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Joke Of The Week

Men vs Women…

Eating Out. When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back. When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.

Money. A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs. A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but is on sale.

Bathrooms. A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel. The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.

Argument. A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

Future. A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

Marriage. A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t. A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does.

Dressing Up. A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail. A man will dress up for weddings and funerals. Continue reading ‘Joke Of The Week’


Performance Machine 5 3/4” Crossbar Headlights

In addition to the classic Plain and retro Grill face headlights, Performance Machine offers a Crossbar design.

These 5 3/4” billet aluminum headlights are offered either Halogen (5 models) or LED powered (2 models)

They are available for all bottom mounted headlights from 1984 to 2016 FXST and other select models and applications. Multitude of mounts in different shapes and lengths sold separately from many vendors and distributors.

Choice of finish, Chrome, Contrast Cut or Black Ops (a textured matte finish) From $449.95 (halogen) to $629.95 (LED). At Performance Machine.

All 18 rounds Of 2017 American Flat Track To Air Weekly On NBC Sports

American Flat Track just announced an exclusive television partnership with NBC Sports (NBCSN) for the 2017 season. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts on Thursday nights throughout the summer and fall.

Entering its 64th consecutive season, American Flat Track is the most historic form of American motorcycle racing and 2017 marks the dawning of a new golden era for the sport. The series boasts two diverse and highly-competitive classes and is headlined by powerful, twin-cylinder motorcycles in the AFT Twins class, with spirited single-cylinder machines battling it out in AFT Singles.

American Flat Track will debut inside Daytona International Speedway on a one-of-a-kind race course built on the famous tri-oval at the “World Center of Racing.” The DAYTONA TT will serve as the first battleground for the great American war brewing between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles, marking the first time the big American factories have competed head-to-head on the race track since the 1950s.

“American Flat Track is America’s original extreme sport and NBCSN is the perfect platform to bring it back into the limelight,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “We’re delighted to be partnering with NBC Sports Group, one of the most respected sports media organizations in the world. This partnership represents a huge milestone for the sport and a goal that we have been working toward for a long time.” Continue reading ‘All 18 rounds Of 2017 American Flat Track To Air Weekly On NBC Sports’

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Triumph Celebrates Its Best Ever Year Of Retail Sales In North America

The final sales numbers for December are in and 2016 will officially go down in the record books as the best year of retail sales for Triumph Dealers in North America in Hinckley Triumph history. For the month of December, Triumph dealers literally smashed the previous sales record with retails up a stunning 39% over the previous December record and up a jaw-dropping 89% over December 2015. Totals for the entire calendar year were more of the same, with overall 2016 retail sales in North America beating the market growth rate by more than 15%, eclipsing 13,000 units for the first time in history and easily shattering the previous annual retail sales record.

“There is no greater testament to the tireless work and outstanding Brand representation of our dealer partners than seeing this kind of success on the sales floor,” said Matt Sheahan, COO of Triumph Motorcycles America.  “We want to thank our dealers for their efforts and our new customers for joining the Triumph Family.  We are looking forward to riding with you in 2017!”

Triumph’s global headquarters are located in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England, solely owned by Bloor Holdings Ltd. Triumph Motorcycles America Ltd., its North American subsidiary, is based in Atlanta, Ga., and is home to the motorcycle industry’s first 24/7 Customer Support team.

New HOG Throttle Body Kits By S&S Cycle. More Air. More Power.

New S&S Hog throttle bodies are available for 2002-2017 Harley-Davidson® Big Twins with cable operated throttles. You can choose either the 58mm size for stock or mildly built engines, or the whopping 66mm for big inch engines. The benefit is of course more air flow for improved performance . S&S Stealth air cleaners are available to fit these Throttle Hogs.

They feature – A simple one-piece design for easy installation and stock appearance – Compatible with stock sensors, fuel rail, and throttle cables –  Wrinkle black powder coat finish matches stock – Sealed, stainless steel throttle shaft with dual roller bearings for smooth operation and no air leaks.

Kits include hardened steel flanges and seals. Sold outright. No stock throttle body exchange required. For more information contact your local dealer or go to S&S HOG Throttle Kits.

Glamis Sand Dunes. Where The Best Riders And Drivers Go For The Ultimate Shred Session. Monster Energy Girls Included.

