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HARLEY-DAVIDSON ANNOUNCES CONTINGENCY PROGRAMS FOR 2022 RACE SEASON

More than $500,000 Available for Harley-Davidson Racers in American Flat Track and MotoAmerica Mission King of the Baggers Series

MILWAUKEE, WI (January 19, 2022) – Harley-Davidson is stepping up its support of flat track and road racing competitors for the 2022 season with cash contingency programs totaling more than $500,000 available for qualified racers.


In 2022, the Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® factory racing team will defend its 2021 championship in the MotoAmerica Mission King of the Baggers road racing series with riders Kyle Wyman, the 2021 Mission King of the Baggers champion, and his brother Travis Wyman aboard race modified Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® Special motorcycles powered by modified Screamin’ Eagle® Milwaukee-Eight 131 Performance Crate Engines. Kyle and Travis Wyman are sons of Kim Wyman, owner of Harv’s Harley-Davidson in Macedon, N.Y., and grew up around Harley-Davidson and flat track racing.


MotoAmerica Mission King of the Baggers Contingency

The MotoAmerica Mission King of the Baggers series for race-prepared, American V-Twin touring motorcycles equipped with a fairing/windscreen and saddlebags expands to seven races in 2022, each held in conjunction with the MotoAmerica Superbike Series. The series opens with a double header on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., March 10-12. Harley-Davidson will offer a $110,000 cash contingency program for qualified Harley-Davidson racers competing in the Mission King of the Baggers series, with a contingency payout from first to 10th place and a $35,000 championship bonus. Terms and conditions apply; please see www.MotoAmerica.com for full details, eligibility requirements and deadlines.


Progressive American Flat Track Contingency

Harley-Davidson will offer contingency opportunities for racers competing in two classes on the 18-event 2022 Progressive American Flat Track series, the most prestigious and competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing in the world. Harley-Davidson has committed $225,500 in contingency funds for qualified riders competing in the premiere SuperTwins class, and $195,500 for qualified riders competing in the AFT Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines class. Harley-Davidson contingency will pay first to 10th place in each class as well as a championship bonus – $20,000 for Production Twins and $50,000 for SuperTwins. The season opens with the Volusia Half Mile double-header, March 10-11, at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. Terms and conditions apply; please see American Flat Track for full details, eligibility requirements and deadlines.



About the Screamin’ Eagle® Milwaukee-Eight 131 Performance Crate Engine

The Screamin’ Eagle® Milwaukee-Eight 131 is the most-powerful street-compliant performance engine offered by Harley-Davidson. Built from the bottom up in Milwaukee, this 131-cubic-inch (2147cc) Screamin’ Eagle® crate engine delivers 131 ft-lb of torque to the rear wheel and may be installed in 2017-later Harley-Davidson Touring models.


About Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Our vision: Building our legend and leading our industry through innovation, evolution and emotion. Our mission: More than building machines, we stand for the timeless pursuit of adventure. Freedom for the soul. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson has defined motorcycle culture with an expanding range of leading-edge, distinctive and customizable motorcycles in addition to riding experiences and exceptional motorcycle accessories, riding gear and apparel. Harley-Davidson Financial Services provides financing, insurance and other programs to help get Harley-Davidson riders on the road. Learn more at www.harley-davidson.com.

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Rob Zombie to Bring Twisted Good Times to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The larger-than-life personification of utterly wicked fun is coming to The Best Party Anywhere® Monday, Aug. 8, 2022

Sturgis, S.D. (January 18, 2022): The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling® is shaping up to be the wildest party yet in 2022, with the legendary Rob Zombie bringing a show to the Chip unlike anything else at the 82nd Sturgis Rally.Zombie madness hits the Wolfman Jack Stage like a “Demonoid Phenomenon” on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, with the same potent sound and elaborate stage production that has made Zombie the king of carnal good times for more than 30 years. See the announcement video at BuffaloChip.com/BANDS.

“The excitement just keeps stacking up for the Buffalo Chip’s 41st consecutive festival,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “A Zombie show sticks with you. The lights, the pyro, the massive LED screens, and the incredible performances are a perfect fit for anyone looking to get a little wild.”

