The Les Paul Foundation has announced an exhibition of the Les Paul 100th Anniversary Commemorative Custom Chopper built by Count’s Kustoms at this week’s Progressive International Motorcycle Shows (IMS) at Cleveland’s I-X Center beginning Friday, January 29th – Sunday, January 31st. Les Paul invented the solid-body electric guitar, multi-track recording and numerous other recording techniques. As an inventor Les was always creating from ordinary things he had in his studio or home. Continue reading ‘Les Paul 100th Anniversary Commemorative Custom Chopper At International Motorcycle Shows® in Cleveland’
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Les Paul 100th Anniversary Commemorative Custom Chopper At International Motorcycle Shows® in ClevelandPublished by Cyril Huze January 28th, 2016 in Builders, Customs and Editorial.
Harley-Davidson Unveiled The Dyna Low Rider® S and the Harley-Davidson® CVO Pro Street Breakout® motorcyclesPublished by Cyril Huze January 27th, 2016 in Editorial.
Today Wednesday January 27 at the X Games in Aspen, Harley-Davidson unveiled two powerful cruiser additions to its 2016 model-year lineup.
The new Low Rider S. The raw dark and trimmed to the essentials, is the most powerful non-CVO™ Dyna® cruiser ever offered by Harley-Davidson. The Screamin’ Eagle® Twin Cam 110™ engine, Screamin’ Eagle® Heavy Breather performance intake and Fat Bob-style 2-into-2 exhaust deliver 115 foot pounds of peak torque at 3500 rpm. Premium suspension and brakes complete the performance package. The new limited-edition bike joins the Fat Boy® S and Softail Slim® S models as the third in the new line of S series cruisers for the 2016 Harley-Davidson® lineup. The Low Rider S model joins the recently released Fat Boy® S and Softail Slim® S models as the third member of Harley-Davidson’s S Series cruiser lineup, bikes designed to deliver maximum performance with styling inspired by global custom motorcycle culture. Upgraded suspension and brakes complete the performance package of a motorcycle that’s stripped down and ready for action.
The new CVO Pro Street Breakout. Conceived to rewrite the factory-custom book with obsessive attention to styling detail, this limited-edition motorcycle has a new, darker look and utilizes cutting-edge finishes and textures. Menacing, muscular and steeped in drag racing attitude, the CVO Pro Street Breakout motorcycle matches the high-intensity performance of the Screaming’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine with a look that is pure American street machine. Harley-Davidson CVO motorcycles are customized using premium components and exclusive paint treatments and surface finishes combined with numerous items from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories. One new finish being introduced on the CVO Pro Street Breakout model is called Smoke Satin Chrome. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Unveiled The Dyna Low Rider® S and the Harley-Davidson® CVO Pro Street Breakout® motorcycles’
Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company has joined forces with the Jack Daniel Distillery to create a limited-run, collector’s-edition Jack Daniel’s-branded 2016 Indian® Chief® Vintage motorcycle. The partnership brings together two of America’s most iconic brands who share a mutual commitment to independence, originality and American craftsmanship that dates back more than a century. The collaboration commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, which was registered in 1866.
The 2016 Collector’s Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chief Vintage is on display from January 23-31 at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction. It will also make an appearance at a series of events throughout 2016, including Daytona Bike Week, taking place March 4-13. Ultimately, this first-in-the-series display bike will be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas, which takes place October 6-8. All monies raised from the charity auction will be donated to support “Operation Ride Home”, a partnership between the Jack Daniel Distillery and the Armed Services YMCA that provides funding and travel assistance to help junior-enlisted military personnel spend time with their families during the holiday season. Continue reading ‘Collector’s Edition Jack Daniel’s Branded Indian Chief Vintage’
A more minimalistic design on the 5-Spoke design intake and looking good on both modern and retro styled bikes. It includes a protective mesh screen and a set of breathers. Available in polished and black contrast machine finishes. For carburetors CV, S&S E or G, EFI. MSRP $433.04 (free shipping in continental US). Ken’s Factory USA.
