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Motorcycle Cannonball Chronicles Launches Tonight

PITTSBURGH, PA Wednesday May 13, 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Motorcycle Cannonball has been well documented with racers riding age old machines, dressed in full regalia from a time gone by. This year, however, this living breathing monument to motorcycling past moves years into the future with a new live broadcast: The Cannonball Chronicles. Stemming from an interview series started by Open Road Radio’s Gina Woods, this new weekly program will primarily feature the trials, tribulations and stories of the race teams as they prepare for the upcoming Motorcycle Cannonball Race. Join host, Jason Sims, promoter of MCR, along with his co-host Rob Nussbaum, of Retrocycle as they deliver Cannonball news, talk about its history, and introduce us to the competitors. Going under the same name Gina Woods had for her interview series was just too good of a fit and you can expect that Open Road Radio will be working in concert as this show develops. Continue reading Motorcycle Cannonball Chronicles Launches Tonight

Q&A with Sergio Necksbreaker, pinstriper and kustom painter from Spain

Sergio Necksbreaker
Barcelona, Spain
Sergio Necksbreaker - Pinstriper and Kustom Painter
How long have you been pinstriping and doing kustom paint work?
I started pinstriping in 2007. I didn’t do anything more than pinstriping until two or three years later.
What is the kustom kulture scene like in Spain?
Well, in Spain, compared to other European countries, the kustom kulture scene is not very popular. But we do have awesome kustom artists, motorcycles builders, car clubs, and shows.

Helmet pinstriping
Helmet pinstriping and lettering
Who are your influences now and who were they when you were growing up?
I’m absolutely a fan of Darren McKeag. I also follow and get inspired by the works of greats like Ken Takabayashi, Von Dago, and my friend Ismael Navarro, among many others.
What are the tools of your trade?
In my trade, I have about 20 cans of Alphanamel enamel and additives, and my brushes case with some different brushes for every type of work. I have the new Escoda Necksbreaker brushes for sure. Hehehe!! But I have and still use brushes like Von Dago’s Pinstriping brush, Steve Kafka’s brush for scrolling, Escoda lettering brushes Serie El Deletrista, and Tidwell’s brushes.
Necksbreaker pinstriping brushes
What project are you most proud of?
Now, I’m very proud to be teaching. It’s very nice to be able to teach other artists some things that make it easier for them to learn pinstriping. Something I would have liked when I started.
What’s the best part of your artwork day?
I think that the best part is when I deliver the artwork to the customer.
kustom painted refrigerator door
When you started doing pinstriping and lettering, what was the most difficult thing to master and how did you overcome it?
About 13 years ago, for me, every learning step wasn’t easy. Now with social networking sites, YouTube tutorials, courses or the increase of the kustom scene, is very different. When I started, I think that the most difficult thing to learn was how make a closed curve line with a clean stroke … and repeat it symmetrically on the other side!!! Haha. It was much easier when I discovered that I could turn the brush with my fingers.
Pinstriping and lettering on motorcycle tank
Where do you see yourself and your art in 5 years?
It’s not easy to know it. I hope to continue traveling with my brushes to other countries, painting in shows or putting on workshops. I hope to go to the USA and paint something there.
Sergio wearing his Rat Fink pinstriped helmet
Any final words for the Gnarly Magazine readers?
Give what you can to make this world not boring.
To see more of Sergio’s work, be sure to check him out on Instagram: Instagram.com/necksbreaker_pinstriping
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON AND BONHAMS AUCTION ONE-OF-ONE LIVEWIRE MOTORCYCLE FOR COVID-19 RELIEF

All proceeds will go to United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response & Recovery Fund
 
MILWAUKEE (May 12, 2020) – Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Bonhams will host an exclusive motorcycle auction with proceeds, excluding taxes and fees, to be donated to United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. 
 
Up for auction is a one-of-one LiveWire® motorcycle customized by Harley-Davidson for this moment and accompanied by an exclusive delivery experience. The auction will be held digitally from Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 – Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 by Bonhams to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
 
“We are all affected by the current situation, and the impact it has on the most at risk portions of society,”said Jon Bekefy, general manager of brand marketing at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “As a longtime partner of the United Way, and inspired by their continued resilience in this crisis, Harley-Davidson is honored to have a part to play in the relief effort and to inspire our community about the open road ahead.”
 
In addition to the custom LiveWire motorcycle, the winning bidder and one guest will take part in an exclusive delivery experience and “behind-the-scenes” Harley-Davidson tour. This private, hosted experience will include an archival tour of the Harley-Davidson Museum. It is an unparalleled look at the heritage and future of Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
 
The LiveWire model up for auction is an exclusive version of Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle. The custom LiveWire motorcycle features a one-off paint scheme and unique graphics package created by the Harley-Davidson styling and design team for this opportunity. This model also features a full array of carbon fiber Genuine Parts and Accessories including carbon fiber Speed Screen Blade, Tail Section Cowl, and Tank Trim, and the motorcycle will be signed by members of the Davidson family.
 
“The Harley-Davidson design team created the custom paint and graphics on this motorcycle to accentuate the natural forms of the LiveWire,” said Bekefy. “It’s a very unique and stunning motorcycle that is truly one of a kind.”
 
To mark the historical significance of the motorcycle, the LiveWire model being auctioned is number #500 of the 500 “First Strike” edition LiveWire electric motorcycles. The First Strike edition LiveWire models are specially numbered versions created to celebrate the first 500 units produced by Harley-Davidson
 
This auction is available for participants from the United States.
 
“When entire communities come together to support people in times of need, organizations like United Way are able to make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide. “The funds raised by auctioning this customized motorcycle will allow us to better provide needed services for individuals and families recovering from COVID-19 and support our efforts to bring communities back stronger than before. Thank you Harley-Davidson, Bonhams, and everyone involved in supporting this special event.”
 
The auction will go live online here and opens for bids on Tuesday, May 12th at 10:00am EST, closing at Tuesday, May 26th at 4:00pm EST. All proceeds, excluding taxes and fees, will be donated to United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. Potential bidders can find more info about the bike and prize package at Bonhams.com/LiveWire.
 
Learn more about the LiveWire motorcycle at Harley-Davidson.com/LiveWire
 
Harley-Davidson recognizes that we all need to do our part to help flatten the curve. We encourage you to act responsibly and stay up-to-date on U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and other regional guidelines. 
 
 
About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson has stood for the timeless pursuit of adventure and delivered freedom for the soul with an expanding range of leading-edge, distinctive and customizable motorcycles in addition to riding experiences and exceptional motorcycle accessories, riding gear and apparel. Learn more at h-d.com.