Vintage Solo And Passenger Vinyl Seats With Leather Inserts For New Indian Scout

1indseat12indseat2Indian Motorcycle’s new Scout combines classic styling cues from the 1920s with modern day refinements and performance upgrades. Mustang’s new line of seats and related accessories for the Scout follow this “best of both worlds” philosophy. These seats feature Mustang’s proprietary foam, precisely molded to the shapes and angles needed for optimal cruising comfort. The 13″ wide solo and 8.5″ wide passenger seat provide ample room for comfort without compromising the look of the bike. The marine-grade fiberglass seat pan is designed for a secure install and long-term durability. This solo features black or brown vinyl with black or brown leather inserts and a clean, vintage look. Solo seat $329. Rear passenger seat $189. At Mustang Seats.


Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-newsBarber Vintage Motorsports Museum Unveiled Plans For Major Expansion. Last year, Guinness World Records named the museum as the world’s largest collection of vintage and contemporary motorcycles, with 1,398 unique exhibits. The 144,000-square-foot museum, which opened in 2003 at Barber Motorsports Park, will grow by an additional 85,000 square feet. All five stories will be expanded, and a glass atrium is a key feature of the new space. The expansion will help the facility maintain its role as the global benchmark for motorcycle collections. In addition to displaying more motorcycles, some type of traveling exhibits are also planned. The museum will remain open during construction, and the work is expected to be complete in the fall of 2016. Officials did not disclose the capital investment for the project. No public incentives are involved. Birmingham-based Williams Blackstock is the architect for the expansion. The general contractor is BL Harbert International, also based in Birmingham.

Ex-Harley-Davidson Executive To Build The Royal Enfield Brand In The US From Milwaukee. In 2014, less than 1000 Royal Enfield motorcycles were sold in the US. A newly hired Milwaukee team with years of experience at Harley-Davidson plans to change that with a re-positioning of the brand and an aggressive distribution and sales strategy. Royal Enfield intends to become the worldwide number one brand in the middleweight market, from 250cc to 750cc. “ With smaller, lighter bikes than many other brands, Royal Enfield could have a wider appeal than what’s on the market. The bikes also have a smaller price tag between $5,000 and $6,000,compared with Harley’s Street 500, the Milwaukee manufacturer’s only comparable bike at almost $7,000” said new US President Rod Copes, a former head of global sales and customer service for Harley-Davidson. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’

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Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-joke44 - CopyA guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: “Talking Dog For Sale” He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard. The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there. “You talk?” he asks. “Yep”. the Lab replies.

After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says “So, what’s your story?” The Lab looks up and says, “Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so… I told the CIA. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running…” Continue reading ‘Joke Of The Week’

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Max Ness Had A Vision. And Mixed It With A Victory Cross Country.

11vicvision22vicvisionAt 21, Max Ness is the youngest member of the Ness family, the other son of Cory Ness, and is already involved in custom bike building although he is still attending the University of Arizona where he is studying Retail and Consumer Sciences with a minor in Business administration. When we met in Sturgis, he told me about the bike he rode 2800 miles to the rally. A Victory Vision to which he grafted a Cross Country rear end! Surprised by such a concept, Cory Ness was the first to confirm to me that it looks very good, So, I asked Max to send me a few pictures for review…

4vicvision5vicvisionIn 2011 Max bought a 2011 Victory Vision with some rear end damage. At that time, his grandfather Arlen was already doing some Vision rear end conversions using the Ness Down-N-Out Fender And Stretched Saddlebags Kit. His father Cory had always been talking about doing the Cross Country rear section conversion, but never ended up getting it done.  Max liked the idea and decided he wanted to be the first one to try it.

33vicvisionHow difficult was it? Max tells me it took only 2 months, including paint and of course some customization using Ness Catalog parts. The build went smoothly, the most challenging part being the relocation of the ABS system and getting it to work and fit correctly with the cross country rear end. So why doing it, you may wonder? Evidently for styling reason, but also because of the advantage provided by the big storage capacity of the Victory Cross Country saddlebags. Max told me he had no difficulty to pack 2 weeks of clothing and of necessities for its 2-week trip and stay in Sturgis. Continue reading ‘Max Ness Had A Vision. And Mixed It With A Victory Cross Country.’

