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Posted on | November 16, 2012 | No Comments


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Motorcycle clothing for chics

Named as short order/quick response brand of the year by Drapers magazine, Motel Rocks fashion defines woman as very individualistic and fashion conscious. Their killer-style clothesline has a pinch of retro and more of punk styling. This is what has caught the imagination of women who love to dress in clothes that reflect tons of attitude!

The fun-filled vibrant designs define their attitude. The perfectly tailored creations are inspired by vintage styling. They also reflect punk trends. This unique punk-retro mixture has caught the eyes of celebrities like Duffy and Kate Nash who were seen in Motel Rock dresses. It has become so common to see celebrities flaunting their designs that magazines like Cosmopolitan and now also publish their creations.

Their collection at Ministry of Fashion has put up colourful and varied designs on display for every hipster motorcycle rider. Their luxurious creations come in very competitive prices. For example, Motel Ellie dress in black, with chiffon for the skirt and Hali sleeveless with net finish around waist are bewitching and just right for special night outs.

Understanding Motorcycle Insurance and Policy Options

Posted on | October 1, 2012 | No Comments

A lot of excitement surrounds obtaining your motorcycle endorsement and your first motorcycle. For first time riders, this achievement takes a lot of hard work and dedication. However, it’s important that riders remember the more mundane aspects of biking as well. Once you’ve obtained your M endorsement and are embarking on the hunt for your first bike, it is vital that you look into the different options you have for motorcycle insurance as well. The cost of insurance can depend heavily on the type of motorbike you decide to purchase and ride.

Understanding Pricing

There are several things that can influence the price of coverage on a motorcycle. Motorcycles with high horsepower are typically more expensive to insure. This price tag can be due to the larger engine, turbocharger, or other power booster. The make and style of a bike will contribute to the cost of insurance to some degree or another. Standard motorcycles, cruisers, and dual sport bikes tend to be cheaper to insure than sport bikes and higher performance machines. The biggest price difference in insurance options depends on the type of coverage you decide to purchase. These are some of the most common and useful motorcycle insurance options available.

Step One: Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability

Liability insurance covers the cost of any damage you do to other persons or property while utilizing your motorcycle. This insurance option is legally required for all bike riders, where as other coverage types are typically optional. Liability insurance is the first coverage you should look into and purchase. When choosing between insurance packages, it’s usually wise to find the option with the higher liability coverage. Bills can add up very, very quickly if personal injuries are sustained because of an accident. Traditionally, liability coverage is noted with three different numbers: one for bodily injury per person, one for bodily injury per accident, and one for property damage. Other types of coverage include comprehensive and collision coverage, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, medical payment coverage, custom parts and equipment coverage, roadside assistance, and many others.

Stacy Holmes is a blogger and freelance writer for She enjoys writing and researching everything to do with motorcycles and automotive trends. Stacy is particularly interested in engaging her readers in the often mundane world of motorcycle insurance and money-saving tactics. You can reach her in the comments below.

Saddlemen Introduces BMW Saddlebag Accessories

Posted on | September 28, 2012 | No Comments

throttler motorcycle magazine Saddlemen BMW bagsSaddlemen is introducing saddlebag liners and organizers for BMW R1200GS and F800/650GS accessory saddlebags.

Saddlemen will now offer lid organizers and liner sets for BMW R1200GS and F800/560GS Vario saddlebags. The lid organizers mount easily into the saddlebag’s lid and offers solid and mesh compartments to help organize tools, electronics and other convenience items. The Saddlemen liner sets are tote bags designed to fit the dimensions of the saddlebags and feature carry handles and zippered compartment for convenient removal and transport. Plus, the liner bags expand to match the variable size feature of the BMW Vario bags. Both saddlebag accessories are sold in pairs.

  • Saddlemen introduces saddlebag lid organizers and liner bags for BMW R1200GS and F800/650GS Vario and similar sized saddlebags.
  • Lid organizers offer solid and mesh compartments to organize tools, electronics and other items in the lid of the saddlebag.
  • Liner bags feature carry handles and an expansion compartment for convenient storage and transport.
  • Saddlemen BMW saddlebag accessories are available through Parts Unlimited dealers.
  • Samples available for media evaluation.

For more information visit Saddlemen liners and organizers are available through Parts Unlimited dealers.

