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Bike Hero Not For Sale – Night Train




January 10, 2019 at 01:44PM

January is “Human Trafficking Awareness Month.” Meet Sally. Sally is a survivor of human trafficking. Yep! As an avid biker, she is one of us. An icon representing courage in the communities and people she touches. She is also a seasoned professional model who you probably have seen in biker-related media before. Sally is a true warrior. Her story and what she went through is gut-wrenching. I am privileged to be her friend. Sally is the mother to six children and a grandmother of two. She is currently Co-Director of “Fighting Against Trafficking Organization.” Sally also strongly focuses on her practice as a consultant championing the cause of victims’ rights of sexual crimes, domestic abuse, and violence against women and children.

Sally recently won a supreme court case in South Dakota, making it case law across the country, thus giving victims of abuse who are able to prove they have long suffered and currently still suffer from their abuse, the ability to take their perpetrator to civil court for a jury trial and pursue punitive damages. If you voted in the last election, one of the issues to vote on your ballot was a direct result of Sally’s hard work on behalf of victims nationwide. Sally’s expertise has been utilized by legislators throughout the Midwest to help pass new and tougher sex trafficking legislation. She is a sought-after speaker and has successfully contributed to organizations such as; Creighton University’s Human Trafficking Initiative, Women’s Fund, NHTTF Thriver Committee, National Survivor Network, and the Polaris Project.

So, what does that have to do with us all? Well, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally organizers, as well as the city of Sturgis, think it has very much to do with bikers. So much so they decided to team up with Sally’s organization and conduct a charity ride called “FAST Ride” which stands for “Fight Against Sex Trafficking.” In their Memorandum of Understanding the organizer’s state; “We recognize that trafficking doesn’t happen because of events like Sturgis. It happens because demand exists wherever there are large gatherings of people, and traffickers are more than willing to leverage any event to exploit vulnerable individuals for financial gain. But we also recognize that the biker community, in general, is filled with good, compassionate men and women who could be inspired and engaged in combatting this evil; and this is the opportunity we hope to capitalize on with the Sturgis F.A.S.T. Ride 2019.”

FAST Ride Sturgis event will consist of a one-day charity ride. The event will provide the opportunity for Fighting Against Trafficking to have a platform to be heard on the issues of Human Trafficking. It will also allow the EPIK Project to enroll more men into the movement and for the City of Sturgis to proactively participate in the solution as well. The City of Sturgis, EPIK and Ride My Road will combine efforts to host the actual charity ride with the goal of 150-200 riders participating and purchasing ride tickets. Proceeds from the ride will go to the EPIK Project. FAST Ride Sturgis, Ride My Road and EPIK will also partner in creating a custom “Survivor Bike.” A bike has been donated for the purposes of creating a one-off custom build. Proceeds from the bike raffle will go to local organization Fighting Against Trafficking. The city of Sturgis has generously offered to help promote and market the Sturgis FAST Ride within the biker community and within the various networks connected with the rally. Sturgis will also lend logistical and tactical support to event partners with the possibility of a press conference.

Sally Richardson

Fighting Against Trafficking is a SD-based nonprofit organization led by survivor-leader Sally Richardson and Senator Lynne Hix-DiSanto. Proceeds from this event will benefit the development of services for victims of sex trafficking.

The EPIK Project is a Pacific NW-based nonprofit with work across 11 cities nationally. EPIK focuses on engaging male allies in the effort to combat the demand that drives sexual exploitation.

Ride My Road in partnership with The EPIK Project, is a producer of the FAST ride. Ride My Road is committed to bringing awareness to the fight against human trafficking among the biker community. Through fundraising and public speaking Ride, My Road supports survivor-led organizations and celebrates survivors through photography and media. So my question now is; “When is Daytona Bike Week going to join the fight?” There are multiple well-intentioned organizations fighting against human trafficking in the nation. All effective in their own merit to various degrees. Sally so far has championed the cause because of her own testimony. The fact she is a biker makes her a good ambassador for the cause among us all. Sally is scheduled to visit Florida in January/February 2019. We should all look forward to seeing her.

