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Livewire Hit With Another Issue, Recall Order for Software Charging Issue.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company issued a recall on the 2020 LiveWire due to a potential software problem that could cause the motorcycle to unexpectedly shut down. This is another issue that Livewire has had since it has been put into production. Both seem to be with charging. First with the fast charger now wth a charging software issue, AMERiders has the story.

According to the files published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Motor Company estimates that one percent of the 1,012 units involved in this recall could be affected.  

The issue stems from an On-Board Charging (OBC) System’s software issue that could cause the LiveWire’s electric powertrain to shut down. While in some cases, the user could possibly see the Traction Control, ABS, and Failure Indicator icons light up on the display as a warning sign that the engine is shutting down, the shutdown sequence and power loss can also happen without any warning.  

Software Charging Issue.
2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire Courtesy of Harley-Davidson

Should the electric powertrain shutdown, the user might not be able to restart it again. If they are able to get it going again, there’s a risk the system will shut down again later on. A loss of power and therefore of propulsion can present a hazard if the user is commuting with the vehicle when the failure happens. In the most extreme cases, the shutdown could lead to a crash.  

Recall number 0176 began on October 19, 2020, and owners will be notified by mail between October 22 and 29. Owners of the affected units will be invited to make an appointment with their Harley-Davidson dealer to have their motorcycle’s software updated free of charge. Owners have the option of riding the vehicle to the dealer or having it picked up and returned, also free of charge.  

Should they have any questions or concerns, owners of a 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire can contact the Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464 to have their VIN verified. They can also reach out to the NHTSA’s hotline service available at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more information.  

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The Brave Guy Should Have Been the Bike That Helped Say “I’ll Be Back!”

Most of us know who the Terminator is or know of the famous phrase “I’ll be back” even if we haven’t seen the movie well this H-D Fat Boy aptly named the Brave Guy is the one the Terminator should have ridden. Would have been a great bike to help Arnold say “I’ll be back!” on, and wouldn’t you know it our favorite customs shop Thunderbike is the one that has come up with this beauty.

Brave Guy

One of the machines used in the movie was a 1991 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. Thanks to the status of the movie, the motorcycle is considered one of the greatest two-wheelers to ever be captured on film, partly on account of a rather impressive chase scene (see video below for more).

Now, that bike was brand new at the time when T2 came out, so quite impressive. But what if we were to take back a more recent Fat Boy, not stock, but customized, and hand it over to the Terminator? Would it/he love it?

Probably, if the bike in question is this one here. Officially called Brave Guy (not a very cool name, we’ll give you that), it is the result of custom work performed by a German shop that goes by the name Thunderbike.

Made for one of their clients, it uses the regular complement of custom parts, some 30 of them, starting from the wheels and ending with the turn signals.

Upfront, the bike was changed with the addition of a 21-inch wheel, now tied to a lowered suspension to give it a more aggressive look. The fender that partially covers it is new as well, and so are the handlebars.

At the back the Fat Boy was treated with a new wheel, new fender, and conversion that leaves very little room between the seat and the fuel tank, giving the entire build a very straight-backed appearance. 

Spanning from the front to the back is a Dr. Jekill & Mr. Hyde exhaust system, but other than that we are not being told what (if any) modifications were made to the engine.

As usual, Thunderbike does not say how much the entire build cost to put together, but we do have a list of parts used, and punching in the numbers reveals a sum somewhere over 8,000 euros ($9,300) – that makes it one of the most expensive the Germans made all year.

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Want This Rare Motorcycle? The Ronin 47 is Firearms Manufacturer Made.

If you fancy an exclusive bike made by a renowned firearms manufacturer then the Magpul Ronin 47 is about the last thing you’d expect from a company specializing in cutting edge polymer and firearms manufacturing. This is why when Magpul Industries announced their motorcycle division, Ronin Motorworks, they made quite a bit of waves in the motorcycle scene. Having released only one model so far, The Ronin 47, inspired by Japanese folklore of the 47 Ronin Samurai, it goes without saying that this was an incredibly rare motorcycle. AMRiders has the information for you.