Glamis, is a vast 45-by-six mile natural sandbox and home to the imperial Sand Dunes. It borders California, Arizona, and Baja California del Norte, Mexico. As many as 1.5 million off-road racers roll out annually to pit their skills against the dunes in the ultimate gas pumping, horsepower-filled, sand shred sessions. The original inspiration for the Doonies was the daring young freestyle motocross men and their dune flying machines. Now in its trilogy edit, the Doonies3 crew journeyed back to Glamis Sand Dunes blank canvas of infinite sand dunes for an even more insane collection of the most outrageous Monster Energy machinery. Watch this spectacular video of dirt bikes, Harleys, Monster Trucks, snowmobiles and a plethora of desert vehicles ripping through the world renowned off-road nirvana made up of massive sand dunes and pure high-octane action.

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The New RSD Walker Jacket

rsdjacketbisrsdjacketBuilt for the ride, the Walker Jacket by RSD features an all-new Matte Buffalo leather main body that has a soft and supple feel. This new premium leather also requires very little break in period so it’s comfortable from the

This simplistic Café Racer style jacket offers:

• Classic riding fit with rotated, pre-curved sleeves, dropped back length, and relaxed collar opening
• Zip pockets and cuffs
• Side adjustable waist tabs
• Satin poly lining with custom RSD numbers heat emboss
• Soft lined electronics security pocket
• Stretch mesh cargo stuff pockets
• Armor ready shoulder, elbow and back protector pocket
• Colors: Black, Brown
• Sizes: S – 3XL

At Roland Sands Design.

Polaris Shuts Down Victory Motorcycles. Effective Immediately.

It may be a huge surprise to most. Not so much for some insiders of the motorcycle industry who started to wonder after Polaris bought the Indian brand, how the company would be able to position the Victory brand versus Indian. And it appears that Polaris never succeeded to give Victory its own identity and strong image. In a challenging market, the result was poor sales compared to Indian.

Today, the Chairman and CEO of Polaris, Scott Wine announced * That Polaris Industries is winding down Victory motorcycles operations to strengthen its position in the powersports industry * That the competitive pressures of a challenging motorcycle market have increased headwinds for the Victory brand *That the decision will not affect any other Polaris units * That Polaris remains committed to maintaining its presence in Spirit Lake, Iowa. * That one-time costs associated with supporting Victory dealers in selling their remaining inventory will be recorded in 2017 income statement. The full official statement is below.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision for me, my team and the Polaris Board of Directors,” said Polaris Industries Chairman and CEO Scott Wine. “Over the past 18 years, we have invested not only resources, but our hearts and souls, into forging the Victory Motorcycles brand, and we are exceptionally proud of what our team has accomplished. Since inception, our teams have designed and produced nearly 60 Victory models that have been honored with 25 of the industry’s top awards. The experience, knowledge, infrastructure and capability we’ve built in those 18 years gave us the confidence to acquire and develop the Indian Motorcycle brand, so I would like to express my gratitude to everyone associated with Victory Motorcycles and celebrate your many contributions.” Continue reading ‘Polaris Shuts Down Victory Motorcycles. Effective Immediately.’

A 1956 Harley Panhead Crafted By Bill Dodge

1dodgeblack2dodgeblack3dodgeblack3bisdodgeblackIn 1948, during its introduction, who would have thought that the Overhead Valve (OHV) Panhead model would still influence motorcycle styling, would remain one of the most desirable machines for custom builders’ work, and even push third-party engine manufacturers to produce upgraded Panhead-styled engines in bigger displacements than the Harley original.

In addition to its beautiful aesthetics, some may argue that The “Captain America” chopper used by Peter Fonda as well as “Billy Bike” ridden by Dennis Hopper’s character in the 1969 movie Easy Rider, both using a Panhead engine, have largely contributed to the its iconic status. Immediately popular with bikers who bought one of the Panheads produced until 1965, year after year the legend grew and this model continues to be one of the most sought after classic Harleys.

12dodgeblack8dodgeblack7dodgeblack5dodgeblackRestore and preserve one, or customize it, but only if you don’t betray its soul… When builder Bill Dodge found this 1956 Panhead, he was in shock, horrified to see it turned into a very poorly re-built chopper. So, for his client/buddy James Chase, he did what a good professional is supposed to do. To return the Pan, if not to its original appearance, to the 50’s era original spirit and to the motorcycle original persona. Continue reading ‘A 1956 Harley Panhead Crafted By Bill Dodge’

New Spiro Series By Carl Brouhard Designs

Carl Brouhard Designs has developed yet another line of parts with some cutting art machined in them. The Spiro Series features a unique design with lines that seem to interweave on each part. All parts are available in Chrome or Black with offset cut.

