Make a Weekend of it!


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: . 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

Hard Work and a Honda

We all like a story about a builder with no formal training who knocks it out of the park on their first shot, but down here on earth, those stories are as rare as a dry Ironhead rocker box. The fact is, there’s no magic formula for building a great bike, and the only certain way to succeed is to work for it until you do.


That was the path Joey Chanel took when he began building this radical Honda-based chop. Inspired to take a creative approach when tasked with completing a senior year design project for his fine arts degree at George Mason University, he eventually convinced the staff that a chopper can be art, too. Hey, we already knew that, but word spreads slowly sometimes.


Starting with a dirt-cheap ’79 Honda CM400, there were hurdles to overcome right out of the gate. Joey had plenty of welding experience, but the resources at his school didn’t include a tubing bender. Working on a budget too tight to allow flagrant spending on pre-bent steel or a one-off frame built by someone else, Joey tackled the problem from another direction…or should we say dimension? Abandoning the preconceived notion that motorcycle frames have to be made from round tubing, he designed and fabricated the entire tail section out of flat 1/8″ sheet steel. “It’s 26 individual pieces, cut and shaped by hand,” Joey points out.

This radical section was mated to what was left of the front of the bike, where more cool touches can be found. The front is suspended on later-model CB650 forks, shortened to bring the geometry in line and capped with clip on bars, a trick brake master made from a glass fuel filter, and an LED headlight housed in what used to be a scuba tank pressure nut!


Joey had a friend chip in with a bucket of good quality steel – in the form of pipe fittings and union joints! The free material ended up wrapping the bike together, visually. The kick pedal, pegs, heel/toe shifter, tail light housings – they all use the union fittings as their raw material, and were carefully worked into functional, artful pieces by Joey. Even the unique twin tanks are secured via these union joints. “My dad was joking that I wouldn’t know how much gas I had in the tanks, but I told him I could just unscrew them and carry them down the road if I ran out,” Joey laughs.


He even worked in another craft that he loves, woodworking. “I was tired of propping the bike up with a broom stick, so I finally shaped a piece of black oak for a kickstand. It’s hinged to fold neatly against the frame, and has neodymium magnets to keep it in place,” he says.

That’s some serious blending of hard work and craft. After finishing the bike earlier this year, he met Copper Mike of Gravesend Cycles, who agreed to help get Joey’s bike down to Daytona bike week where he made an impressive appearance at several shows. He even scored the “Best Creative Custom” award at the legendary Willies Tropical Tattoo show, putting everyone on alert: this young man has talent, drive, and ambition. If he can turn heads like this with a $300 Honda, we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

Spec Sheet

Owner/Builder: Joey Chanel

Year, Make & Model: 1979 CM400T
Assembly/Builder: Honda

Year/Model: 1985 CB650
Builder: Honda
Type: Telescopic
Extension: Lower!

Year/Model: 1979 CM400T
Rebuilder: Soon to be me!
Displacement: 400cc
Pipes: Joey Chanel

Year/Modifications: Stock
Trans sprocket: 18
Wheel sprocket: 47
Final drive: 150 link O-ring chain

Year: Stock frame, modified w/welded-on handmade flat stock rear section
Designer/Builder: Joey Chanel
Geometry: Stock frame was tilted forward to toe the front in

Bars: Clip ons
Fenders: None
Gas Tank: Handmade using converted fire extinguishers, detachable for emergency fuel shortages
Headlight: Handmade AR 111 Bright white LED projection bulb, housed in a scuba tank pressure nut
Taillight: LED, housed in 4140 steel nuts
Speedo: Naaah…
Pegs: 4140 steel nuts
Electrics: Hand-wired
Seat: Cold formed 3/8” steel…cozy!

Front Wheel: ’82 Honda FT500 mag
Front Tire: Off road
Size: 20”
Rear Wheel: ’85 Honda Ascot mag
Rear Tire: Off Road
Size: 19”
Brakes: Nissin CBR600RR caliper

Bodywork/Molding: None
Painter: NOVA Powder Coat,
Color: Sand blasted bare metal
Powdercoating: Clear powder coat with black powder coat accents

2014 International Motorcycle Show, Washington D.C. 2nd in Freestyle
2014 Timonium Motorcycle Show, Timonium Maryland. 2nd in Nostalgic Custom. Best Handcrafted Parts of show
2014 Willies Tropical Tattoo, Daytona Florida. Best Creative Custom
2014 Boardwalk Bike Show, Daytona Florida. 3rd in Radical Metric.
2014 Rats Hole Custom Bike Show, Daytona Florida. 3rd in 251-1000cc Class

Harley-Davidson, Marvel Invite Fans into the Action and onto the Red Carpet

Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Hollywood Movie Premiere
Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 Motorcycle Makes Hollywood Film Debut; Iconic Brand Surprises Fans with VIP Red Carpet Experience
MILWAUKEE (Mar. 14, 2014) – Harley-Davidson and Marvel LLC hosted a surprise, one hour “for the fans” engagement at Marvel’sCaptain America: The Winter Soldier movie premiere in Hollywood March 13, following the close of the red carpet. Fans at the event were spontaneously selected to walk and experience the official red carpet and to check out a brand new Street 750 motorcycle along with the stars of the film, who autographed the bike for charity.
In its continued partnership with Marvel Comics, Harley-Davidson’s presence at the premiere included six Harley-Davidson® motorcycles along the red carpet, where fans took pictures and interacted with actor and musician, Tyler Posey, the official Harley-Davidson commentator and host.
Fans with Tyler 1 crop_low resCaptain America has been riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles since his introduction in 1941, and the latest chapter of the film saga is no different. This time, the superhero revs up a new Harley-Davidson Street 750 motorcycle when he returns to the screen to battle dark forces April 4, 2014.
To commemorate the premiere, the company donated the autographed Street 750 motorcycle to Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Chris Evans to award to his charity of choice. Celebrities and influencers alike autographed the bike before heading into the premiere.
Harley-Davidson made its appearance at the premiere by enlisting a select group of special S.H.I.E.L.D agents to ride the motorcycles to the red carpet as the media arrived.Chris Evans_low res
About Marvel Entertainment
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About Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson® motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website