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So Easy Even a Girl Should Do It: S&S Stealth 2 Air Filter Install

Story by Leah Misch
Photos by Leah Misch ad compliments of S&S Cycle
Editor’s Note: The Garage Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest has been a hand up to riders for quite a few years now. The 2016 winner, Leah Misch, is from Wisconsin and when S&S Cycle, one of the contest sponsors, learned she had won they invited her to visit company HQ and offered to install the prize they provided. Here’s that story:

I turned 17,000 miles on my 2015 Indian Scout motorcycle (I call her “Scout”!) while on a solo tour across the country. I rode so much I literally wore a hole through the sole of my shoe but I thought I could put off getting new shoes until I arrived home. Riding in Tennessee, ironically on “Lookout Mountain,” I laid down my motorcycle. All the multiple minor factors added up to losing my balance on a descending right stop on a freshly rain-drizzled road. Proper riding gear could have prevented this.
The week after I returned home I saw the Garage Girl’s Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest. Contestants were asked to submit an essay on “why you deserve a biker makeover.” I laughed to myself on the irony of the situation… “My bike NOW needs a makeover because I neglected to give myself a gear makeover!”
So I submitted an entry highlighting the importance of proper gear to ride safe. I thought my chance of winning was slim since I’m not the best writer, but I figured it was the first step in starting that book everyone keeps telling me I need to write, about my travels and life story.

leah-1See, it’s been quite a journey! I left an abusive relationship, ran my first 5k, overcame morbid obesity, learned to ride a motorcycle, walked again after breaking my back, finished my first marathon and traveled across the country solo on a motorcycle. Then I crossed paths with S&S Cycle in Sturgis.
I met Dave Zelma, S&S Cycle’s marketing director, this year at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Hooligan Flat Track Races. He invited me to check out the S&S Demo Day at Sturgis Dragway the next day. I thought to myself, “Heck yeah; that sounds really cool!” The next day I tore up tread on the S&S 143” Dragon as I ran it down the track for my first experience ever on a drag strip; wow, does that bike have power! When I said my good-byes that day I never thought the next time I’d be seeing them would be to install the Stealth II Air Filter I’d won in the Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest!
I was so excited when I received an email saying I’d won the contest and couldn’t believe the list of awesome prizes. My bike really needed the S&S Stealth 2 Air filter after recently turning 21,000 miles. Not only did S&S provide this high performance product, but since I live right in LaCrosse they invited me to their facilities in Viola for the install!

leah-2The S&S staff greeted me with a warm welcome and smiles at the door then lead me to the shop. During a walk-through tour, I reencountered some of the great S&S people I had met out in Sturgis. I was excited to be there and learn more motorcycle maintenance so I asked, “Is it okay to watch the install?”

“No,” I was told….
My heart dropped and my head hung low.
“We are going to show YOU how to do it!”

leah-3Step by step Grant Hillegass and Dean Young taught me about the different tools needed to remove the bolts, the jack to support the frame, and fitting the black piece of hose that runs to the air filter. It was fascinating to see the mechanics making Scout function. They showed me where the old air filter sat under the gas tank.
We did a fun grand reveal, opening the box of the new S&S Stealth II Air Filter, and it felt like Christmas in October! Putting the new filter in was surprisingly easier than anticipated.

leah-4 leah-5leah-6leah-7leah-8leah-9leah-10leah-11Most of the work was removing bolts. Taking out the stock air filter required removing a few additional bolts. The S&S Stealth 2 Air Filter does not require this additional step, which makes the reusable air filter easy to maintain and wash. High-performance, efficiency, and simplicity; I like it! That’s the lifestyle of most bikers, right?
I was given the honor of firing-up the new improved Scout and hearing a roar she’s never belted out before! Awesome! Then it was time to put her back together.
After all our “hard work,” we reminisced on motorcycles and travels over lunch. The day ended with a personal tour of S&S and learning the history of the S&S factory in Viola, a company now globally known for its complete high performance engines and components. As we walked through the S&S company museum it was fun being quizzed on different engine types from Knuckleheads, Panheads, to Shovelheads. It was even moving to see retired record-holding machines from history like the streamlined motorcycle that raced at the Bonneville Salt Flats, setting a record of 276.51 mph.

