INSIDE KEN ROCZEN’S LIFE | #LIFEOF94 – EP: 4

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Ken Roczen gets some new ink at Hart & Huntington in Orlando, Florida.

It’s not easy becoming a champion. Sacrifices need to be made to obtain such goal, and until you see the results, you question yourself why you even put yourself through such pain. For Ken Roczen, a jump into the premiere class meant a longer, more exhaustive schedule, and his body needed to keep up with such demands. So, it was announced in late 2013 that he would team up with the highly recognized Aldon Baker. For Roczen, the sacrifices were made, and in the end, he was rewarded with the 2014 450 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross championship in his rookie year.

For us, we were curious to see as to what exactly goes on behind the scenes in Clermont, Florida. Graciously, Roczen invited us out to his Florida home, and honestly, his daily routine is exhausting to watch. From sun up to sun down, there’s a team of highly qualified individuals that surround the young German, making sure that he’s getting the most out of his body and bike.

This is Ken Roczen’s life. This is #lifeof94.

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Hart & Huntington and Ink Masters Ryan Eternal put Roczen through a solid hour of pain, but the end result was worth it.

In this episode of #lifeof94, we head to Hart & Huntington Tattoo in Orlando, Florida, with Roczen to get some fresh ink. After an hour of pain and suffering, Kenny had a piece along the side of his ribcage displaying three important dates for him: the World Championship title, 250 Supercross title, and his latest achievement—his 450 National title.

Also, a special thanks to Ryan Eternal and Chris Turck for letting us bring in our cameras and filming all of the action!

INSIDE KEN ROCZEN’S LIFE | #LIFEOF94 – EP: 4

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Sunday Conversation with Mike Alfieri

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We caught up with Mike owner of H&H Niagara recently to see how things are going and whats in store for 2015.

 

1. Tell us how became a member of the H&H family and what year your shop opened?

It all started in 2008 with a few random trips to las vegas and staying at the former H&H locations hotel. After watching the traffic that visited the shop and talking with management as well as a tattoo collector and entrepreneur it really sparked my interest. From there it was pretty much game on. Chased down Carey and the Tattoo division manger at the time and scheduled a sit down. What really impressed me was the fact how welcoming Carey was with the location concept and just us as potential business associates along with becoming part of the growth of the H&H family. Fast forward to spring/summer 2010 and it was finally the day…June 1 we opened and haven’t looked back since.

2.. What’s your take on all these tattoo related reality shows? Do you think it’s been helping your business?

The shows have changed a lot since the inception of our show INKED, that being said I believe they are helping. The current shows really show the difference between a poorly done tattoo and one done by a reputable tattooer. They also let people know that if they have a less than desirable piece, the possibility of covering it up is there with many options , once again with a skilled artist. All in all I think its just furthering the acceptance of tattoos and more so heavily tattooed men and women.

3. Do you think corporate America will ever change the way they look at people with tattoos? And how executives have to wear long sleeve shirts at work to hide there tats.

It will probably change slightly but a sector of middle America will never totally accept how we are as a tattooed community. To be honest though its never held myself back or the successful tattooed people I know. People can look, management can try to hold you back but I believe if your intelligent , articulate, have drive and do your job better than the next person than its a moot point. We are just a little more fun to look at Naked!!

4. It seems like nowadays there’s a tattoo shop on every corner, how can you differ ante your shop from other shops and show people that your specialty shop?

That’s pretty simple. Quality, in every facet of the business. From the moment you enter the shop your greeted by a open concept clean space. Counter staff that A are friendly and B knowledgeable. We don’t have any flash designs meaning regardless wether its a 1 hour tattoo or 6 hour piece we treat each one as a 1 off custom piece. All of are staff run the same program, its about the customer and making their ideas into a reality. It never gets old when people walk into our location and the first 2 things out of their mouths are ” wow its so clean” & “I cant believe how friendly you all area”. I’m very proud that we constantly break the traditional thinking of what a tattoo shop is. We offer a service that I feel no one can touch in our area. I also feel that our H&H clothing and accessory line lets people that are maybe on the fence about getting tattooed still take home some H&H with them as well as opening the door to the action sports industry we are so closely tied with. All in all we as a brand are on point covering so many angles that I really feel like we just raise the bar!!

5.What can we look for from your shop in 2015? Will you guys be doing any surprise guest tattooing?

Well 2015 is a landmark year for us!! its our 5th anniversary which we are all super pumped on. Expect to see a huge event along with some super special friends and guest from all factions of the H&H family…look for that late summer. As far as tattooers we are in the midst of putting together a solid line up of well known artists from around north America and as far as the UK and Australia. you’ll recognize a few of them from current and past Tattoo TV shows and some of the biggest tattoo magazine features.

Well said.. Thanks buddy Looking for big things from you guys in 2015.

