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New Harley-Davidson Detachable Backrest With Three Recline Settings For Touring Models

1Premium-Reclining-Backrest2Premium-Reclining-Backrest.rangeYour passenger can select a custom fit with the new Premium Detachable Backrest with Adjustable Recline (P/N 52300257 Chrome, P/N 52300258 Gloss black; $299.95) from Harley-Davidson®. By simply turning the glove-friendly locking knobs, the angle of the backrest upright can be adjusted to one of three recline settings, either 8 degrees back or 8 degrees forward from the standard mid-position setting.

The exclusive cam-lock detachable design makes it easy to install or remove the entire passenger backrest assembly in seconds. The backrest is compatible with all Harley-Davidson accessory luggage racks and touring backrest pads (sold separately).

Available in chrome and gloss black finishes, this adjustable backrest fits most 2009-later Touring models equipped with the required Docking Hardware Kits or a Detachable Tour-Pak Rack Kit (sold separately). See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for fitment details.

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A young Woman Explains Why She Rides.

whyIRideterwhyirideWhy I ride” (no relation with the recent documentary “Why We Ride” is a new online video series featuring bikers from across the country explaining their thrill for riding.

In this segment, a young woman named Leslie Padoll from Brooklyn, NY, despite gender stereotypes and other social challenges, has found solace in riding her motorcycle.

With the inspiration and confidence gained from her experiences on the road she was able to overcome her own personal obstacles. She tells her story…

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Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-joke44Polish man moved to the USA and married an American girl. Although his English was not perfect, they got along very well.

One day he rushed into a lawyer’s office and asked him to arrange a divorce for him. The lawyer said that getting a divorce would depend on the circumstances, and asked him the following questions:

Have you any grounds? Yes, an acre and half and nice little home.

No, I mean what is the foundation of this case? It made of concrete.

I don’t think you understand.  Does either of you have a real grudge? No, we have carport, and not need one.

I mean what are your relations like? All my relations still in Poland. Continue reading ‘Joke Of The Week’

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In Sturgis Jesse James Will Trade Two Wheels For Four To Race The Off Road Championship At The Buffalo Chip

jessejamesAs announced on June 26, Motorsports fans will get more than their fair share of extreme engines, insane speed and colossal crashes at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s newly constructed PowerSports Complex this August. The Sturgis Rally entertainment destination has planned a jam-packed week of high-powered competition including TORC (The Off Road Championship), the Nitro National Pro Hill Climb, AMA Extreme Dirt Track ATV Races and Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pulls.,

On Aug. 5-6 at The Legendary Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, S.D., James will trade two wheels for four and compete in the nation’s premiere off-road truck racing series, TORC The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL. James is no stranger to off-road racing and has competed in both desert and short-course off-road racing. He feels TORC is building the foundation for something very special in Sturgis by bringing the series to race at The Chip during the Rally.

“I feel like I have a pretty good pulse on that place (Sturgis) and no one’s ever done anything like what TORC is doing,” he said. “Everybody else is like ‘How are we going to make money off the bikers? How are we going to take their money? But TORC is coming in with ‘How are we going to entertain these dudes?’ Short-course off-road racing is full-out entertainment. You get a lot for your money. I think it’s going to go over well. I’m excited about it. Continue reading ‘In Sturgis Jesse James Will Trade Two Wheels For Four To Race The Off Road Championship At The Buffalo Chip’


New Sun Ray Seat For Harley-Davidson Rushmore Models To Ride With Warm Buns

Sun-Ray-seatFlip a switch and chase the chill with the Sun Ray® Heated Seat (P/N 52000135, $799.95) from Harley-Davidson® Designed for 2014 Harley-Davidson Touring and Trike motorcycle models, this seat is perfect for cool-weather riding in any season. The Sun Ray heated seat features dual-zone rider and passenger positions with separate high/low/off toggle heat controls for personal comfort selection. Continue reading ‘New Sun Ray Seat For Harley-Davidson Rushmore Models To Ride With Warm Buns’

Fifth Indian Motocycle Day. In Springfield, MA July 20th.

