Avon Tyres Introduces 13 New Cobra Model Sizes For Cruisers And Tourers

CobraAvon Tyres will introduce 13 new 15” to 21” sizes in the popular Cobra tire line designed for the power cruiser, touring and custom market. With all sizes scheduled for availability by the end of September, each new Cobra AV71 and AV72 size will soon replace the corresponding size in the Venom tire line.

“The Cobra is an incredibly well-designed touring tire offering the best in style, longevity and performance,” stated Ken Warner, VP of Marketing, Avon Tyres. “It’s perfect for touring and custom bikes, and handles well in a variety of conditions.”

The ultra quiet Cobra incorporates sport tire technology for nimble handling, incredible stability and long life making it perfect for touring. Its special construction, unique “snakeskin” sidewall, and aggressive tread pattern make the Cobra tough enough for heavy loads while offering great performance and style. Extra wide custom sizes are also available, as well as nine whitewalls. For more information, visit Avon Cobra Tires. The chart with new sizes is after the jump. Continue reading ‘Avon Tyres Introduces 13 New Cobra Model Sizes For Cruisers And Tourers’

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The 2014 Sturgis Rally Is Over. Welcome To The Buffalo Chip Winter Tours.

bajapininsulaThe 2014 Sturgis Rally is over, and with winter on the horizon many face the prospect of parking their bikes until spring. But there are options for those who would like to feel the wind and the rumble this winter. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® has partnered with EagleRider to present an opportunity for an open-road experience after snow has forced most Northern riders to garage their bikes. EagleRider is offering 6 Buffalo-Chip-branded tours from Los Angeles, along the coast of the famed Baja Pennisula, to sunny Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Buffalo Chip President Rod “Woody” Woodruff and his wife, Carol, will be guest leaders for the first tour leaving from Los Angeles on Oct. 26, 2014.

BajaTour2“As the Rally winds down each year, I realize so many of my friends had come for the party, but I was so busy that I didn’t have time to spend with them,” said Woodruff. “I want to experience the thrill of the ride, the company of friends and some beautiful scenery, just like our guests do when traveling to the Buffalo Chip each year. These tours seem like a perfect way to have that experience, which is why we partnered with EagleRider to offer Buffalo Chip branded rides. I’m also excited to join this tour because it gives me a real level of comfort to join a ride organized by such an experienced group of riders.” Continue reading ‘The 2014 Sturgis Rally Is Over. Welcome To The Buffalo Chip Winter Tours.’

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Legends Built Memorial Custom Motorcycle For SPC Cody Towse Killed In Afghanistan

Last week I introduced you to Legends Motorcycles, the Utah based museum/gallery/workshop to let you know about its fabulous exhibition of motorcycle art. But Legends Motorcycles is also dedicated to helping serious riders create custom vintage bikes they can be proud of by making handcrafted vintage parts available to anyone who wants to turn their factory bike into a true classic. Coincidently, just one day after I published my feature, Legends unveiled a custom 2008 Harley Road King built as a memorial to SPC Cody Towse, a combat medic who was killed in action in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan. The shop turned it into a bike inspired by the Harley Davidson WLA WWII service bike…

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BSA 500 By Hazan Motorworks

BSA500-1BSA500-2BSA500-3BSA500-4Is there a better definition and illustration of a “Rolling Piece Of Art” than this BSA 500 by Hazan Motorworks? The kind of custom motorcycle that doesn’t need any explanation or tech sheet. So, I will limit my copy to reproducing Maxwell Hazan philosophy. Admire and enjoy the photography.

BSA500-5“Motorcycles are an artistic medium. I approach the process as if it were a painting or sculpture, each part is the same as a brushstroke. I don’t build choppers, bobbers or cafe bikes, I love beautiful creations regardless of category. I start with a motor or an idea and let the lines dictate what to build around it. I dont believe in compromise or ego in the creative process. The piece should reflect your willingness to build whatever you can imagine.” Maxwell Hazan, Hazan Motoworks.

