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Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Motorcycle Festival Set For August 26-28, 2016

1Vintagerace27-year old Brittney Olsen must be the youngest vintage motorcycle racer. After finding out the Sturgis city’s plans to close down the old track for good, Brittney began to think of a way to revive the Sturgis half-mile and its glorious motorcycle racing. In 2015 she founded 20th Century Racing and claimed two of her victories on the Historical Sturgis Meade County Fairgrounds Half Mile race. Good friend and mentor Bruce Eide approached Brittney after the 75th Sturgis Rally with the idea of hosting a vintage motorcycle festival, thus the concept of The Spirit of Sturgis was conceived. Following months of planning, hard work and gaining the blessing from the city of Sturgis and the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce, Indian Motorcycle Sturgis and Brittney are set to host the first ever Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Motorcycle Festival on Friday, August 26th – Sunday, August 28th of this year.

2Vintagerace3VintageraceThe Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Motorcycle Festival will offer guided Gypsy Tours through the Black Hills and two days of vintage motorcycle races plus a swap meet and antique flea market for vendors, collectors and enthusiasts at the Meade County Fairgrounds located at 1802 Ballpark Road in Sturgis, South Dakota. Friday’s main event is the half-mile vintage motorcycle flat track races with classes ranging from the early 1920s through 1980s as well as a benefit party plus vintage bike show following the races Friday night in the infield of the old track. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. Saturday’s main event features exciting pre-70s “Run What You Brung” dirt drags. Continue reading ‘Spirit of Sturgis Vintage Motorcycle Festival Set For August 26-28, 2016’

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The Redeemer. First Customized Chieftain Dark Horse By Hollister Powersports.

11-Redeemer12-Redeemer-15-Redeemer6-RedeemerUtilizing the new Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse® motorcycle, Hollister Powersports of Hollister, Calif., created this custom Bagger with modifications that would be easy to perform for any owner who wants to recreate this type of look. “When I saw the bike, I knew right away that it had a ton of potential to customize,” says Rey Sotelo, General Manager of Hollister Powersports. “We were inspired by the history of Hollister and how this great American town is coming back from an unfair bad reputation. We stayed with the matte black theme and used as many Authentic Indian Motorcycle accessories as we could because we wanted the weekend mechanic to be able to recreate something as badass as our custom. Radical customs certainly draw the eye – but we wanted to keep the bike rideable every day.”
13-Redeemer-114-Redeemer-110-Redeemer9-Redeemer“We wanted to put a 21-inch wheel on it so we chose an option from RC Components,” Sotelo continued. “We liked the aluminum accents on RC’s Raider Eclipse wheel, and knew it would tie in with the paint job and the brushed finish on the motor.” Hollister trimmed the stock fender to reveal more of the custom wheel and lighten the overall look of the bike. The fender skirts were cut back and the caliper covers were removed, dramatically changing the front profile of the motorcycle. The fairing is stock, but painted with speed scallops that tie in with the front fender, tank, side panels and saddlebags. The scallops are painted on the rear fender as well, so even if the saddlebags are pulled off the speed scallops theme still plays throughout the bike. Continue reading ‘The Redeemer. First Customized Chieftain Dark Horse By Hollister Powersports.’

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Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-jokeA man in walked into the vegetable section of his local supermarket and asked to buy half a head of lettuce. The boy working in that department told him that they only sold whole heads of lettuce.   The man was insistent that the boy ask the manager about the matter.

Walking into the back room, the boy said to the manager “Some old bastard outside wants to buy half a head of lettuce.” As he finished his sentence, he turned around to find that the man had followed and was standing right behind him. So so the boy quickly added,”and this gentleman kindly offered to buy the other half.”

The manager approved the deal and the man went on his way. Later, the manager said to the boy.”I was impressed with the way you got yourself out of that situation earlier, we like people who can think on their feet here, where are you from son?” ” New Zealand , sir,”the boy replied. “Why did you leave New Zealand?” the manager asked. The boy said, “Sir, there’s nothing but prostitutes and rugby players there.” “Is that right?”replied the manager. “My wife is from New Zealand !” “Really?”, replied the boy, ”Who did she play for?”

