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2018 Harley-Davidson “Battle of the Kings”

The “Battle Of The Kings” is this year a competition between 250 authorized Harley-Davidson dealers from 21 countries wishing to show their skills at customizing a factory Harley with a strictly enforced budget of $7350 (€6,000). The list of models for this year’s contest is limited to the Street 750, Street Rod, Iron 883, Forty-Eight, Roadster, Street Bob, and Fat Bob. Of course, all projects must be street legal. The participating 21 counties are divided in different regions with fans voting online in each of them to select a finalist. The finalists will then be flown along with their custom bikes to Milan for EICMA 2018 where the ultimate winner will be crowned. To cast your vote go to the “Battle Of The Kings” Website.

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Dressing In Gloss Black The Harley Milwaukee-Eight Engine

New Gloss Black Precision Engine Covers from Kuryakyn take blacked-out Milwaukee-Eight® power plants deeper to the dark side. Now available in smooth gloss black, Precision covers serve as an extension of the Milwaukee-Eight’s design language, enhancing the sinister look of Harley-Davidson® “Special” and CVO Touring models, as well as the Gloss Black Engine Cover Kit (H-D P/N 92500059). The modern and muscular designs deliver a truly defined appearance for a seamless integration with every factory component, whether used individually or as a complete set.

Everything in the Precision line is bolt on. The collection includes groupings of unique covers and accents that bring the same powerful appearance to often-overlooked areas of the engine and transmission. Focus areas include, among other areas, the cylinder base, inner primary, tappet blocks, transmission and starter, as well as the voltage regulator, oil cooler, and coolant pump (for liquid-cooled models). Kuryakyn Precision Line.

Motor Bike Expo 10th Anniversary In Verona, Italy (January 18-21) Part 4

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Steve McQueen’s classic Pope 61CI Model Motorcycle Auctioned This Thursday January 25th In Las Vegas

A 1914 Pope 61CI Model bought by the Great Escape star in the late 1970s just a few years before his untimely death, has emerged for sale by the Bonhams Auction House this Thursday, January 25th, at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. McQueen’s purchase of the bike came as the result of long trips spent scouring the countryside with close friend and legendary stunt driver, Bud Ekins. McQueen added it to his huge collection of automobiles, but when he died suddenly of cancer in November 1980, unlike most of his machines, the Pope was sold privately and not at auction.

The Pope was purchased by Otis Chandler, a well known publisher and proprietor of the Los Angeles Times. He placed the 1,000cc bike on display in his personal motor museum in Oxnard, California before selling it years later to an established collector in classic motorcycles. The bike remains in superb condition and its pale blue bodywork appears without a scratch. It has white tires and deep red markings identifying the it as a Pope. It has a top speed of around 70mph and its connection to McQueen is expected to add considerably to the bike’s value.

Ben Walker, global head of motorcycles for the auction house, said: “This is a very rare bike indeed. “We have only offered two examples of this model in the last ten years so that gives you an idea of just how uncommon this bike is. To register to bid, remotely or in person, and to see more, visit Bonhams Vegas

Indian FTR750 Scout Becoming The Bike Of Choice For A Growing List of Privateers In This Year’s AMA Flat Track Championship

After last year’s dominant performance, many privateer riders are turning to Indian and its championship-winner Scout FTR750. The Scout FTR750 captured the 2017 American Flat Track Manufacturer’s Championship and swept the 2017 standings with Indian’s Wrecking Crew Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Brad Baker finishing first, second and third, respectively (14 total wins, 37 podiums and six podium sweeps)

The six privateers running the Scout FTR750 include: three-time Grand National Champion Kenny Coolbeth Jr., 2017 fifth-place finisher Jeffrey Carver (Roof Systems of Dallas, TX), Chad Cose (Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City), Jay Maloney (Indian Motorcycle of Springfield, MA), Additionally, flat track’s TT master Henry Wiles and two-time Grand National Champion Jake Johnson (Estenson Racing) will ride the Scout FTR750 intermittently this season.

