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Flashback. 1915 Iver Johnson Motorcycle.

It’s for me one of the most beautiful motorcycles produced at the beginning of last century. The Iver Johnson Company (the company shared the name as its founder Norwegian-born Iver Johnson.) was first a U.S firearms and bicycle company. Launched in Fitchburg, MA in 1907, a motorcycle division was created from the conversion of a […]

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Custom Indian Scout Bobber Series At Brooklyn Invitational

As the title sponsor of the ninth annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show, Indian Motorcycle unveiled three custom versions of the all-new Scout Bobber crafted by Keino Cycles, Kraus Motor Co. and skateboarding icon Steve Caballero, in conjunction with Roland Sands Design. Each of these builders brings a uniquely distinct vision and signature style. The […]

Exile Cycles 2nd Annual “Rider Roundup At The Ranch” Is October 15.

After last year’s Exile Cycles Anniversary party, Russell Mitchell tells me that he has decided to make it an annual event. It is set for Sunday October 15 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Paramount Ranch Western Town, Agoura Hills, California (2903 Cornell Road) On the menu: vendor displays, food trucks, the renown […]

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BLACK. A Promo Harley Slim Bobber By Custom Chrome Europe | Kuryakyn

Among other strategies, distributors promote their catalogs via the bolt-on bikes they create using the custom parts they reference for dealers and end users. Each year during European Bike Week in Faak, Austria, Custom Chrome Europe presents several of these 2-wheel creations. Among them – ranging from Sportster to Bagger and named  by CCE “Rides […]

Two labor Unions End Partnership With Harley-Davidson

Two labor unions ended a two-decade long partnership agreement with Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG.N) on Tuesday, citing issues with senior management. Union leaders belonging to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the United Steelworkers (USW) said they were concerned with the way Harley’s management was handling staffing related to seasonal production. (In […]

2017 AIMExpo In Columbus Ohio. September 21-24.

The show will boast its highest number of OEMs and bike demos to date.

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Fred Kodlin Racing KR 300 Unveiled During 20th Edition Of European Bike Week

As a yearly tradition, Fred Kodlin introduces a new custom during the European Bike Week (September 3-10) at Lake Faak, Austria This year, on Wednesday Sepy 6,the unveiling was done ar the Velden Casino on the west side of the lake with Fred Kodlin rolling out on a turbo charged 300 hp Speed Bagger named […]

New Attraction At European Bike Week. Harley-Davidson XG 750 Street Rod Hooligan Races.

This year, European Bike Week at Lake Faak, Austria is celebrating its 20th Edition. Harley-Davidson has come up with a new attraction that gets fresh wind and very cool action into the event. In record time, a Short Track oval was prepared in one of the most scenic locations that Faak has to offer,. Harley […]

The Dark Side Of The Harley Street 750.

Like me, you never thought about a custom shop with international visibility working from Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon in South Vietnam. Bandit9’s owner Daryl Villanueva acknowledges that many shops create beautiful remakes of the past but that his shop is not into vintage bikes. Instead, he defines himself as crafting bikes […]

ACK Ehret Vincent Black Lightning To Headline Bonhams’ Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

Bonhams is very pleased to announce the consignment of one of the most important Vincent motorcycles in the world – the Australian speed record making and multiple race winning 1951 Vincent Black Lightning owned and ridden by Jack Ehret. Built by special order and imported new into Australia by Tony McAlpine, the Vincent Black Lightning […]

Husqvarna 256 Thage Motorcycle

Of course, in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, they have custom motorcycle shops. One of them, named 6/5/4 Motors, specializes in turning old bikes into whatever please them and their clients…In this case, they took one of the 1000 Husqvarna 256 Thage Motorcycle – as created by the Swedish military in the 60’s – and […]

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Harley-Davidson Declares Third Quarter Dividend. The Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) Board of Directors has approved a cash dividend of $0.365 per share for the third quarter of 2017. The dividend is payable Sept. 22, 2017 to the shareholders of record of the Company’s common stock as of Sept. 12, 2017. Tucker Rocky | Biker’s Choice […]

Customize Your Indian Scout Bobber

A few accessories for the new mean, minimalist, aggressive street style 2018 Scout Bobber model. Saddlebag. Slip on one or two of these saddlebags on so that you can carry gear with you on your Bobber. Inside the bag is an weather-resistant liner and the lid has embossed Indian branding. Solo Rack. The strong and […]

Attention To All Custom Bike Builders. Team America Seeks A New Member.

The famous international Intermot trade show in Cologne, Germany will once again host the 2018 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building The 2017 Championship of the Americas @ AIMExpo in Columbus. Ohio ((September 21-24) presents the last opportunity on this side of the big pond to earn expense money and a pre-paid entry into […]

Flashback. 1907 Crouch Motorcycle.

