Tested: 2017 BMW RnineT Scrambler
Charlotte Kainz Memorial Race Review
Also in this issue: Father & Son H-D Project Bike II ▲
Touring New Zealand, Part 2
Previewed: 2018 BMW HP4 Race
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The new BMW S1000RR â€“ virtually perfect yet still optimized. The S 1000 RR revolutionized the supersports class when it first came out in 2009. In 2016, the S 1000 RR model was completely revised. Now in its third generation, you can instantly see its increased power. The S 1000 RR has an output of 199 hp - 6 hp more than its predecessor. But it is not just its higher rated output that makes the Double R faster and more agile. Weighing in at 450 lbs including ABS and traction control, it is some 8.8 lbs lighter than the previous version. Furthermore, it has a newly designed exhaust system as well as a new engine set-up for increased torque, an improved output curve and many other optimized details. For 2017, ABS Pro is available as an option and Dynamic Traction Control is standard. These and other features makes this latest RR virtually perfect.
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To Our Readers The Most Common “He Said, She Said” Motorcycle Accident by Jason Waechter Motorcycling and Law: Criminal Statutes re: Vehicle Accidents Resulting in Death & Sentencing by Dondi Vesprini The Preacher Speaks About... Father & Son H-D Project Bike ll by Franz Hoffer
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Tested: 2017 BMW RnineT Scrambler by Ray Peabody MotorCity Motorcycles Take On Zero Motorcycles Franchise ABATE Region 11 Summer Tour Kicks Off Preview: 2018 BMW HP4 Race by Mason Bilkoe Mama Tried Memorializes Racer Charlotte Kainz by Larry Janssen Touring New Zealand: More Curves Than Sheep, Part 2 by Gene Southard Giant Loop’s Waterproof Possibles Pouch & Fender Bag New RoadTek Tool KitAimed at KTMs
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Large cover photo: 2017 BMW RnineT Scrambler during a break in our test. Photo by Ray Peabody. Small cover photo (left): Pro Flat Track Racer, Charlotte Kainz. Photo by Larry Janssen. Small cover photo (right): BMW adventure bike parked in New Zealand. Photo by Gene Southard.
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Manufacturers began building mass-produced, use-specific motorcycles - sportbikes, dual-sports, and offroad â€“ in the 1960s. Before that, almost all new motorcycles could be considered standards or cruisers; general purpose motorcycles intended primarily for the street but actually used in a wide variety of conditions. Off-road riders became dissatisfied with the performance of stock street bikes and began adapting their standards/cruisers for better performance in the dirt. They mounted up knobby tires for better traction, installed a high exhaust pipe for better ground clearance, changed out the sprockets for better low-end torque instead of high speeds, and stripped off extraneous parts not necessary for the performance of the bike to reduce weight. The result was a motorcycle that came to be known as a â€œscramblerâ€?. Once manufacturers began producing powerful, dirtoriented, lightweight motorcycles with suspension travel well beyond what riders had even imagined, the scramblers became less popular. Why build a heavyweight off-road motorcycle when a new dirt bike could be acquired at the shop down the road so cheap? Fast forward to the early the 21st century. Manufacturers, seeing a growing interest in retro-styled motorcycles and the dollars being spent on such customs, began building scramblers and cafĂŠ racers. Unfortunately, these mass-produced modern scramblers are probably less suited for off-road riding than those earlier customs. A modern scrambler that weighs 400-500 pounds and offers four to five inches of suspension travel front and rear is not going to be an effective tool in the dirt. Yes, Iâ€™ve read the reviews in the national magazines that include pictures of the author and friends jumping these bikes. Experts who donâ€™t have to worry about damaging the motorcycle can ride like that. Iâ€™ll stick with a powerful road bike for the street and a lightweight, tall-suspensioned dirt bike for the dirt. (My own opinion is that modern dual sports and adventure bikes are the functional modern version of the scrambler.) All of that aside, these modern scramblers are appealing. Iâ€™m a fan of retro-styled motorcycles â€“ oldschool round headlamps, flat saddles, and an otherwise simple appearance - using modern technologies like fuel injection and ABS. Old bikes are interesting and fun but riding without concern about breaking down is nice, too. With that in mind, when Blane and Andrea at BMW Motorcycles of Grand Rapids offered me a 2017 R nineT Scrambler for a test, I jumped at the chance. You can read our review in these pages. Gene Southard is back this month with the
conclusion of his New Zealand adventure story. Larry Janssen also returns with review of the Charlotte Kainz Memorial Race that was part of the Mama Tried motorcycle races and bike show in Milwaukee in February. New contributor, Mason Bilkoe, previews the 2018 BMW HP4 Race for us this month. Franz â€œThe Preacherâ€? Hoffer is back with a follow up story about a father/son team who are working together on a Harley-Davidson custom project. Legal columns, industry news, and events fill out the rest of this issue. We hope you enjoy what weâ€™ve put together for you. We appreciate your readership and work hard to bring you news and information that is both interesting and valuable. Please buy from our advertisers and tell them you saw their ad in these pages. They will appreciate it and so will we. Have fun. Ride safe. See you on the road or at an event in the near future.
