Harley-Davidson Riding Academy Creates Active Pilots

Matt Levatich, Managing Director of Harley Davidson, said Riding Academy trained over 19,000 riders in the third quarter. Now the total is 51,000 units. The Harley Davidson Riding Academy expands the attractiveness of new pilots and is an essential part of the company’s strategy said Matt Levatich, President.

One of our key goals of the Harley Davidson Riding Academy is to improve its effectiveness in creating active pilots. In this way, sales of motorcycles increased by two digits compared to the previous year. Harley Davidson recorded a 2.04% increase in profit and a fall in sales in the quarter, although the results exceeded expectations. Earnings per share were 40 cents, down from 64 cents last year. Milwaukee company’s sales were $962.1 million, down from $1.09 billion last year.


Joke Of The Week

An engineer dies and reports to the pearly gates. St. Peter checks his dossier and says, “Ah, you’re an engineer, you’re in the wrong place.” So the engineer reports to the gates of hell and is let in. Pretty soon, the engineer gets dissatisfied with the level of comfort in hell, and starts designing and building improvements. After a while, they’ve got air conditioning, flush toilets and escalators, and the engineer is becoming a pretty popular guy.

One day God calls Satan up on the telephone and asks with a sneer, “So, how’s it going down there in hell?” Satan replies, “Hey, things are going great. We’ve got air conditioning, flush toilets and escalators, and there’s no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next.”

God replies, “What? You’ve got an engineer? That’s a mistake, he should never have gotten down there, send him up here.” Satan says, “No way! I like having an engineer on the staff, and I’m keeping him.” God says, “Send him back up here or I’ll sue.” Satan laughs uproariously and answers, “Yeah right. And just where are you going to get a lawyer?”

Note A Joke. The Teutuls Back In 2018 On Discovery Channel For New American Chopper Series.

Almost six years after American Chopper closed up shop, Discovery Channel is bringing the Teutuls back to television. The network announced Wednesday the return of American Chopper to its lineup in winter 2018.

“American Chopper was one of Discovery’s most popular series ever,” said Rich Ross, Group President of Discovery.

Father-son duo Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. will once again allow cameras into their lives as they as they try to outdo each other  building custom motorcycles, Paul Sr. at Orange County Choppers and Paul Jr. at his own establishment, Paul Jr. Designs.

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Zero Motorcycles Announces 2018 Line. 6x Faster Charging and 10% More Range.

Zero Motorcycles, the global electric motorcycle leader in electric motorcycles and powertrains designed and crafted by hand in California, just announced the release of its 2018 model line. Zero once again increased battery capacity and range, and launched a new high-speed on-board charger option that increases charging speeds by 6X.

Zero has consistently produced the electric vehicle industry’s most energy and power dense battery packs and they have extended their leadership position again by boosting their Z-Force® battery’s energy capacity by more than 10%.

For 2018, Zero introduces three new batteries, the ZF14.4, ZF7.2, and ZF3.6 batteries offering more range and better performance than any two wheel electric vehicle currently on the market.  When equipped with the optional range extending ZF3.6 Power Tank, Zero models offer the longest range of any two wheel EV on the market with a city range of up to 223 miles. Zero’s advanced lithium-ion batteries are maintenance free and backed by an industry leading five-year, unlimited mileage, warranty.

Other performance enhancements for 2018 include:

– Zero models with the compact and lighter-weight ZF7.2 batteries offer 11% more rear wheel torque.
– The ZF13.0 Zero S and Zero DS have been fine tuned to deliver up to 30% more power and torque to amp up acceleration at highway speeds.

For more details about Zero’s 2018 line or to see the new motorcycles at a dealer near you, visit Zero Motorcycles.

The Baby Boomers Generation Has A Much higher Risk Of Fatalities Riding A Motorcycle, AAA Says

The baby boomers who made motorcycles cool are also dying on them at a higher rate than other motorcycle riders, according to a new report from AAA.

The organization, analyzing federal crash data, says Baby Boomers make up a disproportionate number of motorcycle fatalities. The mortality rate for riders who are 60 or older is more than four times the overall increase in motorcycle deaths for 2016.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that older drivers were more likely to sustain life-threatening or fatal injuries in a crash than younger riders,

Between 1998 and 2007, the number of injuries for motorcycle riders older than 60 increased from 2,000 to 8,000, AAA says. In the same period, the number of injuries rose 150 percent for riders who are 50 to 59 years old.