Next we toured the manufacturing facility where I watched S&S products being manufactured on high-tech equipment by dedicated staff. S&S continues to bring us these great high performance parts and engines that will continue to shape the future of the motorcycle industry.
I’m so glad the people at S&S took the time to show me how to do the install. It’s definitely one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life and it totally motivated me to want to learn more.

leah-12leah-13The new Stealth II Air Filter can be found at: https://www.sscycle.com/products/stealthtwo-air-cleaner-kit-for-2015-2016-indian-scout-and-2016-victory-octane/
Check out Leah’s winning essay here http://garage-girls.com/2016-ultimate-biker-makeover-leah-misch/, And we tip our hat to these sponsors of the Garage Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover Contest: Avon Tyres, Baker Drive Train, Harley Davidson Footwear, Vance & Hines, Mustang Seats, S&S Cycles, Klockwerks, Spectro Oil, J&P Cycles, Hijinix, Geico Motorcycles.

Mecum MidAmerica Las Vegas 2015 Motorcycle Auction Results

Three-Day Auction Achieves 83 Percent Sell-Through and $7,277,820 in Total Sales

WALWORTH, Wis. – Jan. 13, 2015 – The 24th Annual Mecum MidAmerica Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction was an excellent way to kick off the New Year with a record-setting 714 vintage and antique motorcycles crossing the auction block in just three days, Jan. 8-10. An enormous 83 percent sell-through rate was achieved as 590 motorcycles hammered sold for $7,277,820 in total sales.

“As it has consistently done for the past 23 years, the Mecum MidAmerica Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction again set the market tone for collectible motorcycles in 2015,” states Motorcycle Division President Ron Christenson. “With collectors and enthusiasts from all 50 states and 19 countries in attendance, auction sales in Las Vegas serve as an accurate reflection of country-wide and even world-wide demand for these collector motorcycles.”

British motorcycles were once again sought after collectibles with BSA, Triumph, Matchless and Vincent models bringing $25,000 to $135,000. Numerous individual collections were offered as well with excellent results. “What we are seeing is the trend of sellers bringing their entire motorcycle collection to auction as a featured group,” Christenson describes. “We had 17 separate motorcycle collections totaling 277 motorcycles offered for auction. There seems to be a special excitement among buyers when a collector offers all of their motorcycles at one auction, and sales reflect that enthusiasm.”

Top sales honors were claimed by a 1952 Vincent C Rapide (Lot S59) from the Sinless Cycles LLC Collection. Hammering for an impressive $132,500, this four-speed V-Twin presented in original condition with less than 10,000 miles on the clock and just three owners from new. Achieving a high bid of $87,500, a meticulously restored original 1918 Henderson four-cylinder (Lot F85) came in as the second-highest sale of the three-day auction followed by a 1927 BMW R47 Racer (Lot F131) and a 1933 Matchless Silverhawk (Lot S120) that each gaveled at an even $80,000.

The complete top 10 sales list from the Las Vegas auction includes (all individual sales reflect hammer prices):

  1. 1952 Vincent C Rapide (Lot S59) at $132,500
  2. 1918 Henderson 4 Cylinder (Lot F85) at $87,500
  3. 1927 BMW R47 Racer (Lot F131) at $80,000
  4. 1933 Matchless Silverhawk (Lot S120) at $80,000
  5. 1923 Hirsch Berlin (Lot F66) at $76,000
  6. 1929 Indian Ace Four (Lot S171) at $75,000
  7. 1940 Indian Four Cylinder (Lot S113) at $75,000
  8. 1911 Harley-Davidson 7A Single (Lot S115) at $70,000
  9. 1914 Thor 14A (Lot S64) at $70,000
  10. 1903 Rex Belt Drive (Lot F70) at $66,000

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For access to complete auction results and other member benefits, signup for the free InfoNet service offered at www.mecum.com. Mecum’s next antique motorcycle auction will be the E.J. Cole Collection March 20-21 at South Point Casino and Exhibit Hall in Las Vegas. Touted as 50 years’ worth of collecting American Motorcycle Treasure, the impressive lineup includes more than 200 vintage and antique motorcycles dominated by Harley-Davidsons and Indians. April 12 will see the return of Mecum’s Houston Motorcycle auction at the NRG Center. For more details on an upcoming auction, to consign a motorcycle or to register as a bidder, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.

About Mecum Auctions
Nobody sells more than Mecum. Nobody. The Mecum Auction Company is the world leader of collector car and Road Art sales, hosting auctions throughout the United States. The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 28 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis. For further information, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

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Mecum Auctions

Largest Saturday Consumer Turnout Headlines AIMExpo 2015

13586693-1a71-4156-b7c5-c53a05e039c3ORLANDO, Calif. (October 17, 2015) – The 2015 American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) kicked off its weekend activities at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) and saw the largest Saturday consumer turnout in the event’s three-year history.

