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March 9, 2018
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How to Do Sturgis Vol. 2 – Answers to First-Timer Questions About Planning Their Trip

Albert Einstein once said, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” Anyone who’s ever been a Sturgis first-timer probably relates to this sentiment. Once you’ve made the commitment to come and have decided where you’re staying, you realize there’s still so much left to figure out. What will the weather be like? What should I pack? Find the answers to these and many others first timers have in this article.

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Special Prices Ending

A whale of an announcement is coming on March 15th, and when it hits, you won’t be able to miss it. But before that boulder drops, you’ll want to take advantage of the current low prices at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, which end on March 14th at 5 pm MT. Prices will never be lower than they are right now, so don’t wait! Reserve your passes now!

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Two Killer Artists Added to Buffalo Chip Lineup!

Power comes packed in pairs, and nowhere can this be seen better than in the Buffalo Chip’s two latest announcements. Lita Ford joins the lineup alongside Kid Rock on Thursday, Aug. 9, and Yelawolf was just paired with John Kay & Steppenwolf on Friday, Aug. 10. Both nights are going to be a howling good time, and you need to be there. The current low prices end on March 14th at 5 pm, so reserve your passes now!

See the lineup so far!

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“Passion Built” Exhibit Brings Custom Bikes Out of the Garage and into the Gallery

What kinds of custom motorcycles and art can be created from pure passion and love of the machine? You’ll find out when you experience the stunning collection of masterpieces curated by Michael Lichter for the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s® 2018 Motorcycles As Art™ Exhibition, “Passion Built – Garage to Gallery.” Get to know the works of a diverse group of over 40 custom builders and artists who create professional-quality custom motorcycles outside of a professional workplace during their free time!

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Meet the Industry’s Finest While Raising Money for Charity

Kick start your trip to the Sturgis Rally by rubbing elbows with custom builders from around the world at the Flying Piston Breakfast Benefit. This exclusive event will allow you to fill up your tank with a hearty catered breakfast meal next the builders who will be displaying custom motorcycles in this year’s Motorcycles As Art exhibit, Passion Built, curated by Michael Lichter. And best of all, it’s for charity!

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World Champion Knife & Ax Throwing Coming to CrossRoads

Blade Aces are bringing the first-ever Knife & Ax Throwing Championships to the Buffalo Chip, and it’s something you have to see to believe! This team is operated by the world’s highest ranked knife-throwing couple, eleven-time world champion Melody Cuenca and her husband TJ. They, along with several other world champions, will be hosting four major events and daily classes for aspiring knife and ax throwers at the Buffalo Chip’s free access CrossRoads area.

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Donnie Smith Show: The Coolest Custom Motorcycles and Cars

Living in the Midwest over the winter definitely comes with its fair share of drawbacks if you’re a motorcycle or car enthusiast. But each year when the world starts to thaw, the Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show more than makes up for lost time. As the 2018 event approaches, take a look back the customs that rose to the top with these highlights from last year’s show.

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Win a Trip to Laconia Motorcycle Week!

Laconia Motorcycle Week is celebrating its 95th anniversary this June, and if you play your cards right, you could be heading to this historic event for free! Take 30 seconds to sign up, and you could win a 3-night stay at Steele Hill Resorts, a VIP Package from the Laconia Roadhouse, traveling cash, riding apparel, a 95th anniversary Laconia riding vest from Hot Leathers, a Sturgis Buffalo Chip Epiphone Guitar, 1 year subscription to Cycle Source Magazine and a custom-engraved Jack Daniels barrel top.

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How to Do Sturgis Vol. 1 – Answers to First-Timer Questions About Navigating through the Black Hills

After years of dreaming and scheming, you’re finally doing it. You’ve decided this is the year to embark on a journey you’ve heard will be the greatest adventure of your life—you’re taking a trip to Sturgis! But now that you’re excited and all your Facebook buddies are jealous, questions start swirling through you head. What are the local motorcycle laws? Do I need a helmet? HOW DO I GET TO MOUNT RUSHMORE?! Find the answers to these and many others first timers have in this article.

