Veteran actor Michael Madsen, a pal of Dennis Hopper that he met while making the Quentin Tarantino-produced biker movie ‘Hell Ride, was so outraged when he read the LA Times story about the sale for 1.35 million (1.62 million with auction fees) of the reportedly authentic Captain America motorcycle used in the “Easy Rider” movie, that he called the newspaper to voice his concern. Madsen, who is an avid motorcycle rider, said to journalist Charles Fleming who reported on the auction of Captain America that Hopper told him many stories of the making of “Easy Rider.” Indeed, Madsen had told Hopper he was interested in acquiring the “Billy bike,” the motorcycle that Hopper was riding in the movie. From Romania where he is filming, he told the journalist: “I heard the voice of Dennis Hopper. From his grave he is telling you “That ain’t the Captain America’ bike.”. Madsen added “Everyone wants to believe that’s the bike. They’re willing to pay $1+ million to imagine that’s the bike. That’s kind of nostalgic and nice, but the truth is, it isn’t.”
Following on the heels of Roadsmith’s already popular Indian Chieftain trike, the Minneapolis company unveils the new Indian Roadmaster trike with the addition of its large trunk, passenger backrest, adjustable floorboards and heated seat, promising the larger storage capacity and passenger comfort necessary for serious two-up trike touring.
Known for their many original innovations in the trike industry, such as independent rear suspension and a longer wheelbase, Roadsmith designed a trike to capture and complement the spirit and elegance of the new Indian Roadmaster. Complete with integrated ABS for maximum stopping power, raked triple trees for ease of steering and electric reverse to ensure smooth, quiet operation when backing, the new Indian Roadmaster Trike promises to lead the way in long-distance touring safety and comfort on three wheels. Continue reading ‘First Indian Roadmaster Trike By Roadsmith’
New for the Harley FL platform, Progressive Suspension introduces the ULTRA LOW version of their 944 series Harley touring shocks. Designed to sit 2” lower than a stock HD Touring model (1” lower on a Street Glide), the brand new 944 ULTRA-LOW is the lowest version of Progressive Suspension’s 944 Series shocks.
Want your bike in the weeds or struggling to reach the ground? The 944 Ultra Low is the shock conceived for the job. The company claims that it is the best ride possible in a lowered shock.
By combining Frequency Sensing Technology damping and a dual spring, this 12.5” shock sits at 11” when on the bike, yet droops to full length when the terrain requires it, potholes and such.
Fits 1980 to 2015 Harley-Davidson FLH/FLT MODELS. Like most of Progressive’s shocks the 944 Ultra Low is available in standard or heavy spring rates and supported with a lifetime limited warranty. Contact your local dealer for more information. Progressive Suspension.
Harley-Davidson Inc. (HOG) this Tuesday morning October 21, 2014 reported net income of $150.1 million in its third quarter. On a per-share basis, the Milwaukee-based company said it had profit of 69 cents versus 73 cents a share, a year ago. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts was for earnings of 60 cents per share. Harley-Davidson posted revenue of $1.13 billion (down 1.3%) in the period, missing the Street forecasts. Analysts expected $1.14 billion. Harley-Davidson shares have declined 16 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed 3 percent. The stock has fallen 11 percent in the last 12 months. (Update today at noon. HOG stock is sharply up 6.46%)
Retail Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Sales:
Dealers worldwide sold 73,217 new Harley-Davidson® motorcycles in the third quarter of 2014 compared to 70,517 motorcycles in the year-ago quarter.
This year, U.S. dealers sold 50,167 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the third quarter, up 3.4 percent compared to sales of 48,529 motorcycles in the year-ago period.
In international markets, dealers sold 23,050 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the third quarter compared to 21,988 motorcycles in the year-ago period, with sales up 12.8 percent in the Asia Pacific Region, 1.7 percent in the EMEA Region and 7.0 percent in the Latin America Region and down 5.8 percent in Canada. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Third Quarter Earnings Beat Expectations But Revenue Misses Forecast.’
