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In My Digital Mailbox

cyrilhuzeemailboxI told you before. In my position, I get all the time unusual or weird emails and requests. Below an example. Flattering, but still a strange email, this one coming from Germany. Should I reply or not, risking to offend the sender in both cases. What would your answer? I am curious to know.

“Hi Cyril. Your custom bikes are really the best. In the next lines I would like to ask you for help. We are two designers, a graphic designer and an engineer. We are going to open a custom bike shop for Harleys in Bremen, Northern Germany. In this area we have two Harley dealers. But they make no custom bikes. Until today, we have done small jobs in our garage. But from January 2015 we start with our shop.

We have two questions. First: we have no reference images on custom bikes because we are beginners. Can you give us 6 pictures of your custom Harleys and 6 pictures from your custom parts, which we can use for our Web site? Second: Do you have a suggestion, how should we call our shop. With kind regards from Germany.” Zare.

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Brougham. Best Modified Harley-Davidson At 2014 AMD World Championship Of Bike Building.

brougham1brougham2brougham3brougham4brougham5Many custom motorcycles have been inspired by automobiles. Very often the wrong way when the motorcycle ends up looking like a car. Occasionally the right way, when the car is inspirational for class, fluidity of lines or attitude. Julian Von Oheimb, owner of Germany custom shop One Way Machine remembers very well his first trip to the US with his father when they visited a friend who showed them his rare and very elegant 1958 hand-built Cadillac Eldorado 4-door coupe, one of the first cars with air suspension system, previously owned by actor Clark Gable. To build a custom motorcycle with as much class, without imitating it, became Von Oheimb’s new obsession.

brougham6“Brougham” is born from a 2001 Harley Deuce found on the show floor of an official Harley-Davidson dealer languishing with only 900 km (660 miles) on the speedo.  A “new” 2001 bike that few builders would have touched and modified without first putting serious miles on it. Didn’t matter to Von Oheimb that all parts were as shiny as when they left the Milwaukee factory. He stripped the Deuce to bare frame and swingarm, cleaned and polished the welds, cut off all the factory brackets he knew he would not use. Then he built a mockup of his project, using a very modified Dyna front end, a set of rims (21” front, 19” rear) from the H-D Smooth Series wrapped in vintage Firestone tires. Continue reading ‘Brougham. Best Modified Harley-Davidson At 2014 AMD World Championship Of Bike Building.’

Spectro Oils

Radiused Breather Bolts For Your Harley-Davidson

1breatherbolts2breatherboltsThese breather bolts feature a good looking radius design with 5-ply sintered stainless steel mesh, providing the proper breathability for your motor while keeping a slim profile and a completely custom look. An internally broached allen allows for a quick and hidden installation method, with the stainless breather element and “circlip” finishing the job. A good match with your choice of custom air cleaner and carb support brackets.

They are available for Big Twin and XL Evo motors (SKU 003735), as well as 1996 – 2006 Twin Cam motors (SKU 003736). Chrome plated or black electroplated steel, $44.95 per set. At Lowbro Customs. or call toll free 1-855-4LOWBROW.

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Fun And Safety During Night Riding

For safety and showing off during a night ride, photolumininescent paint is already a well known process. But it requires charging in the sun or with black light, probably the reason why very few have adopted this type of paint. Darkside Scientific, a research and development company that specializes in electroluminescent (EL) coating technologies, now offers Luminor, a much more practical break-through paint coating technology lighting up at the flick of a switch. No special tools or hardware is required, just the ability to paint and wire. Watch the video below produced by Progressive Insurance as part of their “Apron Project” campaign to reward those inventing solutions to improve motorcycle riding safety. See how incredible the paint job and helmet look at night. Add the safety factor of being seen at night. Some companies already offer training on how to paint and wire this innovative new product for the mere sum of $297.00.

