Thor Motorcycles Built Kermit but It Isn’t Your Henson Childhood Muppet

Over the years, we’ve gotten used to Harley-Davidson organizing all sorts of build competitions for its international dealers. The most recent such gimmick was last year’s massive King of Kings competition, which saw the Mexico-built Sportster XR1200 Apex Predator come out on top. Thor Motorcycles Built Kermit but It Isn’t Your Henson Childhood Muppet, AMERiders has the story.

The Apex had to battle several other exciting builds coming from all over the world, and that made the competition particularly challenging. It must have been challenging for Thor Motorcycles as well this year, given how the workshop had to fend off eight other competitors. Still, it was probably a tad easier, given how all the entries in this competition are shops based in the UK.

Also, Thor and the others did not set out to remake a Harley, but an Indian. Their efforts were part of the Project Scout 3K Challenge announced by Indian Motorcycles back in November last year, which set out to find the best Scout custom build of the year.

Thor’s build is called Kermit, probably on account of the green hue that adorns the fuel tank and fenders. It was originally a stock Scout Bobber but was modified as per the competition rules with limited parts and within a 3,000 British pounds ($4,250 give or take) budget.

The finished product was gifted with an 8-inch mini-ape handlebar conversion, LED headlight, and micro COB stop-tail and turn signals. An in-house-made side-mount number plate mount was fitted, and the tank and rear fender were wrapped in 3D Gel vinyl in a triple-layer green overlay and finished with a charcoal pinstripe.

The build was completed over a twelve-week period, and the Kermit was crowned the winner at the end of May. We are not given any indication of what will happen to the finished motorcycle, but we certainly would love to see it on the road.

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A Special Edition Logo Is How the Benelli 110th Anniversary Is Celebrated

Although Benelli may have just recently made its debut into the U.S. market, this Chinese-owned Italian motorcycle company has quite a long history behind its name—a whole 110 years of it, to be exact. That’s right, in 2021, Benelli will be celebrating its 110th anniversary. A Special Edition Logo Is How the Benelli 110th Anniversary Is being Celebrated. AMERiders has the story.

The 110th anniversary celebratory logo was created by the talented minds over at the Benelli Style Center, right at the heart of the company’s home city of Pesaro, Italy. The new logo is said to be representative of the strong union between the past and the present, on which Benelli runs the fundamentals of its business on. This is particularly evident in Benelli’s Leoncino line of motorcycles, which boasts more than half a century of lineage, and is a hallmark of Benelli’s motorcycle manufacturing expertise

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Figuring prominently in the new logo is the famed Lion of Pesaro, for which Benelli has become famous. The designers over at the Benelli Style Center have incorporated the Lion into the logo as a symbol of looking towards the future—something which Benelli has been doing very aggressively as of late, in partnership with its parent company QJ Motor. The commemorative logo will be central to a slew of initiatives to be conducted by Benelli in celebration of its 110th anniversary, which will be held in the Officine Benelli Museum, where more than 200 classic Benelli and MotoBi motorcycles are currently being showcased.  

From September 13 to 19, 2021, the company will be holding “Benelli Week,” which will be the culmination of the company’s celebratory initiatives. Organized by the Benelli Historical Register and the Tonino Benelli Moto Club through the collaboration of Benelli HQ, Benelli Week attracts thousands of enthusiasts from all over the world to come together and celebrate their passion for motorcycles. As we are all aware, Benelli has quite a lot of surprises in store for us this year. That said, attendees of the Benelli Week 2021 are sure to be in for a treat. 

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Aero Precision Metal Works Has a Custom Chopper That Changes Colors

Aero Precision Metal Works is the name of an Arizona-based custom bike maker that likes to “build motorcycles from the ground up,“ not just take existing platforms and adding this or that custom part to make them stand out. No, these guys build and assemble most of their projects from scratch and seem to cut no corners in doing so. It is not surprising that they build a color-changing custom chopper called Metal Flake. AMERiders has the story on this gorgeous bike.

The chopper we have here is one of their latest builds, and it was finished earlier this year. It doesn’t have a name, so we christened it “Metal Flake” on account of the paint job it has on.

The shop describes the two-wheeler as a bike with a “custom-built board and track style with beach cruiser influence.“ It comprises a custom frame made of tig-welded steel and a 127-cubic-inch (2.1-liter) El Bruto engine sourced from Ultima.

