BIKERNET NEWS FLASH - ALL WOMEN BIKE BUILD IN GREEN BAY, BBO TONIGHT, SOFTBRAKE LINKAGE ARM, ADVANSTAR RESPONDS TO PROPERTY RIGHTS VIOLATIONS,
HORSE STAFFER GETTING HITCHED, CRAZY HORSE UPDATE, DUANNE BALLARD SEAT BARTER, 3RD ANNUAL DELAND BIKE RALLY WELCOMES YOU!
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DELAND IN ORLANDO COMPETES WITH BIKE WEEK IN DAYTONA--
Orlando Sentinel, FL - DeLAND -- Thousands of bikers are expected to rumble into historic downtown March 3rd, as part of the 3rd Annual DeLand Bike Rally. The event takes place just a day after the official start of Bike Week, which draws throngs of visitors to Volusia.
Organizers with Main Street DeLand are hoping local businesses will cash in on the influx of tattooed tourists who typically dump most of their money beachside.
"It's a very successful event for DeLand," said Main Street Executive Director Cherry Smith. "I know it's a really good day for the restaurants and the bars and the merchants."
The Museum of Florida Art, formerly the DeLand Museum of Art, is also hoping to tap into the motorcycle frenzy with an exhibit showcasing custom bikes painted by Chris Cruz as well as a handful of vintage bikes.
The "Art of Chrome and Leather" also will include photos of local rider Billy "Ace" Myers,who raced his bikes on the sand in Daytona Beach during the 1950s. Those and other pictures of beach-racing dating back to the 1920s are on loan from the Halifax Historical Museum.
The exhibit opened Friday and runs through March 11.
The museum has also organized a roughly 90-mile ride that will wind along back roads from Daytona USA to the museum March 4.
Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson will lead the West Side Ride on his black pearl Harley-Davidson Street Glide.
"This is a fun ride," said Johnson, who used to be a motorcycle deputy. "There are a lot of good people."
The DeLand Bike Rally will feature a custom bike show, live music and demonstrations by expert riders.
Woodland Boulevard will be closed to cars through downtown March 3 to create a safe haven for bikers. Some surrounding streets will also be closed to make room for bands, exhibitions and vendors.
Organizer Wayne Arnold said he expects up to 50,000 people to show up for the one-day event, about 20,000 more than last year.
Arnold said the rally is designed to be family-friendly and that DeLand is an ideal venue for the celebration.
"It's a whole different atmosphere than Bike Week," he said. "It's a quaint, small-town atmosphere and people just love to come and walk around."
BALDWIN-WILSON DEVELOPMENT INTRODUCES THE REVOLUTIONARY 360-BRAKE--
INDIANAPOLIS , IN (Feb. 26, 2007) - Don't hide your awesome billet wheels behind a big rotor and caliper. Finally a brake that functions better than conventional systems and is completely contained in a five-inch hub spacer around the axle, it looks like there's no brake at all!
The circular piston and pads are activated by hydraulic pressure, all of which revolves 360? around the axle. Think of it like the clutch on your tranny - in reverse. This design applies 360? of braking pressure to the rotor delivering substantially greater braking power, as well as better control with smooth, straight-line braking and improved distribution of braking between the front and rear wheels.
Instead of 80% of the braking power being transferred to the front wheel, the 360 Brake runs between 60/40 to a consistent 50/50 percent effectiveness between the front the rear wheel. Heat build up isn't a problem; it's controlled with special rotor and pad materials that are cooled by the slots in the hub cover. These slots also play a roll in eliminating dust build up by way of the grooved rotor.
The brake hub will fit 3?4", 1", 20mm, and 18mm axles. Currently 360 Brake is modified to fit many of the custom wheels on the market today. Baldwin-Wilson's tech support is glad to assist with installation and fitment questions.
For more information check it out at www.360brake.com or give Chet Burozski, a call at W. (317) 852.7867 or C. (317) 370.0920.