Realizing the positive influence of custom motorcycles on a brand and model image and sales, most manufacturers now organize dealer build-off contests. The Scrambler is the most successful launch in many years for Italian Ducati. The original Scrambler was produced for the American market between 1962 until 1974, in versions between 250 and 450cc. The modern Scrambler, in 6 versions from 399cc to 803cc, is a great platform for customization and the custom featured here by Untitled Motorcycles (San Francisco & London) is a great example. Continue reading ‘Naked Ducati Scrambler’
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® and participants in its signature Legends Ride are teaming up in a special effort to help Special Olympics in the Black Hills area create a permanent athlete training facility. Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff has pledged $100,000 to a fundraising campaign effort by Black Hills Works and Special Olympics to renovate an existing facility in order to meet the growing needs of the organization.
The 127 Special Olympians who are members of the “Rapid City Flame” team have been training in various borrowed locations over the past few years but are now in need of a facility that will offer the team members a sense of permanence and accomplishment. For the past three years, Legends Ride contributions have been used to purchase a van to transport participants to practices and events; now the need for a facility is a priority.
“I couldn’t think of an organization more deserving of our help than Special Olympics,” said Rod Woodruff, Buffalo Chip President. “When the kids come to events, and we see how happy and proud they are to have the van we purchased, it is abundantly evident we are making a difference in their lives and in the Black Hills community. Now they need a place to train, a place where they can feel at home, and we are ready to step up and help them with that too.” Continue reading ‘Buffalo Chip $100,000 Pledge To Create Permanent Special Olympics Athlete Facility’
Jerry Covington just added new products to his existing line of custom Harley-Davidson accessories. He is now offering Dimpled Brake Arm and Shift Lever Assemblies for all H-D Touring Models.
The Brake Arm assembly includes the complete arm and pedal which replaces the stock pedal. The Shift Lever Assembly complements the “dimpled” style of the brake pedal. Matching Inner Lever and Shift Linkage are also available. All products are CNC machined from the highest grade billet aluminum with a streamlined, dimpled style.
Brake Arm Assembly fits ’08 to present. Shift Lever Assembly fits ’88 to present. Mounting Hardware is included. vailable in your choice of chrome or black finish. Brake Lever Assembly MSRP $389. Shift Lever MSRP $199.99 Made in the USA. Covington Customs 580-256-2939
UNiQ Cycle Sounds announces the Touring Edition™ motorcycle speaker system designed to give riding enthusiasts the superior sound quality and entertainment they desire. The Touring Edition™ features 400-watt Pioneer™ speakers rated for highway conditions along with built in FM radio, MP3 playback and Bluetooth® capable. Continue reading ‘Touring Edition™ 400 Watts Motorcycle Speaker System By UNiQ Cycle Sounds’
Polaris Reports 2015 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Results. For Full Year, Motorcycle Segment Sales Increased 67 Percent.Published by Cyril Huze January 26th, 2016 in Builders, Editorial and Events.
Full year 2015 net income was $455.4 million, or $6.75 per diluted share, in-line with Company revised expectations. Sales for full year 2015 increased 5% year-over-year to $4,719.3 million. Excluding currency impacts, sales increased 9%. Polaris announced 2016 guidance reflecting continued currency market volatility and ongoing weak industry demand; expects full year 2016 net income to be in the range of $6.20 to $6.80 per diluted share, with sales in the range of down 2% to up 3% compared to 2015. Fourth quarter 2015 net income was $110.7 million, down 18% on 13% lower sales primarily due to weak retail sales in the North American oil and gas regions. All businesses increased market share in North America for 2015 despite a weak powersports industry. North American dealer inventory finished 2015 up 5%, in-line with Company guidance; ORV dealer inventory was down 4% year over year, lower than implied guidance.
Polaris motorcycle segment sales increased 67 percent compared to the prior year. North American consumer retail demand for the Polaris motorcycle segment, including Victory®, Indian Motorcycle® and Slingshot®, was up low-single digits percent during the 2015 fourth quarter while the overall motorcycle industry retail sales, 900cc and above, declined high-single digits percent in the 2015 fourth quarter. During the 2015 fourth quarter, the Company began retailing its newest addition to the Indian Motorcycle® line-up, the new 2016 Indian® Scout Sixty™, which shares many elements of the award-winning Indian® Scout® released in 2014, but starting at a sub-$9,000 price point that brings industry-leading mid-sized performance within reach of every rider. Continue reading ‘Polaris Reports 2015 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Results. For Full Year, Motorcycle Segment Sales Increased 67 Percent.’
