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Early Bird Winner

on Thursday, 26 March 2015.

Americade's Early Bird Winner is:

Andrew Katz

Pompano Beach, FL

Andrew has won a ScalaRider Q1 Team Set.

Featuring two pre-paired Q1 units in one package, the scala rider Q1 TeamSet is the ideal rider-to-passenger motorcycle intercom communication system for a couple on the road.

Enjoy your ride soundtrack together with Cardo's unique Music-Sharing™ patented technology giving you the power to be the DJ and control your music.

Each Q1 TeamSet unit allows spontaneous motorcycle intercom communication so you and your passenger can connect to other users nearby using the Click-to-Link® feature with no need for pairing.  

The Q1 TeamSet unit can connect to 2 mobile phones, A2DP (Bluetooth® stereo) music players, and GPS navigation devices. It also has a built-in FM radio with RDS and a direct cable connection for non-A2DP MP3 players. 

To ensure that the Q1 TeamSet remains at the forefront of technology, you can update its software online via your Mac or PC.*

The scala rider Q1 is compatible with the following scala rider products: G9, G4, Q3, Q2 PRO & Schuberth SRC-Systems

AMERICADE CONCERT SERIES with AARON LEWIS ON SALE MONDAY MARCH 16, 2015

on Monday, 16 March 2015.

March 16, 2015: Americade Concert Series with Aaron Lewis general admission tickets on sale at Ticketfly.com

Aaron Lewis is a Grammy nominated, multiplatinum recording Rock & Roll and Country star. Americade Director, Christian Dutcher, says “There’s a lot of excitement about being able to headline Aaron in this first year. And, as a special kickoff to this concert series, we’re offering the ticket prices about about 1⁄2 the price it would normally cost to see Aaron.”

The concert will be held rain or shine; it’s a nonrefundable event.

A full list of activities and demo providers can be seen at www.americade.com. Registration is available online through May 1, and via post entry at the Lake George's Holiday Inn.

About Americade:

Americade is the world’s largest multi­brand motorcycle touring rally. This year it spans June 2nd­6th (with special Preregistered Events all day Monday June 1). It's a convention of tourers, sport­tourers and cruisers enjoying a week­long festival of motorcycling, including guided tours through the beautiful Adirondack Park and Green Mountains of Vermont, a motorcycle trade show in Lake George with over 200 vendors, plus demos and displays from nearly all the major motorcycle manufacturers, and much more. Americade Week details are available at www.americade.com and 518­798­7888.

YAMAHA PROVIDING DEMOS AT AMERICADE

on Friday, 13 March 2015.

The new FJ­09 will be among the fleet of motorcycles Yamaha is bringing to Americade 2015.

March 11, 2015: Yamaha’s FJ­09 is one of the most anticipated new Sport Touring bikes on the market and it will be joining the massive fleet of demo bikes at Americade June 2­6, 2015.

“Yamaha is very pleased to be bringing the all new Sport Touring FJ­09 to Americade this year and feature this model for consumer demo rides! The new FJ­09 has taken the award winning design of the FZ­09 and modified it for the Sport Touring market, “ said Marcus DeMichele, media relations manager for

Yamaha, “We’ve improved on the 847cc liquid­cooled, in­line 3­cylinder, DOHC, 12­valve ‘Crossplane Crankshaft Concept’ engine design and included touring amenities such as a height adjustable windshield, side fairing, adjustable riding position, 12V electrical outlet and a generous 4.8 gallon fuel tank. And with available hard detachable luggage, the FJ­09 is ideal for the daily commute, short fun rides, or weekend getaways”.

Americade Director, Christian Dutcher, said “We’re excited that Yamaha is bringing the new FJ. Americade always has the most factory demos in the U.S. and Yamaha’s FJ is going to be a very popular choice among the attendees to Americade. I’m hoping to swing my leg over it.”

A full list of activities and demo providers can be seen at www.americade.com. Registration is available online through May 1, and via post entry at the Lake George's Holiday Inn.

About Americade:

Americade is the world’s largest multi­brand motorcycle touring rally. This year it spans June 2nd­-6th (with special Preregistered Events all day Monday June 1). It's a convention of tourers, sport­tourers and cruisers enjoying a week­long festival of motorcycling, including guided tours through the beautiful

Adirondack Park and Green Mountains of Vermont, a huge motorcycle trade show in Lake George, plus demos and displays from nearly all the major motorcycle manufacturers, and much more. Americade Week details are available at www.americade.com and 518­-798­-7888.

