Introduced in June 1983 as the 1984 Harley-Davidson FXST Softail, the Softail frame was not designed by the Milwaukee factory. It is the creation of Bill Davis, a Harley enthusiast and engineer from St Louis, Missouri. In 1974 and 1975 Davis worked in his garage on the concept of a rear suspension frame where a swingarm was pivoting at the bottom sprung by a top spring shock absorber placed under the seat. He built a first prototype using his own 1972 Harley Super Glide as the base. After patenting his cantilever design swingarm frame he succeeded in meeting with Willie G. Davidson in August 1976. The story says that Davidson he was very impressed by Davis’s new frame concept and replied 6 months later saying that although the company would not use the new design, it was still interested… Continue reading ‘Did You Know? The Story Of The Harley-Davidson Softail Frame.’
Küryakyn just released these all-new Torpedo L.E.D. Indicator and Run-Turn-Brake Lights for all universal 12v Applications. The streamlined torpedo-shaped housing measures in at 2.75 (L)” x 1.75” (D) (70mm x 45mm), and comes in two versions. Single-function amber versions are designed to serve as turn-signal indicators either up front or on the rear. Multi-function versions are designed for rear use only and feature three independent red and amber circuits that allow the units to be used as run-turn-brake lights for increased visibility.
Rear Torpedo L.E.D. Lights
• P/N 2509: Matte Black Torpedo Run-Turn-Brake – $99.99
• P/N 2507:Chrome Torpedo Run-Turn-Brake – $99.99
Front or Rear Torpedo L.E.D. Lights
• P/N 2510: Matte Black Torpedo Indicator Turn Lights – $99.99
• P/N 2508: Chrome Torpedo Indicator Turn Lights – $99.99
Some applications may require separate purchase of a load equalizer. For more information, visit KÜRYAKYN
Victory Motorcycles And Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America Combine Forces in New York City On Veteran’s Day November 11, 2014Published by Cyril Huze October 29th, 2014 in Editorial and Events.
Victory Motorcycles and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will continue their partnership supporting the men and women of the armed forces by joining together at America’s Parade in New York City on November 11. This nationally televised parade is the largest Veteran’s Day event in the nation. The theme for this year’s Parade is LAND OF THE FREE / HOME OF THE BRAVE, in honor of the 200th Anniversary of the writing of the “Star Spangled Banner” (1814 ~ 2014).
Victory/IAVA have initiated “The Road Home” program during which Victory will contribute $500 to IAVA for each new Victory bike sold. This program is dedicated to empowering and assisting the military veterans who have served in recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan to adjust to life back home. Learn more at www.victorymotorcycles.com/roadhome. “It’s an honor to join IAVA to celebrate the men and women who protect our freedom.” said Steve Menneto, VP Motorcycles for Polaris. “We appreciate their contributions and sacrifices, and admire the work done on their behalf by IAVA.” Continue reading ‘Victory Motorcycles And Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America Combine Forces in New York City On Veteran’s Day November 11, 2014′
This past Monday, I featured the “Chica Bonita” built by by German Müller Motorcycles. I mention their own 6-piston calipers without mentioning that braking gear is this company their forte. So, let me mention, especially for my European readers, that Müller Motorcycles is also offering 6-piston brakes for their own 300 mm semi-floating discs.
Bigger the setup, better the brake performance. The advantages of these discs are a better and continuously controllable brake pressure and an even wear of the brake pads. The semi floating bearing prevents warpage of the disc even at highest loads.
The discs are TÜV certified and are available in 292mm (11.5 inch) and 300mm. You can combine it with the serial brake caliper and the Müller 6-piston caliper or other aftermarket calipers. They come in matte black, polished black or simply polished. More information at Müller Motorcycles
Wheels Of Liberty. A Non-Profit Group To Help Mobility-Challenged individuals in America Attain Or Regain Motorcycle Freedom.Published by Cyril Huze October 28th, 2014 in Editorial, Events and Videos.
