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Breaking News. Erik Buell Racing To Shut Down Again

Sad news again, this one from Erik Buell Racing (EBR) The company announced that it is winding down its operations. The decision was taken due to the company’s difficulty at finding new dealers in a very soft US motorcycle market. Without distribution, 2016 sales were very weak and year 2017 was presenting an even greater […]

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Kuryakyn Sprint Signature Build Battle. Vote Now For The Best Custom Scout.

Kuryakyn dealers armed with the new Sprint Signature Series by John Shope are battling it out to see who can build the “baddest” Indian® Scout. Five dealerships were enlisted to showcase their creativity in a friendly war of the wrenches, demonstrating the versatility of the Sprint Signature Series and its ability to transform Scout and […]

Extremely Rare 1999 Harley-Davidson MT500 Military Being Auctioned

It’s believed to be number 1 of fewer than 500 MT500 Military Motorcycles built by Harley-Davidson. It never got started and with 0 mile it is just as it came from the factory shipping crate. It is auctioned this weekend at the Bonhams Las Vegas auction with an estimated value of $20,000. While Harley isn’t […]

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Polaris 2016 Fourth Quarter Earnings And Full Year Results. Profits Slashed In Half By Lower Production And High Recalls.

This Tuesday morning January 24, Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) reported fourth quarter 2016 sales of $1,217.8 million up 10 percent from $1,105.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. Fourth quarter 2016 reported net income was $62.6 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, compared with $110.7 million, or $1.66 per diluted share, for the […]

Brexit Sidecars Sale And How They Are Made.

Watsonian Squire, one of the largest sidecars producers, is a British company with North America distribution. Following Britain’s Brexit vote, the sterling pound got heavily depreciated against the US dollar, making their products (sidecars and trailers) much cheaper for the American and Canadian buyer. Time for you outside the UK to take advantage of this […]

A 1912 Harley-Davidson X8E Previously Owned By Steve McQueen At Bonhams Las Vegas Auction

Another motorcycle previously owned by “King Of Cool” Steve McQueen will be auctioned tomorrow January 26 at the Bonhams Las Vegas Auction. It was sold in 1984 at McQueen’s Estate auction with a signed certificate of authenticity signed by McQueen’s children, Terry and Chad. Today’s estimated value is around $120,000. In 1912, the 1000cc X8E […]

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Custom Builder Yuri Shif Remembers Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin

The oldest among you may remember, even if you were just a little kid. On April 12, 1961 the Russian spacecraft Vostok 1 was launched with cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin aboard. He became the first human to travel into space and the first to orbit the earth. The Space Race between the Soviet Union and the […]

Harley-Davidson’s European Battle Of the Kings

For the 3rd annual Harley-Davidson custom competition, European dealers were given the task to craft a custom-built Dark Custom Sportster Iron 883 or a Forty-Eight or Roadster. Fans can vote online for their favorite entry, which will create a short list for each region or country. Then, the overall champion will be determined by a […]

Fred Kodlin Just Unveiled A New Custom Sportster At Italy Motor Bike Expo.

At 10 am local time this Friday morning, the 2017 Italy International Motor Bike Expo (MBE) started to welcome the 160,000 expected visitors eager to see all weekend the new manufacturers’ models, to visit the more than 600 exhibitors and the 4 halls dedicated to the custom motorcycle industry. A huge exposure for all builders […]

Samurai Concept Motorcycle

We know the Zen philosophy and aesthetic applied to art, architecture, furniture, food and many other disciplines. But what about the Zen principles applied to Japanese factory motorcycles to make them look basic, simple, graceful, unbound by convention? It’s easy to recognize Italian design in its different expressions, including in motorcycle design. But it’s a […]

30th Anniversary Annual Donnie Smith Show. More Custom Bikes, Cars, Parts and Tattoos.

In its 30th year, the Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show  presented by Dennis Kirk is the largest custom bike and car show in the Midwest. The show draws some of the nation’s most prestigious brands, top competitors and tens of thousands to the RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minn. It is widely known as the […]

Open Letter From The Founders Of Motus About The Demise Of Victory Motorcycles

The Victory and Pontiac Effect. “This Motus rides like a dream, but will they be around in 5 years? We hear that a lot. And, it’s a fair question. Customers buying a Victory in 2016 or a Pontiac in 2007 probably didn’t consider their purchase risky from those brands. But, why not? As entrepreneurs, patriots, motorcycle nuts, we are […]

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Smaller Polaris Sprit Lake Workforce. Following January 15th Polaris decision of winding down Victory motorcycles operations to strengthen its position in the powersports industry, a much smaller Spirit Lake Workforce is expected, Polaris will eliminate first temporary positions, then gradually reduce the number of full time workers by not replacing personnel lost through retirement or […]

LADD. Krugger’s Vintage Style Shovelhead Racer.

