No trophies. Only Glory. The Race Of Gentlemen.

12It happened in Wildwood, New Jersey June 4-5. It will happen again in Grover Beach, California October 15-16. Hosted by the Oilers CC/MCH, The Race of Gentlemen is an automotive carnival that celebrates American racing heritage. The competition celebrates Americana, hot rods, motorcycles and beach racing.with each participants being dressed for the historical period of his vehicle. Wax your mustache and watch…

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2016 American International Motorcycle Expo To Showcase Custom Culture

aimexpo1In recognition of the continued rise in popularity and influence of the custom bike-building culture of motorcycling, the 2016 American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) is unveiled a brand new showcase known as “Custom Culture at AIMExpo.” Key components are: – the Championship of the Americas bike builders competition – the Standard Motorcycle Co. Showcase of millennial artisans, bike builders, and more.

10showThere will also be a chance to meet Custom Culture ambassador Leticia Cline. Custom Culture broadens AIMExpo’s V-Twin initiative that was introduced at the 2015 event, developing an added focus on what is the most popular segment for younger millennial riders and do-it-yourself enthusiasts. The 2016 AIMExpo will take place from October 13-16 from the North Hall at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida.

13show“The Custom Culture movement is one of the most progressive segments in the powersports industry today and is being driven by a younger demographic made of new riders. It’s a segment we want to welcome and embrace,” said Larry Little, Vice President & General Manager, MIC Events. “Custom Culture at AIMExpo recognizes the increasing influence of Generation Y millennial riders and is an important element of AIMExpo’s evolution to engage with and generate enthusiasm among these new riders.“

13bisshowThe inaugural Championship of Americas builder’s competition in 2015 was a resounding success for participants and attendees. With its distinction as a qualifying round for the AMD World Championships at Intermot in Germany, it is the destination event of choice for any competitive builder. The 2016 competition will once again consist of four classes – Performance Custom, Street Custom, Retro Custom, and Freestyle Custom, from which the winner will join Team America at the 2018 AMD World Championship. Continue reading ‘2016 American International Motorcycle Expo To Showcase Custom Culture’

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In Australia. Limited Edition New Indian Scout Mk II.

ScoutmkiiIt may be a trend to be followed in the US and other countries. For the second time Australia Indian Motorcycle is offering a new 2016 customized Indian Scout in limited edition of 10 units. In black & gold trim with black wire wheels and a spring solo seat, it is inspired by a 1935 Springfield era Scout. I guess they sell very fast as it would here in the US.

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ODC-Crusher Customized Harley Dyna

1ODC1-bisODC2ODCIf you like clean Italian designed parts, you have to get familiarized with the name Ottodicuori or ODC for a more mnemonic name. Historically focused on creating custom front & rear suspension systems, then discreetly machining parts for many other custom part manufacturers, the company chose last January’s Verona Motor Expo to reveal to retail clients their own line of products. With a display including no less than 6 late model Harleys fitted with their parts, the ODC people said it clear & loud. “We want to be a major player on the international custom motorcycles scene…”

9ODC10ODC5ODC6ODCLocated in Vanzaghello , west of Milan and Monza, the heartland of industrial Italy, ODC not only CNC machine a quite extensive parts lineup, but also customize bikes lin collaboration with other manufacturers. In this case, a 2015 FXDX Street Bob with the collaboration of US Crusher brand. Most acclaimed ODC parts are probably their inverted front end and their awesome covers to restyle from top to bottom the Harley Twin-Cam motor. To be noticed by all those bitching about manufacturers prominently featuring their names and logos, ODC made the choice of not signing their parts. Design not being altered by promotion…Great! Continue reading ‘ODC-Crusher Customized Harley Dyna’

Tote A laptop And Some Gear With These New Harley Messenger Bags

messenger1messenger2messenger3These practical commuter and day bags with a durable canvas shell let you tote your gear on and off the bike. These sling bags feature a padded shoulder strap with a cross-chest stabilizer strap that securely holds the bag steady on a rider’s back while on the road. The bag may also be secured to a sissy bar with a wide, adjustable hook-and-loop flap and quick release tabs.

