New Air Cleaners From S&S Cycle For The Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight Touring Models

Harley-Davidson promises a new more comfortable and performance experience with the all-new Milwaukee-Eight™ engine, ninth in the lineage of the company’s iconic Big Twin engines. You already know that more of this feeling experience can be delivered with the different exhaust systems provided by S&S Cycle, and now with the new Milwaukee-Eight air-cleaners kits above and below. These kits are for stock bore engines and in different designs are offered from $159.95 to $299.95. Order online HERE or call 608-627-1497, or through your S&S dealer.


The 30th Annual Donnie Smith Bike And Car Show Is This Weekend. March 25-26, 2017.

After Daytona Bike Week, motorcycle and classic car enthusiasts are ready to kick off the 2017 riding season and enjoy moto heaven at the Midwest’s largest custom bike and car show this weekend presented by Dennis Kirk.

The event is attracting an ever-growing number of builders, customizers and businesses seeking to connect with bike and car enthusiasts. The broad range of experts at the show offer visitors a unique experience to learn from specialists, see the latest innovations, shop, hunt through the parts extravaganza and win prizes.

The new Tattoo Expo and Contest can also be found at the 225,000 sq. ft. show. The event will take place at the St. Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 26, 2017. Tickets for the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show are on sale at the St Paul RiverCentre Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticket Master Children under the age of 12 are admitted free.

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Harley-Davidson CEO Matt Levatich 2016 Base Salary Up 15%. His salary is $1,041,660, 15% lower than former CEO Keith Wandell when he left the company. Securities filings describe his salary in 2016 as based on “his individual performance, accomplishment of key initiatives and positioning his salary in relation to similar companies.” Levatich’s total compensation also increased from roughly $6.5 million to $9.4 million, largely due to the award of new performance shares that will not actually be paid out until 2018. Levatich and other executives will be granted shares of the company’s stock depending on how the company performs over the next three years. Those measures included the percentage of first-time motorcycle buyers choosing Harley, weighted at 15 percent, and net income and return on invested capital, both weighted at 42.5 percent. Executives can earn zero to 300 percent of the initial target depending on performance.

Missouri Lawmakers Are Considering Measures To Repeal Most Of Missouri’s Helmet Law For Motorcycle Riders. One proposal would allow licensed operators 18 and older to ride without a helmet if they have medical insurance coverage of at least $1 million. House Republican Shane Roden of Cedar Hill says the insurance requirement isn’t fair to motorcyclists, but is an attempt at compromise. A Senate bill requires anyone under 18 to wear the gear, and makes the same demand of anyone over 18 who is using an instruction permit to operate a motorcycle. One of the House measures bumps the age restriction up to 21 and calls for the operator to have completed a motorcycle safety education course, and to have possessed a motorcycle license for at least two years. Currently, 19 states and the District of Columbia have universal helmet laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear protective headgear. 28 states require some motorcyclists to wear a helmet. Three states, including Missouri neighbors Illinois and Iowa, have no helmet use laws.

New Royal Enfield Twin-Cylinder Has Been Spotted In Testing. This Twin-Cylinder Continental GT 750 cc is an entirely new product offering from Royal Enfield, a manufacturer intending the climb the ladder in terms of displacement and one day to challenge Harley and Indian in the USA. The new model was tested in Europe and now in India where it should be launched 3rd quarter of 2017.

Every Segment Of The Transport Industry Is Going Electric. The latest example is Zero electric motorcycle manufacturer partnering with the recreational watercraft segment. Precisely with a new Sacramento-based startup called Free Form Factory to create “the world’s first electric, stand-up personal watercraft”. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’

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New Stepped Design Rear Bars For Harley-Davidson Street And Road Glide Models

The new Kuryakyn® Rear Turn Signal Bar is a clean, sleek direct replacement for the factory unit on select Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® and Street Glide® models. The bullet-style signals and bar are made from quality cast aluminum available in chrome or gloss black finish.

A smooth, stepped design forms to the contours of the rear fender and features full top coverage to eliminate the grab-handle look of the stock bar. Included in the kit are stylized deep-dish bezels with red lenses and clear incandescent bulbs that offer full run-turn-brake functionality.

