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49ers Gold Rush

The discovery of gold nuggets in the Sacramento Valley in early 1848 sparked the Gold Rush, arguably one of the most significant events to shape American history during the first half of the 19th century. Would be gold miners traveled to San Francisco and the surrounding area. The Gold Rush led to the creation of California. By the end of 1849, the non-native population of the California territory was some 100,000 compared with the pre-1848 figure of less than 1,000. Gold mining reached its peak by 1852 but since then continues to be the inspiration all over the world for movies, books, art, fashion, all types of artwork including custom motorcycle designs and paint jobs…

There may be way too many motorcycles designed around the wild west or gold rush theme. A few good ones able to develop the Far West conquest atmosphere, but also, unfortunately, a vast number of others limited to tacky western painted murals. In the UK, couple Vic and Lin Jefford from custom shop Destiny cycles, have consistently produced multi show winning bikes for both customers and themselves since 1998. They are too experienced to fall in the trap of a theme bike without soul. First, they carry almost all their work in-house to project their own style and personality and in the end have always offered high quality hand-crafted bikes winning a record of important bike shows in Europe. Continue reading ’49ers Gold Rush’

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99 Years Ago Today. The First American Enters Germany On A Harley. The Iconic Picture Re-Created In Original Location.

“99 years ago…, …on November 12th 1918, a photographer walked out of his studio, awoken by the sound of German military boots walking on cobblestones. Not in unison, as coming in the past four years, but slow and out of marching step. War was over November 11th at 11 a.m. The “Great War” came to a sudden and unexpected end. It wasn’t the end of the war, only the Armistice, but at least the killing had stopped and the German troops were now marching east, back home. This photographer saw a chance – to take a picture of the retreating German Army at a very special location, not to0 far from his shop, one that would symbolyse the downfall of the Kaiser Reich. So he took his equipment, walked along the road beside the troops and arrived at the selected spot. Then, he set up his equipment. Photographing in 1918 was far from what we know today. Even those who have photographed slides and film would be challenged to operate a 1918 equipment.

When he had set up tripod and camera, something strange happened. A motorcycle with a sidecar was coming down the road and stopped almost in front of him. Waiting to turn left through the passing soldiers. Motorcycles were a common sight in this war-busy town, so he probably did not notice that this motorcycle was different – and the uniform of the rider was different too. The image in his box camera was inverted – and probably upside-down. It did make a nice picture – and he shot it. It was the image of a then corporal named Roy Holtz. But it took another World War to discover that image (top picture) published in 1944 in the Harley-Davidson Enthusiast Magazine with Roy Holtz telling the journalist a little bit of his story. The days before and after this iconic image was taken that day have remained a mystery. But no more, says “Motographer” Hoest Roesler.. After 10 years of effort and research Horst has tracked down the history of not just this image, but also how it came to this almost impossible situation: an American soldier riding a Harley among German soldiers retreating to their country!

“I knew for a long time, like many, about the image and story, but estimated the chances of tracking down the location, which I knew would be “core” of any story, were slim to nil. When I finally found out the location, I saw to my surprise that I had passed that very spot several times without ever notifying that THIS is where the picture was taken!” says Horst.

“On December 4, 2007, I stood at the spot and could not believe it. But that was rather the beginning than the end of the search. Dieter Hofem, owner of Chem-Tools (chem-toole.eu), a producer of high-profile custom-motorcycle, antique and custom-car cleaning products had a 1916 Model “J” which had one flaw. No sidecar. But at my request he did find a period sidecar used until now as a flower pot… With it he was able to restore the complete 1916 sidecar. Excited by my project, he found a GENUINE Doughboy Uniform on eBay (Third Army, but that’s was close enough…)

By April 2009, the project was ready to hit the road. Not just had the Motographer in 2008 researched the unit Holtz was fighting for, but also where they fought, where and how he got lost, where and which unit really took him prisoner. The 5th German Bavarian Division at that time fought its way home against British Troops along the Schelde river in northern Belgium and was thus out of the picture.. How the hell it worked out that Holtz ended up at that location where the image was taken in 1912? In May 2009 Horst Roesler financed a trip and the filming of a documentary video by “Biker Lifestyle TV” specialist Gerd Scheidel during which they re-created the original image in the very same spot where Holtz was photographed.”

