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The Art Of Custom Leather Motorcycle Seats By Adam Croft

1adamcroft2adamcroft3adamcroft4adamcroftA true artist, a master of leather art whose work is adorning the custom motorcycles of the best builders. Adam Croft refreshed his site with pictures of his most recent FN Made Chopper and Bobber series seats. Nothing impossible for this man who will always go way beyond your expectations. And if you don’t need a custom seat right now, check out is wallet series. Everything customizable including show plates that can feature your name, the name of your bike, your logo, etc…Take a look at his gorgeous seats at Croft Leather or call him on my behalf at 309-530-4943.

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Joke Of The week

cyril-huze-joke44 - CopyThe Deaf Wife Problem.

Bert feared his wife Peggy wasn’t hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family Doctor to discuss the problem.

The Doctor told him there is a simple informal test the husband could perform to give the Doctor a better idea about her hearing loss. ‘Here’s what you do,’ said the Doctor, ‘stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.’

That evening, the wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he was In the den.   He says to himself, ‘I’m about 40 feet away, let’s see what happens.’   Then in a normal tone he asks, ‘Honey, what’s for dinner?’ No response. So the husband moves closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife and repeats, ‘Peg, what’s for dinner?’ Still no response. Continue reading ‘Joke Of The week’

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Enter To Win The 2015 Sturgis Rider® Sweepstakes Motorcycle and Guitar

STURGIS-RIDER-MOTORCYCLE-SWEEPSTAKES-2015-PRIZEThe Sturgis Buffalo Chip® has teamed up with Victory Motorcycles, Arlen Ness Motorcycles, Epiphone Guitar and AMSOIL to give one lucky Buffalo Chip fan their own 2014 Victory Gunner, customized by renowned builder Cory Ness. This one-of-a-kind low-profile hot rod features a solid pro-stock rear section, a stout front end, loads of rock ‘n’ roll gold accents and is chock-full of distinctive custom Ness parts. Plus it comes with a beautiful Epiphone Sheraton II guitar to match. Continue reading ‘Enter To Win The 2015 Sturgis Rider® Sweepstakes Motorcycle and Guitar’

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Thought Of The Day

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“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”  Hannah More

Extended Float Bowl Screws For Easy Tuning & Service

1lowbrow-customs-float-bowl-screws-superE2lowbrow-customs-float-bowl-screws-CVYou know that the carburetor controls the ratio of the fuel/air mixture entering the engine and that the float controls the amount of fuel that enters the float chamber, restricting or cutting off the supply by its settings. Sooner or later you may need to do a jet change while tuning your carb or having to drop its bowl.

Hence these extended float bowl screws for your CV or S&S Super E to make changes a breeze. Each set of four features steel studs and is available in your choice of brass or chrome plated brass for $44.95. Made in the USA. Worldwide shipping. Order at Lowbrow Customs or call toll free 1-855-4LOWBROW.

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

Fcyril-Huze-fast-newsor The 1st Time Sturgis To Open City Park To Vendors During The 75th Rally. Sturgis city officials have announced there will be vendors and motorcycle shows and exhibitions in the Sturgis City Park during this year’s rally. It will include motorcycle stunt shows, freestyle motocross, motorcycle shows, family friendly music concerts, etc. The Sturgis City Council voted to enter into a lease agreement with a promoter to create and manage the venue at the City Park. A lot of Sturgis merchants and residents are not happy with this decision taken without them getting a chance to express their opinion and concerns. Until now he park traditionally has served as a rally-free refuge for the locals.

Alabama Only State Not To Require Motorcycle License. Lawmakers To Change That. Alabama is the only state that doesn’t require a motorcycle license or motorcycle endorsement. A piece of legislation that would require motorcycle operators to obtain a designated license passed its first hurdle in the Alabama House. If passed this session, the new law would require drivers of motorcycles to pass a motorcycle operating test and obtain a Class M endorsement on their driver’s license or a Class M driver’s license beginning Jan. 1, 2016. The test would cost $5. The bill also authorizes police officers to write a ticket if you are riding a motorcycle without a license.

2015 Sturgis Buffalo Chip Challenge. For the 7th edition, the students of the Sturgis Brown High School are building a 2014 Harley-Davidson Road King and an Indian Chieftain. The students work a couple hours a week in school but mostly after school and on weekends. They are helped by custom builders Paul Yaffe and Nick Trask for the Harley and by John Shope for the Indian. Both motorcycles will be auctioned off at the Legends Ride on August 3rd, the first official day of the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’

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Artist and Designer Steve Soffa Creates Licensed Official Sturgis 75th Anniversary Timepieces and Jewelry Collection

1Soffa2SoffaThe Sturgis 75th Anniversary Rally is August 3-9, 2015. Expect a deluge of commemorative souvenirs. This week, award-winning artist and jewelry designer Steve Soffa debuts a new licensed line of Sturgis 75th Anniversary Commemorative timepieces and jewelry to celebrate the notable anniversary year of the rally. The new collectable line boasts creative interpretations of the official Sturgis 75th logo, and bears the holographic authentication of officially licensed Sturgis product.

