Victory Octane To Star In New Velocity’s “Car Fix” TV Show

1victory-octaneJared-Zimmerman-Lou-SantiagoThe 2017 Victory Motorcycles® Octane®  is set to make its television debut Saturday, April 30, at 10 AM CT / 11 AM ET, in the season premiere of Velocity’s Car Fix http://www.velocity.com/tv-shows/car-fix/ the essential “how to” automotive series that features the talented dynamic duo of Lou Santiago and Jared Zimmerman.

In each episode of “Car Fix” Santiago and Zimmerman take on special automotive projects including modifications, upgrades and repairs using high-end performance and aftermarket products that car junkies can’t wait to get their hands on. Continue reading ‘Victory Octane To Star In New Velocity’s “Car Fix” TV Show’

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Mechanical Art. TheType 6 And 8 By Auto Fabrica

1fabrica2fabricaStripping vintage motorcycles to their bare essentials, then refitting them with hand-made parts but hiding as much as possible so that at the end only three essential component groups are visible to the observer: the frame and wheels, the bodywork, and the engine with exhausts. A complex task than only the best builders can accomplish, but only if they master the dying manual fabrication techniques of metal forming, panel beating, etc.

3fabrica4fabricaThese 2 motorcycles built by London-based brothers Bujar and Gazmend Muharrem at Auto Fabrica are perfect examples of minimalism, of intricate detailing while preserving the vintage vibe. The Type 6 and Type 8 are built from the remains of old bikes, respectively a 1979 Yamaha XS650 and a 1981 Honda CX500. Each one took six months to build.

5fabrica5bisfabricaThe Type 6 9top bike) has a 650-cc engine and weighs just 450 pounds. The Type 8 (bottom bike) has a 495-cc engine and weighs 28 pounds more. Their hard aluminum bodies have been pounded and formed by hand. Notice the scalloped section at the rear of the tank where it meets the seat in one full piece. In-house made stainless steel handle bars, exhaust, levers, and fork covers. To keep a matte finish on bare metal, the castings and aluminium components’ surfaces have been aqua blasted. The type 8 whose life began as a 1981 Honda CX500 is all about flowing lines and weighs 28 pounds more than type 6.

Fewer than 12 of each will be made. Both type 6 and type 8 are on sale now at the M.A.D.Gallery in Geneva. Prices start at 80,000 Swiss francs or US $82,400. Photos @Julien Brightwell.

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Low-Profile Bagger And Softail Dash For A Clean Stretch Look

touringdashklockYou can improve the appearance of your touring gas tank using this Klock Werks low profile, laser cut dash panel made in the USA from 16-gauge stamped steel, then e-coated to prevent rust and corrosion. Looks great painted or chrome plated. The company offers a chrome ignition switch cover to compliment the it perfectly .

This dash is available in a variety of lengths to accommodate different seat styles. Two lengths (short and long) for ‘08 and newer baggers (08-up FLHT, FLTR, FLHX and HD FL Trike Models), and in three lengths (short, long, and extended) for 97–07 FLHT, FLTR, FLHX. Low profile vented caps are recommended and sold separately.  Continue reading ‘Low-Profile Bagger And Softail Dash For A Clean Stretch Look’

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Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-jokeThere were two nuns, One was known as Sister Mathematical (SM), and the other one as Sister Logical (SL). It is getting dark and they are still far away from the convent.

SM: Have you noticed that a man has been following us for the past 38 ½ minutes? I wonder what he wants.

SL: It’s logical. He wants to rape us.

SM: Oh, no! At this rate he will reach us in 15 minutes at the most! What can we do?

SL: The only logical thing to do of course is to walk faster.

A little while later…

SM: It’s not working.

SL: Of course it’s not working. The man did the only logical thing. He started to walk faster, too.

SM: So, what shall we do? At this rate he will reach us in 1 minute.

SL: The only logical thing we can do is split. You go that way and I’ll go this way. He cannot follow us both.
So the man decided to follow Sister Logical.