IndianDay1The 5th Indian Day, a revival of a long-standing celebration  of the classic motorcycles that were manufactured in the city Of Springfield, MA from 1901 to 1953 will be held on July 20th on the grounds of the Springfield Museums. Indian Day is about showing people the great variety of Indian Motocycles made and telling the story about what was once the largest motorcycle company in the world,” said, Guy McLain, director of the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. From 1970 until 2005, Indian Day was set at the now closed Indian Motocycle Museum on Hendee Street in Springfield. Esta Manthos, the former museum’ owner, donated her extensive collection of Indian Motocycles, artifacts and memorabilia to the Springfield Museums in 2000, where it is now on view in the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. Continue reading ‘Fifth Indian Motocycle Day. In Springfield, MA July 20th.’

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More Tees For Your Laundry List.

1Think-Outside-The-Box-Tee3Luck-Smith-T-ShirtYou don’t have to wear motorcycle related t-shirts all year long. 2 that you can wear to show your radical thinking, even when riding your favorite brand. The Think Outside The Box T-Shirt to show that you are a creative person. The Luck Smith T-Shirt because luck is a DIY project. Unisex fit. But there is a (higher) price to pay for very soft cotton. $25.

Ariel Ace Motorcycle

ace1AcebisThis kind of contraption does absolutely nothing to me but some of you may appreciate the new Ariel Ace Motorcycle. A spectacular all aluminum alloy billet frame, a 1237cc water-cooled Honda engine good for over 170hp with a top speed of 165mph and acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. No bad… You can choose your gas tank volume, front end , brakes, bars, seat, exhaust, well almost everything except frame and engine. And your personalized Ace will be signed by the single technician who will assemble it. Ariel Ace Motorcycle.

Custom Shovelhead. More Beautiful When Naked.

virus1virus2virus3On June 28th, as soon as I published postcards from the Magic Bike Rudesheim Bike Show, I received an unusual number of emails requesting a feature on “The Virus”, the custom bike winner of both the highly competitive Radical Class and absolute Best Of Show of the competition. Immediately I contacted Bike Show organizer, friend of the industry and photographer Horst Roesler who gifted me, and you, with this set of studio pictures.

virus5virus6virus7if well designed, I like all types of custom motorcycles. But without consideration of the bike purpose – from short city stints to long distance touring, my taste leans more on the naked than on the fully clothed style. In addition, mixing old or classic parts with modern technology has been proven by many builders as producing exquisite custom motorcycles that 3 generations of bikers from Millenials to Generation X to Baby Boomers are embracing together. Continue reading ‘Custom Shovelhead. More Beautiful When Naked.’

Indian Motorcycle Reveals Two-Tone Paint Schemes For 2015 Chief Models

1Indiancolor1Indiancolorbis1IndiancolorterIndian Motorcycle® announced that two-tone paint schemes, starting at $19,799, will be offered for the upcoming model year Indian Chief line of motorcycles. The iconic vintage paint palettes were revealed over the weekend for fans of classic motorcycles at Vintage Motorcycle Days 2014, which took place at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Additional details and information on all 2015 models, including features and all 2015 MSRP’s will be announced on August 2 out of the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

2IndiancolorThe new two-tone Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and Chieftain will be on-display and available for demo rides during the upcoming 74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, running August 2 – 9 in Sturgis, South Dakota and will be available on dealer floors in the fall of 2015.

3Indiancolor4IndiancolorFeatured Two-Tone Colors for 2015 are:

- The 2015 Indian Chief Classic available in Indian Motorcycle Red/ Thunder Black. (Also vailable in solid Indian Motorcycle Red)
available in Indian Motorcycle Red/ Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red/ Ivory Cream, and Willow Green/ Ivory Cream. (Also available in solid Indian Motorcycle Red and solid Thunder Black)
-  The 2015 Indian Chieftain available in Indian Motorcycle Red/ Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red/ Ivory - The 2015 Indian Chief Vintage available in Springfield Blue/ Ivory Cream. (Also available in solid Indian Motorcycle Red and solid Thunder Black) Continue reading ‘Indian Motorcycle Reveals Two-Tone Paint Schemes For 2015 Chief Models’

The 70′s Bars Are Back. The Waybacks By Nash.

