Winners get “Hooked Up” at the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover, Carlisle Edition brought to you by GEICO powersports.

After a month of public voting the 2 winners of the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover finally claimed their prizes during Carlisle Bike Fest. In Carlisle PA July 23rd 2011.  Talk about a fun filled day!  Everyone knows as we get older it’s more fun to give than to receive and let me tell you myself, Crystal and Millicent had a blast watching the winners Mary and Pat  take in all the prizes they had just won.  The weekend was brutal hot, temps over 100 but that didn’t stop us all from having a good time and enjoying each others company.  This is our 3rd year doing the Ultimate Biker Makeover and every year each winner has been just amazing! All of us here at Garage-Girls consider ourselves so lucky to meet and spend the day with these wonderful people.
As you all know we asked Contestants (guys and girls) to submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover by May 10, 2011. Submissions were narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls and Carlisle Events. The final 4 were then placed on for the public to vote for who they felt most deserved the Ultimate Biker Makeover.  Runner up Mary Pinkerton shared her story of experiencing the loss of her mother and then being informed she was diabetic. After focusing on her health and making changes to her new condition she has found herself many pounds lighter and with riding gear that no longer fits her properly.  Grand Prize Winner Pat Henderson shared her story of continually making self-sacrifices to provide her children with all she could, which included giving up her motorcycle. With her children grown she is asking for help in fulfilling her dreams of getting back out on the road.
Mary and Pat were both treated to a fun filled day at Carlisle Bike Fest.  Each receiving all-new gear and accessories including a new riding jacket from HOT LEATHERS, riding gloves and helmet by Z1R, riding boots by HARLEY-DAVIDSON FOOTWEAR, riding glasses from 7 EYE, clothing by REBEL GIRL, a $50 gift certificate to, a cool kit filled with cleaning supplies by WIZARDS PRODUCTS, and each a case of full synthetic oil by SPECTRO OILS. Pat, the grand-prize winner, also received accessories for her motorcycle including a new seat by MUSTANG SEATS, a set of tires by AVON TYRES, a set of fork springs by PROGRESSIVE SUSPENSION, and lots of chrome goodies by KURYAKYN including grips, hiway pegs, chrome accents, the sound of chrome speakers and a tour pack luggage bag.  GEICO Insurance the presenting sponsor surprised Mary the runner up with a $200 gas gift card since she trekked all the way from Houston Texas!  The retail value of the prizes for Mary, the runner up was $1,034.95 and for grand prizewinner Pat,  $2,746.62!   Can you imagine scoring all of that!   Stay tuned to Garage-Girls for next years contest, this could be you!

The 2nd Annual Jedediah Thomas Smith Memorial Luncheon is quickly approaching!

For those of you who have been with Garage-Girls for a while, you will remember our first years Ultimate Biker Makeover’s winner Kristin Buckley.  Her story of why she needed a biker makeover was very compelling to us and hit home with all of our readers. Kristin had been helping her son Jed fight childhood cancer for 11 years.  Sadly Jed passed 2 years ago and Kristin is still fighting to keep a cure on the horizon for children everywhere fighting childhood cancer in Jed’s memory.
We wanted to share this info about the memorial luncheon in Jed’s memory, if you are in the Eastern PA area, maybe you could stop by and support! If you are not in that area perhaps you would like to donate.
The 2nd Annual Jedediah Thomas Smith Memorial Luncheon event will be held Saturday, August 27th from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Great American Saloon in Red Lion, Pennsylvania. Featuring buffet style casual fare, cash bar, live music, homemade baked goods, as well as a large raffle and silent auction, all proceeds benefit the Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation to raise funds and awareness towards the fight against childhood cancer. 

Donations are still needed for the silent auction and raffle for the luncheon! To donate, please contact the Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation at   Join us in the fight against childhood cancer and make a difference in the life of a child! 
For tickets or more information, check out the blog – or follow us on Twitter – @JTSFoundation

Rally TV, The Show you Watch Before you Go Anywhere! Is headed to Sturgis.