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2017 BMW R nineT Scrambler by Ray Peabody When offered the opportunity to test the BMW R nineT Scrambler by Blane and Andrea at BMW Motorcycles of Grand Rapids, I jumped at the chance. While I’m skeptical of the modern day scramblers as being too heavy and lacking sufficient suspension for dirt work (see this month’s To Our Readers column), I like the styling and have long been a fan of the boxer engine, having owned two older models with that engine configuration. The Scrambler is one of several retro-styled BMW models – including the Racer, Urban G/S (Autumn 2017 availability), and Pure – based on the R nineT foundation. All are powered by an air/oil cooled, fuel-injected, 1170cc, 110 horsepower, eight-valve, opposed twin (boxer) engine. Different versions of this powerplant were mounted in all of the “R” model BMW motorcycles for years. When the liquid-cooled version of the Boxer engine was introduced a few years ago, BMW opted not to abandon the mature air/cooled version but instead used it in these retro-styled models. Stripped-down styling is a key
feature of the Scrambler. Bodywork that would cover up the engine and frame is missing as is a tachometer. A single speedometer tracks the speed and offers a variety of indicators and trackers. Also missing is a windscreen. The 32.3 inch high thin, flat saddle rises slightly in front of the passenger pillion. Call me a Luddite, but one of the features I like best is the old-school, round headlamp. The deep, throaty exhaust note emanating from the copper-colored raised pipes demanded my attention from the moment I hit the starter button. That sound suggested torque and speed that should not be casually dismissed. Revving the engine also reminded me of something that was missing: that engine torque twist present with boxers of an older vintage. I rolled out of the parking lot and headed east looking for curves and dirt. A scrambler that can’t handle some dirt isn’t a scrambler. Shifting the six-speed transmission was smooth, without the
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Continued from previous page industrial heavy-duty clunk of earlier BMWs. Once I found some curves, I was surprised how effortlessly the Scrambler sliced across the apexes. Riders might expect that a 485-pound (wet) motorcycle with a heavy cylinder heads jutting out from either side of the engine would be heavy on the steering. Not so. The wide, rolled-aluminum handlebars provide precise control. The balance was excellent as I shifted shifted back and forth on the saddle through the series of curves. A short distance beyond the curvy section, I turned onto a dirt road. The surface was mostly hard packed with light gravel in some sections; especially on hills where the surface had eroded from recent rains. The 120/ 70R19 front tire performed well on the hard pack but the steering was heavy when the dirt and gravel were loose. This is not a motorcycle I would want to ride in sand. The sporty suspension that was flawless in the curves was less pliable in the dirt. With only 4.9 inches of travel up front and 5.5 inches in the rear, the Scrambler is not equipped for big bumps. The cast aluminum wheels are not especially at home in the dirt; spoked wheels would likely be more forgiving when the road or trail gets rough. The test ride was not a long one but sufficient for a cursory review of the Scrambler. On the road, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The engine was exciting in its torque and speed. Handling was precise and effortless. The ABS-standard brakes – twin disk brakes up front and single disk out back – brought the Scrambler to quick, controlled stops even in emergency stops. Modern brakes systems on most brands are so effective that commenting on them is almost irrelevant. The ride is comfortable with an upright seating position. The footpegs are high for better ground
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• Food • Refreshments • Demo Rides clearance both on the street and in the dirt; not as high as rearsets on a sportbike but high enough that they might be uncomfortable for those with longer inseams. I wouldn’t ride the Scrambler in the dirt. Despite its name, this motorcycle doesn’t offer the features – lighter weight and longer suspension travel - necessary for fun dirt rides without causing serious damage. Hard packed dirt roads would be fine. Anything more challenging would foolish for any but the most skilled offroad rider. If you’re looking for a cool, retro-styled motorcycle with modern features (i.e., fuel injection, ABS, heated hand grips, self-canceling turn signals, and more) and performance for your street riding, the Scrambler would be an excellent choice. MSRP: $13,000 including ABS. Many thanks to Blane Kamp and Andrea Chappell at BMW Motorcycles of Grand Rapids for making the Scrambler available for this test. For more information about the Scrambler or any of the BMW motorcycles, visit BMW GR at 5995 S. Division in Grand Rapids, call them at (616) 530-6900, or connect at www.bmwmcgr.com. Also available at other BMW dealers.
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“Adding Zero Motorcycles to our product line-up is an important move for us,” said John Erickson, MotorCity GM. “The market for electric motorcycles is growing for several good reasons. They’re lightweight, low maintenance, and environmentally friendly. Plus, they’re a blast to ride. Not only are they a good fit for motorcycle enthusiasts, the Zeros offer an excellent low-cost transportation alternative for commuters and students. Finally, as the market for 2017 Zero SR electric motorcycles grows, we’ll be in an ideal position to serve the market. Win. Win. Win.” Zero Motorcycles is the leading electric motorcycle manufacturer in the U.S. The company is the only manufacturer producing a variety of models generating significant sales in a market that is expected to continue to grow. In fact, according to a recent report from Navigant Research, sales of electric motorcycles and scooters are expected to total 55 million from 2015 to 2024 – more than six million units a year. Zero is in prime position to take advantage of that growth in that market. The company has been investing in its technology and expanding the number of models in its line-up to include streetfighter, supermoto, and dual sport models. The SR streetfighter and DSR
dual sport 2017 Zero DSR produce 116 foot pounds of torque for exciting acceleration comparable to that of a Ducati Panigale. The longest range in the lineup currently goes to the Zero S and Zero SR ZF13.0 + Power Tank with 202 miles in the city. Plus, if you’re worried about replacing a battery, a typical Zero S or Zero DS can travel more than 200,000 miles with
the power packs retaining 80% of their original maximum capacity. High performance and a longer range are making Zero motorcycles a more competitive alternative to the gas engine-powered motorcycles dominating the road today. Indian Motorcycle MotorCity has scheduled a demo event at their dealership on June 16-17, 2017 so enthusiasts can experience a 2017 Zero FX ride on an electric motorcycle. For more information about Indian Motorcycle MotorCity and Zero Motorcycles, call MotorCity at (248) 920-2000 or visit their dealership at 1765 S. Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The 2017 lineup has a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) range of $8,495 to $15,995.
