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Biking Euro Style Coming to IRON TRADER NEWS

By Marilyn Stemp

Above: New contributor from France, Herve’ Rebollo, and ITN editor Marilyn Stemp

“Your magazine was better known here than you may know,” said my longtime friend, Motographer Horst Rossler from Germany.

It was 2014, and Horst and I were at the Custom bike Show in Bad Salzuflun, Germany looking at the rows of stunning bikes displayed. Horst was commiserating with me on the recent news that IronWorks, the title founded by my late husband Dennis Stemp and I, would cease publication.

A similar message came to me at that time from French rider and writer Herve’ Rebollo, who postd to a European riding forum about IRON WORK’s legacy. I was as surprised to read this as I’d been by Horst’s comments – but gratified to learn that IronWorks had enjoyed such reach internationally.

Ironically, the demise of IronWorks was the catalyst for Herve’ and I to connect, after he reached out by email and we met for coffee when I came through Paris in November, 2015. That’s when I learned what an avid rider he is and how often he rides for transportation as much as recreation. In fact, he arrived for our meeting on his motorcycle, removing his riding suit to reveal a businessman’s coat and tie, necessary in his professional life.

It has become clear that Herve’ rides – a lot! And he enjoys recording his rides in words and photos. So we’re delighted to welcome Herve’ as the newest contributor to Iron Trader News, offering our readers a look at the European V-Twin culture first hand. We expect you’ll enjoy his charming stories as much as we do.

As writers, we send out words to the world but we seldom know where they land. Apparently, sometimes they have an impact. Please enjoy Herve’s words on Iron Trader News.

Charlie St. Clair receives Silver Spoke Award for improving the image of Motorcycling.

Article by Jennifer Anderson – info@laconiaMCWeek.com

Charlie St. Clair, executive director for Laconia Motorcycle Week, has been awarded the 2018 Silver Spoke Award for Government in recognition for the good work he has done to improve the image of motorcycling. The award was presented on May 12, 2018 at the 33rd Annual NCOM Convention and Awards Banquet in Mobile, Alabama. NCOM (National Coalition of Motorcyclists) is a national motorcyclist’s rights organization and was created to promote a positive image, serve as a legislative voice, educate and unite the motorcycling community. Says Richard M. Lester, NCOM Founder, “we have found that communication between motorcyclists is not only valuable, but necessary to achieve our mutual goals.” The convention, which draws more than a thousand motorcyclists from throughout the United States and around the world, offers workshops and seminars on timely issues such as the intelligent transportation system and how it effects motorcycles, running for public office, learning the legislative process, motorcycle safety and awareness, fighting anti-motorcycle discrimination, veteran affairs, motivating the grass roots and more.12121

Laconia Motorcycle Week is the world’s oldest motorcycle rally. In his capacity as Executive Director, Charlie has worked for the nonprofit for three decades and has committed himself to educating visitors and residents of the lakes region about the community of motorcycling. Says Charlie after hearing of his Silver Spoke Award nomination, “I’m proud to have served this great community of riders and the relationships we’ve built over the years. There’s a reason why Laconia Motorcycle Week has a legacy spanning 95 years, and I dedicate this award to all the people that have made this rally such a success through its camaraderie and love of riding.”

Laconia Motorcycle Week® gives great appreciation to all of our sponsors, especially our Presenting Sponsors: Progressive, AMSOIL, American Iron Outfitters and AARP as well as the State of New Hampshire for their large financial support of our rally each year.

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Media contact: James Holter
Phone: (614) 856-1900, ext. 1280
E-mail: jholter@ama-cycle.org

Click here to download an image of the January 2016 cover of American Motorcyclist: http://americanmotorcyclist.com/Libraries/People_Images/2015MOTY_Cover_SM.sflb.ashx.
2015 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year: Wayne Rainey

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association announced today its 2015 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year: AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Wayne Rainey. Rainey, three-time world champion, two-time AMA Superbike champion and now president of MotoAmerica, leads a team that has revitalized professional road racing in the United States.

