How to properly mount your Sportster gas tank Frisco style without metal fabrication involved and no cost involved for a new paint job? Simply with a low cost bolt-on gas tank lift. Well engineered, it only requires that you remove your tank from the factory hardware, slide the Frisco bracket in place, then re-bolt your tank using the original hardware and the additional one provided. Continue reading ‘Going Frisco Style With Your Sportster’
Texas House Passes Biker Safety Bill Days After Shooting. Texas lawmakers approved motorcycle safety legislation on Friday that supporters say was going to be discussed at the biker’s meeting in Waco where a deadly shootout erupted last weekend. The bill, which now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott, would funnel some of the state’s motorcycle-related fees to state Department of Transportation campaigns that remind motorists to share the road and look twice for motorcycles. Some fees already help boost the Texas Department of Public Safety’s motorcycle education efforts. Three bikers who helped write the legislation are among about 170 people jailed following Sunday’s melee in Waco that killed nine people.
Harley-Davidson Inc to Issue Quarterly Dividend of $0.31 on June 12th. Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) stockholders of record on Thursday, May 28th will be given a dividend of 0.31 per share on Friday, June 12th. This represents a $1.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.19%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, May 26th.
Alabama. Motorcycle License Bill Passes Legislature. Alabamians will need to have a motorcycle classification on their license, and take a written exam or safety course, under a bill that has passed the state Legislature. Currently, only motorcyclists age 14 and 15 have to take a written test and get the M classification. Those older than that may get the classification, but don’t have to. Motorcyclists who already have the M classification will be grandfathered in. The law will become effective Jan. 1, 2016. Law enforcement will then be able to issue tickets to motorcyclists who don’t have the M classification. The bill also allows drivers to complete a safety course instead of the written test. There’s a $5 fee for the written test.
A serrated foot surface gives you a good bite onto the bottom of your shoes. Because they are CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum, they are light-weight but still super strong. They feature a pitch adjustment that enables you to change the foot position. They mount using the Harley stock mounting hardware. Dimensions: 4.75″ wide x 13.5″ long x .75″ thick. Available in hard black or raw aluminum finish. $429.95. Matching serrated brake pedals with dimensions 4.5″ wide x 2.75″ long x .75″ thick. Also available in hard black or raw aluminum finish. $64.95. At Joker Machine.
A married couple in their early 60s are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restaurant. Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table. She said, “For being such an exemplary married couple and for being loving to each other for all this time, I will grant you each a wish.”
The wife answered, “Oh, I want to travel around the world With my darling husband.” The fairy waved her magic wand and – poof! – two tickets for the Queen Mary II appeared in her hands.
The husband thought for a moment. “Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this will never come again. I’m sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me.” The wife and the fairy were deeply disappointed. But a wish is a wish.
So the fairy waved her magic wand and Poof!…the husband became 92 years old.
The moral of this story: men who are ungrateful bastards should remember that fairies are female …..
These spinning wheels by a company called My Movement should not be called Spinners. They feature a patented technique called E.C.R.T. for ” Encapsulated Center Technology. Basically, the wheel is build with a structure allowing the center component to spin freely. The six separate components can be custom finished with painting, anodizing, plating or powder coating. The patented 3D Design Locking System allows the end user the option of locking the center component in 20 different positions to compliment the outer design to suit his mood anytime he wants. The manufacturer holds 3 utility and design patents on each of their every multi-piece wheel. Choose your own design and it will be produced in sizes from 16″ to 32″. It’s at 180-degree from my personal taste, but some will be interested…A demo video. At My Movement.
Polaris Industries Inc. is headquartered just outside of Minneapolis in Medina, Minnesota. Polaris engineering, US manufacturing and distribution facilities are located in Roseau, Minnesota; Osceola, Wisconsin; Spirit Lake, Iowa; Vermillion South Dakota.
1- Polaris was founded in Roseau, Minn., in 1954 as a snowmobile manufacturer.