Visits to the USA before and after the filming brought more details and added up to a spectacular story, so much more complex than as told in the February 1944 issue of the Harley Enthusiast Magazine, which has been the base of so many miss-interpretations through the decades. These included visits to the family, the National Archives in Washington, US-Army Archives/Carlisle, Bavarian War Archives Munich, Wisconsin State Museum/Madison, Harley-Davidson Museum Milwaukee and almost all American WW-1 Cementeries in France, not to forget almost annual visits to the World War 1 Battlefields of the AEF and the collection of books, maps and images, often period stuff from Flea Markets and antique bookshops… The 100th anniversary of this iconic picture is approaching and Horst Roesler has to complete the story and publish it. Continue reading ’99 Years Ago Today. The First American Enters Germany On A Harley. The Iconic Picture Re-Created In Original Location.’

The Build By Paul Teutul Jr. A Reflection on Faith, Family, and My Time on “American Chopper” By Paul Teutul Jr.

Paul Teutul Jr. starred on American Chopper with “Paulie” and his father, Paul Sr., building custom choppers together. After his time on the reality show, he started his own business, Paul Jr. Designs. Today, Paul Jr. Designs continues to thrive, producing custom bikes for a variety of individual and corporate clients. The Build is his first book.

“It remains humorous to me that after ten years of appearing on a reality television show, the question I am most often asked, by far, is whether what happened on our show was, well, real. But then again, the dynamic that made “American Chopper” a global phenomenon did appear unreal, prompting the two to three million viewers tuning in on Monday nights to hope – even pray – that the volatile relationship between my father and me was too bad to be true.

The premise of the show was simple: a father and son work together to build custom motorcycles. “American Chopper” worked because the bikes and our relationship were jaw dropping. For 10 seasons and 233 one-hour episodes, my father and I were often a train wreck that proved equally as difficult to turn away from as to watch. And yes, it was real. In fact, I believe that because of my relationship with my father, “American Chopper” not only was the most real reality show, but it was the first true reality show that didn’t involve surviving on an island.

The arguments, shouting matches, door slamming, and wall punching were no different from my life growing up with my father, working for him in the steel business, and then building custom bikes together. The only dif­ference with “American Chopper” was that there were cameras around, recording our blowups for the world to see.
I have learned that there are many people with stories similar to mine – people who are part of, or are directly impacted by, an abnormal relationship. I have nodded in understanding while listening to fans of our show describe their relationships gone bad. I have even talked with one man who might have had a worse relationship with his father than I did with mine.

Those conversations are one reason I decided to write The Build. I have been married to Rachael for seven years now, and our strong relationship is one my parents did not have. Our son, Hudson, is almost three years old, and our father-son dynamic will be the complete opposite of what I grew up with. I have faith that will be the case… because of my faith. And when the opportunity arose to write a book about choppers, my family, and my faith, I said, “I’ve got to do this.”

Seeing my relationship with my father play out on a reality show for ten years was difficult because our society tends to keep such problems hidden. It has been difficult to detail in this book my bad experiences with my father because he is my dad, and I love him – I have long desired to have a nor­mal relationship with him. Continue reading ‘The Build By Paul Teutul Jr. A Reflection on Faith, Family, and My Time on “American Chopper” By Paul Teutul Jr.’

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Keanu Reeves And Gard Hollinger Unveiled 3 New Arch Motorcycle Models

Keanu Reeves and partner Gard Hollinger made the trip to the EICMA trade show in Milan to introduce 3 new motorcycles to their vision of motorcycle refinement. Since Arch Motorcycle was created in 2007, they have created and built (starting in 2015) different versions of their KRGT-1 model a 124″ (2032 cc) S&S performance cruiser with an optional custom fit and finish offered to each client. This week in Milan they resent a newest refined version of the KRGT-1 with ergonomic bodywork enhancements, better front suspension, upgraded brakes with optional ABS and EURO 4 emissions compliance. At a price of around $78,000 and up for rich and discerning riders….

