New And Interesting. ThunderMax Launching TracMax, An ABS Correction Module For Harley Tourers With Tall Front Wheels 21″ And Above.

TallWheelTracMax2015ThunderMax will debut at the 2015 Cincinnati V-Twin Expo (February 7-8) the all new TracMax ABS Correction Module for 2014-2015 Harley Davidson Touring Models equipped with tall aftermarket front wheels.

When you install taller custom wheels – 21″ and above – than Harley factory front wheels, the linked Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) on 2014 & 2015 HD Touring models has been known to lose functionality as a result of incompatible ABS codes wheel speed signals. Continue reading ‘New And Interesting. ThunderMax Launching TracMax, An ABS Correction Module For Harley Tourers With Tall Front Wheels 21″ And Above.’


Harley-Davidson Delivers Strong Full-Year 2014 Financial Performance. Retail Motorcycle Sales Grow Worldwide On Strength in International Markets

Harley15FLTRXThis morning Thursday January 29, 2015 Harley-Davidson Inc. posted a slightly lower quarterly net profit due largely to a strong U.S. dollar, though results were in line with expectations. The Milwaukee-based company reported net income of $74.5 million in the fourth quarter through Dec. 31, down just over 1 percent from $75.4 million a year earlier. The company reported earnings per share of 35 cents, compared with 34 cents in the fourth quarter of 2013. Analysts had expected earnings per share for the quarter of 34 cents. Worldwide retail sales of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles grew 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter and 2.7 percent for the full year compared to the year-ago periods, driven by strong international sales – up 9.2 percent in the fourth quarter and 5.4 percent for the full year.

Retail Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Sales
. Dealers worldwide sold 47,149 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 2.8 percent compared to 45,875 motorcycles in the year-ago quarter. In the U.S., dealers sold 26,957 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the quarter, down 1.6 percent compared to sales of 27,387 motorcycles in the year-ago period. In international markets, dealers sold 20,192 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles during the quarter, up 9.2 percent compared to sales of 18,488 motorcycles in the year-ago period, with unit sales up 14.2 percent in the Asia Pacific region, 8.7 percent in the EMEA region and 4.7 percent in the Latin America region, and down 5.7 percent in Canada. For the full year 2014, dealers sold 267,999 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles worldwide, up 2.7 percent compared to 260,839 motorcycles in 2013. Retail unit sales were up 1.3 percent in the U.S., 11.8 percent in the Asia Pacific region, 6.4 percent in the EMEA region, 2.1 percent in the Latin America region and down 10.8 percent in Canada compared to full-year 2013. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Delivers Strong Full-Year 2014 Financial Performance. Retail Motorcycle Sales Grow Worldwide On Strength in International Markets’

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Polaris Missing Production Targets For Indian Scout, Victory Magnum And Slingshot. Back Orders Not Filled Before Second Quarter 2015.

Scout-family1Last Tuesday morning, during a conference call following the announcement of Polaris 4th quarter financial results, Polaris Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Scott Wine acknowledged that the company missed its production targets for the new Indian Scout, the 2-tone Chiefs the Victory Magnum and the Slingshot although the factory was running at 100% for most of 2014, except a plant retooling in Spring. He warned that back orders for the Scout and the Slingshot will probably not be fully filled until second quarter of 2015. Currently there are There 175 dealers signed to sell Indian motorcycles, with only 118 operational because others are still in the process of making construction, renovations or additions to their dealerships. 330 dealers have signed up to sell the Slingshot.

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Polaris Recalls 2015 Slingshot

slingshotPolaris Industries is recalling 1,577 model year 2015 Slingshot motorcycles manufactured August 26, 2014, to December 16, 2014, and 2015 Slingshot SL motorcycles manufactured August 18, 2014, to December 15, 2014.

The recalled motorcycles may be equipped with roll hoops that do not meet hardness specifications. If the roll hoops do not meet strength specifications, in the event of a rollover crash they may not provide proper protection, increasing the risk of a personal injury. Polaris will notify owners, and dealers will replace the roll hoops, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin January 26, 2015. Owners may contact Polaris customer service at 1-651-408-7579. Recall number is SLI-15-01.

Verona Motor Bike Expo January 23-25. The Winners Of The Custom Chrome International Bike Show Series.

