The Top Thirteen Motorcycle Songs or Videos

3278531765_ebd134060b_bNot that we consider this the definitive list of all time great motorcycle songs or videos that feature motorcycles,  here are thirteen note worthy songs since the 1950′s that are collectively popular with motorcyclists.

What do you think?  Did we miss your favorite song?  Tell us in the comments. 

 

 

Since we can’t leave out the scooter crowd, The Hondels make it in at

#13:  Hondels: The Little Honda  I’m gonna wake you up early cause i’m gonna take a ride with you…We’re goin’ down to the honda shop, i’ll tell you what we’re gonna do…Put on a ragged sweatshirt, i’ll take you where you want me to….

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Famous for Southern Rock and famous for the tragic motorcycle accidents that claimed the life of founding members Duane Allman and Berry Oakley.. The Allman Brothers music was heavily influenced by the two wheel lifestyle.  The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

#12. Allman Brothers Band:  Midnight Rider  “Well, I’ve got to run to keep from hidin’….and I’m bound to keep on ridin’…

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With a nod to the iconic movie Easy Rider, Born to be wild is the song that comes to mind the most often by non-motorcycle riders when they think of “biker music.”   For that reason we almost didn’t want to include this tune, but that would be doing the band Steppenwolf a disservice.

11:  Steppenwolf- Born to Be Wild  “I like smoke and lightning…Heavy metal thunder…Racin’ with the wind…And the feeling that I’m under”

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Chris Cross isn’t the first artist you think of when you think “motorcycle music” but this popular melody was once a favorite of the USRiderNews founding editor so he kind of forced us to include it.
10.  Christopher Cross:  Ride Like the Wind  “And I’ve got such a long way to go, To make it to the border of Mexico,  So I’ll ride like the wind, Ride like the wind”

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The second song from the movie Easy Rider on this list comes from the Byrds.  It’s not as iconic and overused as Born to be Wild but  it succinctly sums up the two wheel lifestyle and earned a solid spot in the top 13.

9:  Byrds:  Ballad Of Easy Rider All he wanted was to be free…and that’s the way it turned out to be…”

 

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Harley riders will remember this song performed by Tritt at many of the traveling 100th anniversary parties across the United States.  Looking back at the fiasco that was the final performer in Milwaukee, (Elton John) we’re guessing this song would’ve been a better one to close it out.

8:  Travis Tritt:  Great Day to Be Alive  “I might go get me a new tattoo…take my ole’ Harley for a three day cruise…might even grow me a Fu Manchuuuu….ah…but it’s a great day to be alive”

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The only song on the list with an actual motorcycle exhaust note in the song.  It’s been overused almost as much as Born to be Wild and the opening sentence in the lyrics are idiotic,  but we included it because the song gives a nod to several iconic “gentlemen’s clubs” all across the US.

7: Motley Crue:  Girls, Girls, Girls  Friday night and I need a fight…My motorcycle and a switchblade knife

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Only one of two country songs to make the top 12, this song is probably the most under appreciated motorcycle tune every created by a world famous artist.  Harley-Davidson’s and stringy haired blondes… what else is there in life?

6.  Merle Haggard:  Motorcycle Cowboy  I ain’t got no driveway, Park my hog out on the lawn…I ain’t got no driveway, Park my mean old hog out on the lawn..Well I ain’t got me much money, But I Got me a long tall blonde.

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One of the newest songs to make the list.  Kid Rock is an unapologetic biker and rides his Harley in this video sans helmet with a FTW attitude that carries over into this life and music.
5.  Kid Rock:  Born Free  Fast, on a rough road riding…High, through the mountains climbing….twisting, turning further from my home

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1980′s classic rock and roll comes alive in this video from the band named after lead singer John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.  While the song peaked at #7, the opening guitar riff is instantly recognizable to hardcore bikers all over the world.

4.  Bon Jovi:  Wanted Dead or Alive  I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride…I’m wanted dead or alive

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Probably the least recognized song in this list (followed closely by #6) The Other Kind is one man’s ode to the life of a 60′s and 70′s motorcycle rider.  Earle is best known for Copperhead Road used as the theme music for the Discovery Channel show Moonshiners

3.  Steve Earle  The Other Kind  “Nowadays I got me two good wheels.. And I seek refuge in aluminum and steel…It takes me out there for just a little while…And the years fall away with every mile…

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Bob Segar was riding motorcycles long before it was considered cool to have long hair, tattoos and ride Harley-Davidson.  On most lists Roll Me Away would wind up at #1, (and our Editor argued for it, but since we gave into him on #9 we stood our ground on this one)  and while it’s considered by many to be the quintessential “gotta get the hell out of dodge and ride song”  we think even Bob himself would agree that the next song should be #1

2.   Bob Segar:  Roll Me Away  “Took a look down a west bound road, right away I made my choice…headed out to my big two wheeler, I was tired of my own voice..”