Limited to just 47 units, The Ronin 47 featured unique styling but was mostly a Buell 1125 powered by a Rotax motor underneath. Having secured the donor bikes in 2009 after Harley-Davidson closed the Buell shop, The 47 was brought to life and sold out rather quickly. However, if you’re thinking that the Ronin Motorworks 47 is already rare in and of itself, then get ready to meet an even rarer machine. Uncrate, a popular men’s gear, and lifestyle website sought out a partnership with Ronin Motorworks to produce a duo of bikes designed that would take The 47’s exclusivity to the next level.

The two bikes featured Uncrate’s hipster styling sporting an all-black color scheme. By black, I mean everything that could be painted black, from the airbox, front and rear suspension components, fork linkages, and subframe, was finished in a stunning satin black. The bike’s componentry by way of retro-styled rear sets, tinted tail light lenses, blacked out muffler, and black heat-wrapped headers was also updated to suit Uncrate’s style. Topping it all off was a bespoke leather saddle, upholstered in jet black by popular Texan leather craftsman, Clint Wilkinson. 

ronin 47

As far as performance is concerned, the 2 bespoke 47s retained the specifications of the other bikes. Featuring a 1,124.9cc Rotax Helicon V-twin, the bike was rather punchy churning out a healtht 146 horsepower. Not to mention the bike was rather lightweight at just 425 lbs, it goes without saying that it packed quite a punch. In fact, when tested, The 47 set a top speed of 160 miles per hour.

The 47 featured uprated engine components from its Buell counterparts, too. For starters, it was equipped with a large radiator to keep temps at bay, something the Buell struggled to do. A linkage fork setup upfront replaced the Buell’s conventional inverted setup, providing a dash of futuristic styling. Accentuating the bike’s aesthetics is a set of asymmetrical twin stacked headlights, and bespoke adjustable controls.

You would think that owning a bike as rare and exclusive as this would be next to impossible, with all 45 standard Ronins having already been sold. However, Uncrate, despite already selling one of their bikes, is currently selling their other bespoke Ronin 47 for $46,000. For reference, when first unveiled, Ronin Motorworks 47 sold for anywhere between $38,000 to $50,000, depending on the level of trim options selected by the customer.

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Ken Carvajal’s Custom 1962 Harley-Davidson Panhead Chopper Is Sweet

The Covid-19 health world crisis has all but put an end to most of the auto and moto shows of 2020, big and small, leaving a lot of incredible builds still in the shadows. Yet some managed to surface nonetheless, including Ken Carvajal’s Custom 1962 Harley-Davidson Panhead Chopper which is really Sweet at least we here at AMERiders think it is, and here is the reason.

In a bid to bring to light two-wheelers made all over the world, Harley-Davidson held a virtual event back in June. Called The No Show, it brought together 60 builders from 10 countries, along with their creations – needless to say, most of them were American. We highlighted a few of them during it.

The list is still long, so bear with us as we keep bringing into the spotlight these machines. Today, it’s the turn of a 1962 Panhead Chopper – built like many others in The No Show. It is not by a major custom shop, but by a talented individual in his own personal garage – a modern, chromed nod to the famous Harley engine of the past decades.

The man behind this build is named Ken Carvajal and he’s from Lombard, Illinois. The bike you’re looking at – one that doesn’t have a special name like others that were introduced in The No Show, like the H-D Bark at the Moon by Rob Hultz or Mantis – was shown in the metal last year at several events, but now had to settle for a virtual presentation only.

Sporting a lot of chrome all around, from the 21-inch front wheel all the way to the exhaust at the back, and a vivid color on the frame, tank, and rear fender, the bike features the Panhead engine – sadly we are not being told anything about it and any modifications made – aided in its mission by an aftermarket Linkert M74b carburetor with a Zeppelin Air Cleaner from Pangea Speed.

