J&P Cycles, the world’s largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer, celebrates the naming of a new King of Custom Motorcycle Builders, Nick Beaulieu of Windham, Maine earned this title during the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, which announced the winners at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago on Sunday March 12th. Beaulieu’s custom bike is of the type of “naked”, monochromatic, with very unique features: a custom girder front end, an S&S Motor, pentagram wheels and some bad ass aluminum work by Ray, his car buddy. It looks like it is barely more than two wheels, a motor and a gas tank. The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is a seven-city showcase for custom motorcycles that featured a total of over 350 entries.
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Nick Beaulieu Named “King of Custom Motorcycle Builders”In J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike ShowPublished by Cyril Huze February 14th, 2017 in Builders, Customs and Editorial.
Aaron, Bell International is retained as the exclusive agent for Excelsior-Henderson Motorcycles to seek a strategic relationship for the reintroduction of the brand to the marketplace. “We look forward to working with Excelsior-Henderson during this exciting time in America, with the resurgence of manufacturing pride and interest in motorsports,” states Ralph Bellizzi, founder and president of Aaron, Bell International. As one of the original “Big 3” OEM motorcycle manufacturers along with Harley-Davidson and Indian during the early decades of motorcycling, Excelsior-Henderson’s heritage includes owners Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh, and a long list of ‘firsts,’ being the first motorcycle to circumnavigate the world and officially ‘clocked’ at over 100 mph, to engineering and design innovations until ceasing production by owner Ignatz Schwinn of Chicago during the Great Depression. Continue reading ‘Excelsior Henderson Looking For A Partner For A Full Relaunch’
If I had a message to deliver to Millennials, it would be that indoor is overrated. In participating in the Harley-Davidson “Battle Of The Kings” custom Sportster competition, all official dealers work for the future of the brand and at of course for themselves, promoting their shops to youngsters susceptible to access to the sport of motorcycling. In its 3rd edition, the custom competition is growing very fast, for example in the EMEA region (21 countries in Europe, Middle East, Asia) attracting a total of 220 participating dealers! In Germany, this featured entry from Rick’s Motorcycles is one of the 60 custom Sportsters competing for the country crown leading to a grand finale in November at the 2017 edition of Italian Motorcycle Fair, known as EICMA.
This year, Harley’s dealer custom competition has new rules. To create more custom diversity, dealers could choose between 3 Sportster platforms: either an Iron 883, a Roadster or a Forty-Eight. And to place everybody on the same level, a “Millennial” budget of only 6000 euros or about US$6400 for parts and paint. Rick’s Motorcycles dealership owner Patrick “Rick” Knoerzer picked a brand new 2017 Forty-Eight, decided right away to not touch the stock 1202 cc motor and 5-speed tranny, and being one of the few dealers/builders with its own full line of custom parts had to spend a couple of weeks wondering what should be his priority among all the proprietary parts he created. Continue reading ‘The Cancun 240. A Sportster Forty-Eight On A Budget.’
The Harley XG750R replaces the well known XR750. It is a racing-only machine developed around the Revolution X liquid-cooled V-twin engine powering the Street 750 production model. The purebred racing engine will be available at the dealer in Street 750 motorcycle. It is assembled in Kansas at the at Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations. The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team will compete on the new XG750R throughout the 2017 American Flat Track series with the 1st race at Daytona TT on March 16.
The XG750R is the first all-new Harley flat track racing motorcycle in 44 years. The XG750R is a 60-degree V-twin, while the XR750 is 45-degree V-twin. The XG750R is liquid cooled while the XG750 uses air for cooling. The XG750R fuel delivery is injected while the XR750 uses a carburetor. The XG750R has four valves per cylinder, while the XR750R has two.
“There is extraordinary energy building behind the new American Flat Track series and after decades of XR750 dominance, it’s time to bring a new level of performance and technology to the track with the Harley-Davidson XG750R,” Harley-Davidson Vice President and Managing Director U.S. Mike Kennedy said.