Rob Zombie has been entertaining audiences for over three decades with his groove metal horror and suspense-infused show. Selling over 15 million albums worldwide, he attained unprecedented success in music and film, writing and directing eight feature films. This seven-time Grammy nominee brings hits like “Dragula,” “More Human Than Human,” “Living Dead Girl,” “Superbeast,” and more to the Wolfman Jack Stage Aug. 8.

Rob Zombie joins a stacked 2022 Sturgis Buffalo Chip lineup, including Snoop Dogg, Travis Tritt, Aaron Lewis, and Buckcherry, with many more yet to be announced. The 2022 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Music and Motorcycle Festival is Aug. 5 -14, 2022. 

Performances from world-class entertainers are just part of what the Sturgis Buffalo Chip has in store again for 2022. Guests will have the opportunity to experience thrilling events, including legendary rides, powerful freedom celebrations, top-tier bike shows, heart-pounding stunts, white-knuckle racing, worthwhile charity events, and so much more. All events are outdoors in an open environment for the safest experience possible. Entertainment is free with camping. A full list of Sturgis Buffalo Chip events is available at BuffaloChip.com/EVENTS. The Buffalo Chip is home to the Sturgis Rally Information Center™ and is the official sponsor of the free Sturgis.com Official Sturgis Rally Registration Program.

About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Presented by GEICO Motorcycle

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the award-winning leader in music and motorcycle lifestyle experiences. Hailed as The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling® and The Best Party Anywhere®, it has been the epicenter of the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally since its establishment in 1981. Every August, the Buffalo Chip brings together the world’s largest gathering of music and motorcycle fans, with visitors from all 50 states and over 20 countries. It remains one of the world’s most televised and longest-running independent music festivals. The Chip advances the Sturgis Rally by being home to the Sturgis Rally Information Center™ and the official sponsor of the Sturgis.com Official Sturgis Rally Registration Program. More details are available at BuffaloChip.com

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Indian Motorcycle St. Paul Plans February Grand Opening After Acquisition of Bison Thunder Motorcycle

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Jan. 3, 2022) – Motorcycle industry stalwarts Lloyd Greer and Tim Sutherland have acquired Bison Thunder Motorcycle in St. Paul, Minn., and will offer their exclusive performance work, accessories, and customizing skills at the dealership now operating as Indian Motorcycle St. Paul.

The new ownership team of Sara Ramseur, Amanda Bramble, Greer and Sutherland tentatively plan to hold a grand opening around Feb. 1 at the dealership located at 2967 Hudson Road, St. Paul.

“We are excited about this tremendous opportunity and see unlimited potential for Indian Motorcycle St. Paul,” said Sutherland. “We’ve got an outstanding facility with an inviting showroom and state of the art service facility. Plus, we’ll expand the service center with Lloyd’z Garage, which will provide riders with the ultimate in performance.”

Doug and Jeanne Kauth, the previous owners of Bison Thunder Motorcycle, sold the dealership to spend more time with family. Greer and Sutherland have owned and operated Indian Motorcycle Charlotte [N.C.] since 2018, and last summer they opened Lloyd’z Garage on the grounds of the Sturgis [S.D.] Buffalo Chip.

Ramseur is the operations manager for Indian Motorcycle St. Paul, and Bramble is the marketing and general sales manager. Sutherland said most of the Bison sales and service staff is being retained, so there will be outstanding continuity with current customers.

“We are honoring all previously placed orders for new Indian Motorcycles, and are also honoring terms of the ‘No Worries Promise’ that Bison offered,” said Bramble. “Our goal is to make the transition as smooth and seamless as possible for our customers.”

Indian Motorcycle St. Paul is now the area’s leading source of new Indian Motorcycles, previously owned bikes of all brands, and Indian-branded accessories and apparel. The dealership provides premium technical service and maintenance work, and will offer industry-leading performance products and tuning through the in-house Lloyd’z Garage operation.

“We’re very familiar with Upper Midwest riders and their passion for motorcycles,” said Greer. “Tim and I have owned and operated performance and accessory businesses that have enjoyed outstanding support from Midwest riders, so we know they optimize every riding opportunity. Our goal is to put them on the best bikes available with performance upgrades to enhance their experiences.”