Sister Mathematical arrives at the convent and is worried about what has happened to Sister Logical.
Then Sister Logical arrives. Continue reading ‘Joke Of The Week’

Sumax Custom Made Spark Plug Wire Sets For Victory Models 2008-Up

1Sumax2SumaxThese Sumax  custom made wires feature a Pro 8MM Spiro Pro core with Pro Comp Racing Plug Boots. Available in Black, Red, Blue, Yellow, Orange, Green, White, Purple and Grey. S

Sets require no terminating. They are ready to plug in and ride. Their Thunderbolt 50 series High Performance 8.2MM & 10.4MM wires are endorsed by Loydz Motorworkz, the Victory Performance gurus.

USA made. At Sumax  315-768-1058, or Distributed by Lemans, Drag, Tucker Rocky, Biker’s Choice & Lloydz Motorworkz.

Same Set Of Brackets For Six Different Gas Tanks On A Sportster

bracketThese gas tank adapter brackets use your stock 86-03 XL Sportster gas tank mounting rubber grommets and hardware. They provide a convenient way to  mount a variety of 6 different custom gas tanks with ‘D’ shaped tabs with a hole in them on 1986-2003 Harley-Davidson Sportsters.

The rear bracket can be flipped 180 degrees, giving you two center-to-center measurements, 15-7/8″ or 16-5/8″. This allows these brackets to be used with any gas tank that has ‘D’ tabs with center to center measurement in this range. Then, you just bolt-on your tank.

USA made. To purchase a set, go to Lowbro Customs Gas Tanks.

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Sturgis Full Throttle Saloon To Be Located At The Broken Spoke Campground Property Now Called Pappy Hoel Campground and Resort. In September 2015, The Sturgis Full Throttle Saloon burned to the ground in an overnight fire. The proprietors Michael & Angie Ballard and partner Jesse James Dupree will re-build the Full Throttle Saloon on the ex Broken Spoke Campground now renamed “The Pappy Hoel Campground And Resort”. At this 600 acre location the trio will host RVs and a large number of campers for the first time in the Full Throttle Saloon’s history. This year, a small Full Throttle build will be erected at the original location in tribute to its past history. Just a few miles down the road from the original, the new Full Throttle will be at the ex Broken Spoke Campground on Hwy 79 at the base of Bear Butte and will open on Friday, July 29, 2016.

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Event Set For May 7, 2016. May is “Motorcycle Safety Awareness” Month. This month-long safety message is used to urge motorcyclist to wear proper safety gear and also to remind motorists to be cautious when sharing the road with motorcycles. To bring attention to Motorcycle Safety Awareness many bumper stickers and signs will be given away. The 4 most important advice given to car drivers. 1) Look for motorcycles – because they are smaller they can be hidden in a car’s blind spot. 2) Because of its size, it is hard to judge how far away a motorcycle is. Be extra cautious when making turns at intersections. 3) Never “share” a lane with a motorcycle.4) Never tailgate a motorcycle. Allow more room between you and the motorcycle ahead.

Royal Enfield North America Names ThunderRoad Financial As Financing Partner. Royal Enfield North America announced ThunderRoad Financial as their consumer financing partner.The agreement will provide Royal Enfield dealers with competitive terms for buyers. Milwaukee, Wis., April 25, 2016 – Beginning on May 1, 2016  ThunderRoad Financial will start offering national retail financing to participating Royal Enfield North American dealers. This partnership will provide these dealers with more opportunities to sell motorcycles to buyers across the credit spectrum. Now a division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901 and is the oldest motorcycle company with continuous production.

New Z Bars With Built-In LED Lights

2LED-bars1LEDzbarsIntegrating your front running lights/turn signals in your bars will make your bike look much cleaner. These new Z Bars from Paughco feature super bright 8-bulb LED lights. Each amber light is covered with a smoke lens and is pre-fit with a 40” long wire.

Bars are pre-slotted for internal wiring. Available in 1” or 1”¼ diameter, they are offered in 5”, 8”, 12”and 16” rise in chrome or black finish. 1” Z Bars in 5” and 8” rise sell for $229.95 and the 12” and 16” sell for $239.95. 1 ½ inch LED bars retail for $259.95 in 5 and 8” rise and $279.95 with a 12” and 16” rise. These LED Z Bars are NOT compatible with throttle-by-wire applications. At Paughco 775-246-5738.

