The first Wall of Death in the British Isles appeared in Southend during June 1929 at the Kursaal Amusement Park, one of the world’s very first amusement parks, and featured motorcycles on a 20 ft wooden wall. The Wall Of Death was a carnival sideshow, which featured a silo (or barrel-shaped) wooden cylinder, ranging from 20 to 36 feet in diameter, and was made of wooden planks. Inside such a structure, motorcyclists would travel along the vertical wall and perform stunts, only to be held in place by friction and centrifugal force. Today, we’re sharing video with you from the past, of a female motorcyclist performing stunts at the Southend Wall Of Death, and it is wild!
The bike in today’s video is truly one of a kind. It’s not just a motorcycle, it’s a beautiful piece of artwork. The Harley-Davidson Shovelhead Gooseneck is a beauty all of its own, and this one in particular will have you melting into a puddle. The sound of this beast is music to the ears, not to mention the clean and perfectly maintained body of this amazing creature. The owner of this bike must be one proud papa, because this one is an extra special piece for the Harley-Davidson lover.
The road is our path to freedom as motorcyclists. It can also contain several obstacles, such as potholes, sink holes, cracks, pooling/ponding of water, plus the months of construction it takes to fix those obstacles, sometimes causing delays for our riding time, and making stressful times out of our bike trips. But, what if there was another way? KWS, a VolkerWessels company based in Vianen, the Netherlands has been working on a plastic composite road concept, called the Plastic Road, and it may soon become a reality.
Do you remember the music from the 1990’s, BON family? Music is such a huge part of our life as motorcyclists, and it has seen us through many roads, twists, and turns for all the decades we’ve been travelling on two wheels. Today, we have a video that’s bound to made us feel a tad old – it’s a compilation of 38 individual songs that turn 20 years old this year. Listening to it, you’ll feel like the 1990’s were just here yesterday – and you may even still remember the lyrics to many of them we’re about to see today. Catch the list of all 38 songs, and view the incredible video below.
Up and coming country singer Andrew James recently covered Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”, and it’s one of the most deep and beautiful versions of the song we’ve ever heard! It features guest singer Chandler Gallagher on duet vocals, and has rolled out just in time for all of us to enjoy it for Valentine’s Day. Seriously, why isn’t this guy famous yet? His vocals will melt you. His tone is perfect, and his bass pitch is second to none.
This weekend, February 10th, 11th, and 12th Maryland will host one of the nation’s biggest motorcycle shows! Hailed the biggest and best motorcycle show, the event will feature the newest 2017 motorcycle models, the latest in aftermarket performance, appearance, and safety products, a thrilling motorcycle competition, and much more! Hosted at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, the Timonium Motorcycle Show will have a massive indoor arena for you and your family to enjoy!
Every now and then, we like to look into motorcycle history here at BON. In 1930’s Munich, Germany, if one was looking for some entertainment to fulfill their day, they might find it in some daring and insane motorcycle gymnasts, performing tricks and stunts alongside the roaring of motorcycle engines. See, back in the 1930’s, Germany was the epicenter of leading motorcycle manufacturers; clinching the reputation of being the country with the highest density of motorcycles in the entire world – earning the right to show off.
So, we came across the coolest thing. It’s this little gadget called the Brush Hero, and seriously, it is so cool and so handy, it’ll have you wanting to wash your bike every day! You may even find yourself wanting to wash everything with it…your grill, your car, maybe even that one thing you’ve totally been putting off that the old lady has been nagging you for months to clean. We’re not kidding. It’ll change the way you clean your bike forever.
Some call “Devil’s Lullaby” by Boogaboo the best biker anthem ever written!
“There are people who believe that America can’t build things anymore.”
That is the opening statement for the Harley-Davidson Superbowl 2014 commercial, which was filmed for, but actually never aired during the 2014 Superbowl match-up. We’re sharing it today, not only because we witnessed a historical Superbowl yesterday, but because it ties into a lot of what is going on within Harley-Davidson these days. Harley-Davidson focused heavily on American manufacturing during this particular Superbowl commercial spot, panning the camera over the American flag, while speaking of the importance of American workers.
Harley-Davidson is facing a particularly slow domestic market – a situation that is only offset by a 2.3% increase in international company sales. This is bad news, which has forced the Milwaukee based motorcycle manufacturer to come up with some ideas to boost sales and generate new interest in the company. What have they been able to brainstorm to combat their sales woes? A plan, to roll out 50 new motorcycle models, within the next 5 years – including an all electric motorcycle.
After news this week broke that Harley-Davidson cancelled a visit with President of The United States Donald Trump at their plant in Milwaukee, WI, executives from the company decided instead, to attend a meeting with the commander in chief on his own turf, in Washington, DC. The original meeting, which was supposed to focus on American manufacturing strategies in the US, allegedly came with too many fears of planned protests, forcing Harley-Davidson to regroup and find a different way to make the meet happen.
