Harley-Davidson Rolls out the new 2020 models, what beauties they are.

Harley-Davidson just announced its 2020 model year lineup, and there are no major shakeups to report. Director Jason already told you his thoughts on the 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire, which is Harley’s first stab at an electric bike. While we all have our favorites, there are also four other new models headed to H-D showrooms across the land.  Which I am tickled pink to say that my hometown H-D showroom is getting a set of the 2020 models. AMERiders lets you know a bit of information about them and gives you some sweet pictures courtesy of H-D.

However, we need to also let you know something else before we start showing these beauties. You tech-savvy people will like to know that Harley’s Reflex Brembo ABS system, which was previously an available option on some touring models, is now standard across all 2020 touring models. That’s good news for you if you’re buying one, because as we’ve discussed before, ABS is totally worth having.  Now on to the 2020 Models.

Sportster lineup

2020 H-D Sporster Lineup

The Sportster line is getting a tad of a trim down as neither the SuperLow, Forty-Eight Special or 1200 Custom return from 2019. Below are the 2020 Sporster Lineup pictures.

2020 Harley Softails

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2020 Harley Softails

The big news in the 2020 Harley Softail line is the addition of the 2020 Low Rider S. The model was previously a Dyna but was discontinued in 2017. Other highlights of the 2020 Softail line is the restyling of the 2020 Heritage Classic. Just about everything that was previously blacked-out is now dressed up in chrome.

The list is lengthy on theses 2020 models– air cleaner, covers, steel laced wheels, headlamp bucket, auxiliary light buckets, fork legs, fork covers, rear fender struts, and side covers, console, and a chrome riser and top clamp for the polished stainless steel handlebar. Meanwhile, the 2020 Heritage Classic 114, powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 114, will still have blacked-out components.

2020 Touring Models

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2020 Tourers

On the touring front, the 2020 Road Glide Limited is in and the Road Glide Ultra is out. Differences between the two are subtle, the Limited version receiving some fresh pinstripes, a gloss-finish on its inner fairing, heated rider hand grips, Slicer II Contrast Bright wheels and new tank, front and rear fender medallions. Dynamically, the long-range touring version of the Road Glide is still powered by a Milwaukee-Eight 114, has Reflex Electronic Linked Brakes and Harley’s improved touch-screen Boom! Box GTS infotainment system. Harley does offer one noteworthy new wrinkle for the 2020 Road Glide Limited. It can be outfitted with Harley’s new Reflex Defensive Rider Systems, an upgraded electronics package with cornering ABS, linked brakes and traction control, as well as a drag-torque slip control system that functions when cornering as well in addition to Harley’s new “Vehicle Hold Control” which keeps bikes from rolling backwards on hills.

Welcome to the CVO Club ……

CVO Tri Glide

And while the focus of Harley’s Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) line has been on its touring models recently, 2020 is the first time a three-wheeler has crept into the CVO lineup. The 2020 CVO Tri Glide is powered by a Milwaukee-Eight 117, the largest engine Harley offers in a production motorcycle. The 1923cc powerplant puts out a reported 125 lb-ft of torque, numbers bolstered by a high-performance intake and camshaft. It has a dual-bending valve fork and emulsion rear.

The CVO Tri Glide has both a built-in, power locking trunk with 50 pounds of storage capacity in addition to a Tour-Pak. The list of high-end goodies is impressive, from its Tomahawk Contrast Cut cast aluminum wheels to heated grips, pegs, floorboards and muffler tips from Harley’s Kahuna Collection. The aforementioned Reflex Defensive Rider Systems adapted specifically for three-wheelers comes standard. Premium paint is always part of the CVO package, and the 2020 CVO Tri Glide is offered in either Blizzard White with a three-stripe graphic pattern, Gray Contrast Cut wheels and Bright Chrome finishes or Black Stardust with a three-stripe graphic pattern, Gloss Black Contrast Cut wheels and Bright Chrome finishes. 

