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77th Daytona Bike Week. Harley-Davidson Activities.

Daytona Bike Week is the unofficial start of motorcycle riding season across the United States. It’s an annual celebration that brings people together, riders and non-riders, to embrace the sport of motorcycling. “As the official motorcycle of Daytona Bike Week, Harley-Davidson is excited to be back in Florida to kick off another great riding season,” […]


Arch Motorcycle Unveils Limited Edition “Method 143” Model. Only 23 Units.

The latest creation from Keanu Reeves/Gard Hollinger’s Arch Motorcycle, the Method 143, is really badass. After the successful KRGT-1 and S models, the Method 143 continues Arch’s commitment to limited production, excellent design and engineering high-dollar price motorcycles. Add multiple customizing options. The Method 143 features a revolutionary carbon fiber mono-cell chassis, maybe the first […]

Harley-Davidson Unveils Two “New” Sportsters. A Forty-Eight Special And Iron 1200 Fuse.

Both Sportsters, the Sportster Forty Eight Special And The Sportster Fuse, got a throw-back design with a modern performance. These 2 new Sportsters are the latest in a line of 100 motorcycles the company plans to introduce by 2027. Maybe these 2 Sportster designs are part of the solution for Harley-Davidson, an iconic aging brand […]

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Harley-Davidson Applies For “Revelation” Trademark For Its Electric Motorcycle Motor Technology

We know that Harley-Davidson, like Indian, is extremely serious about mass producing electric motorcycles as soon as possible, possibly as a model year 2019. H-D just filed an application to trademark the name “Revelation” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for motorcycle powertrain, batteries and chargers. Milwaukee already uses similar sounding names like […]

2018 Daytona Bike Week Giveaway

The Official Bike of 2018 Daytona Bike Week )Match 9-18) is a 2010 Harley-Davidson Super Glide completely customized by George Sinsman of Chao Cycle in Long Island, New York. The bike was rebuilt in a Street Tracker style with the following new parts: A new Magnaflow 2-into-1 exhaust, Vance & Hines Fuel Pak, Memphis Shades front […]

The Modern Sportster Café Racer

Sportster Café Racer jobs are popping up all over the world. Using the same basic ergonomics they don’t have much resemblance with those that the Rockers of the British subculture were riding in the 50’s for road races between transport cafés. At that time, Rockers were buying factory-made motorcycles (not Harleys) and tuned them up […]

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Vintage Landspeed Racing. Chasing 200 MPH.

Alp Sungurtekin wants to build a vintage motorcycle with a 650cc A-PF engine that will beat the coveted 200mph mark. 

Custom Ducati Scrambler

The Scrambler name and design concept are a revival of the Scrambler line of dual-sport singles made from 1962–1974. The new Ducati Scrambler is a L-twin engined standard or roadster motorcycle made by Ducati. The new Scrambler was introduced at the 2014 Intermot motorcycle show with US sales beginning in 2015 in seven configurations: the […]

J&P Cycles Awards $20,000 and Crowns Eight U.S. Vets as Kings of Custom Motorcycle Building

J&P Cycles, the world’s largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer, awarded the title of Kings of Custom Motorcycle Building to eight U.S. military veterans from Texas. They earned the title at the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show whose final stop on the tour was part of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in […]

Following Recall Related To Brake Problems Injured Rider Files Lawsuit Against Harley-Davidson

Only days after Harley-Davidson Motor Co. officialized a motorcycle recall due to potentially defective brakes, a Texas rider filed a lawsuit in the wake of an accident that resulted in 11 surgeries with probably more to come. His attorney alleges that 6 months before the December 2016 motorcycle accident the company was aware of braking […]

Harley-Davidson CEO Matt Levatich To Investors. Patience As Sales And Stock Slide

In an interview with Reuters in his office at the company’s headquarter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Harley CEO Matt Levatich said: – the the company is not exploring a merger with a rival or a private equity buyout, as some investors have speculated. – asked to be patient with his strategy to turn around the slump […]

“Passion Built” Custom Motorcycles At 2018 Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’ Exhibit

For the 10th year, Custom bikes built from the pure passion and love of the machine will be exhibited at the Buffalo Chip free to the public this August. Curated by Michael Lichter “Passion Built – Garage to Gallery” will bring together a collection of stunning motorcycles “Passion Built” for this exhibition by 40 builders […]

The Jack Ehret Land Speed Record-Setting 1951 Vincent Black Lightning Auctioned For $929,000 In Las Vegas Returns To Collector In Australia

After setting a top auction price, the 1951 Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle is returning home to Australia where it set a national land speed record 65 years ago. The Vincent became part of Australian motoring history after Jack Ehret rode it into the record books in 1953. Forty years later his son, former sidecar racer […]

