Archive for August, 2010

Bonneville Motorcycle BUB Speed Trials. Part 3.

Rarely seen in Bonneville during the Speed Trials, yesterday Monday afternoon rain has delayed again many participants’ runs. The BUB team of volunteers did an unbelievable job at fixing and drying some wet spots on the different tracks. And as soon as the sun went back, participants took their turns on the starting line at […]


Motorcycle Exhaust Noise Alert

From Freedom Sturgis Freedom Fighter Rogue via Associated Press) Blll SB435 has been before the California legislature for some time and various motorcycle groups have been involved in its discussion, most opposed. The California State Senate yesterday voted 21-16 to pass SB435. The bill makes it a crime to operate a motorcycle manufactured after Jan. […]

Spectro Oils

Fly Girl. A Pure Scandinavian Chopper.

Minna Heikkinen is from Finland, Gordon Rooth is from Sweden and they state that this bike that they built together is a mix of Finnish and Swedish Chopper style. I am not sure of the difference but I recognize a Scandinavian built chopper as soon as I see one.

Progressive Suspension

Motorcycle BUB Trials. A Custom Show Bike And Its Rider Tasting The Salts For The First Time. Part 2.

When I feature a show custom motorcycle that you like and end my post mentioning that the bike and its builder’s next trip will be to Bonneville to race it, some of you express some doubts. One week ago on August 24th, I featured “Flyer“, the winner of the  “Production Manufacturer” class of the AMD […]

Harley-Davidson Logo. Bar And Shield Forever.

No, 1901 is not the year the first Harley-Davidson logo was created. It’s in 1904 that Arthur Davidson’s Aunt Jane Davidson painted “Harley Davidson Motor Company” with a red stripe on the door of the shed where he worked with William S. Harley, but it’s only in 1910 that the famous Bar and shield logo […]

Bonneville Motorcycle BUB Speed Trials. Part 1.

They all arrived from the 4 corners of the world and from almost all US States. On Saturday August 28th they were on the Salts of Bonneville, Utah to install their race setup,  to register and have their bikes inspected to participate to the 7th annual BUB Speed Trials dedicated to motorcycles looking to beat […]

Motorcycle Parts Website

Black On Black Custom Harley Sportster XLH

You don’t hear much about Denmark custom builders. At least you should know about Wrenchmonkees and of their passion for the 70’s motorcycles. They buy them very cheap and reinterpret them with a clear Cafe Racers and Japanese builders style influence. Their customization preferred platforms are preferably Hondas 750 and Yamahas RD, but they also […]

Video Tribute To Falcon Motorcycles

A professional video shot by Travis Shinn showing Ian Barry riding his latest Kestrel Falcon Motorcycle creation through the LA river in downtown Los Angeles (brought to you by OTMFC and Noah Goldsmith’s Safe Camp, originally brought to you by NOWNESS. Music by Naam)

Harley-Davidson India Update

It’s now 1 year that Harley-Davidson is selling 12 of its motorcycle models in India and in September will have a total of 5 dealerships in this country. Harley is evaluating how each model performs, will decide soon which ones should be sold in 2011 and at the same time is evaluating if it is […]

Cris Sommers Simmons. The Only American Woman Ready To Endure The Cannonball Challenge.

After 9 months of hard work with the help of ace Antique Motorcycle Restorer Steve Huntzinger (just won a bunch of awards at the Pebble Beach Concours) and after some intense physical training to endure the 3325 miles of the Challenge between US east and west coast, Cris Sommers-Simmons and her 1915 Harley-Davidson 11J Twin 3 […]

Hawg Halters Sprocket Brake System. Improved.

Born in Sweden decades ago, many times copied, then adapted and improved the Sprocket Brake System for chain drive is everywhere on new built custom motorcycles. Especially the ones looking for a retro look. What about the fact that a chain is more forgiving than a belt when you have, over time, a very slight problem […]

Joke Of The Week

Three blondes were all applying for the last available position on the Texas Highway Patrol. The detective conducting the interview looked at the three of them and said, “So y’all want to be cops, huh?”  The blondes all nodded. The detective got up, opened a file drawer, and pulled out a folder. Sitting back down, he […]

Harley-Davidson Milwaukee Rally Is Set For September 2-5, 2010

It is supposed to be the largest Bike Rally in the Midwest. It is organized by the four metro Milwaukee Harley-Davidson dealers. So, if you are in the area, it may be your last opportunity to ride under still warm temperatures and enjoy at the same time the classic bike fest entertainment, music, vendors, poker […]

Building A Captain America Reproduction

In 1969 in the movie Easy Rider, the two freewheeling hippies – Wyatt, nicknamed “Captain America” (Peter Fonda), and Billy (Dennis Hopper) – told the world about their quest with the aim of achieving freedom. Wyatt rides a chopper with an American flag painted gas tank and dresses in flag-adorned leather. The bike became a […]

Harley-Davidson 2011 Motorcycles Inventories Too Low.

