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Fine Artist Scott Jacobs Introduces New Paintings. Opens Studio Art Gallery.

scottjacbos1scottjacbos2Internationally known motorcycle artist, Scott Jacobs unveiled his most recent paintings at an opening reception of the first Scott Jacobs Studio Art Gallery in San Marcos, California. His latest creations included an ongoing lifestyle series with wine and spirits along with classic automobiles and new Harley-Davidson works, including a vintage champion hill climber.  For over 20 years, as the world’s first official artist for Harley-Davidson, Scott has honed his craft and today his artworks grace the walls of prestigious collectors and avid enthusiasts all over the world.

scottjacbos3scottjacbos4Known for his photo-realistic style of painting, Scott does not limit himself to one subject or medium.  Whether the subject of a painting is a motorcycle scene or a wine still life, he will utilize acrylic paint or watercolor to achieve the desired result.  Scott’s time consuming techniques, requiring a tiny brush to canvas, create a finely detailed composition that welcomes viewers into a world of hyper-photographic reality.  Jacobs has raised the bar for all artists by showcasing uncanny reflections in chrome and “depth defining” cast shadows throughout his depictions. Continue reading ‘Fine Artist Scott Jacobs Introduces New Paintings. Opens Studio Art Gallery.’

Zipper's Kits For New Bikes

Harley-Davidson Road Zeppelin® Seat Pads

The Road Zeppelin® Seat Pads (P/N 52000084 Rider, P/N 52400060 Passenger Pillion; $119.95 each) are equipped with a patented air bladder system that distributes weight evenly across the entire seating surface, removing pressure points while also providing shock absorption which reduces vibration.

The mesh cover allows air circulation, reducing the air temperature between the rider and seat. The easy-to-reach integrated hand pump and air release valve permits convenient adjustment.

Shaped to conform to most Harley-Davidson seats, the pads feature an adjustable mounting strap and a non-skid surface to keep them in place. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s Website 

Spectro Oils

Vintage Custom Motorcycle Of The Month

VintageTriumph1VintageTriumph2Vintage Custom Triumph, copyright Owen Howells Photography UK.

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Losing Weight At The Pulley. BDL Launches Ultra Light Transmission Pulleys.

trans-pulleyRegarding automative matters, weight is often the enemy. True for transmissions. So, Belt drives LTD. just released a collection of new super duty, light weight transmission pulleys. for both stock and high performance applications.

These high tech pulleys are precision machined to aircraft quality tolerances from super tough 7075 aluminum. Weighing in at just 2 ¼ pounds, the BDL pulleys are 1/3 the weight of OEM pulleys. The end result is reclaimed horsepower and less wear on bearings.

BDL’s rugged yet durable hard anodize finish assures years of extended trouble free operation. The new BDL Light Weight Transmission pulleys are currently available for 4-speed Big Twins from 1979 to 1983, 5-speed 1986 to present and 5-speed Sportsters from 1992 up. For complete details call Belt Drives Limited at 714-693-1313

Safety Issue. Send Your Jeans To Have Them Kevlar Protected

Jeans1Riding in regular jeans may be dangerous. The friction of a fall – even at low speeds – tears through denim in less than a second, leaving your legs exposed. The solution offered by businesses selling ready-made protective jeans satisfies very few bikers because these companies sell styles and cuts which are not yours.

Jeans2A great idea and service proposed by a company called Ruste Protection is to let you send your own jeans to their expert tailors who then will sew in Kevlar (for protection) and Coolmax fabric (between your skin and the Kevlar to help you stay dry, cool and comfortable.) Then your riding jeans are returned to you (they ship worldwide) Continue reading ‘Safety Issue. Send Your Jeans To Have Them Kevlar Protected’

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Sportster Superlow 1200T. The New Very Light Tourer From Harley-Davidson

XL1200T-1Until now you had to customize one of the Sportsters of the line-up to make it a light tourer. And many did, buying aftermarket accessories…No surprisingly, when Harley asked their Sportster riders and also dealers what they wanted, the request many formulated was loud and clear. Give us a factory equipped touring version. The Sportster Superlow 1200 T (as Touring) was born.