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H-D Connect service

The final storyline coming out of the Harley camp for 2020 is the introduction of the H-D Connect service. It is a subscription-based service utilized through a smartphone via the updated Harley-Davidson App. One of its most appealing features is its security function which allows riders to remotely monitor whether someone is tampering with their bike. It can help owners track down a stolen motorcycle, too. The H-D Connect service also allows riders to remotely check a wide range of data including high-voltage battery charge status or fuel level, available range, tire pressure (on Tire Pressure Monitoring System-equipped models), ride mode (on equipped models), odometer, infotainment software updates where applicable, and riding statistics.

Livewire

The service is particularly beneficial to LiveWire owners who can use the H-D App “to search for, and navigate to, compatible charge station locations, and while charging, view time to completion and receive charging alerts without having to physically be near the motorcycle.” Another useful feature is the ability to send Harley owners service reminders.

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HD Connect App

The H-D Connect service is a standard feature on 2020 Touring models (except the Road King/S and Electra Glide Standard), Tri Glide Ultra, CVOs, and the LiveWire. Harley-Davidson motorcycles equipped with H-D Connect service include a cellular telematics control unit (TCU). The H-D Connect service will be offered for a one-year free trial period with the purchase of a new, untitled 2020 model year Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the U.S. that is equipped with the H-D Connect service and will be available with a subscription charge following the initial period.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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~AMERiders

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Statistics in from Sturgis, Crashes Are down but Arrests Were up This Year.

Half a million riders descend upon small-town South Dakota each year. This year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally saw more felony and misdemeanor drug arrests than last year, with three vehicles seized for drug possession. Ten men were arrested at Sturgis for soliciting sex from minors (thankfully, the fifteen-year-old girls they were trying to meet were in fact police officers posing as kids). Sturgis statistics are in AMERiders gives you the info.

Those of us who have never attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally probably think that speeding motorcycles and crashes are what keep the cops at Sturgis busy, but we’re only partly right about that. Along with all the drug arrests, there are lots of crashless DUI arrests during these rallies, too. It doesn’t help that area bars and restaurants actively encourage imbibing during the rally.

Thankfully, this year’s crash numbers involving injuries and fatalities are down from last year, so perhaps fewer riders are drinking and riding. Three people died at Sturgis in 2019, as compared to four in 2018. One of this year’s fatalities, however, was not from a motorcycle crash on the road: a Sturgis attendee succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning inside his camper.

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Sturgis Rally Tally Final

It stands to note that in these statistics from Sturgis this year that only two people were killed in crashes. However, there were Four people killed at the 2018 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. That is half maybe next year we will cut it in half again or there will be none. One can only hope.

Though I’ve been steeping in it for more than two decades, motorcycle culture still baffles me at times. Why anyone would drink a bunch of alcohol and then attempt to pilot a motorcycle is absolutely beyond me. For instance the statistics below.

Rally-related DUIs continued to rise this year, with a total of 157 arrests so far compared to 136 arrests over the same period of time in 2018. Drug arrests are also on the rise. 109 arrested on felony drug charges, compared to 64 at this time last year; 192 people have been arrested on misdemeanor drug charges, compared to 150 at this time last year.

I do, however, understand how motorcycles attract a certain personality type. We’re all influenced by the media, and we’ve all been trained to believe that tough guys ride motorcycles, therefore riding a motorcycle makes you a tough guy (or girl).

Read through all of the crash reports from the rally and you might notice a striking similarity among the majority: the riders were not wearing helmets. Say what you will about personal freedoms and choices, but the numbers don’t lie.

However, what is the moral of the story?

Maybe don’t sell drugs at a motorcycle rally.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders keep you up to date with information on Statistics from Sturgis 2019.

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Wanna Ride like the King? The King’s Bike is up for Auction This Month

You ain’t nothing but a hound dog… you ain’t no motorbike. Maybe we’re mishearing the lyrics, or maybe that song was actually all about Elvis Presley’s 1976 Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide. This Big Hunk O’ Love has been on display at the Pioneer Auto Museum for over three decades but will soon be going under the hammer. The big question is Would you pay $2 Million for the King’s Electra Glide? AMERiders poses the question.

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Elvis Presley’s 1976 Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide has been on display at the Pioneer Auto Museum for more than 30 years (Credit: Pioneer Auto Museum)

The full-dress bike is a fetching black and blue (though not suede) and looks in near perfect condition. GWS Auction says the owner has a video of it running and also notes that the bike is still titled in Elvis Presley’s name. The ‘Glide has been enclosed in glass for its entire time at the museum.