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Saint Unbreakable Denim

demim1denim2Unbreakable denim? It’s true that the most well known fabric may not stand up the abuse of a biker on the road. What about a denim certified 133 times tougher than the standard denim?

A toughness coming from a space age material from the space age known as UHMWPE or Dyneema® offering 360º torsional strength, motorcycle tested impact, burst and abrasion resilience (15 times more than carbon steel). A different ballistic fibre not only strong but super light.

It’s all-day-wearable, retaining shape through your wash and dry cycle and will never shrink. But not cheap… Saint Unbreakable Denim.

Kuryakyn Spear Collection For New Generation Indian Motorcycles

The all-new Spear Collection of grips and foot control accessories is designed specifically for the new generation of Indian motorcycles. It puts an emphasis on form and function using the latest in vibration-reducing technology. All products are cast from chrome-plated A380 aluminum with coordinating accented features. Premium EPDM soft rubber inserts help carry the traditional spear theme throughout, while also offering reduced vibration and a secure feel in any riding conditions.

21271_1350x900_RGB_72DPISpear Grips. Raised rubber inserts are embedded into the housings instead of glued on, creating air pockets that absorb harsh road vibrations for less hand and forearm fatigue. Includes machined aluminum end caps with matching arrowhead design., • P/N 5635: ’14-’16 Chief Classic, Chieftain, Dark Horse, Springfield & Vintage. • P/N 5636: ’15-’16 Scout, & Universal for 7/8” Diameter Handlebars. MSRP: $89.99.

21127_1350x900_RGB_72DPISpear Driver Floorboard Inserts. Inserts feature a slightly larger profile than stock and include 1/4-inch spacers for overall improved foot positioning and support. The accented chrome and bold spear design that’s prominently displayed completely transforms the appearance of the ribbed factory floorboards. Available as direct replacements on all ’14-’16 Indian models (except Scouts). • P/N 5650: ’14-’16 Indian Models (except Scouts) MSRP: $169.99. Continue reading ‘Kuryakyn Spear Collection For New Generation Indian Motorcycles’

30th Anniversary Of Italy Biker Fest May 19-22, 2016. Double The Fun Riding There.

00-bisbf0bf7-bissm7-tersm9Nicknamed “Italy’s Daytona” Biker Fest is celebrating this year 30 years of biker lifestyle and of custom bikes innovation. It’s one of Europe biggest party and it will happen May 19-22 in and around the city of Lignano-Sabbiadoro on the Italian Adriatic coast. 4 days of demo rides, bike shows, stunt shows, Classic cars and Hot Rod shows,motocross, etc and of course of night parties Italian style, meaning among other things, loud, very loud… At some times, 30 to 50.000 bikers are together on the roads around the event! Founded and organized by Moreno Persello publisher of the Italian Bikers Life Magazine, he is also the original founder of the Bike Expo of Padua.

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Each year Motographer and collaborator Horst Roesler rides to the event from his native Germany. In addition to some pictures of last year’s event, I publish a few scenic views and historic sites that he shot last year on his way to the rally. If you can ride to the event, do it. Below some of his advice to make it very enjoyable. A good pretext for some nice postcards. Continue reading ’30th Anniversary Of Italy Biker Fest May 19-22, 2016. Double The Fun Riding There.’

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New Harley-Davidson Premium Touring Day Bag

Premium-Day-BagSized just right for the daily work commute, the Premium Touring Day Bag (P/N 93300017, $109.95 features an innovative mounting system that slips over a passenger backrest to make installation and removal a snap.