AARON LEWIS HEADLINES AMERICADE’S NEW CONCERT SERIES

on Wednesday, 11 March 2015.

Rock and Country Star is putting the Rock into Americade’s Roll

March 6, 2015: Americade’s Concert Series brings amazing music to the shores of Lake George, Friday and Saturday of Americade Week. The headline act for the inaugural event is a Grammy­nominated, multi­platinum recording Rock & Roll and Country star, Aaron Lewis.

The Concert Series is the first event of its kind at the 33 year old event, and the motorcyclist community’s response has been very positive. “For years attendees have asked that we bring big name music to Americade,” says Americade Director, Christian Dutcher, “and there’s a lot of excitement about being able to headline Aaron in this first year. And, as a special kickoff to this concert series, we’re offering the ticket prices about about 1⁄2 the price it would normally cost to see Aaron.”

While Saturday’s line up features a fun mixture of country, rock and funk, Friday’s line up is decidedly laid back Rock & Roll, featuring one of the best Eagles tribute bands in the U.S. “We wanted to give something to everyone,” says Dutcher, “Friday is a great kickstart to the music series.”

Both nights of music are expected to sell out. A special 2 day ticket is also available. Tickets available now to Americaders. General Public can begin purchasing March 16.

A full list of activities and demo providers can be seen at www.americade.com. Registration is available online through May 1, and via post entry at the Lake George's Holiday Inn.

About Americade:

Americade is the world’s largest multi­brand motorcycle touring rally. This year it spans June 2nd­6th (with special Preregistered Events all day Monday June 1). It's a convention of tourers, sport­tourers and cruisers enjoying a week­long festival of motorcycling, including guided tours through the beautiful Adirondack Park and Green Mountains of Vermont, a motorcycle trade shows in Lake George with over 200 vendors, plus demos and displays from nearly all the major motorcycle manufacturers, and much more. Americade Week details are available at www.americade.com and 518­-798­-7888.

2015 Fact Sheet

on Wednesday, 18 February 2015.

Plan your 2015 Americade Experience!

Click here for the Americade Fact Sheet

2015 Americade Times

on Friday, 30 January 2015.

Here's the official wrap-up of last year's great-weather event and a preview of 2015!

Click here to read.

Thunderpress August 2014

on Friday, 30 January 2015.

Upstate touring rally hits another home run. Click here for full article.

Putting The Tour Back Into America's Largest Touring Rally

on Friday, 30 January 2015.

With hundreds of motorcycle vendors at Tour Expo and the roar of Canada Street, it is easy to think of Americade as a “motorcycle-mall” or a seven day parade. While there is truth in these generalizations -- and reason enough to love Americade -- Americade is more.

This year, I had three days at Americade and my goal was put the “tour” back into America’s largest motorcycle touring rally.

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Something We Never Want To Lose

on Friday, 30 January 2015.

Statement from Jim McCaslin, Harley-Davidson President and CEO.

Individuality has been an important part of the Harley-Davidson experience for more than 100 years. Harley* riders express their individuality in many ways. Look at the way they make their own motorcycle unique. We love it. But there's a growing issue that's creating a real threat to our rights as individuals - the issue of excessive motorcycle noise.

We've faced many challenges here at the Motor Company, but we feel this may be one of the toughest because of its potential to divide and destroy our sport. We can't ignore it, so we must find a way to come together to address this critical issue. Take a few moments to read the following article, and please do it with an open mind and an eye on the future of the sport we all love. Then let's head out together on a journey that just might make us stronger.

It must be primeval. The way it touches us so deeply, we must have some ancient hardwiring inside us that's a direct feed to our very core. Maybe it's some leftover evolutionary seventh sense that's triggered when we hit the ignition and fire brings our V-twins to life. Or maybe the rhythmic rumble reminds us of some distant thundering herd. The chase is on. And our hearts automatically race not wanting to be left behind. Or our soul goes hungry.

Whatever else it is, this authentic part of the Harley-Davidson experience really is something. And it's something we don't ever want to lose.

Now comes the troubling part. How can the sound that embodies so much of what we love about Harley-Davidson® motorcycles be so offensive to others? And it's even more troubling that those negative feelings are spreading throughout the country and around the world. Some people just don't like motorcycles. Period. We can accept that. But isn't there something we can do to keep their numbers from growing?

Negative news stories regarding motorcycle noise have increased 400 percent over the past 10 years. In the last year, communities across the United States have upped their efforts to curb motorcycle noise. Some communities have instituted outright bans on motorcycles. Even traditional motorcycle rally locations like Laconia, Daytona, and Myrtle Beach have had controversies regarding noise at their events this past year.

