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Our 2020 Happy Holidays Posts Start Today with Christmas Trees

2020 is ending and for so many of us, we couldn’t be more elated that it is. It’s been as challenging as it was for all of you, our readers. Many of us caught the virus or know someone who did, whether they were friends, family, or even personally caught the virus, others got depressed by the lockdowns, others worried all the time. We don’t know how long it will last I am tired of wearing the masks myself but I do it because it’s required for my health and everyone else’s. Let’s Ride our 2020 Happy Holidays straight into 2021, work to make it a better year. AMERiders is with you on this.

History of Christmas Trees

The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come. The Romans used Fir Trees to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.

Nobody is really sure when Fir trees were first used as Christmas trees. It probably began about 1000 years ago in Northern Europe. Many early Christmas Trees seem to have been hung upside down from the ceiling using chains (hung from chandeliers/lighting hooks).

Other early Christmas Trees, across many parts of northern Europe, were cherry or hawthorn plants (or a branch of the plant) that were put into pots and brought inside so they would hopefully flower at Christmas time. If you couldn’t afford a real plant, people made pyramids of woods and they were decorated to look like a tree with paper, apples and candles. Sometimes they were carried around from house to house, rather than being displayed in a home.

It’s possible that the wooden pyramid trees were meant to be like Paradise Trees. These were used in medieval German Mystery or Miracle Plays that were acted out in front of Churches on Christmas Eve. In early church calendars of saints, 24th December was Adam and Eve’s day. The Paradise Tree represented the Garden of Eden. It was often paraded around the town before the play started, as a way of advertising the play. The plays told Bible stories to people who could not read.

Christmas Trees

The first documented use of a tree at Christmas and New Year celebrations is argued between the cities of Tallinn in Estonia and Riga in Latvia! Both claim that they had the first trees; Tallinn in 1441 and Riga in 1510. Both trees were put up by the ‘Brotherhood of Blackheads’ which was an association of local unmarried merchants, ship owners, and foreigners in Livonia (what is now Estonia and Latvia).

Little is known about either tree apart from that they were put in the town square, were danced around by the Brotherhood of Blackheads, and were then set on fire. This is like the custom of the Yule Log. The word used for the ‘tree’ could also mean a mast or pole, the tree might have been like a ‘Paradise Tree’ or a tree-shaped wooden candelabra rather than a ‘real’ tree.

In the town square of Riga, the capital of Latvia, there is a plaque which is engraved with “The First New Year’s Tree in Riga in 1510”, in eight languages. You can find out more about the Riga Tree from this website: www.firstchristmastree.com

A picture from Germany in 1521 which shows a tree being paraded through the streets with a man riding a horse behind it. The man is dressed a bishop, possibly representing St. Nicholas.

In 1584, the historian Balthasar Russow wrote about a tradition, in Riga, of a decorated fir tree in the market square where the young men “went with a flock of maidens and women, first sang and danced there and then set the tree aflame”. There’s a record of a small tree in Breman, Germany from 1570. It is described as a tree decorated with “apples, nuts, dates, pretzels and paper flowers”. It was displayed in a ‘guild-house’ (the meeting place for a society of businessmen in the city).

Christmas Trees

The first person to bring a Christmas Tree into a house, in the way we know it today, may have been the 16th century German preacher Martin Luther. A story is told that, one night before Christmas, he was walking through the forest and looked up to see the stars shining through the tree branches. It was so beautiful, that he went home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas. Some people say this is the same tree as the ‘Riga’ tree, but it isn’t! The Riga tree originally took place a few decades earlier.

The custom of having Christmas trees could well have travelled along the Baltic sea, from Latvia to Germany. In the 1400s and 1500s, the countries which are now Germany and Latvia were them part of two larger empires which were neighbors.

