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2Harley-Davidson has teamed up with Adam Sandoval – the founder of ScootinAmerica, an initiative that focuses on giving back to our military members – to launch MISSION: “THANK YOU”. The initiative aims to thank those who have served and are serving to protect our freedom, by giving away eight Harley-Davidson motorcycles powered by new Milwaukee-Eight engines.

MISSION” “THANK YOU” was launched at San Diego Harley-Davidson May 18. Harley-Davidson and Sandoval worked with Wounded Warrior Project and New York Myke Shelby, owner of San Diego H-D, to honor a WWP alumnus and veteran from San Diego with a new Harley-Davidson powered by the Milwaukee-Eight engine. Shane Kruchten, the surprised recipient and U.S. military veteran, was in shock and full of gratitude learning about his new Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Kruchten is the first of eight honorees that will get bikes this year. Sandoval is asking every American to nominate a military member – past or present – who has dedicated their life to protecting our freedom by submitting their story of sacrifice, strength and courage of service. A panel consisting of Sandoval, Wounded Warrior Project representatives and Harley-Davidson leadership will select which seven other deserving military members will be honored with new motorcycles. The honorees will also receive a lifetime membership to the Harley Owners Group and they can give a free Harley-Davidson Riding Academy class to a loved one.

Based on America’s nominations, Sandoval will make seven special stops along his cross-country journey to give away the new Harley-Davidson motorcycles, ending in New York City on Veterans Day. Follow the mission on AdamSandovalRides.com or follow Adam’s journey on Facebook or Twitter.

Along with MISSION: “THANK YOU,” Harley-Davidson does a lot to serve our veterans and active duty personnel. Harley-Davidson is offering the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy New Rider Course to all current and former U.S. military personnel and first responders (law enforcement, fire, and EMS) and their spouses for just $99. H-D can also provide free motorcycle storage for deployed military personnel. Additionally, Operation Extend the Ride extends the factory warranty for the number of days deployed to account for the balance of the remaining warranty period.

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Famed Donnie Smith Show Brings More Bikes, Cars, Parts and Tattoos for its 30th Anniversary

1Industry celebrities, prestigious sponsors, gear-heads, artists, custom enthusiasts, and their families and friends gather to share passions, enter projects and welcome new expo to the show.

Saint Paul, MN (January 17, 2017) – Motorcycle and car enthusiasts across the country will soon congregate at the 30th Annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show presented by Dennis Kirk to see and be seen at the largest custom bike and car show in the Midwest. In addition to motorcycles and cars, the 225,000 sq. ft. indoor event showcases a brand-new Tattoo Expo and a popular swap meet billed as the largest parts extravaganza on the planet. Right now, anyone, from amateur to pro, can enter a custom project, register to sell goods or set up a tattoo display at www.DonnieSmithBikeShow.com. All events will take place at the St. Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat., March 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., March 26, 2017.

“People travel together from all over the country to enjoy the weekend, checking out award-winning cars and bikes, talking to famous builders, shopping and having a great time,” said Donnie Smith, famed customizer and show namesake. “This is a fantastic show for bikers, car fans, friends, families and kids of all ages.”



Well over half the show, 135,000 sq. ft., will be dedicated to motorcycles, paying homage to the machines that started the show in 1987. Over $7,500 in cash awards will be presented to the top baggers and customs with awards also given for best paint, display, lighting, antique, bagger, bobber, chopper, pro-street, sport bike and a judge’s choice. Some of the biggest guns in the biker world including Donnie Smith, Rod Woodruff, Kevin Baas and the Kennedy High School Chopper class, Dave and Jody Perewitz and Pat Patterson will be in attendance. The inclusionary show allows anyone to enter. Now’s the time to finish that custom and enter the bike show by filling out the entry form located here. Deadline for entry is March 10, 2017, but the show historically sells out so early entry is encouraged.



The parts extravaganza, which covers nearly an acre, is a huge attraction. This is an opportunity to find missing parts and get those bikes and cars ready for the road this spring. Cruising season is just around the corner. It’s a motorcycle part pickers paradise.



The car show has been experiencing significant growth and offers 16 classes in 2017 including Vintage, Antique, Hot Rods and Rat Rods. All makes and models of cars and trucks are accepted with $5,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded. Entry deadline is March 15, 2017, and the form can be found here.