Last weekend January 22-24, in Verona, the city where William Shakespeare located the tragedy of his Romeo and Juliet’s play, organizers Francesco Agnoletto and Paola Somma received a large part of the worldwide custom motorcycle industry on 7 halls for the 2016 edition of the Motor Bike Expo. One of the many highlights of this extremely popular event in the Custom Chrome Europe/Italian Championship Of Custom Building. A bike show competition where most competitors premiere their new creations. Below are the top winners. (photos@ H. Roesler for C. Huze)
Indian Motorcycles Special Award
V-Twin Garage. Indian Scout Tomahawk. Charly Abraham, Dominique Mariaulle
Victory Motorcycles Special Award
Patrick Meyer PM Springer, “Hammer 8-Ball”, Patrick Meyer Performance
1. Juri Shif Motorcycles. Ducky
2. Inglorious Bastard Motorcycles. Full Metal BMW
3. PLAN B Motorcycles. Full-faired HD Drag Racer
Class Jammer Old School
1. PDF Motociclettes. Big Kahuna
2. Radikal Choppers. Knucklehead
3. Hard Nine Choppers. 1951 WLJ. Danny Schneider
There is more! 6 More Winners After The Jump. Continue reading ‘2016 Verona Motor Bike Expo. Custom Chrome Europe Bike Show Winners.’
“I was created to surpass you” says the MotoBot. At the Las Vegas CES, the yearly world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, Yamaha unveiled its latest R&D tool to improve the performance of its motorcycles. The motorcycle-riding robot is challenging the best racers to set new speed records. For example, can the MotoBot beat the lap times of an exceptional champion like Valentino Rossi? Can GPS, CPU’s, sensors, etc calculate new dynamics and surpass the brain capabilities of racing champions accustomed to hair-raising flirts with the upper limit of speed and edge of physics?
The MotoBot is able to operate the six basic functions of a motorcycle: throttling, steering, clutching, gear shifting, front and rear braking. The robot’s brain autonomously calculates the right speed, optimal rpm, lean angle, acceleration, best lines to take around a track. For now, maximum speed is only about 60 mph (100 km/h), but when this humanoid will reach and surpass champions’ speed Yamaha expects to be able to find new ways to improve its motorcycles. So, humans learning from a robot or the opposite?
“The individual activity of one man with backbone will do more than a thousand men with a mere wishbone.”
William J.H. Boetcker
Although the XL Ironhead engine has some well known issues and will need some TLC on a regular basis, it is still a popular engine used by many pro, garage and garden shed builders. For models years 71 to 77, EMD conceived a die cast aluminum primary cover with CNC-milled gasket surfaces, with the same OEM dimensions and tolerances. Available for 71-77 and 77-90 Ironhead in raw, semi polished, black or contrast cut finishes. $665.00 (gasket, gear selector seals not included) .
Also available, a matching cast aluminum ‘second skin’ cam cover fitting over the OEM one. It can be notched at the upper front to make room for your OEM breather. You can also opt to relocate the breather to a lower position, especially if you’re cutting the OEM cam cover up to visually ‘split’ the motor from the transmission. Also available in raw, semi polished, black or contrast cut finishes. $163.00.Hheld in place with 3 supplied Allen bolts and spacers. At EMD USA.
Another preview of some custom motorcycles on the floor of the 2016 Motor Bike Expo. The best ones will get a full feature in the coming week.
Probably the largest motorcycle show in Europe in terms of number of custom builders, of leading vendors and distributors of aftermarket parts and of attendance. The Verona Motor Bike Expo (MBE) claimed last year an attendance of 150,000 visitors.
This weekend, starting today Friday January 21st, 600 exhibiting companies will show their new ware while a first class turn-out of new custom projects by the best builders from all over Europe and the USA are going to compete for trophies and features in the best print and digital magazines.
These pictures were taken yesterday during the general setup. Photography studio is ready. The best customs will be featured in my site. Stay tuned (photos @ H. Roesler for C. Huze)
Harley-Davidson Is Currently Reviewing Its Global Advertising. Harley wants to have the most effective and efficient resources to support a new marketing strategy and is reviewing its global advertising, digital and media campaigns. Harley-Davidson began its search last month and is in talks with agencies on a holding-company level. RFPs were issued last week. During the last quarter earnings report it was stated by the company that the marketing and advertising budget would be increased by 65%. In 2010, Harley-Davidson handed its creative business to Victors and Spoils, digital to DigitasLBi and media to Stardom Mediavest Group. Harley-Davidson is currently running an online campaign for its Project Rushmore range. This includes YouTube videos of riders testing out the bikes and explaining their features.
