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Glory Days Motorcycle Rally, Val Du Lakes, June, 2015 – Dig It

Glory Days

June 26 – June 28
Jun 26 at 12:00pm to Jun 28 at 5:00pm
Val Du Lakes
Mears, Michigan 49455

Make sure you don’t miss out on this years hottest Midwest bike event.

Unlike any other event with fun activities and awesome live bands to be announced…

Bikers and Babes…

Camping on site, call 231-837-2267 for reservations.

Hey, don’t be a cock. Sack up and ride in for the day.

More details @ www.glorydaysmotorcyclerally.com

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The Killer – Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis, the greatest singer and piano player in the history of hillbilly music,  has been married seven times – and he’s still very much alive.

Give that a second or two to sink in. Seven times. Still alive.

Jerry Lee Lewis

  • His first marriage, to Dorothy Barton (who was 14 years old at the time), lasted for 20 months, from February 1952 to October 1953. In a 1978 People magazine interview, Lewis said, “I was 14 when I first got married. My wife was too old for me; she was 17.”
  • His second marriage, to Jane Mitchum, was of dubious validity because it occurred 23 days before his divorce from Barton was final. It lasted for four years, from September 1953 to October 1957. The couple had two children: Jerry Lee Lewis Jr. (1954–1973) and Ronnie Guy Lewis.
  • His third marriage, to his cousin Myra Gale Brown, lasted for 13 years, from December 1957 to December 1970 (although the couple went through a second marriage ceremony because his divorce from Jane Mitchum was not complete before the first ceremony took place). They had two children together: Steve Allen Lewis (1959–1962) and Phoebe Allen Lewis (1963).
  • His fourth marriage, to Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate, lasted from October 1971 to June 8, 1982, and they had a daughter, Lori Lee Lewis (1972). Pate drowned in a swimming pool at the home of a friend with whom she was staying, several weeks before divorce proceedings could be finalized.
  • His fifth marriage, to Shawn Stephens, lasted 77 days, from June to August 1983, ending with her death. It has been alleged by Richard Ben Cramer that Lewis abused her and was responsible for her death.
  • His sixth marriage, to Kerrie McCarver, lasted 20 years, from 1984 to 2004. They have one child: Jerry Lee Lewis III (1987). According to USA Today, McCarver’s divorce settlement was substantial.
  • His seventh marriage, to Judith Brown, began March 9, 2012.

Lewis has had six children during his marriages. In 1962, his son Steve Allen Lewis drowned in a swimming pool accident when he was three, and in 1973, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jr. died at the age of 19 when he flipped the Jeep he was driving. The Killer has two surviving sons, Jerry Lee Lewis III and Ronnie Guy Lewis, and two daughters, Phoebe Allen Lewis and Lori Lee Lewis.

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The Killer – Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis, the greatest singer and piano player in the history of hillbilly music,  has been married seven times – and he’s still very much alive.

Give that a second or two to sink in. Seven times. Still alive.

Jerry Lee Lewis

  • His first marriage, to Dorothy Barton (who was 14 years old at the time), lasted for 20 months, from February 1952 to October 1953. In a 1978 People magazine interview, Lewis said, “I was 14 when I first got married. My wife was too old for me; she was 17.”
  • His second marriage, to Jane Mitchum, was of dubious validity because it occurred 23 days before his divorce from Barton was final. It lasted for four years, from September 1953 to October 1957. The couple had two children: Jerry Lee Lewis Jr. (1954–1973) and Ronnie Guy Lewis.
  • His third marriage, to his cousin Myra Gale Brown, lasted for 13 years, from December 1957 to December 1970 (although the couple went through a second marriage ceremony because his divorce from Jane Mitchum was not complete before the first ceremony took place). They had two children together: Steve Allen Lewis (1959–1962) and Phoebe Allen Lewis (1963).
  • His fourth marriage, to Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate, lasted from October 1971 to June 8, 1982, and they had a daughter, Lori Lee Lewis (1972). Pate drowned in a swimming pool at the home of a friend with whom she was staying, several weeks before divorce proceedings could be finalized.
  • His fifth marriage, to Shawn Stephens, lasted 77 days, from June to August 1983, ending with her death. It has been alleged by Richard Ben Cramer that Lewis abused her and was responsible for her death.
  • His sixth marriage, to Kerrie McCarver, lasted 20 years, from 1984 to 2004. They have one child: Jerry Lee Lewis III (1987). According to USA Today, McCarver’s divorce settlement was substantial.
  • His seventh marriage, to Judith Brown, began March 9, 2012.

