The Yamaha SR400, launched in 1978 and still produced today, is a legendary classic that never failed to keep its retro 1970’s styling. Today, this timeless big single remains one of the best performing 399 cc air-cooled engines. A great donor bike to celebrate the art of Cafe Racer via a relatively small customization budget. […]
Archive for June, 2014
At 10-inch tall the new Sport Windshield (P/N 57400213, $159.95) for 2014 Harley-Davidson Touring models is lower than Original Equipment to let you easily look over. It does not create the turbulence usually associated with a short wind deflector. A forward “flip” on the trailing edge deflects the air flow over the rider. The light-smoked […]
George Barber is the former dairy magnate and real estate developer who built Birmingham’s Barber Motorsports Park and Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Barber was elected in the AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Frame in the Ambassador/Industry category for the Class of 2014. The museum had been recognized by Guinness World Records as the largest motorcycle museum […]
The time of a long weekend, the Germany Ruedesheim Magic Show in the Rhine Valley looks a lot like our Laconia event. In this city, there are memories of Elvis Presley who was stationed not too far away in Frieberg and who shot several scenes of the “GI Blues movie in Ruedeshelm.” A parade, vendors, […]
A1 Cycles, an independent custom shop in West Palm Palm Beach challenged itself to be able to turn in 8 hours a really ugly (I saw it…) 1989 FXR into a Club style bike. The guys at the shop ride FXR’s and just wanted to prove themselves they could do it. To be truthful, it […]
Long trips can’t be pleasure rides without a comfortable riding position. And you know that both factory seat and bars may be a challenge for many riders. Regarding custom bars, and although there is no “average” rider, looks like the most sought after geometry is height 13”, width 38.25”, pullback 5.5”. These 1.25” OD, center width […]
The site where land-speed records have been set over the past 100 years received an estimated 2,000 tons of salt at the end of the access road. It is the first step to a much longer project to help preserve a national treasure. There has been a significant loss of salt in the area since […]
Las Vegas BikeFest Announces Participants For The 11th Annual Artistry In Iron Master Builders Championship.Published by Cyril Huze June 27th, 2014 in Builders, Customs, Editorial and Events.
The Annual Artistry In Iron Master Builders Championship is a major highlight of Las Vegas Bike Fest (October 2-5) For the 11th edition of this bike show competition, 22 award winning builders have been selected and were invited to participate. Artistry in Iron participants include builders that have shaped the industry and who are participating […]
June 24 in New York, Harley-Davidson started its 30 cities tour to solicit your reactions to its environmentally friendly LiveWire electric concept motorcycle. Depending on the feedback, Harley said that its R&D will improve it with mass production on the horizon or simply trash it. Whatever you think of automotive electric technology, Harley-Davidson, like all […]
During the 6th edition of the Born-Free Vintage Chopper & Classic Motorcycle Show this weekend June 28-29 at the Oak Canyon Ranch, CA EMD will launch some new interesting old school cast aluminum parts. Above is a preview of the prototypes to be unveiled. WTF Rocker Boxes for Shovel and Sportster displayed here on Sportster […]
2014 Sturgis. For The 1st Time. Hill Climb, Truck Off Road Championship, Extreme Dirt Racing At Sturgis Buffalo Chip New PowerSports ComplexPublished by Cyril Huze June 26th, 2014 in Editorial and Events.
Motorsports fans will get more than their fair share of extreme engines, insane speed and colossal crashes at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s newly constructed PowerSports Complex this August. The Sturgis Rally entertainment destination has planned a jam-packed week of high-powered competition for guests including TORC (The Off Road Championship), the Nitro National Pro Hill Climb, […]
You probably know that the S&S Shorty “E” & “G” is the most popular carburetor ever. Not surprisingly, the new black finish version is in very high demand and not so easy to get. FYI, Zipper’s Performance has black-finish S&S® E/G carburetors, with or without a ThunderJet® installed, in stock and ready to ship. You […]
Indian Motorcycle To Rev Things Up At 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally With All-New Model Year 2015 LineupPublished by Cyril Huze June 25th, 2014 in Builders and Events.
