Body and Machine
Below is an update from our 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover winner Chris Gibbany, she has been busy and is now gearing up for a cool long ride. Check out what she has to say.
“Since my last update in early 2016, my life has kept revolving with new adventures. One of my biggest goals has always been to attend The Horse Smoke Out. With pets and other obligations, this has not been possible….until NOW! Our beloved dog of almost 11 years passed away in late December and a few months later I found out some exciting news; “The Long Road” is leaving from Eureka Springs, Arkansas, just 45 miles from where I live!!!! “The Long Road” is a multi-day journey in June that consists of 1000+ miles and starts each year from a different part of the US and ends up at Rockingham, North Carolina, where The Smoke Out is held.
In 2015 my Panhead tattoo sleeve was in the magazine’s “Tattoo Corner” segment and the following month, my 1981 Ironhead “Iron Man” received a four page feature. The Horse Backstreet Choppers is one of my favorite magazines and I wanted to be there in 2015 when the issue went on sale at The Smoke Out with my Ironhead. Fast forward to 2017 and I am riding my Panhead full time and almost done with my 1939 Knucklehead.
When I decided to ride my 1956 Panhead chopper, that I designed and my husband and I built in a backyard shed, everyone was skeptical. My bike has an open belt primary and just a small strip of leather screwed onto a Baas Metalcraft seat pan. I was told that no woman has ever ridden a vintage, much less a hardtail vintage bike on “The Long Road”. I would have never dreamed that when I bought my Panhead engine eight years ago that I would be doing this! I have also been fortunate to obtain supporters for my big ride. Most of which were part of the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover.
STA-BIL and 303 Products are my main sponsors for riding “The Long Road”. I love STA-BIL and 303 Products are the best I have ever used, especially the 303 Aerospace Protectant. Gold Eagle, makers of STA-BIL and 303 has been great to support me in all the events that I am involved with.
Avon Tyres has come on board as a sponsor since they remembered me winning the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover in 2014. I only run Avon MK II’s on the front and back of my bikes so I am very grateful to have them as sponsors. The Avon MK II’s look awesome on classic rides plus they handle and perform even better!
Spectro Oils also stepped up as a sponsor for my trip. Spectro sent me a case of oil when I won the Makeover in 2014 and I am now getting the chance to use their straight 60 weight oil in my vintage bikes! Not only are they supporting me on “The Long Road”, they are also helping support my vintage car addiction by sending me their Motor Guard high zinc oils made specifically for flat tappet cams. Most conventional oils do not contain enough zinc or phosphorous so I am really looking forward to trying this oil from Spectro!
Viking Bags and Motorcycle House have decided to sponsor me as well by providing me with a Go Pro Hero 5 Session video camera to take on my trip! I have been working with Viking Bags and Motorcycle House on and off since 2014. I have recently had the opportunity to test some of their AWESOME products. Their Viking Bags are very well made and I am really in love with their moto backpack, but I am most impressed with their leather jackets (which weigh six pounds each) and are high quality like the vintage Wilson Leathers of yesteryear!
Baker Drivetrain has agreed to help me and I absolutely won’t build a big-twin Harley without the N-1 shift-drum that puts neutral on the bottom. In my opinion, that is where it should have been from the factory. I bought my first one in 2013 and purchased another one for my Knuckle shortly thereafter. My tattoo artist, Dessa Blackthorn, owner of Tattooz by Sassy in nearby Mountain Home, Arkansas has stepped up to sponsor me; so has my favorite cousin, Carla Curtis!
My main passion in life (besides old Harleys and hot rods) is PROMOTION and MARKETING. Several magazines are already up for running this as a feature. I am looking for other sponsors to help supply me with gear or anything else I might need. I will be taking my camera with me and recording images along the way.
I am currently in the midst of hosting my second annual “Throwback Thursdays” where I show old car movies at the local Drive-In, free of charge to anyone driving a pre-1980 vehicle. Although everything I do is 100% volunteer, I am using my GOD given passion to not only promote women but the hobby in general. I would like to motivate others that if you have your priorities straight, you can accomplish almost anything you set out to do!