New Zipper’s Cushion-Drive Chain Conversion Kit for 2009-Up Touring Models

1zippersInterested in a different final drive ratio or added driveline strength for your high output engine touring bike?

Zipper’s Performance makes your life easier, removing the hassle of converting your late model 2009-up belt driven Harley-Davidson® to chain drive.

This new Cushion-Drive Conversion Kit is for 2009-up Harley Touring models, features a modular design for strength and easy ratio changes.

It is is supplied with a steel front sprocket, a 7075-T6 aerospace aluminum rear sprocket, and O-ring chain (available in standard metallic, gold, or black).

2zippersZipper’s cushion-drive chain conversion kit is equipped with a chrome-moly axle and severe-duty slider-style chain adjusters, eliminating the cam adjusters.

Conveniently, this system bolts-on and does not require modifications to the swing-arm.

Contact Zipper’s at 410-579-2828 for any additional inquiries about this kit. Part #817-707, MSRP $1,395.00. At Zipper;s Performance Products

Polaris Offering Exclusive Member Benefits To Costco Members

costcoThe benefits are on a selection of new Polaris brands for all model years. The Costco promotion runs from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, 2015. The offer features Polaris Victory Motorcycles, side-by-sides (excluding the RZR XP Turbo EPS), all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles (excluding the Indy 120) and GEM electric vehicles. Costco members must register for the offer on Costco Polaris Auto Program to be connected to a participating Polaris dealer to receive: 1- exclusive member pricing 2- a $200 Costco Cash Card for submitting a redemption form and completing a Costco Auto Program member satisfaction survey after purchasing an eligible model 3- any applicable consumer incentives. Additionally, Costco members save 15 percent (up to $200) on regular-priced parts, service, accessories and apparel year-round, when they present their membership card at participating Polaris powersport dealers. Continue reading ‘Polaris Offering Exclusive Member Benefits To Costco Members’

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Harley-Davidson Crowns First USA Custom King For Customization Of Street 750 Motorcycle

1YellowstoneHDCustomKings1The Harley Dealer Customization Contest for the best tricked-out Street 750 Motorcycle has ended and The Custom king has been crowned. Alex Stewart, of Yellowstone Harley-Davidson® in Belgrade, Montana earned bragging rights and a new motorcycle-customization royalty designation – the first-ever U.S. Custom King.

2YellowstoneHDCustomKings1Stewart and his dealership’s build team assembled the winning “Next Generation Board Track Racer” as part of the inaugural Harley-Davidson Custom Kings competition. Customization is one of the unique ways riders celebrate their individuality.

The U.S. Custom Kings competition focused on redefining performance through the customization expertise and ingenuity of Harley-Davidson dealers throughout the country, using the Street 750 motorcycle as the perfect canvas. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Crowns First USA Custom King For Customization Of Street 750 Motorcycle’

EMD Motorcycle Design Versus Custom Parts Distributor Zodiac. If It’s Not Plagiarism, What Is It?

1-EMD2-EMDDuring the last 12 months I had the opportunity to feature the custom parts designed and cast by EMD (Esteves Motorycle Design). Rocker, primary and cam covers all conceived with a vintage vibe for XL, Evo, Twin Cam Harley-Davidson modern bikes. Original parts sold both in the US and Europe and now extremely popular on both continents. Of course, EMD expected that these cool parts would inspire (or much worse…) other parts manufacturers, China being usually the prime suspect…

5-EMDInspiration is one thing (nobody, no company can deny being inspired by what others are doing) But plagiarism, or the act of copying someone’s idea, creative work and passing it off as your own, is a much more serious matter. It’s true that in some countries it’s not necessarily illegal. In others it is illegal only when your ideas/products are protected by a patent, a very costly and time consuming commercial process, especially if protection from plagiarism is sought in several countries.