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Elvis Presley’s 1976 Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide(Credit: Kruse GWS Auctions)

Elvis wasn’t moving around too much in his twilight years. He also had a habit of buying toys, enjoying them for a short stretch, and then losing interest. Those traits are partially responsible for the unusually pristine condition of this 1976 Harley Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide, which The King purchased in August of that year, and sold back to a Harley dealership not long after.

Though the bike remained in Elvis’s name, it was purchased by a new owner, who eventually lent it to Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo, South Dakota, an extensive collection of eccentric vehicles about an hour east off Badlands National Park. The King’s bike went behind the case over 30 years ago and has been there ever since, with just 126 miles on the odometer. And now, it’s up for auction from GWS Auctions.

Auctioneers expect the rig to pull in a record-breaking $1.7-$2 Million—a mark that will send the previous record for most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction straight to Heartbreak Hotel. The current record belongs to a 1951 Vincent Black Lightning that sold at Bonhams for $929,000 in 2018. That bike helped Aussie Jake Ehret set a 1953 speed record of 141.5 mph in Australia.

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Marlon Brando was a motorcycle enthusiast and when the 1970 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide he owned from new went to auction, it sold for $256,000 at a Julien’s Hollywood Legends auction(Credit: Julien’s)

The King’s FLH has been ridden far less often, and far less hard, with only 126 miles on the odometer. Marlon Brando’s 1970 Electra Glide, by comparison, had over 13,000 miles on it when it sold for $256,000 in 2015. While the 1951 Vincent Black Lightning is the current overall record holder, at $929k in January of 2019. Steve McQueen’s 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer leads the celebrity standings. It went for $852,000 in 2015.

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One of the most enduring motorcycles in popular media was the 1949 Triumph 500cc Trophy ridden by Arthur Fonzarelli (“Fonzie” or “The Fonz”, played by Henry Winkler) during the 11-year run (1974-1984) of the television sitcom Happy Days. it sold for $179,200 at Julien’s in Los Angeles in 2018. That price makes it by far the most expensive Triumph ever to sell at auction, surpassing the 1973 Triumph/BSA Formula 750 Factory Racer that fetched $104,760 in Mecum’s Las Vegas auction in January 2014

If you want a piece of The King, and have a cool $2 mil to blow or can scrounge that much together in the next 18 days, when the bidding starts (no questions here), good luck. Monitor the auction here, bids start at $100k. or check out the Artifacts of Hollywood and Music auction by GWS Auctions. Souvenir collectors and Hollywood enthusiasts will be Playing for Keeps on August 31.

The fact that folks out there are paying nearly a million dollars or more for a motorcycle, even one as significant as The King’s Harley blows my mind. I guess if you have the means … but still.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Let’s Talk Harley-Davidson Custom Paint Sets for Performance Riders

I figured since we were talking custom bikes earlier this week lets talk custom paint and HD has started us off with that, and we at AMERiders will give you an explanation.

In its crusade to contemporize, Harley-Davidson just announced two custom paint accessory lines for 2020. The Quick Shift and Mayhem Limited Paint Sets are bolt-on, limited-edition paint schemes for 2018-later Breakout and Fat Bob, and 2017-later Road Kings, Street Glides, and Road Glides. Geared toward performance-minded riders, the paint sets promote a new direction for the historically traditional manufacturer.  

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Quick Shift Limited Series Paint Set

The Quick Shift edition sports a gunmetal metallic and vivid black base with pewter pinstripes across the fuel tank, front fender, and rear fender. Owners can customize the design with hyper orange, hyper yellow, or hyper green accents. 

Quick Shift will be extremely limited with only 100 available worldwide and a price point of $1,699-$3,099. For those riders looking to stand out among their friends, this option presents a modern aesthetic that resembles the multi-paneled Club Style paint jobs popular in the Harley performance and stunt riding circles. The metal-tones with highlighter accents are also reminiscent of Matt Laidlaw’s recent Coast Glide builds. 