Michelle Kumbier Named COO of Harley-Davidson Motor Co.

Harley-Davidson Inc. said Tuesday that Michelle Kumbier has been appointed Chief Operating Officer Of Harley-Davidson Motor Co. with responsibility for overseeing the Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer’s U.S. and international markets in addition to her current responsibilities leading product and operations, effective immediately.

Kumbier most recently served as senior vice president, Motor Company product and operations. In that role, she led a team of more than 4,500 employees worldwide to bring Harley-Davidson motorcycles, parts and accessories and general merchandise to market through world-class product-development, supply management, and manufacturing methodologies.

Kumbier joined Harley-Davidson in 1997 in operations purchasing, and has since taken on roles with increasing responsibility in purchasing, strategic planning, new business development and parts and accessories.

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Roland Sands Motorcycle Accident At Buffalo Chip Leads To Several Lawsuits

An Alaska man who had a motorcycle land on him during a show at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has filed a lawsuit against the rider, the bike manufacturer and the show host.

Royce Rath was in the crowd during the Aug. 7, 2016, concert that featured performances by Lita Ford and Kid Rock. Between those performances, a designed and modified for race Indian motorcycle without front brake was driven on stage by Roland Sands. The bike failed to stop and rolled off the stage, landing on Rath, who was one of four people injured in the accident. The bike was designed on purpose without front brakes.

Rath suffered permanent disability, medical expenses and the loss of wages and earning capacity, according to his lawsuit. Besides filing suit against Sands and Polaris Industries Inc., the owner of Indian Motorcycles, the suit names the Buffalo Chip Campground, which hosted the show, for failing to use reasonable care to ensure the safety of Rath and others watching the show. The lawsuit says “Defendant Buffalo Chip Campground, LLC, knew or should have known that allowing an individual to ride on a motorcycle without front brakes, across the stage surrounded by patrons, could endanger those patrons”

Harley-Davidson 3rd Quarter 2017 Results. Lower Retail Sales. Revenue And Margin Down Due To Weak Industry Conditions.

Harley-Davidson worldwide retail motorcycle sales were down 6.9 percent in the third quarter compared to the same period in 2016. Harley-Davidson U.S. retail motorcycle sales were down 8.1 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, with the overall U.S. industry down 9.2 percent for the same period. Harley-Davidson’s U.S. market share for the quarter was 53.1 percent in the 601cc-plus segment, up compared to the same quarter in 2016. Harley-Davidson’s international retail motorcycle sales decreased 4.6 percent compared to the third quarter in 2016.

“The continued weakness in the U.S. motorcycle industry only heightens our resolve and the intensity we are bringing to the quest to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders,” said Matt Levatich, president and CEO, Harley-Davidson, Inc. “Launching one hundred new high-impact motorcycles is a critical part of our 10-year journey, and the all new Softail line-up is a significant statement of our commitment.”

“As the motorcycle industry leader – with dealer strength and rider passion and loyalty like no other – we believe we are uniquely positioned to build ridership and strengthen the sport of motorcycling. Not just in the U.S. but around the world. Our investments in new product and marketing are targeted to drive ridership growth. We have the strategies, plans and people to make it happen,” added Levatich.

Harley-Davidson Retail Motorcycle Sales

Harley-Davidson new retail motorcycle sales in the U.S. were down in the third quarter compared to the third quarter of 2016, primarily driven by weak industry conditions including the impacts of hurricanes in the southeast and Texas. International new retail motorcycle sales were also down in the quarter compared to the same period in 2016, driven by weak performance in Japan, Australia and Mexico. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson 3rd Quarter 2017 Results. Lower Retail Sales. Revenue And Margin Down Due To Weak Industry Conditions.’

Daytona Biketoberfest Shows And Exhibitions

Willie’s Chopper Show Old School Chopper Show. Thursday October 19, 2017. At Willie’s Tropical Tattoo 825 S Yonge St, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 From 11 am to awards at 4 pm. Most bikers and builders present in town and belonging the old school chopper scene will spend an afternoon of fun & camaraderie while showing their latest chop creations.

