Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Famed North American Woman Motorcyclist, Becky Brown Contributes To Iron Trader News

Women in the Wind motorcycle club founder, Becky Brown has become a regular contributor to Iron Trader News, the digital successor to IronWorks Magazine.

The announcement was made by Iron Trader News Editor Marilyn Stemp. Both women are featured in  Biker Chicz of North America by Edward Winterhalder and in the pictorial history of American Motorcycle Girls by Cris Sommer Simmons. -- Motorcycle Books Shop

In the mid-1970s Becky Brown bought a motorcycle. In an effort to find other women riders, she placed an ad in the Toledo, OH newspaper asking interested women to join her for a ride and was surprised when a dozen showed up. This annual event eventually morphed into Women in the Wind, an international organization with over 100 chapters in four countries. WITW celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2014. Becky has been inducted into three motorcycle Halls of Fame and was the subject of a documentary for PBS called “She Lives To Ride.” She has toured all over the world on her motorcycle and presently has a 2000 Heritage Springer and a 2012 Heritage Classic.
“As Women in the Wind celebrates its 35th anniversary, there’s no one better than Becky to bring additional depth and perspective to ITN,” said Stemp. “Having Becky on board is appropriate, too, because she was a columnist in the early days of IronWorks Magazine. We’re delighted to have her back on the editorial team.”  Both women have certainly contributed to the growing popularity of motorcycle riding among women in the USA.
"I hope to shine a light on women who are making a difference as well as some of the men who have been consistently promoting our lifestyle," said Brown. "I have now been riding for 39 years but I feel that there is so much out there still to experience. Hopefully I can share some of those experiences with Iron Trader News readers.”
Watch for Becky’s input on Iron Trader News to buffer the original content currently available, including personality stories, road and gear tests, and input for riders of all interests and abilities. You don’t ride as long as Becky has without developing a host of valuable information and experience that every motorcycle rider can benefit from.
To read Becky’s contributions and tap into genuine, grassroots information and entertainment for authentic riders, visit Iron Trader News.
About Iron Trader News:
Iron Trader News, based in Winston Salem, NC  is the digital successor to IronWorks Magazine founded by Dennis and Marilyn Stemp, a biker magazine in a classy package that insists on quality images, spunky layout, reliable information and concise, intelligent writing. ITN brings the best in biking with original content that’s by riders and for riders, retaining a level of excellence readers have come to appreciate and expect. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

2015 Key Biker Events

Mark Your Calendar for 2015 Major Bike Rally Events 
click on headlines to view all news stories about each rally.

Motorcycle House Gear

March 6 - 15, 2015
70+ years, still one of the 
biggest rallies in the world
Daytona Beach, Florida


Arizona Bike Week News

March 25 - 29, 2015
Cyclefest at WestWorld
Scotsdale, Arizona


Leesburg Rally News

April 24 - 26, 2015
250,000 est. last year
50 bands - bike shows
bikes only parking downtown
Leesburg, Florida

Laconia Rally News

June 13 – 21, 2015
Oldest rally in USA
Laconia, New Hampshire

More Top Events:

European Bike Rallies

International Female Ride Day

Thunder in the Valley News

June 25 - 28, 2015
Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Sturgis Rally News

August 3 – 9, 2015 - 75th annual
top attendance 600,000 for 60th

Sturgis, South Dakota    

Trail Of Tears Ride News

September 21, 2013 marked 20 years and was the last ride to raise awareness and sponsor historical signage to mark the "trail of tears" Native American resettlement. More than
200,000 riders annually followed the "trail of tears" route from Tennessee to Alabama for an annual Native American PowWow Festival, with hundreds of riders continuing to destinations in Oklahoma. 


Bikes, Blues & BBQ News

September 23 - 26, 2015
Largest non-profit rally in USA
400,000 and growing!
Fayetteville, Arkansas  

Biketoberfest News

October 15 -18, 2015
22 years, est. 300,000
Daytona Beach, Florida

Lone Star Rally News

November 5 - 8, 2015
Galveston, Texas     

Monday, November 3, 2014

Florida's #1 Ole-Skool Biker Party: Roscoe's Chili Challenge

When the Florida weather gets a little nippy, bikers make a road trip to Lakeland for Roscoe's Chili Challenge -- Florida's #1 Ole-Skool Biker Party. It's a weekend of camping, music, arm wrestling, wet T-shirt and mechanical bull riding contests, a free bike show, and of course, the world famous Roscoe's Chili Challenge competition.

Ride your bike into the camp grounds to camp beside your bike. Everyone else must camp where their vehicle is parked. The 29th annual event gets underway on Friday at 5320 Shady Oak Drive N, Lakeland -- a few miles west of Orlando. 

The event is Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Nov. 7 - 9, 2014. Admission is $50 for the three-day weekend or $40 Saturday only. 