That you like or despise theme custom motorcycles, you must respect and admire the fabrication skills and dedication demonstrated by Belarus/Russia custom builder Yuri Shif. Like most his of his compatriots of East Europe, especially from Poland, Lithuania & yes Ukraine, Shif is into over-extreme bikes characterized by complicated steel and aluminum structures. Terminator, his new creation shown for the first time at the AMD World Championship Of Bike Building in Cologne, Germany is of course inspired the 1984 by the Terminator science fiction action movie and its 1991 sequel Terminator 2 – Judgment Day. Continue reading ‘Yuri Shif Celebrates The 30th Anniversary Of The World Premiere Of The Terminator Movie’
The Reportedly Authentic Easy Rider Movie “Captain America” Chopper Sold For $1.3 Million At AuctionPublished by Cyril Huze October 20th, 2014 in Builders, Customs, Editorial and Events.
Michael Eisenberg, owner of the reportedly only original and authentic Captain America chopper still existing from the Pop Culture Easy Rider movie was auctioned this last weekend in Calabasas for US $1.3 million.
The story of the “Captain America” bikes (at least 2 versions of the motorcycle have been used in the movie) is a long obscured one.
Catalog of the auction house “Profiles In History” mentioned that this Captain America was restored by Dan Haggerty, but Gordon Granger of Texas says he owns the authentic chopper and also has a certificate from the same Haggerty. Haggerty acknowledges that he authenticated and sold two “Captain America” bikes, but that only one is legitimate… Continue reading ‘The Reportedly Authentic Easy Rider Movie “Captain America” Chopper Sold For $1.3 Million At Auction’
You can now add adjustable comfort and custom style to your 2014 and later Harley Road King or Street Glide Models using these Color-Matched Vented Fairing Lowers (P/N 57100257 Painted $699.95; P/N 57100258 Unpainted $449.95.) They feature an adjustable venting system that controls the amount of air circulating across the engine.
On hot days, the vents can be opened to direct additional cooling air. On cold or rainy days, close the vents for maximum protection from the elements. The ratcheting friction lock pivot makes it easy to set the position. The complete kit includes left and right fairing lowers, convenient glove box and lid, and all necessary mounting hardware. Glove box doors are sold separately. Fairing Lower Kits are painted in a single color and do not feature pinstriping.
For even more versatility, add the Detachable Fairing Lower Hardware Kit (P/N 47200240, $129.95) that includes polished stainless steel clamps that secure the lowers to the engine guard so they can be quickly removed or installed without tools.
Before this fad dies (it’s already dying…), the type of ultra baggers flashing at you when you walk the different bike shows. Not at all my taste, but I am pretty certainthe builders and owners are very proud and happy.
Greg’s Custom Cycles introduces the Wicked Horn Cover as the newest addition to his tough, Deepsickness brand of custom accessories. Make a statement with this 3-pointed fiberglass design offering a quick, edgy update to your ride.
Greg’s Wicked Horn Cover fits all Harley’s® with a standard cowl bell horn cover. Hand-laid fiberglass construction, gel coated, primed and ready for finishing to your specs. No tools needed for installation.
For its second edition, the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) – October 16 to 19 -has reached the landmark 500-exhibitor mark with a 50-percent larger floor space inside the Orlando Orange County Convention Center. The expansion is highlighted by the inclusion of eight original equipment manufacturers (OEM), each of who will provide global and North American debuts at the show. AIMExpo is now the largest show of its type in North America.
“It has been a memorable year since AIMExpo became a reality last October and it’s incredible to see how far the event has come as we head into the second show,” said Larry Little, Vice President and General Manager of the Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group. “We have made it a point to give the industry an effective and efficient platform to improve the business of motorcycling, something it never had before, and following the success of the inaugural event we have seen an outpouring of support from more exhibitors, dealers and manufacturers. As a result, we have a physically larger show with even more products to introduce to the North American marketplace.”
Road racing legend Kevin Schwantz (1993 500cc World Champion) and television personality Cristy Lee (event’s official spokesperson, best known for her co-hosting role on Velocity Network’s All Girls Garage” helped kick off the 2014 AIMExpo on Thursday morning. The show commenced on Thursday, October 16, at 10 a.m. ET with a pair of trade days before opening up to consumers on Saturday, October 18, at 9 a.m. ET.
The American International Motorcycle Expo’spurpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling and powersports in the U.S. and North America, and delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the motorcycle industry.
