Archive for May, 2008



Custom Motorcycle Eastern Europe Style

How they do it in Eastern Europe? Here an example coming from a builder named Roman Bus from a custom shop in Czech Republic called “Wildstyle” (notice that almost all shops in Europe use an English name). Not my style this huge industrial looking belt pulley and this Jap. fender, but it won in the […]

Scott Meyers Or Bill Rucker? Who Will Get Control Of American IronHorse?

In a former post I told you that a federal court order approved Meyers’s Rocky Mountain Choppers as the Stalking-Horse Bidder for the bidding process to acquire the assets of American IronHorse Motorcycles. Scott Meyer made a bid of 6.7 million and each competing offer must be at least $200,000 higher. Bill Rucker who operates […]

Death Of Samantha Morgan Of “The Wall Of Death”.

She was defying death to make a living, zooming defiantly around the Wall Of Death. She was a beautiful woman, always with a big smile, even when riding the Wall. She was the unchallenged Motordrome Queen, the only remaining woman trick rider out of a handful of daredevils still riding the 90-degree walls. She had […]

Baker 3 HP Firestarter™

As a custom builder I know too well about the problem with performance starters needed when you install or upgrade to a big engine. You pick a new good looking polished or chrome after-market starter with big cranking power. Problem is some of them, sold as new, are rebuilt starters with used cores. Result: a […]

Women’s Riding Essentials

First, guys, refrain from making jokes on this headline. It’s a serious post about 2 women educating other women about motorcycle safety, maintenance, riding gear etc. With the help of Kryptonite (the security specialist helping you to put under lock everything on 2,3 & 4 wheels), Jody Perewitz (daughter of Dave Perewitz at Perewitz Cycle […]

Bidding-Up On Rare Motorcycles

A couple days ago I reported on last weekend “Legend Of The Motorcycle” event and the Bonhams & Butterfields auction of rare motorcycles at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay, CA.  Saturday May 3rd total auction reached close to 2 million dollars, and I am pretty sure you want to know which bikes got […]

Multi-Tasking With All Things Custom Motorcycle.

It’s kind of strange. There is a slow down (at least) of our US economy. Motorcycle and parts manufacturers are bitching. Dealers are worried. Custom builders are depressed of not finding clients with budgets as big as their dreams. At the same time my email box is full of press releases for new shows and […]

First Official Pictures Of The New 2009 Indian Motorcycle Chief

After my visit to new Indian Motorcycle headquarters I told you here that the Stellican company has a very qualitative approach and that they would not announce a launch before being 100% ready with a 100% reliable motorcycle. Chairman Stephen Julius also wrote in my Blog the very legitimate reasons why his company remained silent. […]

Legend Of The Motorcycle Weekend Event

Last weekend was the third annual Legend of the Motorcycle event, which includes a concours d’élégance and a classic bike auction, held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel near Half Moon Bay, California, about 30 miles south of San Francisco. It’s a gorgeous seaside location reminiscent of the famed Pebble Beach collector-car event held each August down […]

Motorcycle Madness In Santa Maria, California

The Santa Maria Fairpark, CA will be on fire with tons of new stuff happening in 1 week, May 16th, 17th, and 18th. Pipes will be hot as bikers put their scooters to the test on the Thunderdrags Dyno Shootout. Race for bragging rights and get a performance printout for free on the mobile dyno. […]

California Customs Retail And Dealer Programs

California Customs is announcing two new programs to better aid customers in obtaining their own custom built motorcycle or custom unassembled kit. First, they bring back a Fly & Buy program that they offered in 1997. If you fly to see them s in person they will pick you up at the airport, put you […]

Harley-Davidson Museum Will Open July 12.

