Harley Heaven Shooting. Bikes And Girls…

Behind the scenes at a photo shoot for Harley Heaven (owner Rainer Bächli) near Zurich, the Switzerland biggest authorized Harley-Davidson dealer. Beat Baschung set up a studio to shoot 2 models – Julia and Karo – posing with the latest Bächli’s custom creations. Enjoy…
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Harley-Davidson Street Motorcycle New Accessories

1Street-500To get that Street project started, Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories offers a wide array of accessories that enhance the style, fit, function and performance of the Street 500 and 750 models.

2Street-5003Street-500The Screamin’ Eagle® Nightstick Slip-On Muffler (P/N 64900220, $349.95). Featuring a high-flow design with external stainless steel diffusion discs and a domed end cap, the Nightstick muffler produces a fatter engine torque curve than the Original Equipment exhaust for stronger acceleration away from lights and a mid-range power boost that will leave slow-moving traffic in the rear-view mirror. Complete the exhaust system with a jet black Screamin’ Eagle Buckshot Exhaust Shield Kit (P/N 65400167, $149.95) with front and rear shields perforated to expose the head pipes for a tough, high-performance look.

4Street-5005Street-500Pack more air into the Street Revolution X™ powertrain with the Screamin’ Eagle Performance Air Cleaner Kit (P/N 29400197, $79.95). It has a washable high-flow, oiled cotton media element that fits under the Original Equipment air cleaner shell. The kit also includes a Screamin’ Eagle air cleaner medallion and all required hardware. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Street Motorcycle New Accessories’

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Progressive Insurance Shares Its Claims Data.

Progressive-insuranceThe summer travel season is peak time for passionate motorcycle riders and after a brutal winter, they’re anxious to make the most of every mile. Progressive’s 2014 motorcycle claims data revealed that:

• Four of the top 10 days with the highest claims for Progressive motorcycle customers fall in June.
• Summer months – June, July and August – are when most motorcycle accidents happen, and Saturdays are the most dangerous days to ride. In fact, the top five days of the year with the most motorcycle claims are all Saturdays throughout the summer.
• July is one of the most dangerous months for motorcycle riders, with the average number of claims being 78 percent higher in that month than the average for the rest of the year.
• In 2014, there were more single-vehicle motorcycle claims than any other type. Progressive data shows there were more single-vehicle claims than the next three types put together which include rear-end accidents, intersection accidents and stolen motorcycles.

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A Message From Philip S Zanghi III About Indian Premium Cigars.

1IndianMotorcyclecigar“I want to thank the Cyril Huze Post for posting this news item. Debonaire, for whom I am founder and president ,i entered a licensing agreement with Indian Motorcycle for cigars, and believe that for those who choose to smoke, we will offer a premium and quality product that fits both the Indian Motorcycle and Debonair brands. We will make that debut at the International Premium Cigars & Pipe Retailers trade show this month.

I would also like to state that I am not my father. For over two decades I have not had a relationship with my father outside of sharing my Grandfathers name, and understand how some readers of the blog might assume that I am the same person. I don’t have any comment regarding my father’s past with this brand, but I can say with all confidence that I and Debonair are in full compliance with the Indian Motorcycle Company’s licensing agreements, brand standards and business practices.

I appreciate Indian Motorcycle and parent company Polaris Industries for partnering with us.” Sincerely. Philip s Zanghi III

Marlon Brando’s 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide Sells For $256,000

brando1Marlon Brando’s 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide sold over the weekend, and the original estimates were right on target. The bike was estimated to sell from $200,000 to $300,000 and was sold at Julien’s Hollywood Legends auction for $256,000. Marlon Brando purchased the bike in 1970, after playing Johnny Strabler in The Wild One, the beginning of his the biker bad-boy image. Continue reading ‘Marlon Brando’s 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide Sells For $256,000′

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Top Of The Line Front & Rear FloorBoards Package

1Harley-Front-FloorBoards-Black2Custom-Harley-FloorBoards3Rear-Passenger-Harley-Floorboards-Black4Rear-Passenger-Harley-Floorboards-ChromeThese billet aluminum front & rear Bagger floorboards combine both sleek and aggressive styling to compliment your custom Bagger.

