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Polaris Slingshot To Arrive At Your dealership By November 26, 2014

slingshot1slingshot2Nicknamed the “Roadster Jet-Fighter”, the Slingshot™ is an entirely new on-road driving and riding experience. The Slingshot is a three wheeled motorcycle, not an automobile. Driver may need a valid motorcycle endorsement.

With side by side seating, both driver and passenger experience a front row shot of adrenaline, a 360-degree rush of sight, sound, and smell.Tthe new Slingshot and Slingshot SL are expected to arrive at your local Slingshot™ dealer by November 26, 2014.

Standard Features. •m2.4 Liter DOHC Engine • 5-Speed Manual Transmission • High-Strength Steel Spaceframe • 3-Point Seatbelts • LED Taillights and Projector – Beam Headlights • Double-Wishbone Front Suspension with Sway Bar • Electronic Power-Assisted Steering • Electronic Stability Control • ABS Disk Brakes • Tilt Steering • Adjustable, Waterproof Seats • Lockable Storage Bins and Glove Box.

Slingshot™($19,999) Titanium Metallic Paint. 17” Front Wheels, 18” Rear Wheel. Slingshot™ SL ($23,999) Slingshot Red Pearl Paint. Blade Windshield. Premium 18” Forged-Aluminum Front Wheels. 20” Forged-Aluminum Rear Wheel, Media Console: 4.3” LCD Screen, Backup Camera, 6 Speaker Audio System, Bluetooth® Integration.

Zipper's Kits For New Bikes

Indian Motorcycle Returns To Speed Trials At El Mirage

IndianElMirage1IndianElMirage2IndianElMirage3This past weekend Gary Gray -Director of Indian Motorcycle Products , Robert Pandya – Indian Motorcycle PR Manager – and a handful of Indian Motorcycle engineers and friends of the brand headed out to the El Mirage Dry Lake Bed to participate to the final SCTA timed 2-day event of the season to get some baseline runs in on a 2014 Chief and a 2015 Scout. The objective was not to set any land speed records. Not yet! But to pay respect to the heritage and glory of Indian Motorcycles past exploits, have the factory earn SCTA (Southern California Timing Association) certified runs and prove the new Indians lineage and durability with strong debuts by 2 rookie land speed riders. In many ways, a symbolic and historical return of the brand to speed trials.

IndianElMirage4IndianElMirage5IndianElMirage6The Indian Scout was ridden by none other than Gary Gray. Gary leads a team that interacts with both the design and the engineering groups to define the current and future products for the brand. Shepherding the product direction for such an iconic brand take somebody who isn’t afraid to get their fingers dirty. Gray spent several weekends in 2014 racing vintage Scout motorcycles in FIM and USCRA, and twisted the new Scouts throttle to a very fast 128.447 mph on the dusty mile and 1/3 course. The motorcycle Gary rode featured a stock engine, and was built to the P-P 1350 class and only modified the handlebars to race.. This same motorcycle will be tweaked by the engineering team for a return to the venue just to go faster and “see what she will do”. Continue reading ‘Indian Motorcycle Returns To Speed Trials At El Mirage’

Spectro Oils

The Johnny Five Dual-LED Tail Light

johnny-five1johnny-five2johnny-five3johnny-five4This CNC’s aluminum body construction tail light features ultra-bright dual 1” LED’s. The two-phase LEDs let you run both run and brake lights. Injection-molded polycarbonate lenses. Two threaded, 5/16″ holes on the back side make mounting to a fender, license plate bracket or sissy bar an easy task, while the wiring makes a clean exit through the housing bottom. MSRP $99.95. Shipping worldwide at Lowbro Customs or call toll free 1-855-4LOWBROW.

Progressive Suspension

Bigtwin Expo Of Netherlands. November 7-9.

Another big European show/expo, this one in the heart of the Netherlands, with 2 full halls of custom bikes and everything about the lifestyle, held during 3 days last weekend Nov. 7-9 at the former Autotron Museum of Rosmalen. 90 bikes competed in a bike show organized by Bigtwin Magazine and I will feature some of the best during the coming months. Waiting for it, a few postcards from the event. (all photography @ H. Roesler for Cyril Huze)

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Carlini Design Lawsuit Against Paul Yaffe Originals Over Patented Handlebars Design. Update.

carlini1carlini2I received the following statement from Carlini Design.