A custom, low profile seat, a short sissy bar (yet large enough to let the rider strap things to it), and a tank with enough room for 2 gallons of fuel (7.6 liters) are also there to give the bike its special look.

Here is a video of a special look at the Panhead Chopper.

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1 Indian Challenger Bagger Against 12 Harley-Davidsons, Who Will Win?

1 Indian Challenger Bagger against 12 Harley-Davidsons, who will win? AMERiders wants to know.That is the question now isn’t it, at the end of this month, the inaugural Drag Specialties King of the Baggers invitational at Laguna Seca Raceway takes place. The event is part of the MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest and will see a pack of 12 Harley-Davidson motorcycles competing against each other, and a single Indian Challenger. This Challenger

Indian Challenger Bagger

We’ve heard hear and there about the bike Indian is cooking up together with S&S and Roland Sands, but it was only a few details and a slightly larger number of photos. But with just a couple of weeks left until the event, we finally get a video series detailing “work that both teams are doing behind the scenes as they prepare to take on the field.”

You can find the first episode of this mini-series (we are not told how many of them there will be) attached below. It is more of a presentation of all the people taking part in the build, but we also get some interesting shots (also available in the gallery below) of the motorcycle itself and some details on how the build is going.

What we knew so far – things like the 122 horsepower, an inverted front suspension, and a hydraulically-adjustable FOX rear shock – are now put into context by the people at S&S, and Roland Sands himself.

As for the one who will ride the bike during the Laguna Seca bagger race, that would be Frankie Garcia. The rider became the youngest athlete to compete in an X-Games motorcycle event in 2006 when he was just 15, and he is presently a member of the Indian Motorcycle-RSD Super Hooligan race team.

“It’s a real honor to have the opportunity to not only participate in the inaugural King of the Baggers race, but to represent RSD on one of only two Indian Challengers in the field,” said Garcia in a statement back at the end of September when he was announced as the rider for the single Indian in the event.

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Indian Challenger Bagger

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We Mourn 2 Greats, A Speed Demon & Wheel Maker Lost Within 1 Week

In less than a week, we have lost two greats one a speed demon and the other a wheel maker. On September 30th, 2020 Italian wheelmaker Roberto Marchesini died on September 30, 2020, after a long illness, and then yesterday well-known, multiple speed record holder, and speed demon Zef Eisenberg died during yet another speed record attempt. AMERiders explains the somber stories.

Itialian Wheelmaker Roberto Marchesini died on September 30, 2020

He leaves behind family, friends, and an incomparable forged magnesium legacy.

Motorcycle wheels need to be two things for maximum performance—strong and lightweight. Italian wheelmaker Marchesini has long had a reputation for making some amazing—and beautiful—wheels. Sadly, the company founder and renowned magnesium master Roberto Marchesini died on September 30, 2020, after a long illness.  

A lifelong Bolognese craftsman, Marchesini truly loved what he did, and his enthusiasm and desire to share his knowledge and skills with the world was second to none. He was even active and happy to engage with motorcyclists on Facebook, doling out answers and expert advice as needed. Not everyone has the time, especially at his level—but he’s the kind of guy who made the time. 

Marchesini started as a designer of Campagnolo wheels before founding his own company as a magnesium and aluminum foundry. Soon, he was putting those skills he’d built at Campagnolo to good use, and began designing and advancing high-performance motorcycle wheels at the company that still bears his name to this day.  

Our colleagues over at GPOne shared a rather touching story about the man that illustrates what kind of a person he was. It involves Marchesini personally driving all night to get a set of his wheels to Max Biaggi for a race in time. The whole story is worth a read, and you can do so here

High-end wheel manufacturer Marchesini has been owned by Brembo since the year 2000. As for the founder himself, Roberto Marchesini is survived by a wife and daughters. Tributes continue pouring in on social media from all manner of motorcyclists whose lives have been touched by his dedication to his work. We at RideApart extend our condolences to all his family and friends, and join the greater motorcycle community in celebrating his life, passion, and talent that he so graciously shared with all of us. 