Last weekend I was contacted by EMD’s owner and industrial designer who provided me with a series of documents showing what looks like knockoffs of their original products being sold by Zodiac NL headquartered in the Netherlands, the oldest and one of Europe largest distributors of parts and accessories for Harley-Davidson motorcycles. EMD alleges that their research about the manufacturer of these knockoffs didn’t lead them to China, but to Poland where a company called “Chopper Garage USA” (as far as I know it’s not a US company, nor doing any business with the US) would cast the copies of their parts and sell them to Zodiac for distribution in Europe under the brand name of “The Factory”. (to hide the country of origin?) Just look at the parts and tell me if you think they are knockoffs or not.

3bis-EMD3-EMDOf course, Zodiac would have difficulties denying having knowledge of all the parts created and sold by EMD during these last 4 years since they are featured in catalogs, online, in ads and on many well known custom motorcycles (included the recent Jesse James’ Copper Bike.) Inside the cast copies featured here (Primary and Cam covers for XL Evo), are engraved signatures of  both “The Factory” and of “Zodiac.” Packaging of these parts is in a wood box, not a common way to do it… but exactly the way EMD does it. Inside Zodiac’s catalog, the alleged copies are presented as “American Made”. I guess it sells better with bikers than “Made In Poland” if it’s effectively where they are produced. “American Made”, if not true, would also fall under the category of deceptive advertising and of unfair commercial practice , acts both illegal in the USA and Europe. I must add that EMD doesn’t seem to know for sure if the copies were commissioned by Zodiac or if Zodiac only bought the copies (knowing or not they were knockoffs?) from Chopper Garage USA.  Continue reading ‘EMD Motorcycle Design Versus Custom Parts Distributor Zodiac. If It’s Not Plagiarism, What Is It?’

Straps And Tie-Downs For Your Motorcycle. The Problem Is The S-T-R-E-C-H.

1Red-ShockStrap2Black-ShockStrapTrailing your motorcycle or other toys? You set your ratchet or cam buckle straps as tight as you can. You go on the road and when you stop for gas, you check your cargo. The straps are dangerously loose. Why do most strap manufacturers, on the back of their packaging, instruct their strap owners to pull over every 20 to 50 miles to check and retighten your straps? The explanation is in the comparison below.

ShockStraps use 3,800 pound polyester webbing instead of lower cost nylon used and sold by most companies. The company states that they provide superior shock absorption without coming loose. Available in an assortment of colors in 6′, 10′ and 19′ Lengths, black or red. Video demonstration at ShockStraps.  Order and questions at

Klock Werks Flare™ Windshield Now Available for Indian Chieftain and RoadMaster

windshield1windshield2windshield3Now Indian Chieftain and RoadMaster model motorcycle riders can enjoy the benefits of touring with a Klock Werks Flare™ Windshield. The patented Flare™ Windshield design features “hips” at the sides that re-route the wind away from you while adding downforce to the front-end of the motorcycle to improve stability. The flip at the top of the Flare™ redirects air up and back as clean, less turbulent air for rider and passenger.

“A stock shield simply pushes air. So any air that escapes around it is choppy, turbulent air, that can make your helmet shake, your glasses fly up. Often a rider will think getting a taller windshield will solve the issues. The answer is how the air is directed, and the shape of our Flare™ re-directs the air,” explains Brian Klock. “Many times, a rider doesn’t realize how uncomfortable it is, until they try a Flare™ Windshield. Continue reading ‘Klock Werks Flare™ Windshield Now Available for Indian Chieftain and RoadMaster’

Triumph Motorcycles Fined $2.9 Million for Failure-To-Report Case On Steering Defect

triumphmcThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it investigated after the company recalled more than 1,300 motorcycles for a defect that could reduce steering capability, and the company filed a late response to a NHTSA Special Order. Yesterday August 31, 2015 the NHTSA imposed a $2.9 million civil penalty against Triumph Motorcycles Ltd. and Triumph Motorcycles (America) Ltd. for violations of Safety Act reporting requirements and failure to fully respond to the agency’s communications.

triumphlogo“Manufacturers must comply with their reporting obligations. The law requires it, and public safety demands it,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “When companies fail to meet those obligations, we will hold them accountable.” Under a consent order issued to Triumph, the company must pay a $1.4 million cash penalty and must spend at least $500,000 meeting a series of requirements to improve its safety practices. An additional $1 million in penalties could become due if the company violates the consent order or if additional Safety Act violations emerge.

