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Posted in American Motorcycle, ArtBiker's Thoughts, Biker News, Biker TV, Book Reviews and Author News, Build Your Own, Custom Bike Show, Custom Motorcycle, Fine Art Fridays, Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle Club, Motorcycle Event, Motorcycle Industry News, Motorcycle Rally, Motorcycle Tour and Travel, movie mondays, Outlaw Biker, Press Release, Product Reviews, Tattoosday, Uncategorized, Weekend Pass : Biker's Rights and the Law with tags , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by ArtBiker

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Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,



Cycle World Motorcycle Show Tour Kicks Off

Posted in Custom Bike Show, Motorcycle Event, Press Release, Uncategorized with tags on October 21, 2008 by ArtBiker

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October 21, 2008
Phoenix – (October 21, 2008) – The Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows® presented by Toyota kicks-off its 13-city nationwide tour at the University of Phoenix Stadium Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 2. This motorcycle extravaganza is an all access pass to the world of motorcycling with hundreds of the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters and ATVs for both new and experienced riders. Several manufacturers will showcase U.S. debuts of hot new models and offer attendees an up-close look at the latest in fuel efficient transportation with more than 500 new vehicles that get 50-plus miles to the gallon – there has never been a better time to ride! From a record setting number of demo rides to a Scooter Pavilion jam-packed with fuel sipping options, the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show offers something for everyone.    

The Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows is the first place to see the 2009-model motorcycle collections from the leading motorcycle manufacturers. Ducati and Kawasaki will unveil new models for the first time ever in the U.S. on Friday, October 31, live on the show floor. Attendees will also get a first look the all new Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager and Ninja ZX-6R and the Ducati Monster 1100 and Monster 696. In addition, a custom Phoenix Suns Ducati 848, signed by all the players and featuring a seat made out of basketball skins will be unveiled to the public for the first time ever. This one-of-a-kind bike will be auctioned off at the annual Suns & Stars Gala to raise funds for Phoenix Suns Charities in early 2009. 

“Phoenix is the first show for the new model season and Arizonans will be treated to exciting U.S. bike debuts from several manufacturers,” said Group Show Director Jeff D’Entremont. “Enthusiasts will also have the unique opportunity to test ride the largest demo fleet in tour history to truly experience all the great brands and machines we have lined up. This first stop on the tour will showcase several new show features including first-time rider seminars, a Scooter Pavilion featuring the latest brands and products fitting of the scooter lifestyle, high-flying freestyle motocross action and more.” 

Following is a brief description of the exciting new features coming to the University of Phoenix Stadium: 

    * Scooter Pavilion – With high gas prices, scooters are all the rage and the Scooter Pavilion will showcase all the newest models from several manufacturers all in one location. This is the perfect place for showgoers to learn more about these high mileage transportation options and compare models from Aprilia, CF Moto, Genuine, Honda, KYMCO, Piaggio, Vectrix, Vespa and more! 
    * More Demo Rides Than Ever – Licensed motorcyclists who bring their own riding gear (including a helmet) can test drive the hottest new street bikes from more than 10 manufacturers on Saturday and Sunday, during daylight hours. These manufacturer-sponsored demo rides will offer showgoers the chance to hop on the latest models from BRP, Ducati, Honda, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, KTM, KYMCO, Star, Suzuki, Victory and Yamaha. 
    * Explore Motorcycling New Rider’s Welcome Center – The Welcome Center is the inviting home to a surplus of information for new riders, as well as a place to ask questions and learn about motorcycle safety, women’s programs and local riding clubs – the perfect place for those interested in or new to two wheels. This feature area will also house floor plans, exhibitor lists, product giveaways and serve as an ideal introduction to the world of motorcycling. 
    * Freestyle Motocross Action – Freestyle motocross fans are sure to be thrilled by performances from the Team Cartel Freestyle Motocross Team. Riders will dazzle attendees with their one-of-a-kind aerial tricks and back flips to a heart pounding soundtrack. 
    * The Hub – For the first time ever, this new high-energy area will be jam-packed with great speakers covering touring tips, new rider seminars, safety topics and advanced rider clinics. Attendees will also be treated to the American debut of several bikes, on Halloween afternoon. 
    * Vintage Pavilion – This retro showcase returns with an expanded collection of rare vintage motorcycles including classic dirt bikes, cruisers and more from various vintage groups throughout the country. 
    * Family Action Zone – Children will enjoy several interactive activities including an obstacle course with Strider Running Bikes, an interactive gaming area featuring the latest video game systems and more! 

