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New England Highlights: Motorcycle Events for January 2015

January 2015

January 11 - United Motorcyclists of Vermont Harley Raffle The UMV Annual Harley Raffle will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the VFW in Hyde Park, VT. Tickets are available now by contacting us directly, visit, the Crossroads Motorcycle Rally, The Toy Run, Kingdom Thunder, stop by Don’s Auto Repair on Moose Alley in Johnson, VT.  

January 11-12 - Northeast Motorcycle Expo, Boston MA The Northeast Motorcycle Expo features bikes on 2, 3 and 4 wheels. This show has all the parts, bikes, leather, and fashions for motorcycle enthusiasts. Hundreds of vendors will be in attendance displaying bike accessories, fashions, parts, new models, etc. There is entertainment for kids big and small. Bikes that will make you scream, laugh, cry, and pray for a beautiful spring!

January 17 - 19 - The Springfield Motorcycle Show   The Springfield Motorcycle Show is a premiere motorcycle event that brings together a great combination of bike manufacturers, retailers, and builders, in a rocking atmosphere that delivers fun and enjoyment for the whole family! Mark your calendar for January 17-19, 2014. This 3 day mega-event is the ultimate one-stop shopping experience for both future riders and active motorcycle enthusiasts. The retail show is filled with the new bikes of the season, all of your favorite used models as well as the latest motorcycle parts for all the popular brands and of course a ton of cool bike accessories. In addition you can find all the best riding gear and apparel in a vast assortment of colors and sizes. In addition to all of the shopping opportunities for bikes and motorcycle gear, the show is packed with fun features.

January 25 Covenant M/M Winter Blues Bash (Duck Dynasty) Duck Dynasty Blues Bash Sat. Jan. 25th  7 pm -11 pm Whitman V.F.W. 95 Essex St. Whitman MA. Theme: "Camoflage, Beards, and, everything Red-Neck.... Cost: $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door Contact any Covenant M/M Member to get your tickets !!! Authentic "Redneck" food, Live Band, silent auction, 50/50 raffle. Door prize giveaway will be a $200 gift card from Bass Pro Shop and The Duck Dynasty DVD Set (Need NOT Be Present To Win) Whitman VFW 95 Essex Street, Whitman, Massachusetts 02382

January 25 - Boston's Wounded Vet Run Cabin Fever Party! Annual cabin fever party to help promote the annual Boston's Wounded Vet Run. The purpose of this party is help fund a base for us to establish our April goal of helping the selected wounded war fighters. Joseph Leon Mottola Vfw Post 4524 10 Garofola St, Revere, Massachusetts 02151 $10 cover Please join us for live music, food, and other excitement hoodies, pins, patches, and other gear available.

January 26Chili / Chowder Bowl 2014 Come and support Operation Gettysburg, a trip sending Melrose veterans to the Gettysburg Battlefield to honor the city's veteran history past and present. Scheduled between NFL playoff games, this event is great for people looking to start leaving their houses on Sundays! Melrose Memorial Hall 590 Main Street, Melrose, Massachusetts 02187 All proceeds directly support the fundraising effort sending veterans on this trip free of charge. 15 volunteers from the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School have raised more than $2000 to date and are looking to hit their ambitious mark of $10000. Additionally, this year's group will upgrade monuments in the city honoring the Civil War. Previous "Operation Trips" sent Melrose veterans to the WWII Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. This year's event plans to make stops at the Liberty Bell in Philly and the September 11, 2001 Memorial in NYC. For $10, you will get access to more than a dozen chowders or chili donated by local organizations. For more information contact: Melrose Veteran Services 562 Main Street Melrose MA 02176 781-979-4186

1994 Polaris Indy Sport Sled on PRO 1200 Motorcycle Lift

1994 Polaris Indy Sport Sled on PRO 1200 LIFT"This is a 1994 Polaris Indy Sport, my wife's sled. It's still like new and I'm just doing normal maintenance on it."

