Indian Motorcycle At 76th Sturgis Rally. Motorcycle Racing, American Craftsmanship, Entertainment And The All-New 2017 Lineup

cyril-huze-indian-bisFor the 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which formally runs August 8 – 14 in Sturgis, South Dakota Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, is proud to announce its power-packed itinerary The brand that started the rally in 1938 through legendary dealer J.C. “Pappy” Hoel, is excited to offer demo rides on three diverse and exciting newly released models to Sturgis attendees which include Indian® Scout® Sixty  Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse® and Indian Springfield™.

Indian will debut the 2017 model year lineup, offer exclusive entertainment, factory demo rides, will partner with Jack Daniel’s and Red Wing Shoes, organize Indian Motorcycle Rider’s Group events and rides, an array of custom bikes and much more.

Indian Motorcycle festivities kickoff on Saturday, August 6 at the Indian Motorcycle display on Lazelle St. where guests can enter for a chance to win a 2017 Indian® Chieftain®. Stay tuned to the Indian Motorcycle Sturgis event page for updates leading up to the rally.

IndianSturgisIndian Motorcycle Factory Display on Lazelle St. (Next to Lynn’s Dakotamart) Saturday, August 6 – Saturday, August 12, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Explore the entire 2017 Indian Motorcycle lineup at the Indian Motorcycle display in Downtown Sturgis along with demos of their newest technologies. A Chieftain Dark Horse Dyno Demonstration will showcase cams and other performance accessories. Following the recent historic announcement of Indian Motorcycle Racing’s historic return to AMA Pro Flat Track, the all-new Indian FTR750 will be on display Monday, August 8 through the remainder of the rally.

Famed original wrecking crew legends Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman will be on-hand, along with all three Big Base Scouts and memorabilia from the original wrecking crew. Stay tuned for appearance schedule and activations. A number of vintage and custom bikes will be on display, including the Land Speed Scout, Hillclimb Indian Scout and SuperHooligan Indian® Scout® Sixty racers built by custom motorcycle designer Roland Sands. Continue reading ‘Indian Motorcycle At 76th Sturgis Rally. Motorcycle Racing, American Craftsmanship, Entertainment And The All-New 2017 Lineup’


Thought Of The Day




Let us realize that: the privilege to work is a gift, the power to work is a blessing, the love of work is success!

David O. McKay

Spectro Oils

Maverick Air Cleaner Trim To Fit Crusher And Select Aftermarket Air Cleaners

crushermaverickblackIcrushermaverickchromeThe new Maverick Air Cleaner Trim by Crusher Performance are compatible with the Crusher’s new Street Sleeper III Air Cleaner (shown), as well as the following aftermarket kits: S&S Cycle® Stealth. Arlen Ness® Stage I Big Sucker, and Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle Stage 1.

The trim is forged from premium 6061 aluminum and delivers an aggressive look for select aftermarket intakes. The latest addition to Crusher’s flagship Maverick Series features a unique beveled design with stainless steel mesh insert and brushed stainless badge that conceals the center mounting bolt for a clean, hardware-free appearance.

The Chrome Maverick Air Cleaner Trim feature a smooth polished finish throughout, while the Satin Black version is enhanced by a machined inner perimeter for a contrasting appearance. • Chrome P/N 9238 or • Satin Black P/N 9239. MSRP: $109.99. At Crusher Performance. 

Progressive Suspension

34th Edition Of The War And Peace Revival July 19-23

000military54000military5400military5401military5403military2612military261Held in Kent, United Kingdom, it’s the largest and greatest celebration of military vehicles and vintage lifestyle on the planet. Displays and rides on war tanks, cars, motorcycles, planes and helicopters. Demonstrations and training on the use of WW1 and WW@ weapons. A village with shops and displays to demonstrate the important roles that women played during war through voluntary organisations and work. A market where you can buy and trade vintage models. Professional re-enactors showing you how battles were fought, shooting and explosions included. Camping during 5 days to to soak up the full war atmosphere and not miss any of the events of this 5-day action packed show.

