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Brass Balls Cycles Aluminum Ribbed Exhaust Tips

1bbctipsSome exhaust pipes are too plain and visually boring, especially drag pipes. The solution is to dress them up with tips. These ones are classic enough to work perfectly with many bike styles.

2bbctipsBrass Balls Cycles use these ribbed tips on many of their custom projects and decided to market them, targeting individuals and small shops who don’t have access to machinery to make their owns.

They are a simple bolt-on on all 1-3/4″ O.D. exhaust pipes. Machined from aircraft grade 6061T6 billet aluminum. Sold in sets of 2. $84.95 per pair, including set screws for mounting. At Brass Balls Cycles Online Store or your local dealer.


Going Dark…

brakemasterFront Brake Master Cylinder. Constructed from die-cast aluminum with a matte black finish that matches the OEM black finish, this master cylinder comes complete with black lever and clamp half. Available for 08-16 FLHT, FLTR, FLHR and FLHX models, the suggested retail price is $199.95.

flarecoversFlared Side Covers For Stock Bags. They are direct snap-on replacements for stock Harley side covers. Constructed of injection-molded polyurethane, they require minimal prep before painting and zero trimming, shaping, gluing or drilling. Perfect blend for a smooth and narrow look. Manufactured in the USA by Baggster LLC. Covers are sold in pairs for 97-13 FLT, FLHT, FLHR, FLTR, FLHX models. MSRP $349.95.

Battery-CoverIgnition-CoilsBattery Covers. A choice of formed covers working on sealed and conventional batteries, providing protection without disturbing the style of your ride. Available for 91-05 FXD, FXDWG, 85 FXE, 82-03 XL, 99-04 FXDX and 01-03 FXDXT models, the suggested retail price is $25.95.

Ignition Coils. They help increase peak spark voltage by at least 20%, increasing miles and putting a stop to high-speed misfires. Available for 14-16 FXSB, 11-13 FXS, 08-11 FXCW/C models, the suggested retail price range is $92.95 to $119.95.

Spectro Oils

Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-jokeThis is a conversation between a man and his wife. Please note that she asks 5 or 6 questions which he answered quite simply and she is speechless after answering only one question.

Woman: Do you drink beer? Man: Yes

Woman: How many beers a day? Man: Usually about 3

Woman: How much do you pay per beer? Man: $5.00 which includes a tip

Woman: And how long have you been drinking? Man: About 20 years, I suppose

Woman: So a beer costs $5.00 and you have 3 beers a day which puts your spending each month at $450.00. In one year, it would be approximately $5400.00 correct? Man: Correct

Woman: If in 1 year you spend $5400.00, not accounting for inflation, the past 20 years puts your spending at $108,000.00 correct? Man: Correct

Woman: Do you know that if you didn’t drink so much beer, that money could have been put in a step-up interest savings account and after accounting for compound interest for the past 20 years, you could have now bought a Ferrari?

Man: Do you drink beer? Woman: No.

Man: Where’s your Ferrari? Woman: huh…

Progressive Suspension

Italian Style Inverted Front Ends For Harley Models.

0odc_fork_bagger_00061odc_forkSuperb Italian design and outstanding riding performance come together in this very stylish upside-down forks of Italian Ottodicuori (ODC). This brand is already the front suspension choice of many top custom builders, like Fred Kodlin on several of his most recent Big Wheel Custom Baggers creations.

The ODC inverted front ends are available for Sportster (2000-up), Softail, Dyna and Touring models with several options. For Sportster, Dyna and Softail forks, you can choose between narrow-glide (195) mm), mid-glide (220 mm) and wide-glide (252 mm) with single or dual brake caliper mountings. You can either re-use OEM brake calipers or any aftermarket brand.

The Touring inverted front end is offered in 2 versions, “Standard” and “Milano“ both accepting 23”, 26” and 30” tall wheels, making Italian ODC, as far as I know, the only high-performance upside-down forks available  for Big Wheel Baggers.

Other front & rear suspension parts also available at Ottodicuori Italy. International distribution handled by Custom Chrome Europe.

Christmas Gift . Discovering The Motorcycle. The History. The Culture. The Machines.

11discoveringthemotorcycleAlmost all great motorcycle books focus on one unique theme, topic or brand. Just released, Discovering The Motorcycle is an exception. It’s a rather complete overview and history of motorcycling since the late 1800’s to today. Author Armand Ensanian devoted more than 5 years of his life to compile info, write and photograph such a reflective journey. The result is a 510-page full color book featuring more than 1000 photos explaining and illustrating the vast world of motorcycling, its history, social impact and how these machines are built and function. Continue reading ‘Christmas Gift . Discovering The Motorcycle. The History. The Culture. The Machines.’