-David D. post to Facebook, Roscoe, IL

Your Year End Equipment Purchases: What is the Section 179 Deduction?
Thanks to for this great info on the Section 179 deduction! Most people think the Section 179 deduction is some mysterious or complicated tax code. It really isn't, as you will see below. Essentially, Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. It's an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves. Several years ago, Section 179 was often referred to as the "SUV Tax Loophole" or the "Hummer Deduction" because many businesses have used this tax code to write-off the purchase of qualifying vehicles at the time (like SUV's and Hummers).
Today, Section 179 is one of the few incentives included in any of the recent Stimulus Bills that actually helps small businesses. Although large businesses also benefit from Section 179 or Bonus Depreciation, the original target of this legislation was much needed tax relief for small businesses - and millions of small businesses are actually taking action and getting real benefits.
Essentially, Section 179 works like this:
When your business buys certain items of equipment, it typically gets to write them off a little at a time through depreciation. In other words, if your company spends $50,000 on a machine, it gets to write off (say) $10,000 a year for five years (these numbers are only meant to give you an example). Now, while it's true that this is better than no write-off at all, most business owners would really prefer to write off the entire equipment purchase price for the year they buy it. In fact, if a business could write off the entire amount, they might add more equipment this year instead of waiting over the next few years. That's the whole purpose behind Section 179 - to motivate the American economy (and your business) to move in a positive direction. For most small businesses, the entire cost can be written-off on the 2014 tax return (up to $500,000).
Limits of Section 179
Section 179 does come with limits - there are caps to the total amount written off ($500,000 for 2014), and limits to the total amount of the equipment purchased ($2,000,000 in 2014). The deduction begins to phase out dollar-for-dollar after $2,000,000 is spent by a given business, so this makes it a true small and medium-sized business deduction.
Who Qualifies for Section 179?
All businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease less than $2,000,000 in new or used business equipment during tax year 2014 should qualify for the Section 179 Deduction. Most tangible goods including "off-the-shelf" software and business-use vehicles (restrictions apply) qualify for the Section 179 Deduction. For basic guidelines on what property is covered under the Section 179 tax code, please refer to this list of qualifying equipment. Also, to qualify for the Section 179 Deduction, the equipment and/or software purchased or financed must be placed into service between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. The deduction begins to phase out if more than $2,000,000 of equipment is purchased - in fact, the deduction decreases on a dollar for dollar scale after that, making Section 179 a deduction specifically for small and medium-sized businesses.
What's the difference between Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation?
The most important difference is both new and used equipment qualify for the Section 179 Deduction (as long as the used equipment is "new to you"), while Bonus Depreciation covers new equipment only. Although Bonus Depreciation is not available in 2014 - in years when it is available, Bonus Depreciation is useful to very large businesses spending more than $2,000,000 on new capital equipment in tax years such a 2013. Also, businesses with a net loss in 2013 qualified to deduct some of the cost of new equipment and carry-forward the loss. When applying these provisions, Section 179 is generally taken first, followed by Bonus Depreciation - unless the business had no taxable profit in 2013 because the unprofitable business is allowed to carry the loss forward to future years.
Section 179's "More Than 50 Percent Business-Use" Requirement
The equipment, vehicle(s), and/or software must be used for business purposes more than 50% of the time to qualify for the Section 179 Deduction. Simply multiply the cost of the equipment, vehicle(s), and/or software by the percentage of business-use to arrive at the monetary amount eligible for Section 179.
Past Section 179 Limits (2013 & 2012)
2013 and 2012 Deduction Limit = $500,000 This is good on new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software. 2013 and 2012 Limit on equipment purchases = $2,000,000 This is the maximum amount that can be spent on equipment before the Section 179 Deduction available to your company begins to be reduced. Bonus Depreciation = 50% This is taken after the $2 million limit in capital equipment purchases is reached. Note: Bonus Depreciation is available for new equipment only. Bonus Depreciation can also be taken by businesses that will have net operating losses in 2013.
Alika of Steilacoom, WA posts pic of his Road King on the PRO 1200 lift

Alika of Steilacoom, Washington, just posted this pic to Facebook - It's his 2014 Harley Davidson Road King on the PRO 1200 motorcycle lift, getting a powder coat makeover ...Thanks to Alika for letting us steal the pic to post to our blog! When I asked him what he thought of the lift, he simply stated: "It's awesome."

2014 Harley Davidson Roadking

Thanks to Kevin in Belmont, OH for the PRO 1200 Motorcycle Lift Review!

Kevin R. of Belmont, OH writes: "Back in the summer I bought a PRO 1200 lift from you, with the side pieces. I have been unable to even take it out of the crate until today as I worked a seven-day-a-week job for six months. But I broke it open today, all set to put it together, and was surprised to see it already assembled. All I had to do was bolt on the front wheel clamp. Very nice.   It works great-- fits my old Trident perfectly and lifts it to full height in about 8 seconds. It's a very nice piece, well made and uncomplicated, not heavy and easy to move around.   Many thanks."

PRO 1200 Motorcycle Lifts are Now In Stock
pro 1200max motorcycle lift Christmas giftPRO 1200 Motorcycle Lifts just arrived to our store yesterday. Order one today and get it in time for Christmas! They make a great Christmas gift. Just be sure to have a lot of wrapping paper on hand - the crate is big! Our free shipping deal is only $899 and that includes a wheel vise, front extension, loading ramp, stabilizer bar, NEW pneumatic foot pedal as well as a service jack and roller plate. Free shipping to a commercial location with means to offload. Free shipping deal that includes side extensions is priced at $1,049. Check them out here: PRO 1200MAX $899 Motorcycle Lift Package - FREE SHIPPING INCLUDED PRO 1200SEMAX $1,049 Motorcycle Lift Package - FREE SHIPPING INCLUDED
Thanks to Xtreme Kustom Paint Works in FL for the PRO 1200 Review!

"I'm very happy I pulled the trigger and purchased the lift, I'm very impressed with the quality and I'm planning on purchasing another one in 2015." Angel Sandoval Xtreme Kustom Paint Works Casselberry, FL

Eastwood Mig 135 Welder Review from Cory in NC
Mig135 WelderThanks to Cory H. in Durham, NC, for the Mig135 Welder Review: "I am extremely happy with my purchase! The welder has been working great and I have been learning a lot using it." The Mig135 welder welds mild and stainless steel, 24-ga. to 1/4", features a 25-135-amp welding range, and is powered by standard 120v household current. Includes Tweco style gun and consumables.
PRO 1200 Motorcycle Lift Reviewed by Stu in Apple Valley, California

We want to thank Stu in Apple Valley, California for the kind words in his great PRO 1200 Motorcycle Lift Review!

"The lift works great, just as I expected, I love it...

The shipping was wright on time, and the packing of it was nice & tight...

Great lift & great Company, great job people."

We have a new address...but we are in the same location!

We have recently had an address change! While we are in the same location, our old address was 678 Rte 3A in Bow, NH. Due to a new numbering system to improve 9-1-1  emergency response, we now have a new address: 1298 Rte 3A in Bow, NH. I am told that GPS entered with the old address will send folks to our shop! I am not sure if having GPS's latest software updates will resolve this or not. But we wanted to make it known that we are still in the same location, and depending on your GPS, we are not sure which one will work! As of this writing, entering the 678 rte 3A into Google maps / directions takes you to the correct address. We are located across from Dunklee Rd, so if you see that on your GPS screen when you enter in the address, you know you have the correct location!