They feature an adjustable mount so you can widen the position outwards from the frame for ultimate comfort. They fit  2013 and earlier Touring models, and come in show chrome or black anodized finish.

Matching style forward control sets (Softail fitments are also available) Currently on sale. At Pickard USA or call 972-231-1298 on my behalf.

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-newsSturgis Motorcycle Museum Opens New “My First Ride” Exhibit. The exhibit features motorcycles many riders will recognize as that first motorcycle they ever rode. In addition, the exhibit features stories by people from all over the country detailing the first time they climbed on a motorcycle. So often, we hear visitors comment that we have their first motorcycle displayed in the museum. Those visitors tell us regularly how special it is to see that motorcycle and remember their first time on a bike.” said Christine Paige Diers, Executive Director of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. When viewing the exhibit, patrons will see QR codes that can be scanned with a smart phone that access additional content on the web. The museum also hopes the exhibit will grow as people visit it. Anyone interested in sharing their story and photos can email them to info@sturgismuseum.com using the subject line “My First Ride.”

Zero Electric Motorcycles Now Used By 50 Police Departments. “This is a milestone for us, as more agencies embrace the benefits of Zero Motorcycles,” said Kevin Hartman, North American fleet sales director for Zero. “When compared to traditional police motorcycles, our patrol bikes have a lower total cost of ownership, are easier to maintain and – with minimal noise and no exhaust – are a vehicle for good community relations.” They also make it easier to nab the bad guys in the act. “This motorcycle is so quiet that we continuously sneak up on…..suspects while out on patrol,” says Officer Steve Carbajal of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Off-Road Unit.

Harley-Davidson Given BBB Credit Rating (HOG) Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) has earned a “BBB” credit rating from analysts at Morningstar. The firm’s “BBB” rating suggests that the company is a moderate default risk. They also gave their stock a four star rating.

New Harley-Davidson Boom! Audio Stage II Fairing Speakers for 2014-Later Touring Models

1Boom!-Stage-II-Fairing-SpeakersThe new Boom!™ Audio Stage II Fairing Speaker Kit (P/N 76000524, $329.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories is backed by a 300 watt amplifier (sold separately) to deliver thumping bass response, sizzling vocals and clean, distortion-free performance at all volume levels.

Designed to work seamlessly with the factory-installed Boom! Box infotainment unit on 2014-later Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycles, these three-way speakers feature high-excursion woofers for extended bass performance, and separate mid- and high-frequency drivers for rich vocals and startlingly real treble notes. Continue reading ‘New Harley-Davidson Boom! Audio Stage II Fairing Speakers for 2014-Later Touring Models’

Victory Project 156 At Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Agressive Pace But Crash.

0-2015_156_Pikes_Peak_236-(Large)Victory Racing experienced some highs and lows with racing this weekend after Project 156, ridden by Cycle World Editor Don Canet, crashed in the second section of the mountain course and stopped running less than 2 miles from the summit of the Pikes Peak’s finish line following an aggressive starting pace that proved the potential of the prototype engine.

Canet had qualified first in the Exhibition Class a few days before the race and was buoyed by qualifying fourth overall. Early on in the race, Don was posting speeds on Project 156 that were putting him in the running for an overall podium finish until he touched the slippery white paint in section two’s Brown Bush corner, one of the tightest corners out of the 156 turns, resulting in a minor “lowside” that would cause issues later in the run.

Don was rolling again in 23 seconds and resumed his fast pace. In the third section he was back on race pace posting the fifth fastest split time overall. Alas, it was not meant to be and he had to retire in the fourth and final section of the course around 13,000ft elevation. After such a promising start following practice and qualifying, the Victory Racing team began to set its sights on not just winning their class, but taking the overall lowest time in the motorcycle category.

