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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE TAKES THE THUNDER STROKE 111 TO ANOTHER LEVEL

WITH NEW 116-CUBIC-INCH STAGE 3 BIG BORE KIT

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Performance Upgrade Kit Offers Increased Horsepower & Torque for Indian’s Heavyweight Lineup

LONG BEACH, CA, November 17, 2017 – Indian Motorcycle®, America’s First Motorcycle Company®, today announced the next evolution of its performance accessory offerings with the Thunder Stroke 116-Cubic-Inch Stage 3 Big Bore Kit. The Stage 3 Performance Kit is compatible for all Indian Motorcycle heavyweight models, powered by the Thunder Stroke 111 engine.

With the Indian 116-Cubic-Inch Stage 3 Big Bore Kit, riders will experience 15 percent increase of torque and a 20 percent increase in horsepower when compared to the stock Thunder Stoke 111. Priced in the U.S. at $1,999 plus installation, the new 116 Stage 3 Performance Kit will be available for order from dealers in December. thunderstroke-111-l

“The bagger landscape is seeing more and more emphasis on performance, with more riders looking to get on the throttle and carve corners as they would on smaller bikes, and that’s exactly what the Stage 3 Kit is about,” said Derek Meyer, Sr. Category Manager – Indian Motorcycle Accessories. “Indian’s roots are in performance, innovation and pushing boundaries, and this 116-kit is but one of a variety of new products riders will see from us moving forward, grounded in and driven by Indian’s performance DNA.”

The 116-Cubic-Inch Stage 3 Big Bore Kit joins Indian’s lineup of performance upgrade kits. Indian’s Stage 1 Performance Air Cleaner and Thunder Stroke High Flow Air Cleaner creates more power and improves acceleration with added air flow, while the Stage 1 Slip-On Exhaust Kit delivers a deep throaty exhaust sound in an all-in-one kit for a powerful tone. Additionally, the Stage 2 Performance Cams enhances throttle response and increases greater power across the powerband.TS111-Full-LefttSide-View-591x480--550x447

For more information about Indian Motorcycle and its complete line of accessories, visit IndianMotorcycle.com, and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®
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

CUT THE CORD: NEW HARLEY-DAVIDSON MODULE ALLOWS RIDERS TO CONNECT WIRELESSLY

MILWAUKEE (October 23, 2017) – Taking to the open road on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle just got easier with the launch of its new Wireless Headset Interface Module (P/N 76000768, $299.95*). Using Bluetooth® wireless technology, the wireless interface permits full access to the multitude of Infotainment features of the Boom! Audio 6.5GT radio on ’14-later Touring and Trike motorcycles without the hassle of being connected to the bike.

Discreetly mounted inside the fairing, the module connects directly into the radio. Intuitive technology ensures safe, controlled riding as users seamlessly move through music, phone, CB, navigation and intercom features through a separately-purchased Bluetooth®-enabled headset.

The available Harley-Davidson Boom! Audio SPH10 Bluetooth Half Helmet Headset (P/N 76000738, $199.95*) and Boom! Audio 20S Bluetooth Helmet Single Headset (P/N 76000736A, $299.95*) offer a multitude of features such as — adjustable volume from the motorcycle hand controls, intercom conversations while still listening to the infotainment system interruption free, hands-free calling from Bluetooth mobile phones, and enabled voice-commands to seamlessly move through music and the intercom. Headsets also maintain bike-to-bike communication allowing Touring riders to talk to non-Touring bikes. The module allows for dual headset connectivity so that two Bluetooth-enabled headsets can be connected to one WHIM. Harley-Davidson headsets feature proprietary software that delivers superior audio quality with stereo output compared to non-Harley headsets which provide a mono sound output.

Fitment of the module is for ’14-later Touring and Trike models equipped with a Boom! Box 6.5GT audio system. ’14-’17 models also require the separate purchase of the Wireless Headset Interface Module Harness (P/N 69201726, $49.95*). A Dealer Digital Technician software update is required and dealer installation is recommended. See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for more details.