The Rear Turn Signal Bar utilizes the stock plate illumination and mount, and is compatible with Kuryakyn Curved License Plate Mounts (P/N 3157 – Chrome, 3147 – Gloss Black), sold separately. The streamlined bullet housings also accept Kuryakyn Bullet Style L.E.D. Rear Turn Signal Conversions (P/N 5448, 5449, 5459 or 5460, sold separately) for an easy L.E.D. upgrade in place of the incandescent bulbs. Fits: ’10-’13 & ’15-later FLTRX/S, and ’10-’17 FLHX/S • P/N 5406 – Chrome, 5407 – Gloss Black MSRP: $179.99.

The Adventures Of Sparky and Clutch (Episode 1)

The Adventures and Sparky and Clutch is a comic strip developed by the author of Discovering the Motorcycle – The History. The Culture. The Machines. After Armand Ensanian completed his acclaimed 510 page book on all that motorcycling has to offer, he was looking for a much lighter themed project that would educate those new to motorcycling in a humorous format.

Sparky and Clutch are millennials that literally discover the motorcycle. Their adventures are based on the real life experience of the author over his fifty years of riding and repairing bikes. They are introduced to the basics of motorcycle mechanics, its culture, and vast riding experiences. Follow Sparky and Clutch as they dive into this wonderful world on two wheels. Illustrated by Alan Bessen,

The Adventures of Sparky and Clutch make an ideal medium for introducing motorcycling to younger audiences as well. Armand gave me authorization to publish each episode, one per week. Below is the first one.

Biker’s Gear Malfunctions Resolved

Leather jackets, pants and boots are most commonly worn when parading the streets. With these biker life essentials, sometimes there are malfunctions with the zippers. The Fix N Zip is a smart way for instantly fixing the zipper present on all your gear. The brand even has a partnership with a few Harley Davidson dealerships around the U.S as the Fix N Zip is catching the eye of many bike enthusiasts.

It’s a new way to solve that annoying problem with effortless zipper repair without needles, threads and tools. The Fix N Zip slides over any broken zipper and instantly replaces it as a new zipper. The FixnZip comes in three sizes:  small, medium and large.

Its design enables each to fit a range of sizes as well as universally apply to teeth or coil zippers, metal or plastic. It is reusable and can be taken off one item and used for another. The slider parts are made of nickel plated zinc die cast and the spring and thumbscrew of stainless steel. Available for purchase at Fix N Zip with prices starting at $9.99.

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This motorcycle Accident As A New Reminder To Always Check That Blind Spot

Shot on March 15, 2017 on the I-880 southbound in Milpitasin California, this terrifying accident is a reminder to all automobilists to check your blind spot before attempting any maneuver. Even more true when lane splitting is authorized like in California. The biker survived. But, please be always aware of your surroundings.

Custom Billet Fork Leg Covers Offered In Different Lengths To Custom Builders

HHI (Hawg Halters Inc) is launching new billet fork covers to fit both early and late model touring bikes applications, and come in +1 inch to + 4 inch lengths to fit applications from stock length to 32 inches.

It’s a great solution to give the custom builder an out of the box solution fo longer front ends and big wheel conversions

These taper cut covers are manufactured in their own Georgia State facility and made out of 6061-T6 aluminum. They are offered in Chrome, Black and Shadow Cut, with classic smooth or cutout styles. Order online at Hawg Halters Inc. or call directly 866-344-5059.

The Three Winners Of The Dealer “Project Chieftain” Custom Bagger Contest

During Daytona Bike week Indian Motorcycle® announced the three winners of its Project Chieftain custom motorcycle contest. Hollister Powersports in Hollister, CA “Tequila Sunset” claimed top honors (top picture), with “America Proud” from Coastal Indian Motorcycle in Murrels Inlet, SC (middle picture) and “Barnstorm” from Indian Motorcycle of Central Massachusetts in Worcester, MA (bottom picture) taking 2nd and 3rd place honors respectively.

Project Chieftain’ kicked off on October 10, 2016, with the entry period closing on January 13, 2017. Fans voted online for eleven finalists during a two-week period from February 1-15, and the three winning bikes were on display during Daytona Bike Week. The dealers took home cash prizes of $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third place.