XL1200T-2As a matter of fact it’s not the 1st time that Harley-Davidson manufactures such a version. The 1st one, named the XLT, was produced in 1977 with very little success, only about 1000 units being produced. But times have changed. You all know why the Sportster market – in parallel to the bagger market – has grown so fast during these last years. Offering a light tourer is to offer many, both men and women, the opportunity to travel a weekend, a few days or even for some long distance rides usually reserved to big baggers.

XL1200T-3The other name component of this new Sportster is Superlow. Because it is built on the same chassis than the 883 Superlow, offering letting short or average size bikers (5 ft to 5.8 ft) a chance to be seated comfortably with feet to the ground when stopped (Seat height is 26.1 inches) and easy reach to both hand and foot controls when riding. The rider foot position is three inches forward from the SuperLow® 883 model. Mini footboards provide added comfort for the rider and passenger. The Sportster Superlow 1200T weighs 118 pounds less than the lightest Harley-Davidson Big Twin touring motorcycle. Continue reading ‘Sportster Superlow 1200T. The New Very Light Tourer From Harley-Davidson’

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New And Interesting. Modular Wheel Hub Ends.

RideWright1Ridewright Wheels, a manufacturer of premium spoke and recently forged billet wheels is introducing a 3-Piece Modular Billet Hub. The idea is to offer the flexibility of keeping a wheel and fitting it on multiple bikes required different spacing and offset. Just change the hub ends as needed. Dealers don’t have to stock nearly as much inventory to satisfy their customer’s needs.

80_spoke_softlip_1_1024x1024The left side is modular with many different widths and bolt pattern options for most sprocket or brake configurations.The center hub offers the option of many different spoke-count and spoke-width choices. The right side is optional to hide the spokes and offer a smooth and clean look.

As far as I know, Ridewright is the first to offer these innovative hubs and will be found on all Ridewright Wheels including their new forged line. Manufactured from 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum. Available in luxurious show quality chrome. (Special finishes available upon request) Ridewright Wheels 714-632-8297

The 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Run. Update.

cannonballrunScheduled for 17 days in September, the 3rd edition of the coast-to-coast Cannonball Run on antique motorcycles has its roster full and the route set. This unique and grueling ride will probably be again historic. According to Lonnie Isam, Jr., owner of Jurassic Racing in Sturgis, South Dakota, and promoter of the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Run, the endurance ride for pre-1937 motorcycles will get underway from the sands of Daytona Beach in Florida on Friday, September 5 and will include 115 entries from 32 states, 11 countries and 3 continents as well as the island of Japan.

The historic run will indeed be watched by the world as motorcycles of all marques tackle a demanding route across America. Included in the impressive lineup of antique bikes will be some lesser-known marques such a 1923 Ner-a-car, a Sokol 1000, and a Sunbeam m9. As predicted early on, the field will be overwhelmingly dominated by a remarkable 67-Harley-Davidsons, followed in concentration by 19-Indians, 16-Hendersons, 6-BMWs, 2-Moto Guzzis, 2-Moto Freras, as well as 1-each Rudge, BSA Sloper, and Brough Superior. Continue reading ‘The 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Run. Update.’

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New RevTech Hydro Design Wheels, Pulleys And Discs From Custom Chrome

CCI1CCI2CCI3CCI4New for 2014, Custom Chrome just released the HYDRO line featured here, one of their 6 designs of Modular RevTech Wheels. Seen in the new 2014 Custom Chrome Catalog with wheel sizes and hub fitments. Available in Midnight Series Black or Chrome. CNC-Matching Rotors and Pulleys. Machined in the USA. At your local Custom Chrome Dealer.

