Win This BobberDon't miss your chance to win the J&P Cycles and HOT BIKE magazine Panhead Bobber. Built by J&P Cycles and painted by Underground Studios, the motorcycle was donated to the National Motorcycle Museum to be used as its 2006 raffle bike. Tickets sold will benefit the museum, which is located in Anamosa, IA. The museum currently has more than 180 motorcycles from around the world on display. Cruise into the museum to experience the extensive collection of vintage motorcycles (dating back to 1903), as well as thousands of photographs, posters, postcards, and pieces of motorcycling memorabilia. The museum is a not-for-profit corporation that relies on fundraisers like this to continue the preservation of motorcycling's past history.
The drawing will be held December 29, 2006. Winner need not be present. Visit, call, fax, or go online for your chance to win this awesome motorcycle. The National Motorcycle Museum, 200 E. Main St., Anamosa, IA 52205. Phone: (319) 462-3925; fax: (319) 462-3982; website: www.nationalmcmuseum.org, or www.jpcycles.com.
More Than 30,000 Turn Out for Big Dog Motorcycles' Second Annual Tornado RallyBig Dog Motorcycles, the number-two American V-Twin motorcycle manufacturer and the largest manufacturer of custom motorcycles in the world, attracted more than 30,000 riders and enthusiasts to the streets of downtown Wichita, KS, for its second Tornado Rally, held June 10-11. The first Tornado Rally, held in June 2005, brought 15,000 to the company's factory. The dramatic increase in attendance was complemented by an equally substantial increase in exhibitors and vendors.
While many riders and enthusiasts were from Kansas and the surrounding regions, enthusiasts also came from states hundreds-and even thousands-of miles away: Oregon, Florida, Michigan, California, New Jersey, and more. According to the Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, the estimated economic impact was over $1,000,000.
The two-day rally required a full nine months to plan, a staff of nearly 150 Big Dog Motorcycles employees, and took place on a 20-square-block site in downtown Wichita. The rally atmosphere was amplified by 100 vendors and exhibitors displaying their motorcycles and selling their wares, as well as plenty of live music, including six regional bands; company founder and CEO Sheldon Coleman's band, Dewy & The Big Dogs; and rock legend Eddie Money.
In addition, hundreds met custom motorcycle builders Rick Fairless and Kim Suter, participated in charity poker runs, cheered for their favorite calendar girl in a bikini contest, and entered a custom/special motorcycle show. One winner of the motorcycle show was the Big Dog motorcycle with the most miles on its odometer: a '95 Vintage Classic with 189,100 miles.
ESPN2 was on-site to capture the event for a national television segment to air in late summer 2006. The Tornado Rally was presented and hosted by Big Dog Motorcycles with the help of the following sponsors: Dodge, Budweiser, Jack Daniel's, Coca-Cola, Castrol Motor Oil, and PPG.
In addition, rally photos and more information about the Tornado Rally can be found at www.tornadorally.com. The third annual Tornado Rally is set for June 9-10, 2007.