Davis Zien, former Senator for Wisconsin and member of Motorcycle Hall of Fame since 2000 – and Marc Anthomy – both amputated above the knee have created “Wheels Of Liberty” a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the mobility-challenged individuals use motorcycles as a unique therapy tool to empower them, live better with their disability and attain or regain motorcycle freedom. “It’s empowering, they have a new purpose to live and get out on the open road, and as motorcyclists, we feel that, and so we’re just sharing that feeling” says Zien. Wheels of Liberty had its first fund raiser this past Sunday. hopefully eventually becoming a national program. More info at Wheels Of Liberty or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-559-7770 (Marc)
Brammo Inc. has selected a Miami-based crowdsourcing site to raise $3 million in convertible debt as a prelude to a larger funding round. The electric motorcycle manufacturer has raised more than $70 million to date with investors such as Polaris, Team Industries, Best Buy and Chrysalix. The funding round is open to accredited investors only as a bridge to a larger round. Investors will receive discounts on Brammo purchases, starting with $2,500 off a purchase with a $25,000 investment, rising to a free Empulse model with an investment of $200,000 or more. Brammo currently employs 69 people and distributes its battery-powered motorcycles in North America, Europe and Asia. It launched its Empulse motorcycle (featured) in the United Kingdom in June
Julian von Oheimb from German shop One Way Machine is an Applied Sciences Engineer brought up by his father around Harley Flatheads, Knuckeleheads and Pahneads. From him he learned to always respect the past, to honor the old fabrication techniques and was encouraged to build bikes not only cool to look at but also correct from the point of view of mechanical engineering. Although board track racing disappeared in the early 30’s, the style of the machines racing on wooden planks continues to inspire many of today’s builders, and you can add Julian’s name to the list. Continue reading ‘Tribute To The Board Tracker Style’
Only two days after receiving the first 2015 Harley Road Glide (model FLTRXS) at his Harley-Davidson Baden-Baden/Germany dealership (aka Rick’s Motorcycles), the team had the bike in pieces and the frame modified with their 2014 TÜV approved 26/30-Inch front wheel conversion. As far as I know, the result seen here is the first 2015 26” Road Glide Bagger full conversion.
The stretched tank is a modified Custom Chrome Europe part, on which Rick’s sheet metal workshop laid hand to adapt it to the new Road Glide. but the side fillers are Rick’s own. Notice the Kess Tech ESM “Sound adjustable“ exhaust system ending under the cases, tips pointing downward.
The customizing job includes Rick’s TÜV-approved frame modification, 9° Rick’s triple trees, Rick’s own 26’’ “Gimmi 5“ wheels with 13’’ discs and adapted HD calipers nicely powder-coated in red. On the front Rick’s own 26” steel fender was mounted and the rear received a complete “Rick Rod“ Bagger tail end with bags stretched 8” and 4.2” deeper than stock, with all extra space usable. Continue reading ‘First 2015 Harley Road Glide 26 Inch Conversion’
“Lane splitting” – when a motorcycle rides between two cars – is legal (or more precisely an accepted practice) in California and has always been a controversial issue opposing bikers and car drivers. The “California Office Of Traffic Safety” and the “Safe Transportation Research And Education Center of University Of California in Berkeley conducted a study whose conclusions paint a positive picture about the safety of lane-splitting, when done in certain conditions, not exceeding the speed of cars by more than 10 to 15%. Both bikers and drivers find the practice more and more acceptable. The entire 51-page study is available at California Lane Splitting. Below a report about the study from CBS News.
Designed for 2014-later Harley-Davidson Touring and Trike models, this seat offers two separate suspension systems to isolate the rider and passenger from sharp road impacts.
For the rider, a sling-like fabric suspension system acts like a hammock to reduce impacts, and two inches of traditional foam on top provides additional support. For the passenger, a multiple spring-board style suspension system along with two inches of traditional foam provides 15 percent improvement in passenger comfort. The generous seat length accommodates a wide variety of rider sizes with added space to vary the position on a long ride. Continue reading ‘Long-Haul Touring Comfort with Dual-Zone Heated Seat’
A woman was having a daytime affair while her husband was at work. One rainy day she was in bed with her boyfriend when, to her horror, she heard her husband’s car pull into the driveway. ‘Oh my God – Hurry! Grab your clothes and jump out the window. My husband’s home early!’ ‘I can’t jump out the window. It’s raining out there!’ ‘If my husband catches us in here, he’ll kill us both!’ she replied. ‘He’s got a hot temper and a gun, so the rain is the least of your problems!’