Vespa Turning 70

1945prototipovespaNot a motorcycle but a 2-wheeler, you must respect a company (Italy’s Piaggio & C. SpA) that has introduced the Vespa seven decades ago ans sold over 18 million units worldwide since 1946. With for objective to compete with the motorcycles of the time by offering a 2-wheeler easier to ride and to maintain, Corroding D’Ascanio, an aeronautical engineer and inventor employed by Piaggio, designed the very distinct Vespa styling and all its features: step-hrough design, enclosed motor, foot controls on the handlebars, direct mesh drive, aircraft-style suspension setup, making tire changes very easy, very comfortable seat and great protection from wind, etc.

ArmaniVespaVespa always got great publicity or product placement ion movies like 1953’s “Roman Holiday,” “Quadrophenia,” “La Dolce Vita,” “American Graffiti,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, “Transformers”, etc.

Vespa -Italian for “Wasp” is honored with a a silver 1955 Vespa GS 150 parked in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In the United States, Vespa clubs are popular, especially around Los Angeles. There are currently 12 Vespa models for sale. From the Primavera 50 ($3,649) to the special edition Emporio Armani 946 ($10,999) the Vespa range of Vespa includes scooters with 50cc, 150cc or 300cc engine in a retro design body. Vespa’s largest future markets are Asia & Africa. (Top picture. 1945 prototype Vespa. Bottom, 2016 limited edition Armani model)

New Lowering Kit For Harley-Davidson® Baggers

Congtonlow2Congtonlow3Give your bike a lower stance with Covington’s lowering kits for late-model Harley-Davidson Baggers including the “CVO” and “Special” models. In addition to their standard kit, Covingtons is stating that they have created the only lowering kit that will work with the factory adjustable coil over shocks featured on CVO and Special edition motorcycles.

Congtonlow1A direct bolt-on option, these kits offer 1” to 1-3/8” reduction in bike height without affecting (or coming into contact with) any other parts on the motorcycle. Fits • 2009 to present HD Bagger and Touring models, does not fit adjustable coil over shocks, fits all others. Lowers Rear 1-3/8 Inch. CNC machined billet aluminum • Fits 2009 to present HD Bagger and Touring models, including CVO and Specials with adjustable coil over shocks. Lowers Rear 1 Inch.

CNC machined billet aluminum. Available in your choice of polished billet aluminum or black finish • Includes Mounting Hardware • Made in the USA • MSRP $119.95 for the pair. At Covington Customs.

360 Degree Adjustable Highway Peg Mounting Kit

HD1HD2The factory foot position on your Harley model can satisfy only a few riders. What about changing it from city riding to long stretches on the open road. For added comfort to tall and short riders this adjustable highway peg mounting kit gives you the flexibility to choose a wide range of positions.

As with most highway pegs, adjustments will be easier with two people, the rider and a helper locking the arm and peg in your preferred position. Always use loctite to avoid mounts & pegs to get loose. Chrome-plated clamp holds its place on the engine guard, and the arm locks the peg securely in position. Part Number 50832-07A. $119.95. At your Harley dealer or Harley Online Store.

Barn Found. This Brough Superior Set A New World Record After Selling For £331,900 (US$ 477,205)

1broughFound in a UK Cornwall barn submerged under decades of dust, old machinery parts and household clutter, this ex Hubert Chantrey Brough Superior was acquired at a Bonhams auction was acquired by an unnamed German bidder for £ 331,900 or US$ 477,205. This bike and 7 others described by auctioneers Bonhams as the “last known collection of unrestored Broughs”, reached a total of £752,625 and were were collected and kept in barns by Frank Vague who died in 1915.

2broughGeorge Brough had toyed with idea of a four-cylinder motorcycle on two previous occasions, both of which had resulted in a solitary prototype, before making a serious attempt in 1931. George came up with idea of retaining shaft drive and using twin rear wheels, one either side of a central crown wheel and pinion. The wheel centres were 7½” apart which, fortunately, meant that as far as the taxation authorities were concerned the machine still qualified as a motorcycle, albeit one much better suited to sidecar duties than solo riding. Tests of the first prototype revealed that the Austin engine’s 13bhp maximum output made for unacceptable poor performance, and so the second machine incorporated an engine bored out for a capacity of 797cc and fitted with an alloy high-compression cylinder head and a more ‘sporty’ camshaft. Two radiators were provided for the water cooled Austin engine, their bulbous header tanks blending into the front of the fuel tank to maintain the traditional Brough look, though a more conventional arrangement was adopted for the production models. Continue reading ‘Barn Found. This Brough Superior Set A New World Record After Selling For £331,900 (US$ 477,205)’

Latest Additions To The Harley-Davidson MotorClothes Collection

1-Passing-Link-Jacket-front2-Passing-Link-Jacket-frontNow available online and from more than 750 authorized retail location in the United States.

