Victory, Indian and Harley-Davidson Vie For Attention During Bike Week

DaytonaIndian Motorcycles will unveil their new engine to the public on March 9th at Dirty Harry’s Pub.  They’ve planned a big event, bringing in Mike Wolfe, of American Picker fame and are hinting at an even bigger surprise  to come.  While the event is not open to the general public, (only registered VIP’s and Press) it’s undoubtedly going to cost Polaris more than just a few coins.

Besides events for the general public, corporate shingdigs like this demonstrate the economic impact of the spring Bike Week as hundreds of local businesses depend on the influx of motorcycle owners to start the cash registers ringing early.

Besides the money spent on Indian, Polaris is investing heavily in Victory with events all over the Daytona area during bike week.  A Victory bike night at the Broken Spoke March 12th, A custom bike show March 13th at Volusia Motorsports, and a Victory Patio party at BJ’s Brewhouse on International Speedway Blvd on March 13th.  A new Victory dealership at 402 N. Beach St. will have a grand opening party March 14th.  A Victory ride and reception will start at 11am March 15th from Volusia Motorsports and ride to the Victory Reception at the Blue Grotto in the Halifax Marina (1-3pm)

Harley-Davidson is going all out as well in Daytona with events that tie into the 100th anniversary of the iconic brand.

More after the poll

Harley-Davidson will present a unique 110th Anniversary display at Riverfront Park on Beach Street in Daytona from Saturday, March 9 to Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Harley Owner’s Group (H.O.G.) events in Daytona include pin stops at Beach Street and the Speedway, an area celebrating H.O.G’s 30thAnniversary on Beach Street, and a special event for H.O.G. members Friday, March 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mikey Luv’s Bar & Grill on Main Street.

Harley-Davidson will give 2013 motorcycle demo rides, along with motorcycle displays, Traxxas Experience, beverages and free parking at Daytona International Speedway near the Intersection of Midway Avenue and Richard Petty Boulevard from Saturday, March 9, to Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The 7th Annual MDA Women’s Ride takes place Tuesday, March 12 with registration on Beach Street starting at 8 a.m. and the ride landing at Destination Daytona at 10:45 a.m.

Harley-Davidson will also be at Bikers on the Boulevard on Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard in Daytona Beach March 14-16 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.\

For a complete listing of Harley-Davidson events, please visit our website at www.harley-davidson.com/events and there will be online coverage from Daytona at www.harley-davidson.com/110daytona.

 

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/.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intel’s Tablet Equipped Motorcycle Finds Glass House

Intel’s embedded chopper now rests in a custom-designed display case in Chandler, Arizona

When Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper meet an untimely end on a deserted rural road in the classic 1960s film “Easy Rider,” one of their motorcycles is engulfed in flames as the camera pans skyward. It’s a good thing the Intel Chopper never met the same fate. Unlike the Harley Davidson Hydra-Glides in the film, this one never even saw the road.

It turns out the four motorcycles used in “Easy Rider” were former police bikes purchased at an auction for about $500 in the late ’60s. Having four bikes ensured backups so that shooting for the movie could continue in case one of them failed or was wrecked. One, the famous “Captain America” emblazoned with the American flag paint job, was demolished in the final scene, while the other three were stolen and likely sold off for parts before their significance in movie history was known.

In a bold but also somewhat offbeat move to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Intel’s embedded business in 2007, Intel built a custom-chopper that would make the original “Easy Rider” bikes look like kids’ stuff. After three decades of silicon innovation, the company wanted to celebrate by building a super-bike filled with all the latest innovations. It was sleek, flashy, filled with gadgets, and not very rider-friendly.

Read more @ Intel Newsroom