RSD Track 2-Into-1 High Pipe By Vance & Hines For Sportster And Softail Models

1rsd2rsdTo design the Track 2-into-1 High Pipe, RSD took the original Tracker Pipe and decreased the weight, improved the performance and simplified the tip. The result is an exhaust offering very high ground clearance and a very aggressive look.

Inspired by an exhaust you might find on a high speed, wide-open flat track racer, these light weight pipes give you unparalleled Vance & Hines performance and breathe some life into your Softail or Sportster. You might still wake up the neighbors, but you won’t blow out your eardrums…

• Race quality, high temperature black ceramic coating • Monofilament fiberglass & Stainless Steel wool muffler packing • Drilled heat shields with V&H Logo Stamp • Redesigned baffle for deeper tone

Black Ops system features a matte black ceramic exhaust with gloss black heat shields, logo and tip. Chrome system features a matte black ceramic exhaust with chrome heat shields and tip. You can hear this RSD Track 2-into-1 High Pipe exhaust in the video below.


Norton Motorcycles To Unveil Brand-New V4 Superbike In November

Norto1nOn November 16, British manufacturer Norton Motorcycles will finally unveil a production sport bike with a brand new 1200 cc V4 engine and a tubular aluminum frame, both built in-house. The new Norton V4 is based on the Isle of Man SG5 racera. This high-end model is designed, developed and built in its Donington Hall factory.

Little is known about the motorcycle’s engine apart from its V4 configuration and 1200 cc capacity. Stuart Garner, the man who resurrected Norton in 2008, revealed last year his plans for a V4 superbike and a 650 twin. Since then most information is based on reports from the English media, which implies that the V4 is angled at 72 degrees and produces around 200 hp (149.1 kW) – the typical standard of all modern superbikes. The engine is designed and developed in-house by Norton and is expected to be loaded with electronics. Continue reading ‘Norton Motorcycles To Unveil Brand-New V4 Superbike In November’

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74th Edition Of Italy EICMA. November 8-13.

1eicma2eicmaOne of the largest motorcycle events, the 2016 edition of EICMA will feature 1010 exhibitors from 38 countries, 48% of them being from outside Italy. Held in Milan at the Fiera Di Rho November 8-13 (November 8-9 are reserved for the press and the trade), the show will host many major launches and introduction, from new bike models to custom parts to apparel and gear, and is a great business opportunity for international networking.

Re-introduced this year will be a section dedicated to e-bikes and e-motorcycles. In addition, Low Ride Magazine is sponsoring a custom bike show on which I will report,  bikes being built in a temporary motorcycle shop, an outside track for test runs and of course live concerts featuring international acts sponsored by Rolling Stone Magazine.

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Polaris Reports 2016 Third Quarter Results. Motorcycle Retail Sales Up High Single Digits. ORV Down High Single Digits.

polaris3Overall sales for the third quarter of 2016 totaled $1,185.1 million, down 19 percent from last year’s third quarter sales of $1,456.0 million.

“Our third quarter results, while discouraging, were in line with our revised guidance and reflect our ongoing execution of the RZR® recalls and significant quality and safety improvement initiatives. During the past three months, we have accelerated our efforts to get our loyal owners back to riding safely, and are now over 50 percent complete with the RZR® 900/1000 recalls and slightly below 50 percent on the more recent RZR® Turbo recall notice.

polaris1In addition to these recall challenges, we continued to face a weak overall Powersports industry, but were encouraged by continued retail strength for Indian and our overall motorcycle business, and the return to growth for side-by-sides in September,” commented Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Third Quarter Segment Results (in thousands). Includes respective parts, garments and accessories (“PG&A”) related sales

polaris2Motorcycle segment sales, including its respective PG&A sales, decreased three percent in the 2016 third quarter to $183.2 million. Victory® and Indian® motorcycles reported increased vehicle sales growth, while Slingshot® sales were down during the quarter due to shipment timing. Gross profit decreased 26 percent to $21.2 million, or 11.6 percent of sales in the third quarter of 2016, compared to $28.4 million, or 15.1 percent of sales, in the third quarter of 2015 due to higher warranty expense related to recent safety and service bulletins, primarily for Slingshot®.