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Your Helmet. Soon To Be Custom Made To Fit Your Shape Head. And Be Safer?

bellhelmetscan2bellhelmetscan1The biggest problem of helmet makers is not only to convince more bikers to wear helmets or to wear non-novelty helmets. It’s also to manufacture safer ones for your protection and be less prone to lawsuits. These companies will admit that helmet technology didn’t progress very much since the turn of the century.

But a new technology may be close to offering those who ride a  helmet with a better fit, reducing energy to the head in case of impact.

After successful beta testing, Bell helmets is about to propose a simple scanning process of your head to produce the unique helmet fitting you the best and being the safest possible for your head shape. Continue reading ‘Your Helmet. Soon To Be Custom Made To Fit Your Shape Head. And Be Safer?’

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Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-newsLargest Harley-Davidson Store In The World Being Built In Scottsdale, Arizona. It will be a 146.000 sq-ft facility built on 4.28 acres northeast of Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale’s current 26,000 sq-ft dealership. It is expected to be completed in late Spring of 2015. The new dealership will include a 20,000 sq-ft service department, 87,000 sq. feet of underground parking and storage, customer lounges, an event space for concerts and shaded parking. The owner is GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons who also already has in his motorcycle shops portfolio the current Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, Go AZ Motorcycles, Spooky Fast Customs in Scottsdale, and Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson in Southaven, Miss.

2014 Daytona Bike Week Trauma Admissions Were Up From Last Year. These statistics come from the Daytona Beach Halifax Medical Center where most involved in wrecks end up. It’s the only area’s trauma unit. The hospital prepares for the biker invasion by scheduling additional employees and stocking up on blood supplies for transfusions. It keeps tabs on admissions during March Bike Week and the fall motorcycle rally of Biketoberfest. Bike Week trauma cases: Total trauma admissions: 50 (versus 44 in 2013). Deaths: 2. Helmet usage: 50 percent. Sex: 82 percent male, 18 percent female. Average age: 44

Steve Johnson to Retire From His Position As Chair Of The Motorcycle Industry Council Aftermarket Committee following four years of service, and from his membership on the MIC board of directors. Johnson, from Fort Worth, Texas, was the president and chief operating officer of Tucker Rocky Distributing for 12 years before retiring in 2012. Prior to Tucker Rocky, he served in several key roles within PepsiCo during a career there that spanned 26 years. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’

Las Vegas BikeFest Opens Registration And Hotel reservations.

LASVEGASBIKEFEST1Las Vegas Bikefest, known as the biggest biker party in the west, just opened registration and hotel reservations. The 14th annual edition will be held October 2-5. “Bikers and their friends can get right now their Ultimate and Party Passes at early bird prices.” says Mindi Cherry, Las Vegas BikeFest organizer.

For 30 dollars you get into Rally Central all weekend at the Cashman Center. You also get an event t-shirt, a 2014 Las Vegas BikeFest rally pin, and tickets to HEADLINE concerts on Friday AND Saturday night. Yes, the concerts are Iincluded. If you’ve had a few too many beers, free shuttle rides between Fremont Street and Rally Central are available every day, all day long. Continue reading ‘Las Vegas BikeFest Opens Registration And Hotel reservations.’

Consumer Tire Rebate From Harley-Davidson And Dunlop

DunlopTire1DunlopTire2For those who need to change their tires and are faithful to Harley-Davidson rubber brand recommendation, it’s the time of the year when you can do it and receive a 40 H-D Gift Card.

Participating Harley-Davidson® dealers and Dunlop® are teaming up to offer a $40 consumer mail-in rebate on a set of Harley-Davidson-branded Dunlop tires purchased between March 1 and April 30. The offer applies to a set of two new H-D/Dunlop tires (excluding Police tires) and will be paid in the form of a $40 Harley-Davidson Gift Card. The gift card can be used at any authorized Harley-Davidson dealership or at Dunlop tires are made in the USA and have been mounted as original equipment on Harley-Davidson motorcycles since 1984.

The H-D/Dunlop rebate offer applies to consumer purchases made exclusively at a participating Harley-Davidson dealership between March 1 and April 30, 2014. A form available from the participating Harley-Davidson dealer must be postmarked by June 15, 2014. Additional terms and conditions apply. See a participating Harley-Davidson dealer.