Canet said: “I was off to a strong start and competitive with the fastest bikes on the mountain. My disappointment is more for the team and how much work they put into Project 156 from the very beginning. The bike was working really well today despite being a prototype and being rebuilt after the practice crash a few weeks ago. To go fast here you have to ride outside the paint lines and I got caught out crossing over one. I never let go of the handlebars and got right back up again but unfortunately the bike stopped running in the last section. Overall, I’m really proud of the team’s effort.” Continue reading ‘Victory Project 156 At Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Agressive Pace But Crash.’

Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-joke44 - CopyThere was a midget down in Texas whose testicles hurt and ached almost all the time. The midget went to the doctor and told him about his problem. The doctor told him to drop his pants and he would have a look. The midget dropped his pants. The doctor stood him up onto the examining table, and started to examine him. The doc put one finger under his left testicle and told the midget to turn his head and cough, the usual method to check for a hernia. “Aha!” mumbled the doc and, as he put his finger under the right testicle, he asked the midget to cough again.

“Aha!” said the doctor again, and reached for his surgical scissors. Snip-snip-snip-snip on the right side, then snip-snip-snip-snip on the left side. The midget was so scared he was afraid to look, but noted with amazement that the snipping did not hurt. The doctor then told the midget to walk around the examining room to see if his testicles still hurt. Continue reading ‘Joke Of The Week’

Ken’s Factory Rough Neck Softail

1biskens-factory_022kens-factory_103kens-factory_104kens-factory_11As soon as you will read that this machine is born as a 1997 Harley Springer Heritage you will agree with me that this transformation is “uber radikal.” To keep the precious Harley title, only the factory frame and engine were saved. But as you already guessed, heavily modified. Japanese Ken Nagai is one of the very few custom builders equally known and respected on 3 continents, Asia, America and Europe. He works from his Japanese shop in Nagai, where both his custom bikes are built and his parts are CNC machined, distributing them in North America via his California Signal Hill Ken’s Factory shop and in Europe via the major distributor catalogs. All his machines are a fine example of retro meets high tech, each featuring prototype parts that Ken will produce and release in a record time to all fans of his awesome bolt-on accessories. Continue reading ‘Ken’s Factory Rough Neck Softail’

Willie & Max Limited-edition Swingarm Bag

bagThe Willie & Max Limited-edition Brown Leather Swingarm Bags are constructed using high quality American leather handsomely embossed with the vintage-look Willie & Max logo. The tough hand-sewn leather exterior is engineered to withstand cold, heat and water for use in all conditions, providing the strength to perform for years to come.

Shaped to enhance the unique lines of any swingarm, the new offering measures 10.5” x 11.5” x 4.5” with two fitments: one for the Harley Softail models, Yamaha Road Star, Kawasaki Vulcan 900, and Suzuki C50. The second fitment is designed for the Harley custom hardtail style bikes. The provided Speedwrap Hook and Loop ties make it quick and easy to install or remove the bag. Dowco Motorsports.

Willie & Max swingarm bags are quality-crafted in Wisconsin, USA and come with a limited lifetime warranty. Available now, suggested retail price is $189.99. At Dowco Motorsports.

Indian Motorcycle Ultra Premium Cigars

1IndianMotorcyclecigar2IndianMotorcyclecigarIndian Motorcycle and Debonaire® – a 6th generation cigar marker – have joined to capture the essence of the brand’s heritage with a new ultra-premium cigar range. Phil Zanghi reacquired the Indian Tabac trademark to create a whole new brand of ultra-premium cigars known as Indian Motorcycle Ultra Premium Cigars.

Zanghi has showcased the packaging for this new line of cigars. Inside the box cover, the story of the new Indian Motorcycle Ultra Premium Cigar line is told. These cigars are a blend of the most sought after Central American, Dominican, and American tobaccos. The new line will have two all-new blends, each packaged in 20 count boxes. I hear that cigars aficionados will be able to puff these Indian cigars during the Sturgis rally.

