Motorcycle Views Newsletter

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Major Motorcycle Rallies for 2012

In the off season, many riders like to plan rides to various motorcycle rallies. I have just updated my motorcycle rally article and schedule for 2012 to assist you.

Motorcycle rallies (biker rallies) are simply gatherings of riders and motorcycles at specified times and places usually with attendant vendors, food, games, and other activities.

Motorcycle rallies or biker rallies may last from a day to more than a week. Some major motorcycle or biker rallies are built around organized professional motorcycle races.

Motorcycle rally attendance varied widely from a low of a couple of dozen riders or less to huge organized rallies with hundreds of thousands of riders.

My updated article, Motorcycle Rallies (Biker Rallies) - Major Rallies for Motorcycles, gives basic information about motorcycle rallies. The second page of this article contains my list of the top motorcycle rallies.

The picture shows me raising my arm after I parked my bike on Main Street at the 1993 Sturgis Rally. That was the year of the great Midwest floods.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Polar Bear Grand Tour to The Exchange in Rockaway, NJ

Check out pictures and videos of the 12th motorcycle run of the 2011-2012 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to The Exchange in Rockaway, NJ on January 29, 2012. A week before the Super Bowl and no snow in New Jersey.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Three Drifters on Canyon Roads

Here's a fun video featuring two professional motorcycle riders and a cop chasing them in a souped up Mustang. Check out the article by Adam Yamada-Hanff in torquenews.com and then sit back and enjoy three high-performance vehicles piloted by experts. By the way, don't try this at home. Read more and watch the video.

Motorcycle Pictures of the Week - Pete

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See a 1947 Indian Chief Custom owned by Pete's grandfather under Men on Motorcycles. There are no Bikes Only, Trikes Only, or Women on Motorcycles this week. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Polar Bear Grand Tour to Sir John's on January 22, 2012

Check out pictures and videos of the 10th motorcycle run of the 2011-2012 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to Sir John's in North Brunswick, NJ on January 22, 2012. It was cold, snowy, and icy.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Tam

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Tam's 1991 Harley-Davidson Sportster under Women on Motorcycles. There are no Bikes Only, Trikes Only, or Men on Motorcycles this week. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to the Wearhouse Grill on January 15, 2012

Check out pictures of the 9th motorcycle run of the 2011-2012 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to the Wearhouse Grill in Lake Hopatcong, NJ on January 15, 2012. It was the coldest run so far this season.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Polar Bear Grand Tour Run to De Thomasi's East 5 Points Inn on January 8, 2012

Check out pictures of the 8th motorcycle run of the 2011-2012 Polar Bear Grand Tour season to De Thomasi's East 5 Points Inn on January 8, 2012. Still no snow.

John Lehman, Trike Pioneer, Dies

John Lehman, founder of Lehman Trikes, has died. In 1984, John created the first modern trike so his wife, Linda, could carry one of their children. The vehicle received so much interest everywhere they traveled that Lehman Industries was born.

Here's an excerpt from the press release published in sturgismotorcyclerally.com:

"It is with great sadness that Lehman Trikes announces the untimely loss of John K. Lehman, Founder and Director. John passed away on Thursday, January 5, in Arizona. The suspected cause of death was heart failure brought on by an embolism. John was 60 years old. He is survived by his wife Linda, one son - Quinten, one daugher - Leann, three surviving sisters - Gladys, Linda, Carol and three grandchildren. John was one of the most recognized, admired and respected individuals in the motorcycling industry and is generally considered the Father of the Modern Trike. In 2009 John was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame." -- sturgismotorcyclerally.com
Read the complete article.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Motorcycle Picture of the Week - Heather

Here are my Pictures of the Week as displayed on the Motorcycle Views Website. These pictures are taken from the Moto Pic Gallery. See Heather's Yamaha IT 175 under Bikes Only. There are no Women on Motorcycles, Trikes Only, or Men on Motorcycles this week. We need more pictures of men and women with their motorcycles. Get your picture in. For details, see Motorcycle Pictures of the Week.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Paul Teutul Sr. to Appear on Thump's Celebrity Apprentice

Orange County Choppers (OCC) will again be in the limelight as founder, Paul Teutul Sr, appears on Donald Trump's Celebrity Appentice. This is a must see as far as I'm concerned. Whether you're a fan or not, this should make for interesting TV. Here's an article in motorcycle-usa.com by Bryan Harley that gives the details. Here's an excerpt:
"Senior’s business acumen will be put to the test as he gives up building motorcycles for a short stint to become one of 18 contestants who will be divided into groups to work as a team on different business-oriented challenges. In the case of 'Celebrity Apprentice,' contestants compete to raise money for their designated charities. Paul Teutul, Sr.’s charity-of-choice is the Make-A-Wish Foundation." -- Bryan Harley
Read the article.

Craig Vetter Wants to Save Gas

Almost every motorcyclist has heard of or used the Vetter windshield. Vetter is an accomplished designer. Now he's trying to promote the use of efficient streamlining on motorcycles to push the miles-per-gallon (MPG) much higher and thereby reduce gasoline consumption. Here's an article in montereycountyweekly.com by Randall Pierson that discusses how Craig is making this happen. Here's an excerpt:
"Like a lot of people, 69-year-old Craig Vetter begins his days at a local coffee shop just down the road from his house in Carmel Valley. It’s how he gets there that’s different. 
He drives there in a two-wheeled, yellow motorbike-type contraption clad in a pod of plastic and milk carton cardboard. It’s round at the front and pointed at the rear, like a two-tone comet. 
Since the mid-’60s this self-styled 'inventor, entrepreneur, patriot, husband, father and man of God' has applied the principles of aerodynamics to motorcycle design. He’s not trying to break speed records, and he’s not concerned with fashion and style. His goal is to decrease dependence on foreign oil." -- Randall Pierson
Read the article.