Ride4Love Motorcycle Charity Challenges Riders

San Diego, CA, April 18th, 2011 – Men For A Cause announces the 2011 Ride4Love, the largest one-day motorcycle ride in Southern California designed to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Scheduled to be held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, proceeds raised from Ride4Love will go to support breast cancer educational seminars and health screenings. Men For A Cause is seeking riders, corporate sponsors and volunteers, more information can be found by visiting http://www.ride4love.org .

Men For A Cause, United Against Breast Cancer™ is the first and only nonprofit organization founded to educate, motivate and empower men in the fight against breast cancer in both women and men internationally as survivors and co-survivors. Men For A Cause teaches men to better support the women they love when breast cancer strikes while teaching men they can get breast cancer too.

Ride4Love is challenging motorcycle enthusiasts, cancer fighters, breast cancer awareness supporters and survivors to take part in a grassroots awareness and fundraising event. The onsite registration will begin at the Handlery Hotel & Resort, 950 Hotel Circle North, 92108 San Diego, the day of the event at 8 a.m. The charitable ride is approximately 60-miles with the route running up Pacific Coast Highway 101 to highway 76 winding through beach communities, ending 1.5 hours later at the Beautiful Pala Casino Spa & Resort and concluding with a health and fitness expo, fund-raising auction and live music.

The donation to participate in the ride starts as low as $45 per rider. As a special thank you for supporting the event every Ride4Love participant will receive a free vacation package! The first 200 registrants receive UltraStar Cinema movie tickets and the first 500 participants receive a free Breast Cancer Awareness Flag Ride Patch. To date, Ride4Love sponsors include Men For A Cause, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, T.R. Miller Co., Inc., One Hope Wine, San Diego Harley Davidson, Cure Magazine and Ultra Stars Cinemas.

“It’s a great opportunity for companies to sponsor this unique event by making a donation. Men For A Cause is focused on bringing men and women together in the fight for a cure. We already have some great sponsors who want to have their name associated with this charitable event and we are actively seeking others who care about this cause and want to join together in this fight.”

- Anthony May, Men For A Cause Founder & Cancer Co-survivor

 

Ducati Reports 68% Retail Sales Growth for Q1 in 2011

CUPERTINO, Calif.- Ducati North America is proud to announce its third consecutive quarter of motorcycle sales growth, beginning 2011 with a 68 percent Q1 retail sales increase over the same period in 2010.

“We have had an outstanding start to the year”

Ducati’s strong start to 2011 continues a trend of consistent growth in the Italian manufacturer’s most important foreign market. The positive sales figures in North America represent the entire 2011 model lineup, an important signal that growth has been driven by demand for every single model.

“We have had an outstanding start to the year,” said Cristiano Silei, CEO of Ducati North America. “We expect our growth to continue strong for the rest of the year with our most popular new product, the Diavel, which arrived in dealer showrooms late March.”

The fantastic Q1 results fall in line with Ducati’s 2011 sales plans. The coming month’s sales will also be fueled by the new Monster 1100EVO and Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak Special Edition, supported by several key activities. Ducati has named April “Diavel Ride Month,” during which motorcycle enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the new Diavel firsthand through dealer test-ride experiences. June also marks Ducati’s return to the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, where the Multistrada will compete for an overall victory in the race to the clouds. Additional marketing programs will be announced soon surrounding a riding experience for the Diavel and Multistrada models, as well as the North American launch of the new Monster 1100EVO.

For more information about Ducati North America and its line of sporting motorcycles, please visit www.ducatiusa.com.

 

SUZUKI KICKS OFF 2011 BUSABEATS WITH MICHAEL JORDAN MOTORSPORTS

2011 BusaBeats MC Battle Announced at New York International Motorcycle Show

BREA, Calif. Jan. 26, 2011 — At the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in New York City  last weekend, Suzuki announced the introduction of the 2011 BusaBeats MC Battle. New this year is a partnership with Michael Jordan Motorsports, who will be building the grand prize for this year’s BusaBeats MC Battle winner – a customized 2011 Suzuki Hayabusa.

At the show, the original BusaBeats MC Battle winner J.PIGG and Michael Jordan Motorsports Technical Manager Richie Alexander made appearances to help announce the beginning of this year’s competition.

“We have a strong seven-year relationship with Michael Jordan Motorsports,” said Suzuki Senior Communications Manager Steve Bortolamedi, “we are honored to partner with them to provide a customized version of Suzuki’s class-leading Hayabusa as the grand prize for this year’s BusaBeats MC Battle.”

BusaBeats was launched as a campaign to spotlight the diverse lifestyle and culture connected to the Suzuki Hayabusa and bridge it with consumers. This interactive, grassroots promotion connects young, urban motorcycle enthusiasts and hip-hop audiences with the iconic style and performance of the Suzuki Hayabusa through extensive social media involvement.