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The Wide-Range Pirelli DIABLO™ Lineup From Street And Track To Most Elite Road Racing Performance Tires

Pirelli brand ambassador Cristy Lee, who is an avid track day rider herself, breaks down the specific purposes of the DIABLO™ ROSSO™ III, DIABLO™ ROSSO CORSA, DIABLO™ SUPERCORSA SP, DIABLO™ SUPERCORSA SC and DIABLO™ SUPERBIKE applications.

New KRAUS 49 mm Triple Trees For 2006-Up Harley Dyna Models

1kraus2krausThese new KRAUS 49mm Triple Trees are designed and engineered to improve the handling of your Harley Dyna.  The company states that they applied all of the knowledge that they have gained from their Dynamoto Inverted front ends to the design and geometry of these trees. The 49mm trees have 0 degree of rake and a proprietary offset that correct some handling characteristics of the late model Dynas.

The larger surface area of the fork clamps and the engineered cross section offer more rigidity and strength over stock. The use of a bearing tensioning nut offers positive and secure bearing adjustment. These improvements directly effects the behavior of the front end.  Making the bike feel lighter, more agile and more stable at both high and low speeds. Machined in the USA from solid billet aluminum. Continue reading ‘New KRAUS 49 mm Triple Trees For 2006-Up Harley Dyna Models’

3 New Screamin’ Eagle Air Cleaners For Harley-Davidson Milwaukee-Eight

lead-shot1The new Harley-Davidson® Milwaukee-Eight engine performance can be amplified with new Screamin’ Eagle® Products available now from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories. Building performance with precision, Screamin’ Eagle Air Cleaners for Milwaukee-Eight ramps up horsepower, torque and throttle response without compromising the riding experience delivered by the new Big Twin engine in 2017 Harley-Davidson Touring models. These Screaming’ Eagle performance parts are 50-state, U.S. EPA compliant and backed by a factory warranty. Three Screamin’ Eagle performance air cleaner choices are available and include a K&N oiled cotton filter element that is washable and reusable.

se-high-flow-air-clean-milwaukee-eightse-ventilator-milwaukee-eight-2se-heavy-breather-milwaukee-eight-1The Screamin’ Eagle High-Flow Air Cleaner (P/N 29400246 Chrome $184.95*, P/N 29400245 Black, $174.95*) filter element hides behind the stock air cleaner cover for a subtle look. The back-plate permits flow around the entire perimeter of the air cleaner and through the ram air opening at the front of the air cleaner cover for maximum airflow.

The Screamin’ Eagle Ventilator Air Cleaner (P/N 29400298 Gloss Black, P/N 29400299 Chrome; $299.95*) offers a tapered, low-profile design for enhanced rider leg room. The exposed filter element and a cast back plate are designed to provide maximum air flow to the throttle body. A water repellent rain sock (sold separately) protects the oiled cotton filter element during stormy rides

The Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Performance Air Cleaner (P/N 29400263 Chrome, P/N 29400264 Gloss Black; $399.95*) features a low-profile cast aluminum tube that directs air into the throttle body with minimal turbulence for increased efficiency. A new slanted, compact filter shape allows installation on bikes with fairing lowers. The back-plate has integral breathers and covers the throttle body and electronics for a show-quality presentation. A water-repellent rain sock is included.

The World’s Most Expensive Production Motorcycle? The T12 Massimo. $335,000.

1-122-12This Italian machine was designed by late motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini whose famed was acquired when he imagined the Ducati Paso 750, the Ducati 916 (both exhibited at Guggenheim Museum’s 1998 “Art of the Motorcycle”) and the MV Augusta F4. Before his passing in 2014 following a long battle with cancer, Massimo worked without budget limit on creating what was for him the ultimate 2-wheel machine, one that of course extremely high-end customers could afford.

3-124-125-12Made to order, $335,000 and it’s even not road legal because the 230 hp, 999 cc, BMW inline four-cylinder engine is from the S1000RR Super Bike. But of course you can take it to the track…

Other features of the Massimo T12 include Grand Prix-specification Ohlins front fork and rear shock absorber, Brembo racing brakes and Pirelli Diablo super bike racing tires mounted on lightweight forged magnesium wheels by MFR. A very unique feature is the adjustable lateral stiffness of the tubular steel frame to suit your preference… Only 340 lbs dry. How many will order? How many of those will ride it – probably slow – more than one time?