The second launch is for Arch’s 1st production single sided swingarm model. It offers a more aggressive riding position. 125″ S&S V-Twin engine with CNC machined aluminum back-bone and subframe, a carbon fiber fuel tank and 7-spoke design carbon fiber wheels. Pricing to be announced in January.

And if you can afford even more engineering artistry for the price of a very luxury sedan or sport car, you can be one of the 23 owners of a 143″ S&S Engine Arch Method 143 concept motorcycle featuring a carbon fiber mono-cell chassis, a Arch designed Suter Industries manufactured CNC machined aluminum single-sided swingarm with carbon fiber cover, an aluminum bodywork, proprietary Ohlins front end, carbon turbine wheels, Moto GP inspired carbon fiber exhaust, etc. Arch Motorcycle. (on location picture @ H. Roesler for C. Huze)

New Barnett Hydraulic Brake and Clutch Lines

Barnett is now producing their own Genuine brake and hydraulic clutch lines designed to match all Barnett cables, They are available in Classic Stainless braid, Platinum Series bright silver, Black with chrome fittings and Stealth ‘black on black’.

These new Barnett brake and clutch lines are available in stock and full custom lengths to fit Harley Davidson, Victory and Indian models through 2018 .ABS lines being available as well.

As with genuine Barnett cables, a 24 hour rush service is also available on the brake and clutch line kits. Like all Barnett products, these brake and clutch lines are proudly made in the USA. To order, contact your dealer or order online at Barnett Clutches.

The New Panigale V4. The First Mass Produced Ducati Motorcycle With A 4-Cylinder Engine

Ducati revolutionary Panigale V4 world premiere was at the Milan EICMA Show. It is called Panigale V4 and it marks a new and important chapter in Ducati’s history, a “symphony” of performance and emotions that’s 100% Italian. The Paanigale V4 is the first mass-produced Ducati motorcycle to be equipped with a 4-cylinder engine, closely derived from the Desmosedici of the MotoGP.

Ducati always aimed to be synonymous with sport motorcycling with a range of models offering enhanced performance and ridability to riders of all skill levels. Replacing the iconic 1299 the Ducati Panigale V4 is now at the top of the supersport lineup.

The new Panigale V4’s standard equipment includes: Ducati Power Launch (DPL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO, full-LED headlight with Daytime Running Light (DRL), Sachs steering damper, quick control selection, automatic switch-off of turn signals.

The new Panigale V4 Speciale completes the range and takes the concept of Italian sports bikes to an extreme. An exclusive and dedicated livery; Ducati Performance titanium racing exhaust by Akrapovic for 226 hp of power; components in carbon and aluminum worked from the solid. To be produced in a limited and numbered series of 1,500 motorcycles.

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New High Performance Brake Caliper By Metalsport

Motorcycle wheels maker Metalsport, well known for its wheels up to 34″ wheels, developed a unique high performance brake caliper that combines superior stopping power and reliability with an unmistakable custom appearance.

The caliper is shown here with one of the company’s complete kits which include:  unique 18” rotor with 420 heat treated outer ring mounted to 6061-T6 aluminum carrier with application specific stainless steel buttons. Carriers are offered in cuts to match the Metalsport’s crowd stopping wheel designs.

A custom caliper hanger, manufactured in house from 6061-T6 billet aluminum, and all stainless mounting hardware are also included. For additional details check out the complete Metalsport lineup. Call direct to 562-776-9594 for special pricing on first time orders.

At EICMA Milan, Indian Motorcycle Unveiled A One-Off Race-Inspired Scout FTR1200

It was unveiled at the EICMA Milan trade Show. Although it is a one-off Indian Scout, this FTR1200 Custom was built to celebrate the Indian FTR750’s dominant performance in American Flat Track, its Wrecking Crew and Indian’s return to racing. Indian worked with its Indian Motorcycle Race team of Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Brad Baker to execute its vision of what it would look like to bring the FTR platform to the street.” “This bike marries the FTR750’s race bike look with the proven Scout engine and serves as an exploration of how we could expand the Indian brand to new customers around the world in the future.