1Verona2Verona3VeronaVerona, Italy. The city of the play “Romeo and Juliet”, the tragic love story written by William Shakespeare with the famous balcony scene (see picture) where Romeo and Juliet agree to be married. And the city where each January, during 3 days, the international custom world, from manufacturers to custom builders to aftermarket parts vendors display their creations. This year, a record number of exhibitors, and thanks to better weather, probably a record of best attendance by visitors from all over Europe. During the Verona Motor Bike Expo is held one of the Custom Chrome International Series bike shows competition. Below are the top winners in 4 different classes. 1- Championship 2- Jammer Old School 3- Modified Harleys 4- Rev Tech Performance. (photography @ Horst Rösler for Cyril Huze)


1champ11champ21champ31st Place. Rough Crafts, (Taiwan) Graphite Speedster

2champ12champ22nd Place.
North Coast Customs (Italy) FIAT Abarth Bike


3rd Place.  S-Bay (Spain) OMEGA


1JOS21JOS21st Place. Hard Nine Choppers, (Switzerland) + LA Speed Chop/USA Pan Chopper


1ModHD11ModHD21st Place. Stile Italiano (Italy) Harton


1RevTech11RevTech21RevTech31RevTech41st Place. Asso Special Bike, Mario Colombo (Italy) U199 RB Racing Power

Judges were: Jody Perewitz, Aykut Tartaroglu, Indian Larry (Bobby), Adolfo Calles, Jordan Mastringani und Jeff Holt/Hot Bike (Bagger), Dimitri from RuRiders, Onno Wiringa (Read and Ride)

Breaking News. Kendon Industries Motorcycle Stand-Up Trailers And Lifts Under New Ownership

kendon1bisKendon2Kendon Industries, Inc., the originator of the Stand-Up™ trailer concept and recognized as the industry leader in its category, received new private equity ownership and I hear plenty of new products are in the works.

Kendon is pleased to announce that it has established a funding source,” says Frank Esposito who remains as company president, a position to which he was appointed in January 2009. “This will allow the brand to react to an ever-increasing demand for Kendon Stand-Up™ Trailers and accessories.”

“Back in 1991 Tina and Ken Thurm started the company, their vision was to build the best motorcycle trailer on the market. Although Tina will be leaving to pursue other personal and professional interests I am very pleased that Ken will continue to consult with us on product design and manufacturing.” Continue reading ‘Breaking News. Kendon Industries Motorcycle Stand-Up Trailers And Lifts Under New Ownership’

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Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-joke44 - CopyA husband went to police station to report his missing wife .
Husband: I’ve lost my wife, she went shopping yesterday and has still not come home.
Sergeant: What is her height?
Husband: Oh, 5 something .
Sergeant: Build?
Husband: Not slim, not really fat.
Sergeant: Color of eyes?
Husband: Never noticed.
Sergeant: Color of hair?
Husband: Changes according to season.
Sergeant: What was she wearing?
Husband: Dress/suit/blue jeans — I don’t remember exactly.
Sergeant: Did she go in a car?
Husband: yes.
Sergeant: What kind of car was it?
Husband: 2015 Corvette Stingray 3LT with the Z51 Performance Package, Shark gray metallic paint, with the 6.2 liter V8 engine with Direct Injection generating 460 HP 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, and GT bucket seats, and has a very thin scratch on the front left …..(at this point the husband started crying )
Sergeant: Don’t worry sir ……. We’ll find your car

Sturgis Mayor Answers His Critics About Signing A 75-Year Agreement To Make Harley-Davidson The Official Brand Of The Rally

billdavidsonmarkcarstensenHere in this website and on social media, many have expressed their disagreement with the city of Sturgis signing a deal with corporate Harley-Davidson to make Harley the official brand of the rally for the next 75 years. Sturgis Mark Carstensen replies to the critics in an article published today by Deb Holland in the Rapid City Journal Meade County Times. The city will not publish the terms of the agreement, but Mark Carstensen gave his justifications for signing such a deal. They are listed below.

Harleylogosmall“For decades, Harley-Davidson was the unofficial motorcycle of Sturgis, and now, it gives me great pleasure to solidify its status as the ‘Official Motorcycle’ of the 75th Annual Sturgis motorcycle rally and for years to come,” said Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen said in announcing the pact. It has been a goal of the Sturgis Rally Department to build more long-term relationships with major sponsors. This agreement will elevate the Sturgis motorcycle rally to a new height as the next generation of motorcycle enthusiasts continue to build on the legacy that began 75 years ago.