The genuine canvas shell is trimmed with contrasting web straps, distressed metal buckles, bold stenciled HDMC graphics and a comfortable carrying handle. Ready to carry anything to office or class, the bag features an exterior newspaper pocket and a side pocket. The water-resistant inner cavity features a padded laptop compartment that fits most 17-inch screens plus a padded tablet pocket, separate pockets to store cell phones, pens, glasses other small items, and a rubberized port for easy headphone connection. The bag dimensions are 19.0 inches wide x 3.5 inches deep x 13.5 inches tall.

Available in Black & Silver (P/N 93300099), Brown/Tan (P/N 93300100), Army Green http://www.harley-davidson.com/store/hdmc-messenger-bag-pa-02-93300101–1 (P/N 93300101), All $169.95.

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Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-jokeFour Catholic men and a Catholic woman were having coffee in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

The first Catholic man tells his friends. “My son is a priest. When he walks into a room, everyone calls him ‘Father’.”

The second Catholic man chirps. “My son is a Bishop. When he walks into a room people call him ‘Your Grace’.”

The third Catholic gent says. “My son is a Cardinal. When he enters a room everyone bows their head and says ‘Your Eminence’.”

The fourth Catholic man says very proudly. “My son is the Pope. When he walks into a room people call him ‘Your Holiness’.”

Since the lone Catholic woman was sipping her coffee in silence, the four  men give her a subtle. ”Well….?” She proudly replies,  “I have a daughter, slim, tall, 38D breast, 24” waist and 36” hips. When she walks into a room, people say “Jesus Christ”

Twin Power Launches New Website

TP_WebsiteTwin Power is pleased to announce the launch of their brand new website. The site is packed with features, including new products, a blog with news and informative content, and more. Since 1982, Twin Power has been designing and producing quality parts and accessories for the Harley-Davidson® enthusiast. “We are really excited about the site and what it offers our dealers and customers,” says James Simonelli, Brand Manager for Twin Power. “We released our brand new catalog in February and the website goes hand-in-hand with it.” Continue reading ‘Twin Power Launches New Website’

Fairing Mounted Scythe & Teardrop Mirrors

Maintain full awareness of your surroundings while improving the appearance of your Harley-Davidson® bagger with the new Fairing Mounted Scythe and Teardrop Mirrors from Kuryakyn®. Both options are cast from quality A380 aluminum, with machined stainless steel balls and nylon sockets that provide smooth pivoting for easy adjustability and precise, firm positioning.

1-21594_1350x900_RGB_72DPIFairing Mounted Scythe Mirrors, MSRP: $149.99.
Slice through the wind in style with Fairing Mounted Scythe Mirrors. The mirror heads feature an aggressive serrated knife-shaped design that maintains a wide field of vision measuring 6” wide by 2-1/4″ tall. Fairing Mounted Scythe Mirrors are direct bolt-on replacements for ’14-’16 Street Glides, with included drill templates that allow installation on ’14-’16 Electra Glides and Tri Glides. P/N 1815 – Chrome, P/N 1816 – Gloss Black
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2-21594_1350x900_RGB_72DPIFairing Mounted Teardrop Mirrors, MSRP: $99.99
Kuryakyn Fairing Mounted Teardrop Mirrors are sleek, streamlined and provide a significant upgrade in style versus stock. The compact mirror heads sport a classic teardrop-shaped design and measure 5″ wide x 2″ tall, offering a wide range of adjustment angles. Fairing Mounted Teardrop Mirrors are also direct replacements for ’14-’16 Street Glides, and include drill templates for installation on ’14-’16 Electra Glides and Tri Glides.
• P/N 1810 – Chrome www.kuryakyn.com/products/4946/fairing-mounted-teardrop-mirrors

