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Postcards from The 93rd Laconia Motorcycle Week June 11-19

0laconia2laconia4laconia1terlaconia261x2611fourthlaconia261x261Laconia is the world’s oldest motorcycle rally. As those who visited know, the epicenter of the rally is Laconia Weirs Beach, Lakeside Avenue and the boardwalk that skirts it. But many bikers come to ride throughout the state, crossing into Maine or Vermont. It’s what motorcycle touring expert Suzanne Boxberg and Monographer Horst Roesler did, sending me some  nice landscape pictures of their trip on their way to Laconia (itinerary suggestions at “Discover New England”) The weather was typical New England, partly sunny to rain to mostly sunny all week long… A legal note: New Hampshire does not mandate wearing motorcycle helmets for riders over 18, which it has been claimed is a reason why some riders are attracted to events in the state.
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Joke Of The Week

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Gynecologist Assistant

A retired man went into the Job Center in downtown Los Angeles and saw a card advertising for a Gynecologist’s Assistant. Interested, he went in and asked the clerk for details.

The clerk pulled up the file and read; “The job entails getting the ladies ready for the gynecologist.  You have to help the women out of their underwear, lay them down and carefully wash their private regions, then apply shaving foam and gently shave off the hair, then rub in soothing oils so they’re ready for the gynecologist’s examination.

The annual salary is $65,000, and if you are interested  you’ll have to go to San Francisco. “Good grief”, the man asked, “Is that where the job is?” “No sir . . . that’s where the end of the line is right now.

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Custom Tribute To The Legendary BMW R 5

1R2R3RThe BMW R5 was released 81 years ago, in 1935. To pay tribute to this German motorcycle legend, the BMW Motorrad Design Team selected Swedish shop Unique Custom Cycles to reimagine and reengineer it taking for inspiration the 30’s racers.

Working from sketches provided by BMW, components such as the frame, gas tank and rear fender were hand-crafted by the Norens brothers.

Powerplant is an original 500 cc two-cylinder boxer engine given by Motorrad enthusiast Sebastian Gutsch. It is fitted with a specially designed supercharger to bring power output closer to contemporary midweight motorcycle level, around 45 hp. Aluminum engine cases were glass-bead blasted. No instruments on this project and a finish in classic gloss black BMW with white stripes. Probably a project to end up  in the BMW Motorrad Museum.

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AIMExpo Orlando October 13-16, 2016. Custom Bike Showcase.

The 4th annual AIMExpo will highlight again the ingenuity of the entire American powersports industry in Orlando June 13 to 16. Among the many reasons for attending the show, The Championship Of The Americas will be a showcase of design, engineering and creativity by custom bike builders from as far north as Greenland all the way to the tip of South America. The opportunity for enthusiasts, members of the media, and the greater industry to appreciate these rolling masterpieces of art and meet their creators will be a memorable experience for one and all, no matter what your type of riding or particular brand preference might be. To register your custom motorcycle contact Bob Kay at 817-312-0380 or enter HERE. Below is a video recap of the 2015 edition (AIMExpo is open to credentialed trade and media professionals on October 13-14. The show opens to the general public on October 15-16, 2016) 

Victory Motorcycles And S&S Cycle Partner To Offer Output Increase To Motorcycles Powered By The Freedom 106 Engine

Thanks to a new made for Victory S&S Cycle Stage 2 Performance Cam Kit® (MSRP $549.99 US / $699.99 CAD) the performance parts offer 20% more horsepower and 10% more torque for motorcycles featuring the powerful Freedom 106 engine.Victory-Enginea-106 including the Magnum, Cross Country, Cross Country Tour as well as the Cross Roads® and Hard-Ball®.