Kenny Coolbeth will ride the Indian Scout FTR750 throughout the entire 2018 season and said: “After seeing the Scout FTR750’s capabilities last year, I couldn’t be more excited to be riding it this season. I’ve been training hard this offseason and I’m looking forward to competing this year and giving the Indian factory team some competition now that we’re all on the same bike.”

Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Service & Technology for Indian Motorcycle said: “We’re extremely excited to see so many talented riders turn to the FTR750 this season. We’re committed to supporting not only our factory team, but the privateers, as we have an aggressive contingency program in place that will reward these riders with performance incentives.”

Indian has committed more than $350,000 in contingency incentives, including $25,000 for a Championship, $5,000 for first-place wins, $4,000 for second-place, $3,000 for third-place finishes, and payouts for up to 10th-place finishers.

Standard Fat Bob Fairing

To most, the factory Harley Fat Bob looks much better with an added fairing.

Doug Wozney at DOUGZ Custom is offering this standard fairing, or a “Super Sport” version, available with the Scowl and non-Scowl headlight opening.

The fairing is shipped with everything needed to install it right out of the box. Thanks the provided pair of two-piece clamps which are used at the upper mounting location on your fork tubes, it’s an easy bolt-on part.

American Made. Worldwide shipping. $489.80. At Doug Custom

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Gloss Black Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Elite Air Cleaner Kit

Full-Black-Heavy-BreatherMake the new Gloss Black Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Elite Performance Air Cleaner Kit (P/N 29400285, $399.95) the custom centerpiece of a blacked-out Harley-Davidson powertrain.

This high-performance intake from Harley-Davidson® features a forward-facing filter element that flows huge volumes of clean air.

The low-profile cast elbow and the oval cross-section element combine to hug the engine to provide increased leg room. The intake tube mounts to a custom back plate that features integral breathers and covers the throttle body and electronics for a finished look. Continue reading ‘Gloss Black Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Elite Air Cleaner Kit’

Motor Bike Expo 10th Anniversary In Verona, Italy (January 18-21) Part 3

They traveled from as far as Indonesia to show their work. Brought yo you from builders from all over the world, below is a non-exhaustive selection of the best custom motorcycles exhibited last weekend on the floor of the 2018 Italy Motor Bike Expo (photos @ H. Roesler for C. Huze)

Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb Motorcycling Debut at X Games

In an X Games first, Harley-Davidson® Snow Hill Climb will make its debut at X Games Aspen as a medaled event alongside ski, snowboard and other action-sports competitions. The new medal sport will close out X Games Aspen 2018, which airs January 25-28 on ESPN and ABC.

In the Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb, riders will race modified twin-cylinder motorcycles up the flat bottom of the SuperPipe course. In each heat, riders will line up side-by-side at the start line at the base of the SuperPipe for a head-to-head race.

The first racer to ride the length of the SuperPipe and clear the finish line at the top will earn the “W.” Each Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb race motorcycle consists of an extended swingarm widen frame and a high-torque, twin-cylinder motor.

“For 115 years H-D riders from all walks of life have expressed their freedom from the seat of America’s favorite motorcycle, so it’s natural for us to continue to blaze trails – this time off the road and in the snow,” said Scott Beck, Harley-Davidson director of marketing. “We’ve raced the ice and climbed virtually every kind of hill, and the Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb is another way for us to grow the sport of motorcycling. We know our riders, and X Games fans and athletes alike share a passion for adrenaline and speed.” Continue reading ‘Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb Motorcycling Debut at X Games’

Motor Bike Expo 10th Anniversary In Verona, Italy (January 18-21) Part 2

It’s one of the biggest motorcycle events of the year and recognized by the custom motorcycle industry of utmost importance for Custom Builders wishing to be introduced to the public or confirmed by the press. A few postcards of the event.


Jesse James Built A President Trump 45-Caliber Pistol

You know him as a custom motorcycle builder, a show personality and reality star (motorcycle Mania, Monster Garage, etc), maybe also as a participant in 2009 of the NBC show The Apprentice presented by Donald Trump, and now as a gunsmith at JJFU (Jesse James Firearms Unlimited) where he creates gorgeous custom pistols.