Night Train
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Roustabout – Biker Movie Review




January 09, 2019 at 01:37PM

Born To Ride is reviewing the top 13 “Biker Exploitation” Films. Elvis’ Roustabout comes in at number 11. In order to understand the true and effectual definition of the word (roustabout), I actually had to do some research. I had always assumed that a ‘Roustabout’ was just a loner that traveled around on a motorcycle, drinking and beating people up. This vision in my mind was likely based on the movie, which I viewed when I was a child. I wasn’t very far off. It seems that the true definition of a roustabout or people that are (roustabouts) are basically un-skilled laborers. The use of this term is common around oil-rigs and carnivals. I suppose now they would just be referred to as laborers. But that enlightenment, as late in life as it came, has little or nothing to do with the movie itself.

Roustabout isn’t really a biker exploitation film per se, but it does give a glimmer of what life was like in the mid sixties, and it does actually feature Elvis riding a 305 Honda in a lot of scenes. Elvis actually DID ride motorcycles, but the lore that follows him rarely refers to this activity. And this one is more of a ‘musical’ / ‘romance’ following in the footsteps of other Elvis films. Hey, you gotta admit – Elvis was mostly notorious for his music, not his acting!

Charlie Rogers (played by Elvis) is a musician performing in a “Tea House” which is the 60’s equivalent of a 1920’s speak-easy, or a place that may serve alcohol illegally, or perhaps to folks that are underage. I base this on a popular term used in the movie. The waitress serving some college kids says “ Well if you see that light come on over there it means that the FUZZ is on the way, and you better ditch the beer and go back to the coke”. I LOVE that term Fuzz. (For you younger folks) It’s a really old term for the Police. I remember once I asked a girlfriend “Have you ever been picked up by the Fuzz?” And she replied “No, but I HAVE been slung around by my t*&$!!!”

Anyway, our hero Charlie sings a great anti-college boy song “Poison Ivy League” to the table of kids. As Charlie leaves, he is confronted by a trio of the Ivy-Leaguers and is fired from the gig after brawling with them in the establishment’s parking lot. He uses Judo to overcome the trio, and is soon arrested by the local Fuzz. After a night in jail, Charlie hits the road on his Honda 305 Superhawk motorcycle and encounters Joe, Maggie and Cathy. Joe runs him off the road, and he crashes through a fence wrecking his bike and guitar. Maggie, a carnival owner offers him a place to stay and a job with her carnival while the bike is being repaired. Charlie becomes a roustabout or carnie, and spends most of his time chasing Cathy around the show grounds. Joe spends a lot of time abusing Charlie but Maggie recognizes his musical talents and promotes him to top billing. His singing and musical act draws huge crowds to the carnival. Off stage, Charlie cultivates a romance with Cathy but after numerous troubles with her pugnacious father Joe and an incident over a customer’s lost wallet, Charlie leaves the carnival to star in the show of rival carnival producer Harry Carver. It is at this juncture in the film that you will once again be reminded that this is a ‘biker’ film when Charlie on a dare, rides inside the “Wall of Death”. Yeah, I doubt that Elvis did this stunt himself, but it is curious to see one of the original barrels from the sixties. It’s still a great show today! Charlie is a great success at Carvers show but when Charlie learns Maggie may face bankruptcy, he returns to her carnival and relieves her financial woes with his earnings from Carver’s show. After yet another fight with Joe, our hero saves the day and in the musical finale, he is happily reunited with Cathy and remains with Maggie’s carnival.

If you are an Elvis fan, you’ve already seen this one I’m sure. But if your looking for a hard core biker exploitation film, this really isn’t it!

THE PHANTOM MOVIE REVIEW



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Seven-time National MX Champ Jeff Ward to race American Flat Track TTs in 2019




January 08, 2019 at 09:45PM

NEWPORT BEACH, CA (Jan. 8, 2019) – Jeff Ward, a seven-time AMA Motocross champion, AMA Supermoto champion, IndyCar and NASCAR racer, Motorcycle Hall of Famer and one of the most versatile and successful competitors in the world of motorsports, will return to the racetrack to compete in American Flat Track events in 2019.

