Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Featured on Antiques Roadshow

antique mc toyThe Sturgis Motorcycle Museum was one of three chosen locations for an Antiques Roadshow segment for the upcoming shows taped in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Episode #1714, the second hour from Rapid City, features a segment on motorcycle toys that was taped while Roadshow was in the Black Hills. This segment will premiere on Public Television stations nationwide on Monday, April 29th at 8pm/7pm Central.

In the segment taped at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, host Mark L. Walberg talks with vintage toy expert Noel Barrett about a number of American-made, antique, cast iron motorcycle toys.  Barrett shares the history of these early toys, some tips about how one might tell a reproduction from the real thing, and offers his valuation on several highlighted examples.

As a special treat, watch Mark take a ride on a vintage Harley-Davidson Servi-Car (a three-wheeled motorcycle).  Additional footage shot at the museum will be posted on the Antiques Roadshow website after the episode has aired.

Please check your local listings to confirm the April 29th at 8pm/7 pm Central air date.

Sturgis Buffalo Chip announces WWE Hall of Famers to attend 6th annual Legends Ride

WWE CelebritiesSturgis Buffalo Chip, South Dakota (February 19, 2013) – The Sturgis Buffalo Chip today announced its Legends Ride participants will be joined by three of the most popular wrestlers in WWE history.  Hall of Famers, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, The Honky Tonk Man and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine will join a growing roster of A-list celebrities, musicians, bike builders and cigar aficionados confirmed for the Monday, August 5th charity event during the 73rd annual Sturgis Rally.  The iconic and often televised Legends Ride has in recent years raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy South Dakota charities.  Tickets are now available at www.legendsride.com.

Riders will first have an opportunity to meet these WWE heroes in historic Deadwood before the Legends Ride kicks off.  Riders will then be escorted on a scenic ride through the beautiful Black Hills to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, where these and other celebrities will join the Legends Ride reception for complimentary food, drinks and silent and live memorabilia auctions.  The Legends Riders’ evening is then highlighted by a double-headliner concert under the stars at the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling ™.

“The WWE developed into one of the most popular forms of global entertainment today and we couldn’t be more excited that three of its biggest stars want to join Legends Ride festivities to help raise support for the Black Hills Special Olympics kids and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame,” said Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

Join Hall of Fame Championship wrestlers Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, The Honky Tonk Man and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan on Monday, August 5th, 2013 as they participate in one of the most celebrated Sturgis rides of all time.  100% of the Legends Rider’s contributions, which have amounted to more than $240,000, are passed by the Buffalo Chip directly to the chosen charities for the benefit of the kids and Museum.  Help these charities and meet the celebrities by reserving your spot on the Legend’s Ride now.  Visit www.LegendsRide.com or call (605) 347-9000.

The 32nd annual Buffalo Chip festival has a growing list of one-of-a-kind events that take place August 2-11, 2013 during the 73rd Sturgis motorcycle rally.  View them at www.BuffaloChip.Com/EVENTS.aspx

About The Legends Ride
The Legends Ride charity event brings together riders from across the map as well as VIP’s from the world of motorcycling and entertainment. On Monday, August 5th, the Legends Ride starts at the famous Franklin Hotel in the historic town of Deadwood SD at 12:00pm. Riders then travel through the canyons of the Black Hills, finishing at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Upon arrival, participants are treated to a private, catered meal before taking to the Chip’s amphitheater for a world class concert. 100% of the funds generated by the Legends Ride goes to support local charities. More information is available at www.legendsride.com.
About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip-
Sturgis Buffalo Chip® 2013 will take place August 2nd – August 11th. The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ and the Sturgis rally’s cornerstone event will celebrate its 32nd consecutive annual concert series at their famed camping resort. Since 1981, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® has provided unforgettable live music experiences and exciting activities for fans from around the world. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® attracts the music industry’s hottest stars and emerging talent and hosts a diverse selection of food and beverage vendors as well as interactive exhibits. Set on 580 acres, three miles East of Sturgis, the Buffalo Chip® is a festival experience like no other. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

John Lehman, Founder Lehman Trikes, passes away

John Lehman

Lehman Trikes, Inc. (LTI) Spearfish, South Dakota – It is with great sadness that Lehman Trikes announces the untimely loss of John K. Lehman, Founder and Director.  John passed away on Thursday, January 5, in Arizona. The suspected cause of death was a heart failure brought on by an embolism. John was 60 years old. He is survived by his wife Linda, one son – Quinten, one daughter – Leann, three surviving sisters – Gladys, Linda, Carol, and three grandchildren.

