Sunday, February 28, 2010

Kris Krome and girlfriend, Kyle Shorey and Kimmy Cruz - Daytona Bike Week 2010

What's Happening at Daytona Bike Week?

Saturday night was COLD - everyone was at the bars, including Kris Krome and his girlfriend, Kyle Shorey - pictured here with Kimmy Cruz, who is out having her own fun.

Find Kris Krome (World Champion 2009 Custom Bike Builder)  at Daytona Harley-Davidson on Beach Street.

Kris' World Championship motorcycle RE-FLEX-TION is on display, along with 7-time NHRA World Champion Tony Schumacher`s T/F 1.

Kris Krome Customs
Freeland, MI.- USA

Kris, has over eight years in the bike building and customization industry. He received his welding certification at age 12 and worked alongside his father in construction steel fabrication in the automotive racing industry.

Kimmy, Kris and Kyle will be at the Shade Tree Industry Show at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at The Dog House. Thursday, they will be attending the 2nd Annual Biker's Fusion Benefit for Soldier's Angels to mingle with motorcycle magazine editors and other industry media personalities at The Dog House.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Stunt Riding XDL Series Underway at Daytona Speedway

The XDL Championship Series is underway at Daytona International Speedway, Feb. 26 to 28th - Daytona Bike Week 2010.

The series continues at Lake Havasu City, Nashville, Los Angeles, Dallas and finishes with the now traditional MotoGP weekend at Indianapolis. Specific dates are listed below.

"As a motorsports-based action sport the schedule is a very important part of our series," said Randy Grube, XDL founder. "And it is one we have worked tirelessly at improving. I'm proud of what we have to offer for 2010 because it shows the acceptance XDL has gained and the direction we are headed in.

"Every stop on the tour is now part of a bigger happening, or in a key market, or both. I'm excited, our athletes are excited and I think 2010 will be a great year."

Round 1: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL - February 26-28 (Bike Week)

Round 2: Havasu 95 Speedway, Lake Havasu City, AZ - April 9,10

Round 3: Nashville Superspeedway, Nashville, TN - May 14, 15

Round 4: Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, Los Angeles, CA - June 18, 19

Round 5: Dallas, TX - July 9-11

Finals: Indianapolis, IN - August 26-28 (MotoGP)

The XDL Championship Series is the only national stunt riding championship, soon entering its 5th season. XDL is the leader in reaching the core 20-year old sportbike demographic and has developed into the fastest-growing action sport in America.

Photos of Joe Dryden at Daytona XDL kickoff.

Here's the full clip of the 2009 Indianapolis XDL Championship Event:

David Uhl & MeanStreet Riders - Daytona Bike Week 2010

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 - Temperatures at Daytona Bike Week were in the 40s this morning, with a light rain due to pass by late morning. But tomorrow will be a sunny day and a good riding day with temperatures in the 60s -- possibly a good day for the Meanstreet Riders to visit Harley-Davidson commissioned artist, David Uhl, who is painting in front of Destination Daytona.

The MeanStreet Riders' song “ High on the Hog” from their upcoming album was featured on a video created by Uhl to introduce his latest painting in the "Women of Harley" series - "Stella." 

So, enjoy a listen and watch the latest Uhl painting come to life before your eyes.

Go here to purchase "High On The Hog"

INTRODUCING STELLA - There's a new girl in town

Uhl Studios

The MeanStreet Riders are still finishing up their LP and video for early summer, but they are at Daytona Bike Week and a few of the riders are expected to come by and say hello to David Uhl.

Born in a small fishing village in Michigan, David Uhl earned a scholarship to attend the Colorado Institute of Art. An avid Harley owner since 1988, Uhl's passion would soon coincide with his artistic talent. Harley-Davidson Motor Company executives recognized David's creative talents and introduced him to Segal Fine Art, a licensed publisher of Harley-Davidson fine art.
David spends endless hours in the Harley-Davidson Archives researching vintage photos to use as reference for his official fine art paintings. Captivated by the extraordinary history of the Motor Company, David's desire is to memorialize the legacy.

The MeanStreet Riders music group was formed in the fall of 2008 when a group of songwriters from NW Florida spent 4 days in NC riding some of the worlds most challenging and dangerous roads.

