The Project 156 Victory prototype race engine. Maximum power for extreme conditions at Pikes Peak. Watch Part 2 of the Project 156 build as VictoryRacing, Roland Sands Design & Cycle World bring you a prototype built for 156 corners of fury and an epic race to the clouds.
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Daring acrobats, death-defying stuntmen, fire-breathing women, theatrical performances and side-show oddities are all part of the spectacle guests of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® will watch this August in a three-ring Circus.
In ring number one the Air Sex Championships will merge real life with imaginary sex twice daily on the Buffalo Chip’s showcase stages. Comedian and host Chris Trew will invite guests to take part in his politely offensive and utterly hilarious interactive stage show on the Jägermeister and Bikini Beach stages. And, the International UniMotorCyclist Society will battle it out at the PowerSports Complex on Saturday, Aug. 8 in a series of drag races like no other, all on one wheel with no brakes or steering. Those badass bikers on one wheel will also host some of the zaniest events at the rally including sticky whipped cream wrestling, slippery lesbian oil wrestling, funky burlesque Mardi Gras contest and more all open to any adult wanting to win big cash prizes.
In ring number two is the Seattle Cossacks.For more than 75 years this group of motorcycle acrobats has been building human pyramids high atop moving, vintage, Harley-Davidsons. Audiences will witness authentic daredevils performing tricks on motorcycles older than the Sturgis Rally. They will bring their rolling show to the CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip with three shows daily Tuesday through Thursday, including their death-defying “Wall of Fire” show at 7 p.m. Continue reading ‘Three-Ring Circus On Steroids Coming This August To The Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’
LLOYDZ Motor Workz has long been the leading name in high performance products for Victory Motorcycles. In fact, LLOYDZ has been developing and producing performance parts for Victory’s since they started coming off the assembly line back in 1999. Ever since the announcement that Polaris Industries purchased the Indian Motorcycle name, LLOYDZ Greer Motor Workz has worked hard to offer air cleaner kits and slip-on mufflers for Indian Motorcycles equipped with the Thunderstroke 111″.
For the rider that wants to utilize the stock Thunderstroke cover. With a retail price of $209.00, this kit (p/n IMC-205) has 170% more filtering area than stock, and boasts horsepower gains of 16% over stock and torque gains of 14% over stock when used in conjunction with LLOYDZ performance slip-on mufflers and a PC-V Power Commander. What makes this filter unique is that it has filter media on face of the filter directly in front of the throttle body allowing it to not only pull air in from the sides of the filter, but also directly in front of the throttle body. The cover remains in the stock location so it doesn’t interfere with your leg like some of the other aftermarket filters on the market. For all Indian Thunderstroke 111″ motors, Retail for $209.00
For those who want to add a custom look, a billet chrome cover and chrome screen (p/n IMC-215) to protect the filter and give it a nice clean appearance while utilizing the same high flow filter as IMC-205. Retail pricing is $398. LLOYDZ Motorworkz Tel. 845-744-4889. Or on Facebook.
In 1995, Cartoonist, Illustrator and faithful reader Paul Jamiol did a cartoon to denounce biker violence.
Last Sunday’s deadly shootout in Waco, Texas between motorcycle clubs inspired him to rework his cartoon.
In this new version Jamiol pens his comment on the incident, showing the dark cloud and negative effect it has on all motorcyclists with the public at large.
A northern Italian beach whose name is Lignano Sabbiadoro where, as in most summer resorts, activities are limited to swimming, tanning and shopping. Except in May during Biker Fest International when entertainment expands the time of a weekend to watching bikes cruise the Adriatic Sea coast, demo riding the latest models from motorcycle manufacturers and admiring the 100+ custom bikes competing in the Italian Championship. Biggest prizes include 3 trips to the 2016 Daytona Bike Week edition and 3 chances to qualify for the upcoming World Championship Of Bike Building.