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The Most Common “He Said, She Said” Motorcycle Accident by Jason Waechter, Esq. Most people know that the most common crash involving a motorcyclist is the at-fault driver turning left at an intersection directly in front of the motorcyclist, who’s heading straight. However, there is another common accident that I see involving motorcyclists and negligent car drivers. In my countless years of experience, I’ve seen insurance companies almost always try to argue that it was the motorcyclist’s fault. In this specific type of crash, a car is in front of the motorcycle and veers to the right with either a right blinker on or no blinker on. The motorcyclist reasonably believes the car is going to the right and starts to pass on the left. At the last second, the car turns to the left, into the motorcycle. The situation then deteriorates into a “he said, she said” situation. The motorcyclist often states that the car had no blinker on or that the right blinker was on. The driver of the car states they were in the middle of the lane with the left blinker on attempting to make a left turn when the motorcyclist tried to pass on the left. One question we then ask considers the location of the impact. Was it left of center or within the lane? The important thing to remember here is that the movement of a vehicle prior to the critical crash envelope is likely what made the crash imminent. As Table 7 from the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey shows, about 46 percent of the estimated 2,189,166 crashes involve vehicles going straight prior to the occurrence of the critical pre-crash event. The other prominent types of movement prior to the critical crash envelope included negotiating a curve (21 percent) and stopped in the traffic lane (16 percent). In about .5 percent of the crashes, the vehicles
involved were leaving a parking position. Also, turning left was a more common (1.7 percent) movement prior to critical crash envelope as compared to turning right (.6 percent). These statistics support the problem I commonly see – motorcyclists involved in crashes while traveling in a straight path. As motorcyclists, we must assume nothing and suspect the worst. All too often, I see cases in which motorcyclists trust that a car really is turning right when the right blinker is on. Sometimes the driver of the car will change their mind halfway through the lane change and move back to the original lane. Other times, the driver won’t use a blinker at all. Oftentimes, negligent drivers will try to blame the motorcyclists in cases like this. If you find yourself or a loved one in a critical crash like this, there is a way to achieve justice in court. As The Motorcycle Lawyer, I fight for my clients’ right to be on the road, and I defend them against misplaced accusations of negligence or fault using the rules of the road. Attorney Jason A. Waechter is a national attorney specializing in the areas of motorcycle and motor vehicle injury litigation. Mr. Waechter has collected millions of dollars in settlements, awards and verdicts for his motorcycle clients over the past 20 years. Jason feels a duty to give back to his community. A portion of each case settled goes to educational resources for bikers, funds to help bikers while their cases are being litigated and our motorcycle accident prevention campaign. Call Attorney Jason Waechter toll free at 1-877-BIKER LAW. Or visit www.TheMotorcycleLawyer.com Legal disclaimer: The law is very fact dependent and there are many nuances and exceptions depending on your particular circumstances. Therefore, given the limited space, it is impossible to cover everything. Do not rely on the short article to protect your rights.
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SPRING TRACK DAY @ Grattan Monday, May 22, 2017 The day costs $165, which includes track time, class room instruction and lunch. All makes and models of bikes are welcome to attend our track events! Call our store to reserve your space today.
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BMW is getting into the “track only” motorcycle business in a big way with the new HP4 Race, recently shown at the 2016 EIMCA Show. Scheduled for release later this year as a 2018 model, the new HP4 Race will give the Superleggera a run for its money, even in the sex appeal department. I love Ducatis but I don’t think a BMW has ever gotten me this hot and bothered. Details are scarce but we know some features that will likely be included in the HP4 design. For starters, the heart and soul of the Race is the cutting-edge, beautifullycrafted carbon-fiber (CF) twin-spar frame and wheels that provide significant weight reduction. The only other production motorcycle with a CF frame is the Superleggera. When you’re building a premium high performance race bike, would you expect anything less than carbon fiber wheels
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and body work? The CF twin-spar frame, wheels, and body work put guesstimates on weight reduction at 20-25 lbs, which would put the overall weight in the 415 to 420 pounds range wet. The HP4 uses the street legal S 1000 RR in-line four-cylinder engine that has been re-tuned to generate a rumored 208 to 215 HP. Compare that output to the stock S 1000 RRs 199 HP. Since this is not a street legal bike, BMW was able open the engine up with their HP Race Power Kit and the Akrapovich exhaust. Who knows what other surprises that are tucked away internally? The HP4 Race uses Ohlins FGR front forks developed for use in MotoGP and World Superbike racing. To complete the ultra high-end suspension package,
Annual Spring Open House BMW Demo Truck: Friday & Saturday, May 19-20, 2017 Open House: Saturday, May 20, 2017 The BMW Demo Truck will be onsite from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. This is your chance to test ride the 2017 models.
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Mama Tried Memorializes Racer Charlotte Kainz Words and pictures by Larry Janssen Roman Chariot races held many moons ago have evolved into many types of racing today; some involving two wheels like in the past. The two wheels I am referring to in this story are not the parallel to each other driven by a shaft but in line front to back. The horses have been multiplied and moved from the reins to an engine on a chassis and are now controlled by a throttle and cable. Like chariot racing, the thrill of seeing the competitors risking life and limb still packs stadiums with fans there to see modern day racers putting everything on the line. Preparing for this story, I was given the opportunity to tour the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. While there, I learned that motorcycle racing has had many different styles throughout modern history including an oval race track built out of wooden planks. The stands were full to capacity as the bikes caused the wooden track to come apart, shooting splinters into the air and into the racers behind. I, like those in the stands of yesteryear, have marveled at how these modern-day motorcycle racers have honed their craft and skills to race side-by-side, nose-to-tail, and even rubbing elbows in a pack at speeds I have never experienced in the safety of my car, let alone on a motorcycle. As a photographer, I have captured thousands of photos of riders doing what they love on dirt flat tracks all across the country. My nerves are frequently on edge as I take photos of 18 bikes
Charlotte Kainz (35L) in the Pro Finals at the inaugural Flat Out Friday race last year
passing only inches away from me as I lay on the ground under the guardrail in turn one. Last fall, at a modern day coliseum, my fear of some fearsome crash involving one of the riders I respect so much, happened. Two young riders - Kyle McGrane of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Charlotte Kainz of West Allis, Wisconsin - were involved in separate fatal crashes that left a mark on everyone involved in flat track racing. Both racers shared the dream of many young riders: to earn their AMA National number and race with the most talented riders in the world. That tragic crash greatly affected family and friends at the track and those watching it at home on the internet.
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Touring New Zealand: More Curves than Sheep, Part 2 by Gene Southard
Will there be more curves than sheep in the second half of my tour of New Zealand? On the first half of my tour, I left Auckland, made my way through the Coromandel, down the central mountain area, and over the Gentle Annie to Napier. On the second half of the tour, I left Napier going north toward Wairoa on Route 2. Once in Wairoa, I spent two days doing loops on the Ruapapa and Crackelwoods roads and stopping to talk to the owner of a motocross track just north of town. Although I missed the races by a couple of weeks, I did run into his daughter later in Atiamuri where she was attending the amateur races with her two sons. The next stop would be in Gisborne but not by way of the coast road.
