Harley is hosting an orientation session on October 10 at the Pilgrim Road plant in Menomonee Falls where are manufactured engines and transmissions for the final assembly plants in York, Pennsylvania, and Kansas City, Missouri, for Touring, Softail,® Dyna® and Sportster® model families. The 100 positions are seasonal work will have full-time hours with potential for overtime. Positions include experienced CNC machine operators, entry-level machine operators, assemblers, and forklift operators. Past manufacturing experience is considered a plus, and applicants must be able to pass a skills assessment and drug test. To register for the orientation session, call (414) 342-9787.
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For those who don’t know, the first known use of a pink ribbon in connection with breast cancer awareness was in the fall of 1991, when the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors. The pink ribbon was derived from the popular red ribbon for AIDS awareness.
Since its launch in 2010, the Harley-Davidson Pink Label program has raised more than $1.8 million for donation to partner organizations offering education and support to those facing breast cancer. Inspired by the struggles and courage of riders and passengers who’ve been impacted by breast cancer, the Harley-Davidson® Pink Label Collection represents a passionate pledge by Harley-Davidson riders, dealers and enthusiasts: Nobody rides alone, on the road or through life.
At least 3% of the proceeds from sales of the Harley-Davidson® Pink Label Collection is donated to three program partners, each offering national reach and a distinct type of care. Contact Jen Hoyer for more information or to receive products for evaluation. The 2016 Pink Label Collection includes a total of 59 items, each packing the power to make a difference. Visit h-d.com/pinklabel
To both the street and the track will tell you Justin and Jarrod Del Prado, the duo working as brothers and best friends at reputable DP Custom Cycles. A Sportster-based machine that they designed and tuned to excel in all aspects of street and track performance if in the hands of an aggressive and capable rider. As demonstrated by the past features I published, the humble bros have always produced very cool customs, and with this new creation stay true to their unique style.
To perform, no expense was spared. The motor was rebuilt at the shop with Revolution Performance polished and ported heads, performance cylinders, pistons, and hot Screamin’ Eagle high lift cams. The single fire ignition and coil are by Dynatek. The motor now breathes through a 42mm Mikuni carburetor, with Justin & Jarrod fabbing the tuned 2 into 1 exhaust. All the engine works to create a fresh and beautiful 1250 cc motor now shining in a bright aluminum ultra-thin coating commonly used on firearms.
Every single piece of this bike has been fabricated and engineered to the highest standards. Starting by the rear subframe and the race inspired steel tail section. Correct stance was achieved by lifting the rear with Ohlins shocks and lowering the front with shortened Ohlins inverted front forks. A one-off triple tree, a set of clip-ons and of rear-sets are works of art fabricated by the Del Prados’ pal Shane at Chainsikle. An increase in bike trail and a Scott’s steering damper neatly engineered to be mounted with the arm mounted out of sight contribute to improved riding stability. Continue reading ‘The Mack Sportster. Does it Belong To The Street Or To The Track?’
For many, the new Scout is and will remain a solo seat bike and wish a custom bolt-on version inspired by the past. This “1920 Solo Saddle Seat” is a genuine new part from Indian Motorcycle. It is currently in production and should be available in October. Want to be one of the first to install one? You can already reserve yours online at Indian Scout Accessories.
A New York attorney representing an extremely wealthy art collector called and asked to speak to his client, “Saul, I have some good news and, I have some bad news.” The art collector replied, “I’ve had an awful day; let’s hear the good news first.”
The lawyer said, “Well, I met with your wife today, and she informed me that she invested $5,000 in two pictures that she thinks will bring a minimum of $15-20 million. I think she could be right.” Saul replied enthusiastically, “Well done! My wife is a brilliant
businesswoman! You’ve just made my day.
Now I know I can handle the bad news. What is it?” The lawyer replied, “The pictures are of you with your secretary.”
