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Victory Motorcycles Recalling Certain 2010-2017 Models

Polaris Industries owner of the now discontinued Victory Motorcycles is recalling 26200 motorcycles (model years 2010-2017): Victory Magnum, Cross Country, Cross Roads, Tour and Hard Ball. The issue is regarding the engine potentially misfiring and and resulting in heat from the catalytic converter melting the rear brake line and nearby wiring.

Damage to the brake line or wiring could increase the risk of a crash. “Continued operation with the engine in a misfire condition can result in elevated exhaust temperatures. The rear brake line and localized electrical lines can become damaged as the result of increased temperatures.”

Dealers will re-route the brake line away from the exhaust catalyst, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2017. Owners may contact Polaris customer service at 1-877-737-7172. Polaris’ number for this recall is V-17-02.


Harley-Davidson Offers Hundreds Of Options To Customize The 2018 Softail Lineup

Harley is launching over 300 new parts and accessories designed for its eight all-new 2018 Softail® motorcycles. These Harley Genuine Parts & Accessories are developed alongside the new motorcycles to provide riders with the highest quality and the most extensive range of customization options starting from the same day the motorcycles launch. The research and development of these brand-new accessories focused on making customization the easiest it has ever been by requiring less parts and installation time than ever before.

Express yourself. The new Softail accessories are designed to be combined for a wide variety of customization styles. Harley-Davidson expands its leading accessory lineup with the new Brass Collection, expansion of other popular collections such as Defiance, and ensuring a full suite of essential custom styled parts for the new Softail motorcycles. The Brass Collection is a living finish that allows parts to age naturally for a one-of-a-kind look. With a bare bones, garage-built look and feel, the parts have a cohesive pre-aged look that makes a bold statement.

Function. Ready To Ride. Build a new Softail to go the distance with a few key additions such as HoldFast™ sissy-bars, luggage racks, Tour-Pak mount; detachable saddlebags; and windshields.The new HoldFast system is best in its class, with an intuitive detachable latch system designed from the ground up in tandem with the new Softail chassis to ensure a premium fit and finish, with minimal effort and complexity during installation. The intuitive snap-in and release design enables easy installation and removal of HoldFast accessories. Also the one-piece backrest design eliminates the need for side plates and turn signal relocation kits. HoldFast accessories are available in chrome and black finishes.

Fit. Tailor The Ride. Harley-Davidson Parts & Accessories create a great riding experience by tailoring the bike to fit every rider and passenger based on how comfort, fit and style are prioritized. For 2018, ergonomic seats get a face-lift for Softail models with new styling that matches the personality of each bike and comfort seating launches with a wide variety of fitment. Numerous handlebar, foot control and suspension options are also at the ready to build customers a perfect fit for their new bike.

Performance. Screaming’ Eagle®. Screamin’ Eagle® Stage I, II, III and IV Kits offer complete, street compliant performance configurations and retain the Motorcycle Original Equipment Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty. Stage upgrades are engineered to generate specific torque and horsepower gains for the new Softail models equipped with the Milwaukee-Eight® engine.

Find a local dealer in store or online to view the new 2018 motorcycles and the accessory options to make your bike a custom of one.

Thought Of The Day




“Beware of monotony! I
t’s the mother of all the deadly sins.”

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Progressive Suspension

Brock’s Performance Bagger Aluminum Swingarm (09-16)

Brock’s Performance got 25 years of sportbike drag racing experience and knows a few things about the need for a swingarm able to handle the demands of ever powerful Baggers. Their extended aluminum swingarm for FL bikes (0” to 3”) is a 100% bolt-on design with OEM rear wheel, caliper, spacers and associated components. It is conceived for use in high-power, high-torque applications.

Shock mount position allows flexibility in ride height ( +1″ forward, standard, -1″ rearward) and are Compatible with shock lengths from 11” to 12 7/8”. Reversible billet axle adjusters and grade 8 steel adjuster bolts prevent axle slide. The Brock’s swingarm accepts a 200 series rear tire on 6 3/4″ wide rim after chain conversion. Sold in brushed aluminum finish. Made in the USA. Brock’s Performance.


Badlands Indian Scout RUN-BRAKE-TURN Signal Module

NAMZ, the leader in lightning modules to allow rear turn signals to be running brake lights, didn’t feel much love from Indian Scout owners… Until now… NAMZ is happy to announce the release of their Badlands Indian Scout RUN-BRAKE-TURN signal module. The module comes complete with a new rear fender harness allowing you to attach ANY taillight or RED turn signals.

