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Harley-Davidson York Plant Is Hiring 400 Seasonal Workers. Harley-Davidson York Vehicle Operations is hiring approximately 400 seasonal workers for its upcoming surge period. Surge enables Harley-Davidson to increase its manufacturing capacity to produce more bikes in anticipation of increased customer demand in the spring and summer riding months. Recruiting for these positions is starting now. Seasonal positions […]

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Scrambler Inspired Miller Time Sportster

Since I used the word Scrambler in this feature headline, let me anticipate your reactions, and write the true definition of what was and what is now a Scrambler motorcycle. Originally, Scramblers were off-road motorcycles mostly used for motocross racing. They died in the 70’s, now replaced by modern lightweight motocross bikes racing on MX […]

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Breaking News. A New American Motorcycle Brand Is Born. Vanguard To Launch The Roadster In New York December 9.

Vanguard is a new brand with a premium motorcycle designed and built in Brooklyn, NY. The company is led by renowned designer Edward Jacobs and serial entrepreneur Francois-Xavier Terny. They partnered a couple years ago with the intention of “ building, with a fresh perspective and unique approach, a premium motorcycle brand of revolutionary effect.” […]

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UK Project Indian Scout Contest Winner

Indian Motorcycle dealerships across the UK were invited to build a customized Indian Scout or Scout Sixty in just 90 days in a partnership with the UK’s national motorcycle show, “Motorcycle Live”. Ten dealers took up the opportunity to show off their creations to an audience of 113,172 visitors with 1,905 of these voting for their favorite Project Scout by […]

Morgan Motor First Electric 3-Wheeler Goes In Production

After being in business for 107 years, UK Morgan Motor just started production of its first electric vehicle. The company is embracing the new technology but wants to keep its very unique image, a unique blend of charisma, craftsmanship and performance. For this purpose, the EV3 is reminiscent of the company’s first model, another 3-wheeler that […]

Polaris Slingshot. What’s Going On?

Again, I try to answer your email questions. This explanation regarding what you heard about the Polaris 3-wheel Slingshot. No doubt that it is has been, to the surprise of many, a hit as soon as it has been launched 2 years ago. The classification of the Slingshot, either as a motorcycle or an autocycle, […]

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Bobber With A Twist

You are looking at one of the custom bikes that has received the largest number of best of show and 1st place trophies during the 2016 winter/spring/summer show tour. Built by Tim Scates, a backyard builder with high professional skills, this Twisted Bobber was created for his daughter Amy who now owns it. It’s based […]

The World’s Most Expensive Production Motorcycle? The T12 Massimo. $335,000.

This Italian machine was designed by late motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini whose famed was acquired when he imagined the Ducati Paso 750, the Ducati 916 (both exhibited at Guggenheim Museum’s 1998 “Art of the Motorcycle”) and the MV Augusta F4. Before his passing in 2014 following a long battle with cancer, Massimo worked without budget […]

Fine Art Custom Paint Jobs Are Back?

Because of the retro trend in custom building and of tighter customization budgets during this last decade, custom paint jobs were often quite simple, with little if any fine art airbrushing jobs. Of course with the exception of the murals adorning most big wheel baggers. But nothing comparable to the “paint excess” of the 90’s. Personality […]

An Art Deco Streamliner Crafted By Max Hazan

Admit that you never saw a motorcycle like that before. And it’s the forte of motorcycle artist/builder Max Hazan. Creating machines that he never saw before, nor us… Max considers the motorcycle as an artistic medium to express his creativity, emphasizing beauty and elegance much more than rideability or performance. Designing and working like a […]

Flashback. The Way Motorcycles Were Made In Early 1900’s.

Casting. Handcraft machining. Everything assembled manually. It was the way all motorcycle makers were working before the advent of the assembly line. Don’t adjust your computer sound volume. In this silent movie watch the way it was done at the UK Rover Company, a manufacturer known for its Imperial model, a 3.5hp diamond-framed motorcycle with […]

Ducati North America Debuts Four New Motorcycles At This Weekend Long Beach International Motorcycle Show

Ducati North America Debuts Four New Motorcycles at the 2017 Long Beach International Motorcycle Show After unveiling its newest 2017 motorcycles at EICMA in Milan, Italy, Ducati will showcase its newest flagship Superbike, the 1299 Superleggera, for the first time in North America at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show (IMS) from November 18 to […]

Victory Motorcycles And Polaris Slingshot On The IMS Show Tour

Victory Motorcycles® and the Polaris® Slingshot® set to launch the 2016-2017 Progressive® International Motorcycle Show® (IMS) series by roaring into Long Beach, Calif., November 18-20, with the entire line of Victory motorcycles, Slingshot roadsters, a custom bike display, new parts & accessories, a bike give-away, demo rides and much more. The entire line of 2017 […]

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Erik Buell Motorcycles (EBR) To Debut “Black Lightning” Model November 18 In Long Beach, California. The new Black Lightning will be introduced at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show. The Black Lightning retains the quality and performance of the 185HP 1190cc V-Twin found in the SX and RX versions. The revised gearing has improved the […]

Just Unveiled. The Vespa Electric Scooter.