14th Sturgis Mayor Ride. Monday August 8, 2016

Ben-Bostrom-Mayor-RideBen Bostrom, renowned U.S. motorcycle racer, has been named the Grand Marshal of the 14th edition of the Sturgis Mayor Ride. Bostrom started his career out strong by winning the AMA National 600 Dirt Track Championship in 1993 and quickly turned to road racing in 1995. Bostrom has won numerous races atop a variety of bikes, including Ducati, Honda and Harley-Davidson. He and his brother, Eric, quickly rose to fame in the racing world and have won numerous races in the States and internationally. The Bostrom Brothers are making their return to Sturgis to continue their tradition of riding with people from around the world in the annual Sturgis Mayor’s RideLike me, join Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen, motocross legend Ben Bostrom, state and local legislators, motorcycle enthusiasts, industry professionals, celebrities and legends on the 14th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride, Monday, August 8th, during the 76th Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally. The Mayor’s Ride is a fund-raiser for the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance Service & Police Reserves. Continue reading ’14th Sturgis Mayor Ride. Monday August 8, 2016′

Ken Block Gymkhana In Dubai

Not with a motorcycle, but I know you will enjoy this video. Another way to discover Dubai. 9′.05 of visual and sound pleasure.

2nd Annual Indian Motorcycle Veterans Charity Ride Supported By Mark Wahlberg

indianvetrideThe 2016 Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis is a 1,776-mile, multi-state tour that uses Indian motorcycles as therapy for wounded and amputee veterans.

Veterans are hand selected from all branches of the military to experience motorcycle therapy on Indian motorcycles, trikes and Champion sidecars while riding from Los Angeles to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. 20 deserving veterans and veteran mentors will join the ride.

indianvetridelogoThe program was conceived and developed by veteran Army Paratrooper David Frey and Emmy Award-winning producer and director Robert Manciero of Full Vision Productions, leveraging the therapeutic effects of motorcycle riding to create an adventure of a lifetime for wounded veterans. For the second straight year the journey will be filmed so the message can be shared with as many veterans as possible.

“We’ll spend over a week riding on America’s most beautiful roads, getting to know each other and helping each other through Motorcycle Therapy,” said Frey. “The shared experience of serving brings us together, veteran to veteran, to help each other heal. We also show the veterans just how much their service means to America by stopping in small towns along the way to meet the people of our nation who want to celebrate these brave men and women.”

“I’m so grateful to the participants in this year’s ride and all our veterans for their service to our country,” said actor, producer and Indian Motorcycle enthusiast Mark Wahlberg. “This ride is a wonderful opportunity to support each other and enjoy the natural beauty of this great nation.”

New Rip-Rod Slip-Ons for Sportsters

1Rip-Rod-Sportster-Black2Rip-Rod-Sportster-Black3Rip-Rod-Sportster-BlackThe duo John Peck, an ex Vice-President of Manufacturing at Vance & Hines and Leigh Crawford. also ex Vance & Hines Research and Development Department, intends to only produce cutting edge exhaust products. Their newest ones are these Sportster Rip-Rod slip-ons featuring retro-styled ripple pipes and caps.

The Rip-Rod Slip-Ons feature 2 ¼” rippled muffler bodies that match up perfectly to your stock heat shields, and are finished off with hot rod style billet end caps for a clean, narrow look.  Internally, 1 ¾” maintenance free spiral louver core baffles deliver that distinct classic sound.

Available as a complete kit for Sportsters, or individually as a universal fitment part.  Offered in show quality chrome with black ceramic tips or black with gold ceramic tips. 2 Sportster versions to fit 2004-2013 and 2014 and newer Sportsters (Chrome $359.95, Black $384.95) Universal fit part fits 1 ¾” head pipes (sold individually, Chrome $174.95, Black 189.95) Black and Gold End Cap Kits also available separately. Made in the USA. Firebrand products are distributed by Drag Specialties and HardDrive Parts.  For more information visit Firebrand Motorcycles tel: 714-632-1300

Battle Of The Kings Contest. Winner Of Region Of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

2016HD24_Internationaler_Battle_of_the_Kings_Sieger_2016_1211 Harley dealers from 12 countries participated in the contest consisting of customizing a Sportster Iron 883. The catch, each bike must ultimately be offered for sale for a maximum of 16660 euros or $18,600. A total of 65,000 fans voted online to choose the 12 best projects. At the Wheels & Waves event in Biarritz, an international jury of 6 experts picked the winner. Harley-Davidson Athena, Greece (owner Paschalis Tsalamagkas) won the competition with this black custom.
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Surgis Buffalo Chip. The Full 2016 Band Lineup And Poster Artwork.

