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Las Vegas BikeFest® 2017 Rally Recap

2018 LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST LOGOLAS VEGAS: More than 30,000 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts from nearly all 50 states and 12 other countries cruised into town for the 17th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest, October 5-8. The rally was four action-packed days filled with entertainment, contests, bike shows, MMA fights, Uncle Kracker performing live, and demo rides from Indian Motorcycles. With the addition of Rally West, located on 3rd and Fremont Street, attendees had even more options for shopping for the latest in motorcycle parts and accessories, apparel, and more.

1“Our goal every year is to continue to keep the rally growing and the activities and entertainment “fresh”. With the new locations we chose for our poker runs, bringing the Tuff-N-Uff Amateur MMA fight, expanding our vendor area to Rally West, giving away $5,000 in shopping sprees and more bike shows, we feel we accomplished that”, states Mindi Cherry, Event Manager.

2Music filled the rally all four days with over 30 live bands playing- everything from hard rock, blues, punk, country and more. Continue reading Las Vegas BikeFest® 2017 Rally Recap

Republic of Texas Biker Rally Announces ZZ Top to Headline Saturday, June 9th

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The Republic of Texas Biker Rally announces its Saturday night headliner, ZZ Top at the 24th annual rally held June 7 -10th at the Travis County Expo Center. “We have had many legendary bands at the Rally, but every year without fail our customers have asked for ZZ Top,” says Owner Jerry Bragg. “We have been working on getting them here and are thrilled to say they will be our headliner in 2018.” The band is scheduled to play Saturday, June 9th, 2018. Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 11th at 10AM CT at www.rotrally.com. ZZ TOP a/k/a “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas,” lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact and, in 2004, the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, there are only three of them – Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard — but it’s still a remarkable achievement that they’re still very much together after more than 45 years of rock, blues, and boogie on the road and in the studio. Continue reading Republic of Texas Biker Rally Announces ZZ Top to Headline Saturday, June 9th

Rider RoundUp at the Ranch

BS2017RoundUp.241ExileCrew864Paramount Movie Ranch State Park, Agoura, CA, October 15th, 2017 – The LA Calendar Motorcycle Show continued its now 27-year tradition as the premier outdoor street bike event in America at two exciting 2017 dates and venues this year. The 2nd event this October had the Calendar Show’s Calendar Bike Building Championship joining the Rider RoundUp at the Ranch produced by celebrity Calendar Bike builder Russell Mitchell and wife Rachel / Exile Cycles at the Paramount Western Movie Ranch in Agoura, CA, just down the road from the legendary Southern California biker hangout The Rock Store on Mulholland Highway. It was an exciting day of beautiful Custom Motorcycles, Activities, great tasting Food Truck, BBQ and Craft Beer, Vendors, Manufacturers and Live Music.

The Rider Round Up at the Ranch was the second year celebration of Exile Cycles’ 20th Anniversary Party held at Paramount Ranch the year before, now continuing on an annual basis. And again it was a benefit to raise money to Fight Leukemia by auctioning off products and services, together with money donated by the Vendors and Sponsors, this year raising $7000 for the Cause.BS2017RoundUp.158Midway864

The famous Paramount Ranch movie location is a fun place to hold a bike show, with spectators being able to ride their bikes and park in the streets of the old western town. For movie and TV Buffs, Paramount Ranch was first owned and built by Paramount Movie Studios as a western town movie set back in the 1923 for the then popular western movies. In the 1960’s a paved sports car road racing track was built on the land and held races for a few years. More recently the location was the set for the popular 90s TV Series of the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. A train station was built in the western town for Dr, Quinn, including the laying of real train tracks and the installation of a live running steam locomotive with cars which operated back and forth across the set. When the Dr. Quinn TV series ended the entire Paramount Ranch including the western town movie set was given to the U.S. Park System for public use, with the condition it could still be used for filming and special events. Most recently the western set was used it the HBO TV series West World.BS2017RoundUp.067BestShowCorle864

The Train Station Platform was the location for this year’s Calendar Bike Building Championship, the custom motorcycle contest franchise feature of the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show producer by FastDates.com Calendar photographer Jim Gianatsis. Assisting Jim in producing this year’s bike contest was Calendar Kitten Corle, who ran the morning’s Contest Registration, posed for the bike owners and spectators for photos, and assisted Russell Mitchell and Jim with the authentic Mikuni Carburetor Trophies at the end of the day in the shaded concert and dining area.

Taking Best of Show at the 2017 Rider RoundUp Calendar Bike Building Championship was Max Hazan’s hand crafted Supercharged KTM Single Cafe Racer. Max, who has a storefront custom bike shop in Venice Beach, CA, built this latest customer consigned bike bike from scratch around a 420cc KTM / Husqvarna 4-stroke single cylinder dirt bike engine. Max fabricated a belt drive system off the engine’s crankshaft to run a mini dual rotor Supercharger fed by a Keihin FCR39 Racing Carburetor.