The BusaBeats MC Battle invites amateur MCs from around the country to add personalized lyrics about the Hayabusa to beat tracks created by celebrity record producers, and compete against each other using social media to collect “dope points,” and take their chance at winning one of many top prizes.

For more information on BusaBeats, please visit– www.BusaBeats.com

For more information on Michael Jordan Motorsports, please visit– www.23race.com


Virginia May Ban Children on Motorcycles

photo from www.ourfriendjack.com

Richmond VA:   A bill sponsored by Chris Stolle, (R) from Virginia Beach would make it illegal for children under 8 years of age to ride on a motorcycle, either as a passenger or as an operator.  House Bill 1850, which has the support of some law enforcement officers, has outraged motorcycle enthusiasts and motorcycle rights groups.

On www.pilotonline.com Matt Danielson, legal counsel for the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists said,  ”I don’t look at this as a governmental issue. I look at this as a parental issue.  I think the parent can make a better decision about whether their child is ready to ride than can some legislator in Richmond.”

Other motorcyclists say that Virginia is trying to create a law where none is needed.

According to statistics, more children in Virginia are hurt or killed riding bicycles.

The Motorcycle Year in Review. Looking Back at 2010

For motorcycle enthusiasts, 2010 was the year the motorcycle community lost a couple of icons and a shootout between rival motorcycle clubs in Nevada, and a jury find that a casino was libel for injuries in another shootout 8 years ago. Let’s look back at the Motorcycle Year 2010.

On New Year’s day when everyone else was sleeping off a hangover, Jeff Decker, owner of Hippodrome Studios in Springville Utah took a crane and went to Timpanogos HD in Lindon UT and repo’d a 4 ton art statue of a motorcycle racer. The dealership had been through bankruptcy and listed

who owns "Lands Speed?" The artist or the dealership

the $100,000 work of art as an asset, but Decker said it was on loan and he had the paperwork to prove it.

Los Angeles Motorcycle Police officers traded in their Harley’s for BMW’s

INDIAN Motorcycles passed stringent CARB certification which allowed the brand to begin distributing the iconic bikes in California.

Ridley Motorcycles surrendered after a seven year legal battle with Harley-Davidson and agreed to quit using the term Auto-Glide in reference to some of its motorcycles. Lehman Trikes and Harley-Davidson parted ways as the Milwaukee

Ridley agreed to quit using the term "Auto-Glide" as this motorcycle's official designation

motorcycle maker said it would start producing the tri-glide trikes in its Pennsylvania plant.

Tony Taylor, former lead singer for the heavy metal band Twister Tower Dire was killed in a motorcycle accident in Ft. Meyers Florida.

Erik Buell isn’t sitting around after having his namesake company shuttered by Harley-Davidson, Buell started a company to provide race bikes in 2010 to companies who want to compete on the track with American made motorcycles.

Orange County Choppers was presumed dead after TLC dropped the show amid a feud between the Tuetels father and son team.

Sex and the City actor Max Ryan broke his collarbone and 5 ribs when a vehicle turned in front of him in Los Angeles.

Angelle Sampey, the sexiest and winningest female in motorsports history announced her retirement.

Winningest and sexiest female drag racer retires

Daytona Beach Police busted a chop shop that had been shuttling stolen bikes between New York and Florida for 5 years.

Illinois State Senator Gary Forby helped defeat legislation (19-32) that would require children under the age of 18 to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle. He told critics of the bill “I don’t want you to come tell me how to raise my kids”

In a highly criticized report, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said motorcycle training courses were not effective at reducing accidents for riders 21 years and under. In the same study, the Institute found that motorcycles equipped with anti-lock brakes were 37% less likely to be involved in an accident.

Anthony Graber became the cause célèbre of civil libertarians when he was stopped on a Maryland interstate for reckless riding and secretly recorded Maryland Air National Guard Sergeant Joseph David Uhler acting in, what many perceived as an unprofessional manner. Graber later posted the video on YouTube which so angered the State police and prosecutors office they charged him with a law that was meant to prevent citizens from wiretapping the police and courts. With outrage mounting,  A judge would later throw out the wiretapping charge.
The Tail of the Dragon was reopened several months after a rock slide shut down the popular motorcyclist destination at the start of the busy spring riding season.

Harley-Davidson shocked Wisconsin lawmakers and angered the Harley faithful when it said there was a strong possibility that the day could come when no more Harley-Davidson motorcycles would be produced in the state where the company was born. Harley demanded and eventually received significant concessions from local union members and the plants remained in the Milwaukee area.

In an attack on states where helmet use is optional, Senator Frank Lautenberg fired the opening salvo in hearings by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee by repeatedly calling for a National Helmet Law, later this year the NTSB would pick up the mandatory helmet use banner saying it intends to pressure those states where helmet use is optional to enact mandatory use legislation.