HarleylogosmallThe agreement includes several partnering elements that will take place in the upcoming years, but also gives the city some latitude in modifying the agreement. We did sign and enter into a long-term agreement with Harley-Davidson which insures that they will be an anchor in our downtown during the motorcycle rally and year round for many years,” he said. “Now, this agreement is written so we have protection over the years — we know how quickly the world changes. I am saying the agreement signed currently has incremental changes over time, and the ability to be changed over time. Several companies, not just Harley-Davidson, were approached about sponsorship of the 2nd Street Plaza and being the official motorcycle of the Sturgis rally, including Indian Motorcycle. Continue reading ‘Sturgis Mayor Answers His Critics About Signing A 75-Year Agreement To Make Harley-Davidson The Official Brand Of The Rally’

Crusher Maverick 2-into-2 Full Systems Now Available

0crusher1crusher2crusherCrusher is the all-new performance division of Kuryakyn offering new standards for style, quality nanufacturing and flawless sound. As an example, their newly available nicely designed Crusher Maverick 2 into 2 exhaust systems for Harley-Davidson Dyna, Softail and Sportsters models. Crusher is promising solid horsepower and torque gains along with a unique, throaty exhaust note at wide-open throttle with lower decibel levels at cruising speeds. High-flow louvered core baffles are maintenance free and never need repacking. Continue reading ‘Crusher Maverick 2-into-2 Full Systems Now Available

Polaris Reports Record 2014 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

polaris1Fourth Quarter EPS Increased 27% on Sales Growth of 18%; Full Year 2014 EPS from continuing operations Increased 23% on Sales Growth of 19%.

Fourth Quarter Highlights: Net income increased 25% to $135.4 million, or $1.98 per diluted share, with sales increasing 18% to $1,275.0 million, both fourth quarter records. Off-Road Vehicle sales increased 19%, Motorcycle sales increased 50% and PG&A sales increased 21% in the 2014 fourth quarter. North American retail sales remained strong, increasing 13% in the fourth quarter compared to last year.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Performance Summary (in thousands, except per share data)


Continue reading ‘Polaris Reports Record 2014 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results’

Daytona Bike Week. The Ultimate Custom Motorcycle Paint Show.

Perewitz-paint-showIn the middle of Daytona Bike Week, on Wednesday March 11, 2015, at Destination Daytona Harley Pavilion, Dave and Jody Perewitz will host the Perewitz Custom Motorcycle Paint Show. The show is open to any custom painted motorcycle or trike with a wide variety of classes based on type and style of paint. A select team of custom painters will judge each paint job (not the motorcycle itself).

Best of show gets $500 cash and a one-of-kind Perewitz painted trophy. 2nd place receives $300 cash and a sponsor supplied prize. 3rd place pockets $100.  There will be a other prizes with an estimated value in the thousands to be presented randomly throughout the event. Register at 508-697-3595

Juli Moody And Her Amazing Hand Grip…

The Lightning MK1. Timeless Appeal.

Lightning1Lightning2Lightning3Lightning4Lightning5What better way to encourage youngsters to build their own motorcycles than to show them what can be accomplished using an old, low price bike equipped with a throbbing engine. We want them to start cutting, grinding, drilling, hammering, notching, welding, milling, etc. They will do it if you point out to them the cheap and fun bikes that they can afford and easily acquire, and of course what can be done with them. Doesn’t matter to them that their own custom motorcycles, by modern performance standards, won’t blow anyone away. They just want to have a blast with them. So, make them dream with examples (isn’t it also the job of a custom builder?) and more beautiful machines will be born, more youngsters will ride and the whole industry will be rejuvenated and energized. Although Old Empire Motorcycles is a professional builder with skills and talent well above the average, their customs could be for youngsters these perfect examples of dream machines born from low cost factory bikes. Continue reading ‘The Lightning MK1. Timeless Appeal.’

Jerry Lee Lewis’s 1959 Harley-Davidson Sold For $385,000 At Florida Mecum Auction


Jerry Lee Lewis, the legendary rock-n-roller, was present this Saturday January 24, 2015 at the Mecum Kissimee Florida auction to sell his 1959 FLH Harley-Davidson. The 2 big selling points were that it belongs to Jerry Lee Lewis – not that it had belong to him – and the fact that it is in a pristine condition with only 2,257 miles on the odometer. It was sold for $385,000, proving again that celebrity ownership can add a lot to the value of a collectible. Past ownership by Steve McQueen is probably the most consistent added value a motor vehicle can get during an auction. If it was sold by unknown, the 1959 Harley-Davidson would probably bring around $80,000.  Continue reading ‘Jerry Lee Lewis’s 1959 Harley-Davidson Sold For $385,000 At Florida Mecum Auction’

Motortechnic Manufacturing USA. Restoring Engines And Transmissions For Harley Knuckleheads, Panheads And Flatheads UL.