Called sissy bar, back rest or chick stick and adopted for practical or aesthetic reasons, these Burly one-piece units are a classic of the chopper look. They were offered for 1996-2003 Sportsters and now they are available for late models 2004+.
They are made of round tubes, offered in chrome or black, in 2 heights, 13” without pad or 20” with pad. They bolt-on in only 10 to 15 minutes to the outside of the Sportster fender rails and can be removed as easily. Sold with hardware included. Check them out at Burly Brand tel 888-367-1871, or contact your local dealer.
Organized by RSD and nicknamed the “Thrills And Spills” of Flat Track Racing, the 2017 Super Hooligan National Championship Series is a 10-round competition. It gets started this Sunday in Oregon and will end the weekend of October 13-14 in California. The races have been located in parallel to some of the best events in the US. Particularity of the Hooligan Series is the diversity of its participants, from former racers to plumbers to motocross riders, to everybody Joes. It’s a no-holds-barred battle to the stripe on 500 lbs. of fury.
Indian Motorcycle has ponied up with a FTR 750 Factory Indian Scout professional flat track race bike as the championship prize. Dunlop Tires, Motul Oils, K&N Filters and Bell Helmets are also involved in a big way, bringing fat contingency checks to the competitors, rewarding heroic rides and top finishers. Full schedule after the jump. Continue reading ‘2017 Roland Sands Hooligan Flat Track Races. Thrills And Spills.’
“People who work hard and legitimately doing everything that they can, always tend to be luckier”
For those who don’t know the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show. presented by Harley-Davidson is an indoor invitational founded for one reason: to connect motorcycles, builders, fans, and riders in the heartland and beyond. It features over 100 motorcycles from builders of all calibers—flat-tracker, hill climber, chopper, and bar hopper.The show will hold its fourth annual exhibition Feb. 17-19 in Milwaukee, WI, bringing thousands to the city in the dead of winter. The show will feature a full weekend of events, including the second annual Flat Out Friday indoor flat track motorcycle race, the Mama Tried Motorcycle Invitational with a special pre-party hosted by the Harley-Davidson Museum, and Slippery Sunday, an ice-riding competition on the Milwaukee Lakefront. Tickets are for sale HERE.
Flat Out Friday will kick off the weekend at 7:00 p.m. Feb. 17 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. More than 220 racers will compete in 11 classes ranging from amateur and professional to vintage, youth and hooligan. Racing on a flat track oval covered in Dr. Pepper syrup for traction, registered riders include flat track pro racer Jerad Mees, Hooligan riders Carey Hart and Mark “Rusty Butcher” Atkins and Milwaukee native Loyal Prach in the youth class. Special highlights will include an honor ride by the Milwaukee Police Department and Milwaukee-area veterans and the Charlotte Kainz Memorial Pro Race. See the schedule of events after the jump. Continue reading ‘4th Edition Of The Mama Tried Motorcycle Show. February 18-19, 2017.’
From Custom Dynamics, just in time for the riding season.
LED Fairing Trim. You can light up your Batwing Fairing with this new LED Fairing Trim. With a choice of Chrome or Gloss Black Finish, this LED Fairing Trim offers both White DRL Running Lights along with full contrast Amber Turn Signals and Smoked lens. The Trim mounts directly to stock Batwing fairings, offers a plug and play installation and is backed by the Custom Dynamics® Lifetime Warranty Against LED Failure! $199.95/pair.
BAGZ™ Saddlebag LEDs. Seen from the rear, you can increase your visibility and safety on the road with these new Saddlebag Lights for H-D (OEM) Saddle Bags! Available in Chrome or Gloss Black Finish with either a Red or Smoke lens; each unit offers 86 Super Bright Dual Intensity Red LEDs With a plug and play installation, the BAGZ™ will operate as run/brake on Pre ’14 models (run/brake/turn with SMART Triple Play® installed), and run/brake/turn on ‘14 and newer models (except Road King. $199.95/pair
Universal Bag/Filler Panel LED Light Bars. Working best as additional lighting on saddle bags or filler panels! Available in Black Anodized or Chrome Billet Aluminum Housing, with either a Red or Smoke Lens, the LED Light Bars offer a 3-Wire (low, high, ground) System, so multi-function installations are possible. Each unit contains 40 Red TruFLEX II® LEDs, which have outputs between 4000-5000 mcd, making them approximately 4X brighter than standard LEDs! $199.95/pair.
