Archive for April, 2011

Flash News. Harley-Davidson Increases Cash Dividend.

Today April 30, 2011, Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) announced that its Board of Directors approved a cash dividend of $0.125 per share for the second quarter of 2011. The dividend is payable June 17, 2011 to the holders of record of the Company’s common stock on June 2, 2011. The second quarter 2011 dividend represents […]

Biker Belles. A Sturgis Celebration Of Women Riders.

On Wednesday August 10th, The Legendary Buffalo Chip will salute Women Riders, their passion, diversity and spirit during the 71st annual Sturgis Rally with a First Annual Biker Belles (TM) Celebration. Women from across the globe will hit the road to celebrate women’s role in shaping the culture, history and sport of motorcycling. The inaugural […]

Sign Of The Times

The only think I can do for you is to post a link to a website where you can find the cheapest gas, diesel and alternative fuel prices near the place where you live, work or travel. Enter your zip code or any intersection where you stand. Bookmark this URL on your Smartphone. Mapquest Lower Gas […]

New Ultra-Light Harley-Davidson Helmets.

April is “Check Your Helmet Month”. So Harley-Davidson launched 2 new ultra-light helms for men and women. Both use a composite shell constructed of Aramid-reinforced fiberglass. The new men’s Hybrid Ultra-Light Torque Full Face Helmet is 17% lighter than traditional fiberglass helmets, weighing just 3 lbs. 3 oz. For increased comfort, front and rear vents […]

Digital Gauges From Your Harley-Davidson Directly To Your iPhone

I am not a fan of anything that could distract you while riding. This GaugeFace application for iPhone, iPod and iTouch may be interesting for those using good judgment for installation and use. 1st video is installation. 2nd video is setup and running the set of gauges you want to see. More at Gauge Face. […]

How To Build An Old Skool Bobber

Building your own Bobber or Chopper? Kevin “Teach” Baas from Baas Metal Craft from Lakeville, MN is a high school tech ed. teacher by trade whose passion is working on metal and building or rebuilding Knuckleheads (his preference), Panheads and Shovelheads. Not to look at them to admire the results, but to ride them as […]

Motorcycle Parts Website

New BMX Inspired Aluminum Floorboards

From his small shop in Prior Lake, Minnesota, Chad Pearson designs and produces in-house a few cool parts. He is a third generation machinist who started custom work at the age of fifteen building skateboards and snowboards. Now with two decades of machining and CNC experience, Chad delivers high quality motorcycle frames, springer front ends […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

1- Global Market for E-Scooters and E-Motorcycles to Surge. The global market for electric motorcycles and scooters is expected to surge, with the number of vehicles projected to jump from 17 million in 2011 to more than 138 million by 2017. The two-wheel electric vehicles, which are already popular across Asia, will become increasingly common […]

Motus Closed Course Testing

The heart of the new Motus MST and MST-R motorcycles (Motus means motion in Latin) is the The KMV4, the world’s first direct injected V4 motorcycle engine. The Motus DI system uses a 2,000psi pump to inject digitally atomized fuel into each combustion chamber and is considered an improvement over port fuel injection in terms […]

Good News. 1st Quarter 2011 Motorcycles Sales Up 7%.

The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) reports a 7.2% increase for sales for the first quarter of 2011. It may be that the new motorcycle market has already bottomed out. These Q1 sales results are the first to be positive in more than 2 years and these sales numbers may be the confirmation tar the market has […]

La Rosa Design Solo Bobber And Chopper Seats

Met with the crew behind La Rosa Design when visiting the Custom Chrome Dealer Show in California. Was quite surprised by the “value” of their seats. Seat pan, leather and upholstery are of top quality at prices I didn’t see in a long time. In sizes 13″ and 16″, stitched, embossed, stamped, in plain leather, […]

Painted Lady Contest To Debut at 2011 Smoke Motorcycle Rally

The 12th Annual Smoke Out Motorcycle Rally will be held on June 24-25, 2011 in the small city of Rockingham, North Carolina (between Charlotte and Fayetteville.) Always a fun event to observe some of those being the core of the chopper world, from pro-builders to bloody-knuckled guys and ladies burning the midnight oil in a […]

Laughlin River Run. Did You Know?