Belgium Fred “Krugger” Bertrand is a well known custom builder with a strong reputation for being a problem solver, both in terms of motorcycle design and engineering. Never afraid to challenge conventionalism and to explore the unfamiliar, his creations are always very unique, getting him plebiscited by his fellow builders when he competes in the […]

Italian Motorcycles Manufacturer Mondial Is Back With The Hipster Model

With the slogan “Get Going Again”, Italian brand FB Mondial is back in business and is launching The Hipster, a 4-stroke motorcycle offered in 125 cc and 250 cc. The original FB Mondial (FB stands for the 2 brothers Fratelli and Boselli) was a motorcycles manufacturer (1948-1979) well known for its high-quality sporting motorcycles and […]

Flashback. 1927 Indian Scout 45

Originally designed by Charles B. Franklin, and introduced as a 1920 model, the Scout rivaled the Chief as Indian’s most important model. In 1927, with the Scout 45, the engine went from 37 cubic inch or 610 cc to 45 cubic inch or 740 cc. The reason for engine displacement increase was the strong competition […]

Custom 1982 Honda

Last December 30, I published 1 photo, the only one I had at the time, of this custom 6-cylinder 1982 Honda built by Swiss Peter Bieri. I was able to join him again, to get a few more pictures of his creation, and got the following words from him. “I grew up with motorcycles. My […]

Triumph Celebrates Its Best Ever Year Of Retail Sales In North America

The final sales numbers for December are in and 2016 will officially go down in the record books as the best year of retail sales for Triumph Dealers in North America in Hinckley Triumph history. For the month of December, Triumph dealers literally smashed the previous sales record with retails up a stunning 39% over […]

Polaris Shuts Down Victory Motorcycles. Effective Immediately.

It may be a huge surprise to most. Not so much for some insiders of the motorcycle industry who started to wonder after Polaris bought the Indian brand, how the company would be able to position the Victory brand versus Indian. And it appears that Polaris never succeeded to give Victory its own identity and […]

A 1956 Harley Panhead Crafted By Bill Dodge

In 1948, during its introduction, who would have thought that the Overhead Valve (OHV) Panhead model would still influence motorcycle styling, would remain one of the most desirable machines for custom builders’ work, and even push third-party engine manufacturers to produce upgraded Panhead-styled engines in bigger displacements than the Harley original. In addition to its […]

1905 Style Homemade Motorcycle. You Can Do It.

A video I should have published a long time ago to incite all of you to build something in your garage. This one is a homemade 1905 ish inspired motorcycle you can easily build with a stretched bicycle frame, a motorcade from a VW top end, Honda 125 crank, Briggs cam. Automatic inlet valve dampened […]

What Will Be Trending In 2017

1- Change Of US Leadership Makes Predicting Anything Much More Complicated. Americans can’t recall a time when a change of leadership in Washington had the potential for such large and diverging effects on the U.S. economy. If you believe that the economy is going to be stimulated through new legislation and less regulation, for example […]

Bonhams Ducati Auction. Multiple Factory Racers And Dozens Of Rare Classic Models.

Nearly 40 examples from Ducati, the most legendary name in Italian motorcycling, will be offered by Bonhams at the seventh annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction that will take place Thursday, January 26th at the Rio Hotel & Casino. From street singles and scramblers to twins and works racers, spanning the decades from 1948 to 2001, […]

The Guzzi Airtail By Death Machines Of London

Death Machines Of London doesn’t build motorcycles to cause death. Its owners are just not responsible for the way you and others drive and ride. They just create very beautiful and rideable machine from factory machines having shown some age and tireless. This awesome Moto Guzzi Lemans MK2 was factory born in 1981 and its […]

DP One. Available In Limited Edition Series.

Contrary to popular belief it’s very difficult, even for a talented custom builder, to make a good living only building one-off bikes, one at a time. Reason why many of them try to market the custom parts they conceived when building their unique creations. And if they want to expand their business even more, they […]

2016, A Record Year For Triumph Motorcycles

The Hinckley, UK manufacturer announced bike sales increasing 4.5 percent, from 53,800 to 56,300 units. Profits doubled from $10.5 million to $20.5 million. A Triumph spokesperson stated :“Triumph has performed strongly against a backdrop of challenging currency, economic and motorcycle market conditions. Triumph has a long-term vision which requires ongoing investment in people, facilities, and […]



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