More information, at toll free at 1-800-382-1388, or visit Custom Dynamics, or contact your local Drag Specialties dealer.
David Uhl’s Pin-Up series began in 2007 and includes Fix ‘Er Up, Shine ‘Er Up, The Liberator and Clothing Optional among other pieces. It’s been about 3 years since David Uhl released his last piece in this series, titled Pump ‘Er Up. The newest addition to this collection, titled “When Vanity Calls” (shown painting is 90% complete). Uhl’s lovely friend Rose, in desperate need of a touch-up, stops and uses the first mirror she can find on this beautiful Panhead.
“When Vanity Calls” is now available as a very exclusive (40 prints total) hand-signed, numbered canvas giclee print edition. Each print comes beautifully framed with a Certificate of Authenticity. As always, Uhl studio is offering a first right of refusal to collectors of the set who want to add their matching edition number. After fulfilling these, the remaining prints will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Print Specifics: Edition of 25 plus 5 Artist Proofs and 10 Hors d’ commerce. Image size 20″ by 24”. $1,250 framed, plus shipping. Contact Greg Rhodes, International Sales Director. Tel. 303-913-4840
“The Road King Special pounds down the boulevard like a gleaming locomotive rolling through a train yard at midnight,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice-President of Styling and Design. “The Road King has always reflected the purity of the Harley-Davidson FL riding experience. By exchanging chrome surfaces for black and lowering the bike’s profile, we’ve moved the traditional Road King into a new space that’s very current in the custom bagger scene.”
A dark front end topped by a massive gloss-black headlamp nacelle is the signature styling element of the Road King Special. A new 9-inch-tall, 1.25-inch-diameter mini-ape handlebar puts the rider in an aggressive posture on the bike that’s also comfortable for long runs on the open road.
“Chrome was retained only on some key engine components,” said Harley-Davidson Designer- Stylist Dais Nagao. “The lower rocker boxes, pushrod tubes and tappet blocks are finished with chrome to emphasize the V-Twin shape of the Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine. We added a new engine-turned air cleaner insert, a finish that’s also featured on the tank console.” Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Is Introducing A New King Of The Road. The Road King® Special.’
Harley-Davidson CEO Matt Levatich Announced Roll-Out Of 50 new “high impact” Bikes Over The next 5 years. It will probably include production of Harley’s first-ever electric bike called Livewire which was originally unveiled in 2014. Because foreign bike makers use currency exchange fluctuations to offer discounts in the US, Levatich also said that he is expecting from the Trump administration “bilateral agreements that could help level the playing field for Harley-Davidson”
Öhlins USA Partners With American Flat Track. American Flat Track announced a renewed partnership with Öhlins USA for the 2017 race season. A global leader in motorsport suspension technology, Öhlins USA returns for a second year to give competitors in the premier AFT Twins class the opportunity to vie for the “Öhlins Fastest Lap Award” at each of the 18 rounds on the schedule. Öhlins is one of the most respected and recognizable brands in motorcycle sport. Öhlins USA will have a presence at select rounds to support riders utilizing their products, and will give fans an opportunity to check out their signature gold product lines.
Harley-Davidson Financial Sued For Alleged Harassing. Michael Oliver a Brevard County, Florida resident filed a complaint on Jan. 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Orlando, Division against Harley-Davidson Financial Services Inc., alleging violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that beginning in December 2015, he suffered damages from receiving several collection calls on his cellular telephone. The plaintiff holds Harley-Davidson Financial Services Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly kept on harassing the plaintiff by placing several calls per day on his cellular telephone using an automatic dialer system. The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks statutory damages, punitive damages, actual damages, all legal fees plus interest, and any other relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Jared M. Lee of Morgan & Morgan, Tampa P.A. in Orlando.