Leather Heat Shields? Why Not.

heatshields1heatshields2heatshields3La Rosa Design is known for their cool leather solo seats and bags for most Harley-Davidson models. And now, Don La Rosa uses the same leather to manufacture heat shields. Does leather withstand the heat? Protects you like any other metal heat shields? Yes, tells me Don. And it believe him. All his shields are offered in different lengths from 6” to 12”. And if course, design and leather color match the style of his seats and bags. Try and tell me. La Rosa Design.

Picture Of The Week. 1975 AMF Harley Davidson 250.


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Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-newsHarley-Davidson Will Be Ready To sell Its LiveWire Electric Motorcycle When Next Generation Battery Technologies Are ready. This week, during a conference hosted by Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council , Harley-Davidson’s president and chief operating officer Matt Levatich stated that if the Harley electric motorcycle were mass-produced today it would sell for about $50,000, about 50% more than customers would want to pay. Right now, it’s too expensive and too limited in its range (50 miles) to be ready for launch. The LiveWire will be for sale when next generation battery technologies are ready.

Litigation Between Harley-Davidson Motor Co. And Hawaiian Distributor Cycle City in Hawaii. A lawsuit was filed in US district Court of Hawaii with plaintiff Cycle City alleging that Harley-Davidson has broken its Hawaii distribution agreement after trying to impose unreasonable financial terms. Cycle City has been an exclusive distributor of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, parts and accessories in Hawaii during the last 48 years and also owns and operates dealerships on the islands of Oahu and Maui. Two other Harley dealerships in Hawaii are owned by another company. During litigation, Harley continues to do business with Cycle City without a distribution agreement but with more restrictive terms and higher wholesale prices. In a first round of litigation, a US District Judge turned down Harley’s request to have the case transferred from Hawaii to Harley’s home state of Wisconsin where a jury trial would be expected to be more favorable to a local manufacturer. The case has implications for all manufacturers who usually succeed in getting lawsuits moved where they are headquartered, not where the dispute originated. Jury trial will be scheduled in Hawaii in 2015. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’

Fred Duban. The Story Of An Uncommon Custom Builder Told By Himself.

dub1We live in a new world. Connected, networked, hyper-aware, rich, complex, sometime confusing. The inexorable rise of digital information, accelerated by the mobile revolution is radically shifting the dynamics of the marketplace and the way we communicate and take our purchase decisions.

One of the best ways custom motorcycle builders are taking advantage of the internet endless and boundless possibilities is via videos showing their work in progress, completed and being ridden. After all, custom motorcycles are human creations, evoke emotion, fulfill and delight us. Stage them with a good film director behind the camera, mix them with great music, and they become too many very strong objects of desire.

French builder Fred “Dub” Duban from Dub Performance is among those who know how to leverage new technology to build a strong shop brand. After producing many videos where he had promoted his work and documented his motorcycle trips, he goes further, offering an iBook about his professional life. The story of an uncommon custom builder told by himself. After 1 year of work it is available to download for free in 52 countries via iTunes. It means that for now you can watch and read it only on Mac computers, iPhones and iPads (with the most recent Maverick and Yosemite IOS). You can download the iBook HERE. But first, watch below the promo video (English/French)

Boss Blades and Zombie™ Levers Now Available for Harley Touring Models 2014-2015

Kuryakyn1Kuryakyn2Kuryakyn3Küryakyn’s top-selling Boss Blades and Zombie™ Levers are now available for ’14-’15 Harley-Davidson Touring models with hydraulic clutch. Boss Blades are available in chrome and feature a wide, deeply dished blade that offers a reduced reach while still affording the necessary range of motion needed to operate the clutch and brake levers.