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Instead, I took the twisty, less traveled Tiniroto road. During a lunch stop at a small pub, I talked to three motorcyclists who suggested a place where I could store my bike if I decide to return to NZ next year. The rain during my stay in Gisborne gave me time to talk with the grape pickers in town for the seasonal harvest. Most of the pickers were from India but included some young European backpackers looking for a little traveling money. Many people come to the warmer East Coast on a work visa to pick grapes, kiwi fruit and other crops. While in Tokomaura Bay I stayed at the Stranded in Paradise backpacker hostel with a breathtaking view of the bay. Every morning, I woke to a colorful sunrise over the bay followed by a day’s ride. The first ride included a stop at the longest wharf in the Southern hemisphere in Tolaga Bay. At almost a kilometer long, the wharf is near one of explorer Captain Cook’s first landing stops in NZ. Tokomaura Bay has its
own wharf and, although not as long, it is just as impressive with several large deserted buildings that were once used for wool and meat storage before being loaded onto ships for the trip to the United Kingdom in the 1880s. The ride into Hick’s Bay had some of the best ocean views of my trip but the area also has one of the highest poverty rates in NZ, making it harder to find places to stay. The trip to Opotiki included ocean views that reminded me of the Pacific Coast Highway in California. This area has an active volcano on White Island that is puffing out white smoke. Opotiki is a small town with many beautifully restored buildings from the 1900s showing lots of civic pride. The rides out of Opotiki included Mou Road, Otara Road, and a great ride around Ohiwa Harbor Road. As I traveled farther North on the East Cape, I noticed a denser population and less deserted back roads so I decided to continue my ride back to Auckland along the West Coast. After another stay with Nigel and Helen at the Beez Neez backpacker, I headed to Te Kuiti. Te Kuiti is the sheep shearing capital of NZ with an annual shearing contest called the Munster. On my rides, I noticed many sheep waiting to be part of the contest. While in town, I thought
it only appropriate - in solidarity with the sheep - that I also get a hair cut. The loops out of Te Kuiti were some of the best on the West Coast with rides on the Oparure and Troopers roads. But the best loop took me past Waitanguru Falls and one of the many Lord of the Rings movie sets. What followed was 20km of narrow, single-lane metal road, cut
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Continued from previous page into the mountain sides before arriving at a small tunnel bored through the limestone to gain access to the black sand beach. Legend has it that three farmers in the 1880s cut this tunnel so they could drive their cattle to the beach. It is only large enough for a longhorn cow or a man on horseback. My theory is they dug it to get their dirt bikes onto the beach. After some fabulous roads paralleling the West Coast, I arrived at Kawhia. This small lazy town has not yet been discovered by the tourist crowd. The town has a laid back feel with local Moria kids doing dives off the dock. You can dig a hole in the black sand at low tide and wait for it to fill with volcanic heated water for your own Jacuzzi. A stop at the Kwahia museum in town is a must. I continued north on a mix of sealed and metal roads past the touristy town of Raglan before arriving at Thundercross Valley Offroad Riding Park. James and Mandy had invited me to stay with them for a few days. I found out how much work it takes to run a 750acre park with three motocross tracks and two enduro trails. James, a veteran offroad rider, let me ride his new WR250F Yamaha after helping with the track. On a trip to Pukekohe, James showed me Hampton Downs and Pukehohe Road Race tracks. I wonder how the Beemer would do at a track day? It was a sad day that I left for Marite’s B&B in Auckland. I made arrangements to store my bike and then transportation to the airport for the 12-hour flight back to LA. This ride in NZ included fantastic scenery and curvy roads but the highlight of this trip was the friends that I made while riding in this small country in the Southern Hemisphere. Next time you are on a scenic ride just remember: the best riding is after the pavement ends.
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Michigan April 29 ABATE Region 20 Annual Awareness Ride Reg 10 a.m. to noon Top End Cycle G-3360 Dort Highway, Burton, MI (810) 423-8711
May 7 Old School Motorbike Show & Swap at Royal Oak Farmers Market 316 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 8am-3pm.
Illustrated sermon 3:30 p.m. Blessing 4p.m. Agape Apostolic Church 11117 Whittaker Road, Milan, MI www.agapeapostolic.org
May 11 11th International Female Ride Day
May 21 Walneck’s Swap Meet Monroe County Fairgrounds 3775 S. Custer Rd. (on M-50), Monroe, MI $6 / admission; $40 / vendors (630) 985-2097
May 13 4th Annual Biker Blessing & Lost Bikers Memorial Ride Free event open to everyone! Free coffee and donuts in the morning and lunch for a donation. Reg starts at 10 a.m.; Kickstands up at 12:45 p.m. Starts at Retail Warehouse 1640 S. Centreville Road, Sturgis, MI Info, call: (269) 689-9351 May 13 Harleys at the Dragway Milan Dragway, Milan, MI
April 30 16th Annual Blessing of the Bikes Gates open 10 a.m.; Blessing at 3 p.m. Donation: $5.00 per bike / vehicle Ottawa County Fairgrounds 1286 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI May 5- 6 Zero Motorcycles Demo Event Demo a High Performance Electric MotorcycleCome over and demo the 2017 Zero motorcycles!! Lunch and refreshments will be provided! The future is here ! Boondox Motorsports 9952 Cherry Valley Ave, Caledonia, MI (616) 891-9900 May 7 All Clubs Ride & Swap Meet Meet at the Stockbridge Town Square in the Gazebo at 10 a.m.Swap Meet 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Vendor space: $10 per space (517) 851-7437 May 7 Muskegon Motorcycle Club’s 97th Annual Spring Run Gates open at 8 a.m, Ride begins at 11:30 a.m. Everyone Welcome Mt. Garfield 5803 Lake Harbor Rd, Muskegon, MI