J&P Cycles Partners With GEICO Insurance. J&P Cycles, the world’s largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories retailer, will provides riders with personal insurance consultations from GEICO at their stores during Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida and the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota. Additionally, J&P Cycles Gold Club members and GEICO motorcycle insurance policy holders will receive other benefits online and at events to be announced throughout the year. Riders and customers will also find detailed information on how to select the right motorcycle protection and access to no-obligation insurance quotes from GEICO from the J&P Cycles website. GEICO is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States.
ThunderRoad Financial Continues To Finance The Remaining Stock Of Erik Buell Racing Motorcycles. ThunderRoad Financial partnered with EBR only 4 months ago. EBR had only about 15 dealers at the end of year 2016 instead of the minimum of 40 expected. EBR Motorcycles will continue to honor warranties and provide technical and parts support to these current dealers and riders. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’
Almost unlimited length from up to 42” in 1 7/8” or 2 1/4” diameter. A sure way to make people notice your Harley Softail or Touring bike…Samson Exhaust 605-720-7676.
I reproduce below what I think is a great analysis by Rich Duprey for the Motley Fool. In it, he explains why the demise of Victory Motorcycles will not help Harley-Davidson, quite the opposite. I agree with him that the exit of Victory is only going to intensify the competition against the industry leader. Read, then voice your opinion.
“Unfortunately for Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG), there’s no way it can capitalize on the decision by Polaris Industries (NYSE:PII) to kill off its Victory brand of motorcycles. Although it means there will be one less American-made motorcycle on the market, which ought to bolster the made-in-America motorcycle king, its rival’s move to focus instead on its fabulously successful Indian Motorcycle nameplate means Harley is going to have an even harder time selling its bikes.
A losing proposition. Few would argue Polaris didn’t make the right move. Despite 18 years on the market, Victory hardly made a dent in the consciousness of bike riders. Growth was negligible, and the brand had accumulated losses of $100 million for Polaris. With an industry in the midst of a downturn, pouring more resources into Victory was not feasible, certainly not when Polaris has the Indian brand that could benefit further from the additional investments that will be thrown at it. Because Indian has made swift inroads into Harley’s market share, quickly jumping into second place in the short span of years since the nameplate was bought out of bankruptcy, having even greater resources available to it could see larger swaths of the market fall into its camp. As Harley-Davidson’s fourth-quarter earnings show, that’s a distinct possibility. While the bike maker finally snapped a two-year losing streak of falling quarterly sales in the U.S., the gains weren’t anything special. Revenue rose 0.1% over 2015, as it sold exactly 33 more bikes in the period than a year ago.
Declining volumes. At least it didn’t try to fudge the shipment numbers this time around. Unlike the last two years in a row — when it pushed out more motorcycles onto dealer lots in the fourth quarter than were warranted, to be able to say it made its full-year shipment forecasts — this year Harley just wouldn’t have been able to justify the big spike needed to make even the low end of its forecast. In the end, shipments fell 12%. That means Harley-Davidson missed its guidance for the year. Where it had said it was confident it would ship between 264,000 and 269,000 motorcycles in 2016, it ended up shipping a little over 262,000 bikes. Continue reading ‘Why Harley-Davidson Can’t Benefit From Victory’s Demise’
George Thorogood and the Destroyers will be performing for fans at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® on Thursday, Aug. 10 and they’re still “Bad to the Bone.” The band’s show will follow Doug Danger’s Rattlesnake Jump, an attempt to jump Evel Knievel’s 1972 Harley-Davidson 120ft. over a pit filled with live rattlesnakes.
George Thorogood And The Destroyers has been a nonstop touring rock and roll machine since the ‘70s, celebrating 40 years of performing together in 2014. In that time the band’s signature snarling, buzz saw bluesy rock ‘n’ roll blend generated classic rock staples like “Bad to the Bone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “I Drink Alone,” “Who Do You Love,” “Move it On Over,” and many more.