Just days after brand new products were showcased to media and industry the doors were opened to consumers, riders and enthusiasts alike to experience the all-new offerings. Not only were consumers able to witness the new products, but they were also able to demo them at AIMExpo Outdoors! OEMs Honda, Yamaha, Star, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Can-Am, KYMCO, Zero and Harley Davidson offered street demo rides, while Arctic Cat, BRP, Honda, Massimo Motors, Suzuki, KYMCO and Yamaha offered off-road demos of ATVs and side-by-sides.


The German manufacturer offered attendees the opportunity to be transported to a variety of locales across the globe for an immersive virtual reality experience aboard some of its latest models. Visitors were able to spin laps around the Circuito De Almeria, the iconic test facility in Almeria, Spain, as they battled with other riders aboard the BMW S1000RR; navigate along a dirt trail on the R 1200GS Adventure bike; and cruise down a tree-lined country road while enjoying the popular R nineT.

AGV Helmets

AGV showcased its all-new AGVisor, an innovative motorcycle helmet visor able to quickly change from clear to dark in less than one second with just a push of a button. The transition is achieved through a low voltage that is applied to the liquid crystal system and is capable of staying in dark mode for up to 12 hours. A small, rechargeable battery powers the AGVisor that features a fail-safe system, anti-fog property and patented visor lock. The AGVisor is available for the Pista GP, Corsa and GT-Veloce helmet lines.

Garage Party

Rounding out Saturday’s action-packed schedule was the first-ever Garage Party, presented by Ace Cafe. With a flood of custom bikes lining the show floor thanks to the Chopper Legends Showcase, rockabilly great Jason D. Williams showcased his electric style before a huge crowd. Garage Party ambassador Leticia Cline was on hand to help with the festivities, meeting fans and sharing her own bike build stories.

About American International Motorcycle Expo
The American International Motorcycle Expo’s (www.aimexpousa.com) purpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling and powersports in the U.S. and North America, and delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the greater powersports industry. AIMExpo is the single most important event of its type in the North American market and has international impact within the motorcycling and powersports community. AIMExpo was recently honored in Trade Show Executive Magazine’s Fastest 50, recognizing the fastest growing trade shows in the U.S. AIMExpo is produced by the Motorcycle Industry Council (www.mic.org).

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Las Vegas Bikefest

The new home is a great fit!

For the first time in its 15-year run, Las Vegas Bikefest was held this year downtown on Fremont Street – and we hope it’s found a home. The rally took place around and inside the vintage-style Western Hotel just a few blocks from the Fremont Street Experience and host hotels. There’s an “Old Vegas” vibe here that dovetails perfectly with a bike rally. It just fits.

The year round party 24/7 party on Fremont Street requires no input; it just happens. So when you add in Bikefest events like one-off custom bikes at Artistry in Iron, headliner concerts, Victory and Indian demo rides, and appearances by Sons of Anarchy stars, the energy really ramps up.

This part of downtown Vegas has made great strides in recent years, gaining ground by turning seedy to scene-worthy. The city’s Container Park, a collection of shipping containers connected by walkways and filled with eateries and shops, is between the rally site and Fremont Street’s lightshow canopy expanding the to-do list with more fun choices. Yes, Bikefest organizers hit the mark; the timing was right to move the rally.

That’s not to say everything was perfect – show managers say the layout and floor plan are already being tweaked for next year. But with most of the vendors outside along with the stages and bike shows the event felt more cohesive. In counterpoint, the Artistry in Iron show was inside the Western Hotel’s main floor offering a break from the sun and the opportunity to peruse the builder’s creations while sipping a cold beverage.

Top honors in Artistry in Iron went to Jeremy Cupp of L.C. Fabrications for his hybrid Buell build. In this peer-judged show, where the winner is chosen by the builders themselves, it must be especially gratifying to take the top place. Cupp was clearly overwhelmed by the honor and accepted graciously. Thanks to Paughco and Metal Rescue, additional prizes were offered to second and third place winners for the first time. Editors Choice awards were also conferred in an effort to give more builders their due.

Iron Trader News was on site to cover the event so take a look at the images to get a sense of how it went. Then make plans to come next year to experience it for yourself.


Iron Trader News was front & center at yesterday’s INDIAN LARRY GREASE MONKEY BLOCK PARTY in beautiful Brooklyn, NY. What a day, great food & drink, bands playing all throughout the day / night, terrific vendors & people, out standing motorcycles at every glance, and a charity that is near & dear to Elisa & Bobby Seeger, the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation, http://www.aidanhasaposse.org/. Once again, perfect weather 12th year in a row now. Can’t wait for next year, see the full coverage at BIKERNET.COM in the all new CANTINA!