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Motorcycle Reliability And Owner Satisfaction. A Survey By “Consumer Reports”

survey1Faithful to its mission to empower consumers with the knowledge they need to make better and more informed choices, Consumer Reports just published the results of a new study on to find out two things: how reliable top-selling brands are in terms of frequency of repair and how happy those brands make their owners.

survey2survey3Let’s not forget that reliability and satisfaction are not necessarily tied together. Breaking down on the open road is an unpleasant experience that all bikers prefer to avoid, so choosing a brand more reliable than most will tilt the odds of buying this brand. But there are many other factors contributing to a motorcycle owner happiness. The survey was conducted on Consumer Reports subscribers who reported on more than 12,300 motorcycles from model years 2008 to 2014. For repairs, mileage driven was adjusted over a 12-month period with repair rates estimated for 4-year-old models without a service contract.

The most important results are this survey are: Continue reading ‘Motorcycle Reliability And Owner Satisfaction. A Survey By “Consumer Reports”’


Progressive Suspension “Spring Into Spring” Promotion. Buy A Set Of 444 or 944 Series Shocks. Get A Free Set Of Progressive Rate Fork Springs (stock Or Lowered)

1progressive2progressiveIf you purchase a set of Progressive Suspension 444 or 944 Series Shocks between April 1st to April 30th, 2015, you will score a FREE se of their progressive rate fork springs (stock length or lowered). Click HERE for more info and fill out the redemption form to receive your FREE Set Of Fork Springs.

3progressiveThe 944 SERIES is for ultra touring and ultra low shocks. 944 ULTRA TOURING: Specifically designed to deliver a comfortable ride at a 1″ lowered stance. Built around our latest FST technology, The Ultra Touring shocks utilize all the suspension travel provided by the full length units, but in a 1″ lowered ride height. The unique Ultra Touring spring combination not only delivers a lowered ride height while its being ridden, but also while it’s on the side stand. The 944 ULTRA LOW: Just like the name implies, this is the lowest version of our 944 Series shocks. Designed to sit 2” lower than a stock HD Touring model and provide the best ride a short shock can!

The 444 SERIES SHOCKS feature the Frequency Sensing Technology (FST) for its unique ability to dynamically adjust damping as you ride. The result is superior performance no matter the road conditions. A top mount threaded preload adjuster allows for fine tuning with a simple twist of the cap.

The Progressive Rate Springs have been chosen to reduce front end “dive” during braking, yet still provide excellent ride comfort. They offer the advantage of a rising rate resistance to compression. The benefit of this is that the spring can be soft enough at the start of the travel to offer a “plush” ride, yet be firm enough at the end of the travel to soak up the big bumps. Some applications are offered in Heavy Duty and Standard Versions.

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Custom 1975 Honda CB750. Jay Leno Rode It And Loved It.

TitanRebuilt by Gasser Customs in the spirit of the Hot Rods & Gassers of the 1950’s & 60’s but with some modern technology.Hheavy frame mods for added strength and functionality.

The engine has been bored up to an 836cc with a twin carb set-up and has various other Go Fast mods giving the ability to don the ton and then some. Front end comes from a 1984 VF750F,  GC triple tree.

One-off Brat style seat and custom battery box & electronics re-located under the new 3″ extended aluminum swing arm. A very cool 40-year old bike.

And if you are interested it’s for sale. Call: 213-437-6316. See it in action in this video.

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Ural Sidecar Motorcycle Company. Did You Know?

1ural2uralYou know that Ural sidecars are made for rocks, mud, snow and rivers. They will not take you fast to your destination, but they will take you to impossible places.

Ural sidecar motorcycles are built since 1941 in Siberia, Russia. Originally they were destined to be used as battle bikes for the Soviet Red Army. They are still built, in very limited quantity  (about 1000 units) by Irbit MotorWorks Factory (IMZ) in Irbit, Russia. At one time, the factory was manufacturing more than 132,000 sidecars a year.

Ural sidecars are modeled after a late-model 1930s BMW R71 sidecar motorcycle although no one seems to know for sure the story of how the Russians got the engineering.  One story is that Nazi Germany provided the Soviet Union an R71 after the countries signed a nonaggression pact in 1939. Another story is that the Soviets bought several R71s through another country and Soviet engineers took the bikes apart and reverse engineered them for production in Russia.