The Thunderbird Motorcycle Club, an MC based out of Duluth, Minnesota, has two very big passions – riding motorcycles, and helping Veterans. For years, they have been collecting and giving donations to the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay, MN. The group of bikers consists of several Veterans itself, and this year, through various fundraisers, they were able to donate $3,000.00 to the residents at the Silver Bay home.
It’s no secret that Budweiser has popped out some pretty epic Superbowl commercials in the past, and this year only proves, that alongside Harley-Davidson, Budweiser has some of the best advertising in the business. For years, Budweiser has wowed us with amazing commercial concepts, and the 2017 Budweiser Superbowl commercial, named “Born The Hard Way” has a twist to it, that none of us saw coming.
You have got to give the little lady in today’s video the ultimate credit for not giving up. The woman appears to be about 80 pounds soaking wet, and gives it her all, again and again, to try and kickstart an old school Harley Davidson Chopper motorcycle. She even doubts she can get it started, at first, and the video is almost painful to watch, as she uses both of her tiny little legs to force the kick start lever down to fire up the bike.
Earlier this morning we shared the news with you straight from NY Daily; Harley Davidson has cancelled the visit that was (allegedly) scheduled with President of the United State Donald Trump, amid fears of planned protests. The newly elected President was supposed to stop at the Harley Davidson Factory in Milwaukee, WI, where he was set deliver an economic address highlighting manufacturing, as well as sign more executive orders related to American manufacturing. We’ve got the lowdown on the news for you here at BON, as well as exclusive video from the NY Daily News, announcing the decision to cancel the visit.
Wild Willy Parsons is an outstanding biker, who has also been a successful comedian since 1985. Since then, he has pushed to remove the typical biker stereotypes, and has done so by taking the stage in search of laughs, fun times, and a great audience. He tours the country steadily, and headlines clubs, corporate functions, benefits, and of course, biker events. The now divorced father of two has made himself as household name, known nationally as The World’s Original Biker Comic. Today we’re sharing with you, one of his live shows, from a few years back at Caroline’s in New York City.
Sometimes, Harley Davidson is what makes a family. That statement totally rings true in the commercial we’re sharing with you today. Sponsored by Michelin, this commercial will seriously have you reaching for the tissues. I don’t know how we’ve failed to come across this one before, but I’m not ashamed to say that it’s definitely made me teary eyed. It epitomizes the love a father has for his children, and the bond they’re able to strengthen through their love of Harley Davidson motorcycles.
On January 26, 2017, legendary rock artist Alice Cooper joined Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale and and Beasto Blanco at The Basement East in Nashville, TN for what was a historical rendition of Cooper’s famous song, “School’s Out For Summer”. Beasto Blanco is an American rock band, which features both Cooper’s daughter Calico and his bassist Chuck Garric. The live performance of the rebel anthem was caught on video, and we’re psyched to share the incredible moment here at BON with you today!
We’ve posted more than our fair share of really cool little kids here at BON, and the kid in today’s video definitely deserves the recognition for being one of the coolest kids on the internet today. You’ll be impressed by his taste in music, for sure, but you’ll be even more impressed with how he expresses his refined music tastes. He’s sitting in the car, enjoying the sunny day…lip syncing and headbanging to nothing other than heavy metal, and we are so, so proud.
As a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, you may think you know everything there is to know about the American motorcycle manufacturer. Today, we’re here to put that knowledge to the test – we’re hosting a Harley-Davidson Q&A – and we’d like you to see how many of the 5 Harley-Davidson facts below that you can get right.
Supermodel Marisa Miller is much more than just a hot body and a pretty face – she is a Harley-Davidson owner and rider who spearheaded a super cool Harley-Davidson commercial campaign a few years back. She is known for her contract with the motorcycle manufacturer, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Here at BON, we’ve been able to dig up an exclusive behind the scenes video that Marisa did for her Harley-Davidson campaign, and we’re pretty psyched to be sharing it with all of you today.
If you’re near Atlanta, GA and are looking for something fun to do this weekend, BON is dishing out all of the details on the Great American Motorcycle show, which runs this Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29, 2017 in America’s peach city. Atlanta is known for throwing some pretty epic parties, and this one more than caters to the ever-growing motorcycle community – boasting a brand new venue, 4,000 free parking spaces, a showcase of shiny new motorcycles, plus motorcycle parts, accessories, and everything you’ll need to get yourself going on the open road!
It is no secret that the motorcycle community has come together on several different occasions to make a difference in their communities – so today at BON, we’re asking you to join forces to help support a 3 year old boy, who was just diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer. 3 year old Abel is a bright, beautiful, and brave boy who lives in Central New York, with his mom, Jen. What Jen thought was going to be a quick trip to Urgent Care for a simple belly ache turned into a mother’s worst nightmare, when it resulted in her little boy being diagnosed with Stage 3, High Risk, Neuroblastoma.
