It Just Gets Better- Nashville Bike Week


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*Updated 7/4/17

The soap opera that is Nashville Bike Week continues. Unless you only listen to Mike Leffingwell, aka Mike Axle, then of course, all is well. He has said don’t listen to the media because President Trump said so.

I guess the entire media and motorcycle riding community for no reason at all has decided to pick on him, including the Better Business Bureau which has at least twice come out publicly against the event.

Even the Humphrey’s Sheriff’s Department even has a link on their site to file a complaint regarding Nashville Bike Week. Now it is the Tennessee Department of Health.

Nashville Bike Week is no longer selling tickets until they receive their permit for the mass gathering law and has been ordered to stop per the State of Tennessee Health Department.

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There is still no construction on the land that Axle claims was leased for 15 years, even though on social media the daughter of the land owners said that the family farm was not hosting the event. Recently, an attorney experienced in this area of law and licensed in the state of Tennessee, mentioned to me some very interesting points, as well as many others that have reached out to me as well.

  • For one, take into consideration that there is river/streams cutting through the property. That means the EPA gets involved.
  • Big acts such as Gene Simmons have to approve new concert sites, a standard clause in the business as well as a “morals clause.”
  • Nashville Bike Week has claimed someone won a motorcycle in a giveaway. That means the Tennessee Gaming Commission has to be involved (rumor is a family member won) as well as the IRS. And many more potential issues were mentioned to me.

Still, there is no new face for the event, something Axle promised. He still hasn’t taken care of his multiple warrants which he promised he would, even though originally he said he wasn’t going to take care of it because he had “bigger fish to fry.” (update- Mike Leffingwell is currently in jail on seven warrants in multiple jurisdictions)

Leffingwell still hasn’t paid a penny of the outstanding judgment of $249,000 from his NASCAR conviction even though in an interview he mentioned having already spent $900,000. Here’s an idea- how about paying off that judgment first. That would prevent NASCAR from placing liens on all assets and further complicating the event.

But if it not sixty cows, then it’s permits, or haters, or whatever. The reality is there is nothing.

In the meantime, “ssshhh,” don’t say anything on social media or Mike Axle will block you within seconds.

MC Atty

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15 thoughts on “It Just Gets Better- Nashville Bike Week

  • March 28, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Gary, I see there is an event before and after Nashville. If you have any info., pass it on. I will be more than happy to spread the word for those events.

  • March 28, 2017 at 3:17 am

    The music city motorcycle rally is a legitimate rally run by prominent and successful promoters. They run oc bikefest, Delmarva bike week, have a prominent position in Milwaukee bike week, just to name a few. It is a shame that they have to deal with the aftermath of the snake oil salesman, axle. I have been in the motorcycle industry 25 years and have never seen the likes of axle. A disgrace to the entire biker community. Hang the SOB!

  • March 23, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Brett, you were the inspiration behind the blog i just posted. Thanks.

  • March 23, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    There is one a week after NBW as well. People wanted bike events, there’s two!

  • March 23, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Brett, your prior comment lead me to do some research now. Thanks for the idea.

  • March 23, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Looks like there is going to be a bit of competition for a motorcycle rally in Nashville. The promoters of OC Bike Week and Delmarva have teamed up to put on a rally in Nashville this year. Hotels, events, music lineup all to be announced very soon.

    Why doesn’t the state of TN brings charges against the promoter of MBW for selling tickets without the required permits?

  • March 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Kenny, better places to spend your $$$. Enjoy the ride wherever you go, be safe.

  • March 23, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Brett, you are right. I wasn’t even thinking of the lack of location issue. The same location that was shot down as false by a family of the land owner.

  • March 23, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    some people haven’t been reimbursed from their credit card company. One person reached out to me and said he is filing false documents in disputing it. Did you use a credit card? NBW already made clear they are not issuing refunds.

  • March 23, 2017 at 12:29 am

    How do I go about getting a refund for this when I purchased tickets a year ago?

  • March 21, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    The saga continues……
    The latest NBW post on facebook claims , “we apologize the mass ordinance permit is not required to be turned in 60 days before the event and we have been forced to do it “.
    Interesting statement. Who is forcing them to do it? It’s really quite simple. According to the law, you can’t sell tickets to a mass gathering event until you have a permit. So, why hasn’t TN filed charges against the promoter since they have been selling tickets to this event since the end of 2015? Also, believe it or not, to file a mass gathering permit, you need to disclose on the application the location of the event! Fancy that.

  • March 21, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    He should either clear the air of all the confusion……or tell us what’s really goin on…I’ll make plans to go to another run…

  • March 21, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Following Nashville bike week. Tickets purchased already

  • March 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    You went old school with “Dallas.”
    1. Is the venue still the same one that the daughter of the property owner said no? Or is this a 3rd venue?
    2. He said that he would wait until after the event to resolve the warrants. lately he is saying the reverse. Either one is a bad decision but I would advise a client get rid of it now and have someone ready to go just in case.
    3. Refunds were initially 100+ bands. He says who is on the website is confirmed. That is a difference of 60+ bands.
    4. **Here is the good one, since Lynn he knew about Mass Gathering, now is when he is applying.

  • March 17, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    The NBW soap opera is better than reality TV. It’s winter and I can’t ride so I need something that entertains me. There are numerous sub-plots in this story and I’m wondering how it’s all going to pan out. For instance:
    1. When do we hear about the new promoter that’s been promised? Maybe we haven’t heard about him yet, due to his non-compete clause? (lol)
    2. Waiting on the new and improved venue.
    3. Will Mike Axle actually show up to the event itself? Will he be arrested due to outstanding warrants?
    4. NBW claims on their website that “All tickets are stopped until we get our mass ordinance permit back which should be in the next week or two”. According to a news report on March 13, 2017 that contacted their attorney, “Bike week attorney confirmed they have not submitted an application yet and they are not sure when they will”.
    5. According to a Facebook post on February 12, 2017, NBW was going to have a name the venue contest later this week & the winner will receive some 10 day passes and VIP experiences. What’s the venue name and who won?
    6. What’s going to happen to people that purchased tickets in advance and would like a refund? NBW says no refunds! I can understand how a ticket might not guarantee all the entertainment promised, but it should guarantee the venue. Since the venue changed, I think refunds should be required to be granted to the people that ask. On another note, who purchases a ticket to an event that has no history almost two years in advance?
    This soap opera is playing out like an episode of Dallas and the who shot JR mystery.
    Keep the saga going……

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