Once connected, the module allows rear signals to run brake light lights, flashing bright light when the brake pedal is applied. Added visibility means added safety along with the custom look everyone is looking for.

NAMZ is celebrating its 19th year in business providing Electrical Components, Fluid Transfer Lines, Custom Installation Supplies & Badlands Lighting Modules.

NAMZ/Badlands products are available through Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited, Tucker Rocky, Mid USA, J&P Cycles, V-Twin, Parts Canada, Motovan, Les Importations Thibault, Parts Europe, Custom Chrome Europe, Motorcycle Storehouse, W&W, Zodiac, Rollies Speed Shop, Wildrider International Pty Ltd or directly from the MAMZ/Badlands Website.

Classic Louvered Air Cleaner. From Hot Rods To Motorcycles

The popular Louvered Air Cleaner has traditionally graced hot rods using Holley 94’s and Stromberg 97 carburetors. With new backing plates made by Lowbrow Customs, you can easily install and run one of these inexpensive, cool air cleaners on your Harley-Davidson.

These louvered Air Cleaner kits come complete with a washable paper filter, stainless steel, allen-head hardware and mounting gasket. They are available for CV carburetors and EFI Throttle Bodies, as found on Harley-Davidson Sportsters from 1991-2015, Big Twins 1993-2006, and FXD Dyna from 2004-2015. A kit is also available for S&S Super E and G Carburetors. The USA-made backing plates are 1/4 inch thick steel, black powder coated black. 42.95 for the entire kit. Order at 855-456-9276 or visit Lowbrow Customs.

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Koenigsegg Motorcycle Concept

Sweden-based Koenigsegg is known for its outlandishly fast sports cars. This 1090 Motorcycle Concept imagines what might happen if they focused on just two wheels. Created by Maksim Burov, the design is purely conceptual, with no hypothetical specifications offered up. But you can imagine an ideal tech sheet…

Harley-Davidson Refuses Military Wife’s Late Payment…

When Harley-Davidson dealership owner Dennis Packee wrote a letter to a soldier’s wife, he never expected it to go viral. He was only trying to reach out to an individual who he knew was going through a struggle. And although he wrote the letter from his heart, he could never have guessed that it would touch so many thousands when it was later shared online.

Before he was deployed overseas, Christopher Walters rented a space to store his motorcycle at Reiman’s Harley-Davidson. While he was away, his wife Jaime failed to stay on top of the rental space payments. With two children to watch over, she was overwhelmed with all the responsibility now that Christopher had left for his tour of duty.

Because unexpected problems popped up, Jaime fell behind on the Harley-Davidson payments. And when she realized her mistake, she sent the late check in the mail with a long apology. Now Dennis Packee’s response has gone viral…In her letter, Jamie explained why the payment was late. And when Dennis read her reason, he refused to take her money. He knew that she needed it more than him. You send that money back to her,” he told his office employee.

Decades ago, Dennis was almost drafted into the Vietnam War. But when he had his medical examined, he was discharged. Since then, he has understood the sacrifices the men and women who serve America make on a regular basis. And Dennis has always been looking for creative ways to give back. When he saw Jamie’s letter and late payment, he knew this was one of those opportunities. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Refuses Military Wife’s Late Payment…’

L.E.D. Accent For Harley Rushmore Batwing Fairing

1vent2ventThis new L.E.D. Fairing Vent adds L.E.D. styling to Harley-Davidson batwing fairings. This accent is illuminates H-D’s Slipstream vent with bright white L.E.D.s that emit a soft glow to enhance style and rider visibility. This vent covers the plain flat black vent with durable injection-molded ABS available in smooth chrome or gloss black finishes. Easy installation with plug-&-play wiring. Chrome P/N 5053 or Gloss Black P/N 5054 – MSRP: $79.99. Kuryakyn Fairing Vent Accent.

