After 2 years of hesitation about launching its brand in India, last Thursday Triumph Motorcycle Ltd officially launched 10 models in this country. Triumph has modest objectives for the next 2 years with a target of 1500 bikes by the end of 2015. Paul Stroud, Triumph’s global director of marketing and sales, confirmed what all the industry already knows, Indian’s people fascination with brands like Harley and Triumph (He could have added Indian motorcycles) and the dramatic growth of the premium motorcycle segment in India, one of the world’s fastest emerging economies. Continue reading ‘Triumph Launched 10 Models In India. Doesn’t Expect To Sell More bikes Than Harley.’
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One of the ways to giving a better stance to your touring bike is to visually lower it without necessarily lower your bike. You can use deeper bags, or just bolt-on decorative extensions like these new ones by CycleSmiths. Made of strong billet aluminum (not plastic!), you just bolt them on through the bottom of your bags (sold with stainless bolts, washers and ny-lock nuts, adding a total of 4”, 1” more than previous models. Continue reading ‘Reaching A New Low With XL Bag Extensions For Harley Touring Bikes.’
On July 17th, I reported on the winners of the Motorized Bicycle Challenge, an event organized by Local Motors, a crowd funding operation whose commitment is to “Empower A World Of Vehicle Innovations.”
First place winner was Ianis Vasilatos from Romania with a beautiful retro innovation design concept pairing classic components with modern technology and contemporary design elements.
Ianis Vasilatos, a production manager at the Queen Marry Theatre in Oradea, Romania by day and a talented and passionate vehicle designer by night, already received a $2,000 cash prize from Local Motors for his winning. Continue reading ‘Bringing To Market 2 Retro Style Motorized Bicycles’
Wayne Pierce Family Museum 50+ Motorcycle Collection To Be Auctioned In Las Vegas On January 8th, 2014Published by Cyril Huze December 5th, 2013 in Builders, Editorial and Events.
Last year’s smashing Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction at Bally’s Hotel & Casino represented several prestigious private collections, attracted buyers from around the globe, saw a world record made for the 1939 BMW Rennsport 255 Kompressor at nearly a half-million dollars, and achieved more than $2.6-million in total. Following that success, Bonhams is now very pleased to announce that it will represent another significant private collection at the January 2014 auction: 50-plus motorcycles from the extensive Wayne Pierce family museum, all offered at no reserve. The now-famous 4th annual Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction will be held January 8th at Bally’s Hotel & Casino on The Strip. More information will be posted in the coming weeks at Bohnams Vegas.
Among the machines is the earliest known Harley-Davidson Sportster in existence, a first-year model believed to be the 10th XL883 produced in 1957. Also on the block will be a restored 1933 Harley-Davidson VLE police bike that saw actual duty on the streets of a Chicago suburb before being cast in the Kevin Costner gangster movie “The Untouchables”
In business for 55 years, Pierce Harley-Davidson was one of the last remaining true “Mom & Pop” dealerships that formed the backbone of motorcycling in America. Wayne “Pappy” Pierce started his shop in the 1950s in a one-room tin shed in DeKalb, Illinois. From the beginning it was a family operation, with wife Eleanor tending the books. The Harley dealership quickly grew and at one point Triumph motorcycles were added to the showroom, several of which are included in this sale. Continue reading ‘Wayne Pierce Family Museum 50+ Motorcycle Collection To Be Auctioned In Las Vegas On January 8th, 2014′
The new oversized King Detachable Two-Up Luggage Rack (P/N 50300054 Chrome , P/N 50300058 Gloss Black; $234.95) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories adds extra capacity for cross-town or cross-country rides.
The classic harp-shaped rack is constructed of welded-and-polished, large-diameter steel rod, and is rated to carry up to 30 pounds.
The fixed side extensions offer a broad, flat load surface, and the slotted side plates provide options for securing soft or rigid luggage. This rack is designed to work with or without a Detachable Passenger Backrest, and can be installed or removed from the bike in seconds.