Fine Art Custom Paint Jobs Are Back?

1paintjob3paintjobBecause of the retro trend in custom building and of tighter customization budgets during this last decade, custom paint jobs were often quite simple, with little if any fine art airbrushing jobs. Of course with the exception of the murals adorning most big wheel baggers. But nothing comparable to the “paint excess” of the 90’s.

Personality statements were made more often through the bike itself than through shiny graphics. But during the last couple of years I can see the beginning of a reverse trend towards very fancy paint jobs. So, I publish this one that just landed in my mailbox. It was done in-house on a Sportster Forty Eight by a custom builder who is also a great painter at Eimor Customs, a very well known custom shop in India.

Bonhams Las Vegas Auction. A Strong Line-Up Of Pre-World War II Motorcycles With Extremely Rare Flying Merkel And Feilbach LTD.

1collageThe Bonhams’ seventh annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction is scheduled for January 26th at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Leading the strong line up of pre-World War II motorcycles, and leading the auction list is one of the most sought after early machines in the world – an original, unrestored 1913 Flying Merkel Twin. Representing all the attributes of desirability – high build quality, success in racing, low manufacturing numbers, short corporate lifespan and few surviving examples – the Flying Merkel of Ohio is the archetypal antique American motorcycle. In addition, an expertly restored 1912 Flying Merkel Twin road model from a private Southern collection will also be offered.

2collageEven rarer than Merkel and more esoteric is a 1914 Feilbach Limited Twin. With the number of known Limited Twins counted on one hand, this example from the Larry Bowman Collection of California is quite significant. Moreover, this was the last Feilbach made and was the personal motorcycle of company founder Arthur Feilbach. The Feilbach Motor Company of Milwaukee was a worthy competitor to the titans across town but, ultimately, unsuccessful. The 10-horsepower machine offered what was considered substantial power for its day and sold for $290 – “Worth every cent of it!” as the advertisement claimed. Continue reading ‘Bonhams Las Vegas Auction. A Strong Line-Up Of Pre-World War II Motorcycles With Extremely Rare Flying Merkel And Feilbach LTD.’

France. Motorcycle Riders And Passengers Required To Wear Gloves.

gantsbisIf you want another proof of how stringent are regulations for European bikers, here is a new one. Since Sunday November 20, French bikers and their passengers are required to wear gloves homologated by the European Community (EC)

First infraction is 68 euros ($65) and one point on your driver license. If ticket is not paid in the first 45 days, it’s 180 euros ($172) and you get more points on your driver license.

As expected, insurance companies intend to reduce indemnities in case you are involved in an accident and not wearing gloves… A regulation coming one day to US bikers?

Ken Block’s Gymkhana Nine. The Art Of Brake And Clutch.

Enjoy the views and the sound. Sorry, no smell…

An Art Deco Streamliner Crafted By Max Hazan

1hazan2hazan3hazan9hazan13hazanAdmit that you never saw a motorcycle like that before. And it’s the forte of motorcycle artist/builder Max Hazan. Creating machines that he never saw before, nor us… Max considers the motorcycle as an artistic medium to express his creativity, emphasizing beauty and elegance much more than rideability or performance. Designing and working like a painter or sculptor, not like a typical custom builder.

8hazan12hazan6hazan7hazanAn old motor, in this case a 1949 500cc BSA, and a sketch are always his starting points. Then the process is always about inventing, reinventing and styling as many parts as possible, from the way a rear wheel can be easily assembled and removed even when buried into a 180-degree rear fender, to the way a seat suspension should function, to the way to route gas and oil plumbing, etc… making sure that aesthetics and functionality work together without one compromising the other. Continue reading ‘An Art Deco Streamliner Crafted By Max Hazan’

Ness Deep Cut Inverted Air Cleaner Kits

18_926_01L18_927_00LThese air cleaners improve the patented Big Sucker™ technology thanks to an inverted filter top that maximizes airflow by pulling in air from the face of the air cleaner as well as the traditional method of pulling air from the sides. Housing and back plate are machined from billet aluminum for reduced weight.

The black filter element with a stainless steel jacket features synthetic material that never needs oil (just wash and re-use for long lasting performance)Matching Deep Cut Wheels, Rotors, Inboard Rotors, Horn Kits, and more are available with a black anodized finish. Fitment: 2008-up FLT, 1988-up XL Sportster and 2000-up Big Twin. A.R.B Compliant. At Arlen Ness.

