BMW Iron Butt "John Penton" Story to be told with your help!

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  1. mx-files

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    We're over $111,000 with 14 days to go!

    Thanks to everyone for their support but need all the KTM lovers to pledge and/or get the word out!

    KTM USA came for the maximum and we love them! But we still need help to tell the story.

    You can pledge as little as $1!

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/toddhuffman/the-john-penton-story-narrated-by-lyle-lovett-rela

    Happy New Year!

    Todd

    Also, enjoy out this short video from Jack Penton talking about his dad's relationship with Erich Trunkenpolz the President of KTM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfWBZCOgTs0
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  2. mx-files

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    BMW Fans!

    John Penton set the transcontinental record in 1959 on a BMW R69 and we are making a movie about his life, racing and career as Penton Motorcycles founder (now KTM). The film will be narrated by Grammy Winner and adventure rider himself, Lyle Lovett who raced motocross on Pentons and worked in a Penton dealership in Texas when he was 14.

    We are utilizing Kickstarter.com to allow the public and fans help support the movie with as little as $1. You can pledge through this link:

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/toddhuffman/the-john-penton-story-narrated-by-lyle-lovett-rela

    We are almost 75% there with 14 days to go! Please pledge if you can and spread the word to get this important motorcycle story told!

    Thank you all and Happy New Year!

    Todd Huffman, Producer/Director

    Enjoy this short (less then 3 min) excerpt video of John Penton talking about "Setting The Record" on his R69;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbU9Y7ZZaU4
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  3. mx-files

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    BMW Fans!

    John Penton set the transcontinental record in 1959 on a BMW R69 and we are making a movie about his life, racing and career as Penton Motorcycles founder (now KTM). The film will be narrated by Grammy Winner and adventure rider himself, Lyle Lovett who raced motocross on Pentons and worked in a Penton dealership in Texas when he was 14.

    We are utilizing Kickstarter.com to allow the public and fans help support the movie with as little as $1. You can pledge through this link:

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/toddhuffman/the-john-penton-story-narrated-by-lyle-lovett-rela

    We are almost 75% there with 14 days to go! Please pledge if you can and spread the word to get this important motorcycle story told!

    Thank you all and Happy New Year!

    Todd Huffman, Producer/Director

    Enjoy this short (less then 3 min) excerpt video of John Penton talking about "Setting The Record" on his R69;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbU9Y7ZZaU4
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  5. Kenbike

    Kenbike Been here awhile

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    I have talked with John Penton a few times at the local Penton Owners Group in Amherst, OH. I truly is one hell of a guy and this is a very important film that needs to be completed before we loose John. He really changed the off road motor cycle industry by making bikes, fast , simple, easy to fix on the trail, and a lot less weight than the others.
    Try to help out if you can!
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  6. Kenbike

    Kenbike Been here awhile

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    All of KTM owners need to support this project, with out John we would not have these bikes today! He is a great guy and this needs to be done before it is to late. His vision and dedication to off road racing completely changed how manufacturers designed and built bikes. My 1974 250 hare scrambler has a wide space between the swing arm with a removable spacer that allows you to remove the rear wheel with out disconnecting the brake, it also draws air into the carb thru the top frame rail to allow deep water crossing. These are just a few examples of feature he designed into his bikes.
    He was not happy with the quality of gear so he approached Alpinestars who made ski boots and designed a off road motorcycle boot that he then marketed has Hipoint gear and offered a full line of parts for bikes.
    Take time to check out the video and try to support the project
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    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    would I be considered a completely asshat telling him that he's in the wrong forum section? :lol3
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  8. GB

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    Not in the Bike forums. Off to Vendors.
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    Regardless..... I am not sure you can solicit from the threads....... I... Never mind....:D
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  10. HeatXfer

    HeatXfer Bad knees

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    Made my contribution through Kickstarter 2 wks ago. I'm looking forward to some clasic footage! C'mon Inmates, pile-on!
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  11. mx-files

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    Happy New Year!

    Thanks guys for the support on this project. We have a short term goal of $125,000 by tonight at midnight which will get us $25K short of the goal with 13 days to go.

    We'll be at Anaheim Supercross this weekend promoting and maybe Phoenix the next weekend!.

    Spoke with the head of Alpinestars the other day via email and I think they're coming in to join KTM USA (who has pledged the max...We love them!) We also discussed planning for interviews with Alpinestars folks in Italy. Cool!