Fast Motorcycle Industry News


California Biker Profile. Male, Old, Married And Moneyed. Only Half Of Those With A Motorcycle License Ride… New statistics prepared by the Motorcycle Industry Council show the median age of California motorcycle owners was 45 years old in 2012 – having risen from 33 years in 1990, 38 years in 1998 and 41 years in 2009. Median income for California motorcyclists was $64,130 in 2012, more than double what it was in 1990. More than 60% reported their annual household incomes at over $50,000, with almost 20% reporting incomes of over $100,000. Almost three quarters of them were employed. About 14% were retired. 1.7 million Californians currently hold licenses to operate motorcycles. But there are only 847,937 motorycles currently registered in the state. That means more than half the people licensed to ride motorcycles in California may not be riding at all. Depressing? Or an opportunity for motorcycle manufacturers?

EagleRider To Include All Indian Models In Fleet For Rent And Organized Tours. EagleRider, the world’s innovator and leading provider of motorcycle experiences, announced that it will add the Indian Motorcycle brand to its already impressive array of motorcycles for rent and tours. The firm is adding the all-new Scout and Roadmaster models in their 2015 offering. Pioneering the motorcycle rental concept in 1992, EagleRider is now a full service motorcycle experience company offering Harley-Davidson®, Indian®, Honda®, BMW®, and Triumph rentals, one-way rentals, and guided and self-drive tours. With over 100 locations worldwide, EagleRider is the world’s largest motorcycle travel company. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’

Trouble’s Brewing At The Gee Bee Cafe

GeeBeeCafeIt is the title of the new limited edition print by notorious Rod & Bike artist Larry Grossman. The setting is a vintage art deco-styled cafe with a 30′s Gee Bee racing plane mounted on the roof, situated right on the edge of the beautiful San Francisco Bay (note Alcatraz in the background).

A bitchin’ bobber style motorcycle, killer rods parked in front and out back by the bar and of course the hot babes, cool dudes, kids, dogs, cats, a 50′s fighter jet streaking overhead make the rest of the scene. And if you look up close, you’ll see exactly what trouble is brewing! Continue reading ‘Trouble’s Brewing At The Gee Bee Cafe’

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2015 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. Official Promo Video.

Aluminum Scoop For Harley V-Rod Muscle

scoop1scoop2In Sturgis, saw quite a few V-Rods, a model positioned in Harley-Davidson’s lineup as the “power cruiser with a dash of intimidation.” Europeans love this model much more than the Americans. Logically, it’s in the old continent (especially Germany & Switzerland) that those who want to customize this model will find a lot of V-Rod after-market custom parts. Like this beautiful aluminum scoop to fit the V-Rod Muscle air box cover. And even if the V-Rod is not your brawny beast, let’s a admire the 10-hour 3D machining out of a 65 lbs (not a typo) solid block of aluminum…Evidently, a design inspired by the Bugatti super sport cars. Kit comes complete with steel mesh & fitting materials. For V-Rod Muscle models 2009 & up. At Lottermann’s Bikes in Germany (site in English)

Third Ace Cafe To Open In Orlando In 2015

AceCafeThe 76-year old famous British cafe is now coming to America in Orlando, Florida. Ace Café plans to open an entertainment and retail complex, including a restaurant and bar, retail gift shop and a motorcycle dealership, in three renovated buildings in the central business district of downtown Orlando. endering are submitted to the city this coming September 16, 2014. The orlando Ace Cafe will be on a 3-acre property with 3 renovated buildings totaling more than 16,000 sq.ft of space. Continue reading ‘Third Ace Cafe To Open In Orlando In 2015′

Joke Of The Week. Thank You For Shopping At Costco.

cyril-huze-joke44One day, in line at the company cafeteria, Joe says to Mike, “My elbow hurts like hell. I guess I’d better see a doctor.”  “Listen, you don’t have to spend that kind of money,” Mike replies.  “There’s a diagnostic computer down at Costco. Just give it a urine sample and the computer will tell you what’s wrong and what to do about it. It takes ten seconds and costs ten dollars. A lot cheaper than a doctor.”

