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Avon Tyres Introduces New Wide 21” Cobra Whitewall Tire.

Avon-21-InchWhiteWallAvon Tyres now offers the highly sought after wide 21-inch Cobra in a whitewall. Master builders, dealers and consumers who have long awaited a premium whitewall for custom bikes can now choose the popular Cobra tire in a 120/70-21 size with a full 15-mm whitewall.

“We’ve received countless requests for a custom bike tire in this size in a whitewall,” stated Ken Warner, VP of Marketing, Avon Tyres. “A wide 21-inch wheel is often the custom fitment of choice, but until now there’s been little to choose from when it comes to a high-end option in a whitewall. We’re dedicated to improving our product offering to meet customer needs, and this new Cobra whitewall is the next step in that process.”

The ultra-quiet Cobra incorporates sport tire technology for nimble handling, incredible stability and long life. Its special construction and aggressive tread pattern deliver great handling in a variety of conditions, along with great performance and style. There are now nine whitewall sizes available including the new 120/70-21. For more information, visit Avon Cobra Tires.

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2014 Sturgis Rally. The Year The Buffalo Chip Hosted A Record Number Of Events and Entertainers

Aerial-amphitheater2014The 2014 Sturgis Buffalo Chip®, Motorcycle and Music Festival has throttled down, and riders are leaving with both a trove of memories and reservations for the 75th anniversary Rally in 2015. The nine days and nights of world-class concerts most certainly topped guests’ favorites list, but the Chip offered more exciting events, thrilling activities and breathtaking rides than any other rally venue and presented difficult choices for patrons each day. Motorcyclists from more than 18 countries and all 50 states chose the Sturgis Buffalo Chip as their home away from home and film crews from as far away as Russia, Japan and China arrived to record Chip events.

Some of the biggest names in the music industry, such as Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Collective Soul, Florida Georgia Line Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top, exploded onto the main stage, filling the natural amphitheater with heavy metal, cross-over country, blistering blues, glam rock, rockabilly, and alternative rock. The audience was left high with excitement long after the concerts echoed over the din of thousands of motorcycles. “Every performance on the main stage this year was outstanding,” says Sturgis Buffalo Chip President, Rod Woodruff. “The line-up this year offered tremendous talent, intense energy, incredible staging and some of the best music anywhere. The audiences were totally captivated.”

Jesse Watters, star of the popular O’Reilly Factor segment, Watter’s World, spent Tuesday, Aug. 5 filming at the Buffalo Chip and interviewing campers. Watters fired a 50-caliber machine gun at Guns of Freedom exhibition, rode in a TORC truck at the Buffalo Chip PowerSports Complex, signed autographs and posed for photos with numerous campers throughout the day. The segment will air on FOX News as part of the O’Reilly Factor on Monday, Aug. 18 with a possible second segment airing on Monday, Aug. 25. Continue reading ’2014 Sturgis Rally. The Year The Buffalo Chip Hosted A Record Number Of Events and Entertainers’

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Double Down Exhaust Slip-Ons for Harley Touring Models

Firebrand1Customizing your exhaust system…

You bought your dream bike.  You installed the perfect custom pipes. It was yours. All yours. Just for you.  And then you saw it.  The same bike in the same color with the same pipes.  And suddenly, it wasn’t quite as special anymore.

So, after many months of design and development, for a brand new look, Firebrand launches this unique design Double Down Slip-Ons for Harley touring models

Firebrand2The Double Down Slip Ons feature 1 ¾” tail pipes covered by 2 ¼” heat shields, leading into 2 ½” muffler bodies.   Tucked neatly under your saddlebags are four mufflers featuring the proprietary Quadradical end treatment.  Combined with Twincore baffle technology, developed specifically for this product, the Double Downs promise to deliver a deep muscular sound and optimum performance. Continue reading ‘Double Down Exhaust Slip-Ons for Harley Touring Models’

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Postcards From 74th Sturgis Rally (Part 3)

All photography copyright Horst Roesler and Cyril Huze

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-news74th Sturgis Rally. Felony Drug Arrests Up. Money Seized Up. Fatalities Down. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says it made 244 DUI arrests during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. 252 people were arrested for misdemeanor drug offenses and 90 for felony drug offenses. Authorities seized more than $25,000 in cash during the annual event. The Patrol says a total of DUI arrests were down compared to the rally in 2013, but the amount of money seized almost doubled from last year. The Department of Public Safety says 68 crashes that resulted in injuries, four of them fatal, were reported during the week. The number of fatalities is down by 2 compared to 2013.