Since 1987 Saddlemen has been dedicated to offering high-quality aftermarket seats, luggage and accessories for all types of motorcycles. Designed for increased comfort and style, all Saddlemen products are built with industry-leading technology and premium materials. Saddlemen’s vast line puts American craftsmanship on any type of bike – Harley, cruiser, touring, sport, dual sport, off-road, ATVs and snowmobiles. Whether you race on the track, explore the open road, tackle some unexplored terrain or commute to work, Saddlemen’s quality products will help you get where you want to go. Saddlemen is the Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing.

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Phone: (310) 638-1222 x 239


Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally

Posted on | July 29, 2012 | No Comments

Iowan’s prayers for much needed rain came at the worst time. A slow moving thunderstorm targeted the Iowa Speedway in Newton Iowa and hammered it most of the day Saturday. As we watched the radar before we hit the road to the rally, the storm was like an arrow pointing at the motorcycle rally bearing down with vengeance.

With time, we figured the path of the storm was going to continue East and South and move out of the area. So we hopped on my Harley Dyna Super Glide and hit the road for the Iowa Speedway.

We enjoyed a nice back roads motorcycle ride and stopped by the Thirsty Turtle bar in Colfax Iowa. We met some very nice people there. In fact, they were so nice they helped us get our bike running again. For some reason we had a dead battery!

I’m a bigger fella and for some reason I couldn’t even pop the clutch with a push start. The back tire just skidded and wouldn’t turn the motor. Like I said, we met some nice people that give us a few tools and a jump start.

Problem was, this thunderstorm was back building and hit us hard right as we got the bike running again. So what’s a guy to do? Welp, we left it running in the rain and spent some more time inside the Thirsty Turtle. That seemed the most sensible thing to do.

After the rain let up some we hit the road to the motorcycle rally. The rain was terrible but we trudged on hoping the sun would make an appearance soon.

But alas, this wouldn’t come true and after navigating to the soakedSpeedwaywe didn’t stay as the bikers were leaving already.

Since then, we’ve heard quite a few people talking about the rally in both good terms and not so good. Here’s a few Facebook posts:

“Thanks for the fun weekend! The crew running the meet and greets did a fantastic job! Especially the woman taking photos for everyone. I wanted to personally thank her but didn’t get the chance. Can’t wait for next year! (FYI…. Charlie Hunnam should come back…just sayin’…)”

“I realize it was their first year and that is why I posted my comments. Let’s hope they read them and take them as constructive criticism. I spoke with several people at the rally yesterday and they expressed their displeasure and disappointment both with the layout and the cost to get in. I kept hearing the same sentiment, “there is nothing here.” Why would you come back to nothing?”

“BEST WEEKEND EVER!!!!! First class good time all the way! Can’t wait for next year, we’ll be making it an annual four day event. THANKS!”

“I agree that the “special” wristbands should have been in the info at the beginning.Iowais a WORKING state! Not everyone can be there early in the morning. SO overpriced…this whole thing was just a ploy on the biker community to make money for the speedway. you blew it, wont have many people if you decide to do it again, which you shouldn’t if you cant do a better job!”

Without a doubt the Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally had some issues but we are sure they will be worked out by next year.

By the way, we were open to covering the rally but were never asked. Hell, our office is half an hour away from the Iowa Speedway and ummm, we’re a “Motorcycle Magazine.” In 2009 we even rented theSpeedwayand held our own motorcycle drag racing event titled Hole Shot 09. Not sure who the media sponsor really was either. We heard some things about Cycle Source magazine but they didn’t have anything posted on their website or their Facebook.

Cheers to better luck next year!

American Motorcyclist Association June 2012

Posted on | May 7, 2012 | No Comments

AMA News & Notes is a monthly publication compiled and edited by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Government Relations Department. Designed to inform motorcyclists of rights-related issues and events around the world, AMA News & Notes welcomes your input. Suggestions and editorial contributions can be sent to AMA Western States Representative Nick Haris by email at
Protect your right to ride! Volunteering is easier than you think, and it’s the right thing to do. To learn how you can help, visit us online at > Rights > Get Involved.
            Sign up and stay informed! Electronic AMA Action Alerts and AMA News & Notes keep you up-to-date on hot topics, news affecting the motorcycling community and opportunities to communicate with your elected officials. By signing up to receive AMA Action Alerts, you will be notified when and how you can make a difference on important issues. Click here to see the most recent AMA Action Alerts, and click here to sign up.
            You can also sign up to receive the monthly electronic edition of AMA News & NotesClick here and check the “Sign me up for AMA’s Government Relations News & Notes” box at the bottom of the page.
            Plus, you can subscribe to our various e-newslettersAMA Extraincludes a summary of AMA news, and Hall of Fame Insider focuses on the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Other event-specific e-newsletters go out at various times of the year.