So the boyfriend scoots out of bed, grabs his clothes and jumps out the window! As he ran down the street in the pouring rain, he quickly discovered he had run right into the middle of the town’s annual marathon. So he started running along beside the others, about 300 of them. Being naked, with his clothes tucked under his arm, he tried to blend in as best he could. After a little while a small group of runners who had been watching him with some curiosity, jogged closer. Continue reading ‘Joke Of The Week’
Custom Chrome, as other large distributors , almost always include in his catalogs examples of bikes customized or built from the ground-up using their custom parts. Parts regrouped in kits with multiple options to satisfy many tastes and budgets. “Lucky Sucker”, also name of this bike, is one of them offering individuals the opportunity to get their Harley (shown is a Softail FXSTD) looking almost like a full blown built-from-the-ground-up bike. Continue reading ‘Lucky Sucker. A Bolt-On Softail Kit Bike From Custom Chrome.’
A group of bikers, apparently members of the Streetfighterz, do stunts on a public highway in California. A motorcycle cop, siren and flashing lights on, intervenes to make them stop. One of the motorcyclists gets close to the officer and tell him he should better leave. And guess what? The cop leaves, the bikers wave him goodbye and continue to pop wheelies at high speed… But we don’t know the end of the story. Did the cop went ahead asking for a police road block or a spike strip on the highway, or? Or did the cop, ego torn, simply give up any intervention?
They are extremely popular and in great demand for many types of bikes, Cruisers, Cafe Racers, Choppers, Bobbers, etc…Turned up or down they look extremely cool even if we all know that some rear visibility has to be sacrificed. These mirrors are offered in different styles and match the grips and pegs. From $98.00 to $108.00. Order online at Speed Dealer Customs.
Chrome Motor Motorcycle Bags. Waterproof, Heat And Abrasion Resistant As Demonstrated In Funny Video.Published by Cyril Huze October 23rd, 2014 in Accessories, Customs and Editorial.
From Chrome Motors, the maker of “Bombproof Gear” for living and riding, this series of bags made with their proprietary HD Ballistic™ Nylon that’s 3x more heat resistant and 4x more abrasion resistant than typical Ballistic Nylons. Plus, they are waterproof.
Windproof strap keepers and stabilizing straps keep the bags where they belong and minimize distracting noises at high speeds. For a carefree ride, specific tool pockets help you carry basic wrenches, tire gauges, spark plugs, and toll transponders. By the way, I learned that there is only one way to make a bag truly waterproof – by welding its seams. The complete series of bags is described and available at Chrome Motor. But first watch the weird/funny video they produced to promote it.
During sharp turns, many of them may create serious issues regarding the bike stability, the stress created to both the vehicle and your motorcycle front end.
The Fatz Tow Hitch Bracket, winner of several top innovation awards, enables your motorcycle to be held stable and upright during both the loading and trailing procedure, even tight corners and sharp bends. The Fatz Tow Hitch easily adjusts for different makes of motorcycles and can be used on different towing vehicles. A video demonstration.
Polaris 3rd Quarter Earnings Jump 26% On Strong Sales Gains Due In Part To Its Indian Motorcycle LinePublished by Cyril Huze October 22nd, 2014 in Builders, Editorial and Events.
Early this Wednesday morning, Polaris (NYSE:PII) roared ahead of third-quarter earnings estimates due in part to its reinvigorated Indian motorcycle line. Earnings per share minus items climbed 26% to $2.06 on an 18% rise in revenue to $1.3 billion.
Polaris has beaten quarterly earnings estimates for more than two years in a row. Wall Street expected EPS of $2.02 on revenue of $1.28 billion. Bread-and-butter off-road-vehicle sales climbed 17% to $823.2 million, prompting the Medina, Minn.-based company to raise its EPS outlook for the current year to $6.55-$6.65 from a previously raised estimate of $6.48-$6.58., an increase of 21 percent to 23 percent over full year 2013 earnings from continuing operations of $5.40 per diluted share. CEO Scott Wine said in a press statement that in Q3, “we garnered strong retail sales in all categories, even as we introduced more than 20 new off-road vehicles and motorcycles.” Continue reading ‘Polaris 3rd Quarter Earnings Jump 26% On Strong Sales Gains Due In Part To Its Indian Motorcycle Line’
You can enhance the natural body lines of the Chieftain’s outer fairing with the new Windshield Trim (P/N 5620) and Fairing Turn Signal Trim (P/N 5621) accents. The Windshield Trim adds cohesive styling to the top edge of the Chieftain fairing while creating a clean transition to the windshield. The Fairing Turn Signal Trim extends the classic design lines from the OEM chrome panel to the turn signals for a seamless flow. Both accents feature peel-and-stick installation and are reverse engineered from the Indian fairing to provide perfect fit and finish. Continue reading ‘Trim Accents To Dress Up Your Indian Chieftain Fairing’
Pink is more than a color. For many brands, including Harley-Davidson, it’s an ongoing pledge to those affected by breast cancer. For Harley, its family of riders, dealers and enthusiasts, the pink label program is a way, through clothing sales, to help those women affected by breast cancer, making sure that nobody rides alone through life.
