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H-D Isn’t Just for Bearded Old Men Anymore Check Out The 2021 Line Up

When some people hear the name Harley-Davidson they think of old men in leather vests on motorcycles. Well H-D doesn’t want to be thought of that way anymore and we here at AMERiders agree that they have worked well towards that goal with the 2021 lineup.

Harley-Davidson is a name that demands reverence in the motorcycle world, having produced numerous brilliant two-wheelers since its inception in 1903, in the American town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Part of its splendid repertoire and some of the best Harley-Davidson bikes ever made include the Street 750, Fat Boy FLSTF, Sportster Nightster XL 1200N, and Road King FLHR.

However, in modern times, Harley-Davidson has lost its weight in the global industry owing to sturdy competition from rivals like Indian Motorcycle Company, Royal Enfield, Triumph, and Ducati.

The fact that some Japanese power cruisers will put any Harley-Davidson to shame has forced the American motorcycle giant to further invest in creating a competitive lineup. This has forced the company to up its game and diversify while providing the public with new and fresh bikes that will rekindle the love and affection that Harley-Davidson is used to enjoying.

2021 will prove to be an exciting year for the H-D with the new bikes and technologies it will be introducing.

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Harley-Davidson Pan-America

2021 lineup

Making its entry into the field of adventure biking, Harley-Davidson revealed its first adventure tourer at the 2019 EICMA functions. This bike is known as the Pan-America 1250 and is slated to be released in the markets later this year or early 2021 for the 2021 lineup. Design-wise, the Pan-America is nothing like any bike that Harley has ever released.

2021 lineup

It sports a futuristic design, high ground clearance, larger fuel tank, crash guard for the engine, and an adjustable windscreen, making it well suited for adventure biking. Borrowing the TFT instrument-display from Harley’s Livewire, this 1,250-cc V-twin powered monster would most probably also feature other electronic intervention technologies like multiple riding modes, traction control, and RDRS.

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Harley-Davidson Custom 1250

2021 lineup

In order to change the public’s inclination of purchasing power cruisers they’d ride instead of a Harley-Davidson, the company has announced the launch of their upcoming Custom 1250. Sticking to its traditional looks and design, the Custom 1250 from Harley-Davidson is an upcoming motorcycle from the company that will be based on their latest modular platform for middleweight bikes.

2021 lineup

Equipped with a liquid-cooled V-twin engine that is similar to the Pan-America and 975 Streetfighter, the Custom has a V-Twin engine of 1,250cc. It is one of the safest designs that Harley has announced in its range of upcoming models, and with similar looks to a cruiser, the Custom 1250 still manages to look modern owing to features like a simple LED headlight and a rectangular number plate that is integrated with the taillight.

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Harley-Davidson IRONe 12/16

2021 lineup

Harley-Davidson announced its intention to enter the electric motorcycle segment with the launch of Livewire. Now they are making further inroads in the field by launching their IRONe models, which are electric motorcycles meant to be ridden by kids between three and seven years of age.

While there are some of the best electric motorcycles available in the market, few of those have actually been made for kids. Made in limited edition, with only 550 units produced, the IRONe 12 and IRONe 16 features a 2Ah battery that allows the young motorcyclist to travel for thirty-minutes and can be recharged in just an hour.

2021 lineup

These models are a stepping stone for kids to learn how to control a motorcycle, allowing them to develop from an early age the necessary hand-eye-coordination that motorcycle riding demands. It is made on an aluminum frame and the young rider can first learn to balance the two-wheeler using the non-powered mode, and once ready can cruise using the throttle mode that comes with three different power settings. The IRONe 12 is priced at $699, while the IRONe 16 is priced at $749.

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Harley-Davidson Bronx 975

2021 lineup

Entering the Streetfighter category, the Harley-Davidson Bronx 975 is a revelation that is based on the latest Revolution Max engine that the company has launched. Having a 975 cc V-Twin engine that is capable of producing more than 115hp in power output and a peak torque of 70lb-ft, the Bronx 975 is a serious contender in the market in 2021.

2021 lineup

From a design angle, the minimalistic and angular bodywork of this beauty, along with the carbon-fiber fenders, stainless-steel exhaust pipe, and aggressive designing, provide the Bronx 975 with an edge over other contenders in the same category.

