Could Automatic Transmissions Be in the Motorcyclists Future? It Could Be

Sales are up! The motorcycle industry in America is actually experiencing an upsurge, especially in dirt bikes and side-by-sides. Dirt bike sales are up over 50% for the first six months of 2020, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council’s retail sales reporting. Sales of street bikes are mostly flat but are still significant. There are around 450,000 or so new motorcycles sold in the U.S. per year. This is good news, especially since just a few years ago the industry was pretty bleak, taking seemingly forever to crawl out of the recession of 2008-2009-etc.  What will save the motorcycle industry long term? It could be automatic transmissions. And electric motorcycles. Maybe both. AMERiders takes a look.

You could credit the most recent months’ sales increase in dirt bikes to a bunch of Americans cooped up inside for months and months, desperate to get out and ride. Regardless, let’s look longer-term here. Honda is way ahead of any other bike-maker when it comes to automatics, or more precisely, DCT dual-clutch transmissions, which is a quick-shifting variant of automatic transmissions. In any case, you don’t have to operate a clutch or even change your throttle position to shift gears.

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The Honda Gold Wing’s dash is as elaborate as a modern car.

The motorcycle does that for you. On the Hondas, you are even given the choice of shifting with a pair of buttons on the left-hand grip. Or you can buy a manual. But the straight-up DCT transmission doesn’t require any input from the rider other than a twist of the throttle. I gotta think that feature will have a tremendous appeal to both older buyers and when it comes to luring in new riders of all ages.

“Currently we offer three on-road motorcycles with a DCT option: Africa Twin, Gold Wing, and NC750,” said Honda Motorcycles’ Colin Miller, who points out that Honda has DCT transmissions in many of its SXS and ATVs as well. “The DCT transmission actually originally debuted on one of our ATVs in 2009.”

And it’s a big seller.

“We have sold over 20,000 DCT transmission motorcycles since the VFR1200 came out in 2010 (that model has since been discontinued). Overall sales don’t show a huge percentage of the total motorcycles but when you look at the models that do have the DCT option you start to see the picture. Since the DCT debuted on the Gold Wing, well over 50% of sales have been DCT. As for DCT on the other two models that offer it, roughly one-third of the Africa Twins and one-fourth of the NC750s are sold with it.”

Mega Mall in Covina, California, one of the largest motorcycle dealers in the country. “It makes it easier at the stop light, especially on hills.”

Perez has a reason to appreciate the DCT on Hondas.

“I honestly dig this technology on this clutch because I’m missing my left arm (he lost it in the Army in Afghanistan). Customers are specifically looking for that DCT. They’re real specific. They know them from the high-end supercars, like Ferrari runs them in all their cars. Most popular is the NC750 DCT; they want a lighter bike, they don’t want the clutch.”

Electric motorcycles are by design very similar to DCT bikes in that there is no clutch to operate on an electric motorcycle, you just twist the throttle and go.

“In 2019 sales (of Zero motorcycles) grew up near 1,500 in the U.S. and for the first time over 1,000 in Europe,” said MotorCyclesData.com about the Zero electric motorcycle.

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Harley-Davidson all-electric LiveWire has no shifter.

Iconic bike maker Harley-Davidson has pinned a lot of hopes on the all-electric (and shiftless) LiveWire model.

“The LiveWire does not have a clutch so there is no shifting,” said Harley spokesperson Jennifer Hoyer. “It’s one part of the reason consumers are drawn to the overall performance of LiveWire: its ease of ride, its instant speed, the quick charge and range.”

I know people that have ridden both the LiveWire and several Zero electric bikes and have enjoyed them all, particularly the way the regenerative braking functions to slow the bike entering corners in the same way downshifting does that on a conventional, shifter bike.

A friend recently got a chance to ride the new Honda Gold Wing with the DCT recently. He is a Harley lover but he appreciated the comfort and ease of movement the Gold Wing’s DCT transmission offered. As you may recall from the new model’s introduction in Autoweek two years ago, the new ’Wing is powered by a new 1,833cc (1.8-liter) liquid-cooled flat-six. Honda doesn’t release power figures but intelligent guesses have put it at 125 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. That is formidable for a bike that weighs around 800 pounds, depending on how you load it up.

I also have a friend that gets to test bikes every so often and he said that the Honda Gold Wing with the DCT that he recently got to test fully loaded, “Loaded up like your living room floor on Christmas morning,” ie: parking brake, four-speaker stereo, reverse, heated grips, heated front and rear seats and infotainment that looks like what you’d find on a car. You can raise and lower the windscreen electrically. There are folding mirrors. Three luggage compartments (none of which would hold his full-face helmet, btw). Here is what he said

Riding around town was a little like piloting the starship Enterprise. So comfortable. It took a little while to stop ghost-shifting the ghost-clutch, because it wasn’t there, but once he broke myself of that habit, it was pure cruise control (another feature, cruise control on a motorcycle!). You can see why retired couples saddle up with these and head out to look for America.

It couldn’t be all things to all riders. he never got to where it felt comfortable to him pushing it hard on a twisty mountain road, though he did see a trio of them at the very top of a Highway whose riders looked to be having a fine day’s ride. It’s a cruiser bike, not a sport bike or even a sport touring bike.

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Honda Gold Wing parked next to its brother Honda CT1300.

He put over 700 miles on it in the time he had it and enjoyed almost all of them. It’s the kind of motorcycle that is so comfortable it just makes you want to get on it and ride in no particular direction for no particular reason. While he might choose a sport tourer he said, he certainly couldn’t see the appeal of this Gold Wing to a large and growing audience, as all those baby boomers retire into their more comfortable riding years. And the DCT transmission can only help with that.

