John Larson Memorial Ice Race Attracts 34 Teams
The John Larson Memorial Ice Race was held March 1 near the Grumpy Minnow restaurant on Rush Lake. The top 5 teams included 1) Team Smog (Kyle Ohnsorg, Tommy Mason & Adam Dolney), 2) Goon Squad (Jason Larson), 3) Team Kaw (Sean Mowry & Robert Newport), 4) Anderson/Koch (Kevin Anderson & Josh Koch), and 5) Ice Assault (Bruce Gates, Ricky Conley & Justin Mack). The first four teams achieved 54 laps during the three-hour event.
MN Loves Motorcycle Gear
A recent collaboration between Yelp and The Huffington Post revealed what kinds of stores are the most insanely popular in each state based on the review website’s listings. The only state in which “Motorcycle Gear” came out on top: Minnesota.
Go Moto Lauded
Go Moto of Minneapolis has been named among the top 10 Royal Enfield dealers in the nation.
Royal Enfield motorcycles are imported and distributed nationally by Classic Motorworks/Royal Enfield USA of Faribault, MN.
Moon Adds Ducati
Located 30 miles northwest of the Twin Cities metro area, Moon Motorsports in Monticello now carries the Ducati brand in addition to vehicles from BMW, Honda, Polaris, Triumph and Yamaha.
Stop by Moon’s huge annual Open House event, 8:30am-4pm Saturday April 4.
Heinen Adds Zero & T-Rex
Heinen Motorsports in Osseo has added Zero Motorcycles and the T-Rex brand of three-wheeler to its vehicle offerings. “We’re expecting product from both brands to come rolling in any day now,” Paul Heinen told MMM in early March.
Heinen also retails product from Arctic Cat, KYMCO, Suzuki, Yamaha and Tige.
Simply Street Bikes in conjunction with Redbull treated revelers to a stellar stunt show in St. Paul on March 14, when the city shut down W. 7th St. for its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Redbull rider and Minnesota native Aaron Colton headlined the free show alongside the local Squid Wheelies stunt team.
Starr Opens Second Store
Starr Cycle recently opened a new retail store in Mankato’s River Hills Mall. The store will sell clothing and gear. Motorcycles and scooters will continue to be sold from Starr’s main location in North Mankato.
Starr sells vehicles from Genuine Scooter, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Victory and Yamaha.
Mesabi Range Cruiser
Students in the Welding program at Mesabi Range College are in the process of building a motorcycle.
The American Welding Society-accredited program offers entry level and advanced welding diplomas. Students are able to do “code-level work” and learn all four positions of welding — flat, horizontal, vertical and overhead. Second-year students have the opportunity to do actual repair projects, and are currently in the process of turning a standard bike into a “cruiser-style” model. – Mesabi Daily News
Kronfeld’s Raht Racer
Rich Kronfeld of Minneapolis is developing a three-wheeled vehicle that uses pedal-electric hybrid technology to propel it up to 70 mph.
Dubbed the Raht Racer, the vehicle uses a lithium ion battery, motor, and the driver’s energy from pedaling to accelerate. The pedals are connected to a generator, rather than wheels. So when you pedal you’re actually powering a flywheel generator, which amplifies the pedal power to motorcycle-like speeds.
=Kronfeld recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to build a second version and begin production. – Chicago Inno
S.D. Legalizes Ape-Hangers
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed legislation that will legalize ape-hangers as of July 1, 2015.
Under current law: “No person may operate on a public street or highway a motorcycle equipped with a handlebar positioned so that the grips of the handlebar are at or above shoulder height of the person when sitting astride the seat.” A violation of this section is a petty offense, costing riders a $20 fine.
The 75th Anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins Aug. 3.
Welcome to Buffalo Chip, S.D.
The Buffalo Chip, a campground that bustles during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, may become the newest municipality in South Dakota.
Meade County commissioners voted in late February to accept an incorporation petition for the Buffalo Chip Campground. That’ll allow the area’s 50 registered voters to make the venue an official town during a May 7 ballot.
Sturgis town leaders maintain that the campground is within the 3-mile jurisdiction of Sturgis and contend that annexation of areas around the Buffalo Chip preclude its incorporation. – Black Hills Pioneer
Motorcycle Show Attendance Down
Organizers of the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows (IMS) say the series hosted 432,000 visitors during its five-month 11-city tour.
That’s actually down from the “nearly 500,000 visitors” IMS claimed for the 2011/2012 tour and the 470,000 attendees during the 2010/2011 tour.
For comparison, organizers of EICMA, the motorcycle & scooter fair in Milan, Italy, say the four-day event in 2014 attracted 628,600 visitors. In Germany, the five-day INTERMOT fair last year saw about 200,000 attendees.
New Leadership at S&S Cycle
S&S Cycle Inc. recently tapped industry veteran Paul Langley to serve as president.
Langley has held executive positions with Dynojet, SuperTrapp and Vance & Hines, and joins S&S after leaving the Motorsport Aftermarket Group (MAG).
S&S Cycle was founded in Viola, Wis., in 1958, and still operates there.
Polaris, AMA Partner
Polaris Industries has become a marketing partner with the American Motorcyclist Association, allowing owners of Victory or Indian brand motorcycles to opt into a new AMA affinity program that includes Victory- or Indian-themed membership cards.
AMA affinity membership cards also come from KTM, Kawasaki, Yamaha and the U.S. Armed Forces, among others.
“Supporting this organization aligns with our values of protecting our riders’ rights to ensure they have the best possible experience on the road,” said Steve Menneto, Polaris’ vice president for motorcycles. “It is important to our organization to endorse and promote the motorcycling lifestyle.”