Tequila Sunset, the winning motorcycle designed by Hollister Powersports of Hollister, Calif., features the following modifications: a 23” custom front wheel, stretched front fender, raked triple trees, custom gold metallic paint, custom made side covers, custom made air cleaners, and frenched in turn signals in the saddle bags.

American Proud, the second place winner designed by Coastal Indian Motorcycle of Murrells Inlet, S.C., honors the American men and women that created Indian in 1901 and recognizes the team that resurrected the brand. It also pays homage to the service men and women that protect our freedoms. Continue reading ‘The Three Winners Of The Dealer “Project Chieftain” Custom Bagger Contest’

Sturgis Buffalo Chip Adds Bands To The 2017 Motorcycle And Music Festival

The addition of four more bands to the 2017 line-up proves the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is pulling out all the stops to bring the largest number of fans to the “The Best Party Anywhere!®”. The Buffalo Chip will be announcing more entertainment in the coming weeks. Those interested can get more information and purchase passes at Buffalo Chip.

The growing 2017 Buffalo Chip lineup of entertainment so far is:

Fri., Aug. 4
Dirt Riot Off-Road Racing
Headlining Concerts to Be Announced Soon

Sat., Aug 5
Dirt Riot Off-Road Racing
Headlining Concerts to Be Announced Soon

Sun., Aug. 6
American Flat Track Buffalo Chip TT
Presented by Indian Motorcycle


Mon., Aug. 7
The Doobie Brothers
Legends Ride®
Full Throttle Florida Bike Show
More Headlining Concerts to Be Announced Soon

Tues., Aug. 8
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Blackberry Smoke
Biker Belles®
Full Throttle Florida Bike Show

Wed., Aug. 9
Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John
RSD Super Hooligan Races
Presented by Indian Motorcycle
Sportster Showdown
Headlining Concerts to Be Announced Soon

Thurs., Aug. 10
George Thorogood and the Destroyers
Freedom Celebration and Ride
Rat’s Hole Bike Show
Doug Danger’s World Record Rattlesnake
Jump on Evel Knievel’s 1972 XR750

Fri., Aug. 11
Alter Bridge
AMA Supermoto Races
American West Motorcycle Tour
More Headlining Concerts to Be Announced Soon

S&S Cycle To Debut A Custom T143 Black Edition Engine Harley Dyna At The Buffalo Chip’s 10th Anniversary Legends Ride®

In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Buffalo Chip’s Legends RideS&S Cycle, Inc. is debuting a T143 (165-170 hp) performance-styled Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider custom to be auctioned in support of the milestone event that kicks off in Deadwood, SD on Aug. 7. The fully customized Low Rider, designed to look and feel every bit a “muscle bike,” will be unveiled on Saturday, March 25 at 12:15 p.m. at the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show in the St. Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minn.

As the uncontested aftermarket leader in V-Twin performance parts for almost six decades, S&S Cycle transformed the 2017 club-style chopper into a sleek and stylish beast powered by a T143 Black Edition engine packing 143 cubic inches and 165 horsepower to the wheel. Harnessing that extra horsepower required S&S to upgrade the transmission, clutch and primary work. To clothe the machine, S&S added a Russ Wernimont FXRT style fairing and some Dyna Defender bags. The piece de resistance is the hot rod inspired striped paint job, which recalls the wildly popular classic muscle car, the Shelby Cobra. Continue reading ‘S&S Cycle To Debut A Custom T143 Black Edition Engine Harley Dyna At The Buffalo Chip’s 10th Anniversary Legends Ride®’

World Record Attempt On Mini Bikes By Kevin Bean’re And Tim Ford

It was last Sunday morning at 8 a.m. Kevin Bean’re and Tim ford dressed in Blues Brothers suits paused for a few pictures, then rolled down a deserted Daytona Main Street to attempt a World Record on stock 50cc Yamaha mini bikes, riding from Daytona Beach, Florida to San Diego, California. No chase vehicle! Just will power.

The event is to benefit the Aidan Seeger Foundation created after very young Aidan lost its short battle against Adrenoleukodystrophy. For this purpose, Kevin Bean’re and Tim ford started to sell raffle tickets during all Bike week and will continue to do it at each leg toward San Diego. Among gifts offered, artist David Uhl has graciously donated one of his signed prints of “The Iron Horse Heist” valued at over 3000 dollars. Other raffle gifts, and a Biltwell helmet hand painted by Darren McKeag.