5military5402military5409military5404military261x2213military261x2217military5408military540The only place where you can see GI’s having tea with Vietcongs, where British soldiers fraternize with SS-Troops to discuss the incidence of “Brexit”, where BMW motorcycles roam a prairie among Russian tanks etc. Harley WLA’s outnumber the German Zündapp’s and BMW’s, not to forget the Kettenkrad, once dubbed by Easyriders as the Nazi Chopper…You guessed it, the main objective of The War And Peace Revival is to keep war history alive in the collective memory especially now that a whole generation of those who fought these wars is fading away. Motographer Horst Roesler, a war history buff, is on location currently aboard a Spitfire fighting some imaginary ennemies. During a cease fire he was able to sent me these very cool pictures.
More pictures after the jump. Continue reading ’34th Edition Of The War And Peace Revival July 19-23′

Spectro Platinum Heavy Duty High Performance V-Twin Engine Oil

spectroHeavy Duty Platinum Full Synthetic lubricant is engineered specifically for Harley® high-performance engines and other high-output V-Twin motors.

It may be used in all Harley® engines,any year, without restriction, and will not void and factory warranty

This oil provides smoother shifting, reduces friction, offers tremendous lubrication and provides superior protection in extreme heat conditions.

Spectro Heavy Duty oils should be used according to the manufacturer’s recommended change intervals and viscosity.

Sold in quart bottles or case of 12 or 55-gallon drum. At Spectro Performance Oils.

BAKER 6th Gear Overdrive For Your 1991-2003 Sportster

BakerXL6Add some fun and performance to your 1991-2003 Sportster or Buell with the BAKER XL6.

This tranny provides the same as stock 2nd through 5th gear ratios but with a 6th gear overdrive providing a 511 rpm drop at 75mph.

MSRP $2850. Online At BAKER Drivetrain.

Motorcycle Parts Website

Original Series “Harley And The Davidsons” On The Discovery Channel

hdseriesReceived from Rich Ross, President of Discovery Channel, my invitation to the premiere in Los Angeles on August 1st of “Harley And The Davidsons” The series tells the story of the birth of the iconic brand launched in 1903 by two friends from Milwaukee, William Harley and Arthur Davidson.

In the series, Michael Huisman (Daario Naharis on “Game of Thrones”) will star as Walter Davidson, while Robert Aramayo will play William (Bill) Harley and Bug Hall will portray Arthur Davidson.

hdseriesbisHarley and the Davidsons is set to premiere on the Discovery Channel Monday, Sept. 5, with its first two-hour installment. Two additional two-hour installments will air over the next two nights, Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016.

“Winner Takes All” By Artist David Uhl

UhlWinnerTakesAllArtist David Uhl is almost finished with a fun, new piece that he will show during the coming Sturgis Rally. The painting has its roots in the “Daytona Duel” photo shoot. The patina on the car is amazing and the overall composition is outstanding. Featuring the lovely Paige Wyatt, “Winner Takes All” is now available in two sizes on canvas as part of a very limited edition. Continue reading ‘“Winner Takes All” By Artist David Uhl’

Polaris Second Quarter 2016 Results. Motorcycle Sales Up 23%. ORV/Snowmobiles Down 6%.

polaris1Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) today reported second quarter net income of $71.2 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 compared to $100.9 million, or $1.49 per diluted share reported in the second quarter of 2015. Sales for the second quarter of 2016 totaled $1,130.8 million, up one percent from last year’s second quarter sales of $1,124.3 million. Motorcycle sales increased 23% during the quarter. Global Adjacent Markets sales increased 14%. ORV/Snowmobiles sales were down 6%, slightly better than expectations.

PolrusMotorcyclesMotorcycle segment sales, including its respective PG&A sales, increased 23 percent in the 2016 second quarter to $231.3 million. All brands grew sales during the quarter. Gross profit increased 63 percent to $39.8 million or 17.2 percent of sales in the second quarter of 2016, compared to $24.5 million or 13.1 percent of sales in the second quarter of 2015. North American consumer retail demand for the Polaris motorcycle segment, including Victory®, Indian Motorcycle® and Slingshot®, was up mid-teens percent during the 2016 second quarter while overall motorcycle industry retail sales 900cc and above were down mid-single digits percent in the 2016 second quarter. Product availability for all three motorcycle brands remained adequate throughout the quarter as year-over-year paint capacity at the Company’s Spirit Lake, Iowa motorcycle plant has significantly improved. Continue reading ‘Polaris Second Quarter 2016 Results. Motorcycle Sales Up 23%. ORV/Snowmobiles Down 6%.’