His final speed record attempt claims Speed Demon Zef Eisenberg Dead At 47

His final speed record attempt.

Reports surfaced on early October 2, 2020, that well-known, multiple speed record holder, and speed demon Zef Eisenberg died during yet another speed record attempt. The BBC later wrote that Eisenberg’s family confirmed the news.   

Whether in the saddle of his Hayabusa “Green Meanie”, an electric motorcycle or his bonkers MADMAX C20B turbine bike, and whether on tarmac, sand, or ice—Eisenberg was not one to shy away from a challenge. He and his Madmax Race Team were regularly involved in high-octane events, from stunt demonstrations to FIM-regulated land speed record attempts.   

He set several FIM and Guinness World land speed records, including the Fastest sand speed record ever achieved by a wheel-powered vehicle, a Fastest flying quarter (one way) wheel powered record, Fastest Standing Quarter on his electric bike, and many more. He held 50 British and world record titles.   

Last year, he made the jump to bike making and made a limited number of his Hayabusa-on-Hayabusa Eisenberg V8 motorcycle available to the public. Yes, it’s road legal and very expensive. According to the company, the 3,000cc beast was expected to produce 420 horsepower—500 if you use race fuel—and pricing should have hovered around the $130,000 mark.   

In addition to running the racing team, Eisenberg was also the founder of fitness supplements company Maximuscle, created in 1995, and a notable TV host, including on The Bike Show and Speed Freaks.   

The daredevil was attempting to break yet another speed record, this time at the wheel of his 1,200-hp Porsche 911 Turbo S at the Elvington Airfield—the same track he suffered a life-altering crash on back in 2016. According to several sources, emergency services were dispatched to the airfield on October 1 at around 4:30 pm local time following reports of a “serious collision”.   

According to the Daily Mail, it seems like Eisenberg lost control of his Porsche and that the car “veered off the runway and flipped” according to a witness.   

While the RideApart team never had the chance to get to know him personally, losing a member of the riding family is always a punch in the gut. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. God speed, Zef.

Here is a statement from Motorsport UK

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We Set Our Sights on Another Custom Today Its a Space Age Café Racer

You know that here at AMERiders we love custom bikes and we have found another one that you are going to like. This one is a Space Age Café Racer. This bike took a whopping 300 hours to complete. Perhaps one reason why custom motorcycles are so interesting is that each creation comes with its own unique story. As such, a custom motorcycle isn’t merely worth the sum of its parts. Rather, it carries with its threads of the builder’s personality, character, and emotion. Such is the case with this stunning Yamaha RD350 cafe racer, dubbed Space Traveler.

Built by Bernhard Naumann, who goes by Blechmann, it features unique retro styling which gives it a futuristic aesthetic. Based out of Austria, Naumann takes pride in building and fabricating things from scratch, and with this custom build, he brings the phrase “built not bought” to a whole new level. 

Moving down to the frame, the RD350’s stock frame was modified with cross-drilled braces which stiffened things up and sharpening the handling. On top of this, the drilled braces provide a very space-age aesthetic for the bike, making it look right at home in an 80s sci-fi movie. As far as power is concerned, the bike’s two-stroke mill has been significantly beefed up. For instance, the carbs have been jetted to run velocity stacks and a race-spec exhaust was fabricated. With those mods, the engine pumps out an impressive 75 horsepower—a sizeable jump from the stock 59 horsepower. 

The bike’s overall transformation has ensured that this custom Yamaha RD350 performs as well as it looks. With very unique styling, the Space Traveler is sure to turn heads wherever it goes. 

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Why Should You Buy a Harley-Davidson Bike? AMERiders Has a Few Reasons for You!

