Breaking News. A New American Motorcycle Brand Is Born. Vanguard To Launch The Roadster In New York December 9.

1vanguardroadster2vanguardroadster3vanguardroadsterVanguard is a new brand with a premium motorcycle designed and built in Brooklyn, NY. The company is led by renowned designer Edward Jacobs and serial entrepreneur Francois-Xavier Terny. They partnered a couple years ago with the intention of “ building, with a fresh perspective and unique approach, a premium motorcycle brand of revolutionary effect.” And you must admit that you never saw a motorcycle like that.

4bisvanguardroadster10vanguardroadster5vanguardroadsterThe Roadster – to be officially unveiled at the NY Motorcycle Show – Dec 9 -11 at the Javits Center in Manhattan – demonstrates a lot of forward-thinking design and pioneering features without equivalent in the market. Jacobs and Terny intend to open new perspectives for the motorcycle industry and to bikers very unique models without equivalent. Vanguard will follow with a sportsbike and a cruiser built on the same powertrain platform.
Designing the Roadster was done with a fresh approach, breaking everything down into rethinking needs and solutions. The result is a unique and striking contemporary silhouette blending form and function. The Roadster boasts many unique features including a frameless structural engine, unitized crankcase, integrated exhaust and a tablet-size digital dashboard with rear-view camera. Vanguard motorcycles will be assembled in New York City at the Brooklyn Navy Yard with production of the Roadster stated to begin in 2018. Vanguard is looking for dealers to be ambassadors of the new brand and is already accepting direct pre-orders with price starting at $29,995. If you are interested, reach out to David Wax on my behalf. Continue reading ‘Breaking News. A New American Motorcycle Brand Is Born. Vanguard To Launch The Roadster In New York December 9.’


Only 30 Fat Spokes

ridewright-wheels-30-daddy-whiteThe trend is towards visually lighter wheels offering more air and showing more light. And it’s also true for spoke wheels. At the opposite of the period from the mid 80’s to the end of the 90’s when there was an escalation of the number of spokes fitted on a rim (remember the 120-spoke wheels so easy to clean…), the retro trend has imposed a leaner and cleaner appearance. So, manufacturer Ridewright Wheels is now offering the 30-Daddy, a spoke wheel with only 30 fat spokes.

Sam Wakim, owner/founder of Ridewright Wheels, states that the 30-Daddy prototypes have been tested and proven to be very strong wheels. The 30-Daddy is available for Harley, Indian, Victory models in a choice of several fat spoke designs. These wheels can be ordered in many brake configurations including ABS , tube or tubeless, with or without a seal, polished, chrome or in the custom color of your choice. The company promises a fast turn around even for custom orders. Made in the USA. More info and orders, contact on my behalf Sam Wakim at Ridewright Wheels 714-632-8297

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Escaping A Motorcycle Cop Who Got Better Riding Skills Than You

Some may be tempted to flee after being lit by police. Never a great idea. Especially if the motorcycle Cop chasing you has better riding skills than you, something you should always anticipate, anyway. The scene is in Brazil and shot from the policeman helmet camera. The video images are quite crappy, but this chase in the streets of a favela of Rio De Janeiro, avoiding cars, cyclists, potholes and pedestrians, is quite remarkable. And fortunately nobody was injured…

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UK Project Indian Scout Contest Winner

1indian-motorcycle-project-scout-187indian-motorcycle-project-scout-79indian-motorcycle-project-scout-22indian-motorcycle-project-scout-166indian-motorcycle-project-scout-45indian-motorcycle-project-scout-14Indian Motorcycle dealerships across the UK were invited to build a customized Indian Scout or Scout Sixty in just 90 days in a partnership with the UK’s national motorcycle show, “Motorcycle Live”. Ten dealers took up the opportunity to show off their creations to an audience of 113,172 visitors with 1,905 of these voting for their favorite Project Scout by visiting the Indian stand during the nine-day-long show. THUG, built by Thor Motorcycles won he public vote to be crowned Project Scout UK Champion. Continue reading ‘UK Project Indian Scout Contest Winner’

2017 Classic Triumph Calendar. A 12-Month Supply Of Bonnies, Trophys And T-Birds

cover-classic-tri-cal-2017The art calendar is not dead… If you are into Triumph, you may like this 2017 twelve-month calendar featuring many classic Triumph, from a UK-version Bonneville to a truly rare 1936 Val Page single.