Sinister offers many options (designs, colors and sizes) to “build” your own wheels and just added a new option: engraving. Featured here is the “Big Phat Daddy” spoke model. Sinister Wheels has the expertise to execute engraving on their CNC machined billet and spoke wheels (from 16” to 32”) with any color combination and edge cut finish, with matching pulleys (11.5, 11.8, 13 and 18”) and rotors. The company also offers a proprietary floating caliper set. Build your own wheel online and request a quote at Sinister Wheels.
Bringing back a rally tradition in Sturgis and Daytona Beach, as a kick-off of the Sturgis 75th rally on August 2nd, there was a successful re-ignition of the breakfast meet & greet, bringing together custom builders and fans. The event organized by “Flying Piston” brought together in one place the custom builders whose bikes appeared in the Motorcycles As Art Exhibit curated by Michael Lichter. Fans purchased tickets to join them at the Chip’s Russ Brown Event Center for breakfast, to shake hands, sign autographs and pose for pictures. The builders autographed several special auction items to raise funds for technical education scholarships. and took the opportunity for networking among themselves, as well. (photo @ M. Lichter) Continue reading ‘Flash Back To The Sturgis 75th Rally. International Custom Builders Mix & Meet.’
If you follow the custom baggers scene, you already know that Azzkikr is building some very radical ones. After experimenting with one-off bodywork on its customs, Azzkikr sells the corresponding kits to bagger enthusiasts. After offering kits to dress up Harley and Victory tourers, Azzkikr is now offering an “Outlaw” body kit for the Indian baggers. The package includes a new stretched rear fender, stretched saddlebags and custom side panels. Note that the factory pipes will no more fit, and that you will need to replace them by Azzkikr “Outlaw” 2 into exhaust exhaust system. MSRP $2,250.00.
A Cafe Racer/Street tracker inspired taillight/lamp housing combo to improve the butt of your Triumph Bonneville, Thruxton or Scrambler. This low profile aluminum lamp housing adapter kit fits stock fender mounting holes and maintains rubber mounting. Universal taillamp fitting as it is easily adaptable to fit any type lamp and turn signal. At Maund Speed Equipment or call James Maund on my behalf at 626-310-3061
Malcolm Smith Named 2015 “AIMExpo Champion”. Hall of Fame Racer and Business Owner Releases New Autobiography.Published by Cyril Huze September 25th, 2015 in Books and Events.
The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) announced today that off-road racing legend and pioneer Malcolm Smith has been named “AIMExpo Champion” for its third-annual gathering at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, October 15-18. Smith, an AMA Hall of Famer and a true off-road motorcycling pioneer, follows fellow Hall of Famers Kenny Roberts (2013) and Kevin Schwantz (2014) as AIMExpo Champion, and will play an integral role in the weekend’s pre-event publicity and promotion.
Smith will also be a focal point of several AIMExpo festivities, including Q&A sessions with fans, media appearances and signing copies of his brand-new autobiography in booth 2401. “Malcolm! The Autobiography” is available now from Malcolm Smith Motorsports, www.themalcolmbook.com and powersports dealers nationwide via Tucker Rocky.
“I’m genuinely honored to be named AIMExpo Champion,” Smith said. “Especially on the heels of champions like Kenny [Roberts] and Kevin [Schwantz]. As a longtime powersports dealer myself, I see the tremendous value AIMExpo brings to dealers, and I’m excited to get there and see what’s new in our industry for the coming season. AIMExpo has accomplished a lot in just a couple of years, and it’s all very exciting, for me personally and for the industry. Heck, I’d be there even if they hadn’t chosen me to be the AIMExpo Champion!” Continue reading ‘Malcolm Smith Named 2015 “AIMExpo Champion”. Hall of Fame Racer and Business Owner Releases New Autobiography.’
Akrapovic, the well known class-leading exhaust manufacturer offering well designed performance exhausts with a unique sound is now offering new systems for the Victory cruiser lineup: the Gunner, High-Ball, Hammer S & Hammer 8-Ball, Judge and Vegas 8-Ball. They are sold with a 2-year warranty and available in chrome or black.