Ward will compete in the AFT Singles division at all five TT races – and maybe even a Short Track or two – aboard KTM 450 SX-F machinery with support from fellow racer and Moto Anatomy riding-school owner Johnny Lewis, Blackmore Ranch, KTM, Troy Lee Designs, Malcolm Smith Motorcycles, The W Training Facility and Monster Energy.

“Most folks probably don’t know this,” Ward said, “but I started racing flat tracks and TTs as a youngster, and then gradually moved to motocross, so I’ve got some pretty deep flat track roots. I’ve been riding lately at the Blackmore Ranch flat track facility in Southern California and really enjoying it. I also watched all the AFT races on NBCSN in 2018, and I got to thinking, ‘Let’s try this…’ – and here we are!

Photo Credit_Wardy Racing

“The plan,” continued Ward, “is to do the five TT events, and maybe catch a Short Track or two. I’ll be riding KTM 450s, with set-up, logistical and training help from Johnny Lewis. I’ll ride one of Johnny’s KTMs at Daytona in March, and one of my KTMs in Arizona in April, as it’s close to my So Cal base. After that we’ll figure out logistics for the rest of the rounds.

“I’m working on finalizing sponsors now,” Ward added, “and we definitely have opportunities for companies to come aboard. We are going to have a lot of fun with this and stir things up a bit. I think we’ll be in contention for wins, too. I’m 57, but I’m still pretty fast on a motorcycle and in great shape thanks to all the motocross riding and mountain bike racing I’ve been doing. It will be a challenge, for sure, but I’m committed to this and plenty serious about the season.”

Ward, who’s also a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame, will have serious logistical and bike set-up support from Lewis, a top-level flat tracker in his own right.

“Jeff’s a master,” said Lewis, “and he’ll adapt quickly. He’s just so intuitive and has such a good feel for the motorcycle, what it needs, and how to extract maximum performance from it. I’m always amazed how good he is when I watch him. We’ll be working together and testing before the Daytona round on March 14, and afterward, too, so he’ll be ready. When you combine his world-class natural talent with the fact that he still wants to learn and pays attention to the smaller things I can help him with, he’s going to be tough to beat. He’s also going to be involved in my Moto Anatomy schools whenever possible, so I’m excited about our collaboration. We’re going to have some fun!”

Look for continued coverage of the Ward/Lewis/KTM 2019 effort, including in-depth interviews and features, in the coming weeks on the American Flat Track website (Americanflattrack.com). For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please click below:

Jeff Ward Racing
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jeffward3x
Instagram: www.instagram.com/jeffward3x
Email: wardyracing@aol.com

Johnny Lewis/Moto Anatomy
Web: www.moto-anatomy.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/motoanatomy_
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/motoanatomyofficial/
Email: johnny@moto-anatomy.com

Next Up for AFT:
American Flat Track will kick off its 2019 season with its bar-banging DAYTONA TT in appropriate fashion – during the wild Bike Week festivities in Daytona Beach. The 2019 DAYTONA TT happens Thursday, March 14 once again under the lights of the iconic Daytona International Speedway. Tickets start at just $35 and are available now at https://tickets.americanflattrack.com
How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track. For the 2019 season, NBCSN’s coverage of AFT moves to highly-coveted, weekend afternoon programming slots within two weeks of each event. The complete schedule for AFT on NBCSN can be viewed at http://www.americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn/. FansChoice.tv remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy, providing live streaming coverage of every event on AFT’s live page while previous events and exclusive features are available on AFT’s VOD page.

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.



Credit: Born To Ride Motorcycle Magazine – Motorcycle TV, Radio, Events, News and Motorcycle Blog.

