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2014 World Championship Of Bike Building. The Top Winners.

0-FreestyleWinnersThe 11th annual AMD World Championship Of Bike Building was held during the INTERMOT expo in Cologne, Germany (October 1- 5). There were 5 custom bike classes. The now traditional and internationally respected FreeStyle class, from which the 11th annual AMD World Champion Custom Bike Builderwas chosen, plus 4 other classes to recognize specific sectors of the custom motorcycle market. The Retro/Modified Class (to showcase customs based on engines manufactured before 1984), The Modified Harley-Davidson Class (to feature stock frame geometry customs with engines from 1984 and up), The Street Performance Class (to- showcase custom design and engineering work where the primary objective is to improve the performance and handling of streetable customs) and the Cafe Racer class (for the 50s/60s inspired road race bikes that laid down the foundation for what became the SuperBike revolution) One change from previous years was that no run testing took place at the event itself, so video evidence of each bike being ridden had to be submitted prior to arrival at the Intermot Cologne Expo. (photography copyright Onno Wieringa for Cyril Huze)

FREE STYLE

1-FreestyleWinnerKrugger7KruggerTwo-Times-World-Champion!1, Krugger Motorcycles, Nurb’s, Belgium – WORLD CHAMPION. 

This is the second Championship title for Belgian Fred “Krugger” (2010 with V-Rod based Veon bike and 2014 with this custom BMW called “Nurb”.)

He is the only custom builder other than Canadian three-time World Champion Roger Goldammer to win the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building. The project was commissioned by BMW.

Read details of the build by going HERE.
2-FreestyleWinnerVeikoSikio2Veikko-Sikio2, Veikko Sikiö, WSA, Finland. Finland’s Veikko Sikiö is built almost entirely from the ground up. Using casting techniques in his workshop he created the 800cc V-twin motor, carburetor and many other parts for this build. The only parts he purchased are the wheels and rear brake.
3-FreestyleWinnerNorthCoastCustomFiatAbarth6North-Coast-Custom---Fiat-Arbath3, North Coast Custom, Fiat Arbath, Italy. Abarth from Italian shop North Coast Customs in Italy was built around the Fiat 500 car engine mated to a Rivera Primo transmission. Builder Francesco Bella also incorporated a unique front end with adjustable rake.

4, Rough Crafts, Graphite Speedster, Taiwan
5, Paul Milbourn Customs, Nut Cracker, UK
6, Thunderbike, Unbreakable, Germany
7, Eddie Gustafsson, Speedy, Sweden
8, Riverside Motocyclettes, Knock Out, France
9, Valtoron, La Bestia, Spain
10, CF Costruzione Mecchaniche, Sex Metal, Italy

RETRO MOD

3TMT-MotoNimbusWinner3TMT-Moto---Nimbus-41, TMT moto, Nimbus 4, Czech Republic. A very unusual drivetrain choice for this custom. Tomas, the owner of Czech Republic shop TMT Moto, fitted a 1951 Nimbus straight-four motorcycle engine and drivetrain into a stretch wishbone Harley frame.

2, The Lucky Cat Garage, Sprintbeemer, France
3, Abnormal Cycles, Chicca, Italy

MODIFIED HARLEY

5One-Way-Machines---BroughamWinner5One-Way-Machines---Brougham1, One Way Machine, Brougham, Germany. Brougham, built by Julian Von Oheimb, is a 2001 Softail with an old school look through the use of a heavily modified Dyna front end, Firestone tires and Panhead style rocker boxes, among other things.

2, Hot Dreams Barcelona, Rocket, Spain
3, Thunderbike, TBR, Germany

STREET PERFORMANCE

4Riverside-MotocyclettesSpringsterWinner4Riverside-Motocyclettes---Springster1, Riverside Motocyclettes, Springster, France. France’s Riverside Motocyclettes combined a hardtail frame with a Buell XB12 front end, and an Ultima 127” motor to create Springster, which hints at hard riding with its use of a race car style tacho with shift lights and slick Continental Race Attack tires.