Harley-Davidson is one of the most recognized brands in the world, we think everyone should own one. If you don’t own a Harley ask yourself Why Should You Buy a Harley-Davidson Bike? AMERiders Has a Few Reasons for You!

To a Harley fan, this is going to be a duh-I-told-you-so article. Plus they just might come at us with pitchforks, asking us to list one reason why you shouldn’t buy a Harley. Well, we don’t have one, for we love Harleys. Owning a Harley-Davidson is like owning a little piece of history. This is one motorcycle that has moved ahead with the times and incorporated every modern tech and safety feature around. Owning it is like a whiff of nostalgia, a hark back to the good old days.

Today, after surviving every kind of knockdown a motorcycle company can go through, Harley-Davidson is one of the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturers. Its fans are spread around the globe. And since it has been churning out motorcycles since 1903, its lineage is impeccable. From celebrities to nobodies, everyone feels like someone when riding a Harley-Davidson. And if you are still not convinced, here are 15 reasons why you should buy a Harley-Davidson…

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It’s A Piece Of American History

Harley-Davidson Bike

Founded in 1903 by 22-year-old William S. Harley, his childhood friend Arthur Davidson and so helped by Arthur’s elder brother Walter Davidson – five Harley-Davidson motorcycles were made in 1905. Only three of these were sold. The next year, they made 50. In the coming years, they made history. And Harley-Davidson continues its resounding thump in everyone’s hearts.

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All American With Patriotic Flavor

There are some countries you can blindly trust for their machines. And the US is one of them, even if Americans now prefer the Japanese made models over their home soil models. But one cannot deny the utter patriotic flavor as well as the quality of an American-made Harley-Davidson. And the quality remains the same even for Harleys made on foreign soil.

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They Will Rebuild You An Engine

Harley-Davidson Bike

If you feel you need a newer engine for your Harley-Davidson Bike, you don’t have to look anywhere. You can ship the engine to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and they will rebuild it to OEM specifications. They will also rehaul your engine if need be and ship it back to you, or a dealer of your choice. Not only can you not do this with other motorcycles, but Harley also makes it cheaper for you.

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The Harley Will Last And Outlast Everything

The thing about the Harley-Davidson motorcycle is, it never goes bad. It simply lasts for years to come, and even if a part or two goes broke, you can simply order in a new one. No one’s Harley-Davidson ever broke forever, and this is one motorcycle that can outlast generations. Probably why vintage ones sell at a premium.

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You Can Accessorize It To Kingdom Come

The accessory catalogs of Harley-Davidson motorcycles are mind-boggling. Highly customizable, a lot of the body of a Harley can be upgraded DIY – you don’t have to drag it back to the dealer to get work done on it. You can do most of it yourself and as long as the accessory is a Harley, the warranty stands.

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The Hardiest Engines Ever

Harley-Davidson Bike

Even with a million miles on it, some Harley-Davidsons still, stand tall and proud. Like the 1991 FXRT so owned by former Wisconsin State Representative Dave Zien. You cannot make a Harley go bad unless you run it bad. And yes, engines do give up but as Harley promises – they can be fixed-up and be ready to go back in your beloved Harley.

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Be A HOG

Harley-Davidson Bike

No, not trying to cast aspersions of any kind. The HOG stands for Harley Owners Group, and they host the grandest of events all the time. Being a member of the HOG is a privilege of its own. Riders meet up for lunch, for fun rides, and many charitable occasions as well. So being on a Harley comes with social perks as well.

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The Heavyweights Of The Road

Harleys are heavy motorcycles. So heavy that the lightweights of the road can easily beat them in speed. That said, all that extra weight comes with advantages of its own – the steadiness of a Harley-Davidson Bike is amazing as are its longer rake angles. When it comes to cruising, nothing beats a Harley.