Click here to check out more on H&H Niagara and Mike.  

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Carey Hart’s Giveaway Bike hits the Fox Head Store

Carey Hart Suzuki 2015 RM-Z 450 Motorcycle Giveaway Bike is now on display over at the Fox Irvine Headquarters. Be sure to stop by the Fox Head store and check it out.fox head store

As you know we’re giveaway Carey Hart Suzuki  2015 Rm-z 450. The bike will be making it way across So Cal. So be sure to be on the lookout, cause it looks sick in person. Contest runs through April 10. With the winner announced in Vegas May 3 SuperCross Weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoCAREY-BIKE-GIVEAWAY-ONLINE

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Sunday Conversation with Big B

1. So how was your summer. You seemed to be all over the place?

Summer was good!! spent a lot of time at home. (court ordered)

2. Out of all your stops this summer what city was your favorite and why?

I got a late start but I always love my home shows her in Vegas. I got to open up for Sublime with Rome Fourth of July weekend in front of 5 thousand people and still sleep in my own bed. Thats always a plus.

3. What was the main reason you got in music and who was your biggest influence?

As a kid I alway loved music. I think for me it has always been a goal to prove the nay sayers wrong. So many people tried to tell me I would never make it or I wasn’t good enough. I don’t really fit in when it comes to the music Industry, I would rather stay at home and work on something then be out and about or at the club. I’ve never been the Hollywood type and don’t play by the rules of the Industry but love when we can prove them wrong and have songs on the radio and also be able to tour the world.. So I guess thats my main reason for getting in to music and sticking with it. As far as influences I have so many, from Bradley Noell to Johnny cash, I’ve been so blessed to have become friends with guys like Everlast who I always looked up to. I’ve had the opportunity to make music and tour with so many great artist over the years. Its crazy to me.

4. We just saw you release a bunch of dates, tell us a little bit about the your Rebels on the Run?

Rebels on the run tour is myself, Moonshine Bandits and Demon Jones. We’re hitting the road mid December till February. All of us are real good friends and we’ve been trying to put this tour together for awhile so I’m happy its finally happening. Moonshine Bandits are on fire right now in the country market so it’s gonna be fun to play in front of a lot of different people as well as my core fans.

5. After such a great 2014 what can we except of you for 2015. And any special compilation with other bands that you might be doing?

I can promise a lot of new music for 2015, I also have a side project called the Felons Club that I’ve been working on with a few good friends so I’m exited for that to hit ears soon. You never know who I’ll end up Collaborating with!!  We’ve had some good ones over the years and I feel like I got a lot more to come.
Hope to see everyone at a show soon!!

Check out Big B coming to a city near you!

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Carey Hart Suzuki 2015 RM-Z 450 Motorcycle Giveaway

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Do you wanna ride and be like Carey Hart, well now’s your chance. We got hooked up from Suzuki with his Replica 2015 Rm-z 450. Just text to win or enter on our site. Contest runs through April 10. With the winner announced in Vegas May 3 SuperCross Weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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Some Xtras on the Bike:
• Gold Excel Rims.
• Yoshimura Carbon Fiber exhaust system.
• H&H Team replica graphics kit by: stellar
• Custom seat cover.

KEY FEATURES
• The Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) is a selectable launch mode system derived straight from the factory race bike to help riders launch from the starting gate for an early lead. There are three modes so riders can choose the best option for their skill level and riding conditions.

• A Mode: For hard surfaces or less than ideal conditions at the starting gate, hold down the S-HAC switch for more than 0.7 second, B Mode:When there is better traction and a more aggressive launch is needed, hold down the S-HAC switch for more than 1.8 second.

•The SFF-Air suspension is an evolution of the SFF system with no coil spring, reduced weight, increased inner tube diameter, and increased damper rod/piston size. The SFF-Air is made of 3 chambers and riders change the spring rate with an air pump instead of changing out the coil springs.

• Engine start has been improved with a longer kick starter lever for easier operation, a redesigned kick drive gear, a relocated kick idle gear, a newly added breather gear, and a redesigned decompression system that works more precisely and efficiently.

• A redesigned frame increases rigidity and reduces weight by 4% from the previous model.

• Cooling performance has been enhanced with the radiator hose connection being changed from a T-shaped to a Y-shaped design for more equal water flow between left and right radiators. Water flow is also increased by 16% with a redesigned water pump cover and the water hose is now directly connected to the water pump.

• The gear shift feel has been improved with a revised gear shift cam for a more precise operation. The machining process of each gear was also reviewed to increase precision of matching gears.

ENGINE FEATURES
• The piston pin has Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) surface treatment, for less friction and increased durability.

• Aluminum cylinder with Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) coating, built for durability, light weight and efficient heat transfer.