1957 Harley Sportster Replica

I am not a replica fan, for motorcycles, cars or anything else. But I easily admit that the positive feelings of riding a classic or vintage vehicle is most often overwhelmed by the worries and time spent fixing the damages caused by miles and time. In 2017, when Harley reached a continuous 60-year run with […]

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Harley-Davidson, Inc. Increases Dividend, Announces Additional Share Repurchase Authorization. The Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) board of directors approved a cash dividend of $0.37 per share (3.2% yield) for the first quarter of 2018 on Feb. 2, 2018. The dividend is payable March 2, 2018 to the shareholders of record of the company’s common stock as of […]

Harley-Davidson Is Recalling Nearly 251,000 Motorcycles Worldwide (175,000 US) Because The Brakes Might Fail

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Harley-Davidson is recalling nearly 251,000 motorcycles worldwide (175,000 in the US)  because the brakes might Fail. The U.S. recall covers more than 30 models from the 2008 through 2011 model years. Harley says deposits can form on brake parts if the fluid isn’t changed every two years as specified […]

Motor Bike Expo 10th Anniversary In Verona, Italy (January 18-21). Custom Chrome Bike Show Winners.

It’s my 5th report in 12 days about the famous Italy Motor Bike Expo (160,000 paying visitors, 600 custom bikes on the floor during 4 days…) and you may be confused by some bikes that I am featuring more than one time. No, it’s not a mistake. The reason is that the most interesting customs […]

10 U.S. States Object To EPA Reducing Harley-Davidson Emissions Penalty

Ten U.S. states and the District of Columbia said Thursday they are challenging a decision by the Trump administration to drop a requirement that Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG) spend $3 million to reduce air pollution under settlement the Obama administration announced. In 2016, the Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer agreed to pay a $12 million civil fine and […]

Ken’s Factory Twin-Cam Powered Mazda

Ken Nagai, (owner/founder of Ken’s Factory), is a great custom motorcycle builder, and although this project rolls on 4 wheels, it’s a V-Twin powered based on a 60’s Mazda Carol and worth the interest, I guess, of most of my readers. In Japan like in the US, most custom motorcycle lovers are also car buffs. […]

Harley-Davidson Announces Fourth Quarter, Full-Year 2017 Results. Struggling To Reverse A Four-year Sales Decline. Closing Kansas City Plant.

Harley-Davidson worldwide retail motorcycle sales were down 6.7% in 2017 compared to 2016. U.S. retail sales decreased 8.5% and international retail sales were down 3.9%. In 2017, Harley shipped 241,498 motorcycles total, down about 8% from a year earlier. Harley-Davidsom is struggling to reverse a four-year sales slide, with growth overseas somewhat helping offset a […]

Polaris Reports 2017 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results. Record Fourth Quarter Sales Up 18%. Expecting A sharper-Than-Expected Slowdown In Growth In 2018.

Reported sales for the fourth quarter of 2017 increased 18% to a record $1,431 million; adjusted sales were $1,430 million, up 17%, a majority from organic growth. Total 2017 dealer inventory was up 1% year-over-year; ORV dealer inventory was down 6%. “I am proud of the Polaris team and excited to see their dedication and hard […]

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Bonhams Hits $2.86 Million At Vegas Motorcycle Auction. Led by the record-setting 1951 Vincent Black Lightning, Bonhams annual Las Vegas motorcycle auction posted $2.86 million in sales and a 75 percent sell-through rate. The Black Lightning sold at the Rio hotel and casino for $929,000, the most ever paid at auction for a collector motorcycle. […]

The Metamorphosis Of The Chief Ambassador

You know the saying. “The work of a biker is never done”. What about the work of a Custom Builder? And what about this project from Bryan Fuller that I published “finished” in bare steel for the first time in September 2012? You are now looking at a multi-year metapmorphosis of an old bike into […]

Indian Recalls Some 2015-2017 Roadmaster Motorcycles

Water has a chance of getting into the Indian Roadmaster’s rear wiring harness causing the brake light to stay illuminated. Owners will be notified and the potential problem will be remedied, free of charge.Indian will notify owners, and dealers will replace the trunk wiring harness with an updated harness that contains sealing plugs in the […]

The Jack Ehret Speed Record-Setting 1951 Vincent Black Lightning Auctioned For $929,000 In Las Vegas

To the sound of cheers and applause in a packed ballroom at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Bonhams – led by auctioneer Malcolm Barber –  just sold the rare, original condition, British-made, Australian speed record-setting, 1951 Vincent Black Lightning motorcycle for $929,000, making it the most valuable motorcycle ever sold at auction. […]

2018 Harley-Davidson “Battle of the Kings”

The “Battle Of The Kings” is this year a competition between 250 authorized Harley-Davidson dealers from 21 countries wishing to show their skills at customizing a factory Harley with a strictly enforced budget of $7350 (€6,000). The list of models for this year’s contest is limited to the Street 750, Street Rod, Iron 883, Forty-Eight, […]

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