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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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 Antics Continue On Season Three at the Full Throttle Saloon

Sturgis, SD — Full Throttle Saloon founder Michael Ballard, and Tru-TV have announced that Full Throttle Saloon will return to the air on November 30th at 10PM EST for season three. The drama that unfolds this year as the cast takes on staging Michael Ballard’s Full Throttle Saloon for the 71st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally goes to a whole new level from what has been witnessed in the past.

 

Michael Ballard heads up the demented circus at The Full Throttle Saloon

In Sturgis, The Throttle is the “World’s Largest Biker Bar,” a 30-acre enormous indoor/outdoor bar with several large stages, a burn-out pit, a tattoo parlor, zip lines, a wrestling ring, restaurants, dozens of stores, hundreds of cabins for rent and parking for thousands of bikes. It opens for only two weeks annually around the rally, and the indelible color of the sights and sounds of Sturgis are documented and aired on the Tru-TV series.

After taking on the corporate competition last year and coming out ahead, best friends Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree, alongside Ballard’s long-time girlfriend Angie Carlson, have upped the ante this year to deliver the ultimate Full Throttle experience. As Ballard faces the challenges of delivering a profit with an economic downturn, there is no shortage of drama as the season unfolds. The constant challenges of managing a personal relationship with both his girlfriend and best friend, while maintaining his focus on the business yields many tough moments to navigate through during this season.

Story lines for season three include Michael, Angie and Dupree’s attempt to rededicate the Sturgis Rally back to the family who started the gathering, once again having the event known as the Pappy Hoel Motorcycle Rally, activities altruistically taken to celebrate the troops and in turn generate tens of thousands of dollars to support Wounded Warriors, and the ensuing chaos when Dupree (assisted by stunt legend Hal Needham) explores plans to jump from the legendary Bismarck Bridge Ballard meticulously had relocated to the grounds of the Full Throttle Saloon. The characters that come together once a year and become Michael Ballard’s Full Throttle Saloon family are each indelible in their own rite. Together, they become a menagerie of personalities that deliver a viewing experience that is filled with moments of euphoria, despondency, love, hate, and together a program that is as engaging as any on television.

Click here to read the interview he gave USRN last year.

Season three also captures an amazing line-up of talent on-site this past August including Ted Nugent, Hinder, Jackyl, and others, alongside Angie’s Flaunt Girls, a one-man band, assorted freak shows, and acrobatic pole dancers.

Ballard shares, “This season we are giving the phrase taking it to the next level a whole new meaning.” Dupree echoes the sentiments in offering, “The Throttle is beyond Thunder Dome for people who love beautiful women Hot Bikes and Rock & Roll.” While Angie has the final word stating, “We are proud to be rededicating the Rally back to Pappy and Pearl it is Pappy’s Rally.”

For background Pappy and Pearl Hoel started the rally in Sturgis, SD which has now been running for 71 years. Michael Ballard, Angie Carlson and Jesse James Dupree have always maintained not only a relationship, but a partnership with the Hoel family. In managing the name, the likenesses, and the brand, the duo oversee and preserve the integrity of anything that the city or Sturgis Museum may wish to use in telling the story of the rally in relation to Pappy and Pearl.

This year prior to the rally held in August, Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree headed to Laconia, NH with three tractor trailer rigs in tow. The caravan travelled 2000 miles and erected Michael Ballard’s Full Throttle Saloon in all its glory for the Laconia Rally June 11-19. For the coming calendar year, there a multiple initiatives in play to bring the Full Throttle experience to cities across the U.S. These plans will be announced shortly.

Currently seen in 91 million U.S. households the 17-year-old network Tru-TV features high-stakes, action-packed originals that give viewers access to places and situations they can’t normally experience.