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According to the builder, the engine shows just 5 miles (8 km) of use, rocks an S&S Super G carburetor, and breathes through a “one of a kind exhaust system made out of stainless steel.” It is controlled by means of a 6-speed transmission with a hydraulic clutch, also of Ultima make.

The rather limited body parts (read slim frame, tank, and rear fender) have been wrapped in chameleon paint, which under direct light switches from black to silver, depending on the angle of view. The tank and rear fender also get blue/teal hues, while the engine comes powder coated in black.

To wrap up the build, the shop went for massive 26-inch billet wheels and leather seat and they seem to fit right in with the overall image of the finished bike.

The Metal Flake chopper is presently for sale, and the asking price for it is $38,999. It goes with a clean title and manufacturer statements of origin for engine and transmission. Here is a list of some more of its specs and goodies.

Brand new 2021 custom built board and track style with beach cruiser influence. This bike has everything you could ever want from a custom build. This bike is drop dead gorgeous the paint and custom parts are show quality.

*Has clean title so it will be easy to transfer into your name. Have manufacture statements of origin for engine and transmission.
* Custom-built frame out of .120 dom steel super heavy duty. Everything has been tig welded.
*Huge 26in billet front and rear wheels that have been contrast cut.
*The paint job speaks for its self. It has been metal flake, airbrushed, and chameleon painted. This color changes from dark black to silver with chameleon blue/teal sections on tanks and fender.
*127 ci Ultima el bruto engine this brand new motor that only has 5 miles on it. Has S&S super g carb. This motor has been powdered coated gloss black then diamond cut on cylinders, heads, and many other parts to give it that one-of-a-kind look.
* One-of-a-kind exhaust system made out of stainless steel pie cuts the polished to mirror-like chrome.
* Old school open belt drive 2in gloss black with diamond cut motor pully and clutch plate.
*Transmission is a 6 speed Ultima left-hand drive and has a hydraulic clutch. It is geared to a 21 tooth sprocket upfront and 48 sprocket/brake in the rear. This is gear perfectly for these massive wheels.
* Custom-built mid controls to make it a perfect ride without being all stretched out.
*The seat speaks for itself one-of-a-kind hand tooled leather.
* Gas cap and oil tank cap are made out of aluminum that has been polished to perfection.

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Bajaj Auto Is Valuable Motorcycle Manufacturer in the World and More

The Indian automotive giant Bajaj is enjoying continued success both locally and globally, named the most valuable motorcycle manufacturer. it has become the first motorcycle manufacturer to ever cross a market capitalization of Rs 1 lakh crore, or an estimate of around $13.6 billion USD. Ameriders recently did an article about this Bajaj, and their extension of support to their employees we now go into more about this automotive giant.

Now, what exactly does “cross a market capitalization of Rs 1 lakh crore” mean? It simply means that Bajaj has the highest total value of outstanding shares of stock. When compared to other motorcycle manufacturers, Bajaj blows them all away with its gargantuan market cap achievement.

“The company’s sharp focus on the motorcycles category and its unwavering commitment to strategies of differentiation as well as the practice of TPM combined with global ambitions have today made Bajaj the most valuable two-wheeler company across the globe.” Bajaj Auto Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj said in a statement.

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Move forward to May 2021 and Bajaj has posted an astonishing 113 percent growth in May, 2021, as against the same period last year. The Indian automotive giant has quite an impressive arsenal of vehicles to its name. From commercial three wheelers like the RE, to mid-tier commuter machines like the Dominar 250, and even premium offerings found in KTM and Husqvarna’s model lineups, Bajaj has it all. In May of this year, the company amassed a total sales figure of 240,554 units, versus last year’s already impressive 112,798.

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This comes right in the midst of an economic crisis in India following the recent surge of coronavirus infections in the country. Due to the ongoing situation, several industries were forced to shut down for a second time, in order to allocate resources towards the pandemic response. With vaccination initiatives care of both the public and private sectors in full swing, several motorcycle manufacturers have already resumed operations, with stringent health protocols and staggered shifting schedules in place. 

Going into slightly more detail, Bajaj’s impressive growth is largely in part due to improved export performance with the company flipping a total of 180,212 units to neighboring countries. When compared to last year’s meager 73,512 units, Bajaj posts a total growth of 145 percent from exports alone. In the domestic market, on the other hand, Bajaj sold 60,342 units in May of this year, as opposed to 39,286 in the same period last year. 