Victory Motorcycles’ head of parts, apparel and accessories, Andreas Geisinger, said: “I was very excited to work with Akrapovič on this exclusive exhaust line for our Victory Motorcycles line up. Akrapovič goes perfectly with Victory Motorcycles push to produce machines with Modern American Performance. These handmade exhausts are like works of art.”
Uros Rosa, Akrapovic CEO stated that “Victory Motorcycles has breathed new life into the American V-Twin cruiser market with its pioneering range of bikes. We are delighted to offer our own unique exhaust knowledge using the latest technology.”
Polaris Plans To Assemble Indian Motorcycles in India. You all know that India is a key emerging market for motorcycle brands. Indian Motorcycle is planning to set up an assembly plant by 2018. “We are looking at a time horizon of about three to five years to set up an assembling plant in India,” Pankaj Dubey, Marketing Director of Polaris India said after opening its 4th dealership in Hyderabad after Delhi NCR, Bengaluru and Chennai. The manufacturer plans to open 8 more across India by the end of 2016. Currently, Indian sells six different models in India.
Mission Electric Motorcycles Assets And Technology For Sale. Which Company Can Be Interested? Polaris already bought the electric motorcycle company Brammo. Would it make sense to buy Mission expertise to build an electric Superbike alongside the Victory Empulse? Harley-Davidson has already said it has no interest in buying any existing electric motorcycle company and instead wants to develop electric bikes entirely on its own.
Harley-Davidson’s Springettsbury Manufacturing Plant Will Host Its Annual Open House This Weekend. This year’s event will feature Harley’s first electric motorcycle, a simulated riding experience offered by Project Livewire, and motorcycles from the films “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will be on display. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday Sept. 24 through Saturday, Sept. 26 at the plant, 1425 Eden Rd., and will boast a variety of free activities. Other activities include self-guided tours and demo rides on the 2016 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, which will each run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as live musical entertainment, a Moto Sphere motorcycle stunt show and refreshments. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’
If you had to change only one thing on a factory motorcycle to change it with the maximum impact, it would be replacing your wheels or customizing them. And the technique of powder coating is the one offering you almost unlimited possibilities to do it.
Sumax has been powder coating for over thirty years and is the original company offering it exclusively for motorcycles. The company is well known and appreciated for the quality of its work and pride itself for the quality of its non-fading smooth glass finish paint due to an extremely precise cleaning and preparation of the wheels.
Featured here is a two-color contrast Viper Red/ HD Denim Black wheel. On its website, Sumax offers a link to Prismatic Powders offering thousands of colors and free samples to match your bike. Customers from all over the world send their parts to Sumax. They are the original, and probably the powder coating company by which all others are judged. Sumax 800-654-5546
This 1927 Harley-Davidson is believed to be one of less than 50 FHA 8-Valve racers built from 1916 to 1928 It sold last Monday for $600,000 to an Australian bidder after a fiercely competitive bidding war at the Shannon’s Melbourne Spring Auction. Initially it was expected to sell for around $100,000. This 1927 Harley was the fastest produced during the time period and was never made available for public sale but only offered to up-and-coming racers. The sidecar was added to the bike after it was purchased and can be angled to adapt to the track the bike was running on. The last time it was raced was in 1940, then kept in stoorage. This 1927 Harley has never been restored and the new owner declared that he will leave it is in its original condition.
A new easy-to-install Tri-Line family of accents from Küryakyn®. The new collection is designed to enhance the bodylines on ’14-later Harley-Davidson® Touring and Trike models (Electra Glide, Street Glide & Tri Glide) Accents are made from lightweight, durable injection-molded ABS and feature hassle-free installation with 3M® VHB™ adhesive.