Lewis has had six children during his marriages. In 1962, his son Steve Allen Lewis drowned in a swimming pool accident when he was three, and in 1973, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jr. died at the age of 19 when he flipped the Jeep he was driving. The Killer has two surviving sons, Jerry Lee Lewis III and Ronnie Guy Lewis, and two daughters, Phoebe Allen Lewis and Lori Lee Lewis.

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A Historical Timeline of the Harley Davidson Motor Company

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  1. 1901 William S. Harley, at age 21, finishes a blueprint for an engine designed to fit a bicycle.
  2. 1903 Harley and Arthur Davidson build the first production Harley-Davidson motorcycle in 1903. It features a a 116cc engine working from a 10 x 15-foot shed on Chestnut Street in Milwaukee. That’s still the address of Harley-Davidson’s corporate office.
  3. 1904 C.H. Lang of Chicago, the very first Harley-Davidson dealer, opens for business.
  4. 1906 The Motor Company builds a new 28 by 80-foot factory at the Chestnut Street location and the company grows to six employees. The nickname “Silent Gray Fellow” is applied to an early machine as a reference to the fact that the bikes were painted dove gray, and that they were quietly reliable.
  5. 1907 William A. Davidson joins and Harley-Davidson Motor Company is incorporated. The first stock offering is shared by the Harley and Davidson brothers.
  6. 1908 Walter Davidson scores a perfect 1,000 points at the 7th Annual Federation of American Motorcyclists Endurance and Reliability Contest. Wowed by that demonstration, the City of Detroit becomes the first to buy a H-D motorcycle for its police force.
  7. 1909 Harley makes its first V-Twin. which features a displacement of almost 50 cubic inches and produces a total of seven horsepower.
  8. 1910 The now-famous ‘Bar & Shield’ logo is created in 1910 and trademarked a year later.
  9. 1911 The F-head single-cylinder engine is made and remains in service until 1929. The inlet-over-exhaust design with overhead intake valve and a “side” exhaust valve proves reliable and popular.
  10. 1912 Harley-Davidson exports its first motorcycles to Japan. Construction begins on a six-story headquarters in Milwaukee, a Parts and Accessories Department is opened and the company boasts more than 200 dealers across the United States.
  11. 1913 Bill Harley creates a race department to handle the needs of competitors and builders.
  12. 1914 The first sidecars designed specifically for H-Ds are manufactured and Harley-Davidson becomes one of the last motorcycle manufacturers to switch from leather drive belts to chain drives.
  13. 1915 H-D motorcycles upgrade their transmission systems and now feature three-speed, sliding-gear transmissions with a final and primary drive on the same side of the bike.
  14. 1917 Fully one-third of the company’s production is purchased by the Army, and to train Army mechanics the company starts the Quartermasters School. It would later become the Service School and used to provide factory-trained mechanics to dealerships.
  15. 1918 Nearly half of all H-D motorcycles manufactured are sold to the U.S. military in World War I. Corporal Roy Holtz becomes the first American soldier to enter Germany and he does it riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
  16. 1919 The 37-ci Sport model is created with its horizontally-opposed, fore-and-aft V-Twin.
  17. 1920 H-D boasts reaches the 2,000 dealer mark in 67 countries and is the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. The factory racing team, “The Wrecking Crew,” takes a small pig as a mascot and the Harley is nicknamed a “hog” as a result.
  18. 1925 The teardrop gas tank replaces previous flat-topped versions and Joe Petrali becomes one of the first salaried “factory racers” in the world.
  19. 1928 The first twin-cam engine is created for the JD series motorcycles which makes the bikes capable of a top speed between 85 and 100 mph. A front brake is offered for the first time.
  20. 1929 The D model, with its rugged 45-cubic-inch flathead V-Twin engine, is introduced and will be sold in various configurations for the next 40 years. As the Great Depression looms, the company sells 21,000 motorcycles in 1929.
  21. 1932 The three-wheeled Servi-car starts a run of more than 4o years as the most popular utility motorcycle in history. Joe Petrali strings together five straight national championships on the dirt track and four straight hill-climb titles to dominate motorcycle racing like no one since.
  22. 1933 The Motor Company sells only 4,000 motorcycles as the Depression grinds on.
  23. 1935 The company begins to license production of its motorcycles in Japan, and the Sankyo Seiyakyo Corporation purchases tooling and starts producing Harleys. These bikes are sold as Rikuo, which translates to “King of the Road.”
