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…”  

 

A.B.A.T.E. of South Dakota collecting data on law enforcement during Sturgis Rally

police-stopA.B.A.T.E. of South Dakota is asking motorcyclists who are planning to be in the state during the upcoming Sturgis rally to report their contact with law enforcement, both local and statewide.  On their website the group has posted,

Contact us if you feel you have been treated unfairly by government agencies during the rally…if you are stopped by law enforcement and didnt deserve it, get us a copy of the citation or warning with as much relevant detail as you can. If you were stopped for an equipment related issue but after they discovered you (for example) were not a dui candidate and you were let go without a citation, also notify us of that, we need a paper trail to justify complaint.”

At this time there isn’t a contact form, or fax number to contact the State office.  There are several links to emails and if you are involved with law enforcement during the rally we suggest contacting one of these people.

State Coordinator Jiggs Cressy
Vice State Coordinator Rod Hersrud
State Treasurer Jan Weismantel
Legislative Officer Larry Nielson
State Secretary Bobbie Florey

 

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Victory Motorcycles & ‘The Gunny’ to Salute U.S. Military on Rolling Thunder Ride in Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day Weekend

GunnyDaytona (1)MEDINA, MN (May 16, 2013) – Victory Motorcycles and actor, avid Victory rider and retired U.S. Marine R. Lee Ermey – best known as “The Gunny” – are taking part in Rolling Thunder XXVI, the Memorial Day weekend motorcycle ride honoring U.S. military personnel who have sacrificed all for the sake of our freedom. The annual Rolling Thunder demonstration will take place Sunday, May 26, in Washington, D.C.

The Gunny – best known for his role as a Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant in the film, “Full Metal Jacket” – is deeply involved in advocating for the rights of active and retired or discharged members of the U.S. armed forces. He will attend Rolling Thunder XXVI as an official representative of Victory Motorcycles, saluting U.S. military personnel and their families on behalf of Victory employees and the community of Victory riders.

“We enjoy the freedom to ride because of the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military personnel, and we’re honored to have the Gunny represent our brand at this Memorial Day weekend event,” said Steve Menneto, VP of Victory Motorcycles.

On the Saturday of Rolling Thunder XXVI weekend, motorcyclists will have the opportunity to ride with Gunny to support the U.S. military. Gunny will make appearances on Saturday, May 25, at four Washington, D.C., area Victory Motorcycle dealerships and riders can join him as he rides between dealerships. Visit the Victory Motorcycles Facebook page for details on where and how to ride with Gunny.

 

Make Helen Georgia Your 2013 Destination!

Helen Georgia is the destination for motorcyclists from all over the USA for the USRiderNews Reunion Run, May 29-June 2nd

Helen Georgia is the destination for motorcyclists from all over the USA for the USRiderNews Reunion Run, May 29-June 2nd

Helen Georgia is your destination for the biggest and best motorcycle rally May 29,  through June 2nd.  Sponsored by USRiderNews, the 13th annual Reunion Run has grown from a few dozen friends in 2001, to literally thousands of motorcyclists who travel from all across the USA.

Sylvia Cochran, of USRiderNews said Helen Georgia was chosen as the destination for the Reunion Run motorcycle rally because of the areas natural beauty and miles and miles of the best  motorcycle roads anywhere in the Southeast.

“After the first year we knew that Helen Georgia was the premier motorcycle destination our readers enjoyed and it’s grown larger and larger each year.   Our readers tell us they look forward to this event all year long.”

In addition to the Reunion Run, the Helen Balloonfest is also held on the same weekend and features dozens of hot air balloons in a Race to the Atlantic.

The host hotels are the Best Western and the Super 8.   To reserve your room you must call Sylvia at 478-237-3761 or fill out the registration form here.  DO NOT call the hotel directly, they will tell you they are booked.

VIP packages are available and include everything you need to enjoy the weekend (except your lodging) Event T-Shirt, Event Pin, poker run registration, bike show, VIP party Thursday night May 30th (Free Beer and Food) and access to the VIP tent all weekend long with free refreshments.

( $85 value if purchased individually) Price $35 per person, or $60 per couple  until April 1st.  Price increases $10 after that. 

To reserve your VIP registration click here to register online

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Motorcyclists Block California Freeway For Proposal Stunt

Call it what you want to but you gotta admit Hector “Tank” Martinez’s marriage proposal was a bit over the top.  The California sportbike rider and member of the 710 Bikerz and 300 of his friends blocked the I-10 freeway in West Corvina on Sunday January 27th while Martinez, did a quick burnout (with pink smoke)  took off his helmet, got down on one knee and  proposed to his girlfriend Paige Hernandez.

According to published reports, the California Highway Patrol isn’t very romantically inclined and issued citations to about 20 motorcyclists who were hanging around on the surface streets after the incident.

One CHP officer said others involved in the stunt may be charged as well.  Potential charges could range from various misdemeanors to felonies for impeding traffic, according to CHP Officer Jose Barrios.

“It’s a public safety issue as well,” Barrios said. “Reckless driving, stopping when it’s not an emergency stop — just a few of the violations they were committing at the time.”

If the CHP follows the same procedure it did when the members of the rock group Imperial Stars shut down the 101 Freeway in October of 2010, Martinez will likely face some type of felony charges.

Oh, and Hernandez said yes.