Men’s Triple Vent System Passing Link. A rugged style and customizable comfort in the new Men’s Passing Link Triple Vent System™ Leather Jacket (P/N 98074-14VM, $495.00). This mid-weight distressed cowhide leather motorcycle jacket has an oiled-canvas patch and embroidered graphics for vintage appeal. Using the Triple Vent System a rider can adjust ventilation to suit conditions, and achieve a cooling upward air current from front to back even when behind a full fairing. Two front vertical vents with snap tabs, underarm zipper vents, and two back exit vents with snap tabs combine to enable versatile airflow options. Polyester mesh body lining and polyester taffeta lining the sleeves makes it easy to slip this jacket on and off. Interior pockets include one horizontal, one zipper vertical, and one zipper MP3 player pocket with a headphone tab. 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material piping enhances visibility. Available in S to 5XL plus Tall sizes.

1-Scroll-Skull-Hoodie-front2-Scroll-Skull-Hoodie-backWomen’s Scroll Skull Hoodie. Add sparkle and style to any outfit with the new Women’s Scroll Skull Hoodie (P/N 99162-16VW, $85.00) Bright tees and tanks always look great layered under this black zip-up women’s hoodie that is embellished with eyelet pocket trim, a glimmer rhinestone zipper pull, and stud accents. The cotton/polyester sweatshirt also features handy kangaroo-style pockets, a lined drawstring hood and rib-knit cuffs and waist that stay in place. Printed metallic graphics are mixed with stud embellishment on the back. Available in XS to 2XL and Plus sizes.

This Is Not A Fat Tire Motorcycle. It’s A Muscular Custom Victory.

0VictoryPM4VictoryPM5VictoryPMPersonally, I didn’t see many customized Victory Hammer models. So, I find it interesting that this creation is not only a bike show winner during the recent CCE Competition at the Verona Motor Bike Expo, but is also the new custom platform used by CCE to showcase and promote after-market Victory parts in its 2016 catalog.

7VictoryPM10VictoryPM8VictoryPM9VictoryPMBehind this creation is Patrick Meyer, a household name builder in his native Switzerland and also an official Indian & Victory dealer who jumped on an opportunity to create his own line of custom parts for both brands. A marketing approach whose merit is greater in Switzerland because of the country’s very tough regulation and homologation procedures. Continue reading ‘This Is Not A Fat Tire Motorcycle. It’s A Muscular Custom Victory.’

Aluminum Mini Fairing

1Rizomafairing12Rizomafairing1Since most choose a mini fairing for looks, not functionality, this aluminum fairing is a new great idea. It is molded from a sheet of high quality brushed or anodized aluminum. Yes, it improves aerodynamics, but will be noticed for its very classy appearance. Universal mount. Measurements 21 cm (W) x 24. Black P/N CF010A, Aluminum P/N CF010B. 149 euros at Rizoma Italy.

Spiral Aluminum Fork Boots By Ken’s Factory USA

1kens2kensLittle things like a pair of custom aluminum fork boots can improve a lot the appearance of your stock Harley front end. These boots are machined from 6061-T6 billet with indicate details and replace the fork covers coming your Softail or Touring bike. Available in polished or black machine cut. Online at Ken’s Factory

RSD Super Hooligan Flat Track Racing In Austin At The Handbuilt Show. Race Video.

hooliganraceThe Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin, conveniently takes place on the same weekend as the famed COTA Moto GP as well as the COTA GNC Flat Track. The event is a mash up of racing, custom and culture creators. You have the crème de la crème of custom motorcycles from builders like Max Hazzan, Shinya Kimura, our own Roland Sands and of course the shows originator, Revival Cycles. Moto GP and Moto America is happening right down the street so guys like Wayne Rainey, Kevin Schwartz, Jason Lee and Keanu Reeves are in attendance. You throw in the American Motordrome Wall of Death with some craft cocktails inspired by Paul D’Orleans of the Vintagent, some original motorcycle inspired artwork and one would think it couldn’t get any better. Right? We thought so, too. Then the city of Austin allowed a Super Hooligan short track to be built in the middle of downtown. And race on it. It took the team from Indian Motorcycle, Revival Cycles and Roland Sands Design a hell of an effort to make it happen, but happen it did.