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Ultra-Premium Bagger Pairs Stunning Paint Completed Entirely by Hand
with Top-of-the-Line Amenities
Minneapolis (March 1, 2018) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company founded in 1901, today announced its new ultra-premium bagger, the 2018 Chieftain Elite. This limited-edition bagger pairs custom-inspired paint that’s completed by hand with top-of-the-line amenities for the rider who demands the best of the best.  
Indian Motorcycle meticulously thought through the design to ensure every line, texture and material complemented the contours of this aggressive platform. The focal point of this bagger is the stunning, specialty paint featuring high-flake Black Hills Silver. As the name suggests, this paint was inspired by the silver mines in the Black Hills of South Dakota, which is near Indian Motorcycle’s custom paint facility in Spearfish, SD. A team of Indian Motorcycle experts mask the bodywork, lay the graphics, and hand-spray each Chieftain Elite. Each bike takes nearly 25 hours due to the time-intensive, painstaking processes that are completed by hand. Incredibly, no two bikes will look the same due to the level of human touch involved. There’s no question that this bold, one-of-a-kind bike will stand out in any crowd.6-2018-indian-chieftain-elite
“Whether cruising around the city or touring the country backroads, the 2018 Chieftain Elite delivers on its promise of being the best bagger that money can buy,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director – Marketing and Product Planning for Indian Motorcycle.  “This bike was born to turn heads and provide an unmatched riding experience with all of the premium amenities included.”BBJX4lN.img
The 2018 Chieftain Elite has a commanding stance that’s punctuated by its 19-inch, 10-spoke, contrast-cut front wheel and marbled graphics package. It’s equipped with premium features, including a 200-Watt premium audio system, Pathfinder LED headlight and driving lights, a push-button power flare windshield, billet aluminum Select Driver and Passenger Floorboards, and genuine leather seats. New for this year’s Chieftain Elite are pinnacle mirrors and updated, smaller hand controls for improved ergonomics. 2018-indian-chieftain-elite-riding
A host of other features come standard, including Ride Command® – the largest, fastest, most customizable infotainment system on two wheels. The seven-inch, glove-compatible touchscreen features turn-by-turn navigation, customizable rider information screens and Bluetooth® compatibility. The Chieftain Elite also features ABS, cruise control, tire pressure monitoring, remote-locking saddlebags and keyless ignition.featured
At the soul of this bike is the Thunderstroke 111 engine, an award-winning American V-Twin that delivers a monstrous 119 ft-lbs of torque and power to spare in every gear.
A large number of accessories are also available for riders looking to add power or further customize the Chieftain Elite. The Thunder Stroke® 116 ci Stage 3 Big Bore Kit adds 20 percent more horsepower and 15 percent more torque for those looking to take performance to the next level. Color-matched accessories are also available for riders who want extra protection, style and storage, including a Quick Release Trunk, Hard Lower Fairings and a Valanced Front Fender. 
The Chieftain Elite is a strong addition to Indian Motorcycle’s iconic lineup. Only a limited number of these motorcycles will be built. Pricing starts at $31,499 in the U.S. and $37,999 in Canada. Available at Indian Motorcycle dealers starting March 1.  
Learn more about Indian Motorcycle and the 2018 Chieftain Elite by visiting and following along on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.
Indian Motorcycle Company is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit

Platinum Air Suspension is proud to announce the newest addition to our cutting-edge product line

The Bleed Feed Mono Shock Kit for 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Models. The kit is complete and includes all components necessary to convert the vehicle to a luxury ride, top flight handling, and with the ability to fully adjust ride height. Minimum retracted shock length is 10 7/8″, maximum extended shock length is 12 7/8″ resulting in a wide range of actual ride heights from “slammed” to “full handling” mode with a full 4″ height range.Screen Shot 2018-03-09 at 6.18.38 PM
For California Softail owners, simply remove the EPA canister from the transmission, install the canister to the Platinum Air Suspension Compressor / Valve Box, and install the entire assembly to that back of the transmission to enjoy the ride.
This kit covers the full range of 2018 Softail models and is backed by a one-year limited warranty on all material and manufacturing defects.
We stand behind the brand as “It’s all about the ride” and satisfaction of our customers.
About Platinum Air Suspension
As a pioneer in the category of motorcycle air suspension, the Southern California based company has systems for Harley Davidson, Victory, Can-Am, Metric, Street Bikes, Boss Hoss, Indian and custom applications.
Founded in 2004 by Oscar Sanchez, Platinum Air Suspension began by working on a custom bike project and developed into a complete “air ride system”.  Fast forward to 2018, owner and designer Mike Ferris has developed the company and product into a world class industry standard. Truly the yardstick by which all others are measured.
Platinum Air Suspension has over 600 authorized dealers worldwide that can service virtually all makes, models, and custom projects.
Platinum’s Bleed Feed System
The flagship of the company is the ‘Bleed Feed’ system, which controls both ride height and rebound. The system is controlled by positive pressure at all times and can easily be adjusted at the “flip of a switch” for complete comfort based on rider weight, road conditions, and operators riding style. The Bleed Feed system includes air cylinders machined from 6061 T-6 billet aluminum, air-control valve, DOT- approved 1/4 “line and fittings, switch / electrical harness, air compressor, hardware, and line cutter.
Platinum also offers the simple, lower cost system, which features the same high-level of quality components as the Bleed Feed, but does not include rebound control. The system controls ride height through pump and release pressure.
All Platinum Air Suspension shocks are available in a wide variety of finishes. Options include chrome, polished, powder coated, or satin finishes. Special order powder coating in the specific colors is also available.
Mike Ferris – President
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Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show Extravaganza Set to Launch Riding Season in Twin Cities


