Not far from the Bonneville Salts where the Speed Trials are going to begin this Sunday August 24, a museum/gallery with a vintage motorcycle workshop that I recommend you pay a visit to. In a superb building, owner Of Legends Motorcycles Rick Salibury has turned his lifelong passion for vintage motorcycles into a full-time business with a fantastic vintage showroom for his collection of bikes (original condition Indians and Harleys including an extremely rare Indian “Despatch Tow” with original paint and quite a number of American brands you may have never heard of) and motorcycle art (Jeff Decker’s giant and small scalebronzes, David Uhl’s, Scott Jacobs and Tom Fritz’s original paintings, etc) Motographer H. Roesler was on location and took these pictures to make sure you don’t forget to make a pit stop on your way to or back from Bonneville or Vegas or… The address is Legends Motorcycles, 1715 West 500 South, Springville, Utah 84663 (I-15, Exit 260)
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Not surprisingly, I receive daily a flurry of emails , mostly technical questions, regarding the all-new 2015 Indian Scout. You want to know more about the engine and 6-speed transmission. So, let me summarize again the available info, followed by some CAD renderings that Indian Motorcycle graciously provided to me.
The 2015 Indian Scout is powered by an all-new, in-house designed and proprietary 69 cubic inch V-twin engine that combines all the design, power and reliability elements that made the original Scouts unbeatable and mates it with state-of-the-art components and modern technologies for smooth, flawless power throughout the power band:
- Liquid-cooled design for 100 HP of power, along with enhanced durability and reliability
- Out of respect for the legendary Scouts of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, the 2015 Scout carries forward classic engine design cues with purposeful styling that intends to honor both form and function
- Closed loop fuel injection and drive-by-wire throttle actuation mated to a 6-speed overdrive transmission for peak torque of 72 ft./lbs. of torque at 5900 RPM
Displacement: 69 cu in
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Electronic Fuel Injection System: Closed loop fuel injection / 60 mm bore
Drive/Driven Clutch: Wet, Multi-Plate
Transmission/Primary Drive: Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Horsepower (HP): 100 (74.7 kW) Peak Torque (J1349 ft-lbs): 72.2 ft-lbs. (97.7 Nm)
Peak Torque RPM: 5900 rpm.
Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons With Wife Cris To Participate In 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. September 5-21.Published by Cyril Huze August 22nd, 2014 in Builders, Editorial and Events.
I will be on location in Daytona Beach September 5th for the start of the 2014 Cannonball, a coat to coast 4000+ mile endurance run, this year reserved to pre-1937 motorcycles. Among the participants, many friends, including for the 1st time in the run Pat Simmons, a founding member of the Doobie Brothers and a long time motorcycle enthusiast. He will join his wife Cris who already participated and successfully completed the 2010 Cannonball run. The couple will ride, respectively, a 1934 and 1929 Harley-Davidson. During the event, Cris Sommer-Simmons, a well-known author and member of the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Anamosa Iowa, of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Westerville, Ohio, and of the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, will be raising money for “Stand Up To Cancer” in honor of her son, Pat Jr., who battled testicular cancer last year and now is cancer free.
This year Patrick Simmons will be riding a 1929 Harley-Davidson JD, nick-named “Norge” because of its similar blue color to Norge refrigerators once popular in the 1950s. As for Cris’ choice, she explains, “My bike “Buddy” is a 1934 Harley-Davidson, named after it’s previous owner, well-known Hollywood stunt man Bud Ekins. Pat bought the bike from Bud many years ago and I stole it from Pat in 1993, vowing to ride it ‘someday’.” Continue reading ‘Doobie Brother Patrick Simmons With Wife Cris To Participate In 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. September 5-21.’
At the Bandit9 Shop, Bandit Chief Daryl Villanueva will tell you that he doesn’t and will never play by the rules followed by most custom builders. He works without any constraint – certainly not any from clients – his professional joy being to create kinetic art and to build moving sculptures.