All chili must be cooked at the event, and there will be free chili for everyone!~ This is an adults-only event: No dogs, guns or children. 

The purse for the best chili is $2,000 plus trophies. Contestant sign-up is at 10 am but cooking begins at 7 am on Saturday. There is also a free bike show, free bike games, plus arm wrestling, wet T-shirt and bull riding contests.

The party happens -- rain or shine, hail or high water at Roscoe's. It's OK to bring your personal cooler but NO GLASS CONTAINERS. Coolers and containers will be checked. Visit the official website for details:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Famed Bike Builder Billy Lane, Home & Married

Orlando, Florida - Famed bike builder Billy Lane is a free man and a married man. Congratulations to Billy & Erin on your new life together as Husband & Wife...!!!.. Billy was released on Sept. 19, 2014 after satisfying a 6-year prison sentence on a drunk driving, vehicular homicide charge that resulted in the death of a fellow biker in 2009. The Choppers Inc. builder from Melbourne, Florida has been working here in Orlando at Global Motor Werks as part of an Avon Park work-release program. He will remain on probation for three years.

Billy Lane holds seven US patents on motorcycle parts and accessories and has authored two books, an autobiography,  Billy Lane's Chop Fiction: It's not a Motorcycle, Baby, It's a Chopper (2004) and Billy Lane's How to Build Old School Choppers, Bobbers and Customs (2005.) He also holds an Associate in Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor in Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida International University.

Biker friend Jay Allen of Broken Spoke Saloon stood by Billy through some of his years in prison... helping to deliver an Air Force tribute bike built from prison in 2012 that was unveiled on Memorial Day Weekend at Rolling Thunder's 25th Anniversary rally in Washington DC. The story of the build was covered exclusively by The Horse Backstreet Choppers magazine, including photos and text by Billy himself featured in an 8-page spread (July-Aug. 2012.)

Billy Lane built this beautiful Air Force tribute bike that was unveiled May 25, 2012 in Washington DC. It joined 4 other tribute bikes, each representing a branch of the Armed Services. "I hope you can see through all the hard work put into this Air Force bike how much we appreciate all of your service and hard work," Billy said, addressing the men and women of the Air Force. "That's why I chose a 1930's Speedway racer. It represents incredible speed. It's lightweight and it's obviously the fastest of the five bikes out there."

You can reconnect with Billy Lane at the Facebook - Choppers Inc. page, which has been managed by his sister, Georgia since the Melbourne shop closed in 2009.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Biketoberfest 2014 Willies Old School Chopper Show, Thursday

The party is laid back and the lot will be filled with amazing Old School choppers -- noon to 4 pm, Thursday Oct. 16th at Willies Tropical Tattoo, 825 S. Yonge Street (US 1) in Ormond Beach - #Biketoberfest 2014.

Rat's Hole Ride-in Bike Show at No Name Saloon

Biketoberfest 2014 - The No Name Saloon in Edgewater is looking for girls to sign up for pudding wresting on Friday and Saturday, and they might not have too much trouble finding enough girls. They will be giving away $1,000 in cash prizes.

Register at No Name Saloon.

An all-day party, Rat's Hole Ride-in Bike Show and Tattoo Contest are on tap for Saturday, Oct. 18 at the No Name Saloon, 2001 S. Ridgewood in Edgewater. 

"This is your best chance for a sculptured Rat trophy," said Ted Smith, who decided to move the show to Edgewater, where there's plenty of room to party. The move also aims to "avoid the downtown cops and crazy traffic" associated with Biketoberfest.

Free admission to the public.

Bike show details at

"Watch For Me" Charity & MC Safety Campaign

Please all you riders be safe during Biketoberfest 2014 and to all you behind a wheel PAY ATTENTION!!! Moments after winning 1st Place in a Rats Hole Bike Show, David Tesino was T-boned by a driver, who ran a red light. David lost his leg, but fortunately not his life. This is a MUST see for all bikers and drivers, read it and watch it. 

"My thanks goes out to American Cruisers MC and Charity Managers. Also thanks goes out to High 5 Productions for this great video and their Watch For Me campaign," said David.

Donate to Help David & his family.

Watch For Me - David from High 5 Productions on Vimeo.

Biketoberfest 2014 - Downtown Daytona Riverfront Park Rocks

Biketoberfest 2014 - Riverfront Park at the corner of Beach and Main Street, downtown is where you can pick up a pocket guide and enjoy free concerts on Friday and Saturday -- DJs on Thursday and Sunday.

Registration is 11 am Saturday to compete in an Ultimate Bagger Show hosted by

A new Indian Motorcycle dealership has moved into the former Harley-Davidson museum on Beach Street, which is where you will find the Indian demo truck.

Victory Motorcycles of Daytona at 290 N. Beach St. is also offering demo rides -- 9 am to 5 pm, Oct. 16-18.