The KTM single’s steel tube rigid frame chases hosing the water-cooled motor was built around 26-inch classic car tires with custom built spoked wheels. The tiny rear disc brake located behind the rider’s right foot, operates a shaft through the frame with a fixed primary sprocket on the other side, engaged with the drive chain, to slow the rear wheel down when the foot bake is pressed. Very original! The hand made springer front forks with hydraulic damping and a front headlight that turns with the steering stem is also unique. The bike is finished off with a beautiful had made aluminum fuel tank, handlebars and many other components. It was unanimous by anyone who saw it, that Max’s Supercharged KTM Board Track Racer Replica was the Show winner, one of the Calendar Bike Building Championship’s best ever builds in its 26 year history.BS2017RoundUp.005ShowPlatformCorle864
Garnering Judge’s Special Mention in this year’s 2017 Championship was 2016 Best of Show winner Yuichiti Yoshizkwa,/ Custom Works Zon / cw-zon.com who again flew in again from Japan with his complete build crew and their newest custom bike named “Zonkern”. The Sportser powered sport bike featured a highly intricate aluminum tube frame with a Ducati Superbike single side rear swingarm, and full hand fabricated aluminum gas tank and bodywork.

The Calendar Bike Building Championship Championship Class Winners included Todd Daniel in Street Custom with his beautiful Turbocharged Red Bagger which premiered at the Calendar Bike Builder’s Party back in July where it was photographed for the next Iron & Lace Calendar.

Also premiering back in July at the Builder’s party and also photographed for the Calendar was Richard Jones’ Sportster powered British replica custom, now taking the Classic American class. The Bar Hopper / Bobber Class was dominated by classic Triumph Twins from the ‘60s, with Anthony Robinson entering two Meriden bikes, and taking first place with the most unique which had the cylinder head reversed so the carburetors faced forward, and the exhausts ran straight out of the back of the heads.

For additional information on the Winning Motorcycles, the Calendar Bike Building Championship, and to order the new 2018 FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars  go to – http://www.FastDates.com

2017 Rider RoundUp Calendar Bike Building Championship 
Best of Show: Max Hazan’s Supercharged KTM Single Cafe Racer. 
Judge’s Special Mention: Yuichiti Yoshizkwa,/ Custom Works Zon Sportster
Street Custom: 1. Todd Daniel Red Turbo Bagger; 2. John Meade / Azzkikr Custom Bagger.
Bar Hopper: 1. Anthony Robinson Triumph Bobber w/ reversed heads; 2. David Bird, Triumph Bobber; 3. Anthony Robinson Triumph Bobber.
Classic American: Richard Jones Sportster British Retro; 2. Spike’s custom Harley; 3. Richard Jones aluminum frame Big Twin / 2016 Show Class winner.

Russell (Mohawk and shades) and Rachel Mitchell (pink hair on the chopper) with their Exile Krew of Volunteers who worked hard to put on a great event and raised $7000 to help fight Leukemia. Thanks Guys and Gals!

 

The Last Rocketeer Available

1 Yes this is the Last Rocketeer available.

We first developed the Rocketeer in 2009.

At that time we were branching out and diversifying our model line up. We felt the Rocketeer was a modern, yet timeless design that was an alternative to the traditional bobber. It has stood well on it’s own, but has also inspired creativity that evolved into the World Championship winning Rocketeer F3. Now here we are, with the last Rocketeer.2

It also inspired an incredible limited edition signature paint scheme by world renowned, talented artist & painter, Scott Takes. We collaborated with Scott on a limited number of Rocketeers. As this article is being written, the last Limited Edition bike with Scott’s cartoon lady paint scheme is currently being built. The graduating art deco lines on the ridge of the tank and fender inspired us to CNC machine a tank & fender set. We CNC’d the lines/stripes in 3D form and stepped them down on the tank and fender. The resulting bike, the Rocketeer F3, won the AMD World Championships of Custom/Production Building in 2012.3

It’s been a good run, but we feel the Rocketeer has run it’s course and it’s time for the next evolution. And with that decision, the last Rocketeer available is the one you are looking at on this page. For customers who already own one, they are part of a select group of enthusiast who own one of a limited run of this bespoke custom production motorcycle.4

You have a chance to own the last Rocketeer available.

This rigid Rocketeer with hydraulic front end is powered by an S&S V-111″ motor, Rivera 6 speed transmission and BDL smooth 2″ primary belt drive. This bike is pure badass. The pipes are custom fabricated 2 into 1 with reverse megaphone muffler and are ceramic coated. The paint flat black on a gloss black powder coated chassis. It features an integrated vintage tool box on the left side in front of the tag bracket. Custom wheels, black rims, stainless spokes, chrome brushed hubs. 16″ x 130mm front and 16″ x 180mm rear. Willwood performance 4 piston brakes front & rear.5

This bike is no nonsense and ready to be ridden, hard. It is a “manufactured motor vehicle” with a VIN that is easy to finance & insure. This Rocketeer is new and available for sale at a discounted price to make room for our winter projects. Don’t miss out on an amazing bike, the last of it’s king, at a great deal.

 

ANOTHER LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST IN THE BOOKS, WHAT A GREAT EVENT!

Words and photos by Jack McIntyre:  Well everyone, this is officially my 15th year as an official photographer of the Las Vegas Bikefest. I’ve been a part of more rallies and events over the last 20 plus years than I could even explain. Management teams come & they go, but the family oriented Las Vegas Bikefest is by far my extended family. I’m based in Philly, they are in Vegas, but the separation doesn’t mean a thing. Each year we all gather together in Vegas and then the magic begins. I will begin to post images… lots of images, and I hope you enjoy them all. Here are only a few to start, so keep checking back, especially tomorrow the 14th, I’ll be adding a bit of everything.

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