Another story says that St. Boniface of Crediton (a village in Devon, UK) left England and traveled to Germany to preach to the pagan German tribes and convert them to Christianity. He is said to have come across a group of pagans about to sacrifice a young boy while worshipping an oak tree. In anger, and to stop the sacrifice, St. Boniface is said to have cut down the oak tree and, to his amazement, a young fir tree sprang up from the roots of the oak tree. St. Boniface took this as a sign of the Christian faith and his followers decorated the tree with candles so that St. Boniface could preach to the pagans at night.

Christmas Trees

There is another legend, from Germany, about how the Christmas Tree came into being, it goes:

Once on a cold Christmas Eve night, a forester and his family were in their cottage gathered round the fire to keep warm. Suddenly there was a knock on the door. When the forester opened the door, he found a poor little boy standing on the door step, lost and alone. The forester welcomed him into his house and the family fed and washed him and put him to bed in the youngest sons own bed (he had to share with his brother that night!). The next morning, Christmas Morning, the family were woken up by a choir of angels, and the poor little boy had turned into Jesus, the Christ Child. The Christ Child went into the front garden of the cottage and broke a branch off a Fir tree and gave it to the family as a present to say thank you for looking after him. So ever since them, people have remembered that night by bringing a Christmas Tree into their homes!

In Germany, the first Christmas Trees were decorated with edible things, such as gingerbread and gold covered apples. Then glass makers made special small ornaments similar to some of the decorations used today. In 1605 an unknown German wrote: “At Christmas they set up fir trees in the parlours of Strasbourg and hang thereon roses cut out of many-colored paper, apples, wafers, gold foil, sweets, etc.”

At first, a figure of the Baby Jesus was put on the top of the tree. Over time it changed to an angel/fairy that told the shepherds about Jesus, or a star like the Wise Men saw.

The first Christmas Tree in the UK might well have been set-up by Queen Charlotte, the German wife of King George III. In 1800 she had a tree set-up at the Queen’s Lodge in Windsor for a children’s party for rich and noble families. Soon having a tree had become popular amongst some rich families.

They became very popular throughout the country from the mid 1840s, when reports of ‘the Royal tree’ were printed in newspapers. In 1848, a drawing of “The Queen’s Christmas tree at Windsor Castle” was published in the Illustrated London News. It showed Queen Victoria, her German Husband Prince Albert and their young children around a tree which was set-up on a table. The drawing was republished in Godey’s Lady’s Book, Philadelphia in December 1850 (but they removed the Queen’s crown and Prince Albert’s moustache to make it look ‘American’!).

The publication of the drawing helped Christmas Trees become popular in the UK and USA.

In Victorian times, the tree would have been decorated with candles to represent stars. In many parts of Europe, candles are still used to decorate Christmas trees.

Christmas Tree ‘skirts’ started as Christmas Tree ‘carpets’. They were made from heavy fabric, often decorated and with fancy frills around the edges, and were used either on the floor, or on tables, and went under the trees and their stands – rather than ‘around’ them. They were used to catch the needles from the trees and also protect the floor or table tops from dripping wax coming from the candles on the trees.

In Germany in the early/mid 1800s it was also ‘fashionable’ to have a forest scene and/or a nativity scene under trees (especially if the trees were placed on tables) and so these scenes also stood on the Tree carpets.

At this point trees were either normally put in pots (if they still had roots on them) or they were attached to a larger piece of wood or other heavy support (if they’d been cut) and so the scenes help to hide these.

In the 1860s proper metal tree holders, for cut trees, started being made. If you were rich, you could get them in very fancy shapes – and some even had music boxes in them, so they ‘plinked’ Christmas tunes!

Less expensive tree holders also became available and were made out of cheaper metals (and they also didn’t look so good), so the ‘carpets’ became smaller and were also put ‘around’ the tree holders and became the Christmas tree skirts that we have today.

