Archive for June, 2011

Glenn Curtiss. 1878-1930.

Glenn Curtiss, born in 1878 in Hammondsport, NY, was already building bicycles when he reached his teens and became very fast a famous speed bicycle racer. Logically, he got interested by more speed and in 1902 started his own motorcycle manufacturing company, originally under the brand name of “Hercules”. His machines were the only ones […]

Michigan Senate Repeals Helmet law. Bill Going To The House.

As expected, with a vote 25-14 mostly along party lines a law passed by the Michigan State Senate would be repealed for bikers 21 and older if the rider would also have to have been licensed to ride a motorcycle for at least two years or have completed a motorcycle safety course. In exchange those […]

Arlen Ness Deep Cut Flat Shifter Rods

New in the Arlen Ness 2011 catalog are these 2 “Deep Cut” shifter rods . Particularity, in addition to “shift up” design, is that unlike traditional shifter rods with unsightly helm joints, each end has a pressed in bearing for a very clean look. Designed to work on all HD models except FDX/FXR, XL. Made […]

New 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster, Touring, And Trike.

Harley-Davidson has begun delivery of all 15 models in the 2012 Touring, Trike (North America only) and Sportster lines to its dealers in the U.S. and Europe. These motorcycles will be available for sale immediately, giving customers an opportunity to get on a 2012-model Harley-Davidson with much of the riding season still available. Shipment of […]

Bricks For Sale From A Famous Motorcycle Factory In Milwaukee

Liquid Asset Partmers, an auction house that I mentioned very often because involved in the liquidation of many motorcycle companies’ parts and equipments, is now in charge of selling all these bricks whose provenance is a famous 1918 Milwaukee motorcycles factory. The auctioneer is not authorized to be more specific, but still mentions that bricks […]

Harley-Davidson To Continue To Benefit From Supply Disruption At Japanese Competitors

At least, it’s the advice of several Wall Street analysts. Harley’s two largest competitors in heavyweight motorcycles, Honda and Yamaha, still try to resolve important supply chain disruptions resulting from the tragic Japanese tsunami. In addition, Financing and overall demand seems to continue to improve and US dealers seems to be encouraged by higher prices […]

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Pullback Handlebar For Harley-Davidson Blackline Model

This year, Harley-Davidson launched its new Blackline Softail model whose visual elements are borrowed from the original bobber movement combined with a raw style embraced by today’s young bike builders. But the company must have realized that the original-equipment handlebar was giving a forward position to the rider, especially if he or she is short. […]

11th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest

Organizers of Las Vegas BikeFest tell me that they will offer set of activities and entertainment for their 11th annual edition (Sep. 29, Oct 2, 2011.) Number of vendors and hotel reservations are already 100% ahead of last year, a very good sign for the event but also showing that our industry is bottoming out. […]

It’s time To Ban The Motorcycle. Really?

A journalist named Hugh Curran from the Sun Sentinel , a newspaper in Florida, wrote the article below. Difficult to be more ignorant than him about motorcycles. If I reproduce part of it it’s because he deserves to hear from you and know your feelings. You can do it in comments below. In your comments, please be respectful. Just educate […]

How To Protect And Fix Matte Paint?

I don’t have to tell you how popular matte paint has been during these last years. Harley-davidson proposes its own version, in Black, White and Crimson Red. Some are hesitant about ordering this type of paint job and others are  concerned at the first scratch. Why? Because contrary to glossy paint that you can buff […]

Ride With Lorenzo Lamas To Support Active Duty & Vets

Lorenzo Lamas Cycles, a lifestyle brand that promotes the freedom of the ride, the art of custom motorcycles and the spirit of community service through charitable events, and Walk With Heroes have announced a signature motorcycle charity tour to benefit active duty and veterans. At each stop on the signature Rumble For The Heartland tour, […]

JIMS Twin Cam Engine and Trans Plug Kit

A product placement – plug – for a plug kit to eliminate the entry of dirt, dust and unwanted parts during an engine or transmission re-build. This new JIMS® Twin Cam Engine and Trans Plug Kit is preferable to hunting random rags and tape to protect your open ports, bores, holes, fittings and passages. You […]

Azzkikr In Fat Rubber And Copper

When I traveled the show circuit on the other side of our north border, I observed that Canada, more than anywhere else, loves bold bikes running on fat tires. While most of the US custom scene has turned its back at least 5 years ago on anything wider than stock size, Canadian shops continue to […]

Art And Humor For Vintage Helmets

The shell shape is iconic seventies. Inspiration is from all over the world from the US to Japan to the UK. Design and humor are Italian.  From left to right, pick your vintage artwork. Hippy, Geisha, Pin-Heart, Smack and Pinstripe. Fiberglass shell, dual density lightweight, air channeled forehead with removable and washable liner and cheek pads. You […]

Tomorrow June 27, 2011 Is Million Mile Monday. What Is Your Excuse?

