All those who loved (and are missing) the original biker build-off series should be happy to hear from me that the Discovery Channel will soon air new episodes of motorcycle build-off competitions. Named BIKERLIVE, the TV show got a slightly different format. During each episode, viewers will get a close-up look at the building of custom bikes by 3 different regional shops. Through an interactive live voting component they will be able to choose their preferred creation. Each week a winning bike is crowned, based on audience votes, live. Continue reading ‘Exclusive. BIKERLIVE. A New Biker Build-Off Series Coming Soon On The Discovery Channel.’
Harley FL Touring Seat. The improved shape uses flexible urethane foam, adding maximum comfort for those long rides. The solar-reflective leather cover reduces surface temperature by as much as 25 degrees, while the 3/16” ABS thermoformed seat base with carpeted bottom and rubber bumpers helps protect paint. The driver area is cut narrow in the front and is approximately 1” lower than the stock seat, and will work with our driver backrest kit/pads and the OEM frame-mounted driver backrest mechanism and backrest pad. The seat features crusade stitching. Fits 09-14 FLHT, FLHX, FLHR, FLTR and HD FL Trikes models. Hardware included and made in the U.S.A. Suggested retail $459.95
Victory Touring Models 2-Up Predator Seat. It features custom stitching, while the unique shape uses flexible polyurethane foam that provides extreme comfort for those long cross-country rides. Like with the Harley touring seat the patented solar-reflective leather in the seating area reduces surface temperature by as much as 25 degrees, offering a cooler seat, higher durability and longer life over conventional leather or vinyl. The 3/16” ABS thermoformed seat base has a carpeted bottom to protect paint. With this seat comes the option of several different stitching patterns including: mild, crusade and flame. Fits 10-13 Victory Cross Country/Tour, Cross Roads and Hardball bikes. Hardware included and made in the U.S.A. Suggested retail: $409.95 Continue reading ’4 New Models From Drag Specialties Seats®. All USA Made.’
Keino Sasaki introduces the MAG Killer, a spring-loaded aluminum kill switch button switch that you can use with the Morris, Joe Hunt, Morse and Fairbanks magneto brands. It replaces the feeler gauge style switch with a custom look. Installation is super easy: take the magneto cap off, replace original kill stud with the screw /nylon spacers and spacer sold in the kit. Then just install the MAG Killer. Available right now in aluminum and soon in brass. $45.00. Available only at Keino Cycles Online Store 718-858-5767.
It’s been about a year and a half since David Uhl released his last piece in the “Pin Up” series. “Pump ‘Er Up” is the newest addition to this collection.
It is now available as a hand-signed, numbered canvas giclee print edition. Each print comes beautifully framed with a Certificate of Authenticity. As always, Uhl is offering a first right of refusal to collectors of the set who want to add their matching edition number. After fulfilling these, the remaining prints will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Print Specifics: Edition of 25 plus 5 Artist Proofs and 10 Hors d’ commerce. Image size 20″ by 24”. $1,250 framed, plus shipping. Contact Greg Rhodes 303-913-4840
Molly put up her hand and said, ‘My family went to my granddad’s farm and we all saw his pet sheep. It was fascinating. The teacher said, ‘That was good, but I wanted you to use the word ‘fascinate, not fascinating’.
Sally raised her hand. She said, ‘My family went to see Rock City and I was fascinated.’ The teacher said, ‘Well, that was good Sally, but I wanted you to use the word ‘fascinate.’
Little Johnny raised his hand. The teacher hesitated because she had been burnt by Little Johnny before. She finally decided there was no way he could damage the word ‘fascinate’, so she called on him. Johnny said, ‘My aunt Gloria has a sweater with ten buttons, but her tits are so big she can only fasten eight.’ The teacher sat down and cried.
Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) this morning reported record first quarter net income of $80.9 million, or $1.19 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. By comparison, 2013 first quarter net income was $75.5 million, or $1.07 per diluted share. Net sales for the first quarter 2014 totaled $888.3 million, which represents an increase of 19 percent from last year’s first quarter sales of $745.9 million.