U.S. Safety Regulators Investigating Reports Of Fires In Can-Am Spyder Three-Wheeled Motorcycles. The probe covers about 52,000 motorcycles made by Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. of Canada from the 2008 through 2014 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the 3 recent fires with no injury appear to be unrelated to three previous recalls of the motorcycles. The three recalls happened in 2012 and 2013, and all involved the risk of fires. Last year, the company recalled about 8,200 Spyders because brake fluid leaks could cause fires. In 2012 it recalled about 34,000 because fuel vapors could leak due to an ill-fitting gas cap. It also recalled 9,600 because fuel vapors could exit a vent hose in the engine compartment.

Willie G. Davidson to be Honored As Legend At AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends are existing members of the Hall of Fame whose lifetime accomplishments are showcased as part of the annual induction ceremony of new Hall of Famers. “Few motorcycle designers have contributed more to the modern motorcycle landscape than Willie G. Davidson,” said Ken Ford, a member of the Hall of Fame executive committee and treasurer of the AMA board of directors. “Willie G.’s name is synonymous with style, freedom and the American-made motorcycle. We’re very excited to recognize him as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend at this year’s induction ceremony.” Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’

VP Racing FVP Fuels® Appoints Industry Veteran Chris Wall As Chief Marketing Officer.

ChrisWallChris Wall will be responsible for developing and executing a long-term cohesive international strategic marketing plan that encompasses all VP divisions, including Race Fuel, Consumer Products, Retail Branding and Specialty Chemicals.

“Given the growth of the company in size and complexity, there’s a need for a senior-level leader to energize our strategic marketing plan over the long term,” said Cerwick.  “With his extensive industry experience and wide-ranging network of contacts, we’re confident in Chris’ ability to lead VP’s marketing team to new levels of creativity and market strategy.”

Wall arrives at VP Racing Fuels from Pirelli Tires where he headed the marketing department for the motorcycle division for over a decade. Prior to Pirelli, Wall held key positions in advertising and public relations at Porsche Cars North America and Yamaha Motor Corporation. Continue reading ‘VP Racing FVP Fuels® Appoints Industry Veteran Chris Wall As Chief Marketing Officer.’

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The SSR Harley Breakout. When A 2014 Harley CVO Is Not Exclusive Enough For You. .

SSR1SSR3SSR4SSR2The 2014 Harley-Davidson® CVO™ Breakout® motorcycle is a beautiful Softail® model that combines the power of the Twin Cam 110B™ engine with a high level of custom chrome-plated detailing and dazzling finish rarely offered on a production motorcycle. It is currently offered in a choice of 3 exclusive paint schemes for the price of $26,900. But guess what? Some for who money is not an issue complain to their Harley dealer that too many (?) can be seen in big rallies, that a Harley CVO (Custom Vehicle Operation) is still not as exclusive as they would like.

It doesn’t mean that high-end buyers are all rushing to the best independent pro-custom builders to order their own built-from-the-ground-up custom bike. They don’t want a show bike, they don’t care about their bike featured in magazines  or winning giant trophies in bike show competitions. They just want a genuine Harley-Davidson, its brand image, the reliability and of course the H-D warranty, but in a very individualized package to show the street who they are…

SSR5SSR6When Gilles Stiwinski, the young owner of official French Harley dealer “Milwaukee Twin” met a client asking him if he would customize a brand new CVO model, he wondered. Is there a niche market fulfilling this type of requests from clients who always have the money to satisfy all their wants? He shared his thoughts with long time friend and well-known pro-builder Betrand Dubet from Odyseey Motorcycles. Both concluded that the solution was not to try to restyle a brand new Harley CVO taken from the show floor by adding more chrome, badges and redoing already beautiful factory produced custom paint jobs. Result could be extremely tacky, the exact opposite of what true upscale clients wish, ultimate class without being too flashy. It’s the way the custom Harley SSR (for Super Sport Roadster) Harley Breakout was born, one of only ten that will ever being offered to a very exclusive clientele. Continue reading ‘The SSR Harley Breakout. When A 2014 Harley CVO Is Not Exclusive Enough For You. .’