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Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 1200

2021 lineup

Aiming to provide the buyers with an affordable cruiser bike that makes the rider look like a real biker, the Sportster Iron 1200 is the bigger brother of the already existing Iron 883 and comes equipped with a 1200cc engine that is capable of producing a power output of 67.7 hp and a peak torque of 96Nm.

2021 lineup

The Iron 1200 also comes with an option for keyless ignition, while retaining all the original electronics that the 883 had. Planning to compete against the Indian Scout Sixty and Triumph Thruxton R, the Iron 1200, is a worthy entry from Harley-Davidson that should be released in the markets in the upcoming months of 2020 or early 2021.

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Harley-Davidson Bronx 1250

2021 lineup

Next for the 2021 lineup Powered by the liquid-cooled 1,250cc V-twin Revolution Max engine, Harley Davidson Bronx 1250 is a motorcycle that has been made purely for speed and performance. Placed in the middleweight streetfighter category, this motorcycle uses the engine as a stressed member, which allows it to maximize performance, minimize weight, and enhance the bike’s overall handling and center of gravity.

2021 lineup

It is further equipped internally with an additional counterbalancer that takes care of the primary vibrations of the engine and provides the rider with a comfortable experience while making the Bronx 1250 become more durable.

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Harley-Davidson Livewire

Truly, the future is here and Harley’s first electric motorcycle proves it. The Livewire is a perfect example. Sporting a dashing Yellow Fuse color, this bike was first showcased to the public in the CES functions held in Las Vegas in 2018.

It uses the latest ‘Revolution’ drivetrain that the company has released and features a dearth of new electronic features including the fancy telematics system from Harley Davidson, known as H-D Connect. Capable of providing bikers with a premium biking experience, this technologically advanced motorcycle is priced at $29,799. Makes a great addition to the 2021 lineup

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Harley Davidson Streetfighter 975

Taking the new modular platform that Harley-Davidson has launched, the Streetfighter 975 is the company’s first take on a naked sportbike, and from the looks of it, it looks quite a handful. While there are some naked sportbikes that are too powerful for the road, Harley aims at creating a street-legal version with the Streetfighter 975.

Having a muscular stance, the Streetfighter 975 sports sleek and sharp designs, which include the headlight that has been designed to look aggressive and mounted very low, a single podded analog cluster, and sporty tires. Although the power and torque of the 975cc engine that the Streetfighter is equipped with are unknown at the moment, this stunning motorcycle from Harley is sure to have a lot of takers upon release.

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Harley-Davidson Sport Glide

Part of the Softail lineup of Harley-Davidson, the Sport Glide is powered by a 1,7466cc engine that uses the new 107 Milwaukee-Eight motors. A powerful contender against the Indian Scout and Ducati Diavel, this motorcycle features a number of extensive components that include USB power sockets, keyless ignition, and a forward-lighting system made using LED.

Other specifications of this motorcycle include its custom look that has a blacked-out body, mini-fairing that can be detached, odometer, clock trip, and an analog speedometer of 5-inches featuring a digital gear. Works great into the 2021 lineup.

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The New Milwaukee-Eight Screamin’ Eagle 131 Engine

Made for the touring motorcycles launched by the company, all power-hungry bikers can now rejoice at being provided with the option of choosing the powerful Milwaukee-Eight Screamin’ Eagle 131 Engine from Harley-Davidson. This new 2,147cc V-twin engine is completely street-legal and is, in fact, the most powerful street-legal engine that Harley has ever produced.

Having all new bore cylinders of 4.31-inches, the Screamin’ Eagle 131 is a beast of an engine that is capable of producing 121hp in the rear wheel and 131 lb-ft of torque, when paired with the Street Cannon Screamin’ Eagle mufflers.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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The Dakar Rally Is Saddened by Loss, and Two Crashes This Year

The Dakar Rally (or simply “The Dakar“; formerly known as the “Paris–Dakar Rally“) is an annual rally raid organized by the Amaury Sport Organization. This year it is saddened by icon was three-time Dakar champion Hubert Auriol and the King of Dakar has died at 68. Also, the current 2021 race has also claimed its first two victims as Hero MotoCorp Rider CS Santosh and Former Dakar Champion Toby Price both crashed. AMERiders has the story

The King of Dakar was 68 years old.