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There are songs about motorcycles and there are songs about motorsickles…this one tops them all.

1. Arlo Guthrie: The Motorcycle Song  “I don’t want a pickle…I just wanna ride my motorsickle…”  

 

The Brotherhood of the Boardroom

INC. Magazine Hosts A Select Group of Motorcycle Riding CEO’s and Business Owners For The First Of Its Kind “Riders Summit” in North Las Vegas This Fall

valley of fireAsk any motorcyclist worth their chaps and he or she will tell you they’ve had the experience of finding an unexpected waterfall, twisty road or breathtaking sunset vista at least once during their time spent in the saddle.

It’s a word INC. Magazine president Bob LaPointe, and author Dwain M. Deville are both familiar with.

But what does that have to do with motorcycle riders and entrepreneurs? A lot more, it seems, than anyone knew or guessed. That is until a year or so when LaPointe put together the first CEO ride at an INC 5000 conference in Phoenix Arizona.

LaPointe, himself a “boomerang” Harley-Davidson rider (someone who grows up riding motorcycles and leaves it while raising a family and returns when the kids are grown) says he wasn’t thinking about the business implications at that first ride.

“I decided that I’d just try getting together a group of entrepreneurs, CEO’s of privately held companies that tend to attend our national conferences and we’d take a ride of 4 or 5 hours together prior to the conference. I did it for the first time in Phoenix and we had 20 riders sign up.”

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Founder and co-host Bob LaPointe is the president of INC. Magazine.

LaPointe says something quite unexpected and magical happened after the ride. “It was serendipity. This group of riders (who didn’t know each other before the event) stuck together like glue through the entire conference. We saw them in sessions together, they would sit at meals together. If someone was local, they would invite all the riders over to their homes for dinner, we’d see them late night at the bar together drinking beer.”

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Summit co-host Dwain M. Deville is a professional speaker, author and entrepreneur.

The bonding that resulted in that first, (and several subsequent rides) inspired this first ever event, INC Riders Summit. Sponsored by Inc Magazine and hosted by author Dwain Deville, (Bikers Guide to Business) scheduled for November 12-15 at the Aliante Casino & Resort, in North Las Vegas NV. The Riders Summit promises to be a very different networking and community event that will bring together some of the most extraordinary CEO’s in the world, INC 5000 companies, growth companies, entrepreneurs, for highly interactive networking and business sessions with afternoon, into early evening rides, sprinkled with other great experiential activity such as trap shooting and premium cigar sampling.

The Riders Summit itself is the result of a chance meeting between LaPointe and Deville. Deville was at a conference promoting his book, Bikers Guide to Business, when he overhead LaPointe talking about surviving cancer. Deville, also a cancer survivor, introduced himself and offered LaPointe a copy of his book, who upon reading the title, revealed that he rode a Harley. The two men struck up a conversation which led to a 90 minute meeting in the offices of INC. Magazine which led into the CEO rides at the INC Conferences, which sparked the birth of the Riders Summit.

Limited to 50 spots, the total cost of the (all inclusive) summit is just under $5,000 which includes meals, hotels, chase vehicle and even the motorcycle you’ll need while you’re there. While that sounds high, think about how much you may have spent for a few days in Daytona or Sturgis during one of the national rallies. From a business standpoint, you probably could not claim any of that as legitimate business expenses, nor were you in a position to meet potential customers or form long lasting business partnerships.

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Deville says price was carefully considered to attract the top level CEO’s who can afford it. “If you’re going to drop 4500 dollars you’re already going to understand the investment and the benefit of that investment. Because you’re going to meet people at your level, you’re going to meet people doing business in certain ways.” Deville added, “It’s the opportunity to really create a whole new tribe. A different tribe of people at your level.”