Details, details…Tighten up the appearance of your 39 mm narrow glide front end with these 2 sets of hardware. A set of Radius Fork Tube Caps ($74.95) and a set of Radius Stem Bolts ($39.95). Precision machined, steel with the square broach accepting any standard 3/8″ drive ratchet for easy install. Run the full set for optimum style. Made in Ohio. In Chrome or Black Electroplated Steel. Fits 91-05 FXDL, FXD, 87-94 FXR, and 87-14 XL Sportster (except 1200S, 00-05 FXDX, FXDXT) At Lowbrow Customs or call toll free 1-855-4LOWBROW.
Danish custom motorcycle builder Wrenchmonkees worked with Swedish bag brand Sandqvist to design and produce this functional motorcycle bag pack. Made of black heavy, very durable 18oz cotton canvas with details in black tooling leather. Roll top closure with adjustable shoulder straps that can be concealed in a pocket on the back. The bag has one inner pocket and a padded laptop pocket that fits a 15 inch laptop. The bag has an built in aluminum frame so that it can be attached to a motorcycle. Straps for attachment is included. Online at Wrenchmonkees.
John O’Reilly hoisted his beer and said, “Here’s to spending the rest of me life between the legs of me wife !” That won him the top prize at the pub for the best toast of the night !
He went home and told his wife, Mary, “I won the prize for the Best toast of the night.” She said, “Aye, did ye now. And what was your toast?” John said, “Here’s to spending the rest of me life, sitting in church beside me wife.” “Oh, that is very nice indeed, John!” Mary said.
The next day, Mary ran into one of John’s drinking buddies on the street Corner. The man chuckled leeringly and said, “John won the prize the other night at The pub with a toast about you, Mary.” She said, “Aye, he told me, and I was a bit surprised myself. You know, he’s only been in there twice in the last four years. “Once I had to pull him by the ears to make him come, and the other time he fell asleep”.
For the month of October, S&S Cycle is once again offering paranormal prices on monstrous Frankenstein engines, in honor of Halloween. They’re built with first quality, non-current components so you save a bundle! Just the thing for a budget performance upgrade or a custom build. Grab yours today! Quantities are limited – when they’re gone, they’re gone! One year parts only warranty.
V100 Polished (Only Three Available!) Displacement: 100″ Bore: 4″ Stroke: 4″ Camshaft: 585 Rocker Arms: Non roller Ignition: Super Stock Ignition Carburetor: Super E Carb Finish: Polished Part No: 310-0637 (retail $5585)
V100 Black (Only One Available!) Displacement: 100″ Bore: 4″ Stroke: 4″ Camshaft: 585 Rocker Arms: Non roller Ignition: Super Stock Ignition Carburetor: Super E Carb Finish: Black Part No: 310-0637 (retail $4,950)
V117 Black Diamond Cut Cylinders (Only Two Available!) Displacement: 117″ Bore: 4 1/8″ Stroke: 4 3/8″ Camshaft: 585 Rocker Arms: Non roller Ignition: None* Carburetor: Super G Carb Finish: Gloss black case, polished diamond cut cylinders, gloss black diamond cut heads Part No: 310-0312B (retail $5,460) Contact your S&S customer service representative at 866-244-2673 for more information.
As announced last week, the new Las Vegas Harley dealership has opened on the famed Las Vegas Strip, steps away from the Welcome to Las Vegas sign at 5191 S. Las Vegas Boulevard. The new store will commemorate its grand opening with an all day celebration and custom motorcycle raffle on Saturday, Nov. 1. The s65,000-square-foot venue features a dealership, rental services, retail shop, service center and riding academy all under one roof. Visitors can also stop in the store’s “Recharge Zone” convenience store to hydrate, cool-off and enjoy complimentary wireless internet access. In addition to the Strip-side store, Las Vegas Harley-Davidson® also owns and operates Red Rock Harley-Davidson and Zion Harley-Davidson. Continue reading ‘The New Las Vegas Harley-Davidson Dealership’
An editorial cartoon by long time subscriber Paul Jamiol on the bio fuel industry’s push for higher ethanol blends in gasoline and that bikers should be concerned. Exclusive for Cyril Huze Post.