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The Dakar Rally has given us some greats over the years. From Cyril Neveu taking the first championship to Stephane Peterhansel racking up six titles to Ricky Brabec conquering the 2020 competition, the annual rally raid has produced countless legends of the sport. One such icon was three-time Dakar champion Hubert Auriol and the King of Dakar has died at 68.

Born in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, Auriol earned the nickname l’Africano and competed in the very first Paris-Dakar Rally in 1979. Aboard a BMW R80G/S, Auriol earned the Dakar crown in 1981 and again in 1984. Just nine years later, the accomplished rider took his talents to the Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution team, winning the 1992 Dakar in a car. Known for becoming the first person to win the world’s toughest rally on two and four wheels, Auriol also acted as the Dakar race director for nearly a decade.

The French rider lived with heart disease for many years and contracting COVID-19 only worsened his health conditions. Unfortunately, Auriol succumbed to the novel coronavirus after battling illness since November 2020. In light of his passing, riders worldwide recognize the Dakar legend’s contributions to the sport.

“He inspired generations of riders and drivers and has been an integral part of the rally throughout its history,” said Dakar organizers in a released statement.

Thanks to Auriol’s inspiring 1992 Dakar win, champions such as Stephane Peterhansel and Nani Roma also won the rally by car. Hopefully, his legendary career will inspire current Dakar champions to take on the desert on four wheels after conquering it on two. Who wouldn’t want to see two-time champ Toby Price or last year’s winner Ricky Brabec take on the dunes in a buggy?

Fellow riders assisted CS Santosh until the medical team arrived.

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Hero Motosports official statement

Our Hero MotoSports Team Rally rider CS Santosh is currently receiving treatment at the Saudi German Hospital in Riyadh, after a high-speed crash on Wednesday in Stage 4 of the 2021 Dakar Rally.  

We are pleased to share that he has no major physical injuries except for the dislocated right shoulder and head trauma. The latest scans have also shown no major issue that could impact his full recovery.  

The medical team attending to him have decided that the best approach to manage the injury is to reduce the body functions to a minimum and keep him in a sedated condition or an artificial coma. He is receiving the best possible medical care and will continue to be under constant observation for the next few days.  

We express our deepest gratitude and thanks to the riders who extended their help to Santosh. We also want to thank the organizers for getting the medical and rescue teams on the spot in quick time and airlifting him to reach the hospital quickly.  

We are also most grateful to all of you for pouring in your prayers and wishes from all over the world for the speedy recovery of Santosh and your overwhelming support to our team.  

The entire Hero MotoSports Team Rally and the extended Hero Family is fully committed to aid the recovery and rehabilitation of our teammate.

Information about the crash.

After a bad crash on stage four (Wed January 6th 2021) of the 2021 Dakar Rally, Hero MotoCorp rider CS Santosh is currently in a medically-induced coma at a hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Thankfully, the team says he’s currently in stable condition. 

Santosh, whose full name is Santosh Chunchunguppe Shivashankar, was competing in his seventh Dakar rally in 2021. He was teammates with Dakar veteran Paulo Gonçalves in 2020, when the latter rider sadly died during the event. Understandably, Santosh and the rest of the Hero team withdrew from the event following Gonçalves’ death.  

In his bio for the 2021 event, Santosh wrote, “Funnily I never watched any motorsports before the age of 16. I have absolutely no motorsports background in my family. I was raised to go to college and probably work in software. Then my dad bought me a bike to go to school and that’s when my love of riding really started. Racing probably saved me from getting into trouble. It gave me something to focus on with passion. As a kid, while growing up, I remember being fascinated by adventure, and that fascination continues to this day.” 
 
He continued, “My heart sank when I was told about Paulo last year. Dakar didn’t feel like Dakar anymore. You never imagine that the worst could happen. It was overwhelming, Paulo was always jovial. The expectations sat lightly on him. He never looked at racing as a job. He created a good atmosphere where the pressure was lifted off the others riders. He gave me small tips, which were so helpful. Paulo was a real leader. Paulo would have wanted us to keep going and continue to race hard—that’s what I intend to do.” 

Thankfully, fellow riders were in close physical proximity to Santosh right after he crashed. Italian rider Maurizio Gerini and Dutch rider Paul Spierings worked together to rescuscitate Santosh after they couldn’t feel his pulse. A medical helicopter arrived within 15 minutes, by which time Spierings told Rallymaniacs that Santosh had regained both his pulse and consciousness. 