LaPointe and Deville both laugh at the prospect of forming a C-Suite exclusive “biker club” like the Brothers of the Boardroom or the Wall Street Disciples.  Neither men rule out the possibility of a future club, but LaPoint says, “My vision of success is to be riding someday and by serendipity finding somewhere a woman, guy or couple wearing one of our damn cool t-shirts or jackets with INC Riders Summit logo on it.”

Knowing his history with serendipity, that’s a chance meeting we’d put high odds on happening.

For more information on the inaugural INC. Riders Summit, visit www.riders.inc.com

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.

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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

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Did GEICO Consider Irony in Song Choice

The insurance company GEICO has been aggressively courting motorcycle riders.  Their latest campaign, Motorcycle Money Man, uses the song,  Midnight Rider  by the Allman Brothers.

The irony that an insurance company would choose a song from an artist who was killed in a motorcycle wreck to promote motorcycle insurance was not lost on many motorcycle forums and websites.

What do you think?  Should GEICO have used another song?  Tell us in the poll below. Video below the poll

BEST WESTERN AND HARLEY-DAVIDSON PARTNERSHIP GOES GLOBAL

_bestwestern_mcyclePHOENIX – (February 20, 2013) Best Western International and Harley-Davidson Motor Company® announced today that the two organizations have extended their partnership with one another for an additional three years. The agreement expands the special benefits for motorcycle riders in North America, including reduced hotel room rates, Best Western Ride Rewards® loyalty program, and the hotel chain’s Rider Friendly® properties, to a global level, making it easy for motorcycle travelers to take advantage of these perks worldwide.

As part of the agreement, Best Western is serving as the Official Lodging Partner of Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary in 2013. In addition, Best Western is now the Preferred Lodging Partner of Harley-Davidson’s Rentals and Tours Division, which will include the hotel chain’s properties on its multi-night itineraries.

“The partnership with Harley-Davidson allows us to accommodate the unique needs motorcycle riders have when traveling,” said Dorothy Dowling, Best Western International’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “Now, they can have those needs catered to not only in North America, but at any of our more than 4,000 hotels worldwide. We want riders to feel at home with us, no matter where in the world they happen to be.”

Best Western Rider Friendly hotels offer a free wipe-down motorcycle towel and access to a washing station upon check-in. Many offer additional benefits, such as complimentary bottled water and lip balm. Currently, there are more than 1,200 properties in North America that participate in the Best Western Rider Friendly program.

The hotel chain also offers motorcycle enthusiasts Best Western Ride Rewards, a special segment of its Best Western Rewards® loyalty program. Registration is free and affords members an automatic upgrade to Gold Elite status and eligibility for discounted room rates upon signup. Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) members receive additional benefits, including an automatic upgrade to Platinum status and 15 percent bonus points. To celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary, Ride Rewards members will be eligible for bonus promotional offers throughout 2013.

”Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary is the perfect time to extend our partnership with Best Western,” said John C. Farris, Jr., Harley-Davidson Director of Global Brand Alliances. “Harley-Davidson and Best Western have heritage and deep roots along America’s most scenic highways and byways as well as the many roads traveled around the world. Most importantly, this partnership brings great benefits and on-the-road conveniences to our riders and fans.”

The companies initiated the partnership in 2006.

For more information or to sign up for Best Western Ride Rewards, go to www.bwrider.com. To plan your next motorcycle journey, go towww.harley-davidson.com/wcm/rideplanner/. And, follow the adventures of Best Western’s motorcycle blogger at http://www.youmustbetrippin.com/jason_fogelson/.

 

2013 Zero Motorcycles Reach 95 MPH With 130 Mile Range; Recharge in One Hour

longer range, more torque and top end speed from Zero motorcycles push the electric bike envelope

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (Oct. 2, 2012) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced its 2013 model line which features an average power increase of 99 percent and the world’s longest-range production electric motorcycle: the Zero S, capable of 137 miles in the city. To attain such leaps in performance, Zero designed a revolutionary new Z-Force™ motor that is incredibly powerful while also highly efficient, passively air-cooled and compact. Integrated into every 2013 motorcycle, the motor operates using a new higher voltage Z-Force power pack. Providing riders the option to charge faster than ever, each Zero can now be charged to 95 percent in an hour or less using CHAdeMO charge stations by way of an optional accessory. Perhaps most exciting, Zero plans to begin initial deliveries of its complete 2013 model line to North America in January 2013.