Postcards From 74th Sturgis Rally (Part 2)

All photography copyright Horst Roesler and Cyril Huze.

Bonneville Salts Are Now A Lake. Speed Week Canceled.

bonneville0bonneville00bonneville1bonneville1bisHeavy rain on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday turned the Bonneville Salts into a lake. After postponing the tech inspection of the 530+ motorcycles transported from all over the world to attempt land speed records, the SCTA  was obliged to cancel the 2014 event. The right decision, but very sad news for all racers who worked so hard on their machines to participate to the 2014 Bonneville edition marking the 100th anniversary of racing on the Salt Flats. Hot Rods and cars will probably be in line at an extended “World Finals” in October, while motorcycles will have a chance to be back on the Salts at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials August 23rd to 28th. With nothing else to do many teams teams did photo shoots at the “beach” on the access road to the racing tracks. Motographer Horst Roesler is on location and did a few shots for me. The stunning beauty of Bonneville, even under water.


Harley-Davidson 10-Spoke Impeller Wheel Design For 2009-Later Harley-Davidson Touring Motorcycles

Impeller-Custom-WheelA polished and chromed version of the 10-spoke Harley-Davidson Original Equipment cast aluminum wheel, these custom Impeller wheels (P/N 43300338 17-inch Front, P/N 40900348 16-inch Rear; $649.95 each) maintain factory fit and stance Harley-Davidson Touring models.

Harley says that these wheels have undergone hundreds of hours of real-world testing to meet the highest standards of performance and durability. Installation requires the separate purchase of a model-specific Wheel Installation Kit, sprocket hardware and brake rotor-specific hardware. It may also require separate purchase of model-specific tires to fit the new wheels. (These wheels do not fit Trike and 2012-later CVO™ models)

Ness Big Shot 2 Fuel Tuner

bigshotInstalling a new exhaust or upgrading your bike air cleaner always requires a re-adjustment of your fuel system.

It used to be that you had to play with screws and jets to find the optimal fuel power curve.

Several systems are now available to let you add or subtract fuel from your bike fuel injection system. Arlen Ness proposes a a plug and play tuner that doesn’t require a computer or a dyno run and working and at the touch of a button. The system reads and gives you what are your bike exact fuel needs. Continue reading ‘Ness Big Shot 2 Fuel Tuner’

Challenger Collection Air Filter

vitydesign1vitydesign2vitydesign3From Vity Design, a young shop in Italy, the classic round K&N filter in a CNC machined grooved billet aluminum housing.

Will look good of both new or old-school type bikes. In chrome, polish, black, brass & copper finishes. Challenger Collection Air Filters.

Harley-Davidson Riding Glasses By Wiley X Frames. If You Need, RX Ready.

HDeyewear1They come in all possible designs and colors, lightweight, with shatterproof framesand lenses with UVA/UVB protection and promising that they will seal your eyes from anything the road or weather throws at you and that you will always keep a sharp vision even when riding above 70 mph… Well, true if you don’t need prescription glasses (hello, baby boomers…). This post to remind you that nearly all Harley-Davidson Performance Eyewear by Wiley X Frames can take Digital Single Vision prescription lenses. In the US only, they can be ordered through any stocking Harley-Davidson dealer. To get some HD riding glasses to fit your vision, just use this Downloadable Form.