16LEPIn addition to the legendary artists the Buffalo Chip has already announced such as Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson and Lynyrd Skynyrd, some of the planet’s top party bands have now made the list including Buckcherry, Cheap Trick, Pop Evil, RATT, Texas Hippie Coalition, ONE – The Only Tribute to Metallica and others.

Pop culture artist, Jason Heuser has brought to life the Buffalo Chip’s 2016 band lineup, the revelry of 35 years of Chip tradition and the American motorcycle spirit in a limited-edition poster to commemorate this year’s event. Heuser’s artwork, which has primarily focused on peculiar presidential portraits, has become a viral sensation. His latest work is an unconventional look at the iconic Buffalo Chip festival that features 2016 poster model Nena, Kid Rock and Miranda Lambert. Two hundred fifty signed and numbered posters, specially printed in a larger size and on artist weight paper, are now available. Those wishing to purchase passes or the limited edition 2016 poster may do so by going to Buffalo Chip or calling 605-347-9000.

The complete Wolfman Jack Stage band lineup for the 35th anniversary of The Best Party Anywhere:

Friday, Aug. 5 – Willie Nelson, Drake White, Jimmie Bratcher
Saturday, Aug. 6 – 3 Doors Down, ONE – The Only Tribute to Metallica, Midnight Mob
Sunday, Aug. 7 – Kid Rock, Leon Russell, Tim Montana and the Shrednecks
Monday, Aug. 8 – Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elle King, Mothership
Tuesday, Aug. 9 – Cheap Trick, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Grizzled Mighty
Wednesday, Aug 10 – Five Finger Death Punch, Reverend Horton Heat, Low VoltsThursday, Aug. 11 – Miranda Lambert, RATT, Stolen Rhodes
Friday, Aug. 12 – Buckcherry, Pop Evil, Sweet Cyanide
Saturday, Aug – “Weird Al” Yankovic, Reformed Whores Continue reading ‘Surgis Buffalo Chip. The Full 2016 Band Lineup And Poster Artwork.’

13th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest. Announcing Builders To Participate To Artistry In Iron Championship.

LVBFArtistry-In-IronThe annual invitation only competition “Artistry In Iron“, sponsored by Steve Soffa Enterprises and Paughco, will include 19 award winning builders. A limited number of builders are invited to participate annually. “Each year we invite those on the cutting edge as well as some past participants and they never cease to amaze us with the incredible works of art that they bring.  We are honored that these builders have accepted our invitation,” commented event producer Mindi Cherry.  “It solidifies the importance of the Artistry in Iron Championship to the motorcycle industry. There are no rules or guidelines on the builds so it is always exciting to see what rolls in.”

LVBFThe bikes are judged solely by the master builders themselves, and the winner is announced on Saturday, October 3 and presented with a check for $10,000 as well as a custom designed championship bracelet created by renowned designer and master artisan Steve Soffa.  In addition, second place will receive a Paughco Custom Rigid Rolling Chassis and third place will receive a Paughco Springer Front End.   The public is invited to visit the bikes during Rally Central hours and to meet the participating builders during autograph sessions throughout the weekend. Confirmed participants include: Continue reading ’13th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest. Announcing Builders To Participate To Artistry In Iron Championship.’

New Bolt-On Screamin’ Eagle 110 Stage III Street Performance Kit

SE-Bolt-On-110-KitYou can transform a Twin Cam™ High Output 103 powertrain into a fast, reliable 110-cubic-inch Harley-Davidson® Twin Cam™ hauler for Softail® and Touring models – without removing the motor from the chassis or losing the factory warranty.