Also, a rare Rickman, a Trident, Speed Twins, a T100 and an early style Chopper and Bobber  and more.

Printed on art-quality paper and measuring 16 x 12”. All photos to preserve way beyond 2017.

Ready to ship. Price: $19.99 US + S&H (shipping to USA and Canada) Order at Wolfgang Publications or at Amazon.

Low Profile Seat With Backrest For 08-17 Harley Tourers

dragtourerseatFind your perfect fit with a Low Profile Touring Seat from Drag Specialties Seats. This seat features a low profile design with the driver area cut narrow in the front to help eliminate pressure on the inner thighs. The interior of the double-bucket seating areas uses molded flexible urethane foam on top of a 3/16” ABS thermoformed seat base to improve the shape and provide added comfort. Solar Reflective Leather prevents the seating area (except pillow-style) from getting hot with automotive grade vinyl covering the rest of the seat. Continue reading ‘Low Profile Seat With Backrest For 08-17 Harley Tourers’

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Harley Airflow Heated Hand Grips

1airflow-heated-gripsFor riding comfort on cool mornings and frigid nights the Airflow Heated Hand Grips (P/N 56100107, $269.95*) offer thermostatic control of variable heat settings and adjust to ambient temperatures. The self-contained control circuit and control knob means there are no additional switches or controller boxes to mount, and the grips are switched on/off with the ignition to avoid draining the motorcycle battery.

2airflow-heated-gripsThe Airflow design combines a traction-grip crosshatch rubber surface with a comfortable 1.6-inch diameter for excellent control in wet or dry weather. These grips fit 2016-later Dyna® Low Rider S and Softail® and 2008-later Touring and Trike models. See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for fitment details.

Go to Harley Online Store for more information. (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), excluding taxes and shipping. Prices at local dealerships may vary)

Morgan Motor First Electric 3-Wheeler Goes In Production

1morganev32morganev33morganev3After being in business for 107 years, UK Morgan Motor just started production of its first electric vehicle. The company is embracing the new technology but wants to keep its very unique image, a unique blend of charisma, craftsmanship and performance. For this purpose, the EV3 is reminiscent of the company’s first model, another 3-wheeler that debuted in 1909.

Weighing less than 500 kg, it has a range of 150 miles requiring a 4-hour charge. The EV3 is equipped with a 20 KWh Lithium Battery and a liquid cooled 46kW motor driving the rear wheel. The company is stating 0-62 mph in less than 9 seconds and a top speed in excess of 90 mph. Price should be around $68,000.

Morgan Motor plans to sell 50 EV3s per year, a significant commitment for a company building only 850 hand-built vehicles a year. This launch coincides with an announcement that the Morgan Motor Company will receive government funding towards a £6m consortium based project developing future hybrid and full EV Morgan vehicles.

Replacement Saddlebag And Lid Hardware Kit For Harley Baggers

hardwarekitHow many baggers on the road? How many broken or worked out saddlebags and lid hardware on these tourers? You can update your bags. with a kit containing all of the necessary parts and hardware, including lid hinges, lid gaskets, tethers, latch handles with seals, latch strikes, saddlebag bailhead studs, rubber isolators, washers, chrome lock set with keys and cushions. Works with all 14-17 OEM-style Dresser hard saddlebags. Suggested retail price is $299.95. At your local Drag Dealer or more info at Drag Specialties.

Arlen Ness All-New Primary Cover For Harley Touring Models

2anA bolt-on outer primary cover for all Harley touring models 2007-up. featuring a multi-piece design for easy maintenance and inspection.

The 10-gauge design matches other Ness egine custom parts, air cleaner, rocker boxes, pushrod, cam and lifter block covers, shifter rod.

Primary outer cover is sold with chrome hardware. Available in chrome or black finish. MSRP $799.95. At Arlen Ness.

Polaris Slingshot. What’s Going On?

slingshotAgain, I try to answer your email questions. This explanation regarding what you heard about the Polaris 3-wheel Slingshot. No doubt that it is has been, to the surprise of many, a hit as soon as it has been launched 2 years ago. The classification of the Slingshot, either as a motorcycle or an autocycle, depending of the state in which you register it, has never been an issue for buyers. To ride it, you need a motorcycle endorsement or license. To drive it a state drivers license. So, rumors suggesting that the Slingshot is forbidden in some states are unfounded. So, why were first year’s Slingshot sales above expectations, then down for 2016 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters? Continue reading ‘Polaris Slingshot. What’s Going On?’