“Motorcycle customers didn’t ask specifically for automatics early on, but the market has always moved towards better products and experiences,” said Honda’s Colin Miller. “New models and new features have always moved the sales needle. Honda’s Dual Clutch Technology had been in place for many years on ATVs and Honda saw the opportunity to innovate in the two-wheel market to fulfill this unstated need. Just like electric start on dirt bikes overcame early resistance from traditionalists and took some time to become a standard feature, DCT technology has gained market acceptance and we have seen increasing demand. We expect demand to continue to increase and will offer DCT on future products to continue to meet the market need. We expect that manual transmissions will probably be the majority of sales for the foreseeable future, but DCT will continue to expand its share and help to meet changing customer needs.”

Other motorcycle manufacturers are also thinking about innovations.

“We see the trend to be more about the move from internal combustion engines to electric-powered motorcycles and scooters,” said Garrett Kai of Suzuki. “The next decade will see many changes in transportation. With electric motors as the drivetrain, they are mostly automatic with no shifting while riding. Another possible trend could be performance model electric motorcycles that have manual clutches and transmissions which offer a more traditional riding and shifting experience and more of a performance feel.”

Some lifetime bikers are ready to make the leap to DCTs or automatics.

“As a car guy, you’ve seen the decline of manual transmissions,” said Ty Van Hooydonk, of the Motorcycle Industry Council. “Hell, every Ferrari I’ve driven had paddle shifters and I don’t think they make any more cars in Maranello with that gated shifter. Would more automatics on motorcycles, not just scooters, open up the market?

It says automatics, DCTs and maybe even shiftless electric bikes are the future. Or at least a growing part of it.

Now let’s go ride!

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H-D Now Offers Softails With the Screamin’ Eagle 131 Crate Engine

Earlier in 2020, Harley-Davidson introduced its biggest motorcycle engine yet—the standalone Screamin’ Eagle 131 crate engine. The beast of a block was designed to allow owners of HD touring bikes to swap out their “puny” Milwaukee-Eight for some real American muscle.   

Now, the Motor Company has introduced the Softail-friendly version of its crate engine, compatible with certain 2018 and later Softail models running on a Milwaukee-Eight mill.  

The set up on this version of the Screamin’ Eagle 131 is the same as the one introduced for the touring lineup. The stroke is the same as the Milwaukee-Eight 114 at 4.5 inches, but the bore is larger at 4.31 inches. The engine is also equipped with a high-lift SE8-517 camshaft, a high-performance cam bearing, high-compression forged pistons, a 64mm throttle body and intake manifold, and high-flow fuel injectors. The cylinder heads are CNC ported and fitted with valves larger by one millimeter.   

In this Softail-compatible version, the 131 mill produces 124 horsepower and 135 lb-ft of torque when paired with a set of Screamin’ Eagle Street Cannon mufflers. Comparatively, the touring version is rated at 121 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque.   

The engine is available in two finishes to best fit your bikes look with a black and chrome version or a black and gloss black one. Either iteration is decorated with 131 Stage IV badging. It is also offered in an oil-cooled ($6,195) and a twin-cooled ($6,395) version.   

If you choose to have the engine installed in your recently-purchased, compatible Softail, you have 60 days to swap the engine for the bike’s 24-month manufacturer warranty to also apply to the mill. If you’ve had the bike for longer, the engine receives a 12-month factory limited warranty. In both cases, the engine swap will be covered only if performed by an authorized Harley dealer and if installed in one of the specified models.   

Harley warns potential buyers that the engine meets all U.S. states’ noise and emissions standards except for California.

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Your Daily Dose of Cool Thunderbike’s Custom Matt Low & Black Panther

When you need Your Daily Dose of Cool you can be willing to be that Thunderbike‘s custom-built motorcycles called the Matt Low & Black Panther are going to be it. AMERiders rolls it out for you.

We all know that custom motorcycles are somewhat akin to wine: the older they get, the more appealing they seem to become. We’re not talking only about the bikes made in the shops of the most famous American garages, but also about some put together elsewhere by equally talented hands.

There’s no denying the fact that Americans rule the world when it comes to making custom bikes. Just take a look at what going on these days in Sturgis, and you’ll get the idea. But there are perhaps equally talented shops elsewhere, doing the same kind of work, at times with the same stunning results.

Take a look at this so called Matt Low. It’s old enough (and appealing) to fit the aging wine description, but it does not come from the U.S., but Europe.

Matt Low is one of the hundreds of builds that came out the doors of German custom shop Thunderbike. Its name may not that imaginative (it comes in matte paint, and rides low thanks to an air suspension), but seeing it does strike the right cords.

The bike was completed in about four months way back in 2008 and uses a custom frame married to an 88ci Harley-Davidson engine and 5-speed gearbox. Aside from the heart and the means to control it, everything else, from the fenders to the exhaust system is custom, made with parts that are still available in the Germans’ shop.

Visually (and due mostly to the Dragster frame used on it, which was deployed on other builds we already talked about) the Matt Low is if you like a signature Thunderbike product: sleek, low, with a massive wheel out back, and a custom paint job (courtesy of Kruse design) that makes all the difference.

In more recent times, Thunderbike seems to have found a new passion, and that is converting the most recent Softails into more extreme machines. We can’t remember the last time we’ve seen a fresh custom bike coming from Germany.

The Black Panther

Thunderbike customs isn’t pretending to be a Marvel character with this one however, it does have all the corresponding traits that, that Panthera-family feline has.

The bike you see in the gallery below is the work of a German custom shop called Thunderbike. Made at the request of one of its customers, the Breakout has been modified to both look and move like the real-life animal it is named after.

First, looks. Look as hard as you like, you’ll have problems finding any piece of this machine that isn’t painted in some shade of black. The parts that already came in this non-color were left as such, and the ones that didn’t were powder coated or exchanged for black parts.