Baddest Bagger Show. Friday October 20, 2017. New location at the Daytona International Speedway next to the Solar Pavilion (during Daytona Biketoberfest and Daytona Bike Week). Registration is from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., judging is from 1-3 p.m., and awards are at 4:30 p.m. For more information, or to pre–register, visit Baddest Bagger.

Rat’s Hole Ride-In Bike Show. Saturday October 21, The show celebrates it’s 25th anniversary of presence at Daytona Biketoberfest (present since the 1st Biketoberfest edition) All bikes welcome. Access free to the public. 16 classes. At the Indian Daytona Beach Motorcycle Dealership 290 North Beach Street, Daytona.

Old Speed Show. Saturday October 21 at the New Smyrna Speedway, 3939 Florida 44, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. From 11 am to 4 pm. Spectators will be entertained for free on the parking lot with an exhibition of race and competition-based motorcycles, cars and trucks of all ages, as well as classic hand-crafted vehicles. The exhibition is free of access, but not the Sons Of Speed Races held the same day on the Speedway,

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

The numbers Are In. Flat Track Is back And It’s Big Again. Full year of race attendance topped 100,000 fans, up 76% over 2016. An estimated 1.5 million viewers watched races on NBCSN. An additional 250,000 tuned in online via Fans Choice.tv.

Mobile Dealership? Triumph Motorcycles Has Introduced The First Mobile Dealership In India, to tap into a customer base in middle size and small cities  (Tier II and Tier III cities.) The mobile dealership will have Triumph bikes on display, as well as offer apparel and merchandise on display. The mobile dealership will tour north India and Triumph is expected to reach out to a wider audience of prospective customers through this initiative.

Fornula 1 Star Lewis Hamilton Lent His Name To A £60,000 MV Agusta Motorcycle. Just 44 models of the LHF4RC will be made and are expected to cost around £60,000. Giovanni Castiglioni, MV Agusta Motor President, said earlier this month: “I met Lewis a few years ago when he called up our Customer Care asking in a very humble way to buy a special bike.”

Triumph Motorcycles Opens New Factory Visitor Experience At the UK Hinckley factory. New Triumph Factory Experience delivers an engaging journey that tells the full story of the brand and showcases Triumph’s historic and modern achievements in design, engineering, racing and popular culture. Among iconic motorcycle memorabilia, dealer signage and racing ephemera, fans of the brand will see how Triumph designs and makes motorcycles, and get up close to – Legendary Triumph movie bikes, from Steve McQueen’s original, Great Escape movie bike, not seen since filming completed in 1962 to Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible 2 Speed Triple – Rare original models from the brands 115 year history – Priceless racing and land speed Triumphs, including the original 1956 Bonneville salt flats record smashing streamliner

Men Custom motorcycle T-Shirt

Since the Tee-Shirt has transitioned from undergarment to general-use casual clothing, you have bought several dozens of them for yourself as riding shirts or gifts.

Ok, a tee is a tee. And this one can’t be qualified like nothing you’ve ever worn before. But if you belong to those who, as a matter of principle, will never wear a big mc manufacturer tee or one of those designed and sold to commemorate each year rally, maybe this just released one, in all its simplicity, is the next one you want.

Saying “Ride or Die” “Ride Fast, Die Last” in black, asphalt, navy or dark heather color. Lightweight, classic fit, double-needle sleeve and bottom hem. Price:$14.99 with free shipping for prime members & free tee returns. Order online at Amazon Mens Tee.

Kickstarting A Younger Generation Of Custom Bike Builders…

When I received an email from Luke Cormack and Jackson, 2 lads from England, it made me happy. Not only because of the the photos of the bike they just built, but for their accompanying words. They opened their custom shop Bristol Bobbers in January 2016 and are not afraid to describe themselves as young, dumb and full of something…living their life with a simple motto: “If you can’t buy it, you’ve gotta build it yourself”. True if you are low in Green or don’t like what is mass-produced.

Cormack and Jackson work out of an old run down stable with enough room for all the important things in life; such as a spray booth, a tool bench and a bar with enough room to host a party. Bristol Bobbers exist to bring fresh, lesser aged faces to the UK custom bike scene. Using materials and tools that were begged and borrowed, they slowly built a great reputation among their friends by building custom bikes on an affordable budget without compromising on style and finish. Continue reading ‘Kickstarting A Younger Generation Of Custom Bike Builders…’

Sons Of Speed Racing At 25th Daytona Biketoberfest Is Saturday October 21, 3.15 p.m.