In addition to the bike shows I announced HERE last week, Bruce Rossmeyers’s Daytona is hosting 3 bike shows starting tomorrow Thursday October 16 (photography @H. Roesler of Covington Cycles custom bagger)
Thursday – October 16. Full Throttle Magazine Ride-in Show. 9:00-11:00 am. Registration. Awards 1:00 pm
Southern Biker Magazine – Ladies Ride-In. 2:00-4:00 pm Registration. Awards 5:00 pm
Friday – October 17 – Baddest Bagger Show. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Registration. Awards 5:00 pm
Not much I know about this custom X1 Lightning, a Buell model produced between 1999 and 2002 when it succeeding the better known S1 Lighting. It was rebuilt in Italy by a shop called Sartorie Meccaniche whose philosophy or manifesto is “We believe in beauty and noisy twins…” Named Belva (meaning Wild Beast) it’s another machine inspired by the old glory days of Cafe Racing with a hint of contemporary design. A more aggressive riding position to tame the Belva, a custom made rear end with a beefy inverted front suspension, a new Norton Endurance gas tank with a conversion from Buell EFI back to carburation are enough to make it a very nice around-town daily sled.
The impression Wheel. Comes in sized 16” to 30”. Finishes: all black or chrome.
More info at Metalsport Wheels. 562-776-9594
I had several times the opportunity to warn you about some motorcycle raffle events where nothing is raffled. Here is another example. Dave Goodwin Jr. from Amarillo, Texas, owner of “Goody’s World Famous Pop Corn”. commissioned Paul Teutul Senior to custom build a chopper with a theme incorporating his popcorn shop (!) and the military. The custom bike was featured in an episode of “American Chopper” in November 2013. Construction was financed by 2 investors for a total of $160,000. The “Pop Corn” bike was supposed to be auctioned on May 30, 2014 to benefit the Kansas-based American Fallen Warriors Memorial Foundation.. The Amarillo Global News reports that both Goodwin Jr. and the OCC motorcycle have vanished…The Amarillo, Texas Police Dept and the local FBI office are investigating…
Check out who’s going to be at the 2014 Orlando AIMExpo. Autograph & photo opportunities…
For Industry Trade & Media. Indoor Exhibits. Thursday, October 16 – 10am-6pm. Friday, October 17 – 9am-6pm. Saturday, October 18 – 9am-7pm. Sunday, October 19 – 9am-5pm. AIMExpo Outdoors. Thursday, October 16 – 10am-5pm. Friday, October 17 – 9am-5pm. Saturday, October 18 – 9am-5pm. Sunday, October 19 – 9am-4pm.
For the General Public. Indoor Exhibits. Saturday, October 18 – 9am-7pm. Sunday, October 19 – 9am-5pm. AIMExpo Outdoors! Saturday, October 18 – 9am-5pm. Sunday, October 19 – 9am-4pm.
Will be on hand at the AIMExpo Orlando Florida, this upcoming Friday & Saturday signing autographs in the National Cycle / ZTechnik booth #1657.
Friday 1.30 pm & 5 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m & 6 p.m.
Kevin Schantz. 1993 500cc Grand Prix World Champion. Kevin has had an illustrious career in motorcycle racing that continues today. He was such a popular figure in the Grand Prix racing circuit that after his retirement in 1995 from full-time racing, the FIM retired his number, 34.
He is the 2014 AIMExpo Champion and will be in attendance for the duration of the show. Sit in on Q&A sessions of the World Champion, hosted by Greg White, on the Presentation Stage.
Saturday, October 18 – 11:30am & 2pm. Sunday, October 19- 11:30am
Cristy Lee. All Girl’s Garage Host. Television personality Cristy Lee will serve as spokesperson for the 2014 AIMExpo. Cristy is best known as one of the three hosts of All Girls Garage on the Discovery Channel’s Velocity Network but she has a blossoming career in the motorsports world as well. She became a fixture as the pit reporter for AMA Road Racing and has since expanded that success into serving similar roles for AMSOIL Arenacross on Fox Sports 1, TORC – The Off-Road Championship on NBCSN, and Monster Jam on SPEED. She’s also worked on assignment at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for Country Music Television (CMT). Cristy will be interviewed by Greg White on the
Presentation Stage. Swing by to hear how her love for motorcycles took her from an amateur racer to professional broadcaster: Saturday, October 18 – 12pm & 3pm
Dom Emde. AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Member. Don Emde, winner of the 1972 Daytona 200 and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee.
Worked for three years on a project to retrace and document the route of an amazing 11-1/2 day coast-to-coast motorcycle ride in 1914 by America’s first Adventure bike rider, Erwin G. Baker, better known today as “Cannon Ball” Baker.
From May 3rd to May 11th, Emde and a small group of riders retraced Cannon Ball Baker’s route, day-by-day, mile-by-mile. Emde will share his experience on the AIMExpo Presentation Stage.