The new S&S Stage 2 Performance Cam Kit increase performance without sacrificing smooth engine response at lower speeds to deliver the full-bore Victory Motorcycles riding experience. Designed to be used in conjunction with the Victory Stage 1 Tri-Oval Exhaust or Victory Stage 1 Round Exhaust (required and sold separately), this combined kit generates 20 percent more horsepower and 10 percent more torque than the already potent stock Freedom 106 engine for the Cross Country and Cross Roads models, which is well known for handling horsepower upgrades.

ssvictorykit1The kit includes front and rear cams, a high-flow air dam specifically designed to significantly increase airflow to the engine, and a calibration download card for the dealer. Currently available in 49 states (still pending CARB approval for sale in California) the kit features a one-year warranty. Dealer installation is required.

A Made For Victory® endorsement signifies factory approval in the use of these products on Victory motorcycles, that applicable quality, emissions and safety requirements have been met, and that your motorcycle warranty will not be impacted with the addition of these aftermarket products. Continue reading ‘Victory Motorcycles And S&S Cycle Partner To Offer Output Increase To Motorcycles Powered By The Freedom 106 Engine’

Coolest Motorcycle Video Of The Year. Custom Chrome Europe Going West. Wild West.

1cce5cceIt’s the 3rd time in a row that CCE produces a short film to promote the art of customizing. The film “stars”, beside top members of the Custom Chrome team acting like true Hollywood pros, are of course the new 2016 “Bolt On and Ride” bikes promoting the most sought-after custom parts distributed through its catalog. I will feature these bikes later. Waiting for it watch this video. And no, it was not shot in Tombstone or Tucson Arizona, but surprisingly in Pullman City  in the Harz Mountains of Germany!

3cce4cceStarring: Ivano “The Stranger” Segato. “Hole in the Piston” Gang: Andreas “Boss Man” Scholz, Carsten “Sharpshooter” Behrens, Michael “Mad Tech” Felde, Helmut “Gunslinger” Sekowski. Additional cast: Simone “Cat Chrome” Messer – The Barmaid Henryk “Sledgehammer” Willms, HWC Cycles – The Blacksmith Axel “Sheriff” Scherer –  Horst “Have a Drink” Rösler. Music & Band Action by RUBY SHOCK (“Morricone” from “Scorched Earth”, 2016) Maddalena Fanelli, Dominik Braun, Dennis Wohlbold, Stefan Huber Filming & Cutting: Marcus „Kalle“ Arnoldy. Additional film support & static shots: Horst “Monographer” Rösler, Axel Scherer, Andreas Scholz.

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2016 AMD World Championship Of Custom Building. Call For Entries.

WorldAMDThe 2016 AMD Championship Of Custom Building is being staged for the second time at the INTERMOT Expo in Cologne, Germany, on October 4th to 9th 2016. Currently 41 custom bikes are registered by 32 competitors from 14 different countries, with over four months still to go before move-in day. A list of current entrants can be found HERE (please, note that if you are an Affiliate Show winner, you still need to complete an entry form to comply with the Terms and Conditions of entry and be added to the list of entrants)

AMDLogoThere will be 5 classes: the now traditional and highly acclaimed Freestyle Class, from which the 12th annual AMD World Champion Custom Bike Builder will be chosen, plus 4 further classes to recognize specific sectors of the custom motorcycle market. Retro/Modified Class – to showcase customs based on engines manufactured before 1984; Modified Harley-Davidson Class – to feature stock frame geometry customs with engines (minimum stock cases) from 1984 and up; Street Performance Class – to showcase custom design and engineering work where the primary objective is to improve the performance and handling of streetable customs; Cafe Racer Class – for 50s/60s inspired road race bikes. Continue reading ‘2016 AMD World Championship Of Custom Building. Call For Entries.’

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-newsMatchless To Issue 6% Yield Bonds To Produce New Motorcycle Models. Until now the Malenotti family, owner of the Matchless brand, is only licensing the brand name for a motorcycle/casual clothing line. But the Malenottis are looking for funding to produce 2 motorcycles. At least a £5 million or about US $7 million budget, which seems quite low to conceive from the ground up and produce 2 brand new motorcycles. Matchless is proposing to issue 5-year bonds carrying a 6% interest, a very high yield per short term corporate bond standards, and underscoring the risk taken by investors who would buy them.