A 2018 Custom Harley Breakout To Devour Asphalt

The Harley Breakout is part of the new generation of factory cruisers benefiting from the 2018 Softail all-new chassis, lighter and 34% stiffer than before, with new adjustable mono shock rear suspension. In the front, a new Showa® SDBV® suspension technology providing the performance of a racing-style cartridge fork with linear damping characteristics. The 2018 Breakout, with its factory dragster style attitude now offers increased lean angles, sharper turn-in response and quicker accelerations. It’s a great canvas for personalization, to add more muscle to its hard riding stance and to show the street what you are made of…

As I already explained before in several posts, there is an unofficial competition between Harley dealers to be the first to customize one of the eight 2018 all-new Softail® models. This bike by Thunderbike Customs seems to be the first fully customized 2018 Breakout appearing on the custom scene. Powered by the new Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine ((1,868 cc) this Breakout is ready to devour asphalt with real street muscle. Continue reading ‘A 2018 Custom Harley Breakout To Devour Asphalt’

CEO Matthew S. Levatich Sold 19,447 shares Of the Harley-Davison Stock

In a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, October 25th Harley-Davidson CEO Matthew S. Levatich sold 19,447 shares of the business stock HOG. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.36, for a total transaction of $940,456.92.

Following the completion of the transaction, the Chief Executive Officer now directly owns 88,646 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,286,920.56.

The stock HOG has a 50 day moving average price of $47.91 and a 200-day moving average price of $51.26. Harley-Davidson, Inc. has a 12 month low of $45.25 and a 12 month high of $63.40.

Boo, Boo…

Sprocket Brake Kits

A few models already on the market to help you clean the rear of your bike with the sprocket and rear brake on the same side.

This model come with a billet polished aluminum or black anodized 2-piston caliper, a stainless steel bracket (available in polish), a 51 tooth stainless steel sprocket, a welding tab, and all the necessary hardware.

Can be fitted both, left and right side, with a 3/4” or 1” wheel axle. EUR 760,00 At Kustom Tech.

Joke Of The Week

Little Bruce and Jenny are only 10 years old, but they know they are in love. One day they decide that they want to get married, so Bruce goes to Jenny’s father to ask him for her hand.

Bruce bravely walks up to him and says, “Mr. Smith, me and Jenny are in love and I want to ask you for her hand in marriage.”

Thinking that this was just the cutest thing,  Mr. Smith replies, “Well Bruce, you are only 10. Where will you two live?” Without even taking a moment to think about it, Bruce replies, “In Jenny’s room. It’s bigger than mine and we can both fit there nicely.”

Mr. Smith says with a huge grin, “Okay, then how will you live? You’re not old enough to get a job. You’ll need to support Jenny.” Again, Bruce instantly replies, “Our allowance,  Jenny makes five bucks a week and I make 10 bucks a week. That’s about 60 bucks a month, so that should do us just fine.”

Mr. Smith is impressed, Bruce has put so much thought into this. “Well Bruce, it seems like you have everything figured out. I just have one more question. “What will you do if the two of you should have little children  of your own?” Bruce just shrugs his shoulders and says, “Well, we’ve been lucky so far.”

Mr. Smith no longer thinks the little shit is adorable!

The Very Appealing 2018 Softail Street Bob

Your first reactions show me that it may be for most of you the most attractive model of the 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail lineup. Harley describes the brand new Street Bob as a “bare-bones bike with a go-anywhere DNA, a fists-in-the-wind attitude and nothing extra to weigh it down.” It has the lowest MSRP in the Softail lineup, starting at $14,999 in vivid black, $15,249 for two-tone.(ABS option is $795 but Security System is standard)

It features a low profile with a total of 17-pound weight reduction versus previous model, a smooth-top 3.5-gallon fuel tank, black spoke wheels with chopped fenders, a low-profile, mid-mount controls, street riser-mounted digital instrument screen, an under seat spanner wrench for easy adjustable rear shock pre-load settings, and all the new technology featured on all other 2018 Softail models, Keyless ignition and security system. The Street Bob is powered by the Milwaukee-Eight® 107 V-Twin engine.

Picture Of The Month

Shot on an Austrian mountain road. Photo copyright Horst Roesler.

Cut The Cord. New Harley-Davidson Module Allows Riders To connect Wirelessly.

Taking on the open road on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle just got easier with the launch of its new Wireless Headset Interface Module (P/N 76000768, $299.95*). Using Bluetooth® wireless technology, the wireless interface permits full access to the multitude of Infotainment features of the Boom! Audio 6.5GT radio on ’14-later Touring and Trike motorcycles without the hassle of being connected to the bike. Discreetly mounted inside the fairing, the module connects directly into the radio. Intuitive technology ensures safe, controlled riding as users seamlessly move through music, phone, CB, navigation and intercom features through a separately-purchased Bluetooth®-enabled headset. Continue reading ‘Cut The Cord. New Harley-Davidson Module Allows Riders To connect Wirelessly.’