His latest work is called The Bishop, a 125 CC Honda featuring an aluminum unibody, a gas tank with side panels made of either walnut, oak or teak, a custom exhaust & muffler, a custom suspension a charcoal grey suede seat, an electric starter, and LED brake lights encased in quartz glass. Villanueva will build only 9 of those and it will cost you about $6900, plus shipping from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where Bandit9 Studio is located. More info at Bandit9.
The Lucas motto: “Get home before dark.”
Lucas denies having invented darkness. But they still claim “sudden, unexpected darkness”
Lucas–inventor of the first intermittent wiper.
Lucas–inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.
The three-position Lucas switch–DIM, FLICKER and OFF.
The other three switch settings–SMOKE, SMOLDER and IGNITE.
Lucas dip-switch positions: LOW and BLOW (Bruce Miller, www.hermit.cc)
The original anti-theft devices–Lucas Electric products.
“I’ve had a Lucas pacemaker for years and have never experienced any prob…
If Lucas made guns, wars would not start either.
Did you hear about the Lucas powered torpedo? It sank.
It’s not true that Lucas, in 1947, tried to get Parliament to repeal Ohm’s Law. They withdrew their efforts when they met too much resistance.
Did you hear the one about the guy that peeked into a Land Rover and asked the owner “How can you tell one switch from another at night, since they all look the same?” “He replied, it doesn’t matter which one you use, nothing happens!”
Back in the ’70s Lucas decided to diversify its product line and began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. It was the only product they offered which didn’t suck. Continue reading ‘A Few jokes About The Lucas Lights.’
Aa car driver changes its lane of travel (turn signal is on only when maneuver starts). At full speed, a motorcyclist hits the car from behind, his body being thrown in the air, flipping above the car for a perfect landing on the roof. Shot in Russia, a country with great reputation for gymnastics. Maybe some will deduct 1 point or 2 for a slight slip at landing…
Following the retirement of Dave Miller who was the President since 2003, Alex Josefson, grandson of founder Robert H. Wehman and son of Thomas Josefson and Barbara Wehman Josefson, both current vice presidents, has been named President of Intercontinental Lubricants Inc., the parent company of Spectro Oils. Also joining the management are Alex Josefson bothers Chris 24 and Mike, 22.
“While we know we have much to learn, we are all buffs and race fans, enjoy anything with a motor and have spent virtually our entire lives connected to Spectro. We work well together, have seen the success of the Spectro focus on quality and engineered excellence, and will work hard to not only maintain but build our unique and special brand” says Alex Josefson.
Building from tho ground up or customizing. It’s worth your time checking the new 52-page catalog just released by Hawg Halters. A wide range of made in the USA products from brakes, to wheels, to handlebars, to raked triple trees to front ends to bagger nacelles and conversion kits. You can see the catalog online, print or download and save it, make a product search and bookmark it. Just Go to Hawg Halters Catalog.
As expected, the custom motorcycle industry is seriously focusing on creating after-market accessories for the new Indian models. Vendors who have seen the Scout in Sturgis tell me that can’t wait to get one to see what they can create for it.
For the Chief, many custom accessories are already available in complement of those offered by Indian Motorcycle. Paul Aiken from Aeromach noticed that the Chief he bought (one of the first available) didn’t have a heel shift lever.
Knowing that many Chief riders come from Harley-Davidson and are accustomed to gear shifting with their heel, he created his own heel shift lever although the new Chiefs now are equipped with one. Make your choice. Aeromach.
Polaris Industries To Add 300 Jobs To Support Indian Motorcycle Sales. 300 more people are expected to be hired at its Spirit Lake, Iowa plant that already employs more than 700. The company expects strong demand for all its models, especially for the new lower priced Indian Scout launched in Sturgis August 2nd that you can already pre-order for delivery to your dealer before end of the year.
New 2015 Harley-Davidson Models. In less than 10 days we will know what is Harley-Davidson full models lineup for 2015. But listing of those new motorcycles approved by the Air Resources Board as being in conformity to engine and emission rules, tells us which 2015 models will make their debut. They are: An Electra Glide Ultra Limited Low. An Electra Ultra Limited. An Ultra Limited Shrine Edition. A CVO Road Glide Ultra. A CVO Street Glide. A CVO Ultra Limited.