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Mayhem Limited Edition Paint Scheme

For the Touring models, the Mayhem series includes custom-painted CVO Rear Fender and lighting, front fender, stretched saddlebags, side covers, chin spoiler, gas tank, and upper fairing, depending on your model. The kits will run between $6099-$7099. 

“The Mayhem Limited Paint Set embodies the feeling of speeding away from the everyday noise, through its Inferno red pearl and phantom black base and its ghost-white with brushed silver highlights that accelerate from the front to the back of the bike,” Harley-Davidson said in a press release. “The performance-inspired number one logo set within the deep charcoal on the saddlebags gives a subtle nod to Harley-Davidson racing heritage.”

The Mayhem line captures the bold graphics and aggressive styling that’s emerging in the performance bagger scene. With Sturgis underway, the Motor Company couldn’t have picked a better time to introduce custom liveries to their catalog.

If the Mayhem or Quick Shift sets are installed at a certified Harley-Davidson dealership within 60 days of purchasing a new Fat Bob, Breakout, Road King, Street Glide, or Road Glide, the parts are covered under the extended limited two-year warranty of the vehicle.

It’s no secret that Harley-Davidson has struggled to attract newer, younger riders in recent years. That said, the Limited Paint Sets show that Harley is listening to its customer base and observing aftermarket trends. You may not associate the brand with performance motorcycles but they’re aiming to change that perception in the near future.

Don’t know about you but I think those are some really pretty colors right there and they have some new bikes models coming up too. We here at AMERiders are loving those and we will get to those soon.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Love Custom Motorcycles? Then Check out This Motorcycle Road Show!

We all know that the Motorcycle World is famous for its Custom Motorcycles. Especially with the Custome Motorcycle Shows that have been on TV. I am not going to name any of them because they are not paying me too, plus there isn’t one that I like more than the other so I don’t want one getting pissy that they didn’t get blog time and another didn’t so pfft. But AMERiders just loves a Custom Motorcycle and someone pointed us to this The 2019 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

Custom Motorcycles

But before I bust into telling you about these awesome motorcycles let me remind you about something first. It is well into the 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and if you aren’t there check out the Webcams to see what is going on at the link below.

Sturgis Webcam Link

The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, now in its sixth year, has become one of the most influential custom shows in the US. It started as part of Portland’s The One Motorcycle Show and now is a large show entirely on its own. Not only that it uniquely encapsulates its home city of Austin, Texas. Right smack dab in the center of the show is one shop, Revival Cycles. It builds wild and beautiful custom models built in its Texas workshop, all the while pushing its show to be the best it can be.

Craig Rodsmith’s front-wheel-drive “The Killer” on display with other customs brought out from the Haas Museum.

Custom Motorcycles

There were several themes that could be traced through this year’s Handbuilt Show: unpainted bikes with raw or polished metal exteriors, two-strokes, and, of course, trackers. There were choppers, vintage restorations, some wild trikes, and drag bikes, but the majority of bikes were function-focused and seemed to be very rideable. Builds blending high-performance parts with show-bike aesthetics were around every corner.

Beautiful lobster-scale welds on One-Up Motorcycles’ custom BMW R65.

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Beautiful lobster-scale welds on One-Up Motorcycles’ custom BMW R65

David Mucci of Moto-Mucci has a way of making every custom build look like a factory-funded concept. This KTM 300 custom is no different.

The Haas Moto Museum, known for snatching up some of the most well-known and exotic custom motorcycles of the last decade, brought out a handful of said motorcycles to be displayed in its own section near the show’s entrance, immediately setting the tone as patrons walked through the doors.

The titanium framed Birdcage built by Revival Cycles around a prototype BMW R18 engine.

Moto Guzzi, Indian Motorcycle, and BMW were all sponsors of the show as well, but it was the German motor company that really stole the show with its BMW prototype-based build “The Birdcage,” built by Revival Cycles.

The titanium framed Birdcage

The Birdcage, inspired by the Maserati Tipo 61, is based around the same BMW prototype engine that Custom Works Zon built on to win Best in Show at the Mooneyes Yokohama Show—the R18. This massive air-cooled powerplant is not only daunting because of its size, but because of the importance and secrecy of working around an unreleased BMW motor. We don’t have any details on this engine yet but hope to soon, as BMW continues to hint at real concepts and a production model.