Electric Project Harley-Davidson LiveWire Given Green Light. Sean Cummings, Harley-Davidson’s senior vice president of global demand confirmed that the company will produce an electric motorcycle within the next five years. Harley-Davidson tries to continue to appeal to its core aging clientele while preparing to attract a new large fanbase with electric motorcycle technology.

2016 American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) Surpasses 300 Exhibitor Mark. 300 new and returning exhibitors have signed up to show their new motorcycle models, custom parts & accessories and merchandise in the new North Hall location at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) Complementing the new product launches, hundreds of exhibitors on the show floor and expansive demo space outdoors, AIMExpo attendees will have the opportunity to connect with others throughout the industry at numerous networking events, while dealer attendees can take advantage of the unparalleled curriculum of the Powersports DEALER Seminars presented by Powersports Business during the two trade days of AIMExpo, October 13 & 14. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’

One-Sided. New 2 Into 1 Bagger Exhaust System By RC Components.

2into1-1Define your bike own bagger personality with this new one-sided 2 into 1 header system just released by RC Components. It features a 3-step head pipe transitioning into 4.5” mufflers. This multi-stepped header flows into a chambered collector creating massive low and mid range torque. The 4.5” diameter mufflers can be customized with 10 different exhaust tip designs. Each RCX 2-into-1 system is available in your choice of chrome or a rich ceramic black. Made in the U.S.A by RC Components. More info at 800-360-0915.
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Setting An Indian Motorcycle Guinness World Record In 2016

indiantwincitiesTo celebrate the 115th Anniversary of Indian Motorcycle, Art Welch, owner of Twin Cities Indian Motorcycle in St Paul, MN is organizing his own Indian Bike Week August 18-22.

At that time, he also wants to set a Guinness world Record for the Longest parade and line-up of Indian Motorcycles. During the days of celebration, the dealership will also attempt to raise over $100,000 with their 14th Annual Ride For Children’s School Supplies.

“Machete Actor” Danny Trejo will be in attendance with a very special guest to be announced. Info at 651-765-9988.

J&P Cycles’ Open House Rally June 25-26. Back To Where It Started, In Anamosa.

J&PCycles1There’s No Place Like Home… J&P Cycles’ annual Open House Rally customer appreciation event will return to its original location, the J&P Cycles retail center in Anamosa, Iowa off US Highway 151, the weekend of June 25-26. It’s where it was founded and held for more than 20 years.

The yearly event is a way to say thank you to all the loyal customer-family who continue to love and support J&P Cycles. Throughout the Open House Rally weekend, there are a lot of great attractions for the motorcycle rider and enthusiast as well as family-friendly fun. Continue reading ‘J&P Cycles’ Open House Rally June 25-26. Back To Where It Started, In Anamosa.’

Official. Indian Motorcycle Returns To AMA Pro Flat Track With Proprietary New Scout Engine.

indianflattrack1Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company just announced its re-entry into the AMA Pro Flat Track series with its first full-factory racing effort since the 1950s. Indian Motorcycle Racing will utilize a new and proprietary Scout FTR 750 liquid-cooled 750cc four-valve V-Twin competition engine specifically designed for flat track and engineered into a specially built chassis.

indianflattrack2Jared-Meese-medAMA Pro Flat Track is highly competitive and has evolved into a demanding, technical and specialized event that typically sees bar-to-bar action and sublime motorcycle control at high speeds on varied dirt surfaces. Indian Motorcycle has a significant history in flat track, at one time dominating the sport with legendary riders and motorcycles. Perhaps best-known was the Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew, consisting of Bill Tuman, Bobby Hill and Ernie Beckman, who won race after race and carried the message of power, balance and quality that lives on in today’s Indian® Scout®.

Multi-time AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees will join the Indian Motorcycle Racing Team as a test rider in 2016. Mees, 30, won the AMA Grand National Twins Championship in 2009, AMA Grand National Singles Championship in 2012, the unified AMA Grand National Championship (GNC1) title in 2012, 2014 and 2015, and is current X Games gold medalist. Indian Motorcycle will race the new motorcycle at a circuit to be determined in 2016 in preparation for a full season of competition in 2017. Continue reading ‘Official. Indian Motorcycle Returns To AMA Pro Flat Track With Proprietary New Scout Engine.’