In 48 hours Brian Bell and the relentless crew of IV League Flat Tracktook a gravel parking lot, too many tons of dirt to count, over one hundred orange and white barriers and built a solid sure bet of a race track. The sun was setting, the light draping the bodywork of machines in dust in a way only found at a race track covered in dirt. Indians, Harleys, Hondas, Ducatis, you name it, it was there. This is the epitome of Hooligan racing. Run what ya brung, boys and girls. Expect a hard, short and fast race with the only real trophy being to call your claim, a Hooligan. Watch the video.

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Polaris Motorcycles To Benefit From Harley Ads? Harley-Davidson increased its 2016 marketing budget by 70% and is currently running a “Live Your Legend” advertising campaign to convince new riders to join the brand. On April 21st during a conference call to announce Polaris 1st-quarter results, its CEO Scott Wine stated “We do think that with the increased Harley advertising and promotion there’s a chance that there’s going to be a tailwind for the industry and we expect to benefit from that. Nice when somebody else pays for your advertising…”

Court Allows Indian Motorcycle To Be Registered For Clothing In Switzerland. While the term “Indian Motorcycle” was regarded as descriptive for motorcycles of Indian origin as far as it was applied for motorcycles, the term could not be regarded as descriptive for clothing. However, the question arose whether the term “Indian Motorcycle” for clothing would trigger the geographic expectation that the respective products would stem from India so that it could only be registered for clothing with the limitation “[clothing] of Indian origin.”

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court concluded that the combination of the terms “Motorcycle” and “Indian” for clothing did not produce an association between the claimed products—clothing—and the country of India. The trademark INDIAN MOTORCYCLE could therefore be registered for clothing without being limited to goods of Indian origin. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’

William Harley’s Aluminum Motor Experimental Machine

1Black-Betty-069Harley Davidson only built one.! 15 years ago, Patrick James acquired this Bill Harley’s 1939 experimental all aluminum motor Harley twin. It now sits in his garage parked next to Paul Bigsby 1936 #5 Crocker, 4 other Crockers and several Ace Fours , Cleveland, etc. Paul contacted me and was nice enough to tell me the exceptional story of this very unique experimental Harley. All true fans of  the brand are going to enjoy this feature. Read…

2Black-Betty-059“Two major events in 1937 altered Harley- Davidson history. William S. Harley suggested in June that the company should undertake design of a 45 ci overhead-valve twin by installing new cylinders and heads on the standard side-valve base. He felt this would be more worthwhile than trying to improve the Seventy-four and Eighty side valve twins.

3Black-Betty-059Harley followed up in August with more specific ideas on a Forty-five overhead. The Forty-five side-valve model’s frame would have to be altered and strengthened. The most powerful of the current Forty-five side-valve models was the WLDR, which produced up to 27 hp. Harley’s proposed Forty-five overhead was targeted for 30 hp in a mild state of tune that could be later revised for more power. Even in the 30 hp version, Harley reasoned, the performance would be on par with the Seventy-four side-valve due to the smaller motorcycle’s lighter weight. The manufacturing cost of the Forty-five overhead would be about the same as for the Seventy-four side-valve. Continue reading ‘William Harley’s Aluminum Motor Experimental Machine’

Bell Helmets And Ace Cafe London Signed Multi-Year Agreement

bellhelmetcafe1bellhelmetcafe2Bell Helmets, one of the industry’s most iconic brands and a leader in innovative head protection, today announce a multi-year agreement with the 75 year old vanguard of London’s petrol culture and home of the original cafe racer–Ace Cafe London. The transatlantic partnership will fuse the history, authenticity and credibility of the two historic brands in the creation of exclusive limited edition products, while also co-operatively joining together for unique future racing initiatives.