All of us here at Garage-Girls are psyched about this project because our very own Sara Liberte is co-creator along with Cycle Source Magazine’s Chris Callen. We just got word that Rally TV will be riding into the Black Hills and will be set-up with the Limpnickie Lot at the Buffalo Chip Campground. That isn’t where it stops, they will be at all the hot spots all over Sturgis including rides, events, shows and just roaming Mainstreet. With over 32,500 views of their videos from Laconia Motorcycle Week and Daytona it’s no wonder that Wizards Products, Garage Leathers , Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Pingel/Shifters Bar and Grill, Las Vegas Bike Fest and Sick Boy have signed on to sponsor segments during Rally TV’s Sturgis reporting.  Rally TV will be out among the bikers to document all the action and be the #1 online news source for all your Sturgis Bike Week information. Rally TV is the only grassroots video production company that allows bikers to interact and share their lifestyle with other bikers. Each day Rally TV will upload “Daily News” and an “Event Guide” to everything Rally TV sees as a fun thing to do which, can be viewed day or night. In addition Rally TV will be uploaded to a variety of motorcycle focused social media platforms including,, our own site, Facebook and the Rally TV Youtube Channel.

Rally TV is known for their fun biker segments and knowing where the action is at every motorcycle event they attend, then immediately uploading them to the internet so anyone can have a look into the action just after it happens. So if you see the Rally TV crew out with a microphone and camera make sure you go up and say hi.

David Uhl Annual Sturgis Piece

As most of you know, every year Garage-Girls favorite moto-artist David Uhl creates a new masterpiece for the Sturgis Rally and for Daytona Bike Week.  This year’s Sturgis piece, titled “Sly Hill Showdown”  combines some of David’s favorite things in life and joins past offerings such as “Stranger in Town”, “An August to Remember” and “Whiskey Business” in this collection.
In David’s words, “Approaching this years commemorative piece was highly influenced by my March Daytona release.  As I did earlier in the year,  I wanted to portray some unusual moment that may happen during the course of the Rally.  In this case, I chose the depiction of a classic hot rod interacting with one of the largest growing segments of the riding community, a woman.  Last year, I followed 3 of the coolest Rat Rods out to the Buffalo Chip, and intrigued with what these guys had done with their cars, I realized that they were amazingly similar to the custom bike builders I know.  As an artist, I am always looking for a unique angle, so I decided to put them together, way outside the fray of the huge crowds on Main Street.  They are on Sly Hill Road, just underneath the Sly Hill Sturgis sign that we all have come to know and love. I hope you enjoy this years commemorative.
As always, David is offering this piece at special commemorative pricing through the end of the rally on August 14th and including shipping within the contiguous U.S. for orders placed now.   Matching edition numbers are available for those collecting the entire Sturgis Commemorative series.  Each canvas print will come hand-signed and numbered and framed with Certificate of Authenticity.  The final edition size will be established at the end of the rally when we total the number of prints sold by that time.
Edition specifics:
“Regular” canvas print – image size 30” x 20”, $895 framed and shipped within the contiguous U.S.
“Large” canvas print – image size 42” x 28”, $2,850 framed and shipped within the contiguous U.S.
To reserve your print, simply contact Greg at 303-913-4840.
to see more of David’s work visit

Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness

The whole country is facing the record highs it seems this week, and while most of us know the simple basics to staying safe in these temps, here are some reminders….
The best defense is prevention. Here are some prevention tips:
• Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
• Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
• Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.
• Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
•NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
• Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
Infants and young children
People aged 65 or older
People who have a mental illness
Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
• Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
If you must be out in the heat:
• Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
• Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.  A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.
• Try to rest often in shady areas.
• Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).


Psst… Wanna hear a secret? The bunny volunteers around here have nicknames for me. They think I don’t know, but I hear them calling me ‘Cuddlebunny’ and ‘Handsome Fellow.’ And I have to say, I can’t disagree with them. I AM quite the handsome cuddlebunny!

I like it best when I’m petted between my ears and I will often sit for a minute or two before running off to play. I’m young and I have a lot of energy to spare so I have to do the most with my free time! After a little cuddle time, I like to get out there and see the bunny world. There is much explore for a young bunny like me. I am waiting for a place of my own to call home that I can explore every day.

I’ve got it all, the white fur, the pink eyes and the personality to go with it. I’m an easy going guy and I get along with pretty much all of the bunnies here. I haven’t found my BFF yet but I’m taking my time and getting to know everyone. Besides, maybe my BFF will find me from the outside world instead. You just never know.

Come on in and visit me soon at Animal Friends. I bet you won’t be able to resist my good looks and winning personality