Kuryakyn Chrome Inner Primary, Rear Oil Panel & Starter End Covers For Indian Motorcycle

1KuryakynIndianA simple three-step solution to convert the wrinkle black base of the Indian® Thunder Stroke 111 into a factory-matched chrome. Sold separately, the new Kuryakyn Inner Primary Cover ($119.99), Starter End Cover ($69.99), and Rear Oil Panel Accent ($79.99) are all cast from quality A380 aluminum finished with premium chrome plating. Together the trio of covers creates a fully chromed custom appearance that blankets the engine mounts, cases and inner drivetrain from front to back. Each part is a simple bolt-on. Fits All ’14-’16 Indian Models (except Scouts)
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JIMS® Fork Compression Sockets For Indian Scout And Victory Octane

5802-Fork-compression-toolJIMS® is bringing their renowned specialty tools for American motorcycles to the popular Indian® brand.  JIMS® new Fork Compression Sockets are designed to work on the new Indian® Scout model.  Socket No. 5802-1 works in conjunction with JIMS Fork Spring Compressor Tool No. 1776 and similar fork spring compressor tools.

This allows for safe fork disassembly, without launching parts around the shop.  Socket No. 5802-2 mates with the dampener cartridge, preventing rotation when installing or removing the bottom. Made in the USA and featuring JIMS® lifetime tool warranty. MSRP $113.00.  Use on 2015-present Indian® Scout and 2017-present Victory® Octane models.  For more info, contact sales@jimsusa.com or visit Jims USA, or call (805) 482-6913.

25th Annual Motorcycle and Scooter Ride To Work Day Is Monday June 20, 2016

RTWLogo“Ride To Work Day” advocates and supports the use of motorcycles and scooters for daily transportation, and to provide information to the public.

It increases public and governmental awareness about the societally positive values of motorcycle riding.

Ride to Work is a 501 c4 nonprofit, worldwide all-volunteer effort. Don’t forget to ride on Monday June 20th.

More information is available at the Ride to Work Day Website or email info@ridetowork.org

Crafted To Perfection Knucklehead

1knuckle2knuckle3knuckleIt’s one of the most desirable Harley models and if you are looking for one in its original/untouched state, good luck to you during your price negotiation. The Knucklehead (1936-1947) is not only sought after as a motorcycle but also as a stand alone motor. Many very reputable builders that I know are actively looking for the EL, two-cylinder, 45 degree, overhead valve, 61 cubic inch engine to power one of their retro mod projects, and this whatever its condition.

4knuckle11knuckle8knuckleAlthough relatively new on the custom scene – he created his shop in 2008 but has decades of engineering and racing experience – Uwe Hinger has created some of the most distinctive and stylish vintage motor based motorcycles of these last years. This Knuckle project is a perfect illustration of his skills at reinventing a classic motorcycle to make you love it even more after he is done  performing bold styling and re-engineering  Continue reading ‘Crafted To Perfection Knucklehead’

Custom Switch Housings

1switchhousing2switchhousing3switchhousing4switchhousingMade out of CNC machined aluminum or brass with inbox switches, these sleek Italian designed switch housings are very sleek and will look great on both retro and modern bikes. Very easy to bolt-on. Offered in finishes: brass, satin, polished and black anodized. High quality products with high quality prices… At Vity’s Design.