Indian Motorcycle St. Paul will be establishing robust social media outlets to stay in touch with customers, and will host Indian Motorcycle demo ride events during the riding season. The spacious dealership is easily accessible as it is located just minutes from the junction of I-94 and I-494/694.

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Vance & Hines Introduces Road Racing Exhaust for Yamaha R7

Company to also offer contingency support in MotoAmerica Twins Cup in 2022

Brownsburg, IN – January 5, 2022 – Vance & Hines, America’s premier manufacturer of motorcycle performance products, today announced the release of its new racing exhaust system for the Yamaha YZF-R7 motorcycle. This is the latest in a series of products created in the company’s Racing Development Center in Indiana.  

Along with the launch of this new exhaust system, Vance & Hines will have a contingency support program in 2022 for racers who compete in the popular and ultra-competitive MotoAmerica Twins Cup class using the Vance & Hines system. 

Designed for use in closed course competition, the Vance & Hines Hi-Output 2-into-1 is a complete replacement to the original, factory exhaust system. Constructed in high grade, 304 stainless steel with a fully-serviceable muffler, the two-piece sprung design reduces vibration stress for greater durability against the rigors of racing, while the modular system also makes replacing components from crash damage more affordable. 

Vance & Hines used several proven methods to improve performance over the factory system. Fabricated with hand TIG welded joints, the headers feature a tapered design developed on-track to increase performance by nearly 10% over stock with proper engine tuning. In addition, the system reduces weight by more than seven pounds and has been positioned higher and tighter to the bike to improve ground clearance allowing for steeper lean angles.  

Besides the R7, the Hi-Output 2-into-1 also fits the core Yamaha MT-07 platform that serves as the basis for the R7 as well as its other variants, such as the XSR700, all of which have been well established as capable bikes for track day builds and in club level racing across the US.  

“The Twins Cup was one of the most competitive classes in the MotoAmerica paddock this past season and gave us the perfect environment to hone the performance and design of our new system for the R7,” said Vance & Hines President Mike Kennedy. “Our podium finish at the season finale at Barber means aspiring racers looking to improve their speed in the Twins Cup can have confidence that our system will help them get the most out of their R7 on the track.”   

The Vance & Hines Hi-Output 2-into-1 Exhaust System for the Yamaha YZF-R7 is available now through the Vance & Hines Racing Development Center (RDC) in Brownsburg, Indiana. Retail price is $989.99. Dealer inquiries welcome. Contact the RDC at (317) 852-9057 or at rdc@vanceandhines.com

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About Vance & Hines 

The Vance & Hines brand has always been about enhancing the exhilaration of the motorcycle ride. It started over 40 years ago, when Terry Vance and Byron Hines were two young enthusiasts in the fledgling Southern California motorcycle drag race scene. Terry always wanted to go faster and Byron knew how to make that happen. In short order, their on-track success and innovation drew the attention of other racers, riders and motorcycle manufacturers, which ultimately translated to commercial demand for their products and services. Today, the Company’s mission and activity is the same; make bikes go faster on the racetrack and take those learnings to make impactful products for riders around the world. Since the Company’s inception in 1979, it has run factory race programs in partnership with Suzuki, Yamaha, Ducati and Harley-Davidson in drag racing, road racing and flat track. Vance & Hines is based in Santa Fe Springs, CA and has its Racing Development Center in Brownsburg, IN. Learn more about the company’s history and products at www.vanceandhines.com.  

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2022 MODEL HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLES REVEALED AND ARRIVING AT WORLDWIDE DEALERSHIPS

Additional All-New Models to be Introduced January 26 in World Premiere Event

MILWAUKEE, WI (January 5, 2022) – Harley-Davidson today revealed a portion of its 2022 motorcycle line and announced these bikes are arriving at authorized US Harley-Davidson dealerships starting now and at dealers around the world in the coming weeks, with additional new motorcycle models to be unveiled later this month. The limited-production 2022 models from Harley-Davidson® Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) and more new Harley-Davidson motorcycle models will be revealed during the “Further. Faster.” World Premiere Event on January 26 at 10:00 a.m. CST.

“We are looking forward to introducing the full 2022 motorcycle line-up on January 26th at the ‘Further. Faster.’ World Premiere Event – we hope you join us for the show!” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO, Harley-Davidson.

