Archive for January, 2009



Harley-Davidson 2009 Austerity Plan

Today Harley-Davidson Inc. announced that it will cut 1,100 jobs over two years, close some facilities and consolidate others. The company also reported its fourth-quarter profit down 58% and said it is slashing motorcycle shipments to dealers by 13% to adjust with reduced demand. The 2 engine & transmission plants in Milwaukee, Wis. will be […]

300 Beers To Try Before You Die

Many books about the ‘things you should try before you die” have been published. But to my knowledge it’s the first one about your preferred beverage. Beer lovers are going to really enjoy this book listing the world’s best beers with a break down by category,  including best bitters, pilsners, brown and mild ales, pale ales, extra […]

Drive Gear Seal Installer

Getting the delicate seal fit into the end of the main drive gear on late model Big Twins without damaging the seal can be a real hassle. That is unless you have one of George’s slick new Mai Drive Gear Installers. Manufactured from 6061 T6 aluminum and anodized in red, the 2-piece tool is precision […]

Myrtle Beach Rallies. Horry County Proposes New Restrictive Rules.

Horry County Council decided Tuesday in favor of new Bike Rally plans including capping the number of vendor permits and raising fees. The county’s effort to regulate the rallies comes after the city of Myrtle Beach passed a set of laws to eliminate the events. You know too well the reasons advanced to justify all […]

Rick Fairless Pays Tribute To Janis Joplin

If you like Janis Joplin, Rick Fairless and his work, head to the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas where a special exhibit is honoring their hometown girl Janis Joplin. Rock music icon Janis Joplin would have been 66th year old this month and his honored with temporary displays, film screenings and […]

Pinche Your Ride

Gard Hollinger and the crew at LA County Choprods pimp bikes and would like you to do same on your bike by using their new “Pinche“ gas tank. This gas tank features an inset panel detail on each side and is designed to mount “Frisco” style (high on the backbone of the frame). The one-piece bottom minimizes […]

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Frank Esposito New President Of Kendon Industries

Frank Esposito just informed me that Ken Thurm, CEO of Kendon Industries, has appointed him as the new President of Kendon & KT Components. Kendon Industries, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells a full line of Stand-Up™ Motorcycle Trailers, Utility Trailers, Folding Car Trailers, and Stand-Up™ Motorcycle Maintenance Lifts. As you probably know if you are a […]

World Long Jump Record Attempt On A Harley-Davidson

His name is Seth Enslow. He is a stunt riding nut and will attempt a world long jump record on a modified Harley-Davidson XR-1200. The bike features special reinforced and extended front & rear suspension systems able to absorb a 600 pounds landing from 40 feet in the air. He is training in north western Victoria, Australia.

A Few Thoughts About Royal Enfield

My post about Royal Enfield motorcycles sold as Indians incited Nicker to write the following: ” There never was anything wrong with an Enfield, but the price. The rebadging/branding of a product is as old as the Industrial Revolution. The auto industry is still doing it today. Floyd Clymer could have done a lot worse than rebadging […]

Chopper Primary Source

Since the introduction of their first inner primary in 1968, Paughco has continually extended their selection of custom and replacement primary covers to address just about any application from 1936 through 1988. Additionally they now offer chrome inner and outer replacements for ’89-’03 Softails. Featured here is a small collection of Paughco primary covers finished […]

El Diablo Magazine

Being read all over the world and the Kustom Kulture not knowing any language barriers, I receive tons of foreign info like this one from an Illustrator based in Barcelona, Spain publishing online a very cool magazine. If I talk about it it’s because the mag is packaged in a very nice website. Worth the jump, especially […]

Wilwood Brakes

In the custom motorcycle industry Wilwood is less known than other brands. The reason may be that during 30 years Wilwood focused its efforts on high performance brakes for competition. On any given weekend, you can find Wilwood proprietary parts competing at events around the world. Today Wilwood Engineering develops a line of brake products […]

Official. Harley-Davidson Asks For Federal Assistance

It’s official. Harley-Davidson has applied to have Harley-Davidson Credit Corp. and Eaglemark Savings Bank declared eligible for TLGP (Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program). TLGP guarantees a corporation unsecured debt against default. It means that the government FDIC would pay the bills of Harley-Davidson financial entities if Harley were unable to pay its bills. Harley-Davidson fourth-quarter earnings […]

Anything Is Possible.