The Screamin’ Eagle® Bolt On 110 Stage III Street Performance Kit (P/N 92500035 Black Highlighted, $1,849.95) from Harley-Davidson® combines system-matched Screamin’ Eagle® big bore cylinders, high-compression pistons and performance cams and valve train components with the Original Equipment cylinder heads for a boost in torque and performance.

The bolt-on 4.0-inch cylinders are engineered with slim-wall spigots that slip into the factory crankcase without machining. The 4-inch flat-top pistons and stock cylinder heads produce a performance-enhancing 10.4:1 compression ratio, and the high-lift SE-585 cam produces a boost in torque throughout the RPM range. When installed by an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer at the time of vehicle delivery, this kit does not impact the vehicle’s limited warranty. Continue reading ‘New Bolt-On Screamin’ Eagle 110 Stage III Street Performance Kit’

Inspired By The Motorcycle Driveline

watchcesAt CES, the International Consumer Electronics Trade Show that takes place every January in Las Vegas, a Swiss watch company called Azimuth showed this watch inspired by the motorcycle chain driveline.

Azimuth has the reputation of pursuing very unusual developments in the field of complications. This new watch model, called the SP-1 Crazy Rider, features an asymmetrical case in which a chain wrapped around a pair of sprockets turning in unison. As they do, a hand attached to the chain moves along a series of 24 numbers indicating the hour, while a more traditional spinning hand in the center of the left sprocket indicates the minute. The price of this piece of conversation is $5200…

Custom Parallel Twin Indian Scout

1continentalscout2continentalscoutI bet that very few among you know that Indian produced a Parallel Twin. In 1945, at the end of WW2, Indian thought that the V-Twin Scout was becoming obsolete. The company started to invest in research and development for an OHV Torque series directly inspired by twin British motorcycles. As a matter of fact directly copying Triumph…

In 1949, Indian released a parallel 3continentalscout9continentalscoutvertical twin OHV with British type gearbox and controls, but with the primary drive on the right side instead of the left. This new model had its share of problems fixed in 1950 with the bike being renamed the Indian Warrior.

Builder Tony Prust at Analog Motorcycles will tell you that his passion is to work on “unloved orphan bikes”. And now that you know that the 1949 Parallel Twin Indian belongs to this category, you understand why – in addition to the fact that it is much much cheaper to acquire than a v-twin Indian -it was in his short list of old bikes he wanted to apply his skills on. As he says, “to light it up, clean it up, and fire it up”. His love for a challenge is an understatement… Continue reading ‘Custom Parallel Twin Indian Scout’

Suspension Spring Struts

Kustomtech1Kustomtech3A part more about beauty than about suspension comfort and ultra performance, these chrome spring struts look awesome on Harley XL or FL-FX models. They are 11” long from center to center eye mount and fit on all H-D bikes with 1/2” shock mounting studs.

They can be mounted either with spring on top or bottom and will lower the rear of a stock Harley (check clearance tire to fende after installation) Will require replacement of top and bottom silent blocks sold by same company. Two models available. For XK with a softer spring and one for FX/FL with harder spring. Shipping worldwide. Only in chrome. At Kustom Tech Italy.

One Of These Days. A Video Ride To The 2016 Wheels And Waves Gathering.

Stop saying “one of these days”. Stop only dreaming about it. Do it. Alone or in duo or with your best buddies, ride to wherever you want to arrive. Pick or improvise the roads. In this video, the pretext was going to meet other friends at the 2016 Wheels And Waves Gathering (June 8-12) in Biarritz, on the southwest Atlantic coast of France. The adventure started at the Thunderbike Customs in Cologne, Germany for a 1000 miles ride (1600 km) to the seaside town of Biarritz, the French surfing capital. At the end of the road, multiple festivities including racing (the Punk Race), surfing, enjoying local seafood and making new friends. During 13 minutes, follow the ride. Filmed & produced by Ben Ott.