The Rally struck again on Tuesday Jan 12th

The 43rd Dakar Rally struck again on Tuesday. Thanks to a particularly technical and sand-heavy 2021 route, the world’s toughest race has become a war of attrition. After Hero MotoCorp rider CS Santosh’s campaign ended in Stage 4, numerous other competitors have also relinquished their bid for the desert crown. Most notably, Toby Price of Red Bull KTM had to surrender his attempt to capture a third Dakar title after a Stage 9 crash.

Just 96 miles into today’s leg, Price sustained injuries to his head, shoulder, and wrist. The collision required medical services to airlift the Australian rider to a nearby hospital in Tabuk. Luckily, Price remains conscious and will undergo x-rays and further evaluation over the next few days. The crash comes after a marathon stage fraught with tire issues for Price. With a large gash in his rear tire, the Red Bull KTM rider had to fashion a patch out of duct tape and zip ties. He managed to limp to the Stage 8 finish line (with one zip tie intact), but the following stage proved too much for the two-time Dakar champ to overcome.

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Price’s exit comes after a flurry of race-ending injuries and mechanical problems for fellow competitors. Recently, Husqvarna rider and leader after four legs Xavier De Soultrait crashed out in Stage 8. Just one day later, Rockstar Husqvarna’s Luciano Benavides also called it quits due a shoulder injury and Monster Energy Yamaha’s Ross Branch had to cancel his race as a result of engine issues.

After nine stages, Monster Energy Honda’s Kevin Benavides, Ricky Brabec, and Jose Ignacio Cornejo stand atop the leaderboard, respectively. Close behind, Toby Price’s Red Bull KTM teammates Sam Sunderland and Matthias Walkner are less than 15 minutes behind the leader. With three more legs to go, the standings will surely shuffle before the final finish line. We just hope as many racers as possible can complete all 12 stages and avoid further injuries.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Thunderbike Makes Gentle Style the First Custom Bike of the New Year

We’re fresh into the new year, and the world is finally beginning to push back against everything that held it hostage for the duration of 2020. We’re all looking ahead to 12 months more in the lines of our former lives, and of particular interest to us, hopefully to in-person auto and motorcycle shows, plus a hell of a lot more new model launches than before. We all love a Gentle Style no matter what it refers too so AMERiders is going to show you a different kind of Gentle Style.

And eight days in, signs are encouraging in this respect. On the car front, Jeep finally pulled the entirety of the wraps it still had on the all-new Grand Cherokee. When it comes to motorcycles, we’re looking forward to the first Harley-Davidson digital event scheduled for January 19.

Until then, here’s the first custom motorcycle to come out the doors of the very proficient German shop called Thunderbike this year.

Called Gentle Style, the project a Breakout inspired by two older builds in the garage’s portfolio, Ego Style and Black Panther. Described as having “the appearance of an agile gentleman with its paint and sporty accents,” the bike is in no way gentle, as the changes made to it are extensive.

In usual Thunderbike style, the Breakout received both visual and a mechanical overhaul, with over 30 custom pieces of hardware going into the build, from the stretched aluminum fuel tank to the many covers that adorn the two-wheeler.

Coming to the world with a lowered front end and an air suspension strapped to the back, the monster is painted black courtesy of Thunderbike’s usual partner in this field, Ingo Kruse.

There’s no mention of the price of the conversion, but as usual, the shop does list most of the parts used, and we were able to come up with an estimative figure for the project: over €12,000, which is close to $15,000 at today’s rates. Remember, that’s just for the parts, not the base bike, paint job, and man-hours.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Fausto Gresini Hospitalized, McGuiness Honored, and More in 2021

Well, it is the new year 2021 and new things are going to happen, and the usual things as well. Everyone has their new year resolutions as always. So far at the end of 2020 heading into 2021 Team owner Fausto Gresini has been hospitalized for COVID-19 but is improving, John McGuinness is named Member Of The Order Of The British Empire, and Support Bikers has started organizing a world record poker run. AMERiders has the story for you on all of these.

Aprilia MotoGP team manager Fausto Gresini

2021

Former racer and Aprilia MotoGP team manager Fausto Gresini has been hospitalized for COVID-19, according to an announcement on the Gresini Racing Facebook page. His condition is grave but improving as doctors begin to revive him from an induced coma to enable him to breathe on his own once again.