polaris4North American consumer retail demand for the Polaris motorcycle segment, including Victory®, Indian Motorcycle® and Slingshot®, increased high-single digits percent during the 2016 third quarter with Indian Motorcycle® and Victory® increasing low-teens percent combined, while overall motorcycle industry retail sales 900cc and above was down high-single digits percent in the 2016 third quarter. Continue reading ‘Polaris Reports 2016 Third Quarter Results. Motorcycle Retail Sales Up High Single Digits. ORV Down High Single Digits.’

Indian Roadmaster. Master Your Road With Mustang Comfort.

1mustangterMustang’s newest seat offers significant improvements over the stock seat on Indian’s luxury touring Roadmaster model. Stay warm but look cool with high/low dual heating controls for driver and passenger that are hidden beneath Mustang’s intricately enhanced diamond-stitched black seat cover.

2mustangThe driver’s 15” wide seat is 3/4” lower and 7/8” further back than the stock seat so the rider feels that he is sitting back into the seat rather than merely on it.  For all day riding support the included driver backrest is easily removable, fully adjustable, folds for storage and quickly installs into the receiver which is built into Mustang’s seat.

Mustang’s reputation for improving passenger comfort remains secure with this 15” wide rear seat that is contoured for comfort.  Pair this seat with Mustang’s wrap-around arms and backrest pad for ultimate passenger comfort and enhanced lumbar support. Passengers with the Roadmaster’s Trunk Armrest Supports will appreciate Mustang’s replacement matching pads that are higher and flatter for much greater forearm support. Continue reading ‘Indian Roadmaster. Master Your Road With Mustang Comfort.’

India Mahindra Acquired UK-Based BSA Motorcycle Company

bsaMahindra, under Mahindra subsidiary Classic Legends Pvt Ltd. acquired 100% of UK motorcycle maker BSA. The move was a much anticipated one although Mahindra was also contemplating the acquisition of Norton.

The principal activity of BSA is licensing of brands related to motorcycles. Incorporated in the UK, the company has also presence in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, USA, Mexico and Canada.

Mahindra stated that this acquisition will enable Classic Legends to acquire or obtain license of the BSA brand and utilize the same for selling marketing, distributing motorcycles globally. Over the years, Mahindra has been on acquisition spree and has quite a few auto brands under its umbrella. Last year, it acquired a 76.06% controlling stake in Pininfarina, South Korean automaker SYM motorcycle brand and last year 51% of Peugeot Motorcycles

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2016 Las Vegas Bikefest Sept 29-Oct 2. Video Recap.

“Redneck Puerto Rican”. A Custom Panhead Hand Built By Bill Dodge.

1dodgepurple2dodgepurple3dodgepurple4dodgepurple5dodgepurple18dodgepurple13dodgepurpleIf you want a custom builder who keeps it looking very simple and work very, very hard at it – because it’s the most challenging task to be accomplished – Bill Dodge name from Bling’s Cycles is evidently in your top list. If you love as much as him Knuckles, Pans and Shovels turned into choppers, he will talk to you. And if you become one of his friends, he will build yours as he does one of his personal bikes: among other things, clean, solid, with no performance compromise.

23dodgepurple9dodgepurple15dodgepurple16dodgepurpleAs an introduction to his new creation, Bill told me that his client Luis Rodriguez – known as Wicho from Wicho Films – and that he calls affectionately “The Redneck Puerto Rican”, is one of his best buddies with who he shares the same passion for life. And that for this reason this project was a pretty easy one all along the sometime fastidious process. Continue reading ‘“Redneck Puerto Rican”. A Custom Panhead Hand Built By Bill Dodge.’

The Standard Motorcycle Co-Op. Come To Wrench With Them, Wherever You Are Located Around The World.