  24. 1936 Harley introduces the EL, an overhead valve, 61-cubic-inch bike which earns the nickname of ‘Knucklehead’ due to the shape of its distinctive rocker-boxes. H-D also introduces an 80-cubic-inch side-valve engine.
  25. 1937 Joe Petrali sets a land-speed record of just over 136 mph on a machine powered by a streamlined Knucklehead. The first WL models are manufactured. William A. Davidson dies two days after signing an agreement which makes the company a union shop.
  26. 1938 Ben Campanale wins the Daytona 200 on a 45 cubic-inch WLDR in a race run on a 3.2-mile beach course. The Jackpine Gypsies hold the first Black Hills rally in Sturgis and that event goes on to become the most well-known annual gathering of motorcyclists in the world.
  27. 1941 United States enters World War II and the production of civilian motorcycles comes nearly to a halt.
  28. 1942 When U.S. soldiers who capture Wehrmacht motorcycles in North Africa find that the BMWs and Zundapps with their “boxer” engines are better suited to tough military duty. Harley-Davidson and Indian introduce machines with shaft drives and flat-twin motors styled after the German bikes. Walter Davidson dies.
  29. 1943 William S. Harley dies.
  30. 1945 By the end of WWII (1941-45) the company had produced almost 90,000 WLA models for military use.
  31. 1948 The company’s 61 and 74 c.i. OHV engines are updated to use aluminum heads and hydraulic valve lifters, one-piece rocker covers which resemble cake pans, and that look earns the new motor the nickname ‘Panhead.’ The Allies grab up German patents as war reparations and the small two-stroke motors built by DKW are copied by Harley-Davidson and used in the bike which will come to be known as the ‘Hummer.’
  32. 1949 Hydraulic front forks are introduced on the new Hydra-Glides.
  33. 1950 Arthur Davidson dies.
  34. 1952 Harley-Davidson creates the 45 c.i. side-valve K model to compete with the increasingly popular – and much faster – British-made twins of the time.
  35. 1953 Indian Motorcycles spirals into oblivion and leaves the field open to H-D as the only serious motorcycle manufacturer in the U.S. for the rest of the century. To compete on the race track with the British 500 cc machines dominating dirt track and road course races, the H-D racing department creates the KR from the 750cc, flat-head WR.
  36. 1955 The KR takes seven consecutive Daytona 200 wins.
  37. 1957 The Motor Company introduces the Sportster, a larger-displacement version of the K motor fitted with an OHV head. The 55 c.i. machine rivals all of the English bikes for performance and only falls shorts of the British Vincents for pure performance.
  38. 1958 The Duo-Glide comes out with hydraulic rear suspension.
  39. 1960 Harley-Davidson buys a half-interest in the Italian company Aermacchi.
  40. 1961 The Harley-Davidson Sprint becomes the first Aermacchi-created design to reach American showrooms . Short-track racers snap them up for their low center of gravity and light weight.
  41. 1964 The Servi-Car becomes the first Harley to come with an electric starter.
  42. 1965 The Duo-Glide also gets an electric starter and becomes, by virtue of that addition, the Electra-Glide.
  43. 1966 Harley updates the old Panhead motor in the quest for more power and the new engine’s rocker boxes, which some think resemble coal shovels, earn the new design the nickname “Shovelhead.” The Shovelhead motor stays in production relatively unchanged for 20 years.
  44. 1969 The introduction of the Honda CB750 Four – and the brutal competition it offers to American buyers – leads to the sale of the company to the American Machine and Foundry Company. AMF, a maker of bowling balls and bowling equipment, is crushed by the fast, sophisticated and affordable Honda. AMF management presides over a nosedive in the quality of Harleys and the “pre-AMF” tag becomes the standard by which buyers select their used H-Ds .
  45. 1970 The XR-750 is introduced to take on the Japanese competition at the track and features a motor based on a destroked Sportster powerplant. None of the H-D factory entries finish higher than fifth in that year’s Daytona 200.
  46. 1971 the FX 1200 Super Glide (using the front end of the XL series and frames and motors from the FL series) becomes the first “cruiser” motorcycle.
  47. 1973 Harley opens a new assembly plant in York, PA.
  48. 1977 One AMF-era bike, the 1977 XLCR, stands the test of time. That bike was the second major project for Willie G. Davidson,  grandson of one of the founders, but it was roundly panned by Harley customers back in 1977. A miniscule 3,100 were sold and the model was dropped from the line after a year, but you could still buy a new one off the showroom floor well into the 1980s. The FXS Low Rider is introduced.