We’ll have more on Christmas trees on Friday. Tinsel , and Lights

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Ozark International Raceway Gives a New Home to Motorcycle & Car Racing

Even if all of 2020 felt like one extremely long winter to you, some hopeful signs of spring are all around. At first glance, the likes of MotoGP posting its 2021 race calendar may seem a little, shall we say, optimistic. With that being said Ozark International Raceway Gives New Home to Motorcycle & Car Racing, AMERiders.com gives you the story.

American motorcycle racing fans have another reason to be excited as well. Ozark International Raceway is currently under construction in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. It’s scheduled to open in late summer 2021 and will include an asphalt-paved track, a dirt tri-oval, and a truck off-road track. It’s also going to have trail and rally courses on the premises, as well. 

PF Racing is the company behind the transformation, and it took a bunch of old turkey barns that were on the land and renovated them into a 58-bay car garage complex. Reducing, reusing, and recycling like that seems like a great idea, doesn’t it? All kinds of local companies have been hard at work building out this complex, from local quarries, pavers, and concrete construction firms.  

The main asphalt track is 3.87 miles long, and allows five different configurations with a total of 19 different turns available. Currently, this track is planned for use in both car and motorcycle racing, and drifting events are also under consideration according to local publication Lake Expo. It’s also about eight hours from me, which is a totally reasonable ride or drive. 

Now, there’s no telling what will actually happen come late summer 2021. PF Racing is primarily involved in various types of car racing, and we have no idea what kinds of motorcycle events may eventually find a home on its grounds. As someone who’s regularly made trips up to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for years, going up there, walking around the park, having a nice picnic, and also seeing some cool motorcycles (both on and off-track) is always a great time. Here’s hoping the vibe is as relaxed and welcoming at OIR when it opens! 

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Ozark International Raceway

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Bigger Meaner H-D Milwaukee Eight Engine and X’Mas Gift Suggestions

If you are one of the many proud owners of a Harley-Davidson’s Milwaukee Eight Engine, and you’ve been wanting something to boost your power, your wait is over.  S&S Cycles just introduced its new 131 cubic inch stroker kit, suitable for all your M8 power-enhancing needs. Just in time for Xmas as a gift for yourself or for that special someone in your life that has an M8 engine, plus we here at AMERiders will give you a few more gift ideas as well.

You know that saying “there’s no replacement for displacement?” It applies to all types of internal combustion engines, fitted on both cars or motorcycles, and has been the driving force behind many stunning machines over the years. Generally, these engines come in three displacement options, namely 107, 114, and 117 ci.

In the motorcycle world, this just happens to be Harley’s Milwaukee Eight engine 131“the biggest, most powerful street-compliant engine Harley-Davidson has ever created,” but this one is offered as a crate solution. is one of the most famous powerplants. Part of the big twin family that has been around for eight decades, it was introduced in 2016 with a total of eight valves – four for each cylinder – hence the name.

Those looking to get more cubic inches and more power have several solutions at their disposal. The latest comes from S&S and is designed for Milwaukee Eights fitted on bikes from 2017 to the present day.

As you’d expect, the displacement increase also amps up both horsepower and torque. How much difference does it make? What’s in the kit? New design forged pistons are paired up with S&S’s 4.25-inch cylinders, along with piston rings and .045-inch multi-layered steel head gaskets. You also get a 131 cam cover badge if you want to show your work—or you can leave it off to keep it stealth. “We build our big bore kits and cranks to much tighter tolerances and with higher quality materials than the factory parts,” project manager Grant Hilligass said. 

Comprising upgrades like a new-design forged piston and 4.25-inch cylinders, the kit can take engines all the way to 131 ci (2.1 liters), but only when paired with the company’s stroker crank – we’re told the upgrade works with stock crankcases as well. According to S&S, the stock engine height remains after the kit is fitted, and so do the original serial numbers.

There are three variants of the kit available, namely Wrinkle Black with highlighted fins, Wrinkle Black with non-highlighted fins, and Black Granite with highlighted fins.

