Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation Ride – Brooklyn, NY

Good cause with good people and a tour of Brooklyn with the guys at Indian Larry Motorcycles. Donate and enjoy the festivities this Sunday June 4th. Pre-Registration tonight or show up and pay day-of. 👊🏼😎

#indianlarrymotorcycles #nyc #aidansride #goodcause #motorcycle #vtwinlife

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Shifting the Balance of Power

Why More Women are Riding Motorcycles and How That’s Driving Change

Whether it’s for freedom, adventure, spiritual experience, confidence, independence, or community, women are taking to motorcycles with an increased voracity.

Three years ago, Debra Teplitz, 44, decided to silence the voice in her head that said, “Nice Jewish girls from the North Shore of Chicago don’t ride motorcycles.” Like so many women who are learning to ride in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond, Teplitz has confronted personal challenges, societal stereotypes, and cultural expectations to embrace the freedom and independence of motorcycling. For many female riders, mastering a motorcycle has served as a catalyst for other long-awaited life changes. While their riding is at an all-time high, women on motorcycles are nothing new. We’ve been riding longer than we’ve been voting. Nonetheless, there are a lot more of us now. Women are one of the fastest growing demographics in the powersports industry.

Why Women Ride: The Faces of Female Motorcycling

Freedom

After her divorce in 2007, Wendy Lamparelli, 51, was ready to buy a bike to fulfill a lifelong dream. Fearing for her safety, Lamparelli’s mom and kids begged her not to, so she ended up with a convertible instead. But the dream didn’t fade. In June 2012, she made it come true. What does she enjoy most? “The freedom and the pure adrenaline rush I feel when I’m in control of such a beautiful machine,” she says.

Teplitz, editorial operations manager for a multinational publishing house, loved riding with her dad. Even as a child, she felt free and relished the special time spent with him. Years later, while watching her husband learn to ride, she was bitten by the bug. In spite of being terrified of her klutziness, Teplitz signed up, too. She recalls being so tense that her body still ached two days after class. In spite of stressing over learning to shift, dropping the bike, and picking up speed, she passed her test on the first try.

Independence

Now 55, Idaho tourism manager Diane Norton started riding 14 years ago because she wanted the independence and a better view than the back of a helmet. She loves riding through Idaho’s scenic back roads alongside her husband. “It’s my Zen,” Norton says. “I’m completely in the moment. There’s no cell phone, music, or email that can take me away from my Zen.”

Adventure

Account manager Kelly Geissler, 46, always wanted to ride but never thought her husband was interested. Kids and careers took precedence and riding remained something for another day. That day finally arrived for both of them four years ago. Geissler hasn’t looked back since – except to check her mirrors.

To Conquer Fears

Three years ago, 46-year-old Christine Watson, learned to ride when her new husband decided he wanted to ride solo again. It was learn to ride, or see him less. The fear was almost paralyzing, but she overcame it and now wonders what took her so long. “I started on a Honda CBR 250, moved up to a 600, and now I’m on a Ninja 1000,” she says. “Riding’s been the driving force behind life changes. I now know I can do anything I set my mind to.”

Her excitement and drive hasn’t gone unnoticed. Christine’s 20-year-old daughter thinks her mom is cool to try new things and conquer fears. “I think it’s important for people to know you can do anything, no matter what your age,” Watson says.

Community

While riding is often about independence, riders appreciate the community aspect. “It’s given me a sisterhood with a group of women that has changed my life,” Watson says.

Speed Bumps and Traffic Cones: Obstacles to Riding

At the age of 16 (which is when I first learned to ride) most of us feel invincible and immortal – so it’s easy to learn. There’s no fear. Learning as an adult, however, is a whole different ball game. There’s an established stigma. Before you can learn, you have to get past myths based on:

  • Cultural training
  • Opinions of others
  • Physical requirements
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of success

There are also skill-based fears, remedied through training and practice:

  • Operating the clutch
  • Turning at slow speeds
  • Picking up speed
  • Cornering
  • Dropping it
  • Finding others to ride with

Geissler’s biggest challenge was to get that little voice out of her head that said, “Why are you doing this? It’s dangerous!” As her time in the saddle increased, so too did her confidence, and that little voice isn’t even a whisper any more. “It’s cliché to say it’s freedom, but that’s as close as I can get,” she says. “It’s the ‘don’t fence me in’ spirit. It’s so beautiful and I can’t help but say a little prayer of gratitude. I’m always grinning.”