The range of visual modifications is quite long – close to 30 custom parts are listed on the bike’s presentation page – and includes things like fenders, fuel tank, wheels, and exhaust system.

One of the most important pieces of new hardware is the addition of an air ride suspension kit that should make the Breakout behave just like the feline predator, raising and lowering itself depending on the circumstance. According to the specs, depending on the swingarm used, the suspension should provide up and down movement of up to 10 cm (4 inches).

Again we don’t know exactly how much the conversion of the Breakout to this cost, but the parts listed amount to over 12,000 euros (roughly $14,000), and that does not include either some other minor parts or big hardware such as the Dr. Jekill & Mr. Hyde exhaust system.

That’s not exactly a cheap conversion, considering how the 2020 Breakout is stock form is priced from $20,000. Then again, you can never put a price on great custom work.

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Thunderbike Does Beauty Yet Again With the Kreuzfeuer and Mirage Bikes

Thunderbike loves to show us some beautiful bikes when they build their customs, and their Kreuzfeuer and Mirage Bikes are no exceptions. Both come from Dragster frames but after that, they go their separate ways. AMERiders goes over the differences.

The Mirage

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Thunderbike built the Mirage back in 2008, and is one of their earliest, in-house brewed designs.

The Dragster frame we mentioned is still available in the shop’s portfolio as one of the about 15 in existence. At close to 9,000 euros (about $10,000), it is also among the cheapest. Even so, it comes with struts, fuel, and oil tanks, a CNC-machined swingarm, rear fender, rear-wheel axle, bracket for the engine, bracket for battery, and seat plate.

The frame houses a Screamin’ Eagle 103ci linked to a Harley-sourced 5-speed transmission. Pretty much everything else is custom: Thunderbike supplied its own functional parts (exhaust, brakes, rims – 18 inches at both ends) but also visual and comfort ones (handlebar, footpegs, fenders, and so on).

Wrapped in a black paint wearing the signature of the shop’s usual partner in this field, Kruse Design, the Mirage looks a lot simpler than some other Thunderbike builds, but it is in this simplicity that hides its allure.

As usual, this one was made for paying customers, but we do not how much the thing cost to put together.

The Kreuzfeuer

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Kreuzfeuer (which is German for Crossfire) was built by one of the most active custom motorcycle garages in Europe, Thunderbike. It was completed so long ago that we don’t really know where it is at the moment, or whether someone is still using it as a daily ride. But it remains stunning nonetheless.

Just like a great deal of other two-wheelers made by Thunderbike, this too blends the lines of a custom (albeit mass-produced) frame called Dragster with the power of a proven Harley-Davidson engine, Thunderbike styling, and a crazy Kruse Design paint job to come result in a truly unique build.

The frame, one of the about 15 available in the garage’s portfolio at the moment, is equipped from the get-go with fuel and oil tanks, CNC machined aluminum swingarm, rear fender, rear-wheel axle, bracket for the engine, bracket for battery, and seat plate.

Inside it rests a Harley-Davidson Twin-Cam engine, 1,550cc in displacement and good for 88 ps. It is equipped with a Harley 5-speed gearbox and a Mikuni carburetor.

The entire finished assembly rides on equally sized (diameter) custom wheels front and rear, and a red-orange-black paint job adorns most of the body of the machine.

As usual we do not know how much the Kreuzfeuer cost to build, but the present prices for the parts used for it point to it being worth well over 20,000 euros (24,000 USD).

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Thunderbike Customs Strikes Again With the Gulf Edition Harley Davidson.

AMERiders is a fan of great custom built motorcycles, and Thunderbike Customs consistently puts out some beautiful ones. This time we bring you their Gulf Edition Harley Davidson, and what a beauty she is.

There are a few car colors in this world that are perhaps more recognizable than the vehicles they are sprayed on. When talking about production cars, who doesn’t know about the Nardo Gray or the British Racing Green? Motorsports has its share of stars as well. One of them is called Gulf Oil livery and was made famous back in the 1960s by Ford and its efforts to better Ferrari at Le Mans. It was later sprayed on other machines as well, and it is presently to be found on one of the many versions of the Ford GT.

We must admit though that we’ve never seen the Gulf on a motorcycle. At least not until we uncovered the Thunderbike Gulf Edition, a motorcycle made by the famous German shop with the goal of paying tribute to the “absolute cult in racing” color scheme.

The bike itself is the usual blend of a custom frame (in this case one called Dragster RS) and the power of a Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle engine. The two were paired to a wealth of custom parts that look great but are made stunning by the color wrap.

We’re not told who handled the paint scheme, but knowing Thunderbike it was probably Kruse Design. The specialist really outdid itself this time, somehow managing to closely replicate the blue and orange scheme seen on the Le Mans racers.

The entire frame of the bike is blue, and so are the fuel tank and fenders. An orange stripe runs smack down the middle, from the right fender, over the fuel tank and seat, and ends on the rear fender. Both shades seems to be the proper ones, and look amazing with the black of the engine block and the wheels.

  • Gulf Edition
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Of course as usual we don’t know how much the Gulf Edition cost to make, but the result is truly spectacular and unexpected, and we love it.

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Sturgis Made COVID Preparations but Still Wasn’t Ready for the Bike Rally

Although Sturgis, South Dakota made many COVID-19 Preparations it still wasn’t ready for the 80th Sturgis Bike Rally as it drew thousands as it does every year. As thousands of bikers poured into the small South Dakota city of Sturgis on Friday the 80th Sturgis Bike Rally rumbled to life. Bikers rumbled past hundreds of tents filled with motorcycle gear, T-shirts, and food. Harley Davidson motorcycles were everywhere but masks were almost nowhere to be seen. AMERiders Give you the low down.