His latest creation is a 45-caliper gun dedicated to Donald J. Trump, our 45th President…

The model is a “JJFU” Grand Master X. It got a very flamboyant appearance with an intricate work of engraving and using some 24-karat gold plating. The handmade case is local Texas Pecan and Walnut.

On one side is engraved “Donald J. Trump”. On the other side “45th President of the United States Of America”. No decision made yet if Jesse James will try to sell the bespoke gun to D.J. Trump, or give it to the President, making it as a gift … a property of the people of the United States.

JJFU (Jesse James Firearms Unlimited)

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Motor Bike Expo 10th Anniversary In Verona, Italy (January 18-21) Part 1.

Probably the largest indoor motorcycle show in the world with 160,000 paying visitors. Starting today, 4 days open to the public. Custom Builders from over the world, several hundreds of custom bikes, many being unveiled for the first time during the event. The Motor Bike Expo (MBE) offers a 360° panorama view of the current, and future, motorcycle world.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, MBE will give a “King of Motor Bike Expo” Award chosen by a panel of 5 international judges. It may be the most highly anticipated custom event of the 2018 custom scene. Because the Ness family has been part of the Motor Bike Expo since since its beginning ten years ago, unveiled new bikes and custom parts, the 4 members (Arlen, Cory, Zack & Max) will be honored by the organization.

These few pictures taken yesterday during bikes setup don’t pretend to be a representation of all those participating to the event. They serve as an introduction to this major event on which I will report in the following days. (people: Organizer Frederico Agnoletto with Paola Somma. Photos @ H. Roesler for C. Huze)

Hypercharger ES Available For All 2018 Softail Models

Kuryakyn’s Hypercharger™ ES, the latest chapter in the near 30-year history of the iconic air cleaner, is now available for the entire 2018 Harley-Davidson® Softail® lineup. Preserving its signature hot rod blower styling, the Hypercharger ES represents substantial updates in design, technology and performance. collection.

The Hypercharger ES’ state-of-the-art electronic throttle response butterflies eliminate vacuum-triggered fluttering. An integrated servo motor syncs with the coil to actuate and open the butterflies for smooth, precise movement with every twist of the throttle. Air delivery is maximized through the Kuryakyn-designed high-flow K&N® filter featuring a larger surface area compared to the original Hypercharger. The larger filter element offers approximately 10% more airflow, improved CFM rating, and utilizes a unique end cap with internal stinger design that directs concentrated airflow into the throttle body.

Performance: Third-party dyno testing performed by St. Croix Harley-Davidson (New Richmond, Wis.) resulted in added horsepower and more than six additional ft. lbs. of torque throughout the power band on a stock 114ci Milwaukee-Eight Heritage Softail. Previous dyno testing performed on a stock 107ci Milwaukee-Eight Street Glide by Those Dyno Guys (Zimmerman, Minn.) produced an 8.5-percent increase in horsepower and 3-percent more torque.

Custom Options: The Hypercharger ES’ modern muscle car-inspired A380 aluminum housing is offered in three finish options. The modular housing allows for easy customization with available Classic Faceplate Kits (sold separately), featuring a fluted design that completely alters the style in minutes.

Additional fitments for Milwaukee-Eight Touring and Twin Cam Dyna, Softail and Touring models are also available, with Sportster applications coming soon. For more information, visit Kuryakyn Hyper.

Europe To Mandate Emergency Call System For Motorcycles. USA To Follow?

An emergency call system for cars has been around for a while. For example think of the GM OnStar safety device system providing a quick response in case of accident. An equivalent system called “eCall” will be mandatory on all new European cars sold after April 16, 2018. Reasoning that motorcycles are more prone to a crash than cars, the European Union now wants manufacturers to equip all motorcycles with an an S.O.S alert system.

Since 2017, some BMW motorcycles already offers the “Intelligent Emergency Call” sent automatically or manually by the rider to emergency responders. Studies show that the emergency crews would be able to get to the accident scene 40 to 50% faster ending p saving around 2,500 lives every year in Europe alone. What about the US?

Harley-Davidson Round Bar End Mirror. Left.

Bar end mirrors were used a lot of original Café Racers for a very streamlined look. This H-D setup provides a clean appearance when compared to traditional mirrors.