To take part in the January 26th “Further. Faster.” World Premiere Event, register at H-D.com/22.

2022 HARLEY-DAVIDSON MODELS REVEALED

SPORT CATEGORY

The Harley-Davidson® Sportster® S model is a performance cruiser motorcycle that combines incredible power with contemporary technology and unrestrained styling. The Sportster S model is powered by the 121-horsepower Revolution® Max 1250T engine that puts the Sportster S rider in command of unrelenting, on-demand torque. A taut, lightweight chassis and premium suspension deliver responsive, intuitive handling. For 2022 the Sportster S model is offered in Vivid Black and two new colors: White Sand Pearl and Mineral Green Metallic.

ADVENTURE TOURING CATEGORY

Since launching in February 2021, the Pan America™ 1250 Special and Pan America™ 1250 adventure touring motorcycles have taken the ADV world by storm. In fact, the Pan America 1250 Special has become the #1 selling adventure touring motorcycle in North America and was named Best Adventure Bike and Motorcycle of the Year by Motorcycle.com. Rugged, powerful, technologically advanced multi-purpose vehicles, the Pan America 1250 models are designed from the ground up to inspire rider confidence and fuel the spirit of adventure on and off-road. For 2022 the Pan America 1250 Special and Pan America 1250 models feature improved visibility of information on the TFT display screen, and extended Vehicle Hill Hold Control active time from 10 seconds to 3 to 5 minutes, under normal conditions. A new color option for the Pan America 1250 Special model only is Fastback Blue/White Sand.

CRUISER CATEGORY

To allow any rider to make a personal statement, Harley-Davidson offers a wide variety of motorcycle styles within the Cruiser segment, from nostalgic to very modern. A cruiser rider seeks to disconnect from an increasingly hectic life, and only the world’s most desirable motorcycle company can offer these riders so many ways to reach that goal. For 2022 new paint colors are offered across the Cruiser model line-up.

  • Softail® Standard model: With its raw, stripped-down bobber style, this motorcycle is a blank canvas for customization. New for 2022 Annihilator cast aluminum wheels with Silver finish replace laced wheels.
  • Heritage Classic 114 model: The quintessential American cruiser, this motorcycle offers show-stopping vintage details and pure rock and roll style. For 2022, the Heritage Classic 114 model will be offered with a new Chrome trim option for the rider who prefers a brighter look. The Black trim version of the Heritage Classic 114 model features several new styling elements. The powertrain is finished with Wrinkle Black upper rocker covers, camshaft cover, transmission cover and primary cover, with contrasting Gloss Black lower rocker covers. Trim details include a Gloss Black rear lightbar, windshield brackets, front lightbar and turn signal standoffs, Black mirrors and triple clamps, Black Anodized wheel hubs and hub cap, and Matte Black exhaust shields with Chrome muffler tips. The Heritage Classic 114 model in Chrome trim is offered with Black 9-Spoke cast aluminum or Chrome Laced wheels; the Black trim version is offered with Black 9-Spoke cast aluminum or Black Laced wheels.
  • Street Bob® 114 model: A gritty, stripped-down bobber cloaked in black and powered by the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine, the Street Bob 114 model is an ideal foundation for customization based on performance. New for 2022, Annihilator cast aluminum wheels with Gloss Black finish replace laced wheels.
  • Fat Boy® 114 model: The original fat-custom icon commands the road with a steamroller stance. For 2022 its Lakester cast aluminum wheels are re-styled with 11 turbine-like spokes and an open center, and the classic Fat Boy® model tank badge is revised and now has a single trailing “wing” while retaining the centered star.
  • Fat Bob® 114 model: This bike is designed for the street rider with an appetite for muscular power and performance. For 2022, it features a new waterslide fuel tank graphic in an oval shape with “H-D” on lower edge.
  • Iron 883™ model: Blacked-out and stripped-down Sportster® with a legendary profile.
  • Forty-Eight® model: Heavy-hitting fat-tire Sportster® style with an iconic peanut tank and bulldog stance.