Gresini tested positive for COVID-19 shortly before Christmas. After isolating at home for several days, he went to the hospital on December 27, 2020, where his condition could be more closely monitored. Further details released on January 1, 2021, reveal that Gresini’s condition is improving, but was quite serious upon his arrival at the hospital. He had very low blood oxygen saturation levels, was put into a pharmacological coma, and was intubated to ensure his body had enough oxygen to survive. His condition has since improved, and doctors have begun the process of reviving him and letting him breathe on his own.

Gresini Racing joined forces with Aprilia in 2015 and runs its factory team in MotoGP. This partnership continues through the 2021 season, after which Aprilia will run the team independently.

Fausto Gresini is an accomplished racer himself. He won the 125cc world championship in 1985 and 1987. He has competed in 132 Grand Prix races with 21 race wins. He and Ángel Nieto share the record of 11 consecutive victories in the 125 class. Gresini won 10 of those victories in 1987, crashing out of the final race but still winning the overall championship.

Gresini Racing has also won two world championships. Daijiro Kato won the 2001 250cc world championship, and Toni Elías winning the 2010 Moto2 world championship. Kato tragically died after a crash at the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix. Gresini Racing suffered another loss with Marco Simoncelli after a crash at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix. Let’s hope Gresini himself pulls through and does not become another tragic loss for the team.

Legend John McGuinness to receive an MBE.  

2021

While I’m sure most of us can’t wait to be rid of 2020, one extremely talented motorcycle racer has even greater reason to look forward to the start of 2021. To ring in the New Year, the U.K. government announces its New Year Honours List at the end of the previous year—and for 2021, none other than road racing legend John McGuinness will receive an MBE.  

Consulting the official list of honors for 2021, the listing next to McGuinness’s name says the award is “For services to Motorcycle Racing [sic].” The man himself spoke to MCN about it, and said the news hasn’t really sunk in yet. You can read the full interview here. 

Short for “Member of the Order of the British Empire,” the award is one of a trifecta of Orders of the British Empire awards. They’re meant to recognize British citizens making positive impacts in their respective fields. The Orders of the British Empire awards were created by King George V during WWI to recognize people who helped in the war effort, but weren’t on the front lines. The full slate runs like so: Commander of the British Empire (CBE), Order of the British Empire (OBE), Member of the British Empire (MBE). 

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Other motorcycle greats to have been so honored during their careers include Joey Dunlop, Jonathan Rea, Dougie Lampkin, Maria Costello, Barry Sheene, Mike Hailwood, John Surtees, Phil Read, and David Knight.  

Individuals who are awarded one honor can go on to receive additional honors in coming years, as well. For example, seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton will also be knighted in 2021, and was previously awarded an MBE in 2008—back when he took his very first F1 championship.  

Overall, there are 1,239 New Year Honours 2021 recipients on the list, and the overarching theme of the list is individuals who have gone above and beyond in serving their communities through COVID. Congratulations to everyone who’s worked so hard to bring light and hope to all in these times. 

Support Bikers Doing A World Record Poker Run

Sonny Badger, one of the chief perpetrators of the Support Bikers website, received a flash of inspiration one day. He and his wife, Momma Badger, were in the middle of organizing their first poker run event. They had also decided that 2021 would be the year they go to Sturgis for the first time. Then he thought to himself, why not do both at the same time? That’s how the idea for the world record poker run was born.

There are many events claiming to be the world’s longest poker run, but Sonny found the longest of them recognized by Guinness to be a 3,123-mile poker run held in the UK. The Badgers live in Florida, and Google’s optimum route to Sturgis is 2,015 miles long. Since when is the optimum route the most fun, though? Throw in a few side quests, and the trip can easily become longer than the current record. Sonny figured that if the Badgers were going to ride to Sturgis, why not go all out and share the experience with others? All are welcome to join, no matter what kind of bike you ride.

Although the Badgers are the driving force behind the event, they have recruited others from the Support Bikers website to help as well. Others involved include YouTubers such as Blacktop Devil, Baggers and Brews, Ozarks H-D Riders, and John Maxwell, a.k.a. The Harley Tech. The Badgers could not pull this off by themselves, and this really is a group effort including the entire Support Bikers advisory board. (Full disclosure: I’m on this board myself, but other commitments and event conflicts prevent me from participating in the poker run.)