The Crouch motorcycle brand was active between 1903 and 1909 among at least 300 other motorcycle manufacturers. The company slogan? “The Most Satisfying Motorcycle Ever Built”. At that time, most industry models proposed featured a single cylinder. Crouch, to be differentiate from each other claimed up to 150 miles…without breakdown.

Sportster/Ural Sidecar

Sidecars have been ridden probably since the late 1800’s, always more in Europe than in the US.  where they are relatively rare.  Most everyone like looking at a sidecar rig and at its pilot, the sidecarist. They have many advantages and disadvantages over a 2-wheeler motorcycle, but many consider them only as substitute for motorcycles for old […]

Custom Cafe/Sport Harley Street 750

Mike McFadden opened in 2009 a boutique custom shop in Owensboro, Kentucky. Keeping small and being hyper creative is the motto. And what a joy, as Mike told me, when he succeed turning a turn into a Prince… I have to agree with him that this factory Street 750 looks extremely good when dressed in […]

Facing The Risk Of Some Serious Backlash, Confederate Motors Change Its Name To Curtiss Motorcycles

Evidently, when President Matt Chambers created his company in 1991 in Louisiana (headquartered inAlabama), he picked up on purpose the name of Confederate for whatever reason and meaning it has for him… But today, after the events of Charlottesville, Virginia where protests turned violent as white supremacists clashed with counter-demonstrators, and a car hit a crowd […]

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India Is Now The World’s Largest Motorcycle Country. India sold 17.59 million motorcycles during the 2016-2017 financial year. Ok, they are smaller displacement machines (mostly 125 cc) than those ridden in the US and Europe. In India, a small motorcycle may be the only mode of transport that an entire family has. In the last […]

A Custom Built Softail In Switzerland Called HD Exile!

50 years in business as a V-Twin motorcycle shop (including 40 as an authorized Harley dealer and 20 years in the same location as a bike customizer under the name of “Harley Heaven” is a considerable amount of time selling and tinkering with bikes. Swiss American motorcycle enthusiast Felix Bächli founded his shop in 1967, […]

Indian Motorcycle Introduces A New Experience Centre At Its Spirit Lake Manufacturing Factory

Indian Motorcycle just opened an Experience Center at its Spirit Lake manufacturing facility. Based in America’s heartland, the Spirit Lake Experience Center is a free offering for motorcyclists looking to connect with the iconic American motorcycle brand. The Indian Motorcycle Spirit Lake Experience Center will showcase current and historic Indian motorcycles and offer complementary behind-the-scenes […]

Did You Notice? Harley-Davidson Killed The V-Rod…

Because of the focus on the disparition of all Dyna models. most of you didn’t notice that the V-Rod, the very unique muscle bike co-developed with Porsche, 2001 has also disappeared from the 2018 Harley-Davidson lineup. So, the 2017 V-Rod Muscle and Night Rod Special are the last VRSC. retro As a reminder the V-Rod […]

Harley-Davidson. Celebrating 115th Anniversary

You know the story. In 1903, four young men in Milwaukee put a motor in a bicycle frame, and riders from all walks of life have been coming back to cut loose ever since. One hundred and fifteen years later, it’s time to celebrate and Harley-Davidson is building Anniversary metal. Two Limited Edition 115th Anniversary […]

2018 Harley-Davidson Models. Death Of The Dyna Line-Up Merged Into 8 All-New Softail Models

To celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary year, the Motor Company is launching  a custom revolution: Eight all-new Softail® models that merge the hard-riding performance of the Dyna® line with the unparalleled custom look of the Softail line. It is Harley’s largest-ever product development in company history. The new bikes compared to prior year models feature a […]

Harley-Davidson Introduces 5 New Touring Bikes With More Power, Comfort And Handling And 3 CVO Models With Largest-Ever Stock Displacement

The 2018 Harley-Davidson® motorcycle lineup introduces the most robust array of custom Touring bikes the company has ever produced, boasting show-stopping style and plush comfort ready to attack rough city streets or winding country roads. Three new completely restyled Touring models enter the limited-edition Custom Vehicle Operations™ family with the largest-ever stock engine from Harley-Davidson, […]

The Black Falcon. Engineering Reinvented. Beauty Perfected.

In 2007, with the Bullet, Ian Barry imposed himself on the custom motorcycle scene in a category of work that one can tentatively describe but can’t really define in a couple of words. Quite a few custom builders can recondition old engines, re-machine and refit old parts to make them reliable again. But what makes […]



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