You may not have heard a lot from Custom Chrome lately, but they’re on the move. Their European branch is making bold new strides in the continental market, with a host of changes planned and underway for 2014. The new catalogue, shown here, is already out with roughly 28,000 different products for your V-twin. Plus, a new warehouse centrally located in Grolsheim, Germany is twice as big as the old one and ready to ship immediately. Find out more info on their new website HERE.
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip has announced that the 2nd Trike Owners United Ride (T.O.U.R.) will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 6 during the annual Sturgis Rally. This free all-trike event is sponsored by Roadsmith Trikes and will include a 50-mile self-guided ride through the scenic Black Hills before heading to the Buffalo Chip for a custom trike show and private reception. The T.O.U.R. event is open to all makes and models of trikes. Riders may pre-register for the event at www.buffalochip.com/TOUR.
“The Trike Owners United Ride allows trike riders from around the world to come together to celebrate the freedom and camaraderie shared by those who travel on three wheels,” says Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “We couldn’t be more excited to again welcome trikers home to the Buffalo Chip by hosting this distinctive event.”
The T.O.U.R. ‘trikers’ will depart from the Main Street in Hill City, South Dakota and ride 50-miles through the scenic highways of the Black Hills on a self-guided ride that includes Vanocker Canyon and culminates with a trike procession through the Buffalo Chip grounds leading to a private T.O.U.R. reception at the Chip’s Russ Brown Events Center.
This T.O.U.R. reception gives the ‘trikers’ an opportunity to spend socialize with hundreds of fellow 3-wheeler enthusiasts and enjoy free hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. There will also be door prizes, a custom trike show, plus full access to famed motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter’s Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycles as Art exhibition.
“This year’s T.O.U.R. event promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s, with more trikes, more prizes and more fun,” says Roadsmith General Manager, Doug Lindholm. “We’re proud to work with our friends at the legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip to sponsor this event for the second year in a row.”
“The T.O.U.R. event gives trike owners the opportunity to experience and share with others our passion and love for the open road and the freedom it instills,” says 2013 T.O.U.R. participant, Paul Marquardt. “I thoroughly enjoyed last year’s ride from Hill City through some of the most picturesque parts of the Black Hills to the Buffalo Chip, and I can’t wait for another memorable event this year.”
Participants of the T.O.U.R. event can also take in additional Buffalo Chip events on Aug. 6, (including that evening’s performance by Florida Georgia Line) by purchasing campground admission passes. Passes for the Buffalo Chip’s 33rd annual Motorcycle and Music Festival are on sale now. All concerts are free with camping. For more information, to register or to get passes to the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling, visit www.BuffaloChip.com or call (605) 347-9000.
Source: Buffalo Chip
Posted by Sam Kanish
Story by Edge
Photo by Jeff Najar
The day before I was meeting Prince Najar for the ride down to Daytona I parked my bike in front of the house, walked into the kitchen and smelled something good cooking. There was a heavy looking pot on the stove with some type of shredded meat. Apparently this pot is a cast iron, over-priced device named a Le Creuset.
“Hey, that smells good,” I said to my wife.
“Put the lid on so it doesn’t dry out,” she said.
Now, “drying out” implies (to me) it has been sitting out for an hour or so. So I looked down at the four-pound, cast iron lid next to the pot and grasped it firmly to lift it. A searing pain from the 350-degree lid shot to my brain. I made that crazy-face the Nazi makes in Raiders of the Lost Ark when he grasps a red-hot medallion. Then, I gave my wife my piercing “WTF” look.
“You should have used a potholder,” she said.
“I didn’t know you just took it off the stove!” I said.
“I didn’t,” she said loudly in that kind of jubilant voice she uses whenever I am wrong. Then in a very quiet voice she added, “I just took it out of the oven.”
I was wondering how my hand would feel the next day when we headed south. As it turned out, I shouldn’t have worried. I had recently received a set of Aerostich Insulated Elkskin Gauntlet Gloves and they are the perfect medicine to keep your digits happy in questionable weather.
When I first received the gloves they were just a bit tight, which is what you want. I spent some time wearing them and they stretch slightly and form to your hand. I sprayed the back of the gloves with a silicone based waterproof spay made by Kiwi called Camp Dry. In the past I have used Mink Oil on the back of my gloves and the color of the gloves would darken several shades, which I don’t mind. I expected the same from the silicone spay but nothing much happened. Until the rain hit them, it was hard to tell I had sprayed them.
