March 16, 2016 – Daytona Beach, FL: Today Full Vision Productions announced that the second annual Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis (VCR) will be hosted in summer 2016 and a new nomination program, “Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime,” has been added. Starting in Los Angeles, California on July 30, the nine-day ride to Sturgis, SD will provide twenty veterans a chance to use motorcycle therapy as a way to decompress from the challenges of post-war life.
Founded in 2015 by veteran Army Paratrooper Dave Frey and Emmy-award winning director Robert Manciero, VCR uses motorcycle therapy to provide a healing and fun experience for a select group of veterans who need support.
“Giving veterans an outlet for their stress, and creating a way for them to find emotional balance, is critical,” said ride founder Dave Frey. “As a veteran myself, I’ve used long motorcycle rides for years as a mechanism to decompress. It occurred to me that others would benefit from the power of motorcycle therapy. VCR provides a group of veterans with the benefits of riding, plus a camaraderie and brotherhood that veterans often have difficulty finding on their own.”
The challenges for veterans are well documented. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and difficulties with re-assimilation to civilian life are common. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans – many who are still young individuals – are facing a major crisis, with an estimated 20 percent of those veterans having PTSD and/or depression according to a 2014 survey*. Motorcycle therapy is one of several effective therapies for veterans seeking relaxation, peace of mind and enjoyment.
VCR 2016 will give 15 ambulatory and five amputee/disabled veterans of various military branches – the majority of whom...
Azzkikr Custom Baggers' Len Edmondson Plies His Art on Indian Motorcycle's Newest Bagger
MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwired - Mar 15, 2016) - Indian Motorcycle®, America's first motorcycle company, is proud to present the "Frontier 111" crafted by Azzkikr Custom Baggers of Phoenix, Ariz., as a radical interpretation of the new Indian® Springfield™ motorcycle.
The first custom to be built based on the 2016 Indian Springfield, Azzkikr's Frontier 111 showcases builder Len Edmondson's exceptional talents for creating award-winning and fully functional artwork. With this bike, his acute attention to detail and outrageous craftsmanship offer a truly show-stopping example of a thoroughly modern retro bagger that features classic lines via contemporary, artistic flare.
The Frontier 111 has obvious salutes to pedigree by incorporating the heritage of the Indian brand's skirted front fender, a leaf-spring equipped springer front end, jockey shifter with foot clutch, and historically inspired color palette surrounding Indian Motorcycle's powerful Thunder Stroke® 111 engine.
"We have been working on the cutting edge of the custom bagger movement for years now, but it's not often that you get to reveal a custom based on a motorcycle the factory just introduced," says Azzkikr's Len Edmondson. "From Day #1, we wanted something that reflected the big front wheel trend but still spoke to the heritage and style that is uniquely Indian."
The sleek Frontier 111 incorporates a sweeping line from its hand-built headlight housing to the tip of its expertly crafted rear fender. The front clip includes a custom-made triple tree sourced from KewlMetal, a springer-type suspension utilizing a leaf-spring, a 26-inch...
Spring has broken at the Buffalo Chip and we are counting down the days to August. The new road that will provide a short and very scenic ride from I-90 Exit 37 to the Chip is taking shape and it won't be long before we are testing it out for you. We've so far announced Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert and "Weird Al" Yankovic will be performing in 2016 with many more world-class bands in the works. The Cossacks and Clint Ewing will be returning and we will have more killer surprises to announce soon.
It was a tight, hard-fought race from bell to bell. In the end, Krystal's Sport Scout took top honors.
After a live vote in Austin during the initial reveal, the live voting at Daytona Bike Week, and here on the site, Krystal was able to edge out a win over Nick's classic bobber.
The attention to detail and functionality of the Sport Scout were mentioned again and again both online and during the live voting. Her radical reimagining of the Scout platform is what finally edged her ahead in the race.
At the end of the day the results were as follows:
Krystal's Sport Scout: 59.9%
Nick's Bobber: 40.1%
Krystal's Sport Scout: 57.7%
Nick's Bobber: 42.3%
Krystal would like to give a big shout out to her sponsors for helping her with this amazing bike:
Brake Rotors: custom made EBC bakes
Front Suspension: 2009 Suzuki GSXR 750 forks and triples
Rear Suspension: K-tech Razor piggyback shocks
Front Fender: Klockwerks
Rear Fender: Led Sled
Clip on handlebars: Convertibars
Grips: Posh waffle grips by Revival Cycles
Exhaust: Custom made by RPW USA
Mirrors: Rizoma by Motovation USA
Foot pegs: Rizoma by Motovation USA
Performance air filter: Trask Performance
Electronic Jet Kit: Dobeck Performance
Fabricated derby cover, radiator guard, belt guard, seat pan and tank: Voodoo Vintage
Wheels: Mid USA HD Sportster spoked wheels
Integrated led turn signals and tail light
Seat: Russell of Elevenatx
Entire bike is powdercoated by Krystal. No paint.
Once again, congratulations to Krystal on her win. Truly a great bike.