At the start, the duo knew only the first 3 days of their across country trip. On March 20th at 5.30 p.m. they will have a fundraiser party at Accurate Engineering host by Berry Wardlaw in Dolthan, Alabama. On March 23rd at 5:30 p.m. they will host another fundraiser at the Dorchester Historical Association Museum in Minden, Louisiana. On Sunday, March 26, they should arrive at Rick Fairless Strokers in Dallas Texas, all day long raising money for Aidan. Update will be posted HERE.

HardtailProof™ Side Mount Plate Holders

1TB2TB3TB4TBTC Bros. HardtailProof unique modular design allows the license plate to be mounted horizontally or vertically on either side of the bike. Kit includes 3 different mounting brackets (axle, shock, & weld/clamp on) to allow mounting to virtually any motorcycle. A rubber mounting system isolates the taillight from vibration allowing for maximum filament bulb life. The axle mount hole is .787″ diameter for use on Harleys with 3/4″ axles and Metric bikes with 20mm axles.
Prices starting at $74.99. TC Bros Choppers 419-265-9399

Inaugural Billy Lane’s Sons of Speed Vintage Motorcycle Race

The passion of custom builder and organizer Billy Lane for early 20th-century board-track racing. Add 20 friends sharing the same enthusiasm for pre-1925 1000cc American V-Twin engines. Reserve the New Smyrna Speedway’s half-mile, paved, banked racetrack ready to welcome these 20 antique motorcycle racers. The result is one of the most interesting and followed events of this 76th Daytona Bike Week. It’s called “Sons Of Speed”

After a Friday’s well attended practice where a couple of machines broke down and got fixed right away, a big crowd rushed on Saturday south of Daytona to relive the emotions that our own parents/grand-parents have lived when they watched stripped down bikes race the steep banks of American racetracks.

Let’s thank Billy Lane for creating this now major event of all big rallies where it will be held in the future, at his tenacity during these last 2 years to make it happen, at his hard work for building many of the different chassis used by racers to welcome their pre-1925 1000 cc American V-Twin engines.

In conclusion, I am not sure that the results of the heats and final race are as much important than the friendship between racers, support teams and also with spectators. Above all, let’s thank him for fostering the passion for antique motorcycle racing and for creating a new medium to exchange information about them.

The winners are: 1- Brittney Olsen (1923 Harley) 2- Matt Harris (1924 Harley) 3- Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe (1915 Harley). (Photos copyright H. Roesler for C. Huze)

Legends people from top to botton, left to right: 1- Billy Lane racing his 1912 Flying Merkel 2- Pacer Steve Coe and racers salute the crowd 3- Warren and Billy with sister Georgia and mother Marion Lane 4- Billy Lane 5- View of the Smyrna Beach racetrack stands 6- Warren Lane with his racing 1917 Harley Powerplus 7- Warren and Billy Lane 8- Bill and Willie G. Davidson went to watch the races 9- custom builder Paul Cox tuning his 1917 Indian Powerplus 10- Billy Lane checking his tires 10- Britney Olsen champion in action on her 1923 Harley 11- Shelly Rossmeyer with Marion Lane 12- They all get started with a push from the top of the racetrack bank 13- Shelly Rossmeyer in action on her 1915 Harley was one of the favorite racers to win 14- Billy (top) and brother Warren faced off in one of the Heats 15- Paul Cox 16- Museum owner, historian and Race Pacer Steve Coe 17- Matt Harris surprised all by his speed in the speedway banks on his 1924 Harley 18- Shelly with mother Sandy Rossmeyer 19- Candy Lane celebrated at the speedway her 8th week on our planet 20- Billy Lane in action 21- The 1919 Indian Powerplus Racer of Rick Petko 22- Warren Lane on his 1920 Harley Powerplus 23- Josh Owens on his antique “Moonshiner” 24- Cyril Huze trying to convince Willie G. Davidson to race next time. Answer “I drink W40 every day, but it does nothing to my knees…” 25- Health Coach Leah Misch thinks that Cyril Huze is over heating in his sweatshirt and will strip him down to a tee-shirt 26- Billy Lane – 27- Rick Petko 28- Cyril Huze with best race supporters Marion and Georgia Lane 29- Trophy Girl 30- Billy Lane congratulates Brittney Olsen, 1st ever racing champion of “Sons Of Speed” 31- Brittney Olsen enjoying the podium and loud cheers from the crowd 24- The Race Pace Motorcycles of Steve Coe.
Many more pictures after the jump. Continue reading ‘Inaugural Billy Lane’s Sons of Speed Vintage Motorcycle Race’

