Archive for May, 2012

Custom Triumph Tridays Rumbler

This one-off street friendly Triumph is based on the factory Scrambler model. To give it a sporty look modifications include: Upside down forks equipped with Magura-Super-Moto braking system with 4-stroke radial callipers, plus a radial master brake cylinder. Öhlins spring elements. Heavy Pirelli studded tires, dimensions of 110/80-19 and 140/80-18, making this bike stands noticeably […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Washington Post Investigates Dangerous After-Market Motorcycle Parts. How many millions of problem after-market parts not meeting safety and environmental standards and endangering bikers are sold every year is the question that asks the Washington post. The investigation starts with an interview of Rick Doyle founder of now shuttered Hog Farm, a 3-million dollars business selling custom […]

Harley-Davidson Bar & Shield Logo. Did You Know?

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not in 1903 that the Harley-Davidson “Bar & Shield” logo was created. It’s only in 1910 that the famed “Bar & Shield” logo is used for the first time. It was trademarked at the U.S. Patent office one year later. Recently, the licensing of the Harley-Davidson logo and brand for […]

Custom Bike Building Basics For The Backyard Garage Mechanic.

Pro-builders know and use a lot of tricks to get around the difficulties they encounter daily while custom building one-off bikes. If you are a backyard garage mechanic, you want to know as many of these tricks as possible. In this new book, through 3 start-to-finish assemblies (1 Shovelhead, 2 Panheads) built on a working […]

New Mid-Control Kit For Harley-Davidson V-Rod Night Rod Special

Maybe the Harley Night Rod special should have been sold standard equipped with mid-controls. The new V-Rod® Mid-Control Kit (P/N 50700013, $499.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories® coverts a V-Rod® Night Rod® Special from its Original Equipment forward foot brake and shift controls to mid-controls, and the rider from a laid-back, foot-forward posture to an […]

Saxon Motorcycles Confirming On Twitter And Facebook It Is Looking For A Buyer

On April 10, 2012 I broke the news that Saxon Motorcycles was in big trouble and for sale. Until yesterday, Chief Executive Officer Mark Borodkin never officially confirmed the news. Today, in a strange way to do it, Saxon Motorcycles announced on Twitter, in less that 140 characters, that it is for sale and posted […]

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2012 Sturgis Rally. New Free Access To Music, Vending, Entertainment At Crossroads Buffalo Chip.

Worth mentioning to all those who are going to participate to the Sturgis Rally 72nd edition. 3 miles outside Sturgis, a new kind of gathering place at the Buffalo Chip® that provides visitors, without having to pay any admission fee, access to the campground where bikers and guests can visit friends, campers and vendors, enjoy […]

Billy Lane Prison Air Force Custom Motorcycle

Tech Sheet: Frame: Billy Lane, 26-degree rake. Wheels: 23″. Engine: S&S Flathead Power Knucklehead 93″. Transmission: Baker 6-speed. Open Belt Drive System: 2″ Evil Engineering. Engraving: by Heather of New of New Line Engraving. Taillight: VL Tedd Cycle. Seat: Adam Croft from Last Ride Customs. Grips/Pegs: Choppers Inc. 44mag Nickel shell casings. Gas tank, headlight, […]

Primo Ultra Narrow Slimline Belt Drive

A recent addition to the Primo Belt Drives line-up is an ultra narrow open belt drive designed for 1990-2006 Evo & Twin Cam Softails®. This 11mm kit features a 1-3/4″ wide “dense pack” Kevlar Polychain® Super Belt. This combination has been tested to withstand horsepower loads in excess of 150 H.P. The Slimline™ belt drive uses […]

Job Offering By Motus Motorcycles

Motus Motorcycles is seeking a qualified, self-motivated individual to assemble new production motorcycles. The individual will be responsible for multiple aspects of the motorcycle final assembly, from suspension systems, brakes and electrical systems, to engines and fuel systems.

First Automatic Loud Horn And Headlight Warning System for Motorcycles

We all have had a few close calls with other vehicles, and factory horns are almost of no use in those emergency situations. So Peter Olt, an electric engineer, invented an automatic motorcycle loud horn and headlight warning system. With it you can warn motorists up to 3 blocks away. If interested, for Father’s Day […]

Len Kodlin Radical Victory Hammer

Most custom builders and vendors you have known and appreciated during the last 30 years are entering or already belong to the baby-boomers segment of the population. A few of them have or will have a succession in place when they retire. Here in the US, the most well known example is the Ness family […]

Arlen Ness Deep Cut Fairing Windshield Trim

In chrome or black anodized finish, to create a beautiful transition between the windshield and the fairing of your Harley touring bike models: 1998 to 2012 FLHT/FLHTC/FLHTCU/FLHX and Harley FL trikes. Machined from billet aluminum. Complementing other “Deep Cut” accessories of the Arlen Ness lineup.