The 80th Sturgis Bike Rally could become one of the largest public gatherings since the pandemic began, with organizers expecting 250,000 people from all over the country to make their way through Sturgis during the 10-day event. That would be roughly half the number of previous years, but local residents — and a few bikers — worry that the crowds could create a “super-spreader” event.

Many who rode their bikes into Sturgis on Friday expressed defiance at the rules and restrictions that have marked life in many locales during the pandemic. People rode from across the country to a state that offered a reprieve from coronavirus restrictions, as South Dakota has no special limits on indoor crowds, no mask mandates and a governor who is eager to welcome visitors and the money they bring.

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Thousands of bikers rode through the streets for the opening day of the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle rally Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Sturgis, S.D. (Stephen Groves/AP)

“Screw COVID,” read the design on one T-shirt being hawked. “I went to Sturgis.”

Bikers rumbled past hundreds of tents filled with motorcycle gear, T-shirts, and food. H-D motorcycles were everywhere but masks were a different story, with 1 AP reporter counting seeing fewer than 10 masks in thousands of bikers over a period of several hours.

Bob Graham, 71, was one of the few people wearing masks as he walked along Main Street. “We don’t want the virus. We want to come up here a few more years yet,” Graham said.

Graham made his 36th annual trip to Sturgis from Central City, Nebraska, with his wife, calling it “kind of like our therapy for the year.”

For Stephen Sample, who rode his Harley from Arizona, the event was a break from the routine of the last several months, when he’s been mostly homebound or wearing a mask when he went to work as a surveyor.

For Stephen Sample, who rode his Harley from Arizona, the event was a break from the routine of the last several months, when he’s been mostly homebound or wearing a mask when he went to work as a surveyor.

“I don’t want to die, but I don’t want to be cooped up all my life either,” he said.

Still, Sample, who is 66, feared what could happen if he caught COVID-19 at the rally. He said he was trying to avoid indoor bars and venues, where he felt the risk of infection was greater. But on the opening day of the rally, he said he ate breakfast at an indoor diner.

As Sample weighed the risks of navigating the crowds, the same thrill-seeking that attracted him to riding motorcycles seemed to win out.

“This is a major experiment,” he said. “It could be a major mistake.”

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Thousands of bikers rode through the streets for the opening day of the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle rally Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Sturgis, S.D. Many at the rally defied coronavirus precautions like wearing face masks or social distancing. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves) (Stephen Groves/AP)

Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has taken a largely hands-off approach to the pandemic, avoiding a mask mandate and preaching personal responsibility. She supported holding the Sturgis rally, pointing out that no virus outbreak was documented from the several thousand people who turned out to see President Donald Trump and fireworks at Mount Rushmore last month.

Daily virus cases have been trending upward in South Dakota, but the seven-day average is still only around 84, with fewer than two deaths per day.

Marsha Schmid, who owns the Side Hack Saloon in Sturgis, was trying to keep her bar and restaurant from becoming a virus hot spot by spacing out indoor tables and offering plenty of hand sanitizer.

She also scaled back the number of bands hired for the rally, hoping the crowds would stay thin but still spend the cash that keeps her business viable for the rest of the year.

“You’ve got people coming from all over the world,” she said. “I just hope they are being responsible and if they don’t feel good, they stay away.”

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80th Annual Sturgis Bike Rally Starts Today Some Are not happy

The 80th Annual Sturgis Bike Rally Starts Today Some Locals Are Not Happy about it. Despite objections from a majority of its residents, a South Dakota city is preparing to host what some locals say is the largest gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts in the world. When polled by the city, over 60 percent of Sturgis’ full-time residents said they thought that the 80th Annual Sturgis Bike Rally should be canceled for 2020. Nevertheless, it’s going on. AMERiders explains.

Attendance for Sturgis is expected to be around 250,000 people, which is lower than typical years, but still much bigger than probably any other U.S. event being held this year. Heck, the Indianapolis 500 was canceled, delayed, rescheduled, and will finally run later in August without any fans in the stands because the situation is so serious in 2020.  

80th Annual Sturgis Bike Rally

The celebration — which usually draws about 500,000 people — will take place as the coronavirus pandemic remains out of control in cities across the country and health experts warn against large gatherings that help fuel the spread. South Dakota has reported more than 9,000 cases of the virus, among the lowest state tally in the country. And Meade County — home to Sturgis — has recorded about 78 infections, according to state data.

Citizens would rather canceled the rally this year

Some 60% of Sturgis residents, when surveyed, told the city they’d rather the event not proceed as scheduled this year.

But city manager Daniel Ainslie, who expects attendance to be lower this year than in previous ones, said the city council had already heard from thousands who were planning on making the trip and had little choice but to prepare for the crowds.”As a city, there’s nothing we could do, we’re not able to put up roadblocks and say, ‘You can’t come in,'” he said. “And it was quite obvious that we were going to have a lot of people here, even if we didn’t call it the rally. The issue is if we did not officially sanction it as a rally, then we would not be able to prepare for it.”

They also heard from several businesses in the region who said they’d be seeking relief from the city if they lost the revenue that usually pours in during the rally, the city manager said. At least one business threatened litigation if the rally was postponed.

Ultimately, the city council decided to proceed with a pared-down version of the usual rally. “Within the city of Sturgis, we have canceled a lot of our small events that we usually host during the week, a lot of contests and bike shows … that usually draw a crowd. All of those have been canceled,” city spokeswoman Christina Steele said. Additionally, she said, viewing platforms usually put up by the city weren’t set up this year as they would be hard to keep sanitized.

The city will provide personal protective equipment to businesses that will be working during the rally, Ainslie said, and recommend sanitizing stations and 50% capacity at bars and restaurants.