Regardless of the version, the price is $1,299.95, but that increases to $1,529.95 when opting for the stroker crank as well. Still, that should be peanuts given what the hardware offers, according to S&S product manager Grant Hilligass.

“We build our big bore kits and cranks to much tighter tolerances and with higher quality materials than the factory parts,” he states.

Christmas gift suggestions

Since Christmas is just a bit away don’t forget gifts for your favorite person check out AMERiders.com for not just these but even more great items at great prices.

Men’s Christmas Gift Suggestion

Men’s Buttoned Cotton Motorcycle Shirt with Two Skulls

Make a bold statement in this terrific 100% black cotton shirt from AMERiders. Our Men’s Buttoned Cotton Motorcycle Shirt with Two Skulls features two skull and crossbones in flames in two contrasting gray strips down the front. This is a great shirt for warmer weather, the short sleeves and soft cotton will have you feeling cool and relaxed.

Distressed Brown Leather Bi-fold Motorcycle Chain Wallet

Our Distressed Brown Leather Bi-fold Motorcycle Chain Wallet would make the perfect gift for any rider. All of our wallets are made from top quality, cowhide leather and feature three large compartments including one with a zippered closure for keys or coins and three smaller compartments for ID cards or credit cards. Finished in a luxurious, distressed brown leather with double button-snap closures and a heavy-duty, silver chain to attach the button-snap leather belt strap these terrific wallets won’t stay in stock long so order yours now.

Women’s Christmas Gift Suggestions

Chrome and Maroon Motorcycle Chain Bracelet with Gemstones

If you ride, then the clothes and accessories you wear should reflect that and this stunning decorative Chrome and Maroon Motorcycle Chain Bracelet with Gemstones is the perfect addition. Shining chrome rollers with gemstones all around are held in place by Violet plates with chrome metallic pins. A black jewelry clasp snaps securely to wrists sized 7¾” – 9¾” and finishes any bikers look.

Full Finger Women Gloves

Our Full Finger Women Gloves are made from top grade leather gloves that feature a soft white lining for warmth and comfort while riding.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Triumph Will Be Jumping Back Into British Racing in 2021

Things may be looking up next year for racing, this year hasn’t looked so good because of the pandemic. This goes not only for American Racing but British Racing as well, AMERiders has the story.

At the beginning of November, in yet another sign that things are not quite as they should when it comes to its business, Harley-Davidson announced it is pulling its support for one of the most successful teams in the history of the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle series, Vance & Hines. But not all bike makers are suffering from poor business decisions.

Over in the United Kingdom, Triumph has been out of the Supersport class of the Superbike championship as a factory team for a while now. But that will change in 2021, as the bike maker will make a comeback to the series together with Performance Technical Racing (PTR).

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And that not only means great news for racing fans, but also the prospects of a tweaked motorcycle, one that will be developed over the coming months by Triumph and PTR. It should be based on the Street Triple RS and use the 765 Triple engine, a powerplant that landed many incredible moments over the past two seasons of the Moto2 World Championship.

The move comes just weeks after the series announced it would allow entrance into the Supersport class of both 765cc and 955cc powerplants.

“Supersport has always been an important championship which has developed riders who have gone on to race at the highest level in WSBK and MotoGP,” said in a statement Steve Sargent – Triumph Motorcycles Chief Product Officer.

“We are therefore extremely pleased that MSVR, Dorna and the FIM are working to take the Supersport category forward and to encourage manufacturers like Triumph to come back into the class. We have joined with PTR racing on this journey and they will bring a wealth of experience to run our factory supported team. We look forward to a successful 2021.”

Triumph did not say when the new bike should be ready for a public unveiling, we hope that will be very soon though.

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Is the Harley Bronx on the Chopping Block for Just for 2021?

2020 has been a busy year for Harley-Davidson, and not necessarily in a good way. To summarize the events, in case you haven’t kept up with all the headlines, The Motor Company has now entered “save the furniture mode” amid a very obvious crisis. So is the Harley Bronx one of the bikes on the chopping block or may it just be for 2021, AMERiders has the story.  