3Soffa While Soffa’s unique timepieces and custom designs have earned a high-end price point, The Sturgis Collection will be affordable to all motorcycle enthusiasts ranging from $79 for a creative logo-ed watch to $899 for a more embellished, customized timepiece. Other one-of-a-kind collector items will also be created. Soffa will also donate a portion of sales to selected Veterans’ organization to give back to those who served in the US Military, continuing his philanthropic philosophy.

Soffa’s talent for wearable artistry is deeply rooted in his passion for motorcycling where he has long been known for high-end jewelry for bikers. His themed, recognized pieces featuring beautiful women, exotic bejeweled skulls, and other enticing art, are collected by jewelry aficionados world-over. Soffa is also recognized for designing the coveted championship bracelets for the World Series of Poker and has won numerous awards for his jewelry and watch creations. Continue reading ‘Artist and Designer Steve Soffa Creates Licensed Official Sturgis 75th Anniversary Timepieces and Jewelry Collection’

Exile Cycles’ Racy Harley Rocker

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Although discreet on the show tour, Russell Mitchell at Exile Cycles is extremely busy creating custom bikes built from the ground up in a style that belongs only to him and also designing new bolt-on parts for customers opting for the Harley make-over. Russell tells me that half of his shop work is “scratch-built” bikes using his proprietary frames, the other half being Harley customization using his own catalog parts.

9Racy-Rocker-'11-LF-small6Racy-Rocker-'11-LF-smallYou are looking at his latest shop project, meaning a custom built on his own dime with complete freedom to complete the machine exactly the way he thinks it should be. It is Russell’s personal ride – at least until someone buys it out from under him. A custom he is very proud of because he consider it his best work for design and details. It is based on a 2011 HD Rocker FXCWC which he acquired with only 700 miles, whilst many of the parts used in the build are Exile custom bolt-on components complementing one-off custom metal fabrication work. It includes minimal fenders to look just right, a custom made steel seat-pan. a modified oil tank that has been shaped to perfectly match the lines of Exile 3” primary belt-drive. Continue reading ‘Exile Cycles’ Racy Harley Rocker’

2015. Daytona Bike Week. Views From The Boardwalk Bike Show.

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The Many Mini LED Light Options For Baggers By Eddie Trotta

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2SingleLED3SingleLEDIf you hate your Bagger’s bulky lights flashing like a Christmas tree, you may like these front and rear LED’s low profile light options offered by Eddie Trotta at Thunder Cycle.

4SingleLEDFor Harley Davidson Road King, Street Glide, and Ultra Glide models, you can replace the front stock giant signal lights with Eddie Trotta’s “Turn Signal Bars” They are low profile, super clean, install with ease and won’t break the bank (Retail $199).

Also for Harley Davidson Road Glide models the front stock signal lights can be replaced with small oval LED Lights (Retail $241). For the rear end Thunder Cycle offers a ½ inch diameter “Turn Signal Single LED” with bezel included (Retail $99). These lights will mount on any Harley Davidson and aftermarket rear end.

All lights are made with nothing but highest quality material. The bezels are CNC machined from 6061-T6 billet aluminum. Customers can pick their choice of finish with either chrome, black anodized or reverse cut (black anodized and chrome combo). The lenses are assembled with ultra-high quality acrylic and come in your choice of amber or red. Order at Thunder Cycle.

Picture Of The Week

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Handlebar Switch Wiring Harness To Run High Bars On 2014-Up Harley Baggers

namz1namz2After looking at the 2014 Bagger models, custom electric components company NAMZ realized that even with the new smaller sized 4-position handlebar switch connections, there should be an easier way to fish switch wiring through the bars, especially if you equip your Bagger with tall handlebars.

Their brand new, NHCX-CB14 CAN/Bus Handlebar Switch Wiring Harness is a simple and easy harness to fish through your handlebars. It is universal, 100% “Plug-n-Play” and replaces the shorter stock harness, allowing for up to 18” tall handlebars. No cutting, splicing or extensions needed. As far as I know, today it is the only way to put taller bars on a CAN/Bus 2014-Up HD bagger.