IMZ was privatized in the early 1990s, so has no relation with the Russian government. In 2000, a group of Russian entrepreneurs led by Ilya Khait bought the brand, keeping the manufacturing in Irbit, Russia, but moved the headquarters in Redmond, near Seattle. Irbit MotorWorks of America, Inc, or Ural IMWA for short, imports and distributes the Ural sidecars in the United States. Continue reading ‘Ural Sidecar Motorcycle Company. Did You Know?’


Sudco Keihin FCR39/41 Carburetor Kits For Ducati 750/900 SuperSport, Monsters.

Sudco_Ducati_Keihin_FCR_Carbs864Keihin FCR Carburetors are acknowledged as some of the leading carburetors in 4-stroke motorcycle road racing. Sudco International offers Keihin FCR 39mm and 41mm Performance Carburetor Kits for Ducati’s popular 1992 to 2002 air-cooled L-twin Desmodromic valve engines found in the 750/900 Super Sport and 900 Monster models.

The Kits include a pair of Keihin FCR carburetors with tuned velocity stacks for track use, or a K&N High-Flow Street Filter, and all necessary installation components including dual throttle cables, a twist throttle assembly if needed, and fuel line for an easy bolt-on installation. The carburetors come pre-jetted for your particular application and ready to run. Sudco can also provide optional jetting if needed to match other engine modifications. Complete Kits are retail priced from $892.50 to $1,002.75.

For additional information and to order, contact your local motorcycle parts dealer or Sudco International 310-637-8330

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The Ironhead Sportster With A Divorced Tranny

1Ironhead2Ironhead3Ironhead4IronheadThe Sportster line, the Harley-Davidson XL family, is produced continuously since 1957. The 1957-1986 Ironhead model (so named because of the cast iron cylinder heads) is a favorite of many builders into retro bikes restoration or customization. But truth is that it is not often an easy bike to work on. And if you are an amateur builder, it may take you a lot of time, a few headaches and most of your spare coins.

5Ironhead6IronheadDid you say pain in the butt clutch & transmission? Cut the tumor. Keep the damn good engine. Divorce the blown out tranny and replace it by a Big Twin model! It’s the solution for a healthy and reliable Ironhead Sportster as proposed by the duo of Russ Peterson and Eric “Woody” Sage. The bike that I feature here is the number 1 of a kit they call the “Shortsters” (not a typo) for professional customizers who want to combine the best of both worlds. The beauty of an Ironhead engine with the reliability of a Big Twin gearbox. Continue reading ‘The Ironhead Sportster With A Divorced Tranny’

Arlen Ness Front Brake Calipers For Indian Models

IndianClassic1-VI_3202_00L2-VI_3203_00LThese replacement brake housings will fit 2014-up Indian models (except Scouts) and all 2010 & up Victory models (except Vision) Only front applications, available for right and left side. Available in chrome or black. Includes seals and instructions (replacement seals must be purchased separately. Made in the USA. MSRP $249.95. At Arlen Ness.

Discovery Channel Unveils A New Series About Harley-Davidson

William-S-HarleyArthur-Davidson-SrRich Ross, the new Chief of the Discovery Channel, unveiled new programming for season 2015-2016. Among the new tv shows, a scripted series about the history of Harley-Davidson. Based on a true story, the series will tell how Milwaukee schoolyard pals William S. Harley (left) and Arthur Davidson (right) built and rode the machines, then the company. Beginning at the turn of the 20th century, at the shores of Lake Michigan, this mini-series charts the birth of Harley-Davidson during a time of great social and technological change. Full of spectacular crashes, family feuds, inspired engineering and strokes of genius, this epic story is about how two 19-year-old kids from Milwaukee started a company in their backyard that would go on to become an American legend.

Allstate Motorcycle Chopper Story Presented By J&P Cycles Exhibit

1choppperThe exhibition will be opening June 20 at National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.The National Motorcycle Museum is assembling the first-ever exhibit comprehensively documenting the evolution of the American Custom Motorcycle; the cut-downs, bob-jobs, show bikes and choppers, from the late 1920s to the mid-’70s. Opening in June 2015, the Allstate Motorcycle Chopper Story presented by J&P Cycles exhibit will include only period-built bikes, plus related artwork, memorabilia, film posters and photos, plus contemporary artwork commissioned for the show.