Granddaddy By Artist David Uhl

grandaddy1Last week, at the H-D Museum in Milwaukee, artist David Uhl unveiled his latest masterpiece titled “Granddaddy”. This piece was completed for the museum’s drag racing exhibit which opens this weekend. Willie G. Davidson and the Davidson family were in attendance along with several hundred attendees of the museum’s Bike Night.

This Fine Art print will come framed with a commemorative plaque and a Certificate of Authenticity. Image size 24×18, $895 framed (edition of 60 plus 6 Artist Proofs and 3 Hors d’Commerce). Image size 32×24, $1,895 framed (edition of 22 plus 3 Artist Proofs and 2 Hors d’Commerce) Print numbers will be assigned as orders are taken. To reserve your piece, simply respond to email Greg Rhodes greg@uhlstudios.com or call at 303-913-4840.

Postcards from The 93rd Laconia Motorcycle Week June 11-19

0laconia2laconia4laconia1terlaconia261x2611fourthlaconia261x261Laconia is the world’s oldest motorcycle rally. As those who visited know, the epicenter of the rally is Laconia Weirs Beach, Lakeside Avenue and the boardwalk that skirts it. But many bikers come to ride throughout the state, crossing into Maine or Vermont. It’s what motorcycle touring expert Suzanne Boxberg and Monographer Horst Roesler did, sending me some  nice landscape pictures of their trip on their way to Laconia (itinerary suggestions at “Discover New England”) The weather was typical New England, partly sunny to rain to mostly sunny all week long… A legal note: New Hampshire does not mandate wearing motorcycle helmets for riders over 18, which it has been claimed is a reason why some riders are attracted to events in the state.
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Joke Of The Week

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Gynecologist Assistant

A retired man went into the Job Center in downtown Los Angeles and saw a card advertising for a Gynecologist’s Assistant. Interested, he went in and asked the clerk for details.

The clerk pulled up the file and read; “The job entails getting the ladies ready for the gynecologist.  You have to help the women out of their underwear, lay them down and carefully wash their private regions, then apply shaving foam and gently shave off the hair, then rub in soothing oils so they’re ready for the gynecologist’s examination.

The annual salary is $65,000, and if you are interested  you’ll have to go to San Francisco. “Good grief”, the man asked, “Is that where the job is?” “No sir . . . that’s where the end of the line is right now.

Custom Tribute To The Legendary BMW R 5

1R2R3RThe BMW R5 was released 81 years ago, in 1935. To pay tribute to this German motorcycle legend, the BMW Motorrad Design Team selected Swedish shop Unique Custom Cycles to reimagine and reengineer it taking for inspiration the 30’s racers.

Working from sketches provided by BMW, components such as the frame, gas tank and rear fender were hand-crafted by the Norens brothers.

Powerplant is an original 500 cc two-cylinder boxer engine given by Motorrad enthusiast Sebastian Gutsch. It is fitted with a specially designed supercharger to bring power output closer to contemporary midweight motorcycle level, around 45 hp. Aluminum engine cases were glass-bead blasted. No instruments on this project and a finish in classic gloss black BMW with white stripes. Probably a project to end up  in the BMW Motorrad Museum.

AIMExpo Orlando October 13-16, 2016. Custom Bike Showcase.

The 4th annual AIMExpo will highlight again the ingenuity of the entire American powersports industry in Orlando June 13 to 16. Among the many reasons for attending the show, The Championship Of The Americas will be a showcase of design, engineering and creativity by custom bike builders from as far north as Greenland all the way to the tip of South America. The opportunity for enthusiasts, members of the media, and the greater industry to appreciate these rolling masterpieces of art and meet their creators will be a memorable experience for one and all, no matter what your type of riding or particular brand preference might be. To register your custom motorcycle contact Bob Kay at 817-312-0380 or enter HERE. Below is a video recap of the 2015 edition (AIMExpo is open to credentialed trade and media professionals on October 13-14. The show opens to the general public on October 15-16, 2016) 



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