Wanted: motorcycle addicts

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Are you obsessed with motorcycles to the point of social and financial ruin? A major cable network is looking for someone that’s totally and irrevocably addicted to bikes to profile for a show next year. We figured there’s no one with a bigger motorcycle problem than a Hell For Leather reader, so we’d help with casting by opening it up to you. Want to be on TV? This is your chance.

Update: Entries are now closed. Since only five of you want to bare all to the world in a television show, we’ll just give you all stickers and send your entries over to the cable channel. You’re all winners! Email us your mailing address and we’ll send out stickers early next week. We’ll send stickers to “Where’s HFL?” winners at the same time, sorry, had to get them printed.

Photo: Stuart Dalton Phillips

We’ve been asked not to tell you the name of the network or show, but it’s a big network and it’s going to be a cool show about people who have a variety of strange fixations. The network described the program to us by saying it’s, “a show that explores the fine line between hobbies and obsessions.”

In order to participate you’ll need to live in the continental United States and be able to deal with a film crew coming to visit you for four days or so. You’ll be compensated around $1,000 for your time and energy.

We’ll run this sort of like the Scar Off. Submit photos of yourself and your motorcycle-obsessed lifestyle to our Facebook page along with a short bio describing the extent of your bike problem with one of the photos. Do not email us photos or bios. We’ll make a short list of the best, run them here on HFL and allow you to vote on who you think has the worst addiction. The contest is open to any subscriber.

“We’re hoping to cast someone that is obsessed with their motorcycle” the show told us. “Be that working on it, keeping it pristine, riding/driving it, to the point that it is interfering with relationships or work, or others in the person’s life aren’t very happy about where things are heading.”

The show starts filming in January, so they need to get this squared away quickly. We’ll keep the contest open for submissions through Tuesday, then open it up to voting on Wednesday through Friday (don’t forget, next week’s Thanksgiving). That vote will influence who the show chooses to profile, but the final choice is ultimately up to them. We’ll also throw in HFL stickers for the finalists (if you won stickers in “Where’s HFL?” we just had them printed, they’ll be going out ASAP).

Got that? If you want to be on TV, put photos of you being all bike crazy on our Facebook page along with a short bio about your obsession. Make sure you tag yourself in the photos so we know who they’re of. Do not email us photos or bios. If you need examples, check out the Scar Off, it worked the same way. You have till Midnight EST on Tuesday to enter, so get on it. You must be an HFL subscriber to qualify.

Here’s a bunch of small print so we don’t get sued:

Hell For Leather Motorcycle Addict Contest Rules, Terms, and Conditions
Hell For Leather’s 1st Annual Scar Off Contest begins November 19, 2010, and ends November 24, 2010, at 12:01am Eastern Standard Time (EST). By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that they are 18 years old or older.
Who may enter:
Photographers 18 years old or older—except for individuals affiliated with Hell For Leather Media, including employees, Regents, trustees, interns, volunteers, fellows, research associates and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses) and others living in their households—are eligible. Hell For Leather will determine winners’ eligibility.
What to enter:
Photographs must have been shot by the entrant within the past three (3) years (since January 1, 2008).
Cropped photos are eligible in all categories. We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos. Minor adjustments, including spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustment or the digital equivalents, are acceptable. If our judges see that a photographer has obviously altered his or her photo, they reserve the right to disqualify it.
For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian and provide it to Hell For Leather upon request.
Photographs that have won any other contests or have been published in magazines and newspapers (except online) are not eligible. We define winning as having won a grand prize or  1st, 2nd, or 3rd place overall. Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including copyright, are not eligible.
Subject Matter:
Hell For Leather does not condone in any way any illegal activity, immoral activity, or activity that resulted in injury to yourself or others. Any entry where injury was inflicted upon any person including yourself specifically for the intentional purpose of entering this contest is not eligible. Hell For Leather encourages you to always operate your motorcycle in a safe manner and within the boundaries of the law. Hell For Leather accepts no responsibility whatsoever in connection with the activities that generate the photographic entry. Any activity related to the photo entry you undertake at your own risk.
How to enter:
Please submit photographs on-line through our website at http://facebook.com/hellforleather We do not accept photographs submitted through the mail. Submit no more than seven (7). We do not accept more than one contestant per Facebook account.
High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible. Complete a separate form for each photo submitted. Photographs must be in a .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format. Files submitted may not be larger than 2,048k (2Mb).
Hell For Leather reserves the right to disqualify contestants who are unable to submit, upon request, a high-resolution photograph of at least 300 dpi at 8 x 10 inches or an original photo negative, print or slide.
By entering the contest, entrants grant Hell For Leather a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational, promotional, publicity, exhibition, archival, scholarly, and all other standard Hell For Leather purposes.  Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible.  Hell For Leather will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.
Entry deadline: 
All entries must be received by 12:01am Eastern Time on November 24, 2010.
Judging will be conducted by the employees of Hell For Leather. Winning photographs and selected finalists will be published in their own online news story. Decisions of the judges will be final.
Hell For Leather judges will post the best of the incoming entries on our website .
Please do not contact us about the status of entries.
The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Hell For Leather reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of Hell For Leather will be final.
Grand Prize: HFL Stickers, consideration for TV show casting.
Category Winners:
Second place: Stickers.
Third place: Stickers.

