The Adventures Of Sparky And Clutch. Episode 10.


HitMan Slip-Ons By Magnaflow For Harley-Davidson Tourers

American exhaust manufacturer Magnaflow lists the features and benefits of these Hitman Slip-Ons new offering as not only adding extra style to your tourer but also as being a true bolt-on dynamic performance improvement to your bike. For 95-16 and 17-up Harley touring bikes.

Other benefits include. A very rich, thundering bass sound quality. 4½” rotatable slash cut end caps. Pro-flow 3 step core. Show chrome or deep black finish. Made in the USA. At Magnaflow V-Twin Exhaust (not legal for sale or use in California on any pollution controlled motor vehicles)

Joke Of The Week

A Tennessee couple, Dave and Rebecca Kosmitis, both bona fide rednecks, had 9 children. They went to the doctor to see about getting Dave “fixed:”.

The doctor gladly started the required procedure and asked them what finally made them make the decision. Why, after 9 children, would you choose to do this?

Dave replied that they had read in a recent article that 1 out of 10 children being born in the United States is a Mexican and that they didn’t want to take a chance on having a Mexican baby because neither of them could speak Spanish.

Progressive Suspension

All Of Erik Buell Racing In Liquidation Again Beginning June 7.

I am not sure if the saga of American motorcycle sport company EBR which produced street and racing motorcycles, is going to end on June 7, or will continue under a new form/ownership that nobody in the industry can predict. The only thing we know for sure is that EBR shut down beginning of the year, and that its owner Liquid Asset Partners will start on June 7 a two-month long piecemeal liquidation sale and live auction at EBR’s state-of-the-art facility in East Trpy, Wisconsin. The public auction will be on June 8 at the factory and will include the factory production equipment, test equipment, and numerous additional lots, including the intellectual property of EBR Motorcycles and production tooling located at suppliers across the globe.and many historical artifacts inside the EBR’s facility. Continue reading ‘All Of Erik Buell Racing In Liquidation Again Beginning June 7.’

Hornet Turn And Running Lights

You can use these Hornet Lights as turn and/or running lights using the right model and color lens.

The beauty is a simplified installation with wiring (from top to bottom) either through stud, housing, top (mirror)

You pick your supplied lens color respecting the intended use of these Hornet lights while respecting Federal regulations: red when used as turn signals and running lights and amber when used as turn signals only. Continue reading ‘Hornet Turn And Running Lights’

An Excellent Custom Moto Guzzi By Tom Dixon Named Tomoto During Milan Design Week.

At the show, Tom Dixon’s massive Multiplex exhibition – a showcase of his designs – presented the Tomoto motorcycle. It features what many like, ultimate simplicity, raw aluminum, patterned covers and wheels and of course his signature lamp/headlight. A short video about his love for the Moto Guzzi motorcycles still made in the same factory in the hills above Lake Como.

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10-Gauge Fender Struts For Scout

Fender Struts are only struts, but Indian Scout owners can get some billet aluminum ones utilizing the factory rear fender mounting locations.

Great to replace the unfinished hardware on each side. Sold in pair with chrome hardware included. Black $259.95 Chrome $279.95. Arlen Ness.

Burt Munro 50th Anniversary World Speed Record Celebrated This Year In Bonneville By Burt’s Great Nephew Lee Racing A Current Day Indian Scout Streamliner

Fifty years ago a motorcyclist from New Zealand entered the record books in a never-to-be-forgotten moment on the Bonneville Salt Flats on his Indian Scout Streamliner. Celebrated in the featured film, “The World’s Fastest Indian,” Burt Munro transcends motorcycling and is an icon for pushing personal boundaries and rising above conventional limitations.

To commemorate Burt’s feat, Indian Motorcycle is teaming up with Burt’s great nephew, Lee Munro, to race a current-day Indian Scout Streamliner on the Bonneville Salt Flats on August 13.  To create the modern day “world’s fastest Indian,” a team of seven Indian Motorcycle engineers volunteered, worked after hours, and from production Scout and added horsepower, cut weight, and added aerodynamic improvements.

