Rolling Stone Releases “40 Most Groundbreaking Albums Of All Time” Presented By The Groundbreaking 2015 Indian Scout

Scout0Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced it has joined forces with Rolling Stone in this week’s release of a chronology of the “40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of all Time,” exclusively presented by the groundbreaking new 2015 Indian® Scout™. The compilation by the editorial staff of Rolling Stone – the leading voice of music and popular culture for more than 45 years. – identifies the most “monumental musical statements that changed the world.”

Scout4The chronological listing spans the nearly 60 years from Woody Guthrie’s 1940 “Dust Bowl Ballads” to Kanye West’s 2008 album “808s & Heartbreak,” and includes dozens of groundbreaking albums from the likes of Radiohead, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis and the Grateful Dead.

“We are proud to align with the folks at Rolling Stone on this seminal project to identify the 40 most important, industry-changing albums dating back to 1940, and we knew our industry-changing 2015 Indian Scout had to be associated with this endeavor,” said Scott Meek, marketing director for Indian Motorcycle. “The Indian Scout has been around for roughly that same timeframe, and it clearly changed the history of motorcycling and was an important part of American culture. We think the new 2015 Indian Scout is destined to be a monumental motorcycling statement that will change the course of our industry.” Continue reading ‘Rolling Stone Releases “40 Most Groundbreaking Albums Of All Time” Presented By The Groundbreaking 2015 Indian Scout’

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South Carolina Bill Would Require Child Safety Seats And Belts On Motorcycles

chpSouth Carolina State Rep. Joseph Daning filed legislation that would require a standard, rear-facing child safety seat to be used for motorcycle passengers from
birth up to 1 year of age and lap and shoulder belts for children younger than 7 and weighing less than 80 lbs. “We take care of our children in cars, but they’re so unprotected on the back of motorcycles” said Daning.

Rep. Bill Taylor, called Daning’s proposal “government overreach” and said motorcyclists are a safety-conscious community. “The question is why do we need a law?. Who in their right mind would take a 1- or 2-year-old on a motorcycle and risk the safety of that child? I have been riding for decades and has never seen an infant placed on a motorcycle” said Taylor. When the issue was first raised, he suggested that the constituent concerns would be better handled by a family court judge instead of through legislation.

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ZippersSave 10% on webstore orders. There’s still time to get it there before Christmas! Starting 6PM (USA EST) on December 19th, USE THE CODE HAPPY10 to Save 10% on your webstore purchase. This Zippers Performance offer is only valid until 6pm (USA EST) on December 22nd – Hurry and get your last minute orders in. Shop at Zippers Performance.

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Classic Style Fender Rails For Your Harley Bagger

railsrailsbisRestore your rear fender to the classic look of early Glide models with Fender Rails.

Available in chrome or black finishes, these heavy-duty rails are constructed from steel and mount easily with existing hardware.

Designed to fit 84-08 FLT, FLHS, FLHT, FLHTC, FLHTCU, FLHR, FLHRC and 98-03 FLTR models, as well as 09-15 FLHR, FLHRC, FLHT, FLHTC, FLHTCU, FLHTK, FLTRU. Suggested retail price $89.95. At your Drag Specialties dealer 

Brat Style Yamaha XS650

yamaha1yamaha2Another bike illustrating what young people who want to ride can build in their garage while still being able to pay their student loan and/or first car. “Bolas Púrpura” (Purple Balls!) is a 1981 Yamaha XS650 Special rebuilt in the Japanese Brat style. The factory bike was completely disassembled and everything was sand blasted and powder coated. The suspension was lowered and original wheels were re-laced with stainless spokes. The gas tank is from a 1970 Yamaha GT60 and was left original to reinforce the aged look. A set of titanium wrapped custom exhaust pipes and seat pan were fabricated. A Harley CV carb is now feeding the engine. Chain and sprockets were replaced. No battery, kick start only. A ton of fun for little money. And if you don’t want to do it yourself, Samson V-Twin will do it for you.
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Akrapovič Exhaust Systems For Harley-Davidson. Performance Built Into Custom Designs With Adjustable Sound Levels.

Akrapovic01Akrapovic2Akrapovic3Akrapovic4Akrapovič was founded in Slovania in 1990 by former racer Igor Akrapovič, when he found there were no exhausts readily available to meet the high technical demands of motorsport. Akrapovič rapidly achieved a string of race successes across all motorsport disciplines, first with motorcycles then with cars. It is from this success that Akrapovič started in 2014 to produce premium exhaust systems for the five most popular Harley-Davidson families: Sportster, Dyna, Softail, Touring and V-Rod. All these exhausts are made of stainless steel and available in two versions: the Slip-On Line and the Open Line.

