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New Two Brothers Racing V-Twin Comp-S Exhaust System For Harley Sportster & Dyna

2brothers12brothers2 2brothers3 2brothers4With nearly three decades of championship winning performance behind them, Two Brothers Racing is taking their products to the V-Twin market with the introduction of the all-new Comp Series.

The Comp-S system provides increased horsepower and torque (dyno charts are on their website), with swept-up muffler for ground clearance allowing riders to maintain higher speeds. Pipes are are Mandrel bent stainless steel tubing and all TIG welding is done by hand. Accepts 02 sensor. The system works with both forward and mid foot controls. Available in brush finish or ceramic black with or without optional carbon fiber tips. Other exhaust systems available for Softail, Twin Cams, Touring bikes. Two Brothers Racing.

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Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-joke44Two good ol’ boys in a Tennessee trailer park were sitting around talking one afternoon over a cold beer after getting off work at the Local Nissan plant.

After a while the 1st guy says to the 2nd, “If’ I was to sneak over to your trailer Saturday and make love to your wife while you are off hunting and she got pregnant and had a baby, would that make us kin?”

The 2nd guy crooked his head sideways for a minute, scratched his head, and squinted his eyes thinking real hard about the question. Finally, he says, “Well, I don’t know about kin, but it would make us even!”

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Cannonball Endurance Run (Part 2)

CannonballCannon1In 15 hours at time of this posting, (tomorrow Friday 5th at 8 a.m. ET), 115 riders on their pre-1937 antique motorcycles are going to start their machines for a more than 5000-mile endurance run from Daytona Beach, Florida to Tacoma, Washington. Right now, some participants are still on the parking lot of the Daytona Beach Resort tuning up their bikes while others are making road tests in the the city or doing a few spins around track of the famous International Speedway.

For all those who requested the rules of this 3rd Cannonball Endurance Run, I list them below. After the jump, see the list of all participants, their motorcycle models and bike numbers for you to identify them on the road and at each stage arrival and departure.

Cannon2Cannon3Cannon4Cannon5Rules of the Ride: These machines are old and most are very rare. A lot of these early bikes would not be on the road today were it not for new parts. In a lot of cases only the motor survived to be resurrected into its former self. As long as the engine in the machine is original it is eligible to run for the prize. Any reproduction chassis or parts should be as they were originally.

Cannon6Cannon7Cannon8Cannon9Brakes. We are all aware that 100 years ago, brakes were not that good. If in any way riders can improve their bike braking ability, to the point of even adding a front brake, then it is highly recommended. Carburetors and Mags. The original carbs, whether modified or updated some, need to be used, with spares allowed. Each bike to use it’s intended ignition source, spares allowed. The Tires. The tires are very important. The argument for or against the safety of clincher tires has long been a debate. If a rider don’t want to run clincher rims and tires, then he doesn’t have to. Spares allowed. The lights. Each motorcycle must have a headlight, taillight, and brake light. Continue reading ‘Cannonball Endurance Run (Part 2)’

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From Daytona Beach. Cannonball Endurance Run Preparations. (Part 1)

Cannonball00Cannonball1Tomorrow morning September 5th at 8.30 a.m., 105 riders on their pre-1937 motorcycles participating to the 2014 Cannonball Run are going to leave the sands of Daytona Beach in Florida (front of the Daytona Beach Resort) ready to ride 3936 miles, crossing 12 states in 17 days for Tacoma, Washington where they will arrive on September 21st.

The group will include several members of the prior 2 Cannonball runs as well as many first time riders from around the world. A week into travel, riders will have a day of rest, repairs, and festivities in the hospitable Midwestern town of Junction City, Kansas on September 12.

Cannonball1bisCannonball2Cannonball3Cannonball4Cannonball5Included in the impressive lineup of antique bikes will be some lesser-known marques such a 1923 Ner-a-car, a Sokol 1000, and a Sunbeam m9. The group will include Harley-Davidsons, Indians, Hendersons, BMWs, Moto Guzzis, Moto Freras, as well as a Rudge and a Brough Superior. This will truly be a sight to behold as the brave entourage makes its way across America on motorcycles rarely seen outside of museums.

