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Full Throttle Magazine August Issue 2021
Sturgis...Are We There Yet? Page 10-12
Who Would've Ever Thought? Page 14-15
Stages Explained Page 20-21
T a ble o f C on ten t Page 6-7: Historic Route 66 BikeNight
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Hey Full Throttle readers. Hope everyone is well and enjoying the summer months. Historic Route 66 Bike Nights have been in full swing, and we have been enjoying great turnouts. In case you’re one of the few who have never been, be sure to join us every Wednesday evening at Bobby’s Place in Valley Park for a great time. Besides great food, great drinks and the best-looking waitress staff in town, you’ll meet some awesome people there every week. So be sure and join us every Wednesday evening for Historic Route 66 Bike Night at Bobby’s Place in Valley Park. How many of you are going to Sturgis this year? The rally is just around the corner starting on August 6th and running through August 15th. The rally always brings an interesting crowd and proves to be an awesome time every year. Bikes from around the country and other countries as well gather for the largest Motorcycle Rally in the world. Sturgis is the one rally you have to attend. If you ride and you have never been to Sturgis, then you need to saddle up and make your way to this year’s rally. It is impossible to explain how awesome this event is. Hundreds of miles of hills, back roads and beautiful countryside to ride and take in the sights. Every town in South Dakota and neighboring towns in Wyoming open their streets to bikers from around the globe. This is truly an event that you will not forget. Sturgis is sightseeing at its best with places like Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Keystone, Deadwood, Devils Tower, Custer Park and so much more. Take a trip and enjoy the wonderful Black Hills of South Dakota, You’ll be more than glad you did. Finally, to remind everyone that Wednesday September 15th through Sunday September 19th is the largest Motorcycle Rally in the Midwest, Lake of the Ozark Bikefest. There are still some rooms available, and this rally shows off the great back roads and hills of Missouri and is a great place to ride. The lake area offers hundreds of bars, restaurants and hotels to make your stay a great time. The event has Vendor Villages, Concerts, Motorcycle Giveaways, and more place to eat and drink that you can’t possibly begin to visit them all. But hey, give it a try. Hope to see everyone at the 15th Annual Lake of the Ozark Bikefest. As always, my friends, ride safe and see you on the road with Full Throttle Magazine. Bob
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Sturgis is here once again. August 6-15th, 2021. Even though through the “Plannedemic” last year, the rally still went on and the same goes for this year and many years to come. And after three years of being away, Bob and I are heading back, and we couldn’t be more excited. We can’t wait to ride all those familiar roads, see old friends and just enjoy the countryside.
This year marked the 81st anniversary of the “Sturgis Motorcycle Rally”, the largest motorcycle rally in the world. It all began in a small town of Sturgis, SD in 1938. Now, you may say that the years don’t add up; 1938 to 2021 is 83 years. There were two years during World War II that the rally did not take place, due to gas rationing. (And if the current Administration keeps up it, we will be doing that again…..) In 1938 Clarence “Pappy” Hoel formed a small group called Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club. On August 14, he gathered about 9 racers to compete on Main Street in Sturgis for a two-day event. Within the next several years preceding this event, vendors started setting up and more and more people came out as spectators. By 1960 the attendance topped out at 800 people. By 1965 the rally was extended to five days; in 1970 the attendance was 2000; in 1975 the rally was extended to seven days. Year after year the rally has grown exponentially; people from all over the world gather for the rally to have a great time. In the year 2000 the rally saw its largest attendance reaching over 600,000 people. Due to the fact that people began to show up earlier and staying later, the rally extended to ten days. But nothing topped the charts like the 75th rally in 2015, which reached a staggering 1.8 million in attendance. The entire state of South Dakota’s population is only 853,125. This year’s rally more than doubled the population of the state. Closing it in a bit further; if you combine the cities and towns that are directly involved with the rally; Sturgis, Rapid City, Deadwood, Lead, Keystone, Hill City, Custer & Spearfish, it does not even add up to 100,000 population. This is mind blowing to think. That’s like taking ALL of St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County; men, women and children, adding another 100,000 people and having them all go up to South Dakota for the rally. It was crowded to say to least. Last year marked the 80th annual and had approximately 462,000 attendees. That number is still pretty good considering we were in the midst of a health crisis. All in all, it was a success and no reported uptick in COVID-19 cases. But any who, most motorcycle enthusiast simply refers to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as “Sturgis” it’s easy and simple to articulate and everyone knows what you are talking about. But what really goes on? Why do people keep going back year after year? Why do newbies want to take that adventurous trip? On top of the fantastic scenery, bike shows, concerts, motocross Page 10