“Carlini Design would like this opportunity to show why Carlini Design & Paul Yaffe “Originals” are in a legal disagreement over patented handlebars. Regardless of what the outcome of our battle in court is, we would like the motorcycle community to know what we are fighting over. In the previous post covering this topic there was quite a bit of confusion and unwarranted trash talk in the comments over the designers, and what product this lawsuit was about. To help clarify things let us first show you the specific handlebars involved in the dispute.

As you can see the slightly taller bars are Paul Yaffe “Originals” and the shorter are Carlini Design bars. With the hand controls mounted and viewed from the side/profile (which is the established way of identifying Carlini’s patented signature style) there is no way to tell the difference between the bars. Their handlebar cannot include our patented design without our consent. We would like to make it clear we have NO issue with the regular “Monkey Bar

Here at Carlini Design we have a passion for creating innovative, unique, and original product. We understand that what makes our handlebars unique is the curve that can be best seen from the side or profile view of the motorcycle. We pioneered, patented, invested and marketed this unique design so that we could bring an innovative and high quality product to our customers. Continue reading ‘Carlini Design Lawsuit Against Paul Yaffe Originals Over Patented Handlebars Design. Update.’

Ness Fairing For Sportsters 2004-Up

sportsterfairing1sportsterfairing2Referred by some as the “bikini fairing”, a windscreen and minimal fairing extending around the headlight is a great choice for doing more than limiting air drag and protecting you from debris. Giving your Sportster a new Sport/Cafe attitude.

This kit is made of heavy ABS plastic for the shell with a smoked plexiglass windshield. Body is available ready to paint ($319.95) or in gloss black $349.95) Sold complete with all necessary hardware for easy installation.

For 2004-Up Sportster™, Sportster Nightster™ models 2004-up or any XL model with 39mm forks, top mount headlight and Nightster™ handlebars. At Arlen Ness.

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S&S Cycle Tells You How To Break-In Your New Engine

SSEnginesBelow the correct procedure to break-in your engine


1- Initial start up. Run engine approximately one minute at 1250-1750 rpm. DO NOT crack throttle or subject to any loads during this period as head gaskets are susceptible to failure at this time. During this time, check to see that oil pressure is normal, that oil is returning the oil tank, and that no leaks exist.

2. Shut off engine and thoroughly check for any leaks or other problems. Let engine cool to the touch.

3.. After engine has cooled, start up again and allow the motor to build some heat. Engine should be run no longer than three to four minutes. When the cylinders become warm/ hot to the touch (approximately 150°) shut the motor down and let it cool to room temp. Follow the same cautions as for the initial start-up, and continue to watch for problems.

4. Repeat this procedure 3 or 4 times. Each successive time it should take slightly longer to warm up and you can increase the temp slightly each time (+10°). You can be more liberal each time with the rpm, gently vary rpm continuously from idle up to 2500 rpm in the final cycle. Don’t be too concerned with final carb settings at this time because idle speed and mixture cannot be correctly set until the motor reaches full operating temperature. The motor should not reach that temperature during these cycles. Do not allow engine temperature to become excessive. After the motor has cooled to room temperature for the final time you are ready to start the 1000 mile engine break-in process.

5. The first 50 miles are most critical for new rings and piston break-in. Engine damage is most likely to occur during this period. Keep heat down by not exceeding 2500 rpm. Avoid lugging the motor, riding in hot weather or in traffic. Vary the engine speed. Do not lug the engine. We recommend changing the oil at 50 miles. Continue reading ‘S&S Cycle Tells You How To Break-In Your New Engine’

Victory Recalls Some 2015 Models For Transmission Issue

Cyril-Huze-Victory-MagnumPolaris is recalling some 2015 model year Victory motorcycles because of a problem that can cause the transmission to shift gears or drop into neutral.

The motorcycles recalled include the 2015 Cross Country, Cross Country 8-Ball, Cross Country Tour, Gunner, Hammer 8-Ball, High Ball, Magnum, Vegas 8-Ball and Vision Tour, though only 122 units manufactured between Aug. 11 and Sept. 2 are afflicted with the problem.

Victory is currently contacting their owners to alert them of the issue. Dealers will inspect and correctly install the springs on motorcycles in their inventory. Victory has put a stop sale on the affected vehicles.