Bajaj Auto has expressed its intentions to become even more aggressive in rolling out new models, as well as updates to its already impressive fleet of vehicles. With the recent reintroduction of the Chetak electric scooter, as well as its partnerships with KTM, Husqvarna, and Triumph, things are continuing to look promising for the Indian automotive giant.

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Make Sure to be safe this Memorial Day Weekend in 2021

Though many people celebrate Memorial Day by hosting barbecues or visiting the beach, the holiday is primarily a day of remembrance to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Like last year, Memorial Day won’t look exactly the same it did in previous years thanks to the pandemic. However, as Americans continue to get vaccinated, some holiday weekend events are allowing members of the public to attend many events in person although there are some that are still being held virtually this Memorial Day Weekend in 2021. AMERiders explains.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2021 will occur on Monday, May 31. 

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

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On Sunday, May 30, 2021, the National Memorial Day Concert returns for a special presentation on PBS, hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise with all-star performances and tributes from around the country honoring all of our American heroes.
Because of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the traditional live concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol will not be held. The special pre-taped 90-minute presentation of the 32nd annual National Memorial Day Concert will feature all-new content dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at
home and all those who have given their lives for our country.

Traditionally, the National Memorial Day Concert is a live performance on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. However, because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the PBS special has been pre-taped and will air on PBS on Sunday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The 90-minute concert hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will also be available to stream online for up to two weeks after the broadcast.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum Events

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The National Veterans Memorial and Museum will be holding several ceremonies and events over the holiday weekend. Some of those events include a virtual run and walk with distances ranging from one mile to a 10K, a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, May 28, and Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony on the museum’s rooftop at 10 a.m. ET on Monday. 

Remember which Holiday you are celebrating this weekend. We love all our veterans Living and Passed But we have two holidays to celebrate their service to us. Memorial not a “Happy” Day for them. We should not say Happy Memorial Day as it is hard for their families and friends that lost them. It is up to them how they want to celebrate it. Be kind and respectful.

A way to remember the difference Memorial has the same as Memory in it, Memorial=Memory which is to remember.

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Motorcycle Manufacturer Bajaj Auto Extends Support During the Pandemic

One of India’s biggest two and three-wheeler manufacturers, Bajaj Auto, has announced that it will be implementing several new policies geared towards providing additional support to its employees amid the ongoing second wave of coronavirus infections, making sure that they are taken care of. AMERiders has the story.

The additional benefits provided to Bajaj Auto’s employees consist of both monetary support, as well as comprehensive insurance policies in the event of hospitalization, or worse, the death of an employee. Apart from looking after its employees’ physical health, the trying times brought about by the pandemic have also proven to be mentally and emotionally draining. That being said, Bajaj Auto is undertaking steps into providing mental health support to its employees, in addition to the extensive healthcare support already being given.

Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Bajaj Auto states, “When asked how we should treat others, Ramana Maharshi replied, ‘There are no others’. It is with this sense of oneness that we shall do our utmost for any extended families of Bajaj Auto who might be devastated by the loss of their loved ones who went beyond the call of duty in the face of this pandemic.”

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Unfortunately, the pandemic has claimed thousands of lives in India over the past month alone. In line with this, Bajaj Auto will be providing monetary support for a period of two years to the family of any employee who, unfortunately, succumbs to the deadly virus. On top of this, the company will also assist with the expenses of the employee’s children’s education all the way until graduation in any degree of their choosing. Lastly, the company will also be providing a five-year hospitalization insurance program for all of the deceased employee’s family members.

Bajaj Auto’s initiatives to combat the COVID-19 pandemic go well beyond the confines of the organization, too. In order to help alleviate the community as a whole, the company has pledged a whopping Rs 300 crore, or around $41 million USD to be donated to various non-government organizations, healthcare facilities, and government agencies. Among these initiatives include the procurement of oxygen plants, respiratory equipment, and maintenance and improvement of healthcare facilities.

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Honor Our Servicemen and Women This Month in Two Ways

This May we Honor Our Servicemen and Women in Two Ways, not only is it Military appreciation month but it is also Memorial Day. So while we are Honoring our servicemen and women who have already given the lives in service, make sure you celebrate the men and women serving at this time.