It fits most 2009-later Touring models equipped with a 4-Point Docking Hardware Kit. Some models require the separate purchase of Detachable Tour-Pak® Rack Kit and Antenna Relocation Kit. See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer
Voxan is the French motorcycle manufacturer launched by Jacques Gardette whose 1st prototype was shown in 1997 and the first production model released in 1999. The Voxan Roadster, Cafe Racer, Scrambler, Black Magic and Charade Racing (all using a 72-degree 996 cc V-Twin engine) had very little success, and although the company signed its 23rd dealer 2005, it struggled until it was liquidated in 2009. It is now a subsidiary of Monaco-based Venturi Automobiles producing high end e-automobiles, rebirthing the brand with the launch of the Wattman, stated to be the NEW most powerful (a couple has already made the same claim) electric motorcycle in the world…
Powered by a 200 hp (150kW) electric drive motor, Voxan claims it is not only the world’s most powerful e-motorcycle but also the first one to be built around an ‘Eco-Skeleton’ made up of its lithium-ion battery pack. There is no frame. The battery pack, charger, controller, and cooling system create the “frame” wrapped by a beautifully designed all polished aluminum body (designer Sacha Lakic) Continue reading ‘Voxan Brand Reborn With The Launch Of An Electric Motorcycle’
Footage shot at the Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycles As Art exhibition will air tonight Wednesday, Dec. 4, on Café Racer TV at 10 p.m. ET and again Thursday, Dec. 5 at 1 a.m. ET on Velocity. The Café Racer TV series gives viewers a look into the culture and craft of the Café Racer. In the episode filmed at the Buffalo Chip, the program explores the Michael Lichter’s art exhibition, which was this year themed “Ton Up! – Speed, Style and Café Racer Culture.”
The episode filmed at the Buffalo Chip focuses on the photography of Motorcycles As Art curator, Michael Lichter. Viewers will discover what it was that made him base the Buffalo Chip’s 2013 exhibit on Café Racers and how the bikes fit in with a Sturgis Rally crowd. In addition, the show interviews celebrities like Willie G. Davidson and Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister, asking them to weigh in on both the work of Michael Lichter and the history behind the café racer.
“We are always so thrilled to be able to share Michael Lichter’s photography with our festival guests,” says Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “So to have the ability to share his vision and talent with the rest of the world is an amazing honor.”
The Buffalo Chip has appeared in numerous television episodes since the end of its 2013 Motorcycle and Music Festival. In August, Country Music Television (CMT) aired three hour-long specials filmed exclusively at the Sturgis campground as part of its CMT Bike Week series. Episodes of Velocity’s “All Girls Garage,” History’s “Top Gear” and CMT’s “Orange County Choppers” later featured the Buffalo Chip this Fall. Many of these programs are still in rotation, so check your local listings for re-air dates.
Travel Channel’s “Trip Flip” and “Food Paradise” will be the next television programs to feature the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. More details will be announced as air dates approach. For more information on television programs filmed at the Buffalo Chip or on the events they featured, visit Buffalo Chip.
A lot of you are commenting that you don’t like, don’t buy, don’t wear motorcycle branded clothing. Well, if you still want to show the kind of guy or gal you are, you may like wearing this tee with a graphic showing a full set of wrenches.
Doesn’t matter if you are just tinkering at home or are a pro, into motorcycles, cars or into repairs of any kind. Advantage, it’s a limited edition, so almost no chance you will cross one of your buddies or even anyone in a rally modeling the same tee design.
Graphic is printed on either a heather gray track or charcoal grey track American Apparel Tri-Blend t-shirt with 50% polyester, 25% cotton, 25% rayon construction. Wrenches Tee Shirt.
Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) announced today that its Board of Directors approved a cash dividend of $0.21 per share for the fourth quarter of 2013. The dividend is payable December 27, 2013 to the holders of record of the Company’s common stock on December 17, 2013. Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company of Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services.
Lots of Ape Hanger bars to choose from are produced by many custom shops. But these ones are a little bit different. They were designed keeping in mind the frequent problem encountered when running your wiring inside the bars.
The Dlux Gorilla Ape hangers feature a threaded cap at the top and a capped opening at the botto. Now, you can easily see what’s going on when you pull the delicate bundle of wires, minimizing the risk of kinked or “surprise” stripped wires when running all your electrical inside the bars.
Other features include a turned down design to keep your hands at a legal height (different in each state or country) and a tighter to fairing and more forward position for aggressive stance when installed on a Harley Street Glide . These bars are primarily for throttle by wire FLH Harley-Davidson touring bikes such as the Road glide ,Street glide and Road king but can be used on a Dyna, Sportser, Fat Bob, etc.
Many sizes to choose from to fit your needs: 6 to 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18”. Sold with caps in your choice of “drilled crowns” or “smoothies” In-house produced and available online at Azzkikr Custom Cycles.