GRAND AMERICAN TOURING CATEGORY

Harley-Davidson designs its Grand American Touring models for riders forever seeking that next adventure. Grand American Touring models take riders beyond the horizon with the comfort and convenience that makes the journey spectacular, from the company that started the cross-country experience. All Harley-Davidson Grand American Touring models are powered by a smooth-running Milwaukee-Eight® V-Twin engine. Emulsion-technology rear shock absorbers feature a single knob to hydraulically adjust pre-load for optimal ride and control. The 49mm forks with dual bending valve suspension technology deliver linear damping characteristics for a smooth ride. Reflex™ linked Brembo® brakes with ABS are a standard feature on each Touring model.

Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements by Harley-Davidson, an option for all Touring models, will assist the rider in maintaining the rider’s intended path through a curve. The option package provides the following enhancements: Electronically Linked Brakes, Cornering-ABS, Cornering-Traction Control with standard and rain mode, Drag Torque Slip Control, Vehicle Hold Control, and Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPMS).

For 2022 these Grand American Touring models feature new paint color options.

  • Electra Glide® Standard model: Everything needed for a lifetime of cross-country adventure with potential for customization. An attainable choice for purists looking to disconnect and enjoy the ride. Powered by Milwaukee-Eight® 107 engine.
  • Road King® model: A stripped-down highway legend with neo-classic chrome styling and modern touring performance. Powered by Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine.
  • Street Glide® model: The original hot-rod bagger for riders seeking a slammed, custom look with high style in town and the ability to cover highway miles in comfort. Features a Boom!™ Box 4.3 infotainment system. Powered by Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine.
  • Road Glide® model: A benchmark for long-distance touring bikes. Ride mile after mile with ease behind the frame-mounted, aerodynamic shark nose fairing equipped with dual Daymaker® LED headlamps. Features a Boom!™ Box 4.3 infotainment system. Powered by Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine.
  • Road King® Special model: A custom bagger with top-of-the-line power and a commanding presence for the rider seeking hot rod performance with iconic Harley-Davidson style. Features a Daymaker LED headlamp, Prodigy custom wheels and Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine.
  • Street Glide® Special model: The original slammed factory-custom bagger offers highway-shredding power and a choice of blacked-out or chrome finish. Features a Daymaker LED headlamp, Boom!™ Box GTS infotainment system, Prodigy custom wheels and Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine.
  • Road Glide® Special model: The menacing visage of the frame-mounted, aerodynamic shark nose fairing sets the tone for this performance bagger offered with a blacked-out or chrome finish. Features include dual Daymaker LED headlamps, Boom!™ Box GTS infotainment system, Prodigy custom wheels and Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine.
  • Ultra Limited model: For the rider seeking a premium, fully-loaded touring experience with zero compromises. Features include Tour-Pak® luggage carrier, Boom!™ Box GTS infotainment system, heated hand grips, cruise control, Daymaker LED lighting, Slicer II custom wheels and Twin Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine.
  • Road Glide® Limited model: A masterful touring machine built to cover mile after mile with gear and a passenger. Features include a frame-mounted, aerodynamic shark nose fairing with dual Daymaker LED headlamps, Tour-Pak® luggage carrier, Boom!™ Box GTS infotainment system, heated hand grips, cruise control, Slicer II custom wheels and Twin Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine.

TRIKE CATEGORY

Harley-Davidson Trike models offer veteran riders and new riders alike the confidence boost of three-wheels, plus ample and handy storage for road trips. Riders can count on the performance of a chassis engineered by Harley-Davidson as a trike from the wheels up.

  • Freewheeler® model: This cruiser-inspired trike offers hot-rod attitude on three wheels with mini ape hanger handlebar, bobtail fenders, chrome Hiawatha headlamp, Enforcer wheels and slash cut pipes, standard Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements by Harley-Davidson and the Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine. New for 2022 is a Chrome and Gloss Black tank medallion in a classic “V” shape. A new optional two-tone paint scheme in Midnight Crimson/Vivid Black is applied to the front and rear fenders and the fuel tank.
  • Tri Glide® Ultra model: A long-haul American touring trike designed to go the distance with comfort, torque and style. Features include Tomahawk™ custom wheels, premium Boom!™ Box GTS infotainment system, trunk and King Tour-Pak luggage carrier, Daymaker LED headlamp,  standard Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements by Harley-Davidson and Twin Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine. New for 2022 is an intricate Cloisonné tank medallion in Chrome with Black and Red glass fill, and optional two-tone paint schemes in Midnight Crimson/Vivid Black or Gauntlet Gray Metallic/Vivid Black, each with a dual pinstripe.

About Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Our vision: Building our legend and leading our industry through innovation, evolution and emotion. Our mission: More than building machines, we stand for the timeless pursuit of adventure. Freedom for the soul. Since 1903, Harley-Davidson has defined motorcycle culture with an expanding range of leading-edge, distinctive and customizable motorcycles in addition to riding experiences and exceptional motorcycle accessories, riding gear and apparel. Harley-Davidson Financial Services provides financing, insurance and other programs to help get Harley-Davidson riders on the road. Learn more at www.harley-davidson.com.

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The V-Twin Blog’s Top 10 Most Viewed Posts of 2021

Happy New Year Everyone!

2021 was another rollercoaster of a year. Things got back to “normal” somewhat, the big rallies (Daytona and Sturgis) got bumps in attendance over 2020.

The global supply chain shortage created some interesting challenges for buying new motorcycles and helped create a seller’s market for used motorcycles.

I don’t want to go too crazy and say that 2022 will be the year of the comeback but….2022 IS THE YEAR OF THE COMEBACK!!!

So, what’s in store for The V-Twin Blog (VTB) in 2022?

  • More custom content and editorial posts
  • More collaboration with some of my fellow content creators RidingFish and Indian Rider Radio
  • Way more video content over at our YouTube channel
  • More community driven content, working with motorcycle chapters and spotlighting them
  • More guest posts, the few that we did in 2021 were a tremendous success
  • And maybe, just maybe, a new motorcycle!!! (See note about supply chain shortage)

So, as we leave 2021 behind like a driver in a minivan on a mobile phone, let’s look at the top ten most viewed posts on the VTB for 2021!

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#8

#7

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#5

#4

#3

#2

For the second year in a row…

#1

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Christmas Arrives Early with More Acts Added to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Lineup

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, will be a Great Day to Be Alive with country superstar Travis Tritt and Aaron Lewis and the Stateliners taking the Wolfman Jack Stage at the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling

Sturgis, S.D. (December 21, 2021): Not one to miss out on a Christmas surprise, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip is gifting country music fans everywhere with news of two colossal, boot-stomping-good-time performances joining its festival lineup on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. The epitome of the ‘90s country superstardom, and Class of ’89 Big 4 country artist Travis Tritt, will join country-rock icon Aaron Lewis to bring the “Country Club” to 82nd Sturgis Rally attendees. See the video announcement at BuffaloChip.com/BANDS.

“There’s no better way to bring a Christmas smile to our Chip family than with the gift of a band announcement!” said Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Two takes on country music, one night. It’s going to be a party to remember.” 

Travis Tritt

Aug. 10

Multi-platinum-selling country icon Travis Tritt will take the Wolfman Jack Stage on Wednesday, Aug. 10, delivering decades worth of hits like “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive,” “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” “Modern Day Bonnie & Clyde,” “Here’s a Quarter” as well as tracks from his new album “Set in Stone.” Tritt rose to stardom as one of “The Class of ‘89” alongside country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson, all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s. Tritt has amassed more than 30 million album sales, two Grammys and three CMA awards throughout his three-decade career. 

Aaron Lewis and The Stateliners

Aug. 10

Rocker-turned-outlaw-country artist Aaron Lewis makes his return to the Best Party Anywhere on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Along with backing band The Stateliners, Lewis will fill the sweet August air with hits like “Country Boy,” “Northern Redneck” and “Am I the Only One” ahead of that night’s headlining performance from Travis Tritt.

Travis Tritt and Aaron Lewis and The Stateliners join a stacked 2022 Best Party Anywhere lineup featuring top names like Snoop Dogg and Buckcherry. More announcements are coming soon.

