Archive for March, 2012

Chasing Speed. A Documentary On Leslie Porterfield On Discovery’s Velocity Channel Tomorrow Sunday April 1, 2012

35-year Leslie Porterfield is the most well known woman racing the Salts of Bonneville. Although she officially started chasing her land speed dreams only 5 years ago, ended up crashing with broken ribs and a punctured lung, since then she has broken several world land speed records. In 2008, Porterfield broke the Production Class record […]


New Boom Audio High Performance Bagger Speakers For Harley Electra Glide

The new Boom! Audio High Performance Bagger Speakers replace original Harley-Davidson equipment speakers for improved volume and clarity. The Fairing Front (P/N 76000256, $159.95) and Tour-Pak Rear (P/N 76000257, $159.95) are high-performance replacements for the stock speakers on 1998-2005 Electra Glide® models. A two-way speaker design with a separate bass and midrange driver and grill-mounted […]

Spectro Oils

Dusty Jewels. A 70″s Off-Road Motorcycle Exhibition

On April 3, 2012 The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum will open a “motorcycle exhibit named “Dusty Jewels: Off-Road Motorcycles of the 1970s.” featuring more than 20 motorcycles that tell the story of off-road motorcycles of the 1970′s. This period was a high water mark” of interest in motorcycling before the decline in motorcycle […]

Progressive Suspension

Moto Guzzi Cafe Racer. Bella Machina.

Based on the Motto Guzzi Griso 1200 8-valve engine, this custom Cafe Racer creation is the work of Italian Filippo Barbacane following an idea launched by entrepreneur Alessandro Loviselli. A completely new Cafe Racer style bodywork required heavy modification of the stock frame. Gas tank is made out of aluminum, front suspension is from Marzocchi, […]

The American Motorcycle Girl’s Cannonball Diary by Cris Sommer Simmons

In September 2010, 50 riders participated to an historical 16-day and 3300 mile coast to coast ride on pre-1916 motorcycles. Among them, the only American woman was Cris Sommer Simmons riding “Effie”, her beloved 1915 Harley-Davidson. After a grueling 2-week endurance ride, only 37 riders arrived in Santa Monica and Cris was among them and […]

Miniature Watch Motorcycles

Dmitriy Khristenko, a USA-based Ukrainian-born artist, loves to disassemble watches and with the parts from different timepieces creates all kinds of vehicles, included these motorcycles loosely inspired by the real ones he sees in the streets. Wristbands create tires while watch faces glass is recycled as windshields. For the amateur loving both watches and motorcycles. […]

Motorcycle Parts Website

Buit-It-Yourself Cafe Racer. $5000.

During all these years of economic recession, Builders Ryan Rajewski and Casey Stevenson at California Ryca Motors have found a very profitable niche. Offering a CS-1 Kit costing between $2,600 to $3,000 which converts a Suzuki S40 -aka Suzuki Savage – into a lightweight, reliable, and fuel efficient Cafe Racer. All parts are included and […]

Harley-Davidson Motorclothes Celebrates 100 Years

Harley-Davidson Motorclothes celebrates 100 years of riding gear with a series of 3 videos detailing the relationship between the gear, the motorcycles and the legacy of the brand by mixing historical footage with images and interviews of people who design MotorClothes. This is the 1st one named “Made Of A Hell Of A Lot More […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Harley-Davidson President and CEO Keith Wandell Financial Compensation.  His total compensation in 2011 rose nearly 13 percent to about $7.2 million, compared with $6.4 million in 2010. He opted not to have his base salary increased according to a proxy statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In 2011 Wandell received a salary […]

Judging The New Victory Judge Model And Zach Ness Custom Version

The challenge. Not only to road test the 2013 Victory Judge model but also its first custom version. the NessCafe built by Zach Ness. Launched by Polaris with the slogan “The New American Muscle Bike” I wanted to know how much muscle the factory model really got and how much extra excitement  Zach’s custom version could bring […]

Motorcycle Insurance Fraud

Supposedly 10 cents of every $1 in insurance premiums goes toward payment of fraudulent claims. So, all my readers being honest, we all pay 10% more that we should to insure our motorcycles. John Egan, a reader who is the Managing Editor of Bankrate Insurance, forwarded to me the story of Peter Jay Raposa of […]

Porcelain Carburetor

MAG (Motorsport Aftermarket Group) Acquires Motorcycle Superstore

Motorcycle Superstore is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorsport Aftermarket Group (MAG) Motorsport Aftermarket Group, Inc. is a family of leading brands and businesses in the powersports industry. The Oregon-based Motorcycle Superstore, Inc. (“Superstore”) joins with J&P Cycles to create the MAG retail group. Superstore founder, Don Becklin, assumes the role of president for […]