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON ELECTRIFIES THE FUTURE OF TWO-WHEELS WITH DEBUT OF NEW CONCEPTS AND LIVEWIRE MOTORCYCLE AVAILABLE FOR US DEALER PRE-ORDER




January 08, 2019 at 09:32PM

HARLEY-DAVIDSON ELECTRIFIES THE FUTURE OF TWO-WHEELS WITH DEBUT OF NEW CONCEPTS AND LIVEWIRE MOTORCYCLE AVAILABLE FOR US DEALER PRE-ORDER


Electric LiveWire Motorcycle and Two Groundbreaking Lightweight Electric Concepts Shine in Vegas 

 

LAS VEGAS (January 7, 2019) – Harley-Davidson, the company that has defined the motorcycle industry for the past 116 years, today revealed two new concept electric two-wheelers and announced pricing and pre-order availability for LiveWire™, its first electric production motorcycle, at the biggest show in consumer electronics in Las Vegas. The 2020 LiveWire™ motorcycle is now available for US dealer pre-order at h-d.com/LiveWire with deliveries expected this fall and select global markets announced at a later date.

 

The LiveWire represents the future of Harley-Davidson, bringing high-performance electric propulsion, evocative design, and cellular connectivity to today’s rider. The first of a new electric portfolio of motorcycles that provides an all new two-wheel experience, LiveWire delivers thrilling acceleration, agile handling, premium materials and finishes, and a full suite of electronic rider aids and interfaces for a completely connected experience.

The performance of the LiveWire motorcycle will deliver an exhilarating ride for seasoned motorcyclists, while its clutch-free design also makes the experience for new riders easier than ever. Harley-Davidson also debuted two additional, electrified future concepts that further explore the potential of urban mobility. In keeping with LiveWire, both concepts bring Harley-Davidson’s expertise in expressive two-wheeled experiences and push boundaries in design and technology. These motorcycles are a significant part of the More Roads to Harley-Davidson plan to accelerate building the next generation of riders through new products in additional motorcycle segments, broader access and a commitment to strengthen dealers globally.

 

“We’re at a historic juncture in the evolution of mobility, and Harley-Davidson is at the forefront,” said Matt Levatich, Harley-Davidson’s President and CEO. “Innovation that moves the body and soul has always been at the heart of our brand, and this next chapter in our history is about creating products and opportunities for existing and aspiring riders of all ages and walks of life.”

 

“Our vision for the future is all encompassing,” said Levatich. “For all ages, from urban professional to exurban retiree, and from commute-minded to thrill-seeking, we are creating the products and opportunities for existing and aspiring riders to feel the transformative power of the two-wheeled riding experience. These two concepts are further statements towards that our commitment to lead in the electric mobility space that begins this fall with the production 2020 LiveWire.”

 

LiveWire Pre-Order Details

For more information on the new Harley-Davidson LiveWire motorcycle (US MSRP $29,799), as well as updates on future additional bikes, visit Harley-Davidson.com/Electric or the brand’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram channels. To find a dealer for a LiveWire motorcycle pre-order placement, visit www.h-d.com/LiveWire.

LiveWire 2018

An All-New Riding Experience with Iconic Harley-Davidson Power

Accessible to new motorcyclists and a thrill for accomplished riders, the LiveWire motorcycle is the perfect combination of power, performance and technology. Features include:

  • Amazing acceleration: from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds. The instant torque provided by the H-D Revelation™ electric powertrain can produce 100 percent of its rated torque the instant the throttle is twisted, and 100 percent of that torque is always available.
  • Twist-and-go ease of use: Electric power requires no clutch and no gear shifting, greatly simplifying operation for new riders. All riders will appreciate the braking effect of the power regeneration mode as it adds charge to the battery, especially in stop-and-go urban traffic.
  • H-D™ Connect Service: The LiveWire motorcycle is equipped with H-D™ Connect, which pairs motorcycle riders with their bikes through an LTE-enabled Telematics Control Unit coupled with connectivity and cloud services using the latest version of the Harley-Davidson™ App. This technology makes the LiveWire motorcycle the first North American mass-market cellular-connected electric motorcycle. With H-D Connect, data is collected and transferred to the app to provide information to the rider’s smartphone about:
    • Motorcycle status: Information available through H-D Connect includes battery charge status and available range from any location where a sufficient cellular signal is available. This allows the rider to remotely check the charge status including charge level and time to completion. Riders will be able to locate a charging station with ease thanks to an integrated location finder built into the H-D App.
    • Tamper alerts and vehicle location: H-D Connect indicates the location of the parked LiveWire motorcycle and alerts can be sent to the rider’s smartphone if the bike is tampered with or moved. GPS-enabled stolen-vehicle tracking provides peace of mind that the motorcycle’s location can be tracked.*
    • Service reminders and notifications: Reminders about upcoming vehicle service requirements, automated service reminders and other vehicle care notifications.
  • Performance and range optimized for the urban street-rider: Able to travel an estimated 110 miles of urban roads on a single charge.
  • Handling and control: The LiveWire motorcycle chassis is designed to deliver agile handling for confident control on urban streets and a thrilling ride on curving backroads. The H-D Revelation™ powertrain sits low in the motorcycle to lower the center of gravity and help the motorcycle handle well at all speeds and make it easier to balance when stopped. The motorcycle also features advanced technology including standard cornering-enhanced Anti-lock Braking System and Traction Control. The systems are fully electronic and utilize the latest inertial measurement unit and ABS sensor technology.
  • Distinctive Harley-Davidson sound, minimal vibration: The H-D Revelation electric powertrain produces minimal vibration, heat, and noise, all of which enhance rider comfort. The LiveWire model is designed to produce a new signature Harley-Davidson sound as it accelerates and gains speed. This new futuristic sound represents the smooth, electric power of the LiveWire motorcycle.