The members of the Rock band include Shannon Wallace, Dowlin Mayfield, Blair Colson and Tommy Dawson.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Daytona Bike Week 2010 Rat's Hole Bike Shows

Ted Smith, owner of Rat's Hole Custom Bike Shows, moved his World Famous Rat's Hole Custom Chopper Show to Destination Daytona, north of Daytona Beach for two big shows during Biketoberfest 2009. Now he will stage 5 big shows - Sat. Feb. 27 to Mar. 5th - including an Old School Rat Rod Car Show, a Rat Rod Ride-in Show, the largest Ride-in V-8 Show, and the World Famous Show - Part 1 & 2. Saturday night, Southern Rock & Roll Band, Back Yard Bones.

Every year, the European winners and their bikes from the Padova Bike Expo in Italy are flow to the USA to compete in the Rat's Hole Custom Bike Show in Daytona Beach. The trip is sponsored by the motorcycle trade magazine, Biker's Life.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sportbike Festival Moves to Bandshell for Daytona Bike Week

The 2nd Annual Sportbike Festival, March 6th - 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. - the last Saturday of Daytona Bike 2010 - is expected to draw an even larger crowd than last year and has been moved to the Daytona Beach Bandshell at 200 N. Atlantic Avenue, near the boardwalk and Daytona Hilton.

Meet racer, Jason Britton - Entertainment includes 50+ models, drink specials, food, vendors with discounted apparel and merchandise, DJ DVS hosted by Take OVA - tropies, over $5,000 in raffles, auctions and giveaways, B-Boy & Salsa performances - Entrance: $10.

Contests: Bikini Contest $1,000 cash prize, hottest custom bike contest, most miles on bike, dirtiest bike, dance contests, hottest body on a bike, slow races and more.

More than 6,000 sportbike enthusiasts attended last year's Daytona Bike Week Sportbike Festival

For more event info, call 407.949.2709
or visit: Maravilla

Directions:  2010 Daytona Bike Week Events

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ride for Kids Supported by Honda and BMW Raises $4.4 Million - 2010 Nationwide Calendar Announced

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s  Ride for Kids® program raised $4.4 million in 2009, thanks to Honda and BMW dealership fundraisers, and motorcyclists who participated in rides across the USA.

The PBTF is the official charity of the Honda Riders Club of America (HRCA), which has been the presenting sponsor of Ride for Kids® since 1991. Thanks to the significant support of American Honda Motor Company's motorcycle division, Honda dealers and other motorcycle industry companies, the program has raised millions of dollars for pediatric brain tumor research.

Cycle World Magazine and the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows are also major supporters of the Ride for Kids®.

The 2010 National Ride for Kids® season kicked off with a Valentine's Day ride in South Florida. Three new events were added in 2009 and a new ride in Tulsa, Oklahoma is on the  Ride for Kids 2010 Calendar

“Motorcyclists are known for digging deep when it comes to helping kids, and they worked harder than ever to raise funds last year,” said Kyle Clack, national director of the Ride for Kids® program. “We’re confident that their dedication and hard work will pay off for the kids again in 2010.”

Top fundraisers for 2009 - Some familiar names again led the fundraising pack in 2009. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) salutes these hardworking contributors:
  • The customers of Nielsen Enterprises, a Honda dealer in Lake Villa, Ill., have consistently helped the dealership take the top motorcycle business spot for several years. They gave $126,857 to the PBTF at the 2009 Chicagoland Ride for Kids®.
  • The nation’s leading fundraising motorcycle club or chapter is also from the Chicagoland area. Wings Over the Prairie organized a gala silent auction that brought in $70,136 in donations.
  • Bob Henig of Jessup, Md., owner of Bob’s BMW, ran a second successful Ultimate Bike Raffle to benefit the PBTF. He personally raised $59,012 for the Baltimore-Washington Ride for Kids®.

IMOT M√úNCHEN International Motorcycle Expo, Feb. 19-21

Bike Tour Germany, owner Joerg Wenzel is attending the big IMOT M√úNCHEN, International Motorcycle Exhibition this weekend - Feb. 19 to 21, 2010 in Munich. "IMOT impresses," said Joerg in a Facebook message, Saturday.

Even though there is still snow on the ground, 50,000 to 70,000 bikers attend IMOT - the largest annual motorcycle event in Munich that signals the start of the South German motorcycle season.