2- Polaris expanded to a line of watercrafts discontinued about 10 years ago.
3- The current Iowa Spirit Lake plant was created in 1994 from an abandoned ice machine factory. After last year’s expansion and a 7.7 million investment, it is now a 400,000 sq. ft facility housing 3 brand production lines: Victory motorcycles, Indian and Slingshot. Continue reading ‘Polaris Industries. Did You Know?’
Those who want to convey their motorcycling lifestyle inside their homes can park their bike in their living room, or turn motorcycle parts into pieces of furniture. If you look for a lightning fixture an industrial designer and motorcycle enthusiast by the name of Eran Peled offers the TORO motor-head constructed from genuine but modified motorcycle parts (yes, the bars are turned backward)
It ressembles a trophy bull’s skull and In addition to be a functional lamp it will be for sure an interesting conversation piece. The TORO Motor-Head will find its place in living rooms, man caves, bars, restaurants, motorcycle shops and more. You can order at Toro Motorhead.
Just ride. It’s a simple idea that expresses the passion that unites motorcycle riders around the world, regardless of age, location, or brand. It’s also all anyone needs to do to join the thousands of Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riders and Harley Owners Group® members who are flexing their freedom and hitting the open road during the Harley-Davidson™ World Ride on June 27 and 28.
Launched in 2008 by the Harley Owners Group as Million Mile Monday®, the annual riding event was expanded into the two-day Harley-Davidson World Ride in 2012 to give more riders worldwide an opportunity to participate. In 2014, participants logged more than 10 million miles on solo rides, in groups large and small, and through a variety of dealer-led events around the world, united by their shared passion for motorcycling. For 2015, the event retains its two-day format, but shifts to Saturday and Sunday to enable even more riders around the globe to participate. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson World Ride June 27-28, 2015. Two Days. Millions of Miles.’
Standing on your motorcycle while riding is called motorcycle surfing. I don’t recommend you try it. But it’s such a beautiful movie you all will enjoy. Film and music by Scott Winn.
U.S. transportation regulators on Wednesday called for stronger rules for motorcycle helmets, proposing additional safety requirements in an effort to crack down on “novelty” helmets that do not meet federal standards. The Department of Transportation said such uncertified helmets are unsafe and do not protect riders in crashes despite being sold and marketed for use on the road.
Its proposal would further define what makes an acceptable motorcycle helmet, from its thickness to its compression ability, in an attempt to help riders and state law enforcement officials identify inferior helmets. Such proposed changes aim “to reduce fatalities and injuries resulting from traffic accidents involving use of motorcycle helmets” that fail to meet federal standards, Department of Transportation regulators said.
Deaths stemming from motorcycle crashes are disproportionately high, they said, in part due to the high number of motorcyclists wearing substandard helmets. Novelty helmets generally cover a smaller area of the head, have thin liners and lack the ability to absorb the force of a crash, the department said. They are often sold with disclaimers stating that they are not for highway use “yet they are sold to highway users and used in great numbers by motorcyclists,” the regulators said. Continue reading ‘U.S. Transportation Regulators To Crack Down On Novelty Motorcycle Helmets’
This new seat from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories gives your Sportster a kind of lean, classic “ton-up” look. This Solo Seat (P/N 52000200, $349.95) features a high back pad that holds the rider in place and confidently in the motorcycle with hands and feet reaching naturally to the controls. The seat’s low-slung lines, narrow nose and tapered tail enhance a sporting profile and pay homage to iconic Café Racer style. The black-vinyl cover features a perforated, diamond-stitched seating area. The seat’s width is 9.6 inches. The Sportster Café Solo Seat fits 2004-2006 and 2010-later Harley-Davidson Sportster® models. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson
Last Saturday May 16, 2015 The Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, California was a chance to admire 400 of the world’s finest vintage, classic, and modern dern motorcycles motorcycles from both pre- and post-war eras.