After kicking the old leadership out, the Board named new and hopefully life-saving CEO Jochen Zeitz who wasted no time tossing Levatich’s “More Roads to Harley” strategy out the window and implemented a new, more conservative operational structure. Dubbed “Rewire” ( which will be followed by a new “Hardwire” strategy starting in 2021), Zeitz’s plan maps out a return to basics and a serious reduction in the number of projected new models.   

The timeline established by the former strategy included the introduction of two, un-Harley-like models in 2020; the Pan America and the Bronx. Until now, the two models were usually discussed together as they use two versions of the same engine. While the highly anticipated Pan America made the Rewire cut with an expected launch date pushed back to early 2021, all traces of the Bronx have now virtually disappeared. It looks like the streetfighter could be a casualty of Zeitz’s new roadmap. 

 

Harley Bronx
The Bronx was even displayed at the stand at motorcycle shows

Though Zeitz’s announcement only confirmed that the Pan America would launch in 2021, the Bronx remained on the list of future models as a “Coming in 2021” model. Until now. The keen-eyed folks at Motorcycle.com noticed that the bike was recently removed from the page and by recently, we’re talking a couple of days. Even the model-specific page was pulled.   

Of course, we expected things to move around with the new strategy. We knew that some of the rumored models (including a café racer) would get the chop but considering all the hype the company built around its new adventure bike and streetfighter, we didn’t expect the Bronx to get the erase and forget treatment. When you think about how much work and money must have gone into developing the Bronx’s new 975cc Revolution Max engine, it almost looks like a waste of resources.   

That’s assuming the bike is really gone. Harley has been pretty vague on the matter. “Harley-Davidson’s immediate new product focus in 2021 will be on the launch of Pan America, our first Adventure Touring motorcycle. To ensure an outstanding launch for Pan America, we will not be launching the Bronx streetfighter motorcycle next year,” is all our Harley contact had to say on the matter which is the exact same PR spiel Motorcycle.com received.   

Ok, so the bike isn’t coming in 2021 but that doesn’t answer the question as to whether it will come at all or not. With all the work that went into hyping the model, if this is only a minor a setback rather than a cancellation, why doesn’t the bike remain listed anyway?   

Obviously, we won’t get any straight answers, not now and maybe not ever. As Motorcycle.com pointed out, however, The Motor Company has yet to unveil the details of its 2021 Hardwire strategy. We might learn more about the fate of the Bronx when it does. When we find out we will let you know.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Knucklehead Project & Googles Most Searched Brand Will Surprise You

Thunderbike’s Knucklehead Project and Google’s Most Searched Brand is Harley Davidson which might surprise some and might not. AMERiders has the story.

It really isn’t surprising to us here at AMERiders that Harley-Davidson is Google’s most searched motorcycle brand. We don’t really need statistics to tell us that, with a company that big you can just feel it in your guts. However, getting confirmation sometimes is a nice thing.

Born in 1903 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Harley has grown into the most successful motorcycle brand ever. And by successful we don’t necessarily mean the one that sells the most, but the one most people and custom shops on this planet think/dream of.

As of 2017, Harley makes around 240,000 motorcycles each year – most remain stock, but a great deal of them go down the aftermarket part as well. Many other Harleys come to be from unofficial garages, who make custom rides and try to gain some attention by using Harley parts and slapping the name on the builds.

And the Internet loves them all. According to research conducted by Australian insurance company Budget Direct, Harley-Davidson is the most-searched motorcycle manufacturer in many parts of the world.

How much so? Well, our world is divided into roughly 195 countries, and Harley is at the top of the search engine’s list in 83 of them. And we mean the bigger ones, not some forgotten island-state.

You can check out the map available in the photo gallery for details. All the regions you see there in orange are ruled by Harley searches, from the U.S. to the Far East, and from Northern Europe to the southernmost point of Australia.