Thought Of The Day

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“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”

Stylish And Secure Phone Mounts

1phonemount2phonemountIf you carry your pone on your bike, you want something that looks great, holds your device securely and is practical. This mount, powered by “iOMounts™ is a premium way to do it on your Harley, Indian, Victory, and coming soon, Honda. A magnet (not attached to your phone) is the heart of the system. It’s called the iOcore, powered by iOmounts, and attach to your stock controls and come in either chrome or black. Everything you need to install is included in the box, and mounting it only takes minutes. You’ll also want to snag a “nomad™ while you’re at it. You can use the “nomad™ universal mount on any bar that is 1/2” to 2” in diameter – your cruising or dirt bike, RZR, Slingshot, mountain bike, stroller, etc… Continue reading ‘Stylish And Secure Phone Mounts’

Already 5 Fatalities At Isle Of Man TT Races.

ttpinThe International Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races is a motorcycle event that has been traditionally run in a time-trial format on public roads closed for racing The event consists of one week of practice sessions last week of May followed by one week of racing first week of June.

Between 1907 and 2015 there have been 246 fatalities of which 141 were competitors during official practices or races.

The total number of fatalities for the 2016 is already five. Dean Martin, 58, died from injuries suffered in a crash during practice for the Pre-TT classic on May 28. Sidecar driver Dwight Beare, 27, and motorcyclist Paul Shoesmith, 50, were killed during the first day of the Races on Saturday. Andrew Soar, 32, of Loughborough, Leicestershire, died in an accident at Keppel Gate during the senior race. Sidecar driver Ian Bell, 58, of Bedlington, Northumberland, was killed in a crash at Ballaspur. He was racing with his son Carl, who is reportedly uninjured.

Indian Motorcycle Celebrates Its 115th anniversary

indian4indian1This year marks 115 years since George Hendee and Oscar Hedstrom started working together to make Indian motorcycles. In 1897 George Hendee was already manufacturing push bikes with the name ‘American Indian’, but this was shortened to ‘Indian’. Three years later in 1900, Oscar Hedstrom joined the firm. Both Hendee and Hedstrom were former bicycle racers and they decided to build a motorized bicycle to use as a pace bike in cycling races.

indian2A prototype and two production units were built in 1901 and the first Indian motorcycles were sold to the public in 1902. In 1903, Oscar Hedstrom set a world motorcycle speed record of 56 mph and in 1904 the company introduced the deep red paint scheme that would become Indian’s trademark colour. In 1905 Indian built its first V-twin factory racer, putting a road-going version of the motorcycle on sale in 1907.

In 1923 the Indian motorcycles were selling so well that The Hendee Manufacturing Company changed its name to The Indian Motocycle Company – no “r” was used in motocycle when used along with the name Indian – but the “r” has since returned into the modern day name. Continue reading ‘Indian Motorcycle Celebrates Its 115th anniversary’

Classic With A Modern Twist Floorboards

1kens-harley-motorcycle-parts_web_5-101_a_1024x10242kens-harley-motorcycle-parts_web_5-101_a_1024x1024If you like the half-moon classic floorboard shape, want to make sure your feet will not sleep, but like the idea of a modernized version, this Ken’s Factory design may be what you are looking for. Plenty of rubber for grip, dimpled and extended in the rear for style. Bolt-on on all Harleys 86-up equipped with floorboards. $410 with $10 shipping anywhere in the continental US. At Ken’s Factory USA.

Joke Of The Week

cyril-huze-joke44 - CopyA middle-aged Canadian tourist on his first time in Lincoln, Nebraska, locates the red light district and enters a large brothel. The madam asks him to be seated and sends over a young lady to entertain the client. They sit and talk, frolic a little, giggle a bit, drink a bit, and she sits on his lap. He whispers in her ear and she gasps and runs away!

Seeing this, the madam sends over a more experienced lady to entertain the gentleman. They sit and talk, frolic a little, giggle a bit, drink a bit, and she sits on his lap. He whispers in her ear and she screams, No!” and walks quickly away!

The madam is surprised that this ordinary looking man has asked for something so outrageous that her two girls will have nothing to do with it.

She decides that only her most experienced lady, Lola, will do. Lola looks a bit tired, but she has never said no and it doesn’t seem likely that anything would surprise her. So the madam sends her over to Bob.