1motortechnic2motortechnic3motortechnic4motortechnicA great source for all those looking for a brilliant engine builder able to turn old Harley engines and trannies into perfectly running masterpieces. A jeweler of Knuckles, Pans and Big Flats Flathead UL), Dan Carr is entrusted by the best and most demanding builders and individuals who want their classic motorcycles to run and shift trouble free. To be mentioned is that his manufacturing/restoration shop offers engine heads in aluminum or cast iron and carries almost all the parts these legendary engines may need for a brand new life. Motortechnic USA is located in Austin, Texas and has representation both in Japan & Germany (listing in their website). For more info, call Dan on my behalf at 512-200-5284 or email

A 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse? An Indian Springfield Trademark?

darkhorseindianchiefThe California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board (California ARB) is a good source of information for those looking to find out in advance the new models that motorcycle manufacturers will release a few months down the road. It looks like the “Chief Dark Horse” may join the Classic, Vintage, Chieftain and Roadmaster Chiefs for the 2016 year Chief line up (see CARB executive order after the jump) Continue reading ‘A 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse? An Indian Springfield Trademark?’

Custom Ducati Scramblers Unveiled At Verona Motor Bike Expo (January 23-24-25)

1scramblerdemrmartini2scramblerdeusexmachina3scramblerUsing a marketing strategy that most motorcycles manufacturers use to promote their new releases, Ducati has asked 3 Italian custom builders to show their skills on the new Scrambler models (Classic, Full Throttle and Urban Enduro.) Unveiled yesterday Friday 23rd at the Verona Motor Bike Expo, these custom creations have for objectives to show how far Scrambler buyers can go to  it their own.

1- Shop Mr Martini, Verona, Italy. Builder went the Café Racer inspiration route with a new rear and front kit created for this project. A new performance rear suspension, relocated foot pegs and a new custom made high exhaust system contribute to the street racer attitude.

2- Shop Deus Ex Machina , Bologna, Italy. The shop turned the Scrambler into a dirt track racer with a complete bodywork makeover: a one-piece tail section and a weird front fascia framing a rectangular headlight and a front fender whose purpose is only styling and not road debris or mud protection. A shorty exhaust with silencer and a bigger front rotor are supposed to mean racer. Deus creation is named “Hondo Grattan” in reference to the first horse to win 21 races at Harold Park Paceway, near Sydney Australia.

3- Shop Officine Mermaid Milan, Italy. Builder Dario Mastroianni trashed all parts that would not be necessary to ride in the mud. A new set of gold rim and hub enduro wheels (21” front, 18” rear), steel sbrushed fenders and a sinister black say what this “Scratch” Gambler is all about.

The Las Vegas BikeFest Team Will Produce The 2015 Hollister Motorcycle Rally And Beyond

hmr0From a PR. The Hollister Downtown Association of Hollister, California has selected ConvExx to produce the iconic Hollister Motorcycle Rally starting in 2015. Known as the “Birthplace of the American Biker” the Hollister Motorcycle Rally has been around for over 70 years. ConvExx is an event production company based in Las Vegas with over 40 years’ experience producing public events and trade shows. ConvExx is the same team that has produced Las Vegas BikeFest for the past 14 years and has also produced many of the top trade shows in the United States including the SEMA Show and the SHOT Show, both based in Las Vegas. Continue reading ‘The Las Vegas BikeFest Team Will Produce The 2015 Hollister Motorcycle Rally And Beyond’

Azzkikr Custom Baggers Entering The Victory Market With New Custom Parts

azzkikr11After working since its creation on the custom Harley market (bikes and parts), Phoenix shop Azzkikr Custom Cycle is now entering the custom Victory market with a new venture called Victory Lane. “We are adding new custom parts all the time and hope to establish ourselves in the Victory market like we have in the Harley touring market. Victory Motorcycles is a great brand with a growing following and we are proud to be a part of the movement towards greater choices in the American touring motorcycle market” says Azzkikr CEO Len Edmondson. Continue reading ‘Azzkikr Custom Baggers Entering The Victory Market With New Custom Parts’

Max Flow Fuel Inlet Elbow. +40%.

fuelcvperformanceThe CV Performance Harley Fuel Inlet Elbow does two important jobs – it increases fuel flow by up to 40% when using a 5/16″ fuel line and it improves the fuel flow system integrity by replacing the stock plastic inlet with a solid brass unit.