Many of the details are still being ironed out. What’s certain is that the ride will begin somewhere in Florida on July 30, 2021, and end in Sturgis, South Dakota, on August 6. The official route will be announced in February. The distance and time involved means that each day will average about 500 miles on the road, so make sure you and your bike are up for that kind of distance. The poker run will support a charity, which has yet to be chosen. This will also be announced sometime in February once this is decided.

Registration begins March 1 and ends May 31. Registration packets will be mailed in late June. The event will likely begin with a meet and greet on Thursday, July 29, followed by the official start the following day. The event is also actively seeking sponsors to help out as well. There is a website and Facebook event to keep up to date with the latest details.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Thunderbike’s H-D GP S Le Mans Is a $50k Stage IV Monster You’ll Love

At AMERiders we have no idea how many Harley-Davidson shops are out there. However, we do know that no matter the number, very few have the capability of making so many builds to form entire families of custom bikes like the Germans from Thunderbike do. We’ve featured this shop extensively this past year because of two reasons: first, their projects are literally unique in the Harley world, and second, they keep on coming. This month’s treat: the GP S Le Mans.

The motorcycle is based on the Breakout and is part of a larger family of builds dedicated to race tracks. We’ve already seen the Silverstone or the Laguna Seca, and it was about time one of the world’s most famous circuits, GP Le Mans, got its own Harley tribute.

Described as the “new mega flagship from our exclusive GP series,” the Le Mans is simply breathtaking. Powered by a Stage IV 131-ci engine good for 123 hp and 178 Nm (131 lb-ft) of torque, the unlikely Breakout rides on massive 21- and 23-inch wheels behind which sit huge brake discs.

The rear wheel is accompanied by a shock absorber that allows the ride to be lowered and raised, not unlike an air ride suspension. The fork also holds an adjustable system, this time in the form of a new damper system.

In all, more than 20 different custom parts made their way into the build, ranging from license plate lighting to the Stage IV kit slapped on the engine and the custom exhaust, but all that pales when faced with the paint scheme chosen. The work of Thunderbike’s favorite partner in this field, Kruse Design, it is supposed to accentuate “the sporty format of the bike.“ And they kind of nailed that.

As for the cost of the conversion, an exact sum is not known. We were able, based on the parts listed as used, to estimate it at around – hold on – €40,000, which is roughly $49,000. That does not include the base bike, man-hours, and paint job.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Let AMERiders keep you up to date with information on Thunderbike’s H-D GP S Le Mans Is a $50k Stage IV Monster You’ll Love.

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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2020 Night Before Christmas

Ever year we always recite the biker rendtion of the Night before Christmas well this year is no different as we have done before here is ….

2020 Night Before Christmas Biker Edition

Biker Christmas 2019

Twas the 2020 night before Christmas, and all through the pad,
There was nada happenin’, now that’s pretty bad.
The woodstove was hung up in that stocking routine,
In hopes that the Fat Boy would soon make the scene.

With our stomachs packed with tacos and beer,
My girl and I crashed on the couch for some cheer.
When out in the yard there arose such a racket,
I ran for the door and pulled on my jacket.

I saw a large bro’ on a ’56 Pan
Wearin’ black leathers, a cap, and boots (cool biker, man).
He hauled up the bars on that bikeful of sacks,
And that Pan hit the roof like it was running on tracks.

I couldn’t help gawking, the old guy had class.
But I had to go in — I was freezing my ass.
Down through the stovepipe he fell with a crash,
And out of the stove he came dragging his stash.

With a smile and some glee he passed out the loot,
A new jacket for her and some parts for my scoot.
He patted her fanny and shook my right hand,
Spun on his heel and up the stovepipe he ran.

From up on the roof came a great deal of thunder,
As that massive V-twin ripped the silence asunder.
With beard in the wind, he roared off in the night,
Shouting, “Have a cool Yule, and to all a good ride!”

Merry Christmas Eve

So, Merry Christmas, Christians; Happy Hanukkah, Jews; Super Solstice, Pagans; Hurray, Human Light Humanists; Joyous Kwanzaa to African Diaspora and to everyone all together — Happy Holidays. See you at the party! From your AMERiders family.