2, Sapka Muvek, Buell, Hungary
3, Lobo Motive, Lobo 3, Spain

CAFE RACER

1Crazy-Racers750-CRWinner1Crazy-Racers750-CR1, Crazy Racers, 750 CR, France. Race inspiration also influenced the design of France’s Crazy Racers’ 750 CR. In true café racer style the Ducati/Cagiva 750 engined machine features a Ceriani drum brake in the front wheel, low-set clip-on handlebars, and a single racing hump seat.

2, Inglourious Basterds Cycles, Madiba Benelli 600 Sport, Italy
3, Kingston Custom, BMW R100/7 Cafe Racer Tom Sawyer, Germany

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New 2015 Harley-Davidson Parts For Touring And Trike Models

1Gloss-Black-Console2Burst-fuel-tank-doorThe arrival of a new model year means a host of new Harley-Davidson parts & accessories that have landed in the Big Book and at H-D.com. Here’s 2 of them.

New Gloss Black Console Tops Fuel With Dark Custom Style. It is a direct replacement for Chrome Console on Harley-Davidson 2008-later Electra Glide®, Street Glide®, Road Glide® and Trike Models. The kit includes the black console, gasket and hardware, and is offered with or without a CB communications port(P/N 70900463, P/N 70900501 w/CB port; $299.95) You can finish the look with a matching Gloss Black Fuel Tank Door (P/N 70900465, $54.95) and Gloss Black Fuel Door Push Button (P/N 90300096, $29.95), or the contrasting style of another accessory fuel tank door from Harley-Davidson. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson Store.

New Burst Collection Fuel Tank Door. Machined to Reveal Bright Contrasting Aluminum with Prism Finish. A Tuxedo Black anodized finish is machined in race-track ridges and an inner spider design to reveal satin aluminum with a prism finish. A brilliant contrast to the available Gloss Black Console and Smooth Push Button accessories, this new Burst Collection Fuel Tank Door (P/N 70900474, $139.95)fits 2008-later Touring and Trike models with a center fuel fill. Other new Burst Collection items include axle nut covers, a gauge bezel kit and Tour-Pak® speaker trim. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson Store.

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Can’t Get Financed By Harley-Davidson To Purchase One Of Their Bikes? Lease A Used One From Chrome Capital.

1HDA company named Chrome Capital of Naples, Florida is offering a new concept that Harley-Davidson’s Financial Unit doesn’t propose. If you don’t qualify for a loan on new Harley model, Chrome Capital will write you a lease on a used one. The company works with about 400 Harley dealers (but not with the Harley-Davidson company) eager to move more used bikes.

2HDterIt works this way. A customer picks out a used Harley from a Harley dealer. Chrome Capital buys the bike from the dealer, and then leases it to the customer. About 75% of the time, at the end of the lease, the customer either extends the lease or purchases the bike. But the rest of the time, Chrome still owns the machine.

Chrome Capital’s CEO Peter Wasmer says that “leases are being written for people who couldn’t afford to buy a Harley and might not otherwise be riding a bike at all. Leases make sense for Harleys because they are quite expensive, retain a good value and because owners who would like to upgrade every 2 or 3 years and who are locked in a Harley Financing 60 to 72 months long can’t do it because they are upside down with a bike value below the loan amount” Continue reading ‘Can’t Get Financed By Harley-Davidson To Purchase One Of Their Bikes? Lease A Used One From Chrome Capital.’

Fast Motorcycle Industry News

cyril-Huze-fast-newsHarley Davidson Seeking Cut In India Import Duty For Better Pricing Of Its Motorcycles. Reduction in import duty on vehicles will open up the Indian market for several players and attract more foreign investment. And of course, Harley-Davidson is very interested in convincing India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reduce these taxes and eliminate most regulatory issues. Harley-Davidson India managing director Anoop Prakashs was quoted as saying, “When we started our operations in 2009, the prices of our bikes were too high. It was then that we decided to install our completely-knocked down (CKD) assembling units in India to facilitate ease of doing business.” He further added,  “With’s ‘Make in India’ government call, we anticipate India to climb up in the index of ease of doing business.”

Polaris Announces Grand Opening of Manufacturing Facility in Poland. Polaris Industries Inc. announced the grand opening of its new manufacturing facility in Opole, Poland. The 345,000-square-foot facility will be the first Polaris plant dedicated to manufacturing Off-Road Vehicles (ORV’s) outside of North America. Employee training has already begun at the Opole facility which will employ 300 people in 2015 and should begin shipments to customers in the first quarter of 2015. The plant will produce approximately 35 different ORV vehicle models in 2015 and ship them to six subsidiaries and over thirty distributors in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”) region. Opole will also house research and design for the Europe, Middle East and Africa markets allowing vehicles to be tailored to local needs.