Sissy Bar 13” or 20″ Tall With Mini Pad

1sissy-bar-tall-black-wpad2sissy-bar-tall-black-wpad3sissy-bar-tall-black-wpad4sissy-bar-tall-black-wpadI must say that I agree with the Burly Brand crew stating that most aftermarket bolt-on sissy bars are quite ugly with their multi-piece monstrosities made or square tubes with a giant pad. Whatever the reasons you may want to bolt-on a sissy bar, for looks, as a back rest for a riding companion, as a backpack or helmet hanger or all of the above, these 13” or 20” tall models are probably the best looking and designed ones you can bolt on your Harley. Installation outside of fender rails and removal is very simple. For Harley FLHT, FLST (non-Springer), FLSTS, FLT, FXD, FXDL, FXDWG, FXLR, FXR, FXST (non-Springer), FXSTS and XL. Short 13” $179. Tall 20” with mini pad. At Burly Brand.

Going Dark With A 5-Piece Black Fork Tins Kit

Fork-Tin-KitIf you are addicted to black, there is an easy way to change your front end with this 5-piece black Fork Tins. They are high-quality reproduction fork slider covers and fork tins. They are available in ribbed style with a gloss black finish for all 86-16 FLST models.

The suggested retail price is $124.95 for the 5-piece set. (Models equipped with front passing lights may need a hole drilled in the rear panel for on/off switch) For more information, go to Drag Specialties or your local dealer.

Picture Of The Week

cyrilhuze-imageoftheweekMan in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil never rides without his geared-for-the-road cat.

Harley-Davidson Ready To Roll Into South Dakota Black Hills. Activities Planned Aug. 6-13.

1MainstreetHarley-Davidson is revving up for the 76th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. As the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Harley-Davidson plans to pack more fun and pure riding experience than ever into this week-long celebration of freedom and the open road. Just a few of the activities making this Sturgis one of the best yet – daily concerts, parties, free demo rides on new 2016 Harley-Davidson motorcycles®, H.O.G.® member special events, Harley-Davidson sponsored AMA Pro Flat Track Racing, the do-not-miss Wall of Death and a new custom motorcycle show.

4MainstreetHarley-Davidson Rally Point  (Main Street and Harley-Davidson Way)
The Harley-Davidson® Rally Point  is a permanent year-round space in Sturgis that features a stage for events and concerts and hosts a number of special events during the Sturgis Rally. Conveniently located in the heart of Sturgis, the Rally Point can also serve as a handy location for riders to rendezvous.

• Kick-off Party for the 76th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Friday, Aug. 5, at 3 p.m.
• Mayor’s Ride featuring Grand Marshal Ben Bostrom, Monday, Aug. 8. To register, visit the City of Sturgis’ website.
• Harley-Davidson Editor’s Choice Bike Show, Tuesday, Aug. 9 – Registration 8 a.m./Awards 4 p.m.
• First Ever Angel’s Ride, Friday, Aug. 12 – The number of women riders is on the rise in America, join us to celebrate. To register, visit the City of Sturgis’ website.
• MDA® Raffle – Grand Prize Bike Drawing, Aug. 13, at 4:15 p.m.
• Events and live music daily. View full Rally Point activities list

2MainstreetSturgis Community Center (Fourth and Lazelle Streets)
Freedom, attitude and V-Twin engines invade the Sturgis Community Center as the home-base for the bulk of Harley-Davidson activity. Inside and outside the Community Center, riders will see and experience the newest motorcycle customizations, sales and demonstrations of the latest MotorClothes® merchandise, and the largest demo fleet in Sturgis offering free test rides on Harley-Davidson’s most powerful line-up of Cruisers ever. All activities are Aug. 6-13 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Free Motorcycle Demo Rides: The 2016 motorcycle line-up and demo ride experience includes models such as the new Road Glide® Ultra, Forty-Eight®, Iron 883™ and Roadster™ and the new S Series – Low Rider® S, Fat Boy® S and Softail Slim® S plus a selection of customized models with H-D® Genuine Motor Accessories. Staging for demo rides takes place in the parking lot behind the Community Center. A selection of helmets and jackets are available for demo rides.

