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Baker Drivetrain Signs on to Support Ultimate Biker Makeover 2016

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We are beyond psyched to announce the addition of Baker Drivetrain to the roster of sponsors supporting this years Ultimate Biker Makeover.

“We are now in our 8th year and the contest just keeps growing. When Baker Drivetrain reached out to be a part of what we are doing, we had to share the news with everyone to let them know what is on the line if they are chosen as the 2016 Ultimate Biker Makeover winner.” ~Sara Liberte

The Ultimate Biker Makeover is a dream come true for one lucky winner who will be chosen by selected judges, as he or she scores prizes from some of the top companies in the motorcycle industry.

Contestants (Girls and Guys) must submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover as well as a photo (jpeg no larger than 5mb) to bikermakeover@garage-girls.com Deadline for entries is June 29th 2016. Submissions will be narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges will decide who they feel most deserves the Ultimate Biker Makeover and will get to take home all the prizes which include; A wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear, a case of full synthetic oil from Spectro Oils, A new Mustang Motorcycle Seat, a set of tires from AVON Tyres, Motorcycle Helmet, Jacket AND Gloves by J&P Cycles, clothing by Hijinx Apparel, exhaust from Vance and Hines, surprises from S&S Cycle, Klock Werks, Baker Drivetrain and MUCH MORE!! GEICO Motorcycle during the 76th Sturgis Rally will announce winner LIVE on the Buffalo Chip Stage Thursday August 11th, 2016, winner will also be posted online at www.garage-girls.com.

Indian Scout used in Wall of Death Speed Guiness World Records Title

Wall of Death 4Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, is proud to announce that accomplished English road racer and flourishing daredevil TV presenter Guy Martin used an Indian Scout motorcycle to prepare for a new world record he recently set for the fastest speed around a ‘Wall of Death’.

The feat was televised live on Channel 4 in the UK on March 28 and immediately certified as a Guinness World Record. A silo-shaped cylinder made of wooden planks, a Wall of Death installation usually ranges from 20 to 36 feet in diameter. Motorcyclists traveling along the vertical wall of the silo at a typical speed of approx. 20 mph are held in place by centrifugal force. To reach the 60 mph Martin needed to achieve, yet limit the g-force plying his body, the Wall of Death built for him in an otherwise unused hangar featured a 387-ft. circumference.
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Riding the Indian Scout, Martin hit 60.1 mph – an instant Guinness World Record – on his first attempt and reached a confirmed 70.33 mph on his second attempt. Then he switched to his own custom-built BSA R3 powered by aviation fuel. The result: 78.15 mph, the speed logged for the official Guinness World Record.

The Indian Scout Martin rode was a standard machine lightly prepared by Krazy Horse to be ‘Wall ready’. Add-ons included Renthal handlebars, lay-back risers, modified lower frame struts to accommodate foot-plates, 18″ wheels, a shortened rear fender and a special paint job.Wall of Death 1“Seeing Guy ride the Indian Scout in preparation for the live show and initially setting a new world record was an extremely proud moment for us,” says Jim Clarke, Country Manager for Polaris UK & Ireland.  “It’s testament to the Scout that a production motorcycle with very little modification could ride around that gigantic Wall of Death and help to set a new World Record.”

Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com Photo Credit: Guy Martin’s Wall of Death: LIVE – ALL4

BMW To Sponsor  Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride

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July 3-23, 2016
BMW Motorrad USA will be the title sponsor of the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride, a cross country motorcycle adventure for women, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Adeline and Augusta Van Buren’s historic motorcycle ride across the United States. BMW Motorrad USA will provide motorcycles for the ride organizer and staff, and BMW of North America will provide BMW X5 chase vehicles and a 7 Series photography-equipped vehicle along the entire route. Beginning July 3 in Brooklyn, New York (where the Van Buren sisters commenced their journey in 1916) and concluding July 23 with a group ride into San Francisco, CA, the transcontinental journey will raise awareness and funds for two women’s charities: Final Salute, Inc., a national women’s veteran’s organization, which provides temporary and permanent housing for the over 500,000 homeless female veterans in the U.S.; and the Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists, which supports scholarships to increase the number of female instructors and coaches for road, dirt and track motorcycle rider training.

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“We are delighted to commemorate this historic motorcycling accomplishment by two courageous women as BMW celebrates its own 100th anniversary,” commented Sarah Schilke, National Motorcycle Manager, BMW Motorrad USA. “As BMW celebrates a century of engineering innovation and industry benchmarks, it seemed entirely fitting to partner with the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride as a tribute to the Van Buren sisters, who were the first women to climb Pikes Peak and traverse the continental United States on individual motorcycles.”