Recap Of Historic Reveal Of All-New 2015 Indian Scout In Sturgis. A Night Of Stars Under The Stars…

Indian-MotorcycleBelow are highlights of the Indian Motorcycle® star-studded VIP party in Sturgis, SD last Saturday evening, August 2, at the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The event was centered on the historic unveiling of the new 2015 Indian® Scout®, the first truly new Indian Scout to be introduced in more than 70 years. Scout is widely recognized as one of the most innovative, nimble, versatile and perfectly balanced motorcycles of all-time, and the stars were aligned as celebrities, VIPs and journalists from around the world gathered to witness its historic relaunch. Starting at $10,999, the new Scout is destined to appeal to riders of virtually every size and experience level who desire the perfect balance of style, maneuverability, power and price.

Hear in the video below, Industrial Design Director Greg Brew and Rich Christoph, lead designer on the Scout, discuss how the storied history of Indian Scout models influenced the development of the new 2015 Scout.

Mike Wolfe, die-hard Indian Motorcycle enthusiast and host of “American Pickers” on HISTORY emceed the evening’s festivities. One of his first duties of the evening was the introduction of superstar guest Mark Wahlberg, a long-time fan of the Indian Motorcycle brand. Wahlberg, one of Hollywood’s leading actors and producers, talked with Wolfe about his passion for the brand before the shoulder-to-shoulder VIP crowd. Continue reading ‘Recap Of Historic Reveal Of All-New 2015 Indian Scout In Sturgis. A Night Of Stars Under The Stars…’

Bobber Fender For 16″ Wheel By TC Bros Choppers

Fender-TBCFender-TBCbisLooking for a strong Bobber rear fender? TCB Bros Choppers offers this made to last 6.25” wide spun steel fender Spun from heavy duty 13 GA (.090” thick) premium American steel. They feature flat sidewalls for easy mounting to struts or to attach a sissy bar. It fits perfectly a 16” wheel + tire. up to 140 mm.

Inside diameter is 27.5”. Inside width 6.25”. Works perfectly with vintage style 16” tire sizes such as 5.00×16, MT90-16, 5.10 x 16, etc. Also looks good on OEM style tires such as 130/90-16, 140/90-16, etc. Made in the USA. Great suggested retail price of $169.99. Order online at TCB Choppers or call on my behalf Tim at 419-265-9399

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc. Files Lawsuit Against Renegade Classics and Kent Mortimer

SMRI-1Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. (SMRI) announced the filing of a federal trademark infringement lawsuit in Georgia against Kent Mortimer, Renegade Classics and the owners of a Buford, Georgia Renegade Classics retail store to protect the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ trademarks. SMRi and its volunteer board are the non-profit stewards of the trademarks pertaining to the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™.

The complaint filed in federal court details Mortimer’s and Renegade Classics’ infringing use of the term “Sturgis Rally Week” on apparel products, which infringes on SMRi’s rights in the Sturgis Bike Week®, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally™ and Sturgis® trademarks.  By using “Sturgis Rally Week” without the license or permission of SMRi or its licensees, Mortimer, Renegade Classics and the Buford, Georgia storeowners confuse customers about the source of the products and deprive the City and the citizens of Sturgis of royalties due from officially licensed merchandise. Continue reading ‘Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc. Files Lawsuit Against Renegade Classics and Kent Mortimer’

Off-Road Championship At The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

TORC-truck-raceIn Sturgis for the weekend? There is flying dust, crashing ATV’s and Trucks, insane speed and colossal crashes at the new Buffalo Chip Powersports. Complex. Competitions include TORC, The Off Road Championship, the Nitro National Pro Hill Climb, AMA Extreme Dirt Track ATV Races as well as the Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pulls. “The races at the Buffalo Chip PowerSports Complex will be a spectacle so extreme it will floor even the most diehard speed freaks and adrenaline junkies,” says Sturgis Buffalo Chip President, Rod Woodruff. “We couldn’t be more proud to offer this amazing lineup of motorsports events to the public.” Thursday, Aug. 7 – Nitro National Pro Hill Climb. Friday, Aug. 8 – Nitro National Pro Hill Climb/Extreme Dirt Track ATV Races. Saturday, Aug. 9 – Extreme Dirt Track ATV Races

Postcards From 74th Sturgis Rally (Part 1)

All photography copyright Horst Roesler, Onno Wieringa, Cyril Huze.