Robbie Knievel went to the Twin Falls Idaho area Chamber of Commerce to request permission to attempt a jump that his famous father failed to complete. Robbie asked to be allowed to jump the Snake River Canyon on July 4th 2011, the 43rd anniversary of Evel’s failed attempt. A spokesperson for the Chamber said the request is on hold pending a decision by the County Commissioners.

Dennis Hopper Dies In 2010. Best known to bikers as Billy in the movie Easyriders

Dennis Hopper, best known to motorcyclists as “Billy” in the iconic Easy Rider movie, died at the age of 74.

The South Carolina Supreme Court tossed out a city ordinance requiring all motorcyclists wear a helmet in Myrtle Beach.

Polaris caused a stir when it announced it intended to outsource some of its ATV parts production to workers in Mexico and cut jobs in the USA. While the motorcycle side of the giant motorsports company was not affected, Polaris did say that once the Osceola Wisconsin plant closed, Victory engine manufacturing would be moved to Spirit Lake Iowa.

Sputnik Strain,  a larger than life motorcycle rights advocate from Texas died. He was 70.

The Hoka Hey challenge roared into the history books as the most celebrated and controversial endurance ride/ quasi race held in recent memory. Several participants died and organizers dodged questions for a month concerning prize money and not declaring an official winner. In the end, Will Barclay was declared the winner and told Quick Throttle magazine that he received his $500,000 prize money, but that did not end the controversy.

California legislators enacted a law making it illegal to modify the exhaust on 2011 and newer motorcycles, and Gov. Schwarzenegger signed the bill into law later in the year.

Chuck Zito pissed off Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter when he filed suit against FX claiming the network stole his idea for the fictional motorcycle club drama. Sutter called Zito a (expletive deleted) loser and a bitter juvenile gnat.

Thieves stole a pink Harley-Davidson Sportster belonging to the Susan G. Komen Foundation that was to be auctioned to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The bike was found months later in a garage, chopped and stripped ready to be sold for parts.

In a marriage that barely lasted  a year, MV Agusta was sold/returned to its former owner, the Castiglioni family. When it was all said and done, the Milwaukee company (in write downs and loans forgiven) essentially paid $136 million dollars to dump the sportbike company. This isn’t the first time that Harley-Davidson took a bath in business dealings with the Italians, in the early 60’s HD bought 50% of Aermacchi and full control in 1974, and four years later sold it back to Cagiva, owned by (who else) the Castiglioni family.

Motorcyclists across the USA were angered when it was revealed that NHTSA awarded a $70,000 grant to the Georgia State Patrol to conduct motorcycle only checkpoints at motorcycle events throughout the state.

Cycle News, America’s longest running motorcycle competition magazine shocked the industry when it pulled the plug on its print edition. The good news is that before the last epitaph was written, a buyer had stepped forth to purchase the title with plans to resurrect it.

Hells Angels and Vagos motorcycle clubs engaged in a shootout in Prescott Arizona with over 50 shots exchanged and five club members injured.

Indiana motorcyclists clogged city streets and protested after DUI charges were dropped against an on duty city police officer who was allegedly intoxicated when he crashed his cruiser into a group of motorcyclists at a light, killing one and injuring two others.

Black motorcyclists have a 50% higher incident of fatalities than their white counterparts, according to a report from John’s Hopkins University. The percent held up even after controlling for factors such as severity of the accident, the biker’s gender and hospitalization insurance status. Other factors, such as age, type of bike and/or past driving history were not considered.

Ft. Meyers police arrested a 53 year old woman for attempting to hire a hit man to kill her husband. Police say Kimberly Alters offered her husband’s Harley-Davidson as payment.

Despite being almost double what the county appraised the property, 9.2 million dollars just wasn’t enough to convince the owner of One-Eyed Jacks to sell the popular biker bar in Sturgis South Dakota. The owner backed out of the sale citing $10 million as his minimum asking price.

Two wheels safer than four. That’s the conclusion of a study by a team of researchers at John’s Hopkins. The study found that ATV riders were 50% more likely to die of their injuries than similarly injured motorcycle riders and that ATV riders were 55% more likely to be injured and admitted to intensive care units than motorcyclists.

would you mistake the wearer of this dress as a 1% MC club member?

A French designer house folded like a house of cards after receiving legal notice from The Hells Angels claiming copyright infringement. Alexandar McQueen immediately agreed to recall merchandise which resembled the clubs death head logo that had been sold in Saks Fifth Ave and Zappos.com.

A civil jury found casino company Harrah’s Inc liable for injuries suffered by patrons during the 2002 shootout between the Hells Angels and Mongols Motorcycle club.

Four members of the Saddle Tramps MC were killed in a horrific wreck on a two lane California road when a gold colored Honda Civic passed the group and forced an oncoming car to swerve off the road and back across the lane into their path. The driver of the Honda was not arrested and police have no leads.