All are made of 6061 Billet Aluminum, and proudly made in the USA. Sold Exclusively through Better Baggers tel. 916-660-9710 or Drag Specialties.

Parts include: Driver and Passenger Floorboards, Brake Arms, Shift Arms, Shift linkage, Bag Latches, Derby Covers, Points Covers, Fuel Doors as well as Dash inserts and Ignition switch covers

Thought Of The Day




“Putting your phone away and paying attention to those talking to you? There is an APP for that. It’s called RESPECT”


1905 Style Homemade Motorcycle. You Can Do It.

A video I should have published a long time ago to incite all of you to build something in your garage. This one is a homemade 1905 ish inspired motorcycle you can easily build with a stretched bicycle frame, a motorcade from a VW top end, Honda 125 crank, Briggs cam. Automatic inlet valve dampened from bouncing on its seat with a rubber star on top. About 2 HP, 2500 RPM max. Start yours. Courtesy of Buddfab. .

What Will Be Trending In 2017

1- Change Of US Leadership Makes Predicting Anything Much More Complicated.
Americans can’t recall a time when a change of leadership in Washington had the potential for such large and diverging effects on the U.S. economy. If you believe that the economy is going to be stimulated through new legislation and less regulation, for example by lowering individual and corporate taxes, with a tax holiday offering incentive for repatriation in the US of profits kept abroad by multinational corporations, by the rebuilding of America’s infrastructure to create a large number of construction jobs, etc… you can expect discretionary purchases to increase, and consequently the motorcycle industry to get a boost. American motorcycle manufacturers would benefit if the consumer has extra cash and borrowing costs remain quite low. Of course, if the US doesn’t get involved in a trade war which would create inflationary pressure on the imported products we all consume.

One of the biggest winners since the election has been the U.S. dollar rising sharply against all major foreign currencies. It means that in the US, Harley-Davidson and Polaris may face a tougher price competition from direct or indirect competitors like Triumph, Ducati, BMW, Royal Enfield, etc taking advantage of their lower home currency to offer much cheaper models. During the next 2 years the US motorcycle market is expected to remain somewhat stagnant or increasing only in the very low single digit. Harley-Davidson – much more than Polaris Motorcycles Division – relies on exportation to grow its unit sales. Would a slightly better demand in the US compensate for sales loss abroad due to a higher dollar? The introduction of the H-D LiveWire electric model susceptible to attract new motorcycle buyers being 2 or 3 years away, and in the absence of truly new affordable models, it could be a very challenging next 2 years for Harley’s domestic and global sales. Regarding the custom parts industry, the upcoming new administration is floating the idea of a 5% tariff on all imported goods. Most of custom motorcycle parts sold in the US being manufactured abroad, even when conceived here locally, it could spell trouble for many aftermarket part vendors and distributors, and this even if corporate taxes are lowered from 35% to 20%.

2- The Disrupted US Motorcycle Industry. Since 2013, when Polaris resurrected the Indian Motorcycle nameplate, it has been a kind of David versus Goliath competitive environment. Harley-Davidson is not a tarnished brand, is not in financial trouble and is not going to be dethroned by Polaris 2 motorcycle brands in just a few years. But at the end of 2012, Harley owned 57.2% of the heavyweight motorcycle market over 601 cc and larger. By the end of 2015 that had shrunk to 50.2%, even as that segment of the market expanded from 62% of the total U.S. motorcycle market – in terms of new units registered – to 85%. Harley-Davidson unit sales have fallen for 8 straight quarters since Indian Motorcycle was relaunched.  During that time Polaris motorcycle sales were up 67%, a very significant market gain almost essentially at the expense of its Milwaukee competitor. While the motorcycle market isn’t getting much bigger, it’s just being divided up differently. Indian started from scratch, so its growth will naturally seem exponential while Harley, as the more mature motorcycle maker, will appear to be growing much slower if any. It’s true that far more bikers still buy from Harley, but although Polaris is very secretive when it comes to publishing unit sales per brand and model, it is certain that an increasing number of riders are choosing Indian or Victory motorcycles. Polaris success is that in very short years it was able to offer all across the bike size spectrum alternate very competitive models in terms of performance and at great price points.

