Pat Matter, the founder and 20-year president of Hells Angels’ Minnesota chapter, served nine years in prison after rolling over on cohorts during a dogged investigation by former Hennepin County Sheriff’s detective and retired Capt. Chris Omodt.
In 2012, few months after Matter was released from federal prison, the two agreed to co-author a book. Available now, “Breaking the Code” is written from the perspectives of both Omodt and Matter, with chapters alternating between the two.
Matter tells the story of his life as a Hells Angel in the Twin Cities and Omodt tells the investigation side of the story.
“We’d come to learn that his drug distribution business ran into the multi-millions of dollars,” Omodt wrote in the book. “His Hells Angels chapter was the envy of other outlaw motorcycle gangs. And his custom motorcycle shop – his one business that had eventually become legitimate – had been featured nationally in countless cycle magazines.”
“I had a choice to make and I made it,” Matter wrote in the book. “We all make choices. We all live our lives the best we know how and we do what we have to do. That’s just the way life works and I’m not going to apologize for it.”
Küryakyn Launches Performance Division
Küryakyn, the bolt-on parts and accessories specialist based in Somerset, Wis., celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2014.
Küryakyn says its goal has been to design one new product every day, resulting in more than 250 new products being brought to market every year. As a part of that massive product offensive, the company recently came out with a new V-twin sub-brand it calls Crusher Performance.
New product development is already in full swing, with the Maverick 4” slip-on and 2-into-2 exhaust systems debuting in Sturgis.
Learn more at Crusher Performance www.crusherperformance.com
Lube-Tech Enters Polaris Hall of Fame
Lube-Tech, an oil company located in Golden Valley, has been inducted into the Polaris Industries Hall of Fame for its “significant contributions” to the vehicle manufacturer.
Lube-Tech provides specially formulated oils for a variety of OEMs under private label agreements and has spent more than 20 years as a Polaris supplier.
Polaris, based in Medina, Minn., inducted three retired employees, three dealers and a key supplier to the Hall of Fame during the company’s dealer meeting in late July, during which the OEM also celebrated its 60th anniversary.
Royal Enfield Taps Former H-D Suit
India-based Eicher Motors Ltd. has named Rod Copes as president of its Royal Enfield business in North America as the brand begins work to “rapidly expand” stateside – already the company’s top export market.
Copes previously worked with Harley-Davidson, most recently as head of Global Sales & Customer Service. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“The North American region provides an interesting opportunity for the brand,” Copes said. “While lightweight and heavyweight bikes dominate the motorcycle scene in the U.S.A and Canada, Royal Enfield sits right in the middle with classic, fun, approachable designs that appeal to a younger, urban-oriented demographic.”
“We welcome and are encouraged by the appointment of Rod,” Kevin Mahoney, president of Faribault, Minn.-based Royal Enfield importer and distributor Classic Motorworks Ltd., said in a prepared statement. “Rod will be a welcome addition to our team in the U.S. and we are looking forward to working with him.”
Royal Enfield motorcycles are sold in Minneapolis by GoMoto.
One Sexy Biker Chick
Downtown Shakopee has One Sexy Biker Chick. At least, that’s the name of the women’s motorcycle apparel shop Inessa Hansen recently opened to sell shirts, jackets, boots, gloves and accessories.
A resident of Prior Lake, Hansen launched the One Sexy Biker Chick clothing line online in 2010 and sells product at a couple of dozen motorcycle rallies every year.
The Shakopee location – a 1880s era building – features a 2,000-square-foot store and 2,300-square-foot warehouse.
Sturgis Looks Toward 75th
Although official figures have yet to be revealed, visitors to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in early August report attendance appeared to be down compared to the event in 2013, when roughly 467,000 enthusiasts rolled in – according to the tally distributed by organizers.
Nevertheless, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will celebrate its 75th year in 2015, and some organizers and city leaders estimate the event could attract one million visitors.
“I’m very confident the 75th will be remarkably more heavily attended than anything we have experienced before,” Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff told the Rapid City Journal. “It will be the biggest rally we have ever had.”
It had better be. Woodruff went on the say that a banner year for the Black Hills event would buck the trend of other major rallies conducted throughout the U.S., all of which have experienced declining attendance over the past decade.
“Rallies failed,” he said. “A decade ago, Daytona rivaled Sturgis in attendance but it’s virtually gone, a mere shadow of its former self.”
Relatedly, the South Dakota Highway Patrol says it this year tallied 244 DUI arrests, 252 misdemeanor drug arrests, 90 felony drug arrests, and seized more than $25,000 in cash during the course of the annual event. The S.D. Department of Public Safety says 68 crashes resulted in four motorcyclist fatalities, down from six in 2013.