• Lightweight, battery-less, motocross-use electronic fuel injection system with progressive throttle linkage makes for efficient power delivery. 12-hole fuel injector delivers a fine fuel/air mist for efficient operation.

• For quick fuel adjustment setting to suit riding condition, two couplers are enclosed. One is for rich and another for lean fuel setting compared to stock setting. Riders can change fuel setting to best suit the riding conditions by simply connecting either coupler.

• 449cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled DOHC 4-valve fuel-injected engine developed to deliver phenomenal idle-to-redline performance

TRANSMISSION FEATURES
• Refined 5-speed transmission enables precise gear shift operation.

CHASSIS FEATURES
• Race-inspired waved disc rotors

• Slim chassis design makes for a slim riding position, opening up the cockpit to allow the rider to actively take control of the machine.

• The rear shock, working through Suzuki’s superlative rising-rate linkage system, provides 12.2 inches of wheel travel, delivering maximum traction.

• Renthal Aluminum Fatbar is standard equipment. It has more strength and less vibration than Aluminum straight handlebars.

•Excel aluminum rims are standard equipment and built for durability and strength

• Gripper seat, with projected cross-shaped patterns on black-colored top surface to provide additional grip.

450 Words: Ken Roczen

It wouldn’t seem possible that a rider would be looking for a new bike with a different feeling on the heels of winning the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 450 title, but Ken Roczen has apparently been looking to try something different for awhile. Roczen—who was raised racing Suzukis—is indeed leaving his old employer, Red Bull KTM, to ride for Soaring Eagle Casino/Jimmy John’s RCH Suzuki for 2015-2016. Roczen explained all in a press conference at Red Bull Straight Rhythm.

Racer X: How much can you say about the beginnings of this? When was the first time you started thinking about riding Suzukis?
Ken Roczen: I was thinking about it for a very long time just because I was at a point where I struggled a bit with the bike in 2013 and before. I’ve done my duty together with KTM. I love them, love the team, and everything, but KTM has their very own characteristic, the bike. At one point I was just like, you know what? I don’t believe in my bike anymore as much and I just felt like it was time for a change. We’ve been together for like four years or something. Luckily we have done a fantastic job this year and got the outdoor title. It was good to finish it off like that, but for me it was just time in my head for a change. I chose Suzuki because I like the RCH image, and I think together me and RCH we can do something big. I have 100 percent faith in the bike because you take them out of the box already and they’re just so good. I have a lot of good memories on Suzuki. My decision when I went with RCH, people were like, “It’s not factory.” Yes, we are factory. It doesn’t even matter; I have so much faith in the bike I’m like whatever. Just give me the bike and I’ll make it work.

Isn’t it about finding a bike and settings that work for you specifically, not necessarily about having factory parts or whatever? You can make it worth it if you’re comfortable on it?
For sure. It’s important. We have done some amazing changes to the engine and stuff. We got that way, way better, which helps out a lot. But I think in my eyes you can buy a Suzuki, I don’t even know if you need engine work really…more is not always good. It’s about putting it on the ground. I think if you have the right suspension guy, the guy you can trust, and I even have one in Germany. A guy that I’ve been with him since I was little, and he’s absolutely amazing. If I would have to I would buy a bike, get my suspension done with him, and I will be good to race.

Is that who we saw at Salt Lake a year ago? I think there was a guy that came out, no team uniform…
Possible. I think he was at a few races.

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I knew you when you were on Suzuki before and it was 250, smaller bike. How much of a change is it to jump to the 450?
It is. Obviously it’s been a very long time since I’ve ridden a 250 Suzuki, but that bike was trick. We had so many cool parts. KTM was always the fastest engine over there, but I had such a good chassis and such a good suspension, I didn’t need that engine. It would have been better if you would have more, but I just made it work. I’ve always loved my bike.

How much of a difference is it on this one now? I know nobody’s going to sign up for a new team and say, “Man, this is terrible,” but how do you like the bike, and how are you settling in on it?
It’s amazing, the characteristics that are different. It’s crazy how much you notice it and we have only had a few days of testing and we already have the bike where I’m like just leave it like this right now and I’ll ride it and ride it and ride it and get confident on it. I think we just have to do some little changes, meaning once I’m good and confident. I’ve been taking five-six weeks off completely. I just want to get my fitness back. I think at one point when I start riding the bike a little harder I think I can go a bit stiffer on the suspension, but for right now I’m already really comfortable.

Where are they going mount the electric start for you?
We’ll see by A1 what happens.

How long does it take you to get that feeling back and get comfortable and settled in on it?
It depends. If you’re riding an outdoor track not long, it’ll take a day or two. But for supercross you have to be so precise. In general if you come back from an outdoor season and do supercross everything kind of feels weird, it feels super stiff. It’s just so much different. Right now, especially we started testing really early, so now with the bike I have I really just have to put in time. Like I said, in supercross it’s a little bit more difficult. You have gnarly tracks plus a totally different bike, so it’s difficult. But it’ll just take a little bit of time. I’m not even worried because I have three months right now and you don’t need three months to get ready. I think we’re on a good schedule.