On Saturday October 21st, at the New Smyrna Beach Speedway, thirteen daredevils will compete in races inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racing. Each one of them race a stripped-down motorcycle with a hand-made custom rigid frame fitted with a pre-1925 American V-Twin engine, with no clutch or brakes. Imagined by Custom Builder Billy Lane, Sons Of Speed hearkens back to a wide-open, full-throttle, thrilling style of motorcycle racing on steep banked tracks during the 20’s and 30’s.

This October 21st, the thirteen Sons of Speed racers are: Billy Lane,Shelly Rossmeyer-Pepe, Matt Walksler, Rhett Rotten, Rick Petcko, Mark Hanna, Josh Owen, Xavier Muriel, Ken Curtis, Buzz Kanter, Dan Toce, Brook James and Matt Harris. The competition rules are simple. Racers participate to different HEATS with winners advancing to a championship final round. General admission tickets at the gate are $20. 50 VIP tickets allowing infield access will also be available for purchase at the gate. (photos @ H. Roesler for C. Huze)

Dished Gas Tank 2.03 Gallon Capacity

There is a Frisco and a deep tunnel Wasell version of this gas tank.

Was missing this featured mid-tunnel version with a wide tunnel made to fit rubber mounted Sportster frames years 2004-2006, and of course custom applications.

◦ Undrilled mounting tabs
◦ Bungs for two 1/4″ NPT petcocks, one on each side.
◦ Dimensions: 14.5″ long x 9″ wide x 7.5″ tall
◦ Capacity: 2.03 ◦ 3.5″ deep tunnel
◦ 2.175″ wide tunnel

MSRP $199.99 (gas cap not included). This gas tank is pressure tested at production but we suggest you test yourself before you get the pretty stuff sprayed on. At Factory Metal Works.

Thought Of The Day




“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill


Roland Sands Presents Moto Beach Classic At Bolsa Chica (Huntington Beach, CA)

Tomorrow Saturday October 14, founder Roland Sands presents Moto Beach Classic, an event at the intersection of surf, moto and music. Roland has been dreaming about a beachfront moto event for years. Finally it’s going to happen tomorrow October 14. He has been given the keys to the kingdom at Bolsa Chica State Beach (Huntington Beach, CA)

It will be a full day of beachfront Super Hooligan Flat Track and motorcycle Drag Racing, with the addition of a West Coast Board Riders surf competition,  and of music at Sea Legs Live, a well known venue for concerts on the sand.. With an art show and vendors you have an incredibly entertaining day at the beach with something for everyone. The Moto Beach Classic at Sea Legs Live. Presale tickets start at $29. Limited VIP tickets are available. Kids under 10 are free.

Legend REVO-A Clear Anodized Coil Suspension

Legend REVO-A adjustable coil suspensions for Harley-Davidsons are now available in clear anodized finish. They  provide superior ride quality and performance.

The external knob has six adjustments, which allow the rider to fine-tune rebound for their personal riding style and ride quality preference.

The new Clear Anodized REVO-As are available in 12” and 13” applications for 1999-2018 FLH models; 12”, 13”, and 14” applications for 1991-2017 Dyna models; 13” and 14” applications for 1984-2000 FXR models; and 12” and 13” applications for 2004-2018 Sportster models.

Black REVO-As are available for most Harley-Davidson FLH, Dyna, V-Rod, FXR, Sportster, Street and Tri-Glide models.

For more information visit Legend Suspensions  or email us at service@legendsuspensions.com.

American Flat Track Names Sturgis Buffalo Chip Best Event of 2017

American Flat Track presented the Sturgis Buffalo Chip with a major new “Best Event of the Year” Award Sunday evening at the organization’s annual award banquet held in Temecula, CA. A monumental partnership between American Flat Track and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® resulted in the epic, award-winning Buffalo Chip TT presented by Indian Motorcycle.

The event electrified motorcycle enthusiasts in the world-famous Buffalo Chip amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. Designed by seven-time Grand National Champion Chris Carr, the track includes some of the most thrilling elements on the circuit, such as right hand turns and jumps, all calculated to create intense racing excitement. Racers and spectators alike enjoyed the wholly extraordinary and exhilarating race. Continue reading ‘American Flat Track Names Sturgis Buffalo Chip Best Event of 2017’

The Indian Scout FTR750, Flat Track’s Most Dominant Motorcycle, Now Available in 2018 with $350,000 In Performance Incentives

Indian Motorcycle Racing, which captured the 2017 American Flat Track Manufacturer’s Championship, is offering professional flat track race teams and privateers unmatched incentives to compete on its premier Scout FTR750 race bike. More than $350,000 in contingency is available for those who ride an Indian for 2018.