A low-profile spandex band slips over a passenger backrest for a snug and secure fit, and the bag can be cinched in place with the adjustable mounting straps. The spandex material reverts back to its original shape when the bag is removed. Continue reading ‘New Harley-Davidson Premium Touring Day Bag’

Indian Motorcycle Unveils The 2016 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse. Starting at $21,999

44ChieftainDark-Horse55ChieftainDark-Horse55-bisChieftainDark-HorseA new level of darkness has arrived. Indian Motorcycle introduced the Chieftain Dark Horse, a blacked-out hard bagger that allows riders to easily customize their ride and hit the highway in head-turning style. The 2016 Chieftain Dark Horse offers a ton of matte black, a flicker of chrome, and a wealth of features to roll as one of the most bad-ass American-made V-twin touring bikes on the market. By all but eliminating chrome from the motorcycle, the Dark Horse conveys an aggressive attitude that demands attention for all the right reasons.

6ChieftainDark-Horse7ChieftainDark-HorsePowered by the celebrated Thunder Stroke® 111 engine and built upon the same highly lauded chassis and suspension as the Indian Chieftain, the edgy new Chieftain Dark Horse comes from the factory outfitted with a solo seat and short, tinted power windscreen, yet maintains its spacious hard bags, ABS, electronic cruise control, integrated premium audio system and remote key fob with keyless ignition.

8ChieftainDark-Horse11ChieftainDark-Horse9ChieftainDark-HorseTo amplify the Dark Horse family attributes, not only are the fenders, fairing, fuel tank and bags blacked out, the iconic Indian Motorcycle headdress, forks, mirrors, handlebars and switch cubes, turn signals, tank console, engine and airbox cover, lower controls, floorboards and taillight housing are also blacked out.

Chieftain Dark Horse comes with a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and is available in dealerships now starting at just $21,999.

Of course, Indian Motorcycle also offers a large selection of authentic factory accessories to further individualize your already stealthy ride, including new Blackout series accessory air cleaners, performance cams and slip-on exhausts, as well 100-watt saddlebag lid speakers.  Continue reading ‘Indian Motorcycle Unveils The 2016 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse. Starting at $21,999’

Slotted Wide Blade Levers Set For 15-16 Harley Softail

lever1lever2Simple and sleek, this Slotted Wide Blade Lever Set is a great addition to your 15-16 Harley Softail. Forged from high-quality aluminum for strength, these levers feature CNC-machined slots for added detail. Anti-rattle clip and clutch lever pivot bushings are included. Available in pairs in both chrome and matte black, the suggested retail price is $69.95. At your Drag Specialties dealer.

New Harley-Davidson Road Glide Fairing Pouch

Road-Glide-Fairing-PouchAdd handy, custom-fit storage to a 2015-later Harley-Davidson Road Glide motorcycle with the new Road Glide® Fairing Pouch (P/N 93300097, $154.95)

Shaped to fit perfectly over the contour of the Road Glide fairing and behind Harley-Davidson Road Glide windshields and deflectors, the molded Fairing Pouch is wrapped in supple UV-resistant vinyl.

Magnetic closures secure the left and right pouch opening. Each is sized to hold a mobile device, sunglasses, keys or other small items. The left pouch provides access to the Splitstream center vent control button. The Fairing Pouch does not fit with the Road Glide® Low-Profile Windscreen (P/N 57400310). At Harley-Davidson Online Store.

Sturgis Buffalo Chip Awards Challenge Scholarships

1BCCpress_AriannaN22BCCpress_CalvinTThe Sturgis Buffalo Chip® continues its commitment to education and the growth of South Dakota’s motorcycle industry with its sixth annual Buffalo Chip Challenge. The program utilizes award-winning veteran custom builders Keith Terry, Randy Cramer and Chris Malo to serve as instructors and mentors to students customizing two stock motorcycles. In an ongoing effort to inspire Black Hills students to discover a career in the expanding world of motorcycle engineering and manufacturing and prepare the next generation of American motorcycle craftsmen,

Sturgis Buffalo Chip® president, Rod Woodruff today announced the winners of the 2016 Buffalo Chip ChallengeTM scholarship awards. Three outstanding Black Hills students have been chosen to receive awards totaling $8,500. The Buffalo Chip collaborates with some of the motorcycle industry’s leading professionals to offer a free industrial education and scholarship program to Black Hills students, enabling them to take hold of dreams that might otherwise seem impossible.

