Archive for March, 2007

Daytona Bike Week. Harley-Davidson Raises 150K for MDA

A lot of charity fundraising is done during a big event like Daytona Bike Week. Harley-Davidson’s raised more than $150,000 for MDA and for this sponsored several activities. First the "Bankers Auction" hosted by Harley-Davidson, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jim Ziemer and Vice President and Treasurer Jim Brostowitz, Second, the Willie G. Davidson pledge ride […]

To All My Female Readers And Riders

Hey, ladies. I know you are quite a few enjoying reading my Custom Motorcycles Blog. So I thought I should write a post especially for you. Riding your own bike or just on the back seat, there is a new way to continue your experience. Here a very special chair where you are going to […]

Best New Board Track Style Bike

During rallies, I am so busy talking to everybody that I am always afraid to miss a trick bike deserving to be featured here. During the Daytona Boardwalk Show there is no way I could have missed to notice this wild and gorgeous new bike that I would have liked to imagine and fabricate. Almost […]

Viper Powersports Listed on the NASD

Viper Powersports Inc, the  Big Lake MN motorcycle manufacturer announced today that it has changed its primary trading venue from Pink Sheets to the NASD Electronic Bulletin Board. (OTCBB: VPWS). Viper Powersports develops, produces and markets a line of premium custom V-Twin cruiser motorcycles, aftermarket engines and other related aftermarket products. Viper cruisers are distributed […]

Guns N’ Roses Statement About Harley-Davidson Commercial Song

The song "Better" has been receiving airplay across the country, but there is no official single release. No one seems to know where the song came from or how it got out. Did Guns N’ Roses purposely leak the track? Keyboardist Dizzy Reed explains in the site Guns N’ Roses "We were doing a commercial with Harley-Davidson. […]

Moon Chopper Oil Tank

Dean Moon left us in 1987. His passion was for cars. Since the mid 40’s, from his first aluminum fuel block to his worldwide famous spun aluminum wheel discs his products have equipped most racers and hot-rodders . Under the name “Mooneyes” his family is continuing the tradition of innovation and even expands the parts […]

New Daytona Police Strategy. GPS Bait Bikes

We all know that theft rings are working hard during an event like Bike Week. First stealing bikes, then disassembling them as fast as possible to resell the parts on the black market. But the Daytona Beach Police Department is getting very high tech. For the 1st time during Bike Week GPS devices were attached to […]

Jeff Decker Sculptures. Vintage Riding.

While in Daytona, one of my favorite visits is the booth of motorcycle artist Jeff Decker. Jeff is a passionate of vintage racing, a serious rider and avid motorcycle collector (he owns a Crocker that he sometimes exhibit in bike shows). He has a truly special understanding of motorcycles and it shows in any of […]

I Tested The New 360 Brake

When I posted about the 360 Brake system, your first reaction was: "Cyril, test it and tell us what you think". So, when I arrived in Daytona 10 days ago my first visit was for the booth of Baldwin-Wilson, the company creator of this revolutionary brake. Hey, the President was waiting for me with a […]

Your Bike Will Last Forever.

Your custom bike is your pride and it has been recognized by your peers in the industry. Now your bike is featured in a motorcycle magazine. How are you going to preserve and display it?. Here a good address used by professional builders who want their print features to be protected from deterioration due to […]

New Cheese Hauler Trike Unveiled

The new Cheese Hauler trike was unveiled at the 35th annual Rats Hole Show in Daytona this past weekend. Ted Smith, the owner and son of the late Karl Smith (a.k.a. Big Daddy) received delivery from builder A 1 Cycles out of Wellington Florida. The bike was painted as loudly (Gold metal flake paint with a 3-day pinstriping job) as it sounded with twin […]

Patumwan Daytona Rat’s Hole Show Winner

          This beautiful Saturday afternoon under a picture perfect blue sky, 258 bikes, a new record, competed in the Daytona Rat’s Hole Bike Show. Cyril himself doesn’t compete in bike shows, but his clients do. It’s with great pleasure to announce that in the “Bobbers” class, “The Bravest” & “Bombshell” respectively won […]

Daytona Knucklehead Rat Bike

You see them in rallies and competing for trophies in bike shows. I love rat bikes and count several owners among my friends. On this picture you can see Smitty posing on his 1944 Harley Knucklehead participating to its 29th Daytona Bike Week! Smitty and I know each other since 10 years, traveled the European […]

