Hot Motorcycle News June 2006
The HOT BIKE magazine HOT BIKE Super Show will be throttling into Irvine, CA, for a weekend full of custom-bike madness. This fourth annual show, bigger and better than ever, will highlight the hottest builders from around the country as well as all the best vendors and manufacturers the motorcycle industry has to offer.
Don’t miss out on the sun, bikes, babes, music, beer garden, food, bikini contests, and fashion shows, just to name a few of the exciting events taking place at scenic Hidden Valley the first weekend of June. Mark your calendars early-you don’t want to miss out on the best of the best. Come meet celebrity builders as well as all the editors and staff of HOT BIKE magazine. For more information and directions, log onto www.hotbikeweb.com.
Where Are Motorcycles Stolen or Crashed?Progressive Insurance says the answers may surprise you. If you think you’d be more likely to have your motorcycle stolen if you lived in Chicago versus Wichita, who could blame you? After all, Chicago is a much bigger city. The same goes for crashes; no one could fault you for assuming that the bigger the city, the heavier the traffic congestion, and therefore the greater the odds of having an accident. But that’s not always the case, according to The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, which insures more motorcycles than any other insurance group in the country.
Progressive reviewed claims data on more than two million motorcycles insured over the past three years to determine the likelihood of a motorcyclist getting into an accident or having a bike stolen. The analysis focused on the 89 U.S. metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 and greater. The study found Honolulu riders are most likely to have their bikes stolen, even though Honolulu is the 53rd largest metropolitan area. In fact, a motorcyclist in Honolulu is four times more likely to have a bike stolen than is a motorcyclist in Chicago or Detroit, which are the third and seventh largest metro areas in the country, respectively.
Similarly, even though Baton Rouge ranks 75th in population, it ranks third when it comes to the likelihood of a rider there having a motorcycle crash. And a motorcyclist in Philadelphia, the country’s fifth largest metro area, is 36-percent less likely to have an accident as one in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach metro area, which is the 47th largest.
One metropolitan area where the statistics are more in line with what you might expect is New York; it ranks number one both in population and in the likelihood of motorcycle collisions. And while three metro areas rank among the most likely for both thefts and collisions (New York, Norfolk-Virginia Beach, and San Diego), only one-Cincinnati-ranks among the least likely for both. For more information, call (800) PROGRESSIVE, or go to the company’s website at www.progressivedirect.com.
Airea 5150 on the MoveAirea 5150 recently grew into a complete custom-painting facility with a new 13,000-square-foot shop that keeps all phases of bodywork completely in-house. Airea 5150 is truly a one-stop shop, with three new dedicated paint booths, a complete body and prep department, and an artwork department with pinstriping and three full-time airbrush artists, as well as a complete buffing and finishing department.
As a House of Kolor Pro Shop, Airea 5150 offers clients a level of quality, service, and price that few can match. The company prides itself on creating the highest-quality work for the complete satisfaction of its clients. Airea 5150’s customers include manufacturers, dealers, and the general public; the company is able to handle one or 100 bikes with ease. For additional information, contact Airea 5150 by phone at (602) 278-5150 or by going to its website at www.airea5150.com.
Lifestyle Cycles New Website LaunchedLifeStyle Cycles is proud to unveil its new website, www.lifestylecycles.com, helping make cyberspace a more motorcycle-friendly place. The new and improved LifeStyle Cycles website is more than just a cool place to hang out. The site features a virtual walkthrough of all of the company’s departments; a secure online store with all of the LifeStyle Cycles Signature Series parts and apparel; a catalog-style showroom of all the motorcycle manufacturers the company carries; a complete new and preowned motorcycle inventory; online photo gallery; News and Events section; and a cool downloads section with free computer desktop wallpapers, videos, and much more. It’s the next best thing to being at the LifeStyle Cycles shop in person. You can see the new site for yourself at www.lifestylecycles.com, or call (714) 490-0155 for more information.
H.O.G. Rides AmericaThis summer, Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) will present two of its largest touring rallies to date. With the Saint to Sinners ride, nearly 2,500 H.O.G. members will unite in the saintly metropolis of Salt Lake City for an adventure across state lines to the hotbed of temptation in Las Vegas, June 19 through 22, 2006. The Iron Pony Ride takes place August 21 through 24, 2006, and starts out in Billings, MT.
The Saint to Sinners ride will journey through two infamous destination cities-Salt Lake City and Las Vegas-lending opportunities for fantastic riding in and around both areas as well as incredible sightseeing activities. Registration is open to all H.O.G. members. Event capacity is limited to 2,500 people. Cost is $125 per person for the rally package.
Hundreds of H.O.G. members are preparing to tour the rugged American West on the Iron Pony Ride, which will run from Billings, MT, to Cody, WY. The ride will lead event attendees from Billings to Cody via Beartooth Pass to enjoy vast landscapes, wild adventure, and scenic riding escapades. A loop in and around Yellowstone National Park and a trek down through Meeteetse to Thermopolis will round out the week. Beartooth Harley-Davidson in Billings will host a party Monday, August 21, 2006, where the public is invited to attend.
Registration is open to all H.O.G. members. Event capacity is limited to 1,200 people. The cost is $200 per person for the rally package. To register for the H.O.G. Iron Pony or Saint to Sinners rides, enthusiasts can visit www.members.hog.com or call (800) CLUBHOG.
New Online Magazine: WomenRidersNow.comCapitalizing on the growth and interest in women’s motorcycling, WomenRidersNow.com is a motorcycling news and information network designed to be the definitive resource for all things women and motorcycling. “It’s not just a site for women riders-it’s a site about women riders, so anyone interested in learning more about the growth, power, and influence of women motorcyclists will want to spend time on WomenRidersNow.com,” says Genevieve Schmitt, founder and editor of the site.
Schmitt is perhaps best known as the founding editor of Woman Rider magazine, a national all-brands quarterly publication that lasted for four years. “When Woman Rider ceased publication, there was an outcry from riders-both women and men-over the loss of their favorite magazine.”
Information on WomenRidersNow.com is updated on a regular basis and includes the latest industry news and information, motorcycle road tests, product reviews, touring articles, information useful to passengers, info on how to get into racing, profiles of female leaders and historical figures, and motorcycle lifestyle articles that all riders can enjoy.