Akrapovic5Akrapovic6Slip-On systems Are All About Enjoyment. The Akrapovič muffler system can accept an optional sound control valve system, allowing riders to adjust the sound level with a simple optional switch to keep their hands clean. The catalytic converter is available for markets where this is appropriate. The Slip-On systems are modular and offer a change of end caps and the addition of a valve system, and they include a noise-reduction insert. It’s all up to the individual rider. After all, motorcycling is all about freedom. Continue reading ‘Akrapovič Exhaust Systems For Harley-Davidson. Performance Built Into Custom Designs With Adjustable Sound Levels.’

A Robot Turns Into A Norton Commando

8 months of computer animation work from concept to completion to make this robot turn into a Norton Commando ready to ride. Brilliant.

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

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Allstate To Donate Warning Signs To Be Installed At Most Dangerous Intersections For Motorcyclists. Allstate and its engineering partners work closely with local traffic authorities to review available crash data and to identify intersections with a high number of multi-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles. Allstate then donates warning signs to be installed at the site with the intent of elevating awareness of motorcycle incidents that would not be readily apparent to a driver.   The warning signs used in the campaign are yellow diamond warning signs that read “Watch For Motorcycles.” Allstate worked in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration to design the current sign to ensure compliance with section 2A.06 paragraph 13 of the M.U.T.C.D. The NHTSA (National Highway Safety Administration), in their Fatality Analysis Reporting System, supports the Hurt Report’s findings, showing 46 percent of all multi-vehicle motorcycle crash fatalities (8,107 out of 17,470 fatalities from 2006-2012) occurred at intersections.  This data shows that, on average, three motorcyclists are killed everyday from multi-vehicle crashes at intersections in the US.

Polaris Sued Over Victory Motorcycle Saddlebags. Polaris Industries Inc. on Friday was hit with a proposed class action in Illinois court alleging its Victory motorcycles have a defective latch on their “saddlebags” that renders the storage compartments useless and belies the company’s claims that the bikes are rugged and well-made. Lead plaintiff Charles Harden is alleging that the faulty locking mechanism has appeared since 2010 on several Victory models and can cause the right saddlebag lid to fly open on the road, posing a hazard to the rider and other drivers. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’

New Harley-Davidson Red Brake Calipers To Make A Bold And High Performance Statement

1Red-Brake-Caliper-KitsYou see them on expensive sport cars. And I must say that it is a good idea fro Harley-Davidson to offer them as a direct replacement for original equipment calipers. Manufactured from the same components, these calipers are finished in brilliant red high-temperature paint that looks great on a stock motorcycle, or adds the finishing touch to a bike equipped with custom wheels, a black or chrome front end, or chrome brake rotors.

Specific kits are available for most late-model Harley-Davidson motorcycle models. Brake pads are sold separately. See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for fitment details. http://www.harley-davidson.com/store/front-brake-caliper-kit—dual-disc. From $249.95 to $499.95. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson Online.

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Postcards From Custombike 10th Anniversary Show In Bad Salzuflen, Germany

During the weekend of December 5-7, Publisher Huber-Verlag Group (5 motorcycle magazines) held its 10th anniversary trade fair and bike show at the Messe of Bad Salzuflen in Germany. A record triple record of attendance for exhibitors, visitors and builders with 900 custom bikes spread on 4 halls competing for 16 trophies. A few images from this major european event (photography at H. Roesler for Cyril Huze)

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Motorcycles, Apparel, Props Of TV Series “Sons Of Anarchy” Being Auctioned.

SOA0SOA1SOA2SOA3SOA6The 7-season “Sons Of Anarchy” series is over with the last episode getting the largest number of viewers of the TV show’s entire run. A couple of motorcycles (Knucklehead and Dyna Glide), an Airstream trailer, several jackets, boots, helmets, accessories used by the most famous characters of the cast are currently being sold to the highest bidders via an online auction company called ScreenBid. Proceeds of some items will go to several charities. The auction is in progress and I let you see the current bids. Interested? Rush, the auction ends tomorrow Thursday December 18 at noon EST (Due to intense traffic ScreeneBid website may be slow to load)

Mini Bolt-On Turn Signals With Powerful LED Lights

nessturnsignalsWe all want turn signals as small and as visible as possible when they are used. And the possibility to install them wherever we want without altering the aesthetics of our bikes.