May 19-21 Paragon Rocks the Blessing 45th Annual Baldwin Blessing of the Bikes Baldwin, MI May 20 ABATE Region 18 Motorcycle Awareness Run & Party VFW Post 4361 2460 Blazer Road, Maybee, MI Bike blessing, 50/50s, Silent auction, Scavenger hunt, Ride-In bike show, Horse shoe tournament, Live auction, D.J. music (734) 289-2447 May 21 Walneck’s Swap Meet Monroe County Fairgrounds 3775 S. Custer Rd. (on M-50), Monroe, MI $6 / admission; $40 / vendors (630) 985-2097 May 21 Blessing of the Bikes Food, Door prizes, & other activities Gates open at 1 p.m. Bike show voting 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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May 21 8th Annual Antique Motorcycle Swap Meet & Vintage Motorcycle Show $5 admission; under 16 free 9 a.m to 4 p.m. St. Joseph County Fairgrounds 316 East Charlotte, Centreville, MI (269) 254-3793 www.wolverineamca.com May 27 14th Annual Dillinger Ride at the Inn Between Saloon 4711 E. Kinde Road Port Hope, MI Reg. 11 a.m. to Noon Kickstands up at Noon $15/person; $25/couple (989) 428-3522 May 27 26th Annual Big John Cronk Memorial Run Ride leaves Maybee VFW, 2640 Blazer Road, Maybee, MI at 2 p.m. $10 admission Music, food, 50/50s, camping (734) 777-5164 June 4 17th Annual Ride for a Reason to benefit the Penrickton Center for Blind Children Police escorted ride $25/person; All bikes welcome Stage at Cabela’s in Dundee at 10 a.m. Ride leaves at noon Ride ends at Biker Bob’s Harley-Davidson in Taylor, MI (734) 947-4647 June 9-11 40th ABATE of Michigan Field Meet Camping, Food, Music, Games $35/person; $50/couple Must be ABATE members; join at the gate West Side RV Park & Camp Ground 7381 Rapid City Road, Rapid City, MI (269) 435-2058 for information and discounted advance tickets June 9-11 Muskegon Motorcycles Club’s June 3 day Raymond’s Revenge 3-day Hillclimb Dan Raymond Park, Bridgeton, MI www.muskegonmotorcycleclub.com
Apr 28- 29, 2017 Zero Motorcycles Demo Days Demo a High Performance Electric Motorcycle Indian Motorcycles of Lafayette is hosting the Zero Demo Days event. Come meet the Zero representative and demo a 2017 Zero motorcycle. We guarantee you will come back with a smile on your face! Indian Motorcycles of Lafayette 1165 South Creasy Lane, Lafayette, IN 765.449.7122 April 29 Customer Appreciation Spring Open House IndyWest Harley-Davidson 6201 Cambridge Way, Plainfield, IN (317) 279-0062 April 30 ABATE Region 3 Support the Troops Ride Sign in 11 a.m.; Ride leaves at 1:30 p.m. Free for everyone Darrough Chapel Park 60 S. Goyer Road, Kokomo, IN (260) 403-2379 May 6 ABATE Region 3 Wabash County Early Bird Ride & Chili Cook-off Sign up 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon $10 / person Moose Lodge 160 E. Market Street, Wabash, IN (260) 571-0213 May 6 Bikes, Band & BBQ – Free hog Brandt’s Harley-Davidson 1400 N. Cass Street, Wabash, IN (260) 563-6443 May 6-7 GNCC Limestone 100 Lawrence County Recreational Park 99 Moore Lane, Springville, IN May 7 ABATE Region 8 Blessing of the Bikes Free admission to all Ride fee $5 /person Old Roberts Stadium parking lot Evansville, IN (812) 598-9154
The Great Lakes Dual Sporters is a like-minded group of offroad motorcyclists who enjoy riding Michigan’s vast two-track trails and back roads. All done using a street legal dirtbike also known as Dual Sport.
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April 23 2nd Annual Cycle Works Vintage Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet All years, makes and models welcome! Multiple classesSet up: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Awards at 3 p.m.; Free Entry Cycle Works 1210 E. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, IN (574) 533-3450
May 13 Brandt’s I-69 Battle of the Bands Mother’s Day event (May 13-14) Brandt’s I-69 Harley-Davidson 6333 E. Stelzer Drive, Marion, IN (765) 664-1331 May 13-14 Mother’s Day Event Brandt’s Harley-Davidson 1400 N. Cass Street, Wabash, IN (260) 563-6443 May 21 American Legion Riders Fallen Heroes Family Ride Reg. 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Ireland Road South Bend Walmart Parking lot $15/rider; $10/passenger Kickstands up at 11 a.m. 60 miles ride ending at American Legion Post 308 in Osceola (574) 339-1575 May 27 Bikes, Band & BBQ – Free hog Brandt’s I-69 Harley-Davidson 6333 E. Stelzer Drive, Marion, IN (765) 664-1331 May 27 4th Annual Stars & Stripes Forever Ride Sign in 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Ireland Road South Bend Walmart Parking lot $15/rider; $10/passenger Kickstands up at 11 a.m.
Ohio July 22 2017 Run to the Ohio Wall Vets Helping Vets Reg 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. First bike out at 11 a.m. Free Pancake & Sausage Breakfast & Motorcycle Ride Kent American Legion Post 496 1945 Mogadore, Kent, OH Pre-Registration at www.RuntoOhioWall.org
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May 13 ABATE Region 3 Safety and Awareness Ride Join us for 6 county rides of meet us at the local county courthouse Tipton County Howard County Miami County Wabash County Huntington County Grant County For info, call (260) 403-2379
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New RoadTech™ Tool Kit Aimed at KTMs Applicable to All Models, Especially Adventure and Duke Sonora, California — April 4, 2017 — CruzTOOLS today announced the RoadTech KT1 for KTM motorcycles. The Austrian manufacturer is known for innovative design, so a unique fastener set should not come as a surprise. CruzTOOLS has therefore adapted its popular RoadTech series to specific KTM needs, which includes a special 27mm by 32mm axle wrench plus necessary combination wrench, socket, hex wrench, and star key sizes. In addition, standard RoadTech items such as a precision mini ratchet, 6-in-1 screwdriver, locking pliers, adjustable wrench, tire pressure gauge, and other roadside staples are provided. The RTKT1 is applicable to all KTM models, with the Adventure and Duke
range particularly targeted. Contents are organized into a durable pouch that measures about 9.5” x 4” when rolled up (24 x 10cm) and weighing in at 3 lbs. (1.4 kg.). “KTM is a unique and influential manufacturer,” stated Dan Parks, President of CruzTOOLS. “So their growing presence in the street and adventure categories prompted us to provide a kit specifically for this make.” The RoadTech KT1 retails for $89.95; part number is RTKT1. CruzTOOLS provides highly functional tools and tool kits to the motorcycle, music product, and general aviation industries which are sold through dealers and distributors internationally. For more information, please contact CruzTOOLS at PO Box 250, Standard, CA 95373 U.S.A.; toll-free 888-909-8665; fax 209-536-0463; or visit their web site at www.cruztools.com.