  49. 1979 The FXEF “Fat Bob” is called “fat” because of its dual gas tanks, and “bob” for its bobbed fenders.
  50. 1980 The FLT is introduced with rubber-isolated drivetrain and an engine and five-speed transmission which are hard bolted together to reduce vibration. A Kevlar belt replaces the chain as the final drive on some H-D models. The FXWB Wide Glide is also introduced.
  51. 1981 AMF mismanagement leads Harley-Davidson to the brink of extinction as customer abandon the sinking ship and profits tumble. A group of H-D executives offers to buy the company for $75 million and AMF, knowing they were in over their heads, signs off on the deal. What follows is nothing less than a startling corporate turnaround as the new owners focus on product development modern quality control standards.
  52. 1982 The FXR/FXRS Super Glide II are released , and those models feature a rubber-isolated, five-speed powertrain which is a huge improvement over previous setups. H-D adopts just-in-time inventory systems which ultimately lowers costs and improves quality.
  53. 1983 Harley battles with the International Trade Commission and manages to get a tariff applied to the purchase of Japanese motorcycles of  more than 700 cc in displacement. The Japanese motorcycle manufacturers are forced reconfigure their motors to under 700cc for the U.S. market to avoid the tax.
  54. 1984 The 1340cc V2 Evolution engine is installed in five models, and though development of that powerplant began in the AMF era, build quality is far superior to the AMF versions  – and oil-tight. The Softail comes along and features a concealed rear suspension while managing to look like the rigid-chassis hogs of the glory days, and buyers love the change.
  55. 1987 H-D institutes an Initial Public Offering and the company’s stock is traded on the NYSE for the first time. Ticker symbol? HOG. H-D, confident that they can now compete,  petitions the ITC to kill the tariff on imported motorcycles and  that move is a sign to Japanese companies that make V-Twin cruisers that the game was on.
  56. 1988 The classic Springer front end returns on the FXSTS Springer Softail.
  57. 1990 The Motor Company introduces the FLSTF Fat Boy.
  58. 1991 The first model in the Dyna line, the FXDB Dyna Glide Sturgis, hits the market.
  59. 1992 Harley-Davidson replaces chains with drive belts on all their major model lines as drive belts provide a smoother ride than chains, last longer, and eliminate chain lubrication and adjustment hassles.
  60. 1993 H-D purchases a minority interest in Erik Buell’s Buell Motorcycle Company.
  61. 1995 Harley-Davidson models are equipped with fuel injection systems for the first time.
  62. 1997 The company opens a new 217,000 sq. ft. design center in Milwaukee and FL engine production moves to a newly purchased plant in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. A new plant in Kansas City, a big one at 330,000 sq. ft., takes over the production of the Sportster line.
  63. 1998 H-D opens its first factory overseas in Manaus, Brazil, and acquires all remaining shares of Buell.
  64. 1999 The Touring and Dyna lines are rolled out and they feature the new Twin Cam 88 motor.
  65. 2000 The characteristic sound of a Harley motor becomes the subject of a long and costly legal fight, but H-D ultimately drops its U.S. Patent Office application. A public relations nightmare, the suits are quietly settled and the company moves on to more pressing business.
  66. 2001 The VRSCA V-Rod, featuring a motor designed with input from Porsche, features fuel injection, overhead cams, and liquid cooling.
  67. 2003 Some 250,000 people descend on Milwaukee to celebrate The Motor Company’s 100th anniversary.
  68. 2006 The 2006 Dyna motorcycles are offered with a six-speed transmission and the company announces the opening of its new museum in Milwaukee to be completed in 2008.
  69. 2007 Harley upgrades the Big Twin motor  to 96 cubic inches and adds the six-speed transmission from the Dyna line to all models.
  70. 2008 The Motor Company opens the new museum in time for Harley’s 105th anniversary. It also buys MV Agusta for $109 million in the hope of putting MV’s European distribution channels to use.
  71. 2009 Keith Wandell becomes the first person in nearly 30 years to become CEO of Harley-Davidson without previous connections to The Motor Company. The US economic recession forces Harley-Davidson to discontinue the Buell line and put MV Agusta up for sale. Profits dropped 84 percent over the previous year.
  72. 2011 Harley regains the confidence of investors after painful labor and manufacturing changes are made to the company’s processes and sales make a comeback
  73. 2012 New models aimed at recapturing younger buyers like the “48” and “72” attract the attention of buyers looking for old school styling and modern engineering.