Many don’t know, some don’t want to know and others forget. Motor friction creates unwanted metal particles, creating a contamination that is circulated millions of times between each of your oil changes, polishing (wearing) down the metal until the engine is worn out. These particles are measured in microns and don’t expect your oil filter to remove them all: most oil filters can’t stop particles smaller than 35 microns. Even an oil change will not remove them all. New oil in the engine doesn’t mean non-contaminated oil, and the vast majority of vehicle owners still don’t know this…
Since many years, Dimple Magnet Plugs sells the world’s most powerful magnetic oil plugs, pulling all ferrous metals from your engine and transmission to extend their life. The stronger the magnet, the cleaner the oil. Thanks to extreme magnetism, tests after tests (yes, they are published on the company website), the Dimple oil plugs perform much better that those installed on any factory motorcycle, except of course when the manufacturer install them as original equipment. Dimple magnets work easily in all hot engine environments. Their oil magnets degrade half of 1% every one hundred years, guaranteeing that they will work for your lifetime. Continue reading ‘Your engine And Transmission Are In Harm’s Way And You Don’t know.’
Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its plans for the International Motorcycle Shows in Long Beach, Calif. and New York, NY which run respectively from Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8 at the Long Beach Convention Center and Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 15 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The shows mark the debut of the new Indian Motorcycle exhibit which offers attendees multiple ways to interact with and experience the volume and awesome power of the Indian Motorcycle brand and its new 2014 lineup.
Past and Present Indian Motorcycles
Stop by the all-new exhibit to check out the entire line of 2014 Indian Chief models including the Indian Chief Classic, the Indian Chief Vintage and the Indian Chieftain. Indian Motorcycle will feature a host of historically significant motorcycles including the ‘Spirit of Munro’ Streamliner, a one-of-a-kind custom vehicle built by Indian to pay homage to Burt Munro who famously rode into the history books on an Indian in 1962 at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Attendees will also enjoy “Springfield Row,” a line of fully restored pre-1953 era Indian bikes including a 1935 Indian Chief originally featured on HISTORY® Channel’s ‘American Pickers’ series, a 1948 Vintage Indian Chief, and more. In Long Beach, heritage vehicles will be on loan from the personal collection of Paul Greenstein, an Indian Motorcycle collector and LA’s top neon artist and restoration specialist. In New York, heritage bikes including a 1926 Scout are on loan through Michael Baer of Easthampton, MA in conjunction with the Wood Museum of Springfield History in Springfield, MA, which houses an extensive Indian Motorcycle collection.
Hear the Roar of the Thunder Stroke 111 Engine
Throughout the event, Indian Motorcycle will highlight the inspiring design and power of the new Thunder Stroke 111 engine, the heartbeat of the 2014 Indian Chiefs. The exhibit will feature a cut-away version of the new engine to demonstrate the engineering prowess behind the new power plant, and attendees will hear the roar of the new engine through the accessory Stage 1 exhaust available for all 2014 Indian Chiefs.
Explore the 2014 Lineup of Indian Motorcycle Apparel and Accessories
Selections from the new 2014 Indian Motorcycle apparel line will be available for purchase, including casual wear, hats and holiday gifts. Fully accessorized bikes will also be on display highlighting the array of accessories for the 2014 Chiefs.
Long Beach Only: Unveiling of the ‘Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home’ Custom Bike to Benefit the U.S. Military
On Friday, December 6 Indian Motorcycle will reveal a one-of-a-kind custom bike it has created to benefit U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families. In support of Jack Daniel’s ‘Operation Ride Home’ program, the company pulled the ‘No. 7’ serial number Indian Chief Vintage out of the first 1901 numbered motorcycles from its assembly line and partnered with the talented artists at Klock Werks in Mitchell, SD to create a special motorcycle. The bike will be on-hand throughout the Long Beach and New York City shows before it heads to the Scottsdale, AZ Barrett-Jackson auction in January in support of Operation Ride Home and U.S. military families. The low ‘No. 7’ serial number will be a desirable collector’s motorcycle, which Indian expects will benefit the Operation Ride Home project with a strong donation. At the Long Beach and New York IMS shows, attendees who wish to contribute to Operation Ride Home may donate in a special Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrel inside the Indian Motorcycle display. Continue reading ‘Indian Motorcycle Hits The Streets Of Los Angeles And New York And Beyond’
A farmer drove to a neighbor’s farmhouse and knocked at the door. A boy, about 9, opened the door. “Is your dad or mom home?” said the farmer. “No, they went to town.” “How about your brother, Howard? Is he here?” “No, he went with Mom and Dad.” The farmer stood there for a few minutes, shifting from one foot to the other, mumbling to himself, when the young boy say’s, “I know where all the tools are, if you want to borrow one, or I can give Dad a message.”