Whether you think that’s happening now or in 10 years, electric motorcycles and scooters models get more attention…and sales. At last week Italy EICMA trade show, Vespa unveiled the Vespa Elettrica Electric Scooter. It will be available second half of 2017. Latest 2-wheel electric power technology is promised, but no details so far.

Blue 40 Two. Never A Custom Harley Bagger Looked So Clean.

The craftsmanship behind many radical baggers is often incredible, for the best … or the worst final result. And I don’t fear stating that this new creation from German builder Fred Kodlin is probably at the top of the most beautiful examples of what can be done when using a Harley-Davidson touring chassis. A custom […]

Postcards From 2016 EICMA In Milan. November 8-13.

The 74th EICMA in Milan (Esposizione Internationale Ciclo & Motociclo)is still going on at time of this publication. The 1st EICMA was in 1914 and today the event is one of the largest platforms in the world, illustrating all the different aspects of the two-wheeler world. The exhibition fulfills both B2B and B2C objectives with […]

2017 Ducati Superleggera. The Most Powerful Production 2-Cylinder Motorcycle. Only 500 Units.

215 hp. A carbon fiber frame, sub-frame, swingarm and wheels for a total weight of 344 lbs. Ohlins upside-down fork and rear shock, Akrapovic titanium exhaust, and Brembo brakes that Ducati Motor Holding Co. CEO Claudio Domenicali described as the most powerful brakes ever fitted to a two-wheeled production motorcycle. The most advanced technology and […]

Polaris Versus Harley-Davidson. Some Numbers.

You often ask me about the size of Polaris Motorcycles division (Indian, Victory and Slingshot brands) versus Harley-Davidson and how each American brand is growing in relation to each other. First, as a corporation (meaning including all its products, motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATV’s, etc) Polaris had a tremendous growth during the last 10 years. Revenue is […]

Triumph Presents The All-New Street Scrambler

The all-new Street Scrambler has been developed to deliver more purposeful and beautiful Scrambler style with unique features and detailing. Sharing the same contemporary custom styling principles as the Street Twin, the new Street Scrambler has the iconic Bonneville silhouette combined with clean lines, minimal bodywork and modern finishes such as the elegant fuel tank […]

Motorcycle Or ATV?

Must be because of the geographic features of Russia, going from tundra to coniferous forest to grassland, to semi-desert and because of poor roads or a lack of road that Russians have a passion for unusual heavy-duty vehicles. Of course there is the well known Ural sidecar and now this Tarus 2×2 for work and off-road […]

The 2016-2017 Progressive Motorcycle Show Tour Will Visit 7 Cities

The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows Tour is now a seven-city tour (no more Miami) starting in Long Beach California November 18, 2016 and ending in Chicago February 10, 2017. A celebration of bikes, apparel and gear and featuring custom builds, vintage machines and related attractions. At each city tour stop. custom builders and amateurs are going to […]

Long Live The Long Modern Chopper

I have known custom builder Larry Curik since the mid 90’s, like him touring the winter show tour, our custom bikes competing for the same trophies and bragging rights. When the big recession of 2008 hit , like so many, Larry had to find another way than the custom scene to make a decent living. […]

Flashback. 1911 Flying Merkel.

Joe Merkel started designing his own motorcycle in 1903 in Milwaukee. A 316 cc one-cylinder engine which was was also used in the contemporary Indian. In 1910 he launched the first two-cylinder engine. His company was bought in 1911 by Miami Cycle and Manufacturing Company of Middletown, Ohio and the original trademark “Merkel Light” was […]

Icon 1000 Martini Triumph Thruxton

Icon 1000, based in Portland, Oregon sells men’s and women’s gear. And when each fashion season ends, after hours, some members of the team build a radical bike to add to the company “Moto Harem.” All projects designed and built with retro cues and future tech. Named after the preferred booze intake of the building […]

Ken’s Factory Coming To 2017 Drag Specialties FatBook

Drag Specialties have given attention to detail; the stylish and detailed craftsmanship that Ken’s Factory is known for. A new partnership between Ken’s Factory and Drag Specialties, hitting the ground running orders from Drag to Ken’s for hundreds of part numbers are underway. Coming to the 2017 Drag Specialties FatBook, these premium, world-class components will […]



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