“Motorcycling is about shedding boundaries and limitations to go beyond the norm and there is no better example of that than Burt Munro,” said Reid Wilson, Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director. “Driven by unparalleled determination and a legendary passion for the pursuit, Burt Munro embodies the spirit of Indian Motorcycle and we couldn’t be prouder to honor his legacy with an updated version of his historic record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in August.”

The team will perform several test runs in El Mirage, California before Lee Munro takes to the Salt Flats of Bonneville. Lee Munro will pilot a modern-day Indian Scout with a powertrain modified by the Indian Motorcycle engineering team and a slick aerodynamic shell in an effort to become the world’s fastest modern day Indian motorcycle. The run will not break Burt’s record, but instead will honor his storied legacy in the world of motorcycling.

Burt Munro’s name is known by shed builders across the globe and is the ultimate example of the gritty, adrenaline-fueled pastime of expanding the limits of speed at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Lee Munro said: “My uncle Burt was a significant inspiration for my own racing career and his appetite for speed is clearly a part of my DNA. What Indian Motorcycle is doing is fantastic and I couldn’t be prouder to partner with them and pilot my own Scout at Bonneville in honor of my uncle and the 50th anniversary of his historic record.” Continue reading ‘Burt Munro 50th Anniversary World Speed Record Celebrated This Year In Bonneville By Burt’s Great Nephew Lee Racing A Current Day Indian Scout Streamliner’

Harley-Davidson Building A Factory In Thailand To Serve Its International Customers. United Steelworkers (USW) Strongly Condemns.

The Milwaukee-based company said that this new factory will not affect its U.S. operations. “Asia Pacific is a growth market for Harley-Davidson because of its expanding economy, growing middle class, positive consumer spending trends and increasing market demand for larger motorcycle sales,” a spokesman for the company said.

But United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard released the following statement. The USW represents members at Harley’s plants in Wisconsin and Missouri. “Harley-Davidson has been the crown jewel of American manufacturing. It’s an iconic brand that represents true American spirit. Management’s decision to offshore production is a slap in the face to the American worker and to hundreds of thousands of Harley riders across the country” Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Building A Factory In Thailand To Serve Its International Customers. United Steelworkers (USW) Strongly Condemns.’

2017 Harley Dome Cologne Germany

For the 4th year, Harley-Davidson welcomed bikers May 20-21 downtown Cologne near the famous Church and around for festivities, a parade of 2500 riders to the Rhine river. It was followed by a 2-daybike show sponsored by Metzeler and Custom Chrome Europe.

The event is free of access for the public at large, but each bike owner must pay 10 euros to pay for security enforcement in and out of this extremely urban and congested area of the city. Yes, in Germany, organizers and have to be financially ready to face any unforeseen event, including the most apocalyptic.  And money is raised from those “making” the event (bikers) and not from the watching spectators…

And for those who want to know a little bit more, the Cologne Cathedral of Cologne is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996.

It is Germany’s most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day and currently the tallest twin-spired church at 515 ft (157 m) tall. (photos @ H. Roesler)

Watch Out For Motorcycles Before Changing Lane

On a four-lane LA freeway a Toyota pulls across into the lane reserved to carpool vehicles and motorcycles. A Harley biker has no time to stop and smashes straight into the back of the car. As he hits the car he moans: “Oh f**k” and is thrown on to the moving vehicle. He posted this amazing video in the hope of promoting driver awareness.

John Shope Signature Series By Mustang Seats For Indian Motorcycle

These 4 seats for Indian models are designed by John Shope of Dirty Bird Concepts and handcrafted by Mustang Seats. They are available in either a Café or two-up Tripper style, featuring a diamond-stitched pattern with the exception of the Café style for the Scout which is Tuck and Roll stitched.  All four seats feature double stitched, high quality expanded vinyl plus a perforated design center panel for a custom flair.