The companies unveiled limited edition Ace Cafe Custom 500 and Bullitt Carbon designs. A full race version of the Race Star will arrive later this year in time for the Isle of Man TT. This unique helmet collection pays homage to the original helmets as worn by those who frequented the Ace Cafe and its environs. London’s Ace Cafe opened in 1938 as a roadside pull-in and quickly became a focal point for motorcycle riders. With Bell being the helmet of choice for many international pro road racers for the last half century, cafe racers likewise adopted helmets such that they are an engrained part of the British “Ton Up” motorcycle culture. Now, over sixty years later, the partnership comes full circle in the form of these new collaborative helmet designs. Continue reading ‘Bell Helmets And Ace Cafe London Signed Multi-Year Agreement’

Classic Handmade Handlebars Made In The USA

1hmExcept some custom builders making their own handlebar for a special project, handmade sets are quite rare.

In their Daytona shop, 2 life long friends, Jason Livingston and Sky Azrael, made a business of making one-off handlebars designed to offer better ergonomics, reducing physical stress and lessen muscle fatigue on long rides.

All their sets fit any brand model accepting 1” bars, from Drag to Ape Hangers to Bagger style. See them at Classic Handlebars.

New Tri-Line Ignition Cover, Fuel Door & Saddlebag Hinge Covers For H-D

The new Tri-Line Ignition Cover, Fuel Door and Saddlebag Hinge Covers by Kuryakyn are all cast from quality A380 aluminum, available in chrome or gloss black finishes for select Harley-Davidson Touring models.

1ignition2ignitionTri-Line Ignition Cover. Tri-Line Ignition Covers offer an instant and easy custom enhancement to the lower inner fairing. The clean, art deco-style design complements the entire lineup of inner fairing Tri-Line accessories available for Road Glide, Street Glide and Tri Glide models. Installation takes minutes and does not require tools or removal of the stock ignition switch on ’14-’16 Electra Glide, Road Glide, Street Glide and Tri Glide models. P/N 6984 – Chrome, P/N 6985 – Gloss Black, MSRP: $39.99

3cover4coverTri-Line Fuel Door. Harley-Davidson Touring owners can now carry the Tri-Line theme to the gas tank with the direct replacement Tri-Line Fuel Door. The lower half features the signature Tri-Line grooves for a drastic styling improvement versus stock. Simple hand tools and a few minutes time is all it takes for installation that reuses factory hardware, lock and latch mechanisms on ’08-’16 non-CVO Electra Glides, Road Glides, Street Glides and Tri Glides. P/N 6968 – Chrome, P/N 6969 – Gloss Black, MSRP: $39.99

5Latch6LatchTri-Line Saddlebag Hinge Covers. Rounding out the latest additions to the Tri-Line collection are the Tri-Line Saddlebag Hinge Covers. The direct replacement covers provide a cohesive, elegant appearance while perfectly complementing the Tri-Line Saddlebag Accents and Saddlebag Lid Accents, both sold separately. Tai-Line Saddlebag Hinge Covers reuse factory hardware and lock assemblies for easy installation on all ’14-’16 Electra Glide, Road Glide, Road King and Street Glide models. • P/N 6986 – Chrome, P/N 6987 – Gloss Black, MSRP: $79.99

Very Sleek Snow Speeder

1snoped2snopedThose playing with the snow on 2 wheels will love this solo seat snowmobile (Snow Speeder?) that you can ride with the same posture you ride your motorcycle.

The Snoped is a very sleek, light weight, all black, high tech looking aluminum machine equipped with a 90 cc motor and Chrysler Sno-Runner track.

A bodywork exposing bolts and screws, LED vertical headlight and taillight, a comfortable seat for hours of slide, make this sled the king of the trails, for short or day and night long distance snow rides. No words yet about production and price. SNOPED. (photos @ Dean Van Dis, Brian Kelly)

Polaris Reports 2016 First Quarter Results. Motorcycle Segment Sales +18%. Indian Motorcycles +50%.