New this year, the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show is offering a Tattoo Expo. The event will expose new talent, showcase proven artists and provide enthusiasts with a gathering place to share their love for this enduring art form. The Tattoo Expo will be located in the upper level of the Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Those interested in reserving a booth for the Tattoo Expo can find the exhibitor form here. Space is expected to sell out quickly.



A special happy hour party with live music by Corey Stevens, a blues-based rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, will take place in the RiverCentre on Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join your friends and make some new ones as you relax and discuss the show.



Blue chip brands and major industry players are supporting the show in 2017 including presenting sponsor Dennis Kirk, GEICO Motorcycle, Budweiser, Lucas Oil, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Sturgis Buffalo Chip and Metzeler Tires as well as flagship industry brands S & S Cycle, Kuryakyn, House of Kolor, Magnaflow and many others.



Tickets for the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show are on sale at the RiverCentre Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free.


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About the Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show

In its 30th year, the famed Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show presented by Dennis Kirk is the largest custom bike and car show in the Midwest. The show draws the nation’s most prestigious brands, top competitors and tens of thousands to the RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minn. It is widely known as the annual kickoff to the riding and cruising season and features a unique mix of competitions, shopping and entertainment in a fun, family-friendly environment with 35 classes of custom motorcycles, 16 classes of cars, the largest swap meet on the planet, a tattoo expo and other entertainment. Additional information can be found at www.donniesmithbikeshow.com.

A look at “Italian Bike Week”


It was an unmatched show May 19-22 in Lignano Sabbiadoro, known as the Italian Bike Week. You could already hear the engines rumble since the start of the week, but the full amount of bikes started coming into the Biker Fest from Thursday morning, growing in number until Saturday, when the sun was shining and temperature rising.
The Luna Park parking (Main Area, with vendors, shows and concerts) was totally full and by Sunday morning it was fulfilled with beautiful american cars. This year occurred the 21st U.S. Car Reunion edition joined by something like 200 vehicles.

During the 4 days of party took place more than 10 live music shows and a great number of stunt acts, mainly with the Daboot Team and its leader Vanni Oddera, one of the few Italian FMX Riders able to perform a backflip. Daboot Team also hosted the “Mototerapy” event, entertaining 30 disabled youngs.
 Swot Gang stuntmen was also performing their funambolic stunts with sportbikes.

Other shows involved Enduro racing, minibikes, off-road, RC cars and the 3rd Scrambler Challenge.
In the Great Travelers area three brand new books have been presented for the first time, wrote by Gionata Nencini, Marcello Anglana and Giorgio Barbacovi, telling their adventures around the world. 
Saturday at 8 p.m. Started the “Saturday Light Fever” parade, with hundreds of bikes riding through the cities of Lignano Sabbiadoro and Lignano Pineta. That was a great show!

Another great moment we had was the Italian Biker Legends awards, where all the historic and pioneer Bikers in Italy were presented to all the guests and rewarded for their legacy.

One of the main events during the Biker Fest is, as usual, the Bike Show, which took place inside the wonderful Terrazza Mare (Pier) upon the sea. Final stage of the Italian Motorcycle Championship and only italian stage for AMD World Championship, this year the Bike Show went crazy with tons of wonderful Special bikes. Biggest prizes were 1 flight to Daytona (FL-U.S.A.), 3 coupons (1000 € each) for the AMD Final Stage and a lot of other stuff from the main sponsors.

Inside the Terrazza Mare took also place the 14th Custom Painting Show, with airbrush artists working on skate decks. In the Terrazza a Mare area was also shown the RMC, a prototype motorcycle by Roberto Crepaldi (from Milan) with whom is gonna try breaking the Land Speed Record on Bonneville Salt Flats in 2017.
The third main area was the Demo Ride one, with Harley-Davidson, Honda, Ducati Scrambler, Yamaha, Moto Guzzi, Aprilia, Piaggio, Kustom Bike and BMW with its awesome R nineT specials. Everyone could try the latest models and ride through Lignano for a free test. 
But this year, more than ever, the party was all around the city, with bikes everywhere, people on the beach, hotels full of guests and a lot of fun for everybody. 
We are already working for the 31th edition! Stay with us!