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) states that the transmission shift drum detent roller springs on the affected motorcycles may not have been installed correctly. The detent arm return springs may cause the transmission to unexpectedly change or drop out of gear, potentially causing a rider to lose control and increasing the risk of a crash.

Indian Motorcycle Unveils Long Beach IMS Plans This Weekend In Long Beach, California

Scout-family4Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its itinerary for the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, Calif., which takes place November 14-16 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Riders in southern California are encouraged to be among the first in the nation to take a demo ride on the very much talked-about new 2015 Indian Scout, motorcycling’s hot new middle-weight cruiser, the ultra-premium luxury touring Indian Roadmaster and the rest of the 2015 Indian Motorcycle lineup.

“With Scout reservations exceeding all expectations and inventory expected in dealerships by year end, we’re excited to give our fans in California a chance to be among the first in the country to take a demo ride on this beautiful new machine,” said Steve Menneto, vice president of motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “It’s a bike that delivers quickness, power, precise handling, balance and comfort, and at a starting price of $10,999 we think just about everyone who rides this bike will want to own one.” Continue reading ‘Indian Motorcycle Unveils Long Beach IMS Plans This Weekend In Long Beach, California’

Burly Brat Style Seats For Your Sporty

bratstyle1But what the F**k is a Brat style? Well it’s a style of bikes largely inspired by those built by a shop called the Brat Style Garage in Japan. Usually customs built out of necessity for the Japanese hipster crowd, with very few frame modifications, a very cool naked look, often black wheels and characterized by a thin solo or two up seat. Burly is launching this type of seats to fit 1996 thru 2003 Sportsters and very soon late models.
bratstyle2They are straight bolt-on on your Sportster, carefully shaped to perfectly follow the frame rails – Brat Style – and available in solo or two up version. Seat pan is made of durable fiberglass. Cover, in ribbed or diamond pattern, is wrapped around a proprietary high density foam to balance style and comfort. Made in the USA. Check out the Burly Website, 888-367-1871 or contact your local dealer to get one for your Sporty.

Bonhams London Auction. 1929 Brough Superior 986cc SS100 Alpine Grand Sports And 1950 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow

1929-Brough-Superior11929-Brough-Superior2These 2 exciting motorcycles are going to be auctioned in London November 30th at Bonhams headquarters on Bond Street,

Estimated at £270,000-320,000, the 1929 Brough Alpine Grand Sports was designed with the legendary peaks of the Alpine Trial in mind. Taking in vast mountain peaks, chilling temperatures, and the twists and turns of Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and the infamous Stelvio Pass, it was a great test of endurance and skill. George Brough undertook the Trial in 1925 on an SS100, resulting in the award of six cups, including one for ‘Best Performance’. The design of the Brough Superior Alpine Grand Sports took inspiration from its founder’s achievement, and was introduced to the market in 1925 for the 1926 season with a lower compression ratio (making it suitable for touring), a small fly-screen and a pair of tool boxes as standard – perfect for thundering through the Alps. Continue reading ‘Bonhams London Auction. 1929 Brough Superior 986cc SS100 Alpine Grand Sports And 1950 Vincent 998cc Series C Black Shadow’

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Accepting Nominations For 2015 Hall of Fame And Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame

sturgishofThe Individuals, organizations and businesses considered for induction into the Hall of Fame will have made a positive and significant impact on motorcycling. Individuals considered for the Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame will have made a significant impact through their work in grassroots rights efforts.

A comprehensive overview of their accomplishments is necessary to make an informed and educated decision. Please keep in mind that while his or her achievements may be outstanding, not everyone knows it. Biographical info, newspaper articles, historical documents, etc. may be submitted. Submissions should include the nomination form and any supporting materials, and must be received by the Museum no later than January 9, 2015. Continue reading ‘Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Accepting Nominations For 2015 Hall of Fame And Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame’

Veterans Day. The Greatest Casualty Is Being Forgotten

wwAmong other companies, Harley-davidson is saluting those who served and today is proud to announce a partnership with Wounded Warrior Project® to help improve the lives of servicemen and women living with post-traumatic stress disorder. To kick off the partnership, six Wounded Warrior Project Alumni were surprised with brand new 2015 motorcycles. To provide support and comfort to an injured warrior, go HERE.

