The brave Cannonballers made it across America on their 1937 motorcycles and arrived in Tacoma, Washington on Sunday afternoon. Winners in each class (I, II & 3) are based on total points (number of miles ridden.) The total mileage and maximum possible score is 3936. Hans Coertse on a 1924 Indian Scout is the overall winner. The full results of this 3rd Cannonball Endurance Run can be seen HERE.
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It was expected that S&S Cycle would use its expertise in engine breathing to offer an Air Cleaner Kit specifically created for the new Indian Thunder Stroke 111 motor of all the Chiefs Classic, Vintage, Chieftain) and Roadmaster 2014-2015 models. So, if you want to make your Indian more warlike, giving it more air to breathe to boost its power while still running cooler, S&S offers this new Indian Air Cleaner Kit. It uses a filter whose surface is twice the stock one, providing 37% more air flow @10” H20. The air cleaner kit and covers are sold separately. Easy bolt-on installation. More info at S&S Cycle Indian Air Cleaner Kit. See the Dyno results after the jump. Continue reading ‘New S&S Air Cleaner Kit For 2014-2015 Indian Motorcycle Thunder Stroke 111 Models’
This B-Rocket custom motorcycle is quite slow for the Bonneville Salts. As is, would even not pass AMA judges scrutinizing to get a chance to race. Can’t break any Land Speed Record. But I guess it’s a good promo video for Bell & Ross Time Instruments. Bike built by Shaw Speed And Custom UK.
Headwinds, one of the leaders in custom headlights, introduces their new 7” LED 12/15W hi/lo headlamp. These powerful lamps are brighter & whiter than halogen. They illuminate the reach down the road and the shoulder.
You may never have to replace another bulb with these energy efficient solid-state LEDs that withstand shock & vibration.
The die-cast aluminum housing with cooling fins provides maximum protection. Easy-to-install, it’s plug and play.
The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) announced that the Harley-Davidson Demo Fleet will be featured at the 2014 event, offering test rides of the company’s 2015 models. Additionally, Orlando Harley-Davidson becomes the newest exhibitor to join AIMExpo, which will host nearly 500 powersports companies from around the world October 16-19 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center (OCCC).
The presence of the Harley-Davidson brand at AIMExpo for the first time adds to the excitement surrounding the 2014 event, now less than a month away. Orlando Harley-Davidson will also present its display on the main exhibitor floor, showcasing their 2015 motorcycles, plus the newest collection of Genuine Harley-Davidson Parts and Accessories.
“We’re looking forward to exhibiting at AIMExpo and hosting official Harley demo rides,” said Anne Deli, Owner of Orlando Harley-Davidson. “With three dealerships and four retail stores in the greater Orlando/Kissimmee area, it was important to us to take advantage of the AIMExpo platform to further connect with our existing and new customers. Harley-Davidson’s strategic vision is to expand its reach to new riders and AIMExpo enables us to help achieve that goal. Hosting the Motor Company’s demo event at AIMExpo makes perfect business sense for both us and the Harley brand.” Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Demo Rides To be Featured At American International Motorcycle Expo’
The Boom!™ Audio Fairing Lower Speaker Kit (P/N 76000487, $279.95) optimizes audio performance to deliver outstanding sound from the Boom! Box infotainment system developed through Project RUSHMORE.
Adding these fairing lower speakers to the 2014-later Harley-Davidson Touring model motorcycles original equipment two-speaker system permits higher listening volume, lower distortion, and improved clarity at highway speeds.
The kit includes a pair of 6.5-inch waterproof 2-ohm full range speakers with suspended 1-inch soft-dome tweeters that are directionally optimized for improved rider acoustics. The high-strength polypropylene woofer cones feature high-flux Neodymium magnets for more power with less weight. Continue reading ‘New Harley BOOM! Audio Fairing Lower Speakers.’
During Las Vegas Bikefest (Oct 2-5) 20 great custom builders are going to display their new creations at the Cashman Center where they are going to compete in the 11th annual ARTISTRY IN IRON, MASTER BUILDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP. The 2014 winner will be selected by his peers and this year, in addition to be invited next year to defend his title, he will receive for the first time the champion bracelet featured above in which his name will be hand engraved.