Ducati Registers Record Sales in 2015. Ducati Motor Holding The sold 54,800 motorcycles in the calendar year 2015 registering a 22% increase over the numbers achieved in 2014. It’s 9,683 more units than what it sold in the previous year. The affordable Scrambler model was the highest selling Ducati worldwide with over 16,000 units sold. After its launch, the Scrambler also became the first Ducati ever to make it to the top 10 bestselling motorcycles worldwide. The sales in the American market rose by 14%, and the Italian domestic market grew by 53%. It means that America still remains the biggest market for Ducati followed by Italy which accounts for 12% of Ducati’s overall sales. In Asia, the Chinese market grew by 46%. Ducati sells its motorcycles through 700 dealerships in 90 countries.
Indian Motorcycle Launched Its First Shop In The Philippines. On January 14, U.S. Embassy Manila’s Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) Michael S. Klecheski welcomed the guests and delivered the opening remarks, mentioning among other things that during World War II, Indian Motorcycle produced the Model 841 for the U.S. Army. Then guests enjoyed the American bbq-themed launch party set against an impressive backdrop display of Indian Motorcycle bikes
Motorcycle Industry Council Elected 3 Board of Directors. Eric Anderson, Kris Odwarka and Jim Woodruff have been elected by the Members of the Motorcycle Industry Council to serve on the 2016/2017 MIC Board of Directors. Paul Vitrano has been selected by Polaris Industries Inc. to be their representative on the MIC Board of Directors
Todd Balan, Vice President, Corporate Development, Exits Polaris. Todd Balan has elected to leave Polaris to explore other opportunities after six years of leading the Corporate Development team. Discussions regarding Balan’s transition began mid-2015, ensuring a smooth transition.
Another 4” diameter muffler with with high-flow baffles and shallow-cut louvers to create less turbulence inside and improve performance.
For style, laser-cut accents on the outer perimeter enhanced by a visible stainless steel insert. Available in chrome or high-temp black ceramic-coating steel.
For Harley Tourers and trikes (2010 FLHX or FLTRX requires conversion to True Dual or Crusher Dual head pipes and Muffler Support & Grommet, sold separately) Made in the USA. Crusher Crusader Slip-Ons.
“Race Day – Photos From The Flat Track” is a new very interesting photo exhibition at the Harley-Davidson Museum and you have until September 5, 2016 to see it. Photographer Dave Hoenigbas captured more than 1,000 races in his career, keeping his lens trained on the pageantry, emotion and camaraderie of a day at the track.
His photography takes you down to pit row and into the grandstands to document the thrills and chills of life in the fast lane of those “riding dirty” during the weekend.
Access to Museum is: Adult $20. Senior (age 65+) $14. US Military w/ID) $14. Student (w/ID) $14. Child (age 5-17) $10. Child under 5 Free
Bert feared his wife Peg wasn’t hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family Doctor to discuss the problem. The Doctor told him there is a simple informal test the husband could perform to give the Doctor a better idea about her hearing loss.
‘Here’s what you do,’ said the Doctor, ‘Stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.’
That evening, the wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he was in the den. He says to himself, ‘I’m about 40 feet away, let’s see what happens.’ Then in a normal tone he asks, ‘Honey, what’s for dinner?’ No response. So the husband moves closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife and repeats, ‘Peg, what’s for dinner?’ Still no response. Next he moves into the dining room where he is about 20 feet from his Wife and asks, ‘Honey, what’s for dinner?’ Again he gets no response.
So, he walks up to the kitchen door, about 10 feet away. ‘Honey, what’s for dinner?’ Again there is no response. So he walks right up behind her. ‘Peg, what’s for dinner?’ ‘For F*-#?? sake, Bert, for the FIFTH time, CHICKEN!’
Founder and President Of Boss Hoss Cycles, Inc Monte Warne was looking to retire and since May 2015 was looking for a buyer of his company producing Chevy V-8 powered motorcycles. Warne advised me today that that his company was since yesterday under the ownership of new CEO Ricky Dietzand and of his brother Travis Dietz acting as President. The Dietz brothers, both from south Louisiana, have been Boss Hoss Cycles dealers and owners since 2006. Now former owner Monte Warne will still serve as an adviser for the company remaining headquartered in Dyersburg, Tennessee.
