Archive for August, 2011

New Twist On Handlebar Rubber Grips

Rubber grips are extremely popular because comfortable and aesthetically working well on today’s bike styles. These new handlebar Kustom Grips are made in soft and durable rubber, with a removable white plastic end flange. Available in 3 different colors, blue, red and a very nice grey, a color missing with other brands. No black? The […]

Calculating Speed And RPM With A Lot Of Help From Baker Drivetrain

Very few bikers and custom builders are inclined (able?) to do the mathematical reasoning necessary to predict Torque, RPM and Speed. There are very few men in the industry who are making a living using abstraction and science to improve the art of multiplying torque, of optimizing gear ratios and sizes to the desired RPM […]

2011 Sturgis Legends Ride Raises $54,000 for Black Hills Special Olympics, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum.

For the 4th Annual consecutive year the 2011 Sturgis Legends Ride was a sell out. Organizers announced that $54,000 was raised this year for local charities for a total of $204,920 since the event creation. The 55-mile escorted ride takes place on the official Monday start of Rally Week. Riders were treated to a Deadwood-style […]

Polaris-Indian Number One Indian Motorcycle

Historic picture? The Polaris team working on Indian Motorcycles just tweeted the picture of the 1st Indian bike they ever assembled at the The Spirit Lake, Iowa facility. The first Polaris-Indian will be subjected to extensive testing and evaluation to ensure the quality meets all Polaris quality standards. The 2012 Indian Chief will not be […]

Viper Motorcycle Announces Absolute Investments as Distributor for the Middle East and India

Another motorcycle manufacturer is smelling gold in the Middle East & India. Viper Motorcycle Company, wholly owned division of Viper Powersports, Inc. just disclosed that it has signed Absolute Investments as its initial 2012 Platinum Overseas Distributor for the Middle East and India. Absolute Investments has offices in Dubai, UAE; Riyadh, KSA; Kuwait City, Kuwait; […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Sturgis Rally Tax Revenue: Overall tax revenue from this 71th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is down nearly 6 percent compared to 2010. The South Dakota Department of Revenue reports revenue collected so far during the rally period is $1,127,552 compared to $1,197,344 a year ago. This is a 5.8 percent decrease. Sales and tourism tax revenues […]

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Vladimir Putin Rides A Lehman Trike

Yesterday, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin roared to a rally in the Black Sea port city of Novorossiisk riding a Lehman Trike. The black-clad Putin led a column of bikers, then delivered a speech about the “Indivisible Russian Nation” to his “Biker Brothers.” I learned that Putin is up to re-election in March 2012 and […]

Skulls Never Die…

Skulls never die…especially in the motorcycle industry. It continues to amaze me that the 22 bones human structure is still the main theme of so many bikes. Doug Wozney must also have noticed to propose a new version called “The Donster” that you can bolt-on on H-D touring model backrests to replace the factory plain […]

Aluminum Cafe Racer Body Kit For Harley-Davidson Sportster. Priceless.

Worried investors are buying gold, silver and Swiss Francs, now the strongest currency in the world. To the point where Swiss government is so scared that the country exportations would collapse that it is thinking again, like several decades ago, of obliging banks to give negative interest on Swiss Francs deposits… And one victim in […]

New And Interesting. Electric Starter For Old Indian Motorcycles.

How many old Indians are just sitting in the garage gathering dust because their aging owners are too old, too weak with their legs to be able to kick start them? Probably a lot…Would be nice if these old Indian owners could electric start these bikes and ride them again. Indian purists, don’t feel offended. […]

Old Skool Extra Narrow Triple Tree

After the fat tires excess, the custom motorcycle industry made a 180-degree towards building from the ground up with skinny tires. Front ends went from wide glide, to mid to narrow and now to extra-narrow glide. It will be difficult for anyone to propose a narrower triple tree than this one, 1,25″ (31,75mm) narrower than […]

Jay Allen Breaks Another Land Speed Record With Help From Friend Wink Eller…

Fresh from hosting a very successful Sturgis Rally 2011 at the downtown Original Broken Spoke, Jay Allen arrived at Bonneville Speed Week supercharged to break another Land Speed Record with the support of good friend and mentor, Wink Eller. After three passes, Allen claimed a new record average with 186.465 and a new Land Speed […]

Screaming Eagle Round Air Cleaner For Harley Sportster Models

To boost the performance while changing the style of a Fuel-Injected Sportster Engine is an appealing proposition. The new Screamin’ Eagle® Round Sportster® Stage 1 Air Cleaner Kit (P/N 29000009 Gloss Black or 29000019 Chrome; $139.95) from Harley-Davidson® provides increased air flow and is street legal when used with stock mufflers Requires ECM calibration (priced […]

Electric Super Bike Land Speed Record. The Video.

