Custom Spring Struts

Struts1Struts2Struts3Custom motorcycles look very RAD when equipped with a set of Spring Struts for rear suspension. These ones for Harley XL, FX or FL models and all custom frames with 1/2” shock mounting stud. They are 11” long from center to center eye mounts and are built with top and bottom silent blocks.

They can be mounted with spring on top or bottom (my preference) and lower your bike versus factory settings (check clearance tire to rear fender9. Two different models: one with softer spring for XL, one with harder spring for FX & FL models. Sold only in chrome finish. At Kustom Tech Europe.

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Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-joke44 - CopyThe Deaf Italian Bookkeeper.

A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper Guido has cheated him out of $10 millions. His bookkeeper is deaf. That was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that Guido would hear nothing and would therefore never have to testify in court. When the Godfather goes to confront Guido about the missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer, who knows sign language.

The Godfather tells the lawyer, “Ask him where the money is.” The lawyer, using sign language, asks Guido, “Where’s the money?” Guido signs back, “I don’t know what you are talking about.” The lawyer tells the Godfather, “He says he doesn’t know what you are talking about.

The Godfather pulls out a pistol, puts it to Guido’s head and says, “Ask him again or I’ll kill him!” The lawyer signs to Guido, “He’ll kill you if you don’t tell him.” Guido trembles and signs back, “OK! You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the shed at my cousin Bruno’s house.”

The Godfather asks the lawyer, “What did he say?” The lawyer replies, “He says you don’t have the guts to pull the trigger.”

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Harley-Davidson Recalls 46,000 Models For Clutch Issue And 9000 Street Models For Possible Missing Reflector.

14_FLHTK_DET1Harley-Davidson is recalling 45,901 model-year 2014-15 motorcycles manufactured between from April 28, 2014 to October 24, 2014 because the clutch may not fully disengage.

The models affected are Electra Glide Ultra Classic (FLHTCU), Electra Glide Ultra Classic – Twin Cooled (FLHTCU TC), Ultra Limited (FLHTK), Police Electra Glide (FLHTP), Street Glide (FLHX), Street Glide Special (FLHXS), CVO Street Glide (FLHXSE), 2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low (FLHTCUL), Ultra Limited Low (FLHTKL), Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low – Twin Cooled (FLHTCUL TC), Road Glide Special (FLTRXS), Road Glide (FLTRX), and 2014 CVO Road King (FLHRSE)

The clutch issue is described as the clutch master cylinder losing the ability to generate enough lift to disengage the clutch, especially if the motorcycle has been parked for an extended period of time. When the engine is running and the motorcycle is in gear, if the clutch cannot be fully disengaged, the motorcycle may move unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and Harley dealers will flush the clutch system and rebuild the clutch master cylinder free of charge. The recall started April 24, 2015. Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Recalls 46,000 Models For Clutch Issue And 9000 Street Models For Possible Missing Reflector.’

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Laconia Motorcycle Week®. 92nd Edition June 13-21, 2015.

1LBWAfter record-breaking heaps of snow for months, the small town of Laconia, New Hampshire located along the Winnipesaukee River between lake Opechee Bay to the north and lake Winnisquam to the southwest, is getting ready to welcome bikers from the east coast and Canada to the Laconia Rally’s 92nd year. Thanks to the region excellent topography for riding, they will live up to the slogan “In Laconia…We Ride®” “With over nine decades of top-notch riding, we are looking forward to seeing big crowds returning to New Hampshire to take advantage of all we offer here, especially after last year’s spectacular weather” states Charlie St. Clair, Executive Director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, “This is truly one of the most biker-friendly rallies in the country and we look forward to hosting riders from around the world who come here for our unique combination of mountains, lakes, scenic towns and seacoast riding.”

2LBW3LBWThe NASWA Resort, increased its investment in the rally to become “The Official Hotel of Laconia Motorcycle Week.” The NASWA Resort will also host a new venue, “Chrome Hill” that will showcase some premium vehicles, bikes and vendors, including G. Smith Motorsports who returns to Laconia with truckloads of bikes, choppers and exotic cars and Steve Soffa, award-winning jeweler and licensee of the Official Sturgis 75th Anniversary jewelry and watches. Other new vendors will be joining this line-up of premier biker interest exhibitors. Continue reading ‘Laconia Motorcycle Week®. 92nd Edition June 13-21, 2015.’

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Breaking News. S&S Cycle Flathead Power Brand Goes Back Home In Sweden To Anders Nygren.