“I am extremely pleased to report record sales and earnings for our 2014 first quarter, which represents the 18th consecutive quarter of record earnings performance. Our broad and diversified product and brand portfolio has Polaris off to yet another strong start, with first quarter sales up 19 percent led by continued excellent performance from our Off-Road Vehicles (“ORV”) business and rapid growth within our motorcycle, small vehicle and PG&A b2014 Business Outlook
For the full year 2014, the Company now expects earnings to be in the range of $6.30 to $6.45 per diluted share from continuing operations, an increase of 17 to 19 percent over full year 2013 earnings of $5.40 per diluted share from continuing operations. Full year 2014 sales are expected to grow in the range of 14 to 16 percent over full year 2013 sales.
First Quarter Performance Summary (in thousands except per share data)
Motorcycle division sales increased 52 percent in the 2014 first quarter to $78.9 million due to the shipments of the new model year 2014 Indian motorcycles. Consumer retail demand for Polaris Motorcycles, driven by strong Indian Motorcycle retail sales, was up about 50 percent during the 2014 first quarter, while first quarter North American industry heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle retail sales were up low-single digits percent from 2013. The re-launch of Indian Motorcycle continued during the 2014 first quarter as more dealers began retailing the brand and the product line received high visibility from both motorcycle shows and an aggressive marketing campaign. While Indian received the lion’s share of the press from the media during the quarter, Victory continues to market innovative, high performance products with the recent introduction of the Victory Gunner, an urban cruiser with a combination of bobber style, performance and power. Sales of Polaris motorcycles outside of North America increased 140 percent in the first quarter of 2014 as compared to a year ago driven by strong shipments of Indian motorcycles. Continue reading ‘Polaris Reports Record First Quarter 2014 Results. Motorcycle Sales Up 52%’
There will always be a cold one ready at the end of the ride with the new Saddlebag Cooler (P/N 90200991, $69.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories. Fully lined and insulated, this soft-side zippered cooler is shaped to drop right into the hard saddlebags of 1993-later model Harley-Davidson touring models. Beverages stay cold while you ride, and a carry handle makes it easy to tote. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s Website.
I rode one Ural sidecar a couple of years ago. My impression was: loud, shaking more than quite a bit, requiring effort to activate the rear drum brakes, uncomfortable position and seating and getting scary when reaching 70 mph…
Still, many liked it the way it was. Are they bikers passionate about military history or nostalgic of the WWII Russian parades Or maybe they just love to be followed on country roads or to have people start conversation at the gas station or grocery store. You know: how old it is? Where was mounted the gun? Is it a Harley? How fast can you go? etc… Not much had changed since the first Ural were made, and still are, in the Russian city of Irbit. Same classic appearance and feel (mentioned above) and many obsolete components by today’s motorcycle standards. But the 2014 brings a number of more advanced technical and functional features, while still maintaining Ural’s classic look, ruggedness and unpretentious character. Continue reading ‘Will You Rethink What You Thought About The Ural Sidecar?’
GaugeFace. A New Easy Way To Connect An iPad, iPhone or iPod To Your Harley-Davidson And To Display All Your Bike Info.Published by Cyril Huze April 23rd, 2014 in Customs, Editorial and Electrical.
Many will never add any digital device to their bike, and of course, many will… Connecting an iPad to your Harley-Davidson Bagger’s ECM or iPhone or iPod touch (any generation model) to your Sportster is now easier than you think.
Ralph Randolph and crew at Knockout Motorcycles released a new interesting way to update your baggers. The KnockPad mounts your iPad (including the most recent Mini and Air models) directly to your bike to get all the functions of your Apple products plus your entire bike’s info easily read at a glance. It will read and displays gauge data in real-time like an old fashioned analog gauge, but way better.
View real time engine & diagnostics data including speedometer, tachometer, engine temperature, indicator signals, current gear, AFR, MAP & much more. Read & clear DTCs. Continue reading ‘GaugeFace. A New Easy Way To Connect An iPad, iPhone or iPod To Your Harley-Davidson And To Display All Your Bike Info.’