The round convex mirror plugs into the end of the handlebar to extend beyond the hand grip for an improved field of view on the bike equipped with narrow bars. When equipped with the Bar End Mirror, the mirror is simply inserted into the end of the grip and tightened in place. Can be positioned above the bar or in some configurations, below the bar. Includes hardware required to fit both 7/8″ or 1″ bars. Complete the look with the right hand mirror (P/N 56000133) Harley-Davidson Online Store.

Two New Limited Edition Indian Motorcycle Watches

To celebrate premium craftsmanship, Swiss watchmaker Baume & Mercier and Indian Motorcycle, have unveiled two new limited-edition timepieces – the Clifton Club Scout and Clifton Club Chief.  Together, the two form the Clifton Club Indian Legends, which celebrate heritage, fine craftsmanship and pure motorcycling spirit. Inspired by the iconic Indian Scout and Indian Chief, each has a limited run of 1,901 units, which represents the year Indian Motorcycle was founded, 1901.

Each timepiece is inspired by the rich history of Indian Motorcycle and reflects the best in micro-mechanical achievement. The Clifton Club Indian Legends exemplify the brand’s marriage of high-precision timekeeping and masculine sporting elegance. Alexandre Peraldi, Baume & Mercier’s Design Director, worked closely with Indian’s Industrial Design team to create these two \new watches.

At $3,750 for the Clifton Club Scout and $3,900 for the Clifton Club Chief, pre-orders can be made now for delivery in April 2018. Visit Baume & Mercier for more information.

Thought Of The Day

 

 

 

“Being unreasonable allowed me to do things”

Eli Broad, Cofounder Kauffman & Broad (KB Home)

Reaper Wheels

The Reaper wheel. A bad boy wheel probably bought by those building a very radical Bagger. 6061-T6 aluminum rotary forged billet wheel. 6061-T6 aluminum hubs. CNC machined in-house. Available in chrome, black & machined and custom colors. Matching rotors, air cleaners and pulleys. Available in 16”, 18”, 21”, 23”, 26”, 30” , 32”. By Sinister Wheels.

AMA Supermoto Racing At Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Moto Stampede

This coming august, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip will become the epicenter of rally racing. AMA Supermoto, a high-energy race hybrid, will bring Sturgis Buffalo Chip® campers face to face with the ultimate “through-the-streets” style racing on Friday, Aug. 11 and Saturday, Aug. 12. Spectators watching in both the amphitheater and at surrounding campsites will be able to get an up-close view of all the action as AMA Supermoto competitors take their battle through the Chip’s amphitheater and around some of the surrounding streets in the campground prior to the night’s concert performances as part of the Chip’s Moto Stampede. http://www.buffalochip.com/EVENTS/Moto-Stampede/AMA-Supermoto

Supermoto, a sport that grew from the TV series “Superbikers,” is a cross-discipline event in which road racers, dirt trackers and moto crossers compete on a unique track that combines pavement and dirt built for jumps, high speeds and back-it-in sliding turn maneuvers. “The AMA Supermoto racers will be blasting right through the campground,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “The unique nature of the track will allow people to see the action up close and possibly without even leaving their campsite.” See the Series And Events schedule after the jump. Continue reading ‘AMA Supermoto Racing At Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Moto Stampede’

Joke Of The Week

Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital.

One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end.  He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.
Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out.

When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna’s heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.

When she went to tell Edna the news she said, ‘Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you’re being discharged since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love. I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.

The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he’s dead.’

Edna replied, ‘He didn’t hang himself, I put him up there to dry…How soon can I go home?’

First Turbo-Charged Indian Scout

Unless you are a pure drag racer, all of your riding will be off-boost. So, why use forced induction (turbochargers or superchargers) in a new Indian Scout motorcycle? Especially if you consider the legal authorized carbon dioxide limits and the difficulty of fitting a turbocharger in a small bike like the Scout. As a matter of fact, forced induction has only been applied, without success, on a handful of Japanese production motorcycles. Swedish co-builders Anders Lundgren (the Fullhouse Garage Shop) and Lasse Sundber (from Roth Engineering) say that they have built this Super Scout as a tribute to Oscar Hedstrom (1871 – 1960), the co-founder of the Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Company. In their words, “a way to build a bike that was related with the Indian istory of board track racing and at the same time featuring the modern technology that Indian stands for today.” For them the Scout model was the perfect choice and they came up with the name Super Scout to honor the old Scout models that were almost unbeatable on the race tracks.