What is Military Appreciation Month Really?

Officially designated by Congress in 1999, Military Appreciation Month takes place every year throughout the entire month of May. Every year, the president issues an annual proclamation reminding Americans to celebrate this patriotic month that pays tribute to those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

This year, as many service members continue to work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important that we as a nonprofit military organization – and you, as a patriotic citizen – pause to honor them during Military Appreciation Month.

When is Military Appreciation Month?

Officially designated by Congress in 1999Military Appreciation Month takes place every year throughout the entire month of May. Every year, the president issues an annual proclamation reminding Americans to celebrate this patriotic month that pays tribute to those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Although the entire month is designated to honoring past and present military members and their families, there are several, specific military holidays sprinkled throughout Military Appreciation Month itself, including Loyalty Day, VE Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day.

Loyalty Day: May 1, 2021

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Service members prepare to fold the flag

One of the lesser-known Military Appreciation Month holidays is Loyalty Day, which is celebrated on May 1Officially designated by Congress as “a special day for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom,” Loyalty Day has been marked by every U.S. president since 1958 with an official proclamation.

Fun fact: The first Loyalty Day, then called “Americanization Day,” was celebrated in 1921, but was renamed “Loyalty Day” by President Eisenhower in 1955.

VE Day: May 8, 2021

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Four MPs take a break along a German road to read in the “Stars and Stripes” newspaper about the Nazi surrender.

One of the lesser-known Military Appreciation Month holidays is Loyalty Day, which is celebrated on May 1Officially designated by Congress as “a special day for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom,” Loyalty Day has been marked by every U.S. president since 1958 with an official proclamation.

Fun fact: The first Loyalty Day, then called “Americanization Day,” was celebrated in 1921, but was renamed “Loyalty Day” by President Eisenhower in 1955.

“This is a solemn but a glorious hour,” President Truman said in his 1945 address to the nation. “The flags of freedom fly over all Europe … [but] our rejoicing is sobered and subdued by a supreme consciousness of the terrible price we have paid to rid the world of Hitler and his evil band.”

This year marks the 76th anniversary of VE Day and special celebrations – many of which may now be held virtually or postponed due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions – are planned around the world. In honor of the 76th anniversary of VE Daythe USO is collecting WWII memories and photos from military family members. Do you or a family member have a story from the war that you would like to share with us? You can click here to read more about sharing your WWII memory.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day: May 7, 2021 (The Friday Before Mother’s Day)

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Military Spouse Appreciation Day takes place on the Friday before Mother’s Day and it is to honor the military spouses who sacrifice so much in support of their service member’s mission. President Ronald Regan first proclaimed “Military Spouse Day” a holiday in 1984 before Congress declared it part of Military Appreciation Month in 1999:

“Throughout the years, as the numbers of our married men and women in uniform have grown and as their military missions have become more complex and dispersed, their spouses have made countless personal sacrifices to support the Armed Forces,” President Regan noted in his 1984 proclamation. “In many instances, they subordinated their personal and professional aspirations to the greater benefit of the service family.”

Military spouses play a huge role in not only taking care of things while their loved ones are deployed but also in providing a backbone of support and care during tough times. The USO has supported military spouses for many years and in 2016, our organization launched a worldwide initiative focusing on “MilSpouses” through programs such as USO Military Spouse Networking and USO Coffee Connections. These programs have strengthened and empowered military spouses by connecting them to their social, professional, and community networks.

Mother’s Day: May 9, 2021 (The Second Sunday of May)

Fittingly close to Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Mother’s Day takes place every year in the U.S. on the second Sunday of May. Mother’s Day was created in 1908 by Anna Jarvis and officially became a holiday, as declared by President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914.

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Today, children across the country observe this holiday by showing gratitude to the mother figures in their lives, often by sending cards, flowers or other tokens of appreciation to these special women.

In particular, military mothers – whether they’re a deployed service member, supporting their child who is currently serving, or holding down the fort while their spouse is on the front lines – especially deserve to be acknowledged and remembered on Mother’s Day for the sacrifices they make every day.

Armed Forces Day: May 15, 2021 (The Third Saturday in May)

Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May, and it is the day Americans celebrate their military forces. In 2021, it falls on Saturday, May 15.

