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Egret. A Tribute Chopper Built By Bill Dodge In Memory Of Close Friend John Green.

On Wednesday May 14, 2014 I had to report on the passing of John Green, the producer of all Easyriders Events, the famous winter V-Twin Bike Shows and summer Rodeo Tours. A very gentle and courageous man that I knew well, he was relentless in promoting the talent and business of all builders. Many of […]

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Indian Chief Dark Horse. The Edgiest Member Of The Indian® Chief® Line-Up.

My 1st encounter with the recently launched 2016 model-year Indian Chief Dark Horse was during Daytona Bike Week. It is built upon the successful Indian® Chief® platform and features the same Chief’s powerful 111-cubic-inch Thunder Stroke engine, electronic cruise control, keyless ignition, and ABS braking but it loses the oil cooler, analogue fuel gauge and […]

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South Dakota Speed Limit Raised To 80 mph On Interstate Highways 90 and 29. An amendment to South Dakota Senate Bill 1 passed Tuesday March 24, 2015 changing the speed limit on the state’s two interstate highways. When the new law takes effect on April 1, you’ll legally be able to travel at 80 mph instead […]

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Permanent Harley-Davidson Rally Point To Be Completed For The 2015 Sturgis Rally. Sturgis 2nd Street Renamed Harley-Davidson Way.

Building on the 75-year agreement that makes Harley-Davidson the rally’s official motorcycle, Harley-Davidson broke ground to start construction of The Harley-Davidson Rally Point, the city’s new permanent year-round space for riders. The Rally Point, at the corner of Main Street and 2nd Street, (renamed Harley-Davidson Way) will include a stage for events, concerts and weddings. […]

S&S Cycle At 2015 Daytona Bike Week

After Daytona Bike week where was shot this video, S&S® Cycle is now in Scottsdale for Arizona Bike week (March 25-28) where the company will exhibit its 143″ machine and provide free installation for any S&S Power Tune Performance Exhaust and custom tips for Harley-Davidson Dyna® and Softail® models.

Harley-Davidson Layoffs At Kansas Plant. The Reasons.

When I announced on March 13th that Harley-Davidson would be laying-off 169 employees or 21.1% of its workforce at its 400,000 sq. ft Kansas facility, I mentioned that the company didn’t elaborate for the decision. Some of you commented that probably Harley intended to replace full time workers with seasonal employees. A few days after […]

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Postcards From 2015 Swiss-Custom Customizing And Tuning Show

The 112th edition of the SWISS-MOTO Motorcycle and Tuning Show (Feb 19-22) broke all records with more than 70,000 visitors. Under the motto of Speed, the show organizers showcased a range of dragsters with world’s fastest bike pilot Rocky Robinson and Swiss speed junkie, Urs Erbacher explaining their race machines. The jury of customizers from Germany […]

Breaking News. Lehman Trikes To Close Its Spearfish, South Dakota Operation. Moving To California.

Craig Arrojo, CEO of Champion Investments, owner since 2012 of Lehman Trikes, announced that the Spearfish manufacturing facility will close. The operation will progressively be moved during the next couple of months to a new 43,000-square-foot facility in Garden Grove, California. Arroyo justifies his decision by the fact that the Spearfish location is isolated in […]

Steve McQueen’s 1915 Cyclone Sells For $775,000

Last weekend at the Mecum Auction in Las Vegas, a 1915 Cyclone board racer motorcycle once owned by Steve McQueen sold for a cool $775,000. With a production run lasting only three years starting in 1913, the Cyclone has always generated a lot of excitement. The 1915 Cyclone was part of the E.J. Cole collection […]

Custom Chrome Deluxe Harley Road Glide. Mile Eaters Welcome.

The US decade-long trend of big cruisers and touring bikes for baby boomers with disposable income is not over yet. But it’s only recently that the same trend is really perceptible in Europe. Not that the old continent is younger, but probably because of cost and because the roads and streets infrastructure is less appropriate […]

Enter To Win The 2015 Sturgis Rider® Sweepstakes Motorcycle and Guitar

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® has teamed up with Victory Motorcycles, Arlen Ness Motorcycles, Epiphone Guitar and AMSOIL to give one lucky Buffalo Chip fan their own 2014 Victory Gunner, customized by renowned builder Cory Ness. This one-of-a-kind low-profile hot rod features a solid pro-stock rear section, a stout front end, loads of rock ‘n’ roll […]