The Elkskin Gauntlets are serious gloves. Good gloves are not inexpensive but these are gloves that will easily get me through a decade of southern winters. The Insulation is 100% merino wool, which Aerostich states is softer, thicker, warmer and more durable than the common fleeces and synthetic fibers. Having camped in the great outdoors for many years I can absolutely attest to the fact that wool surprisingly outperforms most new wonder insulations, especially when wet. However, the downside of wool has always been weight and the texture against your skin. Aerostich has sandwiched a blocking layer of fleece covering the entire backside of the hand between the deerskin outer side and the merino wool. This wind blocking fleece layer also extends across the backside of the thumb. The fabric that’s against your skin in these gloves is comfortable. Even with extra sensitive, Le Creuset-modified skin, these gloves are comfy. No itch, no exposed seams. Flawless!
Heading south the next morning the weather wasn’t ideal for riding, but it was perfect for testing the gloves. We took off in overcast skies and 48-degrees. Light sheets of cold gray rain completed the ambiance twenty minutes in, and accompanied us for the next four hours as we made our way south, first on Interstate 26 and then 95.
I kept waiting for the time when then water would soak into the gloves enough so that I could feel it against my skin and it never came. It was not a heavy rain but every glove I’ve had soaks through at some point. These gloves look like they would suck up water like a sponge but they don’t. Over the 900-mile trip I found that the best operating temperature of the glove for me was between 50 and 70 degrees and I definitely prefer the silicone spay to mink oil. I will be using these gloves for a long, long time.
Insulated Elkskin Gauntlets feature American elkskin leather palms for greater durability and protection, and American deerskin in other areas for lightweight durable comfort. Aerostich has added a visco-elastic TF3 impact pad beneath another layer of deerskin across the knuckles. I didn’t have to punch any cheddar-heads in Daytona, but then again I’m not positive punching people is the reason for that particular upgrade. It may be because it adds further protection to the hand! There’s also a cinch at the wrist and a Velcro adjustment tab at the end of the gauntlet.
Oddly, and I never noticed this before, there are huge billboards with pictures of Le Creuset cast iron pots on the side of I-95 headed to Daytona. These signs could have been cruel reminders of uncomfortable hands but they weren’t; not in these gloves.
Enjoy the wild ride!
The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame reports that Mike Margaret Wilson, AMA Life Members and members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, have been named recipients of the 2014 AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award for their many decades of service.
The Wilsons have been active in motorcycle circles on many levels and for many decades. Their positive attitudes and generous giving of time and treasure have made them standouts in our sport. No on deserves this honor more. They also commissioned the beautiful bronze sculpture, “Glory Days,” which graces the Hall of Fame’s display area and serves as its official logo.
Margaret, a longtime member of the Motor Maids, has ridden her motorcycles over 550,000 miles and is an enthusiastic supporter and promoter of women’s motorcycling clubs and events. She was awarded the AMA Bessie Stringfield Award in 2003.
“This is wonderful news!” says Mike. “Dud Perkins was a good friend of ours. He did a lot for motorcycling, he treated us as equals and to be remembered in his name like this is fantastic.”
Adds Margaret: “Mike and I have been lucky to have each other all these years, we’ve done so many things with the AMA and made so many friends, and we are just thankful to be remembered like this.”
A Utah man might think twice from now on about telling his 19 year old stepson to turn off his Xbox while the kid is in the middle of a game. It seems the stepfather came home and found his stepson doing what kids do these days, playing video games on his Xbox. The man asked the boy to stop playing the game and to turn off the TV. When the man returned after getting the mail he found the kid still playing, so he reached down and turned the Xbox off himself.
This set the kid off and he started screaming at the man and then threw 2 remote control devices at him. According to the police report the stepfather left the house and went across the street where he called the police. Still enraged the stepson followed the man outside and proceeded to attack the stepfather’s custom 2009 Harley with a knife. The attack was so vicious that it knocked the bike down. The boy continued to punch and stab the motorcycle until the knife’s blade broke off the handle.
But the boy wasn’t finished assaulting the motorcycle as he then got into his 2000 Nissan Maxima and rammed the car into the motorcycle and pushed it from the driveway the whole way through the garage into the wall. The boy then fled the scene to a friend’s house where police finally contacted him.
After being arrested the boy said he ran over the motorcycle on purpose. He also told police that he had missed taking his last 2 doses of anti-anxeity and anti-depression medication. The suspect said the lack of medication may have caused his actions. The boy was charged with 2 class-B misdemeanors for domestic violence simple assault and leaving the scene of an accident, plus a second-degree felony for domestic violence criminal mischief.
The police report stated that the stepfather had estimated the value of the motorcycle at $40,000 and that it had sustained significant damage to the front forks, fender, frame, and gas tank. Total damage for the incident to the bike, garage and 2 broken remotes were estimated to be in excess of $25,000.
Source: St. George News
Posted by Sam Kanish