The Harley-Davidson MT500 was manufactured way back in 1990’s – only in the United States. It is an incredibly rare Harley-Davidson motorcycle model, and a killer collectible item for Harley-Davidson enthusiasts. Fewer than 500 Harley-Davidson MT500 motorcycles were made, and one of these extremely hard to get bikes just went to auction at the Los Angeles Motorcycle Auction, selling for a whopping $18,400.00. This bike is so badass, we just have to share it with you here at BON today.
Yesterday, the world learned about the passing of Allman Brothers Band drummer, Butch Trucks. The 69 year old musician was a founding member and the drummer for the Allman Brothers for 48 years – having joined brothers Duane and Greg Allman, and bassist Barry Oakley in 1969 to form the classic American rock band. Initially, news reports of Butch’s passing contained very little information, but new details have emerged today about the cause of his death, and nothing will prepare you for how tragic this is.
Have you ever visited the Iron Horse Motorcycle Bar in New York City? It’s a pretty rad little dive bar in Manhattan, NY – nestled right beside the Brooklyn Bridge, just a few blocks from the shores of the East River. It boasts an outgoing all-female crew of bartenders, and serves up a pretty beefy selection of the typical bar foods alongside a pretty decent selection of craft beers, import beers, and wines. That being said – it’s a dive bar, not somewhere you’d go to expect a quiet intimate conversation, which apparently, was just too much for Yelp reviewer Megan to handle.
This week, the internet introduced us to Dave Crosby and his super cute 4 year old daughter, Claire. When the 29 year old dad sat on his couch with his totally adorable daughter to sing the classic tune “You’ve Got A Friend In Me”, what he never expected was how the internet would respond to it. The tune, which was featured way back in 1995 in the highly popular Toy Story movie collection, was originally performed by singer/songwriter Randy Newman.
Life is entirely too serious these days. You can’t log on to any of your social media accounts without having something political being shoved down your throat. And if that’s not bad enough, all of your friends are fighting about if they’re on the left, or the right, why what they’re saying is more correct than what someone else says….enough already, right? Well, today we’ve gone on a mission to lighten up the internet, and we’re doing it with 15 motorcycle funnies.
While motorcycle clubs aren’t for everyone, being a member of one can be rewarding and enriching experience. When riding a motorcycle is about having freedom – the freedom to go where you want, when you want, however you want – why would one consider restricting their activities within an organized club? There are several reasons, actually, and today, we’re outlining 5 of the many benefits to joining a motorcycle club or organization.
Not all of us have the luxury of walking into a dream Harley-Davidson shop and selecting a shiny, brand new motorcycle model off of the gleaming sales floor. And that’s perfectly ok. Many of us have new-to-us, already loved by someone else, used motorcycles. Some of us even purposely buy older, used bikes. But in this day and age, not every seller out there can be trusted, so what can you do to protect yourself when buying a motorcycle from a private seller?
Guys, Spring is coming! I know, I know, not soon enough. But seriously, it’ll be here before we know it, so why not spend the time now – while we’re not getting out to ride the bike daily – to get ready for when we can finally de-garage the bike and get to riding! There’s really only 6 or 7 weekends left until Spring, so I thought today, we’d get our plans for the road going, with 5 songs to jam out to while cruising on the bike. Check the list out below.
Grandparents have the best wisdom. That’s proven in this funny Harley-Davidson commercial, where Grandpa tells stories of his younger, more fun Harley days to his grandkids. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, Harley-Davidson has some of the best commercials on television today, and their Grandpa commercial is just more proof that the American motorcycle company knows best when it comes to advertising.
Here comes the bride…literally. On a Harley Davidson Fat Bob. The way most brides want to arrive to their wedding!
YouTuber PitPat23 filmed this sweet video of a Harley V-Twin motor at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Wa back in 2011. It would be against the law for us to not share it with you! The Harley V-Twin (also known as the V2 Engine) a two-cylinder internal combustion engine where the cylinders are arranged in the configuration of a V. Although this particular motor is widely associated with motorcycles, V-twin engines are also produced for the power equipment industry – they are often found to be the heartbeat in riding lawnmowers, small tractors, and electric power generators.
Does your heart roar like a sweet v-twin engine?
Does it flutter when you hear the roar of thunder headers coming down the road?
If so, then we have the perfect new collection for you!
It’s about time we gave you BON biker babes some eye candy of your own, right? Well, we’re not sure if you’re familiar with actor Brock O’Hurn, but after today, you will be! Brock is a gorgeous specimen of man, known for his work in Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016), Too Close To Home (2016), and Steve Harvey (2012), and he just recently did a shirtless photo shoot, a top a beautiful motorcycle, for the A.P.C Custom Motorcycle Iron Man Magazine and we cannot wait for you to see it!