Motus Motorcycles Moving Engine Production to Birmingham, Alabama. Motus Motorcycles, based in the original site of the Barber motorcycle museum, has decided to move the production of its V-4 “Baby Block” engine from Texas to Birmingham to streamline the company’s assembly operation. The move will add an undetermined number of jobs to the crew of eight that already works for Motus’ Birmingham facility. The company plans to produce 250 to 300 of its motorcycles during the first year of production, according to company president Lee Conn. Continue reading ‘Fast Motorcycle Industry News’

Bob Kay Joins AIMExpo As V-Twin Director. Will Lead Event’s Expansion Into Key Market Segment.

bobmckayThe Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group, producers of the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), today announced that Bob Kay has joined their team as V-Twin Director. Bob’s role will be to work closely with the V-Twin industry to develop AIMExpo’s offering for this important market segment beginning with their 2015 event. Bob is a well-known and highly respected member of the V-Twin community. Following formative time spent working in motorcycle dealerships he went on to play key roles in notable companies in the V-Twin segment including NEMPCO, Tucker-Rocky/Biker’s Choice, and American Iron Horse.

In 2005 he launched Biker Pros to provide specialized business services to the V-Twin market. As an integral member of the Motorcycle Group team he will focus his efforts on researching and developing meaningful components for the AIMExpo platform that will create value for this key segment of the powersports marketplace.

“Those I’ve worked with over the years have heard me emphasize the importance of our industry working in unison for the benefit of motorcycling at all levels,” commented Bob on the new opportunity. “As I became more aware of the vision for AIMExpo, I realized we shared a common direction for the prosperous future of our industry – one that brought everyone together. While the American V-Twin community stands out as a strong segment on its own, joining together as a unified force with AIMExpo’s forward-thinking platform will lead to positive gains for all. I am very excited to join the responsive leadership on the Motorcycle Group team and take the point on their efforts to create a genuine and viable offering for the V-Twin market, and leveraging the strengths of AIMExpo to help grow the V-Twin industry.” Continue reading ‘Bob Kay Joins AIMExpo As V-Twin Director. Will Lead Event’s Expansion Into Key Market Segment.’

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22nd Annual Daytona Biketoberfest. The Bike Shows.

biketoberfestshowsWillie’s Tropical Tattoo. Old Time Chopper Show. Thursday October 16. 825 South Yonge Street in Ormond Beach. The show runs from 11 AM to 4 PM and there are beer, girls, bands, trophy’s and awards. More a Happening than a traditional bike show competition, a meeting place, a gathering of creative old school bikes built mostly by garage builders.

25th Annual Boardwalk Show. Friday Oct 17 on the Daytona Beach Boardwalk. Just north of the Main Street Pier.  Show times are 12 noon to 5 pm.  This event is FREE to the public. Bike registration costs $25. and is from 8 am to 11 am. Pre-registration is $20 prior to Friday at the Mardi Gras Arcade on the Boardwalk, or by mail at Boardwalk Classic, Box 265201, Daytona Beach, FL  32126. Fifty-seven trophies in twenty classes. Best of Show wins $500. cash.  More info:  Bill at 386-871-0398.

Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show. Saturday October 18 at a new location at the “No Name Saloon” biker bar. 2001 S Ridgewood Ave, Edgewater, FL 32141. with free admission to the public. Registration on location starting at 8 am. Show until 4.30/5 pm. 20 classes. Will builders and spectators go this new place?