“George Thorogood is bringing some of the most well-known hits in the world to the Chip this summer,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “And if you’re in the crowd you’ll get to experience the power of these classic tunes in the best way possible, through the band’s explosive live performance. I expect everyone in the audience will be singing along to every word.”
In addition to nine nights of world-class concerts the American Flat TrackBuffalo Chip TT presented by Indian Motorcycle will light up the amphitheater on Sun., Aug. 6. The Moto Stampede continues in 2017 with Hooligan Races presented by Indian Motorcycle and authentic Street Drag Races on Wed., Aug 9.
The Buffalo Chip plans to announce more headlining main stage entertainment in the coming weeks. More info and purchase passes at Buffalo Chip
They are TIG welded for strength and then nicely powder coated in satin black.
The rider floorboards bolt right on 1984 to 2017 Harley FL Touring models, 1984-2015 FLST/FLS and 2012-2017 FLD
The matching passenger floorboards fit Harley 1993-2017 FLH/T models with stock passenger floorboard mounts.
Contact Burly Brand or your local dealer. 888-367-1871.
The initiative comes from Custom Builder Bryan Fuller of Fuller Moto who partnered with Caffeine and Octane, America’s largest monthly car show, to bring a unique experience of all the things guys like him are truly passionate about; motorcycles, cars, customizing, and inspiring the next generation of builders and enthusiasts.
All makes all models of cars and motorcycles can participate. Several educational workshops on popular topics such as welding and design, a motorcycle Ride with “All Girls Garage” tv host Cristy Lee, a Brews Cruise along the intracoastal waterway as well as other island events will be held over the weekend. A nice addition to the show is the curated American Makers Artist Marketplace which will showcase artists and makers who embody craftsmanship, quality and authentically made American products.
Wayne Ransom loves motorcycles, is an occasional bike builder, and found a new outlet for his creativity. Static engine sculptures straying from the original mechanical design with a more simplistic and flowing design. As the engine is itself in movement…His first series is based/inspired by the Suzuki Hayabusa engine (soon a V-Twin) that he is going to decline in a variety of sculptures ranging from free-standing to table-top size,
For a “sand cast” look all engine is bead blasted then clear coated to facilitate cleaning. On this sculpture, exhaust is formed out of Titanium with 184 weld joints that equal 97 feet of weld length. Then a little bit of color is added to give those welds some character. The end pipe is sculpted from aircraft aluminum, mirror polished and cleared. The pedestal is made out of stainless steel tube with aluminum panels. Dimensions: Length 36″ (91.4cm) Width 34″ (86.3cm) Height 55″ (139.7cm). You can see this sculpture more in details at Wayne Ransom Velocity Collection, and of course it’s for sale.
North Of Phoenix, in their New River shop, brothers and best friends Justin & Jarrod Del Prado are becoming one of the USA choice teams for a precision re-built Sportster with great class and extra OMPH. No big crew at DP Customs, just the 2 of them doing what they love to do. No corporate BS to deal with and no risk of interference with their creativity. Just keeping it root and building with passion and pride. A philosophy attracting many clients bringing them tired and/or already badly customized Sportsters for a power plant refresh job and a full design makeover. Between the walls of their small shop, only one rule: keep the Sportster a Sportster to the core…
The C88 (last letter of client’s name and his preferred number) got started from a 2001 1200cc Sporty immediately stripped down to its bare frame. After cleaning it of its factory welds and unnecessary brackets, the Del Prado’s chopped it just behind the rear motor mounts and re-built it as a new hard-tail drop seat frame. For this purpose they formed and welded a “roll-hoop” style tube forming the solo seat cradle. Result is an “in the frame” riding position well suited to mean speed even when the bike still stands still. Continue reading ‘The C88. A Sportster With Hard-Edged Attitude.’