Out of the 18 flat track races that took place in 2017, the Indian Wrecking Crew took 37 of the 54 podium positions available, including six podium sweeps and 14 race wins, bringing Indian the manufacturer’s title and Mees his fifth AMA Grand National Championship. Not only that, Mees, Smith and Baker swept the 2017 AFT Championship – placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Mees tallied 10 wins out of 18 races and set a new single-season record of 17 finishes on the podium, while Smith was on the podium nine times, with four wins, three runner-ups and two third-place finishes. Baker tallied 10 podiums, despite being out with an injury and unable to compete in the final two races. He earned five runner-ups and five third-place finishes.

“We’ve built a strong foundation in the CBT (Cruiser, Bagger, Tourer) segment over the past four years, and we are excited by the positive feedback on the FTR and the opportunities to grow the brand globally in the next five years.” said Steve Menneto, Indian President of Motorcycles. Marketing Director, Reid Wilson, added: “Indian has a rich racing history of winning and we aim to continue that with the FTR platform and beyond. As was the case with Indian’s original founders, we are using racing to develop, test and showcase the capabilities of our motorcycles. Indian will push boundaries by developing new products that will expand rider perceptions of American motorcycles. We plan to be respectful of Indian’s rich heritage, while expanding the reach of the brand over the long-term horizon.”

“The FTR Custom will be exhibited at international events throughout 2018 to help us continue to expand the global reach and relevance of Indian Motorcycle.

Joke Of The Week

To shoot or not to shoot, that is the question

A man returns home a day early from a business trip.
It’s after midnight. While en-route home, he asks the cabby if he would be a witness, because the man suspects his wife is having an affair and he wants to catch her in the act. For $100, the cabby agrees.

Quietly arriving home, the husband and cabby tip toe into the bedroom.

The husband switches on the lights, yanks the blanket back and there is his wife, naked as a jay bird, with a man, totally nude also. The husband puts a gun to the naked man’s head. The wife shouts, don’t do it! I lied when I told you I inherited money. Continue reading ‘Joke Of The Week’

Harley-Davidson Just Released The 2018 Sport Glide™, Its 9th Model Based On The All-New Softail Platform.

The new Harley-Davidson® Sport Glide™ motorcycle is an aggressive factory-custom cruiser outfitted with a detachable fairing and saddlebags ideally suited for touring , cruising or commuting. The versatile Sport Glide is ready for short- or long-distance weekend runs. “The Sport Glide offers the thrilling dynamic capability of the new Softail platform with features that make it suited for both commuting and light touring,” said Dave Latz, senior product planning manager at Harley-Davidson. “Its factory-custom design speaks to modern performance and contemporary style.”

The ninth model based on the all-new Harley-Davidson Softail® platform and the latest in a line of 100 high-impact motorcycles the company plans to introduce by 2027, the Sport Glide presents an engaging combination of technology and style. Designed to be lightweight and stiff, the new Softail chassis delivers agility and performance that will exceed the expectations of the most demanding cruiser riders, while the rigid-mounted Milwaukee-Eight 107 V-Twin powertrain pumps out a mountain of torque for outstanding acceleration and passing power.

The new fairing is shaped to deflect wind away from the rider’s chest while leaving the rider’s head in a clean stream of air. The fairing is secured to the fork tubes with quick-release clamps, making removal or installation fast and easy. Riders seeking even more wind protection can exchange the standard 1.5-inch-high windshield for a 5.5-inch Light Smoke Windshield available from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories.

“The Sport Glide presents the broad influence of Harley-Davidson design in a very contemporary way,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Styling & Design. “In the new fairing, for example, you can see the influence of the iconic batwing fairing from Harley Touring models, but it’s been trimmed back to create a more compact, sporty shape.”

The new lockable, rigid saddle bags feature a sleek clam-shell design. The bags are easy to load and unload, and can be opened with one hand by a seated rider. A damping device allows the saddlebag lids to open smoothly. The bags can be removed in seconds with an internal quick-release mechanism, leaving behind mounting points that are barely visible. Combined saddlebag capacity is 1.9 cubic feet. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Just Released The 2018 Sport Glide™, Its 9th Model Based On The All-New Softail Platform.’

