Low and tight, the Burly Brat Seats were inspired by the Japanese take on custom Harley Sportsters. A style of bikes and seats that has spread to the US and Europe. Carefully shaped to follow the frame rails and blend nicely into the gas tank. Available in 2 configurations, solo or two-up, and in 2 cover stitching patterns. Continue reading ‘Cool Brat Style Seats For Late Model Harley Sportsters’
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The Elio. One door, 2 seats, 3 wheels, 84 mpg, made in the USA with a $6800 price tag. And now, Elio founder and CEO Paul Elio is about to announce on February 6, 2015 what he believes is the first start-up vehicle manufacturer to develop its own internal combustion engine since Nash Motors in 1951. Engine developer IAV (a company which has worked with such global icons as Mercedes and BMW) twas been tapped to create a unique blend of power, efficiency for low-cost, highly fuel efficient commuter vehicle. The 0.9 liter, 3-cylinder engine prototype will have an official “first start” at a private event for investors, suppliers and media. The event will be held at the Plymouth, Michigan, offices of IAV.
“We looked at existing engines and couldn’t find anything that met our needs. We challenged IAV to develop something from the ground up and they delivered” says Paul Elio. The IAV team started with a three cylinder architecture and developed several Elio-specific components, including the cylinder block, cylinder heads, CAM cover, front cover, oil pan, crankshaft, camshaft, valvetrain, pistons, connecting rods, bearings and water pump. This allowed the engine development team the flexibility to keep the design simple, efficient and easy to manufacture while enabling all of the major fuel economy related attributes – combustion system, friction and pumping energy – to be enhanced. Continue reading ‘Elio Motors To Introduce New Engine Built From The Ground Up On February 6, 2015′
Many bikers have been victims of motorcycling profiling. AMA summarizes the issue by saying that “motorcyclists are frequently stopped by police as they travel simply because they ride a motorcycle or are wearing motorcycle riding apparel. Often these pretext stops are accompanied with the explanation that a traffic infraction has occurred, which is not always the case.
In some cases people have been told they are violating a law that does not exist. In other cases the violation cited simply has not occurred. Motorcyclists come from all walks of life and most are law abiding citizens. They have their travel interrupted on their way to work, family events, meetings, church and other places.” Continue reading ‘About Motorcyclists Profiling’
The Harley Shovelhead remain a mainstay for custom builders. Belt Drives LTD offers a belt drive conversion providing extended life, strength, smooth operation and reliability to these classic drivelines. It’s a complete “Shovel Shorty” Electric Start drive kit for 1970-1978 machines with ratchet top transmissions only.
The conversion requires the use of a 1989-2006 style starter motor, which eliminates the old technology starter solenoid. Removes the need for the solenoid battery cable, so no more slow cranking, and weak kick backs. The unique drive features a billet rear plate that covers the transmission drive while providing support for the clutch basket assembly. Continue reading ‘Electric Start Drive Kit For 1970-1978 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead’
From PR Of Digital News Agency. (UK). ]. Jaguar Land Rover is developing a range of new technologies that use colours, sounds and touch inside the car to alert drivers to potential hazards and prevent accidents involving motorcycles and bicycles. Sensors on the car will detect when another road user is approaching and identify it as a motorcycle or bicycle. Bike Sense will then make the driver aware of the potential hazard before the driver sees it. Bike Sense uses lights and sounds that the driver will instinctively associate with the potential danger.
If a motorcycle or bicycle is coming up the road behind the car, Bike Sense will detect if it is overtaking or coming past the vehicle on the inside, and the top of the car seat will extend to ‘tap’ the driver on the left or right shoulder. The idea is that the driver will then instinctively look over that shoulder to identify the potential hazard. As the motorcycle or bicycle gets closer to the car, a matrix of LED lights on the window sills, dashboard and windscreen pillars will glow amber and then red as the 2-wheel approaches. The movement of these red and amber lights across these surfaces will also highlight the direction the bike is taking. Continue reading ‘Bike Sense Technology To Alert Driver To Prevent Accidents With Motorcycles And Bicycles.’
No surprise. Later in 2015 Polaris will debut the manufacturing of electric motorcycles at its Spirit Lake, Iowa plant. the one where Indian and Victory motorcycles are also produced. The factory counts about 1000 employees.
This news follows last week announcement that Polaris acquired the assets, trademarks of Oregon-based Brammo Electric Motorcycles. No word yet under which name/brand these electric motorcycles will be produced. Competition between Polaris and Harley-Davidson on the electrical bikes segment may be the biggest motorcycle industry story of the next few years.