  • mcfaite

    I can stop any time I want…

  • ike6116

    Am I a Hell For Leather reader with a motorcycle problem or a Motorcycle rider with a Hell For Leather problem?

  • markbvt

    I put studded tires on my bike in the winter. Does that count?

    No point in entering though. I won’t have the time to be filmed. I’ll be too busy riding my motorcycle.

  • seanslides

    I gots teh first entry!

  • Nick

    I love motorcycles but I’m not in</em love with them.

    • Nick

      html fail…

  • Charlie

    I don’t want my obsession exposed further. My current ridicule is more than enough. Plus, I’m thinning the herd to get a ’74 Ducati GT. Anyone have a good one for sale?

    • Michael

      kaboom! Great idea Charlie….Wes, Grant, you guys should have a swap/sale section of the site for subscribers…this way I can offload my stolen, non-working 68 pan…i mean awesome classic harley on to someone from the community.

      Seriously though, I think it would be a good idea. web marketers would use the word “stickiness”….but I won’t.


      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        Ha, other people already facilitate that much better than we ever could. Having said that, our facebook page can be a community outlet for that sort of thing.

        • seanslides

          So… if someone posted an 82 KZ1000R for sale on HFL’s fb, that wouldn’t be considered a dick move?

          • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

            Go for it, it’s a resource for you guys.

  • Charlie

    WTB, ’74/5 Ducati GT Round Case. Ideally orange.

    • seanslides

      Get in touch with me charlie, I’m going to be selling an 860 GT for a friend real soon. I’m not sure what color it is yet, but I’ll have photos up as soon as I see it.


  • Old leather

    Does my mistress have to be a woman? Keep on with the interesting dailies.


    For a thousand bucks it sounds like a nightmare. Got many responses yet?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Check it out yourself, we’ve had some solid entries: http://www.facebook.com/HellForLeather

    • seanslides

      I think that if it sounds like a nightmare, you’re probably not the kind of addict they’re looking for.

  • Bitgeist Racing

    $1000 is two sets of Dunlops for me. Tires are the real vice in Motorcycle addiction. People think we burn our money on bikes. What really decimates your account is the rubber. So if you want to support my Dunlop habit please make sure and vote for me on the FB page. I’m the one with the worn knee decorations.

  • Kerry

    From HFL Legal Dept:

    Just to be clear the only prize being promised are stickers. There is no guaranteed that your submission will be looked at by said unnamed TV company, nor is it guaranteed that whomever ends up on the TV show will be selected from the entries. All we know is that said TV company may consider the entries for an unnamed upcoming TV show.

    So to recap: Stickers – absolutley a prize, TV and $1000 may be a prize but no guarantees.

    Got it? Good.

    • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

      you forgot infamy. some of us feed on infamy the way most people subsist on air & water.