TheWaybacksAs Nash Motorcycle Company, the boys heard your pleas, and are bringing you their interpretation of the 70′s style pullback bars.

The new Waybacks mimic the shape and style of their Looky-Looky bars but with a tweak to make them look like the bars so synonymous with the seventies choppers.

Available raw or chrome, with or without knurling and optional dimple and drill. At Nash Motorcycle Company.

The Slingshot By Polaris. To Be Revealed July 27th.

With the slogan “Ignite Your Senses”, Polaris is about to launch The Slingshot on July 27th. The company states that “The Slingshot connects both driver and passenger to the sights, sounds, and smells of the open road. It will make you feel the rush of pavement under your seat and in your chest.” Via 2 teaser videos, I let you guess the type of machine it is. Exhilaration is promised…

S&S Cycle 2nd Annual T124 Engine Demo Days. At Sturgis Dragway August 5-6.

S&SCycleFor the second year, S&S Cycle is organizing the T124 Engine Demo Days. If you are at least 21 years old with a valid license, you will be able to demo the S&S 124” engine bike on the Sturgis Dragway located 20523 79 in Sturgis is open to licensed drivers 21 years of age or older, August 5 and 6 from 10 am to noon. Lots of fun…

Riders must have their own safety equipment, helmets, jacket, boots, glovesand eye protection. Anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be allowed to participate. S&S reserves the right to deny access to anyone in the interest of safety. Of course, riders will be required to sign a liability waiver. FYI, the Sturgis S&S display (Aug 1st to 9th) will be located at 1535 Lazelle Street.

After the jump, a video to see what others had to say about their experience down the track. Continue reading ‘S&S Cycle 2nd Annual T124 Engine Demo Days. At Sturgis Dragway August 5-6.’

Extended Cable/Line Install Kits For 2014 Harley-Davidson Models With Batwing Fairing

StreetGlideBurly Brand continues to grow their extended cable/line kits and recently launched a package for the 2014 HD Rushmore touring models.

Each kit includes all the components necessary to install tall bars on your Street Glide or other batwing faired baggers.

BaggerBurlyBurly’s cable kits are designed for 13” or 15″ Apehangers, include bar length specific extended brake line, extended clutch line and extended wiring to install apes on a 2014 Harley FLHX, FLHT/C/U.

Available in black or braided stainless steel for ABS as well as NON ABS models.

Check out the Burly Brand Website or contact your local dealer for more information.


Brothers Of The Weird

Shot in & around Ventura, California these brothers split their spare time between riding motorcycles and surfing waves. A culture where man builds with his own hands and the only thing that counts is living in the moment. It is produced to promote a website and brand called Desillusion paying tribute to today’s youth.

Sturgis 6th Annual Biker Belles Celebration Is Tuesday August 5, 2014

bikerbellesThe Sturgis Biker Belles Celebration is a day for real women who ride or want to, of women riding stories, of women having fun together.

Presented by Harley-Davidson, the day begins at the Lodge in Deadwoodwith an inspiring symposium of leading industry women, including Cat Hammes, motivational speaker and safety expert, Diva Amy Skaling, Team Diva, Kathy Tolleson, founder of Roar Motorcycles and others yet to be announced. Michelle Carpenter’s captivating new film about women riders, featuring some familiar Biker Belle faces, will also be showcased. Continue reading ‘Sturgis 6th Annual Biker Belles Celebration Is Tuesday August 5, 2014′

Old School Ribbed Primary Cover For Softail Twin Cam Models

primarycover1primarycover2Nothing wrong with the Harley factory primary cover of its Softail Twin Cam models. Except it’s somewhat boring with a “flat” design that has been used since so many years. If you want to add some bad-ass character and old school styling to the left side of your recent Softail, the Snatch cover is an excellent option.

primarycover3Ribbed like yesteryear’s H-D Ironheads, the Snatch Primary-Cover is made out of die cast aluminum and offered in 4 finishes: raw, black, semi-polished and black cut. It will bolt-on on all 07-Up Softail Twin-Cam models and can re-use your stock hardware. Replacement Seals Kit is not included and can be ordered from the same company. Matching Snatch Rocker Boxes also available for H-D Twin Cam and Evo models. Order online at EMD USA.