The penalty stems from Triumph’s September 2014 recall of more than 1,300 motorcycles for a defect that could reduce steering capability and increase the risk of a crash. This April, NHTSA began an investigation into whether Triumph had violated the requirement to report the defect in a timely manner, and into other potential violations, including failure to submit quarterly reports on recall completion rates. Continue reading ‘Triumph Motorcycles Fined $2.9 Million for Failure-To-Report Case On Steering Defect’

Turn Cycle

turncycleMulti-point turns and awkward reversing manoeuvres in your garage can be eliminated with this TurnCycle. This center stand can make your bike walking much easier. Just drive onto the leveling mats, drop the center stand, and push down on the rear to lift the front tire off the ground — you can then easily turn the bike around and forget about reversing the next time you head out. Heavy duty construction, non-slip surfaces. Capacity 1000 lbs (454 kg). Measures less then 1/2” (12.7 mm) thick and 15 3/4” (400mm) diameter. MSRP $184.99. Made in Canada by Turn Cycle.

New Old Style Speedster. Begging For Dirt Or Grass.

0Speedster1Speedster2SpeedsterNo doubt that this new old iron is going to provoke a lot of reactions that I hope will be positive because of its originality and superb detailing. When I discovered it, I just wished that German artist, craftsman and builder Uwe Ehinger from Ehinger Kraftrad had chosen a less common name than Speedster for this very impressive creation.

As always, a personal and professional background explains why you are doing things and the way you are doing them.

In the case of Ehinger, his motorcycle knowledge was acquired very young studying and documenting “archaelogical motorcycle finds” , mostly old racing bikes, then later traveling to several countries in Europe, North & South America & Asia to hunt and unearth antiques and classics from Harley, Indian, Brough Superior, Norton, etc. that he resold to avid independent antique motorcycle dealers and collectors. In a book called “Rusty Diamonds”, Uwe Ehinger tells the stories of his countless journeys, of his emotional discoveries and how, armed only with an analog camera in the middle of nowhere, he was able to contact potential buyers at a time and from places where there was no internet to be found…


Being inspired by the past, being faithful to it, but being able to push yourself to not duplicate and never imitate what was done before requires what I call “creative courage”. Just look at the motor. The 45° v-twin engine looks like a Harley Knucklehead but upon inspection it is quite different. The CAD designed Knucklehead cylinder heads are paired to a 1937 four cam bottom end of a side valve Harley-Davidson U. The OHV heads feature an open valve train with a set of rockers machined out of a solid block of aluminum. A 1200 cc that will wake up the imagination of many custom motor builders. For driveline, a Harley four-speed transmission and a narrow 1” open belt primary. For ignition, a Wico magneto. Continue reading ‘New Old Style Speedster. Begging For Dirt Or Grass.’

2015 American International Expo In Orlando (October 15-18) My Interview With V-Twin Director Bob Kay.

AIMExpo1There is no doubt that just after a couple of years, The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) has changed the way The Powersports Industry does business with dealers and consumers. As a matter of fact, in 2015, it’s now the only B2B and B2C North American Powersports Trade Show. For its anticipated return to the Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) this fall October 15 to 18 (general public days are October 17 and Sunday, October 18), the AIMExpo will feature a large V-Twin presence of manufacturers, part vendors and custom builders with indoor and outdoor activities during all weekend. I asked Bob Kay, AIMExpo’s V-Twin Director, how he organized all the V-Twin industry activities and what dealers and consumers can expect during this 2015 edition.