But none of that is legally enforceable, he said.”But we are requiring them to post that recommended capacity limitation so that people are fully aware when they’re going in,” he said. “If an individual decides to proceed in, then it’s by their choice.”

A few comments from residents

One resident said, they have asthma, and amid the crowd influx, they feel like they’ll be confined to their home to stay safe.”I fear that I will live in my house for a month after this if not six months after this until it all clears,” said the resident, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in fear of retaliation.

“There are people from other states coming here that have had massive breakouts in their cities and in their states and they’re coming here and they’re traveling here in RVs,” the resident said. “You don’t think they’re going to bring it here to the state and get local residents infected?”

One resident said they have several family members, most of whom are older, that live in the city as well.

“My grandma is absolutely terrified because she has diabetes and is in her 80s and has lupus,” they said. “If she gets it, it’s a death sentence.”

Cheyenne and Pine River Reservations have COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

All persons who are using highways on tribal lands as through highways may be routed elsewhere on select reservations. Travelers should be aware and mindful that these checkpoints could be expanded to other tribal lands with no prior notice. As of late July, the following travel delays can be expected:

Pine Ridge Reservation: Through traffic is allowed to the Pine Ridge Reservation although travel delays should be expected due to checkpoint screening.

Cheyenne River Reservation: Travelers should expect checkpoints requiring rerouting at all entry points to the Cheyenne River Reservation. State highways are restricted to commercial, local, and essential service traffic only. We recommend that travelers take an alternate route to avoid the checkpoints on the tribal lands in South Dakota operated by tribal law enforcement.

It is to be assumed that you will be rerouted. We are especially asking motorcycle traffic to be mindful of the reroutes due to limited proximity to nearby gas stations. It is important to note that online mapping shows that there are travel delays and travel disruption, but it does not clearly indicate the necessity to reroute. Please plan accordingly.

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In a campground about three miles away from Sturgis that’s become central in the rally’s festivities, music concerts are scheduled every day of the rally. Performers include the rock band Smash Mouth.

Owner Rod Woodruff says there will be changes there as well.

“Certainly, things look different. You have these little stickers on the ground and on the floor, for example, that say, ‘hey, don’t forget six feet,'” he said. “And ‘hand sanitizer here.’ We didn’t use to have those. So we follow guidelines.

“The Sturgis Buffalo Chip campground prides itself on giving attendees the “authentic rally experience” and, Woodruff says, operates almost solely around the days-long rally.

“This event is our raison d’etre,” he said. “Our reason for existence is to service the motorcycle enthusiasts, the freedom of American people, period.

“Several thousand people camp onsite each year, he says, adding most people have no problem keeping a distance in the two-mile-long area. He says the camp is doing what it can to provide for a safe vacation, but attendees are also “exercising their personal responsibility.”

“These people on motorcycles, they’re risking their lives every time they come across an intersection that has a car that can come out there and kill them,” he said. “And so they’re not all that concerned about a virus when they know what is needed to do in order to stay safe and minimize the risks of infection.”

If you are headed out to the 80th Annual Sturgis Bike Rally please be safe both with COVID-19 regulations and riding.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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HJC Helmets and Their Marvel Hero & Other Movie-Inspired Helmets!

Ever wanted to zip around like Poe Dameron pretending you are a Resistance fighter in the Starfighter Corps? Or Zip through traffic like Batman, chasing after Joker well now you can thanks to HJC helmets and their Marvel Hero and other Movie-Inspired Helmets. AMERiders shows you just a few of the ones they have revealed.

Ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

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Have you seen this guy? Big red grin, pasty white skin, sleek green hair, purple suit, spine-tingling laugh; does that ring a bell? The guy’s a creepy nutcase wanted for wreaking havoc on Gotham City. 

Whether it’s Mark Hamill, Jack Nicholson, or Heath Ledger’s take on the famous character, the Joker is the most recognizable cartoon villain in the DC universe. As such, it was only logical for HJC to add the name to its super-villains-inspired helmet collection, right? The RPHA 11 Pro Batman helmet now has a nemesis: the new HJC RPHA 11 Pro Joker. 

HJC explains that the designers carefully considered the helmet’s anatomy when they created the Joker livery. In riding stance, when the rider’s head is tilted forward, the Joker’s ominous gaze uncomfortably peeks over the visor. Talk about feeling observed.  

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When you lift the visor, the oversized smile on the chin bar gives the rider that signature grin. At the back of the head, a series of cartoonish “Ha Ha Ha” motifs illustrating the character’s famous laugh and a Joker playing card complete the design.  

In addition to the trim-specific design, the RPHA 11 Pro Joker comes loaded with the features as the standard, racetrack-inspired RPHA 11 Pro helmet. The list includes a fiberglass composite shell, an aerodynamic profile tested in a wind tunnel, two air vents, and two air curtains at the front combined with four extractors at the back of the head, a chin curtain, an HJ-26 anti-fog shield with quick-release mechanism, and an emergency pad release system.   

The lining is made of MultiCool Interior advanced anti-bacteria fabric and both the liner and the pads can be removed and washed.   

The RPHA 11 Pro is both DOT and ECE 22.05-certified (compared to the non-Pro model which only comes with an ECE certification). The Joker model is available in three shell sizes and padding sizes ranging from XS to XXL. It also comes with a five-year warranty and pricing is set at $599.99. 

 

HJC’s Marvel Helmet Family

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HJC has a big Marvel Helmet family and they have a knack for creating pretty neat superhero-inspired helmet designs. Since the brand has the license to use the image of some of our favorite comic book heroes. Such as the last Avengers movie (or so they want us to believe), HJC has upgraded the design of the one hero fighting for our right to freedom. Plus, given us a few more Superhero lids as well.