The Terrazza a Mare (Terrace On The Sea), is the most important monument of the city, housing shops, bar, a solarium and during last weekend some of the most recent custom motorcycles created in Italy that I will feature later more in details. The difference with any USA biker event? Well, the Italian lifestyle, a much louder and festive crowd. No drinking without singing and no singing without drinking until the sun rises again… Add a very sexy bike & car wash, bands, airbrush demos, body painting, stunt shows, etc. The 3 top winners are: “199 RS” by Asso Special Bikes. “Cheiron” by STE SIL Bike. “Flyin’ Wood” by Apuana Garage / 0585 Choppers. (blue bike with weird rear wheel steering) Organized by Italian friends of the industry Moreno Persello and son Micke from magazine Italy Bikers Life. Some postcards. (photography @ Horst Roesler for Cyril Huze)
Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture, white-marble domes and a lively nightlife scene. And probably will never for its yearly 3-day Dubai Motorcycle Biker Build-Off…Doesn’t matter to Abu Dhabi, UAE based Mario Kypriandes from Chopper Kulture. Until now, he’s got no problem finding clients from all over Europe wanting to commission his shop for a “Wing Nut” Bobber or Chopper. (his creations almost always feature wing nuts hardware, now his trademark) And when very busy Mario Kypriandes accepts to do a build-off, it’s almost always to finish a bike for a client, live front of an audience! For this project, from briefing by a German client to a 3-day final assembly front of spectators, Kypriandes had only 30 days to complete this custom Panhead…
Almost an impossible mission knowing that the client had a specific request for a Pan power plant and that the Emirates builder didn’t know where to get one in such a short time. Eventually, he found a 1963 provided by Billy of BB Racing, but in a rather desolate condition with cracked cases. The original factory frame was beyond repair and was replaced by an FX type one ordered from Paughco. Billy rebuilt the 74” engine entirely, shipped both the new frame and restored motor to Abu Dhabi where Kypriandes started to plan the fabrication of all the many missing parts. Of course no way to find them locally. Already knowing that this project would consume all his time and energy, would dominate all his thoughts during 4 weeks like no other built before, right away he picked ”Dominatrix” as the bike name. Continue reading ‘Dominatrix. A Chopper Kulture Panhead.’
JIMS® new Damage Control Engine Failure Detection System provides an early warning of catastrophic engine failure by detecting ferrous debris within an engine’s oiling system.
Using state of the art technology, the special drain plug monitors ferrous particles in the motor oil. When the amount of particles in the oil reach a level that could indicate impending trouble, the LED warning light illuminates in the handlebar clamp alerting you to investigate the trouble. Continue reading ‘Motorcycle Engine Catastrophic Failure Prevention’
Indian Motorcycle, in recognition of Armed Forces Day, today announced it has signed an ambassador agreement with Grammy® award winners and multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band. The band, an avid group of motorcycle and power sports riders, will promote the Indian Motorcycle brand through various brand initiatives, most notably lending support to the company’s new partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO).
Indian Motorcycle has a proud military history, lending bikes to the war efforts of World Wars I and II, and currently offering a motorcycle discount for current and retired military personnel. The company also recently announced a partnership with the USO, donating $100,000 to the organization in 2015. Zac Brown Band has a long history of supporting the U.S. military. The band members are USO tour veterans who have entertained more than 20,000 troops. In partnership with Indian Motorcycle and the USO, Zac Brown Band will meet with select troops on some stops of their 50-city North American Stadium Tour. This band is crossing the country in support of their recently released ‘JEKYLL + HYDE’ album, their third consecutive number one on the Billboard 200. Continue reading ‘Indian Motorcycle Partners With Zac Brown Band For U.S.O. Program’
The Blackbird Gas Tank completely changes the look of your bike, and the best part is, it bolts on right in place of your stock gas tank, no modifications or welding required. The knee indents are reminiscent of early British motorcycles and add a touch of raw speed and class to your Sportster.