For a more sinister look, the Zombie™ Levers offers comfortable contours and a dished back deliver high leverage with minimal reach. Zombie™ Levers are available in Chrome or Gloss Black, and the included skull and scalloped medallion inserts provide two options to add the perfect finishing touch. Both the Boss Blades and Zombie™ Levers fit ’14-’15 Electra Glides and Street Glides, ’15 Road Glides, and ’14 FLHRSE CVO Road Kings. They do not fit ’14-’15 Trike models. From $69.99 to $89.99. At Kuryakyn. (for dealers: Küryakyn will Attend the 2014 International Dealer Expo in Chicago December 5-7)

Breaking News. Owner Of Custom Motorcycle Shop Sucker Punch Sallys Arrested For Alleged Frauds

spslogogerie-claytonFollowing a 2 year investigation by Police Auto Crimes detectives, Gerie L. Clayton, owner of custom motorcycle shop Sucker Punch Sallys located in Scottsdale, Arizona, was arrested for 2 felony counts of theft by misrepresentation. Clients in Canada and North Carolina allege that they paid $35,000 for custom Bobber style motorcycles that were never completed and delivered. In addition, since 2010, there is a total of 16 civil unpaid judgment against Sucker Punch Sallys for a total of $3,657,000. Gerry Clayton is personal co-defendant in 6 of these judgments. The Scottsdale police department think that there are more victims of Sucker Punch Sallys and of Gerie L. Clayton thefts by misrepresentation, for custom motorcycles, rolling chassis and parts paid in part or in full and never delivered to their clients. If you are among them, contact Scottsdale Police Dept. at 480-312-5000

SPSbisSucker Punch Sally was originally created in 2002 in Ohio by custom builders Jeff Cochran and Donnie Loos. It was the first limited edition manufacturer in the industry to specialize in old school stripped-down Bobbers and Choppers sold at reasonable prices. Later, Geri and Christian Clayton joined the company with the big ambition of building hundreds of bikes every year at their Arizona manufacturing facility. Continue reading ‘Breaking News. Owner Of Custom Motorcycle Shop Sucker Punch Sallys Arrested For Alleged Frauds’

Harley-Davidson New Bobber Solo Seat Reaches A New Low


For those who like to ride low and lean on a solo seat, Harley-Davidson released a minimalist leather-over-steel Bobber style Solo Seat (P/N 52000180, $299.95) Thick, distressed black leather is bonded directly to the formed steel seat pan and secured with brass rivets and a trim plate etched with “Milwaukee Since 1903” that will develop a rich patina with use. The Bar & Shield logo is burned into the leather surface.

Bobber-Solo3Bobber-Solo4This seat can be springs or rigid mounted. Get a traditional bobber look with a model-specific torsion-style Spring Seat Installation Kit, or go completely minimalist with a frame-hugging Rigid Mount Saddle Installation Kit (P/N 52100016, $229.95) for 2010-later Sportster® motorcycle models. The Bobber Solo Saddle fits 2004-06 and 2010-later Sportster, 2006-later Dyna® and 2008-later CVO Softail® Deluxe, Softail® Slim, Heritage Softail® Classic, Softail® Deluxe, Fat Boy® and Fat Boy® Lo models. At Harley-Davidson Store.

What Exhaust Should I Run On My S&S Engine And Are Drag pipes Ok?

ExhaustExhaust selection is critical for optimal performance. Open drag pipes work reasonably well for peak horsepower numbers on some engines but limit low speed performance on the street and can be nearly impossible to carburet. S&S Cycle has not had good results with baffled drag pipes due to the increase of exhaust gas restriction (back pressure).

Special low restriction  Cycle Shack XP baffle is available through most retail suppliers, and will help with tuning in some cases.

Overall, drag pipes are a poor choice for street use. Drag pipes offer nothing to break up the reversion wave pulse. This wave goes down the pipe and then the wave returns back up the pipes. When this wave is in proper time sync to hit the exhaust valve when it is open (pipe length affects the rpm that this happens) it allows the wave to enter the cylinder and when the intake is open during cam overlap it travels across the top of the piston (it is near top of the cylinder at this time) and out the intake valve. Continue reading ‘What Exhaust Should I Run On My S&S Engine And Are Drag pipes Ok?’