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The Dealership Network Is Extensive

Harley-Davidson Bike

You don’t have to look for a Harley-Davidson dealership, because they are just about everywhere. Whether you need to buy a bike, overhaul the engine, buy new parts or accessories, or need on-road assistance – Harley-Davidson dealers pride themselves on giving you the best service they can. So rest assured, with a Harley, you will always be in good hands.

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Harley Riders Are Treated Well

Harley-Davidson Bike

Unlike the brash riders of zippy fast superbikes, for Harley riders, it’s all about the journey. The destination will arrive, sooner or later. You will find most Harley riders ride civil on the roads, and the rest of the traffic acknowledges their good manners. If a Harley rider ever needs help, he will always find it. This is so because people tend to like Harley-riders and Harleys as well.

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The Service Costs Are Cheap

Harley-Davidson Bike

Unlike many other superbikes that need a decent a chunk of money put aside for annual maintenance, Harley riders have it easy. Most Harley-Davidson motorcycles do not require even routine valve lash adjustments, and service costs are minimal. In case you break down on road, a Harley dealer will have the repairs done as fast and as cheaply as he can.

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The Inevitable King Of Cool

If your ride is a Harley, you are the king of cool – and that’s an undeniable fact. Frankly, all motorcyclists get that swagger of a walk. Personally though, with a Royal Enfield in my garage, it’s not swagger, its stiffness from long rides. But heck, a Harley is a Harley and everyone who rides one has enough swag in our book.

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That Sweet, Sweet Engine Note

Harley-Davidson Bike

There are motorcycles loved all over the world just for their thump. And Harleys tend to top this thump list – the crisp explosion that the engine gives out on start is sweet music to any Harley rider’s ear. Loud and growly, you cannot help but stare at a Harley, wistfully, as it cruises by you.

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Care Can Be DIY

Harley-Davidson prides itself on bikes that owners, in turn, can take pride in. And with a motorcycle, tinkering is just about as addictive as riding. Many Harley-Davidson owners can service their motorcycles with one hand while flipping burgers with the other. Things are made easy for Harley owners to DIY and feel good about their sweet rides.

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It’s A Harley

Harley riders love Harleys. Non-Harley riders love Harleys. Motorcycle enthusiasts love Harleys. Motorcycle-fearers love Harleys. So basically, there is a small part of you, me and everybody who loves Harleys. These are not widow-makers, these are sturdy motorcycles often ridden by motorcycle enthusiasts who believe safety to be paramount. So why not a Harley, indeed?

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Thunderbike Adds the Simple Three to Its FXDR-Based Custom Builds

The Silver Rocket, The One 17, or The Black Rebel. These are just a few of the Harley-Davidson FXDR-based custom builds that came out the doors of a German garage by the name Thunderbike in recent years. And they all have something in common: they are heavily modified custom bikes meant to fulfill whatever dream their owners wanted to be fulfilled. The Simple Three is one of their latest ones. AMERiders has the story…

But there are simpler, easier ways to get there – and obviously a lot cheaper. And the FXDR in the gallery above is the perfect example of that.

It’s called Simple Three, and has been designed by Thunderbike as usual, at the request of a customer. Only this time they went for very few modifications, and even if the end result is not as extreme as say the Roar, the custom look feel is definitely there.

So, what do we have? First off, there’s the lower and wider stance owed to the lowering kit, one that brings the whole build some 45 mm closer to the ground on the massive wheels.

“Especially noticeable is the rear,” says Thunderbike. “With the 260er tire instead of the original 240er we have gone a little bit more into the width. A lowering kit provides the deep seat, with 45 mm the maximum possible to get the tail down without using another fender.”

Then, we have all those minor elements that can easily be overlooked: the turn signals, airbox cover, side-mounted license plate, belt guard, and taillight. Last, but not least, there’s the Dr.Jekill & Mr.Hyde exhaust system in V-Strike guise.

The Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine is pretty much left unchanged, and the entire build was wrapped in the simplest of colors, for effect: black.

