211 <tel:800.322.7000%20ext.%20211> or visit www.psi-now.com

 

 

 

Intel’s Tablet Equipped Motorcycle Finds Glass House

Intel’s embedded chopper now rests in a custom-designed display case in Chandler, Arizona

When Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper meet an untimely end on a deserted rural road in the classic 1960s film “Easy Rider,” one of their motorcycles is engulfed in flames as the camera pans skyward. It’s a good thing the Intel Chopper never met the same fate. Unlike the Harley Davidson Hydra-Glides in the film, this one never even saw the road.

It turns out the four motorcycles used in “Easy Rider” were former police bikes purchased at an auction for about $500 in the late ’60s. Having four bikes ensured backups so that shooting for the movie could continue in case one of them failed or was wrecked. One, the famous “Captain America” emblazoned with the American flag paint job, was demolished in the final scene, while the other three were stolen and likely sold off for parts before their significance in movie history was known.

In a bold but also somewhat offbeat move to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Intel’s embedded business in 2007, Intel built a custom-chopper that would make the original “Easy Rider” bikes look like kids’ stuff. After three decades of silicon innovation, the company wanted to celebrate by building a super-bike filled with all the latest innovations. It was sleek, flashy, filled with gadgets, and not very rider-friendly.

Read more @ Intel Newsroom

The Discovery Channel’s American Chopper Teams up With Cadillac to Raise Funds and Awareness for Cure Duchenne

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Monday, May 30th, and Monday, June 6th, at 9 p.m./ET, The Discovery Channel’s American Choppers’ Teutuls will design and compete against one another with custom chopper creations inspired by Cadillac. Viewers will vote for the winning design and the choppers will be auctioned off to raise funds and awareness for Cure Duchenne – the national nonprofit organization whose purpose is to cure Duchenne, the most devastating and lethal muscle disease diagnosed in childhood.

“We have exponentially grown our awareness because of Cadillac. Millions of people now know what Duchenne is and the devastation it wreaks”

This is the first time father and son have faced off with competing builds for the same client since Paul Jr. left to start his own company. The two found a good reason to work toward a common goal in helping Cure Duchenne.

Following the big reveal at General Motors Design Center in Warren, Mich., in the second episode on June 6th, the choppers will be auctioned off with proceeds to benefit Cure Duchenne. The auction will take place on www.discoverychannel.com and will continue through the month of July.

Cure Duchenne Founder and President Debra Miller explained the Cadillac partnership has brought great resources to the organization over the last six months. “We have exponentially grown our awareness because of Cadillac. Millions of people now know what Duchenne is and the devastation it wreaks,” Miller said. “We truly believe we can find a cure for Duchenne if we continue to keep it front and center in the minds of people. We are extremely grateful to Cadillac for its support.”

During filming of the first episode of American Choppers in late April, Cure Duchenne boys and their families visited Teutuls Sr. and Teutuls Jr. at their workshops in Newburgh, N.Y., to serve as inspiration for the designs. Families included: the Gearys and son Dakota, 9, of Weirton, W.Va.; the McNarys and sons Austin, 12, and Max, 9, of Saxtons River, Vt.; the Capolongos, and son Michael, 4, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and the Franks and son Kevin, 11, of Emerson, N.J.

The second episode featuring the big reveal was attended by Cure Duchenne representative Mindy Cameron (parent of son Christopher, 9) of Newport Beach, Calif., the Van Houtens and son Kyle, 11, of Hartland, Mich.; the Maes and son Alex, 14, of Canton, Mich. Keith and Julie Van Houten are employed by General Motors Engineering and Jeff Maes is Cadillac’s Remarketing Manager.

About Cure Duchenne

Cure Duchenne, a national nonprofit organization located in Newport Beach, Calif., is gaining international attention for its efforts to raise funds and awareness for Duchenne – a devastating and lethal muscle disease in children. One in every 3,500 male births results in a child being afflicted with the disease. Nearly 20,000 boys are living with the disease in the United States alone, and many will not survive their teenage years. The disorder knows no ethnic or social boundaries.

The funds Cure Duchenne raises support the most promising research projects aimed at treating and curing the disease with the help of its distinguished panel of Scientific Advisors from around the world. To date, six research projects have made their way into human clinical trials with support from Cure Duchenne. This accelerated push to move research from the lab into clinical trials could save the lives of those afflicted and give them hope for halting the progress of the disease. Very few health-related nonprofits have been as successful in being a catalyst for human clinical trials. Cure Duchenne also works tirelessly to bring awareness to the disease through extensive outreach, promotions and celebrity endorsements.