So, Joe deposits a urine sample in a small jar and takes it to Costco.  He deposits ten dollars and the computer lights up and asks for the urine sample. He pours the sample into the slot and waits.  Ten seconds later, the computer ejects a printout:  “You have tennis elbow. Soak your arm in warm water and avoid heavy activity. It will improve in two weeks. Thank you for shopping at Costco.” Continue reading ‘Joke Of The Week. Thank You For Shopping At Costco.’

2015 Harley-Davidson Model Lineup. What’s New?

HD2015Propelled by Project RUSHMORE, the global launch of the Street™750 and Street™500 motorcycles and the electric buzz of Project LiveWire™, Harley-Davidson just announced its complete offering for 2015. “The broad 2015 Harley-Davidson model lineup demonstrates our commitment to delivering amazing products to our customers through world-class, customer-led product design,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “We are one with our riders around the world, and everything we do is about delivering what they expect and deserve from Harley-Davidson.”

In addition to the new Road Glide® and Road Glide Special® models (see specific feature below this one), innovations for 2015 include:

Freewheeler™ Trike
America’s hot-rod swagger rolls even wider with H-D’s expansion and dominance in the three wheel category.  From its mini ape-hanger handlebar to its bobtail fenders, the Freewheeler trike fuses custom style and easy-handling performance. The all-new rear body shape gives the Freewheeler a low, lean profile.

New Braking System for Softail® Models
A new braking system for Softail models delivers improved modulation and responsiveness and decreases hand lever effort by 40 percent. ABS is now standard on all Softail models and optional on the Slim. New front brake components include a rigid four-piston fixed front brake caliper with 34 and 32mm pistons coated to minimize initial displacement, brake pads with high-output friction material, a new master cylinder with a higher mechanical ratio, and a new 300mm front brake rotor. The caliper and master cylinder have been restyled to enhance the looks of each model.


Electra Glide® Ultra Classic® Low / Ultra Limited Low Motorcycles
Harley-Davidson takes fit further with a package of ergonomic enhancements that offer the lowest seat height and highest rider confidence available in a premium touring bike, combined with a full complement of Project RUSHMORE features and classic Harley-Davidson style.


CVO Street Glide Motorcycle
Boasting a new Boom! Audio system backed by 600 watts of power streaming through four bi-amped front and rear three-way speakers, this limited-production bagger is a rolling concert venue that delivers shocking volume and outstanding sonic quality. Top it off with an intricate paint scheme and the added exclusivity of four color options.


CVO Road Glide Ultra Motorcycle
Drenched in chrome and custom paint, this super-premium touring motorcycle offers world-class aerodynamics, luxury touring essentials and the unrelenting performance of a Screamin’® Eagle Twin-Cooled™ Twin Cam 110™ engine.


Across its 2015 model lineup, Harley-Davidson offers eight new paint colors, including new Custom colors Black Magic and Radioactive Green and new Hard Candy Custom™ metal flake colors Cancun Blue Flake and Quicksilver Flake. When it comes to customization, Harley’s philosophy is the more the better – and it is pushing the limits even farther. This year, Harley-Davidson is adding hundreds of new Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories and making its digital Bike Builder tool even more massive. There are also new Genuine MotorClothes® jackets, boots, helmets, shirts and more to add to the shopping cart.

2015 Harley Road Glide® And Road Glide® Special

1roadglide20151roadglidespecial2015In a couple of hours I am going to publish the news about the full 2015 Harley line up. But it’s unusual for the company Davidson to have unveiled a major model weeks before the announcement of its complete model line up. The 2015 Road Glide and Road Glide Special were previewed in Sturgis, well in advancetoday’s announcement of the 2015 line up. The Road Glide has always had an incredibly passionate following and is very often the canvas of many custom builders.