Chase Ohm is a biker from El Paso, TX who is making a plea to the motorcycle community – to help him locate and recover his stolen motorcycle. He’s Motor Transport Operator with the US Army, who has recently returned from an overseas deployment, and considering the service and sacrifice he is making for his country, we feel compelled here at BON to help him out.
We think this is definitely something the motorcycle community can get behind! Jack Daniels, the specialty distillery company that will always be known for its selection of popular whiskey products, has teamed up with the New Jersey based coffee specialists World of Coffee to forever change your morning routine. Together, they have created Jack Daniel’s coffee blends – that are infused with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey – and the product is available to the public this week.
The Motorcycle Song (1968)
By Arlo Guthrie
We’ve all dreamed, as motorcycle riders, to wear the one helmet that’ll turn heads. There are some pretty amazing custom made motorcycle helmets – if you can dream up a design, there is an artist out there who will make it come to life – and today we’ll be showcasing some of the most unbelievable custom motorcycle helmets out there. Helmets don’t just have to be about safety; they can also serve to make every other rider on the road jealous of the one you have.
Nothing says you’re a lover of motorcycles like a beautiful motorcycle topiary being parked right out in front of your house. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of topiary, it is the art of clipping trees, shrubs, and bushes into intricate ornamental shapes. It’s a horticultural practice that dates way back to European times, and modern day topiary arts have expanded to include our favorite item – the motorcycle. Today, we have an exclusive gallery for you, of some of the most impressive topiary motorcycles out there.
We know you’re already well familiar with Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon, The Walking Dead)’s love for motorcycles; that was just a super hot feature photo (….and it applies, right?)! But there are many more celebrities just like him – actors, actresses, musicians – who all have a love for motorcycles as well. Today, we’ve compiled a list of 5 celebrities that you didn’t know rode motorcycles. Check it out and see which one surprises you the most!
If you are a motorcyclist with a burning love for country singer Loretta Lynn, then we have the absolute best news for you today! The Nashville Bike Week 2017 Motorcycle Festival is a brand new event with a brand new venue this year – it will be held for an entire 10 days this coming September, at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. This will be the first motorcycle rally to be held for this many days in over 60 years. Loretta’s ranch and camp grounds are located in the beautiful area of Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
We’re not exaggerating when we refer to Joanna Connor as the guitar shredding goddess. Seriously, this exceptionally talented woman is exactly the reason why one should never, ever judge a book by its cover. Joanna’s average style is comparable to that of a laid-back hippie mom – which is why it is so unexpected when she takes the stage to slay the audience. When you think of shred guitarists, you generally envision a middle aged man, with the signature 80’s rock band hairstyle, wearing a band tee and old jeans. Are we wrong?
The life of Valencia County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thomas was mourned and celebrated this past Saturday in Los Lunas, NM, when motorcyclists from the community came together to host a ride in his honor. Deputy Thomas was killed in an accident last month, when he crashed his vehicle while responding to a call. Fellow Valencia County deputies took part in the ride to honor and remember the fallen deputy, raising money to help the family he’s left behind.
Today we’re telling the story of 67 year old Charlotte Guttenberg. Charlotte is being entered into the Guinness Book of World Records this year, for being the most tattooed female senior citizen in the world. The best part is – she just began her tattoo journey only 10 years ago, after her husband passed away. While she was married, she wanted just one tattoo. Only one. Yet her husband forbade it. So when he passed, Charlotte went on a mission to change her appearance indefinitely.
The parents of this little dude could totally get away with saying that their kid is cooler than your kid. Hell, their kid is cooler than my kid, I’ll admit it! I was cruising Facebook when I came across this video, shared by Roadster Magazine, and really thought it would be perfect to share with my BON family. If you’ve got kids, you know the importance of starting the motorcycle lifestyle with them at a young age. The sooner one loves motorcycles, the longer they get to enjoy all the amazing things motorcycles bring to their lives.
The Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge and Resort is nestled in the beautiful smoky mountain region of Western North Carolina. It boasts 39-acres alongside the edge of the magnificent Stecoah Creek, where the scenery for motorcycle riding has been called some of the best in the world. The resort and lodge is within just minutes of the famous Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, the scenic Cherohala Skyway, Moonshiner 28, Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherokee, Fontana Dam, and the Nantahala River Gorge.
If you’re an east coaster, this is a bit of news that may interest you in particular! The American Rock Band Tool is schedule to perform in New York City, NY for the first time in over a decade – 11 years to be precise – they last performed in the Big Apple in May 2006, when they played two shows at New York City Center. They will headline the Governor’s Ball three day musical festival in the city this coming June. The festival runs at New York’s Randall Island from Friday June 2, 2017 through Sunday June 4, 2017.