They sit and talk, frolic a little, giggle a bit, drink a bit, and she sits on his lap. He whispers in her ear and she screams, “NO WAY, BUDDY!” smacks him as hard as she can and literally runs away! Continue reading ‘Joke Of The Week’

Crusher Maverick 2 Into 2 Full Exhaust System For Harley Sportster, Dyna & Softail

1crusherFeaturing a bold styling with signature precision-machined billet aluminum tips and offering a solid hp and torque gain, there is a Maverick system available for your Sportster, Dyna or Softail. Offered in chrome or black ceramic coated mufflers with embossed stainless steel bands and black ceramic coated billet aluminum. They are sold with high flow louvered core baffles that are maintenance free (never need repacking). For 86-’16 Softail Models (except ’08-’11 FXCW/C, ’13-’16 FXSB, ’13-’14 FXSBSE. For 86-’16 Softail Models (except ’08-’11 FXCW/C, ’13-’16 FXSB, ’13-’14 FXSBSE. For 06-’16 Dyna Models (except ’12-’16 FLD & ’14-’16 FXDL. For 04-’16 XL Models. At Crusher Performance.
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Artist David Uhl Tribute To American Racing Heritage.

uhlbreakoutLast year, artist David Uhl visited for the 1st time The Race of Gentlemen in Wildwood, NJ. The yearly event was created to celebrate that rich and exciting history of Americans “can do” spirit that made this country so great. The festivities include an automotive carnival known as TROG. David  was blown away by the passion of the participants and the beautiful machinery.  He snapped thousands of photos while there with the thought of doing a piece for this event someday. You are looking at it and this new art piece is called “Breakout”, the first of a series he will create. Continue reading ‘Artist David Uhl Tribute To American Racing Heritage.’

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-newsHarley-Davidson May Reintroduce A Dyna Sport Glide Model. US and European trademark registrations have been filed by Harley-Davidson for the name Sport Glide. Harley ceased production of the FXRT Sport Glide in 1993 after a 10-year run. It’s possible that a new Dyna Sport Glide would be a mid-weight tourer with fairing. Although there is no way to know for sure, such a model could be introduced as a 2017 model this coming September.

Victory Racing Takes 2nd place In the 2016 Isle of ManTT Zero Race. William Dunlop rode his electric Victory RR a 115.844 mph lap to take second place. But it was Bruce Anstey who took first place with a 118.416mph lap for Mugen. Victory racer William Dunlop rode a 115.844mph lap and was the top speed in class just under 160mph. “The Victory RR bike and program came together over the span of less than six months, so we really couldn’t ask for more. Hopefully next year we’ll have the chance to improve further” said Victory Racing Team Manager, Brian Wismann. Gary Gray, Director Motorcycle Product for Victory Motorcycles, said: “Racing at the Isle of Man TT tests both man and machine. Today was a testament to a team with grit and perseverance. I couldn’t be happier with our result and I know we have even more speed and wins ahead of us.

Harley-Davidson Recalls 2014-2016 Dyna Low Rider. Due to engine vibration possibly causing ignition switch damage and unexpected engine shut-down, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has recalled certain model year 2014-2016 Dyna Low Rider motorcycles (FXDL) manufactured Jan. 6, 2014, through April 7, 2016. According to the recall notice, the rider may experience slight hesitation when accelerating through the 4500 – 5500 rpm range as a warning sign the failure may occur. Unexpected engine shut down while underway could cause loss of control and a crash. There were no crashes associated with any of these reports but there was 70 warranty claims and 2 customer complaints potentially related to this issue. Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will install an improved ignition switch, free of charge.

Bell Testing 360-Degree Camera Helmet At 2016 Isle Of Man TT. Bell Helmets, one of the industry’s most iconic brands and a leader in innovative head protection, announced that it will road test working prototypes of the first-of-its kind 360-degree 4K camera integrated helmet, the Bell Pro Star with 360fly, during the 2016 Isle of Man TT. During portions of practice and competition Bell ambassadors, Gary Johnson, William Dunlop and Brandon Crete will wear prototypes of the ground-breaking helmet scheduled for release later this year. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’



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