The Brass Connection

1Brass2brass3brass4brassBrass is the color of retro. Because many of you ask me where to find such and such brass part to complete the vintage look of their bikes, a new address where you could find the missing brass accessory. They also offer a lot of polish and black finish custom parts. All made in the USA. For almost all Harley, Triumph and Big Dog models. Speed Dealer Customs.
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Picture/Video Of The week

ChariotRacing1Nobody knows for sure who and where was invented Chariot Racing. The Chariot could be drawn by up to 4 motorcycles. Reins in the driver’s hands are connected to the handlebars. They were the Ben Hurs of the motor age…

Intermot 2014. Custom Chrome Europe RevTech Engine Equipped Show Winners

During the Intermot Show in Cologne, Germany, there is more to see than the AMD World Championship Of Custom Building. A Custom Chrome Europe judges team walk the halls to look for custom motorcycles equipped with their RevTech engines and parts. FYI, more than 30.000 RevTech V-Twin engines (88, 100, 110, 115 and 125”) have been produced to power one-off custom motorcycle or were exchanged against a Harley-Davidson engine and installed in the stock frame. The top 3 winners are rewarded with one brand new 115” RevTech engine for first place, a RevTech transmission for second placee, a RevTech 60.6 Liter/16 Gallon Oil Drum for 3rd place. And the winners are…(photography copyright H. Roesler & O. Wieringa for Cyril Huze)

#1_RevTech_0005Medium#1_RevTech_0007Mediumbis#1_RevTech_0002mediumter1st Place. Game Over Cycles from Poland. Bike Behemoth equipped with RevTech 115” V-Twin engine.

You can’t find a more sinister look in a style unique to the Polish custom builders. Air-ride rear suspension combined with the kickstand lifting into the lower chassis when the air-suspension is pumped up to riding height.

One-off front suspension. Bodywork? I have no words.

#2_RevTech_0001Medium#2_RevTech_0010Mediumbis2nd Place. Iron Worx from Belgium. Disse’s Bike built by Ives DeBruycker uses a 100” RevTech engine in a Paugco/Chica designed Gooseneck frame. Lots of Custom Chrome Europe parts, too.

#3_RevTech_0001Medium#3_RevTech_0002Mediumbis3rd Place. DK Motorrad from Switzerland. The Meccano contraption is equipped with 3 RevTech chromed disc wheels. Bodywork was a headache to build and is now a lifetime of headaches for polishing…

A Must Read. EPA Ruling Could Make Or Break The Bank For Millions Of Americans

etha1By former Senator Wayne Allard (1997-2009, Colorado) and Charles T. Drevna (President of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers) More than nine months past deadline, we’re still awaiting the EPA’s 2014 ruling on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)—an outdated policy requiring refiners to annually blend increasing volumes of biofuels like ethanol into domestic gasoline. While the EPA typically increases volume requirements each year, 2014 marked the first time the agency proposed a reduction from the statutory requirements—correctly citing the fuel market’s inability to sustain further increases without harming motorists, retailers and refiners. If the agency, under heavy political pressure, doesn’t uphold this sensible proposal, American consumers will ultimately lose. Implemented in 2005 amid the height of American energy consumption, the RFS aimed to provide a renewable fuel source to meet domestic demand. However, aggressive expansion of the policy in 2007 and incessant volume increases every year since—all while U.S. gasoline use declined—puts the policy at odds with its original intent. Today, virtually all U.S. gasoline contains 10 percent ethanol to create E10—the only blend proven safe for mass consumption. Yet the RFS continuously increases blending volumes, consequently pinning refiners against what’s known as the blend wall—the point at which no more ethanol can be blended without creating blends higher than E10. etha2Breaching the blend wall poses risks to consumers and retailers because higher ethanol blends like E15 and above can damage engines and fueling infrastructure. Ninety percent of vehicles today, including most 2001 to 2013 models, cannot handle higher blends without risking problems like corrosion and rubber swelling. These blends also threaten all motorcycles, heavy-duty and off-road vehicles, boats, power equipment components and lawn mowers. In fact, chance of damage is so great that major automakers, including Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen, have stated that engine damages related to these fuels will void consumers’ warranties, and AAA has publicly objected to E15 sales. Furthermore, adequate warning labels do not exist for higher blend dispensers. AAA estimates that 95 percent of consumers aren’t familiar with these blends or the damages they can cause. This means nearly 295 million motorists are unknowingly at risk for costly repairs. Among those motorists are owners of the nation’s 11 million motorcycles, none of which are approved for use of blends higher than E10. In fact, federal law prohibits motorcyclists from using such fuels. The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has repeatedly told lawmakers and the EPA that inadvertent use of E15 in motorcycles causes engine and fuel system failures. The AMA remains concerned that availability of ethanol-free gasoline continues to dwindle due to the RFS, and that the proliferation of E15 will threaten the availability of E10. Continue reading ‘A Must Read. EPA Ruling Could Make Or Break The Bank For Millions Of Americans’

Ural Teases A New Limited Edition Sidecar. Video.