0Standard Motorcycle Co. (SMC) is a community driven co-op motorcycle garage and online educational hub for DIY motorcycle enthusiasts. Not only they have opened a collaborative space for all creatives and artisans, designers and DIY builders and newcomers motivated to flex some elbow-grease, They are pioneering motorcycle education by utilizing industry experts to bring members access to fun, engaging feature quality content that cannot be found anywhere else.

13All motorcycle building, from frame building, to sheet metal fabrication to suspension tuning, ec. Add an extensive array of technical workshops accessible 24 hours a day no matter where you might be. And of course, there will also be content around basic maintenance and even information on how to properly setup your own home garage. All of this will be part of our Virtual Technical Library.

Standard Motorcycle Co. (SMC) just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary funds to build this online technical library that will enable enthusiasts to feel empowered, to do more with their motorcycles, and help fuel the next generation of riders. Help the partners create a unique way to reach the growing demographic of Millennials in the industry. Custom builders, engineers. mechanics and influencers in the industry will be part of their videos and help share what’s relevant and pertinent to you in your world of motorcycling. They have 52 days left to reach their goal of 50k. You can participate and get rewards for doing so. Just go to Standard Motorcycle Co. Kickstarter Campaign. You can also help on your social media by tagging this feature link or the Kickstarter Campaign with the following tags : @standardmotorcycleco #standardmotorcycleco @kickstarter #kickstarter #startup #crowdfunding #diy

Thought For The Day




You can’t expect your employees to exceed the expectations of your customers if you don’t exceed the employees’ expectations of management. That’s the contract.”

Howard Schultz, CEO Starbucks

Bridgestone Launches First High Performance Motorcycle Tire Designed For American V-Twin Motorcycles

0battlecruise-h50-4On Thursday in Orlando, the staff of Bridgestone Corporation invited journalists to the launch of its new line of motorcycle tires engineered exclusively to fit many popular and iconic American V-twin motorcycles. The Battlecruise H50 tire, the first of its kind from Bridgestone, expands the company’s motorcycle tire portfolio with a performance tire offering that is specially designed for large displacement, cruiser-style bikes, which account for 50 percent of motorcycles on U.S. roadways.

1battlecruise_h50f22battlecruise_h50f_frontBridgestone has a long history of developing high-performance motorcycle tires, and it has applied that expertise to the new Bridgestone Battlecruise H50 tire, which delivers the performance and attributes that meet the needs of riders of American cruisers. Engineered using the company’s proprietary optimization process and indoor testing facility, ULTIMAT EYE™, the Battlecruise H50 tire was designed to provide: Continue reading ‘Bridgestone Launches First High Performance Motorcycle Tire Designed For American V-Twin Motorcycles’

Throttle By wire Extensions To Work With Any Handlebar Change

extflybywire1Installing taller or wider handlebars on your Harley-Davidson bagger requires extending the throttle by wire. Barnett Clutch & Cables already offered these extensions for 2008-2015 models(except CVO/SE models). They are now also available for 2016-2017 models. No individual wires to mess with and no soldering or modifications required.

They are available in lengths of of 8″, 12″, and 15″ and can also be combined for applications requiring extra length. Also available is a 20″ extension with a bare bottom end for routing through sharp bends. MSRP: $39-$60. At Barnett Clutch & Cables See parts number after the jump. Continue reading ‘Throttle By wire Extensions To Work With Any Handlebar Change’

Inaugural West Coast Race of the Gentlemen. Oct 15-16.

rog2rog3The Race of Gentlemen is an automotive carnival that celebrates American racing heritage. Last weekend, gentlemen showcased their pre-war machines, cars and motorcycles at the water’s edge on the beach of Pismo (Grover) Beach, California. This was the inaugural race on the west coast. Non stop racing (every 30 minutes, except on Sunday because of bad weather), live Music, kids area, food and beer vendors .The Race Of The Gentlemen, founded by the Oilers, a Car Club. is held annually on the beaches of the Jersey shore. Next event is in Wildwood, NJ June 4-5, 2017.  (photos @ J. Lepe)

Keep Quiet. BDL Enclosed Belt Primary System.

closed-beltEven enclosed, your primary drive system will always be heard. But you can make it much more quiet if you go from chain to belt.