Tri-Line Windshield Trim
The one-piece Tri-Line Windshield Trim provides a custom chrome transition from fairing to windscreen for a clean, finished appearance. Accented features designed into the outer trim surface complement the scalloped Tri-Line center design. Available in chrome, installation takes minutes with the included polished stainless steel hardware and pre-applied adhesive. MSRP: $69.99. http://www.kuryakyn.com/products/4849/tri-line-windshield-trim
Tri-Line Fairing Accents
The batwing fairing’s lower contours are a perfect canvas for the Tri-Line Fairing Accents. The streamlined trims feature a swept wing-styled design that flows with the curvature of the lower fairing for an understated custom styling upgrade. Sold in pairs, Tri-Line Fairing Accents are available in chrome or gloss black finishes. MSRP: $39.99 http://www.kuryakyn.com/products/4774/tri-line-fairing-accents
Tri-Line Saddlebag, Saddlebag Lid & Tour-Pak Accents
Extend the theme to the rear with Tri-Line Saddlebag, Saddlebag Lid and Tour-Pak Accents. The clean, aerodynamic trims easily affix to ’14-later stock H-D hard saddlebags, saddlebag lids and Tour-Pak lids. Each accent is capable of providing an enhancement as a standalone piece, and together the total package creates a cohesive sweptback appearance. All three applications are available in chrome or gloss black finishes. MSRP: $49.99 – $59.99
Tri-Line Accent for ’14-later Rear Tour-Pak Lights
The Tri-Line Accent for Rear Tour-Pak Light creates a classic fully chromed appearance to the stock rear light bar on ’14-later H-D Tour-Paks. Available in chrome, this three-piece accent provides a custom housing that hides the dull plastic black molding surrounding the Tour-Pak’s rear light bar for the textbook finishing touch to your Tri-Line theme. MSRP: $99.99 http://www.kuryakyn.com/products/4856/tri-line-accent-for-rear-tour-pak-light
The actor, 51, got a passion for World War II memorabilia since starring in the 2 blockbuster movies “Fury” and “Inglorious Basterds. And since he’s got a love for motorcycles, he bought a 1942 sidecar for £250,000 ($385,000) used by a German reconnaissance unit in Crete.
The German Nazis left Crete in 1945 and the 3-wheeler was sold at auction to a local Greek collector. It is fully restored with only original parts and of course stripped of its Nazi decals. About 500 around the world would still be in existence. And which brand is it? I am not sure but experts say a Zündapp KS750.
The wind. The rain. The blistering heat and constant vibration. Creating a premium audio system capable of performing in harsh motorcycle environments is a consuming task of testing and testing again. Riders may push a button and take that sound quality for granted, but turning a motorcycle into a (almost) rolling concert hall is a complex challenge. To ensure that the Harley-Davidson Boom! audio products will function well in harsh motorcycle environments, all components are subjected to the same test criteria as Harley-Davidson motorcycles. This means they are water resistant, UV resistant and vibration tested to meet the Motor Company’s strict quality standards. “Our goal is to deliver exceptional products that create a deep emotional connection between music and riding,” said Tom Strunsee, Senior Project Engineer. “We delve into areas like how to optimize bass while keeping distortion low. Our audio engineers work hand in hand with our vehicle engineers and designers to optimize speaker enclosures and locations for both the standard and Boom! Audio speakers.”
Boom! Audio systems are designed to be loud enough to cut through road noise without sacrificing the basic qualities of high fidelity – accurate reproduction of the complete frequency range of music, smooth musical balance and clarity. Each configuration of speakers and amps offered by Harley-Davidson, including the new Boom! Audio Stage II Speakers and Boom! Audio amplifier has a unique EQ [equalization] curve to maximize the speaker’s performance in each location on the motorcycle, from fairing to Tour-Pak® to saddlebag lids, a clear advantage for the Boom! Audio systems.” Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Premium Audio System To Perform In Harsh Environments’
Competition in the high-tech Smart Helmet Category intensifies. SKULLY Systems has selected Telenav’s Scout SDK to deliver navigation features in their highly anticipated. SKULLY reality motorcycle helmet. The navigation technology provides real-time, turn-by-turn worldwide navigation in a heads-up display.
