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Mods vs Rockers 2013It’s almost time for Mods vs Rockers 2013, and this year’s event promises to eclipse all others.  The event debuted in Chicago in 2005, the brainchild of Chicago vintage scene icon Larry Fletcher and hosted by Ton Up Club Chicago.  After eight great years, the event has grown too large for North Lincoln Ave and is moving to Lawrence Avenue and the Historic Aragon Ballroom.  The Aragon has ample parking that will take the Motorcycle & Scooter Show safely off-street with room for hundreds of bikes, and separate lots for an expanded Hot Rod Car Show and Vendors Row…and let us not forget the Aragon Ballroom - this beautiful 5000 seat venue welcomes National and International Music acts guaranteed to elevate this event to a completely new level. Click here to view animated video teaser  Here's another video teaser with music preview

If you love vintage machines (heck, if you just love motorcycles and scooters period), you won’t want to miss the 9th Annual Mods vs. Rockers Vintage Motorcycle & Scooter Rally June 14 and 15 in Chicago. Expect hundreds of bikes and scooters from all eras and makes, custom and restored, and some totally decked out.
A little history:  Mods vs. Rockers takes its name from the historic clash of rival youth movements in England during the early 1960’s when scooter-mounted Mods tangled with motorcycle-mounted Rockers. The tensions reached their zenith during the Easter Holiday Weekend in 1964 when riots between the rival gangs broke out in Brighton. No one was seriously injured but many arrests were made and the British press sensationalized the events to mythic proportions. The events were later chronicled in the Who’s 1970’s film ”Quadrophenia”.  Read more info on Mods vs Rockers 2013

icon of sack of moneyRusty Motorbike Found in Garage; Expected to Fetch 75,000 Pounds Sterling (More than $100,000)  1925 Brough superior SS-80And speaking of vintage bikes, any like this one hiding away in your Uncle Harry's garage?  A vintage motorbike of the same model as that ridden by the swashbuckling British Army officer immortalized as Lawrence of Arabia has emerged for sale after eight decades.  The rusty 1925 Brough Superior SS-80 has been in the same family since it was bought new directly from maker George Brough.  read more

motorcycle iconBack to the Future - Audi Supercool Concept Bike

Audi Concept MotorcycleAfter getting hold of Ducati, saving the Italian bike manufacturer from a future which looked darker by the day, it looks like Audi is starting to like motorcycles even more.  Some sketches of a sport bike have appeared, but there is no word from Audi yet as to whether or not the bike will ever reach production.  read more


icon of light bulbUnique Motorcycle Safety Device Aims to Reduce Rear-end Collisions

Vololights safety lights for motorcyclesCalifornia startup Vectolabs has developed a new type of safety light for motorcycles that illuminates when the bike slows down, regardless of whether or not the rider is using the brake.  Called Vololights, the device is made of two sets of LEDs built into a license plate holder that's fitted with an accelerometer and CPU.  When it senses that the motorcycle starts slowing down, a pattern of blinking lights goes off to get the attention of following vehicles.  read more


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A Final Bit of Nostalgia  
Billy Joel's 1967 BSAMotorcycle enthusiast and collector (oh and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter) Billy Joel recently brought his 1967 BSA to the folks at American Restoration for a little makeover.  Billy said the bike was the closest he's ever found to the first bike he ever rode. Watch video

Safety CornerNew Facebook App from Allstate Maps Rider Risks

The Rider Risk Map is the newest phase in Allstate's Once is Never Enough (O.N.E.) initiative for motorcycle awareness.  It is a simple Facebook app that lets you flag risky areas anywhere on the map, letting riders see exactly what spots demand caution or to avoid.  The map currently lives on the Allstate Motorcycle Facebook page, and is open to all who want to help keep the roads safe.  Allstate Rider Risk MapRiders are encouraged to snap a photo of a dangerous intersection, blind curve, motorcycle-devouring pothole, or any other road condition potentially hazardous to riders.  The photo, along with explanation, is then posted to the Rider Risk Map.  Take a look for yourself.

Now that you're ready to ride here are a few upcoming events to check out. Click on the link to get details or go to for a complete list of local events.

Sat June 8 - Motorcycle Center Open House, Villa Park, IL

Wed June 12 -  Bikes and Burlesque, Chicago, IL

Fri - Sat June 14 - 15 - Mods vs Rockers, Chicago, IL

Sat - June 15 - Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run, Morris, IL

Thurs - Sat  June 20 - 23 - Throttle Fest Chicago, Chicago, IL

Fri - Sun  June 28 - 30 - Chicago Motorcycle Safety Expo and Skills Seminar, Schaumburg, IL

Mon - Sun  June 24 - 30 Indiana Bike Week, Bean Blossom, IN


Organized event not your thing?  Longing for the open road?  Check out for ideas of places to ride.  Here are suggestions from our members:

Looking for a GETAWAY? Ride out to Oregon, Illinois, and explore the roads of Northwest Illinois.  Read about this Getaway to the Oregon, Illinois area.  Our friends at Pinehill Inn Bed and Breakfast are extending a special offer to Local Moto Hub members.  Stay two nights and get half-off the second night!  click here for details

For a Day Trip, a member suggests riding to Governors State University in University Park (south of Chicago) to enjoy the contemporary sculpture on display in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Garden.  Read more here

Send us your day ride and overnight suggestions and we'll share them with fellow riders on our website and in this newsletter. If your overnight getaway is selected for publication, you'll receive a $100 gift certificate to any one of our sponsors.  Send your day rides and overnight getaway recommendations to

To those of you who have visited the site recently, thanks!  If not, please check us out - we continue to add new events, destinations, and ROADS every day.

Remember to "be careful out there" and keep the rubber side down!

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