Organized by H.O.G., the Harley-Davidson Group, but open to all brands of motorcycles to join in the ride, the objective is to show the world what it means “to live life to its fullest”, share your passion with others and log millions of miles in one day. So tomorrow Monday June 27, ride to work, to […]

Newton Air Cleaner

If motorcycles would have existed during the 17th century, Sir Isaac Newton, probably the greatest genius who ever lived, would never have had any difficulty to figure out all calculations, of course without a CAD program, to machine this total 3D Air Cleaner. “Motus Calculus”! Made by Italian parts designer Rebuffini Cycles, well known for […]

Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Presents Michael Lichter’s 11th Annual Motorcycles as Art Exhibit

Michael Lichter’s 2011 “Motorcycle As Art Exhibition” is called “Slant Artist-An Eccentric View on Motorcycles and Art” and will focus on avant-garde bronze artist Jeff Decker. A large majority of the display will consist of Jeff’s personal collection including ten beautiful bronze sculptures. There will also be an eclectic display of motorcycles and wall art […]

Front 21″ Wheel On A Harley-Davidson Bagger. The Right Way.

Installing a 21″ front wheel is one of the most popular conversions to greatly improve the look of of a Bagger. This post is not about the wheel design choice – all manufacturers offer a wide selection – but about preventing any handling side effects  due to a taller size than stock. First, you should know […]

Darkness At Harley-Davidson

The new men’s Darkness Waterproof Leather Jacket ($450) from the Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® line is constructed from waterproof mid-weight leather with waterproof buffalo leather trim at the elbows and shoulders. Its pre-curved sleeves, power-stretch panels above the elbows and action back translate into all-day riding comfort, while 3M® Scotchlite® Reflective Material increases your reflectivity in low-light […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Polaris, Victory, Indian, Ducati Motorcycles Focusing On Sales In India. All market srudies confirm a growing demand for premium vehicles in India. So, all major motorcycle brands consider this country the new Eldorado. Polaris will be delivering completely built units of ATVs and Rangers to the country through a wholly-owned subsidiary by August or September. The […]

Spotlights Mounting Tube Clamps For 54 mm Forks

Here they are. Headwinds®, one of the leaders in custom headlights, introduces their new 54mm Fork Tube Clamps for mounting Headwinds® 2” spotlights all bikes with 54mm forks. and for those who are Kawasaki boys, the Mean Streak 1500, 1600 and They feature split clamp construction with wire feed hole for a clean look. Hardware […]

Unusual Race Crash

At the French race track of Magny-Cours, during a round of the promosport Championship, 2 riders crash…and it can turn into a funny situation. (Thanks Troy)

2011 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show, Saturday July 16th. Update.

The 20th annual Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show of customs, cruisers, performance and sportbikes returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA on Saturday July 16, 2011. This year, the show got a new location, a new show day and a lower admission price. The Calendar Show moves from the Queen Mary Event Park […]

Spyke Inc. Acquires STD Development

Spyke Inc, the company well known for its high torque starters & numerous electric components, has acquired STD Development a specialist in complete high performance engines, cases, heads, cylinders and driveline components  for V-Twin motorcycles. The deal includes the brand name, the good will, all inventory, all CNC machinery, tooling, etc. It was years that STD Development was […]

Springer Front Ends By Bare Knuckle Choppers.

Looking for a good Springer front end made in the USA? Looking for a different design and styling mixing old appearance and new technology? In wide glide, narrow or very narrow options? Doesn’t know how to order the correct length? First, Bare Knuckle Choppers ask you via a simple online form to take 3 critical measurements […]

French 1929 Majestic Motorcycle

Born between WWI and WWII, the Majectic was the creation of George Roy. At the time, he thought that to increase his chances of success he must build a model inspired by automobile design. And because art–deco style is big all over Europe, he creates this full body with louvers streamlined machine. Specifications are 500 […]

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