Twin Power Introduces New Line of EFI Service Components

Twin Power is introducing a new line of service parts to properly maintain Harley-Davidson® models equipped with Electronic Fuel Injection. The new assortment includes: fuel injectors, fuel pressure regulators, check valves, EFI fuel lines, fuel pump door seals, map sensors, throttle position sensors, coolant temperature sensors, idle air controls, fuel filter kits and replacement pump to filter fuel hoses.

“These components are O.E.M.-style replacement parts offered at very competitive prices. They offer a high-quality alternative to the factory parts for the enthusiast or aftermarket shops,” says James Simonelli, Twin Power Brand Manager.

The fuel injectors (P/Ns 422627 through 422631) are suitable for stock or racing applications, offering a fast pulse response and optimum fuel atomization. They are small in dimension and lightweight with a stainless steel body, fuel-resistant plastic connector and multi-hole spray shaping. The injectors retail for $89.75.

Twin Power fuel filter kits (P/Ns 484238 through 484241) come with all the necessary parts required for installation on your bike. They meet or exceed O.E.M. specification and ensure top performance when replaced periodically. These filters retail for $11.89 to $30.89.

The fuel pump door seals (P/Ns 046167 through 046176) meet or exceed O.E.M specifications, are sold individually and are available for Big Twin and XL Models. The fuel pump door seals retail for $6.50 to $21.50.

The fuel pressure regulators (P/Ns 422626, 484236 and 484237, retail $27.99 to $36.99), check valves (P/Ns 484230 through 484235, retail $25.09 to $29.59), EFI fuel lines (P/Ns 484226 through 484229, retail $39.09 to $43.69), map sensor (P/N 422622, retail $32.99) , throttle position sensor (P/N 422623, retail $49.99), coolant temperature sensor (P/N 422624, retail $17.99), idle air control (P/N 422625, retail $29.95) and replacement pump to filter fuel hose (P/Ns 484242, retail $6.09) are high-quality O.E.M.-style replacement parts for Harley-Davidson motorcycles®.

The new line of service parts is available exclusively from Twin Power and can be ordered through your local Tucker Rocky | Biker’s Choice dealer.

Baume & Mercier And Indian Motorcycle Released A Limited Edition Burt Munro Watch

It’s been 50 years since Burt Munro took his Indian Scout Streamliner to the Bonneville Salt Flats and made history, a story immortalized by the feature film”The World’s Fastest Indian”,starring Sir Anthony Hopkins. As a result, Munro’s legacy transcends motorcycles and symbolizes the much broader drive to push beyond conventional limitations to experience or achieve what is seemingly impossible. Burt Munro is now a household name among “gear heads” across the globe and the ultimate example of the gritty, adrenaline-fueled pastime of expanding the limits of speed at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

In partnership with the Swiss watchmaker, Baume & Mercier, a limited edition watch has been created in celebration of the speed hero and brand’s collaboration.  The Baume & MercierClifton Club Indian, Burt Munro Tribute was unveiled for the very first time at EICMA 2017 and is now available online for pre-sale. Continue reading ‘Baume & Mercier And Indian Motorcycle Released A Limited Edition Burt Munro Watch’

Royal Enfield Unveiled Its New 650 cc Parallel Twin To Equip Two New Models

Royal Enfield has unveiled a new 650 cc parallel twin engine at the Royal Enfield UK Technical Center at Bruntingthorpe in United Kingdom. The 2 new models running on this engine are expected to be unveiled at the EICMA Show in Milan today 7 November.

It is clear that Royal Enfield, with a stronger engine, aimed at developing a global platform that would carry the Royal Enfield legacy and character into modern motorcycling history and seduce as much beginners than experienced riders. It could mean some new competition for our American brands also looking for new riders.

