2012 Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge! A 3rd edition is set to start from Las Vegas August 5th and end 7 days later in Irving, New York, a less than 6000 mile ride. Rules are not set in stone and a press release from Hoka Hey is mentioning that the organization is still encouraging new ideas and suggestions and is looking for registrations. Contrary to last year and to what was formally announced, for this new edition, participants may ride any American brands: Harley-Davidson, Victory and Indian motorcycles. Restriction to only Harley riders has been removed because Harley-Davidson factory declined to be a sponsor.
This year the ride is much shorter, and the rules to be eligible for prizes are again very fuzzy. For example, the organization states that you must arrive at the finish line within the allotted time (which one?) not too soon (not before when?) and be able to certify you did not receive a moving violation along the way (no more GPS tracking and lie detector tests after arrival.) Jim & Beth Durham promise that the winner’s purse will be split equally among the contenders (how many?) who arrive during the window of time (which one?). The new twist is that the purse will be based on the entry fees received (how contenders know for sure about this?) without mentioning how much of the entry fees will go to awards. I remind you that no money (or even the prize motorcycle offered by Harley-Davidson) was awarded in 2011. Well, as the organizers Jim and Beth Durham proudly declare “In 2012 we are offering you a Challenge and we intend to deliver…” And for 2012, Hoka Hey has a quite funny new slogan “Anything else is just a race” (meaning their 2010 and 2011 editions?)
Valerie Thompson Gains Entry Into The ‘Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club’. She rode her production BMW S1000R at Speed of 209.5 MPH over the new 1.5-mile course on in Mojave California. Her Teammate Bob Sellers recorded a top speed of 219.5 mph on his Suzuki Hayabusa. Thompson is owner/driver of the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing Motorcycle Team. She currently holds 2 land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats. In addition to land speed racing, Thompson has competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association & National Hot Rod Association series. Thompson was recently selected to test pilot the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger designed to eclipse the 512 mph land speed record set by Kitty O’Neil in 1976. If successful, Thompson will become the “World’s Fastest Female.”
Motorcycle Industry Develops E-Cycle Range Protocol. The Motorcycle Industry Council (NIC) continues to extend its support to the growing electric vehicle market by adding “Highway” range test procedures to the previously adopted MIC recommended practice for determining the “City” riding range for electric highway motorcycles. Additionally, the MIC received agreement from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Motorcycle Technical Steering Committee to consider an SAE standard protocol for electric motorcycle range, based on MIC’s recommended practice. The new MIC recommended practice adds a “Highway Commuting” range test procedure and two constant speed tests that could be used to supplement the previously developed MIC “City” Riding Range Test Procedure for stop-and-go operation, published in March 2011. The “Highway Commuting Range” for electric motorcycles with a top speed of at least 55 mph is based on “50% stop-and-go” (city riding) and “50% constant speed” operation. For vehicles capable of maintaining a constant speed of 55 mph for 10 minutes, both a City Range value and Highway Commuting Range value will be reported. Reporting of range values for the constant speed tests is optional.
City Of Sturgis Leasing For the 1st Time Rally Vendor Space At Soccer Fields. The Sturgis soccer fields that local residents consider the only safe place left for kids during the rally is for the 1st time offered for rent to vendors. Sturgis city manager Daniel Ainslie justifies this decision by the fact that the the city needs more income or will have to make severe cuts in its 2013 budget. Most residents are concerned by such a decision and the installation of an additional stop sign at Lion’s Club Park. The sign is needed to allow easier access to the city’s soccer fields.
Sturgis Chamber Of Commerce Honors Hot Leathers. The Chamber awarded Hot Leathers with its Community Pride Award, which is bestowed upon a business that works to present Sturgis as an attractive, well-rounded community through the physical appearance of its property, landscaping and restoration efforts. Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Weyer said, “Hot Leathers operates a year-round retail location in downtown Sturgis that is a cornerstone of our community’s revitalization efforts. It gives visitors with their first impression of the community and downtown area. Hot Leathers continually strives to be a model business. They most definitely lead by example, with renovation projects, store decorations and ongoing support of Sturgis.”