Unlike Veterans Day (previously observed as Armistice Day – marking the end of World War I), which honors those who wore the cloth of our nation at war, and unlike Memorial Day, which honors those who died wearing the cloth of our nation at war, Armed Forces Day is the proper day to honor both the men and women currently serving, as well as those who have previously served and sacrificed to defend our freedom.

Armed Forces Day was created on August 31, 1949, by then-Secretary of Defense, Louis Johnson, to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The event stemmed from the Armed Forces’ unification under one Department of Defense by then-President Harry S. Truman when he signed the National Security Act into law on July 26, 1947.

Memorial Day: May 31, 2021 (The Last Monday in May)

Memorial Day, which is celebrated on the last Monday in May, honors service members who have died in military service to the nation. The holiday has roots dating back to the post-Civil War era, when citizens would informally create spring flower memorials on the graves of fallen soldiers.

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Though they may differ in faith or background, all soldiers bleed the same color for our country. They serve with honor and integrity, and those that fall are all given the same honors. Every Memorial Day, the soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) plant a flag in front of every grave marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

In modern history, the holiday is also often cited as the unofficial start to the summer and many families choose to honor fallen service members by visiting veterans’ cemeteries or memorials, like the Vietnam or World War II Memorials in Washington, D.C.

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Memorial Day 2021 Will Be a Bit Different Than Previous Years

Memorial Day is going to prove to be a bit different for all of us than in previous years thanks to the pandemic still knocking on our doors. In fact, AAA projects that travel will increase now that an increasing number of Americans are getting inoculated. The auto club expects more than 37 million people to travel at least 50 miles from home during the holiday weekend, an increase of 60% from last year, which was the lowest since AAA began keeping records in 2000. So that will make some things a bit different for us on Memorial Day 2021. AMERiders has more.

Fourteen months into the coronavirus pandemic, people are yearning to travel, especially now that more than 119 million Americans are fully vaccinated against the deadly virus and have more flexibility on wearing masks. If you plan to travel by car and prefer to avoid the rush, be aware of traveling at peak times in a lot of U.S. metropolitan areas.

Delays will be widespread, AAA predicts, but drivers in several major U.S. metros could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip. Drivers in Atlanta, Houston and New York could see more than three times the delay on the busiest corridors.

Here’s another question: Is it safe to travel? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidance to state that fully vaccinated people can travel domestically at low risk to themselves.

Vaccinated or not, travelers should take the proper precautions and heed a few tips before they hit the road:

  • Plan ahead. Check with state and local authorities where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination to learn about local circumstances and any restrictions that may be in place.
  • Minimize stops along the way. Pack meals, extra snacks, and drinks in addition to an emergency roadside kit.
  • Follow public health guidance and new mask guidance. If you’re unvaccinated, wear face masks and remember to socially distance as before. Wash your hands regularly and be sure to pack disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer (in accordance with however your traveling).
  • Check with your hotel. Prior to any hotel stay, call ahead to ask what precautions it is taking and what requirements are in place to protect guests.

For other helpful travel guidance from AAA, visit the organization’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map for the latest state and local travel restrictions. You can also use TripTik.AAA.com to plan your road trip and help determine which rest stops, gas stations, restaurants, and hotels are open along your route.

Were are they heading to Memorial day 2021

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“Memorial Day 2021 is going to be the first real big holiday that is coming up on the horizon,” said Lior Sekler, vice president of revenue management at the hotel management company HRI Lodging. “Between that and Fourth of July, we expect those two holidays to really show some really spectacular demand.”

Specifics of that demand have shifted because of the pandemic. While the vaccine has given Americans the confidence to travel again, things aren’t back to normal yet. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said it is safe for fully vaccinated people to travel, but it is also still advising folks to stay home as most of the country remains unvaccinated and variant risks remain high. Those who do travel still need to mask up and practice social distancing, even if they are vaccinated.

With such considerations in mind, travelers appear to be choosing open spaces and nature over dense urban environments. Airbnb bookings show travelers are increasingly planning trips to off-the-beaten-path locations, with searches for remote destinations in the U.S. up by nearly 40 percent just this past month. But places easing restrictions are also capturing Memorial Day business between their palm trees and partying opportunities.

So where are they traveling to during this holiday?