The new unit is a four-stroke, single overhead cam, air-cooled, 648cc parallel twin cylinder engine tuned to deliver torque across the rev range, allowing the new RE motorcycle to have a ride as smooth and stable as that of current generation, without having to shift too much even at low speeds. The new 648 cc displacement engine produces 47 bhp at 7,100 rpm and 52 Nm at 4,000 rpm, which is considerably higher than that delivered by the current 500cc engine at 27 bhp and 41 Nm. Royal Enfield says the twin cylinder configuration doesn’t have the thump that Enfield’s motorcycles are famous for. But Siddhartha Lal, MD & CEO said, “I wouldn’t call it a thump, but I would call it a rumble.” (photo @ @SwatiKJain)

A Chopper Dressed As A Racer

Haters are going to hate and the others are going to love some of the tricks used by Taber Nash on this quite unusual chop. Since its creation in 2003, Nash Motorcycle Company has always produced ground up custom choppers, bobbers and hot rod bikes mixing the old with the new. And this chopper dressed as a racer is faithful to Taber’s philosophy of building “bold” bikes not letting anyone indifferent…

Inspired by an old race car from the 20’s that had OK on it and named “OK or KO” (depending of which side you are looking at it), this project got started when a customer dumped a bunch of parts on Taber Nash and told him “ I want a long and low Chop with a true one-off appearance.” Problem partly solved when Taber realized that a pair of 15” wheels wrapped in race tires reached this assigned objective of visual uniqueness. But love it or not, “OK/KO” is much more than this. Continue reading ‘A Chopper Dressed As A Racer’

New Flare 5 Design Forged Wheel By Arlen Ness

Arlen Ness Enterprises informed its dealers that over the past two years the company has been developing its own new forged wheel line with new designs. Shown here is the The FLARE 5 the first design in the Ness premium wheel series, with sculpted CNC features extending from the axle all the way to the outer edge of the rim lip. Its multi-piece design features a radial forged rim, forged hub covers, hidden cartridge hub and spoke mounted 14” rotors for a combo never before seen in the v-twin aftermarket.

Precision machined from radial forged 6061-T6 aluminum for maximum road durability. Structurally tested to meet or exceed DOT, JAS and TUV international load ratings. Hidden hub design features a single piece cartridge type hub that includes both pre-set bearings. Available in chrome or black anodize finish. Matching floating performance 14″ rotors are also available. Forged hub covers are specially designed to bring full 3D styling from the bearing in the hub to the outer edge of the rim lip. Arlen Ness.

Victory Motorcycles Recalling Certain 2010-2017 Models

Polaris Industries owner of the now discontinued Victory Motorcycles is recalling 26200 motorcycles (model years 2010-2017): Victory Magnum, Cross Country, Cross Roads, Tour and Hard Ball. The issue is regarding the engine potentially misfiring and and resulting in heat from the catalytic converter melting the rear brake line and nearby wiring.

Damage to the brake line or wiring could increase the risk of a crash. “Continued operation with the engine in a misfire condition can result in elevated exhaust temperatures. The rear brake line and localized electrical lines can become damaged as the result of increased temperatures.”

Dealers will re-route the brake line away from the exhaust catalyst, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2017. Owners may contact Polaris customer service at 1-877-737-7172. Polaris’ number for this recall is V-17-02.

Harley-Davidson Offers Hundreds Of Options To Customize The 2018 Softail Lineup

Harley is launching over 300 new parts and accessories designed for its eight all-new 2018 Softail® motorcycles. These Harley Genuine Parts & Accessories are developed alongside the new motorcycles to provide riders with the highest quality and the most extensive range of customization options starting from the same day the motorcycles launch. The research and development of these brand-new accessories focused on making customization the easiest it has ever been by requiring less parts and installation time than ever before.

Express yourself. The new Softail accessories are designed to be combined for a wide variety of customization styles. Harley-Davidson expands its leading accessory lineup with the new Brass Collection, expansion of other popular collections such as Defiance, and ensuring a full suite of essential custom styled parts for the new Softail motorcycles. The Brass Collection is a living finish that allows parts to age naturally for a one-of-a-kind look. With a bare bones, garage-built look and feel, the parts have a cohesive pre-aged look that makes a bold statement.