Warlord Saddlebag Trays for the 2014 HD Rushmore Touring Saddlebags.

tray1Already available for Harley Tourers from 1993 to 2013, First Shot Cycle Parts extends its lineup of hard bag organizer trays to the 2014 Rushmore models. Unlike some others, this one covers the full length and width of your saddlebag and dividers are removable.

tray2They are made of ABS plastic and the mounts (use existing screws and saddlebag connectors) are polished stainless steel. Of course, will not work with bags fitted with speaker lids.

Pricing is now $49.99 for a single side and $89.99 for a full set for right & left bags. Taking orders for August 4th shipping.

Order at First Shot Cycle Parts.

In Sturgis Hamsters USA Raises $253,330 For Special Kids At LifeScape Children’s Care in Rapid City, South Dakota

Hamsters-USA-2014Proving again that bikers have big hearts for kids, the international motorcycle group Hamsters USA raised $253,330 for LifeScape Children’s Care of Rapid City in fundraising events this year, culminating with their annual gathering in Spearfish during the Sturgis Rally on Monday, August 4th. Funds raised will provide physical, occupational, and speech therapies, plus psychological services, to children in Western South Dakota–plus parts of Wyoming–through LifeScape Children’s Care of Rapid City.

Hamsters USA has raised and donated funds at their annual meeting for the last ten years, wanting to give back to the greater Black Hills community, which many Hamsters consider their second home. Their gifts help provide services to children in their Black Hills area homes and communities, delivered by LifeScape Children’s Care personnel who drive over 10,000 miles a month to provide services.

Dan Roche honored with 9th annual Chrome Heart Award

Hamster member Dan Roche received the Chrome Heart Award, presented by LifeScape Children’s Care to honor individuals in the motorcycle world “whose philanthropic support and civic duty represents everything positive in the industry and sport of motorcycling.” Dan’s friends, Donnie Smith, Paul Yaffe, and Grady Pfeiffer accepted the award on his behalf. Dan Roche, the owner of NC Machine and Tool in Winnipeg, Canada, has been serving customers worldwide from his family-owned business since 1977. One of Manitoba’s elite custom motorcycle builders, he is a longtime supporter of the Breast Cancer Pledge Ride supporting CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. Roche was selected for the 2014 Chrome Heart Award for both his commitment to raising money for cancer research and education and his commitment to making sure the children in the Black Hills area get the healthcare, therapies, and attention they need to be successful. Continue reading ‘In Sturgis Hamsters USA Raises $253,330 For Special Kids At LifeScape Children’s Care in Rapid City, South Dakota’

Sturgis Rat’s Hole Show Is August 7th

ratsholeshow-trophyFor its 26th Annual Sturgis edition, the Rat’s Hole Show is setup at the Crossroads of the Buffalo Chip. The competition on Thursday August 7th includes 16 different bike classes.

The Best Of Show, in addition to the big trophy he will receive, will have the bike printed on thousands of draft beer mugs and on the cover of the cover of a special edition “Rat’s Hole Show” catalog distributed next year to celebrate the Sturgis Rally 75th Anniversary.

Registration to the bike show is till 10 AM on Thursday August 7th, or now at the Rats Hole trailer currently at the Buffalo Chip Crossroads or online at Rat’s Hole Show.

Arlen Ness’s Brother Killed In Motorcycle Accident

Kevin-NessKevin J. Ness, brother of Arlen Ness, who was critically injured in a multi-vehicle crash on July 30 has died. 59-year-old Kevin J. Ness,, was thrown from his black 2008 Victory Vision motorcycle after his bike was struck by a vehicle. the driver of a silver-blue 1989 Toyota Camry, driven by 62-year-old Harry D. Preston of Corning, California. Preston swerved to avoid a collision with a vehicle ahead that allegedly slowed for congested traffic. Preston failed to see the white 2007 PT Cruiser in the adjacent lane, driven by Robert K. Brackett of Ukiah, California, causing the two vehicles to collide. Brackett’s vehicle traveled into a nearby lane where it struck the motorcycle ridden by Kevin J. Ness. The Nevada Highway Patrol is encouraging witnesses or anyone with additional information about this accident to contact Trooper Doug Farris at (775) 689-4614 or regarding case number NHP-140702711. My sincere condolences to all the Ness family and all his friends.