If you look attentively you will notice that the frame is a one-off built in-house by Lasse Sundber Objective was of course to be able to fit the turbo while keeping a familiar Scout stance. Only engine, fuel pump, headlamp and shifter pedal are from a modern day Scout…This very unusual project features a water-cooled Garret 25 turbo now making 150 to 200hp at the rear wheel depending on the boost pressure. The Garret 25 turbo itself has an external wastegate (wait until you hear it) and boost control. The head pipes and down pipes to the turbo and the wastegate are all istainless steel and fitted as tight as possible to the frame as to not interfere with the slim lines of the bike. Continue reading ‘First Turbo-Charged Indian Scout’

New ‘1901’ T-shirt designs from Indian Motorcycle

Indian’s range of T-shirts continue to expand with fresh designs for 2018. The Indian Motorcycle 1901 Fashion Fit tees feature hand painted graphic designs that gives the range a distinctive style, as well as a fit that is closer to the body than other styles in the Indian range. Made in California, these t-shirts use a lighter weight cotton fabric for a more contemporary style. From left to right and top to bottom:

1901 Motor Oil Tee. The graphic on the front of this tee is inspired by a vintage oil can and shows the Indian logo plus a mention of Spirit Lake where Indian motorcycles are currently built. 1901 World’s Fastest Tee. The graphic on this features the outline of a vintage Scout colored like the USA flag and the fabric has been given a vintage wash.

1901 Grand National Tee. This tee celebrates Indian’s historic return to pro flat track racing and winning the championship in 2017. Indian expects this one to be a top-seller. 1901 Factory Team Tee. Another tee to celebrate the Indian Factory Racing team and it’s historic return to racing. With a simple distressed looking headdress and typography, this is going to be a popular style in 2018.

Motone Big Fin Taillight

An unusual design working well with all types of custom bikes.

Features a full SMD-LED circuit board which works as running light, brake light and number plate illumination through a window on the underside.

The Big Fin lamp mounts directly with two studs to all flat surfaces or with an optional bracket. LED bulb. Diameter 92 mm. Depth 39 mm. Cast aluminum.

Offered bead blasted, polished or black painted. At W&W Cycles.

A Message From Tucker Rocky|Bikers Choice To Its Dealers And Vendors

To All Valued Tucker Rocky Dealers:

“
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to the 2018 riding season. I want to kick off the year by sharing some very good news. Wednesday, January 10th, Tucker Rocky filed its Disclosure Statement and Plan for restructuring our debt with the bankruptcy court—this is a major milestone. These documents outline the legal structure of MAG and Tucker Rocky upon emergence from Chapter 11. Our goal was to move through this process in 4 to 6 months while conducting “business as usual”. We are very much on target to accomplish that. Soon, we will emerge from chapter 11 a much stronger company.

I want to take a moment to address our vendor relationships. I know there has been some “noise” in the industry and I want to ensure you are getting the facts. As you would expect, the Chapter 11 filing caused concern for many of our vendors, and rightly so. But it’s important that you know that we have been working very hard to get our vendors paid in full. We are in the final stage of securing ongoing commitments with our vendors that represent 99% of our revenue. Our business is built on a platform of strong, personal relationships that we have every intention of maintaining. Just like you, our vendors are valued partners. Continue reading ‘A Message From Tucker Rocky|Bikers Choice To Its Dealers And Vendors’

Neo-Fusion Clamps And Risers. 

Clamps are for all stock Harley-Davidson “Glide” model applications using 1 inch handlebars. Offered in polished aluminum or black The matching billet aluminum 5 inch tall Dog Bone Risers are available separately or bundled with the clamps. Shipping anywhere in the continental USA for $10. Online at Ken’s Factory USA.



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