Motorcycles as Art celebrated with a fine lunch and offerings from local wineries and breweries. A selection of 5 of the finest motorcycles exhibited on the lawns of the Quail Lodge. From top to bottom (photography @ Tom G. O’Neal via Bloomberg)
1- Unrestored 1951/Mondial/Bialbero Grand Prix
2- 1949 Custom Indian Scout
3- 1975 Bultaco Fontera 250
4- 1936 Custom Harley Chopper
5- 1912 Pope Model H
The Project 156 Victory prototype race engine. Maximum power for extreme conditions at Pikes Peak. Watch Part 2 of the Project 156 build as VictoryRacing, Roland Sands Design & Cycle World bring you a prototype built for 156 corners of fury and an epic race to the clouds.
Daring acrobats, death-defying stuntmen, fire-breathing women, theatrical performances and side-show oddities are all part of the spectacle guests of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® will watch this August in a three-ring Circus.
In ring number one the Air Sex Championships will merge real life with imaginary sex twice daily on the Buffalo Chip’s showcase stages. Comedian and host Chris Trew will invite guests to take part in his politely offensive and utterly hilarious interactive stage show on the Jägermeister and Bikini Beach stages. And, the International UniMotorCyclist Society will battle it out at the PowerSports Complex on Saturday, Aug. 8 in a series of drag races like no other, all on one wheel with no brakes or steering. Those badass bikers on one wheel will also host some of the zaniest events at the rally including sticky whipped cream wrestling, slippery lesbian oil wrestling, funky burlesque Mardi Gras contest and more all open to any adult wanting to win big cash prizes.
In ring number two is the Seattle Cossacks.For more than 75 years this group of motorcycle acrobats has been building human pyramids high atop moving, vintage, Harley-Davidsons. Audiences will witness authentic daredevils performing tricks on motorcycles older than the Sturgis Rally. They will bring their rolling show to the CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip with three shows daily Tuesday through Thursday, including their death-defying “Wall of Fire” show at 7 p.m. Continue reading ‘Three-Ring Circus On Steroids Coming This August To The Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’
LLOYDZ Motor Workz has long been the leading name in high performance products for Victory Motorcycles. In fact, LLOYDZ has been developing and producing performance parts for Victory’s since they started coming off the assembly line back in 1999. Ever since the announcement that Polaris Industries purchased the Indian Motorcycle name, LLOYDZ Greer Motor Workz has worked hard to offer air cleaner kits and slip-on mufflers for Indian Motorcycles equipped with the Thunderstroke 111″.
For the rider that wants to utilize the stock Thunderstroke cover. With a retail price of $209.00, this kit (p/n IMC-205) has 170% more filtering area than stock, and boasts horsepower gains of 16% over stock and torque gains of 14% over stock when used in conjunction with LLOYDZ performance slip-on mufflers and a PC-V Power Commander. What makes this filter unique is that it has filter media on face of the filter directly in front of the throttle body allowing it to not only pull air in from the sides of the filter, but also directly in front of the throttle body. The cover remains in the stock location so it doesn’t interfere with your leg like some of the other aftermarket filters on the market. For all Indian Thunderstroke 111″ motors, Retail for $209.00
For those who want to add a custom look, a billet chrome cover and chrome screen (p/n IMC-215) to protect the filter and give it a nice clean appearance while utilizing the same high flow filter as IMC-205. Retail pricing is $398. LLOYDZ Motorworkz Tel. 845-744-4889. Or on Facebook.
In 1995, Cartoonist, Illustrator and faithful reader Paul Jamiol did a cartoon to denounce biker violence.
Last Sunday’s deadly shootout in Waco, Texas between motorcycle clubs inspired him to rework his cartoon.
In this new version Jamiol pens his comment on the incident, showing the dark cloud and negative effect it has on all motorcyclists with the public at large.