Donnie Smith & Fred Kodlin Inducted In IMBBA

On Thursday March 8, fellow custom bike builders Donnie Smith & Fred Kodlin were inducted in the Hall Of Fame of the International Master Bike Builders Association (IMBBA) to which I belong. The ceremony was held front of the public and bike show participants at the Daytona International Speedway infield.  Donnie Smith out of Minnesota […]

The Art Contribution Of Sara Liberte

It makes me happy to realize how much interest you all have in the Builders Breakfast Event held in Daytona where participating Builders & Bruce Rossmeyer contributed to raise $34,000 for the Boggy Creek Camp. Not only you commented in this Blog, but you also sent a lot of emails requesting details about the organization and […]

Harley Nostalgia In Daytona

The Berlin Wall, this iconic symbol of the cold war, was built in 1961 and dismantled in 1989. The infamous wall separated Germany and its families and became a propaganda disaster for East Germany and the communist bloc. On a less tragic note many East Germany Harleys “disappeared” from the motorcycle world. So, when I […]

First Daytona Builders Breakfast A Huge Success

The concept of a Builders Breakfast during which bikers can mingle with the best custom builders in the world was created by Billy Lane from Choppers Inc. during the 2006 Sturgis Rally. The objective being to raise money for a great cause.  Following the success of Sturgis, the 1st Daytona Builders Breakfast was held this […]

Daytona Builders Breakfast Official Picture

                      Attending Builders: Billy Lane, Arlen Ness, Kendall Johnson, Cory Ness, Patumwan, Eddie Trotta, Matt Hotch, Aaron Greene, Paul Cox, Keino, Russell Mitchell, Russell Marlow, Jesse Rooke, Kim Suter, Jerry Covington, Donnie Smith, Dave Perewitz, Scott Webster, Fred Kodlin, Arlin Fatland, Paul Yaffe, Roland […]

Freeway Magazine Party

Every day during Bike Week, magazines, manufacturers and custom builders organize parties. The first to start the week (on Tuesday) is the one organized by Freeway Magazine published in France & Italy. The ingredients are: a selection of custom builders impatient to show their new builts, a big pool (in which we didn’t jump because […]

The Hardest Working Man In Daytona.

His name is Matthew Willoughby. He is one of the best artist painters in the country. And yes, his work is featured on some of my customs (picture from my bike Silverado). Although Matt doesn’t really need to be in Daytona to find new clients, during the 10 days of Bike Week, 10 hours a […]

Daytona Feelings

I realize that it is the 1st time I put in words my feelings about doing a big bike rally like Daytona Bike Week. Excitation (the atmosphere, noise, colors & smell), expectation (the bikes, parts, old and new friends), exhaustion (have you ever spent 10 hours a day every day under a tent as hot […]

Last Chance To Have Breakfast With 25 Top Builders.

This post to remind all motorcycle enthusiasts that the 1st Daytona Builders Breakfast is Tuesday March 7th at 9 AM at Destination Daytona (US 1 and I95 in Ormond Beach). A few tickets are still available today directly at the Choppers Inc..booth at Destination Daytona. For $25 you will have breakfast with the most amazing Custom Builders in the world. In […]

Sexy Woman Riding Jacket

For me, there is nothing sexier than an attractive woman riding her own motorcycle. And since I love fashion, women clothing should also be motorcycle sexy. Yes, I love to look at your bike, at you and the way you are dressed (yes, I said dressed). In the eyes of a designer, everything should always […]

Daytona Bike Week. Look Twice. Save A Life.

The dark side of Daytona Bike Week is when, almost every day, it is reported to our booths that another biker has been killed. Last year’s event saw a record number of biker deaths, and too often many drivers don’t see the motorcycles coming until it’s too late. Of the 21 motorcycle riders who died […]

SAS Simplified Air Suspension 2007 Innovation Product Winner.

CCCS Inc. (the company creator of the original Concealed Hand Controls Systems) has just finished the first round of production of the very innovative “Simplified Air Suspension” (SAS). As you can see the design is extremely clean, and the new features offered are going to ease installation and improve the riding experience.  The SAS doesn’t […]

Deland Bike Rally Is March 3rd.

Deland, Florida is located 15 minutes west of Daytona Beach. It is a small very nice city that I know pretty well. As a matter of fact I was invited to the 1st and 2nd edition of the Deland Bike Rally, and enjoyed it. The historic downtown area has many museums, including the National Museum […]