Written By C. Blanton events, lot and lots of alcohol and the extremely unconventional entertainment; what make this rally tick? It’s exciting, it’s adrenaline rushing, it’s the big open sky, it’s nature, it’s the winding roads, it’s the racing to beat the rain storm that is vastly approaching, it’s the not knowing exactly where that rain storm is heading, it’s the crowd of crazy people, it’s the roaring of hundreds of thousands of motorcycles racing down every road, it’s the walking around and shopping, visiting every vendor, it’s the live music everywhere, it’s finding that perfect spot to park your bike after riding up and down the gauntlet on Main Street, it’s the planning for all whether conditions (except for snow, although one year it damn near got close), it’s making sure you go and visit FULL THROTTLE SALOON, it’s heading to the Buffalo Chip for an amazing concert from famous headlining acts, it’s going to visit Hewlett, Wyoming for the “No Panties Wednesday, Ham N’ Jam” festivities, it’s riding the Black Hills to take in the spectacles of Mount Rushmore , The Crazy Horse Monument, and Tatanka, it’s making sure you don’t get run down by a buffalo while you decide to stop to take a picture of one, it’s feeding the burrows on the side of the road in the wildlife loop of Custer State Park, it’s seeing those family vacationers who have no idea what “Sturgis” is and they look like a deer in headlights when they first see all the motorcycles, It’ the night time life when it gets a lot more crazy, it’s history, it’s the beauty, it’s everything. The rally spans from Wall, South Dakota to Hewlett, Wyoming and everywhere in between; Rapid City, Custer, Hill City, Keystone, Deadwood, Lead, Sturgis, and you can even find Nemo. So, you see, everything that I have described to you is what I’ve experienced; what I’ve felt. It might be different for you or your neighbor. Let me break it down a bit further for you newbies. The rally offers a guidebook that breaks it out into 3 zones: Sturgis Zone, Bear Butte Zone, and the Black Hills Zone. The Sturgis Zone is all of the activity in the actual town of Sturgis, 90 percent of the vendors are set up along Main St and Lazalle St. respectively. Both run about six or seven city blocks. This acts as the primary hub of the rally. Main Street is where no cars are allows and the “Gauntlet” is set up. It is the general gathering place to “shop ‘til you drop”, grab a cold beer at anyone of the many bars or taverns, or simply rest from a hard day of riding and enjoy the spectacles of the weird, wacky wonders of the rally. It’s a great place for people and bike watching. This zone also provides all the motocross and hill climb races. The Bear Butte Zone, just east of the city of Sturgis is where the rally holds its major concerts. www.FullThrottle-Magazine.com
The Buffalo Chip and Rockin' the Rally are the two main venues for the concerts. Performers at these concerts have included Tom Petty, Keith Urban and Kid Rock. This zone is also known for having rowdy campgrounds and for hosting entertainment shows close to where the campgrounds are so that attendees can consume alcohol but not have to ride their bikes to the shows. The Bear Butte zone hosts motorcycle and car drag races during the week as well. In addition to the concerts, many bikers come to the rally for the scenic rides, which are found in the Black Hills Zone. This area of South Dakota and Wyoming includes Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands and several monuments including the Crazy Horse Monument and Mount Rushmore. This area of the Sturgis rally is quieter and more secluded than the other two zones. Motorcycle hill climbs are also part of the rally, where bikers compete by racing their bikes up steep inclines. The rally also hosts the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, a favorite event among attendees. So, for bikers who are looking for more than just scenic rides, the Sturgis rally provides a full array of entertainment that could rival Las Vegas. Despite all the concerts, famous performers, bike shows and scenic rides, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is also well-known for its surrounding culture. Besides the bikes, the rally's party atmosphere is a huge part of the yearly gathering. The rally has its fair share of contests and pageants for women, which are not to be confused with the pageants most people might think of. Some unofficial events at the rally consist of women riding around showing off their bikes and their bodies. Partial nudity at the rally events and particularly at the campgrounds is not uncommon. Although some of the campsites near Sturgis are quiet and secluded, most are known for their parties. Downtown Sturgis remains strict with its laws about indecent exposure, but many attendees push the limits of the law throughout the week. Biker bars are also a big part of the rally culture. Most of them offer live music and a few even have burnout pits for some tire smoking fun. Some of the bars are large enough for bikers to ride their motorcycles into and most have various forms of entertainment, too. Almost all of the bars feature live music, and some, like the Full Throttle Saloon, have hosted professional performers like Lil Jon and Molly Hatchet, for instance. Although the Sturgis Rally atmosphere may not necessarily be suited for everyone, there are a wide range of people who attend the event. Doctors, lawyers, businessmen and women, hardcore bikers and those just looking for a good time are all drawn to the events and culture of Sturgis. The next time you what to take a ride on the wild side, mark your calendar for the first full week of August that precedes the first full weekend. That way you will always know when to start planning your Sturgis vacation year after year after year. “Hey…….is it Sturgis yet?” You know the drill!