Bike Show Winners:
AMD World Championship
– H-D JD 8 Valvle di PDF Motociclette (BG) 1000 euro coupon for AMD final stage
– Ducati Monster 620 di Gianni Pellegrino (VC) 1000 euro coupon for AMD final stage
– H-D FXR Avalon di MC Cycles (TV) 1000 euro coupon for AMD final stage

1) Ultima 127 di Jurgen Ostermann (Austria) wins CCE prize
2) Black Brass di Sapka Muvek (Ungheria) wins Rebuffini prize
3) 199 R.R.S. di Asso special Bike (CO) wins WD-40 and Ma-Fra prizes

1) BMW di Inlorious Basterds Cycles e Tondo Garage (FE) wins stand at Moto Days Roma 2017
2) BMW R1100 GS Ultramoto di Toro Moto (PT) wins bag and prizes WD-40
3) Honda 250 di Stray’s Garage (MO) wins WD-40 and Ma-Fra prizes

Cafè Racer
1) Ducati 800 Italia di Moto Sport Factory Lab (TV) wins Ace Café London prizes
2) Moto Guzzi SP 1000 di Lari Motori (VI) wins bag and prizes WD-40
3) Honda CB 750 di Mastercycles (TV) wins WD-40 and Ma-Fra prizes

Old Style
1) H-D Scooter  di Emporium Motorcycles Garage (BG) wins Custom Chrome Europe prize
2) H-D Knuclehead di Boccin Custom Cycles (VE) wins Higway Hawk seat
3) H-D Heritage Softail di Gallery Motorcycles (BS) wins WD-40 and Ma-Fra prizes

1) H-D di Moto Design Custom (NA) wins two rigid bags from Higway Hawk
2) H-D Road King di Biker Sheriff (TV) wins Bertoni goggles

1) Kawasaki di BikeGarage (CH) wins slip-on exhausts from Higway Hawk
2) Honda Shadow di Viky Bikers (CO) wins Bertoni goggles
3) Suzuki GS 550L di LBDG (PN) wins WD-40 and Ma-Fra prizes

Modified H-D
1) H-D Dyna di Asso Special Bike (CO) wins Custom Chrome Europe prize
2) H-D di Motorcycles Clinic (UD) wins GIVI bag
3) H-D V-Rod di ED Special (RM) wins WD-40 and Ma-Fra prizes

1) Buell di Off. Fratelli Borgo (TV) wins ACERBIS boots
2) Buell si Sapka Muvek (Ungheria) wins Bertoni goggles
3) H-D V-Rod di Biker Sheriff (TV) wins WD-40 and Ma-Fra prizes

Best in Show I.M.C. and Metzeler Contest Winner – Biker Fest International
Brike di Boss69 (BR) wins Flight to Daytona Bike Week 2017 and 2 Sets of Metzeler tires

Best New Customizer
Vintage H-D Motociclette (UD) wins a stand at Motor Bike Expo 2017

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Outdoor Bike ShowCase by CarCapsule – The Ultimate Premium Outdoor Motorcycle Storage Solution

The Outdoor Bike ShowCase, by CarCapsule, provides a superior solution for outdoor storage and protection of motorcycles. The ultra-premium Outdoor Bike Showcase is the latest addition in a long line of products that further establishes CarCapsule’s ongoing commitment to provide vehicle enthusiasts worldwide with the most effective way to protect their investments. Designed for outdoor use, the new model offers the benefits of the original Bike ShowCase; protection from dings, dust, dirt, corrosion, mildew, musty odors, and pests, yet also provides the bike protection from damaging rain, snow, hail and sunlight. Best described as a “Touchless Motorcycle Cover”, the Outdoor Bike ShowCase provides ultimate protection, yet never touches the motorcycle. The Outdoor Bike ShowCase’s overall structure is supported by heavy duty resilient inflatable air columns, and features a front panel, which zips open and away, allowing the motorcycle to simply be driven in or out. Utilizing CarCapsule’s proven Evaporative Storage Technology (E.S.T.), air inside the Outdoor Bike ShowCase is exchanged with filtered outside air 3-5 times every hour, keeping the temperature inside consistent with the temperature outside and eliminating moisture that could condense on the motorcycle. The Outdoor Bike ShowCase features durable and UV rated 0.40 gauge PVC side panels, and a 0.45 gauge reinforced PVC basemat that is mildew, abrasion and flame resistant, as well as impervious to oil, and gas. Tube structures are produced with .60 gauge PVC. All materials are can withstand 158°F and are cold crack tested to -25°. Best of all No Tools are needed for this easy one-step set up; simply attach the included air pump and the Outdoor Bike ShowCase inflates in less than 90 seconds. See for yourself; a demonstration video can be seen at http://carcapsule.com/showcase . A variety of CarCapsule ShowCase models are offered for motorcycles, automobiles or as a storage solution for most any situation that requires a dust free, and dry storage option. Custom configurations, made to customer specifications, are also available. For more information visit www.carcapsule.com, or contact directly at (219) 945-9493 or info@carcapsule.com.