The AMA Motorcyclist of the Year award recognizes the person or persons who had the most profound impact within the motorcycling community in the previous 12 months. It is awarded annually by the AMA Board of Directors.

“Wayne Rainey and his partners and employees at MotoAmerica demonstrated in 2015 that they had the knowledge, fortitude and collective wisdom to not only restore professional road racing in America to greatness, but to reinvigorate an industry and fan base that had been languishing for years,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman.

“That success is built firmly on the foundation of Wayne’s character and perseverance to be successful at what so many before him have realized is one of racing’s most challenging tasks,” Dingman continued. “Where others failed, Wayne is succeeding, and his efforts transcend the sport itself in many ways.

“It is therefore my great honor to recognize Wayne Rainey as the 2015 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year,” Dingman said.

MotoAmerica took the reins of professional road racing in late 2014. That’s when a deal was struck between and among MotoAmerica, Daytona Motorsports Group and the AMA that enabled MotoAmerica to take over commercial and promotional responsibility for professional road racing in America and restored the AMA as the sanctioning body for professional road racing.

In 2015, MotoAmerica operated the first season of its professional road racing series, sanctioned by the AMA and FIM North America. The MotoAmerica series, the new home of the AMA Superbike Championship, built a strong platform and set professional road racing in America on a new path for success.

“One season alone does not make a successful race series,” Dingman said. “But guided by Wayne’s ideals of fairness and integrity, and his overarching goal of preparing U.S. riders to challenge for world titles, MotoAmerica is clearly on a path toward long-term success.”

The full story of Rainey’s creation and development of MotoAmerica can be found in the January issue of American Motorcyclist, the official journal of the AMA.

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join

Worth Reading: Harley-Davidson Memories, The Golden Age of Motorcycling

By Bob Tyson

So maybe it wasn’t the classic barn find that most motorcycle collectors imagine, but when Bob Tyson’s Aunt Doris decided to discard a box of old photo negatives from her attic, it was the next best thing. It turns out the negatives depicted Bob’s extended family and friends riding motorcycles in the early part of the 20th Century and the incident inspired his book: Harley-Davidson Memories, The Golden Age of Motorcycling.

Part personal memoir, the book is also a grassroots glimpse at intrepid riders of the early days: people who loved riding motorcycles, embraced the lifestyle it offered, and took the good with the not-so-good—people like us. That approachability makes for pleasant reading. The solid backdrop of the author’s well-researched motor-history adds authenticity, as you might expect from a man who’s been a member of the AMCA for several decades.

The images themselves are worth it: early hillclimbs and dirt races with nary a safety barrier in sight, women riders way before their time, and regular folks “touring” on clunky dirt roads which were typical back then. Better yet, the book is generously peppered with period advertisements bearing such slogans as Breeze Away to Joyland, Ride and Save, and Split the Air Like a Rocket, reminding the reader that what mattered then, still matters now.

Meeting Bob and learning about his book led to a visit to his garage and a peak at part of his eclectic collection of antique bikes. There’s a ‘46 Indian Chief that has been converted to right hand throttle and a 1936 Indian Four with the infamous one-year-only up-side-down engine. According to Bob’s research, estimates indicate they made only 300-600 of them. “A 90 + mph motorcycle was totally crazy for the time,” he said.

Bob has a 4-cylinder Danish motorcycle, a Zschopau sidecar outfit, and a 1941 WLA that he paid about $300 for in the ‘80s. He also has a sweet collection of singles and small bikes including the Honda Dream with that square headlight, the bike that many American riders started out on.

Bob’s garage isn’t a museum, either; it’s a collection of bikes in various states of repair that are tended to and—more importantly—ridden. And as those people in the old photographs printed in Bob’s book show, that’s what motorcycles are for. —M. Stemp

Harley-Davidson Memories, The Golden Age of Motorcycling
by Bob Tyson
Turner Publishing Co.