Sixth Annual Indian Motorcycle Day At The Springfield Museums Is July 26, 2015

1SpringfieldThe event will take place at the Springfield Museums on July 26. and will feature vintage Springfield-built pre-1953 Indian motorcycles manufactured in the city from 1901 to 1953. Visitors will be able to admire collectors owned old Indians from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Indian Day tradition was started in 2010 when Esta Manthos donated her extensive collection of Indian Motocycles, artifacts and memorabilia that are now on display at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

2Springfield5Owners of old Indians will compete for awards in categories like “Best Barn Find,” “Best Sidecar,” and “Best Scout.” Attendees that bring a pre-1953 Indian will receive free admission plus a commemorative Indian Day button. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 17 years old. Visitors also wanting to tour the buildings may opt for Museum general admission tickets that include the access to the event. Commemorative T-shirts will be available for purchase. For information about Indian Motocycle Day, call 413-263-6800, ext. 304 or visit Springfield Museums.

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-newsIndian Official Motorcycle Brand Of 2015 Hollister Freedom Rally. Indian Motorcycle is named the Official Motorcycle of the 2015 Hollister Freedom Rally, which takes place July 3-5 in downtown Hollister, Calif. Kevin Reilly, Director of Sales for Indian Motorcycle, says “Indian Motorcycle is very proud to be the official motorcycle of the Hollister Freedom Rally this July 4th. As America’s first motorcycle company, we have a shared history with long-running events like the Hollister Freedom Rally in bringing people together from all over the world to share in the American V-Twin experience and culture. This particular event and location have played an integral role in the development of the “American Biker” movement and we are beyond excited to be participating and partnering with the community and our dealers to bring an iconic brand like Indian Motorcycle to an iconic rally like Hollister.” For additional information regarding the VIP Registration Package, events and vendor space, visit www.HollisterFreedomRally.com.

Racer Kocinski And Harley Executive Richard Teerlink Named To AMA Hall Of Fame. Motorcycle road racer John Kocinski and former Harley-Davidson Motor Co. President, CEO and Chairman Richard Teerlink have been elected to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2015. “These two men represent the best of motorcycling — John through his performance on the track and Richard through his performance in the executive suite,” said Ken Ford, a member of the Hall of Fame executive committee and treasurer of the AMA board of directors. “It will be my honor to welcome both of them into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame this October.” Kocinski and Teerlink will be inducted at the 2015 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Oct. 17 in Orlando, Florida. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’

Get Plugged. Harley-Davidson 12-Volt Solution For plugging In A Phone Or GPS.

Auxiliary-Power-PortPlug in and get connected with a Handlebar Mount Auxiliary Power Port (P/N 69200971 Chrome, P/N 69200970 Black; $89.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories. Use this handy 12-volt port to charge and power a cell phone, GPS, portable music player or tire inflator.

The durable and attractive cast housing features a conventional-style power outlet that accepts most 12-volt automotive power adapter plugs and a pop-top cover to protect the port while not in use. Continue reading ‘Get Plugged. Harley-Davidson 12-Volt Solution For plugging In A Phone Or GPS.’

Paid By Allstate Insurance To Ride All Over The US To Spread Motorcycle Awareness

AllstateNate Hudson is currently in the middle of a 17,000-mile ride all over the US with gas money (and a little bit more, I suppose) paid by Allstate Insurance to spread motorcycle safety for riders and awareness from car drivers. He visits the Department Of Motor Vehicles office in every state’s capital, where he hand delivers a request that the authorities consider including motorcycle awareness in both the driver’s license exam and the state’s drivers’ education curriculum. Insurance companies don’t have a great image and Allstate must be congratulated for such initiative, much more efficient for the cause of motorcycling that any tv commercial advertising low rates… Continue reading ‘Paid By Allstate Insurance To Ride All Over The US To Spread Motorcycle Awareness’

Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-joke44 - CopyThe Jewish Samurai.