 


Victory Storm Sturgis

Victory Motorcycles is making its presence
felt at the 71st Annual Sturgis Rally in
2011. In addition to their unique, downtown Sturgis
location, Victory will have its largest ever test fleet
available for demo rides. As an official Sponsor of
the Sturgis Legendary Buffalo Chip, Victory will be
participating in Chip activities all week and donating
a bike to be given away at the end of the rally. Here’s what
Victory owners and other rally goers can look forward to:
• Demo Rides on all Victory models, August 6-12 9:00 -5:00, I-90,
Exit 30
• A Victory Owners Ride and Reception at the Buffalo Chip August 11
- 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. self-guided ride
- 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. reception
• A Chance to win a Free Klock Werks customized Victory Kingpin
(register @ buffalochip.com)
• A Unique Display of Victory Products at 1100 Main Street,
August 6-12 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
• VIP visits from Victory partners Arlen, Cory and Zack Ness, Roland
Sands, The Klock Werks team and Survivor TV Series star Rupert
Boneham
The historic bank building that Victory occupies at First and Main in
downtown Sturgis will showcase their latest models including the
early release 2012 High-Ball that was introduced in January. Rally
apparel and complete information on the entire line of Victory
Motorcycles will also be available.
Three 18-wheelers from Victory’s six-truck national demo fleet will
provide more than 30 bikes for free demo rides. The demo site is
located less than a mile from downtown Sturgis at Exit 30 on I-90.
Victory manufacturers more than 16 models – all powered by the
Freedom 106 engine with 6-speed transmission. Most models from the
value priced, blacked-out 8-Ball series to the Victory Vision Tour
will be available to ride from Saturday August 6th to Friday August
12th from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Downtown hours for the Victory Store will
be Saturday, August 6th until Saturday, August 13th from 9 a.m. until
9 p.m.
A Victory Kingpin, customized by the pros at Klock Werks Kustom Cycle,
is being provided this year for the Buffalo Chip Bike Give-Away. The
lucky winner will be chosen from a group of finalists and awarded the
tricked out custom live on-stage Friday of Rally Week. As always,
Victory will host a ride-in during the Rally for Victory owners. “The number of Victory’s
grows every year and with our corporate headquarters so close to Sturgis, we view the Rally as
an annual event for our employees and customers,” states Steve Menneto, Victory GM. Victory’s
offices are located in neighboring Minnesota and manufacturing is in Iowa.
The 2011 Victory Owners Ride and Reception for will take place Thursday August 11 from
3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. starting in Deadwood, and ending at the Buffalo Chip and will include
food and soft drinks. As an official sponsor of the legendary Buffalo Chip, Victory will provide
free Special Guest parking. Victory owners will also have access to the Buffalo Chip Events
Center with the 2011 Motorcycles as Art display and Chip Gardens on the evening of the Ride-
In. Victory is also a sponsor of the Buffalo Chip Legends Ride which will take place on August
8th. Celebrity’s may include Arlen, Cory and Zack Ness, Roland Sands and Rupert Boneham,
Survivor TV Series star as wel as many other motorcycling celebrities.
For more information, on Victory at Sturgis, including updated times and dates, go to
www.victoryatsturgis.com.
About Polaris
With annual 2010 sales of $1.99 billion, Polaris designs, engineers,
manufactures and markets off-road vehicles (ORVs), including
allterrain vehicles (ATVs), the Polaris RANGER(r) Side x Sides,
snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and
utility use and has recently introduced a new on-road electric
powered neighborhood vehicle. Polaris is a recognized leader
in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers
of ORVs in the world. Victory motorcycles established in 1998 and
representing the first all-new American made motorcycle from a major
company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads
into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances
the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at
Polaris dealerships. Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and
the Company is included in the S&P MidCap 400 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris
products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris
homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.

IMBBA-USA Bike Show & Hall Of Fame Ceremony At The Broken Spoke Campground

TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 Sturgis, South Dakota 71st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

(Sturgis, SD — July 22, 2011) The Broken Spoke Campground has announced that it will host the North American division of the International Master Bike Builders Association (IMBBA-USA) Bike Show on Tuesday, August 9 as part of the 71st Annual Sturgis Rally.