New Women’s Gear From Harley-Davidson

1H-D-Women's-Rallyrunner-3-in-1-Leather-Jacket-front2H-D-Women's-Rallyrunner-3-in-1-Leather-Jacket-backRally Runner 3-In-1 Leather Jacket

Enjoy the comfort and style of solid and perforated cowhide leather construction offered by the new women’s Rallyrunner 3-in-1 Leather Jacket (P/N 98087-15VW, starting at $475) from the Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® line. It’s built to ride pre-curved sleeves and action back, with pockets at the elbows and shoulders that accept accessory body armor for increased protection. For added versatility it features a removable, enzyme-washed drawstring hoodie with a lined hood and thumbholes on the cuffs. Two pockets on the hoodie complement three pockets on the jacket to provide ample storage space, while snap waist tabs and zippered cuffs deliver customizable comfort. It’s available in XS – 3W sizes at most Harley-Davidson dealerships in the U.S. and at Harley-Davidson Online.

3H-D-Women's-Mystic-Dual-Chamber-GlovesMystic Dual Chamber Gloves

Grasp the innovative versatility of the new women’s Mystic Dual Chamber Full-Finger Leather Gloves (P/N 98344-15VW, $85) from the Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® line. Eliminating the bulkiness of traditional 2-in-1 gloves, these new gloves feature two separate hand chambers, one for increased tactile feel and another for increased warmth. The gel-padded palm and pre-curved fingers add extra comfort while power-stretch knuckles allow for a more natural handlebar grip. Elastic wrists with adjustable closures provide a custom fit, while piping made from 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material provides enhanced reflectivity in low light conditions. Available in XS –XL sizes at most Harley-Davidson dealerships in the U.S. and at Harley-Davidson Online.

Laid Back Fat Bars For Late Model Harley Road King

Road-King-Fat-Handlebar.chromeHarley-Davidson just released these Fat Handlebars (P/N 55800388 Gloss Black, P/N 55800386 Chrome; $259.95)  offering a more Road King laid back position thanks to a lower position (minus 1 inch) and more pull-back (plus 2 inch),

Road-King-Fat-Handlebar.blackThe 1.25-inch diameter bar permits routing of wiring inside the handlebar for a clean, custom look. The Road King Fat Handlebars fit all 2014-later Road King models. Installation requires the separate purchase of the Hidden Fat Handlebar Riser Kit (P/N 55900067, $59.95). At Harley-Davidson Online Store.

Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group Introduces Made in America At 2015 AIMExpo

2madeusaA good initiative to be discovered at the 2015 AIMExpo in Orlando, FL. A purpose-built showcase of homegrown powersports brands and products. Made in America at the AIMExpo will put the spotlight on American companies designing, assembling, or producing the best products in the country.

Following input from key domestic companies, the American Made Pavilion was initially featured in 2014 as an opportunity for these brands to showcase their American roots. As part of AIMExpo’s commitment to build on that opportunity, Made in America will evolve to showcase the ingenuity of American companies and their broad influence on the domestic and international powersports marketplace.

1madeusaThe focus on American-made brands will not only serve as a platform for all American companies to participate, but will also provide a natural home for producers of American V-Twin products. With AIMExpo’s realized vision of an international show that attracts buyers from all over the globe, Made in America will take a fresh approach to showcasing those products and brands to dealers and importers seeking to add American lines. Continue reading ‘Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group Introduces Made in America At 2015 AIMExpo’

Short Film About Our Custom Culture

Brian Darwas is a documentaries film maker describing in images the passion of those living and perpetuating thee motorcycle and hot rod culture. “My goal is to reach the youngsters who grew up on the Internet, and turn this media into a source of new ideas and inspiration I would like to instill in them the notion that motorcycles and hot rods built by hand are still cool and relevant.” says Darwas. In this short film, a very cool hot rod built by a shop called the Rolling Bones.