Cannonball6Cannonball7Cannonball8First, let me emphasize that the continent-wide event is not a race but will be a timed test of both the rider’s endurance abilities and the roadworthiness of their respective machines as they navigate non-interstate roads across the nation. 105 antique motorcycles will be put to the ultimate test, reviving a tradition as old as the motorcycles themselves: proving the capabilities of the machines and confirming the pioneering spirit the USA was built upon. Continue reading ‘From Daytona Beach. Cannonball Endurance Run Preparations. (Part 1)’

S&S Rebuilds Harley-Davidson Stock Engines.

SSRebuild2SSLogoYou may have heard that Harley-Davidson® no longer offers the factory remanufacturing program for 1984 and later Big Wins. But S&S Rebuild Program is still going strong.

S&S has been offering this service for years and its program offers a lot of extras the Harley factory didn’t offer. S&S Rebuild Program Features:

SSRebuild1• You get the same engine back – keep your original VIN
• Fast turn-around 10 working days from delivery to S&S
• Engines are rebuilt with Premium Viola V-Twin® service parts
• Rebuild to stock specs or install an S&S performance kit
• Keep your existing performance upgrade parts if serviceable
• 30 day labor and 1 year parts warranty

The S&S Rebuild Program is available through S&S Dealers.

Engines are rebuilt at the S&S® Service & Speed Center® in LaCrosse, WI. Contact your S&S Customer Service Representative or go to S&S Rebuild Program for more information.

Old School Triumph Bobber. Built By Halls Custom Vintage. Photographed By Frank J, Bott.

Triumph1Triumph2Tomorrow Friday September 5, 2014 at 11 am, there is a grand opening & ribbon cutting of Frank Bott’s new visual production studio at the Utah Industrial Depot, 225 Iron Street Building 637 North in Tooele, Utah.

To get acquainted with me and my readers and to illustrate his photographic work, Bott sent me great pictures of this 1970 Triumph TR6 rebuilt by British bikes expert in the United States Halls Custom Vintage (Jake & Rob Hall)

By the way, if you live in Utah, after the new photo studio ribbon cutting there will be a free for owners live production shoot of cars and motorcycles. Everyone is invited.

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For Those Who Dream, Ride And Sleep Indian Motorcycle

PGAIndianTentimage008FiledCandy, a UK company specializing in outdoor products created to add stylish flair to camping has signed a deal with Indian Motorcycle to offer to produce an Indian branded 2-person “Explorer Tent” that can be neatly fitted inside into a compact carry case easily transported on the back of your bike.

The rustic design has been created to reflect Indian® Motorcycle’s rich American heritage and one that can withstand the extreme conditions the open road can bring. Thanks to a developed printing technology, the design is UV fade resistant, the material 100% waterproof and fire retardant.

Each tent is made in England to the high specifications of an expedition tent. Find the Indian Motorcycle® 2-person tent at worldwide Indian® Dealers or online at Field Candy or Indian Motorcycle. MSRP $695.99 USD ($779.99 Canada). Accessory Part # 2863891

Progressive Suspension High Performance Piggyback Shocks Now Also Available For the Harley V-Rod Chassis

1-PSI-970-Series-image---PAIR2-Progressive-970-Series---Black-pairProgressive Suspension is extended its race inspired 970 Piggyback Reservoir Shocks applications already available for the Harley Dyna and Sportster to the V-Rod chassis. For those requiring a suspension for bikes doing much more than weekend coffee runs, the hand built in the USA, 970 Series shocks combine a high pressure gas monotube design with deflective disc damping routed through two unique circuits and adjustable for compression damping via an easily accessible knob. Continue reading ‘Progressive Suspension High Performance Piggyback Shocks Now Also Available For the Harley V-Rod Chassis’

The New Lightning LS-218 Becomes World’s Fastest Production Motorcycle. Gas Or Electric.