These ones are discreet, clean looking, and can be bolted on your forks, or fender struts or … without spacers or adapters necessary.

They contain 2 power LED’s that are equivalent to nearly 25-30 traditional LED’s. You can order them with a chrome or black finish, with red or amber LED lights. Sold in pair. MSRP $149.95. At Arlen Ness Electronics.

Jerry Lee Lewis 1959 Harley-Davidson Hitting The Auction Block

JerryLeeLewisHarleyIn January, Mecum, the world’s largest seller of antique motorcycles. is going to auction Jerry Lee Lewis’1959 Harley-Davidson. Particularity. The enduring rebel of Rock’ n’ Roll has owned it continuously since 1959, a total of 55 years.

Sam Murtaugh, Mecum’s director of marketing, says that Lewis told him that Harley=Davidson gave away 2 motorcycles, the first for him. the second for Elvis Presley and that he poked fun at Elvis for having gotten the second. It was 2 years after Lewis became a star with his unique piano-driven song “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, a number one hit on the pop, country and R&B charts in 1957. Mecum states that Lewis’ 59 Harley could fetch $1 million. Let’s see… The auction is set in Kissimmee, 1875 Silver Spur Lane Kissimmee, FL 34744 (3000 vehicles for sale from January 16 to 25).

Book For The Holidays. Bettie Page, Queen Of Pinups And Of Curves.

bettiepageShe was known as the “The Dark Angel”, “Miss Pinup Girl of the World” and “The Queen Of Curves”. Her glamour photography and playfully erotic photos made her an iconic figure in pop culture, influencing sexuality and fashion. She has been and is still is an inspiration for many painters in the custom automotive industry.

A brand new book celebrates Bettie Page with more than 250 previously unpublished photos taken through the lens of former model and photographer Bunny Yeager. The release also marks the 60th anniversary of Page and Yeager’s first photo session together in my city of Boca Raton, Florida at the now-closed Wildlife Park Africa USA.

Photos are from the original negatives, not from print, offering a spectacular resolution. Page nor Yeager lived enough to see this completed brilliant and beautiful book, probably the ultimate collection about the eroticism of pin-up culture. Order following the link Bettie Page, Queen Of Curves.

Indian Daredevil Pulls Yoga Poses On Motorcycle

Most people do yoga at the gym, studio, or in the comfort of their own home. But a 40-year-old farmer from India prefers to do his yoga sessions on the back of his Honda motorcycle…

Ducati Typhoon 900 SS Redesigned In Great Britain

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typhoon3typhoon4typhoon8typhoon9For those not familiar with the Ducati models, until 1997 when sales declined due to the popularity of the Ducati Monster and Ducati Superbike lines, the 900SS was simply considered the best street bike that the Italian manufacturer has ever built. The fastest street-legal twin, not far off the standards set by Japanese 750 fours. Much of the Ducati SS 900’s speed can be attributed to its power-to-weight ratio. A very torquey engine, but legendary for being very easy to manage both in congested city streets as on unfamiliar backroads. When Englishman Alec Sharp from Old Empire Motorcycles decided to rebirth this 1995 Ducati 900 SS, he had no preset design plan. Just preserving the bike impressive speed, rumbling engine and booming exhaust note, but feeling free to improvise as the rebuilt progressed, inventing a new bodywork and bringing his old school style own refinements. Continue reading ‘Ducati Typhoon 900 SS Redesigned In Great Britain’

What’s New At 2015 Orlando AIMExpo. Interview With V-Twin Director Bob Kay.

aimexpoBobkayCreated 2 years ago with for objective to become the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for powersports in the U.S., the Orlando AIMExpo has had already a big impact on the way the motorcycling industry is doing business. The 2 main reasons from my point of view. The 1st platform in North America focusing on both professionals and consumers and a correctly market-timed expo in October in Orlando during Daytona Biketoberfest. After doubling in 2014 its number of exhibitors and of visiting dealers and consumers, the AIMExpo has announced big plans for the 2015 edition (October 15-18). They include a much broader integration of the American V-Twin industry vendors and distributors, of custom builders and the creation of a “Made In America” show section. Bob Kay, AIMExpo V-Twin Director, is in charge of increasing the V-Twin participation and I asked him how he intends to execute these plans.

aimexpo2aimexpo3Cyril. Before joining the AIMExpo you have been a visitor and observer of the show first two editions. What do you think made it a success from the get go?