There are other names on the list as well. In some places, people like Ducati or Honda more, so they use Google to search for those. Others go for Kawasaki or Royal Enfield, and there are even some that enjoying googling Bajaj.

But just a quick glance at the map shows who the true king of the realm really is.

Knucklehead

Thunderbike’s Knucklehead Project

Knucklehead

Very few bike makers out there (and by extension car makers) are innovative enough to give birth to new families of engines that inspire generations. Harley-Davidson is one of those that are, as its powerplants were at times as famous as the bike models assembled in Milwaukee.

Say the word Knucklehead, and the mind immediately links that to Harley. And it has done so since 1936, when the engine came into the world.

Named so after the shape of valve covers, Knucklehead has come to stand for the type of motorcycles that were made in Milwaukee from 1936 to 1947, when the Panhead engine replace it. The name is still very much alive because bikes powered by this type of hardware are still a craze in the custom bike industry.

And you know that to be true when guys like Andreas Bergerforth, the main man of Thunderbike, a German custom shop specializing in Harleys, has one built for himself.

Put together close to a decade ago, the Knucklehead Project, as the garage calls this build, has all the traits of a bike of its age. Not only does it stay true to a wartime-era two-wheeler when it comes to shape and tech, but it also brings with it enough patina and beat-down stance to speak volumes about its lineage.

We’re told that for this bike to be brought back in shape, the original had to be dismantled “up to the last screw” and only then, after some love and care, put back together – there’s no mention on whether some of the hardware had to be replaced with new one.

Because this bike was built for in-house use, Thunderbike makes no mention of cost, but the Germans do say similar builds snatched back in 2012, when this one was put together, some 30,000 euros ($35,500 at today’s exchange rates), so that should give you an idea.

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~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Knucklehead

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Nominate Your Favorite Future Rider to Win Free Riding Classes From H-D

As we’re winding down 2020, we’re also moving through the holidays with family and friends. In such a weird time, we’re especially grateful to have the people we care about in our lives, and we know you are, too.  Why not nominate your favorite future rider and they could win free riding classes this winter from Harley-Davidson. AMERiders has the info.

I am sure that we all have a special someone in our lives who we know would enjoy riding as much as you do, but who just hasn’t had the chance to learn how? If so, Harley-Davidson may have just the thing to help. They’re giving away 500 Harley-Davidson Academy riding classes through the end of 2020—and your loved one could be a winner! 

If that’s not exciting enough, every person who wins a Harley-Davidson Academy riding class will also win a $200 gift card to pick out some sweet new riding gear before taking that class! That’s also good because it’s like a time-release gift: your loved one gets to enjoy shopping for gear now, and looking forward to the class later.  

How do you enter? The Motor Company is doing it all on Instagram and Twitter, so if you’re already on either or both of those platforms, it’s simple. In both cases, you’ll need your favorite Harley-Davidson motorcycle image handy. Post it on your Instagram or Twitter account and @mention the loved one you want to nominate for a free class. Be sure to also use the hashtags #GiftOfRiding and #Giveaway (this is not either/or, per the rules) and you’ve successfully nominated your future rider!  

Winners will be picked at random from Instagram and Twitter entries that follow these rules. This contest is open between November 18 and December 31, 2020. If the future rider you’ve nominated wins, you will also receive a $100 gift card for your own personal use.  

Harley-Davidson Riding Academy classes are offered through select dealers, from certified coaches. Over a few days, new riders will learn to ride using real bikes, on a closed practice range, in a very attentive and student-focused environment. If you have a future rider in your life who would love to learn, what could be better? 

Think of this as an extra gift (if they win) that you don’t have to buy but that would be a great investment for that person.