Harley-Davidson Is Recalling 66,421 Touring and CVO Touring Motorcycles 2014 Model Year . Will The Stock Get Punished?

1recall2recall3recallA total of 66,421 Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles from the 2014 model year are recalled because their front wheels can lock up without warning. These motorcycles with antilock brake system were built between July 1, 2013, and May 7, 2014.

Harley-Davidson says the front brake line can get pinched between the fuel tank and the frame. That could cause front brake fluid pressure to increase, raising the risk that the front wheel could lock up while riding. The company knows of 5 crashes and 2 minor injuries related to the defect which it discovered last fall through warranty claims. Harley-Davidson will notify owners later this month. Dealers will replace the brake line for free and attach straps to hold it in place. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Is Recalling 66,421 Touring and CVO Touring Motorcycles 2014 Model Year . Will The Stock Get Punished?’

Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-joke44A local father put his 3 year old daughter to bed, told her a story and listened to her prayers which ended with her saying, in that sweet
little voice, “God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, God bless Grandma and good-bye Grandpa.” The father asked, ‘Why did you say good-bye Grandpa?’… The little girl said, “I don’t know daddy, it just seemed like the thing to do.” The next day grandpa died. The father thought it was a strange coincidence.

A few months later the father put the girl to bed and listened to her prayers which went like this, “God bless Mommy, God Bless Daddy and good-bye Grandma.” The next day the grandmother died. “Holy crap” thought the father, “this kid is in contact with ‘the other side’.” Continue reading ‘Joke Of The Week’

Café Racers: Speed, Style, and Ton-Up Culture. The Absolute Reference Book.

CafeRacer1Caferacer2If you didn’t visit Paul d’Orleans’ and Michael Lichter’s exhibition in Sturgis last year, and even if you did, the just released hardcover book “Cafe Racers, Speed, Style and Ton Up Culture” is a must own if you like the Café Racers genre. 224 pages of rich photography by Michael Lichter complemented by the writing of passionate moto-history expert Paul d’Orleans make this book the new reference regarding a motorcycling movement and style born in the 50’s and to this day still inspiring custom builders and manufacturers around the world.

After giving the definitive answer to the question “What Is A Cafe Racer”, d’Orleans takes you through decades of Café Racer evolution to the recent comeback of this motorcycling movement in America, each step being illustrated by Lichter’s portraiture of  many of the best,  fastest and most beautiful ton-up machines ever built on each side of the Atlantic. Order at Café Racers: Speed, Style, and Ton-Up Culture


New S&S EZ Fuel Injection Loader. Do It Yourself And Save.

sssuperchipsYou no longer need to invest in an expensive fuel injection tuning device or spend tons of money on costly Dyno tuning. For under $200 you can own the S&S EZ Loader that allows you to select and load S&S Cycle developed and Dyno proven tune files into your ECM. These calibrations were developed exclusively for S&S Step 1 (intake & exhaust) and Step 2 (Cams) Proven Performance® products.

The S&S EZ Loader is simple to use, and as your bike evolves through the S&S ‘Steps’ process, you can easily change the calibration to match your configuration.  Start with Step 1: for example the S&S Stealth air cleaner and Super Sidewinder 2-into1 exhaust. Use the S&S EZ Loader to select the parts, then the calibration, load it and go.  Down the road when you are looking for more power, move to Step 2 and install a set of S&S MR103 cams, select the calibration that matches, load it and ride!

The S&S EZ Loader comes with a USB cable and instructions, and is pre-loaded with all available S&S Step 1 & 2 calibration files (at time of production). Calibrations and firmware stored on the device can be updated anytime online*. Check out S&S Cycle EZ Loader for more details. (Designed for race use only, and not legal for use on emissions controlled vehicles) Continue reading ‘New S&S EZ Fuel Injection Loader. Do It Yourself And Save.’