Harley-Davidson Powered Toyota Prius.

ridicule1I didn’t publish this feature on April’s fool day, so, I guarantee that this one-of-a-kind Harley—Davidson powered Toyota Prius really exists.

Proof? It’s for sale on eBay (best offer at time of publication was $1375) although it’s no more running because of a massive breakdown…

I understand that some don’t like hybrid electric cars. But why turning a Prius into a Harley-Davidson powered POS? I must miss something. The listing is quite comical. But first check out the video made when the Toyo-Hog was still running.

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip Presents “The Big Sturgis Gig”

bc1Want to help decide which bands the Buffalo Chip brings for the 2014 Sturgis festival? You can when you visit the Chip’s new interactive band submission platform at Big Sturgis Gig.

You can explore bands, cast votes and share with friends. Every time you interact with a band’s page, they earn valuable points. After June 30, the top 10 highest scoring bands will be reviewed by a celebrity judging panel and one will be chosen to play the Buffalo Chip Music Festival. Continue reading ‘The Sturgis Buffalo Chip Presents “The Big Sturgis Gig”’

B-Rocket Concept Motorcycle.

1BB-ROCKET2BB-ROCKET3B-ROCKET3bisB-ROCKETA corporation commissioning a custom motorcycle is always doing it for marketing purpose. And the result can only be a theme bike whose main staging area is almost never the road, but the print and digital pages of magazines, the headquarter lobby of said corporation and the display floor of a few dealer shows. From the perspective of the motorcycle industry, of builders and of bikers, nothing wrong with this marketing approach if the bike is beautiful, demonstrates skills from the builder and is not advertised… as an every day rider.

3quartB-ROCKET3terB-ROCKETThat you like or not theme bikes let’s judge this one as what it is. A corporate concept motorcycle trying to convey a certain image for a brand and its products. Bell & Ross is a relatively young watch maker company in search of more international notoriety to boost brand awareness of its B-Rocket neo-retro aviation style chronographs. Bell & Ross define its watches as “uncompromising designs, built with a very strict criteria in terms of the materials and resistance of the components, sophisticated engineering, pure aesthetic quality, accurate information and lastly the non-negotiable requirement for high-performance, even under what may be considered extreme conditions.” Nothing less than all this… Continue reading ‘B-Rocket Concept Motorcycle.’

Legendary Motorcycle Designer Massimo Tamburini Passes Away

massimotamburiniMassimo Tamburini, one of the most revered motorcycles designers, has died yesterday evening. Tamburini was 70 years old and was suffering from lung cancer. Tamburini created stellar motorcycles including the Ducati 916 and the MV Agusta F4. 

The legendary Italian designer was also a renowned chassis designer. His fame began in the early ’70s with the MV Agusta 750 Sport that he created and welded the frame for himself. Then he was part of the team that founded Bimota. Claudio Castiglioni then brought him to the Cagiva group where he created the MV Agusta eventually.

Massimo Tamburini’s work at Ducati started with the Paso 750 before the 916 turned him into a household name and his motorcycle became known as the greatest motorcycle design of all, enshrined within the motorcycle community as well as in the art community as a superlative example of good design. He was also a man of supreme ethics known for his great gentleness. The motorcycle community has lost one of its best stylists.

Making Your Modern Evo or Twin Cam Harley-Davidson Look Vintage

billyboyesteves1 billyboyesteves2You all recognized the tin primary cover used on the Harley-Davidson  Knucklehead and Panhead. But this one is slightly different, keeping with the original style to help you make your 1989 to 2006 Big Twin Evo or Twin Cam look somewhat vintage. Of course, for this purpose, you will have to do much more than installing it.

Cast in aluminum and featuring CNC-milled gasket surfaces for a perfect fit to your modern factory inner primary with the same dimensions and tolerances. Will fit both models with forward or mid-controls. You can even re-use the stock hardware. The Billy Boy outer primary is available in raw aluminum with a chrome derby cover, black with chrome or black derby cover and chrome with chrome or black derby cover.

