Archive for September, 2008

Essay About Motorcycle Noise By Harley President And COO Jim McCaslin

Under the headline “Something we never want to lose”, Jim McCaslin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, wrote what I think is an interesting piece about motorcycle noise. He calls the issue of excessive motorcycle noise one of the company’s toughest challenges “because of its potential to divide and destroy our sport”. […]

Battistinis Semi Circle Floorboards

Just by looking at these floorboards I can image the custom bike(s) on which they would look very cool. In the “Battistinis Tradition” the hole pattern is the essence of their design. Even your boots and the ones of your passenger will look more beautiful.  In classic chrome or sinister black. Battistinis Online store.

Very Limited Edition Kick Start Pedals. Wow!

Joe McGlynn at Crime Scene Choppers made these very cool one-off pedals for a friend, and fabricated some extras that are available NOW! A very limited edition and if I would be you I would rush, rush, rush to get at least one set in solid brass or polished aluminum. Call 831.406.0126 or FAX at […]

Softbrake Passenger Leg Risers

This new part is to help passengers with a secondary foot position, freedom of movement, and keeping comfortable. The “Leg Risers” are machined from a solid block of ¾” billet aluminum and finished in show quality chrome. They bolt directly to the factory strut mounting location and can be used with a wide variety of […]

New Art From David Uhl

“Dear Cyril, This new vintage piece is called “Before the Bricks”. It features Cannonball Baker in 1909 on the Indian racer which the Speedway displays at the Hall of Fame Museum” David Uhl, Uhl Studios

Florida House Bill 137 Becomes Law. Read.

“The bill that wanted to originally confiscate motorcycles for speeding and or stunt riding was contested by many during the Florida 2008 Legislative Session. During the hearings the bill sponsor stated that it had the endorsement of ABATE of Florida. Doc Reichenbach president of ABATE and paid lobbyist for the organization later said that was not […]

Stinger Bobber

South Side Kustoms offers this quality/low cost rigid Bobber with many optional components like paint job, exhaust system, seat, handlebars. The base model starts at $17,000 with a genuine 80” Harley engine fitted with an S&S carb, a 3” Tauer open belt system, Ride Wright Spoke Wheels (19” front, 16” rear) in chrome or color […]

Become A Guest Blogger

I blog and you can too. As you know I open my digital space to anyone who has something interesting to say to my readers. Former guest bloggers included magazine journalists, custom builders, parts manufacturers and a few of you. It can be serious, it can be funny, it can be controversial, it can be […]

Legendary Record-Setting Vincent Motorcycle To Be Sold

Marty Dickerson, Vincent and Bonneville. Does it tell you something? Young Dickerson was already obsessed with racing when he traded in his Triumph Tiger for a near-new Vincent Series B Rapide. Back in 1948, even die-hard enthusiasts were hardly aware of the British-built OHV 1000cc machine despite that these 50-degree V-twins were the fastest stock […]

Win This S&S 50th Anniversary Toolbox

Buy anything from the S&S website from September 11th through September 30th and you have a chance to win one of our 187-piece Mac toolbox sets with the commemorative S&S 50th Anniversary faceplate, a retail value of $649.95.  It doesn’t matter if you buy an air filter, pin or a jacket. Each separate purchase counts […]

New MicroLazer Lights

I think it’s an interesting light concept. Two mini custom made LED’s are housed inside a magnifying crystal mount providing an illumination output equivalent to 120,000 MCDs. At least 10 times brighter than what you thought as being the brightest mini light. Lights are water sealed and contain internal reflectors that direct LED’s light forward […]

Letter Of The Week From California Air Resources Board

Just got a copy of a letter from Mary D. Nichols, Chairman of CARB (California Air Resources Board) inviting “all interested parties” to participate in a discussion for reducing the global warming impacts of under-inflated tires. The objective is to propose new regulations for drivers/riders with tires with a PSI under what is recommended by […]

The Other V-Twin Engine

This post written by “Nicker”. “In the late 40’s Phil Irving penned the design of a legendary V-Twin motor for Phill Vincent. The stories of Vincent motored scooters are the stuff of legend. No one who ever laid their eyes on a Vincent V-twin in a Norton frame (a “Norvin”) can ever forget it. Such […]

US Motorcycle Magazines Circulation

Below are the 1st semester 2008 data of ABC (Audit Bureau Of Circulation) comparing the main US motorcycle magazines. Please note that 1- Not all magazines subscribe to ABC, and for those mentioned as unaudited the numbers come from the publisher’s own emails to advertisers or from the publisher’s own printed statements. 2-That some magazines […]

8th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest Is October 2-5.