2choppperThe long history of choppers is a uniquely American story, akin to Rock ‘n Roll in its cultural impact and global influence. The National Motorcycle Museum has located over 20 great but typical period custom motorcycles for the show.

“We put the word out to try and locate period builds, and the results have been good. Many original paint machines, some pretty outrageous, built in the 60’s and 70’s, were saved “as-is” and are still out there. They will be part of the show,” says Paul d’Orleans, guest curator for the exhibit. Continue reading ‘Allstate Motorcycle Chopper Story Presented By J&P Cycles Exhibit’

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-newsA Tesla Motorcycle? Last Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted mysterious news. He revealed in his tweet that Tesla is working on a new product, which isn’t a car and will be made public on Thursday 8pm, April 30 in Hawthorne Design Studio. Analysts were quick to share their perspectives regarding the announcement. They guessed it will be a new home battery but some suggested that Musk is talking about motorcycle. Tesla would easily buy a company of electric motorcycles (Zero?) or build one. So, we will know on April 30th.

Indian Motorcycle® Announced Partnership With the United Service Organizations (USO), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing programs, services and live entertainment to the U.S. troops and their families worldwide. Indian Motorcycle joins the USO as an Official Partner, which will help the USO support our nation’s men and women in uniform, throughout every step of their military journey. “Indian Motorcycle has a proud track record of supporting U.S. troops dating back to WWI and WWII,” said Steve Menneto, vice president of motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Our year-long partnership is a celebration of those who currently serve and those who have served our country. We look forward to engaging our dealers, Indian Motorcycle Riders’ Group and celebrity partners of the brand in our work with the USO.” In celebration of this new partnership, Indian Motorcycle will donate $100,000 to the USO in connection with its newly released, limited edition Mark Wahlberg Collection of apparel to the USO in April and May. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’

April is “Check Your Helmet” Month. Guidelines From Harley-Davidson

1Helmet2HelmetA research by Harley-Davidson shows that nearly 80 percent of all Harley and competitive motorcycle owners and passengers wear a helmet every time they ride. April is “Check Your Helmet” month and a great time to ensure your helmet delivers the protection that you expect. The company reminds you the industry guidelines to maximize your margin of safety. The suggestions include:

1- Helmets should be replaced every 3-5 years, according to DOT and Snell Foundation guidelines. Over time, exposure to UV rays combined with the aging of adhesives and components damage a helmet’s protective qualities.

2- helmet is designed for only one impact and should be replaced even if you can’t see any external damage. Dropping a helmet counts as an impact.

3Helmet4Helmet3- Proper fit is vital to a helmet’s effectiveness. A well-fitting helmet should rest one inch above your eyebrows and shouldn’t roll forward or sideways on your head. See your local dealer for assistance with helmet fit and care. Continue reading ‘April is “Check Your Helmet” Month. Guidelines From Harley-Davidson’

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BDL Chain Drive Primary Kit For Softail Models Now Includes Competitor Clutch Mechanism

1BDLThe popular CDC-1-90 chain drive primary kit for 1990-2006 Softail models by Belt Drives Ltd. is now sold with BDL’s Competitor Clutch. Developed for street and high performance applications the Competitor provides instantaneous and absolute transfer of power to the rear wheel with a smooth, comfortable lever.

A patented 7-plate Kevlar clutch provides at least 60% more clutch surface than stock and the 9-spring pressure plate provides varying spring pressure needed for use with both stock and highly modified engines. This unique plate allows you to simply add or subtract springs to achieve the tension that is appropriate for your bike and riding style. Continue reading ‘BDL Chain Drive Primary Kit For Softail Models Now Includes Competitor Clutch Mechanism’

Government Trying To Establish New Regulations To Determine What Is A Motorcycle Versus A Car.

SlingshotThe line between what is legally a Motorcycle or a Car is getting blurry with the expansion of a new category of vehicles now called AutoCycles. The difference between a car and a motorcycle seemed to be clear. You sit in a car with 4 wheels and a steering wheel. You sit on a motorcycle with 2 or 3 wheels (2 wheels front or 2 wheels rear), steering with handlebars. What about 3-wheelers with steering wheel. Does a cockpit make a difference in terms of classification? Do you need or not to wear a helmet? What type of license or endorsement do you need to ride/drive? What are the standards relating to headlights, rear view mirrors, tires, braking, etc. Currently, some motorcycle standards are applied to the motorcycle part of the vehicle, with car safety standards applied to the car related parts… Continue reading ‘Government Trying To Establish New Regulations To Determine What Is A Motorcycle Versus A Car.’