Master Artisan Steve Soffa, designer and creator of the 2010 World Series of Poker bracelets, got the responsibility to create this magnificent bracelet to be awarded to the Champion each year. Soffa’s career spans 20 years and includes work for Fortune 100 companies including Apple, Sony, Oracle and Universal Pictures.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be awarded with creating the foremost trophy for bike-building artists,” said Soffa. “I have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on the “Artistry in Iron” Championship bracelet and look forward to unveiling it for public viewing at the Las Vegas BikeFest 2014 “Artistry in Iron” bike display. Continue reading ‘The New Championship Bracelet Of Las Vegas BikeFest “Artistry In Iron” Bike Builders Competition.’
CV Performance, a company specializing for over 25 years in tuning and improving Harley-Davidson CV carburetion, offers this Velocity Emulsion Tube as a factory replacement part for the stock main jet holder.
The CV Performance Harley Velocity Emulsion Tube helps you get back your bike’s throttle response and improves performance. With design features that improve fuel atomization entering the combustion chamber, CVP’s exclusive patterned tube design improves the air/fuel mixture process delivering a vortex spray pattern.
This helps increase overall performance and fuel mileage by improving the efficiency of the fuel burn in the combustion chamber. Continue reading ‘CV Performance Harley Velocity Emulsion Tube To Improve Throttle Response’
To correct the fit and comfort issues of shorter riders under 5 feet 7 inches tall, the 2015 Electra Glide® Ultra Classic® Low offers the lowest seat height available in a premium touring bike. Those features include:
• A seat height of 25.6 inches allows more riders to place both feet flat on the ground when the motorcycle is stopped, and a new low-profile seat reduces the reach to the foot controls. Premium lowered front and rear suspension lowers the bike’s center of gravity and makes it easier to lift the motorcycle off its jiffy stand, yet delivers outstanding comfort and handling.
• The overall width of the primary drive housing and derby cover are reduced to further improve leg clearance to the ground.
• A pull-back handlebar places hand controls two inches closer to the rider, putting many riders in a more comfortable position that can reduce back and shoulder strain.
• Smaller-diameter hand grips reduce the finger reach to the brake and clutch levers.
• Assist and Slip (A&S) hydraulic clutch reduces lever effort 23 percent, a key benefit in stop- and-go traffic.
• A new passenger footboard mount allows the footboards to be folded up so they are out of the way when pushing the motorcycle in a garage or driveway.
• A new toe tab extension reduces the reach required to retract the jiffy stand. Continue reading ’2015 Harley Electra Glide Ultra Limited Low’
Today, September 18, 2014, Billy Lane is being released from the Orlando Transition Center and is re-opening his shop in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Please, respect his privacy, no walk-ins.) Because everything has already been said, it is not necessary to come back on the period August 14, 2009 to today during which Billy served his sentence for an accident that occurred on September 5, 2006. Don’t expect Billy to reproduce the Choppers Inc shop model of the years past and to travel the show tour any time soon. His business is intended to be a very private place where he will resume his motorcycle work without interference or solicitations.
Always with the objective of improving your stock Harley driveline setup, BAKER Drivetrain releases the Cruiser Drive Shift Kit, a new product to help your transmission shift smoother and as silently as possible.
You know about the loud klunk noise when you shift, experienced the skipping gear or the neutral that you can’t find when you need it the most.
The new BAKER Cruise Drive Smooth Shift Kit installs into all stock Cruise Drive bikes Dyna 2006- up and Touring 2007-up. The products features: Continue reading ‘Un-precise And Noisy Shifting? BAKER Drivetrain Has A New Solution.’
The Zip Kit by Zipper’s Performance is a proven complete performance package powered by ThunderMax®. Included in it is a Zipper’s MaxFlow performance air cleaner, a performance exhaust of your choice and the cutting-edge ThunderMax® with AutoTune EFI Controller. The ThunderMax® gives you the flexibility of future performance upgrades with a simple download of a new map. Bolt-on and plug-in the Zip Kit let you enjoy the immediate power, cooler and smoother performance and ride-ability gains that ThunderMax® provides
• Proven, Matched Components That Work
• Smoother, Cooler, Better Running Engine
• More Power At All RPMS
• Improved Starting, Sharper Sound, Immediate Improvement
• Ready To Install, No Dyno Time Required
• Easy Installation, Just A Few Hours To Transform Your Bike
• Never Outgrow it – Supports Future Upgrades
• High Quality, USA-Made Components
• Kit Price Includes Package Discounts
After the jump, listen to a Sportster equipped with D&D Bob Cat Exhaust Zip Kit by Zipper’s Performance Continue reading ‘Sportster Performance Improved With Zipper’s Zip Kit’
2- The Brough Superior SS100 “Rolls Royce Of Motorcycles” nickname was coined by The Motor Cycle newspaper because of George Brough’s attention to details and quality.
