Sunday, November 16, 2014

2015 Key Biker Events


Mark Your Calendar for 2015 Major Bike Rally Events 
click on headlines to view all news stories about each rally.




Daytona Bike Week News 

March 6 - 15, 2015
70+ years, still one of the 
biggest rallies in the world
Daytona Beach, Florida

 

Arizona Bike Week News

March 25 - 29, 2015
Cyclefest at WestWorld
Scotsdale, Arizona

 

Leesburg Rally News

April 24 - 26, 2015
250,000 est. last year
50 bands - bike shows
bikes only parking downtown
Leesburg, Florida



Laconia Rally News

June 13 – 21, 2015
Oldest rally in USA
Laconia, New Hampshire
  

More Top Events:

European Bike Rallies

International Female Ride Day

Thunder in the Valley News

June 25 - 28, 2015
Johnstown, Pennsylvania


Sturgis Rally News

August 3 – 9, 2015 - 75th annual
top attendance 600,000 for 60th

Sturgis, South Dakota    

Trail Of Tears Ride News

September 21, 2013 marked 20 years and was the last ride to raise awareness and sponsor historical signage to mark the "trail of tears" Native American resettlement. More than
200,000 riders annually followed the "trail of tears" route from Tennessee to Alabama for an annual Native American PowWow Festival, with hundreds of riders continuing to destinations in Oklahoma. 


 

Bikes, Blues & BBQ News

September 23 - 26, 2015
Largest non-profit rally in USA
400,000 and growing!
Fayetteville, Arkansas  

Biketoberfest News

October 15 -18, 2015
22 years, est. 300,000
Daytona Beach, Florida



Lone Star Rally News

November 6 - 9, 2014
Galveston, Texas                      

 

MJ Pezzi, owner/editor 

Jim Dohms
photography

Kelly Roper Gillespie
photography 

Tom Tobin
photography
lois.lane327@gmail.com

jim@jimdohms.com


Bentmindphotography@yahoo.com


ttobin@tampabay.rr.com



Monday, November 3, 2014

Florida's #1 Ole-Skool Biker Party: Roscoe's Chili Challenge

When the Florida weather gets a little nippy, bikers make a road trip to Lakeland for Roscoe's Chili Challenge -- Florida's #1 Ole-Skool Biker Party. It's a weekend of camping, music, arm wrestling, wet T-shirt and mechanical bull riding contests, a free bike show, and of course, the world famous Roscoe's Chili Challenge competition.

Ride your bike into the camp grounds to camp beside your bike. Everyone else must camp where their vehicle is parked. The 29th annual event gets underway on Friday at 5320 Shady Oak Drive N, Lakeland -- a few miles west of Orlando. 

The event is Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Nov. 7 - 9, 2014. Admission is $50 for the three-day weekend or $40 Saturday only. 

All chili must be cooked at the event, and there will be free chili for everyone!~ This is an adults-only event: No dogs, guns or children. 

The purse for the best chili is $2,000 plus trophies. Contestant sign-up is at 10 am but cooking begins at 7 am on Saturday. There is also a free bike show, free bike games, plus arm wrestling, wet T-shirt and bull riding contests.

The party happens -- rain or shine, hail or high water at Roscoe's. It's OK to bring your personal cooler but NO GLASS CONTAINERS. Coolers and containers will be checked. Visit the official website for details: http://www.roscoeschilichallenge.com/index.htm

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Famed Bike Builder Billy Lane, Home & Married

Orlando, Florida - Famed bike builder Billy Lane is a free man and a married man. Congratulations to Billy & Erin on your new life together as Husband & Wife...!!!.. Billy was released on Sept. 19, 2014 after satisfying a 6-year prison sentence on a drunk driving, vehicular homicide charge that resulted in the death of a fellow biker in 2009. The Choppers Inc. builder from Melbourne, Florida has been working here in Orlando at Global Motor Werks as part of an Avon Park work-release program. He will remain on probation for three years.

Billy Lane holds seven US patents on motorcycle parts and accessories and has authored two books, an autobiography,  Billy Lane's Chop Fiction: It's not a Motorcycle, Baby, It's a Chopper (2004) and Billy Lane's How to Build Old School Choppers, Bobbers and Customs (2005.) He also holds an Associate in Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor in Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida International University.