SSflatheadpowerYou can bet that there is one happy man in Sweden…

S&S Cycle Inc. announced today that they are transferring ownership of the Flathead Power® brand back to Anders Nygren, the original founder of the Flathead Power company in Sweden free of charge. “We decided to discontinue using Flathead Power as a brand for our vintage product line about a year ago to consolidate our branding under the S&S Cycle name. We still owned the FHP trademark but had no plans to use it, so we decided to give it back to Anders.” says S&S Company president Paul Langley.

When we called Anders to give him the news he was overjoyed. “The happiness when Bruce and Eric called and told me that I could have my old company name back was overwhelming. To be able to use what once was the start of over 20 years of production. The first 12 in Sweden, and the rest in the US. Flathead Power, just a name, means a lot to me and my family, as the next generation is taking over the jug juggling. My son Magnus was born in 1995, Flathead Power started in 1993, so he grew up with this. I can only take my hat off and say: Thank You S&S Cycle and the guys involved!” Continue reading ‘Breaking News. S&S Cycle Flathead Power Brand Goes Back Home In Sweden To Anders Nygren.’

New Chopper Or Bobber Style LED Headlight

11HeadlightAmber2headlightclearThis new CNC machined billet 6061-T6 aerospace grade aluminum LED chopper/bobber headlight features 3 LED lights behind the 2.5″ lens, that put out 2100 lumens. It offers Hi/Low beam capability and comes with a completely contained heat sink to remove any extra heat that these lights might put out. There is also a choice of clear or amber lens. With the headlight are included: a constant current driver to ensure you don’t have surges; a 4-ft long lead wire; a CNC machined 3/4″ wide female clevis mount with a 5/16 cross hole. Light O.D. is 3.3125″. Lens O.D. is 2.5″. Highly polished. Made in the USA. $279.99. At Speed Dealer.

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The Relation Between Erik Buell Racing And Hero MotorCorp. What You Need To Know.

Hero-MotoCorp-Erik-Buell-RacingFollowing Erik Buell Racing ceasing operations on April 15, 2015, 5 points you need to know.

1- Erik Buell Racing (EBR) was created in November 2009 in East Troy, Wisconsin following the shutdown of his previous company, Buell Motorcycle Company, by parent company/majority stakeholder Harley-Davidson. EBR was an independent venture by Erik Buell from Harley-Davidson, but Harley still owns all the Buell brand rights.

2- Hero MotoCorp Ltd, (HMC) formerly Hero Honda, is an Indian motorcycle and scooter manufacturer based in New Delhi, India. The company is the largest in volume two wheeler manufacturer in the world. In July 2013, HMC (through its US-based wholly owned subsidiary HMCL Inc, acquired 49.2% of Erik Buell Racing.

3- EBR and HMC intended to help each other enter the North America and Europe markets and to sell on both continents a total 1 million two-wheelers (motorcycles and scooters) by 2017. The deal was also for EBR to bring engineering research and development capabilities to Hero MotoCorp in the higher end of the product offering. Continue reading ‘The Relation Between Erik Buell Racing And Hero MotorCorp. What You Need To Know.’

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-newsAce Cafe Orlando. The under-construction Ace scheduled to open this Fall is organizing a media event at 3:00pm on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at its location 100 W. Livingston Street in Orlando, Florida. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has confirmed his appearance and will officially welcome the famous Ace Cafe brand to the USA with a ‘Gentleman Start Your Engines’ decree. He will make a proclamation in regard to the fact that Ace Cafe Orlando is restoring three historic 100 year-old buildings on the site. Orlando marks the first Ace Cafe in North America. The audience will be invited to join members of the media, Orlando City Commissioners and VIPs, special guests, and local car & motorcycle enthusiasts who will bring their vehicles to be lined up in front of the under-construction Ace for a photographic backdrop.

Made In America. What Does It Mean? A bill to amend the California law governing “Made in U.S.A.” labeling was approved by an assembly committee and is now on the floor of the assembly for a vote by all members. Under current law, the standard in California for designating products as “Made in U.S.A.” is different and more onerous than the standard established by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC allows manufacturers to display the “Made in U.S.A.” designation on products that are “all or virtually all” made in the United States. California has put in place a different standard requiring the product and all its subcomponents to be entirely or substantially produced in the U.S. in order to be labeled as “Made in U.S.A.” This bill would resolve this discrepancy. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’

Streamliner Motorcycle Concept

1bmw2bmw3bmwSome industrial designers work for a corporation for a specific project intended to be produced. Some, use their industrial design skills to promote their skills to an entire industry.

This motorcycle concept rendering belongs to the category of dreamy designs that probably will never be produced. It was created by a designer named Mehmet Doruk Erdem based in Istanbul, Turkey.

