Streamlined: Craig Vetter talks about living better on less


In 1969, 26-year-old Craig Vetter went to Daytona to show his motorcycle fairings and the seat/tank he’d made for his Suzuki 500. In 2014 the 71-year-old Vetter was again at Daytona International Speedway, this time as featured guest for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast. His insights on a life spent studying and designing streamlining for fuel efficiency were fascinating and thought provoking. READ MORE

 

 

 

Sturgis Rider Custom Victory/Epiphone Guitar Sweepstakes

IMG_7673The Sturgis Buffalo Chip unveiled its official 2014 Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes Victory motorcycle and matching Epiphone guitar during Daytona Bike Week in Daytona. This highly anticipated annual sweepstakes gives 1 Buffalo Chip fan a chance to ride off on a customized Victory Motorcycle, plus a matching Les Paul Studio Epiphone Guitar. Renowned builder, Cory Ness of Arlen Ness Enterprises will customize a 2014 Victory Cross Country 8-Ball with a slew of distinctive custom Ness parts and unique features. No purchase is necessary to win this bike and guitar, all you have to do is simply register (online at www.BuffaloChip.com) for a chance to win. The bike and guitar will awarded to the sweepstakes winner at the Buffalo Chip during its annual Motorcycle and Music Festival this August.

“It’s not every day you get to give away a custom bike and a guitar,” says Brian Kirkendall, Marketing Director for Victory Motorcycles. “To see the look on the lucky person’s face when they win — it’s one of the coolest things ever.”

“This year’s bike is loaded up with the best of the best from Arlen Ness,” exclaims builder, Cory Ness. “We started at the front with our new Beveled 23” billet wheel, 6 degree raked trees and a 23” Ness front fender. We added some Ness ape hanger handlebars and Fusion grips to give the bike some additional attitude. We also stretched the tank to accept the custom leather seat from Le Pera. The rest of the bike is covered in Ness Beveled accessories. I’m confident this bike is going to make someone very, very happy.”

The Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes bike and guitar will feature matching custom paint jobs courtesy Kirk Taylor of Custom Design Studios. The award-winning painter’s affinity for retro styling and eye-catching paints from PPG let him realize his imaginative vision for both the bike and guitar’s striking exterior.

“When the Buffalo Chip approached me about the Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes bike, they were thinking something traditional,” says Taylor. “I immediately thought of ‘California Kid,’ a traditional iconic hot rod from the ’70s. It was a ’34 Ford that was black with orange flames and white pin stripes. I didn’t think you could get much more traditional than that. So I contacted my friends at PPG, who happened to have a gorgeous orange color in their Vibrance line. The guitar and bike will be both a basic black with a pearlized orange flame and a white stripe, and the custom guitar is named the ‘California Kid.’”

“Cory Ness and Kirk Taylor have truly outdone themselves with this year’s sweepstakes bike,” says Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Bike Week visitors will absolutely be blown away when they lay eyes on this beautiful piece of machinery and its matching guitar. The Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes is one of the ways we say thank you to folks who call the Buffalo Chip home during the Sturgis Rally. With great partners like Ness Enterprises, Victory, Epiphone, Custom Design Studios and PPG, the Chip can continue to offer world-class sweepstakes prizes alongside the greatest concerts of the Rally!”

If you’re interested in registering for the Sturgis Rider Sweepstakes or want more information you may do so on the Buffalo Chip website, www.BuffaloChip.com, or visit any participating rider-friendly businesses. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip will randomly select 1 fan to receive the Victory motorcycle and Epiphone guitar on the main stage during its 33rd annual Motorcycle and Music Festival on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

Source and image: The Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Posted by Sam Kanish

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Make a Weekend of it!

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Skooba’s new hybrid Weekender V.3 bag was designed for tech savvy travelers who
need an overnight bag combined with a tech gear bag. And anymore, that includes
bike riders, too.

The main compartment for clothes and toiletries is surrounded on all four
sides with fast access padded gear organizers that hold a laptop, tablet, cables,
adapters and more. All compartments are fully lined and have double zippers for
convenience. The padded shoulder strap, double handles with grips, and D-rings
allow various tie-down options. The Weekender weighs in at just 42 ounces but
sports a rubberized bottom, micro-ballistic nylon fabric that’s water-repellant
treated, and reinforced stress points.

Some of the best gear we’ve used is repurposed from other realms and this bag just
might be another example. Learn more at here!

Tour the World

Tour The World
swirlDo you have a hankering to ride and explore the World, but you don’t have the time, skills or just don’t want to go through the hassles of planning such a ride? Here’s a option for you to take that dream or bucket list ride. Blue Rim Tours can set you up with a full service motorcycle tour. Blue Rim Tours outfits groups of 6 to 12 riders for unique guided tours in various parts of the world. Each tour is completely planned including routes, accommodations and guides. For more info go to: www.bluerimtours.com . Here’s a list of this year’s tour schedule:

Peru – April 14 – April 28, 2014
The Grand Alps – Date: June 11 – June 25, 2014
Viva Italia! – June 14 – June 29, 2014
European Bike Week – August 26 – September 7, 2014
Five Country Tour –  August 24 – September 4, 2014
Oktoberfest – September 13 – September 25, 2014
Croatia Coast & Curves – September 19 – October 1, 2014
Appalachian Autumn Tour – October 4 – October 13, 2014