Performances from world-class entertainers are just part of what the Sturgis Buffalo Chip has in store again for 2022. Guests will have the opportunity to experience thrilling events, including legendary rides, powerful freedom celebrations, top-tier bike shows, heart-pounding stunts, white-knuckle racing, worthwhile charity events and so much more. All events are outdoors in an open environment for the safest experience possible. Entertainment is free with camping. A full list of Sturgis Buffalo Chip events is available at BuffaloChip.com/EVENTS. The Buffalo Chip is home to the Sturgis Rally Information Center™ and is the official sponsor of the free Sturgis.com Official Sturgis Rally Registration Program.

About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Presented by GEICO Motorcycle

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the award-winning leader in music and motorcycle lifestyle experiences. Hailed as The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling® and The Best Party Anywhere®, it has been the epicenter of the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally since its establishment in 1981. Every August, the Buffalo Chip brings together the world’s largest gathering of music and motorcycle fans, with visitors from all 50 states and over 20 countries. It remains one of the world’s most televised and longest-running independent music festivals. The Chip advances the Sturgis Rally by being home to the Sturgis Rally Information Center™ and the official sponsor of the Sturgis.com Official Sturgis Rally Registration Program. More details are available at BuffaloChip.com

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CUSTOM LIVEWIRE ONE™ MOTORCYCLES DEBUT AT AUTOPIA 2099 IN LOS ANGELES

Reimagined Electric Motorcycles Launch the Future of Customization

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 9, 2021) – The customization potential of the LiveWire One™ electric motorcycle was on full display on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Autopia 2099, a new and dedicated EV event held at Optimist Studios in Los Angeles designed to showcase electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and other mobility solutions. The event featured more than 80 vehicles, from home-built and conversion EVs to brand new cars and trucks, plus a display of what the event organizers called retrofuturism. Two custom motorcycle builders, SMCO and Earle Motors, presented the first fully customized LiveWire One motorcycles, both of which originated in Los Angeles, a city rapidly becoming LiveWire’s most successful market. 

“The custom bikes showcased at Autopia make a big statement on behalf of LiveWire,” said Ryan Morrissey, Chief Electric Vehicle Officer. “Personalization has always been an element of motorcycle culture, and this weekend SMCO and Earle Motors demonstrated the customization potential of LiveWire One. These custom bikes and components are early indicators of our intent to incorporate limited edition builds and accessories into the digital bike builder on LiveWire.com.”

SMCO: LiveWire One Hooligan Racer

Brothers Aaron and Shaun Guardado started racing as young teenagers, first in shifter karts and then in high performance import cars before they turned their attention to motorcycles. They founded SMCO in 2010 to sell branded T-shirts and started building custom competition motorcycles in their Long Beach, Calif., shop to back up the brand and feed their appetite for racing and performance. Now in their mid-30s, the brothers have built serious Harley-Davidson flat trackers and performance bikes for hooligan racing, and even converted a pair of Harley-Davidson® Street Rod® motorcycles into snow bikes for a winter hill climb at the ESPN X Games.

“When we got our hands on the LiveWire One, we immediately wanted to race it,” said Aaron Guardado. 

This past July, Shaun and Aaron entered a pair of LiveWire One bikes in the Roland Sands Super Hooligan Championship at the Laguna Seca race course in California. The series is open to almost any motorcycle, and for the event the bikes were stripped of lighting but were otherwise stock.

“The bikes are so fast and so much fun to ride, but we wanted to find ways to improve on that performance,” said Aaron. “We started by reducing rotating mass with a set of carbon fiber wheels from BST. Then we removed all the stock bodywork and used it to make molds for our own lightweight carbon fiber body pieces. We also designed our own rear-set foot controls to put us in a more-aggressive posture for road racing the bike.”

The SMCO race-prepped LiveWire One bikes were displayed this past weekend at Autopia in the unpainted carbon bodywork.

“This project really pushed us into some new technology,” said Aaron. “We learned to use CAD and a 3D printer to create the rear sets, for example.”

All of the carbon bodywork created by the Guardado brothers uses the stock mounting points on a LiveWire One, and if there’s interest from other owners, the parts may show up for sale in the future.

Earle Motors: E/MULHOLLAND CUSTOM

When designer Alex Earle needs to unwind, he often does it on his LiveWire One electric motorcycle.