35 bands in 9 days. Price of concerts increases today Wednesday April 23 at 5 pm (Mountain Time) Concerts are free with camping. Reservation concerts and camping by going HERE.
First-quarter 2014 diluted earnings per share of $1.21 grew 22.2% from the year-ago period on higher motorcycle shipments and continued improvement in operating efficiencies. First-quarter net income was $265.9 million on consolidated revenue of $1.73 billion, compared to net income of $224.1 million in the year-ago period on consolidated revenue of $1.57 billion.
“Harley-Davidson delivered gains on many fronts in the first quarter, with shipments up 7.3%, strong margin improvement and solid growth in dealer new motorcycle sales,” said Keith Wandell, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc.
“Thanks to the great contributions of our employees, dealers and suppliers, we continue to lead at delivering exceptional customer experiences in 89 countries,” said Wandell. “Our Project RUSHMORE motorcycles were in high demand in the quarter and we began shipping the Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 and 500 into select markets. These motorcycles, together with continuous improvement in our operations at every level, underscore the momentum we’ve established as a customer-led company.”
Dealers worldwide sold 57,415 new Harley-Davidson® motorcycles in the first quarter of 2014 compared to 54,254 motorcycles in the year-ago quarter. In the U.S., dealers sold 35,730 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the quarter, up 3.0% compared to sales of 34,706 motorcycles in the year-ago period. In international markets, dealers sold 21,685 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles during the first quarter, up 10.9% compared to 19,548 motorcycles in the year-ago period, with sales up 20.5% in the Asia Pacific region, 8.2% in the EMEA region and 8.9% in the Latin America region, and down 2.4% in Canada.
“Our dealers had a solid quarter of retail motorcycle sales. Sales in the Asia Pacific region were up strongly, and we are encouraged by the continued growth of new Harley-Davidson motorcycle sales in Europe. We’re also excited to be entering the heart of the retail selling season in the U.S., having achieved first-quarter retail growth of 3.0% in the midst of a long, cold winter,” said Wandell.
According to Wandell, “there’s also great news for Harley-Davidson in the annual reporting of our demographic market share data.” Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson 1st Quarter Results Beat Estimates On Higher Shipments And Cost Cuts.’
Last January, I pre-announced that Metalsport would unveil a 32” wheel wheel to the dealers visiting the V-Tiwn Expo. This model named the Corleone was a collaboration with Matt Hotch who built the “La Sancha” extreme bagger featured here.
Whatever you think of the new 32” wheel – love it, hate it or just an ego battle between wheel manufacturers to be the 1st to? – you will find quite a few of these giant donuts installed on show-off baggers competing in bike shows. But this 3D wheel design is quite cool and available in chrome finish in many sizes, starting at 16,17,18,21,23,26,30 and now 32”. Many wheel/ tire packages for this model and others are available from Metalsport. 562.776.9594
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has publicly acknowledged that ethanol in gasoline can damage internal combustion engines by increasing exhaust temperatures and indirectly causing component failures, the American Motorcyclist Association (EPA) reports. The EPA statement is contained in a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rule proposal about a new label for pumps that supply fuel blends high in ethanol.
EPA admits now that ethanol E15 (a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume) impacts motor vehicles in two primary ways. 1- ethanol elevates the [air/fuel] ratio (increases the proportion of oxygen relative to hydrocarbons) which can lead to increased exhaust gas temperatures and potentially increase incremental deterioration of emission control hardware and performance over time, possibly causing catalyst failure. 2- ethanol can cause materials compatibility issues, which may lead to other component failures. In stating that in motorcycles and non-road products, using E15 and higher ethanol blends creates overheating and raise engine-failure concerns EPA is now supporting the long-held position of the American Motorcycle Association. Continue reading ‘EPA Acknowledges That Ethanol 15 Damages Motorcycles And ATV Engines.’