For more information on the “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” plan, go to https://investor.harley-davidson.com/news-and-events/accelerated-strategy.  For information about career opportunities at Harley-Davidson, including roles supporting research and development of electric products, please visit us at https://www.harley-davidson.com/careers

 

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles, riding experiences and events and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. Harley-Davidson Financial Services provides wholesale and retail financing, insurance, extended service and other protection plans and credit card programs to Harley-Davidson dealers and riders in the U.S., Canada and other select international markets. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.

 

*(Requires law enforcement assistance. Available in select markets).

 

 



Credit: Born To Ride Motorcycle Magazine – Motorcycle TV, Radio, Events, News and Motorcycle Blog.

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Messy Opening Round of Supercross 2019




January 08, 2019 at 06:20PM

Messy Opening Round of Supercross 2019

With the beginning of a year, a new season of motorcycle racing kicked off over the weekend with the 2019 Monster Energy Supercross Series, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. And what a crazy kickoff it was.

 

 

Southern California is prone to early January rains, and true to form, the sky opened up over the city and stadium, dumping hours and inches of rainfall on the track and riders. This made an already technical course a slough of muck and mire.

 

 

Opening heats and qualifiers on Friday in both the 250cc and 450cc classes were filled with slide-outs, pileups, run-outs, and crashes as eager racers jockeyed for traction and position. Every racer was determined to make the Saturday Main Event in both classes, so the 2 heats and LCQs in each division were hotly contested in the mud and grit. It was thrilling to watch.

Saturday opened the 250 Main Event, with Colt Nichols jumping Shane McElrath in lap one and running away from the pack. The Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha rider never gave up the lead, widening his gap over McElrath, Dylan Ferrandis, RJ Hampshire and Adam Cianciarulo through each of the 16 laps of the race. By the checkered flag, Nichols had amassed an incredible 16-second lead over the field, a definite exclamation point on the opening round of the season, and his first career Main Event win.

 

 

The 450 Main Event saw the rains intensify, and track conditions worsen for the riders loading into the start gate. The next 25 minutes were chaotic, to say the least. The first turn was extremely slick, and toppled four riders. Dean Wilson on his independent Husqvarna jumped into the lead, ahead of Malcolm Stewart and the field, until Stewart slid out in the slop. This opened the door for Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Justin Barcia, Team Honda HRC Ken Roczen, and Monster Energy Kawasaki Eli Tomac to jump in behind Wilson and give chase. The lone pass for the lead came on lap 14 when Barcia dove inside of Wilson in a turn, who by this time in the race was visually impeded, having lost his protective goggles across the laps. By race end, both Roczen and Tomac had passed the unfortunate Wilson as well, edging him off the podium to a 4th place finish. Red Bull KTM Cooper Webb recovered from a first lap crash and a nearly last place position to battle his way through the pack and claim the 5th spot. No small feat.