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2016 Minneapolis Winners: J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder

The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show circus rolled into Minneapolis with the weather in the low 30’s. Locals were happy because it was a warming trend in the city. When we rolled out it was frosty 12 degrees.
Even though it was Super Bowl 50 weekend, the show was packed with enthusiasts. The bikes were outstanding with the MOD Retro class full of interesting and diverse custom sleds.
Jeff Holt selected Poncharello, a Union Speed & Style custom sled, built by Jordan Dickinson for the HOT BIKE award. He then selected Swamp Witch built by Pete Mason for Street Chopper Magazine. The People’s Choice award went to Matt Johnson and his 1989 GSX-R 750. He received a BELL Custom 500. The SHO DOG Award goes to the hardest working builder at the show and in Minneapolis it went to Crazy John Markwald and his double engine bike. He went home with a Leatherworks Solo Bag.
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder FreeStyle Class
Katie Washnok’s custom motorcycle is named Pearl and it took 1st at the Minneapolis 2016 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. Katie is the “better half” of the husband and wife team that builds custom bikes from Blackout Motors, a shop that is a stones throw from Sturgis, SD.
The bike features a custom Coach Leather saddle, Ridewright Wheels, S&S KN93 mill, Black Doom Frame, Springer and an open primary. The Grip Ace integrates all the switches to a switch pad on the grip and delivers a clean handlebar.
James and Katie will be heading back to the shop with $2,000 in awards and a championship ring from Speakeasy Original.
1st – #750 – Katie Washnok, Blackout Motors – 2013 Blackout Motors named Pearl
2nd – #250 – Jordan Dickinson, Union Speed & Style – 2014 Union Speed named Poncharello

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder MOD Harley Class
Dell Battle won in Cleveland and decided to roll the dice for the win in Minneapolis. The gamble paid off with another win and another check for $1,000. He will be heading to Chicago to compete in the championship and a 120R Engine award from Harley.
Dell named his bike 72 Style Sporty and the 1991 Sportster features tall billet wheels, custom exhaust, intake, custom tank, controls and swing arm. Air ride front and back allows the bike to look aggressive while at rest.
1st – #925 – Dell Battle, HBC & Dangerous Dezigns – Named 72 Style Sporty
2nd – #800 – Tice, DAF Customs – 2006 Dyna named Dirty Diana

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder MOD Custom Class
Matt Johnson thrashed to get his bike done and then at the last minute threw it in a van and rushed over from Wisconsin to get it into the Minneapolis edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. It was a good thing because his 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 750 took 1st place and he received a check for $750. The custom dragster features Trac Dynamocs swing arm, inverted forks, air shifter, 2 stage rev limiter, Beadlock wheels, PMFR hand controls and NOS.
1st – #850 Matt Johnson – 1989 GSX-R 750 named Unaffiliated 7-11
2nd – #550 Tracy Parkes, The Gas Box – 2015 Vulcan S

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder MOD Retro Class
This is the first year that Jordan Dickinson of Union Speed and Style entered the Ultimate Builder. And for a rookie he came away with a win in MOD Retro, HOT BIKE Editor’s Choice award and 2nd in FreeStyle. For his effort Jordan took home a big $750 check. Not a bad weekend.
The winning Frost Buzzard is a 1951 Harley-Davidson Pan Head that features hand-formed gas and oil tanks. The paint is by Michael Cody.
MOD Retro is an open class for any build with a motorcycle based drive train 1984 or older. It requires an OEM driveline with stock, modified or aftermarket frame.
1st – #275 Jordan Dickinson, Union Speed & Style – 1951 Panhead named Frost Buzzard
2nd – #375 Kevin Theis -19080 Shovelhead named Cabin Fever

The US Championship is just a week away with awards of over $50,000 in cash and prizes. The FreeStyle winner receives a $10,000 award. MOD Harley winner takes a Harley 120R performance engine. And the MOD Custom takes the keys for a Royal Enfield.

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