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~Live Free Ride Hard~

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Royal Enfield pre-books 8,000 Royal Enfield Meteor 350 bikes

There’s some serious competition happening in India’s 350cc market segment. In late September 2020, Honda unveiled the H’ness CB350, designed specifically to go after Royal Enfield’s niche neo-classic market. Though Enfield seemed initially caught off guard, it retaliated with the introduction of the long-awaited Royal Enfield Meteor 350 on November 6.   AMERiders has the info.

Competition between the two new bikes ramped up and Honda just announced that since the September 30 launch, it already sold 1,000 CBs.   

Can Royal Enfield do better? It’s at least what the company is attempting to do. Not only is the local bike maker planning to export its entirely new 350 to Europe and North America, but it also brags about having already secured 8,000 local pre-orders. Now, to actually make the bikes.  

There’s no denying that despite all the delays, the Indian market was ready for a new Enfield. According to the Indian media, in only 10 days, over 8,000 bikes already found potential owners. The catch is that these 8,000+ units have yet to be produced. While that’s an impressive number compared to the 1,000 Honda CB sold, at least the new Honda owners have a bike to show for.   

Due to supplier issues, the manufacturer has an important backlog—around 125,000 units according to India Car News—and it will be a while before it starts rolling the Meteor out. Carblog India estimates that the current wait time for a new Meteor is of about a month.    

The maker plans to steadily increase its output to as much as 100,000 bikes a month and intends to launch a new model every new quarter. In October 2020, Royal Enfield was able to produce a little over 66,000 motorcycles. Is the plan ambitious or cocky? Only time will tell. Let’s only hope that Royal Enfield won’t pull a Jawa and bite more than it can chew. 

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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2021 Offers the New Ducati Scrambler and DGR’s 2021 Date Is Set

2020 has been a rollercoaster ride that some of us would rather forget. So we here at AMERiders are looking forward to 2021 with the New Ducati Scrambler which looks awesome as well as the Distinguished Gentleman’s ride has set a new date for 2021.

Ducati Scrambler

Ducati Scrambler

To make up for the fact that large gatherings are, shall we say, ill-advised for the moment, Ducati turned to the Internet to showcase its annual World Première event. Instead of the usual, hour-long event during which the firm introduces all the new and returning models to its lineup, it split the event up into five online episodes streamed weekly.  

During the first episode that aired on November 4, 2020, we met the all-new Ducati Multistrada V4. The House of Borgo Panigale followed up with the updated new 2021 XDiavel, unveiled during the second episode. Alongside the boosted muscle cruiser, Ducati also introduced a fresh lineup of Scramblers, now compliant with Euro 5 regulations. What’s new for 2021? Colors.   

In real Ducati fashion, the Italian maker kept updates to its Scramblers to a minimum and banked on new colorways and versions instead. Something changing a winning formula, I suppose. 

The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled we met back in 2018 gets a Sparking Blue livery for 2021, complete with contrasting red accents and gold wheels. The Scrambler Icon, previously available in bright orange, is now going to come in Ducati Red and 62 Yellow as well.  

The most “exciting” change to the lineup is the addition of the Scrambler Nightshift. The new model uses the same underpinnings as the other Scramblers 800 but gets a silver-blue matt colorway with blacked-out features, a straight handlebar with bar-end mirrors, a flat, two-person saddle with tuck and roll pattern, wire-spoke wheels, and number plates on the sides. 

2021 Scrambler Nightshift

The refreshed 2021 Ducati Scrambler Icon starts at $9,695, the Desert Sled starts at $11,995, while the new Scrambler Nightshift starting price is set at $10,995. In the U.S., the 2021 model-years will be available in January while in Canada, they’ll land in the showrooms the following March.  

Source: Ducati

DGR Moves To May 2021

Supporting Movember in every riding season.

Due to complications from the coronavirus, 2020’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was a bit different than previous iterations. The ride still went off as scheduled on September 27, 2020—but riders either went out solo or in small “bubble groups” to keep the risk of infection low. It’s easy to see how it may have been bittersweet. 