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip Legends Ride Pays Off

LegendsRide000LegendsRide0000LegendsRide0Riders in the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’s signature Legends Ride® cheered Monday as Black Hills Special Olympics President, Jack Lynass, and Buffalo Chip President, Rod Woodruff, burned the note on a van purchased with Legends Ride donations. The van is used to transport Special Olympics athletes to events and training sessions. Some of the biggest names in television, film, music and motorcycling joined hundreds of riders from around the globe for the annual ride through the scenic Northern Black Hills that raises money for two local charities, Black Hills Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. After six consecutive sell-out years, the ride has raised more than $325,000 for charity.

LegendsRide00000LegendsRide7LegendsRide8The Legends Ride is a chance to meet and ride with some of the most well-known people in motorcycling,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip CEO. “But it was created primarily as a way to raise money for these very worthy charities. Burning the note on the van for Special Olympics should make every Legends Rider very proud. Everyone who has taken part and paid the rider fee helped to make this possible.”

LegendsRide6LegendsRide33Hundreds of Legends Riders gathered on Deadwood’s Main Street yesterday afternoon August 4th in Deadwood, SD to take part in the auction of the 2014 Buffalo Chip Student Build Challenge™ bike. The bike  a fully customized 2014 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide built by Sturgis Brown High School students under the instruction of industry veterans. The winning bid of $51,000 was accepted in support of the Legends Ride and its charities.

LegendsRide9LegendsRide4Frank Fritz, of History Channel’s “American Pickers,” was a fan favorites at the ride today. Members of the Zac Brown Band attended, signing autographs and riding new Victory motorcycles on the ride. Kristy Swanson, David Uhl, R. Lee “Gunny” Ermey, John Shope, Cory and Zach Ness; and Olympic bronze medalist, Lloyd Eisler, also joined the ride. The ride departed from Deadwood’s Main Street at 2:30 p.m. and led participants through the most scenic areas of the fabled Black Hills. The ride culminated at the Buffalo Chip with a private catered reception and pre-concert party. Continue reading ‘The Sturgis Buffalo Chip Legends Ride Pays Off’

Sturgis Museum & Hall Of Fame Hires Tigra Tsujikawa As Marketing & Development Director

MuseumBirdEyeHiRes-copy-2The Sturgis Museum & Hall Of Fame board of directors is proud to announce the appointment of industry veteran Tigra Tsujikawa as Marketing & Development Director. Just in time for the annual motorcycle rally in the Black Hills, the hiring of Tsujikawa is part of the museum’s stated mission to “honor the ride and build the legacy” of the Sturgis Rally.

“It is our goal to expand the operation into a world class facility and become a true destination,” says Executive Director Christine Paige Diers. “For the past decade we have offered visitors to the Black Hills a unique opportunity to not only visit the home of the largest motorcycle rally in the country but also learn about the people who helped create the sport and culture of motorcycling, and view our compelling collection of vintage motorcycles, artifacts and memorabilia. Hiring Tigra will help us bring this sense of history to even more people in the future.”

Tigra-Tsujikawa-Pic“It is this sense of history intertwined with motorcycling that is really compelling to me as a lifelong rider and student of the motorcycle industry,” adds Tsujikawa. Her career spans two decades and includes stints with the American Motorcyclist Association, Kawasaki and Fox Racing. During her time with the AMA, Tigra successfully managed the Vintage Motorcycle Days, AMA Hall Of Fame induction ceremonies and the last two International Women & Motorcycling Conferences, making her uniquely qualified to help forward the museum’s expansion plan. “I love riding and feel the happiest on two wheels or meeting other riders,” she says with a smile. “I also try to bring new people into the world of riding and the museum is a great portal for people who are interested in motorcycling.” Continue reading ‘Sturgis Museum & Hall Of Fame Hires Tigra Tsujikawa As Marketing & Development Director’

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