For the 16th consecutive year, Cycle World, the world’s most popular motorcycle magazine, is the title sponsor for the series and leading manufacturer Toyota will return for the 11th year as presenting sponsor. The show will be open to the public Friday, October 31 (Halloween) through Sunday, November 2, at the University of Phoenix Stadium, located at 1 Cardinals Drive, in Glendale, Arizona. Show hours are Friday, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the event is $12 for adults and $6 for children 6-11. Children 5 and under are admitted free.  Families are encouraged to attend on Freaky Friday, where kids under 12 get in free for safe trick or treating from all the exhibitors at the show!  Plus, Sunday is Ladies Day Out with all women receiving half price admission at the door with our online coupon!  $2 off discount tickets are available on the Web at The Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows® presented by Toyota is the world’s largest motorcycle show series. For more information, call 800/331-5706 or visit


Trikes, Trikes (part II)

Posted in American Motorcycle, ArtBiker's Thoughts, Biker News, Custom Bike Show, Custom Motorcycle, Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle Industry News, Product Reviews, Uncategorized with tags , on October 17, 2008 by ArtBiker




Finally, the exciting world of custom bikes has not left the three-wheeled world alone.  We have all seen the Exile trike by Russell Mitchell and the crazy semi engine turned trike by Mr. Jesse James, but there are others out there that turn out really nice trikes for an affordable price.  Other custom builders like Covington’s cycles make the occasional trike as well as high end OEMs like Bourget Bike Works.  You can’t deny that the trike is becoming trick.



Besides the really nice kits we looked at in the last section of this blog, there are a few other builders/companies that turn out some sweet sleds.  Let’s start with Santiago Choppers.  This homegrown family business is built on five, count ‘em 5, generations of bike enthusiasts.  Alan Bernard is the man behind the scenes at this great shop in Gibsonton, Florida.  The trikes they turn out come in a softail and hardtail version.  They also make some kick ass Harley to trike conversions as well as some sweet traditional chops.  They have too many cool examples of their work to mention here, so I am going to send you directly to their site.  Enjoy!



Art Morris at Trike Envy in Sherwood, Oregon also creates some beautiful ground up customs.  These bikes remind me much of that big wheel I used to ride as a kid, long, low, and a mother of a back end.  These trikes come with HUGE rear tires.  We are talking funny car, dragster rubber.  Put yourself on one of these sleds and hang on!



Alas, we cannot forget the trikes of yore.  Yes, those three wheeled creations that meld the world of bikes and cages, the hybrid of the VW Bug and the stretched out chopper.  Big in the 70’s, these bikes are sure to come back with a vengeance, and the company who will lead the way?  Well, it could very well be Phoenix, AZ locals, Rat Race Productions.  These guys have been turning out badass VW based trikes for over 30 years.  I know you have seen their work in magazines past, but check them out today.  They are still on the ball and at the forefront of their craft.



The last few posts have focused on the trike as art form and ride able machine.  As stated, I do not have any personal experience on trikes, but am hoping to get a demo machine to try out soon.  As soon as I do, I will be letting you know.  Until then, keep your feet on the pegs for a change and enjoy profilin’ on a three-wheeled machine.  Next up?  Sidecars!


Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,


Myrtle Beach Update

Posted in Custom Bike Show, Motorcycle Rally, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 11, 2008 by ArtBiker

Well, the rally has ended and there are some really interesting results from this year’s Myrtle Beach Fall event. 

First and foremost, a lot of riders skirted the city limits of Myrtle Beach all together.  Attendence in town was certainly down, vendors were down, and a lot of local businesses lost the biker’s dollars.  I believe this had as much, if not more to do with the 15 new laws to curb the bikers vacation as it did the economy and gas prices.

Within the city limits, there were only three tickets issued for sound violations.  It seems the cops were giving the bikers a bit of a grace period and issuing a lot of warnings, but not handing out violations.  It has also been reported by the Myrtle Beach Police Department that there were a total of 17 complaints about sound.  This statistic does not tell us whether the complaints were about bikes, cars, trucks, music, or other possible sound nuisances. 