A lot of racers over the years, anybody who’s raced for a period of time and stick with one particular brand for a few years, when they switch things seem just amazingly better a lot of the times just because it’s different. It brings something new. How much of that are you dealing with too? Like, first time you threw your leg over it, it feels different. Maybe it’s wider in a spot or narrower?
That’s the thing, the Suzuki is a really good bike. It’s very narrow. I think I prefer the characteristic of an aluminum frame just because the frame is stiffer. Where the KTM, it’s a wider bike, it has a lot of power, and it just bends weird. It flexes very weird. Plus the suspension, it’s more of a dead feeling. For some supercross tracks it seems good, but if you take a Suzuki off the stand, it’s so free and it’s so plush, and that’s comfort. That’s a pretty big thing that I was looking for because that’s the stuff I’ve been telling KTM the whole time; I need more comfort. So the change is done now and I’m super happy about it. Like you said, it’s a lot mentally so it’ll be just fine. I’m 100 percent sure.

Is it two years?
Yes.

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What was it about RCH versus Yoshimura or some other team? What was it that attracted you here?
I don’t think Yosh was ever an option. One of the biggest things was Red Bull. All the teams they come with options. Obviously if you go to Factory Kawi you have to be Monster; there’s no way around it. I could have had my own gear deal, but here I have my own gear deal, energy drink, plus the image of the team with Carey and Ricky.

Free concert tickets…
Free concert tickets, free singing songs on the phone, I’ll just call in and start singing…plus I know Suzuki, and I think for me that was just the right direction to go and Red Bull was a big, big part of it. The last thing I wanted to do is drop Red Bull. I’ve been with them for so long, and they’re so solid that there was no way for me to leave them out.

You’re a very big guy on social media. How hard was it to stay off there during that time from the end of the season to now?
Super hard. Especially once I started riding. That was the worst part. I’m like, “Man, I want to post something so bad!” The first couple of days I posted so much because I already had pictures and stuff. It was hard. At one point I enjoyed not being on social media too much because it takes up way too much time of my day, but that’s what makes you happy, so you should do it.

Hart and Huntington team up with Suzuki

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We’ve teamed up with Suzuki to bring you and exclusive line of clothing. You love H&H and Suzuki well now you can buy a shirt with both brands on it..

We also gave away a free trip to Monster Cup. With the dealers having a Build Out Contest, and us giving away great Prizes. Check out some of the dealer displays!

The winner Martinsburg Power Sports won a free trip to Monster Cup with this pix below!10372201_10152263006536198_2391407483149121779_n

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To check out all the latest gear and specials click here!

Hart and Huntington Tattoo Present 2 Lanes of Freedom Ride Cali to Vegas

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H&H Tattoo along with UNKNOWN Industries and F$uck cancer bring you the 2nd Annual Benefit Ride.

FRIDAY!

(Faction/Ellis)
The Jason Ellis Show Live at Vinyl
12-4pm

Guest Include:
Carey Hart, Big B, Sabina Kelly and more!

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Fuck Cancer Silent Auction
Ink x Rock x Moto Silent Art and Memorabilia Auction
2pm-7pm in the Paradise Tower Ballroom

Team Autograph Meet and Greet

6-7pm in the Paradise Tower Ballroom

Featuring:

FMX Legend Carey Hart
Profesional Skateboarder and Radio Personality Jason Ellis
X Games Gold Medelist Mike Mason and Lance Coury
Also, International Pin Up Model Sabina Kelley!

Rocktober Kick Off Party at Paradise Pool
with Strung Out
Big B
And Main Event

Tickets available at the Hard Rock Box Office or click here 

$20 Ages 21 and up
$30 Ages 16-20
Doors at 8pm

Friday Night:

Rocktober SX After Party Hosted By Jason Ellis at Body English Nightclub with DJ Koko

Doors at 10:30pm

Tickets HRH Box Office *Dress Code Enforced*

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Saturday:

LIVE STREET ART DEMONSTRATION
at the Rehab Pool 2pm
UNKNOWN Ind. hosts Ink Saturdays at The Ainsworth

$6 Cold Cock Whisky  Shots all night long with 100% of sales going to Fxck Cancer
DJ Fader Rock Mashups On the Ones and Twos
Doors at 10pm

 

 

Tattoo of the Month

One a month we feature a tattoo from one of our Artist at our shop. This month its a piece from Lincoln Bomberry coming from HH Niagara! Must say this really clean and catches our EYE!! Keep up the hard rock buddy!!

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For more info on Lincoln and to see some more of his work click here!