From time to time, pro or garage builders, we all have to do it. Cleaning the shop or garage because of a lack of space and/or change of taste. This morning Jesse James asked me if I could help expedite the clean up and I know that many of you would love to get their hands on quite […]
Archive for May, 2010
French born Georges Martin is a name that very few among you have ever heard. In the 70’s he was the man to go to if you wanted to turn your plain vanilla factory Japanese or English motorcycle into a horse bred Cafe Racer. Georges racing custom part offerings: gas tanks, handlebars, rear fender/reservoirs, wheels, brakes […]
Your tires are all black and you dream they would get a white wall for a gangster/hot rod/retro look. Or your tire white walls are yellow and cracked and you wish you could come back to a new fresh look without buying a new set. Or your tire sizes are not sold by the manufacturer […]
John Adams is a faithful daily reader whose photographic work has been published in many magazines around the world (2009 EasyRiders and V-Twin magazines motorcycle artist of the year).
Dennis Hopper, the “Bad Boy Of Hollywood”, died today May 29, 2010 at the age of 74. Director, Painter, Actor, Artist, Screenwriter and Photographer, few people will remain as present in bikers collective memory than Dennis Hopper. With friends Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson in front of the camera, Hopper decided to direct his own […]
It will happen June 4th & 5th, 2010 at the Pasadena Convention center. A new great opportunity to sell or buy a classic motorcycle. There will be well over 150 world class collector motorcycles on the auction block along with a select group of classic and collector automobiles with many being offered at no reserve.
Like others in the industry, Ron Loynds, the man behind the wild MetalSport 3-D Wheels, has quite a few ideas to improve the style of Harley-Davidson touring bikes. Example is this new Tour-Pak Set machined out of a single piece of billet aircraft aluminum and then formed to the contour of the trunk lid. It’s […]
At the beginning of the 80’s Harley-davidson was in financial distress with about 4% of the market it dominated in the 70’s. In 1981, Harley was in 5th position for market share behind Honda (38%), Yamaha (25%), Kawasaki (16%), and Suzuki (14%). At the request of Harley-Davidson (the same request was denied a few years […]
Usually, you launch a website to support a product or service, but there are no Excelsior-Henderson motorcycles being produced since 1999. Henderson produced 4-cylinder motorcycles from 1912 to 1931 with a brief brand revival in 1994 when the Hanlon brothers Dan & Dave (no relation with the Hanlon Brothers from Mean Street Products) secured the […]
New and interesting. A new technology called Atomic-Forged process (exotic metal ions bombarded on components) to create unprecedented levels of hardness, wear resistance and corrosion resistance on your motorcycle brake rotors. Which bike doesn’t want to stay pretty all its riding life? Watch the video then jump to Ray Gun Technology to see the special […]
Started in 1987 by 4 Vietnam Veterans to bring awareness to the POWs and MIAs, the Rolling Thunder event has become a monumental patriotic gathering of all soldiers from all American wars. It is held in Washington DC over Memorial Day weekend and each year several thousands of motorcycles ride from the Pentagon to the […]
Harley-Davidson expects to ship 201,000 to 212,000 motorcycles to dealers this year and the belt-tightening moves and inventory reduction may already produce the expected positive effects. In an interview to the Milwauke-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel 2 analysts in charge of a Harley Dealers Study by Robert W. Baird & Co list their main observations. 1- U.S. […]
There are many lowering shocks for touring bikes on the market. Unfortunately many are sacrifying the suspension travel, so the ride comfort. These new “940 Ultra Touring Series Shocks” from Progressive Suspension are specifically designed to deliver a comfortable ride at a 1″ lowered stance. They sit lower than full length shocks (13″ eye to eye) […]
Let’s not forget all those individuals – the majority – who are not custom builders, but just want to easily customize their ride by bolting-on after-market parts without spending a fortune. Custom Chrome Line Manager Rich Fulk used a 2004 Night Train to demonstrate what can be done to give this stock Harley an “old […]
The 2010 Sturgis edition of the Rat’s Hole Custom Chopper Show will be held at the legendary Buffalo Chip. Ted Smith, son of late Karl Smith a.k.a. Big daddy, and owner of the world famous bike show, continues the tradition started in 1973 of gathering premier custom motorcycles in a fun family-oriented atmosphere at an […]
Some motorcycle brands have acquired a legendary status and have influenced, more than others, what we ride today. Vincent, Harley-Davidson, Indian, Triumph, etc…and Brough Superior. During the 20 years of handmade production between WWI and WWII, about 3000 Brough motorcycles (each had to be commissioned and none of the same model was exactly the same) […]
On September 24, 2009, Chris Carr piloted on the Bonneville Salt Flats the BUB Seven Streamliner to a new land speed record of 367.382 mph (average time for the 2 required passes to get certification.) Denis Manning, owner of BUB Enterprises (a leader in exhaust systems for American & Metric motorcycles) and of the BUB […]
On April 3rd Alystar Mckenneh left Glendale Harley-Davidson in California to ride 10,000 miles around America with her cross country trip ending in Sturgis during Bike week. Last week she hooked up with the participants of “The North Carolina Big Mountain Run” organized by Cycle Source Magazine. She sent me these lines about her experience. […]
A good example of building new on an old Harley frame. An untouched original 1949 Harley-Davidson FL frame (even unused stock brackets have been kept) is the cradle for a very reliable brand new S&S Knucklehead 1523 cc engine linked to a 5-speed Harley transmission. Add a very twisted chrome Springer front end and sissy […]
You never saw them if you don’t live in these countries. On the left: In Brazil “Bike Fall” by Giovanni FCB Agency (after the spill, witnesses check the Harley, not the rider). On right: In Europe “Shackles” by Euro RSCG (prisoner in your cage)
Vision Design Studios created a web page to choose the way you want your Sportster gas tank to be custom (re) built. You choose your style, mounting position and configuration right down to the position of your fuel petcock (if your bike is carburated). Frisco mount tunnel? Dished in tank sides? Sight glass? Relocated gas […]
This nice chopper chassis is a collaboration between well known frame manufacturer Kraft/Tech and manufacturer/distributor Kustomwerks. Conceived to offer a simple and affordable solution to those who want to assemble a nice rigid bike without to worry about custom fabrication and fitment.
A bodywork out of a Sci-Fi movie for a trike powered by a blown V8 Hemi engine. The concept comes from a guy called Tim Cotterill (made his money selling bronze frogs!) assisted by engine builder John Arruzza and Michael Leeds for fabrication & assembly. Well over powered, ugly or brilliant? I let you decide […]
The riding season is in full swing. Pre-ride inspection should be routine and automatic. It doesn’t have to take more than a few minutes and should be done before every ride. T-CLOCS is an acronym used to remind motorcycle riders of the pre-ride inspection essentials.
The story of this new V-Rod based custom motorcycle by well known French Custom Builder Bertrand “Pikasso” Dubet is an odyssey started with a vision of what could be a modern 2 wheeler born from the indefinite design options calculated by a CAD software program. And of course, it’s not about producing beautiful and colorful […]
Over time, difficult to beat the success of the classic Sparto. Probably the most sold taillight with a look…that never gets old. Especially when the Sparto is “rejuvenated” with a coat of antique copper plating. It’s a die-cast construction for a smooth, non-porous surface with an universal mount to fit on all rear fenders. To […]