Las Vegas

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced via Twitter that the state aims to reopen 100 percent by June and will remove its social distancing mandate by May 1. Las Vegas is also luring travelers with severely discounted room rates, particularly during the week. Sekler recommended that if possible, Memorial Day travelers shift their vacation to start on Wednesday to capitalize on the hospitality industry’s severe need for weekday business.

Mexico

Without any entry restrictions, Mexico has remained the most popular international destination for American travelers throughout the pandemic. According to Skyscanner data, Cancún was the most booked international flight destination for Memorial Day weekend this year.

Dave Hershberger, owner of the Travel Leaders affiliate agency Prestige Travel, said the vast majority of his Mexico bookings for clients are to Cancún, with Cabo and the Riviera Maya following in demand.

Americans traveling to Mexico, or other popular international destinations such as the Caribbean, need to remember that they will have to comply with testing requirements for returning to the U.S. Testing positive before your flight home will mean staying abroad longer, among other complications.

Florida

Skyscanner and Priceline data show Orlando and Miami are among the top destinations for Memorial Day flights and hotels. Florida is continuing to pull in tourists with its beaches and limited coronavirus restrictions. Sekler said the state has been the leader for hotel occupancy, with Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando drawing the most travelers.

Hawaii

After Hawaii reopened to tourism last year, the state has become an increasingly popular travel destination for Americans.

Scott Keyes, founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights and author of “Take More Vacations,” says early-summer flight searches to Hawaii’s Big Island are 51 percent higher right now than for the same week in 2019. Major airlines such as Southwest, Delta, and United have been adding new flights to the islands to meet that growing demand.

The state’s changing entry requirements can make it confusing for travelers; so read up on restrictions well before your trip.

National Parks

While national parks have always been hallmarks for summer vacations, trip requests have been through the roof in 2021, Hershberger said.

Cynthia Hernandez, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service, recommended finding a park that is closer to home or an alternative to the most popular options to have a better chance at avoiding crowds. Before you go, download the NPS app to access interactive maps, take self-guided tours, and find important information like road closures and entry restrictions.

State Department Notice

The State Department said Monday that it would start updating its travel advisories this week to drastically increase the number of countries that get the “Level 4: Do Not Travel” designation.

In a statement, the department said roughly 80 percent of countries worldwide would soon be marked at the highest warning level. As of Monday afternoon, about 16 percent of countries had that label.

On Monday, Greece started to allow U.S. citizens back with a negative coronavirus test or proof of vaccination. And United Airlines announced new flights to Greece, Iceland and Croatia starting in July.

The CDC said earlier this month that fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk. But officials also said they still did not recommend travel because of rising cases in the United States and globally.

“Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread covid-19,” the website says. “However, international travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.”

Following Notes

memorial day 2021
Hot dogs are a great warm dish.

We at AMERiders would like to remind our readers that:

Memorial Day is way more than just BBQs, burgers, and beer, but that doesn’t mean we should feel guilty for joining friends and family for a great weekend. By all means, be with your loved ones, and raise a glass.

AMERiders honors the members of the military who have fallen in during service to the United States. Both Men and women throughout history have died on battlefields, making the ultimate sacrifice during combat operations in support of the mission, their allies, and their brothers and sisters in arms.

Please be careful during Memorial Day 2021 this year and stay safe.

Quick Note:

Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s leading infectious disease expert, told Axios that the public is misinterpreting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s announcement last week that fully vaccinated people can go without masks indoors.

“I think people are misinterpreting, thinking that this is a removal of a mask mandate for everyone. It’s not,” he told Axios. “It’s an assurance to those who are vaccinated that they can feel safe, be they outdoors or indoors.”

Fauci emphasized that the health agency did not explicitly tell unvaccinated people to go without masks but instead communicated to vaccinated individuals that they won’t get infected indoors or outdoors.

“People either read them quickly or listen and hear half of it. They are feeling that we’re saying: ‘You don’t need the mask anymore.’ That’s not what the CDC said,” he told the news outlet.

~And as always…

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This Restored 1919 Harley-Davidson Has Some 3D Printed Parts

Let’s say you’ve decided to take on a vintage Harley as a project. Maybe you’re passionate about the early days of Harley-Davidson, for example, and you see an opportunity that’s just too good to pass up. The Motor Company has been around for over a century, though. While it has fans all over the world, as you might guess, some parts are easier to find than others.  As a restorer you got to come up with some pretty ingenious ways to restore your bike that is what happened with this 1919 Harley-Davidson when the restorer used 3D printed parts to restore it.