These and other Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories are available at more than 750 authorized retail locations in the United States and online.

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*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), excluding taxes and shipping. Prices at local dealerships may vary.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

KURYAKYN & KELLERMANN ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

1High-performance Kellermann indicators now available through Kuryakyn.

SOMERSET, WIS, OCT 19 — Kuryakyn® Holdings, LLC and Kellermann® GmbH, two leaders in the production of innovative aftermarket motorcycle accessories, are excited to announce a partnership and introduction of the Kuryakyn by Kellermann collection.

Headquartered in Aachen, Germany, Kellermann has been designing and manufacturing premium motorcycle accessories for more than 25 years. Kellermann’s exceptional quality has generated a cult-like following among custom bike culture, and has also earned the brand numerous prestigious honors including the coveted Chicago Athenaeum Museum’s “Good Design Award” as well as multiple Red Dot Design Awards for the BL 2000 and Bullet 1000® series. This brand alliance strengthens Kellermann’s position as a segment leader of state-of-the-art motorcycle indicators, leveraging Kuryakyn’s worldwide dealer, distributor and retail channels to strategically penetrate new markets with an emphasis on North America.

“Kellermann and Kuryakyn share a passion for technology and product innovation,” said Holger Mohr, Kuryakyn president. “This partnership reinforces Kuryakyn’s commitment of offering the highest quality, best-performing accessories to our dealers and consumers, and is a tremendous opportunity for both brands to showcase our respective leadership positions within the motorsports industry.”

The Kuryakyn by Kellermann collection showcases a variety of high-performance L.E.D. indicators offering modern styling in a variety of sizes and profiles. All indicators operate via integrated circuit at 330 kHz, are universal for most 12-volt electronic applications, and feature precision zinc die-cast metal housings. Kellermann’s HighPower L.E.D. Technology combined with Longlife Protection Guard® delivers maximum L.E.D. brightness and lifespan for unmatched longevity.

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring our range of innovative and premium quality motorcycle accessories made in Germany together with the Kuryakyn team to the challenging U.S. market,” says Dr. Stefan Wöste, Kellermann CEO. “We are ready to listen to what bikers in the U.S. want, and will push the envelope even further to bring more cutting-edge technology to the American motorcycle scene.”

Kuryakyn has already begun fulfilling initial dealer and distributor orders. The complete Kuryakyn by Kellermann collection will also be available for attendees of the 25th annual Biketoberfest event in Daytona Beach, Florida, October 19-22. A full display will be featured at the Kuryakyn/J&P Cycles rally truck located at Daytona International Speedway, and also inside the J&P Cycles Superstore at Destination Daytona in Ormond Beach.

For more information, visit www.kuryakyn.com/c/kellermann.

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Jared Mees ends season on top at the Cycle Gear American Flat Track Finals presented by Indian Motorcycle

flatBrandon Price wins the battle, Kolby Carlile wins the war to take first AFT Singles title

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PERRIS, Calif. (October 7, 2017) – Grand National Champion Jared Mees put an exclamation point on his epic 2017 American Flat Track season with one last flawless performance at the Cycle Gear American Flat Track Finals presented by Indian Motorcycle.

In an AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines Main Event that perfectly encapsulated the season as a whole, Mees once again made it apparent that he was simply in a class of his own. With a packed house at the SoCal State Fair cheering him on, Mees put the No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750 at the front from the start and relentlessly built up an unassailable advantage from there.

Before easing up late as he sailed toward victory around the Perris Auto Speedway’s clay Half-Mile, Mees had assembled more than three seconds of padding while the remainder of his would-be rivals waged battle over second in a freight train that stretched 10 riders deep.

The final numbers confirm that Mees’ 2017 campaign was of historic excellence. His season finale win saw Mees establish the new single-season podium record, surpassing the previous mark held jointly by American Flat Track icons Scott Parker and Ricky Graham. Mees ended the year with 17 top threes in 18 attempts, but perhaps even more impressive than the sheer number was the manner in which those podiums were tallied; 10 came as victories, six were runner-ups, and just one was a third.

