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Harton CR 1200 Cafe Racer

Mix the spirit of Harley-Davidson with the one of a Norton racer and you get a HARTON (also called a NORLEY), a superb creation by an Italian custom shop called Stile Italiano. This Cafe Racer uses a Sportster 1200 motor cradled in a custom made featherbed frame. Typical ergonomics and equipment of a racer are there: a minimalist bodywork with a custom carbon fiber rear end/seat base, a one-off profiled aluminum gas tank and a wind resistance reducing Avon mini fairing. Front suspension is provided by a Ducati Sport Classic front end, and the rear by Bitubo shocks. Braking is the duty of Brembo brakes. A distinctive Virex 2 in 1 exhaust signed this elegant and sexy Harton 1200 Cafe Racer.


Mustang Wide Seats For the Softail Breakout 2013-17

With its stretched styling, low-slung stance, a fat rear tire and drag bars, the Harley Breakout is a quite popular model as an around-town motorcycle. For those looking for a little bit more comfort, Mustang released a line of seats featuring a unique trapezoid stitch pattern on high quality expanded vinyl, engineered to provide truly uncompromising comfort for both riders and their passengers.

Mustang’s new solo seat allows the rider to sit comfortably back into a 15.5” wide bucket, which provides superior lumbar support.  For all-day back support, choose the solo with a fully adjustable and easily removable Mustang driver backrest option (for solo riding only; does not fit with passenger seat).

The matching passenger seat offers a generous 11.5” wide bucket that is properly contoured for comfort.  Add the rounded 12” wide sissy bar pad and you’ve got the full  solution to passenger complaints!

Solo Seat (15.5” wide):  #76578   MSRP $329
Passenger Seat (11.5” wide):  #76579   MSRP $209
Solo with Driver Backrest (15.5” wide):  #79683*   MSRP $539
Contoured Sissy Bar Pad (12” x 9”) for OEM Round Bar:  #76289  MSRP

For more information, visit  or call Mustang Seats at 800-243-1392 or 413-668-1100.

Visualize What You Want And What You Should Not Want Your Motorcycle To Look Like

Jump starting a custom motorcycle design can be done many ways. Even the best professional builders are quite traditional in their approach, feeling and building based on good sense and their multiple experience with all their clients. A pro-builder will also invite you to show what you imagined, accessories, paint job etc. Reason why a well-known computer program like Photoshop with its easy-to-use tools is making inroads inside the custom motorcycle world. See how it will work and look, add and remove accessories. Look at it and let your pro-builder give his expert opinion.

Barbara Motorcycle Concepts in France is not a custom builder but can help you design on Photoshop anything you can imagine. Fortunately they will not tell you about the feasibility, the added value of the best custom builders, almost all building true motorcycles, not sculptures. But hey, together you may design the motorcycle of the future…And I can only encourage you.

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Upcoming Race of Gentlemen Exhibit At Harley-Davidson Museum

Harley-Davidson Museum® announces the opening of its special exhibit – “The Race of Gentlemen”. At the intersection of speed and style, The Race of Gentlemen has become a must-see and must-do automotive carnival. Dedicated craftsmen and women build and restore vintage American hot rods and motorcycles to blast down the beaches of the Jersey Shore.

This summer, the Harley-Davidson Museum® is proud to bring together the vehicles, the artistry and the personalities that make up The Race of Gentlemen for its special exhibit. “The Race of Gentlemen” will take over The Garage, a 10,000-square-foot special event space located on the H-D Museum campus, beginning June 16 and running through Labor Day (Sept. 4). In addition to displaying portraits, bikes and roadsters pulled from past races, “The Race of Gentlemen” exhibit will reveal the passion and devotion TROG compatriots bring to this sandy spectacle. Continue reading ‘Upcoming Race of Gentlemen Exhibit At Harley-Davidson Museum’

Flashback. 1948 Marman Twin Roadmaster.

The Marman Twin was a motorcycle produced n 1948 and Marman Products of Inglewood, California owned by Herbert “Zeppo” Marx from comedy act the Marx Brothers ((the straight man to his zany co-star siblings, 2nd from left on photo)
The simultaneously firing 2-stroke boxer weighs 30 pounds, cranks out 3.5 horsepower and was originally designed for drone airplanes during World War II, It was manufactured by Cleveland, Ohio-based Jack & Heintz Aircraft Co.placed and placed in a Schwinn style bicycle frame. (photo @ Doug Mitchel 630.605.6276)

Indian Motorcycle Teamed Up With Rokker Denim For A Line A High Quality Jeans. Only Sold In The EMEA Region.