To further this tie to classic motorcycle style (and comfort), rubber knee pad inserts made just for the Blackbird gas tank are also available for $39.95 (Lowbrow SKU 004029).
This gas tank will work well on most builds, be it a cafe racer, chopper, bobber or just a mild custom. 86-03 XL SKU 003930 $249.95. 04-06 XL SKU 003931 $249.95. 07-up EFI XL SKU 003932 $279.95. Rubber Knee Pad Inserts SKU 004029 $39.95.
More photos and details at Lowbro Customs or call toll free 1-855-4LOWBROW
Harley-Davidson Kansas City Plant Makes List Of US Best Factory Tours. CNN interviewed one of the authors of “Watch it Made in the U.S.A.: A Visitor’s Guide to the Best Factory Tours and Company Museums,” who shared her top 9 favorites from across the U.S., which included the Kansas City Harley-Davidson plant. Visitors can view the complete assembly of the Sportster, V-Rod and Dyna models. With the “Steel Toe Tour” visitors get a true behind-the-scenes look and are required to wear steel toe protection, a safety vest and safety glasses. Other factory tours making the list include the Fender factory and custom shop tour in Corona, Calif., the Jelly Belly factory tour in Fairfield, Calif., the Ford Rouge Factory tour in Dearborn, Mich., and Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory tour in Waterbury, Vt.
Steve Menneto, VP Motorcycles At Polaris Annonces Number Of Indian Dealers. “When Polaris acquired Indian, there were fewer than 10 dealers selling it” says Menneto. “Now, the company has over 200 dealers in and 150 outside of North America.” There are 6 Indian branded motorcycles in the lineup, under 3 different model platforms: Scout. Indian Chief Dark Horse, Classic, and Vintage. Chieftain and Roadmaster.
Royal Enfield Acquires Chassis Design And Engineering Company Harris Performance. Harris Performance is one of the leading experts in designing and manufacturing of specialized high- performance motorcycle chassis and components. Harris Performance has had a longstanding relationship with Royal Enfield and was responsible for the chassis development of the brand’s Continental GT café racer model. Under the terms of the deal, Royal Enfield will acquire all assets, employees, trade names, technical know-how and intellectual property of Harris Performance Products Ltd. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’
Of course, you will find these Ness 10-Gauge Covers available in traditional chrome. But black being my preference, it’s the black anodized finish that I have decided to feature. All pieces carved from 6061 T-6 forget billet aluminum. The 10-Gauge Top Rocker Boxes replaces the OEM covers on all 1999-1015 Twin Cam models. They are sold with necessary gaskets and hardware. Sold in pairs. $449.95. The 10-Gauge Transmission Top Cover replaces the OEM cast cover and includes necessary gasket and hardware. For 2006-up Dyna models, 2007-up FLT Touring models, 2007-up Softail models. $199.95.
The 10-Gauge Cable Style Transmission Side Cover replaces OEM cover and mounts on top of the OEM hydraulic unit. Fits 2007-2013 Touring models, 2014-up Touring models non-fairing models, 2007-up Softail models, 2006-up Dyna models. $199.95. The 10-Gauge Cam Cover replaces the OEM die-cast cam cover. Sold with necessary gaskets and hardware and fits 2001-2015 Twin Cam models. $299.95. The 10-Gauge Pushrod Covers consists of lower tubes, spring cups, top clips and all necessary seals. The lower tubes allow easy access for adjustable pushrods.Requires use of the OEM inner tubes, springs and washers. Fits 1999-2015 Twin Cam models. $$199.95. At Arlen Ness
The roster for the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® continues to grow as five more of the hottest rock bands in the world are slated to perform.