DGR organizers just announced their official date for the 2021 global event—and this time, you don’t have to wait until September. The next DGR will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021 and organizers are hoping it’ll be bigger than ever. 

The explanation for this change, the organizers say, is simple. 2020 caused the team to re-evaluate a lot of things, and rider feedback from all over the globe pointed them toward this move. DGR says it’ll be a permanent shift, and didn’t just happen because 2020 was so weird and they want to get back to normal ASAP—although we’re pretty sure that had something to do with it. 

Since it’s a global event that takes place rain or shine, figuring out the best time to schedule so that more people are likely to have decent-ish weather is a definite challenge. Scheduling it for the last Sunday in September every year meant that some northern hemisphere riders had more difficulties than the rest of the group. Organizers are hopeful that this new date will mean more riders everywhere can comfortably participate.  

The 2021 event marks the 10-year anniversary of DGR, as well. While the organizers haven’t made any additional announcements about celebratory activities just yet, you can register your interest for the 2021 event here. 

So, if you need to get your best dapper gear in good nick for May, you have a few months to do it. Polish your best boots, sew up that one elbow patch that’s starting to come undone from your favorite tweed jacket and get ready to roll Distinguished.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Ducati Scrambler

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Veterans Day 2020 and President-Elect Joe Biden loves Motorcycles

AMERiders would like to thank our Veterans for their service to our country. We also found out some interesting information President-Elect Joe Biden has a love for motorcycles, just like we do.

Veterans Day

You already know why Veterans Day is important. You are the service members, veterans, or family and friends of veterans who stay up-to-date on military news, pay, benefits, fitness, and veteran jobs.

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans.

This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to “Veterans Day” in order to account for all veterans in all wars.

We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Make sure to Honor the Veterans that you know or meet in anyway you can.

Known for his love of cars, President-Elect Joe Biden also likes motorcycles.

Joe Biden

Media outlets are now calling the contentious 2020 Presidential election in favor of Joe Biden. We won’t dive deep into the politics of it, but rather focus on the important issue: How does Biden feel about motorcycles? There are some historical indications that the President-Elect is, in fact, one of us.

Biden’s love of fast cars, specifically Corvettes, is no secret. In 2014 he cited this as a compelling reason not to run for President at a United Auto Workers union conference. “There’s a lot of reasons to run for president, but there’s one overwhelming reason not to run for president. I’d like to get that [Corvette] Z06 with 0-60 in 3.4 seconds.” Biden is quite proud of his 1967 Corvette Stingray. When the Secret Service grudgingly allowed him behind the wheel with Jay Leno in 2016, he immediately ripped a smoky burnout.

So what about motorcycles? In 2015 he swung a leg over a bike to join Governor Cuomo and Billy Joel on the September 11 Memorial Ride, retracing the route FDNY Rescue 1 took that fateful morning in 2001. This must have been a relief to him after he was caught on video lamenting not being able to ride away on a Harley-Davidson, again due to Secret Service concerns.

Despite his love of American muscle, Biden isn’t strictly a Harley guy. While getting a haircut in Cincinnati, Ohio at a 2018 fundraising event, photographers captured him sitting on his barber’s Suzuki Hayabusa with a huge grin on his face.

Even The Onion has poked fun at Biden, the biker. In 2019 they published a parody article about him getting his campaign bike out again, a 1979 Harley with a flame paint job that he allegedly won in a 1981 drag race against former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. Obviously, the article is false, because it’s The Onion, but it does contain a grain of truth.

What can we expect from the 46th President in terms of motorcycle policy? At the moment he has more pressing concerns, such as ensuring that his claim to the office is legitimate despite President Trump’s claims to the contrary, not to mention this little problem of the coronavirus running unchecked across the country. In early 2020, though, he did make a campaign stop at the National Motorcycle Museum, which indicates that bikes are still on his mind. Perhaps he’ll be on better terms with Harley-Davidson than Trump’s on-again, off-again relationship.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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