AMA Hall of Famer Sen. Nighthorse Campbell Hauling White House Christmas Tree Across Country

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Former Colorado U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, is behind the wheel of a Mack truck hauling the nation’s 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree from Colorado to Washington, D.C., the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

“It is a privilege to drive the tree for the U.S. Capitol from Colorado this year,” said Campbell, who was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2001. Campbell, an avid motorcyclist, represented Colorado in Congress from 1993 to 2005.

Choose Outdoors, a national nonprofit coalition for outdoor recreation, is coordinating the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree tour with the White River National Forest, where the 73-foot-tall Colorado Engleman spruce tree was harvested.

The almost-four-week-long trip began in Meeker, Colo., where the tree was harvested from the White River National Forest in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. On the way to Washington, D.C., the tree is scheduled to stop in cities and towns in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The custom-decorated Mack truck used to haul the tree was fitted with a special cradle to support the tree’s branches.

The AMA and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame are urging motorcyclists along the route to greet Campbell and the tree during its journey.

The next stop is in Denver from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Midtown Development at 6700 Pecos St. The AMA will post route updates on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AmericanMotorcyclist.

To learn more about the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree tour, go to www.capitolchristmastree2012.org.

Virginia Outlaws Motorcycle Only Checkpoints

Virginia is latest state to ban "motorcycle only" checkpoints.

In a victory for motorcyclists, Virginia is the latest state to bar motorcycle-only checkpoints, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

On Feb. 28, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed into law H.B. 187, which was introduced by Delegate C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah). The new law, which takes effect July 1, prohibits law enforcement agencies from establishing checkpoints where the only vehicles subject to inspection are motorcycles.

The measure was introduced after the Arlington County Police Department set up a motorcycle-only checkpoint during the Rolling Thunder ride on May 28, 2011, that brings awareness to prisoner of war/missing in action (POW/MIA) issues.

Similar laws have been enacted in New Hampshire and North Carolina.

“Officials say they set up these motorcycle-only checkpoints to pull over motorcyclists to check for safety violations,” said Rick Podliska, a Virginia resident and AMA deputy director of government relations. “But if officials are really concerned about motorcyclists’ safety, then they need to stop discriminating against us with these checkpoints and start supporting programs that prevent motorcycle crashes, such as rider safety training and driver awareness programs.”

 


Michigan Poised to Ratify Helmet Freedom Of Choice Bill

Lansing: Michigan Legislators in the State House voted overwhelmingly to allow motorcyclist 21 and over to decide for themselves if they want to wear a helmet or not.  The only requirements are that they have 2 years experience or have completed an approved motorcycle safety course and carry $20,000 in medical insurance.

State Senators receive the bill to work through the differences from a version they previously approved this past June.  After that, the legislation lands on Michigan’s Governor  Rick Snyder’s desk.  Snyder says he’ll sign the bill, but only if certain insurance reforms are in place.

“The governor has been clear and consistent that for him to look at any helmet law repeal it has to take place in context of broader auto insurance reform,” Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said.

For Michigan’s Insurance lobby, the issue is simply about money.  Typically the Insurance industry is a staunch opponent of freedom of choice, and frames its arguments against legislation like this by scaring the public with the specter of the financial bogey man for the state’s taxpayers.  “The consequences of a person’s decision not to wear a helmet is borne by all of society through higher insurance premiums, lost productivity and increased health care costs,” said Lori Conarton, spokeswoman for the Insurance Institute of Michigan.”

Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm nixed the legislation twice with a stroke of her pen, siding with the powerful Insurance and Health Care lobby.  Governor Snyder, however, hasn’t shot down the idea of signing the bill if it reached his desk.

Supporters of the bill include ABATE, State Tourism officials and lawmakers who helped push the legislation through say that motorcyclist avoid Michigan because of the helmet law.  Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, (a former emergency medical tech) spoke in favor of the bill and agreed that head injuries are traumatic, but the bill give people the choice and many will wear a helmet, but the requirement is a turn off to many motorcycle tourists.  Pettalia told the Detroit News, “”We’re surrounded by helmetless states. So if somebody wants to travel to the Great Lakes, they will oftentimes travel into the Wisconsin area where the Dells are and avoid coming into Michigan.”

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Living Life Begins When…

…you get your motorcycle endorsement! I know you agree that when you started riding motorcycles you had no idea the impact it would make on your life.

Meet young American Woman Rider Dakota Sidden.

It is a absolute necessity during our lives to grab it by the horns every once in awhile.   Since I’ve been riding smaller bikes, or riding back with my dad, many have brought up the idea of riding a bike of my own.

After many thoughts and many months later, I gave into the idea and took the course at Thunderbird in Albuquerque.

I met some amazing people along the way. The support you get from those riding with you is something you can honestly cherish forever.  I can’t wait to get out on the road with some of my classmates.

With the endorsement I earned from the MSF course in hand I hunted down a bike on Craigslist and found my current Sporty.

I encourage everyone to get out there and learn or to just try it.

It is an amazing experience to be in control of such a incredible machine.
I hope to see you all out on the road

PS: I love American Woman Riders!

Picture of Dakota and her mom and dad.

Note from American Woman Riders: I watched the Riders Edge Class that Dakota was in and she totally impressed me with her confidence and respect that she gave to her motorcycle training at such a young age.

Tina Reeves – harleyskyangel@comcast.net

American Woman Riders

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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.