3- Each machine was certified to reach 100 mph (about 160 km/h)
4- The Brough Superior set a motorcycle land speed record when in 1936 British racer Eric Fernihough reached 163.82mph (263.64 km/h) over a mile before hitting a speed of 169.79mph (263km/h), a year later.
5- World War One British army officer TE Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, owned seven of the bikes and was killed riding one in Dorset, in 1935.
6- Movie director, actor, producer Orson Welles and playwright George Bernard Shaw were among the celebrities to have owned more than one Brough. Continue reading ‘Did You Know? George Brough.’
S&S Cycle is pleased to announce they have added Paul Devine to their management team as Vice President of Sales. Steve Iggens, President of S&S Cycles says, “Paul brings a wealth of experience and the skill-set required to keep S&S Cycle moving forward and to maintain our leadership position in the v-twin high performance market.”
Paul started riding motorcycles at age eight and is a self-proclaimed fanatic having logged over a hundred thousand miles. Over the years, Paul has held leadership positions in numerous well-known companies including Harley-Davidson Motor Company®, Buell, and SuckerPunch Sally’s.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the S&S team. As a rider and power sports professional, it’s a dream come true. I am blown away by the company’s 56 year history of innovation, its talented and dedicated team, and the unsurpassed quality of its products. Over the coming months, I look forward to meeting our customers, dealers, and distributors. With their help, we will work to expand the S&S brand and spread the message of Proven Performance industry wide.” Without pause, Paul adds “I especially love that S&S Cycle is located in Viola, WI. This area has some of the best riding roads and scenery in the world!“ www.sscycle.com
The One And Only Authentic “Captain America” Motorcycle From Pop Culture Easy Rider Movie To Be Auctioned. Going, Gone For $1,000,000.00? More?Published by Cyril Huze September 16th, 2014 in Builders, Customs, Editorial and Events.
$1,000,000 to $1,200,000 is what somebody will pay for the ownership of one of the world’s most iconic motorcycles, predicts “Profiles in History” ww.profilesinhistory.com, Hollywood leading entertainment auction house. We will see when the bidding war starts this October 17th until October 20th for this Peter Fonda’s famed “Captain America” from the 1969 classic movie Easy Rider.
It is the only original and authentic motorcycle to exist from the movie and is substantiated by three signed letters of authenticity: one from the National Motorcycle Museum signed by the Museum’s Director, a letter from Peter Fonda, and a signed letter of authenticity from Dan Haggerty attesting to all the facts in the Peter Fonda letter as being true and accurate.
“Captain America’s stretched-out American-flag-adorned Panhead Chopper is one of the most iconic images in American film”, noted Joseph M. Maddalena, President and Chief Operating Officer of “Profiles in History” “The bike evokes powerful emotions even in non-bikers. It personifies the 60’s, all of the good and the bad that this decade brought. This is an opportunity for someone to own a pure piece of nostalgic entertainment history.”
The iconic red, white and blue stars and stripes Chopper, with chromed hard tail frame, was designed and built by two African-American builders — Cliff Vaughs and Ben Hardy (featured in bottom picture of this feature) —following design cues provided by Peter Fonda himself. There were two “Captain America” bikes built and ridden by Fonda for the making of Easy Rider to ensure shooting would continue should mechanical issues arise. In addition to this bike being ridden in the film, this bike was used in the climactic crash sequence at the end of the film. Continue reading ‘The One And Only Authentic “Captain America” Motorcycle From Pop Culture Easy Rider Movie To Be Auctioned. Going, Gone For $1,000,000.00? More?’