“We appreciate BMW’s commitment to the female riding community, not only through its partnership, but also through its recent model enhancements to accommodate women riders of all sizes,” said event organizer Alisa Clickenger. “By applying advanced technology and design across one of the industry’s broadest range of models, there is truly a motorcycle for every rider within the BMW lineup.

“It was a much different era for women motorcyclists in 1916,” added Clickenger. “With World War I looming, the Van Buren sisters wanted to demonstrate that women had what it took to be dispatch riders in the Army, and their transcontinental journey on a pair of motorcycles made U.S. history.

“This was quite an accomplishment for two courageous women at a time when few roads were paved, post-Victorian attitudes were in full flare and women did not yet have the right to vote,” said Clickenger. “This ride is intended to honor their achievement and promote the growth of female motorcyclists within the motorcycling community.”

More than 100 women riders, including Adeline’s great-granddaughter, Sofié Ruderman, and Sarah Van Buren, great-niece of Adeline and Augusta, will participate. Riders will follow the Van Burens’ 1916 route as closely as possible, promoting women as role models and raising funds for charities supporting women. Community events and “Meet and Greets” are planned along the way.

Women have several options for participation, including a fully supported tour, as well as self-guided tours of the entire route or individual segments.

For registration information, visit www.SistersMotorcycleRide.com .

For more information on the history-making Van Buren sisters, visit: www.sistersmotorcycleride.com/womens-motorcycle-ride-inspiration  and www.VanBurenSisters.com .

FRED KODLIN SIGNATURE SERIES SEATS BY MUSTANG DESIGNED BY KODLIN; HANDCRAFTED BY MUSTANG 

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Check out what Mustang Seats has been up to. They have combined their talents as the world’s highest quality seat manufacturer with internationally acclaimed custom bike designer Fred Kodlin.
Europe’s most famous father-son custom bike team, Fred and Len Kodlin, have combined their design vision with the hand craftsmanship of Mustang to create exceptional new seat styles. Whether you ride a Dyna, Sportster, FL or a Softail Breakout, you can now complete your custom look with a truly extraordinary, one-of-a-kind seat from Kodlin and Mustang.  Fred Kodlin seats feature distinctive panels of luxurious Alcantara®, a high-end material that offers suede-like texture and appearance, but offers ultra-durability. It is coveted for use in luxury automobiles as well as space vehicles. Each new seat is available in a two-tone look that features center panels of soft black or maroon Alcantara® with matching or contrasting black or brown vinyl side panels.   Kodlin Signature seats are available in a solo style for Dyna and Wide Glide 2006-up and for Sportster 2004-06 and 2010-up. In addition to the solo seat, there is a sleek optional matching passenger pad for Softail Breakout models. The Kodlin style seat for 2008-up FL models is a distinctive one-piece, two-up style.

For more information visit here
http://www.mustangseats.com/Categories.aspx?varSearch=Kodlin

RSD SUPERHOOLIGAN SCOUT SIXTY RACERS SPONSORED BY INDIAN MOTORCYCLE TO APPEAR AT DAYTONA BIKE WEEK, and VENUES ACROSS THE U.S.

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Won’t this be super fun to check out! Indian Motorcycleis inviting fans of motorcycle racing to see the Roland Sands Design SuperHooligan Indian® Scout® Sixty dirt trackers in action during the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week.

The RSD SuperHooligan Indian Scout Sixty race bikes most recently appeared at races held in conjunction with The One Show in Salem, Ore., and Mama Tried in Milwaukee, Wis.

At The One Show, RSD fielded four Indian Scout Sixty SuperHooligan bikes in a line-up of 15 racers. Drake McElroy, Travis Newbold, Cameron Brewer and local female racer Tori George held four of the top five spots for the majority of the race, with Newbold throttling to a 2nd place finish.
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At Mama Tried, the Hooligan Scout Sixty race team for the weekend included Roland Sands, Cameron Brewer, Aaron Frank, and professional GNC racers Jesse Janisch and Kevin Walters. Indian Scout SuperHooligan racers dominated qualifying with a win in every heat race, and Sands led his heat race from flag to flag. Four of the 12 riders in the eight-lap main event were aboard Indians. An aggressive start from Sands gave him the holeshot, but the soda syrup and concrete track conditions had changed going into the main event surprising many of the riders in the field. Following loads of two-wheeled hijinks inherent to hooligan racing, Brewer ripped into a 4th place finish, Janisch slid into 7th, Frank managed a 9th and Sands rounded out the field in 12th after crashing out while on the hunt for a podium spot.
“Engaging in elbow-to-elbow combat with a dozen other ultra-aggressive hooligan racers on a track that’s barely bigger than an NBA basketball court was more than a little intimidating,” says Aaron Frank, former editor of Motorcyclist magazine. “I’ve done hundreds of races in my life but this was far and away the best. The unique indoor venue, the huge crowd, the camaraderie of riders, the bar-banging racing action and the roar of a pack of Scout V-twins – SuperHooligan racing is pretty much the most fun I’ve ever had on two wheels.”
Hooligans next will be out to play 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the Ocean Complex West Parking Lot in downtown Daytona Beach. Enjoy live music, food & refreshments as Roland Sands and fellow Team RSD racers battle handlebar-to-handlebar in pursuit of the checkered flag on their RSD SuperHooligan Indian Scout Sixty customs. Winners of the Project Scout contest will be announced at this event, and you’re welcome to join a celebratory after-party at the Boot Hill Saloon. Racers interested in participating in the Daytona event can sign up at RolandSands.com.