“We liked the motorcycle so much, we bought the company” said Ricky Dietz. The brothers priority is now to complete about a dozen of Boss Hoss motorcycles to be transported to the the Florida Daytona 500 race and show on February 21 for demo rides purpose. Then, focus will be will be on promotion and acquisition of new US dealerships. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed to me. Continue reading ‘Breaking News. Boss Hoss Cycles Under New Ownership.’
The nimble midsize Indian Scout offers exhilarating performance. Logically, many owners will want to turn it into a modern Café Racer.
And to stimulate the Scout’s ergonomics, among other additions and substitutions to perform for the complete Café Racer styling , a must is the addition of a small fairing around the headlight.
Arlen Ness offers one ready for prep and paint, and that you can just bolt-on. MSRP $379.95.
I bet you don’t because you never read in full your touring bike manual. And if you ask the dealer servicing your bike, he probably doesn’t know either.
Exceeding weight limit is directly linked to many tire failures and sometimes with for consequence the bike getting out of control. Of course, how much you can safely carry depends of your weight and the one of your passenger in full riding gear.
To make sure you don’t ride on an overloaded motorcycle, you want to stay within the manufacturer’s recommended weight rating for your specific model. A law firm from Texas (I have no affiliation with it and don’t recommend it) uploaded on its website a very easy to use weight calculator for Harley-Davidson, Victory and BMW tourers, including model year 2016. You just enter your weight and the one of your passenger, and you immediately get the residual weight you can safely carry. Go to Motorcycle Safe Weight Calculator.
In the commercial below paid and produced a few years ago by Triumph, but that most of you never watched, Triumph makes fun of itself with a very tongue in cheek tone. Instead of arguing that Triumph makes better motorcycles, the UK manufacturer turns into derision the competition always talking up their products. British humor?
The first ever Custom Scout Contest reserved to official Indian dealers has resulted in 36 cool machines from the US and abroad that you can now see online and vote for. The custom Scout dealer contest didn’t impose any specific rules or restrictions, any bike theme, cost or build style. But each project had to feature at least 3 genuine Indian aftermarket parts. Starting today and everyday through February 19th, 2016 you can vote online at Indian Project Scout.
The top 3 finalists will be announced on February 26th, 2016. The 3 corresponding dealers receive an all-expenses-paid weekend trip to the 75th annual Daytona Bike Week for themselves plus a guest. Indian Motorcycle will host a special award ceremony in Daytona Beach on Friday 11th March, during which a panel of celebrity judges will select the ultimate winner of the ‘Project Scout: Build a Legend’ program, with party goers voting for the winner of the Fan Favorite award.
Ready for a swingarm upgrade? The “5-Speed Swingarm Upgrade Kit” significantly enhances the feel of the rear suspension by replacing old style worn out OEM parts with high tech spherical bearings and CNC precision machined spacers and collars. The conversion fits all FXR and Touring models from 1980 through 2001. Suggested retail for the 7-piece kit is $335.95. At Paughco or call 775-246-5738.
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® has kicked off what has for the past five years been helping shape the next generation of motorcycle industry experts with its Buffalo Chip Challenge industrial education and scholarship program. In partnership with some of the industry’s leading professionals, the Challenge program enables local high school students to take hold of dreams that might otherwise seem impossible. The free program is returning in 2016 to give participating students an opportunity to earn $8,500 in scholarships and work hands-on with the nation’s top builders to create award-winning custom motorcycles.
Spearfish student Sidney May, winner of a $5,000 scholarship in 2015, is one of many who have been taking full advantage of the program. As a Spearfish High School junior, May served on the pit crew for “Girl Power Racing” and worked as an apprentice technician at White’s Queen City Motors, training to earn the title of an ASE Certified Student Mechanic and GM Certified Technician. During this time she never missed a day of the Buffalo Chip Challenge program and maintained a spot on the school’s “A” Honor Roll. “I absolutely loved working on the bikes! “ May said. “I was so proud when I saw the Harley and Indian sitting in the parking lot as our months of hard work came to an end.” Continue reading ‘Buffalo Chip Challenge™ To Prepare Next Generation of American Motorcycle Builders’