For more information go to www.baldwin-wilson.com
BILANSKY SET TO DEFENT ASRA PRO THUNDERBIKE TITLE AT DAYTONA-SEVEN BUELL TEAMS ON THE GRID FOR MOTO-ST ENDURANCE RACE--
EAST TROY, Wis. (Feb. 26, 2007) - Buell racer Dan Bilansky opens the 2007 American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA) season at Daytona International Speedway the weekend of March 2-4, 2007, looking to keep his Buell Firebolt XB12R in one piece and get a jump on repeating his 2006 ASRA Pro Thunderbike Championship.
"Daytona's always been one of those tracks that I hope to get out of with all of my equipment intact and some points. The track is hard on equipment, so even though you always need to go to a track with the attitude that you can win, I try to take it a little easier every time I'm at Daytona," Bilansky said. "I'm sure the BMW teams did their homework over the winter, and with [Canadian Thunder champion] Darren James coming down to run most of the schedule here in the US this season, I think it's going to be an even better season for the spectators. There should be some good racing, and hopefully I will be able to repeat last year's championship for my Hal's Speed Shop team."
Bilansky, who wrapped up the 2006 ASRA Pro Thunderbike title in dramatic fashion with a one-point margin at the ASRA finale at Daytona last October, will also compete in the SunTrust MOTO-ST season opening Daytona 500K endurance race on March 4. His teammate will be Shawn Higbee on the Daytona H-D/Buell-sponsored Richie Morris Racing entry in the Grand Sport Twins class.
Six additional Buell teams will join them on MOTO-ST's Grand Sport Twins class grid aboard Firebolt XBs: Canadians Darren James and Steve Crevier riding for Deeley H-D/Buell Canada/Ruthless Racing; Justin Garvin and Bobby Stellfox for Team All-American; Anthony Caligiuri and James Delk, Jr. for Liberty H-D/Buell; Paul James and Greg Avello of James Gang Racing/Hal's Speed Shop; Jeff Johnson and Jess Roeder of Hoban Brothers Racing/Appleton H-D/Buell; and Tim Hall and Robert Johnson for Motorsports MG/Jim's H-D/Buell of St. Petersburg.
DUANE BALLARD WILL TRADE SEAT FOR WHEEL--This sparkplug seat doesn't want to leave. I'd love to find someone to trade a narrowglide single disk wheel 19" for it. If I had my choice it would be a 60 or more spoke or an invader. It's for the Honda digger I'm building. Paul Durfee called me the other day about having the front end started. 12 over on a low frame with 3.75 inches of trail. That guy rules! Have a nice chrome sporty wheel stashed? Thanks, Duane
Duane Ballard Custom Leather
New Ipswich, NH 03071
URGENT CRAZY HORSE PAINTING SEMINAR--
Here at The Chopper Farm the reality of Daytona is rearing it's ugly head. I say ugly, as things at Crazy Horse Paint are jumping. Literally jumping as I working on a project featuring frogs. There are plenty of projects lined up right after this one, so it's hard to spend time away from the shop, when I'd rather be seeing these projects travel out the door.
But in addition to work, I have an even better reason to stay home, that is, a new addition to the Bortles Family. Her name is Zoey and she is a German Shorthaired Pointer. My best guyfriend breeds these incredible dogs, and I recently traveled to Connecticut to bring this little baby home to North Carolina. But the real good news is that her dog mom, dad, grandma, and sister will soon be joining her down here in the Carolinas. My best friend and his family which includes my godsons will be here in 2 weeks! They've bought a house just 20 minutes south of me. So Jim and I will soon have 2 little helpers here at The Farm.
The Anti Yaffe bike)
I have plenty of magazine work going on. Check out this months Ironworks magazine to see one of the latest creations from Leroy Thompson that I shot in Sturgis last year. I have two wild bikes coming in The Horse. A very well engineered bobber from the West Coast and another bobber we've dubbed The Anti Yaffe bike. Plus some really helpful painting how-to's. There will also be a few surprises that I've have here on Bikernet. 2007 will be a busy year for me, painting, kids, cats, dogs, magazine work and oh yeah, I'm writing a another book.