Thanks to the company “Quiet Clutch”, this enclosed belt primary drive by Belt Drives Limited is as silent as possible with a much smoother operation than a chain.

It is available as a conversion and retro fit for Harley Softail, Dyna and Shovelhead models. Manufactured with Kevlar on round dog aluminum plates, the new clutch significantly reduces clutch rattling. A unique basket carries 12 cylindrical, replaceable clutch dogs providing silk smooth transition, enhanced longevity and unimpeded performance.

Each kit includes a polished billet aluminum pressure plate secured by 9 shoulder bolts and specially designed springs. Shipped with BDL’s bullet proof Kevlar belt. Each enclosed kit is supplied with a sealed bearing for installation in the inner primary. For complete application information call 714-693-1313 or go to Belt Drives Limited.

Military Canvas. For Some, The New Leather…

1larosa2larosaRooted in authentic military apparel and gear, and Hipsters preferred fabric for their backpacks, heavyweight canvas is slowly entering the motorcycle world and occasionally replacing leather for motorcycle saddlebags, seats and tools pouches. Don La Rosa from La Rosa Design now offers, in addition of its leather lineup, heavyweight cotton canvas for motorcycle saddlebags, a solo seat and a front fork tool bag, all designed to fit all years HD Softail models

The Army Green with Brown Leather Star Canvas Softail Saddlebags ($124.99) are available for the left and right side of your bike. They are made from a 24oz. water proof military grade canvas, use high-quality stainless steel hardware and for reinforcement feature a thick leather backing and straps to ensure durability and shape retention over time. A matching Army Green Canvas Front Fork Tool Bag ($84.99) universally fits on all Harley-Davidson front forks and uses the same durable canvas, hardware and leather reinforcement as the saddlebags. Continue reading ‘Military Canvas. For Some, The New Leather…’

Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-joke-19First Text Message From Alan to Fred, his next door neighbor.

Hi Fred, This is Alan next door. I have a confession to make. I’ve been riddled with guilt these past few months and have been trying to get the courage to tell you to your face, but I am at least now telling you in text as I can’t live with myself a moment longer without you knowing. The truth is I have been sharing your wife, day and night when you’re not around, in fact, probably more than you. I haven’t been getting it at home recently, but that’s no excuse, I know. The temptation was just too much. I can no longer live with the guilt and I hope you will accept my sincerest apologies and forgive me. It won’t happen again. Please suggest a fee for usage and I’ll pay you. Regards, Alan.

Fred, feeling insulted and betrayed, grabbed his gun, and shot his neighbor dead. He returned home where he poured himself a stiff drink and sat down on the sofa. He look out his phone where he saw he had a second message from his neighbor,

Second text message from Fred To Alan.

Hi Fred, This is Alan next door again. Sorry about the typo on my last text. I expect you figured it out anyway, and that you noticed that darned Auto-Correct changed “WiFi” to “Wife.” Technology, hey? Regards, Alan.

Maverick 2.5” Slip-Ons For Victory Octane

1crusherexhaustindian2crusherexhaustindianOwners of the the 1200 cc Victory Octane, the “modern muscle bike”, have a new choice regarding their exhaust system.

The Maverick 2.5” slip-ons by Crusher were conceived for increased performance, providing hard-hitting exhaust notes and an even more aggressive styling.

Crusher’s principal entry for the Victory Motorcycles segment is stated to create a proven surge in bolt-on power and overall performance for the speed-inspired Octane. Third-party dyno results produced a 6.5-percent horsepower increase along with an additional 3 ft lbs of max torque without intake, header or fuel-mapping modifications.*

Crusher Maverick Series slip-on mufflers feature CNC-machined billet aluminum end caps and premium steel muffler bodies coated in high-temp black ceramic. Embossed brushed stainless steel bands and hardware provide contrasting style elements, and the slim 2.5-inch muffler diameter offers notable weight reduction versus the stock pipes to preserve a lean profile. Unique high-flow baffles produce intense exhaust tones throughout the power band, with a pulse-pounding rumble at idle and commanding roar at full throttle.