At the Bike Shed London show, Indian Motorcycle and The Indian Rokker Company unveiled the Original Rokker Indian Jeans featuring an Indian branded leather patch on the rear and pocket tab. These have been exclusively designed for Indian and will only available in Indian dealers from the end of June 2017 and come in a collectable wooden box (note that they will only be on sale in the EMEA region, not in North America).

The two founders of The Rokker Company, Kai Glatt and Michael Kuratli, say they chose Indian because there isn’t any other brand in the motorcycle industry that has the tradition and image that matches so well. The inner lining of the Original Rokker Indian Jeans is made of schoeller®-dynatec and guarantees protection from abrasion and heat up to 100 km/h. Having this protective fabric on the inside of the jeans makes it possible fro Rokker to create a fashionable style on the outside so that the cut and wash are a match for other leading denim brands out there.

In the case of the Original Rokker Indian Jeans, bikers can choose between a raw and a washed version. The raw version comes with a zipper fly as opposed to the button fly used in the washed version (stonewashed). The raw version comes with a zipper fly as opposed to the button fly used in the washed version (stonewashed).The jeans are breathable (so there’s no sweating even in high temperatures), wind resistant (prevents the rider from getting wind chill), water repellent (so rain beads on the fabric and runs off) and easy to clean (washable at 40°C and ironing after the wash increases the water repellence). The jeans come in an Indian/Rokker branded wooden box (collectable).

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Vanguard Launching 2 Full-Carbon, Ultra-Light, Connected Premium Helmets

Vanguard, the new motorcycle company based in New York City that debuted its Roadster prototype motorcycle on December 2016 at the International Motorcycle Show, is launching its first line of full-carbon, ultra-light, connected helmets in partnership with helmet manufacturer Veldt and riding tech innovator Fusar.

Says Francois-Xavier Terny, CEO of Vanguard Moto Inc. “We appreciate the patience of our supporters who know that developing a world-class, proprietary premium motorcycle takes time. To maintain this groundswell of excitement we wanted to start offering mobility-related products that reflect Vanguard’s philosophy of contemporary design, premium features and excellent value. These helmets are exactly in line with what we believe should be the foundation of a strong mobility brand, and we’ll be regularly introducing new products and technology to give riders exceptional experiences.” Continue reading ‘Vanguard Launching 2 Full-Carbon, Ultra-Light, Connected Premium Helmets’

The Evel Knievel Museum Is Now Open

A very long time in the making, the museum honoring the greatest daredevil of all time is now open. Over the course of his career, Even Knievel attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps. He was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999

The 2-story 13,000 sq.ft museum is located in Kansas, right off of I-70 in the middle of the country, located at Historic Harley-Davidson. A special Grand Opening Celebration honoring Knievel’s Family and Crew will be Friday, June 30 & Saturday, July 1.  Tickets are LIMITED, and available HERE.

American Flat Track Twins At The Illinois State Fairgrounds. Bryan Smith Pulled Off A 3rd Successive Mile Miracle Aboard His Indian Scout FTR750.

The victory was the defending Grand National Champion’s fourth race win in a row overall, making him just the fifth rider in series history to accomplish that feat.

It certainly did not come easily on Saturday afternoon. Smith hoped to make an escape at the start, building up more than a half-second advantage early on before rival Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) slowly reeled him back in. Soon enough, the third member of the Indian Wrecking Crew, Brad Baker on the No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750, followed suit.

The next man destined to join the fight up front looked to be Springfield master Kenny Coolbeth (No. 2 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R). The Main Event was shaping up to be a significant uptick in form for the entire works Harley-Davidson crew with all three riders battling in strong position, led by Coolbeth, who was sixth and closing with the laps winding down.
Unfortunately, a freak incident between Coolbeth and teammates Jake Johnson (No. 5 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) and Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) dashed the hopes for the Factory trio. A red flag then flew, setting the stage for a six-lap shootout for victory. Continue reading ‘American Flat Track Twins At The Illinois State Fairgrounds. Bryan Smith Pulled Off A 3rd Successive Mile Miracle Aboard His Indian Scout FTR750.’