Polaris7-1Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) today reported first quarter net income of $46.9 million, or $0.71 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 compared to $88.6 million, or $1.30 per diluted share reported in the first quarter of 2015, in-line with Company expectations. Sales for the first quarter 2016 totaled $983.0 million, down five percent compared to last year’s first quarter sales of $1,033.3 million.

Motorcycle segment sales (Victory®, Indian Motorcycle® and Slingshot®), including their respective PG&A related sales, increased 18 percent in the 2016 first quarter to $188.2 million primarily due to continued strong retail sales for Indian® motorcycle up over 50%. North American consumer retail demand for the Polaris motorcycle segment, was up 8 percent during the 2016 first quarter while the overall motorcycle industry retail sales, 900cc and above was about flat in the 2016 first quarter.

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During the 2016 first quarter, the Company began retailing two new additions to its Victory and Indian motorcycle line-up with the introduction of the Octane™, Victory motorcycles’ first mid-sized cruiser and the new Indian Springfield™, named after the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle. Slingshot also broadened its color options with its 2016 model introduction including the new Limited Edition White Pearl SL. Product availability for Victory, Indian Motorcycle® and Slingshot® improved considerably in the 2016 first quarter and dealer inventories are essentially at targeted stocking levels at quarter-end.

While the powersports industry was slightly better than anticipated in the 2016 first quarter, the Company is keeping its guidance range unchanged for the full year 2016 with earnings expected to be in the range of $6.20 to $6.80 per diluted share with sales in the range of down two percent to up three percent over 2015 due to the persistent unpredictability around overall economic trends and more specifically powersports industry trends for the remainder of 2016. Continue reading ‘Polaris Reports 2016 First Quarter Results. Motorcycle Segment Sales +18%. Indian Motorcycles +50%.’

A Custom Victory Octane In 72 hours By The Ness Team

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It took a long weekend for the Ness team to create this custom Octane. Objective? To demonstrate that in just 72 hours it’s possible to add some serious attitude (yours) to the new muscular model from Victory.

5Octane8OctaneZach Ness told me: “We first ripped the sheet metal off and shot a candy blue over the existing Victory titanium paint job.  We fabricated some modular handlebars, a 2 into 1 header with a Arlen Ness by Magnaflow F Bomb exhaust. We also installed some of our off-the-shelf accessories that are available for Octane such as our Knockout wheels, Torque Box air filter kit, Big Shot tuner. We also added some prototype billet covers, grips, foot pegs, power LED turn signals and a 14″ oversized front brake rotor kit.  Many more options coming soon for the Octane. We are on the gas!”

67OctaneNess is about to launch a full line of custom parts specific to the Octane. Below are some of the few products used on this project.

  • – Arlen Ness Modular Handlebars
    – Arlen Ness Smooth Fusion Grips
    – Arlen Ness by MagnaFlow F-Bomb Muffler w/     one-off headers
    – Arlen Ness Knock Out Wheels
    – Arlen Ness Big Brake front rotor kit (14″ Rotor w/ billet caliper bracket)
    – Arlen Ness Turn Signals
    – Arlen Ness Forged Billet Mirrors
    – Prototype billet engine covers & fender rails.

J.W. Speaker Launches Their 2nd Dynamically “Adaptive” Motorcycle Headlight

8690-38690-18690-2J.W. Speaker Corporation, a leading U.S.-based lighting firm specializing in innovative LED solutions for OEMs and the aftermarket.

Last February I reported on J.W. Speaker launching their the world’s first dynamically adaptive LED motorcycle headlight in a 7” round configuration. Consumer demand for this same adaptive technology in 5.75″ round size drove J.W. Speaker to develop the new Model 8690 A Series.

The Model 8690 A Series headlight uses the same advanced electronics and on-board sensors as the Model 8790, enabling the headlight to carefully calculate bank angles and automatically control a light array to direct the light up or down as the motorcycle leans. As a result, the Model 8690 A Series headlight fills in the void of light to the left or right of the motorcycle, providing additional illumination and enhancing visibility while cornering. Heavy-duty, die-cast aluminum housing and state-of-the-art LEDs not only deliver premium performance, but also give a bike a truly unique look! Continue reading ‘J.W. Speaker Launches Their 2nd Dynamically “Adaptive” Motorcycle Headlight’



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