Copper Wheels Available From Renegade

RenegadeCopperwheelExcept on very few one-off customs, copper didn’t find its way to motorcycle wheels. Renegade Wheels has decided to offer any of its wheel sizes and models in copper finish. For sure, a high visual impact. The company will protect the copper with a clear coat to minimize maintenance. Still, copper is a quite soft material, not reacting with water but slowly reacting to moist and salted atmosphere. So, I will not recommend copper for a daily rider in all weather conditions. The others looking to grab attention can go for it. It will cost you $200 more per wheel, a very reasonable price to ride on very exotic wheels. Renegade Wheels.

Fast Motorcycle Industry News


Captain America Chopper. From $1.62 Million To No Sale.  This last weekend, friend of the industry Paul D’Orleans from “The Vintagent” states that the “buyer” of the Captain America bike auctioned in October for $1.62 million would have backed out. The reason? A series of tweets by Peter Fonda – who had previously endorsed the machine – casting doubts on the bike’s authenticity sold by Michael Eisenberg. D’Orleans claims that the seller went to great lengths to support the sale, hiring a forensic investigator and even subjecting Dan Haggerty, who restored the bike, to 3 polygraph tests which he passed. What was certified by Haggerty as genuine was only the “B” the bike frame used in the movie final stunt and built by Larry Marcus and Ben Hardy. The rest of Haggerty’s restoration would be only a reproduction of the ‘A’ (or hero) bike, long ago stolen and dispersed.

Royal Enfield Wants To Become The Worldwide Leader In the Mid-Sized Motorcycle Segment. The company is on an aggressive expansion mode. After shortening the waiting period for some of its models from around 10 months to five months, Royal Enfield is looking for new ways to ramp up production at its two current facilities in Indian and launched plans for a third plant construction. In 2013, the company produced over 170,000 motorcycles and in 2014 should manufacture a total 300,000. Royal Enfield reported a 47.45% increase in total sales in October 2014 at 26,039 units against 17,659 in the same month of last year. Royal Enfield also made it clear that the North American market is the main export market they have set their sights on. Royal Enfield Motors, which claims to be the world’s oldest motorcycle company in continuous production, is pursuing a comeback in the US with assistance from Rod Copes, who previously led Harley’s efforts in Asia and other emerging markets.

Harley-Davidson (CEO Keith E. Wandell Sold 50,000 Shares Of Harley-Davidson Stock. In a transaction dated Monday, November 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.32, for a total transaction of $3,466,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, Wandell now directly owns 34,908 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,419,823. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC.

Dual Position Passenger Floorboards For Indian Motorcycles

aeromach3The floorboards are designed to be mounted in either the horizontal position or at a 12-degree angle, similar to the front rider floorboards.

“By offering a dual position board, the passenger can decide which is more comfortable. We add a non-slip ribbed vinyl foot surface and include stainless hardware to complete the package”, says Paul Aiken, owner of Aeromach USA.

aeromach1aeromach2The floorboards are CNC-machined from T6-6061 aircraft quality billet aluminum. After machining, the floorboards are hand polished and finished in show quality chrome.

The Dual Position Passenger Floorboards retail for $299.99 and can be purchased at some Indian Motorcycle dealers as well as online and at Aeromach USA. Aeromach also offers a heel shifter for Indian, Chief, Chieftain and Roadmaster motorcycles.

The Thrill Of Autobahn Speed

pj1pj2pj3pj3bispj3terpj3quatpj3cinq“Your own personal Jesus. Someone to hear your prayers. Someone who’s there” are the first words of the lyrics of “Personal Jesus”, a song introduced by the band Depeche Mode in 1989, then covered by Johnny Cash and made even more famous when controversial singer Marilyn Manson released his own version. What it has to do with this radical build? The client loving the tune, singer Manson’s satanic stage antics, and everything excessive. Art and speed, for example.