Ural Motorcycles will soon unveil a special edition machine, probably another fully loaded sidecar with a traditional 749cc air-cooled fuel injected 4-stroke boxer engine, a square cylinder architecture (3.1” bore and stroke), capable of delivering 41 horsepower at 5,500 revs and 42 lb-ft (57 Nm) of torque at 4,300 rpm. The name of the project is MIR, a Russian word which stands for both “universe” and “peace”. The new Ural should be unveiled (not confirmed) at the Italy EICMA in early November.

Modern Vintage Style Spark Plug Wires

LowbrowPlugWires1LowbrowPlugWires2Modern technology meets classic styling in these 8mm Suppression Core Cloth Spark Plug Wire Sets. They are cotton-braided and lacquered, but have a modern suppression core conductor with silicone insulation for top performance and heat resistance. Each set consists of a full 48″ of 8mm plug wire with finned, rubber, 90-degree spark plug boots, as well as a pair of rubber coil boots and high tension terminals for both ends of the plug wires.
LowbrowPlugWires3LowbrowPlugWires4Designed for motorcycles running modern electronic ignitions and will not cause RFI interference. Choice of Black with Orange Tracers, Black with Red Tracers, Oak with Red & Black Tracers or Red with Black & Yellow Tracers. Made in the USA. $49.95 per set. Distributed by Lowbro Customs. Info toll free at: 1-855-4LOWBROW.

Harley-Davidson And “Sons of Anarchy” Fans Gear Up For The Final Ride. Will Hand Over The Keys To A 2015 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle.

SOATo celebrate Sons of Anarchy” (“SOA”) show’s finale, Harley-Davidson is offering one lucky fan a 2015 “SOA” customized motorcycle and a special viewing party at his hometown Harley-Davidson dealership hosted by stars of the show Kim Coates and Theo Rossi

“The last seven seasons have been a hell of a ride,” said Dino Bernacchi, U.S. Marketing Director at Harley-Davidson. “In true Harley and SAMCRO style, we’re putting fans front and center with an “SOA”-inspired motorcycle and a viewing party they’ll never forget.”

Members of the fictional Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club have ridden Harley-Davidson Street Bobs since the show began. A special team at Harley-Davidson collaborated with the “SOA” production team to customize more than 100 motorcycles for the show. From “club style” cruisers to touring bikes, each motorcycle began as a stock showroom model and canvas for customization.

The winner’s motorcycle will come with a customized tank that merges Harley-Davidson’s inherent style and attitude with California’s motorcycle club culture. Providing the contest winner a 2015 “SOA” customized motorcycle will allow them to start a new series in their riding journey.

Today through Oct. 31, fans can visit Harley-Davidson “Sons Of Anarchy” to enter the contest and receive exclusive Harley-Davidson and “SOA” stickers (while supplies last). Sons of Anarchy” airs Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on FX

Spectro Answers Your Question About Fuel Stabilizer

Should Fuel Stabilizer be used during winter months while riding or just for storage?

spectrofuelstabilizerQuestion. I have a 2003 RoadKing. I live in NY. I had my bike stored in the garage w/ a full tank and added your Spectro Fuel Stabilizer. I took the bike out for a long Ride and It ran beautifully! When I re-filled the tank I noticed that the bike did not run as good (no stabilizer). Do you recommend that I use Spectro Fuel Stabilizer even though my bike is used throughout the winter, or only for storage? The additive smoothes out the idle and I feel it burns much better

Answer.Spectro fuel stabilizer is a great product to keep fuel fresh (at least 12 months) but it also counteracts the damaging effects of ethanol. Our fuel stabilizer also contains a lubricant that helps keep carburetor parts moving freely, and with fuel injected bikes it helps lubricate fuel pumps and throttle bodies.

Many people have been using our fuel stabilizer year round with the same benefits you mentioned below. Using it year round won’t damage anything, and will provide enhanced protection from ethanol.