I live and breathe for the machine!” ~ Chris Gibbany, Old Iron Never Dies!
You can be a part of history during first ever all-women’s motorcycle festival at the largest party in the world: the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally!
The Wild Gypsy Tour is for the unbridled spirit: the ones looking for a place to belong and live freely.
This is a festival that combines the freedom of the past with the untapped spirit of the future. The Wild Gypsy Tour will curate an original experience uniting women from all corners of the globe with the common desire to ride, live, learn, and have fun all at the world’s largest party, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip motorcycle rally. to learn more check out The Wild Gypsy Tour.com
Be advised, this is a women only event; no men?? How does that make you feel?
Kuryakyn® and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® kicked off the Midwest’s biggest bike show with a bang, debuting the 2017 Rock, Rumble & Rebellion signature build in front of a packed house at the 30th annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show.
Representing seven days of electrifying racing in August at the Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede™, the sleek, industrial appearance of the 2017 Harley-Davidson® Street Glide® strikes a balance of refinement and straight-up rawness.
“As an aftermarket company, we were honored to take on the challenge of representing the Buffalo Chip’s 35th anniversary last year with a bike build,” said Holger Mohr, Kuryakyn President. “As enthusiasts first and foremost, this year’s focus of bringing racing back to the Chip is equally exciting for us. The Kuryakyn design team came up with an authentic race theme that truly embodies the ‘rumble’ in Rock, Rumble and Rebellion. There’s no better way to introduce our newest products to core Kuryakyn customers, and we’re proud to do it alongside the Buffalo Chip on the biggest stage in the motorcycle industry.”
It’s no secret that Harley® FL touring riders have a reputation for putting hard miles on their baggers–which can mean scuffed or scratched hard saddlebag lids! Whether you want to hide those battered bag lids or wisely protect their showroom-fresh look, seasoned riders know that Mustang’s lid covers are the perfect solution.
For years, Mustang’s popular lid covers for 1993-13 and 2014-17 FL Touring models with OE hard bags have been available in plain black (only $109 per pair) or with chrome or black pearl-centered studs ($129 MSRP). Mustang is now introducing a new line of lid covers to match their latest seats: diamond stitch, deluxe style, carbon and the Dave Perewitz Signature Series for only $139 per pair.
Mustang’s form-fitted lid covers are made from the highest quality expanded vinyl and are uniquely designed to fit snugly with no wrinkles, unsightly straps or Velcro tabs. As with all Mustang seats, lid covers are proudly designed and individually hand sewn in their New England facility.
If you need to keep your bag lids protected check em out here Mustang Seats
How would you like to score a HUGE list of parts and accessories for you AND your Motorcycle? You can, if you enter the Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover 2017, brought to you by Allstate Motorcycle Insurance.
Contestants (Girls and Guys) must submit a 600 words or less essay – describing why they are most in need of a biker makeover as well as a photo (jpeg no larger than 5mb) to firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for entries is July 7th, 2017. Submissions will be narrowed down to the final four by selected judges from Garage-Girls. From there, the judges will decide who they feel most deserves the Ultimate Biker Makeover and will get to take home all the prizes which include; A wardrobe of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear, a case of full synthetic oil from Spectro Oils, A new Mustang Motorcycle Seat, a set of tires from AVON Tyres, A Valerie bag by Motochic, Surprises from S&S Cycle, Klock Werks, Kuryakyn, DEI, Memphis Shades, Indian Motorcycle and MUCH MORE!! Winner will be announced August 10th on Garage-Girls.com and Garage-Girls FB page.
Beginning March 1 through April 30, Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America (Avon Tyres) is offering a consumer reward program. Customers receive a $50 prepaid card by mail when they purchase a set of two qualifying Avon Cobra tires, or a $20 prepaid card when they purchase a front Cobra tire (AV71) and $30 prepaid card when they purchase a rear Cobra tire (AV72). “This rewards program is a great way for customers to save on our extremely popular Cobra tires,” said Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing for Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America. “The Cobra tread design resists uneven wear and tracking on irregular road surfaces, while the distinctive snakeskin effect sidewall makes these tires a real head turner.”