Bob. I think the success of AIMExpo is directly related to the responsive management team of Mike Webster, Larry Little and Cinnamon Kernes. All of them are show management professionals, long term veterans of the motorcycle industry and most importantly 2-wheel riding enthusiasts. They truly care about the future of the motorcycle industry. If you want to talk about specifics, all you had to do was walk through the show entrance and you instantly saw and felt the difference. Hard wall booth separations, impeccable booth layouts, the Media Hub Center, the undeniable O.E.M. presence and the outdoor test ride area is what made AIMExpo a unique experience for all.

aimexpo4aimexpo5Cyril. With over 40 years of experience in the V-Twin market, both as a custom parts distributor and vendor, as an events and bike shows organizer, you are in the unique position to have seen our industry evolve on a long period of time and therefore are able to evaluate what are today’s expectations of all actors of our American custom motorcycle community. During a show or expo, what are they specifically looking for from the point of view of an exhibitor, of a visiting dealer and consumer.

Bob. First off they all expect a lot of people, products and activities to enhance their devotion and dedication to the American Custom bike scene. In other words they want to attend an exciting event that they can go back home and talk about, the new products, the new friends and the great stories. Exhibitors want their brand to be recognized and understood above their competition. Dealers want to see and compare more products and services in one place than would otherwise be possible, and this at the right time of year so they can go back home, evaluate, plan, negotiate and order to give them the best possible chance for success when next year’s riding season hits. Consumers want it all. With the advent of the internet product knowledge information is more accessible than at any other time in history. But this creates as many questions to be answered to. Consumers want precise answers, they want to meet the innovators, they want to share their experiences, they certainly want to share their opinions and they want to know where to get the best deals. They also want to meet the industry celebrities and have some great stories of their own to tell to their friends. Continue reading ‘What’s New At 2015 Orlando AIMExpo. Interview With V-Twin Director Bob Kay.’

S&S Cycle Hi-4N Ignition. Now Available.

SSHi-4NS&S Cycle is ending it’s relationship with the Crane Cams brand effective midnight December 31st 2014, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t still be able to get the HI-4N ignition module. The HI-4N will be available under the S&S brand, along with many of the most popular products formerly offered in the Crane Cams Motorcycle Products Catalog.

If you loved the Crane Cams® HI-4N ignition, you’ll love the S&S HI-4N. Same premium electronics. Same great features. Just a different name. It’s now in stock and ready to light the fire on your 1970-’99 carbureted Harley-Davidson® Big Twin. Contact your local S&S Dealer for more information or visit S&S Cycle Go Fast Showcase. In the video below S&S Cycle shows you how to install and adjust the S&S HI-4N ignition system.

Seen At The New York International Motorcycle Show

1NYC2NYC3NYC4NYC5NYCBig crowd this weekend at the New York Javits Center for the International Motorcycle Show. On the Indian/Victory display, actor Mark Wahlberg (an Indian rider) stopped by to meet with the staff and photo opportunities with show visitors. (photos @ R. Pandya)

From top to bottom and left to right. 1- Mark Wahlberg with Indian/Victory NY staff. 2- Mark Walberg sitting on custom Scout built by John Shope from Dirty Bird Concepts. 3- With Steve Menneto, Vice President Polaris Motorcycles 4- With Karlee Cobb, Klock Werks. 5- With Robert Pandya, Indian Motorcycle External Relations Manager.

Out Of This World Promo Custom Motorcycle For Exhaust Manufacturer Akrapovic

1akrapovic-full-moon2akrapovic-full-moonAkrapovic, the Slovanian company that has made its mark at the highest level of the motorcycle road racing world (Moto GP, super bike, supermoto, motocross, enduro and rally raid) is focusing since a few years on producing cutting edge exhausts for Harley-Davidson models. Exhausts not made of steel like its competitors, but mixing titanium and carbon fiber technologies. To market its performance products on new markets, including the USA where the company sees its largest potential market, owner/chief design engineer and former racer Igor Akrapovic is branding his company via the release of ultra custom motorcycles whose objective is of course to get the largest possible worldwide media coverage.

3akrapovic-full-moon4akrapovic-full-moonIt’s the second time that Akrapovic commissions Slovania based Dreammachine Motorcycles to build such a custom motorcycle. The 1st one was “Morsus” and this one named “Moon” is described by the exhaust manufacturer as “a bike designed to avoid being categorized, and as such a bike that belongs nowhere and everywhere.” Continue reading ‘Out Of This World Promo Custom Motorcycle For Exhaust Manufacturer Akrapovic’

Filmakers Of Documentary “Why We Ride Named” Named AMA Motorcyclists of the Year

whywerideBryan Carroll and James Walker, the creators of “Why We Ride” have been named as the 2014 Motorcyclists of the Year by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Each year, the AMA Board of Directors presents the Motorcyclist of the Year Award to the person or people who had the most profound impact within the motorcycling community in the previous 12 months. The feature-length documentary “Why We Ride” promotes modern motorcycling across every discipline.