“We are creating new safety technologies for motorcycling with the SKULLY AR-1. It provides riders with a navigation experience designed specifically with the motorcyclist in mind,” said Marcus Weller, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of SKULLY. “We needed a flexible and highly robust platform for navigation, and Telenav’s SDK met our rigorous criteria. We are able to create truly awesome features that motorcyclists have never had before.
Developing a safe and easily accessible motorcycle navigation solution presents unique engineering challenges that traditional navigation systems are ill-equipped to address. Telenav states that their Scout SDK software system is highly customizable in all driving scenario and fits within the display of a small window inside the SKULL AR-1 helmet.
Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® Wrecking Crew rider Kenny Coolbeth Jr. dominated the field and a difficult Delaware Speedway race track to score his second win of the season in the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines flat track series.
On a night when Coolbeth needed a win to keep his 2015 season championship hopes alive, the veteran racer crushed the competition on a Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson® XR750 motorcycle, winning the Dash for Cash bonus sprint before leading every lap of the 25-lap main. Jake Johnson brought the Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® Factory Team XR750 home in third place. Continue reading ‘Harley Racers Grab First And Third Place At Roar On The Shore Flat Track Race’
When in 1922 C.N. Williamson and E.E. Dickie created the Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company producing millions of uniforms for the US armed forces to become the number one manufacturer of work apparel worldwide, of course they could not imagine that one day a custom motorcycle builder from Taiwan would dedicate one of his creations to the Dickies brand. It happened by accident (pun intended) when the owner of Dickies Taiwan crashed his 2010 Harley XR 1200…
Custom Builder Winston Yeh from Rough Crafts wanted to return the damaged Sportster bike to its racer roots , the XR-750, but in a retro and more civilized version made to tame the streets, not the track. For this purpose, after stretching the gas tank by 2 inch and narrowing it, a new “sport” tail section was installed with the swingarm and front forks replaced by those of a Sporty Forty Eight (spare parts coming from another project) Rear suspension was upgraded with a set of Progressive Suspension shocks combining a high pressure gas mono tube design with deflective and adjustable disc damping via a knob. Continue reading ‘A Street Racer Named Rusty Slider’
For those in pursuit of ultra clean handlebars, it will be difficult to beat weld-on cable hand controls. Clamps are machined from billet steel for easy welding Of course, you will need to use a remote master cylinder also available from the same company. Kit of both left & right sides is $380.00 (EUR 340.00) At Kustom Tech Italy.
Alisa Clickenger of Motorcycle Adventure Group, LLC announces plans for the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride, July 4-24, 2016, a cross-country motorcycle ride for women. The event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Adeline and Augusta Van Buren’s historic ride across the United States from New York to San Francisco.
In 1916 Adeline and Augusta Van Buren set out to prove they could ride as well as anyone. With World War I looming, the Van Buren sisters planned to show that women had what it took to be dispatch riders in the U.S. Army. They set off on their transcontinental journey on a pair of motorcycles. “This was a phenomenal accomplishment by two courageous women at a time when few roads were paved, Victorian attitudes were in full flare and women did not yet have the right to vote,” says Clickenger. “This ride is intended to honor their achievement and promote the growth of modern-day women motorcyclists and the motorcycling community.”
The extended family of the Van Buren sisters have joined forces with Clickenger to promote the event, which will launch from the east coast with at least 100 women riders, including Adeline’s great-granddaughter, Sofié Ruderman, and Sarah Van Buren, great-great-niece of Adeline and Augusta. The 100-plus riders will follow the Van Burens’ 1916 route as closely as possible, often along the Lincoln Highway. Combining scenic routes, community events, and important stops along the Van Burens’ own journey, the route will allow for great motorcycle riding and promote women as role models by visibly demonstrating their courage and capability as cross-country motorcycle riders.
