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Story and Photos by ITN European Reporter Herve’ Rebollo

Salut à toi American rider,

Have you ever attended one of the most important European HOG rally: the European bike week in Faakersee?

It took place this year from Tuesday 04 September 2018 to Sunday 09 September. Continue reading THE 2018 EUROPEAN BIKEWEEK

WHY SHEEPSKIN? Royal Riding Combines Hi-Tech With Classic Sheepskin Cover

Santa Ana, CA — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Sheepskin seat covers are a prime example: they are soft, comfortable and add a level of cushion that some seats need… desperately. Royal Riding has combined the advantages of an old-school sheepskin with a hi-tech gel and contour cushion foam combination for an upgrade to the classic seat pad. “There are a number of advantages to genuine sheepskin wool,” explains Royal Riding’s Rod Derifield. “The hollow fibers are both breathable and a natural insulator to keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Sheepskin is also able to absorb sweat seven times faster than synthetic fibers, while the lanolin found in wool is both water-resistant and an emollient moisturizer because it has a similar composition to human skin.” In addition to the comfort factors, sheepskin seat covers can protect seats from UV/sun damage and normal wear and tear issues. Wool is dirt and bacteria resistant. “It is even self-cleaning — just rinse it out and hang a sheepskin cover up to dry,” noted Derifield. Royal Riding has improved on all these excellent natural properties by upgrading the cover with combination gel and contour cushioning foam inserts inside the sheepskin cover. “It really is the best of both worlds,” he adds. “By combining the natural advantages of wool with gel’s superior vibration elimination, our goal is to allow people to ride farther with less pain for longer!”
Royal Riding Genuine Sheepskin Motorcycle Gel Seat Pads are available in six options — touring with tailbone relief, extra large, large with tailbone relief, large, medium and small — prices range from $59.99 to $129.99. Replacement sheepskins (no gel) are also available.
See the full range of classic sheepskin/gel/contour cushion pads here: https://royalriding.com/collections/sheepskin-covered-gel-seat-pad
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About Royal Riding — Ride In Comfort… For Longer! Whether you are riding a motorcycle, snowmobile, ATV, quad, horse or just sitting outside for long periods of time, our mission is to provide comfortable, quality Gel Seat Pads so you can Ride Longer — Ride Like Royalty. With five standard sizes of motorcycle gel seat pads and three different cover options to meet your specific needs, Royal Riding has got you cushioned!


Progressive Laconia Motorcycle Week®: A Long History

June 10th-18th, 2017 – New Hampshire – home to America’s Original Riding Rally®
Jennifer Anderson – info@laconiaMCWeek.com


May 2, 2017 – Laconia, NH –  This June, Laconia Motorcycle Week returns to New Hampshire for its 94th year, leaving some wondering how this popular, time-honored event first came to be.  Don’t try doing the math – because there’s a bit more to it than just counting back 94 years… The rally actually started in 1916, organized by local motorcycle dealers in central and southern New England, with a couple hundred motorcyclists traveling north for a get together (dubbed a “gypsy tour”) at Weirs Beach.  The tour was first sanctioned by the Federation of American Mo-torcyclists in 1917 and when the FAM disbanded in 1919, the Motorcycle and Allied Trades As-sociation (M&ATA) took over the sanction until 1924, when the American Motorcycle Associa-tion (AMA) was formed.  Back then, the weekend event centered around races and hill climbs.  The number of participants grew each year as did the event’s duration.  Over time, the rally blos-somed into a week-long event, eventually suffering in attendance and popularity after getting wrapped up in the upheavals of the 60’s.  The rally reverted to a 3-day weekend and would re-main so until 1991, when organizers revived the week-long event after seeing the success of Sturgis’ 50th Anniversary Rally in 1990.  Laconia Motorcycle Week reclaimed the support of local businesses and the AMA as a week-long rally and the oldest gypsy tour in the country.WelcomeBikers