The BMW Streamliner is supposed to be a machine that could be raced on the Bonneville Salts and features the appropriate basic design characteristics to offer a minimum of air resistance. It looks very good and can be an inspiration for those racing, or simply for those who want to build an over-extreme show bike…

Drifting. Do Not Attempt This With Your Victory Bagger

They do things with Baggers you never thought possible. Tony Carbajal and Joe Vertical from the Victory Stunt Team go full throttle with their supercharged Victory Baggers.

Polaris Reports Record First Quarter 2015 Results. Global Sales + 16%. Motorcycle Sales + 74%

Polaris1Polaris2This morning Thursday April 23, 2015 Polaris Industries Inc. (PII) reported first-quarter earnings beating Wall Street expectations.

Polaris reported record first quarter net income of $88.6 million, or $1.30 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, an increase of nine percent from the 2014 first quarter net income of $80.9 million, or $1.19 per diluted share. Sales for the first quarter 2015 totaled $1,033.3 million, which represents an increase of 16 percent from last year’s first quarter sales of $888.3 million. Before Wall Street opening, at 8.30 a.m. ET, Polaris stock (PII) jumped 3.74%.

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“I am pleased to report record sales and earnings for our 2015 first quarter, with sales up 16 percent, operating income up 19 percent and net income up nine percent, our 22nd consecutive quarter of record earnings performance,” commented Scott Wine, Polaris’ chairman and chief executive officer. “We outperformed the market again in most of our businesses in spite of increased competitive promotional pressures, weakening global markets and the corresponding negative effect from currencies. While we are justifiably proud of these accomplishments, we remain focused on seizing the numerous opportunities we missed to perform better. From factory inventory being too high to ongoing production inefficiencies, particularly in motorcycles, we did not perform to our capabilities or our expectations. However, we are making great strides towards addressing these issues, and I am confident those efforts will allow us to continue outperforming our markets.”

PolarisLogo1Motorcycle Sales increased 74 percent in the 2015 first quarter to $137.4 million. All three brands, Victory, Indian Motorcycle® and Slingshot, increased sales in the first quarter. Consumer retail demand for Victory and Indian Motorcycles during the 2015 first quarter, was up nearly 40 percent over last year’s first quarter, driven primarily by strong Indian Motorcycle retail sales, while first quarter North American industry heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle retail sales were up low-single digits percent from 2014. Continue reading ‘Polaris Reports Record First Quarter 2015 Results. Global Sales + 16%. Motorcycle Sales + 74%’

Classic Solo Seats For Harley FL Models 2008-2015

1RSD2RSD3RSDVery few aftermarket Classic solo seats are offered for recent 2008-2015 Harley FLHT,FLHR,FLHX and FLTR models If you are into retro minimalist style for your bagger , you may like these solo low profile seats offered in black (2 styles) or brown. A removable passenger pad is available separately

They are a direct bolt-on and feature control density polyurethane foam, a baseplate in marine grade fiberglass, an ergonomic shape keeings rider seated firmly & comfortably, the RSD metal logo. MSRP $ $419.95. At Roland Sands Design.

Only Long-Legged Riders Need To Read

ricks1ricks2If you have long legs and ride one of the new Dyna models, either the FX “Street Bob”, Fat Bob or Wide Glide you probably have some issues with finding a comfortable and relaxed riding position. Reason is of course the forward controls. No mass manufacturer can produce a motorcycle perfect for all biker morphologies. So, you have to turn to aftermarket custom part vendors.

These new Forward Control mounts are conceived to let you extend your legs on the Dyna Fat Bob, Wide Glide and also on the Street Bob with its mid-mount controls. They let you move your controls a solid 2.5” forward (more on Street Bob) without interference with the stock exhaust pipes. It’s the biggest move forward available among all other available extension systems. These brackets work with both stock of aftermarket controls. Precise CNC-cutting and precision bearing as always with Rick’s Motorcycles products. info@wheelsforwinners.com

New Indian Motorcycle 2015 Spring & Summer Collections Of Rider Wear And Casual Wear, Gifts & Personal Accessories

Indian1The new collection is available now from Indian Motorcycle dealers and at Indian Motorcycles. It includes rider wear, casual wear, gifts, and personal accessories. All of these items feature premium materials and iconic Indian Motorcycle branding.

