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Matt Harris with a 1982 Harley-Davidson

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Matt Harris with a 1982 Harley-Davidson

Matt Harris displays a 1982 Harley-Davidson FLH motorcycle that he built in his shop. The Alcoa resident appeared on a new Discovery Channel show, “#BikerLive.”

Alcoa resident Matt Harris and his team of motorcycle builders walked away as the winners on the new “#BikerLive” reality show on the Discovery Channel Monday.


Thunderguards agree to leave clubhouse

Thunderguards Motorcycle Club members agreed to vacate their Wilmington clubhouse Wednesday, a month after the state sued to oust them from it because of ongoing violent criminal activity.

The agreement, signed Wednesday by Superior Court Judge Vivian Medinilla, came a day before an emergency hearing to close the club at 2800 Northeast Blvd. was set to take place. Members of one of the nation's oldest black motorcycle clubs must be out of their clubhouse at 5 p.m. Thursday.

"No resident of Wilmington or visitor to our city should be at risk from the ongoing pattern of violence that has been occurring on this property," Attorney General Beau Biden said in a statement Wednesday. "Today's action accomplishes our first goal of immediately closing the property to protect the safety of the public.


Motorcycle Build Gets Superior Students a Diploma (video)

Students across the Northland are gearing up for graduation, but two seniors from Superior High School are tuning up a unique final project, a custom built motorcycle.

The students unveiled their Spartan Bike Build at The Kitchen in Superior Tuesday evening. Building a motorcycle from scratch was something Phil Runser never imagined he would do.

“It's kind of a sense of pride for me because coming in I had no idea how to do any of this. Personally, the closest I've ever done is hammer a nail into a board,” Runser said.

But that changed fast. Runser can now weld and do a paint job. He said mentors from local businesses like Len's Auto Body and Big Lake Cycle passed on their skills .


Sturgis again has an Indian Motorcycle dealership.(pics)

The new retail sales and service dealership opened its doors to the public on Monday and is owned and operated by Vern Eide Motorcars.

Sturgis is home to the annual motorcyclist mecca, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which was founded by a group of Indian Motorcycle riders in the late 1930s. Last August at the Sturgis rally, just blocks from the new dealership location, Indian Motorcycle unveiled its all-new 2014 Indian Motorcycle lineup to cheers and accolades from motorcycle fans around the world.

Bruce Eide said he first came to be offered a Victory motorcycle franchise in Sioux Falls in 2013. Following that, a representative of Polaris, which relaunched the Indian Motorcycle brand, came to visit asking if they would be interested in taking on the Indian franchise for Sioux Falls.


Pro Stock Motorcycle Riders Thrilled to Return to Atlanta Dragway

After a year absence, the Pro Stock Motorcycle riders of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series return to Atlanta Dragway for the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 16-18.

It marks the third of 16 events for the class and for Pro Stock Motorcycle riders, including standout Scotty Pollacheck, returning to Atlanta is definitely a good thing.

“I’m excited anywhere we go to race and it’s exciting to get back to Atlanta,” Pollacheck said. “It’s a pretty historical track, it’s a big market and it’s always a good place to race. Starting with this race the events for our class start running a lot closer together and we get into the swing of things. That’s always nice.”

Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Johnny Gray (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of the event that will once again be televised on ESPN2.


Thunderguards protest "unfair" gang label (video)

~~Hundreds of bikers staged a deafening rally on the New Castle County courthouse steps~~

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WILMINGTON -- Roughly 200 revved-up bikers staged a deafening rally Saturday morning on the New Castle County courthouse steps in support of the Thunderguards Motorcycle Club's push to remain at their Riverside clubhouse.

On May 15, representatives from the black motorcycle club will appear in county Superior Court on charges that the clubhouse in the 2800 block of Northeast Blvd. is a criminal hotbed, linked to 15 shootings – at least four of them deadly – over the past eight years.


Riders come from near and far to support Lansdowne

 ~Charity motorcycle ride a big boost for Every Kid Counts program~


As long as Lansdowne Children's Centre continues to hold its charity motorcycle ride "the right way," they can continue to count on support from an extensive network of bikers.

Mike Riddick, the Eastern Canada Regional Officer of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club, said that fewer and fewer motorcycle fundraising rides go through the trouble of arranging a police escort.

"That is a big positive for us," Riddick said.

More than 225 members of the motorcycle club travelled from as far away as Sudbury or Barrie to take part in the 10th annual Lansdowne Children's Centre Charity Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, beginning at the Brantford and District Civic Centre.


Williams says Thunderguards claims don't add up

A Superior Court hearing comes on May 15th concerning attempts to oust the Thunderguards Motorcycle Club from Wilmington.

The state attorney general is seeking a court order to have the group vacate its clubhouse and storage units on the 28 hundred block of Northeast Boulevard.

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams says club leaders have told him they're a unifying force in the neighborhood, but he hears of things going on that don't support that claim.

"I can't tolerate nonsense where there's shootings, ruckus all night long until 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning, people being drunk, loud music, cars, and then they're telling me they're stabilizing the neighborhood. That's a bunch of crap, malarkey."


Williams also says April's work by Licenses and Inspection to clean out seven alleys in the city will be followed up by more of that work as they try to reclaim areas from crime and drug activity.


Motorcycle Museum Owner On TV

A local motorcycle museum owner will be back on television for a second season. Dale Walksler runs "Wheels Through Time" in Maggie Valley. He hosts the program, "What's in the Barn" on Velocity TV, traveling the country in search of rare and vintage motorcycles that might be stashed away in outbuildings or barns. "June 10th is the air date for season two, working on season three. We've got some really fun shows that are really a representation of really the romance of the American motorcycle," says Walksler. Beginning next month, eight new episodes will air on Velocity TV at 10 pm.



Muskegon Motorcycle Club expects large turnout for 94th Annual Spring Run




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MUSKEGON, MI – Muskegon Bike Time isn’t until July, but the roar of motorcycles will be heard loud and clear in the Muskegon area when the 94th Annual Spring Run takes place on Sunday, May 4.

What started as a relationship-building event between Dan Raymond, the founder of what is now Hot Rod Harley-Davidson, and his customers is now the symbolic start to the motorcycle riding season in West Michigan.

“In our region this is typically the first ride of the year,” said Carl Murat, chairman of the Spring Run. It’s kind of tradition to have your bike up and running by the Spring Run. If you have a winter project or are getting your bike done over the winter, the idea is to have it done by the Spring Run. It’s some incentive to get your bike up and running.”


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