Aimexpo8Cyril Huze. One year ago, The Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group, producers of The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), hired you as their show V-Twin Director. Your mission was to work closely with the V-Twin industry that you know so well to develop the AIMExpo’s activities in this important market segment. Tell me what has been your strategy to acquire a powerful V-Twin offering for vendors, dealers and end users. What can they expect during the upcoming 2015 edition

Aimexpo2Bob Kay. First and foremost our plan from the beginning was to integrate the V-Twin and custom markets into AIMExpo rather then create a separate area that segregates this key segment of the motorcycle industry. However, we recognized that V-Twin dealers and consumers may not necessarily want to walk the entire show trying to locate their favorite products exhibitors. So we created a natural flow that would attract V-Twin exhibitors, dealers and consumers. As you enter the show floor you can head toward the “Made in America” area which features many V-Twin exhibitors as well as other prominent American companies.

As you come out the back side of “Made in America” you will find yourself in the middle of the AIMExpo Championship of the Americas / AMD Custom Bike Show, and if you follow that across the hall you will see many of your favorite exhibitors on both sides of the aisle. When you reach the other side of the hall on Saturday and Sunday you will notice that the Media Center has been converted into a Garage Party with builder and supplier exhibits, live music and the special feature, the “Chopper Legends Showcase.” I was humbled by the positive response from the V-Twin and Custom industry that has been my life for the past 40 years. Companies like Barnett Tool, Cobra, Gardner Westcott and James Gaskets positioned themselves in “Made in America” alongside returning V-Twin companies. American Dealer Magazine, S&S Cycle, Biker’s Choice and Vee Rubber jumped right in to support the AIMEXpo “Championship of the Americas”.

4customACE Café, S&S Cycle, and Biker’s Choice, Cycle Source Magazine, Born to Ride Media, Kiwi, Jason Paul Michaels,  Leticia Cline and Kyle Shorey are committed to making Garage Party the coolest celebration of the V-Twin Culture. Our goal is to broaden the appeal of Florida as an October motorcycle destination. AIMExpo represents an opportunity for exhibitors and dealers to network within the industry on the broadest possible level to expand and grow business. A company can do their installs in Daytona where that traditional rider has come to get a great deal, but at the same time take care of their industry networking at an truly international show. There are many other V-Twin companies displaying at AIMExpo. For a complete list go AIMEXpo. The show is very well run but more importantly is attentive to the needs of their exhibitors, dealers and consumers. It is called WIN, WIN.

1customCyril Huze. The AIMExpo is both an indoor & outdoor show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Describe precisely the V-Twin activities and their schedule. And are V-Twin test rides also available?

Bob Kay. Let’s start with “Made in America”. This area is designed to showcase American ingenuity and feature companies where Made in America is part of their company DNA. We have had requests from Europe and South America for easier access to American brands, hence “Made in America” While it is a natural place for many V-Twin vendors you will also see American brands that focus on other segments. The AIMExpo Championship of the Americas represents an opportunity for an American builder (it includes North, Central and South American builders) to compete in the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building in Cologne, Germany for 2016. AMD has come to stand for the best in custom bike design , engineering and execution. Our association with AMD has already attracted some of the best builders to showcase their latest builds. The “Chopper Legends” is a special no-compete showcase of choppers and diggers from the 70’s , 80’s and 90’s. Pat Patterson of Lead Sled Customs will host this showcase  of some of the coolest custom bikes around.

2customWe will have Harley test rides provided by Orlando Harley Davidson. The staff form Orlando Harley will go out of their way to accommodate certain model requests. I suggest you come early on Saturday and Sunday due to the popularity of this feature. There will also be UTV and ATV test rides for those hunters and land owners that ride V-Twins. The “Garage Party” represents, which is also what AIMExpo is all about, a fresh and exciting way to celebrate our passion for motorcycles. It is sure to attract a lot of attention and will start things off Friday night at Orlando Harley with a builder meet and greet and live music. Live music Saturday night on the show floor hosted by Bill Dodge of Bling Cycles and followed by an after- party at the ALE HOUSE. Be sure to meet former Hot Bike Girl, the lovely Leticia Cline, serving as our ambassador. The feature I am most proud of is my collaboration with the Power Sports Business Institute to create the Brick and Mortar Success Guide. We have put together a group of valuable seminars for independent shop dealers that do not have the support of a large OEM franchise. Thursday classes will be focused on the business side and Friday’s focus will be on running the shop area.