Harley-Davidson Burst Collection Trim Rings for Headlamp And Auxiliary Lamps

1Burst-Collection-Headlamp-and-Auxiliary-TrimNail the last detail in a Dark Custom effort with the new Burst Collection Lamp Trim Rings from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories. Both the Burst Headlamp Trim Ring  (P/N 61400149, $139.95) and the Burst Auxiliary Lamp Trim Rings (P/N 61400255, $199.95) feature a rich, black anodized finish that is machined to expose highlights of raw aluminum. Burst Trim Rings are easy to install and complement other accessories from the extensive Burst Collection. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Burst Collection Trim Rings for Headlamp And Auxiliary Lamps’

Why We Ride Films Kicks Off Crowd Funding Campaign for New Documentary “I Am Sturgis”

sturgisYou all know that this year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This summer, an estimated 1,000,000 riders will be making the journey to the Black Hills of South Dakota for this anniversary rally celebration. If ever there was a time to make an epic documentary about this great motorcycle gathering, it is now…

Production Company “Why We Ride Films” (Bryan H. Carroll and producer James Walker) the team that brought you the most award winning motorcycle film of all time “Why We Ride, just kicked off a 60-day Crowd Funding Campaign on Kickstarter for their new motorcycle documentary “I am Sturgis.” You can all help them make this very important movie in becoming one of their backers with a financial pledge with amazing rewards as listed on their Kickstarter Page.

Your pledge will allow them to raise the funds needed to start making this movie and continue their mission (started with “Why We Ride”) of promoting to audiences internationally what is good about motorcycling. You can also support the production by posting in social medias Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Be a part of history by joining Bryan H. Carroll and James Walker as they embark on their next cinematographic journey, making the ultimate film about the legendary history, amazing rides and inspiring people of Sturgis!

Not Justin Bieber. Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Reveals Real Bands Following April Fools Prank.

1BUFFALO-CHIP-GODSMACK-6x4-PROMO2BUFFALO-CHIP-FOGERTY-4x6_PROMOFans of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® can now rest at ease knowing the shocking news delivered early this morning that Justin Bieber would be joining the venue’s 2015 festival lineup was merely an April Fools’ joke. The Buffalo Chip, with my complicity, let the public’s imagination run wild for hours and is now letting the cat out of the bag with the true announcement. John Fogerty, Godsmack and Styx have joined the growing list of superstars slated to entertain music lovers and motorcycle enthusiasts during the upcoming event.

3BUFFALO-CHIP-STYX-6x4-b“We just couldn’t let April Fools’ Day slip by without having a little fun with everyone,” said Buffalo Chip president Rod Woodruff. “Now that we’ve come clean and announced that some true biker favorites will be performing this year, our fans should see we’re prepared to make their 2015 party the best yet. The anticipation for this event has never been more intense, and these three incredible bands only add to the growing excitement.”

Fans attending this year’s 75th motorcycle rally anniversary party at the Chip will get to see lead singer and guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival and successful solo artist John Fogerty rock the Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack Main Stage Wednesday, Aug. 5. Fogerty’s work has earned him a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as the distinction of being named a BMI Icon. The timelessness of Fogerty’s bluesy Southern-fried rock has captivated generations of fans who can look forward to potential live renditions of songs such as “Fortunate Son,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Proud Mary” and “Centerfield” during his Buffalo Chip performance. Continue reading ‘Not Justin Bieber. Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Reveals Real Bands Following April Fools Prank.’

New Crusher™ Maverick 2.5˝ Slip-On Mufflers For Most Harley Models

crusher1crusher2crusher3A new set of 2.5” Slip-On Mufflers from Crusher™, the Performance Division of Küryakyn™, to intensify that classic Harley-Davidson® rumble and upgrade the styling of your Sportster® Dyna® or Softail®.

Unlike many slip-ons for cruisers, the latest addition to Crusher’s flagship Maverick series of performance exhaust products preserves a lean, smooth-flowing appearance from headers through the mufflers for a clean transition that enhances the traditional staggered-dual exhaust look.