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For The 1st Time Sturgis To Open City Park To Vendors During The 75th Rally. Sturgis city officials have announced there will be vendors and motorcycle shows and exhibitions in the Sturgis City Park during this year’s rally. It will include motorcycle stunt shows, freestyle motocross, motorcycle shows, family friendly music concerts, etc. The Sturgis […]

Exile Cycles’ Racy Harley Rocker

Although discreet on the show tour, Russell Mitchell at Exile Cycles is extremely busy creating custom bikes built from the ground up in a style that belongs only to him and also designing new bolt-on parts for customers opting for the Harley make-over. Russell tells me that half of his shop work is “scratch-built” bikes […]

2015. Daytona Bike Week. Views From The Boardwalk Bike Show.

(Photography @ Horst Roesler, @ Regina Graf Springer, @ Manfred Graf for Cyril Huze)

35 Custom Builders Bare All At 2015 Sturgis Michael Lichter’s “Naked Truth Exhibition”

Feats of mechanical engineering showing the creative design skills of 35 Custom Builders will await you at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’s 2015 “Motorcycles as Art” exhibition presented by famed photographer Michael Lichter’s. Named “The Naked Truth” , 35 motorcycles representing 35 years of custom building will be featured in this exhibition laying bare the raw […]

The Feline One. The Most Expensive Limited Production Motorcycle?

Being the most expensive in your category is one way to do business. In this case, the price is US$280,000 asked by a Switzerland-based company for its just unveiled very futuristic high-tech motorcycle, The Feline One. The model is a combo of the most expensive materials, titanium, carbon, aerospace aluminum and very fine leather. The […]

The Lucky Cat SprintBeemer. The Custom Bike With 9 Lives.

A custom motorcycle is never finished. And if it’s a custom motorcycle for both show and race, the Lucky Cat Garage will tell you that it may take 9 lives to complete it. A bike to compete both in bike show competitions and on the track? The idea behind the SprintBeemer featured here was to build […]

2015 Daytona Bike Week. To Combat The Winter Blahs With Comforting Aaahhhs (Part 2)

People, from top. Willie G. & son Bill Davidson. Cyril Huze at Rossmeyer’s. Cory Ness. Bert Baker. Cyril Huze with unknown and Willie Jones at Willie’s Chopper Time Show. Jim Nasi (Photography @ Horst Roesler, @ Regina Graf Springer, @ Manfred Graf for Cyril Huze)

Indian Motorcycle Recalls Some 2015 Model Year Scout For Rear Brake Issue

Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain model year 2015 Scout motorcycles manufactured May 12, 2014, to February 13, 2015. Due to a problem with the rear brake master cylinder, the motorcycles may have a reduction in, or a complete loss of rear brake power. A full or partial loss of rear braking power may […]

Daytona Bike Week. Allstate Unveiled New Custom Motorcycle By Arlen Ness Inc. And Rick Fairless.

Allstate Unveiled A New Custom Motorcycle, a collaboration between Arlen Ness, Inc. and Rick Fairless. The custom Allstate Victory Gunner bike is this year’s grand prize for the sixth annual Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes. The bike features Ness-signature parts and a custom paint job by Fairless. Notable features also include Ness billet grips, pegs and side […]

2015 Daytona Bike Week. To Combat The Winter Blahs with Comforting Aaahhhs (Part 1)

Victory Magnum Sweepstakes. And The Winner Is … Mike Carter.

On February 17th, Mike Carter (left on top picture, posing with the Daytona Dealer Regional Marketing Manager Nate Cheeley) was ramdomly computer picked as the winner of the 2015 Cyril Huze Post/Victory Magnum Sweepstakes. Participants could register every day during the 6-week long contest, but Mike won after registering only one time on January 4th! I […]

New Women’s Vented Performance Sportswear And TVS Jacket From Harley-Davidson

The sportswear and jacket combination was created to maximize airflow and temperature control. Designed to increase comfort, the performance sportswear maximizes airflow from Triple Venting System™ jackets. The Vented Performance Jacket (P/N 99157-15VW, starting from $89), Vented Performance Tank (P/N 99113-15VW, $50) and Vented Performance Tee (P/N 99109-15VW, starting at $55) are constructed from polyester […]

Daytona Bike Week. Owners Of Vintage And Classic Motorcycles Met At The “True Grit” Event.

For this first Sunday of Daytona Bike Week, the True Grit gathering of vintage and classic motorcycles was the event not to be missed for owners and fans of old iron. Created by Warren Lane with the complicity and support of Bill Dodge, Billy Lane and Dan “Bacon” Carr, the event, whose format is informal […]



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