Are urban motorcycles, factory or custom, with a number of cc’s under 1000 the new rage among youngsters, both male and female? Waiting for the Harley Street 750 to debut in the US before this second quarter of 2014 ends, many young builders around the world have no difficulty in finding clients going the bespoke route with used low cc machines, usually Japanese or British, not destined to be tarmac rippers but to become their basic way of transportation while at the same time having fun on 2 wheels.
In his website at Old Empire Motorcycles, Raphael Pugh claims British pride, but this doesn’t prevent him to work on all types of machines of different nationalities. The reason being that he is among the very few builders I know who is continuously proposing an online series of drawings of bikes he likes and would like to build. The visitor to his website picks one of the sketches, answers a few questions, and if the donor bike is compatible with the chosen design, Pugh will customize it, whatever the factory brand. See this web page at Old Empire Concepts
The “Merlin” is Old empire Motorcycles first attempt at a custom parallel Twin and the first Kawasaki W650 They have worked on. The shop was approached by a customer based in Amsterdam after he saw a few of their previous builds. After a few back and forth by phone (Skype) and email Pugh had a good idea on where he wanted to go with this new creation. Although much of the project stance and basic components were listed in the web concepts page, complete freedom was left to the shop to turn this Kawasaki W650 in a very unique retro custom. Continue reading ‘Youngsters Prefer Under 1000 CC Retro Styled Custom Motorcycles’
The 18th Annual Leesburg Bikefest, a fast growing and already a very large 3-Day motorcycle rally and music event, will be held April 25th-April 27th, 2014 in the city of Leesburg in Lake County, Florida. Touted as “Lake County’s Crown Jewel of Entertainment,” Leesburg is once again prepared to welcome over 300,000 bikers and music fans to this free event. This year, Bikefest will feature more than 80 concert performances across 13 venues. The festival will also feature unique special events and shows, including a Custom Bike Show competition, “Hot Body” Contests, an Extreme Stunt Show, “Ride Like A Pro” safety demonstrations, and Poker Runs. Over 250 vendors will offer a wide variety of food, jewelry, apparel and accessories, along with the largest selection of motorcycle merchandise in the South. Additionally, the Disc-Connected K9s “World Famous Frisbee Dogs” will perform a Frisbee and dog tricks exhibition.
For the first time in the 18-year history of Leesburg Bikefest, promoters will be looking to set a Guinness Book of World Records® title for ‘The Longest Chain of Bandanas,’ with the net proceeds from bandana sales going toward the “Folds of Honor Foundation.” The organization gives back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to the United States through scholarships and other forms of assistance. Continue reading ’18TH Annual Florida Leesburg Bikefest. 100,000 Bikers Expected April 25-27.’
And if you are more interested by the bike than by the Bunny, know that this Bagger is part of the “Bolt-On And Ride” motorcycle series built with custom parts out of the catalog of Custom Chrome Europe. It was built by Harley Factory Frankfurt dealership. (yes, the front wheel is a reasonable size 26”) Photo @ Horst Roesler For Cyril Huze
Munro traveled to Bonneville 10 times, the first time for “sightseeing” purposes.
Munro’s Indian Scout was very early off the production line, being only the 627th Scout to leave the American factory. The bike had an original top speed of 55 mph (89 km/h). In its final stages, the Indian’s displacement was 950 cc (as built it was 600 cc) and was driven by a triple chain drive system.
In the nine times he raced at Bonneville, Munro set 3 world records: first in 1962, again in 1966, and once more in 1967 at the speed of 295.453 km/h (183.586 mph) (still standing today). To qualify he made a one-way run of 305.89 km/h (190.07 mph), the fastest-ever officially-recorded speed on an Indian.
Burt Munro would have been 115 years old.
So, Fat Katz. rushed to create the El Loco 32” front fender in 2 different designs, the El Loco wrap fender and the El Loco Classic FL style fender. As with all Fat Katz fenders these are made of 13 gauge cold rolled steel and fabricated right here in the US. They are offered with or without billet spacers.
