Sep 192010
 

About 7 p.m. Saturday evening, uniformed and undercover Cincinnati Police officers rolled up to J-D’s Honky Tonk Bar on Buck Street in Camp Washington to conduct an investigation of the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club.

Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher said as soon as they got out of their vehicles, they were met by gunfire.  Police returned fire and, in the end, one club member is dead, another member injured and two undercover Cincinnati Police officers were shot (one officer was hit in the hip, the other in the leg. Neither of the injuries required surgery).  Streicher says he will not be releasing the officers’ names at this time because the officers are part of the undercover unit.

Fourteen members of the Iron Horsemen were taken from the bar for questioning and a number of them were taken into custody. Chief Streicher would not elaborate on the nature of the investigation into the club’s activities.

Spring Grove Avenue was shut down late into the night Saturday in the area of the bar as a SWAT team conducted a sweep of the bar to be sure no one else was inside. There were also officers doing a canine search of a nearby wooded area to be sure there was no one hiding out.

Streicher was quoted as saying, “There’s nothing bad going on with the police and the club itself. Motorcycle clubs are what they are. They do what they do and we do what we do. Occasionally, there’s a clash, as there was tonight.”

This is the fourth shooting involving police in the past three days. On Thursday a Woodlawn Police officer was shot at in Lincoln Heights. Cincinnati Police say Thursday and Friday officers were shot at in Winton Terrace. The officers were not injured in those shootings.

2010 V-Twin Expo Report

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Feb 102010
 

Well, I missed the Easyriders V-Twin Expo yet again… I have been hoping to attend this event for a long time now and there just seems like something always gets in my way.  This year’s event was as fantastic as ever, especially if you take into consideration the economy as well as half the country experiencing travel-debilitating weather.

Friends in attendance say that they had a great time, and enjoyed all the vendors.  All the usual suspects were there and the magazine staffs from all your favorite publications were on hand to promote themselves and to cover the event.  The Limpnickie Lot Crew showed up with the much-anticipated second version of the Builder’s Manual, which has a ton of badass parts for the hip builder.  I look forward to getting my mitts on a copy.  And a ton of other amazing parts were at various booths around the center.  There was a little bit of everything to cover just about any need in the motorcycle industry.

All in all, a successful run this year.  I also hear that the Biltwell party in itself was worth the trip.  So put it on the calendar for next year.  Maybe I can finally get all the stars to align and get myself there.  Hope to see you.

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

V-Twin Awards 2010 winners.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Bruce Rossmeyer.

Industry Leader Of The Year: Holger Mohr, Custom Chrome Inc.

Bike Of The Year: Victory Crossroads.

Metric Bike Of The Year: Honda Fury.

Cruiser Of The Year: Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide.

Custom Bike Of The Year: Harley-Davidson Street Glide CVO. Performance Product Of The Year: Bassani 2 into 1 Exhaust.

Teresi Award Of The Year: RC Components RCX-Haust. Motorcycle. Frame Of The Year: Rolling Thunder Frames.

Motorcycle Design Of The Year: Lehman Trikes Victory Kingpin.

Valve Product Of The Year: Vance & Hines VO2 Air Filter.

Accessory Of The Year: Hog Tunes Tweeter Bar.

New Product Of The Year. Baker Drivetrain 4-Speed Vintage Transmissions.

Tech Product Of The Year: S&S Cycle Easy Start Cams.

Jan 062010
 

I, as do a lot of other industry and enthusiast types, get updates from lots of companies… this one came in today from Sheldon Coleman of Big Dog… They are not going to make the V-Twin Expo this year… I kinda wonder who is and who is not going in 2010.  I had planned on attending myself, but now I don’t know if it is in the cards (as in credit cards).

Anyway, here is his note.

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Happy New Year to all!! 2010 is here at last. Personally, I am glad to have 2009 behind us, and am looking forward to all the prospects of a fresh year, with hopefully an improving economy and a more robust industry!

As a reminder, we have decided to focus our energies on only one of the two February trade shows for this year. In the past, we have tried to accommodate both the Cincinnati V-Twin Expo and the Indianapolis Powersports Dealer Expo into our schedule and budget. Unfortunately, this year we had to choose between these two fine events.

As previously announced, for 2010, Big Dog Motorcycles will only be exhibiting at the Indianapolis Dealer Expo (February 12-15).

We have enjoyed the years of exhibiting at Cincinnati and will miss exhibiting this year at this excellent show. We are respectful of all that Easyriders does for the industry, and are appreciative of the many awards we have achieved at this event. Hopefully next year our budget will allow us to return.

In the meantime, we are pleased to attend the Dealernews Powersports Dealer Expo with our Big Dog booth and factory team.

Best regards,

Sheldon Coleman

CEO