3MainstreetRUSHMORE Experience: From Boom Audio and LED lighting to the 103 high output engine, H-D’s Touring motorcycles need to be experienced first-hand to fully appreciate what Project RUSHMORE is all about. Be sure to check out this experience to get a behind-the-scenes look at our latest motorcycle technology and get educated on the enhanced features and benefits of Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycles.

H-D1™ Fit Shop and Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories: This interactive area includes everything needed to turn any Harley-Davidson motorcycle into a one-of-a-kind custom. Harley-Davidson fit consultants are on hand to help adjust any motorcycle for maximum comfort, control, style and confidence, no matter the riding style or body type. New this year will be a “Quick Install” area for 30-minute or less installations of a selected few accessories for your motorcycle.

Gear: A selection of new Genuine MotorClothes merchandise is available for demo and purchase on site, including Willie G. and H.O.G.® Commemorative Merchandise. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Ready To Roll Into South Dakota Black Hills. Activities Planned Aug. 6-13.’

Late-Model Indian Motorcycles Recalled For Fire Risk Due To Excessive Exhaust Temperature

indian-springfield-red-studio-1The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)filed on June 17 a report regarding elevated exhaust temperatures on late model Indian motorcycles that may result in an increased risk of fire. In the event of an engine misfire, unburned fuel may pass through parts of the exhaust system, raising the exhaust temperatures.

The number of motorcycles potentially affected is 18,367. They are models 2014-2016, Chief Classic, Dark Horse, Chieftain, Roadmaster, Vintage and Chieftain Dark Horse motorcycles manufactured from April 15, 2013, to June 16, 2015. Indian will notify owners, and dealers will update the engine control module (ECM) software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2016. Owners may contact Indian customer service at 1-877-204-3697. Indian’s number for this recall is I-16-02.

Students Build 2 Electric Touring Motorcycles For ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ Ride.

Studentelectricmotorcycle2 students of the High Tech Campus Eindhoven (“the smartest square km in Europe”) in the Netherlands developed 2 electric motorcycles and will set off in August on an 80-day round-the-world ride to demonstrate the potential of electric transport.

The STORM Eindhoven team members have been working since 2014 on designing and building their long-distance electric motorcycles, with the mission of strengthening the worldwide image of sustainable transport. Their electric touring motorcycles perfectly present what they believe electric transport should be: silent, efficient and with a sufficiently long range.

Special feature of the electric touring motorcycles is the modular battery pack developed by the student team themselves. This consists of 24 separate cartridges with a maximum power capacity of 28.5 kWh, giving the motorcycles a range of 380 kilometers before recharging is needed. The number of cartridges can also be adjusted, allowing a lighter weight and higher speeds to be achieved.

Fast And Furious Sportster Ironhead

1DPAcalpa2DPAcalpa3DPAcalpaAll custom builders have a special custom bike parked in their mind. The one they would like a client to order or, if it doesn’t happen, that they would like to build for themselves. Of course one made to ride, demonstrating the builder’s best skills, and one he can also look at proudly every day in his shop while working on other clients’ projects.

4DPAcalpa5DPAcalpa6DPAcalpa7DPAcalpaBrothers Justin & Jarrod Del Prado at DP Customs shared the same frustration of seeing all their commissioned projects leave the shop as soon as tested… and paid in full. Although extremely busy, a time window became available for a very special project, theirs… What is remarkable is that not only they agree almost all the time when working for others but also shared the same vision when building this Ironhead beast for themselves. Continue reading ‘Fast And Furious Sportster Ironhead’

The Greasy Hands Preachers

42546_310x459So, you want to be a mechanic? To build motorcycles? This 1 hour 27 minutes film (with subtitles to chose from in 6 languages) explores the revival of manual work through the passion of motorcycle enthusiasts who have found happiness through their work.