The Maverick 2.5˝ Slip-Ons are 100% crafted in the U.S.A. Available in premium high-temp matte black ceramic-coated or chrome-plated steel, these mufflers and heat shields will not succumb to discoloration or bluing. Maintenance-free, high-flow louvered core baffles help generate a unique, full-bodied exhaust note at wide-open throttle, while offering lower decibel levels at cruising speeds. The cutting-edge styling, potent growl and noticeable jump in performance without intake or header upgrades create an unbeatable package at a reasonable price.

Available for ’91-’15 Dynas (except FLD and FXDL), most ’07-’15 Softails*, and all ’04-’15 Sportster models. MSRP: Chrome – $399.99, Black – $449.99. Fiberglass-wrapped steel louvered Sound Reduction Baffles are also available (sold separately, $79.99). More info and full line-up at Crusher.

Breaking News. Justin Bieber To Rock Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2015 Motorcycle and Music Festival.

Justin-BieberThe Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is shocking fans by bringing one of the music industry’s newest and brightest rock stars to the world’s largest music festival in motorcycling in 2015. Grammy-nominated worldwide singing sensation Justin Bieber will take the Chip’s main stage by storm to convert bikers to beliebers with his collection of new alternative rock songs on Aug. 9.

This powerhouse performer’s expanded stage show matches his rockstar reinvention as motorcycle culture bad boy and includes prolific use of pyro-technics, onstage trick burnouts performed on his Ducati and a bevy of beautiful dancers sure to entertain the Chip’s biker audience. Bieber joins the likes of Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Five Finger Death Punch on the main stage roster.

Bieber’s meteoric rise through the pop charts attests to his musical genius, and hits including “Baby,” “Boyfriend” and “Love Me” have earned him millions of fans. He is now using the power of his global brand to bolster his maturing image and the evolution of his music. Bieber’s love of motorcycle culture has greatly influenced not only his look, but also the creation of his new catalog, which fits the hard-rocking image of the Chip and its fans. Continue reading ‘Breaking News. Justin Bieber To Rock Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2015 Motorcycle and Music Festival.’

To Be Paid $26,500 Euros By Harley-Davidson To Tour Europe On a 2015 Street Glide. Already More Than 10,000 Applications!

Discover15_FLHX_AFDream job, adventure of a lifetime. Being paid 25,000 euros ($26,500) to travel through more than 20 countries on some of Europe’s most exciting routes and breathtaking landscapes. The lucky winnerwill ride a 2015 Street Glide that he (she) will keep at the end of the trip.

A professional film crew will accompany the rider on his trip and all together will share their experiences on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as via a dedicated website.

Convinced you could be the winner? Problem is that Harley-Davidson already received more than 10,000 applications for this “Discover More” contest and acknowledges that now they are already taking some time to be able to select a winner at the promised date of April 20th.

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Cabarello 2-Up Seat For Harley Sportster

harleysportsterseatA modern take on the Café racer seat for the Harley Sportster, but comfortable enough for two. The new Caballero 2-Up seat is offered in Classic (shown here) or Diamond stitch patterns or Faux Carbon Fiber. Classic and Diamond models feature Solar Reflective Leather in the seating area, helping keep your seat up to 25°F cooler with higher durability. A 3/16” ABS thermoformed seat base makes for a comfortable ride complete with carpeted bottom to protect your ride paint. Available for all 04-15 XL models, suggested retail price is $309.95 for Classic and Diamond stitch, $259.95 for Faux Carbon Fiber. At your Drag Specialties dealer.

Custom Chrome Europe 2015 Open House

CCE1CCE2CCE3CCE4A new Germany based logistics, distribution (probably the largest warehouse in Europe) and educetion center based in Grolsheim, Germany dedicated exclusively to the needs of servicing and customizing American-made V-Twin motorcycles was the pretext for a huge weekend party to which all Custom Chrome Europe dealers were invited. The event included the introduction by CCE’s General Manager Andreas Scholz of the new 2015 “Bolt On and Ride“ motorcycles, of a new 2015 catalog and the launch of a new designed CCE website.

CCE5CCE6The CCE Open House will be soon followed by a sophisticated seminar program to educate CCE dealers on the challenges presented by the latest HD model changes. CCE‘s objective is not just to sell custom v-twin parts but to take on the challenges presented by an ever-more complicated combination of motorcycle models to which are added installation/homologation issues that request the need for dealers to be constantly informed and trained. Continue reading ‘Custom Chrome Europe 2015 Open House’




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