LS-218After 6 years of research and development of E2W’s (electric 2 wheel motorcycles), Lightning Motors Corp. succeeds in designing and producing a Sport Bike sure to change the mind of all those doubting that electric motorcycles can be extremely performant. The company, after setting several speed records and winning many road races, released the specifications of the Lightning LS-218 claiming to be now the world’s fastest production motorcycle, gas or electric. Lightning is now taking reservations with prices starting at $38,888 (3 options: 12, 15 or 20 KW battery pack)

100 Miles. Distance the LS-218 can travel per charge at highway speed (12 KW battery pack). 168 FT-LBS. Amount of torque the electric motor can produce. 200 HP. Amount of horsepower the electric motor can produce. 218 MPH. Top speed with high speed gear and fairing (15 KW battery pack) 10,500 RPM. Number of rotations the electric motor can produce per minute.

Is The American Dream Still Alive? Let’s Find Out While Riding Across The Country.

DreamProject1During these last years you heard it many times from your friends, you co-workers, the media. “The American Dream is dead”, “My future is bleak”, “America’s time is over”, “It’s so dangerous out there”, etc. James Marshall, a native from the Uk, and photographer Todd Williams, an American, grew weary of the constant whining and negative attitude of Americans and of media proclaiming that the American Dream is dying or already a concept from the past. So, they decided to ride across the country, east to west, from New York City to Los Angeles, to learn more about the American Dream, to report about what it means to those they will meet and demonstrating that many Americans still believe in it and make it happen in their personal and professional lives.

DreamProject2This is “The American Dream Project”, a docu-series they will produce during the 5000-mile on their motorcycles, a 2015 Indian Chief and Indian Scout provided by Polaris. They will have a budget of only $250 for food and shelter.  No hotels, no motels, no fancy pillows, no 3-course meals. They will stay with, and depend on, the Americans they meet.  They must work for their keep!  During the digging, the mending, the farming, the baking, the sweating, and the fretting, they will learn what the American Dream means to each individual. In conclusion, the viewer will have an intimate look into what makes up this beautiful country. True reporting, true reality TV. Continue reading ‘Is The American Dream Still Alive? Let’s Find Out While Riding Across The Country.’

Bonneville Speed Trials. Hiro Koiso Racing Set 2 New Land Speed Records.

Hiro1Hiro2Difficult conditions this year on the Bonneville Salts. Strong wind and rain the week before the event and some more during the Speed Trials, meaning racers working tirelessly to dial their bikes and patiently waiting and waiting during hours to find the right window of time for a land speed record tentative. Among those who succeeded (I will announce others), Hiro Koiso setting two new records on a 2006 FXD based Harley-Davidson, one at 211.080 mph (339.700km/h) in the 3000APS-PBG Class, and one at 211.0325 mph* (339.623km/h) in the 3000APS-PBF class. The bike was powered by JIMS135 Twin-Cam engine modified by T-Man Performance fit with ProCharger. Producing over 300HP at the rear wheel. Hiro Koiso did also a one-way record pass at 221.000mph (355.665km/h) Hiro Koiso Racing. (Photography Taka Masui for Cyril Huze)


Fish Scale Rubber Grips

fish-scale-grips-bikebisUnder water mother nature inspired this fish scale design grips made of injection molded Kraylon rubber. Good grip density. Available for 1” and 7/8” handlebars. Available in white, midnight blue, white and orange. At the price of $18.95 for a pair, you can change the color of your grips every other month. Order online at Lowbrow Customs.

Can You See Me Now? Harley-Davidson Riding Gear With Enhanced Reflectivity.