A northern Italian beach whose name is Lignano Sabbiadoro where, as in most summer resorts, activities are limited to swimming, tanning and shopping. Except in May during Biker Fest International when entertainment expands the time of a weekend to watching bikes cruise the Adriatic Sea coast, demo riding the latest models from motorcycle manufacturers and admiring the 100+ custom bikes competing in the Italian Championship. Biggest prizes include 3 trips to the 2016 Daytona Bike Week edition and 3 chances to qualify for the upcoming World Championship Of Bike Building.
The Terrazza a Mare (Terrace On The Sea), is the most important monument of the city, housing shops, bar, a solarium and during last weekend some of the most recent custom motorcycles created in Italy that I will feature later more in details. The difference with any USA biker event? Well, the Italian lifestyle, a much louder and festive crowd. No drinking without singing and no singing without drinking until the sun rises again… Add a very sexy bike & car wash, bands, airbrush demos, body painting, stunt shows, etc. The 3 top winners are: “199 RS” by Asso Special Bikes. “Cheiron” by STE SIL Bike. “Flyin’ Wood” by Apuana Garage / 0585 Choppers. (blue bike with weird rear wheel steering) Organized by Italian friends of the industry Moreno Persello and son Micke from magazine Italy Bikers Life. Some postcards. (photography @ Horst Roesler for Cyril Huze)
Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture, white-marble domes and a lively nightlife scene. And probably will never for its yearly 3-day Dubai Motorcycle Biker Build-Off…Doesn’t matter to Abu Dhabi, UAE based Mario Kypriandes from Chopper Kulture. Until now, he’s got no problem finding clients from all over Europe wanting to commission his shop for a “Wing Nut” Bobber or Chopper. (his creations almost always feature wing nuts hardware, now his trademark) And when very busy Mario Kypriandes accepts to do a build-off, it’s almost always to finish a bike for a client, live front of an audience! For this project, from briefing by a German client to a 3-day final assembly front of spectators, Kypriandes had only 30 days to complete this custom Panhead…
Almost an impossible mission knowing that the client had a specific request for a Pan power plant and that the Emirates builder didn’t know where to get one in such a short time. Eventually, he found a 1963 provided by Billy of BB Racing, but in a rather desolate condition with cracked cases. The original factory frame was beyond repair and was replaced by an FX type one ordered from Paughco. Billy rebuilt the 74” engine entirely, shipped both the new frame and restored motor to Abu Dhabi where Kypriandes started to plan the fabrication of all the many missing parts. Of course no way to find them locally. Already knowing that this project would consume all his time and energy, would dominate all his thoughts during 4 weeks like no other built before, right away he picked ”Dominatrix” as the bike name. Continue reading ‘Dominatrix. A Chopper Kulture Panhead.’
JIMS® new Damage Control Engine Failure Detection System provides an early warning of catastrophic engine failure by detecting ferrous debris within an engine’s oiling system.
Using state of the art technology, the special drain plug monitors ferrous particles in the motor oil. When the amount of particles in the oil reach a level that could indicate impending trouble, the LED warning light illuminates in the handlebar clamp alerting you to investigate the trouble. Continue reading ‘Motorcycle Engine Catastrophic Failure Prevention’
Indian Motorcycle, in recognition of Armed Forces Day, today announced it has signed an ambassador agreement with Grammy® award winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band. The band, an avid group of motorcycle and power sports riders, will promote the Indian Motorcycle brand through various brand initiatives, most notably lending support to the company’s new partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO).
Indian Motorcycle has a proud military history, lending bikes to the war efforts of World Wars I and II, and currently offering a motorcycle discount for current and retired military personnel. The company also recently announced a partnership with the USO, donating $100,000 to the organization in 2015. Zac Brown Band has a long history of supporting the U.S. military. The band members are USO tour veterans who have entertained more than 20,000 troops. In partnership with Indian Motorcycle and the USO, Zac Brown Band will meet with select troops on some stops of their 50-city North American Stadium Tour. This band is crossing the country in support of their recently released ‘JEKYLL + HYDE’ album, their third consecutive number one on the Billboard 200. Continue reading ‘Indian Motorcycle Partners With Zac Brown Band For U.S.O. Program’
The Blackbird Gas Tank completely changes the look of your bike, and the best part is, it bolts on right in place of your stock gas tank, no modifications or welding required. The knee indents are reminiscent of early British motorcycles and add a touch of raw speed and class to your Sportster.