World’s Fastest Monowheel Motorcycle. 61.18 MPH.

A Monowheel motorcycle is one large wheel revolving around a track, inside which the engine and rider are housed. The driver has to control the vehicle using careful control of throttle and perfect balance. UK Monowheel Team and Kevin Scott recorded a staggering speed of 98.464 km/h (61.18 mph) on their incredible monowheel WarHorse, at Elvington Airfield in North Yorkshire, UK. To achieve this Guinness World Records title, the monowheel had to be run solely on power produced by its engine and the speed had to be timed from a flying start over a distance of no less than a quarter mile (402 metres). Previously, the fastest mono wheel motorcycle reached a speed of 91.7 km/h (57 mph) and was achieved by Kerry McLean (USA) who is considered a pioneer in this vehicle category.

Bobber With A Twist

0shovelscates1shovelscates2shovelscates3shovelscates19shovelscates9shovelscates7shovelscatesYou are looking at one of the custom bikes that has received the largest number of best of show and 1st place trophies during the 2016 winter/spring/summer show tour. Built by Tim Scates, a backyard builder with high professional skills, this Twisted Bobber was created for his daughter Amy who now owns it. It’s based on a 1977 Harley Shovelhead formally owned by her grandfather. The merit of Tim’s Bobber and the reason why his creation is so appealing to both judges and the public at large, is the mix of very creative details with very entertaining repurposed parts, all with an intersting history.

13shovelscates19tershovelscates16shovelscates15shovelscatesTim’s most difficult task was the frame. Those who have only tried or even succeeded at manually twisting 1.5” steel bar know that getting the perfect twist shape duplicated at each turn of the bar is an art requiring patience and expertise. The steel in question was found at a downtown Houston Black Smith shop created during the Civil War… For looks, Tim splited the 77 Shovel rocker boxes, and sent them to be engraved by a certain Dennis. Then, for more effect, he had the heads diamond cut. Engine is equipped with a SU carb and is breathing through an air cleaner created from a 1956 Cadillac air vent. Nicely routed external copper plumbing adds visual interest to the beautiful motor. Continue reading ‘Bobber With A Twist’

New Galaxy Wheel Added To Performance Machine Contour Collection

1galaxywheelpmA new wheel design from PM departing from a traditional mindset of design. The company started from a classic, elegant spoke design and pushed the boundaries of manufacturing capabilities to create a complex yet refined timeless design.

The balanced amount of contrast and detail creates a unique depth and illusion. From a distance the wheel gives the appearance of simplicity, but as you are drawn in closer the intricacy of the wheel is revealed.

Although this new Galaxy design wheel is cut from PM beefy Contour Collection series blanks, fat has been trimmed for a style intertwining thin spokes and a full round deep rim-lip cut, taking out weight where it counts the most for performance.

2galaxywheelpmAvailable in Chrome, Contrast Cut, Contrast Cut Platinum and Color Shop finishes. Tested in-house to JASO and TUV standards. . Matching Discs, Pulley and Super Gas Faceplate. Performance Machine.

Thought Of The Day






“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.”

Marilyn Ferguson

Brass Balls Cycles Aluminum Ribbed Exhaust Tips

1bbctipsSome exhaust pipes are too plain and visually boring, especially drag pipes. The solution is to dress them up with tips. These ones are classic enough to work perfectly with many bike styles.

2bbctipsBrass Balls Cycles use these ribbed tips on many of their custom projects and decided to market them, targeting individuals and small shops who don’t have access to machinery to make their owns.

They are a simple bolt-on on all 1-3/4″ O.D. exhaust pipes. Machined from aircraft grade 6061T6 billet aluminum. Sold in sets of 2. $84.95 per pair, including set screws for mounting. At Brass Balls Cycles Online Store or your local dealer.