It replaces the two-piece plastic item that come stock on CV and early Harley Keihin “butterfly” carbs. The plastic inlet can crack, leak or break as it hardens and gets brittle with age. This also means it is also nearly impossible to keep from damaging the stock unit when servicing the carburator.

Unlike other 2-piece design fuel inlets the CVP Fuel Inlet Elbow eliminates any possible leak issues and allows for use of a larger diameter 5/16″ fuel hose, providing the best connection for maximum fuel flow. Comes complete with a new stainless steel fuel line clamp. Simple installation instructions included. $18.95. CV Performance.

Victory Motorcycles Steps Into The Performance World Of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Drag Racing With The creation Of Victory Factory Racing.

2VictoryRacing3MattAndAngieSmithVictory Motorcycles is taking a bold step into the performance world and partners with Matt Smith to create NHRA Pro Stock Factory Effort. The Victory riding team will be World Champion Matt Smith and his Angie.

Victory intends to compete at the pinnacle of the sport and anticipates a strong and professional effort with the skills and experience of Matt and Angie Smith.

“Victory is excited to enter the world of NHRA Pro Stock Drag Racing.” said Steve Menneto, VP Motorcycles for Polaris. “It is Victory’s intent to continue to test ourselves at the highest levels and the Victory Factory Racing Team is the perfect opportunity for us. Continue reading ‘Victory Motorcycles Steps Into The Performance World Of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Drag Racing With The creation Of Victory Factory Racing.’

New Indian Scout Products from Trask Performance. Exhaust, Mufflers, Handlebars.

1Scout-2-1-web12Scout-2-1-web23Scout-Slip-ons-web4Scout-Bar-1Trask Performance introduces three new hot products for the Indian Scout. First up a new 2 into 1 exhaust system with a classic vintage look and stated by the manufacturer to provide performance gains throughout the entire power-band, Dyno developed and Dyno tested, this 2 into 1 exhaust system produced just under 98 HP, and 74 ft-lbs of torque in combination with their Trask Scout air filter, a 15% overall increase in power and torque.

Made from high quality steel pipe that is mandrel bent. Exhaust features O2 bungs built in, along with full heat shield coverage. Available in chrome, black ceramic coated finish or a black/chrome combination finish. MSRP $899.95

Next up are slip-on mufflers also introduced by Trask as improving performance & sound through out the entire power-band, good for at least a 10% gain in power and torque. Same high quality steel pipe, and coming in your choice of either chrome or black ceramic coated finish. MSRP $599.95

Last up, new V-line handlebars made from seamless DOM mild steel. Designed as a direct bolt-on replacement these handle bars were designed to enhance both the look and feel of your Indian Scout. Available in your choice of raw ready for paint, chrome or black powder coated finish. MSRP $279.95-$309.95. Trask Performance.Call on my behalf 623 879-8488 (these products not listed in their website at time of publication)

A World Record Jump Over Two Motorcycles. Don’t Ever Try This.

New Heated Riding Gear From Harley-Davidson MotorClothes

0H-D-12V-Jacket-battery00H-D-12V-Glove-batteriesStaying warm is the difference between an epic ride and a miserable one. It’s the difference between parking a motorcycle when it’s cold, or continuing to ride. With all-new this Dual Source 12V Heated Gear from Harley-Davidson MotorClothes, your riding season just got longer….P

1H-D-Men's-Heated-Dual-Source-LinerHarley-Davidson offers an array of new men’s and women’s liners, gloves, jackets and pants deliver the maximum 12V of heat via two sources: a rechargeable lithium ion battery or a motorcycle’s electrical system. Designed specifically for riders, all of the products feature a separate, built-in temperature controller with three distinct color-coded heat levels. To enhance performance, Microwire® technology provides the thinnest, lightest wiring system with the fastest warmth. Each new heated item offers a 3-year warranty. These are some of the new Dual-Source 12V Heated Gear options from Harley-Davidson:

2H-D-Men's-Heated-Dual-Source-GlovesMen’s Heated Dual-Source 12V Jacket Liner (P/N 98330-15VM, starting at $295). The five-panel system concentrates heat in sleeves, chest and back for optimal performance. The liner can be powered by the bike’s 12V electrical system or a 12V lithium rechargeable battery. For maximum mid-layer performance with minimal bulk, the liner is made from polyester with spandex and fleece. It’s available in S – 3XL sizes. Continue reading ‘New Heated Riding Gear From Harley-Davidson MotorClothes’




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