In addition, brands like Triumph, Ducati and Royal Enfield are aggressively pushing their bikes in the US. Triumph got strong traction with good sales of its “modern classics”, the Bonneville, the Thruxton and now the Bonneville Bobber model. Ducati perceived here during a long time as a Moto GP racer decked out in sponsor badges now offers city streets models and is also quite successful with its very affordable 6 Scrambler products . And India-based Royal Enfield recently established its North American headquarters in Milwaukee’s Third Ward and hired a former Harley-Davidson executive as North American division president. And let’s not forget that younger bikers (read below), as opposed to Boomers, are more interested by product value than image. As it’s often the case in such a disrupted market, being the leader manufacturer, Harley has more to lose when the consumer choice is much wider with quality products equal or sometime better for performance and offered at competitive prices. There are not yet definitive winners or losers in this brands battle, but for sure bikers will continue to benefit.

3- Cracking The Millennials Code With New Marketing And New Motorcycle Models. We are in a graying/whitening market with a large number of Boomers riding off into the sunset after each motorcycle rally. In the US, population aged 50+ is currently north of 100 million, and will reach 173 million by 2060. According to MIC (Motorcycle Industry Council) the median age of the typical motorcycle owner in 1990 was 32, and was a married male who had a high school diploma. Today, the typical owner got at least some college education. But the median age has climbed significantly to 49 years old. Only 17% of riders today are under 30, compared to 41% 25 years ago. Regarding age, these numbers are certainly worse if you address specifically the heavyweight motorcycle market in which Harley and Polaris are competing.  In 2020 Millennials are going to comprise 49% of the work force and will replace Boomers as the biggest spenders and borrowers. The oldest Millennials (born in 1980) are 36 years old. Although they have more education loan debts than Boomers, the oldest already earn more than their parents did at the same age.  Individual earnings always peaking between the age of 34 and 52, they are the human force that will decide the success of most corporations, in and out of the motorcycle industry, for at least the next 20 years. Continue reading ‘What Will Be Trending In 2017’

Bonhams Ducati Auction. Multiple Factory Racers And Dozens Of Rare Classic Models.

Nearly 40 examples from Ducati, the most legendary name in Italian motorcycling, will be offered by Bonhams at the seventh annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction that will take place Thursday, January 26th at the Rio Hotel & Casino. From street singles and scramblers to twins and works racers, spanning the decades from 1948 to 2001, an unprecedented array of motorcycles from the famed Bologna marque will be offered for sale, including 15 from the world-renowned Silverman Museum Racing Collection.

1984 Ducati 750 TT1 Works Road Racer – one of three European endurance factory racers and the “rarest of the rare”. Estimate is $125,000-$150,000. 1975 Ducati 900 SS Superbike Prototype – the 1979 AMA Superbike Winner. Estimate $80,000-$120,000. 1973 Ducati 750 Works Road Racer – one of three factory racers of its kind and former Bol d’Or 24 Hours team bike and Isle of Man TT entrant. Estimate $100,000-$140,000. 1958 Ducati 125 GP – rare early competition Grand Prix bialbero model. Estimate is $100,000-$130,000.

To the further delight of Italian motorcycle enthusiasts, in addition to the 38 Ducatis of various years and models on offer, there will also be excellent examples from Laverda, MV Agusta, Cagiva, Benelli, Parilla, Bimota and Moto Guzzi. To register to bid (in person or remotely), order a catalog, and learn more about each lot, visit Bonhams Vegas. (photos courtesy Bonhams)

The All-New Mesh Multi-Fit Components Collection By Kuryakyn. Raw And Edgy.

Kuryakyn is launching it’s most comprehensive product line to-date, the all-new “Mesh” collection of 50 direct-replacement components for Harley-Davidson® Dyna™, Softail™, Sportster™ and Touring models. The entire product line incorporates multi-piece construction throughout. Most parts utilize a three-piece design integrating chrome or satin black aluminum outer frames with a satin black aluminum baseplate that’s exposed through satin black or chrome stainless steel mesh panels.

“We worked to really dial in the Mesh design to be a hybrid of mechanical and industrial aesthetics,” said Kuryakyn Director of Product Management Matt Leisch. “This is one of the largest product collections we’ve ever rolled out. The rugged style combined with ease of installation and customization will appeal to not only core Kuryakyn customers, but also the emerging group of riders and builders who want that raw, edgy look for their bikes.