Going Dark…

brakemasterFront Brake Master Cylinder. Constructed from die-cast aluminum with a matte black finish that matches the OEM black finish, this master cylinder comes complete with black lever and clamp half. Available for 08-16 FLHT, FLTR, FLHR and FLHX models, the suggested retail price is $199.95.

flarecoversFlared Side Covers For Stock Bags. They are direct snap-on replacements for stock Harley side covers. Constructed of injection-molded polyurethane, they require minimal prep before painting and zero trimming, shaping, gluing or drilling. Perfect blend for a smooth and narrow look. Manufactured in the USA by Baggster LLC. Covers are sold in pairs for 97-13 FLT, FLHT, FLHR, FLTR, FLHX models. MSRP $349.95.

Battery-CoverIgnition-CoilsBattery Covers. A choice of formed covers working on sealed and conventional batteries, providing protection without disturbing the style of your ride. Available for 91-05 FXD, FXDWG, 85 FXE, 82-03 XL, 99-04 FXDX and 01-03 FXDXT models, the suggested retail price is $25.95.

Ignition Coils. They help increase peak spark voltage by at least 20%, increasing miles and putting a stop to high-speed misfires. Available for 14-16 FXSB, 11-13 FXS, 08-11 FXCW/C models, the suggested retail price range is $92.95 to $119.95.

Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-jokeThis is a conversation between a man and his wife. Please note that she asks 5 or 6 questions which he answered quite simply and she is speechless after answering only one question.

Woman: Do you drink beer? Man: Yes

Woman: How many beers a day? Man: Usually about 3

Woman: How much do you pay per beer? Man: $5.00 which includes a tip

Woman: And how long have you been drinking? Man: About 20 years, I suppose

Woman: So a beer costs $5.00 and you have 3 beers a day which puts your spending each month at $450.00. In one year, it would be approximately $5400.00 correct? Man: Correct

Woman: If in 1 year you spend $5400.00, not accounting for inflation, the past 20 years puts your spending at $108,000.00 correct? Man: Correct

Woman: Do you know that if you didn’t drink so much beer, that money could have been put in a step-up interest savings account and after accounting for compound interest for the past 20 years, you could have now bought a Ferrari?

Man: Do you drink beer? Woman: No.

Man: Where’s your Ferrari? Woman: huh…

Italian Style Inverted Front Ends For Harley Models.

0odc_fork_bagger_00061odc_forkSuperb Italian design and outstanding riding performance come together in this very stylish upside-down forks of Italian Ottodicuori (ODC). This brand is already the front suspension choice of many top custom builders, like Fred Kodlin on several of his most recent Big Wheel Custom Baggers creations.

The ODC inverted front ends are available for Sportster (2000-up), Softail, Dyna and Touring models with several options. For Sportster, Dyna and Softail forks, you can choose between narrow-glide (195) mm), mid-glide (220 mm) and wide-glide (252 mm) with single or dual brake caliper mountings. You can either re-use OEM brake calipers or any aftermarket brand.

The Touring inverted front end is offered in 2 versions, “Standard” and “Milano“ both accepting 23”, 26” and 30” tall wheels, making Italian ODC, as far as I know, the only high-performance upside-down forks available  for Big Wheel Baggers.

Other front & rear suspension parts also available at Ottodicuori Italy. International distribution handled by Custom Chrome Europe.

Christmas Gift . Discovering The Motorcycle. The History. The Culture. The Machines.

11discoveringthemotorcycleAlmost all great motorcycle books focus on one unique theme, topic or brand. Just released, Discovering The Motorcycle is an exception. It’s a rather complete overview and history of motorcycling since the late 1800’s to today. Author Armand Ensanian devoted more than 5 years of his life to compile info, write and photograph such a reflective journey. The result is a 510-page full color book featuring more than 1000 photos explaining and illustrating the vast world of motorcycling, its history, social impact and how these machines are built and function. Continue reading ‘Christmas Gift . Discovering The Motorcycle. The History. The Culture. The Machines.’

Happy Turkey Day, Pilgrims


The Wide-Range Pirelli DIABLO™ Lineup From Street And Track To Most Elite Road Racing Performance Tires

Pirelli brand ambassador Cristy Lee, who is an avid track day rider herself, breaks down the specific purposes of the DIABLO™ ROSSO™ III, DIABLO™ ROSSO CORSA, DIABLO™ SUPERCORSA SP, DIABLO™ SUPERCORSA SC and DIABLO™ SUPERBIKE applications.