John was one of the most recognized, admired and respected individuals in the motorcycling industry, and is generally considered the Father of the Modern Trike.  In 2009 John was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame.

His death comes less than a week after signing a letter of intent to sell the company he founded to an investment group.  The company had been recently said it was seeking financial alternatives due to the challenging economic situation.

In 1984, John’s passion for motorcycling and his love of family led him to create the first modern trike so his wife, Linda, could carry one of their children.  John’s creation had more to do with family togetherness than a business venture.  The vehicle garnered so much interest everywhere they traveled that Lehman Industries was born, and John Lehman would go on to become one of the most recognized names in motorcycling.

In 1993, Larry Strilchuk, a long time friend, joined John and Lehman Trikes, Inc. was formed.  “Today is crushingly sad,” stated Larry, “John Lehman was my lifelong friend and amazing partner.  Through good and bad times, John’s gracious nature, love of family and friends, and positive outlook always touched everyone who came in contact with him.  He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed.”

Known for his caring and charitable nature, John along with Larry started a program called the “Good Turn Trike” which eventually became an annual event providing people with a passion for motorcycling, who face some of life’s greatest challenges, a trike – for free.  John’s big heart helped raise money for terminally ill children, “Make A Wish Foundation”, “Kids n’ Chrome”, and many other worthwhile charities.  He remained active in the company until his passing.


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

 

 

 

The Legendary Buffalo Chip Salutes Women Riders with First Annual Biker Belles

Celebration During the 71st Annual Sturgis Rally

STURGIS (04-29-11) The Legendary Buffalo Chip will recognize the passion, diversity and spirit of women in motorcycling during the 71st annual Sturgis Rally.  Women from across the globe will hit the road, Wednesday – August 10, 2011 for the first annual Biker Belles(TM) celebration.  The event was created to help celebrate women’s role in shaping the culture, history and sport of motorcycling, while helping to raise significant funds for two charities chosen by Helping with Horsepower (TM), including the Abbott House and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.

The inaugural Biker Belles(TM) celebration will begin in the historic town of Deadwood as the Lodge at Deadwood will roll out the red carpet and host a special welcome reception complete with events, entertainment and activities catered to women.  From Deadwood, Motor Maids member Meg McDonough and friends will lead a women’s-only ride to The Chip for a special Biker Belles(TM) shindig put on by “The Best Party Anywhere®.”

“Each year the Buffalo Chip sees more and more women riding through our gates”, says Toni Woodruff, daughter of Buffalo Chip president, Rod Woodruff.  ”It’s so exciting to have an event during the Sturgis Rally that caters to women riders and benefits local charities in the process!” To highlight the Biker Belles(TM) festivities at The Chip, 4-time national land speed record holder and pilot of the original “World’s Fastest Bagger,” Laura Klock of Klock Werks Kustom Cycle, will unveil ”SALT,” a customized Harley-Davidson® built under her direction and guidance with the girls and young women of the Abbott House.  While at the party, Laura and her staff will be selling raffle tickets to win this special bike that will be given away in support of the Abbott House next fall. ”We couldn’t be more excited about this inaugural celebration of women in motorcycling in Sturgis.” says Laura Klock. “Whether you’re an avid motorcyclist, a curiosity seeker, or someone looking for a new change
of pace, you are welcome to join us!  ”Biker Belles(TM) will be a day of real women, real stories and real fun!”

Tickets for the 2011 Biker Belles(TM) celebration are available now on www.bikerbelles.com or by calling (605) 347-9000.  The Biker Belles(TM) celebration requires a $75 contribution, of which 100 percent goes directly to its chosen charities.  The finishing touches are being worked out for the 2011 celebration, with details to be announced on www.bikerbelles.com.

Evel” Knievel To Be Inducted Into Sturgis Hall of Fame

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the Hall of Fame inductees for 2011.  The Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame is designed to recognize individuals or groups who have made a long term positive impact on the motorcycle community.