Posted on | May 1, 2012 | No Comments

Larry Gilliland, Marketing Specialist



Industry leaders join to reach the masses with custom apparel screen printing exclusively to the motorcycle industry.

May 1, 2012 – Des Moines, IA – Home grown in the Heartland are two establishments that are clearly trail blazers in their own industries. Each business began as a family-owned and operated business, quickly developing strategies to lead at a national level.

Keeping with their grass roots marketing and originality, they both consistently offer fresh, unique and innovative products to their customers. Commensally, these two businesses are making a tangible mark on the motorcycling economy with today’s partnership announcement. 

“This gives Throttler Motorcycle Magazine great pride to announce this collaboration granted to us through custom screen printing industry giant, Broken Arrow Wear,” says Publisher, Roderick Kabel. “We have exclusively used Broken Arrow Wear for years and trust their expertise for motorcycle t-shirts and custom decorated garments.”

“This is a significant opportunity for us to have such a fine relationship with Throttler magazine. Our facilities are geared for orders of any quantity on these ‘American Made’ shirts and our artists are hands-down some of the best custom garment and motorcycle artists in the country,” said Broken Arrow Wear General Manager, Kortni Remer.

This offer from is only available through Throttler Motorcycle Magazine from now until May 30, 2012.

THE OFFER: 10% discount off American Apparel custom screen printed t-shirts on any size and color. Plus, fast delivery to all 50 states with no set up charges or hidden costs.


Use code THROTTLER when ordering online at, email to or by calling 800-810-4692.

“It’s a privilege to bring the motorcycle community this special offer for custom screen printing and hope to offer more in the future. The economy is growing each day and we’re pleased to help our motorcycle comrades save a buck or two for their business’s bottom line,” Kabel continues.

Broken Arrow Wear co-owner, Kurt Stocker, also views the partnership as the perfect way to jump start the 2012 motorcycle riding season with custom t-shirts. “This is ‘sweet’ and we’re pumped to get our screen printing presses slammed with motorcycle designs! This publication is a clean, well written magazine we feel comfortable partnering with. I can’t wait to see all of the riders and businesses take advantage of this pricing.”

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17th. Annual F&J Racing “Blessing Of The Bikes”

Posted on | April 20, 2012 | No Comments

Throttler Motorcycle Magazine is proud to share this great event with our friends and riding buddies.

Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 9:00 AM  to 3:00 PM

Throttler magazine reviews all motorcycle brands in the midwest

Custom Harley Davidson

F&J Racing Marshalltown Iowa

An annual fun event to benefit local charities featuring–Bike Blessing, Fashion Show, Live Entertainment, Fine Food And Drink, Motorcycle Skills Demonstration, Burn Out Pit, Dyno Trailer, Featured Bike Builders, Golf Tournament and Much More.

A $5.00 Gate Fee will be charged with all proceeds going to benefit the charities of “Iowa Care Package” and “Domestic Violence Alternatives/Sexual Assault Center” of Marshalltown Iowa.

Tickets will be available for purchase to Win a National Tribute Bike “Wounded Warrior Chopper” benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Frank Lewis Glick–Post 46
American Legion
Address 1301 South 6th. Street
Marshalltown State IOWA Zip
Phone 641-990-3240



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Posted on | April 5, 2012 | No Comments

Throttler Motorcycle Magazine is excited to inform our readers regarding the IOWA GRAND MOTORCYCLE RALLY coming to the IOWA SPEEDWAY.

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Iowa Grand Rally

The grand event will be hosted by JAY ALLEN, creator of the WORLD’S BIGGEST BIKER BAR in Sturgis – The Broken Spoke Saloon. All brought toIowaby the ride hard racing lords of the Iowa Speedway. Clear your calendars for WEDNESDAY July 25 thru SATURDAY July 28, 2012.

The town of Newton, Iowa, will be alive this summer with bikers from around the country attending The Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally at the Iowa Speedway this July 25th – 28th.