Drag Specialties Seats For Harley FL And Victory Crossroad And Cross Country Models

DragFLSeatFor Harley FL Models. This new solo seat with optional EZ Glide backrest system are made with solar-reflective leather and automotive-grade vinyl to reduce the surface temperature by as much as 25°F, feature a flexible urethane foam interior for maximum comfort, and are compatible with EZ Glide II™ backrests (sold separately). They come with two mounting nuts and a leather fender bib for a clean installation. Matching rear pillion pads are also available in two sizes. These seats are available in a range of styles for all 08-14 FLHT, FLHR, FLTR and FLHX models. Made in the U.S.A. Suggested retail price is $324.95 – $329.95. More info HERE.
DragVictorySeatFor Victory Crossroads And Cross Country Models. This low-profile seats from Drag Specialties Seats™ create a superior riding position to keep you in the saddle for longer. Solar-reflective leather on the seating areas reduces surface temperature by as much as 25°F. The interior is filled with flexible urethane foam for maximum comfort. The ABS thermoformed bases are carpeted to protect your finish, and all mounting hardware is included. Seats include an EZ Glide I backrest that is removable in case you want more room for passengers. They are compatible with OEM sissy bars, but not with convertible pads. These seats are available in a range of styles and fit all Victory 10-14 Crossroads and Cross Country Models. Made in the U.S.A. Suggested retail price is $589.95 – $699.95. More info HERE.

Dave Perewitz Gives Responsibility Of His Shop To Daughter Jody. Now Focusing On Custom Painting.

DavePerewitzDave Perewitz, nicknamed “King of Flames”, is going back to his roots and is now focusing all his time and efforts on what he loves and does best, custom paint design. His shop Cycle Fab is now managed by his daughter Jody who will assume the majority of the day to day management and other duties. She is well known for her racing career with a successful Land Speed Record in Bonneville and other accomplishments. A new paint facility has been established for Dave Perewitz’s work, usually revolving around flame jobs, candies, pearls and other custom applications. Dave Perewitz. 508-697-3595.

2015 Zero Models Unveiled. All With Premium New Equipment.

zeroNew motorcycles travel up to 185 miles in the city and over 100 miles on the highway. Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, announced its 2015 model line with premium new standard equipment including Showa suspension, Bosch anti-lock brake systems and Pirelli tires. The refinements are designed to transform the already exhilarating ride experience by offering incredibly smooth suspension, optimal braking responsiveness and unrivaled traction. To increase range, Zero introduced new battery cells with 10% greater capacity on the Zero S, Zero SR and Zero DS. When combined with the Power Tank accessory, this yields an industry leading range of up to 185 miles in the city, 94 miles on the highway at 70 mph or 115 miles at 55 mph.

“For 2015, we have further redefined the motorcycle experience by creating a lineup that delivers, quite possibly, the most seamless and pure ride of any motorcycle ever manufactured,” said Richard Walker, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “With no shifting, up to 106 ft-lbs of instant torque and a host of new technical improvements that offer premium comfort and control, we invite all consumers to go for a ride on these impressive new machines. The new lineup will arrive at North American dealerships in December and during late February for Europe.” Continue reading ‘2015 Zero Models Unveiled. All With Premium New Equipment.’

2014 AMD World Champion Of Bike Building. Krugger’s BMW K1600.

bmw1bmw2 BMW3This feature was written a couple of days ago. Without knowing for sure that yesterday Sunday October 5th in Cologne, Germany Fred Krugger would be voted the winner of the “Freestyle Class” of the AMD World Championship Of Bike Building.  It’s the second time that Krugger wins the championship, the first time in Sturgis in 2010. For one-off motorcycles, problem(s) solving is the name of the game. Some custom builders will not venture far from what they know by fear of failure, especially for a commissioned project by a retail client. Some will never touch any motorcycle from a brand that they don’t know very well. Some will not work for a manufacturer whose briefing include some constraints regarding motor, driveline, components or aesthetics.