A Sisterhood of Riders

“With women’s affinity toward connection, it’s only natural these riders want to connect with each other,” says Genevieve Schmitt, founder and editor of Women Riders Now, the longest-running and most comprehensive resource for female motorcyclists. “As a result there are hundreds of women’s motorcycle riding clubs across the U.S. and Canada,” she says. These clubs provide an outlet for women to meet up on a regular basis and share their passion for motorcycling. “It’s also a way for new riders to get integrated into a community of like-minded riders,” Schmitt says.

One of those organizations is Women On Wheels (WOW). By day, WOW president Cris Baldwin is the assistant dean and registrar for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. But she devotes most nights and weekends to the not-for-profit organization. WOW has 75 Chapters in the U.S. and approximately 1,500 members worldwide. “This already gives me a network of females not accessible to me prior to WOW,” Baldwin says.

Women Take the Industry By Storm

Most telling of women’s impact on a still male-dominated arena is their entry into leadership positions in the powersports industry.

In February 2013, Maggie McNally-Bradshaw, an IT Specialist for New York State, was unanimously elected chair of theAmerican Motorcyclist Association (AMA) board of directors. She is the first woman to lead the AMA board in the association’s 89-year history.

McNally-Bradshaw is used to defying the odds. It was her feistiness and pure determination that got her riding at 19. She and a group of friends were talking about dream cars. When 5’1” McNally-Bradshaw said she wanted to get a motorcycle, one of the guys said, “You can’t. Girls don’t ride motorcycles.” She had her permit within a week, and now teaches part-time.

Sarah Schilke, Head of Marketing and PR for Schuberth North America and Held USA, became the first woman to serve on the Board of Directors of the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) in its 100-year history. An avid street rider and amateur off-road racer, Schilke has been riding motorcycles for 20 years and worked in the motorcycle field for almost as long.

Like many women, Cam Arnold – MIC’s VP of Communications – learned how to ride from her college boyfriend. She enjoyed it, and bought a bike, which became her main form of transportation for years. A couple of close calls spooked her and she sold her bike to a friend, whom she later married. She had her bike back! Also typical of many women’s stories, Arnold took a break while focusing on family and career. She and her husband returned to riding once the kids were grown, and don’t plan on stopping any time soon.

In a move that’s a huge boost for women riders, PowerLily, a private LinkedIn group for women in the powersports industry (with more than 300 active members), recently became part of the MIC. Arnold will lead the program and work closely with its members to integrate MIC resources. “We’ll have support from all segments of the industry,” she says.

Industry leader Harley-Davidson has been pursuing women riders for years, with programs such as the Garage Party, designed to take the intimidation factor out of walking into a motorcycle shop. Their strategy worked. Harley-Davidsonsold more new on-road motorcycles to women in the U.S. than all other brands combined in 2013. Perhaps more women have realized the benefits of riding that can extend to daily lives off the road. “Thousands of women have found riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle is a powerful way to tap into their strength, independence, and confidence and take it to a whole new level,” said Claudia Garber, Director of Market Outreach for Harley-Davidson.

Honda has doubled its market share of female riders in the past five years by focusing on a proper fit for women riders. The broad appeal of the CTX700 and CTX700N cruisers with their lower seat height, lower center of gravity, and optional automatic transmission is evident with more than 30 percent of sales to women. Honda has also introduced lower and narrower seats on sport bikes, a move that has helped double the percentage of sales to women in that segment.

“I’ve also noticed a shift in more women seeking the adventure style of riding with an eye toward long distance touring on two wheels,” says Schmitt. The adventure touring motorcycle market has taken off in recent years; all the new models to choose allow riders more versatility for touring. Women are seeking out this style of riding and enjoying all the rewards that come from venturing outside of a set comfort zone and exploring new horizons, Schmitt explains.

Women on motorcycles are powerful. And they’re learning that if you can master your motorcycle, you can master anything. Transformation that begins with one inspires many more who are ready to make a change, with an established community waiting to welcome and provide support.

As women riders’ numbers and strength swell, so too does their positive influence, both in the powersports industry and in the organizations in which they work and play.

Source: Fix.com

Harley-Davidson recall: 2014 Dyna Low Rider motorcycles – V-Twin Life

Harley-Davidson 2014 Dyna Low Rider Recall

Harley-Davidson 2014 Dyna Low Rider Recall

Last month, Harley-Davidson Motor Company had recalled over 66,000 of its Touring-model motorcycles due to pinched brake-line issues.  On Friday, Harley-Davidson issued yet another recall, this one for the 2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider (FXDL).