400,000 Electric Motorcycles To Be Manufactured To help Reduce Iran’s Tehran Air Pollution. The Iran Fuel Conservation Company (IFcC)has a plan to get 400,000 motorcycles that use gasoline off the road and to replace them with 400,000 electric motorcycles, saying, “Due to incomplete combustion, some motorcycles pollute the air four times as much as automobiles. A manufacturer will receive $300 for each electric motorbike it produces and sells. Once the plan is implemented, only electric motorcycles will be allowed on the streets of central Tehran.
If you live or travel close by, the Harley-Davidson Museum is the place to be this coming Labor Day weekend, when it hosts its annual Custom Bike Show Weekend that kicks off at Bike Night on Thursday, Aug. 28, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 31. The highlights of the weekend are two of some of the largest custom bike shows held during the year that showcase the best customized motorcycles from across the country. Access is free to the public.
“Our annual Custom Bike Show Weekend puts customization at center stage,” said Bill Davidson, Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum. “Visitors will see motorcycles that can only be described as rolling sculptures, and they will also enjoy the amazing work of the custom culture artisans who will be here. We look forward to hosting this event every Labor Day weekend.”
Additional highlights for 2014 Custom Bike Show Weekend: Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Museum® Celebrates Motorcycle Art At Annual Custom Bike Show Weekend’
Built from thick aluminum (Heavy gauge 6061 T-6), precision die-stamped & CNC laser cut.
The Tsunami fender can be bolted-on directly to your Sportster in place of the factory one. Of course, you will have to cut the Harley struts. Fits all Sportsters from 1994 to 2003. Available in raw aluminum ($199.95), and black or grey anodizing over sandblasted aluminum ($249.95) for that factory-finish look. Of course, can be painted. At LowBrow Customs or call toll free 1-855-4LOWBROW.
Join your Indian Motorcycle dealer in the the United States as he celebrates the Scout’s First Run with an event near you. Check the calendar of events to find out when you will be able to see the all-new 2015 Indian Scout and demo ride it. Just go to Scout First Run Tour. You can also reserve your Scout at this time to receive limited time offers, including receiving an industry leading 5 Years of Coverage and a special commemorative Owner Kit.
Of interest for all my European readers, the Custom Chrome Europe 12th annual bike show of Lake Faak is set for September 6th. The event is a showcase of some of the world’s best custom bikes and this year, thanks to the sponsoring of S&S Cycles, Küryakyn and DHL Global Forwarding there will be more trophies and money prizes given by CCE. In addition, the voted 2 best creations will be invited to the big Motor Bike Expo of Verona, Italy. The Custom Chrome International Bike Show Series classes are: Championship, Modified Harley, Jammer Old School, RevTech-Performance, Chopper, Bagger and Sportster-Engine. Custom bikes are voted by an international panel of judges and of journalists. The entry for the bike show will open at on on Saturday September 6th after the famous parade around the lake. Winners will be announced at starting at 3.30 p.m. All bikes must be ridden to the event. A total of 7 CCE “Bold And Ride” customs will be displayed during the event. More info at Custom Chrome Europe. (photo 2013 Championship Class Winner “Unbreakable“ by Thunderbike)
There are many situations in which you want to easily, quickly and safely move data, pictures, videos from iPhones, iPads and iPod touches (sorry Android users) to your PC without the need for Internet, wireless networks and without the Cloud where hackers and others (e.g. 3rd party server operators) may gain access.
This clever gadget is the first flash drive to feature a USB port on one end and a Apple-certified Lightning connector on the other, letting you use a companion application for moving files to and from, as well as play media straight from the drive. It’s like a 21st century Zip drive. iStick.
During the 74th Sturgis rally, the launch party and demo rides of the all-new 2015 Indian Scout have overshadowed all other manufacturer’s activities. To pull off that coup, as Indian did last year with the re-introduction of the Chief model, the company leveraged the Indian brand cachet, mixing the Scout’s rich heritage with up-to-date technology to produce a contemporary yet classic model destined to be the best in its mid-size motorcycle eclass.