The undisputed king of shock-rock, Alice Cooper, will take the headline position on the Wolfman Jack Stage on Saturday, Aug. 1, following a performance by heavy metal rockers Five Finger Death Punch. Cooper is famous for his fantastical, theatrical rock shows which are known to feature guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood and boa constrictors. One of music’s best loved twisted, drag-rockers, Dee Snider, will perform from the main stage on Monday, Aug. 3. The front man and songwriter for Twisted Sister, Snider wrote and performed hit songs like “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock.”
Scottish heavy metal rockers Nazareth will be joining Dee Snider and Godsmack on the main stage on Monday, Aug. 3. Nazareth will have Chip fans cheering and singing along to favorites such as the mega hit, “Love Hurts” and “Hair of the Dog.” American rock band Buckcherry will join Styx on the main stage on Thursday, Aug. 6 as the Buffalo Chip celebrates its 24th annual Freedom Celebration. With hits like “Sorry” and “Crazy Bitch,” Buckcherry has become a Buffalo Chip favorite.
The heavy metal rock band Sweet Cyanide catapulted to fame on the Buffalo Chip’s main stage performing with some of the most famous rock bands in history. Sweet Cyanide returns on Saturday, Aug. 1 and Friday, Aug. 7 to perform hits such as “In My World” and “Better at Goodbyes.”
The concert series during the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ will begin on Friday, July 31 and run through Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. So far the Buffalo Chip has announced Five Finger Death Punch, Brantley Gilbert, Godsmack, Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Fogerty, Styx, Social Distortion, Shinedown and Def Leppard. The campground will open for camping on July 3, 2015 with live music starting on showcase stages beginning July 25. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. More details are available at Buffalo Chip. .
Since NAMZ Custom Cycle Products Inc. purchased Badlands Motorcycle Products Inc., (before the acquisition, NAMZ already designed and manufactured all Badlands wiring harnesses), the crew has been busy at at creating new lightning modules for 2014-up models for Harley and Victory motorcycles.
For Harley. On the left, the new 100% Plug-n-Play IHL-04 Badlands module. This new module enables customers to have left and right only turn signals, running and brake lights along with license plate illumination and a ground wire. Now you can run amber turn signals since this module separates the brake functionality from the rear turn signal output. Continue reading ‘New Badlands Lightning Modules By NAMZ For 2014-Up Harley And Victory Models.’
A factory motorcycle is only the beginning. A blank page on which every rider can dream and print his own personality. The biker custom spirit will never die and all motorcycle manufacturers benefit from it. So, Harley-Davidson is inviting its dealers to get their hands dirty and transform a stock Harley-Davidson Street motorcycle into a kick-ass adrenaline-injected work of rolling art with the “Custom Kings” contest. A few examples of what was just created inside their walls. (photography @ Mike Van Cleven)
When it comes to big bore kits, the bigger the better. That’s the idea behind S&S Cycle’s 98” and 107” bolt-in big bore kits. S&S has offered 97” and 106” kits for a while, but these new kits are bigger. Aside from the additional cubic inch of displacement, the new 98” and 107” kits are better for a couple of other reasons.
The pistons are one reason. Both the 98” pistons and the 107” pistons are made by CP Pistons, and feature pop-up domes to increase compression. The 98” piston has a 10cc pop-up and the 107” piston has a 3cc pop-up. S&S increased the squeeze a little because most performance cams just work better with a bit more compression. But the pistons have another great feature. They can be used in stock cylinders that have been bored out to the required 3.937” bore size. That could save you some money. Continue reading ‘Muscle Up. S&S Big Bore Kits Just Got Bigger. Now In 98” And 107” Sizes.’
The Inspiring Story Behind The Sturgis Rally Deserves To Be made Into A Major Documentary Film. Please Help.Published by Cyril Huze May 14th, 2015 in Editorial, Events and Videos.
The film makers encourage everyone to pledge at least $5 to help produce a new Motorcycle movie about Sturgis named “I AM STURGIS”. In hopes of galvanizing viewers to donate on any level to their Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to produce this new Film, a free on-line screening of “WHY We RIDE” is available for 7 Days. Just jump HERE.