A break down in the numbers from the Mrytle Beach PD reads as follows:

37,125    in overtime pay for police officers

1537       calls for service

368         citations and/or charges

227         people arrested

6             DUIs

26           collisions

1             death

3             stolen motorcycles

Speaking of stolen motorcycles, there was a bust of a chop shop in nearby Andrews.  The three men arrested included Martin Grice, a jailer at the Georgetown County Jail, and Patrick Cumbee, an Andrew’s Police Officer.  The third man, Dedrick McCray, must have been the misfit of the bunch as he wasn’t involved in law enforcement at all.

All in all, the rally commenced and those that attended had a good time.  It is our hope that the MB City Council relaxes a bit and lets the bikers come for a good time.  You and I know that although we all love a good party, we are a good bunch, right?

As of now, there are three lawsuits against the city in an attempt to prove the new laws unconstitutional.


Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,



Hurricane Ike Can’t Keep Bikers Down!

Posted in Custom Bike Show, Motorcycle Rally, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 5, 2008 by ArtBiker


Hurrican Ike headed for Galveston, TX "Certain death for those that don't evacuate."

Hurrican Ike headed for Galveston, TX "Certain death for those that do not evacuate."


AP Photo/Javier Galeano

Photo Credit : AP Photo/Javier Galeano


It is true; the hurricane has got nothing on us.  For those of you out in the rest of the country, you may or may not be aware of the devastation Ike left on Galveston and the Southern Houston area.  The ArtBiker family was lucky and suffered some minor damage and was only without power for about 11 days. With the aid of battery operated radios, we were able to find out a little of what was going on.  When we did get our power back, all the local stations were still running Ike news 24/7.  The city forgot about everything as we focused on FEMA Points of Distribution, Ready to Eat Meals, and $12 bags of ice from the few price-gouging vendors who had the balls to try and take advantage of the situation.  The news took our breath away.  Neighborhoods were gone… yes, literally gone!  Not even rubble left behind, just bare land!  If you have not seen the pictures, do a search and check out the damage.

Anyway, we were lucky to not have another Katrina disaster and the island of Galveston is struggling to come back to life as quickly as possible.  And working they are.  In fact, promoters of the Lone Star Rally are dubbing their annual event as the “Official re-opening of Galveston.”  As the Island re-builds the Lone Star Crew is doing what they can for the community that has embraced them since their first rally in 2004.  The Rally is set for the weekend of October 30th – November 2nd and there are special plans to help bring folks in and do their part to bolster the economy.  The efforts include:

A Charity Casino and Auction benefiting Ronald McDonald House.

An attempt to bring more major entertainers in for benefit concerts.

Vendors will hold Trick or Treat for the Galveston kids from 6pm-9pm on Friday.

LSR will hold a kids costume contest. The top five kids will get new bicycles.

Over 20 donation stations around the venues will be set up.

A special Rally to Rebuild logo can be added to the Official T-Shirt for a donation to the Rally to Rebuild Fund.

A telethon will be held inside the Convention Center on Saturday to raise money.

If given enough space on the Seawall, LSR will provide free space to Galveston merchants who have product to sell but no place to sell it.


This is all fine and good, and we applaud the LSR Team for their efforts, but what is the rally going to offer all those bikers they are hoping to attract?  Well, in past years, this rally has drawn nearly 500,000 riders to the island of Galveston.  This year there will be a special concert by the Beach Boys as well as three stages around town featuring 60 bands.  Demo fleets, deep sea fishing and dolphin tours, AMA tours and poker runs, a Halloween Costume Biker Parade and the World’s largest Leather and Lace Ball, ghost ship tours, the Lone Star Lady Riders’ Conference, as well as your usual bikes, babes, beer, and other standard rally fare.

The ArtBiker family will be there in force, taking pictures, holding wedding ceremonies, passing out free ArtBiker cards and gear, and kicking back with a cold one while watching the world go by.  If you make it, please come on up and say hello, we would love to meet with you.


Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,





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Posted in American Motorcycle, ArtBiker's Thoughts, Biker News, Biker TV, Book Reviews and Author News, Build Your Own, Custom Bike Show, Custom Motorcycle, Fine Art Fridays, Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle Club, Motorcycle Event, Motorcycle Industry News, Motorcycle Rally, Motorcycle Tour and Travel, movie mondays, Outlaw Biker, Press Release, Product Reviews, Tattoosday, Uncategorized, Weekend Pass : Biker's Rights and the Law with tags , , , on September 30, 2008 by ArtBiker


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