Because it is the first truly new Indian Scout in more than 70 years, all industry professionals and bikers had high expectations and very strong ideas about the way the all-new Scout should look and perform. Since Polaris bought the Indian brand 3 years ago, Polaris designers and engineers have respectfully listened to all opinions to eventually lean deliberately toward a contemporary design with classic inspiration, privileging innovation for performance, exactly in the spirit of what made the Scout models (Scout 101 of 1928 to 1831, Scout 741 of 1943 and Sport and Junior Scout of 1934 to 1942) the most storied bikes of all time.
Is it the right approach? I think so, because if still active in 2014, the original Hendee Manufacturing Company – renamed later Indian Motorcycle Manufacruring company (1901-1953) -would certainly not reproduce its own pre-1953 designs, but would create very modern, fast, light, precise and nimble motorcycles, just incorporating some of their own iconic features to preserve the brand DNA.
So, what are these classic features that inspired the new Indian Scout clean sheet design? Just look at a 1920’s Scout. In case you didn’t notice at first glance, the new Scout incorporates a contemporary interpretation of some of the original v-twin engine,then the classic“triangle” frame geometry, the clutch cover design, the structural ribbing and finning, the parallel pushrod machining, the gear cluster, the front fender, the solo seat, the gas tank, the headlight, etc. But because we are in 2014, the new Scout got premium features designed for superb on-road performance. Among them, a brand new in-house designed proprietary 60-degree 69 ci, 100 hp, 72 ft-lbs torque, DOHC 4 valve, liquid cooled engine; a very light weight of 558 lbs (wet) thanks to a cast aluminum frame; a dual-shock suspension with extreme rake to imitate the 20’s Scout hard tail lines; a low seat position, the lowest in its class at 25.3” from ground.
As a rider, my comfort zone gravitates around the middle weight cruiser. So, I was excited at the idea to be one of the first journalists to road test what was promised to me as being a motorcycle offering a superior riding experience thanks to power, balance and comfort. First, let me say that the 2015 Scout is a small package, but not as small as it may look on pictures. Seen from the side or standing on it, shape means “time to go fast.” Seated, my 6ft frame’s reach to foot controls and handlebars felt right. Indian has conceived ergonomics in stock version for riders 5.4” to 6” and 5.0” to 6.4” when customizing with Scout after-market accessories. Continue reading ‘All-New 2015 Indian Scout. Love At First Ride.’
The DOT approved H-4 Bulb has twice the illumination of a standard sealed beam. CNC machined with a billet housing and bezel.
Designed to match the RSD Tracker and Chrono lines. Mounting hardware included (3/4” wide mount for a 3/8″ bolt)
Offered in chrome, Black Ops and Contrast Cut. $474.95. Roland Sands Design.
A kit to turn a Harley V-Rod into a reverse trike in about 4 hours for a budget of $5000.00? The idea seems to interest unite a few Harley dealers and bikers in the USA and abroad. I guess aging V-Rod riders.
The idea and conception (2 front wheels) comes from John Kroening from Wisconsin based Superior Design. No frame modification is required. Another version is promised for Harley-Davidson touring bikes (FL frame) The company expects to make its Scorpion trike kit available in the Spring of 2015. It will be dealer installed or shipped directly to the customer for self-installation. Scorpion Trikes.
Being a Floridian, I could not miss the festivities of this Saturday morning August 16 at the West Palm Beach PGA National Resort & Spa from where a caravan of motorcyclists and accompanying exotic car drivers departed for a 1,900-mile ride through the Middle-Atlantic States and into New England to benefit athletes of the Special Olympics. The Dream Ride raises awareness and funds for the athletic accomplishments of those with intellectual disabilities Enthusiasm for motorsports and helping those with intellectual disabilities inspired grocery magnate Michael Bozzuto, from Bozzuto’s Inc., to organize the Dream Ride, a 13-year old New England event that extends now to Florida for its second year. Bozutto told me that he is has already raised close to $1,000.000 with a series of events he organized this year on the east coast. Ex Florida Congressman and Fox contributor Allen West (R) joined the ride. Continue reading ‘Dream Ride Kickoff Sends Riders Off On 1,900-Mile Trip to Benefit Special Olympics’
As a reminder, ACCEL Stealth SuperCoils eliminate the need For ignition wires by mounting Coils Directly to the spark plugs. The system is an easy cosmetic upgrade for a custom and clean Appearance and requires no cutting or wires splicing. In addition the Accel Stealth Supercoil delivers up to 20% more voltage than the oem ignition coil for quicker engine starting and better throttle response.