2012 Daytona Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show Winners

This year, organizers Ted and Pam Smith squeezed about 180 custom bikes in the beautiful setting of the Daytona Lagoon amusement park to compete in the 40th Annual Daytona Bike Week Rat’s Hole Show. And the top winners in each class are: Best Of Show: Steve Galvin, Wikked Steel. Over 1000 cc Super Radical: 1st. […]

Custom 1988 Kawasaki Resurrected

For a change, just a glimpse at a nice custom 1988 GSRX Kawasaki, with frame modified Aztech welding, a 759 H2 motor, carburetor, exhaust by Fast By Gast (Paul Gast built the fastest and most reliable Kawasaki Triples in the world and distributes a wide range of performance/drag racing parts.) Front end, swingarm, wheels and […]

25th Annual Donnie Smith Bike Show. A Reported 30,000 Visitors.

Difficult to believe that The Donnie Smith Bike Show And Parts Extravaganza is already in its 25th edition. It has always been each year in March the mid-west largest motorcycle event. Faithful reader Art Welch, who owns Indian Motorcycle of the Twin Cities Minnesota and was an exhibitor in this past weekend show ( March […]

Zero Engineering Type 9 Softail

Well known for its vintage styling, no gadget or chrome approach in building rigid custom motorcycles, Zero Engineering style has often been imitated. But now that the company is offering an exclusive multi-link frame offering a rear suspension system, Zero regains a distinct advantage versus its direct “old school” competition. Although I already featured this […]

Show Me Your Office. Jesse James.

With Jesse, I start a new series called “Show Me Your Office” Simply because I know that most of you wonder how it looks and feels to be in the office of the movers and shakers of the industry. You will be surprised or not. But if you are, I can tell you for sure […]

Corbin 2 New Seats For Harley Softail Blackline

In a rush to fill the need of riders looking for custom seats for their Harley Softail Blackline, Corbin releases 2 new saddles. 1- A new version of the Gunfighter solo seat offering the rider a lower back support and for the passenger a padded “fastback tail section” for short trips. Available in various styles […]

2012 Triumph Bonneville T100 Is The 110th Anniversary Limited-Edition model.

This limited edition is a tribute to the iconic Triumph brand born in 1902. Based on the standard T100 model, the 110th Anniversary Bonneville T100 features a special aluminum silver and khaki green paint scheme similar to those on the earliest 60’s Triumph motorcycles. Other special features include a reinterpretation of the original Triumph crest […]

Jay Allen Named Official Emcee of 2012 Arizona Bike Week Cyclefest

Born and bred in Arizona, Jay Allen, creator of the World’s Biggest Biker Bar, The Broken Spoke Saloon and consummate emcee at motorcycle events around the country, announces his  role as official emcee of Arizona Bike Week 2012 (March 28 – April 1st) Located in and around the Phoenix area, Arizona Bike Week is a […]

Grille Your Harley FLST Headlight

Who doesn’t like the classic look of a grilled headlight? This new Grille release replaces the stock beauty ring on all factory Harley FLST headlights. Very easy to install, this convex Grille is 2-3/4” long, features thick vertical bars whose curves blend perfectly with the headlight profile. Machined from billet aluminum. Available in chrome or […]

Nokia Patents Vibrating Tattoos

Would it be better if we could always avoid annoying ringtones? Of course you can setup your smartphone in “vibrating only”, but with the risk of not feeling the vibrations to alert you. Those wearing tattoos may soon be in luck with a patent filed by Nokia on tattoos that would vibrate when your phone […]

2012 Quail Motorcycle Gathering. May 4-5.

Those in California can indulge in a weekend surrounded by some of the finest motorcycles from around the world at he 4th annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering at Quail Lodge Golf Club. Two iconic motorcycles, Marty Dickerson’s “Blue Bike” and Dan Gurney’s “Alligator Bike,” will be on display at the fourth annual The Quail Motorcycle […]

Custom Motorcycles From The 2012 Daytona Rat’s Hole Bike Show

I don’t have yet the list of all winners in each judged class of the 2012 Daytona Rat’s Hole Show held last Saturday March 17. The bikes featured here are all winners but there are many more.  From top to bottom. 1- Best Of Show: Steve Galvin from Wicked Steel. 2- 1st place Cafe Racer […]

New Raw Cut And Welded Look By JIMS®

When most of you think that perfection is only CNC machined and highly polished and chromed motorcycle parts, JIMS tells you that if you want your custom project to mean “handcrafted”,  nothing better than a raw cut and visible weld design.  But don’t make the mistake to think that this look is detrimental to the precision machined […]



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