More than ever, motorcyclists want to be seen more clearly in low-light and nighttime riding conditions. Harley-Davidson is working in partnership with 3M™ to incorporate their most advanced reflective material into this season’s new riding gear. Using “retroreflection” technology and design, 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material returns a higher percentage of light to the original light source, allowing the rider to be seen from greater distances. The result is enhanced rider visibility up to 500 feet. It’s a key feature in these 3 new items:

1-H-D-Men's-High-Tail-Rain-Suit-front2-H-D-High-Men's-Tail-Rain-Suit-backThe new men’s Bright High Tail Colorblocked Hi-Vis Rain Suit (P/N 98337-15VM, starting at $195)The jacket and pants are constructed from 100 percent nylon ripstop and polyester mesh lining, with 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material for premium enhanced rider visibility up to 500 feet. The jacket features a hood that can fold into the neck flap; elastic cuffs; and a bungee cord and toggle hem. The pants offer heat-resistant textile shields on the lower inner legs; elastic waist; removable suspenders; and side zippers. A packable storage bag is included for easy transport on a motorcycle. The rain suit is available in S – 5XL sizes at most H-D dealerships and at H-D Store.

3-H-D-Women's-Skull-Illumination-Jacket-back4-H-D-Women's-Skull-Illumination-Jackt-backThe new women’s Skull Illumination Riding Jacket (P/N 98089-15VW, starting at $295) from the Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes® line combines enhanced reflectivity and innovative features without compromising style or comfort. Ample use of 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material in the piping, sleeves, panels and graphics deliver up to 500 feet of enhanced rider visibility in low-light and nighttime conditions. Two-way zippered wraparound vents offer custom airflow management, while buckle waist tabs and a bungee cord toggle waist provide additional adjustability. It also features pockets at the elbows and shoulders that accept accessory body armor for increased protection. It’s available at most H-D dealerships and at H-D Store in sizes XS – 3W. Continue reading ‘Can You See Me Now? Harley-Davidson Riding Gear With Enhanced Reflectivity.’

Harley-Davidson Rewards Visa Card. Worth It?

H-D-Visa-CardYou asked me. So, I list below the features offered by the Harley-Davidson Genuine Rewards Visa Card and let you decide if it’s the right card for you. You get points for each dollar you spend with your card. This Visa (V) card is especially for Harley-Davidson (HOG) fans, as you will earn additional points for each H-D purchase you make with your card, as well as on restaurant, gas, lodging and bar purchases, which is a good deal if you like biking around often.

There is no pre-set spending limit on this card, and it will be decided once you apply for this card and are approved. No annual fee, if you are eligible for the Harley-Davidson Signature card. Otherwise, you will be considered for the Harley-Davidson High Performance Visa card, which comes with no annual fee (or $29), based on your credit score when you open your account. Receive a $10 Harley Chrome cash certificate when you are accepted for this card. This $10 cash certificate is valid for up to 180 days. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Rewards Visa Card. Worth It?’

Custom Moto Guzzi V7 Stone By Venier Customs

venier1venier2venier3venier4It’s quite unusual for a professional Custom Builder to bring a brand new bike straight from the dealer show floor to the shop for a full redo, old school style. Why not if it’s a custom order from a client who desires the quality and reliability of a new powertrain but will never be satisfied by the look of a factory bike. The donor bike is a 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone 750 cc turned into a Scrambler taking for inspiration the custom “Guzzi Tractor V75” that builder Stefano Venier already built the previous year.

venier9Venier’s New York client 1st request was that the bike remains comfortable while riding with a passenger. It explains why the seat is longer than usual, extended by 2”. His second was to give his custom Guzzi a meaner look, a task accomplished using knobby Continental dual sport tires and fitting the front end with a black LSL small headlight. Continue reading ‘Custom Moto Guzzi V7 Stone By Venier Customs’

Erik Buell Racing. Creating Small And Specialized Motorcycles For The India Market. To Distribute Exclusively Scooters And Small Motorcycles Built In Indian.

ErikBuellWhat was the intention of New-Dehli, India based Hero-Motocorp when the company bought 49% of Erik Buell Racing (EBR) in 2011 for $25 million? As reported at the time to build a 70,000 sq.ft facility in East Troy, Wisconsin and help Erik Buell Racing produce more efficiently its sport bikes, like the newest model, the 1190SX, for sale at $16,995. But EBR is doing much more than this for Hero-Motocorp. Selling consulting projects, including an engineer concept for a hybrid scooter with top speed of 62 mph, for a diesel work bike built to haul heavy loads and other models that Hero could market in India, taking advantage of a fast growing middle class.