Papanoelada Barcelona Helps Bring Toys to All the Little Girls and Boys.

We have all seen Santa Claus on a motorcycle, it is a norm each Holiday Season for us bikers to see some form of Santa Biker Claus. But who has seen a Sea of Santa on Motorcycles? The Papanoelada Barcelona is the Sea of Santas on Motorcycles that you would like to see, but what is it? Well, the Papanoelada Barcelona Helps Bring Toys to All the Little Girls and Boys. AMERiders brings you the story.

For the sixth consecutive year, Unlimited Racing Bikes in Barcelona, Spain organized its annual Papanoelada Barcelona event. Exact numbers are unclear, but in 2018, an estimated 5,000 motorcycles and 7,000 riders participated. 

The video above is from someone that is riding in the, and the other (below) is from WKRG, which unfortunately is super quiet. Still, thousands of riders dressed up as Santa rolling through Barcelona on a pre-arranged parade route is a fantastic sight to see this time of year—and, let’s face it, every year. The reason these are only of 2019 is because of the Pandemic the annual Papanoelada Barcelona event has been canceled until 2021.

Naturally, they’re all bringing toys to sick children, and at least one gift per person attending is recommended. Toys and books for children from ages 0 to 14—and especially toys for children under one year of age—were requested, and brought to the Red Cross for distribution to children at local hospitals. 

All types of motorcycles are welcome at this event every year, as long as everything is properly licensed and registered. Scooters, choppers, trikes, sportbikes—all you need is a Santa suit, some toys, fuel for the ride, and plenty of good cheer.  

Every year, other local businesses help URB pull this off. The 2019 event happened on December 15, 2019, and was scheduled to run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. As in past years, thousands of bikes showed up to flood the streets of Barcelona with the holiday spirit, so it wouldn’t be a total surprise if the time ran over what was originally scheduled.

Unsurprisingly, not everyone in Barcelona loves this event, so of course, there is some public debate about whether it should continue in the future. Rider solidarity for good causes is generally something we applaud, so here’s hoping a few grinches don’t ruin it for everyone. 

This is the comment about 2020’s event and the schedule for next year.

“We are waiting for you at the most beast biker Papanoleada in 2021 (if the Covid virus or the Colau virus leave us), that of Barcelona, ​​the Concentration will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and the start of the parade will be at 5:00 p.m.  30h to 18: 00h. We kindly ask  participants to attend the gathering place as early as possible to avoid long lines just before starting the parade, which will last 1 hour and a half and will take us through the city center.”

You can even go here and see pictures of the event. Looking at some of the bikes are really cool.

So, Merry Christmas, Christians; Happy Hanukkah, Jews; Super Solstice, Pagans; Hurray, Human Light Humanists; Joyous Kwanzaa to African Diaspora and to everyone all together — Happy Holidays. See you at the party!

And Have a Wonderful New Year and thanks for making us what we are. We aren’t anything without you.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Christmas, Tinsel and Lights and the Legend of the Christmas Spider

On Wednesday we told you about the history of the Christmas tree well today is the legend of the Christmas spider and the history of Tinsel and Lights. AMERiders loves finding these interesting stories for you every holiday.

Tinsel and The Legend of the Christmas Spider

Tinsel was also created in Germany, where it was originally made from thin strips of beaten silver. But when plastic/man-made tinsel was invented, it became very popular as it was much cheaper than real silver and also lighter to go on the tree!

There are also folk stories about how tinsel was created – by The Christmas Spider!

Christmas Spider

These tales seem to have started in Eastern Germany, Poland, or Ukraine but are also told in parts of Finland and Scandinavia. The stories are now also popular in other countries such as the USA; although I live in the UK and most people in my country have never heard of the story/legend!

All the versions of the story involve a poor family who can’t afford to decorate a Tree for Christmas (in some versions the tree grew from a pine cone in their house, in others the family have bought a tree into the house). When the children go to sleep on Christmas Eve a spider covers the tree in cobwebs. Then on Christmas morning the cobwebs are magically turned into silver and gold strands which decorate the tree!

Some versions of the story say that it’s the light of the sun which changed the cobwebs into silver and gold but other versions say it’s St Nicholas / Santa Claus / Father Christmas / das Christkind which made the magic happen.