3BCCpress_CalvinTCalvin Tohm (top right), a junior from Whitewood attending Spearfish High School, was selected to receive the top scholarship award of $5,000. In addition to earning academic honors, Tohm is a member of several school organizations, attended Boys State, has been nominated to attend the 2016 National Youth Leadership: Engineering & Technology Conference, volunteers in the community, works part-time and dedicated himself to the 2016 Challenge program as a member of Team Indian. His investment in the project was infectious, and his growth and understanding of the mechanics made an observable improvement.

Rapid City Central High School senior Brennan Davis (above) will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship. An honor student, Davis has a particular interest in math and engineering and has plans to further his education in performance engine machining. As a member of the Buffalo Chip Challenge Team Victory, Davis brought some existing knowledge to the project and was able to assist other students in understanding the build process and making sure it was done correctly. He displayed an intimate knowledge of the bikes’ specs and a passion for the build. Continue reading ‘Sturgis Buffalo Chip Awards Challenge Scholarships’

Slim Up Your 2006-2016 Harley Dyna

3Slim up the profile on your 2006-2016 Dyna with this new Continental seat. Better style, lots of comfort, none of the factory bulk.

It features: a vacuum-formed ABS plastic pan, a chrome-plated tail bracket fitting stock H-D mounting points on most stock and select aftermarket fenders, an injection molded closed-cell polyurethane foam padding and a Hand-stitched heavy-duty vinyl cover. 3 styles: Black Diamond, Black Smooth, Black Tuck n’Roll. For Dyna 2006-2016. MSRP: $249.95. At Biltwell tel 951-699-1500
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New Harley Electra Glo™ Stealth Auxiliary Run/Brake/Turn Lamps Hug The bottom Edge Of Hard Saddlebags

1Stealth-Saddlebag-LED-1These new Electra Glo™ Stealth Auxiliary LED Run/Brake/Turn Lamp (P/N 67800554 Red Lens, P/N 67800555 Smoke Lens; $149.95) from Harley-Davidson® hug the bottom edge of the hard saddlebags and emit a subtle band of red light beneath the bike whenever the ignition is on.

The fast-acting LED lamps increase with brilliant intensity when the brakes or turn signals are applied. Strong adhesive pads secure the water- and shock-proof housings to the bags, and a quick-release wiring harness connects to the motorcycle wiring without splicing for quick plug and play installation. The kit includes a left and right lamp and wiring harness, and fits 2014-later Touring models with standard hard saddlebags.

Available at more than 750 authorized retail locations in the United States and online.

Postcards From The 2016 Emirates Custom Show

1emirates2emirates2smemirates4smemirates9emiratesFor the second year Abu Dhabi on the northeastern part of the Persian Gulf in the Arabian Peninsula is hosting the Emirates Custom Show. The city is well known for being the horsepower capital of this part of the world with the region population sharing a strong taste for everything bling.

6emirates11smemirates12smemirates13emirates14emirates4emiratesThe Emirates Custom Show is both a custom motorcycles and cars exhibition with stunt and drift shows to entertain visitors. 193 exhibitors including official Indian & Victory, a big section devoted to street fighters – a category extremely popular in Arab States – a V-Twin build-off and of course a bike show. Continue reading ‘Postcards From The 2016 Emirates Custom Show’

The W By DP Custom Cycles

1w2w3w6bisw6wBros Justin & Jarrod Del Prado work together 6 days a week without fighting, just discussing ideas, have very complementary skills and share the same taste regarding custom motorcycles (they are always race inspired), the way they should be built and perform. They are both fanatical about details, always making sure each square inch of their bikes demonstrates quality. One-off creation after each other, and without spending much time traveling from rally to rally to network with the media and promote their creations, they have demonstrated over and over that they are very solid builders. In my opinion DP Custom Cycles is one of the most underrated custom shops in the US.