Avon’s Cobra tires offer style and performance for cruisers, customs and tourers by incorporating sports tire technology for nimble handling with special construction for heavy loads. Available in extra wide sizes for custom bikes, the incredible stability and longevity of Avon’s Cobra tires make them ideal for touring. The reward program is also available for Cobra Trike tires and Cobra White Wall tires.
The Avon customer rewards program is available through participating dealers in the U.S. and Canada.
To learn more about the Consumer Rewards Program from Avon, go to www.avonmoto.com/offer
Sara Liberte will be documenting the build of an overland van, this van will used for travel, camping, and a home base for photo and video shooting out in some remote area’s. If you have ever wanted to do some overland travel, spend some time living out of your vehicle on the road, you should find this journey interesting. Lots of research will be put into this build to make this 2017 GMC van sufficient for staying out on the road. We will be following along on her journey, so check back often for more updates to the project.
The new Orbit Vision and Orbit Prism 7″ L.E.D. Headlamps from Kuryakyn® utilize the latest in advanced L.E.D. technology to deliver a one-two punch of function and style. Available in two ultra high-performance packages, Orbit headlamps are DOT-approved and feature a color temperature of 6,000K for intense, uniform light output with extremely low current draw.
Both integrate an outer L.E.D. halo ring that provides additional visibility and “wow factor.” The Orbit Vision emits a full-time bright white halo, while the Orbit Prism includes a Bluetooth controller that syncs with a spectrum-based app to create infinite custom halo colors. The Orbit Prism’s downloadable app is compatible with most iOS or Android mobile devices for quick, easy operation. Users can create multiple displays and custom color cycles, including pulse modes that sync with songs through the device’s media player and microphone. The app also connects with device cameras for easy photo-color referencing and display. Check them out online at kuryakyn.com
We caught a glimpse of these new foot pegs from Kuryakyn and thought we would share them with you all. The Riot collection features authentic motocross styling for steadfast stability, traction, and control to run wild on or off-road. We have to admit, off road has been more of an interest for us lately.
The traditional MX-styled designs deliver the essential support aggressive riders need to rip up the streets, tracks or trails. Constructed from durable single aluminum castings with a serrated-tooth top surface for surefooted grip and rugged style, with specially coated bead-blasted satin silver or satin black textured finishes that are extremely resilient.
Riot Footpegs and Mini Boards accept model-specific splined adapters (sold separately) for precise angle adjustment on Harley-Davidson®, Indian®, Victory® and a wide range of metric models. The Mini boards also offer forward, center or rear positioning of the adapters for ideal placement. Riot Shift Pegs are available in two applications as a direct replacement for all H-D shift levers, the shift peg on Indian big twins, as well as the shift and brake peg locations on Indian Scouts and select Victory models including the Octane.
Coming soon to the Riot collection are direct-replacement H-D driver floorboards, as well as grips for dual-cable or fly-by-wire H-D models, plus universal 7/8″ and 1″ handlebars for Indian Scouts, Victory Octanes, select metric models and Can-Am Spyders.
Check them out online here Kuryakyn.com
Thrilled with your Freewheeler but just need to sit back further? Want a slightly wider seating area? By popular demand, Mustang has now added their “Super” Touring style to their line of seats for these 2015-17 H-D models.
The 19″ wide driver seat on the Super Touring provides truly maximum seating radius plus sits the rider about 2″ further back compared to Mustang’s Standard Touring seat for the Freewheeler. The passenger will enjoy a slightly bucketed and very ample 14″ wide seating area.
These Super Touring seats complete Mustang’s range of options for the Freewheeler, which include a Standard Touring seat plus a Forward Touring design which moves the driver 2″ forward for easier steering control. All three options feature detailed, automotive-inspired stitching, a front bucket drain hole and a built-in driver backrest receiver. Add an optional, fully adjustable driver backrest to any style for all day back support.
As with all Mustang seats, the marine-grade fiberglass baseplate, proprietary comfort foam and individually sewn covers are proudly handcrafted and assembled in their historic New England facility (tours by appointment). For more information, MustangSeats.com or call Mustang at 800-243-1392