And of course, the company continues to provide its fenders in all other more “traditional” size options 16”,18”,21”,23”,26” 30”. Fat Kat Inc 530-268-2232
Yesterday, at the “Top Marques Brands” show in Monaco, a Danish custom motorcycle manufacturing company that I didn’t know and called Lauge Jensen, unveiled the Viking Concept bike featured here. It is a collaboration between industrialist Anders Kirk Johansen (whose family invented LEGO™) and designer Henrik Fisker who has been a chief designer both at BMW and Aston Martin. What is so special about the Viking? Nothing that I found out, except that this model powered by an S&S engine to reach a maximum speed of 130 mph+ is the first motorcycle of its type to comply with new, much more stringent Euro IV emissions regulations that come into effect in 2016, and this without losing performance nor the sexy V-Twin sound. So, a great advertising banner in the European Union for S&S Cycle. The display of the Viking at the Monaco show is to evaluate interest and demand, contemplating the possibility of going into mass production. Lauge Jensen.
US military To Develop Hybrid-Electric Stealth Motorcycle. The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has recently given a small business innovation research grant to Virginia-based Logos Technologies to develop the bikes. Logos has developed an hybrid-electric power system, that can be run in a near-silent electric mode. The plan is to put that system into an off-road platform made by project partner BRD, a San Francisco company that manufactures electric motorcycles. Besides helping to keep the bikes from being heard by enemy forces, the electric drive system will allow them to go farther than they could on fuel alone, while the option of running on fuel will in turn give them more range than would be offered by a pure-electric setup. Moreover, the hybrid drive system could be used to produce electricity for powering other devices while in the field. “Quieted, all-wheel-drive capability at extended range in a lightweight, rugged, single-track vehicle could support the successful operations of US expeditionary and special forces in extreme terrain conditions and contested environments,” said Wade Pulliam, manager of advanced concepts at Logos.
Harley-Davidson And MillerCoors Team Up On High Life Limited-Edition Can Designs. Seeking to boost sales for Miller High Life, MillerCoors is joining with Milwaukee motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. to roll out a national television, print advertising and digital and social media engagement ad campaign called “I Am Rich” to introduce the limited-edition packaging that targets legal-age millennial beer drinkers. The cans, which will hit the shelves on May 1, have been designed by Brandon Rike. Miller High Life drinkers will also have the chance to win a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and MillerCoors will donate a customized Harley-Davidson bike to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America in 2014. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’
The Parker Brothers who specialize in movie and television cars and motorcycles are moving their operations from Melbourne, Florida to Port Canaveral, FL hoping their shop will become a new attraction to locals and cruise passengers. Local residents and tourists will be able to come into the shop to see a display of 10 to 15 of the Parker Brothers’ finished creations, and watch the Parkers and their staff build new vehicles. The Parker brothers say they do not plan to charge admission to the public to view the displays… Continue reading ‘Parker Brothers Move Shop To Port Canaveral, Florida. Hope To Become A Tourists Attraction…’
Zippers Performance released a new Quiet Power Bagger Zip Kit powered by Thundermax. It includes a trifecta of electronic improvements to make your Harley-Davidson Bagger more powerful while running cooler and smoother, and all this without drowning out your sound system… (see the video after the jump)
A propriatery high flow air filter let your Bagger breathe deeply, and the ThunderMax® with Wave Tune assures a perfect tune. Add the Khrome Werks Power Headers with 4” HP-Plus® mufflers and you get great power with perfect Bagger tone.
The Bagger Zip Kits by Thundermax are delivered pre-mapped and ready for installation with no Dyno tuning required. Install. Ride. Smile. (not for sale or use on pollution controlled vehicles) Zipper’s Performance Products Tel: 410-579-2828
Even if you think you can take one of your wrenches and do it – I doubt if you are not a professional – it will not be as valuable as this one out of Sterling silver. If you want one, Blitz Motorcycles did the job for you. Hand hammered, it weighs a little over 2 ounces and one size fits all. Limited edition of 100 pieces with serial number. Comes with a 100% leather pouch. Blitz Motorcycles.