“I just had a phenomenal night,” Mees said. “The Indian Motorcycle Scout was really good, like it’s been all year long. It was a solid day to end a solid, solid year. I don’t know what else to say — it’s fantastic… It was a record-breaking, career year for me. I’m happy to have the Indian Motorcycle guys on my side.

“I’ve got to thank my whole team. We opened the season with a win at Daytona and closed the year with a win here. I’ve got to give it all to the whole Indian Motorcycle team.”

As Mees said, he was in fact joined in his celebration of domination by Indian Motorcycle. The Indian Wrecking Crew combined to earn 14 of 18 wins and locked down six podium sweeps.

The four victories beyond Mees’ 10 were obtained by 2017 championship-runner up Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750). Additionally, Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) held on to third place in the title fight to sweep the championship top three for Indian despite Baker missing the final two rounds due to injury.

Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Ben Evan’s Racing/Carver’s BBQ Harley-Davidson XR750) completed his storming late-season charge with an impressive second-place finish on Saturday night. Carver took full advantage when Briar Bauman (No. 14 Zanotti Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650) attempted to overtake Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Team Nila/John Wise Indian Scout FTR750) for the second deep into the race. Both Bauman and Lewis lost momentum as a result of their clash, and Carver was perfectly positioned to pick up the pieces.

Once through, Carver quickly separated from the pack and actually made up significant ground on the cruising Mees. That result ultimately allowed him to also edge Bauman for the final spot in the championship top five.

After the race, Carver said, “My XR750 was working great. It’s great to be up here again and chase down the champ like that. We had a really good battle out there. It was really intense for me and Briar because we were only one point apart. We both knew we had to beat each other to get up into the top five. It feels amazing to get my first top five in the championship. We’ll roll on with a lot of good momentum for next year.”

The final spot on the box wasn’t decided until the final corner of the final lap of the final race of the year. On an evening in which fellow superstar road racers Toni Elias and Hayden Gillim made their presence felt on the undercard, JD Beach (No. 95 G&G Racing/Rickdiculous Racing/Team95 Yamaha FZ-07) shone the brightest of the trio.

Beach executed a last-gasp strike on Stevie Bonsey (No. 80 CR Motorsports Harley-Davidson XR750) to steal away third as the two took the checkered flag.

Beach said, “I screwed up my start. I started in second. I took off and got nervous and shifted down to first and then back up to third. I was all over the place. Still, I was running in sixth and thought that wasn’t too bad for my first national in a while. Then the guys got to battling, and I was fifth and then I was fourth, and Bonsey was right there in the last turn for third. I felt bad, but the door was open and I just had to go for it.”

Although Bonsey came just shy of the podium, it was a good result for the Californian who made his big return to American Flat Track after being sidelined for nearly a year and a half with injury.

Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Estenson Racing Yamaha FZ-07) finished fifth to score his 12th top five of the year and secure his fourth-ranked standing in the championship.

AFT Singles
Similar to Mees in AFT Twins action, Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) came through with a performance that neatly summed up his season as a whole.

Reliably fast, supremely consistent, and clutch to the end, Carlile notched up an eighth podium finish of 2017 in the season finale to put the finishing touches on his successful 2017 AFT Singles championship bid.

Despite coming into the finale with a healthy points lead, Carlile took a bit of a chance by wheeling out an all-new 2018 Yamaha YZ450F for the event. He promptly guided it to a maiden third-place result and then dressed it with a new number one plate.

While Carlile came up a bit short in his efforts to take the checkered flag in any of the AFT Singles Main Events this season, he won the ultimate prize that he and all of his rivals chased after all year long.

“This isn’t going to sink in for a while,” an emotional Carlile said. “This is really special. Other riders have won the championship without winning a race in the past too, and the cards didn’t come up right for me to get a win this year. But I’m going to win next year, that’s for sure.”