My Namesake Was One Slick Riding Lady – Sally Halterman

Sally Halterman, the first American woman issued a motorcycle license.

 

Sally Halterman motorcycle license

Photo by Harris Ewing, 1937


MotoPed – For When It All Goes Wrong

You’re going to need a bike with some storage space and a serious amount of range when civilization heads south.

The MotoPed Survival Bike has you covered.

This utilitarian ride boasts two side-mounted fuel tanks capable of a range up to 500 miles without refilling, and it has a universal rack so you can attach plenty of firepower and ammunition – and other gear.

$2499

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You Can Buy Marlon Brando’s 1969 Harley Davidson

 
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If you're the sort who wants a bike "originally owned by Hollywood actor Marlon Brando," this should fit the bill as the seller says it comes with DMV paperwork proving its provenance and former ownership. Before his fame turned him into a strange beast indeed, Brando cruised the streets of NYC on his bike, and in the coming decades, whenever his fame started to feel oppressive, he’d get on his motorcycle and simply head out into the Southwest, riding through the desert for miles on end.
“It still pleases me to be awake during the dark, early hours before morning when everyone else is still asleep. I’ve been that way since I first moved to New York. I do my best thinking and writing then. During those early years in New York, I often got on my motorcycle in the middle of the night and went for a ride–anyplace. There wasn’t much crime in the city then, and if you owned a motorcycle, you left it outside your apartment and in the morning it was still there. It was wonderful on summer nights to cruise around the city at one, two, or three A.M. wearing jeans and a t-shirt with a girl on the seat behind me. If I didn’t start out with one, I’d find one.”
- Marlon Brando brando in a schott jacket

The Handbuilt Revolution – Hugh Owings

Hugh Owings had no idea the motorcycle he was building to finish out his college degree would launch a business.

But as people saw what Owings crafted for his senior thesis at Appalachian State University, they reacted immediately. Owings documented his project online, and as he transformed the plain old Yamaha into a sleek new bike, he started hearing from folks who wanted more information.

After graduating and spending a few months in a soul-crushing job doing machining work, Owings decided to use his last paycheck to have a box of custom parts made. He’d designed the parts for his college thesis bike, and he was still getting requests. He figured if they could sell, he’d be onto something. “I sold out of parts in a month,” Owings said. “It just blew up from there.”