That’s the problem faced by one Harley enthusiast in the Netherlands. He’d gotten his hands on a 1919 Harley-Davidson, and had been diligently doing hands-on restoration work for the better part of 50 years. Clearly, this guy was almost unbelievably patient. Eventually, though, even he got to a point where he had to think creatively to replace the one part that was holding him back from finally being able to go for a ride: a broken Bakelite distributor cap.  

As the story goes, the man had searched high, low, and everywhere in between for a spare. Since there probably aren’t many out there to begin with, finding one on the used market seemed chancy. So, the restorer (who appears to want to remain nameless) reached out to Carl van de Rijzen from Visual First in the Netherlands, which is known for creating 3D scans of existing items.  

Van de Rijzen, in turn, frequently collaborates with Edwin Rappard of 4C Creative CAD CAM Consultants to successfully 3D print the components he’s scanned. This was a unique challenge, for sure. They had the broken original distributor cap to scan, but a large chunk had broken off. How can you scan what isn’t there? 

Luckily, the broken part was a mirror of what already existed, and not some other unique shape. Between the two technicians, they were able to successfully come up with a suitable 3D printed replica part. Since the original part was made out of Bakelite, crafting a 21st century polymer substitute so close to the bike’s 100th birthday seems kind of poetic.  

It’s an incredibly modern solution to an age-old problem, and it will be interesting to continue seeing what motorcycle enthusiasts are able to accomplish using tools like this. For those who want to actually be able to go out and ride their vintage machines, it seems like a pretty great solution. 

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Harley’s Livewire Becomes Its Own Standalone Electric Motorcycle Brand

LiveWire, the first electric motorcycle from Harley-Davidson, will now become its own standalone brand. The Milwaukee-based company announced that it would be spinning out its electric motorcycle division as its own company with a distinct lineup and a tailored retail experience. Harley-Davidson plans to unveil the “first LiveWire branded motorcycle” on July 8th to coincide with the International Motorcycle Show. This sounds awesome to us here at AMERiders we don’t know what you think.

It’s a similar move to how Harley-Davidson approached its new electric bicycle company, Serial 1. The idea is that LiveWire continues to benefit from its relationship with its parent company while also forging its own brand identity that is distinct from Harley-Davidson.

It’s a shift from how the company approached its current LiveWire model, in which the Harley-Davidson logo is front and center, while the LiveWire brand is practically nonexistent. And it’s a sign that going forward, Harley-Davidson is interested in letting its electrified models stand on their own terms.

“With the mission to be the most desirable electric motorcycle brand in the world, LiveWire will pioneer the future of motorcycling, for the pursuit of urban adventure and beyond,” Jochen Zeitz, chairman, president, and CEO of Harley-Davidson, said in a statement. “LiveWire also plans to innovate and develop technology that will be applicable to Harley-Davidson electric motorcycles in the future.”

Standalone Electric Motorcycle Brand

There’s a new logo and a new “virtual” headquarters, with engineering teams stationed in Silicon Valley and Milwaukee. LiveWire will work with Harley-Davidson dealerships as an independent brand, with a blend of digital and physical retail formats.

Asked whether this will include online ordering, a Harley-Davidson spokesperson responded with a cautiously worded statement. “It depends on the state in which you live,” the spokesperson said. “LiveWire is creating a purchase path that allows us to meet the expectations for a digital-first purchase experience, supported by a network of committed dealers that allow customers to choose their path and engagement model.”

LiveWire

The question is whether this branding strategy will lead to better sales for Harley-Davidson’s electric models. Last year, Reuters reported that the company’s plan to appeal to a younger generation of motorcyclists with the LiveWire was struggling, with most of the preorders coming from older or preexisting customers.

Harley-Davidson’s overall sales have been stagnant lately after hitting a low point in 2018. The problem could be that the price, which starts at $29,799, isn’t that much cheaper than a Tesla Model 3. Dealers told Reuters that many younger customers were turned off by the price tag.

Harley-Davidson is also facing some stiff competition from rivals like Zero Motorcycles, which recently teamed up with power sports manufacturer Polaris on a new lineup of electric-powered ATVs and snowmobiles. And as the broader world of transportation shifts to electric, the company will be under increasing pressure from its shareholders to prove its vision for the future can be profitable.

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