Visible socket-head cap screws add a rugged, mechanical appearance and securely fasten the components in place. The multi-piece designs easily disassemble for unlimited custom finish options by end users, as the baseplates, stainless steel mesh panels and frames can be all be painted or coated to match any color theme. Continue reading ‘The All-New Mesh Multi-Fit Components Collection By Kuryakyn. Raw And Edgy.’

At The Sturgis Buffalo Chip In August. This Could be Deadly…

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip has always been the epicenter of wild, outrageous and sometime dangerous entertainment during the Black Hills Rally. This year, motorcycle stuntman Doug Danger is back to try another one of Evel Knievel’s legendary jumps. But this time rattlesnakes will be involved…

The Guzzi Airtail By Death Machines Of London

Death Machines Of London doesn’t build motorcycles to cause death. Its owners are just not responsible for the way you and others drive and ride. They just create very beautiful and rideable machine from factory machines having shown some age and tireless. This awesome Moto Guzzi Lemans MK2 was factory born in 1981 and its owner was looking for the right combination of minimalism and functionality.

First, the Guzzi was torn down to bare frame with the tubing “delugged”, smoothed out of its welds then vapor blasted. The 950 cc motor was fully rebuilt, getting in the process in-house gas flowed cylinder heads, a lightened and balanced crankshaft, new valves, and a pair of 40mm Dellorto carbs with accelerator pumps. Continue reading ‘The Guzzi Airtail By Death Machines Of London’

Flamed Fork Slider Covers

04110130-Fork-CoversA lot of you like to flame their motorcycle.

What about flaming your front end with these steel fork slider covers available in chrome or black with a unique embossed flame design.

Sold as a set for 84-13 FLT, FLHT and H-D Trike, 86-16 FLST, 14-16 FLHT, FLHR, FLTRX, FLHX and HD Trike models.

The suggested retail price is $64.95. At your Drag Specialties dealer.

Vanguard Crowdfunding Campaign

After an official introduction of the Roadster prototype during last December New York International Motorcycle show, Vanguard has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise working capital. “We recognize there is a lot of enthusiasm for what we are doing but not everyone will be able to purchase one of our motorcycles,” says Terny. “As a result, we want to offer another way for people to have ownership in the Vanguard brand and this is through crowdfunding. As a start-up company, I can’t think of a better way to help raise needed capital while providing accessibility to supporters.”

The Roadster is stated to be offered at a starting price of $29,995, a price achievable thanks to Vanguard’s design, sourcing approach and modular production process. Vanguard positions its first model as “a premium motorcycle within reach.” To learn and participate to the Vanguard’s crowdfunding campaign, go to Start Engine Vanguard.

Roland Sands Design Traction Flat Track Race Wheels

1For those who don’t know, Roland Sands Design is a motorcycle, product and apparel company that has its roots in racing. RSD Traction Flat Track Race Wheels are built for the racetrack to provide lightweight, strong wheels that are capable of surviving the wide variety of tracks and surfaces you may encounter. The original billet flat track wheel was designed for PM by Roland Sands in 2004. The Traction wheel continues that championship winning history.

The new Traction flat track wheels are made in California by Performance Machine to the highest quality standards in the industry. Sold separately, race proven 8 lug hub sets are finely machined for accuracy and weight reduction matching the 8 lug hub pattern of the wheel itself. Computerized FEA testing and real life testing, both in the laboratory and on the race track, have come together to produce a rock solid design that will live with your race machine for many seasons. Physical/destructive lab tested to the strictest guidelines. Manufactured in California by Performance Machine. Continue reading ‘Roland Sands Design Traction Flat Track Race Wheels’

Perewitz Custom Paint Show Back To 2017 Daytona Bike Week

The Custom Paint Show organized by Dave and daughter Jody Perewitz is open to all bike brands, models on 2 and 3 wheels, with only the quality of paint work being judged and not the motorcycle itself. The event always features a very wide variety paint styles competing in different classes with the judging being performed by a selection of professional painters.

Best of show walks off with a unique piece of fine motorcycle art by Rally Fine Art valued at $1,000 and a feature article in Airbrush Action Magazine. First place will be presented with one of Perewitz very exclusive and highly prized, custom painted trophies along with other substantial goodies “swag”. Second and third place winners will be awarded with canvas art along with their own swag. In total the amount of prizes to be presented is valued at well over $10,000.