For the Indian Scout 2015-17 (top pictures)

Café style :  #76305   MSRP $339 (driver width 9”)
Tripper style: #76306   MSRP $379 (driver width 8.5”, passenger 5”)

For the Indian Chieftain, Chief Classic, Dark Horse, Roadmaster & Vintage 2014-17
Café style: #76307   MSRP $339 (driver width 11.5”)Tripper two-up style: #76308   MSRP $379 (driver width 11”, passenger 6”)

As with all Mustang seats, the marine-grade fiberglass baseplate, proprietary comfort foam and individually sewn covers are proudly handcrafted and assembled in their New England facility (tours are available by appointment). For more information, visit Mustang Seats or call 800-243-1392 or 413-668-1100.

New Paint Color Options For New Indian Chieftain Limited

Indian Motorcycle announced an expanded range of paint color options for the new Chieftain Limited, the fastest-selling bagger in Indian Motorcycle history launched April 4, 2017. The new options are: Silver Smoke, Wildfire Red over Thunder Black, White Smoke, and Star Silver over Thunder Black. .At the same price point of $24,499. The will be available at US & Canadian dealerships in the middle of June.

Solid Brass Tips For Drag Pipes

To complete an old school style, these solid brass exhaust tips are available either for 1 3/4” and 2” diameter pipes in short or long curve design.

Easy to install in minutes by sliding the tips inside your pipes then drilling a small holes through them for securing them together with a small screw.

Models for 1 ¾” pipes are P/N 640 Short Curve, 640A Long Curve and 640B Tapered. For 2” pipes you have P/N 641 Short Curve, 641A Long Curve and 641B Tapered. All of the tips are sold in pairs and retail for just $89.95.

Contact Paughco at 775-246-5738 or visit their website.

The Original Exhaust Wrap Protection

Design Engineering Inc. specializes in heat and sound protection for every powersport application. DEI premium exhaust wraps are designed to keep heat contained within the metal pipes of the exhaust system. This keeps the heat expanded longer increasing the velocity of gas flow out of the exhaust header and exhaust system mufflers. Wrapping your header pipes with exhaust wrap can reduce ambient temperatures by up to 50% while providing additional horsepower, engine protection and rider comfort. Continue reading ‘The Original Exhaust Wrap Protection’

The Motorcycle Community Mourns The Loss Of Nicky Hayden

Former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden died in hospital on Monday, five days after he was hit by a car while training on his bicycle. Hayden was training on the Rimini coast following a motorcycle race at nearby Imola. He was 35. Hayden won the MotoGP title in 2006, finishing narrowly ahead of Italian great Valentino Rossi.

The American Flat Track  community is mourning following the tragic passing of American motorcycle racing legend Nicky Hayden and sends heartfelt condolences to the Hayden family.

Nicky’s breakout year came in 1999 when he took home his first victory in the Grand National Championship at the Hagerstown Half-Mile and was bestowed American Flat Track Rookie of the Year honors. That same year, as a privateer, he won the AMA Supersport championship and was subsequently named the AMA’s Athlete of the Year.

Over the next three seasons, Nicky perfected his craft on American dirt tracks and road courses, grabbing five more GNC victories and winning the DAYTONA 200 en route to capturing the 2002 AMA Superbike championship. In 2003, after dominating the American motorcycle racing scene, Honda tapped the rising star to join the elite Repsol Honda team in MotoGP. At 22 years old, the Kentucky Kid was introduced to the world, and his warm personality, smooth style and Southern charm quickly resonated with fans across the globe.

Four short years later, Nicky’s dreams were realized when the American prodigy captured the Grand Prix World Championship in dramatic fashion, cementing his legacy as the best American motorcycle racer of his generation.