Fred “Krugger” Bertrand will tell you that building a custom bike to only impress others is relatively easy . He belongs to a very small contingent of custom builders who challenge themselves into extremely complex tasks while still frightened by the tasks to accomplish. It’s not the first time that Krugger is called by a major motorcycle brand to create a concept motorcycle. And he works on each project as it is intended to go mass market, his absolute professional dream…

BMW4BMW5About 1 1/2 year ago I talked to Krugger. He was nervous but extremely excited at the idea of working for BMW Motorrad. Last  September 25th, BMW eventually unveiled the Krugger’s BMW K1600 project featured here, dubbed NURB in reference to the very famous Nurburgring Race Track located northwest of Frankfurt, Germany. The BMW K1600 is the brand’s ultimate touring machine with a legendary in-line compact 6-cylinder 1,649 cc, 160 hp engine and a maximum torque of 129 lb/ft. A transversely installed engine delivering dynamic performance as well as refined running smoothness. Over 70% of the maximum torque is available from just 1500 rpm. For eceptional touring, yes, but also for Sport riding if you are in the mood.

BMW5terThe factory K1600 bike is an extremely sophisticated machine, featuring several drive modes, a very complex electronic system and a wiring loom (with no less than 7 computer chips) and even an adaptive headlight for safety during night riding. No way, BMW would let Krugger touch this motor and these electronics, and I doubt very much he would have want to… For the rest, he got complete freedom of expression under reserve – of course – that the Krugger branded custom version work as good or better than the original machine… Continue reading ‘2014 AMD World Champion Of Bike Building. Krugger’s BMW K1600.’

Harley-Davidson Three-Dimensional Machete Wheel And Sprocket.

1Machete-wheel-22Machete-wheel-1Slice through air and light with the new Machete Custom Wheels ($799.95 each) from Harley-Davidson®. Finished in either brilliant mirror-chrome or sinister black ice, this wheel features seven three-dimensional cutting-edge spokes that catch the light and are shaped to imply motion, even when the motorcycle is standing still.

Available in 21 or 16-inch fronts and a 16-inch rear to fit many Harley-Davidson Sportster® and Softail® motorcycles, these wheels can be paired with a matching Machete Billet Sprocket ($399.95). Also available in chrome or black ice. For more information, visit Harley Online Store.

These wheels have undergone hundreds of hours of real-world testing to meet the highest standards of performance and durability. Installation requires the separate purchase of a model-specific Wheel Installation Kit, sprocket hardware and brake rotor-specific hardware. It may also require separate purchase of model-specific tires to fit the new wheels. See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for fitment details.

Ferrari Patents Motorcycle V-Twin Engine Design

ferrlogoPatent application submitted suggest that Ferrari may be considering producing a motorcycle, The patent covers the design of an “internal combustion engine having two cylinders, which are arranged in a ‘V’ configuration.” Ferrari has also filed a trademark application for the name ‘Cavallino’ (pony in Italian) for use on a vehicle without precision of type, car or motorcycle.

This interest for motorcycles may be correlated to Fiat Chrysler Automobile Group (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne’s intention to maximize the use of the Ferrari brand to benefit the development and growth of FCA. The Ferrari brand has strong international appeal and if a motorcycle were to be produced it would offer an alternative to Audi’s owned Ducati motorcycles.

Stolen 1954 Harley Hydra-Glide Returned After 42 years

harley-davidson1This week, Customs and Border Protection Agents returned to Edgar Howard Johnson the motorcycle which was stolen in 1972 from his father, a police officer from North Carolina.

harley-davidson2The 1954 FL Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide motorcycle was intercepted last month at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport where it was about to be shipped to Australia.

“My dad would be tickled to get it back if he was still alive,” said Johnson, whose father passed away four years ago. “The Harley, worth an estimated $24,000 appeared to be in mint condition. It was green when stolen but was since painted bright yellow. It also has a “trumpet style horn” and a medallion on its front fender commemorating Harley-Davidson’s 50th anniversary.

Gone South. The Spirit Of The Road.

The open road provides a pathway to the uncontrolled spirit, a state of being that is universally felt yet so challenging to capture through a medium.  And it doesn’t matter the brand of motorcycle you are riding… Shot in Knolls, Utah near the Bonneville Salt Fats and in San Rafael Swell in Southern Utah, as well as some lonely highways and dirt roads between the two.  Music by “Future Islands”

Directed by: Skylar Nielsen. Director of photography: Ian Rigby. Cinematography: Josh Fletcher Adventurers: Lance Clayton & Nelson Bruggeman
Campers: Pat Fenelon & Corigan Kushma.

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