Shot in retro Super 16, Greasy Hands takes you all over the world, with stopovers in France, the USA, Scotland, Spain and Indonesia. The cast is a roll call of big name builders: from American-based heavyweights Roland Sands and Shinya Kimura to controversial Europeans El Solitario and Blitz Motorcycles. Rent it for $6.99 (24-hour streaming period. Or buy it $12.99 (stream + download anytime) But first, watch the trailer. The Greasy Hands Preachers.

Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-jokeFor all who work with rude customers, shame we can’t actually do this!

An award should go to the Virgin Airlines desk attendant in Sydney a few weeks ago for being smart and funny, while making her point,  when confronted with a passenger who probably deserved to fly  as cargo.

A crowded Virgin flight was cancelled after Virgin’s 767s had  been withdrawn from service for a maintenance check A single attendant  was rebooking a long line of inconvenienced travelers. Suddenly an  angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket down on  the counter and said, ‘I HAVE to be on this flight and it HAS to be  FIRST CLASS’.

The attendant replied, ‘I’m sorry, sir.  I’ll be happy to try to  help you, but I’ve got to help these people first, and I’m sure we’ll  be able to work something out.’ The passenger was unimpressed. He asked loudly, so that  the passengers behind him could hear, ‘DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHO I AM?’ Continue reading ‘Joke Of The Week’

TruFlo High Velocity Air Cleaners

rc1Letting your engine breathe as deep as possible to maximize performance is the objective of good aftermarket air cleaners. RC Components offer a wide selection of high velocity cleaners featuring a front flow K&N filter encased in a low profile design billet aluminum housing staying tucked in close to the motor without sacrificing performance. The backing plate incorporates breather ports eliminating the need to to use brackets and run ugly hoses. For those wishing to unify their custom parts, the RCX exhaust system from RC components is available with tips matching each air cleaner housing design. From left to right, top to bottom, models featured (others available) are Eclipse, Gatlin, Rival Eclipse and Rival Chrome.

rc2Note: When you install a performance air cleaner, the air flow changes and can lead to an incorrect air/fuel ratio. So you need a fuel management system that will correct this ratio and keep your engine running smooth and efficient. RC Components is offering the RCX-Celerator Closed Loop Fuel Programmer. This unit is “Plug & Play” and learns and tunes your bike as you ride.

Rock, Rumble & Rebellion. A Custom Harley Road Glide, Matching Epiphany Guitar And Sturgis Buffalo Chip VIP Treatment For Life.

rebellion1rebellion2To salute the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s® 35 years of Rock, Rumble & Rebellion, Kuryakyn has built a custom performance bagger that pays tribute to the annual merging of motorcycle and rock ‘n’ roll cultures at The Best Party Anywhere®. This one-off commemorative 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide and its matching Epiphone Sheraton II guitar are up for private sale, and they could be yours if you can handle a lifetime of VIP treatment!

The purchaser of this one-off package not only will be the owner of one the coolest custom bikes and guitars on the planet, they will instantly find themselves treated like a rock star and will be able to enjoy concerts from VIP seating or front of the stage pit access, and when available have the opportunity to shake hands and have their photo taken at celebrity meet and greets as a VIP for as long as they own the bike. This is the first time in history the Buffalo Chip has ever offered this level of VIP status to the public.

rebel4The asking price for the Rock, Rumble & Rebellion Ultimate VIP package is $57,500. With a $1,000 non-refundable deposit, you can reserve the bike and guitar for purchase and the two will be waiting for you at the legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the 35th anniversary of The Best Party Anywhere! You must make this deposit by calling (605)-347-9000 and speaking with Carol. The non-refundable deposit may be made with a MasterCard, VISA or Discover. Continue reading ‘Rock, Rumble & Rebellion. A Custom Harley Road Glide, Matching Epiphany Guitar And Sturgis Buffalo Chip VIP Treatment For Life.’