Function. Ready To Ride. Build a new Softail to go the distance with a few key additions such as HoldFast™ sissy-bars, luggage racks, Tour-Pak mount; detachable saddlebags; and windshields.The new HoldFast system is best in its class, with an intuitive detachable latch system designed from the ground up in tandem with the new Softail chassis to ensure a premium fit and finish, with minimal effort and complexity during installation. The intuitive snap-in and release design enables easy installation and removal of HoldFast accessories. Also the one-piece backrest design eliminates the need for side plates and turn signal relocation kits. HoldFast accessories are available in chrome and black finishes.

Fit. Tailor The Ride. Harley-Davidson Parts & Accessories create a great riding experience by tailoring the bike to fit every rider and passenger based on how comfort, fit and style are prioritized. For 2018, ergonomic seats get a face-lift for Softail models with new styling that matches the personality of each bike and comfort seating launches with a wide variety of fitment. Numerous handlebar, foot control and suspension options are also at the ready to build customers a perfect fit for their new bike.

Performance. Screaming’ Eagle®. Screamin’ Eagle® Stage I, II, III and IV Kits https://www.harley-davidson.com/shop/screamin-eagle offer complete, street compliant performance configurations and retain the Motorcycle Original Equipment Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty. Stage upgrades are engineered to generate specific torque and horsepower gains for the new Softail models equipped with the Milwaukee-Eight® engine.

Find a local dealer in store or online to view the new 2018 motorcycles and the accessory options to make your bike a custom of one.

Thought Of The Day

 

 

 


“Beware of monotony! I
t’s the mother of all the deadly sins.”

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Brock’s Performance Bagger Aluminum Swingarm (09-16)

Brock’s Performance got 25 years of sportbike drag racing experience and knows a few things about the need for a swingarm able to handle the demands of ever powerful Baggers. Their extended aluminum swingarm for FL bikes (0” to 3”) is a 100% bolt-on design with OEM rear wheel, caliper, spacers and associated components. It is conceived for use in high-power, high-torque applications.

Shock mount position allows flexibility in ride height ( +1″ forward, standard, -1″ rearward) and are Compatible with shock lengths from 11” to 12 7/8”. Reversible billet axle adjusters and grade 8 steel adjuster bolts prevent axle slide. The Brock’s swingarm accepts a 200 series rear tire on 6 3/4″ wide rim after chain conversion. Sold in brushed aluminum finish. Made in the USA. Brock’s Performance.

 

Badlands Indian Scout RUN-BRAKE-TURN Signal Module

NAMZ, the leader in lightning modules to allow rear turn signals to be running brake lights, didn’t feel much love from Indian Scout owners… Until now… NAMZ is happy to announce the release of their Badlands Indian Scout RUN-BRAKE-TURN signal module. The module comes complete with a new rear fender harness allowing you to attach ANY taillight or RED turn signals.

Once connected, the module allows rear signals to run brake light lights, flashing bright light when the brake pedal is applied. Added visibility means added safety along with the custom look everyone is looking for.

NAMZ is celebrating its 19th year in business providing Electrical Components, Fluid Transfer Lines, Custom Installation Supplies & Badlands Lighting Modules.

NAMZ/Badlands products are available through Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited, Tucker Rocky, Mid USA, J&P Cycles, V-Twin, Parts Canada, Motovan, Les Importations Thibault, Parts Europe, Custom Chrome Europe, Motorcycle Storehouse, W&W, Zodiac, Rollies Speed Shop, Wildrider International Pty Ltd or directly from the MAMZ/Badlands Website.

Classic Louvered Air Cleaner. From Hot Rods To Motorcycles

The popular Louvered Air Cleaner has traditionally graced hot rods using Holley 94’s and Stromberg 97 carburetors. With new backing plates made by Lowbrow Customs, you can easily install and run one of these inexpensive, cool air cleaners on your Harley-Davidson.

These louvered Air Cleaner kits come complete with a washable paper filter, stainless steel, allen-head hardware and mounting gasket. They are available for CV carburetors and EFI Throttle Bodies, as found on Harley-Davidson Sportsters from 1991-2015, Big Twins 1993-2006, and FXD Dyna from 2004-2015. A kit is also available for S&S Super E and G Carburetors. The USA-made backing plates are 1/4 inch thick steel, black powder coated black. 42.95 for the entire kit. Order at 855-456-9276 or visit Lowbrow Customs.