I love this show (it’s Las Vegas, Baby),  participated to it and I will try to be present at this 8th edition,  at least as a visitor for a change (to celebrate my birthday?). The official Las Vegas Website has a ton of useful info to help you prepare your visit. With very reasonable hotel rates […]

New Interesting Concept. Trike Rentals.

As far as I know nobody specializes in trike rentals. Think about it. You want to ride a trike for a few days to see how it feels. Or you just want to ride one during your far-away vacation because it is what you ride back home. Or your companion/partner/wife told you she would feel […]

MotoStars. The Book.

The Ohio Motorcycle Hall Of Fame museum’s latest exhibition was called “MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles”. It brought together about 50 motorcycles owned by celebrities from industry, movies, television and music, like Robert A. Lutz, vice chairman of General Motors; the racecar driver Dan Gurney; Tom Arnold, the actor; Neil Peart of the band Rush; and […]

Zipper’s Muscle 103” KIT For Your Twin Cam Engine

Who doesn’t want more power? Coming from Zippers Performance is this “ Muscle 103 Kit” package for your Twin Cam® 96” engine. Smooth, linear power is extracted from the Twin Cam® with the installation of this complete kit. This performance package includes precision cylinder boring, forged big bore pistons, Zipper’s CNC ported heads with oversize […]

Myrtle Beach City Council Passes 15 ordinances To Limit Bikers

From Freedom Fighter Rogue, I received the following info. “Myrtle Beach City Council passed 15 city-wide ordinances that they hope will limit bike rallies. These ordinances will apply year-round, but are aimed to limit May’s bike rallies. The ordinances that were passed ranged from a 1 a.m. curfew for underage teenagers to requiring photo identification […]

Help Me Spread The Blog

Patumwan Blog is a huge success and its audience grew by more than 35% during the last 12 months while most motorcycle print magazines saw their readership shrink during the same period. This Blog is by far the # 1 traffic ranked (source Alexa) among its direct digital competitors  September 30, date of my Blog second anniversary, I will […]

Leather Custom Wallets By Duane Ballard

Duane is known for producing some of the finest leather motorcycle seats in the industry, and now he is expanding his leather product line to include custom wallets. Ballard handcrafts each wallet using seven ounce, 100 % Grade A cowhide for the exterior and Kangaroo leather, prized for its durability, strength and flexibility, for the […]

Paper Shampoo For The Road

Since I am always on the look out for anything helping your life on the road, it includes more than parts & tools for your bike. For example if you are going to camp, you know that your toilet bag is always too heavy and your shampoo bottle too big for your bike bags. Dissolving […]

MAG Acquires Forge-Tec Motorcycle Wheels

Motorsport Aftermarket Group, Inc (“MAG”), just announced the acquisition of Forge-Tec Motorcycle Wheels and Accessories. Forge-Tec was launched in 2006 to enhance Advanced Metal Technologies (“AMT”) position in the finished motorcycle wheel business.  Forge-Tec’s complete product line includes 17 different wheel styles, with matching rotors and pulleys.  Forge-Tec supplies a Private Proprietary Program of finished […]

Swedish ISR Available At LA County Choprods

LA County Choprods has long been a fan of ISR race bred design and now offers a complete line of ISR parts for stock Harley-Davidson or custom projects.

SS Trike going In Production

In a former post I featured this trike (formely called the Cosmo) at a time it was still at the prototype stage. Now, Olmax Fabrication LLC, the parent company of Speed & Custom Cycles, has finished all testing, renamed it The SS Trike, and licensed its production to Precision Cycle Works (PCW) of Caro, MI.  […]

Old Motorcycles Gallery. Awesome.

The Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group (CVMG) has posted an amazing gallery of old motorcycles shot by photographer Brian Lawrence. The pictures were taken during a swap meet in New York earlier this year. A lot of them are push bikes. Check out the pedals. Go to the CVMG Gallery.

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