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The new Captain America livery at HJC’s. Just like Steve Roger’s suit gained in refinement throughout the Captain America and Avengers series, the new HJC helmet is offered with a new motif that mimics the un-caped freedom crusader’s updated leather uniform. The motif mimics the leather scale chest and shoulder plates and the waist red and white stripe accent, replacing the former 2016 white-on-plain-blue scheme with the all-American hero’s vibranium-steel shield design at the back.

This time, the manufacturer applied the motif to the RPHA 11 Pro model of lid, an update over the last Captain Star-Spangled Banner’s former CL-17. The new lid offers such features as the RapidFire shield replacement system—just a fancy expression to mean easy shield swapping—an emergency kit, or easy-to-remove cheek pads, antibacterial fabric interior lining, antifog lens, improved ventilation thanks to the chin and head vents, as well as embedded comm speaker pockets. The lid is also extremely lightweight, which makes it an easy lid to deal with for commutes and trips—provided you can own up to the massive “A” on your forehead.

This DOT and ECE-certified helmet uses a Premium Integrated Matrix (P.I.M. Plus) shell material which HJC claims enhances shock resistance. The price point for the Captain American version is set at $599,99—a $200 premium over the helmet’s base price. There’s no price for saving the world. Now to find some vibranium to make motorcycle helmets from…

Cap Joined by Iron Man and Spidey

Don’t think HJC was going to let Cap go into battle alone they are sending him in with Iron Man and Spidey as well. Of all of the officially licensed Marvel graphics helmets, the Iron Man helmet definitely works the best aesthetically, especially with the matching gold-colored visor. With an add-on heads up display, we are one step closer to experiencing life like the fictitious billionaire inventor. Of course, the same could be said for Peter Parker fans if you’re delivering pizzas in the Spider-Man lid, but that’s not quite as cool.

When looking at HJC’s Marvel helmets. it becomes increasingly clear that the company is capitalizing on the popularity and massive marketing efforts tied to specific characters that have recently been in successful Marvel blockbusters. Though the release of these helmets might not seem very substantial at face value, I think products like this actually do a lot of good for the motorcycling community as a whole. We’re already fighting an uphill battle as far as public image and perception is concerned, and playful offerings such as this demonstrate the reality of who riders really are – just normal people, most of whom don’t take themselves too seriously.

Though HJC has previously offered an Iron Man helmet, this new version’s design has been revised for its application to the company’s high-end sport/touring RPHA 70ST helmet. The new Spider-Man Homecoming helmet wears a design reflecting Spidey’s digs in his newest upcoming movie opposed to the classic suit’s design on HJC’s previous Spider-lid. The Homecoming helmet is offered in the economical CS R3 helmet which goes for $159.99 and comes in sizes XS-XXL. The Iron Man RPHA 70ST helmet also comes in sizes XS-XXL but comes with a heftier price-tag of $609.99. The Spider-Man helmet’s release coincides with release of Spider-Man Homecoming on July 7th. The new Iron Man helmet won’t be available until sometime in the Fall of 2017, likely coinciding with a new Iron Man big screen release.

For more info on the rest of the officially licensed Marvel graphics helmets from HJC, you can check out HJC’s website.

HJC Also Has DC Helmets

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Not only does HJC have Marvel-inspired helmets but they have some DC Comic ones as well. After all, If they are going to have a Joker helmet, it stands to reason that they would have a Batman helmet as well. After its extensive collection of Marvel-themed helmets, the time has come for the manufacturer to tackle another family of superheroes. The fans of the DC universe will be happy to know that the Justice League is getting a dedicated helmet collection, starting with the most notorious brooding DC superhero teaming up with the fastest one.

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Just like James Bond, there’s been a Batman for every generation. From Adam West to Ben Affleck, Micheal Keaton to Christian Bale (do we have to mention George Clooney and Val Kilmer?), Batman is one of the best, if not the best known DC superhero of our time. The caped crusader has been saving the city of Gotham for 80 years since its first appearance in Detective Comics in 1939.

For 2019, the Dark Knight is getting a dedicated HJC motorcycle helmet, based on the RPHA 11 model, decorated with gritty graphics inspired by his armor, complete with bat logo and scuff motifs of course.

For this first of many DC launches, Batman has been teamed up with none other than The Flash. Barry Allen’s red and gold super alter ego was introduced to the DC-verse in 1956. The fastest man alive has since been helping fight crime, both on his own and with the Justice League, putting his extreme speed to the service of the greater good.

Clad in the superhero’s typical red-and-gold livery, the HJC i70 Flash is decorated with the famous lightning bolt logo on the forehead and the Mercury-like wings motif on the sides. The detailing of the livery replicates the character’s armor. This HJC model also features a practical drop-down sun visor.

For this first of many DC launches, Batman has been teamed up with none other than The Flash. Barry Allen’s red and gold super alter ego was introduced to the DC-verse in 1956. The fastest man alive has since been helping fight crime, both on his own and with the Justice League, putting his extreme speed to the service of the greater good.

Clad in the superhero’s typical red-and-gold livery, the HJC i70 Flash is decorated with the famous lightning bolt logo on the forehead and the Mercury-like wings motif on the sides. The detailing of the livery replicates the character’s armor. This HJC model also features a practical drop-down sun visor.

Pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed. Which superhero’s helmet should come next? Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, or Aquaman?

Let the force be with us always

I will be the first one to say that I would love to wear a helmet that is tailored after anything Star Wars. Whether it be Poe Dameron’s Fighter helmet, or looking like a Stormtrooper. Sign me up dammit. HJC now has us Star Trek Fans covered with a few sweet lids.