“I’ve spent a lot of time riding off road, but I discovered the LiveWire One was the perfect stress-relief street ride,” said Earle, who teaches powersports design at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. “I live near the base of Mulholland Drive, a famous and very curvy road winding from Los Angeles up into the mountains. On weekends it’s nuts with cars and bikes, but on an evening during the week nobody is there. It’s like my private road. Unlike an internal combustion bike, the LiveWire One is quiet, and smooth, and cool. I can make a run up Mulholland, or Decker Canyon Road, stop at Old Place or the Rock Store. It’s a great escape.”

Earle Motors is more of an outlet for Earle’s creativity than it is a business, and he turned that creative design bent on his LiveWire One, in a very dramatic way.

“Initially this bike was intimidating, because it’s electric,” said Earle. “There’s no exhaust, for example, which is always an easy starting point for customization. And no fuel tank. I had two goals in mind – to consolidate the design and adjust the ergonomics for my own comfort. I want it to fit like a tailored suit.”

Earle replaced most of the bodywork with pieces of his own design, created in composite on a 3D printer, except for the “fuel tank” in front of the seat, which covers tightly packed electronics that can’t be reshaped. He removed the rear fender and lighting, and replaced the tail section with one he formed of welded steel.

“I painted the electronics cover, which looks like a fuel tank, in Synthetic Haze, a gray-to-blue fade developed during World War II to help airplanes appear less visible in the sky, which lowers the profile of the entire bike,” said Earle. “I filled in the space below that cover with a new finned piece that wraps around in front of the seat. The fins are the same shape as those on the battery case in the center of the bike.”

The part Earle removed incorporates air scoops to cool electronic components, and to replace that cooling capacity he created hollow galleries within the fins in which coolant might circulate. Two small hoses on the show bike would carry that coolant to a finned heat exchanger located between the forks. To create this part, Earle made detailed drawings, and had the entire motorcycle digitally scanned by Mimic 3D. His drawing and the scan was handed off to PROTOTYP3, a firm founded by two of his former students, who recreated it in CAD and then made the part in one piece with a 3D printer.

“It was amazing that when I got the part the holes lined up perfectly with the mounting points on the bike.” said Earle. “Right now, this is an idea, not a functional feature. I have no way of testing it, but I designed it so that I think it could be functional. The next step would be to 3D print it in aluminum.”

The lower bodywork behind the front wheel is shaped to be an air curtain to smooth flow around the battery case. Its bright orange color is meant to draw the eye down and lower the perceived profile of the bike. Earle removed the stock headlamp and its nacelle to fit three LED lights. 

“The new tail section and a custom motard-style seat I designed raise the seat height several inches, which is perfect for my six-foot three-inch frame,” said Earle. “Saddlemen covered the seat in black leather, and it looks great. I also installed a chrome handlebar that’s lower than stock, chrome because it doesn’t get scuffed up when I transport the bike.”

A final custom detail can be found on a logo Earle created for a new charging port cover, which combines the number 23 – which he has always used on his competition-style customs – with an elk antler design that’s also used by the Old Place on Mulholland.

“Some of the inspiration for this project comes from my students, who show up in class with these computers they have built themselves, and they are liquid cooled,” said Earle. “People have been hot rodding motorcycles the same way for 70 years, but how will that happen in the future, when bikes are electric? How will this generation customize a bike? They can 3D print their own parts. They could liquid cool the electronics. I’m hoping this project gets on Instagram and some 17-year-old in Portugal sees it and gets a spark of inspiration. That will be the future of customization.”

About LiveWire

More than a motorcycle, LiveWire plans to redefine electric. Drawing on its DNA as an agile disruptor from the lineage of Harley-Davidson, capitalizing on a decade of learnings in the EV sector and the heritage of the most desirable motorcycle brand in the world. With an initial focus on the urban market, LiveWire will pioneer the electric motorcycle space, and beyond. With a dedicated focus on EV, LiveWire plans to develop the technology of the future and to invest in the capabilities needed to lead the transformation of motorcycling. LiveWire expects to benefit from Harley-Davidson’s engineering expertise, manufacturing footprint, supply chain infrastructure, and global logistics capabilities. Innovating by design and attracting industry-leading talent, LiveWire will be headquartered virtually, with initial hubs in Silicon Valley, CA (LiveWire Labs) and Milwaukee, WI.