The 29th Annual Laughlin River Run, the largest motorcycle event on the west coast, just got started (April 27th – May 1st, 2011.) An opportunity for many to see the historic US Route 66 the way it was meant to be seen, to turn back time as you ride the hills from Kingman to Oatman, […]

2011 Sturgis Rally Dirico Raffle Bike

This year, the official Sturgis Motorcycle Rally bike will pay tribute to the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department and all the heroes who rushed to help those in need after the terrorist attacks on that fateful day of 9/11. For the second year in a row, Dirico Motorcycles will donate the official Sturgis Motorcycle Rally bike […]

Vintage Bike Show Set for June 4, 2011 At National Motorcycle Museum.

The rally and bike show season is in full swing. And there is a new bike show reserved to 1985 and earlier American, British, Japanese and European motorcycles, scooters and minis, racing, street and custom bikes. It will happen June 4, 2011 at the new National Motorcycle Museum of Anamosa, Iowa. So, if you’ve got […]

Crash Thrusts Biker Onto Highway.

Japanese Motorcycle Parts Neo-Fusion Style.

Here in America like in Europe, most of us love the look and intricate details of Japanese custom motorcycles. In 2009, Kenji from the Kens Factory Japan started to tour the US States showing the gorgeous bike featured here called “One Eyed King”. Then he went to Europe winning a lot of bike shows with […]

71th Sturgis Rally Buffalo Chip Give-Away Bike

The Sturgis Legendary Buffalo Chip has teamed up with GEICO for a special “30 Years Strong – Sturgis Buffalo Chip” bike give-away during this year’s 71st annual Sturgis Rally. Victory Motorcycles, another one of The Chip’s official sponsors, provided one of their classic, Kingpin 8-Ball cruisers for customization to Klock Werks Kustom Cycle.To get a […]

Custom Chrome Launches Jammer and Touring Catalogs

No doubt than during at least the last 5 years the motorcycle industry was forced to reshape around 2 big trends. 1- Baby-boomer bikers looking for the comfort and reliability that touring models provide. 2- All age categories, youngsters and gray beards discovering or rediscovering the charms classic motorcycle design. Manufacturers, builders, part vendors and […]

It Happened in Vegas. Compliment Of The Month.

I don’t brag. Every month I receive lots of emails congratulating me for my work with this Blog. Sometimes, the compliment comes in unexpected ways, like this story reported to me by the one and only builder, reader, commentator of my posts and Texan Jeff Nicklus. Read it, and continue to send me your stories (of […]

Polaris Industries On A Shopping Spree. After Indian, Acquiring Global Electric Motocars

The low-emission small vehicle market has a huge growth potential. And of course Polaris Industries want its market share. The company just announced an agreement to acquire Global Electric Motorcars LLC (GEM), a wholly owned Fargo, N.D. based subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC and manufacturer of premium electric-powered vehicles.  GEM is the recognized leader within […]

Billy Bob Bobber

Christoph Madaus, an avid biker for the last 33 years (he owns several Harleys, XLCR 1000, XR1000, FXR, Night Rod Special, Road King and a very special KHRM) is a talented German interior designer at Madaus Design and a custom motorcycle builder building only for himself under the label The German Motorcycle Authority. His most […]

American Chopper Senior vs. Junior Returns Tonight April 25th

Jesse James To Produce How-To and Extreme Motorsports Entertainment Series.

Most of the TV shows in which Jesse James was starring (History of The Chopper, Iraq Confidential, Jesse James: Blacksmith, Jesse James is a Dead Man, etc) were produced by his own production company named Payupsucker Productions (like the tattoo in the palm of his hand) that he created in 2004. Jesse James’ Payupsucker Productions […]

Third Generation Confederate Hellcat

From Confederate Motor Company the Birmingham, Alabama manufacturer of very limited edition high end motorcycles, a 3rd generation of the Hellcat model equipped with a 132″ (2160 cc) square C3 X132 engine (bore 4.4 x stroke 4.4) with its patented minimalist fusion design and adjustable front & rear suspension. A Hell raiser that you can […]

Indian Motorcycle Future. What’s Next?

The announcement of Polaris Industries buying Indian Motorcycle Limited from the UK based Stellican private equity firm was quite a surprise to many. But the fact that Indian Motorcycle would go for sale was not unexpected by most industry insiders. Not because they thought that the Kings Mountain company was in financial trouble but simply because Stellican […]

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