It is well known that its absence from the 2014 lineup translated in a couple of US market shares lost by the Milwaukee company during the 3rd quarter 2013. With a preview in Sturgis, Harley-Davidson marketing strategy is evident. To excite the fans to let them anticipate the return of the Road Glide® motorcycle…and to prevent as many as possible riders to turn their choice to the Indian Chieftain, both models with exceptional features and comparable in price (2015 Road Glide and Road Glide Special from $20,899 to 23,699, 2015 Indian Chieftain starting at $22,999) Continue reading ’2015 Harley Road Glide® And Road Glide® Special’

Pan Style Board Tracker By Rods And Rides

oz11oz2oz3During the Sturgis Rally, the latest one from T.D. Ward got a lot of attention and quite a few trophies in the bike shows to which it participated. A custom bike that I will put in the category of a crossover from the Hot Rod world. Ward’s car genes were acquired a long time ago and his Missouri shop Rods And Rides continues to alternate between building and restoring pickups, rods and creating from the ground up some very cool and rad 2 and even 3-wheelers.

oz4oz5For those who have followed his last years’ creations (you should because I published them…), this board tracker gets the best of the elements – and some more – found on his previous acclaimed rolling pieces of motorcycle art. Named “The Oz”, this bike attempts to renew and refresh the board tracker style. First by using a pair of 26” wheel without compromising the race stance, but instead exaggerating it by keeping the frame very low. Second, by opting for a brand new 74 cubic inch S&S Panhead engine with points for reliability coupled with a new Ultima carburetor. Continue reading ‘Pan Style Board Tracker By Rods And Rides’

Kuryakyn Has Launched A Performance Division Named Crusher. New Maverick Exhaust System.

crusher1In Sturgis on August 2nd, 2014, Crusher -the all-new Performance Division of Kuryakyn, launched its first series brand-new and made in America, Maverick 4” Slip-Ons mufflers and 2-Into-2 exhaust systems. They are offered for the Harley Sportster, Dyna, Softail and Tourer. They feature precision machined billet aluminum tips with a matte black high-temp ceramic coating complement the existing product line. Crusher intends to what the division calls “a void in the marketplace for stylish, premium, high-quality, performance exhaust”

crusher2Crusher3The launch of Crusher coincides with Kuryakyn 25th anniversary. “We have started this mew division as one of the first steps in following the initiatives we’ve laid out for our next 25 years. Wrapping our years of proven customer service, design innovation and customer loyalty around a truly performance dedicated team is a powerful thing,” explains Holger Mohr new Küryakyn President. More info at Crusher Performance.

Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials Start Today Sunday August 24th, 2014

Bonneville1Bonneville2Bonneville3Bonneville4They arrived from all over the world to find out that 2/3 of the Salts are salt, the other 1/3 being a lake 1/4 mile wide and several miles long. But the dedicated team of volunteers from the 1st Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials (that you could also call the 11th BUB Bonneville Speed Trials) had preparred 3 tracks where racing is debuting right now this Sunday morning August 24th. To notice on the Salts, for the 1st time a Harley Street 500 and a Motus MSTR, each trying to get a first land speed record. I will update you all the coming week of these speed trials and on the successful attempts.

Mobile Application Available Now For 2014 Orlando AIMExpo. October 16-19.

AIMExpodatesAIMExpoMobileTo help you plan for AIMExpo 2014, a new mobile application was just released to help you schedule and organize your visit and your meetings. (AIMExpo is open exclusively to credentialed trade and media professionals on October 16-17. The show opens to the general public on October 18-19)

With this application, you can browse all the show features, floor plan, see an interactive exhibitor list name and category, the show specials and updates in real time and more.

Available on two different digital platforms for the most convenient and effective way to get the most out of your AIMExpo experience!

Download the FREE official AIMExpo Mobile Application to take advantage of these time-saving features. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry. Just jump to AIMExpo Mobile.