New Nostalgic Front Mini And Rear Drum Brakes

If you are not into speeding with repetitive hard braking, forget about the disadvantages of drum brakes, like overheating, squealing from too much dust, prone to fading and difficult to service. They look extremely cool, and the retro custom trend has created a new market for them, fully redesigned, and much more efficient. A new great example of parts from the past reborn refined, adding nostalgia to your sled, is this set of front and rear drum brakes by Italian Kustom Tech.

The Front Mini Drum Brake is built from cast iron material, offering a great coefficient of friction despite its small size. In the central part of the drum, fins improve cooling. The inner of the drum is CNC machined for precision matching to the shoes. The two side covers are made from aluminum, under the left one being where the shoes are located (51/8″ diameter) Comes with 3/4″ wheel bearings’

The Hydraulic Rear Rim Brake With Brass Fins is inspired by those used by the 50’s Rodders. Central part is built from cast iron, a material offering a high degree of friction, it comes with a crown of 51 teeth inside the front plate.

Machined from solid aluminum, the brake shoes are anchored (H-D type from 1958 to ’62) and are activated by hydraulic cylinders. Brass fins are screwed around the drum, and provide great cooling. The drum is provided with a perforated aluminum anchor rod which is to be anchored to the frame through an included special support,

This drum brake is sold all chromed including fins, or entirely plated with polished brass fins. Worldwide shipping. At Kustom Tech.

Postcards From 2017 Daytona Bike Week (Part 4)

Up north winter blues got you down and you were unable to make it to the 76th edition of Daytona Bike week. Maybe these new postcards can make you feel a little bit warmer. (photos @H. Roesler, M. Graf) 
More pictures after the jump. Continue reading ‘Postcards From 2017 Daytona Bike Week (Part 4)’

Classic Thunder Braided Cloth Spark Plug Wires

If you own old iron, sooner or later you will have to replace your spark plug wires. If your bike belongs the new retro trend category, you want your spark plug wires to look like belonging to a past era. Sumax is launching old school cloth spark plug wires without compromising today’s modern technology. They are 7 mm black silicone with synthetic jacketing to resist heat, oil, and abrasion. A combination Kevlar Helically Spiral Wound Core at 350 ohm per foot resistance delivers greater spark energy, while improving power, idle, and fuel efficiency.

Matching Black Silicone Boots protects against high exhaust temperatures. Double Spring Locking Terminals for secure-vibration proof connections. Cloth Jacket is rated at 450 degrees F. These wires will work on all Harley Davidson models with point or electronic ignitions.

Both universal and custom sets available. Available colors: Orange with Black Tracer, Yellow with Black & Red Tracer, Black with Blue Tracer, Red with Black Tracer, and Gray with Brown Tracer. Only $39.95 for the set. At Sumax 315-768-1058

Indian Motorcycle Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Chieftain. Pre-Order Of 100 Filled In 10 Minutes

On Monday at Noon Eastern, Indian Motorcycle dealers designed by Brian Klock began accepting pre-order deposits for the company’s recently unveiled Limited-Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain. By 12:10 p.m. Eastern, pre-order capacity of 100 units was filled. The new limited-edition offering is the latest collaboration between America’s first motorcycle company and the iconic Tennessee whiskey distillery. In 2016, the collaboration produced a Limited-Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage with pre-order capacity of 150 units filled in merely 8 hours. This year it only took 10 minutes. “This overwhelming level of demand is an incredible testament to the power of these two iconic American brands,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Without a doubt, this brand collaboration and motorcycle are tapping directly into a deep sense of patriotism and American pride. We couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it.” Continue reading ‘Indian Motorcycle Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Chieftain. Pre-Order Of 100 Filled In 10 Minutes’

The Two Best American Flat Track Racing Teams Clash In Daytona. Indian Won The First Round Against Harley-Davidson.