    If we reach the goal we will start the pre-production with research on interviews, etc. Shooting will begin this spring. John and Jack Penton may travel with us for the Europe leg to Austria, Italy, etc. for John to visit old friends...our camera will be rolling!

    Lots of great rewards for becoming a backer with DVD's, signed posters and books, premiere tickets, even ON-SCREEN CREDIT!

    Here's the link:

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/toddhuffman/the-john-penton-story-narrated-by-lyle-lovett-rela

    (I'm headed out for a ride today on my Super Tenere to try out my new Touratech driving lights!)

    Pledge if you can and spread the word!

    Best,

    Todd
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  12. mx-files

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    Happy Wednesday!

    A late Christmas gift for you all!

    This is the fourth of six videos in a short series from interviews with John and Jack Penton and the late Dane Leimbach for the forthcoming film, "The John Penton Story" narrated by Grammy Winner, Lyle Lovett.

    In this short piece, Jack Penton talks about how his siblings and others in the Ohio area became national and international caliber riders by first, learning to keep up with his dad John, and then with each other.

    We are approaching $112,000 with over 300 backers! 12 days to go!

    Please help support this project by January 14th, 2013 at Kickstarter.com.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/toddhuffman/the-john-penton-story-narrated-by-lyle-lovett-rela

    Video #4-Jack Penton on The Next Generation

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJF6-tnyp_8
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  13. Clay Spinner

    Clay Spinner Been here awhile

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    How did you set the deadline... why is there a deadline? I'm naive as to how tv things work hence the question.
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  14. mx-files

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    Thanks for asking Clay! The deadline is part of how Kickstarter works. They have you set a deadline, no longer than 60 days. They recommend 30. This creates a sense of urgency for backers and project holders to get the word out and so things don't linger.

    Also, the deadline is part of the ALL or NOTHING system where unless you reach the entire goal (in our case $150K) none of the backer's fund's are taken. This insures projects have the funds they asked for and will be completed so backers get their rewards.

    I hope this makes sense.

    We had the project on in the summer for 30 days and a larger amount and didn't come close...This time we just...might...make it.


    Thanks for asking!


    Toddd
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  15. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Good luck Todd.

    Support is on it's way. :freaky
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  16. mx-files

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    Hi all,

    This is the fifth of six videos in a short series from interviews with John and Jack Penton and the late Dane Leimbach for the forthcoming film, "The John Penton Story" narrated by Grammy Winner, Lyle Lovett.

    In this short piece, Dane Leimbach describes his favorite ISDT event in 1976 and how the bikes that year were prepped in the US. Dane passed away in 2011 after battling ALS for several years. We are so fortunate to have captured some of his great stories about being part of the "Penton Clan" for the film before he passed.

    We are dedicating this piece and today to Dane's mother Pat (John Penton's sister) who passed away just the other day. We were looking forward to including her stories in the movie but know her spirit will be there. Our hearts go out to the entire Penton and Leimbach families and friends.

    Thank you for supporting the project already and if you haven't "re-pledged" again, here is the link for the new project;

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/toddhuffman/the-john-penton-story-narrated-by-lyle-lovett-rela

    We have 7 days to go with a little less than $18,000 still left to pledge.

    Thanks again everyone and keep spreading the word!

    Todd

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WgZIJ2bhwo
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  17. mx-files

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    OVER THE TOP!!!!!

    As of this morning we went over the goal at $153,000 with 480 backers! Thank you Alpinestars for taking us over the top and joining Acerbis and KTM USA for great industry support!

    And thank you everyone who pledged and spread the word on this!

    Thank you Kickstarter and crew for making this possible and answering all my "Kickstarter Support" questions! We love you guys!

    I spoke with John Penton this morning and he is very excited and I told him "Well John, looks like we're going to be spending some time together the next year or so".

    But, we still have 3 days left on the campaign so others can still be part of this for as little as $1 and get some great rewards for being a "Backer" beginning at just $10.

    The project will still need funds for post-production down the road with months of editing, graphics, music, mixing, archival materials processing, etc.

    Maybe we can get to 500 or 750 backers by Monday night!

    Thanks again!

    Todd

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/toddhuffman/the-john-penton-story-narrated-by-lyle-lovett-rela
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  18. Kenbike

    Kenbike Been here awhile

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    This great! when will the film be released to the public?
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