Worldwide, motorcycle noise is becoming more heavily restricted. Europe and Japan now require lower than U.S. dB(A) levels for new motorcycles right out of the box. In Australia, for example, a permanent label must be affixed and remain on to signify legal pipes. Annual inspections are also required.

Looking into the science of sound, the perception of sound varies according to multiple factors; volume is the single factor that most often sends hearing from barely noticeable to unbearable. Understandable. That's why many riders are fitting themselves with earplugs for longer rides. But what's really interesting is that the sound impulses we generate ourselves seem less of a nuisance than those generated by others. We're also more indulgent when it comes to a “friendly” sound or noise - music, for example, if you happen to be a musician yourself. So, the "friendly" sounds of our Harleys are not so friendly sounding to those who don't share our passion for riding. We can't change that. But what can we do?

It seems that we, not just the Motor Company, not just the Harley-Davidson dealers, not just a handful of riders, we all, every Hog lovin' one of us, must do everything we can to protect our sport and keep it as strong as it is today. We must take our turn, as more than a century-worth of Harley riders has before us, in guarding our sport.

In those very early days, Harley-Davidson was born as a form of basic transportation. When you added a sidecar or a delivery box to the back, they became utility vehicles. Then the weekend was invented. Well, you were lucky if you got one day off. But you made the most of it and discovered the sheer joy of motorcycling. And you discovered that there were others just like you who carried that dominant riding gene. You were born with it. And proud of it. You owned your own kind of freedom. But even then, there were many who didn't understand.
 
There were literally hundreds of motorcycle manufacturers in the early days. Far more than there were automakers. As the number of motorized vehicles grew, so did the issue of noise. The confounded machines were upsetting the still-main-means-of-transportation horses. Farmers complained about machines disturbing their livestock. And the general population became very vocal about their right to a good night's sleep. To achieve social acceptability of their new modes of transportation, the manufacturers developed … the muffler! The auto industry had plenty of space to carry all manner of bulky noise suppression devices. For motorcycles, it was an entirely different challenge. The Motor Company put its engineering staff to work and came up with the best mufflers in the motorcycle industry. So successful, in fact, that they built a motorcycle that became affectionately known as The Silent Gray Fellow. That moniker stuck, and during those early years the entire Harley-Davidson model line became known as The Silent Gray Fellows.         

Today, Harley-Davidson motorcycles have more power and performance than our predecessors could have ever imagined, but with all due respect, we love to hear them coming. That doesn't mean louder noise equals even more power, however. It's an interesting misconception. Testing has proven that straight pipes do not necessarily outperform pipes with lower noise levels. Pick the wrong pipes and you can severely reduce your horsepower and/or your torque. And while you're doing it, you'll awaken the sleeping giant of social concern that lives next door to all of us.

So what if you've picked the wrong pipes?

Then you have a very important individual decision to make. We all do. No one expects everyone to change out their straight pipes overnight. But we all must consider changing out our thinking. We need to think about the consequences our actions have on others, before others take action against us. As tempting as it is, maybe we resist cranking up the revs at the next stop signal. Maybe we fall in love all over again with the unique and mesmerizing sound "quality" of our own V-twin, not just the volume. Maybe we think about how we can assure that all those riders coming behind us can enjoy the same level of freedom we do today. Maybe we just take a time-out to remember that this is really something. And it's something we never want to lose.

 

Ride wth Safety and Style

on Friday, 30 January 2015.

Ride with Safety and Style: A Look at Motorcycle Helmets

LAKE GEORGE — With Americade underway, motorcycles of all shapes and sizes are traveling Adirondack roadways.

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Motorcycle Engines’ Rumble is Sweet Music

on Friday, 30 January 2015.

LAKE GEORGE -- As Americade got underway this week, hotel occupancy rates were high, bars were bustling and leather-clad cruisers were spending their money on Canada Street, giving local businesses their annual economic infusion from the motorcycle rally that brings thousands of visitors to the region.

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RoadBike April/May 2013

on Friday, 30 January 2015.

RoadBike Magazine’s Photo Contest, featuring an Americade t-shirt.

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AMA: Americade motorcyclists inundate Lake George, NY, for the 30th time

on Friday, 30 January 2015.

The week-long (June 4-9) 30th celebration of the Americade motorcycle rally brought tens of thousands of motorcyclists to the upstate NY village of Lake George.

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