Don Emde – Don Emde comes by his passion for motorcycling naturally.  He was born to a motorcycling family in 1951, and spent much of his youth either working in the family’s dealership or tearing up the tracks of Southern California as an amateur scrambler, dirt tracker and road racer.  He turned pro in 1969, and set numerous records with his Daytona 200 win in 1972.  Emde and his father became the first (and so far only) father son pair to win the Daytona 200.  After his racing career, Don went on to become a successful publisher and author.  He currently publishes Drag Specialties Magazine, Parts Magazine and Parts Europe Magazine.

Del Hofer – Del Hofer has been a Harley-Davidson dealer for 50 years, first in Huron, South Dakota, then in Fargo, North Dakota.  His love of motorcycling is obvious through many of his activities.  Del is active in the American Motorcyclists Association and is the longest serving member of the Harley-Davidson Dealer Advisory Board. A long-time AMA amateur racer in all styles of racing, Del also served as an AMA referee and District Congressman for quite some time.  Del’s passion for motorcycling is evident to anyone who meets him.  He encourages men and women alike to take safety courses, get active in riding and enjoy it in a safe and fun way.

Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel – Probably one of the best-known motorcycle riders in history, Evel Knievel liked to live on the edge.  From riding his bicycle at an early age to pole vaulting when he was in the army to playing semi-pro hockey, Evel tried it all.  In the early 1960s, Evel joined the motorcross circuit with moderate success until a broken collar bone forced him to take a job as an insurance salesman.  The insurance business didn’t hold him for long, though, and soon he moved his family to Washington where he started his first daredevil show.  During his career, he attempted 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps, many successfully.  In 1974, Knievel unsuccessfully attempted a jump across the Snake River on a steam-powered rocket – the Skycycle X-2.  Knievel died of pulmonary disease in 2007 at the age of 69.

Michael Prugh – While Michael Prugh is certainly well recognized as a motorcycle designer and manufacturer, it’s his work educating others that has taken him beyond the title of “builder.”  Michael has been involved in many builds for charity and as a competitor.  He took second place two years in a row in the AMD’s World Championship of Custom Bike Building and has been featured in numerous publications featuring various builds.  In 2010, Prugh led a team of students from Western Dakota Tech to build “Method” a true “one off” bike that was auctioned at the annual Legends Ride.  This year, Prugh is again teaming up with Western Dakota Tech, Black Hills Harley-Davidson and the Buffalo Chip to build a bike for the Legends Ride.

Gloria Tramontin Struck – You’d never believe this outspoken 85-year-old woman is the same girl who in 1941 at age 16 tearfully told her brother “I do not want to know how to ride!”  Well, her brother won that argument and she’s been riding from that day until today.  She’s owned 14 motorcycles in her lifetime, has traveled every state in the continental U.S. as well as Canada.  At the age of 76, she took two trips to Europe, traveling a total of over 6,500 miles in 8 countries.  Gloria has been a Motor Maid for 65 years, having joined in 1946 and is the longest member still riding.  She continually encourages women to ride and to be involved.  Gloria is an inspiration to riders and non-riders alike.

Mike & Margaret Wilson – While both Mike & Margaret Wilson have contributed individually to the sport and lifestyle of motorcycling, those who know this couple consider them to be a pair.  Mike was an expert dirt-track and TT racer both before and after his stint in World War II.  Right after his return, Mike bought a 45 cubic inch Harley-Davidson motorcycle as a birthday surprise for Margaret.  Mike and Margaret were business partners in a Harley-Davidson then Honda dealership in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for over 25 years. Both Mike and Margaret have been avid riders and have spent countless hours encouraging others to ride, too.  Known to an entire generation of women raiders, Margaret is a golden life member of the Motor Maids celebrating 60 years this year.  Mike and Margaret both serve on the Board of Directors of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum and continue to work to preserve the heritage of motorcycling through their involvement.

The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast is scheduled on Wednesday, August 10 at 9:00 a.m. at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, SD.

Breakfast tickets are available for a $35.00 donation, tables of eight for $300.00.  Tickets can be purchased through the Museum at 605.347.2001 or on line at www.sturgismuseum.com/cart/