A Hong Kong movie theater asks its patrons to leave their cell phones ON when they enter the movie. Then, spectators watched an eye opening commercial. After viewing, please forward this post. You could save a life.
It is the time of the year when next year’s calendars are made available. Especially those covering 16 months from September of this year to December 2015. These premium calendars are photographed and produced by Jim Gianatsis and feature different type of bikes with and without models. They are printed in full color on 15×15-inch dull coated heavy art board and wire spiral bound with a hang clip for easy wall display and page turning, sealed in a clear plastic envelope with cardboard stiffer for protection. 4 calendars are available. Suggested USA Retail is $17.95 each.
2015 IRON & LACE. Custom Bikes and Sexy Centerfold Models in revealing lingerie. Featured this year are the the world ’s top custom motorcycles including LA Calendar Motorcycle Show winners Sam Baldi / Jimmy Tordoravitch, Ron Baldonado, Chris Redpath, plus Russell Mitchell, Richard Pollock, Laurent Dutriel, Shinya Kimura, Ron Simms, George Tchor, Steve Stroz, Alan Beatty. The sexy Calendar Kittens include Sara Horvath, Kristi Taylor, Rebekah Davis, Lenna Bartlett, Jessica Harbour, Claudia Costa, Kelly Sliwinski ready to make your dreams come true.
2015 CAFE RACERS Classic Custom Street Racers Cafe Racers but without the girls getting in the way. The perfect Bike Calendar if you have a jealous wife, girlfriend or boyfriend. Featuring Show winning bikes from around the world by S-Bay Motor Company, Roland Sands, Jessie Rooke, Richard Pollock, Shinya Kimura, Hideki Hoshikawa, Caleb Owens and Yoshi Kosaka. Continue reading ‘New 2015 Motorcycle & PinUp Model Calendars’
In his small shop in Owensboro, Kentucky, Mike McFadden of M&M Customs has built a few notable customs and cafe racers that have captured my attention. I always admire custom bikes made to be ridden, especially when they look like rolling art pieces. Something uniquely beautiful making you proud wherever you ride it. “Holy Moly” is Mike’s second creation I am featuring and having it headline my weekly news is well deserved. Recently unveiled at the 2014 Mid-Ohio Vintage Days judges agreed with me and gave this custom both the Best of Show and People’s Choice awards.
The story of this custom Honda CB450 starts when in 2013 McFadden was given the chance to take a couple of his builds to the 110th Harley Davidson Celebration AMD Invitational bike show. During a couple of days he incessantly walked the Harley museum looking for inspiration for a new project. His brain rich of visual and mechanical inspiration, he returned home decided to create a board tracker style bike the way the Japanese could have done it in the early days of racing…
McFadden knew right away that building a Japanese flavored board racker would require something to make it stand out and separate it from the already created multiple Harley and Indian versions. To free his creativity, only the neck and motor mounts were kept from the original factory frame. A twin tank set up with an exposed backbone and a mono shock suspension inspired the final frame geometry. The battery and electrics are housed in the one-off tail section along with the brake lights. Swingarm was sourced from an old bike he had cut up previously and extended by 2″. Bars where made from the cut up originals. Interestingly, the custom made seat is held in place thanks to a magnet against a metal brace. Continue reading ‘Holy Moly. Custom Honda CB450.’
Progressive Suspension is offering bagger riders shocks that sit up to 2” lower than a stock Harley-Davidson touring model (1” lower on Street Glide)
The 944 ULTRA TOURING: Specifically designed to deliver a comfortable ride at a 1″ lowered stance. Built around Progressive latest FST technology (Frequency Sensing Technology), The Ultra Touring shocks utilize all the suspension travel provided by the full length units, but in a 1″ lowered ride height. The unique Ultra Touring spring combination not only delivers a lowered ride height while its being ridden, but also while it’s on the side stand.
The 944 ULTRA LOW: Just like the name implies, this is the lowest version of the 944 Series shocks. Designed to sit 2” lower than a stock HD Touring model and provide the best ride a short shock can. Want your bike in the weeds or struggling to reach the ground? The 944 Ultra Low is the shock for the job. At Progressive Suspension.
