Archive for March, 2011

Picture Of The Week

This picture was attached to a letter signed Holger Mohr, President and CEO of Custom Chrome, sent today to all CCI dealers who attended 2 weeks ago the very successful 2011 Dealer Show. Of course most of you, my readers, are not motorcycle dealers, but I still think that this picture of the CCI American […]

Rolling The New Victory High-Ball

On January 20, 2011, the unveiling in my Blog of the new Victory High-Ball pictures and tech-sheet provoked a record number of your comments, exceeding those you made after the release of the Harley-Davidson new Blackline model.. At the time you told me that you would love that I test ride it and Victory Motorcycles […]

Custom Builder Search

A fellow photographer in Europe has to write a feature about this very nice Bobber, but lost tech sheet information and contact with the builder. If anyone knows, please post info in “comments”. Thanks on his behalf.

Secret Prototypes And Oddities At Harley-Davidson Museum

Ever wondered which bikes they were about to launch as new models for your riding pleasure? The ones they scrapped at the last minute for various reasons? What were they thinking? The Harley-Davidson  of Milwaukee is offering a very interesting exhibition of an exotic collection of motorcycling oddities and secret prototypes. The artifacts exhibited here […]

Panhead Forever With New Covers

A lot of old engine rebuilding going on in custom motorcycle shops. While giving back a new life to these old engines, why not do some upgrade to the original design? You can keep the distinctive shape of the Panhead motor valve covers and improve it by using these new covers from Nash Motorcycle Co. […]

The Secret Life Of Ron Finch

Ron Finch opened Finch’s Custom Styled Cycles in 1965 in a small building in Pontiac, Michigan. Not only to design, build and paint striking one-off motorcycles in his own very unique extreme style, but also creating metal sculptures and other objects resisting any aesthetic classification. All along his professional career, Ron has pursued a broad […]

Motorcycle Parts Website

Zipper’s Performance Celebrates 30 Years

A message from Zipper’s Performance. “The entire staff at Zipper’s Performance Products would like to enthusiastically say “Thank You!” for the trust and support you have given our products for 30 years.  As the motorcycle industry navigates through difficult economic times, we believe an enhanced focus on quality products and customer service will keep us […]

New Harley-Davidson Analog Speedo/Tach Combo

This new Combination Analog Speedometer/Tachometer ($299.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories monitors engine speed without adding a handlebar-mounted tach. The speedometer and tachometer pointers sweep clockwise over a spun-aluminum face to provide a “gauge within a gauge” look. Push-button adjustable backlighting offers more than 600 color-tone options, to adjust pointer, LCD and backlighting colors to […]

Best Custom Bikes At Custom Chrome International Bike Show Series European Championship (Part 1)

Last weekend in Mainz, Germany during the 2011 Custom Chrome Europe Dealer Show, 103 top custom motorcycles competed for trophies in 3 categories (Modified Harley, RevTech Performance and Jammer Classes) for the title of Custom Chrome European Champion. And the big winner is this gold BSA beauty named “Son Of A Gun” by Larry Houghton […]

Jesse James American Outlaw. The Book.

“Jesse James American Outlaw” – Jesse’s Memoir – will be in stores May 3rd, 2011. You are looking at the book front and back cover jacket featuring Jesse in old western gunslinger attire, .44 revolver included… In this book Jesse tells it all about what he calls “a crazy life, a wild ride, from a volatile upbringing […]

Tonight at 11pm Fox Sport Net To Air New 60 Minute Weekly Series Called The Great Ride

Tonight March 29, 2011 at 11 pm eastern (10 central) on Fox Sports Net starts the 1st episode of “The Great Ride” ,  an entertaining new motor sports driven television series that explores what excites, inspires and drives Americans. Produced by Natural 9 Entertainment, the new series is all about adventure, new inventions, must have […]

Custom Chrome International Series. North American Champion.