ACCEL’s Stealth SuperCoils for Sportsters will be available Fall 2014, joining the Twin-Cam applications already available. First introduced in late-2013 for Harley-Davidson Twin-Cam engines, in addition to the flat black and natural aluminum finishes, the Sportster Stealth SuperCoils will be offered in flat black with polished aluminum edges. Continue reading ‘ACCEL Expands Stealth Supercoil Applications To Harley-Davidson Sportsters’
With multiple world records set at last year’s internationally attended Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, Bonhams is pleased to announce a very extensive and impressive foundation of early consignments for its fifth annual sale scheduled for Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at Bally’s Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Bonhams is now inviting consignments of important motorcycles to fill the limited spaces available alongside these great collections.
From the legendary Silverman Museum Racing collection are two confirmed highlights – although, in reality, all bikes from this famed stable are highlights – a 1971 Ducati Desmo 450 “Silver Shotgun” and 1995 Ducati Supermono. Created at the zenith of Ducati’s final years of single production, this Desmo 450 is the most powerful and most preferred first run of Silver Shotgun bikes. Sexy, lithe and enduringly classic, the powerful Italian café racer is also very uncommon in America due to period distribution challenges. And the innovative Supermono racer, with only 67 examples built in its three-year period, is even rarer and arguably one of the most collectible models of the Bologna marque. Regarded as a pioneering sensation, the lightweight, compact and blistering fast Supermono was the single most competitive motorcycle in its class and provided a strong design influence for the world championship-winning 916 that would succeed it. Continue reading ‘Bonhams To Auction Motorcycles From Dennis Hopper Estate, Peter Fonda And Silverman Racing Museum’
Denim Jeans. Summertime Blues. Rivet-less pockets to prevent unwanted scuffs on your bike seat. Longer belt loops fto accommodate wider belts. V-shaped center back loop to prevent belts from creeping above the waistband. That’s why Harley that its jeans are moto-friendly.
So, dress for the destination and the journey this summer with new denim styles from Harley-Davidson MotorClothes®. The expanded line of men’s denim now offers two new styles in a variety of washes, waist size and inseam. Highlights include a slimmer fit, darker washes and features developed specifically to address the rigors of riding.
1- The new men’s Modern Straight Jeans (P/N 99003-15VM, $60) are constructed from 13.2-oz., 100 percent cotton denim in the classic five-pocket style. Moto-friendly features include new rivetless pockets that prevent unwanted scuffs to motorcycle seats, while new back pockets are more durable and less likely to tear., and the he left-side coin pocket adds riding convenience with left-hand accessibility. The Modern Straight cut offers straight legs, a slight taper to the ankle and a fit that sits just below the natural waist. Available at most H-D dealerships and at www.h-d.com/store in Light or Dark Indigo with slight distressing, in waist sizes 32-40 in. with 30, 32 or 34-in. inseams. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Launches New Moto-Friendly Denim Jeans For Men’
RC Components released the Patriot Series to commemorate the services of our military men and women. In their honor RC Components has made a commitment to contribute up to $25,000 to select Veterans Service Organizations within the next 12 months.
The Patriot Series wheel lineup features 3 clean and unique wheel designs; Sniper, Eagle and Trigger, which are sure to give your bike that custom look you have always dreamed of and at a very reasonable price that fits your budget. The Patriot Series is competitively priced at $995.00 for standard 16”-21” wheel sizes and available in your choice of show quality chrome or an Eclipse black finish.
Matching brake rotors, air cleaners and drive pulleys are also available. Made in USA. Visit RC Components or call 800-360-0915 to speak to a sales associate.