That was about two years ago. Today, Owings, 32, and two employees — Tevan Morgan and Bryan Pulliam — are making parts and rebuilding engines out of a cluttered, dusty shop called Hugh’s HandBuilt at the back of Asheville’s Riverview Station. His sales have more than doubled since he started, and Owings is content to make his own way guided by a few simple principles.

Owings wants to teach people to do their own work, create new products and have fun along the way.

“I get much more pleasure seeing people make something themselves, rather than doing it for them,” said Owings, who always thought he would be teaching a high school shop class, not running a custom motorcycle shop.
The Yamaha XS 650

How’s this for a niche business: Owings doesn’t work on motorcycles in general. He works on just one type of bike, the Yamaha XS 650. It was a popular model manufactured from the late 1970s to mid-’80s. It wasn’t a great looking bike, and it’s engine wasn’t the smoothest. But it got the job done for millions of riders who wanted to get two wheels on the street and go.

The XS 650 had one asset that appealed to many shade-tree mechanics — it’s basic design was easy to work with. The bike has remained popular with tinkerers, and when the economy tanked five years ago, bikers stopped buying expensive motorcycles and started getting interested in building their own.

That was clear with the college bike, Owings said. It was the first motorcycle he’d ever built, though he had worked on car engines and fiddled around with some metal fabrication and welding.

“I think I was just inspiring people to do stuff they’d never done,” he said.

Owings takes the teaching aspect of his work seriously. He has little time for people who want him to build them a bike. Instead, he would much rather show someone how to bend a piece of metal and let them figure things out from there. And the Yamaha XS 650 is the perfect bike for that.

“It’s kind of like getting a plain piece of notebook paper. It’s something you can do anything with,” Owings said.

While he makes and sells a variety of custom parts, Hugh’s HandBuilt is known in the bike world for rephasing engines.

“We can modify internals for engines. We change the firing patterns” to create higher RPMs and a smoother-running engine, Owings said. “That’s what put us on the map.”

Customers from around the world send Owings engines to remake. Owings also sells kits for people to do it themselves.
The art of motorcylce maintenance

As much as he loves “wrenching” on an old bike, Owings gets as much or more satisfaction out of connecting with fans online. He’s active in a variety of online forums, and he keeps customers informed through his blog. Owings gets a kick out of customers sending him photos of themselves working on bikes on a kitchen table or in a crowded garage. And he’s recently been receiving packages from customers wrapped in “onesies” (Owings and his wife, Courtney, just had a baby girl, Rebecca.)

“I’ve got the greatest customers,” he said.

The connection is real and has led to steady business, one that could grow quickly. But Owings wants to do things on his own time. Owings spelled it out in a 10-point blog post he titled “Hugh’s Personal Engine Building Philosophy.”

First on list: “Don’t rush me. I enjoy building these engines, but if you think a large sum of cash or a checkbook is going to put me in a hurry, forget about it.”

Owings said he’s not afraid to put on the brakes. He’s also not afraid to charge a premium for his work. Sometimes slowing down production helps boost demand. And if you “work too cheap, you get cheap customers,” he said.

It was his grandfather who instilled his independent streak, Owings said. Growing up with his grandad in Murphy, Owings said he watched him do everything. “My grandfather told me it’s not about how much money you make, it’s how much you save by doing it yourself,” he said.

“That kind of screwed me,” he said with a laugh. “He never showed me how to do anything. He showed me how to think, and I think that’s lacking today.”

That do-it-yourself work ethic informs Hugh’s HandBuilt.

“We’re not building stuff to show it off. I’ll ride bikes I work on until their dead,” he said. “There’s no greater feeling than riding that first mile on that two-wheeled death trap you just rebuilt. You never forget that.”
What: Owner of Hugh’s HandBuilt motorcycle shop in the River Arts District.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in industrial design and product design, Appalachian State University.
For more information: Visit his website at www.hughshandubilt.com and blog at www.hughshandbuilt.blogspot.com