Cabana Dan’s Harley Package Truck

cabana0Cabana1Cabana2Dan Rognvoog (a.k.a. Cabana Dan) belongs to this category of non-professional builders who spends all his free time building and tinkering in his personal workshop. Each year, he completes a new project whose quality is such that you would swear it comes for an household name custom builder.

His passion is for vintage motorcycles that he restores or that he uses as inspiration for modern creations. A few years ago, he fell in love for a vintage looking sidecar built by Arlen Ness from new parts. So, he went to see him, asked him advice on how to build this type of machine and eventually decided to build a Harley Package Truck, not to be confused with a Harley Motorcycle Truck.

Cabana2bisCabana2quatCabana2terAfter a test with the US postal service during 2-year run (1913-1914), Harley produced the Motorcycle Truck featuring a dual front wheel with container (550 lbs capacity) front of the rider mounted between the 2 wheels. Then the company canceled production of the Motorcycle Truck replaced in 1915 by the Package Truck for the commercial market, using first a sidecar chassis in which a cargo was installed. The Package Truck was an immediate success for Harley because it was much cheaper to buy and operate than an automobile and it was easy for the owner to remove the cargo for personal use of the motorcycle during weekends. A success that will last 42 years until production ceased in 1957. Continue reading ‘Cabana Dan’s Harley Package Truck’

Incredible. Francois Gissy Rides His Rocket Bicycle To A New Land speed Record Of 207 MPH (333 KM/H)

Not a motorcycle, but you I know you will enjoy this video showing French Francois Gissy – under different camera angles – ride his hydrogen peroxide rocket bicycle to 207 mph (333 km/h). It took him 5 seconds to go from 0 to 207 mph! Concentrated liquid hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is fed from a storage tank into secondary chamber filled with a catalyst, typically silver. This causes the chemical bonds to break down and the hydrogen peroxide to decompose into heat, water (H2O) in the form of 650 degree F steam, and oxygen (O). The steam is then forced through a rocket nozzle to provide thrust. Watch the attempt.

Mooneyes Gas Cap Nostalgia

moon1moon2Mooneyes products and logo are an indelible part of Hot Rod nostalgia, easily recognizable to gearheads and novices alike. The distinctive Moneyes logo can belong to your bike with this gas cap cover simply glued to your stock or similar aftermarket gas cap with 72.5 mm or smaller outer diameter. Just attach it with silicone glue and optionally with a few additional side-mounted set screws. Made of cast aluminum in the USA. At Mooneyes USA, in Europe at W&W Cycles AG.

Postcards From Milano EICMA Motorcycle Exhibition

EICMA13EICMA1bisEicma Motorcycle Exhibition was held from November 4th to 6th at the Fiera Milano in Milano, Italy. and was celebrating its 100th anniversary and 72th edition with the introduction of 20 different models from the largest brands. And a lot of bikes from “boutique” manufacturers, from custom builders only displaying their latest creations or competing in a bike show.

Of special interest, Brough Superior introducing the pre-series models with many changes from last year’s prototype and a production scheduled for next year (one version with Titanium frame and parts). Brough claims 70 solid orders at a price around $75,000 to be confirmed.

EICMA is a huge show with many vendors, and a plethora of motorcycles in all styles, from the Classic to the Ultra Cool, to the Strange and Weird. Just a few post cards.

This year, special US guests were Bob Seeger (Indian Larry Motorcycles), David Uhl and Bean’re. (photography @ H. Roesler for C. Huze)
Continue reading ‘Postcards From Milano EICMA Motorcycle Exhibition’

2nd Annual Orlando AIMExpo . Video Recap.

I already reported on the great success of the 2nd annual AIMExpo held last October in Orlando. The show demonstrated strong growth with 18,000 attendees from more than 50 countries and 500 + manufacturers and vendors with entertainment inside the Orange Convention Center and outside. A video recap to show you how it looked.

Custom White And Color Wall Tires For 16″, 17″, 18″, 19″ and 21″ wheels

colortiresbis1Colortire1Custom White And Color Wall Tires For 16″, 17″, 18″, 19″ and 21″ wheels.
 White wall tires are not available in many sizes. So, if you can’t find yours, either with wide or narrow stripe, there is a solution. The Company HD Wheels offers a solution. Custom stripes 1/4″ to 2.5″ wide, not only in white, but also in gold, blue or red as well and applied on Metzeler front tires in sizes described below. Custom dual stripes are also available. At HD Wheels.