Without any doubt one of the most important events of the upcoming rally will be again Indian Motorcycle revealing its new 2015 models. So many expectations… For now, what we know for sure is Indian’s calendar of activities from August 4th to 10th in Sturgis with demo rides, product demonstrations, apparel sales, live music, and more. […]
An old gentleman lived alone in New Jersey. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament. “Dear Vincent, I am […]
The Harley-Davison Museum has started a new exhibit “The American Road” which looks at how the road trip became an American ritual. It started in the 1930’s when leisure travel and the open road offered an escape for a small but growing number of affluent Americans. After WWII, in the 50’s and 60’s the road became […]
Question. “Cyril, I am confused. What is Viola V-Twin versus S&S Cycle?” Answer. “Viola is the village in Wisconsin where S&S Cycle is installed since 1969. Viola V-Twin is the service parts side of S&S Cycle whose mission is to provide the bike owners and independent shops with a one stop source for service parts […]
Why We Ride, the number 1 motorcycle movie in America today, was in competition at the 5th Annual New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles, held June 10-11. Director/Producer Bryan H. Carroll, writer Chris Hampel, and one of the film’s stars Alonzo Bodden attended and participated in a Q&A following a special screening of the […]
Are we going to observe a resurgence of the sidecar? Until the 1950’s sidecars were quite popular because they provided a cheap alternative to passenger cars. Sidecars are generally aftermarket products manufactured by companies independent of those producing the driving motorcycle. So, this type of 3-wheeler vehicle may become a new source of inspiration for […]
Racing A Vintage Indian Scout For The 1st Time. The Story Of Gary Gray, Indian Motorcycles Product Manager.Published by Cyril Huze June 22nd, 2014 in Builders, Editorial and Events.
You like vintage motorcycles. You would love the experience of racing one. You can. Just like Gary Gray, Indian Motorcycles Product Manager, did it. Take the time to read his story. Soon, it may be yours… “Placing 6 th on a 1930’s hand shift Indian Sport Scout Bonneville at the 2014 FIM National Championships isn’t […]
Thanks to your feedback, in just a couple of days, Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle sound has been improved. At least in this video…
Daytona Beach Police Department Makes the Switch. Will Use Victory Police Motorcycles Starting This Fall.Published by Cyril Huze June 21st, 2014 in Builders, Editorial and Events.
When you will arrive in Daytona for this upcoming Biketoberfest, the Daytona Beach Police Department will be patrolling on Victory® Motorcycles. The Daytona Beach City Commission voted unanimously in May to support the recommendation of Police Chief Michael Chitwood and approve the switch to Victory Police Motorcycles starting Oct. 1, 2014. The police department’s motor […]
Don’t miss the conclusion of the S&S Proven Performance® video series. In this third and final episode, S&S Cycle main man is running out of time in his quest to Break Free from the repression of the “Stock Corps”. We witness his unwavering resolve to improve the performance of his motorcycle despite the eminent threat […]
Both “Bagger Werks” fenders feature full length side panels that cover strut and saddlebag gaps. Available in smooth finish or with a set of 3 ribs, with or without cutout and license frame. They are designed for 2009-2012 FLHX Street Glide, FLTR Road Glide and FLHR Road King models. If you order the cutout model […]
Paul Jamiol, famous cartoonist, avid motorcycle rider and faithful reader of my daily news, gifted me with this toon about Harley-Davidson foray into electric motorcycles. Enjoy.
The Bell’s classic 3/4 500 Bell lid is a classic that many of you, including myself, are wearing. Problem is that we all look like having huge heads…So, the Bell helmet technicians redesigned it with a thin-profile shell allowing the helmet to sit lower on the head. The 500 Custom looks much smaller on your […]