Harley has recalled over 4,500 Dyna Low Riders built from January 6, 2014, through June 19, 2014 worldwide due to ignition-switch issues; more than 3,300 are in the USA.  Harley reports that due to engine vibration on modified Low Riders that rev over 5,600 RPM, the ignition switch can go from “on” to “accessory.”  If this occurs, the engine can shut off while moving, potentially causing a crash.  As of this writing, no crashes have been reported due to the issues of this recall.

The full defect notice goes into more detail explaining that the engine mount bracket on these models has a resonant frequency that happens around 5,800 rpm. At this point, it begins vibrating the ignition switch and can cause it to change position. The stock bikes only allow engine speeds up to 5,600 rpm, according to the report, but the company offers an option to increase the limit further.

Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine mount bracket assembly and ignition switch knob, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin by the end of July 2014.

Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464.

73rd Annual Daytona Bike Week – Biker Rally info Sponsored by Harley-Davidson

2014 has started off with some crazy weather bombarding the east coast and most the country with snow, rain, and cold.  With spring getting closer and riding season on the horizon it’s good news the weather in Florida is in the 70’s.  Daytona Bike Week is not only the start of the bike show season but also start of the riding season for most.  This year is the 73rd annual Bike week running March 7th to March 16, 2014.  The Daytona Beach area is biker-heaven year round with a great climate for riding, many businesses that cater to bikers and great entertainment 24-7.  The first Daytona Bike Week was January 24, 1937 – the inaugural running of the Daytona 200. The first race took place on the sand just south of The World’s Most Famous Beach on a 3.2 mile road course. Ed Kretz of Monterey Park, CA was its first winner, riding an American made Indian Motorcycle averaging 73 miles an hour. A tradition was established and the rest is history. Now, a 10-day festival, the event has spread from Main Street into other areas around Volusia County. The Motorcycle Industry and hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts gather here in March as well as October for the Fall Classic Biketoberfest.  For more info and the event schedule click here to take you to the official site.  Be safe out there if you are traveling East with weather continuing and another cold front coming down from the midwest.  

http://www.daytonachamber.com/daytonabikeweek/

5th Annual Brooklyn Invitational Bike Show – V-Twin Life

 

Brooklyn Inivitational Bike Show

If you are into Custom Bikes and want to see some of the best builders in the world, then head out to the Brooklyn Invitational Bike Show this weekend.  Indian Larry Motorcycles have always been in my opinion some of the best choppers built out there and to see the bikes in person is something else.  There will be pre-parties going on from Dice Magazine on Friday and then the show starts at 3pm on Saturday and will run all night.  All the info from the site including links are below.  

Have a great day and cheers to a big weekend!

SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 3PM-12AM
AT ROOT STUDIOS, 131 NORTH 14TH STREET BROOKLYN, NY
LIVE MUSIC . BEER . BIKES
 
SPONSORED BY ROOT STUDIOS, ASAHI BEER, AND REV’IT
 
DICE MAGAZINE PARTY FRIDAY NIGHT BEFORE THE SHOW
70 NORTH 6TH ST.
 
 Builder List for this year’s Invitational:
ANDY CARTER – PANAGEA SPEED
BRANDON HOLSTEIN – THE SPEED MERCHANT
CALEB OWENS – CRO CUSTOMS
CICERO DE GUZMAN JR.
DAVE BARKER – SPEEDMETAL CYCLES
DAVE FRESTON – CHOPPERDAVE’S
DAVE POLGREEN – THE WRETCHED HIVE
ERNIE BARKMAN
UGH MACKIE – SIXTH STREET SPECIALS
JASIN PHARES – HAROLD’S IRON WORKS
JEFF WRIGHT – CHURCH OF CHOPPERS
KEINO SASAKI – KEINO CYCLES
KENNY CUMMINGS – NYC NORTON
KIM BOYLE – BOYLE CUSTOM MOTO
LOCK BAKER – EASTERN FABRICATIONS
MAX SCHAAF – 4Q
MATTIAS ANDERSON – LEBEEF KUSTOMS
NORITAKA FUKUOKA
PAUL COX – PAUL COX INDUSTRIES
ROLAND SANDS – RSD
SETH ROSKO – ROSKO CYCLES
STEPHAN PATE – RESTORATION WERKS
T-ROD
WALT SEIGL – WALT SIEGL MOTORCYCLES
 
 
MUSIC BY BROTHERS, NATUR, AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
ADDITIONAL WORKS BY=
BRIAN LANGER, JEFF WRIGHT, KEN NAGAHARA, MICHAEL MCCABE,
MICHAEL SCHMIDT, TROY CRITCHLOW, AND STEVE BONGE

 

 

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