When this client showed up at Bike Farm Melle – one of the biggest names on the European custom scene – with sketches and precise artwork in hands, he clearly stated that he had no budget limit for the shop to create the best bike possible. But with one condition: to produce a very fast radical machine homologated to be ridden at Autobahn speed. Which meant his bike getting inspected and approved for safety by the engineers of German TÜV. To build a badass, very fast and road legal one-off bike is always a big challenge, especially in Europe. And it had to be called “Personal Jesus”… Continue reading ‘The Thrill Of Autobahn Speed’

Today In London Auction House Bonhams Sold A 1929 Brough Superior 986CC SS100 Alpine Grand Sports For Record US $ 494,579 (£315,100)

1BroughSSIt’s the most expensive Brough Superior sold at public auction. It tops a Brough Superior SS80, which sold in 2012 for US $455,000 (£291,200) Introduced in September 1925 for the 1926 season, this new machine took its name from the Austrian Alpine Trial, the 1925 event having been contested by a number of SS100s, one ridden by George Brough himself, resulting in the award of six cups, including one for ‘Best Performance’. World War One British army officer TE Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, owned eight Brough Superior bikes. He was killed in 1935 riding an SS100 he had named George VII.

Flashback On 2014 Las Vegas BikeFest

LVBF0When the 14th annual Las Vegas BikeFest cruised into downtown Las Vegas last October 2-5, over 33,000 motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world enjoyed four days of all things related to the world of motorcycles.  Over 200 vendors showcased the latest in parts, accessories and apparel, with a record number of parts manufacturer rigs on hand. In addition, demo rides of the newest models were offered by Indian and Victory Motorcycles. “Las Vegas BikeFest returned once again, showcasing the most innovative and cutting edge aspects of bike building,” said Mindi Cherry, Event Manager for Las Vegas BikeFest.  “There are only a few places where you can immerse yourself in the excitement and uniqueness of this culture.  Las Vegas BikeFest is one of them, which makes it the coolest place in the desert.”

RKB1RKB2RKB3RKB4RKB5The highlight of the event was the 11th Annual Artistry in Iron, Master Builders Championship. The peer-judged, invitation-only custom bike building competition, featured some of the most innovative custom bike building BikeFest has seen yet. With twenty builders gathering from all corners of the U.S. and also from Japan, the competition was steeper than it has ever been.  As expected, the bike builders rose to the challenge creating some of the most unique and creative bikes seen yet. Rick Bray of RKB Kustom Speed in Hanford, CA took home the top prize for the second year in a row. Along with winning $10,000, Bray took home the inaugural championship bracelet designed and presented by Steve Soffa from Steve Soffa Enterprises.  Rick was also presented with a VooDoo Vintage Velocity Leaf Spring Front End as well as a Metal Rescue Kit from Workshop Hero. Chris Phillips of Doomtown Choppers took home the People’s Choice Award. Continue reading ‘Flashback On 2014 Las Vegas BikeFest’

Samson Exhaust Longtail Cholos

samsonfishtailNot to be confused with any other slip-on exhaust pipe, the Samson’s M-164 Longtail Cholos exhaust pipes are loud, and are endowed with the low-down look so popular across the United States. The smooth, no seam effect at the rear of the pipe says Samson  “Cholos” like nothing else can, while the free-breathing pipes allow the motor to produce added torque and power with unrestricted air-flow. See your local dealer or order at Samson Exhaust

Are You A Drifter Or A Pit Boss?

Drifter Pit-BossRide and thrive with these 2 Bell helmets. On the left, the half shell Drifter with Bell’s innovative Speed Dial adjustable fit system. Easily Dial it to your best fit, even when you wear gloves. Colors are black (model OPS featured), gloss black and matte black. $99.95 On the right, the Pit Boss, an ultra light helmet, also with a dial system and conceived to prevent lifting at high speeds. Checkers model featured. Other graphics available. $129.95. Bell Helmets.




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