10w8w13wThe W got started when DP’s seat upholsterer  called up the Bros to see if he could stop by the shop for a few beers. He had been doing motorcycle seats for them for a couple of years and has become a very good friend. After a couple of cold ones, he said that he was actually there to order a bike! He had been quietly studying DP’s bikes while they were in his upholstery shop for seats, and he told them that he was really impressed with their style, quality and attention to details. Of course Justin and Jarrod were excited at the idea of building him a bike. While some ribs were on the smoker, the trio talked design. Only few requirement were made by the new friend/client. Basically, just asking a bike fitting his morphology and making sure it would be a lot of fun to ride… Continue reading ‘The W By DP Custom Cycles’

Illuminated Windshield Trim For Your 2014-Up Touring Harley

1windshieldLooks, visibility and safety. This Harley illuminated windshield trim features smoked lenses over amber LED lams working as running lights when your touring bike ignition is on.

On each side, the 2 outer clusters work as directional indicators when you activate your turn signals.

When installed, the trim wiring is invisible fully concealed inside the fairing for a very clean look. Chrome only. Mounting hardware included. Fits ’14-later Electra Glide®, Street Glide®, Ultra Limited™, and Tri Glide™ models. Installation on CVO™ models requires removal of current windshield trim. Not for use with Three Pocket Fairing Pouch P/N 93300054A. $199.00 at your Harley dealer or Harley Online Store.

Raising The Bar

k1ens-harley-motorcycle-parts_web_2-101_a_1024x10242kens-harley-motorcycle-parts_web_2-001_a_1024x10243kens-harley-motorcycle-parts_web_2-002_a_1024x1024Details create style… Bringing simplicity and strength with details of style. Ken’s Factory risers come in heights of 2″, 4″, 6″ and 8″ in 2 different finishes. In polish, or back cut finish. All 1/2-13UNC thread. MSRP $240.00. Online at Ken’s Factory USA

D&D Bob Cat Exhaust for 2004-2016 Sportster® Models

ddexhaustAn interesting option for a custom Sportster exhaust. This 2 into 1 D&D Bob Cat design means business, increasing power with improved tone while enhancing the Harley boom. Improve tone, reduce bark and pump up the power by as much as 12% in horsepower and torque (tuned by ThunderMax®)Available with chrome or black head pipes and aluminum, black or carbon sleeve. At Zippers Performance. Fits 2004-2016 Sportster® Models (Dual Oxygen Sensor Ports) At Zippers Performance.

10th Annual International Female Ride Day Is Today May 7, 2016

womenridedayWomen know about the preconceived perceptions most people still have about them riding a motorcycle. The Annual International Female ride Day is about changing these perceptions, empowering women, igniting female rider camaraderie and recruiting new participants to the sport of motorcycling. The International Female Ride Day (IFRD) is a global ride day occurring yearly on the first Saturday of May. Across all cultures, all socio-demographics, the event brings women together through the common platform of motorcycling no matter the form or style.

IFRD makes only one request of women: Just ride, get on your bikes, be out there and be visible. The decennial celebrations is expected to set another record of the event’s prominence as several thousands of rider participants will join in unity around the world. Female riders continue to be the most growing segment of the motorcycling population, and are seen by motorcycle manufacturers as a key demographic.

Redesigned BMW R Nine T

1bmwrnine2bmwrnineI never been a fan of the typical BMW motorcycle aesthetics, although I agree that they are great riding bikes. But whatever the brand you ride, customize, etc you must admit, like me, that this custom R Nine T is beautiful…and that it would be great if it would be manufactured by BMW Motorrad. Continue reading ‘Redesigned BMW R Nine T’

Clutch Tools For Harley-Davidson Models

barnett2barnett11Clutch spring compression tools, clutch removal tools, clutch plates, hub pullers, etc. Either garage or professional builder, removal, maintenance and installation of a clutch is easy with the right tools. Barnett Clutch Tools got them all for your Harley Davidson model, allowing ease and efficiency of clutch replacement and maintenance.

Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-jokeA guy walked into a bar in Florida with an alligator on a leash. “Get out you crazy bastard” said the barman. “Dont worry” said the guy” “Its OK, its trained to do tricks” “Show us” said the barman. “It sounds like bullshit to me”

The guy pulls the alligator on top of a table, pulls its mouth open and puts his dick in. Then he takes a piece of wood about 2 foot long and hits the alligator as hard as he could on top of his head. The alligator’s mouth closes up and stops about 1/8th of an inch from his dick. Everyone is shouting and clapping. “There you are” says the guy. “If anyone in the bar does do it, I will give jim 100 dollars.