Nearly every element of each motorcycle has been refined to embody the sophisticated technology and elemental simplicity of riding a Zero. From highly innovative mobile phone integration to eye-catching styling, the 2013 lineup is impressive at every level. Using Bluetooth, riders can now sync their iPhone or Android mobile phones to see detailed motorcycle information and even adjust the performance characteristics of the motorcycle. Riders will appreciate the sleek new bodywork on the Zero S and Zero DS, which includes neatly integrated storage in the ”tank” area and flows elegantly into a comfortable two-tier seat. To accommodate the new look and advanced powertrain, Zero redesigned the frames for every model with an emphasis on improving rider ergonomics and expanding compatibility with aftermarket accessories.

“With up to 137 miles range in the city, a top speed of 95 mph and a CHAdeMO accessory that allows recharging in around an hour, the 2013 model line is truly exceptional,” said Richard Walker, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “This year’s lineup offers breathtaking acceleration, new eye-catching designs and the innovative ability to customize the riding experience to each individual’s preferences via a mobile application. We invite consumers to discover the experience of riding a 2013 model by contacting an authorized dealer to sign up for a test ride or to place an order. The new lineup arrives in January.”

Among the many highlights of the 2013 lineup, Zero Motorcycles introduced the Zero FX as the ultimate “do anything” and “ride anywhere” urban rebel motorcycle. It is the fastest accelerating motorcycle in the company’s lineup with 70 ft-lbs of torque, 44 hp and a low weight of only 275 lbs. The Zero FX, as well as the Zero XU and Zero MX, now features the world’s first truly modular quick-swap power pack technology. Riders can now use one or two battery modules and can upgrade any of the previously mentioned models from 2.8 kWh to 5.7 kWh in seconds. With increased range, vastly improved handling and impressive power, the now full-sized Zero MX is capable of comfortably launching off significantly larger jumps at the motocross track.

Continuing a design philosophy of “sophisticated simplicity” for 2013, Zero Motorcycles focused on maximizing the exhilaration of riding and minimizing needless complexity. The new Z-Force motor and overall powertrain is completely air-cooled on account of its highly efficient and innovative design. With instant torque, a nearly silent belt-driven system and no shifting, riders need only focus on enjoying the ride. For the owner, there is no routine powertrain maintenance and the “fuel” cost is only a penny a mile. Whether a longtime rider or someone who is just getting into motorcycles, the Zero Motorcycles 2013 lineup offers consumers exciting new reasons to go for a ride.

Pricing information: Each Zero Motorcycles model is 100 percent electric and, as a result, may qualify to receive government rebates or credits. Zero sells its motorcycles through authorized dealerships. Each
street-legal motorcycle comes with a two year limited warranty, while the Zero MX comes with a one year limited warranty. Initial deliveries will commence in January 2013 for North America and in February 2013 for Europe. Authorized dealers will begin accepting orders on Oct. 2, 2012, from consumers who would like to secure a 2013 model. The pricing for each model is below.

Zero S

  • MSRP: (ZF8.5) $13,995* | €13,995** | £11,695**
  • MSRP: (ZF11.4) $15,995* | €15,995** | £13,495**

Zero DS

  • MSRP: (ZF8.5) $13,995* | €13,995** | £11,695**
  • MSRP: (ZF11.4) $15,995* | €15,995** | £13,495**

Zero FX

  • MSRP: (ZF2.8) $9,495* | €9,495** | £7,995**
  • MSRP: (ZF5.7) $11,990* | €11,995** | £9,995**

Zero XU

  • MSRP: (ZF2.8) $7,995* | €7,995** | £6,995**
  • MSRP: (ZF5.7) $10,490* | €10,495** | £8,995**

Zero MX

  • MSRP: (ZF2.8) $9,495* | €9,495** | £7,995**
  • MSRP: (ZF5.7) $11,990* | €11,995** | £9,995**

*MSRP in USD is identical to CAD. Does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI or road registration fees.
**Includes Product, Shipping and VAT. Additional PDI, local shipping and road registration fees may apply.

More on CHAdeMO
The CHAdeMO fast charging standard is the most widely adopted DC Fast Charging standard and has over 1600 installed stations worldwide, with an additional 1000 in Europe expected before the end of 2013.  According to Nissan estimates, 2000 fast chargers will be installed in the United States by the end of 2014, with at least 400 in California alone, supported by government electric vehicle infrastructure spending. Based on Pikes Research estimates, 115,000 of these chargers will be installed by 2017.