“The Sisters’ Centennial Ride celebrates our family legacy by raising visibility for women motorcyclists while raising funds for charities supporting women in traditionally male-dominated careers,” says Robert Van Buren. “We hope many will join us in this celebration of American motorcycle heritage, pioneers, and the freedom to ride”, adds Dan Ruderman, Adeline’s grandson. Continue reading ‘Sister’s Centennial Motorcycle Ride. Then, 2 Women. Now 100 Women Riding Cross Country.’
Thursday, October 1. Ride In Bike Show.
Registration will be open from 2:30pm-6:00pm with the awards presentation at 7:30pm. $20 Entry Fee. Bike Show Classes: Bagger – Antique – Ladies – Stock – Trike – Chopper / Bobber – Metric – Paint – Custom / Pro Build. Anything Goes. Awards for 1st and 2nd Place Trophies, for Best Of Show, for Judges Choice. Must be registered for Las Vegas BikeFest or have a Rally Central wristband to enter.
Friday, October 2. Las Vegas BikeFest Custom Bike Show.
The winner of the Radical Class will win $2,000 in cash PLUS an automatic invitation to the 2016 Artistry in Iron. Registration: 9:00am – 11:00am. Show Display: 11:00am – 6:00pm. Awards: 5:30 – 6:00pm. Master Builders Championship. There will be $500 in prize money and a custom trophy for the Semi-Custom and Custom class winners. Trophies will also be awarded for the Best Bagger, Best Metric, Best Sport Bike, Best Paint, and Best Bobber. You must be registered with an Ultimate or VIP Pass to enter the Custom Bike Show.
Registration: 10:00am – 12:00pm. Display: 12:00pm – 8:00pm. Awards: 5 pm. Must be registered with a Party, Ultimate or VIP Pass to enter a bike. Winners in each category will win a trophy and other prizes. Bike Show Classes: • Stock Class: Stock wheel size (up to 21″) with bolt on body modifications but no frame modifications • Modified Class: 23″ wheel with mild frame and body modifications including wide front tire • Radical Class: 26″ wheel with moderate frame and body modifications • Pro Class: 30″-32″ wheel with extreme frame and body modifications.
Saturday October 3. Cycle Source Custom Bike Show.
Registration: 12:00pm – 2:00pm. Display: 12:00pm – 5:00pm. No Entry Fee. Awards: 5:00pm. Must be registered for Las Vegas BikeFest or have a Rally Central wristband to enter. Prizes for Sportster, Big Twin, Bagger, Bobber, Chopper, Asian Import, European Import, Antique, Cafe, Best Pan, Best Shovel, Best Knuckle, Best Paint, Best Trike, and FXR. PLUS: Best of Show gets a Full Feature in Cycle Source Magazine.
Well known in Europe and trying now to gain some market share in the US, the Netherlands based exhaust company Jekyll & Hyde produces systems featuring an electronically adjustable valve to go from a social and legal sound…to a deep warm rumble when this valve is opened. A two personalities exhaust explaining the Jekyll & Hyde company name in reference to the legendary doctor with two personalities from the book of Robert Louis Stevenson “The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1886).
To promote their new agressive electronically adjustable Thunderbolt NRS exhaust system Jekyll & Hyde teamed up with German builder No Limit Custom (NLC), a shop with extensive experience customizing the Harley V-Rod and offering different body kits and custom parts. Objective was of course to prove that their system is the most powerful and perfectly legal one a that a V-Rod can be fitted with. The system is available for motorcycles having the original swing arm to accept a 280 mm tire . The electronically adjustable system can be used in automatic or closed mode. An extra service mode is added for racing or testing purposes only. Continue reading ‘Jekyll & Hyde Promo Custom V-Rod For Their New Thunderbolt NRS Exhaust System’