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You ever see a dent on a bike and think how in the hell did that happen. It happens all the time. Dings and dents show no mercy they just happen! Last month a gentleman with a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail pulled up nose first to our Dent Squad shop in St. Louis. I noticed instantly a large dent on his front fender, it was located directly under his headlight although it was somewhat camouflaged under a black leather bag that evidently must have had something pretty stout at the time of accident. Instantly asking myself how in the world did this dent happen I went outside our all glass frontage building to meet Mick Sexton owner of this beautiful yet severely dented 2014 black Harley Davidson Softail front fender. The fender was still screaming from the pain it had been inflicted with a week prior. I wanted to hear what happened but always weary to hear about this wound. I felt I had to go into getting the story a little slow so I simply started off by asking “Well, spill the beans this is ugly” Mick, sighed and began telling his story. He picked up this great small bag that fitted nicely under the headlight, it’s nicely made of black leather and looks great positioned up front like he had it. “Yep looks great unless you put tools in it and hit a large pothole going over 50 mph while cruising the river roads near Grafton, IL then it becomes a nightmare” said Sexton. As he continued “I’m not even 100% sure it was a pothole, all I know is as soon as I hit the front end went down so far that I heard the dent happen, it felt like metal was giving away” Sexton said. At one moment he thought possibly his shocks gave out. A little later that afternoon is when he realized how bad this dent was. The leather bag that was holding tools assisted in hiding his damaged fender. Sexton says “I couldn’t believe it didn’t blow the tire, I’ve never hit anything so hard”. The leather bag was positioned at least 3”-4” from the top of the fender, Sexton explained, so when he hit this pothole it severely jolted the front end so quick he didn’t even realize the severity of it until later when he stopped. “In riding for over 50 years, I’m still amazed it didn’t cause more damage than what it did” said Sexton. As you can see in the pictures the damage went from one corner to the other corner of this fender and was deeply linked on both corners. We knew this wouldn’t be an easy repair but I like challenges. Mr Sexton left to go home, removed his fender as we asked and the next day arrived back to Dent Squad for repair. I spent a day just looking at and wondering how I will position this securely enough to get good leverage to really make a difference, hopefully saving this fender that has custom stripes from needing repainted. Could it happen? Could I achieve the bear impossible? Could Dent Squads methods of Paintless Dent Repair work or would it go down in history as a failed attempt? Well, let’s be honest Motorcycle Paintless Dent Repair is relatively still a very new yet growing trade. So to be honest I was very skeptical if this would be good or not. I had to figure out how to strap down this wide fender to the table simply because the fender is too wide for my stand to hold for proper leverage. So I strapped it down to my cushioned table top that I normally use for hoods, grabbed some wooden blocks, added every extension on an elbowed PDR Rod and went to work. I began by
heating metal up with a torch and using soft tips I began redesigning the curvature of the original fender then moved to both ends relatively quickly. At this point I set up a heat gun allowing me to have the metal at about 160 degrees as I began working the kinked corners. Unfortunately, the sound no PDR track wants to hear I heard. The sound of paint cracking. A skilled technician can not just hear it, we are able to feel it through the Rod we are pushing with. My hand felt it, my heart sank, it was taking such great form. I stopped and looked at just a small fracture I noticed. My excitement left knowing motorcycle paint is extremely fragile especially after the first crack. I can remember telling myself to back off and come back to it and as a seasoned tech as myself I’ve learned to listen. I backed off, went and completed a couple other repairs in the shop and returned later. Reheating the fender to achieve the surface temp where I am comfortable with. Instead of working the center I decided to start on the far inside of one of the more kinked edges as I applied more pressure I certainly noticed how locked up this metal was. It certainly didn’t feel like it was going to budge, but then I felt and saw it lift slowly. I kept repeating this method on both sides using a soft gel tip to prevent scratching the back side of the panel. I finally was getting it really moving and starting to really reforming nicely. So the next step is to change the tip to a more defined, yet more aggressive style tip. I continually kept applying heat to the fender with a new tool and tip in my hand. I made a couple soft pushes followed by a few more. The tank was really coming along nicely then BAM! The tool slipped leaving an outer crack in the clear. The fender was already chalked off by one of the local body men that Sexton is friends with, determining it could be repaired well this time the bodyman was right. However even though the finished product had a couple of cracks Sexton says he’s putting his bag back on and riding until he has to stop and have it painted. When asked about placing tools in that bag he instantly said “Nope, the only thing that will ever go in that bag is a small towel” as he laughed. Overall, Mr Sexton was happy with his repair overall I was not. I didn’t charge Sexton for this repair but I did save the fender from having to be replaced. This repair certainly wasn’t s perfect repair however, it did help the bike get back on the road again quickly and while it’s not perfect Sexton states “the imperfections will be hidden by the bag.” So no matter what your ding & dent desires are for your motorcycle or vehicles, possibly you should stop it by Dent Squad for a professional opinion. Dent Squad is located in St. Louis on Watson Rd. www.dentsquad.com www.FullThrottle-Magazine.com