New KRAUS 49 mm Triple Trees For 2006-Up Harley Dyna Models

1kraus2krausThese new KRAUS 49mm Triple Trees are designed and engineered to improve the handling of your Harley Dyna.  The company states that they applied all of the knowledge that they have gained from their Dynamoto Inverted front ends to the design and geometry of these trees. The 49mm trees have 0 degree of rake and a proprietary offset that correct some handling characteristics of the late model Dynas.

The larger surface area of the fork clamps and the engineered cross section offer more rigidity and strength over stock. The use of a bearing tensioning nut offers positive and secure bearing adjustment. These improvements directly effects the behavior of the front end.  Making the bike feel lighter, more agile and more stable at both high and low speeds. Machined in the USA from solid billet aluminum. Continue reading ‘New KRAUS 49 mm Triple Trees For 2006-Up Harley Dyna Models’

3 New Screamin’ Eagle Air Cleaners For Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight

lead-shot1The new Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight engine performance can be amplified with new Screamin’ Eagle® Products available now from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories. Building performance with precision, Screamin’ Eagle Air Cleaners for Milwaukee-Eight ramps up horsepower, torque and throttle response without compromising the riding experience delivered by the new Big Twin engine in 2017 Harley-Davidson Touring models. These Screaming’ Eagle performance parts are 50-state, U.S. EPA compliant and backed by a factory warranty. Three Screamin’ Eagle performance air cleaner choices are available and include a K&N oiled cotton filter element that is washable and reusable.

se-high-flow-air-clean-milwaukee-eightse-ventilator-milwaukee-eight-2se-heavy-breather-milwaukee-eight-1The Screamin’ Eagle High-Flow Air Cleaner (P/N 29400246 Chrome $184.95*, P/N 29400245 Black, $174.95*) filter element hides behind the stock air cleaner cover for a subtle look. The back-plate permits flow around the entire perimeter of the air cleaner and through the ram air opening at the front of the air cleaner cover for maximum airflow.

The Screamin’ Eagle Ventilator Air Cleaner (P/N 29400298 Gloss Black, P/N 29400299 Chrome; $299.95*) offers a tapered, low-profile design for enhanced rider leg room. The exposed filter element and a cast back plate are designed to provide maximum air flow to the throttle body. A water repellent rain sock (sold separately) protects the oiled cotton filter element during stormy rides

The Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Performance Air Cleaner (P/N 29400263 Chrome, P/N 29400264 Gloss Black; $399.95*) features a low-profile cast aluminum tube that directs air into the throttle body with minimal turbulence for increased efficiency. A new slanted, compact filter shape allows installation on bikes with fairing lowers. The back-plate has integral breathers and covers the throttle body and electronics for a show-quality presentation. A water-repellent rain sock is included.

The World’s Most Expensive Production Motorcycle? The T12 Massimo. $335,000.

1-122-12This Italian machine was designed by late motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini whose famed was acquired when he imagined the Ducati Paso 750, the Ducati 916 (both exhibited at Guggenheim Museum’s 1998 “Art of the Motorcycle”) and the MV Augusta F4. Before his passing in 2014 following a long battle with cancer, Massimo worked without budget limit on creating what was for him the ultimate 2-wheel machine, one that of course extremely high-end customers could afford.

3-124-125-12Made to order, $335,000 and it’s even not road legal because the 230 hp, 999 cc, BMW inline four-cylinder engine is from the S1000RR Super Bike. But of course you can take it to the track…

Other features of the Massimo T12 include Grand Prix-specification Ohlins front fork and rear shock absorber, Brembo racing brakes and Pirelli Diablo super bike racing tires mounted on lightweight forged magnesium wheels by MFR. A very unique feature is the adjustable lateral stiffness of the tubular steel frame to suit your preference… Only 340 lbs dry. How many will order? How many of those will ride it – probably slow – more than one time?

Fine Art Custom Paint Jobs Are Back?

1paintjob3paintjobBecause of the retro trend in custom building and of tighter customization budgets during this last decade, custom paint jobs were often quite simple, with little if any fine art airbrushing jobs. Of course with the exception of the murals adorning most big wheel baggers. But nothing comparable to the “paint excess” of the 90’s.

Personality statements were made more often through the bike itself than through shiny graphics. But during the last couple of years I can see the beginning of a reverse trend towards very fancy paint jobs. So, I publish this one that just landed in my mailbox. It was done in-house on a Sportster Forty Eight by a custom builder who is also a great painter at Eimor Customs, a very well known custom shop in India.



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