Made in the U.S.A., Maverick 2.5” Slip-Ons for Victory Octane come with a mounting bracket and all hardware necessary for easy bolt-on installation. • P/N 603 – Maverick 2.5” Slip-Ons for Victory Octane, Black. MSRP: $499.99. At Crusher Performance.

Harley-Davidson To Downsize Salaried Workforce By 5 Percent Before Year End

hdfacilityAs reported during yesterday’s Harley-Davidson 3rd quarter results announcement, the company intends to reorganize its operations and to lighten up its workforce.

The management decision is consecutive to Harley-Davidson worldwide retail motorcycle sales in the third quarter down 4.5 percent, US sales down 7.1 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, with the overall U.S. industry also down for the same period.

Harley-Davidson said it will incur up to $25 million in employee separation and reorganization costs as it cuts production and reduces workers. The cuts by the end of the year amount to 5% of the company’s salaried workforce or about 225 employees. Harley-Davison didn’t disclose specific locations in the US and abroad for the job cuts. The company employs 1,024 salaried workers at its Milwaukee headquarters and 3,246. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson To Downsize Salaried Workforce By 5 Percent Before Year End’

Triumph Releases An All-New Bonneville Bobber

bonneville-bobberYesterday in London, Triumph introduced the all-new premium custom Bonneville Bobber. Born in a bloodline of Triumph bobber customs that stretch all the way back to the 1940’s, it encapsulates the minimalist styling principles, muscular stance and purposeful engineering attitude of a genuine bobber. Stripping the Bonneville T120 back to its purest essence it delivers all the hallmarks of a real bobber, with clean lines and low stance, single seat, wide flat bars, minimal bodywork and headlight, sculpted tank, wire-spoke wheels with wide rear wheel and that all-important hard tail look.

triumphbobberThe Bobber’s features include a battery box with stainless steel strap, bar end mirrors, rear mudguard loop, carb styled twin throttle bodies, broad adjustable levers, traditional rubber gaiters, classic rear ‘drum brake’ inspired hub, new side panel and sprocket cover with removable inspection cap. A genuine factory custom, the Bobber features a whole host of premium finishes including bronze 1200HT engine badges and the signature Triumph makers mark triangle, brushed engine covers, branded locking fuel cap and silver satin and graphite handlebar risers. Continue reading ‘Triumph Releases An All-New Bonneville Bobber’

2016 Daytona Biketoberfest. Postcards (Part 2)

0bt2btf261x2613btf261x261A photographic report following the bikers corridor from Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona and the Iron Horse Saloon in Ormond Beach to Daytona Main Street and Beach Street, and up to the International Speedway. In the wake of the October 6 hurricane Biketoberfest was “Matthewed” but still alive (photos @ Manfred Graf and @ Horst Roesler for Cyril Huze)
More photos after the jump. Continue reading ‘2016 Daytona Biketoberfest. Postcards (Part 2)’

#001 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chief Vintage Motorcycle Auctioned $150,000.

amato-klock-menneto-stang-jacksonThe #001 2016 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s® Indian® Chief® Vintage motorcycle auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas on Saturday October 15 raised $150,000 for the benefit of Operation Ride Home, a program that assists active duty U.S. military personnel in traveling home to visit their families through a partnership with the Armed Services YMCA.

One hundred fifty individually numbered 2016 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s® Indian® Chief® Vintage and Indian® Springfield™ motorcycle models were made available for purchase on March 4, 2016, for $29,999. All but #001 of the 150-unit production run sold in just eight hours on the first day of availability, with that first unit being saved for this auction. These motorcycles represent the first time in the century and a half history of Jack Daniel’s that any vehicle has had an officially sanctioned Jack Daniel’s livery, making this motorcycle even more special. Continue reading ‘#001 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chief Vintage Motorcycle Auctioned $150,000.’

Jay Leno Presents And Rides A 1912 Indian Single From The Recent Race Of The Century Cannonball

Harley-Davidson Third Quarter Results. Earnings Falls 19% In Q3 Year Over Year.

willie-g-skulllogohdHarley-Davidson (HOG) announced earnings for third quarter that fell from last year.