The Scout FTR750 powered arguably the most dominant season in flat track history, as the Indian Wrecking Crew swept the American Flat Track Championship and combined for 14 total wins, 37 podiums and six podium sweeps. Jared Mees, the 2017 Grand National Champion, won 10 races and set a new single-season record with 17 total podiums. Continue reading ‘The Indian Scout FTR750, Flat Track’s Most Dominant Motorcycle, Now Available in 2018 with $350,000 In Performance Incentives’

Harley Celebrating 115 years Of Freedom For All

In 1903, four young men in Milwaukee put a motor in a bicycle frame, One hundred and fifteen years later, Harley-Davidson and bikers all over the world are celebrating. In 2018, expect more flat-track racing, hill climbs, beach racing, drag racing, street parties, events in Harley hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and other locations around the world.

Of course, Harley built 115th Anniversary metal. Two limited-edition, serialised designs with a 115th Anniversary Eagle and special anniversary paints are available on nine models for those who want to do the anniversary big. Two Limited Edition 115th Anniversary paint schemes will be available on select 2018 models. The divergent styles will appeal to a broader audience of customers and, to add exclusivity to each model, all paint sets will be serialized.

115th Anniversary Two-Tone. Available only on Tri-Glide®, Ultra Limited, Street Glide®, Fat Boy® 114, and Heritage Classic 114 models.

• Exclusive Legend Blue/Vivid Black two-tone paint scheme
• Triple pinstripe
• 115th Anniversary multi-metal tank cloisonné
◦ Eagle holding the Bar and Shield in its talons
• Perforated seat with blue stitching and embossed “HDMC”
• 115th Anniversary script on console, timer cover and air cleaner
• Serialization on trim

115th Anniversary Denim. Available only on Street Glide® Special, Fat Boy®114, Breakout® 114, and Forty-Eight® models.

• Exclusive Legend Blue Denim paint
• 115th Anniversary tattoo-inspired graphic
◦ Eagle holding the Bar and Shield in its talons
◦ Harley-Davidson script varies by model
• Perforated seat with blue stitching and embossed “HDMC”
• Serialization hand-applied at the factory

The Excelsior-Henderson Motorcycle Brand Is For Sale.

It includes the intellectual property, all federally registered trademarks, the previous motorcycle frame and engine designs, as well as the expired patents that can only be effectively exploited by the owner of Excelsior-Henderson. The brand will be auctioned off by Mecum Auctions in Las Vegas on January 27, 2018 at the South Point Hotel & Casino.

Excelsior-Henderson saw its greatest successes under the ownership and direction of Ignaz Schwinn, whose empire in Chicago was created from profit on his bicycles. During 10 years, from 1911-21, Henderson’s were the only 4-cylinder motorcycles produced in the U.S., and by the late 1920s, it was Excelsior-Henderson and Indian that dominated the 45 cubic-inch market with the Super X and Scout models. Schwinn correctly foresaw a major downturn in motorcycle sales for 1930, and decided to pull the plug on his big bikes and focus on bicycles, which were likely to continue selling well when jobs were scarce. The company never again produced motorcycles.

Jeff Cochran Signature SpeedKing Swingarm

Maybe the most versatile custom swingarm you can find in the after-market world to create a bike where you can choose among several unique stances.

It is offered by Custom Builder Jeff Cochran and will fit all Harle Big Twin 4-speed chain drive bikes from 1973 to 1984.

Axle plates for 3/4” axle applications that not only lower your bike 1 1/2” without sacrificing comfort but also allow you to lengthen the wheelbase to a full 1/2”, giving you the “SpeedKing” stance.

This steel swingarm features a 5-position shock mount adjustment that will either raise the seat 5/8” or lower the seat 1 3/4” from the stock position. The threaded mount holes are reinforced for a secure fit.

Bearigs and races included but will require rear fork seals for final assembly (H-D part # 47519-72) Contact Jeff Cochran at SpeaKing Racing.