The 2017 Perewitz Custom Paint Show will once again be held at The Pavilion at Destination Daytona on March 15 . Address is 1637 North Highway US1 – Ormond Beach, FL 32174. Show registration from 10 am-1 pm with awards being presented at 4 pm.

Joke Of The Week

You Know You Are Living In 2017 When…

1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.
2. You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don’t have e-mail addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries…
7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t even have the first 20 or 30 or 60 years of your life, is now a cause for panic, and you turn around to go and get it.
10. You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee.
11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )
12. You’re reading this and nodding and laughing.
13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.
14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.
15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn’t a #9 on this list .

NOW you’re laughing at yourself! “Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused!”
Go on, forward this to your friends. You know you want to!

Stiletto Shocks For The Right Attitude

Rear suspension. Some praise the lowered. Others need a rise. Those looking to give their bike the proper high rear aggressive attitude that a corner eating machine needs, will like these longer shocks to increase suspension travel.

The high performance damper is wrapped in a spring combination designed specifically to deal with subtle road noise and imperfections, while the main coil handles the big hits and controls bottoming.

The result is a plush ride that’s not afraid to play rough. Available in 13” or 15” for most Sportster models and 12.5″ for Dyna with 13.5″ on the way. From: $299.95 the set. At Burly Brand.

Artist Mathew Hintz 1938 Indian Painting Auctioned At Mecum Las Vegas Auction

An original painting by Milwaukee artist Mathew Hintz of a 1938 Indian Model 438 Four motorcycle will be featured in the auction catalog and on a daily show program for the 2017 Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction to be conducted on January 25-28.

The painting captures the streamlined front fender and massive, longitudinal engine of the sporty, 100-mph Indian motorcycle, an award-winning restoration by Elmer Lower that will be a main attraction at the auction, offered at no reserve on Saturday, January 28, as lot S167. Hintz is also pleased to announce that the original 36 x 48-inch museum-quality painting has been donated by the artist for auction, with all proceeds directed to Curing Kids Cancer. Continue reading ‘Artist Mathew Hintz 1938 Indian Painting Auctioned At Mecum Las Vegas Auction’

The Road to Zero Initiative Advances In the U.S. Motorcyclists Play an Important Role.

In October, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled a new initiative dedicated to eliminating all traffic-related deaths in thirty years. “Road to Zero” is the concept that achieving zero traffic-related deaths is achievable through new policies and solutions. First initiated in Sweden in 1997 as “Vision Zero” the program has been adopted by many European. The U.S. version made progress last week with the holding of a symposium and invited speakers to discuss the challenges and choices with the concept. The event also offered participants the opportunity to partake in “breakout sessions” to discuss proposed actions on how to achieve the lofty goal.

The only entity representing the motorcycle community present at the symposium was the Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s Vice-President of Government Affairs, Megan Ekstrom. Ekstrom was invited to participate in one of the breakout sessions focused on how to create a safer environment for other roadway users with modes of transportation outside of traditional automobiles. Working directly with DoT officials, Ekstrom emphasized the need to prevent crashes rather than concepts focused on how to have “safer” crashes. Continue reading ‘The Road to Zero Initiative Advances In the U.S. Motorcyclists Play an Important Role.’

DP One. Available In Limited Edition Series.

1dpone2dponeContrary to popular belief it’s very difficult, even for a talented custom builder, to make a good living only building one-off bikes, one at a time. Reason why many of them try to market the custom parts they conceived when building their unique creations. And if they want to expand their business even more, they will try to build a concept model that they think they will be able to duplicate for clients at the fraction of the cost of the original prototype. An approach adopted by well known European builder Fred Duban, known in the industry as DUB.

15dpone12dpone9dpone3dponeBut before proceeding you are better off getting a motorcycle manufacturer license and have your concept model homologated by the legal authority of the region in which you expect to market your motorcycle series. Fred Duban got all the official and very stringent European requirements, and is quite proud to be able to affix the “Dub Performance” manufacturer plate to all his machines. And of course it includes the one featured here, named DP One, that he is now offering with only one major option: the paint job of your choice. And yes, it’s a very high end road legal custom whose price (67,000 euros or about $70,000) is the result of the cost of premium components from the best vendors of the industry and of the labor involved in what must be hand- fabricated with each order. Continue reading ‘DP One. Available In Limited Edition Series.’

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