Source and image: Blue Rim Tours
Posted by Sam Kanish

Daytona Racing News

Daytona Racing News
For all of you who enjoy watching the boys have at it on the track to see who’ll take home the checkered flag here’s the results from some of the racing action during this year’s Daytona Bike Week:

Danny Eslick with Daytona 200 Trophy
Danny Eslick with Daytona 200 Trophy

Eslick Wins Daytona 200
Danny Eslick started his Triumph on the pole and then lead 44 of 57 laps on his way to win Saturday’s 73rd Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Daytona International Speedway. By beating Yamaha riders Jake Gagne and Jake Lewis, Eslick became the first Triumph rider to win the Daytona 200 since the late Gary Nixon in 1967.

“It’s awesome,” Eslick said. “I’ve gotten the pole before. My very first 200 I got fourth. There’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of years have passed by to get this victory. It means a lot.”

Eslick had some fierce racing with DiSalvo and Westby during the race, but his pit stops from proved to be the difference. “Pit stops for the Daytona 200 are the most important thing,” Eslick said. “You can’t have bad stops and we had great pit stops.”

“This one was pretty nerve-wracking,” Eslick said. “This is one of the biggest races in the world. Obviously the biggest one I’ve ever won. Laguna Seca was pretty special a couple of years ago. But anything involved with Daytona is pretty incredible. This trophy is going to sit up loud and proud right in the middle of my house.”
Rounding out the podium were

AMA SuperBike Round 2
Cameron Beaubier won a four-bike shootout with Josh Hayes, Roger Hayden and Martin Cardenas to take the AMA Pro SuperBike Race. Beaubier drafted past Hayden coming out of the chicane on the final lap to win by .090 seconds. Beaubier won last year’s Daytona 200.

“I knew it was going to be close if I let everyone onto the banking. It all just kind of worked out,” Beaubier said. “Roger had to stretch it out coming out of the chicane, which was good for me because he kind of pulled me back in the draft. Then I was able to get him across the line and I’m really happy.”

AMA Pro SuperSport Round 2
Corey Alexander led Wyatt Farris at the finish to win the 10-lap SuperSport race. “The past three years I’ve been on the podium and I hadn’t gotten a win,” Alexander said. “I kind of lucked out every time. I’m really happy to come here and pull off the double and just give them a good show.”

Source and image: DIS-Communications

Coolbeth Jr Brings Home Round 2 of the Grand National AMA Pro Flat Track
Kenny Coolbeth,Jr got off to a great start in 2014 at Round 2 of the Grand National AMA Pro Flat Track season at Daytona. Kenny won by over 4 seconds over Jake Johnson while lapping many of the other riders. Coolbeth passed on lap five and never looked back.

Brandon Wilhelm Takes AMA Pro Singles
Brandon Wilhelm came away with his first win of the year in the 18-lap AMA Pro Singles main event. “I can’t believe this is happening right now,” said an ecstatic Wilhelm. “It feels so good. The track was a little slick but it wasn’t bad. I just had to work the throttle a little bit and it worked in my favor. I’ve never felt anything like this before, it’s truly an amazing feeling.”

Bauman Wins Daytona AMA Pro Flat Track
Briar Bauman got the first AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National win of his career Thursday evening at the Daytona Flat Track as he won the AMA Pro Flat Track event.

“I saw those halfway flags I definitely knew I had a chance to win and felt myself tense up a little bit.” said Bauman.

Wells Takes The AMA Pro Singles
Ryan Wells started hot and went on to win the AMA Pro Singles race by over three seconds over second-place rider Justin Jones.

“The first day at Daytona I usually struggle quite a bit so to come out here and get the win is huge for me,” said Wells. “I knew I had to have a good start and that I would be forced to make very few mistakes if I wanted to win. I’m just glad I was able to do that and it paid off. Hopefully I’ll be back up here tomorrow night; the goal is to get the sweep.”

Source: American Dirt Track Magazine

Wyman Wins AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Race at Daytona
On Friday Kyle Wyman won his 3rd in 4 career tries at the Daytona International Speedway in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley Davidson series race. He set up a move on the final lap that gave him 0.068-second margin of victory over Tyler O’Hara on the famed 3.5-mile road course.

“It was awesome,” Wyman said. “This is what we live for, and I was just loving it. That’s the third win for me, and I just love this place. I spent all winter thinking about coming here to Daytona. I’m just so happy to be up here. It was a long year last year, and I feel like we’re off on the right foot.”

The second round in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley Davidson series is May 30-June 1 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Kyle Wyman wins AMA Pro Vance & Hines at Daytona
Kyle Wyman wins AMA Pro Vance & Hines at Daytona

Daytona International Speedway Race Results:

1. Kyle Wyman (KWR/Millennium Technologies), 7 laps
2. Tyler O’Hara (Josh Chisum Racing/Bartels’ H-D), +0.068
3. Gage McAllister (Folsom H-D), +0.108

Source and image: Harley Davidson
Posted by Sam Kanish