On Thursday evening Match 16, the season-opening Daytona TT flat track races kicked off the 2017 season and featured the return, after a 64-year hiatus, of Indian Motorcycle against Harley-Davidson.

Around the all-new Daytona TT track designed by 7 times AMA Grand National Champion Chris Carr built inside the International Speedway, crowds were excited at the idea of witnessing the start of a new era of Flat Track Racing.

The series boasts two diverse and highly-competitive classes and is headlined by powerful, twin-cylinder motorcycles in the AFT Twins Class, with spirited single-cylinder machines battling it out in AFT Singles. Jared Mees and Bryan Smith of Indian Motorcycle dominated the Twins Class Semi 1 & 2 (each race is 18 riders and 10 laps) and the Final (18 riders, 25 laps). 3rd place was Henry Wiles on Kawasaki. 4th place was Jacob Johnson on the new Harley-Davidson XG750R. 5th place, was Bronson Bauman on Kawasaki.  See the results below (Photography @ Horst Roesler for Cyril Huze)


Speaker Grills To Match Your Renegade Touring Wheels

Renegade Wheels, Inc. of Orange CA is now offering brand new proprietary speaker grills to replace the stock ones on Harley-Davidson touring models.  The speaker grills are available in most of their wheel designs, in either chrome, phantom cut, polished or anodized color finishes.

CNC machined out of T-6061 billet aluminum, Renegade Wheels belong to these companies using the finest materials and machines in the industry and encourage you to compare to some competitors for quality and finish. Renegade Wheels is offering not only wheels and speaker grills, but also air cleaners, hidden axles, axle spacers and derby covers.

Fairing speaker grills retail for $400 per set and the saddlebag lid grills retail for $600 a set.  Please contact us your local Renegade Wheels dealer or call 714-998-7241 or email

Postcards From 2017 Daytona Bike Week (Part 3)

Each rally will feature excess. It’s true for people and motorcycles. But as Somerset Maugham said: “Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.” From excess to simplicity, the 76th Daytona Bike Week gives you again all what you need to feed your desire for admiration, critic and inspiration. A few more pictures to try to illustrate this point (photos Horst Roesler, Manfred Graf, Regina Spring)
More photos after the jump Continue reading ‘Postcards From 2017 Daytona Bike Week (Part 3)’

Joke Of The week


1- Don’t worry; it only seems kinky the first time.
2- If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
3- Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
4- If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
5- Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
6- Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.
7- There are two excellent theories for arguing with women. Neither one works.
8- If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably well worth it.
9- Good judgement comes from bad experience…and most of that comes from bad judgement.
10- Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
11- If you think nobody cares whether you’re alive or dead, try missing a couple of mortgage payments.
12- We are born naked, wet and hungry, and get slapped on our butt, then things just keep getting worse.
13- Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
14- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.

Postcards From 2017 Daytona Bike Week (Part 2)

After a rainy Monday & Tuesday, forecast is for sunny days until the end of the week, but with very chilly temperatures. Mood remains excellent among vendors and participants, especially when thinking of those in the Northeast experiencing storm Stella and more than a foot of snow…The main bike shows and competitions start today Wednesday. Stay tuned for more visual reports from the Sunny State. (photos @ Horst Roesler, Manfred Graf and Regina Spring)
More pictures after the jump. Continue reading ‘Postcards From 2017 Daytona Bike Week (Part 2)’

New Kuryakyn Signature Series By Custom Builder Jim Nasi

The latest world-class builder featured in the Kuryakyn® Signature Series is none other than Jim Nasi of Jim Nasi Customs, Inc., a true pioneer of custom motorcycles and components. Jim Nasi Customs has established a reputation for awe-inspiring concepts, intelligent engineering, and clean, unfiltered style. The collection currently includes a trio of competitively priced high-quality components designed with original Jim Nasi styling.