If you can’t make it to Bike Week, the SuperHooligans will be at IV Flat Track Del Mar in Del Mar, Calif., on March 19, and at the Hand Built Show in Austin, TX, on April 8.

Keep up with Team RSD SuperHooligan Indian Scout Sixty dirt trackers at RolandSands.com. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

V-Twin Expo Report

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Soap Box Derby Anyone?

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If you have thought about getting involved in soap box derby racing here is a great chance to check it out in the Cleveland area!

The Cleveland Soap Box Derby has announced it will be holding an Indoor Rally at the 2016 I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama Show. The Indoor Rally track will be 250 feet long and will feature side-by-side racing in the Hot Rod Asylum. Participant’s registration will be handled through the Cleveland Soap Box Derby at www.clevelandsoapboxderby.com.

The Cleveland Soap Box Derby will be holding fun runs for future Soap Box Derby racers on Friday, March 18th from 3 pm to 10 pm at the show. Future racers that are age eligible and would like to get into a soap box derby will be given the opportunity to make a run down the indoor rally track.  On Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th, racers will hold an All-American Soap Box Derby Rally and will be racing for points. Once the races are completed, the fun runs will open to the public, time permitting.

The show will be celebrating its 50 years in Cleveland having started in 1967 at the Cleveland Convention Center with “The Former Fifty” and the “Featured Fifty” vehicles. The Former Fifty are winners from the past which will be displayed on Thunder Row as part of the 2016 Cruisin’ Times All Stars and the Featured Fifty.

 

Ultimate Biker Makeover 2014; Chris Gibbany!

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We get very excited when we hear from past winners of the Ultimate Biker Makeover.  We have to give big props to 2014 Winner Chris Gibbany. Chris does an amazing job of staying in touch with us, and we are just thrilled to call her a friend. The biggest goal of the Ultimate Biker Makeover, and Garage-Girls in general is to bring us like minded “Garage-Folk” together. Thank you Chris for embracing this philosophy!

Here is the latest from Chris direct;

“Since my last update, my life has been as exciting as ever!  My 1974 Charger is finally finished and I have to say that I am super excited to get it out to shows and cruise-ins this year.  My husband and I have started a “Throwback Thursdays” at the local Kenda Drive-In here in Arkansas.  One Thursday a month we will be showing a “car movie” and let people with pre-1980 cars and trucks enjoy a blast from the past.  Last year I became the Arkansas Representative for the Global Women Who Ride project–  This is the brainchild of Rashmi Tambe, a female rider from Washington.  She started it in early 2014 to showcase women from around the world.  She is currently looking for other women riders from each state and each country to feature.  She is active on a lot of different sites and can be found here: 
https://www.facebook.com/globalwomenwhoride 

I have been a member of Cool Rides Online (CRO) since 2012 and am eager to announce that I just recently became a CRO Champion!  I now have the opportunity to promote and work with Gold Eagle, the company that sponsors CRO at local and national car shows and bike rallies.   I am also pleased to be featured on Throttle Gals calendar (for the third year in a row) as Miss August, proudly wearing my Garage Girls tank top!  I am equally proud of the fact that my rescue pit bull, Solomon and I are included in The Pit Stop Rescue calendar this year.  I am a huge animal lover and supporter of rescue animals.    I am excited that my passion for hot rods and motorcycles is being rewarded.  I would like to inspire and motivate others to the fact that as long as you believe it will happen, it eventually will.
Keep positive and let positive things flow through you.”
-Chris Gibbany

Hey Past winners, we would love to hear from you, Send an email to sara@saraliberte.com and let us know what you have been up to!