Speaking of books, don't forget, if you are painting your bike this spring, pick up the handiest painting tool you'll ever own. "How to Paint Your Motorcycle." It features EVERYTHING you'd ever want to know about painting bikes. Including a very easy, stressfree method of how to mold a frame or do bodywork on your parts. The equipment you'll needs, great info on the various kinds of paint. How to apply that paint and not lose your mind. It will be the best $20 you'll ever spend. You can find it Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, Walden Books, or you can get a personally signed copy from me. www.crazyhorsepainting.com
And there's also "How to Custom Paint Your Motorcycle" if you plan on doing stress free artwork. It features how to paint flames, graphic, murals, damn near anything. If you by both books off my site, I'll throw in shipping for free! Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and say you say it on Bikernet and I'll set up for you.
Ok, people that are Daytona bound! Remember the date March 8th. The Place! The Daytona Speedway! Athena Ramson and her crew of Chopper Chicks will be building a bike in one day! I'll be painting the tank right before your eyes and answering questions. We will have special guests all day! Sara Liberte, the lovely Gypsy from Biker BuildOff, and many others. There will be surprise guests all day long. There will be giveaways. And besides we're right on Builders Row! So stop b and check out Eddie Trotta, Matt Hotch, and all the rest, watch us girls working, get free stuff, plus most of the bike companies have their demo rides at the Speedway. it's worth stopping by for for!
HORSE STAFFER GETTING HITCHED--
Our own Pablo Colomban-our esteemed art director and my right hand here at Horse/Rodz/CKD central in sunny FL
is getting married Saturday.
How bout sending him a good ol "what the hell are you doing?" email.
His email is
BIKERS STORMED 2WHEELERS IN DAYTONA--
Late Wednesday night in Daytona the Jay Brake Crew rolled into 2wheelers shop and demanded the Bikernet.com banner be taken off the building next to there banner. When Arlin refused they saw a for sale sign for the building, whipped out there credit card and bought the building. Grabbing a ladder they took the banner down took some photos and then went looking for chicks. Sorry Bandit
BIKERNET DISCOVERS SUSPICIOUS CHARACTER'S WHEREABOUTS IN DAYTONA--
Leroy-Thompson will be stationed at the Battlegrounds
during Daytona Bike Week March 2-10th across the
street from Destination Daytona. Stop by and see LT's
latest creations and their new Signature Series line
of parts. More info at www.leroythompsonchoppers.com
Come see the Saxon 2007 models at the Saxon booth out
at the Speedway March 2-10th, during Daytona Bike
Week. they will have all their models available
including the new Madjack!
Twisted Choppers has been black listed to the Broken
Spoke. Go by the Spoke and see Twisted Choppers with
all their new bikes and gear including the Biker Build
Off winning Shovelhead Kill Machine!
The Chopper Chick Crew will be building the Pink
Ribbon Chopper live on Thurs March 8th and will donate
the bike immediately following the build to the
National Breast Cancer Foundation. There will be a
press conference at 7pm.
Sucker Punch Sallys will be set up in Willies Tropical
Tattoo lot in Ormond Beach for all of bike week, come
by and see Jeff, Donny and Christian and all their new
One Bad Bitch apparel will be set up at the
battlegrounds across from Destination Daytona. Ladies
if are looking for just the right shirt that says
everything then stop by OBB, their shit rocks!
Advanstar Responds to Alleged Intellectual Property Rights Violations--
Santa Ana, CA-February 28, 2007- News of alleged counterfeiters at the Dealernews International Powersports Expo February 17-19 traveled fast. U.S Marshals served papers to several companies at this year's show. Manufacturers claimed these exhibitors had violated intellectual property rights and filed lawsuits in protest.
Advanstar Communications' legal department will issue the following letter at the request of the customer, the body of which reads as follows:
Advanstar Communications, Inc. ("Advanstar"), the owner and organizer of Dealer Expo 2007 ("Dealer"), has received a complaint from (Company A) relating to (Company B). The complaint alleges improper use by (Company B) of (Company A's) intellectual property on (Company B's) product to be displayed at the upcoming Dealer Expo.
We want to remind you that Advanstar respects third parties' intellectual property rights and willful disregard by an exhibitor of third parties' rights can lead to a suspension of that exhibitors right to participate in future Dealer events.