All in all, not including the bike itself and the exhaust system, the entire build cost just around 1,500 euros ($1,800) to make. That’s almost half the price of the parts that go into the builds the Germans usually make, and the resulting product unique enough to satisfy the owner’s desire to stand out from the crowd.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Motorcycle News, More COVID Cases, and the Death of a Record Holder

Today AMERiders brings you great news for the US about the decline in motorcycle theft, information about Sturgis and the amount of its COVID cases, and the sad news of the death of the Land Speed Record Holder Ralph Hudson.

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Motorcycle Theft is on the decline in the US

But Don’t let your guard down! It is one of the worst things any motorcyclist can have happen to them, walk out to get on your bike for a ride, to go to work, or to go anywhere and bam!…. No bike. Ten-to-one, either you or someone you know, or you have read about it happening. It may be closer to home than you think…. Like the person writing this article, yes that is right my husband and I had a motorcycle stolen from us, and it was in a trailer, they took the whole trailer!

What hurt us the most with the theft is that he had inherited the bike from his brother who had just passed away. Well, there are many sneaky and scheming motorcycle thieves that figure out any way they can to get our beloved steeds. Unlike our four-wheeled brothers and sisters, whose vehicle of choice includes a plethora of anti-theft security features, motorcycles are pretty much left at the mercy of the elements, not to mention, the dirty work of motorcycle thieves. Now, we’ve highlighted some ways to prevent motorcycle theft before, and it would appear that a lot of riders have become more vigilant in securing their beloved bikes.

It would come as good news to all of us that the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has reported that motorcycle theft appears to be at an all-time low over the past four years. The report states that in 2019, a total of 40,380 motorcycles were stolen, as compared to the rather alarming 46,467 bikes which were poached in 2016. To add to this, out of all the bikes stolen in 2019, nearly half of them were recovered. 

It’s pretty interesting to note that the most popular make of motorcycle to fall victim to theft comes from Honda, with a total of 8,122 bikes stolen in 2019. Yamaha comes in second place with 6,495 bikes poached, while Harley-Davidson sits in third with 4,737 bikes lost to theft. Suzuki and Kawasaki follow shortly after. This figure suggests that perhaps, thieves target these bikes because they’re either left unsecured, or it would be easier to part these bikes out as opposed to flipping the bike itself. Interestingly, premium brands like Ducati, KTM, and BMW aren’t as frequently stolen. This is probably attributed to the fact that owners of these bikes take extra precautions in ensuring their high-end steeds are kept away from prying eyes. 

Although this comes as good news to the general American riding public, this doesn’t mean that we should let our guard down. No matter how cheap or unattractive you think your bike is, chances are there will always be someone out there eager to make a quick buck out of someone else’s possessions. Make sure to tell your friends the good news, but also make sure to keep diligent yourselves.

There could be as many as 260k COVID Cases related to Sturgis

Remember how Sturgis was last month, and how the residents were worried about COVID and it spreading, etc, etc. Welllllll…

With an attendance of close to half a million people, the 2020 Sturgis Rally has become the most infamous motorcycle event of the year. It’s the one event media all over the world pointed fingers at for being an overall terrible idea and the most concrete example of selfish hedonism in the name of personal freedom.   

Whether you agree or disagree with our stand on the matter, you might remember a few weeks ago when the first few cases of Sturgis-related COVID-19 started sprouting in the news. Pro-rated to the number of daily cases in the U.S. at the time, our initial estimate was that we were aiming for at least 4,000 to 5,000 cases related to the event out of the 460k attendees. According to a group of Californian researchers, our prediction was off by, oh, some 255,000 cases or so.  

A report by the Center for Health Economics and Policy Studies at San Diego State University suggests that the gathering could be responsible for over 260,000 of the cases reported between August 2 and September 2, 2020. That’s almost 20 percent of the total number of cases reported in the country during that period which qualifies the rally as a superspreader event.   