Polaris Industries Inc. Challenges Polaris Dealers To ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Today, Polaris Industries Inc.’s (NYSE:PII) Chairman and CEO, Scott Wine, completed the Ice Bucket Challenge, joining in the viral campaign to raise awareness and funds for ALS. After accepting the challenge from Dan Ariens, President and CEO of Ariens, Wine in turn nominated Bahram Akradi, Founder and CEO of Lifetime Fitness, Michael Guyette, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield MN, and the entire Polaris dealer network. Wine noted in his video that if 100 Polaris dealers accept the challenge, Polaris will donate an additional $10,000 towards ALS research. Continue reading ‘Polaris Industries Inc. Challenges Polaris Dealers To ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’

CV Performance Choke Bracket For Better Access To The Choke Knob

chokebracketCV Performance, a company specializing in tuning and improving Harley-Davidson CV carburation for over 25 years, offers the Harley Choke Relocation Bracket to help Harley-Davidson owners have quick, easy access to their choke knob, while giving the carb and engine a better look.

The CV Performance Choke Bracket moves the CV Carburetor Choke knob from the stock location on your 1990-2006 Harley Davidson Big Twin or Sportster to the top of the carb.

Fits only CV style carburetors with an aftermarket air cleaner assembly, i.e. Screamin’ Eagle, Arlen Ness, and other Stage 1 assemblies. The bracket WILL NOT fit with stock plastic air cleaner assemblies without modifying the backing. Continue reading ‘CV Performance Choke Bracket For Better Access To The Choke Knob’

Legends Motorcycles. Museum. Art Gallery And Vintage Motorcycle Workshop.

Legends0Legends1Legends2Not far from the Bonneville Salts where the Speed Trials are going to begin this Sunday August 24, a museum/gallery with a vintage motorcycle workshop that I recommend you pay a visit to. In a superb building, owner Of Legends Motorcycles Rick Salibury has turned his lifelong passion for vintage motorcycles into a full-time business with a fantastic vintage showroom for his collection of bikes (original condition Indians and Harleys including an extremely rare Indian “Despatch Tow” with original paint and quite a number of American brands you may have never heard of) and motorcycle art (Jeff Decker’s giant and small scalebronzes, David Uhl’s, Scott Jacobs and Tom Fritz’s original paintings, etc) Motographer H. Roesler was on location and took these pictures to make sure you don’t forget to make a pit stop on your way to or back from Bonneville or Vegas or… The address is Legends Motorcycles, 1715 West 500 South, Springville, Utah 84663 (I-15, Exit 260)

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The New Indian Scout The Way You Never Saw It. Naked.

Scout1Scout2Not surprisingly, I receive daily a flurry of emails , mostly technical questions, regarding the all-new 2015 Indian Scout. You want to know more about the engine and 6-speed transmission. So, let me summarize again the available info, followed by some CAD renderings that Indian Motorcycle graciously provided to me.

The 2015 Indian Scout is powered by an all-new, in-house designed and proprietary 69 cubic inch V-twin engine that combines all the design, power and reliability elements that made the original Scouts unbeatable and mates it with state-of-the-art components and modern technologies for smooth, flawless power throughout the power band:

Scout5Scout3Scout4- Liquid-cooled design for 100 HP of power, along with enhanced durability and reliability
- Out of respect for the legendary Scouts of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, the 2015 Scout carries forward classic engine design cues with purposeful styling that intends to honor both form and function
- Closed loop fuel injection and drive-by-wire throttle actuation mated to a 6-speed overdrive transmission for peak torque of 72 ft./lbs. of torque at 5900 RPM

Scout8Scout6Scout7Engine Type: Liquid Cooled V-Twin

Displacement: 69 cu in
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Electronic Fuel Injection System: Closed loop fuel injection / 60 mm bore
Drive/Driven Clutch: Wet, Multi-Plate
Transmission/Primary Drive: Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Horsepower (HP): 100 (74.7 kW) Peak Torque (J1349 ft-lbs): 72.2 ft-lbs. (97.7 Nm)
Peak Torque RPM: 5900 rpm.

Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons With Wife Cris To Participate In 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. September 5-21.

PatSimmonsI will be on location in Daytona Beach September 5th for the start of the 2014 Cannonball, a coat to coast 4000+ mile endurance run, this year reserved to pre-1937 motorcycles. Among the participants, many friends, including for the 1st time in the run Pat Simmons, a founding member of the Doobie Brothers and a long time motorcycle enthusiast. He will join his wife Cris who already participated and successfully completed the 2010 Cannonball run. The couple will ride, respectively, a 1934 and 1929 Harley-Davidson. During the event, Cris Sommer-Simmons, a well-known author and member of the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Anamosa Iowa, of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Westerville, Ohio, and of the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, will be raising money for “Stand Up To Cancer” in honor of her son, Pat Jr., who battled testicular cancer last year and now is cancer free.

This year Patrick Simmons will be riding a 1929 Harley-Davidson JD, nick-named “Norge” because of its similar blue color to Norge refrigerators once popular in the 1950s. As for Cris’ choice, she explains, “My bike “Buddy” is a 1934 Harley-Davidson, named after it’s previous owner, well-known Hollywood stunt man Bud Ekins. Pat bought the bike from Bud many years ago and I stole it from Pat in 1993, vowing to ride it ‘someday’.” Continue reading ‘Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons With Wife Cris To Participate In 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. September 5-21.’

The Bishop By Bandit9 Studio.

bishop11bishop2At the Bandit9 Shop, Bandit Chief Daryl Villanueva will tell you that he doesn’t and will never play by the rules followed by most custom builders. He works without any constraint – certainly not any from clients – his professional joy being to create kinetic art and to build moving sculptures.

His latest work is called The Bishop, a 125 CC Honda featuring an aluminum unibody, a gas tank with side panels made of either walnut, oak or teak, a custom exhaust & muffler, a custom suspension a charcoal grey suede seat, an electric starter, and LED brake lights encased in quartz glass. Villanueva will build only 9 of those and it will cost you about $6900, plus shipping from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where Bandit9 Studio is located. More info at Bandit9.

A Few jokes About The Lucas Lights.

Lucas1Lucas2For a little bit of fun, just a few jokes about the very (in)famous Lucas lights.

The Lucas motto: “Get home before dark.”
Lucas denies having invented darkness. But they still claim “sudden, unexpected darkness”
Lucas–inventor of the first intermittent wiper.
Lucas–inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.
The three-position Lucas switch–DIM, FLICKER and OFF.
The other three switch settings–SMOKE, SMOLDER and IGNITE.
Lucas dip-switch positions: LOW and BLOW (Bruce Miller, www.hermit.cc)
The original anti-theft devices–Lucas Electric products.
“I’ve had a Lucas pacemaker for years and have never experienced any prob…
If Lucas made guns, wars would not start either.
Did you hear about the Lucas powered torpedo? It sank.
It’s not true that Lucas, in 1947, tried to get Parliament to repeal Ohm’s Law. They withdrew their efforts when they met too much resistance.
Did you hear the one about the guy that peeked into a Land Rover and asked the owner “How can you tell one switch from another at night, since they all look the same?” “He replied, it doesn’t matter which one you use, nothing happens!”
Back in the ’70s Lucas decided to diversify its product line and began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. It was the only product they offered which didn’t suck. Continue reading ‘A Few jokes About The Lucas Lights.’

The Perfect Motorcycle Accident. If There Is Such A Thing…

Aa car driver changes its lane of travel (turn signal is on only when maneuver starts). At full speed, a motorcyclist hits the car from behind, his body being thrown in the air, flipping above the car for a perfect landing on the roof. Shot in Russia, a country with great reputation for gymnastics. Maybe some will deduct 1 point or 2 for a slight slip at landing…

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