Today, Laconia Motorcycle Week® is a much-expanded version of the early “gypsy tour” years offering attendees lots of fun, food, music and, of course, a forum to share in their passion (big or small) for riding.  Over 230,000 riders are expected to descend on the Lakes Region for the Ral-ly, holding the honor of the oldest of the three national rallies with Daytona and Sturgis being Laconia’s sister rallies.  Sure, the rev of motorcycles and sight of leather (lots of it) may be overwhelming, but don’t be fooled.  Behind those leather jackets are just regular people; a multi-generational group of enthusiasts, from all walks of life, who all just happen to share in the ex-hilaration and liberation that riding brings.slide01

“It’s a rite of passage,” says organizer Jennifer Anderson, “Many of us grew up hearing about “Laconia” and couldn’t wait to experience what all the buzz was about.  It’s easy to assume that the Rally is just a big party enjoyed by those on two-wheels, but it is so much more than that.  This is the one week of the year when riders get to hang out with thousands of other people, from all around the U.S. and world, who enjoy the very same thing they like – getting out and riding.  The Rally offers us all a chance of camaraderie while still having fun, packing on the miles, and even raising money for much deserved local charities”Laconia2

And its boundaries have expanded, too.  You’ll notice an uptick in motorcycle traffic throughout the state (not just limited to Laconia, Weirs Beach, or Loudon).  Motorcycle enthusiasts come to the state to enjoy the scenic riding as far east as the seacoast and as far north as the picturesque Kancamagus Highway, proving half the fun is getting here.
So be a part of the continuing history.  Plan a ride to New Hampshire for this year’s Motorcycle Week (June 10 – June 18).  Whether it’s your first or 94th visit, you’ll find the passion for riding, around which this event was founded, has never changed.

Laconia Motorcycle Week® gives great appreciation to all of our sponsors, especially our Pre-senting Sponsors: Progressive, AMSOIL, and Hot Leathers as well as the State of New Hamp-shire for their large financial support of our rally each year.  For more information on visiting the State of NH, check out www.visitnh.gov.

Ride Safe and Keep Away from the Centerline!


“Freedom” Riding Boot from Bates Footwear Now In Stock

Rockford, MI – January 17, 2017 – The latest offering from Bates Footwear, the Freedom riding boot, is now in stock and available online and through select powersports dealers. The Freedom offers motorcyclists premium performance, protection and all-day comfort, and is 100% sourced and manufactured in the United States.

1Constructed from water-resistant leather & nylon uppers, the 6-inch Freedom boot features Dri-Lex® lining to keep cool, dry and comfortable. Poron XRD® impact foam in the side panels offers total ankle protection, while leather toe shift reinforcements ensure longevity. The boots are anchored by a rugged Vibram® rubber lug outsole for sure footing on and off the bike. The Freedom is sourced in the United States and is proudly manufactured in the Wolverine Worldwide factory in Big Rapids, Michigan.

2The Bates design team incorporated several features that pay tribute to Bates Footwear’s American Military heritage. The five embossed stars on the heel of the boot represent the five branches of the US Armed Forces, while the red welt stitching along the top of the sole is a reminder of the sacrifices made by our military. The American flag on the outside of the right boot is shown with the field of stars facing forward to symbolize the flag being carried into battle.

34Bates Footwear Freedom Features

  • Water-Resistant Leather & Nylon
  • Dri-Lex® Lining
  • Leather Toe Shift Reinforcement
  • Nylon Collar
  • Poron XRD® Side Impact Foam
  • Vibram® Rubber Lug Outsole
  • Leather Welt Construction
  • Made in the USA
  • Available in Black/Camo or Brown
  • 5100% Sourced and Manufactured in the United States
    • Leather made in Vicksburg, MS
    • Upper Nylon made in New York, NY
    • Laces made in Cumberland, RI
    • Lacing Hardware made in Stoughton, MA
    • Thread made in Mt. Holly, NC
    • Inside Lining made in Weymouth, MA
    • Cushion Insert made in Wadsworth, OH
    • Insole made in Hampton, NH
    • Midsole and Outsole made in Concord, MA
    • Assembled in Big Rapids, MI
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    The Bates Footwear Freedom motorcycle boot is in stock and available online and through select powersports dealers. Learn more about the Bates Footwear PowerSports Line at www.BatesFootwear.com, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.