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Annual Spring Open House This is the BIG one! Monday, May 22, 2017
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The Preacher Speaks About...
Father & Son H-D Project Bike II by Franz “The Preacher” Hoffer
You may recall an article I did in June of 2016 about Tom (father) and Frank (son) Giglio working on a project bike. I promised you an update and this is it. First, to refresh your memory, I met Frank Giglio through our church. We became friends and he showed a lot of interest in my motorcycle. To peak his enthusiasm, I would forward him a copy of Midwest MotorcyclistTM to keep fueling and intensifying that interest. One day, Frank showed up with a customized 1994 Wide Glide. One of the reasons Frank purchased the bike was to spend more time with his
dad, Tom. Tom’s blood runs HD black and orange and his wardrobe is slanted towards H-D apparel. He is a 70-yearold Viet-Nam vet who retired from his millwright job at Chrysler some years ago. He’s been into motorcycles since he was 12 and has fed his HarleyDavidson addiction with multiple Harleys along the Tom with his in-process way. His current project is building a trike conversion Trike from scratch; not a The project bike features a 1952 H-D rigid kit! More about that later. Son Frank frame with a 1975 Shovelhead engine, a 1952 sold a business a couple of years ago Panhead transmission, a 1970s-era extended, twisted and is currently semi-retired despite chrome Springer fork, and a matching sissy bar. The being in his early 40s. With so much bike did not require a complete rebuild but more of available time, Frank can devote a disassemble, clean up, re-chrome, re-paint, time to his new passion: Harleypowder coat, repair, realign and re-assemble. They Davidson motorcycles. Pretty cool, took the bike completely apart and immediately I’d say! ran into the usual issues with an old bike: rusted Frank is a recent addition to the and/or seized bolts, screws, axles, etc. that had to world of Harley-Davidson, but he cut off or drilled out. has it bad. Considering their newNew wheels were purchased for the project found mutual interest, Frank and bike and they look sweet with their spokes, chrome, Tom decided to work on a project and mirror-like shine. Unfortunately, a problem using a Harley Tom just happened to Frank (L) and Tom have sitting in his garage. Continued on next page
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arose with the new setup. The rear wheel would not line up with the belt drive. The old wheel had an offset hub and the new one did not have the same offset. They sought technical advice from where else….Facebook…and they got it. A H-D enthusiast sent them step-by-step instructions for aligning the new wheel and it worked. The old Shovelhead also suffered with unresolved timing problems. According to Tom and Frank, the bike actually caught fire a few times when starting. The flames were quickly extinguished. The same Facebook source that rescued them on the rear wheel, gave them advice for setting the timing. The timing is still slightly off and some tweaking is needed. On the upside, despite the need for more tweaking, it sounded pretty sweet when they started it for me. New Python pipes were purchased for the project bike and they are still looking for a different set of handlebars to replace the stock ones. Frank is modifying the seat cushion himself with some cool designs and color schemes. Most of the parts that needed to be replaced were purchased at various swap meets or they simply made them or modified existing parts. Tom has an extensive garage with just about any tool you can think of, including a small paint booth. More importantly, his garage has a real urinal in it. Pretty handy for those long hours spent in the shop, I’d say! They will be painting the bike themselves and, if that turns out like the rest of the bike, it will be a work of art. They estimate that they’ve spent about 600 – 700 hours on the project bike so far.
At about the same time they started the project bike, Tom purchased a 1968 HD Electra Glide powered by a motor with a Panhead bottom end and Shovelhead top end. He is currently converting that bike into a trike using a 1932 H-D ServiCar rear end he found. He’s modifying a 1962 Corvette axle to drive the rear wheels and adapting Chevy S10 brakes and rotors for stopping. Tom estimates that he’s spent about 1,000 hours on the trike project. He says that it’s not unusual for his wife, Pat, to come out to the garage around 3:00 a.m. to find out if he’s coming to bed. That’s getting lost in your work. He estimates that the trike will be done later this year. I can’t wait to do articles on both the finished project bike and the trike. All told, Tom estimates that he’s built or customized 12 bikes. What he does is true building and customizing, not buying and installing ready-made aftermarket parts. He fabricates the parts he needs if he can’t find them at a swap meet. I met Indian Larry at the Sturgis rally in 2004 and I was quite impressed with him. He and Tom remind me of each other. As you might recall, Indian Larry was the first guy on “Biker Build-Off” on the Discovery channel. Tom should be on a reality TV show or something. Orange County Choppers has no edge on him.
Frank astride the project bike.
I’ve done quite a few interviews for my articles and each has been interesting in its own way. But the interview with Frank and his dad, Tom, was, to coin popular phrase, “priceless”. We sat around in Tom’s garage for quite some time on folding chairs, surrounded by motorcycles and motorcycle parts. Tom told stories of his younger motorcycle-riding days, described motorcycles he’s built, and remembered friends he used to ride with. I felt as though I was in the presence of motorcycle royalty. Real riders will know what I’m talking about. Between the project bike, the project trike, and a couple other Harleys in the garage, his garage is like Harley Heaven. Better look out Tom and Frank. I know your address.