"It's a great meeting spot for friends and clubs to get together to make plans for the coming season, see the newest motorcycles and stock up on new equipment for the riding season" said Joerg. His company, Bike Tour Germany offers guided tours of 1 or 2 days, or a week or longer in Germany, Switzerland and the Italian Alpines.

Having lived and worked in California for a number of years, Joerg speaks English as a second language and is a fan of American cars. He owns a ’95 Chevy Corvette Convertible and also a Chevy Van because his love of V8 Engines is only superseded by his love of motorcycle riding.

Details: 2010 Worldwide Motorcycle Shows

Bike Tour Germany is planning to attend these 2010 European events:

May 29 to 31 --     Practice 2010 Tourist Trophy (Isle of Man, UK
June 5 to 11 --       Tourist Trophy Race 2010 - Isle of Man, UK
June 11 to 20 --    Pyrenean Tour, France & Spain
Sept. 7 to 13 --    European Bike Week "Faaker See," Austria

At the moment, Joerg is about to hop a plane to attend the 2010 Daytona Bike Week. It will be a pleasant break from winter in Germany and a chance to ride bikes with friends from California and other parts of the USA. The Daytona Bike Week rally draws 300, 000 to 500,000 rally enthusiasts from all over the world.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Michele Smith and Jay Barbieri's New "Two Wheel Thunder" Show

“Two Wheel Thunder” is the Brand New TV show with Michele Smith and Jay Barbieri. After a decade and a half the SPEED Channel has eliminated their V-Twin programming, thus canceling the longest running, highest rated, iconic motorcycle show ever, AMERICAN THUNDER

However the Discovery Network wasted no time picking up Smith and Barbieri and creating the same great magazine style show that is now called “Two Wheel Thunder”.

“Two Wheel Thunder” debuts in June 2010 on Motorcycle Monday Nights on Discovery Network’s HD Theater!

Look for them at -  
Daytona Bike Week - Feb. 26 to March 7th  

They will be staging their coverage from the Strip Club Choppers Roadhouse tour directly across from the Iron horse saloon at 1068 N US Highway 1, Ormond Beach, Florida.

This year marks the first year of the Brand new TV show called “Two Wheel Thunder” on the Discovery Network’s HD Theater. To kick off the season Host and Executive Producer, Jay Barbieri will take a dozen riders from Harley-Davidson of Columbia, Tennessee down to Bike Week, and what better place to wrap up the ride than at the Strip Club Choppers Roadhouse. Owner of SCC Johnny Lange will be leading the pack into the Roadhouse on Wednesday March 3rd to celebrate their arrival at The SCC Roadhouse.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Blast From the Past: 2003 Indian Larry Interview

Indian Larry is a legend in the motorcycle world, his motorcycles are timeless and unique. Five year's after his unfortunate stuntriding accident, going into Daytona Bike Week 2010, most of us are giving a thought to Indian Larry. Daytona was one of his favorite rallies.

He was a skilled machinist, metal-sculptor, master motorcycle mechanic and visionary. He won countless custom shows and put his total attention and focus into everything he touched. Larry's inspiration came from the motorcycle clubs of 50s-60s, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth and the legendary Kenny Howard better known as Von Dutch. Larry originated his own style blending the hard-core motorcycle, classic chopper and hotrod race bike to form a graceful piece of rolling art. For over 30 years he built custom motorcycles. His talents and beliefs transcended the OUT OF THE BOX theories of the day -- He used his brilliant imagination to build old school choppers even better then the builders of the 60's.

"His creations are works of art that boldly cut the wind like a sharp knife," said Don V. ( in a November 2003 interview with Indian Larry .

"The influences of the greatest creative minds in motorcycle history safely reside and are well kept inside this one of a kind artist! Indian Larry's friendly nature and willingness to help others as he did in the chopper build off with Billy Lane are his trade mark."

Here's the entire Q & A November 2003 interview, story and photos:

Don V: Who was the one person that influenced you the most?

Indian Larry: Ed Roth was my biggest influence; I met him in the 60's. I went to California as a starry eyed kid to try to work with him. But unfortunately he told me "you have no California experience kid!" So he sent me off to work for a great car painter by the name of Larry Watson. I did prep and primer work for Larry and then finally returned to NY still in pursuit of my dream! But the influence of Ed Roth still stuck with me because Big Daddy was the type who did not worry about what others thought he just built what he liked and that is exactly what I do. I don't care about what others have to say and now most of the bikes I build range in price from $65,000 to $100,000. I do things my way from concept to completion.