Progressive International Motorcycle Shows® Begins By Rolling Into Long Beach

Representatives from several manufacturers will be on site to answer questions and provide information on the latest motorcycles, products and education.

Irvine, Calif. (June 16, 2011) – The 31st annual Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows®series is set to launch its 2011-2012 nationwide tour. The upcoming tour will have an increased focus on bringing more manufacturers and an engaging show experience to the widest audience of enthusiasts across the country. Motorcycle riders and powersports fans from coast to coast will have the opportunity to experience hundreds of new street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, ATVs, UTVs and more. The nation’s largest touring motorcycle event will also connect riders with products and services that support their motorcycling lifestyle, providing the opportunity to see, touch and try on the latest gear and accessories. This nationwide series will also feature new interactive entertainment, as well as educational experiences designed for all types of riders.

The 2011-2012 tour cities represent the most motorcycle-dense populations in the United States, reaching 75% of the nation’s motorcycle enthusiasts. The tour schedule offers attendees the unique opportunity to be the first to see the newest models, speak with knowledgeable product experts and be well-prepared for the upcoming riding season.

The 2011-2012 Progressive International Motorcycle Shows 12-City Tour Schedule is as follows:

November 18-20, 2011                     San Mateo County Event Center                  San Mateo, CA

December 2-4, 2011                           Dallas Convention Center                                Dallas, TX

December 9-11, 2011                         Long Beach Convention Center                     Long Beach, CA

December 16-18, 2011                      Washington State Convention Center         Seattle, WA

January 6-8, 2012                               Suburban Collection Showplace                   Novi, MI

January 13-15, 2012                          Washington Convention Center                    Washington D.C.

January 20-22, 2012                          Jacob K. Javits Convention Center             New York, NY

January 27-29, 2012                          I-X Center                                                               Cleveland, OH

February 3-5, 2012                             Minneapolis Convention Center                    Minneapolis, MN

February 10-12, 2012                        Donald E. Stephens Convention Center      Chicago, IL

February 24-26, 2012                        Charlotte Convention Center                          Charlotte, NC

March 14-17, 2012                              Ocean Center                                                          Daytona Beach, FL

 

“We are thrilled to bring an enhanced Progressive International Motorcycle Show series to 12 cities across the nation for the 2011-2012 season,” said Kerry Graeber, Brand Director, Advanstar Powersports Group. “This year’s series will offer an emergence of additional OEMs, bike models and brands. Plus, with a number of innovative new features, this tour will be our most interactive yet.”

For more information visit www.motorcycleshows.com.

Klim® Enduro Rider Pants Go Full Throttle on Durability

WICHITA, Kan– June 14, 2011 – INVISTA announces the adoption of CORDURA® fabric  in a new apparel line powered by KLIM®.  CORDURA® fabrics are used throughout the collection’s premium line of pants specially designed for “enduro” motorcycle riders.

“We needed a fabric that would withstand the challenges of the outdoor elements and the demands and rigors of extreme riders,” said KLIM® U.S. director of marketing, John Summers. “Renowned for its durability and abrasion resistance, we knew CORDURA® fabric was the right choice because it provides durable protection and mobility allowing riders to perform at their best.”

This effort between the KLIM® and CORDURA® brand teams provides riders with an apparel system designed with a wide variety of functional capabilities: maximum durability and abrasion resistance, exceptional moisture management performance, and enhanced comfort and breathability.

Additionally, the exceptional strength-to-weight ratio of CORDURA® brand fabrics provide the collection with lightweight, high-tenacity fabric functionality to allow riders flexibility and agility in their movement.

“Being included in these designs with such leaders in the motorcycling industry is certainly an honor,” said Allen Mortimer, global product manager for INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand. “I’m enthusiastic because I anticipate riders will appreciate the product’s strong performance features.”

CORDURA® fabrics are featured in four pant designs – Chinook, Baja, Dakar, and Mojave – and are available in red, blue, orange and gray.  Additional specifications are as follows:

·      The Chinook Pant delivers durability and all day comfort. Its construction, which includes a 420 denier CORDURA® fabric shell, seat, and knees  allows it to stand up to the harsh elements found on the trail, and its design allows for ultra-flexible movement.
·       Providing relief from the unforgiving summer heat was the inspiration for the Baja Pant.  Making this an ultra-rugged, in-the boot pant are the incorporation of 830 denier CORDURA®  fabric shell and 1800 denier CORDURA® Ballistic fabric in the seat and knees.
·       Engineered with comfort in mind, the Dakar Pant provides zippered vents combined with rider specific patterning and 840 denier CORDURA® fabric in high wear areas and throughout the outer shell – The Mojave Pant is designed to conquer the elements.  Powered by 840 denier CORDURA® fabric in the seat and knees and coupled with rider specific patterning and a comprehensive ventilation system  helps this pant  provide enduro aficionados with a durable riding solution.