Café Racers. Very few among you in the US have ridden them in the 70’s. But because of nostalgia for their own unique style and the possibility to turn a light factory bike into a Café Racer for a reasonable budget, they are very popular again on the 3 continents of North America, Europe and Asia. During the last 4 years Google Trends show that the number of internet searches has tripled for the keywords “Café Racers”…
Thanks mainly to young builders and riders, this type of motorcycle continues to evolve, borrowing visual elements from both the American Greaser culture and of the British Rocker attitude. And what is the most appropriate US brand and model platform to accomplish the conversion? Of course the Harley Sportster, soon to share this privilege with the new Indian Scout currently arriving in dealerships.
When they showed me their new creation, it was no surprise to me that brothers, best friends and passionate builders Jarrod and Justin Del Prado from DP Customs spent these last months modifying a 2002 Sportster 1200 cc to give it the distinctive bodywork and handling characteristics of a true modern Café Racer. It’s perfectly in the lineage of the type of quick rides they have built until now. But this time with suspension and braking performance in mind for a city racer. Continue reading ‘Café Sportster By DP Customs’
Their kit includes • a 34-Tooth Compensating Sprocket • a Motor Extension Shaft • a Cam Slider • a Spring Cup • a Retention Bolt.
Now accepting pre-orders. Shipping soon. Made in the USA. Retail Price: $399.00. BAKER Drivetrain. 517-339-3835.
Orlando Ace Café To Open This Summer. There are currently 3 Ace Café locations, including the original that opened in London in 1938. The Orlando location will be the first in the United States. The flagship London location draws thousands of people to motorcycles and cars shows and other events every week, and the Orlando Ace Café is being designed with similar events in mind. The downtown Orlando Ace Café will include a 22,600 sq-ft café, a 15,700 sq.ft retail and office space, a 7,020 sq.ft indoor enclosed live-event space and an outdoor area to display motorcycles and cars. Daytona Beach Magic City Cycles will have a satellite office at Ace Café selling motorcycles from European manufacturers Ducati, Triumph and BMW. Tampa-based Dime City Cycles, a custom shop specializing in Café racers will also be a subtenant. It is estimated that the business will employ 200 people.
2015 Indian Scout Hits UK Dealerships This Saturday January 17, 2015. Indian Motorcycle has confirmed the official UK launch of the 2015 Indian Scout will take place this coming Saturday. The Indian Scout will be available in Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red, Silver Smoke and Thunder Black Smoke. UK prices start at £10,399.
Harley-Davidson India sells 2,406 Street 750s in April-Dec 2014. The Street 750 model has contributed 69 percent of H-D India’s total sales of 3,493 units between April-December 2014. The Street 750, which was launched at the 2014 Auto Expo and saw bookings and deliveries begin in March and April 2014 respectively, is manufactured at the company’s Bawal (Haryana) facility. On the production front, the company is has produced 5,154 units of this model alone at its local India factory. With the upcoming Street 500 model, it is understood that Harley-Davidson will register better numbers going forward. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’
This 1967 Harley-Davidson FLH is a very good illustration of those custom builders digging the past for inspiration, but creating modern machines with today’s materials and processes. “Gold Mustache” (yes, it’s the name) was built by a downtown Tokyo shop named Hawgholic. It made the trip from Japan to California where it was exhibited during the Born Free Motorcycle Show.
Specifically, the “Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act” would restrict the Secretary of Transportation from granting funds to any government entity for a program to check helmet use or to create checkpoints for an operator of a motorcycle or a passenger on a motorcycle. The American Motorcyclist Association and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation fully support the bill. The bipartisan bill was introduced yesterday by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Joe Manchin (D- W.Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).
“Motorcycle-only checkpoints are discriminatory, forcing riders and their passengers to do something not asked of other citizens, simply because we choose to travel on two wheels, or three, instead of four,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “The AMA believes the money used for these operations could be better spent supporting programs that conduct rider education, reduce distracted driving and encourage motorist awareness of motorcycles.” Motorcycle riders already are subject to state registration, inspection, licensing and helmet laws and must stop at sobriety check points like all other motorists. California, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire and Virginia have passed legislation curbing motorcycle-only checkpoints. Continue reading ‘Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Ban Federal Funding for Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints’
If you daily commute or tour solo on on an Indian Chief, you will love this new Corbin Smuggler. Artfully designed and color matched to your paint to give a totally integrated look while adding convenient storage. For a clean look, the Smuggler trunk sits tight to the rear fender to store small items like keys and cell phones. It installs easily in place of a passenger pillion seat. Continue reading ‘The Smuggler Trunk. A Solo Tour Conversion For 2014-2015 Indian Chief Models.’
Polaris Acquired The Electric Motorcycle Business Of Brammo. Will Manufacture Electric Motorcycles Second Half Of 2015.Published by Cyril Huze January 15th, 2015 in Builders, Editorial and Events.