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-news2015 Harley-Davidson Lineup Will See The Return Of A Fully Updated Road Glide And The Introduction Of A New Trike Model. Absent in the 2014 model year lineup, the Harley-Davidson Road Glide is set to make a return as a 2015 model with important styling revisions. A very popular model with the Street Glide, the Road Glide is returning with a fairing still mounted on the frame (by opposition to the Street Glide where fairing is mounted on the forks), but fully redesigned with LED dual headlight and ergonomics to reduce helmet buffeting and “beard lift”. The new 2015 Road Glide will integrate many of the features introduced with the 2014 Harley Touring Rushmore models. A new trike with a more naked look and probably called “The Freewheeler” should also be unveiled. The 2015 full lineup will be introduced at the H-D Dealers meeting August 25-28.

The Ride To Indian And Victory 2015 Model Year Reveal Has Began. In 3 weeks, both brands are going to officially release their new models. As far as I know the news are going to be very exciting. Indian will deliver tiny bits of information on July 12, 19 and 27 with a reveal in Sturgis (and here in my website) August 2nd. Stay tuned for a summer full of news.

July Is The Cruelest Month For Motorcycle Riders. July had the most motorcycle accidents of any month in 2013 according to five years of data compiled by Progressive insurance. Ohio-based Progressive, the largest seller of motorcycle insurance, said the data also showed that Mondays had the most motorcycle claims and thefts of any day of the week. That may be because the incidents that took place over the weekend were not processed or reported until the start of the work week. Scott Hall, Progressive’s motorcycle product manager, said bikers should pay close attention to their surroundings to spot any potentially dangerous situations. “Particularly in heavily-wooded areas with animals and at intersections,” Hall said. “Be cognizant of riding in blind spots of cars and trucks since you’re so much lower to the ground,” he said. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’

Breaking News. CEO Of S&S Cycle George B. Smith Retires. Becomes Chairman Emeritus.

George2014Effective July 15, 2014 George B. Smith (71), current Chairman of the Board and CEO of S&S Cycle, will retire from regular involvement and become Chairman Emeritus. In his new role, he will continue to work with the S&S Cycle Board of Directors on strategic initiatives and other critical issues. With Smith’s retirement John McGinnis, an S&S Board Director since 2007 and Vice-Chairman the past three years, has been elected Chairman of the Board effective on that date. Smith has been working closely with McGinnis on many significant projects which have prepared McGinnis for a smooth transition. In addition to his S&S Cycle Board involvement, Mr. McGinnis has been President of successful businesses and serves on several other company Boards.

George J. Smith and his wife Marjorie A. Smith (maiden name also Smith) founded the business in 1958 and moved it to Viola, Wisconsin in 1969. George B., oldest of second generation Smith children, joined the business in 1979 and became President following his father’s untimely and sudden passing in August of 1980. After becoming President, he led the effort to see S&S become the leader in the v-twin motorcycle performance market, earning V-Twin Magazine’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2013 for his contribution to the marketplace. Mr. Smith has been a member of the Board for 35 years and Chairman since 2002. Continue reading ‘Breaking News. CEO Of S&S Cycle George B. Smith Retires. Becomes Chairman Emeritus.’

Dottie Is Ready To Ride Coast To Coast In The 2014 Cannonball Endurance Run

dottie1dottie2The Cannonball Endurance Run has already proven that antique motorcycles can be put to the ultimate test of being ridden coast to coast across the United States.

The 2014 edition will start September 5 from Daytona Beach, FL for a 2-week 4150 miles ride arriving September 21 in Tacoma, WA. And, as you can imagine, all riders and crew have worked very hard at preparing their pre-1937 machines.

Among the participants, Dottie Mattern who will turn 70 this year and one of only four female contestants in the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball, who just has taken delivery of her 1936 Indian Scout that she has owned since 1986. The bike was returned to like-new condition by a team of Antique Motorcycle Club of America members who are dedicated to seeing her successfully complete the Cannonball while raising money for charitable causes. Continue reading ‘Dottie Is Ready To Ride Coast To Coast In The 2014 Cannonball Endurance Run’




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