“The FrankenBlast” Buell Blast by DesmoBIBU

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The Buell Motorcycle Company had a very tumultuous story that ended with the brand’s dissolution under the Harley-Davidson umbrella. Still, they made some very impressive bikes that found new life after Buell’s demise – most notably the Magpul Ronin 47 series of bikes. The Buell Blast, however, was a significantly subdued and short-lived offering from the brand. But it’s potential has finally been unlocked in the ‘Franken-Blast’ custom build by DesmoBIBU.

Hiconsumption gives us our little read in above.

Vlad Sarlau from Riders DriveMag gives us the story of how the Franken-Blast was constructed.

A Yamaha XS650

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This Yamaha XS650 built by father-daughter team Sofi and George Tsingos.

A TZ750

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Jeff Palhegyi’s TZ750 four-cylinder two-stroke flat-track racer.

A Triumph Chopper

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Hand-engraved scrollwork and cutaway sections on a beautiful Triumph chopper.

An immaculate Harley-Davidson Knucklehead restoration among the custom builds.

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“The Six” wild Honda CBX custom built by Revival Cycles and brought out as part of the Haas Moto Museum exhibit.

“The Bullet Bob Special,” custom RD400 built by Jared Morris to honor his late father.

From vintage racebikes to dirt bikes, two-stroke machines were a welcome theme at this year’s show.

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Forced induction and a monoshock, Harley-Davidson Sportsters continue to be a platform pushed beyond their limits at nearly every custom show.

Gregor Halenda’s custom airhead adventure build with stunning handmade bodywork.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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It’s Here!! Opening Day of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally!!

It’s Here!! Opening Day of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally!! Who is excited as we are here at AMERiders we hope you are. 10 Days of riding, fun, food, and music! Now, who could not love that? Well, the people who do don’t know what they are missing.

2019 is the Year of the Ride!

Opening Day of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally!! With rides Sturgis has said that this is …

Opening Day

The Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ Events Team is proud to bring rally-goers the opportunity to go on some guided rides that most people don’t know about and don’t get the opportunity to do.

From trail rides off the beaten path to guided tours that hit some hidden gems that only the locals know about, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Today’s ride was

Ride with a Local

Opening Day

August 2, 6 & 9, 2019 – Choose the date that fits your schedule.

~ All bikes are welcome! ~

Are you a first timer to the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally© or just want to see things from a local’s point of view? Let us take the hassle out of learning the Black Hills on your own and join us for a “Ride with a Local”.

Bring your bike….all are welcome and join our friendly guides who have been in the Black Hills for years and know their way around.  They will show you the sights and delights that the Black Hills of South Dakota has to offer.

This ride will take you to…[ CLICK FOR MORE ]

Concerts starting today!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sturgis 2018 Weekend

We gave you a list of what was starting today a few days ago well here it is again. Plus a few big names over the next few days as well.

Aug 2ndTimeBand PlayingVenue of Concert
1:00pm-4:00pm Eskimo Brothers Harley Davidson Rally Point
5:00pm-8:00pm Zeona Road Harley Davidson Rally Point
6:00pm Palisades Iron Horse Saloon
8:00pm From Ashes
to New
Iron Horse Saloon
10:30 Hinder Iron Horse Saloon
10:30-12:00 Skid Row Buffalo Chip
Aug 38:30pm- 9:45pm  George Thorogood & The Destroyers Buffalo Chip
10:30pm-12:00am Keith Urban Buffalo Chip
Aug 410:30pm-12:00am GodSmack Buffalo Chip

Check it out live

The Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ is the world’s largest motorcycle rally and even if you can’t make the trip, make sure to check out the excitement and energy of the Rally and downtown Sturgis via our web cameras. Our webcams capture Sturgis year-round and are strategically placed to give you a bird’s eye view of everything going on in Sturgis.

The cameras at CIty of Riders Headquarters and on the 1200 block of Main Street show the exhilaration of Main Street. Cameras at the City of Riders Motorcycle Expo lots and at the Sturgis Liquor Store capture Lazelle Street and these important off-Main Street locations. Although nothing is the same as being here in Sturgis during the Rally and hearing the rumble of motorcycles going by, these web cameras are a way to check out the Rally. It will make you want to come next year! 

