Archive for March, 2009

Seminole Hard Rock Roadhouse Will Kick Off the Inaugural New Orleans Bike Week.

The Seminole Hard Rock Roadhouse will be featured at the Easyriders V-Twin Bike Show to help kick off the first annual New Orleans Bike Week from May 6-10, 2009. In addition to showcasing some of the best bikes from the industry’s biggest names, the Roadhouse will feature some new additions, including a collection of customized […]

Open Letter From Tom Zimberoff To California Senator Fran Pavley

On March 23rd, I reported on a new bill introduced by California State Senator Fran Paveley (D) intendig to require all motorcycles (beginning with model year 2000) to be tested by July 1, 2011 under the California State’s vehicle “smog check” program. Below is a letter from best seller author Tom zimberoff (Art Of The […]

In Memory Of Craig Betz And To Benefit Children Of South Dakota

Craig Betz of California was a longtime motorcyclist and a new member of the motorcycle group “Hamsters USA”. Last fall, shortly after being inducted into the group at the 2008 Sturgis Rally, Betz lost his battle with cancer. His most beloved possession was arguably his custom Arlen Ness Speed Liner motorcycle, As part of Craig’s legacy, […]

Custom Chrome Europe 2009 Dealer Show

Industry friend and “Motographer” Horst Rosler reports from last weekend Custom Chrome Europe Dealer Show in Mainz, Germany. “It was again Custom Motorcycle Mayhem in Mainz/Germany with one of the biggest and most extraordinary bike show and exhibition during the CCE Dealer Show. The event includes the AMD Championship of Custom Bike Building. The 2009 […]

Indian Motorcycle Update

Via your comments I know too well that Indian is a brand every biker is passionate about. In this Blog I read all kind of comments (especially after I reported on my Kings Mountain factory visit and expressed positive feelings regarding the new venture), everything from skeptical comments to unconditional encouragement and support. Now is the time […]

Harley-Davidson Polemic Ad

On March 21, 09 In the New York Times, Susanna Hamner published an interesting article under the title “Harley, You’re Not Getting Any Younger”. Mostly factual, this article is listing the difficulties of Harley dealing with its bad subprime loans and aging clientele (average age is now 49). Jim Ziemer, Harley-Davidson & CEO (who will […]

Malcolm Smith’s Protest

Legendary motorcyclist Malcolm Smith defies the CPSC Federal code signed into law in August 2008 by former President George W. Bush outlawing the sale of motorcycles and related products for use by kids (thank you Mike).

Motorcycle Picture Of The Week

(Sent by Stephen Budge)

Cycle World Magazine On The Selling Block

The recession has made 2009 a terror for most print media owners. Higher distribution costs, declining subscription and newsstand sales, reduced advertising budgets and successful competition from the Web 2 medias (Blogs and Interactive Social Networks), has put many of these magazines in the position where owners are unable or unwilling to continue to fund […]

What’s Going On At Crane Cams?

It’s getting very confusing. Official statements and releases by the company and published during these last 2 weeks are contradicted, corrected or amended in the following days. So, we know that Crane Cams founded in 1953 was acquired at the end of 2006 by Mikronite Technologies Group in New Jersey. That Crane Cams of Daytona […]

Exile Cycles Hidden Switch Handlebar Kit

Using the technology from Grip Ace, Exile Cycles proposes this hidden switch bar kit. The strip can be mounted anywhere but is shown here inserted into the grip and directly into the handlebar. This little beauty allows one stealthy rubber ‘switch-strip’ to control all your switching needs: turn-signals, horn, Hi/Lo beam – and holding two […]

Chuck Palumbo Building And Riding For Our Soldiers

Chuck Palumbo is a former WWE Super Star Pro-Wrestler and the owner of CP Kustoms. After visiting Walter Reed Hospital in D.C. and learning of Lt. Christopher Palumbo’s (Chuck’s younger brother) heroic efforts in Iraq, in which he was awarded the Silver Star, Chuck was inspired to do something special to thank our troops.  From […]

A Very Wild Trike Out Of A Comic Book

In a rally like Daytona it’s quite unusual to see a trike attracting as many people as your typical 2-wheel new “show bike of the year”. Well, I had to check out this one and met with Canadian Fred Vaillancourt (a.k.a.The Rat) from the Rat Shop who explained to me that he loves to build […]

Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley Davidson Million Dollar Markdown

Daytona Harley-Davidson is the number 1 volume dealer of new Harleys in the world. So, logically, the dealership has a lot of trade-ins. Some of these bikes have only a couple of thousand miles and carry the balance of the factory warranty.  So, from Friday March 27th to Sunday March 29th, hundreds of Harleys will […]

Custom Chrome® Announces New Dyna Models Legend Air Suspensions®

Legend Air Suspension’s exclusive Gates Kevlar Air Spring technology, deflective disc dampening, and twin tube construction is now available for Harley Davidson Dyna models. Standard in the complete package are two Legend Air shocks available in either black or chrome finish installs as a direct bolt on application in the stock location. On board air […]

Café Racer Custom Seat

I told you several times that Café Racers are back. And the best in the seat business begin to receive orders to fit the new ones built around the country. For example seat master Duane Ballard got a request early this month from Bill Dodge at Blings Cycles to form a seat for his new […]

Best Idea To Fix The Economy?

The Sunday Business Section of the St. Petersburg Times Newspaper asked readers for ideas on “How Would You Fix the
 Economy?”.  And the best idea is… Dear Mr. President,
 There are about 40 million people over 50 in the workforce. Give each of them $1 million as severance package with the following stipulations: 1- They must […]

Want Something Looking Old But New?

Loving this style of bikes? Looking for old cool parts but can’t find them or have no time to visit all swap meets around the country? I am going to give you one of the best addresses of the industry, one that most professionals even don’t know.  They are from Japan where since 1982 they […]

Michael Lichter Sturgis Exhibit At The Legendary Buffalo Chip

This year’s exhibition will be held at the Legendary Buffalo Chip, located four miles east of Sturgis on Highway 34, and will explore motorcycle culture through a thematic presentation of motorcycles and graphic arts. World famous motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter has chronicled the Sturgis Rally through his photography since 1979, and has served as curator […]

Passing Of Motorcycle Hall Of Famer Bob Illingworth

Legendary motorcycle advocate Bob Illingworth left us this morning at 9.30 am. Bob began his love affair with motorcycling in the late 60’s. While he achieved some recognition as a racer and motorcycle shop owner, his charismatic presence and passion for justice would take him down a path that he had never predicted. In 1970 when the […]

Do You Need And Deserve A Full Biker Makeover?

And I mean a full bike and gear makeover. Like your bike is still desperately stock 5 years after you wrote a check to your dealer or is aging faster than a rat bike. Like your riding gear, leather jacket, jeans , boots etc were bought new before I even started in this business, meaning […]

Storz Performance Accessories for Harley-Davidson XR1200

A new line of accessory upgrades has been developed specifically for Harley-Davidson new XR1200 model (2008-09). The list starts with a new 2:2 high pipe dirt track style exhaust system by BUB.  Available in chrome or black ceramic finish with wrap-around heat shields covering the head pipes. Other items include a Storz billet aluminum Rearset Footpeg […]

Free To Wander. A Chopper Documentary Movie.

A group of friends hitting the road on their old school chops to ride around Lake Michigan.But it’s about much more than that.  A simple poetic film about the chopper life with very good riding footage. Featuring Paul Cox (Paul Cox Industries). Keino Sasaki (Keino Cycles). Paul Wideman (Bare Knuckle Choppers). Watch the trailer. The DVD is 60 minutes, […]

All Harley-Davidson Raffles In One Place

Having a lot of time available, temporarily jobless, or simply feeling lucky? Now there is a way to know of and participate in all Harley-Davidson raffles around the country.  The site is called Harley Davidson Raffles. And if you win because I told you, you owe me to send me your Harley for customization.

Crane Cams To Restructure And Reopen

Due to the global economic recession, the 56-year old Crane Cams shut down its doors Feb. 24 after laying off 280 employees but keeping 25 workers to work on military contracts. Vice president Steve Leva states that the famous Camshafts/Valve Train/Electric Ignition Components company will reopen soon after restructuration. Crane was acquired at the end […]

New Senate Bill Threatening Again California Bikers

California already has the strictest CARB emission standard in the nation, and a new bill by California State Senator Fran Paveley (D) intends to require all motorcycles (beginning with model year 2000) to be tested in 2012 under the California State’s vehicle “smog check” program. According to standing state California state law, the “smog check” […]

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