Any questions or concerns can be directed to Tracy Harris at email@example.com
SUPER-TECH LINKAGE ARM for ALL FLOORBOARD TOURING BIKES AMERICAN-- Softbrake NEW Billet Aluminum shift linkage arms are manufactured from 6061 T-6 aircraft quality stock, and fit all floorboard & touring American model motorcycles. These linkage arms are styled to help make the left side of your motorcycle look as good as the right. They also match the various style SoftBrake shifters and Shifter linkage. Reduced weight and improved structural rigidity eliminates rattle and vibrations while giving a more positive feel when shifting.
Three different arm designs are available to match virtually any style motorcycle; plain, slotted, and circle-punched. For all further information contact your local SoftBrake dealer or contact them direct at: SoftBrake Inc P.O. Box 7081 Norco, CA 92806 (951) 549-9954 www.softbrake.com
WATCH THE BUILD-OFF TONIGHT--BIKER BUILD-OFF PRODUCER MAY BE FOUND WANDERING THE STREETS OF DAYTONA, IF WE DON'T SUPPORT HIS SHOW--
FYI, The ratings for BBO hold strong, but the Network has not committed to more shows yet. Any push from your end at getting people to watch this Thursday's episode would be appreciated. The Build Off features Greg Westbury of Westbury Handcrafted Motorcycles, Concord, CA vs. Brian Fuller of Fuller Hot Rods, Atlanta, Georgia.
Both built highly crafted, totally functional cool, slammed lead sleds. Greg began with an oil infused frame and then fabricates part after part ending with a hot wheels blue, silver metal flake highlighted bobber. Brian cannibalizes a 2005 Buell sportbike into a two piece boardtrack frame with a giant 32" rear tire to make a completely one off street rod.
The two artists end up in Hartford, Connecticut at the Northeast Motorcycle Expo to battle for the trophy.
MOVE OVER GUYS, THE LADIES ARE READY TO WRENCH--
All Woman Bike Build hits Green Bay, WI April 21st
All Woman Bike Builds joins Ken & Bonnie Juza at their 3rd Annual Midwest CycleMania at the Brown County Veterans Memorial Complex in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
This year's show headlines Women in Motorcycling and will be bigger and better than ever providing spectators with a total motorcycling experience.
Leading off this year's roster will be Gina Woods' XX Chromes -All Woman Bike Build! The XX Chromes -roll into the Badger State and descend upon the shores of Green Bay for three awesome days coming together to build one motorcycle in front of a live audience in less than seven hours.
The featured all women builders are:
Sara Liberte - World Famous Biker Portrait Artist
Laura Ellifson - Klock Werks Kustom Cycles and AMA National Land Speed Record Holder
Katie Putman - Mitch Bergeron Customs, Inc. and celebrity custom bike builder from the 1st All Woman Bike Build
Jody Perewitz - of famed Dave Perewitz Cycle Fabrication.
2006 was a motorcycle industry first showcasing an All Women Bike Build created by Gina Woods. The first ever event was held at Open Road Radio's Fat Fest 2006 for Breast Cancer Awareness. "This year we're excited to present these fabulous women as our building team. Each is known for their respective work, but also as leading women in the industry" said Gina Woods.
Additionally, come to see Drag racer Kersten Heling and Andrea Walsdorf. Kersten will be on hand to sign autographs and representing the road racing circuit will be 16 year old Andrea. Also at the April event will be a women's rides showcase.
Furthermore at the event will be; Open Road Radio crew emceeing a day of excitement, thrills, and musical entertainment by American Gypsy while section 8 Stunt Riders will get your heart pumping with their daredevil riding stunts. The Vendors Row will host hundreds of cool vendors displaying and selling their stuff and the Used Bike Corral will provide great exposure for those looking to sell a bike or those searching for a new ride. Bring the kids too, a huge children's play area sponsored by Vandervest Harley-Davidson will round out the show.
Finally, a Moped will be given away every 90 minutes.
$13 gets you through the doors. A $3 discount is being offered online and a $2 discount offered at the door for AMA, HOG or ABATE members.
For more information please visit: www.midwestcyclemania.com or call 920-434-8725. For vendor or sponsorship opportunities go to www.openroadradio.com or call 630-833-9889.
Also, visit: www.openroadradio.com for daily updates.
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