Las Vegas, the party town, will get another crazy long weekend of hard core rockin’ good times for bikers from October 2 to 5. The Las Vegas BikeFest Rally features a lot of entertainment, cool bikes everywhere,over $30,000 in cash and prizes to be won, the best aftermarket part vendors in the V-Twin industry, a terrific “Aristry In Iron” bike show, the election of the new Miss Las Vegas BikeFest, a Bikini Bike Wash, a $10,000 poker run, factory demo rides, contests, and much more. Just announced, you will have autograph and picture opportunities with “Pawn Stars” TV show Rick and Corey Harrison and with “Sons of Anarchy” stars Bobby and Chibs on Saturday. Jasmine Cain on Thursday night, Craig Morgan on Friday night and KANSAS on Saturday night will rock the rally. Continue reading ‘Next Big Event. 14th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest October 2-5, 2014′
On october 3, 2012 I reported on actor Keanu Reeves and Custom Builder Gard Hollinger partnering to create the Arch Motorcycle Company . “We started with the idea of a performance-based modern machine. Once the prototype bike was complete, it looked like a production motorcycle but unlike anything we had ever seen” said Gard at that time.
Today, Hollinger and Reeves are proud to introduce the custom-production KRGT-1, ARCH Motorcycle Company’s versatile, performance-oriented, American V-twin with good balance of performance and design. Manufactured exclusively in ARCH’s Los Angeles area factory, the KRGT-1 will be built to order with an initial offering price of $78,000. Production will be limited, making ownership a coveted experience for some custom motorcycle lovers. Continue reading ‘Keanu Reeves And Gard Hollinger Unveil The Custom Production KRGT-1. Now Taking Reservations.’
Recently, John Olin, Harley-Davidson’s Chief Financial Officer talked about the company “Fattening The Tails”strategy. What does it mean? Simply, to increase the number of customers at both ends of its core clientele. According to the Social Security Administration more than 70 million Baby Boomers will retire before 2030. Many have already put the kickstand down, forever… If, from 1986 to 2006 Harley’s motorcycle shipments went from 36,000 to 349,000 units (an amazing compounded growth rate of 11.9% per year), and although in 2013 Harley has rebounded somewhat, the number of units sold is still lower than in 2002. For 2014 the company recently reduced its full-year production forecast to 270,000-275,000 motorcycles, down from its original shipment guidance of 279,000-284,000 bikes.
The remedy to these alarming statistics is for Harley to succeed an aggressive outreach program attracting the young, women, hispanics and African-Americans and getting a larger international market share. Easier to say than to accomplish. Yes, in the US more women are riding and the hispanic population is growing very fast, but the younger and middle-aged adults are looking for different motorcycles than the one their parents are or were riding. In addition, it is predicted that the overall US heavyweight motorcycle market will grow at a tepid 1%+ during the next few years. And Polaris, with its Indian and Victory motorcycles, is slowly but surely taking a highest percentage of Harley-Davidson’s US market share. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson And The “Fattening The Tails” Strategy’
Today September 12, is Rest Day in Junction City, Kansas for all riders and supporting crew members of the 3rd Cannonball Coast to Coast Endurance Run. Since they left Daytona Beach on September 5, those who completed the first 7 stages have ridden 1585 miles on their pre-1937 antique motorcycles. Still 2353 miles to go (3938 total miles-1585 ridden miles) before arriving in Tacoma, Washington.
After the jump you will find the ranking after 7 riding days. But let me remind you how each participant is ranked. Each rider is given 1 point of each mile. As of today many of them have a perfect score and it may be the case at the end of the endurance run. So, in this case, riders are ranked depending of their motorcycle class. There are 3 classes: Class I for bikes from 500cc to 700cc, Class II for bikes from 701cc to 1,000cc and Class III for bikes over 1,000cc. Because it’s more difficult to ride coast to coast on a Class ! motorcycle than on a Class II and Class III antique motorcycle, the rider of Class I with a perfect score ranks higher than the rider of Class II or III with also a perfect score . If 2 riders of the same Class have a perfect score, the rider of the oldest year motorcycle will rank first. And if 2 riders of the same Class have a perfect score, ride a machine of the same production year, the oldest rider will rank above. Tie Breaks are ranked in the following order: class, motorcycle age, rider age. Continue reading ‘Cannonball Vintage Motorcycles Endurance Run Update. Rules And Ranking.’