 

 

So concluded a wet, cold, messy Round 1 of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series in Anaheim. What a race weekend. This grueling series hosts 17 rounds total, and the next race weekend will run January 11-12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. For more Supercross info, check here:
www.supercrosslive.com

Rob Brooks



Credit: Born To Ride Motorcycle Magazine – Motorcycle TV, Radio, Events, News and Motorcycle Blog.

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Spyke & Mike New Jeans in 2019!




January 08, 2019 at 05:13PM

What’s up my BTR friends. Mike and I made it through another Christmas. It was a pleasant holiday, but he’s still a little bruised up from the beating he took from a couple of part-time Santa’s offended by his ‘Santa is a woman’ story last month. … Mike tells me this New Year symbolizes a unique chapter in the book of his life. It offers him the greatest opportunity to bring about a change in his undesired traits and behaviors. Also, to accomplish a personal goal: improve his inner harmony, so he says.

In past years, he set many resolutions and had almost all of them fail. Like most of us, his intentions and ideas are usually in his best interest. But it’s his follow-up or lack of that ends up biting him in the ass.

“Yes Spyke,” Mike cuts in, “You hit the nail on the head again. So this year I’m starting with a new winning streak. I’m going right down the middle, aiming to maintain mediocrity. Unlike last year, I’m not going to let you get a hold of my list and chew it up. I need it for reference.”

I cackle, ‘Is your photographic memory broken? Do you have a bad case of CRS (Can’t Remember S**t)? Well, I couldn’t take seeing a grown man cry. That’s what happened last year when you failed everything by Jan 5th.
So, what’s on your mind besides mediocrity?’

I roll my eyes as Mike pulls out another list. He backs away from me and starts reading. “My therapist said to improve on what I’m good at. I looked in the mirror and told myself the same thing. Looks like I’ll be good at nothing. So I’m not going to set my resolutions too high. I’m only going to go for 240p. To me, it feels like a low-quality year. As a lifelong student at the School of Hard Knocks, this is one thing I have to accept year-in and year-out. I’ve read so many horrible things about drinking and eating recently that I made a resolution of no more reading. And I am really trying not to cling to all my mistakes just because I spent a lot of time making them. Every year I say I’m going to grow up. Instead this year I’ll let my hair grow out again, that seems to be easier. I think I’m going to be more like a cat and give zero crap about anything in 2019. From what I can tell, it’s working out pretty good for them. Seems to me when I put in my two cents worth about something, it always costs me a few hundred dollars, sometimes even a trip to the emergency room, and I’m done with that.”

I squawk, ‘Yeah, they know you on a first-name basis and have your admission forms pre-printed. Also, those bumps and bruises take longer to heal when you get older. I think you should just stick to blinding a handful of people with your brilliance before baffling everyone with your bullshit. So, being the wise ole bird in your life, pull up a chair and listen to my advice. Letting go of some things doesn’t mean giving up, but rather accepting that there are things that cannot be. Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. You are whoever you want to be. You just have to decide to be and follow through. You need to smile and laugh more, forgive and forget, chase rainbows, and give hugs along the way.’

‘I learned these last ones from your mom. It doesn’t matter who you are, it’s when you can make people smile is what makes your heart feel good. It doesn’t matter what you have, it’s about what you can share with others. And last but not least, it doesn’t matter what you love, just love it unconditionally.’

‘Mike, over the years I’ve seen you rise and I’ve seen you fall. I’ve seen you spit blood and lose teeth. I’ve seen you give the shirt off your back to somebody you’ll never meet again. I’ve watched you put your life on the line for someone that means nothing to you knowing that doing the right thing was the right thing to do. I’ve seen you in love and be burned by it only to turn around and love again. And I’ve watched you wear those holey freaking patched up jeans for 30 years and hopefully soon you will buy a new pair and retire them.’

Mike wipes a tear from his eye and babbles, “Awww thanks Spyke! You really know how to put the love in ‘I love you.’ Now that you mention it, I could use a sponsor to spend money on me. If anyone’s needing a charity case, I’m available!”