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Motorcycling & Law
Criminal Statutes re: Vehicle Accidents Resulting in Death & Sentencing by Dondi Vesprini Sadly, we have all heard of tragic stories where a motorcyclist is killed in an auto accident and the at-fault motorist was given a “slap on the wrist” as a criminal penalty. I myself have many times represented the family of a deceased motorcyclist in cases where the at-fault motorist has walked away without much of a criminal penalty for the accident. In order to understand how this happens, it is necessary to understand a little bit about the usual criminal statutes that are relevant to these types of accidents and a little bit of how criminal sentencing works. Two of the common criminal statutes which may be involved in an accident where a motorist kills a motorcyclist are as follows: The first is “Reckless driving on a highway”, which provides that a person who operates a vehicle upon a highway or other place open to the general public, including, but not limited to, an area designated for the parking of
motor vehicles, in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property and by the operation of that vehicle causes the death of another person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 15 years or a fine of not less than $2,500.00 or more than $10,000.00, or both. The penalties for a motorist causing death while operating while intoxicated is the same. This statute may be invoked in cases where the motorist was clearly reckless such as driving in a clearly reckless manner, driving at incredibly high speeds, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The second “Committing moving violation causing death of another person”, which provides that a person who commits a moving violation while operating a vehicle upon a highway or other place open to the general public, including, but not limited to, an area designated for the parking of motor vehicles, that causes the death of another person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year or a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or both. As used in this section, “moving violation” means an act or omission prohibited under this act or a local ordinance substantially corresponding to this act that involves the operation of a motor vehicle, and for which a fine may be assessed. This statute may be involved where the motorist committed a moving violation such as running a stop sign or red light or making a turn without yielding the right of way to oncoming traffic, under circumstances which don’t rise to the level of being deemed reckless driving. Most crimes involve “discretionary sentencing” by the judge, meaning that while criminal statues may set forth some sentencing parameters, the actual sentence in any given case is within the discretion of the judge. Many times the judge is provided a presentence report which contains information concerning the nature of the crime, the defendant’s criminal history and other pertinent information. Many times, defendants and the victims of the crime or the victim’s family are given an opportunity to speak with the judge as well. Additionally, for many crimes, the judge will consult “sentencing guidelines” which are essentially a scorecard where points are assessed depending on the nature of the criminal conduct at issue and the defendant’s criminal record. These factors are then utilized by the judge to determine the minimum sentence that the defendant will serve. The sentence is not always a jail or prison sentence.
Depending on the crime, the judge can order jail/prison time, probation, fines, costs, community service or a combination of any of these. As can be seen in the reckless driving statute, it is possible for a judge to impose a term of imprisonment of no more than 15 years, or the judge can opt for a fine of between $2,500.00 and $10,000.00 or can opt for both. In the moving violation statute, it is possible for the judge to impose a term of not more than one year or fine of up to $2,000.00, or can opt for both. However, in either circumstances, depending on how the judge weighs the many factors surrounding the defendant’s criminal conduct and criminal record, the actual minimum sentence imposed by the judge and actually served by the defendant in either case can be significantly less than the maximums set by statute. That is how it is possible for sentences to vary from a “slap on the wrist” to someone getting the “book thrown at them” in accidents in which a motorist kills a motorcyclist. If the accident involved a moving violation which didn’t rise to the level of reckless driving, and there were no aggravating circumstances surrounding the accident and the motorist has no criminal record, there is a greater chance for a lesser sentence. If the accident involved reckless driving, there were aggravating circumstances surrounding the accident, and the motorist has a significant criminal history, there is a greater chance for a heavier sentence. The bottom line is that there really is no cookie cutter sentence that applies across the board in accidents where a motorist kills a motorcyclist. Much of it depends on which criminal statute the defendant is charged with, the facts of the accident, the criminal record of the defendant and the particular judge issuing the sentence. As always, if anyone has any questions or if I can be of legal assistance to you or anyone you know who has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please don’t hesitate to contact me as I deal with these types of claims on a daily basis on behalf of injured motorcyclists statewide. Further, for those readers who are members of any motorcycle organizations, clubs or groups, if you would like to have me come out to your group to speak or give a presentation on the legal rights of an injured motorcyclist or on any specific topic that your group may be curious about, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at (248-5694646) or shoot me an e-mail at Dondi@buckfirelaw.com. I give presentations statewide and there is never a charge associated with having me out. I enjoy having the opportunity to come out and meet motorcycle enthusiasts from all parts of our State!
to do, for me and the racing community. As I worked my way through the crowded pit area, I noticed another bike with the 35L numbers. The pilot of that race bike was a young girl named Megan Chromy. She raced in the District 16 series with Charlotte the past four years. I asked if she was racing that night in honor of Charlotte. She told me that Charlotte was an inspiration and friend to all the girls who raced District 16. Megan’s regular number is 95 but she and Jack Kainz decided that she could honor Charlotte by racing her number this year. Megan also talked about Morgan Monroe, profiled in the February 2017 issue of Midwest Motorcyclist™, and how she did so much for the fundraiser for Charlotte’s family. Megan mentioned that she had helped out with that fundraiser as well. Megan was racing in the female division at Flat Out Friday. Both Megan and Jake raced their heat races and earned their way into the main event for their classes. In her main, Megan placed 7th with Zaria Martens putting her KTM on the top spot of the podium followed by Hanna Lange and Anne Wyman, respectively. The Charlotte Kainz Memorial had many fast racers entered including three-time AMA Champion and “X” Games Champion, Jared Mees. Mees would start on the pole. Jake Mataya Mataya started in second the 35L bike row with the 35L bike. He that Charlotte knew before the 35-lap placed 3rd with race started, it would be a in the inaugural tough task to work his way Flat Out Friday through a field that included seven GNC1 riders to earn a spot on the podium. The race started with an amazing side-byside battle between Mees and Corey Texter. With the crowd on their feet, Texter, Mees and Bronson Bauman went three wide before Mees was able to scoot past Texter and Bauman to take the lead in turn four. After the turn four pass, Mees showed he was the class of the field lapping all but four riders as the pro riders raced all 35 laps under Kevin Clark’s green flag. Somehow, Mataya,through
Continued from page 13 - Charlotte Kainz Charlotte made a name for herself in Wisconsin where she raced in AMA District 16 events. Each year, she also raced the Dairyland Classic held the first weekend of June in Plymouth, Wisconsin. More often than not, she was the only girl amongst the boys in the main event. Her popularity with the fans was evident. When she raced, with her ponytail whipping in the wind from under her helmet, she was the racer they cheered for. Charlotte also raced in a new event held in Milwaukee last February (2016) called the MaMa Tried “Flat Out Friday”. The race is held indoors on smooth concrete coated with Dr. Pepper syrup. There again, she proved to be successful racing the boys and taking a podium spot in the inaugural pro race. To honor Charlotte at this year’s race, the MaMa Tried “Flat Out Friday” organizers decide to name the pro race “The Charlotte Kainz Memorial”. Charlotte was a girl turned young lady who raced her way into the AMA GNC2 class last summer; the class she was racing in when she lost her life. Harley-Davidson put up the prize money for the Memorial race. The event attracted riders from the top AMA GNC1 class and the regulars from the Midwest to honor her. I met up with last years winner of the event, two-time World Champion ice racer, and a friend of Charlotte, Jake Mataya. He told me that he had discussed the upcoming race with her father, Jack, and the emotional discussion led to the decision that Jake should race Charlotte’s 35L bike she had put on the podium the previous year. Jake said that he knew before the race the bike would be competitive and he hoped to place it on the podium to honor both Charlotte and Jack.
