The Biker Belles Ride and Celebration is an annual event that takes place at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. For 10 years, this event has been held to celebrate women and their role in the sport of motorcycling. Elyse was honored to be invited as a special guest this year and join this group of leading women in the industry.

The Biker Belles event kicked off in the morning with the Women & Wheels bike show at the Buffalo Chip and Elyse entered Blackbriar. There were some awesome ladies with bikes in the show and it was fun to see their style incorporated into their bikes. Even Jessi Combs (TV Host, Driver, Metal Fabricator) had her bike on display; it was great seeing her there!

Elyse joined the group of over 100 ladies on a ride out of Sturgis; they had a police escort through the heart of the rally in downtown Sturgis, then continued on a breathtaking scenic route through the countryside. It was so fun riding through the mountains and along a beautiful creek. It was also awesome to see all the other bikes out on the road!

The ride ended at the Deadwood Lodge where the Biker Belles Symposium was taking place. Elyse had Iron Hand on display in the convention center next to the stage where a few leading women in the motorcycling industry gave a talk about “Shifting Gears”. Our pal Jacqui VanHam was the host of the event and said a few nice things on the mic about Elyse and her racing. After lunch, Elyse got to sign some posters and meet & greet with the Biker Belles. It was a great event; thanks for having us, Belles!

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We headed back to Omaha this summer for Ice Cream Cruise. ICC hosts one of the largest car shows in the midwest with 1500+ cars & bikes entered and over 12,000 people in attendance. We had Blackbriar on display in the VIP area and Elyse was there signing posters. Our squad of racing friends were there to represent, and we had a great time hanging out with everyone at the show that day. That night we got to watch out pal Joey take home the small tire win in the Beater Bomb.

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The Team headed back to Tulsa for PMRA Race #3. It was a hot summer day so everyone was working to get hydrated and stay in the shade as much as possible. PMRA shared the track with the Stock Block Shootout which was nice to have a little extra time to cool off between rounds. Elyse entered Super Comp and Pro E/T once again and attempted to slow the bike down to the 8.90’s all day. She had a tough time in both classes due to a tight field and a small issue with her bike. Not all was lost because Synergy Motorworks put on a bike show at the track that day. We entered Blackbriar and ended up taking home Best of Show; carbon fiber for the win!

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The McKinnon Motorsports team had the opportunity to visit the American Performance Engineering headquarters in Rosamond, California. They have enjoyed working with APE for the past several years, so they were thrilled to get to meet Jay and Dianne Eshbach and their team in person. They got to tour the facility where parts were being made on the CNC equipment in the Machine Shop, saw boring in progress in the Cylinder Center, weight reduction in the works in the Crankshaft Department, and parts being packaged & shipped in the Warehouse. APE is a company that goes the extra mile to support motorcycle racers and has done a lot to further the sport of drag racing. It is so great to have support from this family-owned company!

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This past weekend was the season opener for the 2018 PMRA series. The original opening race in April was postponed due to rain, so everyone was anxious to get the series kicked off! It was a double header event with races on Saturday and Sunday, which made for a full weekend. Even though it’s just the beginning of the PMRA season, it was already hot.

The highlight of the weekend was that Elyse took first place in Ultra Street on Saturday after going up against Ben Gardner in the Finals. She also made it to the quarterfinals in Super Comp and Pro E/T.

On Sunday Elyse fell out of Super Comp and Pro E/T early. Competition was tight as Elyse ran a 8.900 in the 8.90 index and still lost the race by 0.0016! The radiator drain plug vibrated loose between the Pro E/T and Super Comp rounds, and as Elyse pulled back into the pit coolant started leaking all over. Chris pulled the bodywork off, found the problem, looked the bike over, added some fluid, and put it all back together as the first bikes in the Super Comp class were pulling up to the starting line. A few fellow racers came over to help out while all this was going on; this is the awesome part about racing! Competitors are constantly helping each other out doing everything they can to get the other person to the line but make no mistake, they still want to win once the lights drop!

Overall it was a fun weekend and great to be back with the PMRA family. The McKinnon Motorsports team was excited for Elyse’s Ultra Street win and good performance in the other classes as well.

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Elyse was extremely honored and excited to be invited to display Blackbriar, her carbon fiber race bike, at the 2018 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, TX. The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show is an awesome showcase of unique bikes from across the globe which have been curated and put on display like the works of art that they are. This year the show attracted over 30,000 people to come check out the 140 beautiful, custom bikes on display. The vision of the team who puts the show on is to inspire others to create something awesome. Elyse had a great time checking out all the other bikes on display that weekend and seeing lots of moto pals at the event. If you haven’t been to the show yet, start making your plans to go in 2019!

Carbon Fiber S1000RR

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During spring break most people head to the beach but racers come to Houston for TX2K allowing Elyse to kick off the 2018 race season at her home track. As usual, there was a great turnout because everyone was ready to be back at the track after winter. Elyse had a great time hanging out at the Eat Sleep Race pop-up shop on Saturday with her Blackbriar bike on display and signing posters. On Sunday, Elyse entered in the race and ran a new best time on that bike and ended up winning 2nd place in the motorcycle class! TX2K18 was a blast and a great start to McKinnon Motorsports’ 2018 race season.

Carbon Fiber S1000RR

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We got to hang out at the Dallas IMS this weekend and catch up with a bunch of our motorcycle friends at the show. Elyse loves seeing her buddies at the BMW booth and chatting with Nate Kern about the S 1000 RR. She also enjoyed seeing Sofi Tsingos and Krystal Hess and checking out the bikes they entered in the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. There were some awesome custom bikes in the show and also lots of bikes to check out at the manufacturer booths. The Metal Mulisha Fitz Army high-flying freestyle motocross show was awesome as well. The highlight of the show was getting to spend some time with the BMW HP4 Race in all of its carbon fiber glory!

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