Hipster Chic Forty-Eight Sportster

Continuously produced since 1957, the Sportster, with all its successive models under the product code XL, may be one of the truest representation of Harley’s DNA. Easy to handle light bikes, with attitude and able to race against the best brands with very few modifications. Far from the “beginner” bike image that some try to portray of motorcycles wearing the Harley Sportster badge.

Each of the family 6 current models share the same unmistakable Sportster styling for a quick responsive handling from a 45-degree Evolution V-Twin engine design in either 883cc or 1200 cc size. Perhaps more that any other Harley model, it’s for many the perfect canvas for mechanical and aesthetics improvements, and with a low acquisition price, one of the major reasons why there are so many Sportster owners around the world and consequently such an abundance of available spare and custom parts. Continue reading ‘Hipster Chic Forty-Eight Sportster’

Custom Diamond Pattern Sportster Gas Tank

Looking for old school motorcycle styling with a different twist? This diamond-pattern TIG-welded steel construction gas tank may be your ticket to a quite unique retro look.

Measuring approximately 23” with a 3” deep deep tunnel, this gas tank holds 3 gallons of fuel and will work great for both carbureted and fuel injected 2004-2017 Sportsters.

The. suggested retail price is $199.95 with chrome mounting hardware included. For more information, go to Drag Specialties or contact your local Drag Specialties dealer.

“Moby Dick” Brough Superior SS100 Is Back To Auction

Kmown as one of the most valuable motorcycles in the world, the Brough Superior SS100. nicknamed in 1931 “Moby Dick” by UK Motor Cycling is going again to auction in Italy on May 27. The SS100 was proclaimed as “the fastest privately owned machine in the world” at that time.

At its last auction the bike was sold by Bonhams for US $333,210 in 2011, becoming one of the top 10 most valuable motorcycles ever sold. This time around, Moby Dick is estimated by auctioneers RM-Sothebys to sell for between US $550,000 to US$770,000).

Grand opening Weekend For The First Ace Cafe In the USA. Cool Cars And Hot Bikes, Charity Ride, Motorcycle Raffle, Special Guests, Free Rock ‘n Roll concert And More

The Ace Cafe Orlando officially opened its doors to the public on Friday May 18 at 7:00 a.m to enjoy an action-packed weekend of festivities at the 35,000-square-foot motor-centric dining, entertainment and retail destination. North America’s newest home for all who share the passion for speed, thrills and rock ‘n roll is waiving the green flag, signaling that it’s “go time” for Central Floridians and guests from around the globe to celebrate the heritage and history of the most famous Cafe on the planet.

City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer arrived to the Ace in a yellow ’58 Corvette for the signature flag-waving to mark the official opening of Ace Cafe Orlando. “The City of Orlando is committed to providing residents and our 68 million visitors with a diverse array of entertainment and dining options,” said Mayor Dyer. “Ace Cafe is a welcomed addition to Downtown Orlando, adding to the vibrancy and quality of life in the area, and will help to generate increased visitation and economic benefits to the area with its festivals and events.”

All three days of grand opening weekend will feature cool cars and hot bikes, live rock ‘n roll inside and outside both day and night, a BMW RnineT Racer motorcycle raffle benefiting Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children (APCH), live demonstrations by three world-famous artists, onsite activities and brand partner merchandise (while supplies last), and a free Friday night concert by Rockin’ Jason D. Williams – direct from Memphis, about whom Rolling Stone magazine says “There hasn’t been raw rockabilly this solid since Jerry Lee Lewis, himself.”

After the jump, a snapshot of Ace Cafe Orlando’s grand opening weekend celebration activities. Continue reading ‘Grand opening Weekend For The First Ace Cafe In the USA. Cool Cars And Hot Bikes, Charity Ride, Motorcycle Raffle, Special Guests, Free Rock ‘n Roll concert And More’

The Adventures Of Sparky And Clutch. Episode 9. The First Breakdown (Part 3)

Electric Motorcycles. How Should They Sound?