Check out the cameras from the link below

https://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/webcams/

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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More Sturgis Rally News for You Today and It Is Some Interesting Stuff

AMERiders has found you some more Sturgis Rally News for you today and it is some interesting stuff. You won’t believe your eyes on some of it. Let’s take a peek, shall we?

What we already told you…

Sturgis® always has great things going on when the rally starts up and that is going to be no exception this year starting on Friday, August 2nd. First, off I already told you last week that the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ is Boasting 250 Concerts in 10 Days << click that link and see what concerts are coming to Sturgis® and the Surrounding Areas!

Next up: Opening Ceremonies

Here is some cool Sturgis Rally News for you… During the Opening Ceremonies, Cole Freeman will attempt to jump over Sturgis’s Legendary Main Street. Here is more information for you:

Cole will be bringing his show to the 79th Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ August 2nd at 4:00 p.m. when he will attempt to jump over Sturgis’s Legendary Main Street as part of the year’s opening ceremonies.  It’s free and fun and will be a spectacular sight to see.

Sturgis Rally News

Cole Freeman of Saint Louis Missouri travels the world thrilling spectators like a legend from the past. His adrenaline-fueled, fast-paced riding style is taking the sport to a new level. Many of the stunts that Cole dares to attempt have never been tried and most of them, for good reason. In the most recent feat, Cole jumped a Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ninety Nine Feet Ten Inches shattering his ramps, bike, and the record. Cole is on a mission to keep the industry thriving through extreme entertainment while paying homage to his childhood hero Evel Knievel.

Easy Rider- Saturday, August 3rd

One of the most iconic movies to bikers is the Easy Rider Film and the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ announces that the Movie Easy Rider will be shown on Saturday, August 3rd at Harley-Davidson Rally Point.   This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the movie’s release.  On Saturday, August 3rd during the Sturgis®Motorcycle Rally™ at 9:30 p.m. the movie will be shown for a free public viewing.  Harley-Davidson Rally Point is on the corner of Harley-Davidson Way and Legendary Main Street.  Bring a date and enjoy one of the most iconic motorcycle movies that defined a culture.  See you there!

17th Annual Sturgis® Mayor’s Ride

Sturgis Rally News

The next bit of Sturgis Rally News for you is about the 17th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride, not only that it is really cool news too… The ride is on the 5th of August in case you didn’t know but you must have been registered by July 31st to have been entered into the drawing. But as of this moment that I am typing this, there are Ride slots available.

Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree from the Full Throttle Saloon and Pappy Hoel Campground have been named Co-Grand Marshals of the City of Sturgis 17th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride this year. Here is what Jesse James announced …

Mike Ballard announced something similar just the guitar is a bit different. “It’s an iconic ride and it has been growing every year, so this is a real honor,” said Ballard.  “And this year is the 20th anniversary of the Full Throttle Saloon, so the timing could not be better.”

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Sturgis Rally News

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Pack Your Dancin’ Shoes Sturgis Music Concerts Are Gonna Be a Blast!

Your feet will be sore as Sturgis boasts of 250 concerts in 10 days, so pack your dancin’ shoes and pick the ones you want to go too as we all know that Sturgis® Music Concerts are a Blast. The Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ is home to 10 days and nights of some of the best music in the country. From local, home-grown bands to up-and-coming regional acts to full-blown, national concerts, Sturgis® has them all!  We at AMERiders, as usual, give you a shortlist of the bands that will be there this year and on what days this isn’t a full list you can get that here and download it in the middle of that page…

Sturgis® Music Concerts

Below are a few of the bands listed for August 2nd opening day of Sturgis. We will let you know there are a few bands that play the day before just to keep you entertained as you roll in But the major Sturgis® Music Concerts don’t start happening till August 2nd. (Note: this is not the full 8/2 list)