This will be an IMBBA sanctioned events where points will be awarded to those that participate. Builders will have the opportunity to have their bikes judged and inspected for certification and skills present in the builds. The USA representative of IMBBA and the President of IMBBA will also be on hand to discuss what they are doing to change the industry in education, training and bike show judging fairness.

In addition to the IMBBA-USA Bike Show, the Broken Spoke Campground will also serve as the venue for the IMBBA Hall of Fame Ceremony where several Master Bike Builders who have earned enough points over the course of their career will be placed in the Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees are Rick Fairless, Don Bittman and Lee Wimmer. Awards for Master Bike Builder level II will be presented to Troy Nicholson and Craig Whitford.

Registration for the Bike Show begins at 10:00 a.m. with the awards taking place at 4:00 p.m. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place following the Bike Show Awards at 5:00 p.m.

The Broken Spoke Campground is located on Highway 79 North, just past Bear Butte State Park in Sturgis, South Dakota.  Cost for the headline entertainment at the Broken Spoke Campground is FREE for campers and $5.00 admission after 6:00 p.m. for non-campers.  VIP seating for the headline concerts is available for an additional $10.00.

The Broken Spoke Campground is wall-to-wall entertainment for the entire 71st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  Not only does the Broken Spoke Campground have the very finest camping and amenities in all of Sturgis, but it gives campers and guests festivities such as the World’s Biggest Biker Pool with Hot Tubs & Tiki Bar, Hoge Wild Pool Contests & Games, daily shows from America’s Original Wall of Death, a Free Spoke to Spoke Shuttle, the Wall That Heals Replica Vietnam Veterans Wall, daily Tattoo contests, Beach Party Happy Hour at 4pm, the Spoke After Dark dance club, Biker Rodeo, Oil Wrestling, Poolside Massages, on-site General Store including free Wi-fi and all the items campers need, plus much more!

The Broken Spoke Campground has also announced that it will not raise its prices if you pre-book your Sturgis reservation.  Campers reserving prior to July 31st will pay a low $119/person plus tax.  RV spots and private air-conditioned cabins are also still available.  Call toll-free at 8-SPOKE-ON-79 (877-653-6679) or book online today at www.BrokenSpokeCampground.com

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About the Broken Spoke Saloon:

The Broken Spoke Saloon is the world’s biggest biker bar, with locations across the country.  The Broken Spoke Saloon location in the beautiful lakes region of Laconia, New Hampshire, with live music and a full bar & restaurant, is open until November 1st.

Visit BrokenSpoke.com for more information.

The MeanStreet Riders Presents Music for the Open Road

The MeanStreet Riders were formed in the fall of 2008 when we were riding our motorcycles through the southern United States on our way to ride one of the most challenging and dangerous roads in the world, Highway 129, also known as “Deals Gap” or “The Dragon”.  An 11 mile stretch of road with 318 curves on the Tennessee/North Carolina border, “The Dragon” is considered a motorcycle legend by riders around the world.The MeanStreet Riders debut LP High on the Hog (due September 13, 2011) stretches across a wide gamut of Rock and Americana.  The album speaks to a culture that sees life, liberty and freedom being challenged more and more everyday in this ever growing and rapidly changing world. The title track is about camaraderie and deep rooted friendship while not being caught up in the status quo.  The ballad “Rolling On” is based on the travels of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper on their ride filming the movie Easy Rider and deals with getting away from day to day pressures and the pursuit to simply be free and ride with the wind in your hair like they did so long ago. The song “I’ve Had a Good Ride” is based on a return to the Sturgis Rally, the Badlands and riding through the South Dakota hills. In addition to the reunion with old friends theme, the song’s chorus also references real life teachings and not believing everything you hear or read with the line “don’t read all the writing on the wall”.  The song invites you to take life “all in” and enjoy the good times while also taking an inner look at the end of the day or your life and ask yourself have you “Had a Good Ride”. “Where I Was Born” is rich with harmonies and tells the story of a father sharing a ride with his two sons across rural America.