This little lady stood up “I will” she said. “But you don’t have to hit me on the head as hard as you hit the alligator…”

Indian Motorcycle To Launch A New Dark Model On May 11.

indianchieftaindarkhorseIt’s getting more and more difficult for any motorcycle manufacturer to hide what a new model launch will be all about. Indian is teasing “a new level of darkness” for a new model coming on May 11.

The California Air Resource Bpard (CARB) is listing a Chieftain Dark Horse, for sure the blacked out/minimum chrome version of the current Indian Chieftain.

Of course, we don’t know all details, but the same way Indian did it when it introduced the Chief Dark Horse – the dark version of the Chief Classic – the new model will probably be a black stripped down version of the popular Chieftain bagger offered at a lower price, thanks to money saved on chrome and on a few accessories.

Indian, like Harley-Davidson, knows very well that the “dark dress formula” continues to sell very well. Add a lower sticker price than the current Chieftain price of $22,999, and you get a winner.

Beck Grips Reborn For Modern Motorcycles

lowbrow-customs-beck-grips-all-colors-2Beck Motorcycle Grips were originally produced in the USA in the 1940’s and 50’s out of plastic and were used to customize primarily Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. As these bikes had internal throttles and spark advance, the original Beck Grips aren’t suited for running on most motorcycles.

Lowbrow Customs took the original design and stayed true to the aesthetic while making them in durable, comfortable rubber for both 1″ and 7/8″ diameter motorycle handlebars. This narrow profile grip looks right at home on vintage motorcycles as well as choppers, bobbers and custom motorcycles of all eras and styles.

Black is always a crowd-pleaser, though they also had some fun with Marbled Red, Marbled Grey, and Marbled Jade colorways. Available worldwide at Lowbrow Customs (or call 1-855-456-9276 toll-free. Only $19.95 per pair (throttle tube not included). At Lowbrow Customs.

Sons Of Speed” Vintage Motorcycle Racing To Debut During 2016 Daytona Biketoberfest

Sons_of_Speed_logoInspired by early 20th-century board-track racers, the Sons of Speed races hearken back to a stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding. The inaugural races are set to be held at New Smyrna Speedway’s half-mile banked racetrack 3939 Florida 44, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 on Saturday October 15, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets purchase ($11.54 to $264.74) at Event Brite. 25150119685

Imagined by Billy Lane, the event was originally set to debut during the recent 75th Daytona Bike week but had to be postponed. Racers will use stripped-down bikes with pre-1925 American V-Twin engines cradled in rigid frames with no transmissions and no brakes. Most racers are customizing the bikes’ body parts and accessories, gas and oil tanks, front ends, exhausts, bars, etc.

Racers who confirmed their participation to the inaugural event are.

Billy Lane, riding a 1913 Mack or a 1913 Indian
Rick Petko (Discovery Channel’s American Chopper), riding a 1920 Indian
Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry), riding a 1919 Harley-Davidson
Jay Allen (motorcycle racer/promoter and proprietor, Broken Spoke Saloons), riding a 1913 Thor
Buzz Kanter (publisher, American Iron Magazine), riding a 1915 Harley-Davidson
Shelley Rossmeyer-Pepe (GM, Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson), riding a 1915 Harley-Davidson
Warren Lane (Atomic Metalsmith), riding a 1919 Indian

Flashback. Harley-Davidson KRTT.

1974KRTTIntroduced in 1952, the 45.26 (750cc), 45-degree Harley-Davidson Model K was Harley’s final flathead. The KRTT 750 is the faired racing version of the KR and dominated motorcycle racing in the United States due to favorable racing rules. The 2 valves per cylinder 750 cc machine has an astonishing maximum speed of 149mph (239.8 km/h) It was Succeeded by the XRTT the racing version of the XR-750. (photo @ Doug Mitchel)



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