The race itself went to Brandon Price (No. 92 Brandon Price Racing backed by Parkinson Brother’s Racing/DPC Racing/Don’s Kawasaki Honda CRF450R). Price suffered off the stripe but kept his head and systematically worked his way up through the field. With just a few laps remaining, Price finally overtook a motivated Ben Lowe (No. 20 Bruce Lowe Excavating Honda CRF450R) for the lead.

Price proved untouchable once in first and locked down his third victory of the season. That moved him ahead of Saturday fifth-place finisher Shayna Texter (No. 52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R) to end the season as the AFT Singles championship runner-up.

Price said, “It was a crazy race. I came off the line like sixth and really had to work for it. Every couple laps I’d pick up somebody and make a pass. I rode a smart, clean race.”

As part of American Flat Track’s television broadcast package with NBCSN, the cable network will air the Cycle Gear American Flat Track Finals presented by Indian Motorcycle on Thursday, October 12, at 10:00 p.m. ET. The one-hour show will feature flag-to-flag coverage of both Main Events along with exclusive features giving fans a behind-the-scenes window into the sport. To check out the complete NBCSN schedule, please visit http://americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn.

Next Up:
American Flat Track kicks off at the DAYTONA International Speedway during Bike Week for the second annual DAYTONA TT on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Following the sport’s hugely successful debut event inside the world’s only motorsports stadium this past March, American Flat Track will be back under the lights in 2018. To purchase tickets go to the Daytona International Speedway’s website http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP

Fans can keep up-to-date with American Flat Track on Facebook (@American Flat Track), Twitter (@AmericanFlatTrk) and Instagram (@AmericanFlatTrack). AFT mobile apps are available for iPhone on the App Store and for Android at Google Play. For more information, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com.

Awards Update:
AFT Singles
McElroy Packaging Lucky 7 – #20 Ben Lowe
Motul Move of the Race – #92 Brandon Price
AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines
Öhlins Fastest Lap  — #23 Jeffrey Carver, Jr.
McElroy Packaging Lucky 7 – #9 Jared Mees

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour primetime telecasts throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy and provides live streaming coverage of every event.

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagramlive stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

American Flat Track will return to the northeastern U.S. with two great events in 2018

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2017) – American Flat Track is pleased to confirm two events in the northeastern U.S. as part of the 2018 schedule. New for the series, the New York Short Track will be held in upstate New York on July 14 and the wildly-successful Williams Grove Half-Mile returns to the schedule on September 8.

After putting on two thrilling events in the Syracuse market, America’s original extreme sport will return to the area for the third year in a row but at an all-new venue for the series, Weedsport Speedway.

“We are excited to bring the high-intensity racing action that only American Flat Track can deliver to our fans in New York,” said Cameron Gray, COO of AFT Events, promoter of the New York Short Track and Williams Grove Half-Mile. “Short track racing has been described as ‘a fistfight in a phonebooth’ and there is no doubt that the racing action will be intense next year.”

The 2017 Williams Grove Half-Mile was the first American Flat Track event held in Pa. in nearly a decade, and the event proved to be a favorite for both fans and riders alike. The 2018 rendition of the Williams Grove Half-Mile will be held on September 8, the same weekend as in 2017. The revised event schedule for ’18 means the event will conclude one hour earlier than this season, giving motorsports fans ample time to make it to nearby Port Royal Speedway that evening and catch double the racing action.

“The Williams Grove Half-Mile was one of the most exciting events of the season and we’re proud to announce next year’s date,” Gray said.  “We can’t wait to put on another night of fantastic racing in front of a sell-out crowd when we return to Williams Grove Speedway.”

Additional information about the New York Short Track and Williams Grove Half-Mile, including the availability of tickets and additional entertainment elements, will be announced in the near future on American Flat Track’s website at http://www.americanflattrack.com.

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening Harley-Davidson DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour primetime telecasts throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy and provides live streaming coverage of every event.

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagramlive stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.