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LAFD Fire Hogs wounded vets head to Sturgis

lafd fire hogs wounded vets head to sturgisJuly 29th, 2015Article originally written by ABC7.Led by members of the Los Angeles City Fire Department's own motorcycle club, more than a dozen wounded veterans are hitting the road in the first-ever veterans charity ride to Sturgis, South Dakota -- a popular spot for bikers.They'll have some fun along the way, but will also deal with some serious issues that concern veterans."We've got a suicide rate of 22 a day right now and it's only on the rise. The reality of it is that we, as service mem…

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Indian Motorcycle Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis

indian motorcycle veterans charity ride to sturgisJuly 13th, 2015Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its sponsorship of the “Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis.” The ride, intended to raise support for severely wounded and injured veterans, will offer a group of former military service members the opportunity to ride to Sturgis, SD just in time for the rally’s 75th anniversary.Indian Motorcycle recently announced a partnership with the USO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing programs and live entert…

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On cross-country motorcycle ride William Shatner stops in Independence

on cross-country motorcycle ride william shatner stops in independenceJuly 8th, 2015Standing by their motorcycles in the 90-degree heat, American Legion members anxiously held their phones waiting to hear the revving of motorcycles along U.S. 40.“There he is,” pointed one member.“Oh my gosh, it’s Captain Kirk!” squealed the wife of another.Like it was a movie, William Shatner, 84, famously known as Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, pulled up to the entrance of Independence’s American Legion Post 21 with his wife, Elizabeth, behind him.“Wow, now this is a hot ride,” said S…

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Sturgis to reach new milestone, over 800k attendees

sturgis to reach new milestone, over 800k attendeesJuly 7th, 2015 Article originally written on LATimes. The town of less than 7,000 typically draws 400,000 visitors for the rally. But after the 2014 gathering, the Rapid City Journal suggested that the milestone might make attendance spike. If 853,000 or more people show up, the figure will top the entire state’s population. The mammoth biker bash will be Aug. 3-9. With the huge crowds in mind, an Orange County event organizer will develop Sturgis City Park as an entertainment v…

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Marlon Brando Harley sells for $256,000

marlon brando harley sells for $256,000July 6th, 2015Article originally written on GizMag.A 1970 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide owned since new by screen icon Marlon Brando has sold for $256,000 at Julien's Hollywood Legends auction in Hollywood. Brando won two academy awards for best actor (from eight nominations) and despite many famous film roles (A Streetcar named Desire, The Godfather, Last Tango in Paris, Guys and Dolls, On the Waterfront, Julius Caesar, Apocalypse Now and Mutiny on the Bounty, it was his role as Johnny Stra…

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Honda RC213V-S Is a Street-Legal MotoGP Motorcycle

honda rc213v-s is a street-legal motogp motorcycleJuly 2nd, 2015Limited to 200 units and handmade to order at a rate of just one per day, the Honda RC213V-S is the company’s MotoGP race bike made street-legal.Based on the production version RCV1000R MotoGP machine (as raced by Nicky Hayden in 2014), this RCV213V-S streetbike is almost identical except for the carbon brakes; it is equipped with the Brembo steel brake setup as used by the Honda racebikes in the wet. The streetbike also omits the seamless gearbox and pneumatic valve system used on…

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Throttle Fest drives away negative aspects of motorcycle culture

throttle fest drives away negative aspects of motorcycle cultureJune 30th, 2015Article written on The Chicago Tribune.Ramp stunts, a "wall of death" and a motorcycle riding a tight rope with trapeze artists above the Lake County Fairgrounds were among the weekend attractions that celebrated all aspects of bike culture during Throttle Fest in Grayslake.The three-day motorcycle festival and rally highlighted the positive community among motorcyclists, attendees and organizers said, not the menacing image popular culture might suggest. Many at the event describ…

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Wind-powered motorcycle for a Mad Max world

wind-powered motorcycle for a mad max worldJune 25th, 2015Come the days of scarcity, hopefully we won't be living in a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland warring viciously over the few resources left -- and hopefully we'll be a little more prepared, with sustainable replacements for the fossil-fueled technology we live with now.This is the idea behind James Dyson Award entry Strangeworld -- a motorcycle powered by the wind and the sun."I was riding a rented motorcycle through Glencoe in the Highlands of Scotland in late 2013," explained p…

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Harley-Davidson CEO Wants Young People To Live For Real On A Motorcyle

harley-davidson ceo wants young people to live for real on a motorcyleJune 22nd, 2015Article originally written on The Huffington Post.Matt Levatich prefers a hog to the bad piggies of "Angry Birds."The Harley-Davidson CEO said electronic devices, such as smartphones and video games, were distracting potential young bikers from the call of the open road."I'm in the camp of: It isn't bad, it's just different," he told The Wall Street Journal.But he believes the rebellious counterculture that started in the 1950s -- in which motorcycles were emblematic -- will endur…

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Motorcycle dream job with Harley-Davidson

motorcycle dream job with harley-davidsonJune 18th, 2015MILWAUKEE Growing up skiing and boating on Grayson Lake, Nathan Boyd never dreamed of a job with America’s most legendary motorcycle company.“I rode dirt bikes from the age of 5 through college, but I’d never been on a street bike until I joined the Harley-Davidson Motor Company,” said Boyd, a member of the Boyd County High School class of 1988 who now works as director of product integrity for Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee.With hands on at every point in the development of a new H…

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