 
8/2TimeBand PlayingVenue of Concert
1:00pm-4:00pm Eskimo Brothers Harley Davidson Rally Point
5:00pm-8:00pm Zeona Road Harley Davidson Rally Point
6:00pm Palisades Iron Horse Saloon
8:00pm From Ashes
to New
Iron Horse Saloon
10:30 Hinder Iron Horse Saloon
10:30-12:00 Skid Row Buffalo Chip
5:00pm Smoke House The Knuckle Saloon
9:00pm Garage Boys The Knuckle Saloon
8pm-10pm Jered Blake
(country act
from
the Voice)
Loud American- Jack Daniels
Stage Inside
Picture courtesy of the Buffalo Chip

Although there are around 250 bands playing in 10 days the big buzz that has been going off about the Sturgis® Music Concerts is that Snoop Dogg has been added to this year’s list of concerts. Snoop Dogg will make his motorcycle rally debut on the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Many have already reserved passes in order to experience this performance, and this show is the real deal.

Snoop makes his Sturgis Debut at the Buffalo Chip alongside bands and artists such as Skid row, Keith Urban, George Thorogood, and The Destroyers, Godsmack, Styx, Collective Soul, Dee Snider, Toby Keith and many more.

Sturgis 2018 Weekend

We know that everyone is ready to have fun at Sturgis® Music Concerts this year and we can’t wait to peruse the rest of the list ourselves to see what is there and let you know.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

and

Mistakes

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Are You Pumped and Ready for This Years 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally?

Are You Pumped and Ready for This Years 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally? We at AMERiders know we are and as usual, we’re gonna give you info on what’s to come. ( Just an FYI it is 8days and 12 hours and counting at the time I wrote this blog. Not when it was posted) The Rally starts on August 2nd and runs to Augst 11th.

79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
picture courtesy of Jim Kent of NPR

The legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has been known to draw bikers to South Dakota from around the world. Along the sidewalks, you will see all types of Vendors hawking their wares. This includes everything from biker gear, tattoos, and the obligatory rally t-shirts. Harleys and Hondas are parked along the side entrances to the many bars and restaurants.

The traffic on the roads recently has been pretty light compared to the past when rowdy bikers were backed up at four-way stop signs for a city block.

Sturgis has stated that

79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

“2019 is the Year of the Ride! The Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ Events Team is proud to bring rally-goers the opportunity to go on some guided rides that most people don’t know about and don’t get the opportunity to do.”

There are at least 6 major rides that Sturgis has each year and there are some that will be hosted around it or “too” it like the one we wrote about last week the “Veterans Therapy Ride” These rides include:

The Good Ride

79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
August 04, 2019

Good Ride is a motorcycle charity ride that focuses on what motorcycles are all about – getting out on the open road with your friends and checking out new destinations – all for good causes.

Good Ride is a 501(c)(3) charity that was started by freestyle motocross rider, turned street bike builder and hooligan racer, Carey Hart that focuses on key charities close to Carey’s heart. The intention of Good Ride is to give back while doing what he loves to do – ride motorcycles!

We are proud to continue our work with Infinite Hero, a military charity that gives back 100%. Proceeds from our Good Ride rallies will go directly to helping veterans in need.

This ride is for ANYONE who loves to ride motorcycles and raise money for a good cause.

Register here

17th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride

August 05, 2019

Jack Daniel’s and the City of Sturgis® are excited to be hosting the 17th annual Sturgis® Mayor’s Ride during the 79th Annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™! This ride has been a special part of the Sturgis® Rally; not only for the amazing beauty of the Black Hills but that it brings people together from all over the world….and brings them back year after year! Proceeds from the ride will to our emergency services, supporting the men & woman who dedicate so much Rally week to give aid and keep us safe.

Must be registered by July 31st to be entered into the drawing. Register Now

Enjoy a beautiful ride through the Black Hills led by Sturgis® Mayor Carstensen along with the Rally’s Grand Marshal,(TBD). We will stop at Crazy Horse Memorial for a break and photo with the memorial in the background and conclude our ride at the State Game Lodge in Custer State Park with lunch and a presentation with Mayor Carstensen.

Participants will receive a souvenir pack including a limited edition decanter signed by the Mayor, a 2019 Challenge Coin and other collectibles provided by our sponsors. (Shirt size not guaranteed after June 7)

Please register today to guarantee your spot; only 150 spaces available. Must be 21 or older to participate.