“War of the Twins” Indoor Flat Track Motorcycle Racing will kick start a weekend of moto heaven at the Midwest’s largest custom bike and car show, parts extravaganza and tattoo expo this month.

Saint Paul, MN (March 8, 2018) – Gear heads and riders will soon be coming out of hibernation to gather and meet fellow enthusiasts and friends at the 31st Annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show presented by Dennis Kirk. In addition to the motorcycles, cars and the largest parts swap in the Midwest, the ever-expanding event now includes Indoor Flat Track Racing and a Tattoo Expo. The Donnie Smith Show will take place at the St. Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2017. The “War of the Twins” Indoor Flat Track Racing will kick off the moto extravaganza on Friday, March 23. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the Main Event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the door. More information can be found at

Show Spotlights

The show’s activities offer the opportunity to hang out and learn from specialists, see the latest in moto inventions and customizations, hunt for parts, shop and win prizes throughout the 225,000 sq. ft. indoor event space.

Bikers will have the opportunity to discuss the best parts options with Dennis Kirk representatives who will be on hand to answer questions. The prize wheel is back with bigger and better prizes and riders can receive information about the annual Patriot Ride, benefitting Minnesota’s active and veteran military and law enforcement organizations. Attendees can purchase a $10 raffle ticket to win a 2018 Harley-Davidson FLHXS Street Glide Special in support of the Patriot’s Ride.

One of the year’s biggest custom bike unveils will take place on Saturday, March 24 when Kuryakyn and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip reveal the 2018 Rock, Rumble & Rebellion bike. The 2018 modified Indian Chieftain Dark Horse bagger features state-of-the-art Kuryakyn parts and paint by Gilby’s Street Department.

Blues rocker Corey Stevens will be setting the stage for beer-thirty Happy Hour presented by Budweiser  5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.

Sugar Bear of Sugar Bear Choppers will be on hand in the Metzeler display March 24 and 25 to showcase his innovative products and share stories from the grass roots of the chopper world. Metzeler also brings a bike build in progress from Kevin “Teach” Baas and the Lakeville North High School students. The bike features one of Sugar Bear’s iconic front suspension systems.

GEICO Motorcycle and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip teamed up to create the ultimate Street Hooligan motorcycle for the Buffalo Chip’s 2018 Moto Stampede Bike Giveaway. The custom Indian Scout 60 will be on display in the Buffalo Chip booth, where show attendees may register to win it this August on the Chip’s main stage.

3Showcase of Motorcycle Industry Superstars

Custom builders will be competing in over 35 classes at the show. Some of the most recognizable names in the motorcycle industry will be in attendance, displaying their latest work and meeting with fans. The list so far includes:

Donnie Smith – Donnie Smith Custom Motorcycles

A custom bike builder for more than 30 years, Donnie Smith’s innovations continue to influence custom bike builders today. Smith will be on hand to sign autographs or just hang out and discuss classic builds and new innovations in custom bike building.

Paul Yaffe – Bagger Nation

For almost 30 years Paul Yaffe has been designing custom motorcycles and is known as an industry leader and a true innovator and he will be available for questions and motorcycle parts discussions.  His custom bikes have been featured in hundreds of magazines both in the United States and abroad.  He’s participated in Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-Off in 2003 and participated in Biker Battleground Phoenix, a 10-episode series on the History Channel.  He is a 3-time “Trend Setter of the Year” award recipient and has won several engineering and product design awards.