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staying safe this riding season and enjoying these sunny days were getting into. Harley just released the new Sportster S, what your all’s thoughts on the bike? I’m pretty excited about it myself. The sportster has been around for a long time and some think it was ready for an overhaul and some don’t. stay tuned for a review on the new bike from us at St. Charles Harley Davidson. Anyways, the topic of this article is going to be on something I’ve been getting a lot of questions on at the dealership right now, so I just wanted to do a little write up on some info for everyone to clear things up a little. The topic is Stage kits. As a Harley owner were always looking to upgrade the sound, and speed of our bikes, and that exactly what the SE stage kits do. So, let’s get into it. If your anything like myself you’ve never said no to more horsepower or torque, and if you have, maybe you’re not riding a Harley Davidson. From the factory a Harley Davidson motorcycle comes ready for the owner to upgrade and get the most out of their new machine. One of the first things riders ask about is a new exhaust. A common phrase I hear around the dealership is, “I want it to sound like a Harley Davidson.” So, what all needs to happen to the bike for it to sound like a Harley. I can help customers achieve the sound they want but more goes into then just an easy set of slip on exhasut. The main focus of upgrading your motorcycle is to make the bike perform at its highest potential and that’s what the Screaming Eagle Stage kits help the bikes do. So were going to break it down, from stage 1 all the way to stage 4. Stage 1: Stage 1 is probably the most popular and it sets a solid foundation for the future stages if you choose to go further. Stage 1 includes, Exhaust, Intake and a good tune. The main focus of a Stage 1 is to move more fuel and air. By doing so, your bike will run better and get better gas mileage and help achieve the coveted Harley Davidson sound. The stage 1 upgrade is going to be ideal for the rider who is looking to upgrade the overall look and sound of their bike. For a stage 1 set up your options are endless when it comes to exhaust and intakes. The tuners are a different story though. If you still have factory warranty intact then we have to go with the screaming eagle pro street tuner, this allows the warranty to stay active. Stage 2: Stage 2 is a simple stage but for the new M8 platform it is the most impressive. All stage 2 does is adds a new cam to the engine. Harley offers two types of cams, torque cam and the power cam. The torque cam increases the performance of the bike up to 15%. It’s going to be a low to mid RPM cam which gives you a crisp and responsive throttle acceleration. The torque cam is
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ideal for riders who cruise and find the need to pass slower vehicles without having to downshift. The horsepower cam increases the performance of the bike up to 25% and is a mid to upper RPM cam. The horsepower cam delivers a nice amount of power for the adrenaline seeker. Stage 3: Stage 3 gives you big bore cylinders and pistons. When you’re doing big engine modifications you have to make sure your engine can support the work you’re doing. Larger cylinders are going to increase the power throughout the entire RPM range. With the bigger cylinders your engine is going to swallow more air and fuel, with higher compression pistons, it helps squeeze all of that into an explosive formula which results in a 35% performance increase over stock bikes. A stage 3 kit provides the rider with the ability to pass traffic without downshifting, and provides the power you want, when you want it. Stage 4: Stage 4 is the final step without going to a crate engine. Stage 4 is bigger cylinder heads and throttle body. With the bigger cylinder heads and the enormous throttle body, youll be maxing out displacement, compression and flow which allows you to experience the highest level of pure Harley Davidson power. When it comes to the stages I think it goes without saying that you can’t have a stage 4 without having stage 1,2 and 3. They all work in secession with each other. To move to a stage 2 you have to have all the components from the stage 1 present and so on and so on. Despite what you hear in the rumor mill, you can do these engine upgrades to the bike and still keep the factory warranty active. If you have any questions related to that please reach out to me. This was a shorter article, but I feel with the ever-growing performance-based motorcycles, this was an important topic to get some info out there, so you all know what you’re going to be getting into once you start your modifications. The combinations of parts are endless, so you have the ability to make the bike stand out and perform how you want it to and to suit your riding style and needs. I want to thank you all again for taking the time to read this article, I’m having a lot of fun writing them and introducing you guys to some cool trends and parts that are coming to market, so I hope you all are enjoying reading them. If there is a topic you would like me to write about, please shoot me an email at Keigan@stcharlesharleydavidson.com and I will see what I can put together. With that being said, if you guys have any questions on my build or your current build please don’t hesitate to reach out to me out St. Charles Harley Davidson (636-946-6487) If you have time, come by the shop and check out some of the builds we have going on right now. Thanks again everyone and enjoy the ride! www.FullThrottle-Magazine.com
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