“Well,” said the farmer uncomfortably, “No, I really want to talk to your Dad, about your brother Howard getting my daughter Suzy pregnant”. The boy thought for a moment…then says, “you’ll have to talk to my Dad about that. I know he charges $500 for the bulls and $150 for the pigs, but I have no idea how much he charges for Howard.”
At first glance it just looks like a very nice reborn Shovelhead. Then spend some time looking closer and you will find out that this machine is much more than it appears. The list of tricks is very representative of the work of builder Bernard Massard at his south France custom V-Twin Mechanic shop. Starting with with an early 1966 Shovelhead, immediate tasks to be performed were obvious: a full tranny and engine rebuilt adding some of the best add-ons motor components of the industry to turned it into a 1480 cc powerplant: Jims, Andrews cam, S&S oil pump, Dyna 2000 ignition, Mikuni 45 carburetor. Then turning the stock frame into a rigid one and welding the rear fender to hug the tire.
From there, the rest of the build is an addition of creative ideas perfectly executed. An Evo Harley Springer front end was shortened 10″, and after modification of the stock rockers. fitted with 2 Scooter springs! The reservoir (no gas there) was hand formed taking inspiration from an Italian Aermacchi tank, welding a fat rod around it and a 70′s style gas cap. In it, is the a similar shaped oil tank. To fill the free space under the seat where you would expect the oil bag are installed together, in the same compartment the battery, the coils, the Dyna ignition and all electricals. Continue reading ‘A Harley Shovelhead Full Of Tricks’
Probably the best marketing video of Harley-Davidson Motor Company in a very long time. Shot at the York Plant, Pennsylvania (Fabricates, paints and assembles Softail and Touring motorcycles for worldwide distribution. 3,106 employees)
Misfit Industries just released a new 2 into 1 performance motorcycle exhaust system named “The Nasty Bastard”.
Pipes feature a nice inlayed metal mesh and plating for a custom look that will probably turn heads.
The inlets are precision fitted for optimum flow & placement into the original mounting points of the Harley Davidson 1998 to present Twin Cam models.
The pipes (sold with good looking heat shields), are special performance, tuned with baffles to provide a sound that demands attention.
Misfit claims that “The Nasty Bastard provides a thunderous sound screaming Harley as it powerfully rumbles while throttling and through acceleration speeds.” The company is backing up its new exhaust system with a lifetime warranty so you can truly enjoy the ride without worrying about a thing. Misfit Industries: “It will be hard or impossible to find another custom motorcycle parts manufacturer that stands behind the product like this for Harley Twin Cam exhaust systems.” Misfit Industry specializes in new cutting edge motorcycle parts for Harley Davidson and Baggers and is also providing one-off design service.
These new seats have a super sleek profile and a new hand pump. The new design features relief cut-outs and an internal adjustable air bladder system based on advanced technology that distributes rider and passenger weight across the seating surface, eliminating pressure points and cushions tailbones.
The air bladder pressure can be adjusted with easy-to-reach hand pumps and air-release valves. The combination of smooth vinyl and water-resistant textured fabric seating surfaces allows air to circulate beneath the body, reducing the air temperature between the rider and seat. This seat delivers shock absorption and long-haul comfort without sacrificing the low-slung look of a custom seat. Continue reading ‘New Harley Zeppelin Air Adjustable Seat Pumps Up Comfort’
In and out of the motorcycle industry, more and more charities bring more than dollars to support a cause, a lot of controversy about how the raised funds are used… For the past three months, WESH 2 News, an NBC-affiliate television station serving Orlando, is Investigating BADD (Bikers Against Drunk Drivers), digging into the charity claiming to provide assistance to those who are hurt by drunken drivers. Reporter Matt Grant followed the money all the way to Miami to find out how Daytona-based BADD is spending your donations. Below, I list his findings:
According to state records, in 2012 BADD took in about $879,000, but gave less than one percent — about $8,700 — to victims. Instead, the organization spent about $200,000 on rent, nearly $32,000 on bank charges, about $28,000 on a prize display, nearly $7,000 on supplies, about $6,600 on postage and shipping and approximately $13,000 on advertising, state records show. The year before, BADD reported revenue of nearly a million dollars but gave only about $9,200 to victims, while spending nearly half a million on professional fund raisers.