The rest of the LP is nestled deep in Americana rock, with country overtones and arrangements about family, friends, relationships, roads, trips, towns and how the American dream of freedom and its pursuit seems to be continually challenged and shaped by the media, corporations and government bureaucracy.

The incredible growth of the motorcycle community in the past few years is the result of millions of people in the world wanting their freedom back and hitting the road to discover some great times, good friends and maybe… themselves again. The MeanStreet Riders not only speak to those people but people in all walks of life in more than just words and invite them to go somewhere they haven’t been before and discover this great country and world before it might be too late.

Remember: Life’s too short for traffic, so Rock N’ Roll on the open Road.

The Impact

We’ve put a lot of work into this album and we want to share this with you.  We want to get this out to the four corners of this great country so we can share our message and help people rediscover the open road, freedom, and music that speaks to and from the heart.  We want to introduce you to the MeanStreet Riders.

What We Need & What You Get

We’re raising money to do a radio and press campaign.  At our own expense, we’ve put together a great album that we think will really connect with anyone who loves the road, freedom, or even paving their own path.  What we need now is to get the music out there and we can only do that with your help.

What you get out of this will be a combination of great MeanStreet Riders music, merch, and other great perks.  What you get out of this is to help share great music with the world.  What you get out of this is to be part of a great community that cares about real music, real people and real America.
Other Ways You Can HelpShare this site with your friends.  Put it up on facebook, twitter, or wherever you are on the Internet.  We can only do this with your help.  If you’re new to MeanStreet Riders, check us out at www.MeanStreetRiders.com.

Harley-Davidson® Events Rule @ Sturgis 2011 Rally

MILWAUKEE (July 12, 2011) – Harley-Davidson riders and enthusiasts will revel in one of the motorcycle world’s most unique and exciting events at the 71st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota’s legendary Black Hills region.

 

The Harley-Davidson Road Tour will run from Saturday, August 6 through Saturday, August 13 at its location at the intersection of 3rd and Lazelle streets in downtown Sturgis. All Harley-Davidson activities in Sturgis are free of charge and include the following:

New 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, H-D1 customization and MotorClothes® riding gear and apparel, including free helmet fittings

·        Harley-Davidson Custom Ride-In Show, Thursday August 11

·        XR1200 Racing Experience presented by Harley-Davidson Insurance

·        Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) pin sales and Custom Motorcycle Raffle

·        Free Bike Wash

·        Willie G. Commemorative Merchandise

·        AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, August 8-10

·        Women’s Area including the JUMPSTART rider experience, bike lift and more

 

Harley-Davidson demo rides for the new 2012 motorcycles will be available in Sturgis at Hersrud’s Chevrolet Dealership near Interstate 90 at Exit 30 from Saturday, August 6 to Friday, August 12. Riders can enjoy as many bikes as they want, but must have a valid motorcycle license and adhere to riding gear requirements and safety rules. There will also be a 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle display at this location, including a Fit Shop display for motorcycle customization.

 

For a complete listing of Harley-Davidson events at the 2011 Sturgis Rally, please visit www.harley-davidson.com/sturgis

Some incredibly creative and passionately customized bikes at the Sturgis Rally will be displayed at the Harley-Davidson Ride-In Show, on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 3rdand Lazelle streets. There is a $10 entry fee, and all proceeds will be donated to MDA with cash prizes awarded in all categories.