With the momentum of having raised more than $1.3 million since its inception in 2010, the Harley-Davidson Pink Label program has expanded its reach with a third beneficiary: the ABCD (After Breast Cancer Diagnosis), joining existing partners National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF) and Young Survival Coalition (YSC). Each Pink Label program partner offers national reach and a distinct type of care: Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Pink Label Program To Fight Against Breast Cancer’
With more bike shows, all new truck, jeep & classic car shows and, more free concerts on two stages. The Lone Star Rally is jam packed with entertainment for all ages, day and night, all weekend long.
Rally goers can also shop ’til they drop at hundreds of vendors offering everything from motorcycle accessories and state of the art after market parts to custom crafted jewelry and hand tooled leather throughout downtown Galveston and along the Seawall.
Plus, they can check out the coolest new rides on two wheels and four, with legendary bike builders from across the nation showcasing their best in custom paint and design and, the Houston Area Chevy Dealers displaying the hottest new rides on the market. Continue reading ‘Lone Star Rally. November 6-9, 2014.’
Veteran actor Michael Madsen, a pal of Dennis Hopper that he met while making the Quentin Tarantino-produced biker movie ‘Hell Ride, was so outraged when he read the LA Times story about the sale for 1.35 million (1.62 million with auction fees) of the reportedly authentic Captain America motorcycle used in the “Easy Rider” movie, that he called the newspaper to voice his concern. Madsen, who is an avid motorcycle rider, said to journalist Charles Fleming who reported on the auction of Captain America that Hopper told him many stories of the making of “Easy Rider.” Indeed, Madsen had told Hopper he was interested in acquiring the “Billy bike,” the motorcycle that Hopper was riding in the movie. From Romania where he is filming, he told the journalist: “I heard the voice of Dennis Hopper. From his grave he is telling you “That ain’t the Captain America’ bike.”. Madsen added “Everyone wants to believe that’s the bike. They’re willing to pay $1+ million to imagine that’s the bike. That’s kind of nostalgic and nice, but the truth is, it isn’t.”
Following on the heels of Roadsmith’s already popular Indian Chieftain trike, the Minneapolis company unveils the new Indian Roadmaster trike with the addition of its large trunk, passenger backrest, adjustable floorboards and heated seat, promising the larger storage capacity and passenger comfort necessary for serious two-up trike touring.
Known for their many original innovations in the trike industry, such as independent rear suspension and a longer wheelbase, Roadsmith designed a trike to capture and complement the spirit and elegance of the new Indian Roadmaster. Complete with integrated ABS for maximum stopping power, raked triple trees for ease of steering and electric reverse to ensure smooth, quiet operation when backing, the new Indian Roadmaster Trike promises to lead the way in long-distance touring safety and comfort on three wheels. Continue reading ‘First Indian Roadmaster Trike By Roadsmith’
New for the Harley FL platform, Progressive Suspension introduces the ULTRA LOW version of their 944 series Harley touring shocks. Designed to sit 2” lower than a stock HD Touring model (1” lower on a Street Glide), the brand new 944 ULTRA-LOW is the lowest version of Progressive Suspension’s 944 Series shocks.
Want your bike in the weeds or struggling to reach the ground? The 944 Ultra Low is the shock conceived for the job. The company claims that it is the best ride possible in a lowered shock.
By combining Frequency Sensing Technology damping and a dual spring, this 12.5” shock sits at 11” when on the bike, yet droops to full length when the terrain requires it, potholes and such.
Fits 1980 to 2015 Harley-Davidson FLH/FLT MODELS. Like most of Progressive’s shocks the 944 Ultra Low is available in standard or heavy spring rates and supported with a lifetime limited warranty. Contact your local dealer for more information. Progressive Suspension.