The rumor was running since several weeks. Today January 15, 2015 Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) officially announced it has acquired the electric motorcycle business of Brammo Inc. Acquisition includes certain sssets, technology and Trademarks. In addition, Polaris is acting as a leading investor in a recapitalization of Brammo that enables the company to focus exclusively on the design, development and integration of electric vehicle powertrains..
Going forward, the two companies will leverage Polaris’ leading position in the global powersports industry to market a variety of electric vehicles utilizing Brammo’s award winning lithium-ion electric drivetrain technology, while freeing Brammo to continue developing its innovative electric vehicle powertrains. Brammo supplies these products, including the Brammo Power™ battery pack and Brammo Power™ vehicle management systems, globally to a wide range of OEMs. As part of this transaction, Polaris will utilize the assets acquired to begin manufacturing electric motorcycles in the second half of 2015 at its Spirit Lake, IA facility. Continue reading ‘Polaris Acquired The Electric Motorcycle Business Of Brammo. Will Manufacture Electric Motorcycles Second Half Of 2015.’
The brand new RCX Power Max Headers by RC Components for 2010 and up Harley touring models feature the smooth and stylish/radius curves of a true dual headers with the addition of a precision tuned collector that features a unique chambered design that balances the exhaust between each cylinder. This unique design creates incredible low end torque and loads of horsepower (see Dyno graph after the jump)
They are offered with a full chrome or black heat shield coverage for 2010 and up Harley-Davidson touring models. Customize the look of the Power Max headers by picking from 2 collector heat shield options: clean and smooth without visible screws or a more race-inspired look with visible screws. This system comes complete with all necessary mounting hardware and utilizes the factory mounting brackets making for a quick and easy installation. MSRP $579.00. Continue reading ‘New True Dual Headers By RC Components. Conceived For Low End Torque And Loads Of Horsepower.’
Breaking News. Harley-Davidson And The City Of Sturgis Finalizing Agreement To Make Harley The Official Brand Of The Sturgis Rally Until 2090.Published by Cyril Huze January 15th, 2015 in Builders, Editorial and Events.
Part of the agreement is Harley-Davidson Motor Co. building a permanent Plaza in a currently vacant lot at the intersection of Main and Second streets, not far from the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall Of Fame. To be completed for the upcoming Sturgis Rally, the Plaza will be used for year-round events, from concerts, to demonstrations, to weddings. To add some Harley authentic and historic value to this Plaza, construction will use some bricks taken from the Milwaukee headquarters at Juneau Avenue and from the Harley museum. These bricks will be transported to Sturgis on Harley motorcycles.
Under the leadership of Mayor Mark Carstensen, the intention of the City of Sturgis is to produce a viable plan to capitalize on tourism before and after the 6-day rally. For sure the Plaza will help the city of Sturgis capitalize on the notoriety of the rally with tourists visiting the area. Neither the city nor the company disclosed the terms of the agreement, but it is easy to bet that other projects are or will be included in it. No doubt that Harley-Davidson Motor Co. wished to have an official claim on the rally before another brand with strong historic ties to the rally does it. The agreement has an initial term and priority renewal options reserved to Harley-Davidson running through 2090. It also prevents motorcycle manufacturers like Indian (also with very strong ties to the rally) and Victory Motorcycles from such deals with the city of Sturgis. Continue reading ‘Breaking News. Harley-Davidson And The City Of Sturgis Finalizing Agreement To Make Harley The Official Brand Of The Sturgis Rally Until 2090.’
To be held again at the Messe Zurich with customized motorcycles and 400 vendors spreading on 6 halls, the show usually features a great contingent of custom builders and parts vendors from Switzerland Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait.
There will be Live custom building by the “Bobber Garage” and “CCCP”, a world premiere by German builder Fred Kodlin, an exhibition of famous race and drag bikes (legend Rocky Robinson, who holds the speed record of 605.7 km/h will be there to show his machine)
Winner of the Swiss-Custom bike competition will be awarded with an all-paidtrip to the CUSTOM SHOW EMIRATES 2015 in Abu Dhabi, where he will be able to gauge himself against the international bike-building elite.
Those who enjoy action will also have plenty to keep them occupied. In the outside arena at SWISS-MOTO, Gerd Habermann will be presenting his 3500-PS “Hellfire Jetbike” and demonstrating just how much power can be generated by a monster bike equipped with an helicopter turbine. Swiss-Custom Customizing & Tuning Show
The 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide and Road Glide Special, the two sleek, shark-nose touring models, have a passionate following of riders looking for massive bad attitude and mile-devouring function.