As I reported last week while on location at the Custom Chrome International Series held during the CCI Dealer Show in Santa Clara, CA, Kirk Taylor from Custom Design Studios was voted by his peers the North American Champion. Kirk’s personal preferences lean towards retro style choppers and bobbers but like many of us his […]

Motorcycle Journalist Kimmy Chapman Killed In Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle journalist, biker events organizer and activist Kimmy Chapman was killed Saturday afternoon around 5 pm in Phoenix, AZ after the Harley-Davidson motorcycle ridden by her boyfriend and on which she was a passenger collided with a Nissan Rogue coming from the opposite direction and making a left turn in front of them. Her boyfriend is at […]

X-Line Rigid Sportster Frame

Twin brothers Eddie and Ronnie started “Unknown Choppers” (slogan is “We’ve never heard of you, either”) hand building in their own shop a variety of frames all made out of 1.25″ DOM tubing, TIG welded and delivered with MSO. Example is this nice looking X-Line rigid Sportster Chopper frame with 40-degree rake. But since all […]

New Harley-Davidson Women’s Rider Comfort System

Harley-Davidson launches an interesting Women’s Rider Comfort System (RCS) to optimize comfort (staying dry, warm or cool) in changing temperatures. Women riders and passengers can use a three-layer system providing versatile gear that makes riding more comfortable regardless of weather conditions. The key with RCS products is to stay comfortable by peeling off layers as […]

Motorcycles And ATV’s. The Ethanol Fuel Debate.

The fight over increasing ethanol in gasoline from E10 to E15 is raging again. For more than 3 years the AMA (American Motorcycle Association) has been opposing increases in the ethanol level allowed in gasoline until studies show that an increase won’t damage motorcycle or all-terrain vehicle (ATV) engines, and won’t make motorcycles emit more nitrogen […]

These 2 Rare Norton Racers Added To Bonhams Carmel Auction.

These 2 unique competition Norton machines with history (top model Manx and bottom model Daytona) have been added to Bonhams third annual motorcycle auction at Quail Lodge in Carmel on May 14th, 2011. The 1959 Norton Manx 500 and 1956 Norton Daytona 500 will be in good company as they join a line-up of bikes […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

1- Harley-Davidson Stock Rises Close To Pre-Recession Levels. I don’t make any stock recommendation, but many will be interested to know that Harley stock (HOG) closed yesterday Friday 03/25/2011 at $43.14 per share, its highest level since September 2008, and getting closer to its pre-recession trade price of $48 per share in December 2007. Analysts […]

Motorcycle Early Days Exhibit At Sturgis Motorcycle Museum

A new exhibit called “The Early Days” focusing on the earliest motorcycles – from what is commonly recognized as the first motorcycle through those machines produced in 1915 -. just opened at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. “The Early Days Exhibit is designed to show our visitors what those early machines were like, and to tell […]

Panhead Engine Finned Dishpan Covers

One of the first aftermarket engine products introduced in 1968 by Randy Smith, these Panhead Covers are out of retirement and produced again at the original foundry with using the same original tooling and castings with A-356-T6 aluminum. They were designed to eliminate oil seepage associated with the stock tin rocker covers and to dampen […]

Picture Of The Week

Like many I am on Twitter exchanging 140-character limit tweets with many friends and followers belonging or not to the motorcycle industry. Yesterday, Jesses James tweeted this image of the West Coast Choppers sign being removed from the roof of his ex Long Beach shop closed since October 16, 2010. Jesse sent this image with the following […]

Spectro Oils Team Up With Ferracci For 2011 AMA Pro Racing Daytona Sportbike/Celtic Racing Team Program.

Spectro Oils is proud to once again team up with World Superbike and AMA Superbike winning tuner Eraldo Ferracci, who will apply his considerable expertise in support of Celtic Racing and the talented young rider, P.J. Jacobsen. “Spectro has become the ‘oil of choice’ for the Ferracci team in 2011, and will be recommended and […]

Custom Dirt Track Style Harley Sportster

Because customizing stock Harley models, instead of building new bikes from the ground up, is big again and because all Sportster models are big sellers, I introduce you to another nice custom project by Steve Willis the man in charge of Speed and Custom, the custom division of Brighton, UK based Shaw Harley-Davidson. The XLST3 […]

New Fork Seal Driver With Split Design

Fortunately, tools are getting smarter. Anything making our mechanical tasks easier is worth mentioning. Last weekend at the CCI Dealer Expo I saw this new Fork Seal Driver with an innovative split design making it easier and safer to use than old fashioned pin aligned drivers. It features a knurled finish for a secure no-slip grip […]

Product Placement. Ducati Sport 1000.

Product placement or embedded marketing. A form of “branded entertainment” with the vast majority of that (80%) in commercial TV programming and movies. A strategy for linking a brand to a relevant content to create an emotional connection with a specific target. This police chase scene is in fact a Ducati paid product placement from […]

Celtic Chopper. Everything Is Backward.

If you have been to Ireland, you know that driving and road rules are different from those of the US and of the rest of Europe, e.g. drive on the left and yield to the right on roundabout (similar to rules of the United Kingdom). Well, on his new build, Irish Ger Conlon from C&C […]

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