“The distinguishing factor that motorcyclists will find when browsing these products is the CORDURA® brand hangtag and sew in label,” said Cindy McNaull, global CORDURA® brand marketing director. “Our hangtag and sew in label assures wearers that the fabric is made to last.”

About Klim
Klim is the global leader in Technical Riding Gear for both the snow and enduro industries, which includes GORE-TEX jackets, pants and boots along with helmets, hydration backpacks, and technical layering pieces.  For more information, visit www.klimusa.com.

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INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand essence celebrates individual durability: As Long As The World Is Full Of Durable People, We’ll Keep Making Durable Fabrics™.  Known for its resistance to abrasions, tears and scuffs, CORDURA® fabric is a primary ingredient in many of the world’s leading high-performance gear and apparel products ranging from luggage, upholstery and backpacks to footwear, military equipment, tactical wear, workwear and performance apparel. The CORDURA® brand is a registered trademark of INVISTA, one of the world’s largest integrated polymer, intermediates and fibers businesses. To distinguish the CORDURA® brand, the word “CORDURA®” must be spelled out in all caps, used with an ®, and followed by the word “brand” or “fabric.”

To learn more about INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand, end-use products, and marketing tools please visit www.CORDURA.com and follow us on Facebook, http://facebook.com/CORDURABrand, and Twitter, http://twitter.com/CORDURAbrand.

About INVISTA
INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications. With a business presence in over 20 countries, INVISTA’s global businesses deliver exceptional value for their customers through technology innovations, market insights and a powerful portfolio of global trademarks including: ADI-PURE®, ANTRON®, AVORA®, C12™, COMFOREL®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, CORFREE®, DACRON®, DBE®, DYTEK®, FRESHFX®, LYCRA®, PERFORMA™, POLARGUARD®, POLYSHIELD®, POLYCLEAR®, SOLARMAX®, STAINMASTER®, SUPPLEX®, SUPRIVATM, TACTEL®, TACTESSE®, TERATE®, TERATHANE® and THERMOLITE®. For more information, visit www.INVISTA.com.

CoolBeth and Harley Team Second on Hartford Half-Mile

Mees Rides Harley-Davidson XR750 to Grand National Twins Win

HARTFORD, Mich. (June 13, 2011) –  Successfully navigating a single-groove race track, Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Factory riderKenny Coolbeth finished second in the Grand National Twins main on the Hartford Motor Speedway half-mile, an AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track Championship event. Rogers Lake/Blue Springs Harley-Davidson rider Jared Mees won the race.Fasthog.com/American

Harley-Davidson rider Bryan Smith was third, as Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle riders filled the podium.

This was the first AMA Grand National race to be held at Hartford Motor Speedway. Scott Powersports/Dubach Racing Kawasaki riderJohnny Lewis took the lead at the start of the 25-lap Twins main, with Mees and Coolbeth in close pursuit. American Motorcyclist Associationrider Chris Carr and Smith ran fourth and fifth about a second behind the leaders. Mees got past Lewis on lap eight and began pulling away. Coolbeth passed Lewis for second place on lap 11, but by then Mees had opened a 2.2-second gap. Lewis continued to fade, and Smith moved up to third place on lap 12. Coolbeth ran a steady pace, lapping the half-mile track at just over 24 seconds, with a best lap of 24.162 on lap 23, but Mees kept building his lead with laps in the 24.05 range and had a 4.7-second gap on Coolbeth on lap 23. Mees backed off on the last lap and led by 3.046 seconds at the finish. Smith was 4.92 seconds back, and 1.87 seconds behind Coolbeth. Carr was fourth, followed by Lewis.

“This is a great track, but it turned into a single racing groove,” said Coolbeth. “There was really just one line, so the only way to pass was to wait for the rider in front of you to make a little mistake. When Mees got by Lewis, I had to wait a few laps to make a pass and by then Jared was gone. We got on the podium and the points will tighten up, so except for missing the Dash it was a good night for the Harley team.”