Craig Scanlon Named Chief Marketing Officer of Polaris

polarislogoPolaris Industries Inc. (PII) announced that Craig Scanlon, Vice President of Slingshot and Chief Retail Officer (CRO) of the Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) division, has been named Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Polaris. Scanlon will report to Scott W. Wine, CEO and Chairman of Polaris. Scanlon joined the company in 2004 in a Field Sales Role. He held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, sales and general management within the Off-Road Vehicles business, before being promoted to VP of Slingshot in 2015. Scanlon added the role of Chief Retail Officer for Off-Road Vehicles in 2016, which he will retain.

Hand-Built Motorcycle Throne Chairs For Upcoming Progressive Motorcycle Ads

4-Throne-21Throne-43Throne-4You thought the throne in Game of Thrones was cool?

Check out these custom built Motorcycle Thrones from Progressive Insurance made of motorcycle parts, representing distinct bike types, including cruisers, touring and sport bikes.

Working with Buffalo Art Co. and custom motorcycle builder/expert, Chase Stopnik in LA, Progressive Insurance created these unique hand-built works of art.

These thrones will be included in the upcoming Progressive Insurance motorcycle ads. With the famous fictional Progressive salesperson character Flo (played by comedian Stephanie Courtney) riding them?

Flashback. 1913 Sears Twin Cylinder.

1913SearsSears has never been a motorcycle manufacturer. Sears Roebuck, the Chicago based chain of department stores had a successful mail order catalog reaching the most remote areas of the US. In the 1910’s, the catalog was offering a simple single cylinder then a 70” twin engine motorcycle (The Sears De Luxe) built by 3rd parties from different components used on other motorcycle brands. Sears badged the motorcycles with its name and sold them through its print catalog. The Sears De Luxe was distributed by Sears until 1916 with the claims that it was a fast and very simple motorcycle to maintain. This 1913 Sears is on display at the National Motorcycle Museum of Anamosa, Iowa. (Photography Doug Mitchel 630.605.6276)

Arlen Ness To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From Sturgis Motorcycle Museum

Arlen-NessA special “Lifetime Achievement” award has been added to the Class of 2016 induction ceremonies. Already a Sturgis Museum Hall of Fame member circa 1992, Arlen Ness was a unanimous choice to receive the first Lifetime Achievement honors. “Arlen truly is the ‘Godfather’ of the custom bike movement,” says Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall Of Fame Executive Director Myrick Robbins. “No one has done more to influence the look of what a custom motorcycle is.”

Victory Motorcycles also recognizes Arlen’s achievements and is honored to be part of the induction ceremonies this year. “Victory Motorcycles has worked with Arlen Ness for many years now,” says Rod Krois, General Manager of Victory Motorcycles. “Early on the designers and he helped to create the now iconic Arlen Ness editions of several different models. Arlen has always been the head of his time, and we are proud to be the presenting sponsor at this important event.” Continue reading ‘Arlen Ness To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From Sturgis Motorcycle Museum’

Pray For Nice


New Adjustable Fairing Air Deflectors

21530_1350x900_RGB_72DPIThese Adjustable Fairing Air Deflectors by Kuryakyn lock securely into place in multiple positions to direct airflow just how you want it. The elegantly contoured design seamlessly forms to Harley-Davidson® batwing fairings for a stylish upgrade along with improved functionality. Open the vents to channel air into the cockpit in warm weather, or close them up to block the breeze when riding in cooler temps.

The spring-loaded variable deflectors are easy to operate and made from sturdy, shatterproof polycarbonate with an attractive smoke finish. The frames, available in chrome or satin black, are made of durable ABS. A chrome or satin black accent on the outer edge of the deflector serves as a finger hold for easy adjustment.

These Fairing Air Deflectors Include hardware for easy bolt-on installation, mounting to existing holes in the fairing on all ’14-later Electra Glides, Street Glides and Tri Glides. • P/N 1246 – Chrome. • P/N 1247 – Satin Black MSRP: $119.99.



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