Biking Euro Style Coming to IRON TRADER NEWS

By Marilyn Stemp

Above: New contributor from France, Herve’ Rebollo, and ITN editor Marilyn Stemp

“Your magazine was better known here than you may know,” said my longtime friend, Motographer Horst Rossler from Germany.

It was 2014, and Horst and I were at the Custom bike Show in Bad Salzuflun, Germany looking at the rows of stunning bikes displayed. Horst was commiserating with me on the recent news that IronWorks, the title founded by my late husband Dennis Stemp and I, would cease publication.

A similar message came to me at that time from French rider and writer Herve’ Rebollo, who postd to a European riding forum about IRON WORK’s legacy. I was as surprised to read this as I’d been by Horst’s comments – but gratified to learn that IronWorks had enjoyed such reach internationally.

Ironically, the demise of IronWorks was the catalyst for Herve’ and I to connect, after he reached out by email and we met for coffee when I came through Paris in November, 2015. That’s when I learned what an avid rider he is and how often he rides for transportation as much as recreation. In fact, he arrived for our meeting on his motorcycle, removing his riding suit to reveal a businessman’s coat and tie, necessary in his professional life.

It has become clear that Herve’ rides – a lot! And he enjoys recording his rides in words and photos. So we’re delighted to welcome Herve’ as the newest contributor to Iron Trader News, offering our readers a look at the European V-Twin culture first hand. We expect you’ll enjoy his charming stories as much as we do.

As writers, we send out words to the world but we seldom know where they land. Apparently, sometimes they have an impact. Please enjoy Herve’s words on Iron Trader News.

Charlie St. Clair receives Silver Spoke Award for improving the image of Motorcycling.

Article by Jennifer Anderson – info@laconiaMCWeek.com

Charlie St. Clair, executive director for Laconia Motorcycle Week, has been awarded the 2018 Silver Spoke Award for Government in recognition for the good work he has done to improve the image of motorcycling. The award was presented on May 12, 2018 at the 33rd Annual NCOM Convention and Awards Banquet in Mobile, Alabama. NCOM (National Coalition of Motorcyclists) is a national motorcyclist’s rights organization and was created to promote a positive image, serve as a legislative voice, educate and unite the motorcycling community. Says Richard M. Lester, NCOM Founder, “we have found that communication between motorcyclists is not only valuable, but necessary to achieve our mutual goals.” The convention, which draws more than a thousand motorcyclists from throughout the United States and around the world, offers workshops and seminars on timely issues such as the intelligent transportation system and how it effects motorcycles, running for public office, learning the legislative process, motorcycle safety and awareness, fighting anti-motorcycle discrimination, veteran affairs, motivating the grass roots and more.12121

Laconia Motorcycle Week is the world’s oldest motorcycle rally. In his capacity as Executive Director, Charlie has worked for the nonprofit for three decades and has committed himself to educating visitors and residents of the lakes region about the community of motorcycling. Says Charlie after hearing of his Silver Spoke Award nomination, “I’m proud to have served this great community of riders and the relationships we’ve built over the years. There’s a reason why Laconia Motorcycle Week has a legacy spanning 95 years, and I dedicate this award to all the people that have made this rally such a success through its camaraderie and love of riding.”

Laconia Motorcycle Week® gives great appreciation to all of our sponsors, especially our Presenting Sponsors: Progressive, AMSOIL, American Iron Outfitters and AARP as well as the State of New Hampshire for their large financial support of our rally each year.

IRON TRADER NEWS HAS PUT HARLEY-DAVIDSON FOOTWEAR TO TEST, AND THE WINNER IS…

Screen Shot 2018-05-27 at 5.36.16 PM If there is one thing I enjoy about writing & reviewing products, it’s the opportunity afforded to me to try out products and report the results back to you, our biker audience. In this case, HARLEY-DAVIDSON FOOTWEAR sent me 3 pairs of boots many months ago. Continue reading IRON TRADER NEWS HAS PUT HARLEY-DAVIDSON FOOTWEAR TO TEST, AND THE WINNER IS…

Good Ride Salutes Honors Military Overseas in Stuttgart, Germany with Indian Motorcycle Ride

Military holidays are synonymous with sunshine, barbeques, friends and family. We give thanks those who served on Veteran’s Day and honor the fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. But all too frequently those currently serving, specifically those overseas on active duty, are forgotten. Armed Forces Day pays tribute to men and women who currently serve in the U.S. military.  image002
 
For this year’s Armed Forces Day, Indian Motorcycle and freestyle motocross icon Carey Hart partnered to honor and celebrate with our active soldiers. In a first-of-its-kind Armed Forces Day celebration, Hart’s military charity ride, the “Good Ride,” traveled overseas to U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart. Dubbed “Good Ride Salutes USAG Stuttgart powered by Indian Motorcycle,” the celebration hosted nearly 50 active troops on a wet and raining poker run throughout the beautiful Germany country side. Over 100 joined the BBQ celebration following the ride.image003
                                                                                                                                                         Not only is this Hart’s first time taking the Good Ride overseas, but this is the first time anyone has celebrated with active troops through one of the greatest American past times, motorcycling. For Hart, coordinating this ride with those active soldiers gave a special piece of “home” to those overseas. And after all, there’s no greater representation of freedom than riding motorcycles.
 
While Good Ride Salutes USAG Stuttgart included a ceremonial ride through Germany’s picturesque countryside and a family-friendly barbeque with live music, Indian Motorcycle ran a dealer-driven test ride promotion to raise money for the Infinite Hero Foundation, which is the primary beneficiary of Hart’s Good Ride Rally. During the month of May, which is National Military Appreciation Month, Indian Motorcycle donated $20 per test ride, up to $30,000. Infinite Hero Foundation funds programs that drive innovation and accessibility of effective treatments for military heroes and their families dealing with service-related mental and physical injuries.