Kicking the inaugural Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally into high gear is a meet and greet with stars of the hit FX Network TV series Sons of Anarchy, Katey Sagal “Gemma” and Charlie Hunnam “Jax.” Headlining music acts include Joe Diffie and Rev Theory, and the pyrotechnic ‘80s tribute band Hairball, with more headliner acts to be announced. Gallagher the Comedian is also bringing his smashing show to the Speedway rally.

“The Iowa Grand Rally is picking up steam every month, and I know all bikers will enjoy the inaugural rally. The lineup of entertainment from bands to motorcycle events keeps growing weekly. Vendors and sponsors are lining up for the event,” said Conrad Clement, Chairman of Iowa Speedway. “The city of Newton is really pushing this event, too. They are planning rides and several events around the city square during the rally.”

Be sure to buy your custom t-shirts, tanktops and apparel while you are there.

Go to and for more information and to buy tickets on sale now! Early bird special pricing: $75 for 4-day pass includes free tent camping. Offer ends April 15th. Self-contained RV camping is an additional $50. Day passes are also available. Ticket price is $110 4-day pass at the gate. 866-787-8946.

More information to come.

Harley Davidson Motorcycles in IA

Posted on | March 16, 2012 | No Comments

Throttler Motorcycle Magazine has been on the scene in Iowa covering Harley Davidson motorcycles for 4 years now, going on our 5th year. We have been to the big rallies such as Sturgis and Daytona saying hello to all of our friends.

We especially like to meet and greet motorcycle riders who don’t care what brand they ride. No matter what two wheels they ride the only thing that matters is their knees in the wind.

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custom made motorcycles

That said, there are still quite a few riders out there that can’t get past the American Made aspect of what Harley Davidson represents to them. With their custom printed tshirts and rhinestones on shirts.

Harley Davidson in IA and all US states commands the majority of the market, as well all know. However, considering the rest of the world is much bigger, we have to consider the other manufacturers. Such as Honda motorcycles, Kawasaki, KTM, Yamaha, BMW, Suzuki and every other brand.

Consider the fact that not all motorcycle riders are into Harley Davidsons. They ride dirt bikes, cruisers, motocross, MX, Superbike, MotoGP and Flat Track racing on multiple brands of motorcycles.

This is neither an opinion nor a dig at Harley. We are only hoping that motorcycle riders and throttler  motorcycle magazine readers alike can respect everyone on the road

Four screws

Posted on | March 6, 2012 | No Comments

A month after my father in law passed away a few years ago, I found myself fixing a drain pipe in my basement. The drain exhaust pipe was hidden in the wall and capped with a wooden door.

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This door would give a home owner access to the plug in the drain pipe, and easy access to clearing clogs. Hopefully, when a person opened this plug the water level would be below and not above. If it were above the plug, your custom printed t-shirt would be a mess for sure!

As I began unscrewing four screws – they were all the same type – and I laid them down on the floor. I told my admiring son how important it was to keep track of your parts when making a repair to anything. Just like we always did when fixing our ATV and Harley Davidson motorcycle. He nodded and we tackled the task together.

This type of repair would have been great if my father in law was around to help, but we would have to be on our own this time. After 2 days and much time poking and prodding we unplugged the pipe. It seems that shrimp and potato peelings make a nice thick glue.

As I began to button up my handy work, I reached for the four screws on the floor where I had left them and noticed all of the screws were now different colors and sizes.

This was perplexing to say the least because of the “incident” in the house two weeks earlier. How in the world could these four screws change, I wondered. I asked everyone in the family if they might be messing with me and everyone denied taking part in any shenanigans.

Three days passed and I believed my house to be taken up by my father in law’s spirit. I believed I was losing my mind but also felt comfort in having him around for just a little longer. The “incidents” that had occurred in the house all seemed  to make sense, now.

As a last ditch resort I drilled my family one last time as a hard-ass cop might do at a murder scene. “WHO DID IT?,” I asked! “WHO TOOK THE SCREWS AND REPLACED THEM?,” I shrieked!

And with the mightiest of courage like a Honda dirt bike rider stepping up to the front line, my six year old young son piped up and said, “I did, dad.”

He had wanted to hang a motorcycle magazine article in his room and needed a few screws to do it. So he took my matching four screws from the floor and later replaced them with four mismatched screws he found in my tool box. Little did he know his plan had such a flaw.

He had no idea the power of suggestion four little screws had over me at the time. He returned to me the original screws and we both hung his article and placed the drain pipe cover back on together.

We imagined grandpa at our side and smiled hoping he had been watching.

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