Well, I have to admit, it has been pretty tough looking at all of the
photo’s on Facebook of people who have gone to Sturgis. Seeing all
of the familiar pictures of places we have been is really bringing back some
good memories. For those of you that have been there, the Black Hills offers
some of the most entertaining riding that there is. The unique roads, the
animals that you encounter and the raw beauty of the area, really reaches deep
in your soul and plants the seed to come back. We will do that soon, but not
There are many memories from our last trip there, but the hundreds of
buffalo in the middle of the road and walking past us was at the
top of the adrenaline meter for sure. Click Here to see the view from
my seat as we were stopped for 30 minutes to wait them out. This big boy decided to stop
next to me and voice his displeasure of us being there. If you want to
experience what it was like in real life to be in the middle of this, complete
with the grunting of these guys, which is pretty creepy, Click Here to see
1:44 Video. (Go Full Screen in lower right)
Near the end of this, you will see what the one was doing in the previous
Going through my photos of the Sturgis trip a couple of years ago, has
really stoked me to get out on the road. The pig tail bridges, the tunnels with Mt. Rushmore in
the background, the buffalo, and of course, Mt. Rushmore, which should be on
everyone’s bucket list to see, is enough to get you pumped up to ride. Not to
mention all of the beautiful scenery between here and there through Colorado,
Wyoming, Montana and Utah is tremendous. If you would like to see the story and
photos of the Sturgis area, Click Here and Click Here.
One of the big news stories from Sturgis this year was the unveiling of the
new Indian Motorcycles. The Indian brand is now owned by Polaris
Industries, the $3.2 billion-a-year maker of snowmobiles and ATV’s. It looks
like they have come out with three models that include the Indian Chief Classic starting at $18,995, the
Indian Chief Vintage at $20,999 and the Indian Chieftain at $22,999. As you can see, the
pricing is pointed directly at competing with the Harley Davidson touring
models. Sure beats the $37k price tag on the last Indians.
The bikes feature the Thunderstroke 111
air cooled V-Twin motors that produce 115 lb-ft of torque with a 6 speed transmission and overdrive. Interesting that they came out
with one more cubic inch and report 3 more lb-ft of torque than the Harley
engine. Again, aimed right at the HD market. All bikes feature standard ABS
brakes, keyless start, and cruise control.
Even with the $100 million dollar investment from Polaris, and the
nostalgia of the old Indian styling combined with the ultra modern
creature comforts, will that be enough to unseat Harley-Davison as king of
American motorcycles? That is yet to be seen, but it looks like they are going
to give it a shot. Polaris claims they will have 125-140 North American dealers,
and 70 international dealers by year end. That would indeed be a great start,
but with HD expecting to produce over 260,000 motorcycles this year, Indian has
a very big hill to climb for sure. But if anyone could give Harley a challenge,
I would think Polaris would have the financial muscle to at least chip away at
their market share a bit.
I have looked at all of the media photographs of the bikes and they appear
to look very well constructed with modern design and the nostalgic
look. I’m sure they pulled from their years of making Victory motorcycles and
the technologies from that to jump start the Indian project. At a closer look,
some might even call them a “Vicdian”. I do like what I have seen from these
photographs and think they have done a great job of combining the old and new.
My only real issue in styling would be the fairing on the Chieftain. I am not a fan of that styling at all.
Doesn’t look nostalgic to me and seems like it was definitely pulled from a
Victory. But other than that, I like the lineup and am anxious to give them a
test ride. Click Here for all of the photo’s.
Harley-Davidson is keeping Thursday Bike Night alive
on the West side with a rotating bike
night for the next 2 weeks. This week, August 8th will be at Cucina Tagliani,
6:00 – 9 PM, located just West of 83rd ave. and Bell Rd. at 8349 W. Bell Rd. in
Peoria, just 2 blocks North of the Arrowhead HD dealership.
* VIP Motorcycle Parking
* Arrowhead Harley Girls
* Food and Drink Specials
The last one will be August 15th at Barrel
Saturday, August 17th
**Enjoy Live Music with the excellent Southern Rock sounds of
Sour Diesel Train Wreck.
**Bikini Contest starting at 6PM. $300 for the winner.
**Huge Outdoor Sidewalk Sale
Show info: Free to enter. Free T-shirts for first 100
entries. See Flyer for details on how to enter.
Saturday, August 17th
Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson Hogs & Dogs
. Join Buddy Stubbs Anthem
Harley-Davidson on Saturday, August 17th from 11am – 2pm, where the
competition for top salsa recipe will be heating up! Mix up a batch of your best
salsa and come prepared to taste the competition. Prizes will be awarded to
first, second and third place finishers based on majority vote! Not a salsa
connoisseur? Don’t fret, enjoy FREE hot dogs and sodas, as well as a bikini bike
wash. For more information, or to sign up for the salsa contest, contact
email@example.com. Buddy Stubbs Anthem Harley-Davidson is located at
41715 N. 41st Drive, Anthem AZ. Check them out online at www.anthemhd.com.
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Who doesn’t love a good illusionist? This
guy is entertaining. Click Here to
You might have seen this one before, but it is still
entertaining. See how this rabbit totally dominates this huge snake. Click Here to
Video of the Week. Is this guy extremely brave of STUPID! I have my
thoughts, what do you think? Click Here to
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