In parts of Germany, Poland, and Ukraine it’s meant to be good luck to find a spider or a spider’s web on your Christmas Tree. Spider’s web Christmas Tree decorations are also popular in Ukraine. They’re called ‘pavuchky’ (which means ‘little spider’) and the decorations are normally made of paper and silver wire. You might even put an artificial spider’s web on your tree!

Christmas Tree Lights

There are a few different claims as to who invented popularized the first strings of ‘electric’ Christmas Tree lights. In 1880, the famous inventor Thomas Edison put some of his new electric light bulbs around his office. And in 1882 Edward Johnson, who was a colleague of Edison, hand-strung 80 red, white and blue bulbs together and put them on his tree in his New York apartment (there were two additional strings of 28 lights mounted from the ceiling!).

In 1890 the Edison company published a brochure offering lighting services for Christmas. In 1900 another Edison advert offered bulbs which you could rent, along with their lighting system, for use over Christmas! There are records in a diary from 1891 where settlers in Montana used electric lights on a tree. However, most people couldn’t easily use electric tree lights at this time as electricity wasn’t widely installed in homes. But rich people liked to show off with lights installed just for Christmas, this would have cost about $300 per tree then, more than $2000 money today!

Electric tree lights first because widely known in the USA in 1895 when President Grover Cleveland has the tree in the White House decorated with lights as his young daughters liked them! The tradition of the National Christmas Tree on the White House lawn started in 1923 with President Calvin Coolidge.

The first commercially available electric string of lights, which more people could afford, were advertised in 1903 when a string of 24 lights cost $12 or you could rent lights from $1.50. This was still quite expensive, but much cheaper than $300.

Another claim to the first widespread sale of strings of lights comes from Ralph Morris, an American telephonist. In 1908, he used telephone wire to string together small bulbs from a telephone exchange and decorated a table top tree with them. Leavitt Morris, the son of Ralph, wrote an article in 1952 for the Christian Science Monitor, about his father inventing Christmas Tree lights, as he was un-aware of the Edison lights.

In 1885 a hospital in Chicago burned down because of candles on a Christmas Tree. In 1908 insurance companies in the USA tried to get a law made that would ban candles from being used on Christmas Trees because of the many fires they had caused. However, people still used candles to light Christmas Trees and there were more fires.

Christmas Spider

In 1917, a fire from Christmas Tree candles in New York, gave a teenager called Albert Sadacca an idea. His family came from Spain and made novelty wicker bird cages that lit up. Albert thought of using the lights in long strings and also suggested painting the bulbs bright colors like red and green. In the following years, he and his brothers formed the NOMA Electric Company, which became a very famous name in Christmas lights (I’ve actually got some old NOMA lights in my Christmas decorations!)

The most lights lit at the same time on a Christmas tree is 194,672 and was done by Kiwanis Malmedy / Haute Fagnes Belgium in Malmedy, Belgium, on 10 December 2010!

Many towns and villages have their own Christmas Trees. One of the most famous is the tree in Trafalgar Square in London, England, which is given to the UK by Norway every year as a ‘thank you’ present for the help the UK gave Norway in World War II. The White House in the USA has had a big tree on the front lawn since the 1920s.

Christmas Tree

The record for the most Christmas trees chopped down in two minutes is 27 and belongs to Erin Lavoie from the USA. She set the record on 19th December 2008 on the set of Guinness World Records: Die GroBten Weltrekorde in Germany.

Artificial Christmas Trees really started becoming popular in the early 20th century. In the Edwardian period Christmas Trees made from colored ostrich feathers were popular at ‘fashionable’ parties. Around 1900 there was even a short fashion for white trees – so if you thought colored trees are a new invention they’re not! Over the years artificial trees have been made from feathers, papier mâché, metal, glass, and many different types of plastic.

The tallest artificial Christmas tree was 52m (170.6ft) high and was covered in green PVC leaves!. It was called the ‘Peace Tree’ and was designed by Grupo Sonae Distribuição Brasil and was displayed in Moinhos de Vento Park, Porto Alegre, Brazil from 1st December 2001 until 6th January 2002.

In many countries, different trees are used as Christmas trees. In New Zealand, a tree called the ‘Pohutakawa’ that has red flowers is sometimes used and in India, Banana or Mango trees are sometimes decorated.

So enjoy decorating your Christmas Trees.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

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