To add a little bit of bad behind the fairing, these bars available in 10″ and 12″ heights. Custom heights also available upon request and will be hand-made just for you. Pre-drilled for internal wiring. They can be installed without longer cables or modifications. Specifications: • Width 35″ •Center Width:12″ • Diameter: 1 1/4” • Thickness: 0.120 • Pullback :4.5″ or 20 degrees. Available raw, in chrome, powder coated matte or gloss black. $378.99. At Spooky Fast
Ordinary is not his style. British engineer Allen Millyard use factory engine parts to build engines that no other engineers have ever thought of building. Or he creates almost from scratch new motors with very unique configurations, creating in a small garage workshop wooden patterns to cast aluminum crankcases, patiently building by hand connecting rods and other parts. Most recently, Millyard built one-off V12 engines, a street bike from a Didge Viper, and 5-liter V-Twin out of 2 cylinders from a Pratt & Whitney 1340 radial engine for a Flying Merkel type board track motorcycle. The video below is about the first test run on this new unique engine in the family garden. Sounds very good……
Two women were out for a Saturday stroll. One had a Doberman and the other, a Chihuahua . As they walked down the street, the one with the Doberman Said to her friend, “Let’s go over to that bar for a drink.” The lady with the Chihuahua said, “We can’t go in there. We’ve got dogs with us.” The one with the Doberman said, “Just watch, and do as I do.”
They walked over to the bar and the one with the Doberman put on a pair of dark glasses and started to walk in. The bouncer at the door said, “Sorry, lady, no pets allowed.” The woman with the Doberman said, “You don’t understand. This is my seeing-eye dog.” The bouncer said, “A Doberman?” The woman said, “Yes, they’re using them now. They’re very good.” The bouncer said, “OK, come on in.” Continue reading ‘Joke Of The Week’
The Hinckley, UK company sold 54,432 units as indicated in its last financial report ending June 2014. This number tops the 52,000 motorcycles sold in the previous 12-month fiscal year. It’s a sales record since its relaunch 30 years ago. Triumph Motorcycles Ltd is the largest British motorcycle manufacturer. It was established in 1984 by John Bloor after the original company Triumph Engineering went into receivership. Triumph Motorcycles has 1600 employees and heavily invest in production sites in India and Brazil.
While the new Scout is still arriving in Indian dealerships, expect a flurry of new parts to be announced to customize it. One of the first is an “Outrider Rad Guard Radiator Screen” conceived to accent, not to hide, and protect the factory radiator.
It’s an easy to install part (instructions and adhesive included) made of laser-cut honeycomb aluminum mesh that will also protect the Scout radiator from road debris. MSRP $74.95.
Other “Outrider” series parts for the Scout are scheduled to be released during this quarter and will include front and rear fenders, seat pan kit, and more. At Klock Werks.
During 2 days (Jan. 7-8) some amazing machines were on the floor of the Las Vegas Bally’s Hotel & Casino for the 5th Annual Bonhams’ Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction. As in all auctions, some of them didn’t meet the reserve, with others largely beating expectations of their vendors.
The Vincent brand in particular saw two world records achieved for a 1950 Vincent Series C “White” Shadow – one of just 15 produced, which was the most valuable Shadow ever sold at auction when it made $224,250, and a 1949 Vincent Touring Rapide with Blacknell Bullet Sidecar, which became the most valuable post-war Rapide sold at auction when it was bought for $126,500.
A beautifully restored 1936 Brough Superior SS80 with Watsonian Sport Sidecar also achieved a world auction record for a Matchless-engined SS80 when it was sold to a private collector for $115,000. Also selling for the same price, making it too a world auction record for the model, was the 1962 Matchless G50 that helped carry legendary American racer Dick Mann to his championship. Continue reading ‘Bonhams’ 5th Annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction. Main Results.’
Mandatory Helmet Law Fight in California. A Message From Freedom Fighter John Rogue To Support Those Who Defend Your Rights.Published by Cyril Huze January 13th, 2015 in Editorial, Events and Legal.
It has been 19 years since the federal Judge agreed with motorcyclists that law enforcement officers had been writing helmet tickets without probable cause. But some police officers across the state of California didn’t stop writing tickets in violation of the injunction and federal case law, violating riders’ rights. Most riders honestly believe the federal government has approved the sale of certain helmets based on what they look like (though it doesn’t), and they think a DOT sticker is issued by the Department of Transportation (but it isn’t). In other words, many believe you must wear a “DOT approved” helmet. As a matter of fact The DOT does not issue the certification stickers, and the DOT does not stamp approval on any helmets, or even any other product. It’s hard to un-learn something you have believed so long…. Tickets can be based on recall notices or test results but not, like it’s often the case, because of the absence of a DOT sticker… Continue reading ‘Mandatory Helmet Law Fight in California. A Message From Freedom Fighter John Rogue To Support Those Who Defend Your Rights.’