Once upon a time, a powerful Emperor of the Rising Sun advertised to recruit a new Chief Samurai. After a year, only three applied for the job: a Japanese, a Chinese, and a Jewish Samurai. “Demonstrate your skills!” commanded the Emperor.

The Japanese samurai stepped forward, opened a tiny box, and released a fly. He drew his samurai sword and *Swish!* the fly fell to the floor, neatly divided in two!” – “What a feat!” said the Emperor.

“Number Two Samurai, show me what you do.” The Chinese samurai smiled confidently, stepped forward and opened a tiny box, releasing a fly. He drew his samurai sword and * Swish! * Swish! * The fly fell to the floor neatly quartered. “That is skill!” nodded the Emperor. “How are you going to top that, Number three Samurai?” Continue reading ‘Joke Of The Week’

Surviving A Head-On Collision With A Truck

He is extremely lucky to be alive after colliding head-on with a truck. His helmet Go-Pro camera captured his terrifying crash. The video shows Jesse Lopez enjoying his ride near Glendora on April 1st. His adventure comes to a quick end when he collides with an oncoming truck on a blind curve in the road. He says doesn’t remember much of the accident, but judging from the video, he says he panicked when he saw the truck and applied his motorcycle’s front brakes, which caused him to lose control. Lopez survived, suffering a broken femur, tibia, fibula, ulna and humerus at the elbow.

Küryakyn Airmaster Dark Smoke Windshield for Victory Touring Models

kuryakyn1kuryakyn2The all-new Airmaster® Dark Smoke Windshield from Küryakyn™ is now available for Victory Cross Country, Cross Country Tour and Magnum models. The Airmaster for Victory measures 10″ tall x 25″ wide, 1″ taller than the OEM windshield for superior wind protection and significantly reduced head buffeting.

The center air scoop is also larger than stock to diminish turbulent airflow while complementing the sharp lines and styling found on Victory fairings.

All Küryakyn Airmaster windshields are made in the U.S.A. from premium hard-coated polycarbonate that will not crack or shatter. Airmaster Dark Smoke Windshields come with a one-year warranty and reuse factory hardware for a hassle-free install on all 2010-’15 Victory Cross Country, Cross Country Tour and Magnum models. Küryakyn P/N 1263. Airmaster Dark Smoke Windshield $149.99.

Just In Time For The 75th Sturgis Rally. Ape Hangers Legal In South Dakota.

1apeStarting July 1st, ape-hangers are now legal in South Dakota.

The $20 fine for riding with your hands too high was wiped off the books as governor Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 85, effectively abolishing South Dakota codified law that prohibited such handlebars.

Until now it was a petty offense in South Dakota if you rode motorcycle on a public street or highway with the handlebar grips positioned at or above shoulder height. Starting July 1st, no more regulations on where to hang your hands. Ride high, ride free.

Genesis Fuel Pump For Custom Gas Tanks

IMG_7480The Genesis 1 fuel pump is the answer to putting an electronic fuel pump in a custom tank and not having to use a dash to cover the fuel pump on the top of the tank. It only needs a 2 ¾” hole in the bottom of that tank to insert the weld in bung for the pump.

The Genesis is available in forward and rearward facing pump depending on the configuration of your tank. It is set up for a low fuel light like the Sportster is. It has the same fuel pressure as the stock HD pump. The Genesis pump is available exclusively from Fat Katz Inc. 530-268-2232

Hold On With Avon Air Gel Grips

1Avon3AvonThey are beautiful, ergonomic, featuring the softest rubber that Avon has used in a street bike grip. The very soft rubber has a unique dimple texture and tacky feel that helps reduces unwanted road and engine vibrations while reducing hand tingle. Billet aluminum construction, triple chrome plated or black anodized end caps and collars. For 1″ Push Pull or 1″ w/ Fly By Wire(Internal Throttle Cables. Great price of $59.99. At Avon Motorsports.



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