In addition, during Summer 2015, Erik Buell Racing will become the sole and exclusive distributor in North America of several Hero motorcycle models, all low-priced entry-level bikes, a scooter, a light weight sport bike, city motorcycles in different cc’s, and more. The objective, as Harley-Davidson does it with the 2 Street models and Polaris with the Indian Scout, is to acquire young and new riders to sell to them later higher-end most expensive motorcycles. Continue reading ‘Erik Buell Racing. Creating Small And Specialized Motorcycles For The India Market. To Distribute Exclusively Scooters And Small Motorcycles Built In Indian.’

Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Harley CVO Limited Motorcycles Leak Engine Coolant.

FLHTKSE_AFHarley-Davidson Inc. was hit Thursday August 28, 2014 with a putative class action in Illinois federal court, accusing the company of breaching a 24-month, unlimited-mileage written warranty by not repairing an engine defect in certain motorcycle models a buyer says causes the coolant to leak constantly.

The suit alleges the motor of the 2014 Rushmore FLHTKSE CVO Limited motorcycles have a design defect that affects the performance of its engine and associated coolant systems. “CVO Limited owners and lessors have been damaged because they possess a motorcycle with a design defect which cannot be repaired as required under “Harley-Davidson’s 24 month, unlimited mileage written warranty,” the complaint said.

Lead plaintiff Robert Okon says he purchased a new 2014 CVO Limited motorcycle from a dealership in Bloomington, Illinois, in September that came with the 24-month warranty, covering parts including the engine and cooling systems. But just a couple of weeks after purchasing the motorcycle, coolant began to leak from in and around the engine and coolant system, the complaint says. Continue reading ‘Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Harley CVO Limited Motorcycles Leak Engine Coolant.’

Happy Labor Day Weekend. Ride Safe.


New Indian Motorcycle Apparel

New model year motorcycle models are always followed by new genuine brand apparel. In the new collection, 1 sweat shirt for men and 1 for ladies, that I find quite stylish for those who want to show the tribe they belong to.

indianzip1Indianzip2Men Munro Zip Thru. Multi-season comfort featuring hand warmer pockets, Indian Motorcycle® branding, and graphics that celebrate Burt Munro’s World’s Fastest Indian. Fabric: 70% cotton, 30% polyester fleece back. Graphics: Embroidered text and applique logo on front, large distressed print with applique logo on back; woven patch on right sleeve; patch on left sleeve

Indianzip3Indianzip4Ladies Zip up. Comfortable cotton/poly construction with a flattering cut. Shoulder/sleeve stripes and bold Indian Motorcycle® branding. Fabric: 75% cotton, 25% polyester blend. Graphics: Embroidered Indian Motorcycle® logo on left front, embroidered and applique Circle War Bonnet logo on back. Additional Features: Two zip-closure hand warmer pockets; contrasting two-color stripes across shoulders and down the sleeves; snap collar closure.

Don Tilley, Owner Of Tilley Harley-Davidson, Killed In Motorcycle Accident

dontilleyIt is with deepest regret that I have to announce that Don and Robinette Tilley, the long time owners of Tilley Harley-Davidson of Salisbury, North Carolina were involved in a motorcycle accident yesterday Friday August 29, 2014. Don Tilley was killed and his wife Robinette is currently in critical condition.

Don and Robinette Tilley started their dealership in 1972 in their hometown of Statesville, NC. In 1999 they opened a satellite store in Salisbury, NC then in 2006 in the same city a large 50,000 sq. ft Harley dealership. Don Tilley H-D has sponsored many types of Harley® motorcycle racing programs, his teams winning a total of nine national championships. At the age of 78, Don continued to work every day at his dealership. My thoughts and condolences to all his family and prayers for his wife for a rapid recovery.