Flashback. The Suzuki T500 Titan.

At the time when 2-stroke motorcycles were king, from the mid 60’s to the mid 70’s, the Suzuki T500 Titan (1968-1976) was the perfect commuter bike. Lightweight, flawless, extremely reliable, bullet proof in the extreme cold or heat, with better brakes than its competitors. In 1970 for the price of $899, you got a 492cc 2-stroke air-cooled parallel twin with a top speed of 105 mph and 50 mpg. It is now considered one of the most underrated motorcycles of all time. You can get one today for a price of $1200 to $3000. (photography @ Doug Mitchel

Riot Floorboards And Mini Boards By Kuryakyn

The new Riot Floorboards deliver a rugged motocross-inspired aesthetic without sacrificing form or function for your bagger. This heavy-duty MX-styled components are manufactured from single aluminum castings and feature a raised toothed top surface for surefooted traction to run Riot on the streets. The tapered profile from front to back provides ample foot room and positioning, while still offering enough cornering clearance for aggressive riding. Available as direct replacements for most early and late-model Harley-Davidson® FL models, Riot Floorboards come in specially coated bead-blasted satin silver or satin black finishes and are the perfect counterpart to the rest of the Riot collection from Kuryakyn.

Indian Scout Debris Shield

Paul Aiken from Aeromach USA explains that got a request from a Scout rider for this debris shield when his oil cooler was punctured and oil was leaking out of the bike, making for a dangerous and potentially very costly situation. The Debris Shield is laser cut and formed from 1/8” thick 5052 grade aluminum plate.  Retail price is $45.99 and it can be ordered at many Indian Motorcycle dealers, or online at Chrome Indian, or by calling 800-990-9392.

Lower Tank Panels For Harley Tourers

The design theme of these lower tank panels is called Neo Fusion. These lower tank panels will dress all Harley touring bikes from 2009 and up.

And if you like this theme, it is offered on many other touring custom parts, from saddlebag latches, to grips to mirrors to the ignition switch.

Offered in Black Machine or polished. MSRP 87.00. See them and order online at Ken’s Factory USA. or through Drag Specialties.

Grand National Slip-ons For M8 Powered 2018 Softail Fat Bob®

The latest from the motor company deserves an exhaust note worthy of the Milwaukee-Eight platform. S&S Cycles has stepped up with their race inspired Grand National Slip-ons For the new 2018 Softail Fat Bob  to get the job done. Tuneable baffle inserts allow you to adjust sound and back pressure to best suit your style and performance needs. Combined with the S&S Stealth air cleaner, you get 12% gain in Hp and a 6% bump in torque.

Aluminum tip and ceramic finish round out a solid performance package that is still emissions legal in all 50 states. Check out the S&S site for more info, including images and sound files. For more info click HERE. 

• Up to 12% more horsepower and 6% more torque(when used with Stealth Air Cleaner Kit
• Race-inspired design
• Black ceramic finish
• Removable dB reducer for back pressure and sound tuning
• Meets J2825 levels for sound
• All hardware included
• Deep performance rumble replaces stock whisper tone
• 50-State lega

Polaris 2017 Third Quarter Results. Return To Profitable Growth.

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) this morning reported third quarter 2017 sales of $1,478.7 million, up 25 percent from $1,185.1 million for the third quarter of 2016. Adjusted sales, which excludes the impact from Victory Motorcycles® net sales for the third quarter of 2017, were $1,480.3 million for the 2017 third quarter, up 25 percent. The Company reported third quarter 2017 net income of $81.9 million, or $1.28 per diluted share, compared with net income of $32.3 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for the 2016 third quarter. The reported net income includes costs related to the wind down of Victory Motorcycles, certain Transamerican Auto Parts (“TAP”) integration costs, and manufacturing network realignment costs. Adjusted net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, excluding these costs, was $93.5 million, or $1.46 per diluted share.

Motorcycle segment sales, including PG&A, totaled $155.1 million, a decrease of 14 percent compared to $181.2 million reported in the third quarter of 2016 which included $39.4 million of Victory Motorcycle wholegood, accessory and apparel sales. Indian motorcycle wholegood sales increased in the low twenty percent range in the third quarter driven by new product introductions and improving brand awareness. This increase somewhat offset lower Slingshot® sales. Gross profit for the third quarter of 2017 was $10.4 million compared to $20.3 million in the third quarter of 2016. Adjusted for the Victory Motorcycles wind down costs of $7.6 million, motorcycle gross profit was $17.9 million, down from the third quarter last year due primarily to lower Slingshot volume.