There are certain characters – or rather their outfits – lend themselves particularly well to motorcycle gear. Poe Dameron’s Resistance Starfighter Corps helmet is very much one of those. HJC’s new retro-style open-face helmet is painted up to look like the helmet worn by ace X-wing pilot Poe Dameron in 2015’s The Force Awakens.

Similar in style to the Luke Skywalker helmet that HJC released in the middle of 2017, the Poe replica is based on HJC’s affordable and popular IS-5 helmet. It features an advanced polycarbonate composite shell, orange-tinted drop-down sunshield, and HJC’s SuperCool moisture wicking interior fabric. The DOT-approved Star Wars lid is adorned in a replica design of Poe’s distressed and battle-worn starfighter helmet, complete with his battle tags and Resistance Starbird symbol.

“This retro-style helmet is unmistakably a Star Wars helmet,” said HJC in the press release for the helmet.

So who is Poe Dameron? For those not familiar with the new Star Wars canon, Poe is one of the trio of new characters – along with John Boyega’s Finn and Daisy Ridley’s Rey – set to carry Star Wars into the future. A highly-decorated commander in the new Resistance starfighter corps, Dameron is a little bit Maverick and a little bit James Bond. In addition to his responsibilities as a fighter pilot, he is also one of General Organa’s best secret agents and is often sent on clandestine missions with his partner, an astromech droid named BB-8.

The IS-5 Poe has an MSRP of just $199.99 for DOT-approved sizes XS through XXL. Europe will get the FG-70s Poe in ECE-approved sizes XS through XL with an MSRP of 299,90 €. With Star Wars: The Last Jedi hitting theaters this December and three more movies on the way, we’re likely to see more Star Wars-inspired designs from HJC in the coming years.

There is also the dark side of the force and HJC Brought us that too.

HJC didn’t let us forget about the darkside of the force either. Giving us a few different options with not only Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper but a few others as well.

HJC has tapped into a very lucrative market: themed helmets. I mean, who wouldn’t want a Captain America or a Luke Skywalker-inspired helmet anyway? The gear company has been creating designs for everything Pixar, Marvel, and now even Star Wars and their collections keep growing. These collections do not disappoint this particular collection will let the force be strong with you.

Now available to meet all your dark desires are the HJC RPHA 90 Darth Vader and the CS-R3 Stormtrooper helmets. The battle between the rebellion and the Republic is officially on.

The Darth Vader motif reproduces the famous character’s bell-shaped helmet design. Lord Vader’s grille—which makes what is possibly the most recognizable breathing sound in the history of cinema—has been transformed into a chin vent. The RPHA 90 is HJC’s high-end DOT-rated modular helmet with carbon and carbon-glass elements for optimized weight reduction. The back of the helmet is decorated with the Empire’s roundel and red padding on the inside.

No, the CS-R3 isn’t 3PO’s cousin, but rather HJC’s entry-level helmet model. The outer shell is made out of polycarbonate and has a vent on the chin and two on the top of the head. The Imperial Stormtrooper graphic even sports some scuff marks, mimicking the look of a uniform that has already seen many battles. You will be ready to take on your daily commute with this lid—just don’t try to shoot anything, you’ll most likely miss.

The RPHA 90 Vader helmet is priced at a premium $699.99 and the CS-R3 Stormtrooper model costs $169.99. Both designs are now available from the HJC Star Wars collection.

If those two are not too your liking here are three more that might make your Darkside fingers twitch.

Kylo Ren, Boba Fett, and the Death Trooper were just the first three Star Wars graphics to be launched. HJC plans on producing additional graphics from the Star Wars saga to bring the excitement and memorable visuals of the iconic brand to the quality and performance of HJC Helmets.

Kylo Ren’s special chrome and flat finish graphic design and the uniquely distressed graphic of the RPHA 11 Boba Fett.”

Here is a full list of the Star Wars line. We didn’t see pictures of the Death Trooper yet so it still may not be released yet so when we see it we will release it to you until then May the force be with you.

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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Want a Dune Buggy on Two Wheels? Try Out This Electric Fat Tire!

With a continuation of our blog segments on interesting designs and custom builds AMERiders is a new Italian-designed electric motorcycle from Velocifero that takes an extra helping when it comes to tire width, giving it even more cushion, plus it kinda reminds you of a Dune Buggy on Two Wheels.

Sure, people laughed when the first fat-tire bicycles came out.

But once riders realized how much fun they were to ride in areas where normal bicycles could never go, and that electric bikes had the power to overcome the heavy tires, their popularity took off.

Now the Velocifero Beach MAD electric motorcycle is embracing the same concept: fat tires that can float just above anything.

The new bike was just unveiled at the Bangkok International Motor Show and is a sight to behold.

Sure, it looks a bit silly. But I’ll bet it’s a blast to ride. Almost like a dune buggy, albeit cut in half.

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Velocifero Beach MAD e-moto unveiled

The Beach MAD e-moto isn’t particularly powerful, rocking a 2kW continuous motor and hitting a top speed of just 60 km/h (37 mph). That puts it in 50cc performance territory.

But as anyone who has ever ridden a 50cc bike before knows, they can still be a lot of fun in the right environment. And perhaps even more so with a ridiculous design like the Velocifero Beach MAD.

Motor Fan got some great shots of the bike (though you’ll want to use Google Translate if you don’t read Japanese). And while I wouldn’t have pegged the Beach MAD as such a good street bike, their testing showed that it held its own on the pavement.

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The Velocifero Beach MAD sports a steel frame, rear coilover shock, and a pair of hydraulic disc brakes.

The battery on the small bike isn’t overwhelming, offering a limited range of between 60-70 km (37-43 miles). That’s roughly equivalent to the range I got on my CSC City Slicker electric motorcycle, another approximately 50cc-equivalent e-moto that was designed for the city.