Consequence of cutting back its production to meet a lower consumer demand caused by the recession, some Harley dealers begin to complain that they don’t have enough 2011 models on the show floor. The results of a study conducted by the firm of Robert W. Baird and Company with 64 Harley dealerships show that 2/3 of […]

Getting Ready For The Cannonball Challenge. Shinya Kimura.

On September 10, 2010 the green flag will be waved to pre-1916 motorcycles like Pope, Sears, Flying Merkel, Excelsior, Henderson, Indian, Triumph, and the Harley-Davidson’s Silent Grey Fellows, and riders will be thumping their way from the US east coast to the west for the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. I have quite a few friends […]

PhatBack Kit For Your Harley-Davidson Touring Model

Not really my style but I understand that some of you can like it. From a young company I just discovered – they incorporated in 2008 – the PhatBack RT (RT for rumble trunk) is conceived to extend the cruising aspect of your bagger with a concealed storage compartment that opens like a rumble seat. […]

A Custom As Hot And Elegant As A Consuela

Don’t look for your Urban Dictionary. A Consuela refers to “a fine sexy lady, hot like fire, that has a vivacious/ravishing personality, being a perfect 10 out of 10. usually of Spanish decent, but not always.” I find this new petite and light build (about 300 pounds) by TPJ Customs extremely attractive…just like a Consuela. […]

You Have Only One Chance To Keep Your Harley-Davidson Job In Wisconsin…

On Monday 1880 Harley Wisconsin manufacturing workers received a letter from their Union President. In it, he explains that they have want to keep their jobs, they have only one chance: to vote on September 13th, 2010 to approve the new Harley-Davidson contract. He warns that if not “Harley-Davidson Board of Directors can vote themselves on […]

Motorcycle Oil Questions. Spectro Answers.

Oil is to engines and transmissions what blood is to humans. Hmmm. Kind of… Oil serves many purposes like lubrication, cooling, efficiency, anti-rust agent, protection etc. These are the 3 most common questions about motorcycle oil. Spectro Performance Oils explain: 1- Question: Can I mix viscosity grades? Answer: Yes, you can and no harm will be done. Topping […]

Mad Jap Kustoms. Respect The Kulture!

Let’s give a push to a small team of builders from beautiful Calgary, Canada that I met in Sturgis, struggling their way up for acknowledgement from their older brothers. Setup at the Broken Spoke County Line among other “next generation of custom builders” shops, they learned the hard way that exhibiting in Sturgis costs a […]

Orange County Choppers Launch The OCC Foundation, Inc.

“Everyone who knows me knows that I have big attitude, but what you may not know is that we, at OCC, have an even bigger heart” says Paul Teutul Senior. With these words Orange County Choppers, the custom motorcycle shop featured on the popular TLC television show American Chopper yesterday announced the launch of a new non-profit […]

Improved Riser Mount Kit For Easy Internal Wiring

For those who want to run their handlebar cables & electricity internally, here a superb idea that has been improved. A custom handlebar mounting kit to run all your lines (wires, cables & hoses) through the bolts and exit them under the top of any triple tree top plate. It includes bolts with 5/8″ holes for concealing […]

Reality Check. Paul Teutul Junior Weds.

American Chopping Wedding. Last weekend Paul Teutul, Junior and Rachael married at Bonnet Island Estate in Bonnet Island, NJ. front of 135 people. Daddy was invited but was a no show. Now, you know for sure that the feud and the ongoing legal battle between father and son is for real. There was a post-ceremony […]

Discounted Gas Tanks And Fenders From An American Metal Forming Company

CAD Works Inc. is an American metal forming company which specializes in deep draw forming and stamping of motorcycle parts, including gas tanks and fenders, for many V-Twin companies. They tell me that they have some inventory of parts from their collection of fenders and gas tanks that they can sell to the public at […]

2-Wheel Flyer

During the Sturgis AMD World Championship of Bike Building there is a class called “Production Manufacturer” sponsored by Accel Motorcycle Products welcoming those claiming at least 50 models produced annually. And this year the winner came from Spain with an aggressive sporty looking model appropriately called “Flying” weighting only 211 kg (460 pounds)



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