Avon Tyres Introduces 13 New Cobra Model Sizes For Cruisers And Tourers

CobraAvon Tyres will introduce 13 new 15” to 21” sizes in the popular Cobra tire line designed for the power cruiser, touring and custom market. With all sizes scheduled for availability by the end of September, each new Cobra AV71 and AV72 size will soon replace the corresponding size in the Venom tire line.

“The Cobra is an incredibly well-designed touring tire offering the best in style, longevity and performance,” stated Ken Warner, VP of Marketing, Avon Tyres. “It’s perfect for touring and custom bikes, and handles well in a variety of conditions.”

The ultra quiet Cobra incorporates sport tire technology for nimble handling, incredible stability and long life making it perfect for touring. Its special construction, unique “snakeskin” sidewall, and aggressive tread pattern make the Cobra tough enough for heavy loads while offering great performance and style. Extra wide custom sizes are also available, as well as nine whitewalls. For more information, visit Avon Cobra Tires. The chart with new sizes is after the jump. Continue reading ‘Avon Tyres Introduces 13 New Cobra Model Sizes For Cruisers And Tourers’

The 2014 Sturgis Rally Is Over. Welcome To The Buffalo Chip Winter Tours.

bajapininsulaThe 2014 Sturgis Rally is over, and with winter on the horizon many face the prospect of parking their bikes until spring. But there are options for those who would like to feel the wind and the rumble this winter. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® has partnered with EagleRider to present an opportunity for an open-road experience after snow has forced most Northern riders to garage their bikes. EagleRider is offering 6 Buffalo-Chip-branded tours from Los Angeles, along the coast of the famed Baja Pennisula, to sunny Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Buffalo Chip President Rod “Woody” Woodruff and his wife, Carol, will be guest leaders for the first tour leaving from Los Angeles on Oct. 26, 2014.

BajaTour2“As the Rally winds down each year, I realize so many of my friends had come for the party, but I was so busy that I didn’t have time to spend with them,” said Woodruff. “I want to experience the thrill of the ride, the company of friends and some beautiful scenery, just like our guests do when traveling to the Buffalo Chip each year. These tours seem like a perfect way to have that experience, which is why we partnered with EagleRider to offer Buffalo Chip branded rides. I’m also excited to join this tour because it gives me a real level of comfort to join a ride organized by such an experienced group of riders.” Continue reading ‘The 2014 Sturgis Rally Is Over. Welcome To The Buffalo Chip Winter Tours.’

Legends Built Memorial Custom Motorcycle For SPC Cody Towse Killed In Afghanistan

Last week I introduced you to Legends Motorcycles, the Utah based museum/gallery/workshop to let you know about its fabulous exhibition of motorcycle art. But Legends Motorcycles is also dedicated to helping serious riders create custom vintage bikes they can be proud of by making handcrafted vintage parts available to anyone who wants to turn their factory bike into a true classic. Coincidently, just one day after I published my feature, Legends unveiled a custom 2008 Harley Road King built as a memorial to SPC Cody Towse, a combat medic who was killed in action in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan. The shop turned it into a bike inspired by the Harley Davidson WLA WWII service bike…

BSA 500 By Hazan Motorworks

BSA500-1BSA500-2BSA500-3BSA500-4Is there a better definition and illustration of a “Rolling Piece Of Art” than this BSA 500 by Hazan Motorworks? The kind of custom motorcycle that doesn’t need any explanation or tech sheet. So, I will limit my copy to reproducing Maxwell Hazan philosophy. Admire and enjoy the photography.

BSA500-5“Motorcycles are an artistic medium. I approach the process as if it were a painting or sculpture, each part is the same as a brushstroke. I don’t build choppers, bobbers or cafe bikes, I love beautiful creations regardless of category. I start with a motor or an idea and let the lines dictate what to build around it. I dont believe in compromise or ego in the creative process. The piece should reflect your willingness to build whatever you can imagine.” Maxwell Hazan, Hazan Motoworks.

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