Check-in starts at 6:30 am with kickstands up at 9:00 am at the back parking lot of the Community Center located at 1401 Lazelle St.

Register Now

Experience Some Incredible Rides

79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

The 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is back and while it is fun it is important not to forget first and foremost to gear up to properly to ride! As we prepare for our wild adventures in the Black Hills, we’ve created you a wonderful list of incredible places to ride while experiencing the thrills of the 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally:

 Iron Mountain Road

Iron Mountain Road

This 17-mile stretch through the Black Hills is filled with curves, switchbacks, and tunnels. Winding through beautiful mountains and valleys, the road leads to both Mt. Rushmore National Memorial and Custer State Park, two must-see destinations!

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

If you love national parks, you definitely need to check out the Badlands! The park is filed with jagged, sharply eroded buttes, a grass prairie and fossil beds—so you can definitely expect to see some unique and spectacular scenery!

Bear Butte State Park

A buffalo standing in the middle of the road with motorcyclist stopped around it

Highway 79 will take you from Sturgis to Bear Butte State Park, which features an enormous laccolith. This ride is often relaxing and revitalizing, allowing you to take in all of the natural beauty of the area. There’s also a pretty good chance you’ll see herds of roaming buffalo!

Don’t Miss out on all the action and we will have more information coming for you on Friday and including next week and when Sturgis starts as well.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

and

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Veterans’ Therapy Ride to Sturgis Supported by Indian Motorcycles Again.

With Sturgis just two weeks or so away charities are getting underway with their rides and other festivities for it. One is the VCR or the Veteran’s Charity Ride. The Veterans’ Therapy Ride to Sturgis is being supported by Indian Motorcycles again, this year. This will make it the 5th year in a row that manufacturer has sponsored this ride. AMERiders would like to give you a bit of information on it.

The Veterans Charity Ride (VCR) supports veterans of the United States armed forces through motorcycle therapy. Those of us who ride motorcycles know what a joy the ride itself can be and good that it does our own minds and emotions. The VCR puts veterans together to ride motorcycles together which helps them engage in peer mentoring when they are off the bikes which is an important factor.

Therapy Ride
Getting veterans outdoors, feeling the freedom of the open road with the wind in their faces, to clear their heads and talk with one another about their military experiences in a safe environment to promote healing.

For those severely injured and amputee veterans who otherwise would not be able to pilot a two-wheeler, many of the bikes are outfitted with custom Champion sidecars for those programs that VCR works with.

Since the ride will take a little over a week leaving from Salt Lake City and ending in Sturgis, SD in time for the rally there. VCR has organized stops along the way and the cities and towns where the towns are going to welcome and honor them for the sacrifices they have made for our country. I think this is a grand gesture on these town parts.

17 riders will be participating in the therapy ride this year. Eight of them are returning riders who participated last year and will help the new 9 riders that will be riding in the event this year. 4 of the riders are women which is the most this even has had in previous years.

Therapy Ride
They’ll all spend time on the road getting to know each other

During the ride, the veterans will spend time getting to know each other and sharing their stories. We all know that multiple-day motorcycle trips can be a powerful experience. Each time you sit down around a fire or a table with your friends it brings in some good therapy when the day comes to a close. You never know when you share an experience on the road that you may have a similar past experience than your traveling companion. Although Vets do not often talk about their time in war, talking can help them to heal.

“Each year we are touched by the inspiring stories from our veterans and the incredible growth they experience from the Veterans Charity Ride. We’re honored to continue our relationship with Veterans Charity Ride, and proud of the work they do for our veterans.”

Senior Director Reid Wilson, Indian Motorcycles

The Veterans Charity Ride is a non-profit organization. If you’re feeling generous, you may donate to this fantastic cause at the VCR website.

Therapy Ride

Look for our information on Sturgis starting on Wed. of next week.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

and

Mistakes

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And as always don’t forget to send us your stories, pictures, and events for posting to GALLERY.AMERIDERS @ GMAIL.COM  and we will post them for you. The more people that know about your event the better and we are offering free advertising. We would also love to hear about your rides and love to see those bikes so send those stories and pictures.

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Source: Veterans Charity RideMotorcycle.com