Harley-Davidson is seeking additional concessions from its union in Kansas City and has said it may be forced to move production to York PA or Wisconsin if it doesn’t get what it needs to streamline operations.

Get your “Flo” on at Progressive IMS Shows

Photo with Flo!

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio, Nov 18, 2010 — Bikers who’ve dreamed of hitting the open road with Progressive’s always happy-to-help sales clerk, Flo, now have the opportunity to do just that at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows(R). The 12-city powersports tour is sponsored by Progressive, the country’s number-one provider of motorcycle insurance.

At the Flo photo booth, riders can hop on a bike next to a virtual Flo and get their photos taken against a variety of backdrops, including a highway, desert or mountains, or, for the more adventurous, under the sea or on top of the moon. Bikers can then immediately share their photos with friends by uploading them to the Progressive Open Road Experience on Facebook.

“Being the title sponsor of the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows gives us a great opportunity to interact with motorcycle enthusiasts face-to-face in fun, new ways,” said Dawn Boston, advertising specialist at Progressive. “We invite all show attendees to stop by and say hello.”

In addition to getting their photos taken with Flo, show attendees can:

Share their opinions and see how they compare to other riders by answering questions like “What’s your favorite riding route?”, “How many tattoos do you have?” and “What’s your favorite bike rally?” As attendees respond, their answers will appear in real-time on large screens so they can see how their opinions compare with those of others. Win prizes including a helmet bag, lip balm, tire gauge, T-shirt or sunglasses. One lucky person at each show will win a $400 gift certificate from bikebandit.com for a custom leather jacket. Get answers to their most pressing insurance questions by talking to Progressive insurance experts. Kick back, relax, and rest their feet in the Progressive lounge.


JASON BRITTON AND TEAM NO LIMIT TO PERFORM AT PROGRESSIVE® INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOWS® NATIONWIDE 12-CITY TOUR

Hollywood Stunt Riders to Perform Live Stunt Show at all 12-city Show Stops

Irvine, Calif. (November 11, 2010) – The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows is proud to announce Television Star and Stunt Riding Icon Jason Britton and Team No Limit will perform their thrilling stunt shows at all 12-city stops of the nationwide tour. Show attendees from Dallas to Daytona will have the chance to see Speed Channel’s hit show “Superbikes” Star Britton and his Co-star Eric Hoenshell, perform heart-pounding stunts including wheelies, on-bike acrobatics, stoppies, burnouts, endos and more at each show.

“Eric and I are very excited to be a part of the entire 2010-2011 Progressive International Motorcycle Show tour,” said Britton. “We look forward to meeting and performing for our fans and fellow motorcycle enthusiasts. It’s all about the passion on two wheels! See you at the shows!”

Britton and Hoenshell are two of the world’s top stunt riders. Their performances at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows will provide more than half a million show attendees nationwide an up-close, in person look at these two skilled dare-devils. After the performances, fans will also have the chance to meet Britton and Hoenshell during autograph sessions. A special Team No Limit autograph page is included within the free official show guide which will be available to all show attendees at all shows.

“We went after the biggest name in stunt riding to bring as much excitement and energy to the shows for the benefit of the attendees,” said Progressive International Motorcycle Shows Marketing Coordinator Kurt Whittington. “Beyond all the awesome motorcycles we’ll have on the show floor, the price of admission now includes live stunt performances by internationally known superstars.”

The Team No Limit Stunt Show is a part of the overall re-invention of the 30-year-old powersports event series from the ground up to offer more value for exhibitors and attendees. This year’s Progressive International Motorcycle Shows nationwide tour will introduce a completely new visual design and show environment, more entertainment and learning opportunities, more gifts and prizes custom-built for each unique lifestyle enthusiast, and more ways to interact with and buy product than ever before. From New York to California, hardcore powersports enthusiasts, recreational riders, and aspirational fans from all lifestyles and riding abilities will be engaged in a brand new way on the show floor and spend more time connecting with exhibitors and the community, leaving the show with a tremendous sense of satisfaction and tangible value from their experience. For more information call 800/331-5706 or visit www.motorcycleshows.com.


The Piano Man Opens Cycle Showroom

photo from bark bark woof woof

Bill Joel is a living legend on Long Island and he has further endeared himself to the motorcyclists with the opening of his own motorcycle showroom in Oyster Bay.

According to published reports Joel doesn’t expect to make a lot of sales, but he hopes to inspire a revitalized motorcycle enthusiasts scene in Long Island, and serve as a showcase for customized and modified bikes. “It reflects the economy right now. People can’t afford to buy expensive stuff. They have to do their own custom work at home in the garage and they have to start with an inexpensive bike. A lot of these bikes are like that,” he told Newsday.