Chrome derby cover hardware provided ( Chrome )Seals not included to be ordered separately.) The company also offers vintage looking air filters, transmission and cam covers for Big Twins and Sportsters. MSRP $629.00. US Info at 916-872-3189 or Esteves Motorcycle Design.

Thought For The Day


“ The respect of those you respect is worth more than the applause of the multitude. ”

Arnold Glasow

S&S Cycle Stealth Air Cleaner. Let’s Get The Record Straight About Legality In California.

27046In a recent email communication to its clients and media, S&S Cycle stated something in a way that could be taken wrong, and in some cases, it has been. So S&S wants to set the record straight.

“On February 18th of this year, we sent out an email with a title “No Longer Breaking The Law!” The intent of this email was to let everyone know that under Executive Order D-355-11 of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), our S&S Stealth Air Cleaner was now legal to be used on certain highway motorcycles in California. The specific applications being Harley-Davidson® motorcycles equipped with a Delphi® fuel injection system, this includes some 2001 and all 2002 and later EFI big twin models and all 2007 and later Sportster® models. Continue reading ‘S&S Cycle Stealth Air Cleaner. Let’s Get The Record Straight About Legality In California.’

Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-joke44A woman decides to have a facelift for her 50th birthday.  She spends $15,000 and feels pretty good about the results. On her way home, she stops at a news stand to buy a newspaper.  Before leaving, she says to the clerk, ‘I hope you don’t mind my asking, but how old do you think I am. ‘About 32,’ is the reply.’ ‘Nope! I’m exactly 50,’ the woman says happily.

A little while later she goes into McDonald’s and asks the counter girl the very same question. The girl replies, ‘I’d guess about 29.’  The woman replies with a big smile, ‘Nope, I’m 50.’
Now she’s feeling really good about herself.  She stops at a candy shop on her way down the street. She goes up to the counter to get some mints and asks the assistant the same burning question. The clerk responds, ‘Oh, I’d say 30.’ Again she proudly responds, ‘I’m 50, but thank you!’ Continue reading ‘Joke Of The Week’

Braided Stainless Extended Cable/Line Install Kits for Harley-Davidson Street Glide By Burly Brand

Burlyapehangercable-kitsBRAIDEDLove the look of a set of apes on a Street Glide? Hate sorting out which cables and brake lines to use? Prefering the style and performance of braided stainless cables and lines?

I thought so, as do the folks at Burly Brand and luckily they’ve just released a collection of braided stainless kits specific to the 2008-2013 Harley Street Glide. Each kit is tailored to work with Burly Brand’s 13” or 15” Apehanger and is available for ABS as well as non ABS FLHX and FLHT/C/U models.

Kits include extended brake lines (including ABS lines) and extended clutch cable as well as all relevant wiring extensions for switches and throttle by wire, making installation much simpler. Expect very soon an announcement from Burly for cable/line kits for 2014 and newer models. Kits at your local dealer or visit Burly Brand 888-367-1871.

Boom Cans All-In-One Amplified Lower Speakers

CS1CS2CS3It’s one way to add bad boy lower speakers to any motorcycle. These new all-in-one 5-1/4 inch amplified speakers with built in digital class D technology produce loud, crystal clear audio. Installation is easy using the included engine guard bar clamps for 1 or 1-1/4 inch bars.

Built-in line-level inputs make the Boom Cans easy to hook up to any OEM factory radio or plug them directly into a music enabled phone, iPod or mp3 player using the 3.5mm auxiliary input jack (headphone jack). The Boom Cans are available in black or chrome finish. $549.95. Further information please contact Cycle Sounds at 1-866-427-2346 or email

S&S Cycle Delivers All The Power You Need. Even If It’s For Singing. Ask Rockin’ Jasmine Cain.

S&S Cycle comes to the rescue of the Jasmine Cain’s band…

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