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According to the study, the rally was a melting pot of “worst-case scenarios” that included a prolonged gathering of a large out-of-town population and low compliance with recommended infection countermeasures (masks, social distancing, etc.) The same study suggests that the estimated number of event-related cases could have resulted in health spendings of approximately $12.2 billion.   

The researchers describe the methodology as follows: “First, using anonymized cell phone data from SafeGraph, Inc., we document that smartphone pings from non-residents and foot traffic at restaurants and bars, retail establishments, entertainment venues, hotels, and campgrounds each rose substantially in the census block groups hosting Sturgis rally events. Second, using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a synthetic control approach, we show that by September 2, a month following the onset of the Rally, COVID-19 cases increased by approximately 6 to 7 cases per 1,000 population in its home county of Meade. Finally, difference-in-differences (dose-response) estimates show that following the Sturgis event, counties that contributed the highest inflows of rally attendees experienced a 7.0 to 12.5 percent increase in COVID-19 cases relative to counties that did not contribute inflows.”  

Simply put, they decided to look at other data than the usual contact tracing and confirmed cases. Based on those two sources, the most recent reports confirm that up to 290 cases in 12 states are linked to the event.

The underlying problem with that number is that it cannot possibly take into account asymptomatic visitors who have contracted the virus but showed no signs of infection and have therefore not been tested. It also doesn’t take into account “chain infection” between visitors infected and all the people they have been in contact with. These people who might have contracted the virus and might or might not have been tested aren’t necessarily aware of the source of their infection and could have in turn infected people in their vicinity.   

While the San Diego State University’s estimates seem bloated and exaggerated due to the nature of the data analyzed, if we’re going to be honest, the states’ health departments’ methodology is equally flawed. Realistically, it’s impossible to efficiently track all the cases linked to the rally.   

That being said, whether that real number is 290 or 260,000, it’s still too many new cases on the board in a country struggling to get the situation under control. That may or may not be something that is news to anyone really.   

World Land Speed Record Holder Ralph Hudson Dead At 69

Our last piece of news which is a sad one indeed is that Ralph Hudson, land speed racer and world record holder, passed away on September 6, 2020, at the age of 69. Hudson had been in the hospital for three weeks after getting into a high-speed crash during the Bonneville Speed Week as he was attempting to set yet another land speed record.   

The Quiet Giant was competing in a Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) record attempt on August 14, 2020, when a wind gust caused him to lose control of his motorcycle at over 250 mph and crash. He was cared for at the Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City where his condition was initially stabilized. He, however, sadly succumbed to his injuries.   

Ralph Hudson remains to this day the FIM World Record holder for the fastest run on a non-streamliner motorcycle. In July 2018, he was clocked reaching the speed of 297 miles per hour on the Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia—a mere three mph short of his life-long goal of 300-mph.

“It’s great to have gone 300 and to have it officially recognized, but I didn’t do two runs with an average over 300 and get an FIM World Record,” Hudson said following the 2018 Bolivia event. “To know that I have a bike that was capable of doing that but not putting the two runs together is very disappointing. You know, you set your goals and it’s disappointing if you don’t reach them.”  

Hudson managed to reach 304 mph on one of his runs but was unable to bust the 300-mark on the second one—required to be eligible for a world record title. He had plans to return to Bolivia to make another attempt at a 300-mph speed record.   

He is fondly remembered by members of the land speed racing community as an ambitious go-getter but also as someone who always had time for the others. He leaves his son David, girlfriend Leslie Murray, and countless friends and family members behind.   

“Information regarding a celebration of life and a memorial scholarship in Ralph’s name will follow when available. We sincerely thank everyone for their kind words, prayers and support during this very difficult time. Ralph would want everyone to stay strong and keep going fast,” Murray commented on social media.   

As you see we have our ups and downs in this article. I am confident that things will level out sometime soon. At least I really hope so because I am so tired of wearing those blasted masks.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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