“Despite the enormity of the task that lies ahead, I stand here today as hopeful as ever that the United States of America will endure, that it will prevail, that the dream of our founders will live on in our time,” President Barack Obama. “I think it’s fair to say that it’s going to take […]

Magnetic Hybrid Motorcycle Unveiled In Japan

First there was Sumo, the Japanese sport of heavyweight wrestling. Now, a much lighter and faster motorcycle called SUMO has entered the ring. The Sumo scooter version to be sold $2100!

Royal Enfield Sold As Indian Motorcycles. Did You Know?

In 1953 the Brockhouse Corporation acquired the rights to the Indian Motorcycle name after it went bankrupt. From 1955 to 1960 British Royal Enfield motorcycles were painted red, and marketed in the USA as Indian Motorcycles. Badge engineering (a term that describes the re-badging of one product as another to avoid the cost associated with designing and […]

Ultima Shovelhead Engine

Custom Shovelhead-style engines are now offered in a variety of bores, many much larger than the original design displacements (OEM was 1200 cc from 1966 to 1978, then 1340 cc to last year in 1984). This one from Ultima is 96 cubic inch and of course  includes upgrades to the original design to improve the […]

Women Like To Ride To Women Events. But Where?

Women Riders Now (WRN) launched in 2006, has positioned itself as the leading source of motorcycling news, reviews and information focused on women . It’s the web place to learn about updates on upcoming women riders rallies sponsored by Harley-Davidson and Buell. On August 19-22, 2009, in Keystone, Colorado, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) International […]

A Bailout For Harley-Davidson?

The mother factory and its competitors in the heavy weight motorcycle market are preparing themselves for a big drop in 09 sales. In addition to the biggest contraction in US consumer spending since the 70’s, it is probable that Harley-Davidson international sales, which had grown by double digits in recent years, will no more be […]

When Riding Your Motorcycle Did You Ever Entered The Zone?

The book cover is far from being appealing to me. But the content is. Author Ken Condon maintains that there is a state of being beyond the simple pleasure of rolling down the road. His book was written to help other riders find that state of being. It’s the experience of being physically and mentally […]

A Decade In The Making. Open Road Radio Turns 12.

If the Internet consisted of real brick and mortar buildings there would be a construction boom going on right now like the world has never seen. The Internet is not in a recession or on the road to a depression, rather it is experiencing an economic and social explosion of activity. Celebrating 12 years cruising […]

Falling In Love With The Victory Core Concept Motorcycle

            When I fall in love, it’s always at first glance. And it’s true even for motorcycles. This Friday morning the Victory Core Concept Motorcycle is unveiled at the International New-York Motorcycle Show. Images immediately pop up on my laptop screen. Good vibrations. Instant desire to know more about it, […]

Your Kick Start To Harley-Davidson Maintenance & Performance

All bikers should be able to work on their bikes. And it’s probably easier than what you think to do yourself a lot of maintenance chores and even some performance tricks. Who doesn’t need to know? Start wrenching and start saving. Fix My Hog is a reputable website offering very well produced and very comprehensive how-to Harley-Davidson […]

Unveiling Of The Honda Fury Chopper

In the 1st half of my professional life I worked for international blue chip companies, and I know too well how slow they are to take decisions, assimilate trends and produce their manufacturing products. But once again I am puzzled by the decision of Honda to launch their first chopper model a decade after the new […]

Motorcycle Image Of The Week

Best (beer) shot of the week. How to hold a beer while riding. All ladies, try this. It works.



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