Warr’s Rascal Racer. A Rideable Custom And Above All Else A Genuine Harley-Davidson.

You know, the Battle Of The Kings (BOKT) is on several continents, making Harley dealers compete against each other, improving the company’s image and each dealer retail bottom line. This “Rascal Racer” is one of the customs that I missed in 16/17 when it won the Harley-Davidson UK & Ireland Battle of the Kings custom contest.

Original entry line-up was 30 Harley-Davidson dealer-built custom Sportster Iron 883™ motorcycles. From this choice, five BOTK finalist machines hosen by an online public voting. Warr’s 883 is a great choice. The London Kings Road-based dealership is no stranger to this type of honors, including o success within inaugural BOTK contest in 2015 with its stunning Dark Custom ‘Urban Racer Sprint’ based on the XL1200 Sportster Forty-Eight. Continue reading ‘Warr’s Rascal Racer. A Rideable Custom And Above All Else A Genuine Harley-Davidson.’

Builder Championship Of The Americas In Columbus, Ohio. Time To Register.

Registration is open for the Championship of the Americas in Columbus, Ohio September 21st thru the 24th 2017. Just go to AIMExpo Championship Rules And Registration Page. This Championship of the Americas is the most prestigious show in North America when it comes to the world custom bike building scene. It is the only official AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building Affiliate in the Americas. In addition to all the great prizes and the excellent industry network opportunities the winner of the Free Style class gets $7500 in expenses to ship him and his bike to Cologne, Germany for the 2018 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building.

The Championship of the Americas is based on the AMD World Championship rules. There are 4 classes; Free Style, Retro Custom, Street Custom and Performance Custom which provide different platforms for the builder to decide the style and brand to design their entry around.

In addition this year will feature an online component, the Trending Awards, for the best Bobber, Café, Chopper and Tracker entries. All the rules and forms are at AIMExpo Rules or you just call Bob Kay, 817-312-0380.

Columbus is shaping up to be the biggest and best AIMExpo yet with the Championship of the Americas smack dab in the middle of the Custom Culture Area surrounded by the likes of Factory Harley Davidson, S&S, Bikers Choice, TC Bros, Andrews Cams, Red Line Oil, JRI Shocks, AD Farrow, Ace Cafe and Simpson Helmets. (top picture: 2016 Retro Custom First Place Jordan Dickinson. bottom picture: 2016 Street Custom First Place Adam Karns)

The Adventures Of Sparky And Clutch. Episode 10.

HitMan Slip-Ons By Magnaflow For Harley-Davidson Tourers

American exhaust manufacturer Magnaflow lists the features and benefits of these Hitman Slip-Ons new offering as not only adding extra style to your tourer but also as being a true bolt-on dynamic performance improvement to your bike. For 95-16 and 17-up Harley touring bikes.

Other benefits include. A very rich, thundering bass sound quality. 4½” rotatable slash cut end caps. Pro-flow 3 step core. Show chrome or deep black finish. Made in the USA. At Magnaflow V-Twin Exhaust (not legal for sale or use in California on any pollution controlled motor vehicles)

Joke Of The Week

A Tennessee couple, Dave and Rebecca Kosmitis, both bona fide rednecks, had 9 children. They went to the doctor to see about getting Dave “fixed:”.

The doctor gladly started the required procedure and asked them what finally made them make the decision. Why, after 9 children, would you choose to do this?

Dave replied that they had read in a recent article that 1 out of 10 children being born in the United States is a Mexican and that they didn’t want to take a chance on having a Mexican baby because neither of them could speak Spanish.

All Of Erik Buell Racing In Liquidation Again Beginning June 7.

I am not sure if the saga of American motorcycle sport company EBR which produced street and racing motorcycles, is going to end on June 7, or will continue under a new form/ownership that nobody in the industry can predict. The only thing we know for sure is that EBR shut down beginning of the year, and that its owner Liquid Asset Partners will start on June 7 a two-month long piecemeal liquidation sale and live auction at EBR’s state-of-the-art facility in East Trpy, Wisconsin. The public auction will be on June 8 at the factory and will include the factory production equipment, test equipment, and numerous additional lots, including the intellectual property of EBR Motorcycles and production tooling located at suppliers across the globe.and many historical artifacts inside the EBR’s facility. Continue reading ‘All Of Erik Buell Racing In Liquidation Again Beginning June 7.’