Friday, February 12, 2010

2010 Daytona Bike Week, Feb. 26 to March 7

I just love this photo of Indian Larry with Kimmy Cruz - 5 years later, we are all missing him... going into Daytona Bike Week 2010.

Daytona Bike Week in 14 days and the motel rooms are almost all booked. This is a good sign for a great rally week... and a great rally season!!

You can find the "almost famous" Kimmy Cruz bartending, nights at the long-bar outside Froggy's on Main Street -- and every day taking thousands of photographs all over Daytona Bike Week -- Feb. 26 to March 7, 2010. 

Kimmy Cruz will be at the Dealers Expo Show in Indy this weekend, Feb. 13 & 14th.
Look for her at the Samson Exhaust Booth.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ride From Germany to France for 24 Hour Race in Le Mans

Bike Tour Germany will be riding to the 24 Hour Race at Le Mans, France on Thursday, April 15, 2010.

"We will be riding from Munich, and we will be camping right next to the race track," said Joerg Wenzel, the owner of the adventure motorcycle touring company, Bike Tour Germany.

 "Everyone is welcome to join us, either in Munich or somewhere on the road on Thursday the 15th of April. We have a Meet &; Greet in Metz, France for riders coming from northern Germany."

Le Mans 24 Hours for Motorcycles - April 17 - 18, 2010

In keeping with tradition, the 33rd Le Mans 24 Hours for Motorcycles will be the first round of the FIM Endurance World Championship consisting of five races in 2010.

Honda France, which made its return to endurance last year, is out to take its revenge on Yamaha, which can again count on one of the winners of the 2009 World Championship, Gwen Giabbani who has resigned with YART (Yamaha Austria Racing Team). But Suzuki with SERT, winner in 2008, and the Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers, runner-up in 2009, and Kawasaki don’t see things that way. Completing the programme will be the first round of the 2010 Superside World Championship, and the International Classic Grand Prix (2-stroke motorbikes from the 70s/80s) plus a free concert on Saturday evening on the Bugatti circuit.

Bike Tour Germany is planning to attend these 2010 European events:

May 29 to 31 --     Practice 2010 Tourist Trophy (Isle of Man, UK
June 5 to 11 --       Tourist Trophy Race 2010 - Isle of Man, UK
June 11 to 20 --    Pyrenean Tour, France & Spain
Sept. 7 to 13 --    European Bike Week "Faaker See," Austria

At the moment, Joerg is about to hop a plane to attend the 2010 Daytona Bike Week. It will be a pleasant break from winter in Germany and a chance to ride bikes with friends from California and other parts of the USA. The Daytona Bike Week rally draws 300, 000 to 500,000 rally enthusiasts from all over the world.

Smokin Hot Charity Ride: 2010 Arizona Bike Week

T-Bar Trail Ride - Thurs., April 15 - Arizona Bike Week 2010

This message from Suzy Q and Paul Yaffe - Hey riders! Time to saddle up and help make Arizona’s best scenery better by "helping boobs one bar at a time”

Don’t miss this year's smokin hot ride! Vince Neil of Motley Crue fame, Michael Ballard & Angie from the world famous Full Throttle Saloon, and celebrity bike builder Paul Yaffe will be leading the posse out of WestWorld headed to our favorite chuck wagon Toby Keith’s.

I Love This Bar & Grill! After filling up on some great grub, the trail leads us to the gorgeous, sizzling hot ladies of Christie’s Cabaret-Phoenix, Cheetah’s Cabaret-Phoenix, and Christie’s Cabaret-Tempe where we can water our horses and dust off our jeans! The trail then takes us back to WestWorld for some cold libations and the RATT concert in the Handlebar Saloon. Ride leaves WestWorld at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 15 during the 2010 Arizona Bike Week.

All proceeds benefit the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center. Scottsdale, AZ. $25.00 Registration includes; lunch, admission to Cyclefest, RATT concert, & ride prizes. (1 completed application required for each rider) Commemorative Ride T-Shirts will be on sale at rider check-in.