The company said its profit totaled $114.07 million, or $0.64 per share. This was down from $140.35 million, or $0.69 per share, in last year’s third quarter. Analysts had expected the company to earn $0.64 per share, according figures compiled by Thomson Reuters.

logohdHarley-Davidson 3rd Quarter Earnings At A Glance:

-Earnings (Q3): $114.07 Mln. vs. $140.35 Mln. last year.
-Earnings Decline (Y-o-Y): -18.7%
-EPS (Q3): $0.64 vs. $0.69 last year.
-EPS Decline (Y-o-Y): -7.2%
-Analysts Estimate: $0.64
-Revenue (Q3): $1.27 Bln vs. $1.32 Bln last year.
-Revenue Change (Y-o-Y): -3.8%

logohdHarley-Davidson worldwide retail motorcycle sales in the third quarter were down 4.5%, primarily on weak U.S. industry trends. Harley-Davidson retail motorcycle sales in the U.S. were down 7.1% compared to the year-ago quarter, with the overall U.S. industry also down for the same period. Harley-Davidson’s U.S. market share for the quarter was 52.3% in the 601cc-plus segment, essentially flat compared to the third quarter in 2015. Harley-Davidson international retail sales increased by 1.0 percent over the prior year quarter. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Third Quarter Results. Earnings Falls 19% In Q3 Year Over Year.’

2016 AMD World Championship Of Bike Building. And The Top Winners In Each Other Class Are…(Part 2)

As promised last Tuesday, below are the winners of the the 4 other classes of the 2016 AMD Championship. (photography copyright Onno Wieringa/Frank Sander)

Winner Modified Harley-Davidson Class
winner-modified-harley-german-motorcycle-authority-milwaukee-mileGerman-Motorcycle-Authority (Christoph Madaus) with his 1340cc (S&S heads) “Milwaukee Mile”.

Cafe Racer Class
winner-cafe-racer-iron-custom-motorcycles-beckmanKharkov, Ukraine based Iron Custom Motorcycles (ICM) with “Beckman”, featuring a hand-made 56bhp, 555сс 3-cylinder 2-stroke engine.

Street Performance Class
winner-street-performance-medaza-cycles-road-fever2013 World Champions Mick O’Shea and Don Cronin (Medaza Cycles) with “Road Fever”, a 1978 Ducati 750.

Winner Retro Modified Class
winner-retro-modified-pdf-motociclette-big-kahunaMotocyclette of Italy with “Big Kahuna”, a 1000cc engined 1927 JD 8-valve.

The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100

It’s the future of motorcycling. At least for some. We know that soon cars will drive themselves, be powered by electricity, and network with each other to avoid accidents. The same self-driving technology can be integrated on motorcycles. The Motorrad Next 100 is a concept motorcycle using tech already available, the most interesting being the self-balancing feature.

Aventura Sidecar By OC Garage

0aventura00aventura10aventura12aventura9aventura7aventuraItalian Oscar Tasso from OC Garage (Oscar Classic Garage) is not your typical custom builder. Not because he left school at 15 to work in a repair shop, not because he had worked as much on cars than on a motorcycles during his teen age years, but because of his very unique personality and very special emotional relationship with what he builds. More than designing beautiful custom machines, Oscar is in the pursuit of re-creating elegant and refined long gone era motorcycles built for “dreams of adventure to unknown destinations”… And to do so, Oscar always work with craftsmen typically not associated with motorcycle custom building.

2aventura11aventura5aventuraTruth is that such a professional approach is rarely the one bringing clients with big budgets, but Oscar doesn’t care too much. Working with small budgets and old neglected donor bikes, his creations always reach an unexpected level of class through the use of very high quality materials. From the briefing of his client known as A.G., Oscar retained only these words: “My grandfather had a color aluminum bicycle and owned a carpentry workshop” Enough to get his creative juices flowing to re-imagine this 1991 BMW R100. Continue reading ‘Aventura Sidecar By OC Garage’



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