There will be a pin stop and merchandise sales for Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) members at the Harley-Davidson Lazelle Street location, H.O.G. members can get a special pin at the AHDRA races, and more information on other H.O.G. events is available at www.members.hog.com

 Race fans will be able to check out the AHDRA Screamin’ Eagle Performance Parts Race at the Sturgis Dragway on August 10 and August 11, so visitwww.ahdra.com

Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, produces heavyweight motorcycles and a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at www.harley-davidson.com

Epiphone Guitars Take Center Stage at the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling for the 71st Annual Sturgis Rally

Nashville, TN…..July 7, 2011…The Sturgis Buffalo Chip, motorcycling’s largest music festival, will once again bring music to the masses for the 71st annual Sturgis Rally held this August, and Epiphone Guitars will be front and center for the massive event. 2011 marks the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s 30th anniversary and Epiphone is pleased to take part by offering Sturgis music fans a chance to get in on the action. Epiphone will not only provide Chip attendees with an exclusive opportunity to test drive some of latest Epiphone products, but are also providing fans the exclusive opportunity to own their very own piece of Sturgis history with the Limited Edition Sturgis Buffalo Chip® 2011 Epiphone Coronet™ found at www.epiphone.com/sturgis2011

Epiphone Offers Sturgis Fans Exclusive Opportunity to Rock Out with Their Very Own Commemorative Sturgis Buffalo Chip® 2011 Epiphone Coronet™

For the first time ever Epiphone will be offering Sturgis attendees and fans the opportunity to rock out with their very own commemorative Sturgis guitar. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® 2011 Epiphone Coronet™ is a limited edition guitar that has been custom designed with the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® logo, the signature of Chip owner Rod Woodruff, and recognition of The Chip being “30 Years Strong”. This guitar features a double cutaway design, single volume control, bolt on neck, high output Epiphone 700T Humbucking pickup, Metallic Black finish, Mahogany body & neck, and Rosewood fingerboard.

Price: $199 including gigbag (+ FedEx shipping; + tax if applicable). Each guitar will be built to order and will be shipped via the requested method 4-6 weeks from the order date.

Sturgis fans don’t have to wait for the Rally to begin in order to own this commemorative guitar. Orders are currently being accepted at www.epiphone.com/sturgis2011.

Along with the availability of the commemorative guitar, Epiphone will carry a strong presence onsite at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. As the focal point of the world’s largest motorcycle rally, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip ushers in tens of thousands through its “Welcome Home Bikers” gates each and every August.  The massive outdoor venue is complete with a full-service campground, concert amphitheater, food and retail shops as well as an endless collection of events, entertainment and promotions catered to its leather-clad audience. Artists performing at this year’s event include: Alice Cooper, Bachman & Turner, Styx, Buckcherry, Def Leppard, Toby Keith, Poison, Greg Allman, Lynyrd Synyrd, Jeff Bridges, Saving Abel, Puddle of Mudd, Tesla, and George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

From August 5th through August 13th Epiphone will be onsite at the Buffalo Chip Amphitheater, located adjacent to the Party Deck, with an interactive area for fans to experience firsthand some of the latest models and products from Epiphone. Epiphone will also be doing daily giveaways, including daily opportunities for fans to win their very own Limited Edition Sturgis Buffalo Chip® 2011 Epiphone Coronet.

For more information please visit www.epiphone.com or www.buffalochip.com, and to place orders for the Limited Edition Sturgis Buffalo Chip® 2011 Epiphone Coronet please visit www.epiphone.com/sturgis2011.

About Epiphone:

Epiphone fretted instruments, amplifiers, strings and accessories are known worldwide for offering the best combination of quality, performance and value. One of Gibson’s most formidable competitors through the first half of the 20th century, Epiphone was acquired by Gibson Guitar in 1957. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Epiphone is part of the Gibson family of brands. For more information on Epiphone go to www.epiphone.com.

 

Follow Epiphone on Twitter at www.twitter.com/epiphone or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/officialepiphone

 

About the Legendary Buffalo Chip:

For 30 years the Legendary Buffalo Chip has proven itself as the heart of Sturgis Rally Week. Poised and ready to once again offer their visitors the complete biker experience, the Legendary Buffalo Chip has rounded up an enormous selection of biker-centric fun and festivities in addition to offering the summer’s biggest and most authentic music experience of Rally Week. Reservations for multi-day passes or daily admissions are available online at BuffaloChip.com or by calling 605-347-9000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (MST) Monday through Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.