“We don’t want to stop with just one movie. We want to continue to inspire more people, and that’s why we want to make “I AM STURGIS,” says James Walker, producer of “WHY WE RIDE”. “This is a movement now, and we want it to flourish. Sturgis is the entire motorcycle microcosm–it’s got everything: the camaraderie of the tribe, the visceral power of the bikes, the cacophony of humans and machines coming together, communing, riding, bonding. We want to show this world to people, because the instinct behind it, the gathering and the sharing, the competition and the rush–it’s universal. This isn’t just about being a motorcyclist; it’s about what drives us as people. All we ask is that everyone who has seen “WHY WE RIDE” or who view it for free on our site over the next week– to please donate to the “I AM STURGIS” Kickstarter campaign. If everyone gives even $5, it will allow us to continue telling these inspiring stories about our motorcycle culture.”
Response to the”I AM STURGIS” crowd-funding drive has been strong among the professional motorcycling community. South Dakota Tourism, City of Sturgis®, Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally, Harley-Davidson, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, The Buffalo Chip Campground, Law Tigers, Uhl Studios, Michael Lichter Photography, Sedlak Studios, Hot Leathers, Bonnier Corporation, UBM Advanstar Progressive International Motorcycle Shows, J&P Cycles and Whitewood Campground and Event Center are just a few of the motorcycling business interests that have committed support to “I AM STURGIS.” With 19 days remaining in the campaign, Walker and company hope for a final push from individual motorcycling enthusiasts and Why We Ride fans to get them to their goal. The filmmakers believe in their fans and hope the 7-day free screening of “WHY WE RIDE” will serve as a gesture of goodwill and inspiration. Continue reading ‘The Inspiring Story Behind The Sturgis Rally Deserves To Be made Into A Major Documentary Film. Please Help.’
Available very soon from Wimmer Custom Cycle, a series of intake options for the 2014-2016 Indian Chiefs.
The classic round, high flow air cleaner will not only boost performance, but increase rider comfort as well. With the advanced billet aluminum back plate that houses the throttle body, the complete air cleaner kit is shifted inwards, making the entire profile one inch narrower.
Sandwiched between billet aluminum plates is the deep pleated re-usable air filter, which provides superior air filtration and added performance. The filter is available in five standard colors and features dry filter technology which requires no oiling. You can choose either the 111 script cover available in chrome or re-machined black, while those preferring simplicity have the option of smooth in chrome or black.
In addition to the classic round air cleaner Wimmer Custom Cycle is also releasing what will be known as the KoldAir Intake. Available in a multitude of options this forward facing air cleaner is a time tested, street proven intake adapted from the Harley Davidson market to be available for the Indian Chief Thunder Stroke motor.
You can choose among 5 different breathers. The Super Filter, Spike, and Ultra Sucker all feature a high flow reusable dry cotton air filter. The Super Sucker and Super Sucker Bobber offer the aggressive style of a forward facing velocity stack, while still providing superior protection and increased air flow.
For more information on availability of these new air cleaner parts for the Indian Chief Thunder Stroke motor, please contact Wimmer Custom Cycle 866-468-2925.
It’s Texas’ largest event on 2 wheels and has grown to one of the largest biker rallies in the U.S. In the great city of Austin with a picturesque Texas Hill Country, backdrop, a star studded lineup of custom bike builders, iconic rock bands and entertainers . The ROT Rally is responsible for generating more than $40 million in economic impact for the Austin-area during the four-day event. On Friday, June 12, the ROT Rally will roll into downtown Austin and close off more than 50 city blocks for a motorcycle parade and party in the heart of the Live Music Capital of the World. Grammy-award winning band, Asleep at the Wheel will play a free concert for the more than 200,000 expected bikers and enthusiasts. Legendary bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Rich Robinson will also entertain attendees. Continue reading ’20th Anniversary Republic Of Texas (ROT) Biker Rally. June 11-14, 2015.’