But unlike the City Slicker, the Velocifero Beach MAD isn’t confined to the city. From the looks of it, the bike could also be fun on trails or even beach riding yeah a dune buggy bike. You’ll probably want to find a private beach, though, as I can’t imagine the lifeguards on my local strip of sand being too keen on seeing me weaving between sunbathers and frisbee players on this 90 kg (198 lb) franken-bike.

We don’t have any pricing or availability info yet on the freshly debuted Beach MAD. However, Velocifero sells its bikes in a few dozen countries across the EU and Asia, so the Beach MAD could be coming to a city or beach near you sooner than you’d think.

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~Live Free Ride Hard~

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AMERiders Brings You the Catalonia Chopper Another Custom Motorcycle

AMERiders has been bringing you many gorgeous Custom Motorcycles this past few months. From the Jever to the Radical 26 as well as the many bikes in the No Show Bike Show. Today we bring you the “Catalonia Chopper”, from Free Kustom Cycles.

Spain has a rich history in motorcycling, from producing an endless list of world champions across every discipline of racing to being home to famed brands of the two-stoke era like Ossa and Bultaco. It’s also the land of endless race tracks, Catalunya near Barcelona, Motorland Aragón, the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia and Jerez, just to name a few. But it’s not too often that you link the country to Harley Davidson, let alone some of the coolest old school choppers you’ll ever see. That is until you discover Marcos Vazquez of Free Kustom Cycles who lives the lifestyle with as much passion as anyone you’ll meet. And nothing gets the heart pumping for the American v-twin like a ’60s styled chopper from the glory days of custom cool!

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To give you an idea of how much Marcos bleeds the culture, he not only runs his custom bike building business, but is also Spain’s official distributor of Mooneyes products and accessories. Add to that his own apparel brand, FUKC Clothing Company, and the facts he’s co-created a book on the history of the Mooneyes backed Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show, and you start to get an idea of just how much this whole thing means to the man. He’s been a guest of honour in Japan at Mooneyes, presented trophies that he’s personally made, been an invited builder to shows across the globe and when he’s not doing all that, he can be found touring Europe on a Harley with his wife.

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A trip he’s done on this particular bike, but that was when it was a completely different beast and in its first incarnation as a custom. The Catalonia Chopper had been brought from the US of A to Spain by an American who was in the country to compete in the Sailing World Cup. That was over 12 years ago and the bike had come to Spain already decked out like an Arlen Ness special. Not a style Marcos has ever really been into, but he still had to have the bike as the potential beneath the skin was there. One of the things that drew him to it was the fact it was a factory 1990 HD Springer, but that stock suspension was too tame for our man in Spain.

First, however, he had to get it stripped down and with the bike having sat around as customers took priority, nothing gets the motivation going like an invite to a show. This one came from the boys behind Art & Wheels in Switzerland. “I had little time but the ideas very clear, to make a sixties chopper but something different from what was lately being done, so I got to work!” With the frame back to bare steel it’s no longer the comfy ride of a softail but a rigid, with the rear section built properly to accommodate a fat rear tyre. While the front end also gets a big change, the neck cut and extended to a whopping 42° rake and reinforced for safety.

The springer suspension wasn’t going to be left standard either, in fact, what Marcos really desired was a girder and when he saw one in the south of Spain, he had to have it, “it stole my heart”. Customizing the Catalonia Chopper and getting the footprint right was done in assistance with Miquel from UNITAT METRICA, who together with Marcos gave it all that crazy form but with maximum functionality. The wheel and tire combo helps to set it all off and at the front end that meant sourcing a 21in hoop from a Heritage Softail laced up to the hub that worked best on the girder. The rear is a fat 16×5 with a TT Classic tire, while the front is a Speedmaster that had to be brought in from the US.

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The tank on such a bike is key and with it now rolling a few could be offered up to see what was going to work best, “I used a gas tank that I made some years ago for a friend of mine and which fit perfectly on the frame, a peanut gas tank that I tightened and welded as a Frisco style,” Marcos explained. The fit to the frame is flawless and so too the integration of a high rise custom filler cap and side mount petcock. The sissy bar too had to be unique to the bike and so Marcos crafted it himself including the Midway Cycles tail light into the design.

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The rear fender on the Catalonia Chopper was also made in house, then the seat base was shaped before being sent out. From here Ivan Bartolacci from Calavera Leather took over and the flash leather, curved stitching and buttons all scream ’60s psychedelic. But it might take you a little while to notice, as nothing takes your eye like the world-class paint job that is required to get you into Mooneyes Japan.

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Marcos knew the colour he wanted but elite painter Kilian Ramirez of Pic-Astudio hit the Kandy Blue combo out of the park with Pulido Metales Perez polishing it all to leave it looking a million bucks! The accessories from Mooneyes, Wannabe and Seven Sins do their job without distracting from the theme.

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Now Marcos just needed the horsepower to match and the stock 80ci Evo motor was torn down for some power parts. With it cracked open a set of Crane Cams gives the signature HD soundtrack an even more lumpy vibe. On the intake side the S&S Super E carb provides the fueling and of course wears a Mooneyes air cleaner. While there is no missing the custom made exhaust, the ripple pipe from the guys at The Factory Metal Works is period-perfect.

Catalonia Chopper

With the finishing touch, the shark tail tips coming from an old Panhead in the shop. Nearly two decades into his journey as a custom bike builder and clothing designer, Marcos finally had the bike that, for him, symbolises it all. He lovingly calls it ‘Lonely FUKCer’, but he couldn’t have done it without the endless support of his wife and riding partner Monica and their two amazing kids. 

Catalonia Chopper

~And as always…

~Live Free Ride Hard~

~AMERiders

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