“I think that’s completely pathetic,” said president of Charity Navigator, Ken Berger. Officials from two of the largest non-profit charity watch dogs in the United States reviewed BADD’s returns and said they don’t add up. Berger says he would give BADD a zero rating. “A miniscule amount of the money is going to meet the mission. Any time we see that happening we get very concerned,” Berger said. In 2010, BADD reported about $912,000 in total revenue while giving only 0.2 percent — just $2,400 — to victims. “I think it really causes people to question whether they can trust an organization like this and quite frankly, we don’t think that they should,” Berger said.
BADD has been around for 28 years and is known for its motorcycle giveaways. WESH 2 News wanted to hear directly from the charity’s founder, Danny Perkins, but after more than a month of trying it didn’t happen. Despite showing his face on a $1,600-a-month billboard, Perkins would not meet with WESH 2 News in person, citing health and legal reasons. When asked how donations are spent, Perkins told WESH in an email “the charity speaks for itself,”claiming BADD has sent out 5 million flyers and used Facebook posts to encourage people not to drink and drive. “That’s our mandate,” Perkins said. “Exposure and awareness — period.” Continue reading ‘How does BADD (Bikers Against Drunk Drivers) Spends Your Money? An Ongoing Investigation…’
A good promo for both the Harley Breakout® model, the new Metzeler 23” 888 front tire and of course for the builder Thunderbike Germany. The factory Breakout, launched by Harley as a “long and low-slung Softail® model with distinctive finishes and specific components”, went through a long list of cosmetic improvements, most of them belonging to the bolt-on list of custom accessories proposed by Thunderbike in their new parts 2014 catalog (588 pages, to be introduced in 3 weeks at the Custombike Show of Bad Salzuflen, Germany.) After the jump, a listing of the most notable proprietary parts used for this project. Continue reading ‘Custom Harley-Davidson Breakout® To Introduce The New Metzeler 23” ME888 Front Tire’
Are you living in a city or state with a very high percentage of motorcycle thefts? It may explain, at least in part, the insurance premium you are paying. The NICB (National Crime Bureau published its statistics for 2012. Highest theft cities? New York, the city where thieves never sleep. Then Las Vegas, where your motorcycle in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. Then San Diego, Indianapolis and Miami.
Highest theft States? California is first, followed by Florida, Texas, North Carolina and Indiana. Most stolen brands? Honda followed by Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Harley Davidson.
Both car & motorcycle thefts have continued to drop in 2012, because of better prevention and of better security systems. 46,061 bikes were stolen, down 1% from previous year. Only 39% were recovered (against 53.9% for cars) You know the reasons: motorcycles are easily chopped, hidden, shipped to a foreign country as motorcycles or as spare parts…
At this day, it’s probably the pinnacle of bagger suspension. The Progressive Suspension performance 970 Series Shocks feature remote reservoirs mounted in front of the bags to allow for easy compression adjustment. Available in 12” or 13” lengths. For 1993-2014 Harley Baggers.
Indian Plaid Shirt: For comfort, and style, a 100% cotton plaid shirt with a relatively discreet embroidered Indian Motorcycle® logo above the left pocket and back. Branded buttons to show that you wear the real thing. Available in sizes S to 3XL.
Thunderstroke™ Tee: Show everyone what your bike runs on with the comfortable tee featuring the powerful new Thunder Stroke™ 111 engine. 100% cotton single jersey with a water-based and discharge print on front, back and left sleeve with a woven patch to the right sleeve. Sizes S to 5XL
Indian Scout Scale Model: Everybody can own an Indian Scout. A highly detailed 1:12 scale model of the Indian Sport Scout MSRP $19.99.
All items available to purchase from Indian Motorcycle dealers or online at Indian Motorcycle.
Mikuni offers 2 different HSR42 Performance Carburetor Kits for Sportsters and Buells. One Kit, just for Sportsters includes a special airbox backing plate as shown to work with the stock oval cover and a Screamin’ Eagle high flow replacement filter.
The other Kit, without the backing plate, works on both Buells and Sportsters with an aftermarket performance air filter assembly. The Mikuni Kits work with the stock push-pull throttle cable assembly. Continue reading ‘Mikuni HSR42 Performance Carburetor Kits for Sportsters and Buells’