NAMZ/Badlands products are available through Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited, Custom Chrome Europe, Mid USA, J&P Cycles, Bikers Choice, Zodiac, Motorcycle Storehouse, SK Imports, V-Twin, Les Importations Thibault, Rollies Speed Shop or directly from NAMZ Website 1-877-277-NAMZ (Bagger by Rick’s)

35 Custom Builders Bare All At 2015 Sturgis Michael Lichter’s “Naked Truth Exhibition”

Lichter1Feats of mechanical engineering showing the creative design skills of 35 Custom Builders will await you at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’s 2015 “Motorcycles as Art” exhibition presented by famed photographer Michael Lichter’s. Named “The Naked Truth” , 35 motorcycles representing 35 years of custom building will be featured in this exhibition laying bare the raw talent of 35 world-renowned bike builders. Some of these creations are specifically created for this exhibition. Each of these rolling metal sculptures will be displayed exposed and naked, unencumbered by paint and graphics, atop elevated pedestals to better give guests an open view from every angle. “Naked Truth” is free to the public and will be open from Saturday, Aug. 1 through Saturday, Aug. 8 in the Buffalo Chip’s Russ Brown Events Center.

Lichter2“Unlike any other exhibition before, nothing will come between the viewer and the bikes’ most basic elements of shape, form and design,” said Michael Lichter. “Each builder’s passion and talent will be revealed through the fine details of craftsmanship evident in every aspect of their work. The builders are exposing themselves, as well as their work, in this show. Without the cloak of paint or graphics, the bikes’ most basic form right down to it’s smallest details are naked and open to examination. There is no hiding behind a slick paint job, enhancing a line or curve with a brilliant graphic; the beauty comes strictly from the hand of the man who fashioned it.”

“Michael is the world’s premier motorcycle photographer,” said Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff. “He has been shooting bikes and the biker culture for more than 35 years, and his expertise and knowledge of motorcycle culture makes him the perfect person to curate the Motorcycles as Art exhibits at the Chip. We are honored to host his “Naked Truth” exhibition this year.” Continue reading ’35 Custom Builders Bare All At 2015 Sturgis Michael Lichter’s “Naked Truth Exhibition”’

The Feline One. The Most Expensive Limited Production Motorcycle?

1feline2felineBeing the most expensive in your category is one way to do business. In this case, the price is US$280,000 asked by a Switzerland-based company for its just unveiled very futuristic high-tech motorcycle, The Feline One. The model is a combo of the most expensive materials, titanium, carbon, aerospace aluminum and very fine leather.

The design is the result of a 4-year technological development based on a design by French designer Yacouba Galle. Powering the Feline is a three-cylinder 801 cc engine coupled to a 6-speed tranny with a maximum power output of 170 bhp in an ultra light rigid frame with anti-dive front forks for a total weight of only (155kg). Only 50 units will be produced. Enough innovations to seduce 50 clients around the world. Not sure…

J&P Cycles Opening Year-Round Sturgis Retail Center

sturgisstoreAfter years of J&P Cycles holding down fort in Sturgis, South Dakota in the weeks before, during and after the yearly Sturgis Rally, a permanent, year-round retail center will open its doors in June 2015. The facility, located at 1650 Lazelle Street, will be undergoing a facelift prior to its opening and while the square footage will not increase, the building will have a fresh look on the outside as well as inside. The motorcycle aftermarket retail giant’s new Sturgis retail center will house a wide assortment of motorcycle parts and accessories, including exhausts, seats, windshields, saddlebags as well as leathers and other apparel items, to name a few. Continue reading ‘J&P Cycles Opening Year-Round Sturgis Retail Center’

The Lucky Cat SprintBeemer. The Custom Bike With 9 Lives.

beemerspirit1beemerspirit2beemerspirit3beemerspirit4A custom motorcycle is never finished. And if it’s a custom motorcycle for both show and race, the Lucky Cat Garage will tell you that it may take 9 lives to complete it. A bike to compete both in bike show competitions and on the track? The idea behind the SprintBeemer featured here was to build an impressive looking and very fast sprint bike (to race 1/4 & 1/8 mile sprints) based on a classic 2- valve boxer with a body and a paint scheme to disturb the competitor’ eye on the starting grid …

beemerspirit4bisbeemerspirit4terSo, dream, wrench, weld, machine, ride and repeat as many times you can dream an improvement. A first version was completed in 2013 and successfully raced at Glemseck 101 in Germany where it won the “StaRRwars” class and the best of show award. In 2014 the SprintBeemer was ridden or raced in festivals such as the Cafe Racer Festival, the European Hot Rod & Custom Show and the Wheels & Waves Rally. Then it was fully rebuilt with more muscle to race again at the 2014 Glemseck 101. Continue reading ‘The Lucky Cat SprintBeemer. The Custom Bike With 9 Lives.’