Indian3-261-272Indian4-261-272 IndianJacketMilitaryIndianJacketShearlingThe Men’s Rocker Jacket (MSRP $499.99), a leather jacket that features a soft and supple distressed leather and contemporary styling that makes this a great jacket on the road and on the town. The Rocker Jacket has several convenient pockets, hidden back and arm ventilation, a removable quilted plaid liner, CE-certified shoulder and elbow armor, and subtle Indian Motorcycle branding. Continue reading ‘New Indian Motorcycle 2015 Spring & Summer Collections Of Rider Wear And Casual Wear, Gifts & Personal Accessories’

Join The S&S Team As A Full Time Apprentice Level Race Engine Builder.

SSNHRAS&S Cycle is known for racing heritage as well as vast performance products from intakes and exhaust, all the way to complete engines that compete in the NHRA Pro-Stock motorcycle class. That being said, we are looking for someone with initiative, commitment and a desire to make history! We are hiring a full-time apprentice level race engine builder to be a part of our Viola, Wisconsin product development facility.

Responsibilities:
▪ Planning, fabrication, machining, assembly, testing and documentation of engine builds
▪ Working with project teams to create and develop racing products
▪ Race support travel as needed
Requirements:
▪ Experience with shop tools and engine assembly/tear down
▪ Flexible, energetic, forward-thinking, and creative
▪ High analytical ability, good judgment, and strong operational focus
▪ Well organized and self-directed
▪ Excellent verbal and written communication skills
▪ Working knowledge of computer applications
▪ Good driving record
▪ High school diploma or equivalent, also prefer a two year technical degree with emphasis in powersports industry
If you seek the challenge to work in the high-pressure environment of competitive racing, contact hr@sscycle.com. No phone calls please.

Harley-Davidson Reports First-Quarter Earnings. Profit Rises. Lower Sales Outlook Due To Competition.

HD0This morning April 21, before Wall Street opening, Harley-Davidson Inc posted a higher quarterly net profit, but lowered its sales forecast for 2015 citing aggressive price discounting by its competitors. After the results were announced, at 8.45 a.m. ET shares of Harley-Davidson (HOG) fell 7.80% in pre-market trading

HD11The company’s results were aided by cost controls and a lower tax rate, which helped offset lower sales and the impact of a strong U.S. dollar on its overseas revenue. Harley-Davidson reported net income of $269.9 million or $1.27 per share in the first quarter, up 1.5 percent from $265.9 million or $1.21 per share a year earlier. Analysts had expected earnings per share for the quarter of $1.25. Revenue for the quarter dipped to $1.67 billion from $1.73 billion a year earlier. That came in above analyst expectations of $1.58 billion.

HD22In the first quarter 1015, Harley-Davidson’s worldwide retail sales fell 1.1 to 56,661 motorcycles from 57,415 in the first quarter of 2014. Sales in its key U.S. market fell 0.7 percent to 35,488 from 35,730 motorcycles.

In a statement chief executive office Keith Wandell said that given the company’s retail results, and “ongoing, increased levels of aggressive competitive discounting” in the U.S. market “we are taking the precautionary step of lowering our estimated growth rate for full-year motorcycle shipments.” Harley-Davidson said it now expects motorcycle shipments to grow approximately 2 percent to 4 percent in 2015, down from its previous forecast of approximately 4 percent to 6 percent growth. In the second quarter, the company expects to ship between 83,000 to 88,000 motorcycles, down from 92,217 shipped in the same quarter in 2014. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Reports First-Quarter Earnings. Profit Rises. Lower Sales Outlook Due To Competition.’

RC Components Launching Forged Wheels For Harley Trike Models

RC-MAJTRIKERC Components just released their new 18″ x5.5″ forged trike wheels for 2015! These new wheels are a direct bolt on for all H-D Trike models and can be made to match their most popular wheel designs. These wheels are available in your choice of show chrome or an aggressive Eclipse finish of black with machined accents.

Each wheel is machined out of a special forged wheel blank that is an exact match to their current motorcycle wheels. The trike wheel center features a smooth hub cap that is engraved with the RC logo and is pocketed for the lug nuts. Made in the U.S.A. MSRP $899.00 . Visit RC Components or call 800-360-0915 to speak to a sales associate

Italian Style Motorcycle Tour. August 23-31, 2015.

TourDreaming of riding some of the most scenic roads of Italy? Motorcycle Tours Italy offers am 8-day motorcycle adventure customized to the taste of Harley-Davidson riders. The tour starts and ends in the beautiful city of Rome, bringing you to the most gentle roads of Umbria and Tuscany in central Italy, with enough time to visit Siena the cradle of the Renaissance, discover little unknown hamlets, and experience the Italian regions where genuine traditions are still alive. Harley-Davidson Store Roma is the sponsor of this tour and provides the rental Harlets. The ride is guided by 2 motorcycle experts. No less than 6 and no more than 12 participants. Hotels and food included. See the schedule, rates and ride map at Motorcycle Harley Tours Italy.
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Custom Indian Scout. Dream Of Being An Off-Roader.