Aimexpo3Cyril Huze. The Bike Building “Championship Of The Americas” intends to be a major annual event of the Custom Motorcycle Scene. It’s because it will feature not only the best builders from the USA and Canada but also those from South America with a path to compete, expenses paid, in the 2016 World Championship in Cologne, Germany. Tell me who is eligible to compete, on which platforms, in which classes, and who will judge the competitors creations?

Bob Kay. This will be a world class bike show and that is why we affiliated ourselves with the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building to set the standard for our entries. We will have a Free Style Class in which the winner will advance to the 2016 AMD World Championship held in Cologne, Germany with $7500 in expenses paid courtesy of S&S Cycle and Biker’s Choice. We will have a pre-84 Retro Class, a Street Custom Class for bikes with OEM frames and drivetrains, and a Performance Custom Class for all out non-street legal competition bikes and street racers. Continue reading ‘2015 American International Expo In Orlando (October 15-18) My Interview With V-Twin Director Bob Kay.’

MagnaFlow 2 Into 1 Rockstar Exhaust For Touring Harley-Davidson

Magnaflowrockstar1Magnaflowrockstar2Magnaflowrockstar3You can set yourself apart from the crowd in Rockstar style. The 2 into 1 performance Rockstar performance exhaust features MagnaFlow’s exclusive non-bluing, Magna-Black coated, 1 ¾” stainless steel head pipes. The 2 ½” heat shields and precision laser cut junction cover add major style points to this head turning system.

The Hi-Flow louver core muffler deliver upgraded dynamic horsepower gains over stock with untamed, deep, aggressive sound quality from idle to full throttle. The rotating 3” scallop cut tip allows you to customize your Rockstar style. The Rockstar is the ideal choice for tuned or stock engines and features 12mm & 18mm O2 sensor ports allowing for maximum tuning options. The Rockstar is available in show chrome or deep black finishes. Made in the USA by MagnaFlow. MSRP: Chrome: $889.95. Black: $959.95.

Thought For The Day




“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination”. Albert Einstein.

Harley-Davidson And The Dark Custom Movement. Iron 883, The Forty-Eight, The Street 750 And 500.

1-2016-Iron-and-Forty-EightStirring the rebel soul in all of us, especially the youngsters is a Harley philosophy. The Harley-Davidson Dark Custom movement strips a motorcycle to its mechanical essence and the motorcycling experience to its rebellious core – the quest for freedom and self-expression.

iron1For 2016, Harley-Davidson asserts Dark Custom attitude with the new Iron 883™, Forty-Eight®, and Harley-Davidson Street™ motorcycles, hard-nosed machines that offer an affordable rebel experience to a new generation of riders. Objective? Being minimalist and dark with an urban gene. The nimble Street™ 500 and Street™ 750 models roll into a second season with customer-led updates, ready to roam the global cityscape.

fortyeight“With Dark Custom, we embrace the beauty of the basic motorcycle structure,” said Harley-Davidson Styling Director Brad Richards. “It’s about the beauty of the nuts and bolts, the steel and rubber and the heart of the machine, which is a Harley-Davidson V-Twin engine. Dark Custom reaches back to our styling roots, but also invites the rider to move forward, to make the Dark Custom motorcycle his or her own with accessories, ingenuity or riding experiences.”