2015 Daytona Bike Week. To Combat The Winter Blahs With Comforting Aaahhhs (Part 2)

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People, from top. Willie G. & son Bill Davidson. Cyril Huze at Rossmeyer’s. Cory Ness. Bert Baker. Cyril Huze with unknown and Willie Jones at Willie’s Chopper Time Show. Jim Nasi (Photography @ Horst Roesler, @ Regina Graf Springer, @ Manfred Graf for Cyril Huze)

Indian Motorcycle Recalls Some 2015 Model Year Scout For Rear Brake Issue

Scout-black-static5Indian Motorcycle Company (Indian) is recalling certain model year 2015 Scout motorcycles manufactured May 12, 2014, to February 13, 2015. Due to a problem with the rear brake master cylinder, the motorcycles may have a reduction in, or a complete loss of rear brake power. A full or partial loss of rear braking power may lengthen the distance needed to slow or stop the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a crash. A machining or assembly error made by the component manufacturer may have located the piston retaining groove in an incorrect location. If this was made, the retaining ring would not be fully secured. The potential number of units affected is 806. Continue reading ‘Indian Motorcycle Recalls Some 2015 Model Year Scout For Rear Brake Issue’

The Adjustable Holy Shift. Shifting Gear Ergonomics Improved.

Holy-Shift-bisholyshiftThe ways we shift gears on a motorcycle didn’t change much during a century.

A step forward may be the Holy Shift, the world’s first and only shifter that adjusts on the fly to the individual rider …. and the size of his shoes.

Holy Shift addresses the shifting gear ergonomics in a way never done before. An interesting new product from Indie Crew Customs.

And when a video explains clearly, I don’t have much to add in writing.

Jokes Of The Week. About Little Harry.

cyril-huze-joke44 - CopyLITTLE HARRY ON MATH (Part 1)
A teacher asks her class, ‘If there are 5 birds sitting on a fence, and you shoot one of them, how many will be left ?’
She calls on little Harry. He replies, ‘None, they will all fly away with the first gunshot.’
The teacher replies, ‘The correct answer is 4,but I like your thinking.’
Then little Harry says, ‘I have a question for YOU Miss Rogers’.

There are 3 women sitting on a bench having ice cream:
One is delicately licking the sides of the triple scoop of ice cream.
The second is gobbling down the top and sucking on the cone.
The third is biting off the top of the ice cream.
Which one is married?’
The teacher, blushing great deal, replied,
‘Well, I suppose the one that’s gobbled down the top and sucked the cone.’
To which Little Harry replies,
‘The correct answer is
‘The one with the wedding ring on, ‘but I like your thinking.’

LITTLE HARRY ON MATH (Part 2)
Little Harry returns from school and says he got an ‘F’ in arithmetic..
‘Why’? asks the father.
‘The teacher asked ‘How much is 2 x 3′, so I said 6′, replies Harry.
‘But that’s right’ says his father.
‘Yeah, but then she asked me, ‘How much is 3 x 2′
‘What’s the fuckin’ difference?’ asks the father.
‘That’s what I said’ replied Harry. Continue reading ‘Jokes Of The Week. About Little Harry.’

Daytona Bike Week. The Perewitz Ultimate Custom Motorcycle Paint Show.

perewitz1perewitz2On Wednesday March 11, 2015, at Destination Daytona Harley Pavilion, Dave and Jody Perewitz hosted the 1st Daytona Perewitz Custom Motorcycle Paint Show. The show was open to all brands, models and styles of motorcycles with a selected team of custom painters judging each paint job (not the motorcycle itself). The Best Of Show was Ballistic Cycles. A few close-ups.
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Daytona Bike Week. Allstate Unveiled New Custom Motorcycle By Arlen Ness Inc. And Rick Fairless.

Daytona-CoryNess-RickFairlessAllstate Unveiled A New Custom Motorcycle, a collaboration between Arlen Ness, Inc. and Rick Fairless. The custom Allstate Victory Gunner bike is this year’s grand prize for the sixth annual Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes. The bike features Ness-signature parts and a custom paint job by Fairless. Notable features also include Ness billet grips, pegs and side covers, Ness-modified modular handlebars and Fairless custom motor cages. Cory Ness is the brainchild behind the custom-built bike. The bike will made its debut at the Allstate Rider Protection Zone, located at Daytona Speedway. Riders in attendance have the opportunity to see the one-of-a-kind bike in person, enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win the motorcycle, and view some of the other custom bikes Allstate is showcasing. (photo courtesy Allstate)

Harley-Davidson Lays Off 169 Workers At Its Kansas City Facility

1H-D-KC-final-assembly-4Harley-Davidson Inc. informed the state of Missouri that it will lay off 169 employees before May 11 at its vehicle and powertrain operations of Kansas City. The layoff represents 21% of the total of 800 employees currently employed at the local facilities where the Harley Street, Dyna and V-Rod models are produced. The most recent layoff was in 2013 when the company laid off 140 employees. Harley-Davidson didn’t provide an explanation for the decision. At end of trading day yesterday March 11th, Harley-Davidson stock (HOG) lost 2.11% with an unusual daily volume of trades.

2015 Daytona Bike Week. To Combat The Winter Blahs with Comforting Aaahhhs (Part 1)

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