Pre-register online at: Arizona Bike Week - T-Bar Trail Ride

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Bikeweek News Feeds "Motorcycle Event News" To Europe

Bikeweek News has partnered with Bike Tour Germany and is feeding "Motorcycle Event News" from Daytona Bike Week 2010 to BikeTourGermany - for visitors in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and the Alpine regions.

If you have always wanted to tour Europe, we now have an inside connection with Joerg Wenzel, who will be making the trip from his home in Munich, Germany to attend the 2010 Daytona Bike Week.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"Limpnickie Garage" at Cincinatti V-Twin Show, Feb. 6 to 8

Last year, the Limpnickie Lot Builders set up an oversized concrete jumgle area at the Cincinatti V-Twin Expo that was a cross between a skateboard park and a computer lab - exhibiting their digital Vol 1 Builder Manual and their skateboarding ability.

This year it’s all about what they build. In the 10x 20 booth titled “The Limpnickie Garage” attendees will get the vibe of what life is like in any of the Limpnickie Builder’s shops. A complete working shop, bike in the middle of being built and of course, parts waiting for a new home all over 40 feet of work bench and pegboard. Stop by and see them at booth #2817 and pick up your copy of the Limpnickie Builder Manual!

The 10th Annual Cincinatti V-Twin Expo by Easyriders
 (dealers-only trade show) is Feb. 6 to 8, 2010.

Ck out the list of 250 V-Twin Expo exhibitors/w websites.

10th Anniversary V-Twin Expo Gets Underway in Cincinatti

Many of our industry fiends are at the 10th Anniversary Cincinatti V-Twin Expo.  

More than 350 exhibitors are setting up at this year's big dealer's show. 

The industry-only (not open to the public) event draws participants from all over the world, eager to meet up with friends in the motorcycle industry to learn the new trends, see the new bikes, new parts and new technology.

Kimmy Cruz will be at the Samson Exhaust Booth.

"I'm really excited and happy to be going back to the Big Dealer's Show. It was one of the places where I got my start, 10 years ago."

Booth # 645                                              V-Twin Expo exhibitors.

Harley-Davidson Daytona Women's MDA Ride 2010, Mar 2

On Tuesday, March 2nd, the 3rd annual Harley-Davidson Women's MDA Ride in Daytona will take place. Click here to register:
You can also sponsor a rider - Linda Rudd Kersey would love to "fill up her gas tank" for the MDA Women's Ride to help Jerry's Kids:

Chopper Zoo Supports 2010 Ride for Kids, Feb. 14

ChopperZoo  is proud to support the 2010 Ride for Kids in South Florida that kicks off the National Ride for Kids at dozens of locations in states across the USA. Details at

Ride with us Sunday, February 14, 2010 to raise money to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Chopper Zoo raised over $7,000 last year, and hopes to double that amount this year.

Rain or shine, riders are invited to meet at at the Chopper Zoo complex, 2608 South Federal Highway, Fort. Lauderdale, Florida. - Below is the press release:

We will meet at the CHOPPER ZOO complex at 8:00am sharp. We will ride to SPORTSPLEX, 2757 Sportsplex Dr. Coral Springs, FL 33065, from there take a scenic police escorted ride. We will ride back to the SPORTSPLEX for a light lunch and festivities. Please make your check payable to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. We truly appreciate any donation, big or small, to help these children get better. If you are unable to ride and still want to donate, we will collect it and forward on your behalf. Donations start at a minimum of $35.00, there is no maximum!!! Please RSVP for the ride so we can accommodate everyone who is riding or stop by Chopper Zoo to sign up.

*** Sidecars make it possible for young brain tumor survivors to enjoy the Ride for Kids safely. If you have a sidecar and would like to escort a patient, please contact for details.

ATTENTION - FEB. 15, 2010 - UPDATE: The South Florida Ride for Kids Task Force and the kids they support would like to thank thank everyone who participated in yesterday's South Florida Ride for Kids. You can share and view photos and videos of yesterday's ride at

The event kicks off rides all over the country - more than 350 rides in the past 25 years have raised more than $40 million to help children and to help find cures for pediatric brain tumors.

These rides are so well organized, they have been called "The Disneyland of Rides." To find a ride in your area, visit the: National Ride For Kids.