Three outstanding Black Hills students have been chosen to receive a total of $8500 in scholarship for their participation in the Buffalo Chip Challenge. The Buffalo Chip Challenge, a collaboration between the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Keith Terry of Terry Components, Dakota V-Twin, Baggster, Sturgis Brown High School and a large group of industry-leading sponsors, was opened for the first time ever to all Black Hills area high school students in 2015. The program was designed to introduce students to a career in motorcycle customization. In addition to implementing and helping to organize partners for the program for the past five years, Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, offered participating students the opportunity to apply for $8,500 in scholarship.
A variety of criteria was used to determine scholarship awards including level of participation, interest and improved abilities over the course of the program. Three outstanding Black Hills students have been chosen to receive these awards. Sidney May, a junior at Spearfish High School, has been chosen to receive the top award of $5,000. May showed great enthusiasm and invested more than 78 hours to the three-month program. Shon Williamson, a junior at Sturgis Brown High School, will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship and Arianna Nelson, a junior at Sturgis Brown High School will receive an award of $1,000. Continue reading ‘Black Hills Students Awarded 2015 Buffalo Chip Challenge™ Scholarships’
Breaking News. Victory Motorcycles To Race Prototype Electric Motorcycle At The Isle Of Man TT On June 10, 2015Published by Cyril Huze May 12th, 2015 in Builders, Editorial and Events.
Victory Motorcycles is announcing their intention to race at the iconic International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) event on a prototype Victory electric race motorcycle piloted by William Dunlop of the legendary Dunlop dynasty and by Lee Johnston known in the racing world as “General Lee”. Victory Racing will compete in the Isle of Man TT electric class, marking the first time that Victory Motorcycles has entered a professional motorcycle-racing event in Europe and raced an electric motorcycle. Parker, the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, is providing the race-proven, high performance GVM PMAC motors for both machines.
With more than a hundred years of history, the annual International Isle of Man TT, raced on the Irish Sea Island, is one of the most demanding and exciting races in the world. The SES TT Zero Challenge class event for electric motorcycles is a one-lap race round the island’s 37.73 mile (60.72 km) Mountain Course scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
“The entire Victory team is excited to make history with this effort,” said Rod Krois, Victory General Manager. “We know that William Dunlop’s experience and the continued Victory Motorcycles development of this electric race bike through work with Parker will propel us into a strong future with electric motorcycles.” “I’m more than excited to race this prototype at the Isle of Man,” said professional rider William Dunlop. “Electric powertrains have many advantages, and the Isle of Man is one of the greatest tests in motorcycle racing.” Continue reading ‘Breaking News. Victory Motorcycles To Race Prototype Electric Motorcycle At The Isle Of Man TT On June 10, 2015′
Harley-Davidson is introducing Premium Ride Emulsion Shocks and a Premium Ride Single Cartridge Fork Kit for the Dyna model. They were developed to work together, engineered and track-tested at the Harley-Davidson Arizona Proving Grounds
Premium Ride Emulsion Shocks (P/N 54000066, $599.95) are nitrogen gas-charged to resist oil aeration and work with the internal valve stack to provide superior compression and rebound damping control. The 36mm pistons and low-viscosity high-performance oil allow these shocks to react quickly to small bumps and keep the tires in contact with the road surface for confident, controlled handling. A wider pre-load range offers more load capacity than Original Equipment shocks.
Use the locking threaded adjustment to fine-tune spring preload to the riding situation – from a solo back-road blitz to a fully-loaded two-up freeway tour. Urethane bumpers cushion bottoming under load. These shocks are finished with black-anodized billet top caps and black progressively-wound springs. The kit includes a left and right shock and a preload adjustment spanner. It fits 2006-later Dyna models (except Switchback™ and 2007-‘08 CVO™ Fat Bob® models). Continue reading ‘Sharpening The Ride, Handling And Comfort Of A Harley Dyna’
The 2015 Harley-Davidson Euro Festival was held May 7th to 10th in the city of Grimaud (it’s very close to St Tropez) on the French Riviera. Motojournalist Horst Rosler rode a Victory Magnum from Frankfurt, Germany to the event. And to torture me (because he knows I would have liked to ride with him on these south of France roads that I love and know so well) he sent me a few pictures that I share with you. Legends below.