Joke Of The Week

A Short History of the Condom.   I’ve always been a good student of history, but I didn’t know this one… Fascinating!   In 1272, Persians invented the condom, using a goat’s lower intestine.   In 1873, the British refined the idea by taking the intestine out of the goat first…

Sailor Jerry Custom Motorcycle Contest

Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, the father of classic old-school American tattooing. Sailor Jerry Rum, a premium spiced rum with hints of caramel and vanilla crafted in the traditional Navy way by UK William Grant & Sons, a company supporting all creative individuals who feel just as strongly about their respective crafts…

New Grand Prix Trilogy Billet Air Cleaners

Precision Billet Products, a leading provider of innovative high-quality motorcycle billet accessories, launches a brand new Grand Prix Edition Trilogy billet air cleaners for Harley Davidson motorcycles. These air cleaners feature a new Trilogy design inlaid with Ming Red Mother-of-Pearl or Lime Green Mother-of-Pearl (other custom colors are available on request) Custom crafted from 6061 […]

Tsunami Motorcycle To Be Preserved By Harley-Davidson Museum

In accordance with the wishes of its owner, Ikuo Yokoyama, the Harley-Davidson(R) motorcycle, recovered on the coast of British Columbia after drifting for more than a year and 4,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean following last year’s tsunami in Japan will be preserved by the Harley-Davidson Museum(TM) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as a memorial to the […]

Show Me Your Office. Bert Baker.

It’s in 1999 that Bert & Lisa Baker officially appeared on the custom V-Twin motorcycle scene. Armed with the necessary theory, protocol, and experience that they both acquired during 14 years as engineers working on manual transmissions for General Motors, they immediately succeeded in imposing their new ideas. They revolutionized the way we gear up […]

Mustang Distressed Brown Seat For Touring Harley

Mustang offers a new color – or style – in their growing line of low, lean but still comfortable Wide TripperTM seat styles? A new distressed brown made of ultra premium vinyl with a distinctively cool, worn-leather appearance. The fully adjustable driver backrest removes easily without tools and folds flat so you can still comfortably […]

Rocking The Harley-Davidson Rocker

The Harley model FCWC, or Softail Rocker, with its controversial “perched” seat made necessary because the rear fender was moving with the swingarm to which he was mounted, didn’t make it in the 2012 line up. Of course, plenty are around and are always a very good base for those looking for a nice riding […]

2012 Sturgis Rally. Modern Rock At The Buffalo Chip On Saturday August 4th.

Building a sustainable motorcycle business for the future includes addressing Generation X & Y as your prime targets. Many in the industry already do it, and many activities during the big rallies reflect such priorities. As example, during the 2012 Sturgis Rally, the 9-day Buffalo Chip Music Festival will mix Classic Rock & Roll and […]

Tech Connect System

It may be what you are looking for to hold your IPhone, IPod, Smartphone, GPS and many other small electronic devices to your handlebars. In just seconds. this new Tech Connect System will easily mount and secure any of your gizmos. An adjustable swivel head allows movement for perfect positioning. Offered in complete kits as […]

2012 Riding Into History Vintage Motorcycle Concours D’Elegance

The 13th edition of The Riding into History™ (RIH) weekend, a world class Vintage Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance, was held last weekend at the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida. This competition attracted about 350 antique and vintage motorcycles. Collectors from all over America bring their motorcycles to the show, and they are displayed around […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News.

Harley-Davidson April-May US Sales Seen As Slowing Down. Dealer checks suggest that retail sales were down between 1 to 3%. The 2 reasons most often mentioned: 1- Unusual excellent sales during the 1st quarter 2012 due to exceptional clement winter weather. 2- a shortage of available new models in many dealerships, something that will benefit […]

The Blade. A Gorgeous Custom Aluminum Sportster.

A video Richard Grabbe from Rich Phillips Cycles put together on The Blade,  a 1998 Harley Sportster. Beautiful one-off chromemoly frame and aluminum sheet metal. Shot in his shop in Missouri and around his home. Enjoy… (4″ 46″)

Handlebar Risers For Harley Street Bob

Custom tailoring your Harley-Davidson to preferred riding position is sometimes as simple as selecting the right handlebar. But on a Harley FXDB Street Bob it’s not the easiest thing to do because of the particularity of its triple tree. Installing a custom handlebar will require, either to replace the stock top tree, or keep the […]

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