I cackle, ‘Dude, you’d get money quicker standing in front of the mall sporting them, ringing a bell with a sign on a bucket saying, your daughter might be bringing me home while I’m wearing these pants! I think it’s time for some wind therapy. Close your brain and open the garage door. You need to get my wings in the wind, your knees in the breeze, and the Fat Bird 2 wheels rolling down the road.’
SPYKE



Credit: Born To Ride Motorcycle Magazine – Motorcycle TV, Radio, Events and News.

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How to stand out in a crowd. Confessions of an Isle of Man-iac




January 08, 2019 at 03:21PM

I must confess, the Isle of Man TT has pulled me in deep. Unless you have gone to the greatest race on earth, it is hard to explain. Being a photographer, I have thousands of photographs that blend all together in the sea of photographers. I started looking at my pictures and could see that I needed to stand out in the crowd. I have an art background and all the tools I needed, so I let my brain take over.

It didn’t take long to finish my first work of art, well actually it did and 6 months later, I have completed over 100 of them. Some of them are simple, some are complicated and some of them are completely off the hook! The process seems to evolve every time I sit down to the computer and pull out my graphics pad.

2018 was a very sad year in the road racing world as we lost 3 great racers that competed on the Isle of Man course. I spent a very long time working on a tribute that included all 3 in it, Dan Kneen, James Cowton, and William Dunlop. I have included the 3 men in quite a few of my pictures because it keeps their memory living and helps heal the heart.

All of my images did start as a photograph. I usually start one by changing it to a black and white image, then make an outline of the motorcycle and rider and then I let my imagination take over the digital brush. I have made some very plain, mundane pictures into something that I never would have planned and imagined. I may add multiple images together or I isolate just a part of the picture. One of the last ones I did was of Peter Hickman, the winner of the 2018 Senior TT race. It started as a boring, poorly lit photograph with a cluttered background. it was just a snapshot. I painted the background black, pumped up the color and went to work on the lighting … it turned into one of my favorite works!

I am headed back to the Isle of Man in 2019 and will be spending 9 days photographing the men and women that make up this little thing called the Isle of Man TT. It will be my 3rd trip across the pond and hopefully not my last.

I have been involved with Born To Ride for a very long time and I thank Ron for letting me share my passion whenever I can. I have a website, www.scottfodell.com if anyone is interested in seeing more of my work. I am still a photographer, I just need to stand out in the crowd a little louder.

Scott Odell



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Women’s World REFLECTIONS & RESOLUTIONS




January 08, 2019 at 03:04PM

It is a brand new year full of exciting adventures and endless possibilities. Consider all that you had dreamt of and let go of. Consider how your life could be different had you made different choices in life. Now celebrate that you are here and alive, able to read this article because that means you can change things and live your life in extraordinary ways, starting today. It is not too late to reinvent yourself. If you are here on earth and breathing, you can start to reinvent your life beginning with your mind and attitude. If you choose to look at things in a doom and gloom manner then that is the bubble you will live in. Instead, bust that dark bubble and blow a new rainbow colored one that is big, bright, and beautiful.

This past year, I had the opportunity to have met a wonderful soul who was an inspiration to many and lived life in his very own wonderful and unique way. He knew how to live in the rainbow color balloon in more ways then one. In the October 2015 issue, I wrote an article about him, his name was “CRZ-T” (Crazy T). He was a gentleman with a great personality and attitude towards life. As I sat to write this New Year’s Resolution article, I was saddened by the news that CRZ-T had passed away December 19, 2015. God bless him. May he rest in peace and rock his world in heaven.

CRZ-T knew how to live. He was a man who stood out and sadly many people did not get to know him better, due to their own ignorance. When you see someone different than you don’t run and don’t judge. Instead, see it as your perfect opportunity to learn and grow. Don’t let these opportunities pass you by. I approached CRZ-T and got to know him better. He was smart, incredibly funny, and had an attitude we should all have. We were waiting for our doctors in our cancer treatment journey when we met. We talked and joked knowing this is the journey of life. Can’t dwell on things, instead we have to live and go with the flow so to speak. We are not what happens to us, we are not our past and we surely are not our disease; therefore, look at the present and the future. CRZ-T knew how to be himself regardless of what others thought, and he knew how to live in the now. I will surely miss not seeing him at my doctor visits. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to meet him. I encourage everyone to learn to live life the EQ LifeStyle way and not wait any longer. Live free of all the useless nonsense. Clean out all the clutter and uselessness in your life to give room for you and your new exceptional life.