Koenigsegg Motorcycle Concept

Sweden-based Koenigsegg is known for its outlandishly fast sports cars. This 1090 Motorcycle Concept imagines what might happen if they focused on just two wheels. Created by Maksim Burov, the design is purely conceptual, with no hypothetical specifications offered up. But you can imagine an ideal tech sheet…

Harley-Davidson Refuses Military Wife’s Late Payment…

When Harley-Davidson dealership owner Dennis Packee wrote a letter to a soldier’s wife, he never expected it to go viral. He was only trying to reach out to an individual who he knew was going through a struggle. And although he wrote the letter from his heart, he could never have guessed that it would touch so many thousands when it was later shared online.

Before he was deployed overseas, Christopher Walters rented a space to store his motorcycle at Reiman’s Harley-Davidson. While he was away, his wife Jaime failed to stay on top of the rental space payments. With two children to watch over, she was overwhelmed with all the responsibility now that Christopher had left for his tour of duty.

Because unexpected problems popped up, Jaime fell behind on the Harley-Davidson payments. And when she realized her mistake, she sent the late check in the mail with a long apology. Now Dennis Packee’s response has gone viral…In her letter, Jamie explained why the payment was late. And when Dennis read her reason, he refused to take her money. He knew that she needed it more than him. You send that money back to her,” he told his office employee.

Decades ago, Dennis was almost drafted into the Vietnam War. But when he had his medical examined, he was discharged. Since then, he has understood the sacrifices the men and women who serve America make on a regular basis. And Dennis has always been looking for creative ways to give back. When he saw Jamie’s letter and late payment, he knew this was one of those opportunities. Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Refuses Military Wife’s Late Payment…’

L.E.D. Accent For Harley Rushmore Batwing Fairing

1vent2ventThis new L.E.D. Fairing Vent adds L.E.D. styling to Harley-Davidson batwing fairings. This accent is illuminates H-D’s Slipstream vent with bright white L.E.D.s that emit a soft glow to enhance style and rider visibility. This vent covers the plain flat black vent with durable injection-molded ABS available in smooth chrome or gloss black finishes. Easy installation with plug-&-play wiring. Chrome P/N 5053 or Gloss Black P/N 5054 – MSRP: $79.99. Kuryakyn Fairing Vent Accent.

A 2018 Custom Harley Breakout To Devour Asphalt

The Harley Breakout is part of the new generation of factory cruisers benefiting from the 2018 Softail all-new chassis, lighter and 34% stiffer than before, with new adjustable mono shock rear suspension. In the front, a new Showa® SDBV® suspension technology providing the performance of a racing-style cartridge fork with linear damping characteristics. The 2018 Breakout, with its factory dragster style attitude now offers increased lean angles, sharper turn-in response and quicker accelerations. It’s a great canvas for personalization, to add more muscle to its hard riding stance and to show the street what you are made of…

As I already explained before in several posts, there is an unofficial competition between Harley dealers to be the first to customize one of the eight 2018 all-new Softail® models. This bike by Thunderbike Customs seems to be the first fully customized 2018 Breakout appearing on the custom scene. Powered by the new Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine ((1,868 cc) this Breakout is ready to devour asphalt with real street muscle. Continue reading ‘A 2018 Custom Harley Breakout To Devour Asphalt’

CEO Matthew S. Levatich Sold 19,447 shares Of the Harley-Davison Stock

In a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, October 25th Harley-Davidson CEO Matthew S. Levatich sold 19,447 shares of the business stock HOG. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.36, for a total transaction of $940,456.92.

Following the completion of the transaction, the Chief Executive Officer now directly owns 88,646 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,286,920.56.

The stock HOG has a 50 day moving average price of $47.91 and a 200-day moving average price of $51.26. Harley-Davidson, Inc. has a 12 month low of $45.25 and a 12 month high of $63.40.



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