Coolbeth placed third in his heat race and did not qualify for the Dash for Cash bonus sprint, which was won by Mees.

After eight of 22 rounds in the 2011 AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track Championship, Kings Kustoms rider Sammy Halbert, who placed sixth at Hartford, leads the series with 158 points, followed by Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer’s H-D rider Jake Johnson, who was eighth at Hartford, with 149. Mees moves up to third place with 141 points, and Coolbeth is fourth with 123.

The next race on the AMA Grand National Twins schedule is June 25 on the half-mile at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio.

 

 

Motorcycle Riders: Snap Photos Outside Best Western Hotels and Be Entered To Win Big Rewards, Free Nights

Photo Contest Celebrates Launch of Three Types of Best Western Hotels

PHOENIX (June 6, 2011) – To kick off motorcycle riding season and introduce two-wheeled travelers to Best Western’s three new types of hotels, Best Western International , the World’s Biggest Hotel FamilySM, announced a photo contest for motorcycle enthusiasts who visit any of the chain’s 2,200 BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS or BEST WESTERN PREMIER hotels inNorth America.

 

Motorcyclists who visit a Best Western hotel and upload a photo of their bike in front of a Best Western sign will be entered to win and each week between now and July 15, three winners will randomly be chosen to receive 5,000 Best Western Rewards points.

One grand prize winner will be chosen at random to receive 65,000 points, good for room nights, gift cards, airline miles and more,in celebration of Best Western’s 65th birthday in 2011. To commemorate the launch of the three new types of Best Western hotels, the first rider to submit a photo in-front of all three different BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS and BEST WESTERN PREMIER signs will win a $650 travel card – good for use at any of the chain’s 4,000 hotels worldwide.

Participants must upload their digital photos to Best Western’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BestWestern between now and July 15, 2011 to be eligible to win prizes.

“We want motorcycle riders to know that there’s a Best Western hotel for every type of trip they take with the introduction of BEST WESTERN, BEST WESTERN PLUS and BEST WESTERN PREMIER hotels, and we welcome them to come and stay with us,” said Dorothy Dowling, Best Western senior vice president of marketing and sales. “This photo contest allows new and existing Ride Rewards members to experience the special amenities and services we offer exclusively to riders. What’s more – one lucky rider will win 65,000 rewards points which can be redeemed for up to a week of free nights at participating hotels, gift cards, airline miles and much more.”

Photo contest entrants must sign up or be existing members of Best Western Ride Rewards®, the industry’s only free loyalty program for guests traveling by motorcycle. Best Western Ride Rewards members will automatically earn Gold Elite status when the sign up, allowing them to earn 10 points for every U.S. dollar spent on qualified room rates and 10 percent bonus points with each qualified stay at any Best Western hotel. Motorcycle travelers can register for Best Western Ride Rewards by visitingwww.bwrider.com or calling 1-888-BW2BIKE.

As part of its partnership with Harley-Davidson®, Best Western has more than 1,200 Rider-Friendly® hotel locations in North America which provide services such as a special Harley-Davidson rate, a clean wipe-down at check-in and a bike cleaning station. Additional benefits at some properties include reserved parking spaces, bottled water and lip balm.

As a complement to Ride Rewards, enthusiasts can also use the Harley-Davidson Ride Planner tool to map and plan rides, and book a Best Western hotel along the route.

Keep up with the photo contest by following Best Western on Twitter @TheBestWestern, hashtag #BWBikerPhoto.

ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Best Western International, Inc. is THE WORLD’S BIGGEST HOTEL FAMILYSM, providing marketing, reservations and operational support to over 4,000* BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN PREMIER® hotels in 90* countries and territories worldwide. Each Best Western-branded hotel is independently owned and operated. Now celebrating 65 years of hospitality, Best Western has grown into an iconic brand that hosts 400,000* worldwide guests each night. Equally committed to the business and leisure traveler, Best Western recently embarked on a mission to lead the hotel industry in customer care. World Vision is the charity of choice for Best Western in building the world’s biggest family, with our hotels and staff sponsoring children in need around the globe. Our partnerships with AAA/CAA, Michael Waltrip Racing™ and Harley-Davidson® help guests make the most of every trip. For the fastest way to a free night globally, join Best Western Rewards®. For more information or to make a reservation, please visitwww.bestwestern.com

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*Numbers are approximate and can fluctuate.