All major brands have spent the last decade focused on bridging the generation gap between loyal boomer customers and new millennial fans by offering customized bikes like the Harley “Dark Customs” line up. More or less successful at it, at least they have proved that they can grow simultaneously in multiple generational directions . And because the motorcycle industry expects a heightened competitive environment to continue for the foreseeable future, these same brands are rushing to offer an even more diverse line-up in which electric motorcycles are expected to be a new and very fast growing “sub-range”

In 2014, Harley-Davidson presented “Project LiveWire, its first-ever electric bike, and received an overwhelmingly positive feedback for design, acceleration (claimed 0-60 mph in 4 seconds) and handling, although negative reactions remained for riding range and regenerative braking system. For sure, motorcycle market disruption is coming. The electric vehicle manufacturing technological revolution is going on at full speed and new more compact and efficient batteries point to the possibility of all major brands launching their new affordable /performance electric models around summer of 2021.

Agreeing that obviously electric motorcycles do need to make noise to make their presence known, at least for security reason, one of the main points of discussion is how they should sound? Until now, all currently produced or concept electric motorcycles make jet turbine engine sounds. Harley gas powered bikes create that unique “potato-potato-potato” chugging growl and the Milwaukee manufacturer would like its electric LiveWire bike to produce its own very unique recognizable jet fighter sound. So, do you think that each electric motorcycle brand should have his own unique signature sound? To the point that it could be marketed by some as a status symbol of the brand you ride? A la Tesla? Imagine all possibilities from the sounds of this F-22 Raptor.

In Memory Of Client And Friend Paul Gren 1964-2017

“About 10 years ago, Cyril created the bike you see here for a man who became a great friend to me. We met after the bike was delivered to Paul Gren, here in Longwood, Florida. There were some teething pains, and Cyril asked if we could sort them out for Paul, which we did. The bike is typical Cyril Huze art! A bobber based on a Chica frame, with cool touches everywhere, a great TP engine, a hand tooled seat and an amazing paint job by Chris Cruz (long before Fairless could spell Graffiti!).

Paul and I became fast friends and put many miles on our customs together. We went many times to Easyrider bike shows on the east coast, to custom shows in South Florida and local bike nights many.These are memories I will never forget. I lost track of Paul for a number of years as time and life changes often do to people, until about 2 months ago. Paul showed up with this bike and his wife’s Softail. Both covered in dust having been ignored for over 5 years. Needless to say, we got them both running and shined up nicely, and I got some time with my old friend.

Two days ago, at Paul’s Tow Company yard, someone who parked illegally and could not afford his tow bill, shot Paul at point blank range! To think that my friend, a husband and father of three at only 53 years old was killed by an a**hole over a car is unfathomable!

Our hearts go out to Kim, his lovely wife, Eva, Jake, Alex his children and everyone who will never get to share another smile with this gentle man. The motorcycling community has lost a great friend! Godspeed Paul.”

Pete Giarrusso. President, Pete G’s Chopper Design Services. 407-834-5007

Harley-Davidson And Wounded Warrior Project Surprise Veteran With New Bike To Launch Mission “Thank you”

Harley-Davidson has teamed up with Adam Sandoval – the founder of ScootinAmerica, an initiative that focuses on giving back to our military members – to launch MISSION: “THANK YOU”. MISSION” “THANK YOU” launched at San Diego Harley-Davidson yesterday morning. Harley-Davidson and Sandoval worked with Wounded Warrior Project to honor a WWP alumnus and veteran from San Diego with a new Harley-Davidson powered by the  Milwaukee-Eight engine. Shane Kruchten, the surprised recipient and U.S. military veteran, was in shock and full of gratitude learning about his new Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Kruchten is the first of eight honorees that will get bikes this year. Sandoval is asking every American to nominate a military member – past or present – who has dedicated their life to protecting our freedom by submitting their story of sacrifice, strength and courage of service. His cross-country MISSION: “THANK YOU” aims to thank those who have served, and are serving, to protect our freedom by giving away eight Harley-Davidson motorcycles powered by new Milwaukee-Eight engines. A panel consisting of Sandoval, Wounded Warrior Project representatives and Harley-Davidson leadership will select which seven other deserving military members will be honored with new motorcycles. The honorees will also receive a lifetime membership to the Harley Owners Group and they can give a free Harley-Davidson Riding Academy class to a loved one.