So what will you do this year, starting today, with your one and only life? The year 2016 is your brand new year, make it extraordinary. Try brand new things you have never dared to do. So long as you are not hurting anyone don’t fear, don’t doubt yourself, and definitely don’t worry what other people say or think. All you motorcycle enthusiast how about that one dream ride that you have heard so much about? How about doing that ride and experiencing it first hand? Pick a place and go enjoy yourself. In 2015, I rode the Tail of the Dragon in North Carolina. I put all of my 1001 excuses aside and just picked up and went with a group of friends.

We tend to keep waiting and postponing things until such future events happen and that is a great way to NOT experience life. The experience on those mountain roads was indescribably spectacular and it is embedded in my memory for a lifetime. I also rode the 7-mile Bridge to Key West, with breathtaking views like no other. How about riding in Palm Beach along A1A? It is a picturesque journey just like right out of a movie or magazine. You can feel the ocean breeze, the sun, and the ocean aroma. Once you taste the world outside of your comfort zone you won’t ever want to go back. Life becomes more and more delicious every step of the way. I invite you to come check out our upcoming events (Born To Ride Women’s World: An EQ LifeStyle) at www.EQWS.org and/or www.borntoride.com. Join our mailing list so you don’t miss out. I’m looking forward to meeting you and making



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An Amazing Year-In-Review




January 07, 2019 at 05:14PM

As I’m writing this, I’m reflecting on what an astounding year 2018 was, both in motorcycling and in my own life. The memories, experiences, and stories come rushing back into my mind, and I’m grateful for each one. The MIC report that showed women riders in America is up to 19% is fantastic news, decades in the making. The “Give A Shift” initiative, among others, to encourage more people to take up motorcycling is showing signs of having a positive effect. The legendary Royal Enfield Motorcycle Company has entered the American market, and all of the major brands are stepping up their game to reach new and young riders with approachable, affordable bikes. In racing, MotoAmerica, American Flat Track, and all the AMA “Cross” divisions had banner years. It has been a great year in motorcycling, with better days ahead.

In my own life, 2018 was most memorable. I interviewed NHRA motorcycle drag racer Ricky Patterson, met skateboarding icon Tony Hawk, spent much time with AMA and MotoGP racing legend Wayne Rainey, and enjoyed getting to know so many of you, our readers, via the Great American Motorcycle Show, the Great American Biker Bash, and The Ride to Remember, to name a few. I’ve said it many times, and still believe it’s true- the best part of riding is the people you share it with.

I traversed the continent this year, beginning with an epic adventure back in March, riding the entire length of the Baja Peninsula, courtesy of Born To Ride and MotoQuest. It was the journey of a lifetime. I relished the privilege of covering several MotoAmerica race rounds for the magazine, from Road Atlanta, to Road America in Wisconsin, wrapping up at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham with the crowning of the 2018 champions. I capped off the year by taking Ken Anderson’s ProRider Atlanta course, the most challenging and rewarding rider safety class I’ve ever experienced.

Oh, and I bought a new motorcycle this year, my beloved Bonney- a Triumph Street Cup. With it, I’ve come full circle, riding what my father rode in his younger years, and what I learned to street ride on as a kid back in the late 70s, a Bonneville. Sadly, 2018 was also the year my dad and mom had to give up riding, but we all treasure the memories, the miles, and the years we rode together.
What a year.

I’m looking forward to 2019, in the motorcycle industry and in my own life. There will be new roads, new rides, new opportunities, and new friends. So keep reading, keep riding, keep in touch with us, and we hope to see you out on the road somewhere. Ride safe, ride much, ride life, in 2019.

Rob Brooks



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Riding across poor road surfaces




January 07, 2019 at 05:09PM

Riding a motorcycle across poor road surfaces and special handling situations.

Here are a few simple rules you should follow when you anticipate coping with sand, mud, water or any loose surface or obstruction in the road: For more info, www.msf-usa.org



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