Biker friend Jay Allen of Broken Spoke Saloon stood by Billy through some of his years in prison... helping to deliver an Air Force tribute bike built from prison in 2012 that was unveiled on Memorial Day Weekend at Rolling Thunder's 25th Anniversary rally in Washington DC. The story of the build was covered exclusively by The Horse Backstreet Choppers magazine, including photos and text by Billy himself featured in an 8-page spread (July-Aug. 2012.)




Billy Lane built this beautiful Air Force tribute bike that was unveiled May 25, 2012 in Washington DC. It joined 4 other tribute bikes, each representing a branch of the Armed Services. "I hope you can see through all the hard work put into this Air Force bike how much we appreciate all of your service and hard work," Billy said, addressing the men and women of the Air Force. "That's why I chose a 1930's Speedway racer. It represents incredible speed. It's lightweight and it's obviously the fastest of the five bikes out there."

You can reconnect with Billy Lane at the Facebook - Choppers Inc. page, which has been managed by his sister, Georgia since the Melbourne shop closed in 2009.

 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Biketoberfest 2014 Willies Old School Chopper Show, Thursday


The party is laid back and the lot will be filled with amazing Old School choppers -- noon to 4 pm, Thursday Oct. 16th at Willies Tropical Tattoo, 825 S. Yonge Street (US 1) in Ormond Beach - #Biketoberfest 2014.

Rat's Hole Ride-in Bike Show at No Name Saloon

Biketoberfest 2014 - The No Name Saloon in Edgewater is looking for girls to sign up for pudding wresting on Friday and Saturday, and they might not have too much trouble finding enough girls. They will be giving away $1,000 in cash prizes.

Register at No Name Saloon.



An all-day party, Rat's Hole Ride-in Bike Show and Tattoo Contest are on tap for Saturday, Oct. 18 at the No Name Saloon, 2001 S. Ridgewood in Edgewater. 

"This is your best chance for a sculptured Rat trophy," said Ted Smith, who decided to move the show to Edgewater, where there's plenty of room to party. The move also aims to "avoid the downtown cops and crazy traffic" associated with Biketoberfest.

Free admission to the public.

Bike show details at Ratshole.com

"Watch For Me" Charity & MC Safety Campaign

Please all you riders be safe during Biketoberfest 2014 and to all you behind a wheel PAY ATTENTION!!! Moments after winning 1st Place in a Rats Hole Bike Show, David Tesino was T-boned by a driver, who ran a red light. David lost his leg, but fortunately not his life. This is a MUST see for all bikers and drivers, read it and watch it. 

"My thanks goes out to American Cruisers MC and Charity Managers. Also thanks goes out to High 5 Productions for this great video and their Watch For Me campaign," said David.


Donate to Help David & his family.




Watch For Me - David from High 5 Productions on Vimeo.

Biketoberfest 2014 - Downtown Daytona Riverfront Park Rocks

Biketoberfest 2014 - Riverfront Park at the corner of Beach and Main Street, downtown is where you can pick up a pocket guide and enjoy free concerts on Friday and Saturday -- DJs on Thursday and Sunday.

Registration is 11 am Saturday to compete in an Ultimate Bagger Show hosted by ChoppedBaggers.com.

A new Indian Motorcycle dealership has moved into the former Harley-Davidson museum on Beach Street, which is where you will find the Indian demo truck.

Victory Motorcycles of Daytona at 290 N. Beach St. is also offering demo rides -- 9 am to 5 pm, Oct. 16-18.





Saturday, October 4, 2014

Grand Opening of Indian Dealership on Beach Street, Daytona Beach


Biketoberfest 2014 - There will be a Grand Opening of Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach at 402 N. Beach Street on Oct. 16th, opening day of Bikeweek. The Indian dealership has moved into the 20-year old building that formerly housed a Harley-Davidson dealership store and museum. 

The Indian Motorcycle demo truck will be on location for Biketoberfest: Long pants, closed-toe shoes, DOT approved helmet & valid motorcycle endorsement required for demo rides. 

Contact the dealership for more details and to sign up for a demo ride: Indian Motorcycle - Daytona Beach