Smooth Dash Console by Jim Nasi.
It’s a direct bolt-on replacement featuring quality aluminum construction. A unique, flowing design hugs the tank’s contours for a full custom appearance, without having to go the expensive stretched tank route. The console uses existing mounts for hassle-free installation, and the gloss black finish can be easily prepped to paint-match custom color themes. Finish the look off with the new Kuryakyn Flush Mount Pop-Up Gas Caps (P/N 7177 – gloss black, 7178 – Chrome), sold separately. Fits the following models with center fill tank and without CB port: ’08-’17 Electra Glides, Road Glides, Street Glides & Street Glide Trikes. • P/N 5688 Chrome, 5689 Gloss Black. MSRP: $199.99. w

Signature Series Horn Replacement Accent by Jim Nasi.
This accent delivers a streamlined look to the left side of Twin Cam Touring models. This v-shaped accent fills the gap between cylinder heads, mounting tight to the motor for a sleek custom appearance in place of the factory cowbell cover and horn assembly. Constructed from lightweight and durable ABS polymer with stainless steel JNC “N” logo. Installs easily with included steel mounting bracket reusing factory motor mount bolts, but requires relocation of the horn assembly. Fits ’08-’16 Electra Glides, Road Glides, Road Kings, Street Glides & Trikes. • P/N 5687 Chrome, 5695 Gloss Black. MSRP: $99.99. Continue reading ‘New Kuryakyn Signature Series By Custom Builder Jim Nasi’

Sturgis Buffalo Chip® to Give Away Indian Scout Sixty Customized by Roland Sands and Carey Hart

Creative motorcycle madmen Roland Sands and Carey Hart are molding identical 2017 Indian Scout Sixty motorcycles into wicked racing machines for the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Moto Stampede Bike Giveaway. Before being given to two fans on the Chip’s Wolfman Jack Main Stage these two hooligan race bikes, known as the “Evil Twins,” will face off during the RSD Super Hooligan races presented by Indian Motorcycle at the Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede on Wed., Aug. 9.

Moto StampedeTM giveaway bikes come complete with hooligan race battle scars and wild stories. You just can’t buy a bike with history like that, but you could win one by entering below. Fans may enter to win the bikes online now by going HERE.

“The stories these Evil Twins will tell will be unlike any others out there,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Designed, built and raced by the biggest names in motorcycling and racing, these Indian motorcycles will sport real battle scars from having been run in Super Hooligan races. You just can’t buy a bike with history like that, but you could win one.”

“The Scout Sixty is already a force to be reckoned with, and now Roland and Carey’s modifications will truly add to the fun that can be had on these bikes,” said Reid Wilson, marketing director for Indian Motorcycle. “We can’t wait to give away these bikes on the Buffalo Chip’s main stage and pass on the good times after the Moto Stampede races.”

Breaking News. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc Lost Trademark Damage Award Of $912,500. Alleged Rights To Sturgis Name Challenged Again

All Damages Against Rushmore Photo & Gifts and Wal-Mart Stores are dismissed in a high-profile Sturgis Trademark Lawsuit.

Rushmore Photo & Gifts, Inc. (RPG), the Niemann family, and Wal-mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart) are celebrating a victory over Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. (SMRI) in a controversial, six-year trademark dispute over the name “Sturgis. On March 10, the Court found that RPG and Walmart had valid equitable defenses to SMRI’s trademark claims. The Court vacated and dismissed the entire jury damage award of $912,500 ruling that “SMRI is barred from recovering damages and profits from the defendants for the time period prior to October 30, 2015.”

RPG was sued by SMRI in June of 2011 for infringement of its alleged trademarks, which include the name “Sturgis.” In response, RPG, a Rapid City family-owned business that has sold Sturgis-rally-related merchandise for over 30 years, argued that SMRI’s claims were barred by the equitable doctrines of laches and acquiescence. The Court agreed. The Court, however, also upheld SMRI’s trademark rights – at least for the time being.

“We are very pleased with the ruling of the Court,” said Brian Niemann, co-owner of RPG. “However, we intend to continue the challenge against the validity of SMRI’s alleged rights and will appeal that part of the ruling.” Continue reading ‘Breaking News. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc Lost Trademark Damage Award Of $912,500. Alleged Rights To Sturgis Name Challenged Again’

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