Flashback. The Way Motorcycles Were Made In Early 1900’s.

motorcycleroverCasting. Handcraft machining. Everything assembled manually. It was the way all motorcycle makers were working before the advent of the assembly line. Don’t adjust your computer sound volume. In this silent movie watch the way it was done at the UK Rover Company, a manufacturer known for its Imperial model, a 3.5hp diamond-framed motorcycle with Springer front forks. And don’t miss the final test ride…This movie is 10′ long. So depending of the time of the day you are watching this, grab a coffee or a beer and enjoy pure vintage pleasure.

New 2017 Wheel Designs From RC Components

clutch2-298x300illusion2-298x300maverick2-298x300RC Components just added 3 new designs to their 2017 wheel lineup: Clutch, Maverick, Illusion). Each design is truly unique in both styling and innovation and also carries a full Lifetime Warranty. The intricate details and craftsmanship of these new designs goes to prove why since 1989 RC Components has remained one of the industry leaders in custom motorcycle wheels and accessories for Harley, Indian, Victory, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda and Yamaha motorcycles in sizes ranging from 16″-30″.

Everything RC Components makes is proudly designed, engineered and manufactured all under one roof in the U.S.A. View these 2017 Wheel designs at RC Components Online Store.

Top left. Clutch Wheel shown in show chrome and black Eclipse

Top right. Illusion Wheel shown in show chrome and a solid Gloss Black finish

Bottom. Maverick Wheel design shown in show chrome and black Eclipse.

Joke Of The week

cyril-huze-joke-19Two  rednecks are out hunting, and as they are walking along they came upon a huge hole in the ground. They approach it and are amazed at the size of it. The first hunter says, “Wow, that’s some hole; I can’t even see the bottom. I wonder how deep it is?” The second hunter says,” I don’t know. Let’s throw something down there, listen and see how long it takes to hit bottom.” The first hunter says, “Hey, there’s an old automobile transmission over there. Give me a hand, we’ll throw it in and see.”

So they pick it up and carry it over and count one, two, three and heave it in the hole. They are standing there listening, looking over the edge, when they hear a rustling behind them. As they turn around, they see a goat come crashing through the underbrush, run up to the hole and, without hesitation, jump in head first. While they are standing there staring at each other in amazement, peering into the hole, trying to figure out what that was all about, an old farmer saunters up. Continue reading ‘Joke Of The week’

Knee Dragger Pegs For Those Diving Into Corners

1bbbdragpegsYou should not challenge the maximum lean angle of your street or highway motorcycle. But in some circumstances…

2bbbdragpegsIf you do or even if you don’t, you may like these “Knee Dragger Pegs” shaped for a little bit more ground clearance when diving into the corners. Machined from aircraft grade 6061,T6 billet aluminum and knurled for grip.

Foot pegs sold in pairs at $129.95 per set. Each order Includes 2 pegs, 2 H-D Male Clevis, 2 socket head cap screws. Fitment is for all Harley models. At Brass Balls Cycles

New Linea Two-Up Seats For Sportsters 2004-Up

11larosaseatThis 2-up seat has been designed to fit all 2004 and up Sportster models regardless of the tank size, with the exception of the XR 1200’s.

To achieve this broad fitment, Don La Rosa began by designing a seat pan to fit the rubber mounted frame that was introduced in 2004. He then modified it to accommodate the MotorCompany’s relocation of the ECU that was introduced on all Sportsters in 2010.

Finally Don created two different seat profiles; the La Linea which translates to the “The Line” and the La Linea Sottile which translates to the “The Thin Line”. Continue reading ‘New Linea Two-Up Seats For Sportsters 2004-Up’

Ducati North America Debuts Four New Motorcycles At This Weekend Long Beach International Motorcycle Show

2017-ducati-scrambler-desert-sled2017-ducati-supersport-sDucati North America Debuts Four New Motorcycles at the 2017 Long Beach International Motorcycle Show

After unveiling its newest 2017 motorcycles at EICMA in Milan, Italy, Ducati will showcase its newest flagship Superbike, the 1299 Superleggera, for the first time in North America at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show (IMS) from November 18 to 20. In total, the iconic Italian brand will have four new products on display, including the Scrambler Desert Sled,  SuperSport (both featured here) and Multistrada 950.