Saturday, October 18 – 1:00pm & 4:00pm. Sunday, October 19 – 12:00pm.
Actor Perry King. Perry King, a well-known actor of stage, screen and television for more than 40 years, is a longtime AMA member and enthusiast who has more than 30 motorcycles in his personal collection.
For years, King has given his time and talent to both the AMA and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He is currently a member of the AMA Board of Directors. 2014 marks the 7th year that King has hosted the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
King will talk about his advocacy for motorcyclists on the AIMExpo stage.
Presentation Stage. Saturday, October 18 – 12:30pm
Renzland now lives and trains full-time in Florida, and will ride the 250 East Class in the 2015 Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series.
He will talk about his future in Supercross on the AIMExpo Stage.
Presentation Stage. Sunday, October 19.
Rocky Robinson. Motorcycle Land Speed Record Holder. In September of 2010, Rocky Robinson set the current motorcycle land speed record of 376.363 MPH in the Mike Akatiff owned and designed, dual turbo charged Suzuki Hayabusa powered Ack Attack stream liner.
In the high-stakes world of land speed racing, Rocky currently sits on top. He’ll talk about the challenges and excitement of the salt flats on the AIMExpo Stage.
Presentation Stage. Saturday, October 18 – 5:30pm.
Because we all have different sizes and shapes, choosing a motorcycle seat, as is the task of choosing new bars, is the most difficult thing to do. In the old West a saddle was a cowboy’s most valued piece of gear. Carefully selected for fit and features, worn and molded to provide all-day comfort, a good saddle was a cherished item. A motorcycle’s seat provides the same intimate interface between rider and machine, and dialing in the fit of the seat is key for rider comfort and confidence. Harley-Davidson® employs the latest tools of ergonomic science to shape the seats for its new motorcycles, but also understands that riders are all different. Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories has developed a wide range of accessory seats for many H-D motorcycle models, each intended to enhance rider fit and comfort, or to provide select features.
To fit it right, Harley offers the HD-1™ Fit Shop. Rider reach to the controls, reach to the ground, and general comfort are all areas that can be addressed with an accessory seat. Through the H-D1™ Fit Shop, participating Harley-Davidson dealers offer a Seat Demo Program that takes the guess-work out of finding a perfect-fitting seat. A rider can try several seats and see how each affects the style and ergonomics of his or her motorcycle. Participating dealers will have as many as 26 different accessory seats available for demo on a variety of Harley-Davidson models.
Reduced Reach seat styles are ideal for riders with a shorter inseam. These seats move the rider closer to the hand and foot controls. They feature a narrow front profile that brings the rider’s legs closer together so feet may rest firmly on the ground. Reduced Reach seats are available for select V-Rod®, Dyna®, Sportster®, Softail®, Touring and Street® motorcycles.
Super Reduced Reach are intended for small-frame riders with a very short inseam. These seats move the rider significantly closer to the controls than an Original Equipment seat and also feature a narrow front profile. Super Reduced Reach seats are available for select Dyna, Sportster, Softail, and Touring models. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson H-D1 Fit Shop. To Choose The Right Seat To Please Your Butt’
The annual october motorcycle rally in Daytona Beach gets underway this coming Thursday. Biketoberfest is a key tourist draw in the otherwise slow autumn season. Having attended all the previous editions, I have witnessed the event struggling to grow since 2008 in the face of national economic woes, changing demographics and other competing motorcycle events around Orlando.
Traditionally, most of the participants reside in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. But this year, Americans are little bit more upbeat despite the seemingly constant onslaught of bad news. So, the Daytona Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau has increased its marketing budget for the 2014 rally in a bid to expand Biketoberfest’s appeal both geographically and with new demographics like women riders.
I will be on location to tell you if more people than last year attend the series of events and what vendors think of this new Biketoberfest edition. To be mentioned, Indian Motorcycle Daytona Beach is opening Thursday, kickoff of Biketoberfest, in the former Bruce Rossmeyer Harley-Davidson location at 290 N. Beach St. The dealer will offer demo rides and an opportunity to win a new Indian and for those loving vintage motorcycles and racing, vintage motorcycle racing returns to the Daytona International Speedway as riders compete on the 3.56 mile track. All events for the long rally weekend are listed at the Biketoberfest Official Website.