Hornet Turn And Running Lights

You can use these Hornet Lights as turn and/or running lights using the right model and color lens.

The beauty is a simplified installation with wiring (from top to bottom) either through stud, housing, top (mirror)

You pick your supplied lens color respecting the intended use of these Hornet lights while respecting Federal regulations: red when used as turn signals and running lights and amber when used as turn signals only. Continue reading ‘Hornet Turn And Running Lights’

An Excellent Custom Moto Guzzi By Tom Dixon Named Tomoto During Milan Design Week.

At the show, Tom Dixon’s massive Multiplex exhibition – a showcase of his designs – presented the Tomoto motorcycle. It features what many like, ultimate simplicity, raw aluminum, patterned covers and wheels and of course his signature lamp/headlight. A short video about his love for the Moto Guzzi motorcycles still made in the same factory in the hills above Lake Como.

10-Gauge Fender Struts For Scout

Fender Struts are only struts, but Indian Scout owners can get some billet aluminum ones utilizing the factory rear fender mounting locations.

Great to replace the unfinished hardware on each side. Sold in pair with chrome hardware included. Black $259.95 Chrome $279.95. Arlen Ness.

Burt Munro 50th Anniversary World Speed Record Celebrated This Year In Bonneville By Burt’s Great Nephew Lee Racing A Current Day Indian Scout Streamliner

Fifty years ago a motorcyclist from New Zealand entered the record books in a never-to-be-forgotten moment on the Bonneville Salt Flats on his Indian Scout Streamliner. Celebrated in the featured film, “The World’s Fastest Indian,” Burt Munro transcends motorcycling and is an icon for pushing personal boundaries and rising above conventional limitations.

To commemorate Burt’s feat, Indian Motorcycle is teaming up with Burt’s great nephew, Lee Munro, to race a current-day Indian Scout Streamliner on the Bonneville Salt Flats on August 13.  To create the modern day “world’s fastest Indian,” a team of seven Indian Motorcycle engineers volunteered, worked after hours, and from production Scout and added horsepower, cut weight, and added aerodynamic improvements.

“Motorcycling is about shedding boundaries and limitations to go beyond the norm and there is no better example of that than Burt Munro,” said Reid Wilson, Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director. “Driven by unparalleled determination and a legendary passion for the pursuit, Burt Munro embodies the spirit of Indian Motorcycle and we couldn’t be prouder to honor his legacy with an updated version of his historic record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in August.”

The team will perform several test runs in El Mirage, California before Lee Munro takes to the Salt Flats of Bonneville. Lee Munro will pilot a modern-day Indian Scout with a powertrain modified by the Indian Motorcycle engineering team and a slick aerodynamic shell in an effort to become the world’s fastest modern day Indian motorcycle. The run will not break Burt’s record, but instead will honor his storied legacy in the world of motorcycling.

Burt Munro’s name is known by shed builders across the globe and is the ultimate example of the gritty, adrenaline-fueled pastime of expanding the limits of speed at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Lee Munro said: “My uncle Burt was a significant inspiration for my own racing career and his appetite for speed is clearly a part of my DNA. What Indian Motorcycle is doing is fantastic and I couldn’t be prouder to partner with them and pilot my own Scout at Bonneville in honor of my uncle and the 50th anniversary of his historic record.” Continue reading ‘Burt Munro 50th Anniversary World Speed Record Celebrated This Year In Bonneville By Burt’s Great Nephew Lee Racing A Current Day Indian Scout Streamliner’

Harley-Davidson Building A Factory In Thailand To Serve Its International Customers. United Steelworkers (USW) Strongly Condemns.

The Milwaukee-based company said that this new factory will not affect its U.S. operations. “Asia Pacific is a growth market for Harley-Davidson because of its expanding economy, growing middle class, positive consumer spending trends and increasing market demand for larger motorcycle sales,” a spokesman for the company said.