2017 Biketoberfest. Sons Of Speed Races And Motorcycle Car Show On October 21 St.

In addition to the Billy Lane’s Sons Of Speed races at the New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna FL, spectators will be entertained for free on the parking lot with “Old Speed Show:, an exhibition of race and competition-based motorcycles, cars and trucks of all ages, as well as classic hand-crafted vehicles. The exhibition is free of access, but not the Sons Of Speed Races. On Saturday October 21st.

New S&S Stealth Air Cleaner Kit. Bolt On Extra HP for the HD® Street Rod® 750 Models.

The latest from the S&S house of horsepower is aimed squarely at HD Street Rod models. The 750 platform has evolved into a solid machine, made better with the addition of a dose of power.

The S&S Stealth Air Cleaner ($149.95) is an easy bolt-on and paired with the Grand National slip-on muffler, will see gains of 9% horsepower and 8% more torque. Pair the Stealth with any of the seven S&S cover designs to get the look your bike deserves.

• 2017-’18 Harley-Davidson® Street Rod™  XG750A
Features And Benefits.
• High-strength synthetic polymer backplate – Designed to reduce heat transfer to intake air
• 210% increase in flow
• Pair with one of many covers (cover not included)
• Cooler, denser air allows for more efficient cylinder fill and better performance
• Pre-filters are available

(Declared 49-State Emissions Compliant Part on all 2015-2018 Street Rod™ Models(Declared 49-State Emissions Compliant Part on all 2015-2018 Street Rod™ Models) S&S Stealth Air Cleaner For Harley Street Rod  

Putin’s 65th Birthday Gift. A Biker Bomber Jacket By Matchless London.

To celebrate Vladimir Putin’s 65th birthday on October 7th, legendary British motorcycle and clothing company Matchless London announced a leather bomber jacket inspired by the president of Russia. The $1,699 “Putin” jacket is crafted using a revolutionary leather treatment process that ensures to keep the wearer warm in minus 40 degrees Celsius weather.

The jacket also features a shearling collar and is finished with a vintage, worn-in effect. The style nods at Putin’s affinity for biker culture and his ties with the notorious, Kremlin-backed motorcycle club, the Night Wolves. Fashion getting political? Matchless states that this Jacket is the first product introduced from the Putin-inspired capsule collection which will include leather and cotton parkas, jackets, and coats…

Custom Sportster XL 1200 Reborn In Asia

 At the end of the 90’s beginning of the 00’s, the epicenter of custom bike building shifted from the USA to Europe, imposing – thanks to its German, Austrian and Swiss builders – a large quantity of drag style inspired creations. And now, members of the custom motorcycle industry are looking at fresh building ideas coming from young builders in Asia. Customs built from Japanese and Indian brands, but also more and more crafted from our 2 American big brands, Harley and Indian, old and new models. For reasons unknown or purely accidental, Greater Jakarta in Indonesia, – the second largest urban agglomeration in the world with a population of 31 million – is where a concentration of young talents can be found. Particularity, the preferred styles in this region of the globe seem to be the low Chopper and Cafe Racer. Styles somewhat more appropriate to confront the crazy Asian street traffic congestion, and well adapted to locals morphology.

Thrive Motorcycles belongs to this small elite of Asian group of builders making a worldwide statement by celebrating Harley’s race heritage and attitude with different lines and details rarely seen on customs of well known builders. This project is based on a 2000 Sportster XL 1200 Evo motor directly imported from the USA. So many Sportsters have been customized that the challenge for duo Indra Pratama and Barata Dwiputra was to build a bike looking different, pushing its racing attitude to the edge but without in any way compromising reliability…

Because of distance and cost, Asian builders are rarely present in the US and Europe participating to bike shows. But the great one-day Japanese show of Yokohama is a fabulous source of inspiration for those working in this region of the globe. There, Thrive Motorcycles saw great samples of the best Japanese chops and came back to their shop convinced that they could create their own timeless style. And it tool them 2 years to complete this creation… Frame wizard Andi at Brodonolo Custom Garage in Central Java was ordered the bike foundation. Then Thrive got started with the all-aluminum bodywork. It includes a one-off tail-end/rear fender, the unusual finned gas tank, the cute mini fairing, the oil tank and the electric box. Continue reading ‘Custom Sportster XL 1200 Reborn In Asia’

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