The more we talked about the race he was about to run for his friend and her father, the more his words became harder to say. His emotions showed towards the end of our conversation. He expected the race to be a healing event for him and for those who knew Charlotte. I wished him well and thanked him for what he was about TM
Megan Chromy racing her bike with her inspirational friends number 35L
For a complete list of Michigan Harley-Davidson Dealer Association Members, see the dealer locator on page 19. April 29 Spring Open House Live music, Free food, Entertainment, Door prizes, Photo booth, Demo rides ABC Harley-Davidson, Inc. 4405 Highland Road (M-59) Waterford, MI 248.674.3175 May 6 Test Ride Event Check out the 2017 Harley-Davidson motorcycles with the new Milwaukee 8 engine and take one for a test ride (weather permitting). Valid driver’s license with cycle endorsement and proper riding attire required. Hot Rod Harley-Davidson 149 Shoreline Drive, Muskegon, MI 231 - 722 – 0000 May 6 Test Ride Event Check out the 2017 Harley-Davidson motorcycles with the new Milwaukee 8 engine and take one for a test ride (weather permitting). Valid driver’s license with cycle endorsement and proper riding attire required. Holeshot Harley-Davidson 4741 E. PICKARD ST., MT. PLEASANT, MI 989-772-5513 May 13 Mother’s Day Event Gildner’s Harley-Davidson 2723 South M 76 West Branch, MI (989) 345-1330 May 20 Ladies’ Ride Join us on Saturday, May 20th 2017 for our Annual Ladies Ride! The ride leaves Hamilton H-D at 12:00 PM. Men are welcome to tag along, We hope to see you there! Hamilton Harley-Davidson 68951 White School Road US-12 Sturgis, MI (269) 651-3424 May 20 Big Tent Bike Event Live remote and give-aways by WUPS. More details TBA Holeshot Harley-Davidson 4741 E. PICKARD ST., MT. PLEASANT, MI 989-772-5513 May 21 Bikers for Boobies Run Observation Run starts at ABC HarleyDavidson. $12 per person includes Ride Pin for first 150. Registration starts at 11am. Last bike out at 12 pm. All Riders get a scenic route map and observation questions to win prize at the end of the Run. Run ends at Shark Club in
Waterford. ONE lucky attendee will win a $250 gift card, given away at Shark Club at 3pm. All proceeds from run benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. ABC Harley-Davidson, Inc. 4405 Highland Road (M-59) Waterford, MI 248.674.3175 May 21 Stone Soup 1st Responders Bike Event Ray C’s Harley-Davidson 1491 S. Lapeer Rd. (M-24 & I-69) Lapeer, MI (810) 664-9261 May 27 Harley Heroes Flag Raising Ceremony, Lunch and Demo Rides Ray C’s Harley-Davidson 1491 S. Lapeer Rd. (M-24 & I-69) Lapeer, MI (810) 664-9261 May 27 Zip’s Remembrance Ride Honoring our veterans Zips 45th Parallel Harley-Davidson 980 S. Wisconsin Avenue Gaylord, MI (989) 732-8000 June 2-3 2017 Demo Ride Event The Harley-Davidson demo truck will be on-site. Come out and ride the all new 2017 Milwaukee Eight Touring models and the other great HarleyDavidson models Perry Harley-Davidson 5331 S. Sprinkle Road Kalamazoo, MI (269) 329-3450 June 3 10th Annual Blessing of the Bikes Hamilton Harley-Davidson 68951 White School Road US-12 Sturgis, MI (269) 651-3424 June 4 Ride for the Ribbon Ride for the Ribbon is an 80 mile motorcycle ride beginning at ABC Harley-Davidson in Waterford at 9AM and ending at the Shark Club with food, raffles, and auction! Proceeds from the ride will benefit The Blue Fund. ABC Harley-Davidson, Inc. 4405 Highland Road (M-59) Waterford, MI 248.674.3175 June 4 Open House Gildner’s Harley-Davidson 2723 South M 76 West Branch, MI (989) 345-1330
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Megan Chromy racing hard proudly wearing Charlottes 35L
determination and maybe a little help from above, gradually made his way to the front, passing riders one at a time. He completed an amazing charge from eighth position at the start to place the 35L bike on the podium.. With the second-place finish, he was one place better than Charlotte’s finish the year before, taking another big step in the healing process after the loss of a friend and fellow racer.
Jake Mataya passes Bronson Bauman to put Charlotte’s bike into 2nd place.
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HAMILTON HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 68951 WHITE SCHOOL ROAD, STURGIS (616) 651-3424, www.hamiltonharley-davidson.com
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SANDY’S HARLEY-DAVIDSON® SPORT CENTER 11940 N. MAPLE ISLAND RD, FREMONT (231) 924-3020 www.sandysharley-davidson.com
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9. Lansing CAPITOL HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 9550 WOODLANE DRIVE, DIMONDALE (517) 646-2345, www.capitolhd.com
10. Lapeer RAY C’S HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 1491 S. LAPEER ROAD, LAPEER (810) 664-9261, www.raycsh-d.com
11. Mt. Pleasant HOLESHOT HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 4741 E PICKARD, MT PLEASANT (989) 772-5513 www.candssportcenter.com
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