Front tires
140/70-21 Metzeler ME880. 120/70-21 Metzeler ME880. 120/70-19 Metzeler ME880. 130/70-18 Metzeler ME880.

Rear tires
150/70-18 Metzeler ME880. 160/60-18 Metzeler ME880. 180/55-18 Metzeler ME880. 200/55-17 Metzeler ME880. 200/55-17 Dunlop D401. 200/50-18 Metzeler ME880. 240/40-18 Metzeler ME880.

Picture Of The Week

Cheyenne-BikeGame Over Cycles, a custom shop in Poland, built this bike called “The Recidivist” to celebrate the art of tattoo. When I published it about one month ago, In your comments you gave it a lukewarm reception. Of course, the objective is to create the buzz about the shop. So, a girl straddling it, may also help. Right? But my first reaction when the shop representative emailed me this new picture was: why she doesn’t wear any tattoos?

The Ultimate Paint Defender Invented By 3M

paintdefender3M has been a force in the scientific community for more than 100 years. From waterproof sand paper to Post-It® Notes, 3M scientists and engineers are constantly at work to create new solutions for every day needs. One of their latest innovations is the 3M Paint Defender System, a spray-on paint protection film that applies as a liquid and dries into a clear, durable, removable film.

Last year, 3M introduced the Paint Defender System, an affordable paint protection film that sprays onto vehicles as a liquid and dries into a clear, durable, removable film. It took 3M scientists more than 8 months, 240 unique formulas, extensive testing and a multitude of 3M’s proprietary technology. The 3M Paint Defender System is now available for less than $45 on A video showcasing the system’s detailed development process.

Behind Jail Bars

BurlyJailBars2BurlyJailBars1Tall, narrow and angry, the new Burly Jail bar sits defiantly on your triple tree daring anyone to make eye contact.Available in 10”, 12” and 14” heights in a black or chrome finish to suit your club style machine.

Constructed in the good old USA of 1.25” diameter steel and tapered to 1” at the ends so OEM controls fit nicely. Mounting is direct to triple tree. Jail Bars are dimpled and drilled for internal wiring. May require longer cables/lines/electrical for installation.

Check out the Burly Website or call 888-367-1871 or email or contact your local dealer to get a set.

The Bienville Legacy Project. Love It Or Hate It. The Experiment Of JT Nesbitt.

Bienville-Legacy1Bienville-Legacy2Bienville-Legacy3Bienville-Legacy4What would you do if someone let you create a custom motorcycle without limitations on ideas, time and budget? JT Nesbitt gives you his answer with “The Bienville Legacy”, an experiment financed by Jim Jacoby through his ADMCI Foundation (American Design And Mastercraft Initiative) The program is to encourage innovation by giving master craftspeople full rein to create whatever they want and reigniting American craftsmanship and innovation in the process.

Bienville-Legacy5Bienville-Legacy6JT Nesbitt, the designer and builder, is best known for his collaboration with Confederate as Chief Designer on the Wraith and G2 Hellcat models, a company he left when Confederate moved from New Orleans to Birmingham, Alabama. He now works in his own Bienville Studios where – his words – “he explores ideas and concepts in an attempt to spark imagination and to externalize his creative impulses…” Jim Jacoby to add “Once you give someone that opportunity to just create with no boundaries, knowing they have a passion for it, only good things can come out of that” Continue reading ‘The Bienville Legacy Project. Love It Or Hate It. The Experiment Of JT Nesbitt.’

Mark Mederski Named To Antique Motorcycle Foundation Board of Directors

MarkMederskiAntique Motorcycle Foundation President Jon Radermacher has announced that Mederski has been appointed to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  Radermacher states, “Mederski has compiled a long record of accomplishments in both the current and antique motorcycle communities over a 35-year career, and we are thrilled that he has agreed to bring his talent and experience to our Board.”

Mederski’s love for motorcycling dates back nearly five decades.   He has been an AMCA member for nearly 20 years, a VJMC member for 30, and was a club road racer during the 1970s. He is a student of the history of motorcycles, regardless of country of origin, and the people who have ridden them, raced them, or used them for transportation in America. Continue reading ‘Mark Mederski Named To Antique Motorcycle Foundation Board of Directors’




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