One of the easiest and most frequent changed parts changed on a Harley tourer, is the fairing gauge trim. Many different design styles (just a few shown here) will add style to your inner fairing and gauges.
CNC CNC machined from billet aluminum. Available in Deep Cut, 10-Gauge and Beveled styles Each style has matching speaker grills & tank dash accessories for the complete look.
Retail $219.95-$239.95. At Arlen Ness
Shortly after take-off on an outbound evening Air Lingus flight from Dublin to Boston, the lead flight attendant nervously made the following painful announcement in her lovely Irish brogue: “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m so very sorry, but it appears that there has been a terrible mix-up by our catering service. I don’t know how this has happened, but we have 103 passengers on board, and unfortunately, we received only 40 dinner meals. I truly apologize for this mistake and inconvenience.”
When the muttering of the passengers had died down, she continued, “Anyone who is kind enough to give up their meal so that someone else can eat, will receive free, unlimited drinks for the duration of our 5 hour flight“
Her next announcement came about 2 hours later: “If anyone is hungry, we still have 40 dinners available.”
It was known as the Duesenberg of motorcycles. This unrestored Henderson Four born in 1912, the first year of Henderson’s existence, with original paint and tires, was hammered for $490,000 at last weekend Mecum Las Vegas Auction. Its original price was $325. Its four cylinders were arranged in a row and placed longitudinally in the frame. 934 cc, or 57 cubic inches, with inlet-over-exhaust valves and a single-speed chain drive. You start it It is started with a hand crank. The fuel tank is a long, cylindrical tube slung from the top of the frame. A total of 13.7 million was sold during this last weekend Mecum auction.
The objective of these Fork Legs was to develop and build a new style taking its flair from the 70’s Motocross era. For their conception and design, Battistinis USA teamed up with leading suspension and fork manufacturer, American Suspension. Features include an axle that is offset over 1 1/2” forward and around 1/2” lower to give a perfect trail when fitting a 23” front wheel into any touring bike. The kit keeps the full stock suspension travel.
No need to instal travel limiters or uprated springs. Kit is also compatible with American Suspensions Fully adjustable cartridge and suspension kits. A true bolt on, the Leading Axle ™ fork legs simply replace the stock lower legs without the need to remove the fairing, trees or altering frame geometry. The Leading Axle ™ fork leg has the corrected trail built right into the leg and use stock brakes, fender and all fork internals. Legs can be replaced in under two hours which reduces the downtime and labor cost. Patent Pending. At Battistinis USA.
Indian has put these bikes up for a vote HERE. The top three bikes will be unveiled at an Indian VIP party in Daytona Beach during Daytona Bike Week in March.
And when you vote you get a chance to win a 2017 Indian Chieftain of your own. Each daily vote is equal to an entry in the sweepstakes. Voters can vote daily to increase sweepstakes entries and chances to win. VOTE NOW…
Roland Sands states that his brake calipers are a step up in braking power for your V-Twin bike.
“We’ve taken the best of brake caliper technology, high quality precision machining and trademark RSD styling, With GP racing architecture and weight distribution, the extra rigidity maximizes your effort at the brake lever, stopping you faster with more feel.”
You can couple RSD brake calipers with their RSD radial master cylinders. Offered in Black Ops, Chrome, Contrast Cut, Machine Ops For Dyna 2000-16, Softail 2000-14 except FSXTS, Sportster 2000-13, FLH 2000-07 with 11.5” disc, VRod 2002-2005 except VRSCR. Roland Sands Design.
Until now, only full face and modular helmets were offered with bluetooth capability. The Cavalry from Sena is the first ever bluetooth half-helmet. Forget the hassle of installation, the Cavalry comes pre-wired and ready to ride.
You can take and make phone calls, listen to FM radiol or to your favor music play list, hear GPS directions and chat with up to four of your buddies on the built-in intercom system up to 300 ft away. High quality speakers deliver crystal clear audio in a seamless design built right into the helmet.
The Calvary’s bluetooth system offers a 10-hour battery life. Available at a dealer near you. Sena Helmets.