1-2-3-4- After crossing the alps, riding south to reach the sleepy century-old villages of Provence lost among extremely scenic landscapes. 5- On the mountain road to the Principaulty Of Monaco. 6- The Victory Margum is parked front of the Plaque commemorating the death of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco (1929-1982), after a stroke caused her to crash her car in a turn of this very narrow road just above Monte Carlo. 7- The 2015 Formula One Grand Prix Of Monaco is Sunday May 24. Horst rode the city streets race track while it is being prepped for the event (will be there for the 2016 edition…). Did a pit stop but nobody was there to refuel and change the Victory Magnum tires… 8- Arriving in Nice and overlooking the “Bay of Angels” and the deep-blue Mediterranean Sea. 9-In Nice, cruising the famous “English Promenade” 10- In Nice, front of the “Palais De La Mediterranee”, one of the world’s most well known hotels.
Zero Motorcycles Confirms Returns To AIMExpo. Will Offer Demo Rides of the Latest Electric Motorcycles.Published by Cyril Huze May 12th, 2015 in Builders, Editorial and Events.
Following a successful first year involvement, the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) and Zero Motorcycles, currently the world’s leading manufacturer of electric motorcycles, have announced that the pioneering OEM will return for its second year of exhibiting this October 15-18 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center (OCCC).
Highlighting the product lineup from Zero will be its high-performance Zero SR motorcycle. The company’s marquee model boasts the longest battery range of any production electric motorcycle and also has performance capabilities that exceed many of its gas-powered counterparts. For the first time the Zero SR model, as well as the entire lineup of Zero Motorcycles, will be available for demo rides at AIMExpo Outdoors!
“AIMExpo played a huge role in getting us off to a great start in 2015,” said Scot Harden, VP Global Marketing at Zero Motorcycles. “In just two short years, AIMExpo has become a major player on motorcycling’s global event calendar and clearly established itself as the most important show to attend in North America.
“From an overall business perspective we can not only meet dealers and get our product in front of global media, we can talk to real motorcycle buyers as well,” Harden continued. “There really is no other show like it in the U.S. We sincerely hope everyone takes us up on the offer to test ride a Zero while they are at AIMExpo this year.” Continue reading ‘Zero Motorcycles Confirms Returns To AIMExpo. Will Offer Demo Rides of the Latest Electric Motorcycles.’
Two very special custom motorcycles were created as part of a BMW Motorrad “Ignite Straight Six” contest between 2 Japanese builders, Keiji Kawakita from Hot-Dock Custom-Cycles and Ken Nagai from Ken’s Factory. Although both customs have a lot of merit, the one created by Ken’s Factory that I feature here has my preference. The reason? The BMW K 1600 GTL with its 1,649cc straight-six cylinder engine is a quite complicated machine and Ken Nagai succeeds in making his makeover as good as a naked motorcycle built from the ground up.
Constraints imposed by BMW Motored were to keep the factory frame (could be modified) and of course the engine. Doesn’t make the customization process as simple as it may sounds. Turning the high-class BMW K1600 GTL touring bike with ergonomics designed for long trips into a Digger required a lot of studying and planning. Not doubt that the K1600 in-line 6-cylinder engine is the most efficient and compact motor ever installed in a production motorcycle series. So, why not make it serve a machine with a completely different personality, one more in phase with what the Ken’s Factory likes to build when dealing with a V-Twin motor. Continue reading ‘Ken’s Factory Very Special BMW K1600 GTL’