To further this tie to classic motorcycle style (and comfort), rubber knee pad inserts made just for the Blackbird gas tank are also available for $39.95 (Lowbrow SKU 004029).
This gas tank will work well on most builds, be it a cafe racer, chopper, bobber or just a mild custom. 86-03 XL SKU 003930 $249.95. 04-06 XL SKU 003931 $249.95. 07-up EFI XL SKU 003932 $279.95. Rubber Knee Pad Inserts SKU 004029 $39.95.
More photos and details at Lowbro Customs or call toll free 1-855-4LOWBROW
Harley-Davidson Kansas City Plant Makes List Of US Best Factory Tours. CNN interviewed one of the authors of “Watch it Made in the U.S.A.: A Visitor’s Guide to the Best Factory Tours and Company Museums,” who shared her top 9 favorites from across the U.S., which included the Kansas City Harley-Davidson plant. Visitors can view the complete assembly of the Sportster, V-Rod and Dyna models. With the “Steel Toe Tour” visitors get a true behind-the-scenes look and are required to wear steel toe protection, a safety vest and safety glasses. Other factory tours making the list include the Fender factory and custom shop tour in Corona, Calif., the Jelly Belly factory tour in Fairfield, Calif., the Ford Rouge Factory tour in Dearborn, Mich., and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory tour in Waterbury, Vt.
Steve Menneto, VP Motorcycles At Polaris Annonces Number Of Indian Dealers. “When Polaris acquired Indian, there were fewer than 10 dealers selling it” says Menneto. “Now, the company has over 200 dealers in and 150 outside of North America.” There are 6 Indian branded motorcycles in the lineup, under 3 different model platforms: Scout. Indian Chief Dark Horse, Classic, and Vintage. Chieftain and Roadmaster.
Royal Enfield Acquires Chassis Design And Engineering Company Harris Performance. Harris Performance is one of the leading experts in designing and manufacturing of specialized high- performance motorcycle chassis and components. Harris Performance has had a longstanding relationship with Royal Enfield and was responsible for the chassis development of the brand’s Continental GT café racer model. Under the terms of the deal, Royal Enfield will acquire all assets, employees, trade names, technical know-how and intellectual property of Harris Performance Products Ltd. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’
Of course, you will find these Ness 10-Gauge Covers available in traditional chrome. But black being my preference, it’s the black anodized finish that I have decided to feature. All pieces carved from 6061 T-6 forget billet aluminum. The 10-Gauge Top Rocker Boxes replaces the OEM covers on all 1999-1015 Twin Cam models. They are sold with necessary gaskets and hardware. Sold in pairs. $449.95. The 10-Gauge Transmission Top Cover replaces the OEM cast cover and includes necessary gasket and hardware. For 2006-up Dyna models, 2007-up FLT Touring models, 2007-up Softail models. $199.95.
The 10-Gauge Cable Style Transmission Side Cover replaces OEM cover and mounts on top of the OEM hydraulic unit. Fits 2007-2013 Touring models, 2014-up Touring models non-fairing models, 2007-up Softail models, 2006-up Dyna models. $199.95. The 10-Gauge Cam Cover replaces the OEM die-cast cam cover. Sold with necessary gaskets and hardware and fits 2001-2015 Twin Cam models. $299.95. The 10-Gauge Pushrod Covers consists of lower tubes, spring cups, top clips and all necessary seals. The lower tubes allow easy access for adjustable pushrods.Requires use of the OEM inner tubes, springs and washers. Fits 1999-2015 Twin Cam models. $$199.95. At Arlen Ness