Ducati is celebrating record-breaking sales performance in its 90th anniversary year of 2016. Motorcycle sales broke the barrier of 50,000 units, in thanks to new products, innovative technology and forward-thinking strategy aimed at the future.

Scrambler Desert Sled (top) 
(MSRP $11,395 / Available March 2017) – The first fully on and off-road-capable Scrambler is a bike that evokes the spirit of American dual-sport bikes of the ’60s and ‘70s. With a reinforced frame and adjustable suspension, as well as spoked wheels (19″ at the front), the bike is great for those who want to get off the asphalt.

SuperSport (bottom)
(MSRP $12,995 / Available April 2017) – The SuperSport perfectly balances sport and comfort to guarantee excitement and riding pleasure. With its 113 HP, this is the road-going sports bike to suit everybody: beautiful, fun, versatile. Whether on the motorway or in city traffic, the SuperSport allows anyone to indulge in their sports instinct.

USA Made Chopper And Flat Track Spool Wheels

1lowbrow-spool-wheel-ribbed-22lowbrow-spool-wheel-flat-track-260’s chopper style spool wheels are popular again. Lowbrow Customs recognized that while there were plenty of imported spool wheels available, there weren’t many options made in the USA. Lowbrow Customs started out but designing both a ribbed ‘chopper’ style spool hub and a smooth ‘flat track’ style spool hub, which were then machined out of 6061-T6 aluminum. Paired with a 21″ x 1.85 chrome steel rim and polished, stainless steel spokes and nipples. Continue reading ‘USA Made Chopper And Flat Track Spool Wheels’

Chris Carr Named Chief Competition Officer of American Flat Track

flattrackWith an expanded 18-race calendar and a re-envisioning of the class structure and event format on the horizon in 2017, American Flat Track has named seven-time Grand National Champion Chris Carr as Chief Competition Officer (CCO) as the sport enters the dawning of a bright new era.

chriscarr“We’re delighted to have Chris join the American Flat Track team,” said Michael Lock, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. “His deep knowledge of racing and his excellent relationships within the community will be very helpful as we continue to build momentum and grow the sport.”

Starting with the all-new DAYTONA TT on March 16, 2017, the freshly-rebranded American Flat Track will feature a clearly-defined class structure and modernized event format designed to entertain fans from coast-to-coast. With respect for the past and an eye on the future,

Carr will leverage his passion and intimate knowledge to guide the sporting aspects of American Flat Track into the modern age.
“I am very excited about the direction American Flat Track is heading,” said Carr. “In this new role, I will draw on my 40 years of flat track experience to guide the sport in the interest of safe, fair and close competition as we usher in this new era.”

Victory Motorcycles And Polaris Slingshot On The IMS Show Tour

victoryims1Victory Motorcycles® and the Polaris® Slingshot® set to launch the 2016-2017 Progressive® International Motorcycle Show® (IMS) series by roaring into Long Beach, Calif., November 18-20, with the entire line of Victory motorcycles, Slingshot roadsters, a custom bike display, new parts & accessories, a bike give-away, demo rides and much more. The entire line of 2017 Victory motorcycles, including the all-new Victory® Octane® and best-selling Victory Cross Country® models, will be on display at the show alongside the new 2017 Polaris Slingshot®, Slingshot® SL and Slingshot® SLR. Already the owner of a Victory motorcycle? Show your key and/or a picture of your ride to receive a special gift.

slingshot2Attendees will be able to meet Swiss endurance rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita and check out the Victory Cross Country Tour® he used this summer to set a new world endurance record by riding 62,000 miles over six continents in 72 days, see the gear that helped the Victory Project 156 and Empulse® RR race bikes conquer the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, inspect a custom Slingshot® created for Kid Rock, enter a sweepstakes to win a Victory Magnum®, and receive a special coupon good for a one-year extended warranty on a motorcycle purchased at participating dealers. Continue reading ‘Victory Motorcycles And Polaris Slingshot On The IMS Show Tour’

S&S Cycle Releases Black Edition Evo And Twin Cam Engines In 111”, 124” and 143”


Combining the subtle contrast of gloss and satin black powder coat, the new Black Edition from S&S Cycle is great option to those wishing to replace their dull factory motor with a powerplant that looks great and makes substantial power.

Engines are available for most 1984-2017 Harley-Davidson® big twins in V111, T111, T124 and T143 cubic inch displacements.

And under the just launched S&S Power Terms financing program, you can finance your Black Edition engine – and other performance parts –with NeXtep Funding.

See your local dealer for more info or go to S&S Black Edition 1ssdynablack



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