IndianScout1IndianScout2IndianScout44IndianScout5IndianScout6IndianScout77You can expect custom Indian Scouts to be built in all styles, from Cafe Racers to Bobbers to Board Trackers to … Off-Roaders… I am not convinced that this one has any true off-road abilities, but it rolls on military Jeep Willy tires. making it at least very different from what I have seen until now. Add a racing spirit coming from a shortened rear fender and lettered tempered glass plates. Factory headlight was replaced by a tiny powerful Heretic LED light., with original exhaust tossed and replaced by a skinnier diameter Arlen Ness system. Continue reading ‘Custom Indian Scout. Dream Of Being An Off-Roader.’

X-Rays Reveals Inner Beauty Of Classic Motorcycles

Beauty is more than skin deep. The inner beauty of classic motorcycles is revealed in this series of x-rays by photographer Nick Veasy. How did it do it? Borrowing vintage motorcycles from a local bike club. Bringing them to his studio to be x-rayed via a powerful machine requiring for protection from intense radiation, to have his walls 30” thick and a lead door weighting 2700 lbs!
Each bike was shot in portions, from 35 to 50 x-rays for a full motorcycle, each shot being assembled to the others using Photoshop.

Nick Veasy is not a beginner at x-rays. He has done the same type of work with machine guns and airplanes (he shot 1000 pieces to get the x-ray of a full Boeing 777) He is currently building a mobile x-ray truck to travel to his x-ray subjects. Looking at these images, it’s the first time that x-rays bring a smile to my face.

1915 Indian, Model G “Little Twin”
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1941 Matchless G3L
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Save The Date. American Victory Rally In Colorado Springs June 25-28, 2015

Victoryrally2015-1Victory riders will carve roads to scenic peaks, valleys, and vistas of Colorado during the 2015 American Victory Rally (AVR) in Colorado Springs June 25-28. Registration for the event can be found HERE.

The new location was chosen so riders can enjoy the power and performance of their motorcycles alongside other Victory owners as they ride on some of the world’s most scenic roads.

Victoryrally2015-2“For Victory owners, it’s all about the ride, and there is endless spectacular riding in Colorado, where Victory models really can shine” said Rod Krois, General Manager for Victory Motorcycles. “The AVR will include endless riding opportunities, time spent with fellow Victory owners from around the world, and great activities that only Victory can offer.”

Activities on the rally schedule will include: thrilling high-performance riding demonstrations by the Victory Stunt Team; an appearance by the Victory Racing team of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle drag racers Matt and Angie Smith; vendor displays featuring Victory accessories and merchandise; great riding; giveaways exclusively for Victory owners, and more. Weekly event updates and details such as recommended rally lodging will be posted on the Victory Home Page.

Motorcycle Wheels. Is Royal Blue The New Black?

RenegadeNewtonWheelAlthough blue wheels have been used since a long time by many custom builders, blue production wheels were almost nowhere to be found until recently. After years of black wheels with “contrast cut” polishing, it looks like blue is the new color of the day for several wheel manufacturers.

Of course it will never be the dominant color of the custom motorcycle industry, but it’s a nice new offering now ready out of the box. Just hitting the market, the Renegade’s Newton Wheel is shown here in an intoxicating custom Royal Blue Phantom-Cut Finish. Continue reading ‘Motorcycle Wheels. Is Royal Blue The New Black?’

Picture Of The Week

PinupBikeFarmCustom by Bike-Farm Melle. Photo @ Horst Roesler

The Wedge. A New Frame-Mount Fairing Designed for Mid-Size Motorcycles.

fairing1fairing2Finally, a frame-mounted fairing sized for mid-size motorcycles. No longer do riders of bikes like Harley-Davidson Dynas, FXRs and Sportsters; and Triumph Bonnevilles and Thruxtons, have to settle for a fork-mounted fairing. No more trying to adapt a full-size Bagger fairing to a smaller motorcycle.

The Wedge Fairing Kit offers the advantages that only a frame-mounted fairing can: a more stable ride, better wind protection and storage, all in a compact package!.

• Easy installation • Twin LED turn signals • Two halogen headlights (see and be seen) • Windshields available in 3 heights, in clear or tinted • Quality finish means only minor prep is needed before paint • Complete mounting kit: bracket, wiring harness, shield, and hardware

Manufactured in the USA. The Wedge Complete kit. MSRP $1395 + S&H. More info at Wedge Fairing 612-866-3977 or info@wedgefaring.com



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