1Dark883Iron 883
Drawing inspiration from garage-built bobbers past and present, the new Iron 883 model is chopped and drilled, intentionally a little raw and rough around the edges. Clipped fenders, blacked-out powertrain and exhaust, drag-style handlebars and a solo tuck-and-roll seat cover evoke bare-knuckle street performance. A ribbed air cleaner cover speaks to the stamped-from-steel authenticity of this motorcycle. Bullet-hole details on the belt guard, exhaust shields and front fender brace recall a racer’s effort to lighten the bike. Colors and finishes for the Iron 883 were selected to help hide the grit and grime of riding and living in the urban environment, for riders who don’t own – or care to own – a garden hose and a driveway.

The Iron 883 is powered by an 883cc Evolution® V-Twin engine tuned to power away from stop lights and deliver satisfying performance. A blacked-out floating front brake rotor complements nine-spoke cast aluminum wheels finished in black with machined highlights that reduce unsprung weight by a combined eight pounds to improve ride comfort and handling.

3Dark883Ride and handling are further enhanced by new cartridge-style forks and new emulsion rear shock absorbers with progressive-rate springs and a threaded pre-load adjustment collar that makes it easy for the rider to dial in shock performance to match road conditions or passenger weight. A special shock adjustment spanner stows under the seat. A passenger pillion matching the tuck-and-roll seat upholstery will be offered through Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories. The 2016 Iron 883 is offered in four color options: Charcoal Satin, Black Denim, or Olive Gold with an eagle-and-shield tank logo, or Hard Candy Custom Gold Flake with a flame detail paired with black fenders.

The new Forty-Eight motorcycle feature a burly 130mm front tire is suspended by 49mm forks secured in massive forged aluminum triple clamps and an aluminum fork brace. The classic 2.1-gallon peanut fuel tank creates a narrow, athletic waist. Chopped fenders expose the tire rubber. “The low handlebar and forward foot controls put the Forty-Eight rider in an aggressive posture, so we picked up on that with the styling,” said Harley-Davidson Industrial Designer/Stylist Ben McGinley, the lead stylist on the project. “The big front wheel is like a steamroller coming down the street, and we went with the smaller round steel air cleaner and some chrome on the exhaust to draw your eyes to the engine, which looks larger under the peanut tank. I’d describe the theme of this bike as functional muscle.”

The fuel tank styling features horizontal stripes, a throw-back to 1970s style that’s reappearing today on custom bikes. Those lines are repeated throughout the motorcycle, including in the seat stitching, slotted exhaust shields, rear sprocket and belt guard. New lightweight cast-aluminum wheels feature nine split spokes and a solid black finish with machined highlights. A side-mount license plate and combination stop/tail/turn signals keep the rear fender uncluttered. The new 49mm forks feature a cartridge design tuned to complement new emulsion rear shock absorbers with progressive-rate springs and a threaded pre-load adjustment collar, a combination that delivers a premium, controlled ride over the roughest urban pavement. A shock adjustment spanner is stashed under the solo seat, which has been formed to support the rider with all-day comfort.

The 2016 Forty-Eight is offered in four solid colors: Vivid Black, Billet Silver, Velocity Red Sunglo and Olive Gold. Hard Candy Custom options include Hard Candy Cancun Blue Flake and Hard Candy Gold Flake. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson And The Dark Custom Movement. Iron 883, The Forty-Eight, The Street 750 And 500.’

Cast Aluminum Is Back For Custom Motorcycle Parts

1lowbrow12lowbrow1Of course, not to the point to replace any time billet aluminum machining. But if you are into the retro look, the old methods of casting (die, permanent mold and sand casting) are appropriate to produce parts reminiscent of the old days of motorcycling. Cast aluminum has a timeless soulful look that is hard to argue with.

As example, this line of cast aluminum master cylinder covers for a wide array of Harley-Davidson models from 1982 to 2015, for both front and rear master cylinders.

Finned or Fish Scale pattern buffed to a lustrous shine or black electroplated. Your choice of style and finish for only $44.95. At Lowbro Customs or call toll-free 1-855-456-9276.

Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-joke44 - CopyOn their way to the church to get married, a young Catholic couple were involved in a fatal car accident. Being good Catholics the young couple find themselves sitting outside the Pearly Gates waiting for St. Peter to process them into Heaven. While waiting, they begin to wonder: could they possibly get married in Heaven? When St. Peter finally showed up, they asked him. St Peter said “I don’t know. This is the first time anyone has asked. Let me go find out” and he leaves them sitting at the Gate.

After three months, St Peter finally returns, looking somewhat bedraggled. “Yes” he informs the couple ” I can get you married in Heaven”. “Great!” said the couple “But we were just wondering, what if things don’t work out? Could we also get a divorce in Heaven?”

“You must be bloody joking” says St. Peter, red-faced, with frustration, slamming his clipboard on the ground. What’s wrong?” asked the frightened couple”.“OH, COME ON!” St. Peter shouted  “It took me three months to find a priest up here…..Do you have any idea how long it’ll take me to find a lawyer?”

Details Create Style

1kens-factory_neo-fusion_gascapa2kens-factory_neo-fusion_gascapaThis headline is builder and custom parts designer Ken Nagai’s motto. To crown your gas tank with style, these Neo-Fusion gas caps (a best seller) that you could only order from his shop in Japan, until he opened a second shop in California. They are now in stock at Ken’s Factory USA and can be ordered directly at the American Online Store. Designed for the choosiest custom builder who wants to achieve a world-class custom level of refinement, the Neo-Fusion gas cap are for custom applications (you need to weld-in a custom bung on your gas tank), are machined out of billet aluminum, are available in polish (SKU#: 12-100) or black contrasted machine cut (SKU#: 12-101), and sold with the weld-in bung included. Ken’s Factory USA.

15th Anniversary Las Vegas BikeFest. October 1-4, 2015

For its 15th edition, Las Vegas BikeFest has a new home in the heart of downtown Las Vegas on Fremont Street East between 7th and 10th street. As usual, a ton of Activities, about hundred vendors, demo rides, several bike Shows, the Artistry in Iron competition, celebrity Appearances, a $10,000 poker run, lots of entertainment with miss Las Vegas election, live bands, etc.

3LVBFOne of the highlights, and of course my preferred event is “Artistry In Iron Master Builders Championship” where 20 of the current hottest builders show off their latest creations. During all the long, you will be able to chat with the builders and get autographs from your favorites. Rick Bray from RKB Kustom Speed in Hanford, CA was selected by his peers as the 2014 Artistry in Iron champion and will be back in 2015 to defend his title.

A check for $10,000 will be presented to the winning builder, as voted by his peers – the other participating builders. The winner will also receive a custom made winner’s bracelet designed and presented by Steve Soffa. In addition, a trophy will be presented to the People’s Choice Winner. Awards will take place on Saturday 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the South Lot Pavilion

On October 3rd, from 10:30am to 6:30pm, at the North Lot Activity Tent, you will be able to meet SOA stars “Chibs”, “Opie” and “Bobby from fictional motorcycle club TV series Sons Of Anarchy. Check the full list of events and entertainment by jumping HERE. Special 15th Anniversary Las Vegas Bikefest pre-registration packages by going HERE. Reserve great hotel rooms and great rates are waiting for you in Las Vegas by jumping HERE. Below, a 2014 video recap.

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New Mufflers For Indian Scout

WAR-HORSEScout“War Horse” is the name of these new mufflers by Rush Racing Products. The company claims that they are high performance slip-on muffler designed to give your Indian Scout a nice deep rumble, more torque, and more horsepower than any other slip-on mufflers.

They feature show quality chrome or black finishes along with the ability to interchange the baffles so you get the sound and performance you are looking for. Rush Racing Products.

Most Motorcycles Driven Over The body While Laying On A Bed of Nails

For your entertainment. Unearthed from The Guinness World Records video library. With a time limit of 2 minutes, Australian Chayne Hultgren, aka The Space Cowboy, set a record for most motorcycles driven over his body while laying on a bed of nails, enduring the weight of 20 motorcycles for the TV broadcast.

Las Vegas Bikefest 2015



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