Will it become one of the nation’s major attractions like the Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Atlanta’s Coca-Cola Museum. Probably. Harley-Davidson has set the opening date for its motorcycle museum as July 12, the same weekend as Milwaukee’s Bastille Days festival. Museum tickets will go on sale starting May 20 at Harley […]

Motorcycle Advertising Job Opportunities

Terry O’Brien sent me the following email: “We’re growing over here at TAM Communications and I’m looking to find and hire 2 more solid individuals for the advertising sales department to make sure we’re in with, and doing all we can to help, each and every business that makes up our great industry. I’m […]

Keith Ball Tells You How to Build A Bonneville Salt Flats Motorcycle

I met Keith Ball for the 1st time 16 years ago in one of the Easyriders Bike Shows in Charlotte, NC. As editor of Easyriders (he served in that position during 20 years), he picked one of my bikes to be featured in his magazine. He is now the Internet publisher of Bikernet and also […]

Tech Cycle Contour Series

Tech Cycle now manufactures one of their Contour Series open primary belt drive systems for your ’07-Up Softail or FL and ’06-Up Dyna. Engineered with the same high quality, bullet proof design that you have come to expect from Tech Cycle, this unit shares the same features that you’ll find standard in most of their […]

Patumwan Blog Traffic Rank Up 44% During The Last 3 months.

Not only this Blog is by far the most visited Custom Motorcycles News Blog in the world, but our traffic jumped an amazing 44% during the last 3 months (source Alexa). It’s an amazing result in an uncertain US economy where you could think that interest for custom motorcycles has faded. Almost all our competitior’s […]

“Awesome-Ness” A New Exhibit Honoring Arlen Ness.

The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum announces the grand opening of “Awesome-Ness.” at the Museum in Pickerington, Ohio, on July 24, 2008. Arlen Ness will join prominent colleagues and friends for the fifth in a series of Legends exhibits at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. “Awesome-Ness” will feature machines and memorabilia from Ness personal […]

Motorcycle Jobs Fair

From May 5th to 20th, Motorcycle Industry Jobs (MIJ) is hosting the 4th annual online Moto Job Fair. This is the ideal time for seekers and employers of the Motorcycle Industry to come together. Job seekers can view hundreds of open positions in the motorcycle industry and find that perfect Job. MIJ encourages everyone interested […]

Wimmer Machine Down Under

Of interest to my Aussie readers, Wimmer Machine is now distributed in Australia by Rollies Speed Shop. Rollies already carries products from many other world renowned companies and will now represent Wimmer Machine. The Australian company services approximately 250 different dealers located in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Indonesia and the South Pacific Rim. Peter […]

To Post Or Not To Post. That Is The Question.

I receive a lot of press releases from many motorcycle companies. From time to time the stories received require a lot of time spent in facts checking. It is a story that doesn’t exactly say what it is saying? Or only say part of what a company wants me and my readers to believe? Does […]

Big Bear Choppers Annual Ride The Mountain Rally Is June 7-8

It will be the 6th edition of this rally bringing about 10,000 riders from all over the west coast to the top of the San Bernardino mountain, CA. This year, Big Bear Choppers is stepping it up to a 2-day rally, which tells you one thing: this event has grown past its single day capabilities […]

Screw It. Let’s Ride.

This headline is not from me. It’s the Harley-Davidson tag line of their new ad campaign reflecting on today’s difficult times. In it, Harley states that “Over the last 105 years in the saddle, we’ve seen wars, conflicts, depression, recession, resistance and revolutions. We’ve watched a thousand hand-wringing pundits disappear in our rear-view mirror. But […]

Central Florida Choppers Wins Leesburg Rat’s Hole Show

The boys at Central Florida Choppers are very proud to announce that last weekend during the Leesburg, FL Rally they won gold again in the “Extreme Bobber Class”. And it’s the 4th time in a row that they win their class in the Rat’s Hole Show since Daytona Bike Week of last march. Central Florida […]

Log Cabins Available For Sturgis Rally

When in Sturgis, I always stay in a log cabin. So cozy, so much Black Hills,. And if you didn’t know, the new Broken Spoke Campground rents private furnished cabins with air conditioning and a porch from where you can see all the action and also watch beautiful South Dakota sunsets. They are all 12 […]

Rocky Mountain Choppers Stalking-Horse Bidder for American IronHorse Assets

Rocky Mountain Choppers announced that it has obtained approval from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas to be the stalking-horse bidder for the assets of American IronHorse. A stalking-horse bidder on a bankrupt company’s assets is chosen by the bankrupt company to make the 1st bid. This method allows the […]

Brenda Fox Update

Brenda has received some donations, but is not well enough yet to thank you herself. So, I would like to thank you on her behalf. Thanks to Fred Proctor at Viper Motorcycles for transmitting the name of some organizations helping cancer patients without medical coverage. I will not now publish right now the names of […]



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