But United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard released the following statement. The USW represents members at Harley’s plants in Wisconsin and Missouri. “Harley-Davidson has been the crown jewel of American manufacturing. It’s an iconic brand that represents true American spirit. Management’s decision to offshore production is a slap in the face to the American worker and to hundreds of thousands of Harley riders across the country” Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Building A Factory In Thailand To Serve Its International Customers. United Steelworkers (USW) Strongly Condemns.’

2017 Harley Dome Cologne Germany

For the 4th year, Harley-Davidson welcomed bikers May 20-21 downtown Cologne near the famous Church and around for festivities, a parade of 2500 riders to the Rhine river. It was followed by a 2-daybike show sponsored by Metzeler and Custom Chrome Europe.

The event is free of access for the public at large, but each bike owner must pay 10 euros to pay for security enforcement in and out of this extremely urban and congested area of the city. Yes, in Germany, organizers and have to be financially ready to face any unforeseen event, including the most apocalyptic.  And money is raised from those “making” the event (bikers) and not from the watching spectators…

And for those who want to know a little bit more, the Cologne Cathedral of Cologne is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996.

It is Germany’s most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day and currently the tallest twin-spired church at 515 ft (157 m) tall. (photos @ H. Roesler)

Watch Out For Motorcycles Before Changing Lane

On a four-lane LA freeway a Toyota pulls across into the lane reserved to carpool vehicles and motorcycles. A Harley biker has no time to stop and smashes straight into the back of the car. As he hits the car he moans: “Oh f**k” and is thrown on to the moving vehicle. He posted this amazing video in the hope of promoting driver awareness.

John Shope Signature Series By Mustang Seats For Indian Motorcycle

These 4 seats for Indian models are designed by John Shope of Dirty Bird Concepts and handcrafted by Mustang Seats. They are available in either a Café or two-up Tripper style, featuring a diamond-stitched pattern with the exception of the Café style for the Scout which is Tuck and Roll stitched.  All four seats feature double stitched, high quality expanded vinyl plus a perforated design center panel for a custom flair.

For the Indian Scout 2015-17 (top pictures)

Café style :  #76305   MSRP $339 (driver width 9”)
Tripper style: #76306   MSRP $379 (driver width 8.5”, passenger 5”)

For the Indian Chieftain, Chief Classic, Dark Horse, Roadmaster & Vintage 2014-17
Café style: #76307   MSRP $339 (driver width 11.5”)Tripper two-up style: #76308   MSRP $379 (driver width 11”, passenger 6”)

As with all Mustang seats, the marine-grade fiberglass baseplate, proprietary comfort foam and individually sewn covers are proudly handcrafted and assembled in their New England facility (tours are available by appointment). For more information, visit Mustang Seats or call 800-243-1392 or 413-668-1100.

New Paint Color Options For New Indian Chieftain Limited

Indian Motorcycle announced an expanded range of paint color options for the new Chieftain Limited, the fastest-selling bagger in Indian Motorcycle history launched April 4, 2017. The new options are: Silver Smoke, Wildfire Red over Thunder Black, White Smoke, and Star Silver over Thunder Black. .At the same price point of $24,499. The will be available at US & Canadian dealerships in the middle of June.

Solid Brass Tips For Drag Pipes

To complete an old school style, these solid brass exhaust tips are available either for 1 3/4” and 2” diameter pipes in short or long curve design.

Easy to install in minutes by sliding the tips inside your pipes then drilling a small holes through them for securing them together with a small screw.

Models for 1 ¾” pipes are P/N 640 Short Curve, 640A Long Curve and 640B Tapered. For 2” pipes you have P/N 641 Short Curve, 641A Long Curve and 641B Tapered. All of the tips are sold in pairs and retail for just $89.95.

Contact Paughco at 775-246-5738 or visit their website.

The Original Exhaust Wrap Protection

Design Engineering Inc. specializes in heat and sound protection for every powersport application. DEI premium exhaust wraps are designed to keep heat contained within the metal pipes of the exhaust system. This keeps the heat expanded longer increasing the velocity of gas flow out of the exhaust header and exhaust system mufflers. Wrapping your header pipes with exhaust wrap can reduce ambient temperatures by up to 50% while providing additional horsepower, engine protection and rider comfort. Continue reading ‘The Original Exhaust Wrap Protection’

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