“Bryan Carroll and James Walker have produced what is arguably the most compelling demonstration for why we ride, short of physically experiencing riding itself” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Their mission was to promote motorcycling to riders and non-riders alike. A year after its debut, their film has become one of the best advertisements for motorcycling available anywhere.” Continue reading ‘Filmakers Of Documentary “Why We Ride Named” Named AMA Motorcyclists of the Year’

Two Custom Indian Scouts Revealed At The New York Progressive International Motorcycle Show

Dirtybird1KlockWerksKustoms1This weekend the New York Javits Center is host to the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) On the Indian Motorcycle display, 2 custom Indian Scouts by builders John Shope from Dirty Bird Concepts and Karlee Cob from Team Klock Werks were unveiled to the press, then to the public.

Following the launch of the Indian Scout in Sturgis, the first truly new Indian in over 70 years, both builders got a chance to test ride it in the Black Hills. Each, in their own words, say that they loved right away the design, and on the road the performance and reliability. Both got fired up at the at the idea of customizing one, but each had a very different vision of the way a custom Indian Scout should look.

Dirtybird2Indian Scout 42 By Dirty Bird Concepts. Owner John Shope is well known for his custom baggers and co-starred in the television show Biker Battle Ground Phoenix, “So when I saw the new Scout I knew it was going to be a real player on the market – and when I had a chance to ride it – I was totally blown away by how great the engine and handling is” says Shope. His custom was built to reflect the sporting heritage of the Indian Scout. Known for its balance of chassis and power, the history of the Scout model name is framed by racing wins, world records and performances on the fabled “Wall of Death”. The custom work on “Scout 42” was done to increase the sport appeal of the motorcycle, without sacrificing the highly praised handling of the stock bike.

Dirtybird3Dirtybird4From a design standpoint the front of the motorcycle received the most attention. A custom fairing and chin spoiler bring a sport bike aesthetic to the Scout. Interestingly, Shope decided to leave the stock tank alone. “The designers knocked it out of the park. That’s the most bad-ass stock tank ever, I just love the shape.” While the foot peg location remains stock, “Bear Claw” pegs were mounted for increased boot traction, a Renthal handlebar pulls the rider forward into an aggressive stance and for more weight on the front end. A new chin spoiler changes the lines around the stock radiator and front frame member. A custom front fender compliments the tighter look. The Dirty Bird Concepts “Scout 42” will be on display in the Indian Motorcycle Display through the end of the International Motorcycle Shows tour.

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KlockWerksKustoms5Indian Scout Outrider By Klock Werks. The job of being one of the first to customize the new Indian model fell to Karlee Cobb. In 2008, at age 14, Karlee became the youngest person to set a land speed record at the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats. “So it seemed only appropriate that she would design one of the first 2015 Indian Scouts”, says Klock Werks owner Brian Klock. “She had the biggest grin after test riding the new Scout, so giving Karlee the reins on this project seemed a natural fit.” Changing the stance towards a more retro appearance was the first task on Karlee’s list. She swapped the stock 16” rims for a 18″ X 5.5″ rear and a 19″x 3″ front. Both Reveal Wheels from Performance Machine in “contrast cut” finish. A 180 and 130mm set of Dunlop tires ensure that the bike has great traction and handling to match the new attitude. Continue reading ‘Two Custom Indian Scouts Revealed At The New York Progressive International Motorcycle Show’

Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-joke44A lawyer boarded an airplane in New Orleans with a box of frozen crabs and asked a blonde flight attendant to take care of them for him. She took the box and promised to put it in the crew’s refrigerator. He advised her that he was holding her personally responsible for them staying frozen, mentioning in an arrogant manner that he was a lawyer, and threatened what would happen to her if she let them thaw out.

Shortly before landing in New York , she used the intercom to announce to the entire cabin, “Would the lawyer who gave me the crabs in New Orleans, please raise your hand?” Not one hand went up …. so she took them home and ate them.

There are two lessons here: 1. Lawyers aren’t as smart as they think they are. 2. Blondes aren’t as dumb as most folks think.



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