New England Warrior Benefit to Auction 5 Custom Dirico Motorcycles

In honor of our wounded and fallen Special Operations troops, and in response to the grave need to help their families, The New England Warrior Benefit is excited to auction off five one-of-a-kind Dirico bikes, commissioned to reflect each branch of the U.S. Special Forces. Proceeds will benefit five prominent charitable organizations that directly support these families. Inspired by Dirico co-owner Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler and designed by Founder Mark Dirico, these impressive road warriors are built for seamless function – demonstrating impeccable craftsmanship, style, detail and innovation. Here, modern components meet old-world skill, connecting rider and bike through pure performance.

To assist in the fundraising efforts of the New England Warrior Benefit, Dirico has hand-crafted five custom motorcycles, each themed for a different military branch: Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and the No Greater Sacrifice foundation, which pays homage to all fallen and wounded service members. Each bike features unique and inspiring artwork and is powered by a classic heartbeat Harley-Davidson engine. Designed for the more experienced rider, these beautiful Dirico motorcycles will deliver a smooth, sleek and stylish ride that honors and supports America’s elite troops.

The New England Warrior Benefit motorcycle auction will culminate at the benefit on July 3, 2012. Online bidding is available for those who cannot attend the event. Click here to see the website.

Purchasing a Used Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

The Harley-Davidson® reputation is built not just on performance, but on the fact that the brand is an American icon. Those with nothing more than a passing interest in motorcycles assume that almost every chopper or cruiser they see is a Harley, while the emblem is worn on T-shirts and belt buckles by people who have never even ridden a motorbike. While having such a strong global brand is positive for the motorcycling community, demand for Harleys does make them expensive to buy new.

So if you’re new to the scene and are eager to get your hands on your first Harley, buying used is probably the way to go. Not only do you pay less, but you’re likely to learn more about the machine as well. If you do buy used however, there are a few things to consider…

Work out the added costs

It’s not only the cost of the bike that you have to consider – you need to know how much it will cost you to keep the gas tank topped up and to insure the bike. More powerful machines typically use more fuel, and prices for motorcycle insurance can vary significantly depending on the type of bike you go for. Once you’ve identified a suitable model, work out the extra costs – if they’re too high, there’s no point going to see it.

Dealer or private?

Whether you choose to use a dealership or a private seller may well depend on your budget, but bear in mind that some dealers will offer an aftercare service that you wouldn’t get with a private seller. You may pay slightly more but aftercare can be hugely valuable if you’re not exactly skilled with a wrench. However, a private seller may be more flexible about price – especially if they’re looking for a quick sale.

Know what to look for

It goes without saying that before you part with any cash, you should do a full inspection of the bike. But what do you need to look for? With an unmodified bike, you should check that the serial numbers on the transmission, engine and steering head match. If any of these items have been replaced, ask to see the maintenance records. When you’re buying from a private seller who has a bit of expertise with bikes and has done the work themself, this might not be possible – but you should expect a discount if this is the case.

When inspecting the bike, check the foot rests and the ends of the handlebars. These may not seem important but they usually carry the tell-tale scars from falls and slides, which are something you should ask the previous owner about. Check all the controls – levers and foot operated – to make sure they move comfortably and quietly, and check the oil and transmission levels for signs of debris. You should do all this before you head out on the all-important test ride. Also be wary of bent rims – these can be fixed in some cases but are costly to replace.

Perfect your poker face

Lastly – and most importantly – try not to get too attached to the bike before you have a suitable deal in place, it’ll make it harder to walk away. But if you do have your heart set on a particular machine don’t show it – you’ll seriously damage your bargaining power!

 This post was written by Clayton Davis
 

1st Annual Fort Father’s Day Summerfest

The Fort

This event is happening concurrently with the upcoming Maryland/Delaware State H.O.G. Rally this week in Deep Creek Lake!

Kick off the summer of 2012 at Deep Creek Lake with outdoor bands, great food and the Family Olympics at the Fort in McHenry Maryland. Look for the full schedule of events online at www.DCLFUN.com or stop by any of the businesses in the Fort, McHenry Maryland 21541 along Route 219.

Join Smileys, Black Bear Tavern and Pine Lodge Steakhouse where a portion of the proceeds for the four day event will be donated to the Garrett County Community School Support Fund. This new fund administered by the Community Foundation will be available for classroom needs beginning in the next school year. Teachers may apply for the funds and any teacher volunteering or participating in the Summerfest event will have preferred priority for their funding needs.

The Fort Father’s Day Summerfest will begin at Noon Thursday with the first annual Family Olympics where two person teams can compete for over $1000 in prize money by posting the combined best score for mini golf, highest score at bowling and fastest time on the go cart tracks. Be one of five teams to qualify for the finale held Sunday June 17 at 1PM and you could win the $500 cash grand prize or a portion of the $1000 prize package. Qualifying play is open Thursday through Sunday of the Summerfest! Cost is $25 per team. Entertainment will begin at 6PM on Thursday June 14 with The Davisson Brothers Band on the new Fort outdoor stage and play until 10PM. Friday on the main stage The Mags will play from 6PM to 10PM. Three bands will provide entertainment Saturday June 16th Dustin McCray Noon to 6PM, then Jackson Monsour & Accompaniment from 6PM to 10PM and then in the club at Black Bear Tavern Lady Invidia will play from 10PM to 1AM. Back on the Fort outdoor stage Sunday at 2PM to 5PM entertainment will be provided by The Hillbilly Gypsies. Band cover cost is $10 per day or $25 for all four days.

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Saturday from 3PM to 4PM Sherriff Corley will be holding a DUI Clinic on the Smileys Go Cart track where drivers young and old can experience the effects of driving impaired using special glasses through our obstacle course. Free to all participants in the Family Olympics and a $5 donation to the GCCSSF for others.

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Welcome HOG members and all Bikers! Summerfest would not be complete without the wind in our hair so we are promoting three Pokers Runs in conjunction with Summerfest! Friday 1PM to 5PM sign up for a run to the beautiful Parks in Garrett County where naturalists will provide a discussion/tour of some of the 104,000 acres of Park and Forrest land in Western Maryland. Saturday sign up for a morning Breakfast Run to see the historic town of Garrett County. Sunday at 10AM join us for a poker run tour of Deep Creek Lake. All rides are $10 per bike (four wheeled cars welcome too!)

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June 2012 East Coast Biker Online

June 2012 east coast biker online

The June East Coast Biker Online is available. We are busy getting ready for the Maryland/Delaware State HOG Rally. Diana found some time in her very busy schedule to submit an article about the upcoming rally which is this week! See page 18 and 19. Click here.