Speed Week followed by Bub Speed Trials in Bonneville. This the season of the Land Speed Records. Lightning Motorcycle has set a new one by becoming the first electric motorcycle manufacturer to exceed 200 mph. Driven by Paul Thede, principal of Race Tech and the developer of the Lightning SuperBike’s suspension system, the SuperBike made […]

Neptune. 1947 Harley-Davidson By Custom Builder Shinya Kimura

Give any motorcycle to veteran custom builder Shinya Kimura (already in his 25th year career) and you can bet that the final result will look like nothing else you have admired before. This functional design is born from a 1947 Harley-Davidson and of course from his bold imagination. The theme? Neptune, not our outermost “blue” planet, but […]

954 AJS E95 Porcupine Racing Motorcycle. One Of The World’s Rarest Motorcycles.

The 1954 AJS 500cc E95 Porcupine represents the final development of the most exotic, innovative, and graceful British Grand Prix racing motorcycle ever made. Described as the “Holy Grail of British Motorcycles”, the AJS Porcupine is the only twin-cylinder motorcycle of the time to have won in 1949 the 500cc World Championship.

National Motorcycle Museum Takes Double Win at Pebble Beach

Over 200 automobiles and only 18 select Italian motorcycles graced the 18th fairway at the 61st Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Sunday, Aug. 21. When motorcycles were called to the presentation stage for awards, machines from the National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa, won first and second places in the Italian Touring Motorcycles class competition. First place […]

Armor Clear Film Paint & Chrome Protection For Harley-Davidson Touring Front Ends

I already introduced you to Motorcycle Armor, a company specializing in pre-cut optically invisible film kits for your Harley. After releasing kits for bags, bag lids, gas tanks, side covers and fenders, the company is now releasing a paint & chrome protection film to protect from road rash, rock chips and bug acids the front […]

New Vintage Honda CB350 Speedster. Brat Style.

Don’t let bad economic news freeze your creative juices. You can build something very cool within a tight budget. As Jason Lajkov did from a basket case of rusty parts coming from a 1969 Honda CB 350. What you need is just some patience and a good eye for design. Evidently, former graphic designer Jason […]

JIMS Cruise Drive Mega Nut

If you tinker with your bike, install or reinstall your driveline, you know about the issue of your rear pulley coming loose from your main drive gear.  Years ago JIMS, the leader in performance tools for your Harley, designed the original “Mega Nut” complete with a machined clamping face profile and additional locking holes for […]

Famed Motorcyclist Dave Zien Back In The Saddle

March 13, 2011 6.15 am. Former State representative and Senator Dave Zien is returning from Daytona Bike Week, riding interstate 10 in the Florida Panhandle. A SUV driver tries to change lanes, loses control and the vehicle overturns. Despite evasive action, Dave Zien is unable to avoid a collision with the SUV. His left leg […]

Harley-Davidson Knows How To Speak To Women

A study by Trends and Strategic Insights, Integrated Media at NBCUniversal, ranks Harley-Davidson as the top brand for knowing how to create with women a positive buzz about its motorcycles. As you know, the traditionally male-associated Harley brand as made huge efforts to celebrate and attract women bikers. Women-only garage parties, female biker boot camps, a […]

New Circulator Backrest Pads From Harley-Davidson

After the Hot Engine Air Deflector and the Ventilator Windshield, Harley-Davidson is now launching Circulator Backrest Pads for improved hot weather riding comfort. The new Circulator Backrest Pads feature 3D construction that promotes air movement and reduces heat build-up where the body of the rider or a passenger touches the backrest. Designed to reduce perspiration […]

Cory Ness Signature Series Victory Cross Country

No way you can’t immediately identify a Victory Touring Motorcycle. Polaris qualify its touring chassis as progressive…You like or not, but for 2012 the Minnesota brand wants all its models to set a new high standard for hard baggers, providing riders with unprecedented comfort and the greatest cargo capacity of any production motorcycle in the world. […]

New Custom Chrome International Bike Show Series In Italy

Custom Chrome just announced the addition of the Custom Chrome International Bike Show Series Italian Championship to be held at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy, January 20th – 22nd, 2012. The CCI Bike Show Series already includes bike show competitions in Santa Clara, California for the North American Championship, Mainz, Germany for the […]

Softails And Baggers Are A Pain…In The Trailer

Like all builders, having crisscrossed the country so many times, I know too well that most motorcycle accidents happen in the trailer. Whatever the number of bikes you trail, their types, the initial strap down setup you give them, most methods will require minor adjustments all along your trip. Or damage to your bike and […]

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