North American consumer retail demand for the Polaris motorcycle segment, including Indian Motorcycle and Slingshot, was up mid-single digits percent during the 2017 third quarter. Indian Motorcycles increased retail sales 16 percent, partly driven by new model introductions including the new Chieftain Elite and Limited models and Roadmaster Classic. Indian Motorcycle market share surpassed the ten percent mark in September. Slingshot’s retail sales were down although the rate of decline decelerated during the quarter. Motorcycle industry retail sales, 900cc and above, were down high-single digits percent in the 2017 third quarter. Continue reading ‘Polaris 2017 Third Quarter Results. Return To Profitable Growth.’

The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. Tour Dates.

The motorcycle builder competition will be stopping at 7 cities across the USA. As usual, at each tour stop, it will feature the talents of of dozen of local professional and amateur builders competing for cash and product prizes valued at $50,000, the largest purse of any competition in the United States.

Classes include Freestyle, Modified Harley, Modified Custom and Modified Street – PLUS the People’s Choice Award, Hot Bike Magazine Editor’s Choice Award and the Street Chopper Magazine Best Chopper Award. Registration by going HERE.

Long Beach, CA November 17-19, 2017. New York, NY December 1-3, 2017. Minneapolis, MN December 8-10, 2017. Cleveland, OH January 26-18, 2018. Dallas, TX February 2-4, 2018. Chicago, IL February 9-11, 2018. Washington, DC February 23-25, 2018.

Built For Veterans. 1844 Pabst Blue Ribbon Chopper.

There is a lot of support from the motorcycling community when it comes to charities and other nonprofit organizations. Everything from rehabilitation for disabled riders, to support for bikers in financial difficulties because of health issues and medical bills, to helping service members, veterans and their families.

Over the 11 years of its existence, Brass Balls Cycles is probably one of the custom shops in the US having built the largest number of bikes providing help and raising money for those in need among our soldier veterans. This new project was built by Dar Holdsworth of Brass Balls Cycles on a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer theme and raffled (congratulations to winner Ken Miller) in conjunction with Warriors For Freedom, an organization committed in programs dedicated to our veterans.’

Pabst Blue Ribbon is of course the American lager beer sold by Pabst Brewing Company, established in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1844 and currently based in Los Angeles. Originally called Best Select, and then Pabst Select, the current name comes from the blue ribbons tied around the bottle neck between 1882 and 1916. After a two decade-long slump the beer experienced a sales revival in the early 2000’s largely due to its increasing popularity among urban hipsters
Pabst Blue Ribbon is the brew that unites hipsters (thrifty boozers) ,just as much as it divides people who hate hipsters (serious beer drinkers) So is this 1844 PBR Chop a hipster bike? I let you judge…

Dar says: “This wasn’t to be one of our new, groundAup production custom bikes. This bike had to be unique, a bike with a soul, a bike that could be remade into something special”. He got started with a 1973 Sportster Ironhead which was generously donated by “Rebel Rock Entertainment founder” Jim Jonsin. The bike had been parked outside in south Florida in salty air for the past 20 years! But it’s a great vintage Harley motor to start from, and for the purists this engine is considered the main reason for the enduring success of the Sportster. After the donor bike was disassembled, almost all parts were discarded and only engine and front end were preserved.

The makeover started with a complete tear down of the 1973 motor, for cleaning, blasting, restoring tired parts when possible and replacing too damaged ones. Time consuming but worth it when you see it cradled in a one-off brand new rigid chassis built by Led Sled Choppers, complete with steel rear fender and oil tank installed. Many other talented and generous industry friends were enlisted and deserve to be mentioned here: Gus at Outlaw Polishing for bringing back the shine on motor, primary and several other parts, Hix Design for the seat work, Avon Tires, David at Custom Powder Coat of chassis candy powder coating, TC Bros for the Art-deco air cleaner, the Foot Control and Bars and Tag bracket, Manny at Manny’s Fineline for Killer paint job. Special thanks to Dar’s right hand Brian for doing again a solid job putting the puzzle together. Brass Balls Cycles (photos @ Tyler Wolff for Cyril Huze)

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