Curtis Hofmann – Hofmann Designs

A Minnesota native, Curtis opened Hofmann Designs in 2009 and has produced stunning, magazine-worthy motorcycles every year since. Hoffman is known for his lay frame big wheel baggers and his bikes are often sold on reputation alone, sight unseen.

Dave Dupor – DD Custom Cycle

Dupor’s motorcycles are intelligence with tailpipes. He is known as a perfectionist and his bikes are a balance of bold confidence and understated elegance. His meticulous and relentless pursuit of perfection has thrust DD Custom Cycle onto the pages almost every major motorcycling publication in the country.

Kevin “Teach” Baas – Baas Metal Craft

Baas, is an expert metal fabricator and high school shop teacher who transformed his curriculum into a full-blown Chopper Class. For 15 years, he has taught generations of bike builders and gained the support and recognition of countless industry heavy weights.

Kurt Peterson – Lil’ Evil Inkorpor8ed

Peterson is a Master of All, specializing in precise fabrication, design, and quality. His 27 years in the industry, and no-nonsense, high horse power creations have earned him numerous racing and industry accolades, but, more importantly, they have earned him distinction and the respect of his peers.

Dave & Jody Perewitz – Perewitz Cycle Fabrication

There is no stronger father-daughter team in motorcycling than Dave and Jody Perewitz. Dave is a legend in custom building, an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame 2003 inductee and master craftsman who has been painting and building motorcycles for over 40 years. Jody holds 15 land speed records, one World Record, is currently the Fastest Woman on an American V-Twin, and a talented painter in her own right.

Sugar Bear – Sugar Bear Choppers

Forty-six years ago, Sugar Bear opened up shop in Los Angeles and began hand-making his legendary springer front ends and rockers. Sugar Bear’s influence and contributions have shaped motorcycling history and in 2008 he was named the Harley-Davidson Museum’s Man of the Year.

Tim McNamer – Ballistic Cycles

A Twin Cities area native, McNamer is the inventor of the ground-breaking hubless wheel design and is known for regularly pushing the limits of engineering. His bikes are instantly recognizable and have raked in awards from nearly every competition. Producing some of the most technologically advanced motorcycles of our time, Tim’s designs are paving the way for the advancement and evolution of customization.

Todd “Gilby” Gilbertson – Gilby’s Street Department

Gilby’s bikes are unique hot-rod infused sculptures that test and challenge convention. This Twin Cities area native has been pin-striping for decades and his motorcycles reflect a wildly artistic vision. His contributions to motorcycling inspire and challenge, raising the bar of creativity higher with every unforgettable chopper he creates.


Tickets for the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show are on sale at the RiverCentre Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Adults are $15 and children under the age of 12 are admitted free. The Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show is sponsored by Dennis Kirk, GEICO Motorcycle, Indian Motorcycle, The Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Budweiser, Lucas Motorcycle Oil and Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

Tickets for the “War of the Twins” Indoor Flat Track Racing can be purchased at All seating is assigned with box seating VIP tickets available for $21 and general auditorium adult seating for $15. The first 500 children under 12, accompanying an adult, will be admitted free. “War of the Twins” Indoor Flat Track Racing is sponsored by the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Dennis Kirk, GEICO Motorcycle, Lucas Motorcycle Products, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys and S&S Cycle.4More information can be found at

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 About the Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show

In its 31st year, the famed Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show presented by Dennis Kirk is the largest custom bike and car show in the Midwest. The show draws the nation’s most prestigious brands, top competitors and tens of thousands to the RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minn. It is widely known as the annual kickoff to the riding and cruising season and features a unique mix of competitions, shopping and entertainment in a fun, family-friendly environment with 35 classes of custom motorcycles, 16 classes of cars, the largest swap meet on the planet, a tattoo expo and other entertainment including Indoor Flat Track Racing at the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum. Additional information can be found at

Custom Motorcycles Hit the Road as J&P Cycles’ 2018 Mobile Tour Rolls into Daytona Beach, Then Hits the Motorcycling Hot Spots

J&P Cycles, the world’s largest retailer of motorcycle parts and accessories, announced its biggest mobile retail tour ever, including Daytona Bike Week, Sturgis, Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary and the Iowa Rally (pictured here).  The Iowa Rally in Anamosa, Iowa is one of the largest annual motorcycle rallies in the Midwest. J&P Cycles’ nine-stop tour features the latest products and motorcycle customizing experts to help riders make their bikes into personal statements and rolling artwork.  More information about all the tour stops and the Iowa Rally is at

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