Based on America’s nominations, Sandoval will make seven special stops along his cross-country journey to give away the new Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Follow the mission on Adam Sandoval Rides  or follow Adam’s journey on Facebook or Twitter.


Precision Accents And Covers All Over Your Harley Milwaukee-Eight Engine

Kuryakyn introduces the first complete line of bolt-on engine covers designed exclusively for Milwaukee-Eight models. The Precision line of accents and covers showcases modern and muscular designs to emulate internal movements of the engine and transmission. “Historically we designed our engine chrome components to be used together,” said Kenny Ladoucer, Kuryakyn category manager. “If you didn’t buy a certain piece, it looked like something was missing. The Precision System is different in that each part can be integrated independently, pieced together over time, or used to target specific areas of the motor to create a visual impact.”

The collection includes groupings of unique covers and accents that bring the same powerful appearance to often-overlooked areas of the engine block. Focus areas include the cylinder base, inner primary, tappet block, transmission and starter, as well as the voltage regulator, coolant pump for liquid-cooled models, and oil cooler, among others. Previous iterations of Kuryakyn engine covers have incorporated the use of VHB adhesive for installation. Everything in the Precision line is bolt on, creating a more uniform aesthetic with the motor while also reducing the hassle of removing and re-installing parts for service maintenance.

“Kuryakyn has established a reputation for developing engine covers,” said Industrial Design Manager Michael Bates. “When we got our hands on the new Milwaukee-Eight, we knew this was going to be an incredible opportunity and journey for our team. We paid close attention to the original inspiration behind the design, and then pinpointed opportunities to make the look more complete. What we added incorporates the same muscular styling cues found throughout the engine. There aren’t many projects that consume our whole team, and the entire Kuryakyn Product Development group played a role in all phases of creating the Precision collection. We’re incredibly proud to see this line of parts hit the market.”

The Precision Collection is now available through Kuryakyn and its worldwide dealer and distributor network. The majority of components are currently offered in premium chrome finish, with a handful of select pieces also available in black. Continue reading ‘Precision Accents And Covers All Over Your Harley Milwaukee-Eight Engine’

KTM Reveals World’s First Fuel-Injected Two-Stroke Motorcycles

KTM has unveiled two new two-stroke Enduro bikes. Both bikes use transfer port injection technology and are the world’s first (not road legal) fuel-injected two-stroke motorcycles. The new Transfer Port Injection is a system which essentially uses two injectors to feed fuel into the transfer ports of the cylinder, mixing it with the flow of air and oil supplied through a throttle body. This new system is said to make the engine smoother to ride, with a drastic reduction in fuel consumption and removing the need to pre-mix fuel or changing the carb jetting for different environments.The new ECU uses a number of sensor readings to determine perfect ignition timing and fuel injection.

Both bikes have hi-end equipment, including fully adjustable WP suspension, Brembo brakes and a lightweight steel alloy double cradle chassis. The new models meet the latest emission norms and are Euro 4 compliant. Pricing for the new bikes haven’t been announced yet and are expected to be available by June. More importantly, it underlines the fact that two-stroke engines can be environmentally friendly. What remains to be seen is whether KTM will be rolling out road-oriented two-stroke powered models in the near future. Continue reading ‘KTM Reveals World’s First Fuel-Injected Two-Stroke Motorcycles’

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